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7/27/2010  The year America dissolved
It was 2017. Clans were governing America. The first clans organized around local police forces. The conservatives war on crime during the late 20th century and the Bush/Obama war on terror during the first decade of the 21st century had resulted in the police becoming militarized and unaccountable. As society broke down, the police became warlords. The state police broke apart, and the officers were subsumed into the local forces of their communities. The newly formed tribes expanded to encompass the relatives and friends of the police. The dollar had collapsed as world reserve currency in 2012 when the worsening economic depression made it clear to Washingtons creditors that the federal budget deficit was too large to be financed except by the printing of money. With the dollars demise, import prices skyrocketed. As Americans were unable to afford foreign-made goods, the transnational corporations that were producing offshore for US markets were bankrupted, further eroding the governments revenue base.
(Paul Craig Roberts)
posted: 7/28/10                   0       9

7/26/2010  'US psywar plan includes 2 hot wars'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the United States and Israel plan to attack two countries in the Middle East as part of a conspiracy to apply pressure on Iran. "We have precise information that the Americans have devised a plot, according to which they seek to launch a psychological war on Iran," Ahmadinejad stated in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Monday. "They plan to attack at least two countries in the region within the next three months," he added. He said the US seeks to achieve two main objectives with the scheme.
(Press TV)
posted: 7/27/10                   0       9

7/26/2010  BlackBerrys pose 'security risk' say UAE authorities
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said that it could move to restrict or monitor BlackBerry mobile phones, as they pose a "national security risk". The region's telecoms regulator said "BlackBerry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation" as it stores its data offshore. It said it was concerned that misuse may have "serious social, judicial and national security repercussions". Critics branded the moves as "repressive". The media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders told BBC News that while the UAE was playing a "technological leadership role in the Arab world" this was backed by "repressive laws" and a "general trend of intensified surveillance".
posted: 10/4/10                   0       7
keywords: Alternative Media, BBC, Big Oil, Blackberry, Emarat Al Yaoum, Etisalat, Internet, Lucie Morillon, Privacy, Reporters Without Borders, Research IN Motion, Terrorists, Uae Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates Add New Keyword To Link

7/26/2010  David Rosenberg: You Know You Are In A Depression When...
Congress moved to extend jobless benefits seven times, as has been the case over the past two years, at a time when almost half of the ranks of the unemployed have been looking for at least a half year. The unemployment rate for adult males (25-54 years) hit a post-WWII this cycle and is still above the 1982 recession peak, and the youth unemployment rate is stuck near 25%. These developments will have profound long-term consequences social, economic and political. The fiscal costs of the depression continue to mount, with the White House on Friday raising its deficit projection for 2011 to $1.4 trillion from $1.267 trillion. That gap in the forecast $133 billion was close to the size of the entire budget deficit back in 2002. Amazing. You also know it is a depression when you find out on the weekend that the FDIC seized and shuttered another seven banks, making it 103 closures for the year. What a recovery! - You also know it's a depression when a year into a statistical recovery, the central bank is still openly contemplating ways to stimulate growth. The Fed was supposed to have already started the process of shrinking its pregnant balance sheet four months ago and is now instead thinking of restarting Quantitative Easing. Of course, we are in this bizarre environment where bank credit continues to contract last week alone, bank wide consumer credit outstanding fell $2.2 billion; real estate lending contracted $9.2 billion; and commercial & industrial loans slid $5.1 billion. What did the banks do this past week? They replaced cash with government securities the $47.5 billion net buying was the second largest in the past three years. As the banks find few opportunities to lend households are either not creditworthy enough to lend to or are busy paying off debts and companies that do have any expansion plans have enough cash on their balance sheet to finance their initiatives they are likely to use their $1 trillion in excess reserves buying government and related securities, especially with the yield curve so steep and the Fed ensuring that it has no intention of taking the 'carry' away for a long, long time.
(Business Insider)
posted: 7/27/10                   0       9

