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"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." -- Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, about Chile prior to the CIA overthrow of the democratically elected government of socialist President Salvadore Allende in 1973

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November 1, 2008

Nov 01 01:42

George Bush Will Soon Be Free To Do Just What He Wants

We are about to enter the twilight zone, that strange black hole in political time and space that appears no more than once every four years. It is known as the period of transition, and it starts a week from today, the time when the United States has not one president but two. One will be the president-elect, the other George Bush, in power for 12 more weeks in which he can do pretty much whatever he likes.

October 31, 2008

Oct 31 23:32

Trick or Treat. Do you spook easily?

Matt Drudge is touting the results of a one-day sample in a Zogby poll, which apparently showed John McCain ahead by 1 point.

There are a couple of significant problems with this.

Firstly, there is a reason that pollsters include multiple days of interviewing in their tracking polls; a one-day sample is extremely volatile, and have very high margins for error.

Secondly, the Zogby polls have been particularly volatile, because he uses nonsensical party ID weightings, which mean that his weighting process involves making numbers doing naughty things that they usually don't like to do.

Oct 31 23:27

Oprah Opts For Early-Voting, Has Voting Booth Meltdown (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey announced on her live show Friday that she took advantage of Illinois' early-voting laws and voted Thursday in Chicago — but not without a voting booth scare and near emotional meltdown.

"I was worried that there's gonna be such long lines, and I have a live show," Winfrey said, justifying her decision to vote early.

She waited 72 minutes to vote, only to have a near-meltdown in the booth.

Oct 31 23:14

Anger at deal that safeguards bonuses

After resisting the urge to join the government bailout of banks, Barclays has secured a rescue package from oil-rich investors from the Middle East – a means of raising capital without jeopardising the multi-million pound bonuses that some of its staff will earn this year.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Oct 31 23:11

SAS chief quits over 'negligence' that killed troops in Afghanistan

The commander of SAS special forces in Afghanistan has resigned amid fresh controversy over the equipment available to British troops fighting the Taliban, it was reported last night.

It is believed that Major Sebastian Morley decided to quit over the deaths of four of his soldiers who were killed when their lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover hit a landmine in Helmand province earlier this year.

Oct 31 21:22

Long lines, glitches greet early voters

Four of the five computers that check voter registrations crashed Thursday night at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta, leaving more than a thousand people waiting long after the official closing time of 7 p.m. Hundreds were still in line at 11 p.m. as Atlantans watched them on the city’s late news broadcasts.

“This may be one of many places that this will happen,” said Lisa Borders, president of the Atlanta City Council. “The system is not adequate to accommodate the numbers of people that are going to be voting.”

Oct 31 20:55

Karl Rove: Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote

The last national poll that showed Mr. McCain ahead came out Sept. 25 and the 232 polls since then have all shown Mr. Obama leading. Only one time in the past 14 presidential elections has a candidate won the popular vote and the Electoral College after trailing in the Gallup Poll the week before the election: Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Oct 31 20:40

Coastal Maine tide change a mystery

Meteorologists are baffled by rapid tidal changes along the Maine coast, which damaged some boats and piers.

Witnesses say low tide turned and became high within a matter of minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The changes occurred six or seven times. The National Weather Service says reports from several locations indicated that water levels fell and rose from 4 feet to as much as 12 feet during the event.

In a public information statement, the weather service says the cause "remains a mystery and may never be known."


Oct 31 20:37

ABC's 20/20 Not Seeing Clearly on Electronic Voting Machines

I was amazed and then dismayed tonight to see a segment on ABC's 20/20 that began by pointing out the problems with electronic voting machines. Here's the text version.

Oct 31 20:34

Hot Air And Grasping At Straws

Briebart today ran an AFP article with the misleading headline "US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain". I say misleading because it mentions in its first few paras exactly three Iraqis who prefer McCain - and in its last paras mentions two who prefer Obama.That's hardly all or even a representative sample of all Iraqis. That hasn't stopped a couple of rightwing bloggers grasping at straws - including Ed Morrissey, who continues his downward spiral of judgement at Hot Air and who I don't think would ever have linked such thin gruel at Captain's Quarters.

