Saturday, 28 February 2009

Defeating YouTube Censorship

When YouTube burst onto the scene in February 2005, it wasn't long before this simple concept revolutionized the way people connect to each other and the way they define "the media." As Vancouver 9/11 Truth activist Michael Hey told The Corbett Report in a recent interview: "I shudder to think where we would be right now if we didn't have YouTube, or if we didn't have the various video hosting services that we have," he said. "Think of the example of Montebello in 2007 where there were agents provocateurs who were outed by citizen journalists."

Indeed, the type of citizen journalism characterized by groups like Vancouver 9/11 Truth (who have confronted such Canadian politicians as Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff) and We Are Change (which has made a name for itself engaging in its own unique style of guerilla journalism) is due in large part to the viral spreading of videos on YouTube, the largest and still most-visited of the video sharing sites. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then surely a video of Luke Rudkowski confronting Zbigniew Brzezinski about his possible involvement in 9/11 is worth a thousand articles attempting to explain the incident.

But precisely because these videos are having such a large effect on the political landscape, there is now a backlash by the corporations whose interests are threatened by a renaissance of grassroots citizen journalism. As The Corbett Report has detailed in the past, the fears of insidious corporate control over YouTube generated by Google’s takeover of the site in 2006 have been realized slowly but surely.
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http://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20090226_defeating_censorship.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 28th, 2009.]

Friday, 27 February 2009

How Can the U.S. Economy Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity?

"The United States' lack of a manufacturing capacity makes it even less likely that anything resembling a lasting recovery can emerge from President Obama's approach to the economic crisis. The infrastructure projects that are supposed to be central to the recovery scheme are only valued at $150 billion - which is not much of a jolt, especially when much of what will have to be bought is only available in other countries, made by foreign workers. Barack Obama has put a huge emphasis on building a green economy. However, according to the New York Times , most of the sources of solar panels and wind turbines are located in Europe and Asia. There can be no green economy without a mass transit makeover of the United States, but the U.S. hasn't made subway and light rail cars in many years.
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article9109.html

There will be no immediate economic recovery in the USA.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2009.]

CNBC Anchors Upset at Ron Paul

Take a look at this longer clip of Ron's opening statement, at about 2:23. The CNBC anchors are so upset that, unlike in their schedule, Ron had the initial Republican statement. These shills for the Fed, the Treasury, and Wall Street are spitting mad that the truth was by mistake broadcast by CNBC.


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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2009.]

Daniel Ellsberg - Typical of American Empire, Nixon wanted to Nuke Vietnam, to Hell with Civilian Casualties (parable to Iraq)


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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2009.]

Thursday, 26 February 2009

ZERO (The 911 Documentary Film): March 2009 Scheduled Projection, Major Cities, France

Thanks to the French Association for 911 Information http://reopen911.info/ which bought the rights for France: ZERO, the 911 film (with French subtitles) is to be projected in major cities in France.

BELOW PLEASE FIND LIST OF CITIES AND DATES. For those of you who do not know about the film, here is the eight minute trailor:


Bande annonce de Zéro (8 premières minutes du film) from reopen911 zero on Vimeo.
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http://www.911blogger.com/node/19453

There is less censorship in many countries outside of America so that information revealing the 911 deception may become more widespread in the mainstream media globally before the official censorship wall in the US is finally cracked.

The problem for the perpetrators of 911 is that there are way too many problems with the official story making the attempt to keep a lid on the crime nigh on impossible.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2009.]

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The US Collapse Of 2009 - This Will Blow Your Mind......


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Although this is from Fox News there is no arguing with the facts about the debt here.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2009.]

Air America Poll: 90% Want Bush Crimes Investigation

Air America conducted a poll that asked a question raised by Time Magazine's Joe Klein: "Should Obama pardon George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney?" The idea: a pardon would brand them for crimes without the agony of a trial.

Air American's aren't buying the Klein solution. They want the whole lot thrown in jail. No trial necessary! A whopping 90% of our 9000 respondents want to see Bush and Company pay for their crimes with either hard time in the pokey or hard time in the pokey after enhanced interrogation techniques. (Shocking!)

In an interview last year with Philadelphia Daily News reporter Will Bunch, Barack Obama said something that seemed to signal the presidential hopeful might prosecute George W. Bush and his staff for crimes committed during the eight-year death march also known as the 43rd presidency of the United States of America.

It was one of the many moments that whipped up my own private Obama fervor. But did he say what I thought he said? Not really.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beau-friedlander/air-america-poll-90-want_b_169047.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2009.]

The World Trade Centre Explosions (9/11/2001)


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From Loose Change: Final Cut.

Very obviously there were massive secondary explosions occurring throughout the World Trade Centre buildings- in the lower levels, in the basement, the lobby and subway areas- far way from the fire zones. These explosions were not insignificant, indicating they were the likely result of pre-planted devices. From eyewitness testimony alone one would have to conclude that the fires and aircraft impacts would have been able to cause these effects.

Even more damning are the reports of explosions in WTC 7, before the Twin Towers came down. There is no reasonable explanation to account for the testimony of WTC 7 survivor Barry Jennings other than to conclude that bombs had been planted inside this structure.

The final proof that explosives were present is the forensic evidence of Molten Steel and Thermate found at the WTC disaster site- phenomena that simply cannot exist without the use of incendiary type explosives.

911 WAS an Inside Job. Tell everyone so that once this information becomes public knowledge. When EVERYONE KNOWS the perpetrators will be unable to hide from the inevitable public investigations.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2009.]

Military’s Killer Robots Must Learn Warrior Code

Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands.

The stark warning – which includes discussion of a Terminator-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters – is issued in a hefty report funded by and prepared for the US Navy’s high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research .

The report, the first serious work of its kind on military robot ethics, envisages a fast-approaching era where robots are smart enough to make battlefield decisions that are at present the preserve of humans. Eventually, it notes, robots could come to display significant cognitive advantages over Homo sapiens soldiers.

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5741334.ece

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2009.]

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

911 BREAKTHROUGH INFORMATION: Activist Kevin Ryan on the Prime Suspects in the WTC Mass Murders, Nanothermites, and How The Towers Were Rigged.

Alex Jones talks with Kevin Ryan about the latest research on the collapse of the WTC buildings showing that highly specialised nanothermites were used. Because very few people had access to this sort technology the list of suspects in the crime is short.

There is information here about the three way connection between the people with knowledge of these high tech incendiary explosives, those involved in the WTC fireproofing upgrades and those involved in the NIST investigations ... all the same people ... or at least many of the same. The interview reveals some prime suspects to the crime and how they may have carried out the demolition.

I would wager that a couple of highly protected Grand Juries could cause a lot of trouble for the perpetrators with the information aired here.


Part 1 (10:52)


Part 2 (10:56)


Part 3 (10:59)


Part 4 (8:22)

A must see/hear interview !!

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 24th, 2009.]

Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness - US Army Training Video


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The training materials were intended to instruct servicemen and women about the use and hazards of depleted uranium munitions. In addition, the training regimen included instructions for soldiers who repair and recover vehicles contaminated by depleted uranium.

Throughout 1996, these videos sat on a shelf, while U.S. soldiers continued to use and work with depleted uranium munitions. In June 1997, Bernard Rostker, The Department of Defense (DoD) principle spokesperson for their investigation of Gulf War hazardous exposures, stated that the depleted uranium safety training program would begin to be shared by a limited number of servicemen and women in July 1997.

STILL TODAY the vast majority of servicemen and women in the U.S. military, and likely in the armed forces of other countries which are developing or have obtained depleted uranium munitions, are unaware of the use and dangers of depleted uranium munitions, or of the protective clothing and procedures which can minimize or prevent serious short-term exposures.

From Information Clearinghouse:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.i.../

If DU is as harmless as sometimes claimed then what spurred the US Army to make this training video ? (DU is NOT as harmless as various individuals & agencies are claiming !)

