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Thursday, October 1, 2009

WFRL: Have You Seen The Saucers?

WFRL: I've Seen The Saucers

Floatin' Powa News Service: The Atomic Punk

In your eyes
I'm staring at the end of time
Nothing can change us
no one can save us
from ourselves
OIC Calls for Immediate Cessation of Illegal Israeli Activities
Illegal Israeli Activity #1: Breathing! This must cease immediately!
The Committee called upon the international community, particularly the Security Council, to hold responsible for Occupied East Jerusalem, and to take urgent action to bring a complete halt to all illegal Israeli measures and actions aimed at changing the demographic composition, character, geographic nature and legal status of the Holy City, de-populating it of its Palestinian inhabitants, entrenching the occupying Power’s unlawful control of the City and thus illegally and unilaterally determining the fate of Al-Quds Al-Sharif (East Jerusalem), the capital of the future State of Palestine.

The Committee called on all OIC Member States to provide urgent material support to the Palestinian people and their institutions in Occupied East Jerusalem so that to protect the cause of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and support the steadfastness of its people and preserve the Arab, Islamic and civilizational character of the Holy City.
Israeli Cooperation Needed for Nuclear-Free Middle East, Says Syria
The cooperation they seek is the immediate cessation of all Jewish breath.

Can Syria Pass 'Israel Test'?
~ Caroline Glick
There has been much talk in recent months about the prospect of Syria bolting the Iranian axis and becoming magically transformed into an ally of the West. Although Syria’s President-for-life Bashar Assad’s daily demonstrations of fealty to his murderous friends has exposed this talk as nothing more than fantasy, it continues to dominate the international discourse on Syria. In the meantime, Syria’s ongoing real transformation, from a more or less functioning state into an impoverished wasteland, has been ignored.

Today, the country faces the greatest economic catastrophe in its history. The crisis is causing massive malnutrition and displacement for hundreds of thousands of Syrians. These Syrians — some 250,000 mainly Kurdish farmers — have been forced off their farms over the past two years because their lands were reclaimed by the desert.

Today shantytowns have sprung up around major cities such as Damascus. They are filled with internally displaced refugees. Through a cataclysmic combination of irrational agricultural policies embraced by the Ba’athist Assad dynasty for the past 45 years that have eroded the soil, and massive digging of some 420,000 unauthorized wells that have dried out the groundwater aquifers (Reuters is reporting that half the wells were dug illegally), Syria’s regime has done everything in its power to dry up the country.

The effects of these demented policies have been exacerbated in recent years by Turkey’s diversion of Syria’s main water source, the Euphrates River, through the construction of dams upstream, and by two years of unrelenting drought. Today, much of Syria’s previously fertile farmland has become wasteland. Former farmers are now destitute day laborers with few prospects for economic recovery. Imagine if in his country’s moment of peril, instead of clinging to his alliance with Iran, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and Hamas, Assad were to turn to Israel to help him out of this crisis?

Israel in deal to free Hamas women
Israel has agreed to free 20 Palestinian women prisoners in exchange for information about Gilad Shalit, a captured Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip. The office of Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement on Wednesday that it expected the Palestinian Hamas movement to release a recent videotape of the soldier proving that he was alive. "It is important for the entire world to know that Gilad Shalit is alive and well and that Hamas is responsible for his well-being and his fate," Netanyahu said in the statement.
World Digest: Israel to Free 20 for Video of Shalit

Mass Palestinian Prisoner Release Being Negotiated, Hamas Leader Says
If the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior over and over again and expecting different results, then Israel is fucking certifiable.
The release of a tape showing that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is alive is the first stage of a broader deal being negotiated with Israel on the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, the senior Hamas leader in Gaza said Wednesday. Dr. Mahmoud Zahar also said that Hamas is close to reconciling its differences with the rival Fatah movement in the West Bank.

Zahar, a physician who is the de facto leader of the militant Islamic movement that rules Gaza, described the background of how the Shalit tape was negotiated and the broader progress on other fronts in an interview at his home in Gaza City. He had just returned from informing the Red Cross that Hamas had provided a "proof of life" tape to an unnamed German negotiator through whom Hamas has been negotiating indirectly with Israel.

He called the exchange, to take place Friday, of the one-minute-long videotape for the release of 20 Palestinian women from different political factions and parts of the Palestinian territories "a small symbolic deal" that proved that Shalit was alive. A statement from the Israeli prime minister's office described the gesture as a "confidence-building measure." "This is a message to Israel that we are negotiating over a live body, not a dead body," Zahar said.

