Thursday, September 15, 2011

UPDATE: 09/14/2011 Massive New Radiation Releases Possible from Fukushima


Core materials may hit groundwater, Japan and U.S. governments CONTINUE  to lie to the international public regarding radiation releases, refuse to evacuate endangered citizens

Washington’s Blog
September 14, 2011

For the last 6 months, the Japanese and U.S. governments have continually under-reported and lied about the severity of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima.

     The Wall Street Journal points out:

    The Japanese government initially underestimated radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in part because of untimely rain, and so exposed people unnecessarily, a report released this week by a government research institute says.

Irradiated steam spews from Fukushima reactor
PhysOrg writes:

The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster.

    ***

    [A] study [by University of Texas engineering professor Steven Biegalski and researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory] reports that more radioxenon was released from the Fukushima facilities than in the 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania and in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine.

A second reactor explodes at Fukushima
Biegalski said the reason for the large release in Fukushima, when compared to the others, is that there were three nuclear reactors at the Japan facilities rather than just one.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen notes:

    New TEPCO data measured on August 19 & 20 shows severe damage to the spent fuel in Fukushima Daiichi Units 1, 2, and 3…. This TEPCO data clearly contradicts and refutes the July assertion by the NRC the Fukushima Daiichi spent fuel pools were not damaged in this tragic accident.

    There are also several unconfirmed reports that the Japanese government is trying to keep people from buying geiger counters to measure radiation.

New, Large Radiation Releases Are Possible

    Mainichi Dailly News notes:

   As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide [says]:

    The nuclear disaster is ongoing.

    ***

    At present, It is believed that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again.

One of the melted-down reactor cores emits black smoke
At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater.

    ***

    The government and plant operator TEPCO are trumpeting the operation of the circulation cooling system, as if it marks a successful resolution to the disaster. However, radiation continues to leak from the reactors. The longer the circulation cooling system keeps running, the more radioactive waste it will accumulate. It isn’t really leading us in the direction we need to go.

    It’s doubtful that there’s even a need to keep pouring water into the No.1 reactor, where nuclear fuel is suspected to have burned through the pressure vessel. Meanwhile, it is necessary to keep cooling the No. 2 and 3 reactors, which are believed to still contain some fuel, but the cooling system itself is unstable. If the fuel were to become overheated again and melt, coming into contact with water and trigger a steam explosion, more radioactive materials will be released.

    ***

    We are now head to head with a situation that mankind has never faced before.

    Mainichi also reports:

    The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) and residents of the zone between 20 and 30 kilometers from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant held an emergency evacuation drill on Sept. 12 … in preparation for any further large-scale emission of radioactive materials from the plant.

Reactor 4 emits radioactive smoke


The scenario for the drill presupposed further meltdown of the Fukushima plant’s No. 3 reactor core, and a local accumulation of radioactive materials emitting 20 millisieverts of radiation within the next four days. …

And nuclear expert Paul Gunter says that we face a “China Syndrome”, where the fuel from the reactor cores at Fukushima have melted through the container vessels, into the ground, and are hitting groundwater and creating highly-radioactive steam: 


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Fly the unfriendly skies: get detained, strip searched, interrogated for "suspicious activity"


Brown-Skinned Lady Sits Next To Two Indian Men On Plane, Gets Strip-Searched And Detained For "Suspicious Activity"

Think Progress
By Tanya Somanader
September 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm EDT

On the same day the country gathered together to recognize the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched two F-16 jets to tail a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver after the crew reported “suspicious activity on board.” That “activity”? The existence of three dark-skinned passengers.Two Indian men and one self-described “half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” from Ohio — all unknown to each other — made the mistake of boarding a plane on Sept. 11, 2011.

