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October 29, 2010: Chicago CBS Local.com Editor’s / Chicago CBS Local.com – October 29, 2010
Updated October 29-31, 2010 – SJH
CHICAGO (CBS) - Authorities stopped two cargo planes with suspicious packages onboard, after learning the items were being sent from Yemen to synagogues in Chicago. Federal officials say two packages from Yemen that were rigged in some way were found on cargo planes. One was a UPS plane stopped in the UK. The other was a FedEx plane stopped in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A U.S. official told CBS News both planes were searched in response to a specific warning that they were carrying suspicious packages addressed to synagogues or Jewish centers in Chicago.
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago was notified of the situation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and officials there are “taking proper precautions,” said associate vice president Linda Haase. The organization is also advising local synagogues to take precautions, Haase said. Meanwhile, CBS News reports all UPS flights have been grounded. A law enforcement source tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine the word is out to synagogues in Chicago not to accept UPS packages from east of New York. They are asked to call Chicago Police if any delivery is attempted.
FBI spokesman Ross Rice added that while there are no identifiable or specific threats to the Chicago area, all churches, synagogues and mosques in the area are being warned to be vigilant for unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations. Authorities say the UPS plane was headed to Chicago from Yemen, and had on-board an ink toner cartridge that looked like it had been converted into a bomb (pictured above). The plane was stopped in the UK Thursday night, CNN reported.
U.K. officials discovered that the toner cartridge had been manipulated and found wires attached to it and white powder. Tests on the device came back negative for explosives, according to a law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation. The UPS plane was held at East Midlands Airport, near Nottingham, England. Police and emergency workers examined the package and lifted the security cordon by mid-morning, but Leicestershire Constabulary later said officers were re-examining it “as a precaution.”
Sarah Furbank, a passenger who was about to board a plane out of East Midlands Airport, said that she had noticed an increased security presence. There were “quite a few police cars round the edge” of the airport, Furbank told The Associated Press. “Apparently there was an incident earlier according to staff but they didn’t go into detail.” Additional information is not known about the FedEx plane in Dubai.
President Barack Obama was notified of the potential terrorist threat Thursday evening, and “directed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security, to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plotting,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
“The president has received regular updates from his national security team since he was alerted to the threat,” Gibbs added. President Obama is set to make a statement on the incident at 3:15 p.m.
Other cargo planes around the U.S. and the world were also searched as a precaution because they carried packages originating in Yemen. Specifically, law enforcement officials packages on two cargo planes in Philadelphia and one in Newark, N.J. One of the flights to Philadelphia was coming in from Paris. The other from Cologne, Germany, and was scheduled to go on to Louisville, Ky.
Police also stopped a UPS truck with a package on New York’s Queensboro Bridge into downtown Manhattan. Some experts said the incident might have been a dry run to test security on cargo planes.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is a fucking joke! Does anyone actually believe this manufactured booga booga? This is clearly a false flag pre-election reminder that Yemen is in Israel’s, thus their compliant slaves in America’s crosshairs! Mossad, MI6, CIA, FBI and the IDF are comically lacking in creativity.
Let’s ponder a few fundamental questions: Who tipped off the intelligence agencies around the world to these “suspicious items” if no bomb sniffing dogs were alerted? Who else but these very same intelligence agencies could orchestrate such an obvious production? Now reports have come in that bomb material has been found in Dubai that allegedly originated in Yemen to give “creedence” to this worldwide false flag “terrorism” alert…
Don’t worry, America! President Barry Soetoro will keep you safe from Osama bin Dead and Al CIA-da… - SJH
UPDATE ———————————– October 29, 2010 UPDATE ———————————– UPDATE
Obama Issues Fake Terror Alert On Eve Of Elections
Corporate Media On High Alert Over “Manipulated” Toner Cartridge On UK Plane
Barack Obama Accused Of Exaggerating Terror Threat For Political Gain
UPDATE ———————————– OCTOBER 30, 2010 UPDATE ———————————– UPDATE
Yemen Says UPS Planes Never Take Off Or Land In It
Suspicious Package To U.S. Not From Yemen; Yemenia Air Cargo Director
Yemen Officials: Packages Didn’t Come From Yemen
TTR UPDATE: When this story first broke yesterday here in Chicago, WBBM 780 AM radio reported that Jewish Synagogues were the target. Shortly thereafter, the Chicago Police had announced that all religious institutions were targeted and warned Churches, Synagogues and Mosques to be on the alert.
The Chicago Police also reported that the FBI said tests on the suspicious packages had all come back negative for any bomb explosive materials and posed no immediate threat. Then, Obama contradicts this in his speech.
Bomb Scare Is BS
Now, all that is being regurgitated by the corporate presstitutes incessantly is that indeed explosives had been detected and that the packages were specifically mailed only to Jewish institutions here in Chicago via Yemen. However, as the above reports confirm, no packages left Yemen on UPS or DHL in the past 48 hours… - SJH
UPDATE ———————————– October 31, 2010 UPDATE ———————————– UPDATE
Yemen Insists No Packages Sent 48 Hours Prior To Toner Bomb Hysteria
Inside Story: The Cargo Plane Bomb Plot
TTR UPDATE: Now that the cargo plane myth has blown up (pun intended) in their faces, the US government and corporate media whores have again changed their fairy tale to say that the planes carrying the “suspicious items” where flown on passenger airlines. As I stated within hours of this story breaking, the entire charade is a fabricated fraud and nobody with a critical thinking mind believes a fucking word of it! More booga, booga…
Mail Bombs In Dubai Sent On Two Passenger Planes
Yemen Official: Woman Arrested Didn’t Mail Bombs, Released On Bail
With that, I conclude my ongoing weekend coverage of this now entirely discredited “terrorism” hoax… - SJH
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Written by Steven John Hibbs
October 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm
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October 29, 2010: Washington’s Blog Editors / Washington’s Blog – October 29, 2010
The Founding Fathers not only fought for liberty and justice, they also fought for a sound economy and freedom from the tyranny of big banks:
“[It was] the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament which has caused in the colonies hatred of the English and…the Revolutionary War.” – Benjamin Franklin
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” – John Adams
“If the American people ever allow the banks to control issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied”. — Thomas Jefferson
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, ‘friends of paper money. They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. ” – Peter Kershaw, author of the 1994 booklet “Economic Solutions”
As I noted last year: Everyone knows that the American colonists revolted largely because of taxation without representation and related forms of oppression by the British. See this and this. But – according to Benjamin Franklin and others in the thick of the action – a little-known factor was actually the main reason for the revolution. To give some background on the issue, when Benjamin Franklin went to London in 1764, this is what he observed:
When he arrived, he was surprised to find rampant unemployment and poverty among the British working classes… Franklin was then asked how the American colonies managed to collect enough money to support their poor houses. He reportedly replied: “We have no poor houses in the Colonies; and if we had some, there would be nobody to put in them, since there is, in the Colonies, not a single unemployed person, neither beggars nor tramps.”
