Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Technology areas to watch in 2012 through 2016

Source: NextBigFuture
Date: 12/24/2011

1. Energy Revolution - Mass produced fission, fusion, and maybe cold fusion
2. Memristors and other significant computing and electronic improvements.
3. Robotics
4. Urbanization Broad Group skyscrapers, Tata flat packed buildings
5. Space
6. Supersmartphones, exoskeletons and wearable systems
7. Hyperbroadband
8. Energy Efficiency - superconductors, thermoelectrics, improved grid
9. Additive manufacturing
10. Not so mundane - neuromorphic chips, quantum computers, photonics
11. Automated transportation (leading to robotic cars and planes)
12. Supermaterials
13. Improve medicine and public health
14. Synthetic biology and recombineering
15. Sensors everywhere
16. Education transformed and accelerated innovation

The most controversial has the highest potential impact

1. Energy Revolution - Mass produced fission, fusion, and maybe cold fusion

There is the highly controversial possibility of Rossi-Focardi Energy catalyzer.

Brillouin Energy is another cold fusion contender

There is also work in this area by Brian Ahern and NASA and other agencies are investigating it.

EMC2 Fusion, Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, General Fusion and/or Tri-alpha energy could develop a first full scale prototype commercial system by Dec, 2016. Those are also somewhat controversial, but less so than the cold fusion. Australia Star Scientific with a claimed breakthrough with muon fusion.

A desktop high frequency fusion system has been proposed for space propulsion and energy generation.


In Chapman’s aneutronic fusion reactor scheme, a commercially available benchtop laser starts the reaction. A beam with energy on the order of 2 x 10^18 watts per square centimeter, pulse frequencies up to 75 megahertz, and wavelengths between 1 and 10 micrometers is aimed at a two-layer, 20-centimeter-diameter target.

High frequency lasers are an area that is rapidly progressing.

I think high frequency lasers and General Fusion are the most likely to succeed. The High frequency laser approach needs to get a deep pocketed champion.

China is well underway with their first pebble bed reactors. The first one will be done by about 2015. This is not controversial and the construction project is underway.

Other small modular nuclear fission reactor projects are underway but most will not have their first units built until 2018-2020 or later

China could have a prototype molten salt thorium reactor by Dec, 2016.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Debt-Free United States Notes Were Once Issued Under JFK And The U.S. Government Still Has The Power To Issue Debt-Free Money

Source: The Economic Collapse
Date: 12/19/2011
Most Americans have no idea that the U.S. government once issued debt-free money directly into circulation.  America once thrived under a debt-free monetary system, and we can do it again.  The truth is that the United States is a sovereign nation and it does not need to borrow money from anyone.  Back in the days of JFK, Federal Reserve Notes were not the only currency in circulation.  Under JFK (at at various other times), a limited number of debt-free United States Notes were issued by the U.S. Treasury and spent by the U.S. government without any new debt being created.  In fact, each bill said "United States Note" right at the top.  Unfortunately, United States Notes are not being issued today.  If you stop right now and pull a dollar out of your wallet, what does it say right at the top?  It says "Federal Reserve Note".  Normally, the way our current system works is that whenever more Federal Reserve Notes are created more debt is also created.  This debt-based monetary system is systematically destroying the wealth of this nation.  But it does not have to be this way.  The truth is that the U.S. government still has the power under the U.S. Constitution to issue debt-free money, and we need to educate the American people about this.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quantum Entanglement Links 2 Diamonds

Source: Scientific American
Date: 12/1/2011

Usually a finicky phenomenon limited to tiny, ultracold objects, entanglement has now been achieved for macroscopic diamonds at room temperature

Diamonds have long been available in pairs—say, mounted in a nice set of earrings. But physicists have now taken that pairing to a new level, linking two diamonds on the quantum level.

A group of researchers report in the December 2 issue of Science that they managed to entangle the quantum states of two diamonds separated by 15 centimeters. Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon by which two or more objects share an unseen link bridging the space between them—a hypothetical pair of entangled dice, for instance, would always land on matching numbers, even if they were rolled in different places simultaneously.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

MF Global Revelations Keep Getting Worse

Source: Tavakoli Structured Finance
Date: 11/21/2011
by: Janet Tavakoli
MF Global Revelations Keep Getting Worse

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shenzou-8 from Launch to Landing

I joined together footage from CCTV (CNTV) starting 11/1/2011 and ending 11/19/2011 for the Shenzou-8 unmanned space mission, docking with Tiangong-1 orbital space station and landing/recovery.


Source Articles:

Part 1: 11-01-2011 06:40 BJT China successfully launches Shenzhou-8 http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111101/101531.shtml

Part 2: 11-02-2011 14:52 BJT Shenzhou-8 completes first change of orbit http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111102/111280.shtml

Part 3: 11-08-2011 14:13 BJT China's 2nd space docking to occur in harsh conditions http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20111108/111210.shtml

Part 4: 11-09-2011 13:47 BJT China trains crew for manned space docking http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20111109/107678.shtml

Part 5: 11-17-2011 18:14 BJT How will Shenzhou-8 return home? http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111117/116967.shtml

Part 6: 11-17-2011 18:23 BJT Air search and rescue procedures help return http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111117/117110.shtml

Part 7: 11-17-2011 18:17 BJT Weather: Key to Shenzhou-8's safe landing http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111117/117034.shtml

Part 8: 11-18-2011 08:29 BJT Shenzhou-8 returns to earth http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111118/103419.shtml

Part 9: 11-18-2011 08:42 BJT Brazilian congratulations on Shenzhou-8 successful mission http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20111118/103773.shtml

Part 10: 11-18-2011 10:01 BJT Studio interview: Shenzhou-8 returning to earth http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20111118/105703.shtml

Part 11: 11-18-2011 14:26 BJT Space docking mission success a significance for the country http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20111118/110900.shtml

Part 12: 11-18-2011 14:46 BJT Tele interview: Chin's future space exploration http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20111118/111409.shtml

Part 13: 11-18-2011 20:29 BJT Shenzhou-8: Gateway to the future http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20111118/117197.shtml

Part 14: 11-19-2011 14:14 BJT Shenzhou-8 arrives in Beijing after successful landing http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20111119/105345.shtml

Thursday, November 17, 2011

World Gold Council sees increased gold demand due to EU debt crisis

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 11/17/2011


Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Marcus Grubb, managing director of investment research at the World Gold Council, talks about the outlook for gold after demand rose 6 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier. He speaks with Owen Thomas on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Source: Bloomberg)

See also:
  1. Gold Demand Advanced 6% in Third Quarter
  2. EU Gold Investment Demand Surges 135% - World Demand Up 6% in Q3 2011
  3. World Gold Council Report "Gold Demand Trends (Q3 2011)"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Banksters Drain Gerald Celente's Futures Account!

