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CLICK HEREto hear parts of these stories inside theBARN’s Morning Ag News with NAFB Broadcaster Brian AllmerNational Ag News for October 1, 2009Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation“September Pork Loses Climb”U.S. hog producers lost around 46-dollars per hog during September. According to experts at Iowa State University, that’s the largest per animal loss in the string of monthly losses that have now gone on for two years. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 11:45:02

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Text of Kerry-Boxer Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, The Senate's Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation

A SUMMARY OF THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND AMERICAN POWER ACT AS INTRODUCED September 30, 2009 SECTION 1 . SHORT TITLE ; TABLE OF CONTENTS . This Act may be cited as the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act”. Sections 2. Findings. Describes the impacts of climate change and the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy. Section 3. Economywide Emission Reduction Goals. Establishes targets for reducing global warming pollution. Section 4. Definitions. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 12:11:00

U.S. Climate Action Partnership Presents Outdated Climate Plan

From the Wonk Room. Today, in the first hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee under the leadership of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) ... the political tide in Washington. They deserve credit for moving past conservative rhetoric that denies ... indicated in a recent report, “A U.S. climate bill should set a target of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:59:04

Blocking, Tackling & Running: Leveraging a Crisis Into Real Change

There's a fairly well known cartoon of two scientists working out a problem on a chalkboard covered with complex equations and down in the circle is a little circle with the key step inserted in small print - "and then a miracle occurs". Wouldn't it be nice if we could take the same short-cut to fixing the horrendous shopping list of significant [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:07:11

“Taking a Spin in Social Media” with Metanomics on Second Life

Source: Taking a Spin in Social Media: Building a Virtual Advantage in Online Communities TRANSCRIPT OF METANOMICS INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS ABRAHAM METANOMICS: TAKING A SPIN IN SOCIAL MEDIA: BUILDING A VIRTUAL ADVANTAGE IN ONLINE COMMUNITIES SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 ANNOUNCER: Metanomics is brought to you by Remedy Communications and Dusan Writer’s Metaverse. ROBERT BLOOMFIELD: Hi. I’m Robert Bloomfield , professor at Cornell University ’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 16:31:51

Indian Growth below 6% says United Nations Report

India is expected to grow between 4.7 per cent and 6 per cent this calendar year because of the rapidly-worsening global financial conditions that ... countries. The report called for stronger regulation of financial markets and institutions, adequate ... and a hard-landing of the dollar. If the downside risks were to come true, investors would embark on [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 13:30:43

Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 10/1/2009+

Windows Azure, Azure Data Services, SQL Azure Database and related cloud computing topics now appear in this weekly series.   Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections: Azure Blob, Table and Queue Services SQL Azure Database (SADB) .NET Services: Access Control, Service Bus and Workflow Live Windows Azure Apps, Tools and Test Harnesses Windows Azure Infrastructure [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 23:00:00

ATMs Are Signs of Progress in Iraq

The first ATMs have opened in Iraq since the invasion five years ago -- an encouraging factoid contained in a new by-the-numbers Defense Department ... with dollars to pay government employees. Some restaurants even accept credit cards these days ... government continues to manage the electricity sector with increased effectiveness," the report states. [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 15:24:00

