cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


US may [wink wink will] add shots for swine flu to fall regimen

Step right up and get your incredibly rich dose of propaganda here so that you will be ready to step right up and get your poison shotS this fall. THREE shots. We have lots of people that need to make money off of killing your sorry asses you useless eaters you ha. - Ed.

The Obama administration is considering an unprecedented fall vaccination campaign that could entail giving Americans three flu shots -- one to combat annual seasonal influenza and two targeted at the new swine flu virus spreading across the globe.

If enacted, the multibillion-dollar effort would represent the first time that top federal health officials have asked Americans to get more than one flu vaccine in a year, raising serious challenges concerning production, distribution and the ability to track potentially severe side effects.

Read more @ The Washington Post


Secret (or not so much) US-Israel nuclear accord "in jeopardy"

What WILL Obama DO? Will he stand up to Bibi? Clue: Two Israeli spies just got off scot free due to powerful Jewish pressure. - Ed.

President Obama's efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons threaten to expose and derail a 40-year-old secret U.S. agreement to shield Israel's nuclear weapons from international scrutiny, former and current U.S. and Israeli officials and nuclear specialists say.

Read more @ Washington Times

Typical Psychopathic Whine: We can't be held responsible for what we do we have No Choice!

The world has no choice but to compare the threat posed by Iran now to that of Nazi Germany before the Second World War, President Shimon Peres told U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday.

"Iran is a threat not just to Israel, but to the whole world. As Jews, after being subjected to the Holocaust, we cannot close our eyes in light of the grave danger emerging from Iran," Peres said.

"If Europe had dealt seriously with Hitler at that time, the terrible Holocaust and the loss of millions of people could have been avoided. We can't help but make the comparison."

Read more @ Haaretz

Israel would inform, not ask US, before hitting Iran


"I do not doubt that Israel will do what it thinks it needs to do, regardless of whether the U.S. approves," said Mark Fitzpatrick, non-proliferation expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

"Israel would seek forgiveness, not permission."

A retired Israeli general who advises the government on strategic issues suggested there was a tacit synchronicity in recent messages about Iran from Israel and the United States:

"The Israeli threat adds urgency to Obama's calls for diplomatic engagement, and should Israel take things into its hands, the Americans retain wriggle room, some deniability."

Read more @ Reuters

New theories on what's going on, suspend your disbelief

In particular, the flyover in NYC being a possible assassination attempt on Obama, Geithner sex scandal rumors, papa bush rapidly sinking into senile dementia, etc. Don't know how much is really true, but if there's one thing we learn over time, it's that truth is stranger than fiction so keep an open mind. - Ed.

Read report at Global Analysis

Insiders selling at a furious pace

by Joe Weisenthal

Last week there was a report that corporate insiders were selling at a faster rate that at any time since October, 2007 -- right near the top of the market.

Well, the market's only raged higher since then and insider selling is only getting more intsense.

The Pragmatic Capitalist has aggregated recent insider transactions. As you can see from his data collected (unfortunately the tables won't fit here, do click over), insider sales dwarf insider buys both in frequency and in volume. Insiders are selling their stocks in multi-million dollar blocks, while the few buys are much smaller.

If nothing else, it means that a lot of executives probably saw the abyss (a violent drop from the ranks of the wealthy to poor) and want to de-risk to ensure that no matter what happens to their stock, they've taken some skin out of the game.

via Clusterstock

For psychopaths, reality is what they say it is

One of the precious few leaders who has cojones

Pray for the man's safety that he not be suicided. - Ed.

Klaus vetoes Czech approval of Lisbon Treaty

The Czech President Vaclav Klaus said he would not ratify the Lisbon Treaty after it was approved by the senate yesterday, raising a new obstacle to plans to reform the EU.

Mr Klaus explained that he would not sign the treaty because of its rejection by Irish voters last year and an expected court challenge in the Czech Republic.

"The Lisbon Treaty is dead for this moment," said President Klaus. "It is dead because it was rejected in a referendum in one member state. Therefore, a decision on ratification of this treaty is not on the agenda at this point."

Ireland plans to hold a new vote later this year on the EU's charter for reform. Yesterday the Czech senate voted 54-20 to ratify the treaty which is meant to simplify decision-making in a union that has grown from 15 to 27 members over the past five years. Mr Klaus and lawmakers among the ruling right-wing Civic Democrats claim that the treaty takes away sovereignty and is a step towards a European superstate.

Framing the Choice

Hmm. I bet they will go with option 2, just a guess. - Ed.


According to Estulin’s sources, which have been proven highly accurate in the past, Bilderberg is divided on whether to put into motion, “Either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty … or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.”

Read more @ Prison Planet



We take a little pain now, kind of like a vaccine shot maybe, and just give up a little sovereignty, and IN EXCHANGE we will get a NEW WORLD ORDER complete with sustainable and efficient economies and really nicely paved streets, paved with gold, yeah that's it.

