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Not that it makes any difference, but US electronic voting machine selects Romney even when choosing Obama

Footage has emerged of an electronic voting machine somewhere in the US that appears to force the voter to select Mitt Romney as their chosen presidential candidate despite clicking Barack Obama's name.

The clip, posted to YouTube by the user centralpavote - suggesting the voter is in Pennsylvania - shows the voter selecting Obama's name on the machine's touchscreen, only for Romney's name to be highlighted.


Video: Romney (in '07) on how the second coming will save the Jews

I don't think we're going to have Mitt Romney to kick around for very much longer, so here's a last shot: a weirdly defensive rant from 2007, by Mitt Romney about Mormonism. He's asked at :44 or so about the second coming of Christ. Is it in Jerusalem or Missouri? Romney:
"The second coming, the arrival of Jesus Christ, our church says is in Jerusalem... That's the church doctrine... Christ appears in Jerusalem, splits the Mount of Olives, to stop the war that's coming in to kill all the Jews. Our church believes that, that's where the coming and glory of Christ occurs."

After that Christ will reign from two places, Jerusalem and Missouri for 1000 years. Writes a friend: "It helped offer a certain clarity on the whole Christian Zionism thing and made me even more frightened about the possibility that this guy could win."

Bad Guys

When will the killing war in Iran begin? It already has

"Economic sanctions are, at their core, a war against public health." - The New England Journal of Medicine [1]
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While campaigns are organized to deter the United States and Israel from acting on threats to launch an air war against Iran, both countries, in league with the European Union (winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize) carry on a low-intensity war against Iran that is likely to be causing more human suffering and death than strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities would. This is a war against public health, aimed at the most vulnerable: cancer patients, hemophiliacs, kidney dialysis patients, and those awaiting transplants. Its victims are unseen, dying anonymously in hospitals, not incinerated in spectacular explosions touched off by cruise missiles and bunker buster bombs. But ordinary Iranians who can't get needed medications are every bit as much victims of war as those blown apart by bombs. And yet, we think, that as long as the bombs don't rain down, that peace has been preserved. Perhaps it has, in formal terms, but bleeding to death in the crater of a bomb, or bleeding to death because you can't get hemophilia drugs, is, in either case, death.


US Muslim placed on no-fly list is unable to see his ailing mother

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Saddiq Long, a 10-year US Air Force veteran, barred from flying into the US.
Despite never having been charged with any crime, an Air Force veteran is effectively exiled from his own country

In April of this year, Saadiq Long, a 43-year-old African-American Muslim who now lives in Qatar, purchased a ticket on KLM Airlines to travel to Oklahoma, the state where he grew up. Long, a 10-year veteran of the US Air Force, had learned that the congestive heart failure from which his mother suffers had worsened, and she was eager to see her son. He had last seen his mother and siblings more than a decade ago, when he returned to the US in 2001, and spent months saving the money to purchase the ticket and arranging to be away from work.

The day before he was to travel, a KLM representative called Long and informed him that the airlines could not allow him to board the flight. That, she explained, was because the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had placed Long on its "no-fly list", which bars him from flying into his own country.


Bush 3 vs Bush 4

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The point of my writing has never been to tell others how to vote, especially not in elections in countries like the USA where I cannot myself vote.

But even if I was a voter in this election, there is no candidate with a chance in hell of winning who I could support. Obama and Romney are standing on the shoulders of George W. Bush.

Obama renewed Bush's PATRIOT Act, which gutted the Fourth Amendment, Obama signed into place (and went to court to defend) the NDAA Act that creates a legal framework for the indefinite detention of American citizens, Obama has engaged in six middle eastern wars (two more than Bush), and Obama maintains a kill-list of suspected terrorists including American citizens who - without trial, and alongside their families - are targeted for assassination by drone strike.

Romney signs on to all of those initiatives, and boasts the endorsements of both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Both candidates promise to strike first against Iran. Neither candidate talks of downsizing the American Empire, that - at huge cost to the taxpayer - maintains bases in over 150 countries, creates huge blowback, and leaves the American military thinly stretched. And this misallocation of capital means that in areas where central government plays a useful role - infrastructure, space exploration, disaster relief and scientific research - too little is left to invest.


Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan silenced by cancer

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Even though most Iranian nuclear facilities are heavily fortified, ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan says there are ways Israel could target and damage them.
This article, written by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, was originally published on IsraelSpy.com.

One of the most important debates on the world scene has gone silent. For more than a year, commentators and politicians worldwide had been discussing: How can Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program be stopped, and should Israel be stopped from bombing Iran?

With Americans voting November 6, and Israelis having their national election on January 22, the debate is mute.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in recent years has been an enthusiastic saber-rattler, does not see any advantage in thundering about Iran's nuclear program right now. His most recent big statement came at the United Nations in New York in late September, when he held a cartoonish diagram of Iran's bomb-making progress, but truly illustrated a timeline that seems to delay any military action until mid-2013.

The defense minister in his lame duck cabinet, Ehud Barak, is leading his own small political party and has changed his tone on Iran. Barak is more obvious now in his reluctance to see Israeli warplanes and missiles strike Iran, but Barak has a reputation for saying almost anything for political advantage - so one does not know what he would do, in the remotely possible scenario that he might return to the post of defense minister.

Eye 1

'Dark' motive: FBI seeks signs of carrier roadblocks to surveillance and Comcast, Cricket, and T-Mobile are standing in the way

The FBI has tried to bolster its case for expanded Internet surveillance powers by gathering finger-pointing examples of how communications companies have stymied government agencies, CNET has learned. An internal Homeland Security report shows that a working group convened by an FBI office in Chantilly, Va. requested details about "investigations have been negatively impacted" by companies' delays, partial compliance, or inability to comply with police surveillance requests.

One of the claims in that report: A police arm of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which conducts investigations into immigration, drug, computer, and copyright crimes, reported that no-contract wireless provider Cricket Communications had "hindered" an investigation because "system technical issues" interfered with a wiretap and location tracking. Cricket, a subsidiary of Leap Wireless, has approximately 6 million subscribers.


Exclusive: Arab states arm rebels as UN talks of Syrian civil war

Saudi Arabia and Qatar 'supplying weapons' to anti-Assad forces, while fears mount for civilians

Syrian rebels are being armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, The Independent has learnt, in a development that threatens to inflame a regional power struggle provoked by the 15-month-old uprising against the Assad regime.

Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have received weapons from the two Gulf countries, which were transported into Syria via Turkey with the implicit support of the country's intelligence agency, MIT, according to a Western diplomat in Ankara. Opposition fighters in Syria have hitherto been handicapped by a reliance on an old and inadequate arsenal, while the regime in Damascus has been able to rely on a supply of arms from Russia and Iran. Moscow is arming Syria with attack helicopters, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, claimed yesterday. "We are concerned by the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically," she told a conference in Washington.

Since the start of the uprising, anti-regime activists have only smuggled small quantities of weapons, purchased on the black market, from Hatay in southern Turkey into Syria's Idlib province.

Arrow Up

Japanese protest U.S. occupation after military related rapes and assaults

The United States government currently maintains a world-wide network of some 1000 military bases and installations, with 23 of them being in Japan.

The US has been an occupying force in Japan since world war 2 and like many places where western military bases have been established, their goals there are not humanitarian, regardless of what the propaganda says.

The most populated US military base in Japan is Okinawa, and recently that has become the site of various protests over dangerous weapons testing and attacks on a local women and children.


911 Phony proofs: A gallery of faked dead Bin Ladens

Pakistan actually shot the man claimed to be bin Laden.
At about 1:20 a.m. local time a Pakistani helicopter was shot down by unknown people in the Sikandarabad area of Abbotabad. The Pakistani forces launched a search operation in the nearby area and encountered with a group of unknown armed people. A fire exchange followed between the two sides. When the fire exchange ended, the Pakistani forces arrested some Arab women and kids as well some other armed people who later confessed to the Pakistani forces they were with Osama Bin laden when the fire was exchanged and Bin Laden was killed in the firing.
The first fake photo, used by Reuters' and the British Press.
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