Friday, October 7, 2011

Cease-Fire for Harvests Offers Respite in Afghanistan

Time to get the Cannabis harvested! Pine nuts too!

OBSERVATION POST TWINS, Afghanistan — When an 82-millimeter mortar round slammed onto a bunker at this mountaintop post last week, its explosion signaled more than the start of another attack on an American position overlooking an arc of hostile Afghan villages. It marked the end of a particular harvest.

Report: No evidence al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen

Sana'a(dpa) - Yemen's security agencies have no substantial evidence that al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a recent airstrike in the eastern province of Mareb, an official security source said Thursday.

Fresh Off Destroying Tawarga, Rebels Rampage Through Abu Hadi

by Jason Ditz, October 06, 2011

The attacks on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte haven’t gone particularly well, but the nearby village of Abu Hadi was captured pretty quickly. So while Misrata’s rebels are still waiting to conquer Sirte, they’re taking out their frustrations on Abu Hadi instead.

Chicago auto workers denounce UAW-Ford deal

By Jerry White
7 October 2011
Big Union leadership was coopted by the big boys decades ago!

“People are tired of this … they’re getting to the breaking point”

At the Ford assembly plant in south Chicago, workers expressed disgust with the contract signed by the United Auto Workers. In particular, they denounced the pay freeze for long-time workers—who have not had a raise in eight years—and expansion of the two-tier wage system that is condemning young workers to a life of insecurity and poverty.

Democrats blame China, not Wall Street

The bill that was poised for passage in the US Senate Thursday with bipartisan support, mandating a US currency war with China, is a cynical diversion. Amid a rising tide of protest directed against Wall Street, the Democrats are taking the lead in an effort to provide a foreign scapegoat for the crisis of American capitalism.

The White House, together with much of corporate America, sees the value in using anti-China demagogy to divert popular anger over the economic crisis away from Wall Street and towards a foreign scapegoat.

Finally, even if such legislation were to be adopted, trade war with China would do nothing to reverse the decline of American manufacturing and the living standards of American workers, which is the product of the global crisis of the capitalist system, not the policies of a single country. The shock effects on the world economy would actually destroy jobs, not create them.

Even more dangerously, such an action would be a dramatic step towards outright military conflict with China, a rising military as well as economic power, which represents a threat to the longstanding domination of American imperialism in the Asian-Pacific region.

The Nation, ISO seek to channel Wall Street protests back to the Democratic Party

Even the socialists are worried the Occupy Wall Street Protests are being coopted by the dems as the Tea Party has largely been coopted by the repubs.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has struck a chord with millions of people. The wide support for the protests reveals the true state of public opinion in the US and elsewhere: opposition to the profit system has deepened and broadened enormously over the past several years. “Capitalism” is increasingly a dirty word, synonymous with great wealth for a handful and unbearable conditions for the vast majority.
The ISO/Socialist Worker editorial posted October 5, “Making common cause against Wall Street,” welcomes the fact that “Organized labor is weighing in on the side of the Occupy Wall Street protests. … The entry of major unions … points to the potential for the Occupy movement to deepen its social roots.” This last claim is entirely false. The American “unions” today are business organizations, operated by well-heeled officials and dedicated to the defense of the corporations and the wealthy. Their participation is not a deepening of the movement’s “social roots,” but an attempt to rip those roots out of the

Anti-Wall Street protests spread across the US

By Bill Van Auken  Note the Impeach Obama:Protector of Wall Street sign!
7 October 2011
With anti-Wall Street protests spreading to over 100 US cities and towns, President Barack Obama at a White House press conference Thursday cynically sought to exploit the outpouring of spontaneous anger at the banks and big business as a vehicle for his reelection bid.

Senate delays vote on China yuan bill to next week

(Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday delayed a vote on a bill to get tough with China over its currency practices until next week because of a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over the handling of
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Bye! Bye! Bye!

(Reuters) - The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote next Wednesday on three long-delayed trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, congressional leaders said.

Pakistan says Obama pressure on militants hurts Afghanistan

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and fuel anti-Americanism, the chairman of Pakistan's Senate Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday.

Romney says would exert U.S. leadership globally

Same ole! Same ole! Another interventionist. As an old time Alabama populist used to say;"There ain't a dimes worth of difference between the republicans and the democrats!
(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will vow on Friday to exert U.S. leadership worldwide with military power and diplomacy in a speech aimed at showing he has foreign policy mettle.

Energy loans official leaves in wake of Solyndra

Musical chairs and the looting of the nation continues!

Jonathan Silver, a venture capitalist who had also worked for the Clinton administration, was leaving because the loan program had allocated all its funding, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
Silver's resignation comes, however, as Republicans in Congress probe the White House's role in backing government loans given to Solyndra, a California solar panel maker, in 2009.
Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in August, and is under investigation by the FBI.

Obama chides banks, taps anger over Wall Street

Didn't this guy get a lot of money from Wall Street for his campaign last election?

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched an onslaught against banks and Republicans on Thursday for working to block financial reform, using a populist tone amid public anger over Wall Street practices.
Obama, a Democrat who is fighting for re-election in 2012 against a backdrop of high unemployment, said his Republican opponents' primary plan to boost the economy involved rolling back Wall Street regulation his administration fought to

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Fascist Threat

Thesis = Capitalism, Antithesis = Socialism/Communism, Synthesis = Fascism
Nothing but false choices,controlled opposition controlled by the big money boys. How about a choice of freedom and liberty instead!

Fascism is the system of government that cartelizes the private sector, centrally plans the economy to subsidize producers, exalts the police State as the source of order, denies fundamental rights and liberties to individuals, and makes the executive State the unlimited master of society.
This describes mainstream politics in America today. And not just in America. It’s true in Europe, too. It is so much part of the mainstream that it is hardly noticed any more.

