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November 16, 2008

Nov 16 08:19

Providers Close Doors to Poor

Budget cuts in the state’s Medicaid program are forcing a major shift in where Nevada’s poor can seek health care.

Cancer patients who had received outpatient treatment at University Medical Center, for instance, will have to seek treatment at other hospitals and clinics because UMC, citing reductions in Medicaid payments, says it can no longer afford to offer cancer treatment.

Nov 16 04:02

Summit pledge to "restore growth"

There's no need to quote the article here. The title says it all.

They are getting it all wrong again.

More growth means more of a bubble, more population, more pollution and greater numbers of poor people having even greater numbers of babies...

These moronic leaders led by the head moron in George W. Bush are all standing amid all the other billions of bacteria in the human petri dish of our existence pledging to "restore growth".

Growth is the problem, fools!

Nov 16 00:58

Attorney General contender carries 9/11 related baggage

Monday’s New York Times reported that former Deputy A.G. and 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick was a candidate for Attorney General in the new Obama Administration. Five-time Emmy winning investigative reporter Peter Lance details a shocking, but little known story about Gorelick involving the loss of a key al Qaeda operative. This is an excerpt from his 2006 HarperCollins book TRIPLE CROSS soon to be published in trade paperback.

Nov 16 00:18

Economic collapse: important upcoming dates

The engineers of the economic collapse aren’t finished with you yet. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to scare you into agreeing to more outright theft of your sovereignty, freedom and wealth.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano

November 15, 2008

Nov 15 22:10

Blender Defender

Have a cat that won't stay off your counters? I do. I finally got fed up with it enough to do something about it: scare the crap out of him with a motion-detecting blender (while recording the results for my own amusement, of course).

Nov 15 14:55

Iraqis Believe Americans Bombing Them to Push Status of Forces Agreement

Some people are saying that the Americans are making the bombings to make Iraqis believe that it is very important for them to stay in Iraq, that they are still needed. The Americans say that when they
withdraw from Iraq violence will increase. Is that a threat? You can read it as a threat, or you can read it as an expectation. Some Iraqis take it as a threat.

Some people are asking: “Are the Americans punishing us with bombings because Iraq has refused to sign the SOFA?” [Status of Forces Agreement]

Nov 15 14:25

Rothschild sees a New World Order

Gradually the firm has started expanding throughout the world, including the Gulf. “There is no debate that Rothschild is a Jewish family, but we are proud to be in this region. However, it takes time to develop a global footprint,” he says.

Baron Rothschild shares most people’s view that there is a New World Order. In his opinion, banks will deleverage and there will be a new form of global governance.

So how did the Rothschilds manage to emerge relatively unscathed from the financial meltdown? “You could say that we may have more insights than others..."

Nov 15 12:46

VETERANS OCCUPY NATIONAL ARCHIVES - AGAIN!

The veterans are demanding Bush administration be tried for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace; asking the media to clearly inform the public of the administration's crimes; and encouraging citizens to take similar nonviolent actions.


Nov 15 12:34

A Ticket to The Hague for Dick Cheney?

By Scott Horton

Gene Burns is one of the nation’s most popular talk radio hosts. For years he has dismissed accounts of torture; America, he has said, does not torture. But last night, after watching Torturing Democracy and realizing that he had not understood how important and serious an issue torture had become, Burns abruptly changed his tune. Here’s a transcript of his remarks.

Nov 15 10:18

Keene radio host Ian Freeman jailed over couch

Ian Freeman from nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live has been arrested while in court over a couch and jailed for 93 days.

Nov 15 09:32

Freddie, JPMorgan in Dispute Over Bad WaMu Loans

JPMorgan, which took over Washington Mutual's assets after the thrift collapsed, told Freddie it won't buy back mortgages sold by WaMu that failed to match promises made about their quality, McLean, Virginia-based Freddie said today in a regulatory filing.

This is an astonishing development for the legal puds at JP Morgan Chase to have invented. Here, JP Morgan Chase is entirely ignoring long established legal precedent.

