As of Wednesday May 30, 2012

Rothschild and Rockefeller families team up to buy assets from banks and other distressed sellers in official union; RIT Capital Partners takes 37 percent stake in Rockefeller Financial Services

"Government is corrupt across the board," says Dylan Ratigan, recommends local, collective cooperation to circumvent opaque, revolving-door relationship between government and corporations

Pollution, primarily from coal burning, resulting in over one million birth defects per year in China; abandoned, physically deformed and mentally retarded children among residents in Shanxi province living in "hell" full of toxic ash

Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 3.2 percent to 31.6 billion tonnes in 2011 in record jump driven mainly by Chinese coal use; International Energy Agency says rise offsets falls in U.S. and Europe

Obama silent on climate change, pollution in big energy speech at wind plant in Iowa

Study finds massive economic growth not translating into overall life satisfaction for middle and low-income Chinese

IKEA subsidiary, Swedwood, clear-cutting old growth, Russian Karelian forests for cheap furniture

Catch limits proving helpful to U.S. fisheries, according to latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report

Endemic Chagas disease situation in Americas bears resemblance to early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic; up to 1 million cases in U.S. alone

Obama administration set to notify Congress of plans to arm fleet of Italian MQ-9 Reaper drones

Insult on top of injury: Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund managing director, revealed as not subject to any taxes on $467,940 salary and $83,760 allowance as member of global ruling class; IMF boss with contractually guaranteed yearly pay raise puts forth need for Greek people, however, to pay their taxes

National Bank, Greece's largest lender, reports 537 million euro loss in first quarter 2012

Greek suicide epidemic continues as indebted pensioner hangs himself from tree in public park

Depression: 20,000 applicants for 877 jobs at Hyundai plant in Alabama

Bill Bonner: U.S. exemplifies "zombie job" market; 100 million Americans jobless, only 50 million out of 311 million population productively employed

More than 100,000 Americans out of work longer than a year in six states and Washington, D.C., expected to lose unemployment checks this summer; total cut off this year pushing over 500,000

Revolving door: Federal Reserve Board of Governors swears in one former Bush and one former Obama administration official

Matterhorn Asset Management's Egon von Greyerz expects $100+ trillion to be printed, worldwide capital controls

German 2.3 trillion euro stabilization plan calls for southern European nations to pledge gold and other national treasures as collateral

New "bath salts" drug suspected behind horrific, zombie-like cannibal attack in Miami; perpetrator ignored police orders to stop, growled at officers; doctors describe delirious, aggressive, super strong patients

Bluefin tuna carrying Fukushima-born radiation from Japan to California

Massive, highly sophisticated spy and data-stealing malware, "Flame," infecting Iranian computer systems identified by Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab; complexity of malware and geographic scope of infection strongly indicative of state-created cyber weapon

Police state: Transportation Security Administration VIPR team spotted at Detroit music festival

Police militarization: Virginia Gov. McDonnell, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, says police use of drones "great" and "absolutely the right thing to do"

Pragmatic traitor and war criminal: Americans, teenage girls among bureaucracy's nominees under direct, personal consideration for placement on Obama's top secret, extrajudicial kill list; administration considers all military-age males in strike zones as combatants in endless quest for body count results with officially low collateral death figures; signing off on every drone strike; captures not attempted for political benefit of avoiding new Guantanamo prisoners

Libya redux: Senator Lindsey Graham says he would support no-fly zone over Syria

Libya redux: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says escalating "atrocities" in Syria could end up triggering U.S. military intervention

BBC News uses photograph from 2003 Iraq in report on Syrian massacre; caption states "believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial"

White House blames Syrian government for Houla massacre

Ninety two people massacred in central Syrian town of Houla; government, opposition trade accusations

NATO air strike on family home kills 8 Afghan civilians, 6 children among dead

India to help Russia, China replicate Project Tiger conservation program

Demand for bush meat wiping out critically endangered gorillas and chimps; scientists warn consumption of primate flesh could unleash global viral pandemic

Japanese officials give assurances that spent fuel pools at Fukushima are stable

Half of American households receiving some type of government benefit

Mexican marines find clandestine workshop in north of country making copies of military uniforms

"100 percent" chance of "global recession either in Q4 or early 2013," according to famed economist Marc Faber