U.S., Iraq at Odds Over Immunity for U.S. Troops

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Oct. 6 that any U.S. forces that remain in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline would require legal "immunity," despite calls from Iraqi leaders to end the protection.
Asked about a statement from leaders of Iraq's main political parties, Panetta said that "any kind of U.S. presence demands that we protect and provide the appropriate immunity for our soldiers" if there is a post-2011 U.S. mission.

The Fleeting Comfort of Familiar Lies

Familiar lies. We all live with them. These are the lies that we were brought up with. The ones that we rely on to be true in our corner of the universe. The ones that comfort us with their familiarity and social acceptance. That is, until that moment when we learn that just one of those “truths” was indeed
You know the ones… 
Santa Claus
The Two Party System
The Easter Bunny
Anything the government says…

IRS ruling strikes fear in medical marijuana industry

In a potentially crushing blow to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, the IRS has ruled that dispensaries cannot deduct standard business expenses such as payroll, security or rent.
Harborside Health Center, one of the nation's largest medical marijuana dispensaries and considered a model for the industry, is on the hook for $2.5 million in taxes from 2007 and 2008.  That is $2 million more than the Oakland, Calif.-based company paid for those tax years.

Fans Worldwide Mourn Passing of Steve Jobs

Apple Inc. (AAPL) fans worldwide mourned the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, paying tribute to the man who changed the way they listen to music, use their mobile phones and play on their computers.

War veterans proud but struggling as civilians

Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq are having greater difficulty returning to civilian life than veterans from previous eras but remain proud of their service, according to the results of a Pew Research survey released Wednesday.

The Two Coming American Revolutions.

The Enemy of my Enemy is NOT my Friend.

When the American Empire collapses, we will face two paths. We will either fall into another Dark Ages where fear and terror reign. Or we will have another Renaissance where ideas and freedom are cherished.  Just like the American and French Revolutions, the key for our society, will be what do we stand for and not as much what we are against.

Latest Bob Chapman Interview by Kerry Lutz–Important!!!

Bob drops by to discuss the recent romp in precious metals and why you don’t need to worry about it. He’s buying gold and silver and maybe you should be too. Can Europe possibly survive? Certainly the Euro is headed for the dustbin of history. Bob breaks a scoop, China is negotiating to purchase three troubled French banks that are headed for insolvency.

Record! US Mint Sells Nearly 3/4 MILLION SILVER EAGLES 1st Day of October!

Yesterday 10/3, the US Mint sold a whopping 737,000 Silver Eagle 1 oz coins in a single day!
To put this number in perspective, in Dec of 2010 with silver in the mid $20′s, the US Mint sold a total of 1,772,000 Silver Eagles FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER!  Yesterday, on 10/3, with the spot price of silver approximately $31/oz, the US Mint sold 737k Eagles, or 42% of sales for ALL of December 2010!
Sales totals for September are now in as well, at a massive 4,460,500 ounces for the month, the highest monthly sales total since January 2011 (during a massive take-down…seeing the connection here) by nearly 50%!!

Raymond Davis: Guns, Cars, and Bagels

Raymond Davis, a former C.I.A. contractor, was in a courtroom in Denver on Tuesday, where he was formally charged with second-degree assault. How different was that from his appearance, just a few months ago, before a court in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was charged with murder? That question came up when the district attorney suggested that it might be a good idea if Davis wasn’t allowed to carry a gun while the charges were pending.

“I Lost My Eyes” – Omar Khadr Interrogations at Guantanamo Bay

At the time of this interrogation in Guant√°namo Bay, February 2003, the boy, Omar Khadr, a Canadian national, was barely 16, yet he had already been in military custody for seven months.
Now 25, he remains in the US detention centre, though he will soon be transferred to a prison in Canada in deal which led him to plead guilty last year to war crimes.

Afghan civilians bear brunt of 10-year war

Kabul - For as long as Shamsadullah Khan can remember, Afghanistan has been at war.
'War came to my house a long time ago,' the 40-year-old father of three says. Lately however, the 'meaning of war has been lost in the blur of increasing violence.'
'What are we still fighting for?' Khan asks as American soldiers pass by in a convoy. 'Why are they still here?'

Obama Waives Aid Curbs on Militaries Using Child Soldiers

WASHINGTON, Oct 5, 2011 (IPS) - For the second year in a row, U.S. President Barack Obama has waived a Congressionally-mandated ban on military aid for four countries that use child soldiers.

The four countries that will continue to receive military assistance despite the use of child soldiers in their armed forces include Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yemen and the newly independent nation of South Sudan, according to a memo released by the White House late Tuesday.

Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'

Bad cases make bad law.

(Reuters) - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rense & Dr Mohammed Miraki - Eyewitness Account Of US Slaughter In Afghanistan

Dr Mohammed Miraki is a staunch criticizer of the NATO forces and their actions/policies in Afghanistan.

Third World Traveler

New World Order page

There is a 'Committee of 300', men whose identity is known only to each other, who rule the world."

German Socialist leader Walter Rathenau, 1922

"No combination of techniques for controlling employment, production, and consumption has yet been tested that can remotely compare to [war] in effectiveness. It is, and has been, the essential economic stabilizer of modern societies."

Report from Iron Mountain (1967)

Clashes blight austerity protest

Thousands of Greeks walked off the job on Wednesday to protest the government’s ongoing austerity drive, in the first general strike since June, and joined protest rallies which were small by Greek standards but were marred by isolated outbreaks of violence.

