Sunday, September 21, 2008

Behind Closed Doors, Warnings of Calamity

CARL HULSE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN reports from Washington in the New York Times Online, on September 19, 2008, 'Gathered in the conference room just off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s personal suite on the second floor of the Capitol, the Congressional leadership had just received the sobering news Thursday night that America’s economy remained in peril despite a series of sudden interventions by the Federal Reserve.
Senator Christopher J. Dodd met with members of his staff on Friday. He was in the meeting Thursday night when Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled a plan to use billions in dollars to buy bad debt.
Then the other shoe dropped. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. told top members of both parties — about to leave Washington to assail one another in a bitter election season — that they had no choice but to pull together and quickly pass legislation providing billions of public dollars to take bad assets off the hands of the nation’s financial institutions.
"Do you know what you are asking me to do?" said Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader who has struggled all year against concerted Republican opposition, according to multiple participants at the Thursday night session. "It takes me 48 hours to get the Republicans to agree to flush the toilets around here."
At that point, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader who duels constantly with Mr. Reid, reached over to assure his colleague they could work it out. "Harry," Mr. McConnell said, "I think we need to do this, we should try to do this and we can do this."
As Congress waited Friday for details of the plan, Congressional officials said members of both parties remained willing to move ahead despite reservations from the rank-and-file about exposing taxpayers to staggering costs that have yet to be disclosed.
In telephone briefings with lawmakers, Mr. Paulson and the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, sought to make it clear that the price of doing nothing could be calamitous.
"If we don’t get this, it will be nothing short of a disaster for our markets," Mr. Bernanke told House Republicans in a conference call Friday, according to a detailed account of the call.
At the same time, Democrats sought to make it clear the final proposal had to take care of the general public as well as Wall Street.
Referring to a phone conversation with President Bush early Friday, Ms. Pelosi said: "As I told the president this morning, we are committed to quick, bipartisan action while ensuring that we uphold key principles — insulating Main Street from Wall Street and keeping people in their homes by reducing mortgage foreclosures, restoring market confidence and protecting American taxpayers from incurring hundreds of billions of dollars of debt."
Yet it is evident that sentiments disclosed by the financial officials in the meeting Thursday night and in other briefings have made a strong impression on Congress. And the seriousness with which the administration is approaching the issue was evident in the fact that Mr. Bush for the first time in weeks also telephoned Mr. Reid, with whom he has had a strained relationship, to ask for his help in pushing through legislation.
Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat, said that the Thursday-night session contained not a bit of levity and that the description of the financial predicament made him gulp. "When you get 20 politicians together and no one makes a joke, you know something is going on," he said.
Although Mr. Schumer and others have declined to repeat precisely what they were told by Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke, they said the two men described the financial system as effectively bound in a knot that was being pulled tighter and tighter by the day.
"There was a long pause in the room," Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said.
In the Republican conference call Friday, Mr. Bernanke sought to remind lawmakers that voters have money at risk, not just Wall Street executives.
"Many of your constituents hold money in money markets — those funds are losing money," he said, according to the account of the call provided by a listener. He blamed the deep problems in the housing market and said that the "critical issue is what do we do about these bad assets clogging up our credit system."
The financial crisis comes at a delicate time for Congress. Lawmakers had been preparing to dispose of a few legislative issues and then adjourn at the end of next week for the elections. But the push for financial legislation has upended the schedule and given the two parties some incentive to work together.
Republicans warned Friday that Democrats should not try to take advantage of the situation, with Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, saying the plan has to be kept "as simple and straightforward as possible."
"Loading it up to score political points or fit a partisan agenda will only delay the economic stability that families, seniors and small businesses deserve," he said.
Some conservatives who had already raised the alarm over federal intervention in the markets remained deeply skeptical of the plan.
"We are being asked to go ‘all in’ with taxpayer dollars, and once our government and the taxpayer is on the hook, there is no fallback option," said Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. "My fear is that taxpayers will be left with the mother of all debts, the federal government becomes the lender and guarantor of last resort and our nation finds itself on the slippery slope to socialism."
Yet Republican leaders appeared determined to go along with the administration plan. "This is a very serious, very unpleasant problem to deal with," said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, No. 3 in the Senate Republican leadership. "But we must act next week to solve this situation."
In their Friday conference call with Treasury and Fed officials, House Democrats, according to participants, accepted that the bailout was necessary but also faulted the administration for a reckless economic approach that combined deregulation, deficit spending and bad management.a
In the closed-door Thursday night meeting, Democrats sought to make it clear to Republicans that the underlying initiative for the financial rescue was coming from the administration and that it was the White House that owned the proposal.
Participants said Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the majority leader, was particularly emphatic, noting that the administration was requesting unprecedented action on short notice, effectively telling Congress, "Trust us."'

