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White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild BBC

Scientists call for moratorium on Arctic fishing AFP

New Herbicide Could Kill Weeds, Crops, Monsanto Motley Fool (furzy mouse)

UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time Guardian (John L)

Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people Natural News (furzy mouse). One way to deal with the fact that pretty much everyone in America has a gun. Maybe a Kevlar vest should be part of your wardrobe…

Aurora Junior High-built super car gets 358 miles per gallon KY3 (Lambert)

NSA Money Trap Patrick Durusau

Machine-Made News Lewis Lapham, Tom Englehardt

Iran military says copying U.S. drone Reuters

100,000 women undergo brutal genital mutilation illegally in Britain (and some of the victims are as young as TEN) Daily Mail

Hollande steals poll march on Sarkozy Financial Times

The sadly unpalatable solution for the eurozone Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times

IMF encourages Europe’s economic suicide Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

TOP CHINA ECONOMIST: Here’s Why China’s Flash PMI Is Weaker Than The Official Number Clusterstock

Global economy: A fragile and fickle recovery Karim Foda, Eswar Prasad, VoxEU

Nomura joins commodity super cycle bears MacroBusiness

Unplugging Americans From The Matrix Paul Craig Roberts (May S)

Obama needs to find a theme soon Ed Luce, Financial Times

Abroad, as at home, Obama coasts on a wave of disappointment Guardian (May S)

Surveillance State evils Glenn Greenwald

Jon Huntsman Criticizes Republican Party, Compares Actions To Communist China Huffington Post

State Life Expectancy: Report Details Gains And Losses In Life Expectancy Around The Country Huffington Post

Did Defense Lawyer Tactics Kill An Asbestos Victim? Consumer Law & Policy. This is entirely plausible.

Chris Whalen: The Fallacy of “Too Big To Fail”–Why the Big Banks Will Eventually Break Up Financial Sense

New federal agency OFR stirs ‘Orwellian’ fears FoxNews. Hah, Fox’s rant suggests this unit might turn out to be effective, although with it under Turbo Timmie, I would not get my hopes up.

New Occupy Crackdown Documents Just Obtained by the PCJF Justice Online

Wal-Mart Bribery Probe Exposes Retailer to U.S. Fines Bloomberg

Here Is What The “Other” Financial Health Metrics Are Showing ZeroHedge. I am making an exception to my usual practice because our Tom Adams highlighted this post, which highlights some Nomura research, as a counterpoint to some Floyd Norris cheerleading. FYI Richard Koo, who gave us the concept of “balance sheet recession” is an analyst at Nomura, and he stresses that in balance sheet recessions, many people in the private sector give top priority to lowering debt levels rather than maximizing profit.

Your market needs you. Without Apple, S&P earnings would show zero growth John Authers, Financial Times

Antidote du jour. Craazyman seems to find horse pictures troubling (is it because horses symbolized power for Native Americans?) but these are Icelandic horses so I am pretty sure they like the weather, even if it might be awfully bracing for the rest of us:

And here is as bonus of sorts. Friend of NC and tax expert Lee Sheppard appears in the movie We’re Not Broke, a documentary on the taxation, or more accurately, the lack thereof, of big corporation. If you are in LA, you can see on the 25th or on the 28th in Boston (details here, along with screenings in other cities). I was overseas when it ran in New York, but a second showing is apparently in the offing.

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74 comments

  1. Investment guru

    Long Kevlar and concrete. Only concrete is still “legal” to buy for consumers, and given the top selling rifles today, concrete is a much better choice.

    1. Literary Critic

      Well, this may be a sign of more government incompetence. They bought 7 years of 40 gauge, hollow point, pistol ammo.

      That won’t penetrate concrete, but had they purchased high power military rifle ammo – that does.

      But I take comfort in knowing that MMT says that the taxpayer is not paying for this government spending.

      Otherwise I may just go nuts.

      1. occam's gillette

        The actual news release said “This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.”

        sounds more like a backdoor subsidy to ATK to keep the production lines open/workers employed….especially since ammo biz is falling off due to exit of Iraq and expected Afghan. exit.