Fascist Skies:  Frontier Flight 623
After the crew reported that two people had spent “an extraordinarily long time” in the bathroom, the jets escorted the plane to its destination in Detroit, Michigan. Then, according to reports and the “half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” Shoshana Hebshi, a SWAT team of about 10 police boarded the plane with machine guns and three dogs, approached Hebshi and the men’s aisle, handcuffed them, and escorted them off the plane:

    Before I knew it, about 10 cops, some in what looked like military fatigues, were running toward the plane carrying the biggest machine guns I have ever seen–bigger than what the guards carry at French train stations.

    My last tweet: Majorly armed cops coming aboard.

    Someone shouted for us to place our hands on the seats in front of us, heads down. The cops ran down the aisle, stopped at my row and yelled at the three of us to get up. “Can I bring my phone?” I asked, of course. What a cliffhanger for my Twitter followers! No, one of the cops said, grabbing my arm a little harder than I would have liked. He slapped metal cuffs on my wrists and pushed me off the plane. The three of us, two Indian men living in the Detroit metro area, and me, a half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife living in suburban Ohio, were being detained.

Shoshana Hebshi
After interrogating and strip-searching the three passengers, the FBI determined hours later that “there was no real threat,” excusing the wildly disproportionate response by stating, “The public would rather us err on the side of caution than not.” When Hebshi asked her interrogator what sparked the concern, he replied “that someone on the plane had reported that the three of us in row 12 were conducting suspicious activity.” Hebshi noted that the “activity” was two Indian men “going to the bathroom in succession.”

    Hebshi’s situation is an all-too-common example from one of 9/11′s salient legacies: racial and ethnic profiling. Multiple minorities — Muslim or not — have been banned from flights or subjected to humiliating searches solely because of their appearance. Indeed, U.S. officials even spurred diplomatic tension with India last year for detaining its U.N. envoy and demanding to physically check his turban.

    Living through this era of Islamophobia, Hebshi wondered whether the mere fact that three minorities “who didn’t know each other” but were dark-skinned will always be “suspicion enough.”

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Militay suicides - where to place the blame


Today's returning illegal war Veterans attempt to blame their condition on everyone but themselves

Veterans Today
Ed Mattson
09/90/2011

Suicide is a difficult subject about which to write as most people are simple uncomfortable discussing the reason for it. While there is a lot published on the subject with many seeking to find “The Cause”, evidence as to why someone commits suicide is all over the map…even more so for those who have served in the military.

    In the past military personnel have had a much lower suicide rate than the population at large according to national suicide statistics from the Centers for Disease Control… among civilians the rate for males age 20-29 were around 20 per 100,000 during the first half of this decade. Since the start of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan the Army said its suicide rate is now a bit higher than for civilians for the first time. As an example, the rate was 9 per 100,000 among those who had served on active duty in the Army (prior to 2001), but rose to 20.2 per 100,000 by 2008, and has steadily increased since.

Military suicides rise - Obama administration lying about numbers
More U.S. military personnel took their own lives in 2009 than were killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services. Many senior members of Congress say they believe there is a connection. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., who was chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, attributed the rising mental health problems to a lack of time at home between deployments.

    Army leaders say they are unable to conclude that the deployments or the time between deployments are the main cause of the suicide increase — one-third of the active-duty soldiers who killed themselves in 2009 have no deployment history, according to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

    As typical of any study that is done on perplexing issues, theories abound. Text-book theorists are a dime a dozen these days trying to solve all that ails our great country. The suicide issue is no exception…and to think we the taxpayer pay for many such studies.

    Let’s start by looking at societal issues and the vast changes during the Johnson administration back in the Sixties. This was a period of time when vast amounts of federal spending began on the “Great Society Programs” and were continually expanded by both the Nixon and Ford administration. The sweeping programs that were enacted drastically altered the “family unit” and the idea that personal responsibility was the key to behavioral standards.


