Now see this….
Humanity, this planet, and all that encompass it, are as a large body of water, a river flowing.
Israel/USA, are a hand, stirring the water as they have done for some time now believing that they control the flow of the water, influence it. Splashing in the water will draw attention……..
But as anyone will tell you….remove the hand from the water and the river will continue to flow in it’s inevitable course. There is no hole left where the hand once was in the water.
This renders the hand that stirred the water inconsequential, irrelevant in the course of the flow of the water.
Israel/USA are the hand. It tires. It becomes weary. It has spent its energy.
When they are inevitably removed, the river will continue to flow, and they Israel/USA will prove themselves irrelevant. They will cease to exist.
This is the law. Think about it. And rejoice.
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cue the lightning bolts
the only question that matters: is it true?
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16
The next Israeli "false-flag" will be against Iran, with Israeli jets painted with American colors and showing USAF decals bombing Iran. These American made and supplied F-16 Israeli jets will NOT have the Star of David on their fuselage.
This will help to fool the Iranians into thinking they were being attacked by some US jets launched off an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, which will make Iran respond by striking back at American ships in the Gulf and off we go, fighting another war for Israel.
The last Israeli false-flag, 9/11, got America to invade and destroy a country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11 and was NO threat to the USA, but a country Israel didn't like, Iraq. This one will get the USA to bomb to hell and gone another ME country that is NO threat to the USA, but one Israel considers an "existential" threat, Iran.
Read more @ Goon Squad
Rights group says Israelis used indiscriminate force
* Israel says made every effort to minimise harm
(Adds Israeli military comment)
GAZA, March 12 (Reuters) - Israel's 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed 1,434 people, including 960 civilians, 239 police officers and 235 fighters, a Palestinian human rights group said on Thursday.
Israel carried out attacks by air, land and sea from Dec. 27 to Jan. 18 in a bid, it said, to force Hamas and other militant Islamist groups to stop firing rockets and mortars at southern Israeli towns across their border.
Read more @ Reuters
Things like this are why Mordechai Vanunu told them to stick their Nobel Prize where the sun don't shine. - Ed.
KAZAKH President Nursultan Nazarbayev has won backing for his plan for a single world currency from an intellectual architect of the euro currency, Nobel-prize winner Professor Robert Mundell.
Nazarbayev, speaking at an economic forum in the glitzy new capital he has built on the Kazakh steppe, defended his proposal for the "acmetal'' world currency saying it might "look kind of funny'' but was not.
And he received intellectual support from the Canadian economist Prof Mundell, who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for Europe's single currency.
"I must say that I agree with President Nazarbayev on his statement and many of the things he said in his plan, the project he made for the world currency, and I believe I'm right on track with what he's saying,'' Prof Mundell said, adding the idea held "great promise''.
Pass the crack pipe... - Ed.
A third strong day on Wall Street bolstered President Obama's remarks on his confidence in the economy as he addressed members of the Business Roundtable on Thursday afternoon. Media coverage of the President's comments, which included reports in two network newscasts, noted the President's "optimistic" message. On NBC Nightly News, Savannah Guthrie reported the President is "looking to engage the business community, who, let's face it, is a little bit skeptical of some of his proposals, particularly on tax increases, his plans to cap carbon emissions." ABC World News noted Obama "called the roller coaster economy of the past decade the illusion of prosperity, making the case that his program of aid to the financial system, stimulus, energy, and health care, is the answer to greater stability."
Read more @ USNews.com
The 1975 lyrics of Murray Head from Say it ain't so Joe seem appropriate for this stage in the Obama presidency:-
they told us that our hero has played his trump cardThe question in our minds is just how fierce does the truth have to get before people wake up and really start questioning how the world works.
he doesn't know how to go on
we're clinging to his charms and determined smile
but the good old days have gone
the image and the empire may be falling apart
the money has gotten scarce
one man's word held the country together
but the truth is getting fierce
Read more @ SOTT
A couple of bright friends reported to me some overriding themes at the PDAC gathering in Toronto last weekend. Apparently, some surprise came to them. They mentioned that more than a few analysts, writers, and speakers still do not get it. They actually believe the situation with the USEconomy and US banking system has begun to stabilize. That is like saying a college basketball player has Michael Jordan under control, or a farmer has his Clydesdale horse under control, or a misguided King can call back the ocean tide, or a man has a hurricane under control as he clings to a roof rafter. The USEconomy has entered an accelerated phase of disintegration, while the populace has entered a new panic phase. The US stock market is under the microscope, and it just broke a key multi-year critical support level. This article is intended to be constructive, with a list of perceived meters and conditions, followed by a four-step foundation for a recovery. When finished reading the four planks, one should easily conclude that no solution, let alone attempt, is on the correct path or is in the works.