Nov 15 07:38

Vladimir Putin 'wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls'

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared.

Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”


Nov 15 07:35

Settler violence continues in Hebron, 2-3 August 2008

Settler violence in Hebron continued over the weekend. The following footage shows minors throwing stones at Palestinian homes and at a car driven by international TIPH observers, as well as soldiers barring B’Tselem worker, Issa ‘Amro, from filming settlers who were assaulting a group of wedding guests. When a settler attacked ‘Amro and broke his camera, the soldiers stood by and did nothing.

Nov 15 07:28

Now on YouTube: The Lies and Crimes of 9/11: A Canadian View of the War on Terror's Origins

Professor Anthony J. Hall, Paper presented at the 'Edmonton Questions 9/11': Convention and Film, Stanley A. Milner Public Library Theatre, Edmonton Alberta, Canada. September 6 2008.

Complete paper can be found at: http://www.edmonton911.org/mission.html

See the complete series of this lecture in Youtube videos posted here:
http://www.911blogger.com/node/18526

Nov 15 06:04

The United Nations of New Jerusalem and the Empire of Zog

A number of European countries followed the lead of the U.K. and publicly acknowledged that it was world destiny that Israel should rule the Unified Nations of the New Jerusalem. Still… a lot of countries held out and are continuing to, despite the daily terror attacks that are being blamed on anyone who is standing in the way of world unification.

November 14, 2008

Nov 14 23:46

Leading Economist Warns of Food Riots

When top trend forecaster Gerald Calente predicted riots and revolution, many people shrugged and thought, "he's gone off the deep end".

But leading economist Nouriel Roubini is also now warning of food riots, and blaming it on the Fed and Treasury's policies and bank priorities


Nov 14 21:39

Speculation over back door in Skype

According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged. The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations. At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception of IP based services held on 25th June, high-ranking officials at the Austrian interior ministry revealed that it is not a problem for them to listen in on Skype conversations.

Nov 14 21:35

$50 billion for the auto industry?

Barack Obama wants Congress to approve $50 billion for the auto industry. He also wants to appoint a czar or board to “oversee the companies.” This would be the person or committee in charge of restructuring the auto industry.

Since when is it the government’s job to restructure the auto industry? The auto industry got itself into this mess, and it doesn’t need government or the tax payers to get it out of this mess.

Nov 14 19:18

Israel's "Ethnic cleansing by stealth."

With every cruel and unusual punishment meted out against West Bank villagers, Israel is fomenting more and more hate against its own people.

"When Israel was first created, I had a lot of admiration and respect for the Jews; now I want to throw them all into the sea." The choice of phraseology was no accident on the part of the speaker, who wanted to make crystal clear the effects that more than 40 years of Israeli occupation have had on him and his family.

Nov 14 18:01

Katrina Diaspora & Electoral Cleansing

Louisiana has been a swing state for some time, in which Democrats were dependent on the black majority in the state’s largest city to win. It was not lost on Rove that all of those poor New Orleans African Americans—and their children—being dispersed throughout the nation could only be good for Republicans. As of now, only about 66% have returned.


Nov 14 14:01

FLASHBACK: The Clinton Chronicles

An appropriate time to look back at the Clintons rise to power.

Nov 14 11:03

Sea Ice Growing at Fastest Pace on Record

An abnormally cool Arctic is seeing dramatic changes to ice levels. In sharp contrast to the rapid melting seen last year, the amount of global sea ice has rebounded sharply and is now growing rapidly. The total amount of ice, which set a record low value last year, grew in October at the fastest pace since record-keeping began in 1979.

Nov 14 11:00

Google Offers Text Ads Linked to Malware Site

Search giant Google is known for its "do no evil" approach. It goes to great lengths to protect the environment and it blocks sites on lists of known malware sites from being searched.