Oct 31 20:32

Watch out for bad Choco-coins

Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, made by Sherwood Brands, have just joined the ever-expanding list of recalled, made-in-China products containing the contaminant melamine.

Oct 31 10:16

D.C. Madam Crime Scene Photos Available

"CLEARWATER - A judge ruled today that it's OK for the public to see but not publish crime scene photos from the Tarpon Springs mobile park where the woman known as the "D.C. Madam" hanged herself.
"While the photographs are public record and should be able to be reviewed … they should not be able to be duplicated or published," Circuit Judge Linda R. Allen said in her ruling."

I understand respect for the family but I think that it is in the interest of the public and also Deborah Palfrey that we have oversight so we can all make sure our investigators are doing their job.


Oct 31 10:03

When trees grew in Antarctica

Trees that grew in Antarctica millions of years ago had a growth pattern much different than modern trees, according to a new fossil study reported during the Geological Society of America meeting.

Oct 31 09:43

NOAA: U.S. breaks or ties 115 cold and sets 63 new snowfall records

Of course many of you that live in this weather already know this, but there is an early start to winter this year, not only in the USA, but also in London, where it snowed in October for the first time in over 70 years.

So far, no mention of this broadly distributed U.S. record event in the mainstream media. There are a few individual mentions or record lows in Florida. See this Google News search.

Oct 31 09:04

The Bush gang is looting America on its way out

Rather than open plunder, it prefers bureaucratic instruments, such as "distressed asset" auctions and the "equity purchase program". But make no mistake: the goal is the same as it was for the defeated Portuguese - a final, frantic looting of the public wealth before they hand over the keys to the safe.

Oct 31 06:11

CIA officers could face trial in Britain over torture allegations

Senior CIA officers could be put on trial in Britain after it emerged last night that the Attorney General is to investigate allegations that a British resident held in Guantanamo Bay was brutally tortured, after being arrested and questioned by American forces following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.

The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has asked Baroness Scotland to consider bringing criminal proceedings against Americans allegedly responsible for the rendition and abuse of Binyam Mohamed, when he was held in prisons in Morocco and Afghanistan.


Oct 31 06:10

We’re All Bankers Now. So Why’s the A.T.M. Still Charging Us $2?

As shareholders, we were going to suggest that the top executives of the banks forgo end-of-year bonuses, but Andrew M. Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, was ahead of us. He sent a letter on Wednesday to nine big financial institutions asking for information about their plans in this regard. It doesn’t guarantee that mega-bonuses are finished. But, really, why should we give a dime to executives who had to come to us hat in hand? Better to give an extra buck or two to the guy in the subway with an outstretched plastic cup.

Oct 31 05:54

Latest CBS News/New York Times poll has Obama with 11 point lead over McCain

With less than one week until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains a clear lead over John McCain in the presidential race, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests. The Democratic nominee now leads his Republican rival by 11 percentage points, 52 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters nationwide.

Oct 31 05:47

Poll: Obama pulls away in NJ

A new poll says Barack Obama has opened up a commanding 18-point lead over John McCain in New Jersey.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University-PublicMind poll of likely voters released Friday gives Obama 53 percent to McCain's 35 percent.

Oct 31 05:42

NASA regains contact with Mars spacecraft

NASA's Phoenix Mars spacecraft regained contact with Earth more than a day after falling silent, but its days operating on the red planet are still numbered, mission managers said Thursday.

Waning sunlight and a dust storm this week drained the lander's power, forcing it to go into safe mode. It failed to respond to two wake-up calls from Earth but sent a signal late Thursday when the orbiting Odyssey spacecraft passed overhead.


Oct 31 05:40

A handshake can give you a cold

Infectious diseases can be spread many ways. While having someone sneeze or cough on you is an obvious problem, what you may not know is that shaking hands with someone who has an infectious disease can transmit the disease to you as well. That person may cover their mouth or nose when sneezing. When they later shake your hand they may then be spreading that infection to you through the handshake.

Oct 31 05:33

26.3 Million Watch Obama's Prime Time Segment (That's a Lot)

It's not my area of expertise, but these seem like pretty good ratings for a half-hour infomercial in prime time.

The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.

