cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


What You Can Do to End the Tyranny of the Federal Reserve

The bailout opposed by so many Americans was nevertheless negotiated by the Federal Reserve with the help of Congress and the Administration. The final bill for the hotly debated rescue of the rich is over 1 trillion dollars including the ear marks and special interests sops that were included. But this is small change compared to the money that is being pumped into the monetary system by the Federal Reserve without any debate or consent. New money is being printed at record rates, insuring that the currency you have in your pocket will buy less and less everyday. As more people wake up to the threat to American’s future posed by the Federal Reserve, interest is being renewed in the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act (HR2755).

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Militarization of the American Homeland: Suppression of "Civil Disturbances"

ACLU Demands Information on U.S. Military Domestic Operations

On October 2, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding information from the government on U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) deployment of the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Combat Brigade Team (BCT) on U.S. soil for "civil unrest" and "crowd control" duties.

Last month, Army Times published a piece detailing how the 1st BCT spent "35 of the last 60 months in Iraq." The 1st BCT--also known as the "Raiders"--carried out house-to-house raids and engaged in close-quarters combat in the city of Ramadi to suppress Iraqi resistance to U.S. occupation, according to a report on the World Socialist Website.

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How To Disarm Weapons of Mass Deception

The phrase "weapons of mass deception" is a well recognized play on "weapons of mass destruction," and is well understood to refer to the corporate media. As a fascist state, it is really the corporate/military/government/media juggernaut that bombards and assaults freedoms and liberties, dumbing-down, propagandizing, manipulating, and feeding us The Big Lie. We have to protect ourselves, not only from our government's lawlessness, but also from weapons of mass deception. Kill your television, yes, a good place to start. Now we are going further...

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The Rules Are Set in Stone For the Rabble

I am struggling lately with finding meaningful and rational events to provide a basis for sanity.

The world events that are currently happening are surreal in themselves but what I really struggle with is people's reaction to them. It appears like most everyone is hypnotized to not see the predator terror birds currently in our living rooms. It's business as usual as the birds wreak havoc and pick off choice morsels [victims] with impunity.

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Lord Stirling: Fate of the World

This weekend the fate of the world, of all of us, is hanging in the balance. Prime Minister wannabe Livni of Israel is about to throw in the towel on her attempt to put together a government. The attempt to get Kadima, Labor, and Shas plus one or more minor religious parties to join a government is simply not working. This will result in either new elections being called, something that will take two or three months, or it will result in the Likud party putting together a government during the next few days.

Now the Likud party is headed by Bibi Netanyahu. This super war hawk is the former Prime Minister of Israel that the NeoCon movement was created under. He is the driving force behind the concept of "global terrorism", of creating a "terrorist" threat for western nations and using the enemies of Israel as the terrorists. He "just happened" to be in London for the 7/7 false flag event there, and I believe that he was also in New York on 9/11. The position papers that formed the basis for the neocon movement that Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney and others were so involved in, were written for him.

Israel has had more than its share of aggressive war hawks among its political elite, however, few can hold a candle to dear old Bibi. He is the one that scares most of the rest. He never met a war that he did not like. He first came on the scene, at least from an American/western view, in the lead-in to the First Gulf War when he was Assistant Information Minister for Israel. He is so very smooth; in fact, he is the best at lying that I have ever seen in any politician, anywhere.

This weekend will likely see the stage set for his return to power as Prime Minister of Israel, either in a matter of days or at most in a few months. When he returns as Prime Minister, he is apt to ignite the tinderbox that is the Middle East and with it the rest of the world. He will set into play the falling dominoes that will bring us all to World War III. At least that will take our minds off of the economic/political horrors of the Great Depression 2.0 that will put us all ever deeper and deeper in the crapper in the months ahead. Look for global war within a few months of his return to power.

I hate writing on Israel. It is so easy to be branded as antisemitic by those who view any criticism of Israel as some evil racist attack on all Jews. It is also easy to be branded as a Zionist mouthpiece for not condemning all Jews for the sins of a few. So, I want to make my position clear. I, unlike many people writing on the Middle East, have actually had dealings with senior people, at the highest levels, in both Israel and in Arab states. I try to understand both sides as well as trying to see through the BS and spin. I want Israel to exist in peace and prosperity and the same for the Arab states and Iran.

The hard liners in Israel have of late benefited enormously from AIPAC and the lock on Congress and several presidential administrations that it has had. Many Jews in America and in Israel have come to the conclusion that this influence has not been good for Israel nor America. The war in Iraq was driven by lies from the neocons sending American/British/etc. troops to fight Arabs, using western money, for a concept of a Greater Israel - a Israel that is dominate in the Middle East and cannot be checkmated by any other regional power. The drumbeat for a another war, this time on Iran, comes from the neocons and AIPAC. It is no accident that both Obama and McCain tried to outdo one another in kissing up to AIPAC and the AIPAC agenda towards Iran.

The trouble with this craziness is that it is simply too late in human history for such aggressive empire building. For all the hype about a possible Iranian nuclear weapons program and the danger from same, the real danger to Israel and to the entire world is from the existing very advanced biowar program that Iran has. When the Soviet Union fell many of the scientists in the Soviet advanced biowar program were made destitute, out of work and flat broke. The Iranians hired as many as possible at US$5,000 each per month - a truly massive sum for out of work ex-Soviet scientists 15 to 18 years ago. These ex-Soviet scientists created one very advanced and very scary biowar industrial base for Iran using recombination DNA genetic engineering technology.

