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Desperate People Do Desperate Things

"Poverty is the mother of crime."
Marcus Aurelius

by Valdas Anelauskas

I think it goes without saying that widespread poverty, homelessness, and hopelessness can produce a variety of ugly social pathologies, such as violent crime. Despite the efforts of American criminology to place the motivating factors of crime elsewhere, in psychology, physiology, or addictive, class or ethnic behavioral syndromes, the greater part of the crime that we are witnessing in America today is, in my view, a direct result of misery plus despair.


More Monsanto Shenanigans

by Chris Gupta

This should leave no doubt about the shenanigans of Monsanto and their ilk.

Just goes to show what money can buy. Here is a company that can bribe and pay the fine all in one felled swoop... and once the heat is off - then it's business as usual. Take a look at: and

Monsanto fined $1.5m for bribery



" Fulvic acid is a part of the humic structure in rich composting soil. It is an acid created in extremely small amounts by the action of millions of beneficial microbes, working on decaying plant matter in a soil environment with adequate oxygen. It is of low molecular weight and is biologically very active".


Economic "Armageddon" Predicted

By Brett Arends
November 23, 2004

Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish.

But you should hear what he's saying in private.

Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity.

His prediction: America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic "Armageddon."


Suez Canal Shut Off, Oil Prices To Soar

[November 12, 2004 1400 PDT–SUEZ CANAL CLOSED –Want to understand How Fragile the Oil Production and Delivery System Really Is? Who Needs a Bomb to Threaten the US Economy? Whether accidental or intentional, the point is clear. -MCR]

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Global Taxes Are Back, Watch Your Wallet

Like a bad sequel to a rotten horror movie, the debate over global taxation once again is rearing its ugly head — courtesy of the United Nations. And, despite lacking the requisite hockey mask and chain saw, the seemingly countless proposals for the imposition of global taxes are truly terrifying.


The Great Trust Rebellion

by Ashlea Ebeling, 08.16.04 

A new code aims to unify the nation's trust laws. But some lawyers are in revolt. 

Do you plan to keep secret from your children how much they stand to inherit? Would you like to make sure your money supports your descendants and not their ex-spouses? Do you want to cut estate taxes?


Out of Spotlight, Bush Overhauls U.S. Regulations

August 14, 2004

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 - April 21 was an unusually violent day in Iraq; 68 people died in a car bombing in Basra, among them 23 children. As the news went from bad to worse, President Bush took a tough line, vowing to a group of journalists, "We're not going to cut and run while I'm in the Oval Office."