An Israeli minister has said an attack on Iran's nuclear sites will be "unavoidable" if Tehran refuses to halt its alleged weapons programme.
In the most explicit threat yet by a member of Ehud Olmert's government, Shaul Mofaz, a deputy prime minister, said the hardline Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, "would disappear before Israel does".
"If Iran continues with its programme for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective," Mofaz, who is also Israel's transport minister, said in comments published today by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
"Attacking Iran in order to stop its nuclear plans will be unavoidable."....
We are not out of the woods yet, concerning this most peculiar and unpredictable time band when sudden reversals of large price magnitude can take place. Yes, I know everyone wants a market prediction –a summary of what will happen in the opinion of a Financial Astrologer. But it is just not possible during this type of unstable geocosmic climate except to say: it will be wild and crazy. It will be a time when a lot of money can be made very quickly – or lost just as quickly. And the astrological explanation for this lies not only with both the heliocentric (retrograde) or geocentric (in Sagittarius sign placement) of Mercury. It also relates to the translation of both the Sun and Venus in square to the approaching Saturn-Uranus opposition, a condition that is in force May 22-June 13. We saw this condition happen twice earlier this year. The first time was in January, when many world indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to their yearly lows. We also saw it in March, when many other world indices, like the NASDAQ Composite, fell to their yearly lows. And here it is a third time, and once again markets are plummeting and could very well be testing those same lows again by the end of next week (or even the week after), when this translation period ends. This is all a preview of how the markets will likely behave during the forthcoming opposition of Saturn and Uranus, November 4, 2008 through July 26, 2010. Saturn defines the boundaries of support and resistance. Uranus breaks through them.
....da sind sich (fast) alle Astrologen einig - die kommenden Jahre werden äusserst schwierig sein watch out :o
.... As an aside, complaining comes under the auspices of Virgo the sign, and Saturn the planet. Saturn is now in Virgo through October 2009. Expect a lot of complaining by others Expect a lot of blaming. And make an effort to be accountable for the intentions behind your efforts. That and the value of hard and honest work, are the lessons of Saturn in Virgo.
There has been a shortage of silver ever since the world abandoned using silver as money. The reason why we have paper money, is that there was too much paper money being printed, and not enough silver and gold to cover all that was printed. So anyone who denies there is a shortage of silver ought to have their head examined, or they just don't know what the word shortage means, or they just don't know how I'm using it to describe reality, or they have their own pet definition of the word "shortage".
Now, when there is a shortage of anything, there are two basic and conflicting ways to allocate the scarce resource. The first is by rationing, and the second is by price. Rationing is a sign of communism or government controls that thwart the free market process. When things are allocated by price, then that's a sign that the free market is working.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is thwarting the U.S Mint and the free market.
When the world abandoned silver and gold as money, futures markets sprung up for trading the precious metals, which took place in 1975. This happened because the prices for precious metals became highly variable, and the inherant scarcity of the precious metals was self evident in a world filled with paper money, and thus, more people with more money became more capable of cornering the market in the scarce precious metals, actions which would be called "manipulation".
So, the CFTC was set up, specifically, to prevent market manipulation, both long and short. The CFTC is supposed to help make sure that the market remains free and fair.
But the problem is paper money, which is incompatiable with free market principles, because paper money is a monopoly and requires legal tender laws to keep it alive. Paper money also ends up giving many people more buying power than is "fair". After all, there are over 1000 billionaires who could each corner the market in silver.
In the mid 1980's, the US Congress did what it could to make sure that the U.S. economy could survive the demise of paper money, after the debacle of the price rise in the precious metals in 1980. So, the U.S. Congress created the gold and silver American Eagle coin programs to insure that precious metals would be available to all who wanted them, and to ensure that precious metals would be available based on the free market price, and not by any form of rationing.
However, in our crazy world, the U.S. Mint buys silver based on the price of silver in the futures market!
SEC. 3. PURCHASE OF SILVER BY THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.
(a) PURCHASE OF SILVER-
(1) IN GENERAL- Section 5116(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the second sentence the following: `At such time as the silver stockpile is depleted, the Secretary shall obtain silver as described in paragraph (1) to mint coins authorized under section 5112(e). If it is not economically feasible to obtain such silver, the Secretary may obtain silver for coins authorized under section 5112(e) from other available sources. The Secretary shall not pay more than the average world price for silver under any circumstances. As used in this paragraph, the term `average world price' means the price determined by a widely recognized commodity exchange at the time the silver is obtained by the Secretary.'
One problem is that futures markets are manipulated to prevent large purchases, as is evidenced by the limits in place by the NYMEX, which are a form of rationing.
