(RussiaToday) – Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues it regards as important. You can download the files from the web-site of the Institute for Research on Middle Eastern policy. And we can cross to Washington now and talk to Grant F. Smith who is a director at that Institute. Continue reading
(RollingStone) – This note comes courtesy of my friend David Sirota out in Colorado. This is a classic example of how the Senate works. If the public understood better how rigged this game is, and how few issues are actually left to an honest vote in the legislature, I’m pretty sure the pitchfork factor would be twice even what it is now.
The short version of this story: Bernie Sanders had put forth a proposal in the Senate to put a 15 percent cap on credit-card interest. Who isn’t in favor of this kind of legislation? The only difference between credit card companies and loan sharks at this point is that you can choose to not patronize a loan shark. As an adult professional in this country one has to have a credit card – it’s impossible to rent a car, buy a hotel room, shop online or do countless other things without one.
But all the credit card companies use the same insane formulae based on FICO scores to charge exorbitant interest rates for anyone who slips up – and they don’t exactly make it easy to not slip up. (I’m doing research on this subject so anyone who has a particularly egregious story about being ripped off by credit card companies, please write in). Almost everyone has horror stories about consumer credit and my guess is that if put to a national referendum, something like the Sanders 15% cap would pass pretty easily. Continue reading
Obama Internet ‘kill switch’ plan approved by US Senate committee –President could get power to turn off Internet 25 Jun 10 A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack [or during the next US false flag]. The committee unanimously approved an amended version of the legislation by voice vote Thursday, a committee spokeswoman said. The bill next moves to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.
(RawStory) – Comprehensive energy legislation is likely off the table after the departure of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a Senate Democratic aide said Wednesday evening, but the chamber can still pass a “scaled back” bill that boosts clean energy.
“I just can’t see where we’d get 60 votes for a comprehensive energy bill with a cap on carbon at this point,” the aide to a senator on the Environment and Public Works Committee, who is closely involved with the issue, told Raw Story.
Graham, the sole and critical Republican in the Senate who pledged to support a cap and trade bill, told CongressDaily Wednesday he’d vote against the Kerry-Lieberman bill he helped craft, leaving Democrats confused and upset. Read entire article
(MINA) – Who is staging a War between North and South Korea?
Tensions between North and South Korea continue to escalate: On Friday, North Korea blamed its southern neighbor of staging the sinking of its own warship, which killed 46 soldiers, denying any responsibility for the tragedy Read More Here
(Mantiq) – Freedom Flotilla: “Israel is Threatening to Attack Us” – Read More Here
(Almanar) – Hamas: Flotilla Shows Whole World Opposes Gaza Siege – Read More Here
Petraeus Memo Widens scope of US Military Covert Operations in ME
Critics worry that the order blurs the line between combat soldiers and spies and weakens the claim of all soldiers to humane treatment under the Geneva Conventions. Read More Here
(Bloomberg) – North Korea Warns UN to Be Wary of False Evidence of Sinking – Read More Here
(ABC) – US admits deadly attack on Afghan civilians
The United States military has acknowledged killing 23 civilians and wounding 12 others earlier this year after mistaking them for a convoy of Taliban insurgents. Read More Here
(RedactedNews) – The Coming Iran War
It’s happening again.
The same forces – with a few new additions and minus a few smart defectors – who pushed the United States into a needless and deadly war with Iraq are now organizing for the next war. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Letter shows Obama dishonest with Iran – Read More Here
BREAKING – (TimesOnline) – Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran
Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline. Read More Here
(ProLibertate) – “Civil Rights” and Total War – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Free Gaza Flotilla Subject to Coordinated Israeli Government Media Campaign and Military Action
According to an article in the Jerusalem Post  on May 25, 2010, the Israeli “Navy is preparing an operational plan to stop the flotilla of nine ships–loaded with hundreds of international activists and thousands of tons of supplies–– which are scheduled to try and break the sea blockade on Gaza by anchoring in the newly-expanded port later this week.” The article describes a military campaign coordinated with a major media campaign. Read More Here
(NewAmericaMedia) – Gulf of Tonkin Redux: Did an American Mine Sink South Korean Ship?
