CAVUTO- "CONGRESSMAN YOO RECEIVE A $500 DONATION FROM A WHITE SUPREMIST, WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE MONEY" ? PAUL - "IT ALREADY SPENT, WHY SHOULD I GIVE IT BACK TO HIM SO HE CAN DO BAD THINGS WITH THE MONEY"? HOW ABOUT THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX THAT DONATES MILLIONS" ?
Andrew Jakabovics of the Center for American Progress tells CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight that according to a recent CAP study, 38% of new home loans are underwater -- in other words, the mortgages are worth more than the houses. Dobbs' commentary after the report skewers the Bush administration's response to the housing crisis.
THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE "HEGELIAN DIALECTIC" IN ACTION
In 1847 the London Communist League (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) used Hegel's theory of the dialectic to back up their economic theory of communism. Now, in the 21st century, Hegelian-Marxist thinking affects our entire social and political structure. The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. If we do not understand how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the box.
Hegel's dialectic is the tool which manipulates us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action. Every time we fight for or defend against an ideology we are playing a necessary role in Marx and Engels' grand design to advance humanity into a dictatorship of the proletariat. The synthetic Hegelian solution to all these conflicts can't be introduced unless we all take a side that will advance the agenda. The Marxist's global agenda is moving along at breakneck speed. The only way to completely stop the privacy invasions, expanding domestic police powers, land grabs, insane wars against inanimate objects (and transient verbs), covert actions, and outright assaults on individual liberty, is to step outside the dialectic. This releases us from the limitations of controlled and guided thought.
NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - A two-meter shark has been caught in a river in southern Iraq more than 160 miles from the sea.
Karim Hasan Thamir said he was fishing with his sons last week when they spotted a large fish thrashing about in his net. "I recognized the fish as a shark because I have seen one on a television program," he told Reuters.
The shark was pulled from the mouth of an irrigation canal that joins the Euphrates River. The Euphrates joins the Tigris River further east to form the Shatt al-Arab waterway which flows south past Basra into the Gulf.
Dr. Mohamed Ajah, assistant dean of the college of science at Thi Qar University in Nassiriya, said barriers in river estuaries usually prevented sharks swimming upstream.
"In this case, I think this animal was there for a long time but no one had managed to see it," he said.
Locals blamed the U.S. military for the shark's presence.
Tahseen Ali, a teacher, said there was a "75 percent chance" Americans had put the shark in the water.
"This is very frightening for us. Our children always swim in the river and I believe that there are more sharks. I believe that America is behind this matter," said fisherman Hatim Karim.
new political documentary UNCOUNTED. This controversial film by Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 -- and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election!
THE MORTON DOWNEY JR SHOW STARTED THE WHOLE SHOUTING ON TV TREND
MORTON DOWNEY EVENTUALLY STOPPED SMOKING, RIGHT AFTER HE GOT THROAT CANCER,HE DIED OF LUNG CANCER IN 1994.RON PAUL DOESN'T YELL AS MUCH NOW, BUT 20 YEARS LATER STILL A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WITH A SMALL GOVERNMENT PLATFORM
www.UncountedTheMovie.com Trailer for the explosive new political documentary UNCOUNTED. This controversial film by Emmy award-winning director David Earnhardt shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 -- and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election!
THIS IS WHAT'S KNOWN AS "DISINFORMATION" A PLANTED STORY TO CREATE A REACTION Battle stations: The Kitty Hawk carries 4,500 personnel song class submarine
By MATTHEW HICKLEY 10th November 2007
When the U.S. Navy deploys a battle fleet on exercises, it takes the security of its aircraft carriers very seriously indeed. At least a dozen warships provide a physical guard while the technical wizardry of the world's only military superpower offers an invisible shield to detect and deter any intruders.
That is the theory. Or, rather, was the theory.
Uninvited guest: A Chinese Song Class submarine, like the one that sufaced by the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk
American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.
By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.
The Americans had no idea China's fast-growing submarine fleet had reached such a level of sophistication, or that it posed such a threat.
One Nato figure said the effect was "as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik" - a reference to the Soviet Union's first orbiting satellite in 1957 which marked the start of the space age.
The incident, which took place in the ocean between southern Japan and Taiwan, is a major embarrassment for the Pentagon.
The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.
And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.
According to the Nato source, the encounter has forced a serious re-think of American and Nato naval strategy as commanders reconsider the level of threat from potentially hostile Chinese submarines.