Goldstone defends UN Gaza report
Everybody must get Goldstoned.

Egypt plans Fatah-Hamas 'reconciliation' parley
Fatahsshole: Glow Ball Peace Through Dead Juden, right?

Hamasshole: Of course, right!

Egypt: Reconciliation Akbar!
Fatah to Abbas: No talks without settlement freeze

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, September 22-29, 2009

Memories of Exiled Palestinians Nearly Erased in Modern Israel
"Sudanese soldiers went into the houses of the Jews, they started taking the girls and the married women who had children, one by one, put them in the kitchen and raped them, three or four soldiers at a time," said Galia Shalom.
US Critic of Karzai Is Fired From UN Mission
And promptly placed on a list, no doubt.
The United Nations fired its No. 2 official in Afghanistan on Wednesday after the diplomat, Peter W. Galbraith, wrote a scathing letter accusing the head of the mission here of concealing election fraud that benefited the campaign of the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai.

The head of the mission, Kai Eide, angrily denied the accusation, and senior United Nations officials and diplomats said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had decided to recall Mr. Galbraith because of irreconcilable differences with Mr. Eide, who is Norwegian. “He reaffirms his full support for his special representative, Kai Eide,” said a terse statement attributed to Mr. Ban’s spokesman. The day before, Mr. Ban also expressed confidence in Mr. Galbraith in a news conference at the United Nations headquarters.

But the letter to Mr. Ban from Mr. Galbraith, the highest-ranking American official working for the United Nations in Afghanistan, made clear the depth of the animosity between Mr. Galbraith and Mr. Eide and illustrated the profound concerns that remain among some international observers that the presidential election was hopelessly undermined by fraud. “For a long time after the elections, Kai denied that significant fraud had taken place, even going to the extreme of ordering U.N. staff not to discuss the matter,” Mr. Galbraith wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.
US diplomat 'forced out' over stance on Afghan election fraud

Afghan lawmakers charge UN with election bias

'Different' Afghan strategy urged

US Afghan Strategy Hinges On Reliable Ally In Kabul
HAHAHAHAHAHA! You may search for a reliable Muslim ally with one hand and shit into the other and see which gets filled first, you filthy kuffar infidel dogs. JIZYA! NOW! Or it's your head!

Top US security officials share Afghan-Pakistan border concerns

McCain: Time is running short for Afghan decision

Baghdad: Further Discussions With Syria Useless

Baghdad charges Iraqi Ba'athists in Syria with terrorist acts

King Abdullah's imaginative inter-faith initiative
By Melanie Phillips
In Arab News, we learn that Bava Jain, secretary-general of the World Council of Religious Leaders, has described as

historic and bold

the two-day international inter-faith conference which opened today in Geneva. The conference is the initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who, says Bava Jain, deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for an initiative which potentially

would have tremendous impact on world peace and stability if effective measures were taken to implement it.

The report tells us:

Delegates from 35 countries are taking part in the conference, which opens Wednesday. They include William Baker, president of Christians and Muslims for Peace in the US; David Rosen, director of inter-religious affairs at the American Jewish Committee; Pramjeet Singh Sarna, president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib; Kuniaki Kuni, president of the Association of Shinto Temples in Japan; and Xue Cheng, vice chairman of the Buddhist Association of China.

Er...William Baker? Wikipedia tells us:

William Baker ... was expelled from Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral mission after exposure of his affiliations with extremist far-right racist, antisemitic and Neo-Nazi groups, including chairmanship of the Neo-Nazi Populist Party.

Protests start ahead of IMF/WB meetings in Istanbul
More than 100 Turkish people protested in central Istanbul on Wednesday morning against the forthcoming International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) meetings next week. Police blocked the protesters in a bid to prevent them from marching along the road that passes through the area where the meetings will be held. The group, which calls itself the Union Against IMF and World Bank, blocked traffic on a busy road through Taksim square until they released a statement. The union consists of more than 20 political groups.

It takes much more than talk to stop Iran's stonewalling
Almost no one will state the obvious... Listen silly headlines everywhere, they are not trying to stop him at all. They are not stupid, they are not crazy. They are facilitating the destruction of Israel with full consciousness. And for this, we will all pay.