7/26/2010  Leading Ocean Scientists Issue Consensus Statement to End Dispersant Use in Gulf
Leading ocean researchers and conservation leaders have issued a joint Consensus Statement calling for the immediate halt of the use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has used nearly two million gallons of Corexit chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the cleanup effort with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The massive volume of dispersants and the way they have been appliedboth on the surface and one mile below the surface is unprecedented. Once oil is dispersed in deep water, it cannot be recovered.
(1 Planet 1 Ocean)
posted: 8/18/10                   0       7
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7/26/2010  Mainstream Media Implodes on 9/11 along with WTC 7: TV Coverage of Remarkable Building Collapse Analyzed
The shocking collapse of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11 caused great alarm, not only in the architectural and engineering community (among those who have become aware of it) but with mainstream media right from day one. While Dan Rathers commentary on the remarkable collapse (that it looked like it was knocked down by well placed dynamite) is more often quoted, Peter Jennings also had similar thoughts as he reflected on the shocking 47-story collapse shortly after the event. Jennings showed the building coming down in slow motion. As he reflected on the enormity of it he said, Well, theres Building 7 coming down. When you think that part of the component of news coverage around the country every year is the excitement, the fun, that people get watching an old building being demolished, and they wire it very carefully for days. Its a very careful operation in order to make sure a building comes down safely. I think the last one we saw was when they brought down one of the old casinos in Las Vegas. Its just stunning to see these buildings come down...and now, number seven World Trade Center which is 47 stories tall.
(Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth)
posted: 7/27/10                   0       13
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7/26/2010  New York Times reporters met with White House before publishing WikiLeaks story
The administration "praised" New York Times reporters for their handling of leaked Afghan war material - The White House was very upset with WikiLeaks for its decision to publish thousands of pages of classified reports and documents describing our mission in Afghanistan. But according to Yahoo's Michael Calderone, it was very pleased with how the New York Times dealt with its semi-exclusive access to the documents. Times Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet took reporters Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt to the White House last week to brief the administration on what they planned on publishing. And they all got gold stars. I did in fact go the White House and lay out for them what we had, Baquet said. We did it to give them the opportunity to comment and react. They did. They also praised us for the way we handled it, for giving them a chance to discuss it, and for handling the information with care. And for being responsible.
posted: 7/27/10                   0       9

7/26/2010  NYT defends publishing leaked military records
The White House condemned Sunday night's leak of more than 90,000 secret military records covering the Afghanistan War by WikiLeaks, an organization that posts secret documents online. National Security Adviser Jim Jones, in a statement, said the United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security. - Baquet, along with reporters Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, went to the White House last week to discuss what they planned on publishing. (Politicos Glenn Thrush first reported on aspects of the meeting, but did not speak with Baquet.) I did in fact go the White House and lay out for them what we had, Baquet said. We did it to give them the opportunity to comment and react. They did. They also praised us for the way we handled it, for giving them a chance to discuss it, and for handling the information with care. And for being responsible. Jones said that WikiLeaks, unlike the Times, did not contact the U.S. government first. That's not too surprising, given the recent friction between WikiLeaks and the military. In April, WikiLeaks posted a classified video of a U.S. attack in Baghdad that killed several civilians and Reuters employees.
posted: 7/27/10                   0       10

7/25/2010  Ex-CIA chief: Strike on Iran seems more likely now
A former CIA director says military action against Iran now seems more likely because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program. Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says that during his tenure a strike was "way down the list" of options. But he tells CNN's "State of the Union" that such action now "seems inexorable."
(Associated Press)
posted: 7/26/10                   0       11

7/23/2010  Letter to the EPA, signed by 21 senators including Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn
We write to convey our continued concerned regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest actions in its review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required every five years under the Clean Air Act. The Second Draft Policy Assessment (PA) for Particulate Matter (PM) released on July 8, 2010 in the Federal Register, if approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history. - If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history. - We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.
(US Congress)
posted: 9/24/10                   0       4