Allright? A great deal people. Come on what's holding you back?

Bilderberg group plans world depression

Delving into a world once shrouded in complete mystery and impenetrable security, this investigative report provides a fascinating account of the annual meetings of the world’s most powerful people—the Bilderberg Group. Since its inception in 1954 at the Bilderberg Hotel in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek, the Bilderberg Group has been comprised of European prime ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world, all coming together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity. The working press has never been allowed to attend, nor have statements ever been released on the attendees' conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world. Using methods that resemble the spy tactics of the Cold War—and in several instances putting his own life on the line—the author did what no one else has managed to achieve: he learned what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels and has made it available to the public. This second edition includes an entirely new chapter and updated information on topics such as an earlier attempt to break up Canada and the portents of a North American union.

Video @

Crisis as a way to build a global totalitarian state

by Olga Chetverikova

As the world teeters on the brink of financial disaster, leaders are calling for a new world order. As early as the late 1990s, David Rockefeller, author of the idea of private power that is due to replace the governments, said that the world was on the threshold of global changes. He invoked the need of "some large-scale crisis that will make people accept the new world order..." Is the current crisis being used as a mechanism to stoke civil fear and unrest, inducing people to succumb to a system of transnational private power? Olga Chetverikova believes we are in the final stage of that long-time planned ’global control’ agenda.

Read more @

Researchers question nature, cause and treatment of swine flu outbreak


Johnson explains that other readers and researchers have contacted him over the last few days and he points out the failure of the media to report some extremely suspicious facts. “One example is that on 19 Mar 2009, almost 1 month before the outbreak, ‘Medical News Today’ reported that a French Pharmaceutical Company, Sanofi Aventis ‘Invests 100 Million Euros In New Facility In Mexico To Produce Seasonaland Pandemic Influenza Vaccine’. Additionally, another researcher alerted me to a local paper’s story - dated 06 Apr 2009 - 11 days before the first Mexico case appeared - entitled ‘Flu pandemic could kill up to one in 80’. This article discusses the stock piling of surgical masks and gowns. It almost seems like someone knew this was coming!”

Read more @ PR Log

Drug company money is top factor in publication of vaccine studies

Imagine my shock. - Ed.

(NaturalNews) Flu vaccine studies that are funded by industry are significantly more likely to be published in prestigious journals and to later be cited in the scientific literature than studies without such funding, according to a survey of 274 studies conducted by researchers from the Cochrane Vaccine Field in Italy, and published in the British Medical Journal.

A good methodology, in contrast, had little impact on such factors. The study also found few studies providing good evidence that the flu vaccine is actually effective.

Read more @ Natural News

Sinister Sites

Astana is the 1st capital being built in the 21st century and it represents perfectly where the world is headed. It is truly one man’s vision: Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan (yes Borat’s country, I know). Backed by billions of petrodollars, the city is being built from scratch in a remote and deserted area of the Asian steppes. The result is astonishing: a futuristic occult capital, embracing the New World Order while celebrating the most ancient religion known to man: Sun Worship. The city is still a huge construction site, but the buildings that are already completed already sum up perfectly Nazarbayev’s occult vision.

Read more @ Vigilant Citizen


Ruh Roh Shaggy

Antisemitism as defined by Congress and the US State Dept

On Oct 16, 2004 AD, President Bush signed into law the global anti-Semitism review act; which is quite interesting. The United States state Department list the following sets of beliefs as being anti-Semitic.

1. Any assertion that the Jewish community controls government, the media, international business and the financial world is anti-Semitic.

2. Any strong anti-Israel sentiment is anti-Semitic.

3. Virulent criticism of Israel’s leaders, past or present, is anti-Semitic.

Read more @ ww3zionism

Joe Biden at AIPAC

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here today to tell you something you already know, and I assure you this — President Barack Obama shares that same commitment. His support is rooted in his personal connection to the Zionist idea to which he spoke about last year at this conference. He said last year that when he was a child, and I quote, “I was drawn to the belief that you could sustain a spiritual, emotional and cultural identity, and I deeply understood the Zionist idea that there is always a homeland at the center of our story.”

Read more @ Kenny's Sideshow

The LOBBY demands its Pound of Flesh

Just in case you had any remaining doubts about who runs the show... - Ed.

Groups want answers in ex-AIPAC staffers’ case May 3, 2009

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Jewish leaders want answers as to why two former AIPAC officials were targeted for a federal investigation. [OMG BECAUSE THEY WERE CAUGHT SPYING?!@!?!>!?@?@#?!- ed.]

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, questioned “the justification” for the case and the decision to bring charges under a law that had barely been used in more than 90 years.

“You don't want to reopen the whole case, but you have to look at the damage that was done,” Hoenlein said.

