2011-12-30

The Current State of the US Government Prophesied Over 70 Years Ago

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

He May be a Bloodthirsty Murdering Sonuvabitch but He's Our Bloodthirsty Murdering Sonuvabitch


SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Tens of thousands of Yemenis held demonstrations around the country Friday to demand their longtime president face trial for the killings of hundreds of unarmed protesters in the pro-democracy uprising that began 10 months ago.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power for 33 years, signed a deal granting him immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20111230/D9RUUNO81.html

Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will be allowed to come to the United States for medical treatment in New York, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday.
US Welcomes Murderous Yemen Leader

2011-12-18

The United States supplies a large part of the Egyptian military budget
He may be a sonuvabitch but he's our sonuvabitch

Video begins at 30 second mark

2011-12-17

Corzine Again Asked Where is the $1.2 Billion

“I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled.” The former Golman Sachs CEO, US Senator and governor of New Jersey replied.
"Come on, leave the man alone. He's already told you he doesn't know what happened to the 1.2 billion dollars." President Obama then spoke in defense of his top campaign bundler of funds.

There Will Be Chaos....


Photos taken in Cairo on Saturday, December 17

CAIRO (AP) - Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers swept into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday, chasing protesters and beating them to the ground with sticks and tossing journalists' TV cameras off of balconies in the second day of a violent crackdown on anti-military protesters that has left eight dead and hundreds injured.
The violent, chaotic scenes have brought to the fore the simmering tensions between the ruling military council that took power after Hosni Mubarak's ouster and activists demanding the generals transfer power immediately to civilians.

From February of this year:
http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/02/there-will-be-chaos-in-egypt-which-is.html

2011-12-15

Obama OutBushes Bush. Cheney Joins Obama Re-Election Campaign

Despite his promise to veto amendments within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) President Obama said Wednesday he will approve the law allowing the U.S. military to arrest and hold anyone it deems a terrorist, even on American soil.
Obama Authorizes Indefinite Detention of Amerikan Citizens on Amerikan Soil


 

2011-12-12

US Main Ally in the Middle East Beheads Woman for Practicing Sorcery

RIYADH: A Saudi woman was beheaded on Monday after being convicted of practising sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.
Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was executed in the northern province of Jawf for "practising witchcraft and sorcery,"
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-woman-beheaded-for-sorcery/articleshow/11081842.cms

Greece. The Birthplace of Democracy

«The country has no need for elections, but rather a capable government that will work towards averting the danger it faces,»
http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/8/51327

2011-12-11

Recovery?

The red line is wages as a percent of GDP – the blue line shows the sum of those same wages – as augmented by increased consumer debt (borrowings) – again as a percent of GDP.

Headlines from the Athens News

Seven armed robberies in Attica
One in two cannot afford heating oil
Venizelos calls for unity
More than 80 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the government, according to Public Issue, which conducted a telephone survey of 1,008 people between December 1-5.

Greece has fastest rise in suicide rates in Europe
According to experts, the suicide rate in Greece has increased by 40 percent in the first five months of 2011 and the rising trend coincides with the start of the economic crisis.


http://www.athensnews.gr/










2011-12-10

Wall Sreet is a Crack House

"Europe doesn't face a liquidity problem. It faces a solvency problem. What investors really want isn't just for someone to buy distressed European debt, but for someone to buy that debt and willingly take a loss on it so the money doesn't ever actually have to be repaid."
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Frankly, I am concerned that Wall Street is becoming little more than a glorified crack house. Day after day, the sole focus of Wall Street is on more sugar, stronger sugar, Big Bazookas of sugar, unlimited sugar, and anything that will get somebody to deliver the sugar faster. This is like offering a lollipop to quiet down a 2-year old throwing a tantrum, and expecting that the result will be fewer tantrums.

What we have increasingly observed over the past decade is nothing but the gradual destruction of the ability of the financial markets to allocate capital for the benefit of future growth. By preventing the natural discipline of the markets to impose losses on poor stewards of capital, and to impose interest rates high enough to force debtors to allocate the capital usefully, the world's policy makers are increasingly wrecking the prospects for long-term economic growth. The world's standard of living (what we can consume for the work we do) is intimately tied to its productivity (what we can produce for the work we do). That productivity requires our scarce savings to be allocated to productive physical capital, and to productive human capital (primarily education).

Nietzsche famously said "What does not kill me makes me stronger." The corollary is "What constantly rescues me makes me weaker." The world will only stop looking for bailouts when policy makers stop handing them out.

2011-12-09

Recovery?

"We were hit by inflation, a declining net worth, and increased government debt all at the same time. This wicked combination made the 3rd quarter of 2011 the 2nd worst quarter of the last 50 years. So much for that sustainable recovery theory."
Potemkin Village

 According to this story, Potemkin, who led the Crimean military campaign, had hollow facades of villages constructed along the desolate banks of the Dnieper River in order to impress the monarch and her entourage with the value of her new conquests, thus enhancing his standing in the empress's eyes

2011-12-08

Delaying the Inevitable

“THERE IS NO MEANS OF AVOIDING THE FINAL COLLAPSE OF A BOOM BROUGHT ABOUT BY CREDIT EXPANSION. THE ALTERNATIVE IS ONLY WHETHER THE CRISIS SHOULD COME SOONER AS A RESULT OF A VOLUNTARY ABANDONMENT OF FURTHER CREDIT EXPANSION, OR LATER AS A FINAL OR TOTAL CATASTROPHE OF THE CURRENCY SYSTEM INVOLVED”
Ludwig von Mises