7/23/2010  Oakland Okays Indoor Medical Marijuana Mega-Farms
In a marathon session Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council Tuesday approved an historic plan for large-scale indoor marijuana farms, but only after hearing from a cavalcade of medical marijuana patients, growers, and dispensary operators intent on ensuring that small and medium-sized growers are not squeezed out. While the ordinance is aimed at medical marijuana, the council, which has endorsed the Proposition 19 tax and regulate cannabis initiative, clearly sees the potential for tax revenues and jobs under a perhaps not-so-distant marijuana legalization in California. The council passed a proposal that will authorize city officials to issue permits for four indoor marijuana farms to supply the city's four allowed existing medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance sets no size limitations. Some would-be medical marijuana cultivation entrepreneurs have proposed growing operations as large as 100,000 square feet. Applicants for the four permits would submit proposals to the city. Permit holders would have to pay a $211,000 annual fee, as well as any taxes imposed by the city. The city currently taxes dispensaries at 1.8% and has plans to increase that tax to 8%. The large-scale grows would have a similar tax burden.
(Drug War Chronicle)
posted: 7/24/10                   0       15

7/22/2010  Tropical Storm Bonnie Forms, Heading for Florida and BP's Gulf Oil Spill
Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed south of the Bahamas and is on a track to move across the southern tip of Florida and into the oil-fouled waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers), and is expected to build strength as it bears down on the Florida Keys tomorrow, according to a special hurricane center advisory issued at 6:15 p.m. Miami time.
posted: 7/27/10                   0       10
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7/22/2010  Virus Attacks Siemens Plant-Control Systems
Computer hackers have designed a virus that targets industrial control systems built by German engineering giant Siemens AG, activating a kind of malicious software that analysts say represents a growing corporate-espionage threat. The virus, dubbed Stuxnet, is spread by devices plugged into USB computer ports. It is programmed to try to steal data from computer systems that are used to monitor large automated plants built for anything from manufacturing to power generation to water treatment. Siemens is one of the worlds largest makers of such industrial automated systems, though it doesnt break out its annual revenue from such sales.
(Wall Street Journal)
posted: 9/27/10                   0       4
keywords: Computer Virus, Cybersecurity, Eset, Germany, Nuclear Power Plants, Pierre-marc Bureau, Siemens, Stuxnet, Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition, United States Add New Keyword To Link

7/21/2010  DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
"An Act to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end "too big to fail", to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes."
posted: 8/1/11                   0       5

7/21/2010  Making the economy more just
by Katrina vanden Heuvel - Congress has passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but the task of transforming our economy into one of shared and sustainable prosperity has only just begun. Structural reform will come not through the sweep of a single piece of legislation but with new, innovative economic models that better reflect the democratic values of this country. The good news is that some of these transformative ideas are already taking root. Here are five ways to build a more just economy that Americans are experimenting with across the country. The answer is 'B' Corporations are compelled to pursue a single objective: maximize profit. In fact, a company can be sued for following goals that veer from that statutory obligation. That's why Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin sponsored the Benefit Corporation legislation that was signed into law this spring. It gives businesses the option to register as a "B corporation," an entity legally obligated to maximize both shareholder value and advance a common public purpose such as cleaner air, open space or affordable housing. The B corporation's stated public goal is vigorously monitored by independent, third-party groups. It's a new business model with social consciousness in its DNA. B corporation legislation has also been passed in Vermont, and it is being considered in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
(Washington Post)
posted: 9/27/10                   0       2

7/21/2010  Matthew Simmons Discusses BP's Oil Leak in Gulf of Mexico
posted: 8/18/10      
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7/21/2010  Obama Is Preparing to Bomb Iran
After about two and a half years during which the danger of war between the United States and Iran was at a relatively low level, this threat is now rapidly increasing. A pattern of political and diplomatic events, military deployments, and media chatter now indicates that Anglo-American ruling circles, acting through the troubled Obama administration, are currently gearing up for a campaign of bombing against Iran, combined with special forces incursions designed to stir up rebellions among the non-Persian nationalities of the Islamic Republic. Naturally, the probability of a new fake Gulf of Tonkin incident or false flag terror attack staged by the Anglo-American war party and attributed to Iran or its proxies is also growing rapidly.
(Webster Tarpley)
posted: 7/27/10                   0       11