Read more @ Goon Squad

AIPAC HEARTS MAHMOUD, really they do

From Mondoweiss:

Two pro-Israel speakers at the AIPAC policy conference said yesterday that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the bete noir of the lobby, is also a boon to the lobby; for if the Iranian President is not reelected next month, AIPAC's case against Iranian nukes will be damaged.

At a breakout session on the Iranian elections, Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, said of the Iranian government:

“You have those cross-chains of command, where the Supreme Leader [Ali Khameini] is in charge of all foreign and defense policy in the Islamic republic, and the president is very much on the sideline. There’s been discussion for four or five years now about how powerful or powerless Ahmadinejad is. We know that he’s the gift that keeps on giving. He keeps telling us that he wants to kill us, and therefore, we have to take him seriously. But can he actually do what he says? And the answer is… we don’t know.”

Later a questioner raised the issue again. What if Ahmadinejad is defeated in June's election and replaced by “someone less inflammatory”-- what would that do to efforts to publicize Iran’s threat?

Ken Pollack of the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution acknowledged the concern. Throughout the panel, Pollack had struck a hawkish stance in line with the AIPAC position of stiff sanctions to hurt the Iranian economy if Iran goes ahead with nukes. He said:

“There is that issue out there, there is definitely that risk. [OH NOES!!!! - ed.] [Someone in the Bush administration, name unintelligible] would say that Ahmadinejad was the best diplomat we had out there. Because every time he opened his mouth, he drove another country into our camp. And if we get somebody who basically is pursuing the exact same policies but doing so in a less inflammatory manner, that may make things even more difficult… to get countries on board with the kind of sanctions and kind of pressure [we need to bring to bear]... Without Ahmadinejad it will be an even more challenging task.”

Read more @ Mondoweiss

Swine Flu hysteria diverts attention from Israeli spying

Encompassing roughly the same time frame as the Six Day War that began with Israel’s sneak attack on her Arab neighbors in 1967 (and responsible for all the current mayhem in the Middle East today) the American people suffered a similar event the last week of April with long-term effects just as devastating to their national health as Israel’s occupation of those same lands she stole some 4 decades ago.

The difference between the two however is that with Israel’s recent sneak attack against America, the outcome was not simply the capturing of a few small pieces of heavily-populated pieces of real estate as occurred in 1967. Rather, it was the capture of the entire military/intelligence apparatus of the United States that–absent some substantive and successful counter-attack–will inevitably result in all life on the planet being threatened in a manner never before seen in history.

Read more @ The Ugly Truth

Merck creates fake academic journal

There is very little about Big Pharma's manipulative, lies-as-marketing behavior that shocks me anymore, but this time out I am astounded: Merck has gone and created a fake academic journal, Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, according to The Scientist. Merck products such as Fosamax were featured in "studies" in the journal, which is reportedly published by Elsevier, a well-known academic journal publishing house. Both it and Merck have got a lot of explaining to do.

Read more @ Furious Seasons

Georgian opposition: Saakashvili staged coup

Money quote:

“If Saakashvili gets diarrhea, it must also be the hand or foot of Moscow,” Dmitry Rogozin said in comments broadcast on state television .

Read more @ Press TV

Fever Pitch: Obama-Clinton Dream Team Breeds Nightmare in Pakistan

by Chris Floyd

The headline from McClatchy says it all: "Pakistani Army Flattening Villages as it Battles Taliban."

This is exactly what the hot-blooded humanitarian interventionists in the Obama Administration have been demanding: that Pakistan "take the fight" to the Taliban forces that, according to such world-historical savants as Hillary Clinton and the President himself, are posing an existential threat not only to Pakistan but even to the sacred Homeland itself.

Last month, when a faction of the Pakistani Taliban (which is not be equated with the Afghan Taliban, but is anyway, repeatedly and deliberately, by the media and political classes) took temporary control of Buner, a city 60 miles from the Pakistan capital of Islamabad, the American power structure went into its customary all-out panic mode, urging the fragile Pakistani government to quit signing peace deals and ceasefires with the sectarian and tribal groups on its frontiers and instead "take action" against them pronto -- before they launch cruise missiles into the Mall of America from their floating space platforms....or something.

(To digress: One likes to think that these continual hissy fits of arm-waving alarm are merely cynical ploys to help advance militarist policies and war-profiteering schemes, but who knows? Maybe our fearless leaders really are a bunch of witless, ignorant cowards. Either way, the results are the same: more war -- and more war powers -- more death, more suffering, and more ever-profitable destabilization.)

Read more @ Empire Burlesque

The Next Boogieman?

Algeria is one of the Middle Eastern North African nations that has the scientific and technological capacity to develop nuclear weapons if legal, political and other barriers to nuclear weapons proliferation decline and lose their efficacy. “Algeria has the expertise and the means to produce nuclear weapons” should it decide to do so, said independent researcher Mark Gorwitz, and he added that it might be able to accomplish the task in just a couple of years.

Mr. Gorwitz prepared an updated open source bibliography of Algerian nuclear science and engineering publications, which is posted here (pdf).