Source: Infowars Nightly News
Date: 11/15/2011


If it can happen to financial and geopolitical trends expert Gerald Celente who has been trading gold (taking physical delivery of futures contracts) since 1978 it can happen to you. Here is what happened. Mr. Celente was trading gold futures in order to take physical delivery on the December contract from his Lind-Waldock account.  He did not realize Lind-Waldock had been bought out by the now bankrupt MF Global, headed by ex-New Jersey governor and Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine, until Corzine resigned due to the scandal.  MF Global was taken down by bad bets it made in Eurozone investments.  The Eurozone is crumbling.  Gerald Celente can not get his money (six figures) now. 150,000 people are in a similar situation per Celente. This highlights bankster fraud/theft and the danger of trading in paper derivatives.  MF Global was supposed to segregate customer accounts from their own trading accounts which apparently they did not do.

See MF Global Looted Customers’ Accounts Via Internal Bank Run and Euro Gold Outperforming Bunds and Euro Assets / Celente’s MF Global Gold Account ‘Looted’ for further details.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mr. Rossi Goes to Market, Dr. Miley and Others Hope to Follow

Source: e-CAT Site
Date: 11/3/2011

Italian inventor Andrea Rossi continues with commercialization of his e-Cat (energy catalyzer).  In addition to the 1MW plant he tested and reportedly sold to an unnamed customer, he also reports already having sold two or more additional units.  He reports that these were to customers in the USA and Europe.  While he states that the new customers are not requesting the same level of secrecy, a certain amount of discretion will still be exercised, adding that eventually the identity of his customers will inevitably become apparent.  Mr. Rossi reports having production facilities in Bedford, NH and Miami, FL, and plans for the next year are to sell from 30 to 100 1MW cold fusion plants, at a cost of 2 million Euros or 2.8 million U.S. Dollars.  This information can be found on Mr. Rossi’s blog, Journal of Nuclear Physics.



While the Associated Press was present at the October 28th test of Mr., Rossi’s 1 MW cold fusion plant, they have yet to run a story covering the event.  Whether they are exercising prudence or something less noble remains to be seen.  AP reporter Peter Svensson, who was present at the test, has tweeted several times on the subject in response to inquiries about the event.  On Monday, October 31, Mr. Svensson tweeted “Sorry, I can’t tell you anything at this point.”  Later that day he tweeted again, stating “Sorry, we don’t comment on coverage plans.”  These rather cryptic tweets were followed yesterday by “All I can say is “stay tuned.”   For whatever reason the AP continues to keep this story under wraps,  in the end it may be inconsequential.  Other news outlets have begun to report on the story, from Fox News, CNN,  Forbes and Discovery News, to popular publications in such places as Sweden, Russia and Italy.  Perhaps the most balanced story I have seen on the subject so far was posted on the site of a U.S. Daily newspaper  Falls Church News Press of Falls Church, Virginia, which is about  10 miles outside of Washington, D.C.  I would strongly urge all readers to take a look at this article.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Customer of 1 MW E-CAT Cold Fusion Power Plant Accepts Technology After Their Own Independent Testing

October 28, 2011 was an important day in the world of cold fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) and exotic energy technology.  The currently anonymous customer of Andrea Rossi's 1 MW E-CAT cold fusion power plant sent in their own scientists and engineers to test the device which is comprised of more than 100 E-CAT modules which have been built in to a shipping container.  Journalists were allowed to attend the event, including Peter Svensson, technology writer for the Associated Press.

The following two very timely articles by PESN and NYTeknik go over observations of the 10/28/2011 test and have links to the results and sign-off by the customer's representative giving approval for the functionality of the 1 MW power plant:
  1. 1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful, Sterling D. Allen, PESN
  2. Half a megawatt E-cat in Bologna, Mats Lewan, MYTeknik
I really look forwards to the Associated Press article which should come out shortly in the next few days (pending editor approval) because, although PESN and NYTeknik do some excellent work, the AP has broader readership and the ability to speed up public interest and adoption of cold fusion technology.  With an estimated cost of less than 1 cent per kWh compared to all conventional power sources, energy this clean, cheap and portable has the ability to transform (and/or save) economies and create a great deal of wealth and higher standard of living for all human beings.

Below is a chart taken from PesWiki (Pure Energy Systems Wikipedia) showing the cost per kWh of many common energy sources:
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Traditional Power Generation

Lowest price listed first
Method Cents/kW-h Limitations and Externalities
Gas


Currently supplies around 15% of the global electricity demand.
3.9 - 4.4 Cents/kW-h Gas-fired plants and generally quicker and less expensive to build than coal or nuclear, but a relatively high percentage of the cost/KWh is derived from the cost of the fuel. Due to the current (and projected future) upwards trend in gas prices, there is uncertainty around the cost / KWh over the lifetime of plants. Gas burns more cleanly than coal, but the gas itself (largely methane) is a potent greenhouse gas. Some energy conversions to calculate your cost of natural gas per kwh. 100 cubic feet (CCF)~ 1 Therm = 100,000 btu ~ 29.3 kwh.
Coal


Currently supplies around 38% of the global electricity demand.
4.8 - 5.5 Cents/kW-h Increasingly difficult to build new coal plants in the developed world, due to environmental requirements governing the plants. Growing concern about coal fired plants in the developing world (China, for instance, imposes less environmental overhead, and has large supplies of high sulphur content coal). The supply of coal is plentiful, but the coal generation method is perceived to make a larger contribution to air pollution than the rest of the methods combined.
Nuclear


Currently supplies around 24% of the global electricity demand.
11.1 - 14.5 Cents/kW-h Political difficulties in using nuclear in some nations. Risk of widespread (and potentially lethal) contamination upon containment failure. Fuel is plentiful, but problematic. Waste disposal remains a significant problem, and de-commissioning is costly (averaging approximately US $320MM per plant in the US).

