Doomstead Diner Newz Channels => Golden Oxen Newz => Topic started by: Golden Oxen on August 07, 2012, 03:57:30 AM

Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 07, 2012, 03:57:30 AM
http://www.smartplanet.com/photos/what-curiositys-been-seeing-on-mars-photos/6377966 (http://www.smartplanet.com/photos/what-curiositys-been-seeing-on-mars-photos/6377966)    :icon_study:
Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 13, 2012, 10:45:57 PM
Dems’ double standard when it comes to ‘the law’
By Howie Carr  |   Tuesday, August 14, 2012  |  http://www.bostonherald.com (http://www.bostonherald.com)  |  Columnists

Granny Warren and Deval Patrick and the rest of the Massachusetts Democratic Party have a very consistent position when it comes to compliance with the state’s laws.

If the law increases Democrat turnout, it is absolutely mandatory that it be enforced, costs be damned.

If the statute adversely impacts any Democats — say, illegal aliens — then said law should be ignored, not to mention denounced as racist and/or nativist.

This is the lesson of last week’s $276,000 mailing to the state’s 477,000 welfare recipients, including illegal aliens, exhorting them to register to vote. Granny Warren, the fake Indian Senate candidate, was the main beneficiary of the taxpayers’ involuntary in-kind contribution. Defending the indefensible, the forked-tongue Harvard professor traded in her usual favorite verb, “hammer,” for a new one, “comply.”

“This is about making sure Massachusetts is complying with the law,” she told a TV reporter. “This is about Massachusetts complying.”

Are you confused about this sudden outbreak of law ’n’ order? After all, this is a state where the attorney general has publicly opined, “Technically, it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.” Where Mayor Mumbles Menino has stated that grand theft auto is not a serious offense — at least not if it’s committed by an illegal alien.

Just two weeks ago, the governor vetoed a bill that would have required “proof of legal residence” to register a motor vehicle here. He wanted the statute to say merely, “proof of residence,” legality be damned. (Amazingly, the veto was overridden by his fellow Democrats.)

“This is about compliance with the law,” the fake Indian continued Wednesday, after this newspaper busted the moonbats’ latest scam, “so that the law should be enforced.”

The Motor Voter law, that is. Not the motor vehicle laws. And not the immigration laws. Enforcing those might depress the Democrat turnout.

“Look,” she went on condescendingly, “I don’t know how else to explain this ... the law has been in place for a very long time.”

The reporter, though, wouldn’t let up. She wanted an answer from Spreading Bull, not a soundbite.

Reporter: Should the state pay $276,000 to mail out these forms?

Lieawatha: I think the state needs to be in compliance with the law.

What didn’t this reporter understand? An organization run by Granny’s daughter filed the lawsuit. The pro malo (as opposed to bono) legal work was handled by Mrs. Deval Patrick’s law firm. It’s not justice, it’s just-us.

Reporter: Should the state be paying this money?

Fauxahontas: I think the state should be in compliance with the law.

Reporter: And if it’s a waste of money?

Granny: I think the state should be in compliance with the law.

But only if the law is Politically Correct, and an asset to Democrats.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061152938 (http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061152938)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on August 14, 2012, 07:15:20 AM
Have I fallen through a gravity well into  The Burning Platform?

 ;D
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on August 14, 2012, 11:12:39 AM
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The Motor Voter law, that is. Not the motor vehicle laws. And not the immigration laws. Enforcing those might depress the Democrat turnout.

It's almost like a conspiracy between elites. The Dems provide protection for the people who the Repub's exhort their koolaid drinkers to dehumanize, so that when TSHTF there will be plenty of dehumanized vulnerable people for the masses to attack, and not elite parasitic scumbags, while said scumbags head for their hidie holes. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 14, 2012, 02:53:35 PM
Selective reality and law enforcement for the elites and cognitive dissonance for everyone else. :emthdown: :(
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on August 14, 2012, 03:14:01 PM
Have I fallen through a gravity well into  The Burning Platform?

GO originally posted this in my Frostbite Falls Daily Rant thread.  It's what inspired me to use it to start his own Newz Channel. :)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: An American Tragedy
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 14, 2012, 07:26:12 PM
August 13, 2012
An American Tragedy
Posted by Naunihal Singh

singh-oak-creek-america.jpg

The media has treated the shootings in Oak Creek very differently from those that happened just two weeks earlier in Aurora. Only one network sent an anchor to report live from Oak Creek, and none of the networks gave the murders in Wisconsin the kind of extensive coverage that the Colorado shootings received. The print media also quickly lost interest, with the story slipping from the front page of the New York Times after Tuesday. If you get all your news from “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” you would have had no idea that anything had even happened on August 5th at all.

The tragic events in the Milwaukee suburb were also treated differently by political élites, many fewer of whom issued statements on the matter. While both Presidential candidates at least made public comments, neither visited, nor did they suspend campaigning in the state even for one day, as they did in Colorado. In fact, both candidates were in the vicinity this weekend and failed to appear. Obama hugged his children a little tighter after Aurora, but his remarks after Oak Creek referred to Sikhs as members of the “broader American family,” like some distant relatives. Romney unsurprisingly gaffed, referring on Tuesday to “the people who lost their lives at that sheik temple.” Because the shooting happened in Paul Ryan’s district, the Romney campaign delayed announcement of its Vice-Presidential choice until after Ryan could attend the funerals for the victims, but he did not speak at the service and has said surprisingly little about the incident.

As a result, the massacre in Oak Creek is treated as a tragedy for Sikhs in America rather than a tragedy for all Americans. Unlike Aurora, which prompted nationwide mourning, Oak Creek has had such a limited impact that a number of people walking by the New York City vigil for the dead on Wednesday were confused, some never having heard of the killings in the first place.

www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/08/an-american-tragedy.html (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/08/an-american-tragedy.html)        :Thinkingof_:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: WHAT HAPPENS IN 60 SECONDS?
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 14, 2012, 07:58:05 PM
 WHAT HAPPENS IN 60 SECONDS?
168 million emails sent
694,445 Google searches
695,000 Facebook status updates
370,000 Skype calls are made
98,000 tweets on Twitter
20,000 new posts on Tumblr
13,000 iPhone apps downloaded
6,600 new pictures on Flickr
1,500 new blog entries posted
600+ videos posted totalling over 25 hours duration on YouTube

Information collated by Go-Gulf        ::)                   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9742180.stm#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9742180.stm#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Ecuador says no decision yet on Assange's asylum
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 14, 2012, 08:15:20 PM
QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador denied a report on Tuesday that it had granted amnesty to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the country's foreign minister said only he and President Rafael Correa could make the decision.

Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the past eight weeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sex crime allegations.

The former computer hacker, who enraged Washington in 2010 when his WikiLeaks website published thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, says he fears he could be sent to the United States, where he believes his life would be at risk.
http://news.yahoo.com/ecuador-says-no-decision-yet-assanges-asylum-225154571.html (http://news.yahoo.com/ecuador-says-no-decision-yet-assanges-asylum-225154571.html)      :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: WHAT HAPPENS IN 60 SECONDS?
Post by: RE on August 14, 2012, 08:30:25 PM
WHAT HAPPENS IN 60 SECONDS?

RE Keyboards 100 Words of DOOM.  :icon_mrgreen:

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 14, 2012, 09:09:44 PM
RE finally breaks his own keyboard record!
hello computer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kTVZiJ3Uc#)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: UK issues 'Threat' to arrest Wikileaks founder
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 15, 2012, 06:54:37 PM
           Ecuador rejects in the most emphatic terms the explicit threat of the British official communication."
'Hostile act'

He said such a threat was "improper of a democratic, civilized and rule abiding country".

"If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond," he said.

"We are not a British colony".                                                                                         

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19259623#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19259623#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 15, 2012, 10:56:43 PM
GO,
I think it's time for Ecuador to helicopter Julian to a waiting ship and sail to Argentina (they just told the British they couldn't dock there) and then fly him to Ecuador from there. After Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, storming an embassy (by American JSOC troops dressed in British uniforms) is quite feasible. The empire is getting pushback from Russia (recent Ruskie sub tooling around the Gulf of Mexico), China amassing gold to give the dollar the finger and the Syrian caper going belly up so they are casting around for an easy win. Ecuador needs to "Move him or lose him", 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Corzine Eyes Starting a Hedge Fund
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 18, 2012, 05:52:31 AM
How is this for nerve and gall? Really worried about his crimes isn't he?

www.benzinga.com/news/12/08/2841744/only-in-america-corzine-eyes-starting-a-hedge-fund#ixzz23sEcp2fP (http://www.benzinga.com/news/12/08/2841744/only-in-america-corzine-eyes-starting-a-hedge-fund#ixzz23sEcp2fP)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Skilled Work, Without the Worker
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 19, 2012, 04:04:46 AM
August 18, 2012
Skilled Work, Without the Worker
By JOHN MARKOFF

DRACHTEN, the Netherlands — At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way.

At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human.

One robot arm endlessly forms three perfect bends in two connector wires and slips them into holes almost too small for the eye to see. The arms work so fast that they must be enclosed in glass cages to prevent the people supervising them from being injured. And they do it all without a coffee break — three shifts a day, 365 days a year.

All told, the factory here has several dozen workers per shift, about a tenth as many as the plant in the Chinese city of Zhuhai.

This is the future. A new wave of robots, far more adept than those now commonly used by automakers and other heavy manufacturers, are replacing workers around the world in both manufacturing and distribution. Factories like the one here in the Netherlands are a striking counterpoint to those used by Apple and other consumer electronics giants, which employ hundreds of thousands of low-skilled workers.

“With these machines, we can make any consumer device in the world,” said Binne Visser, an electrical engineer who manages the Philips assembly line in Drachten.

Many industry executives and technology experts say Philips’s approach is gaining ground on Apple’s. Even as Foxconn, Apple’s iPhone manufacturer, continues to build new plants and hire thousands of additional workers to make smartphones, it plans to install more than a million robots within a few years to supplement its work force in China.

Foxconn has not disclosed how many workers will be displaced or when. But its chairman, Terry Gou, has publicly endorsed a growing use of robots. Speaking of his more than one million employees worldwide, he said in January, according to the official Xinhua news agency: “As human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache.”

The falling costs and growing sophistication of robots have touched off a renewed debate among economists and technologists over how quickly jobs will be lost. This year, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made the case for a rapid transformation. “The pace and scale of this encroachment into human skills is relatively recent and has profound economic implications,” they wrote in their book, “Race Against the Machine.” www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/business/new-wave-of-adept-robots-is-changing-global-industry.html?_r=2&ref=business&pagewanted=all (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/business/new-wave-of-adept-robots-is-changing-global-industry.html?_r=2&ref=business&pagewanted=all)               :icon_study:

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Skilled Work, Without the Worker
Post by: RE on August 19, 2012, 09:36:44 AM
August 18, 2012
Skilled Work, Without the Worker
By JOHN MARKOFF

DRACHTEN, the Netherlands — At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way.

At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human.

The old story of Mechanization replacing Workers, ongoing since the Luddites rebelled over the Industrial Looms which replaced their work in Weaving Cloth.

Wave of the Future?  Perhaps for a short time, with the unfortunate PROBLEM that if the people don't have JOBS, they have no MONEY to buy the Gobs of products these factories produce, and how many cheap electric shavers do you really NEED anyhow?

Said Mechanized Factory also will end up as one HUGE Malinvestment the minute the Brownouts and Blackouts start hitting the Netherlands.  The Industrialists keep building these ever more complex plants on the Assumption that the Energy to run the plants will be available in perpetuity at a cheap price.  Unless the Cold fusion Cavalry comes riding over the Hill here in very short order, this is not likely to be the case and a few Dutch Investors and Pension Plans are going to take a real bath on this one.

Its so amazingly STUPID and SHORT SIGHTED it boggles the mind really.  One can ALMOST forgive the early Industrialists building Railroads and even the first Carz, who probably made the assumption that we would eventually find substitutes for the Fossil Fuels.  They also made enormous investments into Superconducting Supercolliders trying to find the Holy Grail of Clean and Cheap Nuke Energy for lo these last 50 years of my life since I first read about the fantastic PROMISE of fusion Power first on the pages of Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.  Epic FAIL there, we aren't any closer to that today than we were 50 years ago.  It's an even BIGGER FAIL than Facepalm.

Still get these stories all the time from the MSM of the Brave New World of the Techno-Future with Jetsons Robots doing all the work while Homo Sapiens plays Video Games on the X-Box.  No gonna happen.  That Dutch Factory is gonna be a Hunk-o-Junk in no time, even IF there is still electricity to run it.  The people won't have any MONEY to buy the Shavers.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 19, 2012, 12:00:09 PM
RE,
Well said. 

EPIC, GIGANTIC, TOTAL   fail!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 20, 2012, 03:30:05 AM
Quote RE "The old story of Mechanization replacing Workers, ongoing since the Luddites rebelled over the Industrial Looms which replaced their work in Weaving Cloth."

I will bow to the superior knowledge you and Agelbert have on these matters. Your observations certainly are valid.

It is very difficult to sell an electric shaver to a robot I would think.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on August 20, 2012, 03:50:55 AM

I will bow to the superior knowledge you and Agelbert have on these matters. Your observations certainly are valid.

It is very difficult to sell an electric shaver to a robot I would think.  :icon_mrgreen:

No BOWING necessary here GO, you reported an MSM Newz Story, I did a comment on it and AB seconded the comment.

(http://blogs.strat-cons.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Bullwinkle-Mr-Knowitall.jpg)
The tendency for many people is to take these MSM Stories and extrapolate them out as FACT without really pondering on the consequences.  I ponder the consequences. A LOT.

"Superior Knowledge"?  Not really.  I just work through the details a bit more than the Average Moose.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Nicole Foss Energy Article
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 21, 2012, 04:41:43 AM
Quick tid bit. Stoneleigh has a remarkable article posted on TAE about the recent India Grid Failure and it's ramifications for all.

It is an extremely well researched and lengthy article with much fascinating data about grids and the like. She really is a brilliant, person and obviously knows her stuff in the energy area. Worth a read by anyone interested in the topic.
Some great pictures also.      http://theautomaticearth.com/Energy/india-power-outage-the-shape-of-things-to-come.html (http://theautomaticearth.com/Energy/india-power-outage-the-shape-of-things-to-come.html)          :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Ashvin on August 21, 2012, 10:09:05 AM
So much for cooperation... the world-system of "free trade" simply won't allow it.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/china-declares-us-energy-projects-violate-free-trade-stepping-up-trade-spat/2012/08/20/dac33d9a-eb2e-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/china-declares-us-energy-projects-violate-free-trade-stepping-up-trade-spat/2012/08/20/dac33d9a-eb2e-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html)

China declares US energy projects violate free trade, stepping up trade spat

BEIJING — China’s government has ruled that U.S. government support to six American solar and wind power projects violates free trade rules, adding to strains between Beijing and its trading partners over renewable energy.

The United States and China are the two biggest markets for renewable energy and have pledged to cooperate in developing technology. They accuse each other of improperly supporting their own producers and obstructing foreign competitors.

The Commerce Ministry announcement Monday made no mention of possible penalties but called on Washington to stop the support that it said violates World Trade Organization rules.

Beijing is in the midst of a series of trade disputes with the United States and Europe over market access and government subsidies for solar, wind and other renewable energy industries.

Monday’s announcement said U.S. government subsidies to wind, solar and hydro projects in Washington state, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey and California acted as a barrier to imports but gave no details. It called on the U.S. government to give Chinese renewable energy products “fair treatment.”

The Chinese probe was launched last November two weeks after Washington said it would investigate whether Beijing is inappropriately subsidizing its own makers of solar panels, allowing them to flood the U.S. market with low-priced products and hurt American competitors. The Commerce Ministry said it was acting on complaints by trade groups for Chinese producers of clean energy technology that said they were hurt by the U.S. policies.

Trade tensions over renewable energy are especially sensitive at a time when the United States and other Western economies want to boost technology exports to revive economic growth and cut high unemployment. Both China and the U.S. are promoting their own suppliers in hopes of generating higher-paid technology jobs.

In July, European manufacturers of solar cells asked the European Union to raise tariffs on imports of Chinese equipment that they say benefits from improper subsidies.

Beijing is investigating complaints that imports of polysilicon — the raw material for solar cells — from the United States and South Korea receive banned subsidies.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 21, 2012, 11:35:25 AM
Hi Ashvin,  Great to see you posting again. Your top notch postings were sorely missed by many of your fans. Maybe Ross and Nobody will show up today also and turn it into a homecoming of regulars. Your last article on China over at TAE was exceptional.   :emthup:   :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on August 21, 2012, 11:51:48 AM
Welcome back, Ashvin!

Thought your TAE article "The People Are Guaranteed to Lose" was a fine and nuanced way of illustrating the importance of what most of us would regard as an odd bit of legal arcana (the Guaranty clause and TABOR.)
http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/the-people-are-guaranteed-to-lose.html (http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/the-people-are-guaranteed-to-lose.html)
Bears watching.

Good to have you back here.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on August 21, 2012, 04:33:22 PM
So much for cooperation... the world-system of "free trade" simply won't allow it.

Watson!  Your ALIVE!  I had deduced that Moriarty had sent you to the Great Beyond.

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01552/HOLMES-WATSON_JPG_1552198c.jpg)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: What Are People Good For Redux
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 22, 2012, 02:44:16 AM
This robot article, unlike my last one, has gained a lot of traction around the net since it was NYT material. RE and Angelbert have made their views known on the subject, however I find an unusual amount of talk about this topic lately. RE makes the valid point they put everyone out of work, but that didn't stop them from sending all the manufacturing they could to China or Mexico.   :icon_scratch:       :icon_study:


Tuesday, August 21, 2012
What Are People Good For Redux
Yesterday I flagged this article in The New York Times. Not much to say, except it confirms everything we’ve been saying here on the HCV since our inception. It’s also a rebuke to those who believe that that fossil fuel shortages will cause massive amounts of labor-intensive jobs to be resurrected. Here’s a taste:

    Inside a spartan garage in an industrial neighborhood in Palo Alto, Calif., a robot armed with electronic “eyes” and a small scoop and suction cups repeatedly picks up boxes and drops them onto a conveyor belt.

    It is doing what low-wage workers do every day around the world.

    Older robots cannot do such work because computer vision systems were costly and limited to carefully controlled environments where the lighting was just right. But thanks to an inexpensive stereo camera and software that lets the system see shapes with the same ease as humans, this robot can quickly discern the irregular dimensions of randomly placed objects.

    The robot uses a technology pioneered in Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensing system for its Xbox video game system.

    Such robots will put automation within range of companies like Federal Express and United Parcel Service that now employ tens of thousands of workers doing such tasks.

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-are-people-good-for-redux.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-are-people-good-for-redux.html)     
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Another Shooting Empire State Building
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 24, 2012, 06:58:23 AM
Reports trickling in.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Australia: Running Out of Luck Down Under
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 28, 2012, 04:16:40 AM
Thinking of you EndIsNigh.   :o

Australia: Running Out of Luck Down Under

By Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception

Australia has been described as the lucky country, but it is running out of luck and has a terrible combination of fundamental factors. In fact, Australia reminds us in many ways of the housing bubbles in the UK, Spain and Ireland. In each case, the country experienced a banking crisis.

Australian growth has been dependent on two huge bubbles: a domestic housing market that is one of the most overvalued in the world and a reliance on the Chinese fixed asset investment craze. Despite extraordinary commodity exports, Australia has run current account deficits and has a terrible international investment position. A substantially weaker currency in Australia is inevitable given fundamental factors. Oversized banks dependent on external financing, a bursting housing bubble and a slowing Chinese economy are all fundamental factors which are likely to weigh on the currency. As we explain, a weaker currency can either come in the form of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reducing interest rates or a balance of payment-like crisis in which foreigners pull funding from the banking sector. In both cases, the RBA would likely have to expand domestic liquidity substantially to prop up the banking system.
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/08/australia-running-out-of-luck-down-under/ (http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/08/australia-running-out-of-luck-down-under/)     :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Mass. Residents Apparent Meteor Sighting
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 28, 2012, 02:24:21 PM
Mass. residents among those reporting sightings of apparent meteor

 


Some New Englanders were treated to a celestial light show Monday night when an apparent meteor blasted past them.

Multiple reports from people in Massachusetts and Maine posted on the American Meteor Society website described a large, bright object traveling slowly across the sky between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., leaving a trail behind it before abruptly vanishing.

The observers described the meteor as red, green, or yellow. Such bright meteors — also known as fireballs — can vary in color, depending on the different elements, like sodium and magnesium, vaporizing within them, Mike Hankey, operations manager of the meteor society, said in an e-mail.

“Based on the witness reports, it looks like the fireball was headed mostly West to East and probably ended somewhere over the ocean,” Hankey said.

A report submitted by a Peabody resident said the fireball seemed to move very slowly, with a “white/red” tint at first that changed to a “heavy greenish color.”

“As it was traveling away from me towards the Salem, Massachusetts direction, it seemed to have turned more blue,” the Peabody resident said.

Hankey said the object most likely was a “bolide” fireball, which the society defines as “a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.”

Another witness, from Bristol, Maine, said the fireball looked “like it divided in two at the end when it burned up and vanished.”

Hankey said the fireball may have landed in the ocean, possibly in the Gulf of Maine area.


http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=c5905c13ff279f9b44c5633936c83f2f (http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=c5905c13ff279f9b44c5633936c83f2f)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 31, 2012, 12:56:37 PM
Hey GO,
The price of gold is spiking. That usually happens when some crisis is blowing up that Wall Street knows about but it hasn't hit the papers yet. What do you think is behind that?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on August 31, 2012, 01:18:42 PM
Hey GO,
The price of gold is spiking. That usually happens when some crisis is blowing up that Wall Street knows about but it hasn't hit the papers yet. What do you think is behind that?

Hi Agelbert,  It is not always bad news that puts gold up; in this case it was the Fed promising they stand ready to print if necessary at the big conference today. Hence Gold and the market are up in tandem.

There was also so rumbling from Iran about threatening to shut the straits of Hormuz, but that is an old story and Gold was way up before it broke. Big day for Gold up 38.00 dollars. Silver going crazy also on the news, up over a buck.   Hope I was helpful.    Regards, GO
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on August 31, 2012, 03:17:27 PM
GO,
Thanks. The fed hates to see gold spike. I wonder how they are going to try to sink it this time. I read years ago that the futures contract prices are based on a math formula that favors price manipulaton irrespective of supply and demand (Black-Scholes).  I'm sure RE can exlain how that game is played. We'll see if they can keep the lid on the gold price. It's one of my metrics for seeing when inflation and empire debt is out of control.

I hope Bernanke is doing this:  :violent4:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: New Clues on Internet Addiction
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 02, 2012, 05:56:44 AM
If your thoughts constantly revolve around surfing the web and you get anxious or depressed when you don’t have access to the online world, you may be suffering from Internet addiction. And new research shows that Internet addiction is tied to a genetic mutation.      :laugh:                      http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/smart-takes/new-research-offers-clues-to-internet-addiction/28804 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/smart-takes/new-research-offers-clues-to-internet-addiction/28804)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Tutu: Bush, Blair Should Face Trial at the Hague
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 02, 2012, 08:56:01 AM
LONDON (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions."

The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.

"Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague," he added           :icon_study:

http://news.yahoo.com/tutu-bush-blair-face-trial-hague-094855285.html (http://news.yahoo.com/tutu-bush-blair-face-trial-hague-094855285.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Tutu: Bush, Blair Should Face Trial at the Hague
Post by: Surly1 on September 02, 2012, 09:30:59 AM
LONDON (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq

Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions."

The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984.

"Those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague," he added           :icon_study:

http://news.yahoo.com/tutu-bush-blair-face-trial-hague-094855285.html (http://news.yahoo.com/tutu-bush-blair-face-trial-hague-094855285.html)

Indeed. But Tutu speaks for the now-discredited "reality-based community" where people still mistakenly believe ethat actions have consequences. They do, but like taxes, are only for the "little people."

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on September 02, 2012, 09:51:46 AM
Piling on. My greatest wish to see every one of these rapacious bastards hooded, cuffed, and frogmarched into a docket at the Hague.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/582639_10151006438632967_889154149_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 02, 2012, 10:32:54 AM
Surly Quote  "Piling on. My greatest wish to see every one of these rapacious bastards hooded, cuffed, and frogmarched into a docket at the Hague."

No Democrats on your list?     
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on September 02, 2012, 12:42:12 PM
GO, you'll note that Jay Rockefeller is a democrat member of the two-party duopoly. Feel free to add BO, HRC, Eric Holder, as well as that noted class traitor Bill clinton, to the list as well.

I am nothing if not an equal opportunity offender. A little offense for everybody.

They just weren't on this particular graphic.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on September 02, 2012, 01:28:30 PM
Piling on. My greatest wish to see every one of these rapacious bastards hooded, cuffed, and frogmarched into a docket at the Hague.

Then from the Docket to the Courthouse Square.  Only one Punishment Fits that Crime.

http://www.youtube.com/v/lo5BBHtn4tM

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on September 02, 2012, 06:54:05 PM
@Surly: Please explain the alias of George Scherf Jr. for George Herbert Walker Bush. I have never heard of that. Thanks. K.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on September 03, 2012, 06:10:39 AM
@Surly: Please explain the alias of George Scherf Jr. for George Herbert Walker Bush. I have never heard of that. Thanks. K.

This was news to me, too. Not an expert, but a quick Google search (http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=george+scherf,+jr.&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 (http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=george+scherf,+jr.&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8)) revealed this gem, about which you may wish to wrap your head in tinfoil before reading. Looks like a great deal of speculation, but I doubt that the ruling castes have invented false flags and disinformation only in this generation. Yet I urge caveat emptor: I take no responsibility for this stuff, only to have found it in response to your query.

http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20070405.htm (http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20070405.htm)

Deathbed confessions, photos support claims that George H. Scherf(f), Jr., was the 41st U.S. president


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According to Otto Skorzeny, pictured is the Scherff family and a few friends (circa 1938). Holding “Mother" Scherff’s hand at left is Martin Bormann. In front is Reinhardt Gehlen. In back is Joseph Mengele and to his right is Skorzeny as a young man. At center right (in the German navy uniform) is George H. Scherff, Jr. and his father George H. Scherff, Sr. Bormann became Hitler’s second in command. Reinhardt Gehlen was a chief SS officer and assassin who was smuggled out of Germany under Operation Paperclip. Skorzeny was Hitler's bodyguard and SS spy/assassin who came to the U.S. after the war under Project Paperclip. Skorzeny and GHW Bush were instrumental in merging Nazi (SS) intelligence with the OSI to form the CIA with "Wild Bill" Donovan and Allen Dulles. These guys were also part of CIA mind control experiments such as MK-ULTRA. SS officer and physician Joseph Mengele, the notoriously sadistic “Angel of Death” of Auschwitz, escaped Germany to South America after the war. George H. Scherff, Jr., became the 41st President of the United States as GHW Bush and George H. Scherff, Sr., was Nicola Tesla’s “trusted assistant.”


What you are about to read is another step beyond research pioneered in the early 90s by author/historian Webster Tarpley based largely on deathbed “clues” provided by former Hitler bodyguard Otto Skorzeny and his box of photographs. Since Skorzeny’s death in 1999, the various leads he provided have been followed up and tend to support what, at first blush, would appear to be the unbelievable rantings of an embittered old man. What remains constant as we pore through publicly available official records, private correspondence, memoirs, newspaper articles, photos and other “clues” is that Bush family records (the ones that exist) are a puzzle palace of inconsistencies and curiosities. Since it is a congressionally established fact that Prescott Bush was in business with the Nazis during WWII, we can safely say that the Bush/Nazi connection existed. Who are the Bushes? How did they get connected with the Nazis? Is the connection still alive through U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush? The answers are not as literal as we would like them to be. But we have the testimony of Otto Skorzeny and his photos—especially the one at right. So, here we go—the first installment of an investigation that points to a curious conclusion: The “Bush” family was created to destroy America.

By Don Nicoloff

What we are taught about history in American schools is not history, but a fairy tale. Better yet, it is propaganda designed to hoodwink an unsuspecting society about its true heritage and the treasonous acts and sabotage that were conceived in order to bring about a New World Order. You are about to learn the real identities of those who have infiltrated your nation on behalf of secret societies intent on bringing about the total slavery of mankind. In the past, others have written about the numerous conspiracies to control natural resources, energy, food and our sovereign right to live on planet Earth — not as slaves of a wealthy few — but as free men, women, and children exercising the free will given to them by God.

“Research” is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. This is important research. Read it carefully, with an open mind. Considering the use of fluorides (sodium fluoride) in drinking water and toothpaste, you may already be in denial. Fluorides (we are told) are for the prevention of tooth decay. You, the reader, can decide if they really work. The real reason they are added to your drinking water and toothpaste is to cause you to become psychologically and physically placid, and therefore, apathetic.

A thought problem

Imagine you were a member of a secret organization whose sole agenda was to control the entire planet. If your plan was to accomplish this goal without being perceived by your intended victims, discretion would be paramount. Your organization would devise a series of historical events that, on the surface, would appear to be everyday, happenstance occurrences (natural disasters, man-made diseases, acts of murder, assassination, terror, manipulation of money and energy supplies, contamination of foods, pollution of natural resources, and war). The timing of these events would require patience, careful planning, cooperation from others in positions of trust, stealth and deceit. In essence, the whole mission must derive its power through deception and concealment and must have a master plan.

Who were the designers of this master plan? Follow along as we connect the dots.

The Master Plan:

Arrival of the Bankers

At the turn of the 20th century, a plan to slowly take over the government of the United States began to unfold. Many works have been written about the Nazi machine that instigated two world wars, though few have traced the footsteps of the foreign financiers and the actors we prefer to call “politicians.”

A brief glance at shipping records, passenger manifests, and financial transactions on Wall Street indicates a pattern of deception which was masterminded by this same machine. The level of cooperation from government agencies and their elected officials was not only disgraceful, but blatantly treasonous.

In his book, “The Creature From Jekyll Island,”  [1] author G. Edward Griffin described the secret meetings which created the Federal Reserve in 1913. The architect of the plan, Paul M. Warburg, was a representative of the Rothschild banks in England and France and his brother Felix headed the Warburg banks in Germany and the Netherlands. Of significance is the fact that the first “official” media report about the Federal Reserve occurred three years later. In “Leslie’s Weekly,”  [2] B.C. Forbes described the secret meeting between Republican Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and six of the most powerful bankers in the world. That this meeting had to be conducted in a secret, clandestine island location indicates the level of deception, concealment—and treason—at work.

Paul Warburg

That Paul Warburg, a German national, spoke English well enough to craft a financial document (a volume consisting of 1,750 pages) resulting in the Federal Reserve Act designed to control the finances of the United States (from Europe) was no small feat. Of particular interest was how Warburg was able to establish these important connections prior to his arrival in the U.S. in 1913 and then orchestrate this financial coup. Warburg had to have known his co-conspirators before coming to America.

The first official record of Paul Warburg’s trip to the U.S. appeared in the Kaiser Wilhelm II passenger manifest, upon arrival at Ellis Island, October 13, 1903. [3] The official manifest (on line 7) lists a “Mr. P. Warburg, age 35; Occupation: Banker; Nationality: American; Heritage: German; Last Residence: Hamburg; Final Destination: New York; Home: 3 E. 82nd St., New York.

In fact, Paul Warburg claimed he was an American in 1903. Was this claim valid in 1903?

Of special interest in this October 13, 1903 passenger manifest, is the fact that other prominent passengers in the elite financial community were also on the same passenger manifest. Harry Sachs (of Goldman Sachs fame) is listed as a passenger but, unlike Warburg, he was not required to declare his destination or his address. In fact, of the 30 passengers listed on page 293 of the Ellis Island database of ship and passenger arrivals, P. Warburg was the only passenger required to declare his destination.

Was this an attempt to establish Warburg’s nationality?

Suspiciously, the second half of the page is missing from the database, so we are not privileged with pertinent and “official” information as to his place of birth nor his physical description on this occasion. Future arrivals to the Port of New York would shed more light on these issues. The record keeping by the Immigration Office on October 13, 1903, was not merely sloppy. It appears that Warburg and other passengers were not scrutinized to the extent required by law and were assisted in entering the country with special, yet illegal considerations. Unlike earlier or later arrivals, immigration officers were permitted (or instructed) to be lax and obviously negligent, in their duties, particularly where destinations and birthplaces were of concern.

Warburg’s second arrival to the U.S. (on the SS Deutschland) was similar to his first. Though still a “U.S. citizen” in 1905, he was demoted to “merchant.” [4] However, on a third arrival in 1906, Warburg was, once again, a “banker.” His memory had failed him on this (third) trip, when he declared he had “never been to the U.S. previously.” Neither had his wife and two children, who had travelled with him on prior trips. He had also forgotten about his home in New York City, too, when he claimed he had no address in the United States. On this visit, Warburg declared “Hamburg, Germany” as his place of birth.

Incredibly, on a later visit to the U.S., Warburg claimed he was officially a “naturalized citizen,” citing the “Circuit Court of New York City, March 21, 1911” [5] as the place and date where he had been bestowed his citizenship. Despite Warburg’s earlier proclamations, he was not declared a U.S. citizen until that time. Warburg thereby committed perjury, which was overlooked on numerous occasions by the Immigration Service officials, seemingly an act of treason on each occurrence. During subsequent visits to the U.S. in 1910, 1912 and 1913, while again proclaiming his U.S. citizenship, Warburg referred to 17 E. 80th St., New York as his home address. Not once was there any mention of his association with the Rothschild banks in Paris and London, and his permanent residency in Europe, not in America. Why the deception?

James Loeb

Not to be outdone, James Loeb, a partner in the Kuhn, Loeb & Company banking firm in New York City, traveled with Warburg on October 13, 1903. Loeb declared his U.S. citizenship on this trip, though he apparently suffered from amnesia in 1910, neglecting to declare any country of origin and later, in  1912, declaring to the U.S. Immigration Service that his birthplace was “Landsberg, Germany,” [6] a small town west of Munich.

Loeb also indicated (trip on this) that he was staying “with Mr. Warburg.”

Amnesia must have been a disease that plagued most German bankers at the turn of the century. The disease didn’t stop there and soon spread to institutes of higher education. Harvard University Press published a memorial biography to the founder of the Loeb Classical Library, bequeathed to Harvard University by none other than James Loeb, one year after his death in 1933. “James Loeb was born August 6, 1867, in New York City, the son of Solomon and Betty (Goldberg) Loeb. Solomon was a partner and founder of the banking firm, Kuhn, Loeb & Company,” the tribute began. [7]

Certainly, Harvard University would have known where Loeb was born and, for that matter, so would have Loeb. If this quotation were true, then what would have caused Loeb to state (to the INS) in 1912 that he was born in “Landsberg, Germany?”

The Harvard Press biography did little to legitimize the matter of Loeb’s birthplace, though it was a valiant attempt.

Still, if there remained any confusion, the U.S. Immigration Service could have clarified the issue based on the information it had acquired in 1903 and again in 1910. But that was not the agency’s intention. The Immigration and Naturalization Service agents were complicit in hiding James Loeb’s true birthplace and his association with financiers of the future German Nazi Party, an act which was aided and abetted by the sloppy, incomplete immigration records kept at Ellis Island and the Port of New York. That was part of the deception. Yes, he lived and worked in New York and may have attended Harvard University. But, considering the connections Kuhn, Loeb & Company had to the banks that supported the Nazis through money-laundering activities until getting caught in 1942, it was most likely that Loeb (like Warburg) had been groomed for his role in order to maintain the founders’ (of this “master plan”) “bloodline.”

There were other inconsistencies in the Harvard Press biography, again, based upon the above-mentioned records. “In the winter of 1891 a severe illness (possibly depression) obliged him to give up business and he spent the summer traveling in Scandinavia, returning to banking again only until January 1, 1902, when he retired due to renewed health problems” [Amnesia?].

James Loeb could not have traveled and returned to the United States during 1892, unless he had swum upon his return trip. The first of his three voyages to Ellis Island (from Europe on the Kaiser Wilhelm II) arrived on October 13, 1903, as previously mentioned. It was unlikely he would have returned to any port of entry other than New York, unless he had arrived at some other secret location. And there were no transatlantic airline flights in 1903. The Harvard story had to have been a fabrication intended to hide some dark secret.

Considering the sizable endowments Loeb lavished upon Harvard and other notable educational, medical, and art institutions in Boston and New York, it was most advantageous for Harvard to portray Loeb as a philanthropist and victim of “depression” (hardly fit for a transatlantic swim), than as a German banker whose father’s company supported the “master planners’” war machine before and during two world wars.

According to further reminiscent accounts, “He retired to a quieter place, his farm at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, moving to Germany in 1905, where he stayed (except for a period during World War I) until his death in 1933.” 

Evidently, Harvard was unaware of two more trips (documented by the Federal Government) that Loeb made to New York in 1910, and again in 1912. It was no coincidence that Loeb’s return trips to the U.S. (as an on-again, off-again U.S. citizen) were orchestrated to accommodate Paul Warburg’s meetings with Wall Street bankers of German persuasion, as they plotted to create the Federal Reserve System, a foreign entity.

“On graduation, he received an offer through his teacher and friend Charles Eliot Norton to study Egyptology in Paris and London.”

Norton was the “appointed professor of history of art at Harvard University,”  “from 1856 to 1874 Norton spent much time in travel and residence on the continent of Europe and in England,” and was the first president of the Archaeological Institute of America (1879-1890),” according to his biography at wikipedia.org. [8] It would seem that Egypt was a more suitable location for studying Egyptology than Paris and London, where Paul Warburg managed the Rothschild  banks.

Loeb died in Munich in 1933, lending belated credence to his 1912 assertion, to the INS, that he was “born in Landsberg, Germany” and was a “German citizen” — “never having previously been in America.”

Nikola Tesla

Despite conflicting literary and historical accounts, Nikola Tesla, a Serb, was born on July 10, 1856, in Smilja, Lika province, or what is now modern-day Croatia. Prior to World War I, Smilja was on the border of the Austro-Hungarian empire so, in effect, Tesla was a citizen of Austrian origin.

The son of a Serbian Orthodox priest who rose to the rank of Archbishop, Tesla had the opportunity to study a variety of topics contained in his father’s personal library. As a young boy, he accompanied his father on trips to Rome, where he was able to study the lesser-known works stored in the Vatican’s vast scientific repository.

Upon completing his studies in engineering and physics at the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria, Tesla attended the University at Prague. He demonstrated, early on, an innate ability to solve mechanical and scientific problems, especially in the area of electricity and its applications in power production. After working for Edison Telephone Company subsidiaries in Budapest, Paris, and other cities throughout Europe, Nikola Tesla went to America, to meet the man whose company gave him his first job, Thomas Edison.

Tesla found it difficult to work for Edison (due to Edison’s reneging on financial promises), but soon found backers to finance his research and development projects and his new inventions. Financiers, such as John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, George Westinghouse and John Jacob Astor were among those who saw the potential in Tesla’s pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit to capitalize on his technological discoveries in electricity, wireless communications, and physics.

The only official documentation of Nikola Tesla’s arrival to the United States was, again, produced at the Port of New York. [9] On April 7, 1882 a 25-year old Tesla arrived via the SS Nordland, which departed from Antwerp. He had returned, on this trip to the U.S., after lecturing in Paris. Tesla’s destination: New York. Tesla immigrated as a “laborer,” though this label hardly befit the man who would become the most prolific inventor in history, with some 700 technological patents to his credit.

Previous accounts of Tesla’s association with Thomas Edison’s projects place him in the United States in the 1870s. His many technological discoveries were certain to have drawn the attention of those hungry for world domination and superiority. By and large, Tesla’s inventions and his career were excluded from our history books because his inventions and patents were stolen and then weaponized. It was never intended for us to learn about the suppression of Tesla’s advanced scientific discoveries, nor about those who profited from their theft—the orchestrators of the master plan.

Though much has been written about Tesla’s successes and failures, few have detailed the behind-the-scenes financial activities which disclose a Nazi plot to acquire his technology, while research and development costs had largely been paid (unknowingly) by U.S. taxpayers. Many of Tesla’s patents fell into Nazi hands prior to and during World Wars I and II. As a result, Tesla continuously found himself in litigation over patent rights and other issues.

Although he had succeeded in winning the majority of his patent lawsuits, his technology had been repeatedly stolen and sold to the German Nazis and other foreign governments, so he never achieved the financial success he deserved. The embezzlement of his capitalization went unchecked throughout Tesla’s career. At the time of his death (by murder, according to Skorzeny) on January 6, 1943, Tesla died virtually penniless.

Tesla’s Assistant,

George H. Scherff, Sr.

Nikola Tesla’s successes in discovering new technologies did not go unnoticed by many industrial capitalists and world governments. In fact, many of his inventions were developed through secret government programs which began soon after his discoveries in alternating current (AC), electromagnetic energy, electric motors, generators, coils, radio transmission, energy-saving devices, and wireless transmission technologies.

Since Tesla was often buried deep in research at remote labs, many of his financial and legal affairs were supervised by his closest associate, George H. Scherff. Scherff often advised Tesla about pending patent litigation, contracts, proposals, demonstrations, and financial affairs. As any trusty associate would, Scherff stood beside Tesla through all the ups and downs of his financial nightmares, sometimes arranging for extended credit at the Waldorf-Astoria, where Tesla often resided, or by obtaining a cash advance toward research he had been contracted to perform. Near the end of his career, Tesla was evicted from the Waldorf for an outstanding bill which exceeded $20,000 — a rather large sum for those days.

As Tesla worked on secret U.S. government projects at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Scherff communicated to Tesla the status of his business affairs. Tesla spoke of hopeful, future financial successes, though Scherff repeatedly delivered the news of dwindling funds. Tesla had begun construction of a wireless power transmission tower (“Wardenclyffe,” Shoreham, Long Island) with funds invested by J.P. Morgan. When Morgan discovered that the tower would transmit free electricity and radio waves, he cancelled the project and had the tower dismantled, then sold for scrap. Morgan was not about to allow Americans to receive free electricity, television and radio. Tesla was devastated when he received the news, but continued on with his new inventions.

Some 12 years later, on October 14, 1918, Scherff wrote to Tesla at Colorado Springs. The correspondence focused on the usual disclosure of pending legal issues and attorney matters and was sent to Tesla on Tesla Company letterhead containing the company’s headquarters address at 8 W. 40th Street, New York, NY. [10] On October 15, 1918, (the next day) Tesla responded to Scherff’s letter (it seems impossible regarding our understanding of the technology available at the time, but these are the dates attached to the correspondence).

An interesting anomaly: Tesla’s response was addressed to “George Scherff, Esq.,” Union Sulphur Co., 17 Battery Pl., New York, NY (Union Sulphur Company?). [11] This address was not the location of the Nikola Tesla Company.

The Rockefeller Connection

Records show that 17 Battery Place is the Whitehall Building and was owned by Frank Rockefeller, who, with his brothers William and John D., also owned many of the companies with offices located there. The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) had its world headquarters there, as well as a variety of oil, mining, and chemical companies. [12] Though Union Sulphur Company was run by its president, Herman Frasch, a German chemist who patented extraction methods for sulphur and petroleum, Frasch also worked for John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company (in New York, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio), developing similar extraction methods.

On the basis of this association, George Scherff, Sr., had connections with the Rockefeller family, though it is unclear if Tesla was at all aware of this connection.

Frank Rockefeller was also an investor of Buckeye Steel Castings in Columbus, Ohio. Buckeye manufactured automatic couplers and chassis for railroad cars owned by the Harrimans, the Rockefellers, and J.P. Morgan. Eventually, Samuel P. Bush was promoted from general manager to president of the company after producing gigantic profits.

Samuel P. Bush’s association with the Rockefellers and his subsequent position as Director of the War Industries Board afforded him the opportunity to create contracts with Remington Arms during the war, courtesy of Percy Rockefeller.

Nikola Tesla’s trusted assistant (sometimes referred to as “accountant” or “secretary”) George Scherff, Sr., worked at Union Sulphur Company. Normally, this association would not set off  alarms, considering the state of Tesla’s affairs. Scherff had every right to earn a decent living in order to support his family. That was “the American Way.” But a careful examination of Union Sulphur Co. might reveal that someone was being deceived — Tesla, and Scherff was at the root of this deception.

Who was George Scherff?

Who was George Scherff? Better yet, who was George H. Scherff, Sr.? There exists no legitimate record of a George H. Scherff being born in the U.S. from the late-1800s through 1925, yet, George Scherff was Nikola Tesla’s assistant/accountant. If he was born in Germany, could his birthplace shed some light on this mystery? Probably—if they exist (it has become apparent that individuals associated with the Nazi Party commonly have all or parts of their genealogical records expunged—we will explore this further in the section of this article dealing with the “Bush” family tree).

Otto Skorzeny: S.S./ODESSA/CIA master spy and assassin

Friends and acquaintances of Nikola Tesla recall him complaining about Scherff’s son, George, Jr., always snooping around Tesla’s lab. On more than one occasion (probably during the late 1930s), Tesla caught the 14-year old Scherff looking at his notes, poring through his books, and stealing small items from his lab. Tesla gave him the nickname, “Curious George” and likened him to a “mischievous monkey.” According to Skorzeny, (Adolph Hitler’s former bodyguard) in a deathbed confession to Eric “Orion” (Eric Berman) in S. Miami, Florida, Tesla, “hated the younger Scherff.” In fact, according to Skorzeny, the “Curious George” book and movie were inspired by Tesla’ s suggestion.

Curiously, the day before the national theatrical release of the Hollywood production of the Curious George feature length film, Alan Shalleck, the originator of Curious George (and the man in the Yellow hat), was found murdered under a pile of plastic garbage bags in his driveway in Florida at age 76. [13]

In short, Otto Skorzeny claimed that the true identity of George H.W. Bush was “George H. Scherff, Jr., the son of Nikola Tesla’s illegal-immigrant, German-born accountant, George H. Scherff, Sr.”

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The unmistakable Otto Skorzeny with Adolph Hitler.


Worth a thousand words: But this was not the only bombshell Otto Skorzeny delivered that day in late-1999. Skorzeny, producing a shoe box full of 60-years worth of his personal photographs, showed them to Berman, describing each one in great detail. The collection featured a photo of a young, majestic Skorzeny in full S.S. Nazi military dress, next to his Führer, Adolph Hitler. Then there were photos of Reinhard Gehlen (S.S. spy and assassin) Dr. Joseph Mengele (the “Angel of Death”) Martin Bormann (Hitler aide and S.S. assassin) and Adolph Hitler (photographed in 1997 at age 107).

The Hitler photo was taken during a “reunion” at the Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, Montana, on August 27, 1997. According to Skorzeny, Adolph Hitler was alive and well in the U.S. in 1997!

Skorzeny did not stop there. He produced a photo of a young Skorzeny, Mengele, Bormann, and the family of George H. Scherff, Sr.. Seated in the midst of those in the photo was a young George H. Scherff, Jr., who, Skorzeny explained, was trained as a spy and sent to America to work for Adolph Hitler. “He was given false identification and adopted by Prescott Sheldon Bush as his “son,” George Herbert Walker Bush,” Skorzeny went on. “He forged a birth certificate in order to enter the military before he turned 18. He was 16 at the time.”

In the family photo, a young Scherff and Bormann both sported a German Navy uniform. Scherff later enlisted in the U.S. Navy as “George H.W. Bush.”

In even greater detail, Otto Skorzeny described how (“contrary to the CIA-written history books”) he helped Hitler escape to Austria in a plane flown by a female pilot, Hanna Reitsch. “Hitler did not commit suicide,” Skorzeny recounted. “His double was shot between the eyes, and the dental records proved he was not Hitler. The Americans kept it a secret, worried the truth might anger the Russians.”

Eric “Orion” (Berman), in a live radio interview on Republic Broadcasting Network, January 17, 2006, [14] detailed how “Skorzeny died on December 31, 1999. His body was cremated, I have a copy of his death certificate, and I saw his ashes. After the war, he helped George Bush found the CIA through Operation Paperclip and ODESSA.”

Berman recounted how Skorzeny was found “not guilty” at the Nuremburg trials, and then ushered into the CIA. “Some 50,000+ S.S. Nazi war criminals, not just rocket scientists, were brought to America after the war.”

Skorzeny, about age 90 at the time, was described by Berman as “very focused and very lucid, and he was still very mobile. He was still able to walk around—he was still very impressive and he had about the biggest hands I have ever shaken. He was 6’-4”and was a giant for his day. He towered over me, and I’m 5’-8”.”

When asked why he thought Skorzeny entrusted this information to him, Berman responded, “I was dating one of his daughters. He knew that I’m Jewish, first of all, I’m an honest guy and he thought that  I would really try to do something about this and bring some justice, yeah, to these wanted Nazi war criminals. His whole goal was.... they had screwed him over, including George Bush, they screwed him over..... and out of large sums of money over the years. This was his one last way of... you know, getting even with them.”

A biographical article about Nikola Tesla appeared in the Tesla Tech, Inc. magazine, “Extraordinary Technology,” Volume 4, Number 3, Aug., Sept., Oct., 2006. [15] The article, written by Dustin Wallace, spoke of Tesla’s childhood, some of his inventions, and his last days. Wallace wrote (pp. 21-22), “The Yugoslav Monarchy in Exile was summoned to visit Tesla in the fall of 1942. However, Charlotte Muzar, a secretary, paid Tesla the visit. From his condition upon her arrival she felt as though he may not live through the night. Another friend of Tesla’s, Kenneth Swezey visited him during the time and noted that he was existing on warm milk and Nabisco crackers alone. It was apparent that Tesla was nearing the end of his time. By late December of 1942, Tesla began meeting with two U.S. government agents in order to share some of his most sensitive discoveries. These men carried away many of his documents for microfilming.”

“On January 4, 1943, Tesla’s faithful assistant, George Scherff, visited Tesla for the last time, Tesla was found deceased in his hotel room on the morning of January 8. 1943. He had passed away between those four days since Scherff’s visit.”

The article continued, “Following Tesla’s death the United States Office of Alien Property, under the instructions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confiscated all of Tesla’s papers and property. This was an interesting maneuver considering that Tesla was a United States citizen.”

The significance of this benign description of Tesla’s inventions and his last days has a direct relationship to the previously unknown claims of Otto Skorzeny. As Skorzeny described (to Berman) in detail his involvement with George H. W. Bush (George H. Scherff, Jr.) in organizing the CIA by absorbing Nazi S.S. agents,” he intimated that it was Reinhard Gehlen and himself who murdered Nikola Tesla on January 6, 1943 by strangulation/suffocation.

Prior to the murder, Skorzeny and Gehlen “spoke in great detail to Tesla about his most-advanced technologies and then stole the blueprints of his best, most-secret inventions.”

Were these the “two U.S. government agents” about whom Dustin Wallace wrote? The timing of George Scherff’s last visit to Nikola Tesla was suspicious, as well.

Skorzeny did not stop with these soul-cleansing disclosures. He went on to describe the aliases of himself Frank Edward P_ _ _ _ _, of south Florida (according to Berman, who claims he is trying to protect Skorzeny’s daughter), Reinhard Gehlen (Hank Janowicz, Wayne, N.J.), and Dr. Joseph Mengele (Steven Rabel). According to Berman, “Gehlen was tipped off by the FBI about Skorzeny’s unveiling of his identity and location, and Gehlen (Janowicz) then went into hiding. Mengele (Rabel), through a series of anti-aging hormone injections, a black hairpiece, and ‘cannibalism’ has maintained a youthful appearance.”

Having investigated some of Skorzeny’s claims, Berman had contacted the U.S. Justice Department to inform them that Nazi spies were being harbored by certain factions of the U.S. intelligence agencies, in particular, the CIA. “My thoughts were that, uh,  I needed to try to bring these wanted SS Nazi war criminal, holocaust killers—terrorists, basically—to justice. I wanted to call our government and tell ‘em, ‘Hey, that they’re still alive.’ I wanted to bring ‘em to justice. That was my whole intention. I initially had contacted, or tried to contact Eli Rosenbaum, who was the Director of the United States Justice Department, Office of Special Investigations. Basically, they, uh, thought it was a hoax and they told me that I was mistaken, and that according to the CIA, ‘all of them were all dead and I was mistaken.’ That’s what they told me. I was wrong.

“Later that night, I was over at, uh, Skorzeny’s house, and his widow received a phone call that turned her white, and she almost passed out. Basically, someone from the OSI tipped her off that I had contacted them... and that I had known about them. Later that night, when I was comin’ back home, uh, a car pulled up behind me, flashing his lights, wanting me to pull over. So I pulled over—I knew somethin’ was probably goin’ on, so I was ready, and somebody walked right next to me—it looked like he had a gun in his hand, possibly, so I sped away. All right, uh, my girlfriend was in the car at the time, all right, and I sped through three lanes of traffic and went into a local shopping center, and he pulled in right behind me—and he gave me a dirty look—then he pulled a couple feet away, then he drove off.  But, uh, I’m sure they tried to put a hit out on me. That’s what it was.”

Berman then confirmed the girlfriend was Skorzeny’s daughter and added, “She, uh, she didn’t know that I knew... she didn’t know that her father had told me all this. That’s why we’re no longer goin’ out. She broke up with me when the government tipped her off that I wrote a book about her family.”

In order to authenticate the above revelations, the author began conducting his own research into the alias of Otto Skorzeny. The first detail, considering Berman’s “cryptic clue” of Skorzeny’s CIA name, was to determine the variety of names that begin with the letter “P” — Palmer, Parson, Paskel,  Peller, Porter, Powell, etc., settling on “Powell” as the most-likely possibility. Then, there was the distinct possibility that Skorzeny (for the purpose of protecting his wife and children) slightly misled Berman about his “official” alias, by reversing his first and middle names.

An exhaustive search revealed an interesting twist. Since Skorzeny had children, he likely had a wife. In fact, he did have a wife and left a trail (though worn out by time), that might shed some light on the master plan (this issue is discussed later).

Further research about the life of Otto Skorzeny, “master spy,” reveals his little-known affair with Eva (Evita) Marie Duarte de Peron, wife of Argentina’s President, Juan Domingo Peron. Gold which was stolen by the Nazis (laundered by Swiss banks and the Vatican, then smuggled to Argentina by Admiral Wilhelm Canaris) had accrued enormous interest after World War II, and upon her death, Eva Peron bequeathed Skorzeny $100 million, which ultimately fell into the hands of the CIA. The Nazi-CIA connection to the money was obvious. Based upon Skorzeny’s claims, this money probably fell into the hands of George H.W. Bush and his “handlers.”

 

George H. Scherff, Jr., visits the FBI

Upon the untimely death of Nikola Tesla, perhaps the world’s most renowned scientist in history, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, received an unexpected visit from George H. Scherff, Jr. That George Scherff, Sr., Tesla’s trusted associate, chose to send his teenage son to visit the FBI’s notorious director should have raised a red flag, which it probably did among intelligence agencies. Scherff, Jr., explained to Hoover that he had worked for Tesla and was entitled to his papers and other effects. He also expressed concern that “a foreign government might also be interested in his inventions.” [16]

Scherff, Jr., also gave Hoover an address, “149 Secord (sic) Rd., New Rochelle, New York” [“Seacord” is the correct spelling].

FOIA file on “subject, Nikola Tesla”: “Mr. George H. Scherff Jr. advised that he had received two letters... Mr. Scherff stated that he was an associate of Nikola Tesla in 1914 and that for many years, his father had been Dr. Tesla’s private secretary. Mr. Scherff said that he had never heard of Leland J. Anderson nor any of the names mentioned in Anderson’s letter” (Anderson had written to the Scherff household seeking information about Tesla’s writings. He was working on a thesis for school and had been seeking information from Tesla’s associates and communications).

(February 3, 1954) “Mr. Scherff stated that he has quite a bit of Tesla’s writings in his possession and he didn’t know whether or not they would be of value to a foreign government.”

There are several glaring discrepancies and inconsistencies in George H. Scherff, Jr.’s statements to the FBI (or the actual intent of the document). The author conducted his own research into the background of George H. Scherff, Sr., and, from all indications, concludes that George H. Scherff, Jr., could not have worked for Nikola Tesla in 1914. Scherff, Jr. wasn’t even alive in 1914, so he could not have “worked for him” then or at any other time (based upon the numerous accounts about “Curious George,” Tesla could not even tolerate him being around his laboratory). It is highly unlikely that Tesla would have hired (or did hire) him. Other than a book written by John J. O’Neill, ‘Prodigal Genius, The Life of Nikola Tesla’ in 1944, this was also the only known reference to Tesla having a secretary named “George H. Scherff.” [17]

For the greater part of his career, Tesla’s secretary was Dorothy F. Skerritt. Both Skerritt and Muriel Arbus worked for him at the time of his retirement, which was forced due to dwindling funds. The acknowledgments at the end of the book describe George H. Scherff as a “business associate,” and there is no mention whatsoever of George H. Scherff, Jr. ever having worked for Tesla.

So why did Scherff, Jr., lie to the FBI? Because it was dangerous for him to tell Hoover the truth about the real identities of his father and himself. Why would George H. Scherff, Sr. send his teen-age son to seek papers and other records (belonging to Tesla) from the FBI and not do it himself? Because the Director of the FBI, Herbert J. Hoover, would have recognized him as someone other than George H. Scherff, Sr. In fact, it is highly plausible that the individual who spoke to the FBI was not a Scherff and was a stand in.

There also remains the most-likely possibility that the Scherff  interview was nothing more than a ruse, created by the FBI for the purpose of obfuscating the facts around the government’s involvement in the murder of Nikola Tesla, the theft of and covert infringement on his patents, and the money laundering that ensued between a few Wall Street banks and Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party. Anyone interviewing George H. Scherff, Jr., would have easily recognized that he was not old enough “to have worked for Nikola Tesla in 1914.”

Redacted statements in the above-referenced FOIA files indicate something was being covered up. The “Scherff” documents were created to thwart the research efforts of Leland J. Anderson, hide the facts behind Tesla’s murder, and dispel any speculation that the FBI stole Tesla’s records, research documents and new technologies.

In 1942, less than a year prior to Tesla’s untimely death, it was already known that principles at New York’s Union Banking Corporation had been caught “Trading with the Enemy,” Nazi Germany. Among the principals was George Herbert Walker, Prescott Sheldon Bush, “son” of industrialist Samuel Prescott Bush, who was president of Buckeye Steel Castings in Columbus, Ohio and the director of the Facilities Division of the War Industries Board. The WIB gave Samuel P. Bush unprecedented ties to the Eastern elite families through its association with one of the largest weapons manufacturers, Remington Arms. Buckeye Steel Castings supplied the railroad industry, controlled by the Rockefellers, the Harrimans, and J.P. Morgan with coupling parts and chassis for their tankers and railcars.

Behind the scenes, Archbishop Francis Cardinal Spellman secretly influenced (or controlled) the activities of key intelligence agencies in the U.S., thus, affording the Vatican the opportunity to suppress potentially damaging information from reaching the public. Spellman and Hoover served the same “master,” though it was not the U.S. government. Upon the revelations of the New York / Nazi money laundering and war profiteering, records in the National Archives, in particular those related to Samuel P. Bush, were destroyed “in order to save space.” Most likely, those records exposed multiple, covert relationships in a conspiracy of monumental proportions.
(http://www.proliberty.com/observer/teslapeter.jpg)
 
Tesla with King Peter II of Yugoslavia at the Hotel New Yorker July 15, 1942. It is strange that Tesla, one of the most brilliant inventors ever, would die penniless and his “trusted assistant", according to Otto Skorzeny and some strangely corroborating records, was “George H. Scherff, Sr.” Tesla died January 6, 1943.


References, Part 1:

1) "The Creature from Jeckyll Island," G. H. Griffin

2) "Leslie's Weekly, B.C Forbes

3) http://ellisisland.org/, (http://ellisisland.org/,) P. Warburg, passenger record / manifest

4) http://ellisisland.org/, (http://ellisisland.org/,) Paul M. Warburg, passenger record / manifest

5) http://ellisisland.org/, (http://ellisisland.org/,) Paul Warburg, passenger record / manifest

6) http://ellisisland.org/, (http://ellisisland.org/,) James Loeb, passenger record / manifest

7) Harvard University Press, Loeb Classic Library, "Our Founder"

8) http://wilipedia.org/, (http://wilipedia.org/,) Charles Eliot Norton

9) http://ellisisland.org/, (http://ellisisland.org/,) Nikola Tesla, passenger record / manifest

10) Photocopy of The Tesla Company document sent by Scherff to Tesla in Colorado

11) Photocopy of reply to George Scherff , Union Sulphur Co., New York, NY

12) http://www.nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM011-WHITEHALLBUILDING.htm (http://www.nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM011-WHITEHALLBUILDING.htm)

13) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Shalleck, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Shalleck,) numerous Internet news reports

14) http://republicbroadcasting.org/, (http://republicbroadcasting.org/,) The Investigative Journal show archives, 01-17-2006

15) “Extraordinary Technology,” Volume 4, Number 3, Aug.-Oct., 2006, pp. 21-22

16) FOIA / J. Edgar Hoover, FBI files on subject: Nikola Tesla

17) "Prodigal Genius, The Life of Nikola Tesla," John J. O'Neil, 1944

 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Assange Supporters Target Swedish Government Web
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 04, 2012, 05:49:53 PM
 STOCKHOLM—Swedish government institutions were targeted in a large-scale cyber-attack Monday, with the Free Assange organization claiming responsibility via Twitter.

The central government, the armed forces, and the Swedish Institute reported problems with their websites Monday.

“We have had disruptions today, and the site has been going up and down. That is all I can say, for security reasons,” government spokesperson Anna Dahlen told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

According to a tweet, the organization claiming responsibility for the attacks supports WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over rape charges and was to be extradited to Sweden from the U.K. when he fled to the embassy of Ecuador for protection.

The service provider for the Swedish Institute said that the attack is a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, which causes the site to collapse from too many requests.        :emthup: :emthup:

www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/assange-supporters-target-swedish-government-websites-287752.html (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/assange-supporters-target-swedish-government-websites-287752.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Ashvin on September 04, 2012, 07:00:07 PM
Surly,

That was a pretty fascinating article you dug up. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if it was true. Another interesting connection with Operation Paperclip and the USG comes with the Roswell incident. Guy Malone believes the UFO/alien theory was used as a decoy for what really happened...

http://www.youtube.com/v/VNGEEn1S32E?feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Thousands of Greek Police Join Anti-Austerity Pro
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 07, 2012, 02:57:46 AM
 

Thousands of Greek police join anti-austerity protests as June unemployment hits 24.4 percent

Thousands of Greek police join anti-austerity protests as June unemployment hits 24.4 percent
By Associated Press, Published: September 6

ATHENS, Greece — Thousands of police marched through Athens on Thursday, chanting “thieves, thieves” and carrying black flags, to oppose planned pay cuts under a huge new austerity package meant to save Greece from defaulting on its mountain of debt.

The 4,000 protesters, who also included firefighters and coast guard officers, lit flares, blared spray-can horns, and set up mock gallows outside parliament.

The peaceful anti-government demonstration came amid deepening social gloom as official figures showed Greece’s unemployment rate surged to 24.4 percent in June, including more than 1.2 million people out of work, many of them youths.

It was the latest in a string of protests against the new €11.5 billion ($14.4 billion) austerity package for 2013-14, demanded by rescue creditors from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

A top labor leader warned Thursday that the spending cuts would unleash unprecedented social unrest without helping the recession-shackled economy.

“To insist on the (current) austerity program and adopt new measures against the less well-off will provoke a social explosion that is violent and of an intensity never seen before by Greek society,” said Yiannis Panagopoulos, head of the country’s main GSEE union.

Without the measures, Greece will lose access to the vital bailout loans that are shielding it from bankruptcy. But after 2 1/2 years of punishing austerity, the new cutbacks planned by Greece’s conservative-led governing coalition have sparked deep anger, spawning unusual protests by workers such as judges and police.

www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-unemployment-surges-to-244-percent-in-june-police-step-up-protests/2012/09/06/56c0586e-f805-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_print.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-unemployment-surges-to-244-percent-in-june-police-step-up-protests/2012/09/06/56c0586e-f805-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_print.html)           :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 15 Years Into a World Without Electricity
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 07, 2012, 03:43:00 AM
 

Revolution - New TV Show
15 years into a world without electricity
by Jason Wiskerchen
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 8:32 PM



A new NBC television show depicted 15 years into a future where global electricity is no longer available.  Prepper TV is becoming more mainstream. Maybe something to watch while canning tomatoes.

http://revolutiontvshow.com/ (http://revolutiontvshow.com/)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Protests Flare Over Communist ‘Brainwashing’
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 07, 2012, 05:06:53 AM
The school year in Hong Kong begun this week, but many residents are up in arms, holding a large week-long protest over a Chinese-required law they have described as an attempt to “brainwash” school-aged children, with demonstrations expected to expand next week at universities.

In recent days, thousands have gathered in front of government buildings in the former British colony, with some going on hunger strikes against the so-called “Moral and National Education” classes, which are going to be forced on schoolchildren.

The protests in front of the Tamar government building have yet to cease as of Thursday morning local time, reported Radio Television Hong Kong, and the demonstrators’ demands have not changed. Those who are leading the protests, the station said, are mostly teenagers, but adults have also taken part.

Police estimated that 6,300 demonstrators took part Wednesday, with one girl getting her head shaved in front of the crowd to show her determination to protest against the education plan.

In fact, these protests will likely get even bigger next week because university students have announced they would get in on the action, the Hong Kong Standard newspaper reported.    :icon_study:
www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/protests-flare-over-communist-brainwashing-in-hong-kong-288550.html (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/protests-flare-over-communist-brainwashing-in-hong-kong-288550.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: ‘Highly toxic’ bird flu strain hits Vietnam
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 09, 2012, 05:49:44 AM
A new highly-toxic strain of the potentially deadly bird flu virus has appeared in Vietnam and is spreading fast, according to state media reports.

The strain appeared to be a mutation of the H5N1 virus which swept through the country’s poultry flocks last year, forcing mass culls of birds in affected areas, according to agriculture officials.

The new virus “is quickly spreading and this is the big concern of the government”, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan said, according to a Thursday report in the VietnamNet online newspaper.

www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/07/highly-toxic-bird-flu-strain-hits-vietnam/ (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/07/highly-toxic-bird-flu-strain-hits-vietnam/)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: One of The 1% On The Run
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 09, 2012, 06:38:04 AM
Flying le coop: France’s richest man seeks Belgian citizenship

Published: 8 September, 2012, 16:28
Edited: 8 September, 2012, 21:04

Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man with a net worth estimated at US$41 billion, has applied for Belgian citizenship – citing personal and business reasons and maintains this has nothing to do with François Hollande’s 75 per cent tax hike on the super-r

As the Belgian authorities evaluate Arnault’s request to determine whether or not he has demonstrable “real ties” to Belgium, it stands to reason that Arnault would wish to seek shelter under Belgium’s 50 per cent tax rate.

Arnault insisted on Saturday that he was not becoming Belgian to dodge tax.         :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Germany Says 'Great Uncertainty' About US Debtt
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 12, 2012, 05:49:48 AM

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.

Wolfgang Schaeuble
Axel Schmidt | AFP | Getty Images
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

In a speech to the Bundestag lower house of parliament to open a debate on the 2013 German budget, Schaeuble said worries about U.S. debt were a burden for the global economy, hitting back at Washington which has criticized Europe for failing to get a grip on its own debt crisis.

In private, German officials often express concern about U.S. debt levels and the inability of politicians there to reach a consensus on how to reduce it, but Schaeuble's public remarks underscore the extent of the worries in Germany.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/48982485 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/48982485)                          :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Pension Troubles LOOK OUT!
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 16, 2012, 08:00:49 AM
This subject is getting very little attention and could cause a non stoppable panic if it mushrooms and the 55 and over crowd panic. Note that this is one of the bastions of the Liberal Press starting this screw job!

 (Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it informed some former employees that it will offer pensioners the option to receive a one-time lump sum payment or start a lower monthly annuity now, in a bid to reduce its pension liabilities.

www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/newyorktimes-pensionplan-idUSL3E8KE3OM20120914?type=marketsNews (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/newyorktimes-pensionplan-idUSL3E8KE3OM20120914?type=marketsNews)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Europe Mulling Taxing Churches
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 17, 2012, 07:09:25 AM
 

By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Published: September 13

Alcala de Henares, Spain — Cash-strapped officials in Europe are looking for a way to ease their financial burden by upending centuries of tradition and seeking to tap one of the last untouched sources of wealth: the Catholic Church.

Thousands of public officials who have seen the financial crisis hit their budgets are chipping away at the various tax breaks and privileges the church has enjoyed for centuries.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/financially-troubled-cities-in-spain-consider-taxing-church-properties/2012/09/13/3b62c736-f842-11e1-8398-0327ab83ab91_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/financially-troubled-cities-in-spain-consider-taxing-church-properties/2012/09/13/3b62c736-f842-11e1-8398-0327ab83ab91_story.html)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Protests in China Hit Japan Companies
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 17, 2012, 07:17:02 AM

Protests in China hit Japanese companies
Major firms temporarily shut factories and offices in response to attacks on Japanese shops and diplomatic posts.
Major Japanese firms have temporarily shut factories and offices in China in response to the series of violent anti-Japan protests across China over the weekend.

Japanese media said on Monday that the electronics producer Canon will suspend operations at three of its four factories in China.

Panasonic said one of its plants had been sabotaged by Chinese workers and would remain closed on Tuesday - a memorial day in China when it marks the anniversary of Japan's 1931 occupation of parts of mainland China.

All Nippon Airways Co reported a rise in cancellations on Japan-bound flights from China.   :icon_study:

http://aje.me/Qi6SVu (http://aje.me/Qi6SVu)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Sheila Bair Interview
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 27, 2012, 10:34:56 AM
Just heard a great interview on one of the business channels with Shelia Bair.

She was kind enough to let everyone know in the politest way, that Tiny Tim our beloved Treasury Secretary is a maggot. Why wasn't I surprised?

