Sunday, May 29, 2011

UFO Videos: Spain

This is from earlier this year captured off the coast of Spain...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

One Week After the Supposed Rapture

Funny stuff...

In case you missed it, here's my rant about last week's supposed Rapture.

And don't forget about this rather funny video on Judgement Day.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Second Egyptian Revolution

Today marked another big day in Egyptian revolution as protesters took to Cairo's Tahir Square. A second series of rallies and protests were scheduled for May 27.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Max Keiser: Gold Stands Rock Hard and Savers and Speculators

Max and Stacy returned with a couple of episodes of the Keiser Report. More of the same from vitriol Max as he rants about the banker insurrection...

In Episode 149, Savers and Speculators, Max interviewed Nomi Prins the author of It Takes a Pillage...

In Episode 150, Gold Stands Rock Hard, Max chatted with Ned Naylor-Leyland (from Cheviot Asset Management) about precious metals...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Silver Bears Part 6: The Silver Paper War

The Silver Bears are back with The Paper Manipulation aka The Silver Paper War.

For more episodes of the Silver Bears, check out: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi: A Problem Worth Solving

Editor's Note: I'd like to welcome Bottom Fed Buddha to the mix as a special guest poster. He's sharing his thoughts about the Fukushima meltdown in Japan.

Fukushima Daiichi: A Problem Worth Solving

Greetings friends,

Every day on which I’ve taken time to work on this piece, over a trillion becquerels (one Becquerel being a single nuclear decay, and that nuclear decay being more or less dangerous depending on the element from which it is decaying) have been emitted via steam and groundwater leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi Number One power plant in Northeastern Japan. The earth under this nuclear power plant has subsided by more than a foot. Reactor #4 is leaning worse than a peg-legged pirate. Tens of millions of pounds of water, contaminated with some of the most toxic and environmentally persistent substances known to man, sit perched multiple stories above the ground in buildings compromised both by the earthquake and by massive hydrogen explosions which rocked the buildings in the days following the quake.

How did we get here?

As you’ve probably heard there was a very, very large earthquake on the western edge of the Ring of Fire on March 11, 2011. This earthquake displaced the sea floor at up to 60 feet in some places, causing a mountain of water to rush towards Japan, in some places inundating the coastline for miles.

In the path of this fifty foot wall of water was the Fukushima Daicchi Number One Nuclear Power Plant, protected by a seawall designed for a 22-foot wall of water. The reactor buildings appeared to have weathered the tsunami itself admirably, although now there is some discussion that there may have been some catastrophic structural failures caused by the earthquake itself. Power was lost. Backup generators located on the ground floors of the plant were inundated with salt water. As those generators were brought on-line they were destroyed by the salt/fuel mix. There was no way to cool the reactors. Temperatures increased to a NHK reported 2,800 degrees C. Fuel melted (the zirconium cladding of the rods that hold the fuel pellets melt around 1,600 degrees). Fission of the water cooling the rods occurred. H2 gas was fissioned alongside O2 was fissioned as well to fuel it, and the buildings exploded. In Reactor #1 it is thought that the gases collected in the greater reactor building. Reactor #3 and Reactor #4 appeared to explode more upward, driving some speculation that the gas had built up more intensely in the cooling ponds which projected the explosion upwards like a gun barrel.

The ‘Controlled’ Fission Process

With the style of nuclear power used at Fukushima, very high grade fuel is put into pellets and allowed to decay, generating intense amounts of heat. The only thing that controls this process is a continuous cooling, provided by a million gallons per hour of water that is cycled past the 15 foot tall fuel rods. If the cooling process is interrupted, the rods will heat up to Hellish temperatures. That is their natural tendency… to heat up. They are always attempting to heat up. The only thing that keeps them from heating up is active cooling. This is what makes this version of ‘controlled’ fission so dangerous and ‘controlled’ instead of controlled... we are only in ‘control’ as long as active cooling is taking place. Research is currently taking place that involve using Thorium in the rods, which requires a constant bombardment of X-Rays for fission to continue occurring. If the power were to go out, the X-Ray beam would go out, and the rods would automatically cease decaying and cool down. This is smart. This is not what we have been doing for the last 50 years.

Instead, in this particular NPP’s Reactor #3, we have mixed plutonium with uranium in our relentless quest to get more from less. More energy comes from less material when using the more potent plutonium. By engaging the risk of using the most deadly material known to man, plutonium, with a half life of 23,000 years, these nuclear power plants were able to eek an extra 5% of energy production out of the fuel rods.

What is the situation right now?

Right now it is believed that some portion of the fuel rods have melted in reactors #1, #2, and #3 and are pooled on the floor of their respective containment vessels. TEPCO categorizes the current situation as serious but stable. What they mean by this is that there is active cooling taking place of the reactor cores, and that the core melt material is staying fairly cool. In my opinion this is about as stable as the situation at Fukushima can be for the next several years.

Today TEPCO is reporting that it believes that the piping into the reactor vessels may have been damaged in the Quake, and if not damaged by the actual shaking then the complex structures were almost certainly damaged from the molten fuel in the hours after the quake pooling at the bottom of the vessels and melting leaks into the sub-structure piping. This would explain where many of the millions of gallons of water that are ‘disappearing’ are going… straight into the local groundwater system, which is seeping into the ocean. TEPCO has denied that much groundwater is seeping since the beginning of the event, but it has been very obvious to careful observers all along. TEPCO issued reports of Reactor 5 and 6 basements filling up with water not long after emergency cooling of the reactors began… this was all due to surging groundwater levels on site.

Temperatures have been spiking in both Reactor #1 and Reactor #3. TEPCO announced today that they will again increase the volume of water being pumped into the reactors by a couple more tons an hour.

And this isn’t even considering the 1,300+ rods that are trying to heat up in Cooling Pond #4. Currently that reactor building is leaning. TEPCO is making some efforts to shore up the building structure, although how exactly they’re doing that they have not made clear.

What is the worst case scenario?

For the people of the world the worst case scenario is the ejection of aerosolized fallout dust… plutonium, uranium, and on down the radioactive decay sequence… thousands of feet into the atmosphere which would allow the jet stream to spread that dust across the planet. The only way this could happen would be via an ejection event that could propel dust up vertically via an explosion. The explosion could come from any number of sources: pressure reactions as pressures climb dramatically from molten corium generating steam and gases; hot and cold reactions related to the pressure reactions; or the ignition of explosive fission products like hydrogen gas. If molten corium does manage to hit a large pool of cold water, the resultant explosion would likely be a combination of all three of those forces.

There is some speculation that the corium material has already melted through the vessels and a tiny part of this process has already begun.

If one, just one, of these reactor vessels explode, then it is likely the capacity to cool the other reactors will be lost and they will all go critical. That is the absolute worst case. The measurable impacts to the rest of the world will depend very much on how violent the explosions are and how high that fallout material is ejected, should these explosions occur.

The best case? The situation as it is, but with controlled groundwater and air emissions.

What has Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) done to shield us from this Hazard?
Considering they have had two months now to respond, not much.

TEPCO’s current plan is to repair the cooling systems in each of the reactor buildings… that is, repair blown apart cooling systems in buildings that humans will never be able to enter again. They have produced a vague 9 month roadmap to control that outline the Plan’s steps.

They continue injecting cooling water. They have come up with a plan to cover the buildings in sheets.

The cooling ponds and reactor vessels remain essentially open to the atmosphere… there has been no mitigation of possible explosions and potential for atmospheric ejection of fallout dust.

There has been no groundwater wells drilled on site. There is no attempt being made to capture any of the radioactive seepage or to prevent the seeps from reaching the open ocean. In TEPCO’s latest press releases they’ve mentioned adding a drainage system to their ‘9 month road map.’

There are no hoods, fans, or piping being installed to attempt to capture fugitive radioactive steam emissions.

Well what would YOU have done, Mr. Smarty Pants?

The most popular idea seems to be concrete. Concrete can’t work. There are several reasons why... it can’t cure properly around a superhot source and would crack, and it wouldn’t allow interaction with the rods (Except perhaps by unpredictable and unwanted cracks, I suppose.) My recommendation for the site has been the same since the beginning. I propose a soil cap.
Soil would:

• Support the exterior walls of the reactor buildings
• Allow for the construction of a water recycling system exterior to the reactor buildings
• Shield the radiation emanating from the reactor buildings
• Help suppress potential explosions and localize radiation spread
• Allow for steam cleansing zeolite and borax sand capable of filtering some radionuclides out of the steam
• Off-gassing structures to vent radioactive steam.
As interesting and horrifying as the nuclear events going on in Japan are, just as fascinating and potentially horrific are the public policies being implemented by TEPCO and the Japanese government. From withholding information of potential impending catastrophe to raising schoolyard radioactivity limits to unconscionable levels, there is a lot to dissect as this dire situation marches forward.

Good luck,

P.S. Check out my group’s info if you’d like to read more about the soil plan: A Viable Plan for Emergency Containment at Fukushima if you’re on board. I also yell daily at TEPCO from @BottomfedBuddha.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Deadly Tornado Levels Joplin, Missouri

A deadly tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on Sunday night. Over 100 people are reported dead and hundreds more are reported missing.

Here's some videos (h/t

Monday A.M. Blue Pill: Oprah! Arnold! Snooki! Oh, My!

Nomnomnomnom... eat those happy pills America it's time for another week of wage slavery! For those of you who still have jobs, here's some time-killers while you procrastinate away your morning.

Oprah: Today, millions of housewives begin sitting shiva for The Oprah Winfrey Show, which airs its last episodes this week. Christmas just won't ever be the same without Oprah's "Favorite Things." (NY Times)

Religion: Somehow, the State of Kentucky got $40 million in tax rebates to build a Noah's Ark Theme Park. It will have a replica of the Tower of Babel and a petting zoo, I shit you not. (AOL News)

Jersey Shore: Seaside Heights just wasn't enough. Snooki, The Situation & Co. are now terrorizing the population of Florence, Italy while getting their GTL on. (Perez Hilton)

Schwarzenegger LoveChild Watch: Jane Seymour tells CNN that she heard there's at least two more. At least. (CNN)

Sarah Palin: Did she buy a house in Arizona to use as a base for her 2012 Presidential campaign? (Arizona Republic)

Lady Gaga: How can you top a meat dress or arriving at the Grammys in a giant egg? Why, "giving birth" onstage during the season finale of Saturday Night Live! (Daily Mail)

Have a super week!

Monday A.M. Red Pill: Iran Arrests Spies, Guatemalan Drug Gangs, Middle East Media Fraud and Matt Taibbi

Anyone who pisses off the Gringos is a friend of Venezuela!

It's Monday morning. Time to wake up and start living!
Spy Games: Long, but stellar read from The Secret Sharer: Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state? (New Yorker)

WWIII: Iran arrests 30 spies and is building a Venezuelan Missile Base. Sounds like a rerun from the Cold War (Soviets using Cuba as a proxy state, and Iran using Venezuela). (ZeroHedge)

Aliens: Scientist confirm we have alien DNA. As if you needed confirmation of that. (Activist Post)

Vampire Squids: Epic Matt Taibbi interview -- he calls U.S. politics a "reality show sponsored by Wall Street." (Russia Today)

Drug War: Move over Mexico... Guatemala is in the middle of their own bloody war as drug gangs have taken over entire regions of the country. (McClatchy)

MSM Fail: Western media is wrought with fraud in the Middle East. Same here in America, which means we can't trust any news from the Middle East can we? (AJ)

TEOTWAWKI: This sacred a seasoned fear monger like me... Divide and Conquer (Activist Post)
That's it kids. You've been a great crowd. Good luck surviving the week!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

UFO Videos: Brazil

Legit or a great editing job? See for yourself...

By the way, we're in the process of creating a Twitter list of those folks we follow who specialize in ETs, UFOs, and aliens. Check out our Aliens list on Twitter.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Big Pharma's New Bogeyman - The Unabomber

Is Big Pharma paying off the federales to frame The Unabomber for the Tylenol tampering case on the 30th anniversary of that tragedy?

Check out the Reality Report for the straight dope...

H/T to Activist Post for this video.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Max Keiser: Suicide Banking

Max and Stacey returned with a new episode of the Keiser Report. Max plays with ballloons and goes off on a few rants, as per usual, but this episode the targets of his ire included the IMF and over-leveraged hedge funds. Max also interviews Gregor Macdonald about paper money losing its purchasing power against natural resources.

In case you missed the last two episodes of the Keiser Report, check out Episode 146 Top Down Tyranny and Episode 147 Snow Globe of Denial.

Four Choices for the Apocalypse

The world will end on May 21, 20111. It will also end on December 21, 2012. Then again, if you read Zero Hedge fourteen times a day like I do, you are well aware Tyler Durden has been preaching the end of the world will happen at the end of each trading day.

So who can you believe? Don't trust anyone, especially us.

The end of the world as we know it already happened the day John Lennon got whacked when he was gunned down in NYC by Mark David Chapman. Everything since that cold December day in 1980 has been nothing short of making tiny steps in a slow march toward Armageddon.

I'm envious at how the greatest fear mongers in the world successfully monetized paranoia -- from crooked corner street preachers to that company that created X-ray body scanners. Fear mongers rake in big bucks, because anyone scared shitless with a lot of material items to protect will pay top dollar and practically give up all of their individual freedoms to quell paralyzing psychological fears, whether it's buying a shotgun or enduring a cock check at the airport.

As much as I'd love bilk sheeple out of millions by scaring the bejesus out of them, my mission is altruistic, because I'm trying to use this corner of the web to unplug those whom want to be unplugged. In many ways, it's up to you to determine your path in life and I'm here to remind you there's always another way. Ergo, the Tao, which is translated into "the way" or "the road."

