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Nov 24 15:49

Saudi Prince Profits From US Taxpayer Bailout of Citigroup

On November 20th, 2008 it was announced that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bought up shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) increasing his holdings to 5% of the total outstanding shares. The move seemed quite daring at the time as Citigroup’s shares were in freefall dropping 25% in the previous trading day alone (down over 90% in the past year).

Nov 24 15:09

Obama Invents 'Office of the President-Elect'

Obama Invents 'Office of the President-Elect'

Monday, November 10, 2008 12:54 PM

By: Jim Meyers

Barack Obama has created a stir by proclaiming that he heads “The Office of President-Elect” — an office that does not officially exist.

At his first news conference on Nov. 7, Obama stood at a podium bearing a sign that read: “Office of the President-Elect. Also, his Web site, Change.gov, bears the words “Office of the President-Elect” at the top of its home page.

Nov 24 13:36

Vt. Engineer Designs A Good Life for $5,000 a Year

Today's global financial cloud got you feeling gray? Vermonter Jim Merkel sees a silver lining.

[Jim Merkel, a former military engineer living in Norwich, now uses his skills to help people live with less. Jim Merkel, a former military engineer living in Norwich, now uses his skills to help people live with less.

Nov 24 13:10

Willard Wigan micro sculptor

Paying attention to small details.. He sold his works for $20 million, and he can't read or write.. so he claims.

He seems like a very dedicated artist.. More than likely he is.

It would seem impossible to do what he has done without laser tooling of some sort.. But who know.. Where there is a will there is a way.

Nov 24 11:57

Citibank Scam: Why is the U.S. Bailing Out an United Arab Emirates Owned Bank?

The nation's biggest banking firm counts as one of its top stakeholders Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

As of last year, the prince owned more than $3 billion in Citigroup shares through his company, Kingdom Holding Company. In January, he was one of eight investors to buy a total of $12.5 billion in Citigroup securities.

Nov 24 11:45

GM crops 'to be grown in secret'

Trials could also be conducted away from the public in the Government's Porton Down military research site in Salisbury, Wiltshire, it is claimed.

There are currently no GM food trials underway in the country and the more than 50 that have been conducted since 2000 have been affected by vandalism.

Nov 24 06:19

Hospital to bury unclaimed organs

Parents of children whose organs were removed without consent at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital have just over six months to claim the body parts.

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Claim the body parts?! WTF?

This is a story about the aftermath of organized medicine giving the Catholic Church a run for the immoral money.

It's called corporate greed in either case.

Nov 24 04:29

Obama Would Put Thru a Peace Deal Tomorrow If Not for the American Jewish Community'--MJ Rosenberg

Today's conference at New York's Central Synagogue on Jews uniting against the war—six years after it matters—was remarkable for two things: the soulsearching over the Israel/Palestine issue, which represents real progress after years of denial that the occupation had anything to do with the Iraq war, and indeed denial that there is an Israel lobby and we're part of it, and secondly for fine speeches by Elizabeth Holtzman and MJ Rosenberg. I'll leave till tomorrow a report on the conferees’ sometimes-honorable efforts to come to their senses about the wicked occupation of Palestine.

Nov 23 21:25

Will Nanny Hour Put an End to Happy Hour?

Lifestyle Planners in Britain are considering banning happy hour discounts at bars and restaurants. "They are considering a ban on a number of practices, including drinking games and speed-drinking events popular at some British pubs."

Nov 23 21:16

German False Flag in Kosovo

Germany declined to comment on on Saturday on reports that three Germans arrested on suspicion of throwing explosives at an EU office in Kosovo were intelligence officers.

Nov 23 21:13

Housing Is Bad Enough, but Wait - It'll Get Worse

Washington - If you think the housing slump can't get much worse, Martin Feldstein thinks that both home prices and the broader economy can - and very likely will - get a whole le lot worse.

Nov 23 21:10

Why Obama's Economic Program Will Collapse

Obama wasn't kidding when deferred to FDR as an economic guide. Roosevelt was an unmitigated economic disaster. His economic program of trying to maintain money wages and prices was a formula for mass unemployment. Nevertheless, the brilliant Mr Obama sees it otherwise: hence his dangerous proposal for public works of the Roosevelt kind plus his ridiculous promise to create 2.5 million jobs.

Nov 23 19:09

Kernel vulnerability found in Vista

A flaw in Vista's networking has been found that can crash the system, but no fix is expected until the next service pack

A flaw has been found in Windows Vista that could allow rootkits to be hidden or denial-of-service attacks to be executed on computers using the operating system.

The vulnerability was found by Thomas Unterleitner of Austrian security company Phion and was announced Friday. Unterleitner told ZDNet UK on Friday that Phion told Microsoft about the flaw in October but that he understood a fix would only be issued in the next Vista service pack.

Nov 23 19:06

Green Obama’s official limo is a gas guzzler

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama promised to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. His own new presidential limousine will be far from green, however.

The Obamobile being prepared for the president-elect is said to be a monster gas-guzzler made by General Motors, the troubled car giant. It will look like a black Cadillac but is built like a tank. A spy photographer who tracks down future car models for magazines snatched pictures of the heavily disguised first-car-in-waiting when it was being road-tested last summer.

Nov 23 18:57

UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour

Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for much of the south east of England, the east of England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall prompting fears of traffic chaos.

The heaviest snowfall was in Aberdeen, where 14 centimetres (5.5ins) of snow fell between Saturday and Sunday.

Norfolk and Lincolnshire were the most affected places in England, with up to five centimetres (2.4 ins) falling in just one hour.

