Most of the worst financial panics in history have happened in the fall. Just recall what happened in 1929, 1987 and 2008. Well, September 2011 is about to begin and there are all kinds of signs that the financial world is about to hit the big red panic button. Wave after wave of bad economic news has come out of the United States recently, and Europe is embroiled in an absolutely unprecedented debt crisis. At this point there is a very real possibility that the euro may not even survive. So what is causing all of this? Well, over the last couple of decades a gigantic debt bubble has fueled a tremendous amount of "fake prosperity" in the western world. But for a debt bubble to keep going, the total amount of debt has to keep expanding at an ever increasing pace. Unfortunately for the global economy, sources of credit are starting to dry up. That is why you hear terms like "credit crisis" and "credit crunch" thrown around so much these days. Without enough credit to feed the monster, the debt bubble is going to burst. At this point, virtually the entire global economy runs on credit, so when this debt bubble bursts things could get really, really messy. (Read More....)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
By PF Louis
August 30 - There was a strong reaction recently observed over public radio stations touting Monsanto and running Monsanto's promotional ads. Technically, it wasn't NPR (National Public Radio) as most assumed, but a program called Marketplace that is underwritten by Monsanto. American...
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By Christina Luisa
August 31 - If certain crazy scientists have their way, we could eventually see some humans covered in skin that has been bioengineered with animal parts such as spider's silk and goat milk. Bulletproof vests are widely accepted as a method of ballistic protection, but genuine...
August 31, 2011
An Infowars.com reader and listener to the Alex Jones Show brought his message of 9/11 truth to the airwaves in Indianapolis on Sunday.
During the planned demolition of the Keystone Towers – a building erected in 1974 that was imploded this week – the man climbed up on a stage near the site and bellowed as the towers crumbled: “9/11 is right in front of you! 9/11 was an inside job!”
The comments are clearly heard at one minute, 59 seconds into the video aired over News 8 in Indianapolis.
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Michael Allison refuses plea deal to help fight laws against recording police.
Interview with Michael Allison on "Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock"
Part 1 - http://youtu.be/beX7tr9Z6L4
Part 2 - http://youtu.be/pJMpiSNGTtk
The system is still in a blind panic over the flimsy credibility of the government-approved fable
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
One look at your TV guide over the next 10 days will tell you everything you need to know about how petrified the establishment is over the flimsy credibility of the official 9/11 fable.
Naturally, the 10-year anniversary of the attacks would be expected to merit a deluge of media coverage, but what sticks out is the overbearing emphasis on countering so-called “conspiracy theories” about the events of that day, or in other words, reinforcing the official “conspiracy theory” that 19 poorly trained Arab hijackers were able to cripple America’s air defenses and make three giant steel-framed structures crumble to the ground at near free fall speed.
The BBC couldn’t even wait until the month of September itself to air their latest 9/11 truth hit piece earlier this week, and another is planned for next weekend. The damage done by the Building 7 fiasco, where BBC reporter Jane Standley is seen reporting the collapse of WTC 7 before it happens, a clip seen by millions, prompted the public broadcaster to launch a sustained dogmatic assault on anyone who dared question either 9/11 or 7/7.
Unfortunately for the BBC, the endless stream of smear attacks against so-called “conspiracy theorists” have largely backfired. Doctor Rory Ridley-Duff of Sheffield Hallam University conducted a study of the BBC’s “Conspiracy Files” documentary on 7/7 in comparison with the “conspiracy” documentary 7/7 Ripple Effect. His conclusion – the “conspiracy” documentary was more “coherent with available evidence”.
But conspiracy hit pieces are not about evidence, they’re about strawman attacks, character assassination, and emotional manipulation. This only works as a tool of persuasion on people who have little or no capacity for critical thinking, or on those who are already fully invested in a belief system. Such individuals are of no consequence in the “infowar,” as Hillary Clinton herself termed it, that continues to be won by the “conspiracy theorists” no matter how many hit pieces are produced and endlessly repeated by television networks that have lost a great deal of credibility.
Despite the establishment backlash, polls have consistently shown that the majority of people suspect a cover-up regarding 9/11, which is not surprising given the fact that the majority of 9/11 Commissioners tasked with investigating the events by the U.S. government itself also believe the same thing.
For those who doubt the impact left by the legacy of the 9/11 truth movement, just flip through your cable listings for the next week or two for a visual record of how desperate the establishment is to reinforce its official 9/11 fable.
