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Fury Over Blackouts Caused From De-Industrialization Of America

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February 4, 2011: Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones / Prison Planet.com – February 4, 2011

Obama administration’s agenda to block construction of new coal-fired plants triggers nationwide outages as rolling blackouts now plague America…

Fury is building over rolling nationwide blackouts triggered by the Obama administration’s deliberate agenda to block the construction of new coal-fired plants, as local energy companies struggle to meet Americans’ power demands amidst some of the coldest weather seen in decades.

– As we reported yesterday, four hospitals in Texas reacted furiously after they were hit with planned outages despite being promised they would be spared even as power to Super Bowl venues remains uninterrupted

– Thousands in New Mexico have been left without natural gas as Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday declared a state of emergency. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to shut down and all nonessential employees to stay home” on Friday, Martinez said after meeting with public safety personnel in Albuquerque,” reports the Associated Press.

– Borderland residents have been asked to limit their use of natural gas as the Texas Gas Service asks that larger commercial facilities voluntarily close their doors to save supplies.

– People in Tucson have been asked to limit their use of hot water and moderate their thermostat levels to save on energy.

– Shortages of natural gas in San Diego County has forced utility companies to “cut or reduce the gas supplied to some of their largest commercial and industrial customers,” reports North County Times.

– In El Paso, “Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers continue to face periodic blackouts, and nearly 900 gas customers still have no heat,” reports the El Paso Times, with El Paso Electric resorting to using generators in a struggle to meet demand while still having to implement forced outages.

Coal-fired power plants are used to convert coal to synthetic natural gas. The Obama administration’s efforts to block the construction of new clean-burning coal plants has massively exacerbated this week’s outages.

Mexico has now announced that it will suspend supplying power to southern US states, underscoring how America has been left completely dependent and desperate as a result of the Obama administration’s war on the coal industry.

Cold weather is not the primary culprit behind the power outages that have hit many areas of the country this week. The real blame lies with the Obama administration’s deliberate war against the efforts of local power companies to meet America’s energy needs by building new plants, the vast majority of which have been blocked by judges, governors and the EPA over the last four years at the behest of the Obama administration in the name of preventing global warming.

State authorities in Texas have been engaged in a long-running battle with the EPA as the feds attempt to block the construction of new plants by enforcing adherence to new clean air permit regulations that cripple smaller companies’ ability to afford desperately needed new energy centers and plants. Twelve states are mounting a legal challenge against EPA restrictions that threaten to bankrupt the entire industry.

But it’s not just in Texas where the federal government has embarked on an all out siege against energy independence.

– Back in July 2008, a Superior Court judge in Fulton County blocked the construction of a coal plant in Georgia, citing global warming concerns and the need to limit CO2 emissions.

– In January 2009, the Obama EPA blocked approval for a coal-fired power plant in South Dakota, claiming the state, “didn’t meet requirements under the Clean Air Act in part of its proposed permit for the plant.”

– As Governor of Kansas, Obama’s current Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius slapped a de facto ban on the construction of all new coal-fired plants across the state.

– Last month, Senators in Obama’s home state of Illinois blocked the construction of a clean-burning coal gasification and power generating plant.

– As a result of the EPA’s recent remand of air permits, Shell Oil announced yesterday that it has “dropped plans to drill in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea this year,” ensuring more shortages and higher energy prices for Americans already laboring under soaring food costs.

The federal government’s siege against independent power companies’ efforts to build coal-fired plants is part of the unfolding agenda to de-industrialize the United States even as China and Mexico build new power plants at ever accelerating speeds.

Global warming alarmists have consistently gone on record to openly voice their agenda to de-industrialize the United States in the name of saving the planet.

In his new book, author and environmentalist Keith Farnish called for acts of sabotage and environmental terrorism in blowing up dams and demolishing cities in order to return the planet to pre-industrial society. Prominent NASA global warming alarmist and Al Gore ally Dr. James Hansen endorsed Farnish’s book.

