400% rise: Fee to renounce US citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350
"The cost of getting rid of US citizenship has quadrupled to $2350, up from $450. The changes will come into effect on September 6th and the State Department says it is necessary to cover the real cost of processing an application to lose citizenship.
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Hamas has finally agreed with the PLO's request to take israel to the International Criminal Court.
Palestine will ask the UN Security Council to set a “timetable” for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories, a senior official said. If the request is denied, Palestine will take senior Israeli officials to the ICC over the killing of thousands.
The Importance of Silver
In the importance of gold to a nation, we discussed the monetary importance of gold. Silver, while important as a monetary metal, is also important as an industrial metal - especially to China.
China Becomes a Silver Mining Powerhouse - spurred on by exploding solar panel and industrial demand
China Is the World's Second Largest Silver Producer
So I read through the complete list of the Pentagon's 1033 program, and came up with the following gems:
From the grotesque to the fantastic, it's all there in a searchable spreadsheet. If you'd like to look at the complete list, there's a link for download at the bottom of the article.
What's the craziest thing you found?
Google Search Trends versus Official Election Results. Presidential Primary and General Elections 2008 and 2012.Submitted by Abc on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:01
Comparing presidential candidates' popularity on "Google Trends" for 2008 and 2012 Primary and General presidential elections:
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Apparently opportunity is ripe:
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
Remember the loose lending standards that led up to the collapse of the housing market in 2008? After the crash, pundits cast blame on the bankers, politicians, and the Federal Reserve. The lending environment leading up to the housing collapse was downright insane. The powers that be had created an environment where the only requirements to obtain a mortgage was a pulse and a willingness to go into mountains of debt.
After the house of cards came crashing down, all parties agreed that we should never allow that to happen again.
Prosecutors in California have declined to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed Milton Olin. Olin was a sixty-five-year-old prominent entertainment attorney and former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster.
Deputy Andrew Wood was distracted by his mobile digital computer and he allowed his patrol car to drift into the bike lane where he struck and killed the bike riding Olin.
From the Daily Mail Online:
August 29, 2014
On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul published an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the "interventionists" in both the Democratic and Republican parties who seem blind to the role past American interventions have played in the Middle East's current crises.
DNC Press Secretary Michael Czin fired back at Paul with a statement that reads as if it's been copied-and-pasted from a 2005 Republican National Committee attack on a liberal Democrat. It's worth reading in full:
“Now, on the question of torture. We should not torture. America should not stand for torture, America should not allow torture. But America should engage in aggressive questioning of Islamic terrorists who are arrested or who are apprehended. Because if we don’t we leave ourselves open to significant attack.”
“And the line between the two is very delicate and very difficult. But we can’t abandon aggressive questioning of people who are intent on coming here to kill us. Or killing us overseas. I think that that’s the point that the attorney general designate was trying to make.”
Awhile back I stumbled upon this and printed it for the fridge. A couple of my roommates would always give me grief over the chickens I kept in the backyard. They didn't know that it was their patriotic duty!
Show your support for Liberty for all.
Deficits Don't Matter Again
6:15-11:34 Discussion of the renewed focus on the Fed's policy towards interest rates now that they claim they will stop printing dollars in October. It seems to be designed to take the focus off the $4 Trillion that they printed. The inflationistas have been drowned out by the recoveristas who claim QE worked, there is no inflation and the economy is improving and the stock market is up!