In 1764, the Bank of England used its influence on Parliament to get a Currency Act passed that made it illegal for any of the colonies to print their own money. The colonists were forced to pay all future taxes to Britain in silver or gold. Anyone lacking in those precious metals had to borrow them at interest from the banks.
Only a year later, Franklin said, the streets of the colonies were filled with unemployed beggars, just as they were in England. The money supply had suddenly been reduced by half, leaving insufficient funds to pay for the goods and services these workers could have provided. He maintained that it was “the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament which has caused in the colonies hatred of the English and…the Revolutionary War.”
This, he said, was the real reason for the Revolution: “the colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction.” (for more on the Currency Act, see this.)
Alexander Hamilton echoed similar sentiments: Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary, said that paper money had composed three-fourths of the total money supply before the American Revolution. When the colonists could not issue their own currency, the money supply had suddenly shrunk, leaving widespread unemployment, hunger and poverty in its wake. Unlike the Great Depression of the 1930s, people in the 1770s were keenly aware of who was responsible for their distress.
As historian Alexander Del Mar wrote in 1895: [T]he creation and circulation of bills of credit by revolutionary assemblies…coming as they did upon the heels of the strenuous efforts made by the Crown to suppress paper money in America [were] acts of defiance so contemptuous and insulting to the Crown that forgiveness was thereafter impossible…
[T]here was but one course for the crown to pursue and that was to suppress and punish these acts of rebellion…Thus the Bills of Credit of this era, which ignorance and prejudice have attempted to belittle into the mere instruments of a reckless financial policy were really the standards of the Revolution. They were more than this: they were the Revolution itself!
And British historian John Twells said the same thing: The British Parliament took away from America its representative money, forbade any further issue of bills of credit, these bills ceasing to be legal tender, and ordered that all taxes should be paid in coins…Ruin took place in these once flourishing Colonies…discontent became desperation, and reached a point…when human nature rises up and asserts itself.
In fact, the Americans ignored the British ban on American currency, and: “Succeeded in financing a war against a major power, with virtually no ‘hard’ currency of their own, without taxing the people.”
Indeed, the first act of the New Continental Congress was to issue its own paper scrip, popularly called the Continental. Franklin and Thomas Paine later praised the local currency as a “corner stone” of the Revolution. And Franklin consistently wrote that the American ability to create its own credit led to prosperity, as it allowed the creation of ample credit, with low interest rates to borrowers, and no interest to pay to private or foreign bankers .
Is this just ancient history? No. The ability for America and the 50 states to create its own credit has largely been lost to private bankers. The lion’s share of new credit creation is done by private banks, so – instead of being able to itself create money without owing interest – the government owes unfathomable trillions in interest to private banks.
America may have won the Revolutionary War, but it has since lost one of the main things it fought for: the freedom to create its own credit instead of having to beg for credit from private banks at a usurious cost.
As economic writer and attorney Ellen Brown has tried to teach to Obama, Schwarzenegger, and anyone else who will listen, the way out of the economic crisis is to stop paying interest to private banks for the creation of credit, and to return to the system of government-issued credit used by the Founding Fathers to create prosperity for the people and to gain independence from their oppressors. (And see this).
As I wrote in July: The U.S. has become a a kleptocracy, an oligarchy, a banana republic, a socialist or fascist state … which acts without the consent of the governed. This essay focuses on economics, but – obviously – the other ideals of the Founding Fathers have been abandoned as well. See this and this, for example. Note: If we can’t implement public banking, let’s at least return to a gold standard.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: For more on this subject, read the excellent article in Yes Magazine.org written by Ellen Brown at the link below… - SJH
Time For A New Theory Of Money
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Written by Steven John Hibbs
October 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm
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October 29, 2010: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts / Signs Of The Times (SOTT.net) – October 28, 2010
Now that a few Democrats and the remnants of the AFL-CIO are waking up to the destructive impact of jobs offshoring on the US economy and millions of American lives, globalism’s advocates have resurrected Dartmouth economist Matthew Slaughter’s discredited finding of several years ago that jobs off-shoring by US corporations increases employment and wages in the US.
At the time I exposed Slaughter’s mistakes, but economists dependent on corporate largess understood that it was more profitable to drink Slaughter’s kool-aid than to tell the truth. Recently the US Chamber of Commerce rolled out Slaughter’s false argument as a weapon against House Democrats Sandy Levin and Tim Ryan, and the Wall Street Journal had Bill Clinton’s Defense Secretary, William S. Cohen, regurgitate Slaughter’s claim on its op-ed page on October 12.
I sent a letter to the Wall Street Journal, but the editors were not interested in what a former associate editor and columnist for the paper and President Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy had to say. The facade of lies has to be maintained at all costs. There can be no questioning that globalism is good for us.
Cohen told the Journal’s readers that “the fact is that for every job outsourced to Bangalore, nearly two jobs are created in Buffalo and other American cities.” I bet Buffalo “and other American cities” would like to know where these jobs are. Maybe Slaughter, Cohen, and the Chamber of Commerce can tell them.