Two other interesting tidbits. Merrill Lynch and Citicorp, were totally and completely bankrupt and were doing "Very Bad Things" she said

Tiny Tim, the tiny turd from Goldman Suchs had absolutely nothing on his mind; and would listen to no other proposals,  such as helping the public with their mortgage problem. His sole and only focus was to bail his fellow turds.

Was nice to hear her blow the whistle, she appeared a bit frightened to me.

Thanks Shelia, some of us knew anyway, and we hope you don't end up in the Ecuadorian embassy with JA.

Gives you a bit of hope when someone with integrity steps forward!    :emthup: :emthup: :icon_sunny: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on September 30, 2012, 10:55:27 AM
Mayan experts race to convince people that tribe did NOT predict an apocalypse for this December

    Experts say Maya made prophecies but none about the end of the world
    Other prophecies made by Maya civilization go beyond 2012 believing more years to come

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 09:14 EST, 30 September 2012 | UPDATED: 09:55 EST, 30 September 2012

As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Maya calendar have been racing to convince people that the Maya didn't predict an apocalypse for the end of this year.

Some experts are now saying the Maya may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.

Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts met Friday in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Maya Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns.


         
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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210783/Mayan-experts-race-convince-people-tribe-did-NOT-predict-apocalypse-December-2012.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210783/Mayan-experts-race-convince-people-tribe-did-NOT-predict-apocalypse-December-2012.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Iran's Currency Falls 16 Percent in Single Day
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 02, 2012, 05:06:50 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's currency has fallen 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading.

Street traders said Monday it reached 34,500 rials to the dollar. It was 29,500 rials on Sunday.

The collapse of the currency is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program. The West suspects Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

The fall came despite the country's inauguration last week of a new hard currency trading center to undercut the black market.

The current official rate is 12,260 rials to the dollar, but that is used only for special purposes such as importing food and medicine.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/irans-currency-falls-16-percent-194229815.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/irans-currency-falls-16-percent-194229815.html)                   
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Anarchy, Human Nature, And The Future
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 19, 2012, 04:50:20 AM
Most thought provoking article.     :icon_study:

I do want to clear up one common misconception that I see a lot. I don't think anarchism is meant to eschew any hierarchy or chain-of-command whatsoever. Trust me, nothing ever gets done that way. Anarchy comes from the Greek an + archos, meaning "without rulers." Note that it does not mean "without leaders." There is a difference. Leaders lead. Rulers rule. Leaders lead by example. Rulers rule by force. Leaders have followers. Rulers have subjects. Leaders lead by the choice and consent of the people they lead based upon skill. Rulers rule based on the naked exercise of power, even if they are incompetent, hated and despised by others. Humans have, and probably always will have leaders. But do we need rulers? If so why? One can find plenty of leaders in nature, as in a wolf pack or baboon troop, but rulers seem to be a uniquely human characteristic.

Finally, this study can enlighten the discussion. Some scientists looked at left versus right handedness as a model of cooperation versus competition. The idea is that left handers have an advantage in competition; right handers in cooperation. The distribution of each predicts to what degree we are competitive versus cooperative:

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 19, 2012, 04:55:37 AM
Utterly fantastic, hard to believe without seeing.   ::)  :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/WWaJNXnH1_g&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Anarchy, Human Nature, And The Future
Post by: monsta666 on October 19, 2012, 06:39:46 AM
Most thought provoking article.     :icon_study:

I do want to clear up one common misconception that I see a lot. I don't think anarchism is meant to eschew any hierarchy or chain-of-command whatsoever. Trust me, nothing ever gets done that way. Anarchy comes from the Greek an + archos, meaning "without rulers." Note that it does not mean "without leaders." There is a difference. Leaders lead. Rulers rule. Leaders lead by example. Rulers rule by force. Leaders have followers. Rulers have subjects. Leaders lead by the choice and consent of the people they lead based upon skill. Rulers rule based on the naked exercise of power, even if they are incompetent, hated and despised by others. Humans have, and probably always will have leaders. But do we need rulers? If so why? One can find plenty of leaders in nature, as in a wolf pack or baboon troop, but rulers seem to be a uniquely human characteristic.

Finally, this study can enlighten the discussion. Some scientists looked at left versus right handedness as a model of cooperation versus competition. The idea is that left handers have an advantage in competition; right handers in cooperation. The distribution of each predicts to what degree we are competitive versus cooperative:

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html)

A good read but upon reading here are my thoughts... I think what needs to be considered in any system is the fact that all systems be it capitalism, socialism, communism or anarchism will over time be skewed, twisted and corrupted to meet the needs of a powerful elite. When thinking of the possibility of how to implement such ideas I think it would be prudent to consider the weaknesses of each system and how those weaknesses could be abused. When looking at all our social arrangements I have noted that there has never really been a true pure case of either capitalism or communism despite claims to the contrary. Markets have never been truly "free" and competition has always been curbed. In communism some people are more equal than others. It is my thought anarchism will fall foul to such problems.

The article says that anarchy does not promote hierarchical structures instead it favours more co-operative, group or team consensus and most important no person can impose their will on others through force or coercion. People only follow others by choice. Such things sound good on paper but I do wonder in a world with greed, power and ultimately corruption how much the leaders will eventually turn not into rulers.

Also even if those issues can be overcome in some measure (harder to see if money is floating around in this system) group decision making does have its own flaws. While the method is good because it is democratic its flaw lies in the fact that difficult decisions will take time to be resolved, if they are resolved at all. The biggest danger is some kind of political gridlock and this could really be a danger if there is a conflict of interest between various members of the group. In many cases indecision can be more costly than poor decisions. Finally in such group based decision making there will be a tendency towards risk aversion as opposed to actual problem solving. To offer an example; in Japan many businesses tried to operate in a more group based decision making model and while this method has its success it also lead to stagnate businesses which were risk adverse to many major changes as it became paramount not to disturb the status quo.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Mystery Gulf Oil Leak
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 20, 2012, 04:56:48 AM
Mystery in Gulf of Mexico: Why is oil leaking from Deepwater disaster site?

Oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of about 100 gallons per day near the Macondo wellhead, the site of the oil spill over two years ago that became the worst environmental disaster in US history.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/VnpB78LvfRI/Mystery-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Why-is-oil-leaking-from-Deepwater-disaster-site (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/VnpB78LvfRI/Mystery-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-Why-is-oil-leaking-from-Deepwater-disaster-site)          :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Boss Rail Disaster (China)
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 20, 2012, 07:12:57 AM
A lengthy article of interest to China watchers.   :icon_study:

         
121022 r22703 p465
121022 r22703 p465
The crash at Wenzhou. The Rail Ministry had been determined to build seventy-five hundred miles of high-speed railway more quickly than anyone thought possible.


On the morning of July 23, 2011, passengers hurried across Beijing South Station at the final call to board bullet train D301, heading south on the world’s largest, fastest, and newest high-speed railway, the Harmony Express. It was bound for Fuzhou, fourteen hundred miles away.

www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/22/121022fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=3 (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/22/121022fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=3)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on October 20, 2012, 07:19:50 AM
Quote
Finally, this study can enlighten the discussion. Some scientists looked at left versus right handedness as a model of cooperation versus competition. The idea is that left handers have an advantage in competition; right handers in cooperation. The distribution of each predicts to what degree we are competitive versus cooperative:

I consider myself an anarchist, and believe it to be the natural state of humans. But this study is a case of finding what you are looking for. Right-handedness is about left brain hemisphere dominance, which is about the analytical, abstract, linear, number and written word. The right brain is the seat of ART, relationships, dance, music, the physical. Competition, contrary to the study, arises out of Left brain, hierarchical values. If left-handers thrive in elite sports it is not because of any tendency or facility for competition, but because of an greater facility for letting go of Left brain analysis, logic and reason, which are an obstruction to the physical act of sport, martial art, sex, etc.

The right brain would also be the seat of the feminine, which in fact would make it the hemisphere most associated with cooperation.

Quote
Mystery in Gulf of Mexico: Why is oil leaking from Deepwater disaster site?

Washington's Blog has been hammering this point:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/bp-oil-spill-case-not-closed.html (http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/bp-oil-spill-case-not-closed.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Anarchy, Human Nature, And The Future
Post by: Petty Tyrant on October 20, 2012, 07:48:05 AM
Most thought provoking article.     :icon_study:

I do want to clear up one common misconception that I see a lot. I don't think anarchism is meant to eschew any hierarchy or chain-of-command whatsoever. Trust me, nothing ever gets done that way. Anarchy comes from the Greek an + archos, meaning "without rulers." Note that it does not mean "without leaders." There is a difference. Leaders lead. Rulers rule. Leaders lead by example. Rulers rule by force. Leaders have followers. Rulers have subjects. Leaders lead by the choice and consent of the people they lead based upon skill. Rulers rule based on the naked exercise of power, even if they are incompetent, hated and despised by others. Humans have, and probably always will have leaders. But do we need rulers? If so why? One can find plenty of leaders in nature, as in a wolf pack or baboon troop, but rulers seem to be a uniquely human characteristic.

Finally, this study can enlighten the discussion. Some scientists looked at left versus right handedness as a model of cooperation versus competition. The idea is that left handers have an advantage in competition; right handers in cooperation. The distribution of each predicts to what degree we are competitive versus cooperative:

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/10/anarchy-human-nature-and-future.html)

A good read but upon reading here are my thoughts... I think what needs to be considered in any system is the fact that all systems be it capitalism, socialism, communism or anarchism will over time be skewed, twisted and corrupted to meet the needs of a powerful elite. When thinking of the possibility of how to implement such ideas I think it would be prudent to consider the weaknesses of each system and how those weaknesses could be abused. When looking at all our social arrangements I have noted that there has never really been a true pure case of either capitalism or communism despite claims to the contrary. Markets have never been truly "free" and competition has always been curbed. In communism some people are more equal than others. It is my thought anarchism will fall foul to such problems.

The article says that anarchy does not promote hierarchical structures instead it favours more co-operative, group or team consensus and most important no person can impose their will on others through force or coercion. People only follow others by choice. Such things sound good on paper but I do wonder in a world with greed, power and ultimately corruption how much the leaders will eventually turn not into rulers.

Also even if those issues can be overcome in some measure (harder to see if money is floating around in this system) group decision making does have its own flaws. While the method is good because it is democratic its flaw lies in the fact that difficult decisions will take time to be resolved, if they are resolved at all. The biggest danger is some kind of political gridlock and this could really be a danger if there is a conflict of interest between various members of the group. In many cases indecision can be more costly than poor decisions. Finally in such group based decision making there will be a tendency towards risk aversion as opposed to actual problem solving. To offer an example; in Japan many businesses tried to operate in a more group based decision making model and while this method has its success it also lead to stagnate businesses which were risk adverse to many major changes as it became paramount not to disturb the status quo.[/quote




Or in other words Divide and Conquer becomes easier. I look forward to it anyway.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Dirtballs Taking Control of Net Providers
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 21, 2012, 04:32:01 AM
A disgrace and another WE ARE IN CHARGE message from the ass holes.

 Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content!

CNN) -- It is about to get a bit more difficult to illegally download TV shows, movies or music online.

A new alert system, rolling out over the next two months, will repeatedly warn and possibly punish people violating digital copyrights. The Copyright Alert System was announced last July and has been four years in the making.

If you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon as your Internet service provider, you could receive the first of one of these notes starting in the next two months.

The Internet provider is delivering the message, but the legwork is being done by the copyright owners, which will monitor peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.

They use a service called MarkMonitor, which uses a combination of people and automated systems to spot illegal downloading. It will collect the IP addresses of offenders, but no personal information. The IP addresses are turned over to the Internet providers, which will match up the address with the right customer and send the notification.

www.cnn.com/2012/10/18/tech/web/copyright-alert-system/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/18/tech/web/copyright-alert-system/index.html)     :emthdown: :emthdown: :emthdown:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: San Francisco's Tallest Tower Approved
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 21, 2012, 04:48:53 AM
They sure don't see things our way fellow diners!     :icon_scratch:  :laugh:  :D  ;D


http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/san-franciscos-tallest-tower-approved-for-construction/3247 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/san-franciscos-tallest-tower-approved-for-construction/3247)

             
transbay tower oct2012
transbay tower oct2012
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 15 Years Into a World Without Electricity
Post by: JoeP on October 21, 2012, 04:39:04 PM


Revolution - New TV Show
15 years into a world without electricity
by Jason Wiskerchen
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 8:32 PM



A new NBC television show depicted 15 years into a future where global electricity is no longer available.  Prepper TV is becoming more mainstream. Maybe something to watch while canning tomatoes.

http://revolutiontvshow.com/ (http://revolutiontvshow.com/)

GO,

Thanks for posting this.  I've recorded and watched every episode.  The reason I'm posting on this NOW is because the latest episode has focused on the psychological side-effects of the lights going out and I've seen enough of the TeeVee show to say the acting is pretty good too.  There has been some interesting discussion on psychology at the diner recently ya know.
 
 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: San Francisco's Tallest Tower Approved
Post by: RE on October 21, 2012, 05:16:29 PM
They sure don't see things our way fellow diners!     :icon_scratch:  :laugh:  :D  ;D


http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/san-franciscos-tallest-tower-approved-for-construction/3247 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/san-franciscos-tallest-tower-approved-for-construction/3247)

             
transbay tower oct2012
transbay tower oct2012

Another Debt-Financed Illuminati Penis.

Of course it's approved because it means JOBS for a few Construction workers for a couple of years and SF salivates over all the Juicy Tax revenue they think they will get from all the Pigmen working inside it.

When they run outta Diesel to run the Cranes and Electricity for the Arc-Welders, putting up more of these Penises will be a good deal more difficult.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel re;San Francisco's Tallest Tower
Post by: Karpatok on October 21, 2012, 05:40:20 PM
Well.as usual RE called a spade a spade. May I suggest a little research into the phallic culture of the KHAZARS before they were state converted to the CHOSEN ONES by BULBAN. Noting how paganism remained alive and well in cultures passing into Christianity,we see the phallic worship continuing by being financed by the well heeled KHAZARS having survived so well into present times. And just think. Right amidst  the SAN FRAN BATHS so well defended and promoted by their ongoing political correctness.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel re;San Francisco's Tallest Tower
Post by: Petty Tyrant on October 21, 2012, 05:56:50 PM
Well.as usual RE called a spade a spade. May I suggest a little research into the phallic culture of the KHAZARS before they were state converted to the CHOSEN ONES by BULBAN. Noting how paganism remained alive and well in cultures passing into Christianity,we see the phallic worship continuing by being financed by the well heeled KHAZARS having survived so well into present times. And just think. Right amidst  the SAN FRAN BATHS so well defended and promoted by their ongoing political correctness.

You are just crazy conspiracy theorists. Just because in San francisco the gay capital of the world in the most bankrupt state they build something that shape with those ribs and that seperation of the top head few floors section, does NOT mean it is meant to look like a tockley or is not a good  investment that will atrract full occupancy at full rate.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel re;San Francisco's Tallest Tower
Post by: Karpatok on October 21, 2012, 06:04:16 PM
Gee Uncle Bob, ya think? Flesh it out with the fleshpots.
Title: FX Traders inside the SF Giant Penis
Post by: RE on October 21, 2012, 06:11:45 PM
Gotta be a Dream Come True for every Pigman to work as a FX Trader inside the Head of a Giant Penis.  :icon_mrgreen:

When does the ERECTION of this PENIS begin?  Who is EJACULATING the FOUNTAIN of MONEY to RAISE it? I have many more PENETRATING questions to ask also.  Will it VIBRATE in an EARTHQUAKE?  Did SF order enough VIAGRA to keep it up?  Do you need to be over 18 to ride up the elevators?  Has SF ordered up a pack of Trojans for it?

RE
Title: Re: FX Traders inside the SF Giant Penis
Post by: Petty Tyrant on October 21, 2012, 07:57:40 PM
Gotta be a Dream Come True for every Pigman to work as a FX Trader inside the Head of a Giant Penis.  :icon_mrgreen:

When does the ERECTION of this PENIS begin?  Who is EJACULATING the FOUNTAIN of MONEY to RAISE it? I have many more PENETRATING questions to ask also.  Will it VIBRATE in an EARTHQUAKE?  Did SF order enough VIAGRA to keep it up?  Do you need to be over 18 to ride up the elevators?  Has SF ordered up a pack of Trojans for it?


what a laugh, how many tonnes of sement will it take?

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on October 21, 2012, 09:01:47 PM
And all so completely politically correct. Especially according to the New Euro Trash Laws permeating  every part of the NEW WORLD ORDER EU. As I said. Phallus Worship as originating and practiced in the Hindu Kush and Mesopotamia right today, to stick it in a hole in the wall anonymous and incognito anus alive and well in the US. So important to be circumcised. Makes it easier to grease up and clean the shit off afterwards.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 22, 2012, 04:36:53 AM
Quote JoeP  "GO,

Thanks for posting this.  I've recorded and watched every episode.  The reason I'm posting on this NOW is because the latest episode has focused on the psychological side-effects of the lights going out and I've seen enough of the TeeVee show to say the acting is pretty good too.  There has been some interesting discussion on psychology at the diner recently ya know."
 
 The pleasure was mine JoeP, your postings are very much appreciated also. Keep em coming!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Italy’s Electric Bike Boom
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 22, 2012, 10:31:09 AM
 
With gas prices near $10 per gallon and some of the most congested cities in Europe, Italy is finding a strong market for electric bikes.

Bikes in general are making a strong comeback in Italy, a country where biking as a form of personal transportation (instead of just recreation) lags behind many other European countries. But this year, for the first time since World War II, the country had more bike sales than car sales. And e-bikes, battery-powered bikes that assist with pedaling, are becoming increasingly popular in Italy, the Wall Street Journal reports:

    “Interest has been phenomenal, and potential buyers were lining up to check out the bikes,” says Franca Camplone, head of renewable energy company Enel Green Power SpA’s retail sales, who expects 50,000 electric bicycles to be sold overall in Italy this year, compared with practically none five years ago. The company began selling the bikes in September and has launched a campaign to promote e-bikes as Christmas gifts.   :icon_study:

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/italys-electric-bike-boom/3361 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/italys-electric-bike-boom/3361)
electric bike in rome italy flickr 225x300
electric bike in rome italy flickr 225x300
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: One Fracking Minute
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 24, 2012, 06:21:17 AM
 
A simple and to the point animation describing the process of hydraulic fracturing and the methods used to get the oil and gas that is creating our energy boom. I wonder where all the water comes from and where it goes?

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/one-fracking-minute-animated-explainer-hydraulic-fracturing (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/one-fracking-minute-animated-explainer-hydraulic-fracturing)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Do Not Tolerate Domestic Violence!
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 24, 2012, 07:04:09 AM
Top shelf read IMHO.  Karpatok you might be especially interested in this one.      :icon_study:

I am not talking about spousal abuse. I mean the abuse heaped upon you by the United States government. The parallels are striking.

America claims to own you, and so you pay a heavy price for leaving as an expat. It cruelly invades your breasts and genitals through pat-downs at the airport. Then it does the same to your children. America swears it is protecting you while violating your rights at every turn; and you have become so brainwashed that you now mistake a fist in your face for safety. There is no respect and no honesty in the relationship the government offers you – only a self-serving contempt that erupts into violence. Your response is to return a love of country along with the money you earn, all the while making excuses for America's bad behavior. Or, perhaps, you even defend America to critics.

I know how you feel. I was once in such an abusive domestic relationship that I am now legally blind in one eye from a fist in the face. After I managed enough self-respect to leave, one question haunted me: Why did I stay? Why would an otherwise independent woman allow herself to be literally beaten up when there were options?

The reasons are similar to why people stay in America. He expressed regret and swore he would “make it up” to me; I wanted to believe him because the love of a person diminishes slowly. He vowed to change; I hoped we could go back to before he exerted soul-crushing control of who I was and what I could do. I was frightened to be without him because I believed both his attacks on my self-worth and the pumped-up version of his own value. Besides which, leaving meant severing ties with close friends who would be called upon to take sides.

America and much of the Western world is doing much the same to you. Officials mouth regret at violations like a ruinous tax burden, and then offer entitlements with your own money. You stay because love of a country also diminishes slowly. America promises to change and you remember what “the land of the free” used to feel like; it was intoxicating. You now believe you are powerless while the government is a relentless Goliath. Besides which, leaving would mean moving away from family and friends.

But walking away was one of the best things I've ever done. It was also one of the most difficult. Despite my fears, however, I met someone else who taught me that love did not have to be packaged in bruises and pain.

There are places in the world that want you and they offer you respect instead of victimization. For example, a few months ago, Panama adopted a policy to make residency faster and easier. Executive Order 343 explicitly lists citizens of the United States as being welcome on its soil. In short, Panama created an entirely new immigration sub-category for you. And then there is Paraguay, which is welcoming US citizens with open arms and which won't even tax you at all on any income from outside the country.

The first step toward personal or political self-respect is to explore your options. You may not choose to walk out the door just yet, but at least you will know where it is and how to turn the handle.

               
FRG0022D
FRG0022D

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheDollarVigilanteBlog/~3/SuLYPimTgq4/do-not-tolerate-domestic-violence.html (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheDollarVigilanteBlog/~3/SuLYPimTgq4/do-not-tolerate-domestic-violence.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Food Stamp Nation
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 25, 2012, 05:14:47 AM
America: The Food Stamp Nation
America has over 44 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program’s real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The Food Stamp program is “hidden” from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.

usd 1 billion dollars 1,000,000,000 USD v2
usd 1 billion dollars 1,000,000,000 USD v2


Food Stamp Budget / Cost in 2011 for United States – $71.8 Billion Dollars
United States spent $71,810,990,000 dollars on Food Stamps in 2011.
Here you see the money on trucks with Walmart Super Center as a backdrop.The most SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Mississippi (20.9%), Oregon (19.96%), Tennessee (19.92%), New Mexico (19.90%), Michigan (19.53%), Louisiana (19.33%) and Alabama (19.16%).The least SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Wyoming (6.34%), New Hampshire (8.60%), New Jersey (8.61%), Colorado (8.86%), North Dakota (8.90%), Nebraska (9.45%), Minnesota (9.47%) and California (9.74%).Sources: SNAP Annual Summary, SNAP Program Data 2011, Walmart, Population by States, see individual SNAP state data compiled here: Excel Data Sheet.

http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=42925 (http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=42925)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Karl Denninger & Mike Norman
Post by: Golden Oxen on October 25, 2012, 09:50:19 AM
Great Show, don't miss it. Karl Denninger AKA "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance".

Don't skip the part at the end of the end of the video about Goldman Suchs and the whistleblower, a very informative 5 minutes.

http://rt.com/programs/capital-account/karl-denninger-mike-norman/ (http://rt.com/programs/capital-account/karl-denninger-mike-norman/)   "Titled The Rumbling In The Monetary Jungle"

 :icon_study:     :violent1: :13344-6:            :violent1:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Queens Residents Arm Themselves !!
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 04, 2012, 03:10:25 AM
 Doesn't take the scum long to come after you!!! :( :( :(

Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters
Residents feel isolated and some use guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend themselves. When night falls in the Rockaways, the hoods come out.

Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it’s become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend against looters.

Thugs have been masquerading as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers, knocking on doors in the dead of night. But locals say the real workers have been nowhere in sight, causing at least one elected official — who fears a descent into anarchy if help doesn’t arrive soon — to call for the city to investigate the utility.

www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-residents-arm-looters-article-1.1196031 (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-residents-arm-looters-article-1.1196031)            :icon_study:
 
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Boston Residents To Hear Simulated Explosions!
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 04, 2012, 03:45:38 AM
 
Boston area residents may hear simulatOfficials urged Boston area residents not to worry if they see or hear gunfire and explosions today and Sunday -- it’s likely simulated, a part of the second annual “Urban Shield: Boston” emergency training exercise.

Participants in the exercise include local police and fire departments, Boston’s Office of Emergency Management, the Coast Guard, the MBTA, area hospitals, and regional SWAT and HazMat teams, according to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office. The groups are working together to respond to simulated emergency scenarios at various locations, including Boston Harbor, the Bowdoin T station, and the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, along with others in Brookline and Cambridge. Urban Shield is funded by the federal Department of Homeland Security.ed gunfire, explosions, as Urban Shield exercise continues through the night!!!

http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=a76497a42a0ea49129210c5a562100b3 (http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=a76497a42a0ea49129210c5a562100b3)   :icon_study:   :WTF:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Queens Residents Arm Themselves !!
Post by: RE on November 05, 2012, 12:34:21 AM
Doesn't take the scum long to come after you!!! :( :( :(

Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters
Residents feel isolated and some use guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend themselves. When night falls in the Rockaways, the hoods come out.

I have fond memories of the Rockaways. Before we headed for Brasil, it was the beach we drove to in our 1957 Dodge Convertible.  My Dad the Pigman took me out onto one of the Jetties to throw my Baby Bottle out to Sea, which I held onto for too long IHHO.  I guess I was around 3, and I remember this.

It also had Rockaways Playland, a seedy little Amusement Park with a Roller Coaster, Bumper Cars and Skeeball I remember.

Aftr we returned from Brasil, I visited Rockaway Beach a few more times, as one of my Great Aunts lived there managing a Boarding House, which she had done since the Great Depression.  However, by this time in the 70s Rockaway as a neighborhood was already decaying badly and the beach was dirty and unpleasant.

When we finally got a car again after the divorce when I was around 13 or so, the Beach of Choice to go to was Jones Beach, part of Robert Moses (The Power Broker) State Park on Long Island.  The Traffic Jams out to that beach on a hot Saturday or Sunday morning on the Southern State Parkway were legendary.

Far as the Looters and the people tring to defend their sad little pieces of property are concerned, it's tragic on both ends.  The looters have lost their jobs if they had one, their hovels are freezing cold and they are basically being left hung out to dry as all resources are poured into making Wall Street functional again.  The property owners and store owners got nowhere to go and don't want to leave behind their lives, which in fact are already gone they just don't accept that yet.

Little Free Money will be distributed out to these folks, while Billions in Free Money will be distributed out to make sure the Lights are on at Goldman Sacks the Taxpayer.  they will be lucky if they get some FEMA Trailers down in the Rockaways.

The NYPD won't be sent down into that area, their job is not to protect the piddling properties of Poor People, their job is to protect the Wall Street Banksters living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

It won't be long now before the Roving Gangs of Zombies start migrating outward from the hard hit neighborhoods, because really there is nothing left worth stealing there now.  The NYPD will form a Cordon around the Apartments, Penthouses and Mansions of the Super Rich, and the Zombies will prey upon the Middle Class, next to be left hung out to dry.

That's how it goes.  Everybody knows.

http://www.youtube.com/v/PuuCezrAUKk

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 05, 2012, 01:24:46 AM
is it too optimistic to think that most people are not thieves by nature, and only as a very last resort. I mean instead of lining up for hours to get a small can of gas, they could have punched a hole in the fuel tanks of all the abandoned water damaged  cars around and collected.

Also most vehicle and homeowners have insurance for their car, house, and contents. Of course the usurious ins co's try and get out of paying if they can.

IN Oz after any nat disaster they have a big telethon, where they raise money for victims. You ring up to donate and the phone might get answered by a celebrity yippee! also they read out the names so you get to hear your name being read out on TV!!! Anyway it raises a lot.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 05, 2012, 04:37:32 AM
is it too optimistic to think that most people are not thieves by nature, and only as a very last resort. I mean instead of lining up for hours to get a small can of gas, they could have punched a hole in the fuel tanks of all the abandoned water damaged  cars around and collected.

Whatever their motivation Unc, I would hate to see them outside my abode, or heaven forbid my grand children's.

Would much prefer they invade the local fast food joints and restaurants, as well as Wall Mart's and super markets, than have them taking me and my family out for a snack. I feel for the ones that are hungry but breaking into homes for relief is not the answer IMHO.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Mexico City Unveils New Subway Line
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 06, 2012, 05:00:13 AM
One of the busiest subway system in the world is expanding.

Mexico City has opened the Gold Line, a new 15.5 mile, 20 station subway line that will add an estimated 380,000 daily passengers to the system. About 4 million people already ride the subway system everyday and each year, about 1.49 billion people use the system. It has a larger annual ridership than the London Underground and Hong Kong’s subway, but less than the New York subway’s 1.64 billion riders.

The $1.8 billion subway line is the longest in the system and is expected to reduce commute times from 150 minutes to 78 minutes. Traffic congestion will also be reduced as 860 buses are taken off the streets and more people ride the subway.

“It was worth it,” Mexico President Felipe Calderon told the Los Angeles Times. “This … is a sustainable solution to the problems of mobility and transport in Mexico City. Moreover, it minimizes the impact of pollution on the city, and that’s fundamental.”      :icon_study:
                           
                                       
mexico city gold line gov photo
mexico city gold line gov photo
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/mexico-city-unveils-new-subway-line/4673 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/mexico-city-unveils-new-subway-line/4673)

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 07, 2012, 03:43:19 PM
 SPIEGEL ONLINE
11/05/2012 06:07 PM
Destroyed by Total Capitalism
America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election

A Commentary by Jakob Augstein

Germans see the US election as a battle between the good Obama and the evil Romney. But this is a mistake. Regardless of who wins the election on Tuesday, total capitalism is America's true ruler, and it has the power to destroy the country.

The United States Army is developing a weapon that can reach -- and destroy -- any location on Earth within an hour. At the same time, power lines held up by wooden poles dangle over the streets of Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy ripped them apart there and in communities across the East Coast last week, and many places remain without electricity. That's America, where high-tech options are available only to the elite, and the rest live under conditions comparable to a those of a developing nation. No country has produced more Nobel Prize winners, yet in New York City hospitals had to be evacuated during the storm because their emergency generators didn't work properly.

Anyone who sees this as a contradiction has failed to grasp the fact that America is a country of total capitalism. Its functionaries have no need of public hospitals or of a reliable power supply to private homes. The elite have their own infrastructure. Total capitalism, however, has left American society in ruins and crippled the government. America's fate is not just an accident produced by the system. It is a consequence of that system.

Obama couldn't change this, and Romney wouldn't be able to either. Europe is mistaken if it views the election as a choice between the forces of good and evil. And it certainly doesn't amount to a potential change in political direction as some newspapers on the Continent would have us believe.

A Powerless President

Romney, the exceedingly wealthy business man, and Obama, the cultivated civil rights lawyer, are two faces of a political system that no longer has much to do with democracy as we understand it. Democracy is about choice, but Americans don't really have much of a choice. Obama proved this. Nearly four years ago, it seemed like a new beginning for America when he took office. But this was a misunderstanding. Obama didn't close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, nor did he lift immunity for alleged war criminals from the Bush-era, or regulate the financial markets, and climate change was hardly discussed during the current election campaign. The military, the banks, industry -- the people are helpless in the face of their power, as is the president.    :'(    :icon_study:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/commentary-total-capitalism-and-the-downfall-of-america-a-865437.html (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/commentary-total-capitalism-and-the-downfall-of-america-a-865437.html)               :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Korea Plans Gigantic 250 Billion Dollar City
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 08, 2012, 03:36:46 PM
korea 8 city tourism destination
korea 8 city tourism destination


http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/korea-plans-gigantic-270-billion-tourism-city/5089 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/korea-plans-gigantic-270-billion-tourism-city/5089) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 08, 2012, 05:33:50 PM
Oh dont worry about the drop in the bucket so far of investment attracted to build this, the RATEPAYERS will be hiked up on a steep scale forever for this elite playground. Thats the way its going everywhere. I am about finished playing the game like a good little hampster on a treadmill.

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 08, 2012, 05:42:41 PM
Oh dont worry about the drop in the bucket so far of investment attracted to build this, the RATEPAYERS will be hiked up on a steep scale forever for this elite playground. Thats the way its going everywhere. I am about finished playing the game like a good little hampster on a treadmill.
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They sure know how to make us pay for their failed projects Unc. I can hear them telling them how it will be for their own good, all the good jobs and the revenue will make everyone rich after they go broke paying for it. The boys with the casinos should do alright though Unc.   ;D :laugh: ::) 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Turkey says 8,000 Syrians Flee in Past 24 hours
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 09, 2012, 04:55:20 AM
What misery one rotten bastard can cause for so many. :'(

NKARA (Reuters) - About 8,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria have crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, a Turkish foreign ministry official said on Friday, following a rebel offensive along the border.

Rebels, who have driven President Bashar al-Assad's troops from much of northern Syria and taken several crossing points to Turkey, overran another frontier town late on Thursday, a rebel commander and opposition sources said.

The fighting coincided with talks in Qatar aimed at creating a more representative and credible Syrian opposition body.

Ten people were killed in clashes as rebels took Ras al-Ain, an Arab and Kurd town in the northeastern oil-producing province of Hasaka, 600 km (375 miles) from Damascus, the sources said.

http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-live-die-syria-100053575.html (http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-live-die-syria-100053575.html)   :icon_study: 

                               
2012 11 09T123949Z 1 CBRE8A80Z6N00 RTROPTP 2 CNEWS US SYRIA CRISIS
2012 11 09T123949Z 1 CBRE8A80Z6N00 RTROPTP 2 CNEWS US SYRIA CRISIS
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Turkey says 8,000 Syrians Flee in Past 24 hours
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 09, 2012, 06:55:22 AM

The fighting coincided with talks in Qatar aimed at creating a more representative and credible Syrian opposition body.

http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-live-die-syria-100053575.html (http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-live-die-syria-100053575.html)   :icon_study: 

                               
2012 11 09T123949Z 1 CBRE8A80Z6N00 RTROPTP 2 CNEWS US SYRIA CRISIS
2012 11 09T123949Z 1 CBRE8A80Z6N00 RTROPTP 2 CNEWS US SYRIA CRISIS

Thats Right, more credible meaning a coalition of NATO's suiting, no more weapons unless they line up our way. So you, you, and, you, thanks for coming and dying but you dont fit our image so can run along now.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Karl Rove Spotted!
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 10, 2012, 01:55:23 AM
A good laugh fro TBP  ;D :laugh: :laugh:

Heavily Armed Karl Rove Spotted At Top Of Electoral College Clock Tower

November 8, 2012

WASHINGTON—Sources confirmed this afternoon that a heavily armed Karl Rove has positioned himself atop the Electoral College clock tower and is planning to pick off at least 50 electors with a high-precision sniper rifle.

Wearing a black tactical ammunition vest with multiple submachine-gun magazine pouches, a holster containing an extra semiautomatic handgun, and several M67 grenades clipped to the chest, Rove reportedly walked up 27 floors to the top of the clock tower, which overlooks the Electoral College’s main quad area and offers the Republican strategist a perfect vantage point to assassinate electors as they exit the Swing State Dining Hall and the Twelfth Amendment Science Building.

Law enforcement officials said Rove appears to be primarily targeting Electoral College attendees from Ohio and Florida.
635

http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=43779 (http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=43779)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Questions About the Petraeus Resignation
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 10, 2012, 04:58:07 AM
     After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

And then he thanked his staff, and talked about the strengths of the C.I.A. He will be replaced, in the short term, by his deputy, Mike Morell. Obama, in his own statement, talked about Petraeus’s “extraordinary service.” “My thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work.” The mention of Petraeus’s wife—she had worked with Michelle Obama, and with Elizabeth Warren, on issues like for-profit colleges that cheat veterans—suggests some of the complications here, but certainly not the only ones. Slate’s Fred Kaplan, who has a book about Petraeus coming out in January, reported that the woman with whom he had an affair was Paula Broadwell, who wrote a biography of the general that portrayed him in a flattering light. (The title is “All In.”) If that is confirmed, it will say something about the peculiar vulnerabilities of powerful men—those observations, again, will not be the only ones.

One might have imagined, if asked to speculate, say, yesterday, a fair number of reason for Petraeus to resign at some point. Benghazi: the C.I.A.’s role was looking increasingly questionable, with other members of the Administration openly blaming bad intelligence for their misstatements afterward; a scandal involving some unknown C.I.A. or military misdeed; a true reckoning, involving our drone war (that last one could be useful, resignation or no). Some of those guesses attach to the current situation; and others may attach to anyone who has been as praised, and overpraised, as Petraeus has been. Some would be asked of any person in the job of C.I.A. director.

But an extramarital affair is, to say the least, a surprise, raising questions about whether some other element had been tangled up in the affair, or magnified or even more important than the affair. Was he or his security, or that of the C.I.A., compromised in some way by the affair? (James Bond is not the best standard by which to judge these matters. A more relevant British reference might be Profumo.) In addition to the blackmail issue, one imagines that he will at least be asked about where he might have been with classified material. NBC reported that there was an F.B.I. investigation involving Broadwell and precisely this issue, as it related to her access to his classified e-mail account. Did he give answers in the course of security-clearance checks that turned out to be lies? Was someone trying to destroy him? For anyone of his rank, one would ask if the affair involved a subordinate—and what was the timing, and did it extend to his tenure as an Army general; did it involve his command? (This is a week that saw deeply disturbing details come out in the sexual-misconduct case involving a different officer, Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair.) Although Broadwell is identified as a writer, she first
 :icon_study:
 http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2012/11/questions-about-the-petraeus-resignation.html (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2012/11/questions-about-the-petraeus-resignation.html)

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on November 10, 2012, 08:29:46 AM
GO,

As for Patreus, I've seen the lady. She is also a triathlete, and super hot, and probably co-vert CIA. That said, that would be a convenient and fun, and not very damaging out, for a guy who came to realize what an unaccountable para-military  long-arm gorged on drug money cesspool the CIA has become. I wonder if he may have even intuited or learned directly that the CIA was tied to the Benghazi attackers. Let's see, reform the system, or fuck a gorgeous woman to get the fuck out:

She fucking WROTE "The education of Gen Petraeus!" Watch this video. Tell me she isn't CIA?


http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-25-2012/paula-broadwell (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-25-2012/paula-broadwell)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 10, 2012, 08:55:22 AM
GO,

As for Patreus, I've seen the lady. She is also a triathlete, and super hot, and probably co-vert CIA. That said, that would be a convenient and fun, and not very damaging out, for a guy who came to realize what an unaccountable para-military  long-arm gorged on drug money cesspool the CIA has become. I wonder if he may have even intuited or learned directly that the CIA was tied to the Benghazi attackers. Let's see, reform the system, or fuck a gorgeous woman to get the fuck out:

She fucking WROTE "The education of Gen Petraeus!" Watch this video. Tell me she isn't CIA?


http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-25-2012/paula-broadwell (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-25-2012/paula-broadwell)
Thanks #4. Was wondering about her, and we finally come to total agreement on a topic. A black widow spider from the CIA for sure, a real hot one!   :emthup: ;D    ;D   ::) ::)  :o :o :-* :-*
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on November 10, 2012, 05:03:26 PM
Hey GO,

From the HuffPost,: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/10/david-petraeus-resigns_n_2108966.html?1352580414 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/10/david-petraeus-resigns_n_2108966.html?1352580414)

"In the preface to her book, Broadwell said she first met Petraeus in the spring of 2006. She was a graduate student at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; he was visiting the university to discuss his experiences in Iraq and a new counterinsurgency manual he was working on.

She had graduated from West Point with academic, fitness, and leadership honors, according to a biography posted on her publisher's website that lists authors available for speaking engagements.

The biography said she had "lived, worked, or traveled in more than 60 countries during more than 15 years of military service and work in geopolitical analysis and counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations." It said she had spent time with the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces."
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 10, 2012, 06:02:06 PM
So what are you glorifying here, a hotty whore, the wonderful CIA, a male whore like Petraeus or your own impotent dreams?
Title: Betrayus Ducking Testifying
Post by: RE on November 10, 2012, 06:02:56 PM
The Affair is a Cover Story for Gen. Betrayus.

RE

Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered? (http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-11-10/why-did-cia-director-petraeus-suddenly-resign-%E2%80%A6-and-why-was-us-ambassador-lib)
Submitted by George Washington on 11/10/2012 15:27 -050


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:

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 this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this 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 Journal, Telegraph 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.

 

In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.

 

In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.

 

Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

 

***

 

Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.

 

The ship’s captain was ”a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.

 

That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.

 

Furthermore, we know that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from?

 

Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”

 

And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.

 

Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”

And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.

In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.

Other sources also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.

Many have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was  because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.

Why Did CIA Chief David Petraeus Suddenly Resign?
CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair.  This could be the real explanation, given that affairs of high-level intelligence chiefs could compromise national security.

But the timing of Petraeus’ resignation becomes more interesting once one learns that that he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.

Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.

The Big Picture
Whatever the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the real reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is our historical and ongoing foreign policy.

For decades, the U.S. has backed terrorists for geopolitical ends.

The U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria and Libya for 20 years, and dreamed of regime change – using false flag terror – for 50 years.

Obama has simply re-packaged Bush and the Neocons’ “war on terror” as a series of humanitarian wars.

And the U.S. and its allies will do anything to topple Iran … and is systematically attempting to pull the legs out from Iran’s allies as a way to isolate and weaken that country.

Americans should ask ourselves if that’s what we want …
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on November 10, 2012, 06:09:26 PM
So what are you glorifying here, a hotty whore, the wonderful CIA, a male whore like Petraeus or your own impotent dreams?

What are you contributing here, besides non-stop Napalm?  You have to do the Shrew Act in every post?  It gets old.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 10, 2012, 06:19:04 PM
There is still merit to what I am asking even if you don't in your sexist stances like it. It's better than your nonstop bragging by a long shot!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on November 10, 2012, 06:47:07 PM
It's better than your nonstop bragging by a long shot!

No, its not.  I'm FUNNY, you are ANNOYING.  :icon_mrgreen:

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on November 10, 2012, 07:13:13 PM
It's better than your nonstop bragging by a long shot!

No, its not.  I'm FUNNY, you are ANNOYING.  :icon_mrgreen:

RE

Uh-- didn't I just read about people derailing threads in the "Fathers Who Wip Their daughters" thread?

WTF is this??

Jesus, you two, don't make me stop this car . . .
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 10, 2012, 07:25:42 PM
When I saw the story on the news last night I immediately thought there was far more to the story. The fact they investigated him covertly and then decided to lean on him with the dirt at a particular time meant that the time had come for whatever reason. He lied about alll the community building when they were community bombing so yes as K says he was a 'whore".

Karpatok, WHD,
Both of you might consider whether you are to borrow an assvin term, being "internally consistent". Railing against a patriarchal man dumping a wife for another who was presumably hotter in one place, and then objectifying just such a younger "other woman" in another place? So you think a minor use of a relatively harmless term like "Hotty" should not be overreacted to, and yes I did say Hillary is hot elsewhere, I know. But under the attack of patriarchy which can come to include you, that can be a big deal. You know facts and balance and reason can be ignored.

We have a 2 party system same as you the current PM had the lowest polls ever in history it has been polling of 60:40 heading for electoral wipeout (she never won an election, the handback hit squad as they are called, replaced the PM in the middle of his term) So our PM with increasingly disastrous polling heading for wipeout, recently started attacking him as mysoginist. A winner, all our female winners jump in and he is known as swearing at women ministers. He once said "thats bullshit" to a female minister when he apologised for being late and she said he could have been early. Thats swearing at women thats mysoginist. Other male ministers say "bullshit" to each other and its ok. Plenty of this happening.

So objectifying a woman as WHD did can be used to boot out even a female/goddess worshipper like WHD if a woman like Karpatok decides to use it. If this were a workplace he would be finished.

I almost was going to make mention of the Patreus business to you K in what I was saying in the other Texas judge thread, but had gotten too long already there, so more appropriate here.

This is exactly what I mean when I say that progress and feminazism are selling women short. The word "whore" as you used is being sytematically redefined as a good thing. This will only boost the young woman biographers career. She does not ashamed or reviled to you on TV does she. The opposite. You are clearly an older lady bcause you would have been indoctrinated already this way if you were young. I always try and tell people that wahat I am saying was common sense to their mothers or grandmothers generation, like calling a spade a spade or a slut a slut. Of course many young women (republican types) are thinking what you are saying they just never would say it.

And when I say feminazism is selling women short I am mainly thinking of older women. Really repressive patriarchal society is wrong too, but in times when it was not acceptable to be alone with the opposite sex this epedemic of affairs was not such a problem.





Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on November 10, 2012, 07:36:23 PM
Quote
So what are you glorifying here, a hotty whore, the wonderful CIA, a male whore like Petraeus or your own impotent dreams?

Quote
Karpatok, WHD,
Both of you might consider whether you are to borrow an assvin term, being "internally consistent". Railing against a patriarchal man dumping a wife for another who was presumably hotter in one place, and then objectifying just such a younger "other woman" in another place?

Either I am not anywhere as clear as I think, or you to might consider removing the cobwebs from your comprehension.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on November 10, 2012, 07:43:40 PM
GO, posting this over here so as not to derail the conversation once again.

Cadged from FB.

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/430644_399965673405251_1687532576_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 10, 2012, 07:52:08 PM
WHD: I have already asked you to clarify something today so is there any point in asking you again? I seem to have understood UB perfectly although I need some time to answer. I'm sure that I am completely incapable of clearing the many cobwebs from my brain in regard to your case so if you don't mind, the question still stands. Exactly why was it necessary to prove your manhood by objectifying the woman among your male peers here on the diner? Or since I'm sure you would rather not answer me please feel free to deal with UB while I go out for a walk. Speak to you later maybe?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:African Teens Create Urine Powered Generator
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 11, 2012, 04:06:51 AM
Smart resourceful kids, the best hope for our future IMHO  :emthup:

      Four resourceful teenagers from Nigeria have created a generator that runs on a material easily found in any part of the world—pee.

14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatyoin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola created their urine-powered generator as part of Maker Faire Africa, a startup event held in Lagos, Nigeria that highlights African innovations and inventions.

The device works by separating out the hydrogen from urine and using it to power the generator.

The Next Web explains how the contraption works in more detail:

        Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.
        The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
        The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
        This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
        1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

Although incredibly inventive, the girls’ device isn’t quite ready to power up a house just yet. As Co.Exist points out, the separation of hydrogen from urine still requires an outside source of electricity. Another issue is safety, Forbes notes, since hydrogen poses an explosion risk. Still, there’s no doubt that the teens are on the right track when it comes to thinking about creative ways to harness energy.

                               
urine powered generator nigeria nov20121
urine powered generator nigeria nov20121
 
             http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/african-teens-create-urine-powered-generator/5206 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/african-teens-create-urine-powered-generator/5206)  :icon_study:


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Car Sharing Takes off in Miami
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 12, 2012, 04:40:51 AM
A positive development perhaps?    :-\

Last July, Daimler’s Car2go car-sharing service debuted in Miami. Since then, the system has gained traction, with 6,000 members who have taken 35,000 trips in the city’s 240 Smart ForTwo vehicles.    :icon_study:
Could this be the start of something positive in the energy picture??


Given the level of demand for the service, car2go recently announced that beginning on November 12, it would
stop allowing long-term reservations for its vehicles. Since the average trip takes less than a half hour and most reservations are made shortly before the rental time, the move is intended to make more cars available at any given time.
                                 
car2go
car2go
Currently, car2go charges its Miami members 38 cents a minute, or $13.99 per hour. The service’s popularity among Miami’s urban dwellers suggests that car sharing has become a viable and popular alternative to owning a car. While popular in Miami, it remains to be seen if such models will gain widespread traction in other U.S. cities as well.
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/car-sharing-takes-off-in-miami/5229 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/car-sharing-takes-off-in-miami/5229)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 12, 2012, 05:03:42 AM
 :emthup: :emthup: Some sanity.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:The Militarization of America
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 13, 2012, 04:09:30 AM
One of the changes to American society over the past few decades has been the recasting of America from a republic protected by two oceans and reluctant to intervene in foreign affairs to a thoroughly militarized society. We've gone from a country where a military was a small force and a necessary evil, to one in which military power is stoked and celebrated. Extreme deference to soldiers bordering on worship is not the sign of a healthy society any more than demonizing them. Nazi Germany also routinely called anyone a "hero" simply for putting on a uniform. And the patriotic spectacles and anthems at sporting events lately are redolent of Triumph of Will and Soviet military parades rather than anything our grandparents witnessed. What does it mean when an entire culture becomes permanently militarized and prepared for war?

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html)                 :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Convert Water into Fuel Using Sunlight
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 13, 2012, 04:28:41 AM
 :icon_sunny: :icon_scratch:

One of the first real science words I learned with “photosynthesis.” It’s how sunlight is converted into energy, and it’s what makes plants different from us.

Well now, scientists have found a way to mimic photosynthesis, using sunlight to convert water into a fuel.

Specifically, they discovered a catalyst that uses energy in sunlight to generate hydrogen gas, which is a carbon-free fuel. This could lead to systems that use sunlight to split water molecules, generating a clean-burning fuel that can power cars without emitting any greenhouse gases. ScienceNOW reports.

    [Plants] capture photons of sunlight and use that energy to split water molecules into their constituents of hydrogen and oxygen ions. Pairs of hydrogen ions are then knitted together with a pair of electrons (swiped from the oxygen ions) to make hydrogen molecules.

For artificial photosynthesis to be relatively cheap, you need two key ingredients: a good light absorber and a good catalyst.

    The light absorber captures photons of sunlight and then harnesses the energy to generate the energetic electrons.
    Those energized electrons are then passed to the catalyst, which knits the hydrogen ions into hydrogen molecules.

To make hydrogen fuel from a solution of water, University of Rochester researchers used semiconducting nanoparticles as light absorbers and a nickel catalyst to grab electrons and knit hydrogen molecules together.

The work was published in Science last week.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/how-to-convert-water-into-fuel-using-sunlight/5400 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/how-to-convert-water-into-fuel-using-sunlight/5400)  :icon_study:

                                           
nanoparticle electron catalyst hydrogen 231x300
nanoparticle electron catalyst hydrogen 231x300
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:The Militarization of America
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 13, 2012, 07:52:09 AM
One of the changes to American society over the past few decades has been the recasting of America from a republic protected by two oceans and reluctant to intervene in foreign affairs to a thoroughly militarized society. We've gone from a country where a military was a small force and a necessary evil, to one in which military power is stoked and celebrated. Extreme deference to soldiers bordering on worship is not the sign of a healthy society any more than demonizing them. Nazi Germany also routinely called anyone a "hero" simply for putting on a uniform. And the patriotic spectacles and anthems at sporting events lately are redolent of Triumph of Will and Soviet military parades rather than anything our grandparents witnessed. What does it mean when an entire culture becomes permanently militarized and prepared for war?

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html)                 :icon_study:

Funny, that article is for veterans day and is exactly what I said In Surlys remembrance Day thread. I thought about the growing patriotism and the change from remembrance and mass mourning to glorification of the fighting tradition that I have seen develop in my lifetime .

GO being a Libertarian might be aware that the majority of veterans supported Ron Paul with his bring them all home policy, not to mention the cost of projecting power. Look at their jobless rates homeless rates and suicide rates to see how much the veterans are really valued. Bravery overstated? The days of heavy casualties for the west in wars ended 40 years ago. The horror they experience now is mainly related to the horror they have to inflict and thats a fact thats hard to face.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 13, 2012, 08:58:39 AM
Quote
Quote Uncle Bob "GO being a Libertarian might be aware that the majority of veterans supported Ron Paul with his bring them all home policy, not to mention the cost of projecting power. Look at their jobless rates homeless rates and suicide rates to see how much the veterans are really valued. Bravery overstated? The days of heavy casualties for the west in wars ended 40 years ago. The horror they experience now is mainly related to the horror they have to inflict and thats a fact thats hard to face.

Was trying to get that point home to WHD Unc, but for some strange reason conservatives are tainted with the war monger image no matter what their views.
Mention JFK And LBJ revving up Vietnam in high gear, Granny Glasses Robert McNamara the whiz kid who became the self proclaimed shit head, and old Harry dropping the big one twice and you get that silly liberal grin and lesser of two evils nonsense. Not that Elephants are any different, but the others act as if they are holy, good, and free of all malice and war complicity, and the stigma stays on one side.   :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:The Militarization of America
Post by: Surly1 on November 13, 2012, 09:49:10 AM
One of the changes to American society over the past few decades has been the recasting of America from a republic protected by two oceans and reluctant to intervene in foreign affairs to a thoroughly militarized society. We've gone from a country where a military was a small force and a necessary evil, to one in which military power is stoked and celebrated. Extreme deference to soldiers bordering on worship is not the sign of a healthy society any more than demonizing them. Nazi Germany also routinely called anyone a "hero" simply for putting on a uniform. And the patriotic spectacles and anthems at sporting events lately are redolent of Triumph of Will and Soviet military parades rather than anything our grandparents witnessed. What does it mean when an entire culture becomes permanently militarized and prepared for war?

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-militarization-of-america.html)                 :icon_study:

Funny, that article is for veterans day and is exactly what I said In Surlys remembrance Day thread. I thought about the growing patriotism and the change from remembrance and mass mourning to glorification of the fighting tradition that I have seen develop in my lifetime .

GO being a Libertarian might be aware that the majority of veterans supported Ron Paul with his bring them all home policy, not to mention the cost of projecting power. Look at their jobless rates homeless rates and suicide rates to see how much the veterans are really valued. Bravery overstated? The days of heavy casualties for the west in wars ended 40 years ago. The horror they experience now is mainly related to the horror they have to inflict and thats a fact thats hard to face.

I continue to marvel at the talent, the flower of a generation of Britain's best poets, cut down in the senseless saveagery of war.

Another by Owen sums it best.

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and strops,
And builded parapets and trenches there,
And stretched forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! an angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him. Behold,
A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.

But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on November 13, 2012, 09:53:09 AM
Quote
Quote Uncle Bob "GO being a Libertarian might be aware that the majority of veterans supported Ron Paul with his bring them all home policy, not to mention the cost of projecting power. Look at their jobless rates homeless rates and suicide rates to see how much the veterans are really valued. Bravery overstated? The days of heavy casualties for the west in wars ended 40 years ago. The horror they experience now is mainly related to the horror they have to inflict and thats a fact thats hard to face.

Was trying to get that point home to WHD Unc, but for some strange reason conservatives are tainted with the war monger image no matter what their views.
Mention JFK And LBJ revving up Vietnam in high gear, Granny Glasses Robert McNamara the whiz kid who became the self proclaimed shit head, and old Harry dropping the big one twice and you get that silly liberal grin and lesser of two evils nonsense. Not that Elephants are any different, but the others act as if they are holy, good, and free of all malice and war complicity, and the stigma stays on one side.   :icon_scratch:

Young men fight and die in the wars planned and conceived by old men. It has ever been thus.

Allow me to remind you of the words of Mr. Vidal, who quite properly uttered the political sentiment that I thought animated the politics of this board, such as they are:

Quote
There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently… and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.
- Gore Vidal, writing in the 1970s, excerpted from Matters of Fact and of Fiction
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 04:40:37 AM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: Surly1 on November 14, 2012, 06:11:23 AM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)

On the face of it, it looks like the Russian version of NDAA.

Perhaps WE are the scumbags Putin finds himself in bed with.

BTW, really enjoyed the "Sittin' on the dock of the Bay" vid.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 06:31:30 AM
This Putin is bad news, that poor bastard he allegedly put away with the plutonium poison a while back has never left my mind. Something about him reeks of evil IMHO

Glad you enjoyed the vid Surly, had an instant feeling that it belonged on the Diner's menu. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: reanteben on November 14, 2012, 10:10:54 AM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)

again, ox - glainty glassaiche says "we" has nothing to do with it. you are not your country. besides, the last thing putin is is in bed with NATO. if that was the case then why the military buildup in the ME? it's wartime, and this russian legislation, as with NDAA, is like battening down the hatches. capital controls, for people.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 11:23:43 AM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)

again, ox - glainty glassaiche says "we" has nothing to do with it. you are not your country. besides, the last thing putin is is in bed with NATO. if that was the case then why the military buildup in the ME? it's wartime, and this russian legislation, as with NDAA, is like battening down the hatches. capital controls, for people.

Hi Ben, Was referring to him being treated like a statesman. The ass kissing and formal dinners when he visits. The calls back and forth congratulating the savior on his win, never calling him on his rigged elections, that kind of lewd behavior.

What makes him so different from the street thug in Iran we have no trouble ignoring and threatening? How long do we kiss his ass because of the oil and the fact he has the big firecrackers. Then there is support for Assad and locking up Pussy Riot, he sucks big time. Ex head of the KGB, some credentials. Probably next in line for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: reanteben on November 14, 2012, 02:25:31 PM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)

again, ox - glainty glassaiche says "we" has nothing to do with it. you are not your country. besides, the last thing putin is is in bed with NATO. if that was the case then why the military buildup in the ME? it's wartime, and this russian legislation, as with NDAA, is like battening down the hatches. capital controls, for people.

Hi Ben, Was referring to him being treated like a statesman. The ass kissing and formal dinners when he visits. The calls back and forth congratulating the savior on his win, never calling him on his rigged elections, that kind of lewd behavior.

What makes him so different from the street thug in Iran we have no trouble ignoring and threatening? How long do we kiss his ass because of the oil and the fact he has the big
firecrackers. Then there is support for Assad and locking up Pussy Riot, he sucks big time. Ex head of the KGB, some credentials. Probably next in line for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Quote
"The practice of struggle permits compromises and concessions, but they are possible only if they are on the road to victory. This is achieved not only by physical exercises, but also by moral preparation."



          -putin


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin Signs Law Extending Definition of Treason
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 14, 2012, 02:55:42 PM
Another dirt ball we are in bed with. :-[

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html (http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html)

again, ox - glainty glassaiche says "we" has nothing to do with it. you are not your country. besides, the last thing putin is is in bed with NATO. if that was the case then why the military buildup in the ME? it's wartime, and this russian legislation, as with NDAA, is like battening down the hatches. capital controls, for people.

Hi Ben, Was referring to him being treated like a statesman. The ass kissing and formal dinners when he visits. The calls back and forth congratulating the savior on his win, never calling him on his rigged elections, that kind of lewd behavior.

What makes him so different from the street thug in Iran we have no trouble ignoring and threatening? How long do we kiss his ass because of the oil and the fact he has the big firecrackers. Then there is support for Assad and locking up Pussy Riot, he sucks big time. Ex head of the KGB, some credentials. Probably next in line for the Nobel Peace Prize.

GO,
My take on Putin changing from president to PM and back and staying in power does not matter. He is very clever. Poisoning of political opponents is a Russian practice going back to Rasputin at least. The CIA did it to Bob Marley, but for Russians its a go-to tactic. Yes it was absolutely horrendous that guy who had been charismatic and hamdsome political opponent turning green. Evil.

But there are no good guys in any of the wars coming. Putin is ideologically driven. If they still had Yeltsin or Gorbachev there would have been already an "arab spring" like in libya, syria and a US puppet govt installed by now.

Make no mistake Putin is a huge thorn in the side of US/Nato. Russia is encircled by US bases throughout eastern Europe and Central Asia. Russian Generals have repeatedly made warnings on risking nuclear war on Iran, this is never reported in MSM. They may actually be serious on drawing a line with Iran.

Supporting Assad, yes disgusting. Assad is not in control anyway, his generals are, he has never had the respect of them since his dad died.

On our outrage at locking up Pussy Riot, this is drinking MSM kool-aid. Start by thinking about the name. Nothing to do with cats. They are not a punk band as the news tells us. They have no music or poetry. Just Pussy (vagina) There body of work consists of an orgy in a Russian Orthodox cathedral, and a clip where one goes into a supermarket takes a frozen chicken out of the frozen food section, sits down in the isle and and shoves the chicken into her pussy. (see work of russian resident Israel Shamir on the full references and link to videos as I can hear the "Oh I doubt that").

Right now we have a west of zombies so flouride and soft porn saturated that they instinctively swallow instead of revulsion to young women calling themselves pussy. Soon enough the way we are going they wont need to hide their form of art and call it punk band, and will show it all while you watch the 6 o clock news with kids. A west so dumbed down they sympathise with that in a cathedral.

They had made a public nuissance looking for attention in several places and were chased away not arrested, with no following at all. Any kind of hate crime demonstration in europe is generally 5 years prison especially for anything antisymetric, 2 years was lenient, and the 2 that were jailed were then freed. This was smart by Putin taking the wind out of the western sails of indignation and outrage at the draconian totalitarian russians and chinese, unlike our constitutionally democratically free liberty.

This was such a trivial issue it should never have made the news, but was followed every night for weeks. Nothing but conditioning us to revive cold war collective hostility for support for war.

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 03:25:52 PM
UB: Thanks so much. My thinking everso. If PR had done that here in a mosque or synagogue would there have been support for their so called liberties? Exactly why should that have been tolerated in an orthodox cathedral? Why is there always this god damned double standard and inconsistency in thinking? It's so understandable that the West's complete lack of respect for other peoples standards of behavior has caused fanatical hatred of the spiritually bankrupt and morally depraved culture of the West. And that the West is on its high horse about that would really be laughable if it were not so dangerous. And exactly who does the US have as a friend? Israel who was behind its corruption in the first place. Israel and only Israel. What a revolting mess! 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Pussy Riot Should Not be in Jail
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 05:35:11 PM

Pussy Riot should not be in jail, says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

 

Shaun Walker
Friday, 2 November 2012

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Prime Minister, directly contradicted President Vladimir Putin today by stating his view that the jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot should be freed.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were jailed for two years by a Moscow court earlier this year for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after they performed a “punk prayer” criticising President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.

An appeal court last month freed a third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, but upheld the sentences for the other two.

Mr Medvedev, during a meeting with students today, reiterated earlier comments that he did not approve of Pussy Riot’s performance but did not believe that the women should be in jail.

“I would not put them in jail if I was a judge. I simply don’t consider it right that they serve prison sentences,” he said. “They have already been in jail long enough.”

He added, however, that he found their actions so distasteful that it was “unpleasant to talk about them”.

Mr Medvedev was President from 2008 until May this year, and while in office, he tried to promote a more liberal face of Russia both internally and to the West.
However, he stepped aside to allow Mr Putin to return to the Kremlin, and since May, the few liberal reforms Mr Medvedev introduced have been sidelined or revoked, and the former KGB agent Mr Putin is embarking on what appears to be a crackdown against opposition.
The President said earlier this month that the Pussy Riot women “got what they asked for” and fully deserved the jail sentences.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:What Pussy Riot's 'Punk Prayer' Really Said
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 05:52:11 PM
 
Virgin birth-giver of God, drive away Putin!
Drive away Putin, drive away Putin!

Black frock, golden epaulettes
Parishioners crawl bowing [toward the priest, during the Eucharist]
Freedom's ghost [has gone to] heaven
A gay-pride parade [has been] sent to Siberia in shackles

Their chief saint is the head of the KGB
He leads a convoy of protestors to jail
So as not to insult the Holiest One
Woman should bear children and love
Shit, shit, the Lord's shit!
Shit, shit, the Lord's shit!

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/11/what-pussy-riots-punk-prayer-really-said/264562/ (http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/11/what-pussy-riots-punk-prayer-really-said/264562/)  :icon_study:

                                           
Punk Prayer Banner
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on November 14, 2012, 06:12:19 PM
Go
Thanks for the clarification, hard to follow difference between being PM and President and back again. also 1 vaginarioter freed not all 3. Quite clear who is in charge there regardless of which title. Is Russell Means 1973 partner still in Jail or did he die in there, or freed after decdades I wonder. Would Medvedev free Futilitist?

Another one to watch as least as important as Russian leader is the chinese president for next 10 years, Hu Jin Tao has handed over to Xi Jin Pin, Hu is still in frame and disgruntled like Medvedev, its fairly big news here since we hitch our economic wagon to their train. (spelling?)

Xi has strange history, very humble poverty beginnings, father sent to a labour-camp prison for 16 years while in this time young Xi lived in a spartan cave home in exile, then came up through the ranks as a provincial governor. By all accounts an all round nice guy, down to earth and good business head. Fill-in for now fall guy for financial problems?

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 06:20:39 PM
So, GO, if you think these words in the Basilica are so OK, why were you so crestfallen and taken aback when I said that the pope is was a man and therefore he masturbated. I believe that you saw great disrespect where there should have been respect, and I say in this case "ditto".  Why be allowed to say God is "shit" in the cathedral? It can be said in the street, but not in the church. If you don't like the church stay away. Simple. The Orthodox church is everything to the Russian people through thick and thin, war and devastation. Why should four brats be allowed to defile it. Four brats who did that in a mosque would undoubtedly be murdered!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on November 14, 2012, 06:22:48 PM
rmer colleague.") The group chose the cathedral as their locus of protest because, again according to Samutsevich, it had been "used openly as a flashy backdrop for the politics of the security forces."

Of gay parades: Moscow municipal authorities have routinely denied permits for gay pride marches, though certainly none have been "sent to Siberia in irons." Putin is surely "the chief saint" in line 7, but "the Holiest One" would be Patriarch Kirill, whose traditionalist stance on women's roles must not be offended. Since its inception in 2011, Pussy Riot, through its songs, has propagated an aggressive philosophy of feminism in a country where the word "feminist" carries a foul, overtly Western connotation.
 
All of which makes the Church, in Pussy Riot's spiteful parlance, little better than a pile of "the Lord's shit."

A second self-explanatory choral refrain then follows:

    Virgin birth-giver of God, become a feminist!
    Become a feminist, become a feminist!


Which segues back into lines about politics and corruption:

    The Church praises rotten leaders
    The march of the cross consists of black limousines
    A preacher is on his way to your school
    Go to class and give him money!

    Patriarch Gundyay believes in Putin
    Would be better, the bastard, if he believed in God!
    The Virgin's belt won't replace political gatherings
    The eternal Virgin Mary is with us in our protests!

    Virgin birth-Giver of God, drive away Putin!
    Drive away Putin, drive away Putin!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 06:29:43 PM
Go
Thanks for the clarification, hard to follow difference between being PM and President and back again. also 1 vaginarioter freed not all 3. Quite clear who is in charge there regardless of which title. Is Russell Means 1973 partner still in Jail or did he die in there, or freed after decdades I wonder. Would Medvedev free Futilitist?

Another one to watch as least as important as Russian leader is the chinese president for next 10 years, Hu Jin Tao has handed over to Xi Jin Pin, Hu is still in frame and disgruntled like Medvedev, its fairly big news here since we hitch our economic wagon to their train. (spelling?)

Xi has strange history, very humble poverty beginnings, father sent to a labour-camp prison for 16 years while in this time young Xi lived in a spartan cave home in exile, then came up through the ranks as a provincial governor. By all accounts an all round nice guy, down to earth and good business head. Fill-in for now fall guy for financial problems?

Unc, In all honesty I am so damn confused about the entire world picture, politically, economically, environmentally, spiritually, that I can hardly conjure up and idea that I don't consider erroneous two minutes later.

My honest opinion is we are in some real deep bad shit and cannot do very much but watch it unfold and hope for the best. Not very constructive, I know, but honest.

As to your Chinese leader question, my instincts tell me that a nice guy or a fall guy cannot rise to power in that country today, just a gut feeling with no facts to back it up.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: JoeP on November 14, 2012, 06:29:43 PM
For more on Pussy Riot click here (http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php?topic=673.msg6951#msg6951)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 06:39:39 PM
So, GO, if you think these words in the Basilica are so OK, why were you so crestfallen and taken aback when I said that the pope is was a man and therefore he masturbated. I believe that you saw great disrespect where there should have been respect, and I say in this case "ditto".  Why be allowed to say God is "shit" in the cathedral? It can be said in the street, but not in the church. If you don't like the church stay away. Simple. The Orthodox church is everything to the Russian people through thick and thin, war and devastation. Why should four brats be allowed to defile it. Four brats who did that in a mosque would undoubtedly be murdered!

You were defiling my Pope. They were defiling a ruthless piece of KGB shit named Putin, so for me it was different.

Like you said to Phil, what do you want them to do, stand in front of a library with a Putin sucks sign to free their country?

They got their point across.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 06:47:51 PM
Please see what I said above. The Great Mother Russia Orthodox Church is at the heart of the Russian Slavic Soul. She has seen the Russians through everything. The Russian people are not about to let their great mystical religion be defiled by any hooligans, especially hooligans influenced by the non spiritual West. No matter the CZARS, no matter Jewish Bolshevik Communism, the Mother Church of Russia is their hearts blood. Don't touch it and don't mess with it. I respect that. What does the West have to respect? Fuck, fuck fuck, screw.screw screw. ass.ass.ass, prick putz prick, hole,hole, hole, defile, defame, whore. Do you get it yet? I do. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 06:59:46 PM
GO: you didn't even read all of what they said. And why does your church and your pope and your religion deserve respect and not the Orthodox Church?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 07:05:15 PM
GO: Are you still living in the Reagen era? What do you mean "free their country" Why don't you say something about freeing our own country?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 14, 2012, 07:08:59 PM
GO: you didn't even read all of what they said. And why does your church and your pope and your religion deserve respect and not the Orthodox Church?

Perhaps I am wrong but I view their antics as a protest against Putin. They used the church as a vehicle to gain attention to their cause. If my interprertation is wrong, so be it.
He is still a no good prick no matter what, and that was my original point anyway.

Good Night again, GO
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 07:15:04 PM
I do not see Putin or the KGB as one bit worse than our own morally bankrupt leaders and the vicious CIA.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: reanteben on November 14, 2012, 08:51:53 PM
Please see what I said above. The Great Mother Russia Orthodox Church is at the heart of the Russian Slavic Soul. She has seen the Russians through everything. The Russian people are not about to let their great mystical religion be defiled by any hooligans, especially hooligans influenced by the non spiritual West. No matter the CZARS, no matter Jewish Bolshevik Communism, the Mother Church of Russia is their hearts blood. Don't touch it and don't mess with it. I respect that. What does the West have to respect? Fuck, fuck fuck, screw.screw screw. ass.ass.ass, prick putz prick, hole,hole, hole, defile, defame, whore. Do you get it yet? I do.

