Links 7/18/12

Lambert has a mini fundraiser on! He is seeking a modest $1200 to cover site costs before an upgrade. If you like his campaign coverage, I suggest you go pronto to wepay and give him a donation. If you are flush, $50 would be nice, if you are not so flush, even $5 helps him get closer to his goal.

Woman Accused of Murder for Attempting Suicide While Pregnant Refuses Plea Deal Alternet

Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering

Pres. Could Seize Radio, Internet, under New Exec. Order The Progressive (LeeAnn)

Obama, Clinton ‘prejudiced’ WikiLeaks suspect’s case AFP

Fukushima Radiation May Cause 1,300 Cancer Deaths, Study Finds Bloomberg. So much for those who pooh poohed people who raised health concerns. But very few deaths are expected in the US.

China’s Wen Warns Of Severe Job Outlook As Growth Yet To Rebound Bloomberg. I have no insight into what “severe” means when it comes from a Chinese leader, but in Japan, “severe” translated roughly as “really grim”.

China’s off-balance sheet lending explosion MacroBusiness

Euro Leaders Sleepless Summits Seen Prone To Mistakes Bloomberg

Savings remain elusive ekathimerini

How London became the money-laundering capital of the world Ian Fraser (Richard Smith)

London 2012: Police told to empty crisps into plastic bags to avoid advertising rival brands in Olympics Telegraph (Richard Smith)

Official *what* of the Olympics? The spirit of London 2012 in one obnoxious billboard. Lockerz (PM)


Ben Bernanke says Libor system flawed Aljazeera

The Libor lawsuits defence FT Alphaville (Richard Smith)

Global financial crisis live: Bernanke and King quizzed on Libor – as it happened Guardian. Both Mervyn King and Bernanke said Libor manipulation was fraud.

The Pentagon’s New Generation of Secret Military Bases Mother Jones. You need to read this. Deranged.

New Thoughts About What’s Hiding in Romney’s Tax Returns Josh Barro, Bloomberg

Ben Bernanke headed toward a cliff as US politics and markets collide Guardian

What will federal budget cuts mean for local economies? Christian Science Monitor. Assume the brace position.

Level of bank reserves at a central bank not linked to loan growth Financial Times (Scott)

At the Forefront Once Again? Michael Panzner

What’s missing from Delaware’s settlement with MERS? Alison Frankel. Wow, she doesn’t get that the issue of whether the note can be separated from the lien isn’t settled. And the real issue with suits against MERS in general is MERS is the perfect front. Pretty much no assets, nothing to get. You need to find a theory to get the originators/deal sponsors on the hook along with MERS to get to meaningful damages, and that is not trivial.

Goldman Settles Class-Action Over $698 Million Offering Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs feels the chill as income falls to seven-year low Independent

Hendry – ‘Bad things are going to happen’ Financial Times.

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lambert here:

D – 52 and counting*

Please, sir, may I have some more? –Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Montreal. Social strike: “The day after its congress, which took place on Saturday at University de Laval, [CLASSE] yesterday reaffirmed its determination to oppose “neoliberal policies” and to rally Quebeckers to its ‘social strike’ through dialog, whether or not elections take place.”

AK. The franchise: “Barbara Bachmeier is facing a problem that it’s unlikely many political candidates have had to face. How does she prove that, while she had no fixed address (she was homeless), she was living in the district she’s seeking to serve in the State House?”

CT. Public goods: “A Bridgeport high school teacher spoke of scrambling to find chalk, and of not having enough paper to give students during their final exams.” Second- or third-world. Compare and weep.

FL. Corruption: “When state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, held a fundraiser to promote his bid for Senate president, the invitation was straight and to the point: ‘No maximum amount.’” … Voting: “With a heady surge of voter approval over his handling of the voter purge, and a recent decision by DHS to give the state access to its immigration list, the R Party of FL sees a message moment.” So Obama’s DHS gave Scott a reach-around? Nice!