What are they so scared of? The fact that the public may entertain the subject long enough to discover for themselves the fact that countless highly credible people question the official 9/11 story and have gone on record to express such doubts...[Full Article]
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The Kids' Book of Freedom condemned as 'disgusting' by Council on American-Islamic Relations
A colouring book about the events of 9/11, complete with pictures of the burning twin towers and the execution of a cowering Osama bin Laden for children to fill in, has provoked outrage among American Muslims.
We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids' Book of Freedom has just been released by the Missouri-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books, which says it is "designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11". Showing scenes from 9/11 for children to colour in and telling the story of the attacks and the subsequent hunt for Osama bin Laden, "the book was created with honesty, integrity, reverence, respect and does not shy away from the truth", according to its publisher, which says that it has sold out of its first print run of 10,000 copies.
One page of the $6.99 book, which has been given a PG rating, shows Bin Laden hiding behind a hijab-wearing woman as he is shot by a Navy SEAL. "Being the elusive character that he was, and after hiding out with his terrorist buddies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American soldiers finally locate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden," runs the text accompanying the picture. "Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE."...[Full Article]
[Webmaster - Zionist propaganda/brainwashing for children. "Kid's Book of Freedom"?... Orwellian doublespeak.]
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
|View of Guatemala City during a storm in 2010© AFP/File Johan Ordonez|
WASHINGTON (AFP) - At least 83 persons died in US medical experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s involving sexually transmitted diseases, a commission investigating the program concluded Tuesday.
Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing, and more than 1,300 were exposed to venereal diseases by contact or inoculations, the commission found.
Within that group, "we believe that there were 83 deaths," said commission member Stephen Hauser.
Among the 1,300 exposed to STDs, "under 700 received some form of treatment as best as could be documented," Hauser added.
US President Barack Obama created the commission last year, after news of the experiments came to light...[Full Article]
Uploaded by RussiaToday on May 12, 2011The wave of Middle East revolutions was a false flag from the start and the ultimate target for the US was indeed Libya all along, insists Ian R. Crane, an independent researcher and campaigner for political truth and integrity.
August 30, 2011
In addition to pushing junk food – chock full of saturated fats, hydrogenated fats and refined sugar – McDonald’s is now pushing dangerous vaccinations on school kids, as the photo below sent by an Infowars.com reader reveals.
The corporate propaganda effort is called “Immunize for healthy lives” (sic) and is set to coincide with the start of a new year of government indoctrination at public schools.
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There are so many unanswered questions about the days 9/11, and instead of making up theories and speculating, we go to the horses mouth to get answers, sadly the response we get from these questions only invites more speculation about what happened on 9/11.
ask questions, demand answers, We Are Patriots, We Are Fearless because We Are Change
special special thanks to William Rodriguez http://www.william911.com/
and Eugene V for being there with me
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Lone Gunmen Pilot - 9/11 Predictive Programming
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The pilot episode for the FOX series "The Lone Gunmen" Which first aired on March 4, 2001. The plot envisioned the US Government hijacking a plane and crashing it into the World Trade Center.
THE LONE GUNMAN | FULL VIDEO | PILOT EPISODE
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On March 4, 2001, FOX aired the pilot episode of an X-Files spin-off series called "The Lone Gunman" (The title is taken from the name of a team of investigative reporters' government watchdog newspaper).
The program depicts a staged hijacking of a passenger aircraft by a hostile faction in the U.S Government, who take control of the plane by remote control and attempt to fly it into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Alex Jones was joined in studio yesterday by actor, comedian and former star of The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen, Dean Haglund.
Haglund was very forthright with his comments on topics such as martial law in America and new developments in the September 11th cover-up.
Prisonplanet.tv subscribers click here to listen to the interview in full.
Haglund commented that he first became aware of Alex and the larger movement against the New World Order when he was working on the X-files and the Lone Gunmen due to the fact that the writers would often listen to shows like Alex's to get inspiration for the plot lines and characters.
He believed, like many others, that the spin off The Lone Gunmen was actually a better show than the X-files because it was moving away from "the ghosts and the poo monsters" and more towards the government conspiracy theme. The TV Show certainly had an impact on someone because it was axed after one season despite the fact that ratings were high and the plot lines were cutting edge. Someone wanted it gone, particularly in the wake of 9/11.
Haglund went on to describe the pilot episode of the Gunmen in which the three character basically had to stop a plane from flying into the World Trade Centre. This was aired eight months before the event actually happened. Haglund's character manages to gain control of the aircraft seconds before it hits and averts disaster.
