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How Leonard Peltier could leave prison by August 18
July 30, 2009
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For a formidable and growing global community of supporters, the prospect of Native American activist Leonard Peltier finally leaving prison inspires a longing that cuts to the depths of the soul.

So Peltier’s first parole hearing of the Obama Era---on Tuesday, July 28---inspired hope of an intensity that will have a major impact on the new presidency. A decision must come from the Federal Parole Commission within three weeks. His attorney is calling for a surge of public support that would create an irresistible political climate for Leonard’s release.

The relationship between Peltier and those who have followed his case over the decades can be intensely personal. His imprisonment has come to stand not only for five centuries of unjust violence waged against Native Americans, but also for the inhumane theft of the life of a man who has handled his 33 years in jail with epic dignity, effectiveness and grace.

Peltier’s latest parole hearing convened at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he is currently held. According to Eric Seitz, Peltier’s Honolulu-based attorney, Peltier spoke for more than an hour “with great eloquence” about the nature of his case, his imprisonment and his plans for freedom. “The hearing officer seemed to listen carefully,” said Seitz. “We thought it went very well.”

The decision on Peltier’s parole will be made by the four sitting members of the Federal Parole Commission (http://www.usdoj.gov/uspc/ ) whose offices are in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Commissioners Isaac Fulwood, Jr., Cranston Mitchell, Edward Reilly and Patricia Cushware are all Bush appointees. One seat is vacant; Fulwood was elevated to the Chairman’s seat in May by President Obama.

According to Seitz, the hearing was taped by an officer charged with reporting to the Commissioners within 48 hours. The Commissioners are required to render a decision within 21 days---by August 18. Should they rule in his favor, Peltier could walk out of prison very soon after the decision is issued.

Should the Commssioners turn down his parole application, Seitz says the appeal would go to the federal district court in Harrisburg. The report of the hearing would become available to Peltier and the public.

Seitz said he spoke to the record for about 20 minutes on the legalities of the case. He said Peter Mattheissen, author of IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE, explained the history of the 1970s incidents that led to Peltier being accused of murdering two FBI agents. CRAZY HORSE is the definitive account of the origins of the case and of the climate of violence and repression imposed on the native community at the time of the killings. Seitz said Mattheissen emphasized “the many reasons to have misgivings about whether the system performed well and fairly in Leonard's case.”

Mattheissen was joined by Dr.Thomas Fassett of the United Methodist Church, who testified, said Seitz, “to the negative impact of Peltier’s 33-year imprisonment on the world’s view of how the US government treats its native population. Leonard's case is viewed in the larger community both nationally & internationally as a major embarrassment…as a gross injustice…a black mark.”

The testimony was accompanied by thousands of letters, with signees including South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, US Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), and actor Robert Redford, whose film INCIDENT AT OGALALA is the definitive documentary.

Cynthia Maleterre of the Turtle Island Clan then outlined how Peltier could meet the requirements of parole in his home community in North Dakota. Restored to his Chippewa-Dakota homeland, Maleterre explained that Peltier would have housing, a job and be surrounded by family, including great-grandchildren he has never seen.

Seitz said testimony opposing parole came from a representative of the FBI, sent by Director Robert Mueller, a holdover Bush appointee, and from the former director of the Minnesota Bureau. Two sons of Jack Coler, one of the FBI agents killed in the Ogalala shoot-out, also argued against Peltier being freed, as did a former agent named Ed Woods.

Seitz said that all those opposing parole argued Peltier should spend the rest of his days in prison, and did not deserve a new trial.

But Seitz was “guardedly optimistic” about a favorable decision from the Parole Commission. He said that a “good rapport” had been established with the hearing officer, and that the new chair of the commission is generally held “in high esteem.”

President Barack Obama does have the power to grant clemency, but Seitz said prisoners apply only when all other avenues have been exhausted. Usually, says Seitz, “presidential pardons do not come until the Chief Executive is leaving office.”

Seitz says letters to the Parole Commission and to local newspapers, calls to Congressional Representatives (202-224-3121), talk show hosts and other forms of public pressure are now of the utmost importance. The hope, he says, lies in creating a “public environment favorable to release.”

As Leonard Peltier approaches his 65th year---having spent half his life in prison---every day is now critical to lifting this burden from our collective souls.

For more information go to http://www.leonardpeltier.net .

