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  • UKRAINE: Russian troops

    04/11/2014 8:03:48 AM PDT · by · 8 replies
    Ukraine Crisis Media Center ^ | 11-04-2014 16 mins ago | Dmitry Tymchuk
    In my remarks today in the Ukrainian crisis Media Center Dmitri Tymchuk: Crimea Ukraine scenario will not pass-a critical moment for the invasion here Putin missed in March Kiev, April 11, 2014 year-on the accumulation of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border, the most likely SCENARIOS FOR FURTHER ACTION and the main THREAT to the integrity of Ukraine today is driving the separatists in Eastern Ukraine said Dmitry Tymchuk, Director of the Center for political-military studies, Coordinator of the "resistance" of the Information in the Ukrainian crisis Media Center. According to the information of the resistance, in the last 24...
  • Venezuela on the Brink – Infographic and Poll data

    03/14/2014 7:43:55 AM PDT · by politisite · 9 replies
    Iron Mill News ^ | 3/14/2014 | Chris Wawra
    As the Venezuelan government continues to violently crack down on protesters, the credibility of Maduro’s regime hangs in the balance. The world has been watching Venezuela, as well as both Ukraine and Thailand, during these difficult political times Maduro’s government has been accused of human rights violations by the U.N. and over half the 1World voters on the ground in the three embattled countries around the world (Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand) feel unsafe in their country. To make matters worse, 30% feel the domestic media coverage of the unrest is inaccurate and 50% think the coverage has been mixed.
  • Obama to Cut Key Reconnaissance Fleet By 25 Percent Planes being used to monitor Ukraine crisis

    03/10/2014 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    A key fleet of U.S. reconnaissance planes used to detect enemy aircraft in hostile settings will to be cut by 25 percent under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources familiar with the budget proposal. A fleet of 31 AWACs, or Airborne Warning and Control System planes, will be reduced to 24 by 2015 under Obama’s budget proposal. The situation has prompted concern in defense circles and elsewhere, where sources have pointed out that AWACS are currently deployed in Poland and Romania in order to help monitor the standoff in Ukraine. AWACS are a highly advanced type...
  • Experts: ‘Retirement Crisis’ Concerns Might Be Overblown

    03/07/2014 7:00:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/07/2014 | RODRIGO SERMEÑO
    WASHINGTON – Experts have cautioned against concerns over a retirement crisis, saying the most commonly cited measure of retirement income ignores a large portion of the money retirees receive.Recently, many pundits and policymakers have expressed much concern [1] about the U.S. retirement system. They argue that the United States is facing a crisis due to the shift over the past three decades from defined-benefit pensions to defined-contribution savings plans. They also worry Americans do not seem to save enough when they are working and in retirement their meager pension income will force them to rely on Social Security.In response,...
  • Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia

    03/06/2014 2:47:48 AM PST · by Zajko · 102 replies
    BBC ^ | 6th March 2014 | BBC
    <p>MPs in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea have voted to formally become part of the Russian Federation.</p> <p>Parliament said the decision would be put to the Crimean people for their verdict in a referendum on 16 March.</p> <p>Crimea, whose population is mostly Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president.</p>
  • MSNBC's Maddow: G.W. Bush Is to Blame for Ukraine Crisis

    03/03/2014 4:03:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies ^ | March 03, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow charged Monday that the George W. Bush administration's Middle East policy has steered America's current security policy and response to global crises — including the one in Ukraine. Talking about her new documentary, "Why We Did It," involving circumstances leading to the Iraq War, Maddow told MSNBC colleague Andrea Mitchell that the Bush administration is largely responsible for the nation's current course overseas. “The decisions of our generation on national security are determined more than anything by what the George W. Bush administration did with that nine-year war in Iraq and, alongside it, a 13-year war...
  • How Russia Today Is Covering the Crisis In Ukraine

    03/02/2014 9:36:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 3/2/14 | Oliver Darcy
  • Ukraine Crisis: Russia Brands New Leaders "Mutineers" (We All Knew This Was Coming Alert)

    02/24/2014 8:12:05 AM PST · by goldstategop · 87 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/24/2014 | BBC News
    Mr Medvedev, quoted by Russian news agencies, suggested that Western countries that accepted Ukraine's new authorities were mistaken. "Strictly speaking, there is no-one for us to communicate with there today," he said. "The legitimacy of a whole number of organs of power that function there raises great doubts. "Some of our foreign, Western partners think otherwise. This is some kind of aberration of perception when people call legitimate what is essentially the result of an armed mutiny." He added: "We do not understand what is going on there. There is a real threat to our interests and to the lives...
  • China Starts To Make A Power Move Against The US Dollar

