Monday, July 31, 2006

Qana Massacre Pictorial

Saw this here. Brutal and heart wrenching. Stop the war now!

Exclusive video report on the Qana Massacre

Exclusive International Reports on Qana Massacre

A lot of news happened over the weekend in Lebanon. The most notable was an incident in Qana where a refugee shelter was bombed killing about 60 people, most of them children.

American news is often sanitized and presented in the familiar "infotainment" format. International news reports offer other perspectives on the tragedy.

This video contains three segments telling the story of the Qana massacre from the search for survivors through Isreal's 48-hour partial ceasefire in Southern Lebanon.

1) UK Channel Four - The Qana Massacre
The first video is provided by London's Channel Four news. This report shows the emergency works scrambling to deal with the crisis. Men carefully dig through solid dirt, looking for the dead, but hoping to find signs of life in the rubble. Channel Four interviews some of the few lucky survivors. One woman, explains that all the members of her large family died in the bombings.

2) CBS International News - Aftermath of the Dana Massacre
While emergency workers continue to dig for bodies in Qana, a spontaneous protest erupts in Beirut. People who, for the last weeks, have hidden in bomb shelters emerge enraged by the Qana massacre. A peaceful protest, in front of Beirut's UN Compound, turns violent.

3) BBC UK - Temporary Ceasefire Amid International Pressure
Israel declares a temporary 48 hour ceasefire to investigate the massacre in Qana. Secretary Rice leaves the Middle East, announcing that she will be taking a proposal for a permanent ceasefire back to the UN Security Coucil. International pressure begins to split Israel politicians on ending the war.

Israel slaughters babies in Qana

The Qana Massacre

Israel bombs mentally handicapped children in Qana, Lebanon.

The international community is condemning Israel for it's attack on Qana, which killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians including 37 children. Read all about it. In frustrated anger, a mob of thousands stormed the UN building in Beirut. Adding insult to injury, the mainstream media is pushing the story of Mel Gibson's drunken ramblings ahead of this tragic but true tale of human suffering.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

American Scholars Symposium on 9/11 Truth airs on C-Span 8PM ET

This is a reminder. Highlights from the Los Angeles American Scholars Symposium on 9/11 Truth is airing tonight on C-Span at 8PM Eastern Time and will repeat at 11PM.

The conference featured such luminaries as Professor Steven Jones, Lt. Col. Bob Bowman, Professor Jim Fetzer, Author Webster Griffin Tarpley, 9/11 hero William Rodriguez and of course maddog activist Alex "Bullhorn" Jones. You can read all about it in an article by Paul Joseph Watson on here. This kind of coverage by a mainstream media outlet is rare, so spread the word. I've seen clips of the conference and it looks to be an excellent watch.

Update: Here is the video.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?

MSNBC is running this poll.

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?

It's rather telling that with three other non-YES choices to weight against it, as I am writing this over a quarter million people have responded and 87% of them have said YES bush should be impeached.

Go cast your vote here.

Israel Attacks- Lebanon Burns

A heartwrenching photo-documentary detailing the cruelty of Israeli war crimes to the Lebanese people. Another tough watch. Brutal view of the inhumanity of war.

Stephen Colbert lambasts mainstream media

In this clip, Stephen Colbert takes the mainstream news to task for its stupidity and rightfully so. It is a humorous look at a serious problem. The media in its corruption has failed the people. The so called 'Fourth Estate' has been sold. Thanks to Mr. Colbert we can laugh at such a thing, otherwise we might simply cry.

Lou Dobbs calls bullshit on illegal presidential signing statements

For the last year or so Lou Dobbs has been a bastion of democracy and free speech in the united states - a rare comodity these days. In this clip he addresses presidential signing statements, which is just one of many illegal usurpations of power which Emperor Bush has seized. With loss of sovernty, loss of freedoms and rapant powermongering by the executive branch, the founding fathers, the same patriots who fought, killed, bled and died for our freedoms, would weep at the current state of our country. Lou Dobbs is a light in the darkness in modern days, a hero among cowards who refuse to speek up and tell the truth. Pitty the world that comes after, for there is none to take up the to take up the torch for the next generation.

Nero fiddles whiles Lebanon burns?

This is just ridiculous. I don't know if I should attack this for diplomatic incompetence or for willfull conspiracy. I wonder if these people realise that people's lives hang in the balance. Idiocy is apparently contageous. More later...

