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Are We Falling Off The Climate Precipice?

[Should Read!]:
How To Easily Navigate This (Bike Bob’s) Website


Scenic And Historic Trips (Descriptions) Worth Your While

Top Journalists Expose Major Mass Media Cover-ups

China's All-Seeing Eye


published  in Rolling Stone Magazine.) 

With the help of U.S. defense contractors,

China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state.

  It is ready for export.

   IF you want to know exactly why we are now seeing those ubiquitous,

 inverted black-domed, 360-degree surveillance cameras

(increasingly being installed along many of the state and county roadways

throughout the St. Louis Metro area)


Smoking Gun - Roadway Surveillance Cameras’Stand-Alone” Agenda:


There was an article on the front page of the Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled, “Green lights are a work in progress” -- with the subtitle, “Region’s 3-year plan includes millions to coordinate more traffic signals.”  Near the end of the article (on the continuation on page 16A), there was a brief mention that:


     “….  Few additional signals will be added to the network.  Instead, future upgrades will include adding surveillance cameras…”  [Bold emphasis added.]


From what can be readily observed, the surveillance cameras "upgrades" program is disturbingly well under way throughout the St. Louis Metro area.  The tall pole, 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance cameras have now been installed at many intersections, and all along numerous state and county roads in St. Louis County and adjacent counties.


A brand new, 4-way intersection -- constructed where there was no previous roadway intersection -- was recently opened (in early 2011) just east of I-270 on Dorsett Road and Old Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights (St. Louis County), Missouri.   A 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance camera was installed at that brand new intersection, along with four brand-new “regular” traffic-light cameras, too!  (So much for the “surveillance cameras” merely being an “upgrade” to the systemthey obviously have anotherstand-aloneagenda!)


[Note:  There are additional installations of tall-pole, 360-degree, inverted black-dome surveillance cameras now at many of the roadway intersections throughout Maryland Heights; as well as all along I-270 and other roadway connectors throughout the Metro area.  --BikeBob]

As these 360-degree, inverted-black-dome surveillance cameras are now becoming ubiquitous, there are some serious violations of privacy concerns to be considered.  Through the use of augmented infrared vision, these surveillance cameras also can “see in the dark.”  These surveillance cameras are also capable of seeing extreme detail (example: being able to tell whether or not you have shaved) from a distance of a mile or two away!  So, if you live within direct-line-of-sight of one of these surveillance cameras, it would be wise to keep your window blinds closed!

But, no need to be that concerned…“they” can’t watch everything/everybody all the time…can they?  Actually, YES “they” can, AND do!  These surveillance cameras utilize 24/7 digital streaming video -- which is real-time archived to computer servers.  Real-time analysis of the digital video stream is being constantly done automatically via software…”red-flag” tagging any “suspicious activity.”  Additionally, it must be kept in mind that ALL the 24/7 digital-stream images/video is permanently archived on computer hard drives.  Anything/everything the cameras “see” is part of the “permanent record.”

Finally, here’s a pertinent excerpt on the subject.  The excerpt is taken from the Sunday, April 13, 2008, Washington Post article, “The Government Is Trying to Wrap Its Mind Around Yours,” which was written by Nita Farahany, who is an assistant professor of law and philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and is the editor of  "Genes and Justice: The Impact of Behavioral Genetics and Neuroscience on Criminal Law."  [Emphasis added]:

      Consider Cernium Corp.'s "Perceptrak" video surveillance and monitoring system, recently installed by Johns Hopkins University, among others. This technology grew out of a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense -- to develop intelligent video analytics systems. Unlike simple video cameras monitored by security guards, Perceptrak integrates video cameras with an intelligent computer video. It uses algorithms to analyze streaming video and detect suspicious activities, such as people loitering in a secure area, a group converging or someone leaving a package unattended. Since installing Perceptrak, Johns Hopkins has reported a 25 percent reduction in crime.

FBI Probes "Suspicious Activity"!  -  This is an IMPORTANT MUST-READ ALERT at this link.

How the U.S. Government Forged a Surveillance Society

'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution - Scientists mimic essence of plants' energy storage system  - (MIT News - July 31, 2008)  -


Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From

and Where They Are Taking Us

  By Wayne Madsen

A People's History of the United States  -  A 1980 non-fiction book by late American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. In the book, Zinn seeks to present American history through the eyes of the common people rather than political and economic elites.  [Book description from Wikipedia.]

"Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama" -  Jane Mayer's (award-winning journalist) Aug. 30, 2010 article  ) in the New Yorker magazine.  She exposes U.S. Libertarian billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch [owners of the notoriously polluting Koch Industries]; their anti-government and anti-Global Warming/Climate Change agenda funding (to the tune of over 100 million dollars) of so-called "grass roots" right-wing front groups (which includes The Tea Party) and "think tanks."

The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up

Terry Hansen’s book illustrates -- both historically and currently -- why (and how)

there truly is an orchestrated, ongoing disinformation campaign in regards to UFOs.   <==  (Also provides excerpts from the book.)

The Day We Bombed Utah  -  Extremely significant book written in 1984 by John G. Fuller.  (It's hard to find, but -- at least as of this writing -- Amazon appears to have some 1985 paperback editions available.)  Among lots of other important information in the book, Fuller noted that there are many radioactive nuclear fallout sites throughout the U.S.  These particularly resulted in far-and-widespread areas (as far away as Troy, NY) when airborne fallout from the Nevada atomic bomb tests was literally washed out of the sky by rain.  (As a point of note:  There are such nuclear fallout "hot spots" near Columbia, Missouri and Hannibal, Missouri.)

Naomi Klein  -   -  A Canadian author and social activist known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization from a democratic socialist perspective.  Anything and everything Naomi Klein writes is an absolute must-read!

"Computer Creativity Machine simulates the human brain - The machine that invents"

Sight Unseen  <== (Click this.)

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water - 1986 book [revised and updated in 1993] by Marc Reisner  - The definitive history of water resources in the American West, and a very illuminating lesson in the political economy of limited resources anywhere. Highly recommended!” - [Amazon link ]

Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic?

Spies for Hire: Carlyle Group to Become Owner of "One of America's Largest Private Intelligence Armies"

May 19, 2008 - Democracy Now!

The secretive investment fund the Carlyle Group
 is in the process of buying part of Booz Allen Hamiliton,
 the major military and intelligence contractor.

 We speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock,
 author of the new book
 Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.


The Bush Dynasty,

America’s Invisible Government,

and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years

  (2009) book by Russ Baker

 “…is massively documented and heavily annotated, but it reads like a spy thriller.

Combining gripping stories, explosive revelations and trenchant analysis,

Family of Secrets is much more than a new look at a presidential family.

  It is a secret history of the elites

that have shaped American politics

over the last century.


Meet John Doe”...(And, Prescott Bush: His Foe)


If you haven’t seen the 1941 Frank Capra film, “Meet John Doe”

(starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Brennan), then you might want to check out this excellent online review of the film:


As the review notes:  The film was intended to combat pro-Nazi Fascist forces present in America . . .”


Given the time period, it’s obvious that the premise of the film

was (maybe not so loosely) based on the real-life attempted Fascist/Nazi-supporter coup to take over America

by Prescott Bush (George W. Bush’s grandfather)

and his pro big business gang back in the 1930’s.

  Bush’s anti-American, treasonous attempt

is well-documented at the following URL.

  (Also below is an excerpt from that info.):


 "There was a scheme in the 30's and Prescott Bush was one of the leaders of this scheme,

an industrialist who admired fascism and thought that was a good idea -

to have a coup in the United States

along the lines of the coup they saw taking place in Italy and Germany," said Wolf,

referring to the testimony of Marine Corps Maj.-Gen. Smedley Butler,

who was approached by a wealthy and secretive group of industrialists and bankers,

including Prescott Bush - the current President's grandfather,

who asked him to command a 500,000 strong rogue army of veterans

that would help stage a coup to topple then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


A recent BBC radio report confirmed that there was an attempted coup led by Prescott Bush.


"Smedley Butler had been involved with violent regime change throughout his career,

but he was approached by these conspirators, including Prescott Bush,

and he outed them and he testified to Congress that they were planning a coup in the United States -

it's in the Congressional record," said Wolf,

adding that the coup was being bankrolled by German industrialist

and one of Hitler's chief financiers Fritz Thyssen.

Now you see ‘em, now you don’t  -  How the U.S. government moved UFOs off the front page

Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians

UFOs ‘On The Record: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Tell What They Know

A very important book (2010)  written by journalist Leslie Kean.

     It is recommended that  -- in addition to reading the book itself  -- you read the August 11, 2010, review of the book written by Antonio Huneeus.  His review can be found at this URL: .  Also be sure to read Leslie Kean’s rebuttal, “Skeptic misses point behind UFO book: Solid sightings cited in ‘UFOs’; serious investigation needed,” at this URL:

     Additionally, here are the “Editorial Reviews” for the book:

     (Which can be found at Amazon via this URL:  ):

 "At last, a serious and thoughtful book about this controversial subject. Skeptics and true believers will find a treasure trove of insightful and eye opening information. This book is bound to set the gold standard for UFO research."                    
Michio Kaku, Ph.DAuthor of Physics of the Impossible and host of Sci Fi Science on the Science Channel

“I was astonished by the care and precision of Leslie Kean’s research in this terrific book.  Her analysis is carefully reasoned and to the point; her craftsmanship in organization and writing are superb.    Her expose' raises important questions: Why does the US government create public distrust by neglecting this important topic? Why do its agencies avoid investigating cases of interference with flight operations and instead issue absurd cover-up stories?  This book is ultimately an appeal to all scholars for an "extraordinary investigation of an extraordinary phenomenon.” 
Rudy Schild, Ph.D., Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
“Like me, Leslie Kean is an agnostic on the issue of UFOs.  Her book is a fine piece of journalism - not about beliefs, but about facts.  Kean presents the most accurate, most credible reports on UFO's you will ever find.  She has fought long and hard to discover the facts and let the chips fall where they mayShe may not have the final smoking gun, but I smell the gunpowder.”
Miles O'Brien, former CNN space/science correspondent
“I find explanations offered by UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists to be implausible, but I also have little patience with "deniers" who ridicule credible reports.  Leslie Kean has found a thoughtful path between extreme views, documenting the UFO mystery with intelligence and insight. She makes a strong case for U.S. participation in official, international UFO investigations and for public dissemination of the results.  The fascinating first-hand accounts make this a thought-provoking book, even for those of us who don’t know much about UFOs.”    
Neal Lane, Ph.D., Rice University; former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
“If you don't know much about UFOs, you must read this book. If you think that UFO reports are nonsense, this book will disabuse you of that notion. Leslie Kean's UFOs informs readers at every level of knowledge and belief.  It could, and should, become the "tipping point" that leads to public acceptance of the reality of UFOs and all of its implications.”
Don Donderi, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, McGill University (Ret.)
“In an area of study where there aren’t many, this is a serious book.  It is credible, clear, and compelling, without any farfetched jumps in logic and assumption.  Its credibility begins on the first page with John Podesta and continues with case studies of extraordinary quality to the very end.  Leslie Kean not only makes the case for, but calls for, a whole new concrete and realistic perspective on UFOs that has more honesty and integrity than any other that I have read.  This is a book for anyone with an open mind.” 
John L. Petersen, Founder & President of The Arlington Institute
“In these pages we are confronted head-on by the UFO phenomenon as revealed firsthand by highly credible government officials and military aviation experts. Their credibility and integrity cannot be questioned, and their firsthand observations cannot be ignored.  Leslie Kean provides a challenging analysis and she writes with penetrating depth and insight. The revelations in this book constitute a watershed event in lifting the taboo against rational discourse about this controversial subject.”
Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Director of The Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin
“When I started reading Leslie Kean’s UFOs, I found it very difficult to stop. This is an unprecedented assessment of what may be the greatest challenge ever presented to mankind. In an outstanding piece of investigative journalism, Kean provides a well-written and convincing appeal for change in dealing with a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.”  
Jean-Claude Ribes, Ph.D., Paris Observatory (Ret.)
“For anyone who questions why - after more than fifty  years of denial, ridicule, and dismissal - many scientists, academics, political figures, and military personnel still insist that the subject of UFOs should be taken seriously, this book provides the answer.  Leslie Kean offers compelling documentation that physical objects, with flight characteristics not yet achievable by known technology, are being routinely reported in our skies.  They represent a mystery that needs to be solved.” 
Stuart Appelle, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, State University of New York, Brockport

"Leslie Kean’s astonishing book is the finest piece of investigative journalism ever written on this subject.  She has an incomparable ability to ‘give voice’ to a constituency of exceptionally qualified and unbiased first-hand observers. They are not from the fringe, not groupies, and not delusional.  Rather, they are high-level military, intelligence, aerospace, and government officials who speak with authority while providing reports that document actual, physical craft. Kean’s book represents the first important step toward a new U.S. government openness about UFOs.  It brings forward a reality otherwise buried for far too long inside official mystery, and elevates the discourse above that of small-minded public discussions."
Christopher C. Green, MD, Ph.D., Harper University Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine 





  (2005) book by Michael Luckman

In August 1974, John Lennon spied a UFO

from the window of the penthouse he shared with then-girlfriend, May Pang.

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful

encountered a luminous cigar-shaped mothership

while camping in the English countryside in 1968.

Jimi Hendrix told a friend,

"I am a spiritual messenger, sent here from another place."

Whether you're a UFO skeptic or a true believer,

ALIEN ROCK provides a fascinating new perspective on the long,

strange trip that is rock 'n' roll history,

and suggests that, wherever the road takes us,

we may not be travelling alone.

There’s a sucker born every minute

[The February 2011 issue of Wired magazine has an article,

“Grifters, Bunco Artists & Flimflam Men”

by Ricky Jay  -- “con and fraud expert… …sight-of-hand artist…”.

  On page 90 of that article, Jay notes]:

   ‘I AM FORTUNATE to possess an ephemeral and distinctly rare pulp biography from 1885,

The Life of Hungry Joe, King of the Bunco Men.’

   ‘…Joe -- by whom I mean Francis J. Alvany…’

   ‘….the monograph does proffer the occasional insight about its protagonist….

  …it ascribes to Joe the famous line

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

  This saying, usually  attributed to P.T. Barnum,

may have been originated by the notorious gambler-politician Mike McDonald

or “Paper Collar” Joe Bessimer, but the ascription to Hungry Joe,

I proudly reveal here,

precedes by some 13 years

the earliest appearance in print previously cited.’

Statins: I was in agony for months - (The Telegraph/UK - Feb. 10, 2001)  -  As a study raises doubts about statin drugs, Robert Jackson explains why he had to stop taking them.  -


Technology Runs Amok

Earth economist: The food bubble is about to burst - (NewScientist - Feb. 10, 2011 - by Alison George ) -

We're fast draining the fresh water resources our farms rely on, warns Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

What is a food bubble?        

That's when food production is inflated through the unsustainable use of water and land. It's the water bubble we need to worry about now. The World Bank says that 15 per cent of Indians (175 million people) are fed by grain produced through overpumping - when water is pumped out of aquifers faster than they can be replenished. In China, the figure could be 130 million.

Has this bubble already burst anywhere?

Saudi Arabia made itself self-sufficient in wheat by using water from a fossil aquifer, which doesn't refill. It has harvested close to 3 million tonnes a year, but in 2008 the Saudi authorities said the aquifer was largely depleted. Next year could be the last harvest. This is extreme, but about half the world's people live in countries with falling water tables. India and China will lose grain production capacity through aquifer depletion. We don't know when or how abruptly the bubble will burst.

Things don't go better with the Koch brothers.


Sat., 02/12/2011

It's amazing that many middle-class Americans fall for the siren song that government is the source of all evil

when many global corporations are putting US citizens out of work;

sitting on profits generated by gullible consumers; and polluting our air, water and food.

