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Environment & Health News Round-Up: Threats to Water & Food Supplies, Water Recognized as Human Right and more

UN Declares Water a Fundamental Human Right — U.S. Abstains from Voting on Resolution

The United Nations General Assembly has declared for the first time that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. In a historic vote Wednesday, 122 countries supported the resolution, and over forty countries abstained from voting, including the United States, Canada and several European and other industrialized countries. There were no votes against the resolution.

High levels of benzene, health hazard in Michigan now

Michigan spill: Would you like some Benzene with your Water?

Battle Creek girl vomits black liquid

Newtown Creek Is New York City’s Parallel to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops

New garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean — ‘The world’s oceans are covered with a thin plastic soup’

Water Scarcity Facing 1/3 of US Counties

Poison Tap Water

Alex Jones is launching a new campaign to inform the public about the toxic chemical fluoride being added to tap water across the country. While EPA scientists and workers are calling for an end to water fluoridation, the government is doing everything in its power to continue and even increase the amount of toxic chemicals being added to public water supplies.

Video: Australian TV Exposes Fluoride as Poison

39 More Toxic Coal Ash Sites Found to Contaminate US Water Supply With Arsenic & Heavy Metals

BPA contamination found in 90 percent of soup cans

Even tiny exposure to BPA turns offspring into genetic mutants

Is Modern Medicine Founded On Error?

America’s Mental Illness Epidemic: It Turns Out That the Drugs Are the Problem

Aspartame: The Hidden Poison

Amazon’s Chernobyl – Massive Contamination and Destruction by Chevron

Cloned Meat May Already Have Invaded Our Food Supply, Posing Alarming Health Risks

Cloned Livestock Gain a Foothold in Europe

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals suspected as more girls experience early puberty

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely cause of feminization of fish in Alberta rivers

US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater

6 million dead fish, alligators, turtles and dolphins floating down Bolivian rivers

“The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden

Restoring the Paradise that Saddam Destroyed. “Saddam Hussein drained the unique wetlands of southern Iraq as a punishment to the region’s Marsh Arabs who had backed an uprising. Two decades later, one courageous US Iraqi is leading efforts to restore the marshes. Not even exploding bombs can deter him from his dream.” [Via]

New Data Emerges On Gulf War Illness

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets’ Exposure to Depleted Uranium

For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans.

But a little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance.

The VA, however, never conducted the medical tests, which may have deprived hundreds of thousands of veterans from receiving medical care to treat cancer and other diseases that result from exposure to DU.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center recently reported that ten years of data confirm that service members tend to have higher rates of certain cancers compared to civilians, according to the Army Times. While researchers suspected that service members are diagnosed with cancer more often and at a younger age because they have guaranteed access to health care and mandatory exams, the data does not explain the disparities in diagnosis among branches of the military. For example, the rate of lung cancer among sailors is twice that of other branches, while Marines have much lower cancer rates across the board.

A Quarter Century after Chernobyl Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

As Germany’s wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Shocking Negligence: Gas Companies Drilling in Pennsylvania Have Committed Nearly 1,500 Environmental Violations in Just Two Years

Canada Forfeits Sovereignty Over Food & Natural Health

U.S. dietary supplements often contaminated: report

S510 – Illegal To Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food

S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.

Climate Scandals: List Of 94 Climate-Gates

Rare Earth Elements: World is Rapidly Running Out, China has Most of Remaining Supply

The Food Crisis in Niger

Nigeria records 3,000 oil spills since 2006

Weapons Buried at Sea: Big, Poorly Understood Problem

I n June, a clam boat happened upon some old military munitions off the coast of Long Island, New York. Mustard gas, released when the fishermen inadvertently hauled in the shells, blistered one crew member and reminded government officials, scientists and the public of the weapons arsenal that is buried deep below the surface of the world’s oceans.

