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We many need some kind of a "best of" forum here. This place is a great resource already and it's not yet a year old,





I enjoyed the little barb at the end.
Quote:UK poised to become first non-Muslim country to launch Sukuk



The UK Treasury is devising plans to issue a £200m gilt that conforms to Islamic financial law, prime minister David Cameron will say on Tuesday, in a potential development that would make the UK the first non-Muslim country to sell a sharia-compliant sovereign bond.

Addressing an audience of senior officials from Islamic countries at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London, Cameron is expected to stress that it would be a “mistake” for London to miss the opportunity to encourage more Islamic investments in the UK.

With sharia-compliant finance growing 50% faster than conventional banking and global Islamic investments estimated to rise to £1.3 trillion by next year, the UK is keen on attracting “a big proportion” of that new investment, he will say.

Meanwhile, the London Stock Exchange is gearing up to unveil an Islamic Market Index to help managers of sharia-compliant funds spot new investment opportunities.

http://www.efinancialnews.com/digest/201...b04d673622
^ that is big news
(10-29-2013 12:26 PM)johan Wrote: [ -> ]We many need some kind of a "best of" forum here. This place is a great resource already and it's not yet a year old,

like a separate archive forum?

i think that's a good idea
^ Shooting incident prompts evacuation at LAX, situation developing

Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 1:08 PM ET A man with a rifle was reportedly able to get past security and open fire in terminal 3 of LAX airport today. Two people are reported injured. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports the incident may be winding down.A shooting incident forced a partial evacuation of Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.


Airport officials confirmed an incident took place around 9:30 a.m. PT in Terminal 3.

Sources told NBC it was possible that two people had been shot, and that the suspect may have brought a rifle of some sort to the airport.

The Los Angeles Times reported that at a Transportation Security Administration agent had been shot, though further details were not available.

KNBC

Shots fired in Terminal 3 at LAX International Airport.Aerial video from the local NBC affiliate showed multiple police on the scene and at least one person being brought out of the airport on a wheelchair. People were also being taken by bus from the airport tarmac to a separate location.

Terminal 3, where the incident took place, serves airlines including Virgin America and JetBlue.


The FAA reported there was a ground stop in effect for traffic arriving at LAX.
I am shocked that with so many guns around designed for one specific purpose, to shoot & kill other humans that folk actually use them as such, who would have thought.
Quote:Call 911! EBT benefits get cut


I would hate to be a 911 operator around 1 or 2 this afternoon when the welfare recipients start rolling out of bed.

Stand by for a deluge of calls reporting thefts — from their EBT cards.

Their monthly dole just got cut this morning. How can President Obama have let this happen to his most loyal voters?

Who says there’s never any good news in the papers? Let us go straight to the letter that was sent out by the by the Department of Terrorist Assistance, and which I guarantee you absolutely none of the layabouts bothered to read:

“In November, most families will see their benefits decrease due to the end of the additional benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (AARA), commonly known as the stimulus package.”

Some stimulus — giving more money to bums. But then, didn’t Nancy Pelosi tell us that for every dollar a deadbeat pays for a pack of smokes or a 40-ouncer, a buck-forty comes back? She really seems to believe these Bum Bucks procreate or something.

This is only the food stamp program, of course. The “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families” remains the same. The gainfully unemployed just have less to sell in the parking lot of your nearby Market Basket.

A “family” of six will be cut from $952 to $900 in food stamps. Even if you’re just starting your “family,” with only two illegitimate kids so far, you still take a hit, from $526 to $497. Of course you continue to grab the WIC, Section 8, TANF, fuel assistance, Mass Health — the full Tsarnaev, as it’s known among loyal Democrats.

If you have any questions, dial 800-645-8333 on your Obamaphone.

There’s only one way to cope with this mean-spirited Republican attack on the leisure classes — get more EBT cards. You just go down to the welfare office and make a “self-declaration,” meaning nobody checks. That’s how come you read so often nowadays of illegals being pinched, and just before the traditional paragraph about the immigration detainer, you learn that the “dreamer” had two, or three, or even four EBT cards.

Poor Campeo Armando Diaz-
Carola, sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this week after being caught with a pound and a half of heroin. Just selling the skag Americans couldn’t be bothered selling. Obviously not much of a crook, because this illegal, I mean “dreamer,” was only carrying one EBT card.

Gov. Patrick, try to stay near a telephone this afternoon. Your most loyal constituents need your help, and believe me, they’re not looking for jobs.


- Howie Carr / Boston Herald

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/col...ts_get_cut
Quote:Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1) takes the top spot on Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of “The World’s Most Powerful People” (p. 136), as he continues to solidify control over Russia and the international stage. President Barack Obama (No. 2) dropped from the number one spot, followed by General Secretary, Communist Party of China Xi Jinping (No. 3), Pope Francis (No.4) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 5). Rounding out the Top 10 are Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair Bill Gates (No. 6), U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke (No. 7), Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (No. 8), European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (No. 9 ), and the highest ranking active business person on the list – Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke (No. 10). UK Prime Minister David Cameron (No. 11) dropped out of the Top 10 to take the 11th spot on the list.