I suspect that recent attempts to downplay the dangers of DU are political in nature. It's a misguided cover-up of a severe health threat. The results of DU poisoning are devastating and extremely long term.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 24th, 2009.]

Iran Not Producing Weapon-Grade Uranium: IAEA

Iran has not converted the low-grade uranium that it has produced into weapon-grade uranium, inspectors belonging to the International Atomic Energy Agency have said.

The Austrian Press Agency quoted an IAEA expert as saying that the uranium substances that Iran has produced at its Natanz enrichment facility have been carefully recorded and remote cameras have been installed to supervise part of the stockpile.

“If the Iranians intend to transport these uranium substances to a secret location for further processing, agency’s inspectors will find out,” he said.

The expert added that “so far, Iran has carried out good cooperation with us in relevant verifications”.

IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei has said that Iran has slowed down its uranium enrichment programme. He made this observation while submitting a report to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.

http://www.hinduonnet.com/2009/02/22/stories/2009022253751300.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 24th, 2009.]

Monday, 23 February 2009

Conspiracy Theorists

By Jolly Roger
slicingthroats@yahoo.com
1-8-5

Everyone has heard, and has probably used the term "conspiracy theorist," and the fact of the term being in common use, also indicates that we generally agree on what it means. I saw a movie by that name, and the title character was a raving lunatic who kept his food in thermoses with combination locks to reduce his chances of being poisoned by imaginary enemies.

Regardless of how the stupid movie turned out, what's important here is the common perception people have of someone to whom that label is applied, and just as important, is who it is that applies the label. The common perception is that someone who is labeled a "conspiracy theorist" is suffering from some type of psychological disorder, and that label is usually applied to people by our government, and our news media. The next thing to consider, is that the label is applied to anyone who questions our government's version of events in any matter. Doesn't it logically follow that the media are teaching us to assume that anyone who questions the government is insane? When that label is applied to a person, doesn't it become easy to dismiss everything they say without even hearing it? How convenient for them.

I think the label first became widely used to slander people who questioned the details surrounding the JFK assassination, and forty years later, there aren't too many thinking people who still believe the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" explanation. That explanation is doubted by everyone who has taken the time to look into the details, and believed only by people who refuse to.

Which is "theory" and which is fact? In the absence of a full confession, this can only be decided by a preponderance of evidence, and it would be silly to come to a conclusion on any matter without looking at all the evi dence available. This is only common sense, just as it is safe to assume some degree of guilt or complicity on the part of anyone who lies about an event, or tries to hide, plant, or destroy any type of evidence.

Conspiracy theories arise from evidence. After the government releases an explanation of a particular event, a conspiracy theory is only born because evidence exists to disprove their explanation, or at least call it into question. There's nothing insane about it, unless you define sanity as believing whatever the government tells you. In light of the fact that our government lies to us regularly, I would define believing everything they tell you as utter stupidity.

In July of 1996, flight 800 exploded over Long Island. Shortly after their terrorist explanation failed scrutiny, our government then explained the event by claiming that a faulty electrical system caused a spark that ign ited a fuel tank, and the people who doubted this explanation were quickly labeled "conspiracy theorists." More than a hundred witnesses saw a missile travel from the ground up to the plane just prior to its explosion, bu t rather than being treated as eyewitnesses to an event, they were labeled "conspiracy theorists," which label allowed all subsequent investigation to ignore the strongest evidence in the matter.

Our "investigative" news agencies decided to accept and disseminate the official story, and they helped us forget the U.S. naval station nearby, the fact that missiles were regularly test fired there, and naturally, they paid no heed to more than a hundred "conspiracy theorists" who saw the plane get blown out of the sky by a missile. I believe that the U.S. Navy accidentally shot down flight 800, and that's my belief because it's the mos t sensible explanation that can be drawn from the available evidence. I'm not theorizing about conspiracies, but there are conflicting explanations of the event, and if the Navy did accidentally blow a passenger plane out of the sky, who would have a motive to lie about it? The U.S. government, or a hundred witnesses?

Then of course, there were the "crazy conspiracy theories" arising from the bombing of the Alfred Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. In that matter, audio tapes and witnesses agree that there were two explosions, t he first of which occurred inside the building between eight and ten seconds before the truck bomb exploded. Explosive experts agree that Timothy McVeigh's fertilizer bomb could not have destroyed the building, and the FB I's counter terrorism chief, and members of BATF lied about their whereabouts during and prior to the catastrophe. The evening news decided not to tell you any of this, and they will label anyone who tries to a "paranoid conspiracy theorist." In light of the evidence, we would be complete fools if a conspiracy theory didn't exist.

There were no conspiracy theories arising from the explosion of flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and there were no conspiracy theories arising from the work of the uni-bomber, so the newly invented psycho-babble that tries to explain the malady of conspiracy theorists, also needs to explain why millions of conspiracy theorists all decided not to theorize about those events. There is no psychological malady. There was simply no evidenc e to indicate a conspiracy.

The real question is not why people theorize about conspiracies, but why people choose to believe the government's version of events when it's obvious that they're lying. One reason is that most people never see the evide nce because our "news" industry hides it, and another reason is that the same news industry will quickly associate anyone who questions the government with the people who see Elvis, Bigfoot, and UFO's.

But sadly, I think the main reason people choose to believe the government's version of events despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is because it's easier, and safer. If you ignore most of the evidence, and acce pt as plausible whatever ridiculous explanation the T.V. provides, your life remains simple, and you get to sit on your ass and watch more T.V. If on the other hand, you pluck your head from that same ass and realize you' ve been lied to, as a citizen in a democratic society, you're instantly burdened with being responsible for doing something about it. Every citizen of the United States has a civic duty to participate in their government, and keep themselves informed of its actions, or government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" isn't possible. You were warned that "eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, " but you chose to ignore you r government, and believe whatever they told you, and because of this, Americans have lost their freedom. Although presidents and senators are public servants, unlike the dog catcher and mailman, they wield a lot of power over people's lives, and that's why they have to be watched, and scrutinized.

Statistical analysts from UCLA and Rutgers University believe that John Kerry won the 2004 presidential election by an estimated 1.3 million votes, and despite the fact that these learned scholars are probably the most qu alified people alive to forward such an opinion, our news madia dismisses this as "conspiracy theory." George W. Bush lost the 2000 election, and he lost the 2004 election, but he's occupying the White House, shredding ou r constitution, and stealing our wealth and freedom in a "war on terror" that's as fraudulent as his presidency because many Americans are too stupid to see it, too lazy to do anything about it, or both.

I'm sorry if I sound angry, but the fact of the matter is that I am angry. While you were staring into the television like an idiot, our freedom, wealth, and constitutional protections have been stolen from us, and becaus e you're stupid enough to believe the manure being shoveled by our government, you've allowed them to commit bigger and more heinous crimes. Because you were too lazy to research their nonsensical economic policies, and s ee them for the scams that they are, we'll all soon be living in poverty. And because you're so lazy, apathetic, and easily lied to, millions have died for the profits of a few. I have every right to be angry, and only a fool wouldn't be.

Only a small portion of my anger is reserved for the government of the United States, because they only did what can be expected of any government. They grabbed money, power and control where it was easy to do so. Most of my anger is directed toward my fellow American citizens, because they allowed it to happen by believing whatever they're told, and not doing what's expected of them. Patriotism in America does not mean waving the flag in blind loyalty to the government. As an American citizen, you have a civic duty to question your government, and hold them accountable for their actions, not use the flag as a blindfold. The American people have been dupe d once again, and it doesn't seem like it's a difficult thing to accomplish.

