lunedì 14 novembre 2011
Italian Bank UniCredit Seeks $10.3 Billion, Cuts 6,150 Jobs
Monday, 14 Nov 2011 12:55 PM
Italian bank UniCredit is to ask shareholders for 7.5 billion euros ($10.3 billion) in new capital, cut 6,150 jobs and retreat from key business areas in a bid to repair its ravaged balance sheet and return to profit.
Revealing a 10.6 billion euro third-quarter loss along with Europe's largest bank fundraising in over a year, it scrapped its dividend payment for 2011 and joined other lenders with plans to slash its loans.
UniCredit, the only Italian name in a list this month of the most important global banks, is the country's most internationally exposed lender, operating in 22 countries.
But it is bearing the brunt as the euro zone's third-largest economy is sucked ever deeper into the region's debt crisis.
UniCredit holds 38 billion euros of Italian government bonds and its shares have lost half of their value this year, leaving its fundraising representing half of its value and making it painfully dilutive for investors.
Its shares closed down 6.2 percent at 0.77 euros, valuing it at just under 15 billion euros.
Some 5,200 of the jobs will go in its home base of Italy, now in the eye of the euro zone's crisis storm. Another 2,000 could go in Western Europe, including 800 in Austria, partly offset by new jobs in Eastern Europe. About 62,000 of the bank's 160,000 staff are in Italy, with 51,000 in central and Eastern Europe.
The third quarter loss included 9.8 billion euros of writedowns, of which 8.7 billion were linked to ill-timed takeovers in Eastern Europe in the past few years. Goodwill from deals in Ukraine and Kazakhstan was entirely written off. It also announced writedowns on its Greek bond holdings and on a number of brands, including Germany's HVB and Bank Austria.
"It looks like a kitchen sink job... a massive hatchet job across the business," said one analyst who did not want to be named. Another said the refocusing on Italy and Eastern Europe made sense given the bank's strong presence, in contrast to the sub-scale areas it will leave.
The writedowns are an accounting move that will not eat into capital, but even stripping them out the bank made a third quarter net loss of 474 million euros, wiping out a profit of 334 million euros a year ago and worse than analysts' expectations of a 6 million euro profit.
UniCredit, Italy's biggest bank by assets, said on Monday it aims to save 1.5 billion euros in annual costs and will retreat to its core operations, confirming many details that emerged over the weekend.
By strengthening its capital base, reducing investment banking and refocusing on more stable retail and corporate banking in Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland and Turkey, Chief Executive Federico Ghizzoni hopes to reduce volatility and stabilize profit.
It will shut its London-based equity sales and trading business, but plans to keep a leading role in central and Eastern Europe.
The capital increase, to be launched in the first quarter of 2012, will lift the bank's core Tier 1 ratio — a measure of capital strength — to 10.3 percent.
Ghizzoni wants to raise enough money to be on the safe side of the 9 percent Core capital benchmark set for Europe's banks.
"We want to be a rock-solid European commercial bank focused on our franchise with customers, with a conservative risk profile ... What is not core to our business will be abandoned," Ghizzoni said.
UniCredit refused, unlike Italian peer Intesa Sanpaolo, to tap the market when conditions were more favorable, and now must raise funds in a tough market.
UniCredit said it will sell or run off 48 billion euros of risk-weighted assets, joining rivals like BNP Paribas in shrinking in the face of higher capital and funding costs.
But the scale of deleveraging could choke off economic growth at a time when companies need extra credit to be pumped into the economy, industry critics say.
UniCredit's profitability ranks among the lowest in the industry, with return on tangible equity (RoTE) of just 3.6 percent last year. The bank said its turnaround plan should lift RoTE to over 12 percent and net profit to 6.5 billion euros in 2015.
Disposal of minor assets in eastern European countries where UniCredit is not the market leader are also being considered, although the bank said it has no intention of selling its profitable Turkish and Polish units.
Ghizzoni needs to persuade shareholder foundations — which together hold around 13 percent of UniCredit — to back the bank's third capital increase since 2009 and its biggest since the start of the financial crisis.