Welsh Investment letter – September 2009

~~~ V-SHAPED RECOVERY VERSUS SECULAR AND CYCLICAL HEADWINDS Growing up in Chicago, I looked forward to every baseball season, and I cheered for both the White Sox and Cubs, since neither team won that much. I never saw the point in being choosey. The GO-Go White Sox went to the World Series in 1959, before winning it 46 years later in 2005, and 88 years after winning in 1917. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, and that 100 year streak appears safe in 2009. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 14:45:08

RIL, auto stocks slide in flat market

Key benchmark indices ended little changed after witnessing wild gyrations throughout the day. The BSE 30-share Sensex rose 7.71 points or 0.05%, off 61.06 points from the day's high, and up 75.19 points from the day's low. The BSE Sensex extended gains for third straight session while S&P CNX Nifty ended marginally lower. Market breadth was weak as small and mid-cap stocks underwent correction.IT stocks were in demand for the third straight day. However, auto stocks retreated on profit booking. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 12:10:00


Sometimes in this blog business you receive a comment that is just so idiotic, that you have to take the time to not only point out their stupidity, ... that the report the mother made against the foster parents involved “just some scratches and a bump.”  My reasoning for this conclusion, is how would they know what was in the report if they were [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:14:42


The Lazarus Covenant is an international suspense novel that explores the scourge of religious extremism, terrorism and war in an unforgettable tale of friendship, faith and forgiveness. It presciently assumes a resurgence of instability in the Balkans and a growing crisis that must be resolved in order to prevent a wholesale clash of civilizations. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 15:53:00

Urban doubt-fitter

By Ryan Avent Barack Obama, man of the city. Photo: Based on image by Matthias Winkelmann The effort to save the American economy is front and center at the moment, but a term is four long years. Beyond the immediate crisis, President-elect Obama -- who hadn't exactly set a modest agenda before the economic collapse -- hopes to transform much [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 18:40:46


Submitted by: Clark Havard Fannie, Freddie And Now, Hannie By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009  Subprime Crisis: The media have pounded President Bush for a wave of Hispanic home foreclosures. But it was Democrats who launched a drive to loosen credit for Hispanics — many of them illegals.   Democrats [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 19:40:15

De-leveraging the Children of Wall Street

submitted by James Baker Welch, VP of Rothschild Investments One of the most stunning facts of the 2008 Financial Melt-down has been the wholesale ... regulatory agencies to determine if the institution has met the credit needs of its entire community. 1   The CRA began to compel banks to underwrite less credit-worthy mortgage loans in order [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 15:40:18

Why Did Bank of America Pay ACORN?

On September 29, the article “Bank of America Pulls ACORN funding” appeared on the CNN political ticker. While the short piece thankfully does list some of ACORN’s recent scandals, such as the Breitbart video investigation and the voter registration fraud, it didn’t answer the question that was surely on every reader’s mind: What exactly [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 07:08:36

It's a bad time to buy a home

Analyst warns against buying homes now:Fox-Pitt Kelton home-builder analyst Robert Stevenson said Wednesday he thinks this year will turn out to be " ... a home given low mortgage rates and falling home prices, we believe that for most homebuyers, the opposite is true," Stevenson said in a report to clients. ..."Buyers who lose their jobs or who stay [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 12:47:00

Identify Credit Repair Scam in 6 Ways!!

by David Wada Everyday, companies target consumers who have poor credit histories with promises to clean up their credit report so they can get a ... . The truth is, these companies cant deliver an improved credit report for you using the tactics they promote. Its illegal: No one can remove accurate negative information from your credit report. So [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 06:23:45

South Carolina Attorney General Reacts to ISTTF’s Report

So here is some follow-up to this week’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force report that downplayed predators on social networks and encouraged ... Carolina has withdrawn from the group (which was collective of 49 of the state AGs – only Texas chose not to participate). He has left based on the fact that the report downplays the threat of sexual [more...]

Date: 2009-01-17 02:33:28

Europe filled with anti-Semitism… Again

Sad, but not surprising, coming out of the continent that gave the world the National Socialist Party. You and I call them Nazis ... and Madrid. Give Giancarlo Desiderati credit for his unintellectual honesty. While most left-wing ... , Intifada, Free Palestine.” Mr. Van Bommel later insisted this wasn’t a call for Jewish blood but for “ [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 12:56:35

How to fix finance

Financial regulationHow to fix financeAn influential group makes some provocative proposals for re-regulating global financeWITH the fires still ... to be the one when governments embrace re-regulation in an effort to fix it. A weighty report published ... the bulk of the findings. “Everyone stands behind the report in spirit. No one disowned it,” says [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 17:08:00

Recognizing a Credit Repair Scam

