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Life under Stalin, from music bans to vanishing vodka

Thanks to the latest technology and some clandestine chicanery, Britain’s secret eavesdropping agency GCHQ is renowned for its ability to listen to the conversations of the leaders of Britain’s enemies and, occasionally, its friends.
Less known is the shadowy Government Communications Headquarters’ unblemished record in gaining information on the average duration of a Soviet tyre and plans for celebrating Stalin’s 70th birthday.
Thousands of pages of intelligence intercepts from the early days of the Cold War were made public yesterday, showing how British intelligence not only tapped into communications from deep inside the Kremlin but also built up a vast bank of data dealing with the minutiae of life in the Soviet Union as Britain’s wartime ally rapidly became the “Red Menace”.
The documents, released by the National Archives in Kew, west London, reveal how Britain struck a top-secret deal with the United States in 1946 to formalise the sharing of secre…

Prospects for the Homeland Security Department: The 1947 Analogy

Published 09/12/2002 James Jay Carafano
Congress has returned from its summer recess to take up again the administration’s proposal creating a Department of Homeland Security. There is a good deal of work left to do. When the president introduced his plan, he described it as the most sweeping reorganization of the federal government since the outbreak of the Cold War when the National Security Act of 1947 unified the Armed Forces under a single department and created the National Security Council (NSC) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).1 The reference to the National Security Act is apt. An assessment of the prospects for the new department suggests it may encounter three major problems reminiscent of the obstacles faced in organizing to confront the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.
“It is not all that it seems.” The proposal for a Department of Homeland Security is far less sweeping than the name of the department implies. The president’s legislation do…

Polish police question 2 Canadian Teachers Over Suspected Theft of Nails From Auschwitz

Polish officials say they detained two Canadian men after visitors to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp reported seeing them pick up loose nails from a railway track at the memorial. Prosecutor Mariusz Slomka said the 30-year-old suspects, both teachers, were released after being questioned
The nails were recovered from their backpacks, and the men were allowed to leave Poland. Authorities will decide whether to bring charges.
Local police Chief Robert Chowaniec said Monday they could face up to 10 years in prison if the nails prove to be historic artifacts.more
thank you Battleskin

Why Not Allow The Public To “See Something, Say Something” With More Educated Eyes & Mouths

J. D. Abolins:
Thanks for the videos and links. They are helpful.
One of the ways in which citizens can be of great help is their awareness within their set of skills, life situations, and activities.
For example, an agricultural supply outlet people have an idea of what are the normal types of customers who might purchase ammonium nitrate fertiliser. They are in a good position to sense if a customer is “off”, doesn’t seem to be a farmer, etc. (Real life example: Following the OKC bombing a news crew from a major city went to an ag supplier in an adjacent state to get some ammonium nitrate to show how easy it is obtain. The clerks noticed the out-of-state plates, their clothing was too delicate for farming, the customers were not familar with farming terminology, etc. They called it in to the auhorities. Spoiled the news story but provide a good illustration how citizens can discern suspicious *behaviours* from their areas of expertise.
Since the Times Square bomb…

It's Raining Oil In Louisiana?

Louisiana residents 45 miles off the Gulf of Mexico claim to have videotaped an oily substance raining down. Worst case scenario? It's petroleum mixed with Corexit, the cancer-causing dispersant BP's spraying on its oil slick. Best case scenario? Dirty roads.

Video is circulating which purports to show the effects of an oily rain coming down off the coast of Louisiana. It could be as simple aMore..s the sheen which develops on the road following rain on a dirty road or someone attempting a sensationalist hoax. At this point nobody knows. A smattering of reports from along the coast indicate similar occurrences accompanied by a strong odor of oil.