In case you were wondering, we're not going to experience a single cataclysmic event like 2012. There's no invisible brown dwarf or a Planet X doing a flyby of Earth that will make Yellowstone Park explode. As much as the tin foil hat crowd has been hyping up a "false flag alien attack", that's not going to happen either.

So what is going to happen? Business as usual. Ponzi schemes will continue to run rampant. Politicians will continue to lie to you. The media moguls will rake in billions providing you with propaganda and distractions, while bankers pilfer your retirement funds to pay for their coke and hooker habits. Meanwhile, old powerful men will continue to send young men off to foreign lands to fight proxy wars against rogue states corrupted by the same multi-national corporations that put our politicians into power.

The only difference is that the world is changing, at least, many people have finally exited the denial stage of "life is rigged" and entered into the anger phase. It'll be tougher for the haves to retain their power as the have nots slowly wake up a few million at a time. As a result, the haves will ramp up brainwashing techniques, forge a deeper political and religious division amongst the have nots, and stay in power by any means necessary. Hence the violent revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, along with the ongoing riots in Greece and Ireland as we speak.

Even Americans woke up from their deep opiated slumber as protest movements in Madison, Wisconsin inspired many more disenfranchised and pissed off citizens across the nation. Millions more Americans are on the verge of exiting the denial stage and about to dive head first into a cauldron of anger. The system is broken and we need shake things up and remove the puppets backed by the oligarchs pulling the strings in Washington and in every state capitol.

And that's what the Mayans were trying to tell us -- not that the world is going to end, but rather we're experiencing a massive paradigm shift. For those whom cannot adapt to change, it will seem like the end of the world (e.g. old school newspaper editors). For those who rise to the challenge, it will seem as though they achieved a higher level of consciousness because they were aware of the changing market conditions and either went with the flow (and got lucky) or tweaked their life plan to prosper during the changeover.

Adapt or die.

But zealots like the Family Radio crew have such rigid beliefs that it's no wonder their interpretations of warnings are also rigid in nature. They are predicting rapture on May 21, 2011 because of a rudimentary mathematical formula.

Whenever you hear about unproven theories about WWIII in the Middle East, 2012, May 21st Rapture, alien invasions, Planet X, nuclear meltdowns, New Madrid earthquakes, or California falling into the ocean, you essentially have four ways to react to the news.

Your four choices...
1. Accept the end is nigh and freak out by following around a religious zealot or building an Armageddon compound.

2. Accept the end is nigh and party like it's 1999.

3. Ignore everything and put your head in the sand. Rapture? Pffft... did you see what Kim Kardashian tweet'd?

4. Call bullshit on the fear mongers and keep living man. L-I-V-I-N.
I'm a hybrid of #2 and #4. I've been trying to wake up everyone in #3, but not about the Rapture, rather other more menacing things. Alas, some sheep don't want to be disturbed while grazing on mainstream fodder, which is probably best because the last thing you'd want is to see a caravan of millions of self-righteous Family Radio followers blocking traffic wherever they go.

By the way, I'm taking all bets against the apocalypse happening tomorrow...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Judgement Day Video

If you want to learn about the absurdities of American culture through the perspective of Asian satirists, then check out this video which perfectly sums up the hysterics of Jesus Freaks and the Rapture, which is scheduled for May 21st...

H/T to ZeroHedge for this gem.

And yes, the best part of the video? The end when the aliens are smoking DMT...

Waffles Report: What Are They Hiding?

What is our government hiding from us?

We have gone months into Spring and yet still, we are freezing our asses off with cold weather and large storm activities. Just this year alone we have gone from an average of 30 tornadoes in a whole year to over 130. This is an unprecedented increase!

The Mississippi is flooding in records amounts. It has gotten so bad that they have shut down commerce on parts of the river. People are losing millions of dollars in work and several areas are flooded out. People have lost their homes and lives due to this.

Freezing weather grips the country. I can not remember a time when the end of May was this cold. It seems like it has rained every day in Boston this month and the temperatures show no sign of rising.

Is there something behind this unexpected climate?

Has the government detected some sort of sun spot shift that is causing our colder climate and destructive weather?

Did our orbit shift slightly pulling us into a colder belt?

What possible explanations could be hidden from us and why is the media so quiet?

I have no answers for you my friends but I sure as fuck wish this weather would stop messing up my Spring.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Truth Thru Comedy: Who Really Runs the World

George Carlin...the voice of reason...explains how "they own you."

UFOs: Fleet Sighted in Eastern Europe

Yes, this footage was recorded last month in Kazakhstan. And not,it's not from Borat.

Thanks to Pleiadian Testimony for the video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Governator Fathered Bastard Child with Staffer

"I'll be back!"/"Oh, really?"

Well, now we know the real reason behind Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's split after 25 years of marriage. Apparently the former Governator of Colly-for-nee-yah knocked up one of his household staffers over a decade ago and has a 10-year old kid from their torrid affair. Schwarzenegger confessed the infidelity and secret offspring to Shriver only a few weeks ago, prompting her to move out of their Brentwood manse (and seriously, why is she the one moving out?)

I feel bad for Maria, not to mention their four teenage kids, but is this really a surprise? Ahh-nuld has been groping staffers, reporters, and pretty much any woman that comes within arms length of him since the 70's. Remember "Gropegate" back when he was running for governor in '03? All you pretty young things working at CAA had better watch your back(sides).

Waffles Report: Inspector America

There is a really great informative show called Inspector America on the History Channel. A fat old guy goes around to different cities and points out the awaiting disasters in America's infrastructure.

The show had a marathon this weekend. It was an interesting show. A few of the cool parts were showing how Seattle has a sea wall ready to collapse next to a highway that was never properly repaired after the last 8.6 earthquake. These items are next to each other and could both collapse if another earthquake happens.

It also documented how L.A. is adding this billion dollar lane to the highway that is possibly helpful but could probably be achieved much cheaper and quicker by putting a hover lane in. If you have not seen a hover lane it is this cool zipper like barrier that you can flip adding one lane to the heavy commuter traffic and taking one lane off the lighter non-commuter traffic. Boston utilizes this method on I-93 going into town from the South Shore.

The scariest thing I took away from this show though is the follow fact. It seems like we have become caught up in something that seems like a bad post-apocalyptic America movie. You know the ones I am talking about... it is a hundred years after the great atomic war and all the ancient technologies exist but nobody knows how to use them. America has become a real life Mad Max Beyond Thunder Dome. We have no clue how to keep the "ancients" technologies running or to build anything new. In Boston, they spent a billion dollars on a tunnel that leaks and has killed people from falling concrete.

I am not sure how we lost the ability to repair and create sound structures in our society. I think it came about because of a Darwin like cause and effect of greed. The good engineers that knew how to fix things and build new things would bid on a contract and they would ask for a higher price to do it right. The lesser engineers that were weasels and retards would bid lower. The better engineers that knew how to do things without say killing people went out of business or were laughed out of the industry. A few generations passed and all we are left with is the lowest, greediest, idiots making all of our infrastructure decisions and repairs.

