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Roberto

A nice "summing up" of the evidence. Do these fools use a CRAY supercomputer bank to figure all the possible variables and outcomes and STILL want to open up this can of whupass on the Iranians? Let's add in another bit of damning weirdness: last week the Sci-Fi channel re-ran the 1983 post nuke exchange classic movie "The Day After Tomorrow" in all its hopeless horror. I remember when Clinton was severely reeling from the Monica affair and impeachment was in the air and TNT played the movie "The American President" right in the height of it.... perhaps to show a prez's privates are not real privy to the actual job (unless he lies about it baldfaced of course). Mr. Whitneys piece serves to upgrade our COSTCO run alert status. And lay in some SPF 100000000 for the big tanning bed we're being coaxed into?

blues

I cited the internettrafficreport.com feed, showing zero connectivity in Iraq. I was surprised to hear that the data was based on one computer at a university in Iran. Knowing what I do about telecommunications, I did not think breaching a few cables would cut Iranian access completely.

It has been suggested by some that this could be way to provide cover for the insertion of covert "wiretap" repeaters elsewhere along the vast length of the cables. That's just speculation, though.

blues

Oh, and on the subject of sneaky stuff:

HOPE2012

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http://hope2012.wordpress.com/2008/01/17

/do-the-candidates-even-matter-election-fraud-news/

~The Granny Warriors, a Ron Paul support group, raised over $55,000 for the New Hampshire recount. At the last minute, PayPal froze their account, preventing them from paying the New Hampshire Secretary of State. Who owns PayPal? EBay. The CEO of EBay is on the Romney Steering Committee.~

NoPayPal

http://www.paypalsucks.com/

~3. Their terms of service are not completely disclosed upon signup and some key "conditions" are not disclosed. They fail to mention their total lack of security to prevent your account from being compromised by phishing & spoof sites. That if your account is accessed by a criminal using one of these methods, PayPal will hold YOU monetarily & legally responsible! Also, no place do they openly tell potential members that their money is 100% at risk. That PayPal can, will, and has in the past, completely cleaned out customers' accounts, (including your checking or savings account) with no appeals process available. Instead they bury in the fine print of 37 pages of their "Terms of Service" (ToS) where they disclose to you that PayPal can close your account for any reason what-so-ever, or no reason, and then you have to wait 180 days to get your money. Think that'll never happen? Think again. That's what everyone thinks till it happens to them.~

blues

Another view on Obama:

My Left Wing —
Obama's 3 Right-Wing Economist Assholes
by: fairleft
Sun Feb 03, 2008 at 11:51:43 AM PST

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http://www.myleftwing.com

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~To wake some of you up from your dreams, let's take a look at each of Obama's three chief economic advisors.~

~Obama's Right-Wing Economist Asshole #1: AUSTAN GOOLSBEE~

~Here's a start, some narrow right-wing economics from chief Barack Obama economic spokesman Austan Goolsbee, on trade (emphasis added throughout):

~Austan Goolsbee (BARACK OBAMA): "I'm a University of Chicago economist and no one is ever going to be more in favor of open markets and free trade than an economist, so you would presume I'd be for anything that has the words 'free trade agreement' in it and all I'll tell you is this: I do believe there's no one more in favor of open markets than me . . ."~

~Spoken like a true DLC neoliberal 'all economists are Milton Friedmanites' asshole, right? Here's more Goolsbee news by way of ronkseattle, noting first that the top economic spokesman for and senior policy advisor to Obama is the DLC's Senior Economist.~
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In a later comment by fairleft:

~In a column last March in the New York Times, Goolsbee disputed whether "subprime lending was the leading cause of foreclosure problems," touted its benefits for credit-poor minority borrowers and warned that "regulators should be mindful of the potential downside in tightening [the mortgage market] too much."~

blues

Kucinich is about to launch a new site:
http://integritynow.org

Nader has a site:
http://www.naderexplore08.org

Dirk

yeah, vote Ralph Nader, we need another 8 years of George Bush.