"Part of the plot, as it said in the script was that this event would be used to start an international war on terror." he commented.
A small faction within the government wanted to carry this out in order to create a new enemy and prevent the arms trade going flat after the end of the Cold War. The cover to make everyone stand down in the episode and allow the attack to succeed was the wargames scenario that also actually happened on 9/11.
Click here to watch the Lone Gunmen WTC clip.
The show was used to subconsciously manipulate people to believe that if these events did actually happen, it would be like a film, not a part of reality, therefore we should not worry too much. Anyone who would dare to say that the Government were responsible for such terrorist attacks would immediately be branded a "lunatic conspiracy theorist, like those guys from the X-Files."
Dean Haglund confirmed that government officials would regularly attend Hollywood parties and submit ideas to be planted in film and TV scripts. We have also previously covered the reports that the Pentagon will lavish certain projects with money and equipment should they portray them in a good light. On the other hand they will not help any project that is in any way antiwar.
It is common knowledge in Hollywood that if you want access to military bases and military technology and hardware, as a movie producer you have to bend over backwards to the Pentagon and allow them majority control in scriptwriting.
Pentagon support translates into millions of dollars shaved off the film budget. In many cases, the absence of that support means the film doesn't get made. This means that movie producers are at the mercy of backroom DoD directors who can effectively re-write historical events and broadcast them to millions as accurate depictions of the real thing.
Portraying war or the military in a bad light in any scene merits an immediate blacklisting from the Pentagon. If the film isn't an out and out recruiting campaign then they're not interested.
"These movies cost twenty, sixty million dollars to make, that money doesn't come from some guy down the street out of his check book, these come from huge venture capitalists that have huge corporate interests." Haglund commented.
In the coming months we are to be bombarded with films about 9/11 and Iraq that will tow the party line.
Visit Dean Haglund's website at www.deanhaglund.com
Saturday, August 27, 2011
By, Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN)– As the city of New York prepares to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11, religious leaders are raising concerns over the lack of clergy participating in the anniversary events.
"Utterly disappointed and surprised," Fernado Cabrera a New York City councilman and the pastor of New Life Outreach International church in the Bronx, said over the decision not to include any clergy in the ceremony...[Full Article]
August 23, 2011
The Federal Bureau of Investigation employs upwards of 15,000 undercover agents today, ten times what they had on the roster back in 1975.
If you think that’s a few spies too many — spies earning as much as $100,000 per assignment — one doesn’t have to go too deep into their track record to see their accomplishments. Those agents are responsible for an overwhelming amount of terrorist stings that have stopped major domestic catastrophes in the vein of 9/11 from happening on American soil.
Another thing those agents are responsible for, however, is plotting those very schemes.
The FBI has in recent years used trained informants not just to snitch on suspected terrorists, but to set them up from the get-go. A recent report put together by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley analyses some striking statistics about the role of FBI informants in terrorism cases that the Bureau has targeted in the decade since the September 11 attacks.
The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.
Additionally, one former high-level FBI officials speaking to Mother Jones says that, for every informant officially employed by the bureau, up to three unofficial agents are working undercover.
The FBI has used those informants to set-up and thus shut-down several of the more high profile would-be attacks in recent years. The report reveals that the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York City subway plot, the attempt to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and dozens more were all orchestrated by FBI agents. In fact, reads the report, only three of the more well-known terror plots of the last decade weren’t orchestrated by FBI-involved agents.
The report reveals that in many of the stings, important meetings between informants and the unknowing participants are left purposely unrecorded, as to avoid any entrapment charges that could cause the case to be dismissed. Perhaps the most high-profile of the FBI-proposed plots was the case of the Newburgh 4. Around an hour outside of New York City, an informant infiltrated a Muslim community and engaged four local men to carry out a series of attacks. Those men may have never actually carried out an attack, but once the informant offered them a plot and a pair of missiles, they agreed. Defense attorneys cried “entrapment,” but the men still were sentenced to 25 years apiece.
"The problem with the cases we're talking about is that defendants would not have done anything if not kicked in the ass by government agents," Martin Stolar tells Mother Jones. Stolar represented the suspect involved in a New York City bombing plot that was set-up by FBI agents. "They're creating crimes to solve crimes so they can claim a victory in the war on terror." For their part, the FBI says this method is a plan for "preemption," "prevention" and "disruption."