The global elite resolved to exploit contrived fears about climate change to de-industrialize the United States back in 1991 when the Club of Rome, a powerful globalist NGO committed to limiting growth and ushering in a post-industrial society, said in their report, The First Global Revolution, “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…. All these dangers are caused by human intervention… The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”

In 1969, Dr. Richard Day, the National Medical Director of the Rockefeller-sponsored “Planned Parenthood,” asserted that a move towards a “unified global system” would necessitate the sabotage of American industry.

“Each part of the world will have a specialty and thus become inter-dependent, he said. The US will remain a center for agriculture, high tech, communications, and education but heavy industry would be “transported out,” Day stated.

In 2008 Obama openly stated his plan to bankrupt the coal industry…

Treason: Obama Shuts Down Power Plants Coast To Coast

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Suddenly, the false flag Gulf oil disaster makes more sense… eh?! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/fury-builds-over-blackouts-caused-by-de-industrialization-of-america.html

Stockton, CA And Miami, FL Top Forbes Most Miserable Cities List

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February 4, 2011: David Sheppard / Reuters (US Edition) – February 3, 2011

What American Dream?! – SJH

(Reuters Life!) – If the saying “as goes California, so goes the nation” still rings true, then Americans are facing a depressing future, according to a list of the country’s most miserable cities.

Ravaged by falling house prices, high unemployment, a massive budget deficit, rampant crime and high state taxes, California filled four of the top five spots in the Forbes list of unhappy urban areas.

Stockton, in the state’s Central Valley, topped the list, followed by Miami in Florida, [then] Merced, Modesto and Sacramento — all in California.

“California was hit by the bursting of the housing bubble about as hard as can be imagined,” said Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes senior editor. “Both California and Florida have a history of boom and bust economies. People flooded to these states because of the weather during the boom years but that helped inflate the massive bubble in housing.”

Forbes analyzed the 200 largest U.S. cities and ranked them on 10 factors including unemployment, the weather, taxes, commuting times, violent crime and even how its sports teams have performed in recent years.

California and Florida both have plenty of sunshine, but for the first time Forbes also looked at housing as a factor following the real estate crash. Changes in median home prices over three years and foreclosure rates in 2010 were included in the survey.

In Stockton, home prices have crashed by 58 percent over the last three years and unemployment has averaged 14.3 percent. Unemployment is projected to rise to 18.1 percent in 2011, after averaging 17.2 percent in 2010, according to economists at Moody’s Analytics.

“Stockton has issues that it needs to address, but an article like this is the equivalent of bayoneting the wounded,” Bob Deis, Stockton city manager, told the magazine. “I find it unfair, and it does everybody a disservice. The people of Stockton are warm. The sense of community is fantastic. You have to come here and talk to leaders. The data is the data, but there is a richer story here.”

Miami was the only city not from the Golden State to crack the top five. Its sunshine and lower state taxes saved Florida’s second most populous city from taking first place. Florida and California are home to 16 of the top 20 cities in terms of home foreclosure rates in 2010, with Miami topping the list with 171,704 last year.

Ron Pollina, president of site selection firm Pollina Corporate Real Estate, told Forbes.com the outlook for California’s corporate real estate market isn’t much brighter. “If I even mention California, they throw me out of the office,” Pollina said. “Every company hates California.”

Chicago and Washington D.C. were two of the 10 largest cities to make the list, hurt by long commute times, taxes, weather and falling home prices. Detroit, which topped the list the first time it was run in 2008, was in 15th place this time, helped by the inclusion of housing.

New York was outside the top 20 having finished 16th in 2010. Cleveland, last year’s most miserable city, finished 10th this year, losing the race to the bottom as unemployment increased at a relatively slower pace than elsewhere.

To see the full list of cities on Forbes.com please click tinyurl.com/686gu9t

Real Estate Sales Up In Miami – Foreclosures To Dominate Market!

