I have begun contributing articles to The Digital Journal. I’ll put the date, title and the first paragraph on this page when they’re published like I do with my Infopacket Gazette and American Chronicle articles. This page will be updated on a regular basis. To read the article just click on the title.
Newly released internal government documents reveal that the TSA, under the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, deliberately misled the public on the dangers and health risks associated with airport body scanning devices.
Whenever politicians and the corporate media want to stifle discussion and dissent over gaping holes in information presented as “fact” by the government to actualize its lies, criminal actions and other malfeasances, the first thing they do is label those seeking the truth as “conspiracy theorists.” That label, like “communists” during the McCarthy era, is nothing more than a tool used by the government to encompass reckless, unsubstantiated accusations and demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political dissenters. The “conspiracy theorist” label has been widely used to slander people and groups for decades.
Ever wonder why the Republican response for this country’s ailments is tax cuts for millionaires and large corporations? Meet Grover Norquist, the man responsible for locking GOP state and federal lawmakers into opposing new taxes for decades.
After conducting closed bipartisan backroom meetings with no public input or discussion to push approval for a four-year extension of unconstitutional legislation, U.S. House and Senate leaders reached an agreement to take away our freedom.
It appeared obvious months ago when “experts” predicted $5 a gallon gas prices, that speculation was again manipulating the prices consumers pay at the pump. Now that all the speculator rhetoric has proved fallacious, it’s all too clear.
The recent release of documents by WikiLeaks details the ghastly goings-on at Guantanamo and the treatment detainees received in U.S. custody, and reveals, among other things, a myriad of war crimes committed by the Bush administration.
A 650-page report (PDF), titled “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse,” released by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) cites 5,800 internal documents and the private communications of bank executives, credit rating agencies, investors and regulators and details Wall Street’s fraudulent business practices and conflicts of interest that fueled the mortgage meltdown, undermined public trust in the U.S. markets in the months leading to the financial crisis, and reveals reckless activities that were ignored by the banks and their federal regulators.
Democratic Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has reportedly asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to start a federal investigation into the questionable handling of voting records and the tactics used to count them by the state’s Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Wisconsin’s Supreme Court contest has been seen by many as a referendum on the politics of Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and close to 1.5 million voters — an unprecedented amount — turned out. Holder is currently looking into it.
In addition to highlighting the intentions of the GOP’s underhanded attacks on unions and attracting nationwide attention, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican cohort’s passage of lopsided union-busting legislation has made Wisconsinites pay closer attention to an upcoming election which, due to corporate lobbyists raising large sums of money and running ads to purchase a seat on the State Supreme Court, could affect the outcome of the Court’s decision on the bill’s legality.
The GOP’s attempt to smear and scare those who speak out about their ongoing agenda to destroy public unions, such as Wisconsin scholar and historian William Cronon, is alive and well in Michigan. A Michigan free enterprise think tank — backed by some big names in national conservative donor circles — has reportedly made a broad public records request to at least three in–state Universities with departments that specialize in the study of labor relations attempting to get all their emails associated with the union battle in Wisconsin, its Republican Governor Scott Walker, and, surprisingly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
A Wisconsin scholar’s revelations of how the American Legislative Exchange Council is driving the GOP’s agenda is catching national attention, awakening U.S. citizens everywhere, and upsetting the corporately controlled political establishment.
Wisconsin’s controversial union slashing law was published by the Reference Bureau despite a court ordered restraint, and the contentious battle over the bill’s legality is headed to the State Supreme Court.
Wisconsin’s recall movement, galvanized by the potentially illegal passage of Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair” bill by the legislature, disturbed a River Falls, Wisconsin man who allegedly swiped, then returned signed signature forms.
If you’re a Florida lawmaker whose bills keep getting thrown out of court because they’re illegal, what do you do? You fabricate a judicial crisis to take over the courts, create a bill, call it a Constitutional amendment, and hope voters buy it.