Obama's simulcast is the first to be aired by a presidential candidate since Ross Perot ran a political telecast on Election Day in 1996. That program was watched by 16.8% of all households nationwide. [...]

Oct 31 05:27

Advocates Warn 31 States They Could Lose Votes

Three voting rights organizations are urging election officials in 31 states to verify the vote counts on one commonly used voting machine -- made by Premier, formerly Diebold. They say county officials need to use calculators on Election Night to ensure the machine's tabulations are accurate.

Oct 31 05:21

Sorry America, but you are not #1


Oct 31 05:07

Financial Crisis: Looking beyond the Hyperbole

Government statistics have been manipulated for years to give a rosy impression of the economy , inflation figures are manipulated via the consumer price index which systematically leaves out the most expensive elements such as food and energy.Selective data is used to paint a picture they want you to see. If you take a look at the graphs below,you get a different picture and one that shows that the economy has been headed down for quite a while.

October 30, 2008

Oct 30 21:46

FLASHBACK: Was Paul Wellstone Murdered?

Oct 30 21:30

Paulson's Swindle Revealed

The swindle of American taxpayers is proceeding more or less in broad daylight, as the unwitting voters are preoccupied with the national election. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson agreed to invest $125 billion in the nine largest banks, including $10 billion for Goldman Sachs, his old firm. But, if you look more closely at Paulson's transaction, the taxpayers were taken for a ride--a very expensive ride. They paid $125 billion for bank stock that a private investor could purchase for $62.5 billion.

Oct 30 12:54

McCain Leads in Israeli Absentee Voting

Polls, carried out and analyzed by Keevoon, a Jerusalem-based research, strategy and communications firm, indicate that 76% of the polled voters in Israel said they voted for John McCain, with 24% stating they cast their ballot for Barack Obama.


Oct 30 11:21

A Question for A.I.G.: Where Did the Cash Go?

The American International Group is rapidly running through $123 billion in emergency lending provided by the Federal Reserve, raising questions about how a company claiming to be solvent in September could have developed such a big hole by October. Some analysts say at least part of the shortfall must have been there all along, hidden by irregular accounting.

“You don’t just suddenly lose $120 billion overnight,” said Donn Vickrey of Gradient Analytics, an independent securities research firm in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Oct 30 11:16

Deep Thought

Obama can go on TV for 30 minutes and not mention John McCain even once.

No way would the reverse be true.

Oct 30 09:52

Don’t tell my mother I work at the White House. She thinks I play the piano in a whore house.

by William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

Oct 30 09:51

Deafness is the new scourge of British troops in Afghanistan

Hundreds of soldiers are returning from Afghanistan suffering from severe and permanent damage to their hearing because of the overwhelming noise of intense combat.

Nearly one in ten soldiers serving with one regiment have hearing defects that could bar them from further frontline service and affect their civilian job prospects, The Times has learnt.

The number of hearing injuries is one of the untold stories of Britain’s military campaigns, evoking comparisons with the thunder of battle in the two world wars and the Korean War.



Lockerdome
Oct 30 08:57

Sarkozy and the voodoo doll

There is never any respite with Nicolas Sarkozy. When France's president is not touring the world to save it, he's threatening to sue journalists or publishers for lèse majesté. Unlike any French president before him, he hasn't understood that universal suffrage has elevated him above all parties and trite bickering. In fact, Nicolas Sarkozy remains what he always was: a business lawyer. Little did he expect though, when he sued a publisher for commercialising a voodoo doll representing him, that a judge would rebuke his demand.

Cynical bastard

I wake up every morning and ask myself the same question, "Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill"
----Cypher from the movie "The Matrix"

Andy and Larry Wachowski did a marvelous job with this movie in which everyone, everyone, except those whose minds had been "freed", are caught up in a world of make-believe, a vast illusion, where everything they perceive is a carefully orchestrated lie.

What a relevant and timely commentary The Matrix is on our society today.

Oct 30 07:13

Problems loom with 'save later' attitude

YOU have the world at your feet in your 20s. The biggest thing going for you is your age but the world is changing and an economic downturn is imminent.

It's a downturn most twentysomethings - those in Generation Y up to age 30 - have never seen after 17 years of economic growth and prosperity.