Elaine Supkis

As I keep saying, vote for Ron Paul.

As for all of them thar candidates: NONE of them are hiring ME. So I vote for one who won't blow me up or assassinate me. Neither Ron Paul nor Obama have reason to do this. Bush, on the other hand...hates me personally.

CK

Elaine, there is one very substantial difference between a gold standard and the oil standard. No one burns gold. Every ounce of gold there ever was still is. ( ok for the nitpickers approx 3 lbs have been used in space satellites that have exited earths gravitational pull and will not be returning.) Oil once burned is just Carbon oxides and water vapor. Water might become a rare commodity in the future, but it doesn't burn well. So if oil is the new real storage value behind paper currency, and societies keep turning it into valueless carbon oxides and water vapour; it is not a store of value therefore it cannot be a stable or long run currency backing. Gold is valueable because you cannot change it into something less valuable. You can alloy it but it smelts right back to the gold and base metal. Eventually all the oil will be burned, even the oil sands and the shale oils and the deep sea deposits, they will become economically profitable as the unit price of transformed oil rises. At $20 a gallon for gasoline, there is a whole lot more useful/profitable oil reserves than there is at $3 a gallon. At $20 a gallon it is probably worthwhile to stripe mine the old PA fields since most of them are shallow fields of high wax content crude. Those waxed over pools are not worth drilling now but become worthwhile when the price rises.
Of course at $20 a gallon oil, either we develop cars that get 140 miles/gallon or we move a lot closer to our jobs, or everbody gets a very substantial wage/salary increase, or all of us radically change our consumption habits.
Paypal offers convenience as do so many other internet emabled services. The situation is always that to gain convenience, institutional memory of your personal minutia, you have to give away privacy. The only way I have found to circumvent the paypal issues, is to maintain a separate very small account attached to the paypal account, and sweep the paypal account anytime there is any money in it. It's not pervect, but when they decide to screw me over it will be as small a screw as possible.
Folks forget that without Perot, Clinton would never have been president. With Lieberman as his Veep, Gore was never going to be president, Nader is a convenient excuse for the bleaters. Putting the first party member to backstab the sitting pres as your veep and keeping Clinton away from the campaign doomed Gore, Nader was the icing on the doom; but not the cause of the doom. Perot took 19% in 92 and 8% in 96, Nader took 2.6% in 00 and 0.38% on 04.
In 92 and 96 the Perot effect was significant, without it, in 92 Bush sr. would have been re-elected. That would have changed the dynamics of the 96 as far as nominees as Dan QUayle would have been a sitting veep. And who knows whom the dems would have chosen, although the prospect of running against Quayle would have brought every dem with a pulse out for the nomination.

CK

A continuation on 3rd party candidates and their effects on elections.
( Arbirtarily a third party has to receive over 1% of the vote to be included here, there are always small parties in the presidential)
Starting in 1948, Strom Thrumon received 2.9% of the votes and 39 electoral votes. His winnings were below the difference between Dewey and Truman so he had no effect.
52 and 56 We all liked Ike no third parties
60 Harry Byrd took .2% of the vote and took 2 states. His 15 electoral votes would not have changed the outcome.
64 Almost all of us loves Lyndon.
68: George Wallace took 13.5% of the popular vote and 46 electoral votes. Had no effect on the outcome.
72 Nixon took everything except Massachusetts.
76 No third party effects
80 Third parties took 7.7% of the popular vote and no electoral votes. No effect.
84 Mondale took Minnesota Reagan took everything else.
88 Ron Paul took 0.5% of the popular and no electoral votes, no third party effect.
92 Ross Perot took 19% of the votes 0 electoral votes. Unlike all the previous third party candidates, Perot took votes all over the country not just the Gulf coast.
96 Ross Perot took 8.4% all third parties total took 10.0% and no electoral votes.