7/20/2010  Hearing: Halliburton warned BP 2 days before blast
Halliburton Co. warned BP two days before the deadly Deepwater Horizon accident that it could have a severe problem with natural gas escaping from its Macondo well if it stuck with an existing well plan, according to an internal report that emerged in an investigative hearing Tuesday. The April 18 report was sent to BP officials on land and on board the Deepwater Horizon and made recommendations about the cement job being used to secure pipe-like casing to the walls of the Macondo well. A faulty cement job by Halliburton has been cited as a possible factor in the April 20 blowout that killed 11 workers, sank the Deepwater Horizon two days later and launched the worst U.S. oil spill. The emergence of the report, however, suggests that BP may have ignored warning signs about potentially dangerous conditions in the well in the days leading up the accident. - Questions also arose in the hearing over whether BP should have stopped drilling the Macondo well weeks before the accident when it discovered leaks in the blowout preventer on the seafloor. One of two control pods on the blowout preventer was leaking hydraulic fluid as of mid-March, but Sepulvado said the leaks did not affect the functioning of the blowout preventer, the last line of defense against loss of well control. Federal offshore drilling regulations state that if control stations or pods on a blowout preventer dont function properly, drilling operations should be suspended until theyre fixed.
(Houston Chronicle)
posted: 7/22/10                   0       15

7/20/2010  Secretary Napolitano Announces Additional Recovery Act-Funded Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the deployment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded advanced imaging technology (AIT) to 28 additional airports nationwide - strengthening security at airports throughout the nation while creating local jobs. "As part of the Departments ongoing efforts to* best protect the traveling public and detect terrorism threats, we continue to deploy state-of-the-art advanced imaging technology across the country," said Secretary Napolitano. "The rapid deployment of this critical technology, made possible by Recovery Act funds, will strengthen security at even more airports nationwide." "The deployment of advanced imaging technology demonstrates TSA's ongoing commitment to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security and protect the traveling public," said TSA Administrator John Pistole. - ARRA, signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, committed more than $3 billion for homeland security projects through DHS and the General Services Administration (GSA). Of the $1 billion allocated to TSA for aviation security projects, $734 million is dedicated to screening checked baggage and $266 million is allocated for checkpoint explosives detection technologies.
(Department of Homeland Security)
posted: 10/6/10                   0       5

7/19/2010  Bomb-making tips, hit list behind Blogetery closure
More details are surfacing about why, a blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs, was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company. The site was shut down after FBI agents informed executives of, Blogetery's Web host, late on July 9 that links to al-Qaeda materials were found on Blogetery's servers, Joe Marr, chief technology officer for, told CNET. Sources close to the investigation say that included in those materials were the names of American citizens targeted for assassination by al-Qaeda. Messages from Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the terrorist organization, as well as bomb-making tips, were also allegedly found on the server. But Marr said a employee erred in telling Blogetery's operator and members of the media that the FBI had ordered it to terminate Blogetery's service. He said did that on its own.
(CNet News)
posted: 10/5/10                   0       5

7/19/2010  Report: Israel convinces Obama to plan for Iran strike
According to a report in Time magazine Israel has managed to convince Washington to put the option of a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities back on the table. Israel has long argued that all of the international sanctions against Iran are pointless unless Western powers are prepared to back them up with the threat of force. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressing that point since US President Barack Obama pushed through a new package of sanctions at the UN Security Council last month.
(Israel Today)
posted: 7/27/10                   0       8

7/19/2010  Top Secret America: A Washington Post Investigation (Washington Post)
posted: 9/22/10                   0       3

7/17/2010  Professor Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (Elizabeth Warren)
posted: 10/3/10      
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7/16/2010  Former BP worker speaks out
This young man worked for BP clean up for about a month in late June, 2010. He asked to remain anonymous for fear of prosecution. First-hand witness to beach sharks trying to breath.
(James C Fox)
posted: 7/20/10      
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7/15/2010  ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. JANET NAPOLITANO, in her official capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, No. 10-1157
The program is designed to respect individual sensibilities regarding privacy, modesty and personal autonomy to the maximum extent possible, while still performing its crucial function of protecting all members of the public from potentially catastrophic events,
(Electronic Privacy Information Center)
posted: 10/6/10                   0       5