A Wisconsin Judge issued a temporary hold on Governor Walker’s controversial “budget repair” bill, and for the second time in less than a month, reprimanded Wisconsin Republicans for keeping the public out of the legislative process.
When a selectively edited tape was released showing a NPR fundraising executive making disparaging remarks about Republicans and Tea Party supporters, the Republican led U.S. House of Representatives voted to eliminate financial support for NPR.
The “Jobs Budget” bill introduced by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, yet another astroturf Tea Party darling making news for all the wrong reasons, makes Wisconsin’s “Budget Repair” bill look good.
Dystopian legislation pushed through Michigan’s legislature to enable the preconceived anti-Democratic corporate-driven notions of Governor Snyder doesn’t fix budgets. It imposes fascism and rewards cronyism.
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that destroyed Japan last week, and the rising number of casualties, some of the world’s largest technology and telecommunications companies have joined the relief efforts.
When you’re a good little corporately-owned Republican politician in Wisconsin who just illicitly passed legislation aimed at eviscerating union workers rights, what do you do next? You head to Washington DC to hold secret meetings with corporate lobbyists to receive your reward.
The world is watching in horror as the devastation from Japan’s Earthquake and the resultant tsunami surge continues unfolding. The death toll from the disaster is expected to reach tens of thousands, and the cost from the devastation is expected to reach tens of billions of dollars. Below are some resources for helping and finding 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami family, and victims:
The Wisconsin debut of the GOP’s latest preconceived war on the American people has hit a snag and awakened the American population. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican cohorts have revealed themselves as the incorrigible Koch (pronounced Coke) whores they are by surreptitiously passing Walker’s “budget repair” bill aimed at destroying union workers and collective bargaining, fueling protests and a growing recall movement that could result in political suicide.
For weeks, U.S. airwaves were inundated by numerous “exclusive” interviews featuring the maniacal appearances of Charlie Sheen spewing a variety of vitriolic diatribes before Time Warner terminated his services on “Two and a Half Men” this past Monday. Sheen may have lost his acting gig, but a recent celebrity endorsement social media deal, coupled with America’s love affair with tawdry celebrity behavior, could prove financially lucrative for him.
The recent revelation of the Wikileaks plot and collusive smear campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not surprising, but the implication of the U.S. Department of Justice is, that warrants a closer look.
By now, most everyone is familiar with the melodrama — which is getting crazier by the day — in Wisconsin between Governor Scott Walker, union workers and teachers that is being protested by workers everywhere, including certain factions of Wisconsin’s government. Governor Walker is trying to implement some drastic financial measures while claiming that this is not a political war on the working class, and that these cuts are necessary, but the illusory multi-million dollar campaign backing the embroiled Governor from illicit out of state shadow groups spreading lies and misinformation tells a completely different story.
Thousands of Mozambicans were forced to abandon their houses and flee for higher ground on Wednesday and disaster management workers were put on high alert because of rising flood waters.
If you look at those in Washington who are bellowing the loudest about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks documents, it becomes extremely obvious that it’s those who have benefited for the past decade from not being held accountable for their criminal actions. The fact that Democrats and Republicans can only agree on excoriating WikiLeaks because of the embarrassment also speaks volumes about today’s political environment.
The backlash over invasive “security” procedures — being told to stand inside a machine that takes virtually nude pictures of you while dosing you in unsafe amounts of radiation, or being subject to genital groping tantamount to sexual assault by power hungry, poorly trained security guards instead to coerce and intimidate the public – which is terrorism as defined by the PATRIOT Act – into going through the airport body scanners to allegedly keep us safe — is growing.
With the elections looming on the horizon, it’s important to remind everyone not to be lethargic and to get out and vote. Many — especially the Republican special interest groups trying to pass themselves off as the Tea Party — are trying to blame all the problems we face on President Obama and Democrats, hoping that you’ll forget that most of the problems we face today are a result of the Bush administration’s — and its cronies — malfeasance, ineptitude, and corruption, and Republicans in the Senate are hellbent on destroying what little semblance of Democracy is left in this country as well as the Middle class.