However, security researchers made an alarming discovery of a major slip-up for Google. The site had allowed a known malware site to buy text ads and was placing these ads on its partner pages through its Google AdWords service. The link was listed as “Antivirus XP 2008,” which led to the URL “antivirus-world-2009.com.” (Don't go there)

Nov 14 10:49

New Report: Fake TV News Widespread and Undisclosed

The Center for Media Democracy and Free Press today exposed an epidemic of fake news infiltrating local television broadcasts across country. At a press conference in Washington with FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein, the groups called for a crackdown on stations that present corporate-sponsored videos as genuine news to an unsuspecting audience.


Nov 14 08:28

After banning YouTube, military launches TroopTube

The U.S. military, with help from Seattle startup Delve Networks, has launched a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after restricting access to YouTube and other video sites.

TroopTube, as the new site is called, lets people register as members of one of the branches of the armed forces, family, civilian Defense Department employees or supporters. Members can upload personal videos from anywhere with an Internet connection, but a Pentagon employee screens each for taste, copyright violations and national security issues.

Nov 14 08:20

Australia planning to block 10,000 websites

The websites will be blocked as part of a government-sponsored trial of its filter technology that will start before Christmas and last six weeks.

The government has already identified 1300 websites that it wants to black list as part of the clean feeds scheme.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the sites mostly contained child pornography and other unwatned content, including images and videos.

Nov 14 08:18

FDIC Chairman's Statement on the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program

The Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program is designed to relieve the crisis in the credit markets and give healthy banks access to liquidity in two ways. First, the FDIC has guaranteed new, senior unsecured debt issued by a bank, thrift or holding company, which will help banks fund their operations. Debt that is issued by the end of June 2009 will be fully guaranteed by the FDIC to June 2012, which should provide investors with the comfort necessary to invest in longer-term obligations of financial institutions.

Nov 14 07:29

Chances Dwindle on Bailout Plan for Automakers

The prospects of a government rescue for the foundering American automakers dwindled Thursday as Democratic Congressional leaders conceded that they would face potentially insurmountable Republican opposition during a lame-duck session next week.


Nov 14 06:37

Large numbers of Nigerian children are abandoned, abused and tortured for being "witches."

"Saving Africa's Witch Children"

In some of the poorest parts of Nigeria, where evangelical religious fervor is combined with a belief in sorcery and black magic, many thousands of children are being blamed for catastrophes, death and famine: and branded witches.

Denounced as Satan made flesh by powerful pastors and prophetesses, these children are abandoned, tortured, starved and murdered: all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Nov 14 04:25

The Two Trillion Dollar Black Hole

Purge your mind for a moment about everything you've heard and read in the last decade about investing on Wall Street and think about the following business model:

Nov 14 02:32

Americans Vote Yes for Equality Between Jews and Non-Jews Inside Israel

Election day in the United States, 2008, will be remembered in most history books as the day
Americans elected the first African-American as president. But it also deserves to go down in
history for another reason. It was the first day when Americans rejected the instructions of their
pro-Israel politicians and newspapers and instead voted for the principle that non-Jews should be
equal with Jews under the law inside Israel, and not discriminated against as they are today in
apartheid Israel.
The Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) placed Question 4 on the ballot in two state

November 13, 2008

Nov 13 20:39

SC priest: No communion for Obama supporters

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."



Lockerdome
Nov 13 19:12

Bald Boomers, and The Hubris of the American Oligarch in the Age of Obama

This site has a plethora of Libertarian posters that serve up libations to the reading public. Where are they?

They have failed to point out that two bald Boomers have seized control of everyone’s economic prospects.

The Age of the American Entrepreneur has been eclipsed by The Age of the Bailouts.

What does this mean for the makeup of American society and the future of everyone’s children who will inherit it?

Nov 13 18:35

Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State?

Both NBC News and the Washington Post are reporting that there is talk about Hillary Clinton being under consideration for Secretary of State in the Obama administration

Nov 13 15:18

A New World Financial Order

In the midst of the imploding US and European financial systems and the resultant bankruptcies, nationalizations and bailouts the People’s Daily, China’s official newspaper, called for a new global currency to replace the US dollar. Writing in the People’s Daily edition of 17 September 2008 Professor Shi Jianxun of Shanghai’s Tongji University said that "[t]he world urgently needs to create a diversified currency and financial system and fair and just financial order that is not dependent on the United States."


