For November 1, 2011

Rev. Father Deacon Christopher Herman News (DCHN) Presentations:'s note, opinion and commentary: 

We thank Rev. Father Deacon Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various links.

We believe that what is presented is a step in the right direction to bring our Orthodox Faith alive to all and a means to cure some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base of all things Christian: being Orthodox Catholic Christianity that began in the A.D. 800's and culminated in the official schism of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church from Orthodoxy in 1054 A.D. 

By presenting these articles and informational pages and subsequent, hoped for, weekly presentations, this endeavor will reach a wider audience and provide a means for dialogue.  For it is in and through the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that love, compassion and understanding may come about.  In saying this truth, it also means that we make another attempt to fulfill the ideal of why we are called "Christian" ...

Orthodoxy is not a religion.  It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA today is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World Countries already.

Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found that by "DATE" is a better format.  Thus, the former entitled "Concerning" below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating. 

As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)

Christopher Herman 5:19pm Oct 28
"Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing for the UK Telegraph, said that none of this was supposed to happen — that once the Euro “deal” was concluded on Thursday, all would be well. He noted, “The working assumption is that Greece alone is the essential problem, and that other troubles are under control.” But he added,

This rescue machinery may prove to be a Maginot Line if — as many economists think — the danger comes from within Portugal, Spain and Italy. Like Greece, these countries have lost 30 percent in labour competitiveness against Germany since the mid-1990s. That is the root of the EMU [European Monetary Union] crisis. A toxic mix of fiscal tightening, higher debt costs, and now the threat of a Eurozone recession risks tipping them over the edge.

The immediate impact of Greece's default is that investors are pricing in higher risk premiums for other European Union countries’ debt, which explains the unsustainably high interest rates on the Portuguese 10-year notes. (U.S. 10-year notes yield just over two percent versus 12 percent for Portugal.) A spokesman for the Royal Bank of Scotland said the Euro summit only “solves one problem by creating another. We expect to see the [debt] markets deteriorate further and see the ECB as the only backstop.”

Commentators expect the Portuguese Prime Minister to ask for at least another $80 to $100 billion to tide things over, which appears to be manageable in the short run. Leveraging of the rescue fund (the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF) up to one trillion dollars or more will probably allow Portugal’s needs to be met (in exchange for more austerity measures, of course). But the contagion is spreading.

Spain’s money supply has also contracted sharply, according to the European Central Bank, forecasting a similar inevitable need for help. But Spain’s economy is six-and-a-half times larger than Portugal’s, and Spain’s bailout demands could easily overwhelm even the newly created rescue fund.

And so the recent Euro “deal” can be seen for what it truly is, merely a stopgap measure to placate the banks and impose more extra-legal austerity measures on hapless countries’ populaces who never knew they were giving up essential sovereignty in exchange for easy money. As countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Italy get pushed to the edge, the EU will rapidly run out of options. The Eurozone crisis is far from over. Indeed, it is just beginning."
Now That Greece Is “Fixed,” Portugal Is Next
The report by the European Central Bank that Portugal's money supply is rapidly shrinking portends a...

Christopher Herman 5:17pm Oct 28
(via William N. Grigg)

Matt Taibbi's take on Ricky the Rent Boy (

"Rick Perry has managed to set a scary new low in the annals of opportunism, turning Texas into a swamp of political incest and backroom dealing on a scale not often seen this side of the Congo or Sierra Leone.... On the human level he is a nonpersonality, an almost perfect cipher - a man whose only discernible passion is his extreme willingness to be whatever someone will pay him to be, or vote for him to be." --
Rick Perry: Best Little Whore in Texas
'In an era when there's exponentially more money in politics than we've ever seen before, Perry is t...

Christopher Herman 5:16pm Oct 28
"According to PolitiFact’s data, the stark contrasts between candidate Obama and President Obama may help explain why so many "Hope" and "Change" posters have faded. The government watchdog calculated that of the 506 pledges candidate Obama offered during his 2008 campaign, he fulfilled only 151, or just below 30 percent. Tacking on campaign vows that the President compromised on, his "mission accomplished" score rises to a meager 39 percent. "
Fact Check: Obama Exaggerates on Campaign Promises
Obama claimed that he has delivered 60 percent of his campaign promises, but reveals ...

Christopher Herman 1:29pm Oct 28
Shell accused of fuelling violence in Nigeria by paying rival militant gangs
Oil company rejects watchdog's claims that its local contracts made it complicit in the killing of c...

Christopher Herman 1:21pm Oct 28
Russia and China veto UN resolution against Syrian regime
Anger from Europe and US as two security council powers argue implied threat of sanctions will not b...

Christopher Herman 12:21pm Oct 28
Stanley McChrystal: after 10 years, Afghan war only half done
Former US commander of allied occupation force says operation is only 'a little better than' 50% of ...

Christopher Herman 12:20pm Oct 28
Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography
David Cameron unveils deal with big four providers based on report's proposals to protect children f...

Christopher Herman 12:19pm Oct 28
"More than 2.5 million people who paid a minimum of €1 and signed a form saying they shared the values of the left voted on Sunday in France's first open primary election for a presidential candidate. The televised debates between the six candidates have not degenerated into slanging matches, as many predicted they would, and the first debate got 5 million viewers – more than the French remake of MasterChef. In other words, the idea to throw open the doors to a debate, which has traditionally been the preserve of the backroom, has been a political success. It has given a national platform to younger candidates – Arnaud Montebourg and Manuel Valls – who would otherwise have struggled to get the airtime, and it has allowed the frontrunners, François Hollande and Martine Aubry, to grow in stature. The two-round primary – the second is in a week's time – will have done much to consign the image of a party dominated by political barons to the past."
French Socialist party: contenders once more
Editorial: Political commentators, particularly English ones, had no difficulty calling this party u...

Christopher Herman 12:04pm Oct 28
The Second Gilded Age: Has America Become an Oligarchy? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The Occupy Wall Street movement is just one example of the sudden outbreak of tension between Americ...

Christopher Herman 12:02pm Oct 28
"The conservative president, plagued by dismal approval ratings, tried to erase concerns about the euro crisis with a tutoring session on economics.

The interview was characterized by wagging fingers and repeated phrases, such as "Let's say it straight," with Sarkozy playing the role of the responsible father to his country. "I don't comment, I decide," he declared before offering this statement for consideration: "We find ourselves at the start of a new world."

But it was more difficult for Sarkozy to explain France's homemade structural problems, such as the country's mountain of debt, budgetary problems and foreign trade deficit. For these, he found reasons from the past, such as decisions made during the Mitterrand era or the 35-hour work week introduced in 2001 -- a move he described as "a mistake, a misfortune, madness."

For his part, Sarkozy said he'd done everything right: pension reform, university reform, reductions in the number of civil service jobs and a national investment program. "Just don't be pessimistic," he urged. Does France not have exemplary automobile, aviation and agricultural industries, he asked, not to mention container ports and the TGV high-speed rail service?

Sarkozy also elegantly sidestepped addressing his own failures -- growing unemployment, skyrocketing debt that has increased by €757 billion under his presidency (France's total national deficit is around €1.3 trillion, the highest level of any euro member state with an AAA rating) and tax increases."
The Sarkozy Show: Campaign Kicks Off with Self-Congratulatory Interview - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - In
French President Nicolas Sarkozy touted himself as the euro's savior as he dove into his re-election...

Christopher Herman 10:54am Oct 28
Sinister Sites - Israel Supreme Court | The Vigilant Citizen
An analysis of the occult and masonic symbols at the Israel Supreme Court in Jerusalem

Christopher Herman 10:54am Oct 28
"The conspiracy to control the world, in fact, is housed in Rome, Israel, Washington, DC and most of all, London's City. Not surprisingly, three of these locations are in areas immune to the larger countries' laws and enforcement thereof. They are indeed a law unto themselves.

You won't find that out from Forbes, however, which has reported (along with the rest of the mainstream media) on a New Scientist survey of corporate ownership that shows about 150 corporate entities control 40 percent of the world's corporate wealth.