Our first thoughts were oil we're accustomed to dealing with generally doesn't evaporate, and that's true for engine oil sitting on a shelf, however crude oil at sea is an entirely different story. According to a 2003 study titled "Oil in the Sea III: Inputs, Fates, and Effects" put out by Ocean Studi…

Big Brother/Stasi Style Tactics Coming To Vegas With The “See Something, Say Something”

Las Vegas law enforcement agencies are launching a new effort aimed at encouraging regular citizens to watch out for suspicious activity.
The program is called “See Something, Say Something”. The program is designed to make average citizens the eyes and ears of law enforcement when officers aren’t around.
Authorities say a prime example of how well that can work is the attempted attack on Times Square in New York City. Faisal Shahzad is accused of trying to rig a car bomb in the crowded New York City plaza. more

Court Ruling In Central Ohio Allows Thousands To Be Removed From Sex Offender Registry

For years, the state's sex offender registry has been the go-to Web site for concerned parents or anyone who wants to know who's living in their neighborhood. Now, a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court is allowing thousands of registered sex offenders in Ohio to be removed from the registry.
Angela Beatty, who lives in Franklin County, said she likes knowing who lives around her, which is one reason she said she's checked the state's sex offender registry.

But some who are on the registry today may soon not be there at all after the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated provisions of the Adam Walsh Act on separation-of-powers grounds.
That means approximately 26,000 sex offenders in Ohio who were sentenced before 2008 will have to be reclassified.

Adam Walsh Act Ohio

Under the Adam Walsh Act, offenders had to register with their county's sheriff's office four times a year for life. Now, like before the act, some 2,600 offenders will have to…

Columbus City Council In Immigrants Back Pocket

A resolution urging for national immigration reform is now headed to Washington D.C. Monday evening, Columbus City Council approved the resolution. While many supporters of reform couldn’t be happier, the question remains – what does Columbus City Council have to gain by sending a resolution to the federal government?
The resolution that was approved Monday, among other things, urges for tighter security at the border and a path to citizenship for those who are currently in the United States illegally. “It is the federal government’s responsibility. We want consistency throughout the 50 United States of America,” said CouncilwomanCharleta Tavares.
To support comprehensive immigration reform and urge action from Congress and the Ohio General Assembly to support the needs of Columbus as well as other cities and towns as we integrate immigrants into Ohio and American communities.

WHEREAS, immigration is a federal responsibility and a comprehensive approach …

Obama Gives Back Major Strip of AZ to Mexico

The federal government is now telling American citizens to stay out of three southern Arizona counties. It is too dangerous because of armed smugglers from Mexico. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu: Quite frankly I’m telling you as a sheriff that we don’t control that part of the county. My county is larger than the state of Connecticut and we need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it. In fact President Obama suspended the construction of the fence.more

Seattle Cop Punches Woman Who Chimps Out ‘Nobody was injured during the incident, police said.’

SEATTLE — Seattle police are investigating what they call an assault of an officer in South Seattle.
However, a police officer is seen punching a 17-year-old girl in the face during the incident captured by a video camera on Monday.
According to Seattle police, the incident began when an officer spotted a man jaywalking in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. at approximately 3:10 p.m. The man was some 15 feet away from a pedestrian overpass, police said.
The officer was talking to the man when he saw four young women jaywalk across the same street at the same spot. The officer asked the women to step over to his patrol car, but the women were being “verbally antagonistic toward the officer,” according to officials.
One of the women, later identified as a 19 year old, began to walk away from the scene despite the officer’s instructions, prompting the officer to walk over to her and escort her back to his patrol car.more


Simple solutions to a not so complex problem!
The “Show Me” state has once again shown us how it should be done. They need more exposure on this. Let’s pass it around.
In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the Official language of Missouri . Nearly 90% voted in favor! English became the official language for ALL governmental proceeding in Missouri . It also meant no individual had the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.
In 2008 a measure was passed that required our Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person was found to be here illegally. It allowed Missouri law enforcement offices to receive training to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill made it clear that illegal immigrants would NOT have access to taxpayers benefits such as food stamps and health care…

Lieberman Bill Gives Feds ‘Emergency’ Powers to Secure Civilian Nets

Joe Lieberman wants to give the federal government the power to take over civilian networks’ security, if there’s an “imminent cyber threat.” It’s part of a draft bill, co-sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Susan Collins, that provides the Department of Homeland Security broad authority to ensure that “critical infrastructure” stays up and running in the face of a looming hack attack.
The government’s role in protecting private firms’ networks is one of the most contentious topics in information security today. Several bills are circulating on Capitol Hill on how to keep power and transportation and financial firms running in the event of a so-called “cybersecurity emergency.”
Last week, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn floated the idea of extending a controversial cybersurveillance program to hacker-proof the firms.

