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Money as Credit

What is the origin of money? This video, written by Ellen Brown and narrated/produced by Bob Bows, is a exploration of money as credit, how history shows us we've moved from money as a unit of account to money as a unit of value.


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Protecting their own: Scotland's killer psychopaths may escape murder charges

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Scotsman Gordon Brown, accused by former government colleagues of being "ruthless" and "Stalinist". Are we to absolve the Iraq war crimes of Blair's former henchman on the basis of an "impairment", namely a lack of conscience? The argument is absurd on the face of it and can only mean one thing: psychopaths in power are trying to protect themselves from inevitable public backlash.
Some of Scotland's most ­notorious killers could escape murder charges under new legislation that grants concessions to criminals who can prove they are psychopaths.

Under the Criminal Justice Act, which came into force in June, offenders accused of murder who are diagnosed with psychopathic personality disorder could face a lesser charge of culpable homicide on the grounds that they have "diminished responsibility", and so avoid an automatic life sentence.

A number of Scotland's most infamous murderers have been referred to as psychopaths, including Peter Tobin, who was convicted of killing three young women, and Malcolm Webster, who murdered a former wife and attempted to kill a second. Peter Manuel, hanged in 1956 for murdering seven people, was said to be "at the apex of psychopath".

Last night, victim support campaigners argued the move could lead to "significant distress and confusion" for relatives seeking justice.

Comment: While the focus here is on criminal psychopaths, you can bet that subcriminal psychopaths in power - that is, psychopaths who behave within the law and often, in fact, end up writing the law - are behind this move.

Yes, psychopaths are lacking empathy, but does this "impairment" mean we're going to let them get away with murder? Only a psychopath could come up with such legislation!


Attention

Iraqi Court Finds Sunni Vice-President Guilty of Running Death Squads; Sentenced to Death

Tariq al-Hashemi

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Baghdad - An Iraqi court on Sunday found the nation's Sunni vice-president guilty of running death squads against security forces and Shiites, and sentenced him to death in absentia.

Tariq al-Hashemi, who has denied the charges, was not in court to hear the verdict against him. He fled the country after the terror charges were levelled against him in December, and is currently in Turkey.

The Baghdad courtroom was silent Sunday as the judge, who said his name could not be released for fear of violent reprisals, announced the verdict convicting al-Hashemi and his son-in-law of the killings of a lawyer and a security official. The two were acquitted in a third case for a lack of evidence, the judge said.

The charges against al-Hashemi, one of the country's highest-ranking Sunni officials, have fueled simmering Sunni and Kurdish resentments against the Shiite prime minister, who critics claim is monopolizing power, and led to a near-paralysis of Iraq's government.

Star of David

Israeli forces, illegal settlers attack West Bank farmers

A group of illegal Jewish settlers along with Israeli soldiers has attacked Palestinian farmers in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank, injuring three of them.
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An Israeli soldier scuffles with a Palestinian farmer as villagers are prevented from working on their lands in the West Bank village of Tuqua on May 30, 2012.
Israeli soldiers and settlers scuffled with Palestinians as they prevented them from working on their lands. Israeli troops even fired gun shots during the clashes on Saturday.

The incident came two days after several Jewish settlers assaulted a number of Palestinians in Qasra village, which is located south of Nablus.

Head of the village council Abd al-Atheem said on September 6 that the illegal settlers, under Israeli soldiers' protection, attacked the southern part of the village and pointed their guns at Palestinians to make them leave their lands.

He added that Israeli troops demanded Palestinians to show all their records of land ownership.

Alarm Clock

Iran slams Canada for 'non-professional' embassy closure

Iran's Foreign Ministry has slammed Canada's unilateral decision to sever ties with Tehran calling it a "non-professional, unconventional and unjustifiable" move.
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Iran's Foreign Ministry building, Tehran
In a statement released on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry has described the decision as "an abuse of international law" saying that Canada is responsible for the safety of the Iranian diplomats.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry added that the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known for adopting "extremist and failed policies."

The statement further said that Canada's financial support of the extremist and violence-seeking forces in the region as well as the racist Zionist regime of Israel has made it a source of threat to international security and stability.

The ministry added that the extremist regime of Canada has made the "hasty" move to divert the attention of the public opinion from the success of the Islamic Republic of Iran in hosting the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).


Iran's Foreign Ministry emphasized that it will use all possible means to take the necessary measures for the continuation of consular services to the Iranian citizens of Canada in the best possible way.

Ottawa has shut its embassy in Tehran and has ordered Iranian diplomats to leave Canada within five days. The Canadian government has also frozen the bank accounts of many Iranian nationals living in Canada and banned money transfers to Iran.

Dollar

The Myth That Japan Is Broke: The World's Largest "Debtor" Is Now the World's Largest Creditor

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Japan's massive government debt conceals massive benefits for the Japanese people, with lessons for the US debt "crisis."

