Monday, December 10, 2012

Blizzard conditions strike central Europe and US Midwest

SEC charges eight mutual fund directors

10 December 2012
, by Ronald D. Orol - Washington (MarketWatch)

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged eight mutual fund directors for allegedly failing to properly oversee the value of securities as the housing market was on the brink of a financial crisis.

The SEC said that mutual funds involved were the RMK High Income Fund, RMK Multi-Sector High Income Fund, RMK Strategic Income Fund, RMK Advantage Income Fund and Morgan Keegan Select Fund.

The SEC and other regulators previously charged the funds' managers with fraud and the firms later agreed to pay $200 million to settle charges.

Goldman Sachs: Microsoft has gone from 97 percent share of compute market to 20 percent

Goldman Sachs has a new report out on the tech titans' competing platforms and ecosystems in which it starkly quantifies Microsoft's loss of share among computing devices over the last decade.
According to the report, Microsoft's operating systems have gone from 97 percent of all computing devices in 2000 -- back when desktop and laptop PCs were dominant -- to 20 percent expected in 2012 -- when PCs, tablets and smartphones are all part of the computing-device picture.
Here's a chart from the report showing part of that shift. (The chart shows consumer computing devices, rather than total computing devices -- which includes both consumer and commercial. That's why Microsoft is shown is having 93 percent in 2000 in the chart, as opposed to 97 percent.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

occupy black friday walmart - Buy Nothing Day + Buy Nothing Christmas #OCCUPYXMAS

Walmart Strikers Prepare For Black Friday Protests Across Country

DALLAS -- On Thanksgiving afternoon, as freshly stuffed Americans prepared for the shopping bacchanal known as Black Friday, hundreds of Walmart workers readied themselves for a wholly different experience: joining strikes and labor actions planned for the next two days at some 1,000 Walmart stores around the country.
Here in Dallas, as well as in Miami and the San Francisco area, Walmart employees were planning to walk off work and demonstrate early Thursday evening, as shoppers began to arrive in pursuit of the ultra-cheap deals known as doorbusters. The strikers sought to protest low wages and a lack of benefits, while also challenging what they allege has been a pattern of Walmart's retaliation against workers who try to organize. They hoped to use the Black Friday spotlight to sway shoppers to their side.
"It's a question of education," said Josue Mata, a maintenance worker at Walmart in Wheatland, Texas, and a member of OUR Walmart, the labor group that is coordinating the strikes. "We have to show people that we're not just a crazy bunch of protesters."

Buy Nothing Day Around the World

Walmart's CEO makes more in one hour than the average worker's annual salary. SHARE this if you believe Walmart workers have the right to a living wage.

black Friday, Walmart Black Friday, Black Friday 2012, Black Friday Strikes, Colby Harris, Dallas Strikes, Our Walmart, Texas Labor, Ufcw, Walmart Protests, Walmart Strike, Walmart Strike Dallas, Walmart Union, Walmart Unions, Business News

Support Walmart Black Friday Strikers!

Posted 5 days ago on Nov. 17, 2012, 1:50 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: black friday, boycott, donate, labor, walmart
Boycott Walmart Poster

Support the Walmart Black Friday Strikers!

It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike.

Walmart workers decided to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out about substandard work conditions and treatment last month in the first ever walk out in the history of the company.

We ask you to help us feed the workers who will walk out on the company next week on the biggest shopping day of the year.

The workers are demanding the following from Walmart:

  1. Improve Workers’ Lives
    Pay a minimum of $25,000/year and guarantee quality, affordable health coverage for all Walmart associates and workers in the company’s US distribution chain.

  2. Rebuild Communities
    Sign on to a national community benefits agreement that ensures as Walmart expands into new markets, it strengthens communities, protects the environment and is responsible for the well-being of its employees in its retail stores and US supply and distribution chain.
  3. Put Its Promises in Writing
    Agree to a global labor agreement guaranteeing the fundamental human right of freedom of association for all of its associates and instruct their suppliers to do the same, and recognize and negotiate with OUR Walmart.

  4. Elevate Global Living Standards
    Establish a legally binding global responsible contractor policy requiring contractors and subcontractors to provide living wages, worker safety protections, and respect basic human and labor rights, including freedom of association and freedom from racial and gender discrimination.

How can I support in other ways?
You can join solidarity actions throughout the United States. Find out which solidarity actions are being organized and the store employees that are participating by going to the Corporate Action Network event page.

“The only thing workers have to bargain with is their skill or their labor. Denied the right to withhold it as a last resort, they become powerless. The strike is therefore not a breakdown of collective bargaining-it is the indispensable cornerstone of that process." -- Paul Clark

Click here and support the Walmart Black Friday strikers today!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Live from Gaza - Operation Pillar of Cloud

Ron Paul's Farewell Address: TODAY, 3pm ET- C-SPAN 1 LIVE STREAM - livestream video online

 Ron Paul's 'Farewell Address'

Obama To Hold First Press Conference in 8 Months

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday is expected to be grilled about negotiations to avert a looming "fiscal cliff" and the scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus when he holds his first news conference since winning a second term.

Obama will have little time to savor his decisive Nov. 6 victory over Republican Mitt Romney as he takes questions from the White House press corps for the first time in months in an encounter in the ornate East Room, starting at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).

The White House had hoped to use the news conference to mobilize public support for Obama's economic agenda in the face of a showdown with congressional Republicans over an economy-shaking package of tax increases and deep spending cuts set to kick in at year-end unless a deal is reached.


