Animation: Michel Higgs
"Theater of the Absurd"
Song: Radiohead ~ Faust Arp
Gordon Brown: Iran must talk to US
Britain defends contacts with Hezbollah
Syria says relations with Iran will remain strong
In other news, the surface of the sun is very very hot. Really.
Hez'b'Allah will win:
The head of Lebanon's Western-backed majority bloc in parliament, Saad Hariri, said on Monday that the general election in June will be a straight choice between Hezbollah and the country's sovereignty.The Martyr Imad Moughniyeh Group:
"Our course is justice, independence, freedom, sovereignty and most importantly -- Lebanon first," Hariri told AFP in an interview, referring to his coalition backed by the West as well as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
"That is not the case for the other side," he added, referring to the Hezbollah-led alliance backed by Syria and Iran.
A group calling itself after a murdered leader of Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah said it was behind the killing of two Israeli policemen in the West Bank, in a video aired on Al Jazeera television on Tuesday.Serbian Imam Busted
"We claim responsibility for the killing of the two Zionists ... Expect from us even greater (operations)," a masked militant speaking for the Martyr Imad Moughniyeh Group said on the video, as he stood in front of a poster of the slain militant leader.
A 21-year old imam (Islamic priest) from the Serbian region of Sandzak, was arrested in Bosnia for drug trafficking, local media reported on Wednesday.EU to the OIC: Change your tune on Durban II or we won’t come
The imam was a part of a group that was arrested in the Bosnian capital over the past week, under suspicion of being a part of an international drug trafficking ring. At least five other men were arrested as a part of this operation.
During the arrests, the police had discovered and seized 2.5 kilos of heroin, as well as significant amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, speed and marijuana.
The European Union will attempt to form a common front in order to force the UN’s racism conference, Durban II, to deal with something other than anti-Israeli slander and attacks on free speech. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller, quoted by the Ritzau News Agency and the Copenhagen daily Berlingske Tidende, believes that the EU countries will boycott the conference unless its course is radically changed.Newsweek erases Israel from the map:
The EU will now attempt a final ultimatum to the countries participating in Durban II: They must put a stop to their anti-Israeli agitation and their criticism of the freedom of expression. If not, the EU will stay away.
The US, Canada, Israel and Italy have already decided to boycott the conference, which the OIC, The Organization of the Islamic Conference, has made into a smear campaign against Israel and free speech.
The most radical part of the article is a graphic denial that the nation of Israel exists. In the map above Newsweek points out all of the Muslim areas in the Middle East, for the Palestinian Territories it shows the entire state of Israel. If you didn't get the point with the small map, Newsweek makes it easier, they also provide a blow up image.Khatami Drops Presidential Bid, Endorses Other Candidate
Here's is the Ironic part. Not only does Newsweek Show the ENTIRE state of Israel as Palestinian Territory, but they don't include the areas traditionally assigned to the PA, Judea and Samaria.
Khatami to re-enter presidential race?
Another round of Ahmadineboom
Germany raids over 200 neo-Nazi premises
More than 60 years after World War Two and the Nazi Holocaust, right-wing radicalism is still a problem in Germany, particularly in the former communist eastern part of the country where unemployment is nearly double the rate in the west.France to rejoin NATO
The BKA said last year that neo-Nazis appeared to have shifted their tactics and stepped up violent attacks. Government figures show anti-Semitic crimes rose at the end of last year.
Hungary forges closer energy ties with Russia
Russia Signaling Interest in Deal on Iran
Gazprom builds Arctic helicopter base
Russia Is Planning a ‘Large-Scale Rearming’
Obama taps Russia specialist for arms control post
U.S. President Barack Obama has chosen Rose Gottemoeller, a specialist in Russian defense and nuclear issues, for a key arms control post ahead of negotiations with Moscow, the White House said on Tuesday.
Obama plans to nominate Gottemoeller, a former Energy Department official now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, to serve as assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance.
That post is likely to play a strong hand in shaping U.S. arms control policy as Washington prepares for negotiations with Moscow on how to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) that expires in December.
Don't START none, won't be none, MFers.
Learning to love the bomb
Rose Gottemoeller, who served as the director of the Moscow Center from January 2006 – December 2008, is a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she works on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability.
Formerly deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy, she has been with the Endowment since 2000.
Previously, she served as the department’s assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. She first joined the department in November 1997 as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.
Prior to the Energy Department, Gottemoeller served for three years as deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International affairs fellow. She has taught on Soviet military policy at Georgetown University, and is currently teaching on Russian security in Eurasia, also at Georgetown University
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA is likely to bring about a historic shift in nuclear weapons policy as the administration undertakes a significant effort to dramatically reduce the size of the nuclear arsenal.Obama may visit Russia in July
How will DoD implement the CMO this time?
Defense Department deputy secretary William Lynn (RAYTHEON) will testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the coming weeks. And undoubtedly he will be asked about DoD's ongoing management problems, especially those 19 areas on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk list.Defense Sector Rumblings Ahead
Reportedly, Defense Secretary Gates is readying the most extreme changes to the Pentagon's spending plans since the end of the Cold War. It is possible that the Pentagon will call for the termination of as many as 6 major weapons systems as soon as the end of March. Programs which are probably on the block include the DDG X Destroyer and the F-22 Lightening II. And these are just the starters. If history repeats itself -- as it has many times in such instances -- other programs will also be axed further down the road to extinction.Obama skirts his own ban on employing former lobbyists in White House
Raytheon gets national airspace contract
Bill Ayers seeks police protection
ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census
Barack Obama's Newest "Spiritual Advisor" is a Marxist
NO! You don't say! Unheard of. Absurd!