It also led to tense diplomatic exchanges, with shaken American diplomats demanding to know why the submarine was "shadowing" the U.S. fleet while Beijing pleaded ignorance and dismissed the affair as coincidence.
Analysts believe Beijing was sending a message to America and the West demonstrating its rapidly-growing military capability to threaten foreign powers which try to interfere in its "backyard".
The People's Liberation Army Navy's submarine fleet includes at least two nuclear-missile launching vessels.
Its 13 Song Class submarines are extremely quiet and difficult to detect when running on electric motors.
Commodore Stephen Saunders, editor of Jane's Fighting Ships, and a former Royal Navy anti-submarine specialist, said the U.S. had paid relatively little attention to this form of warfare since the end of the Cold War.
He said: "It was certainly a wake-up call for the Americans.
"It would tie in with what we see the Chinese trying to do, which appears to be to deter the Americans from interfering or operating in their backyard, particularly in relation to Taiwan."
In January China carried a successful missile test, shooting down a satellite in orbit for the first time.
THE DAILY SHOW - WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU SEE THE PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIA INTERVIEWED?
IT IS A TESTAMENT OF THE POWER OF THEIR DEMOCRACY THAT IN BOLIVIA, WHICH LIKE ARGENTINA HAS BEEN RULED BY WHITE EUROPEAN TYPES FOR MOST OF ITS EXISTENCE, THAT THIS INDIGENOUS NATIVE COULD BE ELECTED PRESIDENT !!!
THE INTRODUCTION BY THE PRESIDENT OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY,Lee Bollinger
Comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose remarks were translated from Farsi.
—On a toughly worded criticism in the introduction by Columbia University president Lee Bollinger, who called him a "petty and cruel dictator":
I think the text read by the dear gentleman here, more than addressing me, was an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here, present here. In a university environment we must allow people to speak their mind, to allow everyone to talk so that the truth is eventually revealed by all.
—On the Holocaust:
Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?
—On Holocaust deniers:
My question was simple: There are researchers who want to approach the topic from a different perspective. Why are they put into prison? Right now, there are a number of European academics who have been sent to prison because they attempted to write about the Holocaust or research it from a different perspective, questioning certain aspects of it. My question is: Why isn't it open to all forms of research?
—On Israel as a Jewish state:
We love all nations. We are friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews living in Iran with security. You must understand that in our constitution and our laws and the parliamentary elections for every 150,000 people we get one representative in the parliament. For the Jewish community one-fifth of this number they still get one independent representative in the parliament. Our proposal to the Palestinian plight is a humanitarian and a democratic proposal. What we say is that to solve this 60-year problem, we must allow the Palestinian people to decide about its future for itself.
—On nuclear research:
Some big powers create a monopoly over science and prevent other nations in achieving scientific development as well. This, too, is one of the surprises of our time. Some big powers do not want to see the progress of other societies and nations. They turn to thousands of reasons, make allegations, place economic sanctions to prevent other nations from developing and advancing, all resulting from their distance from human values and the teachings of the divine prophets. Regretfully, they have not been trained to serve mankind.
Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it? .. Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?
—On executions of homosexuals in Iran:
In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have that like in your country. ... In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this.
THIS COMMENTARY IS FROM OTHERCRAP.COM A GREAT WEBSITE FOR RANDOM FUNNY STUFF This is really a boon for the people who create the ad campaigns, since they very well could have posted the anonymous comments in the first place! If they can't find someone who says exactly what they want, they can post the exact words they want under a screen nic, then quote their own comments as an example of what "others are saying." SWEET!
In theory, one could go to The Huffington Post, register a nickname, then post a comment that Rudy Giuliani has sex with sheep. Then one could run an ad saying "Dems refused to renounce site with sheep-fucking claim."
Alternately, one might post a comment on the same site that Hillary Clinton has sex with sheep, then run an ad saying "Even the liberal blogs admit Clinton's perversions."
In the case cited in the article, a narrator recounts what "others are saying" about a candidate. As quotes flash across the screen, the narrator says he is "running the most cowardly campaign I have ever seen" and "has been lying to voters the entire campaign." The narrator is quoting anonymous blog postings, which could in fact easily have been made by the same people who created the TV ad! WASHINGTONPOST ARTICLE
HERE IS THIS MANS GIFT: HE LITERALLY SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE OPERATIONS OF "PRIVATE MILTARY CONTRACTORS" ENGAGED IN IRAQ...HE'S THE F*CKING PRESIDENT AND WE ALL JUST LAUGH IT OFF BECAUSE HE DOESN'T EVEN ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, OH, GEORGE YOUR SO SILLY, NEXT QUESTION !!!
