Collaps of the world as we know it.. THERMO/GENE COLLISION: On Human
Nature, Energy, and Collapse Published in the spring 2007 issue of The Social
Contract http://www.thesocialcontract.com/ By Jay Hanson – 2/20/2007 (pdf 8
Voorlopig geen nieuwsupdates i.v.m. drukte. Blijft toch the same sh*t, different words. IJsland failliet, Dubai failliet, Griekenland bijna failliet, USA bijna failliet, Spanje failliet, GB bijna failliet, Oost-Europa failliet, Afrika failliet, etc.... Nederland heeft nog reserves en zou eigenlijk zo snel mogelijk uit de Euro en terug naar de Gulden dienen te gaan. Sinds 2008 is er peak-oil, in 2010 (ws) peak-gas en rond 2020 peak-kolen, de mondiale energy-crunch is een feit. Economie=goederen en diensten=de hoeveelheid beschikbare energie bepaalt de output, niét de geldhoeveelheid. Mijn advies blijft om goud t.b.v. kapitaalbehoud te verwerven en de resterende gelden in alternatieve energie te zetten. Denk aan zonnepanelen, zonneboilers, aardwarmte, windmolens. Participeer, evt, in een windmolenvereniging. Energie heb je nodig en levert een positief rendement op. Ik blijf mij verbazen dat er nog velen zijn die beleggen op de beurs. Waarom speculeren als je met alt. energie ook een rendement van 4-8% p.a. kunt maken, bij voorkeur op je eigen dak? Zeker als Kopenhagen resulteert in een cabon-tax.
Mauritius Buys IMF Gold, Follows India as Metal Soars (Update4).. Mauritius bought 2 metric tons of gold from the International Monetary Fund, underscoring a drive by central banks to boost holdings as the precious metal trades near a record and the dollar slumps
Russia to sell 30 tonnes of gold to c.bank.. Russia’s state repository Gokhran will sell 30 tonnes of gold to the central bank in 2009 instead of offering it to the market, Russia’s finance minister said
Debt to GDP Ratios Indicate Governments Going Bankrupt.. Finally, what about Europe? Our argument here is simple: Europe’s monetary union is going to come unstuck. Why? Europe has one interest rate for twelve different economies. That does not leave national governments with the flexibility to print money and inflate away political problems. This will be intolerable, the monetary union will break up…It’s no coincidence that the last time the world faced such monetary upheaval was when it went off the gold standard and straight into essentially thirty-two years of military and economic conflict (1913-1945). If the world is about to become that disordered again, you’ll need a plan to deal with it.
Budget Deficits Soar Out of Control in Eurozone, Germany, US, UK, Japan; Yen's Last Hurrah.. Budget deficits are soaring and printing presses are running at full steam everywhere you look including Germany and the Eurozone countries.
Britain and its Near Death Economy.. In other words, the UK government has spent all of its tax receipts, and it has spent all of the money it has from selling government bonds. The cupboards are bare. It does not have one single dollar of spare cash left.
Canadian Mint went into damage control over missing gold.. The mint's final report on the missing gold and other precious metals is expected to be released soon. The RCMP investigation into the case is ongoing.
The Fed versus the gold standard.. The Federal Reserve is currently under the heaviest scrutiny it has faced in its 96-year history. For the first time ever, the private central bank is facing a full independent audit…However, the Federal Reserve System is anything but a free market system: It is corporatist monopoly.
Economists Opposing Fed Audit Have Undisclosed Fed Ties.. the
"prominent economists" lobbying on behalf of the Watt bill are in fact deeply
involved with the Federal Reserve. Seven of the eight are either currently on
the Fed's payroll or have been in the past.
America's economic pain brings hunger pangs.. The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get enough to eat…Food shortages, the report shows, are particularly pronounced among women raising children alone.
Hunger in U.S. at a 14-Year High.. Analysts said the main reason for the growth was the rise in the unemployment rate, to 7.2 percent at the end of 2008 from 4.9 percent a year earlier. And since it now stands at 10.2 percent, the survey might in fact understate the number of Americans struggling to get adequate food.
Société Générale tells clients how to prepare for potential 'global collapse'.. Mr Fermon said his report had electrified clients on both sides of the Atlantic. "Everybody wants to know what the impact will be. A lot of hedge funds and bankers are worried," he said.
For the Young, Giving the House ‘Back to the Bank’ Is No Biggie.. With so many Americans owing more than their homes than they’re worth - in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars - more are debating walking away, or halting payments they can afford and waiting for foreclosure…“Homeowners should be walking away in droves,” Brent T. White, an associate professor of law at the University of Arizona, wrote in a discussion paper. “The real mystery is not—as media coverage has suggested—why large numbers of homeowners are walking away, but why, given the percentage of underwater mortgages, more homeowners are not.”
BlackRock says c.banks to be net buyers of gold.. Central banks will be net buyers of gold this year as they diversify away from the U.S. dollar, marking a reversal of a decades-old trend, global commodities investment fund BlackRock
Iran cbank coin sale bursts "gold bubble" -media.. The price of gold coins in Iran fell by more than 4 percent after the Central Bank started supplying newly-minted coins to the market, Iranian newspapers reported on Sunday…Many Iranians buy gold coins as wedding gifts and also as a long-term investment.
