Sunday, February 28, 2010

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, Global Depression

National Strike April 15-16-17-18 ~ link

Tell the Global Banksters to go to Hell.

“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes… As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong it’s reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. Abraham Lincoln

Death toll in Chile rises to over 750 ~ link ~
The death toll from yesterday's 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile continued to rise today, with officials estimating more than 750 casualties.

More than 350 people were killed in the coastal town of Constitucion, which was also hit by a tsunami, state television quoted emergency officials as saying.

Are We in a HAARP "Earthquake War"? ~ link ~ There is no evidence to suggest that the Chile earthquake was anything but a natural event.

Israeli Air Force rapid refueling training suggests strike on Iran coming ~ link ~ Israeli media reported on Sunday that the Israeli air force has started practicing rapid refueling, the type of which would only be used in a sustained aerial attack on a distant enemy.

The process involves Israeli warplanes sent on raids thousands of miles away returning to Israel, landing and refueling without shutting off their engines in order to get back in the air as fast as possible. Naturally, rapid refueling of this type is very risky, since the fuel is being pumped not far from the jet's engines.

Hamas chief, killed by Mossad in Dubai, survived two earlier attempts to kill him ~ link ~ Mabhouh was poisoned last year and, previously, was the target of a shooting in Lebanon, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper the National reported on Friday.

Temple Mount Fighting ~ link ~ link ~ Palestinian officials said the youths thought Jewish extremists - not tourists - were entering the compound and would try to take it over. Small groups of masked Palestinians continued to clash with police elsewhere in Jerusalem's Old City and in a nearby neighborhood just outside the walled area.

Lets calm down on Syria and Hezbollah from Haaretz (largest newspaper in Israel) ~ link ~ Very good advice but don't count on the warhawks in Netanyahu's Cabinet taking this advice.

Does Iran actually WANT a war with Israel so that the Mehdi can return? ~ link ~ No, they are not that nuts.

Mysterious Deaths of 9/11 Witnesses - video ~ link

Destabilization: Caucasus Geopolitics Threatens Russia's Security ~ link ~ Currently the US is putting into practice in the North Caucasus the key element of its novel military strategy – that of network wars.

There are reasons to believe that the US and other Western countries started preparing the conditions for the realization of the Color Revolution scenario in Russia during the 2011-2012 electoral cycle. The US President suggested a 25% increase in the number of US Department of State and USAID employees by 2013. A budget amendment envisages the creation of 1,226 new jobs in the institutions by 2010. In the future, the number of US Department of State employees is to increase by 25%, and the number of USAID employees – to double.

The US and other Western countries use NGOs as instruments in the network war to collect information and to influence political developments. Over 100 foreign NGOs and monitoring networks of various types are operating in Russia's Southern Federal District.

In Russia's southern part, the implementation of the network war concept is exemplified by the activity of the American Soros Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Heinrich Boll Foundation, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Gringo Caucasian Refugee and IDP Network, the International Youth Human Rights Movement, etc. The ideologies, objectives, and tactic of the organizations are defined by their sponsors and are subject to the centralized coordination from a single center in the US.

A Rational Health Care Plan ~ link ~ Yet despite medical abundance, care is too often meager because of the irrationality of the present health care system. Over 39 million Americans have no health insurance whatsoever, including 33% of Hispanics, 21% of African-Americans and Asians, and 11% of non-Hispanic Whites. Many more - perhaps most of us - are underinsured. The world’s richest health care system is unable to assure such basics as prenatal care and immunizations, and we trail most of the developed world on such indicators as infant mortality and life expectancy. Even the well-insured may find care compromised when HMOs deny them expensive medications and therapies. For patients, fear of financial ruin often amplifies the misfortune of illness.

For physicians, the gratifications of healing give way to anger and alienation in a system that treats sick people as commodities and doctors as investors’ tools. In private practice we waste countless hours on billing and bureaucracy. For the uninsured, we avoid procedures, consultations, and costly medications. In HMOs we walk a tightrope between thrift and penuriousness, under the surveillance of bureaucrats who prod us to abdicate allegiance to patients, and to avoid the sickest, who may be unprofitable. In academia, we watch as the scholarly traditions of openness and collaboration give way to secrecy and assertions of private ownership of vital ideas; the search for knowledge displaced by a search for intellectual property.

A faulty prescription for reform ~ link ~ What we need is a Medicare-for-All approach, which makes universal health care affordable because it saves about $400 billion in administrative costs every year. It would eliminate the wasteful paperwork and bureaucracy that the insurers impose on our health system and you use those savings to cover the uninsured, and to plug the gaps in coverage for people who now have insurance.

Polls show that the American people support the idea of a Medicare-for-All program supported by taxes. However, the private health insurance industry has hijacked the reform process through campaign contributions and lobbyists. They’ve hijacked Congress and, unfortunately, they’ve hijacked the Obama administration.

These for-profit interests are also giving money to the opponents of the reform process on the right, aiming to steer the whole process towards higher profits for insurers and drug companies, and further and further away from the only workable, rational reform: single-payer Medicare for All.

Media Fabrications: The "Srebrenica Massacre" is a Western Myth ~ link ~ But the analysis of that case, said Dorin, proves Erdemović invented most, if not all of that story.

Dorin explained that director of the Belgrade Center for Investigation of War Crimes Milivoje Ivanišević analyzed the lists of alleged Srebrenica victims. Ivanišević discovered that, a year after the fall of Srebrenica, some 3,000 Muslim men who were supposedly killed in 1995, were voting in the Bosnian Muslim elections.

In addition, at least 1,000 of the alleged 1995 “Srebrenica massacre victims” have been dead long before or after Bosnian Serb Army took the town over.

“It is perfectly clear that Muslim organizations listed as Srebrenica victims all the Muslim fighters who were killed in the fights after the fall of Srebrenica,” the Swiss researcher said.

