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U.S. Home Foreclosures May Top 100,000 In January

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A bank-owned home in Miami, Fla., where foreclosure sales made up 39.7 percent in the most recent quarter, according to RealtyTrac. Analysts expect more foreclosures in early 2011.

Over the holidays, many lenders put foreclosures on hold. But that temporary freeze is over now. Industry watchers are expecting thousands of foreclosed properties to hit the market in the weeks and months ahead.

Home foreclosure sales slowed down at the end of 2010 for two reasons: the regular holiday foreclosure freezes, and the remnants of the so-called robo-signing scandal.

In the fall, many lenders put evictions on hold while they reviewed their foreclosure procedures. Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac says that's behind us now - and the pace of foreclosure is about to pick up.

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2011 year of US economic apocalypse?

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US economy faces a grim outlook in 2011 as Washington's steps taken to handle the financial crisis, including money printing, have put the country on the verge of "bankruptcy," an expert says.

In an interview with Press TV's Max Keiser, Karl Denninger of market-ticker.org noted that neither Europe's austerity measures nor United States' money printing could solve their economic crisis.

"They are both wrong in that neither of these elements proposed in taking those people who made bad loans and holding them to account," Denninger said.

"You have to take these institutions like these banks or whoever has it, and forces them to take the writedowns and mark discredit off," he added.

"The problem is if you do that they are insolvent. So, we have a political system both in the United States and in Europe that is unwilling to stand up to these bankers and say you are bankrupt," Denninger argued.

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Anorexic model who appeared in shock fashion campaign dies at 28

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose anorexic image appeared in a shock Italian ad campaign, has died at the age of 28.

Her longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said that Caro died on November 17 after returning to France from a job in Tokyo.

Dubreuil-Prevot said she did not know the cause of death but that Caro 'had been sick for a long time,' referring to her anorexia.

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Tragic: Isabelle Caro, who appeared in this 2007 Italian ad campaign, has died at the age of 28

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Psychopathic Counter-terror 'Expert' Tells Cops: Kill Militant Muslims, 'Including Children'

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A counter-terrorism consultant told a meeting of law enforcement officials that the way to combat militant Muslims is to "kill them ... including the children," says a news report.

Walid Shoebat, a self-described "former PLO terrorist" who "now speaks out for USA and Israel," reportedly made the comment at a speech during a conference of the International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association in Las Vegas this past October, according to the Huffington Post's Chip Berlet.

The comment highlights growing concerns among human rights advocates that US law enforcement is turning to extremists for training in the fight against terrorism. It also highlights concerns among senior counter-terrorism officials that standards for counter-terror training are inappropriate, and possibly harming national security.

According to Berlet's anonymous source, Shoebat's comments got a warm reception from at least some of the people attending the conference:
Our source had turned around after Shoebat's speech and asked the woman in the chair behind them at the conference what she thought was the solution offered by Shoebat.

"Kill them ... including the children ... you heard him," was the full response.

Shoebat's Las Vegas speech was described by our source as "frightening."

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Jesse Ventura brings the truth about the Gulf oil spill to mainstream America

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Jesse Ventura's TV show Conspiracy Theory is turning out to be hard-hitting stuff for the US mainstream media. His latest episode touches on the nuts and bolts of the scale of BP's ecocide in the Gulf of Mexico - the toxicity, the coverup, the questions about deliberate sabotage of the Deepwater rig, comparisons with Katrina, etc. It even brings up Obama's possible background as a CIA asset, interviews Gulf community leader Kindra Arnesen, talks about depopulation/evacuation programs to relocate the entire population of the Gulf Coast. It even brings up the fact that the Gulf Loop current became severed from the Gulf Stream and how this would contribute to a global "mini ice age".

It is perhaps unsurprising then to see "conspiracy insider" Alex Jones being planted next to Jesse because that is a sure sign that his vectoring is planned.

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The Western World's Murder of Logic and Reason

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Does anyone still not know that 9/11 was done by Mossad and the CIA, along with various parties in certain government agencies and sundry? Most of us are not hackers and we don't deal with secret cables leaked by whistleblowers 'or' deliberately leaked after being sanitized in order to give the appearance of veracity. You would think that someone who is involved in intelligence information would have the intelligence and information to work out the obvious. I did it years ago, though the details are still fleshing themselves out, the names of the ones behind the attacks haven't changed and aren't likely to.

I measure a person's truthfulness and intelligence according to the way they define what happened on 9/11. Let me make a very clear and unequivocal statement. Everything changed because of 9/11. All the so-called secrets that Assange possesses are influenced by 9/11. Every war since 9/11 has come about, one way or another, because of 9/11. The whole concept of terrorist has been set and sold according to 9/11. 9/11 is the Big Kahuna, period.

I got a few emails yesterday after my posting about Assange and Foxman. Unfortunately with the death of logic and reason, a number of people were unable to compute that my posting was largely about Foxman's comment about pursuing those who tied Wiki-Leaks and Israel together. I wanted to be known as someone who did. That was the main thrust of my piece, not Assange's, questionably valuable information, of which I have yet to see anything useful or earth-shaking. Interestingly, the emails, along with comments from mostly, never before heard from, contributors, all used the same syntax, buzzwords and arguments. Is this coincidence? All of them were cut from the same cloth, all of them avoided the 9/11 commentary, given in cavalier fashion by media model, Assange. Here is what Assange said, "I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."