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Bombshell: Sibel Edmonds

Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11
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Sibel Edmonds on the Mike Malloy Show, Prt 1

Sibel Edmonds on the Mike Malloy Show, Prt 2

Sibel Edmonds

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."

These 'intimate relations' included using Bin Laden for 'operations' in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These 'operations' involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner "as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict," that is, fighting 'enemies' via proxies.

As Sibel has previously described, and as she reiterates in this latest interview, this process involved using Turkey (with assistance from 'actors from Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia') as a proxy, which in turn used Bin Laden and the Taliban and others as a proxy terrorist army.

Control of Central Asia
The goals of the American 'statesmen' directing these activities included control of Central Asia's vast energy supplies and new markets for military products.

The Americans had a problem, though. They needed to keep their fingerprints off these operations to avoid a) popular revolt in Central Asia ( Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan), and b) serious repercussions from China and Russia. They found an ingenious solution: Use their puppet-state Turkey as a proxy, and appeal to both pan-Turkic and pan-Islam sensibilities.

Turkey, a NATO ally, has a lot more credibility in the region than the US and, with the history of the Ottoman Empire, could appeal to pan-Turkic dreams of a wider sphere of influence. The majority of the Central Asian population shares the same heritage, language and religion as the Turks.

In turn, the Turks used the Taliban and al Qaeda, appealing to their dreams of a pan-Islamic caliphate (Presumably. Or maybe the Turks/US just paid very well.)

According to Sibel:

This started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam.
Uighurs
Sibel was recently asked to write about the recent situation with the Uighurs in Xinjiang, but she declined, apart from saying that "our fingerprint is all over it."

Of course, Sibel isn't the first or only person to recognize any of this. Eric Margolis, one of the best reporters in the West on matters of Central Asia, stated that the Uighurs in the training camps in Afghanistan up to 2001:
"were being trained by Bin Laden to go and fight the communist Chinese in Xinjiang, and this was not only with the knowledge, but with the support of the CIA, because they thought they might use them if war ever broke out with China."
And also that:
"Afghanistan was not a hotbed of terrorism, these were commando groups, guerrilla groups, being trained for specific purposes in Central Asia."
In a separate interview, Margolis said:
"That illustrates Henry Kissinger's bon mot that the only thing more dangerous than being America's enemy is being an ally, because these people were paid by the CIA, they were armed by the US, these Chinese Muslims from Xinjiang, the most-Western province.

The CIA was going to use them in the event of a war with China, or just to raise hell there, and they were trained and supported out of Afghanistan, some of them with Osama Bin Laden's collaboration. The Americans were up to their ears with this."

Rogues Gallery
Last year, Sibel came up with a brilliant idea to expose some of the criminal activity that she is forbidden to speak about: she published eighteen photos, titled "Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery," of people involved the operations that she has been trying to expose. One of those people is Anwar Yusuf Turani, the so-called 'President-in-exile' of East Turkistan (Xinjiang). This so-called 'government-in-exile' was 'established' on Capitol Hill in September, 2004, drawing a sharp rebuke from China.

Also featured in Sibel's Rogues Gallery was 'former' spook Graham Fuller, who was instrumental in the establishment of Turani's 'government-in-exile' of East Turkistan. Fuller has written extensively on Xinjiang, and his "Xinjiang Project" for Rand Corp is apparently the blueprint for Turani's government-in-exile. Sibel has openly stated her contempt for Mr. Fuller.

Susurluk
The Turkish establishment has a long history of mingling matters of state with terrorism, drug trafficking and other criminal activity, best exemplified by the 1996 Susurluk incident which exposed the so-called Deep State.

Sibel states that "a few main Susurluk actors also ended up in Chicago where they centered 'certain' aspects of their operations (Especially East Turkistan-Uighurs)."

One of the main Deep State actors, Mehmet Eymur, former Chief of Counter-Terrorism for Turkey's intelligence agency, the MIT, features in Sibel's Rogues Gallery. Eymur was given exile in the US. Another member of Sibel's gallery, Marc Grossman was Ambassador to Turkey at the time that the Susurluk incident exposed the Deep State. He was recalled shortly after, prior to the end of his assignment, as was Grossman's underling, Major Douglas Dickerson, who later tried to recruit Sibel into the spying ring.