+1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 09:45:45 PM
    +1=?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: reanteben on November 14, 2012, 09:57:57 PM
    +1=?

it means I wish I'd written it.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on November 14, 2012, 10:27:04 PM
Well,my gosh, thank you very much. Coming from you that's a huge compliment. Maybe that means we can actually have a dialogue. I certainly hope so. You are often so cryptic and of course I am the opposite since I never developed the good sense to button up. I would like very much to know more about your views besides the time dimensions and rewilding. For me, rewilding is a beautiful idea but probably not possible for me. However I am still clinging to the possibility of a remote traditional village if I can ever make it out of here.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: reanteben on November 15, 2012, 12:30:36 PM
Well,my gosh, thank you very much. Coming from you that's a huge compliment. Maybe that means we can actually have a dialogue. I certainly hope so. You are often so cryptic and of course I am the opposite since I never developed the good sense to button up. I would like very much to know more about your views besides the time dimensions and rewilding. For me, rewilding is a beautiful idea but probably not possible for me. However I am still clinging to the possibility of a remote traditional village if I can ever make it out of here.

thanks back , K. i'll try and be more clear with my writing. i'd like to say that i frequently forget that the readership isn't privy to my thoughts, but really it just constitutes inadequate writing. what is it - a driver is only as good as his passengers are comfortable?

as to rewilding, K, in some respects i suspect we're (the royal we) all just playing catch-up to you.  :)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Bill Let's Fed read E-Mails Without Warrant
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 21, 2012, 04:24:22 AM
 
Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

 A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law, CNET has learned.

Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy's staff over the changes. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Revised bill highlights

✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.

✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.

✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant -- or subsequent court review -- if they claim "emergency" situations exist.

✭ Says providers "shall notify" law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.

✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

CNET obtained a draft of the proposed amendments from one of the people involved in the negotiations with Leahy; it's embedded at the end of this post. The document describes the changes as "Amendments intended to be proposed by Mr. Leahy."     :icon_study:
news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:US School Tag Tracker Project Prompts Court Roww
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 24, 2012, 05:02:32 AM
A court challenge has delayed plans to expel a Texan student for refusing to wear a radio tag that tracked her movements.

Religious reasons led Andrea Hernandez to stop wearing the tag that revealed where she was on her school campus.

The tags were introduced to track students and help tighten control of school funding.

A Texan court has granted a restraining order filed by a civil rights group pending a hearing on use of the tags.

ID badges containing radio tags started to be introduced at the start of the 2012 school year to schools run by San Antonio's Northside Independent School District (NISD). The tracking tags gave NISD a better idea of the numbers of students attending classes each day - the daily average of which dictates how much cash it gets from state coffers.
                                       
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20461752#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20461752#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Postcards From The Future
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 29, 2012, 03:45:30 AM
Some photo stuff. The massive infrastructure that keeps goods on the shelves and lights on is almost invisible to us, so that gave photographer Shuli Hallak an idea for a theme:

“The overarching theme in my work is to look at the invisible networks of systems we all depend on but of which we know so little,” Hallak explained. “I started to think about other hidden infrastructures that run our lives, and energy is a huge one—and complicated, too.”

“I am drawn to the beauty of these places. On the surface, these networks are mesmerizing because they show an intricate system of highly choreographed parts that we constructed,” said Hallak. But she’s also finely attuned to the reality of what she sees. “Witnessing the sheer magnitude of destruction, the explosion of mountains and drilling 17,000 feet into the earth, deeper than we’ve ever dared before, for the extraction of fossil fuels to keep our energy addiction well-oiled, was impressive. We have figured out unfathomable solutions to feed our bottomless hunger.”

And it works. When you see these photographs, you realize how dependent we are on this massive infrastructure, and how fragile it all is. All to often we feel that civilization is conjured up by magic, and we don't realize what it takes to achieve what we take for granted.

960 max
960 max

359 max
359 max

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/postcards-from-future.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/11/postcards-from-future.html)     :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: US Decline and Fall Captured in Chart TBP
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 29, 2012, 04:34:12 AM

WE’RE #1

Keep saying it.

If we just keep spending $1.2 trillion more than we bring in, I’m sure we can turn this slight downturn around. Keep your chins up. Turn that frown upside down. We’re still the bright shining beacon on the mountaintop. It’s morning in America and that horrible sick feeling isn’t from a 30 year drunken debt induced hangover. If we just follow the prescription written by Japan for the last 20 years, I’m sure we’ll recover. 

If we can just start another war, I’m sure that will boost our GDP and put us back on a sound financial path. As soon as Obama appoints Krugman as the new Treasury Secretary we can finally start implementing some sound economic policies. 

                             
world bank 1
world bank 1

         
us vs world gdp
us vs world gdp


http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=44419 (http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=44419)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:DuPont Sends Former Cops to Enforce Seed Patents
Post by: Golden Oxen on November 30, 2012, 02:15:55 AM
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DuPont Sends in Former Cops to Enforce Seed Patents: Commodities
By Jack Kaskey - Nov 28, 2012

DuPont Co. (DD), the world’s second- biggest seed company, is sending dozens of former police officers across North America to prevent a practice generations of farmers once took for granted.

The provider of the best-selling genetically modified soybean seed is looking for evidence of farmers illegally saving them from harvests for replanting next season, which is not allowed under sales contracts. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company is inspecting Canadian fields and will begin in the U.S. next year, said Randy Schlatter, a DuPont senior manager.

DuPont is protecting its sales of Roundup Ready soybeans, so called because they tolerate being sprayed by Monsanto Co. (MON)’s Roundup herbicide. For years enforcement was done by Monsanto, which created Roundup Ready and dominates the $13.3 billion biotech seed industry, though it’s moving on to a new line of seeds now that patents are expiring. That leaves DuPont to play the bad guy, enforcing alternative patents so cheaper “illegal beans” don’t get planted.

“Farmers are never going to get cheap access to these genetically engineered varieties,” said Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. “The biotech industry has trumped the legitimate economic interests of the farmer again by raising the ante on intellectual property.”
Farmers Sued

Monsanto controls about 28 percent of the soybean market in the U.S., the largest producer and exporter last year, while Dupont has about 36 percent. The weed-killer tolerant seeds and related licenses generated $1.77 billion in sales for Monsanto in the year through August, 13 percent of the company’s total. DuPont had $1.37 billion in soybean revenue last year, 3.6 percent of total sales, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The grain is used to make animal feed, cooking oil, tofu and biofuels, and it’s the biggest crop after corn in the U.S.

DuPont dropped 0.5 percent to $43.24 at the close in New York. It has declined 5.6 percent this year, the fifth-worst performer of 31 companies in the S&P 500 Materials Index. (S5MATR) Monsanto has gained 30 percent, the sixth-biggest gain in the index.

Attacks on the modified food industry aren’t new. Farmers criticized Monsanto in the 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.” for contracts that keep them from saving seeds. The St. Louis-based company has sued 145 U.S. farmers for saving Roundup Ready soybeans since 1997, winning all 11 cases that went to trial, said Kelli Powers, a Monsanto spokeswoman. The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to consider the legality of such planting restrictions.
www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-28/dupont-sends-in-former-cops-to-enforce-seed-patents-commodities.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-28/dupont-sends-in-former-cops-to-enforce-seed-patents-commodities.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: German Retail Sale Collapse Unexpectedly
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 01, 2012, 07:57:14 AM
Economists expected German retail sales to fall 0.4%. They fell 2.8%, 7 times greater than expected. Who'd a thought. Not economists.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/german-retail-sales-drop-strongly-095903766.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/german-retail-sales-drop-strongly-095903766.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Hearing Bradley Manning Focuses on Harsh Prison Treatmen
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 02, 2012, 08:59:24 AM
What TPTB are doing to this poor bastard.  :'( :(

At a pre-trial hearing, defense lawyers for Private Bradley Manning focused on the treatment he received while held in a Virginia brig, saying the case should be dismissed. Manning is accused of leaking massive amounts of material to WikiLeaks.

Saturday's proceedings, on the fifth day of the hearing, focused on the events of Jan. 18, 2011, when Manning broke down and began crying after falling while guards were removing his shackles in an exercise room.

Defense attorneys allege that Manning became especially distraught that day because guards were bullying him. Manning himself testified earlier that his guards seemed angry on the morning the incident occurred, making him nervous.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment)           :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Bread that lasts for 60 days could cut food waste
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 03:21:37 AM
An American company has developed a technique that it says can make bread stay mould-free for 60 days.

The bread is zapped in a sophisticated microwave array which kills the spores that cause the problem.

The company claims it could significantly reduce the amount of wasted bread - in the UK alone, almost a third of loaves purchased.

The technique can also be used with a wide range of foods including fresh turkey and many fruits and vegetables.
World of waste

Food waste is a massive problem in most developed countries. In the US, figures released this year suggest that the average American family throws away 40% of the food they purchase - which adds up to $165bn (£102bn)
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64477381 151957973

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20540758 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20540758)        :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Hearing Bradley Manning Focuses on Harsh Prison Treatmen
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 04, 2012, 06:07:04 AM
What TPTB are doing to this poor bastard.  :'( :(

At a pre-trial hearing, defense lawyers for Private Bradley Manning focused on the treatment he received while held in a Virginia brig, saying the case should be dismissed. Manning is accused of leaking massive amounts of material to WikiLeaks.

Saturday's proceedings, on the fifth day of the hearing, focused on the events of Jan. 18, 2011, when Manning broke down and began crying after falling while guards were removing his shackles in an exercise room.

Defense attorneys allege that Manning became especially distraught that day because guards were bullying him. Manning himself testified earlier that his guards seemed angry on the morning the incident occurred, making him nervous.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment)           :icon_study:

Firing squad would be more humane, poor bastard was ony 18 when they locked him away never to see the light of day.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Treatment A Blemish On Nation's History
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 07:13:22 AM
David Coombs, the civilian lawyer representing Bradley Manning at his court martial for supplying WikiLeaks with a trove of US state secrets, has described the soldier's treatment in solitary confinement at Quantico marine base as criminal and a blot on the nation's history.

Making rare comments outside the courtroom, Coombs addressed an audience of Bradley Manning supporters in a Unitarian church in Washington on Monday night and lashed out at the military hierarchy for allowing the intelligence analyst to be subjected to nine months of harsh suicide prevention regime against the advice of doctors. "Brad's treatment at Quantico will forever be etched into our nation's history as a disgraceful moment in time," he said.

www.businessinsider.com/bradley-manning-lawyer-soldiers-treatment-a-blemish-on-nations-history-2012-12 (http://www.businessinsider.com/bradley-manning-lawyer-soldiers-treatment-a-blemish-on-nations-history-2012-12)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Hearing Bradley Manning Focuses on Harsh Prison Treatmen
Post by: Surly1 on December 04, 2012, 08:34:22 AM
What TPTB are doing to this poor bastard.  :'( :(

At a pre-trial hearing, defense lawyers for Private Bradley Manning focused on the treatment he received while held in a Virginia brig, saying the case should be dismissed. Manning is accused of leaking massive amounts of material to WikiLeaks.

Saturday's proceedings, on the fifth day of the hearing, focused on the events of Jan. 18, 2011, when Manning broke down and began crying after falling while guards were removing his shackles in an exercise room.

Defense attorneys allege that Manning became especially distraught that day because guards were bullying him. Manning himself testified earlier that his guards seemed angry on the morning the incident occurred, making him nervous.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NuK6JNGdN3c/Hearing-for-Bradley-Manning-focuses-on-harsh-prison-treatment)           :icon_study:

Firing squad would be more humane, poor bastard was ony 18 when they locked him away never to see the light of day.

The Dreyfus Affair of this generation.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:French Economy Buckles as Car Sales Collapse
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 11:02:45 AM
French economy buckles as car sales collapse
France’s industrial woes deepened last month as car sales crashed 19pc and French brands lost market share at an dramatic pace, raising fears of a serious economic crisis next year once austerity hits.
 Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for French manufacturing remained stuck in slump in November at 44.5 and is now the weakest in the eurozone after Greece.

"The figures are shocking," said sovereign debt strategist Nicholas Spiro. "France has been sailing dangerously close to the wind for some time but is now tipping into outright contraction."

The Committee of French Automobile Producers (CCFA) said this has been the worst year for the French car industry since 1997 - and for almost half a century in total volume - with little chance of recovery next year as Paris pushes through scorched-earth fiscal tightening of 2pc of GDP to meet EU deficit targets.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9720053/French-economy-buckles-as-car-sales-collapse.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9720053/French-economy-buckles-as-car-sales-collapse.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: New Inflation Gauge Cuts Benefits, Hikes Taxes
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 01:24:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social Security benefits while increasing taxes, mainly on low- and middle-income families.

If adopted across the government, the change would have far-reaching effects because so many programs are adjusted each year based on year-to-year changes in consumer prices.

It would mean smaller annual increases in Social Security payments, government pensions and veterans' benefits. Taxes would slowly increase because annual adjustments to income tax brackets would be smaller, pushing more people into higher tax brackets. Over time, fewer people would be eligible for antipoverty programs like Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, school lunches and home heating assistance because annual adjustments to the poverty level would be smaller, leaving fewer people under the poverty line.

House Republicans proposed the new inflation measure Monday as part of a 10-year, $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that economists warn could send the economy back into recession. They also proposed raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67, and raising taxes by $800 billion.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-gauge-cut-benefits-hike-204841825.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-gauge-cut-benefits-hike-204841825.html)  :exp-cry: :exp-angry: :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: New Inflation Gauge Cuts Benefits, Hikes Taxes
Post by: Snowleopard on December 04, 2012, 02:34:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social Security benefits while increasing taxes, mainly on low- and middle-income families.

If adopted across the government, the change would have far-reaching effects because so many programs are adjusted each year based on year-to-year changes in consumer prices.

It would mean smaller annual increases in Social Security payments, government pensions and veterans' benefits. Taxes would slowly increase because annual adjustments to income tax brackets would be smaller, pushing more people into higher tax brackets. Over time, fewer people would be eligible for antipoverty programs like Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, school lunches and home heating assistance because annual adjustments to the poverty level would be smaller, leaving fewer people under the poverty line.

House Republicans proposed the new inflation measure Monday as part of a 10-year, $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that economists warn could send the economy back into recession. They also proposed raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67, and raising taxes by $800 billion.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-gauge-cut-benefits-hike-204841825.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-gauge-cut-benefits-hike-204841825.html)  :exp-cry: :exp-angry: :icon_study:

Why is there no pressure, by those supposedly representing the victims, to measure inflation honestly?   

Say by using Shadowstats, or some other independent measure? 

AARP, veterans groups, taxpayer groups, and government employee unions all just passively accept this fraud/robbery like they are helpless, lame and inarticulate.  Actual inflation is already ranging between double and triple the amount received to compensate for it by using government measures.

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts (http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts)

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 03:12:38 PM
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Why is there no pressure, by those supposedly representing the victims, to measure inflation honestly?   

Say by using Shadowstats, or some other independent measure?

AARP, veterans groups, taxpayer groups, and government employee unions all just passively accept this fraud/robbery like they are helpless, lame and inarticulate.  Actual inflation is already ranging between double and triple the amount received to compensate for it by using government measures.

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts (http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/inflation-charts)

Glad you brought it up Snowleopard. Have had arguments with my best friend about it for decades.

When Greenspan started this bullshit, I always argued that the public would take to the streets and never allow it, that they could not be that stupid.

He laughed at me and said they were sheeple that would do what they were told, just to keep the current check they were getting, and would be scared to make even a peep about it. He was correct.

The biggest mistake I always made in my life, and as an investor, was always overestimating the intelligence and collective power of the public.

Their eternal capacity to get conned and screwed and defecated on by the TPTB is a situation that continues to baffle me.

Can you comprehend the arrogance and buffoonery of their CPI index, which they came up with for the cattle,
the one where they decided that oil and food no longer count and is to be left out when calculating their indexed benefits.?
Absolutely mind boggling to me. And the retarded dick heads in the MSM discuss it, report it, analyze it with so called economists they yank off the street with a meat hook, in all seriousness and pomp and circumstance.
 
They now what to take that absurd number and ridicule it further to screw the dim even more.

Don't even a mention a gentleman like John Williams, who does his utmost to yank their heads out of their asses. They start laughing and ridiculing him, and classifying him as another ass hole Gold bug that thinks inflation is out of control. Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer are their economists and advisors.

Nachos, beer,  football games, and their loving caring goobermint makes for a happy, docile, brain dead nation of sheeple.    :dontknow:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 04, 2012, 06:11:57 PM
GO it is not so much a mystery why the sheeple are easily herded to shearing and/or slaughter. 

Combined effects work to lower IQ.   Some that come to mind:  Flouride, MSG, aspartame, MSM babysitting, mandatory goobermint brainwashing centers (aka public schools), mercury in fish, dental fillings, vaccinations;  pesticides in food, aluminum in baking soda, football concussions, anti-depressant drugs, etcetera ad nauseum.   :exp-angry:

What surprises me is that i presume that some leaders in people's representative organisations have retained some significant IQ, are knowledgeable, and still choose to do nothing.

The most common brain neurotoxin in USA is Fluoride, a class A poison and usually derived from toxic waste:

http://www.youtube.com/v/LEZ15m-D_n8?feature=player_detailpage

For an exhaustive medical explanation of one major class of common food additive brain poisons, listen to this from Dr Baylock, a board certified neurosurgeon:

http://www.youtube.com/v/bEh3_JBDErw?feature=player_detailpage

Almost everyone has some exposure to fluoride and these food toxins.  Most have also been exposed to some of the others above (and perhaps more i'm not aware of).  I'm not sure how they work in combination.  It can't be good. Those of us who have retained full brain function are becoming a minority.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 04, 2012, 06:18:13 PM
Good rant GO  :emthup: Amazing isnt it, price of chinese imports for those with disposable discretionary dollars drops, so inflation is only a steady 2% yipee! Please  piss on us and say its rain, thats what the sheep want. Im watching the treasurer on TV having a press conference doing that right now "strong fundamentals, envy of the developed world, volatile environment, inventory detracting from real growth, Early signs of a recovery in housing (wtf AGAIN?) bla bla". I know how Elvis felt when he shot the TV
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 10:52:01 PM
Good rant GO  :emthup: Amazing isnt it, price of chinese imports for those with disposable discretionary dollars drops, so inflation is only a steady 2% yipee! Please  piss on us and say its rain, thats what the sheep want. Im watching the treasurer on TV having a press conference doing that right now "strong fundamentals, envy of the developed world, volatile environment, inventory detracting from real growth, Early signs of a recovery in housing (wtf AGAIN?) bla bla". I know how Elvis felt when he shot the TV

I always think of Charlton Heston in the first Planet of The Apes movie screaming, "It's a Madhouse"

http://www.youtube.com/v/VFCM6TZgTMI&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 04, 2012, 11:17:54 PM
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The most common brain neurotoxin in USA is Fluoride, a class A poison and usually derived from toxic waste:

I praise a high school teacher I had for warning the class of this poison and doing everything he could to stop the town from putting it in the water supply. He was finally shut up by the principal and angry parents for "Scaring the Children".

Why are the people who are right and well intentioned in trying to make us see our folly always castigated and turned into villians? Never will forget that poor bastard apologizing to everyone and being thrown into silence to keep his job with that sad dejected look on his face. He was a real teacher that took pride in his role and took a keen interest in all his students. To watch him get beaten to a pulp by the ass holes was a sight I will never forget, it left an indelible impression on me.

Thank's to him I have used bottled spring water most of my life, but as you point out Snowleopard, there is no place to hide from these evil bastards and their poisons.  :'(
 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on December 05, 2012, 12:00:49 AM
I always think of Charlton Heston in the first Planet of The Apes movie screaming, "It's a Madhouse"

Indeed it is.  I remain CONFIDENT however that the Psychos will emerge from the Madhouse to rectify the situation. :icon_mrgreen:

You talking to me?  You TALKIN' TO ME?  Nobody else here...
(http://gifsoup.com/view3/1086200/taxi-driver-o.gif)

Or perhaps we will get the Second Coming of Jesus, in the Name of the Gun
(http://gifsoup.com/view5/3887622/jesusgun-o.gif)

Time for the Quickening!
(http://gifsoup.com/view3/4106253/highlander4-o.gif)

RE (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb323.gif)(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb268.gif)(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb251.gif)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 05, 2012, 12:14:39 AM
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Indeed it is.  I remain CONFIDENT however that the Psychos will emerge from the Madhouse to rectify the situation. :icon_mrgreen:

You always leave my favorite out RE. The good old RACK, gives a bad guy plenty of time to repent and contemplate his misdeeds. Imagine listening to the pleas for mercy and forgiveness when you drop in every morning to turn the screw another eight of an inch.  ;D :D :laugh: :icon_sunny:

torture rack 800px Streckbett 650x277
torture rack 800px Streckbett 650x277
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on December 05, 2012, 12:43:22 AM

You always leave my favorite out RE. The good old RACK, gives a bad guy plenty of time to repent and contemplate his misdeeds. Imagine listening to the pleas for mercy and forgiveness when you drop in every morning to turn the screw another eight of an inch.  ;D :D :laugh: :icon_sunny:

Not purposeful GO, I just haven't found a good video clip of Rack Stretching to turn into an Animated GIF yet.  :icon_mrgreen:

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: NYPD Credits Occupy with the Drop in Crime
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 06, 2012, 06:35:38 AM
Hold on to your riot gear, ladies and gentlemen, because police in New York City are saying that Occupy Wall Street activists deserve credit for helping keep the city safe after Hurricane Sandy. They're not saying that publicly, of course. That would just be too much.   :emthup: :icon_sunny:

http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-credits-occupy-drop-crime-sandy-024332590.html (http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-credits-occupy-drop-crime-sandy-024332590.html)     :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on December 06, 2012, 08:32:44 AM
Of course, this hasn't stopped Bloombug from ordering Occupy Sandy off the streets. gingin FEMA and his administration a bad name.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 06, 2012, 10:13:54 AM
Of course, this hasn't stopped Bloombug from ordering Occupy Sandy off the streets. gingin FEMA and his administration a bad name.

Hmmm....Cooperative citizen anarchy in action proves superior to paid gooberment flunksionaries!  Who coulda noode?

Those dangerous volunteers anarchists are solving the problems that justify our paychecks, best get rid of them quickly!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 06, 2012, 06:48:29 PM
Id rather stay in a flood damaged house and take help from Occupy than go to Aushwitz FEMA thats for sure.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 06, 2012, 08:16:26 PM
Id rather stay in a flood damaged house and take help from Occupy than go to Aushwitz FEMA thats for sure.

Post collapse, its an easy guess that remaining functional communities operating on the Occupy Sandy model outlast those struggling with FEMA style "aid" and directives. 

FEMA under DHS continues to deteriorate as an aid agency.  Apparently they learned from Katrina to stop doing the few things they once had right.  The millions spent on regional prepositioned supplies did not translate into timely distribution.. Purchase orders after disaster should be mostly for restocking warehouses not distribution.. I wonder where the money really went??
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: U.S. Sized Ice Sheet Melts in Arctic
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 07, 2012, 07:06:23 AM
 An area of Arctic ice the size of the United States has melted so far this year.  :o
arcticmelt noaa
arcticmelt noaa

That’s according to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which described a threatening rate of accelerating, real time climate change to negotiators this week at the UN  climate talks in Doha, The Guardian newspaper reports.

“Climate change is taking place before our eyes, and will continue to do so as a result of the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records,” WMO’ssecretary general Michael Jarraud said.

Some scientists have warned that the world could be closer to a global warming tipping point than previously thought.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/us-sized-ice-sheet-melts-in-arctic/7566 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/us-sized-ice-sheet-melts-in-arctic/7566)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Arctic Report Card 2012
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 07, 2012, 07:11:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/O5h02Yc6lfA&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 07, 2012, 09:13:24 AM
ITS A MADHOUSE!!!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 07, 2012, 10:51:35 AM
ITS A MADHOUSE!!!

 ;D :D ;) :angel9: :Benny_monkeysmilies:   You got it Unc!    :exp-grin: :D
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Drought Wipes Out Brazil Cattle Ranches!
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 07, 2012, 11:34:47 AM
www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2012/12/20121270234917278.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2012/12/20121270234917278.html)      :icon_study:

 Drought wipes out Brazil cattle ranches
With no rain in a year and a half, many cows around the town of Serrita have starved to death.

A drought is affecting millions of people in northeastern Brazil. Among the worst-hit areas is the town of Serrita, which is heavily dependant on cattle ranching.

With no rain in a year and a half, many of the animals in the area have starved to death.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo met ranchers who are watching their cattle wither away.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 07, 2012, 11:52:00 AM
An area of Arctic ice the size of the United States has melted so far this year.  :o
arcticmelt noaa
arcticmelt noaa

That’s according to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which described a threatening rate of accelerating, real time climate change to negotiators this week at the UN  climate talks in Doha, The Guardian newspaper reports.

“Climate change is taking place before our eyes, and will continue to do so as a result of the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records,” WMO’ssecretary general Michael Jarraud said.

Some scientists have warned that the world could be closer to a global warming tipping point than previously thought.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/us-sized-ice-sheet-melts-in-arctic/7566 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/us-sized-ice-sheet-melts-in-arctic/7566)    :icon_study:

The possibly "recent record" arctic icemelt this year was interesting.   One potential cause was that solar activity reached peak this year, although it was the lowest peak in over a century.  Another was a large storm that broke up the ice in the area of largest loss, exposing much more surface ice to warmer intruding sea water.

One sees a lot of coverage of this event from MSM and warmists.  I'm beginning to think the warmists are wrong, or off by by orders of magnitude on the effect of CO2.  MSM highlights anything that will promote a carbon tax.  I find what they choose not to report to be more informative.


WHAT THEY DON'T TELL YOU


Arctic sea ice has rapidly rebounded to where anomoly is almost gone (ie almost back to near term mean)

http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png (http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png)

Hudson Bay ice increase is well ahead of recent years.

ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02186/plots/r10_Hudson_Bay_ts.png (http://ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02186/plots/r10_Hudson_Bay_ts.png)

Antarctic sea ice has exceeded the recent mean (1979-2000) for about two years now.

http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png (http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png)

There has been no significant atmospheric warming since 1997-1998, total atmospheric CO2 has increased about 9% in this time and it is estimated this includes A THIRD OF ALL HUMAN ADDED CO2.  These facts are not disputed by warmists.  In fact you can see them referenced here by a "moderate" warmist in arguing for a somewhat lower warming this century.

http://3000quads.com/2012/12/04/it-is-when-you-combine-the-analysis-of-different-data-sources/ (http://3000quads.com/2012/12/04/it-is-when-you-combine-the-analysis-of-different-data-sources/)

Lower solar activity usually portends cooler climate medium term.  It appears a cooling trend is beginning though delayed by slower cooling of warmer than normal ocean temperature for this stage of PDO.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Mayans Banned From Their Home
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 10, 2012, 04:27:33 AM

Mayans Banned From Their Home, Not Allowed to Perform Rituals

MEXICO CITY –  The end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar is approaching.

With dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods, the Mayans performed the "New Fire" ceremony Thursday at a park in Mexico City, but complained they have been barred by authorities from performing rituals at their ancestral temples in the Maya region.

The Mayans measure time in 394-year periods known as Baktuns. The 13th Baktun ends around Dec. 21, and 13 is considered a sacred number for the Maya.

The estimated 800,000 surviving Mayans in Mexico are hoping for a better new Baktun than the one now ending, which began around 1618. It included the painful aftermath of the Spanish conquest in which Mayans and other indigenous groups saw their temples and sacred writings systematically destroyed and their population decimated by European diseases and forced labor.

    This is the ending of an era for the Maya, an era which has been very intense for us, in which we have had suffering and pain

- Mayan priest Jose Manrique Esquive

"This is the ending of an era for the Maya, an era which has been very intense for us, in which we have had suffering and pain," said Mayan priest Jose Manrique Esquivel, 52, who wore a feather headdress and body paint for the ceremony. For the new Baktun, he said, "we are praying the wars, the conflicts, the hunger to end."

                                     
Mayan Ruins 2
Mayan Ruins 2
latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2012/11/30/mayans-banned-from-their-home-not-allowed-to-perform-rituals/  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:E-bike gets 200 miles per charges, 80 MPH
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 10, 2012, 04:41:00 AM
Electric bicycles have generally not been considered dependable modes of long-distance travel, both because of limited charge capacity and speed constraints. But a recent addition to the e-bike line-up could get you from Boston to New York on one charge and go as fast as 80 miles per hour.

The Hanebrink X-5 electric bicycle weighs 120 lbs and has a dual suspension monocoque chassis made of aircraft-grade aluminum tubing. Its lithium-ion liquid-cooled batteries will get 200 miles per charge, according to the manufacturer, while a 14-speed transmission allows the driver to reach a top speed of 80 miles per hour.

Should the bike’s battery run out, the pedals can be popped out and the bike can run on human pedal power.

According to Hanebrink, the bike’s manufacturer, “the benefit of a legal electric bicycle is, of course, that it does not require registration, drivers license, or special motorcycle permit, etc. and can be operated where motorcycles are not permitted.”

But how long can a bike that can go as fast as 80 miles per hour remain unregulated? If regulation does not presently exist for bikes that can reach this kind of speed, it likely will soon. But if your desire to own this bike is not dampened by its $16,940 price tag, you can pre-order for delivery in March 2013.

electricbicycle
electricbicycle
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/e-bike-gets-200-miles-per-charges-80-miles-per-hour/7654 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/e-bike-gets-200-miles-per-charges-80-miles-per-hour/7654)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: What the World will be Like in 2030
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 10, 2012, 04:24:06 PM
Not  an organization that reads the DD for sure! ;D


It might be impossible to predict the future, but that isn’t stopping the National Intelligence Council in the United States from imagining what the future world might be like.

In a new report, “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds,” the NIC identifies major global trends and how they will play out to impact nations, their people, and the international community in the years to come.

The NIC believes four megatrends will shape the world by 2030.

1. Individual empowerment — Poverty will be reduced leading to a “huge growth of the global middle class” with access to more education and health care resources. For the first time, the report says, a majority of world will not live in poverty. The report says that this is the most important trend because it will impact other trends, like the “expanding global economy, rapid growth of the developing countries, and widespread exploitation of new communications and manufacturing technologies.”

2. Diffusion of power — In terms of GDP, military size, technology spending and population, Asia will surpass North America and Europe. By 2030, China’s economy will be larger than the United States. The report says: “The health of the global economy increasingly will be linked to how well the developing world does—more so than the traditional West.” In addition to China, India, and Brazil, countries like Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South  Africa, and Turkey will become more important in the global economy.

3. Demographic patters — The world’s population will continue to grow, reaching 8.3 billion by 2030 (up from 7.1 billion in 2012). Nations will become older and more urban. All these factors will combine to put pressure on precious resources. “[T]he volume of urban construction for housing, office space, and transport services over the next 40 years could roughly equal the entire volume of such construction to date in world history.”

4. Growing food, water, and energy nexus — The demand for food, water, and energy will continue to increase, by 35, 40, and 50 percent respectively, as populations increase and the global middle class grows. Climate change will only increase the demand for these resources. At the same time, however, “United States could become energy-independent” because of increased shale gas production.

hong kong causeway bay urban flickr
hong kong causeway bay urban flickr

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/what-the-world-will-be-like-in-2030/7749 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/what-the-world-will-be-like-in-2030/7749)   :icon_scratch: :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on December 10, 2012, 05:04:53 PM

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1. Individual empowerment — Poverty will be reduced leading to a “huge growth of the global middle class"

It's all over the media. Pure, unadulterated PROPAGANDA. And the fucking problem is, this kind of information is designed to click just right in the minds of "consumers," future zombie cannibals IOW. Coming basically from the same organization farming poppies in Afghanistan, feeding weapons to "al Qaida" in Syria, and as likely as not having something to do with the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

So i guess the question is, these are the guys we expect to feed the American middle class, if their report turns out to be bullshit and we end up with energy shortages instead?

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Fears for emerging markets as euro zone woes depr
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 10, 2012, 05:09:17 PM

Fears for emerging markets as euro zone woes depress lending: BIS                       :icon_study:
Sun, Dec 9 2012

By Laura Noonan

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro zone crisis triggered a $70 billion collapse in cross-border lending to emerging market economies in just six months, as international banks battened down the hatches and dealt with crises on their home turfs.

The massive fall is revealed in a new study from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), which sought to explain a $1 billion contraction in international lending to 40 emerging markets in the second half of 2011.

"Our findings confirm policy concerns that international banks might transmit financial shocks from advanced to emerging economies," the reports authors' said, noting that some emerging economies were exposed to country-specific shocks because their financial systems were so dependent on one foreign country.

The report found more than 70pc of the late 2011 fall stemmed from euro area banks paring back their international activity because of "home country factors" - a reference to the steps taken by banks to repair their balance sheets in the face of massive losses and higher regulatory capital demands.

While the data is almost a year old, it will trigger fresh fears for emerging markets dependent on international banks, as Spanish and UK banks in particular come under renewed pressure to improve their balance sheets.

Spain's banks will have to deal with the fallout from its newly-created bad bank, Sareb, which could potentially depress the property market and trigger fresh lending.

The Bank of England recently hinted the UK's major banks, who hold substantial international assets, could have to improve their capital positions by more than 50 billion pounds, though no timeframe was given.

The BIS study found that European emerging market economies had been particularly badly affected by the late 2011 retreat, with 85 pct of the fall in their cross-border lending stemming from euro area banks.

(Reporting By Laura Noonan)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 10, 2012, 05:26:14 PM

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1. Individual empowerment — Poverty will be reduced leading to a “huge growth of the global middle class"

It's all over the media. Pure, unadulterated PROPAGANDA. And the fucking problem is, this kind of information is designed to click just right in the minds of "consumers," future zombie cannibals IOW. Coming basically from the same organization farming poppies in Afghanistan, feeding weapons to "al Qaida" in Syria, and as likely as not having something to do with the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

So i guess the question is, these are the guys we expect to feed the American middle class, if their report turns out to be bullshit and we end up with energy shortages instead?

This is the line I enjoyed the most WHD, and don't think for a moment most don't believe it!

The demand for food, water, and energy will continue to increase, by 35, 40, and 50 percent respectively  :icon_scratch: ::) ;D

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 10, 2012, 07:41:37 PM
Does anyone remember the prediction of the future made in 2000 of what it would be like in 2020?

Heres just one reminder; The average house price will be 1M$, Never-going-to-happen.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 10, 2012, 09:17:21 PM
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But how long can a bike that can go as fast as 80 miles per hour remain unregulated? If regulation does not presently exist for bikes that can reach this kind of speed, it likely will soon. But if your desire to own this bike is not dampened by its $16,940 price tag, you can pre-order for delivery in March 2013.

GO 

Might be a decent solution for some folks.  My guess is the 80 MPH speed and the unregulated status are not available at the same time for the same machine, though. 

It's primarily an electric motorcycle, of course.  It might pass as an electric scooter in some states, or an electric bicycle or moped in others.  But, if so designated, it would be illegal to operate it at highway speed in any state i'm familiar with, and it could be quite difficult to change the designation.  Many states require registration for most of those designations also.  And who would spend ~$17K for a neat moped?

Likewise, if purchased with a motorcycle C/O, it will likely need to be registered as such, and that status is sticky too.   The same company also makes off road electric bikes.  Some might find those more usefull post collapse, if travel became "safe" again;  that one looks like it prefers a decent road.

 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on December 10, 2012, 09:31:51 PM

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1. Individual empowerment — Poverty will be reduced leading to a “huge growth of the global middle class"

It's all over the media. Pure, unadulterated PROPAGANDA. And the fucking problem is, this kind of information is designed to click just right in the minds of "consumers," future zombie cannibals IOW. Coming basically from the same organization farming poppies in Afghanistan, feeding weapons to "al Qaida" in Syria, and as likely as not having something to do with the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

So i guess the question is, these are the guys we expect to feed the American middle class, if their report turns out to be bullshit and we end up with energy shortages instead?

Perhaps, at that point, some will desire to feed them to the people?  Not that they'd be fit to feed the pigs.  Gibbets and food for crows, maybe?  Somehow, i think few will opt to forgive them.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 11, 2012, 02:50:22 AM
Does anyone remember the prediction of the future made in 2000 of what it would be like in 2020?

Heres just one reminder; The average house price will be 1M$, Never-going-to-happen.

I would not be too dogmatic about that statement Unc with the central bank printing I am witnessing. Seems unlikely at present; but we could get some big time inflation soon, a currency event is also very likely.  :-\
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 11, 2012, 03:04:09 AM
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GO

Might be a decent solution for some folks.  My guess is the 80 MPH speed and the unregulated status are not available at the same time for the same machine, though.

It's primarily an electric motorcycle, of course.  It might pass as an electric scooter in some states, or an electric bicycle or moped in others.  But, if so designated, it would be illegal to operate it at highway speed in any state i'm familiar with, and it could be quite difficult to change the designation.  Many states require registration for most of those designations also.  And who would spend ~$17K for a neat moped?

Likewise, if purchased with a motorcycle C/O, it will likely need to be registered as such, and that status is sticky too.   The same company also makes off road electric bikes.  Some might find those more usefull post collapse, if travel became "safe" again;  that one looks like it prefers a decent road.

 

Hi Snowleopard, Was more impressed with the technology than the practicallity. Sounds like one hell of a battery.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Just Doing God's Work They Say
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 11, 2012, 05:08:22 AM
HSBC to pay $1.9bn in US money laundering penalties

SBC to pay $1.9bn in US money laundering penalties

HSBC has confirmed it is to pay US authorities $1.9bn (£1.2bn) in a settlement over money laundering, the largest paid in such a case.

A US Senate investigation said the UK-based bank had been a conduit for "drug kingpins and rogue nations".

Money laundering is the process of disguising the proceeds of crime so that the money cannot be linked to the wrongdoing.

HSBC admitted having poor money laundering controls and apologised.

"We accept responsibility for our past mistakes," said HSBC group chief executive Stuart Gulliver in a statement.

"We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20673466#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20673466#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study: :exp-angry:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 12, 2012, 05:25:12 AM
uesday, December 11, 2012
Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension
Yet another pension to be transferred to the pension benefit guaranty corp?

Headline:   Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension

    Hostess Brands Inc. said it used wages that were supposed to help fund employee pensions for the company's operations as it sank toward bankruptcy.

    It isn't clear how many of the Irving, Texas, company's workers were affected by the move or how much money never wound up in their pension plans as promised.

    After the company said in August 2011 that it would stop making pension contributions, the foregone wages weren't put toward the pension. Nor were they restored.

    The maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Wonder Bread filed for bankruptcy protection in January and shut down last month following a strike by one of the unions representing Hostess workers. A judge is overseeing the sale of company assets.

    Gregory Rayburn, Hostess's chief executive officer, said in an interview it is "terrible" that employee wages earmarked for the pension were steered elsewhere by the company.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hostess-maneuver-deprived-pension-051400720.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hostess-maneuver-deprived-pension-051400720.html)   :'( :icon_study:
Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:McDonald's Urges Franchisees to open on Christmas
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 17, 2012, 10:13:14 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp (MCD) is urging U.S. restaurant owners to take the unusual step of opening on Christmas Day to deliver the world's biggest hamburger chain with the gift of higher December sales, AdvertsingAge reported on Monday.

"Starting with Thanksgiving, ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays," Jim Johannesen, chief operations officer for McDonald's USA, wrote in a November 8 memo to franchisees - one of two obtained by AdvertisingAge.

"Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day. Last year, (company-operated) restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales," Johannesen said.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mcdonalds-coo-urges-franchisees-open-234608002.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mcdonalds-coo-urges-franchisees-open-234608002.html)   :icon_study:  :emthdown:
Title: Christmas Dinner-There but for Fortune
Post by: RE on December 17, 2012, 10:55:02 PM

"Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day. Last year, (company-operated) restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales," Johannesen said.


Why would anyone want to have this for Christmas Dinner

(http://czechdaily.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/christmas_turkey.jpg)

when you can have THIS instead!  mmmm, yummy.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2l9E6M2VU6E/TpjXarV7TkI/AAAAAAAAAF0/SgXVMLi2hL0/s1600/BigMacExtraValueMeal.jpg)

Parenthetically, for the cost of 2 Big Mac Supersize meals and 2 Junior Happy Meals, you could buy a 15 lb Turkey and all the Fixin's and have leftovers to eat all week.

Of course you do still need to have a home to cook it in with the Gas or Electricity still on.  Though you can buy a Dutch Oven and roast the Turkey in that over an Open Fire in your Tent City.  Or Spit it and Rotisserie.

Finally, given the choice for the Homeless between Mickey D's and the Salvation Army on Christmas, the SA is FREE and better food too.

(http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/files/2006/12/l36720-1.jpg)

There but for Fortune go you, go I.

http://www.youtube.com/v/0tDxVRw6yec

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on December 18, 2012, 08:40:02 AM
Correspondence  forwarded me by Jaded Prole--

Dear Santa,
How are you?  How is Mrs. Claus? I hope everyone, from the reindeer to the elves, is fine.  I have been a very good boy this year.
I would like an X-Box 360 with Call of Duty IV and an iPhone 4 for Christmas.  I hope you remember that come Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas,
Timmy Jones


Dear Timmy,
Thank you for your letter.  Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and the elves are all fine and thank you for asking about them.
Santa is a little worried about all the time you spend playing video games and texting.
Santa wouldn't want you to get fat.
Since you have indeed been a good boy, I think I'll bring you something you can go outside and play with.

Merry Christmas,
Santa Claus

 
Mr. Claus,
Seeing that I have fulfilled the "naughty vs. Nice" contract, set by you I might add, I feel confident that you can see your way clear to granting me what I have asked for. I certainly wouldn't want to turn this joyous season into one of litigation.
Also, don't you think that a jab at my weight coming from an overweight man who goes out once a year is a bit trite?
Respectfully,
Tim Jones


Mr. Jones,
While I have acknowledged you have met the "nice" criteria,  need I remind you that your Christmas list is a request and in no way is it a guarantee of services provided.
Should you wish to pursue legal action, well that is your right.
Please know, however, that my attorneys have been on retainer ever since the Burgermeister Meisterburger incident and will be more than happy to take you on in open court.

Additionally, the exercise I alluded to will not only improve your health, but also improve your social skills and potentially help clear up a complexion that looks like the bottom of the Burger King fry bin most days.
Very Truly Yours,
S Claus

 

Now look here Fat Man,
I told you what I want and I expect you to bring it.
I was attempting to be polite  about this but you brought my looks and my friends into this.
Now you just be  disrespecting me.
I'm about to tweet my boys and we're gonna be waiting for  your fat ass and I'm taking my game console, my game, my phone, and whatever else I want.
WHAT EVER I WANT, MAN!

T-Bone


Listen Pizza Face,
SERIOUSLY???
You think a dude that breaks into every house in the world on one night and never gets caught sweats a skinny G-banger wannabe?
"He sees you when you're sleeping; He knows when you're awake".  Sound familiar, genius?
You know what kind of resources I have at my disposal?
I got your shit  wired, Jack.

I go all around the world and see ways to hurt people that if I described  them right now, you'd throw up your Totino's pizza rolls all over the carpet of your mom's basement.
You're not getting what you  asked for, but I'm still stopping by your crib to stomp a mud hole in your ass and then walk it dry.
Chew on that, Petunia.
S Clizzy


Dear Santa,
Bring me whatever you see fit.  I'll appreciate anything.
Timmy

 
Timmy,
That's what I thought.
Santa
Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Endangered Turtles, in Rare Event, Wash up in Hull
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 18, 2012, 06:14:58 PM
Endangered sea turtles suffering from hypothermia have been washing up on Cape Cod beaches for weeks in record numbers, but in a rare event, two of the reptiles were found this week stranded on the South Shore, the New England Aquarium announced.

Two 40-pound loggerhead sea turtles were found, one in Scituate Monday and one today in Hull. Sea turtles usually found each year inside Cape Cod Bay from Sandwich to Truro.

Sea turtles typically end up stranding on the state’s shores because of the unique shape of the bay, which is hard for the turtles to navigate out of, the aquarium said.

Often, washed-up sea turtles appear dead because of their cold body temperature and slow heart beat, but they can still be warmed up and revived at the aquarium’s animal care center in Quincy. The turtles are warmed a few degrees every day at the center until their body temperature reaches 70 degrees, the aquarium said.

This season, 164 turtles have been rescued, 45 of them loggerheads. The aquarium usually only sees between four to six loggerheads a year.

“We’ve had a decade’s worth of loggerheads in a single season,” said aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse.

                                           
Nantasket Beach Loggerhead
Nantasket Beach Loggerhead

http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=3358c42a16e21655bb8a29c2677cd6ce (http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=3358c42a16e21655bb8a29c2677cd6ce)    :icon_scratch: :icon_study:
Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Five Women Shot Dead in Pakistan for Fighting Polio
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 19, 2012, 06:29:12 PM
Five women shot dead in Pakistan for fighting polio
Five female health workers vaccinating children against polio have been shot dead in Pakistan as Islamic militants raise suspicions about immunization efforts.

Five female health workers involved in Pakistan's polio eradication efforts were gunned down Tuesday in two of the country's main cities amid militant resistance to immunization campaigns.

Unidentified gunmen killed four of the women in Karachi and a fifth in Peshawar. Two male volunteers were also injured in Tuesday's attacks, according to Sindh's health department. As a result, an ongoing polio vaccination campaign has been suspended throughout Sindh Province, according to the department.

news.yahoo.com/five-women-shot-dead-pakistan-fighting-polio-182719258.html    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Al Qaeda Grows Powerful in Syria
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 20, 2012, 01:48:52 AM
AMMAN (Reuters) - Having seen its star wane in Iraq, al Qaeda has staged a comeback in neighbouring Syria, posing a dilemma for the opposition fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad and making the West balk at military backing for the revolt.

The rise of al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, which the United States designated a terrorist organisation last week, could usher in a long and deadly confrontation with the West, and perhaps Israel.

Inside Syria, the group is exploiting a widening sectarian rift to recruit Sunnis who saw themselves as disenfranchised by Assad's Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam that dominates Syria's power and security structures.

Al-Nusra appears to have gained popularity in a country that has turned more religious as the uprising, mainly among Sunni Muslims, has been met with increasing force by authorities.

http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-grows-powerful-syria-endgame-nears-060641471.html (http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-grows-powerful-syria-endgame-nears-060641471.html)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 20, 2012, 01:52:20 AM
At least they didnt shoot the kids who recieved the vaccination, far too many women in allsorts of fields such as these nurses are being sold up the river. I dont know about EU or US or Japan , the major foreign aid donors, but most Aust foreign aid is all dependent on womens increased participation in politics, business and govt. They are imposing their social engineering rather than genuinely helping. Fine if they ensure security at the same time, but they have set a timeline for fully withdrawing (to their strategic bases), and heres the result.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Greeks Can’t Find Euros to Buy Heating Oil
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 20, 2012, 05:16:14 AM
A sad situation indeed.

Austerity Cuts

Austerity measures have cut government salaries and benefits, raised the retirement age and reduced services.

The household price for heating oil in Greece reached 1,266 euros per 1,000 liters (264 gallons) in the second quarter of 2012, surging 48 percent from a year earlier, according to the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based organization. The same quantity cost 700 pounds (861 euros) in the U.K., according to the IEA, and $1,045 (790 euros) in New York, according to a state agency.

Greeks pay both excise and value-added taxes on heating oil that can make up 42 percent of the total cost. The mayors of the region are petitioning the government to be exempted from the tax.

Greece’s oil prices are high because of laws that protect the country’s two refining companies and prevent competition, said Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a lecturer in law at the University of Oxford in England, who studies monopolies.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/greeks-can-t-find-euros-to-buy-heating-oil-with-winter-economy.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/greeks-can-t-find-euros-to-buy-heating-oil-with-winter-economy.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel : Gang-rape victim dies, India transfixed
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 28, 2012, 08:23:07 PM
 Poor Ashvin, visiting his family and friends with this sadness sweeping the country.

A young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection from sexual violence that impacts thousands of women daily, in homes, streets, and public transport, but which often goes unreported.

1228 world latestnews indiagangrapevictim full 380
1228 world latestnews indiagangrapevictim full 380

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/6Q7iDkf_9kI/Gang-rape-victim-dies-India-transfixed (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/6Q7iDkf_9kI/Gang-rape-victim-dies-India-transfixed)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: monsta666 on December 28, 2012, 08:33:48 PM
Very sad news yet what I fear the most is no meaningful action will be taken to improve the situation in India. Sometimes you have to wonder where the world is going...
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Greek official caught in financial scandal
Post by: Golden Oxen on December 30, 2012, 03:10:07 AM
The AUSTERITY minister  ;D

Pasok party ejects former fiPapaconstantinou denied knowing which relatives had appeared on the bank list investigated for tax evasion [AFP]

Politicians in Greece are calling for the country's former finance minister to be investigated for allegedly removing the names of three of his relatives from a list of suspected tax evaders.

George Papaconstantinou, the minister who helped design the country's first austerity measures, was quickly kicked out of his socialist Pasok party after his family members were found missing from a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts that authorities were using to investigate possible tax evasion.

In a statement announcing his ejection on Saturday, Pasok said there were "clear indications" that names of family members had been deleted from the list.

"Obviously, Mr Papaconstantinou no longer belongs to PASOK,'' it said, adding that "there is an obvious and huge issue of responsibility of Mr George Papaconstantinou".

A court official said two of Papaconstantinou's cousins and their husbands, of whom three had been on the list, were involved in two accounts in a Swiss HSBC bank branch.nance minister for allegedly removing relatives' names from list probed for tax evasion.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/12/201212295160453550.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/12/201212295160453550.html)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on December 30, 2012, 05:15:59 AM
LMFAO! :emthup: :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on January 03, 2013, 11:58:51 AM
Austerity must be good for someone. Just not us.

What Bob said.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: No Paper Social Security checks come March
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 09, 2013, 04:16:25 AM
Everyone forced into the system.  :-\

Millions of Americans still receiving paper checks for Social Security and other federal benefits have less than two months to switch to electronic payments.

finance.yahoo.com/news/no-more-paper-social-security-104000598.html   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel New Article Nicole Foss
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 11, 2013, 05:26:35 PM
Just a brief mention to her fans, Stoneleigh has a new article posted at TAE titled Scale Matters, and, as always, is a worthwhile read.

http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/scale-matters.html (http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/scale-matters.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 5 Herbs & Tinctures That Everyone Needs at Home
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 12, 2013, 06:45:08 AM
echinacea
echinacea

cayenne pepper
cayenne pepper

yarrow herb
yarrow herb

Tulsi holy Basil
Tulsi holy Basil

golden seal in flower3
golden seal in flower3

Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects.  For this reason, professional herbalists may recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (also known as otitis media), athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds.  One study even suggests that echinacea extract exerted an antiviral action on the development of recurrent cold sores triggered by the herpes simplex virus (HSVI) when supplied prior to infection.
americanpreppersnetwork.com/2013/01/10-essential-herbstinctures-that-everyone-needs.html  :icon_study:
Just one shown, rest explained in article for those interested.
http://www.peakprosperity.com/dailyprep/80483/5-herbs-tinctures-everyone-needs (http://www.peakprosperity.com/dailyprep/80483/5-herbs-tinctures-everyone-needs)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: From the Turds Who Preach Austerity For US
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 13, 2013, 07:46:32 AM
MPs call for '32% salary increase'

MPs have suggested a 32% increases in their pay to the Commons expenses watchdog, it has been revealed.

Members said they deserved an £86,250 salary in an anonymous survey conducted by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).

The research also found more than a third thought they should keep final-salary pensions.

The findings emerged as Ipsa published a report on its initial consultation into pay and pensions.

The Commons voted against a 1% pay rise in 2011 and last year agreed to extend the pay freeze into 2013.

But the survey found that 69% thought they were underpaid on their current salary of £65,738.

The average level suggested for the appropriate level of pay was £86,250.

YouGov conducted online interviews with 100 MPs on Ipsa's behalf, and weighted the results slightly to represent the Commons by party, gender, year elected, and geography.

Conservative MPs were the most likely to believe they were underpaid, according to the results.

On average, Tories said their salary should be £96,740, while Lib Dems thought the right amount was £78,361 and Labour £77,322. Other parties put the figure at £75,091.

A fifth of those questioned said they should be paid £95,000 or more.

The prime minister's official spokesman said David Cameron believed it was a matter for Ipsa, when asked about the prime minister's thoughts of MPs' demands for more pay.

Don't know if I should laugh or cry, how about both.   ;D :'(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20978487 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20978487)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on January 13, 2013, 09:56:50 AM
(http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/images/pay.jpg)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-29/obama-issues-executive-order-granting-pay-increase-members-congress-federal-workers (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-29/obama-issues-executive-order-granting-pay-increase-members-congress-federal-workers)


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 13, 2013, 10:12:07 AM
(http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/images/pay.jpg)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-29/obama-issues-executive-order-granting-pay-increase-members-congress-federal-workers (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-29/obama-issues-executive-order-granting-pay-increase-members-congress-federal-workers)

Does any one remember a while back when it was a great source of pride and honor to be a member of congress?

Your fellow citizens placed great trust and faith in you because you were known as an upstanding trustworthy member of the community, and you went to Washington with a very meager salary for the HONOR of being the representative of your people. They placed their trust and you sacrificed and went and served for the Prestige of being such an exalted member of your district.  We sure have come a long way from that silly old concept, haven't we.   :-\ :'( :exp-undecided: :exp-cry:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Aaron Swartz, internet freedom activist, dies 26
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 13, 2013, 10:49:14 AM
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Aron Swartz, a celebrated internet freedom activist and early developer of the website Reddit, has died at 26.

The activist and programmer took his life in his New York apartment, a relative and the state medical examiner said. His body was found on Friday.

Mr Swartz began computer programming as a child, and at 14 co-authored an early version of the RSS specification.

Leading internet figures and friends paid tribute to Mr Swartz via tweets or blogs.

Swartz developed RSS at an early age           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21001452#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21001452#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:

After leaving Reddit, Mr Swartz became an advocate of internet freedom, and was facing hacking charges at the time of his death.

He was among the founders of the Demand Progress campaign group, which lobbies against internet censorship.
Continue reading the main story   
“Start Quote

    Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee World wide web inventor

    In quotes: Tributes to Aaron Swartz

The hacking charges relate to the downloading of millions of academic papers from online archive JSTOR, which prosecutors say he intended to distribute for free.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Aaron Swartz, internet freedom activist, dies 26
Post by: WHD on January 13, 2013, 12:49:54 PM
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Aron Swartz, a celebrated internet freedom activist and early developer of the website Reddit, has died at 26.

The activist and programmer took his life in his New York apartment, a relative and the state medical examiner said. His body was found on Friday.

Mr Swartz began computer programming as a child, and at 14 co-authored an early version of the RSS specification.

Leading internet figures and friends paid tribute to Mr Swartz via tweets or blogs.

Swartz developed RSS at an early age           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21001452#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21001452#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:

After leaving Reddit, Mr Swartz became an advocate of internet freedom, and was facing hacking charges at the time of his death.

He was among the founders of the Demand Progress campaign group, which lobbies against internet censorship.
Continue reading the main story   
“Start Quote

    Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee World wide web inventor

    In quotes: Tributes to Aaron Swartz

The hacking charges relate to the downloading of millions of academic papers from online archive JSTOR, which prosecutors say he intended to distribute for free.


From the Huffpost, on the famiy's reaction to "prosecutorial overreach."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/12/aaron-swartz_n_2463726.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/12/aaron-swartz_n_2463726.html)


Zach Carter

zach.carter@huffingtonpost.com
Ryan Grim

ryan@huffingtonpost.com
 
Ryan J. Reilly

ryan.reilly@huffingtonpost.com
 
Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer, Found Dead Amid Prosecutor 'Bullying' In Unconventional Case

Posted: 01/12/2013 5:13 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/13/2013 1:32 pm EST


Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouring of grief. He was 26 years old.

Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal hacking charges. In July 2011, prosecutor Scott Garland working under U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, a politician with her eye on the governor's mansion, charged Swartz with four counts of felony misconduct -- charges that were deemed outrageous by internet experts who understood the case, and wholly unnecessary by the parties Swartz was accused of wronging.

Swartz repeatedly sought to reduce the charges to a level below felony status, but prosecutors pressed on, adding additional charges so that by September 2012 Swartz faced 13 felony counts and up to half a century in prison.

Swartz had long lived with depression and a host of physical ailments, which made his accomplishments that much more astonishing. Barely a teenager, he codeveloped the RSS feed, before becoming one of the earliest minds behind Reddit.

Ortiz's office declined to comment for this article. Late on Saturday, Swartz's family issued a statement mourning the loss of their loved one's "curiosity, creativity" and "commitment to social justice." They also put some of the blame for Swartz's death on federal prosecutors.

"Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy," the statement reads. "It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney's office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims."

That sentiment was echoed by Harvard University Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, a friend of Swartz, wrote a withering blog post attacking the Department of Justice for its misplaced zeal:

"We need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior," Lessig wrote. "[Aaron] was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying."

Swartz's friend Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, also pointed at the DOJ. "His last two years were hard, thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice, which engaged in gross prosecutorial overreach on the basis of stretched interpretations of the law," he told HuffPost. "They sought felony convictions with decades of prison time for actions which, if they were illegal at all, were at most misdemeanors. Aaron struggled sometimes with depression, but it would have been hard not to be depressed in his circumstances. As Larry Lessig has rightly said, this should be a cause for great shame and anger."

In the fall of 2010, Swartz downloaded millions of academic journal articles from the nonprofit online database JSTOR, which provides such articles free of charge to students and researchers. As a faculty member at Harvard University, Swartz had a JSTOR account, and downloaded the documents over the course of a few weeks from a library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

JSTOR typically limits users to a few downloads at a time. Swartz's activities ultimately shut down JSTOR's servers briefly, and eventually resulted in MIT's library being blocked by JSTOR for a few days.

This was inconvenient for JSTOR and MIT, and a violation of JSTOR's Terms of Service agreement. Had JSTOR wanted to pursue civil charges against Swartz for breach of contract, it could have. But JSTOR did not, and washed its hands of the whole affair. In 2013, JSTOR made several million academic journal articles available to anyone, free of charge. Academic research is designed to be publicly accessible and is distinct from the research of private corporations, which assert aggressive intellectual property rights over activities they fund. Last June, Swartz told HuffPost that both JSTOR and MIT had advised prosecutors they were not interested in pursuing criminal or civil charges.

But the government pressed on, interpreting Swartz's actions as a federal crime, alleging mass theft, damaged computers and wire fraud, and suggesting that Swartz stood to gain financially. Federal prosecutors describe Swartz's downloading too quickly from a database to which JSTOR granted him and millions of other scholars free access as:

"Aaron Swartz devised a scheme to defraud JSTOR of a substantial number of journal articles which they had invested in collecting, obtaining the rights to distribute and digitizing," the indictment reads. "He sought to defraud MIT and JSTOR of rights and property." The prosecutors seem unaware that if an article is downloaded, the original copy remains with the owner.

The indictment also says that, "Swartz intended to distribute these articles through one or more file-sharing sites." JSTOR has just released 4.5 million articles to public this week.

The indictment does briefly acknowledge that Swartz had legal access to JSTOR's database. "Although Harvard provided access to JSTOR's services and archive as needed for his research, Swartz used MIT's computer networks to steal millions of articles from JSTOR." But the indictment does not note that Harvard and MIT have an explicit library sharing arrangement, granting scholars at one school access to many of the works and titles at the other. JSTOR has no specific academic allegiance. Its titles are available to all students at all universities at all times.

JSTOR issued a statement late on Saturday expressing regret at Swartz's passing, criticizing his prosecution.

"The case is one that we ourselves had regretted being drawn into from the outset, since JSTOR’s mission is to foster widespread access to the world’s body of scholarly knowledge," the statement reads. "At the same time, as one of the largest archives of scholarly literature in the world, we must be careful stewards of the information entrusted to us by the owners and creators of that content. To that end, Aaron returned the data he had in his possession and JSTOR settled any civil claims we might have had against him in June 2011."

All 13 counts against Swartz rest on the idea that he stole or damaged JSTOR and MIT property.

The final count alleges that Swartz caused "reckless damage" to computer systems owned by JSTOR and MIT. While both JSTOR and MIT suffered interrupted service to JSTOR's archive as a result of Swartz's downloads, there was no permanent technical dysfunction.

The prosecution's case ultimately depended on whether or not breaking a Terms of Service agreement can be deemed a violation of the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- the principal federal anti-hacking statute. While the law was designed to ban hackers from spreading viruses and stealing property, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that such activity includes violating Terms of Service agreements.

The Seventh Circuit's decision was widely mocked by internet experts, who noted that nearly anyone could become criminally liable for reading blogs if a blog owner simply set up an outrageous terms of service agreement.

In addition, a more recent decision by the Ninth Circuit rejected the Seventh Circuit's reasoning in 2010, and the Obama administration chose not to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Although JSTOR opposed prosecuting Swartz, MIT did not speak out against the prosecution's case as aggressively as JSTOR did. Swartz's family criticized the school on Saturday for failing to intervene.

"Unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles," the statement reads.

The FBI had investigated Swartz prior to the JSTOR incident in 2009, when Swartz wrote a script mass-downloading many U.S. court documents held in the pricey PACER database. Although court documents are in the public domain, PACER charges a premium for collecting the documents and making them searchable. Swartz paid PACER for mass downloads, then sent the documents to another free database.

The FBI monitored Swartz and then concluded that because the documents were in the public domain, no charges could be filed. After receiving several phone calls from the FBI, Swartz submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for his own FBI file. The agency was legally compelled to comply with the request, and Swartz published the file on his own blog in 2009.

On Saturday, WikiLeaks tweeted about Swartz: "The brilliant Aaron Swartz (@aaronsw), long time WikiLeaks friend, age 26, is dead after two years of harrassment by US prosecutors."

Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment Friday after apparently hanging himself.

In addition to earning the ire of PACER, the FBI and the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Swartz wrote the programming for RSS 1.0, an extremely common and useful computer tool. He helped start Reddit and also helped launch Creative Commons -- a special intellectual property license allowing anyone to use creative work, provided it is not sold for profit.

He was the founder of the progressive political advocacy group Demand Progress, which was extremely active during the legislative battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act. He co-founded the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, though he has not worked with the organization in some time. More recently, he was working with Matt Stoller, a writer and former aide to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), on a longterm project aimed at ending the drug war.

"What people saw in public was a fearless advocate of open information, who was nonetheless realistic about the limits to what open information could do without radical political reform," Farrell said.

He added: "He shared the urgent concern of his friend, [MSNBC host] Chris Hayes, to address what economic inequality was doing to this country. What many, many people saw in private was his extraordinary generosity with both time and resources. He had made enough money from the sale of Reddit to Conde Nast to live without working for several years, as long as he was reasonably frugal. So what he did, was to spend his life trying to figure out ways in which he could be helpful to people and causes he liked. Since his death, I've heard an outpouring of stories from people whom he helped set up websites for, read and critiqued work and so on. He combined technological brilliance with enormous amounts of energy, and a real understanding of politics."

This story was updated to include comments from a statement from Swartz's family and a statement from JSTOR.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 13, 2013, 01:16:23 PM
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He added: "He shared the urgent concern of his friend, [MSNBC host] Chris Hayes, to address what economic inequality was doing to this country. What many, many people saw in private was his extraordinary generosity with both time and resources. He had made enough money from the sale of Reddit to Conde Nast to live without working for several years, as long as he was reasonably frugal. So what he did, was to spend his life trying to figure out ways in which he could be helpful to people and causes he liked. Since his death, I've heard an outpouring of stories from people whom he helped set up websites for, read and critiqued work and so on. He combined technological brilliance with enormous amounts of energy, and a real understanding of politics."

This story was updated to include comments from a statement from Swartz's family and a statement from JSTOR.

As sad and depressing as can be. What a horrible disgusting heart breaking news story.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on January 13, 2013, 03:22:47 PM
This story moved in my local paper today, without a word about prosecutorial misconduct or, for that matter, any elaboration into the reasons why this young man might have taken his own life. I found that a curious omission.
For my part, I immediately thought not only the Paul Wellstone, John Lennon, and other famous assassinations, but most recently that of the DC madam, (whose name I cannot recall) who was about to publish a list of her highly placed clients when she was "suicided."  As the story went at that time, I recall that she told her friend that she would not take her own life, and if she showed up dead, she was murdered.

I have no proof of anything. Just been on this side of the looking glass for so long, I know that nothing is as it appears to be.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 13, 2013, 07:53:02 PM
This story moved in my local paper today, without a word about prosecutorial misconduct or, for that matter, any elaboration into the reasons why this young man might have taken his own life. I found that a curious omission.
For my part, I immediately thought not only the Paul Wellstone, John Lennon, and other famous assassinations, but most recently that of the DC madam, (whose name I cannot recall) who was about to publish a list of her highly placed clients when she was "suicided."  As the story went at that time, I recall that she told her friend that she would not take her own life, and if she showed up dead, she was murdered.

I have no proof of anything. Just been on this side of the looking glass for so long, I know that nothing is as it appears to be.
I must say Surly, WHD's amplification of my posting was a great surprise to me as well. It seems the real story has been conveniently left out by MSM.  We are done for sure if this is the press of a democracy.  :'(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on January 13, 2013, 11:06:44 PM
RIP

No matter which way it happened, and it was genuine suicide, he was pushed over the edge. Martyred.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 14, 2013, 05:48:58 AM
RIP

No matter which way it happened, and it was genuine suicide, he was pushed over the edge. Martyred.

How true Unc, and there is too damn little about it being presented as Surly pointed out.

If he were a ball player, or Hollywood type, we would be attending the funeral now on national MSM TV. Remember Whitney Houston?                    :'(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Snowleopard on January 14, 2013, 07:15:30 AM
This story moved in my local paper today, without a word about prosecutorial misconduct or, for that matter, any elaboration into the reasons why this young man might have taken his own life. I found that a curious omission.
For my part, I immediately thought not only the Paul Wellstone, John Lennon, and other famous assassinations, but most recently that of the DC madam, (whose name I cannot recall) who was about to publish a list of her highly placed clients when she was "suicided."  As the story went at that time, I recall that she told her friend that she would not take her own life, and if she showed up dead, she was murdered.

I have no proof of anything. Just been on this side of the looking glass for so long, I know that nothing is as it appears to be.

My feeling also.

He was certianly being harrassed some, but it was obviously a no win situation for the feds, absent this outcome.  They now have a "We always win, might makes right" or "Resistance is futile!"  attitude. 

Either they dropped the charges, he won in court (likely), or they engineered a ridiculous conviction and faced popular outrage. 

This type tends to enjoy the battle for freedom, and is unlikely to cave under pressure or self terminate.  He was likely to win, did not need funds or employment, and had significant support.

I also have no proof, but this stinks.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Aaron Swartz death fuels computer-crime debate
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 14, 2013, 01:33:09 PM
A Tale of Woe indeed!   :-[ :-\

 By Daniel Wagner and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press / January 14, 2013
NEW YORK

Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment Friday, struggled for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age. Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court documents that normally cost a fee to download. He helped lead the campaign to defeat a law that would have made it easier to shut down websites accused of violating copyright protections.

In the end, Swartz's family said, that same system helped cause his death by branding as a felon a talented young activist who was more interested in spreading academic information than in the fraud federal prosecutors had charged him with.

The death by suicide of Swartz, 26, was "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach," his family said in a statement Saturday. Swartz's trial was set to begin in April, with an early hearing scheduled for later this month.

Swartz was only the latest face of a decades-old movement in the computer science world to push more information into the public domain. His case highlights society's uncertain, evolving view of how to treat people who break into computer systems and share data not to enrich themselves, but to make it available to others.

"There's a battle going on right now, a battle to define everything that happens on the Internet in terms of traditional things that the law understands," Swartz said in a 2012 speech about his role in defeating the Internet copyright law known as SOPA. Under the law, he said, "new technology, instead of bringing us greater freedom, would have snuffed out fundamental rights we'd always taken for granted."

Swartz faced years in prison after federal prosecutors alleged that he illegally gained access to millions of academic articles through the academic database JSTOR. He allegedly hid a computer in a computer utility closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and downloaded the articles before being caught by campus and local police in 2011.

"The government used the same laws intended to go after digital bank robbers to go after this 26-year-old genius," said Chris Soghoian, a technologist and policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union's speech, privacy and technology project.

Existing laws don't recognize the distinction between two types of computer crimes, Soghoian said: Malicious crimes committed for profit, such as the large-scale theft of bank data or corporate secrets; and cases where hackers break into systems to prove their skillfulness or spread information that they think should be available to the public.

Swartz was an early advocate of freer access to data. He helped create Creative Commons, a system used by Wikipedia and others to encourage information sharing by helping people to set limits about how their work can be shared. He also helped create the website Reddit and RSS, the technology behind blogs, podcasts and other web-based subscription services.

That work put Swartz at the forefront of a vocal, influential community in the computer science field that believes advocates like him should be protected from the full force of laws used to prosecute thieves and gangsters, said Kelly Caine, a professor at Clemson University who studies people's attitudes toward technology and privacy.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/EHVUxNPWvFE/Aaron-Swartz-death-fuels-computer-crime-debate (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/EHVUxNPWvFE/Aaron-Swartz-death-fuels-computer-crime-debate)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Aaron Swartz death fuels computer-crime debate
Post by: WHD on January 14, 2013, 02:23:51 PM
Once again, the mainstream media is hamstringing this discussion, as if it is only about the documents he downloaded, and the details of the law he was being prosecuted under.

Does anyone suppose that had he not been one of the leading voices in opposition to SOPA, which was a bold-faced attempt by the Federal Government to take over the Internet, that they would have threatened him with 30 years for this "crime"? The charges against him were retribution for SOPA, and the entire Congress and the President are implicated, as nearly every single one of them was behind SOPA when it was introduced, Left and Right. You really think Obama wasn't aware of a Female Latino Attorney General with her eyes on the MA Governor's Mansion?

I bet a pint, that Congress writes some Aaron Swartz Memorial Internet Protection Bill that will in the particulars attempt to achieve some design of the gov that Swartz would have abhorred. 