U.K. Royal Mint Quadruples Production of Gold Coins (Update2).. “There’s still a total lack of confidence in the financial system,”.. “Investors are seeing the benefits of diversifying into gold. Smaller investors are clued into the fact that inflation possibilities are a worry for the future.”
SA gold miners on final deathwatch as scientist finds gold reserves more than 90% less than claimed.. South Africa's Witwatersrand goldfields are around 95% exhausted, and anticipates that production rates should fall permanently below 100 tonnes a year within the coming decade.
Gold price suppression is public record and public policy, not 'conspiracy theory'.. The gold price suppression scheme became a matter of public record in January 1995, when the general counsel of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, J. Virgil Mattingly, told the Federal Open Market Committee, according to the committee's minutes, that the U.S. Treasury Department's Exchange Stabilization Fund had undertaken gold swaps…By manipulating the value of money, central banking controls the value of all labor, services, and real goods, and yet it is conducted almost entirely in secret -- because, in choosing winners and losers in the economy, advancing infinite amounts of money to some participants in the markets but not to others, administering the ultimate patronage, central banking cannot survive scrutiny.
32% Inflation in UCLA Tuition Causes Riots.. yesterday producing its new documentary on the collapsing U.S. dollar and hyperinflation in the U.S., when it found out that violence broke out at UCLA where students were protesting 32% inflation in college tuition.
EC Italian power tariff decision prompts Alcoa smelters shutdown.. Alcoa announced Thursday it will temporarily idle production at two aluminum smelters in Italy after the European Commission ruled Thursday that the Italian government must end preferential electricity tariffs to Alcoa…Alcoa argues the tariff was in place for more than 10 years in Italy and was approved by the EC in 1995, the year Alcoa purchased the smelters. It was aimed at providing competitive power to energy-intensive industries in Italy.
Have government agencies been attempting to hide Peak Oil for fear of setting off a financial panic?.. "Many inside the organisation believe that maintaining oil supplies at even 90m to 95m barrels a day would be impossible but there are fears that panic could spread on the financial markets if the figures were brought down further.
The Great Peak Oil Awakening Has Begun.. Collin Campel..In fact, today 28 billion barrels a year support a world population on 6.7 billion people, but by 2050 the supply will have fallen to a level able to support less than half that number in their present way of life.
The Stonewalling of Peak Oil.. Hirsch.. Peak oil is a bigger issue than health care, than federal budget deficits, and so forth. We're talking about something that, to take a middle of the road position—not the Armageddon extreme and not the la-la optimism of some people—is going to be extremely damaging to the U.S. and world economies for a very long period of time. There are no quick fixes.
PEAK SILVER & PEAK MINING by a Falling EROI..Fundamenteel artikel…een must read. [Aanbod Energie=Output economie] + [Nu steeds meer energie nodig om de resterende voorraden olie, kolen, gas, metalen te bemachtigen omdat de beste deposits als eerste werden gemined en richting uitputting gaan.].. Metal Minerals Scarcity and the Elements of Hope..Fundamenteel artikel..een must read..[ peak-energy nu =>schaarste aan metalen nabije toekomst=>minder output nieuwe produkten +moeilijker worden energie-transitie]
Russia's Central Bank ready to buy up gold from State Depository.. "In certain conditions, we will be ready to buy everything the State Depository offers for sale," Alexei Ulyukayev said.
Eric Sprott: Gold Momentum's Picking Up Dramatically.. debt to the level that the U.S. government is…there's $72 trillion of debt and other way suggests it is $100 trillion. It's almost academic which calculation you use; it's just an overwhelmingly serious problem.. Various members of the G-20 talk about commodity backing and so on. You could create a computer system where you could actually use commodities as currencies. It's pretty easy to quantify all these units, so maybe we will go there…People should want to have their own physical gold and silver. A lot of them take certificates, but I certainly would never advise doing that.
IMF Economists Lament Dollar-Based Financial System.. The economists said reducing demand for dollar reserves would be only part of the solution.
Gold Will Go Above $2,000: Jim Rogers.. "It's very clear there is huge suspicion about paper money around the world. This suspicion is gathering steam. Governments are printing huge amounts of money…"Despite gold's potential, I think I will make more money in other commodities such as silver, cotton, or coffee—all of which are terribly depressed," Rogers said.
Gold "Offers Buying Opportunity" as Monetary Debauchment & Peak Output Make
$5000 "Possible" by End-2010.. "When investors lose trust in
conventional currencies, because monetary policy appears set to debauch them,
gold is the immediately available safe haven," said Martin Hutchinson late
"During such periods, gold's former importance as a store of value becomes uppermost in the public mind, and its price becomes a major economic indicator…"We are going into a Weimar Republic-type of inflation – get used to it," says bond-fund manager Stewart Cowley at Old Mutual Asset Managers.
