Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Piglet 'with face of a monkey' born in China

The animal has a simian jaw, bulging forehead, small snout and eyes that are so close together that they appear almost attached.

Its front legs are much shorter than its back legs, causing it top hop rather than walk on all fours like a normal piglet.

The animal was one of five piglets recently born to a sow owned by a family in Fengzhang village, Xiping township.

“It’s hideous. No one will be willing to buy it, and it scares the family to even look at it,” owner Feng Changlin told the Oriental Today newspaper.

But the monkey-piglet has become something of a local tourist attraction, with people coming from across the area to photograph its remarkable features.

And not everyone in the family is disgusted by its appearance.

“Our son likes to play with it, and he stopped us from getting rid of it. He even feeds it milk,” said Mr Feng’s wife.

The piglet’s rare condition is thought to be caused by a form of holoprosencephaly, a brain development disorder that can cause cyclopia, the failure of eyes to properly separate.

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U.S. Blacks, if a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS

If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, the Black AIDS Institute, an advocacy group, reported Tuesday

The report, financed in part by the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, provides a startling new perspective on an epidemic that was first recognized in 1981.

Nearly 600,000 African-Americans are living with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, and up to 30,000 are becoming infected each year. When adjusted for age, their death rate is two and a half times that of infected whites, the report said. Partly as a result, the hypothetical nation of black America would rank below 104 other countries in life expectancy.

Those and other disparities are “staggering,” said Dr. Kevin A. Fenton, who directs H.I.V. prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency responsible for tracking the epidemic in the United States.

“It is a crisis that needs a new look at prevention,” Dr. Fenton said.

In a separate report on Tuesday, the United Nations painted a somewhat more optimistic picture of the worldwide AIDS epidemic, noting that fewer people are dying of the disease since its peak in the late 1990s and that more people are receiving antiretroviral drugs.

Nevertheless, the report found that progress remained uneven and that the future of the epidemic was uncertain. The report was issued in advance of the 17th International AIDS Conference, which begins this weekend in Mexico City.

The gains are partly from the Bush administration’s program to deliver drugs and preventive measures to people in countries highly affected by H.I.V.

The Black AIDS Institute took note of that program in criticizing the administration’s efforts at home. The group said that more black Americans were living with the AIDS virus than the infected populations in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Namibia, Rwanda or Vietnam — 7 of the 15 countries that receive support from the administration’s anti-AIDS program.

The international effort is guided by a strategic plan, clear benchmarks like the prevention of seven million H.I.V. infections by 2010 and annual progress reports to Congress, the group said. By contrast, it went on, “America itself has no strategic plan to combat its own epidemic.”

In a telephone interview, Dr. Fenton said, “We recognize this is a crisis, and clearly more can be done.”

The institute, based in Los Angeles, describes itself as the only national H.I.V./AIDS study group focused exclusively on black people. Phill Wilson, the group’s chief executive and an author of the report, said his group supported the government’s international anti-AIDS program. But Mr. Wilson’s report also said that “American policy makers behave as if AIDS exists ‘elsewhere’ — as if the AIDS problem has been effectively solved” in this country.

The group also chided the government for not reporting H.I.V. statistics to the United Nations for inclusion in its biannual report.

Dr. Fenton said the C.D.C. had ensured that its data were forwarded to officials in the Department of Health and Human Services and was investigating why the data were not in the United Nations report.

Others speaking for the agency said the answer would have to come from the State Department, which did not respond to an inquiry.

Dr. Helene Gayle, president of CARE and a former director of H.I.V. prevention efforts at the disease control centers, told reporters on Tuesday that the United States needed to devote more resources to care for people with sexually transmitted diseases. Such infections can increase the risk of H.I.V. infection.

The federal government and communities needed to promote more testing among all people, particularly blacks, to detect H.I.V. infection in its earliest stages when treatment is more effective, Dr. Gayle said.

Also, she said, more needed to be done to promote needle exchange programs, which have proved effective in preventing H.I.V. infection among injecting drug users but that are illegal in many places.

The United Nations report said that in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, changes in sexual behavior had led to declines in the number of new H.I.V. infections.

Condom use is increasing among young people with multiple partners in many countries and more young people are postponing their initial sexual intercourse before age 15.

The percentage of pregnant women receiving antiretroviral drugs to prevent transmission of H.I.V. to their infants increased to 33 percent in 2007 from 14 percent in 2005. During the same period, the number of new infections among children fell to 370,000 from 410,000.

The United Nations report affirmed treatment gains in Namibia, which increased treatment to 88 percent of the estimated need in 2007, from 1 percent in 2003; and in Cambodia, where the percentage rose to 67 in 2007 from 14 percent in 2004. Other countries with high treatment rates are Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba and Laos.

In most areas of the world, more women than men are receiving antiretroviral therapy, the report said.

Despite inadequate monitoring systems in many countries, data suggest that most of the H.I.V. epidemics in the Caribbean appear to have stabilized. A few have declined in urban areas in the Dominican Republic and Haiti which have had the largest epidemics in the region.

Increased treatment was partly responsible for a decline in AIDS-related deaths to an estimated 2 million in 2007 from 2.2 million in 2005.

The AIDS epidemic has had less overall economic effect than earlier feared, the report said, but is having profound negative effects in industries and agriculture in high-prevalence countries.

The United Nations has set 2015 as the year by which it hopes to reverse the epidemic. But even if the world achieved that goal, the report said, “the epidemic would remain an overriding global challenge for decades.”

To underscore the point, the United Nations said that for every two people who received treatment, five people became newly infected.

Antibodies produced in response to simple infections like a cold or the flu can cause a positive reaction on an HIV antibody test. A flu shot and other immunizations can also create positive HIV ELISA and Western Blot results. Having or having had herpes or hepatitis may produce a positive test, as can vaccination for hepatitis B.

Exposure to microbes such as those that cause tuberculosis and malaria commonly cause false positive results, as do the presence of tapeworms and other parasites. Conditions such as alcoholism or liver disease and blood that is altered through drug use can cause the production of antibodies that react on HIV antibody tests. Pregnancy and prior pregnancy can also cause a positive response. HIV-positive response means nothing of any relevance to health : it can be triggered by vaccination, malnutrition, M.S., measles, influenza, papilloma virus wart, Epstein Barr virus, leprosy, glandular fever, hepatitis, pre syphillis, pregnancy ... : over 29 different conditions can cause a positive hiv test.

In one study, 13% of Amazonian Indians who do not have AIDS and who have no contact with people outside their own tribe tested HIV positive. In another report, 50% of blood samples from healthy dogs reacted positively on HIV antibody tests. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

so, once these people test "positive" on these flawed tests, they are put on deadly drugs that is not meant to cure anything. these drugs eat away at their immune system, causing them to look like walking deads. whatever disease was discovered by Dr. Gallo and the NIH, certainly was not a disease called AIDS.

when Dr. GAllo was on trial in australia, he even admitted that there is a possibility that hiv does not equal aids, but how many of yall know this.

Just another source on how these "statistics" are manipulated to villify black people and black men and how falliable even the testing procedures are.

70% percent of mixed race couples are black men with white women. Please explain to me why these white women are not getting HIV It's BULL SH.. Now there are many 80's babies who are infected with HIV due to the crack epidemic but, it is not as ramped as they say. I am no government theorist by any means, but I do know that our government would love to get rid of us. These stats are another strike under our belt (now black women have to walk around with the stigma that we are HIV positive Sorry, I will NOT own that. especially when intravenous drug users are mostly Hispanics and white males The government does not share the news of how the black race is declining before our very eyes before you post comments read and do some research.


July 29, 2008. Sandpoint, ID — A new book by an award winning health science writer, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, concludes that the predilection of HIV/AIDS for black America and Africa is the likeliest result of successful national security policies advanced during the Nixon and Carter administrations. Compelling national security documents reveal the intentional targeting of black Americans and Africans for population control, including depopulation, as is being accomplished by the AIDS epidemic today.

Not likely a coincidence, according to U.S. Government documents reprinted in Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare (Tetrahedron, LLC, 2001; 1-888-508-4787), every sociopolitical and economic outcome secretly planned for Black America and Africa by intelligence agencies during the Nixon and Carter years, has come to pass. Dr. Horowitz, a Harvard graduate in public health and emerging diseases expert, likewise links the AIDS epidemic's devastating toll on Black populations as reflective of the secret policies.

