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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Dancing at the Glow Ball


Bettie Page
Synced to The Seeds
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.

[SNIP]

"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.
NORWAY:
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

WFRL: Better Things


The Kinks
Better Things
1981

Here's hoping all the days ahead
Wont be as bitter as the ones behind you.
Be an optimist instead,
And somehow happiness will find you.
Forget what happened yesterday,
I know that better things are on the way.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Smashing Idols Since the Bronze Age~


David Bowie
Saviour Machine

President Joe once had a dream
The world held his hand,

gave their pledge
,
so he told them his scheme
for a Saviour Machine

UK ready for talks with Hezbollah

Iraqi Prime Minister Urges Reconciliation with Ba'athists

Jay Effin' Kay Sez: Syria wants peace talks with Israel

Hamas praises bulldozer attack in Jerusalem

Iran throws conference to support Hamas

Olmert: No peace without dividing Jerusalem

Clinton: There will be a Palestinian state, Jerusalem will be its capital
Just hours after blaming Hamas and other terror groups for the lack of peace in the region, visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled that while it may recognize the source of the obstruction, that won't stop the Obama Administration from pushing for the rapid creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

Clinton told reporters in Jerusalem that she and President Barack Obama plan to be "vigorously engaged" in bringing about the birth of "Palestine," adding that "there is no time to waste."

That is likely to put Clinton and Obama at odds with incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has refused to commit to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state, and instead wants to focus on bettering the economic conditions under which the Palestinian Arabs live.

Netanyahu met with Clinton on Tuesday, and indicated in remarks to the press that the two had found some common ground. However, few expect relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments to be smooth.

On Wednesday Clinton all but guaranteed that her government will clash with Netanyahu's when she suggested in a joint press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that for Washington, the division of Jerusalem is a foregone conclusion.

Speaking to reporters in Ramallah, Clinton said she was not pleased with the Jerusalem municipality's plans to demolish 80 Arab homes on the city's eastern side that were built without proper permits.

"Clearly this kind of activity is unhelpful and not in keeping with the obligations entered into under the 'road map'," said Clinton. "It is an issue that we intend to raise with the government of Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem."

Israel, of course, officially rejected those parts of the "road map" peace plan that attempted to equate Israel's sovereignty over the eastern half of Jerusalem to its settlement-building activity in the rest of Judea and Samaria.

Clinton's remarks suggested that the Obama administration does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the eastern half of Jerusalem any more than it does in the so-called "West Bank."

Observers argued that she also legitimized lawlessness on the part of eastern Jerusalem's Arab populations by suggesting that they are not subject to the authority of the Jerusalem municipality.

In related news, Jerusalem police officials confirmed to WorldNetDaily and Israel National News this week that Palestinian Authority police forces are being permitted to operate on the outskirts of the Israeli capital.

Israeli police have given Palestinian police the green light to take over public security in Arab villages and neighborhoods on the eastern edges of Jerusalem, and Israeli Jews have been warned to now steer clear of those areas.

A growing number of Israeli politicians, including Avigdor Lieberman of the supposedly ultra-right-wing Israel Beiteinu Party, have of late embraced the idea of surrendering the Arab areas of eastern Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority.
Russia pledges armored vehicles to PA

Russian Diplomatic Academy Prognosticates Martial Law & Doom for USA:

The dean at Russia's Foreign Ministry school in Moscow says President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order, the Associated Press reports.

"There is a high probability that the collapse of the United States will occur by 2010," Igor Panarin told dozens of students, professors and diplomats Tuesday at the Diplomatic Academy.

Panarin said the recent economic turmoil in the U.S. and other "social and cultural phenomena" led him to move up his timetable for "The End" — when the United States will break up and Alaska will revert to Russian control. He linked America's social and cultural issues to the large prison populations and large numbers of gay men.

Russia to closely monitor Alaskan drills

Russia building anti-satellite weapons

Russia to increase military hardware

Obama’s Letter To Russia

Clinton, Lavrov meet to 'reboot' Russia ties

US gesture lost in Russian translation


Russia ready to discuss US missile proposals

Masked agents raid Ukraine state gas firm
Ukrainian security service agents in masks and armed with machine guns Wednesday burst into the headquarters of the state gas firm, in a dramatic flaring of tension within the country's feuding leadership.