GWB JUST LIKE BILL CLINTON IS AN ADMITTED BULLSH*T ARTIST AND NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE !
The tasering of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer 21, Tuesday looks like a B.F. Skinner experiment designed to let the mice know they will receive a painful shock if they raise sensitive political subjects in public.
On the other hand, if they are supportive, as the students who cheered when Meyer was dragged away, they will continue to get their food and sex.
I don't know if this incident was staged. I want to believe it wasn't. But on some unseen signal, campus cops lunged at Meyer when he mentioned Kerry's membership in "Skull and Bones" and brandished a copy of Greg Palast's book "Armed Madhouse," which stated Kerry actually had won the election.
Meyer's questions were extremely relevant. He asked Kerry why he conceded the 2004 Presidential election the same day in spite of numerous voting irregularities. "Didn't you want to win?" Meyer demanded.
Meyer was implying that Kerry might have thrown the election because he belonged to the same Illuminati secret society as Bush.
When he was grabbed, he said, "Get away from me. I want to hear the answer."
Meyer was dragged away shouting, "Help! Help! What did I do? What did I do?"
Then he pleads with the officers: "Don't taser me bro'" He offers to "walk out of here" if they'll only let him go.
Then we hear him scream with pain "Ow..ow..ow...ow!"
Kerry's respect for the public and commitment to free speech was evident from his response. While Mayer was manhandled and tasered, Kerry droned on about how he wanted to answer this important question.
He even made a joke of it: "Unfortunately [Meyer] is not available to swear me in as President."
The painful incident was filmed from many angles . I urge you to watch as many as you can stomach.
The reaction of the crowd was initially to cheer Meyer's question about not contesting the election, but it quickly fell silent. Then some cheered when Meyer was arrested. Some people protested, "police brutality" or "why are you doing that?" when Meyer was being tasered.
The media reported this widely. Drudge had it as a main headline. But while there was exposure, there was also spin. CNBC said Meyer had been a heckler, which is very unlikely since he began his questions by thanking Kerry for his speech. Fox News apparently commended the campus cops for using the taser.
Meyer was not without fault. He insisted on asking three questions and delivering a short prologue, saying Kerry had spoken for two hours, surely he could have two minutes. His tone was indignant. He broke away while being led out.
In situations like this, we must strive for credibility by behaving in a calm, rational, non-threatening manner.
At least one Internet commentator "Withowlseyeswatch" (comment 39) is suspicious:
"If you have the time, watch the video of the Florida student incident about 20 times. Turn off the audio and watch. You will begin to see some interesting details not obvious to a person overcome with emotions seeing it for the first time. There are a couple of angles being shot from other spots around the room that fill in parts not seen.
If you have the time, close your eyes and just listen to the audio. Pick out the different voices and follow them through. Listen to Kerry in the background a couple of times through. He droned throughout the entire incident as if he were hypnotizing the crowd. His remarks were very strange.
Watch the girl cop at the beginning. See how she looks over to take her cue to make her move. Why were cops standing five feet behind the student? ...
Did you see part 2 when the officers whisked him down stairs? He was not the victim of electric shock. He was not in shock. He was excited by the impact of his improvisation. He was working like the devil to keep the drama going because his mates were running low on creative juices. They didn't know what to do. This was nothing more than street theater.
....Something was amusing to the surrounding students. Is it possible that the students who were laughing and sitting without reaction was because they knew this fellow to be a trickster?"
The prominence given Palast's book is suspicious because he apparently makes a case that Osama bin Laden and a Muslim terrorist network were responsible for 9-11. All and all, given the mass media coverage, this incident was probably staged.
This video shows the aftermath. Meyer doesn't look like a man who has been tasered. He is told he is being arrested for "inciting a riot." He tells onlookers to inquire after him because "they are going to try and kill me."
It gets even more weird. Meyer has a website which has received 150,000 visits since yesterday. The site does not appear to be political. On it he is selling a "pimp light" which "as a good Jew" he is offering at a "good price" ($89.) Apparently he has a history as a prankster.