Oct 30 07:07

Secetary of State Mark Ritchie alerts public to voter intimidation

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today (Wednesday, Oct. 29) held a news conference to alert citizens to voter intimidation tactics occurring in Minnesota.


Oct 30 06:59

Stock Market heads for the Twilight Zone again

Investors, as a direct result of lower interest rates which reduce the cost of borrowing money, are now quite happy to balance the scales of Risk and investment cost. "Safe havens" are now seen as too safe and not able to generate the giant profits that they are running after. But in their quest for profit, they are about to restart the game which blew up in their faces quite recently.

Oct 30 02:43

U.S. Army creates next wave of hijackers...

They hate us for our freedoms huh? Read THIS BBC ARTICLE and see if you can tell me where I can find some fanatical fighters to become future terrorists that hate the United States?

October 29, 2008

Oct 29 22:46

The Bailout in Graph Form

Oct 29 22:14

Must We Obey Interior Design Regulations?

The idea that the state has the legitimate authority to tell people whether they can or cannot recommend shades of paint without a license is a moral absurdity. Laws and regulations like these are not laws and regulations we have a duty to obey. If anything, as Schaeffer might argue, we have a moral duty to disobey them.


Oct 29 21:57

Banks To Us: "Thanks For The Cash - Now Fu*# Off, Suckers"

Remember the $700B that was *desperately* needed so the banks could loan it? Well, the banks took the cash, but they're holding on to it instead of loaning it - and they're not ashamed to say so.

From today's NY Times: Loans? Did We Say We’d Do Loans?

Oct 29 21:24

Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution

All of this legislation -- merely tips of an unconstitutional Big Government iceberg -- is so obviously in conflict with the plain words of the Constitution that one wonders how Congress gets away with it.

Oct 29 19:19

Poll: Obama doubles lead in Colorado, gains in electoral map

Call it the Rocky Mountain road to the White House.

CNN's new Electoral College map shows Obama leading in several GOP-leaning states.

In a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday, 53 percent of likely voters questioned say Obama is their choice for president, with 45 percent backing Sen. John McCain. That 8-point lead for Obama is double the 4-point advantage he held in a similar poll two weeks ago.

Oct 29 19:13

Obama: "I'm Sorry To See My Opponent Sink So Low"

On the trail today in North Carolina, Barack Obama will hit back at McCain's efforts to paint him as a closet socialist, tightening the "desperate McCain attacking to avoid real discussion of the economy" frame in a particularly memorable way.

From the prepared remarks:

We've tried it John McCain's way. We've tried it George Bush's way. It hasn't worked. Deep down, Senator McCain knows that, which is why his campaign said that "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."


Oct 29 15:37

What Is the True Story of McCain’s Wartime Experience?

As we approach the end of an astonishing campaign season, one thing grows clear: John McCain’s campaign has suffered a string of disastrous decisions. These mistakes have overwhelmed even the campaign’s trump card—its image of John McCain as war hero. And not just an ordinary war hero but one who was captured by enemies, imprisoned near death, and “resurrected” to return home with visible wounds that marked his sacrifice.

Oct 29 15:20

Washington dissatisfied with Baghdad

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Maria Appakova) - Iraqis have once again not lived up to U.S. expectations.

The Iraqi Council of Ministers decided to introduce new amendments to the draft of the U.S.-Iraqi strategic partnership agreement concerning the possible withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

This will inevitably result in resumed U.S.-Iraqi talks, despite the fact that recently both parties stated that they had reached a compromise that was to be officially adopted only.

Oct 29 14:58

Suspected Georgian war crimes uncovered by the BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that it has obtained evidence suggesting that Georgia may have committed war crimes during its attack on South Ossetia in August. The BBC says it gathered the evidence during the first unrestricted visit to South Ossetia since the conflict.

Describing Georgia’s military assault as ‘reckless’, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he had raised the ‘war crimes’ allegations with the government in Tbilisi.

Oct 29 14:42

Analysts Question Timing of Syria Raid

A cross-border raid into Syria by U.S. forces in Iraq and subsequent stonewalling by U.S. officials unwilling to divulge details have led to rampant speculation among U.S. analysts about the origins and meaning of the attack.

