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  • Starbucks Helps Lesbians Declare War on Christmas, Place ‘Lillith’ The Goddess of Lesbianism...

    04/09/2016 5:21:55 AM PDT · by Mr Apple · 105 replies
    LiberalDarkness.com ^ | Nov 8, 2015 | Marion Uncmeier
    It is a well-known fact that the corporate world is powered by high-end coffees. With pithy corporate executives forced to work early morning hours to keep their companies competitive, they must find a good source of status-quot coffee to start their day and show they are in charge. Powerful liberals understand this fact and have thus encouraged young lesbians to start ‘exciting careers’ in the barista industry. By working at local Starbucks nationwide, lesbians have...
  • Hedge Funds Pulled Short Oil Positions Just Before Rebound: Bloomberg

    01/26/2016 11:49:37 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    barrons ^ | 1-25-2016 | Teresa Rivas
    Computer automated hedge fund strategies weren't the only winners amid recent volatility. Hedge funds also appear to have timed oil’s recent slump and rebound. That's according to Bloomberg's Moming Zhou, who reports  that hedge fund significantly curbed their bearish positions in crude oil just after it fell to a 12-year low last week -- and then rebounded in its biggest jump since 2008. While oil had a brutal start to 2016 after a disappointing 2015 showing, many are coming around to the idea of a recovery in prices, as Citi argued it could be the trade of the year, some...
  • Hermes Birkin Bags Make for a Better Investment Than Gold and Stocks, According to a Study

    01/14/2016 3:48:15 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies
    US Weekly ^ | January 14, 2016 | Rose Walano
    Mama needs a brand-new bag! According to a recent study by Baghunter, the legendary Hermès Birkin bag is a better investment than both gold and stocks. The luxury site compared the returns on the three investments over a 35-year period, and, as it turns out, the value of the Birkin, which starts at $11,000 on Baghunter, has never decreased. In fact, while the values of gold and the stocks have fluctuated, the top-handle tote's value has steadily increased more than 500 percent in the last three and a half decades. That makes for an average annual increase of 14.2 percent,...
  • Eight top terrorists inside Lal Masjid’

    07/08/2007 10:32:47 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1,304+ views
    Daily Times - Pakistan ^ | Monday, July 09, 2007 | Staff Report
    ISLAMABAD: Eight “high value terrorists” wanted by Pakistan and other countries are holed up inside Lal Masjid, while another was killed by security forces in the ongoing operation, Religious Affairs Minister Ejazul Haq said on Sunday. “Nine suspected terrorists said to be far more dangerous and harmful than Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives were hiding inside the mosque compound,” Haq told a press conference here. Haq said that the militants and not Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Lal Masjid’s deputy chief cleric, were controlling the mosque. “The militants are holding children and Ghazi hostage,” he said. He said that about 500 male...
  • Immigration group planned girl's pope encounter for a year

    09/28/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 25, 2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Sophie Cruz's encounter with the pope during a parade in Washington this week looked to be one of those spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime-moments Francis has become known for. But for 5-year-old Sophie, the chance to wrap her arm around the pope's neck as he offered a hug, kiss and a blessing unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups. For nearly a year the group had been preparing the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents...
  • Earth heading for 'mini ice age' in just 15 years, scientists say

    07/13/2015 7:14:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 94 replies
    UPI ^ | Updated July 11, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    Solar scientists predict that the Earth will enter a "mini ice age" around 2030 due to decreased activity by the sun, which will bring with it frigid cold winters. The last time the Earth experienced a similar situation occurred between 1645 and 1715.
  • Bilderberg 2015 And TPP: Global elite schemes to put squeeze on ordinary citizens.