Nov 23 18:57

UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour

Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for much of the south east of England, the east of England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall prompting fears of traffic chaos.

The heaviest snowfall was in Aberdeen, where 14 centimetres (5.5ins) of snow fell between Saturday and Sunday.

Norfolk and Lincolnshire were the most affected places in England, with up to five centimetres (2.4 ins) falling in just one hour.

Nov 23 17:20

The ‘Good War’ Isn’t Worth Fighting

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor | Transitions | RORY STEWART
Published: November 22, 2008

"We invaded [Afghanistan] intending to attack Al Qaeda and provide development assistance."

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Rory Stewart is full of it as he makes the case Afghanstan is a lost cause.

Afghanistan is a lost cause because there is no possible way to put a pipeline through Afghanistan's rugged interior terrain and then protect it from attack.

Eat your heart out NY Times. You read it here first on What Really Happened.

Nov 23 16:37

Paying The Toll

Staff Writer - Worcester Business Journal

It’s time for the state — including its residents and politicians — to get practical about the current financial crisis. The Big Dig was an ill-thought-out graft fest and we’re all going to pay the price one way or another.

But the issue has become murky as the Turnpike Authority gave preliminary approval for hikes in and around Boston, including doubling the tolls to $7 on the two tunnels into Boston. Not surprisingly, outrage to the hike has spread like wildfire.

Gas It Up

Nov 23 16:14

Government loses 53 computers in a year

The government has lost 53 laptop or desktop computers in the year since HMRC mislaid two discs containing the details of 25 million people.

Government departments also lost 30 mobile phones, 36 Blackberries, four disc drives and four memory sticks.

"But ID card are perfectly safe - really!"

Nov 23 15:30

John F. Kennedy vs The Federal Reserve

On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business.

Nov 23 15:28

End The Fed Rally Draws Thousands Around the Country, Few Seem to Notice

You would think that a 39 city protest involving thousands of people might warrant a national wire story, maybe a mention on cable news, but no. Reporters don't understand the issue and therefore they ignore it. Of course this can be said for most of the important issues that affect people's lives. Hence we get wall-to-wall coverage of the Obama daughter's educational preferences. Fiddling while Rome burns seems almost understated.

Nov 23 15:26

Angry Americans protest against U.S. monetary policy

Today is National End The Fed day, and a number of U.S. citizens concerned with the country’s fiscal policy have gathered in 39 cities nationwide at each Federal Reserve building saying that they are sick and tired of being robbed.

Nov 23 11:07

White extremists lash out over election of first black president. The KKK's turnaround is acutely evident - 200+ hate related incidents reported since Nov. 4 election

The potential for damage from exploiting apparent racials divisions created by such a divisive media campaign could be devastating to the country: pitting newly disenfranchised angry whites against historically disenfranchise angry minorities.

Nov 23 09:02

With Friends like Howard Zinn who needs enemies?

Talk about defeat before putting up a fight - for truth that is - 911 truth. Here's a new reason not to pursue 911 truth - because it doesn't matter so you shouldn't care.

Nov 23 07:53

Valley Girls: Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki

By Maggie Shiels
Technology Reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley

"I really like people and I really like sick people," said Ms Wojcicki.

"It's a really acute moment in someone's life and you want to help them. I have always been interested in health care and doing something that is dramatic."

Ms Avey is similarly motivated and was inspired to do good by her parents.

"I grew up in South Dakota where my dad was a Lutheran minister and my mom was a nurse," she said.

Nov 23 07:53

How To Deal With Pirates (American, not Somalian)

The Wall Street Journal offered an article yesterday on How to Fight pirates. It reported how, in the late 18th century and early 19th Century, Moroccan pirates-- Barbary pirates-- were attacking American ships and kidnapping their crews, holding the crews and the goods on board for ransom. In 1785, the Pasha of Morocco demanded a million bucks, ten percent of the fledgling USA's national budget, for protection. Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson had no alternative. For at least a decade, for lack of a navy and support from other nations to fight back, the US paid those ransoms.

Nov 23 07:40

Beheadings in Guatemala jail riot

A fight between rival gangs in a Guatemalan prison has left seven prisoners dead, five of them beheaded, officials said.

Nov 23 07:35

UBS loses favour with angry Swiss

Staff Writer BBC

Using Switzerland's system of direct democracy, he has collected the required 100,000 signatures to hold a nationwide referendum to end, as he puts it, "the corporate rip off."

His proposal would forbid golden handshakes, bonuses would be performance related, and excessive salaries banned.

Perhaps luckily for Swiss business leaders, it will be a year or so before this goes to the vote - because given the current national mood, if the polling stations opened tomorrow, Mr Minder's idea would be a shoo in.

Nov 23 05:09

Why Bush Can’t Allow Habeas Corpus – And Why we Need to Leave Afghanistan

The whole rationale for our war in Afghanistan probably would be exposed to the world as the farce that it is if the Bush administration allowed its “War on Terror” prisoners to use the writ of habeas corpus to challenge their detentions. That appears to be a major reason, if not the major reason, why the Bush administration has for several years fought tooth and nail to deny its prisoners the habeas corpus rights that are guaranteed under our Constitution.

Nov 23 02:19

The Judeo-Russian Mafia: From the Gulag to Brooklyn to World Dominion

While the FBI and major media obsess about the Sicilian Mafia (the “Cosa Nostra”) a far more powerful and sinister force is in existence that has controlled most of the globe’s organized crime for at least two decades—the Jewish mafia from Russia (a “Kosher Nostra”). Yet there is not even a desk at the FBI for their crimes, which dwarf those of the Italian gangsters in scope, violence and depth.
Alexander Lebed
Alexander Lebed

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