Archive for May, 2009

Inflation 101

May 28, 2009

Inflation Calculator:

http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

USA Inflation Rate:

http://www.bls.gov/bls/inflation.htm

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf

http://inflationdata.com/Inflation/Inflation_Rate/InternationalSites.asp

TIPS.

Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities, also known as TIPS, are securities whose principal is tied to the Consumer Price Index …

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/tipscpi/tipscpi.htm

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/indepth/tips/res_tips_rates.htm

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U):

The base period index (1980 -1984) is typically set to 100: 1980/84=100; 1999=174; April, 2009=213.

http://qrc.depaul.edu/djabon/cpi.htm

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Rulers and Ruled by US Empire

May 26, 2009

[B]“Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire: Bankers, Zionists and Militants”[/B] by Professor James Petras. (Snips)

… The role of the Zionist Lobby in America is examined as it relates to the catastrophic wars in Iraq and Lebanon, and the threat of a further attack on Iran. A mounting schism within the US ruling elite between its pro-Zionist sector concerned with advancing the interests of Israel, and the traditional ruling elite concerned with protecting US imperial interests worldwide is addressed ….

http://www.amazon.com/Rulers-Ruled-US-Empire-Militants/dp/093286354X#reader

Will Obama cave in to this Shmutz?

May 25, 2009

[B]Will Obama cave in to this Shmutz?[/B]

5/26/09: Prime minister, defense minister hold late-night meeting ahead of latter’s upcoming visit to Washington, agree Israel will offer to dismantle the 26 illegal West Bank outposts in exchange for US approval of continued construction in larger settlement blocs. ….

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3721554,00.html

Netanyahu vs Obama

May 24, 2009

Israel won’t yield to U.S. demands, won’t halt settlement construction’

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke to Channel 2 on Saturday about the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, held earlier this week, saying that Israel’s government will not allow the U.S. to dictate its policy, and that “settlement construction will not be halted.” …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087541.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087741.html

Gideon Levy / Let’s hope Obama won’t be a ‘friend of Israel’.

…When we say that someone is a “friend of Israel” we mean a friend of the occupation, a believer in Israel’s self-armament, a fan of its language of strength and a supporter of all its regional delusions. When we say someone is a “friend of Israel” we mean someone who will give Israel a carte blanche for any violent adventure it desires, for rejecting peace and for building in the territories. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1035415.html

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Truth Suppression, Disinformation, Lies, Deceit and Deception.

Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression

http://www.caught.net/prose/truthno.htm

http://www.caught.net/prose/truthno.htm#Disinformation

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Explaining War. – Israel’s foreign press liaison. (Snip)

… THE MEDIUM is the message, as communications theorist Marshall McLuhan famously said. Just in case, though, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office now controls both. The foreign press liaison unit, as the face and voice of Israel’s army to the entire world, is the gateway through which information flows (or, often, does not flow), and it has transformed from something of an afterthought into a major part of the military’s arsenal. As wars are increasingly fought on the virtual battlegrounds of television and the Internet, the soldiers of the IDF Spokesperson’s foreign press liaison unit are a new breed of pressed-uniform commandos. …

“The North American desk must be one of the best educated units in the IDF,” … “We’re proactive. We no longer wait for someone to come to us with a request; we are now the initiators. We suggest stories to journalists, instead of the other way around,” …

“Since each area has its own unique characteristics and its specific areas of interest, we provide each ‘audience’ with what it needs,” she adds. “We tailor information and stories for North America, for Europe, for Russian-language media, for Arabic media and for Latin America and the Far East.” …

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1242212431717&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

http://www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/PM+Office/Departments/GPO.htm

http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/c.hsJPK0PIJpH/b.689683/k.9094/Israeli_Government_Sources.htm

..: Daniel Seaman: Enemy of the Journalists in Israel :..

http://www.kawther.info/K20070909A.html

Stephanie Gutmann’s book – “The Other War – Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy”. Chapter 10 – “His Own Private Jihad” is specifically about his efforts to curb Palestinian influence on the media coverage …

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Ministerial Committee Approves Anti-Nakba Law

(IsraelNN.com) A ministerial committee approved on Sunday, a proposal to make it illegal to mark Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning. The proposal by Member of Knesset Alex Miller (Yisrael Beiteinu) would make public observances or other activities of that sort punishable by a three-year jail sentence. Miller calls his bill “the first phase in ending the organized incitement of the Islamic Movement and [Israel Arab] Monitoring Committee among the Arab population in the country.”