Editor’s note: The sinking of the Cheonan took place in South Korean waters dominated by a joint U.S.-Korean base for anti-submarine warfare operations, an area North Korea admits it does not have the technology to penetrate with its submarines. It is speculated the USNS Salvor was was laying bottom mines in the area and a rising mine was inadvertently released. “If indeed it was an American rising mine that sank the Cheonan, it would constitute a friendly-fire accident,” writes Yoichi Shimatsu. Or it was a Gulf of Tonkin incident intended to provide a pretext to blame North Korea. Either way, don’t expect the corporate media to report on this. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Israeli jets attack Gaza
Israeli jets fired five missiles in the early hours of Saturday morning, and local sources say the missiles landed near the tunnel area along the Egyptian border, which is located near the Rafah airport, the Press TV correspondent in Gaza reported. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Iran: US hypocritical on Israel nukes
Iran’s ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaee said Friday that the US reaction to the final declaration of the NPT conference was a “clear manifestation” of its hypocrisy.
“The US [verbal] attack on Iran, as an NPT member, along with its opposition to the conference [declaration] which urges Israel to join the NPT, is a clear manifestation of Washington’s double standard nuclear policy,” Khazaee told IRNA on the sidelines of the NPT conference in New York. Read More Here
(PressTV) – End blockade of Gaza, EU tells Israel
The European Union has called on Israel to immediately end the three-year blockade of Gaza and to allow the Freedom Flotilla to enter the enclave. Read More Here
(WPost) – Options studied for a possible Pakistan strike
The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country’s tribal areas, according to senior military officials. Read More Here
(DesertPeace) – With Sea Confrontation Looming, Protesters Take to the Streets in NYC
Days before a probable showdown at sea between Palestine solidarity activists traveling with a nine-ship fleet and the Israeli Navy, demonstrations took place across the United States and the world today to demand that Israel allow the activists safe passage to Gaza to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid. Read More Here
(WRH) – WHO IS SENDING YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO DIE IN WAR WITH IRAN? – Read More Here
(YNetNews) – Lieberman: Gaza flotilla ‘violent’
Foreign minister says ‘there is no humanitarian crisis in Strip,’ calls fleet of aid ship en route to Gaza ‘an attempt at violent propaganda against Israel.’ We will not allow violation of our sovereignty, he adds Read More Here
(Yonhap) – S. Korea’s military reviewing further measures against North
South Korea is preparing to take additional measures against North Korea as it sees the possibility of limited violence by the North amid escalating tensions over Pyongyang’s sinking of a Seoul warship, a senior military official said Friday.
“Following the rhetoric of threats, we expect that North Korea could actually carry out a military, non-military provocation,” Major Gen. Ryu Je-seung, a senior official at the South Korean defense ministry’s policy and planning division, told retired generals and admirals. Read More Here
(Taragana) – We didn’t sink South Korean warship: North Korea
In the first press statement two months after the sinking of the South Korean warship “Cheonan” in March, North Korea Friday said it was not involved in the incident, and asked Seoul to conduct an “objective and fair” probe. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Senate Approves $60 Billion For War, While House Cuts $24 Billion For Unemployed Workers And State Aid
The Senate easily passed an almost $60 billion war funding bill Thursday, but anxiety over out-of-control budget deficits led House leaders to drop tens of billions of dollars in spending from a separate catchall bill anchored by an extension of jobless benefits. Read More Here
(AP) – Israeli commandos to block Gaza activists
Israel on Thursday unveiled a massive makeshift detention center in the country’s main southern port and announced the end of days of intense naval maneuvers, vowing to stop a flotilla of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break a 3-year blockade of the Gaza Strip this weekend. Read More Here
Video: The US rather than North Korea is a Threat to Global Security – Michel Chossudovsky
North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:
“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”1 It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerance of another.” – View Video Here
(Fox) – Video: Freedom Watch – Gitmo Suicides Were Actually Homicides?
Contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine Scott Horton discusses his article Continue reading
(WeAreChangeUtah) – After the Senatorial Discussions event, members of We Are Change Utah decided to talk to Merrill Cook about 9/11 banking, and Bilderberg. Surprisingly he was very candid and forthcoming with us. Merill recognized a number of unanswered questions into 9/11, including WTC Building 7 and the FAA irregularities. Merill later compared the lack of truly thorough investigation with the JFK Assassination. Continue reading
(WSWS) – The US Senate’s passage of the Obama administration’s financial reform bill Thursday was hailed in the media and by official Washington as a landmark effort to curb the power of the big banks. But on Wall Street itself, the news was greeted with a mixture of dismissal and applause. Continue reading
(NaturalNews) – The United States Senate recently rejected two separate proposals that would have allowed the importation of cheaper medication from other countries, apparently in order to preserve a deal between the pharmaceutical industry and the White House. Continue reading
(RescueLiberty) – Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food
S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.
“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower Read More Here
(GovTrack) – S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – Read More Here
(MapLight) – S. 510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Contributions By Legislator
Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that… Read More Here
(GlobalWarming.org) – The chance that the Senate will pass a comprehensive energy-rationing (a k a climate) bill this year remains close to zero. BP’s big oil spill in the Gulf changes very little.
The global warming movement peaked last June 26 when the House passed the Waxman-Markey bill. When members went home for the Fourth of July, many who voted for it discovered that their constituents were angry and mobilized. Continue reading
(NaturalNews) – Medicare issued as much as $92 million in payments between 2000 and 2007 for medical procedures or devices ordered under the names of doctors who had already died, according to a 2008 Senate committee report.
Prescriptions written in the names of deceased doctors are only one of the fraudulent techniques that plague the U.S. health care system, which has become a favorite target for organized crime.
“There are so many schemes involved,” said John Gillies, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). “Take any aspect of the healthcare industry and there’s a fraud going on in there right now.” Continue reading
(CampaignForLiberty) – Is Sovereign Debt Crisis Contained to Subprime? – Peter Schiff
As Americans observe the chaos in Greece, most assume that the strength of our currency, the credit worthiness of our government, and the vast expanse of two oceans, will prevent a similar scene from playing out in our streets. I believe these protections to be illusory. Read More Here
(IsraelFinancialExpert) – The Euro Crisis and the Euro Collapse- A run on the banks is Imminent – Read More Here
(BullionBullsCanada) – The Silver Price Spiral, Part III: tomorrow
In Part I of this series, I introduced readers to the idea that the price of silver could soar to levels which would even surprise most silver-bulls. In Part II of this series, I pointed out that when our “paper inventories” of silver are exposed that this, alone, sets up the silver market for an enormous price-shock. In Part III of this series, I will discuss how silver has perhaps the most-bullish demand fundamentals of any commodity in history Read More Here
(AZFamily) – Video: Hundreds seek to fill vacant positions at Pro’s Ranch Market
Job hunters turned out in the hundreds to fill recently-vacant positions at Pro’s Ranch Market stores, where a federal audit led to the firing of some 300 workers. View Video Here
(CityWire) – Would You Put Up With What is Being Asked of the Greek People?
Want to know exactly why public anger in Greece is running at such explosive levels? Then take a look at the austerity measures currently being debated by the Greek parliament. Read More Here
(Slate) – Shadow Banking: Keeping the Fed Honest – Eliot Spitzer
Why is the Federal Reserve so afraid of openness and accountability? – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Financial Manipulation and Inside Information: Did the Stock Market Drop Or Was It Pushed? – Danny Schechter
The Wall Street Journal headline on the day after we almost lost the market reported that the wise men on the Street were “baffled” by the big drop Thursday. The Financial Times called the event “Shambolic” as if only a shaman can decode it. Read More Here
(BusinessInsider) – Wealth And Inequality In America: The Rich are getting Richer and the Poor are getting Poorer – Gus Lubin – Read More Here
(FinancialTimes) – Plunge in US equities remains a mystery
The day after $1,000bn was briefly wiped off the market value of US equities, traders were still trying to work out what caused share prices to plunge and then rebound so dramatically in a matter of minutes. Read More Here
(ComingDepression) – Unmentioned: USA slaps more tariffs on China
“The U.S. Department of Commerce said yesterday that it has set preliminary anti-dumping duties on refined Chinese and Mexican copper pipe worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.”