Read more @ Financial Sense University
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...
A billion dollars...
A hundred billion dollars...
Eight hundred billion dollars...
One TRILLION dollars...
What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.
At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”
Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn’t written about yet.
In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were “an honest response to a question” from the event’s moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and “not something I wanted to dwell about in public.”
Hersh didn’t take back the statements, which he said arise from reporting he is doing for a book, but that it might be a year or two before he has what he needs on the topic to be “effective...that is, empirical, for even the most skeptical.”
In February 2006, I chronicled some of then vice president Cheney's little-known shenanigans.Given Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh's new revelation that the military ran an "Executive Assassination Ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to Cheney, I have reposted below - as context - my 2006 essay, called "All Roads Lead to Dick Cheney".
Read more @ George Washington's Blog
Ah ah ah ah staying alive, staying alive....ah ah ah ah staying a-liiiiiiiiiiiiiive. (That's a Bee Gee's song for you young pups.) - Ed
March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff, facing a lifelong sentence for the largest Ponzi scheme in history, didn’t agree to a plea deal with prosecutors because of their demand that he admit to a conspiracy, a charge that would require him to say he worked with others, said people familiar with the matter.
Madoff’s decision not to negotiate a deal means the government won’t have his help in determining whether his employees assisted in the fraud, the people said. Madoff, 70, will plead guilty today to all 11 counts he faces without any promise of leniency or anything else in return. He could receive 150 years in prison at sentencing on charges including fraud, perjury and money laundering.Read more @ Bloomberg
March 10, 2009
The best understanding of a martyr is one who chooses to suffer, to die rather than renounce their principles. A martyr is also one who has given themselves up as a witness. The essence of Christianity is to bear witness to what Jesus was always on about; forgiveness, love, reconciliation and the intrinsic equality of all people.
Within days of the announcement of a record 205 nominations for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, [one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel] perpetual nominee Mordechai Vanunu declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo:
I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM….FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.
Golly, another miracle. It's like the Passover. Everything is harmed by the world financial crisis EXCEPT for military aid to Israel. That's some cool shit, huh? - Ed.
U.S. President Barack Obama will not cut the billions of dollars in military aid promised to Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday.
The $30 billion in aid promised to Israel over the next decade will not be harmed by the world financial crisis, the official told Israel Radio. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
Read more @ Haaretz
The issue of Iran’s so-called ‘nuclear weapons program’ continues to be propped up by the Israeli propaganda machine and is unlikely to be resolved until, if Israel has its way, Iran has been bombed into regime change.
Unfortunately – for the Israelis at least – and fortunately for the rest of the sane world, it seems as though the more sensible and realistic members of the US intelligence community’s hierarchy are raining on Israel’s ‘lets bomb Iran’ parade by telling the US Congress that Iran does not have any material with which they can build a bomb; that Iran is not known to have any facilities by which it is able to produce uranium enriched to the levels required for a nuclear weapon; that Iran has not made any decision to build a nuclear weapon, and that Irans recent launching of the Safir Space Launch Vehicle, while helpful in ballistic missile technology, was unrelated to Iran’s current nuclear project.
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While Archimedes is rightly revered for his many imperishable contributions to science, he could also be considered the first recorded victim of lethal police brutality.
A native of Syracuse, Archimedes did his considerable best in the doomed but worthy effort to repel Roman invaders. Following the conquest, Roman soldiers were dispatched to "pacify" the restive streets of the newly conquered city.
Read more @ Pro Libertate
Washington - The government's terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007.
Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center in an effort to purge the list of outdated information and remove people cleared in investigations.
It's unclear how many individuals those 33,000 records represent - the center often uses multiple entries, or "identities," for a person to reflect variances in name spellings or other identifying information. The remaining million entries represent about 400,000 individuals, according to the center.
Read more @ SOTT
by Sharon Hebert
Due to a price increase at Merry Maids, I have been forced to postpone my top-to-bottom spring cleaning routine this year from March 21st to April 21st. I simply do not have the cash to get my house clean.
As it happened, while I was watching the fall reruns of American Idol, a stampede of bears from Wall Street hopped my garden fence and trampled my harvest, so I am left with no organics to feed my children and the sticker prices at Whole Foods are draining our Disney Vacation slush fund.