Foxconn rolls out 10,000 ‘Foxbots’ as it moves ahead to replace 1 million workers

13 November 2012
, by Raymond Wong (BGR)

Foxconn announced in August last year that it was planning to have 1 million robots up and running in its factories within three years.

As promised, the first batch of 10,000 “Foxbots” have already made an appearance in one Chinese factory, with 20,000 more planned by the end of the year.

The Foxconn-built Foxbots are estimated to cost between $20,000 and $25,000, but reportedly aren’t good for anything beyond repetitive tasks that involve item “lifting, selecting and placement.”

The mechanical arm-like Foxbots are likely not capable of producing products such as the iPhone 5 that require extremely intricate assembly.

With 1.2 million employees, and 1 million robots planned, the big question is how many workers will actually be put out of work?

After all, Foxconn will still need people to oil up the Foxbots if they ever malfunction.

UK sees sharp rise in unemployment claims

14 Nov 2012 Unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest level for over a year, but the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance showed its sharpest rise since September last year. The numbers claiming jobless benefit rose by 10,100 last month. It believed the increase is due to the jobs boost from the summer Olympics having faded. The number of people without a job fell by almost 50,000 in the three months to September.

Expert: Detroit Could Go Bankrupt Before End Of Year

13 November 2012

Detroit’s financial condition is rapidly deteriorating, and City Hall could run out of cash in December, an official told a state oversight board Monday.

City program management director William Andrews made the assessment at a meeting of the Financial Advisory Board, a city-state panel overseeing Detroit’s finances under its fiscal stability agreement with the state.

Detroit’s cash-flow crisis is “more challenging than it’s ever been and more challenged than we reported last month,” Andrews said.

The city must find new revenue sources, he said, blaming the worsening outlook on rising medical expenses and lower receipts from taxes and other revenue sources than the city had previously projected.

“Those aren’t materializing,” Andrews said.

Projections show Detroit’s cash on hand dropping as low as $3.6 million by Dec. 21. It stood at $53 million on Friday.

To keep afloat, the state will be asked to release about $30 million in bond funding from an escrow account under the consent agreement.

But before they cut a check, Lansing will want the City Council to allow an independent firm to look through the city’s operations for more money.

Advisory board chairwoman Sandy Pierce said that despite Michigan voters’ repeal last week of the state’s emergency manager law, the financial stability agreement and the advisory board remain intact.

But she said Detroit may no longer impose new contracts or employment terms or reject collective bargaining agreements unilaterally.

The primary foundation of the consent agreement wasn’t the now-repealed Public Act 4, but rather a state law on intergovernmental agreements and related state laws.

After hearing from Andrews, the board began a closed session to discuss the impact of the repeal of the emergency manager law on Detroit’s consent agreement.

Mayor Dave Bing and four City Council members participated.

Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed in April on state oversight as an alternative to a state financial takeover.

The nine-member oversight board held its first meeting in June.

Last month, Bing said city wouldn’t run out of cash later this year as efforts to cut costs and restructure services move ahead.

But he expressed dissatisfaction with slowed progress on fixing the city’s finances.

AZ woman runs down husband with car for not voting: police

An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said on Monday.

Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle.

Daniel Solomon, 36, was in critical condition at a local hospital, but is expected to survive, Gilbert police spokesman Sergeant Jesse Sanger said.

Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his "lack of voter participation" in last Tuesday's presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term.

Witnesses reported the argument broke out on Saturday morning in a parking lot and escalated. Mrs Solomon then chased her husband around the lot with the car, yelling at him as he tried to hide behind a light pole, police said. He was struck after attempting to flee to a nearby street.

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History Season 2.


International pro-Internet coalition

A surprise attack
Wow. Telecom giants and repressive regimes are teaming up to use a little-known UN agency to make the Internet more expensive,1 surveilled,2 and censored.3

You are part of what looks like the largest movement in history. And the stakes couldn't be higher.
Internet freedom means connection with loved ones, open innovation, and free expression without interference by Big Telecom or repressive governments. All this is under threat right now, but you can make a difference in just a few seconds.

We're already working together globally to stop new Internet fees being imposed through trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),4 and we’re building an international pro-Internet coalition working together seamlessly around the world.5 This kind of success is unique, it's inspiring, and it's something you should be proud of.

Please don't let them take it away from you – raise your voice now.

Link to source:

Do States Actually Have The Right To Secede?

Justin A Horne posted a video

Do States Actually Have The Right To Secede?

Ben Swann takes a look at the more than 30 petitions on the White House blog We The People asking that their state be allowed to peacefully secede

Petraeus agrees to testify on Libya before congressional committees

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.

Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify this Thursday on the burgeoning controversy over the deadly Sept. 11 attack. That appearance was scuttled, though, after the director abruptly resigned over an extramarital affair.

The resignation has since expanded into a sprawling scandal that now includes allegations that Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, exchanged "inappropriate" and sexually charged emails with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite linked to the Petraeus case. The rapid developments in the case have all but obscured what until last week was an intense debate on Capitol Hill and beyond over the Benghazi terror attack.

After Petraeus' resignation, lawmakers complained that the scandal was no reason they shouldn't hear from the man at the helm of the CIA when CIA operatives came under attack alongside State Department employees in Benghazi last month.

Anti-austerity protests, strikes spread across Europe

 0:41AM EST November 14. 2012 - BARCELONA — Flights and trains were canceled across Europe on Wednesday as thousands of workers took to the streets to protest austerity measures aimed at reducing massive government deficits and boosting shaky economies.

