Sunday, August 27, 2006

PBS | Ombudsman | Ombudsman's Mailbag — Contrary Views

PBS Ombudsman Ombudsman's Mailbag — Contrary Views

...It turns out that one of the panelists that appears frequently on the program, Karen Czarnecki, is a Bush administration appointee to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and senior adviser to the Secretary of Labor, but is identified on screen only by name and with the label "conservative commentator." Viewers are not told about her full-time job. In my column, I said I thought it was "a big mistake for the program and PBS . . . not to make her other full-time association clear to viewers in some fashion" and that "it may also be a violation of PBS editorial guidelines."...


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By aangirfan

The BBC, Insurgent Attacks And The New York Times MEDIA ALERT: BURYING THE INSURGENCY IN IRAQ The BBC, Insurgent ...


aangirfan: Islamic Caliphate myth

Real History and Mossad's Operations in Occupied Iraq

Who is stirring up the Sunni-Shiite conflict?


Depleted Uranium

british beating clip in iraq

He knew too much about US mafia activity in Iraq?

U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq

She was only 14 when a squad of all-American "Christian" good-old-boys killed her family, raped her, and burned her body. (And 9 11 was an inside job).

Zarqawi successor 'in Egypt jail'

Iraq’s Holocaust

What is in the minds of the UK military?

The hidden forces behind wars

Iraq's tougher stance toward US

"The al-Zarqawi sporting tattoos probably was not and never was a Wahhabi Muslim. More likely, the al-Zarqawi we recognize (with a barrage of recent images in preparation for his theatrical exit from the corporate media stage), was a Jordanian patsy, probably a garden variety criminal who served prison time and was groomed by Jordan’s Dairat al-Mukhabarat intelligence service."
Killing al-Zarqawi: End of a Pentagon-Dairat al-Mukhabarat Collaboration?

Pentagon Jettisons US Agent Provocateur Al-Zarqawi

BBC - controlled by the military?

German troops cleared of killing boy.

British Brigade: More False Flag Terrorism

US probes new Iraq massacre claim


Sixty attacks a month on British forces as 1,000 soldiers go Awol

The US struck a deal with the Bosnian authorities to open up its stockpiles of weapons left over from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. It aimed to send these weapons to help Iraq's new army... The prosecutors' office in Brescia, the hometown of Beretta where a criminal investigation is taking place into aspects of this deal, confirmed that serial numbers on pistols found in possession of what are described as "hostile forces" relate to the consignment sent from Beretta to the UK and then onwards to Iraq.
BBC NEWS Programmes File on 4 Iraq arms 'leaking to insurgents'

American Holocaust - the USA is probably responsible for the biggest holocaust of all time.

Secret report reveals how the MoD has lost track of its personnel ...

MoD sought to gag troops, lawyer claims

Iraq's cabinet falls short

Why Iraqis Aren't Cheering Their New Government

'If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head.'
Testimony from a former U.S. Army Ranger, Jessie Macbeth.

Advocates of this racist Zionist ideology are driving our US foreign policy...There is never any mention in mainstream US media of the Israeli connection to 9-11, to the war on Iraq, to the so-called "war on terror", and to the subject of Israel's quest for oil.... Another example of the Israelization of America: have you been to the airports lately? ... Israel's "war on terror" has SOMEHOW become America's "war on terror" and how it directly impacts the lives of Americans. The "war on terror" is NOT about democracy.
The Secret Relationship Between Israel and Oil: What the US Media Hides

UK: Soldiers to get life in jail for refusing to act as occupiers

Tamil Tigers and drugs, the Kurds and drugs, bin Laden's alleged visit to MI6

A senior Pentagon official lamented the lack of good targets in Afghanistan and proposed instead U.S. military attacks in South America.

'Mossad in Iraq killing Iraqis'

The assassination of Iraqi academics: the pie charts

'Unknown Americans' are provoking civil war in Iraq

Photos of kids

Australias Wheat for Weapons scandal - a bomb due to go off

Sakra known as Saqa 'was paid by the CIA'; Ken Bigley; 9 11

The Outlaw World

US: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse

Dead Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Makes a Video Debut

Iraqi insurgents control parts of three cities

The War on Terror is largely about making money.

When a UK Prime Minister helped Israel steal territory from a neighbour.