The report also reveals that, of the 500-plus prosecutions of terrorism-related cases they analyzed, nearly half of them involved the use of informants, many of whom worked for the FBI in exchange for money or to work off criminal charges. Of the 158 prosecutions carried out, 49 defendants participated in plots that agent provocateurs arranged on behalf of the FBI.
Experts note that the chance of winning a terrorism-related trial, entrapment or not, is near impossible. "The plots people are accused of being part of — attacking subway systems or trying to bomb a building — are so frightening that they can overwhelm a jury," David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor, tells Mother Jones. Since 9/11, almost two-thirds of the cases linked to terrorism have ended with guilty pleas. “They don't say, 'I've been entrapped,' or, 'I was immature,’” a retired FBI official remarks.
All of this and those guilty pleas often stem for just being in the right place at the wrong time. Farhana Khera of the group Muslim Advocate notes that agents go into mosques on “fishing expeditions” just to see where they can get interest in the community. "The FBI is now telling agents they can go into houses of worship without probable cause," says Khera. "That raises serious constitutional issues."
From the set-up to the big finish, the whole sting operation is ripe with constitutional issues such as that. A decade since 9/11, however, the FBI is reaching through whatever means it can pull together to keep terrorists — or whom they think could someday become one — from ever hurting America.
August 27, 2011
The Obama administration allows Mexican police to stage drug raids from within the United States, according to the New York Times.
Mexican military commandos have “discreetly traveled to the United States, assembled at designated areas and dispatched helicopter missions back across the border aimed at suspected drug traffickers.” The DEA is providing logistical support and sharing intelligence.
The Times describes the “boomerang” operations as part of a broadening American campaign aimed at the drug cartels. The strategy is based on earlier operations when the Mexican police worked with the U.S. military and raids were staged at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. A DEA official characterized the Mexican paramilitary police as a “rapid-reaction force.”
In response, the Tijuana Cartel kidnapped, tortured and killed a counternarcotics official in the Mexican attorney general’s office, along with two fellow drug agents.
The DEA works closely with the CIA and the Pentagon in the supposed war on the Mexican drug cartels. In addition to flying Global Hawk missions over Mexico, the CIA mans an “intelligence outpost” on a Mexican military base. Mexican officials told the Times Pentagon is not involved in the cross-border operations and Americans do not take part in drug raids on Mexican territory.
The Pentagon used the war on drugs to establish a military presence in Colombia. In 2009, it was reported that seven new bases in the South American country are used to expand the U.S. military’s counter-narcotic operations in the region, deepen involvement in Colombia’s counterinsurgency war, and combat “other international crimes,” according to Colombia’s Foreign Minister.
The Pentagon is busy merging the war on terror with the war on drugs. It is “overhauling the parts of the military responsible for the drug fight, paying particular attention to some lessons of nearly a decade of counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. At Northern Command — the military’s Colorado Springs headquarters responsible for North American operations — several top officers with years of experience in fighting Al Qaeda and affiliated groups are poring over intelligence about Mexican drug networks.”
“The military is trying to take what it did in Afghanistan and do the same in Mexico,” an officer told the Times.
In 2010, the U.S. military admitted it has has turned a blind eye to Afghan opium cultivation and production. “The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military,” writes author Michel Chossudovsky. “The proceeds of this lucrative multimillion dollar contraband are deposited in Western banks. Almost the totality of revenues accrue to corporate interests and criminal syndicates outside Afghanistan.”
Last year it was discovered that two large U.S. banks, Wachovia and Bank of America, were involved in money laundering cartel drug money. Wachovia had laundered $378.4 billion, a sum equal to one-third of Mexico’s gross domestic product.
The seizure by the Mexican government of a plane laden with cocaine at Ciudad del Carmen in 2006 revealed the banks worked closely with the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Earlier this month, Jesus Vicente “El Vicente” Lambada-Niebla, who was arrested by the Mexican military in 2009 and extradited to the U.S. for trial on federal drug-trafficking charges, revealed that the Sinaloa Cartel worked with the U.S. government to ship drugs into the United States. Officials reportedly allowed the cartel to obtain weapons inside the United States.
The weapons were provided under Operation Fast & Furious. The effort to arm the cartels – responsible for tens of thousands of murders – was supported by officials in the Obama administration.
August 26, 2011
First Responders– including police, fire fighters, EMTs and others– have been barred from attending the ceremony commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Instead, warmongering politicos including President Obama and former President George W. Bush will grandstand at Ground Zero, trampling upon the memory of those who lost their life while stifling the living heroes who have increasingly questioned the official story, the lack of care for those who got sick and other travesties. Instead, responders enrolled in health care programs are screened through terrorism databases, literally adding insult to injury. What’s more, such databases are increasingly used by Homeland Security to control access to jobs, benefits and more.
