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Key Facts January 3, 2013
A child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes.
18,270 children and teens died or were injured from guns in 2010
1 child or teen died or was injured every 30 minutes
50 children and teens died or were injured every day
351 children and teens died or were injured every week
More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre.
2,694 children and teens died from guns in 2010.
1 child or teen died every 3 hours and 15 minutes
7 children and teens died every day
52 children and teens died every week
Between 1979 and 2010, 119,079 children and teens died from guns. This is more child and teen deaths in 32 years than U.S. soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam (47,434), Korean (33,739), Afghanistan (1,712), and Iraq (3,518) wars combined.
The number of children under five who died from guns was more than the number of law enforcement officers who died from guns in the line of duty in 2010. 82 children under five died from guns in 2010, compared to 58 law enforcement officers killed by guns in the line of duty.
What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding
Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the scientist who led the government’s research on guns before funding was cut, reveals that keeping a gun for protection increases your risk of dying by 300%.
Like me many people have wondered why he US and NATO support Israel in the light of their apartheid and the attempted genocide of the Palestinian people. Why does Israel keep the Palestinians locked up in Gaza? Why didn’t they simply expel them all, if they wanted an exclusively Jewish state? Why build huge concrete walls around Palestinian areas.
This is what some of those corporations are up to:
Boeing http://en.boeing.co.il/ViewContent.do?id=49643 This website has now changed to Hebrew however if you slide down the menu on the right you will be able to see the weapons Boeing has worked on with Israel.
Gaza is an horrific parody of the Warsaw Ghetto only much larger. The reason why is graphically documented in this video.
Nazi Revisionism is flooding the internet. One of the major tenets of this anti-historical approach is that Hitler was not anti-Semitic. Likewise claims that Palestinian citizens living in Israel are treated fairly without racism, cannot be substantiated.
Here is just some the historical evidence that refutes those claims including primary sources for the Nuremberg Laws
In 1925/26 Hitler published Mein Kampf. Here is just a small portion of what he said.
“…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”
“The black-haired Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end, satanically glaring at and spying on the unsuspicious girl whom he plans to seduce, adulterating her blood and removing her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew uses every possible means to undermine the racial foundations of a subjugated people. (Book 1 Chap 11)”
“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: ‘by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”
In 1933 the new National Socialist government under Hitler instigated or instituted these:
Public burning of books by Jews and anti-Nazis
Police and the courts no longer protect Jews
April boycotts of Jewish shops – for one day, Germans are told not to buy from shops and business owned by Jews
SA stand outside shops to discourage people from going inside
‘Kosher’- ritual slaughter of animals banned
Department of Racial Hygiene (‘ethnic cleansing’) established
Jews are prohibited from owning land
Jewish students excluded from exams in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law
Jews excluded from military service
Nuremberg Laws deny Jews many basic civil rights
Law for ‘The Protection of German Blood and German Honour’ forbade mixed marriages
Jews no longer allowed to vote and lose German citizenship
Benefit payments to large Jewish families stopped
Jews banned from parks, restaurants and swimming pools
Jews forbidden to use the German greeting ‘Heil Hitler’
Jews no longer allowed electrical/optical equipment, bicycles, typewriters or records
Passports for Jews to travel abroad restricted
Many Jewish students removed from German schools and universities
Special identity cards issued to Jews
Jews excluded from cinema, theatre, concerts, exhibitions, beaches and holiday resorts
Jews forced to add the names Sarah or Israel to their own
Kristallnacht (9 November) – a night of terrible violence in Germany. German and Austrian Jews are murdered, synagogues burnt and desecrated and shop windows smashed. Thousands of Jews are arrested
Jewish children expelled from German schools
Jews’ passports stamped with a red letter ‘J’. Some have passports removed to prevent them leaving the country.
NOTE: all the above were before WW2. The Germans documented everything meticulously.