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Global Water Grab

George Ure writes at his site, UrbanSurvival.com, "I think I've mentioned to you now and again about how one of the next 'frontiers' of corpgov control over humans (besides patenting life via seed stocks and licensing animals with the creeping/creepy National Animal Identification Act) is the plan for the highest levels of internationalist global government to seize and 'license back to humans, access to the world's fresh water. Ah, don't you love it?

Although it will take a minute or so to load, my source around the UN in Geneva has come across a very revealing document (in his continuing disclosure of documents that should be getting the public's attention) that reveals what's going on at the highest levels when it comes toi planning your water access. File this under 'tax and control' by corpgovs. Scroll down to "Global Water Futures: A roadmap to future US policy"
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I trust you saw where NYC tap water was bottled and sold for $1.50? LMAO..."

George Ure's Personal Action Points

None of them violent, and in every way legal, yet at the same time, they are easy, actionable, and I believe would bring about positive change. Some of these include:
  • Vote with your wallet every time you open it. Whenever you spend, you are casting a vote for, or against, the marketing pseudo-reality, the prevailing socioeconomic paradigm, and the status quo. See a company that makes a product and has some kind of ethical core values (Example of an ethics-based company: Newman's Own), buy their products. See RBST-free milks? Buy it. Organic? Buy it. Want to buy hardware? Consider going out of your way to buy from a cooperative (Like Ace Hardware) rather than a megalithic 'big box store'. The "anything for shareholders" paradigm is yesterday's news. The cool thing about America is that the Framers of the Constitution knew this and designed a system which was flexible and could be changed. The corpgov paradigm didn't really hit America until 1913. In February of that year, the Sixteenth Amendment was enacted (passed is debated to this day) and by December 1913, the Bankers had grabbed control vide the "Federal Reserve Act" which had its roots as documented in G. Edward Griffin's most excellent book "Creature from Jekyll Island" Nothing happens by chance...
  • Participate in the most important part of the political process. No, that's not voting at the polls on election day. Participate passionately in the precinct committee meetings and caucuses in your own precinct or ward.
  • Invest in yourself and your family. Get an education and learn at least one trade which would be necessary should the world ever slip back toward the 1800's. We're only a terrorist attack on the grid or power/energy distribution infrastructure away from the 1800's anyway. It's just that the 'corpgov' paradigm hasn't got a plan for that, so if it happens, then you need to have a hot backup plan at the ready. The Russians, should they get angry enough, have the capability to launch a preemptive electromagnetic pulse attack on America that would put us at about 1860 overnight. If you don't understand that, you have not been reading very much about how modern warfare can be played out.
  • Along with an education, invest in things that can produce value: If you buy a home, try to find one where you won't have to grovel to a Homeowners Association for 'permission' to install solar panels, rip off your siding and put in heavier insulation, or put up a wind generator. There are quite literally hundreds of opportunities to lessen your carbon footprint and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. A bloated SUV ain't one of them, and neither is reporting to Condo Nazis. Get cold weather clothing, take up hiking, canning, get in shape, develop a green thumb and commit to producing some small portion of what you eat - event if it's only 5% because in the future that might be the difference between life and death in the future. You just never know about such things. Think about land that can produce something. A hobby where the tools can be applied to a wide range of productive activities (metalworking, for example) and why not build a small green house or do condo farming with potted plants?
  • Agitate for policies that make sense. Some of my favorite 'causes' are things like a single flat-rate income tax. No sales tax on food or clothing. Barring anyone in public office from holding any form of 'dual citizenship'. I want leaders who have no 'opt-out' option. American first, and only, dammit. Real borders, locking up anyone who hires illegal laborers, and as long as we're at it, ban use of foreign call centers and let's start making products in America again.
  • Turn off your TV and start retooling your reality filters to capture what's really going on rather than the MainStreamMedia paradigm. Spend at least 15-minutes of quiet time every day just owning your own life - assessing it, dreaming up alternatives for your own future and getting back into an ownership position where YOU are the boss.

