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  • Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

    03/21/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 63 replies
    www.wtop.com ^ | 3/21/14 | Jesse J Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools -- even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm. The suspensions -- and disparities -- begin at the earliest grades. Black children represent about 18 percent of children in preschool programs in schools, but they make up almost half of the preschoolers who are suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools...
  • ‘Is It Preposterous’ to Think a Black Hole Caused Flight 370 to Go Missing?

    03/19/2014 8:52:03 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 107 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | March 19th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    CNN’s Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night, he actually asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved.
  • Report: Jailed Muslim Brotherhood Leader Al-Shater Has Info That Will Land Barack Obama in Jail

    08/14/2013 8:57:09 AM PDT · by FactsChecked · 65 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 14, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    "In a thinly veiled threat, Saad Al-Shater said a U.S. delegation was sent to Cairo by Obama to press for the release of the imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including his father to prevent the release of explosive information."
  • Report: Saudis Aiming Missiles at Israel and Iran

    07/10/2013 3:40:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    INN ^ | 7/11/2013, 1:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Saudi Arabia is targeting both Israel and Iran with powerful ballistic missiles, new satellite photography shown by military experts to the British Telegraph suggests. Images analyzed by experts at IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review has revealed a previously undisclosed surface-to-surface missile base deep in the Saudi desert, with capabilities for hitting both countries, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday. Analysts who examined the photos spotted two launch pads with markings pointing northwest towards Tel Aviv and northeast towards Tehran, according to the report. The pads are designed for Saudi Arabia’s arsenal of lorry-launched DF 3 missiles, which have a range of 1,500-2,500...
  • Amid speculation about Pelosi's future, House Dems set Nov. 29 leadership vote

    10/24/2012 4:07:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 24, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats will hold their leadership elections after the Thanksgiving break, a leadership aide announced Wednesday. On an afternoon call with members of her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the party will stage the elections on Nov. 29, the aide said. That date is much later than the schedule adopted by Republicans, who have indicated they'll finalize their leadership slots the week before the Thanksgiving holiday. The distinction has stirred some speculation that Pelosi might be preparing to step down after 25 years on Capitol Hill, and that she plans to use her return in the lame-duck...
  • Asperger’s Man- The Search for Multi-Regional Human Speciation

    08/30/2012 10:45:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The Freehold | August 29-30, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    My first love will always be archaeology and the study of what makes us human.This article is speculation. This is my personal musing on the development of certain psychological and physiological human traits. This is not to be taken as anything but my personal opinion. I have no evidence that there was an Asperger’s man. This article was also written several years ago and since then more evidence for the possibility of interbreeding with other hominids has come to light in Russia and in Africa that may support my original idea... Part 1Part 2
  • Aurora Shooter Militant Occupy Black Bloc Member?

    07/21/2012 5:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WEB Commentary ^ | July 21, 2012 | Sher Zieve
    Private Detective Bill Warner is reporting at his site that the Aurora, CO theatre mass murderer James E. Holmes was apparently a member of the Occupy movement’s “elite” militant and violent Black Bloc unit. There is also a photo on the site showing Holmes being arrested by what appear to be San Diego police. We already know that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and a number of other Democrat lawmakers have praised the Occupy “movement” and Obama-mentor and boss George Soros has heavily financed it. Now, with the Black Bloc Uber-violent segment and its apparent hit-man James Holmes beginning to look,...
  • Bozell: ABC's Disgraceful Rush to Judgment on the Tea Party

    07/20/2012 5:02:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 20, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    This morning, in the aftermath of the unspeakable Colorado massacre that claimed at least 12 innocent American lives and injured dozens more, ABC "news" investigative reporter Brian Ross appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and made the outrageous, irresponsible, and completely unfounded claim that the alleged gunman, 24-year-old Jim Holmes, is a member of the Tea Party. Apparently Ross has learned absolutely nothing from the media's disgraceful rush to judgment and dissemination of misinformation following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January 2011.   That's twice now that the "news" media have falsely implicated the Tea Party in murder....
  • Carnivores - git yur knives, forks, and freezers ready!!