The Other Side Of China's 8% GDP "Growth": Ghost Cities.. Ordos is a hyper modern city, full of brand new glass walled residential and commercial buildings, yet devoid of inhabitants.+ nieuwsvideo
China has now become the biggest risk to the world economy.. China is still exporting overcapacity to the rest of us on a grand scale, with deflationary consequences…If provoked, the US has the economic depth to retreat into near autarky (with NAFTA) and retool its industries behind tariff walls – as Britain did in the 1930s under Imperial Preference. In such circumstances, China would collapse. Mao statues would be toppled by street riots.
Ten nuclear stations to be built in bid to prevent energy shortage.. in Britain at a cost of up to £50 billion as the Government tries to prevent the threat of regular power cuts by the middle of the coming decade.
Climate change study shows Earth is still absorbing carbon dioxide.. He pointed out that his study relied entirely on empirical data, including historical records extracted from ice samples in the Antarctic, rather than speculative climate change models.
War always causes recession.. PhD economist Marc Faber predicts that the U.S. will launch a war to distract people from the bad economy...in October 2008 that the Rand corporation, a leading U.S. military advisor, lobbied the Pentagon for a war to be started with a major foreign power in an attempt to stimulate the American economy.. America no longer has the financial resources to project force and impose its will world-wide. The bottom line is that anyone advocating for war to help our economy is mistaken.
Gun sales shoot up amid America’s fear of rising crime and terrorism..
All over America demand for firearms and ammunition is rising amid concerns that
rising unemployment, which passed 10 per cent this month, will lead inexorably
to higher rates of crime.
Barrick shuts hedge book as world gold supply runs out.. "There is a strong case to be made that we are already at 'peak gold',".. "Production peaked around 2000 and it has been in decline ever since, and we forecast that decline to continue. It is increasingly difficult to find ore," he said.. Output fell a further 14pc in South Africa last year.. Barrick is moving fast to wind down the remaining 3m ounces of its infamous hedge book over the next twelve months, an implicit bet on rising gold prices over time.
"The US Government Will Be Totally Bankrupt In A Year And A Half"..In the meantime, the gold creep higher continues
This financial mess isn't even the end of the beginning for UK wealth.. So that leaves "quantitative easing" – or QE – the even more extreme policy where the Bank of England creates electronic money from nothing, apparently in a bid to stimulate the economy. The Bank has already created £175bn of such "funny money" since March – some 99.7pc of which, in a bizarre example of circular financing, has been spent on government securities. So our central bank prints money and gives it to the Government, which in turn gives it to the banks. This is the economics of Zimbabwe and the Weimar Republic…Last week, the Bank announced that QE would carry-on – with another £25bn being "injected" into the economy.
Russia Warns of Gas Crisis If Ukraine Misses Payment (Update3)..here we go again.. Ukraine, which ships about 80 percent of Russian gas exports to Europe, may have to postpone payments for the fuel if it doesn’t get an International Monetary Fund tranche on time, Deputy Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria said yesterday…Putin has questioned Ukraine’s ability to pay for gas, calling on the European Union to lend the country at least $1 billion to ensure secure fuel transit.
Officials Search for Answers in Extensive Brazil Blackout.. A huge power failure involving the world’s largest operating hydroelectric plant this week was the worst in its 25 years of use..For more than two hours late Tuesday, the failure of three transmission lines that deliver power from the plant created a domino effect, cutting off electricity to 18 of 26 states in Brazil, including the country’s two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Tens of millions of people were affected. Airports in several cities were briefly shut down and passengers had to be pulled from subway cars in São Paulo when the system lost power.
Tungsten as a Gold Substitute.. There are two metals that are suitable, from both a density and economic perspective, for manufacturing fake gold - uranium and tungsten.. A Chinese company called Chinatungsten is advertising imitation gold merchandise on its website.. CHINATUNGSTEN.. Tungsten Alloy for Gold Substitution
A rock-solid case for gold reserves..Canada.. It may be that the only reason for our central bank [van Canada] not to have gold in its vaults is because our American friends don't like us supporting bullion even though the mining industry employs a lot of people and produces big payrolls.
Vietnam to allow gold imports -central bank.. Nov 11 (Reuters) - Vietnam's central bank said on Wednesday it would allow imports of gold to stabilise the market after the price of gold onshore rose sharply in recent days, which helped push the value of the Vietnamese dong down…UPDATE 1-Vietnam to allow gold imports to stabilise market.. Offshore dealers covering Vietnam said gold bars had been smuggled in from neighbouring countries to meet growing demand.
Is China headed toward collapse?.. Chanos, a billionaire, is the founder of the investment firm Kynikos Associates and a famous short seller.. Chang argues that inconsistencies in Chinese official statistics — like the surging numbers for car sales but flat statistics for gasoline consumption — indicate that the Chinese are simply cooking their books…There is simply too much stuff, too many stores and no buyers.”
Theft By Other Means II: When the State Steals Property,
Is It Not Theft? ..