"So the question is: Why?" wrote geo-strategic analyst and journalist Helena Cobban on her blog, wondering if the raid could have been pulled off without explicit permission from the highest levels of the President George W. Bush administration.


Oct 29 13:49

Syria’s fury is justified — Who can blame Damascus for getting cosy with Moscow?

The US has once again “targeted foreign fighters” as part of its so-called war on terror. But these “fighters” were all Syrian civilians, including four youngsters. Another five individuals have been hospitalized after being shot by US Special Forces.

Washington has admitted perpetrating this tragic incident but insists the victims were terrorists just as it does when its fighter jets illegally cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and end up wiping out entire families. Syria describes the adult victims as construction workers.

Oct 29 11:29

The Domestic Enemy

Today, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has instructed his forces to be on high alert during the US elections.
Private security firms (Blackwater ?) have also been engaged for these activities. The argument behind the move is the threat of Islamic fundamentalists attacking US infrastructure to influence the outcome of the election.

Oct 29 10:06

Track the Electoral Vote

This website tracks the latest polls state by state and updates the totals daily. According to this site Obama has a 10+ percentage point lead in enough states to give him 264 of the 270 electoral votes needed to wing the election. Coupled with strong recent results in Ohio and Colorado, it looks like this election is a done deal.


Oct 29 09:16

Gulf Bank's chairman submits resignation after derivatives losses

Gulf Bank, Kuwait's fifth largest lender by market value, said yesterday that its Chairman Bassam Al Ghanim resigned after the bank suffered losses from derivatives trading.

Oct 29 09:13

Alan Greenspan should have stuck with the clarinet

Long before he ever dreamed of becoming Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan played the clarinet and soaked up Rand's philosophy of radical individualism and laissez-faire capitalism. Rand believed that one's own happiness is the highest value and rational self-interest a moral imperative.

Oct 29 09:09

World According to TARP No Laughing Matter for U.S.

The financial crisis exacerbated by credit derivatives is costing so much to fix that speculators are now using those same instruments to bet on governments as the price tag for bailing out banks approaches $3 trillion.

Oct 29 09:06

Car dealers hit by sales decline, weak economy

Auto retailers swung to quarterly losses in the third quarter, beaten down by the decline in U.S. car sales, tight consumer credit, and a weakening U.S. economy as well as hurricane-related damages.



Pixfuture
Oct 29 09:02

GMAC seeks bank status for rescue funding

GMAC, the auto finance and mortgage company, is seeking to become a bank holding company in order to access the government's $700 billion financial rescue plan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Oct 29 07:53

Overhauling the US voting system

Way back in 1789, the framers of the US constitution were a bit nervous about "democracy". They decided to put a buffer between the people and the position of highest power. Back then, our framers thought democracy was a dirty word, the rule of the mob. They thought the electors would be the most sophisticated and well-informed. Nowadays, the electors have no power at all - they are usually party officials who get to go to Washington a few weeks after the election just to "certify" the result.

Oct 29 00:38

American Hegemony Bites The Dust

The New American Century lasted a decade. Financial crisis and defeated objectives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia brought the neoconservative project for American world hegemony crashing to a close in the autumn of 2008.

The American neoconservatives are the heirs of Leon Trotsky. Their dream of American “Full Spectrum Dominance”--US military and economic superiority over any possible combination of states--is matched in ambition only by the early 20th century Trotskyite dream of world Communist revolution.

October 28, 2008

Oct 28 21:56

Judge rules Ohio homeless voters may list park benches as addresses

It's a good thing too. With the economy imploding there are going to a lot of people living on them...


Oct 28 19:02

Jesse Ventura on 911 - A Discussion with Alex Jones

This is just one of several segments on "the Tube" but all worth checkin' out - I have to say that Ventura is one helluva' spokesman for the truth movement because he speaks in common sense terms and really gets to the heart of the matter. I no longer wonder why he isn't covered more by the mainstream media - they can't have him on because the questions he is asking are so obvious.

Oct 28 17:49

ALERT!! Confusing North Carolina Ballot Leaves off Votes for President!!

Please contact ALL your friends and family in North Carolina and alert them to the confusing ballots with which some voters have already encountered difficulties, particularly among new voters and the elderly. Voting the straight Democratic party ticket on the ballot DOES NOT include voting for the President!!

