US Secretary of Defense Gates meets with UAE on Iran ~ link ~ There have been a host of top level meetings going on over the last few weeks in the Middle East over Iran. What is reported publicly about these closed door meetings and what really happens inside the meetings are usually two different things entirely. Yesterdays' story ~ link ~ on a massive shipment of US bunker buster bombs to Diego Garcia may tell the real story. The "dispute" between Netanyahu's government and the Obama Administration may be nothing more than a smoke screen.
Iran tried to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan for $10 billion as early as 1987 ~ link ~ I have long said that I suspect that Iran, and a number of other nations (officially without nuclear weapons), have limited numbers of nuclear weapons. When a nation has billions to spend, there is usually a way to get what they want. I strongly suspect that Saudi Arabia has a small number of nuclear weapons for their long-range fighters and their Chinese supplied IRBMs; they provided a sizable amount of the funding for the Pakistan nuclear weapons program.
Israeli Left Emerges from Coma Amid Atrocities ~ link ~ They better get their act together soon, old Bibi is going to get most Israelis dead with his warhawk policies.
People of the Land - 1/6 - video ~ link
Seven Questions About Public Banking ~ link ~ Excellent article!
The Financial System in America is on the Edge of Default ~ link ~ The dramatic and costly undertow of deflation continues unabated, as government via fiscal policy and the Federal Reserve, by creating money and credit out of thin air, proceed to overpower this deflation with massive inflation.
Unbeknownst to most the Fed and the Treasury have been maintaining this program for the past several years, accompanied by most major countries, all of which have taken the path of least resistance rather than address the underlying problems.
The financial system in America is on the edge of default. A recent poll found that 92% of those surveyed wanted to unseat their current representative or Senator in Washington and only 21% believed that government enjoyed the consent of the governed. It’s very obvious people are not happy with the political, economic and financial situation presently. Eighty percent believe that government is enmeshed in partisan infighting. Not only between parties, but within parties as well. Politicians are very aware of these numbers and are frantic to get reelected. The public has recoiled in disgust. People are demanding that the power of government be curbed. People are sick and tired of paid off corrupt politicians, more than half of whom have been in office for more than ten years.
Life Is Great....But Only If You Are Already Mega-Wealthy ~ link ~ A report by University of California, Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez concludes that income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression.
Systemic Wall Street Fraud - video ~ link ~ This first aired 11 months ago. Since then things have gotten much worse but no one has been criminally indicted or gone to prison. In fact, the players are still in place including at the highest levels of the American government.
The War in Afghanistan and the Central Asia Pipeline Plan ~ link ~
"Mass Casualties": The Dark Underbelly of Occupation, an Army Medic's Account ~ link ~ “Look around,” the drill sergeant said. “In a few years, or even a few months, several of you will be dead. Some of you will be severely wounded or so badly mutilated that your own mother can’t stand the sight of you. And for the real unlucky ones, you will come home so emotionally disfigured that you wish you had died over there.”
China's Property: Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble ~ link ~ On the back of such tales, conventional economic thinking says, dangerous speculative bubbles are built. And these days not much — aside from the possibility of a double-dip recession in the U.S. — has more economists, international investors, hedge-fund managers and bankers tearing their hair out than the deceptively simple question, Is China's property market a bubble? (See pictures of Shanghai.)
The reason for their angst is clear enough: throughout 2009, the most severe global downturn in decades, China's economic growth remained intact. This year, China's GDP will likely rise 9% or more, in contrast to a merely subpar recovery in the U.S. and Europe. For thousands of companies across the globe, anything that threatens China's buoyancy threatens their own bottom lines. (Witness the sell-off in the S&P 500 on Feb. 12, when Beijing's central bank raised by a tick the so-called reserve ratio requirement for its banks.) And nothing, not even massive government infrastructure spending, has driven China's growth more than real estate investment.
2010 - We're Going To Take Back America - video ~ link
For Some, The Search for What Happened on 9/11 Isn't Over by Jesse Ventura - with video ~ link ~ Knowing the truth about 9/11 is central to knowing what is really happening in the world today.
CIA Drug Trafficking, Here We Go Again ~ link ~ WMR has learned from its Asian intelligence sources that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has detected hundreds of millions of dollars worth of chemically-marked U.S. and foreign currency is flowing through Afghanistan, mostly from ships leaving Dubai and off-loading the cash in Pakistan for overland transit into Afghanistan.
The DEA fears the cash is being used by the CIA to traffic in opium in Afghanistan and then using the chemical markers on the bills to trace the money. The bills involved in the chemical marking program are reportedly U.S. dollars, euros, Indian rupees, and Saudi riyals.
Scientists irate after top Israeli education official questions global warming and evolution ~ link ~ In a November 2009 article in the journal B'sheva (published by the national-religious media network Arutz Sheva), Avital wrote, "A 'green crusade' has taken place around the world over the past few years, part of a broader phenomenon that could indeed be called 'green religion.'
"Why are environmental organizations pressuring the government over alternative energy that is both unattainable and probably very costly? These questions cannot be avoided," Avital wrote. "The answers to them are likely to surprise and possibly disappoint. But the moment science is enlisted for political ends - that is, in the name of ideology - questions arise as to the scientific basis of environmental organizations."
Jazz: 'No Woman No Cry' with Monty Alexander - video ~ link
Jazz: 'Memories of You' with Benny Goodman - video ~ link