Beyond Orwell: The Electronic Police State, 2010 – Tom Burghardt

(AntiFascistCalling) – A truism perhaps, but before resorting to brute force and open repression to halt the “barbarians at the gates,” that would be us, the masters of declining empires (and the chattering classes who polish their boots) regale us with tales of “democracy on the march,” “hope” and other banalities before the mailed fist comes crashing down. Continue reading

The New ‘Forgotten’ War: Iraq Occupation Falls Into Media Shadows – Dahr Jamail

“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”
-Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst
As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has fallen into the media shadows. Continue reading

Is The US Preparing For “The Total Destruction Of Iran?” – Tyler Durden

(ZeroHedge) – Is war just around the corner? While in theory it would make perfect sense to distract Americans from the long road to US insolvency, and other more pressing issues such as the endless criminality all around us, in practice we have so far heard merely rumors. The Herald of Scotland, however, may have credible proof that a US-led attack on Iran approaches and could be just days away. Continue reading

The next big bailout is on the way. Prepare to get reamed! – Mike Whitney

(SmirkingChimp) – Housing is on the rocks and prices are headed lower. That’s not the consensus view, but it’s a reasonably safe assumption. Master illusionist Ben Bernanke managed to engineer a modest 7-month uptick in sales, but the fairydust will wear off later this month when the Fed stops purchasing mortgage-backed securities and long-term interest rates begin to creep higher. The objective of Bernanke’s $1.25 trillion program, which is called quantitative easing, was to transfer the banks “unsellable” MBS onto the Fed’s balance sheet. Having achieved that goal, Bernanke will now have to unload those same toxic assets onto Freddie and Fannie. (as soon as the public is no longer paying attention) Continue reading

Shameful Anti-Free Speech Lobby Labels Questioning Government “Hate”

(PaulWatson) – Shameful Zionist propaganda lobby group The Simon Wiesenthal Center has issued a report which smears people who question government as racists and terrorists, labeling conspiracy theories “hate” in the latest crusade against free speech on the Internet. Continue reading

Pelosi Readies “Self-executing” Fascism to Force Obamacare on Americans

(KurtNimmo) – In January, a measley 36 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s health care “reforms” while fifty-four percent disapproved. “Many see the health care legislation as an inappropriate federal power grab,” writes Carrie Lukas for The Daily Caller this morning. 76 percent of respondents to a recent poll believe the government has no right to force you to buy health care. If Congress passes the bill, they will punish them at the polls.

Maybe. It depends on how well they are fooled this time around. Continue reading

MSM: Break the law and your new ‘friend’ may be the FBI

(AP) – The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.

U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting. Continue reading

Would US Troops Fire on Americans? Have No Doubt America…

(ErnestSmith) – The question often has been asked, especially during these last few years, if American military troops would indeed fire upon American citizens if so ordered by Washington. The answer? Have no doubt America, because it’s already happened. Continue reading

MSM: Interview with Defense Expert P.W. Singer ‘The Soldiers Call It War Porn’

(Spiegel) – US defense expert P.W. Singer from the Brookings Institution talks to SPIEGEL ONLINE about the stresses that drone pilots are subjected to and the risk of emotional exhaustion and burnout. The whole experience of war is being changed by the new technology, he argues.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Singer, are drones becoming the new form of combat?

P.W. Singer: Until recently, people looked at this as something abnormal. But drones and robotic warfare in general are actually the new normal now. We’ve gone from using a handful of these systems to now having around 7,000 in the air. And the US is not the only country flying them. There are drones from 43 other countries, including Great Britain, Germany and Pakistan. Continue reading

MSM: House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it

(WashingtonPost) – After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it. Continue reading

Video: What is Fascism?