IA. Water: “High corn prices — now approaching $8 a bushel — will force many pork producers out of business, [Bill Tentinger of LeMars, president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association] said Tuesday at a drought status meeting called by Gov. Terry Branstad.” Now watch small government free market Rs ask for public money.

MA. Public goods: “I thanked the stars I live in a state, and city, that believes in the Common Good. We have striven not to gut our fire and police services, nor to force families to watch their homes burn to the ground with their pets inside for forgetting to pay a specific fee.”

ME. Landfill, offical shenanigains: State schedules two critical landfill expansion hearings at the same time, forcing citizens — though not lobbyists — to choose between them. Well done!

NC. Public relations: “In fundraising messages, the convention host committee has taken to calling the stadium where Obama will accept the D nomination ‘Panther Stadium’ rather than ‘Bank of America Stadium.’” Panther? Why not PUMA?

NY. Corruption: “[Cuomo’s] aides communicate with untraceable messages sent from BlackBerry to BlackBerry. Nothing delicate is shared using e-mail. And in-boxes are regularly wiped clean.” Just like Gov. Romney erasing those hard drives. … Fracking: “As head of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources, Bradley J. Field is a prominent figure in an agency that has promoted hydraulic fracturing as a risk-free and impeccably regulated technology with a proven track record in New York. Perhaps it’s relevant that Field also sees global warming as a good thing.” … Fracking: “Data on violations are not publicly available, making it impossible to be sure that the [Department of Environmental Conservation] is doing its job. The agency does not utilize complaints by citizens directly impacted by drilling to improve oversight.”

OH. Fracking: “[OBAMA:] … [T]he fact of the matter [#1] is that there are a lot of folks [#2] right now that are engaging in hydraulic fracking who are doing it safely.” Two tells: “Fact of the matter” signals a lie; “Folks” means “powerful insiders.”

PA. Fracking: “Some 40 of the 158 Pennsylvania aquifers his team studied were unusually salty, contaminated with brine from salt aquifers that occur at the same depth as fracking operations. Cracks in the rock must have allowed the brine to migrate hundreds of metres upwards. Gas from deep fracking operations could travel in the same way.” … Corruption: “The PA Office of Attorney General is investigating the PA Turnpike Commission for potential abuse-of-power practices, according to recently unsealed court documents.”

TX. Public good: “‘I think it’s huge that we got a judge to acknowledge that the atmosphere is a public trust asset and the air is a public trust asset,’ [lawyer Adam] Abrams said. ‘It’s the first time we’ve had verbage like this come out of one of these cases.’ Adam Abrams, one of the attorneys arguing the case against TCEQ, said Triana’s ruling could be used as a persuasive argument in lawsuits pending in 11 other states.” ..Corruption: “At first I hesitated because I know that is against regulations,” she said. “But I didn’t know what would happen to me if I said no.” That’s how impunity works.

VA. ObamaCare: “Foes object that VA can ill afford even $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. They also argue that Medicaid is broken. Provider payments are so low that 28% of doctors say they do not accept new Medicaid patients.” Easy peasy. Save the country $350 billion a year with single payer. … UVA kumbaya: “[SULLIVAN:] But it will also be necessary for us to pursue reconciliation with those with whom we differed, to repair relationships that have frayed and always to let civility replace hostility. To the extent that I am able, I will lead this effort by example.”

VT. Ballot access: “[A] Vermont Superior Court in Montpelier will hear Anderson v State of Vermont. This is the case filed by the Justice Party over Vermont’s awkward procedures for submitting [ballot access] petitions. … Rocky Anderson submitted the needed 1,000 valid signatures by the deadline but he is still not on the ballot because the town clerks took too long to check the signatures.”

WI. Public goods: “According to Vinny, a WTDY listener, when he asked Sen. Glenn Grothman ‘Why are you trying to destroy education in this state?’ Grothman’s answer, ‘It’s on the decline anyway.'” … Water: “The owners of the well have been told that they ‘needed to start boiling our water or buying water,’ per an email I had received. [T]he well owners have to pay for the testing and treatment of their wells out of pocket.” Read full story for corruption.