During the early 1970s, Dr. Horowitz writes, National Secret Security Memorandum 200, advanced by Nixon's National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, called for massive Third World depopulation among efforts to maintain the economic alignment of the superpowers. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who replaced Dr. Kissinger for the Carter administration, secretly dispatched National Security Memorandum 46 to cabinet chiefs only. This document, the most telling, authorized the FBI and CIA to initiate genocidal policies.

Genocide is defined as the mass killing of people for economic, political, and/or ideological reasons. According to Dr. Horowitz, this term is contextually consistent with Dr. Kissinger's security policy that specifically cited the economic need to dramatically reduce African populations, and Brzezinski's memorandum that explained that Black nationalism posed both economic and security threats to America.

" In elaborating U.S. policy toward black Africa," Brzezinski wrote, "direct weight must be given to the fact that there are 25 million American blacks whose roots are African and who consciously or subconsciously sympathize with African nationalism. . . . In the above context, we must envisage the possibility, however remote, that black Americans interested in African affairs may refocus their attention on the Arab–Israeli conflict. Taking into account the African descent of American blacks, it is reasonable to anticipate that their sympathies would lie with the Arabs who are closer to them in spirit and, in some cases, related to them by blood. Black involvement in lobbying to support the Arabs may lead to serious dissension between American blacks and Jews. The likelihood of extremist actions by either side is [serious]." As a result, national security agencies recommended: 1) "Specific steps . . . to inhibit coordinated activity of the black movement in the United States;” 2) “Special clandestine operations . . . by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and cause division among black African . . . groups and . . . leaders” considered "radical;" 3) FBI mounted “surveillance operations against black African representatives;” 4) programs to cause “fragmentation and a lack of organizational unity” among African Americans, a “decrease of influence in the movement´s extremist groups;” 5) economic policies to cause “social stratification of the black population, [and] lack of policy options which could reunite them,” including social and economic welfare programs "designed to perpetuate division in the black movement . . . which would increase the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different black groups, weakening . . . the movement as a whole;” 6) the demonization and/or assassination of black leaders to "inhibit the emergence from within the black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal,” 7) covert actions to “impede durable ties between U.S. black organizations and radical groups in African states;” and finally 8) "to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the court . . .” to give the appearance of black leadership and enhance the stratification of social classes among American blacks.

Previously, in his national bestselling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola—Nature, Accident or Intentional? (Tetrahedron, LLC Press, 1998), Dr. Horowitz reviewed Dr. Kissinger's oversight of America's biological weapons race. According to testimonies of CIA directors Richard Helms and William Colby before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Kissinger selected the option to develop immune system ravaging viruses similar in definition and function to the AIDS and Ebola viruses. "The curious manner in which HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects Black people in the United States and Africa today," Dr. Horowitz concludes, "likely represents an extension of Dr. Kissinger's African depopulation policies and the development of viruses best capable of effecting them. Brzezinski's policies, too, foreshadow ongoing African American genocide."

Dr. Horowitz began investigating Death in the Air, his thirteenth book, following requests from African Americans in the Boston area to explain toxic pesticide sprayings over mostly Black communities allegedly to control mosquito and West Nile Virus populations. His book questions this and other public health policies that might arguably be called genocidal. Free advice is provided on his website at His books, videos, and audiotapes may be found in select libraries, bookstores, and direct from the publisher by calling 1-888-508-4787.

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California Wonders When The Big One's Going To Hit

HINO HILLS, Calif. (July 30) - Despite shaking a large swath of Southern California, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake was not the "Big One" that scientists have long feared. Still, it rattled nerves, causing people to vow to step up their emergency preparations.

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck southeast of Los Angeles late Tuesday morning, rattling buildings and nerves throughout Southern California. Here, residents stand near an earthquake-damaged building in Pomona, Calif., on Tuesday.

The quake, which rocked the region from Los Angeles to San Diego on Tuesday, caused only limited damage and minor injuries, and served as a reminder of the seismic danger below sprawling freeways and subdivisions.
Videos made the rounds of news broadcasts and YouTube showing how the quake disrupted the taping of some television shows. The temblor cleared out the courtroom of "Judge Judy" and rattled the set of "Survivor."
The temblor's epicenter was located just outside Chino Hills, 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, and it was felt as far east as Las Vegas. Dozens of aftershocks followed, the largest a magnitude-3.8.
"We were really fortunate this time," said Capt. Jeremy Ault of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District. "It's a good opportunity to remember that we live in earthquake country. This is part of living in Southern California and we need to make sure we're prepared."
Chino Hills was incorporated in 1991, so much of the construction is newer and built to modern safety standards, city spokeswoman Denise Cattern said. There were no reports of harm in the city of 80,000, she said, although cell phone service in the area was briefly disrupted.

The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake centered in the region. Scientists were trying to determine which fault ruptured Tuesday, but they believe it is part of the same system of faults. The 1987 earthquake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.
As strongly as it was felt, Tuesday's quake was far less powerful than the deadly magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that toppled bridges and buildings in 1994. That was the last damaging temblor in Southern California, though not the biggest. A 7.1 quake struck the desert in 1999.
Derek Black, a 19-year-old personal trainer, said it was the first large earthquake he remembered despite living in the area since birth.
Black said he was helping a client do pull-downs when the floor started to rumble. He grabbed onto a weight machine and turned toward the wall, which was covered in floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
"The mirrors were rippling all the way down," he said. "Seeing it in the mirrors was what made me realize, 'Geez, this is huge.'"
TVs suspended from the ceiling were swinging back and forth as people evacuated the gym. The mirrors buckled but didn't break, he said.
The heaviest shaking was northwest of the epicenter near suburban Diamond Bar, said Thomas Heaton, director of the earthquake engineering and research laboratory at Caltech. He said all buildings constructed in the region since the 1930s should withstand the kind of shaking felt Tuesday.
People have forgotten, I think, what earthquakes feel like," said Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech. "So I think we should probably look at it as an earthquake drill."
The state Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento received scattered reports of minor infrastructure damage, including broken water mains and gas lines.
"I thank God there have not been any reports of serious injuries or damage to properties," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a televised press conference. "People understandably are very nervous."
Minor structural damage was reported throughout Los Angeles, along with five minor injuries and people stuck in elevators, said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, serving as acting mayor. She said there was flooding in one department store.
The jolt caused a fire but no injuries at a Southern California Edison electrical substation in La Habra, about 12 miles southwest of the epicenter, spokesman Paul Klein said. Damage there and to other equipment led to some power outages in Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar and Pomona, he said.
To prepare for the "Big One," scientists and emergency planners in the fall will hold what is billed as the largest earthquake drill in the country. It will be based on a hypothetical magnitude-7.8 temblor. Earlier this year, scientists calculated that California faces a 99.7 percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 quake or larger in the next 30 years.
Associated Press writers Alicia Chang, Robert Jablon, Thomas Watkins, John Rogers, Don Thompson, Michael Blood, Solvej Schou, Danny Pollock, Laura E. Davis and Noaki Schwartz contributed to this report.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Let Your Eyes Caption This Picture

Yes, Faux news got a lot of folks minds.

Who Are You Obama Really?

Obama wouldn never fool me!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Funny picture of the day!

What is ronald on?