Prognosis 2012: Towards a New World Social Order ~ link ~ This is one of the best articles that I have read in a long time. Take the time to read the entire article, it is well worth your time. A capitalist stirs up a war in order to make profits, and in fact our elite banking families have financed both sides of most military conflicts since at least World War 1. Hence historians have a hard time 'explaining' World War 1 in terms of national motivations and objectives.

In pre-capitalist days warfare was like chess, each side trying to win. Under capitalism warfare is more like a casino, where the players battle it out as long as they can get credit for more chips, and the real winner always turns out to be the house – the bankers who finance the war and decide who will be the last man standing. Not only are wars the most profitable of all capitalist ventures, but by choosing the winners, and managing the reconstruction, the elite banking families are able, over time, to tune the geopolitical configuration to suit their own interests.

Nations and populations are but pawns in their games. Millions die in wars, infrastructures are destroyed, and while the world mourns, the bankers are counting their winnings and making plans for their postwar reconstruction investments.

It is easy to get the impression that capitalism is failing to adapt, and that our societies are in danger of collapsing into chaos.

Such an impression would be partly right and partly wrong. In order to understand the real situation we need to make a clear distinction between the capitalist elite and capitalism itself. Capitalism is an economic system driven by growth; the capitalist elite are the folks who have managed to gain control of the Western world while capitalism has operated over the past two centuries. The capitalist system is past its sell-by date, the banking elite are well aware of that fact – and they are adapting.

Capitalism is a vehicle that helped bring the bankers to absolute power, but they have no more loyalty to that system than they have to place, or to anything or anyone else. As mentioned earlier, they think on a global scale, with nations and populations as pawns. They define what money is and they issue it, just like the banker in a game of Monopoly. They can also make up a new game with a new kind of money. They have long outgrown any need to rely on any particular economic system in order to maintain their power. Capitalism was handy in an era of rapid growth. For an era of non-growth, a different game is being prepared.

Thus, capitalism has not been allowed to die a natural death. First it was put on a life-support system, as mentioned above, with globalization, privatization, derivative markets, etc. Then it was injected with a euthanasia death-drug, in the form of toxic derivatives. And when the planned collapse occurred, rather than industrial capitalism being bailed out, the elite bankers were bailed out. It's not that the banks were too big to fail, rather the bankers were too politically powerful to fail. They made governments an offer they couldn't refuse.

Economic Recovery? Not So Fast - video ~ link

Bernanke: USA could soon face debt crisis like the one in Greece ~ link ~ Bernanke is now joining Rosenberg, Ferguson and Faber, Edwards, Grice and many others in warning that the debt crisis rearing its head in Greece may spread to America, causing U.S. interest rates to climb.

America the Beautiful is Turning into America the Barbarian ~ link ~ Democratic leadership in the House was in disarray last night after having to withdraw the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, moments before it was to have been voted upon, as the result of a controversial anti-torture provision.

The amendment was added in the House Rules Committee late on Wednesday and had not previously been vetted in committee. It would have criminalized the most extreme forms of "enhanced interrogation" and provided stiff sentences for intelligence officers or medical professions who engaged in them.

UK Poll reveals new blow to Tories ~ link ~ Britain's ruling Labour could remain the largest party in parliament after an election due in months, a poll showed today, the latest blow to the opposition Conservatives who were long favourites to win.

The Sunday Times /YouGov poll put support for the Conservatives at 37 per cent, while Labour was on 35 per cent and the Liberal Democrats were on 17 per cent.

But under Britain's first-past-the-post, constituency system, that share of the vote could translate into 317 seats for Labour in the 650-member parliament and give the Conservatives only 263, the Sunday Times reported. That would enable prime minister Gordon Brown to head a minority government, seeking support from small parties to get legislation through parliament.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, Global Depression

National Strike April 15-16-17-18 ~ link

Tell the Global Banksters to go to Hell.

Massive 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile Early Saturday - Deaths officially reported of at least 82 - Tsunamis threaten a quarter of the planet ~ link ~ link ~
A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

Chile quake: Cross-Pacific Tsunami ~ link ~
People in Hawaii were urgently told to protect lives and property from a tsunami crossing the Pacific as fast as a jetliner after a devastating earthquake in Chile.

Tsunami waves were likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake, which struck early Saturday on Chile's coast.

Bye Bye American Pie - video ~ link ~ This is a great video. Take the time to view it and pass it on to your friends (along with a link to this news blog, please).

Cybersecurity bill to give Obama new powers ~ link ~ Make no mistake about this bill. It is designed to allow the US Government to shut down the vital FREE AND OPEN FLOW OF INFORMATION BY ITS CITIZENS TO ITS CITIZENS when the president declares an "emergency". Jay Rockefeller, a key member of the Rockefeller global banking family, HATES the Internet. He hates the FREE SPEECH that it allows. When WWIII fully hits they intend to totally control the flow of news and information via the Internet.
Ultimately, the legislation is chiefly the brainchild of Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, respectively. Both lawmakers have long clamored for a federal cybersecurity bill, charging that current measures — including the legislation passed by the House last year — are too piecemeal to protect the country's Web infrastructure.

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans say federal government a threat to citizens Constitutional rights and freedoms ~ link ~
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America ~ link ~ NATIONAL STRIKE April 15 - 16- 17 - 19, don't let the bastards get away with this!

US House sends extension of fascist Patriot Act to Obama ~ link ~ NATIONAL STRIKE April 15 - 16- 17 - 18, don't let the bastards get away with this!

US Justice Department: Large batch of emails from Justice Dept. lawyers who 'justified' brutal interrogation techniques and torture "missing" ~ link ~

IMF Chief: Proposes New Global Reserve Currency ~ link ~ Pay attention to this folks. This is a key aim of the End Game of the New World Order Grand Strategy. The tiny super-"elite" global banking families (and what a Satanic evil lot they are) intends to set up and control a new global currency as a key part of their intention to establish a global high-tech slave state (with far fewer "unnecessary eaters" - all of us); WWIII is another key part of this Grand Strategy. National Strike for USA (others should consider joining in and making this a Global Strike) on April 15 - 16- 17 - 18!

