Sunday, 28 February 2010

Ron Paul - John F. Kennedy - Martin Luther King Versus Tyranny



A very thought provoking video from Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential Campaign. Recently Paul won a Republican straw poll that pitted him against Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. It looks like this genuine Champion of the Constitution is back in the running. The country needs his wisdom more than ever.

Of particular note in this video are two ideas aired by President Kennedy: 1) the need for an open society and 2) the necessity of people to become informed about worldly affairs.

LEARNING about what goes on in the world is more important than most people can imagine.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 28th, 2010.]

Debt Dynamite Dominoes: The Coming Financial Catastrophe

The people have been lulled into a false sense of safety under the ruse of a perceived “economic recovery.” Unfortunately, what the majority of people think does not make it so, especially when the people making the key decisions think and act to the contrary. The sovereign debt crises that have been unfolding in the past couple years and more recently in Greece, are canaries in the coal mine for the rest of Western “civilization.” The crisis threatens to spread to Spain, Portugal and Ireland; like dominoes, one country after another will collapse into a debt and currency crisis, all the way to America.

In October 2008, the mainstream media and politicians of the Western world were warning of an impending depression if actions were not taken to quickly prevent this. The problem was that this crisis had been a long-time coming, and what’s worse, is that the actions governments took did not address any of the core, systemic issues and problems with the global economy; they merely set out to save the banking industry from collapse. To do this, governments around the world implemented massive “stimulus” and “bailout” packages, plunging their countries deeper into debt to save the banks from themselves, while charging it to people of the world.

Then an uproar of stock market speculation followed, as money was pumped into the stocks, but not the real economy. This recovery has been nothing but a complete and utter illusion, and within the next two years, the illusion will likely come to a complete collapse.



The governments gave the banks a blank check, charged it to the public, and now it’s time to pay; through drastic tax increases, social spending cuts, privatization of state industries and services, dismantling of any protective tariffs and trade regulations, and raising interest rates. The effect that this will have is to rapidly accelerate, both in the speed and volume, the unemployment rate, globally. The stock market would crash to record lows, where governments would be forced to freeze them altogether.

When the crisis is over, the middle classes of the western world will have been liquidated of their economic, political and social status. The global economy will have gone through the greatest consolidation of industry and banking in world history leading to a system in which only a few corporations and banks control the global economy and its resources; governments will have lost that right.


http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=MAR20100222&articleId=17736


This is an important article. If you can find the time scan through the whole thing- even if you don't go for everything that is being outlined. There's a lot of important incidents covered in the article.

One thing is certain, the banks should have been allowed to fail. We, the people of the world, are facing big debt trouble. Laws need to be passed to transfer the debts back to the Wall Street banks.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 28th, 2010.]

Bernanke Delivers Blunt Warning on U.S. Debt

With uncharacteristic bluntness, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned Congress on Wednesday that the United States could soon face a debt crisis like the one in Greece, and declared that the central bank will not help legislators by printing money to pay for the ballooning federal debt.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/25/bernanke-delivers-warning-on-us-debt/

This is an amazing comment seeing as the Fed played a leading role in causing these debt problems. It's too late to do anything much now. Economic crunch time is coming ...

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 28th, 2010.]

Saturday, 27 February 2010

9-11 Was An Inside Job: the NORAD War Games, the Commission, the Cover-up



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2010.]

US Denies Links to Captured Iran Militant

Iranian allegations that a top Sunni militant had been to an American military base in Afghanistan prior to his capture are "totally bogus," a senior US official said Tuesday.

Iran hailed the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi as a major blow to the US, saying he had travelled to Europe and met with a NATO military chief in Afghanistan, while accusing the US and Britain of constant plotting in the region.

"This is of course a totally bogus accusation," a senior US official told AFP when asked whether Rigi had been to an American base in Afghanistan, where the Iranians allege he was issued with an Afghan passport.

Rigi, Iran's most wanted fugitive who is accused of launching deadly attacks from Pakistan, had been tracked by Iranian agents for five months before his arrest, Iranian intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi said in Tehran.
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/us-denies-links-to-captured-iran-militant/

In this case the Iranians would seem to be ones telling the truth here considering the past record between these two countries. When it comes to Middle Eastern affairs, American officials consistently lie about a great many things.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2010.]

UK Politics and the Israel Lobby

Amina Taylor asks if Channel 4 TV’s “Dispatches” programme of November 2009 on the power of the Israel lobby has encouraged other broadcasters and public figures to question whether it is right that the interests of a foreign state – Israel – should be so predominant in Britain’s main political parties, especially the Conservative Party.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2010.]

Max Keiser on Inside Story – Greek Debt Crisis





Max makes some good points about the manipulation of global finance.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 27th, 2010.]

Friday, 26 February 2010

Governments From Around the World ADMIT That They Carry Out False Flag Terror:

A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that - under orders from the chief of the Gestapo - he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland. Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goering admitted to setting fire to the German parliament building, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson

The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950's to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister

Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind "evidence" implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this)

The former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former head of Italian counterintelligence admit that NATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and other European countries in the 1950s and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism. As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: "You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security" (and see this)(Italy and other European countries subject to the terror campaign had joined NATO before the bombings occurred)

As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960's, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Official State Department documents show that - only nine months before - the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country

An Algerian diplomat and several officers in the Algerian army admit that, in the 1990s, the Algerian army frequently massacred Algerian civilians and then blamed Islamic militants for the killings (and see this video; and Agence France-Presse, 9/27/2002, French Court Dismisses Algerian Defamation Suit Against Author)

According to the Washington Post, Indonesian police admit that the Indonesian military killed American teachers in Papua in 2002 and blamed the murders on a Papuan separatist group in order to get that group listed as a terrorist organization.

The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings

As reported by BBC, the New York Times, and Associated Press, Macedonian officials admit that the government murdered 7 innocent immigrants in cold blood and pretended that they were Al Qaeda soldiers attempting to assassinate Macedonian police, in order to join the "war on terror".
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17722

The population needs to get with the program here and understand that things in the intelligence world do not conform to their assumptions. The role of these organisations is to protect the established power structure of which they are an element. Maintaining secrecy and the apathy of the general population is key. If everyone readily understood what goes on then the game is over. In these sorts of strategic power games, the lives of ordinary people are expendable.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2010.]

Mainstream Media Refuses to Disclose that "Independent" Pundits Are Actually the Heads of Lobbying Firms

As reporter Sebastian Jones points out (see this and this), former Congressman Richard Gephardt runs a lobbying firm representing giant insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Retired General Barry McCaffrey sits on the board of a giant defense contractor, DynCorp, and lobbies for war.

