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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 9:02am

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‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-quarter of public company deals involve insider trading — RT USA
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Posted: Jun 12, 2014 - 4:10pm

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Illinois Democrats gut Chicago city worker pensions
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis
On Monday, June 9, the Democratic governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, signed into law a bill cutting retirement benefits for an estimated 57,000 Chicago municipal workers and laborers in the greater Chicago area.

The law, championed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, imposes severe cuts on workers participating in two city worker pension funds. This is part of the nation-wide drive by the financial elite and its representatives in both big business parties to rob the pensions of public sector workers and channel even more money into the hands of the super-rich.

As in Detroit, California and other locales in the US and around the world, the political establishment claims the slashing of pension benefits is the only way to deal with bad fiscal situations and the only alternative to junking pensions altogether. The last six years of austerity policies have been premised on the lie that “there is no money.” In 2014, the dramatic polarization of wealth in the US coincided with a historic peak in total national net worth of $81.8 trillion—up $1.5 trillion in the first half of 2014 alone. The gains since 2008 are primarily concentrated in the financial and real estate markets. (...)
 

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Posted: Jun 12, 2014 - 2:03pm

Illinois Democrats gut Chicago city worker pensions
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis
On Monday, June 9, the Democratic governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, signed into law a bill cutting retirement benefits for an estimated 57,000 Chicago municipal workers and laborers in the greater Chicago area.

The law, championed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, imposes severe cuts on workers participating in two city worker pension funds. This is part of the nation-wide drive by the financial elite and its representatives in both big business parties to rob the pensions of public sector workers and channel even more money into the hands of the super-rich.

As in Detroit, California and other locales in the US and around the world, the political establishment claims the slashing of pension benefits is the only way to deal with bad fiscal situations and the only alternative to junking pensions altogether. The last six years of austerity policies have been premised on the lie that “there is no money.” In 2014, the dramatic polarization of wealth in the US coincided with a historic peak in total national net worth of $81.8 trillion—up $1.5 trillion in the first half of 2014 alone. The gains since 2008 are primarily concentrated in the financial and real estate markets. (...)

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Posted: Jun 8, 2014 - 3:36pm

Coal spies: The secret world of black ops
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Revealed: Protesters at the Maules Creek coal mine construction site discovered an undercover operative among them, after years of suspicion.

Burly and bearded, Tony Groves arrived at the camp at Maules Creek in northern NSW, declaring a passion for the environment and an exotic, hidden past.

The former military intelligence officer and Harley Davidson enthusiast called himself Tony Allen, and fitted in at first with the ragtag community of greenies and landowners who had been protesting for three years against the dramatic expansion of coal mining in the area by Japanese mining giant Idemitsu and Whitehaven Coal.

It soon became apparent that something was odd. He would disappear suddenly and frequently and suggest protest actions that were highly risky and potentially damaging to the cause. Somewhat implausibly, Tony had explained he was facing weapons charges, a fugitive from a bikie gang which he had left amid threats of retribution.

''He was just completely neurotic about being in a photograph,'' says Ben Solity, one of the protest leaders.

A Fairfax Media investigation this week uncovered the fact Groves was part of an extraordinary undercover operation against the activists who are known as the Leard Forest Alliance or Front Line Action Against Coal.

For five months, former military and intelligence personnel took on assumed identities with elaborate backstories and rotated through the camp, taking notes, reporting back on any planned actions, profiling the leadership and trying to uncover whether the protesters themselves had spies inside the mines.

It failed. Several agents were identified, and at least one directly confronted.

Groves was a senior figure. His company - the Centre of Intelligence and Risk Management (CIRM) - wrangled the spies for the clandestine operation. He reported to Tyrone Clark, a former Australian Federal Police officer, whose company C5 Management Solutions received the intelligence, distilling it and passed it on to the mining companies via their security arms.

Following Fairfax's first report on the espionage on Monday, Idemitsu admitted it had contracted C5 Management Solutions and another firm understood to be involved, the mysterious Strongs Security Services. After years of suspicions among activists, it is the first time that such an operation has been verified.

These kinds of ''black ops'' may seem like something from a modern spy novel or a Hollywood blockbuster but have been long documented overseas and speculated about here.

And the exposure of the clandestine project raises important and uncomfortable questions about corporate power, privacy and the right to protest. (...)


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Posted: Jun 6, 2014 - 6:07am

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Shooting at Seattle Pacific University today.
 
Happens every weekend in Chicago.
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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 5:24pm

Shooting at Seattle Pacific University today.
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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 4:35pm

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I am troubled by the absent reporting of Mozambique.  And is France under-reporting or is VF cooking over-time?  {#Think}
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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 - 4:29pm

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Business | The Guardian

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Posted: May 20, 2014 - 10:54am

Royal Dutch Shell has dismissed the possibility that its proven oil or gas reserves will become unusable as a result of climate change regulation, saying fossil fuels will play a key role in global energy to 2050 and beyond.

