Brooke Baskin, Brian Williams & Janelle Miles QUEENSLANDERS have been warned of high numbers of deadly eastern brown snakes this summer after a woman died from a snake bite in the state’s southwest.
By Newscore and AFP THE GREEK PM has dramatically scrapped plans for a referendum on the proposed European bailout
Webmasters comment www.theaussiedigger.com President Obama is one of the worst US Presidents in history. He has certainly engendered detestation, fear and disrespect for the US abroad and at home in record numbers. The policy behaviour of the US President and Government directly affects Australians. I cannot personally recall any US President so blatantly breaking election promises. However Australians have been known for common sense and courtesy and it is our way and the way of ordinary courtesy to make him and any other legitimate Head of State welcome in our country. Tony Abbott will do, say and be anything to get the job of Prime Minister.
US accuses China, Russia of cyber spying Pot, kettle, black.
Webmasters comment www.theaussiedigger.com You may recall I labeled the PM an Israeli firster some weeks ago. The PM’s actions [ below ] have shown she is owned by and answers to the Australian Israeli lobby. Australians cannot serve two masters. They must put Australia first, second and third. In any case the PM is clearly on the wrong side of history and her actions will come back to haunt Australia in the Middle East and elsewhere across the globe. Her actions have done immeasurable damage to our international reputation and it will long be remembered when the inevitable time comes when a Palestinian State is born and the influence of Israel in the Middle East wanes. Israel is on a clear path to destroying itself, without any outside help. This will mean decent Israelis will suffer at the hands of Zionist extremists within and without it’s borders. PM Gillard has betrayed the majority sentiment of Australians, betrayed Labor ideals [ and possibly the Labor platform ] and betrayed the decent international community. As far as I know the official Labor position is the Two State solution based on the 1967 borders.
AAP JULIA Gillard sided with Israel in opposing Palestinian membership of a UN cultural organisation, despite pleas from Kevin Rudd.
Webmasters comment www.theaussiedigger.com We must remember that Anzac Cove is on Turkish soil and we have no direct legal say on how the historic site is managed. The way to help preserve this iconic site which is so sentimental to most Australians is for the Australian Government to continue to have dialogue with the Turkish Government. Hysterically emotional headlines such as the below do us no favours.
Webmasters comment www.theaussiedigger.com If Australian politicians want the public to respect them they must earn that respect. Respect is NOT an automatic right by way of office held in the land. Watching Parliamentary sittings is an exercise in kindergarten theatre and the amazing thing is these actors really, really take themselves seriously and think they are oh so clever and important. Sen Milne has disgraced himself and all Australians who have ever voted Green and he must apologise to all the aforementioned. However don’t hang by your thumbs waiting for any apology from this arrogant, irascible reactionary rascal. It would be wise of Sen Milne to ponder the fact that there are Australians who fought against the Nazis who vote Green
I don’t know why users keep using IE. I personally find Firefox much much better.
The Federal Government has accused the Opposition of indulging in “economic xenophobia” after it questioned Labor’s plans to increase Australia’s contribution to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Australia is the second best place in the world to live according to the United Nations, with Norway taking the title by a fraction in the annual Human Development Index (HDI).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
Like so many interested in the course of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, I will be keenly watching the Cape Town leg, which is the third of its hearings on Palestine.
With its brief to examine the superiority of international law in solving the Palestinian conflict, those eminent personalities standing before the jurors will be more than well-versed in what they have to say about apartheid as crime against humanity in the Israeli context.
Initiated by Lord Bertrand Russell in 1966, the original Russell Tribunal was originally founded to look at war atrocities in Vietnam. The Tribunal was supported by a host of intellectuals and academics. Its first chairman was the French philosopher, Jean Paul-Sartre.
The U.K. is stepping up its preparations for a military strike on Iran, the Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, the U.K. is increasingly concerned over Tehran’s nuclear program, and is preparing to deploy Royal Navy ships in the coming months to assist a possible U.S. attack on key facilities in Iran.
The paper cited senior officials who said they believed Iran had regained its technological capabilities which were severely damaged in a cyber-attack last year.
In a major banking scandal, the commodities and derivatives brokerage house MF Global filed one of the largest bankruptcies in American corporate history, with almost $40 billion in liabilities. It was the largest failure on Wall Street since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Leaders of the self-described leaderless Occupy Wall Street Movement in Oakland, California, have told NBC Bay Area that “anarchists” not associated with the group are responsible for last night’s violence. Black-clad troublemakers attacked banks and also trashed a Whole Foods Store (see video below).
