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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: The Clothes Have No Emperor...

Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Anderson 1955
The Emperor's New Clothes
"You'd be surprised how many Kings
are only a Queen with a mustache"

Sweden is trying to contact Hamas
Netanyahu complained about Sweden's alleged attempts to start a dialogue with Hamas 10 days ago in a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos. Spain will replace Sweden as president of the European Union in January. Netanyahu reportedly told Moratinos the Swedes are "reaching out to Hamas." Netanyahu did not specify through which sources he had learned of this. Moratinos, according to a source in the Prime Minister's Bureau, said he was not aware of such intentions, but said he would inquire about the subject with Swedish diplomats.
Sweden denies Netanyahu's claims it 'reached out to Hamas'

The Guardian Hearts Hamas: Hamas is not al-Qaida

Hamas: Tripartite meeting will be 'empty'
Hamas spokesman Sami Sami Abu Zuhri said Sunday that the scheduled three-way meeting between US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would be "empty." He also accused Israel and the US of "trying to pressure the Arabs into paying the political price for meetings." The Hamas spokesman accused Abbas of lying, saying he had promised not to participate in such a meeting without a full halt to settlement construction.

PA: Trilateral summit doesn't mean resumption of peace talks

Israel, US: Summit won't result in renewal of talks

So, as we here know, it is a circle jerk and a dog & pony show all around. DRINK!

Hamas Leader: Gaza Continues Smuggling Weapons

The Region: Meet the next Palestinian leader
A Stan by any other name is still a Stan

Arab media judge Mitchell tour
It is not Mitchell's fault, you see, it is those damn Jews, insisting on breathing again and standing in the way of Glow Ball Peace through Dead Juden. Yes we are so crazy that way, we simply refuse to die. L'CHAIM, MFers. Listen, silly ummah, this Juden refusing to die thing is very old news... we even resurrect sometimes... grab some goyim, and change the course of history. Get used to it Achmed - this is what we do. You will never, ever kill us all.
"When the US envoy to the Middle East returned to Washington empty-handed, the Arab press asked why he had failed to secure a compromise deal for renewed peace talks. But rather than pointing a finger at George Mitchell, editorials for the most part blamed Israel - and Netanyahu in particular. A Fatah-owned Palestinian paper, Al Quds, said that "as planned" by [Israeli PM] Netanyahu, the two men's talks had ended in deadlock. Israel had remained "adamant in its desire to steal land, expand settlements and judaize Jerusalem". The newspaper called on Washington and Brussels to understand Israel was seeking to destroy any peace process."
Benny Begin: No Chance of Peace as PA/Fatah Seeks Israel's End
Glow Ball Peace Through Dead Juden!

IAEA calls on Israel to sign Non-Proliferation Treaty
The UN is the Arab league in a sky blue blue polyester suit with a Glow Ball insignia on the pocket. I say do not sign anything they present, ever.

Syria says Israel burying nuclear waste

Syria: Israel dumping nuclear waste in Golan

Israel, US to hold joint drill
Sadly if I were Israel I would not trust Post Ameerkan Raytheonics at this point - this drill is a big mistake for them.
Israel and the United States will hold a joint drill in a few weeks, which includes multiple missile defense systems and will be the largest of its kind, Israeli defense officials were quoted as saying. Local daily The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday that the defense officials said the U.S. warships have headed for Israel well ahead of the drill, named Juniper Cobra, for preparation, which would spend a few weeks.

Calling it the largest one since the two countries launched the biennial drill in 2001, the report said the Israeli Arrow missile defense system and three American systems, the THAAD, Aegis and PAC3, will join in the exercise. Israeli army gave no details on the drill, but the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday that the drill will simulate missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement.

Israel Defense Force denied the report, saying "Juniper Cobra" is routine and it does not simulate any specific occurrence in the region, according to another Israeli news service Ynet. Israel has deployed the Arrow anti-missile system, which was jointly developed with the United States and designed for intercepting long-range missiles.

Israel's 'options open' on Iran

Riverines stand ready to secure Iraq's waterways
The war for water is heating up, Americans are now guarding rivers in Iraq. They are going to seize the Golan by force soon if we do not give it up to them willingly. IMO this water crisis also may be the only thing stopping Iran from striking, they have very little water in the ME and to contaminate the Golan now would be suicidal for the entire region.
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE, Basra – “Riverine duty is a voluntary program,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ty Britt. “The training we receive is unlike anything else we do in the Navy. It’s physically demanding as well as mentally challenging, requiring us to learn small unit tactics and apply them on the water.” Britt, a Brandon, Miss., resident, commands Riverine Squadron 2, which is under 17th Fires Brigade tactical control.

Known as the “brown-water” Navy, because of “RIVRON’s” association with coastal waters, RIVRON 2 has three detachments based in Multi-National Division-South. Petty Officer 2nd Class Harold M. Crockett, assistant public affairs officer for RIVRON’s headquarters and one-time RIVRON bow gunner, is based on COB Basra, where detachments 2 and 3 are responsible for patrolling the inland waterways of Basrah Province to include the Shatt al Arab and Qarmat Ali rivers.
30 Shiite militia leaders doing the dirt nap tango in Syria

Taking Islamism to the Streets
... Wahhaj expressed his desire to see Muslims seize control of the United States and replace its constitutional government with an Islamic caliphate. ...
Islamic State 2: Revised and Revisited

Ihsanoglu Wants New Era Of Peace, Tolerance
Glow Ball Peace Through Dead Juden, Ummah!
"I like to call upon Muslims throughout the world to unite in condemning this phenomenon that taints the image of Islam," said the OIC secretary-general.
Apostasy and the Islamic Nations
Now a 57 state collective which includes every Islamic nation on earth, the OIC, currently headed by Turkey's Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, thus represents the entire Muslim umma (or global community of individual Muslims), and is the largest single voting bloc in the United Nations (UN). Both the preamble and concluding articles (24 and 25) make plain that the OIC's Cairo Declaration is designed to supersede Western conceptions of human rights as enunciated, for example, in the US Bill of Rights, and the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
OIC holds FM annual coordination meeting in New York
The Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), will hold their annual coordination meeting in New York on 25th September 2009
Iran - President congratulates OIC Chief on Eid-ul-Fitr

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday cabled a message of congratulation to Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu on Eid-ul-Fitr, the feast of fast breaking. “The auspicious Eid-ul-Fitr marks feast of manifestation of pure human nature,” read President Ahmadinejad’s message.

