Émission de L'Autre Monde du 20 mars 2008: L'eau/ Tibet/ Iraq après 5 ans/Kosovo/ Spitzer, Bear Stearn et la FED
L'Autre Monde 20 mars 2008
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- Cette semaine nous parlons de la journée internationale de l'eau et de ses enjeux, le Tibet, Kosovo, et de vaporisation de la population avec des pesticides aux É-U.
- Nous faisons un bilan de l'Iraq 5 ans après l'invasion et de l'économie, des banques qui s'effondrent et particulièrement de Bear Stern et les lien avec l'affaire d'Eliot Spitzer, la FED et JP Morgan.
- La semaine prochaine nous recevrons Gilles Parent ND.A. du groupe Action Fluor Québec pour nous parler des dangers de la fluoration de l'eau et des produits dentaires. Ceci sera la première partie d'une série sur le sujet qui seront à suivre plus tard sur ce sujet sérieux et complexe.
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*****The Assassination of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer*****
Most people have the sense that there was something
bizarre and surreal about the sudden coordinated
After all, unproven allegations about how he may have
chosen to spend his own money on his own time hardly
seems a worthy subject of front page news for a week
clueless about why Spitzer was taken out.
He had the goods on Bush adminstation colusion with
predatory lenders and was preparing a case that would
have tied the administration directly to wide spread
fraud and criminality in the lending business.
La communauté internationale célèbre le 20 mars 2008, sous
l'égide de l'ONU, la 15ème « Journée mondiale de l'eau ».
L'absence d'accès à l'eau affecte 1,1 milliard d'êtres
humains ; l'absence de moyens sanitaires de base touche
2,6 milliards de personnes. Paradoxalement, alors que les
premières étapes de la marchandisation de ce bien commun ont
suscité de fortes mobilisations populaires sur les cinq
continents, le mouvement mondial de libéralisation des
marchés de l'eau, initié dans les années 1980, semble
Marchandisation de l’eau : la nouvelle offensive du "biocapital"
par Marc Laimé
Après l’échec relatif de la première phase de libéralisation forcée des "marchés de l’eau", initiée dans les années 1980 par les institutions financières internationales et les entreprises transnationales du secteur, symbolisée par la signature de dizaines de contrats de "Partenariat-Public-Privé", une seconde offensive est en cours. Elle vise cette fois, sur fond de dérèglement climatique, de dégradation croissante des ressources en eau, de pénuries et de surconsommation, l’appropriation marchande de la ressource elle-même et de sa gestion. Ces perspectives d’exploitation du risque écologique planétaire signent l’émergence d’un nouveau « biocapital ».
Table des matières
- L’offensive d’un nouveau biocapital
- Technologies innovantes
- Les transnationales françaises créent un nouveau « biocapital »
- Nouveaux instruments financiers
- Patriotisme biocapitalistique
lundi 17 mars 2008
Etat d’urgence au Tibet
Après les violences de la semaine dernière à Lhassa, l’armée a pris le contrôle de la capitale tibétaine. Les manifestations des moines bouddhistes, à l’occasion du 49e anniversaire de l’exil du dalaï-lama à Dharamsala (en Inde), ont fait plusieurs morts : quatre-vingt selon les représentants tibétains en exil, treize selon les autorités chinoises. Impossible d’avoir une idée précise. De toute évidence, les victimes se comptent parmi les religieux tibétains, mais aussi parmi les habitants hans et huis, accusés par les manifestants de colonisation. Le dalaï-lama a rappelé le 16 mars que le « gouvernement en exil » se prononçait en faveur d’une réelle autonomie, et non de l’indépendance (lire « Paradoxale “voie du milieu” au Tibet »). Bien que le Tibet figure officiellement parmi les Régions autonomes chinoises, il ne dispose d’aucune liberté : non seulement la religion y est sous contrôle — comme dans l’ensemble de
Le prochain numéro du Monde diplomatique, en vente le 1er avril, publiera une analyse des mouvements tibétains.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said the protests were a result of public resentment of the "brute force" employed by
The Chinese will crush this rebellion with every bit of force they can muster.