Former Goldman Sachs CEO, Governor of New Jersey and Top Obama Campaign Contributor Speaks

As CEO of MF Global, a primary dealer for Bernanke's US Federal Reserve, $1.2 billion of client money has vanished under his watch. The honorable John Corzine responds:
“I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled,”
Show Me the Money Pigman Corzine

Update:
Not only is Pigman Corzine at a loss as to where the $1.2B MF Global's client's money is, so is the CFTC and the SEC. But, if you are caught shoplifting a $3 T-Shirt from WalMart, you will be beaten, arrested and incarcerated.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/not-just-corzine-who-cant-find-the-money-2011-12-08?link=MW_home_latest_news

MF Global's role as a Primary Dealer for Bernanke's Federal Reserve:
What Does Primary Dealer Mean?
A pre-approved bank, broker/dealer or other financial institution that is able to make business deals with the U.S. Federal Reserve, such as underwriting new government debt. These dealers must meet certain liquidity and quality requirements as well as provide a valuable flow of information to the Fed about the state of the worldwide markets.
Investopedia explains Primary Dealer
These primary dealers, which all bid for government contacts competitively, purchase the majority of Treasuries at auction and then redistribute them to their clients, creating the initial market in the process


Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/primarydealer.asp#ixzz1fyAE6BHn

What Would You do if...

your son or daughter joined the US military after the 9/11 attacks, after George Bush had spouted lie after lie in an attempt to link Iraq to the 9/11 attacks and spread disinformation that Iraq planned on using WMD's that didn't exist. Your son or daughter is then killed in the line of a duty. The US Department of Defense assures you that the remains of your son or daughter will be treated with the utmost respect. Then you read this:
Remains of at least 274 US soldiers killed in the line of duty are dumped in landfill

2011-12-06

Democracy is Dead.

What is the purpose of elections or representative governments when foreigners can dictate to a sovereign nation how they should spend their taxpayer's money? What citizen, what kind of man would sit back and allow this to occur? Children are going without meals as the distribution of wealth to the top 1% is larger than any time in history. You can die on your knees sucking banker's cocks or you can die standing, as a man. Which would you choose?


The European commission could be empowered to impose austerity measures on eurozone countries being bailed out, usurping the functions of government in countries such as Greece, Ireland, or Portugal. Bailed-out countries could also be stripped of their voting rights in the EU, under radical proposals being discussed at the highest level in Brussels before this week's crucial EU summit on the sovereign debt crisis.
Democracy is Dead

2011-12-03

The US Faux Recovery Captured in One Chart

Portugal Raids the Pension Funds of their Citizens to Appease Global Banking Cartel

The cabinet agreed to transfer the assets from four of Portugal’s biggest banks to the state balance sheet.
The assets will be used to bridge a gap needed to meet the fiscal deficit target of 5.9pc of GDP set by the terms of the country’s €78bn bail-out from around 10pc in 2010.
"This measure is more than sufficient to meet the budget deficit goal in 2011," said Helder Rosalino, secretary of state for central administration, on Friday.
Portugal said it had informed the EU and IMF and assured them it would be a “one-off”. However the 2010 budget was met by shifting three pension plans from Portugal Telecom on to the public social security system. The liabilities don’t count, yet.
There have been no complaints from Eurostat but Raoul Ruperal from Open Europe said: “This can’t be seen as a future revenue stream in any way.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8932687/Portugal-raids-pension-funds-to-meet-deficit-targets.html

2011-12-01

2011-11-29

International Law?

3.20pm GMT / 10.20am EST: Here's an update from a spokesman at the UK foreign office:
Senior officials have spoken to the Iranian charge in London to urge the Iranian authorities to act with utmost urgency to ensure the situation is brought under control and to protect our diplomatic compound, as they are obliged to do under international law
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/nov/29/iran-protesters-attack-uk-embassy-tehran-live

International law only applies to non-white, non-christians? The invasion of Iraq, torture, extreme rendition and cross border attacks that kill Pakistan soldiers are all violations of International law that have led to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocents in the Iraq invasion alone. Where was the outrage from UK foreign officials then? But when twenty non-white, non-christian college students storm an embassy, the international law card is played.

The death rattle of the world's leading democracies grows louder.

2011-11-25

EU Mimics the Cosa Nostra wih Bustout Style Tactics

They loan you money knowing you can't repay. They increase the vig, then move in and strip you of all your assets with no regard to the damage it will cause.
FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- Italy has the assets to overcome the debt crisis and new Prime Minister Mario Monti is moving in the right direction to tackle the country's economic problems, Olli Rehn, European Union commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, told reporters in Rome on Friday. Rehn acknowledged that a sharp rise in bond yields in Italy and across other euro-zone countries was troubling. Italian bond yields jumped on Friday after the country saw borrowing costs rise sharply in auctions of short-term debt

Greece's repeated failure to meet budget targets including for privatization revenues has angered international lenders, raising questions about whether they will continue indefinitely to keep the country afloat with bailout loans.
http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/11/50879




Of course it isn't completely fair to categorize all ECB members as mafioso's. Some, like former ECB board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, are better classified as terrorists who follow principles voiced by Osama bin Laden:

ECB Executive Board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi yesterday: "Irish people also elected the governments that regulated the banks as the problems built, Mr Smaghi pointed out.
"If taxpayers have the right to share in decision-making, they must also accept the consequences," Mr Smaghi said.
I am Lorenzo Bini Laden Smaghi and I am a Financial Terrorist

bin Laden in 1997: "As for what you asked regarding the American people, they are not exonerated from responsibility, because they chose this government and voted for it..."
http://news.scotsman.com/topstories/Bin-Ladens-interview-with-CNNs.2261731.jp

2011-11-24

2011-11-23




2011-11-18

More than 30,000 people marched in central Athens beating drums, waving red flags and chanting “EU, IMF out!” in the first test of public defiance against technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papdemos's new government.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/210679.html

2011-11-10

Bob Rubin:
"Tell the middle class they must sacrifice for the betterment of the nation. Tell them they must work longer for less Social Security and pay more in Medicare but receive less. Wrap your self in the flag, talk about Jesus and point your finger at an enemy. Speak of impending doom and incite fear."

Barack Obama:
"Yes Mr. Rubin."

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama has urged leaders of Congress' supercommittee to press hard for a deal on slashing the deficit — and not look for an end run around a key enforcement mechanism.

2011-11-07

"Why do people laugh at me Mr. President."


"Sometimes people are just mean Timmy. You want to go play some basketball then get an ice cream?"
"Gee Mr. President can we?"

2011-11-02

Austerity for You as We Loot and Steal from the EU Member Nations



Because your collar is white, it's not a crime?

2011-10-14

October 14th, 2011: Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You

Young woman, handcuffed and kneeling, kicked in the face by the authorities in  Brussels:


New York City:

2011-10-09

Do Not Protest the Use of Drones. You Will Be Maced.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington was closed Saturday after anti-war demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit and security guards used pepper spray to repel them, sickening a number of protesters.









http://warisacrime.org/

2011-10-06

Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You.


Thousands of students have marched in the streets of the Chilean capital after talks between their representatives and government officials failed to meet students' demands.
Several people, including reporters, were injured in Thursday's march after police tried to disperse the protesters in Santiago's Plaza Italia using water cannons and tear gas.
Camila Vallejo, the spokeswoman for leaders of students at 25 state universities, called the violence unprecedented, even after five months of confrontations between students and police
Citizens Clubbed, Maced and Beaten in the Democratic Nation of Chile

2011-10-05

Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You.

My post from last May.
http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-bottom-80-living-in-global.html

Tonight, October 5th, in New York City:






2011-09-27

Why do Mexicans Behead? No History of Beheadings in Mexico Prior to 2006

Decapitation is quickly fatal to humans and most animals as brain death occurs within minutes without circulating oxygenated blood. However, some animals and insects such as cockroaches can survive decapitation, and die not because of it, but because of starvation.

The British officer John Masters recorded in his autobiography that Pathan women in the North-West Frontier Province (1901–1955) of British India (now modern day Pakistan) during the Anglo-Afghan Wars would behead and castrate non Muslim soldiers who were captured, like British and Sikhs.

In Japan, decapaiation was historically performed as the second step in seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment). After the victim had sliced his own abdomen open, another warrior would strike his head off from behind with a katana to hasten death and to reduce the suffering. The blow was expected to be precise enough to leave intact a small strip of skin at the front of the neck—to spare invited and honored guests the indelicacy of witnessing a severed head rolling about, or towards them; such an event would have been considered inelegant and in bad taste.

The type of "beheading" practiced by Al Qaeda and similar groups differs from traditional judicial beheading. Traditional beheading is done quickly, with a massive steel blade, which cuts through the neck from the back, first severing the spinal column, then cutting the four large blood vessels, the trachea, and the esophagus. Unconsciousness is nearly instantaneous, and brain death occurs shortly thereafter. Terrorist-style beheading is reversed: using a rather small knife, first the killer cuts the throat, severing the carotid arteries and jugular veins, the trachea, and the esophagus, causing the victim to bleed out within a minute; then the spine is slowly severed by an instrument that is not really massive enough for the job (acceptable substitutes would include a machete, a butcher's cleaver, or a more traditional sword or axe). The first half of this procedure follows the method for Islamic ritual slaughter of food animals. The second half follows no clear precedent.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decapitation


Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna claims the inspiration for the terror tactic had been al-Qaeda in Iraq. "This began after there was an image that al-Qaeda sent out to the world via the Internet showing the execution of a prisoner in Iraq," he told a news conference after the 2007 video.

Decapitations were almost unheard of here before 2006. The first case related to the drug wars occurred in April of that year, when thugs left the craniums of two policemen in the seaside resort Acapulco

Decapitations have become as commonplace in the increasingly vicious narco turf battles as stabbings are in London. During August alone, gangsters hacked off 30 craniums across the country — adding to the total of almost 200 beheadings in 2008 so far. Heads have been stuck on crosses, shoved into iceboxes and left in car trunks along with snakes
Time Magazine September 2008

Mexico: The Sleepy Little Country South of the Border

2011-09-26

2011-09-15

Obama Administration Strongarms Air Force Four Star General to Change Testimomy in Favor of Large Democratic Campaign Donor


"The four-star Air Force general who oversees Air Force Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor."
Is Obama a taller, better looking, darker skinned Richard Nixon?

More on Philip Falcone, the billionaire hedge fund manager and large democratic contributer named in the above link.