7/15/2010  The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking. Here Are the Stats to Prove it
The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace. So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and "free trade" that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn't tell us that the "global economy" would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough. Here are the statistics to prove it...
(Business Insider)
posted: 8/18/10                   0       5

7/14/2010  NAACP Resolution Calls on Tea Party to Repudiate 'Racist Elements' in Movement
The NAACP adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning "racist elements" in the Tea Party movement and calling on the movement's leaders to repudiate bigotry, despite claims from Tea Partiers that the measure is just a political ploy. The nation's leading civil rights group took up the language at its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo. The resolution initially said the NAACP would "repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties" and stand against the movement's attempt to "push our country back to the pre-civil rights era," though the wording was amended to downplay criticism of all Tea Partiers while asking them to repudiate bigots in their own ranks.
posted: 9/21/10                   0       3
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7/13/2010  Hacking the Electric Grid? You and What Army?
Grid-hacking is back in the news, with the unveiling of Perfect Citizen, the National Security Agencys creepily named effort to protect the networks of electrical companies and nuclear power plants. People have claimed in the past to be able to turn off the internet, there are reports of foreign penetrations into government systems, proof of foreign interest in attacking U.S. critical infrastructure based on studies, and concerns about adversary capabilities based on allegations of successful critical infrastructure attacks. Which begs the question: If its so easy to turn off the lights using your laptop, how come it doesnt happen more often? The fact of the matter is that it isnt easy to do any of these things. Your average power grid or drinking-water system isnt analogous to a PC or even to a corporate network. The complexity of such systems, and the use of proprietary operating systems and applications that are not readily available for study by your average hacker, make the development of exploits for any uncovered vulnerabilities much more difficult than using Metasploit. To start, these systems are rarely connected directly to the public internet. And that makes gaining access to grid-controlling networks a challenge for all but the most dedicated, motivated and skilled nation-states, in other words. - The fact of the matter is that it isnt easy to do any of these things. Your average power grid or drinking-water system isnt analogous to a PC or even to a corporate network. The complexity of such systems, and the use of proprietary operating systems and applications that are not readily available for study by your average hacker, make the development of exploits for any uncovered vulnerabilities much more difficult than using Metasploit. To start, these systems are rarely connected directly to the public internet. And that makes gaining access to grid-controlling networks a challenge for all but the most dedicated, motivated and skilled nation-states, in other words.
posted: 10/5/10                   0       5

7/13/2010  Obama faces growing credibility crisis
Robert Gibbs, Barack Obamas chief spokesman, got into hot water this week for daring to speak the truth that the Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in November. But it could be even worse than that. Contrary to pretty much every projection until now, Democratic control of the Senate is also starting to coming into question. While Mr Obamas approval ratings have continued to fall, and now hover at dangerously close to 40 per cent according an ABC-Washington Post poll published on Tuesday, the fate of his former colleagues in the Senate looks even worse. - The bottom line here is that Americans dont believe in President Obamas leadership, says Rob Shapiro, another former Clinton official and a supporter of Mr Obama. He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I cant think of how he could do that. In private, informal advisors to Mr Obama are almost as negative. According to one, the US publics loss of confidence in Mr Obamas leadership is a factor above and beyond their dissatisfaction over the state of the real economy, which continues to slow as last years $787bn stimulus starts to run dry. The adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, said the public did not know what Mr Obama really believed. Examples include his lukewarm support last year for a public option in the healthcare bill and his equally lukewarm support today for a Senate bill that would extend unemployment insurance and aid state governments to keep teachers in their jobs.
(Financial Times)
posted: 7/23/10                   0       14