This is, say the paper's authors (according to Forbes), the first map of the structure of global corporate control. Well, whoopee. It may be a map, but in reality it's just another attempt to muddy the issue. It's like proposing that Barack Obama or Angela Merkel or Nikolas Sarkozy are in charge of their respective states. They are not. They're elected, but their orders come from a much higher place. Here's some more from the Forbes article:

Such structures occur commonly in biology, things like fungus, lichen and weeds. Economists say the danger comes when you combine hyperconnection with the concentration of power. The Swiss scientists warn that this can lead to an unstable environment. No Scheisse, Sherlock. But the web of corporate control is not de facto a conspiracy of world domination.

There are many reasons for tightly bundled nodes and connections: anti-takeover strategies, reduction of transaction costs, risk sharing, increasing trust and groups of interest. A few caveats with the data set: It excludes GSEs and privately-held companies and is dominated by banks, institutional investors and mutual funds that don't always have much in the way of control over assets ...

A better list would be the actual asset OWNERS, rather than the vendors who manage, house and clear said assets." See the top 50 on the control list at the New Scientist. One of the co-authors, Dr. James Glattfelder, says he will be publishing next week the bigger list of 737 companies that control 80% of the global economy. The 147 are included in that group.

Yes, a better list WOULD be of asset owners. But you won't find one. The founder of the Rothschild dynasty put it into his will – control is to be extended via a network of secretive, private, interlocking trusts. At this point it would take an effort even larger than the present one to figure out what the Rothschilds and other central banking families own – even if you could gain access to the information. And you can't.

Jews do not "run the world" – or certainly not by themselves. The power nexuses include political and industry leaders, military men and even portions of the religious establishment of the Roman Catholic Church. Church leaders, in fact, just proposed a worldwide central bank and global securities tax. Defenders of the Church tell us this is an anomalous event. You think?"
The Daily Bell - Break up the Corporations
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Christopher Herman 10:26am Oct 28
Every Nato kill-capture mission in Afghanistan detailed and visualised
"Kill/capture" missions in Afghanistan mushroomed under General David Petraeus. But did they achieve...

Christopher Herman 10:26am Oct 28
Nato success against Taliban in Afghanistan 'may be exaggerated'
Report says kill-or-capture raids are not a surgical tactic as claimed and use of the word 'leader' ...

Christopher Herman 8:59am Oct 28
Wall Street Journal circulation scam claims senior Murdoch executive
Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to he...

Christopher Herman 8:59am Oct 28
Teenagers' IQ scores can rise or fall sharply during adolescence
A study suggests IQ is not stable during teenage years as was thought but shifts in step with change...

Christopher Herman 8:54am Oct 28
iPad security hole lets you bypass lock screen by using Smart Cover
Charles Arthur: What's the solution for enterprise users? Slightly less email and slightly more Angr...

Christopher Herman 8:54am Oct 28
Cristina Kirchner re-elected as Argentina's president in landslide
One of country's biggest ever electoral victories makes Kirchner first woman in Latin America to ret...

hristopher Herman 8:53am Oct 28
"...overconfidence may have been part of the problem. Perry and his team haven’t been in a close contest in more than a decade. The last time most former staffers remember seeing Perry work hard on the campaign trail was in 2002, when he was running against Democrat Tony Sanchez. Back then he campaigned in one big market and two medium-sized markets each day and attended fundraisers every other night. (These days he’s doing one, maybe two, public events a week.) “They got soft,” says Paul Burka, a longtime political columnist for the Texas Monthly. “A Democrat hasn’t won statewide in Texas since 1994. Their opposition has been almost non-existent. There was this aura of invincibility.”

The aura made Perry’s team complacent. Despite evidence that Perry has been considering a run for higher office for more than a year – his last state budget made a very political statement and he formed fundraising organizations in Iowa and South Carolina a year ago – they entered the campaign unprepared. Though Carney disputes this, several sources say they did little opposition research on their own candidate–a staple of modern presidential campaigns–assuming that he’d already been vetted by his six statewide wins. After Perry’s first two weeks on the national stage when he aggressively promoted his record of job creation, the campaign did little to promote his achievements in Texas or provide a narrative for his candidacy. (They finally returned to his jobs resume in the first television ads their running in Iowa this week.)

Instead, Perry allowed his opponents to define him. After several scrappy debates, the only thing Republican voters knew about his health care record in Texas was that he had mandated the HPV vaccine for teenage girls; all they heard about his immigration record was Romney’s assertion in the last debate that Texas has let more undocumented workers into the country than any other state, and that Perry provided in-state college tuition to many of them. Perry, who refused to debate or speak to newspaper editorial boards during his 2010 gubernatorial reelection, was clearly ill-prepared to defend himself. His staff now says that he may not participate in future debates after Nov. 9."
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Christopher Herman 6:38am Oct 28
"For those individuals who cannot possibly fathom how natural medicines can trump the best man-made molecules, skeptics must be confronted with evidence that some natural molecules inhibit all three stages of cancer – initiation, growth and spread – something that no existing anti-cancer drug can claim. The biological action of synthetically-made anti-cancer drugs is too narrow to fully address all the challenges posed by cancer."
Was Steve Jobs Really a Difficult Patient? by Bill Sardi
Ridiculing Mr. Jobs for seeking alternative therapies is uncalled for.

Christopher Herman 6:34am Oct 28
Elliott Abrams: Pressure Points » Israeli Settlements: Back To the Future
Obama's new proposal to cope with the issue of construction in Israeli settlements is precisely the ...

hristopher Herman 8:57pm Oct 27
"Many patriotic immigration reformers expressed skepticism over Lamar Smith’s willingness to make a deal with the Chamber of Commerce to get his federal E-Verify bill. He did it by including a preemption provision that would effectively nullify the local E-Verify laws in Alabama, Georgia, Arizona etc. Apparently this was not enough: the House Leadership is still blocking the bill. And the cheap labor lobby is demanding still more legal immigration."
Lamar Smith Outmaneuvered By Chamber Of Commerce On Legal Immigration Increases?

Christopher Herman 8:55pm Oct 27
"The BIS has a very low profile, but this belies its importance. Not only does it coordinate central banking policies around the world, it is so important that BIS couriers, by international law as we understand it, are not to be stopped or searched. This alone shows the tremendous power the BIS wields, or rather the Anglosphere power elite that set it up. And the money flows themselves tell a tale about how the financial world really works. Of course, you have to read between the lines ...

We can see here that BIS movers-and-shakers are quite aware of how capital flows are circulating around the world. They are ebbing in developed economies and flowing toward the BRICs. This means that money shortages will inevitably make the problems of Europe more severe, while additional currency in the BRICs will aggravate price inflation problems.

So ... tougher times ahead. Unfortunately, you will not read about such money flows (or the BIS itself) in the mainstream media generally and certainly from a news standpoint. You are far more likely to be educated about Lady Gaga's outfits than on the BIS in today's world.

And certainly the powers-that-be like it that way. They would prefer that people are NOT educated about fiat money and central banks, even though it is the world's ubiquitous modern system and a problematic one. Without commodity backing, paper money merely ratchets around the world in search of the highest return. It can be printed in ever larger quantities to maximize "profits" and the BIS supervises this endless inflation.

For this reason, as well, the BIS often sends out defensive or warning press releases to ensure that its leadership looks responsible and concerned about the various distortive impacts of money printing. One such release (as part of its annual report) was issued back in June 2011 and summarized by The Australian. Here is part of the article:

Age of cheap money must end, warns Bank of International Settlements ... Rising labour costs in emerging countries threaten to set off a global inflationary spiral similar to the one triggered by escalating food prices in the 1970s, the Bank for International Settlements warned today. "Against this backdrop, central banks must remain highly alert to a build-up of inflationary pressures," the bank said in its annual report.

Central banks should stay tough against price rises even if this approach would seem to be incongruous with conventional estimates of slack in the domestic economy and price trends, the bank said. "All in all, still we continue to see that monetary policy is too accommodative," but "it doesn't mean we call for raising rates in each country," BIS general manager Jaime Caruana said in response to a journalist's question at a brief media conference concluding the bank's annual general meeting ...