He hoped that Muslims could use bountiful divine blessings and gifts in the auspicious month of Ramadan to attain more perfection and progress, promote lofty aspirations of Islam, justice, peace, welfare, prosperity and fortune of Muslim communities, while consolidating unity and friendship among themselves. He also wished growing success, dignity and prosperity for the world Muslims.
Kurdistan's Economy: Its potential and its challenges

Libya buys Verenex for $295m
Canadian player Verenex has entered into an agreement which will see Libya’s sovereign wealth fund buy the company in a C$316 million (US$295.4 million), after the collapse of a deal reached with China.
UN prepares for week with new faces
Same as the old faces.

Ahmadinejad proud of Holocaust denial
NATURALLY, you silly headline!

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei says opposition protests failed

As Talks With US Near, Iran Denies Nuclear Arms Effort

Ahmadinejad heads for UN, slammed at home and scorned abroad
Well this broad scorns him anyway....

Ahmadinejad defiant against pro-Israel lobby ahead of UN visit

Iran shifts to EURO from Dollar in calculating fund value

Taliban prepared for 'a long war'

Taliban Terrorists Let Civilians Foil NATO Bombs for Soldiers
Ya but when they do it in Israel it is all the fault of the dirty Jews, right?
The NATO air strike on two fuel trucks stolen by the Taliban in Afghanistan illustrates the perils of fighting an enemy who blends into the population and exploits political vulnerabilities. The German commanders who ordered the Sept. 4 strike say intelligence indicated no civilians were present. A NATO probe says civilians as well as Taliban were killed, turning Germany’s Afghan mission into a matter of debate in parliament and a campaign issue for the Sept. 27 election.

The incident underscores an inevitable loss of life when conventional military forces from countries ranging from the U.S. to Israel to Yemen, which rely on air power to reduce risk to ground soldiers, confront adversaries who dress like locals and mingle amongst civilians. The civilian deaths erode support for the war on the home front and in the occupied country, according to experts in unconventional warfare.

“Modern counter-insurgency is particularly difficult for democracies,” said David Betz, a senior lecturer in war studies at King’s College London. “It’s a pattern of insurgents to deliberately draw the firepower of the counter-insurgent forces on to civilians to generate propaganda impact.”
McChrystal on the Afghan Election and the Karzai Government

Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s Afghanistan strategy review is absolutely scathing in its assessment of the Afghan government. It raises the effect of its corruption and incompetence to a strategic threat on par with the insurgency, and calls it a “crisis of popular confidence”:

… that springs from the weakness of [Afghan government] institutions, the unpunished abuse of power by corrupt officials and power-brokers, a widespread sense of political disenfranchisement, and a longstanding lack of economic opportunity. ISAF errors have further compounded the problem. These factors generate recruits for the insurgent groups, elevate local conflicts and power-broker disputes to a national level, degrade the people’s security and quality-of-life, and undermine international will. … Insufficiently addressing [this threat] will result in failure.

That should set alarm bells ringing. Is a government that was willing to return itself to power by stealing an election really willing to enact the kind of good-government reforms that would be necessary to mitigate this threat?
Karzai backs US military call for more troops

China, Syria vow to promote press cooperation

China, US work together to establish low-carbon research center

China Natural Gas sells another 859,000 shares

China's oil product sales up 3.2% in Aug

How well is China doing?

STFU, you crazy Spleen. Duopoly!
President Barack Obama meets his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao this week ahead of the Pittsburgh G20 summit, it will look like the inaugural session of the new world order, the Chinese-American duopoly that looks likely to dominate the 21st century.
Carlyle buys 17.3 pct of China dairy maker Yashili
Chinese melamine Carlyle milk. Moo, ya MFers!
"We see great scope to contribute to China's rapidly growing infant formula industry through this investment," said Patrick Siewert, senior director of Carlyle Asia Partners
CIC in advanced talks on mining investment
It is reported that China Investment Corp is in advanced discussions to invest around USD 300 million in Mongolia focused miner Hong Kong Lung Ming Investment Holdings Ltd. The talks are the latest example of China appetite for buying stakes in resource companies across the globe. It also highlights Chinese interest in its northern neighbor as resource rich Mongolia tries to capitalize on resilient Chinese demand.
India to Use Rupee Gains to Curb Inflation, Goldman, HDFC Say

Andaman Islands: Unique identity cards to all citizens by 2011
The UIDAI is aimed at providing multiple proofs of identity for citizens which would aid them in getting any government service or personal needs like opening bank accounts or seeking telephone connections. Once the unique identity project completes, India will be the first country in the world, where the biometrics data of over a billion people has been captured and stored in an online database.

Russia Responds to Obama U-Turn With Small Thaw
Dude's name is FOGH. How appropriate.
"It's good news for us," Russia's ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters after listening to the proposals from Mr. Fogh Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark.
Barack Obama ready to slash US nuclear arsenal
He could not have picked a better time... for them.

David Hoffman on 'The Dead Hand' and End of the Cold War
David Hoffman: The Cold War left behind in the former Soviet Union huge amounts of uranium and plutonium; stockpiles of chemical weapons in munitions;
Russia Tries to Control the Reset Button
Tries? Silly headline. SAY MY NAME.