The Iranian advanced biological warfare program is one of the most advanced in the world today. They have created literally hundreds of new man made diseases that can spread from human to human like wildfire. Diseases that the human race has no immunity to, that are designed to kill and kill in very large numbers. The Iranians, having seen what befell Saddam once he destroyed all of his chemical and biowar agents have worked to create a MAD (mutually assured destruction) environment with Israel and the United States and western powers. Saddam had a force of close to 30 Scuds with chemical WMD loaded and ready to fire on Israel and Saudi Arabia. That was why we did not "finish the job" during the First Gulf War; once we were certain he had denuded his forces of this technology we began the Second Gulf War to destroy him, while all the time claiming that his by then non-exist WMD were the reason for the war.

The Iranians, and their Syrian allies, have a multi layer MAD force against Israel. They have several tens of thousands of missiles and rockets aimed at Israel from Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and Palestine. These have a mix of standard conventional, advanced conventional (fuel air explosive), chemical, advanced biological, and radiological warheads. They are capable of effectively destroying the state of Israel and its population. The advanced biological technology possessed by Iran can be equally used on North America and Europe to cause a level of diseased caused deaths that would be similar to the Black Death Plague of the Middle Ages that killed off a third to half of the European population. Of course, Israel and the United States (plus the United Kingdom and France) have nuclear weapons that could effectively destroy all life in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine. That's why we call the environment a mutually assured destruction capacity.

It is really appropriate to refer to a mutually assured destruction environment as 'MAD' because only a madman would deliberately engage in war in such an "environment". A madman or a totally evil satanic leader. Bibi has given the world every indication that he is that type of nut/satanic leader.



Elections USA: Do They Matter?

100 million nonvoters send a stinging message of disenchantment

Legions of people opt out of voting in the U.S. But they are not civic slackers. They’re on to something. Whether disinterested or disgusted, they are casting a vote of no confidence in the electoral system. And it is entirely justified.

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Not New Ideas, But Identifying New Enemies

The rise of religious fundamentalism as a political force is the most important and misunderstood development in our recent history.

The primary motivating factor in the development of the religious right is a defensive response to the challenges posed by the power of popular consumer and entertainment culture and not a backlash against progressive or liberal ideas and social movements.

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Definitions: The Bourgeoisie

It’s a capricious irony of history that the word bourgeois, which pinpoints the capitalist class, is perceived by nearly everyone, including the bourgeois themselves, as an epithet and is almost universally rebuffed!

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Voters Reflect Polarized America

Warning: Telling friends that you’re not going to vote the “way you always do” may cause loss of friends. If nothing else, they go ballistic.

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Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama

"You don't stick a knife in a man's back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you're making progress." -- Malcolm X

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Roubini predicts financial system shutting down for 1-2 weeks

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of hedge funds will fail and policy makers may need to shut financial markets for a week or more as the crisis forces investors to dump assets, New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini said.

``We've reached a situation of sheer panic,'' Roubini, who predicted the financial crisis in 2006, told a conference of hedge-fund managers in London today. ``There will be massive dumping of assets'' and ``hundreds of hedge funds are going to go bust,'' he said.

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Livni sets her deadline for Israel coalition

Setting the stage for that animal Netanyahu to lead Israel. - Ed.

Israel's Prime Minister-designate, Tzipi Livni, has set an ultimatum: either she will have a new government ready by Sunday or she will call for early elections.

Yesterday, Ms Livni said she had spoken with the Israeli President Shimon Peres and informed him of her decision. She still has 10 more days to put together a parliamentary majority but, faced with stiff demands from potential coalition partners, she seems to have opted to forcing their hands. Ms Livni has secured the backing of the left-of-centre Labour party. Her main obstacle remains securing the support of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

An early election could prevent Ms Livni from becoming Israel's first female prime minister in more than 30 years. Opinion polls have indicated that the hawkish Likud party would sweep to power if new elections were held.

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The Approach of the Anti-Christ

It’s an old story that has been repeated so many times, yet the greater part of humanity still hasn’t learned. But the lesson is a simple one and until we learn it we will carry on repeating the same old mistakes.

For the Illuminati have a history of creating problems, or allowing them to develop to the stage where people demand, “something must be done”! At which point the Illuminati then step forward with an answer. A solution that formerly might have been unacceptable had it not been needed to fix a problem requiring remedy so urgently.

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The Rothschilds and their 200 years of political influence

Nat Rothschild, the financier at the centre of allegations that threaten to engulf the shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, is no stranger to laws which forbid politicians from accepting donations from abroad.

Political donations from overseas are also illegal in the US, where John McCain's campaign team is under investigation for allegedly accepting a benefit in kind from two mega-rich British citizens, namely Nat Rothschild and his father, Jacob, the Fourth Baron Rothschild.

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More interesting reading about these people here...

Obama chides Biden over remark about a world crisis testing his presidency

RICHMOND, Va. — Senators Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr. seldom see each other as they campaign for the Democratic ticket. And they talk only occasionally. But on Wednesday, Mr. Obama delivered a long-distance message to his running mate.

“I think Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes,” Mr. Obama said, gently chiding the vice-presidential nominee as he sought to sweep aside a dustup Mr. Biden touched off when he predicted that a world crisis would test Mr. Obama during his first six months in office.

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An interview with Richard C. Cook

A brilliant, honest and brave man. - Ed.

GC: Just a little background: I was reading your articles on the Web, with much interest, getting a lot of information; then, I was pleased to find your favorable comments on something I’d written. I wrote you that, should you find yourself in the D.C. area, give a holler—and, you’re the only guy I ever wrote that to who actually hollered!

RC: (Laughs.)

GC: So … here we are … I want to get into your ideas—your views on the economy … But first, can you tell us a little about yourself? I’ve read some of your first book, CHALLENGER REVEALED, and I think it’s fair to say that you established your reputation as a whistle-blower back in 1987 in front of the Presidential Commission on the space shuttle disaster. You worked for NASA, you were prescient back then, your warnings were ignored or dismissed. I hope that some of us are a little smarter, and that there are more of us who can better heed your warnings now about our free-falling economy. First, Who is Richard Cook?