In response, Oakland police suited up in riot gear attacked the OWS main encampment and fired tear gas and projectiles at marchers.
“Groggy people in tents could be heard telling police to go deal with troublemakers instead,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Wall Street vs. Greece: G20 Opens as Greek PM Pushes for Referendum on Bailout and Austerity Measures
The Greek debt scandal has also pitted U.S. banking interests against France, Germany and other European powers. “The Americans are putting immense pressure on Europe, saying, ‘We will wreck your economy, if you don’t wreck Greece’s economy,’” says economic analyst Michael Hudson.
Which do you trust more: democracy or financial markets?
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in return for bailing it out.
(Or, more accurately, the cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding for bailing out big European banks that have lent Greece lots of money and stand to lose big if Greece defaults on those loans – not to mention Wall Street banks that will also suffer because of their intertwined financial connections with European banks.)
How does a country end up 15 trillion dollars in debt? 30 years ago, we were just a little over a trillion dollars in debt.
How in the world do supposedly rational people living in “the greatest nation on earth” allow themselves to commit national financial suicide by allowing government debt to explode like that? ‘
It almost seems like there should be some sort of official ceremony in Washington D.C. to commemorate this achievement. It really takes something special to be able to roll up 15 trillion dollars of debt.
Russian and Chinese reluctance may complicate any Western campaign to parlay a U.N. watchdog report this month into political momentum for tougher sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, diplomats and analysts say.
The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), due next week, has exposed divisions among world powers on how to best handle the long-running row over Iranian nuclear activities the West fears are aimed at developing atom bombs.
The IAEA document is expected to bare detailed intelligence pointing to military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program but stop short of saying explicitly that Tehran is trying to build such weapons.
There is a strong speculation that Israel is bound to mount an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, a threat which the Zionist regime has frequently repeated and an idea which, if translated into action, will bring about apocalyptic consequences for the Zionist entity.
BBC journalism hit a new low today. The BBC News channel devoted only a single sentence to Palestine’s diplomatic coup in gaining full membership of Unesco. It used that single sentence once at 18.23 and once during the following hour. And this is that single sentence:
“Israel says that Unesco’s decision to admit Palestine to full membership will damage the prospects for peace in the Middle East.”
No other view was given, We did not hear what Palestine says, or what Unesco says, or what any of the huge majority of 107 countries which voted for Palestine say. The only view we were given was the Israeli view, and there was no questioning or discussion of that view.
As a result of the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street, the American people have experienced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs, homes, life savings, and ability to send their kids to college. Small businesses have been unable to get the credit they need to expand their businesses, and credit is still extremely tight. Wages as a share of national income are now at the lowest level since the Great Depression, and the number of Americans living in poverty is at an all-time high.
Vince Taylor doesn’t fit the stereotype of unkempt twentysomething protesters at the Occupy Wall Street site in Manhattan, which was clear from the homemade canvas sign he held there.
It read: “75 AND DISGUSTED.”
Contrary to the propaganda being put out by the money-junkies and their pet presstitutes, the Occupy movement are not “commies.”
They are not Marxists.
They are not “Drugged out Hippies.”
They are not lazy.
They do not “hate the rich.”
The Occupy movement are men.
They are women.
They are gays.
They are straights.
They are Black.
They are White.
They are Red.
They are Yellow.
They are Brown.
They are young.
They are old.
They are you.
And they are me.
The Occupy movement is not trying to take over the country.
The Occupy movement is the country, taking itself back.
An Israeli company selling instruments of torture and repression has been given refuge at a Paris arms fair, six years after it was expelled from a similar event in London.
Electroshock shields were one of the items offered by TAR Ideal Concepts at the Milipol exhibition in the French capital earlier this month, a source who attended this bazaar informed me. Those shields are explicitly designed to inflict pain on people who come into contact with them.
Even if he is found not guilty and acquitted of his charges, Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri, the Guantanamo detainee accused of planning the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, may still be imprisoned for the rest of his life, according to US government documents released Wednesday.
The U.S. has accused Pakistan of supporting the Haqqani network and allowing the militants safe haven in North Waziristan — allegations denied by Islamabad. Washington has repeatedly called on Pakistan to attack the Haqqanis, or at least prevent them from carrying out cross-border raids, but Islamabad has refused.
In response, the Obama administration has significantly ramped up the number of drone attacks against militants in North Waziristan. The U.S. refuses to acknowledge the CIA-run program publicly, but officials have said privately that the strikes have killed many senior militant commanders.