UN Identifies Medical Use of Radiation as Main Source of Human Exposure

FDA ignored evidence that CT scans are killing 14,000 Americans a year from cancer

The Cancer Epidemic: Its Environmental Causes

The World Health Organization is projecting that this year cancer will become the world’s leading cause of death. Why the epidemic of cancer? Death certificates in United States show cancer as being the eighth leading cause of death in 1900. Why has it skyrocketed to now surpass heart disease as number one? Is it because people live longer and have to die of something? That’s a factor, but not the prime reason as reflected by the jump in age-adjusted cancer being far above what could be expected from increased longevity. And it certainly doesn’t explain the steep hike in childhood cancers. Is it lifestyle, diet and genetics, as we have often been told? They are factors, but not key reasons. The cause of the cancer epidemic, as numerous studies have now documented, is largely environmental – the result of toxic substances in the water we drink, the food we eat, the consumer products we use, the air we breathe. As the President’s Cancer Panel in May in a 240-page report titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now declared: “The American people – even before they are born – are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.” It said: “With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action.”

Cannabinoids Kill Cancer and the Government has Known for 36 Years



US Economic News Round-Up: Increasing discussion of economic collapse, statistics

25 Signs That Almost Everyone Is Expecting An Economic Collapse In 2010

Most people paying attention to the news know things are very bad and getting worse, but this article references the major institutions that are preparing for total economic collapse.

20 More Signs Of A Full-On Economic Collapse

“It’s Over” For US Economy: Buffett Partner

Bernanke delivers blunt warning on U.S. debt

With uncharacteristic bluntness, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned Congress on Wednesday that the United States could soon face a debt crisis like the one in Greece, and declared that the central bank will not help legislators by printing money to pay for the ballooning federal debt.

National debt seen heading for crisis level

With ferocious speed, the financial crisis, recession and efforts to combat the recession have swung the U.S. debt from worrisome to ruinous, promising to handcuff the administration.

Lost amid last month’s passage of the new health care law, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report showing that within this decade, President Obama’s own budget sends the U.S. government to a potential tipping point where the debt reaches 90 percent of gross domestic product.

No one is advocating big tax increases or spending cuts before a recovery takes hold. The problem is that deficits will not reverse even after a full recovery.

U.S. posts 19th straight monthly budget deficit

The United States posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April 2009 and the largest on record for that month

Chapman Predicts ‘Major Financial and Social Mayhem’ Before November Elections

Historian warns of sudden collapse of American ‘empire’

Harvard professor and prolific author Niall Ferguson opened the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival Monday with a stark warning about the increasing prospect of the American “empire” suddenly collapsing due to the country’s rising debt level.

“I think this is a problem that is going to go live really soon,” Ferguson said. “In that sense, I mean within the next two years. Because the whole thing, fiscally and other ways, is very near the edge of chaos. And we’ve seen already in Greece what happens when the bond market loses faith in your fiscal policy.”

Collapse in Living Standards in America: More Poverty By Any Measure

15 million unemployed, homelessness has increased by 50 percent in some cities

Dollar Devaluation and Destruction of America Pick Up Steam

Central Banks Start to Abandon U.S. Dollar

California on ‘verge of system failure’

Case files piling up by the thousands, phones ringing off the hook, forced midweek courthouse closings and occasional brawls as frustrated citizens queue for hours to pay parking fines.

Bankruptcy talk spreads among Calif. muni officials

Los Angeles on the Brink of Bankruptcy

The latest tale of financial crisis in California is playing out in Los Angeles. The city faces a budget shortfall approaching a billion dollars, and unless it can find a remedy soon, it may be insolvent by midsummer.

Freddie Mac asks for additional $10,000,000,000 bailout

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits

Debt Dynamite Dominoes: The Coming Financial Catastrophe

Doomsday is here for the state of Illinois

To become solvent, the state must enact the largest tax-increase package in Illinois history, whack another $2 billion from already starved government programs and wrest major financial concessions from the state’s unionized work force, a nonpartisan government watchdog contends.