And many other "pundits" interviewed by the mainstream news are really high-level lobbyists for giant companies, pushing their agendas.

And yet they are treated as "independent experts" by the media.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/mainstream-media-refuses-to-disclose.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2010.]

Secret AIG Document Shows Goldman Sachs Minted Most Toxic CDOs

These were the deals that pushed the insurer to the brink of insolvency -- and were eventually paid in full at taxpayer expense. The New York Fed, which secretly engineered the bailout, prevented the full publication of the document for more than a year, even when AIG wanted it released.

That lack of disclosure shows how the government has obstructed a proper accounting of what went wrong in the financial crisis, author and former investment banker William Cohan says. “This secrecy is one more example of how the whole bailout has been done in such a slithering manner,” says Cohan, who wrote “House of Cards” (Doubleday, 2009), about the unraveling of Bear Stearns Cos. “There’s been no accountability.”

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-23/secret-aig-document-shows-goldman-sachs-minted-most-toxic-cdos.html

These CDO were extremely risky financial instruments and were pushed as if they were of gold standard. Goldman Sachs, after helping to create these CDOs, then bet heavily against them retaining their value. It is hard to imagine that Goldman Sachs simply was taking out insurance here in the "unlikely event" that the "gold standard" CDOs would drop in value.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2010.]

Underwater Mortgages Hit 11.3 Million

There is a reason that 702 American banks, nearly one in ten, were on the FDIC “problem list” as of the end of 2009. A large number of small and mid-sized banks are burdened with home and commercial mortgages that are in default and may even go into foreclosure.

New data from First American CoreLogic shows why the solution to the problem banks face is so difficult to find. Eleven million, three hundreds thousand homes had underwater mortgages as of the fourth quarter of last year. That number represent 24% of all residential homes loans in America.The mortgage numbers are much worse when homes with equity of less than 5% are included. First American reports that ”an additional 2.3 million mortgages were approaching negative equity at the end of last year, meaning they had less than five percent equity.” That means that three out of ten homes have virtually no financial value to their owners.
http://247wallst.com/2010/02/23/underwater-mortgages-hit-11-3-million/

Artificially low interest rates and easy-to-get housing loans created a bubble of debt and high prices that could not be sustained. House prices increased when they should not have moved. The Federal authorities and the big banks that created this mess have a lot to answer for.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2010.]

Citigroup Says Feds Ordered 7 Day Restriction On Bank Withdrawals

A new advisory being sent by America’s third largest bank to its account holders has stoked fears that major financial institutions could be preparing for old fashioned bank runs if the economy takes a turn for the worse.

Originally reported by John Carney over at the Business Insider website, Citigroup is sending the following information to customers along with their bank statements.

“Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change.”

An almost identical advisory to the one being sent out can be read on page 22 of Citbank’s Client Manual effective January 1, 2010, which can be read here from Citibank’s own website.
“We reserve the right to require seven (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking, savings and money market accounts. We currently do not exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past,” states the manual.

According to the Future of Capitalism blog, Citigroup originally claimed that the warning was only sent nationwide as a result of a mistake, but that the measures do apply to account holders in Texas.

However, in a statement, Citigroup confirmed that they had reserved the right to impose the new 7 day rule on all account holders nationwide, but claimed they had no plans to enforce it. The bank stated that they had been forced to enact the new policy as a result of federal regulations.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/citigroup-warns-customers-it-may-refuse-to-allow-withdrawals.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 26th, 2010.]

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Washington Times: INSIDE THE BELTWAY- Explosive News

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A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center.

"In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards," says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Mr. Gage, who is a member of the American Institute of Architects, managed to persuade more than 1,000 of his peers to sign a new petition requesting a formal inquiry.

"The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials," Mr. Gage adds.

The technical issues surrounding the collapse of the towers has prompted years of debate, rebuttal and ridicule.

He is particularly disturbed by Building 7, a 47-story skyscraper, which was not hit by an aircraft, yet came down in "pure free-fall acceleration." He also says that more than 100 first-responders reported explosions and flashes as the towers were falling and cited evidence of "multi-ton steel sections ejected laterally 600 ft. at 60 mph" and the "mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete & metal decking."

There is also evidence of "advanced explosive nano-thermitic composite material found in the World Trade Center dust," Mr. Gage says. The group's petition at www. ae911truth.org is already on its way to members of Congress.

"Government officials will be notified that 'Misprision of Treason,' U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382), is a serious federal offense, which requires those with evidence of treason to act," Mr. Gage says. "The implications are enormous and may have profound impact on the forthcoming Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trial."

Stay tuned for more in this space.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/22/inside-the-beltway-70128635/

A very fair and accurate mainstream media report on the Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth group ! Good news indeed.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2010.]

Big Pharma Researcher Admits to Faking Dozens of Research Studies for Pfizer, Merck

It's being called the largest research fraud in medical history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's speakers' bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that were published in medical journals.

Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!

Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.
It's being called the largest research fraud in medical history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's speakers' bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that were published in medical journals.

Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!

Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.

http://www.naturalnews.com/028194_Scott_Reuben_research_fraud.html

The BASIC lesson here, for those who are not already aware, is that large scale reports and investigations can be faked. Scientists lie and cheat depending on their agenda. Most don't, but some always will. When big dollars are at stake then anything goes.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2010.]

NIST Lies: Final Report on World Trade Center Building Seven

The simulation differs significantly from the videos of the collapse taken on 9/11/2001. Neither the simulation nor the explanation proposed by the NIST is consistent with the observed facts. After first denying it, NIST now admits that WTC7 dropped at free fall acceleration for 2.3 seconds. Only an unsupported and unobstructed structure can drop at free fall acceleration.



The official NIST explanation represents an obvious scientific fraud. It doesn't match real world observations and the computer modelling data they used is unavailable for independent verification. The NIST explanation is no explanation at all.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2010.]

History in the Remaking

Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago—a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals, and even agriculture—the first embers of civilization. In fact, Schmidt thinks the temple itself, built after the end of the last Ice Age by hunter-gatherers, became that ember—the spark that launched mankind toward farming, urban life, and all that followed.

Göbekli Tepe—the name in Turkish for "potbelly hill"—lays art and religion squarely at the start of that journey. After a dozen years of patient work, Schmidt has uncovered what he thinks is definitive proof that a huge ceremonial site flourished here, a "Rome of the Ice Age," as he puts it, where hunter-gatherers met to build a complex religious community. Across the hill, he has found carved and polished circles of stone, with terrazzo flooring and double benches. All the circles feature massive T-shaped pillars that evoke the monoliths of Easter Island.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/233844

If the dating of this site is correct then it provides good clues as to how early human civilisation came about.