America's latest "conspiracy nuts" are better known as the 9-11 truth movement. The news media are doing their usual job of slandering them with their usual childish name calling, but for more than three years, they have refused to show you the documented fact, scientific data, expert testimony, photographic evidence, or the credible eyewitness accounts that prove U.S. government complicity in the events of September, 11, 2001. If this we re just a "crazy conspiracy theory," I don't think people in our government would have worked so hard to destroy, hide, and lie about the evidence. The White House tried to derail every investigation into the matter. If w e had an honest government, we wouldn't have conspiracy theories. We would have honest investigations, and fair trials, but these things are disappearing from America.

There are disturbing facts regarding the events of September 11 that every American needs to be aware of , but naturally, none of it will be on T.V. I've met a lot of people in the 9-11 truth movement, and I can assure you that none of them are crazy, paranoid, or even "conspiracy theorists." One generalization I can make about them is that they all seem to be very intelligent. Maybe the smartest thing you could do would be to start listening to them. The Arabs don't "hate your freedom." The White House hates your freedom, because it's the only thing that stands between them, and unlimited power. - Jolly Roger

"Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom" - Thomas Jefferson

911truth.org 911review.org 911review.com physics911.org wtc7.net

Anything written by "Jolly Roger" is the property of the American Resistance Movement, and the author hereby grants permission to anyone who so desires to post, print, copy, or distribute this letter as they see fit, and in fact, the author encourages you to do so.
http://www.sott.net/signs/conspiracy_theorists.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2009.]

THE FORENSIC EVIDENCE THAT ENDS THE 911 TRUTH DEBATE.

There exists some extremely disturbing scientific evidence which totally undermines the official 911 story. It does not matter what theories you believe in, the material here speaks for itself:

The picture above shows MOLTEN STEEL being removed from the World Trade Centre rubble pile. However, from all accounts (even the official NISTs report concedes this point) the fires in the WTC buildings were far too weak to cause such melting. Conventional building fires, including ones initiated with aviation kerosene, simply cannot raise the temperature of structural steel to its melting point of around 1300 degrees celsius. According to all the available data, the fires in the Towers could only have reached a maximum temperature of around 650 degrees celsius- yet here we can see steel so hot that it has taken on a yellow look (an observation that indicates the temperature must be between 850-1000 degrees celsius !!).

There are ONLY two ways which would enable this steel to reach such a high temperature.
1. In a blast furnace.
2. From Explosives.
The rubble pile was not a blast furnace.
Therefore one must assume that explosives were the most likely agent.

Furthermore, we have supporting eyewitness testimony from firefighters and civilians which reveals that many of them felt, and were knocked over by, huge explosions occurring in the lower floors of the WTC buildings -far away from the fire zones.

Critically, scientific analysis conducted by physics Professor Steven Jones has uncovered the chemical signature for the explosive THERMATE in multiple samples taken from the WTC steel and dust- proving, without doubt, that explosives were used.

The science here is clear cut. Whatever one thinks about the various theories floating around out there, one thing is certain: The Twin Towers (and Building 7) at the World Trade Centre site were rigged with explosives. Most importantly, such an operation would take many weeks to plan and carry out. Therefore, part of the 911 attacks against the World Trade Centre complex MUST have been an "Inside Job" as Bin Laden's men would not have had the necessary time or access to wire these buildings.

The charade must end. If we are honest with ourselves we must now accept there is damning physical (forensic) evidence that undermines the official story. Certain elements within the US government appear complicit in the attacks of September 11.[1] A new independent criminal investigation must be launched and the phony "war on terror" stopped.

(For a more detailed analysis on the physics of the WTC collapses see Steven Jones' paper: Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Completely Collapse? [PDF] and visit Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, an organisation with over 500 building professionals who agree with these findings.)

Note: I will continue to post 911 information at this blog, ad infinitum, until we see a proper criminal investigation. Once everyone can see that 911 was an inside job (and be able to openly talk about the crime) then action WILL follow.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2009.]

Oklahoma House Votes 83 to 13 to Restore Sovereignty Under the 10th Amendment Over All Powers Not Granted to the Federal Government

On Wednesday the Oklahoma House of Representatives became the first state legislative body this year to pass a resolution affirming its "sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States." This resolution, HJR1003, was passed by a very large margin, 83 to 13 on February 18. At least another 20 state legislatures are considering similar resolutions.

The official summary of HJR1003 reads as follows:

"A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed; and directing distribution."

After nine "Whereas" clauses, the resolution concludes with:

"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:

THAT the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States...."

http://www.jbs.org/index.php/us-constitution-blog/4539

I believe the idea behind this move is to curtail illegal and unwanted actions by the Federal government with regards to the welfare (?) of the people of Oklahoma.

For instance in the case of excessive taxes (due to Federal bankruptcy) or a national draft (after another false flag terror attack), the state could assert its Constitutional rights and deny the Federal Government demands.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2009.]

Sunday, 22 February 2009

White House Says World Can't Delay on Iran

The White House says the international community must work together to urgently address Iran's uranium enrichment activities.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that point is underscored by a United Nations report that said Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make an atom bomb.

He said the report by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency represented "another lost opportunity" for Iran as it continues to "renege" on its international obligations.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/913669.html

Mike Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com sums up the situation here very well and I've pasted his entire comments below:
"This is insane.

Iran is not reneging on its international obligations. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, signed by both Iran and the United States, Iran has a legal right, recognized by the US under that treaty, to build nuclear power stations and to manufacture the fuel rods for them. and that is what Iran is doing. The uranium they have enriched is enriched to levels usable by power stations, but is far from being bomb grade material.

Everything Iran is doing is legal activity under the NNPT and nobody has found any evidence of bomb grade materials or the manufacturing of a weapon.

Obama is playing the exact same dumb trick Bush used to start the war in Iraq to start a war in Iran.

The only reason for a new war in Iran is first to satisfy Israel's demands, and second, Obama is certain a new war will distract Americans from the collapsing economy, itself at least partly the result of the profligate spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US got itself out of self-created economic messes with World Wars, and it appears that it the strategy being followed by the White House.

If you do not choose to fight against these warmongers now, you will soon have no choice but to fight for them from now on."

Rivero is right, and this is true about so many issues. If we don't all stand up now and make ourselves heard, later on we'll be suffering the consequences.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2009.]

Terrorism 101- The Hidden Truth #5


(5:25) [Warning: Graphic Images.]

War crimes have been inflicted against the people of Gaza who are prisoners in their own land. Drawing attention to the truth will put international pressure on Israel to seek a genuine attempt at peace. Unfortunately, the outcome of the recent elections, bringing in a strong right wing government, will not help this situation.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2009.]

Enough Lies - The Hidden Truth #6

Enough Lies discusses the Main lies that are being brought by the tongues of the Israeli spokesmen on the western media regarding Gaza and Hamas.


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Many people do not realise that Hamas is the elected government of the Palestinians and that it was NOT Hamas that broke the Gaza ceasefire.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2009.]

Sun-Powered Device Converts CO2 into Fuel

Powered only by natural sunlight, an array of nanotubes is able to convert a mixture of carbon dioxide and water vapour into natural gas at unprecedented rates.

Such devices offer a new way to take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into fuel or other chemicals to cut the effect of fossil fuel emissions on global climate, says Craig Grimes, from Pennsylvania State University, whose team came up with the device.

Although other research groups have developed methods for converting carbon dioxide into organic compounds like methane, often using titanium-dioxide nanoparticles as catalysts, they have needed ultraviolet light to power the reactions.

The researchers' breakthrough has been to develop a method that works with the wider range of visible frequencies within sunlight.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16621-sunpowered-device-converts-co2-into-fuel.html?full=true&print=true

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2009.]

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Financial Foxes Guarding The Hen House

BILL MOYERS: Geithner has hired as his chief-of-staff, the lobbyist from Goldman Sachs. The new deputy secretary of state was, until last year, a CEO of Citigroup. Another CFO from Citigroup is now assistant to the president, and deputy national security advisor for International Economic Affairs. And one of his deputies also came from Citigroup. One new member of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board comes from UBS, which is being investigated for helping rich clients evade taxes.

