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mercredi 14 janvier 2009

L'Autre Monde: Guerre à l'Internet; 2009 l'année de la dépression; État policier et les crimes d'Israël


Émission de L'Autre Monde du 15 janvier 2009: Guerre à l'Internet; 2009 l'année de la dépression; État policier et les crimes d'Israël

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L'Autre Monde 15 janvier 2009
60 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM

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Cette semaine sur L'Autre Monde:

Nous effectuons un mise à jour des évènements catastrophiques à Gaza; nous parlons de l'économie et de ce qui est à venir en 2009 ainsi que de l'état policier et de la guerre informationnelle que les États et le Pentagone mènent sur Internet. Pour terminer, nous jetons un coup d'oeil sur le parfois très surprenant guide des impôts de l'IRS aux États-Unis qui contient des directives assez loufoques quant à certains types de revenus à déclarer.

Soyez au rendez-vous les jeudis à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!

Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h
Animation : François Marginean
Archives d'émission

***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:

There Is No 'Al Qaeda' says Ex UK Foreign Secretary

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US. "Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

Former British Foreign Secretary: Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign

Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says:

The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US. Cook has previously written:

Al Qaeda is More of a U.S. Propaganda Campaign than a Real Organization

Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote:

Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Senate that the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative".

Bin Laden warns Obama of new fronts in global holy war

DUBAI (AFP) - Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned US president-elect Barack Obama of new fronts in his holy war against Western interests in a new voice recording posted on Wednesday less than a week before the new administration takes office.

Bin Laden called on Muslims across the world to take revenge against Israel for its deadly offensive against Gaza, charging that the onslaught had been timed to take advantage of the dying days of the presidency of George W. Bush.

"It is most difficult for a man to inherit the legacy of a long guerrilla warfare with a patient and stubborn adversary, a war which is financed by usurious loans.

"If he withdraws from the war, it is military defeat. And if he continues it, he drowns in economic crisis.

"How can it be that he passed over to him two wars, not one war, and he is unable to continue them. We are on our path to open other fronts, with God's blessing."

Bin Laden listed Palestine, the Pakistani province of Waziristan, North Africa and Somalia as among the new battlefields where his fighters would take on the West.

The Fake bin Laden Audio Tape

Israeli sources said Israel and the United States assess that Bin Laden probably died in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan in December. They said the emergence of new messages by Bin Laden are probably fabrications, Middle East Newsline reported.

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. "The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said. [FOX News]

More Bin Laden Bull

I hear on the chatterbox that ‘Osama Bin Laden’ is at it again, calling for global jihad and generally stirring things up.

The BBC ‘terrorism expert’ explained that the authenticity of this latest audio-tape is “not confirmed”.

Trot out the dead guy for Israel's propaganda!

Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel and condemned Arab governments as allies of the Jewish state in a new message aimed at harnessing anger in the Mideast over the Gaza offensive.

Olmert says called Bush to force change in U.N. vote

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said a telephone call he made to U.S. President George W. Bush last week forced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abstain in a U.N. vote on the Gaza war, leaving her "shamed."

Pouring on political bravado in a speech late Monday, Olmert said he demanded to talk to Bush with only 10 minutes to spare before a U.N. Security Council vote Thursday on a resolution opposed by Israel calling for an immediate cease-fire.

"When we saw that the secretary of state, for reasons we did not really understand, wanted to vote in favour of the U.N. resolution ... I looked for President Bush and they told me he was in Philadelphia making a speech," Olmert said.

"I said, 'I don't care. I have to talk to him now,'" Olmert said...

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Yes SIR, Mr. Olmert, sir; right away, sir, Yessir. Yessir! Whatever you SAY, sir!!!!" (insert sounds of groveling)

Olmert Brags About Embarrassing Rice in UN Gaza Vote

A beaming Olmert then described telling President Bush “the US cannot possibly vote in favor of this resolution,” and spoke with pride of how embarrassed US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was at having to abstain from voting for a resolution she helped to organize and gather support for.

The US abstention shocked diplomats, and made it easier for Israel to dismiss the ceasefire out of hand. At the time of the vote Rice declared that the United States supported the draft but could not vote for it because of their “special relationship” with Israel. Just days later Rice too was lashing out at the resolution as “unacceptable.”

