Friday, August 20, 2010

Fueling of Iran's Nuclear Plant at Bushehr Begins

Is this story about Iran's nuclear plan being fueled legitimate or is it propaganda put out by the State media?

Nuclear fuel is being transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and senior officials from Iran and Russia.

Source: PressTV

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Denver Police Brutalize Man on Video Over Alleged Statement

Another police brutality video!

[Mark Ashford's attorney, Will] Hart says Ashford was walking his dogs near 20th and Little Raven in LoDo, when he saw police pull over a driver for failing to stop at a stop sign. Ashford told the driver he saw him stop and would be willing to testify in court. Hart says the officer overheard him and "wasn't very happy."

...Ashford tried to take a picture of the officers to document the incident, and a few second later he was on the ground.

Source: KDVR

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pentagon Wants National Security Agency to Monitor Select Domains of Government Defense Contractors

If the capacity exists for the NSA to monitor suspicious traffic on the domains of the defense contractors, what makes you think that this type technology is not available for the private sector?

Under the proposal, which is being informally circulated throughout the department and the Department of Homeland Security, the NSA could set up equipment to look for patterns of suspicious traffic at the internet service providers that the companies' networks run through. The agency would immediately notify the Pentagon and the companies if pernicious behavior were detected.

Oh wait, there is a suspicious traffic detector for the private sector. It's called EINSTEIN. The Department of Homeland Security is currently running pilot tests on EINSTEIN 3.

Source: The Atlantic

Russian Scholar Warns that U.S. HAARP Device May Have Caused Russian Heatwave & Fires

A few years ago I would have dismissed this case as complete propaganda nonsense. However, the more information I learn about HAARP, the more I believe that anything is possible. Therefore, this story is not surprising. A Russian scholar blames HAARP for Russia's recent climate tragedies.

As Muscovites suffer record high temperatures this summer, a Russian political scientist has claimed the United States may be using climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and other Central Asian countries.

Source: Radio Free Europe

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Will FDA's Rescission of Its Endorsement for Avastin Be the Beginning of the Obamacare "Death Panels" as Predicted?

The current administration has repeatedly stated that Obamacare does not include death panels. Remixx World! has countered those statements in previous articles (see Obamacare's "Advance Care Planning Consultation" (Pages 425-430 of the Health Care Bill -- Death Planning?) or Verizon Unveils Cloud Computing Patient Information Database & Decision Support Cycle System Using CareEngine® Technology), because I simply do not believe anything that the federal government tells me these days.

Needless to say, I'm not alone in my beliefs, because
some are reporting that the decision to drop the endorsement of the anti-cancer drug Avastin was based on monetary factors (i.e., it is too expensive from the government's perspective to provide the drug).

The FDA advisory panel has now voted 12-1 to drop the endorsement for breast cancer treatment. The panel unusually cited "effectiveness" grounds for the decision. But it has been claimed that "cost effectiveness" was the real reason ahead of reforms in which the government will extend health insurance to the poorest...

During the debate, those opposed to the reforms cited Britain’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which decides whether new treatments should be made available on the NHS on the basis of cost effectiveness, as an example of the sort of drug rationing that amounted to a "death panel".

Source: London Telegraph

Monday, August 16, 2010

FLASHBACK: Section 11 in Treaty of Tripoli Says U.S. Government is Not Founded on Christian Religion (1796)

Click the picture above to read the Treaty of Tripoli (or officially, Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary). The provision at issue is Section 11, which states:

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."

There is some issue whether the original treaty (which was written in Arabic) was properly translated, but nevertheless, the translated treaty is the document that was approved by Congress.

Someone Intentionally Released 4,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel into Vermont's Black River

There is a whole lot of eco-terrorism acts happening below the radar these days. I wonder who released the fuel into the Black River.

And officials say the evidence shows the release of about 4,000 gallons from the fuel tank used by Black River Produce was a deliberate act, not an accidental spill. The [Vermont Agency of Natural Resources] agency's Gary Kessler said the release is one of the largest in Vermont history.

Source: Burlington Free Press

Harvard University Fund Sells 100% of Its Israel Holdings

This news clip came across my screen today and it caught my attention. Is there a reason for this massive sell-off? The article says "no," but does Harvard know something a potential Middle East conflict involving Israel that the rest of us don't know?

In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned. The Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University's endowment.

Source: Globes

Compilation of News Videos about Deadly Floods in Pakistan

Thanks to Recipe Apart for compiling these videos.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Federal Judge Dismisses Apache Lawsuit Against Yale's Skull and Bones over Alleged Theft of Geronimo's Remains

Unfortunately, this case was doomed from the start. There was no way that the powers-that-be were going to let information about the Skull and Bones secret society and its alleged theft of Geronimo's remains be broadcast in a public forum. Nevertheless, let's hope I'm wrong and that Attorney Clark is able to re-file the case to get a different result.

A District of Columbia judge on July 27 dismissed a case that had been brought against the mysterious society, as well as the University and senior members of the U.S. government, in February 2009. The plaintiffs are 20 descendants of the legendary Native American chieftain Geronimo hoping to reclaim their ancestor's remains.

Source: Yale Daily News