Taser death ignites racial tensions

WINNFIELD, La. -- At 1:28 p.m. last Jan. 17, Baron "Scooter" Pikes was a healthy 21-year-old man. By 2:07 p.m., he was dead.What happened in the 39 minutes in between--during which Pikes was handcuffed by local police and shocked nine times with a Taser device, while reportedly pleading for mercy--is now spawning fears of a political cover-up in this backwoods Louisiana lumber town infamous for backroom dealings.Even more ominously, because Pikes was black and the officer who repeatedly Tasered him is white, racial tensions over the case are mounting in a place that's just 40 miles from Jena, La. Jena is the site of the racially explosive prosecution of six black teenagers charged with beating a white youth that last year triggered one of the largest American civil rights demonstrations in decades. And in a bizarre coincidence, Pikes turns out to have been a first cousin of Mychal Bell, the lead defendant in the Jena 6 case.No novelist could have invented Winnfield, a place so steeped in corruption that they built a local museum to try to sanitize it all.Here in the birthplace of two of Louisiana's most colorful and notorious governors--Huey and Earl Long--the police chief committed suicide three years ago after losing a close election marred by allegations of fraud and vote-buying.Just four months later, the district attorney killed himself after allegedly skimming $200,000 from his office budget and extorting payments from criminal defendants to make their cases go away.The current police chief is a convicted drug offender who got a pardon from Edwin Edwards, the former Louisiana governor who is serving time in federal prison for corruption convictions.All of that tangled history is now wrapped up in the Pikes case, because Scott Nugent, the officer who Tasered him, is the well-connected son of the former police chief who killed himself--and the protégé of the current chief, who hired him onto the force."A lot happens in this town and it just gets swept under the rug," said Kayshon Collins, Pikes' stepmother, who has participated in several local protests over the case. "What the police did to Scooter just isn't right. They would never have Tasered a white kid like that." The official police version of what happened to Pikes on that brisk January afternoon reads like a sad but familiar story in Winnfield's local newspaper.Nugent spotted Pikes walking along the street and attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for drug possession, according to Police Chief Johnny Ray Carpenter. Pikes took off running, but another officer cornered him outside a nearby grocery store. Pikes resisted arrest and Nugent subdued him with a shock from a Taser.Then on the way to the police station, Carpenter related to the newspaper, Pikes fell ill and told the officers he suffered from asthma and was high on crack cocaine and PCP. The officers called for an ambulance, but Pikes later died at the hospital.Six months later, the Winnfield police are standing by that story. Meanwhile, the Louisiana State Police are investigating the case, and no charges have been filed against Nugent or two other Winnfield police officers who assisted him in arresting Pikes, although the City Council did decide to fire Nugent from the force in May.Winn Parish District Atty. Chris Nevils says he expects to present the case to a grand jury after he receives the results of the state police investigation.But there is already abundant evidence contradicting the official police version of the incident.An autopsy determined there were no drugs in Pikes' system and that he did not have asthma, according to Dr. Randolph Williams, the Winn Parish coroner.Moreover, Pikes did not resist arrest, and he was handcuffed while lying on the ground, according to Nugent's police report of the incident. It was only after Pikes refused Nugent's command to stand up that the officer applied the first Taser shock in the middle of his back, Nugent wrote.Several more Taser shocks followed quickly, Nugent stated, because Pikes kept falling down and refusing to get back up. Grocery shoppers who witnessed the incident later told Pikes' family that he had pleaded with Nugent: "Please, you all got me. Please don't Tase me again."Williams said police records showed Nugent administered nine Taser shocks to Pikes over a 14-minute period. The last two jolts, delivered as police pulled Pikes from a patrol car at the police station, elicited no physical reaction because the suspect was unconscious, Williams said.Only after Pikes was carried into the police station and slumped into a chair did police call for an ambulance. He was pronounced dead soon afterward at the local hospital.After consulting about the case with Dr. Michael Baden, a nationally prominent forensic pathologist, Williams ruled last month that Pikes' death was a homicide. On the death certificate, he listed the cause of death as "cardiac arrest following nine 50,000-volt electroshock applications from a conductive electrical weapon."Baden said the case "could be considered to be torture.""God did not just call this young man home," said Williams, who has served as parish coroner for the past 33 years. "Fourteen minutes elapsed between the first shock and the last. If somebody can tell me anything else that killed this otherwise perfectly healthy young man in 14 minutes, I'd like to know it."Williams is no stranger to controversy in Winnfield. Back in 2004, his garage was firebombed--he suspects the attack was ordered by the former district attorney--and he says he's been shot at 19 times by people upset with the independence of his investigations. He wears a gun holstered at his waist even while sitting safely at his desk."This case may be the most unnecessary death I have ever had to investigate," Williams said. "[Pikes] put up no fuss, no fighting, no physical aggression. The Taser was not used to take him into custody. He just didn't respond quickly enough to the officer's commands."Nugent, 21, declined to be interviewed for this story. But his attorney, Phillip Terrell, said that Nugent "acted within the ambit of his training and Winnfield Police Department policies"--an opinion seconded by police spokesman Lt. Charles Curry.Yet the official Winnfield Police Department Taser policy appears to prohibit the weapon's use against a nonviolent suspect who has already been handcuffed."The Taser shall only be deployed in circumstances where it is deemed reasonably necessary to control a dangerous or violent subject," the policy states. It also requires that a suspect who has been Tasered should immediately be checked out at a hospital, which did not happen in Pikes' case.What's more, safety guidelines issued by Taser International Inc., the manufacturer of the device that is now used by more than 12,700 law enforcement and military agencies worldwide, warn officers to "minimize repeated, continuous, and/or simultaneous exposures."Company officials, citing dozens of medical studies, insist Tasers are safe when used properly. But few of those studies examined the effect of multiple Taser applications over a short period of time. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a study released in June, concluded that "the medical risks of repeated or continuous [Taser] exposure are unknown."In less than two years on Winnfield's 20-officer police force, police records show, Nugent ranked as the department's most aggressive Taser user. Among the recipients were a 15-year-old African-American runaway who was not charged with any crime and Pikes' father, currently serving a prison sentence for a drug offense, who was Tasered by Nugent last year, according to Kayshon Collins.Joe Heard said his 15-year-old son was Tasered twice by Nugent last August, after Heard reported the youth as a runaway and asked the police to help find him."He snuck out of the house to be with a girl," Heard said. "I asked the police to bring him home, and they did, but in pieces--he was all scraped up and bruised. They told me the next time he runs, 'You know we're going to shoot him.' "

Man this is really fucked up. I prayors and blessings go out to this bro family.,0,5867155.story

Iran says oil could reach $500 on dollar, politics

TEHRAN, July 26, 2008 (Reuters) — Iran's OPEC governor said world oil prices could reach as high as $500 per barrel in a few years' time if the dollar falls further and political tension worsens, an Iranian weekly said.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez takes a sample of crude during his weekly broadcast at a nationalized oil field at Orinoco's belt in the southern strip of the eastern Orinoco River in this
"If the dollar's value continues to decrease and if the political crisis becomes worse, the oil price would reach up to $500," Mohammad Ali Khatibi told Shahrvand-e Emrooz in an interview published on Saturday.
He was asked about predictions that oil prices could reach up to $200 per barrel in the next two or three years.
Oil dropped $2 to a fresh seven-week low on Friday, extending a decline that has knocked more than $24 off crude in two weeks as high fuel prices continue to batter demand.
Crude prices reached an all-time peak of $147 earlier this month.
Khatibi also said oil exports from the whole Middle East region would be at risk if the Islamic state came under any military attack over its disputed nuclear programme.
"If there is another war in the region, it will not only be Iran's oil not reaching the market, but rather the oil of the whole region would be cut from the market," Khatibi said.
"In that case, we will not have a price rise. We will have a price explosion."
Around 40 percent of global oil shipments leave the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz off Iran's southern coast and Tehran has threatened to impose controls on shipping there if it is attacked, and warned Gulf neighbors of reprisals if they took part.
The United States and Iran are at loggerheads over Tehran's disputed nuclear work. Washington says it wants a diplomatic solution to the row, but has not ruled out military action if that were to fail.
Tehran says its atomic activities are purely peaceful, aimed at generating electricity.
(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by David Christian-Edwards)

Not a good look of the week!

No he didnt!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Governor set to slash state workers' pay

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sign an executive order next week intended to temporarily reduce pay for 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour to preserve cash until lawmakers reach a budget deal, according to a draft copy of the order obtained by The Bee.
The governor's order also would terminate about 22,000 retired annuitants, temporary workers and seasonal employees, as well as impose a hard freeze that blocks the hiring of roughly 1,700 new employees per month.
Administration officials said the Republican governor expects to take the action Monday, when the budget will be four weeks late as Democrats and Republicans continue to spar over how to resolve a $15.2 billion shortfall.

