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  • Seoul project design criticized for evoking Twin Towers disaster

    12/12/2011 8:03:47 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 11 replies
    LATimesblogWorld Now ^ | December 12, 2011 | unknown
    REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– Even at first glance, the design renderings for the soon-to-be-built pair of apartment towers here pack a wallop: They evoke New York’s World Trade Center towers in mid-explosion in the terrifying moments after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But wait. The Dutch designers say the images have nothing to do with debris flying off two towers that have just been rammed by a pair of commercial airliners. It’s more like a dreamy cloud formation inspired by a gaze up at the sky. Netizens aren’t buying the explanation. In recent days, an international frenzy of criticism...
  • Shocking Charts And Statistics That Prove That America Is No Longer A Wealthy Nation

    12/11/2011 5:57:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/08/2011 | Michael Snyder
    How do you decide whether you are wealthy or not? Do you determine that by how much money you spend at the stores? Of course not. You can tell if you are wealthy or not by comparing your assets (the money in your bank account, equity in your home, etc.) to your liabilities (your mortgage, credit card debt, student loan debt, etc.). Well, a lot of Americans seem to believe that just because a lot of money is circulating in our economy that it must mean that we are a wealthy nation. But that is simply not true. To...
  • Woman denied food stamps kills self, shoots children

    12/06/2011 12:16:12 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-6-11 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A woman in the border city of Laredo, Texas who was angry because she had been denied food stamps killed herself and shot and critically wounded her two children late on Monday, authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Argentina launches naval campaign to isolate Falkland Islands

    12/05/2011 2:56:23 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:28PM GMT 05 Dec 2011 | By Fergus MacErlean
    Argentina has launched a naval campaign to isolate the Falkland Islands that has seen it detain Spanish fishing vessels on suspicion of breaking the country’s “blockade” of the seas around the British territories. Argentine patrol vessels have boarded 12 Spanish boats, operating under fishing licences issued by the Falkland Islands, for operating “illegally” in disputed waters in recent weeks. Argentine patrol commanders carrying out interceptions near the South American coast told Spanish captains they were in violation of Argentina’s “legal” blockade of sea channels to the Falklands. The warning has been backed up in a letter to Aetinape, the Spanish...
  • Fox Rejects Anti-Obama/ Bernanke Ads Advocating Gold & Silver As Protection Against Inflation

    12/03/2011 6:13:56 PM PST · by Comparative Advantage · 58 replies
    SilverDoctors ^ | December 3, 2011
    Major news networks have all rejected two animated television spots developed by Phoenix-based Swiss America Trading Corp. depicting Ben Bernanke and President Obama printing money with abandon, and promoting ownership of gold and silver as protection against this policy. The ads have been rejected by Fox, Fox Business, CNBC, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, & the Discovery Channel.
  • Grim reaper on wheels: Dutch right-to-die group wants ‘mobile euthanasia teams’

    12/01/2011 4:38:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 2+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/1/11 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    AMSTERDAM, December 1, 2011 ( - The Dutch euthanasia advocacy group, “The Right To Die” (NVVE), is proposing a plan where “mobile teams of doctors and nurses … can help people to die in their own homes,” according to On November 30 health minister Edith Schippers told MPs that the proposal earlier this month by NVVE spokeswoman Walburg de Jong to create the mobile units “for patients who meet the criteria for euthanasia but whose doctors are unwilling to carry it out,” is worthy of consideration. “If the patients thinks it desirable, the doctor can refer him or her...
  • China builds its African empire while the 'anti-colonialist' Left looks the other way

    11/30/2011 10:45:48 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 25th, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    Imagine what would happen if America barged its way into a developing country, buttered up its homicidal dictator and agreed a back-of-the-envelope deal in which he signed over his nation’s mineral wealth in return for roads, railways and sports stadiums. Everyone would benefit, no? No. The problem is that the infrastructure turns out to be worth a hell of a lot less than the minerals. Fortunately, Washington has had the foresight to top up the dictator’s Swiss bank account. Problem solved! As for the mining operation, the Americans really don’t want to be bothered by minimum wages or trade unions....
  • India moves closer to opening up supermarket sector (Wal-Mart and other retailers)