7/12/2010  Rick Sanchez Thinks 74 Dead In African Bombing Is Helpful
"In a strange way, the event is helpful to the cause of those of us who know how sadistic these fundamental radical Islamic terrorists are. And if it helps get the message out there that these are not the good be it."
posted: 9/24/10      
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7/10/2010  Charles S. Robb and Charles Wald: U.S. must be prepared to attack Iran
When President Barack Obama signed into law tough, new legislative sanctions against Iran last week, he capped a month of new measures against that countrys nuclear program. Earlier in June, the Obama administration achieved a new round of U.N. Security Council sanctions, and the European Union declared plans to adopt additional sanctions in July. This activity, the culmination of months of negotiations, is welcome. Absent a broader and more robust strategy, however, sanctions alone will prove inadequate to halt Irans pursuit of nuclear weapons.
posted: 7/27/10                   0       9

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the President authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct a classified program to detect and prevent further attacks in the United States. As part of the NSA's classified program, several different intelligence activities were authorized in Presidential Authorizations, and the details of these activities changed over time. The program was reauthorized by the President approximately every 45 days, with certain modifications. Collectively, the activities carried out under these Authorizations are referred to as the "President's Surveillance Program" or "PSP."l One of the activities authorized as part of the PSP was the interception of the content of communications into and out of the United States where there was a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication was a member of al-Qa'ida or related terrorist organizations. This aspect of the PSP was publicly acknowledged and described by the President, the Attorney General, and other Administration officials beginning in December 2005 following a series of articles published in The New York Times. The Attorney General subsequently publicly acknowledged the fact that other intelligence activities were also authorized under the same Presidential Authorization, but the details of those activities remain classified.
(Offices of Inspectors General of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence)
posted: 10/4/10                   0       5

7/9/2010  Green Thumbs Down: Community Gardeners Concerned About Proposed City Rules
Community gardeners are concerned about proposed new rules that would further regulate 300 gardens overseen by the city. Gardeners like Edward Coleman, who has been growing vegetables in the East Village for 10 years, worry that the new rules will allow the city to seize community gardens to put up housing.
(WNYC News)
posted: 9/24/10                   0       4

7/7/2010  Peter Power admits simultaneous drill
The President of Visor Management admits his company was running a simulation for a major London corporation that postulated bombs going off at the exact same time in the exact same places as the bombs actually went off on July 7, 2005.
(ITV News)
posted: 9/24/10      
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7/7/2010  The High Road -- Growers who cashed in on illegal pot now welcome legalization and taxation.
(SF Weekly)
posted: 7/22/10                   0       11

7/6/2010  Dubai Rejects Full-Body Scanners Because They 'Contradict Islam'
Dubai airports will not use hi-tech full-body scanners because they "contradict Islam" and violate passengers' privacy, according to reports even though the scanners can detect terrorist threats like those posed by the Christmas Day bomber. Neither of Dubai's two airports will use the scanners "out of respect for the privacy of individuals and their personal freedom," the head of airport security for the emirate told Al-Bayan daily, AFP reported. "The scanners will be replaced with other inspection systems that preserve travelers' privacy," said Dubai police's Brigadier Pilot Ahmad Mohammad Bin Thani, the AFP reported.
posted: 10/4/10                   0       4

7/6/2010  Oil/Water samples from Gulf...VERY TOXIC
Oil and water samples were taken from both the Shores of Grand Isle and from 20 miles out. The preliminary analysis was done at an academic analytical chemistry laboratory. Looking for the likely pollutants from the deep water Horizon Oil spill. It was focused on the detection of benzene and propylene glycol. Benzene and other highly toxic contaminants were very low however the concentration of propylene glycol was between 360 and 440 parts per million. Just 25 parts per million is know to kill most fish and propylene glycol is just one of many ingredients found in Corexit. In short, the Gulf is being poisoned by BP's usage of the dispersants even after the EPA asked them to stop back in May. We are willing to provide ANY respected/known laboratory these samples or provide them with more. This is very serious to all people and marine life in and around the Gulf.
(James C Fox)
posted: 7/20/10      
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7/5/2010  Electronic Frontier Foundation: Cindy Cohn
Cindy Cohn doubts that President Obama is coming for our guns online and doesn't think Stephen's Hitler joke is funny.
(Colbert Report)
posted: 7/9/10                   0       17