"We all know that reforms, layoffs and cuts will continue but maybe we manage to get them cut (more slowly)," said Francisco Vallejo, 41, an administrative assistant in Madrid. "The only strike that is useless is the one we don't follow."

Unions had called for strikes across Europe to protest the trimming of government-funded salaries and pension benefits, which had risen dramatically over the years and led to significant debt problems in some countries.
The call to strike was heeded by many in Italy and Spain; but union workers in Britain, Germany and Denmark held rallies instead of walking off the job.

Transport hubs were at standstill across southern Europe and in Brussels as airports and train stations shut down. Clashes between protesters and police were reported in Spain and Italy but demonstrations remained largely peaceful. World stock markets were mixed Wednesday.

The so-called austerity measures comprise spending cuts, tax hikes and changes to labor laws to allow businesses to better adjust to shaky economies. But several governments and many workers worry that the measures may worsen economies by driving down individual incomes.

The protests Wednesday brought out people who blame the economic system as a whole.



    USA TODAY ‎- 23 minutes ago
    Flights and trains were cancelled across Europe as thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday to protest austerity measures intended ...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charges dropped against Toronto G-20 protester/ blogger Dan Kellar

G-20 protester

A Toronto prosecutor has withdrawn all charges against a Kitchener activist accused of harassing two undercover police officers who infiltrated activist groups before the G-20 summit.

Prosecutor Jason Miller withdrew charges of harassment, intimidation and counselling to commit assault against Dan Kellar in Toronto on Thursday.

Kellar had also been charged with defamatory libel for comments he made on a university-based website about the two undercover OPP officers.

He called officer Bindo Showan, who went by the name Khalid Mohamed, “a piece of filth’’ and urged others to “spit in his footsteps.’’

That charge was withdrawn earlier and new charges of harassing and intimidating the officers were laid.
Kellar said Thursday that the charges were “absurd’’ and “politically motivated.’’

“They got dropped because they were baseless and were meant to punish me,’’ he said. “I got arrested for criticizing the police.

“They’re using the legal system as their own tool to punish people extralegally, whether they did anything wrong or not.’’


Dan Kellar Arrested After Blog Post on G20 "Infiltrator"

Monday, November 12, 2012

Respect those with guns: Portuguese Army marches against austerity (PHOTOS)

Portuguese military members hold up red cards during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)
Portuguese military members hold up red cards during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)
Thousands of soldiers in civilian dress have marched through Lisbon in protest of the austerity program that's part and parcel of the country's 2013 budget.
­An estimated 10,000 active and retired military personnel rallied against the "unjustified cutbacks," calling for President Anibal Cavaco Silva to veto the controversial austerity budget adopted by the center-right government. The quiet march carried banners calling to respect the military and "national sovereignty."
"We are getting cut after cut and there is no light at the end of the tunnel," one soldier told AFP.
Some officers complained that their monthly wages have been cut as much as 25 per cent.
Besides focusing on the military problems, such as a decline in finances for maintenance and training, the march also targeted disagreements over cuts to the social sphere, as well as tax hikes.
Portuguese military members gather in the central Restauradores Square (Independence Restoration Square) during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro) military members gather in the central Restauradores Square (Independence Restoration Square) during a protest against the 2013 state budget draft in Lisbon November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)
­A number of associations representing the military called on the country’s Constitutional Court to review the legality of next year's budget.
In July, the court ruled against a finance law and told the government to revise the measure, which stripped bonuses from civil servants, arguing that it violated constitutionally-guaranteed rights to equal treatment. Activists hope for a similar outcome with the austerity budget.


3 Occupy Wall Street Protesters Win $50K Settlement Over "Thought Crime" Arrest
The city has settled a lawsuit brought by three Occupy Wall Street protestors who accused the NYPD of arresting them without cause, detaining them for almost 24 hours, and forcing them through a humiliating strip search. On November 17th 2011, 20-year-old Kira Moyer-Sims was buying coffee on the Lower East Side while three friends waited in a nearby car. Suddenly 30 police officers swooped in and arrested them, and later drilled them on their relationship with the movement while they were in custody. “I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime,” Moyer-Sims said at the time. Taxpayers will now give her $15,000 to make up for it.
According to the settlement, the city will pay $50,000 total to Moyer-Sims, Angela Richino, and Matthew Vrvilo. (It's unclear what happened to the fourth person arrested.) All the plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit had been charged with obstructing governmental administration—charges that were later dropped by the DA's office.
"They were arrested on the belief that they were about to go to a protest," their attorney Vijayant Pawar tells us. "But they were not going to a protest. So either the NYPD was following them for quite some time or the NYPD just thought they looked like protestors. But they were far away from the protest when they were picked up by the NYPD Intelligence Division and arrested and held for 24 hours."
Pawar says his clients are satisfied with the settlement, but that it doesn't make up for the NYPD's actions. Asked to confirm that they were in fact Occupy Wall Street protesters, Pawar argued that such classifications missed the point. "Were they with OWS?" Pawar asked. "I don't know that you can paint someone with that brush. They had not been arrested before and have not been arrested since then. They were not going to protest that day. Were they part of the OWS movement? It's hard to say who is."
Contact the author of this article or email with further questions, comments or tips.

GED test to become harder, cost likely to triple

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- If you're thinking about getting your GED, you may want to do it soon because it's about to get a lot harder and a good deal more expensive.