It is likely that after developing relatively sophisticated language, necessary for complex organisation, and the evolution of more sophisticated brains capable of lateral thinking/imagination, that organised endeavours, such as this temple construction, would necessarily follow.

In fact there might have been a number of very early "civilisations" established during the end of the last ice age, in areas with very rich sources of food- possibly at sea side locations- that have been missed by our archaeologists thus far.

It is possible that many ice age civilisations sprung up around the coasts of the world, especially around the shores of the Mediterranean lake (it was a lake when the sea levels were 300 feet lower than they are today).

When the climate warmed all signs of these past developments would have been inundated with water. The temple in the story here might have been a remnant of a lost hunter-gatherer civilisation whose people might have been killed or displaced thanks to natural occurrences such as sea level rises, tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes and asteroid collisions. Remember, in modern times we have not experienced too many earth shaking events that could plunge the world into very hard times. It only takes a few hundred years to hide evidence of these calamities (see here for past super tsunami devastation).

As to the question marks about the level of sophistication for such an early construction: I point to the development of mechanical technology during classical times. Given a stable environment, and the right culture, much can be achieved over the course of a few hundred years provided there are not too many natural interruptions. In isolated pockets we could easily find a number of unique stone age developments.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2010.]

Ancient Asteroid Impact, Epic Tsunami

At the southern end of Madagascar lie four enormous wedge-shaped sediment deposits, called chevrons, that are composed of material from the ocean floor. Each covers twice the area of Manhattan with sediment as deep as the Chrysler Building is high.

On close inspection, the chevron deposits contain deep ocean microfossils that are fused with a medley of metals typically formed by cosmic impacts. And all of them point in the same direction — toward the middle of the Indian Ocean where a newly discovered crater, 18 miles in diameter, lies 12,500 feet below the surface.

The explanation is obvious to some scientists. A large asteroid or comet, the kind that could kill a quarter of the world’s population, smashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago, producing a tsunami at least 600 feet high, about 13 times as big as the one that inundated Indonesia nearly two years ago. The wave carried the huge deposits of sediment to land.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/14/science/14WAVE.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

The danger from asteroid collision is a real and present danger. We need to make preparations to deflect any of these incoming objects.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2010.]

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Framed Ex-Congressman: James Traficant on Alex Jones TV

The US establishment is corrupt to the core. When a Congressman can be thrown into prison on false evidence you know there's something seriously wrong with the country. This story highlights the level of corrupt control over the workings of the US Government.








[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 24th, 2010.]

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

911 CRIME SCENE: the "Logic" of the Official Story vs Reason

By Spookypunkos

If we adhere to the "logic" demonstrated by the Official 911 Investigation it would follow that scientific evidence must always be twisted to fit a preconceived theory. Contradictory material that cannot be shaped to fit an existing theory must be ignored or unscientifically debunked(!). In practice what we see with the Official Investigation is a cooking of the books, a fraud, intended to bolster the singular claim that the 911 attacks were solely the result of Muslim extremists.

As we are taught from the plethora of TV shows dealing with forensic science, we must always base our theories on the unadulterated crime scene data, paying special attention to the scientific evidence over untested claims made by investigators, suspects or witnesses. One is not allowed to twist hard facts to fit a theory. If the scientific evidence does not agree with the prevailing claims (or the working hypothesis) then the working hypothesis must be revised or rejected. Evidence comes first.

The problem for the official 911 story, is that the forensic evidence from the WTC site provides proof showing that the Government account (or theory) cannot possibly be true.

Contrary to claims made by many uninformed or dishonest commentators, most 911 Truth advocates have based their skeptical views upon the scientific method as applied to the data we have from the WTC buildings. Indeed, the molten steel and the free fall collapse of Building 7 show these buildings MUST have been brought down using a combination of incendiaries and high explosive charges. This smoking gun evidence leaves us no choice but to conclude that the official "fire caused the collapses" story to be false. The fact that fragments of high tech explosive material were later found in multiple samples of the WTC dust removes all doubt about the case.

It is from this concrete basis of scientific fact that members of the 911 Truth Movement proceed. We KNOW 911 was an inside job because of the forensic proof associated with the WTC collapses- now we need to discover who was responsible.

The official theory, that the 911 attacks were solely the work of Middle Eastern extremists, does not match up to the material evidence found at the crime scene. It is time we had a real criminal investigation.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2010.]

JREF Forum posts: "Comprehensive characteristics of the pseudoskeptic"

Richard Gage
911blogger.com
February 12, 2010

Here is the excellent post on the JREF forum (Feb 6th) that actually exposes all of their 9/11 Debunking tactics in one convenient tidy package - from their own master. It can be seen as the bible of the true skeptic - by the ultimate skeptic, Proff Truzi. Use this to expose the debunkers with their own "Comprehensive characteristics of the pseudoskeptic and the skeptic". (I have added the numbers for your future use). Use it liberally!

(Thanks go to Dan Noel)

RG

Comprehensive characteristics of the pseudoskeptic and the skeptic
I have noticed that there appears to be two main types of skeptics. One an admirable role, one quite the opposite.

Therefore we have a skeptic, and a pseudoskeptic.

Points courtesy of Proff Truzi,

Characteristics of a pseudoskeptic:

1. The tendency to deny, rather than doubt.
2. Double standards in the application of criticism.
3. The making of judgments without full inquiry.
4. Tendency to discredit, rather than investigate.
5. Use of ridicule or ad hominem attacks in lieu of arguments.
6. Pejorative labeling of proponents as 'promoters', 'pseudoscientists' or practitioners of 'pathological science.
7. Presenting insufficient evidence or proof.
8. Assuming criticism requires no burden of proof.
9. Making unsubstantiated counter-claims.
10. Counter-claims based on plausibility rather than empirical evidence.
11. Suggesting that unconvincing evidence is grounds for dismissing it.
12. Use of vague, exaggerated or untestable claims.
13. Asserting that claims which have not been proven false must be true, and vice versa (Argument from ignorance).
14. They speak down to their audience using 'arguments from authority'.
15. They put forward their assumptions as if they were universal truths.
16. No references to reputable journal material.
17. If the pseudo-skeptic has a monetary interest (such as maintaining a funding stream or a salary) his criticisms often become vituperative.

