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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Revenge of the Toxic Assets

Yael Naim

A former top US intelligence official warns that the Obama Administration is about to break America's long ties of friendship with Israel, and maybe even take steps toward the dissolution of the Jewish state:

Speaking on condition of anonymity to Douglas Hagmann of the Northeast Intelligence Network, the source said:

"I have every reason to believe, based on what I’ve seen at my level of [security] clearance especially over the last several years, that Israel will soon be completely on their own… or worse."

Mashaal: Israel has tricked Hamas and the Egyptians
Us Juden is so tricksy.

Abbas: Jerusalem "a first and last address for any upcoming settlement"

Israel breaks up "Arab capital" events in Jerusalem

Palestinian President receives UAE Minister of Culture
The minister was received soon after his arrival in Bethlehem to participate in the festivities celebrating Jerusalem as the Arab Cultural Capital 2009. The event kicked off on Saturday with wide participation of Arab delegations comprising ministers of Culture from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait and the UAE. During the meeting, the Palestinian President hailed the participation of Arab delegations in the celebration saying that it comes as a support to the steadfastness of the people of Palestine, especially those who live in the city of occupied Jerusalem.

I call VOA "American Pravda":
The Voice of America, Silenced on Radical Islam
Addressed to the Urdu radio, television, and web teams, as well as to the director and program manager of VOA`s South Asia Division, her diktat insists on no connection being drawn from Islam to politics. In gist:

Islamic terrorists: DO NOT USE. Instead use simply: terrorist.
Islamic Fundamentalism/ Muslim Fundamentalists: AVOID.
Muslim Extremists: NOT NECESSARY. Extremist serves well.
Israeli pagans prayed to their gods during Gaza war
University researcher reveals small, secretive, but unified group of practicing pagans living in Israel
Iraq Recruits English Speaking Students As Pilots

US hands almost all Sunni guards to Iraqi control

Coup in Madagascar
The country was plunged into political instability in January after thousands of people took to the streets to protest rising food prices and what they perceived as autocratic behavior by Ravalomanana. The protests soon degenerated into rioting and looting, leaving about 100 people dead.
Glow Ballin' Bank's Magic 8 Ball Sez: Outlook Not So Good:
The global economic meltdown has the World Bank on high alert.
Foreign Policy: China ignoring Iran sanctions
China has recently signed a US$3.2 billion contract with Iran for gas exploitation in the rich reserves of South Pars in the Persian Gulf. Last month, according to Asia News, another contract was signed between Iran and China National Offshore Oil Corp for an estimated 16 billion dollars, to exploit oil reserves in North Pars. This, in spite of President Obama's renewed sanctions against Iran, and calls for cooperation from both Russia and China.
China rounds up 100 monks after lama vanishes

Iran to US: "You change, our behavior will change"

Iran's supreme leader vows nuclear path can't be blocked

Khatami is just as rigid as the rest

Toxic R Us

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who grew up as a Republican and was head of the New York Fed for five years, sees things from the point of view of that wellspring of masters of the universe, Goldman Sachs. (His Treasury chief of staff was a Goldman lobbyist, who fought then-Senator Obama’s attempt to curb executive compensation — just as Geithner has done within the administration.)

At the New York Fed, Geithner helped preside over the A.I.G. bailout in September. But in October, it was Andrew Cuomo, the New York attorney general, who had to threaten to sue unless A.I.G. canceled $160 million in planned expenses for conferences and a $600 million bonus pool.

Virtually unnoticed amid the bonus imbroglio was A.I.G.’s grudging disclosure that it had funneled $93 billion — more than half its federal money to date — to its high-flying insurees, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and a group of European banks.

Romer: Firms Will Buy Toxic Assets Because 'We need them to do this'
Vee haff vayyyzzzz ov mikink you buy, kapitalist pig!
Private investors are "kind of doing us a favor" in buying up toxic assets, and are viewed differently from the firms that got the U.S. in the financial mess, President Obama's chief economic adviser said Sunday.
Treasury Presses Ahead With Plan For Toxic Assets

Broad US plan to overhaul financial regulations
Oh yeah? How come no one asked this broad? I got a plan.

