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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Dancing at the Glow Ball

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I Can't Seem To Make You Mine

EU SEZ:Israel annexing East Jerusalem
This is like saying: America is annexing Southern Texas

Islamic Jihad fires 6 rockets into southern Israel

Israel reports more peaceful Palestinian rocket and mortar fire

US {{hearts}} Syria, ties on the mend
[clop mfing clop]

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami Hails Success of Tehran's Palestine Conference
The international conference dubbed 'Palestine: Manifestation of Resistance, Gaza: Victim of Crimes', held 4-5 March in Tehran, brought together legal experts, politicians and religious leaders to Tehran to focus on Gaza's reconstruction and Israeli war crimes.


"A fresh list of the Zionist criminals who played a role in the genocide of the Palestinian people has been compiled which will be gradually presented to the Interpol for legal action after each case is completed," Iranian Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the 4th international conference on support for Palestine.

Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khatami condemned the arrest warrant issued by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"The ICC arrest warrant issued against the Sudanese president testifies the instrumental use of international bodies (by the western powers)," Ayatollah Khatami said.

He said the warrant is among the bizarre events of the present age.

Ayatollah Khatami also called on Saudi Arabia to mobilize the world of Islam against Israel instead of focusing on issues which would undermine Muslim solidarity.
Lavrov offers hope for global disarmament talks

US, Russia to press for new pact to cut nuclear arms

US invites Russia to join its missile defense plan in Eastern Europe

Russia welcomes "positive signals" from US

Russia nuclear chief sees uranium price rise in '09

Our Arctic Neighbors: Gazprom expands geological facilities

June 2008: Russia plans Arctic military build-up
Russia has raised the stakes in the international scramble for the Arctic by announcing it will boost its military presence in the region to protect its "national interests".
October 2008:Russia’s Arctic plan
New offshore hydrocarbon fields are to be opened, oil and gas production boosted, the shelf delineated, fish catch increased and shipping along the Northern Sea Route vitalized. That is some of the plans for the Arctic laid down in the Russian government’s national social and economic development programme for the period until year 2020.

The programme, which covers the whole range of Russian society and economy, was adopted by government on October 1. The document, which includes a major stress on the strengthening of an innovative Russian economy, also highlights Russia’s plans for the Arctic.
January 2009: Russia Unveils Aggressive Arctic Plans
In a new national directive, Russia has asserted claims on large sections of the Arctic Ocean. The tone of the document is openly aggressive, prompting fears of increasing international tension over who has the right to exploit the mineral-rich territory.
More on the Gazprom Army's raid on Ukrainian State Gas Co

The Emergent Gazprom Naval Unit:
Gazprom and Rosneft plan to order 307 ships from the recently established United Shipbuilding Corporation

Russia's Gazprom to form their own bank in Serbia

Gazprom invests US$215million in Uzbekistan field prospecting

Turkmenistan Names New Mosque After Leader
Turkmenistan has named a newly built mosque after its president, bringing back memories of his predecessor who named cities, streets and the first month of the year after himself.

The Central Asian nation's state television reported on the opening of the new mosque -- named after President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov -- late on March 5 in a town in the south of the country.

"I congratulate you on the opening of the... mosque built by the president and named after Gurbanguly-hajji," Tukmenistan's Grand Mufti Roushen Alaberdyev was shown as saying.
The mosque is made of white marble and can hold up to 2,500 people, Turkmen media said.
Obama to restore stem cell funding

Supreme Court dismisses case of suspected Al Qaeda agent
The Supreme Court on Friday bowed out of deciding whether the president has the power to imprison people in the U.S. indefinitely without a trial -- avoiding a showdown the Obama administration did not want.

The court granted the administration's request to dismiss the challenge to the president's authority from suspected Al Qaeda sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah Marri, who was detained by the military for 5 1/2 years without charges.

But the court's order also vacates the federal appeals court ruling Marri was challenging, which had affirmed the president's power to detain people in the United States without trial.

Marri will be transferred to civilian custody as soon as next week to face charges of providing material support for terrorism. Obama administration lawyers had argued that the case before the high court was moot because Marri had been charged in the criminal system.

"We look forward to prosecuting this case in the criminal justice system and presenting the evidence for a jury to decide [Marri's] guilt or innocence," Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.
Freedom Bank of Georgia Seized, 17th US Failure This Year

Ten Banks Sign On As Initial Clearing Members Of ICE Trust
Ten major banks have signed on as initial clearing members of Intercontinental Exchange Inc.'s (ICE) new clearinghouse for credit default swaps.

The dealers onboard include Bank of America (BAC), Barclays Capital (BCS), Citigroup (C), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), Goldman Sachs (GS), J.P. Morgan (JPM), Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley (MS) and UBS AG (UBS).