The national GED test gives high school dropouts who pass the test the equivalent of a high school diploma. The five-part exam will undergo a complete redesign Jan. 1, 2014, that will do away with pencil and paper and make it an entirely computer-based test with multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.
It also will be more closely aligned with the new college and career ready standards, making it more difficult, said Kim Lee, vice chancellor for adult education for the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. The current test was revised slightly in 2002 but this will be the first major overhaul in the GED's nearly 70-year history.
The General Education Development test is a national norm reference exam currently developed by the nonprofit GED Testing Services. It has been purchased by the for-profit Pearson Vue Testing company, which will do away with the written format of the test, and make it a computer based exam that still will be timed.
That means programs that offer preparatory classes for the GED will need to focus on keyboarding skills, Lee said.
"Keyboarding is definitely an issue," she said.
The cost of the exam - currently $50 in Alabama - will likely triple, Lee said. The state Board of Education still must approve the cost increase, she said, but it looks like the recommendation will be to increase the cost charged to the test-taker to $150.
The new test will give two separate scores: one for high school curriculum knowledge and the other for college or career readiness.

Romney Doomed Himself by the Corrupt Tactics Used Against Ron Paul

By cheating against Ron Paul, Mitt Romney won the nomination, but lost the election.
We have recorded videos of vote fraud, delegate intimidation, hidden and stolen votes. Even police power was being used to control our political process. 

The duly elected delegates from Massachusetts, who would not vote for Romney, were SIMPLY UNSEATED AND REMOVED, and then replaced by other delegates, The duly elected Maine delegates were unseated, and replaced, after they had already traveled to Tampa. View:
Ron Paul’s Maine Delegates Walked Out of Sham Republican Convention After Being Cheated
In several states, Romney hacks posed as Ron Paul supporters, and distributed fraudulent slates of delegates, who were misrepresented as Ron Paul supporters. 
At the Louisiana GOP State Convention a properly elected 70 yr old handicapped delegate was attacked by police. His hip was broken, and he was taken away on a stretcher.
State and county conventions were shut down, without a motion to adjourn, when Ron Paul supporters were in the majority.

A bus circled the Tampa Convention Center THREE TIMES before finally letting the Ron Paul delegates off: too late to vote on a crucial issue! See Ben Swann’s Reality Check on the subject, which has actual tweets from delegates, who were held captive on the bus and prevented from voting!
Actual crimes have been committed in front of scores of witnesses with cameras. Yet no one has been prosecuted, because it was the power elite who were behind it.  Did you see any of these on TV? Perhaps you did see ONE this: 

Video of RNC Teleprompter Showing Scripted Voting Results Before Voting Finished

This video was made on August 28, 2012 during the vote on the new controversial RNC rules. It shows the PREDETERMINED SCRIPT of the proceedings of the Republican National Convention, INCLUDING THE OUTCOME OF THE VOTING.  They refused to actually counts votes, but simply ruled that “the ayes have it” as the teleprompter instructed them to do.  This video leaves no doubt that the results of the voting were decided in advance on the convention.
Congratulations Romney supporters, you just DESTROYED the Republican Party and facilitated the end of America. This is the day when the banksters quit hiding the fact that they choose our presidents, and that the American people have no say in it. The GOP lost the election by demonstrating utter corruption. They have no one to blame but themselves. Unless the people forget what they have seen the GOP lost EVERY FUTURE election with this reprehensible corruption.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day Requires a Rethink

November 10, 2011

(Thanks to Robert for this image.)

If central bankers start all the wars,
re veterans heroes, or mercenaries and dupes?

by Henry Makow Ph,D.

When the United States and England loaned Mexico money in 1903 using its customs revenue as collateral, Illuminati banker Jacob Schiff cabled his English counterpart, Ernest Cassel:

"If they don't pay, who will collect the customs?"

Cassel replied:

"Your marines and ours."   (The Life of Otto Kahn, p. 22)

Marine General Smedley Butler (1881-1940) confirmed that he was "a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers."

In War is a Racket (1935) he wrote: "I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

Flash forward to 2011 when NATO fomented and led a "revolution" in Libya, one of only four countries that didn't have a Rothschild central bank. Now Libya does.

They don't call it imperialism anymore. They call it "Our mission in Libya." Soldiers aren't mercenaries; they are "missionaries." 



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why Did CIA Director Resign? Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?


The Deeper Questions Behind the Ambassador’s Murder … and the CIA Boss’ Sudden Resignation

While the GOP is attacking (and Dems defending) the Obama administration in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, there is a deeper story.
Sure, it is stunning that the State Department never requested backup or that people such as Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer allege that President Obama personally watched in real time the attacks as they occurred via video feeds from drones flying over the Benghazi consulate.
But these claims only can be assessed – and the whole confusing mess only makes sense – if the deeper underlying story is first exposed.

Many Syrian Terrorists Come from Libya

The U.S. supported opposition which overthrew Libya’s Gadaffi was largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.
According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:
WestPoint 1 LibyaAQvsAS Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign ... And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?
Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya.  Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.
(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion.  But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)
CNN, the Telegraph,  the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.
Mainstream sources also confirm that the Syrian opposition is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.  See thisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthis and this.
The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006. The post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.

The Real Story At Benghazi

This brings us to the murder of ambassador Stevens and the sudden resignation of CIA boss David Petraeus.
The Wall Street JournalTelegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.
They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission.
Reuters notes that the CIA mission involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.
Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:
There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.