    11/24/2011 6:32:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Reuters India ^ | November 23, 2011 | Matthias Williams, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Manoj Kumar
    NEW DELHI-India could decide this week to throw open its supermarket sector to foreign firms such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, clearing one of the most hotly anticipated economic reforms of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure. Policymakers have for years talked about opening multi-brand retail sector to foreign direct investors, a policy aimed at attracting foreign capital, unclogging supply bottlenecks and helping tackle stubbornly high inflation. But the move has snagged on protests by opposition parties and many domestic retailers, who say an influx of foreign players will drive down prices and cause huge job losses. Some voices within the ruling...
  • 3 Misconceptions That Need to Die

    11/22/2011 10:50:35 AM PST · by Darkwolf377 · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/25/11 | Darkwolf377
    Here are three misconceptions that need to be put to rest. Misconception: Most of what Americans spend their money on is made in China. Fact: Just 2.7% of personal consumption expenditures go to Chinese-made goods and services. 88.5% of U.S. consumer spending is on American-made goods and services. I used that statistic in an article last week, and the response from readers was overwhelming: Hogwash. People just didn't believe it. (edit) Misconception: We owe most of our debt to China. Fact: China owns 7.8% of U.S. government debt outstanding. As of August, China owned $1.14 trillion of Treasuries. Government debt...
  • How America should adjust to the Pacific Century

    11/18/2011 8:35:13 AM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 8 replies
    Financial Times ^ | November 16, 2011 | David Pilling
    How many ways are there to say you’re back? In 2010, Hillary Clinton grabbed Beijing’s lapels when she declared the South China Sea, claimed in its entirety by China, was also a vital American interest. A few weeks ago, the secretary of state published a lengthy piece in Foreign Policy magazine in which she laid out the terms of what she called America’s Pacific Century. And this week, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Honolulu, Barack Obama talked about hardly anything else. “The US is a Pacific power and we’re here to stay,” he said. The message is clear....
  • DECKER & TRIPLETT: China: We hate Americans

    11/15/2011 11:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2011 | Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II
    The following is an excerpt from “Bowing to Beijing” (Regnery Publishing, Nov. 14, 2011): Mutual dependency can guarantee a certain amount of pragmatic behavior by both sides, but there should be no romantic illusions about how the Chinese communists feel about America. “We hate you guys,” China Banking Regulatory Commission Director General Luo Ping fumed about the PRC being forced into buying U.S. Treasuries to protect Beijing’s massive U.S. debt holdings. “Once you start issuing $1 trillion-$2 trillion … we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do.”...
  • “Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis” By Jim Rickards

    11/13/2011 12:09:04 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    King World News ^ | November 11th, 2011 | Jim Rickards
    In this interview Rickards discusses his extraordinary new book Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis. He also lets King World News listeners know what to expect regarding gold manipulation, the ongoing currency wars and much more. The KWN audio interview with Jim Rickards is available now...
  • What if China, India and Europe would construct a new "Silk Road"?

    11/09/2011 6:18:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 17 replies
    11/10/2011 | WesternCulture
    It's already there. European as well as Far East Asian companies are already by now pretty tired of Somalian pirates etc. interferring with our business operations. In the coming of time, Asia and Europe will make so much business the World can't believe it. Let's build highways and railroads. Try and stop us.. The well-off people down in India and China are screaming for European luxury goods - and if Africa never wishes to grow up, that's not Volvo's, Audi's and BMW's problem. Africa too could start expanding its economy. Some Russians really are clever. Link below to a clip...
  • U.S. seeking to boost its clout in Asia through trade