Unless we wake up in the West to what has happened with China monopolizing the world manufacturing sector and supplying easy credit to keep buying their products, we’ll end up like Greece too. China is acting on emotion to sustain its country because if the people there are jobless, we stop buying their stuff – they will collapse into civil strife. Read More Here
(Spiegel) – Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy
Greece is only the beginning. The world’s leading economies have long lived beyond their means, and the financial crisis caused government debt to swell dramatically. Now the bill is coming due, but not all countries will be able to pay it. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Stock Market Collapse: More Goldman Market Rigging? – Ellen Brown
Goldman and Wall Street reign. Congress appears helpless to discipline the big banks, just as the European Central Bank appears helpless to prevent the collapse of the European Union. . . . Or are they? Read More Here
(Current) – Thomas Jefferson – Banks more Dangerous than Armies
Banking institutions, paper money, and paper speculation are capable of undermining the nation’s stability and could be a danger in time of war. The Constitution does not empower the Congress to establish a National Bank. Rather than trust the nation’s currency to private hands, the circulating medium should be restored to the nation itself to whom it belongs. Read More Here
(TheAtlantic) – Revised Senate Fed Audit Amendment Lacks Bite
Perhaps no other force had as much to do with stabilizing the financial system during the crisis as the Federal Reserve. And no other influence is shrouded in so much mystery. Although its tactics were hugely successful, the Fed has become incredibly controversial due to its secrecy. It has some politicians on both sides of the aisle calling for an audit to enhance transparency. But the Senate amendment — sponsored by Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) — changed significantly on Thursday and lost much of its bite. Read More Here
(AP) – FDIC shuts banks in Fla., Minn., Ariz., Calif.
Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, Minnesota, Arizona and California, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures to 68 this year. Read More Here
(TheComingDepression) – Mortgage fraud in Canada highlights tumbling market
“The Bank of Montreal has been hit by a huge mortgage fraud in Alberta that may cost it $30 million, a report said. The bank is suing hundreds of people in connection with the scam, including lawyers, mortgage brokers and four of its employees, CBC News said, citing legal documents.”
The case may be the largest mortgage fraud in Canadian history, generating about $140 million, with funds channeled as far as Lebanon, India – Read More Here
Video: Rep. Alan Grayson: You Own the Red Roof Inn, Thanks to the Fed
Rep. Alan Grayson discussed the Federal Reserve’s purchase of debt from Bear Stearns, including debt from recently foreclosed Red Roof Inn’s.
(SteveWatson) – The Federal Reserve is secretly engaged in an intense lobbying effort in an attempt to stave off moves to have the Government Accountability Office audit it, internal documents reveal.
The Huffington Post has obtained the documents, which were distributed to Senate offices by a Fed official, whose identity the online news site agreed not to reveal. Continue reading
(PressTV) – A long-awaited climate change bill that would put a price on excessive carbon emissions and generate billions of dollars has been postponed indefinitely.
US Senator John F. Kerry’s 20 years of climate change plans hit the bottom Saturday after Senator Lindsey Graham, who had allied himself with Kerry on the issue, abandoned the effort in an unprecedented move. Continue reading
(Bloomberg) – When Tea Party activists began protesting last July, it wasn’t the health-care overhaul that set them off. The target was a cap-and-trade bill, designed to limit carbon emissions, that had passed the U.S. House of Representatives a few days before. Continue reading
(IndyMedia) – Related links concerning this horrible ‘wealth care plan’ below.* Continue reading
(America20xy) – On Trey Grayson’s campaign site today is a quote from former Vice President Dick Cheney:
“I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter – both on fiscal responsibility and on national security.”