Water companies pay little or no tax on huge profits

Thames Water and Anglian among companies paying little or no corporation tax while executives pocket huge bonuses
water pipes
Water pipes. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA
Three of Britain's biggest water companies paid little or no tax on their profits last year while generously rewarding their executives and investors, the Observer can reveal. Thames Water and Anglian Water paid no corporation tax on the profits made from their utility businesses while Yorkshire Water kept its payments to the Revenue in the low millions.

All the companies made hundreds of millions of pounds in operating profits and some have rewarded their senior executives with performance-related bonuses and investors with huge dividends. Martin Baggs, the chief executive of Thames Water, which enjoyed a £76m tax rebate in 2012, was given a bonus of £420,000 on top of his £425,000 salary and is in line for a further windfall of £1m based on company performance through to 2015.

The controversy follows a series of revelations that major companies, including multinationals such as Starbucks, Google and Amazon, have used complex financial manoeuvres to avoid tax, while generating huge profits and rewards for their owners.

The figures will be particularly galling for taxpayers because the water companies implement price rises every year

Sandy victims protest for second day after spending 12 days without power

  • An estimated 300 residents in Hicksville, Long Island, took to the street on Saturday, protesting the Long Island Power Authority for ongoing power outages
  • There are still over a quarter million New York customers without power
  • Early on Saturday more than 500 people lined up in Far Rockaway with empty fuel cans
  • President Barack Obama is set to visit hard-hit areas of New York City on Thursday
 By Reuters Reporter and Damian Ghigliotty
The trail of devastation left by Hurricane Sandy has been long and trying for those still overcoming setbacks.
An estimated 300 residents in Hicksville, Long Island, took to the street on Saturday protesting the Long Island Power Authority at its headquarters for ongoing power outages 12 days after the storm hit the area -- the second protest against the energy provider this weekend.
There are still over a quarter million New York customers without power. As of Friday more than 170,000 of those customers were on Long Island, many of them staying in temporary shelters.
Scroll down for video
Power hungry: LIPA protesters line up outside the company's headquarters in Long Island to voice frustrations over ongoing power outages
Power hungry: LIPA protesters line up outside the company's headquarters in Long Island to voice frustrations over ongoing power outages
Power plea: A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, New York
Power plea: A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, New York

More than 500 angry LIPA customers in Oceanside staged a similar protest at a LIPA news conference on Friday saying the energy provider was giving them the run-around and they wanted to know why, CBS reported.
Many of the protestors were chanting "LIPA sucks."
Electric utilities have taken heat for being slow to restore power throughout the region. For a large number of those without power, no electricity means no heat, hot water or hot meals.



Frustrated by slow response to power lost during storms, residents protest outside NY utility


NEW YORK (AP) -- Even as the lights came for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor'easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages.

Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said.

In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was expected to be restored by the end of the weekend, though that doesn't include tens of thousands of homes too damaged to juice up.

"We are sitting in a cold house. No one comes by," said John Mangin of Levittown, N.Y. "There should be criminal charges against the CEO and the executive board of LIPA for failure to do their jobs."

He was among about 300 people staging a rally in front of LIPA's office in Hicksville, N.Y. Not all were without power, but some who have power said they were there to protest LIPA's lack of communication.
LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey said they were aware customers haven't gotten the information they've needed from the utility, partly because of an outdated information technology system they're in the process of updating.


Friday, November 9, 2012

The Prepper Movie - Official Movie Announcement - HD

James Φοίνιξ posted a video

When Survival Is All That's Left! The Prepper Movie is the first of its kind! A 30 minute Feature Film that follows groups of preppers after a world shatteri...

(Original Content) Massive Explosive Potential in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. Doomsday?

(Original Content) Massive Explosive Potential in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. Doomsday?

A horrible scenario is shaping up in the Gulf of Mexico, which could easily allow a chain of events to unfold, which may quickly become an extinction level disaster. This article will attempt to explain and link together all the aspects and events that have led up to this point. The subjects involved are numerous, including the usage of Hydraulic Fracturing, and where it’s gases are stored once recovered, and it's connection to the Louisiana sinkhole; how the ‘fracking” is de-stabilizing the North American craton plate, and how all of it is connected to the recent BP Gulf Oil Spill. Bear with me, while we go on a journey of discovery that will leave you chilled to the bone about the future of not only the Gulf of Mexico, but of the United States and beyond.
“Slick water hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a technology used to extract natural gas, and oil, that lies within a shale rock formation thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface.
Combined with another technique called “horizontal drilling,” natural gas companies are able to drill previously untapped reserves.
Industry says the process is safe and does not pollute drinking water supplies. But a growing movement of environmentalists, scientists and residents worry that the chemicals used in the fracking process will leak into aquifers. Wastewater from the process returns to the surface contaminated with some of those chemicals, as well as buried salts and naturally occurring radioactive material. That wastewater needs to be treated, or buried deep in the earth using underground injection wells.”
More info and interactive map about “Fracking” available at:

Hydraulic Fracturing is occurring all along the North American Craton Plate. What is a craton?

North America’s saga began over four billion years ago, when fragments of continental crust first formed. Some of these fragments coalesced into microcontinents, which later collided to assemble the craton — the heart of North America. Plate tectonics has since enlarged this craton, and sediment has blanketed much of it, obscuring its eventful origins.”

Since so much and so many gases are recovered by “Fracking”, and so as to not glut the markets, they are then stored in the Gulf Coastal Salt Domes. Billions of tonnes of flammable gases, such as butane, methane, natural gas, benzene, and in some reports, possibly radioactive spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants.