The bank was in talks with potential new investors from China and Qatar but these parties had not made any commitment to be part of the deal so far, sources familiar with the plan told Reuters at the weekend.
A further problem is the 7.5 percent stake held in UniCredit by Libya's central bank and sovereign wealth fund, which is technically still frozen because of the international sanctions imposed during the country's civil war.
The rights issue will eclipse near 5 billion euro fundraisings by both Intesa and Germany's Commerzbank. Deutsche Bank raised 10.2 billion euros in a rights issue in October 2010.
Mediobanca and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch are leading a consortium of banks in the rights issue.
Read more on Newsmax.com: Italian Bank UniCredit Seeks $10.3 Billion, Cuts 6,150 Jobs
According to a source, contractors and builders in Connecticut are reporting that banking families are vacating their houses. Suddenly and without explanation, whole families are leaving the state. Where they are going isn't known.
This is one of the more chilling "signs" I've heard that something major is coming down with respect to the banks in the near future. Additionally, a source who made a recent trip to Switzerland and met with a secret Swiss banker has revealed the hidden story behind how Swiss Bankers are choosing to deal the squeeze from the Americans (and presumably New World Order contingent) to reveal who their clients are...
This crackdown on Americans with off-shore bank accounts also extends to those in other countries such as Saudi Arabia and UAE (United Arab Emirates), think Dubai. Some bankers have folded and joined the ranks of the SEC turning over records and details against the long cherished code of secrecy (client privilege) that has made the Swiss banking industry so successful and respected worldwide. Others have not.
Without going into any detail, suffice to say that some bankers are risking their lives and reputations and livelihood to continue to safeguard their client's money. One can't help but to admire this tenacity. And what comes to mind is the era of the Nazis where the streets of cities like Zurich and Bern are no longer safe havens for those seeking to conduct business. Especially if it involves banking. Now the business is conducted behind closed doors in out of the way places and hidden vaults.
Switzerland, hasn't stood alone for quite some time politically, choosing to align itself with various factions over the past few years. But the stronghold of banking has maintained a sort of island of secrecy even beyond the fluctuations in the winds of politics. Until now.
As Swiss bankers endeavor to maintain their integrity they say that the moving tide of this relentless new world order machine will eventually reach them and their clients. It's only a matter of time.
SECOND REPUBLIC PROJECT
“An Idea Whose Time Has Come”
Stop Cooperating with the Global Power Elite! RESISTANCE is the Key!!
We call on all free-thinking men and women the world over to come together to take our countries back.
The Second Republic Project is a basic blueprint – a Model or “Template”, if you like – on how we can all work together to do this.
If we can build Critical Mass among public opinion in each country; then the scales will tip in our favour…faster than you imagine!
Buenos Aires, Argentina – 14th November 2011 - www.secondrepublicproject.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
12 KEY TRIGGERS:
How the Global Power Elite are wrapping up “Globalization” to usher in World Government
In December 2009, I up-loaded a 3-part video on YouTube describing 12 key Triggers or Serious Crisis events being used by the Global Power Elite to wrap up “Globalization” to impose upon all of us a legally binding World Government. During 2010 and 20122 I prepared regular up-dates on how these triggers are coming about. Here you can watch the original 15th December 2009 video:
Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ktQSLgu4n4
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r6sy8q79uA
Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXzvS2G8Tuw
Today, I want to share with you a new Status Up-date because regrettably my forecasts of almost 2 years ago seem to be coming about.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTATR0JeHqE
Considering the terrible events that we are seeing on the political, economic, financial, social, military and diplomatic fronts throughout the World – in the Middle East, Europe, the US, North Africa – l would ask that if you agree with what we’re saying, then you please help us inform as many people as possible by sharing this video with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Please Stay Alert, Stand Fast!!
Europe is becoming one big happy family, all sleeping in the same boudoir after a hard day's orgy.
Now go ahead, tell me this is a coincidence:
When it became obvious that Greece was about to default on its euro-based sovereign debt, a hastily assembled coalition government picked (or had picked for them?) Lucas Papademos, former member of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, former Vice President of the European Central Bank (ECB), the institution that administers monetary policy of the EU, and also a member of the Trilateral Commission, icon of the legendary New World Order.
