21 Aug 2012

Rumi - Don't Ignore Your Dignity and Purpose - Duncan Mackintosh

Morris: A Metaphorical Rumi Poem spoken by Britain's best reciter - Duncan Mackintosh
'Wine' is a metaphor for love. Duncan Mackintosh is Britain's best reciter of Rumi! Rumi said he wasn't interested in poetry

Greeks Want to Stay in the Euro? Why Don’t They Move to Germany? - azizonomics

About 80.9 percent of Greeks believe Greece should struggle to stay within the eurozone “at any cost,” fresh opinion polls showed on Wednesday.
Some 45.4 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by GPO firm for local private television Mega channel said that they regarded as most probable a Greek exit from the European common currency. And 48.4 percent of the respondents said that such a prospect was less likely.
But they don’t like the austerity measures that staying in the Euro entails:
About 77.8 percent expect the next government to emerge from the June 17 general elections to renegotiate the harsh austerity terms of the two bailout deals reached since May 2010 with international lenders to avoid a disorderly default
So the question is why don’t they leave Greece and move to the core where companies are hiring and public services aren’t being slashed, and where there is no overhanging threat of being thrown out of the euro?
Conducted in January by the Focus Bari company using a sample of 444 people aged between 18 and 24, the study shows 76% of interviewees believing that leaving Greece would be the best response to the effects of the economic crisis.
But they’re not doing it:
However, for most of them, the idea of leaving appears a dream that cannot come true. Half of those interviewed (53%) spoke of having thought about emigrating, while just 17% said that they had resolved to leave the country and that they had already undertaken preparatory actions.
A slightly lower percentage (14%) stated that they were forcing themselves quite consciously to stay in Greece, as it is their generation that has to bring about the changes that the country so desperately needs.

Amerika’s Future is Death ~ Paul Craig Roberts

The day we see truth and do not speak is the day we begin to die.”
- Martin Luther King
Conspiracy theories have now blossomed into what the smug presstitute media calls a “conspiracy culture.” According to the presstitutes, Americans have to find some explanation for their frustrations and failings, so Americans shift the blame to the Bilderbergers, the Rothschilds, the New World Order and so forth and so on.
Readers will not be surprised that I disagree with the presstitutes. Indeed, the conspiracy culture is the product of the presstitute media’s failure to investigate and to report truthfully. I am certain that the Western media is worse than the Soviet media was. The Soviet media devised ways for helping the public to read between the lines, whereas the Western media is so proud to be confidants of the government that they deliver the propaganda without any clues to the readers that it is propaganda.
Americans have been fed lies by “their” government and the government’s presstitute media for so long that it is not surprising that Americans increasingly believe that there is a conspiracy operating against them. Millions of Americans have been evicted from their jobs, careers, and homes while the crooks who stole from them run free and bankroll the presidential candidates. The world as millions of Americans knew it has come to an end, and no one has been held accountable. The explanation that Americans get from the media is that it is their own fault. They bought houses they shouldn’t have bought, and they didn’t train for the right jobs. It is not unreasonable for Americans to conclude that a conspiracy is operating against them.
Americans are told that “their” government cannot afford to help them because of the budget deficit and the burden on our grandchildren. But Americans see the trillions of dollars that are lavished on banksters, on wars, and on Homeland Security.
Why is a police state and another attack on another Muslim country more important than keeping Americans in their jobs and in their homes?
The 11th anniversary of 9/11 is less than a month away. Will the presstitute media remind Americans that the government has spent $6 trillion of Americans’ money in out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs as the expense of invading and trying to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, all to no effect except to enrich the managements and shareholders of the military security complex at the cost of destroying the reputation of the United States and putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block?
No, of course not. The spiel will be about our brave troops who are fighting and dying to make the world safe for democracy and women’s rights. Washington will wrap itself in the flag and exhort Americans to “support our troops” in the orchestrated war of the day. Hitlery Clinton still gets on the moral high horse and rails at China and Russia, but all the world sees is hypocrisy. No one, not even Washington’s puppet governments, any longer takes Washington’s moralizing as anything more than a mask for domination by force alone. Democracy, Washington declares, comes out of the barrel of a gun.

'Assange Stalemate: Can't stay, can't go' + Anonymous avenge Assange by hitting UK govt sites

Sweden says it won't hand Julian Assange to a third country if there was a risk he would face the death penalty there.
UK Pirate Party Loz Kaye thinks these assurances don't have legal binding nature.

Secret Libor Committee Clings to Anonymity After Rigging Scandal

Every two months, representatives from the world’s largest banks meet at an undisclosed location to review the London interbank offered rate.
Who sits on the British Bankers’ Association’s Foreign Exchange and Money Markets Committee, the body that governs the benchmark for more than $300 trillion of securities worldwide, is a secret. No minutes are published. The BBA won’t identify any members, saying it wants to protect them from being lobbied, and declined to make the chairman available for interview. 

The group’s lack of transparency is symptomatic of a self- regulated system that failed to stop traders around the world manipulating the world’s most widely used benchmark interest rate for profit. Martin Wheatley, the British regulator charged with reviewing Libor after the scandal, is now weighing whether to bring oversight under the control of regulators.
Politically something has to fundamentally change in the way that Libor is run,” said Owen Watkins, a former regulator at the U.K. Financial Services Authority and now a lawyer at Lewis Silkin LLP in London.The obvious way to change it is to have regulators more involved than they were in the past.”
The group has sole responsibility for all aspects of the functioning and development of Libor, according to the BBA. Its functions include the design of the benchmark, which banks sit on the panels that determine the rate, and scrutiny of all rates submitted.