I phoned Merry Maids, but due to a recent raid by INS, they have been forced to hire locals and offer health benefits because, according to the Department of Labor and Statistics, people below the 150 percentile poverty level get just as sick and just as often as us middle class folk. Therefore, the adjusted hourly rate is too steep for my household budget this year.
I’m determined to tackle the job on my own, but the February issue of Martha Stuart Living magazine has issued a warning on the hazards of inhaling oven cleaner fumes. To add insult to injury, the handle on my new synthetic swiffer mop contains lead paint. I tried to save money by purchasing it at The Dollar Store, but as my Mom always says, “A penny wise, a pound foolish.”
Those Green Products are simply out of the question. I’m all for saving the environment - don’t get me wrong, I do still manage to send a little something to Save The Polar Bear Fund each year - but they simply do not cut through grease like the old toxic-shock mixes at Home Depot. My neighbor, Naomi, swears by them, but they are so very expensive (which would explain the orange sticky-note from Wells Fargo tacked to her front door).
So I am forced to live with this mess and push my annual cleaning date off into the future. Nobody knows how long this will last, but I am told these things do come in cycles, and as the nature of cycles go, this mess will get turned around as soon as the government’s economic stimulus kicks in.
Perhaps I should just let go of my anxieties and resume my Tuesday morning coffee dates with the neighborhood housewives. The country cottage look is coming back in style anyway and opulence is SO last year!
Anyone would agree, I am sure, that April is a more suitable month for cleaning since it always snows in March now and it’s not really a month for opening up the windows to aerate the abode. If I could just get the ear of my congressman, I would petition to switch the official first day of spring to April 21st and this whole spring cleaning fiasco would no longer be an issue.
If my guests comment on those dust balls gathering under my Pottery Barn baker’s rack like mini tumbleweeds in the wild, wild West, I’ll blame it on those damn bears. Times are certainly tough, but I am a survivalist at heart.
Retired Amb. Chas Freeman, who said today that he no longer accepts an offer to chair the National Intelligence Council, has just sent this message:You will by now have seen the statement by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair reporting that I have withdrawn my previous acceptance of his invitation to chair the National Intelligence Council.
I have concluded that the barrage of libelous distortions of my record would not cease upon my entry into office. The effort to smear me and to destroy my credibility would instead continue. I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country. I agreed to chair the NIC to strengthen it and protect it against politicization, not to introduce it to efforts by a special interest group to assert control over it through a protracted political campaign.
Read more @ Foreign Policy
Note the comment thread
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the federal government may have to spend even more money to shore up the nation's ailing economy, on top of the more than $1.6 trillion so far approved by Congress.
With the jobless rate rising and the economy continuing to slow, Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters: "We have to keep the door open to see how this goes."
Pelosi's remarks came after senior House Democrats met behind closed doors with four prominent economists, who praised the actions taken by Washington to ease the effects of a recession that threatens to be the most severe since the 1930s. The $787 billion stimulus package, a $700 billion bailout for the U.S. financial system and President Obama's proposal to stem the tide of residential foreclosures are all sound policies that should begin to make a difference in the coming months, they told lawmakers.
US Intelligence Chief: Iran Not Seeking N. Arms
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair said that Iran has not decided to pursue the production of weapons-grade uranium and the parallel ability to load it onto a ballistic missile, the Washington Post reported.
Blair said Israel was working from the same facts but had drawn a different interpretation of their meaning.
"The Israelis are far more concerned about it, and they take more of a worst-case approach to these things from their point of view," he said.
Read more @ Fars News Agency
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told regional leaders on Wednesday that the capitalist system was close to collapse.
Opening a one-day summit of the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) including Turkey, Pakistan and other neighbors, he also suggested a single currency should be used in trade between members.
"After the collapse of the closed socialist economy, the capitalist economy is also on the verge of collapse," Ahmadinejad said in a speech.
I used to be a fan of Kunstler until I realized that he's a tool. Look how he fans the flames of riots and 'phase change.' He's just dying to help the police state get on its feet, the Zionist pig. Embedded in an otherwise good piece by Tim Iacono. Gee, Jim, how much did they pay you to make this helpful suggestion that we become a 'vicious mob'? - Ed.