The chaotic scenes at the Naftogaz building in central Kiev were an explosive twist in the long running dispute between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over Russian gas exports to Ukraine.

The SBU security service -- the successor to the Soviet KGB which is overseen by Yushchenko -- said the raid was aimed at seizing documents for a criminal investigation into the seizure of billions of cubic metres of gas.

"They pushed their way through the guards to enter," Naftogaz spokesman Valentin Zemlyansky told AFP, adding they searched and blocked off offices including that of Naftogaz deputy chief Igor Didenko.

The last agents finally left at around 1600 GMT, he said, after a raid lasting almost five hours.

The SBU was searching for contracts with Gazprom, the Russian energy giant whose stand-off with Naftogaz sparked the crisis that seriously disrupted gas supplies to Europe in January, Zemlyansky said.

Forces want original contract with Gazprom

Gazprom and Spanish Gas Natural sign memorandum

NATO seen backing Russia ties to form "broad front"


Mr. Simmons' Mission: NATO Bases From Balkans To Chinese Border

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are pivotal. "NATO’s greater strategic interest is in the South Caucasus East-West Corridor"
Clinton vows to bring Russia back in from the NATO cold

Kyrgyzstan ends 11 airbase contracts

TURKMENISTAN ORGANIZED WAR GAMES AT AFGHAN BORDER

US Funds Border-Crossings In Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Confirm New Supply Routes

Iran to file lawsuit against Turkmenistan

Iran Plans War Crimes Trials for Israelis

Iranian cleric: Israeli 'war criminals' should be executed

Clinton says US may consult Iran on Afghanistan


US Pushing for High-Level Afghanistan Meeting That Would Include Iran

Meantime, back at the NIC:

An independent inspector general will look into the foreign financial ties of Chas W. Freeman Jr., the Obama administration's pick to serve as chairman of the group that prepares the U.S. intelligence community's most sensitive assessments, according to three congressional aides.

The director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, last Thursday named Mr. Freeman, a veteran former diplomat, to the chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council, known inside the government as the NIC. In that job, Mr. Freeman will have access to some of America's most closely guarded secrets and be charged with overseeing the drafting of the consensus view of all 16 intelligence agencies.

[SNIP]

Among the areas likely to be scrutinized in the vetting process are Mr. Freeman's position on the international advisory board of the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC). The Chinese government and other state-owned companies own a majority stake in the concern, which has invested in Sudan and other countries sometimes at odds with the United States, including Iran.

Mr. Freeman is also president of the nonprofit educational organization Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), which paid him $87,000 in 2006, and received at least $1 million from a Saudi prince. He also has chaired Projects International, a consulting firm that has worked with foreign companies and governments.

China and Saudi oil giants sign energy pact

China oil majors covet Africa

China Backs Sudan's Omar al-Bashir Wanted For War Crimes

China urged the International Criminal Court Thursday to drop its arrest warrant for Sudan's leader on war crimes, saying it won't help stabilize the war-scarred Darfur region.

China, which buys two-thirds of Sudan's petroleum exports, has been repeatedly criticized for not using its economic leverage to apply more pressure on Bashir's government to end a civil war in his country's Darfur region
OIC condemn ICC's move aginst Bashir
Muslim leaders have condemned the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.
Kenyan police teargas protesting students

Italy pulls out of UN racism conference

Fed Vice Chairman’s Testimony on AIG Rescue: Full Text

Las Vegas Casinos to Be Nationalized?
With Las Vegas casinos drowning in a sea of debt, it may only be a matter of months before they are all bank owned. The very casinos that originally were started by the mob, may now very well be taken over by Government owned banks. Yes, Nationalized Casinos. Sounds ludicrous, but let's look at the facts.
Dawkins seeks more converts to atheism

The danger of worshipping Darwin

Late last year prominent Emory University professor Charles Nemeroff lost his chairmanship following controversy over payments he received from drug companies.