Webmaster's Commentary:

Israel is rubbing your nose in the fact that they control the United States.

"Every time we do something you tell me Americans will do
this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear,
don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish
people control America, and the Americans know it." -- Aerial Sharon, to Shimon Peres, 3 October, 2001 as reported by Kol Yisrael radio

"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell
you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the
Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Olmert: I got Bush to ‘shame’ Rice

"In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a cease-fire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour," AFP quoted Olmert as saying. "I said 'get me President Bush on the phone'. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn't care. 'I need to talk to him now'. He got off the podium and spoke to me. I told him the United States could not vote in favor. It cannot vote in favor of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favor."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Okay folks, pay attention. Olmert phones and says "Get me Bush" and Bush steps away from the podium at his own speech in Philadelphia to take the call and then forward orders to Condi Rice.

This is the SAME George Bush that could not be bothered to put down "My Pet Goat" on 9-11 to go defend the United States!!!!!!

Olmert's braggadocio has just advertised to the world that Ariel Sharon was telling the factual truth when he said the Jewish people control America!

PM: Rice left embarrassed in UN vote

Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution - viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns - Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert's call, the premier said.

America could not vote in favor of such a resolution, Olmert told Bush. Soon afterwards, Rice abstained when votes were counted at the UN.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that, I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
- Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister of israel) p† Israeli Hebrew radio, Col Yisrael, 3 october 2001.


Using mouthwash could increase risk of cancer by nine times, claim scientists

MOUTHWASHES containing alcohol can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, a dental health study claims.

Scientists say there is now "sufficient evidence" that such mouthwashes contribute to an increased risk of the disease.

The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth.

L’herbicide Roundup serait toxique pour des cellules humaines

vendredi 2 janvier 2009 par Zone-7

(Source : Futura-Sciences)

Une nouvelle étude met en évidence les effets toxiques sur les cellules humaines du Roundup, l’un des herbicides les plus utilisés au monde, y compris sur les OGM alimentaires.

Haricots de soja génétiquement modifié pour résister à l’herbicide Roundup, de Monsanto.

Menée par Gilles-Eric Seralini et Nora Benachour, de l’université de Caen, cette étude (qui n’est pas la première du genre), publiée dans la revue scientifique américaine Chemical Research in Toxicology, s’est intéressée à la toxicité du Roundup sur différents types de cellules humaines (du cordon ombilical, de l’embryon et du placenta). L’expérience a porté sur quatre différentes formulations, à des doses correspondant à celles autorisées sur les cultures OGM (le soja notamment) modifiées génétiquement pour résister à cet herbicide.

Les résultats ont montré que ces formulations agissent à des doses infinitésimales (dilution jusqu’à 100.000 fois ou plus) et programment la mort de cellules (c’est l’apoptose). Elles causent aussi des dommages des membranes et de l’ADN, et empêchent la respiration cellulaire.

Le produit actif n’est pas seul en cause

Autre résultat, le mélange de différents constituants adjuvants des Roundup augmente l’action du principe actif de l’herbicide, le glyphosate, et qu’un de ses produits de transformation peut s’avérer encore plus toxique.

Cet effet des adjuvants « est grandement sous-estimé par la réglementation actuelle qui ne tient pas compte de ces phénomènes et fixe par exemple des Limites Maximales en résidus pour le glyphosate, quelle que soit sa formulation de vente » indique dans un communiqué le MDRGF (Mouvement pour le droit et le respect des générations futures).

Cette association demande aux autorités en charge de l’évaluation des pesticides de réévaluer les différentes formulations de Roundup en prenant en compte les effets de la toxicité du glyphosate.

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

The GE corn research

Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn.

These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal.

These differences are statistically significant.

Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water.

A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.

Top 11 compounds in US drinking water

A comprehensive survey of the drinking water for more than 28 million Americans has detected the widespread but low-level presence of pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Note the "mood stabilizing" and tranquilizing drugs in the list.

Wonder why Americans seem unable to get angry over what the government is doing?

Des additifs alimentaires (phosphates) pourraient stimuler le cancer du poumon

mardi 30 décembre 2008 par Zone-7

(Source : Psychomédia)

Des additifs couramment utilisés dans l’alimentation industrielle, les phosphates inorganiques, contribueraient au développement des tumeurs du cancer du poumon et activeraient leur croissance selon une étude coréenne publiée dans l’American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Les phosphates sont un nutriment essentiel pour les organismes vivants. Mais des niveaux élevés de phosphates inorganiques peuvent interférer avec les systèmes de communication des cellules de l’organisme, croient les chercheurs.

