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Ancient Scottish Barony Title for sale. There are about 100 Scottish feudal baronies that still exist; only a handful are from the very ancient Baronage of the Isles, as this one is. In a time of economic crisis, it pays to put some of your wealth into important artwork, properties, etc. of rare value. This is one of the most rare things that can be purchased and held. For sale at US$150,000 ~ link
Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band at Stirling Castle~link ~ Official site ~ link
Al Jazeera English Live Stream video ~ link
Gaddafi has lost it.... ~ link ~
Gaddafi has used bribes, blackmail and scare tactics, when necessary, to insure the tribes' loyalty to his regime [EPA]
The Sound and Fury: Downsizing Humanity ~ link ~This drought, like the drought in Russia and the Ukraine this last summer, was brought on by the global climate change caused by the BP Oil Disaster which killed the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico and seriously damaged the Thermohaline Circulation System (effecting even the atmospheric Jet Stream). There is good evidence to strongly indicate that the BP Oil Disaster was NOT an accident, but was a planned event (as totally crazy as that sounds). Stirling
The New York Times reported that the United Nations issued an alert on the 15th of February warning that a severe drought was threatening the wheat crop in China. “China’s grain situation is critical to the rest of the world—if they are forced to go out on the market to procure adequate supplies for their population, it could send huge shock waves through the world’s grain markets,” said Robert S. Zeigler. The state-run news media in China warned Monday that the country’s major agricultural regions were facing their worst drought in 60 years. On Tuesday the state news agency Xinhua said that Shandong Province, a cornerstone of Chinese grain production, was bracing for its worst drought in 200 years unless substantial precipitation came by the end of this month.
The severe drought in northern China has badly damaged the winter wheat crop and left the ground very dry for the spring planting, fueling inflation and alarming China’s leaders. China’s wheat imports have risen to 893,700 metric tons in 2009 and 1.2 million metric tons in 2010 from just 31,900 metric tons in 2008, according to figures from Global Trade Information Services, a data company in Columbia, S.C.
As we run the rapids down to financial and social oblivion we will not be able to trust the press to inform us with information to make appropriate decisions. The public will be deceived until the very end. Governments around the world are on the brink of collapse and there is no way to stop what is coming and what is happening.
Is it time to panic yet? There is never really a good time to panic but if a little bit of panic is what it takes to motivate you into action, go for it. Embrace some panic and then move your butts and prepare accordingly. “For what?” you might ask. “For everything!” I might say. With food shortages or food priced so high, it will take major funds that you will not have to eat satisfactorily.
“ People are in a panic, so they are buying more and more—at least, those who have money are buying,” said Conching Vasquez, a 56-year-old rice vendor who, one recent morning, sat among piles of rice at her large stall in Los Baños in the Philippines, the world’s largest rice importer. Her customers buy 8,000 pounds of rice a day, up from 5,500 pounds a year ago.
Defiant Libya ~ link ~ Deciphering the events on the ground in Libya is admittedly difficult. But we can be sure of one thing, the globalists want Qaddafi out and his defiance has conjured an almost tangible, rabid fit from the global-corporate elite whose future plans hinge on the domino effect they most assuredly started in Tunisia and Egypt with US-funded CANVAS, International Crisis Group ElBaradei, and the US-trained, funded, and directed April 6 Movement in Egypt.
Gaddafi daughter denies fleeing ~ link ~ Aisha Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi's daughter, has appeared on state television, denying a report she tried to flee to Malta.
Libya: 2,000 killed in Benghazi, 1,000 in Tripoli ~ link ~ Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gaddafi clamped down in Tripoli, with the sound of gunfire ringing in the air, while protesters who control much of the eastern half of Libya claimed new gains in cities and towns closer to the heart of Gaddafi's regime in the capital.
Protesters said they had taken over Misrata, which would be the largest city in the western half in the country to fall into their hands. Clashes broke out over the past two days in the town of Sabratha, west of the capital, where the army and militiamen were trying to put down protesters who overwhelmed security headquarters and government buildings, a news website close to the government reported.
Nervous China puts security apparatus into overdrive ~ link
Greece paralyzed by general strike ~ link ~
The strike has affected operations in hospitals and schools and has even resulted in the closing down of public administration offices.
