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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://robalini.blogspot.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 10, 2009
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      By Kenn Thomas and Adam Parfrey


      277 pages • 5.5 x 8.5 • ISBN: 978-1-932595-35-2
      Price: $17

      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
      Prison Planet.com
      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
      Kenn Thomas

      In case you missed it last night, Mary Hicks and the previously
      censored Bill
      Hicks bit is up at YouTube in three parts, the last of which (w/Bill)
      is here:




      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.

      Overtime changes?

      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
      discuss this."



      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 dead."

      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
      beyond endurance.

      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
      Jeremy Gantz
      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
      of rendition.

      "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

      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
      20,000 merchants.

      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.
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