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The Dollar, Paulson, and Carlyle Capital

Three Easy Pieces: The Dollar, Paulson, and Carlyle Capital
by Mike Whitney
So far, so bad. On Wednesday, crude-futures topped $110 for the first time, the dollar slipped to $1.55 per euro, and gold zoomed to a new high of $1,000 per ounce. Yikes!
 
 
The dollar has been shoved off a cliff and no one knows where it will land. Last week, the G-7 nations announced that if “irrational” prices movements persisted, they would “collectively take suitable measures to calm the financial markets.”
 
Their statement was taken to mean that foreign central banks will secretly intervene in the currency markets to stop the dollar from crashing. But can they do it?
 
 
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Eliot’s Mess: The $200 Billion Bail-out for Predator Banks

Eliot’s Mess: The $200 billion bail-out for predator banks and Spitzer charges are intimately linked
by Greg Palast
While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.

This week, Bernanke’s Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks’ mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Monte Paulsen, Jennifer Andison, Dru Oja Jay, J9 Mon, Mar. 17, 2008

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
This week; journalist and author, Monte Paulsen on Vancouver's crisis before the Olympics; Jennifer Andison on the controversial Bear Mountain project and Langford City's attempt to erase Canada's freedom of speech protections; Dru Oja Jay and taking 'The Dominion' on the road; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca .  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at:  http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com   

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Voter Fraud Focus of Senate Hearing

"Myth" of Voter Fraud Focus of Senate Hearing        
by Jason Leopold
Last year, during the height of the Congressional investigation into the firings of US attorneys, David Iglesias and John McKay, two of the nine federal prosecutors who were ousted, revealed that they were pressured by Republicans to bring charges of vote fraud against people who intended to vote for Democrats in separate elections in New Mexico and Washington state several years ago.

Iglesias and McKay said they investigated the allegations but did not find evidence to support charges of voter fraud leveled by Republicans. Both men believe their refusal to convene a federal criminal grand jury to pursue the allegations led to their ouster.


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Palestine: Big Bang Chaos

Big Bang or Chaos: What's Israel Up To?
by Ramzy Baroud
Why did Israel attack Gaza with such brutality?
 
Did Israeli officials think, even for a fleeting moment, that their army's attacks could halt, as opposed to intensify, Palestinian rockets or retaliatory violence?
 
Indeed, was Palestinian violence at all relevant to the Israeli action?
 
Was the Israeli bloodletting in Gaza solely relevant to the Gaza/Hamas context, or is there a regional dimension that is largely being overlooked?


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Scales of Economy: Beyond Bearish

Saving the Economy: The Mortgage Meltdown & Beyond
by Jack Random
While the candidates for president and their enablers in the media seem lost in an endless cycle of scandal involving the statements and misstatements of associates, the economy is dangling on the precipice of total collapse.  

The Federal Reserve has done all it can to turn the tide, with a series of interest rate reductions and a massive infusion of treasure to bolster the security of our financial institutions. 
 
Every move has had only a temporary effect, the latest on Monday triggering a 400-point rally on the Dow Industrial Average only to lose all gains by the end of the week.  


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Deployment of US Troops inside Canada

The Deployment of US Troops inside Canada
by Michel Chossudovsky
On February 14th, Canada and the US signed an agreement which allows for the deployment of US troops inside Canada. There was no official announcement nor was there a formal decision at the governmental level. In fact the agreement was barely mentioned by the Canadian media.

The agreement, which raises far-reaching issues of national sovereignty, was not between the two governments. It was signed by military commanding officers.


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Iran and the "Oh Shit!" Moment

It's the "Oh Shit!" Moment on Iran
by Dave Lindorff
Every horror movie has that "Oh Shit!" moment, when the hero or heroes are huddled in some creepy hideout, and suddenly something happens that tells you that the monster is just around the corner, or just about to attack.
 
In "Jurassic Park" it was the pulsing ripples in a cup of water, heralding the arrival of a T-Rex. In "Jaws" it was the deep base music, letting you know that a monstrous shark was about to attack.

Well, we just got our "Oh Shit!" moment with the just-announced resignation of Admiral William J. Fallon, the military commander of US Middle East operations.


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DESECRATION! SPAET MOUNTAIN

Hi Friends;

Here's a video of what was going on at the Langford cave Feb. 26/2008

 
 
 
please spread far & wide.
thanks,
Richard
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Dion: Getting the “Joe Clark" Treatment

Is Stephane Dion Getting the “Joe Clark Treatment?”
by Richard Sharp
The Conservatives have vilified Stephane Dion’s leadership for over a year now, everything from repeated and vile attack ads to ongoing, talking-point slurs from the chosen few who are allowed to speak to the media. 
 
Most pundits in the mainstream media have succumbed to this smear job, even many of Canada’s most seasoned political commentators.   

"Not so!", I’m certain their response; "Mr. Dion earned our displeasure." But let’s look at the facts.


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Winter Soldiers Speak on Iraq/Afghanistan: Lawless and Illegal

US/IRAQ: Rules of Engagement "Thrown Out the Window"
by Dahr Jamail
Garret Reppenhagen received integral training about the Geneva Conventions and the Rules of Engagement during his deployment in Kosovo. But in Iraq, "Much of this was thrown out the window," he says.

"The men I served with are professionals," Reppenhagen told the audience at a panel of U.S. veterans speaking of their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, "They went to Iraq to defend the U.S. But we found rapidly we were killing Iraqis in horrible ways. But we had to in order to remain safe ourselves. The war is the atrocity."

The event, which has drawn international media attention, was organised by Iraq Veterans Against the War. It aims to show that their stories of wrongdoing in both countries were not isolated incidents limited to a few "bad apples", as the Pentagon claims, but were everyday occurrences.


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