Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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What if the Constitution No Longer Applied? ~ link ~ Oh this is one that you really need to read.  Stirling     
Setting the Trap ~ link ~ Buried in the annual defense appropriations bill is a provision that would give the President the power to use the military to intern anyone – including American citizens – indefinitely, and hold them without charges or trial, anywhere in the world, including on American soil. The provision essentially repeals the longstanding Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the military from engaging in law enforcement on US territory – the greatest fear of the Founders. Approved by a Senate subcommittee in secret hearings, the provisions open the road to a military dictatorship in this country – and for that we can thank Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, who introduced the measure. Both the FBI and the Pentagon came out against the Levin-McCain monstrosity, and Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) introduced an amendment striking the provision: the amendment was defeated in the Senate, 37-61.
That the authoritarian strain in American politics is coming to the fore in this time of crisis should come as no surprise. Backed up against a wall, the ruling elite is baring its teeth, and the Constitution – which has long been a mere piece of moldering parchment rather than the law of the land – is easily disposed of. Our cowardly Congress, which lives only to advance special interests and line its own pockets, is hardly a bulwark against this onslaught: indeed, they are the source of it.

Senator Rand Paul defends American Citizens against Indefinite Detainment - video ~ link ~  Rand is doing what he can to protect Americans from the globalist criminals and their hired politicians.   Stirling      
Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead ~ link ~ America is sinking into Third World status more and more with every passing day.   Stirling     
Tracy Lawrence, Notary Public who blew the whistle on Massive Foreclosure Fraud - Found Dead ~ link ~
Lawrence also accused two loan officers of allegedly running the massive robo-signing scheme, saying they forged signatures on tens of thousands of default notices. Nevada now alleges that Gary Trafford, 49, of Irvine, Calif., and Gerri Sheppard, 62, of Santa Ana, Calif., directed their employees to forge foreclosure documents, notarize the signatures on the documents they had forged and file the fraudulent paperwork in order to begin foreclosures on homes throughout the county.

Trafford and Sheppard have been indicted on more than 600 counts of offering false instruments for recording, false certification on certain instruments and notarization of the signature of a person not in the presence of a notary public. Authorities are currently negotiating the terms of their surrender, KSNV MyNews 3 reported.

US Federal Judge John Roll Murdered: The Sheriff's Judge Who Upheld The Constitution And Reversed Congress ~ link ~ The lying mainstream news media spun the shooting by making Congresswoman Giffords as the main story and ignoring the Judge that was murdered.   Stirling       

During the hours following the Tucson tragedy, as the details slowly emerged and we learned that a relatively unknown congresswoman was seriously wounded and a federal judge had been among the six killed, many Americans wondered if there was a specific target and who that might have been. More importantly, why was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) getting all the ink while Judge John Roll remained virtually unnamed for a whole day? In this business, we at AFP long ago learned to read the white part of the newspaper.
We were in good company. Even Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul’s daily Internet news release was asking the same questions the following week. Next, former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack* came forward with illuminating information that none of us remembered: Judge Roll was one of the few “good guys” on the federal bench. He had ruled favorably in Mack’s case against the Brady Bill in 1994 when Mack had sued the federales for trying to force him and all the other sheriffs in America to do their work for them.

Please Do Not Disappear Me Dot Com ~ link ~ Americans no longer live in a democracy. The government can now legally disappear you into secret prisons. You can be tortures and held without trial never to be released. Even if Obama pulls a stunt and vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act, he has already said he has the right to secretly arrest and even kill Americans because he is the President of the United States. And the United States Senate is considering legalizing torture.

If we were registered with a list of other people who do not want to disappear, we could send a survivor to our local police department to register any Disappeared Ones as missing. Hopefully, the police in your area would be able to check with some Pentagon or Department of Homeland Security secret registries to determine if you are dead, being tortured or in a concentration camp.

A thought just occurred to me. How would we stop the government from disappearing us to make a profit? Suppose you own a business and your worthless nephew makes a deal promising $100,000 in bribes if they disappear you?

