January 14, 2010
As everyone knows, the economy cannot permanently recover and truly stabilize until the giant banks are broken up. The top independent experts agreethat the too big to fails are a drain on the economy and put the entire system at risk.
The giant banks aren’t lending much to the people who need it. Fortune pointed out in February that smaller banks are stepping in to fill the lending void left by the giant banks’ current hesitancy to make loans. Indeed, the article points out that the only reason that smaller banks haven’t been able to expand and thrive is that the too-big-to-fails have decreased competition. Continue reading
Responding to a Supreme Court case that could result in most of the US’s restrictions on campaign spending being tossed off the books, US House Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has introduced a series of bills that would severely curtail the ability of corporate donors to influence the outcome of elections.
“We are facing a potential threat to our democracy,” Graysontold the Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney. “Unlimited corporate spending on campaigns means the government is up for sale and that the law itself will be bought and sold. It would be political bribery on the largest scale imaginable.” Continue reading
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.
Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups. Continue reading
Chris Zucker is a targeted individual (TI) due to his whistleblowing, only one of millions of innocent American citizens illegally, covertly watched and only one of an untold number of those under shocking attack enabled by the USA PATRIOT Act’s illegal surveillance component that he calls a “government-mob program” and government calls “state secrets.” The term domestic terror is also apropos, and albeit homegrown, it has little or nothing to do with Muslims, except perpetrators’ racist exploitation of them as scapegoats.
Simplified, domestic terrorism is “terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people” (wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn), or “involves groups or individuals whose terrorist activities are directed at our government or people in U.S. without foreign direction.” (www.csa.com/discoveryguides/homeland/gloss.php)
A new study out of Duke University on U.S. homegrown terrorism says that “the threat of radicalization among American Muslims has been overstated.” (AP, Study: Risk of Homegrown Terror Exaggerated, January 6, 2010) The study report does not state, however, that homegrown terrorism does not exist. Continue reading
(TELEGRAPH) The proposal, outlined in a government-commissioned survey, has set the scene for a new Gallic run-in with Google – fast becoming the global internet behemoth the world loves to hate.
The levy on advertising revenue is the latest plank in France’s drive to regulate the internet, which has seen it enact some of the world’s toughest antipiracy legislation.
Besides Google, the tax would target other large operators in Europe such as Microsoft and Yahoo! whether or not their offices are in France. Google’s European headquarters are in Ireland, but under the proposal, the operator would pay a levy every time a French internet user clicks on an advertising banner or sponsored link on its sites. Continue reading
(NaturalNews) The global deep freeze now striking North America, Europe, China and other regions may lead to severe food shortages and price hikes throughout 2010. Right now, rare freezing temperatures are destroying root crops in their ground, wiping out citrus orchards and devastating food producers around the world. The upshot of it all? Expect food shortages and rising food pricesthroughout 2010.
This global deep freeze is all part of the extreme weathernow being unleashed on the planet due to human beings polluting the world and altering the atmosphere. Scientists can’t agree on whether the trend is global warming orglobal cooling, but no one can argue that something’s wrong with the weather. Continue reading
January 11, 2010
Forbes magazine has named Monsanto, the company responsible for introducing genetically modified food into the food supply, Company of the year. It sounds like satire, but it sadly is not. The company responsible for crushing family owned farms and bioengineering the food that we eat has received an honorary award. Perhaps this is an early April fools joke. Continue reading
01.08.10, 06:00 AM EST
Forbes: Why do you think the Federal Reserve needs to be audited?
Dr. Ron Paul: For lots of reasons. I don’t believe in secrecy. I don’t think anyone should have so much power that they can create money out of thin air and spend it and interfere in the markets and do central economic planning without any oversight. Congress has a responsibility to know what they’re doing because they created the Fed, they’re very, very important, and people benefit from their actions. And I’d like to know who benefits and who suffers the consequence. I just think that it would be in the interest of the people to know exactly what the Fed is doing.
Why don’t we know what’s going on with the Fed?
