Gerald Celente’s gold account was emptied by MF Global



November 15, 2011

The recent bankruptcy of financial stalwart and Wall Street casino failure MF Global in the US, has claimed a new and unlikely victim. Following the company’s glorious collapse, Trends Research founder Gerald Celente had his own six figure gold investment account completely looted by chapter 11 trustees, and he is fighting to get it back.


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Is Cain smarter than a 5th grader? Libya oops … video

I don’t think so.  Libya has so recently dominated the news that eve a 5th grader knows what’s going on. He has already publicly stated, as recently as the last debate, that he would let his advisors handle foreign policy matters.

Herman Cain stumbles badly on Libya question

Posted by at 04:56 PM ET, 11/14/2011

In an interview today with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain visibly struggled to explain his position on President Obama’s Libya policy.

The video is particularly damaging for Cain, who has struggled on matters of foreign policy in the past.

Asked if he agreed with the president, Cain said, “Okay, Libya,” and then was silent for about ten — yes, ten — seconds, before asking, “President Obama supported the uprising, correct?”

Cain then said he did not agree with Obama’s handling of the uprising, before adding: “No, that’s a different one. I’ve got to go back, got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me did I agree or not agree with Obama.”

Finally, Cain concluded that he “would have done a better job of assessing the situation relative to the opposition first, before I made decisions about what we would do” but did not spell out any differentiation on policy.

It’s worth watching the whole five minutes.

“He was on about four hours of sleep after flying from Atlanta to Wisconsin. He just took a moment to get his bearings. He just had to take a moment to articulate his ideas,” Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said. “He didn’t say anything wrong. He didn’t say anything inconsistent with his beliefs. It may be how the video was edited.”

Other Republican candidates have been somewhat inconsistent on Libya. Both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney have alternately argued that President Obama was too weak and too aggressive. But Cain’s obvious lack of familiarity with the president’s position does not look good. At all.

It also comes less than a week after Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent nearly a minute trying to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate if elected president.

Cain, Romney, Gingrich and PAUL in dead heat for Iowa Caucus

Republican Party Candidates in Four-Way Dead Heat


By John McCormick – Nov 15, 2011 12:00 AM ET

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses, according to a Bloomberg News poll. The poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely attendees. Hans Nichols reports on Bloomberg Television’s “InsideTrack.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses.

A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely attendees with the caucuses that start the nominating contests seven weeks away.

Economic issues such as jobs, taxes and government spending are driving voter sentiment, rather than such social issues as abortion and gay marriage, the poll finds. Only about a quarter of likely caucus-goers say social or constitutional issues are more important to them, compared with 71 percent who say fiscal concerns.

The poll reflects the race’s fluidity, with 60 percent of respondents saying they still could be persuaded to back someone other than their top choice, and 10 percent undecided. Paul’s support is more solidified than his rivals, while Cain’s is softer. All of the major contenders have issue challenges to address.

“In Iowa, it’s long been a two-person race between Romney and someone else,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll for Bloomberg. “It is now a four- person race between Romney and three someone elses.”

No Exciting Choices

Poll participant Nate Warwick, 34, a machine operator at a packaging factory who lives in Story City, Iowa, is leaning toward Romney, primarily because he thinks he has the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama in 2012. Still, he’s not excited about his choices.

“There’s nobody out there who is really grabbing my attention, wholly,” he said. “I don’t think the Republican Party has a candidate that can beat Obama right now.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who both once were strong contenders in polls of the Republican race, have seen support plummet. Perry, who is running ads in Iowa, gets 7 percent support in the Bloomberg survey; Bachmann, who won the Iowa Straw Poll in August, is backed by 5 percent.

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has spent the most time campaigning in Iowa, is at 3 percent. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., who isn’t competing in Iowa, is backed by 1 percent.

Better Barometers

Polls in Iowa and New Hampshire — site of the nation’s first primary — are better barometers of the candidate field than national surveys because voters in those states are paying more attention and are aware of their early role in shaping the Republican race.

