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Weekend Brief June Week III

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The History and Truth About Father’s Day
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Breaking the Bank
Party’s Over

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Iran
What if it turns out that the CIA is encouraging some radical or criminal elements in Iran and innocent people are getting hurt and killed because of our funded actions? Considering their nefarious history some participation by the CIA is a given.

I’ve got no dog in this fight. Iran is a sovereign nation and I respect borders.

Much like our own corporate cronies and politicians a number of their Mullahs are fat cats, yes, Iran has crooks too. Both want power and control over the people – either spiritually or economically, and seeing that money is the new religion in the US it doesn’t really matter what the item or soul is, the goal is control.

And there seems to be no stopping this feeding frenzy by the US Media, it’s on a Drunken Bender and a little gassy with minute by minute, second by second reports, most are unverified. But, the readers are lapping them up like the Running of the Bride at a Filene’s Basement Sale.

Iran has turned into Spring Break for the Media, keeping those viewer numbers up means ad-dollars next month and those numbers will definitely look better in the ‘journalism’ business than last.

And the hero of the day? Not a real journalist who is risking life and limb waking up the world with verifiable facts, nope, it’s Twitter!

Perhaps, we should make June WE (whatever) Official TD (Twitter Day)

In the end there’s only one thing I hope these protests will inspire… that the Americans People rise up and take back their OWN country from the Oligarchs who are destroying their lives right now even as theytwitter.

And I hope no one in our CIA is meddling in Iran, but I doubt it, better check twitter just in case.

As the good Reverend Cornelius Blow would say, Follow Me.

update – wasn’t hard to figure out, was it?
Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated “Color Revolution?”
by Paul Craig Roberts

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Iran? Nope.
List of Journalists Arrested at the RNC

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Can We Start Over?
This time let’s divide the United States up according to Baseball Teams

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Too Big To Fail, Politically
What is the essence of the problem with our financial system – what brought us into deep crisis, what scared us most in September/October of last year, and what was the toughest problem in the early days of the Obama administration?

The issue was definitely not that banks and non-banks could fail in general. We’re good at handling some kinds of financial failure. The problem was: a relatively small number of troubled banks were so large that their failure could imperil both our financial system and the world economy. And – at least in the view of Treasury – these banks were so large that they couldn’t be taken over in a normal FDIC-type receivership. (The notion that the government lacked legal authority to act is smokescreen; please tell me which statute authorized the removal of Rick Waggoner from GM.)
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One huge concern that needs far more attention is that the people who failed our institutions within the system they created, the people who who caused the bubble, made poor choices, along with the scams and thieft, these people are STILL in charge – it’s like Max Keiser said, the American People must be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome to allow these financial terrorists to continue to hold our financial system and our security hostage.

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yes, we have no bananas

Consider the banana. All iconic yellow peel and soft, sweet inside — you can find it at the nearest Trader Joe’s for as little as 19 cents apiece.

But how much have you really thought about how it got there? Now the ubiquitous and perishable fruit finds itself the focus of appreciation in two new exhibitions opening this week from Los Angeles-based collective Fallen Fruit.

The first, “United Fruit,” opened Tuesday at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. On Saturday, a concurrent exhibit, “Fresh ‘n Easy,” opens at Highland Park art gallery Another Year in L.A. Together, the two present a portrait of the human beings behind the cultivation and production of bananas, and also how fruit itself becomes an element of popular culture and the global economy.

“Our goal is, and has always been, to change the way you look at fruit as an object,” says David Burns, who formed Fallen Fruit in 2004 with Matias Viegener and Austin Young.

“Buying a banana in a grocery store is not an intimate process, but the work that goes into banana harvesting is very personal. It’s all done by hand, as opposed to a mechanized assembly line.”
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Fury as AIG pays $450m to staff who nearly broke firm
The crisis-stricken insurer AIG has infuriated the Obama administration by paying “retention” bonuses of $450m (£322m) to staff at the London-run financial products division that crippled the company with vast losses on toxic derivatives.

Senior White House officials yesterday condemned the payments by the struggling company which has received more than $150bn of US government aid.

Newly released figures revealed that billions of dollars of public money used to prop up AIG have flowed to European banks which were trading partners with the insurer – including Barclays, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland.

AIG’s problems are largely down to disastrous contracts to protect banks against bad losses which were written by AIG Financial Products – a business largely run from offices in Mayfair.
AIG is handing out money to 400 ­executives from this unit under a loyalty programme drawn up before the scale of its difficulties became clear.
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Trust No One
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The food maker Nestle today voluntarily recalled its refrigerated Toll House cookie dough products and warned consumers not to eat raw Toll House cookie dough as fears about possible E. coli contamination spread to more than two dozen states.
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City requires Facebook passwords from job applicants
If you’re planning to apply for a job with the city of Bozeman, prepare to clean up your Facebook page.

As part of routine background checks, the city asks job applicants to provide their usernames and passwords for their social-networking sites. And it has been doing it for years, city officials said.

“Please list any and all, current personal or business Web sites, Web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” states a city waiver form applicants are asked to sign. Three lines are provided for applicants to list log-in information for each site.

City officials maintain the policy is necessary to ensure employees’ integrity and protect the public’s trust, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana says they may be crossing the line.
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President George W Obama?
President Barack Obama is morphing into George W. Bush, as administration attorneys repeatedly adopt the executive-authority and national-security rationales that their Republican predecessors preferred.

In courtroom battles and freedom-of-information fights from Washington, D.C., to California, Obama’s legal arguments repeatedly mirror Bush’s: White House turf is to be protected, secrets must be retained and dire warnings are wielded as weapons.