Putin to meet global majors on Yamal gas projects
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will next week hold a meeting on how to tap giant gas reserves on the Arctic Yamal peninsula and global majors hope to hear about tax breaks and the easing of regulations. “We invited all those who are interested in working on Yamal,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters ahead of the meeting on Sept 24 in the Arctic town of Salekhard.

Industry sources said invitations had gone to the chief executives of Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, StatoilHydro, ONGC, Petronas as well as Russia’s gas export monopoly Gazprom and local gas and oil firms. Gazprom, the world’s largest gas producer and supplier of a quarter of Europe’s gas, is beginning to face reserve depletion on its Siberian fields and needs to develop fields on Yamal and in the Barents Sea to meet demand.
Putin Links 'Brave' US Shift to Trade
The God of Chaching rules without control... also"abruptly announced" my ass, I knew from July 16 he was going to do this, and anyone else with half a brain should have known as well.

Moscow is counting on Washington to remove restrictions on the transfer of high technology to Russia and to assist Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus in joining the World Trade Organization, Putin said at an economic forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. “The latest decision by President Obama … suggests good thoughts, and I very much hope that this very right and brave decision will be followed by others,” Putin said. Obama abruptly announced Thursday that he would scrap plans by former President George W. Bush to install elements of a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama said Sunday that Russia’s complaints about the proposed shield had not influenced his decision.
Obama: Missile defense decision not about Russia
No..? lol.... Then it's about RAYTHEON & Boeing (SAIC), the GOD of Chaching ruleth, and Russia gets the ancillary benefit? Just as lovely.

Winner in European Missile Shield Cut…Raytheon

Obama cedes Eastern Europe to Putin and A'jad
Where was everyone on this for the two months leading up to it after Europe's letter went unacknowledged and unanswered? I ran that letter at least 10 times. It amazes me what the press deems as a "surprise" these days.

Why Should Russia Bail Out America?
HAHAHA I am loving this headline, comrades!
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates didn't mention cooperation with Russia in this new strategy, though the US president made it clear that he wanted this...
Russia granted observer status at FIPA
Russia has been granted observer status at the Interparliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA), which brings together representatives of the legislatures of 35 countries in Central, South and North America
Russia-Ukraine crisis avoided for now, says EU Presidency
LOL, for now. Winter comes soon tovarich EUniks. You will come to Vlad when you are cold. You will see.

Russia Wants Swiss to Mediate Euro - Security Revamp
They'll call you back after they get done seeing Hamas.

Russia Aims to Wrap Up WTO Talks by Next Year

Russia: Better NATO ties largely up to alliance

Putin orders 'thorough' probe of Russia dam disaster
Please to be sure the rolling heads are the ones who dared speak against us. Very good.
~ Vladdest on Planet, Tovraich Foolskis!

Russia identified as a key economic partner for South Africa

Russia's Vimpelcom to buy up to $320 mln of bonds

Gazprom update on development in the Far East

Gazprom Reemerges as Natural Gas Giant

St. Pete Supports Gazprom Skyscraper

Tajikistan Tales: 'Tis the Night Before Eid
Oymerikan touristaski just loves it, proving once again that ignorance is indeed bliss.

300 stateless persons officially registered in Tajikistan

A roundtable meeting on situation of stateless persons in Tajikistan took place in Dushanbe on September 18. Organized by the UNHCR CO In Tajikistan in cooperation with President’s Executive office, the meeting brought together representatives of President’s Executive Office, UNHCR Office in Tajikistan and international and local experts on statelessness.

The participants, representing various government and non-government organizations, exchanged views on the statelessness situation in the country, reviewed the findings of the legal analysis and discussed areas of possible cooperation and future actions in this field.

Stateless person - means a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law. Article 14 of the Constitutional Law of Tajikistan “On Citizenship” states that “stateless person is a person who is not a citizen of the Republic of Tajikistan and who does not have proof of possessing citizenship of another state.”


The Next Crisis Nobody Is Talking About : Truth is Contagious
So why would Russian’s care about the Caspian Sea?
OSCE Centre opens Aarhus Centre in the Caspian Sea region

Canada's trade minister to travel to Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India

Kazakhstan's 'Atomic Lake'

Half a Ton of Uranium -- and a Long Flight
On a snowy day in December 1993, just months after Andy Weber began his diplomatic job at the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he met with a tall, bullet-headed man he knew only as Col. Korbator.

"Andy, let's take a walk," the colonel said. As they strolled through a dim apartment courtyard, Korbator handed Weber a piece of paper. Weber unfolded it. On the paper was written: U235 - 90 percent - 600 kilos.

Weber did the calculation: 1,322 pounds of highly enriched uranium, enough to make about 24 nuclear bombs. He closed the note, put it in his pocket and thanked the colonel. After several months of patient cultivation of his contacts, Weber finally had the answer he had been seeking. The piece of paper was a glimpse into what had become the most urgent proliferation crisis to follow the collapse of the Soviet Union: the discovery of tons of nuclear materials left behind by the Cold War arms race, much of it unguarded and unaccounted for.
Kazakhstan Says Rights Activist's Case Not Political

Problems of Respublika opposition newspaper intensify

Kazakh 'summer school' for journalists teaches tolerance!

Kazakhstan delegation to take part in OSCE Human Dimension Meeting

Kazakhstan: Propaganda Allergies
As megakhuimyak described it, last week in Kazakhstan “the senility grew ever stronger.” The country is astir over the president’s former son-in-law, Rakhat Aliev, now émigré enemy of the state # 1. People’s fear of the once-omnipotent oligarch and secret service official has turned into fear of being associated with a fugitive from justice, and has been aggravated by new standards of regulating internet content [ru]: The [popular Kazakhstani forum] Center of Gravity now prevents users from typing the word “Aliev,” automatically replacing it with ellipses. This also happens when “aliev” is a component of another surname.
Kazakh PM Masimov meets with French Presidential Envoy

Kyrgyz Forces Recapture One Escaped Prisoner

Gazprom to buy Kyrgyz gas trader

Senior Chinese political advisor meets Kyrgyzstan guest

Leading Global Banking Sector Representatives Gather in Bishkek

Turkmenistan announces regular call up for military service
By a separate order, the head of state instructed ministers of defense, interior and national security, as well as the Chief of State Border Service, the Chief of the State Migration Service, the Chief of Presidential Security Service of Turkmenistan to discharge soldiers in a solemn atmosphere according to the plan of transfers to the reserve, and to award soldiers who distinguished themselves in military and socio-humanitarian training.