    07/09/2012 5:38:51 PM PDT · by djf · 36 replies
    I've seen two reports today that talked about the weather over the midwest and the corn. The corn crop just about nationwide is a dismal failure due to droughts and prices are expected to climb by at least fifty percent. For many products that use corn, that means BUY IT NOW! Sadly, there is another outcome, farmers were interviewed and for them it means one thing - they can't feed their stock, so they end up going to the slaughterhouse. So soon, there will be a glut of meat on the market, expect prices to plummet (before they rise almost...
  • Obama’s oil market plan more politics than substance

    04/17/2012 9:27:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 4/17/2012 | John W. Schoen
    President Obama's call to rein in oil market speculation comes just as those very market forces appear to be accomplishing his real goal of lowering gasoline prices in the middle of an election campaign. The president announced Tuesday that he wants Congress to crack down on oil market speculators whom he argues have helped drive up the price of crude oil and gasoline. ,,,,, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, denounced the plan as unnecessary, saying the White House already has the tools available to crack down on any possible oil price manipulation. "Where is his Federal Trade Commission? Where is...
  • Yes, government policies could help bring down the price of gas -- today

    03/13/2012 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Bobbys1963 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2012 | John Lott
    With the price for a regular gallon of gas topping $3.80 on Monday, angry politicians are blaming the higher prices on speculators and greedy oil companies. On Friday, President Obama announced that he was “making sure that my Attorney General is paying attention to potential speculation in the oil markets.” 23 Senators and 45 congressmen, all Democrats except for one independent, are calling for urgent action against the “speculators” they hold responsible. These members of congress want the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use its new regulatory powers under a law Obama signed two years ago to limit the amount...
  • How does oil speculation raise gas prices?

    03/05/2012 6:41:53 PM PST · by U-238 · 56 replies
    How Stuff Works ^ | 3/1/2012 | Josh Clark
    The next time you drive to the gas station, only to find prices are still sky high compared to just a few years ago, take notice of the rows of foreclosed houses you'll pass along the way. They may seem like two parts of a spell of economic bad luck, but high gas prices and home foreclosures are actually very much interrelated. Before most people were even aware there was an economic crisis, investment managers abandoned failing mortgage-backed securities and looked for other lucrative investments. What they settled on was oil futures. An oil future is simply a contract between...
  • Oil The never ending story

    02/27/2012 10:49:03 AM PST · by q_an_a · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Fort Worth star Telegram ^ | 2.27.2012 | Ed Wallace
    For weeks the headlines have screamed that U.S. gasoline prices have hit an all-time-record high for this time of year. Other media outlets continue to speculate on the impact of the EU's proposed ban on Iranian oil, which would keep refiners based on the Continent from using it. Some question whether this new record winter price for oil will derail what looks like a reasonably strong economic recovery. And speculation on how higher gasoline prices will affect new car sales seems popular. Welcome to 2012 and our longest-running national melodrama: Oil. Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/27/3765797/oil-the-never-ending-story.html#storylink=cpy
  • [China] Ominous Ordos: Dispatch from a Chinese Ghost Town (realestate implosion)

    12/06/2011 4:29:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/05/11
    December 5, 2011, 9:58 PM HKT Ominous Ordos: Dispatch from a Chinese Ghost Town Ordos – a town in the desert of Inner Mongolia – has become a symbol of the excesses of China’s real estate boom. Reports in the local press that property prices in the eeriest of China’s ghost towns had fallen 70% had China Real Time Report on the next plane out there. We found little evidence of a collapse in prices yet. But with sales volume sharply down that could be just around the corner. “You want to know why they were building all those houses...
  • China: Underground Rumblings, then a Financial Quake

    10/21/2011 6:25:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Caixin ^ | 10/14/11 | Andy Xie
    By Andy Xie 10.14.2011 14:52 Underground Rumblings, then a Financial Quake Private, real economic activities are on shaky ground as high-rate loans, speculation and the state sector surge A real business does not go bankrupt simply because it can't borrow money. But a money-burning speculator does. This fact explains why it's wrong to blame the recent wave of private company bankruptcies in Wenzhou on China's monetary tightening and credit squeeze. The real story is that the companies speculated with borrowed money, and lost. Excessive monetary expansion from 2008-'10 rewarded speculation through asset inflation. The Chinese government's economic stimulus, launched in...
  • Fidel Castro silence sparks speculation on health