    06/12/2015 10:36:21 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 1 replies
    No TV nor radio news will cover this. CNN Reports Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Extremely Secretive Two copies of the biggest free trade deal in history are sitting in reading rooms -- one at each end of the Capitol. The document is classified. Only members of Congress and staffers with security clearance can access it. And they can't make copies or even carry their own handwritten notes out the door. This is how trade negotiations work. Fearful that they'll undercut their own negotiators, leaders of the countries involved don't want the details of what they're hashing out revealed until the...
  • $386M allegedly missing, as investors fear bitcoin Ponzi

    02/09/2015 8:26:35 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2015 February 08 | Everett Rosenfeld
    Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange MyCoin has allegedly shut its doors and stolen HKD 3 billion ($386.9 million) in the process. The South China Morning Post reported Monday that 30 MyCoin clients approached a local lawmaker with complaints that the company had fled with funds from up to 3,000 investors. The reports coming out of Hong Kong would seem to indicate that there may have been a Ponzi scheme at play. "No one seems to know who is behind this," a woman surnamed Lau, who said she lost HKD 1.3 million, told the paper. "Everyone says they, too, are victims ......
  • Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition...

    06/09/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 64 replies
    SALON magazine ^ | 6/8/2014 | Thomas Frank
    Tuition is up 1,200 percent in 30 years. Here's why you're unemployed, crushed by debt -- and no one is helping The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks: food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it. Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation...
  • EDITORIAL: One traffic-ticket camera kickback scheme hits a red light

    05/19/2014 7:27:37 AM PDT · by cutty · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2014
    <p>Those big, ugly early birds began circling over the corporate headquarters of the revenue-camera industry last week when federal prosecutors announced that felony corruption charges had been filed against the Chicago city official in charge of one of the world’s largest red-light camera operations. More dominoes are expected to fall as FBI agents take the investigation to other cities.</p>
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 62 replies
    1395555531 (UTC) | Self->This
  • IRS watchdog warns of ‘largest scam of its kind’ with phone scheme

    03/20/2014 5:47:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/20/14 | Josh Hicks
    The Internal Revenue Service’s watchdog warned taxpayers Thursday about a sophisticated nationwide phone scheme that it said is “the largest scam of its kind” it has seen. The scheme involves callers claiming to represent the IRS and demanding immediate payments with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, the watchdog said. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George said that “thousands of victims” have paid more than $1 million to fraudsters and that his agency has received more than 20,000 reports of contact.
  • Macro Energy Shares Soar on Australian Stock Exchange Following Bitcoin Deal

    03/15/2014 4:26:19 PM PDT · by TsonicTsunami08 · 7 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | March 14, 2014 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Shares of Australian investment firm Macro Energy gained 42% yesterday, after news emerged that it plans to enter the bitcoin space and raise A$9.1m ($8.2m) in funding.
  • Bitcoin exchange's collapse is probed by U.S. and Japanese regulators

    02/27/2014 5:38:34 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | 26 February 2014 | Chris O'Brien
    U.S. and Japanese regulators are investigating the collapse of the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoins, the virtual currency that has grown in popularity among technophiles for buying products and services online. The separate investigations were launched Wednesday as supporters of the virtual currency insisted that the shutdown of Mt. Gox was only a temporary setback for the novel monetary system. The failure of the Tokyo exchange, which may have included the theft of almost 750,000 bitcoins worth more than $300 million, was seen by critics as derailing prospects for the virtual currency. But several high-profile bitcoin investors came forward...
  • Former D.C. Department of Human Services worker pleads guilty to scheme ($800K in food stamps)

    02/16/2014 6:42:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/15/14 | Patrick Svitek
    Aretha Holland-Jackson, 45, admitted in federal court that she used her access to the Department of Human Services’ computer system to set up public assistance for nearly two dozen phony beneficiaries. Using fake names and Social Security numbers, Holland-Jackson obtained government ID cards that she and others used to withdraw food stamps, cash and other public benefits from ATMs, according to prosecutors. Allison Holland, Holland-Jackson’s 47-year-old sister, also admitted involvement in the scheme. Prosecutors said Holland, of Cheltenham, used three of the fake cards, then saved cash for her sister in a shoebox.
  • Bitcoin Bank Run, Take 2

    02/11/2014 4:32:38 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 17 replies
    Mises Economics Blog ^ | 2/11/14 | David Howden
    Enough people were upset with my previous post claiming that Mt. Gox is suffering a bitcoin bank run because it is holding only a fractional bitcoin reserve that it caused me to think twice about the claim.I could have been wrong, but I doubt it.Actually, the backlash was strong enough that it made me think that perhaps I was using some common terms in strange ways. I referred to Mt. Gox as a bank, which is a stretch by some definitions, but it definitely stores bitcoin for clients and as such, acts as a custodian.Maybe it was the term “bank...
  • Bitcoin -- Boom or Bubble?

