goldsilver.com / April 22, 2013
Argentina is just the latest example of a nation who prints currency to pay for a government that has overtaken the free market private economy. The power grabs have finally devolved into outright mass street protests, as the Argentine goverment Bans recourse against the government via the court system, with the exception of loss of health or life (even that was given a six-month limit).
The effects of the government [...]
April 6, 2013
A wave of corrosive political scandals at a time of economic woe is exacerbating the outrage of European citizens, who are channelling resentment into street protests or at the polls.
Italy, Spain and Greece have all been hit by fraud or graft cases allegedly involving the top brass. France joined the ranks of scandal-hit nations this week after its former budget minister was charged with tax fraud.
“Everything is coming [...]
Now that it’s been over a year since the Occupy movement swept across the country, FOIA requests are being fulfilled, revealing uncomfortable details about how authorities viewed the protestors. One such request by the Partnership for Civil Justice came through this weekend, and the 112 heavily redacted pages reveal that theFBI approached the Occupy Wall Street protests as “criminal activity” — which is not terribly surprising — and investigated the groups as perpetrators of “domestic terrorism” — which is fairly unsettling. [...]
President Morsi will authorize army to help police keep order in Cairo, state-run newspaper al-Ahram says
Egypt’s President Morsi to allow military to arrest civilians: Al-Ahram daily
President Morsi will soon issue a decree to allow the armed forces to arrest civilians, says state-owned newspaper
Egyptian President Said to Prepare Martial Law Decree: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests
Egyptian President Said to Prepare Martial Law Decree
Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of [...]
No Right To Self-Defense If Police Are Beating You. Do citizens in Russia have the right to defend themselves if they are being beaten by police… was taken up by the Supreme Court in June
New Russian Regulations: No Right To Self-Defense If Police Are Beating You
Published on 2012-10-02 17:39:15
Moscow riot police in action – (Alexander Plushev) By Grigorii Tumanov
MOSCOW – The question of whether or not citizens in Russia have [...]
Small surveillance drones are starting to be part of police departments across America, and the FAA will soon open up the airspace for more to come. This drone invasion has already raised all kinds of privacy concerns. And if you think that’s bad, across the ocean, Russia seems hell-bent on outdoing its former Cold War enemy.
Russia’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, Zala Aero, has provided the Russian government with more than 70 unmanned [...]
By Martin D. Weiss Ph.D. Money and Markets
It’s happening — all over the U.S. and Europe!
Just this past Friday, Washington’s jobless report was a shocker, driving Wall Street into a sudden tailspin. And just yesterday …
* The government of French president Nicolas Sarkozy — a central pivot of the entire euro zone — was washed away in a rising torrent of voter revolt …
* The government of Greece, scrambling to avoid [...]
A Thai web editor facing decades behind bars over remarks about the monarchy posted by other people on her website said she still hopes to be acquitted ahead of a closely-watched verdict this week.
A Bangkok court is set to decide Monday on charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn that could carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, in a case that has shone a spotlight on Thailand’s strict lese [...]
MOSCOW–Vladimir Putin, the man who will become Russia’s president for a third term next month, indicated Wednesday he would back a law that bars others from doing what he did, ruling as president more than twice.
But Putin also suggested such a law would not apply to himself, leaving open the possibility that he could run for a fourth presidential term in 2018.
The Russian Constitution now bars a person from being [...]
The Economy Can’t Function Without Wall Street: Wilbur Ross
Mitt Romney scored three big primary wins Tuesday night, widening his lead over his remaining rivals in the GOP presidential nominating contest, including his closest competitor Rick Santorum. With victories in Maryland, Wisconsin and the Washington, D.C., Romney has become one step closer to securing the GOP nomination and appears on track to amassing the delegates he needs to be his party’s [...]
What Do Bankers Dream Of?
When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf sleeps, he dreams — like all good bankers — about numbers. He probably doesn’t dream about the number 600 — the number of foreclosure packages signed each day by his robosigners. He probably doesn’t dream about 14,420 — the number of conveyance claims fraudulently submitted to HUD in exchange for $1.7 billion from the FHA [Inspector General report.]
And, he almost certainly [...]
An email arrived on Tuesday from Havana. It was from a priest, asking me to “pray for him during the Pope’s visit”. That may seem a curious request: thousands of prayers will be said during Pope Benedict XVI’s three day trip to the island, so what difference one more? Yet his simple petition was penetrating. It went to the heart of Cuban disquiet.
It is remarkable that the 84-year old [...]