True Skeptics / Open-Minded Skeptics

A. Does not show any of the characteristics of a pseudoskeptic.
B. Inquires and asks questions to try to understand things
C. Applies open inquiry and investigation of both sides
D. Is nonjudgmental, doesn't jump to rash conclusions
E. Has honest doubt and questions all beliefs, including their own
F. Seeks the truth, considers it the highest aim
G. Fairly and objectively weighs evidence on all sides
H. Acknowledges valid convincing evidence
I. Possesses solid sharp common sense and reason
J. Is able to adapt and update their paradigms to new evidence

Just a nice guide to fall back on, the skeptics bible in a way. Its not amazingly consistent (ie, skeptics should not give people a stereotype and dismiss them due to that, so immediately labelling the pseudoskeptic, so has an early issue)

Related Info...

Gordon Ross is pretty sure he exists.

Sourced from Debunking the Debunkers blog.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2010.]

Gerald Celente: The Global Financial System is Collapsing

We are in the midst of a global financial crisis the like of which we have never seen before says Trends master Gerald Celente. The trends master Gerald Celente is with the Judge Andrew Napolitano Freedom Watch. The Global Financial system is Collapsing and it is not just Greece, it is global and all the governments are doing is dumping money into the problems… Greece is a bankrupt government who will never pay its debt back, we are in the midst of a global financial crisis the likes of which we have never seen before …in The United States have the bonds problem we have California almost bankrupt , the root of the problem is the Fiat digital money that is created out of thin air and is worth less than the paper it is not printed in …explains Gerald Celente….





Celente mentions the debt levels in Greece at about 13% of GDP. However, from the Keiser Report no.18 we know the hidden debt level is much higher.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 23rd, 2010.]

Monday, 22 February 2010

Anti-Iran Propaganda Stories

The following healines reveal a few of the lies that have been pushed about Iran in the mainstream media (sourced from WRH.com):

U.S. Intelligence Found Iran Nuke Document Was Forged

IAEA Conceals Evidence Iran Nuke Docs Were Forged

Israel Gaffe Reveals 'Iran ship photos' were Forged

No war with Iran thank you !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2010.]

Keiser Report №18: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This week Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert report on the scandals of rising debt ceilings and insolvent governments, and look at investing for a global debt bomb explosion. Keiser also speaks to former assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts about failed US debt auctions and the plunge protection team.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2010.]

FBI Formally Closes Protracted Anthrax Case

After seven frustrating years probing the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings, the FBI formally closed the case Friday, concluding a mentally unhinged government researcher acted alone.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ANTHRAX_INVESTIGATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

What a joke. Anyone following this story from WhatReallyHappened.com knows that the Feds are lying here. It's a frame up. WRH.com host Mike Rivero sums up the situation:

The FBI has attempted to blame three different men for the anthrax Attacks, Dr. Steven Hatfill, Dr. Ayaad Assaad, and finally Dr. Bruce Ivins.

In both the Hatfill and Assaaad cases, the FBI was eventually forced to concede the men were innocent (wrecking Hatfill's life in the process). When Bruce Ivins died and was no longer able to defend hinmself, the FBI said "That'stheguycaseclosedthankyouforcomingtothepressconference" and slammed the door.

But...

As hard as the FBI pushed to lay the blame for the Anthrax letters on Dr. Steven Hatfill, Dr. Ayaad Assaad, and Dr. Bruce Ivins,
the FBI worked equally hard to ignore a real suspect, Dr. Philip Zack, the one man actually caught by the security systems entering the lab where the anthrax used in the letters was kept, without authorization and after losing his job over a racially-motivated attack on the above Dr. Assaad, who is Egyptian and hated by the Jewish Dr. Zack.

But the FBI avoided Dr. Zack entirely.

Why?

Because he is Jewish? It should be noted that Hatfill's chief accuser and author of his torment was Dr. Barbara Rosenberg.

One thing is clear. The actual letters included with the anthrax were written to look like they were mailed by semi-literate fanatical Arab muslims. Now that we know that the anthrax itself came from a US Government lab, and that Drrs. Hatfill, Assaad, and Ivins are not semi-literate Arabs, it is obvious that the one thing the anthrax investigation does prove beyond a shadow of a doubt is that there was a conspiracy to frame Arabs for terror attacks inside the United
States.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 22nd, 2010.]

Sunday, 21 February 2010

False Flag Terror Warning: In Mexico, 18 tons of State-Owned Explosives Stolen

Mexican authorities say a trailer loaded with 18 tons of industrial explosives have been stolen from a highway in northern Mexico.

State Attorney General Jesus Torres said on Friday that the material traveling to the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas for use by the state oil company was stolen by unidentified gunmen on Thursday.

According to a police statement, the attackers stole the trailer with the load while the police found the truck cabin on the road linking the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey. But the driver and his assistant were missing, Nuevo Leon Public Security Minister Carlos Jauregui said.
http://presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=119035§ionid=351020705

Every time we see explosives stolen we face a potential staged terror attack. We could very easily experience a truck bomb style attack, or multiple car bomb style attacks on various targets in the US or elsewhere.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2010.]

LETTER FROM AUSTIN PILOT WHO CRASHED HIS PLANE INTO THE IRS:

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/JoeStack.htm

Unfortunately many of the observations about the unjust nature of the US economic landscape are true.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2010.]

U.S. Fed Raises Interest Rate: Peter Schiff Analysis



Apologies for the poor audio here but the information about the state of the US economy is critical.

No matter what happens at this point we will see the US economy suffering under its debt burden. Check out the serious faces of the other financial analysts. It looks like they are finally beginning to understand what is going on.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 21st, 2010.]

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Banks Want to Foreclose on You: Here's Why

So now banks had every incentive to get their borrowers into trouble, most especially by getting them behind on their loans with screwed up escrow accounts, then jacking with their payments to 80% or 100% more than what they were to cover the escrow shenanigans, then jacking borrowers around who want to work with the lender in good faith... all the while the bank WANTS TO FORECLOSE because their insurance policies will pay them out on foreclosures. Or they feed client like mine total b**lshit about their houses being worth 50% more than it's truly worth and so they tell them a) sell their house for enough to pay off the loan AND FEES AND ESCROW DEFICITS (impossible) and tap any and all savings, or b) let the bank foreclose.

Either way, the bank is getting paid back.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/2/17/837819/-Banks-Want-to-Foreclose-on-You:-Heres-Why

This is why we all have to speak up and fight against the tyranny with the truth about what is happening. The corrupt system must be exposed and stopped. At the end of the day, if nothing is done, YOU will be the victim. If you want to live in the street under a cardboard box, sick from the elements and from lack of food, then do nothing.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 20th, 2010.]