Beef-eating surrender monkeys?
by Melanie Phillips, who is never afraid to state the obvious:
Indeed. The recent ‘shock’ over the ‘discovery’ of Iran’s second covert uranium enrichment plant, which proves beyond doubt that the regime is intent on making a nuclear weapon rather than providing nuclear energy, was vitiated by the fact that Obama knew about this second plant before he even got to the White House. And now he’s threatening to really get tough through... er, sanctions. Oh, please.

The moment for that is well and truly over. Iran is all but there. America gave it the most precious asset of all – the time to build its nuclear weapon which, as Kuentzel rightly says, in the hands of such a regime constitutes nothing less than a threat to humanity. The major blame for this appalling situation must be laid squarely at the door of President George W Bush. He had eight years to stop Iran’s nuclear programme, and he blew it. (And no, that does not mean that Iraq was ‘the wrong war’. It simply means Bush refused to grasp that Iran also needed to be dealt with – and some of the folk who were dissuading him from doing so are now in the Obama administration.) Passed the poisoned chalice, Obama in turn deepened this charade through his fatuous belief that his outstretched hand would transform genocidal mullahs into inter-faith outreach workers humming Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

Talking with Tehran Has Repeatedly Been Tried and Failed
Yes. They know this.

'No credible evidence' of Iranian nuclear weapons, says UN inspector

Ahmadinejad: We'll buy enriched uranium from "whoever will sell"
And there are plenty of whoevers hungrily chomping at bits, ready willing and able to sell everything including their souls, it they have any.

The Possibility of a Nuclear-Armed Iran Alarms Arabs

Gulf Countries to Play Role in Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Glow Ball Peace Through Dead Juden! It's a plan!
Arab states from the Gulf have joined talks with the six Western nations preparing to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program...
Iran says talks are "test", US weighs sanctions

US and Iran Make Offers on Nuclear Talks

Iran foreign minister in US, but no talks planned
So WTF is he doing here?
Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki is visiting Washington to inspect Iran's unofficial diplomatic office in the U.S. capital, but there are no plans for him to meet U.S. officials, the State Department said on Wednesday.
OH MFers have an OFFICE in Washington now? How unofficially disgusting.

On the Eve of Talks, Iranian Makes a Washington Visit
Merely to inspect his accommodations, you understand.....

Swiss ambassador meets detained Americans in Iran

Resolving Iran Oil-Price Risk

China moves into reserve position
Bankers and economists in Beijing are saying that the Washington Consensus is dead. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner awoke to this during his recent China trip. Addressing a Peking University student audience he declared, "In the United States, we are putting in place the foundations for restoring fiscal sustainability." When he said that China's assets were "very safe in Washington," students laughed.

The tectonic plates of the global financial system have shifted. The post-colonial order created at Bretton Woods irreparably cracked, together with Wall Street, in September 2008. Time has come to replace it. An early move in that process began on March 23, when China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan called on the International

Monetary Fund to expand the basket of special drawing rights (SDRs). The next move occurred on May 3, when China, with Japan, South Korea, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, announced a US$120 billion regional currency stabilization fund, expected to be renamed the Asian Monetary Fund.
The China BRIC: Questions Ahead for Global Manufacturings Bride

China's manufacturing activity expands for a seventh straight month

At 60th anniversary parade, China heralds 'new era'

TIMELINE - China's investment in Iranian oil/gas sectors

ONGC-Hinduja JV loses rights to dev Iran's oilfield to China

FACTBOX - China's energy ties with central Asia

China eyes major Nigerian offshore oilfields

Nigeria may sell oil joint venture stakes to China

Growing Role of 'China Model'

Glow Ball Communism For All!10,000 missing Uighurs not withstanding.
The "China model" that was established after the founding of the People's Republic of China and has ever since materialized has exerted growing influence on the world's political and economic landscape. On the basis of its distinctive national conditions, cultural traditions and its sharp perception of world developmental tendency, China has taken the peaceful development road and has successfully forged itself into a regional power with global influence. Its peaceful development over the past six decades has facilitated change of the world's strategic structure. At the same time, its international status has also been elevated in the process.
Indonesia says Chevron fields normal after quake

India plans massive nuclear energy boost
GlowBall Needs Massive Amounts Of Uranium! Nuke the Moon!