Moderation in Following the Constitution is NO VIRTUE ~ link ~ Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a victim of torture in the Vietnam War, is considered a moderate on issues relating to “war on terror” detainees. This time he has paired with a moderate Democrat, Carl Levin, chairman of that same committee, to insert in the 2012 defense authorization bill a provision requiring military detention only for al-Qaeda members who are suspected of planning or perpetrating attacks against the United States. The bill even allows the executive branch wide latitude in determining who fits into this category, provides it a waiver to hold such detainees in civilian custody if it serves the national security, explicitly authorizes the transfer of military prisoners to civilian custody for trial in federal courts, and makes it easier for the president to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo to the United States or foreign countries. In a bout of bipartisanship, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved these measures unanimously.

In these times of heated political rhetoric, such bipartisanship might appear refreshing to the public. Yet almost two and a quarter centuries since the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, the two parties often agree to measures that undermine or contravene the original meaning or intent of those documents. 

30 Signs that the United States of America is being turned into a Giant Prison ~ link ~ If you live in the United States of America, you live in a giant prison where liberty and freedom are slowly being strangled to death.  In this country, the control freaks that run things are obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do.  Nothing is private anymore.  Everything that you do on the Internet is being monitored.  All of your phone calls are being monitored.  In fact, if law enforcement authorities suspect that you have done something wrong, they will use your cell phone microphone to listen to you even when you think your cell phone is turned off.  In many areas of the country, when you get into your car automated license plate readers track you wherever you go, and in many major cities when you are walking on the streets a vast network of security cameras and "smart street lights" are constantly watching you and listening to whatever you say.  The TSA is setting up "internal checkpoints" all over the nation, Homeland Security is encouraging all of us to report any "suspicious activity" that our neighbors are involved in and the federal government is rapidly developing "pre-crime" technology that will flag us as "potential terrorists" if we display any signs of nervousness.  If you are flagged as a "potential terrorist", the U.S. military can arrest you and detain you for the rest of your life without ever having to charge you with anything.  Yes, the United States of America is rapidly being turned into a "Big Brother" prison grid, and most Americans are happily going along with it.

The sad thing is that this used to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave".

So what in the world happened?

A fundamental shift in our culture has taken place.  The American people have eagerly given up huge chunks of liberty and freedom in exchange for vague promises of increased security.

US Senate Considers Bill Authorizing More Torture ~ link ~ The same Senate which today passed a bill allowing indefinite detention of American citizens on American soil for suspicion of being terrorists is now considering a bill to repeal the prohibitions against torture:
The ACLU and over 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate asking them to oppose an effort in Congress that threatens to revive the use of torture and other inhumane interrogation techniques. If passed, an amendment introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) to the Defense Authorization bill would roll back torture prevention measures that Congress overwhelmingly approved in the 2005 McCain Anti-Torture Amendment, as well as a 2009 Executive Order on ensuring lawful interrogations. It would also require the administration to create a secret list of approved interrogation techniques in a classified annex to the existing interrogation field manual.
In a related development, republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann renewed her attack on the prohibition of waterboarding and other forms of torture ….
Glenn Greenwald pointed out last week:
Co-Sponsors of the National Defense Authorization Act: Bill DOES APPLY TO AMERICAN CITIZENS and COULD BE USED TO SEND THEM TO GUANTANAMO INDEFINITELY WITHOUT ANY TRIAL ON "SUSPICION" ~ link ~ This is the scariest piece of crap ever to come out of Congress!!!  Stirling     

While some have claimed that this is incorrect, and that American citizens would be exempted from the indefinite detention within U.S. borders authorized by the Act, the Committee chairman who co-sponsored the bill – Carl Levin – stated today in Senate debate that it could apply to American citizens. Levin cited the Supreme Court case of Hamdi which ruled that American citizens can be treated as enemy combatants:
“The Supreme Court has recently ruled there is no bar to the United States holding one of its own citizens as an enemy combatant,” said Levin. “This is the Supreme Court speaking.“
Under questioning from Rand Paul, co-sponsor John McCain said that Americans suspected of terrorism could be sent to Guantanamo.