 Everywhere ‘Fracking” occurs there are also earthquakes of varying strengths.  All known 'INTERIOR QUAKES' that are taking place in the U.S. recently, are all occurring along the North American Craton Plate, which if you look at a map of “fracking sites”, coincidentally are located at the edges of the North American craton and where the quakes are being reported by USGS.

The craton is moving South and West. This craton plate is under incredible pressure by the Pacific Plate moving roughly East-Northward, as evidenced by its last hard movement or ‘slip’, which took place in 1811 and 1812. This was the largest earthquake ever to hit this continent in modern times, an 8.9 or 9.8 magnitude, (depending upon the source), along the New Madrid Fault Zone. So powerful it was, a sink hole was created and the Mississippi River flowed backwards to fill it, to create Reelfoot Lake in North West Tennessee, and rang Church bells in Boston. These quakes lasted for five months of constant after shocks.

Everywhere Fracking takes place, a loss of gas occurs and liquid is pumped back in, and that is along the edges of the North American craton plate, essentially acting as a lubricant underneath the plate. This greatly increases the chances of another great ‘Slip’ dramatically.

Keep this information in the back of your mind, as I attempt to explain the next Act in this Sordid Saga.

Everyone remembers the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf which occurred on April 20th, 2010, also known as the “Deepwater Horizon” incident that killed 11 platform workers. As bad as this was, it was truly a continuing problem that dated as far back as the 1940’s.
“There are more than 27,000 abandoned oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as 'an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades'. Some of them date back to the 1940s. State officials estimate that tens of thousands of them are badly sealed.”
Abandoned oil wells make Gulf of Mexico 'environmental minefield'

Although the evidence is circumstantial, in the least, Exxon Mobil has provided us with the proof that the Methane seeps and propagation zones extend from the Macondo Wellhead blow out sites as well as the other wellheads that have shown 10,000 to 100,000 times the amount of Methane saturation in the Gulf since the Macondo blowout in 2010 leads straight to the Napoleonville Salt Dome.

If you will scroll to page 28 of the following PDF, then you shall see the migration zone that terminates roughly 10 miles North of Bayou Corne. It is therefor logical to assume that the Methane pressures have risen to such a rate that all along the "Yellow Zone" on page 28 and the graphics on page 31 explains the sinkhole effect, and the enormous pressures involved. Crude oil will soon follow and I fear it has already filled due to the breach on the western wall. If the drilling keeps up next to the Eastern walls by the Australian Drilling Operations....then a total collapse of the Eastern wall is a very high probability. Pressurized Methane Gas is the precursor of liquid oil migrating through the Yellow Seep Zone. I personally see no way to stem or stop this. This is an environmental disaster that will in one way or the other impact and empty all of the surrounding areas in the years to come. Most of the Gulf is in extreme danger!
The mouth of the Gulf of Mexico is collapsing at the gullet of the Mississippi River. When you take out heavy fluids from cracks, fissures, and reservoirs, and do not replace something of equal density, then logic tells you it will fail. This has been the oil industry's dirtiest secret, and one you have been lied to about since you were a child. The oil industry would have you believe that you can get something for nothing, and never have to put anything back.

The Govt. knew these Salt Domes were not geologically stable in 1998 and that they inter-mixed with the ground water table! 

Back in 2001, BP applied for the license to drill for oil at MC 252 and MC 296. They also applied for exceptions. MC 296 is between two salt domes. It is explained fully in the videos below. With every seismic event that has occurred along the Craton plate, there is a report of oil leaking in 4 and up to 11 mile slicks spotted near Macondo in 2011 and 2012. Yes, the BP Oil Disaster Site. Over the top of two Salt Domes and which had drilled down into the seabed and also gave an outlet to the frozen methane 'ice' below.

Also the US Navy commissioned NOAA to create a 3-D map of the whole GOM. This survey shows the massive amount of frozen methane under the Gulf. Scientists also recently found that 2.5 gigatonnes resides in the sea floor mud:

Ignore the Global Warming propaganda but understand that methane (natural gas) is highly flammable. But, there are also unexploded munitions also scattered all over the Gulf and one of the dump sites has been identified as being within a few miles of the Macondo Drill sites.

Thousands of Bombs Dumped in Gulf of Mexico Pose Huge Threat to Oil Rigs

Now, at the same time, Salt Domes on land are used to store millions of tonnes of liquid Butane, Methane, (natural gas), oil, benzene, and radioactive wastes and by-products. Over 12 of these domes have been identified within the Bayou Corne Parish in Louisiana alone, not to mention the Grand, and Assumption areas.

Bayou Corne Parish is the location of the 1 by 3 mile Texas Brine, LLC.’s Napoleonville Salt Dome-become-sinkhole containing methane and oil, next to a 1.5 million barrel reservoir of butane only a half mile below ground and 1600 ft. away from the ever widening sinkhole, with 11 more Salt Domes identified in the general area. Has the butane holding area also been breached by the seismic activity reported continually over the last six months?

This disaster was actually perpetrated by Texas Brine Company, LLC, (a Bayer Co. subsidiary), over a year ago while attempting to expand the storage capabilities of the Oxy Geismar No. 3 cavern at Napoleonville and breached the Methane Holding Dome, which the collapse of, created the sinkhole and is venting as far as 20-30 miles away, as evidenced by bubbles coming to the surface of the surrounding bayou’s, not to mention the seismic activity reported as far a 45 miles away.

Also, the Vacherie Dome near Minden, Louisiana is a Salt Dome facility in use. But not only are explosive gases housed there, but also nuclear waste, (unconfirmed).