"The administration is looking into many different options to preserve cash to ensure we have enough to cover our costs," said Matt David, Schwarzenegger's communications director.
But a spokeswoman for Democratic state Controller John Chiang, who pays the state's bills, said he would ignore the governor's order and continue paying full salary, likely forcing a court battle.
"He will pay state workers the salaries that they have earned, and that's full salary," Deputy Controller Hallye Jordan said of Chiang.
The order would take effect for the August pay period and envisions that state workers would receive their back pay in full when a budget is signed. State workers who get paid once at the end of the month still will receive their July paychecks next week.
The move would save roughly $1 billion in cash per month, depending on how many employees are exempt under federal law because they work in health and safety fields, according to Schwarzenegger officials. Each state department head will be responsible for determining which employees are exempt under federal law.
Available cash in dispute
Word of Schwarzenegger's pending order had circulated through the vast state Corrections and Rehabilitation offices on S Street by the time workers headed home Wednesday afternoon. Several gathered at the nearby 16th Street light-rail station, shaking their heads.
Corrections employee Vicki Rhodes said the governor is "crazy" to think about cutting workers' wages and predicted that the strategy could backfire.
"I guess people will start working on Monday like they're making $6.55 an hour," she said.
Janis Rose, another corrections worker, said Schwarzenegger is posturing and ultimately won't be able to legally cut her pay. "It's utterly ridiculous," she said. "He's acting – and not very well."
The governor believes that without a budget the state could run out of money by mid-September because of a soft economy and low reserves, officials said. Given the state's low credit rating, borrowing from Wall Street without a budget could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in interest.
But Chiang, in a statement, questioned Schwarzenegger's calculation. He said he believes the state still has enough cash to make it through September without cutting salaries.
Democrats and state employee groups immediately denounced the governor's plan as a political ploy designed to pressure lawmakers into passing a budget.
"The governor is turning the budget crisis into a budget catastrophe," said Yvonne Walker, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, which represents 94,000 state workers. "If it's political pressure by the governor, shame on him, because he is causing harm to the workers who run the state of California. We're not game pieces. We're real people with real lives."
Parties jockey for position
Democrats and Republicans remain sharply divided over how to bridge a $15.2 billion gap in the $101 billion general fund. Democrats have proposed a series of tax increases, largely on the wealthy, while Republicans want program cuts and a promise of long-term budget reform that would make spending reductions easier in bad years.
Both houses of the Legislature adjourned until Aug. 4, but on Wednesday the Senate summoned its members for a vote next Tuesday.

Mayor Salami Kilstripper Accused of Assault on Police Deputy

Detroit politicians continue their almost daily contributions to the criminal blogs and blotters. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now being investigated for allegedly assaulting a deputy accompanying an investigator for the Wayne County prosecutor at the home of the mayor’s sister. The officers were attempting to serve a subpoena on Bobby Ferguson, a city contractor and close friend of Kilpatrick. The mayor’s sister, Ayanna Kilpatrick, is married to Daniel Ferguson, a cousin of Bobby Ferguson.
Both the mayor and city council have proven a perpetual motion machine of criminal investigations, click here. Notably, the prosecution just filed a superseding indictment alleging that Kilpatrick had other affairs beyond the one with his former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. It is not clear if this subpoena is linked to that expanded investigation.
The deputy has alleged that Kilpatrick (who is 6-foot-4 mayor and a former football player) knocked him into the female investigator. Any contact with an investigator is an invitation for a battery charge. The media attention will not help the situation since police may feel obligated to show that you cannot shove officers in such situations.
This is precisely why most lawyers keep clients out of locations where subpoenas and searches are being conducted. It is always a tense scene where tempers can get the better of clients. When a client must be present, an attorney should always be present for that reason.
This man is nothing but a buffon. I can't wait for them to throw him under the jail sad it is to say about another black man, but he so rightfully deserve it!

Funny picture of the day!

They couldn't get get a room?

Half-Assed "Solutions" for Being Black in Amerikkka On CNN

Forty years after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., CNN took an unprecendented look at the state of black America in "CNN Presents: Black in America. The success, struggle, pain and pride.
I think this CNN special was a complete waste of time. We as a community and the country as a whole already know what the problems are. Must we rehash the same topics every 5-6 months on TV? Is that suppose to make things better or does it just make us Black Americans feel validated when we can air our dirty laundry? Here's a thought how about we shut up and do something about it instead of talking

I think us blacks in America need to realize some of the stuff that goes on in our community and change it for ourselves and stop looking for everybody else approval. That's why I think intergration was the worst thing for us,because it got us depending like our oppressors. It got us wanting to look like our oppressors instead of being proud of our selves and having our own schools,business etc.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Funny Picture Of The Day

Don't Try This At Home

What the hell is this dude doing?

Evidence of the US Banking System Teetering on the Brink of Collapse

Paulson appears on Face The Nation and says "Our banking system is a safe and a sound one." If the banking system was safe and sound, everyone would know it (or at least think it). There would be no need to say it.

2. Paulson says the list of troubled banks "is a very manageable situation". The reality is there are 90 banks on the list of problem banks. Indymac was not one of them until a month before it collapsed. How many other banks will magically appear on the list a month before they collapse?

. In a Northern Rock moment, depositors at Indymac pull out their cash. Police had to be called in to ensure order.

4. Washington Mutual (WM), another troubled bank, refused to honor Indymac cashier's checks. The irony is it makes no sense for customers to pull insured deposits out of Indymac after it went into receivership. The second irony is the last place one would want to put those funds would be Washington Mutual. Eventually Washington Mutual decided it would take those checks but with an 8 week hold. Will Washington Mutual even be around 8 weeks from now?

5. Paulson asked for "Congressional authority to buy unlimited stakes in and lend to Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE)" just days after he said "Financial Institutions Must Be Allowed To Fail". Obviously Paulson is reporting from the 5th dimension. In some alternate universe, his statements just might make sense.

6. Former Fed Governor William Poole says "Fannie Mae, Freddie Losses Makes Them Insolvent".

7. Paulson says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are "essential" because they represent the only "functioning" part of the home loan market. The firms own or guarantee about half of the $12 trillion in U.S. mortgages. Is it possible to have a sound banking system when the only "functioning" part of the mortgage market is insolvent?

8. Bernanke testified before Congress on monetary policy but did not comment on either money supply or interest rates. The word "money" did not appear at all in his testimony. The only time "interest rate" appeared in his testimony was in relation to consumer credit card rates. How can you have any reasonable economic policy when the Fed chairman is scared half to death to discuss interest rates and money supply?

9. The SEC issued a protective order to protect those most responsible for naked short selling. As long as the investment banks and brokers were making money engaging in naked shorting of stocks, there was no problem. However, when the bears began using the tactic against the big financials, it became time to selectively enforce the existing regulation.

10. The Fed takes emergency actions twice during options expirations week in regards to the discount window and rate cuts.

11. The SEC takes emergency action during options expirations week regarding short sales.

12. The Fed has implemented an alphabet soup of pawn shop lending facilities whereby the Fed accepts garbage as collateral in exchange for treasuries. Those new Fed lending facilities are called the Term Auction Facility (TAF), the Term Security Lending Facility (TSLF), and the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF).

13. Citigroup (C), Lehman (LEH), Morgan Stanley(MS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (MER) all have a huge percentage of level 3 assets. Level 3 assets are commonly known as "marked to fantasy" assets. In other words, the value of those assets is significantly if not ridiculously overvalued in comparison to what those assets would fetch on the open market. It is debatable if any of the above firms survive in their present form. Some may not survive in any form.

14. Bernanke openly solicits private equity firms to invest in banks. Is this even close to a remotely normal action for Fed chairman to take?

15. Bear Stearns was taken over by JPMorgan (JPM) days after insuring investors it had plenty of capital. Fears are high that Lehman will suffer the same fate. Worse yet, the Fed had to guarantee the shotgun marriage between Bear Stearns and JP Morgan by providing as much as $30 billion in capital. JPMorgan is responsible for only the first 1/2 billion. Taxpayers are on the hook for all the rest. Was this a legal action for the Fed to take? Does the Fed care?

16. Citigroup needed a cash injection from Abu Dhabi and a second one elsewhere. Then after announcing it would not need more capital is raising still more. The latest news is Citigroup will sell $500 billion in assets. To who? At what price?

17. Merrill Lynch raised $6.6 billion in capital from Kuwait Mizuho, announced it did not need to raise more capital, then raised more capital a few week later.

18. Morgan Stanley sold a 9.9% equity stake to China International Corp. CEO John Mack compensated by not taking his bonus. How generous. Morgan Stanley fell from $72 to $37. Did CEO John Mack deserve a paycheck at all?

19. Bank of America (BAC) agreed to take over Countywide Financial (CFC) and twice announced Countrywide will add profits to B of A. Inquiring minds were asking "How the hell can Countrywide add to Bank of America earnings?" Here's how. Bank of America just announced it will not guarantee $38.1 billion in Countrywide debt. Questions over "Fraudulent Conveyance" are now surfacing.

20. Washington Mutual agreed to a death spiral cash infusion of $7 billion accepting an offer at $8.75 when the stock was over $13 at the time. Washington Mutual has since fallen in waterfall fashion from $40 and is now trading near $5.00 after a huge rally.

