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Pentagon is trying to rewrite Vietnam war history

Vietnam war

In case you weren’t aware, the Pentagon is set to roll out a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. Personally, it’s hard to get excited about commemorating an event that led to the death of over 58,000 American soldiers and more than a million Vietnamese, particularly since much of it …

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Bankrupt Spain to spend €1bn on riot gear

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The Spanish government intends to spend nearly 1 billion euro on police riot gear, despite the country’s debt rising by 58 billion euro over the last year. Authorities worry about widespread protests they believe will grip the nation in the autumn. Students chant during a demonstration on the second day …

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US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine

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The protests in the western Ukraine are organized by the CIA, the US State Department, and by Washington- and EU-financed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work in conjunction with the CIA and State Department. The purpose of the protests is to overturn the decision by the independent government of Ukraine not …

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Audit of NY Fed reveals some shocking results

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Senator Ron Paul has introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 (HR459) to the upset of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. In August, the House of Representatives passed 327 – 98 on a vote which exceeded the necessary 2/3rd majority. Paul, who is pushing for “transparency” …

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‘Big five’ bank customers vent anger by taking their money elsewhere

Customer cuts up Barclays bank card

Angry bank customers have been voting with their wallets and bombarding co-ops, building societies and credit unions with applications for current accounts over the past week, after the NatWest computer meltdown and the Barclays rate-rigging scandal. Data compiled by the campaign group Move Your Money UK shows an explosion in requests to switch from …

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AIG Chief sees retirement age as high as 80 after crisis

American International Group Inc. (AIG) Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche said Europe’s debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase. “Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old,” Benmosche, who turned 68 last week, said during a weekend interview at his …

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California deficit soars to $16 billion

California, like Greece is perpetually in fiscal trouble. Overoptimistic revenue forecasts coupled with spending $2 billion more than expected has California in a deep hole. Governor Jerry Brown has the same non-solution as ever, hike taxes. Brown wants a “temporary” (as in seven years) tax hike. Given we all know …

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Obama admin comes under fire over money laundering scandal

Obama money laundering politics

Numerous scandals involving money laundering by the Obama administration are making headlines this week. Congressional investigators have stated that billions of dollars were funneled by Obama’s Department of Justice to liberal activist groups. “It’s clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made,” Rep. John Ratcliffe, …

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Queen gets a 20% pay rise…are you f#@king serious?

As a growing number of British families are feeling the pinch of rising household costs and taxes amid the recession, Queen Elizabeth II is getting a pay rise! The Queen’s annual pay is about to jump by 20 percent from 30 to 36 million pounds, at a time when Britain …

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Italian banks are on the brink of collapse

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There’s an old saying: “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” The meaning is obvious — if you insist on something for others, you have to be prepared to hold yourself to the same standard. A version of that is playing out in Europe today. And right …

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Who will profit from the wars in Iraq and Syria?

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If there’s one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it’s that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon’s contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As …

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Queen’s speech to Parliament: highlights in 90 seconds

Prince Charles Queen Elizabeth II

Editor’s note: Why does she keep referring to them as ‘my government’? I thought it was the people’s government… Reforms to pensions and planning laws and a new 5p charge for plastic bags are among new legislation included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. As Head of State, it is the …

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RBS traders boast of making major $$$ by rigging interest rates

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Senior traders at Royal Bank of Scotland boasted about operating a “cartel” that made “amazing” amounts of money by rigging interest rates, it has been disclosed. Internal messages revealed in court documents apparently show how traders claimed they could manipulate Libor, which is used to set borrowing costs for millions …

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Iceland jails 26 bankers for a combined 74 years in prison

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In a move that would make many capitalists’ head explode if it ever happened here, Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for their part in the 2008 financial collapse. In two separate Icelandic Supreme Court and Reykjavik District Court rulings, five top bankers from Landsbankinn and Kaupping — the two largest banks …

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Portugal’s largest bank misses bond payment; bond prices collapse

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Brussels, we have a problem. As we warned 6 weeks ago, Espirito Santo International SA – is in a “serious financial condition” according to a central bank driven external audit by KPMG identified “irregularities in its accounts.” Sure enough, the ‘ponzi-like’ maneuvers have left the bank unable to pay its bonds as Bloomberg reports bonds …

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