India, Turkmenistan talk TAPI pipeline

Turkmenistan - 60 foreign companies to attend Glow Ball Technowanky Conference
Behold Glorious Global Host of Techno Hoople Twaddle Pow Wow! Meantime, most of the population of Turkmenistan do not even have access to a private, working toilet bowl.
The 3rd International Exhibition of telecommunications, telemetry, information technologies and broadcasting equipment "Turkmentel-2009" and the scientific conference "Turkmenistan and the global telecommunications system" started today at the Exhibition Center in Ashgabat.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has sent a welcome address to the exhibition participants. Congratulating them on the beginning of work, the head of state expressed confidence that during the exhibition and conference workers of telecommunication systems "will be able to find the right direction for the further development and deepening of existing relationships and for the successful solution of urgent issues of international communication systems.

Within three days of the exhibition visitors will be able to get acquainted with the latest products of the telecom industry and trends, the correspondent reports from Ashgabat. About 60 foreign companies from 20 countries will demonstrate their achievements. These are companies from Turkmenistan, Russia, Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, USA, Cyprus, UAE, Austria, China, Georgia, Lithuania, Iran and other countries.

Representatives of industry science, heads of communications systems and their foreign counterparts will speak at the international scientific conference "Turkmenistan and the global telecommunications system". Upon completion of the three-day forum, participants will be awarded diplomas and certificates of international standard.
End of Ramadan declared Official National Holiday in Turkmenistan
On September 18, at a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree declaring 21 September 2009, which accounts for Oraza Bayramy, the day off in Turkmenistan. The text of the decree was published today in the central press of Turkmenistan, the correspondent reports from Ashgabat. Oraza Bayramy marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan (Oraza), during which believers observe a fast. Oraza Bayramy has been celebrated in Turkmenistan as a national holiday since 1998.

"Moving on from generation to generation, this bright holiday that brings each family, each hearth a lot of joy, happiness and prosperity has become customary in the life of Turkmen people and become a part of their soul, a symbol of steadfast loyalty to high spiritual traditions bequeathed by the glorious ancestors," Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

Korea asked to help save Aral Sea
Uzbekistan is to request Korea's participation in efforts by Central Asian countries to revive the Aral Sea, once the world's fourth largest inland sea which has now mostly dried up, a senior Uzbek government official said. Deputy Foreign Minister Anvar Salikhbayev said he plans to formally raise the issue at South Korea's annual forum with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan to be held in Seoul in December.

The cause was traced to the Soviet-era policy to divert two rivers which fed the Aral Sea to grow cotton in nearby areas. With the wreckage of rusty vessels embedded in the sand where water once stood, the Aral Sea is nicknamed a "ship graveyard," and a growing number of residents in a town adjacent to it suffer from cancer, respiratory problems and other diseases as the now-dusty sea basin is heavily polluted, leading to poisonous air and drinking water. "Uzbekistan and South Korea can step up cooperation in the medical and green growth sectors," Salikhbayev said in an interview with a group of Korean reporters last week at his ministry.
UK must learn from Iceland's banking crisis
Iceland was / is their "test case" BTW

Iceland Shifts From Hydrogen to Electric Cars


50% Drop in New Orders Spells Trouble for Oil and Gas Contractors

With a capital T that rhymes with C that stands for crude!

Obama's G-20: New World Order Push
STFU! There it is again, you crazy pitchfork bitch!

Goldman Sachs Downgrades US Trust Banks to Neutral

United Korea economy could pass Japan: Goldman Sachs
BTW The Gold Man (and therefore Oymerika itself) has consistently postured itself against Japan economically since I have been monitoring such things, but I am not at all sure why.

Hatoyama Yen Repels Goldman Seeing 8% Slide on Growth
“Everyone is seemingly buying the yen, which I think is ridiculous,” said Jim O'Neill, head of global economic research at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
The Lehman Crisis: An Unhappy Anniversary
I declare it The Obamanable Bushman's birthday!
This guy likes it, he thinks centralized glow ball governance and the destruction of individual countries economic autonomy and therefore sovereignty is "recovery". Shmuck probably doesn't own a bible, how could he know?

Goldman Sachs Has a Different View of Korean Unification
Please to understand, comrades - the GOD of Chaching dictates Glow Ball foreign policy, not morality, not right or wrong, not the biblical standards of the ten commandments that this country was founded in.
A united South and North Korea could boast an economy larger than France, Germany and possibly Japan by the middle of the century, according to a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. study that challenges conventional wisdom about unification.
South Korea says North must seize diplomatic chance

INDIA: JBIMS hosts session on Macro Economics with Roopa Purushothaman


German bank makes needless $45 million payment to Goldman Sachs
The struggling HSH Nordbank - itself a recipient of billions of euros of government aid - wired $45 million to the American investment bank Goldman Sachs, although a deadline for the payment had passed.

Cisco, Pepco & Boeing Top The Charts - This Year's S&P 500

Feds to empower 'citizen IGs' to watch stimulus spending
The Fed equivalent of super sekrit blog monitors? Ya.. you have seen how well THAT shit works out, haven't you?
Countless citizens will be empowered next week to help spot fraud and waste in the spending of $787 billion in economic stimulus money., a Web site launching Sept. 28, will fuse spending data, project information and recipient information to enable interested citizens to track exactly where the stimulus money is going and what it is paying for. This level of transparency will unleash a new form of oversight, predicts Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is charged with overseeing stimulus spending.