That's why the Koch brothers are the latest in a long line of ultra-wealthy, right-wing investors

in running the federal government through owning politicians and financing propaganda

that diverts attention from corporate misdeeds.

Koch Industries will have to spend a lot - billions of dollars, perhaps -

if climate change laws are passed or regulations put into effect.

Not to mention that the Koch brothers represent

a whole wing of billion-dollar corporate polluters who want the EPA to be defanged.

As a result, the Republicans, particularly in the House,

have marked the EPA as one key target in budget reduction -

and vigorously oppose protecting us from global warming.

The Republican strategy of attacking the deficit

is a shrewd move to reduce positive restraints on corporations.

In the financial sector, for instance,

this means Republican proposals to cut the budgets of agencies

that regulate banks and Wall Street.

The Koch brothers know how to fund front organizations

to stir up Americans who feel displaced

by inciting them with emotional diversions.

It's a magic trick, of sorts, to distract our eyes

while our pockets are picked and our lungs are filled with toxins.

No, things don't go better with the Koch brothers.

In fact, they will get a whole lot worse.


Bacteria thrive amid carbon nanotubes, study finds

(CBC News  - March 26, 2007)


A super-strong nanomaterial with potential industrial and medical applications

inhibits growth in mammalian cells while sustaining the growth of bacteria, according to two studies.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.,

also found the size, type and concentration of carbon nanotubes

changed their interaction with living cells.

The authors suggest the seemingly contradictory results

suggest the environmental and health impacts of the nanomaterial

are more complex than first thought and demand further study.

The first study, published in the journal Toxicology Letters,

found that the material inhibited the growth of heart muscles in rats.

 The effect was seen with large clusters of nanotubes

and even more so when the nanotubes were finely dispersed.

The second study found the material had an opposite effect on bacteria,

actually sustaining growth of samples of Escherichia coli (E. coli).

Both studies were presented Sunday

at the 233rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Chicago.


New Nanotechnology Products Hitting The Market At The Rate Of 3-4 Per Week - (ScienceDaily - Apr. 25, 2008)  - New nanotechnology consumer products are coming on the market at the rate of 3-4 per week, a finding based on the latest update to the nanotechnology consumer product inventory maintained by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN).  -


Super Strong ‘Buckypaper’ Will Replace Steel

 Toward A New Generation Of Paper-Thin Loudspeakers - (ScienceDaily  - Nov. 20, 2008)  -   In research that may redefine ear buds, earphones, stereo loudspeakers, and other devices for producing sound, researchers in China are reporting development of flexible loudspeakers thinner than paper that might be inserted into the ears with an index finger or attached to clothing, walls, or windows. Their report on what may be the world's thinnest loudspeakers, made from transparent carbon nanotube films, is scheduled for the December 10 issue of Nano Letters.  -


Invention: Self-replicating materials

(NewScientist - Nov. 3, 2008)

…a new patent application,

is based on the fact that sequences of DNA

can be designed to recognise and bond with each other.

By carefully designing these sequences, it is possible to build structures from them….

…these techniques can be used to build with micrometre-sized particles of plastic, glass or metal,

by coating them with DNA. Using the right sequences, they can induce such particles to assemble themselves into complex objects.

These assemblies can in turn self-replicate by corralling other DNA-tagged particles into more versions of the same thing.  ….

The ability to create new materials in this way

could provide new routes to building regular structures like those used in microelectronics.

Or it could produce entirely new materials, such as photonic crystals

that control the movement of light through them in a way akin to how electricity flows through a semiconductor.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thugs

Used 'Terror Tools' for Disinfo Scheme

Targeting Me, My Family, Other Progressive U.S. Citizens, Groups

  -  And why they are likely to get away with it...

 (Brad Friedman - 2/14/2011)

Supervolcanoes  -  (BBC2 9:30pm Thursday 3rd February 2000) - 

NARRATOR (SINÉAD CUSACK): Yellowstone is America's first and most famous National Park. Every year over 3 million tourists visit this stunning wilderness, but beneath its hot springs and lush forests lies a monster of which the public is ignorant.

PROF. ROBERT CHRISTIANSEN (US Geological Survey): Millions of people come to Yellowstone every year to see the marvellous scenery and the wildlife and all and yet it's clear that, that very few of them really understand that they're here on a sleeping giant.

NARRATOR: If this giant were to stir, the United States would be devastated and the world would be plunged into a catastrophe which could push humanity to the brink of extinction.

PROF. ROBERT SMITH (University of Utah): It would be extremely devastating on a scale that we've probably never even thought about.

PROF. BILL McGUIRE (Benfield Greig Centre, UCL): It would mean absolute catastrophe for North America and the problem is we know so little about these phenomena.

NARRATOR: In 1971 heavy rain fell across much of east Nebraska. In the summer palaeontologist Mike Voorhies travelled to the farmland around the mid-west town of Orchard. What he was to discover exceeded his wildest dreams.  -


WhoWhatWhy - Forensic Journalism: Thinking Hard, Digging Deep


WikiYou: Who’s Watching Who?



Fast-Food Nation: The True Cost Of America's Diet


Why We Should Raise Taxes on the Super-Rich and Lower Them on the Middle Class

Russ Feingold Launches 'Progressives United'

To Combat Corporate Influences In Politics

(2-16-11 - Amanda Terkel/Huffington Post)

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs.

Others go straight to Wall Street.

But Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who lost his re-election bid in November,

is continuing on his principled -- and often lonely -- path

by starting an organization to combat corporate influence in politics,

an effort he hopes will spark "a new progressive movement" that will truly hold elected officials accountable.

Launching on Wednesday,

Progressives United is an attempt to to build a grassroots effort

aimed at mitigating the effects of,

and eventually overturning,

the Supreme Court's infamous Citizens United decision

that opened the floodgates to corporate spending in the U.S. electoral system.

In addition to online mobilization,

the political action committee (PAC)

will support progressive candidates at the local, state and national levels,

as well as holding the media and elected officials accountable on the group's key priorities.

Underground Bases and Tunnels: What is the Government trying to hide?

Boston Tea Party Protested Corporate Control!

The Emperor's New Hump - The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election”  -

The Kanzius Machine:

A Cancer Cure?


Inventor Tells 60 Minutes

He Hopes To Live Long Enough

To See Machine Cure Humans


Leukemia patient John Kanzius wants to see

the promising machine he invented

that kills cancer cells

go into clinical trials

and maybe help other people beat

a disease he probably won't.

Lesley Stahl reports.

  (Transcript  -  April 13, 2008  - 60 Minutes)



The True -- and Shocking -- History of the CIA

Last Ice Age happened in less than year say scientists

Former Surgeon General: Mainstream Medicine Has Endorsed Medical Marijuana

The Hoax of Eco-Friendly Nuclear Energy

OOPARTS”:  The History Before History

Milstar:  “Look Ma, no hands!”


There is a real-life,


“robot war” system

already in place

that utilizes satellite telemetry/sensing.

  It’s code-named “Milstar.”

 Essentially what “Milstar” has done

is take the “auto-pilot” control of nuclear launch capability

out of the hands of “fallible”, “slow-to-act/respond” real live humans!

  The Milstar system employs those DSP (Defense Support Program) satellites,

and both hard-to-track mobile and below-ground

“hardened” nuclear strike/response facilities,

and ties them all together

under this now-fully-automated/functioning system.

Of course, nothing could ever go “wrong”

with a no-human-intervention system

like that, now could it!?!


For more info

you can find the real facts

on the now-operative

Milstar system in this book:


Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget

written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter

(of the “Philadelphia Enquirer”) Tim Weiner.

  The 1990 book (ISBN 0-446-51452-7)

was published by Warner Book, Inc.,

666 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10103.


[From the book’s back cover]:

“Tim Weiner...uncovers the Pentagon’s big secret: $100 million a day to spend any way it sees fit, whether it serves or disserves the American people.  He deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this one.” --- Studs Terkel


“Tim Weiner shines his searchlight on dark corners that the Pentagon would like to keep hidden from the American public.” --- David Wise, author of The Spy Who Got Away, and, The Invisible Government


“The Pentagon’s $36 billion black budget is a license to steal.  In BLANK CHECK, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tim Weiner tells the entire, shocking story.” --- U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, (D., Colo.), member, House Armed Services Committee


[From the book’s inside flyleaf]:

BLANK CHECK is the story of the Pentagon’s secret budget—the black budget.  A remarkable work of investigative reporting, this book presents the first detailed look into the multibillion-dollar cache used to fund every defense program, every espionage mission, every weapon, and every war that the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Director of the CIA want erased from the public ledger and shielded from public debate.

Over the past three years, the black budget has consumed more than $100 billion -- $100 million a day.  In blatant defiance of the United States Constitution, this system of secret spending has stripped Congress of its power over the federal budget and robbed taxpayers of their right to know how their money is spent.

Mountain Lions Confirmed in Missouri!

How Close Are We to a Nano-based Surveillance State?



Notorious Pro-Corporate Group ALEC's Hidden Role in Stoking Class War in Wisconsin and the Rest of America  -  (February 22, 2011 - By David Rosen - AlterNet)  -  The American Legislative Executive Council works behind the scenes, using state-legislative stooges to implement the agenda of giant corporations and the super-rich.   -



Security and Privacy Issues in the PDF Document Format - (ScienceDaily  - Feb. 22, 2011) - UPM Facultad de Informática researchers compile information on security and privacy for authors or readers of PDF documents, the most popular format for publication of digital documents. -

How Corporations
 Have Mastered
 the Art of
Not Paying
Their Fair Share
of Taxes

February 21, 2011 - By Richard D. Wolff  - AlterNet)

If they paid taxes
proportionate to the benefits
they get from government,
US citizens would finally
get the tax break
they so desperately seek.

Spying on Internet Users - Beware the government's avatars, especially fear your own

(Feb. 23, 2011) - By Wayne Madsen

‘The Department of Homeland Security is conducting massive spying on Internet users through a program called "Avatar Identity." The existence of the program was disclosed to WMR by a source who stated that the development of avatars for every user of the Internet had its beginnings with the U.S. Air Force and the Advance Research Projects Agency (ARPANET) at the outset of the fielding of World Wide Web (WWW) technology in the early 1990s.

At the core of Homeland Security's Avatar Identity Program is the reliance on genetic algorithms developed for the analysis of the stock market to come up with prime investment strategies. The program was developed through the aegis of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), which inherited many of the invasive Internet surveillance programs from its Pentagon cousin, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), after its programs, including the proposed Total Information Awareness program, were defunded by Congress

The Avatar Identity Program appears to coincide with another Air Force project to solicit "persona management software" to create virtual users on the Internet in order to conduct perception management campaigns to inundate chat rooms, letter to the editor, and on-line polls to sway public opinion on key issues.

‘…. The program matches recommendations from White House Office of Information Regulatory Affairs chief Dr. Cass Sunstein, who has referred to such operations as "cognitive infiltration."

However, Homeland Security's Avatar Identity program involves the creation of an avatar for every Internet user that pulls information from the actual user's Google searches, Twitter messages, Facebook postings, on-line commerce activities, and other web interactions and feeds the transactions to the avatar program. Intelligence analysts then query the avatar for details of the user's activities.’ -


The Physical Science behind Climate Change

Why are climatologists so highly confident
that human activities
are dangerously warming Earth?

Corporate-Funded Online 'Astroturfing' Is More Advanced and More Automated Than You Might Think - (February 24, 2011 - By George Monbiot - The Guardian)  -  -  Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots campaigns, which create the impression that large numbers of people are demanding or opposing particular policies. This deception is most likely to occur where the interests of companies or governments come into conflict with the interests of the public. For example, there’s a long history of tobacco companies creating astroturf groups to fight attempts to regulate them.

How One Nuclear Skirmish

Could Wreck the Planet

Wired Science - Feb. 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Even a small nuclear exchange

could ignite mega-firestorms and wreck the planet’s atmosphere.

New climatological simulations show

100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs

— relatively small warheads, compared to the arsenals military superpowers stow today —

detonated by neighboring countries

would destroy more than a quarter of the Earth’s ozone layer in about two years.

Regions closer to the poles

would see even more precipitous drops in the protective gas,

which absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

New York and Sydney, for example,

would see declines rivaling the perpetual hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.

And it may take more than six years

for the ozone layer to reach half of its former levels.

Researchers described the results during a panel Feb. 18

at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,

calling it “a real bummer” that such a localized nuclear war

could bring the modern world to its knees.

This is tremendously dangerous,”

said environmental scientist Alan Robock of Rutgers University,

one of the climate scientists presenting at the meeting.

The climate change would be unprecedented in human history,

and you can imagine the world … would just shut down.”


Journalist Returning from Abroad Has Notes, Computer and Cameras Searched and Copied by US Authorities at Airport  -

Get Ready:
Has Declared War
on the Environment

(February 25, 2011  - AlterNet - by Jill Richardson)

are trying
to take down
the EPA
and with it
that seeks to protect
our air, water, food
and health.

The Dangers of American Fascism

NY Times Report: Fracked Water Thousands of Times More Dangerous Than They're Telling Us

(February 28, 2011 - By Steven D. | Sourced from Booman Tribune) -

Good old hydrofracking. You know about it right? It's the method to produce natural gas by fracturing rock formations with millions of gallons of water and toxic chemicals. It's been contaminating groundwater in the Western US for many years and now it is being pursued with a vengeance in the East, particularity with respect to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends across Pennsylvania and New York.

Everyone in the know has warned us for years that hydrofracking was highly dangerous to sources of groundwater used for human consumption. But only now are we being told how much worse is that contamination of our water supplies. So bad it will make you ill after you read this investigative report from the NY Times:

     With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

     While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

     The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.



Public anger against corporate tax avoiders

Money Pollution: How the Chamber of Commerce Dirties Our Skies and Our Democracy



One Dollar:  It’s More Than Bank of America (and Boeing, CitiGroup, Exxon-Mobil, General Electric, Wells Fargo, etc.) Pays in Federal Taxes! -

How Koch Industries Makes Billions Corrupting Government - The Koch's Tea Party libertarianism is actually a thin veneer for the company's long-running history of manipulating the market to pad Koch profits.  - (March 2, 2011  - Think Progress - by Lee Fang) - Koch Industries, the international conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch, is not only the second largest private company in America, it is the most politically active. As ThinkProgress has carefully documented over the last three years, Koch groups have spent tens of millions to influence government policy -- from financing the Tea Parties, to funding junk academic studies, to undisclosed attack ads against Democrats, to groups promoting climate change denial, to a large network of state-based and national think tanks.  -

Documents Reveal TSA Research Proposal To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers - (Mar. 2, 2011 - Forbes - by Andy Greenberg)  -

The Seattle Times Calls For Pot Legalization  -  (March 1, 2011 - Alternet) -  On Friday, February 18, the Seattle Times editorial board opined in favor of House Bill 1550, which legalizes and regulates the “production, distribution, and sale” of marijuana to adults. (You can contact your state elected officials in support of the measure here.) The editorial, titled “The Washington Legislature should legalize marijuana” did not mince words.

   Marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. The push to repeal federal prohibition should come from the states, and it should begin with the state of Washington.

   Some drugs have such horrible effects on the human body that the costs of prohibition may be worth it. Not marijuana. This state’s experience with medical marijuana and Seattle’s tolerance policy suggest that with cannabis, legalization will work — and surprisingly well.

   Not only will it work, but it is coming.

According to Seattle Times editorial page editor Ryan Blethen, the public’s reaction to the paper’s pot-friendly position was overwhelming.  -

Robots Become Self-Aware

What does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
have to do with Climate Change?