    09/02/2011 11:49:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/2/11 | Paul Haven - ap
    HAVANA (AP) — It's been more than a year since Fidel Castro burst back on the scene with a spate of public appearances and dire warnings of nuclear Armageddon. But after a flurry of activity that quieted speculation about his exit from the world stage, the Cuban revolutionary's revival tour seems to be over. Castro has not appeared in public since a key Communist Party meeting in April when he seemed unsteady and unusually frail. He has also virtually stopped writing his trademark opinion pieces and didn't make a statement or release a photograph on his 85th birthday in August....
  • Ann Coulter on Follow The Money

    07/24/2011 2:22:25 PM PDT · by Realman30 · 1 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 07-22-11 | PopModal
    An interview with Ann Coulter on Follow the Money.
  • Perry, Palin aren't running, just enjoying the ride

    07/03/2011 7:57:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 175 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2011 | Thomas Taschinger (I bet is a democrat)
    Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren't stupid, no matter what you might think of them. They are riding a comet, and they are in no hurry to get off. I'm talking about the possibility of running for president. Neither one will probably take the plunge. Given the realities of modern campaigning and fund-raising, they'd already be in this thing if they were serious about it. Both are content in their real jobs - Perry as governor of a huge state, Palin as a money-making-machine and voice of the hard Right. But why stop the fun? As long as they are...
  • Speculating the Strategic Oil Reserves

    06/29/2011 6:07:48 AM PDT · by bray · 7 replies · 1+ views
    brayincandy.com ^ | 6/29/11 | bray
    We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by LOVE, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thes 1:3 Once again the free market makes fools of the Harvard grads, which is like saying water is wet; after President Obozo announces tapping into the strategic oil reserves the pump price drops dramatically. How can this be after we have been lectured endlessly by the Dems how increasing our supply would have no effect on the prices for years? All the simpletons who don’t have Ivy League degrees...
  • 49 CalPERS staffers investigated by state agency

    05/27/2011 2:19:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2011 | Andrew S. Ross
    More shoes may be dropping at the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Forty-nine staff members, including the president and chief investment officer, have been notified they are being investigated by the Fair Political Practices Commission for possible violations of gift reporting requirements. ... some of the potential violations went back five years. The investigation grew, indirectly, out of the scandal involving outside placement agents and their allegedly corrupt links to senior CalPERS executives
  • Arizona Land Sells for 8% of Price Calpers Paid

    05/29/2011 3:49:53 PM PDT · by fifedom · 27 replies
    Forextv.com ^ | May 29, 2011 | staff writer
    A desert site in Arizona sold for $32.5 million this week, five years after the California Public Employees’ Retirement System paid $400 million for the land. “Of all the speculative deals I’ve seen here, this was right at the top,” McDonnell said. Calpers had investments valued at $209.7 million in MW Housing Partners III June 30, 2007. The next year, the investment had a negative market value of $102.9 million.
  • Sarah Palin readies bus tour amid 2012 speculation

    05/26/2011 8:07:01 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/26/11 | Dan Balz
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), who has been largely out of the public eye through much of the spring, will reemerge Sunday as she begins a national bus tour that will put her back in the spotlight and no doubt renew speculation about a possible presidential bid. The tour, the first of what will be a series of such journeys over a period of weeks, will start on Sunday in Washington at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and work its way north along the East Coast. She will visit other parts of the country later, stopping at symbolically...
  • The dead infant and the birth-certificate mystery

    05/17/2011 7:27:18 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 232 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Amid questions about the authenticity of Obama's posted birth records raised by the registration number, a researcher has discovered a possible explanation. The Post and Email blog, which has focused on the Obama eligibility controversy, features a report by an unnamed researcher who discovered the record of a girl born the same day as the president who died a day later that could have been the source of Obama's birth certificate. The find is significant because of questions about the plausibility of the registration number indicated on the images of short-form and long-form birth certificates for the president posted on...
  • Obama's War on Oil

