Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
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British title of Baron for sale ~ link
UAE Cabinet approves plan to establish a three-month food supply ~ link ~ Various reasons are being given for this new development including the Icelandic volcano ash, but the reality is that the UAE are laying in a stock of food for their population as they are expecting a major regional war to break out in the weeks or months ahead and expect all transshipment of food/etc. in the Gulf to come to a standstill.
A friend sent me the picture below. The sign "says it all".
Break up the Banks and Combat Financial Crime ~ link ~ YES!
Writing in the New York Times Sunday, business columnist Gretchen Morgenstern says there can be no real reform without breaking up the big banks:
"Unfortunately, the leading proposals would do little to cure the epidemic unleashed on American taxpayers by the lords of finance and their bailout partners. The central problem is that neither the Senate nor House bills would chop down big banks to a more manageable and less threatening size. The bills also don’t eliminate the prospect of future bailouts of interconnected and powerful companies.
Too big to fail is alive and well, alas. Indeed, several aspects of the legislative proposals sanction and codify the special status conferred on institutions that are seen as systemically important. Instead of reducing the number of behemoth firms assigned this special status, the bills would encourage smaller companies to grow large and dangerous so that they, too, could have a seat at the bailout buffet."
Senator Bernie Sanders says the industry regulates the Congress, not the other way around.
Once again, the political system seems to be in the bag for banking interests. Could it be all the money they give politicians or their 1500 strong lobbying army that patrols the offices of every member on the Hill?
Greece May Not Be Europe's Last Bailout ~ link ~ Greece is unlikely to be the last euro nation to need an International Monetary Fund bailout, with Ireland, Spain and Portugal “conspicuously vulnerable,” said Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff.
Thousands of Teachers to be Laid Off - What Economic Recovery? ~ link ~ Thousands of teachers are about to lose jobs in many states. To manage massive budget deficits, several layoff notices were sent out to 22,000 teachers in California, 17,000 in Illinois, and 15,000 in New York. The numbers are expected only to increase in the coming months.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan indicated that between 100,000 and 300,000 public education positions in the US are in danger of being terminated. The American Association of School Administrators found in a study that 90 percent of school superintendents plan to cut jobs in the next fall. In addition, please be informed that the mass layoffs have the blessings of Obama administration.
Russia Arrests and Extradites Former Kyrgyzstan Interior Minister ~ link ~ The extradition of the former minister, Moldomusa Kongantiyev, further signaled Moscow’s support for the new Kyrgyz government, which took power after protests on April 7 ousted Kyrgyzstan’s president and his government.
Russia was one of the first countries to recognize the provisional Kyrgyz government and has offered millions of dollars in aid to the impoverished but strategically vital Central Asian nation, which hosts an American military base important for the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
The Kremlin clashed frequently with the ousted president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, particularly over his refusal to shut down the American base at Manas. Before the protests that removed Mr. Bakiyev from power, Moscow also seemed to play a role in undermining his authority through a media smear campaign and damaging tariff increases on petroleum products.
Interm Kyrgyzstan government said facing 'mission impossible' ~ link ~ The woman in charge of Kyrgyzstan says her interim government is facing an "impossible" mission to restore law and order before an election in October, but Roza Otunbayeva says she is determined to do so.
Ms Otunbayeva works from a makeshift office in the defence ministry because the presidential palace was ransacked in a people's revolt more than two weeks ago.
She has told the Financial Times newspaper that "the whole country is living under a volcano".Polish opposition party demands international investigation into plane crash ~ link ~ Poland’s chief prosecutor Andrzej Seremet said earlier this week that Polish prosecutors would postpone revealing the contents of the black boxes.
Compelling new facts and evidence that the plane crash two weeks ago in Smolensk was engineered include the revelation that a device warning the pilot of obstacles was turned off.
Also, it was revealed that agents belonging to the Polish secret service raided the flats and houses of victims three hours after the crash, removing computers and documents.
Opposition MPs in Poland on Friday demanded that an international commission be set up to examine the scientific evidence into the causes of plane crash.
Furthermore, a Polish general called for Defense Minister Bogdan Klich to resign after evidence emerged that Bogdan was not seeking to conduct a proper investigation.Clegg! ~ link ~ Right now the British election is Clegg's to lose. If he continues on the track that he is on, by election day he will be the clear winner and will be able to form a majority government.
Nick Clegg’s sudden forward sprint in the British elections has the political establishment in Britain in an uproar – and the Americans are suddenly noticing that they might have a slight problem on their hands. As a symptom of the vast discontent of the English-speaking peoples, his surge in the polls – after a scintillating performance in the first debate – confirms a trend that began in the last US presidential election, and has apparently leaped the Atlantic to implant itself in British soil. In Britain it is the year of the insurgent, as it was in America in 2008 – and yet that is where the similarities end, for the most part.
David Cameron and his right-on brigade love-bomb the Liberal Democrats ~ link ~ Tories make appeal to Lib Dem supporters, though Cameron says Nick Clegg is 'away with the fairies'.
Now we know they must be rattled. David Cameron's right-on brigade took to the stage this morning to love-bomb Liberal Democrat voters by burnishing Tory credentials on climate change, civil liberties and handing power to the people.