Tent Slums Spring Up in America

Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

The 18 States Facing The Most Brutal Austerity Cuts

America’s new debtor prison: Jail time being given to those who owe

What Do the Hungry Eat?

STATISTICS

Debt Saturation: Each Dollar of New Debt Now Subtracts 45 Cents from GDP

Click through for plenty of chart doom

15 Years Ago, the Combined Assets of the 6 Biggest Banks Totaled 17% of GDP… By 2006, 55% … Now, 63%

Six Banks Control 60% of Gross National Product

Actually, The Unemployment Ratio Is 41%

The broadest measure of unemployment is the Civilian Employment-Population Ratio, which is exactly what it sounds like: the ratio of employed civilians to the total population. It stands right around 59%, which is the lowest its been since the early 80s.

The Real Unemployment Rate: 21.5%

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. workers underemployed

World’s Billionaires Grew 50 Percent Richer in 2009

US Super-rich Get Five Times More Income Than In 1995

Percentage of GDP to External Debt: Default is Inevitable

Consumer Bankruptcies Up 14 Percent In First Half Of 2010

Commercial Mortgage Default Rate in U.S. More Than Doubles

Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs

More than half of Detroit’s homeless at risk of dying on streets

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record

U.S. Government Now 96.5% of the Mortgage Market Q1, 2010

More Than 1 In 5 American Children Are Now Living Below The Poverty Line

1 in 4 American children are on food stamps.

Half a Dozen States Are Delaying Tax Refund Checks

Quarter Of American Bridges Declared Structurally Deficient or Functionally Obsolete

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On Creating Local Food Economies

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Exploring Permaculture in the Big City

Limits to Living Off the Land

Permablitz UK: Neighbors Reinvent Backyards (Video)

An Edible Schoolyard in Durham: How Kids Grow (Video)

Is Decentralized Urban Farming the Future of food?

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm

The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future

Think small on farming to help poor

Mother Jones Debates the Future of Our Food Systems

A debate is going on over at Mother Jones about our food systems, sparked by a piece written Paul Roberts pointing out that sustainable food systems aren’t all that easy to obtain when it comes to feeding billions of people.

Whence Nutrition

Where does the food in your bodega — or the corner grocer, the local minimart — come from? […] How come it’s easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables in Brooklyn Heights than in the South Bronx? What’s the connection between the incidence of diabetes and the food market supply chain?

The Center for Urban Pedagogy and Designer Observer‘s 30-minute video Bodega Down Bronx looks into the urban grocery gap, and is freely available to stream.
The food justice movement is a broader response to this well-known discrepancy. In the past decade, a few organizations have started up in places such as Seattle, West Oakland, New York City (including parts of the Bronx), amongst others.

The Urban Nutrition Initiative (more here) is addressing this same problem via projects like the Corner Store Project which aims to incentivize healthy eating habits.  More background on this can be found in Amanda Shaffer’s 107-page [PDF] The Persistence of L.A.’s Grocery Gap. There are more academic studies, so if you’re on a university campus, check out papers by Wekerie and Giang et al.

Do kids need to learn gardening or more algebra?

“The suicidal dietary choices of so many poor people are the result of a problem, not the problem itself. The solution lies in an education that will propel students into a higher economic class, where they will live better and therefore eat better.” So argues Caitlin Flanagan in the pages of The Atlantic against Alice Waters’ idea that school curricula ought to teach children where food comes from and how to grow it (see The Edible Schoolyard).

The school gardener strikes back

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.

How to treat and store emergency water: Part 1, 2 and 3 – via There Are No Sunglasses

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

What can Burning Man teach cities?

Hello local, goodbye global: Relocalization movement gains momentum

Grassroots Heroes: Tell Us What YOU’RE Doing to Spread the Message!