Via Secrecy News

h/t malcontent

Mark Gorwitz was writing about WMD, Foreign Assistance to Iran's Nuclear and Missile Programs Emphasis on Russian Assistance back in 1988.

I guess you could say that makes him an "expert." He works for the DOD, in theory.

Sibel Edmunds: In Congress we trust...Not

The former FBI translator and whistleblower suggests blackmail may be at the heart of Congressional refusal to bring accountability and oversight to its own members - such as both Hastert and Harman - in matters of espionage and national security
Exclusive to The BRAD BLOG...


How does it work? How do these people escape the consequences of accountability? Are we talking about the possible use of blackmail by the Executive Branch against Congressional representatives, as if the days of J. Edgar Hoover were never over? Cases such as NSA illegal eavesdropping come to mind, when Congressional members were briefed long before it became public, yet none took any action or even uttered a word; members of both parties. Or is it more likely to be a case of secondhand blackmail, where members of Congress watch out for each other? Or, is it a combination of the above? Regardless, we see this 'all for one, one for all' kind of solidarity in Congress when it comes to criminal conduct and scandals such as those of Hastert and Harman.

Read more @ Brad Blog

No you can NOT see the pictures it never happened LALA LALA LALA

The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.

"We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.

Read more @ NY Post


And now onto Israel and foreign policy fiascos taking place while you are busy worrying about swine flu

1. Bibi to prioritize Iran issue at Obama meeting [because Bibi sets the priorities - ed.]
Netanyahu, at his May 18 meetings in Washington with US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, intends to prioritize the Iran threat over talks on potential negotiations with Syria or Lebanon and even over the Palestinian issue.

2. Who is this Michael Oren person, Israel's new ambassador to Washington? He is Mossad, so Watch Out he looks dangerous as hell. Both of these excerpts are from the Jewish perspective.
What my correspondents didn't know was the Oren was not a nobody in the Israeli establishment, he was a Mossad, at least, asset, and probably much more than that. And the Mossad has decided to primp and prime him as a future Prime Minister for their purposes, though not necessarily for Israel's good.

Also this:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman jointly made the selection, which will take effect in time for Oren to accompany the premier to Washington for his May 18 meeting with President Barack Obama.

THE Washington ambassadorial job is arguably Israel's most important diplomatic posting.

Naturally, it entails representing our government. But it also requires the ambassador to ensure that the prime minister understands which way the wind is blowing at the White House, Foggy Bottom and on Capitol Hill. Moreover, the ambassador is the face of Israel to the American people.

Here at last is a figure at ease on the public stage, someone who knows what he's talking about and can speak to Americans in their own language.

We at The Jerusalem Post take pride in the appointment of a fellow Anglo, a reconfirmation of what immigrants can achieve in Israel. For in Oren we have an American who came here, served in an elite unit, and then worked tirelessly to improve the way the world understands our country and the region.

3. Iran questions wisdom behind new US threats

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi has questioned the wisdom behind a US Congress initiative to choke off gasoline supplies to the oil-rich country.

Despite claims of seeking a new beginning with Iran, the US government has threatened the Tehran government with further unilateral sanctions should potential negotiations over the country's disputed nuclear program fail.

Congress is currently considering a bill, the Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act, which has the backing of 25 senators and seeks to punish non-US firms for supplying gasoline to Iran -- which imports about 40 percent of its gasoline demand.

The legislation, which has the strong support of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), seeks to target five major European firms -- the Swiss firm Vitol, the Swiss/Dutch firm Trafigura, the French firm Total, Switzerland's Glencore and British Petroleum -- and the Indian firm Reliance, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency.

Read more @ Press TV

4. Lo and Behold, Iran launches airstrikes on Iraqi villages

Iranian aircraft attacked three villages inside Iraq over the weekend. The airstrikes — Iran’s first on Iraqi soil since the U.S. invasion — could complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Tehran.

“The bombardments appeared to have targeted the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an Iranian Kurdish separatist group which has launched attacks on Iran from rear-supply bases in the mountains of northern Iraq,” AFP reports. Iran has attacked the Kurdish group before, with artillery. But this is the first time the Iranians followed up, with assaults from the air.

“The incident comes a week after reports of a clash between Iranian police officers and suspected PJAK fighters in the country’s western province of Kermanshah,” Al-Jazeera reports. “At least 10 policemen and 10 fighters were killed in the gun battle.”

Details on the airstrikes remain sketchy. [oh i bet] Voice of America says the attacks were carried out by helicopters, which remained in Iranian airspace. Al-Arabiyah television, on the other hand, says it was “Iranian planes [that] raided those villages.”

It is a serious development because the Iraqi airspace is under the control of the US Air Force and under US protection. So the raids are either approved by the United States, as was the case when a US nod was previously given to the Turkish Army, or such operation was a surprise by the Iranians. According to eyewitnesses, the planes were flying at very low altitudes, which may indicate that they were trying to escape detection by radars. So these planes were able to attack many locations. Eyewitnesses and official Kurdish sources said that the raids were carried out by fighter jets and not helicopters.