Active duty and Veteran suicides are now epidemic
The main goals of the many new social programs were to address racial issues and eliminate poverty… noble goals as most such programs initially start, but ended up becoming programs that took reliance off the individual’s shoulders and the idea of “family support”, and placed them in the care of government. The War on Poverty began with the Model Cities Program for urban redevelopment; Upward Bound, which assisted poor high school students entering college; legal services for the poor; the Food Stamps program; the Community Action Program, which initiated local Community Action Agencies, and Project Head Start, all aimed at lower income families as a helping hand. Instead of accomplishing its goal it became a series of trillion dollar programs that caused the collapse of the traditional family, two-parent structure, and allowed fathers to foster children and “let the state take care of them”, mentality.

    Charles Murray, for example, argues that ultimately the Great Society had little impact on poverty but instead led to an increase in welfare dependency and family disintegration, particularly among the urban poor. Libertarian economist Thomas Sowell argues that the Great Society programs only contributed to the destruction of African American families, saying “the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.” The same holds true for Hispanics and undereducated whites who have fallen under the spell of government dependency.
“In the sixties we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won,” -  Ronald Reagan
    Most people would probably agree with President Ronald Reagan today. There is a widespread perception that the federal government’s efforts to help the poor during the sixties were almost unlimited; that despite all the programs, which initially had the appearance of helping, poverty became more severe, not less; and that the reason poverty increased is that all those government programs backfired and left their intended beneficiaries worse off.

    Why is this so important to know when discussing the roots of suicide in the military today? Did we see such high rates of suicide following the first and second World Wars? Did suicides bring such national attention after the Korean War? Following all wars, the soldiers, airmen, and sailors that went off to fight them all had transitioning issues facing them when they returned home BUT most were able to return to a “family unit” to offer support…the same family unit that had both mother and father in the picture when they were growing up.
 
    The family is very important in society. It is also a harbinger of hope and the first to be affected in a “deteriorating social and economic environment”. The family is the most important unit of society and plays an essential role in fulfilling the emotional and physical needs of the individual, which is required for achieving economic and social development. The single family household often lacks the stability of the two-parent family, and it should be to no one’s dismay that we perceive life in how we were brought up.

Accepting responsibility a key to recovery
In my course of research for this article I came across a writer who was trying to relate the reason for suicide to the trauma dating back to birth; that perhaps suicide may be related to western birthing practices which were becoming more stressful and painful to the fetus. As I said early-on, there are many trying to find the root cause of suicide, but looking at this angle , to me, was pushing the limits of believability. Were it a truism, most of us would be suicidal.

    So, if we start with the deterioration of the family unit as the possible root cause, where do we go from here and why the sudden increase the last 3-4 years?

    Let’s dissect the issue one step at a time:

A.  Today’s troops are experiencing multiple deployment, with little time to recoup in between.

B.  Many enter the military right out of high school or upon graduation from college, with little experience in economic issues.

C.  Many marry their high school sweetheart and are already “in the family way” by the time of their first deployment…the family unit has not really become a cohesive “unit” and this would only compound the lack of nurturing that might have been missing while growing up.

D.  While one spouse is away at war, the other is left to fend for the family with limited financial means and so there becomes a disparity in maturity…one having to learn to survive on the battle field, the other in the dog-eat-dog real live civilian world.

E. When the family is rejoined they face the need to re-learn communication skills, intimacy, and understanding, which lacks the adrenaline rush associated with combat survival. While going through transitioning counseling, which is becoming mandatory in most military units, it can become too much too fast to absorb and this can often lead to dependency on alcohol or drugs.

F.  It may be decision-time for some to re-enlist or leave the service for civilian life. This compounds the situation even further as the economic conditions on the outside severely limit the job choices for many. If the soldier chooses re-enlistment, redeployment is surely on the horizon; if the choice is to leave the military, the rat-race of the economy becomes the new challenge, all the while trying to re-integrate to family life.

G.  The stigma that comes from admitting to the need for mental counseling keeps many from seeking continued follow-up help once outside the parameter of the military duty station, creating a sense of abandonment in many soldiers leading to marital problems which often end in divorce.

H.  Facing loneliness and post traumatic stress disorder, which afflicts as many as 30% of those leaving the military, the soldier comes face to face with the possibility of suicide.