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The “shadow market” the guest speaks of at 1:51 into this video that are buying the vast majority of foreclosed properties are the banks and investment corporations. Not the average American out there living the bygone days of the American Dream. This is a consolidation of wealth! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/us-cities-usa-miserable-idUSTRE71267V20110203?pageNumber=1

Millions Stage More Anti-Mubarak Protests On “Day Of Departure”

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February 4, 2011: Press TV Editors / Press TV via Infowars.com – February 4, 2011

Millions of people have protested in Cairo and other major cities across Egypt against the country’s out-of-favor President Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters chant a variety of slogans against the Mubarak regime in Cairo’s Liberation Square, as reports flow in about fierce clashes between plainclothes police and protesters.

Protesters plan to march toward the presidential palace after the Friday Prayers, a Press TV correspondent reported. Several thousand troops have been deployed at key locations across the city.

The opposition has called Friday the ‘Day of Departure,’ saying the planned massive rally aims to force Mubarak into stepping down. Civil groups have also called for massive protests in Alexandria and Suez.

The developments come as the government continues its harsh crackdown on journalists and media to prevent news coverage of the rallies.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Mubarak said he is fed up with being president and would like to leave office but fears there will be chaos if he steps down. He denied that his government was responsible for the violence in Cairo’s Liberation Square.

Vice President Omar Suleiman on Thursday described the calls for Mubarak’s resignation as calls for chaos. Suleiman said the government has urged all parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, to engage in national dialog.

The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the government’s offer in a statement released on Thursday.

Protesters have vowed to stand firm despite the deadly clashes that left several people dead and at least 1,500 others wounded in Cairo on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.

According to the United Nations, at least 300 people have so far been killed and thousands more have been injured during nationwide protests in Egypt.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the recent developments in North Africa are the result of the “Islamic awakening, which followed the great [Islamic] Revolution of the Iranian nation.”

The Leader also described Mubarak as the “lackey of the Zionist regime [of Israel].”

Protesters Return To Cairo With Army Protection

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The Egyptian people finally realized Mubarak is Israel’s bitch! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.infowars.com/millions-stage-anti-mubarak-protests/

67% Of Americans ‘Dissatisfied’ With Power Of Major Corporations

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February 4, 2011: The Economic Collapse Editors / The Economic Collapse – February 4, 2011

The American people are becoming increasingly angry about the extraordinary amount of power and influence that corporations have in the United States today. 

A new Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the size and influence of major corporations in the United States today. 

Not only that, the most recent Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index found that only 26 percent of Americans trust our financial system at this point. 

The mainstream media is acting as if this is a new phenomenon, but the truth is that a dislike of giant corporations goes all the way back to the founding of this nation. Our founders held a deep distrust for all big concentrations of power, and they intended to set up a nation where no one person or no one institution could become too powerful.

Unfortunately, we have very much strayed from those principles. In the United States today, the federal government completely dominates all other levels of government and mammoth international corporations completely dominate our economy. If our founding fathers could see what is going on today they would probably roll over in their graves.

The history of the corporation can be traced back to the early part of the 17th century when Queen Elizabeth I established the East India Trading Company. Our founders were not too fond of the East India Trading Company. In fact, it was their tea that was dumped into the harbor during the original Boston Tea Party.

In his book entitled “Unequal Protection”, Thom Hartman described the great antipathy that our founders had for the East India Trading Company…

“Trade-dominance by the East India Company aroused the greatest passions of America’s Founders – every schoolboy knows how they dumped the Company’s tea into Boston harbour. At the time in Britain virtually all members of parliament were stockholders, a tenth had made their fortunes through the Company, and the Company funded parliamentary elections generously.”

So a disgust for great concentrations of financial power is built into our national DNA. Many people today think of giant international corporations as being synonymous with “capitalism”, but that is just not the case. Our founders envisioned a land where free enterprise could flourish in an environment where no institution held too much power.

