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Israel Imports Massive Weapons Shipments from U.S.

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Wed, 01/14/2009

On the Jan 15 Presswatch Theresa Mitchell, with the "news you're not supposed to Know," has done some research on the weapons being imported by Israel from the US.  Massive shipments indicate that much more violence  is being planned.  Also info on how to boycott to protest the attacks.   Also another look at the economy, and accountability.

Global Warming, Escaping Methane, and Rising Seas

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Sat, 12/13/2008

On the Dec 14 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell takes a look at what's coming with global warming, methane releases and rising seas.  Not a pretty picture.

Preparing for the second Great Depression

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Wed, 12/10/2008

Now that you've given away $40,000 of your future tax money to the rich, how will you deal with 2009?  How about giving yourself a do-it-yourself bailout?  Learn the details here....

The Bailouts: Who gets helped. Who doesn't.

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Wed, 12/10/2008

On the Dec 11 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell, with the "News you're not supposed to know," looks at who's being bailed out and who's not by the government and the U.S. Treasury (and all of us taxpayers).   Guess what?  There's a $40,000  handout that you aren't getting! 

Bailouts, Unions vs. Banks & More

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Wed, 12/03/2008


On the Dec 4 Presswatch  host Theresa Mitchell with "the news you're not supposed to know"  discusses the discrepencies in bailouts for banks vs. workers, and other issues. 

Bailouts, Debt, & the Degradation of the Dollar

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Wed, 11/19/2008

On Presswatch with the "news you're not supposed to know" host Theresa Mitchell questions the validity of the bailouts  and sees a grim future for those of us who draw a paycheck for doing real work. The tidal wave is bearing down.

NORTHCOM, AIG, and the Alaskan Vote

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Wed, 11/12/2008

On the 11/13 Presswatch, with the "news you're not supposed to know," host Theresa Mitchell explores election shenanigans and uncounted votes. Also, what's NORTHCOM up to? and why is AIG a bottomless pit?

Voter Vigilance, Voter Theft & Gay Bashing

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Wed, 11/05/2008

On the Nov 6 Press Watch Theresa Mitchell talks about the "News you're not supposed to know,"  and looks at the need to civilize and reform our election process so that every vote is counted. 

Questions Surround Ballot Counting

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Tue, 11/04/2008

Ballot Counting at the Elections OfficeI noticed earlier today that Oregon is one of the few States that has yet to report more than 90% of its precincts. It would appear that 150,000 ballots, which would easily decide the Smith/Merkly Senate race in favor of (D) Merkly, have yet to be counted at the crucial Multnomah (liberal Portland) County elections division.

I called Multnomah County Elections at 2:05 PM to ask what had caused the delay in counting approximately 150,000 ballots. I first talked to someone named Kathy, who could not give me her last name. When I asked more specifically what was delaying the counting of the ballots, she said "we're counting them."

"Counting them by hand?" I asked

She then transferred me to Eric Sample's (County supervisor's) voice mail.  I then called again immediately, and got a male voice. I identified myself as "Theresa Mitchell, KBOO Public Affairs" (forgive me). I asked why there was a delay in counting 150,000 ballots.

"Water got in the basement," he said.

"Water got on 150,000 ballots?"

He then transferred me without comment to Eric Sample's voice mail.

This station uses ES&S and has a few Diebold screens for handicap usage.

Frankly, I do not feel the procedure is going legitimately.

(In a subsequent call with someone identified at Tim) I wanted to know what had delayed the count of the ballots for several hours this morning. Hours is plenty of time to alter ballots or jimmy registration to read ballots falsely.

He says that their 6 ES&S tabulators each run something more than a thousand ballots each per hour. (Speaking as a former printing trainer, that sounds VERY slow.) He says that the first shift of workers for the tabulation got in at 9AM, and then proceeded to remove boxes of ballots from the first floor to another area, along with the tabulators, in order to avoid a sewer spill. (Other information has been that there is no water on the floor there). He says that the ES&S machines normally work faster, but the folds in the ballots were different and thus slowing things down.

He asked how I came up with the original number of 150,000 ballots uncounted, and I said that I had deduced that number from the final in-ballot count (360K+) minus the listed processed ballots (at 9AM I think there were around 210K). He asked that twice.

Here are their latest figures:

RUN TIME:06:10 PM November 4, 2008

BALLOTS Counted - TOTAL. . . . . . . 240,498


United States Senator

           Gordon H Smith (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .    67,097   29.03

           Jeff Merkley (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   154,482   66.84

           Dave Brownlow (CON) .  .  .  .  .  .  .     8,705    3.77

           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       847     .37

Given the desperate need of the GOP to hold this Senate seat for Smith, I am inclined to look askance at any delay. Certainly it is reasonable to avoid getting ballots wet, but as I have written here, there is some question as to whether they needed to be moved. I asked about the chain of custody and was assured it was all kept in-house; but ballots can migrate, historically have in fact, and machines can be re-calibrated in such opportunities. Jenka of KBOO Radio told me at one point that she had been told by Mult. Co. elections that the counting could take 30 days! Did our sudden pointed interest change something?

So if the ballot count comes out as it should (thousands for Merkly as reflecting the rabidly liberal base at that particular site), I'll have no qualms, and congratulate myself for exerting proper civic vigilance. It those votes don't drown Smith's chances, I will consider myself to have been duped.

Voting, Anthrax and North Korea

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Wed, 10/29/2008

Presswatch hosted by Theresa Mitchell.  Presenting you with the news you're not supposed to know.


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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