21. Shares of Ambac (ABK) fell from $90 to $2.50. Shares of MBIA (MBI) fell from $70 to $5. Sadly, the top three rating agencies kept their rating on the pair at AAA nearly all the way down. No one can believe anything the government sponsored rating agencies say.

22. In a panic set of moves, the Fed slashed interest rates from 5.25% to 2%. This was the fastest, steepest drop on record. Ironically, the Fed chairman spoke of inflation concerns the entire drop down. Bernanke clearly cannot tell the truth. He does not have to. Actions speak louder than words.

23. FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said the FDIC is looking for ways to shore up its depleted deposit fund, including charging higher premiums on riskier brokered deposits.

24. There is roughly $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits. $2.60 Trillion of that is uninsured. There is only $53 billion in FDIC insurance to cover $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits. Indymac will eat up roughly $8 billion of that.

25. Of the $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits, the total cash on hand at banks is a mere $273.7 Billion. Where is the rest of the loot? The answer is in off balance sheet SIVs, imploding commercial real estate deals, Alt-A liar loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds, toggle bonds where debt is amazingly paid back with more debt, and all sorts of other silly (and arguably fraudulent) financial wizardry schemes that have bank and brokerage firms leveraged at 30-1 or more. Those loans cannot be paid back.

What cannot be paid back will be defaulted on. If you did not know it before, you do now. The entire US banking system is insolvent.

By Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Pittsburgh cancer center warns of cell phone risks

PITTSBURGH — The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.

The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Herberman is basing his alarm on early unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science and he believes people should take action now — especially when it comes to children.

"Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later," Herberman said.

No other major academic cancer research institutions have sounded such an alarm about cell phone use. But Herberman's advice is sure to raise concern among many cell phone users and especially parents.

In the memo he sent to about 3,000 faculty and staff Wednesday, he says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing.

Adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset, he says. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone's electromagnetic fields.

The issue that concerns some scientists — though nowhere near a consensus — is electromagnetic radiation, especially its possible effects on children. It is not a major topic in conferences of brain specialists.

A 2008 University of Utah analysis looked at nine studies — including some Herberman cites — with thousands of brain tumor patients and concludes "we found no overall increased risk of brain tumors among cellular phone users. The potential elevated risk of brain tumors after long-term cellular phone use awaits confirmation by future studies."

Studies last year in France and Norway concluded the same thing.

"If there is a risk from these products — and at this point we do not know that there is — it is probably very small," the Food and Drug Administration says on an agency Web site.

Still, Herberman cites a "growing body of literature linking long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer."

"Although the evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there are sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use," he wrote in his memo.

A driving force behind the memo was Devra Lee Davis, the director of the university's center for environmental oncology.

"The question is do you want to play Russian roulette with your brain," she said in an interview from her cell phone while using the hands-free speaker phone as recommended. "I don't know that cell phones are dangerous. But I don't know that they are safe."

Of concern are the still unknown effects of more than a decade of cell phone use, with some studies raising alarms, said Davis, a former health adviser in the Clinton Administration.

She said 20 different groups have endorsed the advice the Pittsburgh cancer institute gave, and authorities in England, France and India have cautioned children's use of cell phones.

Herberman and Davis point to a massive ongoing research project known as Interphone, involving scientists in 13 nations, mostly in Europe. Results already published in peer-reviewed journals from this project aren't so alarming, but Herberman is citing work not yet published.

The published research focuses on more than 5,000 cases of brain tumors. The National Research Council in the U.S., which isn't participating in the Interphone project, reported in January that the brain tumor research had "selection bias." That means it relied on people with cancer to remember how often they used cell phones. It is not considered the most accurate research approach.

The largest published study, which appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2006, tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including thousands that had used the phones for more than 10 years. It found no increased risk of cancer among those using cell phones.

A French study based on Interphone research and published in 2007 concluded that regular cell phone users had "no significant increased risk" for three major types of nervous system tumors. It did note, however, that there was "the possibility of an increased risk among the heaviest users" for one type of brain tumor, but that needs to be verified in future research.

Earlier research also has found no connection.

Joshua E. Muscat of Penn State University, who has studied cancer and cell phones in other research projects partly funded by the cell phone industry, said there are at least a dozen studies that have found no cancer-cell phone link. He said a Swedish study cited by Herberman as support for his warning was biased and flawed.

"We certainly don't know of any mechanism by which radiofrequency exposure would cause a cancerous effect in cells. We just don't know this might possibly occur," Muscat said.

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a type of radiation that is a form of electromagnetic radiation, according to the National Cancer Institute. Though studies are being done to see if there is a link between it and tumors of the brain and central nervous system, there is no definitive link between the two, the institute says on its Web site.

"By all means, if a person feels compelled that they should take precautions in reducing the amount of electromagnetic radio waves through their bodies, by all means they should do so," said Dan Catena, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society. "But at the same time, we have to remember there's no conclusive evidence that links cell phones to cancer, whether it's brain tumors or other forms of cancer."

Joe Farren, a spokesman for the CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group for the wireless industry, said the group believes there is a risk of misinforming the public if science isn't used as the ultimate guide on the issue.

"When you look at the overwhelming majority of studies that have been peer reviewed and published in scientific journals around the world, you'll find no relationship between wireless usage and adverse health affects," Farren said.

Frank Barnes, who chaired the January report from the National Research Council, said Wednesday that "the jury is out" on how hazardous long-term cell phone use might be.

Speaking from his cell phone, the professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder said he takes no special precautions in his own phone use. And he offered no specific advice to people worried about the matter.

It's up to each individual to decide what if anything to do. If people use a cell phone instead of having a land line, "that may very well be reasonable for them," he said.

Susan Juffe, a 58-year-old Pittsburgh special education teacher, heard about Herberman's cell phone advice on the radio earlier in the day.

"Now, I'm worried. It's scary," she said.

She says she'll think twice about allowing her 10-year-old daughter Jayne to use the cell phone.

"I don't want to get it (brain cancer) and I certainly don't want you to get it," she explained to her daughter.

Sara Loughran, a 24-year-old doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, sat in a bus stop Wednesday chatting on her cell phone with her mother. She also had heard the news earlier in the day, but was not as concerned.

"I think if they gave me specific numbers and specific information and it was scary enough, I would be concerned," Loughran said, planning to call her mother again in a matter of minutes. "Without specific numbers, it's too vague to get me worked up."


Jennifer Yates reported from Pittsburgh. Science Writer Seth Borenstein reported from Washington. Reporter Ramit Plushnick-Masti contributed from Pittsburgh and Science Writer Malcolm Ritter contributed from New York.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

They Plotting.

Funny picture of the day!

Obama And His Boys

AN ELITE RULING CLASS FINANCED BY ZIONIST INTERNATIONAL BANKERS was established by David Rockefeller & Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1973. This elite ruling class is known as The Trilateral Commission.
Rockefeller’s impetus for establishing the Commission came about after he had read a book entitled Between Two Ages written by Zbigniew Brzezinski of Columbia University.
In his book Brzezinski proposed an alliance between North America, Western Europe, and Japan which became the basis of The Trilateral Commission. Soon after his rendezvous with Rockefeller, Brzezinski developed the idea of a Pax Americana vis-à-vis the international financiers:
— “America is compelled to accommodate itself to the emerging international context. This means that the US government has a mission to guarantee and protect the various arrangements that have been contrived by private business” — Here.
In other words, it was necessary for the international upper class to band together to ensure that political leaders were brought to power who would protect the Zionist bankers’ global financial interests.

“ANY DOUBTS THAT OBAMA IS A PUPPETof Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Trilateral Commission ended when Brzezinski appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on March 21 2008 to campaign for Obama,” wrote political analyst Webster Tarpley Here.
In his book Obama A Postmodern Coup” Tarpley says that Brzezinski is seeking a global showdown with Russia and China - a far more dangerous venture than the Neocon/Bush Iraq fiasco.
Tarpley observes that the Neocon/Bush era is over & is now replaced by the Brzezinski-Trilateral-Rockefeller phase of aggression. Tarpley’s most recent remarks are quite revealing:
— “Obama’s first task as President will be to drive the Chinese out of Africa thus depriving them of oil and raw materials. Pakistan and other Chinese allies will be targeted for destruction. When Obama says bomb Pakistan and send more troops into Afghanistan he is expressing the Brzezinski strategy.
“Brzezinski will advise Obama to break up both Russia and China reducing both to petty states which would give Washington another century of world domination” — Here.
Of significant note is that thus far Obama has ‘raised’ $340 million for his campaign compared to McCain’s $132 million. Would it be a surprise to anyone that a good portion of Obama’s campaign money is coming from the Zionist bankers that Obama is now tied to? I trow not…
This are the mofos that are really behind obama's campaign and they are his puppet masters.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Let Your Eyes Caption This Picture

Woman, 68, Accused Of Forcing Sex On Handicapped Man

68-year-old Tampa woman was arrested today for forcing a severally mentally handicapped man to perform oral sex on her, police say.

