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Propaganda Alert! - Romney: Wall Street Protestors Seeking Scapegoats

© Reuters/Scott AudetteFormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican Party of Florida presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, September 22, 2011.
Milford, New Hampshire - Mitt Romney, a former venture capitalist who is the Republican presidential front-runner, derided the Occupy Wall Street movement on Monday as seeking "scapegoats" and risking dividing the country.

Romney responded to a question about the influence of big banks on Washington policy at a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire, by addressing the protests that have spread nationwide over the past month.

"All the streets are connected. Wall Street is connected to Main Street," Romney said, adding that protesters are seeking "scapegoats to attack."

"Don't attack a whole class of Americans, whether they're rich or poor, white or black. This isn't the time for divisiveness."

Comment: Would you consider that an "answer" to the question? It sounds more like doublespeak to this Editor.

A day before Republican candidates debate their solutions to the weak U.S. economy at Dartmouth College, Romney continued to attack President Barack Obama's handling of it.

Romney, a grandfather of 16, drew on a popular children's book series to describe Obama's job creation record.

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Dexia bank gets new bailout with €4bn Belgian deal

The Franco-Belgian bank Dexia has become the first casualty of the 2011 banking crisis, with its Belgian arm being bought by the government and Belgium, France and Luxembourg providing a €90bn (£78bn) guarantee for its financing.

The bank, which specialises in local government financing and provides backing for more than 40 private finance initiative projects in the UK, ran into difficulties after its €3.4bn of exposure to Greece sparked concerns about its ability to absorb losses on the positions.

Other banks no longer wanted to lend it enough money to keep operating and it is expected to be the first of many to need bailing out during the renewed crisis in the sector. Alastair Ryan, analyst at UBS, reckoned eurozone governments could end up owning 40% of the sector if €200bn is needed to prop up banks - as estimated by the International Monetary Fund. Austrian bank Erste yesterday warned it would make a loss because of the eurozone crisis.

The embattled board of Dexia, which in 2008 received €6bn of assistance from France and Belgium, met on Sunday before it was announced on Monday that Belgium would pay €4bn for the operations in its country. Dexia shares resumed trading after last week's suspension and fell almost 5%.

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Flashback Jersey Abuse Case Exposes Vast Conspiracy

For more than 100 years Haut de la Garenne has been a center of child abuse
Between England and France lies a small British island called Jersey and one called Guernsey. They are the most southerly of the British Isles and are much closer to France than England. While they are British islands, they are not part of the United Kingdom, nor is the island nation really a colony. It is a dependency of the British Crown, kind of like Guam and the US Virgin Islands are protectorates of the United States. It has its own government but is under the ultimate control of the Queen of England, just like members of the British commonwealth such as Canada and Australia have the Queen of England as their Queen.

Measuring only 9 miles by 5 miles and with a population of about 90,000, the tiny Jersey Island has been the center of an investigation into child abuse, torture and murder which exposes the island's connection to a global conspiracy of satanic ritual abuse and coverup.

Since Napoleonic times Jersey has been one of the world's centers for dirty money. It has 55 banks, over 33,000 registered companies and more than $300 billion deposited in the Island at any one time. Much of the money comes from the world's ruling elite, mafias and intelligence agencies. They put their money in Jersey for the anonymity and low tax rate.

The abuse investigation started in 2006 and focused mostly on a 150 year old facility called Haut de la Garenne (Forest Heights). Locals call the facility "Colditz". From 1867 to 1986 it was a detention facility for homeless, delinquent and at-risk children except for a period when it was occupied by the Germans during WW II.


392 of Forbes 400 Unwilling to Pay More Taxes

The 2%
© Minyanville
How many members of the Forbes 400 say they're willing to pay higher taxes?



Actually, you can count them on both hands -- and still have two fingers left over.

Salon's Peter Finocchiaro asked all 400 people on the list -- each with a net worth of at least $1 billion -- "Are you, like Warren Buffett, willing to pay higher taxes?"

Lo and behold, a grand total of eight of the richest 400 Americans said yes.

Writes Finocchiaro:
The results are in. Of 400 billionaires, only eight (including Buffet) say they are willing to pay more. Three others indicated opposition; one said maybe.
The eight?