The Chamber
is controlled by
Big Polluters
poisons politics
with its dirty money

opposes every single effort
to curb climate pollution.

America for Sale:

An Exclusive Excerpt from

Matt Taibbi’s New Book

on the Economic Meltdown

Our cash-strapped country

is auctioning off its highways, ports

and even parking meters,

finding eager buyers in the Middle East

(By Matt Taibbi - December 1, 2010 - Rolling Stone)


The Joplin ‘Spooklight

GPS fail: How a little black box could cause chaos

Michael Moore:

The Smug Wealthy

Have Gone Too Far --


We're Finally Fighting Back

(March 6, 2011 - Michael Moore)

By trying to destroy us

corporate America

has given birth to a movement --

a movement that is becoming a massive,

nonviolent revolt across the country.


Contrary to what those in power

would like you to believe

so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages,

and settle for the life your great-grandparents had,

America is not broke.

Not by a long shot.

The country is awash in wealth and cash.

It's just that it's not in your hands.

It has been transferred,

in the greatest heist in history,

from the workers and consumers

to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again.

400 obscenely rich people,

most of whom benefited in some way

from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008,

now have more loot, stock and property

than the assets of 155 million Americans combined.

If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état,

then you are simply not being honest about

what you know in your heart to be true.


Do genes make people evil? -  (March 8, 2011 - Scientific American) - By Daniel Lametti, a neuroscientist at McGill University  

Since the 1960s psychologists have found that children who were abused and neglected are more likely to commit crimes later in life. Even so, researchers noted that most youngsters who are mistreated do not grow up to be criminals. Now our genes come into the picture.

A 2002 study found that a particular variation of a gene predicted antisocial behavior in men who were mistreated as children. The gene controls whether we produce an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), which at low levels has been linked to aggression in mice. The researchers found that boys who were neglected and who possessed a variation of the gene that produced low levels of MAOA were more likely to develop antisocial personality disorder, commit crimes and grow up to have a violent disposition. But those living in a similar environment who produced more of the enzyme rarely developed these problems.

Psychopaths are arguably the evilest of the evildoers. A study published in August 2010 looked at psychopathic tendencies in teenagers with low socioeconomic resources. The researchers found that adolescents who had a variation of another gene, which contributes to how quickly serotonin is recycled in the brain and which has been linked to hostile behavior in children, were more likely to exhibit signs of psychopathy.

These two recent findings provide strong evidence that evil behavior—mass murder, armed robbery, and perhaps even newspaper theft—might be caused by the right set of genes interacting with the wrong environment.  -


Unequal Protection: The Battle to Save Democracy

The Insanity of Nuclear Power Plant Promotion

Fire and Ice: Melting Glaciers Trigger Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanos -

Geologists Say Global Warming Expected to Cause Many New Seismic Events  -  (2011 - By Larry West, Guide)  -  Climatologists have been raising alarms about global warming for years, and now geologists are getting into the act, warning that melting glaciers will lead to an increasing number of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions in unexpected places.

People in northern climates who have been looking south and shaking their heads sadly over the plight of people living in the path of Atlantic hurricanes and Pacific tsunamis had better get ready for a few seismic events of their own, according to a growing number of prominent geologists.   -

Subterranean Books

A radioactive hazard zone? Chernobyl's example


Most Vulnerable U.S. Nuclear Plants


Nuclear Nightmare

The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology  -  (February 14, 2011 - by Lawrence Wright - The New Yorker)  -


George Carlin Knew Why They Call it 'The American Dream'


White House Reporter Hellen Thomas Speaks Out


Bill Maher Speaks The Truth!

Nuclear power report: 14 'near misses' at US plants due to 'lax oversight' - (March 18, 2011 - By Mark Clayton, Staff writer -  The Christian Science Monitor)  -  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group.  -


If You Don't Remember Karen Silkwood, You Should. Your Life May Depend Upon It.  -  Mark Karlin, Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout)  -   Silkwood disclosed the numerous dangers lurking at the nuclear power plant in Oklahoma where she worked. In fact, Silkwood - a member of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Union, it should be noted - cited so many potential dangers to staff at the Kerr-McGee facility, that she was asked to testify before the Atomic Energy Commission in 1974.

Later that year, Silkwood was found to be contaminated with 400 times the legal limit for plutonium. Silkwood contended that she had been exposed to the plutonium as retaliation for her whistleblowing.

Having arranged to turn over papers that would have allegedly showed the culpability of Kerr-McGee for multiple risks at the nuclear plant, she was killed when her car ran off the road while she was en route to meet a New York Times reporter. No documents were found in her car and the circumstances of the accident indicated that Silkwood may have been rammed from behind.

In a civil trial, Kerr-McGee made the rather difficult-to-believe claim that Silkwood intentionally poisoned herself with plutonium. Subsequently, 44 pounds of plutonium were found missing from the plant.  -

Major Corporate Welfare Tax Dodgers

"Red" rocker Sammy Hagar says abducted by aliens

What It's Like Living in Our Nuclear Sacrifice Zone - (March 21, 2011 - The Phoenix Sun / By Valerie Brown - )  - 

The official focus on high short-term doses is deceptive. Emerging science suggests that low doses of radiation exposure can have numerous long-term effects, possibly passed from one generation to the next. And almost all the discussion about – and the scientific research on – radiation exposure focuses on cancers. There are certainly many cancers that radiation can induce in addition to thyroid cancer, from breast and prostate cancer to various leukemias. These cancers are thought to result from energetic particles striking DNA, breaking strands, and interfering with gene replication. Faulty genes lead to faulty cells, is the thinking. But there may also be epigenetic effects – that is, changes in the way normal genes are organized and allowed to function – and these may result in disorders other than cancer, such as thyroid diseases, autoimmune problems, and hormones gone haywire.

To make matters worse, how old you are when you’re exposed makes a big difference too. Prenatal insults including chemical and radiation exposure can create epigenetic patterns of gene expression that will stay with you forever, even if your actual genes are undamaged. And it can take 50 or more years for the timer set in the womb to trip the fuse and trigger a full-blown disease.

In a 2009 review article, Canadian researchers Carmel Mothersill and Colin Seymour of McMaster University nicely expressed the emerging state of knowledge about the effects of low-level radiation exposure:

Our understanding of the biological effects of low dose exposure has undergone a major paradigm shift….[W]e understand, at least in part, some of the mechanisms which drive low dose effects and which perpetuate these not only in the exposed organism but also in its progeny and in certain cases, its kin. This means that previously held views about safe doses or lack of harmful effects cannot be sustained.” 



Thanks to Fukushima,
Light Shed on
US Nuclear Facility
Located on a Volcano

(Tuesday 22 March 2011 -
By Russ Wellen - Truthout)

Turns out that at

. . . Los Alamos National Laboratory [LANL]

nuclear safety issues have been complicated with seismic concerns

as geological studies have uncovered

an increasingly precarious underground structure. . . .

in the late 1990s [faults were] found to run near

and even beneath some LANL nuclear facilities. . . .

A survey found a number of LANL buildings

to be at considerable risk of earthquake-induced collapse.

But this information

. . . was not immediately applied to building siting and design . . . .

"When they set up Los Alamos initially,

they didn't care about these things.

They were looking for an isolated site,"

said [Greg] Mello [of the Los Alamos Study Group],

who has studied seismic issues at the lab since 1996. . . .

"Since then, many people have questioned the wisdom

of putting a plutonium processing facility

and now a nuclear pit manufacturing facility

on the side of a volcano."

The Legal Threat of Being SLAPPed

[SLAPP] - Overview> - [excerpt]

By Lori Potter
Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Short of a gun to the head, a greater threat to First Amendment expression can scarcely be imagined. — Judge J. Nicholas Colabella (1992)

Strong statement or overstatement? Judge Colabella was referring to the threat posed by Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or "SLAPPs." SLAPPs are lawsuits filed in response to or retaliation for citizen communications with government entities and employees.

Citizens have been sued for testifying before their city councils and county commissions, about building permit and zoning change applications, for expressing concerns to school board members, and for reporting violations of environmental laws to regulatory agencies, to give just three of thousands of examples. In short, these citizens were sued for doing exactly what the Constitution allows and encourages them to do, which accounts for Colabella’s strong words in Gordon v. Marrone, a 1992 New York case.

The particular provision of the First Amendment that is threatened by SLAPPs is the petition clause ("Congress shall make no law" abridging the "right of the people" to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"). George Pring and Penelope Canan, the authors of the leading work on the topic, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out (and the coiners of the acronym), have dubbed the petition clause "the unknown soldier of the Bill of Rights."

While the petition clause may be less renowned than the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech, press and religion, the right it protects is every bit as basic to our form of government.  -


The Bizarre Religious Myths Mormon Right-Wingers Are Pushing on Tea Partiers

How Nuclear Power's "Peaceful Atom" Became a Serial Killer - The nuclear industry is a snake-oil culture of habitual misrepresentation, pervasive wishful thinking, deep denial, and occasional outright deception.  - (March 25, 2011 - By Chip Ward - Alternet)  -

Debut of the First Practical 'Artificial Leaf'  -  ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) — Scientists have claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy -- development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

"A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades," said [MIT professor] Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. "We believe we have done it. The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes of the poor in developing countries. Our goal is to make each home its own power station," he said. "One can envision villages in India and Africa not long from now purchasing an affordable basic power system based on this technology."

The device bears no resemblance to Mother Nature's counterparts on oaks, maples and other green plants, which scientists have used as the model for their efforts to develop this new genre of solar cells. About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur, or would run slowly. Placed in a single gallon of water in a bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said. It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen.

The hydrogen and oxygen gases would be stored in a fuel cell, which uses those two materials to produce electricity, located either on top of the house or beside it.  -

Unsafe at Any Exposure - There's no safe level of radiation exposure.  - (by Ira Helfand

Tax the Super Rich now or face a revolution - (March 29, 2011 - By Paul B. Farrell - MarketWatch ) - SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Yes, tax the Super Rich. Tax them now. Before the other 99% rise up, trigger a new American Revolution, a meltdown and the Great Depression 2.  -

Libertarian Ron Paul Endorsed [Theocratic] Constitution Party

Vermont’s Single-Payer Salvation - (March 18, 2011 - By Lauren Else - In These Times)  - The Green Mountain State is poised to abolish most forms of private health insurance.  -


ACLU finds [surveillance]camera plan ‘creepy


Wholesale surveillance unwarranted - (Sunday, August 30, 2009 - By Karl Skala - The Columbia [Missouri] Daily Tribune)  -


You Are Being Watched - Spotlights the high costs of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties.  Do we want a society where we live under an ever-watchful video eye?  -

Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity - (April 3, 2011 - By Christopher Ketcham - Truthdig)  -

How I Almost Got Put on the Domestic Terrorist List for Handing Out Leaflets - (March 28, 2011 - Alternet) - Will Potter explains how confronting animal abuse made the government target him as a terrorist -- and taught him to never hide from those who try to silence him.

 The following is an excerpt from The Next Eco Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving The Planet, edited by Emily Hunter (Conari Press, 2011).


Few activists will be visited by the FBI, even fewer will be arrested. The real purpose of all this—the FBI visits, the public relations campaigns, the legislation—is to instill fear and make everyday people afraid of speaking up for their beliefs. The scare-mongering has had what attorneys call a chilling effect: it has made everyday people feel as if they must choose between their activism and being labeled a terrorist, and that is not a choice anyone should have to make.

It can be unsettling and frightening to learn how far the government has gone to attack political activists, and sometimes I wonder if spreading this information simply makes more people afraid. But time and again, in dozens of venues, from the New York City Bar Association to anarchist bookstores, I have seen an incredible thing happen when people learn about these issues and then turn to their neighbors. Their conversations are never about how they are afraid; they are about how they are angry and want to take action.
 -  (Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, DC. He has just released his first book, Green Is The New Red, from City Lights Books.)  -

'Exploding UFOs and alien landings' in secret FBI files - Secret FBI files have been released detailing how US officials saw a UFO explode over Utah – and aliens land near Roswell in New Mexico. - (April 11, 2011 - - The Telegraph/UK)  -


Former Minnesota Governor

Jesse Ventura’s

Letter To The Ruling Class

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

Cops Spot Bad Guys in a Crowd Using Cyborg-Style Shades - (April 14, 2011 - By Christina Bonnington - Wired)  - “RoboCop” glasses, which can identify a criminal’s face in a crowd of people.

“To the naked eye, two people may appear identical,” says Major Leandro Pavani Agostini, chief of military police in Sao Paolo. But these powerful shades can scan up to 400 faces per second, up to 50 yards away, using 46,000 biometric points to identify an individual and ensure a correct match.

Faces are scanned with a tiny camera in the glasses then checked against a database of known criminals. A red light pops up if a perpetrator is found, and the cop can apprehend them without the need for questioning or requesting documents.

The settings of the glasses are adjustable, so if a crowd is more sparse and spread out, it can identify faces as far as 12 miles away at a slower rate.  -

A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones

Nationwide study finds U.S. meat and poultry is widely contaminated  -  Multi-drug-resistant Staph found in nearly 1 in 4 samples, review shows   -  FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — April 15, 2011Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates, according to a nationwide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

This is the first national assessment of antibiotic resistant S. aureus in the U.S. food supply. And, DNA testing suggests that the food animals themselves were the major source of contamination.

Although Staph should be killed with proper cooking, it may still pose a risk to consumers through improper food handling and cross-contamination in the kitchen.   -

'Mass cow sacrifices by aliens' sent White House into panic, FBI records reveal

25 Facts That Show The U.S. Health Care Industry Is One Giant Money Making Scam

Michael Dell: The Making of an American Oligarch

The Tea Party / Republican Connection: Agenda ExposedCorruption at the Highest Level

Questions over

Greg Mortenson's stories

He has written inspiring best sellers,

including "Three Cups of Tea,"

but are the stories all true?

(April 15, 2011 - “60 Minutes”/CBS News) - [Transcript])

Unequal Protection:



the Corporate Aristocracy

- by Thom Hartmann, Berrett-Koehler Publishers)

Let monopolies

and all kinds and degrees

of oppression

be carefully guarded against.

— Samuel Webster, 1777

Was JFK killed because of

his interest in aliens?

Secret memo shows president

demanded UFO files

10 days before death

(April 19, 2011 - by Daily Mail Reporter)



The JFK-UFO Connection: Bogus Documents or Unanswered Questions?

The Real Story of the FBI UFOX-Files”

The Tea Party

Propaganda Factory

You Probably

Don't Know About

The documentary production company

Citizens United

has dedicated itself

to furthering the interests

of the far right


the super-rich.

(April 19, 2011 - by David Rosen - AlterNet)

The Truth About GOP Hero Ayn Rand

How to Disable Geolocation in Specific Programs   

[As noted at the following URL]:

Geolocation is a rather secret feature

of some browsers and toolbars.

It allows the creator of that program

to get a fix on the location of your computer

to within a few meters of where you actually live.

For the potential dangers

read the article from BBC News entitled

'Web attack knows where you live' here.

The question is therefore

how to effectively disable this feature.

