Nigerian man was in terror database

Nigerian man was in terror database
A Nigerian man charged Saturday with attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day was listed in a U.S. terrorism database after his father told State Department officials that he was worried about his son’s radical beliefs and extremist connections, officials said.

The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was granted a two-year tourist visa by the U.S. Embassy in London in June 2008 and has traveled to the United States at least twice before, officials said. His name was added to a catch-all terrorism-related database last month, when his father reported concerns about his son’s “radicalization and associations” to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a senior administration official said.

Abdulmutallab, 23, was subdued by passengers and crew members aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Friday after he ignited an explosive device that set his pants leg and part of the airplane, which was preparing to land in Detroit, on fire. The incident marks the latest apparent attempt by terrorists to bring down a U.S. aircraft through the use of an improvised weapon and set in motion a series of urgent security measures that disrupted global air travel during the frenetic holiday weekend.

Blog wandering? What is that?! I have seen it over and over again. A new blogger kick starts a blog with all intentions of hitting it big and growing a huge subscriber count. They are going to be the next big thing! Just you wait and see! So what does this new blogger do? Picks a domain name, spends countless hours looking at premium blog themes and finally gets around to installing every single cool plugin they can find. Everything is set and ready to blog!
Forgive the pun, but this would seem to be something of a no-brainer. Quoth the levitating Lotus: “Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone as we’re approaching this new year, I felt it was time to let go of some things that have been gathering dust. Some old things, and some new things, I tried to pick out tracks that I know yall haven’t heard yet so there should be surprises around every turn. can’t believe i’ve been making tracks for over 10 years now..That said, there’s so much to learn still. I hope you all enjoy this mix. Thanks to the Gaslamp Killer for doing an incredible job on this.


Fractures in the Truth Movement, Part III The Fissure Becomes a Gulf

Fractures in the Truth Movement, Part III
The Fissure Becomes a Gulf


“Strange powers have our enemies, and strange weaknesses! But it has long been said: oft evil will shall evil mar.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Two Towers

“This fracture in the truth movement between the anti-zionists and the Alex Jones automatons was building gradually for a few years until [Jason] Bermas blew the issue wide open on Alex Jones’ show in April. Since then the fracture has become a fissure, and the fissure will soon become a gulf.“

–from Part 1 of “Fractures in the Truth Movement”

As covered in part 1 of this series, the split between anti-zionists and those who equate anti-zionism with anti-semitism was blown wide open last April by Jason Bermas of Loose Change fame, while guest-hosting the Alex Jones Show. He accomplished this by berating a caller who had the audacity to ask about Jewish control of the Hollywood media. This split widened to a fissure with the firing of Jeff Rense from GCN’s radio network, with Texe Marrs writing an article critical of Jason Bermas, and with Nathaniel Kapner opening the debate on whether Alex Jones is a zionist shill–or just a useful idiot.

Well, a new fissure has appeared between Alex Jones and those who honestly seek the truth in politics and history, which has been building gradually–along with the anti-zionist rift–since the PrisonPlanet.com forums were created in 2007. The two rifts, side by side, represent what has now become a gulf between the Alex Jones world and the rest of the war for truth and justice. As explained in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, when Alex Jones had the PrisonPlanet.tv forums deleted in a hissy fit live on air, it was just before this time that the PrisonPlanet.com forums were created. Because the members only .tv forums were un-moderated, Alex Jones equipped the new free forums at PrisonPlanet.com with moderators who would make Pol Pot flinch. These moderators have been suppressing the flow of information on PrisonPlanet.com’s forums ever since.

What information is there to suppress on an internet forum, you ask? It’s funny you should ask, because that’s one of the things I’d like to address. I made the case for anti-zionism in part 2 of this series, and it just so happens that this is one of the subjects under extreme scrutiny at PrisonPlanet.com. It seems Alex Jones has a reason to suppress any talk of Jews or zionism. I will leave it up to you to decide why that might be, although if you’ve been reading this series, I think I’ve made my opinion on the matter abundantly clear. When someone claims that Arabs own Hollywood, I have to sit back and smile at the sheer arrogance of the statement. Not to mention, my first thought is: “Who the hell is paying this guy to say that?” Yet Alex Jones has made this exact statement not once, but a number of times.