The new Web site will create “citizen IGs” able to spot and report anomalies in spending that even the best data-mining tools might not find among billions of dollars, he said. In addition, citizens might be aware of improper relationships between local officials and contractors or of reasons behind a lack of progress on a project, Devaney said. “Our job is just to put up the good, the bad and the ugly, regardless of who it embarrasses,” Devaney said in a Sept. 17 interview. “My inclination is to throw everything up there for everyone to see,” he added. If successful, the approach could be applied to the almost $1 trillion in federal contract and grant money spent each year. “Whatever we do here will serve as a prototype for the future. I don’t think you’ll find politicians saying ‘Let’s go back to the old nontransparent way,’ ” Devaney told a conference of the Association of Government Accountants last week.
Africa: Anxiety, confusion as security agents terrorise bank chiefs
Coming soon to a Post America near you:
Anxiety, confusion and intense tension have become the lot of the financial sector with the yet to be released final report of the audit of the remaining 14 banks eliciting deep foreboding that four more banks may get the maximum hammer of the regulatory authorities. The fears heightened at the weekend as there were reports of seizures and return of international passports of bank chiefs arising from alleged infractions discovered in the reports of the audit reports yet to be released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Banks' profits may get squeezed
Render unto Seizer, MFers. Or else.

New Financial Rules Necessitate Putting the Squeeze on Banks

Financial Reform May Be Further Muddled by Dodd Plan

The incredible importance of muddling.
Dick Dodd before he dicks you!

Fed Rejects Geithner Request for Study of Governance, Structure
The Federal Reserve Board has rejected a request by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a public review of the central bank’s structure and governance, three people familiar with the matter said.

The Obama administration proposed on June 17 a financial- regulatory overhaul including a “comprehensive review” of the Fed’s “ability to accomplish its existing and proposed functions” and the role of its regional banks. The Fed was to lead the study and enlist the Treasury and “a wide range of external experts.”

Some top central bank officials, after agreeing to the review, saw a potential threat to Fed independence after the Treasury released the proposal, two of the people said. The Obama plan said the Treasury would consider recommendations from the review and “propose any changes to the Fed’s governance and structure.”

“It is not obvious at all why that is a Treasury responsibility or even appropriate why the Treasury would undertake that kind of study,” said Robert Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors Inc. in Vineland, New Jersey, and a former Atlanta Fed research director. “The Fed was created by Congress and it is not part of the executive branch.”

Miners, banks weigh on UK market

Crude price 'shock' is next threat to recovery

Obama's Strategic Confusion
He is not confused, he only appears confused if you assume his goals are the preservation of the USA as we knew it. His goals are not our goals, he is not confused, he is not stupid. Yes he can and yes he is and yes he will.

Obama Draws Charges of Confusing Friend and Foe

MMHMM - he is not confused... and this "confusion" is not by accident either tovarich, go, study the ways of propaganda and of keeping things vague as it relates to consolidating power.

Atheist billboards in Moscow.... Idaho
Three atheist billboards have gone up in Moscow Idaho. The third appeared last week and reads: "Millions are good without God". The billboard campaign is being sponsored by the American Humanist Association.
Science Weekly: Darwin and Dawkins
Caspar Melville, editor of the New Humanist magazine, is our studio guest.
What's so special about life anyway?
What is to prevent us from saying Hitler wasn't right?
Maybe eugenics is not so bad!
~ Dick Dawkins

Religion is Man-Made: Richard Dawkins interviewed on Irish Radio
Yes it is. However, everything else is not... including the filthy mouth you use to such deleterious advantage, you Dick. Git yer own dirt, hmm?

UK: The Lowdown: essential guide to the Liberal Democrat party conference
The Lib Dem delusion: Professor Richard Dawkins appeared on the conference fringe to say that he had voted for the Lib Dems in every election
US sees increase in secular student groups

On EID, The Pope's message aims to bring communities together

Now... if those who defend this Pope to me do not see the significance of this and become outraged as well... what can I say?
While the Vatican has sent its greetings to the Muslims by post all these years, for the first time a representative of the Pope personally went to meet Muslim leaders and read out the Pope’s open message. The text was released worldwide on September 11, according to leaders.
Do not forget this from yesterday: Pope calls special Synod to discuss Church crisis in the Middle East

Leading Pro-Life Group Discouraged by White House Meeting
“After the meeting, we remain deeply concerned about abortion funding and the abortion mandate in health care reform. Ms. Barnes reiterated the President’s statement about opposing abortion funding in his address before Congress last week but the White House would not commit to language that explicitly excludes abortion from health care reform. The reality on the Hill right now is that the health care bills do include abortion funding. Without a specific statutory amendment that includes an explicit ban on federal funding and coverage, taxpayers will be paying for abortion. Including abortion in health care is something the pro-life movement will oppose vigorously.”

Washington Times: Is abortion health care, or is it not?
The importance of keeping things vague.
The health care debate, the greatest challenge of the Obama presidency, has abortion at its epicenter, and no one realizes this more than the White House. In recent weeks, President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have all insisted that the health care proposals under consideration would not cover abortion. Nevertheless, that's not the reality we face on the Hill.

Recently, we had a meeting with senior White House officials to focus on our serious opposition to the abortion mandate in health care reform. They reiterated the president's statement from his address before Congress and were noncommittal about specific language that would address the current concerns of pro-life advocates.