    01/20/2014 8:17:37 AM PST · by Errant · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 20 January, 2014 | Robert Samuelson
    WASHINGTON -- The baffling Bitcoin boom is either an exercise in self-delusion -- a high-tech Ponzi scheme that will come crashing down -- or an imaginative new Internet technology that will ultimately change how millions of people around the world conduct everyday business. There is little middle ground. Called a "digital currency," Bitcoin originated in early 2009 with a software program written by Satoshi Nakamoto. Who is Nakamoto? Good question. It's a pseudonym, and we don't know who's behind it -- whether man or woman; individual or group; American, Japanese, Russian or some other nationality. But what seems clear is...
  • The Serious Disadvantages of Bitcoin

    01/04/2014 8:13:19 AM PST · by narses · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Pit ^ | 1/1/2014 | Anthony Alfidi
    You’ve all heard about Bitcoin. No one knows who created it, although some writers have made very educated guesses about the identity of the pseudonymous creator. I have sometimes wondered whether Bitcoin is the product of some transnational criminal organization or rogue state that wants to undermine developed economies by casting their payment systems into doubt. I am less concerned with Bitcoin’s origin than with its flaws. I shall enumerate those flaws forthwith. Bitcoin enables fraud and other criminal activities. This is absolutely the single most salient feature of Bitcoin’s anonymity. Conventional currencies are indeed subject to laundering and counterfeit....
  • Bitcoin is Gold 2.0: But how can it be regulated?

    12/28/2013 10:41:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2013 | Chriss Street
    Bitcoin is the name of a group of peer-to-peer payment networks that serve as an open-source form of digital currency that was originally introduced in 2009 by a software developer with the alias of 'Satoshi Nakamoto." Bitcoin currency is created as rewards to "miners" for providing the computing power to solve difficult math problems to maintain the "blockchain" of internet transactions in the currency. Unlike online credit cards and PayPal systems that allow buyers to claim their money back, bitcoin permanently transfers value. The bitcoin cyber-economy compassed of merchants, users, service providers, and startup enterprises has flourished for the past...
  • Into the Bitcoin Mines

    12/23/2013 4:23:45 AM PST · by Errant · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 December, 2013 | NATHANIEL POPPER
    On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin. To get there, you pass through a fortified gate and enter a featureless yellow building. After checking in with a guard behind bulletproof glass, you face four more security checkpoints, including a so-called man trap that allows passage only after the door behind you has shut. This brings you to the center of the operation, a fluorescent-lit room with more than 100 whirring silver computers, each in a locked cabinet and each cooled by blasts of Arctic air shot up from...
  • Giant US Retailer to Accept Bitcoin

    12/20/2013 10:16:42 AM PST · by Errant · 130 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/20/2013 | George Washington
    Overstock.com – the American internet retailer with over a billion dollars per year in sales – will accept Bitcoin starting in 2014. As Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne told the Financial Times: I think a healthy monetary system at the end of the day isn’t an upside down pyramid based on the whim of a government official, but is based on something that they can’t control. If there’s going to be some part of the population which adopts it… I think that we’ll get that business. And the people who switch to it will respect that we started adopting it. Europe...
  • Bitcoin Drops 50% Overnight As China’s Biggest BTC Exchange Stops Deposits In Chinese Yuan

    12/18/2013 7:48:27 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 23 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | December 18, 2013 | John Biggs
    China’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, BTCChina, has stopped accepting deposits in Chinese yuan. The shutdown has sent the currency into a downward spin, stripping it of half its value overnight. It is trading at $572 on Mt.Gox, down from a high of about $1,200 last week.
  • This Senate hearing is a Bitcoin lovefest