Conventional, Renewable Power Generation

Lowest price listed first
Method Cents/kW-h Limitations and Externalities
Wind


Currently supplies approximately 1.4% of the global electricity demand. Wind is considered to be about 30% reliable.
4.0 - 6.0 Cents/kW-h Wind is currently the only cost-effective alternative energy method, but has a number of problems. Wind farms are highly subject to lightning strikes, have high mechanical fatigue failure, are limited in size by hub stress, do not function well, if at all, under conditions of heavy rain, icing conditions or very cold climates, and are noisy and cannot be insulated for sound reduction due to their size and subsequent loss of wind velocity and power.
Geothermal


Currently supplies approximately 0.23% of the global electricity demand. Geothermal is considered 90-95% reliable.
4.5 - 30 Cents/kW-h New low temperature conversion of heat to electricity is likely to make geothermal substantially more plausible (more shallow drilling possible) and less expensive. Generally, the bigger the plant, the less the cost and cost also depends upon the depth to be drilled and the temperature at the depth. The higher the temperature, the lower the cost per kwh. Cost may also be affect by where the drilling is to take place as concerns distance from the grid and another factor may be the permeability of the rock.
Hydro


Currently supplies around 19.9% of the global electricity demand. Hydro is considered to be 60% reliable.
5.1 - 11.3 Cents/kW-h Hydro is currently the only source of renewable energy making substantive contributions to global energy demand. Hydro plants, however, can (obviously) only be built in a limited number of places, and can significantly damage aquatic ecosystems.
Solar


Currently supplies approximately 0.8% of the global electricity demand.
15 - 30 Cents/kW-h Solar power has been expensive, but soon is expected to drop to as low as 3.5 cents/kW-h. Once the silicon shortage is remedied through alternative materials, a solar energy revolution is expected.

Non-Conventional, Available, Renewable Power Generation Technologies

Lowest price listed first
Method Cents/kW-h Limitations and Externalities
Tide

2 - 5 Cents/kW-h Blue Energy's tidal fence, engineered and ready for implementation, would provide a land bridge (road) while also generating electricity. Environmental impact is low. Tides are highly predictable.

Non-Conventional, Emerging, Renewable Power Generation Technologies

Lowest price listed first
Method Cents/kW-h Limitations and Externalities
Atmospheric Cold Megawatts

.03 - 1.0 Cents/kW-h Typical installation requires 1 - 2 pipelines approximately 300km in length. Endpoints are placed to maximize historical atmospheric pressure differentials. After construction is complete, however, maintenance is minimal, no raw materials are required, and no environmental externalities are produced.
Thermal Electric

3 - 15 Cents/kW-h ENECO Chip is a "solid state energy conversion/generation chip" that will convert heat directly into electricity. Is more efficient than solar and substantially cheaper. Can be applied to waste heat as well.
OTEC (Ocean Energy Thermal Conversion)

6 - 25 Cents/kW-h Presently not functioning but two plants are to be built. One (agout 1.3 megawatts) is to be started in Kona next year and the other much larger one (about 13 megawatts) is also to be built somewhere in the state later on for the military. I believe that the military spending guide lines state that there must be a reduction in expenditures for electricity over the next few years. A Breakdown of the technology by OCEES Internation, INC.

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Obviously if companies can get energy that is at least 4-5 times cheaper than conventional sources (as can be garnered from the above chart compared to < $.01 khW) this would allow them to produce cheaper goods and services as well as increase their bottom line.  Also, the E-CAT cold fusion reactor is highly portable and does not require the capital expenditure necessary to build, for example, a large coal or nuclear power plant.  With the ability for each home or automobile to have its own cold fusion reactor powering it, a decentralized power grid is possible.  Utility costs would get very cheap and individuals could even sell back the excess power generated by their cold fusion reactors at home to the big utility companies to generate a revenue stream for themselves.  The possibilities are endless but new technologies such as this take time to adopt (years) and mature.  For example, the 1MW power plant tested on October 28th only produces heat/steam, not electricity.  Ironing out the details such as converting steam in to electricity, creating steam powered automobile engines or even tweaking the cold fusion reaction to produce electricity directly are some examples of the engineering tasks that can take years to fully develop.

Editor's Note:
My hope is that at least the word can be spread fast about this technology so that it creates public interest and demand.  Once CEO's realize they can cut costs with really clean, cheap energy they will definitely want to adopt cold fusion to reduce their overhead.  For technology companies such as Google or Amazon, server farms require a lot of electricity to keep running.  Factories or office buildings can be heated and powered more efficiently with cold fusion heaters or generators as well.  Car companies will want to develop new product lines based on cold fusion powered engines, which consumers would eagerly welcome due to cheaper operating costs and not needing to refuel for 6 months.  SpaceX and Virgin Galactic will want to adopt the cold fusion technology as a power source for their rockets or space planes.  Individuals will want to install reactors inside their homes to reduce utility costs and sell back electricity to power companies at a premium, etc.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Obama and Congress ARE Wall Street, Geithner IS the Federal Reserve - Now What?


As Occupy Wall Street protests intensify around America, it's important to examine possible solutions.


Real change won't come by giving more power
or money to this group -- Dees Illustration
Eric Blair
Activist Post

Barack Obama and his 2008 presidential challenger John McCain both received more money from Wall Street donors than their combined lifetime government salaries.  It was a billion-dollar-plus campaign.  In fact, all of Congress makes more from Wall Street and corporate campaign contributions than their public salaries.  It is the nature of the modern political system.  And Timothy Geithner, despite cheating on his own taxes, was plucked from the New York Federal Reserve to serve as U.S. Treasury Secretary.  So who can the People turn to for solutions?
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Nobel Physics Prize winners announced

Source: NHK World
Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 21:00 +0900 (JST)


This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to US and Australian cosmologists for discovering the accelerating expansion of the universe.

The Nobel committee in Stockholm announced on Tuesday that the winners are Saul Pelmutter of the University of California at Berkeley, Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University, and Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University.

