Archive for February 9th, 2013

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Ever wonder how is margarine made?

Many people probably know it is made by a process called hydrogenation. But few are aware of the details of what goes on during hydrogenation.

Here is a step-by-step description of the hydrogenation process.



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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WWLP) – The storm that dumped two feet of snow on western Massachusetts treated the eastern part of the state more harshly. More than 400,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts are beginning their Saturday morning without power, and the state’s only nuclear power plant had to shut down.

By early morning, hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions to in eastern Massachusetts knocked out power to 403,888 customers as of 7:00 A.M. A majority of those without power are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

NStar reported nearly a quarter of a million of its customers had lost power. National Grid’s power outages numbered more than 150,000.

Wet, heavy snow aggravated by winds gusting up to 75 miles an hour did the damage, and that wasn’t all.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth had to be shut down because the plant’s own in-house system had also lost power due to the blizzard conditions.

About three feet of snow fell in some parts of the Boston area, and 28” of snow had already fallen in parts of central Connecticut.



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A political analyst says the US policy of calling for talks with Tehran at the same time that Washington is imposing sanctions against the Iranian nation is “silly and hypocritical,” Press TV reports.

“What has Iran done to the United States? The Iranians did not try to overthrow the US government.… What did Iran do to the United States other than being disobedient, i.e., acting as an independent nation,” Saul Landau said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.



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I don’t pretend to understand the financial fine points here but when I read derivatives, that is enough to understand that profits are being made from fictional assets. When I read “betting on prices”, I understand gambling and controlling prices.

Like the investors aware of the forthcoming 9/11 attacks betting on airline share prices falling.

So here we have profiteering on food prices causing hardship and starvation. How low can people go? But if one asks why?, the possible answers include “to make more money” and to “create a shift in the socio-economic structure”. I would suspect the latter, as making money just for desire, or fun, or because they can, whilst hurting other people suggests a fairly strong ulterior motivation. At least, I would like to think so.

This article by Keith Johnson, American Free Press, posted on Sott.net spells out this greedy and disgusting human behaviour.

Goldman Sachs…

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Globalizing Torture



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Over the past four decades, of all the reasons people over a certain age have given for their becoming radicalized against US foreign policy, the Vietnam War has easily been the one most often cited. And I myself am the best example of this that you could find. I sometimes think that if the war lovers who run the United States had known of this in advance they might have had serious second thoughts about starting that great historical folly and war crime.

At other times, however, I have the thought that our dear war lovers have had 40 years to take this lesson to heart, and during this time what did they do? They did Salvador and Nicaragua, and Angola and Grenada. They did Panama and Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan and Iraq. And in 2012 American President Barack Obama saw fit to declare that the Vietnam War was “one of the most extraordinary stories of bravery and integrity in the annals of military history”.




Learn How To Grow Ten Times The Plants In Less Time, Aquaponics 4 You!

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06 Feb 2013 A multistate probe of alleged manipulation of interest rates threatens to leave banks liable for billions of dollars in estimated state and local losses from the scandal, even as they settle with national regulators. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is helping lead a probe into claims that banks rigged global benchmarks for borrowing, adding to investigations by other authorities, including the U.S. Justice Department. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc agreed yesterday to pay about $612 million to U.S. and U.K. regulators to resolve their claims. States have joined forces as banks reach settlements to resolve liability tied to Libor, or the London interbank offered rate. Barclays Plc in June agreed to pay 290 million pounds ($454 million), and in December, UBS AG agreed to pay 1.4 billion Swiss francs ($1.5 billion).

Libor Accords Leave Banks Facing ‘Massive’ State Claims


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t 05 Feb 2013 The Marine Corps’ shift to the Pacific will ramp up considerably this year, with more personnel and aircraft rotating to Japan and other destinations throughout the region. As of late January, there are two infantry battalions rotating through Okinawa for six months at a time, with a third scheduled to start this summer. The Corps also intends to send a contingent of electronic warfare aircraft to its air station in mainland Japan, and a group of explosives experts will undertake a humanitarian mission in Vietnam. Future engagement with Cambodia is on the horizon, too.

Why we can’t ‘afford’ Saturday mail delivery: More Marines to Japan; Vietnam, Cambodia next

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