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Richard C. Cook: They did it on purpose

During the Clinton administration, the government required the financial industry to start expanding the frequency of mortgage loans to consumers who might not have qualified in the past.

When George W. Bush was named president by the Supreme Court in December 2000, the stock market had begun to decline with the bursting of the bubble.

In 2001 the frequency of White House visits by Alan Greenspan increased.

Greenspan endorsed President Bush’s March 2001 tax cuts for the rich. More such cuts took place in May 2003.

Signs of recession had begun to show in early 2001. The stock market crashed after 9/11. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 and Iraq in March 2003.

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It's different this time: Housing, deflation & depression

Now that the economy is careening from a systemic financial meltdown into depression, it is easy pundit pickings to "compare and contrast" this depression with the Great Depression of the 30s and with the Stagflation of the 70s.

We've all seen a number of these analyses, and I have yet to find one which illuminates housing's quite different characteristics in the deflationary 30s, the inflationary 70s and the present. Here is my attempt to draw distinctions between those past depressions and the one we are now entering.

Why single out housing? For the simple reason it is the primary reservoir of both psychological and "real" wealth (i.e. assets as measured in constant dollars or purchasing-power parity.)

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Confusion reigns: A crisis-driven global rush to dollar liquidity is not deflation

In the crisis stage of a debt deflation, defined by Fisher and Minsky as a reduction in debt financing, credit and money market panic causes banks to stop lending and borrowing from each other, pay off existing loans to shore up their balance sheets, and build reserves against expected future losses. This creates a short term spike in demand for the currency in which the debt is denominated, in the current case dollars. To the uninitiated, this looks like monetary deflation. A strengthening currency and falling interest rates also characterizes monetary deflation. That can in time produce commodity price deflation, so the confusion is understandable. But don't be fooled.

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Republican logo -- You're doing it wrong!

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Winter Patriot's One and Only Post about Electoral Reform

It's brilliant and stupid at the same time. It's so practical, it's practically perfect; but it's also ludicrous, and it’s impossible to imagine that it could ever be implemented. Welcome to my one and only post about electoral reform.

Electoral reform is, of course, a chicken-and-egg problem. In order for us -- We The People, remember us? -- to reform the system, we would have to control it. But in order to control it, we would have to reform it.

And it's not only a chicken-and-egg problem, but it's also an impossible one, because we don't have any chickens or any eggs.

But who cares? We're knee-deep in campaign propaganda anyway, so we might as well fantasize about something else for a minute. And as I've promised, this will be my only post on the subject.

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'Flying syringe' mosquitos, other ideas get Gates funding

Unbelievable. Consent? Who needs consent?!? Just set loose a swarm of genetically altered bugs on some unsuspecting poor people. It's totally humane. What could possibly go wrong? - Ed.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded 100,000 dollars each on Wednesday to scientists in 22 countries including funding for a Japanese proposal to turn mosquitos into "flying syringes" delivering vaccines.

The charitable foundation created by the founder of software giant Microsoft said in a statement that the grants were designed to "explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve global health."

The grants were awarded for research into preventing or curing infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and limiting the emergence of drug resistance.

They are the first round of funding for the Gates Foundation's "Grand Challenges Explorations," a five-year 100-million-dollar initiative to "promote innovative ideas in global health."

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LETS: Local Exchange Trading Systems - info

Once you've grasped the LETS philosophy, then trading in LETS points becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

My LETS philosophy is, "Don't think of LETS points as dollars. Think of them as favours".

LETS, or Local Exchange Trading Systems, are local community trading groups where members exchange their goods and services with each other in a spirit of harmony and a genuine desire to help each other.

The LETS group's function is to act as a bookkeeper for the members' transactions, keeping record of these 'favours' (also called 'beans', 'auras', 'shells', 'talents', thank yous', etc.) and putting the members' accounts into debit or credit accordingly. An account which is in credit identifies a member who has given more favours than he's received. An account which is in debit identifies a member who has received more favours than he's given. As there is no interest paid to accounts in credit, and no interest charged to accounts in debit, neither situation is a problem, and both are necessary in order to make transactions happen.

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Islamic banking escapes fallout

It's the usury, stupid. - Ed.

KUALA LUMPUR - ISLAMIC banking has largely escaped the fallout from the global financial crisis, thanks to rules that forbid the sort of risky business that is felling mainstream institutions.

But experts say that because of its heavy reliance on property investments and private equity, the booming 1.0 trillion dollar global industry could be hit if the turmoil worsens and real assets start to crumble.

'In the current financial turmoil, it is interesting to note that Islamic financing may have prevented a majority of the mess created by the conventional banking and financial institutions,' Kuwait Finance House said in a report.

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Preparing the cover story for the theft of the election

Two weeks to go and the machine is starting to prepare the narrative for how it is possible that John McCain won the 2008 Presidential election. With every poll showing an Obama lead of anywhere from 10-14 points for the past few weeks, suddenly today the Associated Press announced a new poll that shows the race in a dead heat. Nonsense. With the backdrop of the Kennedy-Palast reporting on how the GOP has already started the systematic theft of the election this poll today is just the coverage they need to pretend that the results of a McCain victory will be legitimate. If McCain does indeed go on to steal the election, no doubt his supporters will point to this bogus poll to refute the other polls.

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And now the Manchurian microchip

October 18, 2008 7:13 AM

The geniuses at Homeland Security who brought you hare-brained procedures at airports (which inconvenience travelers without snagging terrorists) have decreed that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This means The Investigator -- at the risk of compromising national insecurities -- would be remiss not to make you aware of the hottest topic in U.S. counterintelligence circles: rogue microchips. This threat emanates from China (PRC) -- and it is hugely significant.

The myth: Chinese intelligence services have concealed a microchip in every computer everywhere, programmed to "call home" if and when activated.