Each has contributed to the guaranty fund and completed "rigorous technical testing" in recent months, according to a news release from ICE.

So, WTF is a credit default swap anyway?
Definition of Credit Default Swap - CDS are a financial instrument for swapping the risk of debt default. Credit default swaps may be used for emerging market bonds, mortgage backed securities, corporate bonds and local government bonds. The buyer of a credit default swap pays a premium for effectively insuring against a debt default. He receives a lump sum payment if the debt instrument is defaulted. The seller of a credit default swap receives monthly payments from the buyer. If the debt instrument defaults they have to pay the agreed amount to the buyer of the credit default swap.
Sounds mighty swindly to me, also sounds like the "bad bank" thing renamed, but whaddoo I know? I'm just an uneducated unhinged lunatic.

Backdoor Bailouts for Gold Man Sacks?

Fed secrecy was the focus of a Senate Banking Committee hearing today in which the panel’s top two members said the central bank’s reluctance to identify companies benefiting from the American International Group bailout risks undermining public confidence in the government

BEHOLD! The "Moral Capitalism" propaganda begins in earnest:
Gordon Brown calls for morality in banking system

TIME MAGAZINE: Bank Nationalizations: Why They Might Work

ROUBINI: American banking system insolvent

Standard Bank (South Africa) buys a third of Russian investment bank

Brazil's president defends nationalization

Crude Oil Rises as Weaker Dollar Bolsters Appeal of Commodities

US autos task force meets at White House

Enormous Raytheon pain-ray patio heater towers erected in California
Raytheon has developed much of the radio-frequency knowhow mentioned by Silvestre in such technologies as radar and communications. However, it also offers a product specifically intended to heat up living things composed largely of water - the famous, crowd-griddling Active Denial System pain raygun. It would seem likely that the Tempwave mega-patio-heater towers draw heavily on expertise acquired during the ADS excrucio-blaster programme.
Saudi Arabia: EADS, Thales, Raytheon and Miksa border programme
EADS with its Saudi partner Al-Rashid Trading & Contracting Co. (RTCC) are still reported to be in a good position to win the phase 3 of the Miksa border surveillance programme, which concerns the Saudi border with Yemen and Oman. The following 480-word report included in Tactical Weekly of March 6, 2009 focuses on the subject and tells what the positions of other contractors concerned by this programme are, notably those of Raytheon, Thales and Finmeccanica.
Evidence of 5,000 year old domesticated horses found in Kazakhstan

Illinois restores Pluto's planetary status

Here's what's going on at the University of Rochester:
Radical socialist speaks her mind
Amelia Titus

The lecture promoted her upcoming work, “Sexuality and Socialism: The History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation” and was arranged by the International Socialist Organization. Wolf noted the mere title of her book often incites conversations in a nation still debating over everything from same-sex marriage to economic rights — two issues she stressed are more pressing than ever.

“Even the first questions you are asked on application forms, namely ‘Are you male or female? Have you ever been married?,’ are ones which define you and your economic possibilities,” she emphasized. Wolf related this argument specifically to the struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minorities to overturn Proposition 8, a measure enacted in California that confines marriage laws strictly to heterosexual couples.

Since its implementation in November of last year, Proposition 8 has garnered both widespread support for upholding traditional marriage definitions and intense criticism from demonstrators who considered it a form of legislative discrimination.

In one of Wolf’s most recent articles, “The Unapologetic Case for Gay Marriage,” she wrote in characteristic irony, “In short, same-sex partners would be denied the same rights our government bestows on married heterosexual couples who tie the knot in a drunken night out in Vegas.”

Wolf dotted her lecture with allusions to pop culture, discussing the impact of television shows like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and recent films like the critically acclaimed movie “Milk.”

Where many would shy away from subjects not fit for dinner conversation, Wolf sees discussion of these issues as inimical to progressing rights for all individuals. In trademark wit, she declared, “We need a society in which decisions who to have sex with, whether to have sex at all, with how many people or with which singular person, are not roadblocks to getting the health care and economic support all deserve.”

Maybe her politics aren’t so radical.

Titus is a member of the class of 2011.
4.7 in Australia

5.1 in central Indonesia

Volcano erupts in Indonesia
The tallest volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted on Friday, spewing smoke and ash high into the sky and coating a nearby town in black dust, an official said. The 3,676-metre Mount Semeru burst into life shortly after midnight but officials said it posed no danger to people living in the area, 35 kilometres southeast of Lumajang.
An earthquake which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of the Arctic arhipelago of Svalbard on Friday. This is the strongest quake ever registered in our part of the world, according to NRK.
Satellites show earthquakes leave marks on the planet

Let's Face The Music & Dance
Fred Astaire

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