Outside baseball. Water, food: “Jeff Born, Northeastern: “[I]f you like bacon/pork you should buy it now, because by the fall you are going to be stunned at what it will cost.” Assuming, of course, I’ve got a freezer and can pay for the power to run it. No water, no corn. … Water, power: “‘The conflicts between energy and water needs are ones we’ve seen before … and will only worsen as the frequency of drought increases and water temperatures rise driven in part by climate change,’ said Ulla Reeves, regional program director at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.” … “The issues”: “Especially in a period of strong party polarization, the candidate’s party affiliation tells you just about everything you need to know about his or her issue stances.” Like Obama passing RomneyCare tells you there’s not a dime’s worth of difference.

Grand Bargain-™brand Catfood watch. Disability: “Some members of Congress have begun leveling accusations that rising enrollment in Social Security’s disability insurance program is evidence of growing American dependence on the government, and even a “slave” mentality. [And they should know] [Says CBO:] The rise in America’s ranks of disabled to 8.3 million in 2011 stems from an aging population, a surge in women workers, changes in the law in the 1980s and a terrible economy in which disabled people can’t find jobs.”

Media critique. Conservative blogger #FAIL: Very true. Read, and you’ll see this astute blogger is blind to a “creative class” incestuous elite #FAIL.

“The economy.” New normal: “Economists now expect the below-average growth that the [whose?] economy has been experiencing to continue for quite a while.” Yes but Bain, also too old white men.

The trail. What it takes: “Running for president is, in so many ways, having to tell one’s life story in a way that people can relate to. Once you consider that, you see why Maraniss writing about Obama’s storytelling is so important, and why Mitt Romney’s struggle to relate is not as frivolous as many might think.”

Robama vs. Obomney. One constituency: “[OBAMA:] If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” True! … Another consituency: “[ROMNEY:] [I]nsulting to every entrepreneur and every innovator in America.” Also true! … For an excellent analysis of what happens when the two dominant ruling class factions succeed in mutually delegitimizing each other and hence, their class as a whole, see the Archdruid’s “The Distant Sound of Tumbrils”.

Ron Paul. The franchise: “[Paul’s] futile effort over the weekend to get enough delegate votes to secure a speaking spot at the convention marks the end of the road for the 76-year-old candidate.”

Romney. Tax returns: “[ROMNEY:] I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more. I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.” My father did just that, but never mind. … Oppo: “[ROMNEY:] I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.” I’m not 100% in schadenfreude mode here: Like the rest of us, Lord Richistan’s trapped in a situation where whatever he does is wrong and will be used against him. The game is rigged, so why not say “Two years of tax returns is all you get!” and kick over the board?

Obama. Race card: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says a group of ‘angry old white men’ is bankrolling conservative outside groups that are spending millions to influence the fall elections.” If Reid, besides being “white” and “old,” had gotten “angry” and nuked the filibuster in 2009, the Ds wouldn’t be whining about how those mean Rs prevented them from passing legislation. … So wrong: “I think Obama is a jerk, a pantywaist, a lightweight, a blowhard. He hasn’t done a goddamn thing that he said he would do.” That’s far too charitable. But the Weekly Standard quoting In These Times is a turn-up for the books!

Bain flap. It’s working: “There are signs the negative ads and focused discussion on Romney’s business background are hurting the R in much the same way the attacks on John Kerry’s Vietnam service hurt the D nominee in the 2004 race, when national numbers held but key biographical metrics began to erode for Kerry.” … Discernment: Nuanced wrap-up from the essential CJR: “Some claims are too important to [fact] check.”

* 52 days until the Democratic National Convention ends with corvid pie on the floor of the Bank of America Panther Stadium, Charlotte, NC. Let’s play 52-card pickup!