Les phosphates inorganiques sont présents dans une variété de produits alimentaires transformés : viandes (jambon, bacon), fromages, boissons, produits de boulangerie, céréales, ... Ils sont ajoutés pour améliorer la texture et la capacité des aliments de retenir l’eau.

Myung-Haing Cho de l’Université nationale de Séoul et ses collègues ont testé une alimentation contenant 0.5% ou 1% de phosphate, ce qui représente, selon les chercheurs, les niveaux présents dans l’alimentation moderne. Après 4 semaines, les analyses montraient une plus grande croissance des tumeurs des souris du groupe ayant 1% de phosphate dans leur alimentation.

Dans les années 1990, l’alimentation contenait en moyenne 470 mg par jour de phosphates inorganiques. Aujourd’hui, elle peut contenir 1000 mg par jour, indique le chercheur. L’alimentation moyenne actuelle en contiendrait ainsi un taux près du 1% alors que 0,5% est considéré comme un niveau normal.

Des recherches supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour définir un niveau sécuritaire de phosphates inorganiques dans les aliments, selon le chercheur.

First Bees, Now Birds

First the frogs started disappearing.

Then the bees started disappearing.

Now, according to the Seattle Times, its birds:

Webmaster's Commentary:

This article includes the usual pander to Global warming, but of course the bees, the frogs, and the birds have survived far more extremes of global temperature during their long residence on this planet.

So, something else is at work. A pesticide maybe, or worse, the dreadful genetics mistake escaped into the wild many observers have predicted.

More Evidence of Pentagon War Against the Internet

Further evidence has emerged revealing how the Pentagon is in the business of responding to blog posts critical of the U.S. government. Noah Shachtman, writing for Wired, posts an Air Force flowchart used for “counter-blogging” purposes.

“In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force’s public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle ‘trolls,’ ‘ragers’ — and even well-informed online writers, too. It’s all part of an Air Force push to ‘counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force,’ Captain David Faggard says,” Shachtman writes.

In the case of the Infowars and Prison Planet websites, Centcom operatives do not respond to trolls and ragers. In fact, many of them seem to be the most vociferous trolls and ragers.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Your tax dollars at work.

This is why I encourage WRH readers to focus their efforts on educating people ready to listen to what is going on in the world, because that person you are endlessly arguing with may be paid to argue with you endlessly, to render you ineffective by tricking you into wasting your time on paid operatives.

Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders

Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says.

Webmaster's Commentary:

And here is the problem: The Constitution grants to individual citizens a right to freedom of speech, to openly criticize the government without fear of punishment or interference.

But nowhere in the Constitution is the government granted the right to spend YOUR tax money to argue against you.

If individual service people, on their own time and using their own computers, wish to express their own personal opinions about what is going on, that is protect free speech, but organized programs where the US Government tells these military people what to post and how to post it is pure propaganda and an impediment to the process of free speech.

Did We Just Have Our i-911... And Is An i-Patriot Act On It's Way?

Former Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told a leading expert on internet free speech, Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, that there was going to be an "i-9/11", in other words, an electronic terrorist act, and an "i-Patriot Act" to crack down on freedoms on the Internet under the guise of protecting against such threats:

There’s going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn’t necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You’ve got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.

FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, experts

The FBI said on Monday it had launched one of the largest hiring blitzes in its 100-year history involving 2,100 professional staff vacancies and 850 special agents aimed at filling its most critical vacancies.

The agency, which seeks to protect the United States from terrorist attack, fight crime and catch spies, among other duties, said it currently has more than 12,800 agents and about 18,400 other employees.

Webmaster's Commentary:

And it can't catch the hackers, which means they can't catch real terrorists. Is the FBI gearing up for a new COINTELPRO?

Man shot in back by police while lying facedown on ground

Protests over BART shooting turn violent

A protest over the fatal shooting by a BART police officer of an unarmed man mushroomed into a violent confrontation tonight, as a faction of protesters smashed a police car and storefronts, set several cars on fire and blocked streets in downtown Oakland.