You're probably too young to remember that old song, "Sounds like the Mack the Knife is back in town." I mean, is that what you're talking about with this web of relationships?

SIMON JOHNSON: Absolutely. I don't think you have enough time on your show to go through the full list of people and all the positions they've taken. I'm sure these are good people. Don't get me wrong. These are find upstanding citizens who have a certain perspective, and a certain kind of interest, and they see the world a certain way.

And it's exactly a web of interest, I think, is what you said. And that's exactly the right way to think about it. That web of interest is not my interest, or your interest, or the interest of the taxpayer. It's the interest, first and foremost, of the financial industry in this country.

BILL MOYERS: Do you think that Obama understands how these guys play the game? Let me play you the recording of a conference call "Huffington Post" released this week. One of the top officials of Morgan Stanley is speaking to his colleagues. Here it is.

JAMES GORMAN: I'm going to turn to a topic that I suspect is near and dear to everybody's hearts, which is retention. There will be a retention award. Please do not call it a bonus, it is not a bonus it is an award. The award will be based on '08 full year production. Clearly it would have been cheaper to do it off '09 but we think it's the right thing to do and we've made that decision.

SIMON JOHNSON: What he's basically saying is business as usual. Go about your daily lives. Get the bonuses. Re-brand them as awards. But it really shows you the arrogance, and I think these people think that they've won. They think it's over. They think it's won. They think that we're going to pay out ten or 20 percent of GDP to basically make them whole. It's astonishing.

BILL MOYERS: Why wouldn't they believe that? I mean, when I watched the eight CEOs testify before Congress at the House Financial Services Committee earlier this week, I had just finished reading a report that almost every member of that Committee had received contributions from those banks last year. I mean in a way that's like paying the cop on the beat not to arrest you, right?

SIMON JOHNSON: I called up one of my friends on Capitol Hill after that testimony, and that session. I said, "What happened? This was your moment. Why did they pull their punches like that?" And my friend said, "They, the Committee members, know the bankers too well."

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/02132009/watch.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2009.]

Screw the Big Banks! Bailout the Small Depositors!

It was only last fall that the FED and officials of the Treasury Department 'rode to the rescue' of all the wrong people, specifically, the very financial institutions that created this mess to begin with. In the wake of all this failure, incompetence and criminality, there was great hand wringing, wailing, gnashing of teeth because the 'n' word had been uttered. Nationalize the banks! At this point, it won't make any difference.

As 'the Who' famously said, 'the new boss, same as the old boss'. What is needed is not a new boss following the same, tired, failed policies. What is needed is some intelligent thinking about what drives economies! Here are some clues: banks do not drive economies. Rich elites do not drive economies. Governments do not drive economies. Big corporations do not drive economies though many board chairs are deluded and believe themselves to be 'captains of industry'.


More than 83 corporations have offshore subsidiaries where their funds are
protected in tax havens in the Caymen islands such as: The Bank of America,
Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, AIG, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and even Pepsi and General Motors who received 13.4 billion have hundreds of millions of dollars in tax havens offshore. All these corporations receive protection from paying the
US government their taxes and the loss to the US is into the 100 billion dollars of lost tax revenue.

Senator Carl Levin a democrat from Michigan and Byron Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota requested the report to be released and are pushing for new laws prohibiting these bailout scam corporations from being tax dodgers while asking for bailouts from the taxpayer.

The Government Accounting Office includes 63 of the 100 largest contractors who receive government contracts also have accounts in tax haven countries.
--Bailout Corporation Tax Havens in Caymen Islands

The bailouts failed because the wrong people got the money. The government would have done better had it just put billions of dollars in mason jars, buried them in a land fill and let the unemployed dig them up!

http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2009/02/screw-big-banks-bailout-small.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2009.]

U.S. Economy: Factory Output, Housing Starts Plunge

Manufacturing and housing in the U.S. collapsed in January, government reports showed, as the Obama administration unveiled new proposals to stem what may become the worst recession in the postwar era.

The Federal Reserve’s industrial production index dropped 1.8 percent to 101.3, the lowest level in more than five years, the central bank reported today in Washington. Housing starts plunged 17 percent to an annual rate of 466,000, the fewest since records began in 1959, Commerce Department data showed.

General Motors Corp. has asked for new loans and said it plans to cut 47,000 more jobs worldwide as sales plunge, while builders struggle to trim the glut of homes propelled by the surge in foreclosures. President Barack Obama pledged $275 billion in a program that includes cutting mortgage payments and encourages loan modifications to keep Americans in their homes, and Fed policy makers lowered growth forecasts.

“The recession news could hardly have been worse,” said Roger Kubarych, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Global Research in New York. “There is no evidence whatsoever that the U.S. downturn is close to bottoming, whether in hard-hit manufacturing or in the housing sector.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=auiTUceZQepY&refer=home

The destruction of artificial wealth created by all the recent bubbles continues. People and businesses (including the banks) borrowed more than they could afford and now it's unraveling. Just taking the ordinary American consumer for example, the driver of their economy, on average, such people with relatively low incomes can only afford so much. The glut of spending on housing and expensive goods using the equity in their home loans is now sinking the ship. What's worse is the banks foolishly loaned the money in the first place and then leveraged the debt they had and on-sold this to each other for billions and billions. Now all this created wealth is being revealed as fictitious and worthless with the whole house of cards coming apart.

The problem with the "throwing cash at the problem" aspect of the bailouts is that they are trying to prop up prices that cannot be sustained by the existing level of REAL WEALTH. The prices will have to come down to what people can afford. However, with less jobs and a glut of houses, prices are set to come way down leaving people with homes having massive negative equity. A disaster.

And take note; the situation appears set to continue for some time. The solution, pointed out by many, should centre on new and/or re-invigorated industries and job creation (jobs that pay a decent wage).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2009.]

Friday, 20 February 2009

WTC 1 - The Case for Collapse/Crush down Arrest and Clear Thinking - Debunking the Conspiracy Theories of Prof. Bazant and NIST

By Anders Björkman (M.Sc)

Just drop Anything on Something

Start with a solid rubber ball, mass m (kg) and drop it on the floor from height h = 3.7 meters height = the height that WTC1 upper part is assumed to drop. The ball free falls with acceleration g (9.81 m/s²) due to gravity, makes contact with the floor and normally bounces. The ball was not rigid and deformed upon contact with the floor. Why? The floor applied a force on the solid rubber ball, so that it deformed, absorbed some of the kinetic energy E involved (E = m*h*g) and then released it and bounced up. Evidently the ball also applied a force on the floor that also deformed, absorbed the remainder of the energy involved; maybe the floor vibrated a little. This is Newton's third law at work.

Then do the same thing with a solid sphere of steel. Drop it on the floor. If the floor is strong enough, the same thing will happen as with a rubber ball! The steel sphere bounces. If the floor is not strong enough, i.e. it cannot produce a force big enough to deform the steel sphere, so that it bounces back, the floor will be damaged - maybe a hole is formed in it, and the steel sphere drops through the hole at reduced speed and contacts something else below, or the floor is just partially damaged ... and catches the steel ball, i.e. arrests it.

Finally drop anything weak (an egg or a lemon?) on something strong! PLAFSH! The weak anything (the egg or lemon!) is crushed against the strong something!

Don't forget that!

Try to compress a lemon with another lemon. What happens? Both lemons compress.