The Bloomberg Iowa poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and was taken Nov. 10-12. Selzer & Co. is the same West Des Moines-based firm that conducts the Iowa Poll for the Des Moines Register newspaper.

The concern about economic issues comes even as Iowa is doing better than other states. Buoyed by rising farm commodity and land prices, its unemployment rate is 6 percent, below the national average of 9 percent.

Iowa’s economic improvement, as measured by the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States Index, was ranked the 10th best nationally between the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2011. The index uses housing, jobs, tax and stock price data for its rankings.

A Romney Opening

The focus on the economy presents an opening for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who in his campaign has spotlighted his background as a business executive. Romney has shown signs he may engage more directly in Iowa, a state where he invested $10 million in his 2008 presidential bid only to be rejected by social conservatives who rallied behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in that year’s caucuses.

“Iowa apparently is not looking for the next Huckabee this time around,” Selzer said.

Romney’s support consists of 41 percent who backed him in 2008, the survey found, which means “the majority of his support comes from newcomers to his camp,” Selzer said.

Among tax plans tested in the poll, a version that generally reflects Romney’s proposal to make former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts permanent and then work toward an overhaul wins the greatest support, backed by 32 percent. Cain’s so-called 9-9-9 plan is considered the best approach by 24 percent, while Perry’s flat-tax proposal is viewed that way by 14 percent.

Health Care Vulnerability

One area where Romney, 64, is vulnerable is his backing as governor support of a health insurance mandate in Massachusetts that is similar to the one in the federal health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year. More than half — 58 percent — of likely caucus participants said support of such a mandate would “rule out” their backing. In debates, Romney has said he would not impose a national mandate and would repeal the federal law.

There’s good news in the poll for Paul, 76, a Texas congressman who has attracted ardent supporters. Among likely caucus-goers who say their minds are made up, Paul leads with 32 percent, followed by Romney at 25 percent and Gingrich, a former House speaker, at 17 percent.

Among Paul supporters who backed him in the 2008 caucuses, 69 percent are still with him now.

Poll participant Sarah Stang, 78, a retired teacher who lives in Osage, Iowa, said she switched parties four years ago so she could vote for Paul.

“He doesn’t want to raise taxes on us middle- and low- income people,” she said, adding that she “loves” his challenges to the Federal Reserve. “They have way too much power. They should let the marketplace do what it’s supposed to,” she said.

Cain Support Dips

Support for Cain, 65, a former businessman who has been accused of sexually harassing four women in the 1990s, has dipped in Iowa by three percentage points since a similar survey done Oct. 23-26 by the Des Moines Register.

In the Bloomberg poll, 29 percent of likely caucus participants say they believe Cain’s denials, while 37 percent are waiting for more information. More than a quarter are skeptical of his answers to the harassment allegations or don’t believe him. Cain does better among men than women in the poll, 23 percent to 15 percent.

More than two-thirds of likely caucus participants say they wouldn’t rule out a candidate just because he had been accused of sexual harassment.

Gingrich Gains

Gingrich’s campaign appears to be benefiting from Cain’s recent struggles.

The former Georgia congressman suffered an early political setback when more than a dozen of his staff members — including his national co-chairman and campaign manager — resigned in June following discord over strategy.

Poll participant Tom Anderson, 63, a retired union carpenter from Sigourney, Iowa, said he is backing Gingrich after deciding against Perry and Cain.

“He’s a smart guy and a problem-solver,” said Anderson.

Still, almost half of respondents say they would rule out a candidate who has been married three times and had an extramarital affair. Gingrich, 68, is in his third marriage. And in a March 2007 interview with a Christian group, Focus on the Family, he admitted to having had an extramarital affair.

Perry, 61, also has a stumbling block with caucus-goers. The poll found that 42 percent of likely Iowa caucus attendees said the Perry-signed Texas law allowing children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates would rule out their support. Even so, Perry, at 16 percent, and Paul, at 17 percent, ranked highest as candidates that “would do the most” to stop illegal immigration.

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BREAKING NEWS Judge Halts Occupy Wall Street Crackdown

Police in Riot Gear Clear Occupy Wall Street, Mayor Calls It “Intolerable Situation”

Hours later, a judge granted a restraining order prohibiting the city from its enforcement plan.

By Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 9:53 AM ES

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park overnight in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters that Mayor Bloomberg said had become an “intolerable situation.”

Hours later, a judge granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from enforcing rules of the plaza — like a ban on tents and tarps — that she said were published “after the occupation began.” Bloomberg said at a City Hall briefing that the city had planned to let people back into the park at 8 a.m. but decided to keep it closed while officials evaluated the order.

Both sides were due in court at 11:30 a.m. See the order here.

In the overnight raid, many protesters in the two-month-old occupation left peacefully, but some refused to go, chaining themselves to trees and to each other. They chanted at police, “Whose park? Our park!”

All protesters were cleared from the park by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Browne said there were about 70 arrests inside the park overnight and another to 30 to 40 arrests on Broadway as protesters tried to stop the evacuation. Among those arrested was City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

Several hundred protesters gathered in nearby Foley Square, creating a makeshift headquarters as they weighed their next move. A message on the organizers’ website urged people to meet at Canal Street at 9 a.m., promising “you can’t evict an idea whose time had come.”

Bloomberg said at City Hall Tuesday that he and the owners of the plaza, Brookfield Properties, had become “increasingly concerned” that the occupation, which has used generators and other devices to keep warm, was beginning to pose a health and fire hazard to the demonstrators and Lower Manhattan community. There have been reports of scattered crime, and an EMT was injured responding to a call last week, he noted.

“Unfortunately, the park was becoming a place where people came not to protest, but rather to break laws, and in some cases, to harm others,” Bloomberg said. “The majority of protesters have been peaceful and responsible. But an unfortunate minority has not been – and as the number of protesters has grown, this has created an intolerable situation.”

He said protesters will be welcome to use the park to protest but have to follow the rules.

“Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags,” he added. “Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments.”

The temporary restraining order said the city could not evict protesters from the park or enforce rules — like those prohibiting certain items in the plaza — that were not made clear until after the occupation began.

Before moving in to sweep the park, police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate; campers were ordered to remove all their tents.

Any tents, sleeping bags or other items left behind in the park would be brought to a sanitation garage, the letter said.

The mayor’s office tweeted in the 1 a.m. hour, “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protesters can return after the Park is cleared.”

See NBC New York’s Storify timeline of #OWS tweets here

Even as some protesters physically locked themselves down in the park, police moved in, working around the remaining demonstrators to break down tents and toss them into piles. Sanitation crews then entered and moved the items on to the sidewalk.

A recorded announcement played on loop, telling protesters they had to temporarily vacate the park.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was on the scene monitoring developments.

Outside the park, several separate smaller groups formed to march down Broadway to try to join protesters in the park. But officers blocked the path, resulting in some pushing and shoving.

Residents in at least one nearby building were not allowed to leave to watch the events. Doormen were told by NYPD to lock up.

Bloomberg last month tried to evacuate the park so that it could be cleaned. But the cleanup was ultimately postponed when protesters resisted, raising concerns about a showdown between police and the thousand-plus demonstrators camped out at the park.

The mandatory evacuation Tuesday came just two days before a massive Occupy Wall Street demonstration planned for Thursday. Demonstrators were planning to march in front of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, get on subway trains across all five boroughs in the afternoon, then rally near City Hall in the evening. Afterward, they were expected to march to area bridges.

Bloomberg has recently gone back and forth between criticizing Occupy Wall Street and defending it, saying recently that protesters were largely law-abiding and did not bother anyone.

When he was asked Monday to address complaints of local business owners and residents about the Occupy encampment, Bloomberg again hedged on whether he planned to step in.

“We’ll take appropriate action when it’s appropriate,” he said.

Occupy encampments have come under fire around the country as local officials and residents have complained about possible health hazards and ongoing inhabitation of parks and other public spaces.

Recall Effort Against Wisconsin Gov. Walker Begins

Published November 15, 2011

| Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. –  The clock is ticking for opponents of Wisconsin’s governor who want to recall him from office.

Organizers of a recall drive started circulating petitions Tuesday morning and they have just 60 days to get more than 540,000 signatures.

