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Daily Digest 3/19 - Mauritania Arrests Top Libyan, Nat'l Defense Resources Preparedness, Gerald Celente On KWN

Monday, March 19, 2012, 10:43 AM
  • Mauritania Arrests Top Libyan
  • Gulf Widens Between U.S. and a More Volatile Karzai
  • Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness
  • A Nation Of Princelings And Paupers
  • Gerald Celente on KWN
  • The Ugly Politics Of Higher Gasoline Prices
  • As Cars Are Kept Longer, 200,000 Is New 100,000
  • Is it Time to Abandon the Oil Sands Debate?

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Mauritania Arrests Top Libyan (jdargis)

A Libyan military official said al-Senoussi, who is also Gadhafi's brother-in-law, likely fled to Chad just before the opposition captured the capital Tripoli in October and passed through Mali and Morocco before heading to Mauritania. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the details.

Gulf Widens Between U.S. and a More Volatile Karzai (jdargis)

Ever since the Koran-burning episode on Feb. 20 and its violent aftermath, the relationship between the two governments has lurched from one crisis to another. American officials have scrambled to run damage control, with President Obama expressing a personal apology for the Koran burning, as well as regrets about the massacre, while calling Mr. Karzai twice in the past week.

Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness (thatchmo)

The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.

A Nation Of Princelings And Paupers (June C.)

One can easily see how this principle of wealth as differentiation and rationing is now being applied to healthcare. By arguing with extreme examples of 'luxury treatments,' and widening the definition of what is discretionary, in fact basic healthcare can be cut back and even denied to those who cannot afford it, or afford it only with great difficulty, so that even questions of life and death can become a matter of the ability to pay.

What if this principle of the primacy of wealth is applied to the law? To justice? To go about one's business without official harassment?

Gerald Celente on KWN (Davos, mp3 file)

"So anything these morons or psychopaths tell us..."

The Ugly Politics Of Higher Gasoline Prices (James S.)

The only good news in the PPI was food price inflation slowed down again for the third month, with finished consumer food prices down 0.1 percent in February including a 2.8 percent drop in dairy products led last month’s decline, but substantial price cuts were also seen in fresh and dry vegetables, eggs and pork prices bringing year over year, wholesale consumer food price increases to 1.6 percent down from the January pace of 5.1 percent. Excluding food and energy, finished goods prices rose 0.2 percent in February half the 0.4 percent increase of the month before.

As Cars Are Kept Longer, 200,000 Is New 100,000 (jdargis)

Cars that have survived for a million miles or more have been widely documented, of course, but those tend to be exceptional cases. What’s different, and far more common, today are the online classified ads offering secondhand Hondas, Toyotas and Volvos with 150,000 or 200,000 miles — or more — not as parts donors but as vehicles with some useful life left.

Is it Time to Abandon the Oil Sands Debate? (jdargis)

Drill-happy critics of the Obama administration are painting the Keystone XL oil pipeline planned from Alberta as a panacea to U.S. economic woes. Because of debates over the planned route through Nebraska, however, the White House has pushed the issue aside for now. The pipeline company behind the project, TransCanada, has opted for a smaller leg in the United States while the Canadian government has thrown its support behind the Northern Gateway pipeline meant for Asian exports.

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Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness

Section 801(m) worries me. How might the US deal with a nation that of its own free will declines to supply the US with a resource that the US deems to be of strategic importance?

I think we all know.

Whether the prospect causes Canadian and Australian politicians and bureaucrats to lose any sleep, I cannot say.

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A Nation Of Princelings And Paupers

If one gets what one pays for, the UK is in for an interesting experiment:

Revealed: government plans for police privatisation

West Midlands and Surrey police offer £1.5bn contract under which private firms may investigate crime and detain suspects

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/02/police-privatisation-security-f...

Another example of the Commoditisation of Everything, of all human relationships becoming the subject of commercial dealing.

Actually, there's one part of the world which already operates under something like this kind of commercial arrangement: Australia. Our Constitution does not recognise local government, only Federal and State, and it recognises only one police force, the Federal (AFP). The States are constitutionally prevented from creating a 3rd level of government, but they have tried to do so anyway. No local government here has any legal existence, and any laws or by-laws it may make are simply null and void. The States don't have police forces, they have police services. While these display the crown on their badges and various insignia, the Crown is not their head of authority and they do not represent the Crown.

Australia as a whole and the various State governments are registered in the US as businesses. The best one can say about Australian local governments and state police services is that they are corporations to which State governments have sub-contracted out various services and functions. While we don't yet have fee-for-service policing, the fact that the States are chronically and desperately short of cash (NSW recently decided to allow coal seam gas operations even on good farmland) leads me to suspect that this can't be too far off, along with UK-style privatisation.

Interesting — and depressing — where Growthism takes a country, isn't it!

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National Defense Resources Preparedness

ezlxq1949 wrote:

Section 801(m) worries me. How might the US deal with a nation that of its own free will declines to supply the US with a resource that the US deems to be of strategic importance?

I think we all know.

Whether the prospect causes Canadian and Australian politicians and bureaucrats to lose any sleep, I cannot say.