Clashes have erupted in Oakland, California, between anti-corporate protesters and police, who have entered their camp. Up to 100 people have been arrested. According to unconfirmed reports, many police officers were not wearing badges and had tape covering their names. Police officers have used tear gas and bullets which, basically, consist of heavy pellets of cloth. (Hope the protestors keep the evidence – remember to bag and tag!!).
- COVER-UP/Why did the prisoners have their hands tied when they were found hanging in their cells? (NCIS185, NCIS950, NCIS1012, NCIS958, AUTO693-1)
Is it possible to tie one’s own hands?
Why were the prisoners gagged with cloth? They were already going to kill themselves by silent suffocation through hanging; why suffocate themselves silently twice? (NCIS966, NCIS975, NCIS1073f, NCIS1079, NCIS1091)
Why did all three prisoners have masks – or mask-like contraptions – on their faces as they hanged? (AUTO693-1, NCIS950, NCIS990f)
Is it physically possible to hang yourself bound, masked and gagged?
Why was there a bloody T-shirt around the neck of one of the prisoners found hanging in his cell? (NCIS1113)
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it was planning to meet with Libya’s new leaders soon to determine the financing needs of the war-torn country.
“There will be a meeting with the authorities shortly. I don’t have a specific date but it will be soon,” IMF spokesman David Hawley said at a regularly scheduled news conference.
The spokesman did not say where the meeting would take place.
“The areas that we’re discussing with the authorities are preparation of a macroeconomic framework, assessment of the public financial management capacity, estimation of financing needs, and assistance we might provide in restoring the central bank’s payment system and operations,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a halt to Israel’s financial contributions to UNESCO after the UN cultural organisation granted the Palestinians full membership.
Wait a moment… Israel gets billions of dollars from the American taxpayer every year but has enough cash to make charitable donations? We have Americans sleeping in the streets and eating out of trash cans! The US Government (if it had any balls) should immediately reduce the amount of taxpayer cash sent to Israel by the exact amount Israel just reduced to UNESCO.
Reports coming out of Oakland say police there are withdrawing after a series of running battles with Occupy movement protesters. Riot-gear clad cops once again deployed tear gas, flashbangs and rubber ammunition in an effort to move entrenched demonstrators. But the city’s port – the 5th largest in America, remains shut down.
The General Strike in Oakland had many marches throughout the day including this march against Capitalism. Thousands took to the streets in the Californian city and shut down operations in one of America’s major sea ports. This follows last week’s violent police dispersal of a demonstrators’ camp, which resulted in a former US marine being severely injured.
The “Freedom Waves to Gaza” flotilla organizers kept their latest attempt to set sail to the Gaza Strip under wraps out of concern that they would be stopped again before leaving the port in Turkey.
The activists from the Canadian vessel the “Tahrir,” carrying twelve Canadian, American, Australian and Palestinian passengers, and the Irish vessel the “Saoirse,” carrying 15 Irish passengers, told Haaretz that preparations were kept low profile until the two-vessel flotilla reached international waters.
The activists are also accompanied by reporters from news outlets including Al-Jazeera and Iranian television
We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, are calling on the world: enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip must end. While attention is focused on the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN do not forget that the blockade and the suffering continue in Gaza.
Oakland is humming and buzzing and doing things in that Oakland style that goes back to it always being the poor sister of San Francisco and the home of The Black Panthers. The crass media is downplaying the numbers as usual, while doing what the crass media does by putting out articles where the name of the author is never mentioned anymore and that’s been going on for awhile. I’m assuming this is because naming the writers tracks the info right back to Israel who is behind so many of the world wide lies and offenses of recent times.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili will release a number of documents detailing US involvement in acts of terror against the Islamic Republic.
Jalili is reportedly set to make the revelations on US terror moves against Iran on Friday, during a ceremony marking the takeover anniversary of the US embassy in Tehran by Iranian students in 1979.
The revelations will come a day after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the US as the great terrorist in the world.
OAKLAND, Calif. – A day of demonstrations in Oakland that began as a significant step toward expanding the political and economic influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ended with police in riot gear arresting dozens of protesters who had marched through downtown to break into a vacant building, shattering windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires along the way…
As part of a federally funded project, public street lights will soon have the ability to record conversations, broadcast government warnings, advertise just about anything, and possibly even x-ray bodies for concealed weapons, just like the highly controversial TSA scanners. The street light surveillance systems are fail-proofed because they are linked together through underground cables and a wireless network, so if one goes out, the rest still work in tandem.