THE NUREMBERG LAWS
Ben S. Austin
The Congress of the National Socialist Workers’ Party (NAZI) convened in Nuremberg, Germany on September 10, 1935. Among the many items of business on the Nazi agenda was the passage of a series of laws designed (a) to clarify the requirements of citizenship in the Third Reich, (b) to assure the purity of German blood and German honor and (b) to clarify the position of Jews in the Reich. These three laws, passed on September 15, 1935, and the numerous auxillary laws which followed them are called the Nuremberg Laws. They are reprinted here in their entirety. Please take special note of the similarity between these laws and the Jim Crow Laws which were passed in the United States following the Compromise of 1877, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy vs Ferguson (1896) and remained in effect until the court reversed the “separate but equal doctrine in Brown vs the Board of Education of Topeka
- Law of Protection of the German Race: Hereditary Health
- Law of Protection of the German Race: Citizenship
- Law of Protection of the German Race: German Blood and German Honor
Israeli treatment of its indigenous Palestinian Arabic citizens
Hugo Schwyzer – Author, speaker and Professor of History andat
In the days since the appalling murder of 20 school children and six adults in, the same questions keep getting asked around the world: why does this keep happening in the States? Why do cling so persistently to their guns, even as the number of rampage murders continues to escalate and children continue to die? And why do so many of the shooters fit the same profile: young white men from middle-class backgrounds?
When horrific mass killings at Port Arthur and Dunblane rocked and Scotland in 1996, Canberra and Westminster responded swiftly with new laws severely restricting gun ownership and buying back weapons already on the market. In both the UK and Australia, gun deaths plummeted. There have been no comparable mass murders since. Meanwhile, most of the deadliest rampage killings in US history have taken place Read more http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/defending-masculinity-with-guns-20121219-2bml3.html
Outrage over all children killed by weapons
Read the whole story here http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33333.htm
Warning: This video is horrifying. It shows actual beheading.
Syria – FSA using children in Conflict against Government 29/11/2012
Child soldier made to dig own grave
Just what any country with militaristic aims needs for Christmas. A stocking filled with hi-tech boy toys. New ways to kill people, new ways to terrify the world and new ways to make a profit. Presented with gusto, the ads above are a holiday season exposé of what the modern militant, mercenary and conventional soldier must have for next year.
The original video was taken down. For more weapons including those listed below, search the thumbnails on the right of this link.
In this time of peace and joy, these are just what the world needs?
THOR, Tabor, Aerial Laser, Bangalore Blade, SMAW-NE, EFV, MOAB, Sensor Fuzed weapon, Archer, THAAD, Metal Storm, Gate crasher, EMP,
and many more.
THE IRAQI CHILDREN
by Francis A. Boyle Professor of International Law
before The International Conference on War-affected Children
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 22, 2012
© Copyright 2012 by Francis A. Boyle. All rights reserved.
During the summer of 1991 I was contacted on behalf of several Mothers in http://www.countercurrents.org/boyle041212.htmwhose children were dying at astounding rates because of the genocidal economic sanctions that had been imposed upon them by the Security Council in August of 1990 at the behest of the Bush Senior administration. They requested that I do something in order to save these innocent children from perishing in agony in front of their mothers’ very own eyes. Read more:
Read the full endictment at legal-protection-of-children-in-armed-conflict
Sanctions more deadly than the atomic bomb
Sanctions kill Iran’s children
So why would the US want to attack Iran?
Wars Of Empire – Saddam Hussein – The Trial You Will Never See
This video has been taken down at many sites but you can still see it at Underground Documentaries. Scroll down to find it.
See the full program http://www.sbs.com.au/insight/episode/watchonline/509/Syria
I hate bullies; Particularly ones that stop discussion and debate; Particularly ones that gang bash new commenters on blogs like Information Clearing House and Particularly ones that demand free speech but undertake concerted campaigns to prevent free speech from others who have a different world view.
We frequently hear that government and other organizations are watching what we do on the web but rarely notice the invasion of our privacy and our freedom to speak. Below is an example of one way attacks are made on the web.