    05/05/2011 11:02:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 20 replies
    american spectator ^ | 5-4-11 | Peter Ferrara
    Why would President Obama want high gas prices? It's a matter of ideology for him. He thinks it's good for the environment for gas prices to be high. The higher gas prices are, the less you will drive. Also, higher gas prices make his beloved "alternative fuels" more competitive. That is because these alternative fuels are inherently more expensive, and so can't compete with cheaper gas. Note this is not a prescription for easing the financial burden on working people. High gas prices make it more likely you will buy expensive "alternative fuels." But either way, your wallet will still...
  • Gas Price Problem, Mr. President? The Justice Department Is at Your Service!

    04/23/2011 5:57:39 AM PDT · by 4buttons · 15 replies
    National Review, "The Corner" ^ | 4 22 '11 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As the “Arab Spring” spooks the market, and Obama’s economic, monetary and energy policies increase inflationary pressure, gas prices keep pushing upward, now well over $4/gallon in many places. So, rather than look in the mirror, President Obama has reached again for his dog-eared copy of Rules for Radicals and searched out a culprit to demonize. And the winner is … those bad “traders and speculators,” who, he suggested yesterday, could be “taking advantage of American consumers for their own short-term gains.”
  • “Those who Can Not Remember the Prophetic Past are Condemned to Repeat It”

    04/11/2011 8:58:03 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 6 replies
    American Vision ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Joel Richardson believes the Bible teaches “that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi.”[1] As I mentioned in a previous article, there’s nothing new about making Islam the end-time bad guy when it comes to prophetic speculation. It has a long history, something Mr. Richardson seems not to be aware of or, if he does know about it, he’s not telling his readers. Francis X. Gumerlock makes this historical observation about Islam and end-time conjecture: In A.D. 637, the Moslems captured Jerusalem, and soon afterward built a mosque on the Temple Mount. One chronicler...
  • Is Ed Schultz a Wife Beater?

    02/01/2011 11:00:37 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 34 replies
    North Dakota Courts, Cass County ^ | 01/26/1999 | North Dakota Courts
    http://publicsearch.ndcourts.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=203281 MAUREEN K ZIMMERMAN VS. EDWARD A SCHULTZ Case Type: Divorce Date Filed: 01/26/1999 Location: — Cass County Judicial Officer: Marquart, Steven L (Snip) 11/02/1995 Converted Event Codes Doc ID# 72 (EXP01 ) EX PARTE TEMPORARY PROTECTION ORDER (CC TO CC SHER. & FGO. PD) 11/02/1995 Application Doc ID# 71 APPLICATION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDER (Snip) 11/16/1995 Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Backes, Norman J) UCIS Hrg Desc: PROTECTION ORDER Result: Hearing Ended (Snip) 11/30/1995 Motion/Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Backes, Norman J) UCIS Hrg Desc: CONTINUED CONTEMPT HEARING 09/11/1995 Continued to 11/30/1995 - Continuance - Schultz, Edward A...
  • Food-Price Rise Puts Focus on Speculators (Blame Game--Price Controls Coming?)

    01/26/2011 7:14:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/26/11 | SAMEER MOHINDRU
    The run-up in global commodity prices is stirring debate in a number of countries over the role of financial speculators, a prospect that could fuel a regulatory backlash by governments keen to control food prices.
  • ***FACT: Hollywood and Video Games Are Far More Guilty than Sarah Palin***

    01/18/2011 3:56:37 AM PST · by The Wizard · 15 replies
    Stardate: 1101.18
    May I go where others have not gone: the obvious..... It is crystal clear that even this clown in Arizona was far more impacted by Hollywood, TV and video games than anything else.... Tell me he hasn't killed plenty on the video games, where killing on many games is the way to WIN... Tell me he hasn't seen "Matrix" or any of the other 20 dozen films of violence.... Tell me he hasn't listened to the crap they call music these days that all the kids listen to, many with words that defame women and life itself.... And I will...
  • Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer's as President