Oct 28 17:47

Turley: 'GOP challenges look like suppression'

The McCain campaign's allegations of voter fraud "look like" an attempt to suppress voting in battleground states, said a professor of George Washington University.

Professor Jonathan Turley said there is an "uncanny similarity in term of timing," drawing a comparison with voting scandals shortly before the previous two presidential elections.

"I think it is fair to say that some of these challenges do look like suppression efforts," Turley said in an interview on MSNBC. "So I think there is really grounds to be concerned here."



Taboola
Oct 28 17:45

1,000 Gallons of Water for 1 Gallon of Ethanol - How Green is That?

Water conservation has always been a hot button for aid organizations and environmentalists, and with a world wide lack of drinking water, and third world countries getting involved in the growing bio-economy, I think it’s time to look behind the curtain of the fuel movement that calls itself “green.”

Most of us are familiar with the “food vs. fuel” controversy that’s been making news, but in addition to this, one of the things that many people are taking a good hard look at, is water sustainability in reference to this corn ethanol fuel.

Oct 28 17:43

Votes being stolen from Obama in Early Voting

I have to point out the pattern of voting "glitches" that have been reported so far with early voting. People in several states now have noted that when they cast a vote for Obama, it has switched to McCain. Not once have the votes flipped in the opposite direction. If there were simple error, we'd expect to see mistakes in both directions. But, just as with the errors in 2004, the only votes that have been seen flipping have gone from the Democratic presidential candidate to the Republican one.

Oct 28 17:33

Palast: One out of five Colorado voters purged from voter registration

Palast said former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson has made the state the epicenter of the rampant practice of purging voter registration lists for alleged irregularities — a tactic now even more en vogue in the wake of new legislation backed by the Bush administration.

Oct 28 14:35

FLASHBACK - Bush Trying to Pardon Himself

Oct 28 09:28

How to Bankrupt a Nation

How would you bankrupt yourself? You’d want to get yourself into a position where you could not pay off your debts. You’d run up big credit card bills. You’d borrow heavily. You’d mortgage and re-mortgage your house. You’d splurge on your spending. The money would go – to clothes, restaurants, and hairdressers.

Oct 28 09:23

Spending the Economy into Oblivion.. Ron Paul

With news this week that Congress is poised to consider a new stimulus package, I am forced to again ask a question that seems silly in Washington: How will we pay for this?

While a few Members of Congress have raised the issue, it certainly was not the primary concern of the House Budget Committee when they interviewed Ben Bernanke on Monday. And, when they did direct this question to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, his answer was the standard rhetoric about how Congress needed to make tough choices. Needless to say, not many specifics were discussed.

Oct 28 09:19

The Only Choice on November 4th

The critical problem we face today is the same one all mankind has faced: the state, those monopolists who claim the right to break the laws that they make and enforce. How to restrain them is the critical problem of all sound political thinking. Making matters worse, this gang now has a monopoly on the money and the ability to print it, and they are abusing that power at our expense.

Oct 28 07:30

Rep. Sherman Feels Heat For Reporting On Threat Of Martial Law

Sherman has not retracted that statement. He has not suggested that the Congress members who had told him that didn't really tell him that, or weren't honest, or didn't take it seriously, or that it didn't influence their votes. But he has put out a statement to the media, clearly at the instruction of the leaders of his party, attempting to backpedal. Here's his new statement which begins by quoting his floor comments:

Oct 28 07:18

Money remains scarce.

Short-term lending rates were little changed over the weekend. "We see money markets remaining tight because the fear and uncertainty haven't gone away," economist Adam Carr says. Another sign of banks' wariness to lend even to each other: financial institutions continue to deposit record amounts in central banks' overnight deposit facilities.

Oct 28 07:11

Whirlpool to Cut 5,000 Jobs as U.S. Economy Slows

Whirlpool Corp., the world's largest appliance maker, will cut 5,000 jobs, or 6.8 percent of its workforce, and forecast lower annual profit as the global credit crunch and U.S. housing slump clips appliance sales.

