Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New New munitions sale to zionists, possible attack planned?

This is a piece of news that is getting little attention but is
important. What else but a strike on Iran could this be used for,
unless the zionists are really hurting. Notice also how Iran's new
drone bombers got plenty of coverage but not this story.
Peter Khan Zendran

Defense Security Cooperation Agency
On the web: http://www.dsca.mil Media/Public Contact: (703) 601-3859
Transmittal No. 10-41
Israel – Unleaded Gasoline, JP-8 Aviation Jet Fuel, and Diesel Fuel
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2010 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency
notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of
unleaded gasoline, JP-8 aviation fuel and diesel fuel for an estimated
cost of $2 billion.
The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 60,000,000
gallons of unleaded gasoline, 284,000,000 gallons of JP-8 aviation jet
fuel, and 100,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The estimated cost is $2
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national
security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a
friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force
for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
The proposed sale of the JP-8 aviation fuel will enable Israel to
maintain the operational capability of its aircraft inventory. The
unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel will be used for ground forces’
vehicles and other equipment used in keeping peace and security in the
region. Israel will have no difficulty absorbing this additional fuel
into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of these three types of fuel will not alter the basic
military balance in the region.
The vendors are unknown at this time due to the competitive bid process
for the supply source(s). There are no known offset agreements proposed
in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of
any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Israel.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of
this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the
sale has been concluded.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The truth about the teaparty funders

Notice how in this article rich mentions the koch family. He forgets to mention that this is the same koch family that dorothy bush married into, that believes in eugenics, and who my dad went to school with in Greenwich in the 1960's.
Peter Z

August 28, 2010
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.

Vive la révolution!

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.

All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president.

Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos (taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). Even the sources of their fortunes remain fairly constant. Koch Industries began with oil in the 1930s and now also spews an array of industrial products, from Dixie cups to Lycra, not unlike DuPont’s portfolio of paint and plastics. Sometimes the biological DNA persists as well. The Koch brothers’ father, Fred, was among the select group chosen to serve on the Birch Society’s top governing body. In a recorded 1963 speech that survives in a University of Michigan archive, he can be heard warning of “a takeover” of America in which Communists would “infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the president is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us.” That rant could be delivered as is at any Tea Party rally today.

Last week the Kochs were shoved unwillingly into the spotlight by the most comprehensive journalistic portrait of them yet, written by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. Her article caused a stir among those in Manhattan’s liberal elite who didn’t know that David Koch, widely celebrated for his cultural philanthropy, is not merely another rich conservative Republican but the founder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which, as Mayer writes with some understatement, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception.” To New Yorkers who associate the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, it’s startling to learn that the Texas branch of that foundation’s political arm, known simply as Americans for Prosperity, gave its Blogger of the Year Award to an activist who had called President Obama “cokehead in chief.”

The other major sponsor of the Tea Party movement is Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is promoting events in Washington this weekend. Under its original name, Citizens for a Sound Economy, FreedomWorks received $12 million of its own from Koch family foundations. Using tax records, Mayer found that Koch-controlled foundations gave out $196 million from 1998 to 2008, much of it to conservative causes and institutions. That figure doesn’t include $50 million in Koch Industries lobbying and $4.8 million in campaign contributions by its political action committee, putting it first among energy company peers like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Since tax law permits anonymous personal donations to nonprofit political groups, these figures may understate the case. The Kochs surely match the in-kind donations the Tea Party receives in free promotion 24/7 from Murdoch’s Fox News, where both Beck and Palin are on the payroll.

The New Yorker article stirred up the right, too. Some of Mayer’s blogging detractors unwittingly upheld the premise of her article (titled “Covert Operations”) by conceding that they have been Koch grantees. None of them found any factual errors in her 10,000 words. Many of them tried to change the subject to George Soros, the billionaire backer of liberal causes. But Soros is a publicity hound who is transparent about where he shovels his money. And like many liberals — selflessly or foolishly, depending on your point of view — he supports causes that are unrelated to his business interests and that, if anything, raise his taxes.

This is hardly true of the Kochs. When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes. He hasn’t changed. As Mayer details, Koch-supported lobbyists, foundations and political operatives are at the center of climate-science denial — a cause that forestalls threats to Koch Industries’ vast fossil fuel business. While Koch foundations donate to cancer hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, Koch Industries has been lobbying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying another product important to its bottom line, formaldehyde, as a “known carcinogen” in humans (which it is).

Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a fringe agenda that tilts completely toward big business, whether on Wall Street or in the Gulf of Mexico, while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and the subsistence of the elderly.