    01/14/2011 10:34:16 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 264 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | January 14, 2011 | US News & World Report
    Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer's as President 2011 is a big year for Ronald Reagan fans, being the centennial of his February 6 birth in Tampico, Ill. But youngest son Ron Reagan is spoiling the good cheer with a new book that suggests the Gipper suffered from Alzheimer's disease while in the White House, a claim dismissed by Reagan's doctors and outside experts. "Had the diagnosis been made in, say, 1987, would he have stepped down?" Ron asks, regarding the disease confirmed in 1994. "I believe he would have," he writes in My Father At 100: A Memoir, due...
  • Oil Price Could Reach $110 in Next Few Weeks: Official

    01/10/2011 1:55:38 PM PST · by FromLori · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/10/11
    Speculation could push oil prices to rise to $110 per barrel within a few weeks, which may prompt OPEC to raise production, a member of Kuwait's Supreme Petroleum Council said on Sunday. "Demand will increase slightly, but this increase in price is usually technical, due to analysts' forecasts and speculations," Imad al-Atiqi, a member of the country's highest oil policy body, told Reuters in a telephone interview. "This (increase) could be a reason to increase production so the oil market does not get worried ... especially if the rise was quick and crossed the $110," he said. However, OPEC members...
  • Fine: Lehman Brother's, others drove oil barrel prices up

    07/17/2010 1:27:05 PM PDT · by greenwill · 19 replies · 4+ views
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | 1/09 | Daniel Fine
    The sudden crash in oil prices might be the smoking gun that shows speculation, rather than supply and demand, drove the huge run-up in oil futures last year.
  • Goldman Sachs Made Me Special (Then I learned my place in the world)

    05/20/2010 6:48:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 576+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05/20/2010 | Gary Sutton
    Awhile ago, Goldman Sachs wanted my personal account. I was flattered. I gave them half. Next Goldman Sachs offered me "friends and family" shares in their initial public offering. Now I felt special. They purchased some different stocks for my account. These were shares their analysts pronounced as undervalued--stocks that should outperform the market. Wow. I felt really special. I had finally slipped into the inner circle of Wall Street. Oops. Things didn't work out that way. I lost money. Goldman called to inform me that my balance had fallen below their minimum. I needed to wire in more cash...
  • Will 'Obamacare' health care reform become law in the US by June 30th 2010? (Intrade)

    03/19/2010 2:45:56 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 5 replies · 852+ views
    Intrade ^ | 3/19/10
    ll 'Obamacare' health care reform become law in the United States? 'Obamacare' health care reform (see contract rules) to become law before midnight ET 30 Jun 2010
  • Jesus' Return (for the Rapture of all who belong to Him) is Very Near

    02/27/2010 8:02:16 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 450 replies · 6,688+ views
    The Bible at Bible.com ^ | Today Feb whatever it is, 2010 | self
    Disasters - earthquake, Tsunami, others - happening rapidly now. Read Matthew 24. There will be earthquakes.....etc. When we see these events occurring in increasing frequency it is because these are the "birth pangs" that we have been told by Jesus Christ Himself - would happen closer together in time as do the birth pangs of a woman in labor. The closer she gets to giving birth, the worse the birth pangs become and the closer together they come.
  • 2010: The year of bankrupt gov'ts

    12/23/2009 3:32:13 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,020+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 23, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But he only comes for kids -- not for governments that have bragged, borrowed and spent their way into bankruptcy. Two Thousand Ten is going to belong to the Grinch. For spendthrift governments around the world, the new year's going to bring massive defaults. The new globalization may be the globalization of a second wave of financial crises. The world economy is not convalescing. It's just been pumped full of unaffordable medicines. Borrowing madly, countries as diverse as Greece and Dubai have been buying time, not fiscal health.
  • Tiger Woods: Injuries Caused by Wife, Not SUV

    11/27/2009 10:50:28 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 500 replies · 21,519+ views
    TMZ.com ^ | 11/28/09 | Staff
    Tiger Woods did not suffer facial lacerations from a car accident. They were inflicted by his wife, Elin Nordegren -- according to a conversation Woods had Friday after the accident. Tiger has yet to be formally interviewed by the Florida Highway Patrol -- that should happen this afternoon. But we're told Tiger had a conversation Friday -- with a non-law enforcement type -- detailing what went down before his Escalade hit a fire hydrant. We're told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source,...
  • Tiger Woods said Elin Nordegren, not car crash, scratched face & chased him with golf club