The bigger question for now is whether any of these authorities will act effectively before the public simply goes apeshit and starts burning down Greenwich, Connecticut. The dangerous shift in public mood is liable to occur with shocking swiftness, in the manner of "phase change," where one moment you see a bewildered bunch of flabby clown-citizens vacuously enraptured by "American Idol," and the next moment they are transformed into a vicious mob hoisting flaming brands to the window treatments of a hedge funder's McMansion. The moment of opportunity for avoiding that outcome is looking sickeningly slim right now.
Read more @ The Mess That Greenspan Made
Don't be a tool.
PLEASE DON'T RIOT - IT'S JUST WHAT THEY WANT
Attorneys defending the former owners of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville have now played the Holocaust card in a trial that has become a bizarre chess game of strategy and counterstrategy.
According to the Iowa Independent, Jim Clarity, a defense attorney representing Agriprocessors, has “compared the plight of mounting a defense in the Northern District of Iowa to that of the Jews facing Nazi persecution in 1939 Poland.” Clarity has also referred to the pretrial publicity surrounding this case as “sickening,” and he wants the trial moved to either Minnesota or Chicago simply for his belief that “Iowa is poison.”
Rabbi Israel Weingarten cross-examines daughter at molest trial
A rabbi charged with molesting his daughter subjected her to hours of cringe-worthy cross-examination Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Israel Weingarten, 59, who chose to represent himself against charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, rambled on all afternoon as his daughter looked away, wiped tears and struggled to understand what he was asking.
“Do I have to answer?” the now-27-year-old asked Judge John Gleeson in a trembling voice before gathering the strength to shoot back when asked why she didn’t complain sooner.
Chas Freeman resigns from his positon - PDF document on Director of National Intelligence website
In case you are in the majority, part of the 99.999999999999999999999999999999999% of clueless Americans, the name Charles W. "Chas" Freeman does not strike you as significant.
What, with Dancing with the Stars and Lost on the TV, there are more important things to consider than the future of this country.
But if you are just a tad bit curious about what this is all about...
Read more @ American Goy
Hardly a day goes by when I don’t reflect on the definition of Apocalypse. Once again, here it is… “uncover, reveal, disclose, unveil” and there are others as well but not applicable to my purpose and in some cases there is also the implication of concealment and covering. Revelation is also an interesting word and shares quite a few of the definitions of Apocalypse. Then there’s whether you look at it as ‘The’ Apocalypse with the four horsemen and all the attendant special effects or, ‘the’ Revelations from the New Testament. I’m supposing any number of people can spend their whole life studying these things and still not know much about them in the end. Well now… you know what? Now that I think about it, I am sure that is the case more often than not.
Read more @ Smoking Mirrors
After the market dropped about 80 points (Dow points, we're talking) Monday, I went to bed last night wondering "I wonder if the commercials will be able to suck the public back into the market again with another bottom-picker's rally before we get a real wash-out, fear to the point of wetting ourselves - panic-is-everywhere - bottom?"
Sure enough, despite headlines like "Asian stocks advance, but economic worries linger" I woke up this morning to a crawler that told me the Dow futures were pointing up more than 100 points.
The moment the Chinese wake up and proclaim: We want something of real value, not just more paper, then the U.S.A. has a serious problem on its hands. That's when our currency collapses, China becomes the world economic superpower and we drop to nth place as a third world country. But not to worry; the linguistics on this indicate it won't get underway until a particular part of May of this year and the workout will run from late summer out through 2010 and beyond.
So much for trying to spot a bargain...and yes, the concept of buy and hold really is dead except for one class of companies: Those that are domiciled in; use raw materials almost exclusive from; and have a market both inside the USA and overseas; and last nut not least, have a tangible product with decent barriers to entry for would-be new competition.
"Break the Glass" was the code-name high-level Treasury Department figures gave the $700 billion bailout; it was to be used only as a last-resort measure. Now millions have been sprayed and damaged by broken glass. But more than a decade ago, a woman you're likely never to have heard of, Brooksley Born, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- a federal agency that regulates options and futures trading -- was the oracle whose warnings about the dangerous boom in derivatives trading just might have averted the calamitous bust now engulfing the US and global markets. Instead she was met with scorn, condescension and outright anger by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and his deputy Lawrence Summers. In fact, Greenspan, the man some affectionately called "The Oracle," spent his political capital cheerleading these disastrous financial instruments.
