22 June 2009 – Brief

Art Basel

Pensioners ‘kidnap and torture’ Financial Adviser
The incident began on Tuesday last week as he made his way home after enjoying a drink at an outdoor café with a friend.

Mr Amburn, the boss of an investment firm called Digitalglobalnet, was allegedly attacked by two men – aged 74 and 60 – as he entered his apartment building.

“Then they bound me with masking tape until I looked like a mummy. It took them quite a while because they ran out of breath. When they loaded me into the car I thought I was a dead man.”

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Cell Phone Prices Got You Down?
American consumers pay more for wireless phone service than most other developed nations – an average of $506 per year in 2007.

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Who Is Mark Twain? by Flash Rosenberg
or if you prefer,  monsters

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APTOPIX Mideast Iran Election

Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated “Color Revolution?”
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The protests in Tehran no doubt have many sincere participants. The protests also have the hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine. It requires total blindness not to see this.

On May 23, 2007, Brian Ross and Richard Esposito reported on ABC News: “The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell ABC News.”

On May 27, 2007, the London Telegraph independently reported: “Mr. Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.”

A few days previously, the Telegraph reported on May 16, 2007, that Bush administration neocon warmonger John Bolton told the Telegraph that a US military attack on Iran would “be a ‘last option’ after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed.”

On June 29, 2008, Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker: “Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership.”
this isn’t conspiracy theory  stuff folks

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Who Put the ‘green’ in the Green Revolution?
The United States, of course.
As in the previous “color revolutions” that seem to tirelessly capture the romantic imagination of US journalists, elites, and the propagandized population, the warm embrace of the US empire is firmly guiding the “spontaneous” Iranian uprising against last week’s election results. While I do not and should not– nor should any other American — care in the slightest who rules a country some seven thousand miles away, when the fingerprints of the US empire show up on these dramatic events overseas it is very much my business.
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Update:

Brent Scowcroft: US Has Spies On the Ground in Iran
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The Past
CIA in Iran
IRAN and the CIA
CIA Overthrow of Mossadeq
Iran – Preparing the Battlefield
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The Present
CIA in Iran
CIA Killed Nede?
Bloody Hands?
MSM Iraq Failure vs SNM Iran Failure

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Iran Put Twitter On The Map

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Mexicans have seen almost 5700 gang slayings last year, 1200 more than all the U.S. military casualties in 5 years of war in Iraq – Assassinations, Beheadings, Kidnapping, Children Made to Drink Acid, Ransom, Blackmail, Dismemberment, People striped naked and left hanging from sign posts, bridges and trees . It’s not just gang members fueling these wars,  others with scores to settle or using the gang wars to prey on innocent people. Children at school in playgrounds find they are in the middle of a gun war and it is all spilling over into US border towns.

You Think Iran Is A Mess Look At What’s Happening On The US Border Drug-cartel fueled violence has turned into a war in Mexico, with thousands of deaths  and the government, which has been infiltrated by the cartel are battling gangs whose weapons come mostly from U.S. dealers and an insatiable needs by the American People illicit and  illegal drugs.

Over 12,000 have been killed since 2006
And we’re in the Middle East?

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ObamaReaganOP ED: Obama Needs a Shot of Reagan

Obama needs to tell the House and Senate, “That it is unconscionable, immoral, shameful and cruel that we all here in our Nation’s Capital are covered by one of the best health cares plans in the world and the people who pay for that coverage are not or can not afford what we all here take for granted.”

Obama needs to show that he is a pillar of strength and determination. Give him what he wants or he will go to the American Public on TV, radio, like Reagan, and the internet non stop.

Democrats up for election in 2010 shouldn’t bother to seek his help or assistance if they don’t give him a Bill that covers every American; they can face the uninsured or under-insured alone at their local town hall meetings.

You can’t bail out failed wealthy CEOs and bankers and not give the people who are paying the bills health care so they can keep working to pay the debt and personal wealth CEOs have acquired and accumulated.

Yes, the system and life aint fair, but then there’s prison.

From those working the system or around it to our own lack of civic duty catching the faults and making corrections before tragedy strikes, few are blameless.

If Republicans whine, Obama needs to ask, “Where was the outrage when the American People bailed out these free market failing banks and continued to pay the bonuses and salaries of wealthy boards and CEOs? They can’t fain amnesia now when it was a Republican Administration that got us in this mess, set by one of their own Goldman Sachs Free Marketers Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson who issued the TARP deal of no choice. Why didn’t the GOP call for his resignation then? Is their only defense that these so called Wall Street Capitalists deserved our gratitude with tax payer funds because they are somehow more equal than others?”

Like it or not we bailed out the banks, wealthy corporation and took a huge hit to our savings, the reality is that Wall Street and the Little People are now attached at the hip and nothing’s free fellas.

So let’s try and be fair remembering we are not only individuals, but citizens of a great nation. Let’s catch up with technology, psychology, and science in our modern world, incorporate the better tenants religion has to offer, take the tools we have and work up from there never forgetting the public good.

Like it or not, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

coboyobamacowboyreagan

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PRIVATE Iraq Inquiry

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Weaker Copyright Benefits Everyone

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Defense Department sees Protests as Terrorism
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Antiterrorism training materials used by the Department of Defense teach that public protests should be regarded as “low-level terrorism,” according to a letter of complaint sent to the department by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

“Teaching employees that dissent on issues of public concern is something to be feared, rather than encouraged, is a dangerously counterproductive use of scarce security resources, making us less safe as a democracy,” Northern California ACLU staff attorney Ann Brick and ACLU Washington national security policy counsel Michael German wrote in the letter to Gail McGinn, acting undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness.

“DOD employees cannot accomplish their mission of protecting our nation and its values unless they understand that those values encompass the right to criticize our government through protest activities,” they wrote. “It is imperative that they are taught the difference between political, religious or social activism and terrorism.”
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changeIn Poll, Wide Support for Government-Run Health
Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The poll found that most Americans would be willing to pay higher taxes so everyone could have health insurance and that they said the government could do a better job of holding down health-care costs than the private sector.

Yet the survey also revealed considerable unease about the impact of heightened government involvement, on both the economy and the quality of the respondents’ own medical care. While 85 percent of respondents said the health care system needed to be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt, 77 percent said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of their own care.

That paradox was skillfully exploited by opponents of the last failed attempt at overhauling the health system, during former President Bill Clinton’s first term. Sixteen years later, it underscores the tricky task facing lawmakers and President Obama as they try to address the health system’s substantial problems without igniting fears that people could lose what they like.
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