    11/28/2009 6:19:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 270 replies · 13,986+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 28, 2009 | Rose Davis In Windemere,Tina Moore and Larry Mcshane
    Tiger Woods was injured early Friday morning outside his Florida home when his car struck a fire hydrant, then crashed into a tree. Tiger Woods, bolting his Florida mansion after a reported late-night fight with his wife, was found dazed and bleeding Friday after plowing his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree. The world's No. 1 golfer was pulling out of his driveway at 2:25 a.m. when he double-bogeyed the getaway in his 2009 Cadillac Escalade, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Wife Elin Nordegren heard the crash from inside the couple's $2.4 million home and went to her...
  • Tiger Woods' wife rescued him from car crash by smashing window with golf club

    11/27/2009 4:30:26 PM PST · by milwguy · 164 replies · 8,113+ views
    telegraph uk ^ | 11/27/2009 | nick allen
    Tiger Woods’ wife rescued him from the wreckage of a late night car crash by smashing a golf club through the window, police said. Mrs Nordegren told police she was inside the couple’s house in a gated community in Orlando, Florida when she heard the accident and ran outside. She grabbed a golf club and smashed the rear window of the black Cadillac Escalade to get to her husband. Woods was on his own in the car and no other vehicles were involved. It was unclear where he had been intending to go at that early hour. The accident happened...
  • Paul Krugman : Taxing the Speculators. We should use taxes to deter financial speculation

    11/27/2009 8:20:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 1,406+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2009 | Paul Krugman
    Should we use taxes to deter financial speculation? Yes, say top British officials, who oversee the City of London, one of the world’s two great banking centers. Other European governments agree — and they’re right. Unfortunately, United States officials — especially Timothy Geithner, the Treasury secretary — are dead set against the proposal. Let’s hope they reconsider: financial transactions tax is an idea whose time has come. The dispute began back in August, when Adair Turner, Britain’s top financial regulator, called for a tax on financial transactions as a way to discourage “socially useless” activities. Gordon Brown, the British prime...
  • Dubai in Deep Water As Ripples From Debt Crisis Spread

    11/26/2009 5:12:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 1,892+ views
    London Times ^ | November 27th 2009
    November 27, 2009 Dubai in Deep Water As Ripples From Debt Crisis Spread Patrick Hosking and David Robertson Work has been halted on the artificial islands Fears of a dangerous new phase in the economic crisis swept around the globe yesterday as traders responded to the shock announcement that a debt-laden Dubai state corporation was unable to meet its interest bill. Shares plunged, weak currencies were battered and more than £14 billion was wiped from the value of British banks on fears that they would be left nursing new losses. Nervous traders transferred the focus of their anxieties from the...
  • Brazil sparks wider currency control fears

    11/19/2009 7:04:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 493+ views
    FT ^ | 11/19/09 | Peter Garnham
    Brazil sparks wider currency control fears By Peter Garnham Published: November 19 2009 11:37 | Last updated: November 19 2009 11:37 Asian currencies came under pressure on Thursday as a move from Brazil to further curb foreign inflows sparked fears that other countries would follow suit. Brazil moved overnight to close a loophole that had allowed investors to avoid a 2 per cent tax on foreign investment in equities and bonds announced last month. The government announced a 1.5 per cent tax on American Depositary Receipts. Guido Mantega, Brazil’s finance minister, said some foreign investors had been buying ADRs to...
  • Jihadist battle cry is called ‘speculation' (Gen. Casey again)

    11/11/2009 7:43:51 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 73 replies · 1,668+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 11/09/2009 | By Sig Christenson and Scott Huddleston - Express-News
    FORT HOOD — One of the most sensational allegations stemming from last week's shooting spree at Fort Hood was a claim that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar!” before firing into scores of soldiers at a large post processing center. A day after Army chief of staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. expressed concern over potential anti-Muslim reaction in the wake of the mass shooting, Fort Hood appeared to distance itself from the controversy. A spokesman for the post, asked to clarify comments made last week by Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the Fort Hood commander, who suggested that Hasan...
  • Lambeth Palace's great fear: the loss of a diocesan bishop and his best priests