Lieberman and Collins’ solution is one of the more far-reaching proposals. In the Senators’ draft bill, “the President may issue a declaration of an …

U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of $1 Trillion in Minerals in Afghanistan,

Dec 11, 2009 Jack Lifton: Safeguarding Our Future Supply of Rare Earths“Price may not be as important as security of supply,” says Jack Lifton, an independent consultant with more than 45 years of experience in sourcing nonferrous strategic metals. In the U.S., our dependence on rare metals is undermined by the simple fact that we’re not producing any. Given that China now controls 95% of these ‘technology metals’ and the world is projected to eat 200,000 tons of rare earth metals near 2015, Jack tells The Gold Report we need to jumpstart our own domestic supply chain and, more importantly, build the refineries to process them—rather than sending them to China for refining, which is our only option currently.more

Published: June 13, 2010  he United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself…

Dutch ruling party loses election to the Liberals

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has resigned as his party’s leader as exit polls showed his Christian Democrats were defeated in the parliamentary elections. 

According to preliminary results released by local TV NOS early in the morning, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) won 31 out of the total 150 parliamentary seats, becoming the biggest party in the second Chamber of the States-General. It was followed by the Labour Party (PvdA) which grabbed 30 seats.
'I chose that picture of Geert Wilders, because I honestly think there needs to be a recount in votes and also to show that the Jews and Muslim/Islamic are afraid of our freedoms and will not stop until they have conquered over white nations'
The Christian Democrats lost 20 seats and finished with 21.

On Wednesday, Balkenende also resigned his parliamentary seat, accepting full responsibility for the party’s poor performance.

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party…

Berlin bars Muslim from prayers at school

A German court has rejected a legal bid by a 16-year-old Muslim student to have the right to conduct prayers at his school, reports say.  The court in Berlin ruled on Thursday against Yunis’ bid to pray, stating that it would upset peace in the school, and abuse students’ rights to the entitlement of a calm and educational environment, Reuters reported.

The maintenance of an academic school environment takes precedence over the student’s right to religious observance, the appeals court said.  “The Islamic prayer ritual has a demonstrative character and serves as social control,” a Berlin Senate official said in favor of the ruling.

“This is a good day for the Berlin school,” school director Brigitte Burchardt said after the verdict.
She said the decision would reduce potential conflict that may arise in the school. Last year the same pupil had initially been given the right to pray once a day in the same school. This year a higher Berlin court overturned that judgment.m…

Déjà Vu? Hispanics flee

Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers 08/25/2008 DALLAS — Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.
The Mexican Consulate’s office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they’ll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.  “Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously,” said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. “In fact, it’s almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years.”MORE

Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law 06/08/2010

Arizona’s tough new immigration enforcement law is fueling an exodus of Hispanics from the state seven weeks before it goes into effect, according to officials and residen…

Mr Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr.

"Mr. Death" is a stylized documentary that deals with the life and work of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., a US Federal Court qualified expert in execution technology. On the basis of his qualifications, in 1988 Leuchter was commissioned by German-Canadian publisher Ernst Zundel to conduct the first thorough forensic examination of the alleged Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. After Leuchter testified that the alleged facilities were not -- and could not have been -- used for mass extermination, Jewish activists ruined his life. Leuchter comes across just as straightforward and guileless on film as he is in real life. As a result, some viewers of earlier versions at the Sundance Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and Harvard University began to question the Holocaust extermination stories they'd been told, while others suspected that Morris himself might have been converted to Holocaust revisionism. At the eleventh hour, Morris re-edited the fil…

The Art of Spelling And Telling Time, Lost! When Is ‘Enuf is enuf’

Remember when MTV came out and the first video they played was ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, by The Buggles?

Since the creation of MTV amongst other things so much has been lost.  How much further can America and  the world be dumb ed down.  I know speaking from growing up in the MTV generation and seeing for myself the dumbing down  take place.  What happened to being able to read a clock with hands is gone to the ‘digital’, along with many other things and the article below is just one more nail in the coffin of intelligence.

Protesters in bee suits outside Spelling Bee want to make English simpler The nation’s capital always draws its share of protesters, picketing for causes ranging from health care reform to immigration policy.

But spelling bee protesters? They’re out here, too.
Four peaceful protesters, some dressed in full-length black and yellow bee costumes, represented the American Literacy Council and the London-based Spelling Society and stood outside …