Flashback Portuguese court finds 6 guilty of child abuse

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© unknownFormer orphanage director Catalina Pestana (L) embraces former student and victim Pedro Namora upon their arrival to the court for the verdict of the "Casa Pia orphanage" law suit in Lisbon on Friday.
Lisbon --A Portuguese court jailed six people for up to 18 years on Friday for abusing children from a state orphanage, in a six-year court case that has shocked the nation.

The defendants, including a well-known television presenter, a former diplomat and two doctors, received sentences of between just under six years and 18 years for their participation in abuse of children living at the Casa Pia state home. One defendant, who had been linked to a house where abuse took place, was acquitted.

The ruling was hailed as a victory by those fighting for children's rights in the country. "The stories that I heard were the most terrible of my life," said Catalina Pestana, who was put in charge of Casa Pia after the crimes were first reported in 2002. "I think Portugal, the country, all of us, won a lot from this process. Now, when a child accuses an adult, nobody will look with the same lack of attention that they did for many years."


Flashback Six men jailed for Portugal child sex abuse

© ReutersThe six convicted of abuse include Portuguese TV presenter Carlos Cruz
Six Portuguese men have been jailed after they were found guilty of sexual abuse at a state-run children's home.

Carlos Silvino was given an 18-year sentence after confessing to 639 charges relating to the abuse of children or procuring them for others.

His co-defendants, including the former TV presenter Carlos Cruz, were jailed for between five and seven years.

The boys, now aged between 16 and 22, were all residents at the Casa Pia children's home in the capital, Lisbon.

The panel of three judges in the case spent most of the day reading the full verdict in each of the hundreds of sexual abuse accusations.

After ruling that the vast majority of the charges had been proven, they handed down guilty verdicts to six of the seven people on trial.


AB499 Passes in California Removes Parental Consent from Gardasil Genital Wart Vaccine for Children 12+


Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB499, which allows children age 12 and up to consent to the triple jab Gardasil from Merck for genital warts without parental consent. Children who can not bring a Pamprin to school for cramps, can now agree to a vaccination.

Gov. Brown also signed SB946 autism insurance law into effect under mental health.


Flashback Child sex rocks Portugal

Lisbon - A year-long investigation. A case file 13 000 pages long. Televised testimony by boys describing rapes by adults in dark cellars.

And, at last: 10 high-level indictments in an alleged paedophile-ring run from a state children's home - a scandal that has rocked Portugal's trust in its authorities.

Among those indicted were two popular television personalities, a lawmaker, and a retired ambassador.


Flashback Portugal in paedophile 'hell'

© unknownConvicted pedophile Carlos Silvino.
Lisbon - One year into a paedophilia scandal which has shocked Portugal, the country is sinking ever deeper into what is seen as a far-reaching national identity crisis.

The implication of top political and social personalities in a huge paedophile network with the apparent complicity of the authorities has shaken the very foundations of Portuguese democracy.

Doubts are now being cast even on the impartiality of judges handling the case.

The credibility of decision-makers is being undermined just as they face the challenge of a deepening economic recession.

The discovery of a paedophile network in the Casa Pia care homes for children is regarded as Portugal's most-serious crisis in almost 30 years of democracy.


Flashback Lingering Sex Scandal in Chile Still Roils and Divides the Political Heirs of Pinochet

© unknownAccused pedophile Claudio Spiniak
SANTIAGO, Chile - For Chile's right wing, it has become the scandal that refuses to go away. Though the "Caso Claudio Spiniak" began as a squalid sexual matter, it has been transformed into a political issue that has divided supporters of Gen. Augusto Pinochet and pitted them against an increasingly combative news media.

The scandal has been agitating Chile since late last year, when María Pía Guzmán, a conservative member of Congress, denounced what she described as a prostitution and child pornography ring and accused Mr. Spiniak, the nouveau riche owner of a string of health clubs, of leading it. She said that some of her own political allies were involved.

"There is evidence that within the intimate circle of Spiniak's network, there are politicians," she said, citing accounts that she said she had heard at a shelter for sexually abused youths.

In the latest round of accusations, made public in July, people identified as procurers for the ring have implicated as clients the mayor of a large city and a Roman Catholic bishop renowned for his opposition to the Pinochet dictatorship. Both men have denied any involvement in the sex ring, but in a poll taken early this year, three-quarters of those surveyed said they believed that politicians were involved.