Though the situation is different from that in the 1970s, monetary policymakers may confront challenges similar to that era of spiraling prices, the BIS wrote ... The bank also cautioned advanced economies against prolonging the loose monetary policy many deployed during the financial crisis, saying this likely has been an important factor in recent "large capital flows to emerging market economies."

Once again, we can see here how the BIS positions itself as a responsible moderator. This is especially ironic as central banks are inflation PRODUCERS. No central bank, no modern money inflation. The BIS and central banks in general don't want people to realize that central banks are the source of the inflation, not the cure."
The Daily Bell - End the BIS, Too?
If people want to change the way the system works – and reconfigure the current money system – the B...

Christopher Herman 8:39pm Oct 27
"There have been reports that the Tunisian revolution was actually a CIA-related operation related to securing oil supplies for the US and furthering its strategic dominance in terms of the larger "great game."

We believe such explanations are somewhat overwrought. The CIA does not call every tune. Oil in fact is present everywhere on earth and need not be secured by the West via revolution. The Tunisians evidently and obviously were not well-disposed to their (former) iron-handed ruler. And yet ... revolutions can be manipulated and often are. In fact, Tunisia's now-deposed president President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali was firmly anti-Muslim and thus the Tunisian revolution seems to fit into a larger pattern of further Muslim-ifcation of that part of the world.

Is it a deliberate pattern? We would argue it might be, and that it is one that now serves the purposes of Western powers-that-be. The Anglosphere is notoriously unsentimental when it comes to overthrowing allies in pursuit of its large one-world objectives. Those who have ruled with America's backing for decades may suddenly they are unsupported in their further prospects.

Where is the evidence? Again, we note the pattern. In the strife-torn West African nation of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) the West is supporting Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, banker and leader of the opposition over incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara is Muslim; Gbagbo is Christian. The West advocates for the Muslim-linked faction over the Christian one.

Then there is the referendum in the Sudan, one of Africa's largest states and most Northern ones. The referendum, being conducted on the auspices of the United Nations, aims to split the country, creating a predominantly Muslim Northern Sudan. According to CNN, President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly said that if Southern Sudan votes in favor of separation, "sharia will become the main source of Sudan's Constitution, Islam the state religion and Arabic the official language." The West, under the auspices of the UN, is in the process of creating a fundamentalist Muslim state. Finally, there is the sorry saga of the War in Kosova in which the West backed Albanian Muslims over Serbian Christians.

All three of these examples might be termed "simplistic" in that there were (and are) many complexities involved in these confrontations that have nothing to do with religious affiliation. Nonetheless – inarguably – on three separate occasions, Western powers-that-be have thrown their weight behind Islam. Coincidence?

There is more to support the idea that the Anglosphere is covertly supporting resurgent Islam. The West has surely manipulated the price of oil to enrich Muslim countries for decades. And in return, Saudi Arabia has first created and then funded Wahhabism, a fierce fundamental strain of Islam that has found fertile soil in the Afghan-Pakistan region and in North Africa. Thus, we seem to see again that the West is funding the very enemies its leaders claim to be fighting against.

Dubai and the Arab Emirates should be mentioned within this paradigm. These Western-affiliated, Muslim countries have in our view been positioned to provide a "middle ground" between Islam and the West. They represent the fruition of an ongoing Hegelian dialectic – the model for a Westernized Islam. Al Jazeera is funded out of another tiny, Western-centric country, Qatar, and we have noted that initially Al Jazeera was staffed by BBC journos; Al Jazeera, far from being a radical Islamic mouthpiece, is in a sense another Western-controlled news outlet. You can see a previous article here:

Those in the West, even close mainstream observers of the ongoing "war on terror," live with this cognitive dissonance without showing much consciousness of it – which is strange itself. You would think those with degrees and pedigrees in this area would ask themselves why the West is supporting the world's leading promoters of militant Islam all the while proclaiming undying resistance to "terrorists."

The Western power elite always utilizes the Hegelian dialectic – the creation of two sides to an argument so that the resolution is resolved as much as possible on elite terms. But while most observers of the elite believe the dialectic applies to rhetoric, the facts-on-the-ground show us clearly that the dialectic is applied to conflict as well. Thus, there is significant evidence that Wall Street funded the "Red" faction of the Russian revolution that led to the formation of the USSR and the USSR in turn helped fund the creation of Communist China.

It is now well-acknowledged that Operation Gladio in Europe (a CIA black ops) produced a slew of violent incidents and rising fear among Western middle classes that the "Red Plague" was spreading. This was no doubt helpful in the creation of the meme of a "united Europe" that would provide an antidote to violence."
The Daily Bell - Western Elites Secretly Still Building Islam?
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Christopher Herman 8:29pm Oct 27
Rep. Issa Probes DOE’s $730 Million Loan to Russian Steelmaker
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Christopher Herman 8:28pm Oct 27
"If Herman Cain is elected President, America’s soldiers are not going to be coming home from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq anytime soon. To the contrary, they can expect more foreign deployments than they are experiencing today under the Obama administration. Asked his view of foreign policy, presidential candidate Herman Cain told NBC’s Meet the Press host David Gregory that he’s most impressed with the opinions of establishment neoconservatives, though he said he was unfamiliar with the term “neoconservative”: “I’ve looked at the writings of people like Ambassador [John] Bolton,” Cain said October 16. “I’ve looked at the writings of Dr. Henry Kissinger and K.T. McFarland, someone I respect.” All three are establishment neoconservatives and have been Council on Foreign Relations members — internationalists of the first order — who are among the “experts” most interested in expanding America’s foreign wars.

Asked about his views on the Iraq War and if he was familiar with the neoconservative movement, Cain told Gregory, “I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement.... I don’t think the war in Iraq was a mistake, because there were a lot of other reasons we needed to go to Iraq and there have been a lot of benefits that have come out of Iraq. Now that being said, I don’t agree with the President’s approach to draw down 40,000 troops and basically leave that country open to attacks by Iran. Iran has already said that they want to wait until America leaves.... I would want to leave American troops there if that was what the commanders on the ground suggested, and I believe that that’s what they are saying.”"
Foreign Policy: Herman's a Neo-Cain-servative
Herman Cain's admitted ignorance of neoconservatism and his defense of sending troops to Iraq raise ...

Christopher Herman 8:27pm Oct 27
No Fukushima Radiation Deaths – No Surprises
The top U.S. nuclear regulator admits no one has died of radiation exposure from Japan's Fukushima D...

Christopher Herman 8:26pm Oct 27
U.S. Government Seeks to Create Website Ban List
The House of Representatives has introduced a “rogue websites” bill that has attracted bipartisan su...

Christopher Herman 8:22pm Oct 27
"If the Occupy Wall Street movement does turn against the Jews, it certainly wouldn't be the first American protest movement to do so. The Civil Rights movement (via Malcolm X) and the anti-Vietnam War (ask Martin Peretz) movements both, in their ways, did so in the end, despite Jewish participation at the outset in both. "
Occupy Simchat Torah :: The Future of Capitalism
Are the charges of OWS being "antisemitic" accurate or just opportunistic politicization?

Christopher Herman 8:12pm Oct 27
At the end of the interview, Luttwak talks about the dynamics of the bin Laden take-out, i.e., the courier story is not a "cover" story...
Edward Luttwak Talks Israel and Bin Laden – Tablet Magazine
Q&A: Edward Luttwak: The military strategist talks about Israeli security, Henry Kissinger, the Arab...

Christopher Herman 8:07pm Oct 27
Do you anticipate violence this fall between the Israelis and the Palestinians?

I don’t anticipate violence this fall. War leads to peace. Peace leads to war. So, now logically we should have war. And the Iranians, of course, would love to pay for one. But the moment there is an intifada, the Palestinian regiment collapses and gangsters take over. So, the moment the violence escalates they stop fighting and they start talking peace. The moment the talking appears to be approaching an actual peace, they start an intifada.
Edward Luttwak Talks Israel and Bin Laden – Tablet Magazine
Lenin taught, “Power is mass multiplied by cohesion.” Arab violence generates Jewish cohesion. Cohes...

