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Date Sent: 2008-12-17
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Thursday, December 18, 2008 (Pt. 1)
 
Dollar falls as Fed slashes rates -- Washington DC Enacts Tough Gun-Control Measure

Yahoo to scrub personal data after three months -- Protestors arrested at county meeting ... again -- Officer who body-slammed cyclist indicted -- Congress wants to reinflate the collapsing housing bubble -- Jonathan Turley: Cheney confessed to a war crime -- Georgia judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf -- Dana Perino: We’re not occupiers in Iraq; we’re guests -- India Wacks Pirates Again -- Who Do You Trust: Inflation, Money Supply, GDP, Unemployment & Dollar -- Columbine: Court Rules Depositions to Remain Sealed -- Calpers To Report Losses of 103% on its Residential Investments -- Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban 'Private Mercenaries'? -- Air Force Fails Third Nuke Security Test -- Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes -- Supreme Court remands torture lawsuit by ex-Guantanamo detainees -- Assessing the Bush Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration - by Stephen Lendman AZ: Breakfast Thursday with Powell Gammill on Bioterrorism, and the Anthrax attack of 2001
 

Yahoo to scrub personal data after three months News Link  •  Internet
Yahoo to scrub personal data after three months
12-17-2008  •  InfoWorld 
Yahoo said Wednesday it will anonymize most of the data it collects about people's Web searches after three months, a move that could put further pressure on competitors Google and Microsoft to do the same due to privacy concerns.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Officer who body-slammed cyclist indicted News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Officer who body-slammed cyclist indicted
12-17-2008  •  AP 
The New York City police officer who was seen on YouTube last summer tackling a bicyclist in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack, has been indicted. [I see a small fine in his future.]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Taking a swipe at Bush: Zaidi-inspired shoe game on Internet News Link  •  Bush Administration
Taking a swipe at Bush: Zaidi-inspired shoe game on Internet
12-17-2008  •  AFP 
[that didn't take long] Following in the footsteps of the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President Bush, anyone can take a virtual swipe at the US leader on the Internet thanks to a new game. "Sock and Awe" (www.sockandawe.com  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Jonathan Turley: Cheney confessed to a war crime News Link  •  Bush Administration
Jonathan Turley: Cheney confessed to a war crime
12-17-08  •  Rawstory.com 
Turley at first replied wryly, "It's an interesting question, isn't it? ... If someone commits a crime and everyone's around to see it and does nothing, is it still a crime?"  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Georgia judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Georgia judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf
12-17-2008  •  AP 
A Muslim woman who was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to take off her head scarf at a security checkpoint has been freed after one day.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Iraq to Bush: “This is the farewell kiss, you dog” News Link  •  Bush Administration
Iraq to Bush: “This is the farewell kiss, you dog”
12-17-08  •  TruthDig.com 
These foreign adventures always start out so wonderfully: We will be greeted as liberators, democracy will flourish, the West will be safer, and instead we end up ever more scorned.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
NY governor proposes 88 new fees and taxes to fix massive state deficit News Link  •  TAXES: State
NY governor proposes 88 new fees and taxes to fix massive state deficit
12-17-08  •  bizjournals.com/ 
Gov. David Paterson has proposed a so-called 'iPod tax' on downloaded music and entertainment services to help his state close a $15.4 billion budget deficit.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
India Wacks Pirates Again News Link  •  World News
India Wacks Pirates Again
12-13-2008  •  NEW DELHI, India (CNN) 
The Indian navy captured 23 piracy suspects who tried to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Indian officials said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban 'Private Mercenaries'? News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban 'Private Mercenaries'?
12-15-2008  •  By Justin Elliott, TPM Muckracker 
"From this war's very beginning, this administration has permitted thousands of heavily-armed military contractors to march through Iraq without any law or court to rein them in or hold them accountable. These private security contractors ha  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Air Force Falls Short in Third Nuke Test News Link  •  Military
Air Force Falls Short in Third Nuke Test
12-15-2008  •  By Noah Shachtman 
Now, it's confirmed. The Air Force has indeed blown a third test of its nuclear handling capabilities, as Danger Room first reported over the weekend. In a memo, the Air Force confirmed that the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base '  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
JASON Study Debunks Gravitational Wave Weapon... Huh? News Link  •  Secret Government Projects
JASON Study Debunks Gravitational Wave Weapon... Huh?
