U.S. Diplomats told to look for excuses to go to war with Iran

September 30, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Posted in iran, war | Leave a comment

Members of the US secretariat in the United Nations were asked earlier this month to begin “searching for things that Iran has done wrong”, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

Some US diplomats believe the exercise — reminiscent of attempts by vice-president Dick Cheney and the former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld to build the case against Saddam Hussein before the Iraq war — will boost calls for military action by neo-conservatives inside and outside the administration.

Concern is also growing in the CIA and the Pentagon that the White House exaggerated intelligence used to justify an Israeli air raid on a suspected nuclear facility in Syria earlier this month, which some neo-conservatives hope is a precursor to war with Iran.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/30/wiran230.xml

Burmese government burning live witnesses to genocide

September 30, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Burma, myanmar | Leave a comment

An eyewitness from inside Burma reports that injured protesters are being taken to the Yay Way cemetery outside of Rangoon, and burned alive in an effort to destroy the evidence of the genocide occurring.This shocking report comes only hours after news that dozens of high school students were shot and beaten to death.Regardless, the junta continue to claim responsibility for only 9 deaths. They have cut off internet and telephone connections to the country almost entirely, to shield their horrific actions from world scrutiny.

http://yourecosource.com/blog/2007/09/30/injured-burmese-protesters-cremated-alive/

New Spin on Iran – Kill people rather than Nuclear Facilities

September 30, 2007 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Bush, iran, war | 1 Comment

“They’ve changed their rhetoric, really. The name of the game used to be nuclear threat,” Hersh said on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, adding a moment later, “They’ve come to the realization that it’s not selling, it isn’t working. The American people aren’t worried about Iran as a nuclear threat certainly as they were about Iraq. So they’ve switched, really.”The Bush Administration is all but set to authorize a campaign of limited, surgical airstrikes against Iranian targets, Hersh reports in the New Yorker’s latest edition. In his piece, Hersh writes, “During a secure videoconference that took place early this summer, the President told Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, that he was thinking of hitting Iranian targets across the border and that the British ‘were on board’… Bush ended by instructing Crocker to tell Iran to stop interfering in Iraq or it would face American retribution.”

The sites in Iran being targeted however, reflect the change in the White House selling of armed conflict with Iran.

“Instead of… hitting the various [nuclear] facilities we know that exist, instead they’re going to hit the Iranians as payback for hitting us [in Iraq],” Hersh told Blitzer in the CNN interview.

Such targets, Hersh says, would include Iran’s Revolutionary Guard headquarters and other sites of Iran’s alleged support for the insurgency in Iraq.

http://rawstory.com//news/2007/Seymour_Hersh_War_with_Iran_will_0930.html

Is somebody just itching for a fight or this all internet noise?

How the Federal Reserve increases liquidity

September 30, 2007 at 1:34 pm | Posted in economics | Leave a comment

Money creation and the Federal ReserveThere seem to be some misconceptions about the monetary consequences of actions that the Federal Reserve has taken to address liquidity needs.One hears a fair bit of chatter these days along the lines of

The Federal Reserve (and other banking institutions around the world) have poured a couple hundred billion dollars into the system in an attempt to ensure that there is enough “liquidity” for banks to make loans

and references to

the Fed printing money and increasing the money supply on a high scale as if it was dropping money from an helicopter, thus the nickname of Fed Chairman Ben “Helicopter” Bernanke.

I hope in this post to get beyond these sound bites, beginning if I may with some details of the process whereby money is created in the United States. Where did the cash in your wallet come from? Presumably you got it from your bank or ATM. And the reason that the bank was willing to give you that cash was that you already had deposits in an account with the bank, which were in effect credits to obtain cash when you wanted it.

http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2007/09/money_creation.html

Blue Cross denies claim for midnight miscarriage Emergency Room visit – decides it was an elective abortion

September 30, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Posted in health care crisis, Health Insurance, insurance company fraud | Leave a comment

On, Sep, 21 2007 I received a statement for BCBS that they were denying all of the claim. I called them and asked why they were denying the entire claim, and was told by Jane, “We do not cover ELECTIVE abortions. If you chose to terminate your pregnancy for non-health threatening reasons, BCBS will not cover it.” WTF!!!??? I asked her, “Are you saying that my records state that I had an ELECTIVE abortion, in an ER at 12 o’clock in the morning?” It was then, I think it clicked in Jane’s mind what she was dealing with and told me how sorry she was. I lost my cool and even started crying. I had a miscarriage not an abortion, and being treated in such a condescending way by BCBS really ticked me off. Thinking what an incredibly huge screw up, BCBS will be right on it trying to fix this, well you would be wrong. I was told to call the hospital and have them fax over my records stating I didn’t have an elective abortion. Who the heck can get an elective abortion in a busy ER at 12am, anyway?


http://consumerist.com/consumer/complaints/blue-cross-blue-shield-calls-misscarriage-elective-abortion-denies-claim-302980.php

FCC to regulate US Internet Traffic? Please, say it ain’t so

September 30, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Posted in fcc, internet | Leave a comment

The Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007, or S. 602, which originally was introduced by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in February, was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation earlier this month and now is headed to the full Senate floor.While S. 602 ostensibly is designed to spur the development of “the next generation of parental control technology,” an analyst from a government watchdog group recently warned that the bill also could serve to expand the reach of the FCC’s regulatory powers to include oversight of content transmitted via cable, satellite and Internet platforms.

http://www.xbiz.com/news/83016

CIA Aircraft with 3.2 tons of coke crashes in Yucatan?

