Last Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2010 12:34
More than one-quarter don’t know who US gained independence from
Every Fourth of July, Americans gather to celebrate the country’s declaration of independence from … um, what country was that again?

Emergency S.O.S.: America Falling to Foreign Bank Takeover – Fourth of July
Jefferson changed ’subjects’ to ‘citizens’ in Declaration of Independence
An Equation for the Fourth of July
HBO’s ‘John Adams’: The Declaration of Independence
1776 The Musical – Reading the Declaration to Congress
‘The Patriot’: Battle of Guilford Courthouse
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Nudge on Arms Further Divides the U.S. and Israel
It was only one paragraph buried deep in the most plain-vanilla kind of diplomatic document, 40 pages of dry language committing 189 nations to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Israel Grants Wider Powers to Gaza Flotilla Inquiry
Israel can’t be trusted to probe Gaza flotilla raid, say Rachel Corrie’s parents

BP admits failing to use industry risk test at any of its deepwater wells in the US
BP was facing fresh criticism over its approach to safety on Saturday night after critics said it did not use an industry standard process to asses risk ahead of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

BP, cops detain reporter for taking pictures of oil refinery
BP’s Gulf oil gusher now the worst accidental oil spill in history
As Oil Industry Fights a Tax, It Reaps Billions From Subsidies

Court to US: Prove case against Gitmo prisoner, or release him
US government prosecutors must present evidence that an Algerian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay for over eight years truly belongs to Al-Qaeda or release him, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Israel Suspected in Bogus Claim Iran Developing Nuclear Trigger
Back in December, 2009, a story published by The Sunday Times warned that Iran was in the process of developing a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion.

Weather clears for a US strike on Iran
Iran moves radar to Syria: US official

Inside Torontanamo: My Experience Inside the G20 Detention Facility
With all the damage you’d think there must have been a large, uncontrollable mob raging through Toronto’s streets but if you do the math on 15,000 cops and other assorted security personnel versus the maybe 30 or so black bloc I saw advancing through the march on their way to initiate havoc, well, it starts to look like maybe the cops were letting it happen.

G20 Toronto Black Block get green light to rampage?

War in Iraq Defies U.S. Timetable for End of Combat
President Obama has set an August deadline for the end of the combat mission in Iraq.

Alex Jones: The Meaning of Life
Alex Jones discusses the meaning of life, set to a powerful set of visuals.

A Visual Look At How BP Could Bring Down Large Parts Of The Economy
The BP oil spill may have a much larger impact than polluting the Gulf of Mexico or bringing down the company.

Should We Nuke the Oil Well?

Military plans hummingbird-sized spies
Soldiers fighting future battles in crowded urban areas will be able to launch hummingbird-sized unmanned nano aerial vehicles — or NAVs — capable of carrying sophisticated sensors and flying through open windows in buildings to report back on enemy positions.

School crossing ladies with cameras in their lollipops
Lollipop ladies have a new weapon against drivers who fail to stop at school crossings – secret cameras hidden in their sticks.

Afghanistan: British commander in Helmand believes troops need to stay 10 years
The British officer commanding operations in the most dangerous part of Helmand has warned that Nato may need to stay militarily engaged in Afghanistan for a full 10 years.

Rick Santelli: Deflation Is The “Biggest Bogeyman In A Central Banker’s Closet”
Rick Santelli of CNBC spoke with King World News (via Zero Hedge) on a variety of different economic topics, but his most prescient comments were about the reality of deflation in the United States.

President’s Weekly Address: $2 Billion for 5,000 ‘Green Jobs’, Passing Reference to Independence Day
On Independence Day President Obama uses his weekly address to announce new spending for Clean Energy jobs: $2,000,000,000 for over 5,000 jobs.

House Democrats ‘Deem’ Faux $1.1 Trillion Budget ‘as Passed’
America is sinking under Obama’s towering debt

Republican Steele’s Afghanistan Remarks Praised by Ron Paul
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose remarks suggesting the U.S. will lose the war in Afghanistan have prompted some Republicans to demand his resignation, won praise from Representative Ron Paul.

U.S. pledges $15 million to preserve site of concentration camp
The United States will donate $15 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, pending congressional authorization and appropriations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

Amazongate: the smoking gun
More than five months after the IPCC was accused of making assertions on the fate of the Amazon forest on the basis of a non-peer reviewed WWF report, it now appears that the original source of the IPPC’s claim is a Brazilian educational website which was taken down in 2003 (pictured – click to enlarge).

A Majority of U.S. Combat Casualties in Nine-Year-Long Afghanistan War Have Occurred in Less Than Year-and-a-Half of Obama Presidency
A majority of all combat-related U.S. casualties in the nine-year-long war in Afghanistan have occurred since President Barack Obama was inaugurated a little more than 17 months ago.

Chicago approves new gun restrictions
Grumbling about a U.S. Supreme Court they say is out of touch with America’s cities, Chicago aldermen voted 45-0 today to approve a rushed-through compromise gun ban.

Do you feel independent on Independence Day?
Before “Old Glory” gets raised, the burgers and dogs go on the grill; before the potato salad and coleslaw and other goodies get heaped on your plate, let me lay this pickle next to them . . .

Will Austerity Be The Catalyst For War?
As always SocGen’s Dylan Grice comes out with some tremendous insights in his latest weekly piece “Double dips, siren calls and inflationary bias of policy.”

Report: US banks laundering money for Mexican drug war

Drones Over America: Tyranny at Home
The U.S. government has a history of commandeering military technology for use against Americans.

Winning banned in two thirds of schools
Two out of three schools are rewarding all pupils on sports days to ensure that nobody feels left out, according to a survey.


July snow falls on Mt. Washington
Ignoring the calendar, which showed the beginning of the month of July, a dusting of snow fell Thursday on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, startling tourists and forcing the closure of the road to the top.

 

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