In 21st Century America, Questioning War Is Considered Terrorism ~ link ~ This is another one that you should read all of at the link.   Stirling     

Fake Terror - The Road To War And Dictatorship ~ link ~  This is a 'Very Good One', please do take the time to read it at the link.   Stirling      

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Occupy UK: Mass strike bites Britain - video ~ link 
Nomi Prins: Banks are like "Government-Sponsored Mafias" - video ~ link ~ Good one!  Take the time to view this if you can.   Stirling   

Europe has Three Choices, including Collapse ~ link 1) "Fragmentation of the euro zone," in which the 17 member nations would go their own way, which he said would be "incredibly disruptive not just for Europe but also for the global economy."
2) "Full fiscal union," in which the nations adopt uniform financial reforms that would be more political in nature.
3) A "middle ground" in which a "smaller but stronger euro zone" emerges where as many as three countries default on their debt and exit the EU.

New Libyan Regime Sends 600 'Troops' To Fight In Syria ~ link ~ These are the same hired guns that NATO/Israel/globalists paid to help rape Libya.  There is NO popular uprising in is totally a foreign paid/led/equipped/staffed/organized/created mercenary army that is attacking Syrian troops in two small enclaves.   All the rest is bullshit propaganda to trick the public, once again, into supporting yet another war of aggression...however, this war will become the Third World War unless the "West" backs off.    Stirling    

Syria: NATO Genocide Approaches ~ link ~ This will NOT be like Libya!  A strike on Syria or Iran will trigger a General Middle East War which will involved WMD from almost Day One.  It will go global and will become World War Three...and that most certainly will be Global Genocide on the Human Race by the tiny .0000001% (the Global Banking Cartel) that is organizing it!  Stirling      

Blatant lies told by alleged "human rights activists" led to ignominious NATO-sanctioned brutality and ultimately brought BP, Shell, Total-sponsored Petroleum Institute representative, Abdurrahim el-Keib, into power in Libya. Now, these same corporate-financier interests, through their same networks of propaganda, duplicity and deception, are laying the ground work for a repeat performance in Syria.

It was just recently revealed that the UN Human Rights Council report regarding Syrian "crimes against humanity" was actually co-authored by Karen Koning AbuZayd, a director of the US Washington-based corporate think-tank, Middle East Policy Council, that includes Exxon men, CIA agents, US military and government representatives, and even the president of the US-Qatar Business Council, which includes amongst its membership, AlJazeera, Chevron, Exxon, munitions manufacturer Raytheon (who supplied the opening salvos during NATO's operations against Libya), and Boeing. The conflict of interest is so monumental it is only outdone by the corporate media's eager acceptance of the report and their complete negligence in airing the compromised backgrounds of those responsible for compiling it.

Questions to ask Zionists about a Middle East War ~ link ~ This is a very important article.  It speaks of fuel air explosives and the Middle East.  About 27 or so years ago, when I was a senior consultant to a very high tech aerospace design bureau in California, I had lunch with one of Israel's top generals and my friend (who was the CEO of the design bureau), just the three of us in Long Beach.  This was before the First Gulf War and the topic got around to Saddam's missiles (which the public called Scuds but were really resigned Scuds called the al-Hussine).  I told the general that the missiles could end up being far more dangerous then generally thought of at the time.  He said that the Israeli Air Force or the USAF could find them and take them out.  I said, no that they could not.  I told him to look around the restaurant that we were eating lunch in.  I said, "how many Scud type missiles and cruise type missiles could you hide here, and make the walls drop down or slide open, and have pre-surveyed launch positions read to go?  That you could roll them out and launch them in less than 10 minutes.  I said with some lead in the roof you could ensure that even the most advanced satellites could not find them.  He had to agree that if you were careful in placing them there, that they might be difficult to locate.  Then I explained that if Saddam was really smart (which he was not, it turned out, thank goodness) that you could use FAE (fuel air explosive) sub-munitions canisters instead of a standard 'dumb' warheads (normal high explosive warhead) and ripple-fire them using a grid system to place a large number of FAE bomblets over a city or major part of a city and lay-down a FAE 'brew' that would have the same PSI (pounds per square inch) explosive force as a standard NATO tactical nuclear warhead.  That scared the crap out of him.  Later I wondered if that had something to do with the baiting of Saddam to invade his neighbor and give the West an excuse to begin the First Gulf War.  In any case, the 50,000 to 60,000 rockets and guided missiles that Hezbollah has in Lebanon alone, not to count the large number of larger guided missiles that Syria and Iran have, could ...if fitted with FAE warheads... be far worse in their combined effect than the theoretical mass attack that I described over 25 years ago.  This topic is only part of what this highly important and excellent article covers...please do take the time to read it all at the link and pass it on to your friends.  Tim Earl of Stirling    
Do you even understand what a fuel air explosive is? All explosions and fires require oxygen. A fuel air explosive pulls its oxygen pulled from its surrounding atmosphere so a 500 pound (227 kilogram) fuel air bomb in a warhead is the same as a 2,000 pound (907 kilogram) conventional munition.