...HMM, POOR GUY, ALL THE STRESS OF MIXING TRUTH WITH LIES IS REALLY STARTING TO SHOW WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Thursday defended his plan for limited U.S. troop cuts in Iraq and denounced Democrats for not taking a stronger stand against an anti-war group's attack on the credibility of his top Iraq commander.
Bush was speaking at his first news conference since delivering a televised address backing Gen. David Petraeus' proposal to withdraw about 20,000 troops by July. But as in his speech last Thursday, he defied calls for a dramatic change of course in Iraq.
"Progress will yield fewer troops (in Iraq)," Bush said. "In other words, return on success is what I said."
As he continued fending off pressure for a U.S. exit from the unpopular war, Bush took aim at his Democratic critics over a newspaper ad that excoriated Petraeus over his closely watched testimony before Congress last week.
The liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org drew widespread criticism from Republicans for its ad in The New York Times that mocked Petraeus as "General Betray Us" for stating that a troop build-up in Iraq was making progress.
"I thought the ad was disgusting," said Bush, who has relied on the general's aura of credibility in Congress to help sell his strategy. "I felt like the ad was an attack not only on Gen. Petraeus but on the U.S. military, and I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that ad."
"And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org, or more afraid of irritating them, then they are of irritating the United States military," Bush added. "That was a sorry deal."
Responding to Bush's criticism, MoveOn.org's executive director, said: "What's disgusting is that the president has more interest in political attacks than developing an exit strategy to get our troops out of Iraq."
The U.S. Senate later voted 72-25 to repudiate the ad. Twenty-two Democrats joined 49 Republicans and one independent in denouncing it.
DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS STALLED FOR NOW
Efforts by Democrats to force change in Bush's Iraq policy appeared stalled for now after his fellow Republicans blocked a Senate bill that would have granted troops more leave time between deployments in Iraq. It had been seen as the Democrats' best near-term chance of gaining leverage over war strategy.
Bush acknowledged that the Iraqi government had to do more to help bridge the sectarian divide, but he said progress was being made at the local level. "Part of the reason why there's not this instant democracy in Iraq is because people are still recovering from Saddam Hussein's brutal rule," he said. "I heard somebody say, Where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas."
Bush was referring to the former South African leader who helped reconcile his country after decades of racial apartheid. Mandela has receded from active politics but is still alive.
Bush voiced continued confidence in Robert Gates' support for his war strategy after the U.S. defense secretary told a New York Times columnist, when asked if the 2003 invasion of Iraq was worth doing:
"If I'd known then what I know now, would I have done the same? I think the answer is, 'I don't know."'
Bush conceded the Iraqi security forces' achievement of goals for taking over responsibility has been "slower than we thought." But he insisted the goal remained unchanged.
In his speech, Bush said security improvements had made it possible to start drawing down U.S. forces. But that will only roll back troop strength, currently at 169,000, to around the same levels before Bush ordered a major buildup in January.
Democratic leaders have said that Bush is trying to obscure the fact that most of the troops being withdrawn would have left anyway under current deployment timetables.
LOWERING THE INTEREST RATE ONLY HELPS INVESTMENT BANKERS NOT MOST AMERICANS! ITS SIMPLE MATH YOU CAN'T IMPROVE THE ECONOMY BY DEVALUING THE CURRENCY !
A MESSAGE FROM RON PAUL
Our American way of life is under attack. And it is up to us to save it.
The world's elites are busy forming a North American Union. If they succeed, as they did in forming the European Union, the good ol’ USA will only be a memory. We cannot let that happen.
The UN wants to confiscate our firearms and impose a global tax. The UN elites want to control the oceans with the Law of the Sea Treaty. And they want to use our military to police the world.
Our right to own and use property is fading because bureaucrats and special interests are abusing eminent domain.
Our right to educate our children as we choose is under assault. "No Child Left Behind" is seeing to that. And our right to say "no" to forced mental screening of our school-aged children is nearly gone.
The elites gave us a national ID card. They also gave us the most misnamed legislation in history: The Patriot Act. And these same people are pushing to give amnesty to illegal immigrants and erase our national borders.
Record government debt is putting a burden on our children and grandchildren that is shameful.
Yes. Our American way of life is under attack. And it's understandable that many are concerned, even discouraged, about the kind of country our children and grandchildren will inherit.
But we must never let discouragement become surrender.
One reason I am NOT discouraged is because I know I am not fighting alone. Each day I head out I know that you and thousands of other patriotic, freedom-loving Americans are right beside me, standing brave and true for what is good and right.