British Home Secretary says plans in works to restrict expected immigrant flow in event of euro collapse

Spaniards increasingly transferring funds out of Spanish banks, converting out of euro currency

Standard & Poor's lowers credit ratings of five Spanish banks; Bankia seeking 19 billion euros in government aid

Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi and former PM under Mubarak and ex-air force chief Shafiq to face off in Egyptian presidential election

Cargo ship loaded with Russian arms reportedly en route to Syria

War on the American Citizen: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel says his Texas department considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its flying drone

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives requesting records from Alaska gun store owners outside of criminal investigations; Deputy Director gives assurance Bureau "looking to remedy" illegal practice in response to inquiry by Alaska Rep. Don Young

Iranian Navy first to respond to distress call from U.S.-flagged Maersk Texas under pirate attack in Gulf of Oman

Revolving door: ex-JP Morgan lobbyist, Dwight Fettig, staff director for Senate Banking Committee

Russian military intelligence suspect U.S. industrial sabotage behind crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 during demonstration flight

U.S. drone strike kills 10 people in Pakistan's North Waziristan; follows strike day before killing 4

Ammunition boxes labeled "Qatari Army" found among Syria-bound arms on Lutfullah II ship intercepted last month by Lebanese Army

Intolerant Jewish mobs attack African refugees and migrants in Tel Aviv; calls for expulsion of thousands of blacks arriving monthly

Marine Le Pen prepared to National Front support behind socialists in upcoming parliamentary elections

Nationalist Tomislav Nikolic wins presidency in Serbia

Wave of the future: Detroit going dark in "distressed areas," shrinking city too broke to fix 60 percent of street lights

Real Federal deficit of $5 trillion under standard accounting rules, according to USA Today analysis; Congress exempting itself from including costs of promised retirement benefits via Social Security and Medicare in official figure of $1.3 trillion

Two-tiered markets: Facebook shareholders striking back with lawsuit over selective disclosures to preferred investors

JP Morgan fueled price distortion of credit default swaps driving investors toward exchange traded funds to make bearish bets on junk bonds

Greek mother and son jump to their deaths; son writes of being unprepared to face economic crisis

Budget plans from autonomous communities reveal Spain's highly indebted regions need to refinance 36 billion euros; 28 billion in bilateral loans from Spanish banks previously not made public

Israeli Defense Minister Barak says military strike on Iran still an option despite Iranian acceptance of UN deal on International Atomic Energy Agency probes

Congressman Dennis Kucinich says U.S. needs "direct negotiations" with Iran, must not be dragged into war by Israeli interests, calls sanctions "another form of war" and advises "We should forget about trying to conquer other countries"

Russia successfully test fires new intercontinental ballistic missile to counter deployment of American missile shield; prototype failed in 2011

Former Fukushima nuclear plant worker believes Japan will be evacuated if No. 4 fuel pool collapses

Zetas' paramilitary organization and tactics proving formidable to rival drug cartels, police, and military; deadly ambushes, reconnaissance maneuvers, network of spies, and threats to overthrow Mexican government highlight cartel's intelligent combat capability and insurgency training

Syrian anti-Assad rebels receive third generation anti-tank missile from Saudi and Qatari intelligence on recommendation of U.S.

International Institute of Finance review expects losses could hit 260 billion euros for Spanish banks; say "Spain's macroeconomic prospects are worse than those faced by Ireland"; bulk of losses coming from commercial real estate; will need additional 60 billion euros for reserves to handle losses

White woman attacked by black trio in McDonald's drive-thru line; attackers incensed by gall of "white bitch" advising against littering

Iraqi Navy to use drones to monitor oil fields; State Department under pressure from lobbyists for broader relaxation of military export controls, allow makers to cash in globally on drone sales

U.S. letting China directly bid on debt at auction, bypass Wall Street primary dealers for Treasury orders; documents reveal first-of-its-kind relationship with a foreign central bank put in place in June 2011 in move to please and retain largest client

Israel's rare wildlife under intense pressure from poachers

California condor population rises from 22 to over 400 after 30-year conservation program; lead poisoning remains top cause of death

Senate Appropriations Committee moves forward with legislation to raise passenger fees to close budget gap at Transportation Security Administration