US Readers, The Country Needs YOU - Anti-Establishment Candidate Debra Medina Attacked Over 911

Alex Jones appeals for your help in getting popular candidate Debra Medina elected in Texas. Watch the video and decide if you want to help:



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 20th, 2010.]

Friday, 19 February 2010

1,000+ Architects & Engineers Demand a New 9/11 WTC Investigation: Major Press Conference, February 19th

As of January 2010, over 1,000 architects and engineers have signed our petition demanding a truly independent investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. This petition, along with AE911Truth literature and DVDs, will be presented to every Member of Congress on the same day by the 14,000 active supporters of AE911Truth.

To underscore the importance of this milestone achievement, AE911Truth is launching a massive publicity campaign world-wide and holding a major Press Conference in San Francisco, California on February 19, 2010 followed by an informative Keynote Luncheon to include David Ray Griffin and Steven Jones. We will also host a strategy and team development conference featuring our Architect and Engineer petition signers - many of whom will be flying in to San Francisco to join us. All petition signers are now welcome and encouraged to attend this very important mini-conference.

This will be a day of events that you won't want to miss!

http://www.ae911truth.org/info/160

If you have not already done so, please visit AE911Truth.org and sign their petition. If you can afford to do so, become a sustaining member and regularly donate whatever amount you can per month to help the effort.

Remember, ONLY the Truth about 911 will stop the war on terror. You can't negotiate a peace when our own side is the one committing the domestic terrorist attacks.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2010.]

How To Destroy a 9/11 Truther !



Although this is satire the clip here provides a good indication as to how the debunkers operate.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2010.]

The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement

Eight countries – Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Russia – have allowed their publicly-owned broadcasting stations to air the full spectrum of evidence challenging the truth of the official account of 9/11.

This more open approach taken in the international media – I could also have included the Japanese media – might be a sign that worldwide public and corporate media organizations are positioning themselves, and preparing their audiences, for a possible revelation of the truth of the claim that forces within the US government were complicit in the attacks – a revelation that would call into question the publicly given rationale for the military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The evidence now being explored in the international media may pave the way for the US media to take an in-depth look at the implications of what is now known about 9/11, and to re-examine the country's foreign and domestic policies in the light of this knowledge.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=WOO20100214&articleId=17624

The corporate controlled US media will hold out on the truth about 911 as long as possible. There will be no fair airing of the evidence unless they have no choice.

What is more likely is another devastating 911 style attack occurring in the US designed to quell dissent. A big enough attack would allow a round up of Al Qaeda sympathisers. The "best" scenario here would be a nuclear or bio attack on a number of cities conducted by militant Shiite Muslims, aligned to Iran and Al Qaeda. A large scale attack could bring about Martial Law- especially if the patsies included European looking individuals, or even US citizens. The idea would be the instill the idea that EVERYONE could be a terrorist.

Because selling draconian measures is a difficult thing to do, I would expect the next attack might involve the deaths of more than 10,000 people (perhaps higher than 100,000). The bigger the shock, the less people will be able to rationally consider the evidence in the face an official account. More lies and murder to cover for the last round of lies and murder ....

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2010.]

Climategate 2.0 — The NASA Files: U.S. Climate Science as Corrupt as CRU

In August 2007, I submitted two Freedom of Information Act requests to NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), headed by long-time Gore advisor James Hansen and his right-hand man Gavin Schmidt (and RealClimate.org co-founder).

I did this because Canadian businessman Steve McIntyre — a man with professional experience investigating suspect statistical claims in the mining industry and elsewhere, including his exposure of the now-infamous “hockey stick” graph — noticed something unusual with NASA’s claims of an ever-warming first decade of this century. NASA appeared to have inflated its U.S. temperatures beginning in the year 2000. My FOIA request asked NASA about their internal discussions regarding whether and how to correct the temperature error caught by McIntyre.

NASA stonewalled my request for more than two years, until Climategate prompted me to offer notice of intent to sue if NASA did not comply immediately.

On New Year’s Eve, NASA finally provided the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) with the documents I requested in August 2007.

The emails show the hypocrisy, dishonesty, and suspect data management and integrity of NASA, wildly spinning in defense of their enterprise. The emails show NASA making off with enormous sums of taxpayer funding doing precisely what they claim only a “skeptic” would do. The emails show NASA attempting to scrub their website of their own documents, and indeed they quietly pulled down numerous press releases grounded in the proven-wrong data. The emails show NASA claiming that their own temperature errors (which they have been caught making and in uncorrected form aggressively promoting) are merely trivial, after years of hysterically trumpeting much smaller warming anomalies.
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/climategate-2-0-%E2%80%94-the-nasa-files-u-s-climate-science-as-corrupt-as-cru-pjm-exclusive-%E2%80%94-part-one/?singlepage=true

I want to see less pollution and the protection of the environment but I don't want to be paying massive carbon taxes on the basis of scientific fraud.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 19th, 2010.]

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

1000 "Moonbat Crazy" Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth

By Spookypunkos

Right now there's more than 1000 crazy, but nevertheless credentialed, architects and engineers who have signed up with the Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth group. These people are obviously ALL deluded. I mean they madly point to ridiculous evidence such as the laws of physics, peer reviewed papers and the obvious flaws in the official account of the World Trade Centre destruction to back their arguments. Crazy.

I'm sure everything these experts claim is completely false. Structural engineers, ex-NASA engineers, professors and experienced architects obviously don't understand the case being made by the official NIST investigation. Their detailed claims of scientific fraud, enacted on behalf of corrupt elements within the US Government, must obviously be groundless. Nothing to see here, move along ...

Of course the public, including many very intelligent people, have correctly ASSUMED that they know all they need to know about 911. No fact checking is required here. I'm sure they're right- that accepting the official story at face value, while overlooking the controversy and the details of the attacks (especially ignoring the informed criticisms of more than a thousand engineering and building professionals), is the most logical position to take.

After all, we MUST accept the War on Terror. No one would take advantage of the tensions between the West and Islam to stage an "impossible" false attack in 2001. That'd be tin-foil hat wearing crazy ! Scientific evidence of foul play be damned !!

Let's look forward to endless war against those irrational fundamentalists. We'll gladly sacrifice everything so that the terrorists won't get us "again." There is no alternative !

Please, no one look into the details here. There is no deception. We are not living a lie. Thousands have not died for nothing. Exposing the truth about 911 is NOT the most important thing you can do !

Here is something else not worthy to consider: Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth interviewed in the mainstream media - Victoria, BC



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 17th, 2010.]

Thinking Clearly about The 911 Forensic Evidence - when you have Eliminated the Impossible, whatever Remains Must be the Truth.