They found that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate by observing light generated in supernova explosions when huge stars die.

The discovery proves that a mysterious property called dark energy increases the rate of cosmic expansion and accounts for about 70 percent of the mass-energy of the universe. This means that stars, galaxies and other substances are only a small part of the universe.

The committee says the discovery has shaken cosmology from its foundation, and that dark energy remains the greatest enigma in physics.

Italy's credit rating cut by 3 notches

Source: NHK World
Date: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:05 +0900 (JST)
by: Ai Uchida


Major US credit rating agency Moody's downgraded Italy's sovereign debt on Tuesday as the debt crisis continues in the Eurozone.

Italy's credit rating was lowered to A2 , down 3 notches from Aa2 .

Moody's said the downgrade is due to a further worsening of the European debt crisis. It also cited concerns about whether Italy can achieve fiscal reconstruction, as proposed by the administration of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

It was only last month that another US credit rating agency, Standard and Poor's, cut Italy's sovereign debt rating. Both agencies now give the same credit rating for Italy, which is the 6th level from the top.

Moody's cutting the rating by 3 notches could cause repercussions in financial markets already battered by a postponed decision on bailout loans for Greece.

Friday, September 30, 2011

33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True, What Every Person Should Know... (Updated, Revised and Extended)

Source: New World Order Report
By Jonathan Elinoff, New World Order Report
Click here to view other works by Jonathan Elinoff

If you enjoy this article, please check out my documentary film series, Core of Corruption.

If you haven't seen my documentary, "Core of Corruption: In the Shadows," you can watch it here.  If you want to help support my work and my website so that I may continue to provide my research and entertainment, you can purchase a DVD here: CoreOfCorruption.com  In the 1st installment of the film, I cover the grounds that the attacks of 9/11 had complicit parties that have not yet been charged with the crime and the United States is largely unaware of the fact that the attacks on 9/11 were the result of a much larger network of terrorists that go unnamed and are not being pursued.  These terrorists include complicit figures from with powerful establishments and governments.  Evidence has mounted that Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel and even the United States have a small rogue element from within its intelligence community, namely the counter-intelligence community, that may have had some involvement in the financing, training or carrying out of the attacks.  I know it sounds crazy at first, but watch my documentary on 9/11 and I think you will see the overwhelming evidence for this case.

After reading the article released by Cracked.com, I decided to update and revise their work. The article gave me a chuckle because it lacked many famous and much larger conspiracy theories that became known.  Their article had only listed seven. I can name 33 and I am about to release a revised list soon with 75.  The article I read at cracked can be viewed here, but don't waste your time, all of that is in this article and more.

Most people can't resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem.  At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue ... and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous.  Lets not forget all of the thousands of conspiracies out of Wall Street like Bernie Madoff and many others to commit fraud and extortion, among many crimes of conspiracy.  USA Today reports that over 75% of personal ads in the paper and on craigslist are married couples posing as single for a one night affair.  When someone knocks on your door to sell you a set of knives or phone cards, anything for that matter, do they have a profit motive?  What is conspiracy other than just a scary way of saying “alternative agenda”?  When 2 friends go to a bar and begin to plan their wingman approach on 2 girls they see at the bar, how often are they planning on lying to those girls?“  I own a small business and am in town for a short while.Oh yeah, you look beautiful.”

Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy.  However, it has come almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by conspirators of almost superhuman power and cunning.  To conspire means "to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end.  "The term "conspiracy theory" is frequently used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at stealing power, money, or freedom, from "the people".

To many, conspiracy theories are just human nature.  Not all people in this world are honest, hard working and forthcoming about their intentions.Certainly we can all agree on this.So how did the term “conspiracy theory” get grouped in with fiction, fantasy and folklore?  Maybe that’s a conspiracy, just kidding.  Or am I?

Skeptics are important in achieving an objective view of reality, however, skeptism is not the same as reinforcing the official storyline.  In fact, a conspiracy theory can be argued as an alternative to the official or “mainstream” story of events.  Therefore, when skeptics attempt to ridicule a conspiracy theory by using the official story as a means of proving the conspiracy wrong, in effect, they are just reinforcing the original “mainstream” view of history, and actually not being skeptical.  This is not skeptism, it is just a convenient way for the establishment view of things to be seen as the correct version, all the time, every time.  In fact, it is common for "hit pieces" or "debunking articles" to pick extremely fringe and not very populated conspiracy theories.  This in turn makes all conspiracies on a subject matter look crazy.  Skeptics magazine and Popular Mechanics, among many others, did this with 9/11.  They referred to less than 10% of the many different conspiracy theories about 9/11 and picked the less popular ones, in fact, they picked the fringe, highly improbable points that only a few people make.  This was used as the "final investigation" for looking into the conspiracy theories. Convenient, huh?

In fact, if one were to look into conspiracy theories, they will largely find that thinking about a conspiracy is associated with lunacy and paranoia. Some websites suggest it as an illness. It is also not surprising to see so many people on the internet writing about conspiracy theories in a condescending tone, usually with the words "kool-aid," "crack pot," or "nut job" in their articulation. This must be obvious to anyone that emotionally writing about such serious matter insults the reader more than the conspiracy theorist because there is no need to resort to this kind of behavior. It is employed often with an "expert" who will say something along the lines of, "for these conspiracies to be true, you would need hundreds if not thousands of people to be involved. It's just not conceivable."

I find it extremely odd that the assumption is on thousands of participants in a conspiracy. I, for one, find it hard to believe any conspiracy involving more than a handful of people but the fact remains that there have been conspiracies in our world, proven and not made up, that involved many hundreds of people. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of fact.

