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US Expat Taxes: The IRS Gets You at Passport Renewal Time

The Internal Revenue Service recently decided to be clever. Their theory was to check an expatriates’ tax status when the expat went into a U.S. embassy to renew his or her U.S. passport. However, unbeknownst to the IRS, the expats are no longer renewing their U.S. passports. What the expatriates are now doing is getting second passports from another nation before their U.S. passport expires.
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Emails Prove JPMorgan Committed Massive Mortgage Fraud

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has tried his best to suggest that the financial crisis was someone else's fault. But a batch of court documents released this week undermine this claim, indicating that the bank knew the mortgage investments it sold were seriously flawed.
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Pastor Plans Toy Gun Buyback Program

While St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is raising funds for a gun buyback program, Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to catch kids before they even think about wielding a weapon.
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Lies, Damned Lies, And Banks: Deutsche Bank Caught Again

Deutsche Bank, long coddled by the German government, is mired in a swamp of costly “matters,” such as the Libor rate-rigging scandal or the carbon-trading tax-fraud scandal that broke with a televised raid by 500 police officers on its headquarters. It’s writing down assets and setting up reserves to settle these allegations.
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A land of militias, Libya struggles to build a military

In the seventeen months since Muammar Qaddafi was killed, Libya has made building an army a top national priority. But progress toward achieving this goal has been slow at best, with an official admitting that he does not even know how many soldiers are currently in the army.
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Euro zone economy to shrink again in 2013, EU says

The euro zone will not return to growth until 2014, the European Commission said on Friday, reversing its prediction for an end to recession this year and blaming a lack of bank lending and record joblessness for delaying the recovery.
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Can Endless Quantitative Easing Ever End?

The publication, earlier this week, of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee minutes of January 29-30 seemed to have a similar effect on equity markets as a call from room service to a Las Vegas hotel suite, informing the partying high-rollers that the hotel might be running out of Cristal Champagne. Around the world, stocks sold off, and so did gold.
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Economic NATO – or Atlantic Union, Federal or Otherwise?

Political pundits are comparing Senator Chuck Hegal to former Representative Paul Findley. Hegal, like Findley, is a politician who dared to speak out against the influence of the AIPAC in Congress. Paul lost his job in the 80s because he challenged the Israeli lobby, and now Chuck is having a tough time becoming Secretary of Defense. Their willingness to oppose neoconservative thought is not their only philosophical bond.
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Montana votes 20-0 in favor of anti-NDAA bill

The anti-NDAA movement continues to gain traction. There is still much more work to be done as part of Operation Homeland Liberty, but People’s Blog for The Constitution highlights the latest development we can add to the victory column in Montana’s step toward resisting federal intrusion.
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Insane Levels of Inequality – Which Hurt the Economy – Are Skyrocketing

Extreme inequality helped cause the Great Depression, the current financial crisis … and the fall of the Roman Empire. But inequality in America today is actually twice as bad as in ancient Rome , worse than it was in inTsarist Russia, Gilded Age America, modern Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen, many banana republics in Latin America, and worse than experienced by slaves in 1774 colonial America
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Federal Government Renews Push To Disarm Veterans

It should become even more apparent that the U.S. government is attempting to implement a policy that will disarm a large number of military veterans. There are now reports from veterans who are receiving letters from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that they could be banned from owning or possessing a firearm and ammunition should government officials deem them to be incompetent.
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The Feds Want Your Retirement Accounts

Quietly, behind the scenes, the groundwork is being laid for federal government confiscation of tax-deferred retirement accounts such as IRAs. Slowly, the cat is being let out of the bag.
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Israel’s Coming “Civil War”: The Haredi Jews Confront the Militarized Secular Zionist State

Israel is heading towards a profound internal crisis: a Jew-on-Jew confrontation, which has major implications for its relations with the Palestinians, as well as its Arab neighbors. The conflict is between the highly militarized Zionist state and the Haredi religious movement over a number of issues, including recent proposals by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to end the religious exemption of Haradi youth from serving in Israel ’s colonial armed forces.
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Global War on Terror, Military Interventions and Destabilizing Nations

The war on terror is a myth to create conformity, manipulate public opinion and adjust the individual to government ideals. The war on terror is not the expression of experts, individuals or a small group of advocates. War on terror propaganda comes from actors, journalists and commentators that are directed by capital interests. The war on terror is a weapon of propaganda. A totalitarian weapon directed at the public through mass media communications by promises of peace, freedom and justice. With the public snared in pop culture, the state can continue its war on terror propaganda. Perpetual deception is necessary to control citizens. It is a cynical formula.
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6 Tanks at Hanford Nuclear Site Leaking Radioactive Waste