Now you have learnt a little what can happen when you drop anything on something and try to compress something. This basic knowledge is used in this paper.
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If the upper, 53 meters tall, 13-15 storeys upper part of WTC 1 actually dropped on the structure below is a matter of semantics. Drop suggests that it was not being held at all. I prefer that it came into contact after local structural failures and downward displacement and that it was prevented from dropping by the connections between the two parts. Anyway, only the velocity at contact is of interest and it was not high in the WTC 1 case. Assuming a 'drop' of 3.7 metres, it does not produce a big velocity; it is around 8 m/s. If the 'drop' is dampened by intermediate connections the velocity is much less.
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Dr Bazant (described below) and NIST suggest that the energy initiating or released at the WTC 1 destruction was enormous but in a serious ships collision it can be up to 10 times bigger!! NIST should learn from ship collisions! Bazant also assumes that the WTC 1 upper part was rigid (!). A rigid object is indestructible and will destroy anything non-rigid. But ships and WTC 1 upper part are not rigid.
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The official explanation(s) of the WTC 1 (photo left) global collapse (sic) is that the alleged release of potential energy (PE), of the mass of an upper part C above all supporting columns after sudden, local deformation and buckling, due to downward, alleged near free fall movement in an initiation zone (indicated by red) and impact of a structure below, exceeds the strain energy (SE) that can be absorbed by the same columns below and above and that all this was due to gravity only.

[SEE THE PICS AT THE LINK]
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Evidently this crush down model and theory is complete nonsense, but it is the official explanation(s) of the WTC 1 destruction on 9/11! A small, fairly weak part C, 95% air, cannot possibly crush a big part A of similar structure only due to gravity and compress it into a 87.3 meters tall tower of rubble on the ground after 10 seconds! Anyone that has just dropped anything on something knows this. Try then to crush this something! You need a big force for that, which gravity alone cannot provide.


[Note: There is no upper block crushing the lower sections- it's been obliterated. Plus gravity alone will not cause debris to be thrown latterally as is seen. -Spook]
http://heiwaco.tripod.com/nist3.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 20th, 2009.]

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Corporate CEOs Caught Scheming on Tape


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These CEOs caught on tape are paying themselves "retention awards" instead of bonuses using taxpayer money. Effectively these corporate entities would have been bankrupt if not for the bailouts. They made themselves bankrupt because of the foolish scheming of these very CEOs, CEOs who authorised dealings with toxic and worthless assets which they bought and sold as if they were tripe A rated securities. Now these folks are giving themselves bonuses. Disgraceful. Check out the vid.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2009.]

Daniele Ganser - Part 1: How False Flag Conspirators Were Recruited

In the comming days, I will post several german-speaking interviews with Dr. Daniele Ganser, an academic historian from Switzerland who has researched false flag terrorism in Europe. Besides his publicity around the 9/11 truth movement, I think also his historical work about the so-called "secret armies" is extremly interesting. If you want to get several examples which false flag operations have been definetly proven, how they were uncovered, how they were interlocked with politicians or even brought to courts, Gansers work is a good place to start.

Here is the first video of several in a row. I try to translate about one segment each weekend after work and post them here:
http://www.911blogger.com/node/19408

Check out the link to see the vid.

I've posted this for all those people who are under the illusion that it is impossible to recruit people to carry out false flag attacks, murders, torture etc. It's not that hard when people have been running operations like this for decades.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2009.]

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Debunking the "Molten Aluminium" flow from South Tower

First posted by Subedei11 at Debunking the Debunkers

Debunkers such as RKOWENS and disinformationist Judy Wood have tried to discredit the truth movement with lies or misunderstandings on basic laws of physics...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHzMttUKO0&feature=channel_page

I think we all can agree that the material flowing from the south tower has a orange-yellow appearance.This indicates a temperature of 980C - 1050C leaning on the heavy side as it looks more yellow than orange.


This is due to two laws of physics:

"Emissivity—This is a dimensionless constant, the ratio of the energy radiated by a material to the energy radiated by a black body at the same temperature. This is the total energy across the emission spectrum. Emissivity is a number less than or equal to 1."

"Planck’s Law gives the spectral radiance of electromagnetic radiation of a black body. This is a function of frequency (or, equivalently, wavelength) and temperature. This law embodies the concept that the radiated spectrum as a function of frequency at a given temperature is the same shape for all radiating materials. The only factor affecting the radiated spectrum that depends on the nature of the material is emissivity, a constant, independent of frequency."

Some claim that its possible for the material flowing from the south tower to be aluminium, they claim the aluminium is heated to 980c thus giving it a orange yellow colour.

Aluminium melts at 660C at which temperature is looks silvery.

The problem with concluding that the liquid flowing from the tower’s 82nd floor could have been aluminum is that the liquid in the tower was not confined in a container so that more heat could be applied to raise the temperature of the liquid above its melting point. Instead, as soon as the metal liquefied it flowed away from the heat source under the force of gravity. Therefore, the color of the liquid flowing from the 82nd floor was at approximately the melting point of the metal. And therefore, it was molten iron.

Here is a video example of aluminium being heated in a container to 980c or 1800 F...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OVAvg1aGQ&feature=channel_page

As you can see the aluminium cools rapidly to a silvery colour, as metals are a great conductor of heat.The molten material flowing from the south tower even remains orange yellow during its whole descent. This blog continues below the image.

Ironically for debunkers NIST knows this and agrees that the molten material is not pure liquid aluminium, and have hypothesised a different scenario to make the aluminium orange yellow...

"11. Why do some photographs show a yellow stream of molten metal pouring down the side of WTC2 that NIST claims was aluminum from the crashed plane although aluminum burns with a white glow?

NIST reported (NCSTAR 1-5A) that just before 9:52 a.m., a bright spot appeared at the top of a window on the 80th floor of WTC 2, four windows removed from the east edge on the north face, followed by the flow of a glowing liquid. This flow lasted approximately four seconds before subsiding. Many such liquid flows were observed from near this location in the seven minutes leading up to the collapse of this tower. There is no evidence of similar molten liquid pouring out from another location in WTC 2 or from anywhere within WTC 1.

Photographs, and NIST simulations of the aircraft impact, show large piles of debris in the 80th and 81st floors of WTC 2 near the site where the glowing liquid eventually appeared. Much of this debris came from the aircraft itself and from the office furnishings that the aircraft pushed forward as it tunneled to this far end of the building. Large fires developed on these piles shortly after the aircraft impact and continued to burn in the area until the tower collapsed.

NIST concluded that the source of the molten material was aluminum alloys from the aircraft, since these are known to melt between 475 degrees Celsius and 640 degrees Celsius (depending on the particular alloy), well below the expected temperatures (about 1,000 degrees Celsius) in the vicinity of the fires. Aluminum is not expected to ignite at normal fire temperatures and there is no visual indication that the material flowing from the tower was burning.

Pure liquid aluminum would be expected to appear silvery. However, the molten metal was very likely mixed with large amounts of hot, partially burned, solid organic materials (e.g., furniture, carpets, partitions and computers) which can display an orange glow, much like logs burning in a fireplace. The apparent color also would have been affected by slag formation on the surface."

http://wtc.nist.gov/pubs/factsheets/faqs_8_2006.htm

However as Dr. Jones demonstrated by experiment that organic material floats on the liquid aluminum and burns up (oxidizes). Further, the liquid aluminum in this experiment was never heated to the point where it no longer appeared silvery. (See the video below) This experiment gave the expected result. Organic material would not change the color vs temperature behavior of aluminum.The conclusion of this analysis is inescapable. The liquid metal was molten iron...

If any debunkers can show how to make aluminium orange yellow while getting it to flow from a building. Then officially this will be debunked.

Its not to hard to find aluminium it can be readily bought in the form of soda cans.

Good luck to you debunkers!

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/2009/02/debunking-molten-aluminium-flow-from.html

The molten metal coming from the side of the building has to be superheated, well beyond the range of the fires modelled by NIST. The heat indicated here is insanely hot and not in anyway comparable to the WEAK fires that were observed.

If it is aluminium the material has to be well past 1000 degrees C for it to retain its yellow colour duirng the fall. The problem here is the same. Too hot for too weak a fire.

Very likely, what we have here is molten steel. Considering the detection of Thermate explosive materials in the Dust and rubble, it's likely that what we have seen was the results of a thermate reaction that was weakening the structure. Considering the forensic evidence it's a valid assumption.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 18th, 2009.]