'Unsustainable Deficits' and Bond Boycotts: Panic at the Fed or Back to Financial Normalcy? ~ link ~
The decision of the US Federal Reserve to raise its key interest rate was definitely not a sign of confidence in the US economic recovery or a signal that Fed policy is slowly returning to normal as claimed. It was rather a signal of panic over the weakness in US Government bond markets, the heart of the dollar financial system.

The conservative President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Thomas Hoenig recently warned in a little-reported speech that if the size of the Federal Budget deficit is not dramatically and urgently reduced, public debt will soon look like that of Italy or Greece, exceeding 100% of GDP. In a recent speech Hoenig noted, “The fiscal projections for the United States are so stunning that, one way or another, reform will occur. Fiscal policy is on an unsustainable course. The US government must make adjustments in its spending and tax programs. It is that simple. If pre-emptive corrective action is not taken regarding the fiscal outlook, then the United States risks precipitating its own next crisis….”

Iceland repayment talks collapse ~ link ~ Iceland should tell the global financial community to "go to Hell".

US folly unites Iran and Syria ~ link ~ Actually what we are seeing is the fruits of the neocon Lukid Greater Israel Grand Strategy. The full harvest of these fruits will result in World War III.

Syria's Assad's hosts President of Iran and Hezbollah Secretary-General in key pre-hostilities meeting ~ link ~
Meshal told Al-Manar that Ahmadinejad's visit to Damascus was meant as part of a joint effort to contend with "Zionist bragging." According to another Palestinian source, the sides discussed the threat of Israeli attacks on Syria, Lebanon, Palestinians and Iran.

More charged in plot in Turkey to overthrow the government ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ Make no mistake about it, this 'plot' has Mossad and CIA written all over it.

UK Telegraph: We must arm ourselves for a Class War ~ link ~
So Ed Balls's plan to pitch this election as a class war is, I'm afraid, on the button. Class, money and privilege will be unavoidable issues during the next parliamentary term. Rather than ignoring them, the Tories must take action. Better to start thinking about free-market reforms that share the wealth more equitably than to leave it to the Left to suggest that taxes on the wealthy are the only solution.

Global Warming: Heavy winter storms wreak havoc in Northeast US and Eastern Canada ~ link

Friday, February 26, 2010

Special Links ~ Nova Scotia

As I have several historic connections to Nova Scotia (I am Lord and Baron of Nova Scotia, Lord High Admiral of Nova Scotia, etc.) I want to post some links to videos and music of that fine land and good people:

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo - video ~ link

'Farewell to Nova Scotia' - Tribute Troops - video ~ link

'Farewell to Nova Scotia' - The Irish Rovers - video ~ link

'Farewell to Nova Scotia' - The Real McKenzies - video ~ link

'Farewell to Nova Scotia' - Music Video - video ~ link

'Nova Scotia Farewell' - Rising Gael - video ~ link

'Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia' - video ~ link

'The Cannon Goes Off at Noon in Halifax, NS - video ~ link

'Bagpipers at the Citadel', NS - video ~ link

'78'th Highlanders play at Grand Parade' - video ~ link

'Halifax Citadel Summer Recruiting' - video ~ link

'78'th Frasers Highlanders Halifax Citadel' - video ~ link

'78'th Fraser Highlanders - Grade 1 - video ~ link

'Kincardine Toronto Police Pipe Band' - video ~ link

'Amazing Grace and Bagpipes' - video ~ link

'78'th Highlanders Halifax Citadel - Take 2' - video ~ link

'Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Opening Sequence - video ~ link

'Royal NS International Tattoo 2009 - Final' - video ~ link

'Royal NS International Tattoo Advertisement 2009' - video ~ link

'Royal NS International Tattoo 2009- Bagpipes' - video ~ link

'Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Bagpipe Player' - video ~ link

'Bagpipes and drums on the pier in Halifax' - video ~ link

'Paul McCartney Plays Halifax NS Canada' - video ~ link

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, Global Depression

National Strike April 15-16-17-18 ~ link

The Road to Armageddon:
The Insane Drive for American Hegemony Threatens Life on Earth ~ link ~
The U.S. government is delusional. Russian military and political leaders have responded to the obvious threat by declaring NATO a direct threat to the security of Russia and by announcing a change in Russian war doctrine to the pre-emptive launch of nuclear weapons. The Chinese are too confident to be bullied by a washed up American “superpower.”

The morons in Washington are pushing the envelop of nuclear war. The insane drive for American hegemony threatens life on earth. The American people, by accepting the lies and deceptions of “their” government, are facilitating this outcome.

Fighting the Subversion of Our People's Sovereignty ~ link ~
As you've probably heard, corporations are now "people" -- humanoids that are equivalent to you and me. This miraculous metamorphosis happened on Jan. 21. Accompanied by a blinding bolt of lightning, and a terrifying jolt of thunder, five Dr. Frankensteins on the Supreme Court threw a judicial switch that endowed these pulseless paper entities with the human right to speak politically.

Never mind that inanimate corporate constructs have no tongue, brain, heart or soul -- the five judicial fabricators breathed unprecedented legal life into corporations, decreeing that the vast wealth held in their corporate treasuries is their voice. With a cry of "Shazam!" the court ruled that, henceforth, every corporation -- from Wal-Mart to Wall Street -- is entitled to "speak" by spending unlimited sums from their treasuries to elect or defeat candidates for any and all public offices in our land, from city council to the presidency.

By a bare five-to-four majority, the justices created an artificial, uber-wealthy, political monster that will overpower everyone else's voices. For example, just the 100 largest corporations have assets totaling more than $13 trillion. No combination of human people's political organizations can amass even a tiny fraction of that spending power.

Economic and Social Crisis in America: Burglarious Stimulus ~ link ~

So what is the upshot of all of this? There are only three logical possibilities.