Open Green Map – Real-Time Mapping of Growing Green Communities



Commercial Disobedience: Various Forms of Economic Protest

American People’s Manifesto for US National Strike April 15 – 18

NATIONAL STRIKE APRIL 15 – APRIL 18TH

Union vows to toughen strike at France’s Total – Business Week 2/21/10

Greek court says customs strike illegal – SETimes 2/21/10

Around the World, the Workers Are Fighting Back – Alternet 5/18/09

French Workers Use Threat to Obtain Severance Pay – NYTimes 7/17/09

With its equipment surrounded by gas cylinders and kindling, a manufacturing company agrees to demands of workers planned to be laid off.

General strike cripples France  – Deutsche Welle, Germany 1/29/09

Hundreds of thousands of workers have begun a nationwide strike in France. Eight labor unions have called the industrial action to protest against what they say are insufficient measures by the government to tackle the economic crisis. Unions say…

Hundreds of thousands of workers have begun a nationwide strike in France. Eight labor unions have called the industrial action to protest against what they say are insufficient measures by the government to tackle the economic crisis. Unions say that with unemployment mounting, French workers should not have to foot the bill for a crisis that has led to expensive government bailouts for banks, carmakers and other sectors. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a 26-billion-euro stimulus package while pledging to press ahead with unpopular reforms to trim the public sector workforce and liberalize the labor market.

Workers’ Rights: Strike at World’s Largest Nickel Mine  – Global Research 11/11/09

Egyptian ‘general strike’ fails – BBC 4/6/08

A planned strike led by workers at a major textile factory and other solidarity protests are pre-empted by police.

The word went out on the web: every skilled man should strike – Times, UK 1/31/09

Fifteen minutes later, at 6.30am, 400 men began to gather outside the Wilton chemical complex on Teesside behind a banner demanding “British jobs 4 British workers”. At 8am 700 workers refused to enter the Ineos refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland.

By mid-morning the dispute had spread to a dozen power stations, oil refineries and chemical plants.

Workers in Argentina taking over dead factories and running them democratically – BoingBoing 12/7/08

As Argentine factories go bankrupt and shut their doors, workers are breaking in, starting the machines up again, electing their own leaders, and running the businesses themselves, putting up fierce resistance when the police try to evict them.

More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home – Cryptogon 4/12/09

Group moves homeless people into foreclosed homes – Boing Boing 12/30/08

Resisting Home Evictions Becomes a Group Effort – NYTimes 2/19/09

A civil disobedience campaign is starting in New York and other cities to support families who refuse to vacate their homes.

Resistance to Housing Foreclosures Spread Across the Land – Alternet 1/23/09

Community-based movements to halt the flood of foreclosures have been building across the country. And they’re not the usual suspects.

Activist Moves Homeless Into Foreclosed Homes – via Cryptogon 12/5/08

Getting Started In War Tax Resistance – War Tax Boycott 10/22/09

Thank you for your interest in war tax resistance. If you decide to register and resist, you will join a long line of courageous resisters, from Henry David Thoreau’s time to the present. Many of us are angry and frustrated by the U.S. government’s military actions around the world, and it often seems as if there is not much we can do about it. War tax resistance is a powerful way to resist the state and oppose its harmful actions. By conscientiously resisting taxes, you take a solid step towards refusing to be a part of the destruction. Our military can only harm people when citizens allow it. If enough of us withhold from war and pay for peace, we can stop the harm.

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee  – NWTRCC.org

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of groups from across the U.S., formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance (WTR). Affiliate organizations and individual supporters are joined together in a common struggle for a more just and peaceful society. We oppose militarism and war and refuse to complicitly participate in the tax system which supports such violence. NWTRCC sees poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic exploitation, environmental destruction and militarization of law enforcement as integrally linked with the militarism which we abhor.

Shunning Wal-Mart: A DIY general store – CNN 7/19/08

The residents of this windswept basin 100 miles from anywhere know that if they want something done, they have to do it themselves. Whether it’s repairing a tractor or rejuvenating Main Street, the people here fix their own problems.