    02/21/2014 8:11:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 21, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In order for our current level of debt-fueled prosperity to continue, the rest of the world must continue to use our dollars to trade with one another and must continue to buy our debt at ridiculously low interest rates. Of course the number one foreign nation that we depend on to participate in our system is China. China accounts for more global trade than anyone else on the planet (including the United States), and most of that trade is conducted in U.S. dollars. This keeps demand for our dollars very high, and it ensures that we can import massive quantities...
  • The crisis in Venezuela broadens and deepens

    02/18/2014 5:50:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 18, 2014 | Dan Miller
    As the day progresses, I expect there to be substantial activity in Venezuela. As I learn of it, updates will be provided here or through new posts. Few seem to know what to do. Perhaps Leopoldo Lopez does.According to Daniel, as far as I knew until recently the only English language blogger still hanging on in Venezuela, the country is adrift. The question here is who is most adrift in Venezuela today, the regime or the opposition?  The crisis that started late January in Tachira has spread as no other crisis has spread in Venezuela since "el caracazo" when looting happened in...
  • Is California Finally About to Address Its Looming Pension Crisis?

    02/11/2014 8:22:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/11/2014 | STEPHEN KRUISER
    Fingers crossed. A good sign is that Assembly leaders now say they will take on the massive shortfall in the State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) that provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits for CaliforniaÂ’s 868,493 teachers and their families. Speaker John Perez says he wants to find a way to begin paying down the $80 billion unfunded liability for teacher pensions and the Assembly will hold hearing on the issue this month.While CalPERS, the other major public employee pension system, is in a weak position, CalSTRS is close to falling into the abyss. However, neither of the systems is...
  • Boehner Blames Trust Gap With Obama For Immigration Stalemate

    02/07/2014 11:09:45 AM PST · by EBH · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/6/2014 | John Parkinson, Mary Bruce
    “One of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.” Illustrating that distrust, Boehner pointed to Obama’s unilateral moves to change the timeline for implementing the new health care law and the president’s widely publicized intent to circumvent Congress on several other issues through executive orders. “I never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year [on immigration reform] and the...
  • The City and State Pension Crisis Has Only Just Begun

    01/30/2014 7:26:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/30/2014 | By Mark Warshawsky
    America has recently experienced a wave of municipal bankruptcies significantly fueled by underfunded pension and retiree health obligations to retired city workers, including policemen, firemen and teachers. The bankruptcies of Detroit and some California towns, the massive pension shortfall in Illinois only partially addressed by recent legislation, and the tense situation in Chicago with the mayor asking municipal workers for give-backs are just the beginning of difficulties that will appear across the country. Asset returns have come up short of what has been assumed. Generous unfunded retirement benefits with early retirement dates and expensive cost-of-living adjustments were doled out to...
  • Pig Virus May Send Bacon Prices Soaring

    01/13/2014 9:22:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Newser ^ | 1-11-14 | John Johnson
    (Newser) – Bacon lovers, be warned. A fast-spreading pig virus could send pork prices to record highs in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal. The PED virus, short for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, has hit farms in 22 states so far. It's lethal only to young pigs, not humans, but the Journal says the number of pigs being lost per week is likely to push pork prices beyond the record of $3.81 a pound. A post at Agri-Pulse predicts that the worst spikes will come in the summer.
  • Chicago pension crisis called worst in nation

    12/31/2013 5:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Calling the Chicago pension crisis the worst in the nation is saying something - like, how bad can it get? The city's underfunded pension system for teachers, firefighters, police, and transit workers threatens to punch a hole in the city budget that would devastate city services. The teachers' alone are $1 billion short of funds, while the city as a whole is looking at a whopping $27 billion shortfall. The state of Illinois is even worse off with more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Where is the money going to come from to fix the problem? Financial Times:...
  • AP IMPACT: The world braces for retirement crisis

    12/29/2013 7:00:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/2013 | PAUL WISEMAN, DAVID MCHUGH and ELAINE KURTENBACH
    A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. How retirement systems vary, country to country Associated Press Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65 — to 70 or even longer. Living standards will fall, and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II.
  • Are American Students Really that Dumb?