· One is that the private sector be required to take on the responsibility for solving social problems, exacting severe penalties from those companies that don't assume it.

· Another is that the government abandon the view that the private sector can or will solve social problems and assume that responsibility itself.

· The third is to do nothing, making clear that the government assumes the attitude of William H. Vanderbilt who said, "The public be damned!"

I suspect that those who make up
America's power-elite would prefer the last but lack Vanderbilt's honesty. These people are, of course, evil through and through. But I wonder which alternative Mr. Volker would select, and whether he's honest enough to even confront the issue. We'll never know of course, for Mr. Volker along with everyone else in this elite class have adopted Pascal's view that "the best defense against logic is ignorance," and they maintain their ignorance by ignoring all critics.

The Decline: US Unemployment by County - short video ~ link

Congressman Ron Paul Never Thunders, But He's A Lighting Rod Anyway ~ link ~
The talking heads of America are outraged at Ron Paul once again. They dismissed him in 2007, dissed him in 2008 and ignored him in 2009. And now he’s got the nerve to win the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Washington last weekend. The winner of that poll is often considered the consensus leader in the race for the next GOP presidential nomination.

Quite an achievement for a man who may be the single most unexciting speaker in American politics today. I mean that as high praise. The U.S. Constitution is a dry, unemotional document. And Paul, as its leading proponent in Congress, is a dry, unemotional guy.

"Virtually everything the federal government does is unconstitutional, isn’t it?" I asked. "Basically, that’s pretty true," Paul replied.

Carpe Diem, Dr. Paul! ~ link ~
Ron Paul’s stunning landslide victory in the CPAC straw poll is an event that cannot be allowed to go to waste. Political moments this ripe are about as rare as the California condor, and Ron Paul would do us all an incalculable service if he would seize the day, and declare his intention to run in the 2012 presidential election. He needs to do this right now. Not next month, not next year, but now.

Obama's Health Summit Fails ~ link

US House of Representatives and Senate extends Patriot Act ~ link ~ link ~ The best Congress that money can buy, and damn the people and the Constitution.

Leaked UN Documents Reveal Plan For 'Green World Order' By 2012 ~ link ~
Leaked policy documents reveal that the United Nations plans to create a “green world order” by 2012 which will be enforced by a structure of global governance and funded by a gargantuan $45 trillion transfer of wealth from richer countries, as the globalists’ insidious plan to centralize power, crush sovereignty while devastating the economy is exposed once again.

As we warned at the time, the failure of Copenhagen in December did not spell the end of the global warming heist, but merely a roadblock in the UN’s agenda to create a world government funded by taxes paid by you on the very substance you exhale – carbon dioxide.

Dan Coats: Military action 'only option' on Iran ~ link ~ This whore, who use to be a US Senator from Indiana and wants to return there after living for years in Virgina and working as a paid lobbyist, will do whatever AIPAC and Israel tell him to in order to get their money and support in his bid to return to the Senate. If this means blowing up the world, he is ok with that. It is worthless bastards like him that are destroying America and the world.

Who Is Sending Your Children Off To Die In A War With Iran? ~ link ~ Who do you think? Israel and their AIPAC/neocon puppets.

Iran and Syria defy USA in show of force ~ link ~ They know that they are stronger in a defense treaty with one another than separate.

Listen to the heroes of Israel ~ link ~
In October, Rami and Nurit sat in the Israeli High Court while the state counsel, “stammering, unprepared and unkempt,” wrote Nurit, “stood like a platoon commander in charge of new recruits and refuted... the allegations”. Salwa and Bassam Aramin, Palestinian parents, were there, too. Tears streaked Salwa’s face. Their ten-year-old daughter Abir Aramin was killed by an Israeli soldier firing a rubber bullet point-blank at her small head while she was standing beside a kiosk buying sweets with her sister. The judges seemed bored and one of them remarked that Israeli soldiers were rarely indicted, so it would be best to forget it. The state counsel laughed. This was normal.

“Our children,” said Nurit at a rally last December to mark the anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza, “have learned this year that all the disgusting qualities which anti-semites attribute to Jews are actually manifested among our leaders: deceit, greed and the murder of children... What values of beauty and goodness can we squeeze into such a sophisticated apparatus of brainwashing and reality distortion?”

Rami now tells me the High Court has decided to investigate the case of Abir Aramin after all. This is not normal: it is a victory.

Reporters with Conflicts of Interest in Israel ~ link ~
Shortly after I wrote an earlier piece on Bronner, pointing out that most Western coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict is shaped by Jewish and Israeli journalists, and that Palestinian voices are almost entirely excluded, a Jerusalem-based bureau chief asked to meet. Over a coffee he congratulated me, adding: “I’d be fired if I wrote something like that.”

This reporter, who, unlike me, spends lots of time with the main press corps in
Jerusalem, then made some interesting points. He wishes to remain anonymous but has agreed to my passing on his observations. He calls Bronner’s situation “the rule, not the exception”, adding: “I can think of a dozen foreign bureau chiefs, responsible for covering both Israel and the Palestinians, who have served in the Israeli army, and another dozen who like Bronner have kids in the Israeli army.”

He added that it is very common to hear Western reporters boasting to one another about their “Zionist” credentials, their service in the Israeli army or the loyal service of their children. “Comments like that are very common at Foreign Press Association gatherings [in
Israel] among the senior, agenda-setting, elite journalists.”

Guantanamo Deaths Deserve a Closer Look ~ link ~ There is no place for torture and murder under the American Constitution. The guilty parties deserve to be criminally tried and sentenced.

Officials puzzled over millions of dollars leaving Afghanistan by plane for Dubai ~ link ~ War is all about evil, corruption, and obscene profits.

Recent Stats Indicate US Economic Recovery Was An Illusion ~ link ~ Told you so.

Geithner's Gotta Go ~ link ~ He should be on his way to a federal prison.