I think there is agreat deal more to worry about in this executive order. In effect, Obama is claiming that he and his specifically designated Secretaries now have the authority to commandeer all domestic U.S. resources including food and water. The executive order also states that the President and his Secretaries have the authority to seize all transportation, energy, and infrastructure inside the United States as well as forcibly induct/draft American citizens into the military. Not only that, but the authority claimed inside the EO does not only apply to National Emergencies and times of war. It also applies in peacetime.

For a more comprehensive analysis go to: http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/new-obama-executive-order-seizes-us....

What happened to the tenth amendment? "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

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The Oilsands

I'm a Canadian and I see both sides to the produce / not product very clearly.   I really don't care if a soccer mom in Dallas can't drive her Hummer to her nail appointment.  I would like to see the development of this Canadian resource throttled back.  We don't have the environmental issues figured out yet, and we shouldn't be selling this resource for $100/barrel when in twenty years it might be the difference between life and death for us.

I'm armed and ready to defend our border. 

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From Whom?

From whom shall you defend your border sir? Those that would purchase your goods from afar and have your countrymen willingly bundle them into transportable bits and send them with love in exchange for paper?

I am curious how you might answer...

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Actually, there's one part of the world which already operates under something like this kind of commercial arrangement: Australia. Our Constitution does not recognise local government, only Federal and State, and it recognises only one police force, the Federal (AFP). The States are constitutionally prevented from creating a 3rd level of government, but they have tried to do so anyway. No local government here has any legal existence, and any laws or by-laws it may make are simply null and void. The States don't have police forces, they have policeservices. While these display the crown on their badges and various insignia, the Crown is not their head of authority and they do not represent the Crown.

Those are called company towns in coal country, USA.  Not a pretty sight, but effective in controlling the populace, if that's what you want.

Doug

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National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush

National Debt has increased more under Obama than under Bush

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must ... resist ... temptation

truenorth wrote:

I'm a Canadian and I see both sides to the produce / not product very clearly.   I really don't care if a soccer mom in Dallas can't drive her Hummer to her nail appointment.  I would like to see the development of this Canadian resource throttled back.  We don't have the environmental issues figured out yet, and we shouldn't be selling this resource for $100/barrel when in twenty years it might be the difference between life and death for us.

I'm armed and ready to defend our border. 

Northern border or southern border?

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Re: must ... resist ... temptation

ao wrote:

truenorth wrote:

I'm a Canadian and I see both sides to the produce / not product very clearly.   I really don't care if a soccer mom in Dallas can't drive her Hummer to her nail appointment.  I would like to see the development of this Canadian resource throttled back.  We don't have the environmental issues figured out yet, and we shouldn't be selling this resource for $100/barrel when in twenty years it might be the difference between life and death for us.

I'm armed and ready to defend our border. 

Northern border or southern border?

Or: That ammunition is "Made In" where again?

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Dealing with nations that dont give the US what it wants

Speaking as an Australian, I will lose no sleep over this pathetic bill. The US is broke and will not be able to afford its bullying tactics for much longer. I suspect that the US military will be busy quashing the stirrings of domestic revolution (46 million on food stamps rising up for example). For those who think that a mega military makes a country strong, look at the Soviet Union and what happened to them. The mega-military will hasten the demise of the US rather than save it.

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I believe this is called exponential growth!

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Boomer said.

Obama is claiming that he and his specifically designated Secretaries now have the authority to commandeer all domestic U.S. resources including food and water.

Deja vou. Bob Mugabe. The chief owns everything. That is the whole purpose of being Chief. Why the confusion?

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Yes it is...

Damnthematrix wrote:

I believe this is called exponential growth!

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Two and two

Arthur,

The people that refuse to put two and two together on this are like the person that refuses to believe that their partner is having a tryst, in spite of the phone records, credit card receipts and lipstick on the collar.

The trends are crystal clear and no amount of naive rationalization will change their direction.

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Germany Shows the Way.(Again)

Germany has become the first nation to really tackle the rising energy crisis. To succeed, the country will requires new technologies and fresh approaches, some not even yet on the drawing board.

The most important European market will transform into a massive energy laboratory. But success is hardly certain.

Makes one proud.  Their blood is my blood.

The government will initiate a campaign valued at more than $260 billion to harness wind and solar power.

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A drunk stumbles in the right direction once in a while....

Germany has become the first nation to really tackle the rising energy crisis. To succeed, the country will requires new technologies and fresh approaches, some not even yet on the drawing board.

Not sure this is really true - yes they are building out solar and wind, but it's because they are killing off their nuclear industry due to fear.  If they really understood the energy crisis they would have left nuclear around until a new solution was in operation.  Also, the way they have tariffs they are causing all kinds of havoc with their base load generation - note that the companies are having negative margins.  That type of manipulation/subsidies of one industry over another is not a good way to advance the innovation they need.  The manipulation has even caused problems in the solar industry since they propped up some solar that as soon as the subsidies are removed it's being proved how unsustainable some companies are and they are going bankrupt.

I believe solar is a large part of the future, but when you subsidize companies you distort mark realities and stop innovation that is necessary to make then sustainable (aka profitable).

Yes - the German government is stumbling in the right direction, but I'm not sure their actions indicate any true understanding of the coming energy issues.

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