The criminal globalists are at it yet again! Under the guise of humanitarian aid, hundreds of millions of dollars are to be pilfered from the Libyan people with the help of the illegitimate, unaccountable body known as the United Nations.
Thierry Meyssan of the Voltaire Network has revealed this in an article entitled, “Caught Red-Handed: Washington tried to snatch $1.5 billion to pay its NTC employees” published earlier this month.
Unfortunately, this is no longer a matter of Washington simply attempting to steal these funds, as today the Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that according to a U.S. diplomat, the U.N. is going to release $1.5 billion in Libyan assets.
South Africa was attempting to block this release, but they finally caved to the Anglo-American Empire Thursday and “reached a deal” to release the frozen assets...[Full Article]
UK Daily Mail
Last updated at 5:38 PM on 27th August 2011
With just hours before Hurrican Irene was due to roar into New York, the city's residents were frantically clearing shelves and stocking up on essentials.
Consumers flooded into hardware stores, grocers and big-box retailers to pick up generators, bottled water and flashlights ahead of Hurricane Irene's arrival.
Flashlights and batteries were like gold dust in New York, where some stores were also cleaned out of milk and groceries.
The lonely last cartons: A shopper finds some milk in the almost empty Target store in Queens, New York, on Friday
At Ace Hardware in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, close to where the hurricane is expected to land, business more than tripled.
Unlike residents farther south who might be more practised with weathering hurricanes, the crowds in New York and northern New Jersey at times didn't seem to know what to do.
Instead of buying generators and gasoline, as many coastal homeowners routinely do, apartment dwellers were thinking less about protecting their property, more about protecting themselves.
The hunt was on water, liquor for hurricane parties and flashlights.
Buy what you can grab: Batteries and flashlights were nowhere to be found at the Tent and Trails outdoor supplies store in New York on Friday afternoon
Sign of distress: Scribbled sign indicating what was sold out at a Radio Shack store in New York on Friday
The ShopRite in West Orange, N.J., was chaotic on Friday afternoon, with cars honking as people waited to get into the parking lot.
An Ace Hardware store in Nags Head, N.C., was all sold out of portable generators by Thursday.
John Robbins, an employee at the Nags Head store said: 'With everyone saying this is going to be a bad one, no one is leaving anything to chance.'
Where's the supplies? A woman walks past empty rows in Waldbaum's grocery store in Queens, New York
Traffic jam: New Yorkers line up to pay for items at a Fairway Supermarket as millions brace for the wrath of Hurricane Irene
Some retailers are getting a boost in business, but extreme weather like hurricanes is damaging to the retail sector as a whole.
And this one is coming in the thick of the critical back-to-school shopping weekend, a time when some merchants make up to 25 percent of their annual revenue.
In fact, weather research firm Planalytics estimates that Irene will stop 80 million shoppers from hitting the malls this weekend.
Helpful, kind of: A helpful sign outside the Tent and Trails store in New York but most shoppers left with many boxes unchecked
Like gold dust: Milk was one of the top items on everyone's list
At the same time, demand for hurricane-related supplies is giving some retailers an unexpected boost that will likely continue as people deal with the clean-up in Irene's aftermath.
In a note to clients on Thursday, Citigroup analysts Deborah Weinswig and Tina Hwang said they expect department stores will suffer with shoppers locked up inside their homes, while discount stores, supermarkets and home-improvement stores will get a rush of customers eager to stock up on canned foods, batteries and other survival gear.
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To meet the increased demand, many big retailers like Home Depot, Lowes and Wal-Mart have assembled disaster teams.
A drought in the stores: The budget brands of water disappeared in no time in downtown Manhattan on Friday, leaving only the moore expensive brands
Run down: Batteries were one of the most sought after items and disappeared quickly from the shelves of a Home Depot store in Freeport on Long Island
Sherif Mityas, a partner at AT Kearney, a retail consulting firm said: 'Preparing for a hurricane is all about the supply chain.
'Making sure you got the right products at the right time that consumers are looking for. They're wired into how the storm is affecting the communities around the stores.'
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has its own staff meteorologist, who can evaluate the weather data and analyse how it will impact its stores and workers.
The discounter also can forecast what shoppers are looking for before a hurricane strikes - and in its aftermath - by using predictive modelling that studies past spending behaviour.