John T. Flynn in his classic study “As We Go Marching”, originally published in 1944, explains the idea and the movement called Fascism. Whether fascism was capitalist or anti-capitalist, labor or anti-labor, no one could say until the leaders themselves decided upon a course of action. It was improvised as the movement went along. It is government system that accepts responsibility to make the economic system work at full energy, using the device of state-created purchasing power effected by means of government borrowing and spending, and which organizes the economic life of the people into industrial and professional groups to subject the system to control under the supervision of the state. – Continue reading

Video: Mish and Faber – US Destined for Failure

The government leads you to believe that we are in an economic recovery…however it is actually the total opposite. A depression and inflation are what the US is looking forward to. Continue reading

Video: Matthew Hoh – Marjah Operation Not Accomplishing Anything in Afghanistan

(RethinkAfhanistan) – Matthew Hoh, the former senior U.S. civilian representative in Zabul province, Afghanistan, says that civilian deaths in Marjah caused by Operation Moshtarak were unnecessary and that the operation isn’t accomplishing anything. Hoh points to the installation of an outsider ex-con as the head official in Marjah as evidence that despite U.S. rhetoric to the contrary, Operation Moshtarak is not empowering local people. Hoh says the local Afghans view the U.S. forces as occupiers, and their presence in large numbers following President Obama’s decision to send more troops will cause more people to take up arms against the foreign forces. Video Link Here

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(CSPAN) – Rep. Kennedy Rips Media in Afghan Speech – Video Link Here

Economy

(SnardFarker) – Viva Iceland! Viva La Revolution!

Icelanders have resoundingly rejected a plan to repay £2.3 billion in savings to the UK, prompting Chancellor Alistair Darling to state that the British Government could be “flexible” over repayment terms. Read More Here

(YahooFinance) – Congratulations, Bankers — You’re Rich Again – Ben Stein

Just in case your blood pressure is not high enough today, here are a few news bulletins on how the world works. Generally, these bulletins all come under the heading of, “The Golden Rule: He Who Has the Gold, Makes the Rules.” Read More Here

(TCPalm) – More than half of mortgaged homes in St. Lucie, Martin are ‘under water’

More than half of mortgaged residential properties in St. Lucie and Martin counties are “under water,” a recent report by a company that tracks home sales, price trends and foreclosures shows. Read More Here

(Jacksonville) – Jacksonville mortgage delinquencies rise above 10%

The number of Jacksonville homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments rose steadily over the past three years and today stands at more than 10 percent, according to a national credit monitoring company. Read More Here

(CentralValleyBusunessTimes) – Foreclosure starts up nearly 20 percent in California

After reaching the lowest level in a year in January, Notice of Defaults, the start of the foreclosure process, increased by 19.7 percent in February, according to a report Monday from ForeclosureRadar Inc., a Discovery Bay-based foreclosure information company that says it tracks every California foreclosure. Read More Here

(WashingtonExaminer) – Md. foreclosure filings skyrocket in February

Prince George’s County saw nearly 1,800 foreclosure filings last month — about one-third of Maryland’s total — as state and federal officials scramble to find a solution to the unrelenting mortgage crisis. Read More Here

(TheChicago77) – Foreclosures are still on the Rise in Illinois

Foreclosures in Illinois increased 22% in February, 2010. The high foreclosure rate can be attributed to the high unemployment rate and declining home prices. Read More Here

(AJC) – Metro Atlanta foreclosures set new monthly record

The number of foreclosure notices this month — 12,568 — set a new record for metro Atlanta, according to data just released by Equity Depot. Read More Here

(CBN) – Social Security Marks First Deficit in Decades

Social Security is going to start paying out more in benefits this year than it’s collecting in taxes — close to $29 billion more. Read More Here

(PBS) – Video: Bill Black on How They Got Away With It – Video Video Here

(CNBC) – Moodys Downgrade: Should We Care? – Video Link Here

(USAToday) – Toyota, UAW agree to close Calif. plant with 4,600 workers

The United Auto Workers and Toyota have agreed on terms to shut down the Nummi plant that employs 4,600 workers.
It is California’s sole remaining auto plant. Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Opportunities to Profitably Escape Paper “Wealth” in 2010 – Read More Here

Monsanto admits their technology doesn’t work!

(Datensatz) – This was my Saturday’s lyrics to breakfast in sunny Bangalore: Monsanto has decided to tell the truth about something: its technology doesn’t work!, reports The Hindu. I’m going to need a second cup of chai to digest this, Monsanto speaking honest!? Indian farmers and scientist have been seeing this in their Bt cotton fields for a few years: pests become resistant to Monsanto’s genetically engineered toxins and thus farmers apply huge amounts of pesticides. Monsanto has always denied this, has the recent massive rejection of its Bt brinjal in India woken up its senses? Continue reading