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State Investigators Raid ACORN HQ in New Orleans

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Featured Articles

State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street

By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune

November 06, 2009, 1:00PM

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has served a search warrant at the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Street, according to Tammi Arender Herring, a spokeswoman with the office.

07Acorn4Michael DeMocker / The Times-Picayune

Investigators with the State Attorney General’s Office seize computers from the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Blvd. on Friday, November 6, 2009.Investigators in khaki pants and polo shirts loaded several dozen computers and other electronic items into an SUV. They are also carrying records out of the building on handcarts.

The large office building sits at the corner of Dorgenois and Canal. ACORN staffers were given no notice that a search would be conducted today, Herring said.

“They have been extremely cooperative,” she said.

07Acorn7Michael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneStephen Bradbury, the agency’s temporary administer, collects cards from the media as investigators with the State Attorney General’s Office seize computers on Friday.Early last month, Caldwell’s office issued subpoenas for records from ACORN’s New Orleans office, where the organization — now moving its national headquarters to Washington — has long been based....

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Active Shooter; Disgruntled Ex-Employee Kills 1, Wounds 5 in Orlando

Posted on Nov 06, 2009 in Featured Articles

(AP) – Police in Orlando say a gunman has been apprehended after killing one person and injuring five others at a downtown office building where he was let go two years ago.

Police Chief Val Demings says 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez surrendered to police at his mother’s home after officers saw him through a window and asked him to come out.

She confirms that one person was killed in the shooting at the Legion Place office building downtown. Five others were hurt.

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Source: Orlando Sentinel

Some of the employees still barricaded inside the Legions Place office building in downtown Orlando have posted messages on Twitter and Facebook to let their friends and family members know they are safe.

At 1:20 p.m., James Shapiro, a senior producer at Fox Sports Florida, whose offices are in the building, wrote the following on his Twitter page:

“Friends & fam, hope to be evac’ed soon.. we are fine & calm. #Orlandoshooting #Orlando”

A few minutes later, he wrote on his profile that he and other employees were “locked in and safe.”

Shapiro’s colleague, Whit Watson, a Sun Sports broadcaster who does Orlando Magic games, also updated friends through Twitter by writing the following at 1:37 p.m....

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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood Military Base; 12 dead, 31 wounded

Posted on Nov 05, 2009 in Featured Articles

Hayden’s Note: Remember, remember…. the 5th of November.  Is it any coincidence that this is Guy Fawkes Day?  A celebrated holiday in which Guy Fawkes rises against the ‘system’ by attempting to blow up a government building? Also, it has become a hallmark for Tea Parties, Money Bombs, Libertarians, etc.  Let’s see how this will be spun, shall we?
Crazy anti-government shooter?  Returning Iraqi vet that goes postal?

DEVELOPING: A mass shooting at Ft. Hood military base in Texas has left at least 7 dead and 12 wounded.
MSNBC reports that seven people have been killed and 12 injured in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

Fort Hood ShootingUpdate at 3:17 p.m. ET: MSNBC says the shooters were in military uniforms.

Update at 3:20 p.m. ET: MSNBC adds that one gunman is in custody and one is on the loose.

Update at 3:23 p.m. ET: KWTX says Fort Hood officials confirm that a “violent incident” has occured, but offered few immediate details.

Update at 4:20 p.m. ET: Twelve people are dead and 31 wounded after at least two separate shootings at Fort Hood, the Texas Army base....

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US / NATO Forces Involved in Drug Trade, Afghan Minister says.

Posted on Nov 01, 2009 in Featured Articles

Source: PressTV via RogueGovernment

Nov 01, 2009

The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan.

article_opium_soldierGeneral Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.

Afghanistan is the world’s biggest supplier of opium.

Drug production in the Central Asian country has increased dramatically since the US-led invasion eight years ago.

A recent report by the United Nations states that Afghan opium is having a devastating impact on the world, killing thousands in consumer countries.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president, is involved in the opium trade, meets with Taliban leaders, and is also a CIA operative.

The opium trade is the major source of Taliban financing....