SOME BASIC LOGIC:

People who are unfamiliar with the scientific evidence, that proves the World Trade Centre buildings were destroyed using explosives on 911, commonly make the mistake of ASSUMING that it would be "impossible" to rig these structures for demolition.

This is not true: it would be difficult, but NOT impossible.

However, it is IMPOSSIBLE to find Molten Steel, Thermite traces, plus actual fragments of high tech explosives in the rubble pile, and to have the freefall collapses of these buildings, WITHOUT the presence of chemical incendiaries/explosives of the sort commonly used by the military and demolition companies.

The bottom line is that the forensic evidence proving the inside job is unimpeachable.

Moreover, we also know that the building security was compromised before the attacks, and that workmen had access to the core of the Twin Towers during the months leading up to the attacks- whilst an "elevator modernisation" program was undertaken. There was plenty of time to thoroughly rig the buildings.

We have both the physical proof of foul play AND a clear opportunity in which to prepare the buildings for destruction.

There is no mistake, 911 WAS an Inside Job. To conclude otherwise is not logical.

By Spookypunkos

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 17th, 2010.]

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Iran’s 20% Uranium for Hospitals is Legal; Obama Lies and Pimps to Attack Iran just like Bush

Nuclear medicine requires medical isotopes for diagnosis, such as CT and bone scans, and treatment. For example, the US averages using medical isotopes over 40,000 times every day. The leading US professional organization, the American Nuclear Society with over 10,000 professional members, endorses nations’ inalienable right for the small amounts of 20% enriched uranium for this purpose. For a more technical explanation of Iran’s legal nuclear medicine needs, read this.

President Obama, like his war-making predecessor, is lying to the American public and the world regarding Iran’s lawful right to produce medical isotopes under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He claims the production of medical isotopes “leads to weaponization,” a fallacious “slippery slope” argument as valid as producing an x-ray machine “leads to mass-murdering people with radiation.”
http://www.examiner.com/x-18425-LA-County-Nonpartisan-Examiner~y2010m2d15-Irans-20-uranium-for-hospitals-is-legal-Obama-lies-and-pimps-to-attack-Iran-just-like-Bush

Check out the rest of the article at the link for more truth about the lies being touted for war against Iran. Mr Obama is an agent for the establishment and always has been. His words and deeds do not match up. Don't believe the propaganda you see in the mainstream media.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 16th, 2010.]

Marc Faber on the Alex Jones Show


Find more videos like this on 12160.org

Some real economic analysis. The bailouts are only helping the bankers. There is little reason to expect a sustained recovery. It is more likely we will see another big downturn in the near future.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 16th, 2010.]

Cheney Exposes Torture Conspiracy

If the United States had a functioning criminal justice system for the powerful – not just for run-of-the-mill offenders – former Vice President Dick Cheney would have convicted himself and some of his Bush administration colleagues with his comments on ABC’s “This Week.”

On Sunday, Cheney pronounced himself “a big supporter of waterboarding,” a near-drowning technique that has been regarded as torture back to the Spanish Inquisition and that has long been treated by U.S. authorities as a serious war crime, such as when Japanese commanders were prosecuted for using it on American prisoners during World War II.

Cheney was unrepentant about his support for the technique. He answered with an emphatic "yes" when asked if he had opposed the Bush administration’s decision to suspend the use of waterboarding – after it was employed against three “high-value detainees” sometimes in repetitive sequences. He added that waterboarding should still be “on the table” today.

Cheney then went further. Speaking with a sense of impunity, he casually negated a key line of defense that senior Bush officials had hidden behind for years – that the brutal interrogations were approved by independent Justice Department legal experts who thus gave the administration a legitimate reason to believe the actions were within the law.

However, on Sunday, Cheney acknowledged that the White House had told the Justice Department lawyers what legal opinions to render. In other words, the opinions amounted to ordered-up lawyering to permit the administration to do whatever it wanted.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/021410.html

The worst thing about this situation is that Dick Cheney is also a suspect in the 911 false flag attack. By authorising this torture he is knowingly punishing people who had no involvement in 911.

However, this is good strategy on Cheney's part since people being tortured will offer up false evidence. Torture someone enough and most people will confess to anything.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 16th, 2010.]

Monday, 15 February 2010

US Banks Facing $1.4tn Crisis Over Commercial Property Loans

America's fragile high street banks are bracing themselves for a fresh financial crunch as a wave of commercial property mortgages go sour on offices, shops and factories, causing losses of up to $300bn (£192bn) hitting nearly 3,000 small- and medium-sized financial institutions.

A congressional oversight panel charged with scrutinising the Obama administration's bailout efforts has warned that $1.4tn of loans covering commercial premises will reach maturity between 2011 and 2014. After a plunge in property prices, nearly half of these loans are underwater, with borrowers owing more than their underlying property is worth.

An analysis by the panel found that 2,988 of America's 8,100 banks have potentially dangerous exposure to commercial property loans. The impact could damage hopes of a US economic recovery and could cause a further squeeze in the availability of credit to consumers and businesses.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/feb/11/banks-crisis-commercial-property-loans

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 15th, 2010.]

Climategate U-turn as Scientist at Centre of Row Admits: There has been No Global Warming Since 1995

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html

Some global warming may be underway. It seems to me, from visual evidence, that we are seeing glaciers in retreat at various locations around the world. I think the question is whether this is due to human actions or variations in the Sun's temperature.

However, at present we seem to be experiencing a period of colder weather. Is this a minor fluctuation or are we headed into another cold snap like what was experienced during the 1970s ?

Regardless of whether the Earth's temperature increases or decreases, I would like to see non-polluting technology and the preservation of the environment. Remember, it took millions of years to achieve the level of diversity we currently enjoy on this planet.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 15th, 2010.]

9/11 Truth Movement: Year in Review (Nano-Thermite Revelations)



This great video provided by the Debunking the Debunkers blog draws attention to the damning proof that high tech explosives were used in the demolitions of the Twin Towers and WTC7 on 911. The official account of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center has been scientifically disproved. This is highly recommended viewing.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 15th, 2010.]

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Webster Tarpley-The 2nd Leg of The Banking Collapse



Real news on the economy. The news is not good.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 14th, 2010.]

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Yes, America is Still in an Official State of Emergency

On September 10 2009, President Obama continued the state of emergency:

The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2009, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.
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It is also clear that the White House has kept substantial information concerning its presidential proclamations and directives hidden from Congress

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17545

This is important. The US has been hijacked.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 13th, 2010.]

Meteor Hits Mexico Leaving 30 Meter Crater

Breaking news! A meteor has been reported to have hit Mexico leaving a 30 meter crater.