Russia ready for restoration of ties with NATO
Vlad is ready for his close up, Mr. Rasmussen...
Earlier this month, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for closer ties between the alliance and Russia. He said, in particular, that NATO, Russia and the U.S. should explore the possibility of linking missile defense systems.
The EUniks make sure they have heat and hot water this winter:
EU report: Georgian attack started war with Russia
Very good, Komrade EUnikskis. Now roll over and play dead for Vlad.
The EU-sponsored report supports Russia's insistence that Georgia launched the short but intense war with an indiscriminate rocket and artillery barrage on the separatist capital of South Ossetia — an act the commission said was not justifiable under international law.
Press endorse Georgia war report
Naturally, as they have eyes and can clearly see what happens to dissident journalists in Russia. They must to please Vlad.

Cut red tape for foreign investors: Putin
Who is Capitalist Pigski now, tovarich? HAHAHA!
~ Vladdest Man on Whole Glowing Ball!

Russia Will Remain Liberal Market Economy, Despite Crisis - Putin


India-Russia target $15 bn trade by 2012

Caspian-European Integration Business Club hosts chief Azerbaijan propagandist
head of the socio-political department of the presidential administration... oh is that what they call it now?
The Caspian-European Integration Business Club (CEIBC) has today hosted a meeting with Mr. Ali Hasanov, head of the socio-political department of the presidential administration of Azerbaijan. Mr. Telman Aliyev, President and CEO of the Caspian-European Integration Business Club, gave information about the Club’s activities, saying it represents more than 500 companies from 30 countries.
Comrade LUGAR Sez: Azerbaijan is important political ally for US in region
The current processes in the region have created a brilliant opportunity for resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, one of the most influential U.S lawmakers, Republican Senator Richard Lugar, said. "Turkey-Armenia normalization consultations brought out the importance of cooperation in the region," Lugar said, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

The protocol on resumption of diplomatic ties between Ankara and Yerevan is planned to be signed on October 10, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told media earlier. Lugar said every country in the South Caucasus region is important for U.S and Washington would like to see these countries in peace. Senator especially noted Azerbaijan's importance in terms of energy and Geo-strategic factors.
Russia Stresses Iran's Vital Role in Caspian Sea Status

Georgia says war report pins blame on Russia
After Russia welcomed the report as confirmation Georgia had started the war, the Georgian government issued a statement saying "the Commission confirms that Russia invaded Georgia before Georgia took military action."
Gazprom to increase borrowings 240% to $10.2 bln in 2009

Gazprom Takes its South Stream Bluff to Bucharest
HAHAHA! Vlad has many bluffs. Nah BOOO co!

Gazprom will be developer of Siberian Kovykta gas field

Gazprom to cut 2009 gas output to all-time low

We make for to you freeze a little, remind you who is Bosski, raise up price.

Gazprom set to strengthen positions in North America

Can you feel me, Ameerkanskis? Come dancing with Vlad at GAZPROM!

US Seeks Greater Energy Cooperation With Russia
HAHAHA! Vlad is knocking at your back doorski, Ameerkan dogs. Do you feel my hot breath on the back of your neckskis? Do you? SAY MY NAME! Hey, you knew I was soviet snakeski when you picked me up, so STFUpski with your crying.

Russia's 2014 olympic stadium will have a crystal sky


Where 6 volcanoes are also currently erupting simultaneously, BTW
Volcanologist Yaroslav Muraviyev says so much activity was last recorded 55 years ago. He says the number of eruptions is increasing all over the world.
On this day in history
Surprise, Comrades ! It is me, Vlad!
In 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, opened the door to becoming the country's prime minister.
Romania's Social Democrats Resign From Government
Romania’s Social Democrats, the junior member of the ruling coalition, resigned from the government after a minister was fired, threatening political stability in the European Union’s second-poorest state.

The Social Democrats’ nine Cabinet members stepped down, Interior Minister Dan Nica told local television. The mass resignations come after Romanian President Traian Basescu today approved Nica’s dismissal, supporting a recommendation by Prime Minister Emil Boc, who heads the ruling Liberal Democrat Party.

“We’re left with a minority government, which will do absolutely nothing in terms of actually governing the country until after the elections,” said Adrian Moraru, deputy director of the Institute for Public Policies in Bucharest.

The government of Romania, which is relying on a 20 billion euro ($29.2 billion) loan from the International Monetary Fund and the EU to stay afloat, is unraveling as the country prepares for Nov. 22 presidential elections. Boc dismissed Nica on Sept. 28 following accusations from the minister that the premier’s party is trying to steal votes ahead of next month’s election.