    12/06/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by xzins · 78 replies
    CBN ^ | December 06, 2013 | Heather Sells
    New international test scores show American students lagging behind in math and performing about average in science and reading. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds around the world every three years as part of the Program for International Student Assessment. Half a million students in 65 countries participated in the most recent test, administered in 2012. The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China's largest city and also from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation." However, critics of the...
  • Young invincibles spurn O-Care (New Husseincare 21.2 crisis)

    12/04/2013 6:13:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/13 | Elise Viebeck
    Mounting opposition to ObamaCare among young adults is creating a new crisis for the White House. While the federal enrollment website appears to be improving by the day, polls show the “young invincibles” key to making the law work are becoming less likely to enroll. Younger people were skeptical of the healthcare reform law even before its troubled rollout, despite their support for President Obama. But polling indicates the problems facing — a site the administration initially touted as a hip, tech-friendly experience — have reinforced their doubts about the need to have health insurance at all. “The...
  • Hands Off: Will the Feds Keep You From Your Money in Another Crisis?

    12/01/2013 7:34:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies ^ | December 1, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Are U.S. federal government policy makers planning for an economic meltdown? Fiscal and financial news isn’t a particularly sexy topic for broad audiences, even under normal circumstances. And over the Thanksgiving national holiday weekend, about the only news people care to consume are football scores. But as we enjoyed turkey dinners, shopping, and hopefully some quality time with friends and family – and even in the recent days leading up to the holiday weekend – some major policy ideas and changes have emerged that could keep you away from your personal finances in the face of another meltdown. Americans...
  • Looking at TVs. Freeper Opinions Valued

    11/29/2013 5:32:29 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 108 replies
    11.29.13 | chickensoup
    My last thread about TVs was published in 2006. I still have the 2k in the bank and still want to buy one I have been looking at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D 240 70" Model 757. Any opinions? Good Amazon ratings. How does one get it installed if purchased on the net? How does one pick a sound system, and I need a sound system with headphones because of a mild hearing deficit (What did he just say? Where are they going? Why did he kill her?) I am looking for a theatre-sort of experience at my low...
  • The NHS has reached its crisis point (UK state healthcare)

    11/09/2013 11:39:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:04 EST, 9 November 2013 | Mail On Sunday Comment
    For more than 65 years the National Health Service has occupied a sainted position in British life. Even the most radical, right-leaning Governments have hesitated before embarking on reforms which could be characterized by opponents as “cuts”. In recent years, however, the halo has slipped dramatically. … Now, details from a secret report on Wexham Park Hospital have provided devastating confirmation. … The report highlights huge structural problems, with a top-heavy cadre of bureaucrats spending their time—and our money—feuding with each other, against a backdrop of deepening financial problems and a chronic bed shortage. Shockingly, we have also established that...
  • The Real Reasons We Have a Public Pension Crisis

    10/23/2013 7:10:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The American ^ | 10/23/2013 | Caleb O. Brown
    America’s public pension funds are in trouble because sketchy Mr. Wall Street sold some slack-jawed pension fund managers on risky investments with promises of high returns that may never materialize. Or so Matt Taibbi seems to believe. In a recent piece in Rolling Stone, Taibbi blames public pensions’ current woes on “Gordon Gekko wanna-be’s” (sic), “scorched-earth takeover artists like Bain Capital,” and “Wall Street,” who used the financial crisis to lure weakened pension funds into investing in “alternatives.” Alternatives are investment vehicles that are different from stocks, bonds, and commodities in that they are typically traded by individuals without the...
  • Obama and the Art of the Artificial, Contrived and Transparent Crisis

    10/08/2013 4:06:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    I think that’s it’s safe to say that community organizing is a little bit easier than, say, being President of the United States. Or being a practicing attorney. Barack Obama has now found that out. To the sorrow of the rest of us. And here’s the essential problem with Barack Obama’s resume, as opposed to, say, Abraham Lincoln’s, who also was unprepared to become president of the United States, but made up for it with ability: Obama has spent his whole life being against stuff, protesting against powers higher than himself, blaming those in control. Lincoln on the other hand...
  • Next "Subprime Crisis" Expands As Student Loan Defaults Hit $146 Billion, Highest Default Rate

    10/01/2013 7:37:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/1/13 | Tyler Durden
    lmost exactly one year ago we wrote "The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: Over $120 Billion In Federal Student Loans In Default" in which we took the latest (2009 three year cohort) loan default data on Federal Student Loans released by the Department of Education and applied it to the total amount of student loans outstanding, which back then was $914 billion. Yesterday, provided its annual update - this time to the 2010 three year and 2011 two year cohorts - and to nobody's major surprise, learned that things just got even worse. To wit: "The national two-year cohort...
  • Essential: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis (9-28-2008)

