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SECRET AND SUPPRESSED II: BANNED IDEAS AND HIDDEN HISTORY INTO THE
TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
By Kenn Thomas and Adam Parfrey
277 pages 5.5 x 8.5 ISBN: 978-1-932595-35-2
Secret and Suppressed II's new revelations Newspeak, The
Illuminated, Parascience, and The Controllers illuminate the
paranoid and nightmarish post-9/11 planet.
Contributors: Robert Anton Wilson, Jim Hougan, Paul Krassner, Mae
Brussell, Adam Weishaupt, Jim Marrs, Joseph P. Farrell, Mike Bara,
Craig Heimbichner, Richard Sauder, Joan D'Arc, Al Hidell, Jay
Weidner, Col. Fletcher Prouty, Adam Gorightly, Harry Helms, Mark
Bruback, Douglas Hawes, William W. Flint, Jerry E. Smith, Robert
Sterling, David Martin
An 8 page excerpt of book's photo section:
Excerpt, "Demons from the Far Side of Truth":
Former President Jimmy Carter Supports Call For New 9/11
Carter slammed Bush administration for exploiting attacks in 2004
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, January 30, 2009
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has become the latest, and perhaps
most prominent, public figure to express support for a new
investigation into the 9/11 attacks.
We Are Change Ohio attended a book signing by the former President in
Chicago. Despite the best efforts of secret service personnel to
abduct the person recording the conversation, the audio of Carter's
words were still captured.
Carter was asked, "I was just wondering if you'd support the victims'
family members that want a new investigation into 9/11."
Carter clarifies the question before responding, "Yeah, I don't have
anything to do with it but I certainly would .it would be nice.
In October 2004, Carter told the London Guardian newspaper that
President Bush exploited the 9/11 attacks and that the press had not
held him to account.
"The basic reason is that our country suffered, in 9/11, a terrible
and shocking attack and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting
that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of
many Americans, to a heroic commander in chief, fighting a global
threat against America," Carter said.
"He's repeatedly played that card, and to some degree quite
successfully. I think that success has dissipated," he added.
Carter responded to the atmosphere at the time by slamming the notion
that questioning Bush's actions was unpatriotic.
His rebuke for media cowardice about asking tough questions about
the "war on terror" was also stinging.
"The press have been cowed, because they didn't want to be
unpatriotic. There has been a lack of inquisitive journalism. In
fact, it's hard to think of a major medium in the United States that
has been objective and fair and balanced, and critical when criticism
was deserved," said Carter.
Carter's support for a new investigation into 9/11 has been echoed by
innumerable prominent public figures both in and out of politics over
the last few years.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, former Italian President
Francesco Cossiga, UK MP Michael Meacher, Japanese MP Fujita
Yukihisa, former German Defense Secretary Andreas von Buelow, music
icon Willie Nelson, and even vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin
have all expressed support for a new inquiry into the September 2001
Bill Hicks on Letterman
In case you missed it last night, Mary Hicks and the previously
Hicks bit is up at YouTube in three parts, the last of which (w/Bill)
Roger Goodell says Los Angeles has a shot to host 2016 Super Bowl
The NFL commissioner says league will take a hard look at it,
regardless of whether Los Angeles has a team by then.
By Sam Farmer
January 31, 2009
Reporting from Tampa, Fla. -- In his annual Super Bowl news
conference Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league
would take a hard look at bringing the Super Bowl back to Los Angeles
in 2016 -- the 50th anniversary of the game -- whether or not the
city has a team.
The first Super Bowl was held in L.A., at the Coliseum, and 2016
would also mark the 70th anniversary of the 1946 L.A. Rams, the first
integrated major professional sports team. L.A. businessmen Casey
Wasserman and Tim Leiweke are trying to position L.A. to play host to
Super Bowl L and the Pro Bowl that precedes it, either in the
Coliseum or Rose Bowl -- or in a new stadium, if one is built by then.
Goodell said the NFL is going to take a hard look at how overtime
games are decided, including the possibility of ruling out games
being decided by a field goal on the opening drive of the extra
"It's been considered before, and I'm sure it will be considered
among the alternatives," he said. "There are other ways of addressing
the field goal on the first drive, and I think it's something the
competition committee needs to consider."
He said that while historically about 30% of overtime games are
decided when the team that wins the coin flip scores on its opening
possession, that number has recently risen to roughly 47%.
"I think that's significant," he said. "It's something our committee
needs to look at. When you couple that with the fact that our field-
goal kickers are much more accurate than they have been in the past,
that's a danger.