People have been pretty complacent, generally complacent, over many, many years because it’s been an insidious problem. I mean, in 1913, they came into existence and a lot of people didn’t know much about it. And they didn’t call for it. But over the years, there’s always been one or two saying, “We should know more about it.” Continue reading
The UN summit on climate change that took place in Copenhagen last month was never going to be a roaring success, but the outcome was below even Barack Obama’s slim hopes for the conference.
In the lead up to COP15 The US President repeatedly said he did not expect a comprehensive global deal to be reached, but world leaders left the Danish capital with perhaps even more obstacles than existed before the talks began. At the top of the agenda was global cooperation in developing renewable energy sources that could help to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, with negotiations focused on financing this development. However, water provides a thread which connects the different impacts of climate change. Continue reading
They don’t teach “Wal-Math” in American high schools, but here’s how it works: 1 job created – 1 job destroyed = 1 job.
Wal-Mart has never admitted the difference between gross jobs and net jobs. That’s why when Wal-Mart opened its only store in Chicago, Illinois on the west side, the retailer said: “This store will show what a great asset Wal-Mart can be to the community, as an employer and corporate citizen.” From Day One of its drive to locate stores in the Windy City, Wal-Mart based its case on jobs. Continue reading
Monday, January 11, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) The TSA has been lying to the American people about full-body scanners. The agency has insisted that these “digital strip search” machines are incapable of saving, storing or transmitting the images they take. This, we are told, makes it okay for people to be digitally strip-searched.
But secret documents uncovered by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (www.EPIC.org) have revealed that these machines do indeed posses precisely such capabilities. According to TSA specification requirement documents that have been uncovered by the EPIC, all full-body scanners purchased by the TSA must have the ability to both save and transmit the scanned images of air passengers. Continue reading
I’ve long been a proud drinker of tap water. Here in the Bay Area, most of our water comes from the famously pristine Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, surrounded by 500 square miles of wilderness in Yosemite National Park. What impurities could possibly make it into such a remote place?
Plenty, turns out. The Environmental Working Group recently tested the water in 45 states and found 316 contaminants. Nearly two thirds of those contaminants are not regulated by the EPA—meaning local water authorities aren’t required to filter them or even monitor their levels. Continue reading
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 10:46 PM on 11th January 2010
Britain’s big freeze is the start of a worldwide trend towards colder weather that seriously challenges global warming theories, eminent scientists claimed yesterday.
The world has entered a ‘cold mode’ which is likely to bring a global dip in temperatures which will last for 20 to 30 years, they say.
Summers and winters will all be cooler than in recent years, and the changes will mean that global warming will be ‘paused’ or even reversed, it was claimed.
The predictions are based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
They are the work of respected climate scientists and not those routinely dismissed by environmentalists as ‘global warming deniers’.
Some experts believe these cycles – and not human pollution – can explain all the major changes in world temperatures in the 20th century.
If true, the research challenges the science behind climate change theories, and calls into question the political measures to halt global warming.
January 10, 2010 1:40 PM PST
by Chris Matyszczyk
I am sure that Facebook will endure until well beyond our being twinned with the Planet Tush.
Facebook employees will, as the years go by, leave the company to enter politics more frequently. They will be elected with landslide majorities and they will be extremely popular as they will anticipate people’s needs far quicker than the conventional gray-haired folks who buy ill-fitting clothes at expensive retailers and currently sit in the Senate.
How can I be so sure? Well, I just watched this video of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being interviewed by a very nice man in a suit.
And in it, around the three-minute mark, he says: “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.” Continue reading
MD State Rep Elijah Cummings is offering a foreclosure prevention workshop at Woodlawn High School on Saturday Feb 6th, from 9am-3pm. I find it kind of funny that Cummings was able to actually hear the cries for help in his own back yard over the roar of the “big banker” private interest groups….
If you remember correctly, this is the same Elijah Cummings who effectively demonstrated how to sit on both sides of the fence when he grilled Fed Chair Ben Bernanke with tough talk about ”transparency and accountability” on C-SPAN; and then clearly demonstrated his true loyalty by supporting his banker friends–to the tune of 27 Trillion dollars! (That is a lot of support!)