Webmaster's Commentary:

I am getting the sense that the cop really did shoot that kid to provoke exactly this kind of civil unrest, as a distraction from what Israel is doing or possibly to create a national crisis justifying the suspension of the Constitution.

Oakland on Fire: Anarchists, Solidarity, and New Possibilities in the Oakland Rebellion

It's important to also remember that not one person was assaulted during the actions and there were no reports of fights or scuffles amongst the groups of youth who resisted police and destroyed property into the night. In this sense, the rebellion was not violent. It is disturbing to watch as fellow organizers and members of our communities have uncritically adopted the rhetoric of the right in their confused denunciation of mass property destruction as 'violence'.

N. Orleans cops shoot man 12 times in the back

The New Orleans man, 22-year-old Adolph Grimes III, traveled to his grandmother's home near the French Quarter in order to celebrate New Year's Eve with his fiance and their 17-month-old son. Three hours after arrival, around 3 a.m., he was found dead a block from the front door.

The Orleans Parish coroner said Grimes was shot 14 times, including 12 times in the back.

Webmaster's Commentary:

First Oakland, not New Orleans. Is someone trying to provoke race riots?

Were something bad to happen to Barack Obama right now, the entire nation would explode.

BART cop Johannes Mehserle may rely on the “taser confusion” defense in Oscar Grant killing

For several days sources inside BART have leaked information that veteran officer Johannes Mehserle is organizing a defense around the idea that he meant to unholster his taser but mistakenly reached for his Glock 40 cal. instead. Claudine Wong seems to be working very hard for the defense by suggesting that a look of confusion and lack of response by the officers on the scene immediately after firing a bullet into the back of their prisoner proves that some sort of mistake was made.

What the anchor person and BART officials hope to sell to the public and any future jury members who happen to be watching is TASER Confusion. Taser confusion is a defense recently created by taser manufacturers and promoted by police unions around the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary:

With Oscar Grant already on the floor face down, there was no reason even to pull the taser.

But I agree; if it is possible for a (really stupid) police officer to confuse the taser for his gun, that is ample reason to ban tasers.

Government To The People - ­ Drop Dead!

For any crime of this nature, committed by a civilian, a "police report" would be mandatory within hours of the event; especially when there were three videos of what happened. The officer's gun is in police custody, the officer is a FEDERAL police officer, as BART is a federal agency: So procedures should have been clearly followed immediately. Yet, it is now a week later and the officer has still not even been interviewed, according to the 'chief' of BART police. Yesterday he quit the force, so that he would not have to give his version of events: and this sparked the riots!

Webmaster's Commentary:

For us "great unwashed", the fact that we killed someone would be sufficient to send us to jail. It would be irrelevant what we wanted to do or thought we were doing. "Honest, your honor, I thought I was holding a hair dryer next to her head when it went off!" would not get us a get-out-of-jail card.

I don't blame the people for rioting. The system has clearly broken down, and justice has indeed become "just us."

Government To The People ­ Drop Dead! Riots In Oakland

On New Years morning a 22-year old man, the father of a four year old daughter, was shot and killed by Bart police in the Fruitvale BART station.

He had two jobs and had turned his life around. He also had many friends.

For any crime of this nature, committed by a civilian, a "police report" would be mandatory within hours of the event; especially when there were three videos of what happened. The officer's gun is in police custody, the officer is a FEDERAL police officer, as BART is a federal agency: So procedures should have been clearly followed immediately. Yet, it is now a week later and the officer has still not even been interviewed, according to the 'chief' of BART police. Yesterday he quit the force, so that he would not have to give his version of events: and this sparked the riots!

Do you trust Facebook?


UK: Private firm to guard database of every phone call, e-mail

A contentious proposal to create a massive database of communications metadata in the United Kingdom has just become even more controversial. According to reports in the British press, a "consultation paper" laying out the plan, slated for release in January, contemplates outsourcing the maintenance of the database to private-sector firms. The proposal has already come under fire from civil liberties groups, the European human rights commissioner, and former public officials.

FBI posts fake Child Porn hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects

A CNET News.com review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who's using an open wireless connection--and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.