Likewise, when Italy could no longer pay its bills and was teetering on the verge of becoming a euro zone dropout, their hastily assembled coalition picked, as their new prime minister (or had picked for them?), Mario Monti, once the EU Commissioner (highest ranking EU official) and also the Chairman of the Trilateral Commission.
Now a new video by Max Keiser shows how these countries fall into ruin in the first place. In their narrative, it is all orchestrated, from start to finish (this is the finish) by bankers. In the case of Greece, a Greek economist tells Keiser that Goldman-Sachs, Greece's banker, had cooked the books on the Greek debt to make it appear as if they owed much less -- until the noose was tight, that is. This is not to say that the Greeks had no responsibility to keep their own books on debt, but if it is true, it provides a glimpse of a criminal mindset at that bank. Given all the incestuous relationships here, can there be any doubt that the cultures are circling -- the same ones that helped Europe's nations into bankruptcy perhaps?
If anyone is still laboring under the notion that Europe is an assemblage of sovereign nations whose destinies are in the hands of the people --i.e., a democracy, of the kind the West says they wish to export to the Middle East, for example, the following video should help you disabuse yourself of it.
The overall picture here is one of money interests reigning supreme in the Western power structure. Brutal social Darwinism with the mask peeled off.
And if anyone really thinks all those NATO bombs were about freeing the masses in Libya, then check out this video and article:
How to make sense of all this confusion?
Have you read your Bible lately?
sabato 12 novembre 2011
The Great Mogambo Guru enlightens us with where this economy is heading, where gold and silver prices are heading, The EURO Crisis & more...
Turd Ferguson didn't need GATA to see gold and silver market manipulationSubmitted by cpowell on Sat, 2011-11-12 17:12. Section: Daily Dispatches
12:21p ET Saturday, November 12, 2011
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):
Chris Martenson this week did a wonderful interview with metals market analyst Turd Ferguson, who explained that while he is aware of and respects GATA's work, he concluded from his own trading experience that the precious metals markets are manipulated by bullion banks at the instigation of the U.S. government to protect the dollar's standing as the world reserve currency.
Ferguson tells Martenson: "I haven't really ever met Bill Murphy of GATA. We talked once on one of my podcasts. And I've not really read a lot of his work, or Chris Powell's work. It's not like I read that stuff and a light went off, and I said, 'Aha, yeah, these guys.' I respect what they do, but it's not like I'm just simply parroting what they've said. I've come to all these conclusions myself just in years of following gold and silver. What my experience has been just jibes what their experience is and their data show. And so to me it's a quite clear case of what takes place."
Ferguson brilliantly refutes observations that gold and silver market manipulation must be failing because prices have been rising for years. As GATA itself often notes, Ferguson says the manipulation has been very successful in keeping the rise "in check." The manipulation, he says, is "probably part of the reason why it has been such a consistent trend higher -- every year almost. It's not like it's 50 percent or 25 percent and it's 50 percent one year and zero the next. It's just pretty consistently 20 or 25 percent a year. And it's because of that presence of what we call the cartel, the bullion bank cartel, or, on my Internet site, we refer to them as the 'evil empire.' It is their suppressive tactics that keep the price in check. We can hope that one day they will exit the market and leave gold and silver free to trade and find a true valuation, but unfortunately that isn't coming any time soon."
Ferguson goes on to explain to Martenson how he aims to trade the manipulation of the precious metals markets.
A summary and audio recording of the interview can be found at Martenson's Internet site here:
The full transscript of the interview is posted at Martenson's Internet site here:
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
Submitted by cpowell on Fri, 2011-11-11 20:25.