A successfully defiant
Le Canada reconnaît officiellement l'indépendance du Kosovo, a annoncé mardi le ministre canadien des Affaires étrangères, Maxime Bernier.
« L'évolution du Kosovo vers un État démocratique et multiethnique qui respecte totalement les droits de la personne est essentielle à la paix, à la stabilité politique et au progrès économique dans les Balkans », a déclaré Maxime Bernier par voie de communiqué.
Plusieurs puissances occidentales, dont les États-Unis et plusieurs pays d'Europe, ont reconnu l'indépendance du Kosovo en dépit du désaccord de
Le Canada s'était quant à lui abstenu. Plusieurs observateurs avaient attribué cette retenue au désir d'Ottawa de ne pas apporter d'eau au moulin des souverainistes québécois en reconnaissant la déclaration unilatérale d'indépendance de cette ex-province yougoslave. Rappelons cependant qu'Ottawa avait appuyé, en avril 2007, le plan de l'envoyé spécial de l'ONU pour le Kosovo.
Questionné sur l'impact de cette reconnaissance sur les aspirations souverainistes au Québec, le ministre a pris soin de préciser qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un « précédent » qui s'applique au Québec. Maxime Bernier a ajouté que le Kosovo est un cas unique qui ne peut être comparé à la situation qui prévaut au Québec.
The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a "pesticide" and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on everything for 90 days or longer. This application is not a one time event, but will continue every 1-3 months for as long as five years. The pesticide to be sprayed is not designed to harm the light brown apple moth's who it is designed for, but merely to confuse its mating habits. While harmless to moths, the pesticide has been documented to harm humans.
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in
The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department’s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness.
Gas chambers in
Wray C. Forrest learned about the
Instead, he became one of roughly 6,720 soldiers used as
A total of 254 different chemicals were researched on soldiers at
Between 1949 and 1969, for example, the Army sprayed bacterial tracers or simulants on unsuspecting populations in hundreds of biological warfare tests. According to the GAO: "Some of the tests involved spraying large areas, such as the cities of St. Louis and San Francisco, and others involved spraying more focused areas, such as the New York City subway system and Washington National Airport."
No coherent attempt was made to warn those affected or to offer follow-up medical care.
Between 1952-1975, the CIA tested LSD and other psychochemical agents on "an undetermined number of people without their knowledge or consent."
No coherent attempt was made to offer follow-up information or care.
Over 235 atmospheric nuclear tests and experiments were conducted on roughly 210,000 personnel affiliated to the
No coherent attempt was made to warn those affected or to offer follow-up medical care.
One of the best known examples of US military human-testing is Project 112, whereby the Pentagon used biological/chemical agents on 5,842 service members in secret trials conducted over a ten-year period (1962-73).
Project 112, and the affiliated Project SHAD, tested everything from Sarin nerve agent to an E. coli simulant aboard Navy ships and in land trials. Tests were conducted in six states (
Watch Heather Wokusch talk about her latest article.
Économie, Bear Stern,
How the markets really work
Tent cities have sprung up outside
Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there's a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush's man Bernanke was using ours.
The theme of a moralizing, self-righteous politico pointing his finger into a news camera and Pharisaically grandstanding to the rest of the world while on the sly he was busying himself with the very business he was tasked with destroying is almost as old as the oldest profession itself.
However, information surrounding this case indicates there is much more to it than simply issues of hypocrisy and infidelity, although they certainly play a part. And once again-surprise, surprise-what it reveals is the hidden hand of that troublesome little experiment in Jewish self-rule violently nestled on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean known as the state of Israel.
Which drives down the value of the dollar even faster.
Invoking a little-used provision added to the Federal Reserve Act in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the
Bear Stearns, facing collapse because of the mortgage crisis, agreed Sunday evening to be bought by JPMorgan Chase for a bargain-basement price of less than $250 million, the two companies announced.
A deal for Bear Stearns would end the independence of one of Wall Street's most storied firms and help halt a sweeping panic that set in at the end of last week, causing Bear Stearns's stock to swoon 47 percent on Friday.