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on January 14, 2013, 05:39:20 PM
I doubt very much a jury would have convicted him and he was about to win the case in all probability. He was not actually doing anything illegal apart from the laptop in the cupboard, he only disrupted the system by downloading too much at once, JSTOR and the uni/library did not think it worth pursuing as he actually had full access to the data he was downloading.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 14, 2013, 05:48:34 PM
I doubt very much a jury would have convicted him and he was about to win the case in all probability. He was not actually doing anything illegal apart from the laptop in the cupboard, he only disrupted the system by downloading too much at once, JSTOR and the uni/library did not think it worth pursuing as he actually had full access to the data he was downloading.

Perhaps but according to his lawyer if he won he would have been bankrupt and ruined by the legal fees. The lawyer saidthat was weighing on the poor bastard as well.
 
Twenty six year old geniuses killing themselves from these rotten bastards and Corzine and the drug launderers at UBS are laughing in their pent houses.

Something is very very Rotten in the state of Denmark :exp-angry: :exp-angry:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on January 14, 2013, 06:31:45 PM
If he invented RSS he should be loaded, but lawyers greed knows no bounds. And Corzine etc pinching money straight out of your account electronically would be exactly the CORRECT APPLICATION of those laws Swartz was charged with.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz : How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—And Us
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 14, 2013, 06:46:10 PM
Tomorrow is the funeral for Aaron Swartz, the programmer and sometime activist who killed himself last Friday, while facing federal trial. No one knows, or will ever really know, what caused Swartz to take his own life. But his suicide, in the face of possible bankruptcy and serious prison time, has created a moment of clarity. We can rightly judge a society by how it treats its eccentrics and deviant geniuses—and by that measure, we have utterly failed.

I knew Swartz, although not well. And while he was special on account of his programming abilities, in another way he was not special at all: he was just another young man compelled to act rashly when he felt strongly, regardless of the rules. In another time, a man with Swartz’s dark drive would have headed to the frontier. Perhaps he would have ventured out into the wilderness, like T. E. Lawrence or John Muir, or to the top of something death-defying, like Reinhold Messner or Philippe Petit. Swartz possessed a self-destructive drive toward actions that felt right to him, but that were also defiant and, potentially, law-breaking. Like Henry David Thoreau, he chased his own dreams, and he was willing to disobey laws he considered unjust.

Swartz’s frontier was not geographic like Thoreau’s, but defined by other barriers unique to our times. His form of civil disobedience consisted of heading into an M.I.T. closet with a laptop, hooking it up to the Internet, and downloading millions of articles from JSTOR, an academic database. Swartz thought information should be free. It wasn’t a major coup, but it counts as a defiant act—and one that made its point, for it was, and remains, absurdly hard for the public to gain access to what academics supposedly write for it.

The act was harmless—not in the sense of hypothetical damages or the circular logic of deterrence theory (that’s lawyerly logic), but in John Stuart Mill’s sense, meaning that there was no actual physical harm, nor actual economic harm. The leak was found and plugged; JSTOR suffered no actual economic loss. It did not press charges. Like a pie in the face, Swartz’s act was annoying to its victim, but of no lasting consequence.

In this sense, Swartz must be compared to two other eccentric geniuses, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who, in the nineteen-seventies, committed crimes similar to, but more economically damaging than, Swartz’s. Those two men hacked A.T. & T.’s telephone system to make free long-distance calls, and actually sold the illegal devices (blue boxes) to make cash. Their mentor, John Draper, did go to jail for a few months (where he wrote one of the world’s first word processors), but Jobs and Wozniak were never prosecuted. Instead, they got bored of phreaking and built a computer. The great ones almost always operate at the edge.

That was then. In our age, armed with laws passed in the nineteen-eighties and meant for serious criminals, the federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz approved a felony indictment that originally demanded up to thirty-five years in prison. Worse still, her legal authority to take down Swartz was shaky. Just last year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a similar prosecution. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, a prominent conservative, refused to read the law in a way that would make a criminal of “everyone who uses a computer in violation of computer use restrictions—which may well include everyone who uses a computer.” Ortiz and her lawyers relied on that reading to target one of our best and brightest.

It’s one thing to stretch the law to stop a criminal syndicate or terrorist organization. It’s quite another when prosecuting a reckless young man. The prosecutors forgot that, as public officials, their job isn’t to try and win at all costs but to use the awesome power of criminal law to protect the public from actual harm. Ortiz has not commented on the case. But, had she been in charge when Jobs and Wozniak were breaking the laws, we might never have had Apple computers. It was at this moment that our legal system and our society utterly failed.

Defenders of the prosecution seem to think that anyone charged with a felony must somehow deserve punishment. That idea can only be sustained without actual exposure to the legal system. Yes, most of the time prosecutors do chase actual wrongdoers, but today our criminal laws are so expansive that most people of any vigor and spirit can be found to violate them in some way. Basically, under American law, anyone interesting is a felon. The prosecutors, not the law, decide who deserves punishment.

Today, prosecutors feel they have license to treat leakers of information like crime lords or terrorists. In an age when our frontiers are digital, the criminal system threatens something intangible but incredibly valuable. It threatens youthful vigor, difference in outlook, the freedom to break some rules and not be condemned or ruined for the rest of your life. Swartz was a passionate eccentric who could have been one of the great innovators and creators of our future. Now we will never know.

Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School and the author of “The Master Switch.”

                                             
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www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/01/everyone-interesting-is-a-felon.html (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/01/everyone-interesting-is-a-felon.html)   :icon_study: :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Let Them Eat Cake, Or Horsemeat
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 15, 2013, 05:52:51 PM
Horsemeat found in beef burgers on sale in UK and Ireland

Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI) has said.

The FSAI said the meat came from two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.

It said there was no risk to health.

The burgers were on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland they were on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi.
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    In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger.”

Professor Alan Reilly FSAI chief executive

The FSAI said the retailers stated that they were removing all implicated batches of the burgers.

A total of 27 products were analysed, with 10 of them containing horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA.
'Unacceptable'

Horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21034942#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21034942#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :o ::)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Nissan Slashes Prices Leaf Cheapest 5 Str EV
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 16, 2013, 04:04:39 AM
There is a certain appeal to buying a zero-emissions electric vehicle and bidding farewell to trips to the gas station. But one of the main barriers to mainstream adoption of plug-in EVs has been a prohibitively high price tag.

That is about to change. This week, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the company was slashing the price of the Nissan Leaf by $6,400. That puts the 2013 base model Leaf S at $28,800, compared to last year’s base model at $35,200. Ghosn said that the new price made the Leaf the least expensive 5-seat EV model available in the United States. Depending on location and qualifying federal and state tax credits, some consumers will be able to purchase the Leaf for as little as $18,800 - putting the EV in a similar price range as its gas-powered competition.

The cost-cutting was achieved partly through changes in content in the lower-end model, but also because production was moved from Japan to the United States. Now, the car assembly, the lithium-ion batteries, and the electric motors are all produced in Tennessee.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/nissan-slashes-prices-makes-leaf-cheapest-5-seater-ev/10282 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/nissan-slashes-prices-makes-leaf-cheapest-5-seater-ev/10282)   :icon_study:

                                                   
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Futuristic Super Rifle to sell for $17,00
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 16, 2013, 04:13:14 AM
Now, here’s the latest information on the gun that doesn’t miss courtesy of Ars Technica:

    The system relies on a Linux-based operational interface that functions similarly to a heads-up display used by fighter pilots.
    It comes with a safety mechanism that snipers will take a liking to. After squeezing and holding down the trigger, the shooter can cancel the entire sequence by releasing it anytime prior to the gun firing.
    It’ll come equipped with some form of nonvolatile storage, like a solid-state drive. While in operation, the rifler’s activity will be recorded continuously and the information stores, not unlike the “black box” on board an airplane.
    Other features include a small Wi-Fi server and the option of an iOS app that connects to the scope and allows the scope’s display to appear on an iPad or iPhone screen in real time.
    You’re probably getting the idea now that this will be a well-connected weapon. Naturally, this means that the scope’s video recordings can be uploaded to YouTube and other social media sites.
    The estimated starting price start was quoted at about $17,000 , which also includes an iPad with the TrackingPoint app pre-installed.
    Despite the exorbitant upfront cost, TrackingPoint’s reps believe a major selling point is that the improvement in shot-accuracy would result in a net reduction in the number of rounds used, which  helps gun owners save money.
    The company’s reps also say that device’s development isn’t tailored specifically for military agencies. Their main focus is to turn out a satisfactorily reliable product first then figure out the best way to market it.
    Currently, the company is developing the technology mainly for bolt-action rifles.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/futuristic-super-rifle-to-sell-for-17000/9946 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/futuristic-super-rifle-to-sell-for-17000/9946)   :icon_study:  ::)

                                           http://www.youtube.com/v/6BxWQeyPuNQ&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: New bookstores are still opening
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 20, 2013, 08:06:36 AM
New bookstores are still opening, and here’s where

By Joe McKendrick | January 19, 2013, 9:04 AM PST
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The collective wisdom tells us that the digital age means the end of neighborhood bookstores, and there’s no doubt operating one has become a tough business. But a new business model may be emerging out of this devastation.

Barnes & Noble, one of the last major chains, reports its bookstore sales were down four percent in the last quarter, and we all know what happened to Borders. However, there are still new indie bookstores coming on the scene. The American Booksellers Association just announced they are aware of a total of 42 new indie bookstores that opened in 2012 in the U.S.

Figures on indie book closures were not available, so the net gain or loss nationwide is not determined. Plus, the bookstore model has always been a highly inefficient one. One of the last indie bookstores in center city Philadelphia just closed this past October. Nevertheless, it’s still good to see new entrants with new concepts attempting to re-define and re-energize this market.

                    http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/new-bookstores-are-still-opening-and-heres-where/10647 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/new-bookstores-are-still-opening-and-heres-where/10647)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Surrogate Mother Wanted for Neanderthal Baby
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 21, 2013, 04:01:17 AM
Dolly the Sheep caused enough controversy, but the difference in cloning animals and Homo sapiens is profound.

So how would you feel about cloning a Neanderthal?

Geneticist George Church from Harvard Medical School says that far from this being a work of fiction, it is possible to clone a Neanderthal and bring the extinct species back into the world after more than 30,000 years.

Speaking to publication Der Spiegel, Church says that the only piece left of the puzzle is a willing, “adventurous” woman to bring such a child to term.

The 58-year old explained to the publication that due to advances in genetic engineering and research, it is “quite possible,” and he has already managed to extract enough DNA from fossilized bones to recreate a fully-fledged member of the species. This data is being used within his lab to gradually alter modern human cells.

Church does not understand why so many people feel “hurt” by genetic engineering, and believes that eventually, the political and social barriers to using this kind of technology will fall.

“I am 3.8 percent Neanderthal,” said Church, who has had his own genome sequenced. “One of my ancestors mated with a Neanderthal, and I am not embarrassed by that.”

Whether the creation of a Neanderthal child will happen during Church’s career or not remains to be seen, but as The Verge notes, such an experiment may provide a unique insight into our own evolution. During an interview with Bloomberg last year, the geneticist commented:

    “We have lots of Neanderthal parts around the lab. We are creating Neanderthal cells. Let’s say someone has a healthy, normal Neanderthal baby. Well, then, everyone will want to have a Neanderthal kid. Were they superstrong or supersmart? Who knows? But there’s one way to find out.”          :icon_study: 
                                   
                               http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/adventurous-surrogate-mother-wanted-for-neanderthal-baby/10670 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/adventurous-surrogate-mother-wanted-for-neanderthal-baby/10670)
                                                             
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: You Are What You Click
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 21, 2013, 04:09:40 AM
Thought provoking for sure.  :emthup:

   

People have traditionally used the touchstones of job, religion, age and occupation to form their view of who they are and where they fit in the world.

Not so much any more.

Increasingly, we are shaping our identities via our activity on online social networks like Facebook and gaming, according to the Future Identities report commissioned by Britain’s chief scientist, Sir John Beddington, the BBC reports.

“Near continuous access to the internet, termed ‘hyper-connectivity,’ will drive profound changes to society over the next 10 years,” the story states.

Beddington told the BBC that such hype-connectivity is “the most dynamic trend” in determining identity. The article notes that,

“The changing nature of identities will have substantial implications for what is meant by communities and by social integration. The study shows that traditional elements that shape a person’s identity, such as their religion, ethnicity, job and age are less important than they once were.

“Instead, particularly among younger people, their view of themselves is shaped increasingly by online interactions of social networks and on online role playing games.
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/you-are-what-you-click/10698 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/you-are-what-you-click/10698)    :icon_study: :icon_study:

                                     
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on January 21, 2013, 07:06:19 AM
Excellent article. A good thing or bad thing? Methinks nothing good can come of this.

reposted on the DD FB site as well.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:San Antonio Plans Nation's First Bookless library
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 21, 2013, 05:16:07 PM
San Antonio plans one of the nation's first bookless libraries

The $1.5-million San Antonio library – which will have computers, tablets, and e-readers, but no paper books – will be like 'an Apple store.'

 By Husna Haq
posted January 21, 2013 at 9:45 am EST

It may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s no joke – a San Antonio library is planning to open one of the country’s first bookless libraries this fall.

That’s right, BiblioTech, a $1.5 million Bexar County paperless library will have scores of computer terminals, laptops, tablets, and e-readers – but not a dog-eared classic or dusty reference book in sight.

“Think of an Apple store,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who led his county’s bookless library project, told NPR when describing the planned library.

The 4,989-squre-foot, digital-only library, one of the first of its kind, will feature 100 e-readers available for circulation, 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops, and 25 tablets for on-site use. Patrons can check out e-readers for two weeks or load books onto their own devices.

“A technological evolution is taking place,” Wolff says. “And I think we’re stepping in at the right time.”

It’s a trend that appears to be catching on. As we reported on in a July 2012 post, “Bookless Libraries – has it really come to this?,” a number of libraries, academic and public, have joined the paperless bandwagon. It began with academic libraries, including Kansas State University’s engineering school, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Stanford University’s engineering school, Drexel University, and Cornell. From there it spread to public libraries, including the Balboa Branch library in Newport Beach, California and even the New York Public Library, which doesn’t plan a bookless future but “a future with far fewer books.”

That’s a vision that makes many bibliophiles – us included – shudder.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/LFvciNcmm-0/San-Antonio-plans-one-of-the-nation-s-first-bookless-libraries (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/LFvciNcmm-0/San-Antonio-plans-one-of-the-nation-s-first-bookless-libraries) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: US General Warns over Iranian Cyber-Soldiers
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 22, 2013, 12:04:58 AM
US general warns over Iranian cyber-soldiers

Cyber-attacks on Iran are turning it into a "force to be reckoned with" America's top cyber-soldier has warned.

Since 2010, Iran has come under attack many times by malicious viruses written specifically to target key industrial installations in the country.

The repeated attacks have provoked Iran to improve its cyber-capabilities, said Gen William Shelton who oversees US cyber-operations.

It meant Iran was becoming a growing force in web-based attacks, he said.

Gen Shelton issued the warning during a briefing given to reporters about the US Air Force division he heads that includes America's cyber-troops.

He said the 2010 Stuxnet virus attack on Iran's Natanz uranium processing plant had generated a "reaction" by Iran that had led it to rapidly improve its defensive and offensive cyber-capabilities. Since then Iran has been hit again and again by viruses. In December 2012, the Stuxnet virus returned and hit companies in the southern Hormozgan region.

That improved capability had helped it protect itself against subsequent attacks on oil terminals and other manufacturing plants. Its capability might well be turned against Iran's enemies in the coming years, he said.

"They are going to be a force to be reckoned with," said Gen Shelton, "with the potential capabilities that they will develop over the years and the potential threat that will represent to the United States."
Web war

Gen Shelton's comments come soon after a senior Iranian commander said it had growing "electronic warfare" capabilities that it planned to use to disrupt what it called enemy communication systems. The nation is known to have carried out web-based military exercises at the same time as other troops were on manoeuvres.

Currently, said Gen Shelton US cyber-forces were about 6,000 strong but would add another 1,000 people in the next 12 months. These workers were successfully fending off the vast majority of the millions of attacks aimed at military networks every day, he added.

In addition, he said, the cyber-forces could gather intelligence and were developing the ability to carry out hack attacks in support of more traditional military operations.

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21075781#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21075781#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on January 22, 2013, 04:58:35 AM
GO
I have trouble believing the iranians do all this cutting edge computer hacking and programming alone. The type of people who do that come out of industry like silicone vally or sony, apple, ibm. Where can iran draw such talent? Young college age iraninas dislike their govt mostly so I doubt want to study programming and then serve their military. I tend to think the chinese,  russians and maybe indians are the helping hand playing. The time they hijacked and landed a us drone would not be hard with chinese help since the chinese supply all the components. Every chinese officer studies this computing as a compulsory part of training. Theres just no telling what weapons will fire or fizzle in the future.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 22, 2013, 05:18:20 AM
GO
I have trouble believing the iranians do all this cutting edge computer hacking and programming alone. The type of people who do that come out of industry like silicone vally or sony, apple, ibm. Where can iran draw such talent? Young college age iraninas dislike their govt mostly so I doubt want to study programming and then serve their military. I tend to think the chinese,  russians and maybe indians are the helping hand playing. The time they hijacked and landed a us drone would not be hard with chinese help since the chinese supply all the components. Every chinese officer studies this computing as a compulsory part of training. Theres just no telling what weapons will fire or fizzle in the future.

Great minds think alike UNC, got the same idea when reading piece. It was attributed too our top General in thse matters which is why I posted it, and gave it credence.

Having considered the matter again in light of your comment, I am reminded it is usually an error to underestimate the intelligence of others;  and with your reference to Chinese scholarship in these matters remembered reading the many PRIVATE deals China has been making with Iran to obtain oil, and then of course there is that wonderful statesman and world promoter of peace, Mr Putin to consider as well. 

We have both come to a conclusion that makes the entire situation very much worse than the one reported in my view.  :'(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: MIT website hacked in tribute to Aaron Swartz
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 22, 2013, 07:06:10 PM
In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old cyber activist who committed suicide earlier this month, computer hackers took down the website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for an hour on Tuesday.

Outside viewers who visited the university’s web domain between 11:58 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. saw a black page with white text reading, “R.I.P. Aaron Swartz, Hacked by grand wizard of Lulzsec, Sabu.” The student newspaper, The Tech, reported the outage -- at least the second time in the last month that MIT has been hacked

According to the Tech, the hacked webpage included the name of a hacker, Sabu, and a hacker group called LulzSec. It also said, “God Bless America, Down with Anonymous” and played the National Anthem.

http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=540b7ad120f7a413998db126b1d31771 (http://feeds.boston.com/click.phdo?i=540b7ad120f7a413998db126b1d31771)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: The Deadliest Jobs In America
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 25, 2013, 04:42:26 AM
This list was quite surprising to me.   :icon_scratch:   :icon_study:

Here's a look at the rate of work-related, on-the-job deaths in 2011 for U.S. workers. We included the three deadliest occupations, along with a handful of other jobs. (Here's the complete list, which comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
Job-Related Deaths http://www.npr.org/news/graphics/2013/01/pm-jobdeaths/gr-pm-fatalities-616.gif (http://www.npr.org/news/graphics/2013/01/pm-jobdeaths/gr-pm-fatalities-616.gif)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: The Deadliest Jobs In America
Post by: Petty Tyrant on January 25, 2013, 10:37:28 AM
This list was quite surprising to me.   :icon_scratch:   :icon_study:
         

Surprising, yes. I saw your friend Loyd Blankfein being interviewed on TV today GO, grinning away and dsitinguishing between suppressing a euro meltdown being possible but not preventing one at some time. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Long Live Friendship
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 26, 2013, 05:52:38 AM
fter losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn’t eat and didn’t respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness. The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated… The 2 lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since. The orangutan found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good companion to his new found friend. They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

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They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend’s help to swim.

Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.   :) :D :laugh: :icon_sunny:

                             
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       They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time, although Roscoe (the orangutan) is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend’s help to swim.

Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.
 
http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2013/01/long-live-friendship.html (http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2013/01/long-live-friendship.html)    :D :laugh: :icon_sunny: :exp-cheesy:
                       
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 27, 2013, 08:10:15 AM
 By Associated Press / January 27, 2013 at 9:41 am EST
Tampa, Fla.

Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa on Friday.

Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.

The filling also states that she is a defendant in several civil suits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in Orange County Circuit Court.

Fernandez-Gonzalez claims her reputation was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped Caylee. The detectives were investigating the 2008 disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead. Anthony's attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her.

Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.

An attorney for Anthony, David Schrader, did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press.

Anthony lists about 80 creditors in the 60-page court filing. The claims largely cover fees for legal, medical, psychiatric and forensics consulting or services. But one claim covers a debt for scuba diving services.

According to the courts, the aim of seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is to be discharged of most existing debts — essentially to obtain a fresh financial start. A trustee may have the right to take possession of and sell non-exempt property and use the sale proceeds to pay creditors, but Anthony lists little in the way of assets. A debtor may still be held responsible for some obligations, such as taxes and student loans.

The filing came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.

Though Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee, jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, and her attorneys appealed those convictions. Anthony was sentenced to time served for the misdemeanors.

She was sentenced to a year of probation after her release from jail for an unrelated case. For her protection, her whereabouts have been kept secret since she was released from state supervision last year.

 :wav:    :eusa_boohoo: :eusa_boohoo: :multiplespotting:                                          :circle:

                                   
0127 US CaseyAnthony full 380
0127 US CaseyAnthony full 380

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http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/lbzkJZpPHhQ/Casey-Anthony-files-for-bankruptcy-owes-thousands-in-attorney-fees (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/lbzkJZpPHhQ/Casey-Anthony-files-for-bankruptcy-owes-thousands-in-attorney-fees)


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 2 barges damaged in bridge crash, oil spill
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 27, 2013, 11:38:04 PM
2 barges damaged in bridge crash, oil spill

2 barges in bridge crash cause oil spill that closes Mississippi River for 16 miles. Investigators not sure whether 1 or 2 barges hit the bridge; only one appears to be leaking oil.

 By Janet McCannaughey, Associated Press / January 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm EST

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.

Investigators did not know how much had spilled, but an oily sheen was reported as far as three miles downriver of Vicksburg after the 1:12 a.m. incident, said Lt. Ryan Gomez of the Coast Guard's office in Memphis, Tenn.

Authorities were still trying to determine the source of the leak, but it appeared to be coming from one or two tanks located at the stern of the first barge, Gomez said. He said there was no indication that any oil was leaking from the second vessel, and said it was still unclear whether the second barge also hit the bridge or was damaged through a collision with the first.

"Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened," he said.

United States Environmental Services, a response-and-remediation company, was working to contain the oil with booms before collecting it and transferring it to one of thebarge's undamaged tanks, then ultimately to a separate barge, Gomez said. He could not say how long the river would remain closed in the area. Five northbound and two southbound vessels were waiting to pass, he said.

"It's still considered an active leak," Gomez said. "We don't have an estimate or accurate amount of what was released

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/usOQgiuqTOw/2-barges-damaged-in-bridge-crash-oil-spill (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/usOQgiuqTOw/2-barges-damaged-in-bridge-crash-oil-spill)  :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 28, 2013, 06:18:26 AM
Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink  :icon_study:



Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

U.S. environmental regulators have long assumed that reservoirs located thousands of feet underground will be too expensive to tap. So even as population increases, temperatures rise, and traditional water supplies dry up, American scientists and policy-makers often exempt these deep aquifers from clean water protections and allow energy and mining companies to inject pollutants directly into them.

As ProPublica has reported in an ongoing investigation about America's management of its underground water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued more than 1,500 permits for companies to pollute such aquifers in some of the driest regions. Frequently, the reason was that the water lies too deep to be worth protecting.

But Mexico City's plans to tap its newly discovered aquifer suggest that America is poisoning wells it might need in the future.

Indeed, by the standard often applied in the U.S., American regulators could have allowed companies to pump pollutants into the aquifer beneath Mexico City.

For example, in eastern Wyoming, an analysis showed that it would cost half a million dollars to construct a water well into deep, but high-quality aquifer reserves. That, plus an untested assumption that all the deep layers below it could only contain poor-quality water, led regulators to allow a uranium mine to inject more than 200,000 gallons of toxic and radioactive waste every day into the underground reservoirs.   :'( :'( :exp-cry: :exp-rolleyes: :icon_scratch: :emthdown:
www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink (http://www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink)   :icon_study: :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need
Post by: WHD on January 28, 2013, 09:09:30 AM
Message from Mexico: U.S. Is Polluting Water It May Someday Need to Drink  :icon_study:



Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

U.S. environmental regulators have long assumed that reservoirs located thousands of feet underground will be too expensive to tap. So even as population increases, temperatures rise, and traditional water supplies dry up, American scientists and policy-makers often exempt these deep aquifers from clean water protections and allow energy and mining companies to inject pollutants directly into them.

As ProPublica has reported in an ongoing investigation about America's management of its underground water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued more than 1,500 permits for companies to pollute such aquifers in some of the driest regions. Frequently, the reason was that the water lies too deep to be worth protecting.

But Mexico City's plans to tap its newly discovered aquifer suggest that America is poisoning wells it might need in the future.

Indeed, by the standard often applied in the U.S., American regulators could have allowed companies to pump pollutants into the aquifer beneath Mexico City.

For example, in eastern Wyoming, an analysis showed that it would cost half a million dollars to construct a water well into deep, but high-quality aquifer reserves. That, plus an untested assumption that all the deep layers below it could only contain poor-quality water, led regulators to allow a uranium mine to inject more than 200,000 gallons of toxic and radioactive waste every day into the underground reservoirs.   :'( :'( :exp-cry: :exp-rolleyes: :icon_scratch: :emthdown:
www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink (http://www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink)   :icon_study: :icon_study:

GO,

What sort of monsters so brazenly pollute the waters and the body of the earth? This kind of info makes it hard to argue with RE's Orkin solution, from a philosophical standpoint. Because it's clear, Humans are willingly, exuberantly, as fast as we fucking can, destroying the carrying capacity of this beautiful earth. Die-off is an increasingly fore-gone conclusion. So the question is, does it just happen, or is it planned?

Nuclear waste. I keep hearing on NPR how CLEAN fracked natural gas is. No one in the Mainstream even talks about water. They used to just throw the shit in the river, the waste they didn't want. Now they pump it underground - where it becomes the menace you can't see, in the very foundation? Reminds me of what Hannah Arendt said about the utterly banal nature of evil. Bureaucrats and J6P miner/operators. Nothing banal though about the financiers, the one's financing all this polluting and war, this hideous destruction. BTW - who do you think has a plan for population management? What was Davos, but theater; like the inauguration and the private swearing in? I mean, you get that these people are basically twisted step-children of Augustus unt Mein Fuhrer? Right?

OH well. Perhaps we can get MKing to counsel us in the proper salute?  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on January 28, 2013, 10:13:55 AM
WHD sez
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Nuclear waste. I keep hearing on NPR how CLEAN fracked natural gas is. No one in the Mainstream even talks about water. They used to just throw the shit in the river, the waste they didn't want. Now they pump it underground - where it becomes the menace you can't see, in the very foundation? Reminds me of what Hannah Arendt said about the utterly banal nature of evil. Bureaucrats and J6P miner/operators. Nothing banal though about the financiers, the one's financing all this polluting and war, this hideous destruction. BTW - who do you think has a plan for population management? What was Davos, but theater;

Exactly right. I remember when the Cuyahoga River burst into flame outside of Cleveland before the formation of the EPA. My cousins told stories about it.

We are doomed because we see the evidence in front of us, and embrace denial as the logical response. The consequences of what we are doing is clear to see. Yet there are always those who argue otherwise, and somehow, tney seem to carry the day, because there's a buck in it. As Upton Sinclair once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

The utter banality of evil. For some reason, we are always surprised. For a nice closeup, watch the end of Terry Gilliam's oddly prophetic film, "Brazil," the very stuff of prophecy. An excellent glimpse of what evil looks like: an old "friend," the friendly neighborhood torturer.

Never forget Jay Gould's dictum: "I can always hire half the working class to kill the other half." As long as somebody's paying, somebody's killing. Or arresting. Or drilling. Or fracking. Or bombing.

In the fullness of time, geologic time, the earth will be just fine. We and our descendants will be long gone, and if the earth retains any memory of us, it will be that of having had a bad case of head lice.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on January 28, 2013, 10:31:58 AM
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In the fullness of time, geologic time, the earth will be just fine. We and our descendants will be long gone, and if the earth retains any memory of us, it will be that of having had a bad case of head lice.

Oh, give us more credit than that!  :icon_mrgreen: We're ingenious little buggers. LOL We figured out Quantum Physics, for cripes sake! But like, oh, right, nuclear waste, oh shit...

Yeah, I sure don't control a currency, so I won't be deciding where we as a species go from here, nor will I be paying half humanity to kill us all.  :evil4:

Really though, we are unique, astonishing, utterly beautiful manifestations of material being, divine beings of spirit and light, children of the earth, children of the sun. Homo sapien sapien. Sacred.!

Also. Ya Know.  :exp-grin:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Iran launches monkey into space
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 28, 2013, 10:32:48 AM
Iran launches monkey into space, showing missile progress

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

The Defense Ministry announced the launch as world powers sought to agree a date and venue with Iran for resuming talks to resolve a standoff with the West over Tehran's contested nuclear program before it degenerates into a new Middle East war.

Efforts to nail down a new meeting have failed repeatedly and the powers fear Iran is exploiting the diplomatic vacuum to hone the means to produce nuclear weapons.

The Islamic Republic denies seeking weapons capability and says it seeks only electricity from its uranium enrichment so it can export more of its considerable oil wealth.

The powers have proposed new talks in February, a spokesman for the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday, hours after Russia urged all concerned to "stop behaving like children" and commit to a meeting.

Iran earlier in the day denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its most sensitive, underground enrichment plants, describing them as Western propaganda designed to influence the nuclear talks.

The Defense Ministry said the space launch of the monkey coincided "with the days of" the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, which was last week, but gave no date, according to a statement carried by the official news agency IRNA.

The launch was "another giant step" in space technology and biological research "which is the monopoly of a few countries", the statement said.

http://news.yahoo.com/six-world-powers-hope-meet-iran-atom-talks-120752016.html (http://news.yahoo.com/six-world-powers-hope-meet-iran-atom-talks-120752016.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Requiem for a Dreamliner? ( Now I Get It $$$$)
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 28, 2013, 11:00:53 AM
Stay the Hell away from this Plane!!  ::)

Requiem for a Dreamliner?
by James Surowiecki February 4, 2013

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a technological marvel. It’s built largely of carbon-fibre composites rather than aluminum, which makes it significantly lighter than other planes. Its braking, pressurization, and air-conditioning systems are run not by hydraulics but by electricity from lithium-ion batteries. It uses twenty per cent less fuel than its peers, and so is cheaper to run, yet it also manages to have higher ceilings and larger windows. It is, in other words, one of the coolest planes in the air. Or, rather, on the ground: regulators around the world have grounded all fifty Dreamliners after battery fires in two planes, and Ray LaHood, the Transportation Secretary, has declared that the Dreamliner will not fly again in the U.S. until regulators are “a thousand per cent sure” of its safety. And this is just the latest in a long series of Dreamliner problems, which delayed the plane’s début for more than three years and cost Boeing billions of dollars in cost overruns. The Dreamliner was supposed to become famous for its revolutionary design. Instead, it’s become an object lesson in how not to build an airplane.

To understand why, you need to go back to 1997, when Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas. Technically, Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas. But, as Richard Aboulafia, a noted industry analyst with the Teal Group, told me, “McDonnell Douglas in effect acquired Boeing with Boeing’s money.” McDonnell Douglas executives became key players in the new company, and the McDonnell Douglas culture, averse to risk and obsessed with cost-cutting, weakened Boeing’s historical commitment to making big investments in new products. Aboulafia says, “After the merger, there was a real battle over the future of the company, between the engineers and the finance and sales guys.” The nerds may have been running the show in Silicon Valley, but at Boeing they were increasingly marginalized by the bean counters.

Under these conditions, getting the company to commit to a major project like the Dreamliner took some doing. “Some of the board of directors would rather have spent money on a walk-in humidor for shareholders than on a new plane,” Aboulafia says. So the Dreamliner’s advocates came up with a development strategy that was supposed to be cheaper and quicker than the traditional approach: outsourcing. And Boeing didn’t outsource just the manufacturing of parts; it turned over the design, the engineering, and the manufacture of entire sections of the plane to some fifty “strategic partners.” Boeing itself ended up building less than forty per cent of the plane.

This strategy was trumpeted as a reinvention of manufacturing. But while the finance guys loved it—since it meant that Boeing had to put up less money—it was a huge headache for the engineers. In a fascinating study of the process, two U.C.L.A. researchers, Christopher Tang and Joshua Zimmerman, show how challenging it was for Boeing to work with fifty different partners. The more complex a supply chain, the more chances there are for something to go wrong, and Boeing had far less control than it would have if more of the operation had been in-house.

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/02/04/130204ta_talk_surowiecki (http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2013/02/04/130204ta_talk_surowiecki)     :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Our Police Getting Ready
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 28, 2013, 03:57:40 PM
Wonder what they are preparing for.  :'( :-[ :exp-huh: :exp-shocked: :exp-embarrassed: :exp-cry: :exp-rolleyes: :exp-angry:

                                       http://www.youtube.com/v/ri9ioCbqJCU&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Diplomats: Iran prepared to up nuclear program
Post by: Golden Oxen on January 31, 2013, 05:42:42 AM
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency has told member nations that Iran is poised for a major technological upgrade of its uranium enrichment program, in a document seen Thursday by The Associated Press. The move would vastly speed up Tehran's ability to make material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads.

In an internal note to member nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it received notice last week from Iran's nuclear agency of plans to install high-technology enriching centrifuges at its main enriching site at Natanz, in central Iran. The machines are estimated to be able to enrich up to five times faster than the present equipment.

The brief note quoted Iran as saying new-generation IR2m "centrifuge machines ...will be used" to populate a new "unit" — a technical term for an assembly that can consist of as many as 3,132 centrifuges.

http://news.yahoo.com/diplomats-iran-prepared-nuclear-program-085903667.html (http://news.yahoo.com/diplomats-iran-prepared-nuclear-program-085903667.html)  :icon_study:


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: North Korea Imposes Martial Law
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 01, 2013, 08:17:28 PM
North Korea imposes martial law, orders troops to ‘be ready for war’ - report    :icon_study:

 North Korea has allegedly been placed under martial law and its ruler Kim Jong-un has ordered the army to “prepare for war”, a South Korean daily claims.

­The North Korean leader issued a series of orders to his top defense and security officials on Saturday to conclude preparations for a new nuclear test, the Seoul based Korea JoongAng Daily alleges citing an unnamed source.

The source reportedly said that Kim Jong-un issued a secret order to “complete preparations for a nuclear weapons test <…>and carry it out soon”.

According to the source, Kim Jong-un also said, “The country will be under martial law starting from midnight January 29th and all the frontline and central units should be ready for war.”

The source told the South Korean daily that the nuclear test could come earlier than expected. Other analysts have said it would likely be held on February 16th, the birthday of the former leader Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.

             
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http://rt.com/news/martial-law-north-korea-180/ (http://rt.com/news/martial-law-north-korea-180/)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on February 01, 2013, 09:29:30 PM
My 2cents, If droughts continued for a couple more years the game will be up for NK, Ever since GWB's axis of evil, speech or even before that in the clinton era they have performed like trained seals as the perfect paper tiger bogeyman being given all the coal and wheat and money they want. Their missile tests have been flops and if they could even put a bomb on a missile it would probably crashland before it reached SK or Japan, and no chance of anything reaching US west coast. They should be given NOTHING and that would force them to reintegrate with SK.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 02, 2013, 06:01:35 AM
My 2cents, If droughts continued for a couple more years the game will be up for NK, Ever since GWB's axis of evil, speech or even before that in the clinton era they have performed like trained seals as the perfect paper tiger bogeyman being given all the coal and wheat and money they want. Their missile tests have been flops and if they could even put a bomb on a missile it would probably crashland before it reached SK or Japan, and no chance of anything reaching US west coast. They should be given NOTHING and that would force them to reintegrate with SK.

Agreed Unc, they are just blackmailing as usual looking for dough.

My problem with it now however is that new kid on the block, he looks like a total shit head to me, and the thought of him possessing anything nuclear is a constant perilous situation .
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Earthquake jolts north Japan
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 02, 2013, 07:27:36 AM
TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 jolted Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

No tsunami was seen as a result of the quake and there were no reports of damage to local police as of 11:30 p.m. (1430 GMT), about 10 minutes after the quake occurred, public broadcaster NHK said.

There were no abnormalities at Tohoku Electric Power Co's Higashidori nuclear plant in northern Japan, NHK said, citing the utility.

http://news.yahoo.com/magnitude-6-9-quake-strikes-japans-hokkaido-island-143836253.html (http://news.yahoo.com/magnitude-6-9-quake-strikes-japans-hokkaido-island-143836253.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Twitter: Hackers target 250,000 users
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 03, 2013, 06:00:11 PM
Twitter: Hackers target 250,000 users
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A quarter of a million Twitter users have had their accounts compromised in the latest of a string of high-profile internet security breaches.

Twitter's information security director Bob Lord said about 250,000 users' passwords had been stolen, as well as usernames, emails and other data.

Affected users have had passwords invalidated and have been sent emails informing them.

Mr Lord said the attack "was not the work of amateurs".

He said it appeared similar to recent attacks on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The US newspapers reported that their computer systems had been breached by China-based hackers.
'Not isolated'

Twitter has 200 million active users.

Mr Lord said in a blog post Twitter had discovered unauthorised attempts to access data held by the website, including one attack that was identified and stopped moments after it was detected.

"This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident," he wrote.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21304049#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21304049#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Ahmadinejad ready to be first Iranian in Space
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 04, 2013, 04:31:43 AM
Go for it Kid, I'm cheering for you. Best Idea You EVER HAD !!! :laugh: ;D :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen: :emthup: :emthup: :icon_sunny: :exp-grin:


DUBAI (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he was ready to be the first human sent into orbit by Iran's fledgling space program, Iranian media reported.

Iran declared last week that it had successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive, which officials hailed as a major step towards their goal of sending humans into space.

                                 
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news.yahoo.com/ahmadinejad-says-ready-first-iranian-space-120423336.html   :emthup: :emthup: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: TAE'S Fifth Birthday
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 04, 2013, 06:33:20 PM
Just a note to any interested Diners. There is a wonderful article posted today on TAE about their Fifth Birthday. It's a most pleasant personal type of article I think fans will not want to miss. Ilargi  becomes down to earth and reveals a medical problem; as well as Nicole heading out soon on a new speaking tour, alone this time.

Ilargi offered up a special treat at the end of the article, a one hour interview James Howard Kunstler performs with Nicole.
Haven't listened to the interview yet, but you know ahead of time it has to be top shelf material if Nicole is in it.  :icon_sunny:

http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/the-automatic-earth-is-5-years-young.html (http://theautomaticearth.com/Finance/the-automatic-earth-is-5-years-young.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Bookish, a new website for readers launches
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 05, 2013, 06:33:16 PM
 Bookish, a new website for readers by three major publishers, launches

Bookish, which lets users find recommendations based on their favorite titles, and features exclusive content from authors like Elizabeth Gilbert, was created by publishers Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Hachette Book Group. Bookish lets users create an account and add titles to their digital 'shelf.'


    One of the books reviewed by the Onion exclusively for the website Bookish is 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

By Molly Driscoll, Staff Writer                                                                              
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posted February 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm EST

A new website called Bookish, founded by Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Group, lets readers find recommendations based on their favorite titles and read content created exclusively for the website by authors like Elizabeth Gilbert.

Bookish allows users to buy titles off the website, but also includes links for buying books on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as independent bookstores. The website will publish exclusive interviews with authors, as well as excerpts from books that readers can peruse. Users can also create accounts which lets them add titles to their electronic “shelf,” and will get advanced access to Bookish website content, among other perks. The site will also include original articles about the book world written by Bookish staff.

“Bookish was created to serve as a champion of books, writers, and, most importantly, readers," Ardy Khazaei, Bookish CEO, said in a statement. "Ultimately, we seek to expand the overall marketplace for books, and whether a book gets into a reader's hands via Bookish's e-commerce partner or another retailer, everyone – from the publisher, to the retailer, the author, and the reader – wins.”

The site also compiles lists such as one titled “For Moms,” which recommends books like “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot for mothers. Searching for a title brings up any lists the book appears on, recent news articles about the book, selected quotes from the text (uploaded by users who registered for an account), as well as recommendations of other similar titles on the site. Visitors can also check out user reviews.

Bookish’s launch was delayed because of various technical problems after it was first announced in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So far, original content uploaded to the site includes a piece by Elizabeth Gilbert challenging Philip Roth’s statement that writing is “torture,” an interview with writer Michael Connolly conducted by fellow author Michael Koryta, and pieces by the humor website The Onion in which they review bestsellers like “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “The Great Gatsby.”

“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is renowned for having characters, figurative language, plot, themes, symbols, and 'point of view,'” the Onion’s review of “The Great Gatsby” reads.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/-YzJgWKNjYY/Bookish-a-new-website-for-readers-by-three-major-publishers-launches (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/-YzJgWKNjYY/Bookish-a-new-website-for-readers-by-three-major-publishers-launches)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 08, 2013, 11:40:45 PM
Bad weather scene in Beantown, 2:40 AM close to 2 feet already an monstrous drifts, doesn't stop until Saturday afternoon. :'(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Michio Kaku- Reversing Aging
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 09, 2013, 07:58:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/8zjK9CmEe7s&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel : China Passes U.S. Become World’s Biggest
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 10, 2013, 04:52:38 AM
China Passes U.S. to Become World’s Biggest Trading Nation
By graham, on February 10th, 2013

Bloomberg – China surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s biggest trading nation last year as measured by the sum of exports and imports of goods, a milestone in the Asian nation’s challenge to the U.S. dominance in global commerce that emerged after the end of World War II.

U.S. exports and imports of goods last year totaled $3.82 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department said last week. China’s customs administration reported last month that the country’s total trade in goods in 2012 amounted to $3.87 trillion.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Icelandic MP planning Bradley Manning support
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 11, 2013, 05:15:27 PM
Icelandic MP planning Bradley Manning support trip despite US legal threats

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Birgitta Jonsdottir is an Icelandic Member of Parliament who nearly three years ago released a classified video of a US Apache helicopter killing civilians in Iraq. Known as ‘Collateral Murder,’ Jonsdottir made the footage public in a bid to express her support for Bradley Manning, the video's alleged source, who now stands trial for treason. The video was also instrumental in unleashing the witchhunt on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Jonsdottir is planning to arrive in the US on April 5, despite a strong warning from Reykjavík of possible legal repurcussions. The politician says her trip, which coincides with the third anniversary of the video's release, is her way of saying she refuses to live in fear.

“I don't want to live in the shadows. I don't think I've done anything illegal or that I'm an enemy of the US state, but if they think I've committed a crime, I want to know,” she told The Guardian.

Jónsdóttir also plans to exhibit photographs drawn from the ‘Collateral Murder’ on her itinerary in New York and Los Angeles. In June, the MP hopes to take the exhibition across the US ahead of Manning's trial.

“It's deeply troubling to me that he is the only one suffering the consequences – none of the people responsible for the war crimes in the video have been held accountable,” Jonsdottir says.

Following the release of the video, Washington has tried repeatedly to gain access to Jónsdóttir's private information. In 2011, Twitter was forced to release her user data after a subpoena from Washington demanded personal data from her feed dating back to 2009.

Jonsdottir became the subject of US attention in 2010 when she helped Assange prepare the footage of the Apache attack allegedly leaked by Manning, who was deployed in Iraq at that time. She was responsible for organizing the volunteers, researched details of the footage of a US airstrike in Baghdad on July 12, 2007, and selected stills for distribution to the media. Eight men were killed in the attack, including two Reuters correspondents.

After the video's release, Manning was arrested as the suspected source of the video and a large cache of diplomatic cables that he’d allegedly leaked to Assange. Manning now faces 22 counts of breaching national security, charges punishable with up to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Earlier in February, it was revealed that Iceland refused to cooperate with an FBI investigation into WikiLeaks back in August 2011, with the Icelandic interior minister having “made it clear that people interviewed or interrogated in Iceland should be interrogated by Icelandic police."

rt.com/news/iceland-mp-us-visit-collateral-murder-968/     :icon_study:   :emthup: :emthup:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: North Korea conducts third nuclear test
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 12, 2013, 12:28:17 AM
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, angering the United States and Japan and likely to infuriate its only major ally, China, and increase penalties against Pyongyang.

The North said the test had "greater explosive force" than the 2006 and 2009 tests that were widely seen as small-scale. Its KCNA news agency said it had used a "miniaturized" and lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the third of his line to rule the country, has now presided over two long-range rocket launches and a nuclear test during his first a year in power, pushing policies that have propelled his impoverished and malnourished country ever closer to becoming a nuclear weapons power.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the test was a "highly provocative act" that hurt stability in the region and called its nuclear program a threat to U.S. and international security.

http://news.yahoo.com/seismic-activity-detected-north-korea-usgs-032529887.html (http://news.yahoo.com/seismic-activity-detected-north-korea-usgs-032529887.html)  :icon_study:  :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Foreigners arreste trying to spread Christianity
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 16, 2013, 04:51:19 PM
Foreigners arrested for trying to spread Christianity in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday.

"They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were printing thousands of books that called for conversion to Christianity," security official Hussein Bin Hmeid said.

"Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security."

Hmeid said the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security, for which he is a spokesman, had arrested an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean and a Swede who was travelling on a U.S. passport.

"We are still holding interrogations and will hand them over to the Libyan intelligence authorities in a couple of days," Hmeid said, without giving further details.

The Preventative Security apparatus is a parallel security body created during the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and made up of several rebel brigades which fought in the conflict.

Libya's central government has yet to impose its authority on a myriad of armed groups who have yet to lay down their arms, and with skeletal national security forces, often relies on them for

news.yahoo.com/foreigners-arrested-trying-spread-christianity-libya-210931408.html  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Foreigners arreste trying to spread Christianity
Post by: JoeP on February 16, 2013, 05:02:24 PM
Foreigners arrested for trying to spread Christianity in Libya

Ever wonder how many atheists have been "burned at the stake" for no real reason?
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on February 16, 2013, 05:26:21 PM
Not that I agree with  westerners who dont respect local customs in other countries, but their cops have BIGGER FISH TO FRY. eg when gaddafi introduced the Dinar gold backed currency, he had the massive reserve of gold at the Libyan Central Bank that charged 0% interest on loans to libyans, now replaced by a rothschild bank. Someone stole hundreds of billions worth of that gold, and they havent arrested anyone in connection with that now have they.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Nuclear tank in Washington State is Leaking
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 16, 2013, 05:33:36 PM
Hanford nuclear tank in Washington State is leaking liquids

The long-delayed cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when it was announced that a radioactive waste tank is leaking.

y Mike Baker, Shannon Dininny, Associated Press / February 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm EST
OLYMPIA, Wash.

The long-delayed cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.

The news raises concerns about the integrity of similar tanks at south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation and puts added pressure on the federal government to resolve construction problems with the plant being built to alleviate environmental and safety risks from the waste.

The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the site. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Gov. Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and poses a potential long-term threat to groundwater and rivers.

"I am alarmed about this on many levels," Inslee said at a news conference. "This raises concerns, not only about the existing leak ... but also concerning the integrity of the other single shell tanks of this age."

Inslee said the state was assured years ago that such problems had been dealt with and he warned that spending cuts — particularly due to a budget fight in Congress — would create further risks at Hanford. Inslee said the cleanup must be a priority for the federal government.

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"We are willing to exercise our rights using the legal system at the appropriate time. That should be clear," Inslee said.

Inslee said the state has a good partner in Energy Secretary Steven Chu but that he's concerned about whether Congress is committed to clean up the highly contaminated site.

The tank in question contains about 447,000 gallons of sludge, a mixture of solids and liquids with a mud-like consistency. The tank, built in the 1940s, is known to have leaked in the past, but was stabilized in 1995 when all liquids that could be pumped out of it were removed.

Inslee said the tank is the first to have been documented to be losing liquids since all Hanford tanks were stabilized in 2005. His staff said the federal government is working to assess other tanks.

At the height of World War II, the federal government created Hanford in the remote sagebrush of eastern Washington as part of a hush-hush project to build the atomic bomb. The site ultimately produced plutonium for the world's first atomic blast and for one of two atomic bombs dropped on Japan, effectively ending the war.

Plutonium production continued there through the Cold War. Today, Hanford is the nation's most contaminated nuclear site. Cleanup will cost billions of dollars and last decades.

Central to that cleanup is the removal of millions of gallons of a highly toxic, radioactive stew — enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools — from 177 aging, underground tanks. Many of those tanks have leaked over time — an estimated 1 million gallons of waste — threatening the groundwater and the neighboring Columbia River, the largest waterway in the Pacific Northwest.

Twenty- eight of those tanks have double walls, allowing the Energy Department to pump waste from leaking single-shell tanks into them. However, there is very little space left in those double-shell tanks today.

In addition, construction of a $12.3 billion plant to convert the waste to a safe, stable form is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Technical problems have slowed the project, and several workers have filed lawsuits in recent months, claiming they were retaliated against for raising concerns about the plant's design and safety.

"We're out of time, obviously. These tanks are starting to fail now," said Tom Carpenter of the Hanford watchdog group Hanford Challenge. "We've got a problem. This is big."

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/uiPGyuRqYe8/Hanford-nuclear-tank-in-Washington-State-is-leaking-liquids (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/uiPGyuRqYe8/Hanford-nuclear-tank-in-Washington-State-is-leaking-liquids)  :'( :(   :icon_study:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 16, 2013, 05:38:45 PM
Not that I agree with  westerners who dont respect local customs in other countries, but their cops have BIGGER FISH TO FRY. eg when gaddafi introduced the Dinar gold backed currency, he had the massive reserve of gold at the Libyan Central Bank that charged 0% interest on loans to libyans, now replaced by a rothschild bank. Someone stole hundreds of billions worth of that gold, and they havent arrested anyone in connection with that now have they.

Reminds me of the Russian KGB stealing all the gold before Russia crumbled, and Putin, KGB member is buying it back again. Wonder if it's a "One Bar For Me One Bar For Mother Russia" game Unc?   ;D :icon_mrgreen: :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel : Creative Connections links kids worldwide
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 21, 2013, 08:22:50 AM
Came upon this wonderful article while reading the Monitor this morning and thought I would share it, and the website it is about, with Diners.
Was very uplifting to see these kids at work, and what a great web site for kids to get acquainted with. Sent it to my grandchildren and hope others might find it a good place to introduce their youngsters too. Have included some art works I enjoyed from kids around 10 years old, just amazing.   :icon_sunny:

Creative Connections links kids worldwide through art


US students partner with children from one of nearly 50 other countries to exchange their artworks and then share ideas face-to-face via a videoconference.

                                                       
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My crude attempt at presenting the site do not do it justice. There are thousands of art works like this from kids all over the world with titles and notations of what they are trying to say. There are also pictures of the kids themselves as well as videos, art workshops, etc. Highly recommended. The third one from the top My church was drawn by a kid 9 years old, just amazing.


                                 www.creativeconnections.org (http://www.creativeconnections.org)   :icon_study: :icon_sunny:

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/huoRgF5Gvn8/Creative-Connections-links-kids-worldwide-through-art (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/huoRgF5Gvn8/Creative-Connections-links-kids-worldwide-through-art)  :icon_study:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on February 21, 2013, 09:41:14 AM
A rare moment of uplift. Thanks, GO.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on February 21, 2013, 10:57:37 AM
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A rare moment of uplift.

Yes Surly, caught that same rare felling. The idealism and hopefullness of youth, it's infectious.  :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 12, 2013, 02:51:14 AM
Beyond me for sure. Keep hearing it is the find of the century, but still don't know why.  :icon_scratch:

                                 http://www.youtube.com/v/7A-EZXSN1yg&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on March 12, 2013, 03:11:53 AM
GO IS BACK!!!


:aola:

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 12, 2013, 03:24:12 AM
Thanks, Morning coffee is tasting much better back at the Diner.   :coffee:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Fishing Without a Pole
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 12, 2013, 06:41:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/x3Bf0WhvsNk&fs=1    :laugh: :D
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Fishing Without a Pole
Post by: WHD on March 12, 2013, 08:38:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/x3Bf0WhvsNk&fs=1    :laugh: :D

Which you are witnessing a holocaust for most if not all of the the fish species in the Mississippi watershed. Soon to be in the waters of the lakes where I grew up, near the source, because neither Congress nor the Army Corp of Engineers will close the never once profitable Saint Anthony Lock and Dam(n), Downtown Minneapolis, the last in the line, or the first. What happens to those fish when they have nothing left to eat but each other? (Or those jackasses in the boat, for that matter?)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 13, 2013, 03:39:41 AM
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Which you are witnessing a holocaust for most if not all of the the fish species in the Mississippi watershed.

Had no idea; since the film was produced by the fish and game dept. of the state thought it was an ad for tourists and fisherman. Sorry if I offended our nature loving diners. I am a city boy whose idea of nature and the wilderness is a walk through Boston Common on a spring day to escape the drudgery of the cubicle in the skyscraper.

Always amazes me how people see the same thing in so many different perspectives, depending on their own unique experiences and knowledge.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Gloom and Doom
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 13, 2013, 04:29:09 AM
One Heck of a scary article  ::)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Gloom and Doom
I hate to be all gloomy and stuff, but the BBC, not typically known as a doomer web site, paints a vivid portrait of a post-antibiotic era in this analysis:

    A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors. A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life. Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could. The most basic operations - getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement - could become deadly. Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you. Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman's life.

    It's a future without antibiotics.

    This might read like the plot of science fiction novel - but there is genuine fear that the world is heading into a post-antibiotic era. The World Health Organization has warned that "many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, could kill unabated". The US Centers of Disease Control has pointed to the emergence of "nightmare bacteria". And the chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies has evoked parallels with the "apocalypse".

    Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes. Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive. As long as new drugs keep coming, resistance is not a problem. But there has not been a new class of antibiotics discovered since the 1980s.

    This is now a war, and one we are in severe danger of losing.

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/03/gloom-and-doom.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/03/gloom-and-doom.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Syria's Children Shot at, Tortured, Raped
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 13, 2013, 05:22:42 AM
A Tale of Woe Indeed :'( :'(

by Oliver Holmes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A boy of 12 sees his best friend shot through the heart. Another of 15 is held in a cell with 150 other people, and taken out every day to be put in a giant wheel and burnt with cigarettes.

Syria's children are perhaps the greatest victims of their country's conflict, suffering "layers and layers of emotional trauma", Save the Children's chief executive told Reuters.

Syrian children have been shot at, tortured and raped during two years of unrest and civil war, the London-based international charity said in a report released on Wednesday.

Two million children, it said, face malnutrition, disease, early marriage and severe trauma, becoming innocent victims of a bloody conflict that has already claimed 70,000 lives.

"This is a war where women and children are the biggest casualty," chief executive Justin Forsyth told Reuters during a visit to Lebanon, where 340,000 Syrians have fled.

Forsyth said he met a Syrian refugee boy, 12, who saw his best friend killed outside a bakery. "His friend was shot through the heart. But initially, he thought he was joking because there was no blood. They didn't realize he had been killed until they took his shirt off," he said.

The Save the Children report cited new research carried out among refugee children by Bahcesehir University in Turkey which found that one in three reported having been punched, kicked or shot at.

http://news.yahoo.com/syrias-children-shot-tortured-raped-charity-report-030509304.html (http://news.yahoo.com/syrias-children-shot-tortured-raped-charity-report-030509304.html)  :icon_study:

                                                   
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on March 13, 2013, 08:54:32 AM
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   Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes. Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive. As long as new drugs keep coming, resistance is not a problem. But there has not been a new class of antibiotics discovered since the 1980s.

    This is now a war, and one we are in severe danger of losing.

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/03/gloom-and-doom.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/03/gloom-and-doom.html)  :icon_study:

It was a war from the beginning, and one we were NEVER going to win. The only trouble here is, that we ever started using antibiotics. The training of superbugs has been the purview of Science. Like the myriad chemicals by the megaton we pour into the biosphere without oversight or concern, like the nano-particles they are now putting into consumer products, with ZERO requirement to even say they are doing so, the reckoning that will come will be lain in part at the feet of Science, whore to bizness, in turn whore to the State and the moneychangers.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Bradly Manning Speaks
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 15, 2013, 08:25:09 AM
Great posting from diner Jade Prole  just happened across. Thought it was worthy of cross posting from his blog. Hope you don't mind Jaded. Like you I regard Bradly Manning as a hero.

                                 He explains to the military court in his own cadence and words how and why he gave the Apache helicopter video, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Logs, and the State Department Diplomatic Cables to WikiLeaks. Manning explains his motives, noting how he believed the documents showed deep wrongdoing by the government and how he hoped that the release would "spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan." In conjunction with the statement, Private First Class Manning also pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him.


Bradley Manning is a political prisoner and, if anything, a national hero.

Two podcasts included, top notch posting.

http://jadedprol.blogspot.com/2013/03/bradly-manning-speaks.html (http://jadedprol.blogspot.com/2013/03/bradly-manning-speaks.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on March 17, 2013, 03:23:40 PM
Hey GO,
 :o Catch the humongous spike in Gold and Silver prices just now. What do you think? Did somebody in China or Europe cover some massive shorts to give the PM prices some rocket fuel or is it some world destabilizing event?

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html (http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html)

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html (http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 17, 2013, 03:55:39 PM
Hey GO,
 :o Catch the humongous spike in Gold and Silver prices just now. What do you think? Did somebody in China or Europe cover some massive shorts to give the PM prices some rocket fuel or is it some world destabilizing event?

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html (http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html)

http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html (http://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.html)

Would appear to be the Cyprus situation Agelbert. Lot of frightened nervous money out there on account of it. As RE states correctly nothing good can come from that move.

The powers that be have also shown us just what they think of us and our savings. Personally, I am frightened it could develop into a world wide run on the banks and an economic meltdown. This might have been the straw that breaks the camel's back.    :dontknow:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on March 17, 2013, 04:17:34 PM
GO,
I see. This could get interesting. 8)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: bob on March 17, 2013, 07:26:36 PM
GO,
Im not sure there will be a HUGE bankrun in other countries because of cyprus, even though what they did is outrageous. The reason is its not practical in todays world of automatic direct debits end EFT. J6P who still has a govt job or in a still functioning area of the economy has so many automatic debits on a monthly frame. Council rates, pension plan, car/s, credit cards, mortgage, charitable, insurance...
If he/she takes out all his money he/she then has to go and pay all these in person and does not have time. Or they do internet banking to pay anything unusual not regular eg bills or 1 off's .

Then there is the fact that many people have a line of credit or offset account, so that their bank balance reduces the interest payments they make, taking the money out increases their payments.

Retired crowd DO have time to pay bills at the postoffice or go into offices even though its a hassle, and some might, especially paying a subscription for a year would save the hassle. The retired crowd have what they have and thats it, its not getting replenished after some is stolen so they might seriously think about holding what they have in their hands not the banks. They mostly own their homes freehold so dont need to worry about offsetting interest.

Furthermore, people are now conditioned to pay for everything over about 20$ with EFT, they dont carry more than 50$, Are they really going to withdraw 15K or more and take it home to hide? Business operators especially bigger operators would be facing a nightmare, payroll and paying suppliers and contractors. No longer using own cheque account, have to do post office money order or bank cheque which are now at cost of 5-10$ each.

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 17, 2013, 10:18:59 PM
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Furthermore, people are now conditioned to pay for everything over about 20$ with EFT, they dont carry more than 50$, Are they really going to withdraw 15K or more and take it home to hide? Business operators especially bigger operators would be facing a nightmare, payroll and paying suppliers and contractors. No longer using own cheque account, have to do post office money order or bank cheque which are now at cost of 5-10$ each.


Am not suggesting people will take it all out but some will.

People leave money in banks because they presume it to be a safe place to conserve their cash if they do not wish to gamble in stocks, real estate, etc. Some have half in markets or risk assets, and the rest in what they perceive as cash, namely saving deposits. It is my contention that if they perceive that the swill that rule them are about to seize a portion of it, yes they will grab it and hide it.

It is my feeling from reading your posting that you are unaware of the extreme leverage inherent in the system we are working in. It is my contention that much less than a mere 5% of depositors wanting out would lead to an economic disaster where the system would seize up.

You are correct about the problems that arise when this world of paper and digital money dreams malfunctions, the sheeple have trapped themselves in a slaughter house made by their bankster hate Gold buddies rather well. 

There are also people like me that feel my money in the local US bank is still relatively safe for the time being. As a precaution I took out my max allowed ATM withdrawl of 400 bucks yesterday and plan to do it again today and tomorrow.

Do I think my money in a US bank is safe at the moment?  Yes

Do I think 1200 bucks carried around in my wallet will allow me to buy enough necessities to survive for a month or so in  the event of a bank holiday and ATM closures.  YES

Do I feel foolish for taking the precaution.   No  Because if enough people do what I am doing the entire system will seize up in a flash, which shows you the amount of leverage and dreams that exist in this bankster created credit fiat paradise.

In summation Bob, I think you are being much too complacent about the situation. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Euro, Stocks Drop; Gold, German Bonds Rally
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 05:35:15 AM
 
Euro, Stocks Drops; Gold, German Bonds Rally on Cyprus
By Stephen Kirkland and Jason Clenfield - Mar 18, 2013

The euro weakened to its lowest level this year, while stocks and commodities slumped, as an unprecedented levy on Cyprus’s bank savings threatened to throw Europe back into crisis. German two-year note yields dropped below zero as Spanish and Italian borrowing costs jumped.

The 17-nation shared currency sank 1 percent to $1.2945 at 8:05 a.m. in New York. The MSCI All-Country World Index lost 0.9 percent, retreating from the highest level since June 2008. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid 0.7 percent and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures dropped 0.8 percent. Copper tumbled 2 percent and gold rose 0.7 percent. Germany’s note yields fell to as low as minus 0.003 percent. Spain’s 10-year rate climbed nine basis points to 5.01 percent and the yield on similar-maturity Portuguese bonds rose 20 basis points to 6.16 percent.

Finance ministers in the euro area reached an agreement on March 16 forcing depositors in Cypriot banks to share in the cost of the latest bailout. Bank creditworthiness deteriorated the most since inconclusive Italian elections three weeks ago as Moody’s Investors Service said today the Cypriot levy is negative for bank depositors across Europe. Bill Gross at Pacific Investment Management Co. said it moves “risk-on” trades to the back seat.

“This creates a precedent and is a bit scary,” said Matthieu Giuliani, who helps oversee $5.3 billion as a fund manager at Banque Palatine SA in Paris. “It hurts the market. But this is case specific to Cyprus. I don’t see Germany or the EU imposing such a thing on Spain or Italy. It would create panic in the banking system.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-17/u-s-stock-futures-euro-decline-on-cyprus-turmoil-yen-gains.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-17/u-s-stock-futures-euro-decline-on-cyprus-turmoil-yen-gains.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Russia will Revise Ties with Cyprus over Levy
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 09:36:38 AM
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called a proposed tax on bank deposits in Cyprus as part of a EU bailout deal a move akin to confiscation.

"We should say this directly: this simply looks like the confiscation of other people's money," Russian news agencies quoted Medvedev as saying. "I do not know who the author of this idea is, but this is what it looks like."

Medvedev also called the proposed tax doubtful and anti-market and warned Cyprus of a possible change in bilateral relations.

Cyprus parliament postpones vote on bailout to Tuesday

Cyprus parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou said a vote by lawmakers on a controversial EU bailout that includes the levying of an unprecedented tax on private bank deposits has been postponed to Tuesday.

Omirou told reporters that parliament would convene for the vote at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Tuesday.

ECB opens door to possible changes to Cyprus bailout deal

The European Central Bank opened the door Monday to possible amendments to a tough EU bailout deal for Cyprus, arguing it was up to the Cyprus government to ensure the necessary financing.

"It's the Cyprus government's adjustment programme, not the Troika's or any other government's," ECB executive board Joerg Asmussen told a conference here.

"If Cyprus's president wants to change something regarding the levy on bank deposits, that's in his hands. He must just make sure that the financing is intact," Asmussen said.

                                             
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http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_18/Russia-will-revise-ties-with-Cyprus-over-bank-savings-levy-Medvedev/ (http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_18/Russia-will-revise-ties-with-Cyprus-over-bank-savings-levy-Medvedev/)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: How Cyprus and Russian Gangsters Could Harm 401k's
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 09:50:03 AM
Would you keep your money in the bank if the government suddenly announced it was taking 5 or 10 percent of your savings?

Most people wouldn't, which is why the tiny southern European nation of Cyprus is now facing a widespread bank run that threatens the financial markets in Europe and even here in the United States.

In a crisis similar to Ireland's bank meltdown in 2010, the two biggest banks in Cyprus are on the verge of collapsing, with losses so big the government can't afford to bail them out. So the whole nation requires aid from Europe, similar to the aid Ireland got to help recapitalize its wrecked banks.

The problem is that bailout fatigue in Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and other European nations has made taxpayers increasingly unwilling to fund bailouts for other members of the euro zone, and more willing to risk the ramifications of the euro zone splintering.

There's another juicy complication: Cyprus is the Cayman Islands of Europe, a lightly regulated offshore banking center that attracts a lot of money from people from who don't like to answer questions. As much as half of the money in Cypriot banks belongs to Russian oligarchs dodging taxes, some of it probably illicitly gained. So if Europe were to bail out Cyprus in the usual way, European taxpayers would essentially be aiding Russian billionaires, including some criminals.

That's how European policymakers hatched the idea of "taxing" deposits in Cypriot banks, which basically means skimming something off the top to help keep the banks alive. The plan would exact a higher tax on larger accounts, but would still take a cut from small accounts that are supposed to be protected by the type of deposit insurance the FDIC extends to U.S. bank accounts. It's almost like paying protection money to a government that's supposed to protect you for no additional fee.
                                                   
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www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2013/03/18/how-cyprusand-russian-gangsterscould-harm-your-401k (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2013/03/18/how-cyprusand-russian-gangsterscould-harm-your-401k)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Putin hits out at "Dangerous" Cyprus Bank Deposit Levy
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 11:16:37 AM
 MOSCOW | Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:15am EDT

(Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized on Monday a levy imposed by the European Union on bank deposits in Cyprus as unfair and setting a dangerous precedent.

"While assessing the proposed additional levy on bank accounts in Cyprus, Putin said that such a decision, should it be made, would be unfair, unprofessional and dangerous," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Russian citizens account for the majority of the billions of euros held in Cypriot banks by foreign depositors, and Russian banks are heavily exposed to the island as a favored offshore centre for big business.

The levy, imposed as part of a 10 billion euro bailout, sparked panic among Cypriots over the weekend and hit Russian and other European financial markets on Monday.

As the Cyprus parliament prepares to vote on the measure on Monday, the government in Nicosia was working on a plan to soften the blow for smaller savers.

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov earlier said the tax would be acceptable if it was levied only on interest earned by savers.

There are almost 70 billion euros in deposits held in Cyprus. A little less than half that is held by non-residents, most believed to be Russian.

At the end of last year, Russian banks had around $12 billion on deposits with Cypriot banks and corporate deposits accounted for another $19 billion, according to Moody's credit-rating agency.

www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/18/us-russia-cyprus-loan-idUSBRE92H07M20130318 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/18/us-russia-cyprus-loan-idUSBRE92H07M20130318)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Karpatok on March 18, 2013, 12:10:15 PM
@GO: Thank you so much for raising the level of discussion above that of dreadlocked Rastafarian elocutionary efforts. Upon your return, I have found your considerable knowledge and points of view in relation to monetary matters to be worth the effort of plodding through the shards in so many vacant lots. Much to be seriously pondered here rather than the usual simpleminded pontificatory remarks based on unqualified subjectiveness. Thanks.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 05:10:06 PM
Thanks so much for the compliment Karpatok. Always a pleasure to hear from esteemed members of our original group.

How I wish Ross,El'G, EndisNigh, Chloe and all of our walkabouts would start posting again. I especially miss Ross and his practicality as well as El'G and his dynamic colorful writing style. It is great to have Agelbert back posting with his always interesting tid bits. He has me eating sweet potatoes this week.  :laugh: :exp-grin: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: luciddreams on March 18, 2013, 06:42:47 PM
I grew sweet potatoes for the first time last season.  I learned that the leafs are edible raw...as salad greens.  They taste pretty good.  Not to mention this is the only plant I know of that can starve Bermuda grass out by shear leaf coverage.  It kills Bermuda by receiving all of the light.  Gold if you live in the South where that scourge lives. 

Took me a few seasons to figure out how to beat Bermuda grass. 

Apparently in Ayruvedic medicine Bermuda grass holds the key to immortality.  But that knowledge is hearsay on my part.   :downtown:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on March 18, 2013, 06:48:44 PM
Thanks so much for the compliment Karpatok. Always a pleasure to hear from esteemed members of our original group.

How I wish Ross,El'G, EndisNigh, Chloe and all of our walkabouts would start posting again. I especially miss Ross and his practicality as well as El'G and his dynamic colorful writing style. It is great to have Agelbert back posting with his always interesting tid bits. He has me eating sweet potatoes this week.  :laugh: :exp-grin: :icon_sunny:


Agreed in every particular.

Good to have you back as well.

Hey, I've got an idea-- let's get the band back together!!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 07:08:55 PM
I grew sweet potatoes for the first time last season.  I learned that the leafs are edible raw...as salad greens.  They taste pretty good.  Not to mention this is the only plant I know of that can starve Bermuda grass out by shear leaf coverage.  It kills Bermuda by receiving all of the light.  Gold if you live in the South where that scourge lives. 

Took me a few seasons to figure out how to beat Bermuda grass. 