At this moment this site offers solutions for

Apple Safari, Firefox, Flock,

Google Chrome, Google Toolbar,

Opera and Twitter:


Oil & gas industry spills happen "all the time" -  Six-month investigation finds at least 6,500 spills, leaks, fires or explosions at wells and pipelines nationwide in 2010 - (April 12, 2011 - by Armen Keteyian - CBS News)  -

How the Koch Brothers Indoctrinate Their Employees with Right-Wing Anti-Worker Propaganda - Before the landmark Citizens' United ruling, the kind of corporate propaganda Koch Industries is using wouldn't have been legal.  - (April 23, 2011 - by Mark Ames and Mike Elk - The Nation)  -

Ice Cores from Greenland Unlock Ancient Climate Secret - Paleoclimatologist James White finds stark warnings about the potential for rapid climate change hidden in ancient ice - April 25, 2011)  -

Nuclear Power Can Never Be Made Safe

Meet the Religious Right Charlatan Who Teaches Tea Party America The Totally Pretend History They Want to Hear - David Barton is a Republican Party activist and a fast-talking, self-promoting, self-taught, self-proclaimed historian who is miseducating millions of Americans about U.S. history. - (April 20, 2011 - People For the American Way Foundation)  -

Increasing Calls for Iraq War Probe of Bush Administration  -  by César Chelala - In his just published memoirs, The Age of Deception, former chief United Nations nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei asks that George W. Bush and officials in his administration face international criminal investigation for the war in Iraq. One thing he learned from the Iraq war, he says, is that deliberate deception is not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators.  -

America's Worst Nukes


America’s Nuclear Nightmare - The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits - (April 27, 2011 - by Jeff Goodell - Rolling Stone Magazine)  -

Meet Bart Ehrman: A One-Man God Fraud Squad - A world-renowned Bible scholar says the Bible is full of fibs, forgeries and downright lies.  - (April 29, 2011 - by Anneli Rufus - AlterNet)  -

In Harm's Way, But in the Dark - (Sunday, August 8, 1999 - by Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer)  -   PADUCAH, Ky. – Thousands of uranium workers were unwittingly exposed to plutonium and other highly radioactive metals here at a federally owned plant where contamination spread through work areas, locker rooms and even cafeterias, a Washington Post investigation has found.

Unsuspecting workers inhaled plutonium-laced dust brought into the plant for 23 years as part of a flawed government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, according to a review of court documents, plant records, and interviews with current and former workers. The government and its contractors did not inform workers about the hazards for decades, even as employees in the 1980s began to notice a string of cancers.

Radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into ditches and eventually seeped into creeks, a state-owned wildlife area and private wells, documents show. Plant workers contend in sealed court documents that radioactive waste also was deliberately dumped into nearby fields, abandoned buildings and a landfill not licensed for hazardous waste.

The sprawling Kentucky plant on the Ohio River represents an unpublished chapter in the still-unfolding story of radioactive contamination and concealment in the chain of factories across the country that produced America's Cold War nuclear arsenal.  -

Too Much or Too Little Sleep May Accelerate Cognitive Aging, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — A study in the May 1 issue of the journal Sleep describes how changes in sleep that occur over a five-year period in late middle age affect cognitive function in later life. The findings suggest that women and men who begin sleeping more or less than 6 to 8 hours per night are subject to an accelerated cognitive decline that is equivalent to four to seven years of aging.  -

Is There a Toxic Mercury Hot Spot Near You? - (April 28, 2011 - Posted by Mary Anne Hitt - Alternet) - Live near St. Louis? The Labadie coal-fired power plant emits more than 1,400 lbs of mercury every year.  -

Living With a Smoker May Raise Blood Pressure in Boys - ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — Exposure to secondhand smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with increased blood pressure in boys, according to new research presented May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

Children with elevated blood pressure are at increased risk of having high blood pressure, or hypertension, as adults. Hypertension is associated with a higher risk of heart and kidney disease and is the third leading contributor to illness and death worldwide. Yet, knowledge of risks factors for elevated blood pressure among children is limited.

Studies in non-smoking adults have shown associations between both secondhand smoke and outdoor air pollution with increased blood pressure, but no research has looked at this relationship in children.

In this study, researchers analyzed data from four National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys conducted from 1999-2006 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They assessed 6,421 youths' exposure to secondhand smoke from their own reports of whether they lived with a smoker and through participants' levels of cotinine, a substance produced when the body breaks down nicotine. Cotinine levels are considered the best marker of tobacco smoke exposure.

Results showed that boys ages 8 to 17 years old who were exposed to secondhand smoke had significantly higher systolic blood pressure than boys not exposed to tobacco smoke.  -

Why Ayn Rand and Her Legion of Followers Are Hopelessly Wrong


PR Industry Fills Vacuum Left by Shrinking Newsrooms


The Strange World of NSA Mind Control

Forever online: Your digital legacy

WE'RE #1 (Unfortunately) In More Ways Than One!

"Unequal Protection": The People's Masters - (May 3, 2011 - by Thom Hartmann - Berrett-Koehler Publishers)  -


     Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of the smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society.

     This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, May 1949[1]

Strategy for Privatizing Public Schools Spelled out by Dick DeVos in 2002 Heritage Foundation Speech - (May 03, 2011 - Rachel Tabachnick) -  Right-wing think tanks have determined that school vouchers are key to eradicating public education and Dick and Betsy DeVos lead the way in execution of the well-funded plan. The money is tracked in two extensive reports on Talk2action [1 and 2]. DeVos video excerpt below fold.  -

Get Motivated! - (Sheeping The Fleece!)

Easily distracted people may have too much brain

Five Republican Myths About Medicare

"Shock Doctrine" Economics Ruining America - by Stephen L. GoldsteinWARNING: Reading Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" will disturb your sleep and haunt your waking hours. If you're a real American, it will make you want to scream — and do something to put "the bad guys" in their place. Everyone — especially Milton-Friedman, free-market lovers like Kingsley Guy — should read "Shock." If enough people do so, it could save the country. If they don't, our democratic/representative government and capitalism will be permanently replaced by the un-American, corporate-socialist state that has already taken hold — and it will be our own fault.

For 50 years, laissez-faire economist Friedman and his apostles at the University of Chicago have spread a doctrine based upon "the elimination of the public sphere, total liberation for corporations and skeletal social spending," according to Klein. Even worse is how they do it: For Friedman and his minions, widespread disasters (natural and man-made) are opportunities to make money. While victims are really or figuratively bleeding, too shocked to realize what's happening, in cahoots with lapdog governments, they impose "deregulation, privatization, and cutbacks" on economies as the formula for recovery. Promising prosperity for all, they deliver widespread poverty and oppression.  -

Mexican Narco-Trafficker’s Revelation Exposes Drug War’s Duplicity - - Trail of Government Intrigue Leads Back to Cocaine Jet That Crashed in Mexico’s Yucatan

A high-level player with one of the most notorious narco-trafficking organizations in Mexico, the Sinaloa “cartel,” claims that he has been working with the U.S. government for years, according to pleadings filed recently in federal court in Chicago.

That player, Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia — one of the purported top leaders of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization. Zambada Niebla was arrested in Mexico in March 2009 and last February extradited to the United States to stand trial on narco-trafficking-related charges.

The indictment pending against Zambada Niebla claims he served as the “logistical coordinator” for the “cartel,” helping to oversee an operation that imported into the U.S. “multi-ton quantities of cocaine … using various means, including but not limited to, Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, private aircraft … buses, rail cars, tractor trailers, and automobiles.”

The revelation that Zambada Niebla claims to have been a U.S. government asset, working with its sanction, is a shocking development in the so-called drug war and has gone largely un-reported by the U.S. media. The claim, if true, adds credence to theories long in play that the Mexican and U.S. governments are essentially showing favor toward the Sinaloa drug organization and its leadership, including El Mayo and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Lorea, as part of a broader strategy to weaken and ultimately eliminate rival narco organizations. U.S. and Mexican government officials, of course, have consistently denied that any such arrangement is in place.  -

FBI Report Shows Ease of Identifying Political Protesters as Terrorist

The FBI Comes After Activists - (Dec. 6, 2010 - by Matthew Rothschild - The Progressive) - Imagine 25 FBI agents coming to your door at 7:00 in the morning and staying for ten hours and then leaving with 30 boxes of your belongings.

Well, Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner don’t have to imagine it.

Because, on Sept. 24, the FBI descended on their home.

The FBI agents at their home even went through their son’s T-shirt drawer and separated “those that were controversial from those that weren’t.”

At one point, the agent in charge was called in to evaluate one of the shirts because it said “Hell Boy” on it, Weiner recalls.  -


DEADLY SPIN: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans - [book] - Since Wendell Potter walked away from his executive position at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, he has worked tirelessly as an outspoken critic of corporate PR and the distortion and fear manufactured by America’s health insurance industry. It is a PR juggernaut that is bankrolled by millions of dollars, rivaling lobbying budgets and underwriting many “non-partisan” grassroots organizations. How would Potter know? He wrote many of the industry’s talking points himself.

From clandestine meetings carefully organized to leave no paper trail to creating third party front groups, Potter lets the reader in on the dirty secrets most big corporations would rather have the masses be in the dark about because the stakes are high and the profits even higher.

DEADLY SPIN is not just an exposé of health insurers but a stark warning that corporate spin is distorting our democracy.  -

Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study - UN's climate change science body says renewables supply, particularly solar power, can meet global demand - (May 9, 2011 - Fiona Harvey  - The Guardian/UK)  -

Millionaires who owe no federal income tax

The Koch Brothers are Now Buying Professors to Spread the Gospel of Greed - (5-10-2011 by Mark Karlin on - Truthout) - The Koch brothers pretty much own the Tea Party; they pretty much own a lot of right-wing think tanks that have steered the nation toward a radical Ayn Rand vision of the world; and now they are buying up professors and dictating extreme right-wing ideology.

Yes, ThinkProgress reports that the Koch Foundation reached an agreement in 2008 to fund professors at Florida State University, as long as they would teach right-wing economic theory. In fact, the Koch Foundation had to approve any faculty hires who were paid with its "donated" funds.

The Saint Petersburg Times reports:

      A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University's economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting "political economy and free enterprise."...

      Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it's not happy with the faculty's choice or if the hires don't meet "objectives" set by Koch during annual evaluations.

In short, what is happening at a public university in Florida is the sellout of open inquiry by replacing it with corporate control of the faculty and the curriculum - and an extremist one at that.

If this is a harbinger of things to come in our cash-starved public institutes of higher learning, it may signal the end of academic freedom at institutes of higher learning. They could become nothing more than propaganda diploma mills. -

Drug Regulators Are Protecting Profits Over Patients, Warn Researchers - ScienceDaily (May 10, 2011) — Medicines regulators are protecting drug company profits rather than the lives and welfare of patients by withholding unpublished trial data, argue researchers on the British Medical Journal website.

They call for full access to full trial reports (published and unpublished) to allow the true benefits and harms of treatments to be independently assessed by the scientific community.

Despite the existence of hundreds of thousands of clinical trials, doctors are unable to choose the best treatments for their patients because research results are being reported selectively, write Professor Peter Gøtzsche and Dr Anders Jørgensen from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark.  -

Bedbug Revival 2011: What You Need to Know


Drug-resistant bacteria in bedbugs

The Link Between Deadly Weather and Global Warming Is Real -- and Conservatives Can't Just Wish It Away - (May 6, 2011 - by Paul Rosenberg - AlterNet) - Does extreme weather foretell the kind of climate that global warming is bringing us? Scientists say yes.   -

DARPA's Automated Video Surveillance Will End Public Anonymity - (May 5, 2011 - by Evan Dashevsky - ExtremeTech) - To be in public is to be on camera, but most video footage is discarded, as only so much can be sorted and analyzed -- until now. DARPA has created a technology that can index and analyze video in real-time, marking the end of anonymity in public places.  -

Police buy software to map suspects' digital movements - (May 11, 2011 - Ryan Gallagher and Rajeev Syal - The Guardian/UK) - Geotime software, bought by the Met, collates data from social networking sites, satnavs, mobiles and financial transactions  -

Big Brother IS Watching YOU!

Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.  -

5 Professional Tea Partiers: Who's Sucking the Most Money From the Movement? - (May 12, 2011 - by Adele M. Stan - AlterNet)  - These five Tea Party leaders are nicely compensated for leading the allegedly leaderless movement. -

Jimmy Carter’s October Surprise Doubts - (May 12, 2011 - by Robert Parry - Consortium News)  -  Special Report: Ex-President Jimmy Carter tells an interviewer that he isn’t sure what to believe about the longstanding suspicions that Republicans went behind his back in 1980 to stop him from freeing 52 American hostages in Iran, a failure that contributed to his political demise. But Robert Parry reports that there is a wealth of historical evidence.  -

New Report Confirms that Switch to Renewables Is Feasible

Say What? A Chemical Can Damage Your Lungs, Liver and Kidneys and Still Be Labeled "Non-Toxic"? - (May 12, 2011 - by Monona Rossol - AlterNet) - You will be shocked at all the loop-holes given by the government to industrial chemicals to avoid safety regulation and accurate labeling.   -

Navy researcher links toxins in war-zone dust to ailments - (5-13-11 - By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY) - U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait have inhaled microscopic dust particles laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi — a toxic stew that may explain everything from the undiagnosed Gulf War Syndrome symptoms lingering from the 1991 war against Iraq to high rates of respiratory, neurological and heart ailments encountered in the current wars, scientists say.

"From my research and that of others, I really think this may be the smoking gun," says Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chair of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. "It fits everything — symptoms, timing, everything."

Lyles and other researchers found that dust particles — up to 1,000 of which can sit on the head of a pin — gathered in Iraq and Kuwait contain 37 metals, including aluminum, lead, manganese, strontium and tin. The metals have been linked to neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments, depression and heart disease, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers believe the metals occur both naturally and as a byproduct of pollution.

Researchers in and out of the military say the particles are smaller and easier to inhale than most dust particles, and that recent droughts in the region have killed desert shrubs that helped keep down that dust. The military's heavy vehicles have pounded the desert's protective crust into a layer of fine silt, Lyles says. Service members breathe the dust — and all it carries — deeply into their lungs.  -

Are All Religions Equally Crazy?

The People vs. Goldman Sachs



How Fox News Outfoxes Americans - (May 13, 2011 - by Danny Schechter - ConsortiumNews) - To understand how so many average Americans can be duped into embracing right-wing positions that go against their own interests, you must look at how Fox News (and right-wing media outlets) use faux populism and phony outrage as propaganda techniques, a topic explored by Danny Schechter in this guest essay.  -

The Right's 'Big Lie' Strategy: When Losing, Simply Rewrite History - Contemporary conservatives aim to disseminate an alternate version of reality through the media echo chamber and the schools. - (May 13, 2011  - by Chauncey DeVega - AlterNet) - America, the Tea Party GOP is coming for your kids.  -

A look at the "sovereign citizen" movement - Byron Pitts reports on a movement the FBI now considers one of the nation's top domestic terror threats - (May 15, 2011 - Transcript - 60 Minutes/CBS)

(CBS News)  This is a story about a group of Americans you've likely never heard of: they're called "sovereign citizens." Many don't pay taxes, carry a driver's license or hold a Social Security card. They have little regard for the police or the courts, and some have become violent.

The FBI lists them among the nation's top domestic terror threats.

By some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. And with the sluggish economy and mortgage mess, their ranks are growing.  -

New Yorker Sheds New Light on NSA’s Warrantless Wiretapping and Data Mining - (May 16, 2011 - By Kim Zetter - Wired) - New details about the NSA’s post–Sept. 11 domestic surveillance programs have emerged in a stunning New Yorker article about NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who faces trial next month for allegedly leaking information about waste and mismanagement at the agency.

The article provides new insight into the warrantless surveillance program exposed by The New York Times in December 2005, including how top officials at the intelligence agency viewed the program. Former NSA Director Michael Hayden, in 2002, reportedly urged a congressional staffer who was concerned about the legality of the program to keep quiet about it, telling her that she could “yell and scream” about the program once the inevitable leaks about it occurred.

Asked why the NSA didn’t employ privacy protections in its program, Hayden reportedly told the staffer, “We didn’t need them. We had the power,” and admitted the government was not getting warrants for the domestic surveillance.