Nov 13 12:35

GM Spends $17 Million Per Year on Viagra

Lifestyle drugs -- chiefly Viagra -- are costing General Motors $17 million dollars a year and the cost is passed along to car, truck and SUV consumers. The blue pill is covered under GM's labor agreement with United Auto Workers, as well as benefit plans for salaried employees.

Nov 13 12:08

The Corrupt Origins of Central Banking

Central banking has been a corrupt, mercantilist scheme and an engine of corporate welfare from its very beginning in the late 18th century.

Nov 13 12:05

Consumers Don't Cause Recessions

With all the talk of consumer spending and national income, we often forget that actual production must occur before people can consume anything. It doesn't matter how many green pieces of paper are in your wallet; you can't "demand" a TV set unless the store has an actual unit on the shelf.


Nov 13 10:09

Eurofighter came within half a SECOND of hitting private jet in 530mph dive-bomb practice

A Eurofighter came within half a second of hitting a private jet after screaming past the plane at 530mph while diving, it has been revealed.

The RAF’s £138million Typhoon was simulating a bombing run with a ‘high-angled strafe’ when it flew past just 240ft from the Hawker Siddeley 125, which was preparing to land at an airport.

They missed each other by ‘the blink of an eye’, air traffic experts said.

The incident near Louth, Lincs, was classed as an ‘A’ by the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airprox Board — meaning there was a ‘definite risk of collision’.

Nov 13 10:06

It's No Joke: Fed Hires Failed Bank Executive

The Federal Reserve Bank is drawing jeers for hiring a former top executive from the now-defunct investment bank Bear Stearns to help it gauge the health of other banks.

"How's this for sweet irony?" business publication Portfolio.com needled the pick.

Michael Alix was head of risk management for Bear Stearns for two years until the institution imploded this spring, a victim of its (risky) subprime-mortgage related investments.

Last Friday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York quietly announced it had hired Alix to advise it on bank supervision.

Nov 13 10:02

Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.

The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

Nov 13 09:41

LG, Sharp plead guilty to LCD price-fixing, take $585m fine

Allegations of LCD price-fixing have been swirling around for years now, and it looks like at least some of the companies involved have dirt on their hands -- LG, Sharp and Chunghwa Picture Tubes have all just pled guilty to price-fixing in a case filed by the US Department of Justice and will pay a combined $585m fine. LG's taking the biggest hit at $400m for conspiring to fix prices from September 2001 to June 2006, while Sharp's on the hook for $120m for jacking prices on panels sold to Dell, Motorola and Apple during the same time frame. Naughty, naughty.


Nov 13 09:38

GM 'Needs' to Go Under

Listen, it wasn't American citizens who knuckled under to the UAW and decided to lavish fat pensions and health benefits on assembly line workers making $100k a year the past few decades. So get over it. Figure out how to cut overhead and improve your product or go the hell out of business.

Nov 13 09:31

A mystery glows on Saturn

Scientists say the northern lights on Saturn are unlike anything they've ever seen, on Earth or elsewhere in the solar system. Infrared imagery from the Cassini orbiter, released today to accompany research published in the journal Nature, only adds to the mystery at the top of the ringed planet.

Nov 13 09:17

3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation

North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Nov 13 05:14

End The Fed Rally


November 12, 2008

Nov 12 23:23

Commentary: GOP should ask why U.S. is on the wrong track

Ron Paul: Asking about the future of the GOP is the wrong question, instead people should ask why the country went in the wrong direction.

Nov 12 22:33

Special Edition New York Times: Iraq War Ends

The Iraq War ends, National Health Insurance Act is passed by congress, Maximum wage limit is set for CEOs, USA PATRIOT Act is repealed, Court Indicts Bush for High Treason.

However, I don't see any stories on Israel returning all the land they've stolen, or apologizing for the deception, and false-flage operations staged over the years.

