Sunday April 28th, 2013
|Political Assassination Prevented In Rome As Unemployed Man Tries To "Shoot Politicians"
posted 04/28/2013, 10:34 PM (Zero Hedge)|
While suicides out of desperation had long been a tragic, if recurring, staple in depressionary Europe, so far popular anger had been directed at within, with few if any murderous outbursts targeted at other people, and certainly not at politicians (or financiers). This obviously has been a critical aspect of the current economic collapse in Europe - one needs but recall that it was a political assassination that sparked World War I in Sarajevo, and indirectly, via the Weimar collapse of Germany, set the stage for World War II, leading to the death of tens of millions around the globe. Today we came close. As the AP reports, during today's swearing in ceremony of Italy's new pseudo-technocrat yet anti-austerity government which has the blessings of Berlusconi, an "unemployed Italian gunman shot and seriously wounded two policemen Sunday in a square outside the premier's office in Rome, but he "wanted to shoot politicians," Rome prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani said.
|Video Shows Chase That Clearwater Police Say Didn't Happen
posted 04/28/2013, 10:34 PM (Tampa Bay Times)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
TAMPA — Clearwater police officials insist one of their officers ended a high-speed chase of Keith Williamson before the motorcyclist was killed in a Feb. 20 crash on the Courtney Campbell Parkway.
"When it was evident that the vehicle was not going to stop, (the officer) called it off," Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts told the Tampa Bay Times in a Feb. 22 story.
On Friday, Watts reaffirmed, "This was not a chase."
But the dashboard vide... (more)
|Lawmakers Working Together in Secret to Exempt Themselves & Their Aides from Obamacare
posted 04/28/2013, 10:31 PM (Politico)|
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acut... (more)
|$2 Trillion Underground Economy May Be Recovery's Savior
posted 04/28/2013, 10:28 PM (CNBC)|
The growing underground economy may be helping to prevent the real economy from sinking further, according to analysts.
The shadow economy is a system composed of those who can't find a full-time or regular job. Workers turn to anything that pays them under the table, with no income reported and no taxes paid — especially with an uneven job picture.
We need more of this, people simply ignoring the government's stupid laws and doing as they please. (Of course, that unfortunately puts you at greater risk from the police state) - Chris
|Meet the Targets or Die the Death
posted 04/28/2013, 10:27 PM (The Freeman)|
Sometimes a national story, reported in big venues in big ways for 48 hours, just goes away for no good reason. No lessons are learned. No insights are gained. No fundamental reforms are inspired.
That is the case with Atlanta public school scandal in which investigators identified 178 teachers and principals in 44 of the system’s 100 schools involved in cheating on student tests. The investigation has finally been completed and some people are going to the pen.
|Gold Bears Defy Rally as Goldman Closes Short Wager
posted 04/28/2013, 10:24 PM (Bloomberg)|
Hedge funds accumulated their second-biggest bet against gold on record just as prices rallied the most in 15 months on surging demand for coins and jewelry and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ended a recommendation to sell.
The funds and other large speculators held 69,726 so-called short contracts on April 23, within 0.6 percent of the all-time high reached six weeks earlier, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. The net-long position dropped 25 percent to 46,168 futures... (more)
|Investor Jim Rogers May Buy Gold If Prices Drop to $1,300
posted 04/28/2013, 10:24 PM (Bloomberg)|
Jim Rogers, who predicted a commodity rally in 1999, said he may buy gold if a bear market deepens and prices fall to $1,300 an ounce or below.
Bullion for immediate delivery tumbled to $1,321.95 on April 16, the lowest since January 2011, stoking a frenzy among coin and jewelry buyers from the U.S. to India and Australia. Rogers, the chairman of Singapore-based Rogers Holdings, hasn’t bought any bullion after the slump, he said in an interview.
“If it goes to $1,30... (more)