12-15-2008  •  Federation of American Scientists 
In a study prepared for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the JASON team concluded that “No foreign threat in HFGW is credible, including: communication by means of HFGW; object detection or imaging (by HFGW radar or tomography)  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Looking for Adventure and High Pay? News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Looking for Adventure and High Pay?
12-14-2008  •  Office: Multi-National Forces Iraq, Joint Contract 
Looking for Employment? How about Excitement? Then you need to apply for Explosive Ordinance Disposal Training! And begin a new and exciting career in teaching others how to dispose of those nasty IED's and other fun things...   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Lithuania, F*ck Yeah!
Too Cool To Ignore News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Lithuania, F*ck Yeah! Too Cool To Ignore
12-16-2008  •  Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan. 
U.S. soldiers in Zabul Province give high marks to the Lithuanian Special Forces, who like to ride these captured Taliban motorbikes to sneak up on, and chase Taliban fighters. The “LithSof” are on their way to becoming living legends:  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Congress wants to reinflate the collapsing housing bubble News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Congress wants to reinflate the collapsing housing bubble
12-17-08  •  Mortgageimplode.com 
This means that the buyer does not make a true downpayment born of personal sacrifice, undermining its purpose. In the end, this is the same sort of "100% financed" lending that was a major contributor to the collapse.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
WHERE HAS INTEGRITY VANISHED IN AMERICA? Opinion  •  Politics: General Activism
CONNECTING THE DOTS
WHERE HAS INTEGRITY VANISHED IN AMERICA?
12-17-2008
Frosty Wooldridge
   How many crooks, liars and cheats can we maintain in Congress? U.S. Senator Stevens guilty! What about Governor Rod Blogevjich? Senator Teddy Kennedy no better than O.J. Simpson. Personal integrity--what happened?
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The Idiocy of Bernanke's Bubbles and CNBS News Link  •  Federal Reserve
The Idiocy of Bernanke's Bubbles and CNBS
12-17-08  •  market-ticker.denninger.net 
He can't force people to keep their money in an "investment" that has a negative return! And yet that is precisely what Bernanke did today - he guaranteed that virtually every single money market account across America will be decimate  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Katrina was a warm up for what's next...
Are You Prepared? News Link  •  Military
Katrina was a warm up for what's next... Are You Prepared?
12-15-2008  •  By David Bedein, Middle East Correspondent 
The report by the U.S. Army War College’s
Strategic Institute cited the prospect of the collapse of a nuclear state to
massive civil unrest in the United States. “Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the
d  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Veritas Vincit
Dana Perino: We’re not occupiers in Iraq; we’re guests News Link  •  Bush Administration
Dana Perino: We’re not occupiers in Iraq; we’re guests
12-17-08  •  PrisonPlanet.com 
When reporter Helen Thomas pointed out that U.S. forces are actually “occupiers,” Perino bristled: PERINO: No, we’re not. We are absolutely a guest.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Who Do You Trust:  Inflation, Money Supply, GDP, Unemployment & Dollar News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Who Do You Trust: Inflation, Money Supply, GDP, Unemployment & Dollar
12-15-08  •  shadowstats.com/ 
These charts will give you an idea of what is really going on in the U.S. economy.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
DataQuick: Socal 55% of Home Sales are previous Foreclosures News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
DataQuick: Socal 55% of Home Sales are previous Foreclosures
12-17-08  •  CalculatedRisk.blogspot.com 
The abundance of discounted foreclosures helped push the median sale price down a record 35 percent from a year ago, a real estate information service reported.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
California: Calpers To Report Losses of 103% on its Residential Investments News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
California: Calpers To Report Losses of 103% on its Residential Investments
12-17-08  •  Michael Shedlock / Mish 
Calpers in recent weeks said it expects to report paper losses of 103% on its residential investments in the fiscal year ended June 30. That's because Calpers invested not only its own money, but billions of dollars of borrowed money that must be  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Columbine: Court Rules Depositions to Remain Sealed News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Columbine: Court Rules Depositions to Remain Sealed
12-17-2008  •  Trench Reynolds 
