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Exposing 9/11 Deception

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Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Separating fact from fiction with members of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Theresa Mitchell discusses the physics of 9/11/01with professional engineers and architects.  How can three skyscrapers fall into their own pulverized dust footprints, merely from a fuel fire?  Architects and Engineers for 9/11Truth will present their evidence.      See also:


The Incredible US Incarceration Rate, Tax Havens for Scoundrels, and Suspicious Debris from the Twin Towers

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Theresa Mitchell takes a look at how our prison cells are overcrowded, one of 4 of the world's prisoners is an American, and we lock up our children.  Totalitarianism? Also evasion of taxes through foreign tax havens, and politicians going easy on the bankers  -- bodes ill for economic recovery.  Debris from Twin Towers--thermite--what is it? who planted it?  Israeli threats against Iran.

U.S. Dollar in Perilous Position

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Thu, 04/02/2009


The economy's looking none to healthy--China challenges U.S. dollar,  derivative exposure threatens US banks.  What will the G20 do?  The protests & arrests there continue.  As a municipal bus driver, Theresa's noticed a decrease in ridership and traffic, and an increase in drinking.  Listeners call in to describe their economic struggles.

Prison Camps as a "Solution" to Economic Collapse?

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Wed, 03/25/2009

Host Theresa Mitchell with the "News You're Not Supposed to Know" discusses global warming disinformation, and takes a hard look at U.S. prison statistics.  Will the response to economic collapse lead to another 'Katrina Pogrom?' Preparations, complete with concentration camp facilities, are already in place.

False Hopes in Economic News. Can Real Democracy Prevail?

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Theresa Mitchell with"the news you're not supposed to know" warns us not to be suckered by news reports that our economy is getting back on its feet. The super-rich and their gambling machine (derivatives) are about to implode the entire global economy.  Hyperinflation, anybody?  Welcome to Zimbwabe!  Will we go fascist? Or can we re-learn the fundamentals of democracy? And grow our own food?

Paul Zarembka on "The Hidden History of 9-11"

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Wed, 03/11/2009

Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with professor Paul Zarembka, author of "The Hidden History of 9-11." Zarembka will be lecturing and signing his book on Saturday, March 14th at 2PM at Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland Oregon

Zarembka addresses the question of how much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9/11. Also, how compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers because of serious authentication problems with a key Dulles Airport videotape? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda?
How is Islamophobia used to sustain US imperialism?

Paul Zarembka is professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Editor since 1977 of Research in Political Economy, this series of twenty-four annual volumes addresses economic and political issues from the perspective of the social classes involved. He is the author of Toward a Theory of Economic Development and editor of Frontiers in Econometrics. Daniel McFadden’s chapter in the latter was a cited motivation for McFadden’s 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics. Zarembka is coeditor of Essays in Modern Capital Theory. He has been a senior researcher at the International Labor Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, a Fulbright-Hayes lecturer in Poznan, Poland. Currently working within the Marxist tradition on a book on the accumulation of capital, he been a union president on his campus and is currently its grievance officer for academics. The Hidden History of 9-11-2001 first appeared in 2006 as part of the Research in Political Economy series.

Jobless? It's not your fault! Plus, Disease in the Seas, and Pundits Pushing Iranian War?

program date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009

On the March 5 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know."    Out of work?--don't blame yourself--team up and demand your rights!  Will there be a military response to worker protests?    What even small mean temperature changes in the climate are doing to weather patterns  and life in the ocean.  Iranian war looming?

The Case against Private Jets and How Israel got Nukes

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Wed, 02/25/2009

On the February 26 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell "with the news you're not supposed to know," states the case for leveling the wealth.   What?  No more private jets?  And what's this about 50,000 trips to remain indefinitely in Iraq?  And a look at Israel's hypocrisy--how they got their nukes.

Bullshit bailout

program date: 
Wed, 02/11/2009

Tim Geithner, true to form, has proposed that another Treasury looting go down.  Meanwhile, Afghanistan stands ready to defend its sovereignty, and Obama stands ready to extinguish lives there, and in Iraq and Iran.  A caller asks:  what did the banksters do, specifically, that was criminal?  The answer in one word...


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The Depression is Now: How to Hang onto Your Home!

program date: 
Wed, 02/04/2009

On the Feb 5 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know," takes a look at the latest  unemployment figures,  and explores some useful strategies  to ward off foreclosure and hang onto our homes.   Also, social unrest is afoot throughout the world--when will U.S. citizens join the fray?

Spying Excesses, Flag Fun and Bailout Inconsistencies

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Wed, 01/21/2009

On the Jan 22 Press Watch, Theresa Mitchell hosts with "the news you're not supposed to know."  Good news--Obama has signed an executive order to shut the network of secret prisons and close Guantanamo within the year.  Bad news:  the occupations continue, and too many of us have been spied on--(especially journalists.)  Also,  how to freak out the flag fascists, and info on bailout inconsistencies, etc.


The best program on the airwaves.

We need more programs like this.  Theresa, you are fantastic!

a new story idea!

How about a story about Theresa Mitchel's suggestion on Indymedia that a person with a military background should not be protected from harassment?



Gald you are back.  Tell it like it is sister!

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Virus researcher live next week on PressWatch

The creator of, internationally reknowned virus researcher Dr. Henry Niman, will be interviewed August 13th on PressWatch at 9AM. Call in with your comments.