Detainees Lose Bid to Sue Abu Ghraib Contractors

(CN) - Defense contractors will not face claims that they conspired with the government to cover up their abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the 4th Circuit ruled.
     Federal law pre-empts the lawsuits against CACI International, which conducted interrogations at Abu Ghraib, and L-3 Communications Holdings, which provided translators to the U.S. military for questioning detainees throughout Iraq, according to decisions that call for the dismissal of two separate lawsuits.
     "Where a civilian contractor is integrated into combat activities over which the military retains command authority, a tort claim arising out of the contractor's engagement in such activities is preempted," Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote for the majority in cases.

Cops Can Arrest Transit Workers on Protest

MANHATTAN (CN) - A New York transit union cannot block cops from arresting city bus drivers who refuse to drive Occupy Wall Street protesters to prison, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
     The union's lawyer, Arthur Z. Schwartz with Advocates for Justice, told Courthouse News Service that he was "disappointed" by the ruling, but added that U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer "made it clear" that the union can move forward with a case for a permanent injunction preventing the police from recruiting public transportation workers to drive prison buses.

Israeli court orders release of Egyptian children held in custody

The Central Israeli Court issued a ruling on Wednesday for the release of three children who have been imprisoned in Israel for three months on allegations of having infiltrated the country. The Israeli prosecution decided not to appeal the case, which calls for imposing the maximum penalty on the three children.
Their families said that their sons did not commit any crimes that deserve imprisonment, and that they were merely trying to help their families by finding work in Israel.
The children’s names are Salah Ahmed Abdullah, Mohamed Abdel Hamid Salmi, and Fayez Abdul Hamid Rashid.

Minister of Manpower: Egypt is on the brink of bankruptcy

Looks like everybody is in the same boat!

“Egypt is currently passing through a critical period and on the brink of bankruptcy,” said Minister of Manpower and Immigration Ahmed al-Borai at a symposium organized by five companies in Alexandria on Wednesday under the title “Problems Faced by the Private Sector.”
“[Egypt’s] losses are growing day by day. Either we band together and change the current situation, or let Egypt be destroyed,” he said.

Cost of War to the United States

Everybody else is paying in blood!
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001

NY police use pepper spray as protests gather momentum

Police in New York have reportedly made dozens of arrests and have been using pepper spray as they try to stop anti-Wall Street activists from storming barricades blocking them off from the Stock Exchange.
The demonstrations had been peaceful but turned violent as the night went on. Police have reportedly deployed orange netting to contain protesters.
Meanwhile, in downtown Seattle police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park, the Associated Press reports.

Russia submits new draft on Syria

Russia has strongly opposed sanctions or forcing regime change in Syria, which the new European draft implies, according to Churkin. The Russian ambassador believes western discussion of ‘who is legitimate and who is not’ will only encourage violence in the Middle Eastern country.
The Russian version of the draft also contains a call for Syrian authorities to release “all political prisoners and detained peaceful demonstrators.”
Churkin went on to condemn the resolution proposed earlier by a group of Western countries, including the UK, France, Portugal and Germany, and backed by the US, as another step aimed at changing the regime in the country:

"We believe that opinions expressed in certain capitals on whichever regime is legitimate and whichever isn’t, serves only to promote violence in Syria. It will bring dangerous and even tragic repercussions for the country."

Syrian opposition violence - shocking video

Torture, booby-trapped cars, machine-guns shooting in the air – RT has come into the possession of a video that deals with episodes of the day-to-day life of members of the Syrian opposition.
It shows members of the opposition wielding various weaponry – from sickles to pump-action shotguns – and using it, as well as some results of their actions.

Western anger over thwarted Syria plans

If Syria falls to what is obviously another "color" revolution the much anticipated war with Iran will be on!

Western countries have sharply criticized Russia and China for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution against Syria’s ruling regime. They promised to impose more sanctions against Syria, declaring the veto will not stop them.
­Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has called Russia’s and China’s decision to veto “deeply mistaken and regrettable.” Speaking to the Conservative party conference in Manchester, he assured that they will “redouble” their “efforts to work with other nations to increase the pressure on the regime “wherever they can.”
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and other nations would press ahead with sanctions.


Works for me!
There seems to be a huge confabulation surrounding what’s at stake with the demonstrators on and around Wall Street. Apparently these people cannot decide on what the FCK they want from the rest of us.
For me this one is easy.
Restore the Constitution and ENFORCE every provision therein.
This ought to be simple enough
For everyone whether they are observers or participants!

Egyptian columnists protest military censorship

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian columnists withheld their regular commentaries in an independent daily Wednesday to protest what they said was censorship by the country's military rulers.
The three columnists — Belal Fadl, Omer Taher and Nagla Bedir — left their columns blank, publishing only a few words explaining their decision.
"I withhold my writing today to protest the barring, impounding of newspapers and the presence there of military censorship," the three wrote in place of their columns.

Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

The troops are waking up! Bring them home now! Get them the medical and psychological help many of them will need! The War In Afghanistan is about TAPP and heroin! Not a cause for one American to die for!

WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

China: US currency bill would have repercussions

BEIJING (AP) — China stepped up its criticism Tuesday of a proposed U.S. law to punish countries with artificially low currencies, saying there would be serious repercussions for the world's two biggest economies if it is passed.

Obama signs stop-gap spending bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama signed the stop-gap funding bill Wednesday, ending the specter of a U.S. government shutdown by keeping government open through Nov. 18.

Iran to stop high-grade uranium enrichment if provided with fuel: president

Iran to stop high-grade uranium enrichment if provided with fuel: president
TEHRAN, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran will give up 20 percent uranium enrichment if the country is provided with the fuel, the state IRIB TV reported on Wednesday.

China, Russia uphold peaceful approach by vetoing Syria draft resolution

by Gu Zhenqiu
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN draft resolution on Syria, in their efforts to uphold the principle of non-interference and maintain peace and stability in the Middle East.

