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July 17, 2009



Unsilent Generation - In their zeal to show that she is a "moderate," Sotomayor's liberal supporters are downplaying all her most compelling qualities, while lauding her most conservative decisions. She has rejected the majority of racial discrimination claims, they crow, and sent most immigrants packing. On criminal justice matters, she is somewhere to the right of the man she will replace, Daddy Bush appointee David Souter. . . The most barefaced example of this rhetoric came on the eve of the hearings from New York Senator Charles Schumer, considered one of the Judiciary Committee's most liberal members. Declaring Sotomayor a "slam dunk," Schumer bragged: "She has agreed with Republican colleagues 95 percent of the time. She has ruled for the government in 83 percent of immigration cases, against the immigration plaintiff. She has ruled for the government in 92 percent of criminal cases. She has denied race claims in 83 percent of the cases and has split evenly on employment cases between employer and employee."


Raw Story
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is weighing a possible temporary expansion of the US army to ease the strain from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his press secretary said on Wednesday. Gates was discussing the idea, backed by Senator Joseph Lieberman, with senior officers to add 30,000 troops to the active-duty army, press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. The possible expansion from the current strength of 547,400 would be designed "to get them through what is still a stressful period as we draw down in Iraq and continue to plus-up in Afghanistan," Morrell said.


Scientific Blogging - With as many as 24 million people worldwide afflicted with dementia, researchers are looking for correlations in genetics, diet and environment. Since many of these people live in low- and middle-income countries, the solution to reducing instances of dementia may be a cost-effective one: more oily fish , according to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. . . To examine the fish connection, a group of international researchers studied older people in 7 middle- to low-income countries. Data from 14,960 participants were analyzed. Dietary habits were assessed by using standard, culturally appropriate face-to-face interviews, and dementia was diagnosed by using validated culturally and educationally fair criteria. In each of the study countries, except India, there was an inverse association between fish consumption and dementia prevalence. These data extend to low- and middle-income countries previous conclusions from industrialized countries that increased fish consumption is associated with lower dementia prevalence in later life.

Christian Science Monitor - According to the Anchorage Daily News, hunters on Alaska's northern coast noticed a mass of thick, dark, viscous matter drifting in the ocean. Officials took a helicopter to investigate and followed a strand of the stuff that they estimated to be 12 to 15 miles long. The following day, they collected samples. Preliminary results of the tests conducted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation found no hydrocarbon sheen. In other words, it's not oil. And it's not Sarah Palin's lip gloss. Instead, they found that the sample "primarily contained marine algae." But it's a kind of algae unlike anything anyone can recall seeing before. The Anchorage Daily News quotes Gordon Brower of the North Slope Borough Planning Department: "It's pitch black when it hits ice and it kind of discolors the ice and hangs off of it," Brower . . .


Although your editor has done more than 700 radio and TV interviews, never before last night has he literally caused a station to go off the air. Although his actual role has not been confirmed by authorities, you can't get correlation much closer to causation than when, 27 minutes or so into an afternoon interview with Beth-Ann Kozlovich of Hawaii pubic radio, the station goes off the air because of a power outage that lasts into early the next morning. According to the Star-Bulletin, "About 900 Hawaiian Electric Co. customers, in a mix of high-rise residential and commercial customers, were affected. . . Hawaii Public Radio, with offices on Kaheka Street, went off the air." Meanwhile, at the Review's Freeport, Maine, headquarters, an emergency generator sat futilely a mere fifty feet away.


Anonymous re obamaland said...

"...Barack Obama is the antithesis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was brutally assassinated for, among other things, his opposition to U.S. war abroad and economic exploitation at home."
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

July 17, 2009 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Clinton smears vonviolent protests as "acts that could lead to violence". said...

Secretary Clinton’s remarks yesterday directly contradicted those of the president. Had the Freedom Riders – mentioned by Obama - heeded Clinton’s advice, they never would have boarded their bus, as it was an action that “could lead to violence”:


July 17, 2009 11:14 PM  
Anonymous but no one cares or sees said...

yes yes, Larry Pinkney has had Obama's number all along (Paul Street has had it, too), and it's a crying shame nobody black or white listened to the black activists who have been doing the heavy lifting in the trenches for so long.

and yes yes, Hillary is still the traitor to this nation she's always been. it's just sick to watch her getting by with actively subverting the rule of law and democratic ideals in Honduras in true amurdica absurdica imperialist fashion.

Face it, America: face the past tense of the truth: your government has been devoured by superwealth. It's way past time to clean out congress and outlaw unlimited personal fortunes once and for all.

If you do step one but not step two, you've accomplished nothing...because the next wealthpower giants are always waiting in the wings for as long as you allow unlimited personal fortunes.

Working people can never EVER get paid what they are earning as long as billionaires are allowed to form, because the pool of wealth is FINITE.

Overpay has nowhere to come from but from underpay: The pool of wealth is FINITE: that's the most important fact in this world!

July 18, 2009 6:37 AM  
Anonymous How to disable FAA, NoRAD, and DOD all at once. said...

Ptech on 9/11: The Basement of the FAA

For two years prior to 9/11, Ptech was working to identify potential problems or weaknesses in the FAA's response plans to events like a terrorist hijacking of a plane over U.S. airspace. According to their own business plan for their contract with the FAA, Ptech was given access to every process and system in the FAA dealing with their crisis response protocols. This included examining key systems and infrastructure to analyze the FAA's "network management, network security, configuration management, fault management, performance management, application administration, network management and user desk help operations." In short, Ptech had free reign to examine every FAA system and process for dealing with the exact type of event that was to occur on 9/11. Even more incredible, researcher Indira Singh points out that Ptech was specifically analyzing the potential interoperability problems between the FAA, NORAD and the Pentagon in the event of an emergency over U.S. airspace.

Ptech also presumably had operational information about the systems that the FAA, NORAD and others employed during crisis response exercises like Vigilant Guardian, the NORAD exercise that was taking place on 9/11 and included simulations of hijacked jets being flown into New York and hijacked jets being flown into government buildings. This is significant because there is every indication that just such drills were confusing NORAD's response to the real hijackings that were taking place that day. As researcher Michael Ruppert points out, a rogue agent with access to a Ptech backdoor into the FAA's systems could have been deliberately inserting fake blips onto the FAA's radars on 9/11. That scenario would explain the source of the phantom Flight 11 that the FAA reported to NORAD at 9:24 a.m. (well after Flight 11 had already hit the World Trade Center), a report whose source the 9/11 Commission claims they were unable to find.

In short, Ptech's software was running on the critical systems responding to the attacks of 9/11 on 9/11 itself. The software was designed for the express purpose of giving its users a complete overview of all the data flowing through an organization in real time. The father of enterprise architecture himself, John Zachman, explained that with Ptech-type software installed on a sensitive server "You would know where the access points are, you’d know how to get in, you would know where the weaknesses are, you’d know how to destroy it."


July 18, 2009 8:43 AM  
Anonymous a real investigation is our right and duty said...

If more people only knew the Ptech history! I think it's the key that provides proof positive that 9/11 COULD NOT have happened without inside help. Good on you for putting that up here, 8:43.

July 18, 2009 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Sotomayor has "compelling qualities"?

News to me. I wonder what they are. I wonder whether they are.

July 19, 2009 1:12 PM  
Blogger LifelongLib said...

I was listening to your interview on KIPO (one of Hawaii Public Radio's stations) when you went off the air. I'd heard enough to try and find this site on the web, so you did manage to have a little impact anyway. I can confirm that HPR really was off for the rest of the day.

July 19, 2009 2:01 PM  

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