"We have talked about different concepts, and the committee will
Obama's Crusade to Save the Banksters
Wednesday, 04 February 2009
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Much of Black America is hopelessly neutered, politically, incapable
of even imagining a situation in which they would make demands of
Barack Obama - "whom many believe is literally a God-send." In any
case, the president's attentions are focused on his primary mission:
to save the core institutions of the financial capitalist class at
the unlimited expense of the real economy and its dependents - the
rest of us." The sacrifice will be for nothing. "In the process of
attempting to breath life into the bankster zombies, Obama and his
bipartisan buddies will exhaust the capacity of the federal
government to make money out of nothing."
"Obama's mission is to bring the mighty investment banks back from
The quickening spiral of economic decline finds Black America utterly
without political or psychological defenses - damn near helpless, and
pitifully so. Although it is common to hear Blacks half-joke
that "white folks" waited until the system was in meltdown to hand
over the White House keys to a "brother," it is Barack Obama who has
pulled off history's biggest trick on African Americans. Obama caused
Black America to drop its primary defense - a deep and abiding
suspicion of the intentions of Power - at precisely the historical
juncture when suspicion is most needed. As Constitutional power
flowed into Obama's person on January 20, African Americans in their
forty millions willed themselves to believe they had "overcome" -
when, in reality, they had been overcome by the delusion that the new
president did not represent the Power that was never to be trusted,
always to be resisted. No, he was a walking, talking treasure to be
protected by the group as a whole, the repository of ancient Black
hopes and the living proof of change.
Most literate Black people are familiar with Frederick Douglass's
maxim, "Power concedes nothing without a demand." But Black Obamites
cannot conceive of making demands on "their" president, whom many
believe is literally a God-send. Who would even think to make demands
of an emissary from Jesus? Religion, that vaunted "rock" of Black
society, once again knocks us senseless.
"Black Obamites cannot conceive of making demands on `their'
Shorn of defenses and politically neutered, Blacks become befuddled
spectators to Obama's version of economic "recovery" - a desperate
effort to resurrect from near-death the investment bankster class
that ultimately made like Richard Pryor and, driven by its
accumulated contradictions, set itself on fire. Obama must also
fulfill his obligations to American Empire, which sustained through
threat and force of arms the artificial, unjust U.S. global
advantages that allowed the Wall Street banksters to believe they
could forever feast on the world's sweat and resources while
producing nothing themselves.
Between the multi-trillion dollar pincers of an addicted military and
the limitless cost of detoxifying a universe of derivative, fictional
assets, the real economy and those that depend on it will be squeezed
Obama's mission is truly impossible: to bring back from the dead the
mighty investment banks that were until lately the arbiters of
economic development in the United States. As Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin proclaimed at the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland, "[T]oday, the pride of Wall Street - the investment
banks - have practically stopped existing." The composition of
Obama's economic team, which is suited only to the warped world of
investment banking, shows the new president is determined to raise
the dead. But even if such a resurrection were desirable, it cannot
be done. By the end of 2007, the banksters had created $596 trillion
in over-the-counter derivatives - 12 times the value of the gross
planetary product of Earth. Bailout is a nonsensical proposition.
What is occurring is a desperate effort to save the core institutions
of the financial capitalist class at the unlimited expense of the
real economy and its dependents - the rest of us.
"Bailout is a nonsensical proposition."
It is logical, therefore, that the misdirected "recovery" of the real
economy is by design rudderless, lacking any guiding federal
institutional structure or general plan for economic development,
despite unprecedented projected spending. The Obama team's
overarching goal, like the Bush team before it, is to recreate the
primacy of investment bankers in guiding economic development - not
to replace them with governmental mechanisms. Since the investment
banksters "have practically stopped existing," the real economy's
recovery effort will ultimately degenerate into a free-for-all grab
fest amidst dwindling spoils.
In the process of attempting to breath life into the bankster
zombies, Obama and his bipartisan buddies will exhaust the capacity
of the federal government to make money out of nothing. At that
point, it will be too late to pay for band-aid "reforms" to mend a
gravely wounded economy and society. The self-immolation of the
banksters, and the futile attempt to save them, will have destroyed
the larger system.
Black folks will be powerless to affect the trajectory of disaster,
so long as the Obama delusion holds sway. In any case, from its
conception the Obama plan contained no transformational elements that
might have narrowed the institutional gaps between Blacks and whites,
nothing that would alter the two-to-one ratio of Black unemployment
to white joblessness, or shrink the Black Prison Gulag, or bring
Blacks closer to wealth parity with whites. African American economic
standing relative to whites is likely to slip further, given the
fragility of the Black middle class.