And how does one go about suppressing the flow of information on an internet forum? How do you go about the seedy business of appearing to be for truth and uncovering political crimes, while hiding and removing any trace of your own lies and crimes? It’s easier than you may think. People who are used to being lied to their entire lives sometimes have a hard time seeing through new lies, even if this is their main desire. But as with all lies, eventually the jig is up. A home built upon a foundation of lies is no home at all…

Following are four main tactics I have observed, which are used by internet forum moderators to suppress the free flow of information:

The first tactic is ridicule. Any idea outside of the accepted bubble must be ruthlessly vilified by both moderators and sycophantic registered users alike.

The second tactic is moving threads to “dunce” boards, which are basically forum boards where moderators can quarantine all “kooky” threads. This effectively quarantines the idea of the thread, along with the thread itself and the person who posted the thread. New users naturally shy away from these boards, not wishing to be outcasts. Included in this tactic is changing the title of threads to make the poster appear ignorant or even hateful, and merging “dunce” threads with other “dunce” threads in order to confuse the issues.

The third tactic is deleting posts and threads altogether… Forum posts which are critical of the moderators, or whose topics are taboo, can be simply deleted.

The fourth tactic is banning registered members from using and viewing the forums outright. The ban can be temporary or permanent. This is the tactic that appears to be the downfall of the PrisonPlanet.com forums.

PrisonPlanet.com’s forum moderators apply all of the above tactics to their forums with ruthless efficacy. Many users become disgusted by the blatant abuse of authority, and simply leave, not waiting to get banned or ridiculed. So some see the scam for what it is, and leave on their own terms. Others, as mentioned earlier, are too used to being manipulated to see through the charade.

There is an immediate danger the internet poses for the powers-that-be, and those powers have every motive–financial and political–to attempt to stifle dissent on the internet. It only makes sense considering the effort they’ve expended on suppressing truth through the mainstream media. They would be stupid to not attempt control of their opposition…

Fractures in the Truth Movement, Part III: The Fissure Becomes a Gulf


Rep. Ron Paul Introduces HR 1866 The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009

A federal bill was introduced yesterday that, if passed into law, would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp. The chief sponsors of HR 1866, "The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009," Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX), were joined by nine other U.S. House members split between Republicans and Democrats.

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Two New Ron Paul Videos - House Floor 04-01-09 & Discussing the Budget 04-02-09

Ron Paul on the House floor in opposition to the budget, inflation, empire building, the Federal Reserve, etc...


Ron Paul discussing the budget with legislative assistant Paul - Martin Foss...


Don't forget End the Fed, and Tax day tea Parties coming to a city near you!


Your friend in liberty,


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How You Can Dig Up a Company's Secrets

You probably already know about the controversial bonuses at AIG. But what about the compensation being doled out at companies you care about like your employer or your investments?

Now that many big corporations are gearing up for their annual shareholder meetings, you've got a chance to see all of the other perks and payments top executives received last year — from thousands of dollars in tax-preparation services (we're not kidding) to regular use of a company jet.

Just take a few moments to read through the company’s proxy statement. If you’ve never actually pored over a company’s proxy statement, it’s a valuable experience for investors at any level. Publicly-traded companies have to file these forms with the Securities and Exchange Commission in advance of their annual shareholder meetings. Known as form DEF 14A, the proxy lists the names and bios of the people running for the company’s board of directors and discloses the compensation of its top five executives and its board members. (Search for a company's DEF 14A form at the SEC web site here.)

If you own shares of a specific company, the proxy statement can do much more than satisfy your voyeuristic cravings. It also serves as a voting ballot for the company’s board of directors and for any proposals that will be brought up at the shareholder meeting.

Here are four key things to look for in a proxy statement — and how to interpret them.