Papandreou agreed to adopt austerity measures in return for bailout loans worth EUR 110 billion by the EU and the IMF last May.
Transport workers and leftist parties have been protesting the reforms approved by the parliament by engaging in massive strikes. Those on strike say they fear of privatization and the manipulation of their rights.
Last year seven general strikes were held in response to severe spending cuts ordered by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou's government. The cuts came in return for a 150-billion-dollar loan from the EU and the International Monetary Fund.
The cuts have led to Greece's deepening recession, putting to question the country's ability to meet its loan obligations.
Libyan pilots avert raid, crash plane ~ link ~ also see link ~ A Libyan military aircraft has reportedly crashed near the city of Benghazi after pilots refused to bomb peaceful pro-democracy protesters, reports say. The pilot and co-pilot had refused bombing orders and parachuted out of their aircraft in an uninhabited area. A Libyan daily says the plane had orders to bomb the city but the crew refused to carry out the deadly mission.
This comes after Libyan tyrant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi pledged to crush the popular revolution in the oil-rich country. The government has even used air raids to suppress persisting mass demonstrations. This is while government forces are losing grip on the country amid the ongoing revolution in Libya. Soldiers in the coastal town of Tobruk, which lies close to the Egyptian border, say Gaddafi's forces have lost control of the region. They say they no longer back the Libyan ruler. Protesters have over-run the eastern province of Cyrenaica. Meanwhile, military defectors in eastern Libya are reported to be mobilizing to defend the people against possible attacks by Gaddafi's forces.
Bahrain: Uprising Against the US-backed Regime Gains Critical Mass ~ link ~
'I won't pay' movement spread across Greece ~ link
What started as a small pressure group of residents outside Athens angered by higher highway tolls has grown into a movement affecting ever more sectors of society — one that many say is being hijacked by left-wing parties keen to ride popular discontent.
Gaddafi follows path of ousted dictators ~ link ~ The brutal response by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi against pro-democracy protestors in the country indicates his determination not to leave office without a bloody battle, but his moves follow the path that eventually led to ouster of two neighboring dictators.
In a televised address Tuesday from his residential compound that was bombed by US planes in 1986, a highly animated and yelling Gaddafi repeatedly called the protestors "rats" and warned them that they will be crushed and sentenced to the "capital punishment" for going against his rule.
But it was that realization that they face death and heavy reprisals that actually made demonstrators two weeks ago in Cairo's Tahrir Square more entrenched in their positions.
And like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Tunisia's Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, Gaddafi too cut off all communications in the country and used force against protestors.
In Tunisia and Egypt, that violent reaction in itself turned otherwise passive residents -- who weren't taking part in the protests initially -- against the governments in the two countries.
Violent reaction by the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt against the protestors in fact strengthened their calls from simple reform to complete change.
Instead of using thugs and hired muscle on horseback and camels, like Mubarak did against the Tahrir Square pro-democracy activists, Gaddafi employed foreign mercenaries and heavily armed militiamen, according to eyewitnesses.
7 Yemeni MPs resign over rising cruelty ~ link ~
The lawmakers, all from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling GPS party, criticized the Yemeni president on Wednesday for his harsh crack down on demonstrators that demand his ouster. The resignation, a political blow to the president, came after two university students were killed and many others wounded late on Tuesday in the capital after security forces attacked a pro-democracy protest near Sana'a University. "The people must have the right to demonstrate peacefully," said Abdulaziz Jubari, a leading parliamentarian who has resigned, as quoted by Reuters. Among those resigned are some major allies of Saleh and tribal leader Abdo Bisher, from the Sana'a region, as well as two other figures from southern Yemen.
Jubari also said the parliamentarians have sent a 10-point letter to the Yemeni president, demanding immediate reforms, including restructuring the army to make it more representative of Yemen's complex society and to aid a transition to democracy. The Yemeni President has described the pro-democracy protesters as "elements of a coup." Inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, massive groups of Yemeni protesters have recently taken to the streets in Sana'a and other major cities, demanding the ouster of Saleh. Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, has said that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He has also promised not to hand power to his son. He has also pledged to raise wages of government employees and to provide 60,000 job opportunities for university graduates.