I do not know about you gentle readers but I see a time in the not so distant future when buildings fall if you sneeze at them. People fall in the sewers just by walking down the street. Giant roaming potholes eat whole sections of highway. Disaster which we only dreamed of will become every day occurrences. America will fall into ruins without our enemies firing a single missile.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday A.M. Red Pill: Secret Desert Force, People Vs. Goldman Sachs, U.S. Base on the Moon?

It's Monday morning. Time to wake up, snort some coffee, and drink a heady dose of reality...
Meltdown: We've been telling you for over a month now (perhaps longer) that Fukushima experienced a meltdown despite all the claims it wasn't happening. Will you finally believe this MSM article? Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant (Telegraph)

Israel: Violence erupted on three borders as tension are rising between Palestine and Israel in the wake of a deal quelling a civil war between vying factions of Hamas and Fatah. Meanwhile, read Why the Hamas-Fatah Deal Is Bad for the Palestinians.(Reuters, Pundit City)

Wall Street Thugs: Matt Taibbi giving you the straight dope about those vampire squids... The People vs. Goldman Sachs (Rolling Stone)

Ponzi Schemes: For many of you who don't know much about hedge funds, here's a little primer on 7 Ways Hedge Funds Lie, Cheat, and Steal (Alternet)

Lunar Conspiracy Theories: Did someone discover an American base on the moon? I love me some moon theories first thing on a Monday morning! (Before It's News)

Mercenaries: Thanks to Otis and Chilly for sharing stories about former Blackwater founder building a secret police force for Middle East regimes: Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater's Founder and The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired Erik Prince to set up a mercenary force for the United Arab Emirates. (NY Times, Salon)

Nanny State: Google wants to control your home and eventually they will control.... EVERYTHING. (CNN Money)

Nanny State Reprise: Sex, Lies, and the one of those head-shaking stories. (Canada Free Press)
That's it. I hope you survive the week.

Monday Morning Blue Pill: Pippa's Ass, Mike Huckabee, and Botox Moms

Good morning, sheeple! How was your weekend? Did you play with your kids? Watch some playoff basketball? Mow the lawn on your twice-mortgaged McMansion? You'd better open up that Prozac and fill yourself with some empty-carb news; it's gonna be a long week!
Nanny State: Opt out of this, TSA. The Texas state house voted to ban "offensive security pat-downs" that involve touching “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing. Maybe Miss USA will fly through DFW again?

Real Estate: Donald Trump wants you to buy this 488 square foot SoHo studio apartment. The price tag? Only $1.3 million! (StreetEasy)

Political Theater: Mike Huckabee saves himself the embarrassment and decides not to run for President in 2012. Does it have anything to do with the "sworn allegiance" he declares to Fox News in this letter to his inner circle, tipping them off to his big announcement? (Time)

Royals: Even though her sister is the one who's royal, Pippa Middleton's ass has its own website, >Twitter account, and Facebook page. And everyone wants to buy her handbag (People).

Bad Mothers: Child Protective Services had a busy weekend. Not only did they hit up Mariah Carey's house after rumors surfaced she was drinking in the hospital following the birth of her twins, but they had to round up that psycho bitch who admitted on Good Morning America that she gave her 8-year old daughter Botox. (PopEater)

Charlie Sheen denoument: Ashton Kutcher signs to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. Network gets him at a bargain $1M/episode. Now Demi Moore can afford another facelift.
That's it! Get commuting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Le Shakedown: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Picked Up by NYPD on Alleged Sodomy Charges

Just like the deflated globe, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's career
has been crushed by the banking elite

The IMF Director and socialist party candidate for the French Presidency, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was picked up by the NYPD at JFK airport yesterday for allegedly raping a hotel chambermaid.

Sounds like an old fashioned shakedown to me. Someone that rich and powerful can afford to hire prostitutes for sodomy purposes. Why would anyone in such an important position jeopardize their career and political aspirations by attempting to play hide the salami with a hotel maid when they can buy a fuck buddy for a few hundred bucks?

Whenever I hear a story about a major political figure being picked up on alleged sodomy charges... I have pretty simple and self-explanatory two knee jerk reactions:
1. Blackmail.
2. Smear campaign.
If it's blackmail, then the powers to be will rush in to help DSK, who will now become a puppet for life. The best example of this tactic is from Godfather II and the infamous scene with the dead hooker in the Senator's bed. The Corleone Family is kick to rush to Senator's aid, when in fact, they had set him up in the first place.

"Don Corleone can help you..."

If it's a classic smear campaign, well someone really wants to bring DSK down. Alleged rape charges, even if fully cleared of any wrong doing, are tough to shake. If he's really

In this case, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the current director of the International Monetary Fund and a potential candidate for President of France. One of my French friends broke the story to me with a comment "Sarkozy locked up his re-election."

I'm not suggesting that Sarkozy is involved in any of these shenanigans. Perhaps American authorities will use this incident to leverage new favors, or even return an old favor to the French oligarchs pulling Sarkozy's strings?

My initial reaction was this had less to do with politics and more to do with banking matters -- specifically Greece, Portugal, and a litany of more European sovereign bailouts.

Some of those suspicious were confirmed when I woke up this morning to a tweet from @ZeroHedge which read: "A JPMorgan guy is now in charge of the IMF."

It's true. According to the WSJ, John Lipsky was named interim director. A quick scan of John Lipsky's bio page on the IMF's website reveals he is former JPMorgan alum. Also listed on his resume: Chase Manhattan Bank and Salomon Brothers.

So what's really going on?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Egyptian Artifacts Found at Grand Canyon; Evidence Suppressed for 100 Years

The Americas were visited by people from other continents way before Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. I stumbled upon a couple of articles that suggested Egyptian artifacts (some of Buddhist and Hindu origins) and mummies were discovered over 100 years ago inside a hidden Grand Canyon cavern...
April 1909
The Lost City of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon/Egypt Connections
The last link shows photos of some peaks that could be interpreted as "temples" or pyramids. There's an ancient Hopi story which suggested that their ancetors lived in caves underneath the Grand Canyon.

Of course, the scientific community and the U.S. government did everything possible to cover up any links. The last thing they want is Americans asking questions and millions of skeptical folks abandoning their organized religions.

Here's an interview with the "original Indiana Jones" about evidence of an ancient civilization which lived in a lost city inside the Grand Canyon...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Greece Riots

Greece is insolvent and the streets are on fire...

Coming in 2012 to an American city near you!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Alien War in Antarctica?

Our buddy Jonas tipped us off to an article written earlier this year suggesting a future round of WikiLeaks releases will detail a war between the U.S.military and aliens in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

I conducted research and discovered a few interesting and fascinating trains of thoughts on the convergence of aliens and Antarctica. Almost every story I came across included a strong Nazi presence in Antarctica.