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Soviet Soldier Recounts What They Believed About Their Mission

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

The universality of war propaganda

A soldier with the Russian army in Afghanistan recounts what they believed about their mission

By Glenn Greenwald

I’m traveling still today, but I wanted to note an amazing Op-Ed that was referenced in a book I’m reading:  the Op-Ed is by Nikolai Lanine, published in The Toronto Globe and Mail in November, 2006.  Lanine was drafted into the Russian Army at the age of 18 and spent several years as part of the Russian occupying force in Afghanistan.  Thereafter, he moved to Canada, and in 2006, his wife’s first cousin, a medic in the Canadian Army, was killed in Afghanistan.  Lanine wrote this column after attending his funeral, and recounted what he and his comrades in the Russian Army believed they were doing in Afghanistan:

I identified with the Canadian soldiers at the funeral mourning the loss of their friend. Like them, I went to Afghanistan believing in “fighting terrorism” and “liberating Afghans.” During my first mission, we were protecting refugees escaping an area that was under attack by the mujahedeen. I was deeply affected by their misery, and by the poverty and suffering of the Afghan people in general....

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Son Stabs Home Invader; Charged with Murder

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

Wednesday October 28,2009 By David Pilditch A son hailed a hero for tackling two teenage burglars, stabbing one of them to death, was charged with murder yesterday. Omari Roberts, 23, was widely praised after tackling Tyler Juett, 17, and a 14-year-old accomplice when he caught them breaking into his mother’s home.  He chased the 14-year-old off, then returned to the house to find Juett still there. They scuffled and Juett suffered a six-inch stab wound that severed vital arteries. Juett was rushed to hospital but later died from his injuries. Read the entire article here - Editor's Note: This is absolutely sickening to read. Further into the article, the authorities state that they based their 'murder charge' on the gratuitous nature of the stabbing - h

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British Couple Hijacked by Somali Pirates; Held Hostage

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN and JILL LAWLESS (AP) MOGADISHU, Somalia — Paul and Rachel Chandler, a retired British couple who sailed to exotic locales aboard their 38-foot yacht, said in one of their last cheery messages they would likely be "out of touch for some time." After disappearing for a week, a somber Paul Chandler is back in contact, saying by telephone Thursday that he and his wife are being held captive by gun-toting pirates who stripped their vessel of everything of value. Despite the presence of warships and aircraft from more than a half-dozen nations, the pirates prowl the Indian Ocean off Somalia seemingly at will, pouncing on pleasure craft, fishing vessels and huge cargo ships. With the recent end of monsoon season in East Africa, there has been a rash of attack

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What’s Behind the False Flag Flu Emergency?

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 in Featured Articles, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

What’s Behind the False Flag Flu Emergency?

 By Bill Sardi for LewRockwell.com

On Friday I stood before an audience in Phoenix, Arizona and attempted to shock them with something similar to a repeat of Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds radio broadcast, a 1938 Halloween night radio announcement that said, in a series of news bulletins, Martians had landed on the earth. The public cowered in fear then, even when Welles announced it was just a radio drama, not reality.

The contrived crisis I created was the President of the United States had just announced a national emergency because of a massive number of deaths attributed to a fast-spreading strain of flu virus that had combined with a mortal form of flu virus. My hand was shaking as I read the announcement. People in the audience thought it was real. The audience began to squirm and wonder, before I finished my melodrama, just how they were going to return home without having to undergo forced vaccination at the airport.

They were relieved when I told them this crisis was purely fictional....

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President Declares National Emergency… But why?

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 in Featured Articles

President Obama declares national emergency over swine flu pandemic, but why?

Source: NaturalNews – Mike Adams 

According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.

Your rights as an American are no longer recognized under this national emergency declaration.
Even though the H1N1 pandemic appears to have peaked out, U.S. President Barack Obama has now declared a national emergency over swine flu infections. The reasoning behind such a declaration? According to the White House, it’s designed to “allow hospitals to better handle the surge in patients” by allowing them to bypass certain federal laws.

Emergency powers trump the Bill of Rights

That’s the public explanation for this, but the real agenda behind this declaration may be far more sinister....

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Obama Declares National Emergency over Swine Flu

Posted on Oct 24, 2009 in Featured Articles

Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

By Patricia Zengerle

Source:Reuters

article_obamaWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has declared 2009 H1N1 swine flu a national emergency, the White House said on Saturday.

