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RTOFS (Atlantic) Graphic Nowcasts/Forecasts - Latest Surface Temperature ~ link
Three Video Interviews With Lord Stirling by Renowned Video Webcaster Morris Herman of England ~ link ~ link ~ link
Risk of Global Climate Change By BP Oil Spill by Dr. Gianluigi Zangari ~ link
Ancient Scottish Barony Title for sale. There are about 100 Scottish feudal baronies that still exist; only a handful are from the very ancient Baronage of the Isles, as this one is. In a time of economic crisis, it pays to put some of your wealth into important artwork, properties, etc. of rare value. This is one of the most rare things that can be purchased and held. For sale at US$150,000 ~ link
Preliminary War Warning for the Koreas, Japan, Russian Far East, South China: Persons in these areas should be prepared to move to nuclear/biological/chemical defense shelters at any time. Conditions are indicative of a pre-war/near-war environment. Large American/South Korean naval forces are engaged in 'war games' just offshore of North Korea and near China. The Philippines are moving to get their workers out of South Korea. The North Koreans have recalled tens of thousands of their workers from Russia to North Korea with little publicity. This latter event is most troubling. If you are traveling in/to this part of the world, you should delay you trip until things settle down, if in fact that happens. Pray for peace. Stirling
He added: "While much public anger has a political focus, and much of this is justified, the inability to bring to justice those whose self interest and greed so undermined our national wellbeing, is something that must end – and end soon."
*Irish bailout terms provoke risk of 'revolt' over next week's budget ~ link ~ If the corrupt Irish political class does not stop this massive rip-off of the Irish people by the global banksters and the IMF/EU there just might be a real revolt. The Irish 'remember' well how it was to live under a foreign power's thumb ... and they are not too keen to allow it to happen again.
*Contagion strikes Italy as Ireland bail-out fails to calm markets - link ~ All going as planned. Soon there will be a "distraction", war...global war. Stirling
"The crisis is intensifying and worsening," said Nick Matthews, a credit expert at RBS. "Bond purchases by the European Central Bank are the only anti-contagion weapon left. It needs to act much more aggressively."
In Dublin, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein have all vowed to vote against the austerity budget in early December, raising doubts over whether the government can deliver on its promises to the EU.
US Senator (former GOP presidential candidate) McCain: Time to discuss 'regime change' in North Korea ~ link ~ Now folks, don't get me wrong, I have long said that the government/society/system in North Korea was the most insane and evil regime on Earth. However, getting rid of them could be "very costly". Costly in terms of American lives, South Korean lives, North Korean lives, Japanese lives, to say nothing of the dollar costs/etc. I was born during the (First?) Korean War. Fighting the Communist North Koreans and Red Chinese was hell on earth for our boys. They came at us in massive waves of troops firing their sub-machine guns. The stories of the Korean War are mostly horrible. And now they appear to have nukes and certainly chemical and most likely Advanced Biological weapons. We know they used advanced conventional Fuel Air Explosive shells in their most recent attack. They have about 10 million men and women under arms. We would have to go nuclear or risk loosing entire divisions. A nuclear war on China and Russia's doorsteps! We need to think this one through. Stirling
+South Korea cancels new artillery drills on tense island ~ link ~ South Korea's military said Monday that new artillery drills planned for the front-line island targeted in last week's deadly North Korean bombardment were postponed, hours after authorities on the island announced the exercises.
Similar live-fire maneuvers by South Korean troops one week earlier triggered the North's bombardment that decimated parts of Yeonpyeong Island, killed four people and drew return fire in a clash that set the region on edge.
+Seoul vows naval, air strikes on North Korea ~ link ~ Outgoing Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Monday that fighter jets and warships of South Korean and U.S. forces will immediately strike North Korean targets should the North launch an attack on the South’s soil again.
Kim’s remarks at a parliamentary session came as the allies were conducting high-profile naval and air strike drills in waters off Taean, about 170 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on the second day of a four-day joint exercise.
Account For 70% Of World Military Budget ~ link ~
Iran accuses CIA and Mossad of nuke scientist killing ~ link ~ Also see: Iranian nuclear scientist killed and another wounded in seperate bombing attacks ~ link ~ Twin blasts in Iran's capital killed a top nuclear scientist and wounded another Monday, with Tehran swiftly blaming the CIA and Mossad for the attacks apparently carried out by men on motorcycles.
Slain scientist Majid Shahriari and Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who survived the attack, were senior figures in Iran's nuclear programme, which the West suspects of having military aims. Tehran denies the charge.
US Stocks Drop as Concern Grows about European Debt Crisis ~ link ~ Also see: Silver Prices Surging on Near-Record Demand ~ link
The Stench of US Economic Decay: Russia and China Dump the US Dollar ~ link ~
This is big news, especially for the news dead Thanksgiving holiday period, but I did not see it reported on Bloomberg, CNN, New York Times or anywhere in the US print or TV media. The ostrich’s head remains in the sand.
Previously, China concluded the same agreement with Brazil.
As China has a large and growing supply of dollars from trade surpluses with which to conduct trade, China is signaling that she prefers Russian rubles and Brazilian reals to more US dollars.
The American financial press finds solace in the episodes when sovereign debt scares in the EU send the dollar up against the euro and UK pound. But these currency movements are just measures of financial players shorting troubled EU-denominated debt. They are not a measure of dollar strength.
The dollar’s role as world reserve currency is one of the main instruments of American financial hegemony. We haven’t been told how much damage Wall Street fraud has inflicted on EU financial institutions, but the EU countries no longer need the US dollar for trade between themselves as they share a common currency. Once the OPEC countries cease to hold the dollars that they are paid for oil, dollar hegemony will have faded away.
Less Than a Tenth of Bank of America's Assets Comes From Traditional Banking Deposits ~ link ~ I have long pointed out that the too big to fails make very little of their money off of traditional depository functions.
Over 8 million drop out of credit card use ~ link ~ Years ago, a friend remarked that one "should stick your credit cards where the sun don't shine". That was good advice back then and even better advice now. Stirling
Medical costs can be reduced by 50% by replacing the for profit corporate health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations with a non-profit national health system, similar to successful programs in Europe and Canada.
Both Medical plans and Social Security can be easily funded by imposing a 1% sales tax on the sale of stocks and bonds.
US Supreme Court turns away another challenge over Obama's citizenship ~ link ~ Fancy robes do not mean that corrupt bums aren't inside. Stirling
Welcome to the Food Wars: Patriot Act for Food - A close look at bizarre propaganda for S.510 ~ link ~
Whole Body Backscatter X-Ray Airport Security Scanners: Serious Health Risk for Air Travel Passengers ~ link ~
Low Dose Arsenic for a Cyanide Society ~ link ~
To prove this point, just watch any news broadcast from an international newscast source. The difference from NBC, CBS or ABC is stark. Now read a newspaper from overseas and compare the editorial selection from the New York Times, Washington Post or USA Today. The lack of professional journalistic standards is obvious in the fish wrapper version from establishment publications. The theme in both broadcast and print media is the same. View the world with blinders, from a superficial microcosm.
^Overnight snowfall to engulf London as chaos continues for rest of UK ~ link ~
^Big Freeze will go on 'for weeks' ~ link ~
I hate to tell you, but there is a very real possibility that due to the BP Oil Disaster and the damage to the Earth's Thermohaline Circulation System, this may only be the beginning! Stirling