Every month, JPMorgan Chase dispatches a researcher to several supermarkets in Virginia. The task is to comparison shop for 31 items.
In July, the firm’s personal shopper came back with a stunning report: Wal-Mart had raised its prices 5.8% during the previous month. More significantly, its prices were approaching the levels of competing stores run by Kroger and Safeway. The “low-price leader” still holds its title, but by a noticeably slimmer margin.
Parts of Mr Bush's highly anticipated memoir, Decision Points, were leaked to website the Drudge Report, and he intends to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Nov 9 to promote the "very personal" memoir.
In a chapter about stem cell research he discloses how he received a "wrenching" letter from Nancy Reagan but ultimately felt a "responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life".
The increases in Air Passenger Duty (APD) for all flights out of UK airports, which come into force next week, will push up the tax on a family of four’s trip to the Far East or Australia by £240 to £680. Those in economy face an increase of £120 to £340.
APD was initially introduced as a ‘green tax’ on the basis it would discourage people from flying and cut carbon emissions.
However, it has become a cash cow for the last government and the Coalition, with annual revenue set to rise from £2.3billion to £3.8billion by 2015.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called on Thursday for boycotting and ending cooperation with the international investigators affiliated with the international tribunal tasked with finding out the truth in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri’s case. His eminence warned that cooperation with these investigators was the same as facilitating their mission and attacking the Resistance.
The 18-minute long New Zealand News3 video report shows the compelling story of Allan Smith, a man conventional doctors claimed "could not survive," after contracting a severe case of swine flu in June of last year.
But they were wrong.
Allan's family refused to accept the hospital's hopeless prognosis and the subsequent decision to turn off his life support. Instead, his family insisted the hospital try high dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C.
You'd think the hospital would have willingly agreed. After all, none of their conventional treatment methods had worked. The entire intensive care unit staff declared he was beyond hope.
Let’s blame (Imad) Mughniyah for killing Hariri. He’s dead so the investigative trail ends. Just say, ‘We had no idea what he was doing’. No more tribunal. Everyone is happy. And as a sweetener we’ll take Hezbollah off our Terrorism list.” US undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Hezbollah via the Saudi-Syrian, back channel on 10/22/10
The functional equivalent of a community currency system can be achieved using the national currency, by forming a publicly owned bank. By turning banking into a public utility operated for the benefit of the community, the virtues of the expandable credit system of the medieval bankers can be retained, while avoiding the parasitic exploitation to which private banking schemes are prone. Profits generated by the community can be returned to the community.
“Yes, even without Wikileaks we always knew that such things were happening and now we know that altered versions of some of our reports and additional forgeries have been mixed in with documents meant to incriminate Iran.”
For nearly a decade, America has been, in the eyes of the world, the successor to Nazi Germany. Last week, nearly 77% of Australians polled (over 10,000 respondents) considered the 9/11 terror attacks an American “false flag” and that nation has troops in Afghanistan fighting alongside Americans. Imagine what nations that oppose American involvement think?
The U.S. Navy is showing its "green" side with a new 49-foot Riverine Command Boat (RCB-X). The boat is powered by a 50/50 mix of NATO F-76 fuel and algae-based biofuel.
Although there is no talk about an increase (or penalty) in fuel efficiency by using the the fuel, it appears to be more of a policy decision with regards to stepping up the use of alternative fuels in the Navy's fleet.
NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Power World's Fastest Supercomputer
Half the Size, Lower Power and 50% Faster Than World's Top (American) Supercomputer
With the addition of the new supercomputer, China now has two of the three most powerful supercomputers in the world. The third most powerful one -- previously in second place -- was the Nebulae supercomputer located in Shenzhen, which also uses NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs. It has a peak capacity of 1.271 petaflops in LINPACK.
Tianhe-1a kicks an American computer out of the top spot. The Jaguar supercomputer built by Cray at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is now only the world's second most powerful computer. That machine, powered by its thousands of Opteron cores, posted 1.75 petaflop LINPACK performance.
A few weeks after he started working at Ameriquest Mortgage, Mark Glover looked up from his cubicle and saw a coworker do something odd. The guy stood at his desk on the twenty-third floor of downtown Los Angeles's Union Bank Building. He placed two sheets of paper against the window. Then he used the light streaming through the window to trace something from one piece of paper to another. Somebody's signature.