by David Wada Everyday, companies target consumers who have poor credit histories with promises to clean up their credit report so they can get a ... . The truth is, these companies cant deliver an improved credit report for you using the tactics they promote. Its illegal: No one can remove accurate negative information from your credit report. So [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 06:24:58

The Bipartisan Homeland Security State

Will GriggFor two years, Bart McIntyre was deeply involved in the insignificant, thinly populated white supremacist movement ... criminal syndicates, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, and Persecution ... the agency's immediate ancestor was an appendage of the federal Bureau of Internal Revenue, as the IRS [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 00:24:00

Is 450 ppm politically possible? Part 8

By Joseph Romm A U.S. climate bill should set a target of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 ... the risks of dangerous impacts of global warming. That is the executive summary of a new report I have written for the Center for American Progress (Full report here PDF ). I have changed my thinking [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 00:42:02

Progress Report of Bayanihan Fund Drive as of 10/01/09, now over Php150k

I have just made another update on this listing to include the latest donation from Canada that propelled this Project’s donation to another mileston – over Php150k collection.~Reynz 5:34pm ESTLadies and gentlemen: we have just hit another milestone, with donations collected over one-hundred thousand pesos. When we started this, we thought we would be happy with Php50,000. Little did we know… that this will go far beyond that. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 16:19:45

Chinese Central Bank to Test Program to Settle Trade in Yuan Rather Than Dollars

While it would be easy to dismiss this move by the People's Bank of China to inch away from dollar based invoicing, ... be fading. A UBS Investment Research report says that while it would be wrong to write off the U.S. dollar ... - is likely to cause the dollar to lose reserve currency status entirely.” The UBS report maintains [more...]

Date: 2009-01-10 07:03:40

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2009

The latest word is that an agreement with Russia has been reached, and the flow through the gas pipeline will resume.Also, look for the storming of the Israeli consulate in Montreal, as well as other Gaza-inspired violence around the world.Thanks to AA, Abu Elvis, Insubria, JD, Tuan Jim, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in [more...]

Date: 2009-01-09 04:49:00

You Can Stop a Junk Debt Buyer’s Collection of Your Older Credit Card Debt

by Matthew Highlander A consumer with knowledge of existing consumer protection laws can stop a junk debt buyer’s credit card debt collection attempts. Junk debt buyers are companies that buy batches of thousands of discharged credit card accounts from the credit card banks for pennies on the dollar (under 10 to 15 cents per dollar of debt). Junk debt buyers also resell these accounts to each other for as little as less than one cent per dollar of debt. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 18:47:03

Hillary Clinton Re-Imagined

Hillary Clinton Re-ImaginedHillary Rodham Clinton will serve in a non-partisan role as secretary of state, which may provide her an opportunity to recast her legacy.Hillary Rodham Clinton's confirmation hearing today in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marks a turn in the legacy of a family that has dominated Democratic politics for [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 20:05:21

Friday wrap

Dem Congress to pump raw sewage into nation's workplaces ... The AFL-CIO advanced an argument detailing why a "majority sign-up" is the best option for preserving "the freedom of working people." Below is a syllogism that encapsulates an argument found on the AFL-CIO website.1. The workplace environment has been poisoned by browbeating employers.2 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 11:30:00

10 tech-trends to look out for in 2009

2009, a year to expect the technologies which focus on energy efficiency and mobility – a bit greener and a lot more faster ... a service provider gets taken to court. The mobile will drive a host of apps: global positioning ... , and 16 GB of storage, it’ll be your storehouse, your credit card, your identity. Green Energy: Low [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 21:50:59

Sustainable Transportation Priorities In a Post-Bush America

An excellent article by Phillip Longman in the current issue of "Washington Monthly" is well worth reading as a primer on the current state of our freight rail systems in America, and for the arguments he makes that freight rail needs to be a major recipient of the historical infrastructure investment package proposed by the incoming Obama [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 11:51:35

Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News

Dems showcase stimulus package. House Democrats unveiled an unprecedented $825B stimulus plan yesterday, ... ; first-time home buyers between Jan. 1 and June 30 would get a $7,500 tax credit; local school ... the package is large enough but disagree on how the money should be spent. Still others suggest [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 12:15:12

The End of Large-Bank Wholesale Lending - Time For the Mortgage Banker

The End of Large Bank Wholesale Lending - A Resurgence of Middle Market Mortgage Banking – Chase…a Leading Indicator This week Chase shut down ... volume soaring. This may be the first visible sign of how tough the mortgage industry really is right now and how little of this recent surge in loan applications are actually resulting in profitably [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 18:23:12

Rosa Luxemburg - In her own words