Would it be wrong to take out a $1,000,000 policy on your wife and then put strychnine in her double-tall nonfat mocha?

Not if you are Goldman Sachs it wouldn't. In fact--according to an article on today's Bloomberg News--that's exactly what they did. They slapped together $17.2 billion in garbage CDOs and then insured the hell out of them with credit default swaps (CDS) issued by AIG. As soon as the CDS blew up, G-Sax collected 100 cents on the dollar for their ingenuity. (G Sax received $14B altogether)

Bottom line, ex-NY Fed chief Timothy Geithner made sure that his buddies at G-Sax got top dollar for crappy CDOs and then did everything in his power to hide his tracks. Geithner's gotta go.

How Big Banks Greek-Style Schemes Are Bankrupting States Across America ~ link ~ I may be wrong, but I don't remember any of the Big Bankers facing criminal charges or prison time from all the crap that they have been pulling over the last few years. Why?

Delays Bond Sale Amid New Turmoil ~ link ~
The new bond deal is widely seen as a test of the Greek government's ability to raise money in the capital markets to finance its operations and retire old debt. A successful bond sale will demonstrate that the market believes either that Greece can fix its fiscal problems or that Europe will come up with an effective bailout to solve short-term worries. An unsuccessful auction would exacerbate the sovereign-debt fears gripping financial markets and could force other European nations to move more quickly to support Greece.

George Soros is at the center of hedge funds betting against the Euro ~ link ~ George is 'close' to the Rothschilds.

Fed's Bernanke warns Congress that Federal Reserve will not 'print money' to pay for exploding American national debt ~ link ~ Having looted the nation to the tune of over $27 TRILLION for the stimulus/bailout, it is now time to STICK IT TO THE AMERICAN MASSES. Tax them till they scream and then tax them some more.

A reality check on China - video ~ link

Revealed: What the Scottish National Party wants to ask Scottish voters ~ link ~
The first ballot paper would offer the electorate the chance of voting for or against more powers for the Scottish Parliament that fall short of full independence.

On a second ballot paper, voters would be asked to say either "Yes, I agree" or "No, I do not agree" to an extension of powers that would "enable independence to be achieved

Senior UK judge speaks out against MI5 over torture row ~ link ~ Good!

Spanish oil firm Repsol to drill for oil in Argentinean waters near the Falkland Islands - with video ~ link ~
Repsol said it would explore for oil in a "few" wells in the area.

The spokesman said the fields were about 150 to 200 miles west of where the Ocean Guardian is, which is under licence to UK firm Desire Petroleum.

Last year, Repsol bought the Argentine company YPF - the biggest private oil and gas company in Latin America.

How Prime Minister Hotoyama Can Stop The 'Japan Bashing' ~ link ~ Lets hope that it does not come to this. However, what the author is showing is several possible future moves on the chessboard.

Georgia is drug runners' route of choice ~ link ~ It is no accident that this is a neocon ruled country.

Tikkun: Symphony of Science: We Are All Connected - video ~ link

The First Test That Proves Einstein's General Theory of Relativity WRONG ~ link

Household plants toxic to your pet - video ~ link

The Shroud of Turin ~ link

Spiritual Wisdom of the Week by Rabbi Michael Lerner ~ link

The Story of Blessed Andre Bessette ~ link

Luxembourg size iceberg breaks off of Antarctica ~ link

Thursday, February 25, 2010

News, Links of the Day, Coming Third World War, Global Depression

National Strike April 15-16-17-18 ~ link

Nationwide Strike Paralyzes Greece ~ link

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compares Iran showdown to Cuban Missile Crisis ~ link ~ The Cuban Missile Crisis almost caused WWIII when I was a child, I remember it. We were all scared, and in fact, based on interviews with the top Soviet General in Cuba, it came very close to a nuclear war. President Kennedy had both smarts and some morality and managed to give me (and billions of others on this planet) over 45 more years so far. Will Obama and Clinton rise to this level. Damn unlikely! We are 'headed over the cliff' and 'the driver and his assistant' are too crooked to even save us.

Researcher claims that Israel experiments on its Palestinian prisoners, which causes cancers ~ link ~
The Israeli occupation forces have been accused by a Palestinian Researcher of carrying out "thousands of experiments on Palestinian prisoners every year" which have lead to an increase in the number diagnosed with cancer. The specialist in Palestinian prisoners' affairs, Abdul Naser Ferwana, himself a former prisoner of the Israelis, claims that "more than five thousand experiments using serious drugs put prisoners' lives at risk".

Iran launches Saeqeh fighter-bomber squadron ~ link ~ These jet aircraft look to be to be a major upgrade of the old F-5s that America sold the late Shah of Iran. They are no doubt new aircraft and better than the F-5s but they still appear to be at least 20 if not 30+ year old technology. No match for anything that Israel or America is about to throw at them.

French: Dubai assassins stole French identities ~ link ~ Netanyahu and his band of nuts are such screw ups that even the French government, headed by a neocon Zionist, is raising hell about the Dubai hit. I am telling you, Bibi and his Cabinet are very dangerous screw ups as they lead the world towards the Third World War.

Australia warns Israel over Dubai murder link ~ link ~
Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador on Thursday and delivered a stark warning on ties after three Australian passports were used by suspected Mossad assassins who murdered a top Hamas commander.

15 More suspects in Hamas murder probe ~ link

More fake UK passports in Mossad murder in Dubai ~ link

Anti-Gold Conservatives ~ link ~
Ron Paul for the first time in American history made the Federal Reserve an issue in a Presidential campaign. He called for the re-establishment of the gold standard. He warned that the FED would make bad policy decisions. Then the economy unraveled in late 2008, and the FED intervened to bail out the big New York City banks with fiat money and sweetheart deals. Paul was the right man (a 30-year critic of the FED) in the right place (the Web) at the right time (a Presidential election year and a monetary crisis). For Ben Bernanke, this was a perfect PR storm.