The New Yorker also spoke with a former head of the agency’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center, or SARC, who invented software codenamed ThinThread that is believed to have been adapted by the NSA for the warrantless surveillance. The program had privacy protections built into it, but the official says he believes the NSA rejiggered the program to remove those protections, so that it could collect data on everyone, including people in the United States.  -


The Secret Sharer - Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state? - (May 23, 2011 - by Jane Mayer - The New Yorker) - Drake, a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, faces some of the gravest charges that can be brought against an American citizen.  -



Privacy storm after police buy software that maps suspects' digital movements - Used by the U.S. military, security programme Geotime tracks suspects' movements and communications and displays them on a 3D graphic - (May 12, 2011 - Damien Gayle - Mail/UK)  -

 Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and Religious Right

Billboards that target you in real time - (4-30-11 - by Caitlin Petre - The Filter Bubble) - We knew this day would come, if only because we saw Minority Report: A new NYC-based start-up, Immersive Labs, makes outdoor ads that scan your face as you approach and guess your age and gender. Combining this info with data about the weather and nearby social media activity, Immersive’s billboards then serve up the ad most likely to get your attention. They gauge success by measuring how long your eyes linger on the chosen ad. And the system gets smarter with each new passer-by.

While these ads raise obvious privacy concerns, Immersive Labs CEO Jason Sosa told the Huffington Post that they don’t save face-scans or collect any personally identifiable information. Still, one wonders how far companies like Immersive are going to take this. Right now, the ads just scan for age and gender, but might they one day add, say, race or body-mass index to that list? If they can pick up Foursquare and Twitter data, will they soon personalize ads based on data pulled from your mobile phone as you walk by?

Of course, targeted ads are nothing new — we’re used to seeing them pretty much all over the Internet. But Immersive’s ads raise the question: is there something about the very public nature of a billboard that sets it apart from other forms of targeting?

(Caitlin Petre is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at NYU, where she studies how the migration of news to the internet is changing journalistic ethics and practices. Caitlin's writing has appeared in Newsday, Newsweek and the Albuquerque Journal.)  -

A Former Jerry Falwell Follower Reflects On How The Religious Right Gets It Wrong - (May, 2011 - by Jason Childs - Church & State)  -  I want you to know that the fundamentalist political movement is the beginning of a cultural revolution that will take our nation to a very dark place. You have to understand that this has been methodically planned and is being carried out with the utmost vigilance. In accordance with their worldview, my old friends do not in the least care about what you think. They are against democracy, and they are seeking to end the rule of the majority in our great country.

They truly believe that if you have not been “saved,” you are living under a curse and are incapable of knowing what is best and that because of this you should be ruled over. You should also know they do not believe that even centuries-old Christian communities (Catholics, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, etc.) are “saved,” only those who think like they do.

You might be thinking that a minority fundamentalist group of zealots can’t really take over the direction of a society. Just look at Iran, or the countless other places where people have allowed this to happen. Are you all really going to sit back and watch this happen? They will begin to attack all sources of accurate information. Public radio was first, next will be museums and then science books. Just listen to them argue against the scientific facts about the peril our planet is facing, because it does not fit in with their ideas. They represent a clear and present danger to our union.

Comet Elenin spawned mass hysteria on the Internet

Jon Stewart and Actual Historian Refute Beck Fave, David Barton, on Religion and Law - (May 19, 2011 - Sourced from Right Wing Watch - Alternet) - University of Pennsylvania historian Richard Beeman was yesterday’s guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart following an appearance by pseudo-historian David Barton. Beeman, like other real historians, notes that Barton greatly embellishes the religious views of the Founding Fathers and misrepresented the Constitution.

The Constitution is federally devoid of any mention of religion except for one provision which says there shall be no test for public office or any position of public trust, so the only mention of religion is keep religion out of our government,” Beeman says, and “the debate in the [constitutional] Convention is virtually devoid” of religious references. Barton, on the other hand, made this pathetic case that the Constitution incorporates the Bible.

Right Wing Watch looked into Barton’s many fabrications, falsehoods, obfuscations, revisionist history, as well as his total neglect of the Fourteenth Amendment’s incorporation of the First Amendment to the states and his warped view of constitutional jurisprudence while he was on The Daily Show.

During part II of the interview with Beeman, Stewart noted that while Barton told him that he was OK with Sharia law in the US, he would likely make the opposite case to his conservative supporters.

In fact, that is exactly what happened, as Barton dedicated an entire radio program to denying what he plainly told Stewart about Sharia.

Such dishonest actions reflect the fact that Barton is a political activist, not a historian -- he even was paid by the Republican National Committee to mobilize church groups to support President Bush’s reelection and Republican candidates. As Kyle notes, even his documentary on African American history is brazenly partisan.

As Beeman and other credentialed historians make clear, Barton is simply distorting history for his own political purposes.  -

Many U.S. Nuclear Plants Ill-Prepared to Handle Simultaneous Threats - (May 19, 2011 - by Peter Behr and ClimateWire) - The U.S. government finds that many U.S. nuclear plants would fail to face multiple challenges at the same time as happened at Fukushima Daiichi  -

Forced Pooling: When Landowners Can’t Say No to Drilling - (May 19, 2011 - by Marie C. Baca, Special to ProPublica) - As the shale gas boom sweeps across the United States, drillers are turning to a controversial legal tool called forced pooling to gain access to minerals beneath private property--in many cases, without the landowners' permission.  -

5 Reasons the Finance Sector Should Pay for Full Tuition at Public Universities


GOP's 2012 game plan is to keep voters home the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Reporting On Hidden Dangers Of Medical Radiation

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps - (4-24-07 - by Naomi Wolf - The Guardian/UK) - From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all [And, all 10 of those steps have been implemented and are still in place now in the U.S.!] -

The Patriot Act: When Truth Becomes Treason - (May 23rd, 2011 - By Susan Lindauer, former CIA Asset covering Iraq & Libya - TheIntelHub)  -

The 'Christian' Dogma Pushed by Religious Schools That Are Supported by Your Tax Dollars - (May 23, 2011 - by Racheal Tabachnick - AlterNet) - If you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding "school choice," your state's tax dollars are funding the teaching of religious supremacism.

Are your state’s tax dollars funding the teaching of religious supremacism and bigotry? What about creationism? The answer is undoubtedly yes, if you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding “school choice."

Religious schools across the nation are receiving public funds through voucher and corporate tax credit programs. Many hundreds, if not thousands, of these schools use Protestant fundamentalist textbooks that teach not only creationism, but also a religious supremacist worldview. They offer a shocking spin on politics, history and human rights.  -

The climate change threat to nuclear power

The Nature Principle - A Prescription for Adults

Police Traffic Stops: Illegal Smartphone Searches With UFED Device

There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says - (May 25, 2011 - by Spencer Ackerman - Wired)  -  You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard.

Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the surveillance law as early as Thursday. But Wyden says that what Congress will renew is a mere fig leaf for a far broader legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that the government keeps to itself — entirely in secret. Worse, there are hints that the government uses this secret interpretation to gather what one Patriot-watcher calls a “dragnet” for massive amounts of information on private citizens; the government portrays its data-collection efforts much differently.

“We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says,” Wyden tells Danger Room in an interview in his Senate office. “When you’ve got that kind of a gap, you’re going to have a problem on your hands.”

What exactly does Wyden mean by that? As a member of the intelligence committee, he laments that he can’t precisely explain without disclosing classified information. But one component of the Patriot Act in particular gives him immense pause: the so-called “business-records provision,” which empowers the FBI to get businesses, medical offices, banks and other organizations to turn over any “tangible things” it deems relevant to a security investigation.  -

The Unreal World Of UFOs - “As I have seen it through the eyes of hundreds of people in a dozen countries --Bob Pratt, reporter  -

Viewpoint: Facebook Is Not Your Friend

Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain - (May 31, 2011 - by Andrew Newberg - Scientific American) - A study links life-changing religious experiences, like being born again, with atrophy in the hippocampus  -

Biodegradable Products May Be Bad for the Environment - ScienceDaily (May 31, 2011) — Research from North Carolina State University shows that so-called biodegradable products are likely doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down.  -

Leakage of
from Popular Web Sites
Is Common,
New Study Finds

ScienceDaily (June 2, 2011)

A study of more than 100 popular web sites
used by tens of millions of people
has found that three quarters directly leak
either private information or users' unique identifiers
to third-party tracking sites
The study, co-authored by Craig Wills,
professor of computer science
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI),
also demonstrated how the leakage
of private information by many sites,
including email addresses, physical addresses,
and even the configuration of a user's web browser
-- so-called browser fingerprints --
could permit tracking sites to link
many disparate pieces of information,
including browsing histories
contained in tracking cookies
and the contents of searches
on health and travel sites,
to create detailed profiles of individuals.

The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalizing marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a commission that includes former heads of state, a former U.N. secretary-general and a business mogul.

A new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy argues that the decades-old worldwide "war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world." The 24-page paper was released Thursday.

"Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won," the report said.

The 19-member commission includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former U.S. official George P. Schultz, who held cabinet posts under U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

Others include former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, former presidents of Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, writers Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, U.K. business mogul Richard Branson and the current prime minister of Greece.

A former British ambassador to Colombia during Cesar Gaviria's presidency (1990-1994) and a longtime advocate of the legal regulation of drugs told that policy makers should come to terms with the enormous toll the war on drugs was having around the world.  -

The Turning Point We Miss at Our Own Peril - (May 31, 2011 - by Johann Hari - The Independent/UK) -  We have the choice of burning all the oil left and hacking down all the remaining rainforests -- or saving humanity.

 Sometimes there are turning-points in history – moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out.

In the four billion years since life on Earth began, there have been five times when there was a sudden mass extinction of life-forms.

The last time was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs were killed, probably by a meteor.

But now the world’s scientists agree that the sixth mass extinction is at hand.

Humans have accelerated the rate of species extinction by a factor of at least 100, and the great Harvard biologist EO Wilson warns that it could reach a factor of 10,000 in 20 years. We are doing this largely by stripping species of their habitats.

We are destroying the planet’s biodiversity, so making the natural chains that keep us alive much more vulnerable to collapse.

This time, we are the meteor.  -

America's Most Dangerous Pill? - It's not Adderall or Oxy. It's Klonopin. And doctors are doling it out like candy, causing a surge of hellish withdrawals, overdoses and deaths.  - (June 1, 2011 - by Christopher Byron - The Fix)

The Discovery of the Century

Evidence of Ancient Electrical Devices

found in the Great Pyramid?

By Christopher Dunn

June 2, 2011

New images from inside the Great Pyramid shaft

reveal evidence of electrical terminals,

cables and even ancient wiring diagrams!

The discovery of electrical contacts and wiring

inside the Great Pyramid,

along with markings that show how to connect them,

do not fit anywhere in conventional Egyptology

but confirm the theory first published in my book,

The Giza Power Plant:

Technologies of Ancient Egypt

in 1998.

Only this theory has ever made such predictions,

and every robot explorer they send up the shafts

finds more and more evidence to prove

that the theory is correct.

Background and details follow:


Has America Become a Corporate Police State?

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right - (June 3, 2011 - by David Kravets - Wired) - A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest (.pdf).  [The report states]:

While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, states have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely. The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The report continues:

The Special Rapporteur calls upon all states to ensure that Internet access is maintained at all times, including during times of political unrest. In particular, the Special Rapporteur urges States to repeal or amend existing intellectual copyright laws which permit users to be disconnected from Internet access, and to refrain from adopting such laws.  -

Wall Street's Role in Narco-Trafficking

Carbon Release to Atmosphere 10 Times Faster Than in the Past, Geologists Find - ScienceDaily (June 5, 2011) — The rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago, the best analog we have for current global warming, according to an international team of geologists. Rate matters and this current rapid change may not allow sufficient time for the biological environment to adjust.  -

The Rise of the Second-String Psychopaths

Chronic Marijuana Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry, Molecular Imaging Shows - ScienceDaily (June 6, 2011)Definitive proof of an adverse effect of chronic marijuana use revealed at SNM's 58th Annual Meeting could lead to potential drug treatments and aid other research involved in cannabinoid receptors, a neurotransmission system receiving a lot of attention. Scientists used molecular imaging to visualize changes in the brains of heavy marijuana smokers versus non-smokers and found that abuse of the drug led to a decreased number of cannabinoid CB1 receptors, which are involved in not just pleasure, appetite and pain tolerance but a host of other psychological and physiological functions of the body.

Results of the study show that receptor number was decreased about 20 percent in brains of cannabis smokers when compared to healthy control subjects with limited exposure to cannabis during their lifetime. These changes were found to have a correlation with the number of years subjects had smoked. Of the original 30 cannabis smokers, 14 of the subjects underwent a second PET scan after about a month of abstinence. There was a marked increase in receptor activity in those areas that had been decreased at the outset of the study, an indication that while chronic cannabis smoking causes downregulation of CB1 receptors, the damage is reversible with abstinence.  -

Is Your Mobile Phone Transmitting Your Private Information to Corporations? - (June 3, 2011 - Sarah Jaffe - AlterNet) - Our mobile phones and computers are storing and sharing more and more personal information--but do we have control over who sees it?   -

The Fascinating Story of How Shameless Right-Wing Lies Came to Rule Our Politics - (May 26, 2011 - by Rick Perlstein - Mother Jones) - From Nixon's plumbers to James O'Keefe's video smears: How political lying became normal.   -

Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? - Research suggests limits to looking on the sunny side of life - (June 7, 2011 - Scientific American

Worrying Is Helpful (And Healthful!)

DeVos, Koch, Scaife, Walton, ALEC, AFC: The Corporate Royalists and Right-Wing Groups Propelling the GOP's Assault on the Middle Class - A handful of rich, right-wing families and corporate chieftains are dedicated to returning America to the days when robber barons ruled. - (June 6, 2011 - by Jim Hightower - Hightower Lowdown)  -

When Breaking the Law Is Justified

How Many Nuclear Weapons Still Threaten Humanity?

The GOP's CIA Playbook: Destabilize Country to Sweep Back Into Power - (June 9, 2011 - by Robert Parry - Consortium News) -  Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available.   -

100% Scared: How the National Security Complex Grows on Terrorism Fears - (June 10, 2011 - by Tom Engelhardt - - Americans don't expect 100% safety from illness, car crashes, or even shark attacks. But our obsession with 100% safety from terrorism is fueling the military-industrial complex.  -

John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group



Great American streetcar scandal



Hemp, The Great Green Hope

Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now - (June 13, 2011 - by Daniel Ellsberg - The Guardian/UK) - While we go on waging unwinnable wars on false premises, the Pentagon papers tell us we must not wait 40 years for the truth  -

"Merchants of Doubt": A Review - (June 13, 2011 - by Christine Shearer - Left Eye On Books) - Merchants of Doubt is a very well-researched book about a small group of scientists and scientific advisers to the U.S. government who transitioned from their role as Cold War warriors supporting nuclear weapons to ideologically-motivated “contrarians” battling anything they saw as a threat to liberty and free enterprise, even if that meant the science on acid rain or the hole in the ozone layer.

While many books have looked at the misinformation campaigns around issues such as tobacco and climate change, Oreskes and Conway take it one step further, locating some of the key players in multiple issues and situating them as products of a particular history: defenders of the American way of life against its perceived enemies, whether it be communists and socialists or environmentalists and science.  -

Why Isn't Wikileaks Getting the Attention It Deserves in U.S. Media?



Former Cop and Drug Warrior: Why I Turned Against the Drug War - (June 12, 2011 - by Norm Stamper - YES! Magazine) -  Someday we’ll wise up. The only true solution to the horrific financial and human costs of the drug war is to end it—to legalize and regulate drugs.

According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, drug legalization would save $77 billion a year. It would free up close to half the nation’s prison cells, reserving them for violent offenders. We would be able to invest substantially more time, money, and imagination in prevention, education, and drug treatment. And, we would make our communities much safer and healthier.