Iran has announced that if Israel attacks them or Syria, they will fire 150,000 missiles at Israel. The vast majority will act as a screen to allow thousands of fuel air explosives to hit targets in Israel. What will 2 or 3 thousand fuel air explosives do to a small country like Israel? What would happen to Israeli defenses after 200 of their largest bases ceased to exist?

What would be left of metropolitan Tel Aviv (Gush Dan) and its 3.2 million people if it were hit by 500 fuel air explosives? Hint: There are only 585 square miles (1,516 square kilometers) in Gush Dan which contains more than 42% of Israel’s population. Fuel air explosives cause massive damage to human organs to people on the fringes of the blast area. A follow up question would be: What would happen to Haifa metropolitan area and its million people if it were hit by 250 fuel air explosives?

The European Central Bank Fiddles While Rome Burns ~ link 

More violence in Kosovo: NATO tells troops to use live ammunition ~ link ~ NATO should get the hell out of there.   I have been to Serbia and personally met a number of senior officials/MPs/etc.  Frankly, the World was scammed by the globalists, who wanted the natural resources of Kosovo, into supporting the UN action there several years ago.  In many ways, Yugoslavia/Serbia/Kosovo served as a template for the current wars/coming wars involving NATO and the UN, such as the horror of Libya.   Stirling        

Escalation Around the Trans-Caspian Pipeline ~ linkThe developments around the Trans-Caspian Pipeline project supposed to provide an undersea energy supply link between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are about to reach a critical point. Brussels and Ashgabat are determined to go ahead with the construction regardless of the fact that as of today the Caspian states have failed to reach consensus on the status of the landlocked Caspian Sea, while Moscow and Tehran express opposition to the implementation of any energy transit projects before the existing legal disputes are resolved. 

Over the past year, the EU took a series of steps evidently meant to put Russia under greater pressure over the Trans-Caspian pipeline project. In line with the strategy, Brussels threatens to bloc Moscow's South Stream pipeline project. Last September, German diplomacy chief Guido Westerwelle visited Ashgabat to hold talks with Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and to attend the Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan - 2011 international exhibition. Westerwelle's visit – notably, the first one since the 2006 presidency change in the country – was prepared without publicity and announced only when the German foreign minister was already en route to Turkmenistan. The issues on the negotiating table were deeper EU-Turkmenistan cooperation, the situation in Afghanistan, and the plans for the Nabucco construction. Judging by Westerwelle's expressions of confidence that the talks over Nabucco would be successful and that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan would both join the partnership, his mission was to defuse the current discord between the two. 


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1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).
2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money, End the Fed
4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
7) End All Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland 

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich: Federal Reserve has captured control of our government - with videos ~ link ~ I like to take things to the ultimate control level.  Who controls the Federal Reserve and 98% of all the World's central banks?  The answer is the Global Banking Cartel families.  However, if you want to go another step forward, I would say ultimately it is Satan, as at least many if not all of these families are satanic to the core.  We no longer have a Congress or an Administration that is responsive to the citizens.  Further neither the Congress, the Executive Branch, nor much of the Judicial Branch (including the US Supreme Court) follows the US Constitution.  Stirling     

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a longtime advocate for reform of the Federal Reserve, is sharply criticizing the Federal Reserve today after Bloomberg news reported that the Federal Reserve secretly committed nearly $8 trillion in support to American and international financial institutions during the 2008 bailout. Kucinich recorded a video for his website before going to the floor of the House of Representatives to call upon Congress to reclaim its Constitution primacy over monetary policy.
Eurozone to collapse in 10 days or less - video ~ link ~ I am not sure that it will happen that quickly, but it does appear to be programmed to collapse soon.   Stirling     