Section: Daily Dispatches 3:23p ET Friday, November 11, 2011
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold: Interviewed by King World News, geopolitical analyst James G. Rickards takes note of the speculation about the disposition of Germany's gold reserves and doubts that Germany ever could retrieve the portion held in the United States. An excerpt from the interview has been posted at the King World News blog here: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2011/11/11_Jim_Rickards_-_The_US_Wont_Give_Germany_its_Gold.html
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
venerdì 11 novembre 2011
by Ellen Brown
Global Research, November 11, 2011
Web of Debt - 2011-11-09
Henry Ford said, “It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” We are beginning to understand, and Occupy Wall Street looks like the beginning of the revolution. We are beginning to understand that our money is created, not by the government, but by banks. Many authorities have confirmed this, including the Federal Reserve itself. The only money the government creates today are coins, which compose less than one ten-thousandth of the money supply. Federal Reserve Notes, or dollar bills, are issued by Federal Reserve Banks, all twelve of which are owned by the private banks in their district. Most of our money comes into circulation as bank loans, and it comes with an interest charge attached. According to Margrit Kennedy, a German researcher who has studied this issue extensively, interest now composes 40% of the cost of everything we buy. We don’t see it on the sales slips, but interest is exacted at every stage of production. Suppliers need to take out loans to pay for labor and materials, before they have a product to sell. For government projects, Kennedy found that the average cost of interest is 50%. If the government owned the banks, it could keep the interest and get these projects at half price. That means governments—state and federal—could double the number of projects they could afford, without costing the taxpayers a single penny more than we are paying now. This opens up exciting possibilities. Federal and state governments could fund all sorts of things we think we can’t afford now, simply by owning their own banks. They could fund something Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King dreamt of—an Economic Bill of Rights. A Vision for Tomorrow In his first inaugural address in 1933, Roosevelt criticized the sort of near-sighted Wall Street greed that precipitated the Great Depression. He said, “They only know the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and where there is no vision the people perish.” Roosevelt’s own vision reached its sharpest focus in 1944, when he called for a Second Bill of Rights. He said: This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights . . . . They were our rights to life and liberty. As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness. He then enumerated the economic rights he thought needed to be added to the Bill of Rights. They included: The right to a job; The right to earn enough to pay for food and clothing; The right of businessmen to be free of unfair competition and domination by monopolies; The right to a decent home; The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to enjoy good health; The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; The right to a good education. Times have changed since the first Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution in 1791. When the country was founded, people could stake out some land, build a house on it, farm it, and be self-sufficient. The Great Depression saw people turned out of their homes and living in the streets—a phenomenon we are seeing again today. Few people now own their own homes. Even if you have signed a mortgage, you will be in debt peonage to the bank for 30 years or so before you can claim the home as your own. Health needs have changed too. In 1791, foods were natural and nutrient-rich, and outdoor exercise was built into the lifestyle. Degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease were rare. Today, health insurance for some people can cost as much as rent. Then there are college loans, which collectively now exceed a trillion dollars, more even than credit card debt. Students are coming out of universities not just without jobs but carrying a debt of $20,000 or so on their backs. For medical students and other post-graduate students, it can be $100,000 or more. Again, that’s as much as a mortgage, with no house to show for it. The justification for incurring these debts was supposed to be that the students would get better jobs when they graduated, but now jobs are scarce. After World War II, the G.I. Bill provided returning servicemen with free college tuition, as well as cheap home loans and business loans. It was called “the G.I. Bill of Rights.” Studies have shown that the G.I. Bill paid for itself seven times over and is one of the most lucrative investments the government ever made. The government could do that again—without increasing taxes or the federal debt. It could do it by recovering the power to create money from Wall Street and the financial services industry, which now claim a whopping 40% of everything we buy. An Updated Constitution for a New Millennium Banks acquired the power to create money by default, when Congress declined to claim it at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The Constitution says only that “Congress shall have the power to coin money [and] regulate the power thereof.” The Founders left out not just paper money but checkbook money, credit card money, money market funds, and other forms of exchange that make up the money supply today. All of them