27 Years: No Deaths From Vitamins,3 Million From Prescription Drugs

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

 Over the past 27 years — the complete timeframe that the data has been available —  there have been 0 deaths as a result of vitamins and over 3 million deaths related to prescription drug use

US Starts New Fiscal Year With $14.837 Trillion In Debt, $142 Billion Increase In Two Days

Anyone tearing their hair out trying to answer how it is that this great Keynesian experiment of a nation managed to sneek by with so little new incremental debt over the past month can now relax. As Zero Hedge reported yesterday, the US closed out Fiscal 2010-2011 with a $95 billion surge in debt in one day brining the total to just under $14.8 trillion.

Thyroid gland irregularities found in young evacuees from Fukushima

NAGANO (Kyodo) -- Hormonal and other irregularities were detected in the thyroid glands of 10 out of 130 children evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture, a Nagano Prefecture-based charity dedicated to aid for the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident said Tuesday.

Samsung seeks iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) - Samsung Electronics Co. moved Wednesday to block the sale of Apple Inc.'s AAPL -1.22% iPhone 4S in France and Italy, according to various reports from the region. The company will apply to courts in Milan and Paris Wednesday morning to block the sale of Apple's new smartphone, citing alleged patent infringements involving Samsung's 3G, or third-generation, transmission technology, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Humanitarian Disaster in Sirte. Hospital bombed, NATO/NTC Mercenaries drive off Red Cross.

A humanitarian disaster is underway in the city of Sirte. NATO continues hitting the city with missiles and bombs indiscrminately. There are "massive casualties, mostly civilian" in Sirte and a hospital inside the city has been hit by NATO/NTC artillery grenades and rockets. The hospital is without electricity, medicine, oxygen and other basic needs to provide emergency medical care. This is confirmed by TeleSur in the video report below. Our sources say that reports by the corporate media that humanitarian aid is reaching the city are not true.

India promises to prop up Karzai

By M K Bhadrakumar

 President Hamid Karzai's two-day visit to India presages a major realignment of regional powers over the Afghan problem. India has taken a carefully thought-out decision to pitch for a key role in the so-called "endgame" in Afghanistan, commensurate with its aspirations as a regional power and in defense of what it considers to be its vital interests against the backdrop of a developing situation about which it is genuinely concerned.

Machinations behind Thai military movements

By John Cole and Steve Sciaccitano

Thailand's government released its highly anticipated annual fall military reshuffle list on October 1 after an unusual delay. The list, which originates in the armed forces and must be approved by the prime minister and ultimately the monarch, promotes, reassigns and sometimes sidelines senior officers of the three main military services and historically has put the armed forces at loggerheads with civilian politicians.

How Facebook Will Die

Great data mining site though!

COMMENTARY | The world's most popular social network has brought more people together online than any other, as well as helped them waste millions of hours by clicking on cows. Most of its users would probably consider it a good thing overall.

But as we all know, all good things come to an end. Here are three ways Facebook might meet its untimely demise.

Panetta: US military can't make up NATO shortfalls

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facing deep budget cuts, the U.S. will no longer be able to make up for the significant shortfalls that have plagued NATO's operations in Libya and Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Wednesday, exhorting allies to work together or risk losing the ability to take on such missions.

Texan freed after DNA clears him in wife's slaying

The Justice system in Texas is pathetic! Good thing the man wasn't executed.

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Texas grocery store employee who spent nearly 25 years in prison in his wife's beating death walked free Tuesday after DNA tests showed another man was responsible. His attorneys say prosecutors and investigators kept evidence from the defense that would have helped acquit him at trial.

4 arrested in alleged government bribery case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two others were arrested Tuesday in a $20 million bribery and kickback case that prosecutors say helped pay for the purchase of more than a dozen properties, Rolex and Cartier watches, fancy sports cars and hotel accommodations, first-class airline tickets and a trove of other personal luxuries.

How Long Must We Wait Before Something is Done About BBC Scotland

It’s happened again.  A story relating to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi appears to have been manipulated by BBC Scotland.

Yesterday Reuters released an interview with Megrahi in which the Libyan protested innocence saying the truth over Lockerbie would soon be released.
The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing described those responsible for his conviction as ‘liars’ and complained that his name had been ‘exaggerated’ by the west.
However journalistic integrity once more vanished when the phrase “exaggerated my NAME” became “exaggerated my ROLE” as the halting words of a dying man speaking a second language were blatantly manipulated by firstly Reuters and then the BBC.

Gilad Atzmon:Foreign Interests In Our Midst

For British readers.
The Jewish Chronicle reported yesterday that Israeli War Criminal Mrs Tzipi Livni is heading to Britain following the amendment of Britain’s universal jurisdiction law.

Under the old terms, ethically driven British citizens were able to apply for an arrest warrant for suspected war criminals. That meant that Israeli political and military leaders were strictly advised to stay away from this kingdom.

Haaretz: Panetta Arrives in Israel for ‘Urgent Consultations’ on Iran

I have been writing for more than two years about the possibility of an Israeli war against Iran (make no mistake, an Israeli attack on Iran will notbe just a single discrete operation, but involve an ongoing, and regional war).  And I’ve never felt closer to the idea it was going to happen.  If it does, all of the political developments that led up to it should be fodder for an international studies colloquim on national conflicts, how they start, how to avoid them, and how needless and futile they are.
Today, Haaretz blares a headline (Hebrew print edition only) for a story by Amos Harel:
Second Meeting in Two Weeks:
U.S. Defense Secretary Arrives for Urgent Consultation on Iran
This is no ordinary meeting.

Former Mossad chief: Iran far from achieving nuclear bomb

Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said Monday that a military strike on Iran was "far from being Israel's preferred option," telling the Council for Peace and Security that "there are currently tools and methods that are much more effective."

