Ten things you probably didn't
know about the White House and the Presidency
toilets were not installed until 1953.
colony of maggots found in a section of the attic was placed on
species list in 1918 and has occupied the attic ever since.
the Oval Office and through a concealed door is the White House Smoking
Room, opened in 1982.
taking the Seal of Office, the incoming president is first required
to sign a secret oath of contract that, prior to any public appearances,
he must first enter the Smoking Room for at least thirty minutes where
he is required to smoke several marijuana sticks.
president must also sign an oath that he will never disclose details
of item 4 during the course of his whole lifetime.
50 per cent of the rooms in the White House are given over to an electric
model railway that was smuggled out of Switzerland during the 1940s.
is an invisible cat flap in the Oval Office door.
1873 a soundproof "punishment room" with padded walls was
opened at the rear of the White House where presidents who realise they
have blundered can go and throw themselves at the walls for several
hours at a time without embarrassment.
Clinton installed a set of lowerable stirrups on the ceiling of the
Blue Room from which he used to hang upside down by his feet during
his meetings with call girls.
White House is unaware that these details have been uncovered by
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democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.
The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that
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Thu 12 Dec 2013 05:35 pm filed by admin - United States
By Ray McGovern
Obama Urged to Fire DNI Clapper (Editor Note) Last March ‘ before Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone and other data ‘
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said no such operation existed. Now, a group of ex-national security officials urge President Obama to fire Clapper.
Stop the Blank Check to Israel, Stop Funding Human Rights Violations
Tue 10 Dec 2013 12:13 am filed by admin - Israel, Palestine, United States
By Casey Stinemetz
December 10th is Human Rights Day. This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms to which all humans are entitled: the right to life, the freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. But are these rights applied equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and other differences?
Anti-war protestors arrested outside Hancock air base
Tue 10 Dec 2013 12:07 am filed by admin - Human Rights, United States
By David Swanson
Since October 25, 2012, over 50 citizens have been arrested - and issued Orders of Protection - for protesting the killing of children by Reaper drones piloted from Hancock Air Base, near Syracuse, New York.
Fri 6 Dec 2013 03:22 pm filed by admin - Environment, United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, 230,000 members and supporters of the Sierra Club, Forecast the Facts, SumOfUs, RootsAction and the Center for Media and Democracy urged Google to end its alliance with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This week represents the first time ALEC's annual States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. has Google as a corporate member. The tech giant is bucking the trend by joining the right-wing think tank as other companies like GE, Kraft, and McDonald's are cutting ties and pulling support from ALEC due to the group's reckless policies.
Berkeley City Council Supports South Koreans Resisting Jeju Island US Navy Base
Thu 5 Dec 2013 12:18 pm filed by admin - Korea, United States
By David Swanson
On Jeju Island, an environmental jewel sixty miles south of the Korean Peninsula, a massive naval base is being built to house US warships, submarines and aircraft carriers, serving as a key forward base for the " US Pacific Pivot", and turning the region into a hair trigger for global confrontation. Seven years of principled non-violent struggle by the affected villagers have resulted mostly in endless beatings, arrests, fines, imprisonment; a growing international solidarity movement; but little tangible in the way of political support from any national or local government.
Tue 3 Dec 2013 08:56 pm filed by admin - International
'9/11 in the Academic Community', winner of the 2011 University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique documentary that consists of interviews of recognized professors discussing their experiences regarding academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11.
Tue 26 Nov 2013 06:44 pm filed by admin - Afghanistan, United States
By David Swanson
When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama's war than President Bush's. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until "2024 and beyond.”