The Palestinian Authority and many Israeli Arabs such as members of the Israel Islamic Association, observe May 14 as “Catastrophe (Nakba in Arabic) Day”, commemorating the day on the civil calendar when the British Mandate for Palestine ended and the modern Jewish state began. Nakba Day events include anti-Israel and anti-Zionist declarations.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/165544

Israel opposed to Peace.

May 22, 2009

Obama tore off the mask of so-called ‘peace-loving’ Israel.

….. An Israeli refusal of Obama’s efforts will reveal that there is no peace partner in the Middle East. The absent partner is Israel. No to peace with 57 countries, no to a move that will neutralize the threat of the Iranian bomb, and no to two states now. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087110.html

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Israel begins new settlement, despite U.S. Opposition.

Israel has moved ahead with a plan to build a new settlement in the northern West Bank for the first time in 26 years, pursuing a project the United States has already condemned as an obstacle to peace efforts.

The move comes on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, despite Western calls for Israel to halt its settlement activity. ….

“This Israeli provocation demands a U..S response and a genuine and concrete pressure on Netanyahu that would guarantee a halt to all settlement activities,” he said, charging that “continuation [of settlement building] would bring down and destroy the peace process.” …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086339.html

… most of the outposts called illegal have actually been authorized by a number of officers and officials on several levels of government. …

 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087097.html

Clinton calls on Israel to halt ‘any kind’ of settlement activity.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1087098.html

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Netanyahu: ‘United Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli leaders vowed that all of Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided capital amid protests by eastern Jerusalem Arabs and their supporters.

“United Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday during a state ceremony at Ammunition Hill to mark Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967. “Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided.” ….

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/05/21/1005329/e-jerusalem-arabs-protest-celebrations

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1242212436883&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Israel’s ‘Arrow missile system’ to be funded by USA..

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/05/21/1005306/report-arrow-missile-system-to-be-fully-funded

The United States has said it will provide the full funding for the development and production of Israel’s Arrow 3 anti-missile system, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday

… In recent months, there has been grave concerns in Israel that the United States, which has supported the Arrow project since its inception over 20 years ago, would end the funding due to major cuts made to the U.S. defense budget by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

The development cost for the coming year will likely reach some100 million U.S. dollars, according to the report.

Israel and the United States are also developing David’s Sling, a missile defense system with a range between 70 and 250 km against medium-range missiles. ….

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90853/6663011.html

http://news.antiwar.com/2009/05/20/us-promises-to-fully-fund-israeli-missile-defense-system-while-cutting-their-own/

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“Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government.” by David Sirota, Author.

“Hostile Takeover makes a strong case that American democracy is under attack. Every politically engaged citizen who wants to know what challenges we face and how we can rebuild our country’s democracy should read this book.” —Al Gore, former vice president of the United States

“Here are the horrifying facts about how our government works today—and for whom it works—delivered in a tone of outrage that is not only merited but appropriate. Read it and scream.” —Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0307237346/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

David Sirota. http://www.davidsirota.com/

 
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The Percentage of Jewish Supreme Court Justices May Reach 33%.

Elena Kagan: Jewish Ethnic Networking Eases the Path of a Liberal/Leftist to the Supreme Court.

Kagan’s candidacy raises a number of issues. If nominated and confirmed, there would be three Jewish justices on the Supreme Court — all on the left. Jews are of course always overrepresented among elites

http://newsfromthewest.blogspot.com/2009/05/percentage-of-jewish-supreme-court.html

Democracy under Attack by Big Money

May 21, 2009

Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government.

“Hostile Takeover makes a strong case that American democracy is under attack. Every politically engaged citizen who wants to know what challenges we face and how we can rebuild our country’s democracy should read this book.” —Al Gore, former vice president of the United States

“Here are the horrifying facts about how our government works today—and for whom it works—delivered in a tone of outrage that is not only merited but appropriate. Read it and scream.” —Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0307237346/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

David Sirota. http://www.davidsirota.com/

 
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The Disease of War.