In February, American fighter jets shot down an Iranian drone flying over Iraq. Such an incursion would’ve likely provoked an angry response from the previous administration. But the reaction to the drone incident was muted — perhaps in the interest of keeping the dialogue with Tehran going. [The dialog that's not going so well (see above)? The dialog that has to fail so that Israel can get it's war with Iran on? - ed.]

via Pimpin Turtle

5. And meanwhile, things are heating back up in Georgia, which you *are* supposed to know because it was in the LA Times.

Reporting from Moscow -- A Georgian tank battalion mutinied on Tuesday, government officials said, describing the the rebellion as part of an abortive, nationwide coup funded by Russia in an effort to undermine the U.S.-backed president. [a puppet of Israel -- ed.]

As forces ringed the rebel base to seal it off and tanks rumbled toward the mutiny from Tbilisi, the government announced that it had thwarted a widespread military rebellion. A former, Soviet-era special forces commander was arrested on charges of orchestrating the coup, an Interior Ministry official said, and at least one other alleged organizer was being sought.

Georgian officials immediately accused Russia of masterminding the uprising, and said it was timed to undermine controversial NATO military exercises set to take place in Georgia on Wednesday.

Additional links and commentary here by Lord Stirling:
Mutiny foiled in Georgia ahead of NATO exercises ~ link ~ See also: Georgia foils Russian backed coup on eve of NATO exercises ~ link ~ Also see: Mutiny under way in Georgia ~ link ~ See also: Opposition threatens roadblocks if Saakashvili refuses to resign ~ link ~ See also: Snap Analysis ~ link ~ The holding of major military maneuvers on the battlefield of a war only nine months old, with Russian troops in place eyeball-to-eyeball is simply foolhardy to the point of criminal. It must be remembered that the NeoCon puppet, neck tie eating, Saakashvili, using American and Israeli arms, with over 1,000 Israeli commandos and a senior "retired" Israeli general calling the shots, murdered over a thousand Russian civilians in their homes at the beginning of the last war. It was only the personal intervention of the French President that stopped Putin from going through with his publicly stated intention of "hanging Saakashvili by his balls". These large NATO military exercises are simply a part of the Illuminati's laying the groundwork for the coming Iran War/general Middle Eastern war to quickly become World War III.

The Swine Flu Chronicles of 2009


And we observe today that a very real “booming buzzing confusion” uncannily abounds, usually coordinated by the “central institutions of the U.N system”, amidst the usual platitudes of “prospects for peace, welfare and human dignity”.

Who can make any rational sense of all these global events in real time, and all compressed in a short decade initiated by the crisis of 911 – from global war on terror, to global financial collapse, to global warming and global 'carbon credits', to now global pandemic? Does it require a brilliant man or woman to do so? An Einstein? A Rosalind Franklin? I have reached the conclusion as an ordinary human being of no particular notable brilliance, that it perhaps does only take an un co-opted plebeian to do so. Below is my analysis of the global pandemic now intruding in our lives just like the 'war on terror'. An alert just came home from my kid's school outlining the procedures they will follow in case the school has to shut down. Several schools in the vicinity have already shut down. So what is it all about? If you go to the 'experts', you will surely learn it.

Read more @ Project Humanbeingsfirst

Oh oopsie we were really busy didn't see the memo sorry...

A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert about a public health emergency of international concern.

Both federal and international health officials had access to the warning from Veratect Corp. Later e-mails calling attention to the company's subsequent report that the disease was possibly spreading in Mexico were sent to 10 officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Robert Hart, the company's chief executive.

Hart said he wasn't sure why health officials didn't act sooner.

"They have a lot of other responsibilities," Hart said on Thursday. "But every day makes a difference." [Hey, it's a full time job mind-fucking you people to death. Come on. - ed.]

Read more @ Miami Herald

WHO head indicates full flu pandemic to be declared

MADRID/GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is likely to raise its flu alert to the top of its six-point scale and declare a pandemic, its director-general indicated in an interview published on Monday.

In remarks setting the scene for another alert increase, but without saying when, WHO chief Margaret Chan warned against over-confidence following a stabilization in the number of new cases of the H1N1 strain that has proved deadly in Mexico.

"Level 6 does not mean, in any way, that we are facing the end of the world. It is important to make this clear because (otherwise) when we announce level 6 it will cause an unnecessary panic," she told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"Flu viruses are very unpredictable, very deceptive ... We should not be over-confident. One must not give H1N1 the opportunity to mix with other viruses. That is why we are on alert." [mmm hmm]

Read more @ Reuters

Grimly Funny
Fernando Tognola
April 30 2009

Of the 20 original cases detected in Mexico, half of them managed to jump in to a plane to be detected in foreign countries, statistically speaking, it would follow that of the 100 million Mexicans, half of them ( 50,000,000 ) jump into a plane any given day.