7/5/2010  Web blocks remain one year on for China's Uighurs
For Ruzmammat, the Internet is a crucial way of keeping in touch with his Uighur friends in China's Xinjiang region -- a lifeline that was denied to him for 10 months following deadly ethnic riots. Authorities cut off the web in Xinjiang in the aftermath of violence that erupted a year ago in the regional capital Urumqi between mainly Muslim Uighurs and majority Han Chinese, leaving nearly 200 dead and 1,700 injured.
(Agence France-Presse)
posted: 9/27/10                   0       7
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7/2/2010  Canadian Civil Liberties Group Mulls Lawsuit as Details of Mass Arrests, Unprecedented Powers at G2O Come to Light Riot-police-peace
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is looking into suing the Toronto police department following mass arrests at the G20 summit last week. It is now estimated that 1,000 people, including many journalists, were arrested. On Thursday, protest rallies were held in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg against the brutal police crackdown. Civil liberties advocates are also up in arms after it emerged that the Toronto police were secretly given new and unprecedented powers of arrest in the lead-up to the G20. We hear from David Vassey, the first person arrested under a new law in Toronto that allowed police to detain anyone near the site of the G20 summit if they failed to identify themselves.
(Democracy Now)
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7/2/2010  Uncle Sam Wants You to Have an Online ID
As our daily interactions and transactions have become increasingly wired, we have yet to see any truly comprehensive attempts at securing online identities. Our complex system of usernames and passwords is astoundingly outdated and increasingly prone to security breaches and theft. Yet, so far it has been mostly up to the individual to protect himself against various forms of identity fraudwith larger corporations taking relatively little responsibility. But this could change in a big way. Right now the federal government is proposing a new system being referred to as the Identity Ecosystemwhich was highlighted in the recently-released draft paper, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace [NSTIC]. - The bottom line here is that the White Houses proposal depends on businesses voluntarily agreeing to turn the current e-commerce system upside down, incur massive new costs and collaborate with competitors a dim possibility, to say the least. Although the White House should be applauded for this idea, it is doubtful that such a voluntary approach is likely to win over the big companies who will end up footing the bill or passing it on to consumers. The private industry has been trying to enact this type of online assurance model for some time now, and with little success. It is far more likely that the White House will have to work with Congress to legislate this type of a reform.
posted: 7/22/10                   0       14

7/1/2010  Booz Allen snares $700M FAA NextGen contract: Contractor will assist in transition to new air traffic system
Booz Allen Hamilton will assist the Federal Aviation Administration in implementing its Next Generation Air Transportation System under a 10-year contract that has a potential value of more than $700 million. The contract will support FAAs evolution to NextGen, which is part of the agencys efforts to improve safety and bring greater efficiencies to the nations airspace system, a June 30 Booz Allen announcement stated. The contract, which covers NextGen and the current National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure, calls for a broad range of systems engineering, investment and business case analysis. The contractor also will provide planning, forecasting and business, financial and information management support services.
(Washington Technology)
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7/1/2010  Police May Use LRAD After Mesherie Verdict
Oakland Police have a new tool called an LRAD to control unruly crowds after the Mesherie verdict. The device uses loud noise to disperse protestors. Joe Vazquez reports.
posted: 7/24/10                   0       9
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7/1/2010  Prices rise as New Zealand passes emissions trading scheme
Petrol and power prices have risen sharply in New Zealand after the government introduced a controversial emissions trading scheme. - The government has pressed ahead with plans to slash the nation's carbon output, despite widespread opposition and New Zealand's larger neighbour Australia shelving its own scheme. Motorists were hit by a 3c (1.4p) rise in the price of a litre of petrol overnight, while householders face a 5 per cent increase in gas and electricity prices. - Under the scheme, to be fully phased in over several years, companies trade carbon credits known as New Zealand Units (NZUs). Industries that are net creators of carbon must buy the units from the government or from sellers whose businesses absorb carbon, such as those that plant trees. The units can be traded internationally with other countries implementing a similar scheme under the Kyoto Protocol.
(London Telegraph)
posted: 7/3/10                   0       17