Under the commenter’s pseudonym 3bancan, an auto-commenter has been used for some time to make extremely offensive attacks on other commenters. Comments like “squeaks the Jewish racist supremacist genocidal barbarian nh…” and “squeaks the professional z i o propagandist and brain damage totaller F….” are typical.
Today, 3bancan showed his true nature, a digital program, an online robot, and auto-commenter that is only as clever as its programing. In the comments below, the robot agrees with me and admits that it is a robot.
3bancan functions with his user who also comments and a number of other posters who have varying degrees of English literacy but who all seem to work the same shift and who all support each other to gang up on other commenters. At times their comments bear no relationship to the topic under discussion and invariably, they always attempt to turn the discussion to Zionism. They all profess a rigid anti-Jew world viewpoint in which all the worlds political (and natural) problems are blamed on Zionist plots and are particularly vicious when America and Hitler are criticized.
I often see advertisements for bloggers, writers and commenters to do paid work by commenting on forums and social media for numerous organizations from the government to baby goods manufacturers. It’s traditionally been a form of promotion but 3bancan’s group are not promoting anything. They are blocking debate, scaring away new-comers and threatening commenters. They are employed to write online text incorporating listed key words such as Zionist and Jew and I believe they are also employed to prevent ICH from fulfilling the function Tom Feeley designed it for.
I hate bullies; particularly ones attempting to demolish a great site like ICH.
Here’s how it may be done.
Pentagon Seeks to Manipulate Social Media for Propaganda Purposes
Thanks Blue Pilgrim
Military’s sock puppet software creates multiple fake online identities http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
And an anonymous guest just stuffed up.
The latest: Just found this when I checked my name on the web.
No NOT MY blog. It’s standard practice for trolls to set up a similar site to demonize their victims with unpleasant material. So I checked it with On StatsCrop.com. (Free, help you explore any web’s history and monitor its performance!) Here’s what I found:
14 Sep 2012 – FitzHenryMac.wordpress.com stats – web status: online, server location: San Antonio United States, last updated: 14 Sep 2012
So I guess I have narrowed down where the trolls are working.
Here’s another one at
And here is how they work
I Was a Paid Internet Shill
By Ex-Shill, Above Top Secret
I am writing here to come out of the closet as a paid shill. For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet. This site, ATS, was NOT one that I was assigned to post on, although other people in the same organization were paid to be here, and I assume they still walk among you. But more on this later.
I quit this job in the latter part of 2011, because I became disgusted with it, and with myself. I realized I couldn’t look myself in the mirror anymore. If this confession triggers some kind of retribution against me, so be it. Part of being a real man in this world is having real values that you stand up for, no matter what the consequences.
My story begins in early 2011. I had been out of work for almost a year after losing my last job in tech support. Increasingly desperate and despondent, I jumped at the chance when a former co-worker called me up and said she had a possible lead for me. “It is an unusual job, and one that requires secrecy. But the pay is good. And I know you are a good writer, so its something you are suited for.” (Writing has always been a hobby for me).
She gave me only a phone-number and an address, in one of the seedier parts of San Francisco, where I live. intrigued, I asked her for the company’s URL and some more info. She laughed. “They don’t have a website. Or even a name. You’ll see. Just tell them I referred you.” Yes, it sounded suspicious, but long-term joblessness breeds desperation, and desperation has a funny way of overlooking the suspicious when it comes to putting food on the table.
The next day, I arrived at the address – the third floor in a crumbling building. The appearance of the place did not inspire confidence. After walking down a long, filthy linoleum-covered corridor lit by dimly-flickering halogen, I came to the entrance of the office itself: a crudely battered metal door with a sign that said “United Amalgamated Industries, Inc.”
I later learned that this “company” changed its name almost monthly, always using bland names like that which gave no strong impression of what the company actually does. Not too hopeful, I went inside. The interior was equally shabby. There were a few long tables with folding chairs, at which about a dozen people were tapping away on old, beat-up computers. There were no decorations or ornaments of any type: not even the standard-issue office fica trees or plastic ferns. What a dump. Well, beggars can’t be choosers.