The modus operandi of the Susurluk gang is the same as the activities that Sibel describes as taking place in Central Asia, the only difference is that this activity was exposed in Turkey a decade ago, whereas the organs of the state in the US, including the corporate media, have successfully suppressed this story.

Chechnya, Albania & Kosovo
Central Asia is not the only place where American foreign policy makers have shared interests with Bin Laden. Consider the war in Chechnya. As I documented here, Richard Perle and Stephen Solarz (both in Sibel's gallery) joined other leading neocon luminaries such as Elliott Abrams, Kenneth Adelman, Frank Gaffney, Michael Ledeen, James Woolsey, and Morton Abramowitz in a group called the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). For his part, Bin Laden donated $25 million to the cause, as well as numerous fighters, and technical expertise, establishing training camps.

US interests also converged with those of al-Qaeda in Kosovo and Albania.

Of course, it is not uncommon for circumstances to arise where 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' On the other hand, in a transparent democracy, we expect a full accounting of the circumstances leading up to a tragic event like 9/11. The 9/11 Commission was supposed to provide exactly that.

State Secrets
Sibel has famously been dubbed the most gagged woman in America, having the State Secrets Privilege imposed on her twice. Her 3.5 hour testimony to the 9/11 Commission has been entirely suppressed, reduced to a single footnote which refers readers to her classified testimony.

In the interview, she says that the information that was classified in her case specifically identifies that the US was using Bin Laden and the Taliban in Central Asia, including Xinjiang. In the interview, Sibel reiterates that when invoking the gag orders, the US government claims that it is protecting " 'sensitive diplomatic relations,' protecting Turkey, protecting Israel, protecting Pakistan, protecting Saudi Arabia..." This is no doubt partially true, but it is also true that they are protecting themselves too, and it is a crime in the US to use classification and secrecy to cover up crimes.

As Sibel says in the interview:
I have information about things that our government has lied to us about... those things can be proven as lies, very easily, based on the information they classified in my case, because we did carry very intimate relationship with these people, and it involves Central Asia, all the way up to September 11.

Summary

The bombshell here is obviously that certain people in the US were using Bin Laden up to September 11, 2001.

It is important to understand why: the US outsourced terror operations to al Qaeda and the Taliban for many years, promoting the Islamization of Central Asia in an attempt to personally profit off military sales as well as oil and gas concessions.

The silence by the US government on these matters is deafening. So, too, is the blowback.

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H1N1 Pandemic: Pentagon Planning Deployment of Troops in Support of Nationwide Vaccination Militarization of public health in the case of emergency is now official

by Michel Chossudovsky
July 31, 2009
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According to CNN, the Pentagon is "to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials."

"The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

The officials would not be identified because the proposal from U.S. Northern Command's Gen. Victor Renuart has not been approved by the secretary.

The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include personnel from all branches of the military.

It has yet to be determined how many troops would be needed and whether they would come from the active duty or the National Guard and Reserve forces.

Civilian authorities would lead any relief efforts in the event of a major outbreak, the official said. The military, as they would for a natural disaster or other significant emergency situation, could provide support and fulfill any tasks that civilian authorities could not, such as air transport or testing of large numbers of viral samples from infected patients.

As a first step, Gates is being asked to sign a so-called "execution order" that would authorize the military to begin to conduct the detailed planning to execute the proposed plan.

Orders to deploy actual forces would be reviewed later, depending on how much of a health threat the flu poses this fall, the officials said." (CNN, Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak , July 2009, emphasis added)

The implications are far-reaching.

The decision points towards the militarization of civilian institutions, including law enforcement and public health.

A nationwide vaccination program is already planned for the Fall.

The pharmaceutical industry is slated to deliver 160 million vaccine doses by the Fall, enough doses to vaccinate more than half of America's population.

The Pentagon is already planning on the number of troops to be deployed,. with a view to supporting a mass vaccinaiton program.

It is worth noting that this involvement of the military is not being decided by the President, but by the Secretary of Defense, which suggests that the Pentagon is, in a key issue of of national interest, overriding the President and Commander in Chief. The US Congress has not been consulted on the issue.

This decision to mobilise the Armed Forces in the vaccination campaign is taken in anticipation of a national emergency. Although no national emergency has been called, the presumption is that a national public health emergency will occur, using the WHO Level 6 Pandemic as a pretext and a justification.

Other countries, including Canada, the UK and France may follow suit, calling upon their Armed Forces to play a role in support of the H1N1 vaccination program.

