Sunday, March 28, 2010

FBI Agents Conduct Raids in Three States; Rich Sell Munis for First Time

From Jenna Orkin

Headlines
Athens bomb blast kills one and injures two
Jets scrambled after passenger plane alerts

Economy/US
When banks become owners, opportunity knocks
Rich Stunned By Recession Sell Munis for First Time
Why Small Businesses Fear Obama's Health Care Despite Today's Exemptions
Will Federal Stimulus Money for States Expire Before Recovery Arrives?
Alan Greenspan Discusses The Fed's Inability To See Bubbles, Is Confident There Is A "Bubble Waiting To Burst In China"
Does This Bank Watchdog Have a Bite?
Death of a Loophole, and Swiss Banks Will Mourn

Energy/Resources/Terror
DOE Saying Possible Peak "Liquid Fuels" by 2011 (from Jon Noel)
Utah gov. OKs eminent domain on federal land
"Herbert signed a pair of bills into law that supporters hope will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West, where lawmakers contend that federal ownership restricts economic development in an energy-rich part of the country. "
Marines Take Unusual Steps to Reduce Battlefield Fuel Demand - from Rice Farmer
"A typical Marine Corps combat brigade needs more than a half-million gallons per day."
FBI agents conduct raids in Mich., Ohio, Ind.
‘Patriot’ hate groups grew by 244% in 2009 - from Rice Farmer
US Marine: I will Fight American Civilians - from Rice Farmer

World/Intelligence
Russia drops two time zones to boost economy
India begins effort to implement national ID system
Ageing spies unable to use the internet
WHO 'overstated' swine flu danger

Environment
The Nuclear Waste Problem: Where To Put It?
UN: Dirty Water Deadlier Than Wars
US proposes to veto mountaintop removal coal mine

4 comments:

trevbus said...

found these on Democratic Underground

Russia: U.S. Aiding Afghan Drug Trade
http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Says_US_Colluding_With_Afghan_Drug_Trade/1995972.html

and then....

At least 37 people are reported to have been killed in two explosions on the Metro system in central Moscow
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8592190.stm

The FSB HQ is above the targeted station. Potentially a very serious development.

Meanwhile the gold market could go critical at any time due to the revelations at the recent CFTC hearing.

The star whistle-blower for GATA, Andrew Maguire, was nearly killed in a hit-and-run accident in London. Desperate times.

Gold jumped $8 as world markets opened at 8am this morning Sydney time, very unusual. GATA has made an impact and the shockwaves are still moving beneath the surface.

http://www.gata.org

eyeballs said...

Teabaggers offer an easily despised, easily defeated enemy. By labeling them Patriots, the implication is that they are defending The Constitution against abuse. However, the (supposed) marine, who said he would shoot to kill if deployed against domestic rebels, made this decision on the basis of his oath to defend The Constitution. "Patriots" may have various interpretations of The Constitution, and various goals in reforming what they see as abuse. Some cults may seem to agree with you about political reform, while others seem obnoxious.

The U. S. Government can be expected to defend an erpretation of The Constitution broadly empowering central government to enforce its policies. As the "marine" points out, the government will be deploying seasoned veterans, young and fit and willing to follow orders. That suggests that, militarily at least, the government team is looking pretty tough.

If a brand of "Patriots" who are noxious to the left (which is traditionally the anti-authoritarian side) can provide credible threat to The Constitution (i.e. stability as defined by the administration), then a new raft of authoritarian controls can be introduced, perhaps with near universal aclaim. Everyone in the world hated the Taliban, so they were easy revenge targets after 9/11. The civil liberties deprivations jammed through, as America pointed at this despised enemy, actually targetted green acivists, protesters against the planned Iraq war and America's drug-running competitors. The Taliban was a pushover, but the empowering legislation obtained by an authoritarian government has never been repealed.

I fear we're in for more of this. It does not pay to pose as a threat to the stability of the U.S. Government. And it's important to note that Teabaggers are a paper tiger, empowering a real one.

eyeballs said...

RE: Utah

"Initially, the state would target three areas for the use of eminent domain, including the Kaiparowits plateau in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is home to large coal reserves."

Next, protected forests, key watersheds and "useless" prairie land. Like the Indians, we'll be left with whatever's no use to them. This one is above-board, visible. But, like Indonesia, we may soon have guerilla logging and mining, dark deals for protection.

As the pie gets smaller, the hogs get greedier.

agape wins said...

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http://survivalblog.com/

This is a prod for F Kamilov; Jenna, if you know his address you can send him my Edress, please!


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