US used cluster bombs on Yemen civilians: Amnesty

(RawStory) – A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.

The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of Al-Maajala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province.

“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen,” said Mike Lewis, the group’s arms control researcher. Continue reading

Homeland Security gets say on which Canadians can fly

(MontrealGazette) – Starting in December, passengers on Canadian airlines flying to, from or even over the United States without landing there will be allowed to board the aircraft only after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined they are not terrorists. Continue reading

Economy

(WSJ) – German Economic Expectations Deteriorate

German economic expectations deteriorated in February, indicating the economic recovery isn’t gaining any significant momentum. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – China cuts holdings in U.S. treasuries

The government said Tuesday that foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities fell by the largest amount on record in December with China reducing its holdings by $34.2 billion. Read More Here

(NewsWithViews) – Congress Refuses to Bring Home Millions of Jobs

I was in Denver recently. As I refuse to fly commercial, I drive. From Big Spring, Texas, where I live, to Denver and back, the number one subject of discussion is jobs. People are very afraid; you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice as they say, “I thought we were in a recovery.” Read More Here

(ABC) – Food Stamps Create Jobs… in India

Several States With High Unemployment Are Outsourcing Food Stamp Services Read More Here

(FinancialTimes) – Lone voice warns of debt threat to Fed

The US must fix its growing debt problems or risk a new financial crisis, Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, warned on Tuesday, adding a mounting deficit could spur inflation. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Rising tide of suburban homeless across U.S.

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a “perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing,” in one official’s eyes. Read More Here

(MailOnline) – One in ten ‘underemployed’ as record 2.8m workers are trapped in part-time jobs

A record 2.8million workers are trapped in unsatisfying or lowly paid part-time jobs. Read More Here

(GoldSeek) – All Roads Lead to Goldman Sachs – Read More Here

Crash Babies

Wow, I think I woke up on a different planet this morning. There has been economic crashes, rumors of crashes, but damn man some huge players are saying “IT IS GOING TO CRASH.” One heavy weight to check in is Barton Biggs, former head of Morgan Stanley who says here and I quote “Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with “seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc. because tshtf is coming.” Read More Here

(AP) – Report: Hawaii hotels lost $741M last year

A new report says hotels in Hawaii lost $741 million last year, $1.1 billion since the tourism slump began in 2008 Read More Here

(RawStory) – China’s holding of US Treasuries tumbles

China’s holding of US Treasury bonds has tumbled, according to US Treasury data released Tuesday, after Beijing expressed concern over the swelling US deficit and amid new US-China tensions. Read More Here

(AP) – Foreigners cut Treasury stakes; rates could rise

A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December sent a reminder that the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors. Read More Here

MSM: December Retail Sales Drop .3 Percent, 2009 Sales See Biggest Drop In 27 Years

(Reuters) – U.S. consumers curbed their Christmas spending in December and more people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, casting fresh doubts on whether the economic recovery can last once government support fades. Continue reading

December 2009: Second Snowiest on Record in the Northern Hemisphere

According to the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, last month had the second greatest December Northern Hemisphere snow cover since records were started in 1966.  Snow extent was measured at 45.86 million sq. km, topped only by 1985 at 45.99 million sq. km.  North America set a record December extent at 15.98 million sq. km, and the US also set a December record at 4.16 million sq. km. Continue reading

MSM: America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels

(LondonTel) – December was the worst month for US unemployment since the Great Recession began.
The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc. That is the one that matters. Continue reading

US sheds 85,000 jobs in December, dampening optimism

(RawStory) – The US economy lost 85,000 jobs in December while the unemployment rate held at 10.0 percent, the government said Friday in a report dashing hopes of a turnaround in the ailing labor market. Continue reading

Video: Alan Watt on Brain Chip Implants & Mind Control in Cartoons

December 28, 2009 – Cutting Through the Matrix with Alan Watt Continue reading

Video: Rage Against the Machine Winning Christmas Chart Battle

The race for the Christmas number one officially kicked off Sunday night (Dec. 13) when ‘X Factor’ contestant Joe McElderry beat Olly Murs to win this year’s edition of the talent contest. Yet despite Simon Cowell‘s plans to install the 18-year-old at the peak of this year’s Yuletide charts with his cover of Miley Cyrus‘ ‘The Climb,’ Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing in the Name Of’ is currently occupying the top slot in both the HMV and iTunes download charts. Continue reading

MSM: Poll reveals depth and trauma of joblessness

(MSNBC) – More than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have borrowed money from friends or relatives since losing their jobs. An equal number have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments because they are out of work. Continue reading

Afghanistan: Withdraw Rapidly and Completely – Ron Paul

Mr. Speaker thank you for holding these important hearings on US policy in Afghanistan. I would like to welcome the witnesses, Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and General Stanley A. McChrystal, and thank them for appearing before this Committee. Continue reading

Video: Celente On RT – Washington is Wall Street and Wall Street is Washington

(RussiaToday) – Ben Bernanke is on the Hill for reconfirmation hearings. Given the situation of the U.S. economy and the state of the dollar, should he be reappointed? Gerald Celente says no way. Continue reading

MSM: UN Secretary General: ‘A climate deal must include an equitable global governance structure’

(NYT) – Every day, the critical December summit in Copenhagen grows closer. All agree that climate change is an existential threat to humankind. Yet agreement on what to do still eludes us. Continue reading

Video: Our Republic May End With The Stroke of a Pen

On July 4, 1776, with the stroke of a pen, our Republic was founded when the Declaration of Independence was signed. On December 7, 2009, with another stroke of the pen, our Republic might come to end. Continue reading

Codex Alimentarius summarized in 7 points

Codex Alimentarius is scheduled for full global implementation on December 31st, 2009, and not a word has been spoken in main stream media about this threat to humanity. Continue reading

It’s Time for a Real Discussion on REAL ID

(C4L) – Today the DHS extended the deadline for states to ask for an extension in order to comply with the Real ID Act 2005. Prior to today the states had until 11 October 2009 to ask for an extension. States now have until 1 December 2009. Continue reading

French government document details forced mass vaccination plans from September 28th

The document dated August 21st and signed by the French Health Minister Rosaylne Batchelot-Narquin and the French Minister of Interior, Minister of the Interior, Overseas Territories Brice Hortefeux is addressed to the heads of each of France’s defense zones, the regional prefects in charge of police and the gendamerie, the prefects of departments and the heads of regional health authorities for hospitalization. Continue reading