are created by private financial institutions, and they all come into the economy as loans with interest attached. Governments—state and federal—could bypass the interest tab by setting up their own publicly-owned banks. Banking would become a public utility, a tool for promoting productivity and trade rather than for extracting wealth from the debtor class. Congress could go further: it could reclaim the power to issue money from the banks and fund its budget directly. It could do this, in fact, without changing any laws. Congress is empowered to “coin money,” and the Constitution sets no limit on the face amount of the coins. Congress could issue a few one-trillion dollar coins, deposit them in an account, and start writing checks. The Fed’s own figures show that the money supply has shrunk by $3 trillion since 2008. That sum could be spent into the economy without inflating prices. Three trillion dollars could go a long way toward providing the jobs and social services necessary to fulfill an Economic Bill of Rights. Guaranteeing employment to anyone willing and able to work would increase GDP, allowing the money supply to expand even further without inflating prices, since supply and demand would increase together. Modernizing the Bill of Rights As Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a’changin’.” Revolutionary times call for revolutionary solutions and an updated social contract. Apple and Microsoft update their programs every year. We are trying to fit a highly complex modern monetary scheme into a constitutional framework that is 200 years old. After President Roosevelt died in 1945, his vision for an Economic Bill of Rights was kept alive by Martin Luther King. “True compassion,” King declared, “is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” MLK too has now passed away, but his vision has been carried on by a variety of money reform groups. The government as “employer of last resort,” guaranteeing a living wage to anyone who wants to work, is a basic platform of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). An MMT website declares thatby “[e]nding the enormous unearned profits acquired by the means of the privatization of our sovereign currency. . . [i]t is possible to have truly full employment without causing inflation.” What was sufficient for a simple agrarian economy does not provide an adequate framework for freedom and democracy today. We need an Economic Bill of Rights, and we need to end the privatization of the national currency. Only when the privilege of creating the national money supply is returned to the people can we have a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people.
Ellen Brown is an attorney and president of the Public Banking Institute, http://PublicBankingInstitute.org. In Web of Debt, her latest of eleven books, she shows how a private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back. Her websites arehttp://WebofDebt.com and http://EllenBrown.com.
Venezuela to Extend “Popular Banking” Services to Local Communities
Mérida, November 10th (Venezuelanalysis.com). The number of Communal Bank Terminals (Tbcom) throughout Venezuela will be increased to 200 by the end of the year, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced this week.
The Tbcom initiative, launched in August 2010, is aimed at providing access to communities and individuals previously excluded from banking and financial services, with 105 terminals installed during the first year.
Chavez referred to the move as part of a growing process of “popular banking...in the neighbourhoods and towns [of Venezuela]”.
The terminals are installed within the community and work in conjunction with the “communal bank card” service, which facilitates purchases at state run community food stores and supermarkets in order to promote community economies and communal organisation. Both the communal cards and terminals are provided by the nationalised Bank of Venezuela.
The Tbcom program allows access to deposits, withdrawals, transfers, the paying of household bills, and provides loans to small businesses. The program also offers financial education programs to organised communities on how to manage money and savings, with 3000 people benefiting from this so far.
“The Tbcom is a reality only possible in revolution, in the socialist vision we also incorporate the teaching of how to use bank services in an efficient manner that brings the greatest sum of happiness to the Venezuelan people”, stated Rodolfo Marco Torres, Venezuelan minister for the Public Bank, on the Tbcom’s first anniversary in August this year.
The announced expansion was made on Monday after a meeting between Hugo Chavez and Brazilian chancellor Antonio Patriota in Caracas. The program is a joint initiative between the Bank of Venezuela and the Caixa Federal Bank of Brazil.
During the meeting, bilateral accords were strengthened between the two countries in the areas of agriculture, industrial and scientific development, technology, banking, and social development to reduce poverty.
Brazil also agreed to support Venezuela’s new mass housing mission through two projects for rural and rented housing, with Patriota commenting “we are committed to supporting the development of Venezuela”.
Chavez also highlighted the deepening commercial and political relations between the two countries, stating “technological and industrial cooperation...will continue growing between Venezuela and Brazil...we will continue strengthening the Bolivarian alliance, Petrocaribe [joint oil exploration], and the Bank of the South”.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is also set to visit Venezuela on 2 and 3 December to participate in the Summit of the Community of Latin American States (CELAC).