Ron Paul wins majority Republican delegates in Minnesota's state convention

Cult of personality: hidden video captures teacher's berserk political warning to high school student in heated debate over Obama bullying admission in classroom

Hawaii stalls on Arizona Secretary of State's request for Obama birth records

Israeli army "to investigate" after helping settlers shoot Palestinians; video captures complicit troops sent to end violence between parties

Hundreds arrested after second night of protests in Quebec against new anti-protest law; exchange of Molotov cocktails and tear gas; Canadian students and supporters vow to continue "fighting an unjust law... in the streets... in the courtrooms and it will die because the freedom of assembly is one of our most fundamental rights. These laws have no place in a democracy"

Thousands attend funeral for slain Sunni cleric, Sheik Ahmad Abdel-Wahad, in north Lebanon; anti-military protest after burial

Two dead after overnight street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in Beirut

Escalation of clandestine war in Yemen as U.S. special operations directly provide targeting for Yemeni military air strikes

NATO declares missile shield up and running

Police van drive into crowd, injures NATO protestors; web video reporters detained at gunpoint

NATO summit marks "new normal" of militarized social control in Chicago

Veterans return medals at NATO summit, shouting "human life over war," veterans watching on television consider lies to sell war, "hard to watch and listen to... too true"

Lawyer for accused "domestic terrorists" in Chicago calls scenario "an entrapment to the highest degree"; one activist released from police sweep describes 18 hours in custody, never told of reason for arrest, never read rights, no phone calls, no restrooms, taunted and insulted by officers

Ex-CIA agent and Turkish politician Berkan Yashar tells Russia's Channel One that Osama bin Laden died of natural causes in 2006; body taken from grave site revealed by abducted former bodyguard

Suicide terrorist driving booby-trapped car storms site of Syria's Military Constructions Institution in Deir Ezzor, 9 dead, scores injured

Explosions kill 11 in Mogadishu

Two killed in central Yemen via U.S. drone-launched missile

Fighting continues post-partition between Sudanese Revolutionary Front and Sudanese Armed Forces in Blue Nile State, Republic of Sudan; stalemate in race war; independent gold mining and trade last vestige of economy

Torture commonplace in new Libya as NATO-backed militia's continue to exact revenge 7 months after murder of Gaddafi

Tiger population revival program boosted by tigress named T-2 giving birth to three cubs in Panna Tiger Reserve in India's eastern Madhya Pradesh

Pollution-enhanced anvils of summer thunderstorm clouds trapping more heat at night, warming atmosphere; researchers must look into effects on longer time scales globally; effect not significant in spring or in high wind

Quebec Premier Jean Charest introduces tyrannical legislation to smash student protestors; imposes huge fines, requires advanced notice and itinerary, limits gatherings to 25 individuals

President Hollande affirms 2012 withdrawal of French combat troops from Afghanistan in first talks with Obama

True patriot: Representative Dennis Kucinich unflinchingly assails H.R. 568 and National Defense Authorization Act as two bills "setting the stage for war with Iran"; tells fellow House members they must vote down NDAA bill devastating to America's interests

"Domestic terrorists" accused of planning to attack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home, firebomb police stations and squad cars; National Lawyers Guild calls allegations "extremely sensational" and part of "the fear campaign to deter people from getting out to protest in the street" during NATO summit; activists post videos of police harassment and intimidation, threats to "crack skulls"

House Republican leaders send letter to Attorney General Holder demanding compliance with official investigation into Obama administration's Fast & Furious gun-running operation; warned he may be held in contempt of Congress

Harvard's Alan Dershowitz renews call to drop murder charge against Zimmerman; slams State Attorney Corey for unethically, unlawfully and unprofessionally sidelining justice for Zimmerman in favor of Trayvon Martin

Casino markets: speculators represented by International Swaps and Derivatives Associations push Commodity Futures Trading Commission to ease regulations on position limits

Iranians turning to gold for savings and trade in face of July sanctions; Turkish gold exports to Iran rise to 9 tonnes, worth $480 million, in March

Curveball: major global banks advising clients to prepare for stock market rally and euro resurgence if Greece forced out of monetary union, banks betting world authorities will flood international system with liquidity