A CENTURY after John Pierpont Morgan bailed out Wall Street, his bank is at it again. In a dramatic move on Friday March 14th, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and JPMorgan Chase made emergency funding available to Bear Stearns after other market players lost confidence in the beleaguered investment bank as a trading partner. As the credit crunch has deepened and broadened, the worst fear of many on Wall Street has been the collapse or forced rescue of a big bank or broker. That moment is now upon them.
This past Tuesday, when Bear Stearns(BSC - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) was trading around $
Over 55,000 contracts traded that day at an average price of 15 cents a contract. This is an extremely unusual trade in terms of the number of contracts and how far out-of-the money those options were at the time. This begs the question of why someone would execute such a transaction.
Paulson admits deregulation has failed us all
Global markets plunged Monday on news that JPMorgan Chase, backed by the
Last Friday we got a taste of what the future is likely to be like as we make our way further into the belly of the second great depression. The Fed rushed to bail out a venerable Wall Street institution, which was rumored to be insolvent. Sunday evening, that rumor was confirmed to be true, as Bear Stearns agreed to sell itself to JP Morgan for a paltry $2 per share. Two dollars! This for a firm that was trading at $170 just over a year ago, and was as high as $54 just Friday! If Bear Stearns is only worth $2 per share, how can we possibly say with any confidence what other "investment banks" are worth?
And who's next after bankrupt Bear, Stearns? Lehman Brothers? They can all count on a bailout. As a prominent German economist told me this weekend, the central bank will ignite global hyperinflation rather than let Wall Street and the big banks go down. That is, the counterfeiter to the power elite, the Federal Reserve, and its allies in the imperial satellite states, will impoverish us and the world to try to save the state-connected rich. No wonder the intellectuals employed by the Rockefeller World Empire, the Kochtopus, etc. love the Fed, and oppose Ron Paul and everyone else who tells the truth about central banking. (Thanks to Tom Lombardi.)
It was an old-fashioned bank run that forced Bear Stearns to turn to the government for salvation on Friday. The difference is that Bear Stearns is not a commercial bank, and is therefore not eligible for the protections those banks received 75 years ago when Franklin D. Roosevelt halted bank runs with government guarantees.
Real wages have been growing slowly; at just 1.6% a year on average over the latest upswing, well down on the experience of earlier decades. Business, of course, needs consumers to carry on spending in order to make money, so a way had to be found to persuade households to do their patriotic duty. The method chosen was simple. Whip up a colossal housing bubble, convince consumers that it makes sense to borrow money against the rising value of their homes to supplement their meagre real wage growth and watch the profits roll in.
As they did - for a while. Now it's payback time and the mood could get very ugly. Americans, to put it bluntly, have been conned. They have been duped by a bunch of serpent-tongued hucksters who packed up the wagon and made it across the county line before a lynch mob could be formed.
A leading economic journalist has described the current financial crisis as a "gigantic fraud", the fallout of a deliberate and preconceived profit agenda to enslave the middle classes in a debt bubble.
Of course, it only works if you agree to play the game by the rules they made up.
In the credit market panic that began in August, we have now reached the point of maximum danger: A global run on the dollar that could become a rout. As the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee prepares to meet tomorrow, this should be its major concern.
Yet the conventional wisdom -- on Wall Street and in
It is time to face facts.
There is nothing the Federal Reserve can do that will not make the problem worse. The Federal Reserve is a legal counterfeiting operation, and therefore all they can actually do is more counterfeiting! But that is what got us into this mess in the first place!
We are going to have a crash. Time to accept it and get ready for it. We are in survival mode. The banks and government are not here to take care of you. They are taking care of themselves which is why their idea of a fix is to devalue the money you are holding in order to print up a bunch of new cash to give to their buddies.
The GOOD news is that the crash will NOT last forever, and we will come out the other side with new possibilities before us. Even better, it is quite likely that a financial crash will take the debt-crippled Federal Government with it, and we will have an historic opportunity to create something a bit better. The time to plan for this is now.