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  1. fresno dan


    Mr King said the correspondence with Mr. Geithner, who is now the United States Treasury secretary, did not represent a warning about potential illegal activity related to Libor.

    “At no stage did he or anyone else at the New York Fed raise any concerns with the Bank that they had seen any wrongdoing,” Mr King told the parliamentary committee on Tuesday. “There was no suggestion of fraudulent behavior”.

    Now, now, there may not be any lying, fraud, or chicannery at all. See, in Central Bank speak, words have….elastic meanings.
    An average person might say, “Jaime shot the guy dead with a guy.”
    A Central Banker would say, “Contigent upon further review, it appears an accerating cylindrical small object(s) penetrated the corpus of the referenced second party, apparently due to action that occured due to the oxidative reduction chemical reactions that occured in the aforementioned cylindrical object. The proximate cause of precipitating action may be due to a number of factors that may warrant further review. An apparatus, is also involved in the instant action, sometimes referred to as a pistol, or “heater.” Fortunately, the Lifeblood – as in “credit is the lifeblood of the economy” was not impaired.

  2. LeonovaBalletRusse

    Lambert, “pantywaist” orig: “panty waste” — more illustrative, n’est-ce pas?

      1. skippy

        The absurd part is the currant Labor party (leading faction) are comprised of – wet – neo-liberals. Just a few pangs of remorse for the decisions handed down vs the glee the Abbott gang relish.

        Skippy… the mining sector and their captains… will save us all… amen.

  3. Foppe

    This might be a nice link for tomorrow:

    And the Democrats let them. Got right on board with it. Voted it through, and declared the Fair Housing Act a triumph. Because it was more important for liberals to have an expedient, symbolic victory than to pass a bill that actually protected black America’s property rights. Subsequently, many of the public housing programs that Democrats did pass amounted to social engineering blunders of such astounding incompetence that the net result was to segregate the American cityscape even further and drive black neighborhoods deeper into poverty. Despite this spotty track record, white liberals have been on a sanctimonious victory lap ever since, beating their chests as the Righteous Friend of the Negro and raking in the lion’s share of the black vote every November when, really, the best you can say about them is that they’re not as horrible as the Republicans. Which isn’t a very high bar to clear. Can you find the good guys and the bad guys in that story? I can’t.
    Then we come to the other side of the coin. The government’s failure to create real fair-housing laws gave free reign to the practice of blockbusting. Blockbusters were predatory real-estate speculators. They exploited fears of a black takeover, harassing white homeowners, scaring them out to the suburbs, and picking up their houses on the cheap — only to then turn around and sell those houses to black homeowners at a scandalous markup, leaving them stranded with underwater mortgages in declining neighborhoods. White flight didn’t just “happen”; it was well-orchestrated.

    Meanwhile, from city hall to Capitol Hill, black politicians lobbied for housing policies that kept low-income blacks marooned in urban housing to create solid voting blocks; integration threatened the power base that guaranteed electoral victory for urban political machines. On the 5 o’clock news, black politicians blamed the black man’s ills on the white man, and white Republicans wagged their finger at all the black welfare queens. Yet behind the scenes, both groups engaged in a tacit, unholy alliance to carve up city and suburb to their mutual advantage, no matter the ill effects for the average family looking for decent housing and schools.

  4. ohmyheck

    “Eeny-meany-miney-mo, catch a Liar by the toe”: Re-AJE-Bernanke Says Libor System Flawed”

    Quote:(US Fed)”Emails, phone transcripts and internal reports released last week by the New York Fed show the regulator was explicitly told banks were misstating their input to the Libor interbank lending rate.”

    Quote: (BofE)”on Tuesday told a House of Commons committee in London that US authorities did not show him any evidence of manipulation of a key market rate when they raised concerns in 2008.
    He said that during that financial crisis, there was widespread concern about what the Libor was indicating about the state of banks. However, there were no fears being voiced about misreporting.”