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10TH 2011 AT 11.08PM
giovedì 10 novembre 2011
In the good old days, after George Washington and the boys won the war to free us from the bank of England's predatory and impoverishing practices, they set up a "revolutionary" economic system. The government created and issued all the public currency, spending it into circulation to purchase what the government needed, then after the currency circulated through society to fuel commerce, was taxed back to the government to balance the books.
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Banks existed, of course. But they were kept off to one side, and use of the banks was optional for the people of the United States. It was possible to go through one's entire life without dealing with a bank if one chose to do so.
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This system not only reserved the choice whether to use the bank to the people, but it was a stable system, because as debt increased, the people could voluntarily choose to stop borrowing from the bank! That was one of the most important freedoms won during the revolution; the freedom to say "no" to the banks!
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Then, in 1913, a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President changed the structure of the nation's economy and stole your freedom to say "no"! The economic system was reverted to a mirror of that same system the nation fought a revolution to be free of. The power to issue money was taken away from the government and given to the bankers and from that day onward, ALL money in circulation was created as the result of a loan at interest from the bankers to the government, to business, and to the people. There is no exception. Every dollar paid in salary, spent to purchase food or gas, or paid in taxes, began as an interest bearing loan. There is no money in circulation in the United States that did not start out as a loan at interest from the bankers at the privately-owned Federal Reserve system.
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From that moment on, the freedom of the people to refuse to borrow from the banks and to refuse to pay interest was stripped away. To participate in the commerce of the United States at all means being forced to use money loaned at interest, to the profit of the bankers and the impoverishment of the public. Your freedom to say "no" was stolen by Congress in 1913, without your permission and before you were born.
When you have lost the freedom to say "no", when you have no choice but to pay a percentage of your earnings as interest to the bankers whether in private debt or taxes to cover the gargantuan debts by the US Government itself, you are a slave to the bankers. And because more money is owed to the bankers than actually exists, because of the interest charged on the loan that created the money, the debt-slavery is permanent! No matter how hard you work, no matter how much you sacrifice, the debt can never be paid off. The system is intentionally designed to trap the nation's population permantly in unpayable debt, to make them slaves to that debt and to the bankers. This is the purpose behind the design of the Federal Reserve, the International Monitary Fund, the European Central Bank, and indeed every private central bank issuing the public currency as a loan at interest. This is why today every nation is drowning in created debt, and slaved to the private bankers. That is the reason for ever increasing taxes and decresing benefits; to pay the bankers their unpayable interest on the public currency.
For that enslavement to succeed, your right and freedom to refuse that bank's interest-bearing money must be stripped away. The government must force you to use that private central bank's currency, loaned to you at interest, via the Legal Tender Laws. Therein lies your slave chains. You are ordered by the government, on pain of prison, to use the banker's money, and to pay the interest charged by the bankers through your taxes.
Free people have the right to say "no." Free people have a right to decide for themselves what medium of exchange they will use and to choose not to involve the bankers!
There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no." Slaves cannot say "no" when ordered to surrender the products of their labor to their masters.
You are a slave.
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit.We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -- Woodrow Wilson 1919
Slavery exists only because the slaves have been taught to believe that slavery is the way the world is supposed to be. Beliefs are chains used to enslave free people. No chains of steel ever bound a human tighter than the chains made of the beliefs with which we are indoctrinated while young in the state schools and the churches.
Slaves used to be held prisoner by their belief in rule by divine right. Then the slaves regained their freedom when they realized that divine right is only an illusion created by the enslavers to trick the people into obedient servitude.
Then slaves were held prisoner by their belief in rule by chattel ownership of one's body. Then the slaves regained their freedom when they realized that one person owning another is an illusion created by the enslavers to trick the people into obedient servitude.
Today the modern slaves (that is YOU) are held prisoner by their belief in compound interest; that they owe money that never existed to repay money created out of thin air. And you modern slaves will regain your freedoms when you realize that private central banking is just another illusion created by the enslavers to trick you into obedient servitude.