Uzbekistan worries about neighbors' dams
Water is a weapon of war and will be increasingly used as such.
Uzbekistan, now the world's second-largest cotton exporter and fifth-largest producer, depends on regular water discharges from Kyrgyz and Tajik hydroelectric facilities during the growing season to ensure its crops, but the two upriver nations, increasingly beset by power shortages, have during the last two years been hoarding water to generate electricity during winter months, wreaking havoc on downstream states' agriculture.
Child Labor in Uzbekistan

As the harvest season for cotton in Uzbekistan begins, 2 million Uzbek children, some as young as six or seven and ranging up to 15, will be forced to spend their days picking cotton instead of attending classes. Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department included cotton from Uzbekistan on a list of goods produced by forced and child labor. Each year during the three-month harvest, Uzbek authorities shut down hundreds of schools, hospitals and public offices. Along with the children, thousands of teachers, doctors and public administrators are forced into the fields.

KyrgyzGaz Says It Can't Repay Debt To Uzbekistan
But they control the Uzbek's water so let us see what is who to come.
Uzbekistan began suspending its gas deliveries to the southern Kyrgyz cities of Osh, Jalalabad, and Batken on September 22, citing the debt as the primary reason.
Aytikeev told RFE/RL that unpaid energy bills from residents amount to $5 million and that debts by companies and electric power plants make up the rest of KyrgyzGaz's $18 million debt to Uzbekistan.

Aytikeev said the only possible way to resolve the situation would be a state credit or after intergovernmental negotiations that would allow payment of the Kyrgyz debt to be delayed. Kyrgyzstan currently buys Uzbek gas for $240 per 1,000 cubic meters, up from the $145 per 1,000 cubic meters that Uzbekistan charged the previous year but which Tashkent said was far below market prices.

Uzbekistan provides energy resources to Kyrgyzstan, while the Uzbeks are dependent on Kyrgyz water supplies.
Kyrgyzstan begins electricity rationing October 1

China improving Kyrgyz electrical grid

Kyrgyzstan, Iran to liberalize visa regime

Uzbekistan halts gas supplies to Tajikistan

Uzbekistan restores gas supplies to Tajikistan

Water prices rise in Tajikistan
Tajikistan’s government has approved a 10-14 percent increase in the price of water for apartment buildings starting from September 1 this year.
Tajikistan: The President's daughter appointed deputy Foreign Minister
Ozoda Rakhmon, the daughter of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon is appointed as deputy Foreign Affairs Minister

Turkmenistan Honors St. Petersburg Governor

HAHAHA! Here, I will translate:
If Vlad decides he wants your Turkmen gas, he will kick yor Turkmen ass and TAKE your Turkmen gas. Be warned, dogskis.
The Kremlin-controlled energy conglomerate has revealed that it will not be resuming purchases of Turkmen gas for the remainder of 2009, according to a report in the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.
Turkmen Detainees From Brawl Released After Chinese Request
No one can resist the inscrutable Chinese Request!
The last 30 of some 200 Turkmen workers detained after a huge brawl between Chinese and Turkmen workers at an energy company in eastern Turkmenistan have been released, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

The September 12 clashes involved workers for a Chinese energy company building a natural-gas pipeline in the eastern Samandepe and Yoloten regions of Turkmenistan. The brawl left at least 15 Chinese workers hospitalized with injuries and hundreds detained, including about 200 Turkmen.

Turkmen workers had complained of discrimination -- with Chinese employees allegedly getting higher wages for the same work -- and poor working conditions.
The release of the detainees reportedly comes after a request by officials from the Chinese company following a strike by the Turkmen workers who had been released, which resulted in a 10-day work stoppage.
Russia, Kazakhstan deals elusive
Russia and Kazakhstan's leadership have reiterated pledges to boost their bilateral economic and energy partnership. However, they remain divided over some divergent interests, notably in gas processing and oil transit. During a meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at a conference on regional economic cooperation held in Orenburg on September 11, Medvedev and Nazarbayev agreed to develop their bilateral energy partnership. Medvedev announced that both sides aimed to create a joint company to develop civilian nuclear power projects.
China wealth fund buys stake in Kazakh oil producer

