Tuesday, February 12, 2013

13-02-12 Pope's Resignation Greeted By Flashing Breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral


Pope's Resignation Greeted By Flashing Breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral

Members of the activist group Femen stripped off their shirts and flashed their breasts in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

13-02-12 Hello World!

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13-02-12 FATCA, Stanley Fischer: Request for clarifications by Bank HaPoalim regarding its lawless conduct

Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, permits Israeli banks to enact, adjudicate, and enforce the law under the color of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act).  Effectively, Fischer established Israel as a lawless US corporate province.
Bank HaPoalim's Chief Internal Auditor Jacob Orbach;Stanley Fischer, Governor of Bank of Israel, showing off his newly acquired Israeli ID in 2005. Petition in the Israeli High Court of Justice alleged that Stanley Fischer exchanged his loyalty to the State of Israel and its laws with loyalty to another nation and its laws and/or loyalty to financial institutions and their interests. FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) is a US law, which fancies to subject any bank, worldwide, to the US government, force banks the to report any financial transactions by any "US Person", and serve as the US government's tax collector under threat of serious sanctions.

Jerusalem, February 12 - in a letter to Bank HaPoalim's Chief Internal Auditor Jacob Orbach, Joseph Zernik, PhD, a Human Rights activist/computer science writer, asks Mr Orbach to provide clarifications regarding the status of Dr Zernik's bank accounts today.

On or about January 1, 2012, Dr Zernik's bank accounts with Bank HaPoalim, BM, were frozen.  On or about January 31, 2013, his banks accounts were unfrozen, after a meeting with the German Consul in Israel to request protection against abuse of the Human Rights of a Human Rights activist/computer science writer in Jerusalem.
A recent letter from Bank of Israel-Banking Regulation, on behalf of Governor Stanley Fischer, makes it clear: first - that conduct of Bank HaPoalim, BM, in Dr Zernik's case had no basis in the law of the State of Israel, and second - that Bank of Israel-Banking Regulation had no intention of according Dr Zernik equal protection under the law of the State of Israel. [[1]]
A recent opinion letter by Attorney James Jatras, of the Washington, DC, law firm Squire Sanders, LLP, makes it clear that conduct of Bank HaPoalim, BM, in Dr Zernik's case had no basis in the law of the United States, either. [[2]]
Correspondence with Mr Orbach's office makes it clear that the FATCA-related "New Policy" of Bank HaPoalim, which was purported as the basis for the Bank's conduct, is a non-existing document.  Moreover, to this date, Bank HaPoalim refuses to issue any written record, documenting the freezing, or unfreezing of Dr Zernik's accounts. [[3,4]]
Therefore, given the arbitrary and capricious nature of the Bank's conduct, Dr Zernik wrote to request further explanation by Mr Orbach, regarding the status of Dr Zernik's accounts with Bank HaPoalim, BM, today.  
The questions raised by Dr Zernik were:
1)   Was the restoration of access to his own funds in Bank HaPoalim's accounts temporary or permanent?  If temporary, under what circumstances would the Bank decide to freeze his accounts again?
2)   Dr Zernik permitted, like other citizens and residents of the State of Israel to buy and sell securities, or is he barred by Bank HaPoalim from executing such transactions in his accounts, as he had been previously advised by the Private Banking clerk?
3)   On January 14, 2013, Dr Zernik completed his duties, pursuant to the law of the United States, to renounce my US citizenship. On the same date, he provided the relevant documents to Bank HaPoalim's Branch, Kikar Zion, Jerusalem, and asked to open a non-"US Person" account, alternatively, to remove the "US Person" designation from his existing accounts. Bank HaPoalim refused to do either.  Based on what standards would the Bank remove the "US Person" designation from Dr Zernik's accounts? Or is the "US Person" designation permanent and non-removable, according to Bank HaPoalim?
The letter notes that the questions pertain to Dr Zernik's fundamental Human Rights for possession and for protection against taking of his possessions with no due process of law.  Likewise, these questions directly pertain to integrity, or lack thereof, in Bank HaPoalim's operations.
Copies of the letter were forwarded to Bank of Israel's Stanley Fischer and to the German Federal Republic's Consul in Israel.