September 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Posted in cia, drugs | Leave a comment

Sept. 26, 2007 — SPECIAL REPORT — Plane that crashed in Yucatan with 3.2 tons of cocaine was CIA rendition aircraftWMR has learned from knowledgeable European sources that a Gulfstream II that crash landed 1.3 miles from Tikokob in Yucatan, Mexico after being chased by Mexican military helicopters for flying illegally into Mexican airspace was one of the planes chartered to the CIA for the renditioning of kidnapped prisoners. The crash landing took place on September 24. The tail number of the Gulfstream is N987SA.Mexican soldiers found no bodies at the crash site but did discover 132 bags containing 3.3 metric tons of cocaine. The origination of the Gulfstream’s flight is unknown but it was destined for Cancun when it crash landed. Police later said they had arrested one passenger who was on board the plane.The operator of the Gulfstream is Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc. of Coconut Creek, Florida. Its address, according to the Florida Division of Corporations, is 4811 Lyons Technology, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.On June 10, 2006, WMR reported that the N987SA Grumman G-1159, Gulfstream II, was operated by S/A Holdings LLC and had been involved in the renditioning of prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

On April 21, 2006, WMR reported on a similar incident involving a plane connected with the U.S. government: “On April 10, Mexican police, acting on a tip from INTERPOL, seized a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $100 million. The U.S.-registered plane was en route from Caracas, Venezuela, which, according to French intelligence, is a known hub for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Saudi Arabia. The DC-9 (registration number N900SA) made an emergency landing at Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state. A Falcon aircraft that arrived at Ciudad del Carmen from Toluca airport in Mexico state in advance of the arrival of the DC-9 was also seized. The cocaine was contained in 128 suitcases. The Mexican police later claimed the unidentified DC-9’s pilot managed to escape. However, the police did arrest the co-pilot. The DC-9 was painted in the familiar blue and white colors of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with am official-looking seal with an American eagle bearing the inscription: ‘Sky Way Aircraft – Protection of America’s Skies.’ The registered owner of the aircraft is: Royal Sons Inc., 15875 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida.”

http://pimpinturtle.com/2007/09/26/cia-plane-crashes-in-yucatan-carrying-32-tons-of-cocaine.aspx

Long-time readers will recall last year’s enigma of the spooked-up Skyway jet, found on a Mexican tarmac with five tons of cocaine aboard. Now we have the sequel: A Gulfstream II jet, loaded with a similar amount of cocaine (accounts vary, but four tons is the most commonly-cited figure) crashed in the Mexican jungle near Cancun on September 26.

According to McClatchy reporters Jay Root and Kevin G. Hall, the coke belonged to the notorious — and, in some quarters, celebrated — drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who has a Robin Hood-eque reputation of helping the poor. The flight was delivering drugs from Colombia to El Chapo’s headquarters in Mexico.

A number of oddities commend this incident to our respectful attention, not least among them the plane’s history: The European press has reported that this same Gulfstream II, tail number N987SA, took part in the CIA’s controversial “rendition” program, which transported prisoners to torture-friendly lands.

http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2007/09/another-coke-jet-mystery.html

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs – “I hate all Iranians”

September 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Posted in asshole, Bush, iran | Leave a comment

Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America’s stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush’s senior women officials: “I hate all Iranians.” And she also accused Britain of “dismantling” the Anglo-US-led coalition in Iraq by pulling troops out of Basra too soon.The all-party group of MPs say Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates, made the comments this month.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=484762&in_page_id=1770

190 Burmese Monks beaten to death

September 30, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Burma, myanmar, Religion, violence | Leave a comment

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/2007/burma_peace.html?

Exxon pumping half a million gallons of oil a year in Newtown Creek

September 30, 2007 at 1:25 pm | Posted in environment, Exxon, oil | Leave a comment

A report this month from the Environmental Protection Agency suggested that the Newtown spill may be twice as large as first believed — some 30 million gallons, nearly three times the size of the Alaska spill. It has polluted the 4-mile strip of waterway and some 55 residential and commercial acres around it, gathering in subsurface reservoirs, mixing with groundwater, creating toxic vapors and and seeping, slowly but inexorably, into the creek. One major concern is the reported leakage of chemical vapor into homes….The spill is believed to have originated 57 years ago, when oil leaked from refinery tanks owned by Standard Oil, a corporate predecessor to Exxon Mobil. It went unnoticed until a Coast Guard helicopter noticed a plume, which led to the discovery of an huge pool of oil at the creek’s bottom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/opinion/nyregionopinions/CInewtown.html?ex=1348804800&en=916665ca221919a4&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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