    One of them is lying, so, what, flip a coin? How about duel? Meh, they are both Lying Liars and should be sentenced to life in prison without parole for crimes against humanity, imho.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      Nah, the key thing is King’s “evidence” claim. Geithner protected the banks, presumably US banks, by not saying who was involved, what tenors of Libor were manipulated, to what degree, etc. King is saying he was presented with Geithner passing on a rumor, not an analysis by the NY Fed or some other proof. He was dumping the problem in King’s lap when he probably knew King was not the right regulator (it was the FSA), assuring nothing would be done.

  5. dearieme

    “The most likely number of cancer deaths is 130” – so your headline is pretty shameful, Yves.

    1. LeeAnne

      Cancer’s the tip of the iceberg and long term -reporting can be delayed for decades. But not this: deformed Chernoble innocents

      Japan is overdue for reporting to HUMANITY on the health problems of their new borns resulting from Fukushima’s mad nuclear scientists; the same mad nuclear scientist cabal all over the world. The people of the world are entitled to that NOW!

      You can be sure that kind of information is being accumulated and available to multinational corporations for profit making opportunities. There can be absolutely no longer underestimating the venality of these people akin to evil zombies behind all that corporate banking paper work.

      But we know who they are.

      There’s no longer any underestimating the venality of these corporations. They’ve had their inch; look what they’re doing with it. They won’t stop until you’re dead and writhing on stage for their entertainment.

    2. Yves Smith Post author

      1. This is not my headline. Go argue with Bloomberg

      2. 130 deaths is still a real outcome. The line before was there would be no impact

      3. 130 deaths means there will be a larger population that will experience other adverse effects

    3. No exit

      Recently scholarly research has established that Chernobyl was the direct cause of 1,000,000 premature deaths — so far. It is likely that the seeds of at least that many deaths have already been sown by the still-emitting Fukishima. If there have been deaths from acute radiation poisoning at Fukishima, they should be treated as murder. The company’s reckless indifference to human life in the pursuit of profit is equal only to that of the other nuclear giants around the world. Really, given the multiple generations that will be affected, the charge should be genocide.

  6. Walter Wit Man

    “I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.”

    Uh, the code is designed to be confusing and requires the assistance of a professional to pay the lowest taxes.

    So Romney is saying that only those that can be afford an accountant deserve to be president.

    I think I’m going to make a new rule: I’m only voting for candidates that make below the median income–I trust their judgment more than these rich pricks. In fact, we need a president that has been screwed like the rest of us, someone who paid more taxes simply because this fascist system is designed to trap the bottom half into paying more than they need to.

  7. jsmith

    Nothing like the Presidential election to show the American propaganda system at full-bore and how anesthetized the American people are.

    I mean, really, people need to see Romney’s tax return to prove that he’s elite scum?

    Ooh, but I can’t to tune in tonight to see Mitt’s response!!

    No, he ditn’t!

    1. Synopticist

      The guy must have decided in at least, what, 2002, that he was going to run for pres, and go one better than dad. So WTF was he thinking about his tax returns. Did he seriously think no-one was going to mind too much if he only showed a couple of years?

      He’s worth a quarter of a billion, why not make damn sure that he paid the absolute minimum, 14 or 15%, that would make people sneer for a few days but then move on to something else?

      It’s not as if her needs the money, or would be lacking in earning oppotunities when he was no longer in power, or his kids couldn’t leverage themselves into some cushy spot.
      What an amatuer.

      1. JerseyJeffersonian

        Another theory as to why Romney has been so coy about revealing his financials has been floated. This one centers around the possibility that he was one of those caught in the Feds actions against UBS, and availed himself of the amnesty program. So, a presidential candidate who not only had a Swiss bank account, but perhaps one who had this account to conceal income, thus avoiding paying legitimate taxation. Protest as he might about not wanting to pay more taxes than he had too not being a bad thing, if he were seen to have been ducking paying legitimate taxes? Another thing entirely. A link to one poster’s account of this possibility:

        1. Up the Ante

          You mean the Justice Dept. could be ‘currently’ deviating, a Federal body so lacking in whistleblowers as to burn a big WTF in J. Edgar’s progeny ???