According to Mexican media milenio.com, the meteor’s impact was in between the towns of Ahuazotepec and Cuautepecy in Central Mexico. The impact of the meteorite was in a relatively unpopulated area and hit Mexico around 6.30pm local time.

Initially authorities believed the impact was caused by a falling aircraft. However, upon reaching the place of meteor impact, they realized that the phenomenon left a hole 30 meters in diameter and was probably caused by a meteorite.
http://www.showbizgossips.com/meteor-hits-mexico-leaving-30-meter-crater/6266

We are constantly in danger of getting smacked by a big, extinction causing meteor. We have the technology to save the planet from such an event if we get organised. Nothing might happen for a thousand years OR we could get hit tomorrow.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 13th, 2010.]

Friday, 12 February 2010

Ridicule of Conspiracy Theories Focuses On Diffusing Criticism of the Powerful

The label "conspiracy theory" is commonly used to try to discredit criticism of the powerful in government or business.

For example, just this week - after Tony Blair was confronted by the Iraq Inquiry with evidence that he had used lies to sell the Iraq war - Blair dismissed the entire Iraq Inquiry as simply being part of Britain's "obsession with conspiracy theories". (Not only did Blair know that Saddam possessed no WMDs, but the French this week accused Blair of using of ‘Soviet-style' propaganda in run-up to the Iraq war).

Of course, the American government has been busted in the last couple of years in numerous conspiracies. For example, William K. Black - professor of economics and law, and the senior regulator during the S & L crisis - says that that the government's entire strategy now - as during the S&L crisis - is to cover up how bad things are ("the entire strategy is to keep people from getting the facts").Similarly , 7 out of the 8 giant, money center banks went bankrupt in the 1980's during the "Latin American Crisis", and the government's response was to cover up their insolvency.

And the government spied on American citizens (even before 9/11 ... confirmed here and here), while saying "we don't spy". The government tortured prisoners in Iraq, but said "we don't torture".

In other words, high-level government officials have conspired to cover up the truth.
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Indeed, conspiracies are so common that judges are trained to look at conspiracy allegations as just another legal claim to be disproven or proven by the evidence.

But - while people might admit that corporate executives and low-level government officials might have engaged in conspiracies - they may be strongly opposed to considering that the wealthiest or most powerful might possibly have done so.

Indeed, those who most loudly attempt to ridicule and discredit conspiracy theories tend to focus on defending against criticism involving the powerful.

This may be partly due to psychology: it is scary for people to admit that those who are supposed to be their "leaders" protecting them may in fact be human beings with complicated motives who may not always have their best interests in mind.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/ridicule-of-conspiracy-theories-focuses.html

Our immediate surroundings are based on trusting situations. Most people have a hard time associating bad acts, especially murderous acts, with trusted representatives of the community.

The more "unbelievable" the crime committed by trusted people (often wearing suits), the more unlikely people will believe that the said perpetrators are responsible- no matter how good the evidence.

However, regardless of how unlikely the crime, a conspiracy is only invalid when there is no good evidence to support it. In the case of the 911 attacks, there is scientific proof that shows this event involved inside help.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 12th, 2010.]

Totally Occupied: 700 Military Bases Spread Across Afghanistan

Nearly a decade after the Bush administration launched its invasion of Afghanistan, TomDispatch offers the first actual count of American, NATO, and other coalition bases there, as well as facilities used by the Afghan security forces. Such bases range from relatively small sites like Shinwar to mega-bases that resemble small American towns. Today, according to official sources, approximately 700 bases of every size dot the Afghan countryside, and more, like the one in Shinwar, are under construction or soon will be as part of a base-building boom that began last year.

Existing in the shadows, rarely reported on and little talked about, this base-building program is nonetheless staggering in size and scope, and heavily dependent on supplies imported from abroad, which means that it is also extraordinarily expensive. It has added significantly to the already long secret list of Pentagon property overseas and raises questions about just how long, after the planned beginning of a drawdown of American forces in 2011, the U.S. will still be garrisoning Afghanistan.
http://www.alternet.org/world/145631/totally_occupied:_700_military_bases_spread_across_afghanistan

For various "strategic" reasons it appears that the goal of the military-industrial-complex is occupy large sections of the Middle East. Leaving things alone is not an option. Expect a false flag terror attack, or a "worsening situation" that keeps US troops "in country" for an extended period of time.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 12th, 2010.]

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Disinformation Tactics: The Methods Used To Keep You In The Dark

The mainstream media, once tasked with the job of investigating government corruption and keeping elitists in line, has now become nothing more than a PR firm for corrupt officials and their Globalist handlers. The days of the legitimate “investigative reporter” are long gone, and journalism itself has deteriorated into a rancid pool of so called “TV Editorialists” who treat their own baseless opinions as supported fact.
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Because the MSM’s bag of tricks has been so exhausted over such a long period of time, many bitter and enraged consumers of information are now turning to alternative news sources, most of which exist on the collective commons we call the internet. At first, it appears, the government and elitists ignored the web as a kind of novelty, or just another mechanism they could exploit in spreading disinformation. As we all now well know, they dropped the ball, and the internet has become the most powerful tool for truth history has ever seen.

That being said, they are now expending incredible resources in order to catch up to their mistake, utilizing every trick in their arsenal to beat web users back into submission. While the anonymity of the internet allows for a certain immunity against many of Saul Alinsky’s manipulative tactics, it also allows governments to attack those trying to spread the truth covertly. In the world of web news, we call these people “disinfo trolls.” Trolls are now being openly employed by governments in countries like the U.S. and Israel specifically to scour the internet for alternative news sites and disrupt their ability to share information.
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**The best way to disarm disinformation agents is to know their methods inside and out. This gives us the ability to point out exactly what they are doing in detail the moment they try to do it. Immediately exposing a disinformation tactic as it is being used is highly destructive to the person utilizing it. It makes them look foolish, dishonest, and weak for even making the attempt. Internet trolls most especially do not know how to handle their methods being deconstructed right in front of their eyes, and usually fold and run from debate when it occurs.

http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/disinformation-tactics-the-methods-used-to-keep-you-in-the-dark/

Take some time out and read this article. Especially consider the information in the blue boxed areas. We are all involved in an information war.

Our advantage is that the truth will cut down a web of lies any day. Push the facts and expose, by identification, the misinformation that is thrown up to cloud the truth.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 11th, 2010.]

Iran asks UN Atomic Body to Oversee Fuel Production

Iran on Monday informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in an official letter that from Tuesday, it will begin enriching higher-grade nuclear fuel.