The reality: It may actually be true.

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So what were top military commanders from the US and Europe doing at the Trudeau Institute?

Last Weekend the top military brass from the US and Europe met together in Saranac Lake NY.

So? You may well ask

Interesting article I thought, but my ears really perked up when i was contacted by a member of the David Icke Forum, Lovelitious, who provided the following information.

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Israel gets real on Iran

Washington On the eve of his departure from political life, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert delivered a stinging parting shot – putting under question not only the wisdom of holding on to Palestinian land, but also the feasibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“We have to make a decision, one that goes against all our instincts, against our collective memory”, he told the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. Recognizing that no other Israeli leader ever had uttered these words publicly, Olmert went on to declare that “Israel must withdraw from almost all, if not all” of the West Bank to achieve peace.

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Livni loses momentum for forming a government

Foreign minister Tzipi Livni is running out of time for forming a viable coalition government. Ehud Olmert will therefore deliver the opening speech of the Knesset winter session next Tuesday as caretaker prime minister followed by opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, Likud.

After failing to pull together a majority line-up in 28 days of hard bargaining, the Kadima leader has two weeks ending on Nov. 3 to finish the task, although when first entrusted with the task she pledged she would go for a new election if she failed to pull it off in the first ten days.

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Israeli revealed as owner of South Sudan bound weapons ship (MV Faina)

Registration documents gathered by BBC included the confirmation that the ship hijacked by Somalia pirates belonged to a Jewish investor residing in the self proclaimed state of Israel, and not a Ukrainian ship.

More information reveal the reported Ukrainian owner company by the name of Tomax Team as nothing but a mere operator based in the Ukraine, employing crews from Ukraine and Latvia. The crisis surrounding the destination of its cargo were further resolved when transportation codes with "GOSS" (an acronym for Government of South Sudan) were found amongst the documentations to solve the deepening mystery.

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Background info:

Somali rebels threaten to burn MV Faina, 10/2/08

Somali rebels have threatened they will urge pirates holding a Ukrainian ship carrying military hardware to burn the cargo and the vessel.

The pirates have insisted on being paid USD 20 million to release the cargo and the 21 crew members of the MV Faina's which is blockaded by US warships and other navies off Somalia's Indian Ocean coast.

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We are giving them our real money to make up for losses of pseudo-money that never really existed

In response to an essay about the government bailouts, I received the following comment:

"I posed a question to a few ‘experts’ asking where all this lost money had gone, or if it ever existed, but got no reply.

A couple of days later I heard the same question asked to a BBC radio business program. They went across the road from the BBC studio, to the London school of Economics to ask 2 of their senior lecturers this question.

Their answer? No, the lost money never really existed!

So now we are giving them OUR money to make up for the losses that only really existed as 1s and 0s in their computers. Unbelievable."

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The stark choice now facing America

America, and Americans face a stark decision - and a choice that must be made now.

Not next month at the polls, not next week.


I have been writing on this subject, petitioning Congress, and both calling and faxing Congress - and you - for the last year and a half.

We now sit literally days away, with a high probability, of a credit market "dislocation" that will change American finance and decimate the stock market.

That is, worse - far worse - than what has happened thus far.

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Debt Slavery is the real reason behind the bailout

I was just listening to Ron Paul on the latest Bail-Out of banks. He disapproved of the Bail-Out because he claims that it will destroy the financial system as we know it by destroying the dollar's value and creating hyper-inflation.

Ron Paul said "you can not just create trillions of dollars out of thin air without creating inflation". Paul's conclusions are based upon the idea of demand pull inflation. This means a situation where excess amounts of money are chasing a static or near static amount of goods and services.

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Mayan Calendar: The meaning of the fifth night

The difficult Fifth NIGHT ruled by Tezcatlipoca

In the Fifth NIGHT, (November 18 2007 - November 12, 2008), ruled by the energy of Tezcatlipoca, the god of darkness, we will see the last desperate attempts of the West, and power hierarchies based on materialism everywhere, to remain in control and strengthen their power in some new very oppressive way.

If the international monetary system collapses in DAY 5, we may for instance come to see this replaced by a centralized Electronic control over everyone's economic interactions (Not to mention control of whereabouts and other things).

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Former McCain supporter accuses the Senator of hate mongering

Frank Schaeffer is the bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. He is the son of the late evangelist Francis Schaeffer and considered himself a lifelong Republican. He voted for John McCain in 2000, and McCain even endorsed one of Schaeffer’s earlier books on military service. But on Friday, Schaeffer published an open letter to McCain excoriating the Arizona senator.

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The case for a McCain-Palin presidency

If Barack Obama is elected, 25% of the country is going to have a gigantic freak-out, arming their preachers with .50 cals and their lawyers with rocket-propelled grenades. Hell, they're already filing lawsuits on early voting, lining up the post-election objects to burn in protest, and making death threats in advance. In their private moments you can almost hear them wistfully ask, "Can a President be impeached for spending too much time in the gym?" For yea, verily, black terrorism will stalk throughout their lands, and it will all be extremely annoying, and horribly, hysterically bad. I mean for the period of at least 4 years when 25% of the population and 50% of the volume continually threaten to secede and publicly long for the good old days of Slick Willie.

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CIA Agent Tim Osman, AKA Osama bin Laden

AKA Usama binBoogyman, speaks from the grave:

“I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle.” Osama Bin Laden (from a Pakistan Karachi Ummat news interview suppressed in the U.S. and Britian - September 28, 2001)

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Dissecting a 3-minute pack of lies and deception

See how NBC puts togther one or two sentences from each propaganda theme in a very professional way in just a three-minutes report. It is really amazing. Note the intro, the middle, the putting words in others' mouth, the coming back to the real propaganda theme and the justification for the next war of aggression. A perfect propaganda piece. Nazis would be turning in grave to see this level of perfection on the part of modern day warlords promoting and glamourising war after wars.