Taking no chances: Customers at a hardware store in Far Rockaway, New York, on Friday
How quickly they went: Friday started out well-stocked in some stores, but it didn't last long
Mark Cooper, senior director of Wal-Mart's emergency management team, said the retailer is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that stores have all the items on its list for emergency preparedness kits.
The list, which is on www.ready.gov, includes batteries and cleaning supplies.
In the Northeast, Cooper said Wal-Mart also plans to push more supplies like bug spray and clean up products in anticipation of flooding.
'Katrina is the benchmark for hurricanes,' said Cooper, who estimates that about 600 of the more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores could be impacted by the storm.
Be prepared: Coastal residents have packed into stores like Home Depot to load up on items like emergency generators, batteries and flashlights
'We'll see how this one goes. Regardless of size, we will be prepared.'
At Home Depot's 24-hour command center, 100 associates that include human resource associates and logistics executives, are carefully monitoring TVs and coordinating response efforts.
Home Depot's emergency preparedness team started working this past weekend with its stores in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which have already been hit by Irene.
By Friday morning, Home Depot had 500 trucks supplying its East Coast stores with products that are in demand, like generators.
‘Product is selling just as fast as it arrives,’ said Steve Holmes, senior manager of corporate communications for Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement retailer.
Out of stock: Items like bottled water are going fast as shoppers scramble to pick up supplies before Hurricane Irene makes landfall
By Friday, Lowe's sent out 500 trucks so that stores could quickly be restocked with hurricane-related items, including cleaning chemicals, mops, brooms, sump pumps, wet/dry vacuums.
‘This is a huge storm, especially in the Northeast when they're not used to hurricanes,’ said Katherine Cody, a spokeswoman at Lowe's, the nation's second largest home-improvement retailer.
For all their preparation, a hurricane can still take retailers by surprise, particularly at stores in areas that are being evacuated.
At the Ace Hardware in Nags Head, the store sold out of generators and sandbags.
And one grocer in Elizabeth City, N.C. was so busy that workers didn't even have time to give specifics.
A worker who answered the phone on Thursday at Weeksville Grocery in Elizabeth City said: 'I've got a line of people out the door. I don't have time to talk. Have a good day.'
So many shoppers were snapping up goods at the ShopRite in West Orange, N.J. on Friday afternoon that Amelia Panico had to settle for buying a few gallon-size jugs of water because the store sold out of the smaller bottles she wanted.
'It's now or never,' Panico said after braving lines that snaked through the store.
At the Ace Hardware in Elizabeth City, sales of electric lanterns, charcoal, batteries and pure oil - which is used for old-fashioned kerosene lamps that are popular in low-income areas - were strong this week that Dorran Hulse, the store's manager, had to order an additional shipment of items.
Mr Hulse said: 'As soon as we did it, people came in and bought items. We were telling them what time the truck was going to be in and people were here waiting for it.'
In Kitty Hawk, there were unusually long lines at the Home Depot, which displayed several pallets of 5,000-watt portable generators for $599 - enough to keep the power going in a house.
Jim Rogers, 52, of Kitty Hawk, was loading plywood into the back of his pickup truck outside of Home Depot.
Inside his truck, he had a tarp and rope to use to cover and tie down his patio furniture.
'Everyone is just trying to protect their homes,'said Mr Rogers, who plans to evacuate after securing his house.
ITEMS YOU NEED FOR AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
- Water, a gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
UK Daily Mail
- By 2030 the number of obese Americans could increase from 99million in 2008 to 164million
- In the U.K. expected increase of 15million to 26million
Obesity is fast replacing tobacco as the single most important preventable cause of chronic non-communicable diseases, and will add an extra 7.8million cases of diabetes, 6.8million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. within the next two decades.
Some 32 per cent of men and 35 per cent of women are now obese in the U.S., according to a research team led by Claire Wang at the Mailman School of Public Health in Columbia University in New York...[Full Article]
Friday, August 26, 2011
NEW YORK (Associated Press)-- Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated Press investigation has found.