[a] 12-08-25 Dr Zernik's complaint, filed with Israeli banking regulation against Bank HaPoalim - for attempting to extort compliance with US IRS regulations in Jerusalem
[b] 12-09-05 Addendum to Complaint, filed with Bank of Israel against Bank HaPoalim, and a Demand, filed with Bank HaPoalim, for a Written Statement of Interest Gained in Client's Accounts in 2011
[c] 12-09-12 Dr Zernik's Notice and Demand for the issuance of valid banking/legal communication by BANK HAPOALIM, BM, Israel, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates of their demands and threats against Dr Joseph Zernik, and for response within 10 days, with fax transmission report
[d] 12-09-13 More Evidence of Fraud and Extortion by BANK HAPOALIM, BM, Israel, Subsidiaries and or Affiliates
[e] 12-09-14 Demand for Action by Bank HaPoalim, BM, Chief Internal Auditor Jacob Orbach, re: FATCA related extortionist conduct by the Bank
[f] 12-11-04 Bank HaPoalim, BM, response re: FACTCA demands and threats with Appendices A. Demand and threat letter, B. customer agreement
[2] 13-01-27 Stanley Fischer, Bank of Israel Response re: FATCA, Bank HaPoalim, BM
[3] 13-02-06 Attorney James Jatras opinion in re: Bank of Israel's Stanley Fischer's January 27, 2013 FATCA Response Letter
[4] 13-01-28 FATCA, Stanley Fischer: Letter to Chief Internal Auditor Jacob Orbach, re: Phone calls by Bank HaPoalim

13-02-12 Facebook Art: 9/11

Janet Wolfman shared Occupy Wall St.'s photo.
Not being insensitive about 9/11, it's just that the official story was so terribly unbelievable. Almost feels like they wanted us to find out.

Not being insensitive about 9/11, it's just that the official story was so terribly unbelievable. Almost feels like they wanted us to find out.

13-02-12 US: ongoing talk about an upcoming Civil War

From: Linda Hepworth
Subject: Fwd: MUST MUST MUST READ: Armed citizens force officials to back down
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:10 PM
Subject: Fw: MUST MUST MUST READ: Armed citizens force officials to back down
There is a pretty large Naval base at Oak Harbor.  Obviously, they don't take kindly to anti gunners.  Won't find this in the news.  Haven't heard a thing about it up here.
MUST MUST MUST READ: Armed citizens force officials to back down
The peaceful Second American Revolution (or perhaps the Second American Civil War) continues to grow….