May 21, 2009

[B]The Disease of Permanent War.[/B]

…. Massive military spending in this country, climbing to nearly $1 trillion a year and consuming half of all discretionary spending, has a profound social cost. Bridges and levees collapse. Schools decay. Domestic manufacturing declines. Trillions in debts threaten the viability of the currency and the economy. The poor, the mentally ill, the sick and the unemployed are abandoned. Human suffering, including our own, is the price for victory. …

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090518_the_disease_of_permanent_war/

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[B]CIA Warns Israel: ‘Don’t Attack Iran Alone’.[/B]

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131461

[B]Here’s how Israel would destroy Iran’s nuclear program.[/B]

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1085619.html

[B]ElBaradei: Israel strike on Iran would be ‘insane’. [/B]

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1085872.html

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[B]Peace Now: ‘Natural growth’ – Israel’s trick for West Bank expansion. [/B]

… Most legal analysts around the world, including U.S. State Department jurists, view the construction of settlements in the West Bank as a violation of international law relating to war and conquered territories. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits states from moving their own citizens into conquered land. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086050.html

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[B]New envoy to U.S.: Soon Jews won’t want to live in Israel.[/B]

… Oren, a historian from the Shalem Center whom Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tapped for Israel’s top diplomatic post, described a country rotten to the core, riddled by everything from drug dealing to white slavery, from money laundering to illegal arms trading. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1084938.html

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/seven-existential-threats-15124

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[B]Netanyahu’s only card to play with Obama is Iran.[/B]

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1085628.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086062.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086052.html

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[B]The Six Issues That Divide Bibi from Barack [/B]

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1899135,00.html?xid=rss-fullworld-yahoo

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[B]Obama is surrounded by some people who are convinced they know Netanyahu well, and that he is not trustworthy.[/B]

… If one compares the Obama administration to the Bush administration, there is no doubt that Israel had been relegated; it commands less importance, less intimacy, less goodwill, and less respect. …

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3717739,00.html

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… Netanyahu is in a bind: He can’t afford to anger the Americans over the settlements, but stands to lose a great deal among his supporters in Likud if he does take action. And so he will attempt to remove the settlements – not from the West Bank but from the center of discussion, using the usual method of establishing a committee. He will try to find a formula that will assuage the United States without declaring a freeze on settlement construction that could lose him the coalition. It will be interesting to see whether Obama opts for confrontation now or decides to go along at Netanyahu’s pace.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086225.html

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Israel allows only food, medicine and detergent into the Gaza Strip. Thousands of items, including vital products for everyday activity, are forbidden.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086045.html

AIPAC in Focus

May 21, 2009

Sitting between Bibi and Obama, AIPAC criticized by left and right

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/05/07/1004999/navigating-obama-and-netanyahu-difference-aipac-gets-it-from-both-sides
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Picking on AIPAC? (Snips)

… AIPAC is generally regarded as one of the three most powerful lobbies in Washington. Unlike most other major lobbies, which engage on a variety of issues, AIPAC has only one objective: strengthening American support for the state of Israel through creation of a “special relationship” between the two countries. AIPAC’s support is uncritical, no matter what Israel does and no matter what the impact on the U.S. might be. Because Congress and the White House are fearful of confronting AIPAC, it enjoys a unique status. Even though it acts as a foreign lobby, it has not been required to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Not having to register is significant, as it means that AIPAC’s sources of income and its disbursements are not a matter of public record. …

The third reason to oppose AIPAC is the corruption of the U.S. political system by the Lobby’s money and power, resulting in a bought-and-paid-for Congress and a rule of law for everyone except those guilty of crimes on behalf of Israel. Even when one is caught red-handed and confesses to spying for Israel, it is apparently no big deal, aside from the cost of a lawyer. Israel runs an extremely aggressive espionage program inside the United States involving hundreds of operatives and agents

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2009/05/18/picking-on-aipac/

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More the three-quarters of Senate sign AIPAC-backed letter.

Letter Text:

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/05/20/1005305/more-the-three-quarters-of-senate-sign-aipac-backed-letter

Signators

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Obama-Bibi: The Preview

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/obama-bibi_the_preview_20090518/

LA Times: I cannot recall a more important meeting between an American president and an Israeli prime minister than today’s meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the Obama administration have the courage to challenge Netanyahu, or will all the talk of change dissolve in the face of a concerted one-two punch from Netanyahu and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee? I am increasingly convinced that if Obama fails to speak out now, it will doom the two-state solution forever. ….

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Netanyahu in U.S.: AIPAC on Sunday and Obama on Monday.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086089.html

A new Neocon Think Tank

May 21, 2009

Funded by U.S. neocons, think tank researchers now carving Israeli policy.