People’s Resistance and Alternatives to the “Free Market”  – Global Research 2/2/09

Global boycott movement marks its successes – AtheoNews 2/20/09

Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign  – Electronic Intifada 4/6/09

Meet the Antipreneurs – Business Week 6/20/08

They’re against advertising, Corporate America, and globalization. That’s good for business .

Local Currencies – The missing link in the quest for sustainability

Local Currencies are the ultimate in loyalty programs. Unlike profits derived from trading with national currencies, the wealth generated by trading with exchange systems created by and for local communities stays within the district.  Since community currencies work alongside and supplement national currency, once their advantages are understood they are welcomed by the community, particularly in times of economic stress. Historically, community currencies have been economic and social lifesavers.

Community-supported restaurants

A List of 26,000 Businesses That Accept Barter

Forget the Audit: Just Go Ahead & Abolish the Federal Reserve  – American Free Press 11/6/09

Breaking up ‘too big to fail’ firms  – Politico 11/5/09

Rep. Kanjorski proposes power to dismantle firms “too big to fail” even if they’re not financially at risk.

Take the Power to Create Credit Away from the Giant Banks and Give It Back to the People  – Prison Planet 11/5/09

We Need a Global Tax on Financial Speculation

Workers of the World, Incorporate

A move toward establishment of manufacturing cooperatives represents a new direction for the American labor movement, an economist writes.

In Just 4 Short Years, Kiva Hits $100 Million In Microloans – Treehugger 11/2/09

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ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND PRACTICE

 The U.S “Odious Debts” used to Finance Illegal Wars

There is an established legal principle that people should not have to repay their government’s debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people.  These “odious debts” are considered to be the personal debts of the tyrants who incurred them, rather than the country’s debt.

Refuse to Pay Government Debt Incurred for Unlawful and Oppressive Purposes … It Is the Personal Debt of Those Who Ordered It to Be Incurred

Inverting the Economic Order

An excerpt from an excellent Wendell Berry article on revising the priorities of the economy.

Solidarity Economics.

Solidarity Economics. (pdf) Strategies for Building New Economies From the Bottom-Up and the Inside-Out.
See also: Other Economies Are Possible.

History of Economic Thought – lots of resources

Turning The Tide – A New Vision Of Eco-Nomics

If Government Won’t Break Up the Giant Banks, Let’s Do It Ourselves

Bradbury would create ‘Bank of Oregon’ if he were governor

Moving Your Money Can Have a Real Effect on Big Banks

HuffPost says, “Move your money”, with video

The folks at The Huffington Post have come up with a simple, novel idea that might help right some of the wrongs of the last year, a year that has seen Wall Street faring much better than Main Street since the economy hit bottom over the summer – move your money from a big bank to a small community bank.

Escape from Pottersville: The North Dakota Model for Capitalizing Community

North Dakota is the only state in the union to own its own bank. The Bank of North Dakota (BND) was established by the state legislature in 1919 specifically to free farmers and small businessmen from the clutches of out-of-state bankers and railroad men. Its populist organizers originally conceived of the bank as a credit union-like institution that would provide an alternative to predatory lenders, but conservative interests later took control and suppressed these commercial lending functions. The BND now chiefly acts as a central bank, with functions similar to those of a branch of the Federal Reserve.

However, the BND differs from the Federal Reserve in significant ways. The stock of the branches of the Fed is 100% privately owned by banks. The BND is 100% owned by the state, and it is required to operate in the interest of the public. Its stated mission is to deliver sound financial services that promote agriculture, commerce and industry in North Dakota.

More On The Ecological Stimulus Package: Lessons From The Ancients

Here’s a not-so-Trivial Pursuit Question: what ancient society survived dire ecological circumstances for 500 years by reorganizing their production systems, restructuring their economy, reducing consumption levels, and maximizing limited resources?

Pissed Off at the Corporate Banking Industry? Here’s an Easy Way You Can Hurt Them

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO RECLAIM THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY: An Open Letter to the American Monetary Institute, August 28, 2009

What Solutions to the Current Economic Crisis?