Nick Clegg's surprise popularity shows failure of common wisdom ~ link ~ The Liberal Democrat leader's game-changing TV performance shocked the print media - because it had nothing to do with them.
Yes, it was always clear that the expenses scandal, the banking debacle, and the moral waywardness of recent Labour governments had together created a massive anti-politics sentiment which was bound to be harvested by one faction or another. But until last week it was not the common wisdom that the beneficiaries would be the Liberal Democrats. Anyone who claims to have seen that coming – "Oh I always knew Clegg would do well" – is a liar.
Since that spontaneous movement of popular energy, we've had a display of bad temper from the print media, who have spent the week stamping their tiny editorial feet in a way which does more to emphasise their marginalisation than it does to resolve it. Their hysteria seems to be targeted at anyone who has the nerve to move the public without their mediation.Nick Clegg cold-shoulders Gordon Brown ~ link ~ So it was no surprise to see Brown playing up areas of agreement with Clegg early in the campaign. But Clegg has shown little desire to build bridges with Brown and on Sunday rubbished the idea of allowing Labour to attempt to form a government in the event of a third-place finish.
"It is just preposterous the idea that if a party comes in third in the number of votes, it still has somehow the right to carry on squatting in No. 10," Clegg told the BBC on Sunday, a reference to the prime minister's official residence at No. 10 Downing Street.Queen to play key role in a hung parliament ~ link ~ In such a case, the Queen may have to make a political call on evidence that isn't objectively verifiable, Pannick wrote, adding that while she would be virtually certain to base the decision on advice from senior civil servants and others, she might not be able to avoid making a "contentious" decision. Also see: The Queen becomes a kingmaker if no party is overall winner ~ link ~ But what if there is a dispute between political parties as to who has the best prospect of forming a government? Indeed, the disagreement may be within, as well as across, parties. A Labour Party that is short of an absolute majority of seats (whether or not it is the largest party in terms of seats or votes) may be able to form a government with Liberal Democrat support but only with a leader other than Gordon Brown. It is far from inconceivable that the Queen’s advisers would have to make a political judgment on evidence that is less than objectively verifiable. They would undoubtedly form that judgment in the light of advice from the Cabinet Secretary and others, but there is a real danger that the Queen would be unable to avoid making a decision that is politically contentious.
Tony Blair - Very Close to being Indicted for War Crimes ~ link ~ It couldn't happen to a nicer SOB. Phony Tony is a War Criminal as are several close associates and that includes George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and many others. They have cost over a million civilians their lives, many thousands of allied troops their lives , countless numbers of people their health/limbs/future, and the allied nations trillions of dollars by their lies and war crimes. They deserve to rot in Hell and in earthly prisons. Also see: No Where To Hide: Fears of Arrest and Prosecution by Tony Blair on Charges of War Crimes ~ link
South Korea: China must understand the effects of the South Korean corvette 'Cheonan' sinking ~ link ~ President Lee Myung-bak will meet with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in Shanghai on Friday. Last Saturday, a day before the summit was announced, the military pulled the bow of the sunken Navy corvette Cheonan out of the West Sea and brought it to the Second Navy Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. The stern of the vessel had been recovered on April 15. The investigation team said on Sunday that based on a visual scan of the wreckage, a "non-contact external explosion," rather than a direct hit, was the most likely cause behind the mysterious sinking. The team added that the explosion could have resulted from either a torpedo or a mine.
South Korea Mourns Victims of Warship Sinking ~ link ~ Politicians, soldiers and citizens lined up in the rain on Monday to pay tribute to at least 40 sailors killed in the sinking of a warship, as the country inched closer to placing blame on North Korea and faced the urgent question of how it might respond.
Political instability in Nepal ~ link ~ Nepal has two mutually-exclusive power structures: one is the revolutionary movement led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which has a powerful mass base among the people, a disciplined political militia in the YCL and its People's Liberation Army. The other is the apparatus of Nepal's state – held-over from the monarchy, unreconstructed, backed by the rifles of the Nepal Army and the heavy weight of feudal tradition.
Land seizures co-exist with plantations. Old judges still sit in their patronage chairs dispensing verdicts to the highest bidder while revolutionary courts turn off and on in the villages. The deposed king Gyanendra lost his crown, but retains vast tracts of land, a near monopoly on tobacco and a “personal” business empire. Large-scale infrastructure like hydropower remains largely under foreign ownership, but only operate when, and how, the Maoist-allied unions let them. In short, the semi-feudal, semi-colonial system of Nepal is in place but the organized workers and Maoist-led villagers hold a veto.
In Nepal, people were taught that the poor would always be poor. They long believed it. There would always be kings, lords, myriad deities and foreign patrons to look over them. Caste dictated behavior and expectations for most, justifying dull cruelty and vast human waste. The tolerance and fatalism so beloved by British travel writers were also consigning the people of Nepal to isolation, ignorance and the lowest life expectancies in Asia. But the world doesn't actually stand still, or turn in circles, as some would have it. Things do change.
S 510 is hissing in the grass ~ link ~One more massive step towards total fascist control of our lives.