Apparently in Ayruvedic medicine Bermuda grass holds the key to immortality.  But that knowledge is hearsay on my part.   :downtown:

I was amazed to find out from Agelbert's posting that they are not really potatoes. The health benefits were too much for me to pass up, went to the local market and bought a half dozen, going to replace the white spuds with these for most meals, even recommended for diabetics as they are low glycemic. Thanks Agelbert  :emthup: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: luciddreams on March 18, 2013, 07:20:06 PM
sweet potatoes and avocados were the first whole foods my son ate after GM's nipple. 

he's apparently a king if you hear him tell it...at 2 1/2 year's old. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 07:37:34 PM
sweet potatoes and avocados were the first whole foods my son ate after GM's nipple. 

he's apparently a king if you hear him tell it...at 2 1/2 year's old.

He is a very luck boy to have been breast fed. My two daughters are formula girls, still pissed off at them. Thank goodness my grandkids seem healthy and OK.  I can just imagine what that friggin formula has in it, scared to even find out. Congratulations on your son Lucid and GM and nice going in the nutrition department.   :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: bob on March 18, 2013, 08:26:49 PM
I learned from a brazilian family, who used to grow "kasava", a type of sweet potato in the tropical brazil climate. the small roots make awesome fries and the big football size root they grate into flour and make a cake. YUM.

Hardly surprising LD's son got the gene to tell an entertaining story!

GO, thanks to you and RE for all the perspectives on cyprus, what pisses me off though is this reference framing sugar coating term "haircut", who are they kidding? Like its just going to grow back and need another trim so they've done the cypriots a favour.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 18, 2013, 08:33:22 PM
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GO, thanks to you and RE for all the perspectives on cyprus, what pisses me off though is this reference framing sugar coating term "haircut", who are they kidding? Like its just going to grow back and need another trim so they've done the cypriots a favour.

They call it Spin Bob, in the good old days it was known as bull shit.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on March 19, 2013, 09:18:58 AM
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was amazed to find out from Agelbert's posting that they are not really potatoes. The health benefits were too much for me to pass up, went to the local market and bought a half dozen, going to replace the white spuds with these for most meals, even recommended for diabetics as they are low glycemic. Thanks Agelbert 

GO,
You are very welcome. Glad to be of service. :emthup: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on March 19, 2013, 09:24:42 AM
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I grew sweet potatoes for the first time last season.  I learned that the leafs are edible raw...as salad greens.

Luciddreams,
Thanks for the info. I didn't know the leaves were edible as salad greens!  :emthup: :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: "Get Your Money Out While You Can"
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 19, 2013, 03:42:16 PM
Nigel Farage Message To Europeans: "Get Your Money Out While You Can"
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In Nigel Farage's first TV appearance since the Cypriot wealth tax was announced, the Englishman pulls no punches. In all his years and all his experience of the desperation of the European Union's leadership "never did [he] think they would resort to stealing money from people's savings accounts." The simple fact is that they know they cannot let any country leave, no matter how small, for "once one country goes, the whole deck of cards will come tumbling down." There is now "clear irreconcilable differences" between the North and the South of Europe and now that they have done this in one country, "they are quite capable of doing it in Italy, Spain and anywhere." The message that sends to people is "get your money out while you can." As far as his British constituents, he strongly recommends George Osborne (UK Chancellor) urge ex-pats to remove all their money and do monthly transfers from home. "Do Not Invest In The Euro-Zone," he concludes, "you have to be mad to do so - as it is now run by people who do not respect democracy, the rule of law, or the basic principles upon which Western civilization is based."

"They are propping up a Eurozone that, in the end, will collapse in disastrous failure and they are prepared to do anything to do so

 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-19/nigel-farage-message-europeans-get-your-money-out-while-you-can (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-19/nigel-farage-message-europeans-get-your-money-out-while-you-can)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz : Cameron Agreeing to Britain’s First Ever Press Law
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 20, 2013, 04:48:25 AM
It just gets worse and worse  :'(

Cameron accused of agreeing to Britain’s first ever press law

ARTY leaders struck a deal on a new newspaper regulator today - amid accusations it will introduce Britain's first ever Press law.

Talks between Tory, Labour and Lib Dem chiefs finally led to an agreement in the early hours of this morning.

It will lead to the setting up of a Royal Charter to govern the regulation of the Press.

The changes follow the publication of Lord Justice Leveson's report on the media last year.
 In a bid to allay fears that the new set-up will be open to Government interference, any changes will need the support of two-thirds of MPs.

PM David Cameron - who had opposed calls for the regime to be underpinned by a new law - insisted he had got what he wanted.

He said: "It’s not statutory underpinning.

"What it is, is simply a clause that says politicians can’t fiddle with this so it takes it further away from politicians, which is actually, I think, a sensible step."

But Labour denied the Premier's claims.

A source said: "This is not a little bit of statute, this is not a dab of statute, this is statute pure and simple."

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: "What we have done is adopt the so-called ’royal charter plus’ in full.

"It is underpinned by legislation - both to install a real system of costs and damages and crucially to make sure that future governments can’t mess around with the Royal Charter."

In an emegency Commons debate this aftenoon the PM insisted the cross-party deal on a royal charter on press regulation defends the principle of a free press.
                                               
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                    www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4847800/Party-leaders-strike-deal-on-newspaper-regulator.html#ixzz2NyzNJhPl (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4847800/Party-leaders-strike-deal-on-newspaper-regulator.html#ixzz2NyzNJhPl)     :icon_study: :'(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Are Russian killers on the streets of Britain?
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 21, 2013, 04:47:32 AM

Are Russian killers on the streets of Britain?

A jogger who collapsed and died in leafy Weybridge turns out to have been blowing the whistle on one of Russia's biggest tax frauds. Mark Townsend reports on a crisis that has pitted the Kremlin against the US Senate and British police


hortly after 5.15pm on 10 November 2012, a jogger turned into Granville Road, Weybridge, running along the hedge-lined street of one of Britain's wealthiest enclaves. Then, 50m from his home, he staggered into the road and died.

In the days that followed, Surrey police believed they were dealing with a natural, if unusual, death. Four months on, the passing of 44-year-old Alexander Perepilichnyy still remains a mystery. Two post-mortems have proved inconclusive, but the outcome of what Surrey police promise is their "full range" of toxicology tests is imminent.

To piece together Perepilichnyy's final years is to drill down into the core of Russian criminality, according to one account.

What we know of Perepilichnyy is slight. In another age he might have been a rocket scientist. Peers called him a "genius", a Ukranian whiz-kid with an uncanny knack for numbers. His favourite waste of time was, they say, discussing the theories behind cosmogony and Kondratiev waves – the long-term cycles of capitalism. However by the time Perepilichnyy arrived to study at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology – famous for supplying the brains behind the Soviet space race – Russia's lunar ambitions had curdled with the collapse of communism. Instead Perepilichnyy applied his talents to the world of finance and was, until 2008, a star talent at an asset management firm in Moscow.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/17/russian-killers-on-streets-of-britain (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/17/russian-killers-on-streets-of-britain)  :icon_study:
 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Frenzy For Ammo
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 21, 2013, 05:17:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/ysYV6T5A-r4&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Eddie on March 21, 2013, 07:05:05 AM
The ammo thing is quite scary to me. It is a barometer of fear, imho.

GO, you probably remember this speech.

"That's why....it's time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we're supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don't cast a ballot, it's going to end up in a situation where we're going to have to cast a bullet. It's either a ballot or a bullet."

I hope it hasn't come to that.

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Are Russian killers on the streets of Britain?
Post by: Surly1 on March 21, 2013, 07:37:05 AM

Are Russian killers on the streets of Britain?

Then they are just following in the footsteps of FSA or UK assassins. Nothing new here-- BAU.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488667/Why-I-know-weapons-expert-Dr-David-Kelly-murdered-MP-spent-year-investigating-death.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488667/Why-I-know-weapons-expert-Dr-David-Kelly-murdered-MP-spent-year-investigating-death.html)

Would be interesting to know what the Russian was working on at the time of his "natural demise."
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Eddie on March 21, 2013, 07:49:01 AM
Have Polonium, Will Travel.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Why Do I Keep Thinking About the Mayans?
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 23, 2013, 05:19:51 AM
  :laugh: :laugh:

Fiery meteor streaks across Massachusetts’ night sky, seen up and down the East Coast

A meteor that looked like an immense ball of fire streaked across the sky up and down the East Coast Friday night, astounding viewers throughout Massachusetts and beyond with its tantalizing tail of colored flames.

Following the internationally renowned meteor that burnt across Russia’s sky a little over a month ago, destroying buildings and injuring more than 1,000 people, Friday night’s meteor provided a brief, glowing spectacle that lit up parts of New England at around 8 p.m., according to an astronomer at the Clay Center Observatory in Brookline.

Although seemingly close to the Earth’s surface, the meteor is farther away than meets the eye, said Kelly Beatty, an astronomer for the Clay Center.

“People saw this for about three to five seconds, 10 seconds max,” said Beatty. “It’s deceptive. It looks so close, but this is not something that happens close to the ground. About 50 to 60 miles up is typical for this, depending on the angle.”

As to the exact details of Friday’s phenomenon, Beatty cautioned that most of the early reports came from eyewitnesses and “need to be taken with a grain of salt.” Much like the meteor in Russia, Beatty said dashboard and security cameras will help scientists hone in on the specifics of the meteor, such as direction and size.

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/29e56f79/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A30C220Cfiery0Emeteor0Estreaks0Eacross0Emassachusetts0Enight0Esky0Eseen0Eand0Edown0Ethe0Eeast0Ecoast0CjYTaZUlkOhf4tK4UkiS8hO0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/29e56f79/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A30C220Cfiery0Emeteor0Estreaks0Eacross0Emassachusetts0Enight0Esky0Eseen0Eand0Edown0Ethe0Eeast0Ecoast0CjYTaZUlkOhf4tK4UkiS8hO0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)  :icon_study:  ::)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Cameron Unveils Sweeping Immigration Crackdown
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 24, 2013, 11:49:41 PM
It is never a good time to be poor, but it's about to get worse. Never a crackdown on politicians and their perks.  :(

Britain's PM Cameron unveils sweeping immigration crackdown

By Andrew Osborn

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a sweeping immigration crackdown on Monday aimed at discouraging migrants from Romania and Bulgaria from moving to Britain when EU restrictions on their right to travel and work there expire next year.

Under his plans, access to Britain's National Health Service will be curbed, new migrants will have to wait up to five years for social housing, fines for employers who hire illegal workers will be doubled, and landlords who let to illegal immigrants could face fines too.

The lifting of European Union freedom of movement restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians has triggered warnings in the right-leaning press of "hordes" of welfare-hungry migrants descending on Britain at a time when the economy is stagnant and public resources are being squeezed.

Cameron's initiative reflects a change in the political mainstream after years of politicians shying away from the issue. All three main parties now talk tough on immigration after polls showed it had become one of voters' main worries ahead of a 2015 election and a once derided anti-immigration party surged in the polls.

In a speech that may stir controversy in Romania and Bulgaria, Cameron will say he wants to stop Britain's welfare system being "a soft touch" for migrants, saying that access to core public services is something newcomers should earn rather than automatically receive.

"Net migration needs to come down radically from hundreds of thousands a year to just tens of thousands," he will say, outlining measures that will apply to other EU nationals too.

The UK Independence Party or UKIP, has thrived in the polls after campaigning against "open-door" immigration, humiliating Cameron's ruling Conservative party in a vote for a parliamentary seat three weeks ago.

http://news.yahoo.com/britains-pm-cameron-unveils-sweeping-immigration-crackdown-000622631.html (http://news.yahoo.com/britains-pm-cameron-unveils-sweeping-immigration-crackdown-000622631.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Poverty hits America's suburbs
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 25, 2013, 04:17:06 AM
By Allison Linn, Staff Writer, NBC News

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, safe place with good schools.

Her fall from a more financially secure suburban life to one among the working poor also happened for the same reason it’s happened to so many others. She had a bout of unemployment and couldn’t find a new job that paid very well.

As a single mother, that’s made it hard to hold on to the suburban life that is, in her mind, key to making sure her daughter gets off to the right start.

“I’m basically paying to say I live in West Hartford,” she said. “It is worth it.”

It’s a struggle that many Americans bruised by the weak economy can relate to.

The number of suburban residents living in poverty rose by nearly 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, to about 16.4 million people, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of 95 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. That’s more than double the rate of growth for urban poverty in those areas.

“I think we have an outdated perception of where poverty is and who it is affecting,” said Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the research. “We tend to think of it as a very urban and a very rural phenomenon, but it is increasingly suburban.”

Simons’ situation is complicated by the fact she’s a single mom. Poverty and financial insecurity among single moms is far higher than for households headed by single dads or two parents.

http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/sprawling-and-struggling-poverty-hits-americas-suburbs (http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/sprawling-and-struggling-poverty-hits-americas-suburbs)     :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: What A "Black Swan" Looks Like
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 25, 2013, 07:06:28 AM
Before last Saturday, few even knew where Cyprus was located. Then, courtesy of the most epically bungled up "bail-out in" attempt in the history of the Troika, Cyprus became the only thing everyone talked about: the definition of a black swan. How did this transformation from an ugly island duckling to a glorious black swan look like from the perspective of the media? The following chart courtesy of Bloomberg's Michael McDonough, which shows the instances of mentions of the words "Apple", "Germany" and "Cyprus" across newswires, shows the answer which not surprisingly even looks like a

                                             
Cyprus Mentions
Cyprus Mentions

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-25/what-black-swan-looks-real-media-time (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-25/what-black-swan-looks-real-media-time)    :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Looks Like Some Important God's Work Planned
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 27, 2013, 03:50:19 AM
Buffett to get increased share in Goldman Sachs

Buffett to get increased share in Goldman Sachs
Warren Buffett Warren Buffett is one of the most celebrated investors in the US
Continue reading the main story   
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Warren Buffett is to become a top 10 shareholder of Goldman Sachs after he agreed to amend the terms of his 2008 investment in the bank.

In September 2008, Mr Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway fund invested $5bn (£3.3bn) in Goldman at 10% interest.

In addition to the interest, Berkshire was given the opportunity to buy billions of additional shares in the future.

Goldman is now giving Buffett shares for free to limit diluting its stock.

In return, the deal means Berkshire does not have to spend billions of dollars up front.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21944267#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21944267#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Looks Like Some Important God's Work Planned
Post by: WHD on March 27, 2013, 08:17:31 AM
Buffett to get increased share in Goldman Sachs

Buffett to get increased share in Goldman Sachs
Warren Buffett Warren Buffett is one of the most celebrated investors in the US
Continue reading the main story   
Related Stories

    Buffett: Sub-par year for Berkshire
    Warren Buffett in $28bn Heinz deal
    US banks see profits rise sharply

Warren Buffett is to become a top 10 shareholder of Goldman Sachs after he agreed to amend the terms of his 2008 investment in the bank.

In September 2008, Mr Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway fund invested $5bn (£3.3bn) in Goldman at 10% interest.

In addition to the interest, Berkshire was given the opportunity to buy billions of additional shares in the future.

Goldman is now giving Buffett shares for free to limit diluting its stock.

In return, the deal means Berkshire does not have to spend billions of dollars up front.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21944267#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21944267#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:

GO,

Guess which one is Berkshire, and which one is Lloyd Blankfein's baby...

(http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/75/c58a1e45eb5d4eb18e68b8ad7ac0cf2d/l.jpg)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Looks Like Some Important God's Work Planned
Post by: luciddreams on March 27, 2013, 07:11:33 PM

GO,

Guess which one is Berkshire, and which one is Lloyd Blankfein's baby...

(http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/75/c58a1e45eb5d4eb18e68b8ad7ac0cf2d/l.jpg)

where did you find that image?  What is that?  It's pretty damn creepy homey...not gonna lie :icon_scratch:

I mean if your point was evil incarnate than you nailed it. 

Their not gonna cut ur dick off dude...bunch of cussin' Nihilist, bunch of amateurs.   :laugh:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: IMF: End Energy Subsidies
Post by: Golden Oxen on March 29, 2013, 05:16:24 AM
IMF: End energy subsidies

Global energy subsidies reinforce inequality by benefiting the wealthiest, largest consumers of energy, the International Monetary Fund says in a new report. But eliminating them is politically difficult, especially in times of economic hardship.

posted March 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm EDT

The world spent $1.9 trillion in energy subsidies in 2011. It was not money well spent, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The subsidies reinforce inequality by disproportionately benefiting the wealthiest, largest consumers of energy, according to a report released Wednesday by the global economic organization. Eliminating them would ease budgetary pressures on cash-strapped governments and slow global carbon emissions, the report finds.

"Subsidies cause overconsumption of petroleum products, coal, and natural gas, and reduce incentives for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy," the report reads. "This over-consumption in turn aggravates global warming and worsens local pollution."

Eliminating energy tax subsidies worldwide would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4-1/2 billion tons – a 13 percent reduction, the IMF study found.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NnLoNhLV7hM/IMF-End-energy-subsidies (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/NnLoNhLV7hM/IMF-End-energy-subsidies)   :icon_study:


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Eurozone unemployment rate hits record high
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 03, 2013, 03:03:15 AM
Over 19 million people jobless during February, with highest rates of unemployment recorded in Spain and Portugal.

        Video Article   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/04/20134211326617347.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/04/20134211326617347.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel":Starving sea lions rescued from US shores
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 03, 2013, 03:15:28 AM
Starving sea lions rescued from US shores
Efforts are being made to find out why thousands of pups are washing up on beaches along California's coast.

Thousands of starving young sea lions have been washing up on the beaches of California in recent months.

They are in bad shape - weak, dehydrated, and near death.

Almost 1,000 have been rescued in the past three months alone, and scientists say as many as 45 percent of the pups have died.

As rescuers try to save the pups, scientists are trying to get to the bottom of why so many are in trouble.

Some experts say that their food sources out at sea - sardines, mackerel and other fish - have virtually disappeared.

www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/04/2013427143666976.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/04/2013427143666976.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel":Starving sea lions rescued from US shores
Post by: luciddreams on April 03, 2013, 05:48:53 AM
Starving sea lions rescued from US shores
Efforts are being made to find out why thousands of pups are washing up on beaches along California's coast.

Thousands of starving young sea lions have been washing up on the beaches of California in recent months.

They are in bad shape - weak, dehydrated, and near death.

Almost 1,000 have been rescued in the past three months alone, and scientists say as many as 45 percent of the pups have died.

As rescuers try to save the pups, scientists are trying to get to the bottom of why so many are in trouble.

Some experts say that their food sources out at sea - sardines, mackerel and other fish - have virtually disappeared.

www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/04/2013427143666976.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/04/2013427143666976.html)  :icon_study:

plus the pigs and other various what-have-yous that are floatin' down Chinese rivers deader than hell already.  WTF is going on?  More of that deep undercurrent of evil we've been feeling I suppose.  Scary stuff man. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 03, 2013, 05:58:28 AM
Quote
plus the pigs and other various what-have-yous that are floatin' down Chinese rivers deader than hell already.  WTF is going on?  More of that deep undercurrent of evil we've been feeling I suppose.  Scary stuff man.

How true Lucid, have a horrible feeling Mother Earth has grown very tired of our plunder and abuse, and is about to voice her displeasure at our actions quite soon if something isn't done to diminish it.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: ECB says first Cyprus bailout plan 'not smart'
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 05, 2013, 05:17:58 AM
May I nominate this as the understatement of the year, or would a simple NO SHIT due as well.  :icon_scratch:

                                      ECB says first Cyprus bailout plan 'not smart'

The initial plan to make small savers pay for the Cyprus bailout was "not smart", the European Central Bank (ECB) president has said.

ECB president Mario Draghi said a proposal to make "insured depositors" pay did not come from the ECB, the European Commission or the IMF.

He said the proposal only arose in talks with the Cypriot authorities, and was "swiftly corrected".

He was speaking after the ECB held eurozone interest rates at 0.75% again.

It was the ninth month in a row that they had been kept unchanged, but Mr Draghi indicated that the bank was ready to act, if necessary.

He also suggested that the problems seen for some time in smaller, weaker economies such as Spain, were spreading to stronger economies.
'Pecking order'

Cyprus eventually agreed a 10bn-euro (£8.5bn; $12.8bn) international bailout, which will see depositors with more than 100,000 euros lose some of their savings.

Accounts which have less than 100,000 euros in them will not be affected, but would have been under the original bailout proposals.

Speaking about the bailout, Mr Draghi said that the initial plan to impose a levy on all depositors "was not smart to say the least".

He said the ECB did not envisage savers covered by a guarantee - that is, those with up to 100,000 euros in savings - being forced to contribute towards the country's rescue plan.

"You have a pecking order, and here the insured depositors should be the very last category to be touched," said Mr Draghi. "The (European) Commission draft directive foresees exactly this."

Mr Draghi also told a news conference that the Cyprus bailout was not a blueprint for what would happen in further bailouts.

"Cyprus is no template," he said.

Mr Draghi was asked whether it would have been better for Cyprus to leave the euro.

"What was wrong with Cyprus's economy doesn't stop being wrong if they are outside the euro," he said.

"So, the fiscal budget stabilisation, consolidation, the restructuring of the banking system would be needed anyway, whether you are in or out. To be out doesn't preserve the country from the need for action."

He said that leaving the euro would entail a big risk for Cyprus, and that an exit from the currency could find the country having to pursue reforms "in a much more difficult environment".

The ECB president also said that the recent crisis in Cyprus had "reinforced the Governing Council's determination to support the euro".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22024610#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22024610#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Obama Plan Hits Seniors, Low-Income Taxpayers
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 06, 2013, 05:57:45 AM
Let's change the measuring stick again. What a sad situation indeed. 2+2 = 3 dear sheeple.  :-\

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposal to change the way the government measures inflation could lead to fewer people qualifying for college grants and anti-poverty programs, reduced benefits for seniors and veterans, and higher taxes for low-income families.

If adopted across the government, the new inflation measure would have far-reaching effects because so many programs are adjusted each year based on year-to-year changes in consumer prices.

Social Security recipients would get smaller benefit increases each year. The federal poverty level would rise by smaller amounts, meaning more people would technically rise out of poverty with only small increases in income.

Taxes would go up because of smaller adjustments to income tax brackets, the standard deduction and the personal exemption amount.

In all, the change would reduce the federal budget deficit by a total of $340 billion over the next decade, according to congressional estimates. However, the White House has said it wants the adjustments to include protections for "vulnerable" recipients, so the savings could be less.

Obama is proposing the new measure of inflation as part of his 2014 budget plan, which is scheduled for release on Wednesday. Obama has already agreed to adopt it twice as part of negotiations with congressional Republicans over reducing government borrowing. Neither of those talks produced an agreement.

Called the Chained Consumer Price Index, the new measure would show a lower level of inflation than the more widely used Consumer Price Index.

The chained CPI assumes that as prices rise, consumers turn to lower-cost alternatives, reducing the amount of inflation they experience. For example, if the price of beef increases while the price of pork does not, people will buy more pork rather than pay the higher beef prices.

The chained CPI is unpopular among many Democrats in Congress and advocates for seniors who complain that it would disproportionately hit low- and middle-income families.

"I am terribly disappointed and will do everything in my power to block President Obama's proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats. "I also am especially concerned about the impact this change would have on disabled veterans and their survivors."

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-plan-hits-seniors-low-212909593.html (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-plan-hits-seniors-low-212909593.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Unemployment Is Really 14.3%--Not 7.6%
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 10, 2013, 04:24:09 AM
The current job-creation numbers are meaningfully below the level we might expect during a period of record corporate earnings and the reaching of new peaks in the major stock market indices.

Let’s go to the videotape –

The unemployment rate is 7.7%. But, there is another 0.6% of discouraged workers,(about 800,000) mainly the young, minorities and those without the all-necessary high school diploma. Another 0.9% are only marginally employed (whatever that means) and have mostly stopped looking for a job recently. More crushing is the 5.1% of the workforce most impacted by the 2008 downturn, who are working only part-time and would prefer to have a full-time position. That 5.1% part-time workers total 8 million people, who mostly are having trouble making ends meet and most likely have no health plan from their employer, according to Bob Eisenbreis, vice chairman and chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisers, a New York-based investment firm that makes useful comments on the economy.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2013/04/08/the-job-figures-should-spook-the-stock-market-bulls/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2013/04/08/the-job-figures-should-spook-the-stock-market-bulls/)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: WikiLeaks Releases Archive of "Kissinger Cables"
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 10, 2013, 04:28:15 AM
WikiLeaks announced on Monday the release of a library of approximately 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic documents from when Henry Kissinger was U.S. secretary of state during the 1970's.

The so-called "Kissinger Cables" are part of WikiLeaks' Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy, or "PlusD," project. It is a project which, according to the WikiLeaks website quote "holds the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications."

[Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks Spokesman]:
"One form of secrecy is the complexity and the inaccessibility of documents and it seems to be that the current government is not making a huge effort in making these historical documents accessible. We are doing actually what the government should be doing to make this easily accessible to everybody.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 41, whose website angered the United States by releasing thousands of secret diplomatic cables, appeared at the news conference via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

[Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder]:
"Orwell once said that 'he who controls, the present controls the past and he who controls the past controls the future'. Our analysis shows that the U.S. administration cannot be trusted with its control of the past."

Assange took sanctuary in Ecuador's embassy last June, jumping bail after exhausting appeals in British courts against extradition to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

Assange burst into global prominence in 2010 when WikiLeaks released secret footage, military files and diplomatic cables about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompting a furious response from the United States.

http://ntdtv.org/en/news/world/north-america/2013-04-08/wikileaks-releases-archive-of-kissinger-cables-.html (http://ntdtv.org/en/news/world/north-america/2013-04-08/wikileaks-releases-archive-of-kissinger-cables-.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: France Faces 'Devastating Scandal' as Economy Stalls
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 10, 2013, 04:37:44 AM

France Faces 'Devastating Scandal' as Economy Stalls

BUSINESS NEWS
CNBC.com | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:11 AM ET

France's economy is at near-stall speed, trade and budget deficits widened last month and the country is embroiled in increasing political uncertainty.

The Bank of France forecast on Tuesday that the French economy posted growth of 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013, in line with its estimates, meaning that the euro zone's second largest economy will have narrowly averted recession after its economy contracted by 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2012.

But such low growth could lead France's government to miss its budget deficit targets, which are based on growth of 0.8 percent this year.

The news came on top of widening trade and budget deficits in February and a decline in business confidence in the services sector, according to a monthly survey.

"The economic outlook continues to darken as we had expected," Tobias Blattner, an economist from Daiwa Capital Markets said in response to the data.

"This morning French exports were reported to have contracted by another 2.4 percent on the month in February, the same pace as in January. And with imports having fallen by "just" 1.7 percent month on month, France's trade deficit widened [to] the highest level since last June," he said in a note on Tuesday.

"This leaves France the only euro area country where the trade deficit consistently continued to widen over the past three months," Blattner added.

(Read More: Why the French Should Worry About France, Not Italy)

Against the backdrop of economic stagnation, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew is concluding a two-day visit to Europe on Tuesday that was intended to promote growth and financial stability in the region. In France, however, the visit has been overshadowed by the country's increasing political disarray.

"France's economy is in a dreadful state," Nick Spiro, head of Spiro Sovereign Strategy, told CNBC on Tuesday. "It's been drifting away from Germany in terms of economic performance and competitiveness for some time now," he added.

Spiro said that investor appetite for French government bonds and the country's low borrowing costs belied the economic fundamentals. France's ten-year government bond was stable at 1.78 percent on Tuesday morning, having declined from 2.13 percent a month ago.

There was confusion on Monday after reports from the U.S.Treasury and French finance ministry suggested that a meeting between Lew and Moscovici had been cancelled. Speculation abounded that an imminent cabinet reshuffle in France over a tax avoidance scandal could have led to the cancellation. On Tuesday, however, it was confirmed that the two will in fact meet in Paris as initially planned.

Meanwhile, the scandal over France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac's secret Swiss bank account has grown in recent days. France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has denied allegations in a French newspaper report that, like Cahuzac, he may have had a Swiss bank account.

Politicians, including the country's finance minister Pierre Moscovici, have come under scrutiny over "who knew what" about the foreign bank holdings and socialist president Francois Hollande, whose popularity is already at an all-time low, is under pressure to act.

(Read More: Tide Turning Against France, Say Economists)

"This has been a devastating scandal and has damaged the government's ability to pursue reform," Spiro said. "Hollande needed this scandal like he needed a hole in the head, it sends all the wrong signals."

Hollande has given his cabinet ministers until April 15 to publish their assets. The latest public polls show that the majority of French people are in favor of a cabinet reshuffle.

© 2013 CNBC.com

URL: http://www.cnbc.com/100625931 (http://www.cnbc.com/100625931)   :icon_study:
Title: "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer."
Post by: agelbert on April 10, 2013, 10:25:36 AM
"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer."

Henry Kissinger quote from the Kissinger cables  :evil4:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Eddie on April 10, 2013, 10:36:40 AM
Kissinger, that rat bastard.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: How a Maine man lived as a hermit for decades
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 10, 2013, 11:21:28 PM
BOSTON

0410 HERMIT ARREST MAINE CAMP full 380
0410 HERMIT ARREST MAINE CAMP full 380
Christopher Knight, 47, had lived nearly without human contact in a tent near a pond outside of Rome, Maine, about 20 miles (32 km) north of the state capital Augusta, state police said.

They arrested him early on Thursday morning at the Pine Tree Camp, where he was stealing food, police said. They said Knight, now being held at Kennebec County Jail, confessed to burglarizing the camp about 50 times, taking food, clothing, propane tanks and other essentials.

"Everything he owned except for his eyeglasses was stolen," said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman with the Maine State Police.

Knight told the officers who arrested him that he had spoken with only one other person - a lone hiker - during his years of solitude.

The man survived the brutal winters of central Maine, where winter overnight temperatures can drop well below freezing, by sleeping in multiple sleeping bags inside a tent that was covered with a tarp.

He appeared neatly groomed and clean-shaven in a police booking photo. Police also released photos of Knight, wearing a cap and jacket, carrying a large plastic bag inside a walk-in cooler at the Pine Tree Camp where he was apprehended.

Knight had built himself a large camp in the woods near North Pond, his tent covered by a tarp that was carefully tied to the surrounding trees, evidently to provide some shelter from the elements, according to photos released by police. He had painted garbage cans in camouflage patterns, covered shiny tools and made other efforts to conceal his presence, police said.

McCausland said Knight offered police no reason for his decision to go into the woods. The Chernobyl accident was the last major event he remembered before beginning his hermitage, he told police, but the nuclear accident had not prompted his decision.

Knight has been charged with one count of burglary so far, but additional charges are likely to follow, McCausland said. In total Knight is suspected of some 1,000 thefts over his 27 years in the woods.

His presence was long suspected by local residents and camp operators from whom he had stolen, according to local media.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/K_i8ORKVwb4/How-a-Maine-man-lived-as-a-hermit-for-decades (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/K_i8ORKVwb4/How-a-Maine-man-lived-as-a-hermit-for-decades)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Jonathan Winters Dies
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 12, 2013, 02:25:36 PM
One of the greats
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Jonathan Winters dies: Ground-breaking improv comic inspired funny men and women

Jonathan Winters dies following a long career as a comic and writer. Jonathan Winters dies after working with some of the greats in the comedic arts.

Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died.

The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Petro said Winters died of natural causes and was surrounded by family and friends.

Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy. Facial contortions, sound effects, tall tales — all could be used in a matter of seconds to get a laugh.

On Jack Paar's television show in 1964, Winters was handed a foot-long stick and he swiftly became a fisherman, violinist, lion tamer, canoeist, U.N. diplomat, bullfighter, flutist, delusional psychiatric patient, British headmaster and Bing Crosby's golf club.

"As a kid, I always wanted to be lots of things," Winters told U.S. News & World Report in 1988. "I was a Walter Mitty type. I wanted to be in the French Foreign Legion, a detective, a doctor, a test pilot with a scarf, a fisherman who hauled in a tremendous marlin after a 12-hour fight."
http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/Y4Fjgghqjos/Jonathan-Winters-dies-Ground-breaking-improv-comic-inspired-funny-men-and-women (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/Y4Fjgghqjos/Jonathan-Winters-dies-Ground-breaking-improv-comic-inspired-funny-men-and-women)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel Google Chief Urges Action to Regulate Mini-Drones
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 13, 2013, 05:06:42 AM
Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

Cheap miniature versions of the unmanned aircraft used by militaries could fall into the wrong hands, he told the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Quarrelling neighbours, he suggested, might end up buzzing each other with private surveillance drones.

He also warned of the risk of terrorists using the new technology.

Mr Schmidt is believed to have close relations with US President Barack Obama, whom he advises on matters of science and technology.

"You're having a dispute with your neighbour," he told The Guardian in an interview printed on Saturday.

"How would you feel if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"

Warning of mini-drones' potential as a terrorist weapon, he said: "I'm not going to pass judgment on whether armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratise the ability to fight war to every single human being."

"It's got to be regulated... It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it... it's not going to happen."



Small drones, such as flying cameras, are already available worldwide, and non-military surveillance were recently introduced to track poachers in the remote Indian state of Assam.

The US and Israel have led the way in recent years in using drones as weapons of war as well as for surveillance.
America's Federal Aviation Administration is currently exploring how commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, can be safely introduced into US airspace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22134898#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22134898#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Ralliers at Dewey Square remember Aaron Swartz
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 14, 2013, 05:13:25 AM
Hard not to think about Corzine laughing and this poor kid dead. Where is the Outrage! :'(

About 150 people gathered at Dewey Square this afternoon to remember Internet activist Aaron Swartz, some holding signs saying “Aaron’s Law” and listening to folk songs like “We Shall Overcome.”

Supporters of Swartz claim that overly aggressive prosecution of him contributed to the 26-year-old’s decision to take his own life in January. He was arrested in 2011 after allegedly hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology network and illegally downloading nearly 5 million documents from JSTOR, among the largest online databases of scholarly publications.

After his death, many criticized US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s handling of the case and said outdated laws on computer fraud and abuse need to change.

A congressional inquiry has been opened.

Swartz’s girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, addressed the crowd and called for more humane prosecution of federal computer laws so that people such as Swartz, or anyone else, should not face prison time for acts such as accessing a database of academic articles.

“We have to rein in prosecutorial power,” she said, calling for an overhaul of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act used to arrest Swartz in 2011 for allegedly hacking into a scholarly archive and downloading millions of articles. “We need fundamental criminal justice reform. We just have to have it in this country and we’re not going to go away until we have it.”

Swartz’s suicide triggered a national debate over whether prosecutors were overzealous in pursuing charges against the computer wunderkind, who helped create the RSS information-distribution software and who merged his start-up with the popular website Reddit.com.

Others feared the failure to treat security breaches seriously could embolden others to carry out more damaging thefts in the future.

“Today is the day that Aaron should’ve been free,” said Charlie Furman, 24, campaign manager for Demand Progress, a nonprofit Aaron founded. “People are coming out because obviously that’s not something we had the chance to see. Instead the best thing we can do is honor Aaron and demand justice by fixing the laws that he was charged under so this can never happen again.”

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2aae2dea/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C130Cralliers0Edewey0Esquare0Eremember0Eaaron0Eswartz0C1m0ABfMmNlheSawPZCigpFO0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2aae2dea/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C130Cralliers0Edewey0Esquare0Eremember0Eaaron0Eswartz0C1m0ABfMmNlheSawPZCigpFO0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: China says bird flu death toll rises to 13
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 14, 2013, 05:36:20 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - Two people in the central Chinese province of Henan have been infected by a new strain of avian influenza, the first cases found in the region, while the death toll has risen to 13 from a total of 60 infections after two more deaths in Shanghai.

One of the Henan victims, a 34-year old man in the city of Kaifeng, is now critically ill in hospital, while the other, a 65-year old farmer from Zhoukou, is stable. The two cases do not appear to be connected.

A total of 19 people in close contact with the two new victims were under observation but had shown no signs of infection, state news agency Xinhua said.

Another four cases have been confirmed in eastern Zhejiang, Xinhua said on Sunday, bringing the total number in the province to 15. None of the 483 people in close contact with the victims has presented any symptoms.

Three more victims were identified in Shanghai, China's business hub, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 24, with a total of nine deaths, state media said.

Three cases have now been reported outside the original clusters in eastern China, including one in the capital Beijing, but there is nothing out of the ordinary so far, the China representative of the World Health Organization said.

"There's no way to predict how it'll spread but it's not surprising if we have new cases

http://news.yahoo.com/china-says-bird-flu-cases-found-central-china-021648764.html (http://news.yahoo.com/china-says-bird-flu-cases-found-central-china-021648764.html) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: China says bird flu death toll rises to 13
Post by: JoeP on April 14, 2013, 06:01:57 AM
From the article:

"but there is nothing out of the ordinary so far, the China representative of the World Health Organization said."

I'm sure they'll let everybody know when they see something "out of the ordinary".   :laugh:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 15, 2013, 02:33:46 PM
Boston in a state of mayhem. City is locked down, people are all locked up in hotels whatever. Unexploded bombs being found, military and FBI everywhere, one suspect being held.  JFK Library had a fire or explosion not confirmed yet. NYC on alert.  ALL police in bostan and surrounding communities called to active duty, it is bedlam, Two people dead, FBI treating it a s a terrorist act.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on April 16, 2013, 01:05:43 AM
Boston in a state of mayhem. City is locked down, people are all locked up in hotels whatever. Unexploded bombs being found, military and FBI everywhere, one suspect being held.  JFK Library had a fire or explosion not confirmed yet. NYC on alert.  ALL police in bostan and surrounding communities called to active duty, it is bedlam, Two people dead, FBI treating it a s a terrorist act.

Good to have a Diner Reporter on site.  Be careful GO.  Go with God.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 01:32:55 AM
Boston in a state of mayhem. City is locked down, people are all locked up in hotels whatever. Unexploded bombs being found, military and FBI everywhere, one suspect being held.  JFK Library had a fire or explosion not confirmed yet. NYC on alert.  ALL police in bostan and surrounding communities called to active duty, it is bedlam, Two people dead, FBI treating it a s a terrorist act.

Good to have a Diner Reporter on site.  Be careful GO.  Go with God.

RE

Not much to report that is new. Businesses are now being hurt badly, no one is going to work, parents are scared to let their kids out today, major sporting events like tonight's Celtics game are cancelled. It seems like overkill and playing into the terrorists hands in my  view, but I guess it pays to play it safe. People in my area are more hurt and dismayed that it happened here, and are miserable about the deaths and injuries, but do not seem afraid, the frightened folks are those that work and live in the heart of Boston. There are strange vehicles being seen now and then in the suburbs where I am and you can notice police cars frequently.  The vehicles appear to be mini buses with G men in them but who knows? Friends I have who work in the City are going to work, but are unsure as to what to expect at the skyscrapers they work in for security and such.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 01:46:10 AM
Many of the Boston Colleges have just announced closing today Berkley, Emerson etc. Logan airport is full of security, they just emptied every trash barrel in and outside the airport and FBI is everywhere.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on April 16, 2013, 02:06:57 AM
It seems like overkill and playing into the terrorists CIA's hands in my  view,

Fixed that for you GO.  :icon_mrgreen:

(http://apocalypsecometh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/False-Flag-3.jpg)

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on April 16, 2013, 03:13:18 AM
Boston in a state of mayhem. City is locked down, people are all locked up in hotels whatever. Unexploded bombs being found, military and FBI everywhere, one suspect being held.  JFK Library had a fire or explosion not confirmed yet. NYC on alert.  ALL police in bostan and surrounding communities called to active duty, it is bedlam, Two people dead, FBI treating it a s a terrorist act.

Good to have a Diner Reporter on site.  Be careful GO.  Go with God.

RE

By all means, GO, keep us posted and stay safe.

While diddling on the DDFB site this morning, i found (and posted) this:

I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

- Patton Oswalt
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Security will be the rule in Boston Tuesday
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 03:48:24 AM
Boston will be largely open for business on Tuesday, but so much will be different, as a wounded city awakens to higher security and heightened vigilance following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Heavily armed police will be out in force. Bags will be searched on the ­MBTA. And the area around Copley Square will remain a crime scene, closed to the public.

Not since the Sept. 11 attacks has Boston witnessed such a show of martial power coupled with a sense of vulnerability and grief.

The scores of rifle-wielding state troopers, National Guard members in fatigues, and municipal SWAT teams who descended on the city today will continue to patrol on Tuesday, particularly around the finish line of the marathon in the Back Bay.

“That area is pretty much going to be locked down,” Governor Deval Patrick said at a press conference on tonight. “It’s not going to be easy, simple, or regular. And, I think, in most cases, people are not going to have access to that area.”

Patrick said the closed-off area spans the length of Boylston between Berkeley Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and on either side of Boylston from Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue, a section nearly a mile long and three blocks across.

Workers and visitors will not be allowed into that zone, and residents will not be allowed into their homes until further notice, officials said. City officials said they would set up a resource center at the Park Plaza Castle for anyone displaced from their homes or looking for lost belongings. Grief counselors would also be available.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s office said in a statement that the closed-off area will probably remain off limits to pedestrians and traffic for several days.

“People returning to work tomorrow will notice an increased police presence in the city,” the statement said. “They should not be alarmed by this presence of National Guard and other armed officers at key points on the city including in an around the MBTA.”

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ac3cc4c/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C150Csecurity0Ewill0Ethe0Erule0Eboston0Etuesday0CIefALoWKnvlsdnFy88g0A1K0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ac3cc4c/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C150Csecurity0Ewill0Ethe0Erule0Eboston0Etuesday0CIefALoWKnvlsdnFy88g0A1K0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Security will be the rule in Boston Tuesday
Post by: RE on April 16, 2013, 04:07:48 AM
Boston will be largely open for business on Tuesday, but so much will be different, as a wounded city awakens to higher security and heightened vigilance following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Can-U-Spell...

MARTIAL LAW?

Now, question is, HOW MANY cities at once can FEMA descend on with this level of FORCE?

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 04:13:20 AM
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Now, question is, HOW MANY cities at once can FEMA descend on with this level of FORCE?

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From What I can see by the sheer  number of people in Boston from the Government, not many would be my guess.  :dontknow:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel About FEMA
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 04:19:46 AM
This was sobering RE thought it would be a much larger number.

As of October 8, 2011, FEMA has 7,474 employees across the country – at Headquarters, the ten regional offices, the National Emergency Training Center, Center for Domestic Preparedness/Noble Training Center and other locations.

FEMA is not the team, but part of a team.  That team includes federal partners, state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profits and faith-based groups and the general public.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Security will be the rule in Boston Tuesday
Post by: luciddreams on April 16, 2013, 05:25:43 AM

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“People returning to work tomorrow will notice an increased police presence in the city,” the statement said. “They should not be alarmed by this presence of National Guard and other armed officers at key points on the city including in an around the MBTA.”

They should also not be alarmed about the FBI, ATF, DHS, NSA, CIA, U.S. Marshals, police from neighboring cities, troopers from neighboring states, infantry Marines, Army special forces, nor the coast guard and navy vessels patrolling the Boston area. 

Also Bostonians should not be alarmed when Nato shows up.

Do not be alarmed, this is not marshal law, we're going to root out the evil perpetrators whom did this.  Big Brother will protect you...do not panic...go about your normal business.

Hey Ox, stay safe brother.  And don't worry, Big Brother will protect you.   ;)

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 05:53:58 AM
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Hey Ox, stay safe brother.  And don't worry, Big Brother will protect you.   ;)

Thanks LD, I hear you loud and clear. Kind of surprised they won't allow people in there own homes, that really sucks. :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Huge earthquake hits Iran, hundreds feared dead
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 06:20:15 AM
 DUBAI (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and an Iranian official said hundreds of people were feared to have been killed.

Tremors from the 7.8 magnitude quake were also felt in India and Gulf states.

"It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 5:44 a.m. ET at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles).

People in the city of Zahedan poured into the streets when the earthquake struck, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

All communications in the area have been cut, the Iranian Red Crescent's Mahmoud Mozaffar told state television. Rescue teams have been dispatched to the affected area, he said.

"In the aftermath of this earthquake five evaluation teams from the Khash and Saravan branches were sent to the area to assess damage," Mozaffar said.

   http://news.yahoo.com/strong-8-magnitude-quake-hits-iran-110149111.html (http://news.yahoo.com/strong-8-magnitude-quake-hits-iran-110149111.html) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Huge earthquake hits Iran, hundreds feared dead
Post by: RE on April 16, 2013, 06:34:07 AM
DUBAI (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and an Iranian official said hundreds of people were feared to have been killed.

Tremors from the 7.8 magnitude quake were also felt in India and Gulf states.

And the Hits just keep on coming!

HAARP anyone?

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Huge earthquake hits Iran, hundreds feared dead
Post by: luciddreams on April 16, 2013, 06:46:40 AM
DUBAI (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and an Iranian official said hundreds of people were feared to have been killed.

Tremors from the 7.8 magnitude quake were also felt in India and Gulf states.

And the Hits just keep on coming!

HAARP anyone?

RE

no shit!!!

7.8...holy shit that's one hell of a quake...or holy jihad rather.  Something's up for sure. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on April 16, 2013, 07:41:18 AM
I had been wondering if they had devised some weapon to somehow cause all these earthquakes in iran....

On the boston bombing, there does seem to be a hell of a lot of resources very readily on hand. if anyone remembers ted kazinsky the unabomber, the response was much more proportionate?

Im giving short oddds on pakistan/iran as most likely culprit to pin it on.



Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on April 16, 2013, 07:55:00 AM
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On the boston bombing, there does seem to be a hell of a lot of resources very readily on hand. if anyone remembers ted kazinsky the unabomber, the response was much more proportionate?

Ted Kazinsky sent bombs to twenty+  individuals, over decades. This bomb, or these bombs, are said to have killed three and taken at least one leg from 25 people.

Diners. Whoever did this, for whatever reason, don't forget to empathize with the people harmed.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 08:16:45 AM
US AIRWAYS PLANE STOPPED AT BOSTON"S LOGAN FOR SECURITY REASONS!
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 16, 2013, 08:25:15 AM
Plane now being evacuated.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel About FEMA
Post by: DoomerSupport on April 16, 2013, 08:59:36 AM
This was sobering RE thought it would be a much larger number.

As of October 8, 2011, FEMA has 7,474 employees across the country – at Headquarters, the ten regional offices, the National Emergency Training Center, Center for Domestic Preparedness/Noble Training Center and other locations.

FEMA is not the team, but part of a team.  That team includes federal partners, state, tribal and local officials, the private sector, non-profits and faith-based groups and the general public.

FEMA coordinates a lot of other agencies.  Within a few minutes of the blasts, the wife's DEMPS team was put on standby. If this is the start of something bigger, she'd deploy with the 82nd and set up a MASH unit, probably in the car park of a hospital.  The troops provide a perimeter, the DEMPS team triage the casualties and takes a lot of the pressure of the hospital itself, while supplementing the medical facilities.     

 


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Portugal’s elder statesman calls for Default
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 17, 2013, 04:37:01 AM
Portugal’s elder statesman calls for 'Argentine-style' default
Portugal's leading elder statesman has called on the country to copy Argentina and default on its debt to avert economic collapse, a move that would lead to near certain ejection from the euro.
 By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

4:59PM BST 12 Apr 2013

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Mario Soares, who steered the country to democracy after the Salazar dictatorship, said all political forces should unite to “bring down the government” and repudiate the austerity policies of the EU-IMF Troika.

“Portugal will never be able to pay its debts, however much it impoverishes itself. If you can’t pay, the only solution is not to pay. When Argentina was in crisis it didn’t pay. Did anything happen? No, nothing happened," he told Antena 1.

The former socialist premier and president said the Portuguese government has become a servant of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meekly doing whatever it is told.

“In their eagerness to do the bidding of Senhora Merkel, they have sold everything and ruined this country. In two years this government has destroyed Portugal,” he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9990651/Portugals-elder-statesman-calls-for-Argentine-style (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9990651/Portugals-elder-statesman-calls-for-Argentine-style) default.html   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on April 17, 2013, 09:59:05 AM
I think the Portugese are thinking quite logically but Iceland is a better model than Argentina.  :icon_mrgreen:

I ran into this which I think you will enjoy. As I continue to say, it's not about PMs, per se; it's about galloping inflation and a desperate Fed drive to hide it.
 :evil4:
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For some perspective on the long-term performance of the stock market, today's chart presents the Dow priced in another global currency -- gold. After all, gold is now legal tender in both Utah and Arizona. Today's chart illustrates how it currently takes 10.8 ounces of gold to 'buy the Dow' (i.e. the Dow / gold ratio) -- a far cry from the 44.8 ounces it took back in 1999. Priced in gold, the Dow has been in a massive 13-year bear market.  While the Dow (priced in gold) is well-off its dot-com record highs, it has been on a tear as of late. The current rally has resulted in a break above resistance of its latest downtrend channel as well as new post-financial crisis highs.

http://www.chartoftheday.com/20130417.htm?A&source=email_rt_mc_body (http://www.chartoftheday.com/20130417.htm?A&source=email_rt_mc_body)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:89 Dogs, 238 Pigs Die Suddenly in Chinese Village
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 18, 2013, 03:57:20 AM
Animals are mysteriously dying left and right in China and no one knows why.

This time it’s 289 pigs and 89 dogs in Luoyang city in western Henan Province. They reportedly all died suddenly on Monday for no known reason.

According to this local media report, tests have ruled out that the animals died of the bird flu. The H7N9 strain has killed 16 people out of 77 reported human cases. But whatever killed the pigs and dogs in Dongtun Village remains a mystery. One local also said the dogs that weren’t killed are dying. They suspect a gas leak from a nearby chemical plant killed them. Locals have been complaining that a bad smell in the air had gotten especially bad.

The mysterious animal deaths follow close on the heels of the sudden appearance of 16,000 pig carcasses in a major Shanghai river, over a thousand birds and ducks turning up dead throughout China, and a quarter of a ton of dead fish washing up also in Shanghai.

http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-04-16/89-dogs-238-pigs-die-suddenly-in-chinese-village.html (http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-04-16/89-dogs-238-pigs-die-suddenly-in-chinese-village.html)  video in article   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: luciddreams on April 18, 2013, 04:40:41 AM
definitely some bad juju goin' down in China lately.  The mystery to me is why people aren't dying like that?  I mean pigs are pretty damn close to people anatomically.  Doesn't make any sense.   :-\
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 18, 2013, 04:49:51 AM
definitely some bad juju goin' down in China lately.  The mystery to me is why people aren't dying like that?  I mean pigs are pretty damn close to people anatomically.  Doesn't make any sense.   :-\
Thought about that myself LD, maybe it's something their feeding them?  :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: luciddreams on April 18, 2013, 04:52:46 AM
definitely some bad juju goin' down in China lately.  The mystery to me is why people aren't dying like that?  I mean pigs are pretty damn close to people anatomically.  Doesn't make any sense.   :-\
Thought about that myself LD, maybe it's something their feeding them?  :icon_scratch:

could be, but are the dogs eating the same thing?  And what about the fish, and duck, and all the other birds?  I'd be willing to bet one thing though, this ain't no coincidence.  All these animal deaths are connected somehow.  Honestly, I'm just glad it ain't happening here.  I mean I hate it for them, but if something like that was happening near me I'd have to find out WTF and I'd probably get in trouble over it. 

I have to constantly resist becoming a martyr for some reason. 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on April 18, 2013, 06:00:08 AM
Probably something was declared not fit for human consumption and so not wasted fed to the pigs and dogs, dogs often throw up poisoned food though, maybe even dogs ate pig carcasses that were so toxic it killed them.

I cant remember where the swine flu started from in 09, europe or china? Because I work in big clinics and hospitals im exposed to all the virus and  USUALLY NEVER get sick, but in 09 I got the swine flu which killed a few people. Luckily I was in good shape at the time.

Friday afternoon about 2 pm started a headache from hell, by the time I got home that evening I went straight to bed, could not get up to do anything at all until sunday morning and monday went back to work.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 19, 2013, 02:43:18 AM
Total chaos in Boston area where I live. Just got up and heard the horror policeman dead, one suspect dead the other on the run, over 100 shots fired in Watertown, MIT Campus cop in critical condition. Just called my wife who is working in the area and told her to wait for me so i can follow her home in my car. Link from Latest Boston Globe Website below. Going to meet wife, back later.

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ae70e08/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C180Cboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Ecustody0Eanother0Ethe0Eloose0CUAbtwLVGLwBE5VI7BUyQuL0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ae70e08/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C180Cboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Ecustody0Eanother0Ethe0Eloose0CUAbtwLVGLwBE5VI7BUyQuL0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on April 19, 2013, 03:04:13 AM
Total chaos in Boston area where I live. Just got up and heard the horror policeman dead, one suspect dead the other on the run, over 100 shots fired in Watertown, MIT Campus cop in critical condition. Just called my wife who is working in the area and told her to wait for me so i can follow her home in my car. Link from Latest Boston Globe Website below. Going to meet wife, back later.

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ae70e08/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C180Cboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Ecustody0Eanother0Ethe0Eloose0CUAbtwLVGLwBE5VI7BUyQuL0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2ae70e08/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A40C180Cboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Ecustody0Eanother0Ethe0Eloose0CUAbtwLVGLwBE5VI7BUyQuL0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)

Stay Safe GO.  Check in when you can.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 19, 2013, 03:35:15 AM
Just got back, turned back by State police.  Wife is staying in building until suspect caught or all clear given.

All I can say so far is if you think you can run from the police in this day and age you are definitely crazy. If you saw the man power brought around here you would just be awe stricken, feel like I am back in the Army.

All public transportation in Boston cancelled, people being told to go home that are stranded at bus and train stops.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 19, 2013, 03:40:02 AM
All Colleges and schools closed including Harvard and MIT. Swat teams going house to house, People being told to stay home, businesses closing due to public transportation shutdown.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 19, 2013, 03:47:51 AM
there was just an unconfirmed announcement that they are brothers and Russians
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on April 19, 2013, 06:56:21 AM
Ox,
Any news from your end?

Watching the "news product" down here, it looks like martial law in Boston.

Nothing about this feels right from here-- but YOU are there. Didn't used to need to shut down a whole greater metropolitan area surrounding a city to get one guy. Looks more like a planned military exercise in shutting down a city, a Police State exercise. "Stay indoors" What? If you live 5 miles away from Watertown and step outside they will shoot you?

I am still ambivalent about what it all means. Maybe the entire operation is what it appears to be: the marshalling of all available resources to catch the perps; or an elaborate Hollywood style production to sell a false flag. It will reek even more if both of the Tsarniev brothers take the Oswald exit. And still unanswered is why there was a "drill" scheduled at the same time, which lends a disconcerting element of "deja vu" to the affair.

Anyhow, thinking of you and hope you are well.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: luciddreams on April 19, 2013, 12:10:01 PM
I hope you're well to Ox, you and your pussy :laugh:

come on...that's pretty damn funny.

Anyways, that's some scary shit goin' down in Boston right now.  I guess that's where the police state made it's official landing.  I wonder what will happen next? 

I know I wouldn't go off being no damn martyr if I were in your shoes.  Not until there is an active resistance.  The only way to win would be for the National Guard to defect and defend the land they are tasked with defending against enemies both foreign and domestic.  The Guard defends the State, at least it's supposed to.

At any rate, I hope you are well man.  I'm sure you'll weather this event just fine.   :emthup:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Beantown returning To Normal
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 20, 2013, 05:27:10 AM
Things slowly getting back to normal around here, Thank Goodness. Some folks are actually celebrating, something I just don't understand but whatever the focus will no doubt leave Boston and turn on the other questions posed by this horrible act. My sincere thanks to all my friends at the Diner who worried for our safety. Looking forward to a quiet weekend without the shrill sound of sirens and worry about friends and relatives.  :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on April 22, 2013, 02:51:38 PM
Hey GO, it's your turn to gloat! :icon_mrgreen:

A massive wave of Asian buying of precious metals is emptying dealer shelves across the region....

Monday, April 22, 9:13 AM ET

A massive wave of Asian buying of precious metals is emptying dealer shelves across the region. "I haven't seen this (kind of) gold rush for over 20 years," says the head of the HK Gold & Silver Exchange, adding that old-timers haven't seen anything like this for 50 years. GLD +2%, SLV +1.4%.

http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/956411?source=email_rt_mc_readmore (http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/956411?source=email_rt_mc_readmore)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 22, 2013, 03:54:19 PM
Hey GO, it's your turn to gloat! :icon_mrgreen:

A massive wave of Asian buying of precious metals is emptying dealer shelves across the region....

Monday, April 22, 9:13 AM ET

A massive wave of Asian buying of precious metals is emptying dealer shelves across the region. "I haven't seen this (kind of) gold rush for over 20 years," says the head of the HK Gold & Silver Exchange, adding that old-timers haven't seen anything like this for 50 years. GLD +2%, SLV +1.4%.

http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/956411?source=email_rt_mc_readmore (http://seekingalpha.com/currents/post/956411?source=email_rt_mc_readmore)

It warms the cockles of my heart to read it AG, but gloating isn't something in my agenda. A very wise man once told me that playing the markets was a very humbling experience. He was correct, except of course in the case of our beloved, magnificent, grand imperial wizard of wizards founder. May his brilliance shine on us for eternity.   ;D ::)

                                                               
Dungeon Master at Work
Dungeon Master at Work
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on April 22, 2013, 04:35:23 PM
What a REVELATION! And all the time I thought THIS GUY was the magnificent, grand imperial wizard of wizards founder: :icon_mrgreen:

(http://sergejjdem2.ucoz.ru/44444444444444/998888888888888/666666666665555/2222222222211/v34280feqpt.jpg)
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: JoeP on April 22, 2013, 05:44:45 PM
Hey GO,

Just came across this ZH article:

Chinese Sue Fed For Monopoly USD Devaluation (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-22/chinese-sue-fed-monopoly-usd-devaluation)

I just had to wonder - "WTF is GO thinking about this chit?

In whatever scenario, I'll bet it made your pussy feel good.

 :icon_mrgreen:  :laugh:  :icon_mrgreen:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on April 22, 2013, 07:15:41 PM
JoeP,
Wise Chinese saying: "People in China know how to count". No Ticket, NO Laundry! :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 23, 2013, 12:53:52 AM
Hey GO,

Just came across this ZH article:

Chinese Sue Fed For Monopoly USD Devaluation (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-22/chinese-sue-fed-monopoly-usd-devaluation)

I just had to wonder - "WTF is GO thinking about this chit?

In whatever scenario, I'll bet it made your pussy feel good.

 :icon_mrgreen:  :laugh:  :icon_mrgreen:

Good for a chuckle JoeP, that's about it; nothing will come of it. I am afraid my Dear Pussy might be cheating on me. She has lost interest in me ever since a certain Mr. Bond has shown up. I am starting to think my Gold is the only reason she is still around. Could be just my imagination I guess; we Gold Bugs are a very Suspicious group. Do you think he is better looking than Auric, or could offer my dear more in lavish affection?

                                         
Auric Goldfinger Pussy Galore James Bond 007
Auric Goldfinger Pussy Galore James Bond 007
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Al Qaeda in Canada?
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 23, 2013, 03:08:04 AM

The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com
Al Qaeda in Canada? Two men arrested, charged with terrorism.

Two men were charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al Qaeda elements in Iran, police said Monday. The men are not Canadian citizens, but they had been in Canada a "significant amount of time," said police.

y Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press / April 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm EDT
Toronto

 Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al Qaeda elements in Iran, police said Monday. The case bolstered allegations by some governments and experts of a relationship of convenience between Shiite-led Iran and the predominantly Sunni Arab terrorist network.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, had "direction and guidance" from al Qaeda members in Iran, though there was no reason to think the planned attacks were state-sponsored, RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said. Police said the men did not get financial support from al Qaeda, but declined to provide more details.

"This is the first known al Qaeda planned attack that we've experienced in Canada," Superintendent Doug Best told a news conference. Officials in Washington and Toronto said it had no connections to last week's bombings at the marathon in Boston.

The arrests in Montreal and Toronto raised questions about Iran's murky relationship with the terrorist network. Bruce Riedel, a CIA veteran who is now a Brookings Institution senior fellow, said al Qaeda has had a clandestine presence in Iran since at least 2001 and that neither the terror group nor Tehran speak openly about it.

"The Iranian regime kept some of these elements under house arrest," he said in an email to The Associated Press. "Some probably operate covertly. AQ members often transit Iran traveling between hideouts in Pakistan and Iraq."

U.S. intelligence officials have long tracked limited al Qaeda activity inside Iran. Remnants of al Qaeda's so-called management council are still there, though they are usually kept under virtual house arrest by an Iranian regime suspicious of the Sunni-/Salafi-based militant movement. There are also a small number of financiers and facilitators who help move money, and sometimes weapons and people throughout the region from their base in Iran.

Last fall, the Obama administration offered up to $12 million in rewards for information leading to the capture of two al Qaeda leaders based in Iran. The U.S. State Department described them as key facilitators in sending extremists to Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Treasury Department also announced financial penalties against one of the men.

Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, said the terrorist network was not operating in Iran.

"Iran's position against this group is very clear and well known. [Al Qaeda] has no possibility to do any activity inside Iran or conduct any operation abroad from Iran's territory," Miryousefi said in a statement emailed to the AP late Monday. "We reject strongly and categorically any connection to this story."

The investigation surrounding the planned attack was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The attack "was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan said Monday. "We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack. They watched trains and railways."

Strachan said they were targeting a route, but did not say whether it was a cross border route. Best said the duo had been under investigation since last fall. Their bail hearing was scheduled in Toronto on Tuesday.

Via Rail said that "at no time" were passengers or members of the public in imminent danger. Via trains (Canada's equivalent to Amtrak) carry nearly four million passengers annually.

In Washington, Amtrak president Joe Boardman said the Amtrak Police Department would continue to work with Canadian authorities to assist in the investigation. Via Rail and Amtrak jointly operate trains between Canada and the U.S.

Rep. Peter King (R) of New York praised Canadian authorities for the arrests, releasing a statement saying that the attack was intended "to cause significant loss of human life including New Yorkers."

Charges against the two men include conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group. Police said the men are not Canadian citizens, said they had been in Canada a "significant amount of time," and declined to say where they were from or why they were in the country.

Muhammad Robert Heft, who runs an outreach organization for Islamic converts, and Hussein Hamdani, a lawyer and longtime advocate in the Muslim community, said one of the suspects is Tunisian and the other is from the United Arab Emirates. Both were part of a group of Muslim community leaders who were briefed by the RCMP ahead of Monday's announcement.

Authorities were tipped off by members of the community of one of the suspects, Best said, without expanding.

A spokeswoman for the University of Sherbrooke near Montreal said Esseghaier studied there in 2008-2009. More recently, he has been doing doctoral research at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, a spokeswoman at the training university confirmed.

Julie Martineau, a spokeswoman at the research institute, said Esseghaier began working at the center just outside Montreal in 2010 and was pursuing a PhD in nanotechnology.

"We are, of course, very surprised," she said.

A LinkedIn page showing a man with Esseghaier's name and academic background helped author a number of biology research papers, including on HIV and cancer detection. The page says he was a student in Tunisia before moving to Canada in the summer of 2008.

The arrests just a few months after two Canadians were discovered among militants killed in a terrorist siege at a gas plant in Algeria. The siege killed at least 38 hostages and 29 militants, including Ali Medlej and Xristos Katsiroubas, two high school friends from London, Ontario.

In 2006 Canadian police foiled the so-called Toronto 18 home grown plot to set off bombs outside Toronto's Stock Exchange, a building housing Canada's spy agency and a military base. The goal was to scare Canada into removing its troops from Afghanistan. The arrests made international headlines and heightened fears in a country where many people thought they were relatively immune from terrorist strikes.

Associated Press writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, Benjamin Shingler in Montreal, Peter James Spielmann and Maria Sanminiatelli in New York, and Pete Yost and Kimberly Dozier

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/5fXHxs4KiT8/Al-Qaeda-in-Canada-Two-men-arrested-charged-with-terrorism (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/5fXHxs4KiT8/Al-Qaeda-in-Canada-Two-men-arrested-charged-with-terrorism) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Two Bishops Kidnapped says Syrian government
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 23, 2013, 03:16:04 AM
                                                       
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 By Dominic Evans, Reuters / April 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm EDT
BEIRUT

Two prominent Syrian bishops, who had warned of the threat to religious tolerance and diversity from the two-year conflict in their country, were kidnapped on Monday by armed rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, state media said.

SANA news agency said the Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi, were seized by "a terrorist group" in the village of Kfar Dael as they were "carrying out humanitarian work."

A Syriac member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Abdulahad Steifo, said the men had been kidnapped on the road to Aleppo from the rebel-held Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey.

Several prominent Muslim clerics have been killed in Syria's uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, but the two bishops are the most senior church leaders caught up in the conflict which has killed more than 70,000 people across Syria.

Christians make up less than 10 percent of the country's 23 million people and, like other religious minorities, many have been wary of the mainly Sunni Muslim uprising against Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

Fears for their future if the rebels were to end 40 years of Assad dynastic rule, which ensured religious freedom without political rights, have increased with the growing strength of Islamist rebels and a pledge of allegiance to al Qaeda by the hardline Nusra Front rebels two weeks ago.

Steifo said Ibrahim had gone to collect Yazigi from the rebel-held Bab al-Hawa crossing because he had crossed there several times before and was familiar with the route.

The two men were driving to Aleppo when they were kidnapped, he added. Asked who was behind their abduction, Steifo said: "All probabilities are open."

"CHRISTIANS SUFFERING"

Last September Ibrahim said that hundreds of Christian families had fled Aleppo as rebels and soldiers battled for control of the country's biggest city.

"In its modern history Aleppo has not seen such critical and painful times...Christians have been attacked and kidnapped in monstrous ways and their relatives have paid big sums for their release," he told Reuters.

In the central city of Homs, which saw the heaviest bloodshed earlier this year, he said several churches and Christian centres had been damaged in the fighting.

"Until a few months ago the idea of escaping had not crossed the minds of the Christians, but after the danger worsened it has become the main topic of conversation."

Neighbouring Iraq, where sectarian violence after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein forced half the Christians to flee, offers frightening parallels for Syrian Christians, while the revival of Islamists in the 2011 Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt also fills Syria's Christians with foreboding.

Writing in January, Yazigi said was important that the uprisings known as the "Arab Spring" should not jeopardise centuries of religious diversity in the Middle East.

"What is the spring without the diversity and richness of colours in comparison with the haze...of winter? Diversity is richness while monochromatic uniformity is a ticking bomb that kills its owner," he said.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/XAdjgfKLcGc/Two-bishops-kidnapped-by-rebels-says-Syrian-government (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/XAdjgfKLcGc/Two-bishops-kidnapped-by-rebels-says-Syrian-government)  :icon_study:
Title: GLD: Goldman closes its gold short
Post by: agelbert on April 23, 2013, 11:25:00 AM
Expect some rocket fuel short covering by the herd of manipulators soon to boost the PM prices. They LOVE that CHURN. :evil4:

GLD: Goldman closes its gold short

Seeking Alpha

7:57 AM  Goldman closes its gold short, the metal's move back above $1,400 triggering a stop. Still bearish though: "Our bias is to expect further declines in gold prices on the combination of continued ETF outflows ... as well as our economists' forecasts for a re-acceleration in U.S. growth later this year." GLD -0.3% premarket.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Bird Flu Strain Spreads To Taiwan
Post by: Golden Oxen on April 24, 2013, 10:12:32 PM
 
Bird Flu Strain Spreads as Taiwan Reports First H7N9 Case
By Tim Culpan & Yu-Huay Sun - Apr 24, 2013 10:12 PM ET

 
    Play
How Worried Should We Be About New Bird Flu Strain?

Taiwan confirmed an H7N9 bird flu infection in a traveler returning to the island from China, the first incidence of the killer virus spreading outside the mainland.
Enlarge image Taiwan Finds First Bird Flu Infection Outside China in Traveler

Taiwan's Center for Disease Control staff stand at the entrance of Sungshan Airport in Taipei. Photographer: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

A 53-year-old Taiwanese man tested positive for the strain of avian flu after a business trip to the eastern city of Suzhou and returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, Minister of Health Chiu Wen-ta said at a briefing in Taipei yesterday. The patient, who is in critical condition in an isolation room, didn’t come into contact with birds and poultry, Chiu said.

The first discovery of the virus outside China, 10 years after an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, may lead to increased scrutiny of travelers into and out of the country. Taiwan’s largest trade partner is battling to control spreading of the virus, which so far has killed 23, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from reports released by the government and World Health Organization.

                                                                 
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www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-24/taiwan-finds-first-bird-flu-infection-outside-china-in-traveler.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-24/taiwan-finds-first-bird-flu-infection-outside-china-in-traveler.html)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Thousands rally against European Austerity May D
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 01, 2013, 03:57:19 AM
Thousands rally against European austerity iBy Renee Maltezou and Clare Kane

ATHENS/MADRID (Reuters) - Trains and ferries were canceled and hospital staff walked off the job in Greece on Wednesday and thousands were due to demonstrate across Spain as May Day triggered protests against harsh government spending cuts.

Separately, Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in central Istanbul for a rally on what has become a traditional labor holiday.

In Spain, where the unemployment rate stands at a record 27 percent, the two largest trade unions, CCOO and UGT, called on workers and the unemployed to join over 80 demonstrations across the country.

In a column in financial newspaper El Economista, CCOO Secretary General Igancio Fernandez Toxo criticized the government's "huge
irresponsibility" in allowing unemployment to rise to such levels.

Candido Mendez, head of UGT, said having more than 6 million people unemployed meant there had "never been a May 1 with more reason to take to the streets".

In Athens, about 1,000 policemen were deployed to handle any violence during rallies and strikes called by public and private sector unions.

It is the latest in a long line of strikes and protests in the debt-laden country ravaged by its sixth year of recession and popular fury over wage and spending cuts.

"Our message today is very clear: Enough with these policies which hurt people and make the poor poorer," Ilias Iliopoulos, general secretary of public sector union ADEDY, told Reuters.

"The government must take back the austerity measures, people can't take it anymore."