Tea Party recruits began their venture into politics with Ron Paul's message. They do not understand that the American conservative movement has generally been anti-gold and pro-fiat money throughout its post-World War II history. Here is why.

Time for a Broad-Based Antiwar Movement ~ link ~ For the last decade, with President Bush in office the peace movement has been politically left and Democratic leaning. The right-wing has been kept off the stage; as a result the antiwar movement does not reflect the breadth of American opposition to war. For too long the peace movement has been like a bird with only a left wing. It can barely fly and when it does it seems to go in circles. Perhaps a bird with two wings will fly better?

The Drive to Eliminate Social Security in America ~ link ~
The nonchalance which Friedman calls for cutting Social Security is indicative of the climate inWashington, where the last remnants of liberalism have been suffocated under the heavy demands of profit-hungry corporations, especially financial institutions and big banks. For political hacks like Friedman — and there are thousands of them — the ONLY solution to curing the U.S. deficit is cutting social services in general, while specifically targeting Social Security and Medicare.

"Bipartisan" Campaign Targets US Working Class ~ link ~
Obama has selected Democrat Erskine Bowles, a banker and former White House chief of staff in the Clinton administration, and Republican Alan Simpson, a retired senator from Wyoming, to head the new commission. It will have a mandate to propose major cuts in entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as regressive taxes such as a national sales tax or value-added tax, targeting working class consumers rather than the wealthy.

This reality is what underlies the increasing calls for “bipartisanship.” The financial aristocracy is demanding measures that are widely opposed by the American people and cannot be imposed through “normal” democratic means. Hence the demand that the two parties that serve the wealthy should drop their posture of mutual hostility and join forces against the vast majority of the population.

The failure of the Obama administration and congressional Republicans to reach agreement on the deficit reduction commission was a major reason given by Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana for announcing his retirement Monday after three terms. The 54-year-old Democrat withdrew from a reelection campaign for which he had already amassed $13 million, without giving advance warning of more than a few hours to either the White House or his Senate Democratic colleagues.

In his withdrawal statement, Bayh criticized both the White House and Senate Democratic leaders and called for greater efforts to reach agreement with the Republicans. Bayh has long stood on the right wing of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, voting with the Republicans more frequently than any other Democrat. Despite, or rather because of, this well-established right-wing position, Bayh was one of the top candidates to be Obama’s running mate in 2008, although he was passed over in favor of Joseph Biden.

Congressman Ron Paul Wins - video on Larry King Live ~ link

Billionaire Financier Jim Rogers: British Pound Could Collapse Within Weeks ~ link ~
“Other currencies aren’t strong and the Euro has real problems, with cracks much wider than Greece beginning to show,” Rogers said.

“But it’s the Pound that’s most vulnerable. In real terms, it’s already devalued against virtually every currency barring the Zimbabwean dollar and it’s especially exposed over the weeks running up to the UK election. In a basket of currencies, the Pound is potentially a basket case. And that will put Britain in an extremely bad position for the shakedown.”

“The last few months have seen a ‘false bounce’, shorn up by massive short-term injections of government underwriting,” Rogers, the former business partner of George Soros, said.

“But it can’t last. We’ve been applying temporary sticking plasters, not long-term cures. Later this year we’ll see the start of the real recession, with more Lehman-scale disasters and a fallout which won’t stop until the underlying malaise is genuinely cured.” he added.

It's Save Your Banks Week ~ link ~We are so screwed! It’s "Save Your Banker Week." Make a donation to your friendly bankster today. Call it a donation. Call it a deposit. Call it what you want. FDIC chairwoman Sheila (whose-side-is-she-on?) Bair calls it a way for Americans to invest in their own future by increasing their savings. Her agency has kicked off "America Saves Week." Well, it’s more like taking a loss while bailing out irresponsible bankers week.

With 700 US banks in dire financial shape, and all 8000 US banks essentially leaning on borrowed money for required reserves, FDIC chairman Sheila Bair wants Americans to put more money in federally insured savings accounts "to help families withstand sudden changes in their economic well being," as she says it.

America refuses to endorse UK sovereignty in Falkland Islands oil row ~ link ~ Washington refused to endorse British claims to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands yesterday as the diplomatic row over oil drilling in the South Atlantic intensified in London, Buenos Aires and at the UN.

Despite Britain’s close alliance with the US, the Obama Administration is determined not to be drawn into the issue. It has also declined to back Britain’s claim that oil exploration near the islands is sanctioned by international law, saying that the dispute is strictly a bilateral issue.

President of Brazil attacks United Nations over Falkland Islands stand-off ~ link ~ President Lula da Silva of Brazil today attacked the UN for failing to act on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and claimed its reticence was down to Britain's seat on the Security Council.

Speaking at the end of a regional summit in Mexico Mr Lula criticised the UN for not pushing more forcefully to reopen the debate.

British-Argentina row has strange link to big banks and debt swaps ~ link ~ Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Victorio Taccetti said: “The war option has been ruled out and they (the islanders) must not worry about that possibility.”

Ricardo Monner Sans, an anti-corruption champion, said that the Argentine government is facilitating the British control over Malvinas and other South Atlantic archipelagos, by having appointed Barclay’s Bank global coordinator of the debt swap. He added that Barclay’s has a stake in Desire Petroleum.
He also demanded that Economy Minister Amado Boudou be investigated.
“On October 16, 2009 — remarkably — little after having acquired a stake in Desire Petroleum, Barclay’s Capital Inc, together with its affiliate companies, presented the National (Argentine) State a proposal and financial terms and conditions for the reopening of a debt swap,” Monner Sans said in his court presentation, obtained by the Herald. “In only six days, by means of Resolution 267/2009, economy Minister Amado Boudou approved an accord whereby he appointed Barclay’s as global coordinator in the debt restructuring process, with the cooperation of Citibank and Deutsche Bank.”
He added: “The so-called debt restructuring last January involved a series of shocking institutional occurrences that led to the sacking of Central Bank governor (Martín Redrado), in the face of the demands from these banks that reserves be used as a warranty of the payment of the debt.
“We are facing a connection between the public debt swap and oil exploitation around Malvinas with the two-pronged intervention of Barclay’s Bank,” Monner Sans aid.
“Furthermore, Barclay’s, as ‘a non operating’ investor in Desire Petroleum, failed to report this condition to the Productive Oil Companies Registry that reports to the Energy Secretariat, precisely with the aim to prevent the activity of companies, partners, or shareholders in oil drilling on our continental platform without the necessary Argentine authorization.