  8. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Business schools incubating.

    All colleges these days incubate egotists, more or less, relative to those without the post-secondary education experience.

  9. Mel

    Proven move, has stood the test of time.

    “[T]he fact of the matter is that there are a lot of folks right now that are engaging in hydraulic fracking who are doing it safely.”

    Compare with “Some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street wasn’t illegal.”

    I imagine that, by the book, the next moves would go:

    A: “… there are a lot of folks right now that are engaging in hydraulic fracking who are doing it safely.”

    B: What about the ones who aren’t doing it safely?

    A: “Moving right along …”

    1. Lambert Strether

      That’s why the Obama campaign has to walk a fine line between Romney + Bain (bad) and Bain + FIRE (doubleplus good). So far, they’re doing OK, aided by the usual claque of career “progressives” as well as our famously free press, which seems to have picked its side (and it’s the cool con man, not the financier bot).

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        By the third grade, most students know that Bain is not brain.

        It’s one ‘r’ short.

      2. citalopram


        You do realize that the steel worker commercial you link to on your site was produced by a PAC who is dedicated to getting Obama reelected, don’t you? They even go so far as to call him “progressive”.

  10. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Portugal, Drugs, decriminalization …handled by legal experts, psychologists, social workers…far fewer addicts.

    Can we do the same with addicted looters?

    These guys need our help, not loathing. We should pity them.
    Hopefully they will be treated under a single payer plan’s basic coverage.

    1. LeeAnne

      Within days of Portugal’s announcement of its success (in defiance of US/UN worldwide drug prohibition enforcement policy), in an unprecendented move in the history of finance to penalize them, Moody’s reduced without notice Portugal’s rating to ‘junk.’

      1. Max424


        Fits in with my thesis: If you are a nation-state and you try to produce independent, logical policies that benefit your citizens, the neo-liberals will immediately target you for destruction.

        1. skippy

          Drugs are the ultimate commodity, putting gold, stones and all others (food – water – ore’s et al) to shame.

          Skippy… you have your meat and potatoes…. and then gravy… but…. the pudding is sublime!

          PS… Cough… East India company

  11. Lambert Strether

    Since I’m going to bed shortly, I’d like to thank Yves for the kind link at the top, and NC readers for contributions. Not there yet (65%) but at least the edge is off and I’m not chewing my hands any more. All contributions gratefully recieved!

    1. Kokuanani

      Lambert, I just checked [and donated]. You had exceeded your goal and were continuing upward.


  12. F. Beard

    re Level of bank reserves at a central bank not linked to loan growth:

    Haha! Not only does the central bank provide new reserves as required but new reserves are not even needed for new lending? So abolishing the Fed is not sufficient to abolish credit creation? So it seems.

  13. JustAnObserver

    Anybody else having trouble with any link to Business Insider ?

    All I get is a browser hang: “waiting for”

    I’ve Google’d this & its yet another f*****g snooping site.

    1. JustAnObserver

      Just (re)installed FF’s NoScript extenssion (I’d forgotten to do this on a PC upgrade) and all is well.

      Apologies for the scream …

  14. Hugh

    Re lily pad Special Forces bases around the world, I think this is just an institutionalization of what has been going on for decades. I remember a long time ago, as in years and years, a conversation I am not sure about what, perhaps how bad Americans were at geography. Anyway, someone mentioned some countries in Africa, like Libya. There was a young gungho Special Forces guy there, and he said he knew where Libya was. Someone asked so where did you learn that. And the guy answered because he had been there. At that point, I asked how he, a military guy, could have been in a country that the US looked on as essentially an enemy state. (Yes, I was that naive back then.) At that point, the guy said he wasn’t supposed to talk about where he had been while on active duty and clammed up.