US Northern Command

Much of the groundwork for the intervention of the military has already been established. There are indications that these "regional teams" have already been established under USNORTHCOM, which has been involved in preparedness training and planning in the case of a flu pandemic (See U.S. Northern Command - Avian Flu. USNORTHCOM website ).

Within the broader framework of "Disaster Relief", Northern Command has, in the course of the last two years, defined a mandate in the eventuality of a public health emergency or a flu pandemic. The emphasis is on the militarization of public health whereby NORTHCOM would oversee the activities of civilian institutions involved in health related services.

According Brig. Gen. Robert Felderman, deputy director of USNORTHCOM’s Plans, Policy and Strategy Directorate: “USNORTHCOM is the global synchronizer – the global coordinator – for pandemic influenza across the combatant commands”(emphasis added) (See Gail Braymen, USNORTHCOM contributes pandemic flu contingency planning expertise to trilateral workshop, USNORTHCOM, April 14, 2008, See also USNORTHCOM. http://www.northcom.mil/Avian%20Flu/docs/Pandemic_Influenza_Training_Brief.pdfPandemic Influenza Chain Training (U) pdf)

“Also, the United States in 1918 had the Spanish influenza. We were the ones who had the largest response to [a pandemic] in more recent history. So I discussed what we did then, what we expect to have happen now and the numbers that we would expect in a pandemic influenza.”

The potential number of fatalities in the United States in a modern pandemic influenza could reach nearly two million, according to Felderman. Not only would the nation’s economy suffer, but the Department of Defense would still have to be ready and able to protect and defend the country and provide support of civil authorities in disaster situations. While virtually every aspect of society would be affected, “the implications for Northern Command will be very significant.”

“[A pandemic would have] a huge economic impact, in addition to the defense-of-our-nation impact,” Felderman said. The United States isn’t alone in preparing for such a potential catastrophe. (Gail Braymen, op cit)

Apart from the CNN dispatch and a FOX news report, there has been virtually no mainstream press coverage of this issue. No statement has been made by USNORTHCOM. The Fox New Report suggests that US troops would be involved in organising military quarantines (see videoclip below).

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Five U.S. bank closures bring 2009 total to 69

By John Letzing, MarketWatch
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Five U.S. banks in Oklahoma, Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and Illinois were closed by regulators Friday, bringing the tally this year to 69 and making a $911.7 million dent in the federal deposit insurance fund as the credit crisis takes a persistent toll on the nation's financial institutions.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a statement that Altus, Okla.-based First State Bank of Altus was closed, and that Amarillo, Tex.-based Herring Bank will assume the failed bank's deposits.

First State Bank of Altus had $103.4 million in assets and $98.2 million in deposits as of June 19, the FDIC said. The bank is the first to fail on Oklahoma this year, and will cost the deposit insurance fund $25.2 million.

The FDIC also said Jupiter, Fla.-based Integrity Bank was shuttered, marking the fourth bank failure in that state this year. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Stonegate Bank has agreed to assume the failed bank's deposits.

Integrity Bank had $119 million in assets and $102 million in deposits as of June 5, the FDIC said, and its failure will cost the deposit insurance fund $46 million.

West Chester, Ohio-based Peoples Community Bank was also closed by regulators, and its deposits have been assumed by Hamilton, Ohio-based First Financial Bank, National Association, the FDIC said.

Peoples Community Bank is the first to be closed in Ohio this year. It had $705.8 million in assets and $598.2 million in deposits as of March 31, and its failure will cost the deposit insurance fund $129.5 million.

Elizabeth, N.J.-based First Bankamericano was also closed. Brick, N.J.-based Crown Bank will assume the failed bank's deposits, the FDIC said.

First Bankamericano, the second New Jersey bank to fail this year, had $166 million in assets and $157 million in deposits as of July 16, the FDIC said, and its failure will cost the deposit insurance fund $15 million.

Rounding out the list of failed institutions on Friday was Harvey, Ill.-based Mutual Bank. Garland, Tex.-based United Central Bank has agreed to assume the failed bank's deposits, the FDIC said.

Mutual Bank, the 13th bank to fail in Illinois this year, had $1.6 billion in assets and $1.6 billion in deposits as of July 16. Its failure will cost the deposit insurance fund $696 million, the FDIC said.

John Letzing is a MarketWatch reporter based in San Francisco.