    09/30/2013 8:45:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 9/23/13 | Trevor Loudon
    Five years ago, Jim Simpson informed America of the grand conspiratorial sabotage presenting Barack Obama for the United States Presidency. That is, he presented much more than we already knew, to those who were already awake, aware, alarmed, and looking for more. And we have all continued to tell those who have not been willfully, unrepentantly, and fatally ignorant. This article also introduced to many the very old, Marxist and fascist (some would say Illuminist and Jacobin) strategy of collapsing a nation’s economy through government obligations and debt, recently reprised as the “Cloward-Piven strategy.” Whether reviewing or reading for the...
  • Science is in a reproducibility crisis: How do we resolve it?

    09/23/2013 1:09:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Fiona Fidler and Ascelin Gordon
    Over the past few years, there has been a growing awareness that many experimentally established “facts” don’t seem to hold up to repeated investigation. This was highlighted in a 2010 article in the New Yorker entitled The Truth Wears Off and since then, there have been many popular press accounts of different aspects of science’s current reproducibility crisis. These include an exposé of the increasing number of retractions by scientific journals and damning demonstrations of failures to replicate high profile studies. Articles in recent days have discussed how the majority of scientists might be more interested in funding and fame...
  • Syria crisis shows Israel cannot rely on Obama

    09/16/2013 6:33:40 AM PDT · by epow · 16 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 9/15/13 | Aviel Schneider
    Israel's largest daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot has a photo of US President Barack Obama published with the comment "From threats to words." In Jerusalem, we are disappointed by Obama's behavior. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued veiled criticism of the White House: "If we do not help ourselves, no one will." According to Netanyahu, the world needs to see: "Anyone who uses weapons of mass destruction, has to pay the price." If Syria used chemical weapons against its own people, there is no doubt it would do so against Israel. Therefore, America's reluctance to act now is being heavily criticized...
  • Observations on the Financial Crisis

    09/15/2013 11:53:33 AM PDT · by Dysart · 1 replies ^ | 9-15-2013 | Keith Hennessey
    For the five year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, Ed Lazear and I have released a paper titled “Observations on the Financial Crisis,” published through the Hoover Institution. It’s just over 25 pages and also has a fairly detailed timeline of events as an appendix. Ed was chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers when I was director of the National Economic Council. Here are the 19 observation headlines. I urge you to read our supporting arguments, especially if you’re going to comment on or respond to them. Each argument takes only about a page. “The recession that...
  • There Was Nothing 'Financial' About the 2008 Crisis

    09/11/2013 7:28:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 9/11/13 | John Tamny
    "'Your No. 1 client is the government,' John J. Mack, Morgan Stanley's chairman and chief executive from 2005 to 2009, told current CEO James Gorman in a recent phone call. Mr. Gorman, who was visiting Washington that day, agreed." - Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2013. The five year anniversary of the ‘financial crisis' has predictably generated all manner of commentary about its presumed causes. What's most unfortunate five years later is that ‘financial' and ‘crisis' are still used together. It's unfortunate simply because despite what you read, the crisis was decidedly not financial, nor was it caused by a...
  • Live Thread: Syria Crisis Continuous Updates

    08/28/2013 7:06:18 AM PDT · by kristinn · 934 replies
    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Kristinn
    As the war drums for Syria get louder, let this thread serve as a repository for news, background, Tweets, photos, video, on-the-ground reports, etc., as was done recently with Egypt.
  • Obama's Mortgage Police: Has he learned from the last financial crisis? The answer is no

    08/28/2013 6:35:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/28/2013 | Peter Wilson
    This summer the White House unveiled "President Obama's Plan for a Better Foundation for Middle Class Homeownership," which is so amazing it merits a second slogan, the "Better Bargain." A cutesy infographic explains the Plan, using language that seems out of place among Obama Administration statists: "Put private capital at the center of the mortgage system""NO MORE TAXPAYER BAILOUTS!""End Fannie and Freddie's failed business model" The White House explains further: [President Obama] made it clear that we can't go back to the same bubble-and burst housing system that caused the financial crisis. We need a rock-solid foundation for financing homeownership...
  • Syria crisis: UK draws up contingency military plans

    08/27/2013 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 August 2013
    The UK is drawing up contingency plans for military action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, Downing Street has said. David Cameron will also consider a recall of Parliament when he returns to No 10 later on Tuesday. MPs from all parties have demanded they be consulted before any move to support military action is taken. The suspected chemical attack took place on Wednesday near Damascus, and reportedly killed more than 300 people. Syrian rebels say the Assad government was responsible, but it blames rebel forces - saying footage of the attack was "fabricated". Mr Cameron is...
  • The Russian Demographic Crisis: Resisting the Influence of a Sexualized Culture

