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Mercury Containing Flu Vaccines Pushed On Queuing Voters

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New Film Exposes Dark Side of NAFTA Superhighway

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 3, 2008 by truthwillrise

New Film Exposes Dark Side of NAFTA Superhighway

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By Mark Anderson

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – William Molina, an award-winning Texas filmmaker, has produced a sequel to his widely watched Truth Be Tolled documentary series on the Trans-Texas Corridor. It debuts Oct. 30 in San Antonio.

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The sequel focuses on the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) “illegal lobbying and ad campaign that advocated toll roads and the Trans Texas Corridor on the taxpayer dime,” said Terri Hall, who heads the San Antonio Toll Party and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF). The two groups are in the forefront of the battle against the proposed TTC supertollway and the tolling of freeways.

These groups, which support candidates for public office and file lawsuits to challenge official misdeeds, are especially concerned that gas-tax revenue is not being properly set aside for freeway maintenance and repairs, fueling concerns that politicians will seek to convert Texas freeways into tollways, even as the TTC branch of the NAFTA Superhighway network is envisioned to be the largest mega-tollway ever built.

“TxDOT is still actively engaged in lobbying despite the taxpayers’ lawsuit [through TURF] to halt such activities,” Hall added.

The new film will debut Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Palladium Theater, 17910 West Interstate 10 in San Antonio. Moviegoers can meet the cast and crew at 6 p.m. (central time), with the screening to begin at 7 p.m.

Molina’s previous edition of Truth Be Tolled, “won the top award in the documentary category at the Houston Film Festival in April 2006. Molina is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and has done work for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel as well as for Hollywood features,” Hall noted in a news release.

Those interested can RSVP to info@truthbetolled.com, or call Hall at (210) 275-0640. Visit the web site at TexasTURF.org.

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EDITORIAL: Press plane ejection fits in pattern

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 3, 2008 by truthwillrise

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Obama campaign’s air mail = journalists whose papers’ coverage he doesn’t like.

Reporter Christina Bellantoni of The Washington Times will be kicked off of Barack Obama‘s campaign plane starting Nov. 2, making it much more difficult to cover the candidate during the critical final days of the election. The Obama campaign insists that politics had nothing to do with it. We note that all three newspapers that had reporters booted from the plane — The Times, the New York Post and the Dallas Morning News — endorsed John McCain. An Obama spokesman insists that it is just a coincidence.

Aides to Mr. Obama told us Friday that the decision was made in part in order to accommodate his hometown newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, which have not traveled with the candidate very frequently in the past. They also claim that the decision to kick The Washington Times off the Obama plane could not have possibly been due to this newspaper’s endorsement, which was published Tuesday. The Obama campaign insists that it notified Miss Bellantoni on Oct. 25 that it might not have room for her on the plane. Miss Bellantoni protested. Later that day she was told that she could stay on the plane until Friday night. Starting Monday, Miss Bellantoni sought an update about her status each day until Thursday. That afternoon, while covering an Obama rally in Florida, she learned that effective Nov. 2, she would no longer be traveling on Mr. Obama’s campaign plane.

Upon learning of that decision, John Solomon, executive editor of The Washington Times, protested the decision to David Plouffe, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager. The decision “unfairly deprives her and this newspaper of the opportunity to cover the final 72 hours of a campaign that she has reported on with distinction from the beginning,” Mr. Solomon wrote. “Christina has traveled routinely with the Obama campaign from the start, pulled many shifts as the campaign pool reporter and been cited across the country for stories that were fair, balanced and insightful.” He also noted that The Times’ vast online readership places it in the Top 20 news sites in the United States. Moreover, Mr. Obama himself has recognized the importance of this newspaper’s work, citing two prominent examples: In June, Mr. Obama wrote a letter citing an investigative project by The Washington Times that highlighted government mistreatment of veterans. In his August acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Obama prominently mentioned this newspaper’s interview with former Sen. Phil Gramm, in which he referred to a “mental recession” and a “nation of whiners.” More than a dozen other Democratic speakers also cited that interview, “clearly demonstrating the far-reaching relevance and impact of our news coverage,” Mr. Solomon wrote in an e-mail.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Solomon received a reply from from Anita Dunn, senior adviser and chief communications officer with the Obama campaign, telling him that that the demand for seats on the plane far exceeded supply, and “for logistical reasons, we made the decision not to add a second plane.” Added Mrs. Dunn: “We have a huge amount of respect for the reporting of Christina Bellantoni and this decision is by no means a reflection on her.” In an interview Friday with The Times, Jen Psaki, press spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, reiterated these points and claimed the decision could not have been retaliation for The Times endorsement of Mr. McCain because Miss Bellantoni was notified last Saturday that she might not be able to stay on the plane beyond Oct. 31. Sure.