Yet inexorably the Koch agenda is morphing into the G.O.P. agenda, as articulated by current Republican members of Congress, including the putative next speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Tea Party Senate candidates like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and the new kid on the block, Alaska’s anti-Medicaid, anti-unemployment insurance Palin protégé, Joe Miller. Their program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the superrich; apologizes to corporate malefactors like BP and derides money put in escrow for oil spill victims as a “slush fund”; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical and even egg industries (among others) have been outrageous.

The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests. And surely Murdoch is snickering at those protesting the “ground zero mosque.” Last week on “Fox and Friends,” the Bush administration flacks Dan Senor and Dana Perino attacked a supposedly terrorism-tainted Saudi prince whose foundation might contribute to the Islamic center. But as “The Daily Show” keeps pointing out, these Fox bloviators never acknowledge that the evil prince they’re bashing, Walid bin Talal, is not only the biggest non-Murdoch shareholder in Fox News’s parent company (he owns 7 percent of News Corporation) and the recipient of Murdoch mammoth investments in Saudi Arabia but also the subject of lionization elsewhere on Fox.

No less a Murdoch factotum than Neil Cavuto slobbered over bin Talal in a Fox Business Channel interview as recently as January, with nary a question about his supposed terrorist ties. Instead, bin Talal praised Obama’s stance on terrorism and even endorsed the Democrats’ goal of universal health insurance. Do any of the Fox-watching protestors at the “ground zero mosque” know that Fox’s profits are flowing to a Obama-sympathizing Saudi billionaire in bed with Murdoch? As Jon Stewart summed it up, the protestors who want “to cut off funding to the ‘terror mosque’ ” are aiding that funding by watching Fox and enhancing bin Talal’s News Corp. holdings.

When wolves of Murdoch’s ingenuity and the Kochs’ stealth have been at the door of our democracy in the past, Democrats have fought back fiercely. Franklin Roosevelt’s triumphant 1936 re-election campaign pummeled the Liberty League as a Republican ally eager to “squeeze the worker dry in his old age and cast him like an orange rind into the refuse pail.” When John Kennedy’s patriotism was assailed by Birchers calling for impeachment, he gave a major speech denouncing their “crusades of suspicion.”

And Obama? So far, sadly, this question answers itself.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Asian Bullion coins overview

With the recent showing at the ANA in Boston and the behavior of coutries in Asia economically and politically one must take a serious look at the Bullion coinage those countries use, as it backs up their currency and is a keystone of their economies. Below is a review of the 5 Bullion issuing Asian countries in order of power and prominence.
CHINA Has been issuing Gold Pandas since 1982 in 1, ½, ¼, 1/10, and 1/20 oz sizes and Silver Pandas since 1983. The designs change every year, have a high purity and are in high demand around the World. Interestingly enough they are minted in Shanghai, where the Chinese government allows many private mints to operate and issue Panda coinage.
RUSSIA Has been issuing Gold ¼ oz. St George coins since 2006 and Silver St. George coins since 2009. Their using the ¼ size corresponds to the same size as the Soviet Chervonetz and Imperial Roubles in a size Russians understand. If Russia begins adding new Gold sizes this means they are getting serous, and Russia has vast untapped Gold mines to make those coins and is known not to waste resources.
KAZAKHSTAN Issued in 1996 Gold Silk Road coins and in 2009 Gold and Silver Irbis coins. Despite high purity of content Kazakhstan has trouble finding foreign distribution for those coins, one possible reason is fear of some foreign nation coming in to exploit kazakhstan’s economy and vast untapped resources.
IRAN Has been issuing Gold Azadi coins since 1979 when the replaced the Pahlavi. They are minted in 8, 4, and 2 gram sizes of the same Gold content as the Pahlavis. Though not popular abroad and struck infrequently since Ahmadinejad took office they provide backing for Iran’s currency. Interestingly enough the Azadi’s have made the Pahlavis and other Imperial Gold coinage more popular.
ISRAEL Issued a 1 oz. Gold Bullion coin in 2010 with an image of a holy site in Jerusalem and there are plans to start a series of Gold Bullion coins. The mintage is strictly limited and advertising, like the American premiere of this coin at the ANA in Boston, is targeted at jewish people and Zionists, which demonstrates the Israelis may be aware this Bullion coin may become a flop. Interestingly enough they are seeking buyers from people who lost money in the madoff ponzi scheme.
Oddly enough there has been no news of countries like India, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, South Korea, Singapore, have not tried to issue Bullion coinage, if they did they could really have an impact on the World economy.