In a very real sense, the Federal Reserve has just perpetrated the biggest land grab in the last 100 years by trading worthless paper for real estate. Now good people, United States citizens, having been sold out by their government and stripped of their homes and property, must live in tents and shanties, while criminal, predatory bankers get rich and fat off of the sweat and effort of our country
Bush's "base" has never been the American working person, working longer hours for less money, and desperately trying to make sure the rent gets met.
His base has always been the wealthiest of the wealthy, and those people he was able to hoodwink into thinking that he cared for a second about the people who really make this country work, were terribly mistaken.
Now, many of those true believers are finding out, in the harshest way possible, that their dream of this President and his minions actually doing anything improve the quality of life for most Americans has morphed into a very real nightmare.
Oil jumped to a record above $
And, as a side note, it didn't work in 1930.
Financial firms face a "new world order" after a weekend fire sale of Bear Stearns and the Federal Reserve's first emergency weekend meeting since 1979, research firm CreditSights said in a report on Monday.
Roughly $7 trillion has been wiped from world stock markets since the beginning of the year amid fears of a severe
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today warned authorities worldwide to "think the unthinkable" in planning to cope with a mounting crisis in the global financial system.
Last night, when Ben Bernanke cut the discount rate ... made a loan of $30 billion to cement the Bear Stearns buy-out ... and flung open the Fed's coffers to the next major investment banks that may be on the brink of failure ... he must have thought that investors around the world would applaud his actions.
Among investment banks that do not report to the Fed, the biggest players are Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.
And among those who do report to the Fed, the five dominant players in derivatives that I mentioned a moment ago are Citibank, Bank of America, Wachovia, HSBC and the biggest of them all: JPMorgan Chase.
We believe all are vulnerable, in varying degrees, to the kind of crisis that struck Bear Stearns last week.
We believe JPMorgan Chase could ultimately be the most vulnerable.
And we believe this may help explain why JPMorgan Chase is the Wall Street firm that's buying Bear Stearns. If they didn't, and Bear Stearns defaulted on its derivatives, JPMorgan is the firm that would have the most to lose.
But you don't have to take our word for it. Nor do you have to look very far to validate our view. All you have to do is ...
- Click on this link to pull up the latest derivatives report by the
Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ... U.S.
- Scroll down (about 24 pages) to Table 1, "Notional Amount of Derivatives Contracts" ...
- Take one look at who's at the top of that chart — JPMorgan Chase — and see for yourself the unimaginably large quantities of derivatives it is trading.
Wall Street's leading investment banks have rallied around ailing rival Lehman Brothers after the Federal Reserve Bank of
On why Bear Stearns was bailed out:
You know the reason they did it this way was because, if Bear Stearns had to declare bankruptcy, you'd realize that Bear Stearns paid out billions of dollars in bonuses in January - six weeks ago. If he let them go into bankruptcy, they all would have had to send back their bonuses.
This is what they're doing, they're doing it so they don't have to give back their bonuses. That's why they didn't put them into bankruptcy. Jamie Dimon has gotten a great deal because the Federal Reserve is paying for it. The Federal Reserve is using taxpayer money to buy a bunch of Bear Stearns traders' Mazeratis.
Commodities may have ``explosive rallies'' in the next couple of years, with crude oil rising to $
Commodities are in their seventh year of gains as underinvestment in refineries, mines and land sent prices for oil, gold, platinum and wheat to records. More natural resources are controlled by political entities than at any time since the 17th century, according to the Goldman report.
Peter Schiff, a dollar-bear at Security Pacific Capital, told the London Telegraph that the greenback faced the danger of outright collapse as countries in Asia and the Middle East mull plans to break their dollar pegs, which are fueling inflation across the region.
When this nation was started, it was founded on a monetary system of fixed value. The dollar is, as originally defined, a weight measure of silver, 371.25 grains, to be exact. Our American silver dollars are actually heavier, since other metals were added for durability. But that 371.25 grains of silver WAS the dollar, matching in weight an unbroken chain of accepted monetary units that reached back through the Spanish Milled Dollar, the Dutch Daller, back to the German Thaler; the product of a silver mine which sold its product in coins of an exact weight. The Coinage Act of 1792 defined our dollar to exactly match in weight the silver dollars in use around the world, and then defined the gold dollar to be that amount of gold which would equal the worth of silver in a silver dollar, 24.75 grains, 1/15 the weight of the silver in a silver dollar.
