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July 21 2011

Banks Pay Back TARP Funds by. . . .Borrowing from Treasury


Via: Contrary Indicator: Generally, banks that repaid CPP funds did so with cash raised from earnings, or by raising new outside capital. In finance and banking you always have to read the fine print. And if you go back to the report, you’ll notice that the fine print accompanying the entries for each of the [...]

July 18 2011

Location Intelligence by TruePosition: System for Tracking People via Mobile Devices


For years, I’ve been speculating that the secret sauce in Russell Tice’s, “Angle that you haven’t heard about yet,” is full time tracking of individuals via their mobile devices. My guess is that the capability is a key component of MAIN CORE: The U.S. Government has, almost certainly, established a database and tracking system for [...]

Mass Psychosis in the U.S. – How Big Pharma Got Americans Hooked on Anti-Psychotic Drugs


Via: Al Jazeera: Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and [...]

July 14 2011

Amazon ebook Surcharges

Nikodemus Siivola

What's up with the $2 surcharge on ebooks Amazon applies when shopping from Finland? (Or most non-US countries for that matter.)

My understanding is that this is used to bankroll the Whispernet, which is completely, ridiculously disproportionate.

Since buying my Kindle late last year, I've bought some 60 ebooks fromAmazon -- paying $120 is surcharges. That's more than enough to payfor a year of u...

July 11 2011

Former CIA Director: Build a New Internet to Improve Cybersecurity


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one of those famous innocent first steps...
So, here are some guesses as to what voluntary will mean: Do you want to login to your bank? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that. Online trading account? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that. Book an airline ticket? You’ll need your trusted credentials for that. Sign up for Internet service? You’ll need your [...]

July 07 2011

As Commodity Prices Soar, So Does Demand for Wood Pulp—As a “Food Extender”


Just the other day, I was joking with my wife about how eating those cheap tacos is like eating meat flavored sawdust. Well… Via: The Street: Are you getting what you pay for on your plate? The recent class-action lawsuit brought against Taco Bell raised questions about the quality of food many Americans eat each [...]

July 06 2011

Use of SSRI Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Autism


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although, if you're depressed enough, then this is the last thing that you will care about... :)
Via: Time: In a study involving data on more than 1,800 children — fewer than 300 of whom had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — and their mothers, the scientists found that women who were prescribed drugs to treat depression in the...

June 26 2011

Global Debt Crisis Illusions Versus Reality

The Market Oracle

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces." - Sigmund FreudOur global society needs a reset. The insolvency of Greece or the growing US fiscal imbalance are only symptoms of a much deeper...

June 24 2011

Protecting Private Information on Smart Phones

Schneier on Security

AppFence is a technology -- with a working prototype -- that protects personal information on smart phones. It does this by either substituting innocuous information in place of sensitive information or blocking attempts by the application to send the sensitive information over the network.

The significance of systems like AppFence is that they have the potential to change the balance of power ...

June 23 2011

Armada of Black Swans Hitting U.S. Economy and Financial Markets, Gold Breakouts on QE TO INFINITY

The Market Oracle

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Mohammed El-Erian is given credit for the phrase 'The New Normal' to mean an altered state of perceived instability within the normalcy realm, as in crisis being called normal, like endless crisis. As buddy Jim Mess in Europe says, just like trying to redefine what...

June 20 2011

Dizzying New Heights of Global Criminal Enterprise

The Market Oracle

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That the United States government, the U.S Federal Reserve, and a plethora of financial institutions, are in breach of numerous U.S. laws in regards to fraud and fiduciary duty to the American people, is held to be...

June 18 2011

On Human Rights

End the War on Freedom

Iloilo M. Jones - Ilo asks us to think about human rights. So many are proposing positive "rights" these days, things that they expect the rest of humanity to give them, meaning somebody else should be forced to pay. Nonsense. Only negative rights are true rights. The right to unmolested action, absolutely any action that doesn't infringe on another person's rights.

What human rights am I...

June 16 2011

Cop Who Executed Unarmed Man Released from Prison After One Year


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People who protested are facing longer jail sentences. Via: San Francisco Bay Guardian: Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant while he was lying face down on the Fruitvale station train platform on New Year’s Day...

Change: First Lady Wants Hollywood to Excrete Even More Pro Military Propaganda


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Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy by Matthew Alford: Hollywood is often characterized as a stronghold of left-liberal ideals. In Reel Power, Matthew Alford shows it is in fact deeply complicit in serving the interests of the most regressive U.S. corporate and political forces. Films like Transformers, Terminator: Salvation ...

June 05 2011

Europe Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy

The Market Oracle

Soon after the Socialist Party won Greece’s national elections in autumn 2009, it became apparent that the government’s finances were in a shambles. In May 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy took the lead in rounding up €120bn ($180 billion) from European governments to subsidize Greece’s unprogressive tax system that had led its government into debt – which Wall Street banks had helped...

Towards a Worldwide Inflationary Depression, Collapse of the Anglo-American Empire

The Market Oracle

According to our calculations we have been in an inflationary depression since February of 2009. Everyone looks back on the deflationary depression of the 1930s as a benchmark or a reference. As far as we are concerned the 1930’s depression only ended when the powers behind government arranged another war. Few talk about the recession of the early 1920s, which only lasted two years and was...

June 04 2011

Introducing iCensor: Apple Is Patenting Technology That Will Cripple Its Devices When They Are In the Proximity of ‘A Concert or a Classified Facility’


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holy shit...
Forget Apple’s sycophantic entertainment industry boot licking for a moment. Will agents of the state have a kill switch on recording devices as well? Apparently so. The patent itself, U.S. Patent #20110128384 uses the phrase, “classified facility” as an example of a venue where the devices would be crippled. (Can you hear that sickening sound? [...]

May 31 2011

Libya Lost $1.3 Billion on Options Trades Done with Goldman Sachs


But first, remember this one? The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs: The point to bear in mind, as Mr. Sloan brilliantly makes clear, is that as Goldman was peddling C.M.O.’s, it was also shorting the junk on a titanic scale through index sales — showing, at least to me, how horrible a [...]

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.
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