Global Insurrection Against Neo-Liberal Economic Domination ~ link ~ I don't fully agree with this article. I believe that globalist/CIA/Mossad forces are taking advantage of deep anger in North Africa and the Middle East, and using social networking (planned out and begun in a New York City meeting in December 2008), to create chaos in the Muslin world as a key part of their plans for WWIII and the New World Order. Nevertheless the article has many good points and I urge my readers to take the time to read it all. Stirling
“A former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer. ‘Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,’ he said. ‘That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.’ I put down my notebook. ‘Just that?’ ‘That’s right,’ he said. ‘Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.’Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed securities — has ever been convicted. Their names by now are familiar to even the most casual Middle American news consumer: companies like AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate fraud and theft.”
Fed Dictator Bernanke Needs To Be Toppled“Fed boss Ben Bernanke is the most dangerous human on earth, far more dangerous than Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year dictator, ever was. Bernanke rules a monetary dictatorship… But this reign of economic terror will end. Just as Mubarak was blind to the economic needs of the masses and democratic reforms, Bernanke is blind to the easy-money legacy that’s set the stage for revolution, turning the rich into super rich while the middle class stagnates and peanuts trickle down to the poor.”
Hundreds back Facebook call for Saudi protest ~ link ~ It is NOT lost on the Arab ruling classes that the key social networking companies are owned and run by Jews/Zionists. There will be hell to pay for what is happening down the road. Stirling
US & EU to Buy Off Post-Revolution Governments with Billions in "Aid" (Taxpayers Money) ~ link ~ We are closing schools and firing teachers in America but we can still ship billions for the globalists whose lap dog America is. Stirling
Power and madness in Caesar Gaddafi ~ link ~
Currently, the people of Libya are faced with a complicated figure like Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who has brutally bombed public places and killed hundreds of his own countrymen.
The violent oppression of the people suggests Gaddafi is not willing to learn from history as he continues his struggle to maintain his grip on power.
In the recent upheaval in Libya, a large number of aircraft have reportedly fired at crowds of protesters in the city of Benghazi and Tripoli, launching one of the most violent mass killings.
In a televised conference, Colonel Gaddafi called protesters hooligans and said he would fight the people of Libya until the last bullet.
Gaddafi, who is regarded as the strangest leader in the Arab world, was born in the city of Sirte on June 7, 1942.
Gaddafi family jet denied Lebanon landing ~ link ~
The plane was transporting the Lebanese wife of Hannibal Gaddafi to her home country as pro-democracy protesters take control of nearly most parts of Libya. Several members of Libya's ruling family were also onboard the plane.
Moroccan single mother burns herself in protests ~ link ~ Horrible that the pool woman felt she had no way out of her predicament and resorted to this. Stirling
Algeria's state of emergency to be lifter 'imminently' ~ link ~
Worst Baltic ice since 1987 ~ link ~ There is a link between the BP Oil Disaster caused climate changes, food shortages, and rioting/revolution. Stirling
Greece: 30,000 attend mass rally, which turns violent ~ link ~ The Prime Minister of Greece, Papandreou, is under pressure to make even more cuts in the coming days and months. The austerity measures implemented last year are not viewed as enough to save Greece from bankruptcy.George
Death toll of revolt could be 1,000 - video ~ link ~ That figure is now thought to be much higher. Stirling
Breaking the siege of Gaza is high priority for Egypt's young revolutionaries ~ link ~ That will likely get real interesting! Stirling
Ahmed Bahaauddin Shaaban, one of the founders of the Egyptian Movement for Change (Kifaya), told the PIC, “We took part in a real battle pitting the Egyptian people against the corrupt regime, which was heavily entrenched. However, the Egyptian people were able to uproot it.” The people of Egypt have taken one step on a long road, said Shaaban, by overthrowing a dictator and his oppressive regime. “However, we still have a lot to do. We have a programme for democracy, social reform, and the creation of a modern, developed state. We have shaken the regime, as can be seen clearly in the fall of its corrupt symbols.”
Mr. Shaaban warned that the struggle will be long. “The fall of an oppressive dictator like Mubarak affects the entire regime structure but we will be able to deal with its remnants,” he said. “In the past few days we have defeated the most oppressive forces in the country – the Central Security Force and the State Security Force – which have vanished into thin air.” So, he added, has the former ruling party, the National Democratic Party, which had three million members.