Of the cases of H1N1 (to protect the name of pigs, not the Mexicans)in foreign countries, some of them have not been to Mexico, but 1 of them speaks Spanish "from Spain", and the rest are Mexicans, this virus seems to take a look at the host passport before the deadly attack, and sometimes over reacts by the host's "peculiar accent".

Medical authorities in Mexico say they haven't confirmed deaths due to "this particular" mutation virus, or at least, no documents or proof has been given to the medical media "yet" to show what,who,when,how such cases were detected.

But in Switzerland, a box with swine flu exploded in a train with 200 people, apparently no Mexicans were on board because everyone was unaffected. The easy diagnosis of the Swiss: "this particular mutation of swine flu is not dangerous".

Normal influenza kills half a million people every year world wide without counting natural deaths complicated by fever,colds, and flu, yet, "this particular" virus is easily detected by doctors and well diagnosed even if the WHO claims its symptoms are the same as normal influenza and the U.S. CDC "doesn't know exactly what they are dealing with" according to CNN.

The E.U. URGES the population not to panic, and URGES the governments to prepare for global pandemic level 6.

When "experts" are asked about the above questions, the CDC, WHO, and medical journalists (by extreme stretch of the words?), usually answer: " there is still so much to learn abut this "particular virus".

... u bet!


The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918 was caused by vaccinations

As has been stated before, all medical and non-medical authorities on vaccination agree that vaccines are designed to cause a mild case of the diseases they are supposed to prevent. But they also know and admit that there is no way whatsoever to predict whether the case will be mild or severe - even deadly. With this much uncertainty in dealing with the very lives of people, it is very unscientific and extremely dangerous to use such a questionable procedure as vaccination.

Many vaccines also cause other diseases besides the one for which they are given. For instance, smallpox vaccine often causes syphilis, paralysis, leprosy, and cancer. (See the chapters on smallpox and plagues.) Polio shots, diphtheria toxin-antitoxin, typhoid vaccine, as well as measles, tetanus and all other shots often cause various other stages of disease such as post-vaccinal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain,) paralysis, spinal meningitis, blindness, cancer (sometimes within two years,) tuberculosis, (two to twenty years after the shot,) arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease (heart failure sometimes within minutes after the shot and sometimes several hours later.) Nerve damage and many other serious conditions also follow the injections.

Read more here

For the truly credulous who listen to NPR

Even though health officials are calling this new virus H1N1, that's also the type of virus that's in wide circulation today. And it has an interesting history. It was the dominant flu virus through the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Oxford says it disappeared in 1957, when it was displaced by another flu virus. But then a strain of H1N1 suddenly reappeared in 1977.

"Now where could it have come from?" he asks. "We reckon now, in retrospect, it was probably released accidentally from a laboratory, probably in northern China or just across the border in Russia, because everyone was experimenting with those viruses at the time in the lab."

It was nothing malicious, Oxford believes, just some flu vaccine research that broke out of containment. The descendents of this virus are still circulating. He notes that most people who have encountered the newly emerged H1N1 virus seem to have developed only mild disease, and he speculates that's because we have all been exposed to a distant cousin, the H1N1 virus that emerged in the 1970s.

Read more fairy tales at NPR

Pinning us down: The public health rationale for tyranny


Whether or not a given calamity is the product of deliberate, organized human malice, the DHS is structured to pursue only one approach: It will expand the power of the political class while radically regimenting the lives of the productive. This means more arbitrary power in the hands of bureaucrats and their armed enforcers, and greater restrictions on freedom of movement.

Read more @ Pro Libertate

Condi is a loathesome creature

For eight years, Condoleezza Rice dealt with the Beltway punditry and the access-craving White House press corps. The reception she got, with a handful of exceptions, was fawning. Which leaves her totally unprepared for a return to an academy populated with the Daily Show generation: bright young minds with a very critical attitude towards the last eight years. In a meeting with Stanford students at a dormitory reception on April 27, the school's former provost got off to a shaky start and ended in a train wreck. She may in fact have her last words in the exchange quoted back to her some day in a law court.

Read more @ SOTT

and from Princess Sparkle Pony's Photo Blog (you must click through for the great snark)

Oh look, it's Matching Armchairs LIVE! Yay! I believe this is the first MAPO since Condi left Foggy Bottom, so it's historic, I guess.

But it seems that all anybody wants to ask Condi about these days is torture, which is icky and totally rude because it makes her uncomfortable. This time it was a fourth grader who wanted to ask the question newspapers refuse to ask, and as you can see, it made Condi's meet-children-cute thing a little tense:

DHS lists "alternative media" as potential terrorists

Pfft. Bite me. - Ed.


In the same breath as radical Cuban Communists, the “decentralized terrorist movement,” “lone terrorists,” “racist skinheads” and the Mexican separatist movement, we find an entry for “alternative media,” alongside the blurb, “a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets.”