(KurtNimmo) – As Democrats went all soft and squishy over the prospect of a leviathan and authoritarian government grabbing more power under Obamacare, the Senate Banking Committee under the direction of Democrat Christopher Dodd put finishing touches on a “financial regulatory reform bill.” Dodd’s committee passed a 1,300-page bill in a 21-minute “partisan” markup, according to WebCPA. Continue reading
(Infowars) – Corporate Media Calls Obamacare Opponents Racist, Homophobic
Thousands of people gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday to voice their opposition to Obamacare, but instead of covering their principled opposition the corporate media concentrated on racial slurs made by a few protestors. Read More Here
(CTV) – Dems Strong-arm Holdouts, Ready Passage of Obamacare
As the United States House of Representatives prepares to use a rare Sunday session to vote on President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill, the chairman of the Democratic caucus says his party is poised to win the historic vote. Read More Here
(FDL) – Fact Sheet: The Truth About the Health Care Bill – Read More Here
(RepublicanSenate) – Breaking: “Fix” Bill May Not Advance In Senate
Senate Democrats have balked at a bi-partisan meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss a rule violation that could doom the entire House reconciliation proposal. Read More Here
(AmericanThinker) – Out: Deem and Pass; In: Executive Order on abortion
Health care reform is like a bad Norse Saga – excruciatingly endless, filled with the names of people we’re not familiar with, and ultimately doomed to tragedy. Read More Here
(WashingtonPost) – House health-care vote Sunday may hinge on abortion issues
House leaders decided Saturday to stage a vote on the Senate’s health-care bill, dropping a much-criticized strategy of allowing lawmakers to “deem” the landmark legislation into law. But the outcome of that vote remained in doubt as a pivotal bloc of Democrats continued to withhold its support over fears that the bill would open the door to the federal funding of abortion. Read More Here
(WashingtonExaminer) – 16,500 more IRS agents needed to enforce Obamacare
New tax mandates and penalties included in Obamacare will cause the greatest expansion of the Internal Revenue Service since World War II, according to a release from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. Read More Here
(EmptyWheel) – Health Care on the Road to Neo-Feudalism
I believe that if the Senate health care bill passes as Joe Lieberman has demanded it–with no Medicare buy-in or public option–it will be a significant step further on our road to neo-feudalism. As such, I find it far too dangerous to our democracy to pass–even if it gives millions (perhaps unaffordable) subsidies for health care. Read More Here
(TenthAmendmentCenter) – Kill the Bill, Invoke the 10th
The federal government takeover of the health care industry and your loss of medical freedom only lacks a Presidential signature to become a federal law. We the people know that this cannot stand if America is to remain a free country. Keep your head up, it is time to invoke the 10th and kill this bill and the others soon to follow once and for all. Read More Here
Video: Peter Schiff – Health Care Reform & Socialized Medicine – View Video Here
(TheConservativePost) – Socialized Medicine Horror Stories: Ripped from Britian and Canadian Papers
The Statists are really getting nervous. They went home over the 4th of July, and got an earful from their constituents. Let’s make sure we keep up the pressure, and kill this massive government take over of your health. Read More Here
(WashingtonPost) – After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it. Continue reading
(FoxNews) – The health care reform bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve appears to be dead on arrival in the House, as seven anti-abortion Democrats intend to join the ranks of lawmakers who plan to vote against the legislation, Fox News has confirmed. Continue reading
(Drudge) – Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT! Continue reading
Jim DeMint took to the Senate floor and the pages of the Washington Times earlier this week to expose a plan by the White House to seize over 10 million acres of land in nine Western states. Using an obscure clause in the Antiquities Act of 1906, the Department of the Interior under Ken Salazar would designate the land as “monuments” in order to block the use of the resources in those states. DeMint correctly asserts that this is not only a perversion of the intent of the Antiquities Act, but also a huge power grab by the federal government at the expense of the states: Continue reading