Don't Inject Me (the Swine Flu Vaccine Song) by the Health Range


Michio Kaku at

It was a blast getting to meet Michio Kaku, the co-founder of String Theory. The man is a titan, not because he's eclipsing Hawking's and Sagan's video legacy, but because he's constantly contributing to the cutting edge of theoretical physics. One of the first (off-air) things I asked him was whether he was the exercising sort, because I couldn't figure out how he did so many things without collapsing from exhaustion--he's been on book tour for a month now, has another month to go, he's being filmed for a new 12-part series based on his book Physics of the Impossible--and he seemed quite poised. But he says he's not an exerciser, although he likes to figure-skate (!!).

Well, when conducting the interview on air, I figured it out. At one point in the audio ( ) you can hear him say the phrase "like this phone interview." But he was right in front of me. I noticed then that his eyes drifted to his right while he was expounding, and his left eye had an occasional rapid dance to it. He was working on his theory as he responded to my questions! I think he was probably developing mathematical solutions--just a feeling. But it was clear that he could meta-multi-task. I mean, I had his attention, it's just that he had SO MUCH MORE BRAINPOWER to work with, that he could have a lively conversation with me, and do some intellectual heavy lifting at the same time. Damn.


well waddaya know

Theresa Mitchell

Thursday's audio:

Friday, February 29, 2008
a lovely day for revolution

Years after left commentators (like myself) began pointing out that we had a million people in prison--no, two million--no, more than any other country in history--no, two-point-two million--it's come out that one in a hundred persons is actually behind bars in this massive prison state:

What's left to say? If punishment stopped drug use, it would have ended in the Seventies, and if capitalism were the ultimate system, it would not be constantly associated with crime. I maintain that a capitalist society deserves crime--especially a cruel capitalist nutcase society like this one, in which people must rob banks to pay for their young children's cancer treatments. Well, no one can argue now that we aren't getting what we deserve! One in a hundred--incredible! Nearly three million completely chained and enslaved!

This is not enough for the police-state mentality, which also wants to criminalize dissent. Dig this:


By Sean Webby

San Jose Mercury News (2/25/08)

Think louder than a jet engine. Think the front row of a Metallica concert. Think of the piercing scream of a smoke alarm - inches from your ear.

Now, imagine a bad guy, holed up with hostages, refusing to budge, surrounded by sharp-shooters and anxious neighbors. [notice how the discussion is immediately drawn to scary criminals rather than to the demonstrators this will be used on--tm]
Instead of bullets, San Jose police can blast him with the latest in high-tech cop gadgetry: a dish-shaped, sonic weapon.
This ear-splitting, mind-blowing device is growing in popularity around the globe, used by soldiers flushing terrorists out of caves in Afghanistan to cruise ships scaring off pirates in the sea off Somalia.
So why did San Jose plunk down $27,000 in state grant money for its own Long Range Acoustic Device?
Police say it will be used mostly as a high-grade sound system to clearly amplify a police officer's order at great distances. But it can also be used as another of the department's "less-lethal" weapons, along with Tasers and 40mm projectile guns.

....[more at san jose mercury news]
Of course, LRAD is not just a loudspeaker, but a focused sound device that can torture an individual in a crowd or make her think the voice of God or demons or whatever is speaking only to her.

Our mental conditioning towards fascist collaboration is at an advanced stage. I had to attend a training class for security and safety on my job—I drive a municipal bus—and in stead of teaching us how to deal with the inevitable strong earthquake for this region, or how to manage after strong storms, we were shown pictures of bombs and told to sweep the bus after every trip. We were told about the appearance of weaponized anthrax, and warned to call if someone left their backpack on the bus.

I was furious at this blatant fearmongering and risked my job speaking out against it at the meeting. The response was interesting; it was as if I could not be heard. I was ignored studiously, as if I were the voice of Satan. “Anthrax?” I jeered, “there’s no anthrax.” And indeed the only weaponized anthrax available, Ft. Detrick’s special de-staticized powder, was unlikely to re-appear considering that Lt. Col Philip Zack is out of the country. But we were to pretend that the stuff could appear at any time, and we’re expected to help create a a hysteria, the next time someone spills their flour or Coffee-Mate or whatever.

If there were any truth to the post-9/11 fearmongering, one might expect some furious defense from the instructor of the class when I raised objections. But there is of course no reason to do all the ridiculous things we do in the name of security, because the threat is far less significant than the threat of car accidents, smoking-related disease and deaths, alcohol-related injury and deaths, and deaths from poor nutrition. Compare the numbers of deaths in the US over the past ten years, add in death and injury from crime, and the ratio is staggering. Terrorism is not a statistically significant problem in the US. The only reason to undertake all of these ridiculous measures is to keep the population fearful and under control. And it’s worked beautifully. I refused to let some poor shmo put his gasoline-powered scooter on the bus, because of course the potential gas spill could injure dozens. He was too dim to understand, and felt persecuted, but there was nothing I could do; as I drove away, another Einstein commented that it was a good thing I had not allowed the man on, because ‘he could be a terrorist and might have wanted to blow us up.’ I don’t blame people with mental disabilities for their condition; it’s shocking to think on, but nonetheless true, that half the population, by definition, has an IQ in the double digits. I blame vicious demagogues for taking advantage of them. And as the neocon demagogues know, there is a strong intimidation factor to a blatantly false idea, when it is repeated as gospel by the masses of weak-minded, politically uneducated people.

Don't let it stand. Say something.

Well Waddaya Know

Thank you for writing this article. It is such a shame that the American people can be suckered into believing anything. The chances of a person being killed by a terrorist in the United States is 1 in 100,000. The chances of someone being killed by disease, car accidents, suicide, pollution is 1 in the 1000+. It is all political hype to get people to support Bush and make him and the oil companies that he represents richer. He cares nothing about the American people or how many of us he sends over to fight and die for his war. Thank you again for writing this and hopefully the American people will read it and actually open their eyes to what is happening in the USA!


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