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WHITE HOUSE ATTEMPTS TO GET US TO BLAME PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION
Monday 9 March 2009 16:00QUEEN'S FUNDS WITHDRAWN ON 29TH JANUARY 2009 AFTER OBAMA CAME TO OFFICE
SO THE $52 BILLION OF HMQ'S MONEY ('GUARANTEES') WERE STOLEN UNDER OBAMA
A SCANDAL THEY HOPED COULD BE DEFLECTED AWAY FROM THE NEW WHITE HOUSE
WHY THE VIBES BETWEEN OBAMA AND BROWN DURING BROWN'S DC VISIT WERE SO BAD
Read the report here
Hmm. You know, I bet there are literally hundreds of truly scandalous sex stories regarding our sick and twisted Illuminati elites that would curl your hair and make you vomit, but heaven forfend anyone in corporate media ever report on Bohemian Grove, Monarch sex slaves and pedophile rings. No. Instead you have this compilation of patsies. - Ed.
TIME, in partnership with CNN, presents the Top 10 Political Sex Scandals
1. Eliot Spitzer
2. John Edwards
3. David Vitter
4. Kwame Kilpatrick
5. Larry Craig
6. Barney Frank
7. Mark Foley
8. Bill Clinton (At number 8, for Pete's sake. Seemed rather more urgent at the time, did it not?)
9. Gary Hart
10. Jerry Springer
Medvedev says signals from Obama 'very positive'
MOSCOW, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that the signals Moscow has been receiving from the new U.S. administration are encouraging.
The signals sent by U.S. President Barack Obama are "very positive," Medvedev told a meeting with members of a U.S. commission that studies American policies toward Russia.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian groups began crucial talks on Tuesday in Egypt to agree on the formation of a unity government that would prepare for presidential and legislative elections and oversee the reconstruction of Gaza.
TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran said on Tuesday that its much-delayed nuclear power plant, where testing began last month, would start operating by August 22.
The 1,000-megawatt Russian-built plant in the southern port city of Bushehr will first generate around 500 megawatts by August 22, Energy Minister Parviz Fattah said, quoted by state television's website.
Anyone who doubts that there has been a substantial -- and very positive -- change in the rules for discussing American policy towards Israel should consider two recent episodes: (1) the last three New York Times columns by Roger Cohen; and (2) the very strong pushback from a diverse range of sources against the neoconservative lynch mob trying, in typical fashion, to smear and destroy Charles Freeman due to his critical (in all senses of the word) views of American policy towards Israel. One positive aspect of the wreckage left by the Bush presidency is that many of the most sacred Beltway pieties stand exposed as intolerable failures, prominently including our self-destructively blind enabling of virtually all Israeli actions.
Read more @ Salon
by David Icke
As I travel around America it is clear that this country is on the brink of an economic catastrophe the like of which it has never seen. And, of course, it is not alone. A similar story can be told around the world.
The foreclosure figures are fantastic as families and others lose their homes through no fault of their own on a scale that, according to current projections, is destined to become a tidal wave.
The credit explosion was orchestrated through Illuminati agents and Satanists like Alan Greenspan, who represents the interests of the Illuminati’s Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and other far more exclusive and sinister secret societies.
Greenspan was the long-time head of the privately-owned ‘US central bank’, the Federal Reserve. Once his policies had manipulated as much personal and commercial debt as possible the plug was pulled on the system to trigger what is designed to be global economic meltdown.
Greenspan, who led ‘the Fed’ under Reagan, Father Bush, Clinton and Boy Bush, operates at a deeper level within the Illuminati network than most of their public figures, and I was told by a former Satanist, an unofficial offspring of the Rothschild family, how he remembered Greenspan at sacrifice rituals he attended:
‘I can recall the Rockefellers and the Bushes attending rituals, but never having the supremacy to lead them. I still regard them as lackeys and not real brokers of occult power. Except for Alan Greenspan, most of these fellows were camp followers in the occult, primarily for the economic power and prestige. Greenspan, I recall, was a person of tremendous spiritual, occult power and could make the Bushes and the younger Rockefellers cower with just a glance.’
This, then, is the man who was controlling the United States economy from 1987 to 2006 and who, as planned, oversaw the insane economic policies that led to the current global collapse. Go to another level of understanding and you can see that Greenspan and other Illuminati place-men throughout the world knew exactly what they were doing and what the outcome was planned to be.
How many sparks do we need for the powder keg to blow? Is the Federal Reserve coup d'etat not incendiary enough, or are we as a population more a powder puff than powder keg?
Trillions of dollars are being funneled to banking elites with zero oversight, zero transparency, and zero accountability -- hell, with zero accounting!