I need your help now, more than ever, to save the country we love...for the people we love.
My wife Carol and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary early this year. We are proud parents of five children and 18 grandchildren. We love them very much, as I know you love your family.
As a U.S. congressman, I always think about the well-being of my family and of all the families of our great nation when I cast a vote or introduce legislation. I also remember that I have sworn a solemn oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States.
For me, upholding that oath is the first and best way to preserve and protect the blessed American way of life for our children and grandchildren.
And now you know why I'm running for president of the United States.
I ask for your help. Please send your maximum donation today by going to https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate/ .
THIS TASER STUFF IS GETTING A LOT OF AIR TIME FROM THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS PART OF SOME "PROBLEM, REACTION, SOLUTION" PARADIGM. ITS JUST A MATTER OF WHAT KIND OF CONTROL MECHANISM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. MAYBE THE COPS WILL BE GETTING THE FIRST RFID CHIPS ?
IS THIS PART OF THE MAYAN END OF DAYS PROPHECY ??? Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said today.
Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.
Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.
Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.
Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 30-metre-wide and six-metre-deep crater, said local official Marco Limache.
"Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned," he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Several thousand anti-war demonstrators marched through downtown Washington on Saturday, clashing with police at the foot of the Capitol steps where more than 190 protesters were arrested.
The group marched from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war. Their numbers stretched for blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue, and they held banners and signs and chanted, "What do we want? Troops out. When do we want it? Now."
Army veteran Justin Cliburn, 25, of Lawton, Okla., was among a contingent of Iraq veterans in attendance.
"We're occupying a people who do not want us there," Cliburn said of Iraq. "We're here to show that it isn't just a bunch of old hippies from the 60s who are against this war."
Counterprotesters lined the sidewalks behind metal barricades. There were some heated shouting matches between the two sides.
The arrests came after protesters lay down on the Capitol lawn in what they called a "die in"—with signs on top of their bodies to represent soldiers killed in Iraq. When police took no action, some of the protesters started climbing over a barricade at the foot of the Capitol steps.
Many were arrested without a struggle after they jumped over the waist-high barrier. But some grew angry as police with shields and riot gear attempted to push them back. At least two people were showered with chemical spray. Protesters responded by throwing signs and chanting: "Shame on you."
The number of arrests by Capitol Police on Saturday was much higher than previous anti-war rallies in Washington this year. Five people were arrested at a protest outside the Pentagon in March when they walked onto a bridge that had been closed off to accommodate the demonstration, then refused to leave. And at a rally in January, about 50 demonstrators blocked a street near the Capitol, but they were dispersed without arrests.
The protesters gathered earlier Saturday near the White House in Lafayette Park with signs saying "End the war now" and calling for President Bush's impeachment. The rally was organized by the ANSWER Coalition and other groups.
Organizers estimated that nearly 100,000 people attended the rally and march. That number could not be confirmed; police did not give their own estimate. A permit for the march obtained in advance by the ANSWER Coalition had projected 10,000.
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan told the crowd is was time to be assertive.
"It's time to lay our bodies on the line and say we've had enough," she said. "It's time to shut this city down."
About 13 blocks away, nearly 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the Washington Monument, frequently erupting in chants of "U-S-A" and waving American flags.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, speaking from a stage to crowds clad in camouflage, American flag bandanas and Harley Davidson jackets, said he wanted to send three messages.
"Congress, quit playing games with our troops. Terrorists, we will find you and kill you," he said. "And to our troops, we're here for you, and we support you."
Norwegian and British fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian bombers over the north Atlantic, the latest in a series of such incidents, Norway's military command said Friday.
Two Russian Tupolev-160 bombers or "Blackjacks" were detected by the NATO allies flying along the Norwegian coast before passing by northern Scotland, a military spokesman told AFP.
"We dispatched two F-16s from Bodoe airbase (in the north of Norway) to identify them," Lieutenant-Colonel Jon Inge Oegland said, adding that Britain had also sent aircraft.
"It conforms with the declarations of (Russian) president (Vladmir) Putin and we are expecting more such flights in the future.
"It was nothing dramatic but we are of course keeping a close eye on things," Oegland said.
Putin announced the resumption of long-range flights in international air space while he attended military exercises on August 17.
Even in the weeks before his statement, Britain and Norway had to scramble jets to intercept Russian planes near their airspace. Russian bombers had also been making increasingly frequent flights near US territory.