WMD's found in Iraq

U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq

Who is behind "Al Qaeda in Iraq"? Pentagon acknowledges fabricating a "Zarqawi Legend"

Levels of mutation in radioactively contaminated areas. | Research | Johnjoe McFadden: The conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions | Research | Johnjoe McFadden: The conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions: "
Trust your instincts

The evidence seems to be that the conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions

Johnjoe McFadden
Saturday August 26, 2006
The Guardian

Do you really need that flat-pack wardrobe or would the foldaway futon be a better buy? Why not have lunch and think about it? Then you might need to choose between pickled herring or Swedish meatballs. Everywhere we are confronted with difficult choices. In Luke Rhinehart's novel The Dice Man, the eponymous hero makes all his decisions by rolling a dice. Few of us would trust to a life ruled by chance, so we tend to think carefully about the complex decisions (the wardrobe or the futon) but are content to trust our instincts with the simpler things (meatballs or herring). New research by Ap Dijksterhuis and his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam suggests that we would be better off thinking about the simple choices, and leaving the life-changing decisions to our unconscious mind."

Bloglines - Stretch Goals Matter
Daily digest and pointer on productivity, getting things done and lifehacks

Stretch Goals Matter

By ChrisBrogan on motivation

My son, Harold, is 7 months old (You can glimpse him at the end of a movie here). He’s mastered sitting up, and now he’s trying to figure out moving around on the ground. I’ve realized something pertinent to careers this morning based on this experience, and thought I’d share it.

(You didn’t think this was suddenly Parent Hacks, did you?)

Stretch Goals Matter

Harold was trying to reach a toy just a hair out of his reach. I almost leaned over and handed it to him, but then I realized the moment: he had a shot at achieving something. It’d take some work, and he’d really have to be uncomfortable and unfulfilled until he got the job done, but the end product would be achievement. Accomplishment.

What good would handing the block to him be? He’d be satisfied, but not fulfilled. It’s the difference between a lunch of potato chips versus a lunch with a salad and sandwich and water. Both fill the belly, but one adds value.

But Don’t Stretch Too Far

Now, had I come over and pulled the block 12 feet away, Harold would recognize right away that he wouldn’t be able to get the block. At least not at his current level. Instead, he’d be frustrated, sad, and probably start looking around for something new to do.

Sound like employees? Sound like you?

Set Stretch Goals

If you read Lifehack, you already know that YOU set the goals, not the employer. Right? If you’re letting your boss set your goals, you’ve got something that needs correcting. Your annual goal list must be beneficial to both parties, and supervisors use goals to correct actions, train you for new roles, etc, but ultimately, this is YOUR process. Agreed? Good.

Do I have to tell you about SMART goals? You know that too, right? Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound.

Let’s do the process in order:

  1. Bring out your personal mission statement, or write down on a 3×5 card what matters most to you, in all the roles of your life.
  2. Set a HUGE goal for each of those roles that matter to you. (For instance, if you’ve said your fitness matters, and you’ve just started working out two or so times a week, the HUGE goal could be “Sign up for a Marathon 10 months from today.”)
  3. Set stretch goals to get there. In the example listed, the first might be to schedule a run/walk program, and start it.
  4. Set dates for each small segment, each stretch goal. Dates matter.
  5. COMMUNICATE the dates with someone that will help you be accountable.
  6. Boil the goals list down into something that fits into your context/execution system (like Getting Things Done).
  7. Execute against the plan.
  8. Schedule goal reviews every month. Correct your course accordingly.
  9. CELEBRATE goal milestones reached.

This is something you can use if you’re self-employed, unemployed, over-employed. It fits inside all the frameworks of our lives. My point about not letting your company run you is vital to the process, and important to realizing who’s in control of your self-improvement. Oh. Right. “SELF” improvement. “PERSONAL” development.

Harold got the block, and he was really happy with it. And, just like you and your career, Harold celebrated the victory, and then went on to his next goal, a stuffed cat named Cowboy Kitty.

Want to share? Submit a few of your HUGE goals and the stretch goals you’ll use to get there to the comments of this post. Or send trackbacks to the post and I’ll come visit your site.

–Chris Brogan has the HUGE goal of taking Grasshopper New Media to full startup mode by 2007. He writes about the business at []


Newsweek: Armitage Confessed To Being Plame Leak — And State Department Kept It A Secret

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Newsweek: Armitage Confessed To Being Plame Leak — And State Department Kept It A Secret

By Rachel Sklar

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Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reveals that Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted to leaking Valerie Plame 's name — but that the State Department held that information back.

This is revealed in Isikoff's upcoming book, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War," written with The Nation's David Corn and State Department intelligence chief Carl Ford Jr. Armitage apparently let the tidbit slip to Robert Novak in an unguarded moment, and realized that he was the source when Novak revealed in a column that the source was a senior administration officially who was "not a partisan gunslinger". Revealed Armitage to Colin Powerll: "I'm sure he's talking about me." State Department officials Armitage, Powell and William Howard Taft IV, the State Department's legal adviser did not reveal the information, which was, according to Isikoff, that "rarest of Washington phenomena: a hot secret that never leaked."