Among the 13 newcomers to the list (and new to their positions) are Pope Francis (No. 4), China Investment Corp. Chairman Ding Xuedong (No. 36) and Governor of the Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda (No. 39). They are joined by the richest man in Africa – Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote (No. 64), Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee (No. 41), Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn (No. 49), IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (No. 56), and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (No. 58). Politicians who are new to the list include South Korean President Park Geun-hye (No. 52), Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (No. 57), and US Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen (No. 72).

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbespr/201...ul-people/
Interesting that 1,3,4, and 5 probably have some choice words for number 2.
Guilty until proven innocent in the USA.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.c...bbing.html

"In criminal court, you are innocent until proven guilty.

It's a different matter altogether in civil forfeiture, where prosecutors can and do seize the assets of anyone on phony charges. Given there is no recourse or fine, the best the innocent victims can do is get their property back, most likely with a huge delay, if at all.

Consider the plight of Terry Dehko and his daughter Sandy Thomas. They run a small grocery store in Fraser, Michigan. Because their insurance only covers a cash limit of $10,000, they frequently make smaller deposits. One day last January, the government seized $35,000 of their assets, not in the store, but in the store account.

Officials said Dehkos had violated federal money-laundering rules, which forbid people to “structure” their bank deposits so as to avoid the $10,000 threshold that triggers banks to report a transaction to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

There was no evidence of guilt. Dehko was not charged with any crimes, and the IRS supported Dehko's claim. Nonetheless, Dehko is offered 20% of the amount taken from him.


See also:

http://www.economist.com/news/united-sta...g-hand-law

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RP talks about the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008.





Quote:What Cannot Be Said About Iraq
by Ron Paul

October was Iraq's deadliest month since April, 2008. In those five and a half years, not only has there been no improvement in Iraq's security situation, but things have gotten much worse. More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq last month, the vast majority of them civilians. Another 1,600 were wounded, as car bombs, shootings, and other attacks continue to maim and murder.

As post-"liberation" Iraq spirals steadily downward, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was in Washington last week to plead for more assistance from the United States to help restore order to a society demolished by the 2003 US invasion. Al-Qaeda has made significant recent gains, Maliki told President Obama at their meeting last Friday, and Iraq needs more US military aid to combat its growing influence.

Obama pledged to work together with Iraq to address al-Qaeda's growing presence, but what was not said was that before the US attack there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq. The appearance of al-Qaeda in Iraq coincided with the US attack. They claimed we had to fight terror in Iraq, but the US invasion resulted in the creation of terrorist networks where before there were none. What a disaster.

Maliki also told President Obama last week that the war in next-door Syria was spilling over into Iraq, with the anti-Assad fighters setting off bombs and destabilizing the country. Already more than 5,000 people have been killed throughout Iraq this year, and cross-border attacks from Syrian rebels into Iraq are increasing those numbers. Again, what was not said was that the US government had supported these anti-Assad fighters both in secret and in the open for the past two years.

Earlier in the week a group of Senators -- all of whom had supported the 2003 US invasion of Iraq -- sent a strongly-worded letter to Obama complaining that Maliki was far too close to the Iranian government next door. What was not said was that this new closeness between the Iraqi and Iranian governments developed under the US-installed government after the US invasion of Iraq.

Surely there is plenty of blame that can be placed on Maliki and the various no-doubt corrupt politicians running Iraq these days. But how was it they came to power? Were we not promised by those promoting the war that it would create a beach-head of democracy in the Middle East and a pro-American government?

According to former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in early 2001 as the new Bush administration was discussing an attack on Iraq, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, "Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam and with a regime that's allied with US interests. It would change everything in the region and beyond it. It would demonstrate what US policy is all about."

We see all these years later now how this ridiculous this idea was.

I have long advocated the idea that since we just marched in, we should just march out. That goes for US troops and also for US efforts to remake Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and everywhere the neocon wars of "liberation" have produced nothing but chaos, destruction, and more US enemies overseas. We can best improve the situation by just leaving them alone.

The interventionists have unfortunately neither learned their lesson from the Iraq debacle nor have they changed their tune. They are still agitating for regime change in Syria, even as they blame the Iraqi government for the destabilization that spills over. They are still agitating for a US attack on Iran, with Members of Congress introducing legislation recently that would actually authorize US force against Iran.

It looks like a very slow learning curve for our bipartisan leaders in Washington. It's time for a change.
(11-04-2013 08:43 AM)Roland Bates Wrote: [ -> ]Guilty until proven innocent in the USA.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.c...bbing.html

"In criminal court, you are innocent until proven guilty.

It's a different matter altogether in civil forfeiture, where prosecutors can and do seize the assets of anyone on phony charges. Given there is no recourse or fine, the best the innocent victims can do is get their property back, most likely with a huge delay, if at all.

Consider the plight of Terry Dehko and his daughter Sandy Thomas. They run a small grocery store in Fraser, Michigan. Because their insurance only covers a cash limit of $10,000, they frequently make smaller deposits. One day last January, the government seized $35,000 of their assets, not in the store, but in the store account.

Officials said Dehkos had violated federal money-laundering rules, which forbid people to “structure” their bank deposits so as to avoid the $10,000 threshold that triggers banks to report a transaction to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

There was no evidence of guilt. Dehko was not charged with any crimes, and the IRS supported Dehko's claim. Nonetheless, Dehko is offered 20% of the amount taken from him.


See also:

http://www.economist.com/news/united-sta...g-hand-law

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Disgusting
^ interesting.

so you don't think anyone died?
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