These operations have benefited from unprecedented help from the CIA, a partnership that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying...[Full Article]
End of the American Dream
Is the number of earthquakes increasing? Are major earthquakes becoming more frequent? In the aftermath of the magnitude-5.8 earthquake in Virginia, a whole lot of people are asking those questions. All over the mainstream media, "experts" are coming on and assuring the public that all of this is "normal" and that the number of earthquakes is not actually increasing. The USGS continues to insist that the frequency of major earthquakes has been "fairly constant" and that there is no reason for alarm. But is that really the truth? In this article, you will be presented with evidence that the number of earthquakes is definitely increasing. Please approach the evidence with an open mind. The truth is that this year we are on pace to have more than twice the number of major earthquakes than we did just 10 years ago. The mainstream media is much more interested in keeping people calm than it is in telling them the truth. Our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and the magnitude-5.8 Virginia earthquake that we just witnessed might just be a preview of things to come. (Read More.....)
Wall Street Journal
Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle...[Full Article]
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Mini chopper can also carry shotguns and grenade launchers
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The ShadowHawk is a 50lb mini drone chopper that can be fitted with an XREP taser with the ability to fire four barbed electrodes that can be shot to a distance of 100 feet, delivering “neuromuscular incapacitation” to the victim. The drone can travel at a top speed of 70MPH and can operate for 3.5 hours over land and sea.
A video clip of the drone shows off its impressive maneuverability as it tails a suspect attempting to evade capture with sophisticated object tracking technology. Another video shows the drone conducting surveillance of two individuals involved in a firearm transaction.
The drone also has the capacity to carry 37mm or 40mm grenade launchers and or a multiple shot 12 gauge shotgun.
ShadowHawk will not only be used to target Americans, owners Vanguard Defense have just signed a contract to use the drone against pirates in east Africa.
Technology that has been used to track and kill insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq for years has now been approved by Homeland Security for use in the United States.
“There’s a good chance ShadowHawk’s spine tingling buzz could be heard approaching a city near you,” reportsSingularity Hub.
“As a sign of new law enforcement tactics to come, the Sheriff’s Office of Montgomery County, Texas was recently awarded a grant by the Department of Homeland Security for a squadron of ShadowHawks. Montgomery County’s Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel is psyched. “We are very excited about the funding and looking forward to placing the equipment into the field. Both my narcotics and SWAT units have been looking at numerous ways to deploy it and I absolutely believe it will become a critical component on all SWAT callouts and narcotics raids and emergency management operations.”
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
While the TSA can't explain why invasive patdowns without probable cause are legal, that isn't stopping TSA from future plans to track all your daily travels, anywhere you go, from work, to stores, or even when you go out to play.
When the TSA was asked to provide legal reasons that definitely spelled out why physically invasive patdowns are legal, without any probable cause, not one TSA person had an answer. There was no legal documentation for enhanced patdowns other than it serves "the essential administrative purpose."
Peep show, police state or privacy invasion, patdowns and body scans are not just in airports. EPIC said DHS is refusing to disclose details of mobile body scanner technology. In fact, in answer to EPIC's FOIA request, DHS handed over "several papers that were completely redacted."
Meanwhile at airports, the TSA is rolling out "less-invasive gingerbread man" body scanners to a tune of $2.7 million for 240 machines. At this point, I don't think skinnier versions of the Pillsbury Doughboy via kinder and gentler naked body scans are going to placate people who are secretly murmuring that America is truly becoming a police state. Spending countless billions of dollars on all this 'security theater' makes it look like the TSA is "doing their best to ensure that if there's a terrorist attack the public doesn't blame the TSA for missing it."...[Full Article]
Political Fail Blog
An effort by the FBI to stop terrorist attacks on US soil before they begin has turned into (or perhaps by design always was) a propaganda tool to legitimize the fear of "lone wolves." If we are to fight a war on terror, then we need terrorists to fight, right?
The big boys and girls in charge made the decision to create a nation wide chain of domestic spies to infiltrate communities and seek out the most vulnerable potential "radical" individual to persuade into becoming a terrorist. Once the FBI informant picks his target he gains the trust of the individual. The informant will then began the process of creating a "lone wolf" terrorist to later bust and parade around on the news as a "thwarted terror plot"...[Full Article]
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Two days before Brett Elder’s sixteenth birthday, Bay City Police tased the 15 year old to death.
This is how on March 22, 2009 police reacted to a dispute between Elder and another individual. On that Michigan morning, the boy was inebriated, and according to the officers involved, he alledgedly attempted to fight them, leading an officer to use his Taser. One witness, however, said Elder had already been cuffed by the officers when the cop fired-off the weapon.
"He was flopping around and looked like a fish out of water," Cindy Hernden told Tom Eley of World Socialist Web Site back in 2009. "That's the only way to explain it — his whole body was bent over," Elder’s aunt went on to say.
The boy later died at a local hospital.