Nov 12 22:32

A New World Financial Order

Mr. Brown wants the Middle East oil producers and China to assist in contributing to the bailouts taking place in the United States and Europe. In calling for such contributions Mr. Brown is effectively admitting the United States and Europe are broke and have exhausted their government (and central bank) resources in an effort to cure this massive market correction (frequently called a recession, deep recession or even depression) which has been underway since August 2007.

Nov 12 21:57

US Taxpayers Violated, The Looting Operation Continues

Frankly, it was the most plainly-worded document of theft that I had ever seen, and probably ever will see, in my life (because it was too blatant and such mistakes are rarely made again).

Worse, it is the financial crisis that is being used to peddle this tripe. A crisis that has been used to advance the power and reach of the banks, using the most overt looting and legalized theft ever seen or envisaged.


Nov 12 20:47

Max Keiser talks about the coming COMEX default

Max Keiser predicts the COMEX will crash as the huge amounts of shorts will not be able to deliver physical Gold and Silver when delivery is demanded. This will lead to huge spikes in the price of the precious metals with gold perhaps doubling in one day. It could happen. In fact, it WILL happen, it is just a question of when.

Nov 12 20:34

Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for Piece of Bailout Pie

The Treasury Department is under siege by an army of hired guns for banks, savings and loan associations and insurers — as well as for improbable candidates like a Hispanic business group representing plumbing and home-heating specialists.

Nov 12 19:54

Rahm Emanuel: Barack Obama's Sarah Palin?

Jubilation was heard in Tel Aviv as Haaretz, the Israeli daily, boasted November 6th: "Obama kick-starts transition, picks Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff."

Best known for his fundraising prowess among wealthy Jewish Democrats, the naming of Emanuel as the first presidential appointment echoes Sarah Palin's famous one-liner, "I love Israel." That claim was voiced in her vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden who is featured on a YouTube video famously proclaiming, "I am a Zionist."

Nov 12 13:53

Patrick Cockburn: The US can quit Iraq, or it can stay. But it can't do both

If it ever comes to court it should be one of the more interesting libel cases of the decade. The Iraqi National Intelligence Service is threatening to sue Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician, for asking who pays for it.

"It is somewhat curious," says Mr Chalabi, "that the intelligence service of a country which is sovereign – that no one really knows who is funding it."



Pixfuture
Nov 12 13:04

Another UN Official Goes Public On 911 Doubts

Another Brick in the Massive Wall of Evidence that 911 Was an Inside Job.

Nov 12 11:07

Paulson pushes the bounds of credibility one more time.

"U.S. Secretary Henry Paulson plans to use the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue program to help relieve pressures on consumer credit, scrapping an effort to buy devalued mortgage assets."Illiquidity in this sector is raising the cost and reducing the availability of car loans, student loans and credit cards'' Paulson said today in a speech at the Treasury in Washington. `"This is creating a heavy burden on the American people and reducing the number of jobs in our economy.'""

Nov 12 10:30

For What Did They Die?

It is autumn, and the air is crisp and cool at night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It gets very quiet at The Wall around midnight. The tourists have gone home, and are all tucked into bed.

A homeless Vietnam veteran patrols the black granite panels. He tells us that he has cancer and is having a hard time getting any benefits from the Veterans Administration. He lives in a mission that houses those who have nowhere else to go, but the doors don't open until 11 p.m.


Nov 12 09:47

Court Rules Against White House in Missing E-Mails Case

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the National Security Archive can move to force the White House to recover millions of Bush administration e-mails lost or destroyed between 2003 and 2005.

Nov 12 09:39

Alaska Figures Out Why Every Election Outcome Was Horribly Confusing

Remember how convicted criminal-senator Ted Stevens of Alaska finagled his way into an election night lead despite every poll showing him down by 4,750%, due to those seven (7) crimes? Well the Alaska elections board has found a few hidden ballots that might change the score. But not many ballots, just THIRTY PERCENT OF THEM. You know, thirty percent, as in “one-third.” Countin’ starts tomorrow at high noon or some other time of the day.