Anyone remember the 11 Blasts that woke people from their beds Monday, October 15, 2012 in 3 States? It is claimed to have been an explosion at the munitions dump at the old Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant outside Minden.

But if you look at the damage site from a flyover, then you immediately know that 11 blasts felt in 3 States cannot have occurred underground exclusively.

No way was the force of this explosion promulgated over three states. Most of this was an above ground ignition. What you are looking at is the blasting cap that ignited methane, butane, and who knows what else that has accumulated into the atmosphere of the surrounding area. It is highly probable that this is caused by venting from the Vacherie Dome, the Minden Dome, or even the Bistineau Salt Domes in Webster Parish, La. These Domes are identified in the Aquifer Survey performed by the USGS.

It is not beyond belief that a meteorite may have ignited these gases, but I don't buy it. It is much more likely it's an intentional "Blast Off" of radiant materials out-gassing. I would be very interested if an EPA air study of the surrounding area and atmosphere were carried out now, that is, if the EPA would even release such a report if done.

Here is an Air Quality Report for Bayou Corne, though.

Now, let's put all these things together, just for the sake of argument. 

One day a year ago, Texas Brine punctures the Napoleonville Salt Dome, followed by small earthquakes ignored by local and State officials.

Then a gigantic sinkhole opens up starting in August, and out-gasses in all directions, filling the immediate atmosphere with heavy gases. It would take only a spark to ignite an atmospheric explosion. Due to weather, these gases would eventually disperse and promulgate, depending on density and specific gravity of the materials, but methane clears out pretty quickly. 

Now imagine that not only the Napoleonville Dome, but the Minden or Vacherie Dome in Webster Parish was also found to be out-gassing as well, because of the seismic activity all over the region? Yet due to the specific gravity and density of these materials, which were so much heavier and could not disperse or promulgate at a fast enough rate, possibly causing breathing difficulties, mass deaths, or worse? 

How to clean the surrounding atmosphere of these Salt Domes out-gassing? It is not beyond belief that a privately owned Ammunition Plant mostly vacant could be used to ignite these gases.

The risk would be minimal if done at the right time, night time, and only minor damage done nearby. It would make the sky glow for a bit, but that can be blamed on anything, and was. "Just tell the folks an old Ammo Dump exploded for no reason, hell, they will believe anything."

Now the atmosphere in the general area is cleaned. No muss, no real fuss. Remember now, the same thing happened last year. "Oh, they'll forget that".

But consider this, if any spark will set off even one of these out-gassers that seeps through the cracks of the earth, just what would it do if one that has collapsed ignites with methane and oil and blows, and travels to the half mile deep caverns filled with Butane, such as the one in Bayou Corne Parish?

That's lighter fluid for folks that don't know. Now you have an atomic sized event which in turn sets off all the surrounding Salt Domes and their payloads? It only takes the methane to set this chain of events in motion. Just the butane alone contained next to the collapsed dome is enough for 1.5 x the explosive force of both Atomic Bombs set off in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, depending on whose estimates you believe, not to mention the oil stored there as well? Methane, Light Crude, next to a Butane repository would set off every repository (Salt Domes) within a 50 mile radius and be the chain reaction that promulgates thousands of feet in all directions. 

Also, since all of this has to be, and has for a long time, propagated and traveling along the Louisiana, and possibly even the Mississippi Aquifer Systems that lie just below, then these, at least 11 H-Bombs, or B-Bombs go off as well and breaches the Macondo Salt Domes, and the over fifty other Salt Domes in the immediate vicinity and surrounded by 30 million or more tonnes of old munitions and mustard gas, which in turn ignites methane, (natural gas), which in turn ignites the oil, which in turn....well, I think you get the picture now.
Conspiratorial? We are left to wonder, because the officials in charge refuse to answer straight questions. Their web page dedicated to FAQ's is completely the opposite of what the people living in the surrounding parishes of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou have reported. If you believe the official account, then all of the people that live there have eye problems, perception problems, ear damage, and have lost the ability to taste the air and water they consume. I lean more towards the people that live in this nightmare.


But, that's not the worst... Let’s not forget about the Craton Plate. Remember it is half floating now due to the ‘Fracking’. Now if a mega-explosion happens at the base of the New Madrid Fault boundary which travels up the main fault, thereby triggering all of the secondary faults until they meet at the Eastern Craton Boundary, also known as New Madrid, Mo., which also has a confluence of several other lesser known Major Fault Lines, and you have a shift of the Craton Plate. A major shift, relieving the pressure that is constantly put upon it by the Pacific Plate, and nudged by the North Atlantic Plate, (which has caused all of the recent "Ground Noises and booms" in the upper Midwest).

We are talking about an earthquake such as the world has never known. If this does happen, computer models close to a 12 magnitude are postulated. I cannot imagine a 12 magnitude quake on subsidence soils. A quake that large would set off every fault line in the US, Mexico, Canada, New York, to some degree, and most certainly would set off the major San Andreas Fault out west that everyone in California and Oregon have feared for ages.

An earthquake of such magnitude would certainly impact the earth entire. What would such an event do to the rotation of our planet? How many volcanoes would also be set off worldwide?

 Sound impossible? Willing to stake your life on it? I do not want to create a panic, and it shouldn't, for that is not my intention, but while you have the time to do so, I do suggest contacting everyone you know and let's get some action going to find out the answers to these very real and dangerous questions.