Continuing to bring you only the finest in frightening Book-o-Revelation level crap:
The Kremlin published its priorities Monday for an upcoming meeting of the G20, calling for the creation of a supranational reserve currency to be issued by international institutions as part of a reform of the global financial system.Mullah Russia:
The International Monetary Fund should investigate the possible creation of a new reserve currency, widening the list of reserve currencies or using its already existing Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, as a "superreserve currency accepted by the whole of the international community," the Kremlin said in a statement issued on its web site.
Muslims are changing Russia's demographic composition, posing a major challenge to the country's domestic politics and internal stability, says Finland's Defense Ministry in its report Meeting The Challenges In Russia. The last 20 years have seen major demographic changes in Russia. At the beginning of the 1990s, there were 149 million people in Russia. By 2007 the figure was seven million less. The population is falling by around 400,000 per year.Six Bloggers of the Apocalypse
But the situation is very different in parts of the country with a Muslim majority. There the population is growing, and, for example, male life expectancy is significantly higher than in ethnic Russian areas. If demographic trends continue in the same way, by 2015 the majority of Russian army conscripts will be Muslims. By 2020 20 per cent of all Russians will be Muslims. And three decades later they will be the largest part of the Russian population.
Since the Soviet Union broke up, the self-esteem and identity of Russia’s 20 million Muslims has intensified. In 1991 there were 300 mosques in the country. Now there are already over 8000. Most new mosques have been financed from abroad, by Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
There are now estimated to be about 60 Islamic schools in Russia, with some 50,000 pupils. There was not one Islamic school in 1991. Aside from putting the mosque in Moscow, on the international scene Russia is already an observer-member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.. There's an alliance to look forward to.
Glow Ball Food Catastrophes Imminent
Former President Bush Backs Obama’s Efforts to Repair Economy
Former President George W. Bush delivered a “folksy” one-hour speech to a Canadian audience in which he backed efforts by his successor, Barack Obama, to repair the U.S. economy and financial industry, said people who attended the event.FOLKSY, even, purple proles!
National debt hits record $11 trillion
The eye-popping national debt surpassed $11 trillion Monday, the largest in U.S. history.Senior members of the Obama administration are pressing lawmakers to use a shortcut
The new Treasury Department figures on the national debt were released as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to project that the annual budget deficit will be higher than previously estimated by the White House's Office of Management and Budget. The debt, which refers to the cumulative amount of money the government owes, hit $10.9 trillion on Friday.
to drive the president's signature initiatives on health care and energy through Congress without Republican votes, a move that many lawmakers say would fly in the face of President Obama's pledge to restore bipartisanship to Washington.John McCain’s AIG bailout revisionism
SEPTEMBER 2008: A day after he dismissed a federal bailout for American International Group, Republican John McCain announced Wednesday that circumstances had forced him to shift his position and that he supported the proposed $85 billion rescue of the insurance giant.Grassley Accuses AIG of Sucking 'Tit' of Taxpayer
Gold Man's share of AIG's Sacks draws fire
The Fed already has the power ~ without a vote of Congress ~ to provide financing under "exigent circumstances" to any company
Necessary authorities include the power - in exigent circumstances - to guarantee liabilities, provide loans and take other stabilizing measures. But the circumstances that would trigger these authorities must be narrowly defined...
~ Czar Paulson in the Financial Times 3/17/09
Argentina moves to re-nationalize Lockheed factory
Brazilian FM: US should nationalize banks
Holy Leaf bad, Oxycontin good, prole, so get it straight:
Of particular interest, scientists are investigating marijuana's capacity to moderate autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as their role in the treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.Investigators are also studying the anti-cancer activities of cannabis, which has been shown to halt malignant tumor growth in animals.
In a salute to Charles Darwin in celebration of his 200th birthday, the Nierenberg family and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will honor British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author, Richard Dawkins on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, with the ninth Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mandell Weiss Theatre of the La Jolla Playhouse on the UC San Diego campus.Dick Dawkins: "What’s to prevent us from saying Hitler wasn’t right?"
William A. Nierenberg, 81, Physicist and Military Policy Adviser
SEPTEMBER 2000: Dr. William A. Nierenberg, a physicist with a passion for the ocean who spent five decades striving to mesh science, technology and policy as an adviser to presidents, military agencies and NATO, died Sunday at his home in San Diego. He was 81.Maryland intervenes in 5 billion dolla gubbmint PEPCO power cutoffs
Focus shifts to flow of cash, arms into Mexico
Jesus Christ or John Galt? The Republican Party's Identity Crisis
TO SERVE MAN
Sudanese leader: No international court can touch me
Undersea volcano erupts off Tonga coast
Second earthquake in a fortnight rattles Melbourne
Drunken mayhem mars St. Patrick's in Ireland
Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. He was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music and the Theatre of the Absurd.
"Gnossienne" is the name given to several piano pieces by French composer Erik Satie in the late 19th century.
Satie's coining of the word "gnossienne" was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new "type" of composition. Satie had and would use many novel names for his compositions; for example, "ogive" had been the name of an architectural element until Satie used it as the name for a composition, the Ogives Similarly with "vexations", "croquis et agaceries" and so on—but "gnossienne" was a word that did not exist before Satie used it to indicate a composition. "Gnossienne" appears to be derived from the word gnosis; Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes.