Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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LIFE ON THIS EARTH JUST CHANGED - Death of the North Atlantic Current ~ link ~ The coverage that this article that Dr. Deagle and myself wrote, has been great on the Internet.  UPDATED 23 November 2010  


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Current status of the Gulf Stream ~ link 

RTOFS (Atlantic) Graphic Nowcasts/Forecasts - Latest Surface Horizontal Current ~ link

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

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Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band at Stirling Castle ~ link   ~ Official site ~ link

Collection of videos on BP Caused Climate Change:
Check  out this video - A video overlay over my discussion with Dr. Bill Deagle on the NutriMedical Report of what is really going on with the weather ~  link

UK Winter Weather Warning - Video ~ link

ICE AGE 4 - DAWN OF THE BP oil disaster - video ~ link 


Damaged Gulf Stream affects Jet Stream - Earl of Stirling - video ~ link 

Video overlays of Lord Stirling and Dr. Bill Deagle on the NutraMedical Report talking about the BP Oil Disaster caused global weather crisis ~ link ~ (this second one is longer, the entire hour-long program) ~ link 

Big Freeze Hits Britain - video (with Lord Stirling and Dr. Bill Deagle talking - late Nov.) ~ link 

Newborn baby and mother go nine hours without help in lobby of Brooklyn building - Baby dies ~ link ~ This BP caused climate change is very serious.  If we end up going into a mini-Ice Age the number of deaths will be horrific.  If we go into a full Ice Age, the story will become the second biggest story in the last 2,000 years and not a good one!  Stirling

Mayor Bloomberg: Roads MAY BE plowed by Wednesday night ... Maybe ~ link

Ministers to meet over Northern Ireland water crisis - with video ~ link ~ Ministers in Northern Ireland are to hold an emergency meeting to discuss how to help the 36,000 people who have been without running water for days. Eighty villages and towns have been affected as pipes burst in the thaw.

As the first of 160,000 litres of bottled water arrive from Scotland, the Stormont Executive will discuss what further measures can be taken. 

40,000 left without water in Northern Ireland due to cold ~ link ~ Which brings up a real danger for Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other places in western Europe.  In the more temperate nations the water mains are not buried deep enough and are not built for really cold winters.  If we are in fact, at least going into a mini-Ice Age, and pray that we are not, then the entire water/sewer infrastructure will need to be rebuilt quickly.  That will certainly "bust the bank" in terms of its demands on government spending.  Stirling 

Water crisis in Northern Ireland
Peter Muhly, AFP / Getty Images
People line up Wednesday to fill bottles and tanks with water at the Avoniel Leisure Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Some 40,000 people in the country have been without running water for up to eight days after pipes burst following a deep freeze.
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across 74 towns and cities have been cut off, forcing residents to join long queues for bottled water. And Northern Ireland Water, the private company that oversees the service, said the situation would likely continue into the new year.

Battle to get water taps flowing in Ireland (as well as in Northern Ireland) ~ link ~The ongoing water crisis is affecting homeowners, businesses and local authorities alike as the fall-out from the big freeze and subsequent thaw continues. While many face significant bills to repair flood damage from burst pipes within their own homes, others have little or no water as local authorities work to locate and fix leaks in burst water mains. There are set to be ongoing water restrictions and overnight cuts to supplies throughout the week.

The Department of the Environment’s water services adviser Gerry Galvin warned householders and businesses to heed the request from local authorities to conserve water and notify them of any leaks that may be visible on the streets and to check unoccupied premises for leaks. He said it was not just a matter of locating and repairing a few major leaks in each local authority area — it is likely to be a series of leaks in the 25,000km of public and group scheme mains across the country.

US: Anger grows in NY and NJ over slow snow clean-up - with video ~ link
Piles of snow in Times Square Piles of snow lie in Manhattan's Times Square but many city streets have not been cleared
Major thoroughfares in Manhattan have been cleared, but large parts of the city have yet to be ploughed. Many residents are stuck in their homes unable to get to work, and piles of snow are hindering ambulances. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called the clean-up operation the worst in memory. "We're hearing reports from all over of people not even having seen a plough by the afternoon of the day after," Ms Quinn told reporters. "This is a level of lack of clean-up that I really can't recall." 

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Bloomberg said only 50 city buses remained stuck on city streets, down from 600 the day before. He noted that the unusually large number of vehicles stuck in the snow had made the clean-up extraordinarily difficult. Mr Bloomberg has been criticized for not putting enough effort into clearing New York's outer boroughs compared to the downtown Manhattan area.

In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is under fire for taking a holiday at Disney World in central Florida while his state is reeling in the aftermath of the storm. Electricity has been restored to most homes in eastern Canada after the storm caused widespread power outages. About 800 customers reportedly remain without power in the New Brunswick area. More snow is forecast in some parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province. 

Photo gallery: 50 Doomiest Photos of 2010 ~ link ~ This is posted here because most are either of the BP Climate Change or of the BP Oil Disaster.  Stirling

UK wind turbins are consuming more energy than they produce in the 'Big Freeze' ~ link 

Australia floods: Town could be swamped for week ~ link ~ Days of torrential downpours have left parts of central and southern Queensland state inundated, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, cutting off roads and forcing one town's entire population to evacuate.

The rain eased Thursday, but river levels continued to rise in many locations as high waters made their way toward the sea. Communities already swamped could remain under water for up to 10 days, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh warned Thursday. "It's an enormous disaster," she told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "The recovery ... is going to require literally billions of dollars from federal, state and local governments (and) insurance companies."

Ice Age Now!  Damaged Gulf Stream affects Jet Stream - Lord Stirling - with video ~ link ~ One of several sites with one of my videos explaining how and why the climate is/has changed.  Stirling   

Lord Stirling gives the definitive low-down on how the Gulf Oil tragedy has affected the weather worldwide, the Jet stream 5 to 7 miles above the Sea is driven by the waters (the Gulf Stream) below, this has caused (or exacerbated) freak weather in Russia, and South and North America.

The outlook is not good, with the possibility of cold soil lasting until May or June instead of Jan or Feb, crop failures can be expected. In short, we are at the front edge of an oncoming Ice-age.

Thank the hubris and unfettered greed of the corporate and government psychopaths. The death knell for a large part of life on earth has sounded.

Forecasters keep eye on looming 'Solar Max' ~ link ~ It is well overdue!  Stirling 

The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes through moments of calm and tempest. But two centuries of observing sunspots -- dark, relatively cool marks on the solar face linked to mighty magnetic forces -- have revealed that our star follows a roughly 11-year cycle of behaviour.

The latest cycle began in 1996 and for reasons which are unclear has taken longer than expected to end. Now, though, there are more and more signs that the Sun is shaking off its torpor and building towards "Solar Max," or the cycle's climax, say experts.

Third US super-carrier battle group going to Korean/Pacific area ~ link ~ link ~ Last week, South Korea's media had reported that the US decided to send another nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, to East Asia. If true, this will be the third US aircraft carrier deployed in the area, in addition to the USS George Washington, which earlier took part in Washington's joint military drills with Seoul and Tokyo, and the USS Carl Vinson, which just arrived at Guam in the western Pacific.

Analysts accused the US of increasing the danger of war in the region even though the North has shown restraint amid a number of recent ROK drills.

"Three aircraft carriers in the same region are going to be interpreted as a signal of preparing for war," the paper quoted Major General Luo Yuan, with the PLA Academy of Military Sciences, as saying.

China has carrier-killer missile - US admiral says ~ link
** FILE ** The nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads South Korean warships during joint military drills in the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jung-joon) ** FILE ** The nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads South Korean warships during joint military drills in the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jung-joon)
China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies.

Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, disclosed to a Japanese newspaper on Sunday that the new anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now in the early stages of deployment after having undergone extensive testing.

Japan to boost security ties with US to meet 'regional challenges' ~ link ~Experts say bolstering security cooperation with the military superpower and its allies in the region, such as South Korea and Australia, would be the most effective way for Japan to counter immediate and longer-term threats from rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and China's military buildup.

After Kan in June replaced Yukio Hatoyama, who had baffled the United States with his attempt to seek so-called "more equal" bilateral relations and build an "East Asian community," the premier encountered a series of events that strikingly reminded him of the need to cement Japan-U.S. ties.

Israeli drones fly over Lebanon's capital ~ link ~ You know if some Arab nation sent drones over Israel there would be war.  The Israelis are always in the face of the Arabs; they don't want peace, just more war so they can steal more land from the Arabs and dominate the entire Middle East.  Stirling   

A statement released by the Lebanese army said on Wednesday that a number of Israeli drones entered Lebanon's airspace from the south in the early hours of Tuesday and flew over eastern Bekaa as well as nearly most areas in the south and Beirut in the west, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The Israeli planes left the Lebanese airspace after nearly 20 hours on Wednesday.

Lebanon's military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.

The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.

On Friday, 12 Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanese airspace.

Britain forms plans for Gulf evacuation in event of war with Iran ~ link ~ Sounds like they know something is coming relatively soon.  Stirling   

The new military co-operation plan, whose full terms remain secret, will be signed off in the first half of 2011, when Mr Cameron is expected to visit. It is regarded as such a priority that it is being protected from defence cuts. The plan is also expected to include an offer from Britain to help to keep vital infrastructure such as electricity and water desalination plants running in the event of war.

Meanwhile, proposals are being drawn up to organise evacuation runs for civilians across the border to Oman, which is not currently in Iran's sights, and other neighbouring countries. Cruise liners may be posted in the Gulf of Aden, with Royal Navy warships shuttling civilians from the small emirate of Fujeirah, which lies outside the Straits of Hormuz. Depending on assessments of the safety of civilian flights, extra airfields in addition to the region's extensive network of international airports may be opened up.

Coup d'etat - The Historical Framework of Globalization ~ link ~ Good article, take the time to go to the link and read it all if you can.  Stirling  
Our era  is largely defined by two highly interlinked concepts: globalization and the so-called “war on terrorism.” As geopolitical-economic operatives, both concepts complement each other as significant means to specific ends; both shape important aspects of our daily lives and determine form and content of much that passes for public discourse. Particularly in Europe and in the United States, populations are kept vigilant to the “clear and present dangers” ostensibly posed by “international terrorism” through mnemonic icons of troop movements in Central Asia and/or strategically deployed bomb plots that are purportedly thwarted “just in time” by our intelligence services. As if copied from the lecture notes of Carl Schmitt, a totalitarian “enemy” has been constructed which can conveniently be called back into service at a moment’s notice should public memory begin to fade.

Globalization has proceeded by means of three distinct but clearly interwoven interpretations and representations of the world in toto: as the sociopolitical “cosmopolitan moment” [1] (to borrow a term coined by Seyla Benhabib)  of the globe as the embodiment of our lifeworld;  as the stage of operations for multinational corporate/financial interests; and as the battlefield on which incited conflicts are seen as requiring comprehensive, global solutions which are to be achieved through a New World Order. In its current development, the construct of a unified world is largely synonymous with the ideal world government as envisioned in the Sociocracy of French philosopher Auguste Comte in the 19th century [2], in which international bankers and elitest think tanks determine and execute public policies.  

Implied in this global ideal is of course the complete dissolution of the nationstate as such through the gradual but de facto irreversible integration of individual nations into the totalitarian framework of the political, economic, and chief judicial/juridical entities operating on a global scale (most significantly the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, and the World Trade Organization)...

Silently, and carefully hidden from public scrutiny, a coup d’état occurred in 1913 in the United States of America. The results of this bloodless coup are being felt today on a truly global scale. With careful, detailed planning, representatives of the most powerful financial institutions in both Europe and the United States succeeded through the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act (also known as the Glass-Owen bill) in radically and permanently altering the foundations of the nation as a whole.

Through the creation of the Federal Reserve system, the financial interests that conceived, wrote, and implemented the Glass-Owen bill took away the authority of the United States government as theoretical representative of the citizens of the country to print our own currency and placed that authority in the hands of a private banking cartel. According to Article 1, Section 8 of the American Constitution, it is Congress to whom the power is given “to coin money” and to “regulate the value thereof.” The Federal Reserve Act of course interprets this power quite literally as the coinage of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters; it is, however, the creation of money in the form of bank notes that lies at the heart of the act. When the government requires money, the United States treasury writes out IOUs in the form of U.S. treasury bonds, which it then sells to the privately owned Federal Reserve system in exchange for a Federal Reserve check. In reality, the “Federal” Reserve bank simply enters the corresponding numbers on its computer keyboard, once as a liability, and once as an asset. In other words, the numbers are created by the Federal Reserve out of nothing, for which it then demands repayment with interest. The funds are then credited to the government’s account, from which all the various bills are then paid. It is in that exact moment that “money” as such is created by the Federal Reserve bank out of nothing. But there is one additional trick used by all banks operating on the Federal Reserve system: fractional reserve lending. This scheme allows the bank to multiply the amount of money it lends to clients tenfold without having the actual funds in reserve to back it up. This entire scheme has allowed the hidden owners of the private “Federal” Reserve system to effectively extort money from the American people in the form of IOUs, also known as treasuries, which then must be repaid with interest.

The legal anchoring of this scandalous system in the Glass-Owen bill in the United States was only the beginning. Like other central bank signatories to the Bretton-Woods Agreement (and thereby to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund), the US Federal Reserve system is able to control the amount of money in circulation through several mechanisms, for example by raising or lowering interest rates and/or the minimum reserve requirements of banks in the fractional reserve lending system. Through the enactment of the Federal Reserve system, the essence of money has become debt. Through the creation of debt, money comes into existence in the system. It thus becomes obvious that it is never in the bank’s interest that clients, borrowers, actually pay off their debts because that would leave the banks without interest payments. When the borrowers happen to be sovereign nations, for example from the developing world, or now the United States and a number of countries in Western Europe, the interest payments earned by the banks easily go into the hundreds of billions. This is extraordinarily profitable for banks who have been able to “sit in on” the negotiation of peace accords (through which terms of surrender and repayment of damages are settled) and international trade agreement deliberations to regulate global commerce and finance.
World War I and its outcome provide a very enlightening example of just how this has been  accomplished. The terms forced on Germany through Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles laid the foundations for the consolidation of the enormously powerful financial interests in London, New York, Frankfurt, and Paris, which had been instrumental in pushing through, by hook and by crook, the Federal Reserve Act in the United States. (It should be noted that these are the same financial interests which also did their part to push the nations into military conflict in the first place. The focus here however remains restricted to the genesis and perpetration of the private central banking cartel as such and its connections to the current financial crisis and the war on terrorism.)

If Obama Could Put America's Own Real Interests First ~ link ~ Sure, like that will really happen. Stirling
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The headline is not meant to imply that I think he will. As things are he can’t because of the stranglehold on American policy for Israel/Palestine of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress, the mainstream media and many institutions of state including the Pentagon and intelligence agencies. My purpose is only to offer an answer to this question: What could happen if President Obama was able to put America’s own real interests first?

The answer has to begin with the statement (echoed by Mearsheimer and Walt and a growing number of respected and influential others) that unconditional support for the Zionist state of Israel right or wrong is not in America’s own best interests because it’s a prime cause of Arab and other Muslim hurt and humiliation, which is being transformed into a rising tide of anti-Americanism. To that can be added a related truth. America doesn’t have to have 1.5 billion Muslims (nearly one quarter of humankind) as enemies. Most Muslims do not hate America or Americans. What they do hate is the double-standard of American (and all Western) foreign policy, in particular its refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its crimes.

To put anti-Americanism into its true Arab perspective, I offered this thought in the Introduction to The False Messiah, Volume One of the American edition of my book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews (

It is, of course, true that there are powerful vested interests in the U.S. (Jewish and non-Jewish) which actually believe that unconditional support for Israel right or wrong is in America’s best interests. Because they are not completely stupid, they know this policy is not cost free. The presumption has to be that they also believe the cost in terms of American blood and treasure is a price worth paying. Hopefully the time is coming when enough Americans will say to them: “Stop this madness! You’re wrong. It’s not a price worth paying.”

For the neo-cons and their associates who marshal and deliver support for Israel right or wrong, and who by so doing subvert what passes for democracy in America, I have a New Year message. Learn the lesson of America’s costly and catastrophic adventure in Vietnam. It doesn’t matter how powerful you are militarily, you cannot destroy ideas with bullets and bombs, especially ideas rooted in the need for self-determination, justice and human and political rights.

I have no expectation that Zionism can learn this lesson. I believe it, Zionism, to be congenitally incapable of doing so. But one day most if not all Americans will learn it – won’t they…?

Julian Assange ushering in a "new global information order" ~ link ~ Assange is a puppet of the global banking forces.  Stirling  

The selective release of around a quarter million US State Department cables, some of them redacted after screening by corporate media entities such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde, among others, comes at a time when there are calls by governments, including officials of the Obama administration, to restrict information content on the Internet.

In fact, the release of the State Department cables may have served as a digital “9/11,” an event that has spurred on the agenda of neo-conservatives who continue to exercise influence outside and within the Obama administration to bring about total government control of the flow of information in cyberspace.

Large natural gas reserves confirmed at Israel's Leviathan deposit ~ link ~ The discovery is believed to assure the country's energy independence and is likely to put an end to Russia's plans to export natural gas to Israel.
Gas extraction at Leviathan, which is 6.5 times the size of Tel Aviv, is expected to provide Israel with some $300 billion over the life of the field – one-and-a-half times the national GDP.

In 2009, a U.S.-Israeli consortium discovered another large gas deposit 60 miles off the coast of Haifa, called Tamar. The Leviathan field is estimated to be twice that size. Analysts say that altogether, the basin in the eastern Mediterranean to which those fields belong could contain an amount of gas equivalent to one-fifth of U.S. natural gas reserves.

US Arrogance: Conflict of Geography ~ link
Movenets accross the Durand Line

Mobile Surveillance Towers coming to a town near you - with video ~ link ~ As you can see these towers can be deployed in a moments notice.  Think about it, with the ability to spool off barbed wire at high speeds from truck beds and these mobile guard towers that can be jacked up in a minute, the TSA and DHS could have mobile FEMA camps setup and ready for mass detention in almost a blink of an eye.


End Orwellian US economics to unleash TRILLIONS OF OUR DOLLARS ~ link ~ The author has a good point.  If the government just printed our money, instead of the central banksters (the Federal Reserve, which is owned by most foreign global banking families), we could pay off everything, get out of debt, and offer low-interest loans directly to our citizens without banks getting involved and making a large profit.  The masses need to fully wake up to the fact that what is happening is not really complicated "economics" but just a con, a massive rip-off by parasites (global banking families) who bribe our political classes.  The reality is that we could go from Global Depression to Global Prosperity in a year or less.  Stirling 

The central economic solution to unleash trillions of dollars for the US economy is simple: 
  1. Our Robber Baron-era monetary system must be recognized as a national “debt supply” that only profits the banks that create the debt.
  2. This Orwellian opposite of a national money supply must be ended. In addition, shocking as it is for most Americans to discover, we’ve already overpaid in tax totals in the several trillions of dollars as revealed in collective governments’ published Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). We need this ended and transformed to maximize the benefits of that money to the American people.
  3. The US will unleash trillions of dollars worth of economic productivity with the end of government debts, creating money for the direct payment of public goods and services, and creating at-cost credit/lending as a public service that benefits the public rather than private banks.

Banks had a plan to create the Housing Bubble and Foreclosuregate ~ link ~ Yes they had a plan, and the strategic reason behind it was not only profit but to cause a new global depression to help usher in the long sought New World Order that the Rothschilds and their ilk so desire.  Stirling

I do believe that the banks had a plan, through the repeal of Glass-Steagall which tore down the barrier between banks who had mortgages and investment banks who securitized the loans. This allowed the packaging of individual mortgages into infamous private mortgage backed securities.
I believe that the banks had a plan to operate with less capital with Fannie and Freddie guaranteeing all manner of subprime loans. We know that they did not guarantee jumbos and many alt a loans, but subprime they did guarantee. So Fannie and Freddie were essential to kick-starting the scam. We have seen how their monstrous child, MERS, has attempted to run around state governments in corrupting the recording of proper documents and notes.

So who were the main players in the scam?
1. the central banks like the Fed and the European Central Bank,
2. the mother bank of those central banks which is the Bank of International Settlements,
3. investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers,
4. commercial big banks, primarily JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America and Wells Fargo,
5. the GSE's, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, however the private mortgage chart reveals their influence was not central to the private mortgage MBS debacle as they pulled back,
6. Highly leveraged European Banks.

In 2004, Chris Whalen offered an explanation of the scam, and this almost predicted what would subsequently happen in the mortgage markets. Well, Whalen says that the risk models were Enronesque:

"Second, Basel II is built around a suite of risk analysis tools that are, at best, a reflection of market sentiment rather than an accurate opinion on a company's financial statement. In May 2004, the Bank for International Settlements issued a statement indicating that the Basel Committee had reached a consensus on the new risk framework for financial restitutions. The statement said in part: "Basel 11 represents a major revision of the international standard on bank capital adequacy that was introduced in 1988. It aligns the capital measurement framework with sound contemporary practices in banking, promotes improvements in risk management, and is intended to enhance financial stability."
Translated into simple language, the New Basel Accord proposes to use precisely those measures of risk and credit quality that caused such fiascos as Enron, WorldCom, and Parmalat, to name the most familiar names. The largest banks will employ risk models that are based on derivative indicators and academic assumptions about the statistical distribution of such events (defaults and restatements, for example) that do not accurately describe the real world.

We know that Enron ended very badly. We are seeing Chris Whalen warning of a very bad ending here from that 1998 off balance sheet banking model that Basel 2 applies now in 2004. Basel 1 of 1988 that took down the Japanese bubble was abandoned. Mr Greenspan came out as a "good" central bank soldier to proclaim that adjustable mortgages could be a "better deal" for homeowners, in February, 2004. So much for ever trusting a Fed Chairman ever again.

The Economic Crisis: Worst than the Great Depression? ~ link ~ Not yet, but soon!  Stirling

The following experts have - at some point during the last 2 years - said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression:
How could that possibly be, when the stock market has largely recovered? (Let's forget for a moment that the stock market rallied after 1929, but then crashed in a double dip).

To find out, we'll look at a couple comparisons to get an idea of what is going on in the rest of the economy. And then we'll compare the government's efforts in the 1930s to today...
Given the above facts, it would seem that the government hasn't been doing much. But the scary thing is that the government has done more than during the Great Depression, but the economy is still stuck a pit.

Specifically, many economists credit World War II with getting us out of the Depression. (I disagree, but that's another story).

This time, we've been at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan far longer than we were in World War II. But our economy is still stuck in a rut.

Moreover, the amount spent in emergency bailouts, loans and subsidies during this financial crisis arguably dwarfs the amount which the government spent during the New Deal.

For example, Casey Research wrote in 2008:

Paulson and Bernanke have embarked on the largest bailout program ever conceived .... a program which so far will cost taxpayers $8.5 trillion.

[The updated, exact number can be disputed. But as shown below, the exact number of trillions of dollars is not that important.]

So how does $8.5 trillion dollars compare with the cost of some of the major conflicts and programs initiated by the US government since its inception? To try and grasp the enormity of this figure, let’s look at some other financial commitments undertaken by our government in the past:

As illustrated above, one can see that in today’s dollar, we have already committed to spending levels that surpass the cumulative cost of all of the major wars and government initiatives since the American Revolution.

Recently, the Congressional Research Service estimated the cost of all of the major wars our country has fought in 2008 dollars. The chart above shows that the entire cost of WWII over four to five years was less than half the current pledges made by Paulson and Bernanke in the last three months!

In spite of years of conflict, the Vietnam and the Iraq wars have each cost less than the bailout package that was approved by Congress in two weeks. The Civil War that devastated our country had a total price tag (for both the Union and Confederacy) of $60.4 billion, while the Revolutionary War was fought for a mere $1.8 billion.

In its fifty or so years of existence, NASA has only managed to spend $885 billion – a figure which got us to the moon and beyond.

The New Deal had a price tag of only $500 billion. The Marshall Plan that enabled the reconstruction of Europe following WWII for $13 billion, comes out to approximately $125 billion in 2008 dollars. The cost of fixing the S&L crisis was $235 billion.
CNBC confirms that the New Deal cost about $500 billion (and the S&L crisis cost around $256 billion) in inflation adjusted dollars.

So even though the government's spending on the "war" on the economic crisis dwarfs the amount spent on the New Deal, our economy is still stuck in the mud.

Given that the government has done so much, but we are still mired in a situation which in many ways is comparable to the Great Depression, it is not a very radical statement to say that the government is doing the wrong things to address the downturn.

I hope that the economy recovers. But the above comparisons are worrisome, indeed.
  [Note: The real total amount of bailouts and related BS is in the $30 TRILLION range not $8.5 trillion.  Stirling]

2011 Predictions: It Doesn't Look Pretty ~ link 
 -Spain will be the next sovereign debtor that falls prey to the market. This will happen before the end of the 1st Q. The package to bail them out will exceed $500b. This will exhaust the EU resources. There will be very high expectations that contagion will then move to Italy. That will not happen in 2011 (2012?) The European Central Bank will step up to the table (finally) and support the market for Italy. Sometime between March and June Italian bonds will be a great buy.

-The IMF will contribute $125b to the Spanish bailout. The US portion of this will be $25b. Republican Senators and Congressman go nuts. The American people will side with them. The argument, "How can we help Spain but not California?" will be the mantra. In the end the IMF commitment will stand. But that will be the last time the US contributes to a sovereign bailout. This will prove to be very destabilizing at some point after 2011.

2011: The Year Cities Go Bust ~ link ~ More than 100 American cities could go bust next year as the debt crisis that has taken down banks and countries threatens next to spark a municipal meltdown, a leading analyst has warned. Meredith Whitney, the US research analyst who correctly predicted the global credit crunch, described local and state debt as the biggest problem facing the US economy, and one that could derail its recovery. "Next to housing this is the single most important issue in the US and certainly the biggest threat to the US economy," Whitney told the CBS 60 Minutes programme on Sunday night. "There's not a doubt on my mind that you will see a spate of municipal bond defaults. You can see fifty to a hundred sizeable defaults – more. This will amount to hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of defaults."

Adding Fuel to the Financial Fire - Deepening Crisis - Bogus Economic Statistics Used as a Cover-up ~ link 
Mr. Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, would have us believe that, quantitative easing is the only way to save the US economy and to reverse the unemployment problem. He conveniently forgets to tell you that he authored a paper in 1988 with Mr. Michael Baskin that concluded that what Mr. Bernanke is doing with QE does not work. He told watchers of “60 Minutes” that the jobless rate would have been far higher; something like it was in the “Great Depression” at 25%. If Mr. Bernanke had taken time to have his minions do the research, he would have found that U3 at the peak of the “Great Depression” was 25.2% and U6 was 37.6%. As we write U3 is 9.8% and U6 is 17%. If you strip out the bogus birth/death ratio, real unemployment on a U6 basis is probably close to 22-3/8%, as yet, considerably less than in the 1930s, but impressively unacceptable. As those interested now know over the past three years the Fed has bailed out financial firms and many other corporations with funds provided indirectly by the US taxpayer. Little of this largess has fallen into employment and as a result unemployment has risen. It lies in the face of reality for Mr. Bernanke to tell was that QE2 will create employment when QE1 certainly did not.

What Mr. Bernanke has done is add fuel to the fire, which has given us one of the greatest financial scams of all time.

It is not about nuclear threats - It is about Who will control the currency ~ link ~ Around the holiday we are hearing all about saber rattling around the world. We have the high tensions between North and South Korea. We have Israel using us to start a war with Iran. We hear about toppling Hugo Chavez because of his Marxist views and oppression. Russia is made to look like the bad guy as a threat to world peace. Our government is trying to start up the cold war and the arms race between the Untied States and the Russian Federation.
All of the superficial issues of these countries being a nuclear threat is not the Issue. Saddam Hussien's  weapons of mass destruction was why the United State overthrown the Iraqi leader. None of this was the real issue. The Republic of Georgia attack on the Russian Federation was an Israeli operation to start a world war so the banks can loan countries money to get them in debt to the bankers financing both sides.The United States Military are now mercenaries for the ruling banking families and corporations. The reason why all the taunting of starting wars around the globe? It is about the bankers in Europe wanting a monopoly of all the nations currencies. Bankers will use wars and invasions to take control of the nations. Russia in the cross heirs of the International Banking Elite.
The Russian Ruble is a stable currency issued by the treasury interest free to the people. The country has no debt to the bankers. Russia is the wild card in the geo political scene.

US home foreclosures jump in 3rd quarter ~ link ~ The elected representatives of the American people could care less.  Time to wake up America.  Stirling 

Standard & Poor's: "The Double Dip (in Housing) is Almost Here" ~ linkMake no mistake about it, we are living through the ECONOMIC CONTROLLED DEMOLITION of the world's economies, organized and controlled by the global banking cartel.  They don't give a damn how many peoples lives they ruin.  In fact, they intend to "thin the herd" with a new coming world war soon.  They are totally satanic, evil to the core, and we have allowed them free reign over us.  Stirling    

Indeed, as I noted last month, the current real estate slump rivals the Great Depression:
Zillow's Stan Humphries said:
The length and depth of the current housing recession is rivaling the Great Depression’s real estate downturn, and, with encouraging signs fading, will easily eclipse it in the coming months.
During the Great Depression, home prices fell 25.9 percent in five years. The U.S. housing market is now down around 25 percent from its peak in 2006.
In addition, the percentage of Americans who owned houses during the 1930s was much lower than today, which means that a larger portion of the public is being hurt from falling home prices today as compared to the Great Depression.

16 US Cities Could Face Bankruptcy in 2011 ~ link
2011 will be the year of the municipal default. At least that's what analysts like Meredith Whitney predict, as do bond investors that have been fleeing the muni market.

There are many reasons to be worried. First, the expiration of Build America Bonds will make it harder for cities to raise funds. Second, city revenues are crashing and keep getting worse. Property taxes haven't reflected the total damage from the housing crash. High joblessness is cutting into city revenues, while increasing costs for services.

The next default could be a major city like Detroit, or it could be one of hundreds of small cities that are on the brink. Did we leave off your ailing city? Let us know in the comments.

Gulf Activists Harassed By TSA Agents Who Claim Filming Is Illegal ~ with video ~ link
As anger against the TSA has mounted, many have wondered if activists will be specifically targeted in an attempt to scare and intimidate them. No subject has been bigger than the gulf disaster and it looks as one of the groups who exposed the extensive use of Corexit9500 in the gulf have fallen victim to TSA tyranny.

When Matt Smith, Gavin Garrison, and Heather Rally of Project Gulf Impact arrived at Ontario Airport in California Tuesday evening to board a plane headed back to the Gulf of Mexico, all three of them were pulled aside by TSA agents and patted down. Coincidentally, they were the only three people pulled out of the security lines.

Matt was the first to be let goand he immediately began filming Gavin and Heather in the holding cell. As he was filming, a TSA Security officer walked up and began to yell at him to turn the camera off and was quoted as saying:

“TSA doesn’t want stuff like this to end up on youtube”

When Matt informed him that it is perfectly legal to film in a public place, the TSA agent radioed in his supervisor. When the supervisor walked over to Matt and Heather, he informed Matt that it was a
FEDERAL OFFENSE to film security in airports.

When Heather and Matt challenged this, he grew increasingly angry. He continued repeating that it was a federal offense yet when he was questioned about the law he was unable to provide an answer.

We now live in a country where traveling American citizens are subject to a Stasi type TSA that believes that it completely legal to fondle attractive women’s breasts yet illegal to film their intrusive security procedures.

These procedures are much more than Orwellian scanners; they are being used to break the will and spirit of the American people. If the government is able to to force the public into accepting these intrusive measures than society as we know it will come to an end.

To top it off, Janet Napolitono is openly declaring that TSA is coming to a mall and hotel near you

The TSA's state-mandated molestation ~ link ~ This is all about forcing government fascism on Americans.  Anyone groped should file criminal felony charges in local courts, bring federal lawsuits and BRING LAWSUITS ABROAD IN A NATION THAT CLAIMS UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION IN MATTERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS.  Go after the personal assets of not only those doing the groping and supervising but those at the very top of TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.  If you don't have the balls to defend yourself legally you will get shit on by these new fascists big time.  Stirling
The ACLU maintains an ever-growing database of these indignities, many so graphic they're illegal to broadcast over public airwaves. Actions that violate FCC standards are embraced by the TSA. "Mary in Texas" reported:
The TSA agent used her hands to feel under and between my breasts. She then rammed her hand up into my crotch until it jammed into my pubic bone ... I was touched in the pubic region in between my labia ... She then moved her hand across my pubic region and down the inner part of my upper thigh to the floor. She repeated this procedure on the other side. I was shocked and broke into tears.
TSA airport security check 2010
A TSA officer signals an airline passenger forward at a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma international airport, Washington State. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP  

A woman named Chris said:
"In the four times she explored the area where my inner thigh met my crotch, she touched my labia each time, and one pass made contact with my clitoris, through two layers of clothing. I told her I felt humiliated, assaulted and abused ... In my work as a nurse, if I did what the TSA did against a patient's will it would be considered assault and battery, and I did not see how the TSA should have different rules."
Recipients of such treatment aren't allowed to show distress. Melissa from Massachusetts did anyway:
"I was shaking and crying the entire time. I was begging them to hurry up but they kept stopping and telling me to calm down. It is impossible to gain composure when a stranger has her hands in your underwear."
I couldn't. I know my limits: can't sprout wings and fly, spin straw into gold, or ooze obedience toward anyone who'd treat me as the TSA treats Melissa, Mary, Chris and countless others. And once I said something rude – even an obscenity-free comment like "Have fun on your knees, sniffing my crotch like the dog that you are" [see top photo] – I'd be arrested on terrorism charges and the media would run sympathetic stories about poor TSA agents disliked for merely following orders. Self-described patriots would say "Disrespecting authority is unAmerican" and recommend harsh punishment for me.

TSA bans bikini woman for 'unusual contour' around buttocks - with video ~ link ~ Sounds like punishment from the fascists, for her earlier wearing of a bikini to embarrass the TSA goons.  Stirling

In Money-Changers  We Trust ~ link ~ Government by and for the Banksters.  Stirling  

Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don't be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations -- thanks to massive government largesse -- to survive the mess they created. The basics are dismal: unemployment is unacceptably high, the December consumer confidence index is down, and housing prices have fallen for four months in a row. The number of Americans living in poverty has never been higher, and a majority in a Washington Post poll said they were worried about making their next mortgage or rent payment.

In a parallel universe lives Peter Orszag, President Barack Obama's former budget director and key adviser, who even faster than his mentor, Robert Rubin, has passed through that revolving platinum door linking the White House with Wall Street. The goal is to use your government position to advance the interests of your future employer, and Orszag and Rubin's actions in the government and then at Citigroup provide stunning examples of the synergy between big government and high finance.

As Bill Clinton's treasury secretary, Rubin presided over the dismantling of Glass-Steagall, the New Deal legislation that would have prohibited the creation of the too-big-to-fail Citigroup. He was rewarded with a $15-million-a-year job at Citigroup, where he became a leader in the bank's aggressive move into high-risk ventures. An SEC report in September claimed that Rubin as Citigroup chairman was aware that the bank failed to disclose $40 billion it held in subprime mortgages before the collapse. 

Dodging repatriation tax lets US companies bring home multinational cash ~ link ~ At the White House on Dec. 15, business executives asked President Obama for a tax holiday that would help them tap more than $1 trillion of offshore earnings, much of it sitting in island tax havens.
The money -- including hundreds of billions in profits that U.S. companies attribute to overseas subsidiaries to avoid taxes -- is supposed to be taxed at up to 35 percent when it’s brought home, or “repatriated.” Executives including John T. Chambers of Cisco Systems Inc. say a tax break would return a flood of cash and boost the economy.

What nobody’s saying publicly is that U.S. multinationals are already finding legal ways to avoid that tax. Over the years, they’ve brought cash home, tax-free, employing strategies with nicknames worthy of 1970s conspiracy thrillers -- including “the Killer B” and “the Deadly D.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: "Is This The United States Congress Or The Board Of Directors Of Goldman Sachs" - short video ~ link ~ I like Dennis, he has balls and the courage to defend our nation, unlike most of the American political class.  Stirling 

Airshow Pilot/Instructor Sinks 9/11's Cover Story - with video ~ link ~ Take the time to view this video, it is POWERFUL!  Stirling  

Geraldo Rivera and Judge Napolitano of Fox News proved controlled demolition at the World Trade Center.  Jesse Ventura presents witnesses and hard science that debunks the Pentagon attack, all this on network prime time television seen across the United States and around the world. 

No newspaper article, no TV ad, nothing has made any attempt to dispute the facts or deny the allegation which include charges of murder and treason against the highest officials in America.  Never have charges of this magnitude been made in America’s history without immediate repurcussions, speeches in congress, public demonstrations, or demands for retraction and lawsuits. 

Instead, silence.

Is the world supposed to simply forget, are those responsible hoping that the whole thing will simply go away?

The cover story on 9/11. the tales of hijackers, box cutters, phone calls, all is now buried by science, engineering, physics, metallurgy, aeronautics, real testimony, hard proof of a government conspiracy that includes the White House, Pentagon and beyond.  

For those who insist on sticking their heads in the sand, those who choose to believe, to deny, out of fear, out of insanity or out of something worse, here is more overwhelming fact.  For those who value truth, respect fact and choose science over propaganda and politics, I wish things like this hurt less.

19 Facts About The Deindustralization Of America That Will Make You Weep ~ link ~ Keep in mind folks that this has been planned and put into operation over the last three decades by global banking interests.  That this is a type of war against every American.  That many in Congress and various Administrations sold their souls and signed off on this, and that is nothing but economic treason against us all.  Stirling  

Responsibility is the Key to Power ~ link
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We are ruled by parasites. We are ruled by people who not only don’t work but expect us to work for them. This is totally irresponsible on our part. And we have been carefully trained to be irresponsible because responsibility is the key to power. We can gain total power over our lives but not without accepting full responsibility for everything.
Billions of dollars are spent to make us irresponsible. They are spent by us, that is, it’s our money that’s being spent. Churches, schools, unions, Hollywood, advertising, sports but mostly the government spend our money in ways to make us irresponsible. We spend away our power on meaningless things and harmful things. So much so that our money itself has become almost worthless, because the most important harmful things we buy are government bonds that are then given to the owners of the Federal Reserve Corporation as collateral on the paper they sell us that we call “dollars.” The FRC calls them “notes,” or IOUs. They’re not dollars, they’re not notes – they’re just paper that we either accept in trade or we don’t trade.

Just about every bad thing that’s happened to us can be traced back to bad money. Bad money makes bad things happen. When we allow loan sharks to be our only suppliers of currency, our culture rots. We can easily trace the rot. It began in 1913, when the Federal Reserve Act was enacted by our elected representatives. I have written that the Masonic US Constitution is a masterpiece of deception without any redeeming features, which had to be tamed by the Bill of Rights. Patrick Henry called it a design for empire, which is what we have had ever since Lincoln invaded the Southern States. The closest the framers got to redemption was the rule they made that the Congress would mint coins and regulate the value thereof. The dollar was strong and worth something until 1913, when the Warburgs seized control of our currency on behalf of the Rothschild Group. A Colt Six-Shooter, for example, cost about twelve dollars. Today the same gun (made by US Fire Arms) costs a hundred times that. A Ford truck cost three hundred dollars. Today one costs more than thirty thousand dollars and even that isn’t enough to keep the company afloat because our currency is rotting.

Within four years we were in the first of many international wars. No coincidence. The loan sharks, at no cost to themselves, make war loans to governments that can never be repaid. They’re not supposed to be repaid, but only to put us all in permanent debt to them. Our debts to them from WWI still haven’t been repaid and can’t be repaid, due to the little add-on percentage thing they call “interest.” Interest wrecks everything for us, including our rotting money. If everyone has to pay back more than he borrowed – and everyone does – then the only way to have enough extra is to inflate the currency supply. And if you have to pay the loan sharks a percentage on top of that, and “taxes” on top of that, well, the whole thing spirals out of control pretty quickly. Which is where we are today. Out of control.

How do we get control back? There’s only one way. We men must assume total responsibility for everything.

A Christmas Letter from Congress to Taxpayers ~ link ~ Good one.


Russia to pay over 700 million Euros for first Mistral-class helicopter carrier ~ link ~
Mistral helicopter carrier. © RIA Novosti.Alexey Danichev
Mistral helicopter carrier

Half of all Germans want to Axe the Euro ~ link ~ Who can blame them.  They are being ripped off massively by the global banking families requiring Germany to write checks to pay for "bail-outs" of nations, when the real cause of the crisis, in nation after nation, is the same global banking families.  Stirling

Despite a year of prop­aganda from their government informing them that the beleaguered European currency is good for them, 49 per cent of ­Germans still wish they had the mighty mark in their pockets.

The survey found that the majority of Germans are ­worried about the stability of the currency and the ­possibility of inflation. Three-quarters of the ­people questioned by YouGov said they personally had not profited from the adoption of the euro. And if Germany was not part of the eurozone, only 30 per cent of those asked would today vote to adopt the euro and 60 per cent would vote against it.

In the middle of Europe, a democracy introduces press censorship ~ link ~ I cannot help but wonder what the real story is here.  This new right-wing government, are they doing the bidding of 'the usual suspects' or is this an attack on the monopoly of the news media by interests connected to the global banking cartel that exists in most nations?  Stirling

25 Photos of Irish protesters raging against the banks ~ link

Letter from Sweden ~ link ~ Our political elites are incredibly poorly educated.  Of the eight parties in the parliament NONE of the party leaders have a post-graduate degree (Master or Doctorate).   Of nine leaders (Because MPs have to leaders) one has a Magister in Biology (Half a Masters degree),  one has credits for Magister in political science but no degree,  one is an officer-candidate (Major in the army) and one has a bachelor degree in economics.  The rest have just high school diplomas, often with poor grades.  Only five of nine have set their foot at a University and only four have a University degree.  This is true at all levels of the political elite. In the Swedish Parliament, one could easily say that the Nationalist Party, Sweden Democrats are overrepresented by people with University credits or degrees.

This is actually a tradition in Sweden and is well known in academic circles that study comparative politics.  The Swedish middle class is more educated then their politicians.  Why this is common in Sweden is because of our political system and traditions. Most Swedish politicians have never worked at all. They began in the Youth league, then they begin to study something at university until they are hired by their party or voted in by election.

When former Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson (1996-2006) ran the country, one of his ministers (Bo Ringholm) had not even a complete high school diploma. He was minister of finance and he did not pass level B math at the High School level.  Göran Persson himself did not have any University education at all. Well, he did study a couple of months at a community college, until he was elected into a municipality.  The conservatives, Greens and the liberals have generally more educated persons then the socialists and social democrats.  It is because of the low education level that our political elite seldom use arguments that are difficult to rebut. [Note: A University background is no guarantee of success or overall intelligence.  We have all known people with limited formal education who were very intelligent and likewise have known some well-educated idiots.  It is however, strange for a well-developed nation like Sweden to have so few university educated people in its parliament.  Stirling

Desire Petroleum - So far is finding no oil in the Falkland Islands area ~ link ~ link ~ Desire Petroleum, the British oil and gas explorer, dealt investors a further blow yesterday by revealing that it has so far failed to find any hydrocarbons in a further drilling hiccup in the Falklands.
The update on the Jacinta Prospect well in the North Falkland Basin comes after Desire said an "oil discovery" at the Rachel North well, unveiled to a fanfare in early December, had turned out to be water just days later.


EU to ban hundreds of herbal remedies ~ link ~ What a total rip-off by Big Pharma!  Many of these herbal remedies have been used by mankind for THOUSANDS OF YEARS!  This is total fascism by the unelected rule makers in the Rothschild created and designed European Union.  Stirling

Herbal practitioners say it is impossible for most herbal medicines to meet the licensing requirements for safety and quality, which are intended to be similar to those for pharmaceutical drugs, because of the cost of testing. According to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), which represents herbal practitioners, not a single product used in traditional Chinese medicine or ayurvedic medicine has been licensed. In Europe, around 200 products from 27 plant species have been licensed but there are 300 plant species in use in the UK alone.

The ANH estimates the cost of obtaining a licence at between £80,000 and £120,000 per herb. They say this is affordable for single herbal products with big markets, such as echinacea, a remedy for colds and flu, but will drive small producers of medicines containing multiple herbs out of business.

Under EU law, statutorily regulated herbal practitioners will be permitted to continue prescribing unlicensed products. But the Coalition Government and the previous Labour administration have delayed plans to introduce a statutory herbal practitioner register. This means thousands of patients who rely on herbal treatments face being denied access to them. Medical organisations, including the MHRA, have warned the measures may drive patients to obtain herbal medicines over the internet – where risks are much greater.

Michael McIntyre, the chairman of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, said: "The problem is you can't get a licence for many herbal medicines because they are grown in people's back gardens and you can't patent them. The implications are very serious. Patients want to receive treatment from trained and qualified practitioners but unless we have regulation they can't have confidence in who is treating them. The worst outcome is that patients will end up going to the internet for their herbal medicines where there are no controls." Dr Rob Verkerk, of the ANH, said: "Thousands of people across Europe rely on herbal medicines to improve their quality of life. They don't take them because they are sick – they take them to keep healthy. If these medicines are taken off the market, people will try and find them elsewhere, such as from the internet, where there is a genuine risk they will get low quality products, that either don't work or are adulterated."

How to Cultivate a Food Crisis ~ link ~ As any shopper knows, food prices this past year have been rising faster than the overall rate of inflation. “Fears of a global food crisis swept the world’s commodity markets as prices for staples such as corn, rice and wheat spiraled after the U.S. government warned of ‘dramatically’ lower supplies,” the Financial Times reported in early October. “There is growing concern among countries about continuing volatility and uncertainty in food markets,” said World Bank president Robert Zoellick later that month. “These concerns have been compounded by recent increases in grain prices.”

Confronting this looming food-supply crisis is the American farmer. His
productivity is such that the United States is the world’s largest agricultural exporter, with $108.7 billion in farm products shipped abroad in 2010. Helping him increase the supply of agricultural products is the key to addressing both rising food prices and global shortages. His productivity is also critical to our country’s broader economic recovery.

So, you would think that the administration’s apparatchiks would be doing whatever they can to remove the regulatory impediments that farmers face. But you would be wrong. Consider several ways in which federal regulators are threatening agricultural productivity, both directly and indirectly.

Manmade problem turned deadlier than AIDS - Is there still time to correct course? ~ link ~ Animals in factory farms are given doses of antibiotics -- both to keep them alive in stressful, unsanitary conditions, and to make them grow faster. The practice leads to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as the now-widespread form of staph (MRSA) known as ST398. Federal regulators have in the past refused to release estimates of just how much antibiotics the livestock industry uses. But recently the FDA released its first-ever report on the topic. And the amount? Twenty-nine million pounds of antibiotics in 2009 alone.

Pharmaceutical Industry Fraud ~ link
by Ralph Nader
The corporate defrauding of taxpayers (eg. Medicaid and Medicare) and prescription drugs with skyrocketing prices was the subject of a report by Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe and his associates (see Dr. Wolfe's team compiled a total of 165 federal and state settlements since 1991 totaling $19.8 billion in penalties. A key finding is that the drug industry's penalties under the Federal False Claims Act exceed even those assessed against the overcharging defense industry for fraud.


Diamonds made from hair or ashes ~ link ~ The conversion from hair -- he needs about 1/2 cup, or about the amount created in a typical haircut -- or cremation ashes (¾ cup) to diamond takes 70 to 80 days. The resulting rock is indistinguishable from a mined diamond. "It's a real diamond," he said. "It is physically, chemically and optically identical to a mined diamond."

For Shaffer's customers, what the diamond represents is the most important thing. He has two clients who are having diamonds made to memorialize children who died. In one case, he's using cremation ashes. In the other, he's combining hair from the child and her mother.

He's touched that they came to him, but he doesn't want memorials to be his shop's sole focus. He's a romantic at heart. "I want to celebrate love," he said. "I think there's going to be a big market in making engagement rings. You get hair from both the bride and groom and make a diamond that is completely unique to them."

Photographers who are a real double take ~ link ~ Very strange story!  Stirling 

WHEN friends of Graham Comrie logged on to Facebook they feared someone had "hijacked" the photographer's life.
Instead of seeing their balding friend, his red-headed wife and two daughters, they saw someone who looked almost identical, but with the same life - including a red-headed wife, two daughters and career in photography, right down to the same family dog, a Lhasa Apso.

The man's name: Graham Cormie.

The Aberdeen photographer only discovered his doppelganger when concerned friends e-mailed him to say that a man was impersonating him on the social network site and was even using some of his photos.

Distinct Race of Ancient Humans Discovered: Will We End Up Like Them? - with video ~ link
But recently researchers have discovered the remains of a different type of human species in the caves of Serbia called Denisovans. It is thought that they once populated large areas of Europe.
...A study in Nature journal shows that Denisovans co-existed with Neanderthals and interbred with other ancestors of the human species – perhaps around 50,000 years ago. An international group of researchers sequenced a complete genome from one of the ancient hominins (human-like creatures), based on nuclear DNA extracted from a finger bone.
Professor Chris Stringer: “It’s nothing short of sensational – we didn’t know know how ancient people in China related to these other humans”. Scientists say an entirely separate type of human identified from bones in Siberia co-existed and interbred with Neanderthal, Cro Magnon, and others.
According to the researchers, this provides confirmation there were at least four distinct types of human in existence with other races of anatomically modern humans in their African homeland....(articlesafari)
So what happened to the Denisovans?

It is thought that modern humans may have killed off the Neanderthals. Perhaps modern humans did the same to these Demisovans. Maybe modern humans will kill off each other.

It is clear that humanity, like Neanderthals, the Denisovans, and even the Dinosaurs, can go extinct. Today we are dangerously creating a world in which humanity may join the extinct no matter what the fundamentalist religious types believe.

Evolution and Extinction is in the nature of things. We deny this fact at our own peril. A better understanding of science might mean that humanity could avoid extinction in the near future.

Top 10 most popular videos of 2010 from Discovery News ~ link 

Gigantic storm with huge tail erupts on Saturn ~ link  ~



Anonymous said...

Dear Lord Stirling,

I´d like to write some words about the article:

"Letter from Sweden"

Having a master´s or a doctorat´s degree does not always mean that the person is a good leader/politician.

Do you know the ex-foreign minister of Germany, Joshka Fischer?

He didn´t have a Highschool degree, he only had a GSE degree.
He worked as an unskilled worker for Opel in Ruesselsheim and he also earned his living as a taxi-driver.
But he was/is a smart man and he studied at home.

Nowadays he gives lectures at American universities and writes articles for important newspapers and magazines.
He didn´t have the money to go to university, but he´s an intellectual, in my opinion, although George W. Bush did not want to talk to him.

Joaquin, Germany

Anonymous said...

"If the government just printed our money, instead of the central banksters (the Federal Reserve, which is owned by most foreign global banking families), we could pay off everything, get out of debt, and offer low-interest loans directly to our citizens without banks getting involved and making a large profit."

And Zimbabwe here we go, if you like hyperinflaction that's the way you do it.
Really giving corrupted politicians the chance to print unlimited money sounds like a solution?

If you don't get rid of the money-out-of-thin-air fraud you don't solve anything.

Magna Carta Society Blog said...

More homes in Wales are hit by water supply problems

Regards, John Hurst.

Anonymous said...

Daily Mail headline:
Brace yourselves for a 'mini ice age': This winter set to be coldest in 300 YEARS

Anonymous said...

Letter from sweden comment

It is true what you state in your comment about educational levels in government.

I see nothing wrong in that, it's a fact of life that the buddy system and "contacts" always trumps actual competence for any job or political position. Blood is thicker then a degree and political headway has little to do with competence.

The nobels prove that point any day of the week. Being borne nobel does not make absolutely smart offsprings.

I enjoyed the article.

Happy New year to You!
You seem to be one of the smarter ones. Keep fighting.


Alain Denis said...

Maria Valtorta

in English

The Poem of The Man-God PDF ....

Notebooks 1943 PDF ....

Notebooks 1944 PDF ....

other languages


From July to September 1943 (and after certainly), Jesus has taught interesting things describing our Times(2011)... in correspondence with ww 2 (first step of sATAN, as explained)
sadly, this months are not included in the free PDF in english, available to download.

but those books, free PDF, are certainly interesting ones.