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Tara's Blog – December 2009 Archive (29)

European Parliament to Investigate WHO and “Pandemic” Scandal

by F. William Engdahl



The Council of Europe member states will launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on extent of the pharma‘s industry’s influence on WHO. The Health Committee of the EU Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the inquiry. The step is a long-overdue move to public transparency of a “Golden Triangle” of drug corruption between WHO, the pharma industry… Continue

Added by Tara on December 31, 2009 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

Kucinich to Investigate Fannie/Freddie Bailout

If the White House thought they could slip the bailout of Fannie and Freddie through by announcing it in a Christmas Eve news dump, think again. Dennis Kucinich just released this statement:



"As Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I'm announcing that the Subcommittee will launch an investigation into the Treasury Department's recent decision to lift the current $400-billion cap on combined federal assistance to Fannie Mae… Continue

Added by Tara on December 30, 2009 at 10:26pm — 1 Comment

TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive

By Kim Zetter



Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber.



Special agents from the TSA’s Office of Inspection interrogated two U.S. bloggers, one of them an established travel columnist, and served them each with a civil subpoena demanding… Continue

Added by Tara on December 30, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Police arrest nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

Israeli police have arrested nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for violating a ban on him speaking to foreigners.



Mr Vanunu was jailed as a traitor in 1986 and served an 18-year sentence after discussing his work as a technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor with a British newspaper.



The interview led experts to conclude the facility had produced fissile material for as many as 200 atomic warheads.



After his release from jail in 2004, Israeli defence… Continue

Added by Tara on December 29, 2009 at 7:59am — No Comments

“Body Count From Goldman Actions Crosses Into Criminal Territory”

By Thomas Adams, at Paykin Krieg and Adams, LLP, and a former managing director at Ambac and FGIC.



Readers may have noticed Janet Tavakoli’s recent article at Huffington Post on Goldman Sachs and AIG. While much of it covers territory that Yves and I already wrote about previously, Ms. Tavakoli stops short of telling the whole story. While she is very knowledgeable of this market, perhaps she is unaware of the full extent of the wrongdoings Goldman committed by getting themselves… Continue

Added by Tara on December 23, 2009 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Murder rate declined while gun sales boomed: An ‘inconvenient truth’

Dave Workman



Today I’m sort of sharing a headline with my colleague David Codrea because yesterday’s release by the FBI of preliminary crime data for the first six months of this year just poked a mammoth-sized hole in that bag of hot air carried around by gun prohibitionists.



Not surprisingly, since the… Continue

Added by Tara on December 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama’s Decisions ‘Bad for America’

By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer



(CNSNews.com) – A majority of Americans believe an increased government role in health care would lead to more government corruption, while a plurality of Americans think that scientific data supporting man-made global warming is “mostly falsified.” That is what a new poll by Survey USA reveals.



The poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been “bad for America,” as opposed to 37… Continue

Added by Tara on December 21, 2009 at 2:41pm — 4 Comments

The Gaza I Know

By Nancy Murray



For most Americans, the Gaza Strip is, at best, unknown territory. At worst, it is a hostile land whose "terrorist infrastructure" must be dismantled, no matter what the cost to its million and a half residents.



The Gaza I have been visiting for the past twenty-one years bears little relation to the dehumanizing imagery to which it has been reduced by the mainstream media. The Gaza I know is home to friends and strangers who are as welcoming and humane as… Continue

Added by Tara on December 19, 2009 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Yes, there is a Secret Santa, Anonymous helpers spread cheer, $100 bills through Detroit and Downriver

BY JOHN WISELY

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER



Santa doesn't always come down the chimney.



Sometimes he uses the back aisle of a thrift shop, or even the steps of a Detroit bus to spread Christmas cheer.



Santa -- or more appropriate, Secret Santa -- visited Detroit and Downriver on Thursday, handing out more than $13,000 in $100 bills to those who looked like they needed a little help.



All Santa asks in return: a random act of kindness for someone… Continue

Added by Tara on December 18, 2009 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Calling Dr. Pangloss, We never had it so good – right?

by Justin Raimondo



I thought it might – just might – be a parody, a spoof, a weak attempt at irony. But no, it turns out that Nick Gillespie, the former editor of Reason magazine, and now chief honcho over at something called "ReasonTV," is absolutely and incredibly serious about his contention that We Never Had It So Good. And why, pray tell, are we supposedly so blessed? Well, it seems that nerdy geeky-looking white kids now have some really really cool computer games to play,… Continue

Added by Tara on December 18, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Wave of strikes sweeps Greece

Submitted by taxikipali



A wave of strikes culminating on Thursdays pan-worker mobilisation has been the response to the scaremongering of the government amidst the worsening economic crisis that threatens Greece with bankruptcy.