How to Stimulate the Economy

A Poverty Antidote Goes Global

The Ideology of Unfettered Capitalism Is Crumbling — It’s a Huge Opportunity for Alternative Economics

Free 50-Page PDF of The Simple Dollar’s Best Advice [Personal Finance]

Surviving Economic Collapse: Tips, Tactics, And Gear

100 Things You Will Wish You had Stored

100 Items to Disappear First

Fifty Things To Do Now if you fear an economic breakdown

Story Of Stuff: A Must Watch Video

Consumerism in the U.S. was and is intentionally created to subjugate us and enrich the Corporations. Simple and easily understood explanation of the entire process.

Let people print their own money, says Guardian columnist

Local Money Strengthens Communities

Local Currency Causes a Stir in London: The Brixton Pound (Video)

Food-backed Local Money

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario

How to Print Your Own Money, Build Community & Not Get Arrested by the Feds

THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY: SCRIP

Can Community Currency help revive a struggling economy?

Communities print own currencies to keep cash flowing

[news] 184 Communes Currently in Formation in Venezuela

Man Challenges the Legality of Credit Card Debt after Bailouts

And would have a pretty good case, if the system worked as designed.

Mainstream MarketWatch: Prepare for the End of America

Mainstream financial news source MarketWatch is telling Americans to prepare for the worst, the end of America. In their Article, “How to invest for a global-debt-bomb explosion,” Not only do they talk about the coming total economic collapse but they admit that there is a cabal of elite who are orchestrating it. Author of the article, Paul Farrel extends the view, as if it is widely accepted, that there is a “Happy Conspiracy” of global elitists that is operating behind the scenes to create a coming major economic disaster. The article goes on to say prepare by stockpiling necessities because a 2nd American Revolution is imminent.

Morgan Stanley Strategist: Head for the Hills!

A Primer on How to Successfully Challenge a Foreclosure

South Carolina General Assembly considers move away from Federal Reserve Notes

HuffPost says, “Move your money”, with video

The folks at The Huffington Post have come up with a simple, novel idea that might help right some of the wrongs of the last year, a year that has seen Wall Street faring much better than Main Street since the economy hit bottom over the summer – move your money from a big bank to a small community bank.

 

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The US Economic System: How and Why It Got This Bad and Where It’s Going

Exposing Our Enemy: Meet the Economic Elite

This is who ‘they’ are.

The Economic Elite vs. the People of the United States of America: Part I

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid: Taxes are Voluntary in America

2010 Food Crisis for Dummies

Not just for dummies; this is a must-read 

Economic Black Hole: 20 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy Is Dying And Is Simply Not Going To Recover

“Modern Money Mechanics” by Federal Reserve…Explained

This video series (7 parts) goes page-by-page of “Modern Money Mechanics,” a pamphlet by the Federal Reserve of Chicago, no longer in print but available on the internet, which describes “the basic process of money creation in a ‘fractional reserve’ banking system.

Economic Crisis: The Sovereign Debt Bubble

Global Insolvency: How will the US Service its Debt?

Such unbridled greed came close to bringing down the entire financial system, which American taxpayers have been allowed to pick up the bill for. After all this we see absolutely no regulation in sight and the SEC and the CFTC continue to protect the titans of Wall Street as government looks on in total disinterest. This, of course, omits the Executive Order borne criminality, which has turned our free markets into controlled and manipulated fascist markets. People say what can I do? You can start by throwing almost every incumbent out of office and buy pressing the Senate relentlessly to pass the bill that includes an audit and investigation of the Fed.

Is a U.S. Default Inevitable?

Backing up Blankfein’s plea of ignorance and incomprehension is this: The crisis killed Lehman Brothers and would have killed every one of them had not the Treasury and Fed, neither of which saw it coming, either, intervened with hundreds of billions in bailout cash.  Yet there were those who warned a housing bubble was being created like the dot-com bubble; others who predicted the Empire of Debt was coming down. As, today, there are those warning that the United States, with consecutive deficits running 10 percent of gross domestic product, is risking an eventual default on its national debt.