Christopher Herman 8:01pm Oct 27
"One final question. When I heard the Bin Laden news and you look at the circumstances surrounding his place of residence, and the length of his stay there, it seems clear that he was sold to the U.S. by somebody inside the Pakistani security apparatus, no?

I don’t believe that at all.

You think that the CIA independently developed this information?

First of all, it was not the CIA because the CIA doesn’t run interrogations in Guantanamo.

You believe the story about the courier?

I believe it and I believe it categorically. Look, the Pakistanis had been sheltering Bin Laden. But in these matters, the only way to proceed is to develop thoughts that are based only on uncontroversial facts. Any analysis of the Bin Laden story tells you that there was active Pakistani complicity simply because people cannot go to Abbottabad and live in a compound without somebody asking questions. For one thing, Pakistan has this system where foreign citizens have to obtain the residence permits and renew them, and there are foreigners including Arabs living there, and they would be asked to show their papers. Pakistani complicity is certain. That’s point one. Point two: The guy uses couriers. Therefore, if you’re going to find him, you had to find the courier. The courier story is not the cover story.

The proof of this is that if they got the information from some Pakistani guy, if one of the protectors of Osama decided to sell out, they would have known what was in the compound, and if they had known what was in the compound, they would not have attacked it the way they did. The attack against the compound reflected the central fact they did not know what they would find inside. The only thing that they hoped to find was Osama Bin Laden, among other objects, furniture, walls, people. Had a Pakistani provided the information, they would have provided two pieces of information, not just one. One is that Osama Bin Laden is there and two, a platoon is not there.

You understand the thing that keeps bothering me.

Now you are entering an area that is highly technical, and I’m not at liberty to speak because I’m in this line of business myself so there are limits to what I can tell you. But tell me what bothers you?

What bothers me is that you have a secret that was obviously known by more than one person. Let’s say that only three people in the ISI knew that Bin Laden was there.

The people who knew that he was in Abbottabad were a minimum number of some 12 people, and the reason is that you had to keep telling the police not to enter, you had to communicate with the other parts of the Pakistani state. But I repeat, but if American information had come from inside Pakistan, and there was knowledge of what was in the compound, they would have not attacked the compound in this way.

If 12 people know a secret, then there are also many people surrounding those 12 people who might also have access to some part of that information.

So, in other words, there are fragments of that secret.

With that many people knowing a big secret over that long a period of time, something must have leaked.

I know the courier information would tell you that Osama Bin Laden is in that space and nothing else. And the military operation that was mounted reflects that fact. Whoever designed that military operation had the kind of information that is consistent with the courier and is not consistent with any other story.

If I am in the receipt of information about Bin Laden’s whereabouts from a source in the ISI who wanted to submarine his boss, or gain the support of America, or pay off his mistress, I might design an operation that would match my cover story about the courier, who definitely existed, but might not have led anyone back to Bin Laden’s house.

No, no, no. It’s a very technical thing. It has to do with how you attack a target when you know that there are maximum of two people who will shoot at you or three people who will shoot at you, neither of the three being trained gunmen, versus how you design an attack on a target when you think there might be 25 people shooting at you. That’s all. The official word is that there was a courier, and I’m inclined to believe it. Because when somebody tells you how something happened, operationally speaking, do not disbelieve it until you have evidence that tells you that it’s wrong. Then you can pursue some other theory. All the information I have is consistent with the courier story because the courier story would tell you that there’s the bad guy in the space but nothing else.

Why kill him?

They were under orders to kill him.

Wouldn’t Osama Bin Laden be a source of useful intelligence? Alternately, one good reason to kill him is that you have a deal with the Pakistanis—“we’re gonna get rid of this problem”—then you need to kill him, because otherwise he might start talking about who protected him for the past 10 years.

There was no deal with the Pakistanis. There’s no institutional integrity. Therefore you cannot make deals with the Pakistani system. They would betray each other. There was no deal.

They killed Bin Laden simply because of the inconvenience of a trial?

They killed him because of the fact that if we captured Bin Laden, every Jihadist in the world would have been duty-bound to kidnap any American citizen anywhere and exchange him for Bin Laden."
Edward Luttwak Talks Israel and Bin Laden – Tablet Magazine
Q&A: Edward Luttwak: The military strategist talks about Israeli security, Henry Kissinger, the Arab...

Christopher Herman 7:28pm Oct 27
"According to some U.S. intelligence estimates, Shiite Iran is responsible for far more American deaths and injuries in America’s two Middle East combat theaters than al-Qaida or other Sunni factions. That means that American strategists, civilian and military, no longer consider the U.S. military a deterrent to Iranian actions; rather, the presence of American troops in theaters where the Iranians also operate has effectively deterred the United States from taking action against Tehran.

U.S. involvement in the Middle East and Washington’s policy of not confronting Iran about its openly aggressive behavior have created a situation in which our troops are now effectively being held hostage, a situation that Iran underlines with each new act of aggression and terror. Which is why U.S. policymakers cannot recognize the pending withdrawal from Iraq—or what is effectively the liberation of many thousands of American hostages—as an opportunity to go after Iran. Instead, Washington will continue to wage clandestine operations against Tehran—like killing Iranian nuclear scientists and sabotaging Iranian centrifuges with a computer worm. None of those operations will stop the Islamic Republic from getting the bomb—rather, that secret war, presumably conducted in tandem with Israel, is meant only to deter the Jewish state from attacking Iran in earnest.

If the only country able and willing to go after Iran’s nuclear program is Israel, the only one who is capable of stopping the Israelis, Tehran realizes, is the United States."
Afraid to Confront Iran, the U.S. Is Helping Tehran Get the Bomb – Tablet Magazine
Looming Threat: By refusing to directly confront Iran’s provocations, the United States has become t...

Christopher Herman 7:23pm Oct 27
"There is no doubt that Gaddafi could be a merciless foe who meted out inhumane punishments to those who opposed him. But he also provided Libya with what was ultimately a high living standard for the Middle East and Africa, and as dictators go he was, perhaps, not so bad as certain other rulers that the US and NATO have backed with enthusiasm.

The Libyan "war" was evidently waged for several reasons, and probably had to do with oil and with ensuring that Gaddafi did not begin to use gold rather than dollars as the main currency for Libyan oil. Additionally Gaddafi was trying to set up an African Union that would use its own currency and oppose the West on numerous economic and socio-political issues.

The biggest reason from our point of view may be that the West is secretly working to set up an Islamic crescent of countries in the Middle East and Africa..."
The Daily Bell - Public Spectacle of Gaddafi's Death Signal for Expanded War?
The only reason he wasn't tried by an international court was probably because he knew a good deal t...

Christopher Herman 7:16pm Oct 27
"Just yesterday, we posted a story "NATO Preps for World War" that positioned China as a military enemy. But we are past the point where we think that modern warfare has much to do with underlying enmity. Modern wars in our view are projects mostly of the Anglosphere elites and are mounted for purposes of control, population reduction and other reasons that do not have much or anything to do with a clash of civilizations.

Despite the overhang of potential military activity, China in its current incarnation seems evidently and obviously a kind of controlled opposition – a convenient grand backdrop on which any one of a number of perceptions may be generated. For now, the ChiCom leaders seem to be working closely to support Western memes. Its leaders have stated their intention to help bail out the EU. And now we see the enthusiastic endorsement of one of the more pernicious theme – global warming and the necessity for carbon sinks.

The current ChiCom society has been built along the lines of modern Western socialism, complete with central banking and mercantilist multinationals. The linkages to the controlling Western elites are likely fairly well hidden and can only be discerned when China suddenly makes strange noises benefiting this or that Western meme or agenda."
The Daily Bell - Communist China or Western Patsy?
When it comes to China the Anglosphere power elite has done an unusually bad job. On the one hand, C...

hristopher Herman 7:06pm Oct 27
Paul Moreno: Obama's Re-Election Model Is FDR
In The Wall Street Journal, Hillsdale College historian Paul Moreno says Obama will likely increase ...

Christopher Herman 6:58pm Oct 27
Occupy Wall Street Simplified
The Real story behind Occupy Wall Street, the bank fraud and corruption of our political system! "Oc...