00 Nader took 2.7% of the popular vote 0 electoral votes and one can argue that his votes eventually chose the president, one can also argue that voting machine company diebold chose the president. It was the closest election in electoral terms in a very long time. ( I still think Lieberman shanked the dems in 00, again in 04 and yet again in 08 he is working very hard to shank the dems. )

04 Nader took 0.38% of the vote ( 1/9 th of his previous percentage ) Third parties took 1% total and had no effect on the election.

I know the conventional wisdom is that this is a donkle year. I also know that there is still 9 months until the vote and a lot of mischief can occur in 9 months, just ask any mother. It was believed that American voters would "not change parties in the middle of a war." That belief went away with Nixon and again with the repudiation of Bush Sr after Gulf War 1. I suspect that this election could be a lot closer at the presidential level than the dems want it to be. The Libertarian party has requested of Ron Paul that he run as a libertarian again if he does not receive the republican party nomination. Dr. Paul refused the request the day it was made.
Taken at his word, there are no significant third party candidates so far, the Bloomburg ballon has so far not risen, although the removal of Rudy from contention makes Bloomburg marginally more reasonable. Nader ( 74) is older than Paul ( 73), McCain ( 72), Clinton ( 61) and Obama (47). Prior to this election, the oldest elected american president was Reagan at 69. Teddy Roosevelt at 42 was the youngest. I suspect that what we are seeing is a generational change, the Boomers are moving into retirement, they have had their 16 years of presidents from their generation, they might want one more grab at the ring with Hillary as she is really the only boomer in the running.
Or maybe not, american politics is a strange thing, twice in my lifetime, despicable repbulicans have taken all but one state.

Oops

Very astute obsevation regarding the link between the invasion of Iraq to Saddam's decision to accept euro's (and other currencies) instead of dollars. That is the real reason for the Iraq war. The weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, bring democracy to the middle east, etc. were all smoke screens for the real reason. The invasion of Iraq is a lesson to any country threatening the "petro-dollar". Once again, Elaine, you are discussing topics that others ignore or are unaware of. Bravo!

Al

To Elaine or anyone else who might run this down to me - Oil is priced in US dollars, but Mish and others, I think you too Elaine, have said the USD is a pricing standard and the OPEC countries accept any currency to actually purchase oil. I understand the reasoning behind petro$, my question is - if in fact the US$ is merely a pricing standard and a basket of currencies is accepted, then openly pricing oil in euros/whatever wouldn't change what already exists. unless I am missing something ? thanks.

Elaine Supkis

So far, they take the dollars and reinvest it in European banks but are rapidly, very rapidly, starting their own banks. The US, Japan and Europe all have been either doing or thinking of doing 0% interest returns on SWF. Unacceptable, of course.

This is all part of the total collapse of the EU/UK/US/Japan banking system.

Dan Tyrant

This from AFP today:

[[ Oil pricing may switch to euro: OPEC official


OPEC could switch the pricing of oil from dollars into euros within a decade, secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri told a weekly magazine.

The organization could adopt the euro to combat the decline of the US dollar, Badri told the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), published in London.

"Maybe we can price the oil in the euro. It can be done, but it will take time," he said.

Badri told MEED the change could happen within a decade.

MEED said that OPEC is under pressure from its members, which have seen their earnings decline sharply since 2000 because of its use of the dollar. The US currency has fallen 44 percent in value against the euro during the period.

The publication of Badri's remarks coincided with the euro rising against the dollar on the foreign exchanges on Friday. The euro peaked at US$1.4547 at around 1800 GMT, though it has since weakened.

"In oil exchanges in New York, Singapore or Dubai, you can see the currency is the euro or the yen," Badri said. "But as long as we see the final sign in dollar, that means the pricing is in dollars.

"It took two world wars and more than 50 years for the dollar to become the dominant currency. Now we are seeing another strong currency coming into the [frame], which is the euro." ]]

A decade! Seriously.

Still, this is significant... we know the OPEC member countries have deep anxiety over the dollar, after that CCTV meeting was leaked to the press several months ago for example, but this is now being said by officials to the media.

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