Norm Stamper is former chief of the Seattle Police Department, and an advisory board member of NORML and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). He is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005).  -


American Banks 'High' On Drug Money: How a Whistleblower Blew the Lid Off Wachovia-Drug Cartel Money Laundering Scheme - (June 10, 2011 - by Clarence Walker - AlterNet)  -  A fraud investigator helped expose the shocking world of multi-billion dollar drug laundering by American banks and the surprising lack of oversight by the Feds.  -

$6.6 Bil in Cash Was Lost or Stolen by Bush Officials, Contractors or Their Counterparts in Iraq


At What Point Do the GOP’s Shenanigans Become Treason? - (June 11, 2011 - by Edward Lynn - Progress ‘Zine) - …the Cambridge dictionary, which defines treason as, “(the crime of) showing no loyalty to your country, especially by helping its enemies or attempting to defeat its government.

So here’s the question…  At what point do the Republican Party’s attempts to undermine the United States of America, in every way become treasonous?  I contend they crossed that line long ago.

Just look at what they’re doing, and try to tell me with a straight face that their actions aren’t going to “impair the well-being” of the state itself, not to mention it’s people.  Just try to tell me that their actions, like pushing our country to default on it’s debt for the first time in history, undermining the rights of our workforce, assaulting the health of our people, and the ability of our elders to live out their final years with dignity, like taking dictatorial levels of power for Governors and even eliminating democracy itself at the local level wherever they please, like ignoring our crumbling infrastructure knowing full well that doing so leaves us vulnerable to attack and disaster, like dragging our fighting men and women into wars in the wrong theaters against the wrong enemies, as they did in Iraq, while letting our real enemies get away, as they did with Bin Laden, like revolting against fair taxes on the rich who can afford them painlessly anyhow, forcing our nation to slash it’s spending on it’s own people to the bone, like ignoring the consensus of 97% of scientists warning us of the consequences of climate change, even though that endangers our people and presents a national security threat, because that’s not in the interest of their true loyalties – to industry – just try to tell me that all of that, and all the other shameless things they’re doing don’t add up to treason.  Clearly, it does!  -  -



There Are 10 Times As Many Atheists as Mormons: When Will Non-Believers Become a Political Force? - (June 10, 2011 - by Adam Lee - AlterNet) - The rise of atheists as political players would have positive effects on American society and possibly even the world as a whole.  -

The Militarization of America: How the Military Mindset Is Permeating Our Political Culture and Society - (June 14, 2011 - by William Astore and Tom Engelhardt - -  Our president and elected representatives must serve as a check on the military establishment, rather than issuing blank checks to them.

There’s a word for this disease…militarism.  … militarism also describes a situation in which a country’s civil society and political culture are permeated to the point of dominance by military attitudes and values -- an undeniable fact of life, I would argue, in America today.

Militarists see war as productive, as offering solutions rather than posing problems.  They see it as heroic.  ….  When wars are romanticized as action-packed tests of a nation’s warriors, cuts to war spending are naturally seen as perfidiously unpatriotic -- as kneecapping those same heroes.  Hence our ever-growing “defense” budgets, even as a sledgehammer of a national debt hobbles America’s economic vitality and social security.

The end result of this militaristic mindset is a garrison state, constantly girding itself for national security crises, real or perceived, as in the last decade’s open-ended and frantic “war on terror.”

A singular danger of such a mindset, as pointed out by Laurence Radway in a telling article on “militarism” in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, is that militarists, unable to select means appropriate to true defense needs, end up jeopardizing the very national security they say they’re seeking to safeguardBy exaggerating threats, defining all responses to those threats in military terms, dismissing dissenters as weak and deluded (even when they prove right), and being incapable of questioning their principles, they repeat the same mistakes again and again

Until Americans turn away from militarism and learn again how tosupport our Constitution” more than our troops (and don’t worry: those troops swear an oath to that very Constitution), until we return to a broader vision of national security that deemphasizes a garrison mentality, we will continue to wound, perhaps mortally, a once great republic.

And that’s no fairy tale, it's a fact.  -


US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

World's oceans in 'shocking' decline - (June 20, 2011 - The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.

In a new report, they warn that ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history".

They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.

The panel was convened by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), and brought together experts from different disciplines, including coral reef ecologists, toxicologists, and fisheries scientists.

Its report will be formally released later this week.

"The findings are shocking," said Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director and professor of conservation biology at Oxford University.

"As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the oceans, the implications became far worse than we had individually realised.  -


Huge UFO Sighted Near Nuclear Missiles During October 2010 Launch System Disruption - (June 19, 2011 - By Robert Hastings -  -  October 23, 2010, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, temporarily lost the ability to communicate with 50 of its Minuteman III nuclear missiles. The five Missile Alert Facilities responsible for launching those ICBMs in time of war—Alpha through Echo, comprising the 319th Strategic Missile Squadron—would have been unable to do so during the period of the disruption.

This dramatic story was leaked to Mark Ambinder, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, which published it three days later.1 The Air Force then quickly acknowledged the problem, saying that a back-up system could have launched the missiles and claiming that the breakdown had lasted a mere 59 minutes.

However, the latter statement was untrue, according to two missile technicians stationed at F.E. Warren, who say that the communications problem, while intermittent, actually persisted over several hours.

Significantly, these same individuals report multiple sightings by “numerous [Air Force] teams” of an enormous cigar-shaped craft maneuvering high above the missile field on the day of the disruption, as well as the following day. The huge UFO was described as appearing similar to a World War I German Zeppelin, but had no passenger gondola or advertising on its hull, as would a commercial blimp.  -

US Mayors Call for End to Wars and Nuclear Weapons - (June 21, 2011 - by James Russell - Truthout) - Peace activists won a major victory on Monday, June 20, when the US Conference of Mayors voted to adopt two resolutions that call for a drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Both resolutions also demand the reprioritization of defense spending, including the $126 billion spent each year in Iraq and Afghanistan, toward the needs of municipalities.

The group, which represents mayors of municipalities with 30,000 or more residents, has not passed such a resolution in 40 years.  -

How the Patriot Act Is Being Used to Fight the Drug War and Eavesdrop on Journalists - (June 20, 2011 - by Zack Kaldveer - AlterNet) - The Constitutional “precedent” set by the Patriot Act appears to be serving to accelerate the rapid disintegration of civil liberties in this country.  -



5 Outrageous Government Crackdowns on Peaceful Activists - (June 20, 2011 - by Lauren Kelly - AlterNet) - Activists continue to be arrested, assaulted and otherwise harassed by the nation's police and government agencies for participating in nonviolent protests and other actions.  -

5 WikiLeaks Revelations Exposing the Rapidly Growing Corporatism Dominating American Diplomacy Abroad - (June 21, 2011 - Rania Kahlek - AlterNet) - One of WikiLeaks' greatest achievements has been to expose the exorbitant amount of influence that multinational corporations have over Washington's diplomacy.  -

Climate of Denial - Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison? - (June 22, 2011 - by Al Gore - Rolling Stone) - …the record droughts, fires, floods and mudslides continue to increase in severity and frequency. Leading climate scientists like Jim Hansen and Kevin Trenberth now say that events like these would almost certainly not be occurring without the influence of man-made global warming. ….

Many of the extreme and destructive events are the result of the rapid increase in the amount of heat energy from the sun that is trapped in the atmosphere, which is radically disrupting the planet's water cycle. More heat energy evaporates more water into the air, and the warmer air holds a lot more moisture. This has huge consequences that we now see all around the world.

When a storm unleashes a downpour of rain or snow, the precipitation does not originate just in the part of the sky directly above where it falls. Storms reach out — sometimes as far as 2,000 miles — to suck in water vapor from large areas of the sky, including the skies above oceans, where water vapor has increased by four percent in just the last 30 years. (Scientists often compare this phenomenon to what happens in a bathtub when you open the drain; the water rushing out comes from the whole tub, not just from the part of the tub directly above the drain. And when the tub is filled with more water, more goes down the drain. In the same way, when the warmer sky is filled with a lot more water vapor, there are bigger downpours when a storm cell opens the "drain.")

In many areas, these bigger downpours also mean longer periods between storms — at the same time that the extra heat in the air is also drying out the soil. That is part of the reason so many areas have been experiencing both record floods and deeper, longer-lasting droughts.


How Hacker Activists Are Risking Jail for Everyone's Right to Internet Freedom - (June 24, 2011 - By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd - AlterNet) - Since WikiLeaks, authorities have been more aggressive about arresting citizen cyber activists. Yet new actions by the biggest "hacktivists" show they're willing to risk it.

As First Base Technologies' Peter Wood put it to the BBC on June 22, "I can't condone anyone breaking the law... but I do understand where they are coming from." Another way to look at it: "hacktivism" is the future of peaceful protest; these brave, super-smart cyber activists are defending all of our right to expression, defending our freedom on the battleground of now and the future. As more and more governments want to clamp down on the way we can use the internet, the best of the hacktivists are working on keeping it free.  -

Gone With the Papers - (June 2011 - by Chris Hedges - Truthdig/Op-Ed ) - The steady decline of the news business means we are plunging larger and larger parts of our society into dark holes and opening up greater opportunities for unchecked corruption, disinformation and the abuse of power.

A democracy survives when its citizens have access to trustworthy and impartial sources of information, when it can discern lies from truth, when civic discourse is grounded in verifiable fact. And with the decimation of reporting these sources of information are disappearing. The increasing fusion of news and entertainment, the rise of a class of celebrity journalists on television who define reporting by their access to the famous and the powerful, the retreat by many readers into the ideological ghettos of the Internet and the ruthless drive by corporations to destroy the traditional news business are leaving us deaf, dumb and blind. The relentless assault on the “liberal press” by right-wing propaganda outlets such as Fox News or by the Christian right is in fact an assault on a system of information grounded in verifiable fact. And once this bedrock of civil discourse is eradicated, people will be free, as many already are, to believe whatever they want to believe, to pick and choose what facts or opinions suit their world and what do not. In this new world lies will become true.  -


BERNIE SANDERS SPEAKING ON THE FLOOR OF THE US SENATE ON JUNE 27, 2011  -  The reality is Mr. President, if we did not go to war in Iraq, if we did not pass huge tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, who didn't need them, if we did not pass a prescription drug program with no cost control written by the drug and insurance companies, and if we did not deregulate Wall Street, we would not be in the fiscal mess that we find ourselves in today.  It really is that simple.

In other words, the only reason we have to increase our nation's debt ceiling today is that we are forced to pay the bills that the Republican leadership in Congress and President Bush racked up.  -

Universal Health Care: Can We Afford Anything Less? - Why only a single-payer system can solve America’s health-care mess.. - by Gerald Friedman -
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14 Propaganda Techniques Fox "News" Uses to Brainwash Americans



Cisco Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens - (JULY 5, 2011 - BY LORETTA CHAO IN BEIJING AND DON CLARK IN SAN FRANCISCO - Wall Street Journal) - Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent.

The system, being built in the city of Chongqing over the next two to three years, is among the largest and most sophisticated video-surveillance projects of its kind in China, and perhaps the world. Dubbed "Peaceful Chongqing," it is planned to cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles, an area more than 25% larger ...  -

How Fundamentalist Religion Is Destroying the World - (July 3, 2011 - by Frank Scaeffer - AlterNet) - The deluded religious belief that any people or nation or church is a "chosen" people is the root of almost all our troubles.   -


Why Do the Police Have Tanks? The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force - (July 5, 2011 - by Rania Kahlek - AlterNet) - The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training.   -

FRACKING FLUIDS POISON A NATIONAL FOREST New Study Details Changes in Soil Chemistry and Devastation of Trees and Plants - (July 6, 2011 - by Kirsten Stade - PEER)

Washington, DC — A new study has found that wastewater from natural gas hydrofracturing in a West Virginia national forest quickly wiped out all ground plants, killed more than half of the trees and caused radical changes in soil chemistry.  These results argue for much tighter control over disposal of these “fracking fluids,” contends Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The new study by Mary Beth Adams, a U.S. Forest Service researcher, appears in the July-August issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Quality.   She looked at the effects of land application of fracking fluids on a quarter-acre section of the Fernow Experimental Forest within the Monongahela National Forest.  More than 75,000 gallons of fracking fluids, which are injected deep underground to free shale gas and then return to the surface, were applied to the assigned plot over a two day period during June 2008.  The following effects were reported in the study:  -

Mercury Vapor Released from Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Can Exceed Safe Exposure Levels for Humans, Study Finds - ScienceDaily (July 6, 2011) — Once broken, a compact fluorescent light bulb continuously releases mercury vapor into the air for weeks to months, and the total amount can exceed safe human exposure levels in a poorly ventilated room, according to study results reported in Environmental Engineering Science, a peer-reviewed online only journal published monthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

The amount of liquid mercury (Hg) that leaches from a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) is lower than the level allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so CFLs are not considered hazardous waste. However, Yadong Li and Li Jin, Jackson State University (Jackson, MS) report that the total amount of Hg vapor released from a broken CFL over time can be higher than the amount considered safe for human exposure. They document their findings in the article "Environmental Release of Mercury from Broken Compact Fluorescent Lamps."

As people can readily inhale vapor-phase mercury, the authors suggest rapid removal of broken CFLs and adequate ventilation, as well as suitable packaging to minimize the risk of breakage of CFLs and to retain Hg vapor if they do break, thereby limiting human exposure.  -

Bradley Manning, American Hero - (July 7, 2011 - by Chase Madar - -  Four Reasons Why Pfc. Bradley Manning Deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Not a Prison Cell -

UFO Researcher Claims Air Force Not Revealing Truth About Communication Outage At F.E. Warren Missile Site - (July 7, 2011 - by Lee Speigel - AOL News) - In Washington last September, six former Air Force officers and a former enlisted man stepped forward to say that they'd seen or had been directly involved with UFO sightings at nuclear missile sites.

These sightings began at the dawn of the Cold War and continued through the 1970s.

At this press conference, organized by UFO researcher Robert Hastings, these men told the media that they were encouraged not to speak of these sightings by their superiors, and in some cases, were required to sign secrecy oaths.

Now, Hastings is saying three more witnesses are speaking to him about a more recent UFO sighting -- and it revolves around a serious communications scare at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming last October, when the military acknowledged that it had lost contact with 50 of its nuclear Minuteman III missiles.

"We've never had something as big as this happen," said a military officer who had been briefed on the event, according to the The Atlantic. "We can deal with maybe 5, 6 or 7 at a time, but we've never lost complete command and control and functionality of 50 ICBMs."  -

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Tainted uranium, danger widely distributed - (6-24-01 - by Peter Eisler - USA TODAY)  -  For years, state investigators wondered why radioactive technetium-99 was turning up in drinking water wells near the old Mallinckrodt Chemical uranium fuel-making plant in Hematite, Mo. Now they think they have an answer: The plant was one of several in and around St. Louis where Mallinckrodt and its successors used thousands of tons of recycled uranium to fabricate metallic fuel rods for nuclear reactors. "We believe the contamination we're now seeing at the site is related to the (recycling) program," says Ron Kucera of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Plans to clean up extensive pollution from uranium wastes at Hematite are snagged by questions over who is responsible for the technetium. That element requires special disposal because it has a half-life of 213,000 years and moves easily into soil and water. Technetium wasn't expected at Hematite because it is produced only when uranium is irradiated in a nuclear reactor — and Hematite had no reactor. "The Department of Energy has resisted efforts to become involved because even though they may have some liability, they don't want to pay anything," Kucera says. The Hematite facility was part of a nationwide network of private and federally owned plants and labs that produced fuel and other components for the nearly 70,000 U.S. nuclear weapons built before production was phased out in the early 1990s. Many of them used recycled uranium. The recycling began at the dawn of the Cold War. Officials in the weapons program were seeking ways to reuse the costly uranium that was irradiated in nuclear reactors to make plutonium and other fissile explosives for bomb cores.   -

Soil Microbes Accelerate Global Warming - ScienceDaily (July 13, 2011) — More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes soil to release the potent greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide, new research published in this week's edition of Nature reveals. "This feedback to our changing atmosphere means that nature is not as efficient in slowing global warming as we previously thought," said Dr Kees Jan van Groenigen, Research Fellow at the Botany department at the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, and lead author of the study.  -

ALEC Exposed - Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue - Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?  -

Koch Brothers, ALEC and Their Corporate Allies Plan to Privatize Government

How the US Props Up Criminals and Murderers All in the Name of Our Catastrophic Drug War - (July 8, 2011 - by Ryan Devereaux - AlterNet) - The US appears to be repeating its historically catastrophic strategy of propping up human rights abusers and simplistically relying on militarization to root out social problems.  -



Has Roger Ailes Hacked Americans' Phones for Fox News? - (July 14, 2011 - byLeslie Savan - The Nation) - We know the shady dealings of Rupert Murdoch's UK papers, but what have the Fox News executives been up to on Murdoch's dime?