Participation, however, was expected to be well below the levels of major protests last year when as many as 100,000 Greeks marched to the central Syntagma square chanting slogans.

Unions themselves expected turnout to be low in Greece with the traditional May 1 holiday falling just a few days before Greek Orthodox Easter, which meant public schools were shut and many workers had already left for vacation.

Public transport in Athens was disrupted with buses and subways halted, while ships and ferries stayed docked at ports after seamen also walked off the job. Bank and hospital workers also joined the one-day strike.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has sought to maintain a hard line against striking workers in a bid to show European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders - as well as the public - that he is determined to push through unpopular reforms.

TURKEY, RUSSIA

In Istanbul, thousands of police were stationed across the city center to block access to the main Taksim square as crowds of protesters converged in different parts of the city early in the morning attempting to storm police barricades.

The incidents followed the pattern of recent years, when May Day demonstrations in Turkey's largest city have often been marked by clashes between police and protesters.

Authorities often use force to prevent the rally happening in the center of the city, having this year already denied large trade unions permission to march on Taksim, saying major construction work there would make it too dangerous.

Two officers were wounded by stones and metal objects thrown at police lines, state-run TRT television said, citing the Istanbul governor's office.

In Russia, around 1.5 million Russians were expected to participate in May 1 parades - a fraction of the millions that used to march in the Soviet times.

(Additional reporting by Deepa Babbington in Athens, Lidia Kelly in Moscow and Murad Sezer in Istanbul Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)n May Day protests

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2013 05 01T100812Z 1 CBRE9400S5R00 RTROPTP 2 CNEWS US EUROPE PROTESTS

http://news.yahoo.com/greeks-strike-turkish-police-fire-teargas-may-day-084226990.html (http://news.yahoo.com/greeks-strike-turkish-police-fire-teargas-may-day-084226990.html)  :icon_study:  :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Obama moving toward sending lethal arms Syria
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 02, 2013, 03:23:43 AM
Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say

President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials.

The officials said they are moving toward the shipment of arms but emphasized that they are still pursuing political negotiation. To that end, the administration has launched an effort to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that the probable use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government — and the more direct outside intervention that could provoke — should lead him to reconsider his support of Assad.

But Obama, who spoke by telephone with Putin on Monday and is sending Secretary of State John F. Kerry to Moscow in the coming days, is likely to make a final decision on the supply of arms to the opposition within weeks, before a scheduled meeting with Putin in June, the officials said.

Confirmation that the Assad government has used chemical weapons, Obama said Tuesday, would mean that “there are some options that we might not otherwise exercise that we would strongly consider.”

At a news conference, he emphasized the need to “make sure I’ve got the facts. . . . If we end up rushing to judgment without hard, effective evidence, we can find ourselves in a position where we can’t mobilize the international community to support” additional action. Administration officials have made repeated reference to the George W. Bush administration’s inaccurate claims of weapons of mass destruction to justify its 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Yet even as Obama voiced caution in responding to what he has called the “red line” on chemical weapons, the senior officials described him as ready to move on what one described as the “left-hand side” of a broad spectrum that ranged from “arming the opposition to boots on the ground.”

“We’re clearly on an upward trajectory,” the senior official said. “We’ve moved over to assistance that has a direct military purpose.”

The officials did not specify what U.S. equipment is under consideration, although the rebels have specifically requested ­antitank weapons and surface-to-air missiles.

Syria’s neighbors and, according to recent polls, the American public oppose the insertion of U.S. troops in a conflict that is estimated to have killed more than 70,000 people. Such a move remains highly unlikely barring a spillover of the conflict into major regional instability, significant use of chemical weapons or indications that those weapons are falling into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants fighting alongside Syrian opposition forces.

U.S. and allied military and contract personnel have been training Jordanian and rebel forces to deal with the chemical weapons threat. U.S. intelligence also has tried to contact Syrian government units charged with protecting the weapons to warn against their use, and U.N. experts are preparing to secure chemical sites in the event of a negotiated cease-fire.

But the senior official, one of several who discussed internal administration deliberations on the condition of anonymity, said Obama has “not closed the door to other military actions,” in response to calls from the Syrian opposition and some members of Congress for protection against the Assad government’s ballistic missiles and airstrikes.

www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-preparing-to-send-lethal-arms-to-syrian-opposition-officials-say/2013/04/30/3084d0d4-b1 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-preparing-to-send-lethal-arms-to-syrian-opposition-officials-say/2013/04/30/3084d0d4-b1)   :icon_study:
Title: Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say
Post by: agelbert on May 02, 2013, 10:09:10 AM
I never thought I'd be around to watch an empire do an imitation of a taffy pull. :icon_mrgreen: Some call it overreach or over stretch. I call it empire being pulled apart like taffy in a taffy pull because the future break point ALWAYS telegraphs its exact location. :icon_mrgreen:

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Get it?  ;):icon_mrgreen:

HINT: Syria is a tar baby. The BRICS are going to make sure it just goes ON AND ON with endless hemming, hawing, negotiations , etc. Why? Because that's how you defang a powerful adversary that loves short, decisive, PR flash bang victories; you use stagnation to destroy the empire's inertia while you smile real pretty and pretend to be its friend. The empire, from a demoralized populace AND military, then starts to consume itself, seek favors from you and trade off its power gradually to preserve its priviledged elite. Sneaky, isn't it?

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Title: Re: Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say
Post by: DoomerSupport on May 02, 2013, 04:55:49 PM
I never thought I'd be around to watch an empire do an imitation of a taffy pull. :icon_mrgreen: Some call it overreach or over stretch.


I call it a reach-around, based on what the corporations are doing to us.

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Everything Humanly Possible Fourth of July Safe
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 03, 2013, 08:09:56 PM
 
Governor Deval Patrick vows to do ‘everything humanly possible’ to make Fourth of July safe

Governor Deval Patrick said Friday that authorities will do “everything humanly possible,” to make the July Fourth celebration along the Charles River safe, following revelations that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings had initially targeted the event.

Speaking to reporters at the graduation ceremony for Northeastern University, Patrick said law enforcement officials would be carefully reviewing security measures for the concert and fireworks display, which draws some 500,000 people to the Charles River Esplanade.

“We’re going to do everything we can, everything humanly possible, to make it as safe as possible,” he said. “It’s very important, at the same time, that people remain vigilant and be on a special level of vigilance in this coming year.”

Authorities Friday expressed confidence that security at the event, particularly since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has been sound.

But State Police spokesman David Procopio said officials were studying ways to make large public events “even harder targets for someone to attack.”

“The public should be assured that security measures include those that they see - and others that they won’t see,” Procopio said.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the Boston Marathon bombings will make law enforcement “recommit to do the best that we can to provide the highest level of security possible.”

“We can effectively protect as many people that come into the city just as good as any other city in the world,” said Davis.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Damascus military facilities 'hit by Israel rock
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 05, 2013, 04:58:47 AM
Damascus military facilities 'hit by Israel rockets'

Syria has accused Israel of launching rocket attacks on Damascus, after a night of huge explosions near the city.

Syrian state media said the rockets hit the Jamraya research centre, which Western officials have suggested is involved in chemical weapons research.

Israeli radio quoted a senior security official confirming an attack, and sources said it targeted weapons bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

It is the second suspected Israeli strike in Syria in two days.

On Friday Israeli aircraft hit a shipment of missiles near the Lebanon border, according to unnamed US and Israeli officials.

The BBC's Yolande Knell in Jerusalem says the latest developments are a significant escalation in Israel's involvement in the conflict.

She says Israel has already responded to fears of retaliation by locating two batteries of its

Mild earthquake'

Damascus was shaken by repeated explosions coming from the north-western suburbs.

Amateur video footage and eye witness testimony suggested rocket attacks had hit weapons dumps, triggering dramatic orange-flamed blasts.

The area houses numerous military facilities, including the Jamraya research centre, designated by Syria as a scientific research centre "in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence".

A state TV bulletin said: "The new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups, which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army."

Damascus-based journalist Alaa Ebrahim told the BBC it was "the biggest explosion" the city had seen since the conflict began two years ago.

He said residents living near Jamraya reported feeling a "mild earthquake" just before the blast, indicating that the rockets may have hit an underground facility.

He added that the Syrian army was likely to have suffered major casualties in the attack.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted eyewitnesses in the area as saying they saw jets in the sky at the time of the explosions.

The Jamraya facility was also apparently hit in an Israeli air strike in January.

Israeli officials confirmed the January strike, but insisted it had targeted trucks carrying missiles to Hezbollah.

After the latest attack, unnamed Western intelligence sources have again said the target was a weapons cache heading for Lebanon.

Israel has repeatedly said it would act if it felt advanced weapons were being transferred to militant groups in the region, especially Hezbollah.
'Horrific reports'

Analysts say the air strikes are unlikely to have a major effect on the civil war in Syria.

The latest reports from coastal regions around the town of Baniyas suggest dozens of Sunnis have been massacred in a campaign of sectarian cleansing.

The government said it had pushed back "terrorist groups" and restored security to the area.

The US said it was "appalled by the horrific reports" but that it did not foresee sending US troops to Syria.

However, the US is no longer ruling out supplying weapons to the rebels.

More than 70,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the conflict erupted in March 2011.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Germany gets sudden immigration boost
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 09, 2013, 04:40:01 PM
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    Refugees shout slogans during a protest of asylum seekers calling for fairer treatment by the authorities in Berlin this past October. German immigration is picking up as the economies of other European nations lose steam.
    (Thomas Peter/Reuters/File)

By Stefan Karlsson

Germany's declining population gets sudden immigration boost

Immigration to low unemployment Germany surged to 369,000 last year, with the influx from southern European nations on the rise.
For years, Germany had slightly negative population growth, due mainly or entirely to negative natural population growth due to a too low birth rate, but also due to the lack of net immigration.

2012 numbers on births and deaths in Germany aren't yet available, but the German statistics bureau has now released migration numbers(auf Deutsch). It showed that net immigration has increased dramatically, to 369,000, or about 0.45% of the current population. Immigration has increased particularly dramatically from countries like Spain and Greece, but is still small compared with immigration from Poland, from which more immigrants (176,000) arrived than from Spain (29,000), Portugal (14,000), Italy (42,000) and Greece (33,000) combined.

With the German labor market continuing to strengthen while the Southern Europe's continues to deteriorate, the now still modest inflow from Southern Europe is likely to increase further in 2013. With more than 6 million unemployed, the mere 29,000 inflow from Spain in particular is, despite the 45% gain compared with 2011, still remarkably and surprisingly low. This likely reflects that Spaniards in particular are reluctant to move away from homes whose values are now far below what they bought them for and often well below the size of their mortgage loans. In all countries, unemployment benefits and the language barrier also limit emigration.

German immigration statistics has a separate category for migration of ethnic Germans, and for that category, there was actually net emigration, most likely to even richer (and even lower unemployment) German-speaking countries Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/gLUs1JUpWBo/Germany-s-declining-population-gets-sudden-immigration-boost (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/gLUs1JUpWBo/Germany-s-declining-population-gets-sudden-immigration-boost)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: China's Growing Military Might: Top 4 Concerns
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 10, 2013, 02:42:07 AM
China's growing military might: top 4 concerns for the Pentagon

China continues to increase spending to grow its already considerable military, and top Pentagon officials continue to watch the developments carefully.


In a report issued this week, the Department of Defense for the first time directly accused China’s military of using cyberattacks to spy on US networks.

In this arena and others, “China’s military buildup shows no signs of slowing,” said David Helvey, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia, who presented the congressionally mandated report on the state of China’s military activities.

Here are Pentagon officials’ top four concerns as they carefully monitor the growth of China’s military.

                                                 
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A truck loaded with the Chinese made drone, the ASN-207, takes part in a military parade marking China's 60th anniversary held near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Oct. 2009.
(Vincent Thian/AP/File)


1.Frequent cyberwarfare attacks, other espionage efforts

China has long been accused of engaging in cyber attacks and espionage on US networks, but for the first time the US military directly attributed some of those attacks to its counterparts in China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the United States government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the [Chinese] government and military organizations,” Mr. Helvey said during a Pentagon briefing this week.

The report points to cyberespionage, along with other activities – with the aim of bolstering China’s military advantages:

“China continues to leverage foreign investments, commercial joint ventures, academic exchanges, the experience of repatriated Chinese students and researchers, and state-sponsored industrial and technical espionage to increase the level of technologies and expertise available to support military research, development, and acquisition.”

2.Use of space to thwart the US military

In 2012, China conducted 18 space launches to expand its intelligence and surveillance satellites.

At the same time, China is working quickly to “improve its capabilities to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries during times of crisis or conflict,” according to the report.

Indeed, “PLA writings emphasize the necessity of ‘destroying, damaging, and interfering with the enemy’s reconnaissance ... and communications satellites,’ ” the DOD report notes, adding that such attacks would serve to “blind and deafen the enemy.”

The same PLA analysis also points out that “destroying or capturing satellites and other sensors ... will deprive an opponent of initiative on the battlefield and [make it difficult] for them to bring their precision-guided weapons into full play.”

3.Development of 'carrier killer' missiles

China is developing specialized, precision anti-ship ballistic missiles that are capable of hitting US aircraft carriers from a range of about 600 to 1,800 miles, according to the report.

“This is something that China has invested in, and we’re watching very carefully as it’s developing that program,” Helvey said.

These weapons could potentially affect the US aircraft-carrier presence in the region. “We’re concerned about the ability of China to develop missiles that can project its military power with precision at great distances from China,” he added. “Obviously, something that can hold at risk large surface ships, including aircraft carriers, is something we pay attention to.”

4.Development of sophisticated ships, planes, and drones
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A truck loaded with the Chinese made drone, the ASN-207, takes part in a military parade marking China's 60th anniversary held near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Oct. 2009.
(Vincent Thian/AP/File)

The Chinese military is working quickly to improve its array of increasingly sophisticated fighter jets and attack helicopters.

Indeed, China is developing fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft that incorporate stealth technology, some of which, the report says, use technology captured by Chinese spies.

China has also launched its first aircraft carrier, which senior US military officials say they are watching carefully and which is “the most significant development in the [Chinese] Navy over the past year,” according to the report.

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“The formation of carrier battle groups will enable the PLA Navy to conduct comprehensive operations and enhance its long-range operational capabilities,” it says.

The PLA is also “investing heavily in a robust program for undersea warfare,” developing nuclear-powered attack submarines, Helvey said.

Like the US, China is also interested in expanding its fleet of drones – as well as selling its technology. “We have seen some reports of China marketing unmanned air systems in air shows around the world,” Helvey added, “so that’s something we’ll have to continue monitoring very carefully.”
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 10, 2013, 03:23:03 AM
Hope this isn't the start of You Know What  :'( :-\

YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription channels

YouTube has launched a trial scheme for paid channels on its website.
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Under the pilot programme, a small number of content makers will offer the channels for subscriptions starting at $0.99 (£0.64) a month.

Each channel will offer a free 14-day trial and many will have discounted annual rates.

Although the initial 53-channel line-up is fairly niche, one expert suggested the move might ultimately squeeze some smaller rivals out of the market.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, said the launch was part of an effort to enable "content creators to earn revenue for their creativity".

For example, the children's television favourite, Sesame Street will offer full episodes on its pay channel when it launches.

Subscribers can pay using either their credit cards or through Google's own Wallet service.

The paid channels involved in the pilot are diverse.

They include National Geographic Kids, Acorn - which provides episodes from several British TV series -and Fix My Hog Premium, which is aimed at Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts.

"This is just the beginning", YouTube said on its blog.

"We'll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners.

"And as new channels appear, we'll be making sure you can discover them."
Traditional TV turn-off?

The advent of paid channels on YouTube means Google joins Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in offering subscription-based alternatives to traditional pay-TV.

"The wider picture here is that the internet and TV worlds are colliding," Ian Maude, an online media expert at consultants Enders Analysis told the BBC.

"The YouTube move will make it much harder for smaller standalone online subscription-based platforms because Google has the infrastructure to make it easy for content to be hosted, delivered and billed for.

"But it was always inevitable that Google was going to do this."
One billion viewers

Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65bn. The service is believed to generate a small amount of revenue from advertising, but the vast majority of its content has been free-to-watch.

To make itself more attractive to potential advertisers, YouTube has gradually added professional content, such as full-length films and TV shows, to its vast library of amateur videos.

YouTube says a billion people around the world use the service every month.

"If YouTube were a country, we'd be the third largest in the world after China and India," the company said in March.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22474715#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22474715#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 83-Year-Old Convicted Nun Wants Out
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 10, 2013, 03:35:28 AM
Convicted nun wants out: 83-year-old nun faces 20-30 years in prison

A nun, convicted of national security crimes after engaging in civil disobedience, has asked to be released from jail pending sentencing.

                                         
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Anti-nuclear weapons activists, from left, Michael Walli, 64, Sister Megan Rice, 83, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, arrive for their trial in Knoxville, Tenn., May 6. All three were convicted yesterday of interfering with national security when they broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee and defaced a uranium processing plant.
(J. Miles Cary / Knoxville News Sentinel / AP)

An elderly nun and two other nuclear protesters asked Thursday to be released from jail as they await sentencing. The nun and others were convicted for breaking into and defacing the primary U.S. storehouse for weapons-grade uranium.

A judge could rule on that next week, but the three will have to stay in jail at least until then.

Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of interfering with national security and damaging federal property during last year's incursion of the the Y-12 National Security Complex. They cut through security fences, hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the most secure part of the complex.

The complex has had a hand in making, maintaining or dismantling parts of every nuclear weapon in the country's arsenal.

The break-in caused a temporary shutdown at the facility and a change in security contractors. But jurors weren't swayed by the defense argument that the protesters actually aided national security by exposing flaws at the facility.

The trio appeared in court Thursday in handcuffs and leg irons seeking their release until their Sept. 23 sentencing.

Prosecutor Jeff Theodore said the government opposes the trio's release, noting that they testified during trial that they felt no remorse for their actions.

Defense attorney Bill Quigley argued that the defendants had refrained from any more incursions between when they were arrested in July and went to trial this week.

"The give their word not to engage in that kind of activity pending sentencing," he said.

The three could get up to 20 years on the national security count, which they have asked Thapar to throw out on grounds of insufficient evidence.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: RE on May 10, 2013, 03:37:31 AM
Hope this isn't the start of You Know What  :'( :-\

Say Bye Bye to the Free Embeds of Vids here on the Diner.

Everybody gotta make a buck here.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 10, 2013, 03:49:58 AM
Hope this isn't the start of You Know What  :'( :-\

Say Bye Bye to the Free Embeds of Vids here on the Diner.

Everybody gotta make a buck here.

RE

The same instant fear and dismay I got at reading it RE. Pigmen just won't leave us the heck alone.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: 83-Year-Old Convicted Nun Wants Out
Post by: Surly1 on May 10, 2013, 07:32:20 AM
Convicted nun wants out: 83-year-old nun faces 20-30 years in prison

A nun, convicted of national security crimes after engaging in civil disobedience, has asked to be released from jail pending sentencing.


When you start messing with nuns, you will buy yourself the sort of everlasting enmity that can elsewhere in the world only be purchased by drone strikes against innocent bystanders.

We love us some nuns. Contrary's family has several, and she is a big fan of the Nuns on the Bus, and went to demonstrate with them at one point.

Of course, this sort of news goes unreported while we are offered the Jody Arias trial and the asshole in Cleveland to distract us.

To paraphrase, "Boys, you better leave those nuns alone."
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 10, 2013, 07:37:23 AM
It is a disgrace Surly, poor 83 year old nun facing twenty years for a demonstration against nuclear poisoning, Corzine must bust out laughing when he reads something like this. Whatever happened to Judges, they used to show some guts sometime??
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: DoomerSupport on May 10, 2013, 08:40:48 AM
Hope this isn't the start of You Know What  :'( :-\

Say Bye Bye to the Free Embeds of Vids here on the Diner.

Everybody gotta make a buck here.

RE

The same instant fear and dismay I got at reading it RE. Pigmen just won't leave us the heck alone.

Really?

Google/Youtube is giving content creators an additional way of sourcing revenue to the current ad-based model.  What you won't find in the press releases is the revenue sharing portion of the deal with those content creators.  For some reason, the contract with youtube says you cannot reveal the details of hte contract with youtube.

However, some content makers are pulling in seven figures a year from advertising at present. 

The "Free" options will remain, that's the teaser for paid and it's been going on for a logn time already. It's just in the form of advertising at present, both the "featured" placement of videos for businesses playing the SEM game, the bugs and the "pre-screening"  ads.
 
If they try and pull everything behind a paywall, they loose too much at this time. 


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on May 10, 2013, 09:05:10 AM
It is a disgrace Surly, poor 83 year old nun facing twenty years for a demonstration against nuclear poisoning, Corzine must bust out laughing when he reads something like this. Whatever happened to Judges, they used to show some guts sometime??

That was clearly another time, and another country.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: Surly1 on May 10, 2013, 09:28:25 AM
Hope this isn't the start of You Know What  :'( :-\

Say Bye Bye to the Free Embeds of Vids here on the Diner.

Everybody gotta make a buck here.

RE

The same instant fear and dismay I got at reading it RE. Pigmen just won't leave us the heck alone.

Really?

Google/Youtube is giving content creators an additional way of sourcing revenue to the current ad-based model.  What you won't find in the press releases is the revenue sharing portion of the deal with those content creators.  For some reason, the contract with youtube says you cannot reveal the details of hte contract with youtube.

However, some content makers are pulling in seven figures a year from advertising at present. 

The "Free" options will remain, that's the teaser for paid and it's been going on for a logn time already. It's just in the form of advertising at present, both the "featured" placement of videos for businesses playing the SEM game, the bugs and the "pre-screening"  ads.
 
If they try and pull everything behind a paywall, they loose too much at this time.

I agree with haniel's assessment. YouTube needs the traffic; they dare not put everything behind the firewall, otherwise they compromise their advertising revenues. Which are considerable.

I love a conspiracy theory as well as the next person. But I think It is a little early to bemoan the loss of free embeds, and otherwise reach for the tinfoil beanie.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription chann
Post by: jdwheeler42 on May 10, 2013, 12:35:58 PM
I agree with haniel's assessment. YouTube needs the traffic; they dare not put everything behind the firewall, otherwise they compromise their advertising revenues. Which are considerable.

I love a conspiracy theory as well as the next person. But I think It is a little early to bemoan the loss of free embeds, and otherwise reach for the tinfoil beanie.
I think the "public access" quality stuff, recorded and uploaded by amateurs, will be free for a very long time to come.

Where I think this will really hurt: people with professional quality production will likely go behind a paywall, possibly with free teasers; and my guess is they will really start cracking down hard on the pirated stuff.  Yes, say goodbye to the Outlaw Josey Wales....
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Tesla Motors: Lots of buzz. Is it warranted?
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 11, 2013, 04:41:14 AM
This ones for you Agelbert.  :emthup: :icon_sunny:

posted May 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm EDT

Tesla Motors had a good week.

The luxury electric carmaker posted its first profit late Wednesday. The next day, Tesla's Model S tied for Consumer Reports’ highest testing score ever. Wall Street rejoiced, pushing shares of Tesla up 24 percent on the news.

Tesla Motors is a bright spot amid high-profile, federally-funded electric car flops. CEO Elon Musk's innovative approach to carmaking suggests the energy industry can benefit from borrowing a page from the tech sector's playbook.

The two sectors have borne some resemblence of late. New computer software has changed the way we look for oil. Smart thermostats are saving on residential energy consumption. The lithium-ion batteries that have powered our consumer electronics for a decade, are beginning to transform the way we fuel our cars. 

But if you're expecting the electrical grid to transform as quickly as the superconductor, you may be disappointed.

"There’s no Moore’s Law in energy," Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC., a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm, said in a telephone interview.

Mr. Harvey is referring to the principle that the number of transistors on a computer chip will double approximately every two years. It's what has allowed for the exponential growth in information technology (IT).

Energy, on the other hand, is largely governed by the laws of thermodynamics – the physical transformation of energy from one form into another. That means upfront capital costs are higher, yield is lower, and technological turnover is much, much longer.

"I don't mean to say energy innovation isn't going to happen," Harvey said, "but I do mean to say that the characteristics of innovation in energy are fundamentally different than in IT.”

In Tesla Motors, Elon Musk appears to have found a sweet spot between the two. The glowingly reviewed Model S runs on advanced lithium-ion battery packs. The interior features a 17-inch touchscreen and two USB ports. Driving the car, according to Consumer Reports, is "like using an iPad."

For that reason and others, Tesla is compared to Apple, and Elon Musk to Steve Jobs.

"[Musk's] doing it very much in the spirit of Silicon Valley," Roland Hwang, transportation program director for the Natural Resource Defense Council, said in a telephone interview. "He’s not an incrementalist; he’s looking for leapfrogging technologies."

There are drawbacks to those technologies. The limited range and high upfront cost of electric vehicles is still an obstacle for many people. That was evident in the dustup over a New York Times review that slammed the Model S's performance in cold weather conditions.

Still, Tesla is among perhaps only a handful of companies that have changed the way consumers think about alternative energy.

"It’s transformed a popular vision of electric vehicles from 'eat your spinach' to 'eat my rubber,'" Mr. Hwang said. "That’s what Tesla has done."
 
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 11, 2013, 08:50:51 AM
IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups. A firing offense?

IRS bureaucrats trolled for groups with names that included 'patriot' and 'tea party' before last year’s election in order to take a closer look at their tax status. The agency has apologized, but tea party groups want heads to roll.

 ATLANTA

Four years after President Obama joked at a commencement speech about using the IRS, Nixon-style, to target those who cross his path, the IRS on Friday apologized for unfairly targeting some of  the White House’s most devoted thorns-in-the-side – local and national tea party and patriot groups – for scrutiny.

After denying any such incidents ahead of last year’s election, IRS officials acknowledged and apologized Friday for letting it happen, in a Cincinnati field office. Workers there perused applications for “social welfare” designation, a tax-free status used by many super PACs because some political activity is allowed, targeting the words “patriot” and “tea party.”

Tea party activists – doubly miffed for being targeted and then having their complaints blown off by the press – are hardly mollified by the apology.

Calling it a textbook example of the very kind of government tyranny that tea party groups have been warning about, Republican lawmakers are demanding investigations into what Rep. Darrell Issa, (R) of California, called “unconscionable” behavior. Tea party groups want the workers in question to be fired.

Whether the ultimate fault comes down to shoddy work or political trickery is still unresolved. The IRS commissioner at the time, Douglas Shulman, was a Bush appointee, and the IRS, despite a past history of political meddling for the White House, is usually lauded for its independence.

Moreover, the bottom line of the investigation touched on a key political debate: Gauging whether so-called “social welfare” groups that apply for tax exempt status are in fact no more than political operations in disguise. 501(c)4 is the designation under which most political Super PACs operate.

In a prepared statement released late Friday, the IRS explained that employees were attempting to “centralize” a large number of applications. In the end, some 300 applications were pulled, about half with “patriot” or “tea party” associations. None were ultimately denied.

"While centralizing cases for consistency made sense, the way we initially centralized them did not," the statement said. "Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale. We fixed the situation last year and have made significant progress in moving the centralized cases through our system."

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When tea party complaints were raised last year, the New York Times weighed in supporting the IRS, though the paper also said scrutiny should be focused on groups of all political stripes.

“Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at being asked by the Internal Revenue Service to prove they are 'social welfare' organizations and not the political activists they so obviously are,” the Times editorial page wrote.

While no crime seems to have taken place, the optics alone are likely to bring intense scrutiny on the operation by Republican lawmakers, including how it started, who carried out the policy, and whether it was approved by bureaucrats higher up in the chain. Letters sent by the IRS to some of the tea party applicants demanded lists of donors, names of volunteers, and printed copies of Facebook pages, some of which violated IRS policy.

"Some of what they [the IRS] asked was reasonable, but there were some requests on there that were strange," Toby Marie Walker, president of the Waco Tea Party told FoxNews.com last year. "It makes you wonder if they do this to groups like ACORN or other left-leaning groups.”

Tension between the government and conservative grassroots groups has waxed and waned since the election of President Obama and the 2009 stimulus package, which set off a tea party movement that has since infiltrated the very bones of Washington, resulting, in, among other things, the current budget sequester, or automatic budget cuts, mandated by a 2011 resolution to allow the country to raise its debt limit.

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a controversial warning about the possibility of domestic terrorism coming out of “right wing extremism,” including some patriot groups.

The appearance now of a government allegedly using bureaucrats for political thuggery has revivified those suspicions, ironically threatening to undermine the IRS goal of protecting taxpayers from fraud.

“This kind of administrative abuse is the sort of slow-acting poison that can kill civil society,” writes Megan McArdle at the Daily Beast. “I'd like to see the IRS demonstrate that this is just an isolated incident – one that they are very determined not to see repeated.”

While there’s no evidence that the targeting of right-wing groups had political motivation – indeed, the notion was disabused strongly by IRS officials Friday – the agency has a colorful history of political imbroglios, especially dating back to the Nixon era some 40 years ago.

At that time, Judge Charles Richey reprimanded the agency for appearing to politically target civil rights groups, noting that a “showing of political influence renders the Service’s ruling null and void … [and] outside the law.” Judge Richey added that the court was worried about “the creation of a political atmosphere generated by the White House in the Internal Revenue Service which may have affected the objectivity of those participating ….”

So far, the IRS has apparently not disciplined the workers involved in targeting the tea party groups. During a hastily-arranged conference call late Friday, Lois Lerner, who heads the agency’s tax-exempt group oversight, refused to say whether the employees would be called to task.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters yesterday that Obama doesn’t want the incident whitewashed, saying “the President would expect that it be thoroughly investigated and action would be taken." Rep. Issa, who chairs the Oversight Committee chairman, says, "The Committee will aggressively follow up … and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/hxeaNItJjcI/IRS-apologizes-for-targeting-tea-party-groups.-A-firing-offense (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/hxeaNItJjcI/IRS-apologizes-for-targeting-tea-party-groups.-A-firing-offense) :icon_study: :-[
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: No Formal Education Allowed For this Award!
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 13, 2013, 04:05:41 AM
British teenager wins $100,000 US technology fellowship

                         
  Geek
  Geek

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Brackin has just been given the offer of a life time.

He's been handed $100,000 (£67,000) to go and live in San Francisco and work on his own tech idea.

The teenager from London is one of 20 young business people now being sponsored by Peter Thiel, the co-creator of PayPal and one of the first people to put money into Facebook.

But the offer comes with a catch.

Andrew must agree to skip university and avoid any formal studying for at least two years.
'Apprentice on steroids'


"It was essentially the Apprentice on steroids," said Andrew after he was selected out of thousands of applicants from across the United States and 48 other countries.
Continue reading the main story

    There are other options for people who know what they want and don't necessarily need a degree to get there

Andrew Brackin

"I got through the semi-finals where there was a Skype call and interviews and then the finals where they flew us out to California and we had to present our ideas on stage in front of all these important people from Silicon Valley."

All finalists had to make their presentation without written notes before an audience at the Yerba Buena Centre in San Francisco where Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad.

Andrew plans to use the cash to develop Bunchy, an online platform that lets charities and other organisations raise money from their audience on social networks and websites.
'Other options'

He is only the second British winner of the Thiel Fellowship, set up by Peter Thiel to pay for 20 teenagers each year to stop studying and try to set up a business instead.

The billionaire has been famously critical of university education in the past dismissing it as a waste of time and money for some students.

Who is Peter Thiel?
Continue reading the main story Peter Thiel

    Billionaire co-creator of PayPal which lets users transfer money and pay for goods online
    One of the first people to put money into Facebook in 2004
    Was featured in the 2010 film the Social Network where he was played by the actor Wallace Langham
    Has also invested in LinkedIn, Zynga and Spotify

His foundation's 20-under-20 programme pays each winner $100,000 over two years, which can be used for living expenses and business costs.

The teenagers selected also get help from Thiel and other top business people in Silicon Valley, the area of California around San Francisco which is home to companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo!

"I feel that many people go to university without really thinking about what they want to do," said Andrew, who went to the state-run Brit School in south London where singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele once studied.

"There are other options for people who know what they want and don't necessarily need a degree to get there."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22479007#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22479007#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :icon_study:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Why We'll Never Meet Aliens
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 15, 2013, 03:26:14 AM
                                                             

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

If you combine all our current knowledge of statistics and astronomy, it's nearly comical to believe we're the only intelligent life in the universe. It's easy to get lost in the numbers thrown around - there are billions of stars and planets in our galaxy and billions of galaxies. Humans are rather bad at fully understanding such large numbers.

Despite where this article might lead, it isn't really about science - its about thinking big. Big enough to consider that if there are any aliens with the ability to come visit us, they would almost assuredly not care to.

      Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist, said in an interview that aliens visiting us would be similar to Christopher Columbus first landing on North America (not a good event for native Americans). His idea being that they would come for our resources, not with any particular purpose of friendship.

There are a few problems with that thought however. To introduce the idea, consider most any space movie in existence. Movies are of course, just movies, but they have shaped our thinking about meeting aliens. And small thinking it is indeed.

From what movies tell us, it would seem that scientists from alien races pretty much focused on 3 primary technologies: faster-than-light travel, energy weapons, and artificial gravity. Movies don't highlight artificial gravity much  because given our limited view, we pretty much expect gravity to just work and shooting a movie without it would be an unnecessary pain. So, screw it, all movie alien races invented artificial gravity.

There's a lot of implied technology thereafter (i.e. movie aliens don't often get sick and seem to not worry about eating) but that's not the fun stuff to think about. Lasers, phasers, and pew-pew-energy-blasters however, are fun to think about.

Did you ever wonder though - why these same scientists who made these neato energy weapons never bothered to develop targeting systems? They still rely on crappy biological reflexes to aim them. It's even sillier when alien robot/cyborgs that can outperform humans in every other way somehow still aren't so great at aiming their phaser zapper. They miss just as much as the humans do, and by that I mean - a lot. Of course, Star Wars would have been a short film if every shot stormtroopers made hit Han Solo but it would have made more sense.

Its actually rather ridiculous when you think about it - we (as in current state of human tech) already have automated targeting systems that work well with our doofy bullet-guns. We literally have targeting systems in existence today better than anything you saw in Star Wars.

Link to entire article: paultyma.blogspot.com/2013/04/why-well-never-meet-aliens.html   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Why We'll Never Meet Aliens
Post by: jdwheeler42 on May 15, 2013, 06:58:17 AM
Good article.  One major problem I have with it, though: it doesn't recognize the mathematical limits to computation.

Aliens might be 99.99% sure about what they find on Earth, but that doesn't matter.

In fact, that's the point.

What is the most important thing to a hyper-intelligent being?

Novelty

If and when aliens (have?) come here, they'll be (were?) looking to see if they predictions are right, and more importantly, see if they could be pleasantly surprised.

The only thing that can conceivably be profitably exported over interstellar distances are things with no mass, e.g. information, entertainment, etc. on light waves.

What would alien encounters look like then?  A few ships, here and there, carrying a few aliens, trying to stay out of sight and disturb the population as little as possible.  Sound familiar?

The prime directive isn't a noble goal... It's an order not to spoil the merchandise!

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with crop circles....

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on May 15, 2013, 11:29:22 AM
or genetic engineering evolutionary leaps JDW
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: jdwheeler42 on May 15, 2013, 12:01:00 PM
The reminds me of The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.  The basic premise of the book is the development of wormholes.  The catch is, they are only big enough to let photons through.



{MINOR SPOILER ALERT}



The final development is the "anastasis".  They choose people from anywhere in history, read their DNA and clone them, and then give the clones a wormhole connection to the original person so the clone experiences everything the original person does.  Of course the cloned body is has been modified to be perfectly healthy so it's like waking up into an immortal afterlife.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: China angles for Arctic power as ice melts
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 16, 2013, 05:29:22 AM
           
                                                     
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China angles for Arctic power as ice melts
Last September, the Xuelong became the first Chinese ship to have crossed the Arctic Ocean [AFP]

Ice is melting away at a record-breaking rate in the Arctic, exposing valuable natural resources and opening up new shipping routes. Measurements taken last August found levels of Arctic sea ice were at their lowest levels since satellites began measuring the ice in 1979.
Arctic nations are meeting for a key summit and China is aiming to expand its influence in the resource rich area.
Jennifer Duggan Last Modified: 15 May 2013 14:03

China doesn't own any Arctic territory - in fact, its northernmost point is more than 1,400km south of the Arctic Circle. But it's nevertheless taking a strong interest in the region, building a physical presence there and using diplomacy and trade ties to gain a foothold.

China’s actions in the region have paid off as it, along with five other non-Arctic states, have been granted permanent observer status to the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of eight countries with Arctic territory.

Gaining observer status does not allow China any voting rights on the Arctic Council. But it does give it sway in an increasingly important region. Not only does the shrinking ice have climate implications; warming temperatures at the poles have raised the possibility of access to as much as 90 billion barrels of oil and 1,670 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

'Profound impact'

“In 30 to 40 years, there will not be any summer ice ... This has, of course, a profound impact on the Arctic and has led to increased interest ... in shipping or natural resources,” said Gustaf Lind, the chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials.

Some suspect China's Arctic interests are driven more by politics than economics. Andreas Raspotnik, an analyst with the Arctic Institute, an independent think-tank, said: “Although Arctic resources, the potential of oil, gas and rare earths, including the obvious advantages of trans-Arctic shipping, are indeed part of China’s deliberations, the country's Arctic intentions can rather be understood as a long-term regional geostrategic approach" to boost the country's clout.

While the Chinese government hasn’t officially voiced its position on the Arctic region, increasing ties with Arctic states appear to have become part of its foreign policy.

Earlier this year, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, said at a press conference that: “Arctic and non-Arctic countries should jointly work for peace, stability and sustainable development of the Arctic based on mutual recognition and respect for each other's rights, mutual understanding and trust."

In April, China and Iceland signed a free-trade agreement during a visit to China by Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. The deal, which is the first between China and a European nation, will lower tariffs on goods as Iceland attempts to boost its economy after its collapse in 2008. Sigurdardottir said Iceland hopes to step up cooperation with China in a number of areas, including Arctic affairs.

Also last month, Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar said during a visit to the United States that countries not in the polar region should have a say in the future of the Arctic.

At the launch of a new global forum, called the Arctic Circle, Ragnar said: “We realise that there are other nations in Asia and Europe that have legitimate concerns and enterprises in the Arctic, and it’s important to involve them in a co-operative effort."

Raspotnik, the Arctic Institute analyst, said: "Iceland is often described as an ideal transport hub for Arctic shipping considerations being perfectly located between Europe and North America, especially if ships arrive from the Arctic Ocean.”

'Too large to ignore'

China has also been making inroads in Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, where Chinese companies are interested in mining opportunities.

While the Arctic’s vast untapped resources are undoubtedly of interest to China as it looks to continue fuelling its economic growth, accessing the riches will be a long-term process. Of more immediate interest to China are the shorter shipping routes to be navigated through the Arctic. Last September, a Chinese icebreaker called the Xuelong ("Snow Dragon") travelled from the Pacific to Atlantic Oceans by crossing the Arctic Ocean, the first Chinese vessel to have done so.

Yang Huigen, director general of the Polar Research Institute of China, was quoted in the state-controlled China Daily newspaper as saying that new shipping routes opening up due to the melting ice could cut shipping times between Asian and European ports by up to a third. One commercial voyage may take place this summer by a Chinese shipping company, he said, and “the potential value [of goods travelling the Arctic routes] is simply too large to ignore”.

Raspotnik said that given the uncertainty in extracting the Arctic’s natural resources, Arctic shipping routes are "the main motivating factor for China from an economic point of view".

While China, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore were successful in their bids for permanent observer status, the EU’s bid has been deferred. There had been some doubts about whether China would be successful, especially as Canada and Russia were considered to be sceptical about China’s intentions in the region.

But speaking after the meeting, Foreign Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt said the addition of observers “demonstrates the broad international acceptance of the role of the Arctic Council, because by being observer, these organisations and states, they accept the principles and the sovereignty of the Arctic Council on Arctic issues. So I think it – as a matter of fact, it strengthens the position of the Arctic Council on the global scene.”

The head of China’s delegation to the Council meeting told the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua that the decision was “right and wise”.

“China will first get to know the Arctic better, and then it is able to join effectively international cooperation,” said Gao Feng.

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/05/20135157618867736.html (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/05/20135157618867736.html)  :icon_study:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Italians lose interest in pizza-making tradition
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 20, 2013, 05:46:46 AM
 
                                                              http://www.youtube.com/v/LhEnXfraxUA&fs=1

 :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Italians lose interest in pizza-making tradition
Post by: RE on May 20, 2013, 06:24:12 AM
:icon_scratch:

Nice to see Al-Jazeera pitching the Propaganda along with the rest of the MSM.  Look at those Happy Egyptian Pizza Makers filling Jobs that Ities won't take anymore!  LOL.

Why won't they take those Jobs (if that is true, which I doubt).  Because if you work 24 hours a day spinning Pizza Dough, you STILL can't pay the Rent!  LOL.  The Ities aren't quite ready to go a Dozen to an Apartment like the Egyptian Immigrants who actually can FIND Pizza Flinging jobs do.  And really folks, how many Egyptians really ARE getting Pizza Jobs at Tourist Traps in Italy nowadays?  This is the mark of a Thriving Economy, getting a low paid Pizza Spinner Job?

I'm sorry, this is just fucking Propaganda from Al-Jazeera.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Italians lose interest in pizza-making tradition
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 20, 2013, 06:29:22 AM
:icon_scratch:

Nice to see Al-Jazeera pitching the Propaganda along with the rest of the MSM.  Look at those Happy Egyptian Pizza Makers filling Jobs that Ities won't take anymore!  LOL.

Why won't they take those Jobs (if that is true, which I doubt).  Because if you work 24 hours a day spinning Pizza Dough, you STILL can't pay the Rent!  LOL.  The Ities aren't quite ready to go a Dozen to an Apartment like the Egyptian Immigrants who actually can FIND Pizza Flinging jobs do.  And really folks, how many Egyptians really ARE getting Pizza Jobs at Tourist Traps in Italy nowadays?  This is the mark of a Thriving Economy, getting a low paid Pizza Spinner Job?

I'm sorry, this is just fucking Propaganda from Al-Jazeera.

RE

I thought it pretty strange myself RE, which is why I posted it with a puzzled smiley.

 I am not as quick to dismiss Al-J as a viable news source however, perhaps they are going bad as they become more popular?  :dontknow:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on May 20, 2013, 08:25:05 PM
I dont think of AJ as MSM, Anythings possible here.

lets not forget they just put back in belusconi and Ive seen an italian economic refugee advertising as a handyman, without enough english to know what that is, turn down 150$/day cash.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 20, 2013, 10:02:28 PM
I dont think of AJ as MSM, Anythings possible here.

lets not forget they just put back in belusconi and Ive seen an italian economic refugee advertising as a handyman, without enough english to know what that is, turn down 150$/day cash.

I am getting the impression after thinking about it for a while that the report was true, and that the situation in Europe might well be being greatly exaggerated by the MSM,  not AJ.  :-\
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on May 21, 2013, 08:23:01 AM
I dont think of AJ as MSM, Anythings possible here.

lets not forget they just put back in belusconi and Ive seen an italian economic refugee advertising as a handyman, without enough english to know what that is, turn down 150$/day cash.

I am getting the impression after thinking about it for a while that the report was true, and that the situation in Europe might well be being greatly exaggerated by the MSM,  not AJ.  :-\

AJ is a far more reliable broker of MSM Newsproduct™ than, FNC, CNN, or even ABC, which too is becoming another right wing propaganda chop shop. First the unspeakable Stossel, now Jonathan Karl.

The inimitable Pierce:
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jonathan-karl-bad-awful-week (http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jonathan-karl-bad-awful-week)
Quote
Karl Role
By Charles P. Pierce
at 9:45AM

It has not been a good couple of weeks for ABC's Jonathan Karl, the man who passed along barbered information from some disreputable sources, and then got found out. Yesterday, having been caught injecting disinformation e coli into the mainstream, Karl issued a statement that almost broke the blog's heretofore infallible weaselspeak-to-Engiish translation device.

     "I regret that one email was quoted incorrectly and I regret that it's become a distraction from the story, which still entirely stands. I should have been clearer about the attribution. We updated our story immediately when new information became available."   

Josh Marshall parks this one in the cheap seats. But far more interesting to me is the dossier compiled on Karl by the folks at FAIR. This makes his latest misadventure seem much less like an accident.

    Karl came to mainstream journalism via the Collegiate Network, an organization primarily devoted to promoting and supporting right-leaning newspapers on college campuses (Extra!, 9-10/91)-such as the Rutgers paper launched by the infamous James O'Keefe (Political Correction, 1/27/10). The network, founded in 1979, is one of several projects of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which seeks to strengthen conservative ideology on college campuses. William F. Buckley was the ISI's first president, and the current board chair is American Spectator publisher Alfred Regnery. Several leading right-wing pundits came out of Collegiate-affiliated papers, including Ann Coulter, Dinesh D'Souza, Michelle Malkin, Rich Lowry and Laura Ingraham (Washington Times, 11/28/04). The Collegiate Network also provides paid internships and fellowships to place its members at corporate media outlets or influential Beltway publications; 2010-11 placements include the Hill, Roll Call, Dallas Morning News and USA Today. The program's highest-profile alum is Karl, who was a Collegiate fellow at the neoliberal New Republic magazine.

Long ago, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio once told me that she thought my craft went bad when it became the province almost exclusively of the over-educated, that it had professionalized itself out of its traditional role, that she wished there were a few more people practicing journalism who'd first worked on a loading dock, or in a mine, the way people used to come to the job. Here, with Karl, we apparently have a perfect product of the well-financed and staggeringly successful network of conservative institutions and programs launched more than 40 years ago by The Powell Memo. Assuming the FAIR report is accurate, then Jonathan Karl was not trained as a journalist, because the Collegiate Network doesn't produce journalists. It produces partisan warriors. He was not trained as a reporter, because the Collegiate Network doesn't produce reporters. It produces propagandists. He was not trained as a newsman, because the Collegiate Network doesn't produce newsmen. It produces hacks.

This is, of course, indelicate for someone in my business to say but, at every level of his steady rise in the business, some executive should have looked at Karl's resume, seen The Collegiate Network there, and then shitcanned the thing before the interview process even began. Are there conservatives who are good reporters? Absolutely. But all the ones that I know came up the same way I did, and none of them came up through the coddled terrariums of the activist Right. They learned their craft. They were not trained to be spies in the camp of the enemy. They were not trained to be moles. And every damn one of them would have checked those phony e-mails before throwing them out to the public, and most of them wouldn't have fallen for them, because they are journalists, reporters, and newsmen. They are not partisan warriors, propagandists, or hacks. If Jonathan Karl doesn't like being called a hack, then he should stop being a hack. Here's one way to do it.

Blow the source who lied to you and, therefore, lied to us.

Do that. Or be a hack.

There's no third alternative.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Rumors Spark Bank Run, Break-Ins in Brazil
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 21, 2013, 08:45:59 AM

Rumors Spark Bank Run, Break-Ins in Brazil

BUSINESS NEWS
CNBC.com | Monday, 20 May 2013 | 8:20 AM ET

Rumors that Brazil's social security fund called Bolsa Familia was to be cancelled led thousands of people to rush to withdraw money from a Brazilian bank over the weekend.

Customers lined up at ATMs at dozens of bank branches of Caixa Economica Federal, a government-owned bank, which pays the social security subsidy on Saturday and Sunday.

"The bank branches themselves aren't open on Saturdays. What happened is that once the rumor gained momentum, people flocked down to their local branches to try to withdraw money from the ATMs," Rafael Carregal, a journalist at Brazil's main TV network Globo told CNBC.

(Read more: Why Brazil's Once-Booming Economy Is Losing Its Shine)

Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo reported that at five branches in the northeastern city of Sao Luiz and four others in the state of Maranhao, depositors broke into branches. Most of the branches that were affected were in the poorer northeast region of the country.

In all, branches in 12 states were affected as the government tried to quell the rumors.

(Read more: Cars Made in Brazil Are Deadly)

"Police had to intervene in many states, trying to keep the masses in order. The minister of national development had to make a speech (on Sunday) reassuring the people that nothing was to be changed in their benefits program," Carregal said.

Bolsa Familia is a social security program that pays money to 13.8 million poor families in Brazil. It was the flagship program of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's center-left government aimed at alleviating poverty and encouraging school enrollment. While Lula left office in December 2010, the current President Dilma Roussef is seen as Lula's protégé and has largely continued his policies.

(Read more: Will Brazil Be Ready to Host the World Cup in 2014?)

"There is absolutely no possibility of payments being suspended or indeed any alteration to the normal timetable. Bolsa Familia is being paid. It's being paid on time. And it's being paid according to the schedule," Tereza Campello, Brazil's minister for social development said over the weekend.

Brazil's Justice Ministry said it was investigating the rumors.

But Globo's Carregal said he wouldn't be surprised if more depositors tried to withdraw money on Monday, when banks finally open.


© 2013 CNBC.com

URL: http://www.cnbc.com/100750288 (http://www.cnbc.com/100750288)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Lew Taps Government Retiree Pension Fund
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 21, 2013, 06:51:59 PM

Lew taps government retiree pension fund

    Article by: MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    Associated Press
    May 20, 2013 - 7:52 PM

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said late Monday he will begin tapping into two government employee retirement funds to buy more time before the U.S. Treasury is faced with the prospect of defaulting on the national debt.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said that he would tap the civil service retirement and disability fund and a similar fund that covers retired postal workers. The law allows him to remove investments from these funds to clear room for more borrowing until Congress votes to raise the debt limit

Under the law, any investments diverted from the pension funds must be replaced with interest once Congress approves raising the debt limit.

Lew has said the various bookkeeping measures he is allowed to employ should provide enough maneuvering room to keep the government from defaulting on its debt until after Labor Day. Other estimates say Lew may be able to forestall a default until as late as November.

In January, Congress voted to temporarily suspend the debt limit but that suspension ended Sunday.

Before the suspension, the debt limit stood at $16.4 trillion. The government has borrowed $300 billion since the suspension took effect. On Sunday, the debt limit reset at the higher level of $16.7 trillion.

The government has run annual deficits of more than $1 trillion for the past four years. But the Congressional Budget Office last week estimated that this year's deficit will drop to $643 billion, an improvement that reflects increased revenue from a stronger economy and the effect of tax increases that took effect in January.

Republicans want to reduce future deficits by cutting back on spending. Democrats have proposed a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, which Republicans oppose. The dispute has led to the current budget impasse.

A standoff over budget issues in August 2011 pushed the country close to its first-ever default before President Barack Obama and Republicans reached a last-minute compromise. That battle prompted Standard & Poor's to issue the first-ever downgrade on long-term Treasury debt. The administration has vowed to prevent Republicans from using the need to raise the borrowing limit as leverage in the current budget battle.

"I respectfully urge Congress to protect America's good credit and avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences of failing to act by increasing the debt limit in a timely fashion," Lew said in his Monday letter.

© 2013 Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/business/208236701.html (http://www.startribune.com/business/208236701.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Civil Service and Postal worker Pension fund raid
Post by: agelbert on May 21, 2013, 07:52:31 PM
GO,
There is a good reason he can do that.  During the 1980s (another one of Greenspan's bright ideas) all federal employees were offered a 3 tiered investment pension fund account tied to stocks. I said NO. All new employees had no choice. They did all right with the stock market rise in the 90s but not so well after that. The kicker was that those on the stock ride would NOT be entitled to full COLA increases WHEN THEY RETIRED (ostensibly because the stock market funds gave them a fatter retirement base bay - pie in the sky promises :evil5: :evil6: )  so they have been getting even more shafted than those of us that get the full COLA (like social security pensioners). Lew has access to the federal retiree pension funds in the stock market, not the part that is promised to those like me. By now there are zero federal employees retiring off the sock market pension fund. As those of us that can't be raided die off the fix will be totally in.

You see, GO, they ALREADY DID TO THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO TO SOCIAL SECURITY. And yeah, Wall Street is "managing" those funds RIGHT NOW. :evil4:

Didn't know that, did ya?  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on May 21, 2013, 11:22:53 PM
isnt that something? The US is on course to default on debt in 6 months and not a word in the MSM, I watch Inside Business every sunday, total sshhh.... just amazing.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 22, 2013, 03:29:29 AM
isnt that something? The US is on course to default on debt in 6 months and not a word in the MSM, I watch Inside Business every sunday, total sshhh.... just amazing.

It is most depressing Unc. We live in fairy tale, soon to be awakened by a dose of reality I am afraid.  :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 22, 2013, 03:48:15 AM
Quote Agelbert  Didn't know that, did ya?  :icon_mrgreen:

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: FBI Kills Orlando man with ties Boston Marathon
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 22, 2013, 07:02:34 AM
A Chechen man with ties to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando early today when the man attacked the agent, the FBI said in a statement.

The FBI identified the person shot and killed as Ibragim Todashev, 26.

According to the FBI and local news accounts, the shooting took place in an apartment building on Peregrine Avenue while Todashev was being questioned about the bombings and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“The agent, along with other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject,’’ the FBI said in a statement released around 9:30 a.m. today.

“During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries,’’ the FBI said. “As this incident is under review, we have no further details at this time.”

A friend of Todashev told WESH-TV in Orlando that both he and Todashev were questioned about his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout in Watertown with police on April 19; his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in federal custody and facing charges that could bring the death penalty.

The bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260 people. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was also allegedly murdered by the brothers.

Today, the FBI said a Washington-based deadly force investigative team is being sent to Orlando to investigate the shooting.

Taramiv said he was released by the FBI, but Todashev was still being questioned by the agents.

Taramiv said Todashev met Tsarnaev when both lived in Massachusetts, and that the two men spoke with each other “months before” the April 15 bombings.

Taramiv said his friend was not close to Tsarnaev. “They were not best friends,’’ Taramiv told the Orlando station.

Taramiv insisted that Todashev was not a radicalized Muslim, and that he had no role, nor did he know anything about the Marathon bombing attack.

“He was not a radical. He was a Muslim,’’ Taramiv said. “I’m a Muslim. That’s it... He never had a gun... He was shocked’’ by the attacks.

Taramiv said Todashev was worried about the direction of the questioning by the FBI agents, that he was going to be “set up’’ by the law enforcement agency.

“He had a bad feeling,’’ Taramiv, who quoted Todashev as telling him that the FBI was “making up this crazy stuff’’ that there was a connection between the terror suspect and himself.

Taramiv said the two men spoke recently, likely via Skype, but had only limited contact with each other since Todashev moved to Florida. He also told WESH-TV that Todashev was a Muslim, but was not radicalized nor did he possess any weapons.

http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2c41f086/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A50C220Cfbi0Eagent0Eshoot0Eand0Ekills0Eorlando0Eman0Ewith0Eties0Eboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Etamerlan0Etsarnaev0Cr3JR1wWQjO9GuWjIMP0AO0AK0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm (http://feeds.boston.com/c/35022/f/646959/s/2c41f086/l/0L0Sboston0N0Cmetrodesk0C20A130C0A50C220Cfbi0Eagent0Eshoot0Eand0Ekills0Eorlando0Eman0Ewith0Eties0Eboston0Emarathon0Ebombing0Esuspect0Etamerlan0Etsarnaev0Cr3JR1wWQjO9GuWjIMP0AO0AK0Cstory0Bhtml/story01.htm)   :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Eddie on May 22, 2013, 07:22:20 AM
Probably harassed the guy until he lost it and started kicking the shit out of the FBI agent. Just my guess.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: agelbert on May 22, 2013, 01:45:10 PM
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Quote Agelbert  Didn't know that, did ya? 

No Agelbert, Thank you for being and endless stream of wisdom and knowledge. My brain yearns daily for your nourishment and most useful pearls of wisdom.     
         
DetailsAgelbert's News Channel
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Thanks, GO.  :icon_sunny:
Glad to be of service.

I continuously endeavor to disguise my insanity as eccentric and wonder filled interest in various eclectic items of uncommon, but important, subject areas that provide humor, education and a bit of outrage to keep the diners, not only on their intellectual toes, but enjoyably entertained as well.  :icon_mrgreen:

Don't tell anyone.  ;) So far I have been quite effective at hiding from the men in the white coats.  ;D   
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: US acknowledges Killing Four American Citizens
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 22, 2013, 07:04:06 PM
US acknowledges killing four American citizens in drone strikes

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged Wednesday that US drones have killed four American citizens in Pakistan and Yemen, justifying the attacks under US and international law. President Obama is scheduled to address the subject in a speech Thursday.



The US government has acknowledged the killing of four American citizens as part of its drone attack program – one person intentionally and three others not specifically targeted but killed in strikes aimed at terrorist suspects.

The information comes in a letter to congressional leaders from Attorney General Eric Holder, reported Wednesday by several news organizations, first by The New York Times.

The news comes on the eve of a major speech President Obama is scheduled to give on national security issues at the National Defense University on Thursday, and it focuses on what could be the most controversial subject Obama intends to cover.

The one US citizen targeted was radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in Yemen in 2011. Also killed in strikes aimed at other individuals were Mr. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Samir Khan (both killed in Yemen), and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.

Mr. Kahn was the publisher of Inspire magazine, which Mr. al-Awlaki edited, ABC News reports. Mr. Mohammed was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List and was believed to be plotting a car bombing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States,” Mr. Holder acknowledges without citing further information on those three US citizens killed in drone attacks.

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The bulk of Holder’s letter reiterates the legal justification for killing Americans abroad laid out in a speech the attorney general made in March at Northwestern University Law School, as well as the specific justification for killing al-Awlaki.

"Based on generations-old legal principles and Supreme Court decisions handed down from WWII, as well as during the current conflict, it is clear and logical the United States Citizenship alone does not make such citizens immune from being targeted," Holder wrote in his letter this week.

The decision to deliberately kill al-Awlaki underwent "exceptionally rigorous" review, Holder wrote, and was approved only because he was "a senior operational leader" within Al Qaeda. "The decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki was lawful, it was considered, and it was just.”

Holder described al-Awlaki as “a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most dangerous regional affiliate of Al Qaeda and a group that has committed numerous terrorist attacks overseas and attempted multiple times to conduct terrorist attacks against the US homeland…. He was the group’s chief of external operations, intimately involved in detailed planning and putting in place plots against US persons.”

“In this role,” Holder continued, “al-Awlaki repeatedly made clear his intent to attack US persons and his hope that these attacks would take American lives.”

Specifically, US intelligence directly connected al-Awlaki to the “underwear bomber’s” attempt to blow up an airliner en route to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 and to the attempt to detonate explosive devices on two US-bound cargo planes in October 2010.

"Information that remains classified to protect sensitive sources and methods evidences Awlaki’s involvement in the planning of numerous other plots against U.S. and Western interests and makes clear he was continuing to plot attacks when he was killed,” Holder wrote.

The drone program under Obama has vastly increased since it began in the Bush administration, and it has come under fire across the political spectrum for its secretiveness as well as for what critics say is a large number of civilian casualties, including children.

The administration was forced to respond last month when US Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky filibustered for 13 hours in protest of a policy which allows for the drone targeting of US citizens affiliated with terrorist groups.

Critics were not assuaged by Holder’s letter, The New York Times reports. “The Obama administration continues to claim authority to kill virtually anyone anywhere in the world under the ‘global battlefield’ legal theory and a radical redefinition of the concept of imminence,” said Zeke Johnson, an official with Amnesty International. “President Obama should reject these concepts in his speech tomorrow and commit to upholding human rights, not just in word but in deed.”

In his speech Thursday, Obama is expected to address another controversial subject: the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

When he first ran for the White House in 2008, Obama pledged to close Guantánamo Bay, but congressional opponents have been able to block that ever since.

"It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counterterrorism efforts. It is a recruitment for extremists. It needs to be closed," the president said recently.

As of Sunday, The Guardian newspaper reports, 103 of the 166 inmates at Guantánamo Bay are on a hunger strike that began about three months ago, and 30 of those inmates are being force-fed.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/6ApJ9isKXD8/US-acknowledges-killing-four-American-citizens-in-drone-strikes (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/6ApJ9isKXD8/US-acknowledges-killing-four-American-citizens-in-drone-strikes)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Stricken Japan nuke plant struggles to keep staff
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 23, 2013, 05:41:23 AM
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Stricken Japan nuke plant struggles to keep staff

TOKYO (AP) — Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that melted down in March 2011 after being hit by a tsunami, is finding that it can barely meet the headcount of workers required to keep the three broken reactors cool while fighting power outages and leaks of tons of radiated water, said current and former nuclear plant workers and others familiar with the situation at Fukushima.

Construction jobs are already plentiful in the area due to rebuilding of tsunami ravaged towns and cities. Other public works spending planned by the government, under the "Abenomics" stimulus programs of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is likely to make well-paying construction jobs more abundant. And less risky, better paid decontamination projects in the region irradiated by the Fukushima meltdown are another draw.

Some Fukushima veterans are quitting as their cumulative radiation exposure approaches levels risky to health, said two long-time Fukushima nuclear workers who spoke to The Associated Press. They requested anonymity because their speaking to the media is a breach of their employers' policy and they say being publicly identified will get them fired.

 http://news.yahoo.com/stricken-japan-nuke-plant-struggles-keep-staff-081936734.html (http://news.yahoo.com/stricken-japan-nuke-plant-struggles-keep-staff-081936734.html)  :icon_study: :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on May 23, 2013, 12:19:43 PM
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Quote Agelbert  Didn't know that, did ya? 

No Agelbert, Thank you for being and endless stream of wisdom and knowledge. My brain yearns daily for your nourishment and most useful pearls of wisdom.     
         
DetailsAgelbert's News Channel
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Thanks, GO.  :icon_sunny:
Glad to be of service.

I continuously endeavor to disguise my insanity as eccentric and wonder filled interest in various eclectic items of uncommon, but important, subject areas that provide humor, education and a bit of outrage to keep the diners, not only on their intellectual toes, but enjoyably entertained as well.  :icon_mrgreen:

Don't tell anyone.  ;) So far I have been quite effective at hiding from the men in the white coats.  ;D

Hiding in plain sight is often the best stratagem. Keep regular hours, speak kindly to the neighbors, put out the flag on memorial day.

Worked for me for 40 years.

The real news channels on this board provide daily nourishment not only to the DDFB page but to me personally. I learn something new every day. You've already heard from others that this is their primary news site.

Which tells you every thing you need to know about the state of the MSM at the end of empire.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Overdue Student Loans Reach Record
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 23, 2013, 04:47:58 PM
Overdue Student Loans Reach Record as U.S. Graduates Seek Jobs
By John Hechinger - May 23, 2013

Overdue student loans reached an all-time high as students struggle to find work after college, according to a government report renewing alarms about the rising burden of higher-education debt.

Eleven percent of student loans were seriously delinquent -- at least 90 days past due -- in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 6 percent in the first quarter of 2003, according to the report by the U.S. Education Department. Almost 30 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds aren’t employed or in school, the study found.

The research is being released amid concern in Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration about rising college costs and $1 trillion in outstanding student loans, the largest category of consumer debt besides mortgages. Borrowers say the burden is affecting their choice of jobs and their ability to buy homes and get married.

“Today’s economy puts young graduates in a difficult position,” Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which published the report, said in a statement. “A college diploma no longer guarantees a direct pathway to the middle class, making it harder to justify the expense of a degree.”

Still, college graduates have an edge in the job market, showing the need for higher education, Buckley said. The employment rate for young adults who are college graduates is 87 percent, compared with 64 percent for those with only a high-school diploma, the report found.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-23/overdue-student-loans-reach-record-as-u-s-graduates-seek-jobs.html (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-23/overdue-student-loans-reach-record-as-u-s-graduates-seek-jobs.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Greek Yogurt has a Toxic Secret
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 24, 2013, 04:48:44 AM
                                               
greek yogurt pile store flickr
greek yogurt pile store flickr

The rise of Greek yogurt in the United States has been a swift one. Last year, Greek yogurt brought in $1.6 billion in sales, an increase of 50 percent from 2011. It’s a remarkable statistic considering that in 2007 Greek yogurt accounted for only one percent of the refrigerated yogurt market — it’s now up to 35 percent. But with growth happening so fast the industry is now dealing with a growing pain: acid whey.

Modern Farmer breaks down the issue:

    For every three or four ounces of milk, Chobani and other companies can produce only one ounce of creamy Greek yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey. It’s a thin, runny waste product that can’t simply be dumped. Not only would that be illegal, but whey decomposition is toxic to the natural environment, robbing oxygen from streams and rivers. That could turn a waterway into what one expert calls a “dead sea,” destroying aquatic life over potentially large areas. Spills of cheese whey, a cousin of Greek yogurt whey, have killed tens of thousands of fish around the country in recent years.

Right now, it seems that much of the acid whey goes to farmers for livestock feed, but even that doesn’t deal with the millions of pounds of waste the industry is producing and will continue to produce. Other solutions — like extracting protein from the whey for baby formula or extracting lactose to use in other food production — are still in the experimental stages. Dealing with acid whey is seen as such a challenge in the industry that one producer said: “If we can figure out how to handle acid whey, we’ll become a hero.”

Meanwhile, Greek yogurt sales continued to rise in the first quarter of 2013. But from now on the health-conscious consumers the yogurt is marketed to will have to face a bitter, toxic reality. How that impacts America’s love affair with Greek yogurt is yet to be seen.

Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side [Modern Farmer]
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/greek-yogurt-has-a-toxic-secret/20494 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/greek-yogurt-has-a-toxic-secret/20494) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: NJ Citizen testimony cut off
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 25, 2013, 04:21:14 AM
I found this foreboding and worrisome. Trouble brewing in my opinion.  :-\

NJ Citizen testimony cut off; Chairman sits during Pledge of Allegiance
                                                                         
                                                              http://www.youtube.com/v/tQexLYK-X88&fs=1
                                                 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: NJ Citizen testimony cut off
Post by: Surly1 on May 25, 2013, 05:57:47 AM
I found this foreboding and worrisome. Trouble brewing in my opinion.  :-\

NJ Citizen testimony cut off; Chairman sits during Pledge of Allegiance
                                                                         
                                                              http://www.youtube.com/v/tQexLYK-X88&fs=1
                                               

Thore hired thugs uniformed cops failed to do their jobs. They might have cleared the room of troublesome muppets, the better to allow the assembled solons uninterrupted opportunity to advance the already-decided legislation without the nuisance of troublesome back-and-forth.

Alwys nice to be afforded a firsthand peek into the "laboratories of democracy." As Charlie Pierce often says when reporting on what the gobshites are doing, "This is your democracy. Cherish it." Thanks, GO.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Fired for word: 'Negro' in Spanish class
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 25, 2013, 07:23:34 AM
Fired for word: 'Negro' in Spanish class

Fired for word 'negro'? A Bronx teacher has filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired for using the word 'negro' in class. 'Negro' is the Spanish word for the color black.

 By David Clark Scott, Staff writer / May 25, 2013 at 9:50 am EDT

One of the first lessons one learns in English class is that context is everything. The same holds true in Spanish.

Take the case of Petrona Smith. She says in a lawsuit that she was fired from teaching at Bronx PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader reported that she'd used the "N" word, according to The New York Post.

'Negro.'

Smith doesn't deny using the word. But she argues that everyone uses it, when speaking Spanish. She was teaching the Spanish words for different colors, and the color "black" in Spanish is "negro."  She also taught the junior high school students, in this bilingual school, that the Spanish term for black people is "moreno." And by the way, Smith, who is from the West Indies, is black.

Context is everything.

Smith's lawsuit brings to mind a case in Ohio earlier this year.

The Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted in January to pursue the firing of Melissa Cairns. She was a math teacher at Buchtel Community Learning Center.

The school district said that Ms. Cairns posted a photo on her personal Facebook page which showed 8 or 9 out of her 16 students with duct tape across their mouths. The caption read: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!" The district says a colleague of Cairns' notified a supervisor of the photo.

On the face of it, this sounds outrageous. But what's the context?

Cairn, a teacher for 10 years, says she gave a girl a roll of duct tape to fix her binder, but the student cut a piece of tape, placed it over her mouth and laughed.

"The other kids in the class thought it was funny also, and they proceeded to pass the tape and scissors around the class. The students, the majority of the class, ended up putting a piece of duct tape across their mouth," Cairns explained.

"I would never in a million years do anything to harm students," Cairns said.

This past week, Cairns was officially fired because "She showed a lack of good judgment. Her conduct was unbecoming of a teacher,"  Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson told Newsnet5.

He went on to explain it wasn't the use of the duct tape, but the posting of the photo of children on Facebook that showed poor judgement.

The punishment, as many Akron readers noted, seemed excessive in light of the mistake.

"This is wrong," wrote Lynn Webster. "The Board should take into account what really happened and she was having FUN with her students. Oh...teachers aren't allowed to do that anymore. She should have received a reprimand at most and move on. Shame on the snitch that reported her. Couldn't this have been handled privately instead of running to a supervisor? Now I hope she sues them to get her job back."

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/1PrScET6V3Q/Fired-for-word-Negro-in-Spanish-class (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/1PrScET6V3Q/Fired-for-word-Negro-in-Spanish-class)  :icon_study: :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen: ‘The Disruptive Dozen’:12 technologies with the Greatest Impact
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 26, 2013, 05:06:45 AM
There are still some Extremely Optimistic folks out there.  :cwmddd:

‘The disruptive dozen’: 12 technologies with the greatest economic impact

By Joe McKendrick | May 24, 2013, 9:12 AM PDT
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There are many technologies shaping and reshaping the economic landscape, but only a few rise to the category of “economically disruptive,” which have the potential to dramatically change the status quo, transforming how people work and live.

Photo credit: Alyssa McKendrick

Photo credit: Alyssa McKendrick

A detailed new report out of the McKinsey Global Institute points to what they see as 12 key technology developments having the greatest economic impact over the coming decade::

1) Mobile internet: “Ubiquitous connectivity and an explosive proliferation of apps are enabling users to go about their daily routines with new ways of knowing, perceiving, and even interacting with the physical world,” says McKinsey. Economic impact: $3.7 trillion to $10.8 trillion annually by 2025, primarily by spreading Internet access to developing regions, as well as increased productivity.