"unpaid traffic fines" can be grounds for seizure in
some locales. here in Minnesota we've had some big problems with corrupt cops.
The Metro Gang Strike Force was created to go after criminal gangs, but
ironically this year we found out that they were a criminal gang! The police
were taking property and cash for personal use or to fund the strikeforce after
budget cuts…A State law allows the police to seize property from suspects
without getting a warrant and without charging them with a crime. This seems
very unfair to me if not unconstitutional, what happened to the Fourth
Waarom stijgt de goudprijs?.. ''Nu is er echter sprake van dat veel geld beschikbaar is, als gevolg van het ruime monetaire beleid'', zo geeft Hans de Geus aan ''en dan kopen mensen sowieso alles dat in waarde zou kunnen stijgen.''
Goud stijgt, meer centrale banken aan koopzijde verwacht.. Onlangs bleek dat verscheidene centrale banken goud kochten, zoals die van India…Sri Lanka.. centrale banken van China, India, Rusland, Brazilie of Taiwan
De Nederlandsche Bank lekte over noodregeling DSB.. Functionarissen van DNB ontkenden.. Dat blijkt nu in strijd met de waarheid..DNB heeft al op zondagavond 11 oktober – nog voordat de rechtbank de surseanceaanvraag afwees – mensen in de financiële wereld geïnformeerd over de aanvraag.
'De Nederlandsche Bank lekte over noodregeling DSB'.. Vervolgens heeft de toezichthouder [DNB] op 12 oktober tegenover de Amsterdamse rechtbank stellig ontkend dat zij de oorzaak is van het informatielek.. De rijksrecherche onderzoekt momenteel wie de gevoelige informatie op zondagavond 11 oktober gelekt heeft naar de Volkskrant. Het dagblad schreef over ‘bronnen rond het ministerie van Financiën’.
RTL Nieuws en de val van een bank.. "Natuurlijk gaat het om DSB. Maar we moeten zorgvuldig zijn, en móeten eerst exact weten wat het oordeel van de rechter is. Dit is heel explosief. We doen het niet, ik heb met Harm overlegd. Wij gaan als RTL Nieuws geen bankrun veroorzaken of aanjagen." Met een ondertoon van journalistieke spijt: "Verdomme."
Herstelplannen pensioenfondsen kosten gepensioneerden geld.. Bij een gemiddeld jaarpensioen van 10.000 euro missen PMT`ers 30.000 euro en ABP`ers 28.960 euro. Bij PME (Metalelektro) en Zorg & Welzijn komen de misgelopen inkomsten uit op 26.416 en 12.607 euro. Pensioenfonds BPF Bouw laat gepensioneerden 6.681 euro mislopen.
AlpInvest mag nog eens 4 miljard euro pensioengeld ABP beleggen..
AlpInvest is gezamenlijk eigendom van het ambtenarenpensioenfonds APG, dat circa
173 miljard euro aan pensioengelden beheert, en van het pensioenfonds voor de
zorgsector PGGM Vermogensbeheer bv. Het private-equity-fonds belegt sinds 1999
exclusief voor deze twee pensioenfondsen en kreeg daarvoor sinds 2000 meer dan
40 miljard euro toevertrouwd.
Collapse Movie …officiele site van de docu.
Sounding an Alarm on Oil.. Independent journalist Michael Ruppert predicted the global recession. Now he's foreseeing an imminent energy crisis
‘Collapse’ Cassandra Nails Cheney, Says End Is Nigh, Hoard Gold.. Ruppert, the subject of director Chris Smith’s documentary “Collapse,” warns that industrial civilization is headed for cataclysm as a burgeoning population relies on a dwindling supply of oil and our leaders stand idly by or, worse, actively hasten the disaster. “The only thing that amazes me is the speed with which things are falling apart,”
Carolyn Baker Reviews "Collapse"..Fiat Currency, Fractional Reserve Banking, and Compound Interest-these are the only three things you need to know, says Mike, about money. These three inherently comprise a pyramid scheme;.. Our economy is collapsing, but many other countries in the world are collapsing much more rapidly. In summary, the people who have been running the planet are now losing control…When asked if a collapse be "prevented" by human ingenuity, Mike pensively responds with, "No amount of technology, no amount of human ingenuity can overturn the laws of physics and the laws of the universe." Humankind's greatest peril, he asserts, is to believe that it can overturn the law of the universe and "become God.".. Local food production is the most fundamental key to human survival in the collapse of industrial civilization.. "Collapse" leaves us with great optimism, joy, possibility, and inspiration.
Collapse (2009).. “A documentary called ‘Collapse.’ ”.. Since 2001, Mr. Ruppert has devoted his life, two books and a self-published newsletter to connecting the dots between population, economics and energy, and concluding that the center will not hold. Lucidly and with weary conviction, he cites evidence for a declining global oil supply..
Inside the Global Gold Frenzy.. China has already doubled its gold
reserves over the last six years, but the Indian move underscored how even the
most traditional investors are shifting a portion of their assets into bullion.