Royal Navy intercepts Argentinian warship near Falkland Islands waters ~ link ~
Destroyer HMS York spotted the vessel around ten miles inside the disputed “oil zone” around the South Atlantic islands.

The British crew had to radio the Argentinian ship, a smaller corvette named ARA Drummond, to demand that it change its course.

South Atlantic: Britain May Provoke New Conflict With Argentina ~ link ~ I do not trust Gordon Brown on this, or for that matter his likely Tory successors. With a Third World War looming, it would be wise for Argentina not to let things be taken too far. It would not be in Argentina's interest to see itself suckered into a Latin American theater of WWIII. Also see: Rising Tensions .... ~ link

British Army Chiefs: More troops needed in Afghan War - Thousands of new British recruits needed ~ link ~ What is needed is a new set of major parties in the UK, ones that will not be controlled by the global banking cartel and Zionists. The British public does not want or need its blood being shed, and its money in a time of a very serious economic Depression being waisted, in some hell-hole war based on the lies of the False Flag 9/11 operation.

Afghan Resistance Against US Invaders ~ link ~ War is all about profit both economic and geopolitical/strategic. Those profiting from this war are not the people of the United States, or Britain, or any of the other NATO or other allies involved. The public needs to demand an end to this evil nonsense.
The new exit plan, so it goes, involves "clearing" all regions of Taliban -- US Marines call it "mowing the grass", acknowledging that as soon as they murder one group of resisters and leave, more pop up. The "new" strategy is to bring in ready-made Afghan administrators and police to create a prosperous, peaceful society once the "enemy" have been destroyed, "winning the hearts and minds" of the locals. "We’ve got a government in a box, ready to roll in," said chief honcho General Stanley McChrystal.

But wait a moment. Is it possible the invaders are the enemy? And who are these newly discovered Afghan officials? Are (famously corrupt) Afghan government officials and police nominally loyal to NATO forces, trucked in by the invaders, going to be welcome in remote villages as ready-made trusted representatives of the people? And wasn’t this precisely the failed policy the US followed in Vietnam ? This old "new" policy was what convinced United States President Barack Obama to go along grudgingly with the Pentagon’s demands to radically increase NATO force -- though on the condition that the whole operation be complete by next year. He clearly was given no choice in the matter, and his "ultimatum" was dismissed by US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates moments after Obama made it.

But Marjah is really just a microcosm for what the US is doing at this very moment around the globe -- waging a veritable war on the world, in Iraq, Pakistan, expanding into Yemen, Somalia, Iran, supplementing bombs and soldiers with militarised sea lanes, forward military and missile bases on every continent, encircling "enemies" Russia and China.

The process is merely accelerating as the US loses its traditional edge in the world economy, outpaced by China . It is the logical next step for a deeply illogical economic system. It can’t be repeated too often: the US is frantically trying to consolidate its sole superpower status militarily before it loses the economic war.

Bring Baroness Tonge Back Now Petition ~ link ~ Baroness Tonge was the Liberal Democratic spokesperson on health in the House of Lords. She was dismissed because she questioned Israel's actions. It was shameful to dismiss her, she is a great lady. I have signed the petition.

Mass-immigration into Britain part of secret government program to deliberately change ethnic composition of the country ~ link ~ That is a major policy change that was never discussed with the public.

Gordon Brown calls for inner-Labour Party peace ~ link ~
Gordon Brown called for peace yesterday after Chancellor Alistair Darling blew bullying claims up into a Cabinet row.

You ruined my life, a 'demented' Gordon Brown repeatedly yelled at Tony Blair ~ link ~ link ~ This article refers back to the Cash for Peerages scandal and the forcing of Tony Blair from office. Let me explain the inside story, here and now. Tony Blair, in desperate need of campaign cash for his Labour Party, attempted to sell Life Baronies for "donations" of over one million pounds each. This was a direct violation of the Honours (Prevention of Abuse) Act of 1925. Blair came up with the "defense" (as outlined by George Jones and Graeme Wilson of the Telegraph) that the peerages were "not honours" but nominations for "working peerages" in the House of Lords reserved for party nominees. This was the best legal defense that his legal team could come up with. My case blew this right out of the water, as attempting to extort money from me was something that clearly did - even by Blair's reasoning - involve Honours (several hereditary Scots peerage titles, a Nova Scotian/Scottish baronetcy, a Scottish clan chiefship, and several linked hereditary great offices-of-state and feudal titles). It was my case that allowed sufficient behind the scenes pressure to force Blair to make the choice of prison for himself and several close associates or a proper resignation and transfer of power to Gordon Brown. However, Jack Straw has still not allowed a resettlement-by-letters patent to eliminate the sexist rules of male primogeniture, that I have requested for succession to my families titles. This ties the existing Brown government into the Cash for Peerages scandal; I will not donate any sum to encourage Brown/Straw to 'do the right thing' and follow Scots Peerage Law, so they will not take the necessary legal steps and it has remained like this for well over three years now.

Leading UK law firm found in contempt of Parliament ~ link ~ Having studied English Law I found myself amazed that any solicitor would take the position taken by this firm. Where did they study law?