Armed citizens force officials to back downFebruary 7, 2013
By: Anthony Martin <http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-national/anthony-martin>
Citizens are increasingly defiant of anti-gun moves on the part of government, demanding that elected officials respect their rights and buying firearms in record numbers.
A group of 160 citizens, many if not most of whom were armed, confronted government officials Tuesday who had attempted to have a wounded Army veteran kicked out of a meeting due to the fact that he carried a gun. The veteran has a state license for concealed carry, which means that he was carrying the gun to the meeting within the boundaries of the law.
The story of the incident, which occurred at a city council meeting in Oak Harbor, Wash., made national news <http://mynorthwest.com/?sid=2186281&nid=646>  three weeks ago.
But Tuesday evening the citizens of Oak Harbor, Wash <http://mynorthwest.com/11/2195317/Crowd-packs-heat-Oak-Harbor-backs-down> . showed up to confront its city council and demand that the council rescind a local ordinance prohibiting guns <http://www.examiner.com/topic/guns>  from being carried on public property. The citizens also wished to show their support for Lucas Yonkman, the Army veteran who showed up at the previous meeting armed.
One citizen told the council that if the fact that citizens who are merely exercising their right to keep and bear arms intimidates city officials, then they need to look within to determine why the rights of the people are so intimidating to them.
Another citizen addressed the council and stated that his mother was a Jew and that his parents had died in Hitler's gas chambers. "I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train," he said.
The man was carrying an M-1 rifle on his shoulder.
Lucas Yonkman, the wounded Army veteran whom the council wished to kick out of the previous meeting, also addressed the gathering:
"I come to you tonight with a heavy heart," Yonkman said.! "I see a beautiful country divided and conflicted. I see a constitution being eroded, and the rights so many have fought and died for totally lost. I see men and woman who are elected leaders pushing personal agendas."
Apparently the display of force by the citizens and the passion with which they spoke of their Constitutional rights paid off. The council voted to remove the ban on guns in public parks and other public areas.
One gun rights <http://www.examiner.com/topic/gun-rights>  activist who became aware of the incident today stated that perhaps the show of force by the citizens of Oak Harbor needs to be replayed over and over again in towns and cities across America, even Washington, D.C.
"Government entities need to know that the 100 million citizens who own 300 million guns are not going to back down and that we will hammer them every chance we get to prove our resolve," he said.
(Hat tip to WRSA <http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/> ).
Also check out: "I'll see you in the war -- Civil War II: Notes on the coming calamity to restore the Constitution. <http://thelibertysphere.blogspot.com/2013/01/ill-see-you-in-war-civil-war-ii-notes.html> "

13-02-12 Facebook Art: Debt

Occupy Wall St. added a new photo.

13-02-12 Facebook Art: Occupy 2013


13-02-11 Radical Resistance Tour: Tuscon, AZ

The Occupy movement sounds sleepy, but it looks like enormous efforts are invested in organizing and ground work!  Keep going! jz
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Radical Resistance Tour: Tucson, AZ

Episode 06: Tucson from Radical Resistance Tour on Vimeo.
Get a closer look at localized resistance based around ethnic studies, badass kids, border deaths, racist laws and the Derechos Humanos coalition.
The Radical Resistance Tour is an autonomous project by a group of Occupy Wall Street organizers. We're touring the United States and interviewing activists, people participating in direct actions, and people working to create a dual power model. We want to show people who aren't on the ground how people are being directly affected by decisions being made by corporations and governments that put profits over people and the environment. We want to inspire more people to fight back by featuring people who are already fighting back, and hopefully gain some shared wisdom by listening to how others are resisting.
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13-02-12 US and the banks - who is in control?

Obviously, the banks! jz

Posted: 11 Feb 2013 04:50 PM PST
When the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into the deepest recession since the 1930s, the largest financial institutions in the United States took every advantage of being American. They just loved their country - and the willingness of the American people to provide them with the largest bailout in world history. In 2008, Congress approved a $700 billion gift to Wall Street. Another $16 trillion in virtually zero interest loans and other financial assistance came from the Federal Reserve. America. What a great country.
But just two years later, as soon as these giant financial institutions started making record-breaking profits again, they suddenly lost their love for their native country. At a time when the nation was suffering from a huge deficit, largely created by the recession that Wall Street caused, the major financial institutions did everything they could to avoid paying American taxes by establishing shell corporations in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens.
In 2010, Bank of America set up more than 200 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands (which has a corporate tax rate of 0.0 percent) to avoid paying U.S. taxes. It worked. Not only did Bank of America pay nothing in federal income taxes, but it received a rebate from the IRS worth $1.9 billion that year. They are not alone. In 2010, JP Morgan Chase operated 83 subsidiaries incorporated in offshore tax havens to avoid paying some $4.9 billion in U.S. taxes. That same year Goldman Sachs operated 39 subsidiaries in offshore tax havens to avoid an estimated $3.3 billion in U.S. taxes. Citigroup has paid no federal income taxes for the last four years after receiving a total of $2.5 trillion in financial assistance from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.