"Worst Is Yet to Come:" Americans' Standard of Living Permanently Changed

There's no question the American consumer is hurting in the face of a burst housing bubble, financial market meltdown and rising unemployment.
But "the worst is yet to come," according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, who believes American's standard of living is undergoing a "permanent change" - and not for the better as a result of:

*An $8 trillion negative wealth effect from declining home values.
*A $10 trillion negative wealth effect from weakened capital markets.
*A $14 trillion consumer debt load amid "exploding unemployment", leading to "exploding bankruptcies."

"The average American used to be able to borrow to buy a home, send their kids to a good school [and] buy a car," Davidowitz says. "A lot of that is gone."
http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/article/176478/%22Worst-Is-Yet-to-Come%3A%22-Americans-Standard-of-Living-Permanently-Changed

The video interview at the link is worth listening to. Clearly, at a fundamental level, there is a lot of unravelling yet to occur in terms of the debt load currently placed on the US economy/consumer.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 18th, 2009.]

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

UPDATE: Architects and Engineers For 911 Truth- More than 600* Building Experts say 911 was an Inside Job

http://www.ae911truth.org/
More than Six Hundred building experts now say that the attacks on the World Trade Centre Towers (and Building 7) were an inside job.

The reason for such a position is clear: there is overwhelming forensic evidence that demonstrates explosives MUST have been used on the buildings.

The official lies about 911 cannot be allowed to stand. Exposing the truth is necessary to stop any further staged attacks that could be used as an excuse to clamp down on civil liberties or as an excuse for a new War verses Iran. We live in dangerous times and we need experts like these to help fight against the lies. The analysis provided by these Architects and Engineers MUST be used by honourable Law Enforcement, Judicial and Military persons in actions against the real suspects. Don't let the perpetrators of 911 go unpunished.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 17th, 2009.]

Bush Senior Grins at the words "Deluded Gunman" - JFK


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Well, it's an interesting time to be thinking about something funny right there. Maybe, quite simply the words "deluded gunman" tickled his funny bone. By itself it's not proof of Bush Senior's involvement or knowledge in any conspiracy but it's odd body language nonetheless.

Of course when it comes to proof of more than one gunman in the assassination of JFK we can summarise the following key points (minus the mountain of other odd events that point to official complicity in the crime):

1. An audio recording of the attack clearly indicates more than three shots were fired. According the the official story it was impossible for Oswald to have fired more than three times, therefore a second gunman must have been present.

2. The "magic bullet", that MUST have caused wounds to both JFK and Governor Connolly, if the official story is to be believed, is planted evidence. It's impossible for this particular bullet to have remained in such a pristine condition after punching though the muscle and bone of two people. The one claim saying that the bullet could have survived with so little deformation should be viewed suspiciously, seeing as there has never been a successful repetition of this questionable ballistics test.

3. The Zapruder Film indicates the head shot came from the front. Oswald was shooting from behind.

When we take the physical evidence together with the witness testimony from Governor Connolly, who said he heard gunfire BEFORE he was shot (you can see him turning around in the car to look while JFK is struggling with the wound in his neck) it's obvious the official timeline is false. Remember the official story has JFK shot through the neck, with the first round, simultaneous to Connolly being hit. Yet we have Connolly indicating he was still unhurt after already hearing the first shot. The Zapruder film confirms this account rather than the official narrative.

So we have one shot to JFK's neck, one into the road (according to the Warren Commission), one to Connolly and one more to JFK's head. That is 4. The sound recording also shows that there were at least 4, maybe up to 7 shots. If there were more than 3 shots, then there must have been more than one shooter.
http://spookyweather.blogspot.com/2008/11/jfk-assassination-core-physical.html

I find it very curious that Bush Senior (CIA) grins in this clip.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 17th, 2009.]

US Federal Obligations Exceed World GDP

As the Obama administration pushes through Congress its $800 billion deficit-spending economic stimulus plan, the American public is largely unaware that the true deficit of the federal government already is measured in trillions of dollars, and in fact its $65.5 trillion in total obligations exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.

The total U.S. obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits to be paid in the future, effectively have placed the U.S. government in bankruptcy, even before new continuing social welfare obligation embedded in the massive spending plan are taken into account.

The real 2008 federal budget deficit was $5.1 trillion, not the $455 billion previously reported by the Congressional Budget Office, according to the "2008 Financial Report of the United States Government" as released by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
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"As bad as 2008 was, the $455 billion budget deficit on a cash basis and the $5.1 trillion federal budget deficit on a GAAP accounting basis does not reflect any significant money [from] the financial bailout or Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, which was approved after the close of the fiscal year," economist John Williams, who publishes the Internet website Shadow Government Statistics, told WND.
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"Put simply, there is no way the government can possibly pay for the level of social welfare benefits the federal government has promised unless the government simply prints cash and debases the currency, which the government will increasingly be doing this year," Williams said, explaining in more detail why he feels the government is now in the process of monetizing the federal debt.
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88851

A greater loss of value in the US dollar would be catastrophic. Foreign countries holding US petrodollars would try to sell further debasing the US currency. The cost of imports into the US will rise, as will their energy costs from imported oil as their currency becomes worthless.

This is the dire consequence of a US dollar devaluation as warned about by Congressman Ron Paul for MANY years.

The only way "out" of the mess is to cut spending dramatically (no more wars), to focus on developing US domestic industry, and accept there will be a period of US (and global) wealth destruction (poverty) for a number of years.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 17th, 2009.]

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Top Forecaster Gerald Celente on "The Worst Economic Collapse Ever"


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Celente maintains that the US economic fundamentals are disastrous and the new Administration is a continuation of the old such that there is little hope to see decisive action taken to avert disaster, or for that matter, wind back the wars in the Middle East.

Nevertheless, he does talk about hope in the form of a technological innovation, like the internet, that could create new industry and jobs thereby averting complete mayhem. A very interesting interview.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 15th, 2009.]

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Debunking the Debunkers - the Blog !

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/

This brilliant site destroys the fake science and claims made by the 911 debunking fraternity. I highly recommend that everyone visit the blog in order to get some basic scientific principles set in mind. It is an Aladdin's cave of great information.

Also, their selection of links to other 911 truth webpages and resources is invaluable.

For anyone wishing to deconstruct the main debunker falsehoods and expose the official lies I suggest they draw attention to sites like Debunking the Debunkers. Encourage others to fight in the information war and inspire further actions that will bring about the public exposure of the 911 false flag terror attack. We can still bring some measure of justice for all the victims of 911 and end the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Peace.

Spookypunkos.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 14th, 2009.]

Madoff 50 billion Dollar Investment Fraud Exposed in 2000 at less than 7 Billion- SEC did Nothing

Harry Markopolos, an independent financial fraud investigator for institutional investors and others seeking forensic accounting expertise, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner, testifies.


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This really is awesome testimony.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 14th, 2009.]

Friday, 13 February 2009

Obama: Reopen the 9/11 Investigation -- Part 1

Patrick Leahy has a point when he urges President Obama to open investigations about the Bush administration. However, he's not pointing at the issue that we need to start with. Namely, September 11th. What really happened? More than a few people know - and I am not alone in calling for those who know to start talking and fess up. Let's not let this go the way of the JFK assassination - and whether with subpoenas or on their own volition, I demand that Dick Cheney, George W. Bush - both of whom refused to testify under oath during the 9/11 Commission proceedings -- Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, Larry Wilkerson, George Tenet, Robert Mueller and the rest - as well as Bill Clinton and Al Gore (both of whom also refused to testify under oath) -- start talking, and in a public arena. And I'm calling on the Obama administration to open up a probe and unravel the web of deceit.