After the week of riots came the week of strikes: the multifold strikes that are taking place since Tuesday 15 December and peaked on Thursday 17 with the pan-workers strike called by PAME, the Communist Party Union Front, as wells a dozens of… Continue

Added by Tara on December 17, 2009 at 3:27pm — 1 Comment

Preferential treatment for cops' kin?

By BARBARA LAKER & WENDY RUDERMAN

Philadelphia Daily News



IT WAS just after midnight. Brian Westberry and a woman friend sat frozen in his bedroom, hoping the persistent pounding on the front door of his Northeast Philly home would stop. It didn't.



Westberry, 24, slipped his licensed .38-caliber revolver into his pants pocket and crept downstairs to open the door.



There stood Gregory Cujdik, 32, who demanded to see "Jen," his girlfriend. Westberry told… Continue

Added by Tara on December 16, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

Twitter Tapping

The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.



Law enforcement is not saying a lot about its social surveillance, but examples keep coming to light. The Wall Street Journal reported this… Continue

Added by Tara on December 14, 2009 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

Atheism, Christianity and the First Amendment

Michael Snow



Former president George Bush was quoted as saying: "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." Many atheist Americans object to this statement and the similar views held by many others in regard to an atheistic view. It's understandable when you consider that the idea is to deprive people of their rights as Americans based on their religious views, in a strong contradiction to the… Continue

Added by Tara on December 14, 2009 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression

A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization and a malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down that we no longer have the will to save ourselves?



Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not "set them free" but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States?



Do some totalitarians actually want us to hear how we have been screwed because they know that humiliating passivity… Continue

Added by Tara on December 13, 2009 at 1:34am — 7 Comments

Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor

Rajeev Syal

Guardian UK



Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions



Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.



Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were "the only liquid investment… Continue

Added by Tara on December 13, 2009 at 1:16am — 5 Comments

The Obama Effect: The Demise of the Democratic Party and a Gift to the Country

The decision to escalate Afghanistan War should put the final nail in the coffin of "change" and "hope" that Democrats and others crawled into when they supported Obama. The evidence that Obama is every bit the representative of the corporate oligarchy and no less a corporate shill than the rest has been mounting for nearly a year-or well before the election for the cognoscenti. Only fanatics could have heard Obama's speech on Afghanistan and failed to hear the resonances of Bush. But the… Continue

Added by Tara on December 10, 2009 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Environmentalists: ‘Only The Rich Should Fly!’

Air travel has been increasingly maligned in recent years – almost always unfairly. Despite endless crowing about “delays!” (at their lowest levels in years) “awful service!” (you get what you pay for) and “airport security!” (OK, the complainers may have a point there) we mustn’t lose sight of the plain facts: air travel is remarkably fast, safe, and thrilling. More than ‘Facebook,’ and other pseudo-social mechanisms (read: social relations conducted through computers), air travel unites and… Continue

Added by Tara on December 10, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Let’s Talk about VUI: Voting Under the Influence, Revisiting ‘The Lesser of Two Evils’ Mentality

Sibel Edmonds



The real face of our two-party but one-establishment system of politics seems to have made a rare appearance again with Obama’s speech last Tuesday. That is, to those among the wannabe gullible majority, since a small fraction have known this true face for a while. The good news is that finally we are seeing a significant number of apologists who are coming to the realization of being taken for a ride during this last election. The not so good news has to do with the… Continue

Added by Tara on December 7, 2009 at 11:14am — 1 Comment

Ukrainian Kids, New Victims of Israeli “Organ Theft”

© PressTV



An international Israeli conspiracy to kidnap children and harvest their organs is gathering momentum as another shocking story divulges Tel Aviv’s plot to import Ukrainian children and harvest their organs.



The story brings to light the fact that Israel has brought some 25,000 Ukrainian children into the occupied entity over the past two years in order to harvest their organs. It cites a Ukrainian man’s fruitless search for 15 children who had been adopted in… Continue

Added by Tara on December 7, 2009 at 10:02am — No Comments

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