Paul Joseph Watson – “Bush & McCain Blackmail America With Economic Terrorism”

http://www.prisonplanet.com/bush-mccain-blackmail-america-with-economic-terrorism.html

Bush & McCain Blackmail America With Economic Terrorism

Ferocious fear-mongering rhetoric, possible cancellation of presidential election as financial terrorists threaten Americans with chaos unless power-grabbing bailout bill is passed

Paul Joseph Watson | September 25, 2008

From shying away from even mentioning such terms as “recession,” “unemployment” or “bank failures,” Bush, Bernanke and Paulson are now vigorously invoking the fear of financial meltdown as part of a campaign of economic terror to blackmail the American people into accepting the power-grabbing “bailout,” while John McCain, who last week said the fundamentals of the economy are strong, is now all but threatening to cancel the election should the proposal not receive swift passage.

Bush’s speech last night was a throwback to his March 2003 stump before the invasion of Iraq – replace words like “weapons of mass destruction” with “financial panic” and the tone of the two is not dissimilar.

Bush rammed home the fear by appealing to people’s personal anxieties.

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Environmental News Service – “World Water Crisis Underlies World Food Crisis”

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-18-01.asp

World Water Crisis Underlies World Food Crisis

Environmental News Service | August 18, 2008

The world’s supplies of clean, fresh water cannot sustain today’s “profligate” use and inadequate management, which have brought shrinking food supplies and rising food costs to most countries, WWF Director General James Leape told the opening session of World Water Week in Stockholm today.

“Behind the world food crisis is a global freshwater crisis, expected to rapidly worsen as climate change impacts intensify,” Leape said. “Irrigation-fed agriculture provides 45 percent of the world’s food supplies, and without it, we could not feed our planet’s population of six billion people.”

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Published in: on August 20, 2008 at 10:05 PM  Leave a Comment  

George Washington’s Blog – “Speculators Trying to Buy Control of Food Supply”

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/07/speculators-buying-up-means-of.html

Speculators Trying to Buy Control of Food Supply

George Washington’s Blog | July 28, 2008

According to the New York Times, Financial Times, and others, hedge funds and other investors are buying up farms, farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators, shipping equipment and other necessities for producing food.

Given the meltdown in the housing and financial sectors and the weakness in the U.S. economy, large investors figure that everyone has to eat, and so investing in food production is a sure thing.

That means that speculators will drive up food prices.

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Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM  Leave a Comment  

James Doran – “Honey, they shrank the packets of food”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/jul/13/consumerspending.oil

Honey, they shrank the packets of food

James Doran | July 13, 2008

The humble American consumer, already dogged by soaring petrol prices and declining wages, now has something more sinister to contend with: downsized groceries.

‘There is a grocery shrink ray that has been unleashed on supermarkets across America,’ said Ben Popken, editor of consumerist.com, a popular consumer affairs website.

Facing higher prices for ingredients and a tumbling dollar, American food manufacturers have been forced to tackle the issue of price inflation. But rather than increase the prices of packets of food on the shelves – which tends to steer consumers away from expensive branded goods towards cheaper varieties – many of the big food manufacturers have simply shrunk the size of their products while keeping prices steady.

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Published in: on July 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM  Leave a Comment  

Christopher Booker and Richard North – “The Great Biofuels Con”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/07/12/eabio112.xml&page=1

The Great Biofuels Con

Christopher Booker and Richard North | July 12, 2008

Rarely in political history can there have been such a rapid and dramatic reversal of a received wisdom as we have seen in the past 18 months over biofuels – the cropping of living plants, such as soya beans, wheat and sugar cane, to generate energy.

Two years ago biofuels were still being hailed as a dream solution to what was seen as one of the most urgent problems confronting mankind – our dependence on fossil fuels, which are not only finite but seemed to be threatening the world with the catastrophe of global warming.

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Published in: on July 13, 2008 at 3:43 PM  Leave a Comment  

Reuters – “World Bank’s Zoellick: Food Prices High Until 2012″

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/World_Banks_Zoellick_Food_Prices_High_0712.html

World Bank’s Zoellick: Food Prices High Until 2012

Reuters | July 12, 2008

World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Saturday he expected food prices to remain above 2004 levels until at least 2012 and energy prices would also remain high and volatile.

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Published in: on July 13, 2008 at 3:41 PM  Leave a Comment  

Nicole Colson – “The Ethanol Scam”

http://www.counterpunch.org/colson07122008.html

The Ethanol Scam

Nicole Colson | July 12/13, 2008

At first glance, it seems like common sense.

Unless you’re delusional or in the pay of the energy industry, you know that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming and destructive climate change that is already wreaking havoc around the globe. Not to mention that fossil fuels are a limited resource, costly to extract and refine, and increasingly sought-after by competing nations.

So if a more environmentally friendly fuel could be derived from renewable plant-based sources, wouldn’t it be logical to make the switch?