"Today we handed over the letter," Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told Press TV.

He said Iran has asked the UN nuclear agency to dispatch its inspectors to the country to oversee the process of the 20 percent enrichment work.

Iran says as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to enrich uranium for civilian purposes.

On Sunday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the country's nuclear organization to take measures to produce the fuel for the Tehran reactor domestically. He, however, stressed that a nuclear swap deal with the West is still possible.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118172§ionid=351020104

Iran is not acting illegally here. 20% enrichment is done to provide for medical technology. There's a big difference between this and the 95% enrichment needed to make a bomb.

Moreover, if Iran were to use a nuke then their country would be utterly destroyed. They would certainly not target Israel since they would also kill the Palestinians who they support.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 11th, 2010.]

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Shredding the Anti-Iran Propaganda



For more details on the lies about Iran visit the "more information" section at the You Tube link that hosts this clip.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2010.]

Andrew Wakefield, Scientific Censorship, and Fourteen Monkeys

For the past decade, parents in our community have been clamoring for a relatively simple scientific study that could settle the debate over the possible role of vaccines in the autism epidemic once and for all: compare children who have been vaccinated with children who have never received any vaccines and see if the rate of autism is different or the same.

Few people are aware that this extremely important work has not only begun, but that a study using an animal model has already been completed exploring this topic in great detail.

Dr. Wakefield is the co-author, along with eight other distinguished scientists from institutions like the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Washington, of a set of studies that explore the topic of vaccinated versus unvaccinated neurological outcomes using monkeys.

The first phase of this monkey study was published three months ago in the prestigious medical journal Neurotoxicology, and focused on the first two weeks of life when the vaccinated monkeys received a single vaccine for Hepatitis B, mimicking the U.S. vaccine schedule. The results, which you can read for yourself here, were disturbing. Vaccinated monkeys, unlike their unvaccinated peers, suffered the loss of many reflexes that are critical for survival.

Dr. Wakefield and his scientific colleagues are on the brink of publishing their entire study, which followed the monkeys through the U.S. childhood vaccine schedule over a multi-year period. It is our understanding that the difference in outcome for the vaccinated monkeys versus the unvaccinated controls is both stark and devastating.

There is no question that the publication of the monkey study will lend substantial credibility to the theory that over-vaccination of young children is leading to neurological damage, including autism. The fallout from the study for vaccine makers and public health officials could be severe. Having denied the possibility of the vaccine-autism connection for so long while profiting immensely from a recent boom in vaccine sales around the world, it's no surprise that they would seek to repress this important work.

http://www.generationrescue.org/wakefield_statement2.html


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2010.]

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The Underlying Politics of 9/11



An interesting video dealing with the alleged 911 hijackers.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 9th, 2010.]

Monday, 8 February 2010

U.S. Counterterrorism Officials Insisted that Crotch Bomber Be Let Into Country

Undersecretary for management at the State Department, Patrick F. Kennedy, told Congress that the State Department wanted to keep crotch bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab out of the U.S., but that intelligence agencies insisted that Abdulmutallab be let into the country.

Specifically, on January 27th, Kennedy told the House Committee on Homeland Security that intelligence agencies blocked revocation of Abdulmutallab's visa because it would have foiled a "larger investigation" into Al Qaeda.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/02/us-counterterrorism-officials-insisted.html

This is very much like what happened prior to the 911 attacks. See the full article at the link above for more details.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 8th, 2010.]

US Economy is Under Control of the Banks: On the edge with Max Keiser-02-05-2010

Latest on Global Financial Crisis, war between the Alternative Media and the Main Stream Media, Time Geithner denies that the Federal Reserve is private, and a lot more from Max....







A very good run down of what is really going in the US economy. Essential viewing.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 8th, 2010.]

Tim Geithner gets Grilled over AIG bailout.

Goldman Sachs was given royal treatment by their agents in the Federal Reserve bank. This is more video from the clip shown during 2-05-10 of On the Edge with Max Keiser.





[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 8th, 2010.]

The Bankruptcy of the United States is Now Certain

It's one of those numbers that's so unbelievable you have to actually think about it for a while... Within the next 12 months, the U.S. Treasury will have to refinance $2 trillion in short-term debt. And that's not counting any additional deficit spending, which is estimated to be around $1.5 trillion. Put the two numbers together. Then ask yourself, how in the world can the Treasury borrow $3.5 trillion in only one year? That's an amount equal to nearly 30% of our entire GDP. And we're the world's biggest economy. Where will the money come from?

How did we end up with so much short-term debt? Like most entities that have far too much debt - whether subprime borrowers, GM, Fannie, or GE - the U.S. Treasury has tried to minimize its interest burden by borrowing for short durations and then "rolling over" the loans when they come due. As they say on Wall Street, "a rolling debt collects no moss." What they mean is, as long as you can extend the debt, you have no problem. Unfortunately, that leads folks to take on ever greater amounts of debt... at ever shorter durations... at ever lower interest rates. Sooner or later, the creditors wake up and ask themselves: What are the chances I will ever actually be repaid? And that's when the trouble starts. Interest rates go up dramatically. Funding costs soar. The party is over. Bankruptcy is next.

http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/02.10/bankrupt.html

The party is over. I don't think that things can last much longer how they are now. The US Government can only "game" the broken system for so long. At present a number (almost all) US States are unable to finance their budgets which means higher taxes or cuts to services.

Expect short term chaos. Expect domestic false flag terror so that, as the system goes down, the Government will be able to impose martial Law to maintain control.

For more healine news on the economy check out WhatReallyHappened.com

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 8th, 2010.]

Sunday, 7 February 2010

THE GREATEST CON OF ALL / AL-QAEDA AND THE WAR ON TERROR

As U.S. Intelligence officials claim that Al-Qaeda will attack the U.S. within the next few months ~ please review BBC's 2004 video The Power Of Nightmares which reveals how the Al-Qaeda illusion was originally created by the Neo Cons and how the War on Terror is an ongoing campaign of fear mongering to politically justify the gargantuan Military-Industrial complex : Allen L Roland

I chuckled and smiled knowingly when I heard that top U.S. Intelligence officials recently predicted that an attempted Al Qaeda attack in the United States in the next three to six months was all but "certain".
http://snipurl.com/u9kgl

Of course, it should be obvious. The Patriot Act is now up for renewal in Congress as certain provisions are set to expire this February. And as is typical, Congress is once again being fear-mongered into voting for it, along with what the ACLU says is even more freedom-curtailing provisions than before.
http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2010/02/05.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 7th, 2010.]