S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra
Launch of secret US space ship masks even more secret launch of new weapon ~ link ~ I don't have a problem with the space ship, it is a long needed and overdue technology. I have a problem with those who use American power for foreign interests and the interests of raw evil.
DC Knows that Obama is Ineligible for Office ~ link ~ Obama was placed in office by the influence of key Zionists in the Chicago area, operating in cooperation with the Mossad, the global banking families and their Illumunati organization. He is a totally bought-and-paid-for Front Man, a total puppet on a string.
Members from all three branches of the Federal government already know that Barack Hussein Obama is ineligible for the office of President. National leaders, to include members of the US Supreme Court, already know that Barack Hussein Obama is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States of America, and therefore, is ineligible for the office he currently holds. (See JB’s new article on The Bottom Line on Natural Born Citizen)
What they don’t know is how long it will take for most Americans to figure it out, or what to do about it.
The press knows that Obama is not a “natural born citizen,” having written on several occasions about the “Kenyan born” senator from Chicago. A number of citizens have already been arrested and jailed for asking these questions.
Over four-hundred law suits have been filed across the country asking the courts to force Obama to become the “transparent president” he promised to be, and all four-hundred are being dismissed before discovery, all on the basis that “no citizen has proper legal standing” to ask who and what their president really is…
Over a half-million citizens have now signed a petition demanding to see Obama’s birth records.
Numerous members of the US Military have refused deployment orders from Obama, on the basis that he refuses to evidence his constitutional qualifications to issue such orders. In most cases, the soldiers have simply been reassigned, so as to avoid any disciplinary action that could end in “defense discovery” which might finally force Obama to open up his files once and for all.
Obama's Next Threat: Shoving Illegals' Amnesty Down America's Throats ~ link ~ And why not? He is an illegal alien himself!
Iraq War & Afghanistan War: Yes, We Could ... Get Out ~ link ~ Yes, we could. No kidding. We really could withdraw our massive armies, now close to 200,000 troops combined, from Afghanistan and Iraq (and that’s not even counting our similarly large stealth army of private contractors, which helps keep the true size of our double occupations in the shadows). We could undoubtedly withdraw them all reasonably quickly and reasonably painlessly.Not that you would know it from listening to the debates in Washington or catching the mainstream news. There, withdrawal, when discussed at all, seems like an undertaking beyond the waking imagination.
The National Biometric ID Card: The Mark of the Beast? ~ link ~ As technology grows more sophisticated and the government and its corporate allies further refine their methods of keeping tabs on the American people, those of us who treasure privacy increasingly find ourselves engaged in a struggle to maintain our freedoms in the midst of the modern surveillance state.
Civil and privacy rights advocates, as well as liberal-, conservative-, and libertarian-leaning organizations, have long raised concerns that a national ID card would enable the government to track citizens and, thus, jeopardize the privacy rights of Americans. President Reagan likened a 1981 proposal to the biblical “mark of the beast,” and President Clinton dismissed a similar plan because it smacked of Big Brother.
When all is said and done, the adoption of a national biometric ID card serves one purpose only: to provide the government with the ultimate control over the American people. As one commentator has remarked, this is a “naked government power grab.”
The time to resist is now. If we don’t, eventually, we will all have to possess one of these cards in order to be a functioning citizen in American society. Failing to have a biometric card will render you a non-person for all intents and purposes. Your whole life will depend on this card--your ability to work, travel, buy, sell, access health care, and so on.
What we used to call science fiction is now reality. And whether a national ID card is the mark of the Beast or the long arm of Big Brother, the outcome remains the same.
Remember that volcanic ash cloud - New evidence says it didn't exist ~ link ~ I said at the time that it was fishy. What the shut down of airspace over most of Western Europe did do, was allow NATO to turn a Air War Game into a first class war game like no other. Getting ready for WWIII.
Argentina signs first Russian defense order ~ link ~ Signaling a shift in strategy, Argentina announced plans to buy two Mi-171E transport helicopters from Russia, the first defense deal between the two countries.
The landmark $30 million deal was pulled together by Argentina's Defense Ministry and Russia's Rosoboronexport government arms export agency. The ceremonious signing highlighted a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Argentina -- the first by a Russian leader since Moscow established diplomatic relations with Buenos Aires 125 years ago.
War possible if Colombian Santos wins presidency say Venezuelan President Chavez ~ link ~ It is being planned that there will be a number of regional war theaters in the coming WWIII. These include Pakistan-India, Venezuela-Colombia-Cuba-etc., North/South Korea, Middle East, Georgia-Russia, etc.
Giant Bacteria Colonize the Oceans ~ link ~ A mat the size of Uruguay composed of giant bacteria has been discovered in the mid-depths of the ocean off the coasts of Chile and Peru, report scientists who are working on a series of studies of the ocean’s smallest life forms.
These enormous spaghetti-like mats of megabacteria (Thioploca spp.) may play a key role the region’s extremely rich fisheries, says marine biologist Víctor Ariel Gallardo, vice-chair of the Census of Marine Life Scientific Steering Committee, which released the preliminary results of its survey in early April.