6/30/2010  Obama movie debuts in Indonesia
A film about US President Barack Obama's childhood days in Indonesia made its debut in Jakarta on Wednesday, promising a very different perspective on the man in the White House. "Obama Anak Menteng" or "Obama the Menteng Kid", is set in the upscale Jakarta neighbourhood of Menteng, where Obama lived from 1967 to 1971 with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. Co-director Damien Dematra said it showed the US president in a light that Americans might find strange. - A scene showing Obama, who is a Christian, praying like a Muslim was dropped as it was deemed "too political", Dematra said. "He was just imitating other kids when they were praying but it didn't mean he wanted to be Muslim. That scene wasn't even shot because I didn't want people to take it out of context and use it against him," he said. Based on his interviews with Obama's surviving neighbours and friends in the Indonesian capital, Dematra claims the film is "60 percent fact and 40 percent fiction".
(Agence France-Presse)
posted: 7/22/10                   0       9

6/30/2010  Study links bee decline to cell phones
A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world. Bee populations dropped 17 percent in the UK last year, according to the British Bee Association, and nearly 30 percent in the United States says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parasitic mites called varroa, agricultural pesticides and the effects of climate change have all been implicated in what has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder" (CCD). But researchers in India believe cell phones could also be to blame for some of the losses. In a study at Panjab University in Chandigarh, northern India, researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered them up for two fifteen-minute periods each day. After three months, they found the bees stopped producing honey, egg production by the queen bee halved, and the size of the hive dramatically reduced.
posted: 7/3/10                   0       18
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6/29/2010  G20 Toronto Police Rape Threats + Strip Searched
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posted: 7/2/10      
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6/28/2010  When Capitalism Meets Cannabis
One of the odder experiments in the recent history of American capitalism is unfolding in the Rockies: the countrys first attempt at fully regulating, licensing and taxing a for-profit marijuana trade, The New York Timess David Segal writes in a lengthy look at the developing industry. - More than 80,000 people here now have medical marijuana certificates, which are essentially prescriptions, and for months new enrollees have signed up at a rate of roughly 1,000 a day. As supply met demand, politicians decided that a body of regulations was overdue. The states Department of Revenue has spent months conceiving rules for this new industry, ending the reefer-madness phase here in favor of buzz-killing specifics about cultivation, distribution, storage and every other part of the business.
(New York Times)
posted: 7/2/10                   0       15

6/26/2010  The Coming Gulf Coast Firestorm: How the BP oil catastrophe could destroy a major U.S. city
It's hurricane season in the Atlantic, and that means Mother Nature could be whipping up fierce storms and sending them charging into the Gulf Coast any day now. In a normal hurricane season, that's bad enough all by itself... remember Katrina? But now there's something even more worrisome in the recipe: There's oil in the water. - Besides, as any chemist will tell you, the various petrochemicals found in crude oil evaporate even without a storm picking them up! Oil, in other words, does evaporate into the air. Or, more accurately, some of the lighter chemicals in crude oil evaporate even at temperatures of around 100 degrees (F). Those are Gulf Coast temperatures. - Now, these lighter chemicals that more easily evaporate also happen to have lower flash points, meaning they catch on fire more easily and at lower temperatures than other elements in the oil. The flash point for gasoline, for example, is much lower than diesel fuel. That's because gasoline is "more flammable" and is a lighter fuel than diesel.
(Natural News)
posted: 7/2/10                   0       17

6/25/2010  Burned girl a symbol of Roma hate and hope
Natalka Kudrikova is a bright-eyed, three-year-old girl recovering from the severe burns she suffered when far-right extremists threw a Molotov cocktail into her home. - According to the prosecutor, the attack was planned for the 120th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth. Court experts confirmed swastikas and other Nazi memorabilia were found in the defendants' homes.
posted: 6/25/10                   1       17
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