Six underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River in Washington state were recently found to be leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to human health, state and federal officials said on Friday.
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Moody’s Downgrades Britain’s Credit Rating

Britain suffered its first ever sovereign ratings downgrade from a major agency on Friday when Moody’s stripped the country of its coveted top-notch triple-A rating, dealing a major blow to finance minister George Osborne.
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Obama Dispatches 100 US Troops To Niger To “Support Predator Drone Base”

As we speculated from the very beginning, and as was reaffirmed in “Is Nigeria, And Its Light Sweet Crude, About To Be Drawn Into The Mali “Liberation” Campaign?”, the “French” (with complete and fully-comped US support) Mali campaign is slowly but surely migrating to its intended target: Nigeria, and rather its holdings of light sweet crude.
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22 tips for dodging drones

Al-Qaeda’s list of 22 tips for dodging drone attacks – including at least one believed to originate with Osama bin Laden – has been found hidden inside a manila envelope in a building abandoned by Islamists in Mali.
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?

While a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only one issue and ignore the rest. This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.
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Qatar Said to Discuss Purchase of Resort From Greek State

Greece has held talks with Qatar over the sale of the Astir Palace in a deal that would mark the first outright sale of a property in the country through the government’s 50 billion-euro ($67 billion) asset disposal program, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
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Heinz Insider Trading Came From Goldman Sachs Account

The SEC on Feb. 15 sued “unknown” traders over suspicious trading of Heinz’s options through an account at Goldman Sachs. The New York-based bank told SEC senior counsel Megan Bergstrom that the account holder is a Zurich private wealth client.
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Flu shot not even 50% effective

This year's flu vaccine provided little protection to people 65 and older who got a shot, new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reveal.
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Lebanon may be new front in Syria’s war

Lebanon seems to be moving closer to becoming a major new front in Syria’s 2-year-old civil war after a series of deadly clashes in Syrian between rebel forces and Hezbollah, which backs the embattled Damascus regime.
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Energy Demands on Russia Have Global Consequences

Russian oil producer Rosneft said it was considering sending more oil to the energy-hungry Chinese economy. The world's No. 2 oil exporter, after Saudi Arabia, already sends about 300,000 barrels of crude oil by pipeline to China.
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Wal-Mart: "Families Are Adjusting To A Reduced Paycheck And Increased Gas Prices"

Moment ago Wal-Mart reported a top-line miss, a bottom line beat, a dividend hike and a rather subdued full year forecast ($5.20-$5.40 on Exp. of $5.39), and nobody cared. The only thing that algos and carbon-based lifeforms alike honed in on, was the recap of the most recent 13 week period, to see if WMT was only kidding when it said that February sales, which obviously were not part of Q4 results, were a "total disaster."
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US senator says drones death toll is 4700

It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations.
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Consumers Unknowingly Sit On 85K Ounces Of Gold In Old iPhones

With 85 million iPhones having been sold since 2007, consumers are sitting on $154,700,000 worth of gold or 85,000 ounces of gold. That is because, in each one of those iPhones, there is approximately 0.034 grams of gold, according to the US Geological Survey. That is approximately $1.82 of gold.
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Treasury's Audit of the Federal Reserve's Gold Is Pure Propaganda

The U.S. Treasury just released a new report claiming to have performed an audit of U.S. gold held by the Federal Reserve. To be blunt, the report is a complete joke. The report says that the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General performed an audit of the U.S. Treasury’s schedule of U.S. gold reserves held by the Federal Reserve. In other words the report states that they performed an audit of a paper trail and not the actual gold itself. 
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Titan CEO Crushes Socialist "Work Ethic", Tells France "You Can Keep Your So-Called Workers"

The French industry minister is not amused. The CEO of US tire-maker Titan International has explained to the French unions (who think he belongs in an asylum) why his company is not interested in any deal - noting "you can keep your so-called workers," adding that he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day. Maurice 'Grizz' Taylor went 'postal' at the suggestion his company invest in France: "Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs." His truth-filled reality letter concluded:
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NDAA: Pre-emptive prosecution coming to a town near you

In the US, due process - one of the defining features of a democratic judicial process - continues to be badly bludgeoned: Obama fights tooth and nail to push through NDAA, which would allow indefinite detention of US citizens, and the definition of terrorism has expanded its unwieldy scope, casting a widening net that ensures more and more people are captured in its snare.
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