Watch video (about 10 minutes)

Unconfirmed: The assassination of Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan in the Jordan's capital Amman yesterday

Based on a report by Terror Victims Information Base, the Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan has been killed in an explosion in the capital Amman, but there are some contradictory reports about the news...

According to the report, he was targeted when he was moving from a villa in the national park to the residence of Jordan’s king Malek Abdullah II for holding a private visit.

Even if, Dagan has not been assassinated in the operation, there is a big failure for Mossad and Jordan and also a big victory for the attackers. How did the attackers find that Dagan was passing from the region or how did they were informed about the presence of Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan in Jordan..

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Mutant seeds for Mesopotamia

One would think that Iraqi farmers, now prospering under "freedom" and "democracy," would be able to plant the seeds of their choosing, but that choice, under little-known Order 81, would be illegal.

But first, it is important to set the context. Most people have never heard of the infamous "100 Orders," but they help explain why the majority of Iraqis remain opposed to foreign occupation. The 100 Orders allow multinational corporations to basically privatize an entire nation, and this degree of foreign and private control has not been witnessed since the days of the British East India Company and its extraterritoriality treaties.

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Oligarchs, Mandelson and Osborne

The Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska has rather weightier matters to worry about right now – such as, with credit markets still closed, where he's going to find the money to refinance the $4.5bn (£2.7bn) he borrowed to buy a 25 per cent stake in Norilsk Nickel – but that hasn't stopped him playing centre stage in Britain's latest political bunfight.

It was unwise, to put it mildly, for the shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, to use confidences learnt while holidaying in Corfu as a guest of his old college friend Nat Rothschild to attack a political bruiser as formidable as Peter Mandelson. Mr Rothschild saw the smear campaign as a betrayal of his hospitality and has given Mr Mandelson all the ammunition he needs to bite back.

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More bailout contracts contain blacked out portions

What is this you say.....trans-par-en-cy?? I do not know this thing..... - Ed.

The Treasury Department has hired two big accounting firms to help keep tabs on the government's financial-industry rescue program, and once again certain basic elements of the deals are shrouded in secrecy.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will provide internal controls for the government's $700 billion bailout fund. Ernst & Young will provide general accounting and consulting. The Treasury Department said the first phase of the three-year contracts will be worth $191,469.27 and $492.006.95, respectively.

That sort of specific detail is lacking in the agreements themselves. The Pricewaterhouse Coopers contract released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday has blacked-out text in the area covering the firm's bid, and also conceals the name of the PricewaterhouseCoopers partner who signed the deal.

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Financial Meltdown defuses military options on Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - The global financial crisis has eclipsed Western jitters over Iran's nuclear program and may have put paid to the possibility of the United States or Israel resorting to preemptive military strikes.

To bomb Iranian sites now, diplomats and analysts say, would risk triggering an even more intolerable tumult should Tehran choke off oil exports -- something neither U.S. President George W. Bush nor his imminent successor looks likely to countenance.

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News outlets sweat over exit poll accuracy

"F***! We're way out on this Obama landslide branch. What the hell are we gonna do when they tell us to say McCain won?!? Better start planting the story now or they'll be after us with pitchforks...." - NBSABCCBSCNNFOXMSNBC

Media outlets are preparing for the possibility that their Election Day surveys could be skewed because of overstated support for Barack Obama, largely because of the enthusiasm of his supporters.

While exit polling is a notoriously inexact science—early exit poll results suggested John Kerry would be elected president in 2004—the introduction of several new variables, ranging from the zeal of Obama’s supporters to his racial background to widespread early voting, is causing concerns among those who charged with conducting the surveys and the networks that will be reporting them.

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Swing voters are bothered by John McCain's temperament and his party

Julia Cavenaugh is a Republican from Texas who voted twice for President Bush, so it is no easy stretch for the second-grade teacher to cast her ballot for Barack Obama.

Fed up with Republicans over the economy, she likes Obama's tax and healthcare plans. After the economic crisis erupted last month, she found another reason to reject her party's presidential nominee: temperament.

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I Don't Mind If You Keep Voting, But Do You Mind If I Keep Laughing While You Do?

I don’t care who the candidate is. I don’t care what issues to which he seems to gravitate. I don’t care about his record, his leadership qualities, the apparent first-lady-ness of his wife (or her husband), his insider-ness or his outsider-ness, his race, his height, his weight, how well he speaks, how wonderfully he photographs, the nation of his birth, how likely it might be that he’s fun to drink with, or his appreciation for unique uses for a fine cigar.

More importantly though, given two other observations, voting strikes me as an incredible waste of time for anyone who is ultimately interested in two rather vital issues: personal liberty and personal responsibility.

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Blackwater sends warships to Gulf of Aden

BLACKWATER Worldwide — the US private military contractor embroiled in controversy over its actions in Iraq — has sent a private sector warship equipped with helicopters to the Gulf of Aden, and is offering its services to shipowners concerned with Somali piracy.

The vessel, McArthur, is described as a multipurpose unit designed to support military and law-enforcement training, peace-keeping and stability operations.

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It’s a Conspiracy, Stupid!

Brain Washing, Saving Face, Denying the Obvious…

During my visit to Indianapolis I recounted in some detail what is happening as a result of the bailout of our banking system. Amschel Rothschild’s declaration that control of the money provides de-facto hegemony is being extended before our eyes. I do not believe the world wide financial crisis was happenstance – it was planned in order to gain control over the world monetary system. My older sister had a typical reaction to a detailed explanation. “Can you imagine what our friends would think of us if we expressed this opinion? They would think we were crazy!”

The brainwashing has been successful. Truth has been so well wrapped in falsehood that many of us who know it are afraid to mention it out loud.