Report: US topsoil contains levels of radioactive cesium up to 10,000 percent higher than previously believed
Few in the mainstream media are talking about it these days, but radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still spewing into and contaminating the environment. And a professional engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering says that levels of radioactive cesium in US topsoil have recently been detected at levels up to 10,000 percent higher than previous studies have found.
Israel’s prime minister has ordered an investigation into alleged leaks of plans to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, it has been reported.
According to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida, the main suspects are the former heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet, respectively Israel’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.
Netanyahu is said to believe that the two, Meir Dagan and Yuval Diskin, wanted to torpedo plans being drawn up by him and Ehud Barak, the defence minister to hit Iranian nuclear sites. Tzipi Livni, leader of the opposition Kadima party, is also said to have been persuaded to attack Netanyahu for “adventurism” and “gambling with Israel’s national interest”.
If Americans have lost their country to organized Jewry, they lost it slowly and imperceptibly. Indeed, most Americans remain unaware that their country no longer belongs to them. They fervently believe they still live in a democracy. This was a takeover not without precedent, however. It had happened to Germany. It had happened to Russia. It has now happened to America. Take Germany and Russia. Germany, a mere shadow of what it might have been, is now a defeated and demoralized nation, thoroughly browbeaten by Jewry and terrified of their masters in Israel. Without stretching it too far, one could say that Germany has become Israel’s cash cow.
For years, these propagandists claim – openly or by implication – that Palestinian independence would be the result of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The idealized image is of an Israeli president magnanimously handing an independence letter to a solemn Palestinian leader. They’ll secretly wink at each other. Both would win a Peace Nobel Prize and drink champagne while their people go on slaving for them.
That’s a farce. The King of England didn’t give independence to the USA. South American countries hadn’t been recognized by Spain or years after they declared independence from it (that is before they became de facto US-colonies).
A new book based on a series of interviews with the Navy SEALs involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden claims to directly contradict the Obama administration’s depiction of the operation, The Washington Examiner reported Friday.
“SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden,” by former SEAL commander Chuck Pfarrer, claims to tell the true story of the successful raid to kill the terror chief on May 2.
In many areas of the United States today, you will be arrested if you do not produce proper identification for the police. In the old days, “your papers please” was a phrase that we used to use to mock the tyranny of Nazi Germany. But now all of us are being required to be able to produce “our papers” for law enforcement authorities at any time. For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.
Following the State Department’s announcement that it had cut off U.S. funding from UNESCO in response to its overwhelming vote in favor of accepting the Palestinian bid for full membership, senators from both parties predicted the United States would cut funding or even withdraw from several other international organizations the Palestinians seek to join.
White House spokesman Jay Carney invoked scripture Wednesday to back up President Barack Obama’s suggestion that God wants policymakers to get busy and create more jobs.
Carney said Obama was trying to make the point that “we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people.”
“I believe the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves,'” Carney said.
Well, no, not really.
A White House transcript of Carney’s briefing issued later in the day included the disclaimer: “This common phrase does not appear in the Bible.”
The findings could mean that the universe is far bigger than we thought – possibly even infinite.
Federal prosecutors sued Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. and two top executives Tuesday, accusing them of running a massive fraud scheme that cost the government at least $834 million in insurance claims on defaulted home loans.
Houston-based Allied and its founder and chief executive, Jim Hodge, were the subject of July 2010 stories by ProPublica, which detailed a trail of alleged misconduct, lawsuits and government sanctions spanning at least 18 states and seven years. Borrowers recounted how they had been lied to by Allied employees, who in some cases had siphoned the loan proceeds for personal gain. Some borrowers lost their homes.
As expected, the Fed held interest rates at 0pc to 0.5pc, but cut its economic growth forecasts for 2012 to between 2.5pc and 2.9pc, down from 3.3pc to 3.7pc.
It also took a more gloomy view on jobs, predicting unemployment will stick at 8.5pc to 8.7pc next year against the 7.8pc to 8.2pc range it had forecast.
While acknowledging the economy had shown improvement in the third quarter, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke struck a downbeat note in his last press conference of the year.
“Right now consumer confidence is where it was during the depths of the recession. That’s discouraging,” he said.
A disorderly default in Greece just became a much bigger possibility, after PM George Papandreou announced a referendum on austerity yesterday.