Luella McAdoo is a longtime family friend of the victim, according to Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

On April 5, the man's mother left him in McAdoo's care while she ran errands. When she came home at about 6 p.m., she found her son performing oral sex on McAdoo. The woman told McAdoo to go home, then she called police because her son, 34, does not have the ability to make a decision about sex on his own, Davis said.

The investigation, Davis said, was particularly challenging because of the victim's mental condition and inability to communicate verbally.

After the detectives investigated, according to Davis, they direct filed the case with the State Attorney's Office, who filed charges.

McAdoo was arrested at her 953 Chestnut St. W home this morning by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies on a Tampa police warrant, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. She was charged with lewd or lascivious battery on an elderly or severely disabled person and is being held at the Orient Road Jail on $7,500 bond, according to jail records.

Monday, July 21, 2008

China Bar Owners Not To Serve blacks and Mongolians.

Africans and Mongolians to the groups Beijing's Olympic organizers want to push out of the capital before the games begin.
Chinese police officials have been forcing some bar owners in Beijing to sign secret pledges to ban blacks and Mongolians from entering their premises during the Olympic games next month, according to the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
While police denied any such activity, and most bars denied knowing about the prohibition, African residents in the city say that harassment by the authorities and discrimination at the bars has increased.
The Post quoted a co-owner of a bar who said his business had been visited by police with an order "not to serve black people or Mongolians." In the Sanlitun bar district, some owners were forced to sign pledges to prohibit dancing and serving black customers.
WND has reported on a "blacklist" of people and groups of people China has been targeting specifically because of the coming publicity that will accompany the Olympic Games in August. Those targeted include religious leaders.
WND has also reported on China's apparent crackdown on Christians and Christianity in advance of the 2008 Games, including the expulsion of more than 100 foreign Christians in China in just a 90-day period, the biggest assault on the presence of Christianity in China since 1954
See these chink fuckers can go over to Africa and be approved as black citizens,because they want resources over in Africa, but we're not good enough to eat their dog,cat and rat meat at their restaurants.

Condoleeza Rice: Iran Not Serious at Nuke Meeting

No! I truly believed that the Iranians would come to this meeting with every intention of seriously negotiating. Right.
Apparently Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was a little surprised:
At the meeting, Iran had been expected to respond to a package of incentives offered in exchange for halting enrichment of uranium, which can be used to fuel atomic weapons. The Bush administration broke with long-standing policy to send a top diplomat to support the offer.
However, Rice said that instead of a coherent answer, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili delivered a “meandering” monologue full of irrelevant “small talk about culture” that appeared to annoy many of the others present at the table in Geneva.
“We expected to hear an answer from the Iranians but, as has been the case so many times with the Iranians, what came through was not serious,” Rice told reporters aboard her plane as she flew to the United Arab Emirates. “It’s time for the Iranians to give a serious answer.”
I have a question for Secretary Rice: how could you have “expected” an answer this time, but yet you admit the Iranians have a long history of not taking these negotiations seriously?
Can someone explain that to me? Apparently I’m not as enlightened as Secretary Rice.
But this brings up, yet again, the issue of what exactly is going on with this Iranian situation.
I stand by what I have been saying for about year now: and that’s Bush has either abandoned his own philosophy (the Bush Doctrine) and refuses to apply it to Iran, or he is scared of the Iranian threat or he believes he has stretched the military too thin to act.
It’s one or the other.
I do find it very curious that we decided within the last couple of weeks to send William Burns to the Iranian negotiations and that–thought not perfectly–coincides with all of this talk about sending some of the troops withdrawn from Iraq to Afghanistan.
Here’s my theory on this: prior to the last two weeks or so we had started to ramp up our rhetoric and there was a lot more speculation about a potential U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran. Also, there was certainly no mention of sending someone to these negotiations–at least not a high-level official.
Now we move into the last couple of weeks and we start hearing more and more about the successes in Iraq, but also about the resurgence of problems in Afghanistan and the need to send more troops to deal with that threat.
Could this be the reason for the sudden desire to change course on Iran? If so, it clearly demonstrates that so long as we’re in Afghanistan and Iraq it will be very unlikely that we would launch any sort of attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Stephen Hayes over at The Weekly Standard has a good piece out today documenting the hypocrisy and acquiescence of the Bush administration’s actions on Iran and North Korea.

Funny picture of the day!

He's that drunk or high he thinks he's in his comfortable bed laying on his pillow.

Schwarzenegger's Office ask to discuss "Jet Trails"

July 19, 2008Rose wrote:Hi All:Wanted to give you some very hopeful news. Deborah Whitman with "Environmental Voices," sent me this on Friday, July 18th (please see her message below). She had just attended an EPA panel discussion on "Climate Change" at the Capitol in Sacramento. She has been a tireless, fearless voice for our skies and concerns around these unregulated experimental weather modification programs. She received a phone call from Governor Schwarzenegger's staff requesting a meeting to discuss concerns around "jet trails".I have also heard from another very reliable source that Schwarzenegger's office had asked the California Air Resources Board to "check into the chemtrail issue and whether or not they are toxic." Mrs. Whitman believes that it is vital that we contact the Governor's office in the next week and let him know just how concerned we are about these unregulated aerosol spraying programs and how it is effecting our health and our environment (please see at the end of this email for contact numbers).Bless Us All,RoseDeborah's message:"I'm so excited. Today at EPA went excellent. I made great contacts. I used to work with the man that is now setting up the Climate Team. I gave him all the handouts I had and I will be meeting with him and other ARB staff on these issues.I heard the President and Governor were in Redding today looking at fire damage. Thank God that you guys are getting some attention now. It's about time.Send your e-mail to the Governor and the the Head of EPA. Their e-mail addresses are on their websites. Have everyone send their own letters as well. Follow them up with well written professional looking letters.Contact numbers:Governor Arnold SchwarzeneggerState Capitol BuildingSacramento, CA 95814Phone: 916-445-2841Fax: 916-558-3160 Email link: S. Adams/Secretary for Environmental Protection1001 I StreetP.O. Box 2815Sacramento, CA 95812-2815California Environmental Protection Agency, Public Contact, (916) 323-2514Air Resources Board StaffMary D. Nichols/ChairContact: Cornetta Thompson(916) 445-4383/ Fax (916) 327-5748 Below is my letter I wrote to our governor. It is crucial that the Governor hears from as many voices from our part of the state as possible.Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:We here in the northern most part of our state, have been watching with great concern these unregulated experimental weather modification programs which have been conducted over our heads. We encourage you to investigate and take a seriously look at the well documented evidence that these programs have seriously contaminated our air, water, soils. We are concerned what breathing these chemicals have done to our health and to our climate.There is great evidence that spraying tons of aluminum oxide and barium into our atmosphere is also creating drought conditions, which can only exacerbate our already severe fire dangers. "According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Co., the only way to form artificial clouds in warm dry air is to introduce enough particulates into the atmosphere to attract and accrete all available moisture into visible vapor. If repeated often enough, the resulting rainless haze can lead to drought.""In a May 2000 draft report submitted to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an expert panel chosen from among 3,000 atmospheric scientists, concluded that Teller's scheme might work. But the IPCC warned against unpredictable upsets of the atmosphere. The panel also warned against angry populaces reacting to "the associated whitening of the visual appearance of the sky."Please consider your family, your children also breathe this air. As governor you have sworn to protect this great state and its people. Please take this pledge to heart and be the kind of leader many in this state hope and pray you will be. Sincerely,Rose TaylorMt. Shasta, California

Chicago Suburb Bans Saggin Pants!