When you, as a citizen, hold a silver dollar or a gold dollar in your hand, you hold that actual worth of metal. Nothing the government can do can change the worth of the money in your control.
But greedy bankers and corrupt politicians pulled a fast one over Christmas holiday back in 1913, suspended the requirement for a Quorum, and voted in the Federal Reserve Act. Later that same year, the 16th Amendment was falsely declared ratified, allowing a direct non-apportioned tax on the income of Americans, to cover the ocming debts.
The swindle of the system is simple. The Federal Reserve Bank hires the
As the Federal Reserve overprints more money, the money supply inflates, and too much money starts chasing too few goods and services, which means prices go up. But contrary to the charade put on by the Federal Reserve, inflation doesn't just come and go due to some arcane sorcery. The Federal Reserve can halt inflation any time it wants to by simply shutting down those printing presses. It therefore follows that both inflation and recession are fully under the control of the Federal Reserve. This means the cycle of inflation and recession is an intentional one; a gigantic heartbeat that pumps paper certificates out to the working class, while pumping real wealth in to the owners of the banks.
On being asked if the government will step in to bail out any additional firms, Paulson refuses to "speculate" on what "might happen," but insists: "Our focus, our priority... No. 1 priority, is the stability of our financial systems."
"What we're working to do," he continues, "is to minimize the impact of what's going on in housing, what's going on in the capital markets, on the real economy."
"But," pushes Wallace, "isn't the result of this that
What the banks are doing, with the aid of the government, is looting your tax dollars to prop up their failures, and sticking you with their debts.
But the Fed is running out of rates TO cut, so this trick cannot continue to work.
European Union leaders on Friday issued a rare statement of collective concern about the damaging effects on
``We are looking at the worst set of macroeconomic conditions since the Great Depression,'' Zuckerman said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. ``I don't know where the bottom is. The federal government's going to have to do a lot more to contain what I think is the potential of a perfect storm.''
The government's debt limit would be raised to $10.2 trillion under a budget plan for next year approved by the
The two chambers in coming weeks are expected to try to work out their differences and then pass a budget for next year that would spend $3 trillion while projecting a deficit in the range of $340 billion to $366 billion for the year.
The house and senate seem to be doing a terrific job of forgetting that this is NOT their money: It is the taxpayer's money, meant to take care of the needs of the taxpayers.
And what do we find them spending it on?
Wars and more wars.
Just take a look at the roads you drive, full of potholes and divots
Take a look at your schools.
Take a good, hard look at the infrastructure in your neighborhood.
And take a good look at your last grocery bill.
The members of congress do not care, as they have become simply the assets of those corporations which support them, and We the People mean absolutely nothing - except when it comes time to extract more and more taxes from us, which consistently never come back to our communities.
Also notice the cute new weapons they've developed, like the "pain ray" and sound devices that cause nausea.
Were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to wager that these gadgets were really not developed for deployment in
Forget talk of soft landings. Ignore those who say that the Federal Reserve is in control of events. Take with a pinch of salt suggestions that the problems at Bear Stearns are a one-off.
The rescue package orchestrated for
Okay, so we have gone from admitting there is a recession, to admitting it is a "severe" recession. Give it another couple weeks and they'll finally admit we are in a depression.
"The curious outcome of breaching this latest milestone is that the size of the euro zone's annual output has now exceeded that of the U.S.," the economics department of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank, said in a note to clients.
Bush's "legacy" will have been the utter destruction and devastation of
US investment giant Bear Stearns, citing a potential cash crunch, said Friday it was getting an emergency loan from JPMorgan Chase in coordination with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The company said its liquidity position had "significantly deteriorated" in the last 24 hours, forcing it to seek aid.