"From its conception the Obama plan contained no transformational
elements that might have narrowed the institutional gaps between
Blacks and whites."
Obama will preside over a society that is poorer, less fair, and
likely to be engulfed in war, as the U.S. military tries to retain
America's unjust advantages in the absence of any recovery.
The debacle will be exceedingly painful for Obama, who entered office
with the apparent idea of creating a 21st Century "Era of Good
Feeling," much like the harmony that was said to reign over (the
white sectors of) the nation from around 1815 to 1824. Back then,
with the collapse of the Federalists, American politics was dominated
by the Republican-Democrat Party. President James Monroe won the
White House in 1820 with only one electoral vote against him - the
kind of bi- or non-partisan heaven (except for slaves and Indians)
that Obama craves, and attempts to recreate in his own small way by
populating his cabinet and advisory ranks with Republicans.
Those wishful souls that convinced themselves Obama would become the
vessel in which to pour progressive ideas and programs in time of
economic crisis, did not give him credit for having notions of his
own - ideas that would sacrifice the people for the benefit of the
banksters. Obama pursues his bankster rescue crusade in plain sight,
yet white "progressive" supporters insist he's up to something else,
and Black Obamites avow he's doing the work of God.
Not quite. More like the work of Goldman Sachs, in hopes it will rise
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at
Obama preserves rendition two days after taking office
Sunday February 1, 2009
Two days after taking the helm of a country ready for change after
eight years of George W. Bush, President Obama has allowed one
controversial "War on Terror" tactic to remain in place: rendition.
Despite frequent condemnation of the practice around the world,
rendition -- the secret capture, transportation and detention of
suspected terrorists to foreign prisons in countries that cooperate
with the U.S. -- remains in the CIA's playbook, thanks to a Jan. 22
executive order issued by President Obama.
Other executive orders shuttered the CIA's secret prisons and banned
the harsh interrogation techniques that have been termed torture. And
in his most widely noticed break with his predecessor, Obama signed
an order to close Guantanamo Bay's prison within one year.
But rendition will remain. Obama and his administration appear to
believe that the rendition program was one piece of the Bush
administration's war on terrorism that it could not afford to
discard, the Los Angeles Times reported.
An administration official told the newspaper anonymously: "Obviously
you need to preserve some tools -- you still have to go after the bad
guys. The legal advisors working on this looked at rendition. It is
controversial in some circles and kicked up a big storm in Europe.
But if done within certain parameters, it is an acceptable practice."
The momentous decision by Obama and his young administration appeared
in a small provision of one executive order, which states that
instructions to close the CIA's secret prison sites "do not refer to
facilities used only to hold people on a short-term, transitory
Under that language, the Soviet-era black site used by the CIA
between 2002 and 2004 and revealed by Raw Story in 2007 would remain
open. Intelligence officials signaled the facility would no longer be
used after it received broad public attention in the Polish press.
In late 2007, the U.S. House voted to effectively end CIA renditions.
But that prohibition, part of a $50 billion Iraq funding bill, was
never passed in the Senate. Also in 2007, Congress apologized for the
wrongful detainment of Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who
was "rendered" to Syria, where he was tortured into making a false
Obama's decision to continue rendition on an apparently limited basis
revives questions about the tactic's effectiveness -- not to mention
"The reason we did interrogations [ourselves] is because renditions
for the most part weren't very productive," a former senior CIA
official told the Los Angeles Times anonymously.
But surprisingly, Human Rights Watch -- the worldwide watchdog group
that vehemently opposed Bush-era secret detentions facilities and
torture tactics -- supports Obama's decision to continue the practice
"Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place" for
renditions, Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for
Human Rights Watch, told the Los Angeles Times. "What I heard loud
and clear from the president's order was that they want to design a
system that doesn't result in people being sent to foreign dungeons
to be tortured..."
But the former CIA official wasn't quite so optimistic.
"In some ways, [rendition] is the worst option," the former official
said. "If [the prisoners] are in U.S. hands, you have a lot of checks
and balances, medics and lawyers. Once you turn them over to another
service, you lose control."
Tyler Durden Strikes Again...
Station says porn clip interrupted Super Bowl
By MARK CARLSON
PHOENIX (AP) A Tucson television station's broadcast of the Super
Bowl on Sunday was interrupted for some viewers by about 10 seconds
of pornographic material, the station said.
KVOA TV in Tucson released a statement saying that the only viewers
who were able to see the material were those who receive the channel
through Comcast cable.
The station said it will investigate the incident.