LYNWOOD, Ill. -- Be careful if you have saggy pants in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood.
Village leaders have passed an ordinance that would levy $25 fines against anyone showing 3 inches or more of their underwear in public.
Eugene Williams is the mayor of Lynwood. He said young men walk around town half-dressed, keeping major retailers and economic development away. He called the new law a hot topic.
The American Civil Liberties Union said the ordinance targets young men of color

Hundreds Of Baby Penguins Found Dead In Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Hundreds of baby penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches, rescuers and penguin experts said Friday.
More than 400 penguins, most of them young, have been found dead on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state over the past two months, according to Eduardo Pimenta, superintendent for the state coastal protection and environment agency in the resort city of Cabo Frio.
While it is common here to find some penguins — both dead and alive — swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan, Pimenta said there have been more this year than at any time in recent memory.
Rescuers and those who treat penguins are divided over the possible causes.
Thiago Muniz, a veterinarian at the Niteroi Zoo, said he believed overfishing has forced the penguins to swim further from shore to find fish to eat "and that leaves them more vulnerable to getting caught up in the strong ocean currents."
Niteroi, the state's biggest zoo, already has already received about 100 penguins for treatment this year and many are drenched in petroleum, Muniz said. The Campos oil field that supplies most of Brazil's oil lies offshore.
Muniz said he hadn't seen penguins suffering from the effects of other pollutants, but he pointed out that already dead penguins aren't brought in for treatment.
Pimenta suggested pollution is to blame.
"Aside from the oil in the Campos basin, the pollution is lowering the animals' immunity, leaving them vulnerable to funguses and bacteria that attack their lungs," Pimenta said, quoting biologists who work with him.
But biologist Erli Costa of Rio de Janeiro's Federal University suggested weather patterns could be involved.
"I don't think the levels of pollution are high enough to affect the birds so quickly. I think instead we're seeing more young and sick penguins because of global warming, which affects ocean currents and creates more cyclones, making the seas rougher," Costa said.
Costa said the vast majority of penguins turning up are baby birds that have just left the nest and are unable to out-swim the strong ocean currents they encounter while searching for food.
Every year, Brazil airlifts dozens of penguins back to Antarctica or Patagonia.
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Gown Down Like A G.

Bro probably feels that since he's going to jail for 13 yrs for spitting on a pig he might as well go down with some dignity.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Funny picture of the day!

Teenage mutant ninja turtle poodle?