… the White House was in effect being run by neoconservative intellectuals from think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Project for the New American Century. …

… There is no think tank today with as much influence on the Israeli government as the Shalem Center, which has extensive resources, despite being a small institute. ….

… What is the secret that has made the Shalem Center so much more influential than similar research institutes? Sarit Ben Simhon, a Tel Aviv University researcher who studies the role of think tanks in Israel, says the key word is money …

… They want to train people in Israel who will go into the media, politics and the business world and will be decision makers in years to come, with the world view of the Shalem Center being neoconservative, Zionistic and based on Jewish culture. These are neoconservative concepts that they brought with them from the U.S. and adapted to Israel.” …

… “Many of our graduates now have junior positions in the treasury, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry,” … “The aim of the Shalem Center – unlike that of the intellectuals of the left – is to conquer the Knesset rather than the universities.” …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086260.html

http://www.shalem.org.il/education.php?did=18

… Shalem has grown from a think tank with a staff of three to an institute operating on a $10 million yearly budget with a staff of 100. Most of its funding comes from the Tikva Fund, created by the late philanthropist Zalman Bernstein. …

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/coming_soon_a_jewish_liberal_arts_college_20080229/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalem_Center

AIPAC Conference not covered by our Media

May 5, 2009

I find it amazing that few of our media cover his week’s AIPAC conference. – AIPAC is Israel’s powerful Lobby in Washington.

Almost half of the Congress and Senate are in attendance. – It must be newsworthy.

But then again, our media do not cover the Bilderberg conferences either.

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#At Aipac Conference, Biden Calls for Settlement Freeze
Forward Tue, 05 May 2009 10:42 AM PDT
Washington â Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John Kerry pledged to confront Iran and protect Israel, but called on the Jewish state to freeze settlements.

#Congresswoman Jane Harman talks about AIPAC accusations
KPCC Pasadena Tue, 05 May 2009 10:19 AM PDT
Kitty Felde: This past weekend, one of the country’s most powerful pro-Israel groups drew a packed house to a Washington, D.C. auditorium. And among those who came speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was Congresswoman Jane Harman. AIPAC has a loyal friend in Harman. But that loyalty has her in hot water now. The El Segundo Democrat is accused by unnamed sources of agreeing to …

#Biden: Israel must seek 2-state solution
The Politico Tue, 05 May 2009 09:58 AM PDT
At AIPAC, Biden says Israel should consider freezing settlement activity to improve negotiations.

#L.A. perspectives from AIPAC
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Tue, 05 May 2009 09:48 AM PDT
At Sundayâs opening plenary, speakers waited backstage. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Rep. Dennis Cardoza that he was proud to be running the city when last yearâs ceremony was held to install the Israeli flag at the countryâs Wilshire Avenue consulate.

#Biden, Kerry at AIPAC: Israel Must Stop Building in Yesha
Israel National News Tue, 05 May 2009 09:25 AM PDT
Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic Senator John Kerry told the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby Tuesday that Israel must freeze all building in Judea and Samaria and make further concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

#Sen. Kerry Tells Arabs: Open Your Heavens to El Al
Israel National News Tue, 05 May 2009 08:54 AM PDT
Arab countries should start âtreating Israel like a normal countryâ and allow El Al to fly over their countries, Senator John Kerry told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in Washington Tuesday morning.

#Check It Out
Israel National News Tue, 05 May 2009 08:54 AM PDT
(IsraelNN.com) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel Tuesday to work toward a two state peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority. He spoke to the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby conference in Washington.

#Israel’s Peres coaches AIPAC on Obama’s Iran policy
Payvand Iran News Tue, 05 May 2009 08:45 AM PDT
In an address before ‘the most important’ lobby affecting America’s relations with Israel, President Shimon Peres accuses Iran of posing an international “threat”. On the eve of talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington, President Peres won strong applause from the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). -Press TV

#Biden defends outreach to Iran in AIPAC speech
The Hill Tue, 05 May 2009 08:41 AM PDT
Vice President Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday morning that Israel remains the administration’s most treasured ally while…

#Audio: America’s Middle East Policy
Israel National News Tue, 05 May 2009 05:10 AM PDT
Listen Now! Yehuda defines AIPAC as anti-Zionist and Professor Francisco Gil-White challenges the conventional wisdom on US foreign policy.