POSCO (KOREA) to Build Plant in Kazakhstan
South Korean steel giant POSCO is looking to expand its territory to non-steel production overseas, with a plan to build a titanium plate plant in Kazakhstan.
By far the most important use of titanium is in making alloys.
It is the element most commonly added to steel because it increases the strength and resistance to corrosion of steel. Titanium provides another desirable property to alloys: lightness. Its density is less than half that of steel, so a titanium-steel alloy weighs less than pure steel and is more durable and stronger.
India's BHEL gets $56 mln Belarus contract
The company said it was also setting up a marketing office in Kazakhstan with the aim of establishing a long-term presence in the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.
Commonwealth of Independent States
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (Russian: Содружество Независимых Государств, СНГ, (transliterated Sodruzhestvo Nezavisimykh Gosudarstv, SNG)) is a regional organization whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics.
Grain company Nastyusha to sell own assets in Kazakhstan

Geely denies Goldman Sachs' investment in Volvo

Goldman's Bane Assails Firm on Lobbying Effort
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s political reporter, who accused Goldman in a recent article of being “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” now contends that Goldman is spreading disinformation through its lobbying effort in order to confuse government officials, a charge the investment bank denies.
Morgan Stanley's Mack Proposes Single Global Bank Regulator
Give yer hearts to GOD cause yer asses belong to the Central Scrutinizer!
“A better system would be one uber-regulator,” Mack said in an interview in New York for Bloomberg Television’s “Conversations with Judy Woodruff,” parts of which will air today. “We do need an overall systemic-risk management that everyone buys into. It’s not a U.S. systemic boundary -- it’s a global systemic risk manager.” A global regulator would ensure that U.S. banks aren’t subject to tighter regulations than the rest of the world, Mack said. A push for regulation during the financial crisis has weakened as the administration of President Barack Obama pursues other tasks, he said.

Geithner says the Federal government needs more power
“The most important thing to do is make sure banks and investors don’t live with the expectation the government is going to bail them out,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday. “We have to make sure we build into our system the capacity to let institutions fail without igniting an inferno.” In the absence of such a system, government officials in late 2008 turned to Congress for the $700 billion package, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

While the credit crisis has eased this year and most forecasters say the economy is beginning to grow, the debate over new regulations comes in the shadow of the still highly controversial program. Some Republicans and other critics argue the milquetoast-sounding issue of “resolution authority” is an inflammatory debate over creating a “permanent TARP.” The proposal has become one of the more contentious parts of a broader array of changes to the financial system that the Obama administration presented this year. The administration, which drafted more than 600 pages of draft legislation, continues to push for Congress to pass new regulations by the end of 2009.
AGCO Corporation Agrees To Pay $18.3 Million To Settle SEC Charges
ChaChing! You are hereby absolved & remanded to your own recognizance!
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged AGCO Corporation with violations of the books and records and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), alleging that certain subsidiaries made approximately $5.9 million in kickback payments related to their sales of humanitarian goods to Iraq under the United Nations Oil for Food Program. AGCO Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of agricultural equipment headquartered in Duluth, Ga., has agreed to pay more than $18.3 million to settle the SEC's charges.
Chevron Chief Executive Resigns

Iceland Minister Resigns Over Icesave
An Icelandic minister resigned on Wednesday over government attempts to reach a deal with Britain and the Netherlands on repaying billions of dollars lost in Icelandic savings accounts. Resigning Health Minister Ogmundur Jonasson represents the government's junior coalition partner, the Left-Greens.
Ireland vs Iceland: Which will emerge from economic crisis first?

South Korea to present "new world order" in next year's G-20
There's that frikkin' phrase again. STFU, you racist pitchfork Jewtian loon.
South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said Wednesday South Korea will present an alternative for a "new world order" as a host of the G-20 economic summit to be held in November 2010.

"We will present a vision and hope for the new economic order, including an exist strategy for the current economic crisis, in the next year's meeting, the president said in a special press conference on the outcome of his recent participation in the thirdG-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, the United States.

"The G-20 economic summit will become a key organization that deals with diverse various issues along with economic matters, such as energy, natural resources, climate change, famine, and poverty," Lee said. He also called the G-20 "the utmost cooperation body for sustainable, balanced growth" and "the hub of the new world order in the post-crisis era."

