newslog – essays & encouraging news – 28 Sep 2009


Richard Moore

* Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate *
In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. An independent debt audit commissioned by the government of Ecuador documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity, illegality, and illegitimacy in contracts of debt to predatory international lenders. The loans, according to the report, violated Ecuador’s domestic laws, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and general principles of international law. Ecuador’s use of legitimacy as a legal argument for defaulting set a major precedent; indeed, the formation of a debt auditing commission sets a precedent. 
“Dog Poet transmission”: The Perfect Storm approaches
The FBI keeps getting caught running false flag operations and had the misfortune of lying to the New York City Police Commissioner who swept into the ‘setup’ and found… wait for it… nothing at all. Now the FBI is leaking all sorts of embarrassing information about New York City cops as a payback. 
The economy is in the toilet. The Federal Reserve says they are not going to let investigators look at their cooked books. Apparently, the Rothschild’s, who own the Federal Reserve and J.P. Morgan and maybe the whole world (who knows?) aren’t happy with the demands that they show the world how much they’ve been stealing and for how long. The last time there was pressure for transparency with The Fed, ‘somebody’ shot the president. 
Elissa Meininger: THE RISE OF TYRANNY
In my research, I came across Jonathan Emord’s latest book, The Rise of Tyranny – How Federal Agencies Abuse Power and Pose Risks to Your Life and Liberty. It is, by far, the most important book I’ve read in a decade about the inner workings of our government and why our country is in such peril today. 
For those who do not know who he is, Emord is a prominent Washington attorney, a specialist in constitutional and administrative law, who has won an astounding number of cases against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is a noted First Amendment expert whose passion for the writings and principles of true liberty is profound.
Doug Page: Our Gigantic Delusion
* Does anybody really believe that the Honduran military Generals trained in our School for the Americas, financed by loans and grants from our government, using a plane that we financed, landing on the way out at a US military base in Nicaragua, acted without U.S. consent in deposing democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya? 
* Does anybody really believe that we are getting out of Iraq when we replace every soldier withdrawn with a hired Blackwater mercenary soldier, and when we are building 4 large permanent military bases in Iraq, and the most lavish US Embassy building in Asia? 
Terry Dobson: Aikido Surprise
In the inspiring story below, a young, Western Aikido master confronts a dangerous, out-of-control drunk on a train in Japan. What happens in the end is a surprise to all, and is a major turning point in the life of the young master. Consider what you might have done if you were this young man sitting on the train in similar circumstances. Powerful food for thought. 
Murray Dobbin: SPP is dead
The SPP is dead. Good. That helps reduce dependence on a downbound US. 
With virtually no fanfare or media analysis, one of the most transformative agreements ever signed by Canada and the U.S. (and Mexico) is officially dead. The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the formal expression of a corporate lobbying campaign called deep integration, is no more. Its official U.S. government website declared last month: “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) is no longer an active initiative… There will not be any updates to this site.” (It’s been edited since to be a little less brutal). 
Habitat for Humanity: fixing up foreclosed houses
   In a few minutes, Brown would stand outside the front door and cut a ribbon, dedicating the first house in Habitat for Humanity Charlotte’s ambitious new effort to rehab homes in neighborhoods decimated by foreclosures. 
     Across the country, Habitat chapters are doing the same – buying vacant, foreclosed-on homes at rock-bottom prices. For most, that’s a big departure from their longstanding model of using volunteer labor to build affordable housing from the ground up.