Gold and Economic Freedom: GATA Interview.. .[Alan Greenspan]. In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value…The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard.. The main purpose of the Federal Reserve is to assist the surreptitious rigging of markets, particularly the currency, bond, and gold markets.
Be Prepared for the Worst..Ron Paul.. The large-scale government intervention in the economy is going to end badly.
Here Comes TARP on Steroids.. And whereas TARP limited the Treasury Secretary's check-writing authority to two years and $700 billion, TARP on Steroids would let him spend as much as he wants for as long as he wants…Tim Geithner's tell came when he publicly said the Obama administration would oppose amendments limiting the new bailout power -- even if the limit was a $1 trillion cap…Government Is Trying to Make Bailouts for the Giant Banks PERMANENT
Global Exposure in Financial Derivatives Surpasses One Quadrillion Dollars (Update).. That's more than one million piles of money, with a billion dollars in each pile…In previous posts I also considered the total exposure of the federal government from various programs designed to bail out the banking establishment, $23.7 trillion, (2xGDP USA).. Too Little, Too Late For Derivatives Oversight.. It is currently estimated that there are $684 trillion in outstanding derivatives and another $800 trillion in "shadow" or off-balance-sheet derivatives (which are impossible to calculate because they are not reported), totaling well over $1.4 quadrillion…This is roughly 27 times the global GDP at $55T.. Obviously, this total amount is not at risk, but the derivatives are based ultimately on underlying asset values or assumptions that if off by even 5%, could create a loss that well exceeds global GDP, and if off by 18% would wipe out global asset values.
The Full Story Of How Tim Geithner Secretly Bailed Out Wall Street And Screwed The Taxpayer Last Fall.. Thus began the most nauseating giveaway in the history of the country.
SECRET PLAN FOR EURO INCOME TAX.. They would also mean Brussels being given the power to dip straight into taxpayers’ pockets
Europe's leaders to create EU foreign ministry.. But rather than a simple reorganisation of existing EU diplomatic activity, the new institution will take on the trappings of a fully fledged ministry such as the Foreign Office or America's State Department…"It was always the plan to give the EEAS a strategic role, including the political-military, crisis planning and intelligence bodies," said a senior EU diplomat involved in the negotiations.
Do Saudis have the clout to destroy NYMEX?.. The question now is: how much clout does Saudi Arabia have to destroy the dominance of NYMEX and who could be next to follow its rebellion?
Winter crisis could see UK 'run out of gas in hours'.. The UK could run out of gas within six hours this winter.. But National Grid has told energy companies that they only need to fill tanks by a minimum of 2.3% this winter. If all gas imports to the UK ground to a halt, for example if Gazprom turned off supplies to Europe, and supplies from the North Sea were disrupted, this amount would keep the country's households and businesses supplied for just six hours on a cold day. In France, regulators require companies to keep their facilities at least 85% full from November.
EU puts €100bn-a-year price on tackling climate change.. It is not yet clear on what basis the contributions will be made. The west Europeans want to combine the "polluter pays" principle with ability to pay, meaning that a donor country's GDP and level of greenhouse gas emissions will determine how much it puts in.
Flight taxes hiked to bail out banks: It's nothing to do
with environment, says Darling ..
Flight taxes are being
raised to help bail out the banks, Alistair Darling admitted yesterday
Silvio Berlusconi says he will stay on as Italy's PM even if convicted in court
The raid that rocked the Met: Why gun and drugs op on
6,717 safety deposit boxes could cost taxpayer a fortune..
More than 500 officers
smashed their way into thousands of safety-deposit boxes to retrieve guns, drugs
and millions of pounds of criminal assets. At least, that's what was supposed to
happen. Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark investigate
A social timebomb is set to explode in Britain
On the quiet, the US is legalising marijuana..The key to the shift has been the emphasis on marijuana’s medical properties. Human beings have used marijuana as medicine for millennia. It was once sold in the States by Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Occupiers involved in drug trade: Afghan minister.. The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan…The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president, is involved in the opium trade, meets with Taliban leaders, and is also a CIA operative.
Erdogan criticizes West over hypocrisy on Iran.. "Those who criticize Iran's nuclear program continue to possess the same weapons," Erdogan said in a televised address on Saturday…We shared this opinion with our Iranian friends, our brothers," he noted.
The Vietnam moment.. Some time in the next two weeks, Mr Obama is likely to bring months of agonised deliberation to a close when he decides how many more troops to send to Afghanistan…“The one thing the White House is determined to avoid is to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam,” says Mr Markey. “But in trying to avoid the mistakes of Vietnam, it could simply be making a whole new set of mistakes.”
Obama signs law blocking release of torture photos..
Europe's Impending Social Meltdown ..It does not take a genius to figure out what will be a major result of the present erroneous policies: increased social misery, increased social tension, more insecurity and more crime. All the more so since there aren't any signs of recovery…In the US, millions have been thrown out of their homes for not being able to pay the mortgage. Thus, outside most US cities and towns, the new homeless are now living in tents. So far, this phenomenon does not seem to have hit Europe but, do not worry, it will soon…Change may be coming sooner than most people think.