Dan Cooper was one of the people who helped create the Fox News channel with Roger Ailes, and was fired in 1996. In 2008, Cooper wrote on his website that David Brock (now head of Media Matters) had used him as an anonymous, on-background-only source for an Ailes profile he was writing for New York magazine. Before the piece was published [5], on November 17, 1997, Cooper claims that his talent agent, Richard Leibner, told him he had received a call from Ailes, who identified Cooper as a source, and insisted that Leibner drop him as a client--or any client reels Leibner sent Fox would pile up in a corner and gather dust. Cooper continued: 

“I made the connections. Ailes knew I had given Brock the interview. Certainly Brock didn’t tell him. Of course. Fox News had gotten Brock’s telephone records from the phone company, and my phone number was on the list. Deep in the bowels of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, News Corporation’s New York headquarters, was what Roger called the Brain Room. Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News. But unlike virtually everybody else, because I had to design and build the Brain Room, I knew it also housed a counterintelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie.”  -

Google-NSA Secrets Can Stay That Way, Judge Rules - Spy agency won't confirm or deny its dealings with Google - (July 15, 2011 - by Truman Lewis - Consumer Affairs) -

It might sound like tilting at windmills, but a privacy organization says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA) doesn't have to disclose its relationship with Google, or for that matter whether it has or ever has had such a relationship.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) began its quest for information following press reports that the NSA and Google had formed a partersnhip of some kind after hackers in China launched a cyber attack on the U.S. government in January 2010.

EPIC first filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking any documents that would reveal whether NSA and Google were developing technical standards that would enable greater surveillance of Internet users.

Not surprisingly, NSA denied the request, saying it could neither confirm nor deny that any such documents existed.

Appeal promised

EPIC said it plans to appeal the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, noting NSA's argument that revealing a relationship with Google could dissuade other companies from working with the agency in the future.

"This is a serious concern which … warrants finding for the NSA," Leon wrote.

EPIC says it is also seeking information from the NSA about Internet vulnerability assessments and its private findings on how its practices impact Internet privacy. EPIC also wants details about the NSA's "Perfect Citizen" program.  -

Little-known firms tracking data used in credit scores - (2011 - by Ylan Q. Mui - Washington Post) -  [NOTE: ChoicePoint -- one of the "fourth bureau" companies highlighted in this Washington Post article -- was one of the private "proprietary" information/data aggregator companies to whom the Bush/Cheney admin "farmed out" services to get around Congressional proscriptions denying the authorization of the "Total Information Awareness" (TIA) program; which was spear-headed by Adm. John Poindexter (of “Watergate” noteriety).  Bush/Cheney did their end-run around Congress by breaking the TIA (and the law!) into various "compartmentalized" components, such as the TALON program.  --BikeBob]:  -

You Can't Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too - (July 16, 2011 - by Frank Joseph Smecker and Derrick Jensen - Truthout) - Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it's terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this - the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil - thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for "growth."

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.

A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima, the permanent removal of 95 percent of the large fish from the oceans (not to mention full-on systemic collapse of those oceans), indigenous communities replacement by oil wells, the mining of coltan for cell phones and Playstations along the Democratic Republic of the Congo/Rwanda border - resulting in tribal warfare and the near-extinction of the Eastern Lowland gorilla.

As though 200 species going extinct each day were not enough, climate change, a direct result of burning fossil fuels, has proved not only to be as unpredictable as it is real, but as destructive as it is unpredictable. The erratic and lethal characteristics of a changing planet and its shifting atmosphere are becoming the norm of the 21st century, their impact accelerating at an alarming pace, bringing this planet closer, sooner than later, to a point of uninhabitable ghastliness. And yet, collective apathy, ignorance and self-imposed denial in the face of all this sadistic exploitation and violence marches this culture closer to self-annihilation.  -

Spy Files - Illegal Domestic Spying

Today the government is spying on Americans in ways the founders of our country never could have imagined. The FBI, federal intelligence agencies, the military, state and local police, private companies, and even firemen and emergency medical technicians are gathering incredible amounts of personal information about ordinary Americans that can be used to construct vast dossiers that can be widely shared with a simple mouse-click through new institutions like Joint Terrorism Task Forces, fusion centers, and public-private partnerships. The fear of terrorism has led to a new era of overzealous police intelligence activity directed, as in the past, against political activists, racial and religious minorities, and immigrants.

This surveillance activity is not directed solely at suspected terrorists and criminals. It's directed at all of us. Increasingly, the government is engaged in suspicionless surveillance that vacuums up and tracks sensitive information about innocent people. Even more disturbingly, as the government's surveillance powers have grown more intrusive and more powerful, the restrictions on many of those powers have been weakened or eliminated. And this surveillance often takes place in secret, with little or no oversight by the courts, by legislatures, or by the public.

The erosion of reasonable restrictions on government's power to collect people's personal information is putting the privacy and free speech rights of all Americans at risk. The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates across the country have uncovered and reported on many aspects of this growing domestic surveillance activity over the last several years. Our updated Spy Files website combines the information we've collected from Freedom of Information Act requests, ACLU lawsuits and reports, and news accounts so that members of the public can begin to get a comprehensive view of how these networked intelligence activities threaten their civil liberities.  -

Another Danger of Secondhand Smoke -- Hearing Loss - ScienceDaily (July 18, 2011) — NYU School of Medicine researchers report in a new study that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among adolescents. The study is published in the July, 2011, issue of Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.  -

Six Ways to Liberate America From Wall Street Rule

Heads Up: Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America - (March 1, 2010 - by Bill Berkowitz - AlterNet) - The New Apostolic Reformation, the largest religious movement you've never heard of, aims to take control of communities through 'prayer warriors.'  -



ALEC: Democracy's Arch-Nemesis - (JCarl GibsonIn an 1864 letter to Col. William F. Elkins, Abraham Lincoln warned, "... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

In the buildup to the bloodiest war of the 20th century, Benito Mussolini said, "Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power." He is one of history's most reviled characters for good reason.

Now, corporations like Koch Industries are funneling money into the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shadowy partnership between Republican legislators and corporate lobbyists. Essentially, ALEC's purpose is to pass laws that enrich corporate profits and investor returns by starving the government of revenue, rigging elections and union-busting.  -



How Your Social Security Money Was Stolen Where Did the $2.5 Trillion Surplus Go? - (July 19th, 2011 - Introduction by David DeGraw, Reports by Dr. Allen Smith - AmpedStatus Report)  -

Bohemian Grove mystery broken down

Single Traumatic Brain Injury May Prompt Long-Term Neurodegeneration - ScienceDaily (July 19, 2011) — Years after a single traumatic brain injury (TBI), survivors still show changes in their brains. In a new study, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest that Alzheimer's disease-like neurodegeneration may be initiated or accelerated following a single traumatic brain injury, even in young adults.  -

Ben Rich Lockheed CEO Admits on Deathbed: ET UFO Are Real

21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor

Roswell UFO Controversy: Former Air Force Officer Says Gen. Ramey Lied To Cover Up Space Ship Crash - (July 22, 2011 - Lee Speigel - Huffington Post)  -

Experts: HPV Is Causing Oral Cancer In Men - (July 22, 2011 - CBS News)  -  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Women have been warned about the dangers of the human papilloma virus (HPV) for years, but men now face the risk of oral cancer.

Doctors say the HPV is causing an epidemic of oral cancers in otherwise healthy young men. It’s estimated that HPV causes about 70 percent of cancers of the tongue and tonsils, and 80 percent of these cancers occur in men.

Experts say the cancer is spread through oral contact.

Doctors call it a shocking trend, saying it could be the start of a pandemic.

“To see a change in the demographic like this is concerning, because the patients coming in now are really these clean-living patients. Most of them are professionals. Very few of them have any tobacco history,” said DR. Eric Genden of Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The virus can also be spread through kissing; it can lie dormant for years before possibly developing into cancer.  -

The Future of TV - Take ACTION NOW! - Where do Americans turn during times of crisis? For critical information, viewers depend on local TV.

But the federal government is making decisions about how the airwaves are used, which could limit television's ability to innovate. It could also jeopardize the local news, emergency information and high quality programming on which hundreds of millions of Americans rely.

Tell Congress to protect free, local television's ability to innovate and provide the news, emergency information and entertainment you expect and deserve.  -

Evidence Suggests GOP Hacked, Stole 2004 Election - (July 21, 2011 - by John Thorpe - Benzinga Staff Writer) - Harvey Wasserman, who wrote a book on the stolen 2004 election, explained that the combination of computer hacking, ballot destruction, and the discrepancy between exit polling (which showed a big Kerry win in Ohio) and the "real" vote tabulation, all point to one answer: the Republicans stole the 2004 election.

"The 2004 election was stolen. There is absolutely no doubt about it. A 6.7% shift in exit polls does not happen by chance. And, you know, so finally, we have irrefutable confirmation that what we were saying was true and that every piece of the puzzle in the Ohio 2004 election was flawed," Wasserman said.

Mark Crispin Miller also wrote a book on the subject of stolen elections, and focused on the 2004 Ohio presidential election. Here is what he had to say about it.  -



Christian Jihad? Why We Should Worry About Right-Wing Terror Attacks Like Norway's in the US - (July 23, 2011 - by Frank Schaeffer - AlterNet)  - There is a growing movement in America that equates godliness with hatred of our government in fact hatred of our country.

There is a history to the far right, religious right extremism on the rise today, extremism so extreme that in its congressional manifestation it is risking the good faith and credit of the US in the debt calling fiasco. The Tea Party activists also want purity of doctrine.

My family was part of the far right/violent right's rise in the 1970s and 80s when we helped create the "pro-life" movement come into existence that in the end spawned the killers of abortion providers. These killers were literally doing what we'd called for.

The terror unleashed on Norway - and the terror now unleashed by the Tea Party through Congress as it holds our economy hostage to extremist "economic" theories that want to destroy our ability to function -- is the sort of white, Christian, far right terror America can expect more of.  -

Plutocracy: If Corporations and the Rich Paid 1960s-Level Taxes, the Debt Would Vanish - (July 24, 2011 - by Sam Pizzigati - Campaign for America's Future) - By feeding the rich and their corporations one massive tax break after another, lawmakers have thrown a monstrous monkey wrench into our national finances.


So why aren't we taxing the rich? Why are we now suffering such fearsome “debt crisis” angst? Why are our politicos so intent on shoving the “fiscal discipline” of layoffs and cutbacks — austerity — down the throats of average Americans?


No mystery here. Our political system is failing to tax the rich because the rich have fortunes large enough to buy off the political system. Again, some numbers can help us better visualize that plutocratic big picture.  -




Restaurants Where You Only Pay What You Can Afford? A Visionary Way to Bring Good Food to the Poor Is Taking Off - (July 21, 2011 - by Kelly McCartney - Shareable) - When the founder of Panera Bread opened his Panera Cares pay-what-you-can cafe, the model was a huge success.  -

Mass Extinction Easier to Trigger Than Thought - (July 21, 2011 - by Brandon Keim - Wired Science) - The cataclysmic extinctions that scoured Earth 200 million years ago might have been easier to trigger than expected, with potentially troubling contemporary implications.  -

Why Medicare is the Solution - Not the Problem

Tundra Fires Could Accelerate Climate Warming - ScienceDaily (July 27, 2011) — After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study shows that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.

In a pine forest, fire would burn up leaf litter on the ground, but not the soil beneath. Because the Arctic tundra has a carbon-rich, peaty soil, however, the ground itself is combustible, and when the fire recedes, some of the soil is gone. In a double whammy, the vulnerable permafrost is not only more exposed, but also covered by blackened ground, which absorbs more of the sun's heat and could accelerate thawing.

"When the permafrost warms, microbes will begin to decompose that organic matter and could release even more carbon that's been stored in the permafrost for hundreds or thousands of years into the atmosphere," Mack said. "If that huge stock of carbon is released, it could increase atmospheric carbon dioxide drastically."  -

Stegobot steals passwords from your Facebook photos - (July 29, 2011 - by Jacob Aron - NewScientist) - THINK twice before uploading your holiday pictures to Facebook - you could be helping someone to steal information from your computer. A botnet called Stegobot was created to show how easy it would be for a crook to hijack Facebook photos to create a secret communication channel that is very difficult to detect.

Like most botnets, Stegobot gains control of computers by tricking users into opening infected email attachments or visiting suspect websites. But rather than contacting the botmasters directly, it piggybacks on the infected user's normal social network activity. "If one of your friends is a friend of a friend of the botmaster, the information transfers hop by hop within the social network, finally reaching the botmasters," says Amir Houmansadr, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who worked on the botnet.

Stegobot takes advantage of a technique called steganography to hide information in picture files without changing their appearance. It is possible to store around 50 kilobytes of data in a 720 by 720 pixel image - enough to transmit any passwords or credit card numbers that Stegobot might find on your hard drive.

The botnet inserts this information into any photo you upload to Facebook, and then waits for one of your friends to look at your profile. They don't even have to click on the photo, as Facebook helpfully downloads files in the background. If your friend is also infected with the botnet - quite likely, since any email you send them will pass it on - any photo they upload will also pass on the stolen data.  -



Here’s How U.S. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics

This week in global-warming denial - (July 29, 2011 - by Peter Finocchiaro - Salon) - Why is a questionable study from a controversial researcher overshadowing actual science?  -

20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath - (July 29, 2011 - by Judith Aquino - Business Insider) - We all know CEOs are charismatic, competitive, and work-obsessed, but are they also psychopathic? British journalist Jon Ronson says some fit the bill.

"I think my book offers really good evidence that the way that capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy," says Ronson, author of "The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry" in an interview with Forbes.  -

National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP)


(December 15, 2010, update by Francis L. Ridge, NICAP Site Coordinator.):

This day marks the 13th year anniversary of the NICAP web site. In the next week we will present, in time-release fashion, a number of releases and special reports commemorating those years and the plans for the years ahead.

The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was formed 54 years ago in 1956 and flourished through about 1970, and, as an organization with field investigators and consultants, declined gradually thereafter. For a more detailed story about NICAP please check Richard Hall. What we have today,  many years later, is the existence of the NICAP web site, a tremendous repository of the evidence collected by NICAP and other sources to continue the goal of public information.


Five years ago, in 2005, delineated the beginning of a major project that to this day probably stands as the most important tool on the NICAP websiteThe UFO Chronologies. And in 2009 we began  the second major project, the new RADCAT, which is the re-issue and processing of all the radar cases in the Blue Book files and elsewhere. I am very pleased to announce the beginning of a new major project, AVCAT (Aviation Catalog), to update directories on old cases and create AVCAT dirs for new ones regarding sightings of UFOs from aircraft.