Dictatorship: European Central Bank ex-chief Jean Claude Trichet suggests giving European Union power to declare sovereign states bankrupt and officially take over national fiscal policy

German Chancellor Merkel reportedly proposes referendum for Greece after being among EU leaders criticizing referendum proposed by ex-Premier Papandreou last October; Syriza's Alexis Tsipras accuses Germany of treating country like "protectorate"

"I don't think the United States' financial system any longer performs a useful social function... it's become a great threat to the economic future of the country... turned it into a gambling casino.. the whole thing should just be closed down and re-formed... absence of accountability" says Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy

Peak Oil: top analyst, Mike Rothman, sees evidence of supply problems, prices high in spite of recession a testimony to tight balances, oil demand remains robust

Santander insists British customers' money is safe day after Kent County Council announces it will no longer use Spanish bank for overnight deposits; UK councils hope to avoid repeat of experience with collapsing Icelandic savings banks

Vampire banking: Ireland may be led into another bailout as losses mount from mortgage tsunami; 4 billion euros in capital requirements previously unaccounted for in last year's stress tests; European Central Bank shifts blame to Greeks

Class-action lawsuit filed against JP Morgan on behalf of investors accusing bank of misleading shareholders about multi-billion-dollar losses from synthetic speculative position

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urging Saudis to follow Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans in rising up against royal regime, according to SITE Intelligence Group

House rejects Kucinich amendment to 2013 National Defense Authorization Act prohibiting Joint Special Operations Command from conducting drone strikes against targets whose identity is not known or is based solely on patterns of behavior

Police state: Chicago police break down apartment door, enter without warrant, arrest NATO summit activists, held in secret for hours without charge and denied communication with lawyers

Fighter jets over Chicago "providing the air defense" for NATO summit; authorized to shoot down any aircraft that violates secure airspace

Poachers kill 800-year-old red cedar in Vancouver Island's Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park

One-and-a-half Earths: joint World Wide Fund for Nature and Zoological Society of London report finds human society currently over-consuming planet's renewable resources by 50 percent, takes 18 months for nature to reproduce the resources used in 12 months; tropical wildlife populations plummet over 60 percent in less than 50 years; urge cuts for fossil fuel subsidies

Fossil fuels subsidies and captive markets: Peabody Energy, world's largest coal company, to bid on privilege to mine hundreds of millions of tons of taxpayer owned, artificially low-priced coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin

Peruvian project aims to stop slash and burn farming by linking local reforestation to international carbon market

Syrian conflict spilling over into north Lebanon; at least one dead in fresh clashes with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns

Census Bureau confirms white births now in the minority

Defense Secretary Panetta says "no consideration" of sending U.S. troops to Yemen just one week after Department announces resumption of military-to-military advisory and training operations

Senators unveil Ex-PATRIOT Act to punish expatriates renouncing citizenship

Promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Obama's then-literary agent touts Kenyan birth

Chairman Johnson of Senate Banking Committee to invite JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon to testify at upcoming oversight hearings

Alternative economy: shops accepting Irish pound in town of Clones

Pilot reports near collision with possible drone over Denver, tells air traffic control, "like a large remote-controlled aircraft"

Seven Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies placed on leave for suspicion of belonging to police gang celebrating aggression and officer-involved shootings

United States' planning for military strike on Iran is complete according to remarks from ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro at closed conference in Tel Aviv broadcast on Israel TV

Syrian opposition training in Kosovo

Student cleared in Occupy Wall Street trial after video proves NYPD fabricated disorderly conduct charge

War on the American Citizen: Saxon Security to supply St. Petersburg Police Department with ballistic shields for patrol officers

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest blocks enforcement of National Defense Authorization Act's provision authorizing indefinite military detention of citizens

Judge Andrew Napolitano slams illegality and unconstitutionality of Air Force retention and usage of "incidental" drone footage taken over American skies, saying, "first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero"

Difficult and painful exit for JP Morgan from synthetic speculative position; loss may exceed $2 billion

"The Fed has a lock on the economics world," says Joshua Rosner, Wall Street analyst who correctly called market meltdown; investigation finds group think institutionalized, real criticism of central bank has become career liability for members of economics profession

Suburban poverty soaring in America as middle class disintegrates; unemployed professionals now reliant on public assistance, foraging for essentials