So this false left/right debate about whether we should give more power to the government or more power to the corporations is largely a bunch of nonsense. If the founders were around today they would say that we need to take a lot of power away from both of them.

Fortunately, it looks like the American people are starting to think the same thing. Not only are the American people dissatisfied with government, they are also becoming increasingly dissatisfied with big corporations. As mentioned above, according to Gallup two-thirds of Americans are now dissatisfied with the size and influence of major corporations in America today…

As you can see, the gap between those in favor of the size and influence of major corporations and those not in favor has been significantly widening over the past decade. That is a good thing.

Not only that, but the latest Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index shows that Americans have very little trust in the financial system at this point. The following are some of the key findings from their most recent report

*Only 26 percent of Americans trust the nation’s financial system.

*Only 13 percent of Americans trust big corporations.

*Only 16 percent of Americans trust the stock market.

*Only 43 percent of Americans trust the banks.

These numbers are staggering, but they should not be surprising. The American people were not pleased at all when the major banks and big financial institutions were showered with bailouts during the recent financial crisis. A lot of that anger is still simmering.

The recent housing collapse, which is still ongoing, was caused in great part by the behavior of the major banks and big financial institutions, but it is the American people which have suffered the most from it. The following very brief animation from Taiwan demonstrates this very humorously… [see video below]

The American people are still wondering where their “bailouts” are. Most of the big banks and big corporations seem to be thriving even while the number of Americans slipping into poverty continues to grow.

According to Calculated Risk, approximately 15 million Americans are unemployed, about 9 million Americans are working part-time for “economic reasons” and approximately 4 million American workers have left the labor force since the beginning of the economic downturn. When you total that all up, you get 28 million Americans that wish they had full-time jobs. Ouch.

There are other numbers that are very disturbing as well. In the month of November, the number of people on food stamps set another new all-time record: 43.6 million Americans.

So we have tens of millions of Americans that can’t get the jobs that they want and we have tens of millions of Americans that can’t feed themselves without government assistance. No wonder so many people are angry at the big corporations!

The U.S. government has showered the big corporations and the big banks with bailouts, tax breaks and cheap loans and yet the big corporations and the big banks are not coming through for the American people.

Meanwhile, food prices continue to go up. According to the United Nations food agency, global food prices set another new all-time record during the month of January, and they are expected to continue rising for months to come.

That certainly is not going to ease tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. When people are not able to pay for the food that they need that tends to make them very, very angry.

For now we are not likely to see food riots in the United States, but as food prices rise all of those food stamp cards are not going to go as far as they used to. Average American families are going to feel more strain at the supermarket. There will be less money available for other things.

A key indicator to watch is the price of oil. The price of oil is one of the key components of the price of food, and if we see the price of oil go up to $120 or $150 a barrel that could mean really bad things for both the U.S. economy and the overall global economy.

If we do see another financial crisis like we did in 2008, is the U.S. government going to rush to bail out the big corporations and the big banks like they did the last time? As we have seen from the numbers above, that certainly would not sit well with the American people.

Is It “Buying Time” In US Housing Market?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This dovetails on the previous article that I posted earlier today– SJH

Link to original article below…

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/pissed-off-67-percent-of-americans-are-dissatisfied-with-the-size-and-influence-of-major-corporations

Inflation Group Predicts US Cities Will Erupt Like Egypt In 4 Years?

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February 4, 2011: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com – February 4, 2011

Soaring food prices in the US will provoke massive civil unrest many times worse than the scenes in Cairo, Egypt…

The National Inflation Association has issued a chilling new advisory in which it warns that the inflationary time bomb being created by the policies of the Federal Reserve will lead to American cities experiencing similar chaos currently unfolding in Egypt by 2015.

Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has been in power for three decades and in that time has managed to handle all manner of threats to the stability of his regime. But it was the huge unrest sparked by soaring food prices that finally led the Egyptian people to launch a revolution which is likely to see Mubarak forced out of office for good.