Nov 12 09:37

Forget Red vs. Blue -- It's the Educated vs. People Easily Fooled by Propaganda

Millions of Americans live in a non-reality-based belief system informed by childish clichés - they can barely differentiate between lies and truth.

Nov 12 07:49

Senate Finance Chief Calls for Making Health Coverage Mandatory

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Max Baucus, presenting the first Democratic health plan since President-elect Barack Obama's victory, said all Americans should be required to have insurance once coverage is made affordable.

Required? Required to have health insurance? This is what the Obamians voted for?



Taboola
Nov 12 06:13

U.S. Mint Makes Drastic Cuts to Its Collector Gold & Platinum Coin Offerings

Yesterday the United States Mint announced some sweeping cuts to the number of products that it will offer to coin collectors. The deepest cuts take place in the US Mint’s offerings of collectible versions of gold and platinum bullion coins.

Nov 12 05:34

Treasury continues to harpoon the Real Economy.

With the ever increasing amount of taxpayers' money handed over to "bail out" Financial Firms, manufacturing firms and Insurance firms, the Treasury has given a new meaning to the term "Venture Capital". Venture, by it's very definition, involves risk for reward. But risk and reward for whom ? All the risk for the U.S. taxpayer and all the reward for Company CEO's and boards. Has any of the money stuffed in to the back pockets of the Banking Community actually done any good ?

November 11, 2008

Nov 11 23:59

U.S. Housing Market Boom and Crash Engineered by the Government

They Did It On Purpose: The Housing Bubble and Its Crash Were Engineered from the Highest Levels of the U.S. Government, the Federal Reserve, and the Financial Industry

Nov 11 21:49

The Five Stages of Collapse

by Dmitry Orlov

Hello, everyone! The talk you are about to hear is the result of a lengthy process on my part. My specialty is in thinking about and, unfortunately, predicting collapse. My method is based on comparison: I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and, since I am also familiar with the details of the situation in the United States, I can make comparisons between these two failed superpowers.

Nov 11 21:33

Thanks for the Freedom, Vets

In America, we enjoy the freedom of giving half our income to the government through various forms of taxes. We have the freedom to participate in a Ponzi scheme known as Social Security. We have the freedom to vote for the president. Unlike the voters of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, who only had one choice for president, we have two choices! We have the freedom to choose between Republican-led big government programs and Democrat-led big government programs. We have the freedom to use government-controlled money, which loses value every year.

Nov 11 20:23

Blown Up by Blow Back and the Demise of the Dream of Pipelinestan

The US chose last week to offer India access to nuclear technology, despite the fact that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Whereas the US threatens Iran with air strikes, when Iran, a signatory to the Treaty exercises it's lawful rights to build a civilian nuclear power industry. Hypocrisy without end, corrupted logic knows no bounds.

Nov 11 19:55

Fed Covers Up Financial Crisis

The China connection to Goldman Sachs figures prominently in the current crisis. Because China owned $376 billion of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae paper, it played a big role in the financial crisis, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, with his own personal and financial ties to China, admittedly tried to reassure the Chinese through this process that their investments would be protected. They are being “protected” in the sense that the American taxpayers are now on the hook for these government mortgage companies, which have been nationalized.

Nov 11 16:43

Vegas May Lower Gambling Age to 18

An idea is floating around Nevada to lower the state's gambling age from 21 to 18. A gaming industry lawyer says it has the potential to create a windfall of new business.

Nov 11 12:21

Let the Bankrupt Banks Fail

Everywhere today politicians are blaring that they must save America's financial institutions, alleging catastrophic risk to the economy were any to fail. Paulson and the entire Bush administration, in a discernible panic, are now pouring $700 billion into the big banks, having already bailed out AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Bear Stearns to the tune of $300 billion.

Capitalism doesn't work, they declare, but fortunately the government is here to rescue us.

Nov 11 08:35

Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated.

The documents in question were acquired by U.S. intelligence in 2004 from a still unknown source -- most of them in the form of electronic files allegedly stolen from a laptop computer belonging to an Iranian researcher. The US has based much of its push for sanctions against Iran on these documents.