The declaration will make it easier for U.S. medical facilities to handle a surge in flu patients by allowing the waiver of some requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health insurance programs as needed, the White House said in a statement.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that swine flu has become widespread in 46 of the 50 U.S. states, a level comparable to the peak of ordinary flu seasons but far earlier and with more waves of infection expected.

Obama signed the statement on Friday night.

The White House statement said the declaration was intended to prepare the country in case of “a rapid increase in illness that may overburden health care resources.” It was similar to disaster declarations issued before hurricanes hit coastal areas.

“It’s important to note that this is a proactive measure — not a response to a new development,” an administration official said....

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The Fed’s Greatest Round of Asset Inflation

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Featured Articles, Federal Reserve & Bankers

The Fed’s Latest, Greatest Round of Asset Inflation

Source: MoneyandMarkets.com

by Mike Larson   10-23-09

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There goes oil, surging past $80-a-barrel. That’s up 150 percent from the December low, in case you’re keeping score.

Gasoline? Wholesale prices are up more than 40 cents a gallon in just under a month …

Heating oil? Grab an extra blanket! It just jumped to the highest price in almost a year …

Corn? It’s up almost a buck a bushel since mid-September …

Wheat? Rising. Soybeans? Yep. Sugar? Near a 26-year high. And I hope you’re not planning on eating too much chocolate this Halloween. Replacing it will cost a lot more considering cocoa futures just soared to the highest level in almost three decades.

If you’re a resource-sector investor, this is all great news!  

But for everyone else, it just means higher prices at the pump … a dramatic escalation in heating bills … pricier bread … more expensive cereal … and so on.

And you know what? Federal Reserve policymakers probably couldn’t be happier! They want prices to surge. In fact, they are deliberately pursuing reckless monetary policies and a strategy of dollar debasement in order to ENSURE we get yet another round of asset inflation!...

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Former NYC Top Cop is now an Inmate

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Source: Associated Press via PoliceOne.com VALHALLA, N.Y. — Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is now just another number in the county jail. Westchester County jail spokesman Justin Pruyne (PRYN') says Kerik was given the number 210717 and a single-bed cell when he arrived Tuesday afternoon. Kerik is awaiting a federal trial on corruption charges. He had his $500,000 bail revoked for disclosing secret pretrial information. Pruyne says the 54-year-old Kerik was processed like any other incoming inmate but was segregated from the general jail population because of his background in law enforcement. Kerik won glowing reviews for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was later nominated to lead the federal Homeland Security agency but withdrew as co

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Deserted shopping mall bleak symbol of Fed bailout

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 in Economic News, Featured Articles, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:33pm BST By Alister Bull OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A $29 billion trail from the Federal Reserve's bailout of Wall Street investment bank Bear Stearns ends in a partially deserted shopping center on a bleak spot on the south side of Oklahoma City. The Fed now owns the Crossroads Mall, a sprawling shopping complex at the junction of Interstate highways 244 and 35, complete with an oil well pumping crude in the parking lot -- except the Fed does not own the mineral rights. The Fed finds itself in the unusual situation of being an Oklahoma City landlord after it lent JPMorgan Chase $29 billion to buy Bear Stearns last year. That money was secured by a portfolio of Bear assets. Crossroads Mall is the only bricks and mortar acquired through bailou

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US scientist charged with attempted spying for Israel

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles

US scientist charged with attempted spying for Israel Published on 10-19-2009   Source: AFPA top American scientist who once worked for the Pentagon and the US space agency NASA was arrested Monday and charged with attempted spying for Israel, the Department of Justice said.Stewart David Nozette, 52, developed an experiment that fueled the discovery of water on the south pole of the moon, and previously held special security clearance at the Department of Energy on atomic materials, the DOJ said. He is charged with "attempted espionage for knowingly and willfully attempting to communicate, deliver, and transmit classified information relating to the national defense of the United States to an individual that Nozette believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer," the

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Intelligence Agency buys stake in firm that monitors blogs, tweets, etc.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Featured Articles, Social Networking

Source:  Wired By Noah Shachtman October 19, 2009  |  12:03 pm  |  America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day. Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and

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