In December, following an internal investigation, Nemeroff stepped down as head of the school’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a position he held since 1991. Now, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that federal officials are investigating both the university and Nemeroff and are looking into Nemeroff’s highly compensated activities with the pharmaceutical industry.
Raytheon hires Bush administration arms negotiator
Shortly after losing William Lynn to a top Pentagon post, Raytheon Co. has hired a former high-ranking Bush State Department official as vice president for business development. John Rood, the acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security during the final 16 months of the Bush administration, joined the company this week, according to a spokeswoman

Lobbyists slipping into Obama administration

Treasury secretary's choice for deputy withdraws

As markets quake and Treasury confronts the worst economic crisis in decades, Geithner has seen two people he had hoped to name to key posts withdraw from consideration.

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made "a personal decision" to withdraw from the process, according to a person familiar with her decision.

Obama picks US's first "information chief"

US President Barack Obama has named Vivek Kundra as his chief information officer. When Mr Kundra takes up his role, he will decide which technologies the Obama administration uses to govern and how they will be deployed. He will build on the broad use of technologies, such as the web, used by President Obama's campaign team during the US elections. Mr Kundra will be in charge of a budget thought to total $70bn

Maryland: PSC weighs 'potential tsunami' of electricity cutoffs this spring

Nearly 84,000 households with delinquent utility bills could see their power shut off by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. starting next month, when restrictions meant to protect customers during cold winter months end, the state's top energy regulator warned.

Okmok Volcano warning level raised to yellow

Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Readies for Earthquake

Aukmuntr Bizzarre Akbar



Billy Idol
Rebel Yell

He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the seven eleven

Well he's out all night to collect a fare

Just so long, just so long it don't mess up his hair

Wyatt Earpstein & the Argument at Oy Vey Corral


Sid Caesar & Nanette Fabray
Your Show of Shows
"Argument to Beethoven's Fifth"



Steve Vai
Beethoven's 5th

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WFRL: DJ Mikael Spins ~


Noa
Beautiful That Way


RAID ON THE REACTOR


Raid on the Reactor
44 minutes

The story of the IAF's attack on
the Iraqi Nuclear reactor
near Baghdad in June 1981


Psalms Chapter 91

א יֹשֵׁב, בְּסֵתֶר עֶלְיוֹן; בְּצֵל שַׁדַּי, יִתְלוֹנָן. 1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;
ב אֹמַר--לַיהוָה, מַחְסִי וּמְצוּדָתִי; אֱלֹהַי, אֶבְטַח-בּוֹ. 2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,
ג כִּי הוּא יַצִּילְךָ, מִפַּח יָקוּשׁ; מִדֶּבֶר הַוּוֹת. 3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
ד בְּאֶבְרָתוֹ, יָסֶךְ לָךְ--וְתַחַת-כְּנָפָיו תֶּחְסֶה; צִנָּה וְסֹחֵרָה אֲמִתּוֹ. 4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.
ה לֹא-תִירָא, מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה; מֵחֵץ, יָעוּף יוֹמָם. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;
ו מִדֶּבֶר, בָּאֹפֶל יַהֲלֹךְ; מִקֶּטֶב, יָשׁוּד צָהֳרָיִם. 6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
ז יִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ, אֶלֶף--וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ: אֵלֶיךָ, לֹא יִגָּשׁ. 7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.
ח רַק, בְּעֵינֶיךָ תַבִּיט; וְשִׁלֻּמַת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.
ט כִּי-אַתָּה יְהוָה מַחְסִי; עֶלְיוֹן, שַׂמְתָּ מְעוֹנֶךָ. 9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.
י לֹא-תְאֻנֶּה אֵלֶיךָ רָעָה; וְנֶגַע, לֹא-יִקְרַב בְּאָהֳלֶךָ. 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
יא כִּי מַלְאָכָיו, יְצַוֶּה-לָּךְ; לִשְׁמָרְךָ, בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ. 11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
יב עַל-כַּפַּיִם יִשָּׂאוּנְךָ: פֶּן-תִּגֹּף בָּאֶבֶן רַגְלֶךָ. 12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
יג עַל-שַׁחַל וָפֶתֶן, תִּדְרֹךְ; תִּרְמֹס כְּפִיר וְתַנִּין. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.
יד כִּי בִי חָשַׁק, וַאֲפַלְּטֵהוּ; אֲשַׂגְּבֵהוּ, כִּי-יָדַע שְׁמִי. 14 'Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
טו יִקְרָאֵנִי, וְאֶעֱנֵהוּ--עִמּוֹ-אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה; אֲחַלְּצֵהוּ, וַאֲכַבְּדֵהוּ. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.
טז אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ; וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.'


