Monday, April 2, 2012

History Lesson - The Crash of 1929 & The Great Depression

AllHistories on Mar 12, 2010

New powers to record every phone call and email in the UK

From The Telegraph:

Original source

The Coalition is to revive plans first raised then shelved by the last Labour Government to track the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.

Proposed new powers, to be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech, will see a huge expansion in the amount of data communication providers are required to keep for at least a year.

It will allow the police and intelligence officers to monitor who someone is in contact with or websites they visit, although the content of such communications will not be accessed.

Civil liberty campaigners last night said the proposals were an “unprecedented” expansion of state intrusion more akin to China or Iran. Read more

Double Standards - So-called Arab spring

PressTVGlobalNews on Apr 1, 2012

Counting the Cost - Cash flight out of Afghanistan

AlJazeeraEnglish on Apr 1, 2012

The Agenda - Could the gold standard be the solution?

PressTVGlobalNews on Apr 1, 2012

Iran is no longer dealing in the dollar for oil sales which is putting focus on gold. A few days ago the global political Islamic group Hizb ut Tahrir put forward a case for the gold standard.

The report puts forward the argument that the benefits of the gold standard calling it a system of stability without major cyclical effects independent of government manipulation; devoid of inflationary fiduciary issue, international crisis and creates a long term balance of payments.

With gold and silver being ideal mediums of exchange due to them having intrinsic value, with them being widely available they cannot be monopolised.

With the financial crisis it has exposed the problems of the current system. This edition of the show will examine whether returning to the Gold standard would be beneficial.

NSA vs USA: Total surveillance zooms-in on Americans

RussiaToday on Apr 1, 2012

Ever evolving high-tech gadgets and the Internet have given Big Brother a peep hole into the lives of everyday Americans. Now, without the hassle of planting bugs or breaking and entering, the government can monitor virtually anything it wants.

The Young Turks - The Rich Get Richer

TheYoungTurks on Apr 1, 2012

Via Harold Meyerson/The Washington Post: "In 2010, according to a study published this month by University of California economist Emmanuel Saez, 93 percent of income growth went to the wealthiest 1 percent of American households, while everyone else divvied up the 7 percent that was left over. Put another way: The most fundamental characteristic of the U.S. economy today is the divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent. It was not ever thus. In the recovery that followed the downturn of the early 1990s, the wealthiest 1 percent captured 45 percent of the nation's income growth. In the recovery that followed the dot-com bust 10 years ago, Saez noted, 65 percent of the income growth went to the top 1 percent. This time around, it's reached 93 percent — a level so high it shakes the foundations of the entire American project...".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down on The Young Turks.

Hugo Salinas Price on Silver and Real Money

Mexican billionaire Hugo Salinas (Mexico's version of Dick Smith) discusses his idea of injecting silver into the money supply to allow the people to save in real money. Listen to his discussion with Eric King of KWN here

Sitting in the dark for what?

Seemingly millions of sheeple sat in the dark on Saturday night for no apparent reason. Sydney radio reported that this gesture resulted in 10% less electricity consumption during the one hour of Earth Hour. Note they did not say that it resulted in a 10% reduction of electricity generation. With most of Australia's base load power coming from coal fired power stations the gesture meant that the 10% power not used was still generated as coal fired power stations do not have a instant on/off switch. Looking at the video below I had to laugh at the scenes in Paris, as 90% of France's electricty is generated from nuclear and renewables, which produce no CO2, switching off the lights did not stop the nuclear fuel rods from decaying or the wind turbines from spinning.

RussiaToday on Mar 31, 2012  more photos at:

oh by the way India is planning to build another 175 coal fired power stations....

Update: Alex Jones's take on Earth Hour

George Galloway election victory

Keiser Report: Kamikaze Banking

on Mar 31, 2012 Follow Max Keiser on Twitter:

In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss global economic passengers strapping on the parachutes to protect themselves from central bankers going berserk and the rich getting richer. In the second half of the show Max talks to Aaron Krowne of about transferring fraudulent mortgages to the Federal Housing Administration and getting SLAPPd for reporting on it.