Federal Reserve Made Record Profit in 2009: Report

Federal Reserve Seeks to Protect U.S. Bailout Secrets

Former Mexican foreign minister calls for ‘North American union’, unified currency

Nobel economist Stiglitz: “US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism.” It’s fascism

Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it.

Spying for Dollars: Military Contractors and Security Firms Reap Huge Profits

Actual Bloomberg Headline: “Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows”

Willem Buiter warns of massive dollar collapse

Americans must prepare themselves for a massive collapse in the dollar as investors around the world dump their US assets, a former Bank of England policymaker has warned.

All Hell Could Break Loose Because of the Huge Government Debt

The United States faces projected 10-year federal budget deficits that seriously threaten its bond market, exchange rate, economy, and the economic future of every American worker and family. Those risks are exacerbated by the context of those deficits: a low household-savings rate, even after recent increases; large funding requirements for federal debt maturities every year; heavy overweighting of dollar-denominated assets in foreign portfolios; worsened fiscal prospects in the decades after the current 10-year budget period; and competing claims for capital to fund deficits in other countries.

How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt

How Goldman Sachs Made Tens Of Billions Of Dollars From The Economic Collapse Of America In Four Easy Steps

Step 1: Sell mortgage-related securities that are absolute junk to trusting clients at vastly overinflated prices.

Step 2: Bet against those same mortgage-related securities and make massive bets against the U.S. housing market so that your firm will make massive profits when the U.S. economy collapses.

Step 3: Have ex-Goldman executives in key positions of power in the U.S. government so that bailout money can be funneled to entities such as AIG that Goldman has made these bets with so that they can get paid after they win their bets.

Step 4: Collect the profits – Goldman Sachs is having their “most successful year” and will end up reporting approximately $50 billion in revenue for 2009.

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Climate & Environment News Round-Up

EWG Study Finds Hundreds of Pollutants in Nation’s Drinking Water

Global supply of rare earth elements could be wiped out by 2012

Air Pollution Can Harm Human Reproduction

Six Deadly Chemicals You’re Carrying in Your Body

Environmental Coverup: Radioactive Groundwater Contamination in the Chesapeake Bay

Video: ‘Birth defects’ from Israeli bombs

India’s generation of children crippled by uranium waste

Uranium Weapons, Low-Level Radiation and Deformed Babies

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Cleans the World’s Rivers

Ethanol burns dirtier than gasoline, study finds

One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars – not people, new figures show

The Effects of Genetically Modified Foods on Animal Health

Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage

See You in Cochabamba! Evo Morales Plans Bolivian Alternative Climate Summit for April

2.4 Million Pounds of Plastic Pollution Enter the World’s Oceans Every Hour

Compact Fluorescent Lights Dumping Mercury Directly into Landfills

Greenwash 101 Fact Sheet

Darwin’s Finches are Evolving Again

EPA Releases Interactive Map of Facilities Guilty of Eco-Crimes

Point and Counter-Point Chart Sums Up the Climate Change Debate

If you’re looking for a great graphic that sums up the climate change debate, check out this handy chart by Information is Beautiful. All of the major debate points from climate change deniers on one side, with the counter points by climate change activists on the other side. Information – pure and simple – lays out the debate, including graphics.

It’s too large to past the whole graphic here, but Information is Beautiful provides the entire thing. Debate points like “We don’t even have accurate temperature records” and “It was actually hotter in medieval times than it is today” are all addressed, along with the oh-so-relevant “When the evidence doesn’t fit, scientists edit the evidence.”

The mini ice age starts here (UK)

Climategate investigated by – WTF? – the ‘National Domestic Extremism’ team

No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems.

Rolling Stone Calls Out the 17 Worst ‘Climate Killers’ in the US

Carbon trading fraud in Belgium – “up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities”

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