SOUTH AFRICA: Reserve Bank asked to explain private ownership questions
JOHANNESBURG - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has demanded that the South African Reserve Bank stand before Parliament to explain questions about its private ownership.
Crude settles above $70 on supply data

Oil Price Patterns Portend Shrinking Of Excess Stockpiles

Found in "Russia Today": The War on Terror continues
From Clinton to Bush to Obama, the policy of dehumanization and destruction of civil liberties continues under both the Republican and Democratic parties. The same night I received the 4 am phone call I got a notice from the Clinton Global Initiative informing me that my press credentials to attend an upcoming event featuring both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were invalid now because of my political beliefs. I don't know why Homeland Security called me that night, but the mysterious phone calls kept coming even after I left Pittsburgh, now calling and hanging up without saying a single word.
Defense Dept. may OK social media surfing
I knew they would reverse this, they have to... they must to let the twits twit - the better to track all thoughts of dissident domestic terrorist asses.

Tweeting away in Twitterland
Twit not lest the twit toll for you

Raytheon debuts mobile intelligence system

Steve Hawkins of Raytheon on Cyber Warriors
ExecutiveBiz recently spoke to Steve Hakwins, VP of Information Security Solutions at Raytheon. He told us about his company’s offerings in Information Security, what makes a good cyber warrior, how to recruit and retain the best cyber talent, and what every executive needs to know about cybersecurity.
Homeland Security To Launch Cybersecurity Awareness Effort
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will join Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III and White House National Security Staff Acting Senior Director for Cybersecurity Chris Painter to kick off the awareness campaign. Homeland Security says the month is designed to educate all citizens and key public and private sector partners on how to guard against cyber threats at home, work and school. National Protection and Programs Directorate Under Secretary Rand Beers and National Cyber Security Alliance Director Michael Kaiser will also deliver remarks at the event in Washington, D.C.

DHS - Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate
YO -Bruno - define "violent extremism"
The Department also works with a wide variety of communities, individuals and civic organizations to promote preparedness, community engagement and partnerships that constitute a strong defense against violent extremism. In all our work, we ensure that DHS and our partners act with the highest regard for the Constitution and the laws of the land. As President Obama has said, our security and our liberty are not mutually exclusive values—DHS aggressively protects both.
Homegrown terrorists a concern, agencies say
Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security is going to direct more money to "fusion centers," locations across the U.S. where members of different security agencies share space and information as they work together on security issues. There are currently 72 fusion centers in 24 states and Washington.
DHS establishes office for intelligence-sharing centers

Homeland Security is establishing a new office to coordinate its intelligence-sharing efforts in state and local intelligence fusion centers, DHS secretary Janet Napolitano said today. Officials from different levels of government use information technology to share homeland security-related information through the centers.

The new Joint Fusion Center Program Management Office will be part of DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Napolitano told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Napolitano said she strongly supports the centers.

“Fusion centers are a high priority, and all DHS components will have new or enhanced roles in providing coordinated support to them,” Napolitano said.

Homeland Security kicks off final strategy dialogue

DHS Secretary's Late Arrival Prompts Dig on 'Situational Awareness'

Homeland Security - Trusted Identities Realization for Government
Threat and fraud was once the sole domain of men in trench coats. However, they are now found in areas including employee screening, benefit claims, and identity theft. Marne E. Gordan, a Regulatory Analyst for IBM's Corporate Security Strategy Group, will explore these topics and bring the discussion to the everyday business environment in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Behold Your Obamanable Bushman:
The Obama administration has essentially embraced the Bush approach in existing cases, trying to toss out important lawsuits alleging kidnapping, torture and unlawful wiretapping without any evidence being presented.
New Ecuadorean judge named to hear Chevron case
A court in the Ecuadorean jungle region where giant U.S. oil producer Chevron Corp faces a $27 billion environmental damages suit has named a new judge to hear the case, after the previous one quit amid a bribery scandal. Chevron accused judge Juan Nunez of being involved in a $3 million bribery scheme. The company offered secretly videotaped footage as evidence, shot with cameras hidden in a watch and a pen, which prompted a local investigation.

Nunez denied any wrongdoing but requested that he be taken off the case. He has been replaced in the matter by Nicolas Zambrano, according to an order released on Tuesday by the Court of Sucumbios province. Indigenous communities have accused Texaco, which Chevron bought in 2001, of damaging the environment and their health while operating petroleum facilities in the country's Amazon region. Chevron denies the charges. The company no longer has operations in Ecuador, where leftist President Rafael Correa says he sides with the plaintiffs.
UN Chief's 11th Hour Climate Jihad
If you do not "believe in" Global Warming you a slack jawed cretinous cephalic creationist crackpot, see? So STFU and eat your potato.

