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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service vs The Faces of the Stranger

Billy Joel
The Stranger

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and
Show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They're the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on

Iran says Obama's first step to change should be distance from Israel

Even Ordinary Iranians Took Up This Banner

Hamas Sez: Arms will flow to Gaza despite security

US Navy stopped Iranian ship carrying weapons headed to Gaza

Iran: Desperately Seeking Uranium

My Gaza War Diary

Palestinian Authority admits harboring and paying terrorists
You don't say!

Gazans say Hamas kept them in homes used by gunmen

Israeli Cabinet to endorse legal backing for IDF

Malaysia To Ask OIC Train Palestinian 'Citizen Journalists'

Erdogan: Israel broke 6-month truce

Al-Jazeera coverage of Gaza widely watched in America

01/09/2009: Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi, on Al-Jazeera TV
"Oh Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors. Oh Allah, take this profligate, cunning, arrogant band of people. ... Pour Your wrath upon them, oh our God. Lie in wait for them. ... You destroyed the Pharaoh and his soldiers ... Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one."
Israel: forced to fight terrorism for 60 years
Danbury, CT: I'm Catholic, 75 years old and have witnessed Israel's history since its creation in 1948. Since then, I've witnessed Israel's "neighbors" attempt to liquidate the Jewish state, utilizing the same insane hatred Hitler used exterminating 6 million Jews from 1935 through 1945.
Good on ya, Frank Pellegrini. But did you see this?

Vatican Reinstates Holocaust Denier

The Vatican on Saturday lifted an excommunication ban against Bishop Richard Williamson, one of four bishops who were banned in 1988 for taking on the office of bishop against the wishes of then-Pope John Paul II.

Williamson is a Holocaust denier, and has repeatedly said that the gas chambers did not exist and that no more than 300,000 Jews were killed during World War II, mostly of starvation. In addition, Williamson has declared that the Jews are plotting to take over the world, and that the U.S. and Israel were behind 9/11. In an interview with Swedish television conducted last November but broadcast last week, Williamson said that he believed that there were “no gas chambers."

“Between 200,000-300,000 perished in Nazi concentration camps, but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber,” he said, adding, “I believe that the historical evidence is hugely against 6 million having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler.”
Obama's election to feature prominently in Israeli poll

Bush gives Obama political cover

Inauguration extravaganza sees journalists caught up in the moment

Obama's Evangelicals

The George Mitchell Appointment:

The Tactics of "Symmetrical Negotiations" May Not Work in "Asymmetrical Conflicts"
The 2001 Mitchell Report was seen as an "even-handed" document, reflecting President Clinton's directive to "strive to steer clear of...finger-pointing. As a result, the committee attempted - even at the risk of straining credibility - to split the blame for the crisis. The Mitchell Committee could not ignore Palestinian terrorism and the Palestinian use of civilians as human shields. Israel's transgression - and there had to be one to balance Palestinian sins - was its settlement activity. The committee recommended a "freeze [of] all settlement activity, including the ‘natural growth' of existing settlements." Israelis objected that the freeze - never mandated in the interim stages of the Oslo Accords - would serve to reward the Palestinians' terrorism.
Ukraine seeks changes to Gazprom deal

Gazprom in NIS takeover next week?

Gazprom creates joint venture with Kuwait's Noor

Russia's Ambitions in Latin America

Bolivia nationalizes one of the last remaining foreign owned natural gas fields

Bolivia votes on leftist, indigenous constitution

Gazprom offers more gas to Hungary

Naturally, because....

Starting 1/27 in Budapest: International Energy Summit on Nabucco

Russia takes over Hungarian airline

Russia: No Concern For Potential Nabucco Pipeline

Nabucco to Call for Gas Pipe Builders by Early 2010

2 more Russian dissidents shot dead

Siemens eyes nuclear joint venture with Russia

Russia: old nuclear satellite poses no threat

Former KGB agent to publish “new data” on nuclear espionage
The book further suggests that Juilus Rosenberg’s wife, Ethel, was indeed complicit in her husband’s espionage activities; that internal KGB records “unequivocally identify [Alger] Hiss as a long-term espionage source” for the GRU (Soviet military intelligence); and that nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who headed the US MANHATTAN project, was in fact “not a spy, although not for lack of KGB effort”. The New York Times has published a vague review of Mr. Vassiliev’s new book, which neglects to mention the strong criticism that his first book drew.
Russia says 'ice broken' in chilly NATO relations
"The ice has been broken because the informal NATO-Russia meeting on Monday marks a resumption of large-scale activity in all our cooperation with the alliance."
Turkmenistan & the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Russian Federation!

Gülen responds to "allegations"

Ankara plan equip archeological expedition in Turkmenistan

3.5 at the Turkmen/ Iranian border

Iceland's commerce minister resigns

India needs gas pipelines

India and Kazakhstan sign civil nuclear cooperation pact

Indian PM in intensive care after heart surgery

North Korea says South exercises could provoke war

Swiss Release Suspect in Nuclear Case

Judge OKs $7M Enron, Goldman Deal

It is important to watch who the Gold Man Sacks is upgrading and downgrading:
Sigma Aldrich (SIAL) NewsBite - SIAL Upgraded By Goldman Sachs
OK, WTF does Sigma Aldrich do, Babba and whyTF should we care?

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation is a chemical company, supplier of reagents and materials for use in research and development, diagnostics and analysis. They have facilities in 36 countries and manufacture most of the chemicals they sell
OK, Q: who on their board is related to Gold Man Sacks?