WFRL: Lizard Johnny


Monster Magnet
Lizard Johnny - 1988


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday Evening Cartoon


Merrie Melodies
A-Lad-in Bagdad

WFRL: Rockaria


ELO
Rockaria


Floatin' Powa News Service: The Curse of the Prophetic Pencil

The elders and prominent men are the head.
The prophets who teach lies are the tail.
~ Isaiah 9:15


Queen
The Prophet's Song
Soon the cold of night will fall
Summoned by your own hand

No one calls for justice;
no one pleads his case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments and speak lies;
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
~ Isaiah 59:4


Obama denies offering Russia missile shield deal

World Powers Want Direct Nuclear Talks with Iran

Iran: Israel a 'Cancer,' Holocaust a 'Big Lie'

Russia seems open to discussing US plan on Iran


Russia, Iran discuss oil, gas cooperation

James Baker Sez:
On Thursday, we are scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to present a proposal that we hope will help foster bipartisan consensus on the most agonizing decision our nation must ever make — whether to go to war.
....Plouffe will explore how to harness the power of social networking to build BRAND LOYALTY and leadership

British Prime Minister to Address US Congress

Strange goings on surrounding the program for the first day of Gordon Brown's visit to Washington.

No sooner had the Prime Minister's plane touched down at Andrews Air Force on Monday evening when word was passed to travelling Westminster correspondents that the press conference they'd been told to expect had been called off "because of snow".
Spanish PM: Russia is vital for international order
Indeed.

Ukraine May Miss Deadline for Gazprom Gas Payment
Your kneecaps we will break.

Did I not tell you a week ago Vlad would not be having it?

Chevron Confirms Commitment to Develop Niger DeltaVlad won't like it. he already canceled your JV's, booted your asses out of Siberia, and the Gold Man Sacks gave you the thumbs down. This could spark a yet another small African war. Oh wait a minute, there already IS a war there , isn't there.

TODAY: Chevron delays major projects in Nigeria, bemoans rising costs

China plans oil refinery in Tianjin with Russia

Hong Kong’s Richest to Underwrite $1.1 Billion of HSBC’s Offer

China hunts for Europe takeovers as stocks jump

THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS presents for your Plebian edification:

The Meaning of Nationalization

For decades now, "nationalization" has been a dirty word in U.S. business circles. The term conjures associations abhorrent to most economists--from dysfunctional resource-rich nations seizing the assets of foreign companies to bloated European government structures suffocating on bureaucracy. A government taking control of private companies, many economists said, was antithetical to free-market policy and dangerously close to socialism. But with the largest U.S. banks facing existential challenges, economic urgency has upended the debate over nationalization.
GM, Chrysler Sales Pressure US to Provide Aid or Risk Failure
...here's your throat back, thanks for the loan.

Gold Man Sacks prophesyeth: Rupee to appreciate 10%
Render unto the Gold Man what is the Gold Mans.

More Than 8.3 Million US Mortgages Are Under Water


Details of "Hosing Rescue Plan" are revealed:

•Loan Refinancing.

Up to 5 million homeowners with a solid payment history on mortgages held or owned by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will be eligible to refinance into more affordable terms. Normally, these borrowers would have been unable to refinance because heir homes have lost value, pushing their current loan-to-value ratios above 80%. The program will end in 2010.

•Loan Modifications.

Lenders and other servicers can immediately begin making modifications that could help up to 4 million at-risk homeowners stay in their properties.To be eligible, homeowners must have loans that originated on or before Jan. 1, 2009. Eligible are first-lien loans on owner-occupied properties with unpaid principal balances up to $729,750. Higher limits will be allowed for owner-occupied properties with two to four units.All borrowers must document income, which includes providing information such as two most recent pay stubs and an affidavit of financial hardship. The program will run until Dec. 31, 2012. Incentives also are provided to get lenders to modify mortgages if a borrower isn't late on payments but is at risk of default.

•Lenders and other servicers.