        1. Literary Critic

          Ya sure. World peace is just around the corner. Make work needed, otherwise unemployment.

          Next thing you know, Keynesians will advocate digging holes and filling them back up again.

          1. Thorstein

            It’s ok to dig holes and fill them back up again if you fill them back up with flowers. That’s much better than filling them back up again with bodies.

        2. Eureka Springs

          Sounds equally if not more plausible to me that a domestic agency is using a front door to ready themselves to spray as many as 450 million pistol bullets (and dawg knows how many other types of bullets, chemicals, torture techniques, drones and so on) upon their own people.

        3. Historicaecon

          That is how that business works. The U.S. has a strong national interest in keeping those factories open. But that’s not to say that they won’t have all that ammo laying around.

      2. Larry Headlund

        .40 caliber, not 40 gauge. Caliber measures the interior diameter of of pistols and rifles (and the .410 shotgun) while gauge is a measure of the interior diameter of shotguns.

        1. Literary Critic

          Right, of course. Noticed that error after I posted.

          I don’t really know much about guns, I just come across them in the literature sometimes. Like the long shell rifle kind that shoot thru concrete block.

          1. ambrit

            Folks;
            Not to pop your Bunker Bubble, but anyone here remember the Maginot Line? Hunkering down in a hole in the ground is the worst strategy imaginable for the long run. Some inventive adversary will simply go around you and leave the reserve troops behind to wait you out. This is not the time for psssivity.
            Nuff said.

        2. aet

          Hmmmm, you seem to know about these things….so what’s the “Expiry” date on this “ammo” stuff?

          How long does it, or can it, “keep its spark” in storage, so to speak – how long before the stuff spoils?

          Or are do bullets live forever?

    1. Walter Wit Man

      I don’t trust As’ad AbuKhalil. I suspect he is controlled opposition.

      He pretend to oppose western media propaganda but he ends up supporting it! If you read him closely he repeats the same allegations against the Syrian government. Angry Arab is just as much a propagandist as the “activist” working with CNN and the spooks to topple the government . . . but he’s got a bit more cover because he blames “all sides” and focuses on the Palestinians. But imho this is simply to build up his bona fides so he can more effectively engage in propaganda.

      For instance, why doesn’t he describe in more detail the lies about Syria? He doesn’t mention particulars about the false reporting in Syria but instead focuses on Palestine. His readers are going to already know a lot about Palestine so why isn’t he showing them the extent of the Western media lies? The answer is he’s also selling lies, albeit wrapped up in a more convincing package.

      1. different clue

        Who or what might be trustworthy sources on various issue areas? For example, who in your opinion might be sincere analysts/reporters about middle eastern events? Not that they would necessarily correct all the time, but that they would actually believe what they are saying and not trying to build up credibility now to work a deception later?

        1. Walter Wit Man

          There is a dearth of good honest analysis.

          It amazes me how little attention is being paid to Syria. Really. I can’t believe people haven’t heard about the fact CNN was involved in faking war propaganda.

          A few blogs have reported on Syria, like Moon of Alabama, and Penny for your Thoughts, and http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/

          There has been good reporting at al-akhbar.
          Sharmine Narwani has done good reporting, despite being censored by Huffington Post.
          Lizzie Phelan has done good reporting.
          Thierry Meyssan has been good at Voltaire Network.
          Ankhar Kochneva has done good reporting.

          Again, you should also check out the youtube videos. One has to jump in and see how the propaganda war is playing in the different media.

          But for the most part the media has brazenly engaged in war propaganda. CNN is allegedly accompanying terrorists on their attacks and helping with the production of the propaganda! Move On and Avaaz are apparently helping “activists” that are more like terrorists. It’s a pretty amazing story that is being completely hidden.

  2. MIWill

    re: ‘Obama needs to find a theme soon’

    Obama already has a theme. Comprehensive bad character and bad faith.

    1. ohmyheck

      What happened to the campaign theme, announced some months ago? It was titled “Win the Future”.

      …..oh ya, I know, the acronym is WTF.

      is David Plouffe teh greatest campaign manager eveh or WHAT??!!!!