    11/07/2011 4:42:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster
    Japan Today ^ | 11/07/11
    U.S. seeking to boost its clout in Asia through trade Politics Nov. 07, 2011 - 06:20PM JST ( 11 ) U.S. seeking to boost its clout in Asia through trade Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is under pressure to bring Japan into talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. AFP WASHINGTON — The United States will try to prove its mettle as an Asian power as it welcomes Pacific leaders this week to Hawaii, hoping a sweeping trade pact will bind together the fast-growing region. President Barack Obama will show his native state to leaders of 20 other members of the Asia-Pacific Economic...
  • China web firms vow to curb 'harmful' information

    11/06/2011 2:34:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    physorg ^ | November 6, 2011 by | Allison Jackson
    The heads of China's largest Internet and technology firms have vowed to stop the "spread of harmful information" on the web after attending a three-day government workshop, state media said Sunday. Nearly 40 companies, including e-commerce giant Alibaba, online portal Sina and search engine Baidu attended the seminar hosted by the State Internet Information Office, an online watchdog, the official Xinhua news agency said. During the discussion, which ended Saturday, the bosses reached a "common agreement" to "safeguard" the spreading of positive information online and "strengthen self-management and self-discipline", the report said. They also agreed to "resolutely curb Internet rumours,...
  • Brazil to overtake UK as sixth-largest economy

    11/01/2011 7:53:20 PM PDT · by BufalloSoldier · 6 replies
    The Latin American giant's GDP for 2011 is expected to hit $2.44 trillion (Ł1.51 trillion) compared with $2.43 trillion for the UK, the latest monthly forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) show. This will see Brazil, which last year overtook Italy to become the world's seventh biggest economy, move up one more place to sixth with the UK falling to seventh. Robert Wood, the EIU's chief economist on Brazil, said the country's surge up the table owed much to a growing consumer class and a booming trade relationship with China, based on the Asian giant's need for commodities such...
  • History Lesson: Prepare for a Faux-Recovery

    10/27/2011 7:31:00 PM PDT · by bobjam · 22 replies
    October 27, 2011 | bobjam
    In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeated Alfred Landon by an electoral vote of 523 to 8. This was the only contested election in which the major losing candidate received fewer than 10 votes (1788, 1792 and 1820 were uncontested). The landslide came on the heels of what appeared to be an economic recovery. Unemployment fell, productivity rose; people believed the New Deal really worked and they rewarded FDR accordingly. Shortly into the second term did the ugly truth reveal itself. The so-called recovery had been built entirely on government spending. Massive borrowing and government make-work projects put money in enough...
  • 'Red Army' Behind Occupy Wall Street?

    10/25/2011 4:40:26 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies ^ | October 25, 2011 | Aaron Klein
    On a balmy autumn afternoon, a stroll along lower Manhattan to Liberty Plaza, or another American city or even in squares and plazas around the world, is likely to take you to an encampment of mostly-young, mostly cheerful, determined citizens who've come together for the long haul to challenge and oppose a list of anti-social deeds, from government support of venal businessmen to excessive CO2 emissions. Under the banner of "Occupy Wall Street," a local-turned-global protest movement strives to bring your attention to injustice. The panoply of complaints, seen by some observers as a childish litany, is cited by others...
  • China Slams U.S. Over Solar Complaint

    10/21/2011 8:57:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2011 | Staff
    - China on Friday issued a harsh rebuke of an anti-dumping complaint filed by U.S. solar firms, warning the United States not to take protectionist measures that could harm the global economy. Seven U.S. solar manufacturers on Wednesday asked the Obama administration to impose duties of more than 100 percent on China solar imports, which they said were unfairly undercutting U.S. prices and destroying American jobs. The controversy comes at a sensitive time in U.S.-China trade relations, which are plagued by U.S. concerns over market access in China, Beijing's treatment of intellectual property rights, and raging debate over the value...
  • Obama Signs Trade Deals Biggest Since NAFTA (same day he announces Iraq pullout)

    10/21/2011 12:01:01 PM PDT · by Siena Dreaming · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jill Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs. The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama's current term. Obama signed them with none of the ceremonial fanfare that normally accompanies such triumphs. Republicans, while supportive of the deals, continue to find fault...