Lenders will be required to use a formula — basically, a net value test — on each loan that is 60 days past due or delinquent. The test basically requires servicers to do the modification if the net present value of cash flows with a modification is greater than without a reworking.Servicers also must follow an established process to reduce the monthly payment to no more than 31% of the borrowers' gross monthly income. In order to do that, lenders will first reduce the interest rate on the loan and then extend the term of the loan to up to 40 years.Servicers will get financial incentives, such as an up-front fee of $1,000 per modification, to encourage participation.

ADP Says US Companies Reduced Payrolls by 697,000

House takes up abortion regulation bill

Barack Obama has signed a presidential memorandum to restore "the scientific process" in endangered species decisions. Obama says the process was undermined by a last-minute regulation by the Bush administration
In a move that will subject a number of government projects to enhanced environmental and scientific scrutiny, President Obama is restoring a requirement that U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine whether their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.
Raytheon employee convicted of child molestation

Deadlines approach for American Atheists convention

Git yer tickets while you can! I hear it's entirely souled out.

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW RIGHT ON YOUR BORDER:
Mexican troops enter drug war city
More than 1,500 Mexican troops have moved into a city on the US border being fought over by rival drug gangs.
Mexico "deeply" worried about deadly border city

Mexico: Drug War Threatens Civil Rule


5.1 in Indonesia

Britain to give Sen. Kennedy honorary knighthood

UK: Second earthquake hits coast town


So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.

Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like men without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.
We all growl like bears;
we moan mournfully like doves.
We look for justice, but find none;
for deliverance, but it is far away.
For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:
rebellion and treachery against the LORD,
turning our backs on our God,
fomenting oppression and revolt,
uttering lies our hearts have conceived.

So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.

Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The LORD looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm worked salvation for him,
and his own righteousness sustained him.

He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance
and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
According to what they have done,
so will he repay
wrath to his enemies
and retribution to his foes;
he will repay the islands their due.

From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD,
and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.
For he will come like a pent-up flood
that the breath of the LORD drives along.
"The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,"
declares the LORD.

"As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD.
~ Isaiah 59:9-21



Procol Harum
Pilgrim's Progress

At first I took my weight to be an anchor
and gathered up my fears to guide me round
but then I clearly saw my own delusion
and found my struggles further bogged me down

In starting out I thought to go exploring
and set my foot upon the nearest road
In vain I looked to find the promised turning
but only saw how far I was from home

In searching I forsook the paths of learning
and sought instead to find some pirate's gold
In fighting I did hurt those dearest to me
and still no hidden truths could I unfold

I sat me down to write a simple story
which maybe in the end became a song
The words have all been writ by one before me
We're taking turns in trying to pass them on
Oh, we're taking turns in trying to pass them on

WFRL: The Nothing Changes


The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
The Nothing Changes


From Debbie Schlussel:


For daring to ask and to criticize those on "our" side, I've now come under fire yet again with vile attacks, many of them obscene and anti-Semitic from the Sarahmessiah crowd. The same people are the ones who now ask why Obama is sending nearly $1 billion, when they didn't ask so loudly or, many of them, even at all, for the last eight years, as George W. and Condi Clueless sent several billion and brought us to this point. They had eight years and they blew it. And now they've set the standard for Barack and Hillary to continue the downward spiralling course of amputating Israel and funding the cancer being amputated. You simply can't expect from Obama that which you didn't expect from Bush (and could have gotten, had you been as vocal with "your guy").

Like George W-messiah worship passed, so too will this. But still, you must demand the same on aid to Gaza from ALL Presidents, as in "Don't send it." We gave gazillions to rebuild Gaza, and Hezbollah-conrolled South Lebanon--post-Hezbollah war, and to UNRWA . . . all under Bush, to the silence of most alleged conservatives. Do you recall the Bush corporations set up with hundreds of millions to bail out Palestinian mortgages and to help Palestinians start businesses? I complained about them here. Conservatives did . . . nothing.

Remember, Hillary and Barack didn't invent the conferences to raise money for the Palestinians and other uncivilized Muslims. That was a trend started by Condi Clueless and the even more clueless George W. We could have protested louder to stop the trend then. Now, it's too late. We are howling at the wind, a wind who campaigned on doing this and is now doing it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: 108 Battles on the Journey to the Center of the Mind ~


Kula Shaker
108 Battles of the Mind

YOU ARE STRANGELY COMPELLED TO CLICK ME!