Such flights were standard during the Cold War standoff with the United States and its western European allies, but were abandoned in 1992 amid financial difficulties that followed the Soviet collapse.
Russia's head of strategic aviation General Pavel Androsov has said the aircraft will not carry nuclear weapons and that the main aim of the flights was to improve training for pilots.
But the flights come against a background of increasing tension between Russia and some Western powers. Observers also see it as a sign of renewed Russian self-confidence on the international stage.
Russia has objected strongly to US plans to place anti-missile defence facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland, countries that were ruled from Moscow during the Cold War but are now members of NATO.
Earlier this month, Russian and Chinese special forces held a joint counter-terrorism exercise dubbed "Friendship 2007" in Moscow, underlining the two neighbours' growing security ties.
THIS WAS A DAY AFTER PUTIN FIRED THE ENTIRE RUSSIA GOVERNMENT !!!
Workers at a Chinese factory making Disney toys are overworked, underpaid, exposed to dangerous toxins and forced to live in filthy conditions, a labour rights group said in a report Wednesday.
The study, released on the second anniversary of the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, said factory workers complained they were forced to work 28 days a month and up to 15 hours a day.
Staff at Haowei Toys in southern China also are not allowed to take time off during peak seasons, according to the report released by the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM).
"The conditions at Haowei reflect the failure of the Disney system to monitor and respond effectively to violations of the Disney code of conduct and the workers' rights the code professes to defend," the report said.
About a dozen activists staged a protest outside the theme park, waving a banner that read "No Disney Sweatshop Toys" and urging the US entertainment giant to improve working conditions.
Staff are paid 2.5 yuan (32 US cents) per hour, 62.5 percent of the legal minimum wage of 4.02 yuan, while overtime premiums are also below the minimum required by law, said the report compiled from interviews with 35 employees.
The study charges that managers fine workers five yuan for toilet breaks that exceed five minutes and 10 yuan for refusing to do overtime work.
The report also said workers in the paint spraying and pad printing departments complained that they were sometimes breathing in chemical and paint fumes for hours due to poor ventilation, exposing them to health risks.
The employees are not given insurance against work injuries, nor are they granted pensions, the study said.
The report includes pictures of filthy communal toilets in the staff dormitory, saying pipes are often blocked, causing waste to spill out.
Walt Disney said it takes "claims of unfair labour practices very seriously, and (will) investigate any such allegations thoroughly".
It admitted its own investigation had revealed violations at the Haowei factory, adding that action would be taken to rectify the problem.
"Disney is currently working on a factory remediation plan with the licensee who has placed orders with this factory," it said in a statement.
Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened on September 12, 2005, is struggling to attract visitors. The park would not disclose attendance numbers and would only say it has been given consistently high guest satisfaction ratings.
YES, THAT'S INFOWARS.COM'S ALEX JONES GETTING ARRESTED IN THE BACKGROUND !
RIVERA IS CLEARLY NERVOUS AS HE TRIES TO MAKE JOKES.yOU CAN HERE SOMEONE YELL"911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB"...THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT IN PROTESTING HISTORY AS IT IS BOTH INFORMATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SHOCKING TO THE MAINSTREAM STATUS QUO BELIEVERS !!!
Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday.
Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday.
Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is "a massive seven metre-long wall."
Television said the pipework carried out by the office of Muslim religious affairs, or Waqf, is about 1.5 metres deep and about 100 metres long.
The compound, which houses both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and then annexed. It is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
For Jews it as known as the Temple Mount, which they revere as the site of the King Herod's second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It is the holiest site in Judaism.
All that remains today is the temple's Western Wall, or Wailing wall
Anthony North: Most people have heard of the crashed flying saucer at Roswell, New Mexico. But this was not the only supposed crash of an alien craft.[/b] One of the earliest recorded UFO crashes is said to have happened on 6 June 1884 when a blazing object crashed in Dundy County, Nebraska. Local farmhands rushed to the scene and found sand fused to a glass-like substance, and a large pile of hot debris. One person who got too close suffered blisters similar to radiation exposure today. It took several days for the debris to cool down, whereupon the local paper reported it was extremely light metal but incredibly strong. It could have been aluminium, except it had not yet been invented. Local papers of the time even speculated the object could have come from outer space.