Just the idea of hydraulic fracturing and poisoning of the US water table and aquifers is enough for me to be concerned, and the lubrication of the North American craton plate is frightening, but throw into the mix, the Salt Domes full of natural, butane, methane gases, even atomic waste, sinkholes venting… Well, all of this together is just terrifying.

If this is the best that politicians and scientists can come up with, then I'd say we have either some very retarded people in those positions, or they know of the danger and are covering up for the corporations. A worse idea comes to mind that it may even be intentional. Now that is an even scarier thought.

 Act now, and let’s begin to get some answers and solutions, before it’s too late.

Stay Tuned.... More coming updates to follow.

More Videos to Consider:

Officials: “Deep natural formation” may be source of gas around giant sinkhole — Fears it could reach surface at explosive levels

The MEGA New Madrid Earthquake is Coming Soon

Officials admit crude oil and methane are coming from massive underground formation below sinkhole


Watch: Man ignites tap water 4 miles from Louisiana sinkhole — It started bubbling after giant hole formed

Fracking Across the United States

N. American Craton Quakes

Sinkhole - Directly linked to Gulf Oil Spill
Part 1

Part II

Part III

Source Articles not listed in article above:

Louisiana Sinkhole? -Gulf Stream Shift Linked to Methane Gas Escaping from Seabeds

Are these people INSANE? The following is an October Press Release. They are drilling into the NAPOLEONVILLE SALT DOME STILL!

Blowout in Gulf of Mexico: Wellhead releasing ‘unknown product’ into water off Louisiana coast (MAP)

Coast Guard: 4-mile stretch of oil has appeared near BP’s Macondo well in Gulf

Now we find that last year, it was proposed to use possibly two mediums for Nuclear Waste Disposal. One is by using Salt Domes, and the other is pumping back liquid High Level radioactive waste to fill shale that has been 'fracked' instead of the already harmful chemicals now used.

Salt Disposal of Heat-Generating Nuclear Waste

Bayou Sinkhole: Radioactive dome issues covered up over a year

Louisiana Sinkhole Briefing: Essentially, the earth is fractured from the salt cavern all the way to surface — Crude oil coming up through fracture zone

La. sinkhole methane caused Minden explosions is possibility physicists say

 Would a better bathymetry chart have made the difference ?

La. sinkhole was predicted, grows 500 square feet larger after seismic activity

Did The CIA Assassinate Matt Simmons For Blowing The Whistle On The BP Gulf Oil Spill?

Sinkhole emergency butane flared 40 feet as seismic activity increased

Energy Resource Potential for Methane Hydrates

Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible 

Deepwater Exploration Workshop

I don't buy any of it. The Salt caverns are brined out and are then used as storage facilities. Very conflicting info by the "officials" and I believe it is intentional.

Comment by Freedomrox on Monday 

Troy, read this: Below Sinkhole: 500 billion cubic feet of gas, 200 million gallons of oil estimated in Napoleonville Salt Dome.

What else could it be?
Comment by Troy on Monday 

Crude oil coming up through fracture zone?
Abiotic oil?
Comment by Freedomrox on Monday 


Comment by Freedomrox on November 3, 2012 at 8:53pm
Delete Comment
This needs to go viral. Imagine the Mississippi River being over a hundred miles wide from the Gulf Of Mexico to the Great Lakes, and the earthquake damage alone would wipe out nearly all transportation to the surviving 150 million. Also depending on the extent of the event, what if it awakens and sets off the Yellowstone Super Volcano? I hope every reader will email everyone they know this article and use it as a means to show their local representatives the true danger that is posed here. Don't think they won't listen either, because the one thing a politician cares about is self-preservation. As of now, no one is safe, until a national effort to stop this slow motion train wreck is mounted.

I sent this to Rense as well and posted it in a few other places, and is round a bout already on WRH, but it needs a bigger push. Who cares about the economy, if there are no people alive to run it?
Delete Comment
Earthquake Monitor Today at
LA08 BHZ GS 00 : Highway 70, Belle Rose, LA
Comment by Freedomrox yesterday
Delete Comment
The Govt. knew these Salt Domes were not geologically stable in 1998 and that they inter-mixed with the ground water table!
Comment by suzie yesterday
Delete Comment
omg Freedomrox ~ you worked hard here ill check it out ~ this looks terrible
Comment by Freedomrox on Thursday 

Although the evidence is circumstantial, in the least, Exxon Mobil has provided us with the proof that the Methane seeps and propagation zones extend from the Macondo Wellhead blow out sites as well as the other wellheads that have shown 10,000 to 100,000 times the amount of Methane saturation in the Gulf since the Macondo blowout in 2010 leads straight to the Napoleonville Salt Dome.
If you will scroll to page 28 of the following PDF, then you shall see the migration zone that terminates roughly 10 miles North of Bayou Corne. It is therefor logical to assume that the Methane pressures have risen to such a rate that all along the "Yellow Zone" on page 28 and the graphics on page 31 explains the sinkhole effect, and the enormous pressures involved. Crude oil will soon follow and I fear it has already filled due to the breach on the western wall. If the drilling keeps up next to the Eastern walls by the Australian Drilling Operations....then a total collapse of the Eastern wall is a very high probability. Pressurized Methane Gas is the precursor of liquid oil migrating through the Yellow Seep Zone. I personally see no way to stem or stop this. This is an environmental disaster that will in one way or the other impact and empty all of the surrounding areas in the years to come. Most of the Gulf is in extreme danger!
Comment by Freedomrox on Wednesday 

NUCLEAR WASTE IN Vacherie Salt Dome?

Below is the abstract from Jan. 01, 1988.