The manager, a balding man in his late forties, rose from the only stand-alone desk in the room and came forward with an easy smile. “You must be Chris. Yvette [my ex-co-worker] told me you’d be coming.” [Not our real names]. “Welcome. Let me tell you a little about what we do.” No interview, nothing. I later learned they took people based solely on referral, and that the people making the referrals, like my ex-colleague Yvette, were trained to pick out candidates based on several factors including ability to keep one’s mouth shut, basic writing skills, and desperation for work.
We sat down at his desk and he began by asking me a few questions about myself and my background, including my political views (which were basically non-existent). Then he began to explain the job. “We work on influencing people’s opinions here,” is how he described it. The company’s clients paid them to post on Internet message boards and popular chartrooms, as well as in gaming forums and social networks like Facebook and MySpace. Who were these clients? “Oh, various people,” he said vaguely. “Sometimes private companies, sometimes political groups.”
Satisfied that my political views were not strong, he said I would be assigned to political work. “The best people for this type of job are people like you, without strong views,” he said with a laugh. “It might seem counter-intuitive, but actually we’ve found that to be the case.” Well, OK. Fine. As long as it comes with a steady paycheck, I’d believe whatever they wanted me to believe, as the guy in Ghostbusters said.
After discussing pay (which was much better than I’d hoped) and a few other details, he then went over the need for absolute privacy and secrecy. “You can’t tell anyone what we do here. Not your wife, not your dog.” (I have neither, as it happens.) “We’ll give you a cover story and even a phone number and a fake website you can use. You will have to tell people you are a consultant. Since your background is in tech support, that will be your cover job. Is this going to be a problem for you?” I assured him it would not. “Well, OK. Shall we get started?”
“Right now?” I asked, a bit taken aback.
“No time like the present!” he said with a hearty laugh.
The rest of the day was taken up with training. Another staff member, a no-nonsense woman in her thirties, was to be my trainer, and training would only last two days. “You seem like a bright guy, you’ll get the hang of it pretty fast, I think,” she said. And indeed, the job was easier than I’d imagined. My task was simple: I would be assigned to four different websites, with the goal of entering certain discussions and promoting a certain view. I learned later that some of the personnel were assigned to internet message boards (like me), while others worked on Facebook or chatrooms. It seems these three types of media each have different strategy for shilling, and each shill concentrates on one of the three in particular.
My task? “To support Israel and counter anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic posters.” Fine with me. I had no opinions one way or another about Israel, and who likes anti-Semites and Nazis? Not me, anyway. But I didn’t know too much about the topic. “That’s OK,” she said. “You’ll pick it up as you go along. For the most part, at first, you will be doing what we call “meme-patrol.” This is pretty easy. Later if you show promise, we’ll train you for more complex arguments, where more in-depth knowledge is necessary.”
She handed me two binders with sheets enclosed in limp plastic. The first was labeled simply “Israel” in magic-marker on the cover, and it had two sections .The first section contained basic background info on the topic. I would have to read and memorize some of this, as time went on. It had internet links for further reading, essays and talking points, and excerpts from some history books. The second, and larger, section was called “Strat” (short for “strategy”) with long lists of “dialogue pairs.” These were specific responses to specific postings.
If a poster wrote something close to “X,” we were supposed to respond with something close to “Y.” “You have to mix it up a bit, though,” said my trainer. “Otherwise it gets too obvious. Learn to use a thesaurus.” This section also contained a number of hints for de-railing conversations that went too far away from what we were attempting. These strategies included various forms of personal attacks, complaining to the forum moderators, smearing the characters of our opponents, using images and icons effectively, and even dragging the tone of the conversation down with sexual innuendo, links to pornography, or other such things. “Sometimes we have to fight dirty,” or trainer told us. “Our opponents don’t hesitate to, so we can’t either.”