1. Executive pay — and perks

Probably the most enticing part of a proxy statement is the Executive Compensation section, where companies describe in detail how much they paid their top five executive officers, and in what form.

The Summary Compensation table is a good place to start. This table lists the salary, bonus, stock awards and other compensation that each executive received. But things really get interesting when you dive into the All Other Compensation tables, which list the dollar value of company perks received that are worth $10,000 or more and an explanation of what these perks entail. “A CEO who insists on all the bells and whistles – financial planning, country clubs, home security systems – has too much time on his hands,” says Nell Minow, editor of The Corporate Library, a corporate-governance research firm.

To get a sense of whether these executives are overcompensated, compare the total compensation they received to the operating profit, listed on the income statement (part of a company’s annual statement, or Form 10-K), says Paul Larson, an equity strategist at research firm Morningstar. "If a quarter or a third of the operating profit is going directly to two or three top executives, that’s a red flag,” he says.

2. Board of directors – background, compensation

As a shareholder, you don’t have a say on executive compensation. But you do have a say on who ends up on the board of directors -- and they're the ones who decide what to pay the executives.

So it’s in the shareholders’ interest that independent directors who have a lot of experience and few close-knit affiliations with the company are well represented. “You don’t want too many insiders or too many people associated with company founders, like founding family members. You want a good, independent, diverse board,” says Larson.

Most board members are paid handsomely for their role, which often entails attending a handful of meetings per year. But it's how they're paid that should matter most. Board members who are paid in stock have a vested interest in the company's success. “The single indicator on how effective a board is how much stock they’ve got,” Minow says. “If they’re not willing to put their money where their mouth is, you don’t want them working on your behalf.”

3. Golden parachutes, severance payments

Golden parachutes, or contracts that stipulate what type of severance pay executives will receive if they are terminated, have come under scrutiny lately, with many top executives departing troubled financial firms. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in fact, prohibits golden parachute payments to senior executive officers or any of the next five most highly-compensated employees at companies getting TARP money. Yet, golden parachutes still exist at many other companies and are worth looking through, says Wayne Guay, associate professor of accounting at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. If a CEO turns out to be a bad fit for the company and leaves it worse off than before, do you really want that person to get paid handsomely for getting fired?

4. Shareholder proposals

The proxy statement describes each of the shareholder proposals that will be put up for vote at the annual meeting and often includes a recommendation from the board in support of or against the proposal. If you're having a hard time deciding how to vote, look for proposals that are endorsed by large institutional investors, says Minow. After all, who's better at looking after a shareholder’s interest than those who own a significant chunk of the company?

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Constitution Revolution - It's Here...

Hello Friends and Patriots,

I have been hard at work on this video for the last month now, and the time has finally come to release it.

I started working on this as an independent project, simply because I've been inspired by videos made by fellow board members like Aravoth. This video has now become part of a much larger project, which we will be releasing on March 19th, to mark the start of the 7th Year since the Iraq Invasion. We do hint a little bit as to what that project is, but we are not giving away any secrets yet. I will tell you this, the overall project involves much more than 2012. We have not forgotten that we need to pave the way in 2010.

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Public finances: One crunch after another

The financial crisis is battering public finances on several fronts

CALLS for co-ordinated fiscal stimulus to lift the world out of recession were joined at the weekend by Larry Summers, Barack Obama’s top economic adviser. Such co-ordination has been absent up to now, though that could change at the meeting of G20 leaders in London in early April. But there has been plenty of fiscal stimulus, led by America’s $787 billion package, as many governments seek to offset a collapse in private demand. There are worries not only about how much these measures cost up front but their longer-term effects on government finances.

The direct costs of such packages are indeed large. The IMF reckons that for G20 countries stimulus packages will add up to 1.5% of GDP in 2009 (calculated as a weighted average using purchasing power parity). Together with the huge sums used to bail out firms in the financial sector (3.5% of GDP and counting in America, for example), these are immediate ways in which the crisis is affecting public finances across the world. But they are not the only ones. ...


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