The US Senate has COMMITTED TREASON - They voted to keep the "U.S.A. is a Battlefield" McCain/Levin bill - US Citizens can be detained without due process!!!  The Senators are terrorists against the US people now! ~ link ~ This is the worst piece of crap ever passed by the US Senate!  It trashes not only the US Constitution but everything that America has ever stood for, everything that generations of Americans for fought and labored for.  This takes the concept of being a worthless bought-and-paid-for political whore to a new lower than whale shit!  This bill will allow the heavy hand of fascist oppression to imprison any American for any reason (as long as the fascists in the government say it is connected to "terrorism") without any due process...that means they they can make things up and no matter how unsupportable the lie is, there will be no way to stop them imprisoning you, and using daily torture on you, for an indifferent period of years without any court appearance or trial or guilty verdict, etc., etc.  The American public has to stop this crap NOW or they will see 2012 as the first year of a totally fascist police state on a par with Nazi Germany or Communist USSR!  This is VERY SERIOUS folks.   Stirling  


Syria: Russia rejects Arms Embargo and repeat of Libyan Scenario ~ link Russia rejects any arms embargo imposed on Syria and Moscow would try to avoid a repeat of the Libyan scenario in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

After his meeting with Arab countries' ambassadors to Russia, Lavrov told a news conference that lessons should be learnt from the situation in Libya, where an embargo on arms supplies was "only applied to the Libyan army." "Groups, including those formed by citizens who penetrated to Syria from other states, have been actively supplied with arms," he said. "That is why proposals to introduce a ban on any arms supplies to Syria are quite unfair."

Think You're NOT Being Pimped for More Wars?  Think Again   ~ link 

Military Confrontation between Washington and Moscow?  Russian warships head for Syria ~ link The mission is set to start in early December, when the Admiral Kuznetsov begins its journey in the Barents Sea, accompanied by another vessel of Russia’s Northern Fleet, the heavy ASW ship Admiral Chabanenko. The group will then skirt the European continent from the west and enter the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar. Later, they will be joined by frigate Ladny of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. It will travel through the Bosphorus, with a stop-over in Malta’s Valletta.

Admiral Kuznetsov will be carrying eight Sukhoi Su-33 all-weather fighters, two Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters and several brand new Mig-29K fighters. The Mig fighters were built for India’s air force and are supposed to be “tested” during their first assignment.

Unlike American aircraft carriers, designed largely as floating runways, Admiral Kuznetsov is a heavily-armed aircraft-carrying cruiser. Its primary armaments, among others, are 12 long-range surface-to-surface anti-ship Granit cruise missiles, a six-gun short-range surface-to-air missile system Kinzhal, eight close-in air defense Kashtan gun-missile systems and two UDAV-1 anti-submarine systems.

Pakistan: US Attack on  Base Lasted 'Almost Two Hours' as Calls to Stop Were Ignored ~ link ~ Hell of a way to treat a friendly power, and a nuclear armed one at that.  Stirling     

Questions continue to grow over the Friday night US attack on a Pakistani military base today, with new reports coming out of Pakistan saying that the air attacks against the base lasted for almost two hours.

The Army statement says that the base repeatedly broadcast calls for a ceasefire over the course of the two hours and that those calls were repeatedly ignored, with the attack, carried out by warplanes and helicopters, killing 24 soldiers.
Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistani Army’s chief spokesman, termed the attack a “deliberate aggression” by NATO and angrily rejected the new claims that the Pakistani army had started it.