Death of 'Soul of Capitalism': Bogle, Faber, Moore.. 20 reasons America has lost its soul and collapse is inevitable.. 1. Collapse is now inevitable.. 2. Nobody's planning for a 'Black Swan'.. 15 more clues capitalism lost its soul ... is a disaster waiting to happen.. Oil and energy costs will skyrocket.. The "forever war" between Western and Islamic fundamentalists will widen
9 Signs of America in Decline.. But all empires end, and the warning signs of American decline seem to be blinking more consistently
U.S. Equities Will ‘Drop Painfully,’ Grantham Says (Update3).. U.S. stocks will “drop painfully from current levels” in the coming year amid disappointing economic data and shrinking profit margins, according to investor Jeremy Grantham
Detroit house auction flops for urban wasteland.. Despite a minimum bid of $500, less than a fifth of the Detroit land was sold after four days…"We have to keep in mind that GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy this year," said Terrance Keith, chief deputy treasurer of Wayne County. "Some people are going to be totally tapped out next year." Detroit, already stuck with a $300 million budget deficit, is responsible in the meantime for cutting the weeds and responding to fire calls for thousands more abandoned lots.
Brussels 'Home Office' plot to snoop on all of Europe..
'We are fast
approaching a situation where the EU will have the full coercive machinery of a
state but without the proper democratic controls or robust checks on power that
citizens should expect.'
Councils get ‘Al Capone’ power to seize assets over minor offences..
Parents banned from watching their children in playgrounds... in case they are paedophiles.. Parents are being banned from playing with their children in council recreation areas because they have not been vetted by police.
The real climate change catastrophe.. The IPCC, through its series of weighty reports..The vast majority of its contributors have never been climate scientists. Many are not scientists at all…Then, in 2007, the story suddenly entered its third stage. In a way that had been wholly unpredicted by those IPCC computer models, global temperatures started to drop. Although CO2 levels continued to rise, after 25 years when temperatures had risen, the world’s climate was visibly starting to cool again…The polar bears are not drowning – there are four times more of them now than there were 40 years ago…It isn’t CO₂ that has been driving the climate, the changes are natural, driven by the activity of the sun and changes in the currents of the world’s oceans. [over de CO2 uitstoot kun je belasting heffen, ongeacht de vermeende klimaatimpact]
Rockefellers Fund Global-warming Protests as Earth Cools .. Another ironic occurrence was a group of mountain climbers in Antarctica — an area that scientists claim has been cooling for over 10 years and where 90 percent of the world’s ice is located and continuing to grow — displaying a 350 banner.. The writer also points to a myriad of global-warming propaganda grants — each over $200,000 — made by the Rockefeller Fund. .. David Rockefeller in his autobiography. “If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." He also promotes draconian “population control” via global governance, among other highly controversial ideas.
Prominent Russian Scientist: 'We should fear a deep temperature drop -- not catastrophic global warming' .. THE SUN DEFINES THE CLIMATE.. However, observations of the Sun show that as for the increase in temperature, carbon dioxide is "not guilty" and as for what lies ahead in the upcoming decades, it is not catastrophic warming, but a global, and very prolonged, temperature drop. ..The earth is no longer threatened by the catastrophic global warming forecast by some scientists; warming passed its peak in 1998-2005, while the value of the TSI by July - September of last year had already declined by 0.47 W/m2 (Fig. 1). It [the cooling of the earth] has already begun: the area of ice cover in the Arctic in September 2008 (4.52 mln. km2), in spite of all forecasts, rose by 390 thousand km2 above that of a year ago (when it was 4.13 mln. km) and in the subsequent four months it grew substantially further (Fig. 6). [minder zon=minder voedsel en meer energieverbruik!]..origineel artikel Abdussamatov (pdf)
The Super Rich are Laughing.. According to reports, the US Marines in Afghanistan use 800,000 gallons of gasoline per day. At $400 per gallon, that comes to a $320,000,000 daily fuel bill for the Marines alone. Only a country totally out of control would squander resources in this way…It costs $750,000 per year for each soldier we have in Afghanistan…In any failed state, the greatest threat to the population comes from the government and the police. That is certainly the situation today in the USA. Americans have no greater enemy than their own government. Washington is controlled by interest groups that enrich themselves at the expense of the American people.
Reports Link Karzai’s Brother to Afghanistan Heroin Trade…Brother of Afghan Leader Said to Be Paid by C.I.A…“Virtually every significant Afghan figure has had brushes with the drug trade,” he said. “If you are looking for Mother Teresa, she doesn’t live in Afghanistan.”
The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade.. There are powerful business and financial interests behind narcotics. From this standpoint, geopolitical and military control over the drug routes is as strategic as oil and oil pipelines.. In turn, the proceeds of this lucrative trade are deposited in Western banks, which constitute an essential mechanism in the laundering of dirty money.. The Afghan drug economy is "protected". The heroin trade was part of the war agenda.
Doth I protest too much?.. When police admit you could be put on a secret database for being at a demo, it's time to worry
Large Hadron Collider switched on after year of repairs.. Last week Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya, of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, suggested that the breakdowns at the collider could have been caused by the Higgs boson itself.[!!!]