Epilepsy Study Incriminates Aspartame in Medications

The Pacific Epilepsy Society in affiliation with the Epileptic Foundation of Maui has completed a seven year study on Epilepsy and Seizures, finding that epilepsy is at an all time high in Hawaii and the western states and Pacific Ocean Territories. There has been a 100% increase over the two previous years. See EFM Survey, Freedom of Info Act 2000-2008 & EFM Survey 1999-03 The most profound reason for the spectacular increase in seizures is the inclusion of the drug ASPARTAME in with the new larger sized anti-seizure drugs: DILANTIN, DEPACOAT, TEGRATOL and several others produced by major pharmaceutical corporations. In 2007 the manufacture of Dilantin changed the description of the 100 mg. Dilantin changed the 100 mg white capsule with red stripe to a much larger white capsule, orange on one end, which contains 100 mg of the drug, plus aspartame. 150 people who took the new Dilantin capsule found the seizure rate increased in every case. The Chemical Pharmaceutical Engineer employee, in fear of his job would not reveal his name, but said they were adding aspartame. He said the new larger orange & white Dilantin is also labeled 100 mg, Dr. Allen Stein, Neurosurgeon, President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii (a separate organization from the above) is sympathetic to the makers of ASPARTAME and routinely prescribes these drugs. I believe this contributes to the increase of epilepsy in these areas. Glenn Mabson, PhD., CEO Epileptic Foundation of Maui (dba Pacific Epilepsy Society) 808 879 8999 INTERVIEW WITH DR. MABSON: by Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum MARTINI: How did you get started in this investigation, and why, Dr. Mabson? MABSON From 1999 to 2007 The Epileptic Foundation of Maui conducted a survey on the number of people in Maui suffering from the three most prevalent types of epileptic seizures:(1) Absence (2) Complex-partial (3) Grand Mal Seizures. 4,975 victims from a Maui Population of 130,000 suffered from one of these types of seizures. Seniors over 65 and children 12 or less had increased epileptic seizures. The count for the entire state of Hawaii is over 28,000 seizure victims. In an effort to determine the most effective medication it was discovered that well over 50% of the victims consumed medications containing aspartame. We inquired as to what anti-seizure medications were mostly prescribed to control their seizures. Dilantin, Tegratol and Depacote contained most aspartame amount among the 22 most utilized anti-seizure medications. In 2007 the Dilantin changed the 100 mg white capsule with red stripe to a much larger white capsule, orange on one end, which contains 100 mg of the drug, plus aspartame. 150 people who took the new Dilantin capsule found the seizure rate increased in every case. Impaired vision and thinking, and it is suspected glaucoma in fifty patients who never had visual problems prior to taking the new Dilantin capsule. We suspected this was an experiment out of control. A manufacturer of Dilantin then confirmed aspartame is in the drug. MARTINI: Were there any deaths having to do with aspartame? MABSON: Dr. Allen Stein, Neurosurgeon, has been prescribing aspartame to patients in large quantities with negative results, in some cases as many as 150 highly suspected deaths. He is president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii. MARTINI: What is the difference between your organization and Stein's? MABSON: A big and important difference: The Epileptic Foundation of Maui (EFM) provides first aid to epilepsy victims, hands on help, with a 24/7 Help Line 1 888-919-9444 We have trained more than 5000 parents, Maui Police, Department of Public Safety, IRS, Hawaii Business and Public Schools at no cost! We provide immediate, practical lifesaving care to seizure victims. This is very personal to me. I have traumatic epilepsy from torture during 18 months as a civilian prisoner of war in Viet Nam. Over 50 dedicated volunteers carry out this public service. We take no money from aspartame makers. MARTINI: So what does Stein's organization do? MABSON: It sells books and some outdated documents, but provides no personal service. MARTINI: In what journals have you published? MABSON: Among many others, the following: Neurology 48:621. Hamburg University News 2003, Strouseburg on Epilepsy Vol 2 pp 5, 6, 7 & 8 Savic, International. Athurer lnternational Epilepsy Research 26:245 2002: Long Term Follow-up After Temporal Lobe Resection for Lesions Associated With Choric Seizures [Note by Betty Martini, D.Hum: It has been known that aspartame is a seizure triggering drug for three decades. In a 52 week aspartame oral toxicity study on 7 infant monkeys, 5 had grand mal seizures and 1 died. The FDAs 1995 list of 92 documented symptoms from 10,000 citizen complaints named 4 types of seizures, death, blindness, sexual disfunction and a long list of neurological injuries. Dr. Richard Wurtman testified against aspartame to Congress. He told UPI investigator Gregory Gordon that he was threatened by the VP of G D Searle Co, aspartame producer , that his funding would be killed if he studied aspartame seizures. So Wurtman speaks no more against aspartame but he left quite a paper trail. Mrs. Barbara Metzler, Mission Possible New Jersey, tells about her daughter Julia:In April 1986 Julia was completing her graduate studies, was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. A neurologist in Pennsylvania was treating her with medication he deemed appropriate, but without success. I learned Dr. Richard Wurtman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was doing research into a possible link between epileptic seizures and aspartame. (NutraSweet). It occurred to me that aspartame may have triggered her problems, since I experienced that beverages sweetened with aspartame gave me classic migraines. I spoke to my daughters many friends, and they watched her carefully and reported individually that she had peculiar episodes shortly after they saw her drink diet soda. So I wrote to Dr. Wurtman and he replied: Thank you for writing to us about your daughters condition that may very well be associated with NutraSweet. He requested that I send him specific information about Julie's neurological problems, then arranged for her to be evaluated at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Her evaluation included 3 days of monitoring with EEG telemetry as well as neuropsychological testing. When the testing was completed, my daughter was told that she had been misdiagnosed by her Pennsylvania neurologist and that she did not have temporal lobe epilepsy at all. She was advised to stop her medication and to stop drinking diet soda. She listened, and little by little, her bizarre problem disappeared. To watch her recover was an incredible experience! Twelve years later, she tried diet soda again and she had the same severe reaction. She quit the diet soda sweetened with aspartame and never had a problem again. I also contacted Dr. H.J. Roberts in Florida and he immediately suggested that my daughter was suffering from a reaction to the artificial sweetener aspartame in her diet soda. And, he realized that the aspartame also had a definite effect on her cognitive functioning and her vision. This case is presented in two of Dr. Roberts books exposing aspartame. How do aspartame makers get research to show their poison is harmless? The golden rule applies: He who supplies the Gold makes the Rules. Researchers-for-hire are vassals of the corporations paying them. If they come back with the honest analysis: Your junk is a killer! they get blacklisted, so naturally their report reads: Your glorious scientific breakthrough is marvelous, safe, effective and wonderful and everybody in the World should take it twice a day! [If we don't lie about it somebody else will!] And should you publish a medical magazine, all it takes to get ridiculous fake research published is a fat advertising contract. Dr. Ralph Walton correlated scientific studies with their funding and determined that 92% of independent studies unfunded by corporations, show aspartame problems, but 100% of corporate controlled research declare it safe. G. D. Searle Cos reports to the FDA were so bad that the Justice Department initiated prosecution for fraud. The easy to fix for Searle: was to hire the prosecutors, who stalled until the statute of limitations was about to run out, then left the Government. You just cant make a poison safe. Here is the famous FDA audit, the Bressler Report: Dr. Ralph Walton did his own study on aspartame which was then owned by Monsanto who refused to sell him the aspartame because they couldnt control his research. But the study was shut down after one man had a retinal detachment and never regained the sight in one eye. Another volunteer had conjunctival bleeding and others complained of being poisoned. In speaking to Dr.Walton about this study, he replied: We have known for many years that aspartame lowers the seizure threshold. To combine an anticonvulsive with aspartame to make seizures more likely is outrageous. Read his report on aspartame seizures and psychiatric disorders. Here is research by Mark Gold of the Aspartame Toxicity Center, showing scientific abuse in seizure research and aspartame by industry. Washington Consumer Attorney James Turner, who fought with Dr. Olney to prevent aspartame approval commented on the Epileptic Foundation of Mauis study: This study has confirmed that aspartame triggers both seizures and epilepsy, but this isnt news to me. In 1986 I was the attorney for the Community Nutrition Institute who petitioned FDA to ban aspartame for that exact reason. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology surveyed 80 people who experienced seizures after consuming aspartame. The petition of Community Nutrition Institutes petition said: These 80 cases meet the FDA's definition of an imminent hazard to the public health, which requires FDA to expeditiously remove a product from the market." His case went all the way to the Supreme Court and was turned down, which shows the power of the manufacturers, because how could any Supreme Court Justice who examined proof that aspartame triggers seizures let it stay on the market. Our Supreme Court is overwhelmed by Big Pharma's influence as shown by the Court's February decision, Riegel v. Medtronic Inc., barring lawsuits in state courts that challenge and contest the safety/effectiveness of medical devices that are FDA approved. Recently lawmakers have unveiled plans to introduce legislation in the House and Senate to overturn that decision which restricts states authority and deprives afflicted patients of any recourse for damages. Next Big Pharma will attempt to become free of any liability from dangerous drugs that inflict disability and death on consumers. Of course this is unconstitutional. Had the FDA banned aspartame in l986 thousands of aspartame victims would still be alive. Subsequently FDA listed 92 aspartame symptoms including four types of seizures, and death, which were tabulated from over 10,000 volunteered consumer complaints. On Maui, a Pacific paradise, over 100 aspartame seizures victims have died. Multiply that in over 100 countries where aspartame is consumed in thousands of foods and soft drinks. It should be banned by Codex to prevent a rampaging scourge as it would multiply in even more countries. FDA list of reactions to aspartame named grand mal seizures, seizures and convulsions, petit mal seizures, now called absence seizures, simple partial seizures & complex partial seizures. An imminent health hazard amendment in October to a 6 year old Citizens Petition to ban aspartame by Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Possible International, has been ignored by the FDA. The FDA is corrupted by the avalanche of cash paid by the companies it regulates, over half of FDA funding. Face it, FDA works for Big Pharma, not citizens. It should immediately ban aspartame, as it should have done 22 years ago instead of continuing in the hire of aspartame producers. The Epileptic Foundation of Mauis research shows anti-seizure drugs contain seizure triggering aspartame which they give to epileptics to stop seizures. When will this obscene insanity cease. H. J. Roberts, M.D., FACP, FCCP authored the encyclopedic1,000 page text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic , and has reported on aspartame seizures for years, as well as drug interaction with anti-seizure medication. He said: Considering the large body of data pointing to aspartame-induced or aggravated epilepsy, I regard the virtual total lack of interest therein as disgraceful. For any who doubt the reality of this association, I have detailed the clinical and experimental information in many articles and four texts over the past quarter century. This issue has been compounded by the addition of aspartame to a number of drugs used to treat seizures. ( Dr. Kenneth P. Stoller explains: When large amounts of unopposed phenylalanine (1/3rd of the aspartame molecule) hits the brain it causes serotonin levels to crash which lowers seizure threshold, and in many cases causes frank seizures. This information has been known since the 1970s when the original research was done on monkeys but kept from the FDA by the then owner of the patent G. D. Searle. This is why the FDA called the US attorney to convene a grand jury against Searle. The lawyers representing Searle then bought the US Attorney who left the case to his assistant. The Grand Jury was allowed to expire and the assistant was then hired by the same law firm as his reward for killing the Grand Jury. President, International Hyperbaric Medical Assoc Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico++++ By law a food additive must be inert, non-reactive. Aspartame is a chemical poison, an excitoneurotoxic drug that interacts with virtually all drugs and vaccines. Because it rapidly degrades it quickly becomes adulterated. Its illegal to ship adulterated products according to interstate commerce laws. Only by the political clout of Don Rumsfeld, who was hired as CEO of the Searle Co to get it on the market, is it now poisoning the world. Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., wrote in Health & Nutrition to save Your Life: "So in the case of diet drinks in aluminum cans, the very toxic brain aluminum fluoride compound co-exists with multiple toxins found in aspartame, thus creating the most powerful government-approved toxic soup imaginable." ....He says that drinking even one diet cola a day can cause formaldehyde buildup in cells, so that the amount of the toxin increases daily. " He also wrote that "phenylalanine is a precursor of the catecholamine neurotransmitters in the brain and elevated levels in the brain have been associated with seizures. These catecholamines are metabolized to form other excitotoxins and peroxide products that can lead to elevated free radical formation and lipid peroxidation within neurons. "Likewise aspartic acid, an excitotoxin, acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter and can lower the seizure threshold making a seizure more likely. The additive effect of aspartic acid and phenylalanine would significantly increase the likelihood of a seizure, especially under hypoglycemic conditions. This would occur if a diet drink is substituted for a meal, or if one is on a stringent diet. It is well known that hypoglycemia greatly magnifies the excitotoxic effects of these ingredients," Now aspartame even in drugs, the very drugs that are used to treat the problems aspartame triggers in the first place, like seizures. Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder Mission Possible International 9270 River Club Parkway Duluth, Georgia 30097 770 242-2599,, Aspartame Toxicity Center, Aspartame Information List, scroll down to banners (PS) Now in the news: FDA Told to Skip Black Box on Epilepsy Drugs and Suicide: Wall Street Journal Posted by Jacob Goldstein Until yesterday, the FDA had been rolling steadily toward slapping a black-box warning on epilepsy drugs because they may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. But a committee of outside experts convened by the FDA thinks thats a bad idea. The panel voted 14-4 against the black-box warning yesterday, with three abstentions, the WSJ reports. The committee members did agree that some risk may be associated with the drugs. But the panel didn't seem to think that the risk, which the FDA found by pooling data from many studies, is high enough to merit a black-box - the most serious warning commonly used for prescription drugs. Among the medicines reviewed were Pfizers Lyrica, Abbott Laboratories Depakote and Johnson & Johnsons Topamax. One panel member said the risk appears to be modest. And some worried that the black-box warning might prevent some patients from taking the drugs in cases where the benefits of reducing seizures would outweigh the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The panel did support a more moderate step: Sending a medication guide to doctors detailing the risks. Suicide risk has been a big issue for the agency with other drugs, so yesterdays vote puts the agency in a bit of an awkward spot on a very sensitive subject. The FDA isn't required to follow the advisory committees suggestions, but it usually does so. __________________________________________________________ Note the FDA wanted to add a warning label on epileptic drugs because of suicidal thoughts and behavior.A panel of experts were convened and told the FDA to skip the black box warning. Who were the experts, Big Pharma? Is there any question regarding who is running the FDA? Recently the drug Singulair was in question because of suicidal tendencies. Even a 7 year old was suicidal.
Singulair has aspartame in it. The phenylalanine in aspartame lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. Lowered serotonin triggers bipolar, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, anxiety, mood swings, etc. The FDA is probably still in the "probing" stage, and never gets any further because they are Big Pharma's Washington Branch Office.