With the 13th anniversary we are proud to announce the addition of three new books to the online books page.  -

NSA & Microsoft - The San Antonio Connection

The NSA’s new data-mining facility is one component of a growing local surveillance industry

[This article excerpt is from Dec. 3, 2008 issue of “San Antonio Texas Current.”  Early that year, James Bamford -- author of non-fiction books on the NSA, such as, "The Puzzle Palace" and "The Shadow Factory" -- talked about this (see below) twice on NPR…on both "Fresh Air" and "The Diane Rehm Show."  He emphasized that he considered the physical proximity of the NSA and Microsoft facilities as an ominous development.  He also said that both the Microsoft and NSA facilities in San Antonio are HUGE...each covering at least a city block...purportedly to contain vast electronic storage-capacity facilities.  --- Interestingly, this may have also been connected with Microsoft’s development of its “Bing” search-engine and its promotion of “cloud computing.”]:

Bamford writes about how NSA and Microsoft had both been eyeing San Antonio for years because it has the cheapest electricity in Texas, and the state has its own power grid, making it less vulnerable to power outages on the national grid. He notes that it seemed the NSA wanted assurance Microsoft would be here, too, before making a final commitment, due to the advantages of “having their miners virtually next door to the mother lode of data centers.” The new NSA facility is just a few miles from Microsoft's data center of the same size. Bamford says that under current law, NSA could gain access to Microsoft's stored data without even a warrant, but merely a fiber-optic cable.

“What the Microsoft people will have will be just storage of a lot of the email that is being sent. They keep this email — I don't know why — and there should be some legislation saying how long it should be kept,” said Bamford in a phone interview last week. “The post office doesn't keep copies of our letters when we mail letters; why should the telecom companies or the internet providers keep copies of our email? It doesn't make sense to me. But there's no legislation. So they need a place to store it, and that's where they're storing all this stuff.”  -

'Freaked out' BBC reporter tells millions of radio listeners of the moment he faced a UFO on his way to work - (August 4, 2011 - The Daily Mail/UK)  -

U.S. Physicians Spend Nearly Four Times More On Health Insurance Costs Than Canadian Counterparts - ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2011) — U.S. physicians spend nearly $61,000 more than their Canadian counterparts each year on administrative expenses related to health insurance, according to a new study by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

The study, published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, found that per-physician costs in the U.S. averaged $82,975 annually, while Ontario-based physicians averaged $22,205 -- primarily because Canada's single-payer health care system is simpler.

Canadian physicians follow a single set of rules, but U.S. doctors grapple with different sets of regulations, procedures and forms mandated by each health insurance plan or payer. The bureaucratic burden falls heavily on U.S. nurses and medical practice staff, who spend 20.6 hours per physician per week on administrative duties; their Canadian counterparts spend only 2.5 hours.

"The magnitude of that difference is what is interesting," said co-author Sean Nicholson, Cornell professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology. "It's the nurse time and the clerical time, rather than physician time, that's different. That's driving the increased costs."  -

Newspaper Uncovers Systemic Monitoring Plans of Public Online Sources - (Katitza Rodriguez - Electronic Freedom Foundation)  -



A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite

US internet providers hijacking users' search queries

Fukushima Radiation 1,000 Times H-Bomb Peak - (by Bob Nichols - Veterans Today) - (San Francisco) – Dr. Chris Busby, world famous physicist, said tests run at the respected Harwell Radiation Laboratory in England demonstrate the airborne radiation in Japan is 1,000 times higher than radioactive “fallout” at the peak in 1963 of H-Bomb detonations by the nuclear powers. The calculations were on radioactive Cesium 137.  -

How a Corporatist Supreme Court Cabal Joined Forces With Right Wing and Kochs to Quietly Sell Out Our Democracy - (August 5, 2011 - by Jim Hightower - AlterNet) - Corrupt, right-wing Supreme Court justices are abusing their power, fraternizing with the Koch brothers and fixing elections (among other horrors).   -

Deceptive Absentee Ballot Mailers Appear to be Coordinated Hoaxes of Several Right-Wing Groups - (Aug. 6, 2011 - By Brad Friedman/BradBlog)  -

Ethanol-Loving Bacteria Accelerate Cracking of Pipeline Steels - ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2011) — U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual rail, truck and barge transport methods under potential strain, existing gas pipelines might be an efficient alternative for moving this renewable fuel around the country. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) caution that ethanol, and especially the bacteria sometimes found in it, can dramatically degrade pipelines.

At a conference this week,* NIST researchers presented new experimental evidence that bacteria that feed on ethanol and produce acid boosted fatigue crack growth rates by at least 25 times the levels occuring in air alone.

The NIST team used a new biofuels test facility to evaluate fatigue-related cracking in two common pipeline steels immersed in ethanol mixtures, including simulated fuel-grade ethanol and an ethanol-water solution containing common bacteria, Acetobacter aceti. Ethanol and bacteria are known to cause corrosion, but this is the first study of their effects on fatigue cracking of pipeline steels.  -

Smartphones are newest target of hackers - (August 8, 2011 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ Associated Press) - Last week, security researchers uncovered yet another strain of malicious software aimed at smartphones that run Google's popular Android operating system. The application not only logs details about incoming and outgoing phone calls, it also records those calls.

That came a month after researchers discovered a security hole in Apple Inc.'s iPhones, which prompted the German government to warn Apple about the urgency of the threat.

Security experts say attacks on smartphones are growing fast — and attackers are becoming smarter about developing new techniques.


Wrongdoers have infected PCs with malicious software, or malware, for decades. Now, they are fast moving to smartphones as the devices become a vital part of everyday life.


All at once, smartphones have become wallets, email lockboxes, photo albums and Rolodexes. And because owners are directly billed for services bought with smartphones, they open up new angles for financial attacks. The worst programs cause a phone to rack up service charges, record calls, intercept text messages and even dump emails, photos and other private content directly onto criminals' servers.  -

Survey Finds Smartphone Apps Store Too Much Personal Data - (August 8, 2011 - by Mike Isaac - Wired)  -  An uncomfortably large percentage of mobile applications are storing sensitive user account information unencrypted on owners’ smartphones, according to a new survey of 100 consumer smartphone apps.

Some 76 percent of the apps tested stored cleartext usernames on the devices, and 10 percent of the tested applications, including popular apps LinkedIn and Netflix, were found storing passwords on the phone in cleartext.

Conducted by digital security firm ViaForensics, the testing occurred over a period of over eight months and spanned multiple categories, ranging from social networking applications to mobile banking software. The firm tested apps only for iOS and Android, the market’s leading mobile platforms.

If I get my hands on someone’s lost phone, it could take me ten minutes to find an account username and password,” said Ted Eull, techology services vice president at ViaForensics, in an interview.

ViaForensics sells mobile security tools and services to corporations, attorneys and government agencies.  -

New Exposé Tracks ALEC-Private Prison Industry Effort to Replace Unionized Workers with Prison Labor - (August 05, 2011 - Democracy Now!)  -



Yep, Right-Wingers Still Banning Books




Collecting DNA From Arrestees Is Unconstitutional

The Rich Are Different - And Not In A Good Way, Study Suggets - The 'Haves' show less empathy than 'Have-nots' - (2011 - By Brian Alexander - MSNBC)

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.

In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class "ideology of self-interest."

“We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

In an academic version of a Depression-era Frank Capra movie, Keltner and co-authors of an article called “Social Class as Culture: The Convergence of Resources and Rank in the Social Realm,” published this week in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, argue that “upper-class rank perceptions trigger a focus away from the context toward the self….”  -


The error of political prayer - (Roger EbertIt is sometimes said America was founded as a Christian nation. It was specifically not founded as a Christian nation, or the nation of any other religion. The founding European settlers were refugees from Christian nations, and had experienced quite enough at the hands of state religions. The separation of church and state is central to our democracy.  -

New Anti-Censorship Scheme Could Make It Impossible to Block Individual Sites - ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2011) — A radical new approach to thwarting Internet censorship would essentially turn the whole web into a proxy server, making it virtually impossible for a censoring government to block individual sites.

The system is called Telex, and it is the brainchild of computer science researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Waterloo in Canada. They will present it Aug. 12 at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Francisco.

"This has the potential to shift the arms race regarding censorship to be in favor of free and open communication," said J. Alex Halderman, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at U-M and one of Telex's developers.

"The Internet has the ability to catalyze change by empowering people through information and communication services. Repressive governments have responded by aggressively filtering it. If we can find ways to keep those channels open, we can give more people the ability to take part in free speech and access to information."  -

Free-market group draws criticism for potential role in bills - (Aug. 5, 2011 - by Jason Hancock - St. Louis Post-Dispatch) - When Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed the "Health Care Freedom Act" last summer, few legislators were more excited than state Sen. Jane Cunningham.

The Republican from Chesterfield was the lead sponsor of the bill that put the measure on the ballot. The proposition sought to prevent the state from enforcing the new federal requirement that individuals purchase health insurance.

But the idea did not come from Cunningham. It came from a Washington-based nonprofit group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Nearly identical versions were passed in nine other states last year, from Virginia to Louisiana to Arizona.  -



Lawmakers outsource duties to ALEC - (Aug. 11, 2011 - by Barb Shelly - Kansas City Star)  -  some of the more radical ideas emerging from statehouses these days aren’t homegrown. They are hatched by industry representatives and pro-business allies and pitched to a growing cadre of state lawmakers who have signed up for membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council.

You have to appreciate the irony. Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas pride themselves on their independence. They will not allow Washington to tell them what to do, no sir. Yet they’ll take their cue from an organization set up by and for out-of-state corporate interests.

The council, known as ALEC, is getting a lot of attention, ever since a left-leaning advocacy organization, the Center for Media and Democracy, got ahold of thousands of pages of the group’s internal documents and posted them online, a la Wikileaks.

But observers of Missouri government will recognize the group’s footprint from last summer, when a measure known as the Health Care Freedom Act made its debut on the statewide ballot.

The bill was drafted by ALEC, which gets ample cash and help from health insurers. It is basically an attempt to prevent a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act from taking effect, with the hope of ultimately derailing the entire health reform law.

Jane Cunningham, a Republican senator from Chesterfield, Mo., was a member of ALEC’s board of directors when she sponsored the bill.  -

Meet the Global Financial Elites Controlling $46 Trillion In Wealth - (August 11, 2011 - by David DeGraw - Amped Status) - The economic elite have at least $46 trillion in wealth – but who are they? We look at the people and the industries picking the pockets of the working class.  -


The Covert Origins of World War III - US Special Operations Forces To Be Deployed In 120 Countries -  (August 4th, 2011 - by Nick Turse - Amped Status)  -  Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission.  Now, say that 70 times and you’re done… for the day.  Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries.  This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now.  -

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More - (August 8, 2011 - by Scott Thill - AlterNet) -  Paleontologist Peter Ward talks about the threats from global warming, rising population and our own plain stupidity.   -

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? - (August 17, 2011 - by Matt Taibbi - Rolling Stone Magazine) - A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals.

…. For the past two decades, according to a whistle-blower at the SEC who recently came forward to Congress, the agency has been systematically destroying records of its preliminary investigations once they are closed. By whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals, the SEC has kept an entire generation of federal investigators in the dark about past inquiries into insider trading, fraud and market manipulation against companies like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and AIG. With a few strokes of the keyboard, the evidence gathered during thousands of investigations – "18,000 ... including Madoff," as one high-ranking SEC official put it during a panicked meeting about the destruction – has apparently disappeared forever into the wormhole of history.

Under a deal the SEC worked out with the National Archives and Records Administration, all of the agency's records – "including case files relating to preliminary investigations" – are supposed to be maintained for at least 25 years. But the SEC, using history-altering practices that for once actually deserve the overused and usually hysterical term "Orwellian," devised an elaborate and possibly illegal system under which staffers were directed to dispose of the documents from any preliminary inquiry that did not receive approval from senior staff to become a full-blown, formal investigation. Amazingly, the wholesale destruction of the cases – known as MUIs, or "Matters Under Inquiry" – was not something done on the sly, in secret. The enforcement division of the SEC even spelled out the procedure in writing, on the commission's internal website. "After you have closed a MUI that has not become an investigation," the site advised staffers, "you should dispose of any documents obtained in connection with the MUI."  -

Here’s the PROOF that ‘Libertarian Ron Paul is nothing more than a perennial “stalking horse” Presidential candidate for the ultra-right wing Christian fundamentalist crazies!  In September 2008, Ron Paul endorsed Constitution Party candidate Rev. Chuck Baldwin for President.  (You can read the article about that at this URL: ) The main thrust of the so-called Constitution Party is to replace our Democracy with Theocratic rule based upon “Biblical Law.”  (Also, BE SURE TO READ this article about exactly who is Rev. Chuck Baldwin: )  ---  [And here’s the kicker -- an excerpt from an article which can be found at the following URL.]:  While mainstream media dismiss [Ron] Paul as a quirky, secular libertarian, progressive reporters sometimes express a certain affection for Paul because of his anti-war stance. But Paul's anti-war position stems from his far-right isolationist views, as expressed in such documents as the Institutes of Biblical Law, by Christian Reconstructionist founder Rousas John Rushdoony, and the platform of the Constitution Party, which, despite its secular-sounding name, seeks to implement "God's law" in the United States. (Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips is a follower of the late Rushdoony.)  -

ALEC Is Just One Facet (Of Many) Employed By A Shadowy Cabal Who Are Working To Take Over And Toss Democracy Out The Window! - (Aug. 20, 2011 - by Bob Sloan - Daily Kos)

By now many thought they had heard everything to be heard about ALEC and their  un-democratic activities.  This is simply not true.  As I said to a fellow Exposing ALEC member earlier today..."we once thought ALEC was the complete picture of an 'Evil Empire', but after all this research we have to realize that in reality ALEC is merely a single frame of a huge panoramic picture."  ALEC only represents one tool in the arsenal of a well organized, well thought out, well funded and well oiled cabal.  Using ALEC's ability to advance legislation beneficial to the collective is ALEC's purpose for existence.  It is why Koch, Scaife, Coors' and DeVos' money is invested in their activities.

How is this money and participation between all these "Family" foundations coordinated?  Twice a year Charles and David Koch hold secret, by invitation only "meetings". …. … representatives of the Scaife's, Coors' and DeVos' foundations were in attendance.  The Corporations were also represented along with members of the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute and Koch funded universities such as George Mason University.  The rest of those in attendance represent the upper echelon of conservative society.  Through these meetings all are given their marching orders, the foundations told where to invest their considerable wealth and the elite and media representatives...?  They're told to use key phrases developed by the cabal to describe in sarcastic terms, the Democratic efforts.  They're told to use "socialism", "Obamacare" and "EPA Train Wreck" at every opportunity to reinforce the collective's pursuits against this leftist "ideology."  ….

The corporations dutifully attend meetings to provide an instructive voice - and purpose - to the legislators.  Much of the money begins with the family money of those mentioned above, it is filtered through many of the below the fold listed organizations, foundations, institutes:

What is Dominionism?: God, Guns and Greed - (August 21, 2011 - by Sarah Jones - PoliticusUSA) - Dominionism is a bible-based sect of Christianity that does not represent mainstream Christians in America, or elsewhere in the world. This is a very powerful, very well organized and very wealthy religious-political machine that has been driving toward the goal of marrying church and state in America for decades.  -

Nickel Nanoparticles May Contribute to Lung Cancer - ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2011) — All the excitement about nanotechnology comes down to this: Structures of materials at the scale of billionths of a meter take on unusual properties. Technologists often focus on the happier among these newfound capabilities, but new research by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Brown University finds that nanoparticles of nickel activate a cellular pathway that contributes to cancer in human lung cells.