Pimco's Four "Iran Invasion" Oil Price Scenarios: From $140 To "Doomsday"  ~ link ~ A General Middle East War will totally destroy what is left of the global economy!!!   Stirling     

Pimco's Greg Sharenow has released a white paper on what the Newport Beach company believes are the 4 possible outcomes should Iranian nuclear facilities be struck as increasingly more believe will happen given enough time. The conclusion is sensible enough "Whenever the global economy is in a fragile state, as it is today, geopolitical concerns such as the possibility of a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities become much more exaggerated. Although we cannot (and will not) predict whether an attack is imminent, or even likely, our experience and research tells us that any major disruption in the supply of oil from Iran could have either subtle or profound global repercussions – especially as excess capacity is virtually exhausted and we doubt that other OPEC nations would be able to compensate for a reduction in Iranian oil production." As for those looking for numbers associated with the 4 scenarios presented by PIMCO here they are: "i) Scenario 1: Exports minimally effected. Concerns would drive initial price response; Oil could spike initially to $130 to $140 per barrel and then settle in a higher range, around $120 to $125; ii) Scenario 2: Iranian exports cut off for one month. In this case, we would expect prices could reach previous all-time highs of $145/bbl or even higher depending on issues with shipping; iii) Scenario 3: Iranian exports are lost for half a year. We think oil prices could probably rally and average $150 for the six months, with notable spikes above that level; iv) Scenario 4: Greater loss of production from around the region, either through subsequent Iranian response or due to lack of ability to move oil through Straits of Hormuz. This is the Armageddon scenario in which oil prices could soar, significantly constraining global growth. Forecasting prices in the prior scenarios is dangerous enough. So, we won’t even begin to forecast a cap or target price in this final Doomsday scenario." Needless to say, even the modest Scenario 1 is enough to collapse global economic growth by several percentage points to the point where not even coordinated global printing will do much.

Article sheds light on the Fabrication of Charges against Strauss-Kahn ~ link ~ If they (NYPD) can do that to the then Chairman of the IMF, what do you think that the Feds can do to any normal person under this coming 'imprisonment without any chance of trial for up to life' bill that the US Senate just passed!   Stirling     

A lengthy article by long-time investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of Books, sheds new light on the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, last May in New York City on bogus rape charges.

The article suggests that the arrest may have been the product of a sting operation mounted with the knowledge of top French government officials, including the chief intelligence adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Strauss-Kahn was at the time the frontrunner for the presidential nomination of France’s Socialist Party (PS) and was leading Sarkozy in the polls for next year’s election. His arrest led to his resignation as IMF managing director and the selection of PS chairman Fran├žois Hollande, a weaker candidate, as the party’s presidential nominee.

GOP Set to Self-Destruct ~ link ~ Every blessed once in a great while, all artifice is stripped away, rhetoric collapses under the weight of its own absurdity, and we get to see things as they really are. Such will be the case later this week when the Senate tries to vote on extending the payroll-tax holiday. The Republicans will oppose it—that is to say, the Republicans will support a tax increase on working Americans. And why? Because the Democrats want to pay for it with a small surtax on the very top earners. So the choice couldn’t be more direct: which is more important, giving the middle class a tax cut or protecting those who make more than $1 million a year? Republicans are making it clear. This vote alone should destroy them.

The facts: The Social Security payroll tax comes to 12.4 percent of an employee’s salary—employers and employees each pay 6.2 percent. The money goes into the Social Security Trust Fund and finances benefits. At the end of last year, the Obama administration, in exchange for temporarily extending the Bush tax rates on all income levels, got Congress to agree to a one-year 2 percent payroll-tax holiday for employees, down to 4.2 percent. For a $50,000 earner, that meant paying $1,000 a year less in payroll taxes. It was agreed in that law that the holiday would cost the Social Security Trust Fund nothing—the depleted revenue would be replaced out of the general treasury. So the holiday adds to the general deficit but does not affect the trust fund.

Obama is provoking China into a trade war says expert ~ link ~ Many American analysts have applauded Obama`s aggressive stance, saying his forcefulness is smart because the Chinese only respect power. In a way those analysts are right: China respects power.

But many in China do not view Obama`s recent assertiveness as a display of power but weakness. They view the President as desperate to find scapegoats to get votes in next year`s 2012 presidential election.

Is 'miracle' cure for diabetes simply healthy eating?  Low-calorie diet reverses disorder in just four months, say scientists ~ link ~ Type 2 diabetes could be reversed in just four months by simply following a low-calorie diet, a study has revealed.

According to the research, people who reduced their calorific intake in their daily diet experienced a far greater improvement in the condition - and their health in general - than any medication offered.