The second binder was smaller, and it contained information specific to the web sites I would be assigned to. The sites I would work were: Godlike Productions, Lunatic Outpost, CNN news, Yahoo News, and a handful of smaller sites that rotated depending on need. As stated, I was NOT assigned to work ATS (although others in my group were), which is part of the reason I am posting this here, rather than elsewhere. I wanted to post this on Godlike Productions at first, but they have banned me from even viewing that site for some reason (perhaps they are onto me?). But if somebody connected with this site can get the message to them, I think they should know about it, because that was the site I spent a good 70% of my time working on.
The site-specific info in the second binder included a brief history each site, including recent flame-wars, as well as info on what to avoid on each site so as not to get banned. It also had quite detailed info on the moderators and the most popular regged posters on each site: location (if known), personality type, topics of interest, background sketch, and even some notes on how to “push the psychological buttons” of different posters. Although I didn’t work for ATS, I did see they had a lot of info on your so-called “WATS” posters here (the ones with gold borders around their edges). “Focus on the popular posters,” my trainer told me. “These are the influential ones. Each of these is worth 50 to 100 of the lesser known names.”
Each popular poster was classified as “hostile,” “friendly,” or “indifferent” to my goal. We were supposed to cultivate friendship with the friendly posters as well as the mods (basically, by brownnosing and sucking up), and there were even notes on strategies for dealing with specific hostile posters. The info was pretty detailed, but not perfect in every case. “If you can convert one of the hostile posters from the enemy side to our side, you get a nice bonus. But this doesn’t happen too often, sadly. So mostly you’ll be attacking them and trying to smear them.”
At first, like I said, my job was “meme-patrol.” This was pretty simple and repetitive; it involved countering memes and introducing new memes, and didn’t demand much in-depth knowledge of the subject. Mostly just repetitive posting based on the dialogue pairs in the “Strat” section of the first binder. A lot of my job was de-railing and spamming threads that didn’t go our way, or making accusations of racism and anti-Semitism. Sometimes I had to simply lie and claim a poster said something or did something “in another thread” they really hadn’t said or done I felt bad about this…but in the end I felt worse about the possibility of losing the first job I’d been able to get since losing my “real” job.
The funny thing was, although I started the job with no strong opinions or political views, after a few weeks of this I became very emotionally wedded to the pro-Israel ideas I was pushing. There must be some psychological factor at work…a good salesman learns to honestly love the products he’s selling, I guess. It wasn’t long before my responses became fiery and passionate, and I began to learn more about the topic on my own. “This is a good sign,” my trainer told me. “It means you are ready for the next step: complex debate.”
The “complex debate” part of the job involved a fair amount of additional training, including memorizing more specific information about the specific posters (friendly and hostile) I’d be sparring with. Here, too, there were scripts and suggested lines of argument, but we were given more freedom. There were a lot of details to this more advanced stage of the job – everything from how to select the right avatar to how to use “demotivationals” (humorous images with black borders that one finds floating around the web). Even the proper use of images of cats was discussed. Sometimes we used faked or photo-shopped images or doctored news reports (something else that bothered me).
I was also given the job of tying to find new recruits, people “like me” who had the personality type, ability to keep a secret, basic writing/thinking skills, and desperation necessary to sign on a shill. I was less successful at this part of the job, though, and I couldn’t find another in the time I was there.
After a while of doing this, I started to feel bad. Not because of the views I was pushing (as I said, I was first apolitical, then pro-Israel), but because of the dishonesty involved. If my arguments were so correct, I wondered, why did we have to do this in the first place? Shouldn’t truth propagate itself naturally, rather than through, well…propaganda? And who was behind this whole operation, anyway? Who was signing my paychecks? The stress of lying to my parents and friends about being a “consultant” was also getting to me. Finally, I said enough was enough. I quit in September 2011. Since then I’ve been working a series of unglamorous temp office jobs for lower pay. But at least I’m not making my living lying and heckling people who come online to express their views and exercise freedom of speech.