The truth is that the health care packages under consideration do include abortion funding. Without a specific statutory amendment that includes an explicit ban on federal funding and coverage, we face health care reform that includes abortion.
Senators' approval ratings plunge after health talks

Abortion Addict Confesses 16 Ops in 15 Years
I have no words for this shit right here. NONE.
Irene Vilar worries that her self-described "abortion addiction" will be misunderstood, twisted by the pro-life movement to deny women the right to choose. Her book, "Impossible Motherhood," which will be released by Other Press on Oct. 6, chronicles her own dark choices: 15 abortions in 16 years, much of it as a married woman. As press on the book has begun to leak out, Vilar -- a literary agent and editor --- says she has already sensed "an inkling of hatred."
Obama Nominates Outspoken Abortion Supporter To Legal Post
President Barack Obama has nominated Dawn Johnson, a law professor with a record of vehement support for abortion, to become assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. Ms. Johnson teaches at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and once served as former President Bill Clinton’s acting attorney general. She has made a number of diehard comments on the abortion issue such as, “There is no ‘father’ and no ‘child’ – just a fetus.”

Her leftist views on the constitution are reflected in her work for the American Constitution Society (formed as a left-wing alternative to the center-right Federalist Society), the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL Pro-Choice America. She has also taken a number of positions against the previous administration’s foreign and defense policy, on such issues as interrogations and war powers.
DoJ: Cyber snooping doesn't invade Fed worker privacy
An Obama administration effort to prevent cyberattacks by monitoring federal Internet traffic does not violate the privacy rights of government employees, or those with whom they communicate, according to the Department of Justice (DoJ)
IT glitches plague DHS border fence
A congressional watchdog agency reported last week that the effort to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexican border through the use of technology and fences is behind schedule, rising drastically in cost and offers no guarantee of success.
Northern border projects under scrutiny by Tester, Homeland Security

THP organizes response teams across the state
A few team members recently completed training in Alabama for domestic preparedness. The purpose was for the troopers to get hands-on training on how to respond to chemical, radioactive and biological threats, terrorist recognition, identifying vulnerable targets within our communities and the latest concepts in riot and crowd control, DeSpain said. He recently spoke with The Jackson Sun about the team.

Question: What is the Mobile Field Force Law Enforcement Strike Team, and what does it do?

Answer: As defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a strike team is an organized group of personnel and equipment as applied to an emergency response. The teams consist of a set number of resources of the same kind and type and establishes a set number of personnel.

The concept is applied to law enforcement as well as many other specialized units needed to respond to pre- or post-disaster situations. In addition to natural or man-made disasters, the teams respond to a variety of situations including crowd control, civil disruptions and security-related needs of the cities and counties across the state of Tennessee.
U.S. appeals court sets dangerous precedent against victims of torture
Give your hearts to GOD, cause your asses belong to Seizer & The Raytheons:
"contractors operate under the same sovereign immunity as U.S. military forces since they share a “common mission” with the military"

On September 11th, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. District ruled 2 to 1 to dismiss Saleh v. Titan, a lawsuit brought against CACI International, a private military and security company (PMSC), which alleged that CACI personnel participated in torture and abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib. CACI was awarded a Department of Interior (DOI) contract to provide translation services at Abu Ghraib.

Judge Silberman, in his majority opinion, concluded that the plaintiffs’ state law tort claims under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) were preempted by the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). According to his interpretation of the FTCA, contractors operate under the same sovereign immunity as U.S. military forces since they share a “common mission” with the military. Susan Burke, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, stated in the September 12th, 2009 Washington Post article that the legal team will file for an en banc review of the decision by all nine judges of the Court.

If the Court’s ruling is not reversed, a dangerous precedent would be set in the U.S. judicial system that would make it extremely difficult for victims of human rights violations, like Saleh, to find relief. As things currently stand, federal criminal laws (18 U.S.C.) are not sufficient enough to hold contractors accountable for their actions.

Debate Flaring Over Grants for Research
Managers at the National Institutes of Health are increasingly ignoring the advice of scientific review panels and giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to scientists whose projects are deemed less scientifically worthy than those denied money.

Many of the favored recipients are “new investigators,” or scientists who had never before received a grant from the health institutes. By skipping projects submitted by older scientists and instead choosing to issue grants to projects from less experienced scientists, agency managers hope to use the scientific equivalent of affirmative action to encourage graduate students and newly minted professors to make careers in academia.

The practice has stirred a debate among researchers. Mark O. Lively, a professor of biochemistry at Wake Forest who is president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, said he taught many new investigators and noted that he was once one himself.

“I see the value of providing more opportunities to our graduates,” Dr. Lively said in an interview. “There’s an important need to create openings for those individuals.”
Growing Homeland Security Component to Intelligence Strategy
Centralized Control You May Bereave In!
When President Obama this spring announced that he was combining the White House staff focusing on homeland security and counterterrorism into more established National Security Council he explained that a big part of his rationale was linking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more closely with the US intelligence and defense communities.

Last week two highly significant announcements signaled tighter integration and linkage between homeland security and the defense and intelligence “establishments” was moving from concept to actuality. The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS) announcedannounced on September 15 an initiative to grant select state and major urban area fusion center personnel access to classified terrorism-related information residing in DoD’s classified network.

Under this initiative, select fusion center personnel with a federal security clearance will be able to access specific terrorism-related information resident on the DoD Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet)—a secure network used to send classified data. This classified data will be accessed via DHS’ Homeland Security Data Network (HSDN). DHS will be responsible for ensuring that proper security procedures are followed.
The Gulag Archipelago
Behold the coming of Inglorious Propaganda Artistes of Ameerkan State....

Which is why, no matter what an artist’s ideology, the politicization of art must be resisted. I have written novels about a NYPD detective and a dead KGB agent (Exchange Alley), a Jewish speakeasy owner turned resistance hero (As Time Goes By, the sequel to Casablanca), a murderous Irish Prohibition gangster (And All the Saints), and an alienated cipher of an NSA agent code-named Devlin (Hostile Intent), who might as well be named Ishmael. Hell, I’ve even co-written, with the great Gail Parent, a Disney TV movie about a spoiled little Greenwich Village girl, played by Hilary Duff, who joins an Army JROTC drill team and learns the meaning of loss and, thus, of life (Cadet Kelly). Until High School Musical, it was their highest-rated program of all time. But I defy you to tell, from the written evidence alone, what my politics are. As JFK said, “art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.’”