Last May I was in St. Louis and was struck by block after block of deserted and boarded up homes, deserted factories and office buildings, even vacant downtown storefronts.
Detroit is trying to shrink itself by 40 square miles. On October 25, 60 Minutes had a program on unemployment in Silicon Valley, where formerly high-earning professionals have been out of work for two years and today cannot even find part-time $9 an hour jobs at Target.
The claim that jobs offshoring by US corporations increases domestic employment in the US is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated. As I demonstrated in my syndicated column at the time and again in my book, How The Economy Was Lost (2010), Slaughter reached his erroneous conclusion by counting the growth in multinational jobs in the U.S. without adjusting the data to reflect the acquisition of existing firms by multinationals and for existing firms turning themselves into multinationals by establishing foreign operations for the first time. There was no new multinational employment in the U.S. Existing employment simply moved into the multinational category from a change in the status of firms to multinational.
If Slaughter (or Cohen) had consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics nonfarm payroll jobs data, he would have been unable to locate the 5.5 million jobs that were allegedly created. In my columns I have reported for about a decade the details of new jobs creation in the U.S. as revealed by the BLS data, as has Washington economist Charles McMillion. Over the last decade, the net new jobs created in the U.S. have nothing to do with multinational corporations. The jobs consist of waitresses and bartenders, health care and social services (largely ambulatory health care), retail clerks, and while the bubble lasted, construction.
These are not the high-tech, high-paying jobs that the “New Economy” promised, and they are not jobs that can be associated with global corporations. Moreover, these domestic service jobs are themselves scarce.
But facts have nothing to do with it. Did Slaughter, Cohen, the Chamber, and the Wall Street Journal ever wonder how it was possible to have simultaneously millions of new good-paying middle class jobs and virtually the worst income inequality in the developed world with all income gains accruing to the mega-rich?
In mid-October Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs puppet Tim Geithner gave a speech in California in the backyard, or former backyard, of 60 Minutes’ Silicon Valley dispossessed upper middle class interviewees in which Geithner said that the solution is to “educate more engineers.”
We already have more engineers than we have jobs for them. In a recent poll a Philadelphia marketing and research firm, Twentysomething, found that 85% of recent college graduates planned to move back home with parents. Even if members of the “boomeranger generation” find jobs, the jobs don’t pay enough to support an independent existence.
The financial media is useless. Reporters repeat the lie that the unemployment rate is 9.6%. This is a specially concocted unemployment rate that does not count most of the unemployed. The government’s own more inclusive rate stands at 17%. Statistician John Williams, who counts unemployment the way it is supposed to be counted, finds the unemployment rate to be 22%.
The financial press turns bad news into good news. Recently a monthly gain of 64,000 new private sector jobs was hyped, jobs that were more than offset by the loss in government jobs. Moreover, it takes around 150,000 new jobs each month to keep pace with labor force growth. In other words, 100,000 new jobs each month would be a 50,000 jobs deficit.
The idiocy of the financial press is demonstrated by the following two headlines which appeared on October 19 on the same Bloomberg page:
“Dollar Index Appreciates as Geithner Supports Currency Strength”
“Geithner Weak Dollar Seen as U.S. Recovery Route”
To keep eyes off of the loss of jobs to offshoring, policymakers and their minions in the financial press blame US unemployment on alleged currency manipulation by China and on the financial crisis. The financial crisis itself is blamed by Republicans on low income Americans who took out mortgages that they could not afford.
In other words, the problem is China and the greedy American poor who tried to live above their means. With this being the American mindset, you can see why nothing can be done to save the economy.
No government will admit its mistakes, especially when it can blame foreigners. China is being made the scapegoat for American failure. An entire industry has grown up that points its finger at China and away from 20 years of corporate offshoring of US jobs and 9 years of expensive and pointless US wars.
“Currency manipulation” is the charge. However, the purpose of the Chinese peg to the US dollar is not currency manipulation. When the Chinese government decided to take its broken communist economy into a market economy, the government understood that it needed foreign confidence in its currency. It achieved that by pegging its currency to the dollar, signaling that China’s money was as sound as the US dollar. At that time, China, of course, could not credibly give its currency a higher dollar value.
As time has passed, the irresponsible and foolish policies of the US have eroded the dollar’s value, and as the Chinese currency is pegged to the dollar, its value has moved down with the dollar. The Chinese have not manipulated the peg in order to make their currency less valuable.
To the contrary, when I was in China in 2006, the exchange rate was a little more than 8 yuan to the dollar. Today it is 6.6 yuan to the dollar–a 17.5% revaluation of the yuan.
The US government blames the US trade deficit with China on an undervalued Chinese currency. However, the Chinese currency has risen 17.5% against the dollar since 2006, but the US trade deficit with China has not declined.
The major cause of the US trade deficit with China is “globalism” or the practice, enforced by Wall Street and Wal-Mart, of US corporations offshoring their production for US markets to China in order to improve the bottom line by lowering labor costs. Most of the tariffs that the congressional idiots want to put on “Chinese” imports would, therefore, fall on the offshored production of US corporations. When these American brand goods, such as Apple computers, are brought to US markets, they enter the US as imports. Thus, the tariffs will be applied to US corporate offshored output as well as to the exports of Chinese companies to the US.
The correct conclusion is that the US trade deficit with China is the result of “globalism” or jobs offshoring, not Chinese currency manipulation.
An important point always overlooked is that the US is dependent on China for many manufactured products including high technology products that are no longer produced in the US. Revaluation of the Chinese currency would raise the dollar price of these products in the US. The greater the revaluation, the greater the price rise. The impact on already declining US living standards would be dramatic.
When US policymakers argue that the solution to America’s problems is a stronger Chinese currency, they are yet again putting the burden of adjustment on the out-of-work, indebted, and foreclosed American population.