One more thing to consider, have you noticed that if the conspiracy is involving powerful interests with the ability to bribe, threaten or manipulate major institutions (like the mafia, big corporations or government) then don't you find it odd when people use one of those as the "credible" counter-argument? What I mean is, if you are discussing a conspiracy about the mafia, and someone hands you a debunking article that was written by the Mafia, it doesn't seem like it would take rocket science to look at that with serious criticism and credibility. This is the case with many conspiracies. In fact, I am handed debunking pieces all the time written in many cases by the conspirators in question. Doesn't this seem odd to anybody else but me?
While intelligent cynicism certainly can be healthy, though, some of the greatest discoveries of all time were initially received (often with great vitriol) as blasphemous conspiracy theories -- think of the revelation that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that the world was not flat but actually round.
What follow are some of the most shocking modern conspiracy theories that turned out true after thorough investigation by our society.  Some of them were proven through congressional hearings; others, through investigative journalism.  Many, however, were just admitted to by those involved.  There is a long list, of which just 33 appear below.  Many of these are listed with references to original and credible news clips on the matter, as well as to documentaries.
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NASA Advances Evaluation of Piantelli’s LENR Research

Source: New Energy Times
Date: 9/28/2011
by: Steven B. Krivit


Multiple sources have confirmed to New Energy Times that a team comprising NASA engineers and an investment group from the U.S. is expanding its interest in the low-energy nuclear reaction research of Italian biophysicist Francesco Piantelli. A meeting with the group and representatives of Piantelli will take place in the next few days.
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Editor's Note: This article addresses the Nickel-Hydrogen LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, basically "cold fusion") research of one of Andrea Rossi's contemporaries/previous research collaborators in Italy Francesco Piantelli who is also working on Ni-H cold fusion.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pepper Spray Incident in Slow Motion #OccupyWallSt

Source: MSNBC
Date: 9/27/2011


Although the corporate media is late to the punch I am glad to see them covering the pepper spray incident and other NYPD police brutality in great detail. The officer who did the pepper spray is identified as Anthony P. Bologna by anonymous who I think went too far to also disclose who the officer's family members were in addition to past civil rights complaints against the officer.  Kudos to Larry O'Donnell for this good piece.

Editor's Note: There are a large number of NYPD officers who are opposed to the violence and 99 refused to show up for work in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters.  Quoting the article Report: 100 New York Police Officers Boycott In Solidarity with Wall Street Protesters from Washington's Blog:

Are New York Police Boycotting to Protest Violence?

After New York’s finest brutalized peaceful Wall Street protesters, rumor has it that police officers are boycotting.
Occupy Wall Street notes:
Today we received unconfirmed reports that over one hundred blue collar police refused to come into work in solidarity with our movement. These numbers will grow. We are the 99 percent. You will not silence us.
But the 1% will certainly try to silence the 99%.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Police Brutalize Peaceful Wall Street Protesters

Source: Washington's Blog
Date: 9/25/2011

New York Police Mace, Brutalize and Arrest Peaceful Wall Street Protesters

According to various reports, New York City Police have maced, brutalized and arrested peaceful Wall Street protesters.

Here is a video of peaceful female protesters penned in an orange mesh barricade and then allegedly maced:



Here is a protester getting pinned down with a knee on his throat:



Here is a video of a protester allegedly arrested simply for talking to an officer:



Here is a video of another incident:



There are also reports that the police have confiscated cameras and other reporting equipment, and arrested reporters.
The Wall Street Journal notes that 80 protesters were arrested.
The cover of the New York Daily News reads:
Cops smack down dozens during protests
Its Wail Street
The protesters issued a press release today stating:
A march of about 2,000 citizens marched peacefully demanding that the voice of the 99% be heard. This peaceful march called We Are the 99%, was done in solidarity with the #occupywallstreet movement. The movement is entering its second week
and is gaining momentum both locally and nationally. Many more rallies and escalating actions are planned for the coming week. The occupation will continue indefinitely.
The NYPD attacked the crowd of peaceful protesters and conducted mass arrests of marchers near Union Square with orange netting, sweeping up Reports of some injuries.
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy.
#occupwallstreet is currently located at Liberty Square, formerly named Zucotti Park.
Here is the Twitter feed for the protest, and here is a livestream:

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet High Quality Video/Photos

Source: Cryptome
Date: 9/21/2011


Occupy Wall Street - Liberty Square - 9/21/11 7:20-8:40 AM.
Photos taken at the same time:
http://cryptome.org/info/occupy-wall-st3/occupy-wall-st3.htm

Monday, September 19, 2011

@JerryBrownGov please approve AB 750 a California state-owned bank could help solve your budget woes

Californians, please call up governor Jerry Brown for him to approve the study of a state-owned bank  in California (AB 750). It could cut your budget deficit in half, by allowing for the state to self-finance its own infrastructure projects at 0% interest. Loans to local banks or individuals could also be at low rates, plus it would be more stable than a private bank because all of California's money and tax receipts would be deposited in the state-owned bank to back loans. Think of it as a mini-Fed for your state, except that the shareholder essentially is the taxpayer. Every year the Fed must pay its private shareholders a 6 percent dividend, with the rest of the earnings being refunded to the U.S. Treasury. Currently North Dakota is the only state with its own state-owned bank (whose charter started back in 1918), and they consistently have budget surpluses and an extremely low rate of unemployment.  The financial success of N. Dakota is not just due to oil natural resources!  Rather than competing with local banks, the BND has actually worked together with local banks to create greater financial stability within the state.



Following are Governor Brown's contact details:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Email: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Identities of JP Morgan Silver Manipulators Exposed

Source: King World News
Date: 9/16/2011

Identities of people involved in the alleged JP Morgan conspiracy to manipulate the price of silver have been exposed, along with the mechanisms of the manipulation of silver.  King World News was contacted two days ago by key people familiar with this situation.  This was described by an individual out of London who is very familiar with the lawsuit as, “The biggest news in a long time because these are actual people who are coming out and naming names of individuals who were involved in this alleged conspiracy with JP Morgan to actively manipulate the price of silver.  People may go to jail over this.  JP Morgan has all barrels pointing at them as traders are named in this suit, including senior traders at JP Morgan.”
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Read full article here

Saturday, September 17, 2011

You've been robbed by a bank and you haven't the slightest clue!

Source: FaceBook Notes
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 6:56pm
by: Jeremy Sofian

Don't you love when you flip on FOX or CNBC and they have two charlatans, each with their own little screen explaining how stupid you are and how they alone understand what is presently going on in the economy. Charlatan A insists we need to cut all spending to curb the deficit and national debt or we will have "Hyperinflation" followed by charlatan B refuting that by insisting we need more economic "stimulus" packages or we will slip into a deflationary depression.