    11/19/2013 3:10:23 AM PST · by pluvmantelo · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2013 | TIMOTHY B. LEE
    The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is holding the first congressional hearing on the future of Bitcoin. The first panel features senior figures from the Obama administration. And their comments about Bitcoin have been remarkably positive.
  • Young and healthy needed to make Obamacare mandate work (MSM worried Obamacare will fail)

    10/01/2013 8:12:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/1/2013 | By Jen Christensen
    Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work. The chefs own and operate a bright orange hipster magnet called the Neue Southern Food Truck. The farm-to-table vehicle stands out in Greenville, South Carolina, even among the new gastropubs that dot the city's charming Main Street. Today Zanardelli and Foster are zooming around their rented kitchen on the edge of town, preparing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Ramen with seaweed and pumpkin sweet rolls. They won't have time after their 12-hour work day to explore the new health insurance marketplaces that opened this morning,...
  • CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

    05/11/2013 9:48:45 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies
    CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again' "Our house is on fire." Daniel Halper May 11, 2013 12:09 PM CBS anchor Scott Pelley said at a speech at Quinnipiac University that journalists "are getting big stories wrong, over and over again." "Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com. "These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again." The CBS newsreader was quick to take at least partial blame. "Let me take the first arrow:...
  • Why Is The World Economy Doomed? The Global Financial Pyramid Scheme By The Numbers

    03/26/2013 5:49:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 20 March 2013 | Michael
    Why is the global economy in so much trouble? How can so many people be so absolutely certain that the world financial system is going to crash? Well, the truth is that when you take a look at the cold, hard numbers it is not difficult to see why the global financial pyramid scheme is destined to fail. In the United States today, there is approximately 56 trillion dollars of total debt in our financial system, but there is only about 9 trillion dollars in our bank accounts. So you could take every single penny out of the banks, multiply...
  • LIRR Disability Scam - A $1 Billion Tragedy

    02/21/2013 6:34:52 PM PST · by UnBubba · 3 replies
    www.fbi.gov ^ | 02-21-2013 | FBI
    Hundreds of LIRR employees have allegedly exploited the overlap between the LIRR pension and the RRB disability program by pre-planning the date on which they would falsely declare themselves disabled so that it would coincide with their projected retirement date.These false statements, made under oath in disability applications, allowed LIRR employees to retire as early as age 50 with an LIRR pension, supplemented by the fraudulently obtained RRB disability annuity. From 1995 through 2011, more than 75 percent of LIRR employees stopped working and began receiving RRB disability benefits.
  • First Obama Response to Paul Ryan Pick: ‘Radical’ & ‘Extreme’ — Quotes the New York Times

    08/11/2012 9:36:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August. 11, 2012 | Benny Johnson
    The first message to supporters from President Barack Obama‘s campaign following Mitt Romney’s announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate was tepid at best. Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, framed Ryan as a purveyor of “failed policies“ who would ”slash the investments we need” in the economy. The Obama team attacked the Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman as “radical” and “extreme” by quoting the New York Times. The campaign then asked supporters to stand with the president “at another major moment” and solicited donations:
  • Buddy Fletcher: Financial Genius — or a Fake?

    03/05/2012 10:30:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | March 2012 | RICHARD BRADLEY
    EVEN IN THE DAKOTA, the storied apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side, home to such cultural icons as Yoko Ono and Lauren Bacall, Buddy Fletcher stood out. African American, fantastically accomplished, and wealthy, Fletcher had grown up in modest circumstances, gone to Harvard, and graduated as “first marshal” of his class in 1987. From there he hit Wall Street, earned millions before he turned 25, and started his own firm, Fletcher Asset Management. By the time he was 30, the company was operating as a hedge fund and boasting of triple-digit returns. Fletcher made multimillion-dollar donations to Harvard,...
  • Santorum: Obama's healthcare law a scheme to get Democrats reelected (will repeal Commiecare™)

    01/05/2012 10:31:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Santorum: Obama's healthcare law a scheme to get Democrats reelectedBy Jonathan Easley - 01/05/12 12:55 PM ET Rick Santorum called President Obama's healthcare law a scheme to "hook" voters, who would reelect Democrats because they will have become dependent on the government for handouts. “ObamaCare is a game-changer that makes every single citizen dependent on the U.S. government for their life,” Santorum said at a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire on Thursday. “That’s how they see you … as people to hook, as people to become dependent on them. There’s a push to get more and more people dependent. Why?...
  • Alleged Mastermind behind billion dollar ponzi scheme may have amnesia (Hillaryitis?)