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      I wish them well.

      It could open the flood gates.

      Next animals up – bacteria in your mouth. Listerine, here we come! We’re talking mass-murders here.

  3. ambrit

    Friends;
    The Aurora Jr. High ‘Super Car’ article bought back memories of Dean Ings’ concept car from the early 70′s I believe it was. Look up Ing, he was one of Detroits’ top designers. His auto, based, if my memory serves me right, on a pony car chassis, using all off the shelf components, got 50 plus miles a gallon and delivered respectable performance. His employers were aghast, and ordered the prototype model destroyed.
    As for Aurora Jr. High…did our esteemed blogatrix obtain the naming rights somehow?

    1. Literary Critic

      Sorry to say that was about the worst written news article I’ve seen in my life.

      The claim..super car gets 358 miles per gallon.

      They should have least shown a picture of it.

      The tiniest bit of tech info would be nice too.

      As a point of reference, you can buy a small, 49cc 4-cycle conversion kit for a bicycle. This may get up to 30mph and give you around 120 MPG without pedaling.

      They say the “car” gets 358mpg, somehow?

      Bet math class is not too good there.

      1. Lambert Strether

        If you click through to the website of the contest, you will see that it has been going for several years and is very well attested. I checked for a picture of the car — which is a pretty infantile demand for “ocular proof” — but although the results for previous years are PDFed, the results for this year are not; no doubt due to exam time, low funding, and teachers being overworked, such that even this fine project is starved for money. The story and the site also have the calculations and how they were done.

        1. Literary Critic

          I always worry that when some people see headlines like

          CAR GETS 356 MPG

          they think Detroit is holding back on some secret technology because the oil companies told them to.

          Found a link and saw some pics. They look like little go-carts, but that’s what I expected already. Also found another link where they direct the race participants to parts and engines.

          Surprise, surprise it was a site that sells bicycle conversion kits!

          And it has the made in China 49cc engine I already knew about!

          So, I no longer remember where the site is that told me about the really high 120 MPG bicycle you can make with this engine.

          But I found this info on 50cc store bought scooters – 100 MPG is about it.

          Now if you are building a cart, you would use the best ball bearings you can get and skinny hard rubber tires to reduce rolling resistance.

          They are low to the ground, so there is less wind resisitance. Also 7th graders usually don’t weigh much.

          But somehow, that is about all there is here that is closing the 100MPG to 358MPG gap. Maybe wind & friction is doing all that, but pardon my skepticism.

          Don’t get me wrong, sounds like a great activity for kids. When I was eleven I put a lawnmower engine on my bike and never pedaled again till I was 45.

          But the article should be a little more explicit that they are not implying that Aurora Jr High is outdesigning Detroit, or even the Japanese, and some sort of conspiracy is keeping us from buying 350 MPG family cars.

          1. Literary Critic

            100 MPG scooter link won’t post, but the name of the site is

            bestscootersmileage.com

          2. Lambert Strether

            So, what would do that, exactly? A disclaimer on the site saying “This is not part of a conspiracy”? I don’t think so.

            I think it’s odd that you classify designing vehicles that will handle basic transport with very little fuel as an “activity for kids” whereas the designing phallic and otherwise aspirational symbols out of tons of metal is an activity for adults. One might almost ask where the conspiracy lies.

  4. MacCruiskeen

    Re: Unplugging from the Matrix: Oh, crap! Jeebus H. Tapdancing Christ! You oughta warn people before they click on a link to a World News Daily-affiliated site! I can feel neurons dying, withered by the exposure. At least the links to Natural News and Financial Sense were labeled; I can give those a wide berth.

      1. MacCruiskeen

        “However, China’s “authoritarian” government is actually more responsive to its people than America’s “elected democratic” government.”

        Sure, after the riots threaten to burn the local government offices to the ground.

        ” Moreover, however incomplete on paper the civil liberties of China’s people, the Chinese government has not declared that it can violate with impunity whatever rights Chinese citizens have.”

        No, they just go ahead and do it without declaring it beforehand. They prefer the element of surprise (just ask Ai Weiwei).