The past stayed locked away: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision that depositions given by the parents of the Columbine shooters remain sealed in the National Archives for 20 years.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Randy Ricochet
Video: Mad 15-Ton FrontLoader Driving Skills News Link  •  Weird/Offbeat News
Video: Mad 15-Ton FrontLoader Driving Skills
12-17-2008  •  pat 
The best exhibition of 15-ton frontloader driving skills you'll see all day.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Randy Ricochet
Dollar falls as Fed slashes rates News Link  •  Federal Reserve
Dollar falls as Fed slashes rates
12-17-2008  •  BBC 
The dollar has fallen sharply against other currencies after the US Federal Reserve slashed its key interest rate to an all-time low.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Ernest Hancock
Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes News Link  •  Bush Administration
Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes
12-17-2008  •  Information Clearinghouse 
During the rush to get the Nuremberg Tribunals underway, the Soviet delegation wanted the tribunal’s historic decisions to have legitimacy only for the Nazis. U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson, serving as the chief prosecutor  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Supreme Court remands torture lawsuit by ex-Guantanamo detainees News Link  •  Torture
Supreme Court remands torture lawsuit by ex-Guantanamo detainees
12-17-2008  •  The Jurist 
The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit had ruled 4 former Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have the right to sue high-ranking government officials for alleged torture and infringement of religious practice during their captivity.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Top Court Lets Smokers Sue for Fraud News Link  •  Domestic Policy
Top Court Lets Smokers Sue for Fraud
12-17-2008  •  NY Times 
Tobacco companies that marketed “light” cigarettes may be sued for fraud, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision that will bolster dozens of lawsuits claiming billions of dollars in damages.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
RIAA Seeking $1 Million in Damages from a Student for Sharing 7 Songs on Kazaa News Link  •  Domestic Policy
RIAA Seeking $1 Million in Damages from a Student for Sharing 7 Songs on Kazaa
12-17-2008  •  profy 
Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson and his students will defend Rhode Island residents Arthur and Judie Tenenbaum from RIAA that is accusing their son Joel of sharing a total of 7 songs on Kazaa file sharing network. The damages Joel and his  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Washington DC Council Enacts Tough Gun-Control Measure News Link  •  Gun Rights
Washington DC Council Enacts Tough Gun-Control Measure
12-17-2008  •  NY Times 
Nearly six months after the Supreme Court put an end to the District of Columbia’s decades-old ban on handgun possession, the City Council here passed a sweeping new ordinance on Tuesday to regulate gun ownership.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Bush hoping to re-shape his legacy with shoe-toss response News Link  •  Humor
Bush hoping to re-shape his legacy with shoe-toss response
12-17-2008  •  News 23/6 
Compared to the rash and short-sighted reactions we've seen over the past 8 years, Bush's handling of the shoe-toss incident is far and away his most measured, calm, and reasonable response to a crisis on record. Bush knows this is his last c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
John Edwards Scandal: Mistress Hunter In N. Jersey, Out of Hush Money News Link  •  Eugenics
John Edwards Scandal: Mistress Hunter In N. Jersey, Out of Hush Money
12-17-2008  •  Mondo 
John Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter and daughter, Frances Quinn, are back on the East coast. After money man, Fred Baron, passed away October 30, Hunter's hush money payments have stopped and she's been forced to trade ritzy Santa Barb  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Randy Ricochet
One Man in a Billion News Link  •  Activism
One Man in a Billion
12/17/2008  •  Mary Sparrowdancer 
This was no ordinary protest. Bravery and keen insight made him a legend while demonstrating the severe flaws of his deadly enemy.  Read Full Story
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Assessing the Bush Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration Feature Article  •  Philosophy: Fascism
Assessing the Bush Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration
Stephen Lendman
   George Bush's ugly, tainted and criminal legacy.
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"I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system"
12-16-2008  •  Reason / Matt Welch 
Back when the subject was still the War on Islamo-jerkoffs, I called this phenomenon "Women's Shoe Libertarianism""fun to wear on a sunny day, but useless in a storm. Same goes for the Women's Shoe Capitalism of George W. Bush.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
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