Environmental campaigners, activist investor groups and some lawmakers have warned that financial markets could be overvaluing companies with large fossil fuel assets, such as Shell, thereby creating a "carbon bubble" and putting at risk trillions of dollars in pension funds.

Shell, however, played down such claims last week in a letter it said was in response to shareholder inquiries on the issue of "stranded" assets, referring to large investments in fossil fuel reserves that could become unprofitable if governments pass laws to curb runaway growth in greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to reduce the impact of climate change.

"While the 'stranded asset' notion may appear to be a strong and thought-through case, it does have some fundamental flaws," JJ Traynor, Shell's executive vice president of investor relations, said in the letter posted on the company's website, dated May 16.

Traynor maintained that the world will need oil and gas for many decades to come, supporting both demand and prices.

"As such, we do not believe that any of our proven reserves will become 'stranded'," he wrote.

"There is a risk that focusing on 'stranded assets' or the concept of the 'carbon bubble' distracts attention away from the reality of a growing population, increasing prosperity and growing energy demand."

DEMAND GROWTH

Shell said it believes that climate change will continue to rise up the public and political agenda, but it estimated that energy demand growth would allow fossil fuels to continue play a major role and account for 40-60 percent of global energy supply through to 2050 and beyond.

Shell also pushed carbon capture and storage - a technology that critics say has not yet been proven - as a key tool to help to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, a threshold deemed dangerous by scientists. (...)


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Posted: May 17, 2014 - 8:53pm

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Was it a six bottles of whiskey for the pain card? Because if it was.....

 
vice versa or maybe the other war around
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Posted: May 16, 2014 - 7:58pm

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 Business as Usual


 
Was it a six bottles of whiskey for the pain card? Because if it was.....
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Posted: May 16, 2014 - 5:59pm

I'm making my very last inventory of things to sell on craigslist to try and pay the.
rent. Unfortunately, everything I have that I haven't already sold  is too large to be mailed
except for a few book rare book and comics. It's amazing how little there is left.
So I have to advertise in the local google. I hope both people read the ads.

The last item to go will be Tessy. I can't really sell India as I'm the only
one who can handle her due to her avian version PTSD. The human version has
come back to haunt me with screaming nightmares and paralysis But I'm fighting
back. I'm already out levithyroxine and mirtazapine but neither of them seem to have
any negative affect when I stop taking them - as far as I can tell.

Yesterday I was able to get 2 sides of one of the mews up which was amazing
but the pain last night was also amazing. A borax bath and a fantastic foot
rub with loads of arnica from mag and a pain pill helped a little. Man, I would
give anything for a foot rub every day especially the broken foot.

Then someone in my told me that they heard a rumor about me that I was spending
all my money (money?) on pot and pills and alcohol. I may be crazy but Hunter
Thompson I am not. But what was weird was that the rumor had travelled far and
wide and through the falcon community. Weird because I don't know anyone.
It's me and mag trying hide away in the mountains and do what we love. Then
mad said it was probably the donation page. One guy, or lady, commented - So, I want to buy
a new house and and all I have to do is put up some fake website and every on the internet
pays for it? Cool! And while I'm ranting I'll just mention how much I miss my Father.
At least once or twice a day when something strikes me as worth writing about
I start composing a an email to my dad before I remember. In the end he had dementia
but only for a year or two. I could ask him what to do about surviving the avalanche
of problems. Everyone has an opinion but I would especially like to hear his. It was
just the last 10 year that we had gotten close and I realized how brilliant he was and that his
flaws were no different than anyones elses. He wasn't the best dad in world but he did his
best - like he did with everything in life.
I'll in heaven when I get my SSI. I already got a form from my doc saying I am
permanently disabled and cannot not be rehabilitated. I had an advocate for our
autism helping us through the insane process but he quit on me half way through,
re reaffirming misanthropic view of the world. I friend sent a really cool card. One of my
best friends in the world. {#Hug} 

 Business as Usual

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Posted: May 16, 2014 - 6:09am

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My main man Theodore is going to rise from the grave upon his steed and charge you with sabre in hand!{#War}{#Mrgreen}

 
I do admit to considering Teddy and for a minute JFK as the only others with major cajones given their circumstances while in office.

There is so much bogus shit going down right now and its all I can do to hold back a major rant. 

So for now, I'll just try and restrict my rage to a few exhibits of drive by sarcasm.

I do have some space left before I boil over.  My blood pressure last week was 104 over 54.

Yep, business as usual.   
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Posted: May 16, 2014 - 5:06am

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My dear Richard, there are no conspiracies ...

Down here in the states we once had this monster phone company called AT&T.  The US government waged a war against it and broke up its monopoly and effectively killed it. 

There once was an empire called the USSR.  The US government waged a Cold War against it and effectively killed it ... 

These are just coincidences.