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This story should come as no surprise to anyone. Successive Israeli governments have given ample evidence over the past 60 years that, in their opinion, Palestinian life is worth little more than that of the animals that extreme orthodox Jews sacrifice to their destroyer god "Yahweh". Indeed, at least on a symbolic level, the murder of Palestinian men, women and children by Israeli soldiers is seen by Zionists as a similar type of blood offering to the all-too-human "god" that "promised them Palestine" 2,500 years ago.
With such callous disregard for the life of other human beings, what does anyone expect the end result of the manufactured "Middle East crisis" to be, other than the murder of probably millions of innocent people, Arabs and Jews alike, with only the Zionist leaders escaping unscathed, as always.
Read more @ SOTT
Scientists say pandemic is certain --Expert panel tells emergency managers it's just a matter of when the avian flu will spark a pandemic. By Stephanie Backus 07 Mar 2009 Many scientists are now sure that a version of H5N1, or the avian flu, will cause a pandemic in the future. While speaking to health officials at the National Emergency Management Summit Thursday, several experts said the issue was no longer an "if" issue, it was now "when." "Grief and loss is a certainty in planning for the pandemic," said P.J. Havice-Cover, a mental health professional and program coordinator for the state of Colorado. "You can respect and normalize people's grieving processes by giving them updates on progress. Don't just ignore the losses. If you're in a position to inform the public, talk about it. Community memorial services are very important." She said it was also important to be prepared to be quarantined for months at a time. Quarantine could be an important part of the fight against a pandemic. "When you're talking to people, voice your appreciation for those in quarantine. Talk about how they're hometown heroes and doing waht they need to be doing in order to protect the community," said Havice-Cover.
THURSDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting T-cell immunity may be one way to improve existing vaccines so that they can protect people during a bird flu pandemic, says an Australian study.
"The 'killer T-cell' is the hit-man of the immune system. It is able to locate and destroy virus-infected cells in our body, helping rid us of infections," the study's lead author, Stephen Turner, from the microbiology and immunology department at the University of Melbourne, said in a university news release.
"Unfortunately, current influenza vaccines are poor at inducing killer T-cell immunity," he said. "Therefore, we wanted to see if we could improve the current vaccine formulation to induce killer T-cells after vaccination."
Turner and his fellow researchers added a compound known to increase immunity to a flu vaccine.
"The addition of this compound promoted significant generation of potent killer T- cell immunity and provided protection from infection," he said. "The significance of these findings is that, rather than having to design a new vaccine altogether, we can improve current flu vaccines by adding this potent immune modulator."
New Delhi: The government is closely monitoring the situation in the Kurseong block in Darjeeling in West Bengal after the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries notified the outbreak of avian influenza there on February 24.
So far, 644 birds have been culled in the affected block.
A Central Rapid Response team of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been deputed to assist the State health authorities.
Containment operations are on, as also surveillance within 0-3 km. and 3-10 km. radius.
The district authorities have been provided with adequate personal protective equipment, said an official press note.Pamuka, Burito to move out to curb spread of bird flu
The city administration plans to relocate the two bird markets of Pramuka in Central Jakarta and Barito in South Jakarta to other locations away from residential areas, to help curb the spread of bird flu.
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A victim? When in Rome, do as the Romans do... - Ed.
JERUSALEM — A day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gently chastised Israeli officials for demolishing Arab homes in East Jerusalem , the city's new mayor pushed back Thursday and suggested that America's top diplomat had been the victim of a disinformation campaign.
During her first visit to the region as secretary of state, Clinton criticized the unfolding home demolitions as "unhelpful" to tenuous Israel-Palestinian peace talks and a violation of Israel's commitment to the diplomatic process.
WASHINGTON — The United States should extend its nuclear umbrella to its Middle East allies and offer enriched civilian-use uranium to Iran and other countries in the region to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, two respected former presidential national-security advisors told senators Thursday.
Read more @ Yahoo News
by Matthias Chang
When I read the remarks of President Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown after their meeting at the Oval Office on March 3, 2009 and the speech of the latter to the Joint Session of Congress on March 4, 2009, I realized that a growing antagonism has emerged between certain factions of the ruling elites in the City of London and in Washington DC.
The first warning of the acute differences was sounded by President Obama himself and it was most surprising that the mass media paid hardly attention to it. In his weekly address on February 28, 2009, President Obama said:
TOKYO (Reuters) - Chief executives of leading Japanese, European and U.S. banks will meet in London to discuss the future of the financial system, the Nikkei newspaper reported, as the global financial crisis prompts a barrage of new regulatory proposals for the sector.
Read more @ Reuters
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