Nov 11 08:05

Palin: God May Lead Me To Top Job

Defeated Republican Sarah Palin has suggested she might run for president in the next US election - and says she hopes God will show her the way.

"Just follow this road, dear" - booming voice from the clouds.

Nov 11 07:56

ACLU wants probe into police-staged DNC protest

When a Jefferson County deputy unleashed pepper spray at unruly protesters on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, he did not know that his targets were undercover Denver police officers.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is questioning whether that staged confrontation by police pretending to be violent inflamed other protesters or officers during the most intense night of the four-day event.

Nov 11 07:46

UN warns Gaza food aid may end

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) aid agency said Tuesday that it will have to halt food distribution to 750,000 needy Gazans by Friday if Israel keeps the territory sealed.

Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said food stockpiles were running low.

Nov 11 07:39

AIG spends $343,000 for Arizona retreat as thousands lose their jobs

If just one more dollar is given to AIG from taxpayer money, it will be $1 too much!

If you click on this link to better understand my angst, I suggest that you do so on an empty stomach as otherwise you may make a mess all over your computer!

Nov 11 07:34

Why Washington Cannot Prevent Economic Depression

In order to raise money for the government, I must retain your confidence, your trust. To do that, I cannot run the printing presses or destroy your money. Instead, I have to let the deflation and depression run its course.

Bottom line: It's preposterous to believe that Washington can save every failing individual, company, country and government on this planet.

Nov 11 04:59

Policeman held for India blasts

A policeman has been arrested in connection with the last month's bomb blasts in India's north-eastern Assam state which killed more than 80 people.

Constable Chandra Bodo was arrested on Monday for allegedly planting a bomb in a car in the state's capital, Guwahati.

November 10, 2008

Nov 10 23:29

Health Care Talking Points *For When They Tell Us We Can’t Afford Universal Health*

The Medical Industrial Complex exploits our fear of sickness and death to create new, expensive often ineffective sometimes dangerous treatments which are foisted upon us while preventive care that might actually keep us healthy is denied all in the name of corporate profits.

Nov 10 21:15

Mystery of lost US nuclear bomb

The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland following a crash in 1968, a BBC investigation has found.

Nov 10 21:13

Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails

A new study details how spammers – the bane of our email inboxes – still make pots of money, despite only receiving a response to one in every 12,500,000 emails they spam out.

The study, by a team of seven computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked home PCs to relay much of the junk email you spend your days wading through while wondering 'who the hell responds to this stuff?'

Well. Now you know. One gullible idiot in 12,500,000 recipients. Or thereabouts.

Nov 10 20:42

A Bone in America's Throat

Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel? “Be good for Israel” is our code for “Will the US allow us to keep our settlements and continue to support our efforts to prevent negotiations with the Palestinians from ever bearing fruit?” For Americans the question should be: Will the Obama Administration understand that without addressing Palestinian needs it will not be able to disentangle itself from its broader Middle Eastern imbroglios, rejoin the community of nations and rescue its economy?

Nov 10 18:39

Princeton Prof on "9/11: More than meets the eye."

Discussion of the very real doubts over the World Trade Center attacks was conspicuously absent from the US presidential race. But America's international image will always be tainted as long as the uncertainty remains

By Richard Falk

Nov 10 12:47

7 Year Old Boy Removed from Father and Placed in State Custody Over mistaken Order of Hard Lemonade

U of Michigan professor unfamiliar with Mike's Hard Lemonade orders his son a lemonade at baseball game. After boy is discovered by a security guard sipping the bottle police and child protective services remove boy to foster home.

Nov 10 12:01

Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated

No! Say it ain't so! Who could've benefited from such deception?

Nov 10 10:21

Reports: Russian accident sub intended for India

Armed with cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, Akula-class subs are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian attack submarines. A sub of that class could unsettle the military balance of power in Asia, dramatically bolstering India's navy capability as it jockeys with China for influence over energy supply routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nov 10 09:06

Nitrogen Trifluoride - The Greenhouse Gas You Never See Movies About On Your Flat Screen TV

Enjoying your HD TV? Nitrogen trifluoride is one of several gases used during the manufacture of liquid crystal flat-panel displays, thin-film photovoltaic cells and microcircuits. Many industries have used the gas in recent years as an alternative to perfluorocarbons, which are also potent greenhouse gases, because it was believed that no more than 2 percent of the NF3 used in these processes escaped into the atmosphere.