2) Automation of knowledge work: McKinsey says this continues to be a major area of disruption, with software performing “knowledge work tasks involving unstructured commands and subtle judgments.” Economic impact: $5.2 trillion to $6.7 trillion by 2025, due to greater productivity.

3) Internet of things: The rise of “networks of low-cost sensors and actuators for data collection, monitoring, decision-making and process optimization” will be a major factor in the global economy over the coming decade. Economic impact: $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion by 2025, particularly across health care and manufacturing applications.

4) Cloud technology: Prepare for widespread “use of computer hardware and software resources delivered over a network, often as a service,” McKinsey predicts. Economic impact: $1.7 trillion to $8.2 trillion by 2025, in surplus from use of cloud-enabled Internet services.

5) Advanced robotics: Robots will take more giant leaps, employing “enhanced sensors, dexterity, and intelligence used to automate tasks or augment humans.” Economic impact: $1.7 trillion to $4.5 trillion a year by 2025, from improving and extending peoples’ lives, as well as automating manufacturing
6) Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles: Over the coming decade, the roads will start to fill with “vehicles that can navigate and operate with reduced or no human intervention,” and this will also add value to the global economy. Economic impact: $200 billion to $1.9 trillion annually, from freeing up drivers’ time, increased road safety, and reduced vehicle operating costs.

7) Next-generation genomics: The next stage of this science will enable “fast, low-cost gene sequencing, advanced big data analytics, and synthetic biology (’writing’ DNA.)” Economic impact: $700 billion to $1.6 trillion annually to the global economy by 2025, due to extended life expectancy from faster disease diagnosis and more tailored treatments.

8) Energy storage: McKinsey sees widespread growth of “devices or systems that store energy for later use, including batteries.” Economic impact: $90 billion to $635 billion annually by 2025, arising primarily from electric and hybrid vehcciles, distributed energy, and utility grid storage.

9) 3D printing: This emerging technique, also refereed to as additive manufacturing, will change the way many consumers acquire goods, and where they are made.  Economic impact: $230 billion to $550 billion annually by 2025, mainly from consumer uses and direct manufacturing.

10) Advanced materials: Expect a whirlwind of growth in “materials designed to have superior characteristics (e.g., strength, weight, conductivity) or functionality,” McKinsey says. Economic impact: $150 billion to $500 billion a year by 2025, mainly through medical advances.

11) Advanced oil and gas exploration and discovery: “Exploration and recovery techniques that make extraction of unconventional oil and gas economical.” Economic impact: $95 billion to $460 billion annually by 2025, much of it in North America due to increased  “light-tight oil” (LTO) extraction from rock formations.

12) Renewable energy: McKinsey predicts a rise in electricity being supplied from renewable sources. Economic impact: $165 billion to $275 billion a year by 2025, due to additional power capacity created by solar and wind sources.

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/the-disruptive-dozen-12-technologies-with-the-greatest-economic-impact/20548 (http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/the-disruptive-dozen-12-technologies-with-the-greatest-economic-impact/20548)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's :Head of IMF Christine Lagarde in court charged with fraud
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 26, 2013, 06:16:24 AM
Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde

 

The head of the International Monetary Fund arrived in the dock of a Paris courtroom today as she braced herself to be formally charged with embezzlement and fraud.

Christine Lagarde’s humiliation is not only a massive personal blow which could lead to her resignation, but one which will plunge the world’s banking system into further ignominy.

The clearly nervous 57-year-old said nothing to reporters as she entered the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special tribunal set up to judge the conduct of France’s government ministers,  shortly after 8.30am.

Lagarde faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail if found guilty of the very serious charges.

It was when she was President Nicolas Sarkozy’s finance minister that she is said to have authorised a 270 million pounds payout to one of his prominent supporters, so abusing her government position.

The money went to Bernard Tapie, a convicted football match fixer and tax dodger who supported Lagarde and Sarkozy’s UMP party.

It came after Dominque Strauss-Kahn, another senior French politician, was sacked as IMF chief following allegations that he attempted to rape a chambermaid in a New York hotel.

Ms Lagarde began campaigning to succeed Mr Strauss-Kahn soon after his arrest for the alleged crime.

But now it is Ms Lagarde, a lawyer and retired synchronised swimming star, who is facing a long court process of her own, as well as a possible jail sentence.

The scandal will not only pile further shame on France’s political class, but worry politicians and bankers desperately trying to resolve the global financial crisis.

Mr Tapie, the former head of adidas in France, claims he was cheated out of millions by Credit Lyonnais bank when the sports kit empire was sold in 1993.In 2007, Ms Largarde ended the epic dispute by ordering a panel of judges to arbitrate and, in turn, they awarded Tapie the damages.

Opposition MPs were furious, with former presidential candidate Francois Bayrou accusing Ms Lagarde of ‘dipping into the taxpayers’ pocket for a private beneficiary.’

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist Party also accused Ms Lagarde of improper conduct, pointing to the fact that Mr Tapie was a vocal supporter of Sarkozy.

Ms Lagarde’s lawyer, Yves Repiquet, said the inquiry was ‘in no way incompatible’ with her new job, and expected the case to be dismissed.

Ms Lagarde denies any wrongdoing, saying before today’s court appearance: ‘If it’s decided to continue with this inquiry it won’t be particularly surprising. Personally, it doesn’t worry me at all – I didn’t benefit personally’.

But it has been widely reported in the French media that investigators intend to charge her with fraud and embezzlement.

Le Monde said that magistrates had already written to Mrs Lagarde to tell her that she should not expect any special treatment because of her high-profile international job.

www.standard.co.uk/news/world/head-of-the-imf-christine-lagarde-in-court-charged-with-embezzlement-and-fraud-8628670.html (http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/head-of-the-imf-christine-lagarde-in-court-charged-with-embezzlement-and-fraud-8628670.html)   :laugh: ;D

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Syria Fighting Rages Reports of Chemical Attacks
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 27, 2013, 04:53:20 AM

Syria fighting rages amid reports of chemical attacks
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6:51am EDT

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Heavy fighting raged on Monday around the strategic border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus, amid renewed reports of chemical weapons attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Opposition activists said Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters were advancing in areas around Qusair, pressing a sustained assault on a town long used by rebels as a way station for arms and other supplies from Lebanon.

For Assad, Qusair is a crucial link between Damascus and loyalist strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Recapturing the town, in central Homs province, could also sever connections between rebel-held areas in the north and south of Syria.

Syrian government offensives in recent weeks are an apparent attempt to strengthen Assad's negotiating position before peace talks next month sponsored by the United States and Russia.

Assad's forces now hold about two-thirds of Qusair, said one activist who asked not to be named. Rebel reinforcements from elsewhere in Syria were trying to relieve the pressure, but their attacks had bogged down on the outskirts.

"So far they are just fighting and dying, their assault hasn't resulted in much yet unfortunately," the activist said.

Fierce clashes cut the highway running north from Damascus to the central city of Homs and shook the eastern outskirts of the capital, where dozens of people were suffering the effects of an apparent chemical attack, opposition sources said.

VICTIMS IN OXYGEN MASKS

Video posted online from the eastern suburb of Harasta showed lines of victims lying on the floor of a large room, covered in blankets and breathing from oxygen masks.

Both sides in the conflict, now in its third year, have accused each other of using chemical weapons. France's Le Monde newspaper published first-hand accounts on Monday of apparent chemical attacks by Assad's forces in April.

Another video from Harasta overnight showed at least two fighters being put into a van, their eyes watering and struggling to breathe while medics put tubes into their throats.

It was not possible to verify the videos independently, given the difficulties of media access in Syria.

A doctor interviewed in another video said the alleged chemical attack in Harasta was revenge for a rebel raid on nearby military checkpoints. He complained of a severe shortage in staff and medical supplies to treat such victims.

"We have dozens of wounded from another chemical gas bomb attack ... As you can see there are many people here just lying on the floor with no one to treat them," said the doctor, who did not give his name.

Many of the fighters affected by the attack, according to one opposition group, had recovered sufficiently to return to battle, suggesting its severity had been limited.

"Praise God, all our wounded men are in a stable condition," said the Harasta Media Group in a statement on Skype. "They are doing well and many have even returned to the frontline."

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/27/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE94Q07D20130527 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/27/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE94Q07D20130527)  :( :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Australia Ranked 'Happiest' Developed Nation
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 28, 2013, 04:12:53 AM

 27 May 2013 Last updated at 21:59 ET

Australia ranked 'happiest' developed nation again

Australia has been ranked as the world's happiest nation among developed economies for the third year running.

Australia won the top position, due to the overall strength of its economy, in the Better Life Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland also made it to the top five.

The survey ranked more than 30 countries on criteria such as income levels, health, safety and housing.

"Australia performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index," the OECD said on its website.

More than 73% of Australia's 23 million people aged 15 to 64 hold a paid job, which is above the OECD average.

Life expectancy at birth is also higher, at almost 82 years.
Economic strength

Australia's economy has posted more than two decades of straight growth due to demand for its natural resources.

The nation also managed to sidestep the worst of the financial crisis and was the only major developed nation to avoid the global recession in 2009.

The country's economic strength has been reflected in the Australian dollar, which is currently trading close to 30 year highs.

However, the government is starting to see challenges to growth as the mining boom tapers off, including rising unemployment.

As a result, Australia's Labour government is now looking to move the economy away from its dependence on mining towards sectors such as construction and manufacturing.

Another challenge they face is a widening income gap. According to the OECD, the top 20% of Australia's population earn six times more than the bottom 20%.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22685260#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22685260#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on May 28, 2013, 05:13:04 AM
I think that picture is overly rosy. For a start the state of WA where I currently live has 10% of population but in terms of tax for every 300$ the average easterner pays, the average westerner pays 1500$. so obviously the west should act on the declaration of secession that has been left ignored for about 100 years.

Also that life expectancy of 82 yrs neglects to mention that the life expectancy for aborigines is 10-20 lower and for the mentally ill is fully 25 yrs lower. Thats right TWENTY_FIVE_YEARS less. Remember that when your doctor starts you on 20mg of the latest and greatest wonder drug to take the edge off your stress. You get hooked and end up on 200mg oozing out of every pore and orifice, unable to think straight and overloading all your organ systems.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: The AP Spying Story: What You Aren't Being Told
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 29, 2013, 03:53:38 AM
In recent weeks we have been told to focus on a series of scandals which, we are told, are rocking the Obama Administration. Has the media finally found outrage over the Obama regime’s use of drone strikes to kill scores of innocent women and children in countries that are not even at war with the United States? Or the DOJ’s recent admission that the strikes had indeed killed American citizens? Or John Kerry’s recent attempts to once again lead the American public into supporting military intervention in the Middle East based on provably false claims of WMD?

Of course not. No, the media’s sudden discovery of outrage is directed at an entirely different scandal: the fact that reporters have now allegedly found themselves in the government’s crosshairs.

Find out more about the real scandal behind the AP spying story in this week’s edition of The Boiling Frogs Post EyeOpener Report.

Watch the Full Video Report Here:  http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/05/28/the-eyeopener-report-the-ap-spying-story-what-you-arent-being-told/ (http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/05/28/the-eyeopener-report-the-ap-spying-story-what-you-arent-being-told/)   :icon_study: :(  A sad situation indeed

                                                             http://www.youtube.com/v/bDL4-9bAiV4&fs=1
 
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Chinese cyberattacks hit key US weapons systems.
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 29, 2013, 04:41:31 AM
Chinese cyberattacks hit key US weapons systems. Are they still reliable?

A new report suggests that many advanced US weapons systems have been hacked, and experts say China was behind the cyberattacks. If there were a war with China, the weapons might not be reliable.
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US Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Coates monitors the 'hot' refueling of an F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., last week. A confidential report by the Defense Science Board says that files on many of the nation's most expensive weapons systems, including the F-35, have been accessed by Chinese hackers.
(Devon Ravine/Northwest FloridaDaily/AP)
Dozens of key US weapons system designs and technologies have been compromised by Chinese hackers, creating fresh uncertainty over America’s warfighting capabilities in any future conflict in Asia, according to a defense advisory group study and defense policy experts.

The laundry list of US weapons systems whose files have been accessed during the past decade by Chinese hackers includes some of the nation’s most expensive and exotic programs. The list was contained in a confidential version of a Defense Science Board report, according to The Washington Post.

The list includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system, the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 antimissile system, along with the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The long-term impact, experts say, could be to give China an edge in any confrontation as well as speeding deployment of advanced military technology that will cost it billions less to develop, defense experts say.

The unclassified version of the Defense Science Board report entitled, “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” which did not contain the list and barely mentions China, was released in January. But defense officials, speaking anonymously, told the Post that Chinese hackers are behind the attacks on most of the systems on the list in the restricted version.

“The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs,” the newspaper reported. “But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said that the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against US defense contractors and government agencies

Earlier this month, the Pentagon went on record with another report, this one to Congress, saying that Chinese cyberespionage of weapons systems is a key part of China’s effort to vault itself forward. That report for the first time specifically cited China’s government and military as directly responsible for cyberthefts involving US weapons systems.

“China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the US diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support US national defense programs,” the unusually blunt report to Congress said. “The information targeted could potentially be used to benefit China’s defense industry, high technology industries, policymaker interest in US leadership thinking on key China issues, and military planners building a picture of US network defense networks, logistics, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.”

The unclassified version of the Defense Science Board report cited cyber vulnerabilities in “systems that are used to support and operate those weapons or critical IT capabilities embedded within them.”

What the pair of reports, along with the emergence of the restricted list, suggests is a wholesale loss of integrity and introduction of new levels of potential vulnerability of those weapons systems to Chinese military hackers, defense policy and cybersecurity experts told the Monitor.

“All the stuff on this list is extremely sensitive – it’s like the kitchen sink,” says Kenneth Flamm, a technology expert at the Pentagon during the Clinton administration, and now an economist at the University of Texas at Austin. “It raises serious questions about whether we can rely on these systems.”

The list includes systems compromised during an ongoing Chinese cyberespionage campaign that began in late 1990s. Its first significant successes came in 2002-03 and peaked in 2007, when the hackers got into at least five federal agencies, including the Defense Department, Commerce Department, State Department, NASA, and the Energy Department, says James Lewis, a senior fellow and cybersecurity expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

About that time, government officials started to get serious about cybersecurity, and the incoming Obama administration also kicked off in 2008 a strategic review of cybersecurity. Since 2009, the Pentagon’s cybersecurity has been vastly improved, Dr. Lewis says.

“A lot of these cyberthefts happened before the Obama program kicked in,” Lewis adds. “But we still can’t rest easy, because we don’t know what they got and what they did while they were inside these networks.”

Software can make up perhaps one-third of the value of weapons systems like the Patriot missile and other system, he notes. Software for other systems on the list may now need an overhaul in order to ensure their integrity, he notes.

“If they got into the software code and left something behind, we’ve got a serious problem,” he says. “How do we know? We don’t. So the answer is that we have to redo the system to be sure it isn’t compromised.”

For its part, China regularly denies cyberespionage charges – and claims it, too, is a victim. But the emergence of the list comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over charges of rampant cyberespionage by China against US defense industry, energy systems, and other economic targets.

In discussing an April visit to China by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called cyberattacks “the greatest threat to our security – economic security, political security, diplomatic security, military security – that confronts us.”

During the visit, a top Chinese military officer, Gen. Fang Fenghui, seemed to concur, saying of cyberinsecurity that “the damaging consequences it causes may be as serious as a nuclear bomb.”

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/kS0vYaHX7iY/Chinese-cyberattacks-hit-key-US-weapons-systems.-Are-they-still-reliable (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/kS0vYaHX7iY/Chinese-cyberattacks-hit-key-US-weapons-systems.-Are-they-still-reliable)  :icon_study:


Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel" Quotes From a Beloved Bankster to Cherish Today
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 29, 2013, 05:33:41 AM
Courtesy TBP this morning :exp-angry:
                       
                                Jamie Dimon

You  read constantly that banks are lobbying regulators and elected officials as if  this is inappropriate. We don’t look at it that way.

Jamie  Dimon

It  is vital for officials and regulators to have input from people within our  businesses who understand the intricacies of how financial markets operate and  the consequences of certain policy decisions.  :laugh: :laugh: ;D :exp-laugh: :exp-laugh:

Jamie  Dimon

All  businesses tend to pass costs onto customers.

Jamie  Dimon

I  am not embarrassed to be a banker. I am not embarrassed to be in  business.
Jamie  Dimon

The  term ‘too big to fail’ must be excised from our vocabulary.
Jamie  Dimon

Scale  can create value for shareholders; for consumers, who are beneficiaries of  better products, delivered more quickly and at less cost; for the businesses  that are our customers; and for the economy as a whole.
Jamie  Dimon

That’s why I’m richer than you.

Jamie Dimon

http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=55018 (http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=55018) :icon_study: :thefinger:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Chinese cyberattacks hit key US weapons systems.
Post by: Surly1 on May 29, 2013, 06:38:00 AM

“If they got into the software code and left something behind, we’ve got a serious problem,” he says. “How do we know? We don’t. So the answer is that we have to redo the system to be sure it isn’t compromised.”

For its part, China regularly denies cyberespionage charges – and claims it, too, is a victim. But the emergence of the list comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over charges of rampant cyberespionage by China against US defense industry, energy systems, and other economic targets.

In discussing an April visit to China by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called cyberattacks “the greatest threat to our security – economic security, political security, diplomatic security, military security – that confronts us.”

I am sure this is a legitimate issue that has been investigated by smarter heads than mine, but the cynic in me says that, along the lines of "never waste a good crisis," this could be the foundation for the Defense Contractors' Sequester-Busting Full Relief Act of 2013.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 29, 2013, 06:58:50 AM

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I am sure this is a legitimate issue that has been investigated by smarter heads than mine, but the cynic in me says that, along the lines of "never waste a good crisis," this could be the foundation for the Defense Contractors' Sequester-Busting Full Relief Act of 2013.

Separating fact from fiction, hype from ordinary news has become a daunting task Surly. This could no doubt be a cry for more dough, lots more dough.  :-\
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Chinese cyberattacks hit key US weapons systems.
Post by: WHD on May 29, 2013, 07:53:30 AM

“If they got into the software code and left something behind, we’ve got a serious problem,” he says. “How do we know? We don’t. So the answer is that we have to redo the system to be sure it isn’t compromised.”

For its part, China regularly denies cyberespionage charges – and claims it, too, is a victim. But the emergence of the list comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over charges of rampant cyberespionage by China against US defense industry, energy systems, and other economic targets.

In discussing an April visit to China by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called cyberattacks “the greatest threat to our security – economic security, political security, diplomatic security, military security – that confronts us.”

I am sure this is a legitimate issue that has been investigated by smarter heads than mine, but the cynic in me says that, along the lines of "never waste a good crisis," this could be the foundation for the Defense Contractors' Sequester-Busting Full Relief Act of 2013.

The question not any one dipshit MSM squakbox would ever think to ask - what could the 50% cheap shit exporting #2 country hope to gain by stealing from the Department of War in the 70% cheap shit buying #1 country with the biggest ass military every by about 50 times? Nothing, really. I mean, they have to use US Dollars to buy oil - that has to grind. But what a way to implode your teetering economy and have the whole of 700 million illiterate Chinese knocking at the Party gate, antagonizing your bread and butter American insatiableee?

More like you say, Surly, the sequester busting, and you GO, da money da money da money. That, and to put the fascist kibosh on commentary in the spirit of the Diner.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Petty Tyrant on May 29, 2013, 09:32:20 AM
Well its old news being treated as new news. I quite liked bill clinton with his peace progress in the middle east and north korea, but it seems his days of taking lots of bribes to award chinese contractors to the major electronics component suppliers of the military was shortsighted and stupid.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Chinese buy Smithfield Foods Shuanghui $4.7 Bill
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 29, 2013, 10:34:19 AM
Why did I get an instant Vibe that higher food prices are coming soon??  :icon_scratch:

Chinese buy Smithfield Foods: Hong Kong-based Shuanghui owns a variety of global businesses that include food, logistics and flavoring products and is the majority shareholder in China's largest meat processing enterprise.
                                                     
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A Smithfield ham is seen at a grocery store in Richardson, Texas. Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. agreed Wednesday, May 29, 2013, to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. for approximately $4.72 billion in a deal that will take the world's biggest pork producer private.
(LM Otero/AP)

By Michael Felderbaum, Associated Press / May 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm EDT
RICHMOND, Virginia

Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. for approximately $4.72 billion, the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.

Hong Kong-based Shuanghui owns a variety of global businesses that include food, logistics and flavoring products and is the majority shareholder in China's largest meat processing enterprise. Smithfield, the world's biggest pork producer, owns brands such as Armour, Farmland and its namesake.

Shareholders of Smithfield will receive $34 per share under terms of the deal announced Wednesday — a 31 percent premium to the Smithfield, Virginia, company's closing stock price of $25.97 on Tuesday.

Both companies' boards have unanimously approved the transaction, which still needs approval fromSmithfield's shareholders. The transaction may also be subject to review by the U.S.'s Committee on Foreign Investment, which evaluates the potential national security effects of transactions. The process typically includes a 30-day initial review, followed by a 45-day investigation before making a recommendation to the president.

Chinese investment in the U.S. is still comparatively low but has risen sharply in recent years. China has accused the U.S. of discriminating against its companies, although analysts say American firms face bigger obstructions investing in China.

The companies put the deal's total value at about $7.1 billion, including debt. Smithfield Foods has about 138.8 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet. Smithfield's stock will no longer be publicly traded once the deal closes.

Its shares surged $6.50, or 25 percent, to $32.47 in midday trading Wednesday.

Shuanghui has 13 facilities that produce more than 2.7 million tons of meat per year. Under the agreement, there will be no closures at Smithfield's facilities and locations, including its Smithfield, Virginia, headquarters in the historic southeastern Virginia town of about 8,100 where it was founded in 1936, the companies said.

Smithfield's existing management team will remain in place and Shuanghui also will honor the collective bargaining agreements with Smithfield workers. The company has about 46,000 employees.

"This transaction preserves the same old Smithfield, only with more opportunities and new markets and new frontiers," Smithfield CEO Larry Pope said in a conference call. "This is not a strategy to import Chinese pork into the United States ... this is exporting America to the world."  :laugh: :laugh:

"People have this belief ... that everything in America is made in China. Open your refrigerator door, look inside. Nothing in there is made in China because American agriculture is the most competitive and efficient in the world. This is the one place America can absolutely compete," he said.

With China and the U.S. being "the most important markets," Zhijun Yang, managing director of Shuanghui, said in a conference call with investors, "together we can be a global leader in animal protein. ... no other combination has such a great opportunity."

Foreign food, such as milk powder from New Zealand and vegetables from neighboring Asian countries, is prized by Chinese consumers because of frequent domestic food safety scandals.

Among the most notorious, six babies died and 300,000 were sickened in 2008 from drinking infant formula and other dairy tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

Shuanghui's reputation was battered in 2011 when state broadcaster CCTV revealed its pork contained clenbuterol — a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but can be harmful to humans.

In recent months, Continental Grain Co., one of Smithfield's largest shareholders, has been pushing Smithfieldto consider splitting itself up, saying it was time for the company to "get serious about creating shareholder value." Following a March letter from Continental Grain, Smithfield said it would review the suggestions "in due course." Representatives from Continental Grain did not immediately comment on the deal announced Wednesday.

In its most recent quarter, in March reported its net income rose more than 3 percent, helped by gains in hog production, its international business and its packaged meats such as deli meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs — a large growth area for the company.

Still pork producers like Smithfield have been caught in a tug of war with consumers. The company needs to raise prices to offset rising commodity costs, namely the corn it uses for feed. But consumers are still extremely sensitive to price changes in the current economy. By raising prices, Smithfield risks cutting into its sales should consumers cut back or buy cheaper meats, such as chicken.

The Smithfield deal including assumed debt would eclipse a Chinese purchase of a stake in a big U.S. investment firm as well. In December 2007, China Investment Corp. bought a 9.9 percent stake in Morgan Stanley valued at $5.6 billion, according to research firm Dealogic.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/tVrNl8XNyQw/Chinese-buy-Smithfield-Foods-Shuanghui-to-pay-4.7B-for-US-meat-producer (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/tVrNl8XNyQw/Chinese-buy-Smithfield-Foods-Shuanghui-to-pay-4.7B-for-US-meat-producer)   :icon_study: :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipmen
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 30, 2013, 01:58:24 AM
Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment: Lebanese media
                         
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria has received the first shipment of an air defense system from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying, sending a signal of military strength days before an EU arms embargo on the war-torn country lapses.

"Syria has received the first shipment of Russian anti-aircraft S-300 rockets," Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Assad as saying in an interview due to be broadcast later on Thursday.

More of the missiles would arrive soon, he was quoted as saying.

Russia has said it would deliver the missile system to the Syrian government over Western objections, saying the move would help stabilize the regional balance.

A staunch ally of the Assad government, Moscow has appeared to grow more defiant since the European Union let its arms embargo on Syria expire, opening up the possibility of the West arming the rebels battling to topple the president. The embargo lapses on June 1.

The United States, France and Israel have all called on Russia to stop the missile delivery.

An interview with Assad will be released on Thursday on Al Manar, a television station linked to Assad's ally, the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah.

More than 80,000 people have died in Syria since peaceful protests against four decades of Assad family rule led to a civil war that has pitted the president's forces and his ally, Hezbollah, against Syrian rebels and a flow of Sunni Islamist militants who have come to help them from abroad.

Moscow says the lapsing of the EU embargo complicates U.S. and Russian-led efforts to set up a peace conference between the Syrian government and its opponents, who want an immediate end to four decades of Assad family rule.

The Syrian leader said he planned to go to the "Geneva 2" conference, al-Akhbar reported, though he was unconvinced of a fruitful outcome and said he would continue to fight the militants.

THREATS AGAINST ISRAEL
 Officials in Israel, the United States' main ally in the region, say the S-300 could reach deep into the Jewish state and threaten flights over its main commercial airport near Tel Aviv.

Al-Akhbar said Assad also stressed ties between his forces and Hezbollah militants now openly fighting on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian frontier.

"Syria and Hezbollah are part of the same axis," al-Akhbar quoted him as telling al-Manar.

"The Syrian army is the one fighting and leading the battles against the armed group, and this fight will continue until all those who are called terrorists are eliminated."

Syria sits along the faultlines of several regional and ethnic conflicts, and violence in the country is increasingly seeping across its borders.

Israel, wary of any Syrian weapons being sent to Hezbollah in Lebanon, has already launched three air strikes against Damascus to stop suspected transfers.

A recent string of strikes in the capital Damascus, which shook the entire city, stoked an angry reaction from Syria. State media outlets said Syria would respond to any further attacks, and would also allow militant groups to attack Israel from a shared border on the Golan Heights.

Israel captured much of Syria's Golan Heights in a 1967 regional war and occupies the territory today, but Assad and his father, the deceased president Hafez al-Assad, had kept the border quiet for decades.

"The Syrian government will not stand in the way of any Syrian groups that want to wage a war of resistance to liberate the Golan," Assad was quoted as saying in the upcoming interview.

Hezbollah has stated it would be willing to support groups that chose to launch operations from the Golan.

Israel has become particularly wary of the S-300 shipments. Its defense minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday, however, that the shipments were not yet on their way.

Sources close to the Russian weapons export monopoly Rosoboronexport said last year that an earlier agreed S-300 deal had been frozen due to concerns over violence in Syria. But one of the sources said Syria had already paid 20 percent of the contract price.

Earlier this month, Israel was reported to have told Washington that Syria had begun payments for a $900 million purchase of S-300s, with an initial deliver due within three months

http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-syria-received-russian-missile-shipment-lebanese-062304204.html (http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-syria-received-russian-missile-shipment-lebanese-062304204.html) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Chinese Artist Outsells Picasso
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 30, 2013, 02:24:26 AM

                                                      http://www.youtube.com/v/mcEgJgrBbFs&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Chicago Simmers over School Closings
Post by: Golden Oxen on May 30, 2013, 03:03:42 AM
Chicago simmers over school closings. Is that bad for Mayor Emanuel?

The Chicago Teachers Union said it was filing a lawsuit protesting the school closings, adding to two filed by parents last week. Critics say they suspect Mayor Emanuel is paving the way for charter schools

Chicago

Chicago’s controversial decision to close 50 public schools was challenged by a third lawsuit Wednesday, inflaming a public relations war between City Hall and the teachers union that polls say is being waged at a time that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more vulnerable politically.

Two federal lawsuits were filed last week by parents saying that the closings violate the civil rights of special needs children and those living in poorer, marginalized neighborhoods.

On Wednesday the Chicago Teachers Union announced it is filing a lawsuit in Circuit Court against the Chicago Public School System, saying the school board violated its own code guidelines in closing 10 elementary schools.

In each case, the union and the parent groups say they want the closures delayed for at least a year, giving time for the matter to be given due consideration in court.

Both the Chicago Public School System (CPS) and its challengers say they are pressing forward for the sake of Chicago’s schoolchildren. The CPS is making the case that the closings – it is the largest mass school closure in US history – are justified to achieve meaningful reform in the lagging school district, while its critics say the sheer magnitude of the closings will create irreparable harm to those neighborhoods, which are suffering the most from neglect, and will heighten gang violence.

Becky Carroll, chief communications officer for CPS, says union leadership “remains committed to a status quo that is failing too many children trapped in underutilized, under-resourced schools.”

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CPS, which came under fire from teachers and parents groups when it proposed the closings months ago, announced last week it would close 50 schools, the majority on the South and West sides of the city.

A prime reason cited for the closures is financial. The city’s public school system, which is the third largest in the nation and operates under the control of City Hall, faces a $1 billion budget deficit in the new fiscal year. It maintains that each closed school will save the district $500,000 and $800,000.

CPS also says that transitioning children from low-performing schools to higher-performing ones will inevitably make them better students.

Critics are disputing those assertions, and many say that while they expected some consolidation, the high volume of schools closed suggests that Mayor Emanuel is paving the way for more charter schools, and is intent on crippling the teachers union.

“He is creating a vacuum to bring in the charters. [Emmanuel] always had this Republican attitude for school reform, there’s no other way to describe it,” says Chicago Alderman John Arena of the city’s 41st Ward. “This is probably one of the worst approaches to [school reform] I can imagine.”

One of the biggest issues to emerge is violence. Critics say that the closings will force children to travel a longer distance to school, which will inevitably expose them to competing gang turf.

According to the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, students travel an average of 3.5 miles to higher-performing schools in the city, while those in lower-performing schools travel about half a mile.

Marisa de la Torre, a director at the Consortium, says her research shows consolidation only improves student achievement when students are reassigned to schools that are in the top quartile of all CPS schools.

However, out of all the elementary schools where displaced children will be reassigned this fall, only three are in the top quartile.

“If the goal is to improve the academic outcome of the student, clearly the only thing to keep in mind is that the receiving school plays a big role into that,” says Ms. de la Torre. “We see a changed education outcome of students when they go to the highest performing receiving school.”

Steve Tozer, director of the Center for Urban Education Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says the CPS budget dilemma is very real because it is funded at a much lower level than other districts in the state.

“The Illinois school funding disparity is such that if Chicago were funded at a level as some neighboring districts were funded, we would not have this budget crisis,” Professor Tozer says.

Compounding the difficulties is the district’s failure to create a long-term plan, and the push for more charter schools. Combined with the budget shortfalls, they create a “perfect storm that is causing disruption that nobody, including [CPS], wants to see.”

Emanuel has remained largely mute on the subject since last week, when he released a statement saying, “More hard work lies ahead, but I am confident that together with teachers and principals, engaged parents and community support, our children will succeed.”

The closings come at a time when polling shows a growing vulnerability for the mayor. According to a Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV poll released in early May, 50 percent approve of his job performance while 40 percent disapprove; a year ago, those numbers were at 52 and 29 percent respectively.

His lowest approval numbers are from black voters: 44 percent approve of his performance and 33 percent disapprove; last year, 48 percent approved while 40 percent disapproved.

The poll was conducted by phone in late April among 800 Chicago voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/BMPlxTDEt3Q/Chicago-simmers-over-school-closings.-Is-that-bad-for-Mayor-Emanuel (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/BMPlxTDEt3Q/Chicago-simmers-over-school-closings.-Is-that-bad-for-Mayor-Emanuel)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Nissan Leaf beats Chevy Volt in May sales
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 03, 2013, 09:54:09 AM
This ones for you Agelbert  :laugh: :emthup:

                                                   
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 By GreenCarReports

posted June 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm EDT

Plug-in car sales continued at a steady pace in May, with early estimates of perhaps 6,500 to 7,000 sold overall.

As always, precise figures are impossible because Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] does not report monthly sales as every other carmaker does.

We'll refine our totals as more reports come in over the course of the day (and, for the Ford plug-in numbers, tomorrow).

Second-best month for Leaf

Fulfilling expectations of consistently higher deliveries, the May sales for the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car came in at 2,138.

That's the Leaf's second-best sales month ever, trailing only March, when 2,236 were sold after supplies of U.S.-built plug-in electric cars finally started to reach Nissan dealers.

With five months gone, Leaf sales total 7,614, almost triple the 2,613 Leafs sold at this time last year.

If Nissan can keep up the pace at the average of the last three months, it might deliver 22,500 or more Leafs for the year.

It's still worth noting, however, that the Leaf represented just 2 percent of Nissan's total of 106,558 sales in May.

Volt only holding steady

The Chevrolet Volt, the best-selling plug-in electric car last year, logged 1,607 deliveries--bringing its yearly total to 7,157.

That's just 100 cars more than last year's comparable total of 7,057, which doesn't exactly indicate sales growth for the Volt.

That total, moreover, puts it behind the Leaf in total sales for the year. The Volt and Leaf were neck and neck last month.

Total Volt sales last year were 23,461, more than twice the Leaf's total of 9,819.

GM's plug-in sales totals will see an addition at the end of the year, however, as the 2014 Cadillac ELR arrives at dealerships. The first pre-production ELRs have already been assembled.

Tesla: the big unknown

First-quarter sales of the Tesla Model S electric luxury sport sedan were reported by the company at roughly 4,900.

That made the Model S the best-selling plug-in car in the U.S. for that period. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until sometime in July or August to know how many Model Ses it sold for the April-June period.

If U.S. monthly sales were to average 1,800 cars--which would take Tesla to its announced goal of 21,000 units for the year--the Model S would likely be the third best-selling plug-in car in the country.

However, some portion of those 21,000 Model S deliveries will come from Europe, where sales are starting this summer, and perhaps from Asia late in the year as well.

That means Tesla's monthly sales to U.S. buyers could drop considerably as it works through its list of buyers who've put down deposits, but the company could still meet its first full-year goal.

Whether the company will provide data on its sales by country remains unknown.

Plug-in hybrids strong

Ford's sales of its two Energi plug-in hybrid models surged in May, with the company announcing last week that it had sold more hybrids (regular and plug-in) through May than it did during all of 2012.

Sales numbers broken out for the Ford Fusion Energi and the Ford C-Max Energi will be released tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Toyota's sales of its Prius Plug-In Hybrid have been trailing off.

Compliance cars

With a price reduction to $259 monthly for a Honda Fit EV lease, and the Fiat 500e offering a $199 monthly lease (when it goes on sale in July), carmakers are showing that they intend to sell the legally required minimum number of "compliance cars" to meet the California zero-emission vehicle requirements.

The Toyota RAV4 EV, with its 103-mile EPA-rated range, remains a compliance car but one of a slightly different stripe.

And the Ford Focus Electric is now available in all 50 states, though it sells only at levels that put it into the compliance car bucket as well.

The final such battery-electric vehicle, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, goes on sale this month in selected California and Oregon dealerships.

The rest

The only remaining plug-in car is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric minicar, which has not sold as well as the company had hoped.

Sales of the Coda Sedan, the Fisker Karma, and the Wheego Whip LiFe have never been reported, but won't make a difference to the overall numbers.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/7LX8QYlQ7jQ/Nissan-Leaf-beats-Chevy-Volt-in-May-sales (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/7LX8QYlQ7jQ/Nissan-Leaf-beats-Chevy-Volt-in-May-sales)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Solar Impulse leaves Dallas for St Louis in trans-America bid
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 03, 2013, 07:41:39 PM
                                                 
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 Andre Borschberg waves off Bertrand Piccard from Dallas Fort Worth

 Solar Impulse leaves Dallas for St Louis in trans-America bid

A solar-powered plane aiming to cross the US from the West Coast to the East Coast has begun its third leg.

This will take the Solar Impulse vehicle from Dallas to St Louis in a flight expected to last 21 hours.

The HB-SIA craft, which has the same wingspan as an Airbus A340 but weighs just 1.6t, took off from Dallas Fort Worth at 04:06 local time (09:06 GMT).

It is due to land at Lambert-St Louis International Airport at about 01:00 local time on Tuesday (06:00 GMT).

The pilot duties on the "Across America" bid are being shared by the two leaders of the project - Swiss nationals Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. This third leg is being undertaken by Mr Piccard.

The Solar Impulse team is having to erect a temporary hangar at St Louis to house the plane when it arrives. Recent storms damaged the building that was originally assigned the task. An inflatable hangar will now be used to park the aircraft.

The Trans-US journey is billed as the first cross-continental, solar-powered flight.

It is the last showpiece with the prototype aircraft before Mr Piccard and Mr Borschberg attempt a trans-oceanic flight and an eventual around-the-world flight in 2015.

The aeroplane already holds records for the first international flight of a manned solar-powered plane in 2011, and first inter-continental flight in 2012.

The aircraft completed the first leg of its trans-American bid - between San Francisco and Phoenix - in early May, in a flight lasting 18 hours. The second leg - from Phoenix to Dallas - was completed in late May. This trip covered a distance of 1,541km (958mi) - a record for a manned solar-powered plane.

The Across America project coincides with the Piccard's and Borschberg's Clean Generation Initiative, an effort to encourage policy-makers and businesses to develop and adopt sustainable energy technologies.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/Yl6f5xVvJYk/Solar-plane-on-trans-US-flight-It-s-about-pioneering-spirit-pilot-says (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/Yl6f5xVvJYk/Solar-plane-on-trans-US-flight-It-s-about-pioneering-spirit-pilot-says) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: IMF Concedes "Notable Failures Greek Bailout
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 07, 2013, 04:41:35 AM
Now that Greece is in shambles, the IMF admits it made mistakes. The bankers got paid. That's what really matters :(

MF Concedes "Notable Failures" In Handling Greek Bailout
IMF Concedes
6/6/2013 12:37 AM ET

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday confessed that there had been "notable failures" in dealing with Greece's first bailout program, which was launched in May 2010.

The Washington-based lender said in a report that it was too optimistic in its economic assumptions and felt that the debt restructuring should have been attempted at the onset of the crisis.

The European Union and the IMF granted Greece's first rescue package worth EUR 110 billion in May 2010 followed by EUR 130 billion bailout in February last year.

The first bailout package was put together in a very short period of time, without adequate political dialogue and, more importantly, with insufficient contributions by the authorities to tailor conditionality to the peculiarities of the economy and the Greek public administration, the Fund said in the report.

In its view, one of the failures encountered by the program was that it failed to restore market confidence, while the country's banking system lost 30 percent of its deposits, and the economy encountered a much deeper-than-expected recession with exceptionally high unemployment.

According to IMF, an "ex-ante debt restructuring" would have helped mitigate the depth of adjustment and the severity of the recession.

Public debt remained too high and eventually had to be restructured, with collateral damage for bank balance sheets that were also weakened by the recession, the report said. Structural reforms stalled and productivity gains proved elusive, it added.

The IMF had "misgivings" about debt sustainability and there was a tension between the need to support Greece and the concern that debt was not sustainable with high probability, which is a condition for exceptional access.

However, as the program was a necessity, given the danger of contagion, the exceptional access criterion was amended to lower the bar for debt sustainability in systemic cases. "The baseline macro projections can also be criticized for being too optimistic," the lender said.

Though the significant fiscal adjustment during the program period failed to achieve the desired targets, it was difficult to argue that adjustment should have been attempted more slowly, given the highly unsustainable debt levels.

Moreover, a flatter adjustment path would have required more than EUR 110 billion in financing, which would have been politically difficult. The scope for increasing flexibility in fiscal targets was limited.

The Fund also admitted that the burden of adjustment was not shared evenly across society during the program period and the capacity to implement reforms was overestimated.

In another statement on Wednesday, the IMF said its Executive Board has approved disbursement of EUR 1.74 billion worth loan installment to Greece on conclusion of the third review the country's economic and fiscal performance.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Greece is on track to meet its 2013 fiscal targets. She urged the authorities to accelerate structural reforms and to take stringent measures to tackle tax evasion.

The Fund forecasts Greek economy, which is in its sixth year of recession, to contract 4.2 percent in 2013. The economy shrank 6.4 percent in 2012.
http://www.rttnews.com/2131193/imf-concedes-notable-failures-in-handling-greek-bailout.aspx?utm_source=rttnews&utm_campaign=popup (http://www.rttnews.com/2131193/imf-concedes-notable-failures-in-handling-greek-bailout.aspx?utm_source=rttnews&utm_campaign=popup)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: President Obama’s Dragnet
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 07, 2013, 07:55:56 AM

The New York Times

June 6, 2013
President Obama’s Dragnet
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Within hours of the disclosure that federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.

Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability.

The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.

Based on an article in The Guardian published Wednesday night, we now know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency used the Patriot Act to obtain a secret warrant to compel Verizon’s business services division to turn over data on every single call that went through its system. We know that this particular order was a routine extension of surveillance that has been going on for years, and it seems very likely that it extends beyond Verizon’s business division. There is every reason to believe the federal government has been collecting every bit of information about every American’s phone calls except the words actually exchanged in those calls.

Articles in The Washington Post and The Guardian described a process by which the N.S.A. is also able to capture Internet communications directly from the servers of nine leading American companies. The articles raised questions about whether the N.S.A. separated foreign communications from domestic ones.

A senior administration official quoted in The Times online Thursday afternoon about the Verizon order offered the lame observation that the information does not include the name of any caller, as though there would be the slightest difficulty in matching numbers to names. He said the information “has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats,” because it allows the government “to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged in terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the United States.”



That is a vital goal, but how is it served by collecting everyone’s call data? The government can easily collect phone records (including the actual content of those calls) on “known or suspected terrorists” without logging every call made. In fact, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was expanded in 2008 for that very purpose.

Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know whom Americans are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk and from where.

This sort of tracking can reveal a lot of personal and intimate information about an individual. To casually permit this surveillance — with the American public having no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power — fundamentally shifts power between the individual and the state, and it repudiates constitutional principles governing search, seizure and privacy.

The defense of this practice offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is supposed to be preventing this sort of overreaching, was absurd. She said on Thursday that the authorities need this information in case someone might become a terrorist in the future. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the vice chairman of the committee, said the surveillance has “proved meritorious, because we have gathered significant information on bad guys and only on bad guys over the years.”

But what assurance do we have of that, especially since Ms. Feinstein went on to say that she actually did not know how the data being collected was used?

The senior administration official quoted in The Times said the executive branch internally reviews surveillance programs to ensure that they “comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.”

That’s no longer good enough. Mr. Obama clearly had no intention of revealing this eavesdropping, just as he would not have acknowledged the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, had it not been reported in the press. Even then, it took him more than a year and a half to acknowledge the killing, and he is still keeping secret the protocol by which he makes such decisions.



We are not questioning the legality under the Patriot Act of the court order disclosed by The Guardian. But we strongly object to using that power in this manner. It is the very sort of thing against which Mr. Obama once railed, when he said in 2007 that the surveillance policy of the George W. Bush administration “puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.”

Two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado, have raised warnings about the government’s overbroad interpretation of its surveillance powers. “We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act,” they wrote last year in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. “As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”

On Thursday, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, who introduced the Patriot Act in 2001, said that the National Security Agency overstepped its bounds by obtaining a secret order to collect phone log records from millions of Americans.

“As the author of the Patriot Act, I am extremely troubled by the F.B.I.’s interpretation of this legislation,” he said in a statement. “While I believe the Patriot Act appropriately balanced national security concerns and civil rights, I have always worried about potential abuses.” He added: “Seizing phone records of millions of innocent people is excessive and un-American.”

Stunning use of the act shows, once again, why it needs to be sharply curtailed if not repealed.

Meet The New York Times’s Editorial Board »
www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&smid=tw-share&pagewanted=print (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&smid=tw-share&pagewanted=print)   :icon_study: :( :exp-angry:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Surly1 on June 07, 2013, 08:14:09 AM
One wonders if the Times editorial board feels awakened, like Rip Van Winkel, to what many of us have been saying for a decade or so.

Better late than never.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: widgeon on June 07, 2013, 10:00:39 AM
With all this surveillance, why couldn't they catch the Boston Bomber(s) even when they already had them under observation?  LOL.

Fascists.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 07, 2013, 10:55:57 AM
With all this surveillance, why couldn't they catch the Boston Bomber(s) even when they already had them under observation?  LOL.

Fascists.

Were also handed to them on a platter by a foreign government with stern warnings. Never any accountability, always someone else or something to blame.  :exp-angry: :exp-angry: :exp-angry:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Why Are So Many Choosing Death?
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 09, 2013, 05:37:57 AM
Why Are So Many Choosing Death?

A lot of people argue that modern technological society is making us psychotic. I can think no better evidence for this than the epidemic of suicide that is now sweeping the globe, especially in the United States. It seems everywhere I look this week there are more stories of suicide. It seems to cut across all classes:

Hollywood actress Jiah Khan hung herself this week.
Michael Jackson’s daughter attempted suicide this week.
Stephen Fry has discussed his suicide attempt in 2012.
A couple that hosted a motivational and self-help radio show in New York City committed suicide together.
There was an attempted suicide attempt outside the Today Show

Where modern society goes, suicide follows. I wonder how much of it there is among "primitive" societies. Someone call Jared Diamond.

And just think, that’s over and above all of our mass shootings, the latest of which occurred this week in Santa Monica. In America, we're doubling-down on killing ourselves and/or each other.

But seriously, it is worth noting that this is at the same time as antidepressant use in the U.S. has skyrocketed. Imagine how much there would be even if those didn't exist. In fact, according to some sources, antidepressants are the most prescribed medication in the United States, ahead of even antibiotics and blood pressure medication.

    The use of antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs -- those that affect brain chemistry -- has skyrocketed over the last decade.

    Adult use of antidepressants almost tripled between the periods 1988-1994 and 1999-2000.

    Between 1995 and 2002, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the use of these drugs rose 48 percent, the CDC reported.

CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S. (CNN)

    According to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.

    The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. And by their reckoning, antidepressants were the third most common prescription medication taken by Americans in 2005–2008, the latest period during which the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected data on prescription drug use.

Astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans (Harvard Medical School)

My question is, if modern life, with all our interactive screens and creature comforts, is supposedly so great, why are people ending their own lives in such great numbers? And the numbers are truly staggering, as this article points out:

    Forget the days of whispering about suicide—it’s become a national epidemic, and is only likely to get worse over the years unless the country starts addressing the problem, writes Tony Dokoupil in this week’s Newsweek. Self-harm is likely to take 40,000 American lives this year; in 2010 suicide took more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. It’s not the depressed teen who is taking his or her own life, but rather it’s the baby boomers, who currently have the highest suicide rate in the world. According to data exclusively obtained by Newsweek, there has been a 37 percent increase in the years of life lost to clinical depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, and other mental disorders. 

Suicide Likely to Take 40,000 American Lives (Daily Beast)

    Newly released and striking figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that from 1999 to 2010 the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, up from 13.7 to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people. In 2010 more people in the U.S. died from suicide than from car crashes—a statistic that alone seems to stand as troubling testament to desperate times. As the New York Times notes, the CDC and other experts believe the suicide figures to be on the low side.

    Another striking symptom is high levels of stress that lead to drug use, abuse and addiction. Research  concludes that stress can render people susceptible to serious illness, and that chronic stress can play a role in the progression of cancer. It is hard to believe, but 11 percent of all Americans aged 12 and older, which is well over 30 million people, are currently taking antidepressants despite the danger of suicide for some users.

    And a stunning 23 percent of women in their 40s and 50s are now taking antidepressants according to a major study by the CDC.

The 4 Plagues: Getting a Handle on the Coming Apocalypse (Alternet)

It's not just the United States: UK Suicide rate rises 'significantly' in 2011 (BBC) and 'Suicidal' man causes Chinese bus fire (BBC) and Hidden Cost of Greece, Euro Crisis: Suicides (Naked Capitalism)

Here are some thoughtful articles on the subject: Why Suicide Has become Epidemic and What We Can Do To Help (Daily Beast) and  Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why? (Washington Post)

I would argue that if you were to devise a system intentionally designed to drive a primate to psychosis, you would come up with essentially the system we have today. You would downgrade and de-emphasize human social relationships. You would pit people against each other. You would institutionalize children from birth. You would make people live with pervasive fear and uncertainty. You would force them to work at cruel, demeaning jobs with little time off to relax. You would show them unrealistic and unattainable images of physical perfection to make them ashamed of their own bodies. You would constantly show goals that are unattainable for the vast majority of people. You would encourage dissatisfaction with one’s life.

No doubt the technophilia crowd believes that more technology will somehow solve all these problems. When we upload our brains into computers all our depression will disappear. That, or we can all medicate it out of us even more than we do already. Forgive me if my eyes are rolling at this.

I am at a high risk myself. I don't know what will happen. All I know is that we're going to lose a lot of good people, and if anything good comes out of something so awful, maybe we'll start to question the kind of society we've made for ourselves.

http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-are-so-many-choosing-death.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-are-so-many-choosing-death.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: widgeon on June 09, 2013, 11:21:49 AM
 <<The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant.>>


bs.  It's MUCH HIGHER.  A clear majority of "adults" I deal with daily are on them.  I took them for awhile, naively.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 09, 2013, 12:49:06 PM
<<The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant.>>


bs.  It's MUCH HIGHER.  A clear majority of "adults" I deal with daily are on them.  I took them for awhile, naively.

You are probably correct Widgeon, I know lots of folks on them as well as one of my brothers. I stay away from medication like the plague, only take what the Dr. forces me to take, but most that I know are seeking them out, rather than shunning them. People I know on antidepressants seem to turn into listless zombies after a while, nothing bothers them. Certainly no Dr., but they can hardly be a good thing. Glad you got of them Widgeon.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Edward Snowden Is No Hero
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 11, 2013, 05:17:46 AM
Edward Snowden, a twenty-nine-year-old former C.I.A. employee and current government contractor, has leaked news of National Security Agency programs that collect vast amounts of information about the telephone calls made by millions of Americans, as well as e-mails and other files of foreign targets and their American connections. For this, some, including my colleague John Cassidy, are hailing him as a hero and a whistle-blower. He is neither. He is, rather, a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.

Snowden provided information to the Washington Post and the Guardian, which also posted a video interview with him. In it, he describes himself as appalled by the government he served:

    The N.S.A. has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.

    I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.

What, one wonders, did Snowden think the N.S.A. did? Any marginally attentive citizen, much less N.S.A. employee or contractor, knows that the entire mission of the agency is to intercept electronic communications. Perhaps he thought that the N.S.A. operated only outside the United States; in that case, he hadn’t been paying very close attention. In any event, Snowden decided that he does not “want to live in a society” that intercepts private communications. His latter-day conversion is dubious.

And what of his decision to leak the documents? Doing so was, as he more or less acknowledges, a crime. Any government employee or contractor is warned repeatedly that the unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a crime. But Snowden, apparently, was answering to a higher calling. “When you see everything you realize that some of these things are abusive,” he said. “The awareness of wrongdoing builds up. There was not one morning when I woke up. It was a natural process.” These were legally authorized programs; in the case of Verizon Business’s phone records, Snowden certainly knew this, because he leaked the very court order that approved the continuation of the project. So he wasn’t blowing the whistle on anything illegal; he was exposing something that failed to meet his own standards of propriety. The question, of course, is whether the government can function when all of its employees (and contractors) can take it upon themselves to sabotage the programs they don’t like. That’s what Snowden has done.

What makes leak cases difficult is that some leaking—some interaction between reporters and sources who have access to classified information—is normal, even indispensable, in a society with a free press. It’s not easy to draw the line between those kinds of healthy encounters and the wholesale, reckless dumping of classified information by the likes of Snowden or Bradley Manning. Indeed, Snowden was so irresponsible in what he gave the Guardian and the Post that even these institutions thought some of it should not be disseminated to the public. The Post decided to publish only four of the forty-one slides that Snowden provided. Its exercise of judgment suggests the absence of Snowden’s.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong when he knew publication of his leaks was imminent. In his interview, he said he went there because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent.” This may be true, in some limited way, but the overriding fact is that Hong Kong is part of China, which is, as Snowden knows, a stalwart adversary of the United States in intelligence matters. (Evan Osnos has more on that.) Snowden is now at the mercy of the Chinese leaders who run Hong Kong. As a result, all of Snowden’s secrets may wind up in the hands of the Chinese government—which has no commitment at all to free speech or the right to political dissent. And that makes Snowden a hero?

The American government, and its democracy, are flawed institutions. But our system offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. They can take advantage of federal whistle-blower laws; they can bring their complaints to Congress; they can try to protest within the institutions where they work. But Snowden did none of this. Instead, in an act that speaks more to his ego than his conscience, he threw the secrets he knew up in the air—and trusted, somehow, that good would come of it. We all now have to hope that he’s right.

www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/06/edward-snowden-nsa-leaker-is-no-hero.html (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/06/edward-snowden-nsa-leaker-is-no-hero.html)  :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Cash-Only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 11, 2013, 05:41:05 AM
Fed up with declining payments and rising red tape, a small but growing number of doctors are opting out of the insurance system completely. They're expecting patients to pony up with cash.

Some doctors who have gone that route love it, saying they can spend more time with and provide higher-quality care to their patients. Health advocates are skeptical, worrying that only the wealthy will benefit from this system.

In Wichita, Kan., 32-year old family physician Doug Nunamaker switched to a cash-only basis in 2010 after taking insurance for five years. ("Cash-only" is a loose description. Nunamaker accepts payment by debit or credit card too.)

Under the traditional health insurance system, a large staff was required just to navigate all the paperwork, he said. That resulted in high overhead, forcing doctors like Nunamaker to take on more patients to cover costs. Plus, the amount insurance companies were willing to pay for procedures was declining, leading to a vicious cycle.

"The paperwork, the hassles, it just got to be overwhelming," Nunamaker said. "We knew that we had to find a better way to practice."

Related: The Massachusetts (health care) experiment

So Nunamaker and his partner set up a membership-based practice called Atlas M.D. -- a nod to free-market champion Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged. Under the membership plan -- also known as "concierge" medicine -- each patient pays a flat monthly fee to have unlimited access to the doctors and any service they can provide in the office, such as EKGs or stitches.

The fee varies depending on age. For kids, it's $10 a month. For adults up to age 44, it's $50 a month. Senior citizens pay $100.

The office has negotiated deals for services outside the office. By cutting out the middleman, Nunamaker said he can get a cholesterol test done for $3, versus the $90 the lab company he works with once billed to insurance carriers. An MRI can be had for $400, compared to a typical billed rate of $2,000 or more.

Nunamaker encourages his patients to carry some type of high-deductible health insurance plan in case of an emergency or serious illness. But for the everyday stuff, he said his plan works better for both doctor and patient.

"It would be like if car insurance paid for gas, oil and tires," he said. "It would be very expensive, and you'd have to get pre-approval for a trip out of town."

Most of his clients are self-employed, small business owners, or employed at small firms that have found the monthly fee, combined with a high-deductible plan, a cheaper option than traditional insurance.

Nunamaker now has a patient list totaling 400 to 600, compared to the 2,500 to 4,000 he said a typical family physician usually maintains. He's quite happy with his annual salary of around $200,000.

"My professional life is better than expected, my family life and personal time is better than expected," he said. "This is everything I wanted out of family medicine."

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:World air fleet to double in 20 years Boeing says
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 11, 2013, 06:01:59 AM
Not Diners by any means.  :icon_scratch:

PARIS (AP) — Boeing predicted that the number of commercial aircraft in operation globally will double in the next two decades, with the bulk of some 35,000 new planes going to Asia, an executive from the US airplane-maker said Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the Bourget international air show in Paris, Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing for Boeing Co., said rising oil prices are forcing carriers to think harder about efficiency, and that means smaller planes that burn less fuel. It also means design changes, streamlined air traffic control and improved navigation to shave miles (kilometers) off each flight.

The demand for fuel efficiency has eaten away at orders for the wide-body long haul carriers that are major profit-drivers for Boeing and Airbus, the world's two biggest aircraft manufacturers. Boeing predicted that 24,670 of the 35,000 new airplanes to be delivered would be single-aisle craft, seating between 90 and 230 passengers. Just 760 were expected to be large wide-body jets, seating more than 400 passengers.

The 20-year forecast, which Boeing puts out annually, predicts 60 percent of the demand for aircraft will come from Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The rest comes from carriers in Europe and North America.

The commercial fleet today stands at 20,310 aircraft, Boeing says. Counting the withdrawal of older planes, the fleet is forecast to grow to 41,240 by 2032.

Among the new orders, 12,820 are expected to go to the Asia-Pacific region. The next-largest market is Europe, with 7,460 deliveries. Airline consolidation in the United States has caused orders to drop sharply there — a trend that is likely to spread to Europe in coming years, Tinseth said.

Boeing had a tough start this year, when its flagship 787 was grounded worldwide because of smoldering batteries on two different planes. American regulators have since approved the company's fix and the plane is cleared to fly again.

Competitor Airbus, meanwhile, is introducing a new plane of its own, although the A350 has not yet made its first flight.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Cash-Only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System
Post by: jdwheeler42 on June 11, 2013, 09:02:26 AM
The fee varies depending on age. For kids, it's $10 a month. For adults up to age 44, it's $50 a month. Senior citizens pay $100.

...

Nunamaker now has a patient list totaling 400 to 600, compared to the 2,500 to 4,000 he said a typical family physician usually maintains. He's quite happy with his annual salary of around $200,000.
Let's look at those numbers:

$200,000 / 12 ~= $17,000 per month
$17,000 / 400 to 600 ~= $42 to $28 per month, so more kids than senior citizens

Also, if the typical doctor sees 4000 patients and the concierge doctor sees 400, then we will need 10 times as many concierge doctors as typical doctors.  Even in the best case with 2500 and 600, we will need to add 3 times as many doctors as already exist for this to work.  I just don't see that happening as long as the government is a gatekeeper to the profession.  Of course it would also work if they eliminate 75% of the patients.

So while it might not be unaffordable, it still may limit access to health care.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel:Cash-Only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 11, 2013, 09:12:28 AM
The fee varies depending on age. For kids, it's $10 a month. For adults up to age 44, it's $50 a month. Senior citizens pay $100.

...

Nunamaker now has a patient list totaling 400 to 600, compared to the 2,500 to 4,000 he said a typical family physician usually maintains. He's quite happy with his annual salary of around $200,000.
Let's look at those numbers:

$200,000 / 12 ~= $17,000 per month
$17,000 / 400 to 600 ~= $42 to $28 per month, so more kids than senior citizens

Also, if the typical doctor sees 4000 patients and the concierge doctor sees 400, then we will need 10 times as many concierge doctors as typical doctors.  Even in the best case with 2500 and 600, we will need to add 3 times as many doctors as already exist for this to work.  I just don't see that happening as long as the government is a gatekeeper to the profession.  Of course it would also work if they eliminate 75% of the patients.

So while it might not be unaffordable, it still may limit access to health care.

Just a guess JD, but it would appear that timely proper medical care, like most good things, will be a thing of the past for all but the wealthy.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Eddie on June 11, 2013, 09:47:42 AM
The fee varies depending on age. For kids, it's $10 a month. For adults up to age 44, it's $50 a month. Senior citizens pay $100.

I doubt this is exactly what they charge. My guess is that children, in order to get the $10/month deal, would have to be children of adults who are also paying. Essentially what this doctor is doing is creating his own HMO, more or less, no matter what he calls it.

This kind of shift in delivery of care is a direct response to the insurance companies' failure to pay any kind of reasonable reimbursement for services rendered. It is the wave of the future, this rejection of the insurance industry.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: IRS sued for seizing 60 million medical records
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 13, 2013, 04:14:55 AM
A healthcare provider has sued the Internal Revenue Service and 15 of its agents, charging they wrongfully seized 60 million medical records from 10 million Americans.

The name of the provider is not yet known, United Press International said. But Courthouse News Service said the suit claims the agency violated the Fourth Amendment in 2011, when agents executed a search warrant for financial data on one employee – and that led to the seizure of information on 10 million, including state judges.

The search warrant did not specify that the IRS could take medical information, UPI said. And information technology officials warned the IRS about the potential to violate medical privacy laws before agents executed the warrant, the complaint said, as reported by UPI.

“Despite knowing that these medical records were not within the scope of the warrant, defendants threatened to ‘rip’ the servers containing the medical data out of the building if IT personnel would not voluntarily hand them over,” the complaint states, UPI reported.

 The suit also says IRS agents seized workers’ phones and telephone data – more violations of the warrant, UPI reported.

 The complaint alleges the IRS was “invasive and unlawful” and stole access to intimate medical records that included patients’ treatment plans and therapies, UPI said.

 The suit seeks $25,000 in compensatory damages, per violation. The records’ seizure could impact up to one in 25 Americans, UPI said.

 


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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Assange says had 'Indirect Contact' w Snowden
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 13, 2013, 04:50:04 AM
Julian Assange says he has had 'Indirect Contact' with Edward Snowden

Fugitive WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange on Monday (June 10) spoke to Australian television from London and said he had been in indirect contact with former CIA contractor Edward Snowden.

Snowden, an outside contractor for the NSA, announced in a video on Sunday (June 9) from Hong Kong that he was the source of leaks about the ultra-secret agency's surveillance programs.

By Monday, he had dropped out of sight and was expected to be at the center of an extradition battle to face U.S. legal charges.

[Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder]
"We have had indirect communication with his people.I don't think it's appropriate at this time that I go into further details."

Later, speaking to CNN, Assange said he believed Snowden should take refuge in Latin America, rather than look to Iceland, which has earned a reputation as a safe haven and acts as the home base for the fundraising efforts of Assange's anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The 41-year-old backed demands by Green lawmakers in Australia that the government there reveal whether its own electronic intelligence agencies had aided the clandestine U.S. data mining programme known as PRISM, revealed by Snowden.

[Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder]
"We must ask the question and the Australian government must answer the question how many Australians have been intercepted? In the relationship between the Defense Signals Directorate and ASIO (Australian Security and Intelligence Organization) and U.S. intelligence has the Australian government been puling that information about Australians, has it been pulling that information about Americans?," he said.

Assange has formed a political party in Australia, the WikiLeaks Party, and is personally running for a seat in the Senate in September elections.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Do Not Arm Syrian Rebels who 'Eat Human Organs'
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 16, 2013, 11:28:52 AM
Putin warns West: do not arm Syrian rebels who 'eat human organs'

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West against arming Syrian rebels on Sunday, saying the foes of President Bashar al-Assad ate human organs and should not be supported.

In his first public comments since a decision by President Barack Obama's administration to arm rebels trying to overthrow Assad, Putin said Russia wanted to create the conditions for settling the two-year conflict.

"I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras," Putin said at a joint news conference in London with Prime Minister David Cameron.

"Are these the people you want to support? Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?"

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Maria Golovnina and Andrew Osborn)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Tony Soprano Dead of Apparent Heart Attack!
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 19, 2013, 05:52:16 PM
Tony Soprano dies in Italy at age of 51.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 19, 2013, 06:08:54 PM
  James Gandolfini dies of possible heart attack
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 21, 2013, 06:31:55 PM
A Time bomb receiving scant attention by MSM.  Where are the calls for sane heads and peace? Is everybody now on the "Take"?
                                         
2013 06 21T221301Z 1 CBRE95K1PPX00 RTROPTP 2 SYRIA CRISIS
2013 06 21T221301Z 1 CBRE95K1PPX00 RTROPTP 2 SYRIA CRISIS

Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens


y Alexei Anishchuk and Louis Charbonneau

ST PETERSBURG, Russia/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West on Friday against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included "terrorist" groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power vacuum.

"If the United States ... recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition organizations, al-Nusra, as terrorist ... how can one deliver arms to those opposition members?" Putin told a panel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Where will they end up? What role will they play?"

Putin defended his own country's arm sales to the embattled Syrian government as "entirely legal, repeating Russia's position that outsiders should not determine the fate of Assad and Syria.

"If Assad goes today, a political vacuum emerges - who will fill it?" Putin said at a later news conference with Merkel. "Maybe those terrorist organizations. Nobody wants this - but how can it be avoided? After all, they are armed and aggressive."

The only solution, he said, was an international peace conference that Russia and the United States are seeking to convene.

A U.N. human rights investigator warned on Friday that an increased flow of arms to Syria's government and rebel forces would likely result in increased war crimes in a two-year civil war that has killed some 93,000 people.

"States who provide arms have responsibilities in terms of the eventual use of those arms to commit ... war crimes or crimes against humanity," said Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of a U.N. commission of inquiry on rights violations in Syria.

With Russia and Iran arming Assad's forces, and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters joining the war on his behalf, Western powers have agreed to step up aid to the mainly Sunni rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama, citing the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, decided last week to provide military aid to rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.

Obama said on Friday the United States was leaving about 700 combat-equipped troops in Jordan after a training exercise there, at the request of Amman. The United States previously decided to leave Patriot missiles and warplanes in the country.

Jordan fears a spillover of the Syrian war into its territory, where an estimated half million Syrian refugees have fled to escape the bloodshed.

With both countries keeping an eye on the war, Obama told Congress in a letter that the troops would remain until the security situation became such that they were no longer needed.

The European Union lifted its arms embargo on Syria last month. Britain and France have spoken in favor of potentially arming the rebels, but have not yet taken any decisions.

Western powers had been reluctant in the past to arm the rebels because of concerns about the rising strength of Sunni Islamist insurgents who have pledged loyalty to al Qaeda.

France sent 16 tonnes (1 tonne = 1.102 tons) of medical aid to northern Syria on Friday, including antidotes for nerve agents, as rebels prepared to face an assault on the city of Aleppo by Assad's forces.

GROWING MIDDLE EAST DIVIDE

A U.N. spokeswoman said senior U.S. and Russian officials would meet with the international mediator on Syria in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss a peace conference.

An international peace conference is not expected to occur before August after G8 leaders clashed with Russia over the nature of a transitional government.

Foreign ministers of the Friends of Syria group of nations, which backs the opposition, will meet in Qatar on Saturday to discuss how to help the rebel Free Syrian Army defend the northern city of Aleppo.

The insurgents have suffered a recent series of battlefield setbacks and are besieged on the outskirts of Damascus by advancing government forces, who have begun to regain the upper hand.

Two years of fighting have dragged Syria's neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi'ite Iran supporting Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi'ite Islam, and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing the rebels.

In Beirut, the Lebanese army sealed off the parliamentary district on Friday and threatened stern action against violence after a night of unrest triggered by the Syrian war and political paralysis at home. The fighting in Syria has driven half a million Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

Sectarian violence has intensified in Lebanon because of the Syrian conflict across the border, where Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and Lebanese Sunni gunmen have joined opposing sides of the war.

A Cabinet minister in Iraq's Shi'ite-led government said on Friday that thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond would take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda 'savages" if fellow Shi'ites or their shrines came under further attack.

Hadi al-Amiri, Iraq's transport minister, told Reuters it would be impossible to "sit idle while the Shi'ites are being attacked," while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels.

Spanish police arrested eight people on Friday in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on suspicion of recruiting fighters for a branch of al Qaeda in Syria.

(Additional reporting by John Irish in Paris, Gabriela Baczynska in Moscow, Samia Nakhoul and Suadad al-Salhy in Baghdad, Dominic Evans in Beirut, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Paul Day in Madrid and Steve Holland in Washington; Writing by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict
Post by: Karpatok on June 21, 2013, 08:18:24 PM
A Time bomb receiving scant attention by MSM.  Where are the calls for sane heads and peace? Is everybody now on the "Take"?
                                         
2013 06 21T221301Z 1 CBRE95K1PPX00 RTROPTP 2 SYRIA CRISIS
2013 06 21T221301Z 1 CBRE95K1PPX00 RTROPTP 2 SYRIA CRISIS

Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens


y Alexei Anishchuk and Louis Charbonneau

ST PETERSBURG, Russia/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West on Friday against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included "terrorist" groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power vacuum.

"If the United States ... recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition organizations, al-Nusra, as terrorist ... how can one deliver arms to those opposition members?" Putin told a panel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Where will they end up? What role will they play?"

Putin defended his own country's arm sales to the embattled Syrian government as "entirely legal, repeating Russia's position that outsiders should not determine the fate of Assad and Syria.

"If Assad goes today, a political vacuum emerges - who will fill it?" Putin said at a later news conference with Merkel. "Maybe those terrorist organizations. Nobody wants this - but how can it be avoided? After all, they are armed and aggressive."

The only solution, he said, was an international peace conference that Russia and the United States are seeking to convene.

A U.N. human rights investigator warned on Friday that an increased flow of arms to Syria's government and rebel forces would likely result in increased war crimes in a two-year civil war that has killed some 93,000 people.

"States who provide arms have responsibilities in terms of the eventual use of those arms to commit ... war crimes or crimes against humanity," said Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of a U.N. commission of inquiry on rights violations in Syria.

With Russia and Iran arming Assad's forces, and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters joining the war on his behalf, Western powers have agreed to step up aid to the mainly Sunni rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama, citing the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, decided last week to provide military aid to rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.

Obama said on Friday the United States was leaving about 700 combat-equipped troops in Jordan after a training exercise there, at the request of Amman. The United States previously decided to leave Patriot missiles and warplanes in the country.

Jordan fears a spillover of the Syrian war into its territory, where an estimated half million Syrian refugees have fled to escape the bloodshed.