Why Can’t Chuck Get His Business Off The Ground
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: When you have a population who knows more about Lady Gaga, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars, than they do about government and finance, this is what you get! - SJH
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Written by Steven John Hibbs
October 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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October 28, 2010: Dina Cappiello / Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – October 28, 2010
The blame game - SJH
WASHINGTON – Tests performed before the deadly blowout of BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well.
However, the company and its cementing contractor used it anyway, investigators with the president’s oil spill commission said Thursday.
It’s the first finding from the commission looking into the causes of the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. And it appears to conflict with statements made by Halliburton Co., which has said its tests showed the cement mix was stable. The company instead has said BP’s well design and operations were responsible for the disaster.
The cement mix’s failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the well has been identified by BP and others as one of the causes of the accident. BP and Halliburton decided to use a foam slurry created by injecting nitrogen into cement to secure the bottom of the well, a decision outside experts have criticized.
The panel said that of four tests done in February and April by Halliburton, only one — the last — showed the mix would hold. But the results of that single successful test were not shared with BP, and may not have reached Halliburton, before the cement was pumped, according to a letter sent to commissioners Thursday by chief investigative counsel Fred H. Bartlit Jr.
BP had in hand at the time of the blowout the results of only one of the tests — a February analysis sent to BP by Halliburton in a March 8 e-mail that indicated the cement could fail. The slurry tested in that case was a slightly different blend, and assumed a slightly different well design, but there is no indication that Halliburton flagged the problem for BP, or that BP had concerns, the letter said.
“Halliburton (and perhaps BP) should have considered redesigning the foam slurry before pumping it at the Macondo well,” Bartlit wrote. Independent tests conducted for the commission by Chevron on a nearly identical mixture were also released Thursday. The results concluded that the cement mix was unstable, raising questions about the validity of Halliburton’s final test.
BP, as part of its internal investigation, also conducted independent tests that showed the cement mix was flawed, but its analysis was criticized by Halliburton, which said it was not the correct formula. BP’s report also mentioned a cement test Halliburton performed in mid-April, but it appears BP obtained the results after the accident and considered its methods flawed.
By contrast, the commission obtained proprietary additives from Halliburton as well as a recipe to re-create the slurry that was used on the well. One and a half gallons of the actual mix used on the rig remain, but it is being held as evidence in criminal and civil investigations.
A spokeswoman for Halliburton said the company was reviewing the findings and would have a response later. BP said it would not have a comment on the panel’s conclusions Thursday.
Halliburton shares dropped from near $34 to below $30 in New York trading in the half hour after the commission released its finding. The shares recovered a bit, and closed at $31.68, down $2.74, or 8 percent. BP shares rose from $40.38 to $41.28, then quickly reversed course and fell to $40.28. The shares finished trading with a gain of 49 cents at $40.59.
In testimony before the joint Coast Guard-Bureau of Ocean Energy Management investigative panel, Halliburton engineer Jesse Gagliano, when asked if he would pour the same cement again, said he would. Thomas Roth, a vice president at the company, said before a panel assembled by the National Academy of Engineering in September that Halliburton had used foam cement on 1,000 jobs, including 279 wells at 15,000 feet or deeper.
Roth faulted BP’s well design and BP’s decision not to run a test to confirm the cement had set properly. He also said Halliburton’s cement could have been contaminated by the oil-based muds BP used to drill the well. Such contamination can form channels in the cement through which oil and gas can escape.
The independent investigators do not address other decisions that could have contributed to the cement’s failure and the eventual blowout, such as BP’s decision to use fewer centralizers than recommended by Halliburton. Centralizers make sure the well’s piping is centered inside the well so the cement bonds correctly.
BP has also been criticized for not performing a cement bond long, a test that checks after the cement is pumped down whether it is secure. There are also questions about whether BP pumped down enough cement to seal off the bottom of the well, which was located more than three miles below sea level.
Revelation 8: Gulf Oil Catastrophe
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: You did it! No, you did it! No I didn’t, you did it… blah, blah, blah, as the merry-go-round of blame will spiral right down the memory hole of the American people… Not on my watch!!
This was a false flag to destroy the economy of the Gulf coast and poison not only American citizens with the spraying of toxic Corexit, but the purposed evisceration of a massive natural food source! - SJH
Coverup Of An Environmental Catastrophe: Reappearance Of Huge Plumes Of Oil
Environmental Disaster: Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil
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Written by Steven John Hibbs
October 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm
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October 28, 2010: Eric Blair / Activist Post – October 28, 2010
If you’re a baby boomer who still believes in the stock market since the financial collapse of 2008, listen up.
The floor of this Ponzi scheme is about to drop out, leaving you punching a clock for some time to come and holding an empty retirement bag for your effort.
The engineered crash is coming and the elite are jumping ship in droves — you should join them and get out ASAP.
Stock market insider selling has now reached record highs. The trend has been increasing for the last several years, but now the ratios are getting beyond ridiculous. Earlier this month, Zero Hedge reported that the insider selling-to-buying ratio is 2341 to 1.
Tyler Durden wrote: After last week saw an insider selling to buying ratio of 1,411 to 1, this week the ratio has nearly doubled, hitting a ridiculous 2,341 to 1. And while Wall Street’s liars and CNBC’s clowns will have you throw all your money into “leading” techs like Oracle and Google, insiders in these names sold a combined $200 million in stock in the last week alone.
Today, CNBC reported that the insider selling activity at some of the largest traded companies is at an all-time high. This can’t be a good sign of things to come. The article points to the analysis of Alan Newman, a market strategist who tracks insider trading: “The overwhelming volume of sell transactions relative to buy transactions by company insiders over the last six months in key leading sectors of the market is the worst . . . ever.”
CNBC reported that industry leaders have a staggering 3177 to 1 insider sell-to-buy ratio: “The largest companies in three of the most important leading sectors of the market have seen their executives classified as insiders sell more than 120 million shares of stock over the last six months. Top executives at these very same companies bought just 38,000 shares over that same time period, making for an eye-popping sell to buy ratio of 3,177 to one.