Christopher Herman 6:41pm Oct 27
Explaining Iran’s approach toward the Middle East
Iranians’ attacks on Sunnis stem from their hatred of the Arabs. The pervasive belief in Persian rac...

Christopher Herman 6:27pm Oct 27
“Israel and its friends are nothing if not pragmatic,” Rosen said. “There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies.”
Wine, broken promises and ‘Isratine’: Gadhafi’s strange courtship of the Jews | JTA - Jewish & Israe
What led Qaddafi to cultivate back-channel relationships with Jews and the U.S. over the past decad...

Christopher Herman 6:18pm Oct 27
"But Morgan says its exposure to French banks is zero. Why the discrepancy? Morgan has probably taken out insurance against its loans to European banks, as well as collateral from them. So Morgan feels as if it’s not exposed.

But does anyone remember something spelled AIG? That was the giant insurance firm that went bust when Wall Street began going under. Wall Street thought it had insured its bets with AIG. Turned out, AIG couldn’t pay up.

Haven’t we been here before?

Republicans and Wall Street executives who continue to yell about Dodd-Frank overkill are dead wrong. The fact no one seems to know Morgan’s exposure to European banks or derivatives – or that of most other giant Wall Street banks – shows Dodd-Frank didn’t go nearly far enough.

Regulators still don’t know what’s happening on the Street. They have no clear picture of the derivatives exposure of giant U.S. financial institutions.

Which is why Washington officials are terrified – and why Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner keeps begging European officials to bail out Greece and the other deeply-indebted European nations."
Behind Europe’s Debt Crisis Lurks Another Giant Bailout Of Wall Street Banks - Home - The Daily Bail
Several months ago, when the European debt crisis first became apparent, Wall Street banks said not ...

Christopher Herman 6:07pm Oct 27
Brian, here's why we are angry.

Illegal foreclosures.
Foreclosing on people who don't even have a BofA mortgage.
Massive stealth bailout from the Fed at 0%.
TLGP low interest loans from the FDIC while charging customers 30% on credit cards.
Fraudulent home loans.
Paying $6 million to Sallie Krawcheck.
Dumping mortgage fraud liability onto taxpayers via Fannie Mae.
Putting $50 trillion of your worst derivatives trades from Merrill Lynch into the bank-holding company, thereby putting taxpayers on the hook when you eventually fail.
Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan 'Incensed' People Don't Recognize 'How Much Good' His Employees D
Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan said he’s “incensed” by public criti...

Christopher Herman 6:01pm Oct 27
"The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs).

"Reality is so complex, we must move away from dogma, whether it's conspiracy theories or free-market," says James Glattfelder. "Our analysis is reality-based."

Previous studies have found that a few TNCs own large chunks of the world's economy, but they included only a limited number of companies and omitted indirect ownerships, so could not say how this affected the global economy - whether it made it more or less stable, for instance.

The Zurich team can. From Orbis 2007, a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide, they pulled out all 43,060 TNCs and the share ownerships linking them. Then they constructed a model of which companies controlled others through shareholding networks, coupled with each company's operating revenues, to map the structure of economic power.

The work, to be published in PLoS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships (see image). Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What's more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world's large blue chip and manufacturing firms - the "real" economy - representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.

When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a "super-entity" of 147 even more tightly knit companies - all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity - that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. "In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network," says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group."
Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 - New Scienti
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic ...

Christopher Herman 5:56pm Oct 27
"It was a payment instruction on order of a foreign secret service written by hand giving the order to pay a certain amount to a person who killed the top leader of a foreign country. And it was not the only case. We received several such hand written letters coming from foreign secret services giving the order to payout cash from secret accounts to fund revolutions or for the killing of people. I can confirm what John Perkins has written in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”. There really exists just a system and Swiss banks are involved in such cases. It was one of the top three Swiss banks at that time and it was the president of a country in the third world. But I don’t want to give out to many details because they will find me very easily if I say the name of the president and the name of the bank. I will risk my life."
Экономика >> 01-06-2011 - Startling revelations from a Swiss banking insider
"Some of them like Strauss-Kahn rape women, others are sado maso, or paedophile and many are into Sa...

Christopher Herman 5:43pm Oct 27
Economic Freedom of the Arab World: 2011 Annual Report | Fraser Institute
This is the eighth report on economic freedom in the Arab world. The first was published in the Arab...

Christopher Herman 5:32pm Oct 27
"It is written that when the languages of the tribes of the children of Shem, Ham and Japheth, son of Noah, were divided in all the climates on the surface of the earth; when they had occupied their areas and when each language, each people and tribe had moved away into an unspecified region of a climate of the earth, as we described, the people began to make war on each other, one against another. Each tribe and each people chose a head of an army, who led their troops and led them into battle, going at their head. It is told that once, when some of the chiefs of the warriors and commanders of the troops returned victorious and triumphing to their companions, their people and their tribe, the people took them as their masters because of their victory and for their chiefs, renowned and famous for their exploits, their wars and their success, they set up idols bearing their names and resembling them, so that these idols recalled the memory of those who had made conquests to their profit and had returned victorious to them. A long time after this, people started to show veneration towards them and to offer sacrifices to them, initially as a testimony of veneration for them and to remember the victories which they had gained; then when misfortunes occurred, when their enemies, wanting revenge, inflicted on them all kinds of evils and wounds, they came to these idols, beseeching their help. For this reason, in the times that followed, the worship and the veneration of the idols were introduced by the living themselves of the heroes; devils, according to what is written, spoke to the men from the interior of these idols."
MYSTAGOGY: Agapius the Syrian: The Origins of Idolatry

Christopher Herman 5:24pm Oct 27
"...most of the noise we heard concerning HIV wasn’t so much concerned with encouraging compassion for its victims, but rather with politicizing their misery in order to agitate for social change. To this end, it became necessary for radical organizations like ACT UP to send out strident and often contradictory messages in an effort to “educate”— which is to say, indoctrinate—Middle Americans inclined towards more conservative sexual morays. “AIDS is not a gay disease,” the ACT UPers would loudly insist, while simultaneously attacking those who feared the possibility of transmission as latent “homophobes,” an implicit admission that homosexual contact did indeed correlate with incidences of HIV-positivity. And while widespread terror of contracting the virus was derided by activist-types as a loathsome byproduct of the hoi palloi’s shameful “ignorance,” these same activists weren’t above exploiting the common man’s supposedly unfounded fear in an effort to promote “safe sex,” that is, contraception, another brave new innovation of the post-1960s age which had always previously been regarded as a low and disreputable practice.

Thus, the occasion of the rise of a particularly devastating sexually transmitted disease, which if anything seemed like a pressing reason to refrain from non-monogamous sexual relationships, became for many a rallying cry for carrying forth the dictates of the Sexual Revolution, for pathologizing “repression” and declaring any aversion to deviance to be “hateful.” The prevalence of a virus largely transmitted through gay male sex became a reason, not to implore people to avoid gay male sex, but rather to insist that buggery be seen as a beautiful expression of love, in every way aesthetically and spiritually on par with heterosexual intercourse.

But in endlessly flogging their ideological hobbyhorses, the AIDS-insistent busybodies thoroughly overshot the mark. Back in ’86 or so, everyone seemed to be projecting that HIV would go mainstream, that soon we’d all know someone who’d be dying of it, that no discrimination would be made between heteros and homos when it came to who came down with it. In 1987, Oprah Winfrey informed her audience that one fifth of all heterosexuals would be dead from AIDS. Such an outcome has not transpired, at least not in the Western world.