Governments might have to intervene with taxpayers' money to shore up the financial system and prevent a "downward credit spiral" from taking hold, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday.
I warned you. The bastards are gonna stick the taxpayers with the bill for this whole mess.
The likely liquidation of Carlyle Capital Corp.'s remaining assets sent the fund's shares plummeting more than 90 percent Thursday and rattled stock markets around the globe. It was also a high-profile setback for private equity fund Carlyle Group.
Maybe. Maybe not.
Carlyle Group may have just sorted out their assets, dumped the poor ones into Carlyle Capital Corp, and kept the good ones at Carlyle Group. This isolates the good assets from the bad ones, so that when Carlyle Capital Corp collapses, the banks cannot come after Carlyle Group itself. The investors in Carlyle Capital Corp get to eat the losses!
Bear Stearns Cos., one of Wall Street's venerable investment banks, received a bailout Friday by the federal government and JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a surprise, last-ditch effort to save the 86-year old institution.
Seen any government/bank bailouts to keep you from losing your home yet?
Don't hold your breath.
Just not to you and me.
For thirty years, I have been writing, speaking, imploring, and begging others to make rational, concrete plans for a time in life that would offer no quarter, give no mercy, and that would in a word be-------catastrophic. We are coming face to face with that moment. You have so little time left to do anything that will give you a fighting chance. What are you doing?
Underscoring how the administration has lost all traces of credibility, President Bush's bumbling attempt to lend the ailing greenback some strong rhetorical support only backfired, preceding a new all time low against the Euro, while one expert expressed fears of a complete dollar crash.
Bush's speech this morning set a new standard for "lame."
Banking is a ponzi scam. Banking is nothing but a government sactioned, giant multi-level game. It is a pyramid scam that makes all other scams look like child's play. At the top of the pyramid is the Federal Reserve Board, and their owners. At the bottom are the little local branches of all the different state and national banks. As in all pyramid scams, the small branches at the bottom will fall first, taking most of the heat off those at the top. But eventually the pyramid must topple. In fact, we already hear the rumble of the pyramid starting to fall.
Lenders, desperate to reduce their exposure to risky debt, are turning away borrowers with small deposits or a credit-record glitch as small as a single missed payment. The number of home-loan deals available has plunged and the number of unexpectedly denied loans has soared.
This is stupid, and for the following reasons.
First, that new money the Federal Reserve has poured into the lenders must be LOANED OUT. If it just sits in the vaults, then the lenders go out of business.
Second, almost half of the current foreclosures are by those very same low-risk great-credit borrowers who are watching housing prices drop, realize they owe more on the house than the house is worth, and are voluntarily walking away from their loans.
Third, the people with the good credit and the means to buy houses are not buying, because they also see that housing prices have fallen. They are going to sit on the property they have now.
This "shut the barn door after the horse has escaped" move may look good to stock-holders with millions in the bank and a vacuum between the ears, but it is just going to shut down the housing market even further, and bring down more lenders.
Prices for bread and pasta have jumped after flour costs doubled in less than a week. Cynthia Bowers reports on how manufacturers and consumers are feeling the real consequences of inflation.
We could eat the politicians?
My wife and I visited our local Gun shop over the weekend to purchase a hand gun for her. You couldn't believe how many people were in this store buying fireamrs! I shop regularly at this store for cheap ammunition to shoot at the range, so I am familiar with the traffic. This place was jammed. You could hardly get around each other at the counters and down the aisles. The tension was thick. People seemed tense. I was hyped up on coffee and feeling honery so I loudly proclaimed, "Everyone here must be worried about the Economy and riots in the streets!" I thought I was going to get kicked out. But everyone sighed in agreement; some even clapping their hands.
The local hardware stores are running out of tar and rope, and the local bedding stores are out of feather pillows.
I am sure this means something, but I cannot imagine what!
"Bush said it was 'romantic', and I haven't had any in a while ..."
Vice President Dick Cheney, embarking on a 10-day trip to the Middle East, will discuss with Arab allies how to bring about a peaceful resolution to international concern over Iran's suspected development of nuclear weapons, a senior administration official said.