President of Indonesia calls for increased cooperation among Muslim countries
They got them a ten year plan for your doom, dhimmi.

Gunmen attack Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan


Saved from Durban II
Fortunately, Samantha Power and Susan Rice lost this round. We will not legitimize Durban II with our presence. However, we can expect that the UN Human Rights Council and International Criminal Court will be their next internationalist causes for the U.S. to join.

The Human Rights Council is run by the same pack of jackals who are leading the preparations for Durban II. It has specialized in Israel-bashing while protecting the most flagrant abusers of human rights such as Sudan. As for the International Criminal Court, FrontPage Magazine has long reported how it is preparing to assert jurisdiction over a new universal crime of aggression that would exempt the leaders of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and al-Qaeda from prosecution for this crime because they are not leaders of a member state. However, leaders of democratic states who use military force against the terrorist strongholds would be fully subject to prosecution.
CLINTON: We will pursue Middle East peace on many fronts
She said "we take inspiration from" the Arab peace initiative under which Arab states have proposed the diplomatic recognition of Israel in return for the creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in east Jerusalem and an agreed solution to the fate of Palestinian refugees.
Tick MFing Exigent Tock.

Clinton: US to 'vigorously' promote peace efforts


Clinton, Obama Dispatch Envoys to Damascus for Talks
For years I have been saying it, it's straight up Baker Plan, surrender to Iran through Syria.

Egypt: $4.4B raised for Gaza "reconstruction"
Is that what they call it these days?

Russia sends Palestinians armored vehicles

Russia wants US to limit nuclear delivery vehicles

Obama Offered Deal to Russia in Secret Letter
The officials who described the contents of the message requested anonymity because it has not been made public. While they said it did not offer a direct quid pro quo, the letter was intended to give Moscow an incentive to join the United States in a common front against Iran. Russia’s military, diplomatic and commercial ties to Tehran give it some influence there, but it has often resisted Washington’s hard line against Iran.

“It’s almost saying to them, put up or shut up,” said a senior administration official. “It’s not that the Russians get to say, ‘We’ll try and therefore you have to suspend.’ It says the threat has to go away.”

Moscow has not responded, but a Russian official said Monday that Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov would have something to say on missile defense to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when they meet Friday in Geneva. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev will then meet for the first time on April 2 in London, officials said Monday.
Iran dismisses US nuclear bomb statement

Russian foreign minister: US should talk to Iran

Obama reaches out to Russia over nuclear Iran

Spain to sign energy agreement with Russia

Turkmen Dictator Finds Help in United States
A number of beltway lobbyists I approached offered to represent that Central Asian country, and implement a PR campaign to help promote the Stalinist regime there to the American government and public.
More Lobbyists in the Obama Administration?

Bush administration memos claimed vast war powers
Which The Obamanable Snowjobman was gifted with on a silver platter.

Pope to issue encyclical on economics
Tick tock to a Universalist Catholic version of "moral capitalism".....

Can we call it a Depression yet?
STFU and shoot the hopium.

Obama's Trade Pick Owes IRS $100,00

Bernanke: US May Need to Expand "Bank Rescue"

Roubini: The Banks are Already Nationalized


Bank Nationalization and the TARP

Bernie feels your pain:
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Tuesday that massive government spending and bailouts remain necessary to revive the economy, even though he shares their concern about aid for foundering companies like American International Group.
And so it begins:
Time to nationalize GM?

Chrysler Talks Stall as Banks Balk at Trading Loans for Equity

Toyota wants a government loan. Let the outrage begin.

Goldman Sachs downgrades US defense sector

Gold Man Sacks expands glow ball capabilities with SIGMA X in Hong Kong
"The growth potential of Hong Kong's market remains significant and we think alternative pools of liquidity will play an important role in its development going forward," said Gene Reilly, managing director and head of trading & execution for Goldman Sachs in Asia.
Alternative pools of liquidity!

Goldman's Asia banking co-head relocates to Beijing (from Japan)

China & Russia may build delayed refinery in 2010

CNPC (CHINA) Talks to US Firms On Iraq Oil Bids


5.3 in Guam




The Amboy Dukes
Journey to the Center of the Mind