Here's what I found:
- Shortly before the end of WWII, Hitler escaped Europe in U-boat and fled to a secret base in Antarctica. At that Nazi base, scientists were reverse engineering a UFO that crashed in Germany in the 1930s. For decades, the Germans had been using UFO technology to bolster the Luftwaffe.

- Admiral Byrd went to Antarctica in 1947 under the guise of an expedition to search for coal and other natural resources. Operation Highjump was actually set in motion for Byrd to find a secret Nazi base, while many conspiracy theorists are convinced that was a cover for an invasion of alien bases in Antarctica. A coalition force of Americans, Brits, and Aussies suffered heavy casualties after UFOs engaged the U.S. Navy and fighter aircraft.

- In 1947, during his expedition to Antarctica, Admiral Byrd was captured by aliens (tall humanoids with blonde hair) who brought him underground to a crystal city and told him that humans needed to stop setting off nuclear weapons before we destroy the world.

- Citing Google Maps as proof, curious amateur mapologists discovered numerous "holes" in the ground originating in Antarctica. One theory suggests that the Earth is hallow and those massive holes are entrances to the underworld... or hangars for UFOs.

- Another Google Earth Maps user found alien ruins in Antarctica.

- And guess what? There's a volcano underneath Antarctica.
By the way, here's a map of the continent at the bottom of the planet. We still have no idea what's really happening in Antarctica, but it's an elusive part of Earth that we'll continue to keep a close eye on.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Keiser Report: Economic Euthanasia

Max and Stacy are back with another bong-rattling episode of The Keiser Report where he rants about OBL's overpriced compound. In the second half of the show, Max interviewed Mike Maloney about precious metals, specifically silver with references to the Hunt Brothers.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Invasion of the Fake Kundalini Spirits

Be careful. This is the high season for Kundalini spirits. If you're not vigilant, than evil men disguised as religious leaders are going to invade your hometown and take control of everyone in your church group, your neighborhood, and even your Thursday night poker buddies are going to be turned into blathering, convulsing corpses.

Best of luck fighting the good fight...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday A.M. Blue Pill: Osama-wear, LohanWatch, and Fey does Palin (Again)

Wake up sheeple--it's morning in America! Down that Zoloft with your McCafe, climb in that leased SUV and get commuting before you're downsized!

The Kentucky Derby: Hats, more hats, and Kate Gosselin in a hat! (E! Online, PopEater)

Osama-wear: "Obama got Osama" made the designer $120K in 2 days, but I think the "PWND" one has more panache. (Daily Mail, RedBubble)

Reality Stars Behaving Badly: Suprise! Another couple from 16 & Pregnant is in legal trouble! (TMZ)

Real Estate: $42 million can buy you Jennifer Aniston's 10,000 square-foot Beverly Hills home! (Hollywood Life)

NBA Playoffs: The Lakers suck. Magic cries. Phil Jackson retires. Khloe Kardashian officially starts sweating Lamar Odom's potential trade. God forbid she has to move to middle America. (ESPN)

Sarah Palin: Tina Fey dons the glasses one more time to debate Donald Trump in a new SNL skit. (Hulu)

LohanWatch: Lindsay gets cracking on those 480 hours of community service but forgets to wear a bra. (Daily Mail)
Have an awesome day!

Monday A.M. Red Pill: Stealing Copper, How to Save America, Hyperinflation, College the Next Bubble, and EU Boots Greece?

Good Monday everyone. Time to take up and snort the coffee. Then swallow this red pill which will help you see the world with a much better filter...
OBL: In the week after Osama Bin Laden's assassination, speculation swirls over little details like... Why Does the Terrorist Kingpin Look Better Than He Did in 2001? (George Washington's Blog)

Broke Town, USA: How broke are the citizens of Sacramento? Thieves have been targeting foreclosed and abandoned homes and stripping them of copper. The precious metal is used for wiring and plumbing. The city has to leave their street lights on all night in an effort to deter criminals from stipping houses in the middle of the night. (CBS-Sacramento)

Broke Country, World: Greece is like your broke Uncle Jimmy who keeps getting shunned by the family, but he shows up at your door reeking of booze, cigarettes, and prostitutes, so you give him $20 and ham sandwich to leave you alone. Good news for the European Union... Greece might be removing themselves from the EU. Depends on how you look at it, but the bottom line is that Greece is broke. (Spiegel)

Bubbles: The next bubble to burst? The educational bubble. When will the sheeple wake up and realize that diplomas are pieces of paper that are not worth going into six figures of debt. Education is important, but don't fall prey to the borrow-for-knowledge scam... NIA On Why America's College Bubble Is Next To Burst (Zero Hedge)

Banana Republics: The system is broke, but how do we fix it? Here's a few ideas... Common Sense 2.0: How to Save America – First Steps (Amped Status)

Dollar Collapse: Ever wonder what hyperinflation looks like? (George Washington's Blog)

Big Brother: How many domestic terrorists do we have? 1,056 according to 1,056 warrants issued by Domestic Surveillance Court. And not one of them was OBL.
That's it. I hope you survive the week.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

John Lear: Artificial Moon and 300 Aliens Living in the Sun

I didn't know who John Lear was before I spent a hungover Saturday morning sifting through UFO and alien forums. Apparently, John Lear is well known in conspiracy circles for his staunch belief that the U.S. government is covering up the existence of multiple alien races. He was a frequent guest on Art Bell's radio show Coast to Coast.

Anyway, I stumbled upon this thread I am the real John Lear... ask me a question. In that thread I discovered more of Lear's fascinating beliefs. So much so, that he gave me at least a dozen screenplay ideas.

Among Lear's controversial assertions are...
- The moon is hollow and was towed to Earth by aliens from its former position near Jupiter.

- An advanced civilization currently lives on Venus.

- 300 alien races live inside the sun.

- The grey "ETs" are actually robots.

- Humans were a genetic experiment for an unknown alien race.

- President Nixon took Jackie Gleason to a secret Air Force base to see frozen dead alien bodies.

- Hitler died in America.

- Parts of the Earth are hollow and can be accessed at either poles.

- There are nuclear sub bases underneath Las Vegas and St. Louis.

You can also listen to John Lear's condensed world view about governmental involvement with aliens here:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Waffles Report: Pakistan

What is up with these motherfuckers in Pakistan?

I mean, seriously?

Our country decides to go on the offensive and ask a simple question -- "How could Osama live next to your most elite military college and you have no fucking clue?"

It seems like a simple question to me. Instead of being embarrassed and trying to come up with some lame-ass excuse they tell us to get our military personnel out of their country and if we EVER DARE kill another terrorist in their country without written permission we will be thrown out completely! Are you fucking kidding me?

How does the U.S. react to this news? They say we need to keep Pakistan happy because they are a nuclear power and it's better if we are friends. Are you fucking kidding me?

I'm usually not in favor of bombing a fucking country back to the stone age but I think these motherfuckers could use a few nukes. Not in their arsenal... in their fucking pie hole so they shut the fuck up!