This argument, however, collapses upon closer examination. For one thing, there is no getting around the fact that all three newspapers kicked off the plane just happened to endorse Mr. McCain. Moreover, Mr. Obama’s supporters have been furious with The Times when it publishes stories that are not favorable to their candidate. One was an Oct. 10 report by Barbara Slavin of The Times about Mr. Obama’s efforts to delay signing an agreement with the United States on the status of U.S. forces in Iraq. Another was a piece by reporter Joseph Curl pointing to Mr. McCain’s role in mobilizing support for the Iraq troop surge, which Mr. Obama opposed. Viewed in this context, the Obama campaign’s decision to remove Miss Bellantoni smacks of being the latest effort by Mr. Obama and his supporters to retaliate against reporters that ask tough questions. After Barbara West, a reporter on WFTV-TV in Orlando, had the temerity to ask some tough questions to Joe Biden, the Obama campaign cancelled an interview with Mr. Biden’s wife, Jill. Obama supporters even called for Miss West’s ouster. After a reporter for KYW-TV in Philadelphia pressed Mr. Biden too forcefully on some matters, the Obama campaign said it would grant no more interviews to the station. When WGN Radio in Chicago announced it would interview Stanley Kurtz, author of several unflattering investigative pieces about Mr. Obama, supporters of the candidate flooded the station with telephone calls and e-mails demanding that Mr. Kurtz not be put on the air. It is a disturbing pattern. If this is how Mr. Obama acts as a candidate, how would he treat the press as president?

Miss Bellantoni doesn’t deserve this shabby treatment and neither does The Times. It would be wiser to resist the impulse to punish those who ask hard questions and wiser still to show more respect for the free exercise of the press.

Goldman Sachs ready to hand out £7bn salary and bonus package….after its £6bn bailout

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 3, 2008 by truthwillrise

Goldman Sachs ready to hand out  £7bn salary and bonus package….after its £6bn bailout

 

By Simon Duke
Last updated at 8:55 AM on 30th October 2008

 

 

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U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs HQ which has set aside £7bn for bonuses and salaries this year

Goldman Sachs is on course to pay its top City bankers multimillion-pound bonuses – despite asking the U.S. government for an emergency bail-out.

The struggling Wall Street bank has set aside £7billion for salaries and 2008 year-end bonuses, it emerged yesterday.

Each of the firm’s 443 partners is on course to pocket an average Christmas bonus of more than £3million.

The size of the pay pool comfortably dwarfs the £6.1billion lifeline which the U.S. government is throwing to Goldman as part of its £430billion bail-out.

As Washington pours money into the bank, the cash will immediately be channelled to Goldman’s already well-heeled employees.

News of the firm’s largesse will revive the anger over the ‘rewards for failure’ culture endemic in the world of high finance.

The same bankers who have brought the global economy to its knees seem to pocketing the same kind of rewards they got during the boom years.

Gordon Brown has vowed to crack down on the culture of greed in the City as part of his £500billion bail-out of the UK banking industry.

But that won’t affect the estimated 100 London partners working at Goldman Sachs’s London headquarters.

The firm – known as Golden Sacks for the bumper bonuses it pay its top bankers – is expected to cut the payouts by a third this year. However, profits are

falling much faster. Earnings have plunged 47 per cent so far this year amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

This has wiped more than 50 per cent off the company’s market value.

 

 

The news comes after it was revealed that even bankers working for collapsed Wall Street giant, Lehman Brothers, could receive huge payouts.

Its 10,000 U.S. staff are expected to share a £1.5billion bonus pool. The payouts were agreed as part of the rescue takeover of Lehman’s American arm by Barclays last month.

The blockbuster handouts caused consternation among London employees of the firm, many of whom have now lost their jobs.

Even workers at the nationalised Northern Rock will scoop bonuses worth up to £50million over the next three years.

The extraordinary handouts include more than £400,000 for Rock’s boss, Gary Hoffman, who is likely to become Britain’s best-paid public sector worker.

The majority of Northern Rock’s 4,000 workers will receive four separate bonus payments – the first of

which will be made next March. Staff will get an extra 10 per cent on top of their basic salary.

Lloyds TSB also intends to pay its employees bonuses despite taking a £5.5 billion emergency cash injection from the taxpayer.

News of Goldman’s bonus plan came as the firm promoted 92 of its bankers to partner level. A quarter are based in Fleet Street, London.

Partnership is the holy grail of the investment banking world as the exclusive club shares around a fifth of the firm’s total bonus pool.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo last night warned that Wall Street firms taking government-money risk breaking the law if they hand the cash straight back to employees.

Cash-strapped workers are being penalised by pay rises which are far below the soaring cost of living, research reveals today.

Despite inflation soaring to a 16-year-high of 5.2 per cent, the average worker got a pay rise of just 3.8 per cent in September.

The research, from the pay specialists Incomes Data Services, highlights the financial problems facing millions of workers.

Most of their household bills, particularly food and fuel, are rocketing by up to 35 per cent. However, their meagre pay rise does not begin to cover the extra cost.

The majority of the 50 pay settlements investigated by IDS were in the private sector covering around 1.1million employees.

They range from just 2 per cent for workers at the BBC to 5.3 per cent for workers at a firm of dockyard workers.

Incomes Data Services warned pay rises are likely to fall even further over the coming year as inflation is expected to drop sharply.

Economists predict inflation will fall below the Government’s 2 per cent target next year.

Terrorstorm 2nd Edition

Posted in Truth/Freedom on November 3, 2008 by truthwillrise

This is a documentary produced by filmaker Alex Jones. It goes in depth about the history of state sponsored terrorism. A must watch for every American! Get this out to everyone you know and wake up the masses!!!

 

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Live Up To and Exceed Your Potential!

Posted in Business, General, Identity Theft, Legal on November 3, 2008 by truthwillrise

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