New Zealand Earthquake: Rescuers refuse to give up hope ~ link ~
New Zealand Imposes Curfew as Christchurch Quake Death Toll Climbs to 75 ~ link ~ Police imposed a nightly curfew in some areas of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, amid concerns more buildings may collapse following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that killed at least 75 people.
Afghanistan: Obama's Dangerous Faux Pas ~ link ~
Israeli fire injures 13 Palestinians ~ link ~
MARCH on March 4th to Lit Gaza Blockade ~ link ~ also see this ~ link ~
Building on the momentum of the Egyptian revolution and the growing push for freedom and democracy by citizens throughout the region, a coalition of organizations and individuals from around the world are preparing for a march to Gaza on 26 February 2011. The coalition will gather in the Egyptian port city of Al Arish and form a caravan to make the 32 km journey to the Rafah Border Crossing, disembarking to march the final kilometer to the border of the Gaza Strip. The objective of the march is to enter the strip with the full cooperation of Egyptian military officials and peacefully demand the permanent end of the Egyptian blockade of goods, services and building materials to the territory.
US - South Korean war games provoke war ~ link ~
The exercises "prove South Korean warmongers are going crazier in provoking a war regardless of the people's desire for dialogue and peace," Pyongyang's government newspaper Minju Joson said on Wednesday.
"With South Korean warmongers' reckless war provocations, the inter-Korean relationship is worsening and the danger of war is increasing day by day," it said.
The newspaper added that the US-South Korea next joint military drill is due to take place despite Pyongyang's calls for dialogue.
The annual Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drill, starting next Monday and ending on March 10, will take place as tensions are still high in the Korean Peninsula after last year's deadly clash between the South and North Korean forces along the Koreas' disputed sea borders.
Col. John Alexander says UFOs are real, but denies government cover up ~ link ~ I have followed the career of this kinsman for years, he is a most interesting military officer. Stirling
Whether you believe or disbelieve the notion that UFOs are visitors from another planet, a former highly decorated military officer now comes forward with information that may infuriate those on both sides in the ongoing ET debate.
Retired Col. John Alexander, using his military savvy and high security clearance, spent a quarter of a century going through the top levels of the U.S. government and military searching for the group of people who were allegedly responsible for UFO information and the supposedly decades-old UFO cover-up.
His conclusions: Not only is there no such group and no cover-up, but disclosure about UFOs has already occurred on different official levels.
The 74-year-old former Green Beret A-Team commander and developer of weapons at Los Alamos, N.M., is one of many speakers presenting his views at this week's International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, Ariz. He takes issue with both true believers (who assume any strange light in the sky is from another planet) and hard-nosed skeptics (who debunk any and all UFO reports and evidence to the contrary).
Revolution Handbook for Americans ~ link ~ Take the time to read this all at the link. Stirling
The Attack on Social Security ~ link ~ The global banksters have effectively destroyed America's and the World's economies. The Fed has paid out something like $30 TRILLION to the crooks, and now they want to steal even the public's most basic safety nets. It is time that the American people get some smarts and some balls and stop this crap! Stirling
Inside the Wisconsin protests - video ~ link ~ Take the time to watch this short video! Stirling
Indiana Deputy Attorney-General: "Use Live Ammunition" Against Wisconsin Protesters ~ link ~ It appears that this fascist nut has been fired, as he damn well should have been! Stirling
Workers Rights: How to Win in Wisconsin and Beyond ~ link ~ The eruption of protests in Madison, Wisconsin against a rabidly anti-union Governor and legislature has become "ground zero" in a fight that, on the surface, appears to be labor unions vs. Republicans.
Digging deeper will reveal a conflict brewing for decades in American society that pits working people in general against an increasingly bold corporate sector. The side that wins the battle in Wisconsin will be empowered and the loser demoralized, affecting the morale of the fighters in the next state that erupts into open conflict.
One way workers in Wisconsin can strengthen their hand is by separating their so-called friends from their real friends. Everybody from President Obama to hordes of Democratic politicians have come out in support of the Wisconsin workers, which is fine. Unacceptable, however, is the motives of many of these politicians, which have hidden dangers for workers across the U.S. who are attempting to mount a defense of their livelihoods.