And that’s the way it should be. For – in the Soviet Union, East Germany, Hungary and elsewhere between the years 1985 and 1991 – I’ve seen what happens when an artist sells his soul, not for a mess of pottage, but for a government grant. The scariest words in the English language used to be, “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” But now, after hearing the recently “reassigned” NEA communications director Yosi Sergant, on the Aug. 10 tapes, there’s something even scarier. Something that ought to send shivers down the spines of any true artist who prizes vision, taste, individualism and integrity. Quoth Yosi:

“Welcome to your government.”

Clamour grows for singer Bob Dylan to be awarded Nobel Prize
LOL. If indeed they give it to him I hope he shoves it right up their asses.

Lugar Calls for 'Bold' Education Reforms
It is my sincere opinion that Lugar is a stone cold commie plant and Obama's "Oymerikan Handler". Yeah, so, you already call me crazy, I should care you that say it again? Anyway - take this statement in that light:
Richard Lugar called for “bold reforms” in public education as the American education position has eroded in a global economy...
DeMint holds up anti Honduras appointments, Lugar pushes for them at Obama's request
So crazy am I, really. Go, have a look around, look closely at Lugar. Then you tell me how crazy I am mmmkay?
DeMint has blocked the nominations of Thomas Shannon, President Barack Obama’s pick to serve as ambassador to Brazil, and Arturo Valenzuela, the choice for the post of assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Richard Verma, the State Department’s assistant secretary of legislative affairs, approached DeMint this past week about releasing the holds but the South Carolina senator is standing firm.

"Both of these nominees rushed to oppose the rule of law in Honduras and want to force a Chavez-style dictator back into power,” DeMint told The Hill. “They exemplify this administration's misguided and heavy-handed tactics against the Honduran people and side with those who trample freedom."

Facing stiff resistance, Obama administration officials have asked Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.), the senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, to intervene, but to little avail so far.

“I’ve been attempting to work with Sen. DeMint to release the holds; we do need to have those officials,” said Lugar.
As Zelaya Reappears in UN in Honduras, Chavez Cancels UN Trip

Georgia Congressmen Are Field Marshals In The Czar Wars
They should read here, and they would know.
Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs got drawn into a discussion about it this week. Communications Director Anita wrote a lengthy blog about it on the official, White House web site. "Hiring smart and qualified people to coordinate between agencies and with the White House is nothing new," White House spokeswoman Gannet Tseggai said Friday. "While some may now be applying new labels or engaging in revisionist history, the reality is that every president dating back to Nixon had similar positions in their administrations." After all, there were 47 occasions over the last eight years when various media outlets described a senior Bush aide as a czar, including five AIDS czars, four budget czars, three faith czars, and, most recently, Bush's "bailout czar" last fall.

Kingston and others became alarmed, though, when so many Obama aides were getting the nickname so early in the administration. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., complained in February that Obama seemed to be appointing a lot of key policy aides whose nominations weren't being submitted to the Senate. Then in July, Kingston said it hit him as he attended a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee that he'd heard testimony from all the cabinet secretaries but none of the so-called czars. When none of the chairmen of the 13 subcommittees said they had either, he concluded some oversight was needed. He said, for example, the man dubbed the science czar, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren, believes trees have a right to sue people. "That's pretty bizarre. I'd like to know more about that," Kingston said.

Science and Technology Directorate of DHS: Do We Need It?
There always seems to be something that DHS does that either doesn't make much sense, is a waste of funds, or is a little frightening. Perhaps the Department's recent Cargo Conveyance Security Technology Demonstrations of container security devices (CSDs) which took place at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a little of all three. Unfortunately, it exemplifies the level of knowledge that DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has with respect to commercial applications of existing CSDs.


Then in July 2009, the Defense Industry Daily announced: (SAIC) in San Diego, CA received a $7 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-09-D-0034) from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Pacific to develop a container security device (CSD), a small, low-power sensor mounted on or within a shipping container to detect and warn of the opening or removal of container doors. The contract includes a 3-year ordering period without options. So who is SAIC? According to the "About SAIC" section of its website, We solve our customers' mission-critical problems with innovative applications of technology and expertise. In medical labs researching cancer cures, in the desert testing next-generation robotics, in the ocean deploying tsunami warning systems, SAIC people and technologies are there. In crime labs investigating new evidence, in Iraq helping protect and support our men and women in uniform, SAIC is there.

It further states: SAIC has a strong commitment to supporting programs of national importance helping to solve or undertake our country's most significant problems. We offer a broad range of services and products to address our customers' most complex and critical technology-related needs. These services include the following: National Security, Environment, Critical Infrastructure, and Health. Counter Terrorism and CSD are included in its 116 areas in its Domain Expertise listing . Unfortunately, its National Security focus is clearly dominated by defense-related research. There is no listing of expertise in logistics or supply chain management. There also appears to be lack of industry perspective, specifically within domestic or international commercial operations.
SAIC From Science to Solutions
C4 systems engineering and integration from Science Applications International Corporation allows for effective command and control.
National: Amendment will allow study of antidepressant use and suicide rate among combat troops
Did you know the DoD ITSELF drugs our troops? I did.
U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has announced that the Senate has adopted his amendment 1475 to the National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment mandates a study of the increased use of antidepressants among combat troops and the effect of these drugs on mental health. In a press release, Senator Cardin said his introduction of the Amendment is based upon the disturbing increase of suicides and attempted suicides in the active military.