A simple “no” vote on the bailout would have validated all that tough talk. It is estimated that 90% of the American people are/were opposed to the banker bailouts–I find it hard to believe that Cummings could not hear the voice of that much opposition. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS–This is the coolest toy I’ve ever seen: the Parrot AR.Drone, a remote-controlled helicopter with a twist. It’s controlled over Wi-Fi from an iPhoneor iPod Touch, and it’s got a camera in its snout that streams to your iPhone’s screen.
The copter itself is computer-stabilized, so controlling it is much easier than the standard $40 toy RC helicopter you may be familiar with. But it should be: it’ll cost in the neighborhood of $500, when it ships this year. You’ll get about 15 minutes of battery-powered fun on a one-hour charge. Continue reading
Google is stepping up its forays into the energy world.
The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data centers, created a subsidiary last month called Google Energy. It then applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do. Continue reading
Several watchdog groups are blowing the whistle on President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan – showing billions of taxpayer dollars designated for zip codes and congressional districts that don’t exist in the United States.
New Mexico Watchdog scoured recovery.gov, a website the Obama administration launched to track billions of dollars of stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The group compared zip codes reported at recovery.gov against the U.S. Postal Service’s zip code locator. Continue reading
Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirzadeh were arrested in Iran during 2009 just for being Christian
North Korea, which reportedly has used believers as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons, is the world’s worst persecutor of Christians, while Iran, which may be using Christians as scapegoats for internal opposition to its president, is No. 2 on the Open Doors 2010 World Watch List.
Iran is among eight nations in the top 10 of the group’s ranking of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians in which Shariah, the Islamic religious law, is dominant. A total of 35 nations on the list are under some form of Shariah.
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010
The clamor to ramp up airport security with invasive naked body imaging scanners has nothing to do with ensuring the safety of travelers. Rather it is part of an ongoing incremental push to break the will of the people and encourage mass subservience and meek obedience. Continue reading
(NaturalNews) If you’re in the beef business, what do you do with all the extra cow parts and trimmings that have traditionally been sold off for use in pet food? You scrape them together into a pink mass, inject them with a chemical to kill the e.coli, and sell them to fast food restaurants to make into hamburgers.
That’s what’s been happening all across the USA with beef sold to McDonald’s, Burger King, school lunches and other fast food restaurants, according to a New York Times article. The beef is injected with ammonia, a chemical commonly used in glass cleaning and window cleaning products. Continue reading
resident Obama recently named Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department.
In a statement, Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality’s board of directors, said that “as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.” Continue reading
Anatomy of the Robobee Brain: Simple circuits handle basic functions, including balance and hovering. A microprocessor runs the bee’s high-level functions, such as processing data from sensors. Eyes: Ultraviolet sensors scan for natural UV patterns on flowers. Digital cameras track objects below the bee to determine how fast and far it’s flying. Light sensors follow the sun to tell if the bee is flying north or south. Wings: An actuator flaps two lightweight carbon-fiber wings. Antennae: The antennae beam data between bees and could act like whiskers to prevent the ’bot from bumping into things. Feet: In the hive, three pronged feet lock the bee into a docking station to recharge its micro fuel cell and upload sensor data to a computer. The feet could also help grab pollen from flowers. Graham Murdoch Continue reading
By Steve Kangas
The following timeline describes just a few of the hundreds of atrocities and crimes committed by the CIA. (1)
CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. Continue reading
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:
- Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaintagainst Dodd for undervaluing a property he owns in Ireland on his Senate Financial Disclosure forms. Judicial Watch’s complaint forced Dodd to amend the forms. However, press reports suggest the property to this day remains undervalued. Judicial Watch also alleges in the complaint that Dodd obtained a sweetheart deal for the property in exchange for his assistance in obtaining a presidential pardon (during the Clinton administration) and other favors for a long-time friend and business associate. The false financial disclosure forms were part of the cover-up. Dodd remains the head the Senate Banking Committee. Continue reading