This has been another Waffles commentary.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Max Keiser: The Bin Laden Bounce

Max sings an awesome little ditty at the 3:00 mark about the USD going the way of Osama Bin Laden's (defrosted) body now that the small bounce the dollar enjoyed following his death has leveled off. Seriously, totally worth the click-through. Then, in the back half, Max interviews Dr. Kiriakos Tobras about his lawsuit against the I-banks who peddled toxic derivatives to Greece. Not only is he going after the Goldman Sack and the J.P. Morgue, but the rating agencies who assigned AAA status to these worthless securities.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hollywood Apocalyptica: Hunger Games Casting

Hollywood's greatest hope for a new young adult film franchise will, interestingly enough, also be the next big-screen treatment of an apolcalyptic trilogy. Columbia Pictures, Nina Jacobson (former president of production at Disney) and writer Suzanne Collins have placed their bets on Gary Ross (aka the director of Pleasantville) to flesh out the dystoptian world of Panem and tell the story of the The Hunger Games... with a PG-13 rating. Given the extraordinary violence at the center of the story, it's quite a formidable task.

Hundreds of years into the future, America has fallen and more than 90% of the population eradicated. In its place is a new country, Panem, which is divided into twelve districts and governed by a wealthy ruling elite in the Capitol. Bigger than American Idol, Survivor, and The Amazing Race all rolled into one are the Hunger Games, a yearly televised battle-to-the-death between 24 young men and women, two from each district forced by the government to put their lives on the line. Only one person can survive the Games and naturally, this epic has a tragic love story at its center between Katniss, a poor 16-year old girl, and Peeta, the baker's son who has secretly loved her all her life.

The coveted role of Katniss Everdeen went to 20 year-old Jennifer Lawrence, who was recently honored with an Oscar nomination for her work in Winter's Bone. She beat out hundreds of Hollywood starlets and wannabes, including True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld, for the part.

Peeta, the baker's son who represents District 12 with Katniss will be played by Josh Hutcherson, who at the ripe old age of 18 has enjoyed a longer Hollywood career than mine ever was. After a string of forgettable kids films, he broke out with his role in last fall's The Kids are All Right. He *just* missed being cast in Columbia's post-Tobey Spider-Man reboot, but ended up with a franchise of his own after dropping some not-so-subtle hints in the entertainment press.

Filling out the love triangle in the role of Gale Hawthorne, Katniss' best friend and hunting partner, is Liam Hemsworth, the man best known as Miley Cyrus' boyfriend in the film adaptation of the syrupy Nicholas Sparks novel The Last Song. But he is ridiculously good-looking and that will always hold up, even in the apocalypse.

The most "marquee" name in the cast thus far (if you can call her that) is Elizabeth Banks, who will be donning a pink wig and some seriously sparkly costumes for her role as Katniss' handler and personal stylist Effie Trinkett. In this particular dystopian future, these expendable "Tributes" must be properly primped so the ruling class in the Capitol can better enjoy their blood-laden reality show.

The rest of the cast is made up of relative newcomers, including Willow Sheilds (Prim), Amanda Steinberg (Rue), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Leven Rambin (Glimmer), and Jack Quaid (Marvel). Yep, that Quaid. As in son of Dennis and Meg Ryan. Two major roles are still to be cast-- Katniss' cranky, booze-drenched mentor, former Hunger Games winner Haymitch (paging Robert Downey, Jr. although John C. Reilly appears to be the front-runner) and flamboyant costume designer Cinna.

**Update- 4:20pm: Ever wondered what happened to Wes Bentley, who seemed poised to be Hollywood's Next Big Thing after his breakout role in American Beauty? Well, homeboy made some bad choices and spent most of the last decade appearing in a string of forgettable genre films that paid just enough to feed his heroin habit. Now clean, he just may have his second chance at stardom at age 32. Today, he signed on to play Seneca Crane, the HG's Head Gamesmaker. It's a pretty decent supporting role and should go a long way toward getting him back on the map.

The Hunger Games begins shooting in June.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Waffles Report: No Photos of Osama: The Real Reason

Am I the only one who thinks Obama had Osama stored on ice, just waiting for the election season to start?

I mean, seriously. If you check out the news this morning Obama's in the toilet approval ratings jumped 9 freaking points! Just in time for re-election campaigning to start.

I cannot wait for photos or video to be released. I am going to examine the pictures closely for signs of freezer burn. Dumping him in the ocean was a brilliant way to get rid of any traces of existing decay. I bet they chummed the water before hand to make sure he got gobbled up by some sharks.

What the fuck is with these politicians too? I mean dozens of them are saying that because Obama killed Osama the US is going to be attacked. Um, hello? These are fucking terrorists! Of course, the US is going to be attacked! What the fuck did you think? That they gave up and started playing online poker instead? Should we have just let him go? "Oh Hai Osama! Yeah just skedaddle we do not want to start any terrorists attacks."

What fucking morons.

I guarantee that no photos are going to be released. I will have to scour the CIA dumpsters to find the real photos and bring you evidence that this whole thing was a campaign trick. Until then wave your American flags and shout "FUCK YA AMERICA!"

Economic Collapse Videos

FerFal, the author behind one of my favorite blogs Surviving in Argentina, posted two amazing, haunting, yet informative videos about the economic collapse in Argentina a decade ago and the possibility/probability of the same thing happening in America.

Here's... Economic Collapse, Part 1: What happened in Argentina?

Here's... Economic Collapse, Part 2: What could happen in USA?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Max Keiser: Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Snow Globe of Denial

In the latest edition of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss student loan default rates in the McJobs age, how the central banks pumped $5 trillion into the global economy, and why all the high-class hookers have migrated from L.A. to D.C. In the back half, Max welcomes Peter Schiff, author of Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse.

And just in case you missed last Thursday's episode amidst all the Royal Wedding hoopla, check out Max's rant on the bizzare cult of losers who are long the dollar. Four words: Snow Globe of Denial.

Help Wanted: Bogeyman

With Osama Bin Laden out of the picture, the U.S. propaganda machine needs a new bogeyman to demonize. That means the U.S. State Department and intelligence apparatus is seeking applications to be the next American Bogeyman! So, who will it be? Here's my Top 5 suggestions...

1. Ayman al-Zawahiri: OBL has always been a figurehead, but it's al-Zawahiri who really calls the shots in al-Qaeda. A former doctor, al-Zawahiri used to be the leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad before they joined forces with al-Qaeda. He's #1 on the al-Qeada depth chart.


2. Muammar Gaddafi: You gotta think that Gaddafi's sphincter tightened the second he heard about OBL's burial at sea. With OBL out of the picture, the Pentagon can pull troops off the front lines in Afghanistan and devote those precious resources to chasing down Gaddafi.


3. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: War hawks in Washington have had a hard on for the President of Iran since 9/11. Rumors had been swirling for the last few years that Iran was next on the shopping list.


4. Julian Assange: He's the proverbial virtual bogeyman because he can read all of your emails. Assange and his crew at WikiLeaks knows who's been naughty and who's been nice.


