Monday, September 7, 2009

Rock the Truth Reading List

I recently read somewhere that being on the Internet is an addiction and people are just reinforcing their own delusions there. They just want to hear from the truth-telling choir instead of an agenda-pushing liar, I guess.

I must not be addicted judging by the various blogs I maintain and the fact that the first site I hit is the Boston Globe. They certainly aren't saying what I want to hear.

That doesn't mean I haven't been reading blogs -- I have. I just haven't been posting anything because I'm not spending endless hours at the computer anymore, for various reasons.

What I have been reading the last few days?
Rather than mirror post all over the place, why don't I give you the appetizers and let you go there? Let the sites and sources take their deserved credit.

"U.S. Increases Its Share of Worldwide Arms Market

Despite a recession that knocked down global arms sales last year, the United States expanded its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier, increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, according to a new Congressional study.

The United States signed weapons agreements valued at $37.8 billion in 2008, or 68.4 percent of all business in the global arms bazaar.


TVNL Comment: The military industrial complex thrives on war. Deal with it.

Source: TV News Lies

"Internet Battles

I entered the fray the other day on another blog- a "progressive" blog about health care. And after a couple of hours of futile back and forths with these enlightened beings who call themselves "progressives" one thing is clear to me- these people are in no way- and can never be- an ally in the fight against federal power."


: Daily Burkeman

"A Few Good Kids

.... In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play. Before an Army recruiter even picks up the phone to call a prospect like Travers, the soldier may know more about the kid's habits than do his own parents. Full Story

Source: Wake Up From Your Slumber

"More 9/11 Unanswered Questions

.... Two military aircraft were flying at high altitude near the Pentagon around the time it was hit on 9/11, but the identities of these aircraft and what they were doing over the Pentagon are unknown.

The planes had the call signs "Bobcat 14" and "Bobcat 17." A partial transcript of air traffic controller communications reveals they were communicating with the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport, which is less than a mile from the Pentagon, between at least 9:31 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. on September 11. [1] (The attack on the Pentagon took place at 9:37 a.m. [2]) Radar data has shown that the two aircraft flew "in trail" (in single file, with one directly behind the other) at an altitude of 21,000 feet, and were overhead in the few minutes before the Pentagon was hit. [3]


Related: "Democracy Now" to change its name to "Democracy When?"

"Pentagon plans for drugging 'agitated' citizens

.... In The Futurological Congress (1971), Polish writer Stanislaw Lem portrayed a future in which disobedience is controlled with hypothetical mind-altering chemicals dubbed "benignimizers". Lem's fictional work opens with the frightening story of a police and military biochemical attack on protesters outside of an international scientific convention. As the environment becomes saturated with hallucinogenic agents, in Lem's tale the protesters (and bystanders) descend into chaos, overcome by delusions and feelings of complacency, self-doubt, and even love.

If the Pentagon's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) has its way, Lem may be remembered as a prophet.

(Austin and Hamburg, 1 July 2002) - The Advantages and Limitations of Calmatives for Use as a Non-Lethal Technique, a 49 page report obtained last week by the Sunshine Project under US information freedom law, has revealed a shocking Pentagon program that is researching psychopharmacological weapons. Based on "extensive review conducted on the medical literature and new developments in the pharmaceutical industry", the report concludes that "the development and use of [psychopharmacological weapons] is achievable and desirable." These mind-altering weapons violate international agreements on chemical and biological warfare as well as human rights. Some of the techniques discussed in the report have already been used by the US in the "War on Terrorism".


Care and Washing of the Brain

"Which of these civil rights activist heroes does our Zionist media adore?...Which does it ignore?


But that was then and this is now. The other courageous soul above was Rachel Corrie. She was murdered in Gaza in March 2003 by the IDF operator of a weaponized Caterpillar tractor while working with an international human rights organization in Palestine. She was trying to prevent the destruction of a Palestinians home by placing herself in the path of a D-9. I'm sure she thought the operator's humanity would keep her safe. Silly girl. After she was run over, the Israeli Defense Forces D-9 operator put his tractor in reverse and ran over her again. There were several witnesses. She was wearing a red vest in an open field. Her death received virtually no attention from our main stream news media. With out media coverage there was no national out cry. Not a whimper from our cowardly former President over this hideous event either. Why is that? Where are all of those activist Jewish Americans from this prior era who so valiantly joined the civil rights struggle in America? Why have their voices fallen silent in the matter of Palestinian injustices? Why are they and their children not concerned about the murder of this American and the never ending injustices perpetuated against the Palestinian people by Apartheid Israel?

When injustices are perpetuated by fellow Jews does this mean that American Jews must put their love of their genetic materials ahead of truth, justice or any modicum of decency? Curious minds want to know.


Liberal White Boy

THAT DAY, This 9/11 and Bob Dylan Musical Prophets

.... It has been said, that 9/11 changed everything: except how we think. THAT DAY we call 9/11 changed my way of thinking, and ever since I have never relied on the established media or my government to tell the whole truth....


"Israel Steals Body Parts: Palestinians

RAMALLAH – The controversy triggered by a Swedish newspaper report about Israel’s harvesting of Palestinian organs has salted the wounds of many Palestinian families haunted by the memories of loved ones who suffered the same fate.

“They claimed they came to arrest him, but in truth they came to murder him, which they did,” Walid Masalmeh, a resident of the small West Bank town of Dura, 10 kilometer west of Al-Khalil (Hebron), said about his relative Bassam.