Assad: Syria will shower Tel Aviv with rockets if attacked by foreign powers

Syria will strike Israel and "set fire" to the Middle East if foreign forces choose to launch a military strike on the protest-ridden country, the Iranian news agency Fars quoted Syrian President Bashar Assad as saying on Tuesday, referring to remarks made by the Syrian leader during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last August.

Lebanese minister: Goldwasser, Regev were killed by IDF fire

Israeli bombardment killed two Israel Defense Forces soldiers whose capture by Hezbollah began the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and whose bodies were returned to Israel two years later, a Lebanese minister said on Wednesday.

Kiss My Ass and Call Me Stupid

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

May your noses always be cold and wet.

Given the comments following my article, reprinted at SOTT yesterday and given the comments that periodically arrive at these sites, every time I mention the Zionist control of every major gay organization, maybe I should try one more time to clarify something that just doesn’t seem to want to be cleared up and which, is proof positive that I am probably correct in what I say, simply due to the intransigence of those who support an agenda that is not a positive for society at large.

Occupy Wall Street: Strike The Root! Video Contest

Need $400. Strike the Root has a vid contest!

 There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. – Henry David Thoreau
Striking the root is a concept advocated by abolitionist, individualist anarchist and trancendetalist Henry David Thoreau. He believed that striking the cause (the “root”) was preferable to hacking at the effects (the “branches”).
The effects of corporatism and subsequent gaps in wealth that exist between the haves and have nots are obvious. Those active with Occupy Wall know this better than most. However, to not recognize that these are only things that stem from a root cause is to unfortunately miss the matter .

Will Uncle Sam Go Postal in South Asia?

The US is now risking a military confrontation with old ally Pakistan that is both highly dangerous and unpredictable in the extreme.
It’s awfully hard for the world’s greatest power to admit its high-tech military forces are being beaten in Afghanistan by a bunch of lightly-armed mountain tribesmen that we dismiss as "terrorists."

Federal & Local Law Enforcement Agencies Try to Take Family Motel from Innocent Owners

Imagine you own a million-dollar piece of property free and clear, but then the federal government and local law enforcement agents announce that they are going to take it from you, not compensate you one dime, and then use the money they get from selling your land to pad their budgets—all this even though you have never so much as been accused of a crime, let alone convicted of one.

The Myth of Constitutional Money

All this doubtless sounds good. But here at DB, we've always argued against the idea that Washington DC, or even states, should print money and distribute it, presumably through banks. It's a kind of elite-driven dominant social theme in our view, though one, we've granted, that might be a bit better (at least in the short term) than what we've got now ...
The trouble is that, contrary to arguments of the public money crowd, the Anglosphere elite that wants to run the world probably doesn't much care where central banking is lodged so long as it exists, or not at this point anyway. By now governments are in their collective pocket. Public, private or standing on its head, the very presence of central banking in any form may guarantee its continuing abuse by the same crowd of controllers.

USDA threatens $60,000 fine, federal raid against woman in legal possession of indoor lemon tree

(NaturalNews) The US government's assault against innocent American citizens continues to get more aggressive and just plain strange, with new reports of harassment against honest owners of ordinary lemon trees. Health Freedom Alliance (HFA) reports that officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now spying on people whom they suspect are in possession of ordinary lemon trees, and threatening them with excessive fines and even federal raids if they refuse to surrender the plants on demand.

Saudi Arabia blames riots on 'outside forces'

Saudi Arabia has blamed an unnamed foreign power for clashes that took place in its oil-rich Eastern Province in which it says 14 people were injured.
The unrest, on Monday night, occurred in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, which is home to a large Shia population and was the scene of protests earlier this year.

"A foreign country is trying to undermine national security by inciting strife in Qatif," Saudi state television cited the interior ministry as saying on Tuesday.

Audit Bernanke

by Ron Paul
Before the US House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Hearing on: "Audit the Fed: Dodd-Frank, QE3, and Federal Reserve Transparency," October 4th, 2011
In his 1974 Nobel Prize address, the late Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek attacked the pretense of knowledge, the idea that policymakers have sufficient knowledge and power to shape society as they wish.

Bad Financial News Keeps Pouring In: 14 Facts That Just Might Scare The Living Daylights Out Of You

Will the bad financial news ever stop?  A lot of people in the financial world were hoping for a much better fourth quarter after an absolutely disastrous third quarter.  Well, if Monday was any indication, October could end up being a really rough month for global financial markets.


Just as I believe that most people who attended Tea Party rallies were sincere, I’m willing to cut the same slack to these corporation-hating hipster doofuses who clogged the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday. They’re frustrated and feel that the powerful don’t listen to them. Good for them.
But despite their sincerity, they may become the unwitting tools of those who love the idea of world government more than they claim to hate the idea of American capitalism. And no corporation on Earth could ever truly imperil the well-being of “the people”—all 99 plus 1 percent of them—more than a one-world government.


By Jim Kirwan

There seems to be a huge confabulation surrounding what,s at stake with the demonstrators on and around Wall Street. Apparently these people cannot decide on what the FCK they want from the rest of us.
For me this one is easy.
Restore the Constitution and ENFORCE every provision therein.
This ought to be simple enough
For everyone whether they are observers or participants!
We had a Constitution that over the decades became just another dust-encrusted artifact for those that illegally took over power in this place. The deaf, dumb and blind public let them do this: And now they are upset because they no longer have ANY RIGHTS to fall back on.
I simply cannot believe that these so-called demonstrators are having any real difficulty defining what is they "WANT. If they actually knew anything about the roots of this nation or the constitution; there would be a universal cry for the RESTORATION of the  U.S. CONSTITUTION. But since most know absolutely nothing about what that document was created to give to all Americans: They cannot decide what it is that they supposedly want from their public display of dissatisfaction with everything today.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Drop on Euro Crisis

U.S. stock-index futures declined, indicating the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index will drop for a third day, as European policy makers struggled to reassure investors they can contain the euro area’s debt crisis.