5. Donald Trump: OBL never should have hid out in Pakistan, he should have taken up refuge in Trump's horrendous hair piece, which has enough trunk space to hide OBL, all of his wives, and three body guards.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday A.M. Red Pill: Deadly Tornadoes, Bad Radiation, Arming Dictators and Screw the Royals

It's Monday morning. Here's what they won't be talking about around the water cooler or during cigarette breaks today....
Radiation Soup: This post scared me... How to Protect Yourself from Low Level Radiation. And while we're on the topic.... No, a Little Radiation is NOT Good for You. (George Washington's Blog)

Yemen: How to Arm a Dictator? It seems like whenever a country is in the throes of revolution, American hardware is in their way. (AJ)

Weather Disasters: Tornadoes ravished parts of America this past week in what was the second deadliest outbreak in history. (MSNBC)

Bankrupt States: Illinois is on the edge of the abyss and total annihilation... Governor Quinn Holds Illinois Cities Hostage Over Budget Proposal; Cities Face Massive Cash Crunch (Mish's Global Economic Analysis

Man vs. Machines: KD wonders in Algos Gone Wild if stupid computers are good for smart people? (Kid Dynamite's World)

The Royals: Screw the Royals is howling commentary from Wolfshead on the "wedding" across the pond. (Wolf's Howl)

Collapse: Another haunting post about the collapse courtesy of A Fistful of Dollars - Part Two. (The Burning Platform)

Boogey Man, Reprise: Even though Osama Bin Laden is dead, U.S. authorities still say to be vigilant because al-Qaeda will be launching retaliation attacks. (CNN International)
That's it, I hope you survive the week.

Monday Morning Blue Pill: Royal Wedding Aftermath, WHCD, and Beck Goes After Gays

It's Monday morning, sheeple. Time for your happy pills!!!

Make it stop!

Osama's Dead!: DNA tests confirm its him, Obama's speech, PAR-TAY outside the White House. (ABC News, Politico, CNN)

White House Correspondent's Dinner: Seth Meyers takes shots at Donald Trump in speech, Trump not amused. (Politico)

Royal Wedding: All the details of Kate Middleton's bridal look! How does her train compare to Diana's? Official portraits! Reception details! (People, PopEater)

Talking Head Theater: Glenn Beck unleashes his ire on Glee, calling it a "horror show" full of "gay propaganda" and "self-gratification." (YouTube)

NFL Draft: Cam Newtown goes to the Panthers as the #1 pick. Looks like he'll have to take a pay cut. (ESPN)

LohanWatch: Lindsay pleads no contest to necklace theft. (TMZ)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ding, Dong, Bin Laden's Dead

Can we finally bring home our troops from the Afghani theatre? After almost a decade of mountain fighting, they need some well-deserved rest.

If you're just waking up... Osama Bin Laden was executed by U.S. special ops (Navy Seals?). He was picked off in Pakistan... not Afghanistan as originally suspected.

Let the conspiracies theories begin...

I wonder what Hunter Thompson would have said about this moment? Here's his haunting column from 9/12/01 titled Fear & Loathing in America that was published on ESPN of all outlets.

Here's a bit of Hunter's column...
It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive "figurehead" -- or even dead, for all we know -- but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye. Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.

Nothing -- even George Bush's $350 billion "Star Wars" missile defense system -- could have prevented Tuesday's attack, and it cost next to nothing to pull off. Fewer than 20 unarmed Suicide soldiers from some apparently primitive country somewhere on the other side of the world took out the World Trade Center and half the Pentagon with three quick and costless strikes on one day. The efficiency of it was terrifying.

We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.

This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.

Good luck. He is in for a profoundly difficult job -- armed as he is with no credible Military Intelligence, no witnesses and only the ghost of Bin Laden to blame for the tragedy.

Silver Nugs: Buy Side Conspiracies, Swapping for Gold, Warehouse Shenanigans, APMEX Runs Out, and Silver Plunges

Here's the first installment of an all-silver link dump that we nicknamed... Silver Nugs. So sit back, settle down with your favorite intoxicant, and sift through these nugs...
We love silver conspiracy theories, here's Short Sellers Now Screaming About a Buy Side Silver Conspiracy. (Seeking Alpha)

Thank God we have Kid Dynamite as the sober voice of reason when it comes to silver. Check out his latest pieceon Today in Silver Misinformation and Silver Facts and Fiction. (Kid Dynamite's World)

Thanks to Astin for pointing out Taking Silver Profits - Swapping Silver for Gold (Global Economic Analysis)

So what's up with the lack of physical silver? Silver Warehouse Shenanigans or the Real Deal? (FMX Connect)

Then again, you know it's bad when APMEX runs out of silver sellers. (Zero Hedge)

James Turk and Silver Backwardation. (King World News)

Oh, and I always pop over to see what Harvey is ranting about silver and gold. He makes me laugh. (Harvey Organ)

And lastly, this would be a perfect time to buy the fucking dip... Silver Plunges (Zero Hedge)
That's it for now. If you're a silver bug and bull, then good luck hoarding as much as you can this week.

Manipulation of Gas Prices in America

The price of gasoline is and has always been manipulated in America.

Many of you are going to have a tough time believing gas prices have been tweaked in your favor since the end of World War II. I understand if you're dubious because unleaded gasoline is rocketing toward $5 a gallon, but if it weren't for shady backroom deals between the jackals in Washington and the Saudi royal family, you'd be spending $10 a gallon.

Before President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away, he had a secret meeting with King Abdulaziz ibn Saud on Valentine's Day 1945. In February of 1945, the Allied owers had seized momentum after the Americans thwarted a Nazi counter-attack in Belgium (the infamous Battle of the Bulge). The allied armies to the east and the Red Army to the west were converging on Germany in a race to get to Berlin first. Hitler was surrounded and it was a matter of time before the war in Europe ended.

Prior to World War II, the British maintained the Suez Canal and essentially controlled the Middle East (and more importantly the oil fields). Although America was the #1 oil-producing nation in the world in the 1940s, FDR cut a secret deal with King Abdulaziz ibn Saud. In exchange for sweet business deals with American oil companies to produce and refine Saudi oil, FDR promised the Saudis protection from potential invaders (a.k.a. the Russians) in the form of a military alliance and billions of dollars in aid (which eventually flowed back to American companies to build tanks, fighter planes, and weaponry for the Saudi government).

The FDR deal with the Saudi King strengthened America's grip on the world's oil production and it further weakened an already exasperated British Empire, thereby ensuring America's prominence as the world's only superpower. Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, completed a series of meetings in Yalta with Josef Stalin and FDR. The trio made plans to carve up the post-war world. After Yalta, Churchill also scheduled a meeting with King Abdulaziz ibn Saud to discuss post-war oil production, but FDR and the Americans got there first and the British oil companies had to settle for sloppy seconds.