Climate on Agenda for Obama's China Trip
Climate change will be among the top issues when President Obama visits China in November, a U.S. official said Wednesday. China and the U.S., the world's biggest and second biggest emitters of greenhouse gases respectively, have made energy cooperation a keystone of their relationship even though their differences could still derail an international climate change treaty in talks to be held this December in Copenhagen.
Obama Czar Holdren: Confiscate Bastard Unaborted Babies!
All your illegally unaborted fetuses are belong to us!
Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook that "illegitimate children" born to unwed mothers could be taken by the government and put up for adoption if the mother refused to have an abortion.
Rwandan rebels control DR Congo mines in east
Rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) control mines in the Ruvingi region of eastern DR Congo's Nord-Kivu province, the UN military spokesman said Wednesday. "The FDLR continue to remain present in the mining region of Ruvungi about 65 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Walikale," Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Paul Dietrich of the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) told a news briefing.

"They control the mines," he added.

The Rwandan rebels "use uniforms of (the Congolese) army to conceal their identity during their operations," Dietrich said, adding that the renegades were "well armed and possess satellite phones."The whole Walikale region is rich in minerals like coltan and cassiterite, which are highly sought after tin ores used for industrial alloys and in the sector of advanced electronics.
Will Al Sharpton Be Marching In Protest For This Victim?
Obviously not.
Lombard, a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work, is a health-disparities researcher who studies HIV/AIDS in the rural South.
This means that Lombard toiled in fields of the victimology industry, mining data for correlations that would underwrite government favoritism of victim groups.
A victimologist victimized at least one child in the most heinous way. The ultimate victim(s). And the media see no hypocrisy, and want to make sure the public doesn’t either. Nothing to see here, move along.
Pope Benedict XVI releases album
Play that funky music, white boy!
Reporter Nicola Stanbridge listens to the album and considers the significance of including a Muslim composer.
The significance is: The Pope BRAND must to be One World Glow Ballin' Caliph Fatal Koom Bah Humbuggery in the name of Jesus. Who I guarantee you is not amused by these copious misapplications of his Name, which he will remedy himself in due time. In the meantime, welcome to Laodicea, spudnikismtariats! Try to enjoy the ride.

Music from Muslim, Agnostic composers in Pope album
We are the world! Judenrein Universal Appeal!
Producer Vincent Messina said his choice of Nour Eddine, Stefano Mainetti and Simon Boswell -- who describes himself as "undeclared" -- reflected "our aim to produce an album that has universal appeal to all those who love beautiful music."
UK defence giant BAE Systems faces corruption charges after the Serious Fraud Office said it would ask the Attorney General to prosecute the firm.
The case refers to allegations BAE paid bribes to win contracts from several nations in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Raytheon suit gets class-action status
A federal judge agreed to allow more than 1,000 property owners in St. Petersburg, Fla., to sue Raytheon Co., the world's largest missile maker, as a group over claims it caused pollution that lowered their property values. The residents accuse Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon of polluting the soil and groundwater around its St. Petersburg facility. The class-action certification means the owners don’t have to sue individually, making it easier and cheaper for them to pursue the litigation. “The unique facts of this mass tort case make certification appropriate at this juncture,’’ US District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington in Tampa, Fla., wrote after a three-day hearing.

Task force advises limiting federal immigration arrest program

Roman Emperor Nero's revolving dining room found by archaeologists

Philippines raises alert for new super typhoon

What if a tsunami hit the Orange County coast?

Earthquakes find fault
A 20-year seismological record of from the Parkfield area of the San Andreas fault has been used to identify two occasions when long-term changes in fault strength seem to have been induced remotely by large seismic events — the 2004 Sumatra–Andaman and the 1992 Landers earthquakes. In both cases, two changes occurred that are consistent with variations in fault strength: variation in the properties of seismic scatterers with time (reflecting stress-induced migration of fluids) and systematic variation in the characteristics of repeating-earthquake sequences. These findings suggest that the largest earthquakes have a global influence on the strength of the Earth's fault systems. In support of that hypothesis, an unusually large number of M 8 earthquakes occurred in the three years following the 2004 Sumatra–Andaman earthquake.
More Big Earthquakes On the Way?
It is not a matter of if but of when and where.


Second earthquake hits stricken Sumatra

FEMA, National Guard Head to Tsunami-Stricken American Samoa

Landslides Trap Scores in Indonesia; Tsunami Unleashes Havoc

Hundreds trapped in Indonesia quake rubble; more than 520 dead

Tonga / Samoa region EQ list

Sumatra Region EQ list