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The Basel III Accord is near

One thing for sure something is up, they are talking about creating a new international agreement after just completing the Basel II accord now they are talking about Basel III is this a sign?

Basel II Accord info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basel_II_Accord

The Basel III Accord is near
http://www.basel-iii-accord.com/

"The financial world changes all the time and those who supervise and regulate the financial world have to be prepared to change too. So I do not have any doubt that soon after Basel II is in place, we will have to start to think about Basel III. I do not like to say this to my colleagues in the Basel Committee because they say “oh no, I have been up all night for years doing Basel II”. But there is no doubt that the task will have to be engaged" Andrew Crockett, Former general manager of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

Can this be a sign of going back to a gold backed currency and the end of the Fed? The rest of the world is talking about a one world currency, if implemented it will be the end of the fed ...Is this what they are preparing for?

The ‘Dollar Bill Act of 2009’
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-835

Dollar Bill Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)

HR 835 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 835

To stimulate the economy and provide for a sound United States dollar by defining a value for the dollar, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2009

Mr. POE of Texas (for himself and Mr. FRANKS of Arizona) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To stimulate the economy and provide for a sound United States dollar by defining a value for the dollar, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Dollar Bill Act of 2009'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:

      (1) Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United States provides that the Congress shall have Power to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.

      (2) Congress effectively delegated the power to regulate the value of United States money and foreign money to the Federal Reserve System via the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

      (3) The value of the United States dollar has fallen dramatically relative to gold, crude oil, other real commodities and major foreign currencies.

      (4) The value of the United States dollar has become unstable and uncertain.

      (5) The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has not produced a stable and reliable value for the United States dollar.

      (6) The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System cannot reasonably be expected to produce a stable and reliable value for the United States dollar.

      (7) An unstable dollar slows the growth of the economy by increasing the cost of capital, increasing the risks attendant to long-term capital investment, and increasing the effective rate of the corporate income tax.

      (8) An unstable dollar reduces the real earnings of American workers.

      (9) An unstable dollar reduces the real value of financial assets held by the public.

      (10) An unstable dollar reduces the real value of pension plans and retirement accounts upon which Americans depend for their security.

      (11) An unstable dollar damages the economic and political standing of the United States in the world community.

      (12) An unstable dollar gives rise to anxiety, uncertainty, and risk among the financial markets and the public.

SEC. 3. DIRECTIVES TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.

    (a) In General- Before the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall make the value of the U.S. dollar equal to the market value of 0.002 of a troy ounce of gold and maintain the value of the United States dollar at this level.

    (b) Target- In regulating the value of the United States dollar, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall--

      (1) conduct open market operations against an explicit target for the price of gold on the exchange operated by the Commodities Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; and

      (2) shall not conduct open market operations indirectly, as in the current practice of targeting the Federal Funds rate.

    (c) Promotion of Stable and Effective Financial Markets- The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall use the banking and bank regulatory powers of the Board to maintain and promote stable and effective financial markets during and after the transition to a defined value for the United States dollar.

SEC. 4. TAX DEPRECIATION.

    Effective January 1, 2009, all entities that depreciate capital assets for tax purposes shall be entitled to 100 percent expensing of all capital investment for tax purposes in the year that the investment is made.

SEC. 5. DIRECTIVE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE.

    In addition to the scoring that the Congressional Budget Office will do of the tax changes provided in this Act in the normal course of events, the Congressional Budget Office shall also calculate the impact on Federal revenues on a present value basis. This calculation shall be done in the manner that such calculations are done by the Social Security Trustees, and shall take into account the following:

      (1) That first year expensing of capital investment accelerates, but does not change the total amount of the depreciation that taxpayers take based upon their investments.

      (2) Capital investments by businesses have historically earned much higher returns than the interest rate on government bonds.

SEC. 6. CONFLICT OF LAWS PROVISION.

    In the event that any provisions of this Act are found to be in conflict with those of the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, the provisions of this Act shall supersede the provisions of such Act to the extent of the conflict.

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China Stocks Plunge Most in Eight Months; Jiangxi Copper Falls
2009-07-29
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China's stocks plunged the most in eight months on concern this year's rally has outpaced prospects for earnings growth.

