(Gata) – London metals trader Andrew Maguire, who warned an investigator for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in advance about a gold and silver market manipulation to be undertaken by traders for JPMorgan Chase in February and whose whistleblowing was publicized by GATA at Thursday’s CFTC hearing on metals futures trading — http://www.gata.org/node/8466 — was injured along with his wife the next day when their car was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the London area. Read More Here
(LondonTimes) – The outspoken chairman of the UN’s climate change body is to adopt a neutral advisory role and has agreed to stop making statements demanding new taxes and other radical policies on cutting emissions. Continue reading
(DailyMail) – Search for survivors of sunken South Korea navy ship as officials ‘rule out’ involvement of the North
Hopes faded this morning for 46 South Korean sailors still missing 12 hours after an explosion sank one of the country’s naval vessels. Read More Here
(BusinessInsider) – The Long, Long History Of False Starts Of War Between South And North Korea
History suggests that this sinking of a South Korean naval vessel off the coast of the country will not be the restart of the Korean conflict. Read More Here
(Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Friday it would record a $1 billion non-cash charge for the current quarter related to the new U.S. health care reform law, as lawmakers called on the company and three other large employers to testify about expected cost hikes. Continue reading
(KurtNimmo) – Forget all the self-serving diatribes by Republicans about Obamacare. They are for government enforced health care. “Republicans were for President Barack Obama’s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it,” the Associated Press reports this morning. Continue reading
The Film Determined to find the law that requires American citizens to pay income tax, producer Aaron Russo (“The Rose,” “Trading Places”) set out on a journey to find the evidence. This film which is neither left, nor right-wing is a startling examination of government. It exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties in America since 1913 when the Federal Reserve system was fraudulently created. Film Link Here
Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated presentation of “Money as Debt” tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way to get the message out. Film Link Here
The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole… Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money. Film Link Here
Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood “The Monster”. But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates. Film Link Here
In America’s earliest days, there were barn-raising parties in which neighbors helped each other build up their farms. Today, in some churches, there are debt liquidation revivals in which parishioners chip in to free each other from growing credit card debts that are driving American families to bankruptcy and desperation. IN DEBT WE TRUST is the latest film from Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector,” director of the internationally distributed and award-winning WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception), an expose of the media’s role in the Iraq War. The Emmy-winning former ABC News and CNN producer’s new hard-hitting documentary investigates why so many Americans are being strangled by debt. Film Link Here
Fall Of The Republic documents how an offshore corporate cartel is bankrupting the US economy by design. Leaders are now declaring that world government has arrived and that the dollar will be replaced by a new global currency. Film Link Here
“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.” – Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943
(SFGate) – Flashback – Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of “an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.” Continue reading
(MSNBC) – Ron Paul was interviewed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. The Congressman believes that Obamacare will benefit Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections only because many voters have already forgotten how bad Republicans were when they were in power. The next generation of independent-minded individuals realize that both parties are basically the same and that the ideas of liberty need to influence the people and the two parties from the ground up. Continue reading
The latest housing initiative announced today by the Obama Administration draws the U.S. government and, by proxy, all taxpaying Americans, further into the inescapable quagmire of a devastated real estate market. Continue reading
President Obama signs the National Health Care bill into law on March 23, 2010.
This nearly 3,000 page bill contains, among other things, mandatory requirements for membership in national health care which will be enforced by the IRS. There will be monetary penalties and jail for failure to be enrolled. The IRS is empowered to hire 17,000 new agents to assist in this enforcement. There are legislative moves to repeal the bill and several states attorneys general are filing lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality of the bill. It is not clear if any of the measures will be able to stop the bill.
This day in 1933 was also a very significant day. Continue reading
(InfoClearingHouse) – March 24th of this year was the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the Roman Catholic archbishop of El Salvador.
His killing drew attention to the murderous rampages of death squads in that nation and throughout Central America as no other slaying had, although hundreds of thousands of civilians were slaughtered in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras before and during the 1980s by paramilitary formations usually led by graduates of the U.S.’s School of the Americas and covertly funded by the same nation’s Central Intelligence Agency. Continue reading
2 Minute Video By Anthony Lawson
It must have been realised that the letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, signed by nearly 300 members of the U.S. Congress, affirming their commitment to Israel, would be widely publicised and fall into the hands of that illegal Apartheid State, so the writing and signing of that letter should be considered an act of treason. Continue reading
(LewRockwell) – The 2nd Bubble
Someone in the real estate industry is whispering in my ear to say……….. that not only are banks going to write down the principal on home mortgages (hey, act like you can’t make your next payment, and you might get a write down), but the federal government is soon to begin making the down payment for new home buyers (likely to be limited to FHA loans – 3.5% down payment requirement – but who knows, might be expanded), essentially spoon feeding the real estate industry back to pretend vigor. Read More Here
(WashingtonTimes) – CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP
President Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation’s economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday. Read More Here
(BusinessWeek) – Video: China – Closing for Business?
Western companies are finding themselves shut out as Beijing promotes homegrown rivals View Video Here
(WashingtonsBlog) – Video: Alan Greenspan – The Financial Crisis was Caused by a “Once-in-a-Century” Event – Video Link Here
(DailyReckoning) – Housing Market Recovery: On the Same Schedule as Godot
Not much action in the markets yesterday. The Dow lost 5. Gold gained 4.
So far the markets have not seemed to notice, but there are not one…but two bulls in this china shop.