Hemp Farms.. hemp farms could have a profoundly positive effect on
the future of humanity. A diet of Hemp Hearts and vegetables requires very
little land, but produces very health humans. [=industriele hennep, géén
Scientists Rebut Claim That Man Causes Climate Change.. and show that Mother Nature controls climate around the world and that CO2 in the atmosphere benefits people, plants and animals.
www.plantsneedco2.org ..Earth and it's inhabitants need more, not less, CO2. More CO2 means: More Plant Growth, Plants need less water, More food per acre, More robust habitats and ecosystems..CO2 is Earth's greatest airborne fertilizer. Without it - No Life On Earth!
CO2 is Green... and Green is Good!.. Higher CO2 concentrations also
help plants by reducing the negative effects of a number of other environmental
stresses, such as high soil salinity, high air temperature, low air temperature,
low light intensity, low levels of soil fertility, oxidative stress, and the
stress of herbivory.
Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth.. We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity…Within hours of the decision of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Obama met with the War Council, or should we call it the "Peace Council". This meeting had been carefully scheduled to coincide with that of the Norwegian Nobel committee. ..het gaat om olie, gas en uranium..energy
What happened to global warming?.. But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures…To confuse the issue even further, last month Mojib Latif, a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) says that we may indeed be in a period of cooling worldwide temperatures that could last another 10-20 years.
The late-twentieth century, however, is not exceptionally warm in the new record: On decadal-to-centennial timescales, periods around ad 750, 1000, 1400, and 1750 were equally warm, or warmer. The 200-year long warm period centered on ad 1000 was significantly warmer than the late-twentieth century (p < 0.05) and is supported by other local and regional paleoclimate data. The new tree-ring evidence from Torneträsk suggests that this “Medieval Warm Period” in northern Fennoscandia was much warmer than previously recognized.
The CO2 Debate Is Not Over…W.R. Pratt..(pdf 49 pg).. Humans emit
approximately 8 billion tons of CO2 per year. It sounds like a lot
doesn't it?.. It is said that the atmosphere contains an average of about 750
gigatons of CO2 which is roughly 385 ppm. (parts per million).. 8 gigatons into
750 gigatons = 93.75 --385 ppm ÷ 93.75 = 4.1066666666666665 ppm.
That means that if all 6.8 billion of us reverted to a state before the discovery of ﬁre we could reduce atmospheric CO2 by a staggering 4.1 ppm per year, out of a claimed total average of 385 ppm. SPPI Monthly CO2 Report.aug.2009, vol1 issue 8 (pdf 35 pg).. No heat buildup in the oceans = no global warming.. Where Have All the Sunspots Gone?.. The Middle Ages were warmer than today
Peak Oil: The End Of the Oil Age is Near, Deutsche Bank Says.. The oil industry chronically under invests in finding new supplies, exemplified both by Big Oil’s recent love of share buybacks and under-investment by big oil-producing nations. That spells a looming supply crunch.
Will California become America's first failed state?.. This matters, too. Much has been made globally of the problems of Ireland and Iceland. Yet California dwarfs both. It is the eighth largest economy in the world, with a population of 37 million. If it was an independent country it would be in the G8. And if it were a company, it would likely be declared bankrupt…But even Schwarzenegger is humbled by the scale of the crisis.
Ohmigod! Commodity investors might have to buy ... actual commodities!.. The Financial Times story appended here is hysterical for its just dimly dawning realization that commodity investors long have been buying only paper and that, if trading position limits are ever enforced, commodity investors might have to buy and store actual commodities, which, God forbid, would drive up their prices.
Gold hits record $1,045 on report of dollar's demise.. "There's no telling the veracity of these reports, but the general trend has been going in this direction anyway: a weaker dollar and rising gold," Lundin said.
Potential end of dollar-based oil deals helps gold shine.. Gulf Arab states, along with China, Russia, Japan and France, are planning to put an end to dollar-based trading in the oil market, according to an exclusive report published Tuesday in the U.K. by The Independent…Saudi Central Bank Chief Backs Dollar.. he said the U.K.’s Independent newspaper was “absolutely incorrect” in reporting that Gulf oil producers and nations including China, Japan, Russia and Brazil had held secret talks on a nine-year plan to phase out the dollar in oil trade. There has been “absolutely nothing” of that nature discussed between Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, and other countries, he said.
Twilight of Pax Americana.. The coming era of de-globalization will be defined by rising nationalism and mercantilism, geopolitical instability and great power competition. In other words, having enjoyed a long holiday from history under the Pax Americana, international politics will be headed back to the future.