    12/23/2011 8:17:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    KXXV ^ | 12/22/11 | Brandon Hartman
    Alleged Mastermind behind billion dollar ponzi scheme may have amnesiaby Brandon Hartman Posted: Dec 22, 2011 2:53 PM EST MEXIA - A native of Mexia that allegedly swindled investors out of $7 billion dollars claims he can't remember any of the events that led to his arrest. R. Allen Stanford was supposedly beaten by another inmate while being locked away in Conroe's Joe Corley Detention Center on September 24th 2009. His attorneys claim that since the event, he has been unable to answer even the most basic questions.
  • Notre Dame football legend "Rudy" charged in alleged pump-and-dump stock scheme

    12/20/2011 5:12:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 12/16/11
    Notre Dame football legend "Rudy" charged in alleged pump-and-dump stock schemeUpdated: Friday, December 16, 2011, 4:36 PM Daniel Ruettiger, the former walk-on football player at the University of Notre Dame who inspired the 1993 film “Rudy,” agreed to pay $382,000 to resolve U.S. regulatory claims he defrauded investors in his sports-drink company by touting fake taste tests and sales. Ruettiger and 12 others generated more than $11 million in illicit profits by artificially pumping up the stock of Rudy Nutrition, the firm Ruettiger founded, the SEC said in a complaint filed today at U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. The...
  • Triple Lutz Report–The Last Ponzi Scheme

    12/18/2011 6:28:44 AM PST · by appeal2 · 5 replies
    KerryLutz.com ^ | 12/18/2011 | Kerry Lutz
    Those who do not learn from the past (and lets face it that’s most of us) are condemned to repeat it. When I was 15 years old my parents made me read the biography of Charles Ponzi. They felt that if I learned about this scammer it would help protect me in the future, when I would hopefully make my fortune. What I learned from that book, is that if something is too good to be true, it generally is. While I can’t say that I’ve never been scammed, I will say that I haven’t been scammed too badly, other...
  • ‘Scaring seniors’ with simple truths

    09/15/2011 7:04:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Sep 14, 2011 | JACOB SULLUM
    ‘Scaring seniors’ with simple truths JACOB SULLUM jsullum@reason.com Last Modified: Sep 14, 2011 09:40AM At the Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night, Mitt Romney said Rick Perry has needlessly “scared seniors” by calling Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.” Romney, more sensitive to the anxieties of retirees, prefers to say “the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security” (as he puts it in his 2010 book No Apology) because Congress has spent the program’s surplus revenue instead of saving it to pay for future benefits — the sort of crime for which bankers “would...
  • WSJ: Herman Cain Right, Romney and Perry Both Wrong on Social Security

    09/12/2011 3:39:11 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 21 replies
    Lonely Conservative ^ | 9/12/11 | Lonely Conservative
    The Wall Street Journal editors took both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry to task for their stance on Social Security. They believe both GOP presidential contenders are wrong on the issue. Perry’s wrong for pointing out the obvious, but not taking it further, and Romney erred by repeating Democrat talking points – that the program can go on without significant reforms. The key point is that, unlike a Ponzi scheme, Social Security can be reformed and it will have to be if current workers are to receive any return on their current taxes. Everyone serious knows what the reform options...
  • Kyoto team suspends Romania from carbon market