Nov 10 09:04

Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

Every year 130 million tons of America’s trash ends up in landfills. Together the dumps emit more of the greenhouse gas methane than any other human-related source. But thanks to plasma technology, one city’s rotting rubbish will soon release far less methane—and provide power for 50,000 homes—because of an innovation in plasma technology backed by Atlanta-based Geoplasma.

Engineers have developed an efficient torch for blasting garbage with a stream of superheated gas, known as plasma. When trash is dropped into a chamber and heated

Nov 10 08:55

Pilot struck blind in flight shepherded to safe landing by RAF

A light aircraft pilot who went blind in mid-air after suffering a stroke at 4,500 metres (15,000ft) was shepherded in to land by an RAF aircraft.

Jim O'Neill, 65, was flying his four-seater Cessna over North Yorkshire when he lost his sight and called for help.

O'Neill was flying home to Essex from a holiday in Scotland when he had the stroke, and descended to 1,500ft. With the instrument panel a blur, he failed four times to land at Full Sutton airstrip near York, and was diverted to Linton-on-Ouse.

Nov 10 08:40

Neocons and Neoliberals: Two Masks, One Face

Do you get it? Both the Republican and Democratic party are now run by people with identical agendas: make the big corporations richer and expand the American empire.

Nov 10 08:28

[Pic] Now this is what I call a hot dog!

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Nov 10 08:21

U.S. review likely to say Afghanistan situation 'dire'

A classified review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is likely to judge that the United States is losing ground there, according to a government official involved with preparing the review.

The review is likely to say the U.S. doesn't have forces for an Iraq-style "surge."

Nov 10 08:19

UK forces sent in to Helmand Province 'half-cocked' on 'con' mission, says officer

British forces were sent into Afghanistan's troubled Helmand Province on a "half-cocked" campaign to "con" world opinion about the country's military strength, a former senior officer who resigned from the army has claimed.

Nov 10 08:18

Canada firm on quitting Afghanistan by 2011

The Americans may have shown renewed interest in Afghanistan but Canada stays firm on its decision to end its mission in the war-torn country by 2011, says Canada’s new foreign minister Lawrence Cannon. The minister told a television channel Sunday that the tough stand by US president-elect Barack Obama on Afghanistan will have no impact on the Canadian decision to pull out of Afghanistan by 2011.

During the US presidential campaign, Obama promised to send two more US brigades to Afghanistan to go after the Al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden.

Nov 10 08:09

Bank executives enjoy SECRET £300,000 champagne party... just weeks after £20bn bail-out by taxpayers

The Royal Bank of Scotland has blown £300,000 on a secret champagne junket for executives - less than a month after being given a £20billion handout by the taxpayer.

Bankers and their partners enjoyed the lavish party to mark their 'success' after a year in which the collapse of the banking industry led to global financial meltdown.

The supposedly stricken bank laid on the celebration amid extraordinary secrecy to try to prevent details reaching the public, even cancelling the original venue, a top hotel in Hampshire, and transferring the party 350 miles north to Edinburgh.

Nov 10 06:45

Great David Icke presentation about New World Order / Big Brother

New World Order / Big Brother:

Real good summary of: How, who and how to work against it. Almost 3 hours long, but by far a much better introduction than any book or video I have seen.
Also talks about how the top make the lower levels work for them.

Make sure to watch 5 minutes after minute 2:04:30. Ike talks about a conversation he had with traffic enforcer and how they are being prepared for civil unrest in England -- they talk about a war that will create civil unrest. Could this be related to what Powell and several others are warning (see link in full preview version):

Nov 10 06:22

The New York Times Covers up Bush's Crimes again.

"WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials."

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