Now, a decade and a half later, we seldom even hear anymore about this disease that was supposedly going to affect everybody’s lives in some mode or manner. In fact, it’s fair to say that people nowadays more often fear the costly ravages of a computer virus than the bodily depredations wrought by that pesky HIV bug. Certainly, people still contract HIV, and there remains no known cure, though medical treatments have improved through the years. But as Eric Cartman found out in a recent “South Park” episode, AIDS just isn’t a sexy illness anymore. The HIV-hype reached its zenith with the 1993 cinematic sanctimony-fest Philadelphia, featuring Tom Hanks as a sweet, saintly ailing poofter criminally wronged by a homophobic corporation; after that, the flamers’ disease more or less flamed out. Since the turn of the millennium, it’s pretty much been “AIDS Who?”"
Mammary Mania
Just as AIDS became a cause célèbre because it disproportionately afflicted gay men, at a time when ...

hristopher Herman 5:21pm Oct 27
"Why in the world would we be borrowing money and then turn[ing] around and giving it back to the countries that we’re borrowing it from?" asked Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla., left). "If they have enough of a surplus to loan us money, they have enough of a surplus to take care of their own needs." Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) echoed his Republican colleague, telling Fox News, "Hey, in the crisis that we’re in right now, should we really be continuing to send American taxpayer dollars over to China for these purposes?"
Sens. Coburn, Webb Question U.S. Aid to China
Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Webb ask why the U.S. continues to give billions in foreign aid to commu...

Christopher Herman 5:20pm Oct 27
Big Banks Shift Their Derivatives Exposure Onto U.S. Taxpayers
Bank of America announced it was shifting its risky derivatives portfolio from Merrill Lynch to its ...

Christopher Herman 4:47pm Oct 27
“So sir, if you bought under 9-9-9 an Apple computer designed in the United States, with components made in Malaysia and assembled in China, would you get to deduct it?”

Cain amazingly replied: “I have no idea.”
Herman Cain: 'Cainsian' Economics Examined
Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan lacks an understanding of how governments have acted recently when they hav...

Christopher Herman 4:34pm Oct 27
The Flood that Never Arrived: German Open Borders Too Late for Polish Workers - SPIEGEL ONLINE - New
Since May, Polish workers have had the freedom to seek employment in Germany without restrictions. B...

Christopher Herman 4:28pm Oct 27
2012 Army Weapon Systems Handbook
an overview of U.S. Army weapons systems

Christopher Herman 4:25pm Oct 27
Winds of Change: Offshore Turbines More Powerful than First Nuclear Plant - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News -.
The term "energy revolution" sounds light and airy enough, but how do human beings manage to wrest e...

Christopher Herman 4:23pm Oct 27
Landmark Ruling: EU Court Strictly Limits Stem Cell Patents - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The European Court of Justice on Tuesday issued a ruling which prohibits the patenting of stem cells...

Christopher Herman 4:21pm Oct 27
Skype and Sensibility: Estonia Lives the European Dream - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The Estonians, with little debt, an enthusiastic attitude toward Europe and a stoic approach to aust...

Christopher Herman 4:18pm Oct 27
Expensive Autonomy: Europe's Overpriced Navi System Heads for Space - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - Intern
It is years behind schedule. But on Friday, two satellites belonging to the European navigation syst...

Christopher Herman 4:17pm Oct 27
'Messengers of Death': Are Drones Creating a New Global Arms Race? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - Interna
They are difficult to detect, deadly and cheap to build. Despite the dubious legality of assassinati...

Christopher Herman 4:14pm Oct 27
Aid for the Allies: German Intelligence Service Knew Gadhafi's Location - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - In
The decision to opt out of NATO efforts to aid the Libyan revolution alienated Germany from it Weste...

ristopher Herman 4:01pm Oct 27
"By 2020, Greece is expected to decrease its debt level from a current 160 percent of gross domestic product down to 120 percent. That's the level at which it is believed the country would again be able to raise fresh capital on the markets.

Despite the deal on Greece, leaders did not succeed in reaching the comprehensive package they had been seeking. They did, however, provide fundamental approval to the three key elements they believe are necessary:

a debt haircut for Greece of at least 50 percent of the face value of its bonds
the recapitalization of 91 system relevant European banks (the required core capital requirement will now be increased from 4 to 9 percent)
leveraging the EFSF euro bailout backstop fund, increasing its potential available capital from €440 billion to over a trillion euros. It will create a firewall that in an emergency would also be capable of financing large countries like Spain and Italy.
But details of the leveraging of the EFSF remain scant. The euro-zone finance ministers have been tasked with reviewing both of the models for leveraging that were discussed -- that of offering insurance or first loss guarantees, and of creating a special investment vehicle. Merkel and Sarkozy assured that the solution would increase the €440 billion rescue fund's firepower to over €1 trillion. But so far that remains little more than a claim. For example, it remains unclear how interested foreign governments will be in buying up bonds from troubled euro-zone countries. On Thursday, Sarkozy is expected to conduct his first sales discussion -- with Chinese President Hu Jintao."
Late-Night Deal in Brussels: Euro Zone Frees Greece of Half its Debts - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - Inte
After nearly 11 hours of talks, European leaders reached a breakthrough on Thursday morning. The eur...

Christopher Herman 3:58pm Oct 27
"Merkel's apparent weaknesses have served to her advantage in the crisis. In contrast to others, she doesn't plow ahead like a bull in a china closet -- she goes about her work in a cautious and considered manner. And whereas the public and the markets can sometimes succumb to panic, Merkel has a tendency to decelerate.

Indeed, it isn't Merkel who should adjust to the pressures of the market -- it is the other way around. The markets ought to take a cue from the primacy she gives to objectivity. The best example yet of this was her decision to split Sunday's summit into two parts. It did no damage and the markets reacted calmly.

It is a process which produces solutions which may not be ideal and they may come late -- but they at least appear to be reasonably thought out and could contribute to calming the markets.
Merkel has presented herself as a good European. At the same time, she has neutralized two antagonists. She is now leading the competition with Nicolas Sarkozy for leadership of Europe. Contrary to what the French initially proposed, the EFSF backstop fund will not be given license to run up as much debt as it sees fit. Instead the German model of leveraging the fund to provide insurance on bonds has won out.

Meanwhile, back in Germany, Merkel has reduced the role of the opposition parties in the euro rescue debate to that of extras. Be it the Social Democrats or the Greens, they will merely rubber stamp whatever she hands to them."
Merkel and the Crisis: The Demolition Lady Strikes Again - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
With Thursday's decisions in Brussels, Europe has made good progress towards saving the euro. This i...

Christopher Herman 9:21am Oct 27
"Geithner and Friedman interceded on behalf of Goldman and Wall Street (Merrill received $6.2 billion, Societe General - a whopping $16.5 billion) to deliver a stealth bailout, one that wouldn't need Congressional approval, and even better wouldn't require the counterparties to pay any of it back NOR would it require that they issue shares, warrants or any other instrument to AIG (taxpayers) in return for more than $32 billion in free money."
A 25 Billion Dollar Secret: The NY Fed, Goldman & The AIG Cover-Up - Home - The Daily Bail
Why did the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) choose to pay AIG's counterparties 100 cents on...

Christopher Herman 9:17am Oct 27
"Not only did Summers work tirelessly during his years in the Clinton Administration to undermine regulatory and prudential controls in our financial markets, but he joined Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his political sponsor, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, and public paragon Arthur Levitt, in smearing CFTC Chairman Brooksley Born so as to make the world safe for OTC derivatives.

“The moratorium was a huge victory for Wall Street,” Robert Stowe England writes in his new book, Black Box Casino. “And a big win for Rubin, Summers and Greenspan,” though he rightly notes that Levitt later expressed regrets over his actions. But not Larry Summers, a man for whom ideology has never gotten in the way of the practical necessities at a given moment in time. He rolls in his own mess, in political terms you understand, and then expects us to believe that it smells so very sweet. The latest case in point is seen as Summer prescribes solutions to the housing crisis.

In their book Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson and Josh Rosner describe in vivid detail how Larry Summers, Robert Zoellick and others bullied critics and won and influenced friends for Fannie Mae, one of the key Washington agencies that helped lead to the subprime debt crisis. Ed Demarco, now head of the agency that supervises Fannie and Freddie Mac, wrote a report in 1996 suggesting that the housing GSEs be privatized. But Summers bullied Demarco and other staffers, eventually forcing them to rewrite the entire document. The cost to the taxpayer of Summers’ intervention regarding the housing agencies is over $150 billion and climbing. And this number will climb dramatically after the 2012 election.