Below is a brief section of a House of Lords report that I receive. I suggest that the best way to remove the rodents infecting the Palace of Westminster (home of the UK Parliament) is to defeat them at the next election:

Palace of Westminster: Rodents


Asked by Lord Elton

    To ask the Chairman of Committees whether consideration will be given to acquiring a number of respectable cats to reduce the rodent population of the Palace of Westminster. [HL2039]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The possible use of cats, respectable or otherwise, to control the rodent population in the Palace of Westminster has been considered and rejected on a number of practical grounds. For example, the cats would ingest mouse poison when eating poisoned mice; there would be nothing to keep them in the areas

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where they are most needed, or to stop them walking on desks in offices and on tables in restaurants and bars; they can carry fleas and other parasites; and many people are allergic to cat hair. However, the Administration is taking a wide range of other control measures such as significantly increasing the number of bait boxes and traps, sealing mouse access points and intensifying the cleaning regime to minimise the presence of crumbs in the bars and food outlets. The age, construction and location of the Palace of Westminster are such that it will never be possible to eradicate mice entirely, but all appropriate measures are being taken to minimise the

Targeting Toyota: US Economic War Directed Against Japan ~ link ~ This is what I have been saying for some time, however, this article does not go into the geopolitical/strategic issues involved. Japan is being driven, and to some extent, is driving itself (under the new government) away from the post-war alliance with America into an alliance with China and South Korea (and Russia via its alliance with China).

The War on Toyota: Its All Politics ~ link ~ Japan's new liberal government is fighting deflation using the traditional methodology, by lowering interest rates and increasing fiscal stimulus. But that's not what Washington wants. Neoliberal policymakers and their buddies in the right-wing think tanks want "fiscal consolidation" which means harsh austerity measures that will deepen the recession, increase unemployment, and trigger a wave of defaults and bankruptcies. This is how western corporatists and bank tycoons keep their thumb on the developing world and thrust their economies into perennial crisis. It's the "shock doctrine" and it's been the IMF's modus operandi for over 20 years. Japan is being stuffed into a fiscal straight-jacket by supporters of the Washington consensus whose goal is to weaken government and accelerate the privatization of public assets and services.

The government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has "bolstered spending on social programs aimed at helping households......The powerful lower house of parliament approved a supplementary budget for the fiscal year that ends in March worth ¥7.2 trillion, or $80.3 billion, to help shore up the economy...And next year, government spending will grow further with a record trillion-dollar budget including ambitious welfare outlays. (New York Times)

Western elites will not tolerate economic policies which raise the standard of living for the average working slob. "Social programs" or "welfare outlays" are anathema to their trickle down, Voodoo capitalist orthodoxy. What they want is upward redistribution and class warfare. Regrettably, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has put himself at odds with US powerbrokers and is feeling the full measure of their wrath.

Italian PM Berlusconi buys Napoleon's antique bed ~ link ~ That this neocon jerk thinks Napoleon is his hero, shows what a sad excuse of a human being he really is. Napoleon, in his unnecessary wars to dominate Europe and North Africa, killed millions. Berlusconi, 73, has bought an antique fourposter bed that once belonged to his hero, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Half-empty Parliament chamber greets new Ukrainian president ~ link

Putin questions dealing of Russian Oligarchs ~ link ~
At issue are investments by the oligarchs in electrical generating companies. Under the terms of the privatization, they were to invest in building power plants or refurbishing existing sites with more fuel-efficient turbines, Mr. Putin said. The men could be fined if they fail to invest.

Then, in a comment ominous for its echoes of the arrest and imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man as owner of the now bankrupt Yukos oil company, Mr. Putin said reasons might arise to involve the prosecutors general in this dispute.

A Tale of Two Babies: Sarah Palin ~ link ~ This is a most interesting story with photos. It raises some very interesting questions. Take the time to read it if you can.

Explosive News ~ link ~
A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center.

"In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards," says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Mr. Gage, who is a member of the American Institute of Architects, managed to persuade more than 1,000 of his peers to sign a new petition requesting a formal inquiry.

He is particularly disturbed by Building 7, a 47-story skyscraper, which was not hit by an aircraft, yet came down in "pure free-fall acceleration." He also says that more than 100 first-responders reported explosions and flashes as the towers were falling and cited evidence of "multi-ton steel sections ejected laterally 600 ft. at 60 mph" and the "mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete & metal decking."

"Government officials will be notified that 'Misprision of Treason,' U.S. Code 18 (Sec. 2382), is a serious federal offense, which requires those with evidence of treason to act," Mr. Gage says. "The implications are enormous and may have profound impact on the forthcoming Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trial."

Beward of McCain's Freedom-Destroying Dietary Supplement Regulatory Bill ~ link ~ The American Congress, the best Congress that money can buy. Using the law to put real health providers out of business (or in prison) and protecting the evil crooks of Big Pharma and the like.

Transbiology ~ link ~ Scary but interesting.

Is Cloning Neanderthals Ethical? ~ link ~ No, and we 'are out of our league' using so much of the leading edge high tech biological tools and procedures available to us in this beginning of the second decade of the 21st Century. We do not know enough to be adequately predictive of advanced biological warfare and related technologies (which this is).

More Signals on H1N1 Wave 3 Start in USA ~ link ~ As I have said for some time, this virus is not yet done with the human race (nor are those that created it). Also see: High School Absenteeism Linked to H1N1 Wave 3 Start ~ link

Did Anthem Blue Cross manipulate data to justify massive rate hike ~ link ~ All my doctor friends comment on how money-centered American medicine has become.

Doctor's new blockbuster book documents those who have 'Died and Reached Boundary' ~ link ~
"One of the classic stories was a patient who told his doctor about his near-death experience in front of several nurses.

"When the patient finished telling his story, the doctor looked up from his clipboard and said, 'Don't think too much about it. It was just fantasy.'

"When the doctor left the room, the nurses closed in around the crushed patient and said, 'It's not fantasy. We hear about these events all the time from patients. Doctors like him live in fantasy. They never hear these because they don't listen to their patients."

Give your worries to God ~ link

Lamebook - Rebellion of the Stupid ~ link