"New York, N.Y.—“It was permissible, but I wouldn’t advise another fund to do it!” Philip Falcone says of the $113 million loan he took from the fund he manages, Harbinger Capital Partners, to pay his 2008 taxes—a move that has made him the subject of an S.E.C. investigation. “I have always kept the bulk of my money, and I mean the bulk of my money, in the fund,” he tells Vanity Fair. “How can anyone possibly say my interests aren’t aligned with theirs?” Contributing editor Bethany McLean spoke to “Manhattan’s most controversial couple,” Philip and Lisa Maria Falcone, about the gossip and accusations that surround them.
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He has a reputation for being stubborn, volatile, and aggressive, and now the word on the Street is that, well, maybe you can’t trust him, either,” a hedge-fund investor tells."
Is Philip Falcone a Shorter, Less good Looking amd Lighter Skinned Bebe Rebozo?




2011-09-14

Romania

Romanian President Traian Basescu says U.S. President Barack Obama has advised him to reform his country's troubled justice system.
Mr. Basescu spoke Wednesday in Bucharest, one day after he met with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. A White House statement issued afterwards says discussions covered ongoing political and economic reforms in Romania.
The eastern European country's police and courts have been pursued by allegations of corruption and political interference.
Obama scolds Romania on corruption. Then gives them missiles.

EXCLUSIVE | The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory, newly obtained e-mails show.
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“We have ended up with a situation of having to do rushed approvals on a couple of occasions (and we are worried about Solyndra at the end of the week),” one official wrote. That Aug. 31, 2009, message, written by a senior OMB staffer and sent to Terrell P. McSweeny, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, concluded, “We would prefer to have sufficient time to do our due diligence reviews.”
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Solyndra collapsed two weeks ago, leaving taxpayers liable for the $535 million loan.
Romania scolds Obama on corruption

2011-08-13

"Crisis of the Cucumber." Muammar Winning NATO's Clusterfuck "Libyan War." Vlad Talks Smack

The presidents of Asaja in Lleida and Tarragona, Pere Albert Roque and Castelló, respectively, have expressed the desperation of an industry that draws black months and that "pays the faults of others," for example in the case of the crisis of the cucumber. Es por ello que Castelló ha asegurado que a partir de ahora responderán con el criterio del "ojo por ojo" y pagarán "con la misma moneda" a los atacantes, que ha calificado de "terroristas" . That is why Castelló has said that from now respond to the criteria of "an eye for an eye" and paid "in kind" to the attackers, who he described as "terrorists."
Trade Wars Betwen Spain and France commence

'Asaja coordinator in Catalonia, Albert Castelló, has said that already run out of patience, "eye for eye, tooth for tooth," and said it is absurd to continue with good words and wait for action by governments.
It has also warned that if they attack at the border now and the end of the month "automatically go looking French interests and cause the most damage possible." He called on the Catalan police to be "gatekeepers" and to defend the interests of Catalan and Spanish when these attacks occur, as has ensured that the security forces do Gauls.
Asaja has hit back against the Government for its "immobility" when taking concrete steps to defend the interests of local producers, which this week have been suffering more attacks on the border.'
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/05/us-and-nato-allies-in-libya-speak-to.html
http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/04/sufyan-bin-qumu-held-for-six-years-in.html
http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/03/clusterfuck-half-ass-war-on-libya-aka.html

'TRIPOLI, Libya — Saddled with infighting and undermined by the occasionally ruthless and undisciplined behavior of its fighters, the six-month-old rebel uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is showing signs of sliding from a struggle to overthrow an autocrat into a murkier contest between factions and tribes.'
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/world/africa/14libya.html?_r=1&hp

"They just turn on the printing presses," Putin said, accusing Washington of "behaving like a hooligan" by flooding world markets with devalued dollars..."
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/04/putin-pokes-fun-at-us-budget-deficit/

“The country is living in debt. It is not living within its means, shifting the weight of responsibility on other countries and in a way acting as a parasite,” Putin told a group of pro-Kremlin youth in central Russia.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/08/us-a-parasite-on-world-economy-says-putin/



What is left to be said or written?

Only the waiting is left.
http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/cspan-video-on-currency-wars.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-create-american-job.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/anna-schwartz-bernanke-is-fighting-last.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/we-are-human-beings-not-consumers.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/bernanke-is-coward-thief-in-night-that.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-do-greece-hungary-italy-niger-and.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/02/there-will-be-chaos-in-egypt-which-is.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/04/true-gauge-of-us-employment-picture.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/04/benanke-is-murderer-hes-killing-middle.html

http://fatboysez.blogspot.com/2011/05/spanning-38-years-now-is-first-time.html

2011-06-11

2011-05-27

"Send your wife to my room Obama. I need clean towels."

Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – Nine NATO service members were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, including seven U.S. troops among eight who died when a powerful bomb exploded in a field where they were patrolling on foot, officials said
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110526/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan

May 26, 2011
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has praised Iran's role in the reconstruction of his country, describing the Islamic Republic as the most trustworthy partner for Afghanistan.
http://www.aopnews.com/today.html

For the Bottom 80% Living in Global "Democracies," Revolution is the Only Hope

Seated and non-violent protestors in Spain beaten. Coming soon to a democracy near you. Democracy is dead.





You Think Something is Happening at Japan's Reactor #1?