    These kinds of ops and insertions have been going on for a very long time, probably back at least as far as WWII. They have taken a variety of forms but what has changed is that they are larger, more numerous, and much more militarized.

    1. Walter Wit Man

      Maybe these operations are becoming more visible.

      In this Louis CK episode he does a USO tour in Afghanistan and they show a couple of bases look like lily pad bases.

      As much as Louis CK puts himself out there as independent (like selling tickets himself), he is putting out subtle propaganda like this. The whole duckling in a war zone seems intended to cover up the horrors of war.

      But I did notice the scenes of the bases reminds me of images we saw from Vietnam–like settler outposts.

  15. Walter Wit Man

    The “birthers” are back in the news (beware of thoughtless monikers like “truthers” “teabaggers”, etc.).

    Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse said in March that there was probable cause that Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was a computer-generated forgery. Now, Arpaio says investigators are positive it’s fraudulent. Mike Zullo, the posse’s chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren’t filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama’s father and his field of work or study were completed. Zullo said investigators previously didn’t know the meaning of codes but they were explained by a 95-year-old former state worker who signed the president’s birth certificate. Zullo said a writer who published a book about Obama’s birth certificate and was aiding investigators let them listen in on an interview he conducted of the former state worker.

    Of course there is a reason the media is focusing on Joe Arpaio and Dr. Corsi and the “posse” that uses numerology and “code” breaking to get their man.

    After all, the media could easily have looked to youtube the day president released his birth certificate to get a much better analysis:

    Someone please tell me how this analysis is wrong. And no, Snopes does not prove it wrong, quite the opposite in fact! Indeed, the “expert rebuttal” Snopes cites is weak and actually admits most of the other side’s claims–but one has to go deep in the weeds to see that and most Democrats have already dismissed the claims after seeing Arpaio involved and the MSM them nothing to see here.

    1. Warren Celli

      Absolutely a fake! Good solid analysis and a real stain on their intelligence ‘mystique’ as it was such a low brow knuckle dragging forgery.

      Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

      1. Walter Wit Man

        Yeah, you don’t have to be a professional to figure out it’s fake–you just have to dig in and learn a few basics about Adobe Illustrator and pdfs and ocr and optimization.

        It’s so obvious I think the perps purposely made this forgery discoverable. They want us fighting over the birth certificate because it distracts from other negatives about Obama’s past.

        And people are taking the bait (I’m watching how /r/conspiracy deals with it–not good so far). This is mostly dividing into a partisan issue where the right is focused on Kenya and communism, which are the wrong things to be focused on, and the Democrats refuse to even consider the evidence of forgery and what that entails.

      2. Walter Wit Man

        This picture of Obama and his family evidently shows signs of being manipulated. (look at Obama’s mother’s right hand)

        I haven’t seen the source yet that proves that Obama put this photo out there.

        I suppose one could also argue it could be a shadow that makes her hand appear so dark, but that doesn’t seem right. She’s pretty white and it seems like her hand would be lighter, smaller, and not in a shadow.

  16. take one for the team

    In unmentionable news, the International Court of Justice rules Friday on the state’s binding obligation to prosecute or extradite torturers as required by the Convention Against Torture, supreme law of the land under Article VI of the United States constitution, Anybody up for a honey trap to lure Bush, Yoo, Addington, and the DC Circuit Court to the Hague?

    1. just me

      But it’s not decided yet?

      The Court to deliver its Judgment on Friday 20 July 2012 at 3 p.m. – Reading to be broadcast live on the Court’s website

  17. Hugh

    I finally got around to reading the NYT article on the FDA spying massively on some of its whistleblowing scientists, but it already seems like the story has died to all intents and purposes. I would have liked to have known who at the FDA approved and managed the spying. I would also have liked to know what their connections were to GE and to the corporations they were tasked with overseeing.

    While the Obama Administration did criticize the scope of the spying, the truth is that it has been extreme in its own pursuit of whistleblowers and can only rejoice at the chilling effect that what happened at the FDA will have on any and all other potential whistleblowers in government.