A few days ago I happened to be in the same neighborhood and on a whim thought I’d check out the old office. It turns out the operation is gone, having moved on. This, too, I understood, is part of their strategy: Don’t stay in the same place for too long, don’t keep the same name too long, move on after half a year or so. Keeping a low profile, finding new employees through word of mouth: All this is part of the shill way of life. But it is a deceptive way of life, and no matter how noble the goals (I remain pro-Israel, by the way), these sleazy means cannot be justified by the end.
This is my confession. I haven’t made up my mind yet about whether I want to talk more about this, so if I don’t respond to this thread, don’t be angry. But I think you should know: Shills exist. They are real. They walk among you, and they pay special attention to your popular gold-bordered WATS posters. You should be aware of this. What you choose to do with this awareness is up to you.
What you don’t see in media about Gaza
We must pass this on. Make sure everyone you know sees it. Make the media show it. Put the link in every forum, every comment and we must do it now before it becomes just history.
We must accuse the media for hiding this, for colluding with crimes, for a heartless lack of sympathy with victims they would have lionized in the blitz.
We must teach our students that this is what war is and this is what Gaza is.
We must not be silent.
Rockets and a tweet – What a weak-willed, lily livered way to announce a war.
Here’s another tweet showing an alleged target near a playground. Just one thing they left out. The Fajr5 rockets are 9 metres long. That’s as long as the bitumen road in the bottom right hand corner is wide. They also need a large rocket launcher to launch them. Now that’s an interesting problem. How do you smuggle a 9 metre rocket with 200 pounds of explosives and the rocket launcher through Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
Even though the IDF has blocked red over the alleged launch site. There is nothing there that looks at all as big as one Fajr rocket or even it’s buried launcher.
Ian Thomson has an interesting take on this at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/14/israel_hamas_attack_twitter/
And who is left out of the twitter universe – journalists.
Israeli officials count 44 million attacks on government sites since bombardment of Gaza began – but only one succeeds. The funny thing is that most come from within Israel. Read more
This is a good test case for assessing the humanity and ethics of the media information that you receive. Whilst every major media outlet has reported on sanctions, I have yet to see one that reports on the effect of sanctions. Shame.
American media presents the USA as a beacon of democracy yet the people do not elect the president. How does it work and how does it compare to the election process in another country that the media present as a dictatorship.
By Thierry Meyssan
Chief Rabbi Caught Off Guard With Comment on Israel’s Attack On Gaza
By Alan Hart
November 16, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – There was a fascinating moment on BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day this morning when Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, answered a question honestly because he thought he was off the air. That was enough to cause a craven BBC (dictionary definition of craven – “cowardly”) to apologize for the fact that one its presenters had caught him off-guard. So what did he say?
He had just completed his on-air (live) contribution to the programme’s two-minute Thought for Today slot. He spoke in support of the BBC’s annual Children In Need appeal which, as he said, is focused on “the right of every child to be safe and secure and reach their own potential.” Given that Israel’s leaders have no qualms about impoverishing and killing Palestinian children, I would have been impressed if he had said “every child includes Palestinian children.” But he didn’t make any reference to them.
When the daily speaker comes to the end of his or her two-minutes, that’s it. The presenter says “Thank you” and you hear no more from the speaker. But not this morning. Evan Davis, one of this morning’s two presenters said, “Jonathan, before you go, any thoughts on what’s going on in Israel and Gaza at the moment?”
After an audible sigh, the Chief Rabbi replied, “I think it has got to do with Iran, actually.”
Reblogged from Information Clearing House. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33053.htm
Britain has invaded all but 22 countries of the almost 200 in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.
By Jasper Copping
November 05, 2012 “The Daily Telegraph” –Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country.