Even though FDR passed away a week later, the deal he struck with the Saudis was honored. The American-Saudi alliance continues to exist because every man to occupy the White House since FDR diligently worked on maintaining their relationship with the Saudi royal family. In the 1980s, the Bush family further strengthened ties with the Saudi royal family, particularly with King Fahd, the son of King Abdulaziz ibn Saud. The current relationship between Washington and Saudi Arabia is as strong as its ever been, especially with the winds of revolution sweeping across Northern Africa and in the heart of the Middle East.

I'd love to say that FDR was an oil visionary, but in reality, his stern and swift move to control the center of the oil chess board was set in motion to strengthen American post-war hegemony. FDR, his advisers, and especially the Wall Street banks he retained close ties with, could never anticipate two major events that shifted oil supremacy from the Americans to the Saudis...
1. Peak Oil striking the United States in the early 1970s.

2. Discovery of the Ghawar oil field in 1948 in Saudi Arabia.
In many ways, FDR got extremely lucky. His deal was set forth to keep the British and the Russians in check, but he arranged the deal not knowing that America's oil production would decline throughout the century and that the Saudis would stumble upon the largest oil field ever recorded.

Thomas Friedman summed up our relationship with Middle East dictators over the last three decades as this (loosely paraphrasing): "Give Americans cheap oil, don't pick on the Israelis, and we'll look the other way when it comes to your connections with radical Islam and the horrible treatment of your citizens and dissidents."

Let's not forget that several of the 9/11 hijackers were either from Saudi Arabia or had attended mosques and schools in Saudi Arabia. Many Middle East scholars often point to the American relationship with the Saudi royal family as the crux of fervent radical Islam -- we're the ones who funded the dictatorship with military subsidies and made them rich with our insatiable addiction to oil and shipped billions of Petrodollars into the bank accounts of the royals, who retained all of the wealth and failed to shared any of it with the Saudi people. The current Holy War reverts to the eternal struggle of the Haves vs. the Have Nots. In the eyes of many radical religious leaders that issued the Jihad against America, the American people were complicit in facilitating the totalitarian government in Saudi Arabia which had mistreated them since birth. Although many clerics have a legit gripe about the gross misdistribution of power and wealth, their ire was misplaced onto the average American because they assume we the people retain power and actually control our politicians, which in case is nowhere close to the truth because corporations and wealthy families/individuals are the ones who really dictate policy in our country and influence American hegemony.

That's the postmodern version of FDR's original deal with the Saudis and the reason why America pays less at the pump than Europe, South America, Japan, the Asian subcontinent, and Australia.
April 2011 - Average Gas Prices Per Gallon in USD:
Australia - $5.68
Belgium - $8.82
Brazil - $5.79
Canada - $4.92
China - $3.58 (2010 prices)
Denmark - $8.93
Egypt - $1.17
France - $8.63
Germany - $8.71
Hong Kong - $8.06
Iceland - $7.00
India - $4.92 (2010 prices)
Ireland - $8.14
Israel - $8.33
Italy - $8.29
Japan - $5.19
Kuwait - $0.85
New Zealand - $6.66
Norway - $9.84
Portugal - $8.52
Russia - $3.56
South Africa - $3.97
South Korea - $5.49
Spain - $7.27
Sweden - $8.71
Switzerland - $7.68
United Kingdon - $8.29
United States - $3.79
Venezuela - $0.09
Vietnam - $3.90
Just a reminder to my non-metric system fellow Americans, other countries sell their gas by the liter, so you have to some quick math to determine price per gallon. All of the above prices were obtained from wikipedia.

The FDR deal and the ongoing relationships with the Bush junta and the Saudis manipulated our prices for almost seventy years with one exception -- that little squabble during the OPEC oil embargo. I vividly remember President Carter's gas rationing as a kid growing up in the 1970s when you could only buy gas on specific days. We lived in New York City and didn't drive as much as our suburban relatives, but I'd still get up with my father at 3am and we'd drive down the hill to the get in line at the gas station,which even at that hour, wrapped around three city blocks. I could never stay awake long enough and often fell asleep, which is why my parents' car had a blanket and pillow in the back seat for the better part of the 1970s.

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Americans have historically had it easy at the pump, but that's hard to stomach when it costs $50 to fill up your tank. That's how much I paid to fill up my girlfriend's car this morning. As the numbers on the pump slowly escalated, I cursed the oil companies that were shaking us down. Even though I was well aware of FDR's secret deal, I knew that the oil companies acted together to rig the current price of gas. Have you ever wondered why there's never been a "discount gas station" like Walmart? Look around your neighborhood -- the biggest gap between the cheapest and most expensive isn't much. Sure, you might save 5 or 10 cents a gallon, but compared to the deep discounts that other industries offer -- it's not much of a savings. The oil companies have a good racket going and don't want to undercut their competitors because that would reduce profits for everyone across the board.

So when prices at the pump rise and fall, I'm always suspicious that a cabal of CEOs from American oil companies finished a conference call with Dick Cheney and agreed upon a set range of prices for gasoline in the upcoming quarter.

When you hear news reports that gas prices are rising because of the unrest in the Middle East... I immediately call bullshit because the oil companies are manipulating currents events to justify a spike in prices. Oil production is the same as it was six months ago. Sure, the Europeans are shitting bricks because they are drowning in their own sovereign debt crisis and already paying higher prices for oil, which is why normally passive, non-violent countries were egging America and NATO to interfere in Libya's civil war. Without an alliance with the Saudi king to artificially keep oil prices low, Western European oil companies acquired a significant part of their product via Libya, which is why they were desperately attempting to depose Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2008, the abrupt fluctuation in American gas prices, which peaked during that summer, had suspiciously dipped prior to the Presidential election. After today's trip to the gas station, prices have reached or surpassed those previous high-water (ho hum, or high-gas) mark and it's not even Memorial Day. Historically speaking, gas prices in America are somewhat cyclical, with the summer months usually the highest of the year. So that means gas will definitely pass $5 a gallon, maybe even $6 in some areas.

The more I thought about my anger about price manipulation, I realized I had to take a step back and look at the demise of the U.S. dollar. I did a little soul searching and created a new theory about the increased price of gasoline...
The rising price is not a reflection of corporate greed, rather it's an indication of the debasement of the U.S. Dollar.
The price of gas is virtually the same -- it's just that the value of the USD is not what it used to be. The USD is on the cusp of its all-time low. As a result, the increase in gas prices is simply a readjustment due to the weak dollar. Our dollar doesn't buy as much gas as it did a year ago. Combine a weak dollar with manipulated current events, and you have a potential for a disastrous summer.

With millions of Americans out of work, the lucky ones with employment will have to pay more money to drive to work. Food prices have been rising and corporations will pass along those increased fuel costs of shipping foods from farms and processing plants to your supermarket's shelves.

A weak dollar negatively affecting gas and food prices will eventually strangle what's left of the middle class in America. Not even our bonds with the Saudi royal family, which had kept our oil prices artificially low, can bail us out of this mess.