        ” And it is not China that is running torture prisons all over the globe. ”

        They don’t have to. Being a totalitarian government means the convenience of keeping your torture prisons at home.

    1. we're all nuts now

      China and US are a wash on civil and political rights (both states commit to them but derogate them in a pinch). China is way beyond the US on economic and social (but not cultural) rights (and don’t confuse the increasingly tenuous and contingent advantages of a so-called standard of living with acknowledged rights of access to the means of life.) China (and Russia, for that matter) complies with humanitarian law, the USA does not. China beats hell out of the US in anticorruption, (corruption is worst at the provincial level but the central government puts their death penalty to productive use.) China hosted the drafting of Beijing Declaration, while women in the US beg for birth-control pills. A talented and educated woman is much better off in China.

      But what do you care? China sucks, America sucks. Mediocrity is not an Olympic event.

      1. Susan the other

        I agree with Paul Craig Roberts most of the time too. I agree with this unplugging approach as well. The only thing I think I might disagree with him on is spending money to get us out of this depression and do it with wide spread equity. I think he is more unhappy with extreme-looking deficits. I’d like to see someone step up and make the decision to get the show on the road. I really do not care how much it looks like.

  5. Pete Quint

    Yeah, about that wave of disappointment. Hey DNC, nice little election campaign you got there, all ready to go, ‘Fairness fairness fairness fairness fairness etc.’ Be a shame if something happened to it. We would hate for it to get all derailed by an international monkeyhouse shitfight over violent state repression or something.

    Your president is breaking the Torture Convention. US compliance is under review by The Committee Against Torture, The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and the Human Rights Committee. Watching closely are a couple hundred fed-up national governments and an international NGO complex that has weaponized shame and disgrace.

    Funny how that video popped up, a Mexican cuffed and fried to death with tasers. Just when you were looking forward to beating the crap out of some hippies on May Day. Coincidence?

    Just wait.

    1. Doug

      The funny thing is that DNC hammered on Bush for torture and ethics. Now that BO is in office, they’ve seen to just completely forget what torture was/is.

      Not surprising.

      I’ve long said Democrats and Republicans are so much alike that they hate each other. Fairly evident considering their candidate (Romney) is an Obama clone. High on wars, low on taxes, same healthcare plan, and pretty much the same economic plan (gut government entitlements/jobs).

      1. EH

        There has to be political precedent *somewhere* that has been used to counteract and short-circuit that kind of authoritarian discourse. And no, I don’t mean revolution or anything, for all those still living in dorm rooms.

      2. Pendulina Hacklyut-Toolsworthy

        What we need is more progressive Democrats like Elizabeth Warren!! A straight shooter like Elizabeth Warren would never repeat blatantly false war CCPR-illegal propaganda about Iran, like those baaaad Democrats who are totally and utterly different from her in every way, because Elizabeth Warren is not at all indoctrinated by her political consultants at all like they are,

        http://mondoweiss.net/2012/04/joe-lieberman-and-liberal-hero-elizabeth-warren-peddle-propaganda-on-iran.html

        Never mind.

  6. LeeAnne

    Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people.

    “… In all, this massive purchasing and stockpiling of ammunition by DHS …Why else would DHS purchase so much ammo?”

    http://www.naturalnews.com/035649_DHS_ammunition_domestic_war.html#ixzz1srsB55Xs

    Why else? Maybe cornering the market to prevent the increasing millions of gun purchasers from purchasing their ammo?

    In either case, its time to restore Posse Comitatus -somehow. Where are our elected representatives? Where’s the protest? What can we do? Paul Greg Watson’s recent statement on activism wisely warns about the enemy within:

    ‘And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief. Or as it is explained to Neo in the film,

    “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

    Most of the people I know personally are not willing to be unplugged. I assume my readers are, so seize the opportunity to be further unplugged and read Ron Unz’s comparison of America and China.

    Then do what you can to unplug others.’

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/04/19/unplugging-americans-from-the-matrix/

  7. Lambert Strether

    Why would Obama need to find a theme? The electoral system isn’t responsive to voters, so what does a theme matter?