Chinese suspicion over US intentions

By Michael S Chase

Recently, a number of Chinese analysts have argued United States diplomatic and military actions in the region - including Washington's efforts to assure allies in response to North Korean attacks, its engagement with Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia, and its statements about resolving competing claims in the South China Sea - reflect what they see as a desire to ensure that China's emergence will not challenge US interests.

US behind 'secession' plot in Hong Kong?

Lee then gives the address of this anti-Beijing "task force" as 26 Garden Road, where the US consulate is located.

Lee and the Foreign Ministry's local office are upset because the cables show American diplomats have engaged in regular dialogue with Hong Kong political leaders and judges who sit on the city's Court of Final Appeal. Lee even goes on to name a Hong Kong "Gang of Four" - former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, founder of the Democratic Party Martin Lee Chu-ming, media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, formerly the Vatican's Bishop of Hong Kong - whom he says are the most welcome and regular invitees to consular luncheons and meetings and thus clearly conspirators in the American plot to stoke trouble here.

Remains of 3 GIs missing since 1969 identified

The Pentagon on Monday said it had identified the remains of three soldiers who had been missing in action for more than 40 years. The remains will be buried later this week at Arlington National Cemetery.
The soldiers were identified as:
• Master Sgt. Charles V. Newton of Canadian, Texas.
• Sgt. 1st Class Douglas E. Dahill of Lima, Ohio.
• Sgt. 1st Class Charles F. Prevedel of St. Louis.

New SOCOM boss touts ‘indirect’ action forces

Define success!
By Sean D. Naylor - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 3, 2011 7:08:10 EDT
Special operations forces who specialize in indirect action to stand up local security forces are achieving even more success in Afghanistan than Joint Special Operations Command’s kill-or-capture operations, according to the admiral who commanded JSOC until early summer.

Awlaki is first hit for new drone base

Friday’s lethal strike on Anwar al-Aulaqi was carried out by a CIA drone operating from a new agency base on the Arabian peninsula, U.S. officials said. It marks the first time that the CIA has launched a drone strike in Yemen since 2002, and the first indication that the new base is operational.

When It Comes to State-Sanctioned Murder, Morality Matters Most

The recent extrajudicial killing of two American citizens, most notably radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, has spurred a curious debate over whether the action, personally ordered by President Barack Obama, was right or wrong — curious for its conspicuous focus not on whether assassinations are right or wrong, but on whether they are “legal” or not.
But law and morality are not the same thing.

(Aint it the truth!)

Gen.: U.S. to remain in Afghanistan a "long time"

So much for the opinions of the American people and if we don't like it....well I guess a Hellfire missile through our roof will take care of that!

"Well, the plan is to win. The plan is to be successful. And so, while some folks might hear that we're departing in 2014 as a result of the Lisbon Conference and the process of transition, we're actually going to be here for a long time," Allen said.

Poll: Nearly 2 in 3 want troops in Afghanistan decreased

After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, nearly two-thirds of Americans want troop levels in the country to be reduced, a new CBS News poll shows.

Rescue official: Truck bomb in Somalia kills 70

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb Tuesday in front of the education ministry in Somalia's capital, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens including students and parents who were awaiting the results of scholarships.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Boston: Day One

The $64 trillion dollar question, “When will Americans hit the streets like people in other countries?” has been answered. Over the last several days, occupations have spread from Wall St., and erupted in more than 50 cities across America.
      I asked a well-dressed young man exiting work for directions to the park. He didn’t know the location, and I didn’t tell him why I was going (fearing he may intentionally misdirect me). Unfortunately, my cover was blown when ‘Brian’ asked a coworker for the whereabouts. Brian pointed me in the direction of South Station and offered his opinion, “I work for an investment bank. I am a capitalist… but I don’t agree with American-style capitalism.” Without pause, he refined his thoughts, “I am a socialist.”

The slaughter in Sirte

NATO countries led by the US, Britain, and France are committing terrible war crimes in the Libyan city of Sirte. In their frenzied drive to crush all remaining resistance in the North African state, NATO and its proxy militia forces aligned with the National Transitional Council are unleashing indiscriminate military force, killing civilians and destroying buildings and infrastructure throughout the urban centre.

Greece to miss deficit target, imposes more cuts on workers

The Greek cabinet met Sunday and conceded that it would miss the deficit target set by the IMF and European authorities for the current year. According to the finance ministry, the deficit will exceed the target of €17.1 billion, and would reach €18.69 billion ($25 billion)—about 8.5 percent of gross domestic product.

Celebs Support Wall Street Protesters

Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Want more coverage of Occupy Wall Street and KC protests

The No. 1 demand I've heard from readers over the weekend: More coverage of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests that have been going on for several days in New York City, as well as the "Occupy KC" demonstration at Penn Valley Park near the Federal Reserve over this past weekend.
As of today, I don't see any coverage of the Kansas City protest on

Kansas City Man Organizing Local Wall Street Protests

Protesters have swarmed Wall Street in New York for ten days. The Occupy Wall Street website claims they'll stay there for months as a sort of revolution to take back the country from greed. The revolution could be spreading to the Kansas City area.
Kansas City Man Organizes Local Wall Street Protests.,0,2774168.story

Anti-Wall Street protests spread nationwide

NEW YORK — Protests against Wall Street spread across the country Monday as demonstrators marched on Federal Reserve banks and camped out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, in a show of anger over the wobbly economy and what they see as corporate greed.

Eurozone delays decision on Greek loan

An extraordinary meeting of eurozone finance ministers that was due to take place on October 13 to decide whether Greece should receive its next emergency loan tranche has been postponed.

