Daily Archives: October 20, 2006

Government Targets American Bloggers As Enemy Propagandists

Prison Planet.com | Oct, 17 2006

Military, Homeland Security, Bush White House strategy sharpen knives against anyone critical of the “war on terror”

Recent scientific polls that show around 84% don’t believe the government’s explanation behind 9/11 and others confirming the fact that support for the war in Iraq is at an all time low have led the Bush administration to sharpen their knives against the new breed of perceived “enemy propagandists,” bloggers, journalists and online activists who dissent against the “war on terror.”

As Raw Story reports , CENTCOM announced earlier this year that a team of employees would be “[engaging] bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information.”

So when you’re wasting your time arguing the finer points of the collapse of Building 7 or the quagmire in Iraq with someone who seems unable to grasp basic principles, your foe could well be sat behind a plush U.S. government desk in a uniform.

Europe Moves To Kill The Internet

Infowars.net | October 17, 2006

New EU rules would prevent uploading video without a license

The latest move to kill off online freedom and the spread of information comes in the form of proposed EU legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video, whether that be a hard hitting political documentary film or your friends goofing around with diet coke and Mentos.

A proposed EU directive could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube., reports the London Times . This would mean that websites and mobile phone services that feature video images would have to conform to standards laid down in Brussels.

Personal websites would have to be licensed as a “television-like service”. Once again the reasoning behind such legislation is said to be in order to set minimum standards on areas such as hate speech and the protection of children.

In reality this directive would do nothing to protect children or prevent hate speech – unless you judge protecting children to be denying them access to anything that is not government regulated or you assume hate speech to be the criticism of government actions and policy.

Priest decribes naked massage and skinny-dipping with young Foley, but no sex

MSNBC | Oct 19, 2006

Cleric describes several encounters, naked massages, skinny-dipping
A priest acknowledged Thursday that he used to go naked in saunas with Mark Foley decades ago when the former congressman was a boy in Florida, but denied that the two had sex.

The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 72, speaking by telephone from his home on the Maltese island of Gozo, said a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about their relationship was “exaggerated.”

“We were friends and trusted each other as brothers and loved each other as brothers,” Mercieca said. Asked if their relationship was sexual in nature, the priest replied: “it wasn’t.”

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported described several encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate. They include massaging Foley while the boy was naked, skinny-dipping together at a secluded lake in Lake Worth and being nude in the same room on overnight trips.

The paper reported Mercieca said there was one night when he was in a drug-induced stupor and there was an incident but he couldn’t clearly remember, the newspaper reported.

Debt holds U.S. troops back from overseas duty

MSNBC | Oct 19, 2006

Thousands are so mired they’re considered at risk for bribery, espionage
Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military records.

The number of troops held back has climbed dramatically in the past few years. And while they appear to represent a very small percentage of all U.S. military personnel, the increase is occurring at a time when the armed forces are stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are seeing an alarming trend in degrading financial health,” said Navy Capt. Mark D. Patton, commanding officer at San Diego’s Naval Base Point Loma.

‘Beginning of the end of America’

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MSNBC | Oct 19, 2006

Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment

We have lived as if in a trance.

We have lived as people in fear.

And now—our rights and our freedoms in peril—we slowly awaken to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing.

Therefore, tonight have we truly become the inheritors of our American legacy.

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

Ritalin for preschoolers? Study warns of risks

MSNBC | Oct 19, 2006

Soaring numbers of preschoolers are being given psychiatric drugs


Side-effects include irritability, weight loss, insomnia and slowed growth.

Is it safe to give preschoolers Ritalin, the popular attention deficit disorder drug?

The first long-term government study of that age group warns of side effects with the stimulant drug, which isn’t recommended for children under age 6.

There were benefits for children who had severe ADHD, but the researchers said preschoolers on Ritalin need close monitoring because they’re more likely than older children to develop side effects.

The research was done because of concerns over reports that soaring numbers of preschoolers are being given psychiatric drugs, including Ritalin.

King of Spain Shoots a Drunken Bear Dead

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King of Spain and great white hunter, Juan Carlos, getting ready to bag his vodka-filled domesticated drunken bear trophy

Kommersant | Oct 19, 2006

A domesticated bear falls a prey to an abominable performance
King of Spain Juan Carlos I, who was on a visit to Russia in August, has killed a domesticated bear, as Sergey Starostin, deputy head of Vologda Region’s Hunting Grounds Preservation Department, reported to Vologda Governor Vyacheslav Pozgalev. What is more, the king made the bear drunk.
Juan Carlos I visited Vologda Region in late August. The king and his retinue stayed at the House of the Wood Grouse recreation zone near the village of Limonovo. The place had earlier welcomed celebrities as film director Nikita Mikhalkov, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu and former Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov. The Spanish guest did not make a secret of the fact that he had come to that middle of nowhere only because of hunting.

Two months after the visit, details of the royal hunting have leaked. “An abominable performance accompanied the hunting of King of Spain Juan Carlos,” Starostin tells Vologda Regions’s government in a letter. “The party ‘sacrificed’ a good-humored and jolly bear called Mitrofan who had been kept at a farm in the village of Novlenskoye. The bear was put in a cage and taken to the place of hunting. Afterwards, the party made him drunk with vodka mixed with honey, and pushed him out to the field. Quite naturally, the massive drunken animal became an easy target. His Majesty Juan Carlos killed Mitrofan with one shot.”