Let me be clear, charlatan A is absolutely full of shit and charlatan B is only giving you a fraction of the truth. Most likely because they themselves (Despite their Ivy League Degrees) have no idea what the hell they are talking about.

Friday, September 16, 2011

California May Launch Public Bank, Which Could Help Take the Power To Manipulate the System Away From the Insolvent Giant Banks

Source: Washington's Blog
Date: 9/16/2011

California Passes Bill to Study Public Bank

The California legislature has passed a bill to study public banking. If you don’t know what public banking is (North Dakota already has a public bank, which is helping to keep that state in the green) and why this issue is so important – read this and this for background.
This could take away the power of the giant, insolvent banks to manipulate the money system. See this and this.

Governor Brown Is On the Fence On Vetoing Or Signing … But He’s On the Fence

Ellen Brown – whose Public Banking Institute helped pass the bill – says that California governor Jerry Brown is considering vetoing the bill. Brown suggests that Californians call Governor Brown to urge him to sign the bill (AB750) into law:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
[Editor's Note: Please see "California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-owned Bank" by Ellen Brown for further details]

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gerald Celente: “Things Are Going to Get Much Worse…Society Is Breaking Down”

Source: Yahoo Daily Ticker
Date: 9/15/2011
by: Aaron Task


The government this week reported the U.S. poverty rate has risen to 15.1%, the highest since 1993, while 22% of children are living below the poverty line. Meanwhile, average median U.S. income fell 2.3% to $49,445, roughly 7% below the 1999 peak and a level not seen since 1996 on an inflation-adjusted basis. (See: As America's Middle Class Shrinks, P&G Adopts "Hourglass" Strategy)
If you think that's bad, just listen to what trend watcher Gerald Celente has to say in the accompanying video.
"Things are going to get much worse," Celente says. "Society is breaking down on every level: socially, economically, politically and it's not just the U.S. It's worldwide."
Celente believes the globe is following a similar path to what occurred after the 1929 crash: Severe economic contraction, followed by currency wars, trade wars and, ultimately, armed conflict.
Currency wars have already started he said, citing the recent decision by the Swiss National Bank to peg the Swiss franc to the euro.
Read More »

See the E-Cat run in self-sustained mode

Source: NYTeknik (Swedish technology publication)
by: Mats Lewan

Just over half an hour without external energy input. Ny Teknik assisted recently in a test where the ‘E-cat’ invented by Andrea Rossi was run in self-sustained mode.
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Read full article here

Here's Rossi's 1 megawatt [cold fusion] plant

Source: NYTeknik (Swedish science publication)
by: Mats Lewan
Here it is: the plant that according to inventor Andrea Rossi will produce one megawatt of thermal energy via an unknown reaction in his ‘energy catalyzer’. The plant is now being shipped to the United States. 
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Read full article here

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Who was really behind #911?

One of my favorite trading movies of all time is "Trading Places" which stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.    The movie was produced by Aaron Russo, who also produced "Aaron Russo's Mad As Hell" and "America: Freedom to Fascism". Aaron Russo was also well known for his activism within the 9/11 truth movement, founding the Constitution Party and running for the governorship of Nevada in 1998 (which he lost), as well as having been one of the Libertarian Party presidential nominees in 2004.

If you still think that Osama bin Laden was the "mastermind" of the 9/11 attacks as is the common myth, it is especially important that you watch the following seminal interview of Aaron Russo by Infowars radio talk show host Alex Jones titled Aaron Russo: Reflections and Warnings. In this interview Aaron Russo discloses confidential information told to him by Nicholas Rockefeller, whom he had formed a close friendship with (before he knew he was essentially dancing with the devil). The charming Darth Rockefeller luckily was not able to turn Mr. Russo over to the dark side of the banking cartel. Aaron Russo's conscience and lack of psychopathic tendencies prevented him from selling out the human race for tempting business deals.
Hint: If you are short on time scroll to 25 minutes 50 seconds in to the interview, which is the spot where the bombshell is dropped.

Aaron Russo, who has since passed away from bladder cancer (RIP August 24, 2007), founded "Restore the Republic" which is now headed by his good friend Gary Franchi. Membership to the RTR.org social network is free and you get a good dose of truth and real news.

My best wishes and prayers go out to the friends and family members of 9/11 victims, the first responders (who have been excluded from the 10th anniversary ceremony this year and denied proper healthcare for a decade, as well as being subject to being screened against an FBI terrorist watch list before being eligible to receive healthcare under the 9/11 health bill), 9/11 whistle-blowers like Aaron Russo (many of whom have died mysterious deaths), 9/11 truth activists (including of course Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth) and all of the soldiers who volunteered to serve their country after the 9/11 attack. Unfortunately, our soldiers were lied to and told that they would be going overseas to prevent a WMD attack, fight terrorism and spread democracy [by toppling Saddam]. In reality war profiteering, stealing/controlling natural resources and imperialism have almost always been the true historical motivations for waging war. Pat Tillman realized what was really going on and sent letters home stating his intent to go public [with the fact that our troops have been ordered to guard, and even help produce and store the opium of Afghan warlords]. Many believe Mr. Tillman was murdered for this reason, although officially his death has been classified as a fratricide (friendly fire).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Honoring Heroes and Victims of 9/11 with Truth

Source: Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth via Activist Post
Date: 9/9/2011

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Black Africans Genocided by Al-Qaeda Led Rebels in Libya

Governments historically have used war propaganda (often in the form of atrocities ascribed to the targeted enemy) on their own people in order to make a case for and gain public support for going to war.  A litany of lies once again was fed to us via the corporate news media in order to justify the NATO invasion of Libya.  Have we forgotten that fabricated stories involving WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction), post-9/11 anger and the good old cliche of bringing democracy to Iraq were used to manipulate us in to going to war with another sovereign country who had not attacked us?

One of the big lies told to the public via the corporate media was that black African mercenaries were being used by Gaddafi to commit genocide against the Libyan people.  According to the CounterPunch article titled "The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya":
[...]