Nothing is normal about occupation
Nothing normal about apartheid ethnic cleansing
Watch Remi on video and read more http://www.poeticinjustice.net/blogremi.aspx?title=Normalize+This!+%28Video+and+Poem%29#.UuWVTvtAoWk
Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi reported  that unmarked NATO planes were delivering weapons and militiamen from Libya to Turkish air-bases near the Free Syrian Army (FSA) headquarters in Iskanderum. British and French special forces were training FSA recruits, while CIA officers and U.S. special forces provided the FSA with communications equipment and intelligence. Turkey was already committed to attacking or invading Syria whenever the West gave the green light.
by Sigfrido Ranucci
Produced by Italian state broadcaster RAI TV, the documentary charges U.S. warplanes illegally dropped white phosphorus incendiary bombs on civilian populations, burning the skin off Iraqi victims. One U.S. soldier charges this amounts to the U.S. using chemical weapons against the Iraqi people.
The Horrors of WMD
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses—a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world. Read more: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32662.htm
Watch his interview on Democracy Now http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/13/citing_iraq_war_renowned_attorney_vincent
The Ice Melts Into Water
By David Cromwell and David Edwards
from Media Lens
Last month, climate scientists announced that Arctic sea ice had shrunk to its smallest surface area since satellite observations began in 1979. An ice-free summer in the Arctic, once projected to be more than a century away, now looks possible just a few decades from now. Some scientists say it may happen within the next few years . . . If the methane hydrates buried on the Arctic continental shelves were to be released, that would have a warming effect equivalent to hundreds of times the total human carbon emissions to date. Read more at http://www.medialens.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=8
Syrian rebel chief abandons uprising
Soldiers who left their army to fight against it, now admit that the western paradigm of peaceful protestors and an Arab Spring was a myth. It is indicative of the Syrian government’s approach and its Ministry of Reconciliation; that they were able to return to the army and give a statement at a meeting of the Syrian parliaments opposition parties.
This collection of anti-Islam T shirts and baby clothes posted by Nahida far exceeds the anti-Jewish propaganda before WWII. It reeks of the types of racism, prejudice and stereotyping that created Anders Brevik.
By David Swanson
September 16, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor was about to wake him up in the middle of the night to inform the President that 220 Soviet nuclear missiles were headed our way, when he learned that someone had stuck a game tape into the computer by mistake. Read more at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32454.htm
Swanson’s article is one of the best summaries of all the nuclear disasters and near misses we have had.
A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto below really brings it home.
For more information go to What’s up, RC’s nuclear blog
And just in case you thought that it couldn’t happen again or that the US would give up its nuclear hypocrisy –
Al Jazeera, the Murdoch Press, CNN – just a few examples of media information and mis-information bought and paid for by vested interests. This analysis of just one purchaser of CNN’s bias is well worth reading. Fitz
CNN: The network is seriously compromising its journalism in the Gulf states by blurring the line between advertising and editorial
By Glenn Greenwald
This documentary was never shown in the US.
This and the documentary in the post below are more than sufficient evidence to bring war crimes charges. They are also indicative of what could happen in Syria and Iran, both of which are suffering sanctions. Fitz
On the Dark Side in Al Doura – A Soldier in the Shadows from Pulse TV & Maverick Media on Vimeo.
WARNING: Graphic and disturbing photos between 38:47 and 40:00.
“My name is John Needham. I am a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, (BCo,2-12INF,2BCT,2ID . I deployed with my unit to Iraq from October 2006 until October 2007 when I was medically evacuated for physical and mental injuries that I suffered during my deployment. The purpose of my letter is to report what I believe to be war crimes and violation of the laws of armed conflict that I personally witnesses while deployed in Iraq.
Upon arriving in Iraq in October of 2006 my unit was assigned to the ¼ Cavalry unit at Camp Prosperity. In March of 2007 I was sent back to my unit, B Company 2-12 at Camp Falcon. It was at Camp Falcon that I observed and was forced to participate in ugly and inhumane acts against the Iraqi citizens in our area of responsibilities. Below I list some of the incidents that took place.” Read more . . .
By Glen Ford
“The American People of Color Gulag is as large as the entire prison population of China, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people.”