With both countries keeping an eye on the war, Obama told Congress in a letter that the troops would remain until the security situation became such that they were no longer needed.

The European Union lifted its arms embargo on Syria last month. Britain and France have spoken in favor of potentially arming the rebels, but have not yet taken any decisions.

Western powers had been reluctant in the past to arm the rebels because of concerns about the rising strength of Sunni Islamist insurgents who have pledged loyalty to al Qaeda.

France sent 16 tonnes (1 tonne = 1.102 tons) of medical aid to northern Syria on Friday, including antidotes for nerve agents, as rebels prepared to face an assault on the city of Aleppo by Assad's forces.

GROWING MIDDLE EAST DIVIDE

A U.N. spokeswoman said senior U.S. and Russian officials would meet with the international mediator on Syria in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss a peace conference.

An international peace conference is not expected to occur before August after G8 leaders clashed with Russia over the nature of a transitional government.

Foreign ministers of the Friends of Syria group of nations, which backs the opposition, will meet in Qatar on Saturday to discuss how to help the rebel Free Syrian Army defend the northern city of Aleppo.

The insurgents have suffered a recent series of battlefield setbacks and are besieged on the outskirts of Damascus by advancing government forces, who have begun to regain the upper hand.

Two years of fighting have dragged Syria's neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi'ite Iran supporting Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi'ite Islam, and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing the rebels.

In Beirut, the Lebanese army sealed off the parliamentary district on Friday and threatened stern action against violence after a night of unrest triggered by the Syrian war and political paralysis at home. The fighting in Syria has driven half a million Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

Sectarian violence has intensified in Lebanon because of the Syrian conflict across the border, where Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and Lebanese Sunni gunmen have joined opposing sides of the war.

A Cabinet minister in Iraq's Shi'ite-led government said on Friday that thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond would take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda 'savages" if fellow Shi'ites or their shrines came under further attack.

Hadi al-Amiri, Iraq's transport minister, told Reuters it would be impossible to "sit idle while the Shi'ites are being attacked," while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels.

Spanish police arrested eight people on Friday in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on suspicion of recruiting fighters for a branch of al Qaeda in Syria.

(Additional reporting by John Irish in Paris, Gabriela Baczynska in Moscow, Samia Nakhoul and Suadad al-Salhy in Baghdad, Dominic Evans in Beirut, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Paul Day in Madrid and Steve Holland in Washington; Writing by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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Yes, this is the "Gathering Storm", the horror. They will make zillions out of this over all the rotting corpses just as they have done before. But gold and silver will gain in significance. Hold on to your bootstraps.
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snow
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 24, 2013, 03:55:20 AM
Russia defiant as U.S. raises pressure over Snowden

 MOSCOW/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Russia defied White House pressure on Monday to expel former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to the United States before he flees Moscow on the next stop of his globe-crossing escape from U.S. prosecution.

Snowden, whose exposure of secret U.S. government surveillance raised questions about intrusion into private lives, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday after Washington asked the Chinese territory to arrest him on espionage charges.

Snowden, 29, has kept out of sight in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport as Ecuador says it considers his request for asylum.

His decision to fly to Russia, which like China challenges U.S. dominance of global diplomacy, is another embarrassment to President Barack Obama who has tried to "reset" ties with Moscow and build a partnership with Beijing.

The White House said it expected the Russian government to send Snowden back to the United States and lodged "strong objections" to Hong Kong and China for letting him go.

"We expect the Russian government to look at all options available to expel Mr Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged," said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

The Russian government ignored the appeal and President Vladimir Putin's press secretary denied any knowledge of Snowden's movements.

Asked if Snowden had spoken to the Russian authorities, Peskov said: "Overall, we have no information about him."

He declined comment on the expulsion request but other Russian officials said Moscow had no obligation to cooperate with Washington after it passed legislation to impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russians accused of violating human rights.

"Why should the United States expect restraint and understanding from Russia?" said Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament.

Putin has missed few chances to champion public figures who challenge Western governments and to portray Washington as an overzealous global policeman. But Russian leaders have not paraded Snowden before the cameras or trumpeted his arrival.

ECUADOR'S ROLE

Since leaving Hong Kong, where he feared arrest and extradition, Snowden has been searching for a country which can guarantee his security.

Ecuador said it had received an asylum request and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, on a trip to Vietnam, said it would be analyzed with a "lot of responsibility". He was expected to hold a news conference around 7.00 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT) in Hanoi.

A source at Russian airline Aeroflot said Snowden was booked on a flight due to depart for Havana on Monday at 2:05 p.m. (6.05 a.m. EDT). The gate for the Cuba flight was blocked and security was tightened.

A State Department official said Washington had told countries in the Western Hemisphere that Snowden "should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the United States".

Despite the Kremlin denials, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said Putin had probably known about and approved Snowden's flight to Russia.

"Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States," Schumer, a senior Senate Democrat, told CNN's "State of the Union". He also saw "the hand of Beijing" in Hong Kong's decision to let Snowden leave.

But taking the higher ground after being accused of hacking computers abroad, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed "grave concern" over Snowden's allegations that the United States had hacked computers in China.

It said it had taken up the issue with Washington.

CHILL

Some Russians have praised Snowden's revelations. Others fear a new chill in relations with the United States.

"We are a pretty stubborn country and so is the United States. Both are mighty countries, so I would say this has a good potential to turn into a big fuss in bilateral relations," said Ina Sosna, manager of a Moscow cleaning company.

"I guess it would be best if they just let him move on from Russia to avoid any more controversy over him being here."

Snowden was aided in his escape by WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization whose founder Julian Assange said he had helped to arrange documents from Ecuador.

Ecuador, like Cuba and Venezuela, is a member of the ALBA bloc, an alliance of leftist governments in Latin America that pride themselves on their "anti-imperialist" credentials. The Quito government has been sheltering Assange at its London embassy for the past year.

The New York Times quoted Assange as saying in an interview that his group had arranged for Snowden to travel on a "special refugee document" issued by Ecuador last Monday.

U.S. sources said Washington had revoked Snowden's passport. WikiLeaks said diplomats and Sarah Harrison, a British legal researcher working for the anti-secrecy group, accompanied him.

Snowden, who had worked at a U.S. National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, had been hiding in Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to China in 1997, since leaking details about secret U.S. surveillance programs to news media.

Snowden has been charged with theft of federal government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person, with the latter two charges falling under the U.S. Espionage Act.

(Additional reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Alexei Anishchuk in Moscow, Martin Petty in Hanoi, Sui-Lee Weein in Beijing,; Andrew Cawthorne, Mario Naranjo and Daniel Wallis in Caracas, Alexandra Valencia in Quito and Mark Felsenthal, Paul Eckert and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Writing by Dean Yates and Timothy Heritage, Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: IRS screened liberals? 'Progressive' and 'Occupy
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 25, 2013, 04:50:36 AM

    IRS screened liberals? 'Progressive' and 'Occupy' targeted too, says new IRS chief

IRS screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday.

he Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

The IRS has been under fire since last month after admitting it targeted tea party and other conservative groups that wanted the tax-exempt designation for tough examinations. While investigators have said that agency screening for those groups had stopped in May 2012, Monday's revelations made it clear that screening for other kinds of organizations continued until earlier this month, when the agency's new chief, Danny Werfel, says he discovered it and ordered it halted.

The IRS document said an investigation into why specific terms were included was still underway. It blamed the continued use of inappropriate criteria by screeners on "a lapse in judgment" by the agency's former top officials. The document did not name the officials, but many top leaders have been replaced.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released 15 lists of terms that the IRS agency used and has provided to congressional investigators. Some of the lists, which evolved over time, used the terms "Progressive" and "Tea Party" and others including "Medical Marijuana," ''Occupied Territory Advocacy," ''Healthcare legislation," ''Newspaper Entities" and "Paying National Debt."

The lists were dated between August 2010 and April 2013 — the month before the IRS targeting of conservative groups was revealed. They ranged from 11 pages to 17 pages but were heavily blacked out to protect sensitive taxpayer information.

Neither the IRS document obtained by the AP or the 15 IRS lists of terms addressed how many progressive groups received close scrutiny or how the agency treated their requests. Dozens of conservative groups saw their applications experience lengthy delays, and they received unusually intrusive questions about their donors and other details that agency officials have conceded were inappropriate.

In a conference call with reporters, Werfel said that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered varied and improper terms on the lists and said screeners were still using them.

He did not specify what terms were on the lists, but said he suspended the use of all such lists immediately. Lists from April 2013 that were released included the terms "Paying National Debt" and "Green Energy Organizations."

"There was a wide-ranging set of categories and cases that spanned a broad spectrum" on the lists, Werfel said. He added that his aides found those lists contained "inappropriate criteria that was in use."

Werfel ordered a halt in the use of spreadsheets listing the terms — called BOLO lists for "be on the lookout for— on June 12 and formalized their suspension with a June 20 written order, according to the IRS document the AP obtained. Investigators have previously said that the lists evolved over time as screeners found new names and phrases to help them identify groups to examine.

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released one of the lists, dated November 2010, that the IRS has provided to congressional investigators. That 16-page document, with many parts blacked out, shows that the terms "Progressive" and "Tea Party" were both on that list, as well as "Medical Marijuana," ''occupied territory advocacy" and "Healthcare legislation."

Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, top Democrat on the Ways and Means panel, said he was writing a letter to J. Russell George, the Treasury Department inspector general whose audit in May detailed IRS targeting of conservatives, asking why his report did not mention other groups that were targeted.

"The audit served as the basis and impetus for a wide range of congressional investigations and this new information shows that the foundation of those investigations is flawed in a fundamental way," Levin said.

Republicans said there was a distinction. A statement by the GOP staff of House Ways and Means said, "It is one thing to flag a group, it is quite another to repeatedly target and abuse conservative groups."

George's report criticized the IRS for using "inappropriate criteria" to identify tea party and other conservative groups. It did not mention more liberal organizations, but in response to questions from lawmakers at congressional hearings, George said he had recently found other lists that raised concerns about other "political factors" he did not specify.

On Monday, Karen Kraushaar, a spokeswoman for the inspector general, said their May audit focused on terms the IRS used to pick cases to be studied for political campaign activity, which might disqualify a group from tax-exempt status.

She said the inspector general has since found other "criteria" the agency used to list potential cases, and "we are reviewing whether these criteria led to expanded scrutiny for other reasons and why these criteria were implemented."

Democratic staff on Ways and Means said in a press release that they had verified that of the 298 groups seeking tax-exempt status that George's audit had examined, some were liberal organizations — something George's report did not mention.

Many organizations seeking tax-exempt designation were applying for so-called 501(c)(4) status, named for its section of the federal revenue code. IRS regulations allow that status for groups mostly involved in "social welfare" and that don't engage in election campaigns for or against candidates as their "primary" activity, and it is up to the IRS to judge whether applicants meet those vaguely defined requirements.

Werfel's remarks came as he released an 83-page examination he has conducted of his embattled agency. The conclusions, which Werfel cautioned are preliminary, have so far found there was "insufficient action" by IRS managers to prevent and disclose the problem involving the screening of certain groups, but no specific clues of misconduct.

"We have not found evidence of intentional wrongdoing by anyone in the IRS or involvement in these matters by anyone outside the IRS," he told reporters.

The report found no indication so far of improper screening beyond the IRS offices, mostly in Cincinnati, that examine groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Werfel's report describes several new procedures the agency is installing to prevent unfair treatment of taxpayers in the future. They include a fast-track process for groups seeking tax-exempt status that have yet to get a response from the IRS within 120 days of applying. He is also creating an Accountability Review Board, which within 60 days is supposed to recommend any additional personnel moves "to hold accountable those responsible" for the targeting of conservative groups, Werfel's report said.

The top five people in the agency responsible for the tax-exempt status of organizations have already been removed, including the former acting commissioner, Steven Miller, whom President Barack Obama replaced with Werfel.

"The IRS is committed to correcting its mistakes, holding individuals accountable as appropriate" and establishing new controls to reduce potential future problems, Werfel told reporters.

IRS screening of conservative groups had sparked investigations by three congressional committees, the Justice Department and a Treasury Department inspector general.

Werfel's comments and report drew negative reviews from one of the IRS's chief critics in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa said the review "fails to meaningfully answer the largest outstanding questions about inappropriate inquiries and indefensible delays. As investigations by Congress and the Justice Department are still ongoing, Mr. Werfel's assertion that he has found no evidence that anyone at IRS intentionally did anything wrong can only be called premature."

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., whose panel is also investigating the agency, said the IRS "still needs to provide clear answers to the most significant questions — who started this practice, why was it allowed to continue for so long, and how widespread was it? This culture of political discrimination and intimidation goes far beyond basic management failure and personnel changes alone won't fix a broken IRS."

Werfel had promised to produce a report within a month of taking over the agency.

Werfel said he briefed Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on the report earlier Monday.

Werfel, initially named the IRS's acting commissioner, is now the agency's deputy principal commissioner because federal law limits the time an agency can be led by an acting official.

Associated Press writers Stephen Ohlemacher and Henry C. Jackson contributed to this report.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Drayson Racing electric car sets new world speed
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 26, 2013, 03:00:50 AM
Drayson Racing Technologies has broken the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car.

Its Lola B12 69/EV vehicle hit a top speed of 204.2mph (328.6km/h) at a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire.

Chief executive Lord Drayson, who was behind the wheel, said the achievement was designed to highlight electronic vehicle technology's potential.

The previous 175mph record was set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974.

Drayson Racing is not the only electric vehicle-maker hoping to use motorsport to spur on adoption of the technology.

Last week Nissan unveiled the Zeod RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which can switch between electric and petrol power.

The firm intends to enter the vehicle into next year's Le Mans 24 race saying the competition would act as a "challenging test bed" for technologies that could eventually find their way into road cars.
Recycled chassis

Drayson Racing was founded in 2007 by self-declared "car nut" Paul Drayson, who was then a minister in the Labour government.

The firm, based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, works with others to develop more sustainable automotive technologies and uses motorsport competitions as a means to focus its efforts.

In order to qualify for an attempt on the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) world electric land speed record it had to make its vehicle weigh less than 1,000kg (2,204lb) without the driver.

To do this it adapted a Le Mans Series car it had previously designed which originally had a bio-ethanol fuel engine and replaced the part with a lightweight 20 kilowatt hour battery offering 850 horsepower.

It also adapted the vehicle's chassis, which is made out of recycled carbon fibre, to minimise air friction.

"What it, I hope, shows to people is just what the future potential of electric cars is," Lord Drayson told the BBC shortly after his record-breaking time was confirmed.

"Obviously this is a very special racing car, but by setting this new world record here in Britain we say two things.

"One it is a pointer to the future - the technology that we developed for this car will filter down to the cars we use every day.

"And secondly it's a message about how here in the UK we're a world leader with this technology. We've led motorsport engineering, now we're also leading with electric motorsport engineering."

Google's chairman Eric Schmidt spent two hours at the race track watching practice runs but was not able to stay for the record-setting drive.

"Google has a very active R&D programme with regard to electric vehicle technology so it's great that one of the world's leading technology companies came to our event today," Lord Drayson added.

"It was lovely meeting him."
Formula E

Drayson Racing's attention will now switch to the launch of the FIA's Formula E championship, which is due to begin in September next year.

London will host the first electric car race. Rome, Miami, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro are among the other seven locations.

A different vehicle - similar to a Formula One machine - is being developed for the firm by Singapore's Spark and Surrey-based McLaren for the first year of the competition.

However, Drayson Racing plans to build its own machine for the 2015 competition using some of the same components used in its record breaking Lola B12 69/EV.

One analyst said such such efforts were an excellent way to promote electric cars, but questioned how many of the technologies being developed would actually find their way onto the road.

"I think that any kind of competition-led design will have spin-offs - it might be that electric motors become more efficient," said Paul Newton, auto analyst at IHS Global Insight.

"The problem is that making an electric car go faster is relatively straightforward.

"Making it go further and become more practical is infinitely more difficult, and that's down to the basic physics of how batteries store energy and release it."

                                                               
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Bankers Caught On Tape, Joking About Bailout
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 26, 2013, 03:31:07 AM
Another glimpse at our beloved Banksters  :-[ :-[ :-[ :emthdown:  The Orkin man solution always sounds most appealing after reading these little snippets, don't you think?  :exp-angry: :exp-angry:

 Once again, we have more embarrassing conversations between bankers ...

The Irish Independent, a Dublin-based newspaper, has uncovered tapes of an internal phone conversation from September 2008 between two executives at Anglo Irish Bank during its bailout deal and they sound pretty scandalous.  The Irish Independent points out that the recordings show they misled the Central Bank.

The executives from the recording have been identified as John Bowe (head of the bank's capital markets) and Peter Fitzgerald (director of retail banking).

However, Bowe "categorically denied" that he misled the Central Bank and Fitzgerald, who wasn't involved in discussions with regulators, said he was unaware of any intention to mislead, the report said.

Either way, the newly revealed recordings are still embarrassing.

Here are some partial excerpts (via the Irish Independent):

The two bankers begin their conversation jokingly comparing themselves to being able to walk on water and drink beer out of both hands.

John Bowe: "Hello"

Receptionist: "John I have Peter Fitz for you."

Bowe: "Oh yeah, OK."

Bowe: "As me granny used to say, you must be therapeutic..."

Peter Fitzgerald: "What does that mean? Can I work the computer is it? (Both laugh)

Bowe: "Therapeutic. Therapeutic...I was just ringing you."

Fitzgerald: "I'm ambidextrous as well. It means I can walk on land and water." (More laughter)

Bowe: "You can drink, you can drink beer out of both hands..." (laughter)

Then they get down to business.  Bowe tells Fitzgerald that they met with the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority (IFSRA) the previous day about getting €7 billion.  They laugh how they will never be able to pay it back.

Bowe:  "So we went down ... and we basically said. In Central, yeah. And I mean, to cut a long story short we sort of said. 'Look, what we need is seven billion euros...and we're going to give you and we're going to give you, what we're going to give you is our loan collateral so we're not giving you ECB, we're giving you the loan clause.

"We gave him a term sheet and we put a pro not facility together and we said that's what we need. And that kind of sobered up everybody pretty quickly, you know."

Fitzgerald: "Yeah."

Fitzgerald: "And is that €7 billion a term?"

Bowe: "This is €7 billion bridging."

Fitzgerald: "Yeah."

Bowe: "So ... so it is bridged until we can pay you back ... which is never." (Both laugh)

Then they joke how the regulators would need to change their underpants after hearing the terms of that deal. 

Bowe: "So under the terms that say repayment, we say; 'No ...'" (laughter)

Fitzgerald: (Laughing) "None...just none. Not applicable. OK and what did he say? 'I need a change of underwear?'

Fitzgerald: "Jesus that's a lot of dosh ... Jesus f-----g hell and God ... well do you know the Central Bank only has €14 billion of total investments so that would be going up 20 ... Gee..that would be seen.

Bowe: (Laughing) "There was a bit of that ... there was a bit of that.  'And how would we do that? We would need to give you ... we need to ... 'Jesus you're kind of asking us to play ducks and drakes with the regulations.' And we said: 'Yeah.' We said: 'Look what we are telling you is if we get into difficulties, we have 100,000 plus lump sum depositors in Ireland all of whom would be very vocal.'"

Fitzgerald asks Bowe how he came up with the 7 billion figure.  Bowe responds that like then-CEO David Drumm, he picked it out of his "arse."

Fitzgerald: "Ah we are, yeah, yeah and, em, what, how did you arrive at the seven?

Bowe: "Just, as Drummer would say, 'picked it out of my arse', you know. Em ... I mean, look, what we did was we basically said: 'What is the amount we can securitize over the next six months?' And basically say to them: 'Look our problem is time, it's not our ability to create the liquidity, the enemy is time here.'"

Fitzgerald: "Yeah."

Bowe: "So we can rebuild, in other words, we can rebuild the liquidity off our loan book, but what we can't do, we can't do it now and the balance sheet's leaking now."

Bowe tells Fitzgerald that they actually need more money than the 7 billion figure. 

Bowe: Yeah and that number is seven, but the reality is that actually we need more than that. But the strategy here is you pull them in, you get them to write a big [check] and they have to keep, they have to support their money, you know."

Fitzgerald: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. They've got skin in the game and that's the key."

Bowe: "They have and they have invested a lot. If they saw, if they saw, the enormity of it up front, they might decide, they might decide they have a choice. You know what I mean? They might say the cost to the taxpayer is too high. But ... em ... if it doesn't look too big at the outset...if it looks big, big enough to be important, but not too big that it kind of spoils everything,

Fitzgerald: "Yeah, Yeah."
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Rotting Corpses Spark Fears of Epidemic amid India Flood
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 26, 2013, 05:54:49 AM
 
                                                                   
CNEWS US INDIA FLOODS
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Reuters/Reuters - An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter, part of a rescue operation, flies over the Gauchar area after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Indian Ministry

  NEW DELHI, June 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation amid devastating floods in northern India could lead to a serious outbreak of diseases such as cholera and dysentery, aid groups warned on Wednesday.

The floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains more than 10 days ago, have killed at least 822 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and forced tens of thousands from their homes. Officials say the death toll may cross 1,000 and thousands are still reported missing.

Authorities have so far been focusing on rescuing thousands of pilgrims who visit the region for its sacred Hindu temples and shrines, but aid agencies, struggling to get past roads choked by landslides to local villagers, warned of another disaster unfolding in form of an outbreak of diseases.

Aid workers said they were concerned that a combination of heavy rains and corpses lying out in the open would contaminate streams and rivers.

"We are getting reports from the field that there are rotting bodies lying around, many of them semi-buried in soil and rubble that came down from the mountains," said Zubin Zaman, Humanitarian Manager for Oxfam India, which is working in Rudraprayag, one of the worst affected districts.

"There are also carcasses of livestock in rivers and streams and this has, of course, contaminated so many of their water sources. But people are desperate and are being forced to consume water they wouldn't otherwise."

Zaman said he was concerned of outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and dysentery, adding that he had received reports that 400 people were admitted to a medical camp in Sonprayag.

The disaster - the worst floods India has witnessed since 2008 when around 500 died in the eastern state of Bihar - has swept away buildings, washed away farmland and destroyed major roads and bridges.

The floods and landslides have been dubbed a "Himalayan tsunami" by the Indian media due to the torrents of water unleashed in the hilly region, which sent mud crashing down, burying homes and other buildings.

Heavy rains over the last two days have hampered rescue operations by the army and air force who have been air lifting survivors marooned in and around the four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri since June 15.

Television channels broadcast dramatic pictures of desperate pilgrims scrambling to get aboard dozens of military helicopters which have been ferrying people to safety. Around 96,500 people have so far been evacuated by land and air, according to media reports.

An air force rescue helicopter crashed on Tuesday, killing 20 people on board. The air force said the helicopter was delivering wood for the mass cremation of bodies found in and around the temple town of Kedarnath.
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Obamacare Contraceptives Impose Religious Burden
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 28, 2013, 02:45:04 AM
Obamacare contraceptives impose religious burden, US appeals court rules

The Tenth Circuit ruling in a case brought by the devout Christian owners of hobby and book stores marks the first time an appeals court has examined Obamacare's contraceptives policy.
                                                   
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Customers walk toward a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The owners of Hobby Lobby stores are challenging a federal mandate requiring them to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after birth control pill. The Oklahoma-based arts and crafts chain says the mandate violates the religious beliefs of its owners.
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Requiring that certain contraceptives be made available under the mandated health-care coverage of Obamacare would substantially burden the religious rights of a chain of hobby stores and Christian bookstores and their devout Christian owners, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The court ruled that the companies, Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, Inc., and its owners, the Green family, have a valid claim in their case under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

But a majority of judges on the court declined to approve an injunction that would allow the company an exemption from paying for contraceptive methods they find religiously offensive.

Instead, the court sent that issue back to a federal judge to determine whether an injunction should be issued to protect the religious rights of the company and its owners.

The company is facing a July 1 deadline to comply.

“We hold that Hobby Lobby and Mardel are entitled to bring claims under RFRA, have established a likelihood of success that their rights under this statute are substantially burdened by the contraceptive-coverage requirement, and have established an irreparable harm,” Circuit Judge Timothy Tymkovich wrote for the court.

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“But we remand the case to the district court for further proceedings on two of the remaining factors governing the grant or denial of a preliminary injunction,” he said.

The 5-to-3 decision by the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver marks the first time an appeals court has examined the issue.

The case is one of 60 that have been filed by individuals, companies, and organizations across the country complaining that the president’s health-care mandate will force them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

They charge that the mandate will force them to pay for certain types of offensive contraceptives, including the so-called morning-after pill that they consider an abortifacient. 

Of the 20 contraceptive methods required to be offered under Obamacare, the company and its owners objected to four – two types of IUDs and the emergency morning-after pills known as Plan B and Ella.

They object because they believe that life begins when an egg is fertilized. The company and its owners do not object to paying for their employees to use the other 16 contraceptive methods that prevent fertilization.

The Obama administration has refused to issue an exemption to the companies. Government lawyers argue that the contraceptive mandate is no burden on religious belief because it is up to an individual employee to choose which method to use.

The owners disagree. They believe that life begins at conception and that contraceptive methods that prevent implantation of a fertilized egg are causing harm to human beings. The government mandate forces them to subsidize that harm.

Hobby Lobby has more than 500 stores employing 13,000 fulltime workers. Mardel runs 35 bookstores employing 400 workers.

According to the court’s opinion, the companies face a difficult choice: Remain faithful to their religious beliefs or pay hefty fines. If they refuse to pay for the offensive contraceptives as part of the mandated coverage, they could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day or $475 million a year.

The opinion noted an alternative: “If the corporations instead drop employee health insurance altogether, they will face penalties of $26 million per year.”

Judge Tymkovich noted that government lawyers argue that there can be no claim under RFRA if the alleged government coercion of religious adherents depends on the independent action of third parties – like the Hobby Lobby employees.

The majority judges rejected that view. “Our only task is to determine whether the claimant’s belief is sincere, and if so, whether the government has applied substantial pressure on the claimant to violate that belief,” he wrote.

“No one disputes in this case the sincerity of Hobby Lobby and Mardel’s religious beliefs,” he said. “And because the contraceptive-coverage requirement places substantial pressure on Hobby Lobby and Mardel to violate their sincere religious beliefs, their exercise of religion is substantially burdened within the meaning of RFRA,” he wrote.

Typkovich noted that government lawyers have said the government’s interest in mandating universal health insurance coverage is to advance the twin goals of public health and gender equality. The judge said the government had not explained “how those larger interests would be undermined by granting Hobby Lobby and Mardel their requested exemption.”

“Hobby Lobby and Mardel ask only to be excused from covering four contraceptive methods out of twenty, not to be excused from covering contraception altogether,” the judge said. “The government does not articulate why accommodating such a limited request fundamentally frustrates its goals.”

The case is Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (12-6294).

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: 80% of Processed Food in US Banned in Other Countries
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 29, 2013, 04:07:01 AM
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80% of Processed Foods in US Are Banned In Other Nations
Anthony Gucciardi
by Anthony Gucciardi
June 26th, 2013

Updated 06/26/2013 at 4:32 pm
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80percent packaged foods banned 263x164 80% of Processed Foods in US Are Banned In Other NationsI write a lot about the dangers of processed foods when it comes to wreaking havoc on our health, but even I was surprised to find that 80% of pre-packaged foods sold in the United States are actually banned in other nations. And for good reason.

Whether it’s toxic soda brands like Mountain Dew, or sugary artificial cereals and carcinogenic ‘potato’ chips, around 80% of the processed food variety within the US actually contains ingredients that are banned around the world in countries like Canada and the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, sometimes they’re banned throughout the entire European Union. The FDA, however, seems quite alright with these disease-linked substances lurking within the food supply.

And the USDA? Oh, well they also went ahead and approved the very same toxic pesticide that the EU banned just days earlier over significant health concerns and links to the destruction of the bee population — a population which we need in order to generate a staple crop supply for the entire globe.
Banned Ingredients In Your Food

According to a report in Yahoo Sunshine, a team of researchers actually went in and discovered the percentage of items banned based on the examination of ingredients the products contain that were banned across the globe.

From substances like Olestra (used in low fat products and linked to gastrointestinal disorders and of course increased weight gain ironically enough) to thyroid-decimating brominated vegetable oil, hundreds of thousands of products were found to be utilizing these disease-riddled ingredients that the rest of the world shuns due to health concerns.

Meanwhile, Americans are being sold these ‘food’ products throughout the nation via deep discounts and heavy promotions through their local grocery stores. And what does the government have to say?

The same government that cracks down on raw milk and natural supplements. Well, the US government goes ahead and allows for Big Food corporations to unleash their entire medley of health-crushing ingredients within the food supply, and then uses phony corporate science to say that it’s ‘unscientific’ to criticize these companies for their complete lack of concern for public safety.

The bottom line? Ditch any processed food you may be consuming, and don’t be fooled by phony Big Food corporate science. Over 80% of what’s considered food here in the US has been banned in other nations, and citizens there would never dream of eating the yoga mat chemicals that we call chicken nuggets here in the USA.
About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail 80% of Processed Foods in US Are Banned In Other Nations Google Plus Profile Anthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety, producer, consultant, and seeker of truth. Anthony's work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, like the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Infowars, and many others. Anthony has appeared, oftentimes routinely, on programs like Russia Today (RT), The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and others. Anthony is also a founding member of Natural Attitude and the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Happy Fourt of July
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 29, 2013, 04:47:14 AM
Jimbo can really put up a good one now and then. :( :'(

Do you have any more questions about how far our society has fallen? You are a prisoner in this asylum. Welcome to Orwell’s 2013. Do you feel safer?

                                       
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Happy Fourt of July
Post by: WHD on June 29, 2013, 09:37:13 AM
Jimbo can really put up a good one now and then. :( :'(

Do you have any more questions about how far our society has fallen? You are a prisoner in this asylum. Welcome to Orwell’s 2013. Do you feel safer?

                                       
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The funny thing is, #3 there is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Translation: grill, get drunk, set fires, shoot bottle rockets @ Imperial Guard.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 29, 2013, 09:43:58 AM
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The funny thing is, #3 there is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Translation: grill, get drunk, set fires, shoot bottle rockets @ Imperial Guard.  :icon_mrgreen:

Looks as if Bongs and Brain food is allowed also. Grilled mushrooms seems to work as well.  :laugh: :exp-grin:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on June 29, 2013, 09:51:23 AM
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The funny thing is, #3 there is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Translation: grill, get drunk, set fires, shoot bottle rockets @ Imperial Guard.  :icon_mrgreen:

Looks as if Bongs and Brain food is allowed also. Grilled mushrooms seems to work as well.  :laugh: :exp-grin:

If bongs and mushrooms were allowed, there wouldn't be much need for any of them other rules.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 29, 2013, 09:53:40 AM
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The funny thing is, #3 there is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Translation: grill, get drunk, set fires, shoot bottle rockets @ Imperial Guard.  :icon_mrgreen:

Looks as if Bongs and Brain food is allowed also. Grilled mushrooms seems to work as well.  :laugh: :exp-grin:

If bongs and mushrooms were allowed, there wouldn't be much need for any of them other rules.  :icon_mrgreen:

For some of us perhaps, but others are just gluttons for the finer things in life.  :exp-laugh: :exp-laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: WHD on June 29, 2013, 10:10:46 AM
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The funny thing is, #3 there is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Translation: grill, get drunk, set fires, shoot bottle rockets @ Imperial Guard.  :icon_mrgreen:

Looks as if Bongs and Brain food is allowed also. Grilled mushrooms seems to work as well.  :laugh: :exp-grin:

If bongs and mushrooms were allowed, there wouldn't be much need for any of them other rules.  :icon_mrgreen:

For some of us perhaps, but others are just gluttons for the finer things in life.  :exp-laugh: :exp-laugh: :laugh:

My point being, if TPTB had less of a stick up it's ass about rules for the minions, the minions might treat theirs and other's gluttony for the finer things with a deeper respect, i.e. more self policing, less need for commando/video surveillance.

In other words, if we need vid surveillance, commando searching and seizure anywhere, it would be wherever TPTB collect, to make rules for everybody else.  ;D
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: RE on June 29, 2013, 10:19:56 AM
That looks like a Photoshop job to me.

RE
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel
Post by: Golden Oxen on June 29, 2013, 02:04:59 PM
That looks like a Photoshop job to me.

RE

Could be, however, it's the thought that counts. Holiday greetings from Jimbo.  :D
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: World’s Largest Building Opens in China
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 07, 2013, 11:07:17 AM
 








                                                                       
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World’s largest building opens in China

 


Of the world’s largest standalone buildings, none of the top 10 are located outside Asia or the Middle East. So it’s only fitting that China is now home to the largest building in the world.

At 18.94 million square feet, The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China, has offices, plenty of retail space, a university, hotels, a 14-screen IMAX Cineplex, a “Mediterranean village.”  And what building isn’t complete without an artificial beach and fake sun?

It’s 328 feet tall, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide and Quartz puts the size of the massive building into perspective:

    That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and three times the size of the Pentagon. And its 420 acres in floor space is nearly the size of the entire country of Monaco (499 acres).

Unlike some major projects, though, the building hasn’t forgotten one of the most important parts: getting people there. The Independent points out that the opening of the building coincides with the expansion of a subway line to the area.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Underwater forest? 'Enchanted forest' provides tantalizi
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 09, 2013, 04:32:24 PM
Underwater forest? 'Enchanted forest' provides tantalizing hints to past climate.

Underwater forest: An underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico contains trees that lived for hundreds or maybe thousands of years, and died over 50,000 years ago.

                                                                 
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 By Liz Fuller-Wright, Correspondent / July 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm EDT

Sixty feet underwater, ten miles from shore, divers discovered an underwater forest of cypress trees that had been buried for tens of thousands of years.

While most of the once-majestic trees are gone, sonar data has found between 50 and 100 stumps, as well as an unknown number of logs. The trees are closely related to the modern-day Bald Cypress, says Grant Harley, a tree ring expert at the University of Southern Mississippi. "The growth rings look just like the Bald Cypress growth rings I've looked at hundreds of times," he says.

And there were a lot of growth rings, so close together that Dr. Harley had to use a high-powered microscope to count them. In a sample the size of a coffee cup, he says, he found 424 years of growth rings. Considering that the larger tree stumps were upwards of six feet in diameter, these trees could easily be thousands of years old. "That's much, much older than Bald Cypress growing today," Harley notes. "It's more comparable to redwoods."

The forest itself has been dead at least 50,000 years, say scientists at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California who dated samples from the trees by looking for carbon-14, a radioactive isotope that is found in every living organism but that steadily decays after the organism dies. The scientists had expected to find that the trees were about 12,000 years old – the age of the last big ice age, when sea levels were low – so they were surprised to find that the trees had no carbon-14 at all, which puts them older than 50,000 years.

Another surprise: the wood still seemed fresh. Ben Raines, one of the first scuba divers to explore the site, tweeted a picture showing the sap-rich wood.

“It is a little darker in color than a piece of modern cypress, but if I didn’t tell you that it was over 50,000 years old, you wouldn’t know it,” paleoclimatologist Kristina DeLong, the Louisiana State University research scientist who prepared the samples for carbon dating, told AL.com. “When I cut into them, they smelled just like you were cutting into a cypress tree.”

As he explored the site, Mr. Raines noticed that the outer edges of the trees are becoming softened and pockmarked – what Harley describes as "punky and friable" – but the inner wood is still hard enough to blunt a knife.

To be so well preserved, the forest must have been completely buried by seafloor sediments, say geologists. A thick enough layer of mud or clay could create an airtight seal that prevented decomposition, until hurricane Katrina's churning waves washed the trees bare.

“It certainly makes sense that these were preserved under anaerobic conditions,” Berry H. "Nick" Tew, the state geologist of Alabama, told Raines.

Harley agrees. "Now that they're in an aerobic environment," he warns, "I don't think we have too much longer." He estimates the forest has only a few years before the trees completely decompose. "Oxygen's attacking it, marine boring organisms are attacking it."
How the underwater forest was discovered

As the story goes, a fisherman went out to sea shortly after hurricane Katrina scoured the Gulf Coast. He found an unusual run of red snapper, and after fishing it for several days, he asked a scuba-diving friend to check out what could be causing the usually flat and boring sea floor to teem with life. "It's a forest," the diver reported. Dozens of cypress trees and stumps, reaching as far as he could explore.

The underwater forest remained a closely guarded secret for years, until Raines, a journalist and diver, tracked down the rumors and headed out with a camera. He shot photos and video footage of what he called an "enchanted forest," but he's keeping the location quiet, for fear of salvage loggers who would turn this unique discovery into furniture.

Raines's pictures reveal that new life has sprung up from these long-dead trees. More than 50,000 years ago, they rose 80 to 150 feet tall from rivers and estuaries, supporting an ecosystem filled with alligators, snakes, wading birds, and mosses. Now, these submerged stumps and fallen logs, dead since Neanderthal days, have created an artificial reef, supporting a coral-reef-like ecosystem of anemones, spidery arrow crabs, rockfish, red snapper, and more.

While he was down there, Raines picked up a piece of wood off the seafloor and cut loose another one. So far, those are the only specimens that have been gathered from the site. Raines tried to return last fall with Harley and Dr. DeLong, but their boat broke down en route.
What next?

Both DeLong and Harley are eager to get back to the forest and gather more samples, in hopes of piecing together a picture of the ancient forest. They're just waiting for the jet stream to warm and calm the waters of the Gulf, which should happen by late summer. They don't want to wait any longer than that – another hurricane could sweep into the area and rebury the site at any time.

"Today, Bald Cypress are sensitive to drought and precipitation," Harley says. If these ancient cousins of the Bald Cypress are as sensitive, their tree rings could reveal the climate in the Gulf Coast tens of thousands of years ago.

"We can match the pattern – the wide and narrow growth rings – and create a chronology that spans, I'm sure, several thousand years," says Harley.

The heart of dendrochronology, or tree ring history, is connecting the story told by the tree rings into an overlapping pattern, daisy-chaining the records from various trees together to create a climate record that is longer than any one tree could ever live. If each of these underwater trees is hundreds or, more likely, thousands of years old, then Harley and his team have "the potential to create a multi-millenial tree ring chronology," he says. This could tell the story of the ancient climate over the course of tens of thousands of years – but which years? That's the other key to dendrochronoloy: an anchor date. If you can get a firm date for just one tree ring, then you can extrapolate forward and backward through the entire chain.

Once they got the news that the two samples Raines had recovered were "radiocarbon dead," the scientists concluded that the trees probably lived during the previous glacial maximum, about 50,000 to 80,000 years ago, though they could theoretically be even older. They're now processing the samples for slower-decaying isotopes, such as uranium-thorium or potassium-argon, in hopes of finding that elusive anchor date. Harley also points out that that when they've collected more samples, odds are good that at least one of the trees will be younger than 50,000 years. "I'd be very surprised if every tree sample came back the same age," he says.

"As long as we're anchored in time by one radiocarbon date, then we could say something pretty cool about the environment, the climate back then," says Harley. "That would be the ultimate goal."

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz : States most at risk of disaster
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 10, 2013, 12:43:01 AM
                                                       
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Disasters can happen at any time and anywhere. But some places experience more than their fair share of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and severe weather -- so much so that certain locales earn frightening nicknames such as Tornado Alley. That moniker applied to Moore, Okla., long before the latest deadly twister struck May 20, killing 24 people. Four tornadoes have hit the town since 1998.

Where do these damaging events occurr most frequently and severely? Kiplinger.com worked with the Property Claim Services unit of Verisk Analytics, a leading source of insurance risk information, to identify the ten states that have suffered the biggest property losses from disasters over the past decade. (Oklahoma, by the way, isn't as high on this list as you might imagine.) If a disaster is likely to strike where you live, make sure you have enough insurance coverage to protect your finances.

Yahoo! Homes is publishing the top five states most at risk of disaster. To see the rest of the top 10, go to Kiplinger's website.
5. New York

Types of Disasters (2003-12): 1 utility loss, 2 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes, 17 winter storms and 29 severe weather incidents

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $13.3 billion

Damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 propelled New York into this top-ten list. The state was among the hardest hit by Sandy, which was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina. New York City experienced flooding and widespread power outages as a result of the hurricane.

4. Mississippi

Types of Disasters (2003-12): 1 winter storm, 2 tropical storms, 7 hurricanes and 26 severe weather incidents

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $14.9 billion

The Magnolia State took a pounding from Hurricane Katrina, with the storm surge and heavy rains causing extensive flooding. Many unfortunate homeowners discovered insurance doesn’t cover flood damage -- you have to buy a separate policy.

3. Texas

Types of Disasters (2003-12): 1 wildland fire, 1 tropical storm, 4 hurricanes, 7 winter storms and 60 severe weather incidents

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $26.7 billion

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are as common as tumbleweed in the Lone Star State. Cities close to the southern coast, such as Galveston and Houston, are often in the bulls-eye of destructive hurricanes that gain strength over the Gulf of Mexico, such as Hurricane Ike in 2008.

2. Florida

Types of Disasters (2003-12): 3 tropical storms, 8 hurricanes and 12 severe weather incidents

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $31.6 billion

Like Louisiana, Florida gets battered by hurricanes and tropical storms in late summer and early fall. The Sunshine State suffered through four major hurricanes (a record) in both 2004 and 2005. It also has the highest number of tornadoes per square mile of any state (Texas has more tornadoes annually, but it is much larger in land area), and central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the U.S.

1. Louisiana

Types of Disasters (2003-2012): 2 tropical storms, 7 hurricanes and 20 severe weather incidents

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $32.4 billion

The Pelican State has the unfortunate distinction of being the most disaster-prone state in the nation, largely because of Hurricane Katrina, which was the costliest disaster in U.S. history. Many of Katrina’s victims discovered they didn’t have enough insurance to cover the damage from the August 2005 hurricane. Make sure you have enough coverage before storm season strikes.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Egypt set to receive U.S. jets, despite recent o
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 11, 2013, 03:15:49 AM
What a sick friggin joke!  Where our tax dollars go.  :exp-angry: :exp-angry: :exp-angry:

Egypt set to receive U.S. jets, despite recent overthrow

The United States will send four jets as scheduled to Egypt, Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The U.S. is reviewing the assistance it provides to Egypt following the recent military ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.

                                                   
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In this photo from last week, President Barack Obama, left, meets with members of his national security team to discuss the overthrow of Egyptian President Mursi. Though the administration is reviewing its aid to Egypt, it still plans to send the military four F-16s in the near future.
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 By Phil Stewart, Reuters / July 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm EDT
WASHINGTON

The United States still plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.

The disclosure came as Washington treads a careful line, neither welcoming Mursi's removal nor denouncing it as a "coup," saying it needs time to weigh the situation.

A U.S. decision to brand his overthrow a coup would, by U.S. law, require Washington to halt aid to the Egyptian military, which receives the lion's share of the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. assistance to that country.

The jets, which will likely be delivered in August and are built by Lockheed Martin Corp, are part of the annual aid package, a U.S. defense official said.

"There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military," a second U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Asked about the F-16s, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "It's our view that we should not ... hastily change our aid programs." He directed specific questions about the jets to the Defense Department.

The Pentagon, responding to queries by reporters, later issued a statement echoing President Barack Obama's July 3 comments that he had ordered a review of U.S. assistance to Egypt. Asked whether Obama's review had put the F-16 delivery on hold, one of the U.S. officials told Reuters: "The delivery remains scheduled as planned."

Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's biggest supplier, declined comment on the issue.

Egypt has been one of the world's largest recipients of U.S. aid since it signed a 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

It was the first Arab country to buy F-16s, widely viewed as a symbol of political and security ties with Washington. U.S.-Egyptian co-production of the M1A1 Abrams battle tank has also been a key part of U.S. assistance.

In a sign of how important U.S. aid is to Washington's ties with Egypt, Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood warned last year before taking power that Egypt might review its peace deal with Israel if the United States cut aid.

For fiscal year 2013, which ends in September, the United States has already disbursed $650 million in military aid to Egypt. Another $585 million is pending, the first U.S. official said.

Another eight F-16s are due to be delivered in December, the first U.S. defense official said. The jets are part of a package of 20 F-16s, of which eight have already been delivered.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken by phone with the head of Egypt's armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, eight times since July 2. The last conversation was on Tuesday.

The Pentagon has offered few details about those talks, which nevertheless show how intensive contacts between the two have been following Mursi's July 3 overthrow.
Anti-American sentiment

Still, both sides of Egypt's divide have become fiercely anti-American. Mursi's opponents say the Obama administration supported the Brotherhood in power, while Mursi's supporters believe Washington was behind the plot to unseat him.

To Islamists, Obama's refusal so far to label the military takeover a "coup" has stoked accusations that he is a hypocrite in promoting democracy.

For its part, the White House said on Wednesday it would take time to determine whether Mursi's ouster was a coup. It has previously pointed out that millions of Egyptians had wanted a change in government.

"We are evaluating how the authorities are responding to and handling the current situation," Carney said.

The Obama administration tried to show that it is not taking sides in Egypt. It has also been at pains to explain why it has not called for the restoration of Mursi, or even to say whether or not he should be allowed to take part in any new elections that may be held.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she did not know where Mursi was being held but voiced concern about his welfare.

"The United States has conveyed strongly and clearly to the Egyptian military that the treatment of anyone ... who was arbitrarily arrested, whether it's President Mursi or other members of the Muslim Brotherhood ... is important to the United States," Psaki told reporters.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Laura MacInnis, Roberta Rampton; Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Alistair Bell and Eric Beech)
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: California warns prisoners over hunger strike
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 14, 2013, 05:57:46 AM

                                                                   
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California warns prisoners over hunger strike

Officials say inmates protesting against solitary confinement could face disciplinary action.
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California warns prisoners over hunger strike
Officials say inmates protesting against solitary confinement could face disciplinary action.
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 06:37
Prisoners' rights advocates have staged protests in San Francisco during the hunger strike [AP]

More than 12,000 inmates in California jails have missed nine consecutive meals over three days in a hunger strike against solitary confinement and prison authorities are now threatening to discipline them.

The nine-meal point is a critical benchmark that requires officials to recognise the action as a hunger strike.

About 30,000 prisoners across the state began refusing meals on Monday in support of inmates with ties to
gangs who are being held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison. Some prisoners are also refusing to work and to attend classes.

"Participating in a mass disturbance and refusing to participate in a work assignment are violations of state law, and any participating inmates will receive disciplinary action," California prison officials said in a statement.

Joining in this current strike "can lead to loss of privileges, loss of credits," said Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He did not say what types of inmate privileges could be taken away.

Concessions unlikely

California's prison chief, Jeffrey Beard, has said inmates are unlikely to be offered concessions and that there is already a scheme to reduce isolation sentences, some of which can last for decades.

The state locks 4,527 inmates in cells that are isolated from the general prison population because prison officials found that they had either committed crimes behind bars or are affiliated to gangs, a prison spokesman told reporters.

Corrections officials had said that more than 30,000 of California's 132,800 inmates began refusing food on Monday and continued to decline meals through the week, with nearly 29,000 participating on Wednesday.
On Thursday, officials said 12,421 prisoners in 24 state prisons and four out-of-state facilities had missed nine straight meals.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said some prisoners in isolation had cellmates, that they were allowed exercise in a yard at least 11 hours a week and that they had access to a law library and cable TV.

Carol Strickman, a prisoners' rights attorney who represents some of the hunger strikers in a lawsuit against the state, said inmates were frustrated that after two widely publicised hunger strikes in 2011, the state had barely changed its procedures for solitary confinement.

Strickman said the yard was an unheated concrete room about the size of three parking spaces, with a ceiling made of clear plastic or glass that opens only partially. Inmates are also alone when they are in the space, she said.

"To call it a yard is to call your bathroom a yard when you open the window," Strickman said.
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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Charles River opens for first public swim since the 1950
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 15, 2013, 06:14:39 AM
Boy oh boy, what a horrible job we have done protecting our planet. Do not know weather to feel happy or just cry when I read something like this. GO's home town, it's major river polluted for over 50 years, with Harvard University, MIT, Boston University and others residing next to it.
What a disgrace, glad something was done about it however.   :icon_scratch:  :icon_sunny:  :'(    ?????

   
Charles River opens for first public swim since the 1950s

fter the countdown and the cannonballs, the initial group at the first public swim in the Charles River in 50 years had a moment to tread water and look down. The seven pioneers began shouting their impressions of what it felt like to swim in the famously filthy body of water.

It’s warm, came one report. It feels great, came another. And then a woman looked down and shouted what was unmistakable for the people standing above.

“It’s orange,” she yelled as she looked down at her body in the water, which faded to black somewhere around the thighs. “We look orange.”

A man on the dock said it was more like beef broth. Renata von Tscharner, the head of the Charles River Conservancy, said she preferred to describe it as a tea.

Whatever it was, it was clean enough on Saturday morning for dozens of people to jump off the River Dock near the Hatch Shell on The Esplanade for the first approved community swim in the Charles River since the 1950s.

Swimming in the Charles River, like playing in the street, is something generations of Boston children have been taught will lead to no good. At the very least, to a tetanus shot.

But since 1995, when the EPA gave the water quality a grade of D, the health of the river has improved dramatically, rising to a B in 2011, and now meeting the state standards for swimming most days of the summer. The bottom of the river remains a toxic mess, but if a swimmer can get in and out of the water without touching the squishy bottom, no tetanus shot is necessary.

Over the past eight years, a group called the Charles River Swim Club has hosted a 1-mile race for elite swimmers, but Saturday morning was the first time officials permitted a swim to be held for the general public. Getting the permit took six months.

Over the course of two hours, about two dozen swimmers at a time took their turn jumping from the dock into the water – which was a comfortable 78 degrees – and playing around for 20 minutes in a small roped-off area while the passing duck boats beeped their horns. Four lifeguards on the dock, as well as two in kayaks kept watch.

“When you’re in the water and you look out and see the view, it’s incredible,” said Kathleen McDermott, 56, of Bay Village, after surviving her swim.

When von Tscharner, who had founded the conservancy in 2000 with a swimmable Charles River as one of its goals, jumped in with a group, and was all smiles as she floated on her back. Karl Haglund, the author of a book called “Inventing the Charles River,” swam up and congratulated her. As she tread water, von Tscharner introduced Haglund as “the man who knows the most about the Charles River,” which prompted a woman nearby to ask Haglund a question.

“So we’re not going to need hazmat suits on the way out, right?”

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Human toll of Syria's civil war echoes Rwandan genocide,
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 17, 2013, 04:04:36 AM
This is supposed to be a civilized country and what is going on in the year of 2013. The Martin Trial is much more important however.  :icon_scratch:
 
 
Human toll of Syria's civil war echoes Rwandan genocide, says UN

Approximately 5,000 Syrians are dying each month, and an average of 6,000 people flee the country every day, UN officials reported Tuesday. Since the war began, nearly 93,000 people are dead, and 1.8 million have fled.

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Special envoy Angelina Jolie (r.) speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based near the Syria-Jordan border on June 18. 'We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago,' said a UN official on Tuesday.
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By Edith Lederer, Associated Press / July 17, 2013 at 12:06 am EDT
UNITED NATIONS

An estimated 5,000 Syrians are dying every month in the country's civil war and refugees are fleeing at a rate not seen since the 1994 Rwanda genocide, U.N. officials said Tuesday.

"In Syria today, serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity are the rule," said Ivan Simonovic, the assistant secretary-general for human rights, told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

He added that "the extremely high rate of killings ... demonstrates the drastic deterioration of this conflict."

U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said two-thirds of the nearly 1.8 million Syrian refugees known to the agency have fled since the beginning of 2013, an average of over 6,000 daily.

"We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago," he said.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said at least 6.8 million Syrians require urgent humanitarian assistance and accused the government and opposition of "systematically and in many cases deliberately" failing their obligation to protect civilians.

"This is a regional crisis, not a crisis in Syria with regional consequences, requiring sustained and comprehensive engagement from the international community," Amos said by videoconference from Geneva.

"The security, economic, political, social, development, and humanitarian consequences of this crisis are extremely grave and its human impact immeasurable in terms of the long-term trauma and emotional impact on this and future generations of Syrians," she said. "We are not only watching the destruction of a country but also of its people."

Simonovic said that since U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay reported last month that at least 92,901 people had been killed between March 2011 when the conflict began and the end of April 2013, government forces and militias have moved to uproot the opposition in many areas including Qusair and Talkalkh, Aleppo, Damascus and its suburbs.

"Government forces carry on with indiscriminate and disproportionate shelling and aerial bombardments, using among other weapons tactical ballistic missiles, cluster and thermobaric bombs, all causing extensive damage and casualties if used in densely populated areas," he said.

"As a result, hundreds of civilians, including women and children were killed, thousands injured, and tens of thousands displaced," Simonovic said. "Many displaced in the parts of Homs and rural Damascus remain under siege and face miserable humanitarian conditions."

He said armed opposition groups have also committed acts of torture, abduction and kidnapping, sometimes along sectarian lines.

"Killings, violence and threats of reprisals against civilian populations perceived to be supportive of the government by armed opposition groups are escalating alarmingly," he said.

Guterres, the refugee chief, said "the danger that the Syrian conflict could ignite the whole region is not an empty warning."

Calling the impact of the refugee crisis on neighboring countries "crushing," he urged international action to support the stability of Syria's neighbors and reduce "the enormous risks of spillover" to the wider Middle East.

Guterres appealed to all countries to keep their borders open and receive all Syrians who seek protection.

Lebanon and Jordan are bearing the heaviest burden of the refugee exodus, he said, but the Kurdish region of Iraq and Turkey which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars of its own resources to assist over 400,000 refugees have also been affected.

"What I am asking for today is essential to mitigate the risk of an explosion that could engulf the entire Middle East, but only a political solution to Syria and an end to the fighting can fully stop this risk," Guterres said.

Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said the U.N. death toll and refugee figures came from "unprofessional sources" and insisted the Syrian government was doing "everything possible to shoulder its responsibilities to its people and meet basic needs despite economic, political and media pressure."

He said the government is fighting "terrorism" — its description of opposition fighters. He asked why the world was only concerned about 2,500 people trapped in Homs and not hundreds of thousands trapped elsewhere in Syria.

http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/gnOR6fpxBjY/Human-toll-of-Syria-s-civil-war-echoes-Rwandan-genocide-says-UN (http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/csm/~3/gnOR6fpxBjY/Human-toll-of-Syria-s-civil-war-echoes-Rwandan-genocide-says-UN)  :'( :icon_study:

Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz: Edward Snowden Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 17, 2013, 04:34:56 AM
Swedish professor nominates Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize

    Stefan Svallfors, sociology professor at Umeå University, nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize
    Snowden will not be eligible for this year's prize, which will be awarded in December 2013 - but could be considered for 2014
    The NSA whistleblower would have a hard time accepting the award, as he has already unsuccessfully applied for asylum in Norway

Svallfors also believes this will help the Peace Prize regain some of respect it lost after prematurely awarding Barack Obama the award in 2009.

'It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense [could] be viewed with disfavor by the world's dominant military power.'

  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363191/Edward-Snowden-nominated-Nobel-Peace-Prize-Swedish-Professor.html?ito=feeds-newsxmlSnowden (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363191/Edward-Snowden-nominated-Nobel-Peace-Prize-Swedish-Professor.html?ito=feeds-newsxmlSnowden)  :icon_study: :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz:Glenn Greenwald Explains Edward Snowden's Doomsday Insura
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 17, 2013, 05:00:10 AM


                                                                      http://www.youtube.com/v/12Fm0Agcx9I&fs=1
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: Let Them Eat Big Macs
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 20, 2013, 04:55:57 AM
Let Them Eat Big Macs

During the feverish days leading up to the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette is supposed to have remarked “let them eat cake,” when told about the peasants starving in the streets. She never said it, of course, but despite that, the remark has come down through the ages as symbolic of the fact that the French aristocratic classes had absolutely no understanding of the realities of life for the mass of suffering, miserable peasants they ruled over (the idea of “democracy” and “citizens” being still in the future). The phrase was just so redolent of the “bubble” that the French aristocracy lived in prior to the Revolution, that Antoinette’s apocryphal remarks caught on. It was just so perfectly symbolic of that level of cluelessness, despite their historical inaccuracy. Today the phrase “let them eat cake” has become a convenient shorthand for the attitudes of out-of-touch elites.

So can there be any doubt that today’s elites are, if anything, even more divorced from the day-to-day realities of people whom they “manage” than during the days before the French Revolution? This includes elites in business, government and the mainstream big media conglomerates. This is despite the fact that we are post-French revolution, where we have the ideas of “citizen” and democracy”, where elites are supposedly elected by the people that they “serve” and their power derives from the consent of the governed.

So the latest exhibit is the McDonalds promotional site telling employees how to “budget” their meager incomes. Someone in the executive suites apparently thought this was a good idea, but it has backfired as it has gone viral on the Internet. Basically, McDonalds themselves have documented that it is nearly impossible to live a first-world lifestyle on their salary:

McDonald's Can't Figure Out How Its Workers Survive on Minimum Wage (The Atlantic)

McDonalds Tells Workers to Toil 70 Hours a Week, Use Ripoff Payroll Cards as Part of “Financial Literacy” (Naked Capitalism)

McDonalds’ suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage (Deathandtaxes)

McDonald's to Employees: Get a Second Job or Drop Dead (Gawker)

As the Atlantic points out, these are what most jobs in the future are going to be. Most people think they won’t ever have them, but they will. It has nothing to do with intelligence, it’s just a numbers game. Thanks to opportunity hoarding by the upper classes, McJobs are going to be the only option for most people, regardless of their intelligence. Of course anyone not in these jobs will feel smug and superior to those that are, just as people who make it through a minefield feel about the people who have been blown to bits. Note that Walmart and McDonalds are the first and third largest employers in the United States. How long are we going to pretend that these are just bored housewives or teenagers with a summer job?

Let them eat Big Macs.

What’s amazing is how many Americans will defend this. We are truly a nation of sociopaths. We've  covered this before with this article: Job fair shocks governor Raskin. And let's not forget the Potemkin's Village constructed in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland for the G8 summit leaders. Out of touch elites? Check and double-check.

Meanwhile, David Brooks uses a John Wayne analogy to describe the end of men:

    As Cantor notes, “The Searchers” is about this moment of transition. Civilization is coming. New sorts of people are bringing education, refinement, marriage and institutionalized justice. Crimes are no longer to be punished by the righteous gunfighter but by law.

    Ethan Edwards made this world possible, but he is unfit to live in it. At the end of the movie, after seven years of effort, he brings the abducted young woman home. The girl is ushered inside, but, in one of the iconic images in Hollywood history, Edwards can’t cross the threshold. Because he is tainted by violence, he can’t be part of domestic joy he made possible. He is framed by the doorway and eventually walks away.

    That image of the man outside the doorway is germane today, in a different and even more tragic manner. Over the past few decades, millions of men have been caught on the wrong side of a historic transition, unable to cross the threshold into the new economy.

    But, surely, there has been some ineffable shift in the definition of dignity. Many men were raised with a certain image of male dignity, which emphasized autonomy, reticence, ruggedness, invulnerability and the competitive virtues. Now, thanks to a communications economy, they find themselves in a world that values expressiveness, interpersonal ease, vulnerability and the cooperative virtues.

    Surely, part of the situation is that many men simply do not want to put themselves in positions they find humiliating. A high school student doesn’t want to persist in a school where he feels looked down on. A guy in his 50s doesn’t want to find work in a place where he’ll be told what to do by savvy young things.

Matt Taibbi rightly pillories this column, pointing out the lack of jobs has nothing to do with “refusing work.” He correctly identifies this as yet another instance of the right-wing attempting to blame the lack of jobs on the workers themselves rather than the economic system ( i.e. “the economy would work fine if it weren’t for the damn people!”):

    It's not just Brooks. These days you can't throw a rock without hitting some muddle-headed affluent white dude who spends his nights stroking his multiple chins and pondering the question of the lazy poor, convinced as he is that there are plenty of jobs and the problem is that prideful or uncommitted or historically anachronistic (that's Brooks' take) folks just won't suck it up and take them.

    It's amazing how many educated people really believe that the unemployed just don't like to work. I remember seeing Jon Voight, of all people, reading one of his infamous letters on Mike Huckabee's show, talking about the "very poor and needy, who live to be taken care of," who have been fed "poison" by our president, giving them the idea that they're "entitled to take from the wealthy, who have lived and worked in a democracy."

    Here's a guy lucky enough to have a job in a fantasy-land business where people hurl money at him round the clock for a few hours of work a day, who somehow finds the time to work himself into creepily genuine anger towards a group of people who have to fight to get jobs cleaning toilets or working fry-o-lators. Talk about a guy who needs a new hobby, or a puppy, something!

    Remember that scene in American Psycho where Christian Bale stabs Reg E. Cathey's homeless "Al" character? The part where he's like, "Get a job, Al – you've got a negative attitude, that's what's holding you back!" Fellas, Mssrs. Brooks and Voight, that was satire. About the last thing the millions of broke Americans out there need is someone like you telling them their problem is that they need a more positive attitude. Actually their problem is much more simple: not enough jobs. Really, that's pretty much it. It's not a mystery.

However, I think Brooks may have stumbled on a good point that Taibbi missed. It’s less about gender than class. The lower classes used to imported into the United States by the truckload from all over the world because there was a boundless need for strong backs and sweaty brows to build this country. Now, having done that, and with millions of Asian peasants at their beck and call across the ocean, corporate America wants to abandon these inconvenient people and wash their hands of them so they can go off and die and decrease the surplus population. Luckily for them, the lower classes, hopped-up on guns and Jesus, and consumed by a crabs-in-a-bucket mentality, are enthusiastically committing suicide, sometimes literally.

And I'm sorry, but most men truly are ill-equipped by temperament for this economy. Mopping aisles, serving coffee, teaching second-grade, and changing catheters just doesn’t appeal to men the way driving trucks, building houses, and computer programming do, and I’m sorry, they never will. It’s less about refusing work than using any means at your disposal to get out of having to these awful jobs, which is why disability rolls are soaring.
http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/07/let-them-eat-big-macs.html (http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2013/07/let-them-eat-big-macs.html)  :icon_study: :(
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz Channel: BLS number is BS
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 20, 2013, 05:12:12 AM
Bull Shit is a kind description of it. It is an evil purposeful lie from the swill that rule us. Thanks to John Williams this not news to me.

BLS number is BS

By JOHN CRUDELE

Last Updated: 1:31 AM, July 19, 2013

Posted: 12:37 AM, July 18, 2013

Keith Hall believes the US economy is a lot sicker than the 7.6 percent unemployment rate would lead you to believe.

And he should know.

Hall was, from 2008 until last year, the guy in charge of Washington’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency that compiles that rate.

“Right now [it’s] misleadingly low,” says Hall, who believes a truer reading of those now wanting a job but without one to be more than 10 percent.

The fly in the ointment is the BLS employment-to-population ratio, which is currently at 58.7 percent. “It’s lower than it was when the recession ended. I think that’s a remarkable statistic,” says Hall, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

That level tells Hall the real unemployment rate is actually about 3 percentage points higher than the BLS number. If the jobless rate is unacceptable at 7.6 percent, it’d be shockingly bad if he is right and the true rate is 10.6 percent.

How could they be so different? I asked the former number-cruncher.

No surprise here. I’ve been saying it for years. Hall confirms that the jobless rate that makes the headlines — called the U-3 by BLS — doesn’t take into account people who have stopped looking for work but does count as employed folks who have worked as little as an hour during the preceding month.

A broader (and more accurate) measure of the state of US labor — called U-6, which includes the underemployed — jumped sharply in June to 14.3 percent from 13.8 percent the month before.

Hall reckons there are millions of U-6 people on top of the 4.5 million long-term unemployed.

Longtime readers of my column understand all of this. But I thought that having someone of the ex-BLS head’s status discuss these points — and add others — might be useful to understand why the economy — to put it in layman’s terms — still sucks.

“This has been a very slow, very bad recovery,” he says. “And I think the numbers have really struggled as a result. In fact, I’ve been very disappointed in the coverage of the numbers.”

The former BLS bigwig is convinced the Federal Reserve understands the true state of the economy. But he says he’s never discussed any of this with the Fed, although he wouldn’t be surprised if the statistics gatherers at the central bank and at BLS have compared notes.

“They are smart guys and understand data,” he says of the Fed economists.

That may be so, but the Fed, and particularly Chairman Ben Bernanke, are acting rather strange these days. One minute Bernanke is suggesting that his highly controversial and very dangerous money-printing operation, called quantitative easing, will be tapered off in the near future because the economy is doing better.

The next minute Bernanke is talking about how QE will continue if the economy isn’t strong enough to stand on its own. The Fed chief often points to the housing and the stock markets as evidence of economic improvement, although those are nonsense indicators.

The stock market is only rising because Bernanke is printing so much money. And housing is improving, with prices rising sharply in spots, because big-time investors who can’t find anywhere else to park their assets profitably are scooping up big-city real estate by the bundle.

There are other problems with numbers coming out of BLS, according to Hall. And they will just add to the confusion.

All parts of Washington’s data-collecting machine adjust to smooth out the bumps caused by the seasons of the year. But the recession that started five years ago was so severe and the recovery so anemic that the seasonal adjustments have been thrown off.

The former BLS head would like to see other changes, such as the Fed’s “tendency of not wanting to rely on data they don’t produce.”

In a couple of weeks we’ll all be anxiously waiting for the BLS to tell us what the job market did in July. We might as well look for answers in the next must-read work of fiction to hit the bookstores.

jcrudele@nypost.com
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/bls_number_is_bs_jaKS2Nc8Yu2TrnETK2bXEM (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/bls_number_is_bs_jaKS2Nc8Yu2TrnETK2bXEM) :icon_study:
Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz:America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter NSA
Post by: Golden Oxen on July 22, 2013, 12:45:04 PM
One lefty that doesn't make one puke. :emthup:

‘America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter on NSA

Former US President Jimmy Carter lambasted US intelligence methods as undemocratic and described Edward Snowden’s NSA leak as “beneficial” for the country.

Carter lashed out at the US political system when the issue of the previously top-secret NSA surveillance program was touched upon at the Atlantic Bridge meeting on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.

"America has no functioning democracy at this moment," Carter said, according to Der Spiegel.

He also believes the spying-scandal is undermining democracy around the world, as people become increasingly suspicious of US internet platforms, such as Google and Facebook. While such mediums have normally been associated with freedom of speech and have recently become a major driving force behind emerging democratic movements, fallout from the NSA spying scandal has dented their credibility.

It’s not the first time Carter has criticized US intelligence policies. In a previous interview with
CNN, he said the NSA leaks signified that “the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far." He added that although Snowden violated US law, he may have ultimately done good for the country. 

"I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial."
 
Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. After leaving office, he founded the Carter Center, an NGO advocating human rights. The ex-president’s human rights credentials won him Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Carter has frequently criticized his successors in the White House. Last year, he condemned the Obama administration for the use of drone attacks in his article "A Cruel and Unusual Record" published in the New York Times.

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Title: Re: Golden Oxen's Newz:America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter NSA
Post by: Surly1 on July 22, 2013, 12:59:52 PM
One lefty that doesn't make one puke. :emthup:

‘America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter on NSA

Former US President Jimmy Carter lambasted US intelligence methods as undemocratic and described Edward Snowden’s NSA leak as “beneficial” for the country.

Carter lashed out at the US political system when the issue of the previously top-secret NSA surveillance program was touched upon at the Atlantic Bridge meeting on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.


Hopefully you will be able to name at least a few other lefties that you do not find fully rebarbative.  ;D

This is for you, GO, by Morris Berman from his book "Dark Ages America," p. 130, in re Carter:

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The Carter presidency is so anomalous, particularly in terms of the postwar pattern of U.S. foreign policy, that it is initially hard to conceive how it ever happened. Timing accounts for much of it. America had just suffered an ignominious defeat in Vietnam, and the morality of the entire venture looked shabby in the extreme. The Church Committee had conducted a congressional investigation into the dirty tricks of the CIA, focusing especially on the overthrow of Salvador Allende. Gerald Ford had pardoned Richard Nixon immediately after the latter resigned, thus making the squalor of Watergate even more squalid. All in all, U.S. government morality and image were at ebb tide; it was a confused and demoralized time.

Enter, in 1976, Jimmy Carter, a "Christian" candidate, low-key and self-effacing, who spoke to the need for some national soul searching. "We're ashamed of what our government is as we deal with other nations around the world," he announced on the campaign trail - astonishing rhetoric, really. "What we seek is ... a foreign policy that reflects the decency and generosity and common sense of our own people." Over and over, in hundreds of speeches and interviews, Carter reiterated that the United States had gone through a loss of spirit and morality. A foreign policy dominated by rivalry with the USSR, he maintained, was an obsession whose logic led directly to Vietnam (the latter, in short, was no "detour").

The time was over for blaming an enemy for our own problems, he declared; rather, the time had come to look within ourselves, to put our own moral house in order. Carter attacked the realpolitik of Henry Kissinger and the U.S. role in Chile; the time had come, he maintained (this in 1977), to move beyond "that inordinate fear of communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear.'

For a brief moment in American postwar history, the position of sanity found an echo, The moment, was, however, long enough for the president to suggest a different direction in our international agenda: obsession with communism would not shape every policy; we would work for a more humane world order in our international relations, not seek merely to defeat one adversary; military solutions would not come first; efforts would be made to reduce the sale of arms to developing countries (by 1975 we had become the world's largest arms exporter - $15 billion in sales as compared with $2 billion in 1970); and so on. These were, quite clearly, exceptional times.

But the exception was of short duration; the Carter morality was, within two years, heavily out of step with the return to the usual public demand for a more muscular and military foreign policy. In addition, out-of-office cold warriors closed ranks, forming organizations such as the Committee on the Present Danger, which included Paul Nitze. Their goal-to revive the Cold War-was ultimately successful; Ronald Reagan and CIA-assisted torture in Central America were the inevitable results. And in the course of all this, a picture was formed of Jimmy Carte