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 171.94, or 5 percent, to 3,266.43 at the close, its biggest decline since Nov. 18 and snapping a five-day, 7 percent advance. The gauge has gained 79 percent this year as government stimulus spending, record bank lending and an economic rebound spurred demand for equities. The CSI 300 Index, measuring exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen, slid 5.3 percent to 3,558.51.

"Expensive valuations and jitters among investors about fast share-price gains are enough to trigger panic selling like today," said Larry Wan, Shanghai-based deputy chief investment officer at KBC-Goldstate Fund Management Co., which oversees about $583 million in assets. "It's still hard to say a big correction has started, because we don't see or hear any reversal of government policies."

Stocks on the benchmark index trade at 35.3 times reported earnings, the highest since January 2008 and more than twice the 17 times fetched by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The Shanghai gauge, the world's second-best performer this year, slumped 65 percent in 2008 after doubling in 2006 and 2007.

The Shanghai Composite's relative strength index, a moving average based on how rapidly prices gain or retreat, climbed to 81.46 yesterday, the highest since July 6. The measure has stayed above the 70 level -- which indicates to some analysts that prices are poised to fall -- since June 19 apart from one day.

Earning Forecasts

Jiangxi Copper Co. dropped 9 percent to 42.62 yuan, paring its annual advance to 327 percent, after saying first-half profit fell. China Cosco Holdings Co. the world's largest operator of dry-bulk ships, slid 8.4 percent to 17.54 yuan as it forecast a loss.

Poly Real Estate Group Co., China's second-largest developer by market value, tumbled 8.7 percent to 26.56 yuan, the most since Sept. 8 and trimming its advance to 140 percent this year. PetroChina Co., the nation's biggest oil company, slid 6 percent to 15.22 yuan.

Sichuan Expressway Co., the first company to list shares on the Shanghai stock market after a nine-month suspension on IPO share sales, plunged by the 10 percent daily cap for a second day to 8.83 yuan. The stock more than tripled on the first day of trading on July 27.

China State Construction Engineering Corp. surged 56 percent in its trading debut after the world's largest initial public offering in 16 months. The IPO values State Construction at 51.3 times 2008 earnings, the company said.

State Construction's 50.2 billion yuan sale is the biggest in China since PetroChina Co. raised 66.8 billion yuan in October 2007, and the largest globally since Visa Inc.'s $19 billion IPO in March last year. China International Capital Corp. was the sole underwriter.

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Firearm Issue

info from Adrienne
Jul 23 2009

Lindsey Springer here and thought I would stir up some debate over whether each State must honor the records, public acts and judicial decisions, of any other State. This has been a problem for a very long time in the realm of licenses.

States and the United States look at the fact you have a license to practice medicine or law to then consider whether to allow you to practice same in their State or the United States. Compare "driver’s license" to this type of theory and you will see the problem with the firearm issue.

Could you imagine driving through one of the 50 States and being pulled over because the tag on your car said it was from another State? Or that because of that tag, this alerted the officer you were illegally traveling in the State he had jurisdiction to police? Article IV of the Constitution makes it very clear that in order for a State to be a member of the Union it must agree to recognize the rights afforded Citizens from their own State. This agreement is not without outer limits but to say no State has to recognize the issuance of a license to conceal and carry a firearm issued from the State of residence, of any Citizen of any other State, is a direct violation of the agreement which allows that particular State to be a member of the Union of 50 States in the first instance.

I understand when USA previously stood for United States of America and now stands for United States Attorneys. Or that the U.S. Department of Justice is now the Department of Just Us. I can even see how the rule of law has become the rule of law-yers.

But setting all that aside for a moment, the fact remains each State must honor the public acts, records and judicial proceedings, from all the other Union of States under Article IV of the Constitution. There is no exception that can be tolerated. We have had plenty of examples how Congress attempts to make each Citizen think they have the power to regulate what the Constitution specifically kept from them. When the Senate says they are considering whether to write a federal law that requires each State to recognize the conceal license issued by any other State, what it is doing is trying to carve out some small regulatory function regarding firearms because the Supreme Court recently gutted that power in Heller v. District of Columbia.

Congress for many years attempted to prohibit possession of firearms under its regulation of interstate commerce and power to tax (See Title 26, Section 5841). They maintain such authority except where reserved rights are concerned. The 2nd Amendment is such a right. The conceal and carry license is not a license to have a firearm at your 4th Amendment protected home. This license is for when you leave the home and enter out into intrastate, not interstate, commerce. Your license to have a firearm at your home is the 2nd Amendment.