    1. Neo-Realist

      “I would have liked to have known who at the FDA approved and managed the spying.”

      “Company” Implants?

  18. BondsOfSteel

    RE: Woman Accused of Murder for Attempting Suicide While Pregnant Refuses Plea Deal

    I had to click through the links to see what crazy third world country would put an obviously insane woman in jail for trying to commit suicide. It’s Indiana.

    1. just me

      Guy loses job, gets HAMP mod that then gets canceled so he owes even more, loses house to foreclosure, lives in a trailer for a year, then gets dinged $300 by the city for weeds at the house he lost. “The city dinged me for tall weeds at my bank’s house.” Not a mistake, he’s told, the bank left the house in his name. “It’s a fairly common practice,” [the city board’s attorney Quirk] says. “Citi doesn’t want any liability should anybody get hurt on the property.”

      “So I’m liable for a house I don’t live in or own?” Whitmire sputters.

      Yes, Quirk says.


      1. MillySwidge

        “Links” suggestion:

        L.A. ‘slumlord’ suit targets U.S. Bank

        (several excerpts)

        The core issue in the case is who is responsible for maintaining the properties. The city attorney is pursuing U.S. Bancorp because the bank became the trustee for more than 1,500 foreclosed properties around the city in the last four years. Officials estimate that the company’s liability is “potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

        “U.S. Bank … disregarded virtually every one of its legal duties and responsibilities as owner, resulting in the creation and maintenance of an alarming number of vacant nuisance properties and substandard occupied housing units,” according to the lawsuit.

        U.S. Bank hasn’t filed a response yet, but in an interview and a statement Tuesday, a bank spokesman said the bank isn’t the landlord or owner of the houses, and is the wrong target. The bank is solely the trustee for the trusts in which the pools of securities mortgages were placed, and not the party responsible for servicing the loans or maintaining the properties, bank spokesman Tom Joyce said.

        …Last year, Los Angeles called Deutsche Bank a slumlord as well in a complaint that accused the lender of foreclosing on homes and allowing them to fall into disrepair and breed crime. That case is pending.

  19. just me

    Re: AK. The franchise: “Barbara Bachmeier is facing a problem that it’s unlikely many political candidates have had to face. How does she prove that, while she had no fixed address (she was homeless), she was living in the district she’s seeking to serve in the State House?”

    FDL’s news Roundup yesterday linked to story Small Alaskan Town Has a Cat as Mayor. If there’s a way, there’s a way.

    About 15 years ago several residents “didn’t like the candidates who were running for mayor of Talkeetna, so as a joke, they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs the cat as a write-in candidate, and he actually won,” KTUU-TV reports.

    …President Stubbs–hope??… (He’s 15 now, so they must have elected a kitten.)

    1. just me

      Seriously, President Stubbs! That would take care of Executive Authority and Executive Secrecy and Unitary Executive Assassination and Wiretapping and Kinetic Action Undeclared War Programs and… !!!

      Oh, hello Constitution, how I’ve missed you

  20. Up the Ante


    an article like this where they don’t even mention the dumping of meltdown reactor water directly in the Pacific,

    “But very few deaths are expected in the US [Canada is quite another story]. ”

    fixed it for ‘ya

    TEPCO never gave a composition of the steam nuclides, yet said Reactor 2 released the most radiation of the 4 reactors.

    The only thing visibly different w/Reactor 2 was that it visibly steamed much more than the others.

    It never exploded.

  21. Foppe

    Entertaining tidbit about revolving door stuff in the UK:

    Then yesterday this week came revelations that Europe’s largest financial institution, HSBC, accepted around $15bn in cash from money laundering Mexican druglords, al-Qaida sympathisers and sanction-busting Syrians and Iranians. Fifteen billion dollars. All of this happened under the leadership at HSBC of Stephen Green who is now a minister in the government and an adviser on banking to George Osborne.

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