    08/13/2013 7:02:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 13Aug13 | S. Michael Craven
    This past July, Russian president Vladimir Putin ignited outrage among the (primarily Western) pro-homosexual community by signing into law a ban on homosexual adoption. The new law also prohibits adoption by single parent households. Only a few days before, Putin also signed into law broad prohibitions against "gay propaganda," which included provisions that allow "the government to arrest and detain gay (or 'pro-gay') foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from Russia" While these latter measures are no doubt draconian, they nonetheless represent a growing realization within Russian society, namely: sexual anarchy has proven devastating...
  • Syria crisis: UN's del Ponte says evidence rebels 'used sarin'

    05/06/2013 5:30:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | May 6, 2013 | Not attributed to an author
    Testimony from victims of the Syrian conflict suggests rebels have used the nerve agent sarin, according to a leading United Nations investigator. Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof". However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons. Syria has recently come under growing Western pressure over the alleged use of such weapons. Ms del Ponte, who serves on the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said in an interview with Swiss-Italian TV: "Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims,...
  • Air Traffic Slowdown is Manufactured Crisis (You Didn't Know that?

    04/27/2013 10:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 27, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is clearly playing a nasty political game with the air traffic controller furloughs that have forced severe airline delays across the country. It's not the first time he's exploited the budget-cutting sequestration law for political purposes. Earlier this year, he tried to stir up fears that our economy would be hit by fiscal Armageddon if the Republican House didn't submit to his tax-hiking, big-spending demands. But his hysterical claims that our food would be unsafe, America's defenses would crumble and the elderly would lose their benefits have proven to be groundless. A headline in Thursday's Washington...
  • Judges' lawsuit: Disability system 'in crisis' (Social Security program overwhelmed)

    04/19/2013 3:56:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/19/13 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security's disability program is overwhelmed by so many claims that judges sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny just to keep up with the flow of cases, according to a lawsuit filed by the judges themselves. The Social Security Administration says the agency's administrative law judges should decide 500 to 700 disability cases a year. The agency calls the standard a productivity goal, but the lawsuit claims it is an illegal quota that requires judges to decide an average of more than two cases per workday. "When the goals are too high, the easy way out...
  • Interview with Yuri Bezmenov

    04/11/2013 9:47:28 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 45 replies
    UselessDissident on ^ | 24 Nov 08 | Useless Dissident
    ... Griffin: I think you’re trying to tell us something… to this country. Bezmenov: Oh yes. I am trying to tell you that it has to be stopped, unless you want to end up in [a] gulag system, and enjoy all the advantages of socialist equality, working for free, catching fleas on your body, sleeping on planks of plywood, in Alaska this time, I guess. That’s where Americans will belong unless they will wake up, of course, and force their government to stop aiding Soviet fascism. ...
  • Journalist Dr Udo Ulfkotte: Expelling Muslims Will Help Europe Fight its Financial Crisis

    04/05/2013 7:08:29 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 6 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Enlightening and heart-warming video interview, that can be seen clicking on the link just below the post title, with prominent German journalist Dr Udo Ulfkotte, (not surprisingly) former editor of one of Germany's main dailies, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (thanks to Benedict Broere for the hat tip). In it he says that he does not think that Islam will prevail in Europe because Europeans will fight it back, but it will be bloody. Asked if there could be a socio-economic problem behind Muslim radicalism, he reiterates the ideologically intransigent nature of Islam and answers that we in Europe have thrown so much...
  • Astrophysics: Fire in the hole! (Black hole firewalls, relativity vs. quantum mechanics)

    04/05/2013 5:46:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | 4/3/13 | Zeeya Merali
    n March 2012, Joseph Polchinski began to contemplate suicide — at least in mathematical form. A string theorist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California, Polchinski was pondering what would happen to an astronaut who dived into a black hole. Obviously, he would die. But how? According to the then-accepted account, he wouldn’t feel anything special at first, even when his fall took him through the black hole’s event horizon: the invisible boundary beyond which nothing can escape. But eventually — after hours, days or even weeks if the black hole was big enough — he...
  • N. Korea only allowing S. Korean workers to leave Kaesong, banning entry

    04/02/2013 8:39:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/04/03
    2013/04/03 11:25 KST N. Korea only allowing S. Korean workers to leave Kaesong, banning entry SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Wednesday it will ban South Korean workers from entering the inter-Korean industrial park in Kaesong, only allowing South Koreans now staying at the North Korean border town to return home. Seoul's Ministry of Unification said that it received an official notification to the effect from the North earlier in the day. "South Korea's government deeply regrets the entry ban and urges it be lifted immediately," ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said in a press conference. He said every...
  • The End of Barak Obama? (alarmist video - anyone seen it?)

