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“If the present generation, or any other, are disposed to be slaves, it does not lessen the right of the succeeding generation to be free.  Wrongs cannot have legal descent”

 

— Thomas Paine – The Rights of Man

 

 
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ECONOMY
The proposal to switch to the Russian Ruble and the Iranian Rial was raised by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a meeting in Kazakhstan. Wayward Iran has replaced the USDollar in its oil trade with India, China, and Japan.
 
Baltic Dry Index Slumps To Lowest Since January 2009
The apparently critical-when-its-going-up-but-ignore-it-when-it-is-falling index of the cost of dry bulk goods transportation has ‘crashed’ in the last few weeks to its lowest level since January 2009 (back below 1000 according to today’s levels).
 
 “What happens if they go bust? I can tell you the simple answer: mayhem. As bad as, conceivably worse than, the failure of large and complex banks,” Paul Tucker, deputy governor of the Bank of England, said in October.
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US NEWS
Mitt Romney, Natural Born Citizenship or Media Bias
The citizen argues that Mitt Romney’s father, George W. Romney, was a Mexican citizen according to Mexican law, by virtue of his birth in that country. The citizen further argues that it is incumbent upon Mitt Romney to prove that his father naturalized in the USA by the time of Mitt’s birth, in 1947. (Another Mitt Romney problem?)
 
Israel creates super PAC to attack Ron Paul
 
“We need to satisfy the country that whoever we nominate has a record that can stand up to Barack Obama in a very effective way,” said Gingrich, the former House speaker, defending his questions about Romney’s work at a private equity firm that critics say slashed jobs and plundered companies.(Mean while, back on the ranch, Huntsman gives up and passes his votes to another Mormon; Romney. )
 
Mitt Romney leads the South Carolina Republican presidential primary with 29%. Newt Gingrich is in second place with 25% and Ron Paul is in third place with 20%, according to a recent American Research Group survey conducted January 4-5.(Romney’s record of shipping jobs offshore, will defeat him in the general election. Get ready for Obama’s second term.)
 
Announcement: Raw Story to go dark on January 18 yo protest SOPA/PIPA The news doesn’t stop. But if Congress passes the Stop Online Piracy Act or the Protect Intellectual Property Act, your access to it could — and the owners and publisher of Raw Story won’t stand for that. In protest of Congress’ interest in passing the legislation, Raw Story will join with sites . . . (I will stay up if possible.)

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OTHER NEWS

But the Jerusalem landmark is in the occupied territories and this raised concern in Britain. British officials were worried that the stamp would be misinterpreted as an acceptance of the Israeli occupation of east Jerusalem.
 

 Sunday Times: Mossad agent behind Iran scientist assassination The Sunday Times quoted an unnamed Israeli sources who claimed that the killing was a precursor to a military strike, which would make rebuilding nuclear facilities more difficult for Iran, should they be bombed. (A no brainer.)

French parliament report accuses Israel of water ‘apartheid’ on West Bank The report said that water has become “a weapon serving the new apartheid” and gave examples and statistics that ostensibly back this claim.
 
Lieberman’s pre-indictment hearing set to begin Foreign minister faces allegations of fraud, breach of trust, money-laundering and obstruction of justice from 2001 – 2008 (There is another Lieberman, in this country, that won’t run again.)
 
Neocon Israel Mouthpiece Writes Syrian Opposition Intervention This is for example obvious when the expatriate Syrian National Council uses a policy papers arguing for military intervention in Syria that was written by a neocon and Israel supporter and paid for by the U.S. State Department. To further the military intervention the paper is defended by doing away with the local protesters in Syria who oppose any intervention.

 
“Iran is our neighbor,” Russia’s outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.” (An attack on Iran will start WWIII)
 
“SMF units armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars road-mobile missile systems will practice patrolling, camouflaging and launch preparation procedures during high alert drills from January 16 to February 3,” Koval told reporters on Monday. Russia is not bluffing. They don’t want war, but are preparing to give it.)
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COMMENTARY
 
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my father, free to talk, think and act for myself… ( Video; I still doubt the NDAA was meant to arrest U.S. citizens, at home, but the overall message of Russell Means is worth a listen.)
 
India’s implementing a biometric ID system for all of its one billion plus sheeple. Now, one of the corporate darlings of the Establishment, IBM, is planning on developing similar technology for “better” security and efficiency for us (video)
 
Yet another neocon Republican establishment political hack has demonstrated ignorance, deceit, and bad manners in yet another attack on Ron Paul. This time it is one Jeffrey Lord, a “contributing editor” to The American Spectator magazine. Writing in a January 15 article on the Philly.com Web site, Lord feigns outrage over the fact that five years ago Ron Paul told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Civil War was unnecessary to end slavery. (Slavery was on the way out without the war, but after the war they made us all slaves, through the incorporation of Washington D.C. and the statutes that continued.)
 

 The U.S. Government Funded the Iranian Terrorist Group which “Found” The Documents Upon Which the Warmongers Are Relying The IAEA report being trumpted as a casus belli contains no new information, but is based on a re-hashing of old, debunked claims stemming from “laptop documents”.

 

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