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Recession/Depressions: How the GOP 'Soaks' the Poor and Middle Classes

'Depression' is the word used to describe how the working classes get soaked. Austrian-born economist Joseph Schumpeter as quoted in Robert Heilbronner's "The Worldly Philosophers" regaled his Harvard students in the mid-1930s
Chentleman, you are vorried about the depression. You should not be. For capitalism, a depression is a good cold douche. [By which he meant shower.]

Scrooge put it even more bluntly:
"Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons...then let them die and decrease the surplus population." —Scrooge

There have been fears that the US economy was perched to jump off into a 1930s-style depression. Thanks to Schumpeter, many have said that a recession or a depression may not be such a bad thing. That depends, of course, upon whether or not you have enough reserves to ride out a recession. It has been argued that the international 'banking establishment' manufactures recessions/depressions to give investors a chance to pick up bargain stocks or entire businesses. But --is this a good thing as Schumpeter implied?

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Saving its ass to wreak even worse havoc

Readers know the mainstream media casts the monetary symptoms of this long-brewing, deep structural crisis of U.S. finance capital finally erupting into public view, as the whole story. The news comes as an unfathomable shock to most people because this crisis has been disguised for years as isolated phenomena, bursting housing bubbles, downturns, etc., camouflaging its systemic roots and nature, with surface symptoms. Making sense of this deep crisis of capital is critical. It signals rare revolutionary opportunities as well as deepening dangers.

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The 21st Century American Revolution

If there is one thing I hate, it’s being patronized by educators that believe they have the final word because they work with “political theory” everyday. This time it’s Noam Chomsky that is doing it. He says that of course the American political elite and their manufacturing and the financial establishments run the government. The political and wealthy elite have always run this country, and this according to what he attributes to James Madison, was always the founders intent. The appearance of cronyism and an exclusive club that runs the country, the “political elite” have always maintained power. The only time a true populist movement took hold in Washington is when Andrew Jackson became president and ushered in Jacksonian democracy, threw out the central bank, and fired his cabinet for not addressing the needs of the people by arguing with him about policy.

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Ellen Brown: Solutions Offered

Financial Meltdown: The Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History

On October 15, the Presidential candidates had their last debate before the election. They talked of the baleful state of the economy and the stock market; but omitted from the discussion was what actually caused the credit freeze, and whether the banks should be nationalized as Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is now proceeding to do. The omission was probably excusable, since the financial landscape has been changing so fast that it is hard to keep up. A year ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through 14,000 to make a new all-time high. Anyone predicting then that a year later the Dow would drop nearly by half and the Treasury would move to nationalize the banks would have been regarded with amused disbelief. But that is where we are today.1

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I (heart) George Ure

Try to stay on the same page, my friend (except for the guy who's not reading this column anymore..): The PTB's game is to keep America Divided...because if too many of the villagers catch on, it will be necktie parties and pitchforks for those who stole our freedoms, retirement money and all the rest.

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Dueling Puppets

h/t Urban Survival

Who's in Charge??

I was under the impression that Canada and Australia were sovereign countries.

I guess not.

This video shows the heads of both these states reading the same exact statement - word for word - supporting the invasion of Iraq.

Who wrote this thing?

Who distributed it?

Who compelled these obvious puppets to read it?

The Queen? The CIA? Who runs these people.

Note: Canada's Harper was not yet Prime Minister when he made this speech selling out his country for god knows who - but he is now.

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Les Vis: Have fun bending over for the Catch 22

Tap, tap, tap….. Hmmmm… finger drumming on the table top… restless stretching and reaching… got an itch under my shoulder blade… confusion… a little I guess. Like ‘tells’ in poker, I’m getting some reads but the betting doesn’t reflect the hands I’m seeing when I call. What’s going on? I guess I can’t ask Marvin Gaye. You know what? I think I’m just going to take a little walk through my head and see what the ping pong ball has to say. I know it’s used to going back and forth and then there’s the spin thing. I’m pretty good at ping pong and the other things you learn growing up on military bases and being locked up for long periods of time. I’m not the sort of person you want to play Nine Ball with.

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Top international military officials meet in Adirondacks

SARANAC LAKE - Powerful generals and admirals from some of the most powerful nations on Earth are reportedly meeting somewhere in the local area this weekend after flying into the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear on Friday.

Among the passengers of a large Boeing 757 airplane with "United States of America" printed on its fuselage were top members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and their counterparts from France, Germany and another country, possibly Great Britain, according to Barry DeFuria, a town of Harrietstown councilman and Airport Committee member who was there when the plane landed. A top military delegation from Italy flew in on a separate Falcon airplane, DeFuria said.

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The Corporatists

Corporatists of left, right and centre show a marked hostility to allegations that the European Union is fundamentally fascist. This is perhaps not surprising since they combine in their belief in supranational government, collective solutions, corporatist economics, State intervention and what Tony Blair often termed the "Third Way" most of the characteristics of fascism.
They must therefore seek to distance themselves from that discredited ideology. This is made easier if they can find an enemy to whom they can ascribe the values of "fascism" ­ they choose nationalists and those they term "the extreme right".
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In the event of war, some projections from Lord Stirling

50% chance of major regional war in the Middle East before mid-January [three months from now].

25% chance of major regional war in the Middle East during the next two weeks [October Surprise].

95% chance of major regional war in the Middle East involving nuclear, radiological, chemical, advanced biological, and advanced conventional warfare.

100% chance of major regional war in the Middle East involving the United States.