The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere. It's time to stop the mission creep.
December 21, 2008, Washington Post

We no longer have a civilian-led government. The most unnerving legacy of the Bush administration is the encroachment of the Department of Defense into a striking number of aspects of civilian government. Our Constitution is at risk. President-elect Barack Obama's selections of James L. Jones, a retired four-star Marine general, to be his national security adviser and, it appears, retired Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair to be his director of national intelligence ... could complete the silent military coup d'etat that has been steadily gaining ground below the radar screen of most Americans and the media. While serving the State Department in several senior capacities over the past four years, I witnessed firsthand the quiet, de facto military takeover of much of the U.S. government. The first assault on civilian government occurred in faraway places -- Iraq and Afghanistan. As military officers sought to take over the role played by civilian development experts abroad, Pentagon bureaucrats quietly populated the National Security Council and the State Department with their own personnel ... to ensure that the Defense Department could keep an eye on its rival agencies. The encroachment within America's borders continued with the military's increased involvement in domestic surveillance and its attempts to usurp the role of the federal courts in reviewing detainee cases. The Pentagon also resisted ceding any authority over its extensive intelligence operations to the ... director of national intelligence. Now the Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy 20,000 U.S. soldiers inside our borders by 2011.

Note: The author of this piece, Thomas A. Schweich, served the Bush administration as ambassador for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan and deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement affairs.


Police State 2009: Pentagon to Militarize USA with 20,000 Armed
Troops by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, December 1, 2008

In direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids
military troops from playing a role in domestic law enforcement, the
Pentagon has announced plans to station 20,000 armed, uniformed
troops inside the United States where they will walk the streets,
ready to "respond to terrorism events," says the Pentagon.

Related article:
Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security (December 1,
The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the
United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials
respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe,
according to Pentagon officials.The long-planned shift in the Defense
Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with
funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and
outside experts, defense analysts said.There are critics of the
change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and
libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis
threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse
Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's
role in domestic law enforcement. But the Bush administration and
some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role
since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat
is terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass


La création de l’Union atlantique se précise

Publication 525 (2008), Taxable and Nontaxable Income

Page 33:
"Illegal activities. Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on form 1040 line 21, or on schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self employment activity."

Page 34:
"Kickbacks. You must include kickbacks,side commissions, push money, or similar payments you receive in your income..."

Page 35:
"Stolen property. If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner"

Page 3?:
"Bribes. If you receive a bribe, include it in your income. "

Webmaster's Commentary:

Boy, if THAT doesn't show you the real nature of the US Government ...

Baltic Dry Index Plunges 93% since June 08

The Baltic Dry Index is a daily average of prices to ship raw materials. It represents the cost paid by an end user to have a shipping company transport raw materials across seas on the Baltic Exchange, the global marketplace for brokering shipping contracts.

The Economist: U.S. In Depression, Not Recession

Renowned financial publication The Economist reports that, based on the characteristics of the current financial crisis, the U.S. is in a depression, not a recession.

The admission marks the first time that a major international financial news outlet has acknowledged that the scale of the economic mess is unlike anything seen in recent decades.

Under the headline, Diagnosing depression, the article asks, “What is the difference between a recession and a depression?”

A depression is characterized by “falling asset prices, a credit crunch and deflation,” according to the article, all factors that we see unfolding in the current crisis.

NY Times solution to the economic crisis: Raise the Gas Tax

U.S. governors seek $1 trillion federal assistance

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Governors of five U.S. states urged the federal government to provide $1 trillion in aid to the country's 50 states to help pay for education, welfare and infrastructure as states struggle with steep budget deficits amid a deepening recession.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin -- all Democrats -- said the initiative for the two-year aid package was backed by other governors and follows a meeting in December where governors called on President-elect Barack Obama to help them maintain services in the face of slumping revenues.

Gov. David Paterson of New York said 43 states now have budget deficits totaling some $100 billion as tax revenues plunge.

"It's clear that the federal government needs to step in and jump-start the economy," said Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

The latest package calls for $350 billion to create jobs by building or repairing roads, bridges and other public works; $250 billion to maintain education; and another $250 billion in "counter-cyclical" spending such as extending unemployment benefits and food stamps, which are typically a responsibility of the states.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Where do the states think the government will get the money? From the states' own citizens, of course!

U.S. could be facing debt 'time bomb' this year

With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump by as much as $2 trillion this year, an unprecedented increase that could test the world's appetite for financing U.S. government spending.

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