Orwell's elephant

By Nikos Konstandaras
«In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people -– the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me,” George Orwell wrote in his essay “Shooting an Elephant” in 1936. At the time, the young Eric Blair (before he took the penname Orwell) was a police officer serving a colonial apparatus that he did not believe in.

US markets hit year-low, as Greece is warned it will have no more concessions

Shares in Bank of America, Citi and Morgan Stanley fell to their lowest levels since March 2009 after the Franco-Belgian bank Dexia looked like it might be the first lending casualty from the Greek crisis.
American banks also saw the insurance taken against their debt spike higher with credit default swaps jumping 8pc to 19pc.

DoD No. 2: Army, weapons could get slashed

By Marcus Weisgerber - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 3, 2011 18:51:25 EDT
The Pentagon will likely still invest in cyber warfare and long-range strike capabilities despite a projected $450 billion reduction in planned spending over the next decade, the Defense Department’s No. 2 civilian said.

Officials say protesters held illegal march down Central Avenue

Albuquerque police said hundreds of people who protested against corporate greed, bank bailouts and high unemployment over the weekend never got a permit for the march.
Police estimate more than 200 protesters illegally marched on Central Avenue Saturday and said arrests could have been made but chose not to.

American Christian Fascists

If fascism ever comes to America, it won’t be through insignificant groups such as American Nazis or the KKK, both of which together could field a couple of softball teams. It’ll come through “Christians,” specifically the blood-thirsty ones who support war.

This kind of Christian supports the State, and Israel and wars, because they think by doing so, they can get Jesus to come back and slaughter all the “infidels” (first those infidels were the Communists, now they’re Muslims). They won’t be around to watch any of this, because they believe they’ll be wafted to Heaven in the Rapture. They believe they’ll be watching the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse romp all over the world from on high.

Internet Speed Test

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What is Tor?

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis

91 Egyptians rescued from drowning off Salloum coast

Egyptian border police rescued Sunday 91 Egyptians from drowning during an attempt to illegally immigrate to Europe on a sailboat.

Syria import ban deals heavy blow to already shaken Lebanese exports

BEIRUT: Syria’s decision last week to ban exports that are subject to tariffs over 5 percent strikes a heavy blow against an already ailing Lebanese export market. At around 5 percent of the total export market, Lebanese exports to Syria “will be affected in a very big way,” Economist Ghazi Wazneh told The Daily Star Sunday.

Reilly defends recruitment of foreign doctors

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has defended the State's handling of the recruitment of hospital doctors from India and Pakistan for vacant posts in Ireland.

German police release four suspected Islamists

German authorities have released four suspected Islamists who were arrested ahead of the official festivities to mark the 21st anniversary of reunification. They had been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack.

 "There is neither evidence that the accused had links to terrorist groups nor that there were concrete preparations for an attack," said a spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor's Office.,,15432154,00.html

Man Fined for Killing Grizzly Bear to Protect His Family

Teacher Put on Leave for Punishing Christian Student

Health care, other hot issues promise a landmark high court term

Washington (CNN) -- One of the little-known prerogatives of the U.S. Supreme Court is the justices' discretion to refuse any case on the merits presented to them for review. Only one in 10 petitions actually gets accepted. But though the justices usually say no, when epic disputes arrive at the courthouse steps -- by tradition and political reality -- the nine members know they are powerless to turn away.

British war dead in Afghanistan

Anti-Wall Street protesters vow to keep up fight

(Reuters) - Anti-Wall Street protesters vowed to keep up their fight on Sunday despite the arrests of more than 700 people the previous day for blocking traffic lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge in an unauthorized protest.

Justice minister regrets errors over Norway killings

(Reuters) - Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget has expressed regret for errors in the response to the killing of 77 people by Anders Behring Breivik in July, the clearest acknowledgement by the g overnment to date that some criticism of the police was justified.

The Kremlin has castled and Putin is still king

Looks like Mr. Putin is doing okay. The western MSM is still bitching about him. He's playing chess. Most of the rest of the western"leaders" are playing checkers!

Long live the king? You can’t hold it against the Russian people for wondering just how long Vladimir Putin intends to remain in power with the recent announcement that he plans to return himself to the presidency and swap his partner Dmitri Medvedev into the prime minister slot. The electoral game Putin is playing is being compared to “castling” in chess– a rook and a king swapping places, in order to shore up the defense.

Analysis - Europe's leaders weakened when bold action needed

(Reuters) - Just when Europe needs strong leadership to overcome its sovereign debt crisis, its pivotal leaders, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, have both been weakened at home.
The political fates of the German chancellor and the French president may hinge on their handling of the crisis that began in Greece and threatens to overwhelm the 17-nation euro area.

Do Not Allow President Obama To Impose Martial Law

Some people are predicting that there will be a major economic collapse, caused by unsustainable debts and other government intrusions into private economic matters, and by central banks’ excessive money-printing.
In America, the Federal Reserve’s continued irresponsible and reckless actions will result in further devaluing the currency and huge increases in price inflation, especially in food and energy prices. Some are predicting that there will be food shortages, looting, rioting, and civil unrest and violence in America.

Bugging Out With the Joneses

It’s OK to admit that we have all felt out the neighbors to see how preparedness minded they were. We drop a simple statement about being prepared and hold our breath hoping they too are preparedness-minded. They take this as an opportunity to invite themselves to your house for the next big disaster by saying, ”Well I know where we’re coming if there’s a disaster.”

Are the Clueless "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters Puuppets of the Elite?

Pressure from below tactics? Another George Soros funded colored revolution like in Eastern Europe?
Make up your own mind! We will post stories from as many sides as we can find.
Watch the clip below in which journalist Adam Kokesh talks to Occupy Wall Street protesters [in Washington D.C.].