Commentary at UrbanSurvival.com

A little reading of various conspiracy boards suggests that there might have been some kind of cooperation between a few US alphabet-agencies and other intelligence services around the world, including the KGB which Vlad Putin used to head, and this theory says that an earlier Bush at the CIA might have built an 'exit plan' for the Russian KGB-types during his vice presidential tenure.

When I think about it, that actually could make sense. How could the fall of Russia be coordinated without some pay off to those who could [violently] oppose a planned collapse? Recall George H.W. Bush was head of the CIA long before the breakdown of the Soviet empire. Such contingencies would have had to been obvious to strategic planners.

And, it wouldn't have been a bad plan, either. If you're going to help to facilitate the roll-over of something as big as the former Soviet Union, there would of course be palms to be greased to keep things moving along just so. And George H.W. Bush was VP under Reagan and then President when the Wall in Berlin finally came down, so the timing of this speculation is interesting. If there were to be favors passed around to make sure the rollover of Russia happened smoothly, this would be the platform to manage it from.

A little research on the web will find things like this:
"For example, the offices conducting then-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's investigation of 2.3 trillion - that's TRILLION - dollars missing at the Pentagon (9/10/01 C-SPAN) were destroyed in the attack on the Pentagon. Evidence relevant to the Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations of Worldcom and Enron - re: the $70 billion electric power swindle in California - was destroyed when Tower # 7, which housed SEC offices, collapsed a few hours after the Twin Towers. Both investigations disappeared. "
All coincidental, I'm sure, along with the later McKinney events, but nevertheless with a 'hot date' Oct. 7th and the ever-present possibility of terrorism striking at America's heartland, we'll just watch to see if an October 7th (or thereabout) event occurs. If it's terrorism, the close proximity to the announcement of new rules of short-selling and naked-shorting might be almost too coincidental to ignore.

That would be about the best evidence for an all-out 'war between the factions' of the PowersThatBe" I could imagine. So, I'll just watch the calendar.

Russia is upping defense spending by 25%.

George Ure comments ...

Not to sound too conspiratorial here, but now that 'terror' alerts are high (and I expect them to be publicly raised before October 7th -October 2 or 3 when the shorting rules come off would be timely ), one can sit back with a cup of coffee and wonder about whether the recent 'sudden' changes in short-selling rules both here in the US and in the UK will not somehow figure into events yet to come.

A commentary by Bill Cara this morning says "SEC will ban short selling: America's Leaders break down".

Recall that immediately prior to the attack on 9/11, the SEC was reported to have a huge investigation of naked short-selling underway and that key records disappeared in the events of that day.

Italian Who Revealed Gladio Says 9-11 Solved

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, has told Italy’s oldest and most widely read newspaper that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad, and that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies. In what translates awkwardly into English, Cossiga told the newspaper Corriere della Sera:"All the [intelligence services] of America and Europe…know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the Mossad, with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part … in Iraq [and] Afghanistan."Cossiga was elected president of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide election to become president of the country in 1985, and he remained until 1992.Cossiga’s tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment, and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Biden has deep ties to Rezko accomplice

BY DAVE MCKINNEY Staff Reporter/dmckinney@suntimes.com

DENVER -- No matter what help Barack Obama might get from Sen. Joseph Biden, his newly named vice presidential running mate won't give Obama much cover on the Tony Rezko front.

Biden has described himself as a 30-year friend of a key figure in the Rezko trial who's pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge in Chicago and is awaiting sentencing...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kennedy to appear, may speak at convention

The Democratic convention opens today amid a backdrop of memorable happenings: a tribute to Ted Kennedy and perhaps his last major public appearance; the drama surrounding the Clintons; the historic run of a white woman and black man; and the political involvement of the remaining heir to Camelot, Caroline Kennedy.

Darlene Superville, AP writer writes, "Ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy prepared to attend, and possibly speak at, the opening of the Democratic National Convention on Monday as Barack Obama unleashed a mocking ad seeking to link rival John McCain with President Bush and what it suggested were his failed economic policies.
The musical "Don't Know Much" commercial signaled that the Democrats' gathering would be as much about skewering McCain as about unifying the fractured party after a protracted primary season that split supporters between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Clinton, meanwhile, made her first convention appearance at a breakfast for New York Democrats. As supporters waved "Hillary Made History" signs, she preached unity—and took a shot at McCain.
"Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us," she said, referring to recent GOP television spots using Clinton's own earlier words against Obama. "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I do not approve that message," she said, to raucous laughter and applause.
Kennedy, who is being treated for a malignant brain tumor, is a beloved figure within the party, and the Massachusetts senator's last-minute appearance at the Pepsi Center is a way toward unification as the four-day convention opens amid signs of acrimony between Obama and Clinton delegates..."