    03/28/2013 10:46:11 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 16 replies ^ | unknown |
    Video at link claims to have information about scandal which could halt American way of life. Anyone seen it? " A wealthy Maryland journalist (who's neither a Democrat or Republican) has exposed a scandal brewing within the current Administration. He says it could ruin Obama's entire Presidency... and would also result in some of the most dramatic changes to ordinary American life in more than 50 years.
  • Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus

    03/23/2013 11:49:39 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    Tbi ^ | 3-23-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus Joe WeisenthalMarch 23, 2013REUTERS/Christian Hartmann In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus. But Europe has a problem on its hands that's bigger than Cyprus: The economy stinks. This week we got fresh proof that things are bad or getting worse. In France, the Flash PMI report (which is a mid-month look at the combined services and manufacturing sectors of the economy) came in dismal, with the output index falling to a four...
  • Budgeting 201: An Immediate Debt Crisis

    03/19/2013 10:50:33 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | March 20, 2013 | Larry Walker II
    USA vs. Cyprus: Gross Government Debt to GDP- By: Larry Walker, II -According to Speaker of the House John Boehner, “We do not have an immediate debt crisis.” No, then what would you call it? Seems to me it was immediate in 1995, and again in 2008, so what is it now? Are we just screwed? And according to Barack Obama, “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.” Yeah, what place is that, Wonderland? Have you people lost your minds? The chart...
  • Warning Shot From Cyprus: Levy on Deposits (European Debt Crisis Is NOT Over)

    03/17/2013 11:48:42 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The European debt crisis was rumored to be over. But the recent warning shot from Cyprus indicates otherwise. Europe braced for renewed turmoil as outrage in Cyprus over an unprecedented levy on bank deposits threatened to derail the nation’s bailout and spark a new round in the debt crisis. Cyprus will impose a levy of 6.75 percent on deposits of less than 100,000 euros and 9.9 percent above that. The decision to impose losses on Cypriot depositors is the latest erosion of bondholder protection at European banks and an “ominous” sign of how bailouts are being handled, Barclays Plc said....
  • New York's Retirees and Veterans Stand to Lose $8.5 Billion with Chained CPI

    03/13/2013 9:51:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 10 replies ^ | March 13, 2013 | By AARP New York State
    As President Obama heads to Capitol Hill to push his deficit reduction plan, AARP is urging the New York congressional delegation to oppose the so-called 'chained CPI,' which would make significant cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits in New York according to a new analysis based on data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
  • The Customary Crisis

    03/01/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 1, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Here we go again. And again. And again. ... For in Washington, every day is Groundhog Day. And now, once again, the country is speeding toward the dreaded ... Fiscal Cliff! Not to mention Catastrophe, Chaos and Collapse. Or maybe Stalemate, Train Wreck, Dysfunction or whatever your favorite clich may be. So quick, get the scare headlines back in type. The Great Tax vs. Spend Debate is on again, if it ever went away. With each side blaming the Coming and Constant Crisis on the other. . . But wait, haven't we seen this movie before? Like in 2011, 2012...
  • The manufactured crisis of sequester

    02/24/2013 5:20:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/23/2013 | George Will
    Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!” As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out...
  • Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

    02/22/2013 1:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:04pm EST | Mark Felsenthal
    After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week. In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff”...
  • By year's end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says

    02/08/2013 3:34:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 4 Feb 13 | Jared Serbu
    Every leader in the Pentagon has been warning for more than a year that if sequestration comes to pass the impact to the military will be severe. But the armed services' most senior officers now are telling Congress those impacts are not a distant prospect — they could be looking at a "hollowed-out" force within a matter of months after the cuts are triggered. When the Defense Department directed the military services last month to start conserving funds, it was a good sign that the Pentagon now believes the long-threatened automatic budget cuts actually will take place. Ashton Carter, the...
  • Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

    02/05/2013 8:06:40 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 167 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Staff
      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens – often described with the once-benign term “flash mob” – as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team. “I’m approaching the newsstand, and then suddenly there is a tremendous force...