A: Avi Nash
Managing Director of Avi Nash LLC (Former partner of Goldman Sachs)

Avi M. Nash Managing Director of Avi Nash LLC, a management consulting firm in Greenwich, Connecticut, that works with global chemical industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and other strategic matters. Prior to launching his firm in 2003, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs, New York, New York, for more than five years. He has been a director of the Company since November 2005. Age 55.
Avi Nash heads a management-consulting firm bearing his name
Since 2003, the firm’s insights have been sought by companies representing 50% of the chemical industry’s market capitalization in the US and Europe.

The firm works with global chemical industry leaders in 3 areas:

1 ) M&A (mergers & acquisitions),
2) Capital Market Transactions, and
3) Corporate Strategy,

providing a unique blend of strategic, financial, & industry viewpoints.

Avi retired as a partner of Goldman Sachs in ‘02. Prior to his retirement, he headed the firm’s Global Chemical Industry Group, as well as the North American Basic Materials Group, in the investment research division. He joined Goldman in ’87, became a Vice President in ‘89, a Managing Director in ‘96, and was elected
a Partner in ‘98.

He built Goldman’s chemical presence from ground base and led Goldman’s team to a #1 ranking globally.

He continues to mentor MD and VP level executives at Goldman as a consultant.
Over the last two decades, Avi has been involved in numerous chemical and Ag-biotechnology transactions, ranging in size from $75 mill to over $10 bill. They include some of the largest US IPOs such as Monsanto, Celanese, and Lyondell Chemicals; European ones such as Syngenta; and Asian ones such as Titan
Petrochemicals (Malaysia), Indian Petrochemicals & Shanghai Petrochemicals.

He assisted in dozens of M&A transactions in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the Dow-Union Carbide, the Rohm&Haas-Morton and
Monsanto-Pharmacia mergers. He is active in guiding the strategies of many chemical companies, specialty as well as commodity, and has been an invited speaker at numerous corporate board meetings as well as industry
gatherings such as the World Economic Forum, NPRA and American Chemistry Council.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Avi was a senior business strategy consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton from ‘84 to ’86, focusing on specialty chemicals and materials. Earlier, he served UOP Inc. from ‘77 to ‘84, including positions in R&D, plant design &construction, marketing, and strategic planning.

Avi serves on the board of directors of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation and is a Trustee of The Hopkins School, New Haven, CT. He has a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in ‘81 and an M.S. (ChE) from Syracuse University in ‘77. In ‘02, he was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, from where he received a B.Tech (ChE) degree in ’75.
....I'll just call him Chemical Avi. BTW, that Hopkins School strikes me as a sinister Glow Ballers Incubation & Reeducation Center.

Well, mah Ferals, Loons, Infidels & Freaks: I give you: Gold Man Sacks, GloCo:

GloCo-Motives: Arguing the Case for Globalization May 2006 Three years ago, we introduced the concept of GloCo—the successful and profitable global company of the future. We offered eight criteria for GloCo and a list of firms that might meet our criteria. The companies we flagged as potential GloCos have collectively outperformed their local equity indices over the past decade.

Meeting our eight criteria is necessary, but probably not sufficient, for the challenging task of becoming GloCo. This is especially true as the opposition to globalization builds strength.

To thrive in a challenging and rapidly changing environment, companies need to focus on building five key relationships: with employees, consumers, local communities, governments and investors.

With each of these groups, GloCo must forcefully argue the case for globalization, showing that it helps the greater good as well as the bottom line. GloCo needs to demonstrate that globalization is likely to yield broad and sustainable benefits, including wider consumer choice, greater opportunity, economic development and more inclusive governance structures. It is in GloCo’s own self-interest to pursue these challenges with vigor.

GloCo-Motives: Arguing the Case for Globalization
May 2006 [PDF, 278 KB]

Getting Globalization Right : Meeting the Challenge of the Century

(2003) July 23, 2003 [PDF, 591 KB]

The Challenge of the Century: Getting Globalization Right
(2003) January 24, 2003 [PDF, 885 KB]
GloCo must forcefully argue the case for globalization, showing that it helps the greater good as well as the bottom line. GloCo needs to demonstrate that globalization is likely to yield broad and sustainable benefits, including wider consumer choice, greater opportunity, economic development and more inclusive governance structures. It is in GloCo’s own self-interest to pursue these challenges with vigor.

Although the American public has been generally unaware, such arguments are not new. Once the province of the Utopian Left, globalist ideology took root in American financial circles after the turn of the Twentieth Century, and expanded into commerce and manufacturing following the Second World War. By mid century, they had become so pronounced that James Paul Warburg stated before the U.S. Senate on February 17, 1950 that:

We shall have a World government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World government will be achieved by conquest or consent.

Shitting Brics yet, purple proles?

The US Mega Bad Bank

Drunk Broker Sets Fire to WTC Elevator

Regional Banks Reject TARP Funding

Firms That Got Bailout Money Keep Lobbying

Lehman's Japanese real estate assets now on sale

China Rejects Currency Manipulation Charge

A giant in China, an eye on the US

6.1 in Anchorage, Alaska

5.0 in NW China

Chaitén's Caldera Chugging Chunks Continuously
Say it ten times, FAST!

Leonard Cohen ~ 1967
The Stranger Song

Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
I think it's time to board another
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter
When he talks like this
you don't know what he's after
When he speaks like this,
you don't know what he's after.

Let's meet tomorrow if you choose
upon the shore, beneath the bridge
that they are building on some endless river
Then he leaves the platform
for the sleeping car that's warm
You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter
And it comes to you, he never was a stranger
And you say ok the bridge or someplace later.

And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind ...

And leaning on your window sill ...

I told you when I came I was a stranger.

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