This country has been unremarkable since Jefferson.  He was the last US president with any real balls, imo
 

My main man Theodore is going to rise from the grave upon his steed and charge you with sabre in hand!{#War}{#Mrgreen}


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Posted: May 15, 2014 - 4:57pm

 RichardPrins wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:
saw this earlier

at first i was a little bothered

but then i thought hey it may be just a coincidence...
Clearly a coincidence. What else could it be? {#Mrgreen}
(...) My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”. Thus it was by the most remarkable of coincidences that Arseniy Yatsenuk did indeed become the new prime minister. He could very soon be found in private meetings and public press conferences with the president of the United States and the Secretary-General of NATO, as well as meeting with the soon-to-be new owners of Ukraine, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, preparing to impose their standard financial shock therapy. The current protestors in Ukraine don’t need PHDs in economics to know what this portends. They know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. (...)


 
My dear Richard, there are no conspiracies ...

Down here in the states we once had this monster phone company called AT&T.  The US government waged a war against it and broke up its monopoly and effectively killed it. 

There once was an empire called the USSR.  The US government waged a Cold War against it and effectively killed it ... 

These are just coincidences.

This country has been unremarkable since Jefferson.  He was the last US president with any real balls, imo

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Posted: May 15, 2014 - 1:20pm

 miamizsun wrote:
saw this earlier

at first i was a little bothered

but then i thought hey it may be just a coincidence...
Clearly a coincidence. What else could it be? {#Mrgreen}
(...) My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”. Thus it was by the most remarkable of coincidences that Arseniy Yatsenuk did indeed become the new prime minister. He could very soon be found in private meetings and public press conferences with the president of the United States and the Secretary-General of NATO, as well as meeting with the soon-to-be new owners of Ukraine, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, preparing to impose their standard financial shock therapy. The current protestors in Ukraine don’t need PHDs in economics to know what this portends. They know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. (...)

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Posted: May 15, 2014 - 1:06pm

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The youngest son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, has been appointed head of legal affairs at Ukraine's largest private gas producer — a move he said would benefit Ukrainians and the country's economy.

In a statement published Monday on its website, Burisma Holdings announced Hunter Biden would join its board of directors and head the company's legal unit.

"As a new member of the board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine," Hunter Biden said in the statement.

Burisma owns several Ukrainian oil and gas companies, including Esko Pivnich and Pari, Lenta.ru reported Tuesday. The company also has assets in Ukraine's Dnepr-Donetsk, the Carpathian and the Azov-Kuvan basins.

Burisma produced 11,600 barrels of oil equivalent, or boe, in 2013 and was planning to increase its production in Ukraine by 35-40 percent in 2014, U.S. financier and member of the board of directors Devon Archer told newspaper Capital in late April.

Hunter's father, as U.S. Vice President, has repeatedly rebuked Russia for its reported involvement in Ukraine and has pledged to support efforts to reduce its dependency on Russian energy.

 


saw this earlier

at first i was a little bothered

but then i thought hey it may be just a coincidence...
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Posted: May 15, 2014 - 12:59pm

The youngest son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, has been appointed head of legal affairs at Ukraine's largest private gas producer — a move he said would benefit Ukrainians and the country's economy.

In a statement published Monday on its website, Burisma Holdings announced Hunter Biden would join its board of directors and head the company's legal unit.

"As a new member of the board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine," Hunter Biden said in the statement.

Burisma owns several Ukrainian oil and gas companies, including Esko Pivnich and Pari, Lenta.ru reported Tuesday. The company also has assets in Ukraine's Dnepr-Donetsk, the Carpathian and the Azov-Kuvan basins.

Burisma produced 11,600 barrels of oil equivalent, or boe, in 2013 and was planning to increase its production in Ukraine by 35-40 percent in 2014, U.S. financier and member of the board of directors Devon Archer told newspaper Capital in late April.

Hunter's father, as U.S. Vice President, has repeatedly rebuked Russia for its reported involvement in Ukraine and has pledged to support efforts to reduce its dependency on Russian energy.

But Archer coyly acknowledged the potential benefits of having him on the board in the April 23 Q&A.

Question: “In the American media you are often linked to the immediate circle of the U.S. Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and the Vice-president of the United States Mr. Joe Biden.”

Archer: “American journalists really think so (smiles). I do know them.”


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Posted: Apr 26, 2014 - 7:38pm

Bangladeshi factory collapse survivor: 'Do Americans want us to die?' | Al Jazeera America
(...) A few hours later, the roof collapsed onto the building, and Khanam was trapped under a machine for 12 hours.

“When I was crushed, I was terrified,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to live anymore.”

The petite 20-year-old began working in the garment industry when she was 14. Seven days a week, 120 hours a week and for $125 per month, Khanam sewed loops onto pants – the loops many of us likely pull our belts through every day.

Khanam now has a head injury, a chest injury and hip injury. Once the breadwinner in her family, she can no longer work.

“If my mom didn’t work, then we wouldn’t be able to get by at all,” she explained. “My brothers and sisters can’t go to school anymore. We can’t buy as much food as we used to.”

More than 1,200 people died and more than 2,500 were injured in the collapse. (...)


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