Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Clean Catholic Cash . . . .

bennie and his Jerks are the gift that keeps on giving.

Check this out via
The Guardian UK today:

Vatican bank chief investigated over money laundering claims

In unprecedented move, judge freezes €23m held in account at financial institution with close church links

* John Hooper in Rome
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 September 2010

The head of the Vatican bank has formally been place
d under investigation in an inquiry into a suspected violation of Italy's money-laundering laws, judicial sources said today.

At the same time, a judge in Rome ordered a freeze on €23m (£19.5m) held in an account opened by the Vatican bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), at another financial institution in the Italian capital. It was thought to be the first time such action had been authorised against the IOR in Italy.


The Vatican has a long history of withholding co-operation from Italian investigators seeking access to its bank's books. The IOR was involved in a
major scandal in 1982 arising from the fraudulent bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano, then Italy's largest private bank.


Maybe now we have the definitive answer as to how bennie affords all those fabulous pumps he struts around in . . . .

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Canadian Coup de RCMP . . . .

*Updated link due to the Lady Alison's astute discovery. (Thanks, Alison!) Apparently the story disappeared off the web 'til it reappeared this morning at the updated link to the Montreal Gazette below . . . .

As "drf" exclaimed when he pointed
this* out to me: "WTF?!?"

What the hell has harperco wrought now ? ? ? ?

RCMP warn against threat of coup d’etat

By Ian MacLeod, Postmedia NewsSeptember 12, 2010

OTTAWA — RCMP officials have identified a new threat to national security: a coup d’etat.

The reference to a violent overthrow of the federal government is contained in the RCMP’s plans and priorities report to government for 2010-11. It lists national security as one of five operational priorities for the year.

The document then cites four specific security concerns:

• Espionage and sabotage.

• Foreign-influenced criminal activities detrimental to the interests of Canada.

• Terrorism.

And . . . “activities aimed at overthrowing, by violence, the Government of Canada.”
(Ed: emphasis mine)

RCMP officials were not immediately available Friday to explain the reference, but such language has not appeared in previous RCMP reports.

Just keeps gettin' curiouser and curiouser . . . .

H/T "drf" & the Lady Alison

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Keep Your 'Net Neutral . . . .

Corporate USA is doing their damnedest to mess with your Internet for the benefit of their profit structure. You now have another chance to express your displeasure at this prospect.

Via PC World today:

September 02, 2010 6:18 AM

FCC Takes Net Neutrality to Court of Public Opinion (Again)

By Tony Bradley, PC World

The FCC has opened the next chapter in the debate over net neutrality with a
new Notice of Inquiry seeking public comments and feedback on specific aspects of the proposed rules. Net neutrality advocates, however, are becoming increasingly frustrated with the FCC dragging its feet rather than implementing change.

The new FCC inquiry is in pursuit of specific feedback to clarify opinion on a couple of "under-developed issues" that came up during the negotiations with the ISPs and broadband industry, and as a result of the
controversial Google-Verizon proposal. Specifically, the FCC wants input to get consensus on the concept of "specialized services" and application of net neutrality to wireless broadband service.

The electronic filing process is fairly simple - see page 6 of
this PDF.

Here's the link for the e-file. (International comments are accepted.)

Don't let the corporate behemoths control your access to information based on their $hareholder'$ pur$uit of the almighty dollar . . . .