"When the NBC feed of the Super Bowl was transmitted from KVOA to
local cable providers and through over-the-air antennas, there was no
pornographic material," KVOA president and general manager Gary
Nielsen said in a statement.
The KVOA statement said the station was dismayed and disappointed
that some Comcast customers and their families were subjected to the
"KVOA will continue to investigate what happened to our clean signal
and make sure our viewers get answers," Nielsen said in the statement.
Comcast spokeswoman Tracy Baumgartner confirmed that the company's
standard feed was interrupted during the Super Bowl, although she
said its high definition feed was not.
Baumgartner said engineers were investigating Sunday night.
Tucson media outlets reported that they received calls from irate
viewers about the pornographic material.
A spokesman for Cox Cable said the company had not been affected.
"We have received no evidence that any inappropriate material was
broadcast on any of our channels during the Super Bowl," Mike Dunne
said. "The alleged incident appears to be isolated to the Comcast
territory. We will offer our support to all appropriate organizations
to help them determine what happened."
Joel Hilander of Tucson told The Associated Press that he and his
young children saw the clip.
"I couldn't believe it. And I couldn't believe that my children were
watching it either," Hilander said.
He said the interruption came just after the Arizona Cardinals' Larry
Fitzgerald scored on a long touchdown reception during the final
minutes of the game.
Coupon Web Sites: Never Pay Full Price Again?
by Melissa Korn
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
These days, it seems there's no sense buying something unless you can
get at a steep discount. That goes for big-ticket items like houses
and cars, down to such smaller purchases as vacation packages,
electronics and clothes.
According to research group comScore Inc., 27 million Americans
visited coupon sites in October, up 33% from a year earlier. And from
last January to September, the number of coupon-related Web searches
doubled. So it's clear more of us are hunting for deals.
Scores of Web sites aggregate coupons and promotional codes that help
people shop online without ever having to pay full price. Some, like
Coupons.com, are geared toward grocery and drug store staples.
(Today, that site is featuring $1 off Velveeta cheese and $2 off
Perdue Frozen Fully Cooked Chicken on its home page.)
But others, like CouponCabin.com and RetailMeNot.com, offer a wider
array of discounts for popular retailers, usable in-store and online.
CouponCabin claims to have more than 100,000 discounts from more than
While some sites require subscriptions to get at the good stuff, most
offer coupons for free. The sites make money by selling ad space or
offering "featured discount" status to stores for a set fee.
Here's how it works: I happen to be in the market for a new
comforter, as mine was mauled by a pair of scissors (an arts and
crafts project gone bad). At CouponCabin.com, I found a discount code
for $15 off any order over $75 at Macy's, which is having its own
sale. I click the coupon link, which takes me to Macy's site, find
the item I want, enter the code upon checkout, and, voila a new
comforter for Melissa. CouponCabin.com even shows a screen shot of
where to enter the promotional code on a store's Web site.
Most coupon sites allow you to sort discounts by retailer, so if my
comforter didn't qualify for the minimum dollar amount of one Macy's
coupon, I could always check to see if it made the cut for another.
Coupon sites vary in breadth of offerings, but also in practicality.
Users should scour these sites after picking out a specific item on a
store's Web site or when they want a certain item (say, a just-
released DVD) but don't care where they buy it. But if you're tempted
to buy things just because they're on sale, steer clear, as these
sites can turn your computers into a money pit.
RetailMeNot.com, for example, has shopping tips for certain stores,
as well as a separate forum for shoppers to trade details on one-day
sales and new markdowns. Sensible for people who have been eyeing
those fabulous but otherwise too-expensive jeans. Not so much for
people who just like to browse.
One nifty thing RetailMeNot.com does have is a downloadable browser
application that alerts you to promotions and coupons when you are on
a retailer's Web site. If you don't mind the extra software, it may
be a good way to ensure savings even if you forget to consult a
coupon site pre-checkout. RetailMeNot.com also provides success rates
for coupon codes so you know whether that hot 30% off code at J.Crew
is likely to work when it comes time to check out.
Of course, coupon sites aren't always all they're cracked up to be in
terms of actual bargains. Some ask contributors to send in those
alphanumeric codes they get after making purchases, the ones that
promise a percentage off the person's next purchase above and beyond
other promotions. But they also include nothing-special "savings."
Right now, AnyCoupons.com (along with a half-dozen other sites) lists
free shipping on purchases totaling $150 or more at Banana Republic.
But the store's own Web site advertises that one, and has done so for
at least a few weeks. Because so many stores are discounting deeply
and offering incentives, make sure to check out the sidebars on
retailers' own sites for discount codes.