Ann the Man Coulter

This is the latest drivel from MAnn Coulter. As usual, he spews forth rhetoric and cries for attention. My guess is bad parenting. There's probably no help for such things - we DO have Freedom of Speech after all... well sort of. So you take the good with the bad. This creature appears to have found a niche in vacuming up hatred wherever it can be found. What a strange world we live in where someone can reap financial benefits by being disliked.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Cute MILF Protester Interrupts Iraq PM Speech to Congress

As the Prime Minister of the puppet government installed in Iraq addresses congress, a young woman wearing a shirt saying 'TROOPS HOME NOW' shouts him down and is then roughly escorted out, all the while protesting loudly.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Israel attacks UN peacekeepers - 2 dead 2 missing

An apparently coordinated and purposeful attack by Israeli Defense Forces tuesday on a UN observation post in the town of Khiam near the border between Israel and Lebanon has left two UNIFIL observers dead and two more burried under the rubble created by the attack. Rescue workers attempted to clear the debris, however Israeli forces continued to fire during the rescue operation according to Milos Struger, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. The UN reports that the Israeli air force destroyed the observer post, in which the four observers were sheltering. The four, from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, had sheltered in a bunker under the post after being shelled 14 times previously.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued this scathing statement:

I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a United Nations observer post in southern Lebanon that has killed two United Nations military observers, with two more feared dead.

This coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked United Nations post at Khiyam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that United Nations positions would be spared Israeli fire. Furthermore, General Alain Pelligrini, the United Nations Force Commander in south Lebanon, had been in repeated contact with Israeli officers throughout the day on Tuesday, stressing the need to protect that particular United Nations position from attack.

I call on the Government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident, and demand that any further attack on United Nations positions and personnel must stop.

The names and nationalities of those killed are being withheld pending notification of their families. I extend sincere condolences to the families of our fallen peacekeepers.

One might speculate on what these observers may have seen to facilitate such an action with such obvious reprocussions.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Monopoly game to go cashless

That's right, the venerable game Monopoly is going cashless. No more stashing a few high denomination bills under the board for a 'rainy day'. Now all transactions will be handled via a mock Visa debit card which is inserted in an electronic card reader. I saw this story come across the wires today and was simply agast. Invented first in 1904 then later patened by Charles Darrow in 1935 and marketed by Hasbro, Monopoly has been a staple of board gaming for over a century now and seen many iterations, localized versions and spin-offs. One has to wonder what is on the horizon for the future of such board gaming, perhaps RFID tracking of customers, police-state suppression of protestors or CIA money laundering will be included next time? Might as well go the whole nine yards and throw in a thumbprint scan with a retinal+dna confirmation and a random 'mass identity theft' chance card as well.

Welcome to crazyworld.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Israel and Hezbollah - Images of suffering

Just saw this here found it very touching. There are graphic pictures of the suffering Israel is inflicting on Lebanon so be forewarned; it is not for the faint of heart. I feel it is important that people see the suffering of their fellow human beings in this war, that they may be moved to speak up and demand an end to the violence.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Israeli girls write messages on shells bound for Lebanon

I saw these Associated Press photos come across the net yesterday here.

My thoughts: Outrage at the inhumanity. There are two important facts that are readily apparent in these photos; there will be no peace for Arabs anywhere as long as Israel raises its children to hate from birth, and the influence of Israel on the mainstream media is obviously overwhelming. Case in point, if the little girls in these photos had been Arabs, they would be on the cover of every newspaper in the world, as they are, the photos practicaly went into the unused bin until bloggers spotted them and spread them around the net.

UPDATE: Guardian Unlimited has authenticated the photos as real, taken in Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel on the border of Lebanon and confirmed my earlier speculation that it was the children's parents who encouraged them to such horrible activity.

Let's not forget the victims, the recipients of these lovely 'gifts'.

Follow the trail of an artillery shell from Israeli children...

To Israeli tank...

To a village in Lebanon...

To the children of Lebanon.

Message recieved?

ADDENDUM: There is a followup to this article here.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Global Warming

Who's the jerk who denies global warming and rejected the Kyoto accord?

Is that white-hot I see? We've gone beyond red-hot!

Open mic night at G8 : Bush fumbles again.

Once again showing his unparalleled tact, Bush blathered some inanities into an open microphone at the G8 summit whilst stuffing his maw with buttered bread.

Lebanon burns to the ground and Bush quips, "What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over."

As if he hadn't seen the pictures of mass destruction inside of Lebanon itself which are being plastered all over the news networks. Most of what was caught by the open mic was uninteresting, though at one point Bush seemed to show disdain for Kofi Annan's plan for a ceasefire by all parties and by inference seemed to imply that only that Hezbollah stop it's rockets whilst Israel continues to bomb Lebanon back to the stone age. Before Blair realized the mic was live and turned it off, Bush also mentioned that Condoleeza Rice would soon be dispatched to the area. Undoubtedly the entire Neocon cabal is huddling with its collective heads together, hatching a plan to somehow get the U.S. in position to attack Iran over this conflict.

Read all about the microphone debacle at the Washington Post here.