Gustav

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Bejing Olympics

Carnival theme closes Olympics in Beijing
The Associated Press
Published: August 24, 2008

With a carnival-themed extravaganza, China concluded its debut as Olympic host Sunday after 16 days of nearly flawless logistics and superlative athletic achievement that coexisted awkwardly with the government's wariness of dissent and free speech.
To a large extent, the emergent superpower got what it had sought from the Games: a dominant effort by its athletes to top the gold-medal standings for the first time and almost glitch-free organizing that showcased world-class arenas and cheerful volunteers for the largest-ever peaceful influx of foreign visitors.
As a bonus, two athletes gave what might be among the greatest performances in Olympic history - Michael Phelps with his eight gold medals in swimming, Jamaica's ebullient Usain Bolt with three golds and three world records in the sprints...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama introduces Biden as running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden to the nation as his running mate Saturday, telling supporters that he is "a leader who is ready to step in and be president..."The McCain campaign quickly pounced Obama for introducing Biden as "the next president of the United States" before quickly correcting himself to say "vice president." "Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president," McCain spokesman Ben Porritt said. "The reality is that nothing has changed since Joe Biden first made his assessment that Barack Obama is not ready to lead. He wasn't ready then and he isn't ready now."
Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brings decades of experience that could help counter GOP attacks on Obama's lack of experience in foreign policy.
Biden abandoned his own White House run after a poor showing in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. He also ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out after charges of plagiarism in a stump speech. Biden is serving out his sixth term, making him Delaware's longest-serving senator.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Jeff Rense Program

Is this true? Jeff Rense Program: "Obama's Paster Supports 'Republic Of New Africa'"

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Crystalinks Ezine 2007

Crystalinks Ezine 2007: "Mardi Gras Stories in the News Google
Mardi Gras (French for 'Fat Tuesday') is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called 'Shrove Tuesday' or 'Pancake Day'. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, though the term is often used incorrectly to describe the days and weeks preceding Fat Tuesday. Carnival begins 12 days after Christmas, or Twelfth Night, on January 6 and ends on Mardi Gras, which always falls exactly 46 days before Easter. Perhaps the cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include Venice, Italy; Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many other places have important Mardi Gras celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, and in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean."

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Internet problems continue with fourth cable break - Technology - ArabianBusiness.com

Internet problems continue with fourth cable break - Technology - ArabianBusiness.com: "Internet problems continue with fourth cable break
by Dylan Bowman and AFP on Sunday, 03 February 2008

Internet services in Qatar have been seriously disrupted because of damage to an undersea telecoms cable linking the Gulf state to the UAE, the fourth such incident in less than a week."

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FOX Sports on MSN - NFL - Game Trax

Giants win Super Bowl thriller:




A day that was supposed to be reserved for 19-0 turned into a Giant upset, as New York stunned New England to win Super Bowl XLII.
Trailing late into the fourth quarter, Eli Manning drove the Giants 83 yards down the field, and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Manning was named MVP of the game after going 19-of-34 for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Tom Brady was sacked five times, and hit throughout the game by the Giants defense. He finished 29-of-48 for 266 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots finished the season 18-1, failing to become just the second team to cap an undefeated season with a Super Bowl win."

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READER SUBMITS CONFUSING (TO ME) CLUE--- OLYMPICS ??

READER SUBMITS CONFUSING (TO ME) CLUE--- OLYMPICS ??: "READER SUBMITS CONFUSING (TO ME) CLUE--- OLYMPICS ??
Posted By: Watchman
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2008, 8:29 a.m.
In Response To: MIKE ADAMS PREDICTS THE NEXT FEW YEARS (Watchman) Reader submission mentions the Beijing Olympics---- Does anyone have an opinion as to why the Olympics may be a turning point?
Re: MIKE ADAMS PREDICTS THE NEXT FEW YEARS
I was talking to a City of London banker and he thinks the economy will bobble along,downwards...but he indicated that all bets are off after the Beijing Olympic`s 8-14 August.
History shows us that slumps take years to unwind and all the actions of the financial
elite indicate that this is what they want.
PS, if you post this, don`t use my name please."

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