Article IV proves Congress and those lawyers (licensed by the State Supreme Courts), Department of Just Us Attorneys and United States Attorneys (generally not specifically), have committed a new form of treason and tyranny our founders had not considered specifically. You cannot let the attorneys cross State and Federal Lines with their license to practice law while the State conceal and carry license are not allowed to cross the same State lines. It will take licensed attorneys to even make such argument.

Always put the argument in the context of an attorney and those opposing the conceal and carry license honored in all 50 States, who also are licensed to practice law by a State Court, will quickly decide the United States has no authority in prohibiting under the commerce clause what Article IV preserved for those wishing to obtain any license from any State Government. This includes the license to practice law, medicine, to drive and to conceal and carry.

In essence, it is the power of the people in each State and we should never allow it to be abridged again.

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Organic Agriculture is the Future
by Doug Gurian-Sherman
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As our changing global climate threatens to make agriculture more challenging than ever, farmers and policy makers are seeking new ways to grow more food with less environmental impact. But they don’t need to look as hard as many think. Though not yet widely adopted, modern organic and other low-external-input farming systems are already proving quite capable of producing large crop yields while also conserving energy and minimizing pollution.

Organic and similar methods rely on a sophisticated scientific understanding of how a farm operates within an ecosystem—indeed, how the farm itself is an ecosystem of interconnected plants, insects, and other animals. Organic farming systems incorporate techniques like long crop rotations to control pests and leguminous cover crops or manure to add nutrients and build soil. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=1091304A recent summary of studies on farming systems around the world found that such systems are often nearly as productive as current industrial agriculture in developed countries, but importantly, much more so in developing countries. The study demonstrates that the green and animal manures employed in organic agriculture can produce enough fixed nitrogen to support high crop yields. Where additional synthetic inputs are needed, other low-external-input methods are producing high yields with much reduced environmental impact. These highly productive methods are needed to produce enough food without converting uncultivated land—such as forests that are important for biodiversity and slowing climate change—into crop fields. They build deep, rich soils that hold water, sequester carbon, and resist erosion. And they don’t poison the air, drinking water, and fisheries with excess fertilizers and toxic pesticides.

Some have dismissed the promise of these methods. Among these are State Department Science Advisor Nina Federoff, who in recent interviews characterized organic agriculture as some kind of retreat to a quaint past. She and others characterize organic farming and similar systems as inherently unproductive, sometimes suggesting that such methods are capable of supporting only about half the current world’s population.

Federoff’s view is at odds with the latest science, and represents a status quo kind of thinking. Today’s dominant industrial U.S. agriculture relies on huge monocultures of a few major crops like corn and soybeans, and requires large inputs of fossil-fuel based synthetic chemicals to control pests and fertilize the crops. Such an agriculture churns out a lot of commodity crops (most of which are turned into meat and processed foods) while also contributing greatly to air and water pollution. Industrial agriculture is a major contributor of heat-trapping emissions and a major cause of so-called dead zones such as that in the Gulf of Mexico. And industrial agriculture is ultimately its own worst enemy, as it causes massive degradation of the very soil that is vital to farming itself. This kind of agriculture is unsustainable. We will need to move away from it towards the biologically-informed approaches that can both keep yields high while reducing environmental harm.

Although many critics see genetic engineering as a major factor in this debate, it is in fact only a minor appendage onto the industrial agriculture system—one that has done little to either increase its productivity or mitigate its environmental harm. Leaders who rely on industrial agriculture systems—with or without genetic engineering—are the ones truly stuck in the past. The challenges of the 21st century demand a fundamental rethink of agriculture that takes environmental harm into account. Promising methods and technologies like organic are in the vanguard of that effort. We cannot afford to move toward the future without such technologies.

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The Panama Deception (1992)

Bombing civilians, testing exotic weapons, mass graves, internment camps, CIA run government, Cheney and Bush... no not Iraq... not Afghanistan, how about Panama.

This 1.5 hr documentary gives a hard look into human life versus agenda and how our media keeps us uninformed. (Warning Graphic and disturbing)
The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster. The Panama Deception includes never before seen footage of the invasion and its aftermath, as well as interviews with both invasion proponents like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY.), Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia and Isabel Corro and former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self censorship relevant to any news coverage today, particularly during times of war

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