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May 28 2011

Presidential Signature for Patriot Act Extension Carried Out by Robot


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err... WTF?
I couldn’t make it up if I tried.

May 26 2011

Amazon Rainforest Activist, and His Wife, Shot Dead


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all my respect!

rest in peace.
Via: Guardian: Six months after predicting his own murder, a leading rainforest defender has reportedly been gunned down in the Brazilian Amazon. José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo, are said to have been killed in an ambush near their home in Nova Ipixuna, in Pará state, about 37 miles [...]

May 18 2011

Toxin from GM Crops Found in Human Blood


Via: India Today: Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time. Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks. These genes make crops toxic [...]

May 17 2011

Police Can Now Knock On Your Door, Listen for Sounds Suggesting Evidence Is Being Destroyed (Whatever That Means), and Then Break In—No Warrant Necessary


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and the economic collapse hasn't even unfolded yet. imagine what life will be when they'll have its sideffects to use as a reasons to further erode liberty...
Game over. Via: Los Angeles Times: The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision in a Kentucky case, says police officers who loudly knock on a door in search of...

May 16 2011

Was Fukushima a China Syndrome?


Via: Time: The China Syndrome refers to a scenario in which a molten nuclear reactor core could could fission its way through its containment vessel, melt through the basement of the power plant and down into the earth. While a molten reactor core wouldn’t burn “all the way through to China” it could enter the [...]

How to Keep a Damaged Financial and Economic System Afloat?

The Market Oracle

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The elitists who run America from behind the scenes have serious problems in trying to keep a badly damaged financial and economic system afloat. Ironically, these same...

The U.S.: Where Europe Comes to Slum


Via: Los Angeles Times: The newest slumlord in Los Angeles is a pillar of German capitalism. Earlier this month, the city attorney’s office filed suit against Deutsche Bank, the world’s fourth-largest bank, for letting many of the more than 2,000 L.A. homes it has foreclosed on descend into squalor and decay. A yearlong city investigation [...]

UAE Hires Blackwater to Establish 800-Member Mercenary Battalion


Via: Washington Post: The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired the founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide to set up an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times reported Sunday. The Times said it obtained documents that showed that the unit being formed by Erik [...]

May 12 2011

New Congressional Legislation Gives President Unchecked War Power


Mmm hmm. Presidential War Power by Louis Fisher Via: ACLU: Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act, being marked up by the House Armed Services Committee this week, is a hugely important provision that hasn’t been getting a lot of attention — a brand new authorization for a worldwide war. This stealth provision was added [...]

May 10 2011

Cellphones to Get Government Chips for Disaster Alerts


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You won’t be able to opt out of receiving messages from Dear Leader… Some days, as I sift through all of this madness, I really miss George Carlin. I bet he’d just love this one. Via: Boston Globe: After more than five years of planning, a national emergency alert system that will send messages to [...]

How to bribe your kids?

Marginal Revolution

From Gareth Cook, here are some tips for how to make the bribes work and avoid the undermining of intrinsic motivation:

Based on what is now known, Pierce and others suggest a set of guiding principles.

Choose a specific, positive behavior. “Have at least three bites of a vegetable every dinner for a week.’’ (Good.) “Don’t annoy me.’’ (Not good.)

Choose smart rewards. Work with your kid to...

May 06 2011

Greece Considers Exit from Euro Zone


Via: Spiegel: The debt crisis in Greece has taken on a dramatic new twist. Sources with information about the government’s actions have informed SPIEGEL ONLINE that Athens is considering withdrawing from the euro zone. The common currency area’s finance ministers and representatives of the European Commission are holding a secret crisis meeting in Luxembourg on [...]

May 05 2011

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis


I covered this back in 2008: If I buy a wheat contract, I should have to take delivery of the physical wheat on the specified date. If I sell a wheat contract, I should have to deliver the physical wheat on the specified date. I should not be allowed to buy or sell those leveraged [...]

May 02 2011

A legkisebb (piac) is számít

Zöld Pók Alapítvány

Legyen kint
Európában illegális piacok nyílnak, mert a jó minőségű, termelői élelmiszer nem kapható az áruházakban. A kistermelők részben emiatt mennek tönkre világszerte. Az ENSZ vizsgálatai szerint az éhezők többsége korábban termelő volt. Pedig igény van a jó minőségű, temrelői árukra - nem csak a Hunyadi téren.

April 30 2011

Bursting Bubbles, Waning Currency Systems and Insolvent Financial Institutions

The Market Oracle

We keep searching Congress for leadership and all we see and hear is compromises and moneyed footsteps leading back to their controllers on Wall Street and in banking. We find few willing to stand up to the military industrial complex or the moneyed powers that control our country. Spending restraint is very difficult to find.

April 29 2011

The Inflation Inferno

The Market Oracle

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an interesting perspective.
George F. Smith writes: Throughout history, governments have fought against the use of sound money. In 1912, Ludwig von Mises identified the reason for this: The sound-money principle has two aspects. It is ...

April 28 2011

Honeybees ‘Entomb’ Pesticide Tainted Pollen


Via: Spectre Footnotes: Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert. Scientists have found numerous examples of a new phenomenon – bees “entombing” or sealing up hive cells full of pollen to put [...]

April 26 2011

The U.S. State Department’s Proposed Biographical Questionnaire for Passport Applicants


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oh well... the land of the sheep, err, free.
Via: Papers Please: The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants. The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details ...

April 24 2011

USDA Moves to Let Monsanto Perform Its Own Environmental Impact Studies on GMOs


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why not just shut down the whole government office instead and stop collecting taxes for them...?
Via: Grist: In early April, the USDA made what I’m reading as a second response to Judge White, this one even more craven. To satisfy the legal system’s pesky demand for environmental impact studies of novel GMO crops, the USDA has settled upon a brilliant solution: let the ...
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