Sweden is bracing for a full-blown economic and political "breakdown" in Latvia... Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg had told banks secretly that Latvia's political order was unravelling, advising them to prepare for the collapse of Latvia's rescue talks.,, Mr Shearing said Latvia's economy would shink by 30pc whether it devalues or not…comment RichardH.. I got into gold in June 2007. Not to be clever but out of desperation as I saw few alternatives ahead. When you've put a considerable amount of your net worth into one thing you certainly at first feel nervous. But I knew then and again at $900 an ounce and again this morning when I bought again it was the right thing to do. You can't beat mined physical gold. I believe that currently it represents a one way bet. When will I sell? I will sell when I need to to or the market dictates that I should. Certainly I wouldn't be surprised if I hold for 5 years and even then 'if' I sell I will be happy that one of my ounces can buy what it can buy today. Of course the greatest benefit of all is if I am wrong on my view on every currency I spent buying gold with I can sell gold back into that or any other currency I wish. There is rarely no other asset class like it.class like it.
Surviving a Financial Collapse..Dmitry Orlov..pdf
Is Gold A Reasonable Investment?.. “What is fascinating is the extent to which gold still holds reign over the financial system as the ultimate source of payment,” Greenspan said…Greenspan is also verifying what goldbugs like Exeter, Fekete and Schoon have been claiming: that "the barbarous relic" still holds an important place in the modern investor's psyche.
THE ELITES ARE AT WAR!!!.. Zbignew Brzezinski has publicly stated that the United States Air Force will confront any Israeli fighter jets flying over Iraq if Israel attempts to attack Iran.
EU intervention in Irish referendum 'unlawful'.. "This is an unlawful use of European taxpayers' money, since the European Commission has no competence whatever in the ratification of treaties. It is gross interference," she said.
Ireland votes again … but this time with ill-feeling.. Ireland is the only country of 27 in the EU that has been and is being allowed to vote on a treaty that few voters in Europe understand or care about.
Blair to be named EU President 'within weeks' if Irish ratify Lisbon Treaty.. The post of President cannot exist until the Lisbon Treaty is formally ratified by all member states and officials across Europe would scramble to move forward this weekend if Ireland votes 'Yes' on Friday…French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given his full support to a Blair bid.. He said Ireland faced the prospect of a two-tier Europe if the complex charter was thrown out for a second time.
BILDERBERGERS WANT GLOBAL CURRENCY NOW.. Eliminating national currencies has long been a goal of Bilderberg as a crucial step in its plan to establish a world government. A nation’s currency is a symbol of sovereignty, so Bilderberg wants to divide the world into three giant regions, each with its regional currency, for the administrative convenience of its world government bureaucrats.
What is the American Police Force and what is it doing in Montana?.. A secretive California outfit called the American Police Force is taking over the 2-year-old, never-used prison in Hardin, Mont., that was briefly considered a possible spot for Guantanamo prisoners. The story has many twists and turns…
High Frequency Forex Manipulation Evidence.. It is physically impossible for anyone to trade like this manually without the use of a specially programmed high speed computer(s) to perform the trading. ..Tradebots
The Game Has Changed – The Achilles Heel Exposed.. “Indeed, the disposition of Western central bank gold reserves is a secret more closely guarded than the blueprints for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.”..The BIS [Bank for International Settlements] issued data on the status of silver derivatives held by member banks this year. It was 111 billion dollars. The world produces $10 billion in new silver each year, of which ALL but $1 billion is consumed by industry. That means that these $111 billion represent debt instruments backed by only $1 billion of investor held silver. That's a 100 to 1 ratio. Keep in mind that the $111 billion does not count the derivatives held outside the banking sector.
US Senate OKs 1-Mo Emergency Extension Of Federal Government Funding Levels.. With the federal government's fiscal year in its waning hours, all non- essential parts of the government would have been required to shut down at midnight had the extension not been agreed to.
"Debtors' Revolt" Message Resonates (VIDEO): When Ann Minch told the "evil, thieving bastards" at Bank of America they could stick her credit card debt in their "bailout pipe and smoke it," the message resonated…I find it interesting how our lawmakers can bail out our financial sector," says YouTuber x684867, "and then during this economy when things are kinda tight our financial sector just kinda says screw you, pay your taxes, we need your money. We've lost a sense of humanity in this country."
Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll have a dictatorship soon in the US’.. The “War on Terror” was “made up”, Vidal says. “The whole thing was PR, just like ‘weapons of mass destruction’.. “I would have liked to have been president, but I never had the money. I was a friend of the throne. The only time I envied Jack was when Joe [Kennedy, JFK’s father] was buying him his Senate seat, then the presidency.
Waiting for the lights to go out…People generally assume that we will find our way round this using hydrogen, nuclear, wave or wind power. In reality, none of these technologies are being developed anything like quickly enough to take over from oil…A barrel of oil contains the equivalent of almost 25,000 hours of human labour…Living without oil, if we don't start to prepare for it, will not be like returning to the late 1700s, because we have now lost the infrastructure that made 18th-century life possible. We have also lost our basic survival skills. Dr Richard Duncan, of the Institute on Energy and Man, believes that we will return to living in essentially Stone Age conditions. Here is a taste of how to deal with the essentials.
Women in underwear queue for free outfit offer.. A policewoman told the girls they were guilty of "public indecency" and ordered a shop assistant to cover up a raunchy picture in the window display.
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