If the Greeks vote no, this could be the end of Greece’s participation in the euro, and spark contagion that could spread across Europe.
The real risk for the US is not just on the $8 billion in loans that may default, but the Credit Default Swaps sold by Wall Street against Greek (and Europe) debt which are a far larger risk. As was the case with AIG during the mortgage-backed securities fraud, these Wall Street firms are not carrying the cash reserves to cover the payouts on those swaps. That means more bailouts. That means the American people get stuck with the losses again.
And behind all of that is the really black secret nobody wants to talk about. The model of a private central bank issuing all public currency as a loan at interest by design produces more debt than money to pay that debt. The moment that first paper note goes into circulation, more money is owed to that central bank than actually exists. Everything done to increase the money supply increases the debt by that much greater, because ALL money enters circulation as the proceeds of a loan at interest from that private central bank. This is the reason every nation with such a private central bank is so deeply in debt. The system is designed to create that very result.
America fought the first revolution to be free of that very system, but a corrupt Congress and corrupt President sold us right back into that banker slavery in 1913, and worse, we now wage war on every nation (such as Libya) trying to use the economic system the United States was originally founded on.
The “Clash of civilizations” is a war between banking systems.
And the bankers are winning.
Translated from the BS, what Cheney apparently really meant was:
“If 1% of the hardline Zionists, who are 1% of the Jewish population, who are 1% of the general population, can convince the looniest 1% of America’s strategic planners that there is a 1% chance that the competent 1% of the violent 1% of the radical 1% of the world’s Muslims might some day successfully execute a big terrorist attack on the USA, we must treat it as a certainty – and blow up the World Trade Center to convince Americans that the threat is real.”
So according to my esoteric reading of Cheney’s 1% doctrine, the man is not insane. He’s just stark, raving, bat-shit bonkers.
So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.
Israel is killing them.
And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.
Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?
Responding to news that the Irish aid ship, the MV Saoirse and a Canadian ship Tahrir have successfully reached international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on a mission dubbed “Freedom Waves to Gaza”, Sinn Féin spokesperson on foreign affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has praised the “heroism and courage of the crew of the MV Saoirse” and called on the Irish government to speak to the Israeli government and seek safe passage for the MV Saoirse, and to do all in its power to end the siege of Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people.
Israel attacked foreign flagged ships in international waters (the very activity the 6th fleet is killing Somali coastal patrol crews for), hijacked a US-flagged ship, and kidnapped 12 Americans, shooting one of them in the head 4 times.
A real President, who remembers that his job is to take care of America and Americans, would not rush to the UN to protect the nation that just attacked Americans.
A real Congress, who remembers that their job is to take care of America and Americans, would not hand Israel a license to murder more Americans anywhere in the world Israel decides they are an inconvenience!
No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.
A friend to Israel is no friend of America.
The event, called ‘Freedom Waves for Gaza’, unites 27 activists from 9 countries, including America, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Australia, alongside Palestinians from Bethlehem and Haifa, in a broad-based international movement to break Israel’s illegal and immoral suffocation of the 1.6 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. The Irish yacht Saoirse (Freedom), which carries 15 activists, and the Canadian boat Tahrir (Liberation), which holds 12, will attempt to carry $30,000 in medical supplies beyond the Israeli blockade later this week. ‘Freedom Waves for Gaza’ is the 11th attempt by international activists to deliver humanitarian aid through the Israeli blockade of Gaza since 2008.
With less than 60 days before the complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, the United States is quietly seeking to keep custody of its highest profile detainee there, US and Iraqi officials say.
But it is unclear if Baghdad will agree – something it appears highly reluctant to do – or where the United States would take him if it did win outright custody.
Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq, suspected of orchestrating a 2007 kidnapping that resulted in the killing of five US military personnel, must be transferred to Iraqi custody by the end of this year under the terms of a US-Iraq security agreement.
This impending departure of the US from Iraq is why Israel has started moving forward with their attack on Iran. Their attack can only succeed if there are plenty of American kids still in Iraq to soak up those Iranian bullets during the retaliation for a strike on Iran’s power station. and, of course, with Iran pouring across the Iraqi border, the US would then have an excuse to stay after Jan 1.
The reason for the rush is simple. Iraq is kicking the US out end of the year. Israel needs those American bodies to be in Iraq to catch Iranian bullets when Iran retaliates for an attack. So Iarael is going to start the war with Iran now while YOUR kids are in position to die to save Israeli lives.
That is when Netanyahu meant by the “window closing.”