2011-05-25

ATF Sells Thousands of Assault Rifles to Mexican Drug Cartels

"Gun Runner and another operation called Fast and Furious were designed to dismantle the gun-smuggling routes that drug cartels use to ferry high-powered assault rifles from the U.S. into Mexico. By allowing people to illegally purchase large quantities of the weapons from gun dealers, officials hoped to trace the firearms to the drug cartel members and prosecute them. But ATF whistleblowers allege that officials lost track of the guns."
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/163095-grassley-vows-to-block-nominations-until-he-gets-answers-on-gun-program

Two gunned down in Acapulco.
Acapulco

One Beheaded in Acapulco.
Gruesome Photos

2011-05-22

Loyalists of Yemen's Saleh wield knives and Daggers to Block UAE Embassy as Hundred's of Thousands anti-Saleh Protesters Gather in Square Seeking Saleh's Ouster

Update:
Yemen's president has laid down new conditions for signing a power transition deal, thwarting Gulf efforts to bring an end to a months-old political crisis in the country.
A Gulf mediator left Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, on Sunday, having failed to secure Ali Abdullah Saleh's signature on the deal, according to a report on the AFP news agency
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European, US and Arab ambassadors, who were pressing Saleh to sign the accord, were trapped for hours on Sunday in an embassy surrounded by armed pro-government supporters.

Eventually, Yemeni army helicopters ferried the diplomats out to the palace
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201152216373928689.html

Prospects that Saleh would sign the pact as promised were thrown into doubt.
Wielding knives, daggers and swords, hundreds of Saleh loyalists blocked the entrances to the United Arab Emirates Embassy, where at least five ambassadors were gathered in expectation the embattled leader would arrive to sign the deal.
"Everybody is worried. We can't leave the embassy," said a Saudi diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Pro-Saleh militiamen dressed in traditional Yemeni dress roamed the streets of the capital, especially outside embassies, and blocked the road to the presidential palace.

(AP) Female anti-government protestors, shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation...
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At one point, armed men attacked a convoy of the Gulf Cooperation Council's chief mediator, secretary-general Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, to try to keep it from reaching the UAE Embassy, witnesses said. Pounding the car, they shouted against Gulf intervention in Yemeni affairs. The convoy of the Chinese ambassador also came under attack by armed men before a police detail was deployed to clear the way and disperse the crowd.
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On Saturday, Saleh condemned the proposed deal as "a coup" and warned the U.S. and Europe that his departure would open the door for al-Qaida to seize control of the fragile nation on the edge of Arabia.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110522/D9NCIC2G0.html

"...open the door al-Qaida to seize control..." More fear mongering. Keep me in office or else...accept austerity packages or else...bail out the banks or else. Dictators and democracies are left only with fear as a governing tool as their credibility evaporates.

After Adding Trillions of Debt to Create a 'Recovery' the US is Currently Creating the Same Amount of Jobs as were Created in the Depths of the Recession

First, the increase in job growth that occurred over the past two years results from a decline in the number of layoffs, not from increased hiring. In February 2009, a month during which the labor market lost more than 700,000 jobs, employers hired four million workers. In March 2011, employers hired four million workers. The number of hires is the same today as it was when we were shedding jobs at record rates.
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The decline in layoffs is not unexpected and does not necessarily reflect labor-market health. Layoffs tend to occur early in a recession. When an economy has reached bottom and has already shed much of its labor, layoffs slow. But that doesn't mean that the labor force is recovering. We could have high unemployment and a stagnant labor force even when layoffs are low. Isn't the fact that hires exceed separations indicative of a healthy labor market? Unfortunately, no
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Bear in mind that the U.S. labor force has more than 150 million workers or job seekers. In a typical year, about one-third or more of the work force turns over, leaving their old jobs to take new ones. When the labor market creates 200,000 jobs, it is because five million are hired and 4.8 million are separated, not because there were 200,000 hires and no job losses. When we're talking about numbers as large as five million, the net of 200,000 is small and may reflect minor, month-to-month variations in the number of hires or separations
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730804576317142210698436.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop#articleTabs%3Darticle

There is No Leadership From the World's So-Called Democracies. The Banks Govern

At 43%, Spain's youth unemployment is the highest in the EU by far, and more than double the average. For those aged 16 to 19 the rate is 64% – an 11% increase on the previous year. One in five of those under the age of 30 are still looking for their first job, and almost half (46%) are on short-term contracts of less than 6 months.
Youth unemployment here is higher than in Tunisia and Egypt. It's so high that many young people have to look long and hard to see past it.
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"To be honest I never tried to get a job here. There are jobs, but the quality is not very high. I have friends who have economics degrees who are working at a cash register. I definitely feel part of this lost generation."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/30/spain-unemployed-under-30-emigration

"Unless the government wants to run the risk of another episode of financial distress and the debt spreads sky rocketing again, it will have to implement another austerity package before the next elections," Fernando Fernandez, an analyst at Madrid's IE business school, said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/22/spain-election-idUSLDE74L02S20110522

"I would welcome it very much if our Greek friends found a privatization agency independent of the government and modeled after Germany's Treuhandanstalt," Juncker said, adding that such a body should be staffed by international experts.
"Henceforth, the European Union will escort Greece's privatization program as if we were conducting it ourselves," he said. Proceeds from the program should be considerably higher than the 50 billion euros Athens has proposed, he added.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/21/us-eurozone-greece-juncker-idUSTRE74K22Y20110521

Implement another austerity package with youth unemployment over 40% and over 60% in those aged 16 to 19? What will this accomplish other than paying the bankers or delaying an inevitability? What happens in Greece, Ireland and Portugal that have similar problems with unemployed youth yet embark on further austerity measures?