For example, the Democrats’ sudden pro-labor stance was based on the very specific attack by the Republican Governor in Wisconsin -- the elimination of collective bargaining rights for the various state and other public sector unions; the very foundation of the union's existence.
At the same time, however, Democrats all over the country are cooperating with Republicans in launching a massive attack on the wages and benefits of public employees, scapegoating them for the deficits caused by Wall Street’s recession and the corporate sector in general, the real "base" of the Democrats.
Wisconsin Gov. Walker whacks taxpayers with bill for Wackenhut after illegally asserting powers ~ link ~ The attack on collective bargaining rights is a case of using Austerity Fascism to go after union rights of the working class in America. That is a old Class Warfare battle. If all state government employees were fired, it would still not solve the economic mess that America is in due to the deliberate acts of the global banking cartel and their Federal Reserve! The dispute in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states is bullshit, it is "fighting over re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" (the dying American Middle Class and economy). We should be ending the Federal Reserve and throwing lots of Wall Street crooks and banksters into prison for many many years. Stirling
Liberty's Easy Slide into Tyranny ~ link ~
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Congressman Ron Paul exposes Israeli agent Nancy Pelosi - video ~ link ~ Take the time to listen to this short video, its a good one! Stirling
The US as National Security State ~ link ~
US economics: One big Ponzi scheme ~ link ~ The political right prefers to change the subject, while the left does not seem to have the time or energy to make economic justice its principal concern - even as polls show the economy is the number one problem for most in the US.
Where are the Baby-Boomer Nest Eggs? ~ link ~
Gone, gone with the wind! We have allowed the most evil forces on Earth to control our money supply, our politicians and governmental machinery, our future, our very lives. And guess what, they are taking full advantage of it to destroy us all.....this should not come as a surprise, but to way too many people, who do not even think about taking the time to learn what is really going on in this world, it is a shocker. Sad! Stirling
Public debt: Unsustainable and simply unplayable ~ link ~ Public debt has become a problem worldwide. What is becoming more and more evident is that it is unsustainable and simply unpayable. It could be compared to a giant Ponzi scheme. We see no meaningful debt reductions thus, government will have to raise taxes, which will further suppress the economy, or people and companies will be forced to buy such bonds, or perhaps pension and retirement funds will be seized to continue the game for a while longer.
Scottish First Minister backs Perth's city status call ~ link ~ Perth is my second favorite Scottish city, after Stirling. I remember when Stirling was in the running (successfully thank goodness) for the Royal award of city status and I wrote the Queen in favor of it and was interviewed by Scottish newspapers over it. In Scotland 'city' status is something that is very rare and is only given by the Sovereign. Stirling
Dangers of Genetically Modified Crops: The Destabilization of Agriculture, Health Hazards ~ link ~ Governments are being forced to protect farmers and citizens from genetically modified crops (GM crops) to combat biotech corporations’ stranglehold over farmers, and health scares from escalating pesticide use, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth International. 
Foxy photo ~ link
Superearth family planets, water-world Gliese 581c, etc. - video ~ link
Ligers - 11 Amazing hybrid animals ~ link
51 Free Tools to Stay Informed and Invisible on the Internet ~ link
Downtown Christchurch New Zealand photo from before the earthquake ~ link
The 'Cat in the Hat' On Aging ~ link
Extreme Sheep LED Art - video ~ link
10 Bizarre Locations & Unsolved Mysteries ~ link
Top 6 Underground Search Engines You Never Knew About ~ link
Our Amazing Planet: Top to Bottom - Land/Sea ~ link
Quantum Biology ~ link
The Lost Treasure of King Juba ~ link
Oak Island Treasure ~ link
The Megalithic Portal ~ link
8 Foods That Fight Fat ~ link
75 Natural Remedies For All That Ails You ~ link
Megiddo ~ link
Temple Mount ~ link
Stardust ~ link
Ten Canine Commandments ~ link
Ancient Inventions ~ link
Famous World Ideologies, as explained by references to Cows ~ link
Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way - video ~ link
The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego - video ~ link
Hummingbird UAV flies by flapping its wings - video ~ link