They keep coming down: Researcher Todd Zechel learnt from witnesses about a possible UFO retrieval when a saucer crashed in Laredo, Texas, on 7 July 1948. Prior to the crash, the 90 foot disc was seen by pilots, and said to be travelling at 2,000mph. Witnesses at the crash site spoke of a craft being taken away by US forces, and that a hairless, four foot alien had died there. At the time it was dismissed as a hoax, and government papers since released show that Nazi V2 rockets were being modified in the area at the time.Researcher Ivan Sanderson collected sighting reports of an object that flew over the Great Lakes on 9 December 1965. Towards early evening there was a boom in the sky, followed by a trail of smoke and a tremor shook the ground in a wood near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. A Soviet rocket, Cosmos 96, had re-entered that day, but 13 hours earlier.In 1980, the fire chief who attended the incident finally told that he saw a conical craft 12 feet high embedded in the ground, but they were cleared away by the military. Later that night, a truck left the site, the military claiming nothing was found.
The Bush administration has decided to give a "terrorist" designation to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, which would allow the US government to target the group's business and financial operations, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The daily reported that the Bush administration suspects the Revolutionary Guard, Iran's 125,000-strong elite military branch, of providing support to extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East.
The Post said that the decision follows congressional pressure on the administration to toughen its stance against Tehran, and reflects adminstration frustration with the ineffectiveness of UN resolutions against Iran's nuclear program.
The executive order, to be issued by US President George W. Bush in the coming days, will allow the United States to block the assets of terrorists and to disrupt operations by foreign businesses that "provide support, services or assistance to, or otherwise associate with, terrorists."
The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on a US list of individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups believed to be engaged in terrorist activities.
Dick Cheney helped force George W. Bush to finally agree to dump top aide Karl Rove, sources say. Cheney and Rove have engaged in a mostly behind-the-scenes feud since the indictment of Cheney's top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in 2005. Rove was included as "Official A" in the indictment who also leaked information to key media members to try to discredit Iraqi war critic Joseph Wilson. Rove did not get indicted after giving depositions five times in the investigation and changing some of his statements. Cheney, who reportedly masterminded the vendetta campaign against Wilson himself, thought that Rove blamed the scandal on Libby, who he considered a scapegoat. Rove and Cheney have been at each other's throats since. Cheney's lobbying efforts to convince Bush to dump Rove were aided by Rove's dismal efforts in the 2006 elections and role in ensuing scandals involving the political firings of attorneys general and the improper use by White House aides of Republican National Committee email accounts. Even Bush knew Rove had become too big of a liability. Rove's lies that he is resigning to spend more time with his family, including a second wife and son in college who won't be around anyway, are laughable, to say the least. Perhaps Rove wants to spend more time with his gay stepfather, the one who left Rove and his suicidal mother during Christmas time one year, to talk about "family values." ORIGINAL STORY ON OPED
On board with Bush since the beginning of his political career in Texas, Rove was nicknamed "the architect" and "boy genius" by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House. Critics call Rove "Bush's brain."
A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name but he was never charged with any crime. In a more recent controversy, Rove, citing executive privilege, has refused to testify before Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys.
Since Democrats won control of Congress in November, some top administration officials have announced their resignations. Among those who have left are White House counselor Dan Bartlett, budget director Rob Portman, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, political director Sara Taylor, deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch and Meghan O'Sullivan, another deputy national security adviser who worked on Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced out immediately after the election as the unpopular war in Iraq dragged on.
Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a months long trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black- market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq.
As the secretive, $40 million deal neared completion, Italian authorities moved in, making arrests and breaking it up. But key questions remain unanswered.
For one thing, The Associated Press has learned that Iraqi government officials were involved in the deal, apparently without the knowledge of the U.S. Baghdad command—a departure from the usual pattern of U.S.-overseen arms purchases.
Why these officials resorted to "black" channels and where the weapons were headed is unclear.
London, Aug 11: Rock band ‘Pearl Jam’ have posted the unedited lyrics of the song in which they have criticised US President George W. Bush, on their own website.
The lyrics had been censored when a US telecom firm AT&T webcast a performance from Chicago’s Lollapolooza festival last Sunday.
Two lines from the band’s song ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ were included as part of their song ‘Daughters’, and both of them were cut.
The firm feels that the lyrics should not have been censored during the webcast.
"We regret that this happened and we're upset. Those lyrics in no way, shape or form, are something that should have been edited," the BBC quoted spokesman Michael Coe as saying.