Escape from Lady Baba-land
Getting the hell out of the Islamic Republic of BP with the Deepwater Horizon evidence
From Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Predators. A tale of oil, sex, shoes, radiation and investigative reporting - get it now.
by Greg Palast
[Based on a tip from some guy floating in the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, we take off for Baku, Azerbaijan, the "Islamic Republic of BP." Stopping in London, the deathly ill MI6 double-agent Leslie the Bagman lays out the history of the coup d'etat, hooker-bait and the $30 million "sweetener" paid by Lord Browne to the oil nation's "president"—and suggests we find his old spy-mate, Natasha.
In the middle of this Byzantine maze, I'm looking for the real reason for the Deepwater Horizon explosion, not the bullshit seen on CNN. I get the goods, film it, get arrested for filming it, get film confiscated ...except for the film in the little Austin Powers camera-in-a-pen that has to find its way out of the country.]
From Chapter 2: "Lady Baba-land."
But we're not leaving.
That's when we find out the Security Ministry called our hotel and told them to seize our passports. Our passports with the visa stamps that allowed us in and, more importantly, allow us out.
Not good, not good. The Ministry police are on the way. "Routine," they tell us. I bet it is. Who the hell turned us in? What wicked little creep said we were hunting for a BP blowout?
I'm killing nervous time looking up the price of Lady Baba's shoes. And praying. Dear God: You made this mess, so get me the hell out of it.
And, what do you know, He answers! A voice in my head says, If you have already checked out of the hotel, Palast, that is, if the hotel tells the Ministry police when they arrive that, sorry, the foreigners have packed up and left hours ago, then the desk clerks are off the hook.
The clerks have figured this out too, so when we leg it down the stairs to request the bill to check out, there's a charge of $400 added for the use of a sauna and the services of a "masseuse." James wants to argue but I say, "PAY IT."
That's the most expensive massage ever that didn't have a happy ending.
James unrolls two thousand in Euro notes, and now we have our passports and have checked out. We don't, however, actually leave the hotel.
I sleep in fits, fully clothed, the passport and visa in the front pocket of my pants.
Made it to the airport. Baba International.
We're outta here! Only three X-ray machines and checkpoints stand in our way. No problem.
Then there is a problem.
I took James's suggestion to quickly move my "pen" from a pile of real pens to the middle of my checked luggage.
The cop at Checkpoint One signals me to come over. He shows me the X-ray monitor. Right in the middle, the thick metal camera-pen looks like a gun silencer against my briefs and socks. I pull it out and show that it writes my name. See!
He whispers to our fixer in Azeri: "I know exactly what that is. And it's illegal."
Here it comes. Hannukah with Baba, or at least his prison warden. The network won't help, the U.S. Embassy will just tsk-tsk: Carrying contraband, Mr. Palast? So sorry.
I hate me. Just for some cute film action, I get myself busted.
After this selfish walk down Me Street, I suddenly realized Holy No Goddamn I have the "destroyed" notebook pages on there, a hit parade of our sources. I hate me even more.
Then the young cop puts it back in my suitcase! And he whispers to my translator, "Get rid of this thing before Checkpoint Two because he'll never make it through."
Thank the Lord not every grandson of Baba loves his grandpa's regime. They may carry his riot sticks, but they don't all want to kiss them.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you.
Now, rather than add a new stupidity to my current stupidity, I do not sneak into a corner to remove the pen-furtive action will be noticed. I kick my baggage over to the second security line . . . then frantically open the case, throw my clothes all over the floor, saying, "Where is it? WHERE IS IT?!"
James knows the routine and tells our translator to open her purse and drop it on the floor. "Drop it?" K asks. James, says, "Right NOW!"
She does and my socks and underpants and medicine kit fly out, piled all over her bag. I pull out my asthma inhaler, say, "PRAISE GOD!" and take a big hit from the empty medicine injector.
I can breath easy now, and carefully replace all my stuff in my bag.
Well, not all. A dirty sock has fallen into K's purse, which she's picked up while helping me repack. A dirty sock with a pen inside.