Earlier this week it was revealed that Armitage may have also told Bob Woodward about Plame's identity. It was previously established that Karl Rove had confirmed to Novak that "Wilson's wife" — the identity of which was just a Who's Who entry away — worked at the CIA, and also revealed that information to Time's Matt Cooper; separately, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, told the New York Times' Judith Miller.


Strange Coincidence

Humint Events Online
The 9/11 hijacking attacks were very likely facilitated by a rogue group within the US government that created an Islamic terrorist "Pearl Harbor" event as a catalyst for the military invasion of Middle Eastern countries. This weblog will explore the incredibly strange events of 9/11/01, and other issues of US government responsibility.

Strange Coincidence

By Spooked

Michael Zebuhr, the student ST911 member who was killed under suspicious circumstances, was the same guy who did the "glowing aluminum" experiment with Dr. Judy Wood that casted doubt upon Dr. Steven E. Jones (apparently bogus) thermite hypothesis. Strange, and also creepy. Actually, looking at it some more-- the timing is suspicious. Zebuhr and Wood did their experiment in late Feb 2006.

Bloglines - Saturday morning cartoons

The place to find all the real cutting edge information, news, and analysis on the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Saturday morning cartoons

By Total

Another excerpt from a new, controversial paper by Drs. Morgan Reynolds and Judy Wood:"An objective scientist, for example, would review data like this silhouette of passage in WTC 1: (a): Silhouette of passage by invincible Boeing 767? (b): Silhouette of passage by Invincible RoadRunner. Hmmmmmm!? || (c): Beep! Beep! No airplane debris was

[UrukNet] - [Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] - [newsletter 25 Aug 2006 _ part two]

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Bomb!
Remi Kanazi
Ladies and gentlemen, grab your rockets and start firing. The sovereign state of Lebanon must respond to the gross violation of UN resolution 1701, by destroying Israel if necessary. The Lebanese population cannot wake up every morning, wondering if their rogue state of a neighbor is going to drive them into the sea or possibly up to the mountains (it depends which direction the Israeli forces drop in from). But seriously, can Iran nuke Israel yet? I realize Iran doesn’t h! ave any, but since violating a UN resolution—excluding the 66 passed chiding Israel—is a death sentence (i.e. UN Resolution 1559), I’m sure the US government will have no problem express shipping a couple to Tehran. The world will call it "disproportionate," but since when did the ol’ red, white and blue give a damn about what those pansies in Europe and those carpet riders in the desert said anyway? My freedom toast tastes better with a little ass-kicking on top...

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Those opposed to nuclear annihilation are appeasers and guilty of "handwringing"
Glenn Greenwald
I read numerous pro-Bush blogs on a daily basis, including many war mongerers who routinely imply that we ought to be eradicating large numbers of Middle Eastern civilians as the solution to all of our woes, so it takes a lot in the extremism department to really surprise me. But this column from Walter Williams -- highly recommended today by National Review's Mark Levin -- did so with plenty of room to spare. ! Williams points out that we could easily "annihilate" Iran or Syria with nuclear weapons launched from submarines. He then claims that the Great Generation of World War II would have done so already, but laments the tragic fact that we are deterred from doing this by what he calls the "handwringing about the innocent lives lost, so-called collateral damage"

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Israel rejects Amnesty International report
Mark Elf, Jews sans frontieres
...Every time Israel kills children or other civilians some zionist or other claims that they were used as human shields. Now the idea of a human shield is that the other side will hold their fire so as not to kill the human shield. Since its inception, Israel has had no compunction about killing children so who is there in the whole of the Arab world who thinks to use a child, or any civilian, as a human shield?...

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William Cohen Demands Never Ending Servitude
Kurt Nimmo
According to William Cohen, former Secretary of Offense and Clinton administration war criminal, few of us have made the sort of "commitment to universal service" demanded by our rulers, or are we "really committed to this war against terrorism," that is to say the forever war against Islam. Appearing on Fox, Cohen said "something has to be done to put us on a war footing mentality," as obviously the spate of fake color-coded terror alerts, revealed to be no! thing more than crass political monkeywrenching, and the parade of duped patsies in Miami, Ontario, and London, to name but the most recent, have not frightened the populace to the degree required. In order to get the people in the appropriate mindset, Cohen believes we need "national service," that is to say he is in favor of mandatory servitude, otherwise known as slavery, and he describes this national serfhood as "helping out at homes, health care, nurses, etc.," when in fact the state—or, more specifically, the multinational corporations and banksters who run the state—could care less about such things. In essence, this is a foot in the door for a military draft, as millions of soldiers, or pawns, need to be thrown on toxic and depleted uranium battlegrounds for the next generation or two...