    UPDATE Adding, I here introduce the obligatory Churchill quote: “This pudding has no theme.”

    Although, as a commenter above points out, comprehensive bad faith, and the promotion of D tribalism (“We’re not Republicans”) would work.

    1. Valissa

      Then the R’s can say… “We’re not Democrats” and probably get a lot of traction from that.

      Voters respond to television… suggest basing the campaign on TV or movie themes, such as:

      The A Team
      The Wonder Years
      Growing Pains
      Mission Impossible

      any other suggestions?

      1. Literary Critic

        24 – Kiefer Sunderland was a good guy.

        The remake of Battlestar Galactica was one of my favs.

        The Cylons attack and not only are there the scary “toaster” kind, but there are a whole lot of identical hot blonde model “skin jobs” (meaning like a cyborg).

        The Rs & Ds will have to position themselves of course, but that is the good part about having the “skin jobs”. They infiltrated us and fight the battle from within so you don’t know who’s who anymore.

  8. Valissa

    The Illegal Trade of Twine http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/2012/04/23/the-illegal-trade-of-twine/

    Twine was once a contraband item.

    Picture this: It’s almost harvest time, and it promises to be a good one—in fact, you’ve taken out a bank loan to cover your harvest costs. You’ll cut the grain and you’ll bind it and you’ll sell it. And with your new binding machine, the job will be done in no time—the grain will be bound as soon as you cut it, reducing your harvest costs. You know the drill; it’ll be routine. And then you learn the price of twine has skyrocketed due to a shortage. What do you do? How do you protect your bottom line?

    If you were a Canadian farmer in the late 19th-century, you might seriously start thinking about buying twine from across the border. It would likely be cheaper, though if it were prison-made the quality might be questionable. And there’s one other thing: It’ll also be highly illegal.

  9. LeeAnne

    and now that the big zero has dispensed with baseless empty ‘hope,’ we can look elsewhere; to Russia TV and Al Jazeera for a little news from abroad; to Iceland for lessons on how to bring justice to banker criminals; to France for freedom on the Internet -maybe?

    or is this just baseless grandstanding, a pretense that any member of the worldwide banker cabal has the power to act independently -or, most likely, is it Hollande just kidding himself?

    U.S.-backed Internet restrictions could be destroyed in France

    By Stephen C. Webster

    Monday, April 23, 2012 9:51 EDT

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/23/u-s-backed-internet-restrictions-could-be-destroyed-in-france/

    1. Walter Wit Man

      Al Jazeera is just as corrupt as Western media. It just has a more beilievable cover story.

      Check out the scandals rocking the organization over the last few months. People have resigned because of the fact the network is helping the West spread propaganda about Syria. Check out the videos/emails that have been released by whistleblowers.

      Al Jazeera is just like CNN. Both of them are propaganda outfits–probably owned by the spooks/elite. Period. Al Jazeera just gets to report more of the truth right now because their cover story is to be more of a truth teller so as to better sucker liberals into the fold. It’s progressively becoming more openly pro western though as the trap is sprung. Don’t worry, I’m sure another “real liberal” news source will pop up (funded by the CIA) to sucker the next group of people.

      I am also suspicious of RT news even though I’m seeing good stuff there right now.

      1. Neo-Realist

        No special reports on the Kennedy, King, and Malcolm X assassinations plus no inside revelations on 9/11—reasons right there that make you consider that they are in cahoots w/ TPTB.

        1. Walter Wit Man

          Evidently I am not allowed to prove my case b/c my links are evidently prohibited. I’ll try without the link:

          Here’s one article that refers to 5 resignations [link removed]:

          “Moussa Ahmed, a producer for Al Jazeera’s Beirut Bureau, is just one of the five Al-Jazeera employees that have resigned in the last couple of weeks over the news outlets biased coverage of the unrest in Syria.

          In resigning he has came forward and said he decided to leave Al Jazeera as the TV channel concealed facts and fabricated news stories entirely.

          In an Arabic news broadcast I obtained from China Central TV, he says the station has been reporting false news reports since the Libya revolution.