“The grand total for the three sectors are “as awful as we have ever seen since we began doing this exercise years ago,” said Newman, who was ahead on such trends as the dangers of high-frequency trading and ETFs before the ‘Flash Crash’. “Clearly, insiders are seeing great value only in cash. Their actions speak volumes for the veracity for the current rally.”’
Also quoted in the CNBC piece was Simon Baker, CEO of Baker Asset Management, who said the insider data “is good reason for considerable caution once the price action fades,” and “insiders normally buy early and sell early too. Longer term — 12 months out — it is more of a red flag.”
It’s pretty difficult to excuse these levels of insider looting, but the experts are doing their best to claim that these poor executives (the titans of their industries) must take profits from stock sales because their salaries and bonuses have been cut. Who do they think they are kidding?
Wall Street is still paying record salaries and bonuses, reportedly worth $144 billion (about a $1000 for every working American). There also has been very little news of other industry executives taking pay cuts, as American companies are holding record levels of cash to the tune of over a trillion dollars. In fact, the flush-with-cash CEOs continue to blame the consumer class for joblessness.
Despite the mass exodus of executives from their own company’s stock, the S&P continues to remain somewhat stable since gaining 16% from July lows. Well, those gains seem somewhat pathetic since the value of the dollar — measured against the human inflation indexes such as food and oil — has plummeted. Major food commodities are up over 50% since their July lows, while oil prices have climbed $10 to over $81/bbl, or around 14% for the same time period, with predictions to break the $100/bbl mark very shortly.
Barely covering the cost of real inflationary measures is hardly success, especially with the current risks involved with being in the stock market. These risks have only increased since the 2008 financial collapse that eventually caused the stock market to bottom out to the mid-6000 range.
The market has been propped up with TARP funds and driven by scandalous front-running by Goldman Sachs and other large firms leading to 70% of stock purchases to be held for an average of 11 seconds. Consequently, these robo-trading programs have also been blamed for the freak “Flash Crash” in May where the stock market plummeted over 900 points in just minutes.
The charade is almost up, as the bad-but-getting-even-worse main street economy is not remotely factored in to Wall Street’s casino calculations. Truth is, most states are approaching bankruptcy, unemployment continues to worsen, and yet another major scandal is playing out with Fraudclosure Gate. Newman, the insider trading expert, says, “At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we expect a significant correction.”
Unless you are an ultra-sophisticated trader with access to front-running software, it is time to follow these insiders out of the stock market and into real assets. As the Fed announces plans for QE2, which the stock market actually views as a good thing, the elite seem to be flocking to precious metals, commodities, and large agricultural land purchases on the expectation of an even weaker dollar. This appears to make gold, food, and oil pretty safe bets for the average bloke.
George Carlin ~ The American Dream
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is a bait and switch scam, folks. Take heed and get out now! - SJH
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Written by Steven John Hibbs
October 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm
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October 28, 2010: Achmad Ibrahim and Slamet Riyadi / AP via Yahoo News – October 27, 2010
MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia – The death toll from a tsunami and a volcano rose to more than 340 Thursday as more victims of Indonesia’s double disasters were found and an official said a warning system installed after a deadly ocean wave in 2004 was broke from lack of maintenance.
Hundreds were still missing after Monday’s 10 foot (3-meter) wave spawned by a massive quake struck the remote Mentawai Islands off western Sumatra, where rescue officials — kept away for days because of stormy seas and bad weather — started arriving at the scene to chart the scope of the devastation. Some wore face masks as they wrapped swollen corpses littering roads and beaches in black body bags.
Huge swaths of land were underwater and houses lay crumpled with tires and slabs of concrete piled up on the surrounding sand. At least 311 people died as the tsunami washed away hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes in 20 villages, displacing more than 20,000 people, said Ade Edward, a government disaster official.
About 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) to the east in central Java, the Mount Merapi volcano was mostly quiet but still a threat after Tuesday’s eruption that sent searing ash clouds into the air, killing at least 33 people and injuring 17, said Agustinus, a doctor at the local health department who like many Indonesians goes by one name. A mass burial was planned for later Thursday. Among the dead was a revered elder who had refused to leave his ceremonial post as caretaker of the mountain’s spirits.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rushed home from a state visit to Vietnam to deal with the catastrophes, which struck within 24 hours along different points of the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a series of fault lines prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.
The first cargo plane loaded with tents, medicine, food and clothes landed Wednesday in the tsunami-hit area, Edward said. Vice President Boediono toured devastated villages on hardest hit Pagai Utara island and met with survivors and local officials, his office said. At one point, he paused solemnly in front of several corpses in body bags.
The charity SurfAid International is getting “grim news” from village contacts, said Andrew Judge, head of the group founded by surfers who have been helping deliver aid. He said he is hearing of “more death, large numbers of deaths in some villages.” With the arrival of help, Edward said officials “finally … have a chance now to look for more than 400 still missing.”
The islands lie close to the epicenter of the 7.7-magnitude quake that struck late Monday beneath the ocean floor. The fault line on Sumatra island’s coast is the same one that caused the 2004 quake and tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean.
After that monster wave, many countries set up early warning systems in their waters hoping to give people time to flee to higher ground before a tsunami — which can travel hundreds of miles (kilometers) — crashed ashore. Indonesia’s version, completed in 2008 with German aid, has since fallen into such disrepair that it effectively stopped working about a month ago, according to the head of the Meteorology and Geophysic Agency.
The system, which uses buoys to electronically detect sudden changes in water level, worked when it was completed, but by 2009 routine tests of it were showing problems, said the agency chief, who uses the single name Fauzi. By last month, he said, the entire system was broken because of inexperienced operators.
“We do not have the expertise to monitor the buoys to function as intended,” he said. As a result, he said, not a single siren sounded after Monday’s quake. It was unclear if any sirens could have made a difference, since the islands worst affected were so close to the epicenter that the tsunami would have reached them within minutes.