New Haven, CT - In 1893, a massive financial panic sent demand for the Pullman Palace Car Company into a downward spiral. The luxury rail car company reacted by slashing workers’ wages and increasing their work load. After negotiations with ownership broke down the following year, the American Railway Union, in solidarity with Pullman factory workers, launched a boycott that eventually shut down railroads across the US. It was a full-scale [...]
Both the Bush administration and the Obama administration had rejected requests to make the text of ACTA public, with the White House saying that disclosure would cause “damage to the national security.” In 2009, Knowledge Ecology International filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request in the United States, but their entire request was denied. – Wikipedia
The world is witnessing the largest offline protest against copyright legislation today. Massive demonstrations against [...]
February 6, 2012
On September 25, 2011, just eight days after the Occupy Wall Street protests began in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the much acclaimed CBS News program, 60 Minutes, aired a fawning look at the thousands of surveillance cameras affixed to buildings and lampposts throughout New York City. The cameras feed live images of people going about their everyday lives to a $150 million computer center equipped with [...]
Moscow, Jan 31 : The stand-off between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and anti-government protesters may escalate into a civil war, billionaire presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov has said. The businessman, whose fortune is estimated at USD 18 billion, urged “evolution, not revolution” and promised sweeping political and economic reforms if he wins the vote.
Many pro-Kremlin pundits have warned the rallies are a preparation for an “Orange revolution” scenario of removing [...]
OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she has had it with a small, violent fringe element within the Occupy Oakland protests and claimed it is using the city as a “playground.”
Quan spoke Monday in an interview following another chaotic round of street protests in which police units from surrounding areas were on hand to support the cash-strapped city’s police department.
“They’re taking away resources from my city and creating a situation where [...]
January 22, 2012
CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak is still the president of Egypt and the court trying him has no legal jurisdiction to do so, his defence lawyer said on Sunday, trying to undermine the prosecution’s case against the leader deposed in a popular revolt last year.
Lawyer Farid el-Deeb was defending Mubarak for the fifth and final day of a trial that Egyptians who rose up against Mubarak’s 30-year-rule hope [...]
The Huffington Post
January 6, 2012
A local New York restaurant that saw business drop off as Occupy Wall Street protests erupted nearby has finally shut its doors — and will be taken over by the ultimate 1 Percenter, Donald Trump.
The real-estate magnate, who owns the building at 40 Wall Street, where Milk Street Cafe was located, has retained the restaurant hall for “penny’s on the dollar,” according to a source close [...]
(Telegraph UK) In a ferocious verbal tirade broadcast on state TV that lasted more than four and a half hours, the Russian prime minister made it clear he was determined to return to the Russian presidency next year, scornfully dismissing recent demonstrations against him.
“I know that students were paid some money – well, that’s good if they could earn something,” he said, referring to the biggest protest of its kind [...]
BY JOE POMPEO, Capital NewYork
It still seems like not all New York Police Department officers got that memo from their boss a few weeks ago warning them not to interfere with members of the media during police actions such as those that have been ongoing as a result of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
In this video, police are shown getting physical with and intentionally blocking the shots of a credentialed photojournalist covering [...]
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In this episode of Capital Account with Lauren Lyster, we cover the US super committee’s pending failure in negotiations to cut 1.2 trillion dollars from the national budget over the next 10 years, something that we spoke with Cato budget Tad Dehaven about last week. We also cover the occupy wall street protests, and the recent police episode where a [...]
The Spiral Staircase: Below Crush Depth
Just in case anyone forgot about the other elephant in the room (one of many, actually) while attention turned to Europe’s financial shell game, Occupy Wall Street protests, and (justified) preoccupation with the 1%, here is a comment by Barstiat at Clusterfuck Nation (stolen and quoted ruthlessly) that puts U.S. Federal debt into useful perspective:
Here is why S&P downgraded the US credit rating.
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Fed budget: [...]
Michael Moore has been a vocal supporter and participant in the Occupy Wall Street protests since their inception, helping bring a megaphone to the residents of Zuccotti Park and its global offshoots. But as the most financially successful documentary filmmaker in Hollywood, he inevitably has business ties to money he might otherwise call un-pure, which has led one major film executive to label the director a hypocrite.
In a guest op-ed [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s moving day for bank customers.
A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday.
The spirit behind “Bank Transfer Day” caught fire with the OccupyWall Street protests around the country and had more than 79,000 supporters on its Facebook page as of Friday. The movement has already helped beat back Bank of America’s [...]
With the US economy suffering through its deepest slump since the Great Depression, the Obama administration has designed a political strategy to match, with echoes of the campaign rhetoric deployed by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s.
Throwing out the standard presidential playbook dictating an aspirational pitch to centrist voters, the White House is cementing a high-risk message that strikes firmly at wealth and privilege.
“There is surging sentiment out there among [...]