He vowed to take up the issue with the firm that had been contracted to oversee the webcast. He also said that AT&T would seek permission from the group to put the unedited version of the track on its website.
In a statement on its own website, ‘Pearl Jam’ described the situation as "a wake-up call", and said this was "about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band".
"AT&T's actions strike at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media," the statement said.
As Georgia drummed up support over an alleged Russian missile strike this week, Moscow on Friday charged Tbilisi with threatening the region with a somewhat less sophisticated menace: dead pigs.
The hint of the highly uneven match-up stems from an epidemic of African Swine Fever that hit Georgia in June, threatening to wipe out its pig population of about half a million.
Russia accused Georgia of dumping diseased swine corpses in the Kodori river, which runs through Georgia's Russian-backed breakaway region of Abkhazia to the Black Sea.
"It is unacceptable to throw corpses of dead animals in the Kodori river... which given its consequences, is equivalent to carrying out biological terrorism," Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.
Moscow called on the World Organisation for Animal Health to chastise Georgian authorities, as well as "warn the veterinary services of all Black Sea region countries of the dangers of such a practice."
The charge was the oddest turn in months-long tensions between the two states, which climaxed on Monday when a Russian-made missile landed on Georgian territory.
Tbilisi called it an intentional attack, while Russian generals adamantly deny they launched the missile.
Japan's central bank injected 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) into money markets Friday amid a Tokyo stock plunge and growing global worries about dubious U.S. mortgages.
The Bank of Japan joined similar overnight moves by the U.S. and European counterparts -- the first time the central banks took such action together since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Australian central bank also followed suit.
But Japanese Economy Minister Hiroko Ota tried to allay fears about a fallout on the Japanese financial system, calling the damage from U.S. subprime mortgages here "limited."
"It's hard to tell how the subprime issue will affect the Japanese economy right now," she told reporters. "Its impact on the country's real economy is limited, but I will closely monitor its effects."
The Bank of Japan's move, designed to curb an overnight jump in a key interest rate, came as the Nikkei 225 index plunged more than 2 percent in early trading, following a sharp decline on Wall Street overnight. The benchmark for the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 2.4 percent, while the broader Topix dropped nearly 3 percent by the end of session.
The impact in Japan from the credit market problems in the U.S. was more widespread than initially thought, said Takahiro Tazaki, head of structured credit and securitization research, Japan, at Barclays Capital.
"This is a very serious problem," he said, adding that the exact extent of the problem in Japan was still unclear.
"The exposure to hedge funds and others has never been totally clear in Japan. But when you take in regional banks, life insurers and so on, then there's got to be a great deal of exposure," Tazaki said.
The Reserve Bank of Australia injected A$4.95 billion ($4.19 billion) into the money market, more than double the daily average.
Singapore's central bank said it was prepared to intervene if needed.
"We will stand ready to inject liquidity," Ong Chong Tee, Deputy Managing Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore said. "At this stage market conditions remain relatively stable."
On Friday, Aozora Bank Ltd. said it had about 21 billion yen ($178.2 million) worth of exposure to debt obligations related to U.S. subprime loans as of the end of June. Aozora wrote off 4.48 billion yen ($38 million) of these assets in its earnings for its first quarter that ended in June.
The Bank of Japan's injection followed similar moves by the central bank's European and U.S. counterparts overnight.
To calm such jitters, the European Central Bank provided more than $130 billion to money markets, the bank's biggest infusion ever. The U.S. Federal Reserve added a larger-than-normal $24 billion in temporary reserves to the U.S. banking system.
Overnight, the Dow Jones industrial average slid 2.8 percent, continuing a jittery pattern of triple-digit gain or loss since July 19.
A Bank of Japan official said the bank was not certain whether the climb in the overnight call rate, the key interest rate, to above its target of 0.50 percent, was related to the recent turmoil over subprime mortgages.
Tohru Sasaki, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank strategist, said so far the market turbulence is unlikely to affect the Bank of Japan's likely decision to raise interest rates in the next few weeks -- a move that has been expected because of recent signs of a robust recovery in the overall Japanese economy.
"But if this panic gets worse, we may need to change that outlook," he told Dow Jones Newswires.
Market expectation lately has been for the Bank of Japan to raise the benchmark rate to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent at its two-day policy board meeting ending Aug. 23.
The government spokesman expressed confidence in the central bank.
"The financial authorities are always working closely internationally. I think they will make the right decisions," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki.