30 November 2009

Obama Keeping Murderers on the Payroll?

(This is an update to a story which broke in August. LINK )

Some low level Acorn worker gets caught in a sting and the whole organization loses funding, yet Obama keeps gun-running murderers on the payroll. What the fuck has happened to this country?

Autumn in Mendocino

Click pics to appreciate fully.

(Olympus C2040Z - 1/400, f2.8)

Who is Obama Working For Anyway?

Dave Lindorff has nailed it again! His latest essay contains this gem:
If the Republicans had created and inserted into the Democratic Party a secret candidate designed to trick Democrats into electing him, so that he could then enact Republican policies of robbing from the poor to enrich the rich, expanding the military budget to a level not seen since World War II, putting the nation deeper into a global war against Islam, sabotaging efforts to combat climate change, and further deregulating the financial sector, could they have come up with anything better than Barack Obama?
Read the whole thing at thiscantbehappening.net

28 November 2009

Cheap Cat Toy

Buddy demonstrates how an entertaining cat toy can be made using a cardboard box and a golf ball.

Pentagon Hijack Impossible - Cockpit Door Never Opened

Newly decoded data provided by an independent researcher and computer programmer from Australia exposes alarming evidence that the reported hijacking aboard American Airlines Flight 77 was impossible to have existed. A data parameter labeled "FLT DECK DOOR", cross checks with previously decoded data obtained by Pilots For 9/11 Truth from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) through the Freedom Of Information Act.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 departed Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles at 8:20 am Eastern Time. According to reports and data, a hijacking took place between 08:50:54 and 08:54:11[1] in which the hijackers allegedly crashed the aircraft into the Pentagon at 09:37:45. Reported by CNN, according to Ted Olson, wife Barbara Olson had called him from the reported flight stating, "...all passengers and flight personnel, including the pilots, were herded to the back of the plane by armed hijackers..."[2]. However, according to Flight Data provided by the NTSB, the Flight Deck Door was never opened in flight. How were the hijackers able to gain access to the cockpit, remove the pilots, and navigate the aircraft to the Pentagon if the Flight Deck Door remained closed?[3]

Just more of the magical forces at work that day.

23 November 2009

Now *This* is Some Scary Shit!

From The Guardian -- For 23 years Rom Houben was ­imprisoned in his own body. He saw his doctors and nurses as they visited him during their daily rounds; he listened to the conversations of his carers; he heard his mother deliver the news to him that his father had died. But he could do nothing. He was unable to communicate with his doctors or family. He could not move his head or weep, he could only listen.
Doctors presumed he was in a vegetative state following a near-fatal car crash in 1983. They believed he could feel nothing and hear nothing. For 23 years.
Read on...

The thought of that is chilling. I think I'd go mad after the first few years. Coincidentally, there was an episode of House MD about a patient like that. It was pretty cool, with scenes from the patient's POV. You can watch it here

22 November 2009

It's Been Fun

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Forty-Six Years On

Was the Zapruder film tampered with in the years before it was released to the public?
John Costella makes a strong case for it at his website assassinationscience.com

Was JFK taken out by the mob? Was he planning a coup against Castro? The updated edition of Legacy of Secrecy says that's what happened. See a short interview with the authors HERE.

Forty-six years on and JFK truth is still buried. Will 9/11 truth fare any better by 2047? I doubt it.

20 November 2009

Nuremberg Anniversary

64 years ago today the Nuremberg Trials started. The defendants were accused of the following:
1. Conspiracy against world peace
2. Planning, provocation and execution of a war of aggression
3. Crimes and violations against the law of war
4. Crimes against humanity

Of course, those are not crimes unless you lose.

18 November 2009

Change? Keep Hoping

November 17, 2009
11:56 AM

CONTACT: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

CCR Files Opening Brief in First Supreme Court Case to Challenge Patriot Act

Obama Administration Defending Law that Makes Speech Advocating Human Rights a Terrorist Crime

WASHINGTON - November 17 - Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the first brief in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the first case to challenge a portion of the Patriot Act before the Supreme Court. The case, originally brought in 1998 on behalf of a human rights group, a retired federal administrative judge, a doctor, and several nonprofit groups, challenges the constitutionality of the law that makes it a crime to provide "material support" to groups the administration has designated as "terrorist." In particular, the plaintiffs charge that the law goes too far in making speech advocating lawful, nonviolent activity a crime. The lower courts have unanimously declared several provisions of the law - including one added by the Patriot Act - unconstitutionally vague because they encompass speech and force citizens to guess as to their meaning.

The case challenges those aspects of the "material support" statute that criminalize pure speech - specifically the prohibitions on providing "training," "personnel," "expert advice or assistance," and "service." Under the law, any speech that falls within these terms - no matter how peaceable and nonviolent - is a crime if communicated to, for, or with the collaboration of any organization placed on a list of "foreign terrorist organizations" maintained by the State Department. Convictions can result in sentences of fifteen years to life. According to the government, the statute requires no showing that the donor intended to further any act of terrorism or violence.

Said CCR Cooperating Attorney David Cole, "This statute is so sweeping that it treats human rights advocates as criminal terrorists, and threatens them with 15 years in prison for advocating nonviolent means to resolve disputes. In our view, the First Amendment does not permit the government to make advocating human rights or other lawful, peaceable activity a crime simply because it is done for the benefit of, or in conjunction with, a group the Secretary of State has blacklisted."

The lower courts held unconstitutionally vague the law's prohibition on the provision of "services," "expert advice or assistance," and "training," reasoning that these terms could easily encompass a wide range of lawful speech, such as providing training in international law. The Obama administration sought Supreme Court review of that decision.

Plaintiffs in the case include the Humanitarian Law Project (HLP), a human rights organization in Los Angeles that seeks to provide human rights advocacy training to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the main Kurdish political party in Turkey, and a former federal administrative law judge, Ralph Fertig, who is the president of the HLP. Once the State Department designated the PKK a terrorist organization, it became a crime for HLP to continue to train the group in human rights advocacy, even though that assistance is designed to reduce violence by encouraging peaceful ways of resolving conflict.

"To deny me the right to speak of peace to a group because it is branded ‘terrorist' is to defer the possibility that it could ever be anything else," said plaintiff Ralph D. Fertig, JD, ACSW, retired U.S. Administrative Judge and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work. "And to punish those who seek peaceful resolutions of conflict is to yield to violence. Surely the First Amendment must protect against such government action."

The Patriot Act added a prohibition on the provision of "expert advice or assistance" to the statute. After earlier court decisions declared that and other parts of the statute unconstitutional, Congress amended it in 2004 to try to correct the infirmities. However, the district court and court of appeals concluded that the prohibitions on "services," "expert advice and assistance," and "training" remained unconstitutionally vague. The court of appeals decision the administration is seeking review of is the sixth ruling from the lower courts since 1998 finding significant parts of the material support statute to be unconstitutionally vague.

For more information on the case, including briefs and a detailed explanation of material support, visit http://ccrjustice.org/holder-v-humanitarian-law-project.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

09 November 2009

Flu Facts You Won't See on TV

The World Health Organization recently (May '09) changed the definition of a Level 6 pandemic, dropping the criteria of high morbidity and high mortality. Without that change, they couldn't call the current H1N1 outbreak a pandemic, there wouldn't be any talk of mandatory vaccinations, and big pharma wouldn't be about to rake in billions from it.

Teresa Forcades is a Spanish Benedictine nun who is also an MD specialist in internal medicine with a PhD in Public Health. In this hourlong talk (Spanish, w/English subtitles) she speaks to that change and other disturbing irregularities about the (not so) "new" flu "pandemic."
[WATCH as a 6-vid playlist at Youtube]

(I recommend watching the entire thing, but a brief summary is available HERE.)