The group that set up the system, the Germany-Indonesia agency Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS), could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but the questions Fauzi raised highlighted the difficulty for a poor country such as Indonesia in disaster prevention and response.
On the ash-covered slopes of Mount Merapi, authorities continued a search for more victims. The eruption sent thousands streaming into makeshift emergency shelters, although the ash did not disrupt flights over Indonesia. About 36,000 people have been evacuated, according to the Indonesian Red Cross.
Some defied authorities and returned home to check on crops and possessions left behind. More than 11,000 people live on Merapi’s fertile slopes. Tuesday’s blast eased pressure that had been building behind a lava dome on the crater. Experts warned that the dome could still collapse, causing an avalanche of the blistering gas and debris trapped beneath it.
The volcano, whose name means “Fire Mountain,” has erupted many times in the last 200 years. In 1994, 60 people were killed, while in 1930 more than a dozen villages were incinerated, leaving up to 1,300 dead.
Among the dead from Tuesday’s eruption was an 83-year-old man named Maridjan, who was entrusted by a late king from the nearby city of Yogyakarta to watch over the mountain’s unpredictable spirits. He had refused to leave his house high on its slopes.
The discovery Wednesday of his ash-covered body, reportedly found in a position of Islamic prayer, kneeling face-down on the floor, rattled residents who for years joined his ceremonies to appease the rumbling giant by throwing rice, clothes and chickens into the crater.
Many Indonesians paid tribute to Maridjan on Facebook and Twitter. “I’m more afraid than ever,” said Prapto Wiyono, a 60-year-old farmer from the mountain village of Pangukrejo. “Who’s going to tell us what’s going on with Merapi?”
AP: Volcano And Tsunami Deaths Mount In Indonesia
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Memo to Mr. Prapto Wiyono, what the hell did Maridjan do to warn you of this Merapi catastrophe? Why did the new tsunami warning system fail? Pray for those who perished… - SJH
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October 27, 2010: Reverand Ted Pike / Truthtellers.org - October 25, 2010
Since I began my literary and video criticism of Jewish supremacism in the mid-1980s, various attempts to discredit me have been made. The first was a national campaign by Norman Lear’s People for the American Way in 1988.
More recently, the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have attacked.
Various other groups, sometimes boasting as Jewish “experts,” have tried but similarly failed, sliding off the Teflon barrier of sound reasoning and impeccable documentation.
Still, some readers are disoriented by these seemingly credible attacks. What are the steps a person must take to find the truth in a conflict? When it comes to the Jewish agenda—and other controversial truths such as racial/gender differences or creationism—there is a great price to pay for taking the unpopular view.
Most human beings fear man, not God and His truth. They reflexively and emotionally think of their own self-interest first. Even without realizing it, this egoism creates an intense, knee-jerk desire to reject painful or taboo truths, even if our intellect quietly says they might be right.
For this reason, the main impediment to finding truth is not intellectual but spiritual. Man must somehow be emboldened to attain a higher level of courage and conviction. The very first step for any truth seeker is to bow his knees before God, yielding himself and his whole life to God and asking for the willingness to pay any price for the sake of knowing truth and being on God’s side.
“If this is God’s truth, the whole truth about vital moral issues,” we must pray, “I will face any offense or shame or loss of friends in order to defend it, to defend You.”
Christ Himself is the Truth—the Logos, the explanatory principle and deepest of all realities. When we are servants of God’s truth, we know Him. When we sacrifice for that truth, we draw closer to Christ, who paid the ultimate price for it. Christ promised that His Spirit will lead us into all truth (John 16:13) as we become His disciples through yielding to God absolutely everything we are and possess (Matthew 10:37).
This is the first and most central step toward finding and knowing the whole truth, especially about controversial and painful subjects. The second is to fearlessly compare new ideas with established fact, especially with the help of Biblical revelation.
However, if we look merely at surfaces and are not led by the Spirit of God in self-surrender and true logic, we will be deceived. Because evil is not bound by the truth and is demonically empowered, it is often intellectually acute, devious and charming. As a result, it can often outperform and out-debate those who simply tell the truth, sometimes in weakness and limitations. God has in fact not chosen the “wise” and strong—the philosophers and debaters of this age—to be His defenders (1 Corinthians 1).
Today, Christians are so conditioned to fear and loathe anti-Semitism that they react emotionally, not rationally, to any criticism of evil Jewish leaders. (This reflexive, irrational response can also be observed toward other politically taboo statements, such as about racial differences or Holocaust inaccuracies.)
Most Christians instinctively describe criticism of evil Jews as “hate” (cursing God’s chosen people) and want to flee the conflict altogether. One thing frightened Christians almost never do is research “anti-Semitic” claims to see if they are substantiated.
In 1987, popular local talk show host Lew Davies accused me of anti-Semitism for two and a half afternoons on Oregon/Washington radio, even though he had never read my book or watched my video The Other Israel. Tens of thousands of listeners were alienated from me and our family’s Christian/conservative pioneering leadership in the Northwest.
In the following months and years, not one Christian wrote or called to ask about the sources I might present to justify my views critical of Jewish supremacism. (These include extensive documentation from Jewish encyclopedias, Talmud and Zohar, testimony from Jews themselves, etc.)
Jesus promised that if we seek, we will find. But in order to truly seek, we must actually want the whole truth, even if it costs us social comfort, friends, or even freedom. Few Christians want truth substantiating the threat of Jewish supremacism. They have a deep, visceral fear of how this truth would incur the anger of people around them. It’s far easier to simply dismiss Ted Pike as an anti-Semitic hater and be done with the issue, fleeing danger as fast as possible.
Clearly, the availability of truth isn’t really the problem. Honest inquiry could fairly rapidly lead a person to see that my writings agree with Christ and the Hebrew prophets. The problem is the inability of most Christians to be willing to pay any price for truth. Babylon the Great, international Zionist control, is continuing to rise in power and corruption of the world, just as Scripture repeatedly predicts. “Israel-first” evangelicals will be judged for refusing to face this deeply important warning.