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On Ayers, Obama and "Terrorism"

Meteor Blades has an interesting post up over at Daily Kos. He describes his previous association with David Gilbert, who, like Bill Ayers, was a member of the Weather Underground approximately 40 years ago. MB makes the obvious point:

As others have observed, palling around with terrorists has a long and sordid history in America. Just take the six decades I’ve been alive. Venerated Senators and Representatives made common cause with the Ku Klux Klan and their ilk, whose murders were the ultimate backstop for maintaining American apartheid. That system, you may recall, rested on ruthless white rule over the portion of the United States which allegedly lost the Civil War. It reinstituted slavery in a visible but widely ignored form, and for 90 years it destroyed every civil right of African-Americans, enforcing this with terror, including lynchings and other murders.

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Norilsk Nickel: A Tale of Unbridled Capitalism, Russian Style

The launch of Russia’s stock markets in the early 90s and the privatization of state assets was one of the best things that happened in the short career of Dmitri Mededov, a Russian attorney.

Opening up Russia’s stock market and changing the economic system included lucrative loans against stock. These loans were designed to benefit the Russian government of President Boris Yeltsin, which could not finance its huge budget deficits by just printing more money – a stopgap measure that would just spark inflation and generate other serious financial problems.

“So we thought of a plan to have commercial banks loan all the money they wanted to the government in exchange for bonds and equities, using oil and gas or mining companies as collateral. Of course they’d lose that if they did not pay the loans back in time,” said Mededov, referring to a master plan he brought back from his studies at Yale in the United States.

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For those of you calling Powell's decision based on race, maybe you're the racist

This is a comment among many comments for and against Colin Powell that I read. I feel that this is one comment that should give us something to think about. I guess that if your a racist, you would not like this comment. Racism is what will destroy our Country.

If you don't think there is a different standard for Obama & McCain, read on.........

We really haven't measured the effect of "race" on the race. Think
about this and what it means about how important "race" is, (and shouldn't be):

Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage,
including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his
graduating class?

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Don't be shocked if McCain and Sarah Palin win

Watch this video and see the hatred McCain and Palin have stoked against Obama as a black person and indirectly against all Muslims. This is a shocking report from an October 12 Sarah Palin campaign rally in Ohio.

Several Palin supporters told reporter Casey Kauffman what they really thought about Obama -- in blatantly racist terms, with one man even invoking the infamous N-word against the African-American Illinois senator. Not only did Palin make no attempt to stem the feelings of ill will toward Obama -- as John McCain had done two days earlier in Minnesota -- she actually stoked the hateful feelings by branding him one "who sympathizes with terrorists." The hatred wasn't limited to Obama himself: Kauffman also interviewed an Obama supporter who staged a protest outside the rally who said that he, too, was called the N-word -- even though he's white.

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Let It Collapse - from Christopher Ketcham

So the tax-payer hand-out will “save” Wall Street from its own predations. Any reasonable man, of course, would wish the pig-fuckers to fry in their own feces. Let the free market carry out their corpses to the gutter. And mine too, perhaps, for as a magazine writer I depend on the thoughtlessness and blind-mole cupidity of credit-card consumerism – the credit system now imploding – to feed the ad-market that feeds the magazines that pay my bills. Without dumb blondes buying Manohlo Blahniks and metrosexuals fawning over prawns in overpriced restaurants, my paycheck turns to dust.

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The Red/Blue/Yellow Lists

If you study world history then you are probably already aware that our once great country has become what our ancestors fought and died to stop. Fascists! From the introduction of Nazi procedures and symbolisms in our government and military, to the foundation of organizations like The DHS which is nothing more than the Stasi with a new name. Look at The Iraq War, Real ID, The NAU/SPP, Use of Torture, Election Fraud, Media Black Outs, Past Assassinations, and so on...... We all know how our government and all of it's covert agencies just love to make lists. I read that the TSA's no fly watch list is now over one million people. So I am sure that the blue list / red list really do exist.

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Letter: Andrew Lahde, Lahde Capital Management

Today I write not to gloat. Given the pain that nearly everyone is experiencing, that would be entirely inappropriate. Nor am I writing to make further predictions, as most of my forecasts in previous letters have unfolded or are in the process of unfolding. Instead, I am writing to say goodbye.

Recently, on the front page of Section C of the Wall Street Journal, a hedge fund manager who was also closing up shop (a $300 million fund), was quoted as saying, “What I have learned about the hedge fund business is that I hate it.” I could not agree more with that statement. I was in this game for the money. The low hanging fruit, i.e. idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale, and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking. These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government. All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America.

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"War on Iran to spell Israel's collapse"

Former Iranian defense minister says an Israeli attack on Iran would result in Palestinian victory over Israel in the occupied lands.

Following recent reports on a possible Israeli strike on Iran, Admiral Ali Shamkhani said Sunday that Iran has readied a contingency plan for any possible war scenarios against the Islamic Republic.

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The guys from 'Government Sachs'

Get a load of the GS defenders vehemently dismissing criticism as kooky conspiracy theorists and sour grapes purveyors. Mmm hmm. - Ed.


Not so fast, say Goldman’s supporters. They vehemently dismiss suggestions that Mr. Paulson’s team would elevate Goldman’s interests above those of other banks, homeowners and taxpayers. Such chatter, they say, is a paranoid theory peddled, almost always anonymously, by less successful rivals. Just add black helicopters, they joke.

“There is no conspiracy,” said Donald C. Langevoort, a law professor at Georgetown University. “Clearly if time were not a problem, you would have a committee of independent people vetting all of the potential conflicts, responding to questions whether someone ought to be involved with a particular aspect or project or not because of relationships with a former firm — but those things do take time and can’t be imposed in an emergency situation.”

In fact, Goldman’s admirers say, the firm’s ranks should be praised, not criticized, for taking a leadership role in the crisis.

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HHS Declares 'Health Emergencies' to limit legal liability for anti-terrorism vaccines, drugs

October Surprises: The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt, has declared a series of 'public health emergencies' -- due to risk of a bioterrorism attack -- that continue through 2015.