    And what about those who didn’t face combat, their suicide figures are included in the increasing numbers we are seeing. On Monday we will conclude on where this all leads in the hope of better understanding the alarming phenomenon of military suicide.

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Andreas Whittam Smith: Germany has shifted and default is now inevitable


Agreement with Greece to restructure its economy to preserve the euro - has frayed to breaking point

The Independent
09/15/2011

A Greek debt default is close. It could come next week, or very soon anyway. Think of Greece as being in intensive care. You enter the eurozone hospital and go up to the ward where Greece is stretched out in agony. You peer through tubes and pumps at the screens recording the patient's progress. What do you find?

    That it could hardly be worse. The returns that investors demand for owning Greek debt have risen to such astronomical levels that the line goes off the scale. Bonds that are due to be repaid next March are priced at half their official value. This is like looking at a thermometer where the mercury has shot up to the top. But more important are the dials that record the performance of the Greek economy. It is shrinking at 7 per cent per annum, making it ever less likely that the country can meet the promises it made to secure bailout funds. Greece is rapidly getting weaker, not stronger and government revenues, the wherewithal for repaying its debts, are shrinking.
  
    The doctors would also say that Greece has never been in good shape. The country entered the euro system on the basis of foolishly optimistic figures supplied by the government at the time. It used the early days of its membership to borrow vast sums at low rates that it could only hope to repay if it achieved fast economic growth, which it didn't. The country still lacks the basic attributes of full statehood. It cannot collect more than a small proportion of the taxes that it levies and it cannot keep its frontiers secure – many illegal immigrants in Europe have arrived via Greece.

Greeks have had enough:  All-out Revolt in the offing?
 These are the circumstances in which next Monday officials representing Greece's creditors are due to come to Athens. They left rather hurriedly a few weeks ago in despair at what they found. Now they are returning to make a final attempt to see whether they can release a further €8bn of the rescue funds that the government needs if it is to pay state salaries and pensions in October. But Wolfgang Schauble, the German finance minister, remarked the other day that the €8bn would not be released unless the Greeks "actually do" what they promised by enacting reforms to modernise their economy.

   Taking this warning to heart, Evangelos Venizelos, the Greek finance minister, told Parliament: "Public sector reform is going to happen right now" and the government announced that 10,000 jobs at state-controlled entities would be cut immediately and another 10,000 within weeks. At the same time, a new €2bn two-year property tax was announced. It would be based on surface area and the levy would be collected through electricity bills. Unfortunately Greece's power workers immediately said they would sabotage these plans.

  While trades union hostility is unhelpful, the reasons for fearing that Greece cannot avoid default go far wider. An immediate concern is the structure of the second bailout, worth €109bn, agreed by eurozone heads of state in July. It was straight away apparent that there was something wrong with the deal. For even finance ministry officials who signed up to it had a hard time explaining exactly to what they had agreed. Moreover, one important aspect of the rescue package now looks unlikely to happen. The hope was that a high proportion of the holders of Greek debt would agree to accept new securities rather than repayment in cash. This manoeuvre was a sort of disguised default. Had it been carried through, Greece's immediate burdens would have been considerably lightened.

Urban Army:  Greeks strike back at the Empire
 More serious is a recent change of tone in statements made by high officials and senior politicians in the eurozone's paymaster country, Germany. For in addition to Mr Schauble's exasperated comments quoted above, the Economy Minister, Philipp Roesler, suggested over the weekend that Greece would need an "orderly default" on its debts, a remark that sent global share prices tumbling on Monday. And Christian Lindner, General Secretary of the Free Democrats, which form part of the ruling coalition, followed this up in an interview, saying: "In the final analysis, one also cannot rule out that Greece must, or would want to, leave the eurozone."

    Nor is growing German irritation confined to Greece. It extends to the European Central Bank (ECB). There is substantial disapproval of its policy of buying eurozone government bonds in order to support debt-laden partners in the currency union, such as Greece, Italy and Spain. Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Munich-based Ifo Institute, Germany's largest economic think tank, argues that the ECB had violated principles under which Germany had joined the euro. These reflected the lessons it had learnt from its experience of hyperinflation in the 1920s.