The results of an autopsy showed Elder died of “alcohol-induced excited delirium,” along with the “application of an electro-muscular disruption device.”
Earlier this month Elder’s family got some closure for the wrongful death when a federal judge ruled on a $1 million settlement. Eugene E. Elder Sr., Brett’s father, filed the lawsuit back in 2009 and stated that “there’s no reason for killing my boy.”
Members of Brett’s family admitted at the time he was trying to cope with the loss of his mother and was going through rehab for substance abuse. Although the loss of his mother isn’t an excuse, his family says that being drunk was no reason for Elder to die. Wendy Elder, Brett’s sister-in-law, told the media "the police are supposed to protect you, not hurt you."
The officer that fired the Taser was placed on administrative leave but no criminal charges were ever filed against the officer.
After the settlement, Eugene Elder Jr. declined to comment.
According to Truth… not Tasers, a website which is against Taser use, there has been approximately 682 related deaths in North America and Elder maybe the youngest person to have died from an electro-muscular disruption device.
Despite a prohibition on spying within the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency played a key role in transforming the New York Police Department's intelligence unit into a cutting edge spy shop dedicated to gathering information on Muslims, and not just in New York.
That's according to a new report out Wednesday by The Associated Press, which claims a veteran CIA agent helped train one of the NYPD's detectives in advanced surveillance methods. They also sent an undercover agent to work in the department, the report says.
With the CIA's help, the NYPD has gathered information on cab drivers, street level food vendors, ethnic book stores, Internet cafes and even mosques, sending snoops in to listen to sermons -- all without a hint of federal, state or local oversight...[Full Article]
End of the American Dream
How many times have you heard the mainstream media dismiss certain points of view as "conspiracy theories"? It seems as though one of the easiest ways to brush something off is to label it as something that only "conspiracy theorists" would believe. Well, you know what? A whole lot of the time the "conspiracy theorists" are right and the mainstream media is wrong. In fact, we owe a great debt to "conspiracy theorists" because they will go places and investigate things that the mainstream media would never even touch. The reality is that the mainstream media only tells us what the government and the big corporations want us to hear, and much of the time it is those in the alternative media that are left with the task of trying to figure out what the real truth is. So don't look down on conspiracy theories or conspiracy theorists. In a world where almost everything we are told is a lie, the truth can be very difficult to find. (Read More.....)
End of the American Dream
The American people better wake up while there is still time. America is literally rotting right in front of our eyes. Once upon a time, the greatest manufacturing cities in the world were in the United States. One of the big reasons why the Allies won World War II was because U.S. factories simply pumped out far more stuff than anyone else did. Our forefathers built this nation into an industrial powerhouse, but now our formerly great manufacturing cities are rusting, rotting and falling to pieces as nations such as China wipe the floor with us on the global economic stage. It is absolutely depressing to see what is happening to many of our most famous cities. For example, would you like to buy a house for less than $10,000? Just move to Baltimore. Of all the homes that have been sold in the city of Baltimore so far this year, one out of every ten has sold for less than $10,000. In fact, one home sold for just $10.
End of the American Dream
There are a whole lot of things about the U.S. economy that don't make any sense whatsoever. Sadly, most adults have been so programmed to accept the way that things are by years and years of relentless propaganda that they don't even bother to question the status quo any longer. But little kids are different. Many little kids are not afraid to say the darnedest things or ask really embarrassing questions. Have you ever been in a situation where a child asks an obvious question that did not even occur to any of the adults? That happens so often because the minds of little kids have not been completely warped by the world we live in yet. They are able to see things with honesty and innocence and with fresh eyes. Well, perhaps all of us should start looking at our economy and our financial system through the eyes of little children. There are a lot of things that we have been programmed to accept that we really should be asking some hard questions about. (Read More.....)
The Economic Collapse Blog
Do you have friends, neighbors and relatives that can't find work? Well, unfortunately the current U.S. jobs famine is about to get a whole lot worse. Right now there are approximately 13.9 million unemployed Americans. That does not count those that "are not looking for work". That does not count those that are working part-time jobs but that are desperate for full-time work. The truth is that we need tens of millions more full-time jobs in order to give one to everyone that wants one. Sadly, the long-term trends that have caused this mess continue to get worse. Unless truly dramatic changes are made, the U.S. economy is going to continue to bleed jobs and that is going to suck the hope right out of this country. It is time to wake up America! It is not a big mystery why we don't have enough jobs. But sadly, very few of our leaders are talking about the real issues. (Read More....)