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Alzira (Valencia) coined its own money to revitalize their businesses and shops
Europa Press, 8.11.2011
The town already had its own currency in 1937, during the Civil War
One of the shops in Alzira. Image: Europa Press TV
An Italian people create their own currency
The City Council of the Valencian town of Alzira is planning to establish a kind of currency itself, which paid its grants and subsidies to alcireños and that they can only be used in businesses and shops in the locality.
It is a measure to "encourage" local trade and a way for "the money stays in Alzira Alzira."
In this sense, the Councillor for Economic Development of Alzira, José Luis Palacios, recalled that the town already had its own currency in 1937 and now is not able to form "the concept that coin we all have paper or metal" Although told Europa Press Television n which is a payment system used to "help trade and economy."
The session of Alzira has not yet defined the system that these payments be made, whether it is a payment card or a credit card type, whileinaugurating plans in the next fiscal year, from 1 to in January . Citizens will use these letters or cards in local shops and then redeem these establishments should these 'vouchers' for euros at City Hall.
Palacios said that will enable these cards or payment cards "to grant that all those in employment, housing or education" that a company receives from the municipality or citizen, "the need to use mandatory" Alzira shops . "Ultimately, this is money that is generated in Alzira will not be used outside, but to stay here," he added.
"We must help local businesses and the economy," said Palacios, who added that "every council has a responsibility to help your local trade and not to other populations."
As of January
The City Council is scheduled to start this system with the aid granted to promote employment for some 500,000 euros. Has not quantified what this initiative can make to the local economy, according to Palacios, "is very difficult to know what the citizens spend about € 800,000 euros or a million in municipal aid leaving."
The mayor recalled that Alzira and had "its own currency" during the Civil War, although it was 'put in place' now will not "our concept paper and metal." "But somehow it is a local currency, taking into account that today the payment method most used by companies and the administration is not effective," he said.
In this regard, the official chronicler of the town and municipal archivist, said Alzira and minted its own currency in 1937, like other municipalities, but only lasted for eight or nine months. "They tried to lighten local businesses and that it could make your transactions as usual," he said.
The archivist, Aureliano Lairon, explained that the City was an issue for 50,000 pesetas in 1937, in denominations of 0.25, 0.50 cents and a quarter. This own currency, he said, the dealer changed at the end of the day by state money, "contributed largely to activate local commerce."
"Expenses wherever you want"
Most merchants and citizens of Alzira frown this initiative , as they say will help promote trade and revitalize the town. However, there are those who, like Pepa, believes that everyone has to spend money "wherever and in whatever he wants."
In this regard, said that if the City gives money, the citizen must use "as it deems appropriate" and should not say "where you'd have to spend." "Surely you spend it in town, but I do not like being told where you've got to spend," he said.
For Bibiana is a "good measure" and make sure the money stays in the municipality."If the money is from the people of the town, I feel good that trade back here," he said.
In the same vein, Julia said that if the money that gives the City "is that we have all taxpayers" is "fair" that they "spend it in Alzira." Ramon, meanwhile, believes it is an idea "great" that serve to "revitalize" the trade and, especially, like him self.
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Gianni Degli Antoni
Milano settembre 2011
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|27 October 2011|
|Question for written answer|
to the Commission
Nigel Farage (EFD)
|Subject: EU membership and the EEA|
|If a country were to make use of Article 50 of the TEU and leave the European Union, is it the Commission's position that it would automatically remain a member of the EEA, given that all current EU members are also members of the EEA and that the EEA has no procedure for expelling members?|
|27 ottobre 2011|
|Interrogazione con richiesta di risposta scritta|
Articolo 117 del regolamento
Nigel Farage (EFD)
|Oggetto: Appartenenza all'UE e spazio economico europeo (SEE)|
|Se un paese dovesse ricorrere all'articolo 50 del TUE e recedere dall'Unione europea, ritiene la Commissione che esso rimarrebbe automaticamente membro del SEE, dal momento che tutti gli attuali membri dell'UE sono anche membri del SEE e che il SEE non dispone di una procedura per l'espulsione dei membri?|