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'Fixing' Iran Intelligence
John Prados
More and more it appears that the pattern of manipulation and misuse of intelligence that served the Bush administration in the drive to start a war with Iraq is being repeated today for its neighbor Iran. Recently we reported on one facet of the repetition—that Congress, not the president, has had to ask for National Intelligence Estimates that would shed light on a key foreign policy issue on the front burner in the Bush White House. The demand described there! pertained to Iraq, but Congress has also pressed for an NIE on Iran, where many worry that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which denies it, is secretly conducting a nuclear weapons development program...

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Stoking Hate Toward Arabs and Muslims Politicians Responsible for Climate of Racism
Sharon Smith,
...By invoking the war on terror abroad, Bush has emboldened the cause of racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims at home. Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly asserted just days ago, "All young Muslims should be subjected to more scrutiny than Granny [at U.S. airports]. And we should blend some Israeli screening procedures with our own." A significant minority of Americans apparently agree. A USA Today/! Gallup Poll conducted in late July showed nearly 40 percent of Americans said they felt at least some prejudice against Muslims. The same percentage favored requiring all Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID "as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States." Nearly one in four -- 22 percent -- said they wouldn’t want to have Muslims as their neighbors...

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Saviour of Iraq's antiquities flees to Syria
Michael Howard, The Guardian
Iraq's most prominent archaeologist has resigned and fled the country, saying the dire security situation, an acute shortage of funds, and the interference of supporters of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had made his position intolerable. Donny George, who was president of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, achieved international recognition for his efforts to track down and recover the priceless antiquities looted from I! raq's National Museum in the mayhem that followed the fall of Baghdad in 2003 (...) The culture ministry could not be reached for comment yesterday but a senior Sadrist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Dr George had served throughout the former regime and "had done nothing to stop Saddam carving his name into the walls of every brick" during the reconstruction of the ancient palace at Babylon...

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The Liquid Bomb Hoax: The Larger Implications
James Petras,
The charges leveled by the British, US and Pakistani regimes that they uncovered a major bomb plot directed against nine US airlines is based on the flimsiest of evidence, which would be thrown out of any court, worthy of its name. An analysis of the current state of the investigation raises a series of questions regarding the governments’ claims of a bomb plot concocted by 24 Brits of Pakistani origin. The arrests were followed ! by the search for evidence, as the August 12, 2006 Financial Times states: "The police set about the mammoth task of gathering evidence of the alleged terrorist bomb plot yesterday." (FT, August 12/, 2006) In other words, the arrests and charges took place without sufficient evidence -- a peculiar method of operation -- which reverses normal investigatory procedures in which arrests follow the "monumental task of gathering evidence." If the arrests were made without prior accumulation of evidence, what were the bases of the arrests?...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 25 August 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice
In a dispatch posted at 7:05pm Makkah time Friday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting broke out between US occupation forces and Iraqi Resistance fighters in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of central al-Hadithah, about 220km northwest of Baghdad at midday Friday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying during ! the fighting, which raged for about an hour, the Resistance fighters used medium machine guns and armor-piercing pipe rockets, destroying one Humvee and disabling a second...

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Stoking Hate Toward Arabs and Muslims Politicians Responsible for Climate of Racism
Sharon Smith,
...By invoking the war on terror abroad, Bush has emboldened the cause of racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims at home. Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly asserted just days ago, "All young Muslims should be subjected to more scrutiny than Granny [at U.S. airports]. And we should blend some Israeli screening procedures with our own." A significant minority of Americans apparently agree. A USA Today/! Gallup Poll conducted in late July showed nearly 40 percent of Americans said they felt at least some prejudice against Muslims. The same percentage favored requiring all Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID "as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the United States." Nearly one in four -- 22 percent -- said they wouldn’t want to have Muslims as their neighbors...

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Karl Rove's Blood Libel
Chris Floyd
From CNN/AP: Rove Blasts Warrantless Wiretapping Decision. TOLEDO, Ohio -- Presidential adviser Karl Rove criticized a federal judge's order for an immediate end to the government's warrantless surveillance program, saying Wednesday such a program might have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Rove said the government should be free to listen if al Qaeda is calling someone within the U.S. "Imagine if we could have done that before 9/11. It might have been a diff! erent outcome," he said. It's time to be done with the dangerous fiction that this kind of thing is just "hardball politics" – or indeed, politics of any kind, as the term is normally understood in a democracy. What Rove is giving voice to here is nothing less than the new blood libel of our age: that those who oppose the Bush Administration's unconstitutional actions are opening the door to a new 9/11. The implication is clear: anyone who speaks up for the Constitution is working for the death of innocent Americans. They are, by definition, traitors. Thus they deserve what traitors get: death...

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