The EU wants to send,"International Experts," foreigners, into Greece to sell off and privatize the nations assets at the cost of the citizens and more notably the young people. Vultures yanking the internal organs from a dead or dying carcass that sits on the side of the road.

The uprisings in the Middle East were initially brought on by hunger and joblessness. How soon before Europe's periphery nations follow suit?

Like Osama, democracy is dead. It has been murdered by the leaders of the worlds democratic nations for the enrichment of their own wallets. The kicking-the-can-down-the-road in order to survive the next election cycle is short sighted ignorance on a massive and foolish scale. The financial crisis that gripped the world has not been settled, but delayed. The United States and the EU nations bailed out their banks, their campaign donors, with taxpayer dollars and euros and now the banks as vultures are eyeing the depleted and dying corpses of the citizens as they seek to extract every remaining drop of life and hope.

This will not end well. US hegemony is dead on the vine and a vacuum is filling the empty spaces left. Neo-nationalist movements are already gaining in popularity as they gain favor from the failed policies of the neoconservatises and the neoliberals. Upheavals and unrest on a scale not seen by this world in over fifty years will soon follow. Democracy is dead.

2011-05-21

SITREP Déjà vu

For those old enough to remember the propoganda put out by the US government during the, "Police Action," in Vietnam, this situation report should bring back fond memories.

NATO News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (May 20) – A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and killed several insurgents during a security operation in Murghab district, Badghis province yesterday.

The targeted Taliban leader conducted IED and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Darreh-I Bum and Qadis districts of Badghis province.

The combined force targeted the leader after intelligence reports indicated insurgent activity in the district. Several insurgents were killed as they attempted to engage the security force. Additionally, two suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.

After initial assessment, it was discovered that one of the detained individuals was the targeted leader.

No women or children were harmed during this operation.
http://www.aopnews.com/today.html

More Burning for Bernanke

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least 15 people were killed when an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan exploded on Saturday in the northwestern tribal region, government officials said.
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Petroleum prices have increased sharply in recent months, setting off protests and demonstrations across Pakistan.

More Dismemberings, Burned Bodies and Murders in Mexico Due to the Insatiable American Thirst and Demand for Drugs

Woman Disemboweled. Her Corpse Dumped in Front of Mayor's Office. Her Severed Head Placed on Top of Police Car.

Man executed then burned. Body left in park in the middle of Juarez.
Gruesome Photo Warning

Two men beheaded, fingers cut off and inserted inside the mouths of the severed heads in Guadalupe
Read More Here

Side note: Over the last four years in Mexico, there has been over ten times the amount of deaths from the "War for Control of the US Drug Market," not to be confused with the so called, "War on Drugs," then the total of dead American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since 9/11/2001

2011-05-16

Americans Craving for Drugs Causes Bloody Weekend in Mexico and Guatemala

MEXICO CITY — In the worst drug-related violence in modern times in Guatemala, assailants stormed a remote jungle ranch and killed 27 people, beheading 25 of them, an army spokesman said Sunday
25 beheaded in Guatemala

Some parts of the bodies were in bags, others were on a blanket, all were naked.

Nine bodies dumped in Plaza in Durango, Mexico
Nine Bodies Dumped in Plaza

2011-05-15

There are Many Reasons Why the US Government is Insolvent and a Ponzi Scheme

Social Security and Medicare is not one of them. But soon the middle class will be forced to work longer for their SS and pay more for less in Medicare.

It is no coincident that the spiraling of US government debt and the redistribution of the wealth occur simultaneously.



The tunneling of the wealth from the coffers of the taxpayers into the hands of the wealthy elite is no accident nor is it a conspiracy. It occurs in broad daylight for all to see. Four of the top ten highest paid CEO's are from the Media industry. Do you think they will ring alarm bells signifying the destruction of the US middle class? Of course not.

Corruption and incompetence, the rewarding of failures, is an institutionalized aspect of the US government. The failures of Bernanke, Geithner, Wall St. and others were epic in the destruction caused, but all these parties have since been rewarded with greater wealth, more than had before the crisis, or appointments and re-nominations to positions of greater power and authority.

I once read that you believe in things because you needed to; what you believe in has no value of it's own, no function. A dog scratches where it itches. Different dogs itch in different places. I'm sure this is true.

The latest iteration of this decades long process began soon after the 9/11 attacks as the country was at best misled, at worst lied into an invasion and occupation of Iraq. An exercise in flag waving, jingoism and patriotism. A manipulation of one's belief system. A war who's final price tag has been put at $3 trillion dollars. The financial crisis was another opportunity to instill fear in the citizens and to prey on their belief systems. Give us $700 billion or Martial law will be imposed and ATM's won't spit out pieces of green paper. The ruling by fear and manipulation of long held beliefs appears to be the only tool available to the US government. Without them, the country is ungovernable so expect much more of this in the future.

The newest example. Hot off the press: 
"If investors around the world thought that the full faith and credit of the United States was not being backed up, if they thought that we might renege on our IOUs, it could unravel the entire financial system," Obama told a CBS News town-hall meeting.
"We could have a worse recession than we already had, a worse financial crisis than we already had."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/15/us-obama-debt-idUSTRE74E1TN20110515

More spreading of fear from Obushma. Bernanke is currently purchasing 70% of Treasury debt. It is impossible for the current debt load of the US to be paid in full without inflation or a massive spike in hiring and wage growth that would create vast sums of revenue for the US Treasury. Don't hold your breath. Fear of not raising the debt ceiling is invalid, a red herring and an attempt to kick the can further down the road. If you reach your debt limit and your costs exceed your income more debt doesn't change that fact. It just delays the inevitable. The spineless and captured politicians have no desire to lead and make the difficult choices that are needed.