Oct 28 06:44

Postbank Reports Quarterly Loss on Lehman, Writedowns

Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany's biggest consumer bank by clients, reported a third-quarter loss related to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and writedowns from the financial crisis.

Oct 28 06:02

9 Day Notice Jim Kirwan

The beginning of the End starts in just nine days. It's not as if we didn't have enough time to discuss the issues; because this campaign has broken all records for money spent and time wasted in pursuit of the Oval Office. Two years is an eternity in this quagmire and yet the candidates for president managed to avoid talking about any of the things that are tearing this nation apart.

Oct 28 05:56

How Can You Be in 10 Places at Once When You Are Nowhere at All?

Three Card Monte is a simple game that’s based on deception and greed. No one comes down the sidewalk and wins at Three Card Monte unless they work for the people running the game. The point of that is to give the impression that winning is possible. This game has been going on for a long, long time and still, people are routinely sucked into it. This game is a simple street version of much more complex games that are run on the public every day.

October 27, 2008

Oct 27 22:29

What is a Freegan?

Perhaps the most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called "urban foraging" or "dumpster diving". This technique involves rummaging through the garbage of retailers, residences, offices, and other facilities for useful goods.

Oct 27 18:08

UK Weather - Snow and Ice in October, the Shape of Things to Come?

Widespread frosts and ice, snow showers, sub zero temperatures and winds direct from the arctic aren't things normally associated with mid Autumn, but this week they're all going to be mentioned within weather forecasts for the UK.
Is this the shape of things to come for the rest of Autumn and into Winter though?

Forecasters at Netweather.tv think it may be, as they expect a November with temperatures to be close to or below the average with the start of Winter following a similar vein.

Paul Michaelwaite of Netweather.tv comments:

Oct 27 18:00

Empty Space At A McCain Rally In Ohio Today [pic]

Notice how the empty seats are behind the camera riser.

Maybe they were all early voting?

Oct 27 14:52

IMF may need to "print money" as crisis spreads

The International Monetary Fund may soon lack the money to bail out an ever growing list of countries crumbling across Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia, raising concerns that it will have to tap taxpayers in Western countries for a capital infusion or resort to the nuclear option of printing its own money.

Oct 27 13:59

Follow the M3 Money

As Wikipedia states, our money supply has three large components. M1 is physical currency circulating in the economy plus demand deposits (checking accounts). This measure is used by economists to try and quantify the amount of money in circulation. M1 is the most liquid measure of money supply since it only contains cash and assets quickly usable for conversion to currency.

Oct 27 12:39

Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party

Senior Republicans believe that John McCain is doomed to a landslide defeat which will hand Barack Obama more political power than any president in a generation. Aides to George W.Bush, former Reagan White House staff and friends of John McCain have all told The Sunday Telegraph that they not only expect to lose on November 4, but also believe that Mr Obama is poised to win a crushing mandate.

Oct 27 11:01

Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin: Global systemic crisis Alert - Summer 2009: The US government defaults on its debt.

Therefore, as we repeated it on and on since 2006, this crisis is far more important, in terms of impact and outcome, than the 1929 crisis. Historically, we are the very first players, witnesses and/or victims of a crisis affecting the whole planet, in a situation of unprecedented interdependence of countries (resulting from twenty years of globalisation) and people (the level of urbanization - and related dependence for all the basic needs – water, food, energy… - is also unprecedented).

Oct 27 10:31

Crisis Brings Opportunity. Here's hoping we don't blow it this time.

Have no doubt, by the end of this week or the next, life will have changed for good, there will be no going back to the way it was. Period.
If the World is expecting to have it's cake and eat it , forget about it. So what's going to be the logical outcome of such a sytemic failure ?

Oct 27 09:44

Man's arm trapped in train toilet

A passenger on a French train had to be rescued by firemen after having his arm sucked down the on-board toilet.

The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system.

The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train's pipework.

The man was carried away by emergency services, with the toilet still attached to his arm.

Oct 27 09:42

You can run... but can you hide?

We are the CCTV capital of the world and more data is being held on us than ever before, with our phones, our computers, our bankcards and even our cars busily giving away information about where we go and what we do.

The government gathers more data on us than anyone else and has big plans to collect even more.

