Jeremy Clarkson Gets Offensive Again: Gets The Most Top Gear Laughs

December 30, 2011

It’s showmanship …

Viewers have complained to the BBC after the outspoken presenter made a series of controversial remarks about the country’s clothing, trains, food and history.

At one point, Clarkson appeared to make light of the lack of sanitation for poor residents by driving around slums in a Jaguar fitted with a toilet on the trunk.

Showing off the car's convenience, he boasted: “This is perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots.”

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Our Rigged System: The House’s symbolic debt limit vote

December 30, 2011

The House is expected to vote in January on whether to disapprove of the next phase of a multi-step debt-limit increase that Congress and the president agreed to in August.

While the vote carries symbolic significance for some fiscal hawks, it won’t have a substantive impact: Republicans in the House and Senate don’t have the two-thirds necessary to override the president’s veto in the unlikely event that a resolution of disapproval made it to his desk.

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The EU And IMF Watch In Horror As Everything Goes To Hell In Hungary

December 30, 2011

Hungary just approved a new central bank law, to the dismay of the International Monetary Fund and European Union.

It’s the same law that caused the two international organizations to withdraw their support for Hungary’s bailout earlier this month.

The law changes the way Hungary’s central bank is managed, in a way the EU and IMF have argued will to compromise its independence from politics.

Hungary has been at the center of quiet economic angst in Eastern Europe, largely overshadowed by the sovereign debt crisis in southern Europe. Standard & Poor’s downgraded Hungarian government debt to junk last week and the government staged the latest in a series of failed bond auctions yesterday.

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The Number One American Problem Which Scares The Most

December 30, 2011

Economic collapse. Says a new survey by Leflein Associates, Inc.

In the new survey mentioned above, those contacted were asked to select the top three potential catastrophes that worry them the most.

The following results come directly from the survey….

Economic Collapse: 63%
Natural Disaster: 46%
Terrorist Attack: 44%
Global Disease Outbreak: 33%
Global War: 27%
Nuclear Accident: 25%
Global Warming: 22%
Fuel Shortage: 15%
Cyber War: 8%
Famine: 8%
Oil Spill: 6%
Industrial Accident: 5%

As you can see, “economic collapse” was the winner by a wide margin.


SOPA

December 29, 2011

The Internet’s most popular destinations, including eBay, Google, Facebook, and Twitter seem to view Hollywood-backed copyright legislation as an existential threat.

It was Google co-founder Sergey Brin who warned that the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act “would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.” Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman argue that the bills give the Feds unacceptable “power to censor the Web.”

But these companies have yet to roll out the heavy artillery.

When the home pages of Google.com, Amazon.com, Facebook.com, and their Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress the next day on SOPA, you’ll know they’re finally serious.

True, it would be the political equivalent of a nuclear option–possibly drawing retributions from the the influential politicos backing SOPA and Protect IP–but one that could nevertheless be launched in 2012.

But when their are no options …

Web firms may be outspent tenfold on lobbyists, but they enjoy one tremendous advantage over the SOPA-backing Hollywood studios and record labels: direct relationships with users.


The Dirty Secret In Uncle Sam’s Friday Trash Dump: Where The Secrets Are Buried

December 29, 2011

Debt piling up upon more debt … when we already have more than can ever be paid off.

You think this is sustainable? Tell me, what is the media’s responsibility to broadcast this bad news far and wide?  If you spend much time watching the mainstream news, then you know how incredibly vapid it can be.  It is amazing how they can spend so much time saying next to nothing.  There seems to be a huge reluctance to tackle the tough issues and the hard questions.  Perhaps I should be thankful for this, because if the mainstream media was doing their job properly, there would not be a need for the alternative media.  Once upon a time, the mainstream media had a virtual monopoly on the dissemination of news in the United States, but that has changed.

Thankfully, at least for now, the Internet in the United States is free and open and if people want the truth, they can go searching for itToday, an increasing number of Americans want to understand why our economy is dying and why our national debt is skyrocketing.  An increasing number of Americans are deeply frustrated with what is going on in Washington D.C. and they are alarmed that we seem to get closer to becoming a totalitarian police state with each passing year.

People want real answers about our foreign policy, about our corrupt politicians, about our corrupt financial system, about our shocking moral decline and about the increasing instability that we are seeing all over the world, and they are not getting those answers from the mainstream media.

If we pick the wrong with the next president, we will be in Big Trouble. A debt prison awaits …

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Congress vs The People

December 29, 2011

Does anybody remember the phrase in the Constitution “we the people” … and the supremecy of it?

Insider trading anyone?


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