The senator stated: "It is imperative that we determine if the Department of Defense (DoD) is prescribing anti-depressants to its service members appropriately, including the necessary observation by a highly trained mental health provider. My concern is not the long-term efficacy of these drugs, but the sheer volume and manner in which these drugs are being administered to our service men and women overseas." The release says the Army's Fifth Mental Health Advisory Team 2007 report indicated 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of troops in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to cope with stress. The senator added nearly 40% of Army suicide victims in 2006 and 2007 might have taken some type of antidepressant drugs.

Senator Cardin's amendment has directives for the DoD to record the volume and types of antidepressants, psychotropics or anti-anxiety drugs being prescribed to the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The amendment will also require the DoD, starting in June of 2010 and then annually through 2015, to report to Congress an accurate percentage of those troops that have been prescribed such drugs.
Australia: Uranium find prompts bid to grow Beverley mine

Australia's Recovering Mining Industry Struggles to Fill Jobs

Canada AECL Extends Deal With Argentine Nuclear-Power Industry

Even more Canadian Uranium found

Colorado officials: Yellowcake uranium trucks 'can go wherever they want'
MONTROSE — Opponents of a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado near the Utah state line may be relieved to hear that state officials in charge of overseeing the transport of incoming ore and outgoing yellowcake don’t actually consider such things “nuclear materials.”

Uranium yellowcake and sulfuric acid would be carted along I-70 in Colorado By state statute, uranium ore and processed yellowcake, used to make fuel rods for nuclear reactors, are considered mere hazardous materials and therefore not limited to transportation along the state’s designated nuclear materials routes.

“When you’re dealing with yellowcake shipments, they get carried in pretty much a dump truck,” said Capt. Allan Turner of the Colorado State Patrol’s Hazardous Materials Transport Safety and Response (HMTSR) team. “We actually had one of those turn over in the city of Colorado Springs, turn over in the median, and people were going to the hospitals with facemasks on, thinking they were contaminated with radiation, when in actual fact it doesn’t really present that much of a hazard.”
UTAH: EnergySolution depleted-uranium hearings on tap this week

INDIA: Uranium mining keeps Meghalaya on toes
Meghalaya is the third uranium rich state in the country after Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. The state accounts for 16 per cent of India's uranium reserves, with deposits estimated to be around 9,500 tones and 4,000 tones respectively at Domiasiat and Wakhyn, both in West Khasi hills region.
Meghalaya keen to go ahead with uranium mining

Madagascar: Varun Grp inks agreement for uranium exploration

IAEA: Prospects And Challenges For Uranium Production

Kagame's Hidden War in the Congo
Strangely ignored, LOL! BTW Coltan and Tantalum are the same thing.
Although it has been strangely ignored in the Western press, one of the most destructive wars in modern history has been going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s third-largest country. During the past eleven years millions of people have died, while armies from as many as nine different African countries fought with Congolese government forces and various rebel groups for control of land and natural resources. Much of the fighting has taken place in regions of northeastern and eastern Congo that are rich in minerals such as gold, diamonds, tin, and coltan, which is used in manufacturing electronics.
Wataire Tackles the Global Water Crisis Head On
Hey! These markets represent a significant opportunity for our company! Chaching! And, look, see.... aren't we the humanitarians?
Wataire International Inc. (PinkSheets:WTAR) released its plans in its ongoing quest to provide the world with clean drinking water and tackles the Global Water Crisis Head On. According to recent studies by the World Health Organization, approximately 1 billion people lack access to potable water. China alone, with its 1.26 billion people and over 300 cities are running short on water due to pollution and increase demand. Other countries such as India, whose population is expected to grow to 1.36 billion people by 2025, are also facing a water crisis.

"These markets represent a significant opportunity for our company both in terms of potential sales but mainly for the impact on peoples lives our technology and products will have" said Robert Rosner, President and CEO of Wataire International Inc. "Our award winning product will now have a true impact on peoples lives returning sustainable value to our shareholders both in terms of financial reward and social capital." Further added Mr. Rosner. The company's products are used by both the US military and navy and efforts
to increase sales and reach these objectives through its distribution network
in the near and long-term are ongoing.
INDIA: 500 colonies under acute water crisis

Mumbai: Civic body to liquidate water crisis

FLORIDA: Raytheon spokesman compared St. Pete plume to 'Love Canal'
Attorneys say as many as 1,300 nearby properties may feel the effects of groundwater pollution from the now-vacant Raytheon defense plant in St. Petersburg.
NZ air force medevacs sick man from Antarctic
Yet another mysterious emergency Raytheon worker sickness arises - this time they call it heart problems

He had been working as part of the U.S. Antarctic Program and was in a serious but stable condition, Beaton said. The man's name and hometown were not immediately available, nor was more information about his illness. "He needed immediate evacuation from here for treatment" but was stabilized for the flight, Raytheon Polar Services operations manager Kerry Chuck told The Associated Press by telephone from McMurdo.

Tanzania: Changes on Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano

Volcano eruption 'overdue'
Australia is "well overdue" for a significant volcanic eruption, but the risk of explosive action from a new volcano is higher in Queensland...
5.1 Earthquake Felt in San Diego

5.5-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan

6.3 Quake shakes Bhutan, India's remote northeast

Assam earthquake not surprising: NGRI scientist
That entire plate is moving toward India. Fast. A huge event is imminent.
The high magnitude ( 6.3 on Richter scale) earthquake which rocked Assam and other North-eastern States at 2.24 pm on Monday might be due "loading and unloading" of stresses in the Himayalan region consequent to the 7.8 magnitude tremor that occurred in the Andaman islands last month.
2000-year-old amphitheater discovered near Tiberias

German archaeologists find undisturbed royal crypt in Syria

Climate Change to Take Center Stage at UN Talks
Hopium changeum climb ass glow ballists.

'Gay' Vultures at Jerusalem Zoo Split Up, Become Fathers Again

I am telling you. I simply can not make this shit up.

All we have to do now
is take these lies
and make them true

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