(Bloomberg) – House Approves $18 Billion Job Bill, Returns It to U.S. Senate
The U.S. House approved an $18 billion measure that aims to help create jobs by offering a temporary tax break to companies that hire people who have been out of work at least 60 days. Read More Here
(MaxWellLucas) – Greece – News Update
Clashes have broken out in front of the Greek parliament Friday, with one labour leader being injured, as demonstrators protested against cuts aimed at containing the country’s debt crisis. The president of the GSEE union, Giannis Panagopoulos was injured after demonstrators started attacking him with bottles and sticks, according to media reports. Riot police have used tear gas to disperse the protesters during the clashes. Read More Here
(DailyMail) – Gordon Brown ‘blunders cost every family £50,000’: PM to blame for ruining the economy, say Tories
The party says Mr Brown is personally responsible for a series of mistakes that have shattered the economy. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Senators to Obama: Stop Sending Clean Energy Jobs Abroad
Four Democratic Senators want to ensure that tax dollars are creating clean energy manufacturing jobs in America, not China. Now, they are under vigorous attack by the Obama Administration and multinational companies, many of whom have heavily subsidized operations in Europe and Asia. Read More Here
(LATimes) – Long lines at theme parks are for jobs
White-collar workers are among thousands flooding amusement parks with applications. Job fairs are superfluous. Read More Here
(LATimes) – America, the fragile empire
Here today, gone tomorrow — could the United States fall that fast? Read More Here
(Telegraph) – EU draws up plans for first direct tax with fuel levy
The European Union is drawing up plans for its first direct tax with a “green” levy on petrol, coal and natural gas that could cost British consumers up to £3 billion. Read More Here
(BusinessJournal) – Jobless rates rose in every state in ‘09
All 50 states were hit with increases of more than one percentage point in their unemployment rates last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More Here
(SFExaminer) – Newsom asks dept. heads to take 10% pay cut
The City is sending out 15,000 layoff notices Friday under Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to rehire workers as part-timers for a savings of $50 million. He is also asking department heads to give up 10 percent of their pay and is in talks with Police and Fire employees to give up pay raises. Read More Here
(Tallahassee) – Florida’s budget gap could be as high as $3.2 billion
House Speaker Larry Cretul formally started the state budgeting process today by telling legislative money managers there will be no new taxes or fee hikes — and that they should use Florida’s shrinking revenue pot to fund education, health services and public safety above everything else. Read More Here
(TriangleBusinessJournal) – North Carolina tax collections down $35M as consumers cut spending
State revenue collections were off by $35 million through the first seven months of the government’s fiscal year as consumers continued to sit on the sidelines, a new General Assembly economic forecast says. Read More Here
(NashuaTelegraph) – Jan. foreclosures near record high
In terms of home foreclosures, Scrooge took a holiday in December, but in January, he came back strong. Read More Here
(KPVI) – Idaho tax revenue is $41M behind estimates
Idaho has missed its tax revenue forecasts by a combined $41 million since December. Read More Here
(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Iceland’s Voters About to Tell Global Banksters to Shove It
A vote is set for Saturday in Iceland on a referendum that would require Iceland to pay funds to the U.K. and the Netherlands based on U.K. and Netherlands investors who lost money because of the collapse of an Icelandic bank. Read More Here
(Guardian) – HSBC chief gets £800,000 rise – Read More Here
(Money&Markets) – Brits Pounded As Debts, Deficits Hit Home. Next Up: Us! – Read More Here
(Truthdig) – Video: ‘Colbert Report’: Greece, Frightening – View Video Here
Video: Housing Is “In a Precarious State,” Yale’s Robert Shiller Says – View Video Here
(AlexJones) – Video: Bob Chapman’s Latest Greece Banking Meltdown News on The Alex Jones Show
(Reuters) – Senate rejects $250 checks for elderly
A measure to give some 57 million elderly people, veterans and persons with disabilities a $250 check was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday, a setback for the powerful seniors’ lobby. Read More Here
(Skywatch) – Does Q4 GDP increase mean economic recovery ? Not on your life