  • Oct. 1, 2008: U.S. declares a 'public health emergency' due to the risk of a bioterrorism attack. HHS Secretary, Michael Leavitt, said the emergency began on Oct. 1 and would run through Dec. 31, 2015. The declaration establishes legal immunity for public and private officials who oversee the production or distribution of the anthrax vaccine.
  • Oct. 10, 2008: U.S. declares more 'public health emergencies' for smallpox, radiation sickness from the detonation of a nuclear device and poisoning from botulinum toxins, the active ingredient of Botox. This move provides the manufacturers, distributors, and others, of 'anti-terrorism' drugs and vaccines immunity from lawsuits, should injuries or deaths occur due to the drugs or vaccines.
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Ray McGovern: Attack on Iran off the table?

On Sept. 23, the neo-conservative chiefs of the Washington Post’s editorial page mourned, in a tone much like what one hears on the death of a close friend, that “a military strike by the United States or Israel [on Iran is not] likely in the coming months.”

One could almost hear a wistful sigh, as they complained that efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program have “slipped down Washington’s list of priorities … as Iran races toward accumulating enough uranium for a bomb.”

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Large scale Iranian air force exercise simulates attack on Israel

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the drill beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 in northern Iran, is Tehran’s rejoinder to Israel’s big aerial maneuver last June.

Then, more than 100 Israeli fighter-bombers went through their paces over the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, roughly the same distance from Israel as Iran.

Tehran’s media claim the exercise will test its air force’s ability to fly to Israel and back without refueling.

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JP Morgan responsible for the destruction of the US financial system

The tag team of JPMorgan as the monster and Goldman Sachs as its harlot represent a powerful pair that is more responsible for destroying the entire US financial system than 95% of the American public has any awareness. The colossus of JPMorgan is a monster, a predator, nurtured by pond scum. It has gobbled up Chase Manhattan, Manufacturers Hanover, Chemical Bank, Bank One, and more over the past two decades. Their profound presence in keeping the USTreasury Bond yields down can never be understated. They do so by managing 85% of the credit derivatives on the planet. They distorted usury prices, as in price of borrowed money, thus aggravating the LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) market in a very visible manner.

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"Fat and Lean Years" - Will Joseph Principle lead to Communism?

Right on schedule, the Rothschild-politician-puppets are promising to save us from the crisis caused by the Rothschild-banker-puppets by creating "a new world financial order."

Nicholas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown are calling for a "new international financial architecture for the global age" which will establish Rothschild global governance under the guise of "reforming and regulating" markets.

In a recent article "The Joseph Principle and Crisis Economics," Carl Teichrib, a young Manitoba researcher-farmer says the manipulation of calamities to re-make a society can be traced back to Biblical times. Joseph, one of the first Court Jews, is best known for predicting seven years of abundance (inflation) followed by seven years of famine (deflation.)

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Financial storm of the century, or a turning of the tide?

Ladies and gentlemen, what you have just witnessed is an op carried out on the world. Previously, in The Beginning of A World Centralization Whirlwind, I wrote about how banks, legally able to treat credit card, student, auto, and house loans as assets, and then bundled them up into financial packages called asset backed securities and structured finance collaterilized debt obligations, since the risk was too great for them, they sold them to investors, who sold them on the stock markets for profit. All the banks that have crumbled and being bailed out were buying up and holding these securities. And so here we are, facing the storm.

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The Great Tomato Bubble: An allegory by Sparticus

Ever wonder about why our economy is in trouble? How can so many people can be in so much debt at the same time? Does it seem strange to you no matter how hard one works, and in spite of all the advances in society, most hard working people cannot escape the treadmill of perpetual debt? Why are so many families losing their homes to foreclosure? Why are many households dependent upon credit cards to supplement their income? Why have so many retirement savings been wiped out?

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Americans Coming Out Of The Racist Religionist Closet

From Michael Parenti:

No need to speculate about the level of thought and political development of many of the McCain/Palin followers. They come right out and say it. Please check this link and watch the brief film:

In Case You Missed This: What If US Collapses? Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent a message it is.

My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.

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Howard Zinn on 911 and Griffin

To All Those Working for a Peaceful, Just and Environmentally Sustainable Society:

Whether one views the 9/11 “terrorist” attacks as blow back, a wake-up call, or an unjustified outrage, they have deeply affected the American psyche and our attitudes toward war, the future, and the world.

As a historian trying to understand this phenomenon, I tend to view the government’s behavior, before and after 9/11, in the context of its leaders’ past actions.

Before 9/11, Bush’s inner circle of neoconservative advisors proclaimed the need for a dramatic expansion of U.S. military might entailing “full spectrum dominance” over all other nations and regions (including outer space), long term petro-resource control with permanent Middle East bases, and a pre-emptive First Strike policy against recalcitrant states. In September 2000, however, the neocon’s flagship think tank, the Project for a New America Century, warned that this “process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.”

After 9/11, this administration systematically nurtured the fear of further homeland attacks to justify its own assaults on constitutional rights as well as social and environmental programs that protected “the people” but fettered corporate power and control.

David Ray Griffi n’s book “The New Pearl Harbor -- Disturbing Questions About The Bush Administration and 9/11” asks “Were these tragedies simply the result of unprecedented failures and incompetence as the government maintains, or were there elements of foreknowledge and implicit welcome involved?” He attempts to answer this question, reviewing the facts, studying other possible interpretations of these facts, and observing the breakdown of the official story over time.

Griffin’s status as a renowned theologian and his systematic approach to the documented evidence lend this work unique importance and authority. Although still shunned by the mainstream media, his book has already encouraged many thousands to debate the case for possible government complicity and at the very least to demand a full, transparent and truly independent public inquiry.

Democracy requires citizen vigilance, informed debate and official accountability. In that spirit, David Ray Griffin’s book deserves to be widely read.

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