“Food inflation in Egypt has reached 20% and citizens in the nation already spend about 40% of their monthly expenditures on food. Americans for decades have been blessed with cheap food, spending only 13% of their expenditures on food, but this is about to change,” warns the NIA press release.

The NIA says that the world is in a state of “inflationary panic,” evidenced by numerous global revolts that can all be traced back to crippling food inflation.

“One thing NIA is almost 100% sure of is that come year 2015, middle-class Americans will be spending at least 30% to 40% of their income on food, similar to Egyptians today,” warns the NIA, advising Americans to stock up on storable food if they wish to avoid being impacted by empty shelves which have occurred in Egypt as a result of panic buying.

The report notes that the Obama administration will do nothing to cut the massive national deficit because Washington living within its means would cause a stock market collapse and a new Great Depression, “But at least it would save the U.S. dollar from losing all of its purchasing power. In fact, the standard of living for middle class Americans might actually improve if the government allowed the free market to put our economy into a depression, because goods and services would get cheaper.”

The report also notes that the M2 money supply rose by $54.2 billion over the course of two weeks alone last month, adding that by the time QE2 has finished, the overall money supply will have risen by 192 per cent, without even accounting for QE3 and QE4 which many analysts say are now in the pipeline. All this is contributing to a catastrophic loss of confidence in the dollar and is laying the groundwork for a hyperinflationary holocaust.

“At least in Egypt, their currency still has purchasing power and their citizens are trying to implement a regime change before it is too late. By 2015 in America, it will already be too late and the civil unrest here has the potential to be many times worse,” states the advisory.

As Tyler Durden writes, the NIA are notorious for their dire predictions, but most of what the organization forecast over the last few years has come to pass. “Love them or hate them, only the most self-deluded can claim that the NIA, and its predictions, have been incorrect so far in this monetary ‘printing’ cycle,” writes Durden.

In a November 2010 press release, the NIA warned that the Federal Reserve’s new quantitative easing program would cause “societal collapse” as soon as this year, and gave a price list for a number of items as an example of how hyperinflation would cripple the country. According to the NIA, within the next few years;

– A standard 24 oz loaf of bread will cost over $23 dollars.
– A 32oz package of granulated sugar will cost over $62 dollars.
– A 11.30 oz container of roast coffee will set you back over $77 dollars
– A 64 fl oz container of Minute Maid Orange Juice will cost more than $45 dollars.
– A Hershey’s Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz candy bar will cost over 15 dollars.
– A plain white men’s cotton t-shirt will cost $55.57.

Our prediction three years ago, based on UN documents, which was made six months before the collapse of Lehman brothers, that the world would be hit by massive food riots and anti-government unrest in the aftermath of an economic collapse, is now unfolding at an astonishing pace.

Global food prices have skyrocketed to new records in recent weeks, with many blaming Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for enacting policies that have helped trigger political unrest in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and other countries.

Food prices are already above 2008 levels, when the dollar was even weaker than it is now and when oil prices hovered at around the $150 level, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization insisting that they are only set to rise higher.

“The (UN FAO) index averaged 230.7 points in January, up from 223.1 points in December and 206 in November. The index highlights how food prices, which throughout most of the last two decades have been stable, have taken off in alarming fashion in the last three years. In 2000 the index stood at 90 and did not break through 100 until 2004,” reports the Telegraph.

Global hedge funds are now moving to corner the food and commodities market, with hedge fund manager Anthony Ward investing a purported £650m ($1 billion dollars) in the cocoa market by buying 240,000 tonnes of beans, enough to make 5 billion chocolate bars. Financial speculation on food prices has amplified volatile prices.

RT: Battles Rage On Tahrir Square

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Unlike people in Egypt however, Americans have 450 million guns! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/nia-american-cities-will-resemble-egypt-in-2015.html