That’s right folks - the federal government is training its enforcers that people who don’t believe everything they see on Fox News, CNN or read in the New York Times are to be treated as a “threat” and a potential violent domestic terrorist.

Read more @ Prison Planet

Who is on the hook for Harman's troubles now?

If more people thought about the parallel tracks and the meta-narratives, we could make some progress. - Ed.

Did the people -- whoever they may be -- who leaked details about Rep. Jane Harman's wiretapped conversation with a suspected Israeli agent, break the law?


Parallel Tracks

So, what does it all mean? That's the harder question.

Among reporters and observers, two parallel ways of approaching the story -- what we might call the "face-value" track, and the "meta" track -- have quickly emerged.

Read more @ TPM Muckracker

Russia to build floating arctic nuclear stations

Ok, I’ll write it to save you from having to post it as a comment:


Via: Guardian:

Russia is planning a fleet of floating and submersible nuclear power stations to exploit Arctic oil and gas reserves, causing widespread alarm among environmentalists.

Read more @ Cryptogon

Imagine That


Swine flu may merge with other flu viruses, CDC says

May 3 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu’s potential to reconfigure its genetic material and become more deadly is a “major concern,” said Anne Schuchat, a scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The prospect of what is called reassortment is keeping Schuchat and health officials worldwide on the alert even as the newest outbreak has proved itself to be relatively mild outside Mexico, where 19 of the 20 confirmed deaths were reported. Human cases of the disease have been confirmed in 30 U.S. states and 19 countries, according to the CDC and the World Health Organization, a global agency that may declare a pandemic.

Read more @ Bloomberg

CNN (PSYOPS): UN wary of second wave of swine flu

Is this a prediction? A threat? Fear mongering? All of the above? - Ed.

-- A shutdown of public venues in Mexico City is likely to be lifted by Wednesday, despite caution by U.N. health officials that a second wave of the swine flu virus could "strike with a vengeance."

Read more @ CNN

SOTT: pandemic distracts as world gov picks a fight

Batten down the hatches, grab your flimsy face mask!

Just as editors were putting the finishing touches to the April's edition of 'Connecting the Dots' (a fairly standard month as months go here on the BBM), within the last five days the world has been brought to the brink (of what we are not quite sure) by something called "Swine Flu". At least, that's the impression you get when reading recent headlines. But as readers know, there is always more to these episodes of mass hysteria than meets the eye!

Look further back into the month and you will see enough clues to figure out the nature of what we may safely call a World Government. Pay attention to details in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and you may distinguish manufactured social and political conflicts. Consider it all within the context of Mother Nature's mysteries. Indeed, there is much to comment about this month. But, in the spirit of traditional journalism, let's start with the major headlines...

Read more @ SOTT

Obama promises to spend billions

During his Saturday PR video, Barack Obama told us not to worry, the government will do all it can to protect us from the H1N1 virus. The government will dish out to the states drugs from the so-called Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), a large cache of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, and antitoxins purchased by the taxpayers from Big Pharma.

Read more @ infowars

Swine flu less dangerous than normal flu

After a friend of mine came down with a severe dose of some kind of terrible flu and I nursed him back to health, guess what happened next? Yeah, I got sick too. Really sick. “OMG, now I’ve got swine flu!” I whined — in between trips to the bathroom.

But in my more lucid moments, I managed to do some research on the subject (as we all know, Google is the poor man’s health insurance). Just how serious IS swine flu? I know that I am feeling like heck-warmed-over right now, but let’s put this thing into perspective. According to my friend Joe Thompson who loves sending me statistics, within one year in America over 61,000 people will die of pneumonia. One out of every 20 who contract pneumonia will die. And since January of this year alone, over 1,300 people have died from ordinary flu. But only one person has died from swine flu.

Read more @ Novakeo

Lithium in Water 'curbs suicide'

It may, or it may not. I guess they don't know yet. But hey, what could possibly go wrong? - Ed.

Drinking water which contains the element lithium may reduce the risk of suicide, a Japanese study suggests.

Researchers examined levels of lithium in drinking water and suicide rates in the prefecture of Oita, which has a population of more than one million.

The suicide rate was significantly lower in those areas with the highest levels of the element, they wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

High doses of lithium are already used to treat serious mood disorders.

But the team from the universities of Oita and Hiroshima found that even relatively low levels appeared to have a positive impact of suicide rates.

Levels ranged from 0.7 to 59 micrograms per litre. The researchers speculated that while these levels were low, there may be a cumulative protective effect on the brain from years of drinking this tap water.

Via Pimpin Turtle

Psychopath UAE Sheik, the tip of the iceberg

Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the royal family in the United Arab Emirates, is under investigation following the release of a video which depicts him torturing a man.