The Home Office has drawn up plans for the creation of a single central database containing details, though not the content, of every e-mail, text and mobile phone call made in the UK and of every web page browsed.

Oct 27 09:37

Most Major Papers Continue Circ Decline

For those holding out for some improvement in print circulation, this morning brings disappointment. The Audit Bureau of Circulations released the latest figures for the six- month period ending September 2008 and the report shows major drops in circulation at the big metros.

According to ABC for the 507 newspapers reporting in this period, daily circulation slipped 4.6% to 38,165,848 copies. For the 571 papers, Sunday dropped 4.8% to 43,631,646 copies.

For comparison purposes, in September 2007 reporting period, daily circ fell 2.6% and Sunday was down 4.6%.

Oct 27 09:33

Some voters 'purged' from voter rolls

College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

"Vote suppression is real. It does sometimes happen," said Daniel P. Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

Oct 27 09:31

Cancer cure in a sponge? Institute tests synthetic version of substance

A sponge that lives in the ocean depths off Florida's coastline holds a compound that might fight pancreatic and colon cancers.

Oct 27 09:20

Bush "exhibit number one for the danger of having a nut job in the oval office"

The judgment of history may well be that the United States has been "taken into, and kept in, the Iraq War by a guy who is not quite right in his head," a distinguished legal scholar says.

"It may take 25 or 50 years, but it is almost certain that one day this character will be exhibit number one for the danger of having a nut job in the oval office," says Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

Oct 27 09:12

WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR THE WORLD – A McCAIN WIN IN THE U.S. AND A NETANYAHU WIN IN ISRAEL.

But the most terrifying aspect of a McCain win in the US and a Netanyahu win in Israel is the very much enhanced likelihood of a final confrontation with Iran and the fallout, literally and metaphorically, that such a confrontation will have for the Middle East and the world. Netanyahu has in the past hinted at a ‘nuclear strike on Iran’. And, of course, who can forget McCain’s policy of ‘Bomb, bomb, bombing Iran’.

Oct 27 09:11

Bretton Woods II. The Final Solution ?

On November 15th the Group of the 20 largest economic nations will sit down at the National Building Museum in Washington.This marks a momentous event as world leaders come together and try and come up with a solution to the current Global Financial Meltdown.The really interesting aspect about this one will be exactly what each will be bringing to the table.

Oct 27 09:09

Bailout money being used to boost bonuses

"Year-end pay on Wall Street will be higher than it would have been had it not been for the government and mergers," says Alan Johnson, a leading compensation consultant. "You would expect it to be down much more."

Johnson predicts the average managing director at an investment bank, a title typically earned around eight years on the job, will receive a bonus of $625,000.

Oct 27 09:06

Europe on the brink of currency crisis meltdown

The financial crisis spreading like wildfire across the former Soviet bloc threatens to set off a second and more dangerous banking crisis in Western Europe, tipping the whole Continent into a fully-fledged economic slump.

Currency pegs are being tested to destruction on the fringes of Europe’s monetary union in a traumatic upheaval that recalls the collapse of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.

“This is the biggest currency crisis the world has ever seen,” said Neil Mellor, a strategist at Bank of New York Mellon.

Oct 27 07:38

Farm-Credit Squeeze May Cut Crops, Spur Food Crisis

The credit crunch is compounding a profit squeeze for farmers that may curb global harvests and worsen a food crisis for developing countries.

Oct 27 00:57

Meet the World's New Reserve Currency: The Chinese Yuan

By Mike Whitney

October 26, 2008

Oct 26 22:13

Gold Runs Out In Germany

Risk-averse Germans are turning to gold in troubled times - but there’s none left.

German gold dealers say demand has skyrocketed this past week to 10 times normal so no more orders can be taken for the foreseeable future.

Oct 26 21:45

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

"It's blowin' boy." ... "Keep your eye on that building, it'll be coming down soon." ... "The building is about to blow up, move it back." ... "Here we are walking back. There's a building, about to blow up..."

Oct 26 19:48

Many Aussies Unable To Withdraw Cash

Tens of thousands of Australians, many of them retirees, are now unable to get immediate access to their capital after AXA Asia Pacific, Perpetual Investment Management and Australian Unity suspended withdrawals from some funds.

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