Before we tuck the Bush administration into bed and hiss, "Nighty Night, you lying scoundrels," before we go on to lock the door on that heinous era of American history, we do indeed need to probe what happened under their watch. But the event that most concerns me is what happened on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Oh yeah, that's history, old news, the 9/11 Commission figured it all out, right? Except that members of the 9/11 Commission say it was "set up to fail" and that the investigation was severely hampered. So do assorted former members of the CIA, who demand a fresh look at the events of that day.

So, President Obama - leader of a new era in the United State - serve your people: pull out that can opener and pry open that can of worms.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-rossi/obama-reopen-the-911-inve_b_165849.html

The Obama Administration should act but, seeing as they appear reluctant to hold Bush accountable for torture or launching the illegal war in Iraq, we will unlikely see any action taken over 911. Nevertheless, everything must be done to bring attention to this issue so that the "can of worms" can be opened.

It is good to see the Huffington Post carrying this story.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 13th, 2009.]

Marc Faber "US will default on debt or enter hyperinflation"


(2:43)

There is no escaping the fact that the US economy is severely overburdened with debt. That the consumer economy is failing at present means a diminished ability to cover the interest on the credt here. The US goverment, to cover their spending/stimulus, borrows or prints even more money. It's a cycle feeding upon itself.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 13th, 2009.]

FAA to Loosen Fuel-Tank Safety Rules, Benefiting Boeing's 787

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has quietly decided to loosen stringent fuel-tank safety regulations written after the 1996 fuel-tank explosion that destroyed flight TWA 800 off the coast of New York state.

The FAA proposes to relax the safeguards for preventing sparks inside the fuel tank during a lightning strike, standards the agency now calls "impractical" and Boeing says its soon-to-fly 787 Dreamliner cannot meet.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/boeingaerospace/2008719843_lightning08.html?syndication=rss

The centre fuel tank on TWA Flight 800 did not explode. This aircraft was destroyed accidentally during a US Navy missile test and the facts covered up. To summarise the evidence:

1. More than a hundred witnesses reported seeing a bright object rise up from the sea and head towards the airliner. Some with military experience maintained that this object was a missile.

2. The US Navy had been testing missiles in the immediate area.

3. US Navy warships very close to the crash site left the vicinity immediately following the "crash". Other Navy ships from outside this zone were the ones that came to help.

4. Explosive residues were found on the seating. This fact was not disputed but it was claimed that is came from a bomb exercise that had recently been conducted on this aircraft. However, according to official records the exercise was held on another 747, not TWA 800.

5. Transponder radar reflections indicate a supersonic object in association with the destruction of the aircraft that cannot be reconciled with the features of a fuel tank explosion.

6. FBI agents were caught in the aircraft hangar at 3am tampering with the wreckage. Some wreckage was known to have been removed.

7. Autopsy results indicated some bodies were riddled with shrapnel. Although carefully collected by the FBI no details were released about the composition of these metal fragments.

8. The CIA crash video, designed to account for the witness identification of a missile, falsely shows the 747 losing its forward section and then climbing for a few thousand feet trailing burning fuel -therefore "accounting" for the witness missile/light descriptions. Apart from the fact that this scenario is physically impossible (the centre of gravity shift from the aircraft losing so much forward mass would cause it to fall like a stone) pilots in other aircraft in the area reported only that they only saw an explosion whereupon the wreckage plummeted straight down.

For a more complete accounting of this cover up see this video:
Video link 1: TWA Flight 800 Shot Down by Surface-to-Air Missile
Video link 2: TWA Flight 800 Shot Down by Surface-to-Air Missile

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 13th, 2009.]

Thursday, 12 February 2009

FBI Believed that Bombs Were Used on 9/11

On 9/11, the FBI believed that bombs were involved in the attacks.

How do I know that?

Because, according to the FBI's website:

"Following the massive terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, the FBI dedicated 7,000 of its 11,000 Special Agents and thousands of FBI support personnel to the PENTTBOM investigation. "PENTTBOM" is short for Pentagon, Twin Towers Bombing."


http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2009/02/fbi-believed-that-911-involved-bombs.html

The Feds were right for once !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 12th, 2009.]

27,000 Work in Pentagon PR and Recruiting

By Noah Shachtman

Forget the drone stuff. Here is your eye-popping statistic of the day: "This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department."

That's from an Associated Press investigation, "which found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at least $4.7 billion this year."

Staff costs take up most of the money, more than $2 billion. Another $1.6 billion goes into recruiting. About a half-billion goes towards "psychological operations, which targets foreign audiences." And, finally, "$547 million goes into public affairs, which reaches American audiences."

That last one may be the most amazing figure of 'em all. Because getting a straightforward answer out of most military public affairs shops is still a root-canal-painful procedure. You'd think it'd be easier, with all those resources brought to bear.

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/27000-work-in-p.html

The Pentagon has identified the internet as an "enemy weapons system." I'll wager that some of the money is being spent on keeping a lid on 911 truth posts.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 12th, 2009.]

UN moves to Charge Israel with War Crimes

The UN move to launch a probe into suspected Israeli war crimes comes after the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in The Hague announced earlier last week that a "preliminary analysis" was launched to review the military conduct of Israeli forces participating in the offensive against the Gaza Strip.

The ICC prosecutor's office said it had received 210 communications from individuals and non-governmental organizations regarding the recent events in Gaza.

The criminal case is expected to focus on the Israeli atrocities, including charges of using disproportionate force, white phosphorous bombs and depleted uranium in the densely-populated area.

Israel's three-week offensive against Gaza -- aimed at toppling the democratically-elected government of Hamas in the Palestinian territory -- left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to medical sources.

The Israeli assault led to the destruction of schools, mosques, houses, UN compounds and government buildings, which Israel has a responsibility to protect under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=85224§ionid=351020202

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 12th, 2009.]

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Fire Consumes WTC 7-Size Skyscraper, Building Does Not Collapse


(2:02)

A fierce fire consumed all 44 floors of a skyscraper in Beijing today, shooting 30 foot flames into the air, but unlike the similarly-sized 47-story WTC 7, which suffered limited fires across just eight floors, the building in China did not collapse.

“The fire was burning from the ground floor to the top floor of the large building, the flames reflecting in the glass facade of the main CCTV tower next to the hotel and cultural center,” reports the New York Times.

“The 241-room Mandarin Oriental hotel in the building was due to open this year. Flames were spotted around 7:45 p.m. and within 20 minutes the fire had spread throughout the building, dominating that part of the city.”

“Hundreds of firefighting vehicles and police blocked off all approaches to the building - which was also set to house a luxury hotel due to be opened in 2009 - with flames appearing to leap 20 to 30 feet into the air,” adds The London Times.

Compare images of WTC 7 with those of the skyscraper fire in Beijing. Note that the Beijing skyscraper appears to be leaning due to the unorthodox design of the building - it did not suffer any kind of collapse.

http://www.infowars.com/fire-consumes-wtc-7-size-skyscraper-building-does-not-collapse/

Although this Chinese building and WTC 7 differ they are both steel framed skyscrapers such that one could reasonably expect some sort of collapse in the former considering what we saw on 911.

What this story shows, which includes mention of the 2005 Madrid Fire, is that the likelihood of a TOTAL collapse of steel framed buildings due to fire is extremely unlikely. That any collapse should be symmetrical, without using explosives, would defy all good reason. A symmetrical collapse requires split second removal of all load bearing columns.

At the heart of the matter is the fact that steel framed skycrapers are designed to withstand severe fires and the fires in WTC 7 were weak. The core problem with the official NIST investigation into the WTC 7 collapse is that it was based only on a HYPOTHETICAL model that didn't even match the observed features of the fall. Absolutely no verifiable physical evidence or testing backed up the NIST claims.

On the other hand, the explosive demolition hypothesis fits the observed situation more accurately and it also gels with the physical evidence that was found at the 911 crime scene. Molten Steel and Thermate byproducts proved that the WTC 7 building was taken down using explosive incendiaries. 911 = Inside Job. Case closed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2009.]