If the problem really is spiritual, how much can a truthteller argue with those who aren’t even interested in the whole truth? Jesus rarely debated the insincere. The Pharisees repeatedly claimed that Jesus could not be Messiah since, they thought, he was born in Nazareth. On the authority of Scripture, they said, Messiah can only come from Bethlehem. Jesus could easily have set the record straight, but He wanted to test the people to see if they would believe according to the deeper, more substantial realities of His message and person. A few would. Most wouldn’t.
Similarly, when Paul visited far regions of the Mediterranean and asked if people knew about Christianity, some did but said it had a bad reputation; it was “everywhere spoken against.” God allows lies to spread about Himself and His servants so that people will have to make a spiritual decision about whether to accept controversy and possible loss in order to know the whole truth.
At National Prayer Network, our ministry is remarkably free of substantive criticism after 26 years of total truthtelling about the Zionist danger. Yet God allows liars such as ADL and the SPLC to be available to those wanting a “quick fix” to remove the vexing possibility that I am speaking the truth. Just as God allows Satan’s existence, so He allows very tangible alternatives to the whole truth for those who are insincere. Will we look to God and use faith, reason, and truly honest inquiry—or will we take the path of least resistance and choose socially rewarding half-truths and lies?
God wants to test and judge those who don’t want truth. There is a limit to how much I or any truthteller can respond to every quibble or accusation. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands are coming to the whole, Biblical truth about Judaism and Israel at Truthtellers.org and are thanking God for what we are doing.
Documentary: International Zionism Exposed (Part 1)
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Please watch this documentary exposing Zionism in it’s entirety – SJH
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” - Revelation 2:9 KJV
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October 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm
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October 26, 2010: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com - October 26, 2010
Just two days after it was revealed that Al-Qaeda mastermind Anwar Al-Awlaki had met with Pentagon top brass only a matter of months after 9/11, an organization founded by the daughter of a former Israeli military intelligence officer released a video tape of Awlaki re-affirming his commitment to global jihad. A group of second graders could probably have come up with a more sophisticated propaganda campaign than that concocted by the SITE group this past weekend.
Newly obtained documents released by Fox News on Thursday last week confirmed that Awlaki, the man who helped plot the aborted Christmas Day bombing, the Fort Hood shooting, the Times Square bombing attempt, and who also preached to the alleged 9/11 hijackers, dined at the Pentagon just months after the September 11 attacks.
As we have documented, every indication screams out that Awlaki is a double agent working for US intelligence, a chief terrorist patsy-handler for the CIA. Within 48 hours, it was announced that Awlaki had appeared in a new video posted on a “jihadist website,” in which he praised the actions of the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas Day bomber.
The video was discovered by the SITE organization, which is nothing more than a contractor for the U.S. government, receiving some $500,000 a year annually from Uncle Sam, the majority of which is paid for by U.S. taxpayers. The group was founded by Rita Katz, the daughter of an executed Israeli spy. Katz has worked closely with the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security.
SITE’s website content was found to be largely copied from the U.S. State Department. “SITE’s “Terrorism Library, on cursory investigation, looks to be a straight data scrape from the U.S. Department of State’s Patterns of Global Terrorism – 2003, Appendix B,” notes SourceWatch.
Everything about SITE indicates that it is nothing more than a dummy organization being used by the military-industrial complex to release staged Al-Qaeda videotapes as part of the ongoing propaganda offensive to justify the brutal, pointless and manufactured war on terror.
SITE was miraculously able to obtain the highly suspicious September 2007 Bin Laden video tape before it was released by the so-called Al-Qaeda group who had made it.
SITE has been positively endorsed by Blackwater USA, the infamous military contractor co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince that was found to have been involved in several massacres of innocent Iraqi civilians.
SITE’s continued existence relies on fleecing the American taxpayer by way of contracts with the U.S. government and constantly invoking and hyping the hugely exaggerated threat of alleged Al-Qaeda groups in the Middle East.
But it wasn’t just CIA henchman Awlaki who made an appearance this past weekend courtesy of SITE, we were also treated to another Adam (Pearlman) Gadahn video message.
“Here you are in the battlefield, just like the heroes before you like Muhammad Atta and … Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, Faisal Shazad and hundreds of others,” Gadahn said, referring to the leader of the 9/11 attacks, the man accused of trying to blow up a plane last Christmas, and the would-be Times Square bomber, reports CNN.
SITE claimed it obtained the video from As-Sahab, Al-Qaeda’s supposed media arm. As we previously documented, SITE’s sister organization IntelCenter was caught adding its logo to a supposed Al-Qaeda tape at the same time as the As-Sahab logo was added, indicating the two organizations were one and the same.
Adam Pearlman is blatantly an Israeli Mossad spy who is releasing fake Al-Qaeda videos to bolster the geopolitical agenda of both the United States and Israel. We are being asked to believe that Pearlman, a former hardcore Jewish Zionist who once wrote stinging essays condemning Muslims as “bloodthirsty terrorists,” is now preaching the cause of global jihad.
Pearlman’s grandfather was none other than the late Carl K. Pearlman; a prominent Jewish urologist in Orange County. Carl was also a member of the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League, which was caught spying on Americans for Israel in 1993. Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was caught in 2002 creating a phony Al-Qaeda group to justify attacks on Palestinians.
Pearlman has a knack of releasing his tapes at the most politically opportune time for Bush, having first burst onto the scene shortly before the 2004 presidential election and then again right after Katrina when the President’s approval rating was tanking fast. Even more mainstream publications, like the Los Angeles City Beat, have dismissed Pearlman before as nothing more than “cartoonish propaganda.”
Pearlman had a hippy upbringing, a brief but intense flirtation with death metal and before a sudden transformation, once referred to Muslims as “bloodthirsty, barbaric terrorists.” Pearlman was a hardcore Jewish Zionist and wrote essays and screeds bashing the Muslim faith. He even got into fights at mosques and beat up Muslim worshippers.