Goldman Sachs lawyers inadvertently reveal illegal practice of naked short selling; long-alleged practice of selling non-existent stock confirmed

Spain downplaying potential bank losses as real estate loans prove toxic and economy continues to deteriorate; developers still building amidst 2 million vacant homes

Italian economy continues contracting, public displeasure growing with unelected Monti government

Syriza's Alexis Tsipras says "judgment of the people and their verdict is not a national disaster" on prospect of euro zone departure; IMF's Christine Lagarde says "technically prepared" for Greek exit

European Central Bank stops operations with some Greek banks over failed recapitalization

Greeks withdraw at least 700 million euros from banks in one day

Saudi Arabia, Qatar purchasing, U.S. coordinating distribution of new arms to Syrian rebels; Turkey may provide pretext for NATO attack with border security issue

U.S. calling on other Group of Eight economies to make preparations to release strategic oil reserves in view of European Union's full ban on crude oil imports from Iran starting in July

Fortress Chicago: heavy metal fencing erected around NATO summit site

States diverting hundreds of millions in foreclosure prevention and financial fraud investigation funds to plug budget gaps

Obama and House Speaker Boehner reportedly at odds over raising of debt ceiling yet again

Witch hunt: FBI looks into charging Zimmerman with hate crime

Ron Paul discontinues pursuit of votes in upcoming primaries, focuses solely on state conventions in states already contested

Greece's deputy prime minister says country will run out of money in six weeks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition loses power in state of North Rhine-Westphalia; follows on heels on loss in Schleswig-Holstein; votes increasingly suggest big changes ahead in next year's national elections

Great Pacific garbage patch giving sea striders place to breed in open ocean, changing ecoystem

Dozens killed in south Yemen government offensive with "U.S. logistical support"

U.S.-led forces serving in Afghanistan fire eight mortar shells across border into Pakistani village in North Waziristan

Two members of U.S.-led coalition killed when two men wearing Afghan police uniforms open fire at undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan

Italy considering using army to protect defense conglomerate Finmeccanica and tax collection agency Equitalia from angry public

Malaysian court finds George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo guilty of war crimes for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in American hands; full transcripts of charges, witness statements and other relevant material to be sent to Chief Prosecutor of International Criminal Court, as well as United Nations and UN Security Council

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says Fukushima threatens continuation of life as we know it

Sacrificial offering: JP Morgan to replace three top traders following latest losses

JP Morgan pursuit of loopholes contributes to latest losses

United States to resume arm sales to Bahrain

Liam Halligan: false and dangerous dichotomy of growth versus austerity being fed to electorates

Air Force intelligence brief states that drone fleets can be used to surveil Americans

Police state: Metra unveils commuter rail security restrictions for NATO summit

Totalitarian Britain: UK military and police ready acoustic weapons for Olympics

Forty nine dismembered bodies dumped on Mexican highway near northern city of Monterrey

New York police increasingly make arrests of thieves of manhole covers and other metals as commodity prices rise

California Governor Brown urges voter approval of new taxes, state faces $16 billion budget shortfall

U.S. Department of Labor notifies California that state no longer meets minimum criteria for providing FED-ED extension benefits despite high unemployment rate

Teary testimony: undercover Houston cop claims fear of teenage boy, Chad Holley, receiving police group beating

Gauche caviar: president-elect Hollande owns three homes on French Riviera

Syrian rebel brigades proudly posing with al-Qaeda flag

"Put a straightjacket on him [Bernanke], he certainly needs one. This has been the most disastrous experiment... in monetary history and it's gonna end very badly... every time that they take the foot off off the QE accelerator the markets just fade away again... quite clearly happening again just now... [they] keep printing money in the hope that asset prices are gonna go up... everybody around the world suffers... embarked on institutionalized theft," says Asianomics Dr. Jim Walker; economist also sees hard landing for China, worst ahead for Europe

Obama's longtime physician reveals lack of humanity in Obama's character and carelessness with which he enacted politicized health insurance reform

Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues investigation of Obama presidential eligibility with demand for 1980 Selective Service System registration form

Hinde Capital CEO Ben Davies says European Central Bank has no alternative to 3rd round of long-term refinancing operations; ECB and IMF stand to lose most from Greek default without additional low-interest-rate loans