The answer to this question, according to a recent OECD and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation report is a definitive no; global agricultural production is on track to satisfy the expected long-term increase in demand, the OECD reckons.
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- An association of large commercial banks on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that ordered the Federal Reserve to disclose information about the banks that borrowed from its discount window and other emergency lending programs during the financial crisis.
This is not the same case as Mark Pittman's FOIA request to the Treasury for Citigroup asset-guarantee details. The issue here is much larger in scope and would require the Federal Reserve to disclose information on all emergency bailout programs and recipients.
We already know the FED owns bankrupt Red Roof Inns. Let's see what else is in there. This is the real transparency test.
With riots in the streets and poll ratings in the basement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under pressure from both home and abroad to delay delivery of a refitted jet that will cost the taxpayer £151million.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among those who have apparently told the luxury loving Sarkozy that now might not be the best time to take charge of the aircraft that is said to be dripping with 'bling'.
FTSE 100 company directors saw their total earnings soar by an average of 55 per cent during the past year in a startling recovery from short-lived restraint during the recession, according to research to be published today.
The findings from Incomes Data Services (IDS), the pay monitoring group, are likely to reawaken controversy over executive pay.
The average FTSE 100 chief executive took home £4.9 million (€5.5 million) in total earnings in the year to June, according to IDS. That represented 88 times the average pay of all full-time workers – down slightly from a peak multiple of 94 in 2008, but sharply up on 10 years ago, when corporate chiefs earned 47 times the average wage.
Deep Integration and harmonization of laws, standards and policy between Canada, United States and Mexico is what is driving the North American Union agenda forward and is how they avoid Parliamentary scrutiny. We already have deep economic integration, security Integration and now they seek the integration of environmental law and promote the idea to redefine the meaning of national sovereignty to include what they call “sovereign duties”. Duties imposed on a sovereign nations that they will no longer have any control over unilaterally and are place under the jurisdiction of International law. A regulator to regulate the regulators as Paul Martin (former Prime Minister of Canada) likes to say.
This is a scam in progress! The big lie is that we need to harmonize and integrate, give up our sovereignty, and consolidate North America, in order to “save the planet” from the ravishes of climate change or to enjoy security and prosperity.
“ Let’s blame (Imad) Mughniyah for killing Hariri. He’s dead so the investigative trail ends. Just say, ‘We had no idea what he was doing’. No more tribunal. Everyone is happy. And as a sweetener we’ll take Hezbollah off our Terrorism list.” US undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Hezbollah via the Saudi-Syrian, back channel on 10/22/10
“Do you think we’re that stupid?” Hezbollah (smelling a set-up) to Obama via the same channel 10/23/10
This zombie empire and its planet-decimating, neo-liberal death cult are marching toward the boneyard of history. What an empire contributes to the world is equivalent to the carnage an army of zombies inflicts upon the scenery of B-movies. Zombies (neither living nor dead creatures that create exponentially larger numbers of themselves) are an apt metaphor for the entropy inherent to closed systems -- the exponentially destructive force of The Second Law of Thermodynamics.
That is why I’m not a member of either party extant in our current duopoly: I’m betting on the emergence of the Entropy Party. It is the only party with a plausible platform; the only party that will keep its promises.
The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal.
Whose interest are we spending trillions of dollars on wars and bankrupting America for? Certainly not America's interests.
It's not a blame Israel chorus (Alex) or some abstract group. It's facts. The pre-war hype that led to war with Iraq was not generic corporatism. The lies specifically came from a zionist cabal in the DOD. It's wasn't oil companies faking Niger documents it was Ledeen and Franklin. It wasn't weapons companies lying about witnessing a transfer of anthrax in a meeting that didn't even happen, it was Woolsey Barns and Schmit. It wasn't security companies lying about WMDs or spying on the US it was AIPAC It was the god damn Israeli moles Perle, Kristol, Fieth, Frum, Abrams, Libby, Wolfowitz, Kagan, Goldberg, and Grossman.
This is not some vague blame game. We have very specific facts as to who did what and it WAS the Israelis and this IS Israel's war.