    08/28/2011 10:56:02 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 28 August 2011 | Blade
    The Kyoto Protocol committee has blocked Romania from selling carbon credits over concerns about irregularities in the country's carbon emissions data, Romania's environment ministry said Sunday. In December, Romanian Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely said the country hoped to earn some 1.5 billion euros ($2.2 billion) from selling carbon offsets. But the committee that monitors Kyoto Protocol compliance decided to suspend Romania from the programme due to "irregularities observed" in Bucharest's 2010 greenhouse gas emissions data, the environment ministry statement said. The suspension has immediate affect, and Bucharest must put in place an "adequate" system for monitoring emissions before it can...
  • Poll Confirms America's Entitlement Culture...Even Among Tea Partiers

    03/13/2011 8:02:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 160 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 13, 2011 | Brad Schaeffer
    The anti-government “throw-the-bums-out” crowds have had their chance to speak out on how to curtail the deficit and what to do with those hated entitlements that are the antithesis of the America they pine for. A recent WSJ/NBC News poll provided a glimpse of just how dependent on big government entitlements Americans have become–even among the Tea Party. Not that this should be a surprise to anyone watching the slow shift of the American mindset from citizen, to consumer, to ward of the State over the past century. According to the Wall Street Journal who co-sponsored the poll, “Americans across...
  • Wait A Minute, Why Should I Hate Bernie Madoff? (There's a Ponzi Scheme we should hate but don't)

    02/09/2011 7:16:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/09/2011 | Kyle Smith
    When Bernie Madoff popped up in the news again last week, this time when it was alleged that his bankers at JP Morgan Chase saw red flags in his actions but failed to tell the authorities, I felt that familiar feeling again--nothing. Because I don't hate Bernie Madoff. Why should I? SNIP I shed no tears for Madoff, but nor do I clench a fist. Madoff didn't do anything to me. However, if I were forced to join an investment fund that I knew to be a Ponzi scheme and made to watch helplessly as my dollars were sucked out...
  • Fed takes bold, risky step to bolster economy (launches unorthodox new policy)

    11/03/2010 12:38:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/3/10 | Pedro da Costa and Mark Felsenthal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve launched an unorthodox new policy on Wednesday, committing to buy $600 billion more in government bonds by the middle of next year in an attempt to breathe new life into a struggling U.S. economy. The decision, which takes the Fed into largely uncharted waters, is aimed at further lowering borrowing costs for consumers and businesses still suffering in the aftermath of the worst recession since the Great Depression. The U.S. central bank said it would buy about $75 billion in longer-term Treasury bonds per month as part of the new program. It said it...
  • Prices rise as New Zealand passes emissions trading scheme

    07/04/2010 8:22:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/1/2010 | Paul Chapman
    Petrol and power prices have risen sharply in New Zealand after the government introduced a controversial emissions trading scheme. The government has pressed ahead with plans to slash the nation's carbon output, despite widespread opposition and New Zealand's larger neighbour Australia shelving its own scheme. Motorists were hit by a 3c (1.4p) rise in the price of a litre of petrol overnight, while householders face a 5 per cent increase in gas and electricity prices. It was the first step in a complex scheme, universally referred to as "the ETS", to slash carbon emissions back to 1990 levels. Some disgruntled...
  • Obama’s Scheme to Gut the Coast Guard

    03/17/2010 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 852+ views
    big government ^ | 3/17/10 | Ken Blackwell
    We should all know by now that the Obama administration’s plan to spend up to $200 million on civilian trials for terrorists is dangerous. It’s also wasteful. Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a site perfectly suited to such trials—and detentions. If not there, then Adak, in the middle of the Aleutians would do just fine. The Washington Post shows us why that $200 million is also a waste of money. The U.S. Coast Guard should play an important role in our homeland security. After all, that was the stated reason for moving the Coast Guard out of the U.S. Transportation Department...
  • Third-Rail Shocker (Social Security Going Bankrupt Sooner)

    01/08/2010 5:17:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 36 replies · 1,422+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 8, 2009 | Investor's business Daily staff
    Entitlements: While a massive health care entitlement is fashioned in secret, another one, Social Security, is running deficits decades earlier than expected. We've been kicking the can down the road. We're out of road. As Bernie Madoff found out, any Ponzi scheme depends on a continuous inflow of new cash and new customers or the ever-expanding pyramid will totter and collapse. Social Security, dependent as it was on new workers paying the expanding benefits of retirees, is about to, much sooner than expected. As Ed Morrissey over at HotAir.com reminds us, Peter Orszag, now director of the Office of Management...
  • Medicare, Social Security drying up faster than expected