Attorneys for American businessman Bassam Nabulsi, who smuggled the video out of the country, alleged in a letter to the country’s highest justice that they possess over two hours of video showing Issa tortured at least 25.

Read more @ Pimpin Turtle

Failing Settlement May 1st, it's war, G10 warns

The latest from Christopher Story.

Interesting tidbit:

Mark Levy, a Clinton-era aide, was reported on Thursday 30th April to have ‘committed suicide’ at his Washington Law Office, a branch of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, based in Atlanta.

Military Police at the Kentucky Derby

This kind of thing is NOT reported because people are being conditioned to accept the military's presence and to feel reassured by it, because they have no idea that it violates Posse Comitatus. - Ed.

A Google News search does not produce a story or even a brief mention of the fact military police were on hand at the Kentucky Derby to keep restless plebs in line. However, an Associated Press photograph, posted on the Yahoo! News website, shows two MPs in combat fatigues with side arms restraining a man at the derby.

Read more @ Inforwars

Most Israeli Jews think attacking Iran is a good idea

A large majority of Israeli Jews support military action aimed at destroying Iran's nuclear facilities, according to a survey sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the poll, co-sponsored by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, a large majority of those who support a move by the army said they would maintain their support even if the Obama administration opposed it.

An overwhelming majority also said they believed close relations with the United States were essential for ensuring Israel's security. [Uh duh.]

Read more @ The Truth Seeker


'Draconian' powers seen to contain swine flu

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP)Regional governments can invoke "draconian" powers if [when] the swine flu virus reaches a worst-case scenario, from monitoring people in their own homes to seizing control of entire economies.

The SARS and bird flu scares of recent years have led many countries to develop pandemic action plans which involve sweeping powers aimed at containing the spread of disease among their populations.

Some have already been introduced as the World Health Organisation (WHO) steps up warnings of an imminent A(H1N1) flu virus pandemic. [helpfully working on 'when']

In Hong Kong the first confirmed case of swine flu in Asia was recorded Friday after a Mexican man who arrived via Shanghai tested positive.

Authorities moved quickly to quarantine for seven days more than 300 guests and staff at the Metropark Hotel, where the patient had briefly stayed.

"Since this is the first case in Hong Kong we must be very careful as the chance of controlling and containing this infection is limited, we will try to be more draconian in our policy," said Health Secretary York Chow.

China has made similar moves in tracking down passengers who were on the same flight to Shanghai as the Mexican national, drawing criticism from Mexico that it has taken "unjustified" precautions.

Before discovering the first case, Hong Kong had signalled its preparedness to close down all schools and converted a holiday camp into a quarantine centre where possible sufferers will be sent in a bid to contain any mass outbreak.

Meanwhile Australia has also approved the isolation of suspected sufferers against their will.

The new powers have not yet been used and Health Minister Nicola Roxon stressed that they were only precautionary, but they still remain an option if needed.

"We want to make sure that all the powers are there, that we are ready to act if [when] this takes a dramatic turn for the worse," she said this week.

Australia's pandemic action plan, a draft of which is publicly available on the Internet, reveals the government potentially has recourse to even more extreme measures should the threat escalate.

The plan, which was updated in April, allows for "extraordinary measures" including the power to manage the supply of goods and services, giving it effective control over the economy.

Roxon was unable to detail what punitive measures could be taken against people who disobey government directives but the plan talks of maintaining public trust "through visible and effective security and law enforcement".

In Singapore, changes made to the Infectious Diseases Act during the 2003 SARS outbreak allow officials to order suspected sufferers to stay at home or face a potential jail term.

Health authorities can install an electronic camera in the home of someone under quarantine and order them at random intervals to show their presence.

Failure to comply can attract a six month prison sentence for a first offence, rising to 12 months for a second.

Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said Singapore did not see the flu crisis as a police enforcement issue.

"No, we will not put out our police forces just to go and deal with the issue ... we have plans for the scenarios that we face but at the same time, we must also deal with issues calmly, (there's) no point panicking," she said.

Two common goals of the powers available to governments are isolating those believed to have the virus and preventing the congregation of large crowds which could help it to spread.

Japan has ordered hospitals to set up "fever rooms" and said it will ask schools to close, groups to cancel non-essential gatherings, and companies to cut back operations, reserving the right to make the measures compulsory if a major outbreak occurs.

The Australian government's term for such preventative action is "social distancing" and the pandemic action plan concedes it would have a major impact how people go about their lives.

"(It) could include considered closure of places where people gather, such as child care facilities, schools, community centres, cinemas and nightclubs; cancellation of major sporting events such as football matches; and changing public transport arrangements," the plans said.

However, Roxon conceded that preventing the swine flu virus reaching Australia may prove impossible, no matter what powers the government invoked.

"Developments overseas indicate that this flu is indeed moving fast and we are conscious that, whatever steps we take, it may not be possible to stop this disease coming into Australia," Roxon told reporters.

Copyright © 2009 AFP. All rights reserved.

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