The deadline to turn in the signatures is Jan. 17.

The drive is motivated largely over anger related to Walker’s pushing through a law that essentially does away with collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Parties were scheduled overnight and into Tuesday to gather as many signatures as possible. Democratic state Rep. Mark Pocan planned to walk through his downtown

Madison neighborhood on Tuesday morning collecting signatures.

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Another OWS eviction, this time Zuccotti Park

Police Order Protesters to Vacate ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Camp at Zuccotti Park

Published November 15, 2011


NEW YORK –  Police arrested 70 protesters at New York’s Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, including some who chained themselves together, while clearing the park so that sanitation crews could clean it.

The officers arrived just after midnight and handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Campers were told to remove their tents and all their belongings, the New York Post reported.

The eviction letters declared, “The city has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard.

“We also require that you immediately leave the park on a temporary basis so it can be cleared and restored for its intended use.

“You will be allowed to return to the park in several hours, when this work is complete. If you decide to return, you will not be permitted to bring tents, sleeping bags, tarps and similar materials with you.”

The National Lawyer’s Guild, who represents the protesters claim to have a court order that allows them to return to Zuccotti Park with tents. A hearing will be held later this morning.

A man who identified himself as a New York Police Department captain used a bullhorn to order people out of the park, saying repeatedly that a temporary evacuation was necessary to dismantle illegal structures that presented a fire hazard, The Wall Street Journal reported.

At least 400 police officers stood around all sides of the park, where dozens of people remained in place. Public buses operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were seen pulling up to the site, which has been the center of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement for nearly two months.

Protesters responded by chanting “Whose Park? Our Park” and “You don’t have to do this.” Some protesters positioned near the encampment’s kitchen linked themselves together using padlocks.

Just before 2:00am, police began to clear the park more aggressively and knocked over the tent from which protesters had been streaming video from Zuccotti Park. One protester refused to get out of the tent, and three officers in riot gear carried him away wrapped in pieces of tent and tarp.

A video stream continued to broadcast, with nearly 20,000 viewers watching the footage online.

“EVERYONE should get to the park immediately for eviction defense!” the group posted on their website.

Hours before the operation commenced, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano and other officials convened in secret at City Hall to greenlight the campaign to clear the park, sources told the Post.

“They’re going to go in and do this because of health violations and the rising crime,” said a source.

A source within the NYPD tells that the department held drills near 1 police plaza last week to prepare for this mornings raid where they worked out formations and loading onto task force trucks and vans and that police surveillance cameras in the neighborhood were pointed towards the park to gather intel.

“They planned to execute this the same way they did at Tompkins Square Park,” said the source, referring to the Tompkins Square riots back in 1988.

In a press conference earlier this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “I have become increasingly concerned – as had the park’s owner, Brookfield Properties – that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protestors and to the surrounding community.”

“We have been in constant contact with Brookfield and yesterday they requested that the City assist it in enforcing the no sleeping and camping rules in the park. But make no mistake – the final decision to act was mine” he continued.

The raid comes just hours after “Occupy Wall Street” leaders announced their plans to wreak havoc on Thursday by shutting down Wall Street and the subways to mark the renegade group’s two-month takeover of Zuccotti Park.

According to their website, the day will include “Mass, Non-violent Direct Action” to “Shut Down Wall Street” at 7:00am, “Occupy the Subways” in all five boroughs at 3:00pm and “Take the Square,” referring to Foley Square, at 5:00pm.

The crackdown follows similar eviction notices being issued at protest camps in Oakland, Calif., and Portland, Ore., in the past few days amid health and safety fears.

Three sets of eviction notices have been issued to campers at “Occupy Oakland” since Friday, with 33 demonstrators arrested after failing to disperse early Monday morning, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Police have maintained a presence at the camp in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, saying people can continue to rally but cannot camp or sleep there.

On Sunday, “Occupy Portland” protesters were evicted from their headquarters and about 50 were arrested as authorities cleaned up the parks the group had been residing in since the beginning of the demonstration in early October, the Portland Tribune reported.

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