Greece edges closer to default as latest attempt at coalition government fails

Greek banks quietly preparing for return of the drachma; could bring back banknotes and coins in short order

Facebook billionaire co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounces American citizenship

Senator John Kerry frets Eqypt "at risk" of not embracing America, popular movements in parliament could adopt "policies that we find really unacceptable to our basic value system"

U.S. drone strike kills 38, injures dozens in Somalia

Private investigator Douglas Hagmann elaborates on Department of Homeland Security preparation for "massive civil war"

War on the American Citizen: DeKalb County police officer kicks pregnant Georgia woman in the stomach, then charges her with obstruction

Business as usual: J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon says $2 billion loss in synthetic hedge result of investment bank's "flawed, complex, poorly reviewed, poorly executed and poorly monitored" strategy

J.P. Morgan filing reports "significant" mark-to-market losses in "synthetic" credit portfolio

Still too big to fail: Citigroup calls for zero interest rates in near-zero UK and eurozone, more quantitative easing, and additional cash injections in U.S., Japan, UK and eurozone

Marc Faber sees '87-style market plunge without further "massive QE3" stimulus

Hard times: consumer credit report shows Americans borrowing more

Hard times: 49 percent of Americans neither saving nor contributing to retirement plan

Hope in cradle of democracy: new Greek power broker demanding bailout renegotiations, IMF, ECB and other creditors fear 400 billion euro default

Spanish government takes over Bankia; latest and largest bank rescue puts taxpayers on hook for additional 30 billion euros

China starts exploratory oil drilling in disputed waters

Police find dismembered, decapitated bodies of 15 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico

Payback: Justice Department planning to sue Arizona sheriff investigating Obama eligibility for alleged civil rights violations

Proxy war: Saudi and Qatari special forces reportedly behind Damascus bombings; attacks demolish command center of Syrian military security service's reconnaissance division

White House tries to disassociate backing opposition from bombings in Syrian capital

Damascus rush-hour bombings kill 55, wound 400; responsibility accusations exchanged between Assad regime and Syrian opposition

Paul Craig Roberts calls out "latest hoax" to "introduce into the fearful American public the idea of an undetectable underwear bomb"

Orchestrating terror: CIA double agent ordered to blow up U.S.-bound airliner; allegedly infiltrated Al Qaida group, volunteered for suicide attack

Fullerton officers to stand trial for murder, manslaughter, excessive force in July 2011 videotaped beating death of passive, mentally ill, homeless Kelly Thomas; district attorney laments having to prosecute cops

Large ice sheets at risk: scientists model loss of sea ice in the Weddell Sea, increase in wind stress redirects and accelerates warm ocean current far underneath Ronne-Filchner ice shelf, increase melt by factor of 20

Large ice sheets at risk: scientists concerned about east Antarctic, Ronne-Filchner ice shelf slope would accelerate melt, warmer seas would flow toward ice held back on land

NASA Goddard Institute Director says "game over for the climate" if Canada exploits tar sands," instead need to reduce fossil fuel use dramatically to mitigate changes and have a "market-based approach [that] would stimulate innovation, jobs and economic growth, avoid enlarging government or having it pick winners or losers... world’s governments are forcing the public to subsidize fossil fuels"

Mayhem ahead for all sectors, according to David Stockman, former Republican U.S. Congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget, "coping with the crash of a 30-year-long debt super-cycle and the aftermath of an unsustainable bubble... fantastic expansion of central bank footings has been used to buy or discount sovereign debt... This is not a free market at work... central bank money printers and their Wall Street cronies perverting what used to be a capitalist market"

Fukushima Prefecture farmers planting rice despite radioactive fallout

Republican establishment ramping up efforts to block Ron Paul delegates after surprising success of convention strategy

United Nations confirms arms smuggling between Lebanon and Syria

Engineer makes hidden video showing simple bypass of airport nude body scanners, exposes police state theatrics

Loss for liberty as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revokes permissions for NATO summit protests

Victory for liberty as Federal appeals court blocks Illinois enforcement of eavesdropping law in cases where citizens record police officer at work; judge opines, "violates the First Amendment's free speech and free-press guarantees"