“It’s putting up a veritable wall around the White House, and it’s so at odds with Obama’s campaign commitment to more open government,” said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a legal watchdog group.
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Here Comes The Sun
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life on a shoestring!
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Six Corporate Bullies Beat Up Mother of Four
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Weaker Copyright Benefits Everyone

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Suitcase With $134 Billion Puts Dollar on Edge
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Two Japanese men are detained in Italy after allegedly attempting to take $134 billion worth of U.S. bonds over the border into Switzerland. Details are maddeningly sketchy, so naturally the global rumor mill is kicking into high gear.

Are these would-be smugglers agents of Kim Jong Il stashing North Korea’s cash in a Swiss vault? Bagmen for Nigerian Internet scammers? Was the money meant for terrorists looking to buy nuclear warheads? Is Japan dumping its dollars secretly? Are the bonds real or counterfeit?

The implications of the securities being legitimate would be bigger than investors may realize. At a minimum, it would suggest that the U.S. risks losing control over its monetary supply on a massive scale.

The trillions of dollars of debt the U.S. will issue in the next couple of years needs buyers. Attracting them will require making sure that existing ones aren’t losing faith in the U.S.’s ability to control the dollar.
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From The Financial Times
Mafia blamed for $134bn fake Treasury bills
Few details have been revealed beyond a June 4 statement by the Italian finance police announcing the seizure of 249 US Treasury bills, each of $500m, and 10 “Kennedy” bonds, used as intergovernment payments, of $1bn each. The men were apparently tailed by the Italian authorities.

The mystery deepened on Thursday as an Italian blog quoted Colonel Rodolfo Mecarelli of the Como provincial finance police as saying the two men had been released. The colonel and police headquarters in Rome both declined to respond to questions from the Financial Times.

Wait, What?!
“the two men had been released.”

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Japan To Abolish Cash?
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daschleDaschle Has ties to Private Health Care Industry While Urging Obama to Drop Public Health Care Plan
The firm that houses two of the three former Senate majority leaders who proposed a comprehensive health care compromise bill on Wednesday has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of key players in the health care industry. In addition, the company that presented those findings, the Bipartisan Policy Center, counts as a major fundraiser one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

The firm that houses two of the three former Senate majority leaders who proposed a comprehensive health care compromise bill on Wednesday has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of key players in the health care industry. In addition, the company that presented those findings, the Bipartisan Policy Center, counts as a major fundraiser one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Former Sens. Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker joined forces this week to put out a health care plan 15 months in the making. The three political gray beards, who co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center, called for an approach to reform that included state-operated public insurance options as well as individual and employer mandates for coverage. Their proposal was pitched as a bi-partisan effort at solving one of the most complex legislative issue facing the nation.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Alston + Bird filed 60 lobbying reports in 2008 on issues pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid. An additional eight were filed on matters relating to “health issues” and three on pharmaceutical matters. That same year, the firm lobbied Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 35 times, and the Department of Health and Human Services ten

The clients it represented included the American Hospital Association (which paid the firm $80,000), Bayer AG ($120,000), Fresenius Medical Care ($160,000), Generic Pharmaceutical Association ($190,000), the Health Management Association ($120,000), HealthSouth Corp ($440,000), the National Association for Home Care ($210,000) and Roche Group ($120,000), a company that is “systematically pursuing personalized medicine.”file pos

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Don’t like Single Payer? Demand what Tax Payers offer and give to each Member of Congress and their families. Unless, you think some people are more equal than others?

Tom Daschle Still Receives These Benefits
Don’t Forget the Pension


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OBAMA’S A Bad Boyfriend
Not Your Boyfriend!

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Obama’s Doctor Knocks ObamaCare
Dr. David Scheiner: “He doesn’t see all the pain, it’s so tragic out here,” he says. “Obama’s wonderful, but on this one I’m not sure if he’s getting the right input.”

What should the president be focused on? Scheiner thinks that a good health reform would be “Medicare for all,” a single-payer system where the government would cover everyone and pay for it by cutting out waste in the system. “A neurosurgeon gets paid $20,000 for cutting into the neck of my patient. Have him get paid $1 million a year instead of $2 million or $3 million. He won’t starve,” Scheiner says.

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More Traitorous Democrats - Over the past few days, we reported on how the White House and Democratic Congressional Leadership waged a dirty campaign to scare up votes to support another $106 billion in funds for their wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now, several of the so-called anti-war Democrats who left their principles at the House coat check on their way in to vote Tuesday are trying to explain away their hypocritical votes.

New York Democrat Anthony Weiner, who voted against the war funding in May—when it didn’t matter—only to vote Tuesday with the pro-war Dems, sounded like an imbecile when he made this statement after the vote: “We are in the process of wrapping up the wars. The president needed our support.” What planet is Weiner living on? “Wrapping up the wars?” Last time I checked, there are 21,000 more US troops heading to Afghanistan alongside a surge in contractors there, including a 29% increase in armed contractors. Does Weiner think the $106 billion in war funding he voted for is going to pay for one way tickets home for the troops? What he voted for was certainly not the “Demolition of the 80 Football-field-size US Embassy in Baghdad Act of 2009.” To cap off this idiocy, Weiner basically admitted he is a fraud when he said the bill he voted in favor of “still sucks.”
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Power Tripping

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On Obama’s Soul

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QOTD: “Somebody told me once that the grail is right in front of you when your back is turned.” ~Ken Nordine

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thanks evie for the weekend dress-up

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