Most non-delusional people who understand a little bit about basic macroeconomics know that the reason for the present intentional economic crisis is that banks in late 2008 started cutting off credit which then effected everyone and everything in all sectors of the world economy. Read More Here
(PrisonPlanet) – Gold To Soar Against Depreciating Currencies
Precious metal hits record against Sterling and Euro as continuing financial crisis eviscerates value of paper money Read More Here
(ComingDepression) – Too few jobs; too much debt; the future of the West
“At least once a week, you hear some Wall Streeter exulting that manufacturing is showing signs of recovery. What he doesn’t tell you is that manufacturing is less than 10 percent of the economy. He won’t mention that sickly consumer-related activity is 75 percent.” Read More Here
(Reuters) – Japan PM Hatoyama: nation’s fiscal state quite severe
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said on Thursday there is no doubt that the nation’s fiscal state is quite severe. Read More Here
(AFP) – Japan passes record $1 trillion budget
Japan’s lower house on Tuesday passed a record trillion-dollar budget that will add to an already bulging public debt mountain as Tokyo tries to stimulate a recovery in the world’s second biggest economy. Read More Here
(AFP) – Greek protestors occupy finance ministry
Hundreds of communists from Greece’s All-Workers Militant Front on Thursday staged a sit-in at the finance ministry to protest against austerity measures announced by the government. Read More Here
(AmpedStatus) – The Financial Coup d’Etat: Consolidation of America’s Economic Elite
Although most of the Economic Elite live and operate inside the US, they are not concerned for our future. To them, the entire world is theirs and they work intimately with other elites throughout the world against the interests of the US public. Read More Here
(TongoxieMirror) – State revenues again don’t live up to expectations – Read More Here
(MarketWatch) – Massive debt burden threatens to impoverish generations to come – Read More Here
(YahooFinance) – Video: “Real” Unemployment Could Surge to 25%, Portfolio Manager Says – Read More Here
(Aletho) – The Pentagon’s Runaway Budget
With his decision to boost defense spending, President Obama is continuing the process of re-inflating the Pentagon that began in late 1998 — fully three years before the 9/11 attacks on America. Read More Here
(PeterSchiff) – Video: Vlog 03/02/2010 – Spending, sovereign debt, “debates” – Video Link Here
(WashingtonPost) – Obama administration plans to close International Labor Comparisons office
Like a scorekeeper for the world, a tiny unit within the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks globalization’s winners and losers, and the results are not always pretty for the United States. Read More Here
(ABC) – White House officials tell ABC News that in his remarks tomorrow President Obama will indicate a willingness to work with Republicans on some issue to get a health care reform bill passed but will suggest that if it is necessary, Democrats will use the controversial “reconciliation” rules requiring only 51 Senate votes to pass the “fix” to the Senate bill, as opposed to the 60 votes to stop a filibuster and proceed to a vote on a bill. Continue reading
(RawStory) – Scahill: Blackwater used shell company to defraud US government
Blackwater set up a shell company to “defraud the government” by leading it to believe it wasn’t contracting with the notorious security contractor, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill says. Read More Here
(WashingtonIndependent) – Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns From U.S. Military, Afghan Police
Senate Inquiry Shows Contractor Signed for Rifles Using ‘South Park’ Alias Read More Here
(RevolutionaryPolitics) – Blackwater on Trial: Murders, drugs & alcohol
American security guards charged with killing two civilians in Afghanistan had criminal records, a Senate committee has heard. They were guilty of assault, battery and drug-taking in the past. The men were in Afghanistan with a subsidiary of the private security firm Blackwater, previously accused of murdering civilians in Iraq. View Video Here
(MotherJones) – Does John Kerry have good reason to be so optimistic about a climate bill? The Washington Post reports that he’s getting strong signals that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a bill ASAP, indicating that senators might be closer to a deal on climate and energy than many people around Washington have assumed. Continue reading
(RawStory) – A Code Pink protester claimed a high-ranking Blackwater official threatened his life during a break of a Senate Armed Services hearing focused on the military contractor’s actions in Afghanistan.