9/11 Truth: As more evidence obliterating the Government’s ‘official’ 9/11 fairy tale emerges, demands for investigation into the truth about what happened that day are growing. When do we lose the post-9/11 mentality and face reality?
The idea of using nullification, a doctrine used by many states to proclaim federal laws as void or inoperative because they are deemed illegal or unconstitutional — such as the 2005 Real ID Act that twenty-five states have blocked — is growing, despite being ignored by establishment media.
BP and the U.S. Government, aided by the media’s yellow journalism, are still lying about the magnitude of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, still trying to cover it up, and still trying to hide the fact that toxic dispersants — including the more toxic Corexit 9527, that both BP and Nalco claimed to quit using a few months ago — are being used secretly at night to hide evidence of the oil. As usual, secrecy is being used to censor embarrassment and accountability.
What began as grassroots activism has become convoluted by prominent individuals and organizations using racism and hatred to manipulate the political spectrum. Meet the multifaceted Tea Party movement.
The minute you start to think there’s hope for the Gulf of Mexico and that British Petroleum (BP) is finally doing something right, a new report from the Mobile Press-Register reveals that BP has been trying to buy the silence of Gulf of Mexico research scientists for the past month, offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation.
Public outrage over the ban on media and photographers being within 20 meters of a Gulf Coast ’safety zone’ may be responsible for the U.S. Coast Guard’s issuance of a new rule rescinding the original ban.
Almost three months after the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon that has unleashed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, analysis of two samples of water from the region revealed that the chemical dispersant used by BP and the Coast Guard has made the already oil-saturated ocean dangerous and deadly to anyone or anything that comes into contact with it. The ongoing collusion between BP and the U.S. government to hide the true extent of the catastrophe is nothing short of criminal.
The U.S. Coast Guard, acting under the authority of British Petroleum (BP), recently issued a blurry order requiring everyone – including bloggers, journalists, photographers and reporters — to reportedly stay 20 meters away from any oil clean-up boom, operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Violating the rule can result in arrest, felony prosecution, and a $40,000 fine.
More than two months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, as oil continues spewing unabated into the Gulf of Mexico and reaching land in several states, health concerns of residents and cleanup workers in the areas affected by the spill are growing (formerly titled ‘People advised to avoid Gulf Coast as health concerns emerge’).
President Obama claims to be in charge of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, but every attempt to use the power of his office is met by walls of resistance on BP’s part. Mr. Obama could probably invoke the Pollution Control Act of 1990 (PDF) and use it to put BP’s assets in temporary receivership to clean up BP’s mess, but he hasn’t and probably won’t.
After 50 days of nonstop oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, contrary to media referring to the gusher as a ’spill,’ British Petroleum (BP) and the U.S. government — with, as noted by Common Dreams, the usual Government Impotence and Corporate Rule — have bent over backwards to keep the truth about the spill out of the public eye. As this virtual crime against humanity slowly unfolds, it’s difficult to believe anything BP or the Federal government tells you.
More than a month after the Gulf Coast oil disaster, and the still-spewing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico grows larger, both BP and the White House appear to be trying to hide and manipulate information about the true extent of the damages.
As the Gulf Coast disaster from the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill continues worsening by the day — it’s difficult to gauge how bad the actual damage is, and there are also reports of major problems in the ocean below the surface — public anger is mounting, little progress is being made in cleaning up the mess and capping the leak, Sarah Palin has questioned President Obama’s ties to big oil.
U.S. scientists are reportedly warning that radiation from the controversial full body airport scanners has been dangerously underestimated and could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer — particularly in children. The skin around the face and neck are most at risk.