   This reference to the German hyperinflation of 1923 is highly significant. For when money became practically worthless, as it did for a short period, the savings of many middle class families were destroyed. The memory of it is filed away in German minds under the heading "never again". It lies alongside Germany's easily revived feelings of resentment, of which a famous example is the Stab-in-the-Back legend invented to explain Germany's defeat in the First World War. 

     For up-to-date evidence that this sentiment has found a new cause, read Bild, Germany's mass-circulation newspaper. A recent article compared Germany with Greece, noting: "Here, people work until they are 67 and there is no 14th month salary for civil servants. Here, nobody needs to pay a €1,000 bribe to get a hospital bed in time... Our petrol stations have cash registers, taxi drivers give receipts and farmers don't swindle EU subsidies with millions of non-existent olive trees. Germany also has high debts but we can settle them. That's because we get up early and work all day." And the Greeks don't, was the unstated conclusion.
Thus the original understanding, reached at the beginning of the debt crisis, that Germany, along with its partner countries, would help Greece re-structure its economy so that it could grow again and repay its debts and thus preserve the eurozone, has frayed to breaking point. Greece cannot recover and Germany's patience is running out. The impossibility of avoiding a Greek default must be acknowledged shortly.

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Palestinian statehood: can the UN vote be more than just symbolic recognition?


Israeli's refusal to accept a Palestine within 1967 borders and Hamas's opposition make a solution unlikely but not hopeless

The Guardian
By Ian Black, Middle East Editor
14 September 2011 16.37 BST

The United Nations has staked out landmark positions many times on the question of Palestine, but the current attempt to secure recognition for Palestinian statehood has powerful echoes of one its most significant past decisions – the partition of the country into separate Jewish and Arab states in November 1947.

Nakba:  Sixty years of Palestinian displacement
That vote by the UN general assembly was necessitated by Britain's desire to shed responsibility for the then mandated territory. Hailed by the Jews but fatefully rejected by the Arabs, the move signaled the start of fighting before the establishment of Israel and the flight of the Palestinian refugees – the "Nakba" – the following year.

   Both sides are thus sharply aware of the historical resonance of next week's UN bid. Ehud Barak, Israel's defense minister, has warned of a "diplomatic tsunami". But others predict a damp squib. In this view, the maneuvering seems unlikely to deliver more than symbolic recognition of an already widely recognized right. But that may be underestimating the impact. And surprises cannot be ruled out.

Barak
In a new report, the International Crisis Group describes the path to the UN as "a tale of collective mismanagement". It blames Palestinian leaders "plagued by ignorance, internal divisions and brinkmanship for overselling what they could achieve and scrambling to avoid further loss of domestic credibility".

    Israel, it warns, is over-dramatizing the impact of UN recognition and has threatened to retaliate against the Palestinians. "The US administration, unable to steer events, fed up with both sides, and facing a Congress that will inflict a price for any Palestinian move at the UN, just wants the whole thing to go away. It is pressing instead for a resumption of negotiations which, in the current context, are likely to collapse – making it a cure more hazardous than the ailment."

Abbas
On the Palestinian side, the drive for recognition flows from a sense that the moribund "peace process" – never more deserving of those quotation marks than now – helps maintain a status quo that allows the relentless expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Earlier this year the "Palestine papers" published by the Guardian exposed the yawning gap between the two sides.

   Supporters of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, argue that even if a threatened US veto means that the effort will produce nothing more than observer status at the UN – akin to that of the Vatican – Palestinians will still gain access to organizations such as the international criminal court at The Hague and be able to use them to fight the occupation and its abuses – "law-fare" rather than warfare.

War Criminal Sharon 1967
But a powerful counter-argument on the Palestinian side, where there is a growing disillusionment with the two-state solution, is that this is a distraction from the real business of resisting Israel. That strategy envisages a struggle for civil rights on both sides of the old 1967 border with the distant goal of somehow achieving one single democratic state for Arabs and Jews.

