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‘Like A Black Hole’

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 21:17 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


The banks say they do not seize people’s houses without justification. But NPR has uncovered a case that might suggest otherwise. In fact, the homeowner in this case was actually the victim of a scam run by one of the bank’s very own employees. But despite that, the bank moved to foreclose anyway.

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Daily Press Briefing – December 2, 2010

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 21:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


And Mr. Assange obviously has a particular political objective behind his activities, and I think that, among other things, disqualifies him as being considered a journalist.

Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary

Ponder that for a second, and what it means for, say, Fox News…

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Tired of bunga-bunga

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 18:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Italy’s government teeters on the brink: tomorrow (Tuesday) a no-confidence vote should decide whether we have another three years of bunga-bunga partying, “escort” (= prostitute) scandals and international gaffes from the leader of this NATO partner and founding EU member, or whether Silvio Berlusconi will be sent home. Some think it’s a hilariously stupid (SLYT) to suggest he might step down.

Meanwhile, with the line-up more or less neck-to-neck, one leading (but vehemently anti-Berlusconi) daily states that the outcome depends on the vote of one MP (link in Italian) already repudiated by his own party and under investigation for fraud, plus (give or take) a couple of advanced pregnancy cases and an alleged “transfer market” in votes. And the Constitutional Court has just announced that the decision on whether the law Berlusconi’s government pushed through, to protect him (and three other senior figures) from prosecution while in office, is or is not contitutionally valid will now not be taken tomorrow (the hearing was scheduled before the vote of confidence was tabled) but adjourned until January. If the law is deemed unconstitutional, presumably police will be waiting with handcuffs ready.

MPs will of course find it difficult to bring down the government and provoke snap elections, when this could mean giving up a well-paid job and – if they serve a full term – a lifetime pension.

Helpfully, a professor at the American University of Rome writes an enlightening blog to explain the ins and outs in English.

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  1. There’s an error in there. They do not need to serve a full term to get a pension. They need half term.

    If the government is going to fall tomorrow, they will be a few months short from the pension mark: I am confident that tomorrow Berlusconi will get the confidence vote (thanks to a couple of other MPs who got publicly bribed with seats and money, to the tune of 350-500.000 euro per vote) and the gov will fall in june, the exact month the MPs will qualify for pension.

  2. Consider that, due to Berlusconi controlling both the 3 main commercial TVs (as entrepreneur) and the 3 national TVs (as prime minister), the rebelling part of his party gets almost no news coverage. Just a few words on a national protest against B’s last Saturday in Rome, almost no words about the causes of the no-confidence movement. Wikileaks gets coverage only from a few newspapers, dubbed as “leftists”.

    A girl went missing in northern Italy a few days ago, and is used as a weapon of mass distraction.

    Please, NATO, could you invade us?

  3. Berlusconi won the confidence vote by 3 votes, thanks to a few MPs from FLI (the part of Berlusconi’s party who decided to leave the government) who got bought with promises and money.

    Judges are investigating the matter, since it may be a crime.

Money laundering scandal rocks Vatican Bank

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 11:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


VATICAN CITY – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall.

Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the “Vatican Bank” has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal.

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Julian Assange’s accusers are jealous liars, says lawyer Bjorn Hurtigy

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 10:02 by Paul Jay in category: News


WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange’s lawyer said he has seen secret police documents that prove the whistle-blower is innocent of sex assault claims made against him by two women.

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Iceland takes on credit card giants in WikiLeaks flap

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 7:53 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Representatives from Mastercard and Visa were called before a parliamentary committee to explain the credit companies’ refusal to process donations to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

“People wanted to know on what legal grounds the ban was taken, but no one could answer it,” said Robert Marshall, chairman of Iceland’s allsherjanefnd, according to the Reykjavik Grapevine.

Vidar Thorkelsson, CEO of Valitor, which operates Visa and Mastercard in Iceland, said the Icelandic branch had nothing to do with the decision.

Fine, toss him in jail for contempt of parliament until the company marches somebody in who does know.

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A horse walks into a bar…

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 7:50 by John Sinteur in category: Joke

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The fall of the House of Vikings

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 6:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Birther Tries to Make Citizens Arrest

Posted on December 13th, 2010 at 6:42 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


A Sweetwater man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trying to arrest a Monroe County grand jury foreman who refused to indict President Obama on treason charges.

The comments on that article are pure internet gold…

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