In an April 2012 article in Forbes titled "If Japan Is Broke, How Is It Bailing Out Europe?" Eamonn Fingleton pointed out that the Japanese government was by far the largest single non-euro zone contributor to the latest Euro rescue effort. This, he said, is "the same government that has been going round pretending to be bankrupt (or at least offering no serious rebuttal when benighted American and British commentators portray Japanese public finances as a trainwreck)." Noting that it was also Japan that rescued the International Monetary Fund (IMF) system virtually single-handedly at the height of the global panic in 2009, Fingleton asked:
How can a nation whose government is supposedly the most overborrowed in the advanced world afford such generosity?
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The betting is that Japan's true public finances are far stronger than the Western press has been led to believe. What is undeniable is that the Japanese Ministry of Finance is one of the most opaque in the world ...
Fingleton acknowledged that the Japanese government's liabilities are large, but said we also need to look at the asset side of the balance sheet:
[T]he Tokyo Finance Ministry is increasingly borrowing from the Japanese public not to finance out-of-control government spending at home, but rather abroad. Besides stepping up to the plate to keep the IMF in business, Tokyo has long been the lender of last resort to both the U.S. and British governments. Meanwhile it borrows 10-year money at an interest rate of just 1.0 percent, the second lowest rate of any borrower in the world after the government of Switzerland.

Comment: In other words, the current private banking system is nothing more than a cartel run by parasites which drains productivity and creativity from the real economy while enriching those who not only do not contribute anything to society but who in fact drain it of its resources. The government could simply be creating money to pay for things instead of 'borrowing' it from private bankers who create it with an accounting sleight of hand then charge interest on it. The cruelty of the current system is exposed by the fact that there is never enough money to pay off the principal and the interest, meaning that there will always be a permanent underclass of people who are left without a chair when the music stops and the banksters call in their loans.

Can we say this is done by design?

Ellen Brown's Web of Debt is a must-read to understand how economics, the financial system, banking and the money supply really works.


Dollar

Barclays Bank Makes £500 Million Betting on Food Crisis

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Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

Barclays is the UK bank with the greatest involvement in food commodity trading and is one of the three biggest global players, along with the US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, research from the World Development Movement points out.

Last week the trading giant Glencore was attacked for describing the global food crisis and price rises as a "good" business opportunity.

The extent of Barclays' involvement in food speculation comes to light as new figures from the World Bank show that global food prices hit an all-time high in July, with poor harvests in the US and Russia pushing up the average worldwide cost of staples by an unprecedented 10 per cent in a month.

Eye 1

Police State: FBI Begins Installation of $1 Billion Face Recognition System Across America

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Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .

"The NGI Program is a compilation of initiatives that will either improve or expand existing biometric identification services," its administrator explained to the Department of Justice at the time, adding that the project, "will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands in support of anti-terrorism."

"The NGI Program Office mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activities by improving and expanding biometric identification and criminal history information services through research, evaluation and implementation of advanced technology within the IAFIS environment."

The agency insists, "As a result of the NGI initiatives, the FBI will be able to provide services to enhance interoperability between stakeholders at all levels of government, including local, state, federal, and international partners." In doing as such, though, the government is now going ahead with linking a database of images and personally identifiable information of anyone in their records with departments around the world thanks to technology that makes fingerprint tracking seem like kids' stuff.

No Entry

Canada Closes Embassy in Iran, Expels Diplomats

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Ottawa - The Harper government has closed the Canadian Embassy in Iran and ordered all Iranian diplomats in Canada to leave the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird blamed Iran's increasing military assistance to the Syrian government, its refusal to comply with UN resolutions on its nuclear program, its anti-Israel stance and its support for terrorism as among the reasons for the move.

Baird also indicated concern over the safety of Canadian diplomats working in the Islamic Republic.

"Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended," the minister said in a statement. "All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days."

The Harper government has repeatedly described Iran as the greatest threat to global security.

It has also levelled heavy sanctions against the Islamic Republic in an attempt to isolate the country's ruling government.

Source: Postmedia News

USA

The Message From Both Parties Is That Americans Are Disposable

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If political conventions are ranked on a one to ten scale for intelligence, I give the Republican Convention zero and the Democrats one.

How can the United States be a superpower when both political parties are unaware of everything that is happening at home and abroad?

The Republicans are relying for victory on four years of anti-Obama propaganda and their proprietary programed electronic voting machines. For nearly four years Republican operatives have flooded the Internet with portraits of Obama as a non-US citizen, as a Muslim (even while Obama was murdering Muslims in seven countries), and as a Marxist (put in power by the Israel Lobby, Wall Street, and the military/security complex).

Most Republican voters will vote against Obama based on these charges despite the curious fact that no committee in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives held a hearing to determine if Obama is a citizen. If Obama were not a citizen, why would the very aggressive House Republicans not capitalize on it. It would be easy for a Congressional committee to determine if Obama were a citizen. Despite the propaganda, the Republicans in office have shown no interest in the propaganda charges spread by Republican operatives over the Internet.