WASHINGTON - Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has raised concerns over the issue of U.S. grain reserves after it was announced that the sale of 18.37 million bushels of wheat from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.
“According to the May 1, 2008 CCC inventory report there are o*nly 24.1 million bushels of wheat in inventory, so after this sale there will be o*nly 2.7 million bushels of wheat left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack. “Our concern is not that we are using the remainder of our strategic grain reserves for humanitarian relief. AAM fully supports the action and all humanitarian food relief. Our concern is that the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry. There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains or anything else left in reserve. The o*nly thing left in the entire CCC inventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enough wheat to make ½ of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 million people in America.”
The CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC is also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.
“This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),” explained Matlack. “We had hoped to reinstate the FOR and a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve in the new farm bill, but the politics of food defeated our efforts. As farmers it is our calling and purpose in life to feed our families, our communities, our nation and a good part of the world, but we need better planning and coordination if we are to meet that purpose. AAM pledges to continue our work for better farm policy which includes an FOR and a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve.”
AAM’s support for the FOR program, which allows the grain to be stored o*n farms, is a key component to a safe grain reserve in that the supplies will be decentralized in the event of some unforeseen calamity which might befall the large grain storage terminals.
A Strategic Energy Grain Reserve is as crucial for the nation’s domestic energy needs as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. AAM also supports full funding for the replenishment and expansion of Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.
...wenn man nur genaue Angaben über diese Treffen hätte
Zitat von schloss
Pünktlich zum Bilderberger-Treffen rasen die Aktien in den Keller und der Ölpreis auf neue Höhen.
Genau so wars 1973 ff. schon mal. Die Ölkrise war ein abgekartetes Spiel...und die Zinker waren nicht die OPEC sondern Standard Oil & Co. und Rockefeller hat die Fäden bis heute nicht aus der Hand gegeben.
U.S. Corporate Media Blackout On Bilderberg Meeting
Mainstream press dare not utter a single word about 125 of the world's most influential power brokers meeting in secret to discuss the future of the planetas oil skyrockets towards Bilderberg goal of $200 a barrel Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet
Saturday, June 7, 2008
("U.S. Corporate Media Blackout On Bilderberg Meeting")
Ben Bernanke, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton amongst a host of other global power brokers have all convened in Chantilly Virginia to secretly discuss the future of the world - yet not one mainstream U.S. corporate media outlet has uttered a single word about the 2008 Bilderberg conference.
Bilderbergers seem to enjoy visiting the U.S. because they can be assured that in the "land of the free," the American "free press" are certain to follow orders and not print even a puff piece about a confab of over 125 of the globe's most influential movers and shakers.
A Google News search on "Bilderberg," which is now in its third day, returns 47 results, all of which consist of reprints from this website and a smattering of other alternative media reports, in addition to a few snippets out of the Netherlands and Turkey.
Compare that to a Google News search about "G8" and you'll get over 4,000 results a month before Bilderberg's sister conference has even begun.
Even if you accept the ludicrous claim of the debunkers - that Bilderberg is a mere "talking shop" that contributes nothing towards actual policy - do you still not think it odd that not one mainstream U.S. press outlet has even mentioned it in passing?
Alex Jones bullhorns Bilderberg in an attempt to bring attention to the scene of the crime in Chantilly Virginia, but the corporate media refuses to report on a secret meeting of over 125 of the global power elite.
A mere book signing by an ex-politician would generate at least a few headlines, yet we have dozens of CEO's, European and Federal Reserve banking and finance kingpins, Prime Ministers, European royalty, NSA officials, professors from top Universities, NATO and UN officials, oil company chairmen, and foreign policy luminaries meeting behind closed doors and yet not one single U.S. media report! Not one!
Take a look at the list * and think how many headlines each of these individuals generates in just one day - some of them can barely pick their nose without it being reported on - yet we have over 125 of them meeting together during the same 3 day period and the silence is deafening!
As oil prices continue to skyrocket wildly out of control towards Bilderberg's stated goal of $200, hitting a whopping $139 a barrel yesterday, the contention that Bilderberg is somehow unworthy of coverage is completely asinine.
On every front, from the timing of the Iraq war to the selection of presidential candidates' running mates in 2004 and 2008, to the economy - Bilderberg sets the agenda and the future pans out exactly as they had planned.
The outright complicity of the corporate media in blackballing Bilderberg coverage reminds us why the elite encounter little hindrance in conspiring in such a secretive and undemocratic manner every single year without facing any substantial public scrutiny. http://www.prisonplanet.com/article...ia_blackout.htm
Berlin – Die Spritpreise sind auf historischem Höchststand – jetzt endlich untersucht das Bundeskartellamt,
ob der Wettbewerb auf dem deutschen Tankstellenmarkt wirklich korrekt abläuft.
