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Obama's State Of The Union Address - A Live Analysis

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'The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force'
Obama's State of the Union speech is occurring as I write this, and against my better judgment I actually turned it on. It's about 20 minutes into the incongruous jocularity of the President and the Chamber - and he just said that he will encourage legislation to reverse the ruling of the Supreme Court that Corporations are 'persons' and can donate to election funding. He says this is wrong - this will allow society's most powerful to influence elections, as well as foreign interests - he won't have it.

The Supreme justices sit there on camera like stunned corpses as a bipartisan standing ovation explodes in the Chamber. He's addressed ear mark spending, lobbying limits and transparency, changing political discourse, the super-majority dictated by the Republican minority leadership (60% majority needed to do anything), and further tax cuts for education and child credits. He states that voting no on everything is hindering progress (what an astonishingly brilliant observation!).

Comment: Three pertinent quotes to consider, all by one Adolf Hitler:
"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think"

"The broad mass of a nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one."

"The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force"



Magic Hat

US counter-insurgency in action: Blackwater helicopters airlifting 'Taliban terrorists' around Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Kabul - While the Pakistan government continues to deny that the infamous private army of the Unites States, known as Blackwater or Xe Services, is operating in Pakistan, Islamabad would defiantly provide no answer if questioned in any case. How is it always possible that deeply injured, half dead commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan etc, manage to be evacuated safely to US-run military facilities in Afghanistan after being hit hard back in the tribal belts of Pakistan and then start resurfacing in the country where thousands of US led NATO/ISAF troops are apparently engaged in "Hot Pursuit" of the same militant elements? At least two such cases have recently surfaced, revealed by the findings of the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail's findings reveal that at least 2 most wanted militants being persuaded by the Pakistan Defence Forces in the tribal belt that connects the nuke-powered Pakistan with the war ravaged Afghanistan, after being badly hit by the Pakistani troops, managed to get evacuated to Afghanistan in a very safe and composed manner.

Comment: British army is airlifting Taliban around Afghanistan

War by design: Helicopter rumors refuse to die


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Oscar-Winning U.S. Filmmaker Oliver Stone Says Adolf Hitler Was "Enabled by Western Bankers"

Adolf Hitler was a psychopath and a monster but rose to power thanks to big business leaders and other supporters who appreciated his vow to destroy communism and control workers, Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone said Monday.

Stone, who is working on a 10-part documentary on the 20th century titled The Secret History of the United States, said the German dictator was "enabled by Western bankers" and managed to "seduce" Germany's military industrial complex.

"Hitler is a monster. There is no question. I have no empathy for Hitler at all. He was a crazy psychopath," Stone told reporters in the Thai capital. "But like Frankenstein was a monster, there was a Dr. Frankenstein. He is product of his era."

USA

Disaster Capitalism Comes To Capitol Hill

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Many civil liberties groups in the US are up in arms over Thursday's Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V Federal Election Commission, that gives corporations free reign to spend as much money as they can afford (which is a lot) to influence American political election outcomes. This is the same gaggle of Supreme Court Justices (more or less) that gave us, literally, the glorious reign of George Dubya Bush. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann dedicated one of his 'special messages' to the ruling which he said made all US politicians 'prostitutes' to big corporations.

Eh....so what's new?

Attention

David Kelly Post Mortem to be Kept Secret for 70 years

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Whistle-blower: Dr Kelly died after casting doubt on Government claims about Saddam's weapons
Vital evidence which could solve the mystery of the death of Government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly will be kept under wraps for up to 70 years.

In a draconian - and highly unusual - order, Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the Dr Kelly scandal, has secretly barred the release of all medical records, including the results of the post mortem, and unpublished evidence.

The move, which will stoke fresh speculation about the true circumstances of Dr Kelly's death, comes just days before Tony Blair appears before the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.

It is also bound to revive claims of an establishment cover-up and fresh questions about the verdict that Dr Kelly killed himself.

Evil Rays

Was the earthquate in Haiti caused by the United States? Chavez thinks so

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According to Russia Today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías evoked the possibility that the United States are behind the series of earthquakes that struck the Caribben region last week, including the one that devastated Haiti. However, according to Vive Tv, the allegation originated with the Russian armed forces. Be that as it may, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have requested the UN Security Council to convene an emergency session. This forum will be expected to examine these charges and look into the "humanitarian" invasion of Haiti by US troops.

(Editor's Note: The following article was written and published by ViveTv, a Venezuelan public channel. The video was broadcasted by Russia Today, a Russian public channel. Oddly enough, the Venezuelan channel designates the Russian Army as the source of these claims which, in turn, attributes them to President Chávez.)

Comment: Did you catch what Chavez said about what he believed motivated the US to it? In part anyway, it was as 'target practice' against Iran...


Vader

US Forces in Haiti to Grow to 20,000

Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops will be supporting relief efforts in Haiti by Jan. 24, military officials said, adding to the 13,000-strong American force currently there.

Comprising the force will be the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade and thousands of other troops operating afloat off the Haitian coast and on shore, distributing provisions, assisting in medical operations and helping to maintain security. Some 2,200 Marines of the 24th MarineExpeditionary Unit are slated to arrive within 48 hours, military officials said.

"The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is a huge part of enabling us to extend our reach to places around the country that may need our assistance but we just haven't been there yet," Army Lt. Gen. P.K. Keen, the top U.S. commander in Haiti, said on The Pentagon Channel today.

The additional forces come as international aid continues pouring into Haiti following a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Jan. 12, creating what an official called one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas.

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'Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario' was envisaged by U.S. military one day before devastating earthquake

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© U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, center, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walks with U.S. Soldiers in a devastated area of downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 26, 2010.
A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day prior to the earthquake.

The holding of pre-disaster simulations pertained to the impacts of a hurricane in Haiti. They were held on January 11. (Bob Brewin, 'Defense launches online system to coordinate Haiti relief efforts' (1/15/10) -- GovExec.com, complete text of article is contained in Annex below)

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD), was involved in organizing these scenarios on behalf of US Southern Command.(SOUTHCOM).

Light Sabers

464 die in 4 days of Nigerian ethnic clashes

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Nigerian troops patrol Jos city in Nigeria as the government imposes a 24-hour curfew.
The death toll has risen to 464 after four days of clashes between Christians and Muslims in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

"We found more than 200 bodies gathered at the mosque in Kuru Gada Biu and 22 more at Mai Adiko," said a senior mosque official, Muhammad Tanko Shittu.

Residents of Jos claim that the clashes were ignited over the reconstruction of a mosque in a Christian neighborhood of the Nassarawa Gwom city, according to Reuters.

The Nigerian government has imposed a 24-hour curfew to control the riots, but sporadic gunfire can still be heard throughout the night. Additional troops have been deployed to Jos to maintain order.

Bad Guys

What Bush Did to Haiti

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As much as the U.S. government has touted its love of democracy, the affection often has been conditional, based not on the will of a nation's population but on the elected leader's acceptance of American economic and political dictates.

No place has that been more true than in Haiti where American-favored dictators like the Duvaliers were long tolerated while popularly chosen leaders, such as Jean-Bertrand Aristide, found American officials siding with anti-democratic thugs, as David Swanson notes regarding the 2004 coup.