In 1995, Bassam was killed by the Israeli army at the village of Beit Awwa, located near the former armistice line between the West Bank and what is now Israel.

“But 24 hours later they returned the body with a huge scar running from the chin to the lower abdomen,” Walid remembers.

“They took all the vital organs, including the heart, kidneys, Liver. Then they stuffed the empty cavities with garbage before sewing him up.”

Several other Palestinians gave a similar narrative, recounting how they received the bodies of their murdered relatives, mostly men in their early twenties, with vital organs taken away by the Israeli authorities.

Israeli occupation authorities don’t deny that the bodies of victims were returned to their respective families minus the internal organs, but claim that the organs were disposed of as part of routine autopsy operations....


The People's Voice

"Even the Bravest Couldn’t get to Ground Zero

.... For those people who think that the towers couldn’t have been demoed because no demolition equipment or other evidence was found in the rubble by the “volunteers” who worked “for months and months” at Ground Zero, I got news for you; that didn’t happen.

The New York Fire Department was even kicked off the site, so that the mayor could “professionalize” the recovery effort. That means that a Controlled Demolition company took complete control at that point. The same Controlled Demolition company who’s owner admits he called people in New York on Sept. 11th, and warned them that the buildings were going to come down.

The mayor of New York, the same guy who would later be known as “a noun, a verb, and 9/11“, actually used scores of NYPD to physically block the firemen from accessing Ground Zero when they were simply trying to recover the remains of their fallen brothers. That same mayor told the firemen to go sift through the debris at the landfill if they so desired.

But just so you know, there wasn’t “thousands” of witnesses digging through the debris willy-nilly for “months and months” after 9/11.

The clean-up was so tightly controlled by a demolition contractor, even New York’s Bravest had to fight to try and get too it.


Also see
Israeli Soldiers Target Journalist in the West Bank

Willy Loman

Me interviewed on PressTV Sept 2009

Divining the News


This is a bucket full of feces left by IDF soldiers occupying a roof in Hebron. Buckets like this one are routinely emptied into the water tanks on Palestinian roofs by soldiers.

The following are just random entries from the diary of Kawthra Salam, a Palestinian photo journalist who lives in the town of Hebron on the West Bank. This is her life. This is what life under Israeli Occupation is like. These are the soldiers as the media does not present them, and incidents that are daily occurrences for her and all other Palestinians. Her blog is called THE DAILY LIFE OF KAWTHER SALAM I have taken incidents from this diary and roughly pulled some out and posted them with the accompanying photos so that one can see how daily life is, in Occupied Palestine.


Snippits and Slappits

"Video of Palestinian Children at Israeli Jail

Each year, hundreds or even thousands of Palestinian children are arrested, tortured, interrogated, abused and incarcerated by the criminals of the Israeli military occupation.

In many cases the children are abused sexually by the Israeli interrogators. They are also imprisoned together with teenagers, criminals, and drugs dealers, who also attack the children, abused them sexually, and steal their personal belongings. Two children from the Nahalin village near Bethlehem told me how they had been abused sexually at the Israeli jail by criminals detained there.

Here is a Video which shows how the Israeli military treats the Palestinian children and their families while attending their illegal “military courts”.


Kawther Salam

Kevin Barrett & 9/11

Kevin Barrett is one of the most colorful and controversial of the 'mainstream' 9/11 activists. He's also one of the few who goes into the zionist aspect of the crimes of 9/11.

The question that often comes up is whether Barrett is a help or hindrance to the movement and sometimes whether he is a plant. That's up to the reader or listener to decide....


Also see:
What is taught in high schools about 9/11?

Kenny's Sideshow

" .... To be fair, most Indians are smart people and have better things to do than play superpower games. The idea of India playing this game was actually pumped into Indian mind by some hawkish Americans, Brits, Aussies and Israelis during the warrior reign of Bush-Cheney. That's when some knuckleheads in Washington convinced some Indians that an India-Israel-America axis could actually change the world for good [with the Brits, Canadians and Aussies thrown in to give this whole thing an 'international' look].

The 'recruitment' of India was a joint Am-Brit idea, a combination of a desire to sell weapons, irritate China, and secure India as a future source of cheap soldiers to fight the Am-Brit dirty wars from the Red Sea to China to the shores of Sydney.


The Lounge

"Gaza Fishermen - Daily Suffering with No Notice

yman Quader
2 Sep, 2009

Gaza City, Sept. 2, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Everyday in the news, I hear about the suffering of the Gaza fishermen - one was killed, others wounded, and the Israelis are firing on still others. And I wanted to shed a light on their pain.

I went to the main Gaza port. While I was there, I figured out how sad the sea and the fishermen are. Boats are stuck and fishermen are looking at the sea with no hope.

The Palestinian fishermen have been consistently harassed by the regular Israeli attacks on them, as they abuse the fishermen for pursuing their livelihood. Furthermore, they are prevented to work for far distances inside the sea. The allowed distance for them is just around 4.5 Km. Unfortunately, once they reach that distance, they find themselves under Israeli fire.

Around 3000 fishermen are now despondently jobless and in a real tragedy. The tragedy began with the complete blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. The fishermen are prohibited from going to a deeper and richer area of fishing, and they have been dramatically affected with these restrictions from the Israeli navy forces. Indeed, they now have very low incomes with which to feed their families.

Ismael Kalilo is a 65-year old fisherman in Gaza City, who has spent 50 years of his life in the sea, and now lives in the Beach Camp. "I am totally satisfied to be a fisherman in Gaza, but completely exhausted by the conditions imposed on us."


: Peace For Gaza