A week after the stock market suspiciously tanked and dropped almost 1,000 points — losing almost a trillion dollars — in a matter of hours, four of the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street responsible for defrauding the world of trillions of dollars announced that for 63 straight trading days in the first quarter, they did not lose any money trading.
EPA criminal investigator Scott West spent thousands of hours investigating alleged crimes committed by BP — that would have resulted in felony charges — but President Bush’s DoJ abruptly shut his investigation down, sheltering BP executives from prison.
British Petroleum (BP), since its founding in 1909 to plunder Middle Eastern oil reserves it discovered in 1908, is a corporation whose reckless pursuit of profits, aided by politically corrupt federal oversight, resulted in the Gulf Coast oil spill last month is a company with a dubious history of committing global crimes.
Microsoft is doing its part to help U.S. veterans get back to work by awarding cash and software to support programs for veterans.
The diagnosis of personality disorder (PD) has been falsely — apparently somewhat regularly — used to discharge veterans injured during their tours of duty to keep the military from having to pay billions of dollars in medical claims. Apparently, using more than half of all U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund the never-ending occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan by the military, which spends more than $700 billion per year, isn’t enough.
More than 1,500 lobbyists, executives, including Chamber of Commerce executives, bankers and others reportedly made their way to Washington as the Senate Committee took up legislation to rein in derivatives — the complex securities at the heart of the financial crisis, the multi-billion dollar bailouts and the fraud case filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Goldman Sachs last week.
Wikileaks, a website the Pentagon identifies as a threat to national security, recently released a video from 2007 called ‘Collateral Murder’ which shows a U.S. air crew murdering seemingly unarmed Iraqi civilians and a Reuters journalist and his driver, and wounding children.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reportedly expanding by three the number of diseases presumed caused by herbicide exposure in the Vietnam war under a draft VA rule, opening the door for retroactive disability compensation for about 86,000 Vietnam war veterans, their surviving spouses or their estates.
New guidelines released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) say that thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, and electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers and gas pipes need to be removed.
Less than a week after President Obama signed the new health care law, some insurance companies are reportedly already arguing that they do not have to provide coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions.
On March 4, the BBC News reported that the number of defects in newborn babies in Fallujah has risen dramatically since the American armed forces carried out a major offensive against insurgents in 2004. The level of heart defects among newborn babies is said to be 13 times higher than in Europe.
A report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights reportedly questions claims that the country has faced a ‘public emergency’ every year since 2001, calling for a complete review of counter-terrorism measures, questioning whether they are all still justified, and warning that the Government’s ‘narrow’ definition of what it considers being complicit in torture could be unlawful.
As of April 16, 2010, 121 Walgreens drugstores across Washington state will reportedly stop taking new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition, but will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for its current Medicaid patients.
In May 2002, a rural South Carolina 17-year-old college student learned he had contracted HIV. Shortly after being diagnosed, Fortis, his insurance company, reportedly revoked his policy.
Despite the $350 million ad campaign for the 2010 Census urging individuals to ‘tell your story,’ many — particularly minorities and illegal immigrants who are traditionally believed the be the most under counted — will be non-compliant because of fears, some of which are over-hyped, that the information provided can reportedly be used against them.
Mounting evidence is showing that using Merck & Co’s Fosamax — one in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates often prescribed to women diagnosed with osteoporosis because it’s supposed to make bones stronger — or its generic alendronate for more than five years may actually cause brittle bones that are more susceptible to spontaneous bone fractures in some women.
Recently released results of Scientific research led by Andrew Gewirtz at Emory University reportedly reveals that bacteria in your intestines — so-called gut microbiota — may play an important role in how your body stores the foods you eat and how it affects your weight.
A recent four-month investigation by The Nation has found that for the past several years, America has been intentionally bamboozled by many of the cable networks who regularly have registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials — people that are paid by companies and trade groups to manage their public image and promote their financial and political agendas — have appeared regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure of their corporate interests that paid them. Many of them have appeared regularly on more than one cable network, in some cases hundreds of times.