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin reported that the threat was made by Johnny Walker, a program manager with one of Blackwater’s subsidiaries. Walker testified at the hearing about the role his company, Paravant, played during its mercenary deployments to the Middle East. Read More Here
(MainJustice) – The Senate endorsed by voice vote Wednesday night legislation that would temporarily extend three Patriot Act provisions set to expire at the end of this month. Continue reading
(NaturalNews) – GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the diabetes drug Avandia, knew the drug was linked to tens of thousands of heart attacks but went out of its way to hide this information from the public, says a 334-page report just released by the Senate Finance Committee. (http://finance.senate.gov/press/Gpr…) Continue reading
As far as grassroots activism goes, the surge in Tea Parties across America is one of the more encouraging developments to recently take place. It reminds me of the “Conservative Revolution” of 1994, when the GOP reclaimed both the US Senate and House of Representatives. At that time, it had been over 40 years since the Republican Party controlled both the US House and Senate. And, between the two, the House victories were the most significant. Continue reading
“In 93 percent of House of Representatives races and 94 percent of Senate races that had been decided by mid-day Nov. 5, the candidate who spent the most money ended up winning…” Just soak that up for the time being. Continue reading
(Examiner) – Laws are meant to be perfectly clear and followed; especially those to save human beings from the scourge of war. The UN Charter are those laws, fortified with treaty status that under the US Constitution puts the Charter equal in authority to US law. The problem is that when political “leadership” of both parties want war, and then engage their propaganda minions in corporate media disclosed in the 1975 Church Senate Committee as “Operation Mockingbird,” Americans can easily be dis-informed. After all, Americans witness few wars and not many of us study the UN Charter to clearly understand lawful and unlawful wars. Continue reading
(TenthAmendmentCenter) – Breaking: Today the Virginia State Senate passed Senate Bill 283 (SB283) by a vote of 23-17.
Provides that a resident of the Commonwealth shall not be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage. This applies regardless of whether the person has or is eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through his employer or a plan sponsored by the Commonwealth or the federal government. The measure also states that no provision of Title 38.2 renders a resident liable for any penalty, assessment, fee, or fine as a result his failure to procure or obtain health insurance coverage.
Also passed today is SB310 and SB417, both of which provide “that a resident of the Commonwealth shall not be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage.”
(Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would let President Barack Obama impose sanctions on Iran’s gasoline suppliers and penalize some of Tehran’s elites, a move aimed at pressuring Tehran to give up its nuclear program. Continue reading
Update: We are now at a stage where the House and the Senate must merge their ideas on their healthcare bills into one. If you would like the pdf. for these bills find them online. The FACTS in this video on bill H.R. 3200 still hold true in comparison to the House and Senate bills which have been passed, unfortunately. The House bill passed with a stipulation that will not fund abortion with our scarce and hard earned money. The Senate bill is worse and does intend on killing babies with our scarce and hard earned money. These two bills will be merged together and it is my common sense guess that they will go behind closed doors and merge these bills together with the forced option to fund abortion using YOUR money. Please people PRAY that this whole thing will miraculously get shot down. And know this, that no matter what way it passes, abortion funding or not, HEALTHCARE WILL NEVER BE FREE!! We will be forced to purchase it and those who do not or cannot purchase it will be fined or jailed. What a caring government huh? Even in our sick economy (caused by this same government might I ad) we will be expected to purchase this. No matter what, you better believe that with everything else these Washington thugs do, they will go behind closed doors and do whatever they choose to do. AMERICA IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION!!
Healthcare is only a powerful stepping stone to their government takeover plan. Open your eyes America, they don’t care what “we the people” want or need, which is affordable and decent healthcare, they simply want control.
Original Bill (Video) :This is a point by point description of the Government Healthcare plan taken from the ACTUAL proposed bill H.R.3200 http://docs.house.gov/edlabor/AAHCA-B… which is on the way to the house floor. Though not opposed to healthcare reform most Americans do not want this KIND of reform which is a dangerous UN-AMERICAN UNCONSTITUTIONAL We want reform that makes sense and that is helpful for all not a destructive death warrant for the unborn and the elderly. We want government to stay out of our personal life decisions period. This is America !!