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Published in: on July 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM  Leave a Comment  

Sue Kirchhoff – “Surplus U.S. food supplies dry up”

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-05-01-usda-food-supply_N.htm

Surplus U.S. food supplies dry up

Sue Kirchhoff | July 3, 2008

As the farm economy collapsed in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was saddled with mountains of surplus cheese, corn and other foods that it socked away in warehouses and even caves.

As recently as 2003, the USDA had to buy so much powdered milk to support dairy prices that beleaguered officials shipped some to U.S. ranchers for cattle feed.

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Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 9:49 PM  Leave a Comment  

Aditya Chakrabortty – “Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/03/biofuels.renewableenergy

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis
Internal World Bank study delivers blow to plant energy drive

Aditya Chakrabortty | July 4, 2008

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

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Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 8:13 PM  Comments (1)  

Mike Finch – “UK Report Predicts Brain Implants, Revolution”

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/UK_govt_report_070208.html

UK Report Predicts Brain Implants, Revolution

Mike Finch | July 3, 2008

A British defense think tank predicts possible “key risks and shocks” for the future in a recently released report. The report predicts microchip brain implants, flash-bombs, Marxist middle-class revolutionaries, extreme globalization and more, all likely within 30 years.

The “source document for the development of UK Defense Policy” was created by the Development, Concepts and Doctrines Centre (DCDC), and will be used to “shape the UK’s future defense requirements” until 2036, according to the report.

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Jonathan D. Rockoff – “Tomato scare may be mistake”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/bal-te.tomato01jul01%2C0%2C69072.story

Tomato scare may be mistake
Health officials say other foods could be the source of U.S. salmonella outbreak

Jonathan D. Rockoff | July 1, 2008

A growing number of health officials fear that investigators made a terrible mistake in blaming tomatoes for the sickening of more than 800 Americans, and they increasingly suspect jalapeno peppers, cilantro or some other food commonly found in Mexican restaurants, health officials involved in the investigation say.

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BBC – “Biofuel use ‘increasing poverty’”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7472532.stm

Biofuel use ‘increasing poverty’

BBC | June 25, 2008

The replacement of traditional fuels with biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people worldwide into poverty, an aid agency report says.

Oxfam says so-called green policies in developed countries are contributing to the world’s soaring food prices, which hit the poor hardest.

The group also says biofuels will do nothing to combat climate change.

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Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 12:32 AM  Leave a Comment  

Michael T. Bucci – “America’s Military Machine Gearing Up for Total War Politics”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9430

America’s Military Machine Gearing Up for Total War Politics

Michael T. Bucci | June 23, 2008

The news items this week point to a severe international crisis pointing ahead (maybe within months of now). Sweden has enabled new surveillance measures on the heels of Germany .

The Treasury’s man Paulson thinks procedures for future bank failures should be erected.

The Bank of England is warning the British that tough times are ahead and to downplay union strikes to protect against upward wage pressures.

What the British are reading now about credit, housing, inflation and employment projections are what Americans heard in January and February. The Royal Bank of Scotland has advised clients to brace for a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets. So far, it is a carefully programmed and artfully implemented design.

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Christopher Laird – “Economic and Geopolitical Dangers for 2008 and 2009″

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article5140.html

Economic and Geopolitical Dangers for 2008 and 2009

Christopher Laird | June 19, 2008

Stock-Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the years, I have used gold market behavior to track economic and political trends. The overall effect was a good take on gold markets and on currencies, which was the intent from the beginning.

We have some rather ominous conclusions about the Summer and Fall of 2008. They are economic as well as geopolitical. The actual gold focus becomes more of a point of reference, as it reacts to events that seem to be readying to occur. In addition, we foresee some rather scary trends for the entire world, going into 09. We are not going to cover all of this in this article, but to give a basic overview.

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Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 4:01 PM  Comments (2)  

FourWinds10 – “The Best Farmland in the U.S. Is Flooded; Most Americans Are Too Stupid to Panic”

http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/health/food/news.php?q=1214017209

The Best Farmland in the U.S. Is Flooded; Most Americans Are Too Stupid to Panic

FourWinds10 | June 19th, 2008

The best commentary I could offer is a link to a previous story: World’s Largest Maker of Crop Nutrients: Famines May Occur Without Record Harvests

But I’ll ramble on a bit more about this, anyway.

As soon as I became aware of the flooding situation in the American Midwest, I posted the story with the EMERGENCY prefix on the title. Just so we’re clear, when I write EMERGENCY at the beginning of a post title, this is my way of indicating that the situation is as serious as it gets. It means that I feel as though everyone reading should consider taking immediate evasive action. All the jawboning about conspiracy, how things could have been, how things should be, etc. are behind us now. You know, EMERGENCY, act fast, eyes wide, nostrils flared, etc.

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Published in: on June 22, 2008 at 1:55 PM  Leave a Comment  
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