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The most under reported news items for the week of September 4th , 2011

Will jobs plan put Americans to work?

The US has been going through rough economic times and many are looking at solutions from the past to get the country out of this downward spiral. Seventy-five years ago, the Hoover dam was created by a federal program to help put Americans to work and also produce energy. Many Americans expect President Obama to do something similar when he unveils his jobs plan. Stefan Molyneux, host of FreeDomain Radio, tells us if a plan like this is possible or even feasible.

Link to Russia Today video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGrvGkYWapE

Mall of America visitors unknowingly end up in counter terrorism reports

Published September 7, 2011 – 9:00am
By: G.W. Schulz, Center for Investigative Reporting | Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting | Daniel Zwerdling, NPR

Bloomington, Minn. – On May 1, 2008, at 4:59 p.m., Brad Kleinerman entered the spooky world of homeland security.

As he shopped for a children’s watch inside the sprawling Mall of America, two security guards approached and began questioning him. Although he was not accused of wrongdoing, the guards filed a confidential report about Kleinerman that was forwarded to local police.

Read the full article here – http://americaswarwithin.org/articles/2011/09/07/mall-america-visitors-unknowingly-end-counterterrorism-reports

9/11 Ten Years Later: What have we learned?

by Jamal Kanj
08. Sep, 2011

In his book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, former White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, wrote that on September 12, US Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld “was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq .”  “And we all said … no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan.” And Rumsfeld said “there aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, ‘Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it.”

As for the President, Clarke wrote “But, M r. President [Bush], al Qaeda did this.” “I know, I know, but – see if Saddam was involved. Just look. I want to know any shred . . .”

Bush and Rumsfeld’s military IQ must be a match to the leaders of Al Qaida. For the Twin Towers in New York were too chosen for being “good targets” with equal disregard to human life.

Unfortunately ten years later, 9/11 has turned to symbolize a monument of irrational hate propagated by a Neo Conservative political agendum intended to perpetuate collective anti Muslim sentiment in the US, rather than taking a coherent inward look to learn from those tragic events and the unjust debauchery wars that followed.

Read the full article here – http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2011/09/911-ten-years-later-what-have-we-learned/

The 9-11 Ten Years After (20 pics)

http://www.coolcrack.com/2011/09/9-11-ten-years-after-20-pics.html

9/11, Psychological Warfare and the American Narrative- Part IV

Sible Edmonds; Boiling Frogs
7 September 2011

Willie Wonka & the National Security State

9/11. New York’s twin trade towers exploded and vaporized in a hypnotic Old Testament moment. It was as if some invisible dark force had reached out and in one swift strike brought on a biblical, primeval Apocalypse. The destruction seemed to defy gravity itself as 200,000 tons of steel and 425,000 cubic yards of concrete fell so freely and effortlessly to the street below, it resembled a controlled demolition. This was no simple Pearl Harbor that could be avenged with a counterstrike of air and sea power. This was a poisonous wound to the American psyche, a more devastating act of psychological warfare than any military strike could ever have accomplished.

From ten years on, everything about 9/11 feels otherworldly and irrational, the reasons for it, the apparent helplessness in the face of it, the curious identities of the people involved and the American government’s response to it. It defied logic then and it still does. The World Trade Towers were proud symbols of who we were as early 21st century Americans, at least who we thought we were. After all, wasn’t the spiritual motto of the original 1939 Flushing, NY World’s Fair “World trade center” pavilion dedicated to “world peace through trade?” 

There would be no peace after 9/11. The destruction loosed a demon that had been struggling for America’s soul since the creation of the Cold War in 1947. The U.S. would now be freed to pursue “evil” wherever it could be found and there would be no turning back. The creation of the World Trade Towers by Rockefeller brothers Nelson and David had been steeped in psychological symbolism from their start in the early 1960s. As the most well known scions of American business, the Rockefeller family brought more than just money to their endeavors, they brought a vision for the future of the planet and a philosophy to guide it.

Editorial comment – This is a pretty long article but is not a difficult read.  The article is well thought out, concise and presents factual,verifiable evidence to support the arguments put forward.  Worth the read!!!

Read the full article here – http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/09/07/911-psychological-warfare-and-the-american-narrative-part-iv/

Federal Interference by Mismanagement or Micromanagement Can Be Blamed For Out of Control Brush Fires in Texas

Lone Star Watchdog
8 September 2011

If you want to mess up something beyond repair or recognition, call in the Federal Government. In most cases with the federal government managing the forest and wilderness areas. They have not done a good job at all and actually made things worse. The Federal Government has become a hazard and not a help to the people. The US Constitution delegated only limited powers to the Federal Government, managing land is not one of them. Managing the land is best handled by the people, local municipalities and the several state governments.

Having a bloated centralized Federal government has been a disaster for the people. The Endangered Species act can be held responsible for firefighters killed because incompetence of a desk jockey in the bureaucratic way of doing things would not give permission to take water out of the lake because they might hurt an endangered fish . The erosion of private property rights where ranchers, farmers who live in national forest lands cannot clear to thin of dead foliage and dry brush. These alphabet soup agencies like the EPA, the forestry service and the Bureau of Land Management stands in the way of landowners managing their own land to protect what they own from out of control forest fires.

Read the full article here – http://lonestarwatchdog.blogspot.com/2011/09/federal-interference-by-mismanagement.html

States Offer Banks Immunity From Mortgage Lawsuits
In exchange for up to $25B payoff

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 8:36 AM CDT

Newser) – State prosecutors are offering big banks an expensive Get Out of Lawsuits Free card. Prosecutors have offered a variety of banks caught up in the “robosigning” scandal immunity from some litigation in exchange for a total of $10 billion to $25 billion in penalties, the Financial Times reports. Some officials think the immunity being offered is far too broad; as written, it could potentially free the banks from lawsuits related to their securitization practices, or at least impede cases related to it.

Yet the banks, some of which have seen their stock prices plummet thanks to litigation fears, call the proposal a “non-starter.” They’ll meet with prosecutors again this week to negotiate further. The deal will include other issues as well, including new standards for governing home loans, which the sides are close on, and new compliance and enforcement standards, which they’re not. The banks involved include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial.

Read full article here – http://www.newser.com/story/127801/states-offer-banks-immunity-from-mortgage-lawsuits.html

The Republican Candidates Debate 9-7-2011

Links to videos of the debate.  Who won???  Who cares!!!

http://12160.info/page/the-republican-candidates-debate-9-7-2011

Incredible picture of Saturn that runs rings around all the others (and if you look carefully, you’ll see Earth in the distance)

Mail Online
By Ted Thornhill
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 7th September 2011

There have been some amazing photographs taken of Saturn over the years, but none quite like this.

The stunning image comes courtesy of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft while it was in orbit around the planet, which is the sixth furthest from the sun and lies around 800million miles from Earth.

It was taken at night as the probe looked back at the eclipsed sun, resulting in a picture that one Nasa astronomer described as ‘like no other’.

Read the full article, see the great pics here – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2034615/The-picture-Saturn-runs-rings-others.html

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