          In the video, he refers to a video of child pretending injured that Al Jazeera reported on air even though they knew the child was faking his injury. . . .”

          The resignation comes on the heels of Al Jazeera e-mails that were “said to reveal dismay among Al-Jazeera staff over its ‘biased and unprofessional’ coverage of Syria have been leaked by pro-Assad hackers.” [link removed]

          Also, Al Jazeera has been accused, along with CNN, of airing fake videos by sources like the Syria Truth Network on youtube [link removed].

  10. barrisj

    Any wagers on possible prosectuion by Holder/DoJ on the Wal-Mart bribery scandal? Plenty of outs for W-M re: “disclosure of voluntary internal investigations” to the government; statue-of-limitations under FCPA of 5 years for corruption infractions; Big Bidness always catches a break from Obama. Read here:

    Weighing the Legal Ramifications of the Wal-Mart Bribery Case
    The United States government puts a premium on corporate cooperation in foreign bribery cases, relying on companies to conduct thorough internal investigations and voluntarily disclose any wrongdoing.

    Indications that Wal-Mart Stores may have taken steps to keep an internal investigation from digging deeper into $24 million in questionable payments — and later promoting an executive who may have been implicated in them — may affect how the government decides to proceed against the giant retailer.

    Wal-Mart first disclosed in December that it had started “a voluntary internal review of its policies, procedures and internal controls pertaining to its global anticorruption compliance program.” That review was the result of reporting by The New York Times about bribery by Wal-Mart de México to secure permits and approvals to build new stores.

    The company’s disclosures did not give any information about where the foreign bribery issues had arisen, only that the focus was on whether “permitting, licensing and inspections were in compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” Wal-Mart said it had informed the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about the internal investigation, and the company issued a statement in response to the Times article that its outside advisers “have and will continue to meet with the D.O.J. and S.E.C. to report on the progress of the investigation.”
    [more...]

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/weighing-legal-ramifications-wal-mart-152001583.html

    1. barrisj

      After a whole lot of public huffing and puffing and finger-shaking, I sense a Consent Decree coming down.

    2. Literary Critic

      The thing that’s curious to me is why WMT and why now?

      Ever since the first American corporation tried to operate overseas, they discovered 2-bit bureaucrats holding out their hands for money to “expedite” permits and whatever.

      Then a few decades ago,in a moment of piety, just the right mix of congress critters passed the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

      This essentially made doing biz in many foreign countries illegal for US business.

      So damned if you do, damned if you don’t. And Walmart is a retailer no less. If there is one thing Mexico could use is a competent retailer with nice stores. And don’t tell me pay and benefits are less than what the old lady gets sitting on a blanket trying to sell clay pots…and the blanket.

      I’ll bet you could dig into any of the S&P 500 and find the same thing going on.

      Besides, if Walmart doesn’t expand in Mexico, then that big French retailer will.

  11. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Life Expectancy.

    They should also focus on ‘Quality of Life Expectancy’ – what you can expect with respect to the quality of you life.

    To me, Life Expectancy (LE) is like the serving size and Quality of Life Expectancy (QLE) is like the nutritional value of the dish.

    We have been conned into eating more of things having little or no nutritional value, when we’re lucky, because a lot of the stuff is actually bad for you.

    So, I ask, where do we get reports on QLE?

    Living longer is good but not completely good if it means living more years of misery/suffering.

  12. Valissa

    Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency http://www.propublica.org/article/meet-the-media-companies-lobbying-against-transparency

    It’s a classic dilemma http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i5tk1IaqQ7k/TbhMDbw_wXI/AAAAAAAABUg/b5q95Q_DlqM/s1600/Transparency_cartoon.tiff.converted.jpg

    Transparency re-defined, part 1 http://joelmunte.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/cartoons_01.jpg

    Transparency re-defined, part 2 http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/w/g/3/Increased-Surveillance.jpg

    OTOH http://2.images.theweek.com/img/dir_0043/21755_cartoon_main/the-case-against-financial-transparency.jpg?82

  13. LeonovaBalletRusse

    What’s the NC consensus on an “out of the box” proposal anent the “American Catholic Nuns” just boxed by the Pope? To wit:

    That “American Catholic Nuns” nail 99 Theses to the Door of Reality in America, stating their secession from the Holy See of the Bishop of Rome (aka the Pope), and their establishment of their own American Catholic Nuns 501 C-3 Non Profit Service Institution, an independent American Catholic non-profit, no longer affiliated with Roman Catholicism.