By Thierry Meyssan
August 30, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – “In the aftermath of the second Russian-Chinese veto which formally prohibited foreign intervention in Syria on February 4, the West feigned seeking peace while actively organizing a vast secret war. On the diplomatic front, they appeared to accept the Lavrov-Annan Plan, even as these same countries were facilitating the movement into Syria of tens of thousands of mercenaries and while UN Observers were escorting the leaders of the Free Syrian Army to get them through the roadblocks . . . . .
To comprehend what is currently underway requires a closer look at the “the talents and experience” of Mr. Brahimi. Son of a collaborator during the WWII occupation of France and not of a hero of the Algerian Independence with the same name as he would have people believe, Lahkdar Brahimi is one of the leading sycophant acolytes of the doctrine “humanitarian intervention“, the new scarcely-veiled substitute for neocolonialism.”
It’s an eyeopening read with information that everyone needs to know. Fitz
By HARRIET SHERWOOD in Jerusalem
MORE THAN 30 former Israeli soldiers have disclosed their experiences of the treatment of Palestinian children during military operations and arrests, pointing to a pattern of abuse. Read more at http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0827/1224323031037.html
Update: The Pussy Rioters are appealing their sentence. Here is what their lawyer Mark Feigin (or is that Fagin) had to say:
“If they [the church] mean repentance in the sense of a crime … it definitely
won’t happen. Our clients won’t admit guilt. A call for that is pointless,”
lawyer Mark Feigin http://visualrian.ru/en/site/gallery/#1234942/context[feature]=203244 I wonder what the women actually said and as a lawyer what he advised them to do?
Latest news is that one of the rioters has sacked her lawyers including Mark Feigin.
Feigan is in the process of taking custody of their children. Is this the normal practice of lawyers? Couldn’t he find a close relative of the children? What does this man look like who a mother would trust her children to? (Funny, his picture has disappeared from this article and a Google image search reveals that dozens of images of him dressed as a gangster complete with black sunglasses, have also disappeared. Getting sensitive about your appearance Mark? Wondering if people would be worried about the children because of it? http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9894
Feigin doesn’t intend to leave the matter in Russia, he intends to have journalists who recognized the Pussy Riot as the sham it is, listed for visa and banking restrictions. http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9894 He obviously isn’t a free speech advocate but isn’t that what he claims the women are in jail for.
Here’s the original video. It is obvious that the soundtrack was added later in other videos. Pussy Riot gig at Christ the Savior Cathedral (original video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grEBLskpDWQ
Below is the version most will have seen with a translation of the song. Note the heavy editing with the girls and a band playing at another venue (with masses of candles). Note too, the male voice singing the song with girls singing the responses. Is the figure in a white lab coat with a guitar really a woman? The girl in the green mini dress both crosses herself and genuflects as in a mosque. Fitz
The first copy of the official Pussy Riot video has been taken off You Tube so here’s another one.
And for more western media pot calling the kettle black, read Tony Cartalucci on Pussy riot.
The US State Department-backed so-called “punk band” going by the name of “Pussy Riot,” stormed into a Moscow church, defaming the Russian government while mocking the beliefs of churchgoers with vulgarity and disruptive behavior. Marketed as an act of “freedom of expression” by the Western media and the West’s collection of foreign ministries, it was in reality what would be called both a hate-crime and disorderly conduct in the West. Furthermore, in the West, such an act would come with it steep fines and lengthy jail sentences. Continue at http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2012/08/russian-punkers-get-2-years-jail-for-us.html
For a full and thorough analysis and debate of the actual incident and the legal issues. http://mercouris.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/pussy-riot-2/
Well worth reading, including the comments.
Mercouris also critically analysed the court judgement of the Pussy Rioters. In it I notice that only 3 girls were arrested after the event; two others (one I believe to be a man) escaped overseas. PUSSY RIOT – AFTER THE JUDGMENT
And finally, thank you to Steve for bringing my attention to this-
News organizations pussy out of using controversial Russian punk rock band’s name in coverage of their convictions – Media take a prim view of Pussy Riot http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/us-news-blog/2012/aug/17/media-prim-view-pussy-riot