   The truth is that no solution at all is likely as long as Israel's Likud-led government refuses to accept the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. And Abbas still faces opposition from Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls Gaza and opposes both negotiations with Israel and the struggle for UN recognition because it believes "that rights are grabbed and not begged for".

Rice
 Israeli "doves" really see one big positive. "Abbas is effectively agreeing to a partial settlement of his final status claims that could be highly advantageous for the cause of a stable two-state solution," wrote analyst Yossi Alpher at Bitterlemons.org.

   "Abbas is asking the UN for a territorial solution: a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with its capital in Jerusalem. He is not asking the UN to rule on the right of return or the 'ownership' of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem – the real 'dealbreakers' when the two parties sit down to direct negotiations." Those advantages are seen as disadvantages by many Palestinians.

    With the seismic changes of the Arab spring and Israel's spats with Egypt and Turkey in the background, this is a potentially significant moment. The two big questions are whether international recognition of a Palestinian state will make substantive and successful negotiations any more likely; and whether a UN decision – like that one back in 1947 and so many others since – will be rendered irrelevant by events and facts on the ground.

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Obama unveils yet another "crisis:" Jobs (as if we didn't already know)


With a crisis Here, and a crisis There.... here a crisis, EVERYWHERE a crisis.  America/World fed up with U.S "crisis" after "crisis"

Politico
By Carrie Budoff Brown
09/14/2011 2:08 PM EDT


Next Obama crisis:  tobacco companies bailout
Against the backdrop of more negative poll numbers and two special-election losses for Democrats, Obama called on thousands of college students assembled in the steamy Reynolds Coliseum to mobilize behind the plan, a mix of tax cuts and government spending on infrastructure, jobs programs and construction projects.

The 26-minute speech before a crowd of more than 9,000 echoed his remarks in previous days, with a slightly sharper critique of congressional Republicans for suggesting that they don’t want to give Obama a political “win” and pass his proposal.

    “I get fed up with that kind of game plan, and we’ve been seeing it for too long. Too long,” Obama said. “We’re in a national emergency. We’ve been grappling with a crisis for three years, and instead of getting folks to rise up above partisanship in a spirit that says we’re all in this together, we got folks who are purposely dividing, purposely thinking just in terms of how does this play out just in terms of this election.”

    Like a traveling salesman, Obama stood at a podium and held up a copy of the 155-page American Jobs Act, ticking off state-specific data on how the bill would benefit North Carolinians: 19,000 construction workers could get jobs, 153 structurally deficient bridges could be repaired, and the typical family could see a $1,300 tax cut.

    “Tell your Congress person that the time for partisanship and politics is over,” Obama said.

“The time for action is now,” he added. “If you want to create jobs, pass this bill.”

 The trip coincided with a grim new poll, special election losses in Nevada and New York and a burgeoning investigation on Capitol Hill over a federal clean-energy loan.

   As Obama headed south to North Carolina, lawmakers were opening a hearing into the administration’s apparent rush to approve a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, a California firm that later folded, despite evidence that the company had been on shaky financial ground.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that the administration had acted appropriately and is cooperating with investigators.

    Carney said the two election losses in Nevada and New York should not be interpreted as a referendum on Obama.

Look familiar?  Great depression unemployment line
“Special elections are often unique and their outcomes don’t tell you very much about future regularly scheduled elections,” Carney said. “You can make those predictions and look foolish in 14 months or not. I’m simply saying we do not view it that way (as a referendum).”

    A new survey underscored Obama’s challenge in selling his plan. The Bloomberg National Poll found that a majority of voters don’t believe the American Jobs Act will lower the unemployment rate, a downbeat assessment that reflects public skepticism about Washington’s ability to reverse the economic decline.

    “I think that means half the American people based on that poll believe it will help create jobs and grow the economy,” Carney said. “We are not done pressing Congress and reaching to the American people.”

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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