Patrick Cockburn summarized the functional utility of the myth of the “African mercenary” and the context in which it arose: “Since February, the insurgents, often supported by foreign powers, claimed that the battle was between Gaddafi and his family on the one side and the Libyan people on the other. Their explanation for the large pro-Gaddafi forces was that they were all mercenaries, mostly from black Africa, whose only motive was money”. As he notes, black prisoners were put on display for the media (which is a violation of the Geneva Convention), but Amnesty International later found that all the prisoners had supposedly been released since none of them were fighters, but rather were undocumented workers from Mali, Chad, and west Africa. The myth was useful for the opposition to insist that this was a war between “Gaddafi and the Libyan people,” as if he had no domestic support at all—an absolute and colossal fabrication such that one would think only little children could believe a story so fantastic. The myth is also useful for cementing the intended rupture between “the new Libya” and Pan-Africanism, realigning Libya with Europe and the “modern world” which some of the opposition so explicitly crave.

[...] 
In reality, real genocide has occurred against the black Africans living in Libya by the admittedly Al-Qaeda controlled rebels.  Black Libyans have been rounded up en-mass with no proof they have done anything wrong and in many cases they have been dragged from their homes and summarily executed, with the excuse being that they must be mercenaries who supposedly were used by Gaddafi to attack his own people.


Further Reading:
[1] The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya, MAXIMILIAN C. FORTE, CounterPunch
[2] Libya: NATO Enabling War Crimes, Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report
[3] Libyan rebels round up black Africans, Associated Press

Monday, September 5, 2011

Croatia and Iceland in Danger of Being Assimilated by EU Borg

Croatia won its independence from communism in 1995, but for the last six years has been in negotiation for inclusion in to the European Union, a superstate run by the Soviet style politburo known as the European Commission. The European Commission is actually comprised of a small number of unelected, and unaccountable, cabinet members who decide on all legislation, with the EU Parliament being reduced to only an advisory rubber-stamping role (and for public spectacle). This does not exactly sound like a democracy to me and, unfortunately, the United States is moving in this direction as well with the approval of the Super Congress (also known as the Joint Special Committee on Deficit Reduction, Supercommittee or Council of 13). Although the stated intent of the Super Congress is to fast track budget cuts (and tax hikes) to deal with America's debt crisis, it sets a bad precedence and creates the potential for overreach in to other areas. The regular Congress can not propose their own legislation or amendments to the legislation decided upon by the Super Congress. They can only vote yea or nay. Does this sound familiar (hint: EU politburo)? It seems obvious to me that this is just another step forwards by the globalism fanatics who want to take us closer to their dream of a socialist one world totalitarian government (controlled by them of course). Iceland has rejected the banker bailout, and thus maintained their independence from debt bondage to the international bankers for now, but they are also in danger of being assimilated by the European Union superstate. Here is why Croatia and Iceland should not join the European Union: Sovereign nations going in to debt to the international bankers and ceding their money power over to these private interests has resulted in their downfall throughout history. If Croatia and Iceland are assimilated by the EU, allowing the ECB (European Central Bank) to control their monetary policy and money supply, then woe as them. Ireland and Greece both collapsed soon after joining the EU and the same is likely to happen to both Croatia and Iceland if they join.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Federal Reserve Banking Cartel (5 Part Series)

Source: Left Hook
Date: 6/1/2011 - 6/26/2011
by: Dean Henderson

[Editor's Note: This series by Dean Henderson is extremely informative and sheds light on exactly who are the "banksters" who have wrought such mischief on humankind over the centuries.]

The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part I: The Eight Families
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part II: The Freemason BUS & The House of Rothschild
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part III: The Roundtable & The Illuminati
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part IV: A Financial Parasite
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part V: The Solution

Thursday, August 25, 2011

China to allow yuan trade settlement nationwide and direct foreign investment in the yuan

Source: NHK World
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:10 +0900 (JST)

[Editor's Note: Of particular interest in the following video is that China will start allowing direct outside investment in its yuan currency in addition to facilitating international trade in the yuan. This development is part of a trend in which countries have shown a preference for transacting in their own currencies rather than the U.S. dollar, which is still the world's reserve currency (although perhaps for not much longer).]



China is expanding the use of its currency in settling cross-border trade. It will now allow businesses nationwide to settle exports and imports with the yuan.

On Tuesday, the People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, said permission for yuan-based trade settlement will now be given to all parts of the country.

This means Chinese companies, as well as trading firms overseas, can use the yuan for cross-border settlement to rein in currency risks.

Originally, in 2009, China permitted companies in just 5 cities, including Shanghai, to use the yuan for trade with Southeast Asian nations.

The government later expanded the use of its national currency for trade to 20 provincial regions and all international transactions.

China's Commerce Ministry said it will also start allowing foreign direct investment in yuan.

China is aiming to boost the status of the yuan as an international currency, amid weakening trust in the US dollar.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Remember Building 7: 10th Anniversary Ad Campaign Launches Today!

Source: Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:00

Remember Building 7:
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with our new Mini-Documentary:
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Moody's downgrades Japan's debt rating to Aa3 from Aa2

Source: NHK World
Date: 8/23/2011 (Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:22 +0900 (JST))

US credit agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Japan's debt by one notch, on concerns over the country's worsening fiscal situation.

Moody's cut Japan's government bond rating on Wednesday to "Double A 3" from "Double A 2".
The new rating ranks Japanese debt at the same level as that of countries like China and Chile.

The agency says it made the downgrade because the effects of the March disaster and resulting power shortages are slowing Japan's economic growth.

It added that the country has failed to hammer out viable plans for reforming its social security and tax system.

Without a clear direction, Moody's says, Japan's economy will deteriorate further.

But the agency notes that Japan has the largest external assets among advanced economies. It says the country will continue to win the trust of the market as long as it manages to improve its fiscal condition.

On the downgrade, Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said he will not comment on a private-sector agency's assessment. But he said that going by recent bond auctions, the market's trust in Japanese government bonds remains firm.

M5.9 earthquake causes North Anna Nuclear Generating Station shutdown

CNBC (host Bill Griffith) reports that the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station has shutdown automatically due to the magnitude 5.9 earthquake with its epicenter at Mineral, Virginia. The nuclear power plant is located about 10 miles Northeast of the epicenter of the quake and is running on backup diesel generators (presumably after losing external power!) per CNBC host Mandy Drury. Dominion Resources stock took a hit after the quake, which CNBC host Brian Sullivan mulls over. Was it a pre-packaged black box algorithm? I have parsed together some video clips of the CNBC coverage with the relevant sound bytes related to the nuclear plant.