    Calvin did it, Martin Luther did it. Will American Catholic Nuns make their C21 American Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the Bishop of Rome? Will Irish Catholic Nuns join them, allowing their ancient “Celt and Culdee” spiritual authority to rise above that of the Bishop of Rome?

    Will Belgian Catholic Nuns re-claim their spiritual Sisters’ unique Creed of Loving Service, which was expropriated as his own by Meister Eckhardt, and establish their own Catholic Nuns service institution, joining American Catholic Nuns in solidarity, repudiating the Absolute Tyranny of the Bishop of Rome?

    Will Catholic Nuns the world over free themselves from the Absolute Tyranny of the Bishop of Rome and his male satraps? It’s time!

    1. different clue

      There already is sufficient energy. And there is already a proven mechanism for pulling carbon from the air and making it into liquid fuel. The procedure is called photosynthesis and plants have been doing it for millions of years at least.
      Case in point in fact in case in point: Olive trees use sunlight to pull CO2 out of the air, chemo-combine it with water pulled up out of the soil, and work those simplest sugars up into a fuel-grade liquid which we refer to as “olive oil”. Even after we separate out all the fancy poo-poo goormay-grade olive oil for us to eat, there is still left over the olive pomace oil which isn’t good enough to feed to people, but is good enough to feed to engines. And thats just one example.

    2. LucyLulu

      I had posted about fusion being the energy alternative of the future back on the Fukushima thread a week or so ago. We may not be pulling energy from carbon in the air, more likely hydrogen will be the fuel source, but with some targeted funding we could be as close to ten years off from the first commercial prototypes being ready to go online. It’s clean, safe, efficient, and fuel sources will be cheap and infinitely abundant.

  14. Walter Wit Man

    Here’s one article that refers to 5 resignations:

    “Moussa Ahmed, a producer for Al Jazeera’s Beirut Bureau, is just one of the five Al-Jazeera employees that have resigned in the last couple of weeks over the news outlets biased coverage of the unrest in Syria.

    In resigning he has came forward and said he decided to leave Al Jazeera as the TV channel concealed facts and fabricated news stories entirely.

    In an Arabic news broadcast I obtained from China Central TV, he says the station has been reporting false news reports since the Libya revolution.

    In the video, he refers to a video of child pretending injured that Al Jazeera reported on air even though they knew the child was faking his injury. . . .”

    The resignation comes on the heels of Al Jazeera e-mails that were “said to reveal dismay among Al-Jazeera staff over its ‘biased and unprofessional’ coverage of Syria have been leaked by pro-Assad hackers.”

    Also, Al Jazeera has been accused, along with CNN, of airing fake videos by sources like the Syria Truth Network on youtube.

    1. different clue

      If I had read all the way down at first, I would have seen this “there’s one source” answer to my earlier question. Still and all, its a good question, and if there are any other non-compromised sources on whatever subject ( in your view), what might they be?

      1. Walter Wit Man

        I don’t understand what you mean by ‘one source.’ I cite three sources in the comment above.

        Also, see above to your question about other sources I find credible in their reporting on Syria.

        Also, it’s important to note the vast number of sources that have engaged in outright war propaganda:

        The New York Times (Tyler Hicks et al.)
        The Guardian
        CNN
        The Sunday Times

        . . . and pretty much all the rest of the western media. But it’s pretty amazing how brazen some perps in the media were. CNN and Anderson Cooper outright promoted falsehoods. Barely a peep in the mainstream press about all this.

        Then there are also the NGOs that also appear to be compromised . . . like the Red Cross/Red Crescent and doctors sans frontiers (I think) and Avaaz and Move On and probably many others.

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