But perhaps one of the biggest indictments of Summers when it comes to his contribution or lack thereof to economic public policy is also his last, namely the advice to President Obama to do nothing about either the top-four zombie banks or the housing GSEs. By allowing the GSEs and the cartel they form with the largest four banks – JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Bank of America – in the secondary market for home loans to deny millions of middle to lower income borrowers the opportunity to refinance, Summers has cost millions of Americans livelihood and security. I wrote about this issue in “Are the low US home mortgage rates for real?”

Summers deserves the censure of all Americans for his hideously bad advice to President Barack Obama regarding the housing crisis. First Summers told Obama not to restructure the largest zombie banks, the very same institutions that today deny millions of Americans their contractual right to refinance their mortgages.

Cassidy quotes Summers on Obama’s view of the big banks last year prior to his flight from the White House: “In the same spirit that the president did not want to take ownership of the banks, he has a healthy skepticism about schemes involving large government action and an awareness of the possibilities of unintended consequences.”

Second, Summers told the POTUS that there was no need to address the fact that tens of millions of American households are under water on their mortgages. As Laurie Goodman of Amherst Securities has noted, there is a cost to doing nothing. For Summers now to offer us advice on the mess he helped to create is quite outrageous.

“This guy and his crew from Harvard have fought me on this for the last three years when it comes to dealing with the home refinance issue,” notes one banking industry official who has argued for a government response to refinancing. “When we finally get the Obama administration to change their mind on dealing with under water mortgages, Summers pops up pretending to lead the parade.”"
Larry Summers Is An Economic War Criminal - Home - The Daily Bail
Where does Larry Summers get off giving Americans advice on how to fix the continuing housing crisis...

Christopher Herman 9:14am Oct 27
"We've said it from the beginning, against the ignorant and misinformed current of status-quo talking heads and wannabe financial experts, including Inside Job director Charles Ferguson and over-hyped author Ellen Brown, allowing Lehman Brothers to fail was the only thing Bernanke and Paulson ever got right.

The market spoke and the government didn't intervene. That is capitalism. And not coincidentally we learned later that Lehman was an over-leveraged cesspool of fraud and criminal malfeasance with a $600 billion crater in its balance sheet, despite assurances from Dick Fuld that $20 billion from taxpayers would have saved the company. Complete and utter nonsense. And there is little reason to believe that Lehman's fraudulent financials were any different than what we would have found at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup or Bank of America.

Each and every major investment bank was then, and to this day, remains MASSIVELY insolvent. It's not even a close call - with 30:1 leverage on inadequate capital, assets need only decline 4% in value to wipe out the balance sheet, and assets have declined 30-40% on average. We are talking about insolvency by orders of magnitude."
Michael Moore's Mistake: "Keep The Fed, End Capitalism" - Home - The Daily Bail
Moore is cluelessly deranged regarding bailouts, the Federal Reserve and capitalism. The problem is...

Christopher Herman 9:12am Oct 27
"While the revised program seeks to lower mortgage payments for underwater homeowners, the program does nothing to address the core problem -- owing more than the home is worth. Though borrowers may save hundreds of dollars a month in lower payments by refinancing, they routinely owe tens of thousands of dollars more than their homes are worth, even after receiving aid."
New Obama Foreclosure Plan Shifts Fraud Liability From Wall Street To Taxpayers - Home - The Daily B
Faced with the weak response to the Home Affordable Refinance Program, the Obama administration is p...

Christopher Herman 9:00am Oct 27
"My impression of Slovakia, in comparison to the Czech Republic and Poland, its two neighbors, was interesting. While the latter two countries seem to be buzzing with activity and infused with a sense of optimism and positive inertia, one had the unsettling feeling in Slovakia that something just wasn't working right. I do not think it is an accident that of the three, Slovakia is the only one to have adopted the Euro. I also do not consider it accidental that the façade of the democratic Eurozone took a body blow there over the last few days, as the Slovakians at first appeared to behave sanely by rejecting the latest, billion-Euro bailout on Tuesday—but then, through the kind of back-door arm-twisting and shenanigans that pass for democracy in our upside-down world, now appear to have lost their marbles and have joined their wealthier neighbors in flushing more of their wealth down the collective toilet."
The Chain Will Break in the Center
Essentially every article one reads regarding the current Eurozone mess focuses on one end of the ch...

Christopher Herman 8:53am Oct 27
"Later today, the Catholic conserva-sphere will, no doubt, issue forth blogs and articles about how the Vatican doesn’t really mean what everyone thinks it means, or that global government would be enacted in accordance with the Church’s concept of Subsidiarity, which balances human freedom and solidarity, etc.

But let’s just take the Vatican at its word. It sounds like it wants a New World Order to me!"
The Vatican Calls for Global Usury
For centuries, the money-lender was forbidden a Christian burial. One of the most consequential effe...

hristopher Herman 8:20am Oct 27
"Why do an interview with Lyndon LaRouche when he has been damned (often) with such faint praise, and when his political tactics can be called "hard ball" – to put it mildly? Well ... he is also an interesting person intellectually. No matter what else can be said of LaRouche, his analysis of the problems and internal contradictions of the current globalist mercantilist central banking system has been broadly justified by the events that have taken place early in the 21st century. Meanwhile, his world view, while often extreme, seems to us in some areas broadly confirmed by such books as Carroll Quigley's highly documented Tragedy and Hope, which is a history of the power-elite that LaRouche so despises."
The Daily Bell - Lyndon LaRouche Explains the Collapsing Western Economy and How the World Really Wo
"Without the Protestant-Catholic conflict, it would not have been possible to maintain what became B...

Christopher Herman 7:44am Oct 27
"MK: In your columns on Salon, you have been a relentless upholder of constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties regardless of what political party is in power. This has put you at odds with both the Bush and Obama administrations. To many progressives, your dissection of the current White House's growing constraint on civil liberties is shocking. To what do you attribute the Obama administration's actions to go further than the Bush administration did in curbing civil liberties?

GG: It's difficult to assess motives, but one major difference between Bush and Obama is that Bush at least had one major political party pretending to find his abuses objectionable. By contrast, Obama has very little opposition: Republicans are being consistent by cheering for limitless executive power and civil liberties abuses carried out in the name of fighting Terrorism, but now, Democrats are either indifferent to those actions or outright supportive because they're now being carried out by their own party's leader. Bush's radicalism was seen as controversial right-wing dogma, but Obama has transformed it into bipartisan consensus, and thus strengthened it.

Part of what is happening is likely political: Democrats have often been accused of being soft on Terror, and if Obama were to abandon Bush's policies - the ones he promised to reverse when campaigning - he'd likely be politically vulnerable if there were another terrorist attack on US soil. Embracing the Bush/Cheney template is a means of immunizing himself from those attacks.

Finally, people convinced of their own Goodness often view restraints on their own power as unnecessary. After all, he's a Good Progressive and well-intentioned - unlike those evil Republicans - and we should therefore trust him to do things in total secrecy, without oversight and accountability. I think that extremely flattering self-image is part of what motivates these actions as well."
Glenn Greenwald: Why Is the Elite Class Protected Under America's Justice System? | Truthout
Receive Glenn Greenwald's book, "With Liberty and Justice for Some” by making a minimum one-time don...

Christopher Herman 8:40am Oct 26
The Transhumanist and Police State Agenda in Pop Music | The Vigilant Citizen
Apart from the occult symbolism discussed in other articles, other parts of the elite’s agenda are c...