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Welcome to the Collapse

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The spinmeisters are playing the same record over and over, recovery, recovery, scratch, scratch, recovery's in da house! The Associated Press trumpeted, "After two years of recession, Christmas 2010 will go down as the moment when Americans rediscovered how much they like to shop." On December 28th, Yahoo Finance reassured us at 9AM, "The recovery is on track," but an hour later, it featured a new headline, "Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Falls in December."

With its attendant social chaos, crime and despair, the country is sinking into an economic quicksand, yet Americans are injected daily with a massive dose of tranquilizing nonsense. Today's top stories, "Elton John Becomes a Dad," "Air Force Mascot Goes Missing at Game," "10 Best Celebrity Hair Moments" and "Synchronized Walking Routine."

The cheeky and cheery are occasionally contradicted by grimmer admissions, however. Even Voice of America, that Cold War relic and official mouthpiece of Washington, has this exchange:

[VOA]: "How does it feel from the beginning of the Christmas season from your point of view?

[Cashier]: "It's not that good. It's like so-so, you know."

[VOA]: "So business isn't so great right now."

[Cashier]: "No I don't think so. Because people don't have the money to buy, there are lots of people who don't have jobs."

[VOA]: "Is your job in danger?"

[Cashier]: "Yeah."

Weird, such candor from the VOA. Maybe their CIA check bounced?

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"Psychopaths" and Google Trends: Awareness of Humanity's Intra-species Predator is Growing

This link yielded some very interesting data.

For some reason starting early 2009 a huge upsurge in interest concerning psychopaths began worldwide.

Most of the searches took place in Southern Hemisphere countries; Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

Sweden was the highest non-English speaking nation on the list?


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The Tragedy

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My father is an Iraqi Hebrew whose native tongue is Arabic, and my mother is half Moroccan Hebrew who was born in Boston. Her other half is ethnic white Russian.

I was raised in an outspoken anti-Zionist household, that pushed the boundaries of prejudice towards Ashkenazim, and while I do not condone my father's feelings exactly, I do believe they are justified and have an undeniable validity. While I do not identify with any religion, I cling to my roots because of the struggle they represent. My uncle Isaac, my cousin Michah, his Palestinian fiancee Jamilah, my Ethiopian Hebrew mentor Nehemiah Judah, my friend Esther Shifaz, and her comrade Reza Ahmad, have all died at the hands of the Zionist entity. May they all rest in peace.

There have been many words used to describe the situation in Israel between the Zionist colonialists and the indigenous Palestinians. It has been called a conflict. It has been called a quagmire. It has been called a struggle. But after the deaths of 1.5 million Palestinians, an estimated 50,000 Israelis, and 4.5 million Palestinians becoming refugees in their own land, there is only more word that possesses acceptable suitability. And that word is tragedy. When innocent people become the pawns in a chess game played by the powers that be, and their very existence is expendable in the eyes of these powers, that, is by its very nature, tragic. While there has been casualties on the Israeli side of the fence, or in this case, a 405 mile long, 25-foot-high barbed wire laced block, appropriately and menacingly titled The Iron Wall, it is the result of the ever-growing occupation. The Universe thrives when the forces of balance are in constant motion. It is a surefire sign that it is functioning properly. And in the eyes of the cabal running this world, the morbid opposite of occupation, is of course, resistance. It is only logical. If a man walks into your home, rapes your wife, kills your children, then politely informs you he will be moving his wife and children in, are you going to allow him to do so? Whether you are the type of human being that believes in fighting back, or whether you are a pacifist, at this point, your animal instincts will kick in, and you strike back against this murdering psychopath on the motivation of your survival mechanism. This scenario is a quite literal interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian tragedy.

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"It's a Wonderful Life": The Most Terrifying Movie Ever

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Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life.
Underneath the warm fuzzies, Frank Capra's holiday classic is a tale of hunger, greed and a troubled America

I don't care what your parents told you. It's a Wonderful Life, that reassuring holiday spectacle, is really the most terrifying Hollywood film ever made. It's one of a handful of masterpieces directed by Frank Capra, an Italian immigrant who loved America because America saved him. Capra lived through the Depression, then through the rise of terrible ideologies. He knew how bad things could get. He knew, too, that the United States was not immune and this knowledge spiked his love with the worst kind of fear. The result was that special melancholy, blue shot through with black, that runs through his films, the best of which are parables that operate on various levels, some of which were probably unknown to Capra himself.

If you were to cut It's a Wonderful Life by 20 minutes, its true subject would be revealed: In this shortened version, George Bailey, played by a Jimmy Stewart forever on the edge of hysteria, after being betrayed by nearly everyone in his life, after being broken on the wheel of capitalism, flees to the outskirts of town, Bedford Falls, N.Y., where he leaps off a bridge with thoughts of suicide.

That's the movie: The good man driven insane.