Ninety years ago, on January 15 1919, one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, Rosa Luxemburg, was killed by the Freikorps - a freelance paramilitary outfit formed by rightwing officers after the defeat of Germany in World War I. They acted with the full encouragement of the coalition government headed by Fredrich Ebert and Gustav [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:35:00


Farewell Posted by Lorie Byrd Published: January 15, 2009 - 6: ... of the free world to Texas retiree, I have a feeling that George Bush looks forward to it. He has been far from perfect, but has had some great achievements for which he has received little, if any, credit [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:17:28

Episode 5007 (1/14/2009)

Hey, I don’t pay my taxes; why can’t I be treasury secretary? This is The Colbert Report! ... him his own ass.” Guest- Alan Khazei In closing: “Well, that’s it for The Report, everybody. Remember ... get not one, but two sets billed to your credit card. Goodnight everybody!” Video Highlight: P.K. [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 03:20:16


Environment 16-Jan-09 Growth in Energy Use Could Drop 22 Percent by 2030 Under Right Conditions: Report PALO ALTO, Calif ... the electricity used annually in New York City, according to a new report. Energy Efficiency: The Massively ... -passed lands bill includes Ice Age flood trail WASHINGTON — A massive public lands bill approved [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 17:18:35

Media Alert — Caution, Real News in DC This Weekend

We hate to disturb working reporters covering the vital Celebrity Inaugural Ball lobster-booze-caviar beat, but real news may break in Washington this weekend. Okay, real political news, but that’s as close to “reality” as most remaining Washington scribes get these days.Sleep-deprived, hung-over DC [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 21:55:32

"Frightening" Global Downturn

Grim news is pouring out of nearly every corner of the world including China, Japan, the Philippines, the U.S., New Zealand, and the UK ... " towards the end of 2008.The BCC report, based on a survey of almost 6,000 firms which employ ... in the last three months of 2008."It is clear that the UK economy is facing a very serious recession [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 05:25:00

December California Defaults up 100%

Mr Mortgage is a 20-year mortgage banking veteran, specializing in wholesale and correspondent sales and sales/operations management and bringing ... housing, mortgage and credit meltdown’ and company-specific events. He owns and is the primary ... to the Truth located at http://mrmortgage.ml-implode.com ~~~~ Mr. Mortgage: Dec CA Foreclosure Report [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 17:15:46

US Pension Contributions Shocker

US Capitalism is the world's wealth driver. Many Americans most direct contact with this reality lies in their 401 (k) retirement fund accounts where their annual contributions are often matched ... this year AND according to this report will employers still be prepared to put up their matching [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 14:57:00

Transcript: President George W. Bush Final Press Conference - January 12, 2009

(Source: White House Press Office) 9:17 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Tapper. We have been through a lot together. As I look through the room, I see Jake, Mike, Herman, Ann Compton. Just seemed like yesterday that — that I was on the campaign trail and you were analyzing my speeches and my policies [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 20:41:57

Got TARP? How About Tax Haven Subs?

As we arrive (almost) at the inauguration of the new administration, we are still facing an enormous financial system problem, headed by banks that got too big and gorged on the profits from speculating in risky derivatives at a cost ultimately to be borne by the taxpayers [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:53:31

SHOT Show Update - Day one on the floor

The first full day of the SHOT Show has come and gone, and it was quite a day!  To be honest, it didn’t start well.  My personal bartender last night got a little heavy-handed, and I paid the price this morning ... triggers.  The trend that I credit to Savage, has spread across the industry.  Winchester has the MOA [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 03:54:13

U.S. Climate Action Partnership: Give Polluters Money To Continue Polluting

U.S. Climate Action Partnership: Give Polluters Money To Continue Polluting By Brad Johnson on Jan 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm U.S ... tide in Washington. They deserve credit for moving past conservative rhetoric that denies the need ... in a recent report, “A U.S. climate bill should set a target of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:46:27


Federal tax-filing requirements have become so complex that they eat up 7 ... to one of the nation's largest industries, a new federal report found. Annual preparation of Form 1040, filed by most ... Olson, the IRS' national taxpayer advocate, estimated Wednesday in her annual report to Congress [more...]

Date: 2009-01-09 13:26:54



Date: 2009-01-16 14:29:00

Headlines, snapshots and misc. stories of interest

Here are recent stories of interest from around the web. Click on the hotlinked headlines to read more ... interaction.” The Credit Union Brand: What Is It Good For? This Filene report is yet another ... that has a branding problem. Filene’s report shows that most individual credit unions lack any kind of real [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 15:34:41

Volcker Group’s recommendations for financial reforms

Paul Volcker is “the last honest guy” in the world, according to one of the foremost critics of the financial industry, Martin Mayer ... below. 30 Page Report can be downloaded here for free. Full Report can Be Purchased Here for $49. ... of the crime. The signature right next to Volcker’s on the report is Jacob Frenkel’s, the vice [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 18:55:58

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