Click here for USGS Report.
Map

View Live Ustream Radiation Detectors in a larger map

For addition general earthquake footage:

Street Signs CNBC covers the M5.9 earthquake with its epicenter at Mineral, Virginia. The quake was first reported as a 5.8, revised to 6.0 and back down to 5.9 by the USGS. According to CNBC, the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. was evacuated as well as the Pentagon. The NYSE was NOT evacuated. Although they report the Nymex was evacuated, actually they revised the report to indicate the Nymex was not an official evacuation rather just suggested. Annecdotal reports indicate the quake was felt as far North as Toronto and even felt in Illinois. Here where I live (a Chicago suburb) we did not feel anything. Probably the most important information to be garnered is that the earthquake caused the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station 10 miles away from the epicenter of the quake to be shut down automatically. The latest report is that the nuke plant is running on backup diesel generators, having lost external power.

Matt Taibbi: "Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?"

Source: Democracy Now!
Date: 8/23/2011 upload date

Here is a recent Democracy Now! interview with Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine, who coined the term "vampire squid" in reference to the now infamous investment bank Goldman Sachs, regarding his article "Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?".


Editor's Note: The shredding going on at the SEC reminds me of WTC 7 (World Trade Center 7) which collapsed in on its own footprint at free-fall speed despite not having suffered a direct hit by any airplanes on 9/11/2001. According to the article "Document Chaos Isn't Sorted Out" from The Street:
[...]
Maybe no financial institution lost more critical documents than the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had its New York regional office at 7 World Trade Center. While the regulatory agency was fortunate in that it lost no employees in the terror attacks, it suffered setbacks in a number of long-running securities investigations.

In August, defense lawyers for several former executives of Rite Aid(RAD_), who've been charged by the SEC with fraud and obstruction of justice, filed a motion seeking a delay in the trial, claiming some of the documents gathered by the SEC had been lost in the attack. SEC attorneys contend many of the original copies of those documents still exist at other locations but acknowledge it will take time to reconstruct all the evidence in the case.

The SEC says the main problem it encountered was that an index for the documents in the Rite Aid case was destroyed in the attack -- not necessarily the documents themselves.

A similar reconstruction of evidence had to take place in a decade-old insider trading case against several former executives of Motel 6, a chain of low-cost motels. The SEC settled the case against the remaining defendants in June. But before that could occur, it had to obtain a court order directing the lawyers for some of the defendants to assist the SEC in reconstructing files "that were destroyed due to the events of Sept. 11, 2001."

In the Motel 6 case, the four remaining defendants, without admitting or denying the insider-trading charges, entered into a settlement with the SEC in which they agreed to pay fines and penalties totaling $798,000. In all, the 10-year case netted $6.36 million in fines, penalties and disgorged profits for the SEC.

SEC officials won't discuss how many cases may have been impacted by the terror attacks, but they claim the lost information was limited to two weeks' worth of data stored on the agency's computers that hadn't yet been backed up.

But it's clear from talking to securities lawyers who practice before the SEC that things haven't gone as smoothly as the agency would like the public to believe.

"Regardless of what the regulators say, they lost a ton of files," says Bill Singer, a New York securities lawyer, who says one case he had pending before the SEC quickly settled because so many of the original documents were destroyed. "In my opinion it was a wholesale loss of documents."

[...]

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jim Cramer makes shocking statement about Illuminati and Trilateral Commission

Near the end of the following video clip, Cramer says, "The Bavarian Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, Goldman Sachs and the Queen of England are not all bad."

I was stunned, and what Cramer said back then in 2010 has haunted me to this day so I finally decided to make a permanent archive of the amazing statement.

In the full CNBC video segment which was uploaded 1/27/2010, Cramer has high praise for Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson and Timothy Geithner: heroes to few villains to many.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rick Perry Caught on Tape Being Greased by Bank of America

Source: RT News
Date: 8/19/2011
by: Lauren Lyster

The banking system has been scrutinized many times for its involvement influencing US policy. Many wonder how much power these bankers have over America. Once such instance involving presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, was caught on video and some say proves how shady the banking system really is.

Editor's Note: Here is another one with the Bank of America guy and Rick Perry.

Both ZeroHedge and Business Insider have picked up on the story as well. ZeroHedge feels that the the Bank of America guy is James Mahoney, Director of Public Policy, Bank of America. Click here for the ZeroHedge article. Click here for the Business Insider article.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Titanic Battle or Insider Trading? The S&P Downgrade and the Bilderbergers: All Part of the Plan?

Source: Global Research
Date: 8/18/2011
by: Ellen Brown

Global Research, August 18, 2011

What just happened in the stock market?

Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose or fell by at least 400 points for four straight days, a stock market first.

The worst drop was on Monday, 8-8-11, when the Dow plunged 624 points. Monday was the first day of trading after US Treasury bonds were downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor’s.

But the roller coaster actually began on Tuesday, 8-2-11, the day after the last-minute deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling -- a deal that was supposed to avoid the downgrade that happened anyway five days later. The Dow changed directions for eight consecutive trading sessions after that, another first.

The volatility was unprecedented, leaving analysts at a loss to explain it. High frequency program trading no doubt added to the wild swings, but why the daily reversals? Why didn’t the market head down and just keep going, as it did in September 2008?

The plunge on 8-8-11 was the worst since 2008 and the sixth largest stock market crash ever. According to Der Spiegel, one of the most widely read periodicals in Europe:

Many economists have been pointing out that last week's panic resembled the fear that swept financial markets after the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Then as now, banks stopped lending each other money. Then as now, banks' cash deposits at the central bank doubled within days.

But on Tuesday, August 9, the market gained more points from its low than it lost on Monday. Why? A tug of war seemed to be going on between two titanic forces, one bent on crashing the market, the other on propping it up.
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Read full article here

World Gold Council 2011 Q2 Gold Demand Trends Report

Source: CNBC, World Gold Council
Date: 8/18/2011

The World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends Report was just released this morning. Bob Pisani of CNBC interviews the Managing Director of Investments from the World Gold Council Marcus Grubb concerning gold and trends.


The report is available here from the World Gold Council website.

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