A recently released report from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) revealed that former Justice lawyer John Yoo, author of the Bush administration’s ‘torture memo’ reportedly told Justice Department investigators that the President’s war-making authority was so broad that he had the Constitutional power to order a village to be ‘massacred.’
California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein reportedly revealed whose interests she serves when she was caught trying to ram through a massive transfer of precious water out of the hands of millions of Californians into the private pockets of a clique of billionaire corporate farmers — including one who has been a generous contributor to her political campaign.
A New York Times (NYT) investigative report — entitled “Testy Conflict With Goldman Helped Push A.I.G. to Edge” — offers more insight into the predatory practices of major Wall Street banks that have played a central role in the financial meltdown and the ongoing global economic crisis and chronicles how Goldman Sachs pushed American International Group (AIG) to the brink of bankruptcy.
A major password breach in December 2009 from RockYou.com resulted in 32 million passwords being posted on the Internet, with no other identifiable information. The passwords were extracted through a SQL Injection vulnerability.
In what is appearing to be yet another fabricated ‘terrorist’ attack designed to keep the American public in an endless state of fear and justify draconian actions of the Federal government, the evidence of a systematic cover-up of the Flight 253 ‘Underwear bomber’ plot is becoming glaringly obvious as evidence of U.S. complicity in and manufacturing of terrorism continues to mount.
The New York Fed — an arm of the Federal Reserve — then led by now-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, reportedly told bailed-out insurance giant AIG to withhold key details from the public about overpayments that gave billions of extra taxpayer dollars in Wall Street’s hands.
Despite creating the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and being bailed out by taxpayer dollars — while millions of Americans are unemployed, living in poverty, hungry, facing utility cutoffs, homelessness, foreclosures and bankruptcy — colossal $49.5 billion year-end cash and stock award bonuses for 2009 will reportedly be handed out by the top three major American banks and financial firms.
The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4173 — “The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009″ (PDF) — a 1,279 page bill filled with all kinds of useless pork that ends up doing more harm than good for consumers while enriching bankers. The Senate hasn’t passed its own reform bill yet.
The latest terrorist threat that occurred this past Christmas Day when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb on board a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam served as the catalyst to escalate the drumbeat for the U.S. to go to war with Yemen while offering more evidence of the recurring problems America has with conveniently-timed terrorist attacks.
A New York Times analysis of federal data reportedly reveals that more than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) over the past five years. Drinking water contaminants have been linked by studies to millions of illnesses each year within the United States.
The American military’s inculcated operations — soldiers that are repeatedly programmed to resist any acknowledgment of injury and sickness, whether it be physical or psychological — coupled with questionable, never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that, in addition to systematically destroying our liberties, has resulted in over 43,000 troops that are reportedly classified as ‘non-deployable for medical reasons’ being deployed to fight said questionable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has taken a toll on our troops and their families.
14 people, including attorneys and Wall Street professionals, are reportedly facing criminal charges in a widening $53 million insider trading case that has already snared one of the richest men in America.
A McClatchy News investigation reviewing hundreds of documents, SEC filings, copies of secret investment circulars, lawsuits and interviews with numerous people familiar with the firm’s activities reveals that Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in Securities that were backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages in 2006 and 2007 but never told buyers it was secretly betting on a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices that would send the value of those securities plummeting.
CBS News recently reported that if you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or Swine Flu in recent months, you may be surprised to know that the odds are you didn’t have the H1N1 flu. It’s virtually impossible to get an accurate number of H1N1 victims because of lax reporting procedures and the secretive — potentially fraudulent — actions of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In a case that exemplifies the importance of Living Wills and lasting Power of Attorney in the event of disease or debilitating injuries, a secret UK court is reportedly seizing assets of thousands of elderly and mentally impaired people — against the wishes of their relatives — and turning control of their lives over to the state.