Monday, 9 February 2009

Real Unemployment Figures Double Those Reported By Labor Department

The national media frenzy about the U.S. unemployment rate shooting up to 7.6% doesn’t even do justice to the actual unemployment figure, which in reality stands at around 15 per cent, just 9 per cent shy of the unemployment total at the very height of the great depression.

Current methods of tallying unemployment figures do not even take into account workers who have stopped looking for work. If a worker becomes discouraged after being unable to find a job and stops looking, they disappear from the official record.

Actual unemployment figures are therefore 5 to 10 per cent higher than publicly stated by the Labor Department, meaning the real unemployment figures stands at roughly 15 per cent.

During the great depression, where unemployment figures were more accurately inclusive of the true unemployment rate, the figure for the years 1923-29 was 3.3 percent before accelerating to to 15.9 per cent in 1931 and peaking at 24.9 percent in 1933.
http://www.infowars.com/real-unemployment-figures-double-those-reported-by-labor-department/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 9th, 2009.]

Open Letter To Dr. Joseph Stiglitz & Challenge To Debate

By Richard C. Cook

Note: Dr. Joseph Stiglitz is a professor at Columbia University, former chairman of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors, former chief economist for the World Bank, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Dear Dr. Stiglitz:

I have just finished reading your article published on Alternet.org entitled, "Is the Entire Bailout Strategy Flawed? Let's Rethink This Before It's Too Late."http://www.alternet.org/story/124166/

With all due respect, I believe you have missed the point of what is going on within the U.S. economy, which causes your proposed solutions to be similarly flawed.

The purposes of this letter are to delineate my objections to what you have written, to bring our differences before the public, and to challenge you to a debate when I visit New York City on February 27-March 1, 2009.

You state that, "America's recession is moving into its second year, with the situation only worsening." But you then say, "The hope that President Obama will be able to get us out of the mess is tempered by the reality that throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at the banks has failed to restore them to health, or even to resuscitate the flow of lending."

You thereby imply that the economic crisis is due to problems within the financial sector and that it would be a good thing to "resuscitate the flow of lending" without challenging why that lending became such a huge factor in our economy.

I say: The problem does not lie with the financial sector except that the debt-based monetary system acts as a parasite on the producing economy, resulting in the vast overhang of debt that can never be repaid. "Resuscitating the flow of lending" will do no good, because the collapse of consumer purchasing power due to job outsourcing and income stagnation has made it impossible for people to pay their debts. Most of this debt now needs to be written off and our producing economy restored as our chief source of wealth.

You say of the government's bailout actions late last year: "Then there was the hope that if the government stood ready to help the banks with enough money -- and enough was a lot -- confidence would be restored, and with the restoration of confidence, asset prices would increase and lending would be restored."

I say: In making this observation you may be correct, but you fail to challenge the policy whereby asset price inflation, in the absence of real economic growth, has become an ersatz economic driver. Throughout your writings you have ignored the fact that the government and the banking system have deliberately created financial bubbles to shore up the economy, engender profits, and maintain tax revenues. This is what the Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan did in collusion with the Bush administration to create a recovery when the Dot.com bubble was collapsing in 2000-2001. None of your proposals would revitalize the producing economy or restore consumer income. You seem to be mainly trying to re-inflate the asset-financial bubble in your own way.

You say: "The underlying problem is simple: Even in the heyday of finance, there was a huge gap between private rewards and social returns. The bank managers have taken home huge paychecks, even though, over the past five years, the net profits of many of the banks have (in total) been negative. And the social returns have even been less -- the financial sector is supposed to allocate capital and manage risk, and it did neither well. Our economy is paying the price for these failures -- to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars."

I say: It is true that bank manager salaries and bonuses are obscene, but the way you characterize "social returns" is shortsighted. You speak of bank profitability falling short even though, since the financial deregulation of the 1980s and 1990s, the banks have become the nation's chief growth industry, with profits as late as 2006 of over $500 billion. Further, the financial sector doesn't really "allocate capital." What it does is skim the cream off the top of the producing economy by financing consumption and facilitating the most irresponsible types of speculation in the real estate, equity, hedge fund, and derivative markets. For example, up to 97 percent of futures contracts comes from bank loans irrespective of whether such lending has any benefit for consumers or producers. The banks allocate capital primarily for their own benefit, which I believe you recognize, but we now need to find alternatives to a monetary system based on bank-created debt, not just try to get it running again while ignoring the disasters that have befallen working men and women and their families.

You say, in regard to the ongoing government actions: "But even were we to do all this -- with uncertain risks to our future national debt -- there is still no assurance of a resumption of lending. For the reality is we are in a recession, and risks are high in a recession. Having been burned once, many bankers are staying away from the fire."

Again, you speak favorably of a "resumption of lending" as resolving the problem. I say: "What you are proposing is simply to shore up our debt-based monetary system without addressing the facts that our manufacturing jobs have been exported to China and other low-cost labor markets, our automobile industry is collapsing due to the failure of consumer demand, wages and salaries have stagnated for two decades, workers have not shared in productivity increases, and the total societal debt load on a GDP of $14 trillion is now approaching $70 trillion. These are the problems that must be addressed, not getting the banks to lend again when people can't pay off the debts they already have.

You say: "What's the alternative? Sweden (and several other countries) have shown that there is an alternative -- the government takes over those banks that cannot assemble enough capital through private sources to survive without government assistanceInevitably, American taxpayers are going to pick up much of the tab for the banks' failures. The question facing us is, to what extent do we participate in the upside return?"

I say: "Having the government run the banks instead of the private sector will not restore the economic fundamentals of a weak economy. Availability of bank credit does not by itself lead to greater production of goods and services. What it should do is make the liquidity available for the production-consumption cycle to work smoothly. The idea that a deregulated financial sector should be given precedence over all the other economic sectors is the essence of the supply-side, trickle-down philosophy that began during the Reagan years and has catastrophically failed

You say: "Eventually, America's economy will recover. Eventually, our financial sector will be functioning -- and profitable -- once again, though hopefully, it will focus its attention more on doing what it is supposed to do."

I say: Please tell us exactly HOW America's economy will recover. Will it recover after real unemployment, including "discouraged workers" hits 20 percent, which it is likely to do over the next few months? Will it recover after millions of more people have their homes foreclosed? Will it recover after the automobile industry dies? What exactly is your prescription? If you don't have one, I would ask you to consider what I am proposing in my paper: "A Bailout for the People: Dividend Economics and the Basic Income Guarantee." In that paper I put forth what I am calling the "Cook Plan." This consists of a $1,000 a month payment per capita made by the government through a system of vouchers for necessities that are then deposited in a new series of local community savings banks that would lend at one percent interest for small business, local manufacturing, and family farming. The vouchers would be a dividend, distributed as each citizens' fair share of our amazing productive economy without recourse to government taxation or debt. The dividend would provide income security, eliminate poverty, and result in a renaissance of local and regional economic activity, and it would start to act immediately, not "eventually."

On Friday, February 27, 2009, I will be in your hometown of New York City presenting the "Cook Plan" at the 8th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network and the Annual Convention of the Eastern Economic Association. That evening I will present the program at a Town Hall meeting in connection with President Obama's series of citizens' forums at Nola Studio B, 244 West 54th St., 11th floor in Manhattan, at 8 p.m.

On the evening of Saturday, February 28, I am free, and would be glad to meet you to debate these ideas at a location of your choosing.

Respectfully,
Richard C. Cook

Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst. His book on monetary reform, "We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform," is now available. He was an advisor to Congressman Dennis Kucinich in his 2004 and 2008 presidential runs. He is also the author of "Challenger Revealed: An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age." He can be contacted through his new website at
www.richardccook.com.

First posted here: http://www.rense.com/general85/chall.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 9th, 2009.]