    10/28/2009 8:00:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 574+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/27/2009 | Damian Thompson
    [UPDATE: Lambeth Palace has denied reports that there is to be an emergency meeting of Church of England bishops to discuss the Pope's offer tomorrow.] Here’s what I think Dr Rowan Williams is most worried about as the reality of the Pope’s offer sinks in: the prospect of the Bishop of Chichester and many of his clergy signing up to the new Ordinariate. Bishop John Hind put out a statement today which denies that he is about to become a Roman Catholic. Read between the lines, though. It doesn’t mean that he won’t join the new Papal structure in the...
  • How Wall Street Will Kill the Recovery (Taking federal money to speculate in the oil market)

    10/21/2009 6:06:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 639+ views
    Businessweek ^ | 10/21/2009 | Ed Wallace
    Wall Street is up to its old tricks again. One year later, one of the key excesses that led our consumer-based economy into an historic downturn is being abused in the exact same way that got us $147-a-barrel oil last summer. Worse, many in the media are again getting the facts wrong on oil prices and demand— Forget what Cambridge Energy Research Associates reported on Oct. 13. By its calculations oil demand actually peaked in 2005 among the industrialized members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation, while in the U.S. alone oil usage has dropped by 2 million barrels a...
  • Speculative fever

    08/28/2009 10:35:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 452+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 08/28/09 | Mark Hulbert
    <p>ANNANDALE, Va. (MarketWatch) -- It's hardly earth-shattering news that the last six months have been a speculative period for the stock market.</p> <p>Nor is that a big surprise: The initial thrusts upward of a brand new bull market are always speculative.</p>
  • Want To Curb Market Speculation? (Lot's of luck, your efforts will backfire)

    08/24/2009 7:28:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 220+ views
    Forbes ^ | 8/24/2009 | John Tamny
    Back in 2002 and in the aftermath of the Enron and Worldcom implosions, former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., and former Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Ohio, created the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, meant to curb allegedly funny accounting and business practices. As President George W. Bush asserted in signing the bill, "There will not be a different ethical standard for corporate America than the standard that applies to everyone else." Nice political theater for sure, but then reality set in. Fast-forward four years, and the joke was on politicians naïve enough to believe that corporations with aspirations of going public would lie prostrate before...
  • Spec Haters (Energy Speculators)

    08/03/2009 12:07:59 PM PDT · by parsifal · 70 replies · 743+ views
    www.energy321.com ^ | July 22, 2009 | David Forest
    Do you have to be a power-plant owner to really understand the natural gas market? Should makers of aluminum siding being the only ones allowed to buy aluminum? These are the kinds of questions being raised in many commodities markets today. The issue is speculators versus users of fuels, metals and agricultural products. Both of these groups are big investors in commodities. Users buy these goods to consume them. Speculators buy without any intention of ever using them. A speculator looks purely to make a profit by buying and selling the rights to a pound of copper or a barrel...
  • Germans Hoarding Traditional Light Bulbs

    07/29/2009 9:45:18 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 52 replies · 2,857+ views
    Speigel Online ^ | 07/27/2009 | Alexander Jung
    The staggered phase out of energy-wasting light bulbs begins on Sept. 1 in Germany. The unpopularity of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs that will replace them is leading consumers and retailers to start hoarding the traditional bulbs. As the Sept. 1 deadline for the implementation of the first phase of the EU's ban on incandescent light bulbs approaches, shoppers, retailers and even museums are hoarding the precious wares -- and helping the manufacturers make a bundle. The EU ban, adopted in March, calls for the gradual replacement of traditional light bulbs with supposedly more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). The...
  • Goldman Says Curbing Speculators May Disrupt Markets

    07/29/2009 7:04:57 AM PDT · by Arguendo · 106 replies · 971+ views
    Bloomberg | July 29, 2009 | Tina Seeley
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ahZl9asR.GX8