Monday, September 30, 2013

13-10-01 SYRIA: Endless schemes and deceit

No information coming out of Syria is reliable, except for the body counts... jz

Lavrov Says Syrias Rebels Have Chemical Arms, Proof Mounting
By Interfax
"We are certain that militants have more than once attempted such provocations. Therefore, the direct sponsors of opposition forces, who offer them support, must also see to it that they give up on further provocations," the minister said.

13-09-30 Forget Al Capone — Today’s Racketeers are on Wall Street

Forget Al Capone — Today’s Racketeers are on Wall Street

13-09-30 No. 2 US nuke chief suspended over gambling probe

Again, important US news come from Russia Today... jz

The general in charge of all US nuclear offensive forces has suspended his deputy, Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, over his suspected role in a casino scandal that involved "a significant monetary amount" of counterfeit gambling chips. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler suspended Giardina on September 3 without publicly announcing the move.

13-09-30 US: Gulag nation!

According to ACLU the US holds 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoner's population.  In the US prisons are often owned and operated by for-profit corporations, prisoners are compelled to work for corporations, while prison owners keep their income.
The 2010 United Nations Human Rights Council called upon the United States to abolish slavery!
Alex Kane, AlterNet
The spending on jails in New York City is nearly equivalent to the cost of attending an Ivy League university. READ MORE»

13-09-30 Snowden Among Nominees for a European Human Rights Prize

And then again, there is the nomination of Manning (whatever first name) for the Nobel Peace Prize.  So in contrast with the interpretation of the writer below (resentment in Europe and beyond against the United States), this year's crop of candidates for international humanitarian prizes should be seen as another sign of US exceptionalism!  jz

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, considered Europe's top human rights award, has been bestowed on luminaries like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. This year, in a slap against Washington, the award could go to Edward J. Snowden, known as either the NSA whistle-blower or a traitor, depending on one's perspective. The nomination is the latest in a series of rebukes from European lawmakers upset with the Obama administration's foreign policies, including its surveillance program.

13-09-30 Endless banking schemes

Whether it is banking, Enron, or other large corporations, the scheme goes along the same lines:  Through corrupt lobbying, some obscure provisions are placed in legistlation, which permit lawful looting of the American people and undermining the US economy.  Here the issue is risky, explosive, mega-volume derivatives and "safe harbor" provisions on default. jz
Increased regulation and low interest rates are driving lending from the regulated commercial banking system into the unregulated shadow banking system. The shadow banks are propped up by a hidden government guarantee in the form of safe harbor status under the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act. The result is to create perverse incentives for the financial system to self-destruct.

13-09-30 Hello world!

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