Inquiry sought into US Treasury's role in AIG bonuses


AIG Memo Warns Employees of Growing Danger from Public Anger

AIG bonus outrage has employees living in fear

Meet the New Quant
We do think, however, that with the Treasury and the administration at the center of the big brouhaha over AIG's bonuses (what's the world coming to when a company can't reward its employees for their contribution to its failure?), Ben, who's nothing if not a team player, wasn't sorry to do what he could to divert attention from Messrs. Geithner and Obama. Bernanke & Co. also may have been anxious to launch their megabuck initiative before the rage of the masses reached a fever pitch that might endanger anything that smells even vaguely of a bailout.
Ponzi Nation: We Are All Madoff Now

Obama says he would not accept Geithner resignation

WaMu parent sues FDIC for $13 billion

The Art of Political Distraction
“I don’t want to quell anger,” he replied. “I think people are right to be angry. What I want us to do, though, is channel our anger in a constructive way.”
11 percent of Obama's top staff are former lobbyists
Obama once promised if he was elected president "lobbyists won't find a job in my White House." Government watchdogs questioned this promise when William Lynn was brought on to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, a former lobbyist for Raytheon. The White House insisted Lynn was "uniquely qualified for the position."
Democracy is the Road to Socialism - Who Knew?
"I once said, - "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you," - and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you."
~ Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev

Thomas Jefferson correctly warned against "democracy" as a form of self-governance, properly defining it as "nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

Marx's proletariat, the working class, organized by trade unions and trained to vote themselves gifts from the public trough, replacing the representative republic with a pure democracy via rewritten history and ideologically redefined words, will rule by simple majority mob, forcing its will upon the minority, the American taxpayer.

Obama 'Wavering' On The Armenian Genocide
So as not to make the Turks unhappy.

Obama Welcomes France Back to NATO Command After 43-Year Hiatus

Mighty white of him

Lavrov: Russia unhappy with NATO security role
Musn't make Russia unhappy, now.

Medvedev renews his attacks on NATO

Russia-Japan nuclear deal appears imminent

MOSCOW: TNK-BP appoints new executives
Anglo-Russian venture TNK-BP proceeded in a corporate makeover following a destabilizing shake-up in 2008 by appointing two new executives, the company said.
Deadly clashes in Russia's Dagestan
"The situation is basically getting worse."
Predominantly Muslim Dagestan, with a population of more than 2.5 million, is in the North Caucasus between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea.
World Bank Official Says Turkmenistan Moving Toward Privatization
While America moves toward nationalization.
Oh the huge manatee!

TV Crew Attacked In Bosnia's Serb Republic

Was Belursian Activist Baited Into Suicide?

Injured Kyrgyz Journalist Says Attack Was Politically Motivated

Ingushetia Reverses Decision On Journalist's Death

The Graft of Eugenics:

Senator Charles E. Grassley has widened his investigation into well-known Harvard child psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman, questioning whether Biederman promised pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson that his research into the company's drugs would yield positive results before even beginning the studies.


Other slides tout additional benefits of the center, saying it "provides rationale to treat chronically and aggressively highly morbid child psychiatric disorders." Another set of slides called Key Projects for 2004, states that the center "will help clarify the competitive advantages of risperidone vs. other atypical neuroleptics" and "will support the effectiveness and safety of risperidone" in preschoolers.

OK, so WTF is RISPERIDONE, I ask you?
Risperidone was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993[1] for the treatment of schizophrenia.

On August 22, 2007, Risperdal was approved as the only drug agent available for treatment of schizophrenia in youth ages 13–18; it was also approved that same day for treatment of bipolar disorder in youth and children ages 10–18, joining lithium.

In 2006 the FDA approved risperidone for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. The FDA's decision was based in part on a study of autistic children with severe and enduring problems of tantrums, aggression, and self-injury; risperidone is not recommended for autistic children with mild aggression and explosive behavior without an enduring pattern.[2]
RISPERIDONE, huh? You MFers.

After a public hearing Tuesday, the council will be asked to give the go-ahead for the final steps to annex 2.5 square miles containing Raytheon and several subcontractors. Those steps include getting signatures representing 50 percent of the landowners and 50 percent of the property value being annexed.
Inside the List
“They seem to understand so little about religion,” he told me in a telephone interview. “If somebody attacked science with as little knowledge, they’d be laughed off the map.”
There is something encouraging about a Russian entrepreneur rising to the occasion presented by British atheists

Obama authorizes United Nations gay rights declaration
On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Obama officially endorsed a United Nations gay rights declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality
Alaska and Florida consider bans on bestiality
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March of the Wooden Moonbats:
Protesters Mark Milestone
Cynthia Benjamin, 56, a registered nurse from Upstate New York and a Code Pink activist, said the march seemed smaller than others she had been part of in Washington. She wondered whether tough economic times kept some people away and whether "a lot of them are thinking, Barack in, problem solved."
5.8 in New Zealand

5000 flee chemical after truck overturns


Tim Curry
Toxic Love

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