BILD fragte Aral-Chef Uwe Franke: Werden die Kunden durch Preisabsprachen der Konzerne abgezockt?
Der Manager: „Nein. Unser aktueller Preis für Super liegt bei 59 Cent, für Diesel bei 78 Cent.Das ist der drittniedrigste Wert aller 27 EU-Länder – den Rest kassiert der Staat über die Steuer.“
Von mangelndem Wettbewerb könne keine Rede sein: „Im Gegenteil – der Preiskampf hat sich dramatisch verschärft! Das zwingt uns, in immer kürzeren Abständen die Preise anzuheben und zu senken, um bei steigenden Einkaufspreisen wirtschaftlich zu verkaufen.“......
Join Michele and Jim Willie, for an "Economic Reality" Check!
Michele and Jim Willie discuss the deceptive messages coming from the economic "powers-that-be" and take a look at how things REALLY are with the economy
In Deutschland gibt es enorme Unterschiede bei den Gaspreisen. Laut einer aktuellen Untersuchung müssen die Verbraucher in manchen Regionen 54 Prozent mehr zahlen als in anderen. Und vielerorts steigen die Preise weiter: Allein für Juni und Juli kündigen mehr als 100 Versorger Erhöhungen an. mehr... [ Forum ]
Today the SEC said that they may ban Moody and Standard & Poors from rating any company with structured investment products That sounds to me like both would be closed down because what public company is free of SIVs? The answer is none.
This situation is not only getting worse, but it is doing so at an accelerating rate.
If the Fed raises rates even a 1/4 point they would light the fuse to the final chapter long before it is due.
Citi, Merrill, UBS Face Monoline Losses, Whitney Says (Update1) By Jeff Kearns and Bradley Keoun
June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and UBS AG may post losses of $10 billion on bond insurance after MBIA Inc. and Ambac Financial Group Inc. lost their top credit ratings, Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Meredith Whitney said.
MBIA and Ambac, the world's largest bond insurers, had their AAA ratings cut two levels by Standard & Poor's June 5, which trimmed ratings on more than $1 trillion of securities they guaranteed. The downgrades may limit the so-called monoline insurers' ability to write new policies, putting further pressure on earnings, she wrote today in a note to investors.
``The limited earnings potential of monolines poses a risk to the value of the insurance and hedges on the subprime-related securities provided to the banks and brokers,'' Whitney wrote. ``The collateral damage could be in excess of an additional $10 billion.''
Whitney, one of the first bank analysts last year to gauge the depth of the U.S. credit crisis, said in January that losses tied to the bond insurers for all banks might top $40 billion. She didn't update her estimate. Citigroup, Merrill and UBS have taken more than $10 billion of writedowns related to the insurers, she wrote.
Citigroup, the biggest U.S. bank, and Merrill, the world's biggest brokerage, have ``underperform'' stock ratings from Whitney. Both companies are based in New York. She doesn't cover Zurich-based UBS, the European bank hardest hit by the U.S. subprime contagion.
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 9, 9:27 PM ET
CHICAGO - McDonald's, Wal-Mart and other U.S. chains have halted sales of some raw tomatoes as federal health officials work to trace the source of a multistate salmonella food poisoning outbreak.
Burger King, Outback Steakhouse and Taco Bell were among other restaurants voluntarily withdrawing tomatoes from their menus, following federal recommendations that consumers avoid red plum, red Roma or round red tomatoes unless they were grown in certain states and countries.
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest hamburger chain, stopped serving sliced tomatoes on its sandwiches as a precaution until the source of the bacterial infection is known, according to a statement Monday from spokeswoman Danya Proud. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company will continue serving grape tomatoes in its salads because no problems have been linked to that variety, she said.
The source of the tomatoes responsible for the illnesses in at least 16 states has not been pinpointed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that since mid-April, 145 people infected with salmonella with the same "genetic fingerprint" have been identified. At least 23 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
In downtown Chicago, travel agent Connie Semaitis, 49, bought a cheeseburger and a drink at a McDonald's restaurant during lunch hour Monday. She said she was happy the chain was being cautious.
"I'd rather be safe than sorry," Semaitis said.
Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes are likely not the source of the outbreak, federal officials said.
Also not associated with the outbreak are raw Roma, red plum and round red tomatoes from Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. The bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.
Most infected people suffer fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps starting 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness tends to last four to seven days......