First, the US government is going broke.
Second, we’re at the beginning of a Great Correction. Read More Here
(HeraldReview) – School groups: Education layoffs may top 20,000
A coalition of Illinois education groups says more than 20,000 teachers and staff could be laid off in the next school year. Read More Here
(MoneyNews) – Central Banks Stashing Away Gold at Brisk Pace
Central banks around the world added 425.4 metric tons of gold to their reserves last year, the biggest increase since 1964, according to the World Gold Council. Read More Here
(CaribbeanNetNews) – Guyana’s president says Caribbean is on the verge of bankruptcy
Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo says the Caribbean is on the verge of bankruptcy as many countries are spending more on servicing external debt than their national revenue and has reiterated his call for urgent debt relief by the international financial institutions (IFIs). Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Video: Engdahl – Wall Street Pulled Greek Plug to Distract From Dollar Disaster
(MailOnline) – Britain faces losing power over its own Budget under new plans for an ‘economic Government of the EU’
Britain could be forced to have its Budget signed off by European leaders under plans to impose an ‘economic government of the EU’, it emerged yesterday. Read More Here
What if It Was All Just a Big Bubble?
One of the things that many people go through their entire lives without ever realizing is that conditions haven’t always been the way they remember them to be. Due to the length of a typical lifetime and the number of those years that individuals are productive, it’s reasonable to think that someone in their mid-60s could retire today and look back at the last 40 years only to conclude that what they just experienced was normal.
But, what if the last 40 years were anything but normal?
What if, in the world of finance and economics, it was all just a big bubble? Read More Here
Video: The IRS is Not An Agency of the US Government Continue reading
(Truthout) – Last August, Travis Bishop refused to serve in Afghanistan. Having filed for Conscientious Objector (CO) status, Bishop, based at Fort Hood, Texas, in the US Army’s 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, was court-martialed and sentenced to 12 months in a military brig. He was released from the brig today. Continue reading
DC’s most experienced journalist says Obama lost credibility when he dodged question on Israeli nukes
In part one of his interview with Helen Thomas, longest-serving member of the White House Press Corps, Paul Jay asks her about her first question for President Obama. The question, asking President Obama to name all the countries in the Middle-East that have nuclear weapons, was avoided by the President, who claimed to not want to “speculate”. Thomas claims that knowledge of Israeli nukes is very public in DC and Obama’s answer shows a lack of credibility. She explains the importance of this question for U.S. policy in the region. Finally, she confides that she has not been called on by the President since that day, but that if she does, she will ask him whether or not he has found any more information about nukes in the Middle-East since their last encounter. Continue reading
(InformationClearingHouse) – Here in the States when someone mentions “UI,” most of us think of Unemployment Insurance, but not former UK prime minister Tony Blair.
Late last week came word of a major scandal from the UK Daily Mail. In the three years since he stepped down as prime minister, Blair pocketed more than $30 million in oil revenues from his secret dealings with a South Korean oil consortium, UI Energy Corporation. Despite all his best efforts to keep his connection to UI secret, word is spreading like wildfire throughout the U.K. Continue reading
(InformationClearingHouse) – Video Link Here
(RawStory) – CIA Paper Reveals Plans to Manipulate European Opinion on Afghanistan
‘Out-of-the-box’ CIA think tank proposes concerns over women’s rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war Read More Here
An Unaccustomed Truth: American Commander Admits Afghan Atrocities
One can only assume that the regular editors of the New York Times were all out at a party, or left early for a weekend in the Hamptons, or something — but somehow, the paper published a front webpage story that stated — without the usual thousand excuses and extenuations — that American troops are routinely slaughtering Afghan civilians at checkpoints. What’s more, the story unequivocally ties the civilian killings to the “surge” ordered by the noble Nobel Peace laureate, Barack Obama. Read More Here
(IndiaResource) – New Delhi: In a major development, a High Power Committee established by the state government of Kerala in India has recommended today that Coca-Cola be held liable for Indian Rupees 216 crore (US$ 48 million) for damages caused as a result of the company’s bottling operations in Plachimada. Continue reading
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(ClickOnDetroit) – The Bridgewater Township’s request for outside help from a militia group during a recent missing persons search has been met with criticism from a watchdog group. Video Link Here
(Rense) – A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed ‘healthcare bill.’ Read his staggering conclusions. The Truth About The Health Care Bills Continue reading
(KurtNimmo) – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding is no longer in the running to head up the TSA. “President Barack Obama’s second nominee for transportation security chief withdrew from consideration Friday because of questions over his background as a defense contractor,” reports the Associated Press. – Continue reading
(WashingtonsBlog) – A leaked CIA report says:
Public apathy enables leaders to ignore voters.
The report is discussing apathy among the French and German people to their countries’ involvement in the war in Afghanistan, but the same is true to the apathy of Americans towards the Iraq and other wars as well. Read More Here
Remember when Obama said he wanted a “national security force”? Not the national guard, but a civilian one that has not sworn to uphold the Constitution? On July 2, 2008 in a speech in Colorado Springs, Barack Obama called for a police state. Continue reading
The Pentagon has been accused of spying on a whistleblower website that specialises in leaking top secret documents. The US Army has already labeled the website as a security threat. Now Wikileaks – which won Amnesty Internationals news media award last year – has issued a statement claiming its editors are being investigated: WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation, – the claim published on Tweeter said. Continue reading