Christopher Herman 8:37am Oct 26
"... the video to Alejandro is very complex and symbolic, and lends itself to multiple interpretations, depending on the viewer’s knowledge and point of view. There are, however, parts of the video in which the symbolism is clear and concise, leaving little doubt regarding the message being communicated. During the video, Gaga goes through a very profound metamorphosis, rejecting Christian faith by desecrating its symbols and embracing a new type of spirituality.
Is Gaga’s transformation a representation of the transformation that is currently happening on a worldwide scale? Are members of the elite, who were thought to be part of “regular” religions, revealing their true, Luciferian selves to the public? Will the New World Order leave traditional religions in the dust to embrace a new type of spirituality?
Whatever the case may be, pivotal videos such as this one disseminate into the collective unconscious a specific set of symbols and values that will become, in time, “part of our culture.” In order to achieve this, charismatic figures that are admired by the public are used make those messages cool and trendy. Music fans have been subjected to an intense creative drought in the past years, which caused them to be desperate for a new, eccentric and iconic presence. So Lady Gaga comes into the picture, slightly distances herself from the painfully formulaic music acts and is heralded as the new pop princess. She also brings with her all of the Illuminati agenda and flashes in her fans faces the symbols of their own oppression. I’m sure many fans have a gut feeling that something is wrong with her act, but still can’t stop listening to her. They must tell themselves, “well, there is nothing else to listen to.” And that’s what media monopolies are all about."
Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”: The Occult Meaning : Veracity Voice
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Christopher Herman 6:53pm Oct 25
"It's pretty much understood that it's not the kid's money, so a person with a larger family can give more," watchdog says. "It's just one more way for a well-heeled donor to exceed the individual legal limits."
Contributions To Rick Perry From Big Donors' Children Raise Questions
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Christopher Herman 5:44pm Oct 25
Google: US law enforcement tried to get videos removed from YouTube
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Christopher Herman 5:40pm Oct 25
Starring Yuri Bezmenov, Obama, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Cornel West, John Kerry, Jim Wallis, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Father Pfleger, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Vladimir Putin, Rev. Wright, Bobby Rush, Barbara Lee, Laura Richardson, Emanuel Cleaver, Marcia Fudge, Mel Watt, Robert McCheasney, Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Bill Ayers, Barney Frank, Mark Lloyd, Cass Sunstein, Carol Browner, Maxine Waters, John Podesta, Van Jones, Daniel Ellsberg, John Lewis, Ron Bloom, Jane Fonda.
CommieTunes - OBAMA's END GAME REVEALED - Obama Socialist / Communist / Marxist / Maoist

hristopher Herman 5:38pm Oct 25
"I hate to say, “We told you so,” but Herb Romerstein and I held a briefing in May 0f 2008 in Washington, D.C. releasing two reports, “Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection,” and “Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection.” Then, in August of 2008, I released the 600-page FBI file on Frank Marshall Davis. The response from the media included Dana Milbank of The Washington Post making fun of us and Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report refusing to run paid advertising on the Obama-Davis connection. The liberal and conservative media had their heads in the sand. They couldn’t come to grips with the unprecedented prospect of a possible agent of influence for the international Marxist movement occupying the Oval Office.

Herb Romerstein is a veteran congressional researcher and patriot who was ridiculed by Milbank as a “relic” of the anti-communist period. The author of numerous books on Soviet espionage operations, Romerstein will be honored at a Washington, D.C. conference on October 21 that is open to the press and the public. Kengor, who dedicates his book to Romerstein, describing him as a human Cold War archive, will be speaking at the same event. One of the other topics will be why Marxists are now embracing “revolutionary Islam” to bring down America.

Stanley Kurtz says, after his book is out and two years into the Obama presidency, “I was nervous about the socialism charge myself.” The highlight of his new book is that he documents that Obama attended a series of socialist scholar conferences when he went to college. But Obama admitted to that in his book, Dreams from My Father (Page 122), published back in 1995. He wrote about going to “socialist conferences.” The issue in Dreams is why Obama covered up his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, referring to him only as “Frank.” It is Frank who created the mindset in Obama to want to attend socialist conferences. This was the issue that could and should have been addressed by conservatives during the campaign. But too many of them were silent or nervous about what they might find. Some believed the propaganda that Obama was a moderate.

Paul Kengor says that conservatives were reluctant to face up to the truth about Obama because they didn’t want to be accused of “McCarthyism” for raising the issue of his communist connections. The 600-page Kengor book includes the excerpts of the Davis FBI files that others have shied away from. Kengor, a professor at Grove City College, is not afraid to tackle the terrible truth. We need more like him in academia.

The difference between calling Obama an anti-colonialist, a socialist, or a Marxist mentored by a top operative of the CPUSA is that one category should immediately earn you an FBI investigation. Former FBI agent Max Noel says the Bureau used to investigate candidates for federal employment by analyzing Character, Associates, Reputation, and Loyalty to the United States. The first letters in those words make up the acronym CARL.

Obama could not have been elected president if he had been subjected to such an inquiry."
Conservatives Behind the Curve on Obama | US Opinion and Editorial Right Side News
Communisim in Chicago and the Obama connection is what the conservatives are missing.

Christopher Herman 5:36pm Oct 25
"Perhaps the most shocking revelation is how deep the Soviet Communist network has embedded itself into American political and educational culture. A quick review of Obama’s political “career” shows a track that was inexplicably greased, from his tuition payments at Columbia and Harvard, to a position at UOC Law School, to his eventual electoral “victories” at the Illinois State Senate, United States Senate, and U.S. Presidency.
Barack Obama’s parents ostensibly met in a Russian language class. This could have been where his mother was recruited by Barack Obama Sr, who could have already been working undercover for the KGB.
In order to brainwash the child from an early age, they surrounded him with diehard Communists and fellow KGB agents, such as Frank Marshall Davis, a known Communist Party USA official. The Soviet KGB directly funded the CPUSA. This would fit directly into what the Russian Communist said about ‘Barack’, boasting “He has been raised to be an atheist and a communist.”
“He will be a blessing for world communism,” Fife recalled her saying, after getting over the initial shock of hearing the current president was a KGB agent."
Fife recalls being stunned and shocked at the words flowing from the Communist’s mouth as she contin...

Christopher Herman 5:30pm Oct 25
Soviet Apparatus in the U.S. for Active Measures

Christopher Herman 5:27pm Oct 25
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Christopher Herman 5:26pm Oct 25
Former Soviet Boss Gorbachev Says Putin Is More Communist Than He Was
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Christopher Herman 5:33pm Oct 21
Chris Hedges shuts down CBC Kevin O'Leary - Occupy Wall Street
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Christopher Herman 5:28pm Oct 21
"I’m not one of those boo-hooing today over Qaddafi getting rough justice from people he terrorized for 40 years, but here’s a pro tip: Laughing your way through a “veni vidi vici” joke while the rest of the planet is wincing at this isn’t a classic demonstration of “smart power.” In fact, pretty much any joke about death while the deceased is bleeding from his head into the ground is probably a bad bet if you happen to be chief diplomat for the world’s greatest military power. If you want to send a “let that be a lesson to you” message, send it earnestly and tactfully. As it is, if this had been Dubya instead of the Democrats’ heir apparent, the outrageous outrage would shake the very ground we trod upon.

It’s one thing to say “I’m glad he’s dead” or “he had it coming,” it’s another to claim that the ends justified the means when the means involved Obama ignoring not just the Pentagon’s lawyers but his own. Weren’t Kos and CAP once among the noisiest members of the anti-war crowd, forever reminding Bush of his own premature celebration when Baghdad fell and Saddam was captured? Don’t they know what’s likely to happen in Libya in the aftermath? Oh well. We came, we saw, he died!"
Hillary on Qaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died” - Hot Air
Hillary on Qaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died”

Christopher Herman 4:57pm Oct 21
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DISCLAIMER NOTICE: The views expressed at this website regarding any article not directly connected to religious content is the opinion or commentary of the author which we may not necessarily believe in, accept or support, and some religious articles we may not accept or support either. We take no responsibility or liability for the content of any news item or article presented as any information provided which you rely upon requires that you, the reader/viewer, take action to verify its worthiness on your own.  We have deduced to a minor degree, that the information provided by the author is such that warrants posting for you the viewer/reader only... and that any statements or purported facts, including any news item, is for you to verify as to its authenticity.  We take no liability and no responsibility for its accuracy whatsoever! You who are new visitors, may wish to read a very short article below entitled "The purpose for presenting our Daily News section" Sadly to say, we take no pleasure in stating that some of the items we post are not from what we would call true "Christian" organizations. But we post it because it provides another side of the proverbial story.  The Church, after all, is supposed to be a temple for sick souls (sinners) without distinction between their worse sins or otherwise, but it seems to some organizations that they say much about others, but fail and refuse to upbraid themselves and their members for their own sins...)


"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."


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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 


Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 


Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.


Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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