One small example is the belief in affordable housing for all. "HUD for America, one big neighborhood." I share in this belief but am also aware the due to corruption and incompetence the US government is incapable of accomplishing goals outside of anything that doesn't include bullets, bombs and banks. The US defense industry, Wall St. and the financial sector thrive as the bottom 80-90% are being ground into dust.

"I Have Raped and Sodomized the Citizens of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Soon Spain. Give Me Clean Towels, Then I Will Rape You





2011-05-14

2011-05-12

Mexico



GUADALUPE DISTRITO BRAVOS, Mexico (AP) - It was a bloody sunrise for the people of this dusty Mexican border town Tuesday.
Police found two male heads on top of a cement wall in the plaza of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, a town on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, right across El Paso, Texas. Two headless bodies, one of them stabbed in the back, were later found in two separate homes. Another man and a woman were then discovered in a nearby house with their throats slashed.
Chihuahua state police said they believed all the killings were related.
The first victim appeared to be Cruz Alfonso Salazar, 32. His wife reported to police that she had seen men shoot him dead early Tuesday, then cut his head off and stick a knife in his back.
After speaking to Salazar's wife, police found her husband's head sitting alongside another man's head on top of a wall in the plaza.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110511/D9N4VOV80.html

A violent Wednesday that killed at least 22 dead, though authorities have not recognized some cases.
22 Murdered in One Day

MEXICO CITY – Eight more bodies have been unearthed from mass graves in the northern state of Durango, where drug traffickers are suspected of burying victims over several years. A total of 196 corpses have been recovered so far.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110512/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_drug_war_mexico

2011-05-11

Pigs of PIIGS

Amerika

But Goldman, as the Levin report makes clear, remains an ascendant company precisely because it used its canny perception of an upcoming disaster (one which it helped create, incidentally) as an opportunity to enrich itself, not only at the expense of clients but ultimately, through the bailouts and the collateral damage of the wrecked economy, at the expense of society. The bank seemed to count on the unwillingness or inability of federal regulators to stop them — and when called to Washington last year to explain their behavior, Goldman executives brazenly misled Congress, apparently confident that their perjury would carry no serious consequences.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-people-vs-goldman-sachs-20110511

According to Federal Election Commission figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, Goldman Sachs' political action committee and individual contributors who listed the company as their employer donated $994,795 during 2007 and 2008 to Obama's presidential campaign, the second-highest contribution from a company PAC and company employees
I am the Black Mascot of Wall Street

2011-05-10

Libyan Death Squads Stalk Benghazi

Story reminds me of Iraq in 2003:
BENGHAZI, Libya — Three weeks ago, a traveler spotted a man’s body in the farmland on this city’s outskirts, shot twice in the head with his hands and feet bound. He had disappeared earlier that day, after visiting a market.
 
Ten days later, near the same spot, a shepherd stumbled upon the body of second man, killed with a single bullet to the forehead. Masked, armed men had taken him from his home the night before, without giving a reason, his wife said.
The men, Nasser al-Sirmany and Hussein Ghaith, had both worked as interrogators for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s internal security services, known for their brutality against domestic dissidents. The killings, still unsolved, appeared to be rooted in revenge, the families said, and have raised the specter of a death squad stalking former Qaddafi officials in Benghazi, the opposition stronghold.
The killings have unsettled an already paranoid city, where rebel authorities have spent weeks trying to round up people suspected of being Qaddafi loyalists — members of a fifth column who they say are trying to overthrow the rebels. If the violence continues, it will pose a stern challenge to a movement trying to present a vision of a new country committed to the rule of law, while potentially undermining hopes for a peaceful transition if Colonel Qaddafi surrenders power.
The rebels say their security forces are not responsible for the killings. Prosecutors here say they are investigating the attacks, and they are exploring the possible involvement of Islamists who were imprisoned by the Qaddafi government and are now settling old scores. “It’s our responsibility to protect people,” said Jamal Benour, the justice coordinator for the opposition in Benghazi. “It’s important the killers are punished. The law is most important.”
But some here dismiss talk of Islamists, saying they believe the killings are being carried out by an armed group allied with the rebels, or possibly Qaddafi loyalists pretending to be.
Last week, about a dozen men wearing balaclavas and carrying guns arrived at the house of Youssef al-Tobouli in three pickup trucks. At the time, Mr. Tobouli, a former internal security prison guard who had defected to the rebel side, was at the store picking up car parts. His terrified relatives called friends, and in the gunfight that followed, the room Mr. Tobouli shared with his wife and three children was destroyed by fire.
The attackers were eventually routed, and though they did not identify themselves, they left behind a Mitsubishi pickup truck with “February 17th” — the day Colonel Qaddafi’s opponents mark as the beginning of their revolt — painted on the side, Mr. Tobouli’s cousin said.
“I am very sorry to say that,” said the cousin, Eissa al-Tobouli, referring to the markings on the truck. He added that his cousin was part of a group of former Qaddafi officials who registered their names with rebel officials in Benghazi, on orders from the new authorities to make their defections official. “He paid the price for being in internal security,” the cousin said.
There may have been other attacks. Dr. Omar Khalid, a forensic pathologist at Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi, said the hospital had received at least a dozen bodies of executed men, though it was not clear whether they had worked for the government. The authorities are also investigating the executions of Qaddafi soldiers, said Ali Wanis, the Benghazi district attorney.
One victim, whose throat was slashed, has been in the morgue at Jalaa Hospital since mid-April, unidentified. When his body was found in the Guwarsha area outside Benghazi — near where the bodies of Mr. Sirmany and Mr. Ghaith were found — his feet and hands were bound with rope, the morgue’s manager said.
The killings in Benghazi are taking place in a city that otherwise seems safer with each passing day. Police stations burned during the February revolt have reopened. Legions of young volunteers have recently taken to the streets, to sweep and pick up the trash.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/world/africa/11benghazi.html?pagewanted=1