The timing of the two videos, released in the wake of the embarrassing Awlaki-Pentagon revelation in addition to the Wikileaks controversy, suggests that only the supremely naive would believe that this was anything other than a hastily contrived propaganda stunt aimed at bolstering the exaggerated Muslim terrorist threat while vindicating the war on terror.
All The Al Qaeda Tapes Are A Fraud
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: It literally astounds me when I hear someone who has still bought into the manufactured “war on terror” after all these years of exposing it as a complete and utter fraud! - SJH
American Al Qaeda May Now Pose Most Clear Threat To Homeland Security
ABC News: October 26, 2010
CIA Ghost Bin Laden Threatens France On New Audio Tape
Activist Post: October 27, 2010
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October 26, 2010: Praveen Swami / London Telegraph – October 25, 2010
The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam in an attempt to contain China’s military build-up.
The expansion will include a dock for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, a missile defence system, live-fire training sites and the expansion of the island’s airbase. It will be the largest investment in a military base in the western Pacific since the Second World War, and the biggest spend on naval infrastructure in decades.
However, Guam residents fear the build-up could hurt their ecosystem and tourism-dependent economy. Estimates suggest that the island’s population will rise by almost 50 per cent from its current 173,000 at the peak of construction. It will eventually house 19,000 Marines who will be relocated from the Japanese island of Okinawa, where the US force has become unpopular.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that this could trigger serious water shortages. The EPA said that dredging the harbour to allow an aircraft carrier to berth would damage 71 acres of pristine coral reefs. The EPA’s report said the build-up would “exacerbate existing substandard environmental conditions on Guam.”
Local residents’ concerns, however, have been sidelined by the US-China strategic competition. China has significantly expanded its fleet during the past decade, seeking to deter the US from intervening militarily in any future conflict over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, and to project power across disputed territories in the gas and oil-rich South China Sea.
Beijing’s naval build-up is also intended to secure the sea lanes from the Middle East, from where China will import an estimated 70-80 per cent of its oil needs by 2035, supplies it fears the US could choke in the event of a conflict.
China has therefore invested in what are called its “string of pearls,” a network of bases strung along the Indian Ocean rim, like Hambantota in Sri Lanka and Gwadar in Pakistan and in developing a navy which can operate far from home.
Experts agree China does not currently have the capability to challenge US supremacy in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. “China has a large appetite,” says Carl Ungerer, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, “but it hasn’t got enough teeth.”
But China clearly intends to add bite to its naval arsenal. The country has acquired several modern Russian-made submarines and destroyers. Its shipyards are building new nuclear-powered submarines, as well as an aircraft carrier. There have also been reports that China is planning to test a new type of ballistic missile, the Dong Feng 21D, which would effectively render US carriers defenceless.
“China’s charm offensive is over,” says Ian Storey, an expert at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, “and its given way to what you might call an adolescent foreign policy. The country’s flexing its muscles, letting us know it won’t be pushed around.”
The US is also investing another £126 million on upgrading infrastructure at the British-owned Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia, 700 miles south of Sri Lanka. Key among the upgrades at Diego Garcia, which are due for completion in 2013, will be the capability to repair a nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine which can carry up to 154 cruise missiles, striking power equivalent to that of an entire US aircraft carrier battle group.
Diego Garcia, which has served as a launch-pad for air strikes on Iraq and Afghanistan, is already home to one third of what the US Navy calls its Afloat Prepositioned Force, equipment kept on standby to support military deployment anywhere in the world.
Pearl Jam Cover Of Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War”
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Just to translate this and put it in perspective for the American taxpayers, £8 Billion = $12.6 Billion US dollars! How’s your quality of life? Did you get to vote for this?! By the way, is that a Masonic handshake I see between David Letterman and Eddie Vedder at the end of the performance? - SJH
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October 26, 2010 at 12:03 am
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October 25, 2010: Rory Carroll / guardian.co.uk - October 24, 2010
California‘s referendum on legalising cannabis has divided Mexico into those who consider it a potentially catastrophic betrayal and those who think it could signpost a way out from the horrors of the drug war.
The president, Felipe Calderón, has led criticism of Proposition 19 as a dangerous experiment that would undermine US and Mexican efforts against ruthless and powerful narco-traffickers.
The conservative leader and other establishment figures have accused the US of hypocrisy in pressuring Latin America to confront drug traffickers, often at grisly cost, while doing little to rein in the US consumption that drives the trade.
Some fear California’s example will blow across the border and boost consumption in Mexico, where drug education and rehabilitation programmes are feeble. “It would be the worst thing. It might cut the cartels’ income a bit but we’d see more addicts, and trust me we’ve already got enough,” General Carlos Villa, a police chief in Torreón, told the Guardian.
Cannabis accounts for an estimated half of cartels’ income, but some studies suggest legalisation in California, which produces its own weed, would barely dent profits and that narcos could in any case expand other operations. However, a small but growing number of dissenting voices in Mexico, including two former presidents and reportedly four putative presidents, have endorsed legalisation as a way to hit the cartels, reduce corruption and stamp down drug-related violence which has claimed almost 30,000 lives in four years.
If California votes yes, Mexico’s government will come under pressure to follow suit, a former foreign minister, Jorge Castañeda, told Nexus magazine. “It is going to be impossible to ask Mexican society to put up with the number of lives at risk and the violence for a fight that Americans, or at least Californians, would have said they don’t want to fight any more,” he said.
American Drug War: The Last White Hope
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The “war on drugs” is a complete government aka global banking fraud! They run the drugs, that’s why they don’t want it legalized! “It might cut the cartels’ income a bit but we’d see more addicts…” Bullshit! Marijuana is neither physically addictive or a “gateway drug,” nor has any death ever been recorded in the thousands of years of its use from recreational, medical, or spiritual use… Ever! - SJH
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October 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm
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