Marine who served with kidnapped Brandon Raub testifies to his sanity + Who Is Brandon Raub and Why Maybe it Matters to the Rest of Us

Who Is Brandon Raub and Why Maybe it Matters to the Rest of Us: Brandon Raub is a former Marine who had long been posting on Facebook his belief in a 9/11 conspiracy, chemtrails, that our government is communist, and his distrust of the Illuminati.  He likes rap groups and conspiracy theories.  He considers himself a Christian and expressed disgust at the TSA pat down of a child last year.  Some of his posts, although violent in nature, do not target specific people or groups.
Friends, You deserve to kow[sic] the truth. There has been an overwhelming amount of evil enacted and planned against you, your children, and your countrymen. It is great in scope. Your government evil. It is as simple as that.
And the cavalry is coming.
(August 12 at 10:02am)
I'm starting the Revolution. I'm done waiting. (August 10 at 12:11am)
Sharpen up my axe; I'm here to sever heads. (August 13 at 10:38am)

US record low temperatures outpace record highs 127 to 4 this weekend

Anthony Watts: What's Up With That? Since we were treated to scads of news articles by the MSM on how many record highs happened in July, it seems only fair that we report on the multitude of record lows that occurred this weekend in the USA, and I doubt we'll see the sort of coverage the highs got. A number of these record lows go back into the past 100 years or more.
Here's a map for the weekend:
US low temps map
Click here for interactive source data

Dutch Homes Prices Collapse, Biggest Decline Since 1995 – Facebook – The Fourth Reich – CME & Derivatives – Greece – Fraud – China : Youri Carma

Scientists demonstrate ability to accurately predict movements based on mobile phone data

By Madison Ruppert: Mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the most powerful tools for surveillance evidenced by the breakthroughs in ultra-precise location tracking technology, enabling citizen spying through so-called “soft control” techniques and even microchips capable of seeing through walls.
Considering these technologies together with the astounding amount of requests for subscriber information responded to by U.S. mobile phone companies and built-in technologies like Carrier IQ, a quite troubling picture begins to emerge.
It just gets worse when one considers the new research conducted by a team at the University of Birmingham which demonstrated the ability to predict future movements of users with an unbelievable margin of error of a mere 60 feet, according to the British Daily Mail.
While some say that this would be used for highly personalized marketing – like the creepy patent awarded to Google not too long ago – others rightly point to the massive invasion of privacy this represents.
Based on location data already collected by mobile phones, the researchers were able to create an algorithm to forecast the future movements of users with mind-bending accuracy.

Canary in the Coal Mine for Silver Manipulation? PBOC Advisor Recommends China Add Silver to Official Reserves

SilverDoctors: A prominent PBOC Advisor has stated that US Treasuries are not safe in the medium to long term, and has recommended China increase it’s gold reserves as well as add silver to it’s official reserves.
If confirmed, this is a potential game changer for silver that is so monumental it could literally blast silver from the upper $20′s through it’s all-time nominal high near $50 and closer to 3 figure range OVERNIGHT.
Where China to reduce it’s US Treasury holdings by $200 billion and plow the proceeds into physical gold and silver bullion as Xia recommends, you can kiss the cartel’s silver manipulation goodbye!
Even if 90% of the funds ($180 billion) were allocated to gold and a mere 10% ($20 billion) to silver, at today’s market prices that equals nearly 2 years of global silver mine supply of around 750 million ounces.
It doesn’t take an economics degree from Princeton to realize that should China attempt to add silver to it’s currency reserves, the price of physical silver will become logarithmically disorderly to the upside OVERNIGHT!

"So You Say You Want A Revolution" - The Real New Normal

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, one of the landmark philosophical texts of the last century.  The central thesis of the book is that science advances in fits and starts, clustered around the advent of new 'Paradigms' - a term that Kuhn introduced in the book and much of academia subsequently coopted as their own.  This was a novel thought for the times, since the conventional philosophy held that science advanced through the ages in plodding but rigorous steps.  Kuhn’s observation about science is equally applicable to capital markets, for the range of 'Paradigm shifts' underway goes a long way to explaining everything from why companies refuse to invest to why earnings multiples on U.S. stocks remain so low.  Today, in celebration of Kuhn’s opus, ConvergEx's Nick Colas offers up a list of the ‘Top 10 Paradigm Shifts’ currently underway.

Irish Bailout Masters Press for Rental Home Seizures: Death Pledge

Joe Brennan: Ireland’s bankers and bailout masters are pressing the government to make it easier to seize homes bought as investments to rent out, as defaults on the loans surge after Western Europe’s worst real-estate collapse.
The International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, the so-called Troika that rescued Ireland in 2010, want the state to tackle a legal loophole impeding lenders from foreclosing on loans taken out before 2009, according to three people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named as final decisions haven’t been made. 

The Irish government’s effort to overcome legal and cultural obstacles to foreclosures is growing more urgent as delinquencies on rental properties grow, making it harder for banks to increase lending, and slowing the recovery. At Allied Irish Banks Plc (ALBK), the biggest mortgage lender, more than a third of its loan book for so-called buy-to-let properties is in trouble after home prices fell by half and unemployment tripled since 2007 amid the worst recession in the country’s modern history.
A well-functioning repossession framework is important to maintain debt service discipline and to underpin the willingness of banks to lend, which is crucial for Ireland’s economic recovery,” Craig Beaumont, the IMF mission chief for Ireland, said 'in an e-mail response' to questions.