Bini Laden Smaghi. A Financial Terrorist Warns of Doom and Catastrophe if the Bankers aren't Paid in Full

“We need to strengthen the norms and the rules for each country to be full members of the euro rather than making easy ways out which would not work in any case,” Bini Smaghi said today.
He put some of the blame for the restructuring discussion on large investors who have bought insurance against a sovereign default and “stand to benefit greatly from the default and lobby in favor of it.”
“They tend to encourage naive governments to believe that debt restructuring can be done in an ‘orderly way,’ distracting them from implementing the appropriate policy adjustment,” he said. “If the euro area were to go down the path of leaving it entirely up to the markets to decide which countries are solvent and which are not, it would put the euro at a disadvantage compared with all other major currencies.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-10/ecb-officials-reject-restructuring-as-greece-struggles-to-repay-its-debts.html

Bini Laden's earlier statements:
ECB Executive Board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi yesterday: "Irish people also elected the governments that regulated the banks as the problems built, Mr Smaghi pointed out.
"If taxpayers have the right to share in decision-making, they must also accept the consequences," Mr Smaghi said.
I am Lorenzo Bini Laden Smaghi and I am a Financial Terrorist

bin Laden in 1997: "As for what you asked regarding the American people, they are not exonerated from responsibility, because they chose this government and voted for it..."
http://news.scotsman.com/topstories/Bin-Ladens-interview-with-CNNs.2261731.jp

Not much difference between the Financial terrorists Bini Smaghi, Bernake, Geithner, et al and other terrorists. Other than the fact they wear suits and not robes.

2011-05-08

Tweet From CNN's Ben Wedeman

"Good Egyptian source just back from Washington says israel is syrian regime's most ardent advocate with congress, Obama administration."
https://twitter.com/#!/bencnn/status/66528775210401792

Maybe this why the US remains silent regarding Assad's brutality and killing of his own citizens. Of course it is oil why the US remains silent over the Bahrain governments brutality and destroying of mosques belonging to the Shia faith which is the majority in Bahrain.

2011-05-06

Clinton is a Moron, Liar or Both

"We must act now, effectively and cooperatively, to blunt the negative impact of rising food prices and protect people and communities," she said at the FAO's headquarters in Rome.
The U.N. estimates that 44 million people have been pushed into poverty since last June because of rising food prices, which could lead to desperate shortages and unrest. Clinton said the world could no longer "keep falling back on providing emergency aid to keep the Band-Aid on."
Clinton/s a moron

"We must act now, effectively and cooperatively, to blunt the negative impact of rising food prices and protect people and communities,"


"Clinton said the world could no longer "keep falling back on providing emergency aid to keep the Band-Aid on."

2011-05-05

NSDD-166

The NATO-backed coalition in Libya has said it will create a fund for rebels fighting the government of Muammar Gaddafi.
The Transitional National Council (TNC), based in Benghazi, has appealed for loans of up to $3bn, saying they need around half of that for food, medicine and other basic supplies.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/05/201155111319362768.html

“Al Qaeda [is] getting more and more organized and bringing people [to Libya] from abroad,” says the believer, adding that he has been contacted by militants wanting to fight in his homeland. He has not joined the frontline against forces loyal to Qaddafi because he says Muslims should not kill Muslims. "This is a great land for Al Qaeda. There are a lot of opportunities for them here. They are not far away in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt."
And the death of Bin Laden won’t change that, he adds: “For Islamic organizations leadership doesn’t mean much, ideology does. Leadership is just a soul that comes and goes. Ideology stays.”
“Now that Bin Laden is dead, a lot of leaders in the shade will come out … and will be smarter than him and better than him,” says Naluti. “Al Qaeda will continue. The clash of civilizations will continue.”
Al Qaeda more organized and sending militants to Libya to fight against Gaddafi

Arab Banking Corp., a lender part- owned by the Central Bank of Libya, used a branch in New York to borrow at least $5 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve as credit markets seized up in 2008 and 2009.
Bernanke Hearts Gaddafi

"Give us back our money. We have all the bank details and documents for the transfer operations and we will make everything public soon."
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/170262.html

In Sufyan's defense, he now says he loves America. And by the way, send us some Stinger missiles:

Rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna are being trained by Sufyan Bin Qumu, a Libyan who was arrested following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and held at Guantánamo for six years. Abdel Hakim al-Hasidi, a senior Libyan rebel commander in Derna, was also held following the invasion of Afghanistan and handed over to Libyan custody two months later. Both men were said to have been released from prison in Libya in 2008 as part of a reconciliation process with Islamists in the country.
We fought in Afghanistan with the Taliban to kill Americans but, now we love America. No really, we do.

Department of Defense file on Sufyan:
Combatant Status Review for Sufyan