The ignorance displayed in these interviews knows no bounds. The protesters just don’t get it. They are calling for the government to use force to impose their ideas, all in the name of bringing down corporations who they don’t realize have completely bought off government regulators.

The thousands of Americans currently expressing their disgust at Wall Street and the bankers who have ruined the economy to the detriment of the poor and middle class should be commended for getting off their hind ends and doing something, unlike the millions who will continue to watch American Idol, drink beer and laugh in ignorance as the country is flushed down the toilet. It should also be added that there is a sprinkling of “End the Fed” demonstrators who truly understand the root cause of the problem.

The Day America Died

Another great Paul Craig Roberts piece.
September 30, 2011 was the day America was assassinated.
Some of us have watched this day approach and have warned of its coming, only to be greeted with boos and hisses from "patriots" who have come to regard the US Constitution as a device that coddles criminals and terrorists and gets in the way of the President who needs to act to keep us safe.

Arab League says will fund Palestinians after U.S. cuts aid

The head of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said Sunday Arab countries would offer financial assistance to the Palestinians instead of the aid which the United States threatened to halt over a Palestinian bid for a state.

Greece, banking worries drive world stocks lower

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks kicked off the final quarter of the year sharply lower on Monday while the yen and government bonds rose as concerns grew that a broader Greek debt default may be in the works after figures showed Athens would miss a deficit target

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Prophets Of Doom: 12 Shocking Quotes From Insiders About The Horrific Economic Crisis That Is Almost Here

We are getting so close to a financial collapse in Europe that you can almost hear the debt bubbles popping.  All across the western world, governments and major banks are rapidly becoming insolvent.  So far, the powers that be are keeping all of the balls in the air by throwing around lots of bailout money.  But now the political will for more bailouts is drying up and the number of troubled entities seems to grow by the day. ,

Eurozone teeters on the verge of a 'euroquake' if Greek default is bungled

More than one in three international investors expect a global economic meltdown within the next 12 months, according to a new Bloomberg poll. Far more - almost 70pc - say the world economy is deteriorating, up from just 18pc four months ago.

NATO is worse than the Nazis - Allain Jules

France's Most Popular Libya Blogger - Allain (with 40,000 views per day) discusses NATOs Libyan war.

Congressional Anti-Internet Freedom Bills

Net Neutrality is the last frontier of press freedom. With it, consumers have open access to an array of equipment, content, applications and service, free from corporate control. Public interest groups want it preserved. Giant telecom and cable companies want control to:

Afghan police rape, kill, says Oxfam

THE standard of Afghanistan's security forces is slowly improving but they still stand accused of human rights violations such as rape, murder and torture, according to a new study.

Microsoft bug inadvertently removes Google Chrome browser from PCs

Microsoft bug inadvertently removes Google Chrome browser from PCs

Nathan Olivarez-Giles
October 3, 2011 - 10:28AM
A screen shot of Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection wrongly identifying Google Chrome as malware in its "Win32/Zbot" error. A screen shot of Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection wrongly identifying Google Chrome as malware in its "Win32/Zbot" error. Photo: Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of Google Chrome users (at least) have found their internet browser of choice removed from their Windows PCs after Microsoft deleted the web-surfing app.
And no, Microsoft didn't start pushing out Chrome because it's gaining market share and posing a threat to Internet Explorer.

Shares lose $20b as sell-off continues

Australian shares are trading sharply lower as worries about Europe's debt crisis, threats to the global economy and falling commodity prices send investors fleeing to the safety of cash and gold.

Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Crohn's Disease

Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Crohn's Disease
Patients in a pilot study report wide-ranging benefits and reduced reliance on drugs with adverse effects.
By Jeff Hergenrather, MD
A pilot study of the effect of cannabis on Crohn's disease was conducted in California this summer by physicians in the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease which is disabling and difficult to treat. The cause has not been established.

Why is Marijuana Illegal?

Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.
The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see below that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate.
You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with.....

Despite changing rules, medical marijuana field has exploded statewide

Two years ago, before Washington’s medical marijuana industry went completely nuts, Scott Havsy was without question Tacoma’s top pot doc.
He seemed like an outrageous radical at the time.
Unlike most mainstream doctors, Havsy had no qualms about authorizing marijuana for patients he believed were qualified under the state’s medical marijuana law.

Fiery NA response to US, Kabul likely

ISLAMABAD: A fiery response to the latest US and Afghan charges against Pakistan’s main spy agency is expected to come from the National Assembly, which begins a new session on Monday.

Power riots rock Lahore, other Punjab cities

In Lahore, people burnt an office of the electricity supply company (Lesco) and official vehicles of an SP and a DSP. The DSP and several other policemen were injured while trying to disperse violent demonstrators protesting enhanced power loadshedding. Police used teargas, fired in the air and used batons to beat up people in several areas. In Bahawalnagar, protesters also stormed the house of an MPA.

EPA Boosts Water Policing as Worst Fears Realized

Fifth-generation farmer Kenny Watkins ran afoul of the U.S. clean-water police in 2009. His infraction: Planting hay in a pasture.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered Watkins to stop cultivating a 160-acre (65-hectare) tract in central California because he might destroy seasonal ponds and harm the San Joaquin River. Watkins has defied the decision and the federal government’s control over what he can grow on his farm.

Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales

In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.

Magic Mushrooms Can Make Lasting Personality Changes, Study Says

Psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” can make people more open in their feelings and aesthetic sensibilities, conferring on them a lasting personality change, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Russian Listings Flee Medvedev’s Market

A little Russia bashing here

Russia’s largest gold company moved its share listing to London from Moscow in July, and the nation’s biggest phosphate fertilizer producer is considering the same change, a blow to President Dmitry Medvedev’s plan to turn the former Soviet capital into a global financial hub 20 years after the fall of Communism.