    12/16/2009 6:38:19 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 776+ views
    Denver Business Journal ^ | May 13, 2009 | Kathy Robertson
    Trust funds that support Medicare and Social Security have eroded due to the recession and will run out of money earlier than expected, government officials say. Medicare, the government health care program for seniors, is projected to run out of money in 2017, two years earlier than previously predicted, according to the 2009 annual report by program trustees. Social Security, the government assistance program for seniors and the disabled, is projected to become insolvent by 2037, four years earlier than trustees predicted a year ago.
  • Obama will attend Copenhagen summit before picking up Nobel peace prize

    11/25/2009 11:09:54 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 592+ views
    Times ^ | November 25, 2009 | Tim Reid
    Obama will travel to Copenhagen next month to attend the climate change conference, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether he would go and after intense pressure from Europe for his presence. Obama will offer to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020, a 30 per cent reduction by 2025 and a 42 per cent drop by 2030... After he attends the summit on December 9, he will fly to Oslo to collect his recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize the following day, and then return to the US. Obama conceded during his trip to China...
  • VIDEO: CEO: "Pimp" Racist For Thinking ACORN Would Fall For Scheme

    09/18/2009 9:26:42 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 26 replies · 1,319+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 18, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis slams James O'Keefe for dressing up like a pimp because that is what "a black and brown organization would go for."
  • Help me understand page 53, lines 15-20 of the Health Care Bill, it looks fishy....(Vanity)

    08/03/2009 6:01:59 PM PDT · by Trteamer · 9 replies · 995+ views
    Please read this and give me your opinions, I don't like the way it reads and need some clarification....
  • Islamic-Style Ponzi Scheme Costs Investors 100 Million Shekels

    03/13/2009 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 429+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/13/09 | Hillel Fendel
    (IsraelNN.com) Ali Al-Kurd, a money-changer in eastern Jerusalem, promised his investors a 26 percent annual profit. He disappeared several weeks ago, and 100 million shekels – some say 200 million – are gone. The story, broken by Israel’s business weekly Globes, began seven years ago, according to some reports. Ali Al-Kurd, son of a wealthy businessman, began paying between 21 and 26 percent annual interest rates, in regular monthly payments, on investment sums that reached as high as $1.2 million. He held lavish meetings with potential investors, spoke vaguely of various opportunities in Israel and elsewhere, but “when you left...
  • The CIA-Censors Model: Killing Rush Softly with 'Localism'

    02/02/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 24 replies · 1,829+ views
    Our late colleague Jim Boulet last year unearthed the facts here and here and here on how the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ‘localism' schemes could shut down or inhibit talk radio. Last Thursday, Ishmael Jones, nom de plume of a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestine service, gave his take on the danger radio ‘localism' poses to free political speech in his American Thinker article "What the CIA's Censors Can Teach Us about Plans to Muzzle Talk Radio" here. Here is Ishmael Jones on this Administration and their possible ‘localism' approach to shutting down political speech on...
  • Bernie Madoff's Victims: The List

    12/15/2008 6:25:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 171 replies · 6,344+ views
    Silicon Valley Insider ^ | 12/14/08 | Henry Blodget
    Bernie Madoff's Victims (So Far) HSBC "has emerged as one the largest victims of Bernard Madoff’s alleged fraud with potential exposure of about $1bn to the investment manager’s collapsed venture...HSBC’s exposure stemmed from loans it provided to institutional clients, mainly hedge funds of funds, that wanted to invest with Mr Madoff. HSBC’s direct exposure is believed to be about $1bn in loans provided to clients who invested some $500m of their own funds in Mr Madoff’s venture. Under the typical terms of these deals, if the US authorities recover any funds from Mr Madoff, HSBC will be paid first, with...