Miami Herald makes light of desensitizing police state drills in Coconut Grove

Garden sheds and walk-in freezers provide housing as London descends to third world status

Factory farming: Humane Society undercover video reveals horrific conditions and treatment of pigs at Wyoming supplier to Tyson Foods

Increasing gold outflows from Japan "represent the country's declining economic power"

"Desperation is in the air... Central Banks must choose between devaluing fiat money or a steep global economic slide of historic proportions," says market veteran Robert Fitzwilson

"[Warren] Buffet knows the dollar is doomed by our policies," says market veteran Bill Fleckenstein

German government releases documents from 1998 revealing deep doubts about euro by many in Helmut Kohl's Chancellery; pushed ahead with project despite awareness of "enormous risks" associated with Italy

"The EU Titanic has hit the iceberg... democratic rebellion has begun," says MEP Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage calls whole euro system "total mess," Barroso and van Rumpuy "pretending it's not happening," attempts will be made to set up dictatorship

Hugo Salinas Price: fiat money a drug, people dreaming that there is more wealth than actually exists, world headed for tremendous shock

Amount of cesium-137 in Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool 5,000 times the amount released during Hiroshima bombing, according to Japanese nuclear specialist Hiroaki Koide

Russia reaches multi-billion-dollar agreement with Norway on Arctic shelf oil and gas development

Fear mongering: CIA announces airplane bombing plot thwarted days after campaign to abolish Transportation Security Administration

Kneecapping of Italian nuclear company boss could signal revival of Red Brigades

American diplomats in Afghanistan complaining that U.S. military and CIA out of control, undermining stabilization efforts

Hundreds of mysteriously dead dolphins and seabirds cause alarm in Peru

Addison Wiggin sees America as hollow, corrupt, police state state; casting gaze for investment opportunities far from U.S. shores

Bill Bonner writes "Pentagon has gone rogue... now it is a danger to the nation"

IMF at work: Malawi devalues kwacha by 33%, buying scramble ensues for tangible goods as shoppers expect inflation

James Turk says "new European banking & debt crisis is coming soon"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition loses power in state of Schleswig-Holstein; vote could mean big changes ahead in next year's national elections

Peak helium: U.S. Government squandering non-renewable resource through price fixing

Gold standard: Kremlin's chief economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkevich, says Russia would favour inclusion of bullion in basket-weighting of new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by International Monetary Fund

Drug-defying germs spreading from "ideal incubator" India speed arrival of "post-antibiotic era"

Phony democracy: Iraq's Maliki-led government centralized, corrupt and autocratic in situation likened to Hussein regime

Pat Buchanan: tribalism, radicalism and socialism are the growth stocks of the new Europe as continental unification plans unravel

Former IMF chief and People's Party minister Rodrigo Rato steps down as chairman of Spain's Bankia to give illusion of propriety as country prepares 7 to 10 billion euros in public funds to bailout bank

Operatives caught handing out fake ballots in Nevada and Maine; Paul supporters allege attempt to divide and disrupt results by Romney camp

Ron Paul wins majority of Nevada's delegates to Republican national convention

Defense budget preserves civilian workforce; fighting forces cut but overhead grows

U.S. corporations selling drones to undisclosed foreign governments

David Nevin, other 9/11 defense attorneys call Guantanamo detention, trial rules "unjust... rigged game... government wants to kill... to extinguish last eyewitness to... torture"

Zionist occupied government: U.S. House panel unveils $608 billion defense spending bill that provides nearly $1 billion for Israeli missile defense systems

Israeli forces raze Palestinian village of Araqib in the Negev desert for the 38th time

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters describes New Zealand as becoming "political callgirl of the Pacific" following Crafar Farms sale to China

Chinese purchase Crafar Farms in New Zealand as productive land becomes increasingly valuable resource in finite world with growing population

Payback: Greek voters punish pro-austerity junta politicians while anti-globalist Independent Greeks and nationalist Golden Dawn have strong showing in elections

Secretary of State Clinton urges India to join western efforts to "curb" Iran, Indian PM Singh reminds her of Indian energy needs

Iran upgrades Palestinian Jihad Islami's Gaza arsenal with coastal missiles and improved Qassams

Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi says war games show effective and punishing Iranian counterattack against U.S. forces and allies

Gunmen kill 32 soldiers with attacks on army posts in southern Yemen following drone strikes that killed al Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso

Syria holds elections as violence continues

Afghan president Hamid Karzai summons U.S. ambassador and NATO chief in Aghanistan over series of attacks by NATO forces killing civilians

High radiation "hot spots" at more than 20 schools in Koriyama city in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

Seventy two Japanese organizations make joint urgent request to United Nations for intervention to stabilize Fukushima Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel; global catastrophe looming

Last of Japan's fifty nuclear reactors shut down; power shortages expected

Purchasing managers indexes support grim outlook for euro zone as BLS report does for United States

Judas goat: Berkshire Hathaway's Charles Munger tells CNBC "civilized people don't buy gold"

Mexico massacres: nine found hanging from bridge in Nuevo Laredo, dozens of heads found in vehicle and ice boxes

Suspected U.S. drone strike kills nine in Pakistan

Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency

Independent Greeks' Panos Kammenos positioned to be post-election powerbroker

Ron Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine Republican Party

Obama reelection embarrassment as campaign officially launches in half-empty arena

Scientists at Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia workshop predict flooding and droughts will break regional rice basket and put forth mitigation solutions

Interior Department releases draft rule requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing

New study predicts hydraulic fracturing fluids migrating to aquifers within years; shale formations previously thought impermeable

Bureau of Labor Statistics releases April report showing only 115,00 jobs created; total employment actually falling due to drop in labor force participation rate

Transportation Security Administration reveals passenger complaints four years after public records request

Police state: Secret Service wants airport-style security on trains during NATO summit in Chicago

Opponents denounce plot European Union ministerial plot to merge European Council and European Commission presidencies as attempt to create new European emperor by "people who want to abolish nation states"

Obama administration urging Congress for easier access to cellular phone records, lamenting warrant requirements

Ron Paul Revolution 2.0: son Rand positioning for run at Presidency in 2016

Reeducation camps for Americans: leaked U.S. Army document detail sickening plans for pacifying dissidents via psychological operations while detained

Private investigator Doug Hagmann claims U.S. Department of Homeland Security preparing for "massive uprising... civil war... [Government] ready to fight the American people," according to fully vetted Federal sources

Patriot J.T. Ready reportedly involved in shockingly suspicious murder suicide

"The stock market is still being led by inflation," says Peter Schiff

Web powerhouse Mozilla issues critical statement on Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, bill has "broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security... infringes on our privacy... vague definitions of cybersecurity, and grants immunities to companies and government that are too broad around information misuse"

Israel's military censor to monitor Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and news sites

Russian Chief of General Staff Makarov warns "destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens" as NATO pushes ahead with "destabilizing" missile defense sites in Poland, Romania, and Turkey

More Americans keeping cash in home safes as trust in banks and faith in digital wealth wanes

Restaurant workers' group and Los Angeles clinic partner in program to provide inexpensive healthcare coverage for illegal aliens and other uninsured

Cold comfort: new data suggests sea level rise from melting Greenland glaciers will be less than existing worst case scenarios

Florida Governor Scott upholds civil rights, rejects Tampa's attempt to ban guns during Republican National Convention

Development of natural gas fields in Yellowstone ecosystem pushing pronghorn out of crucial wintering grounds

Center for Biological Diversity requests Securities and Exchange Commission investigate Royal Dutch Shell over misleading statements in Arctic drilling plans

Liar in Chief: Obama admits non-existent person in autobiography a "compression" of girlfriends

Police state: college student retells life-altering horror of detention by Drug Enforcement Agency

Authoritarian America: Chicago no-fly zone to be enforced by shoot-to-kill order during NATO summit

Payroll giant Automatic Data Processing monthly report shows employment increase of only 119,000 in April; expectation for 183,000

Commerce Department reports 1.5 percent drop in new orders for U.S.-manufactured goods in March , biggest decline in 3 years

Federal Reserve Presidents from Chicago and Atlanta warn America heading toward "fiscal cliff" with accompanying "financial shock"

Crowd of over 100 black youths beat two white reporters; attacked and pulled from vehicle at stop light

Over 30 Yangtze porpoises found dead in China as population nears extinction