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Money & Power

Meltdown - Part 4/4

The Men Who Crashed the World

Meltdown is a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that brought down the financial world. The show begins with the 2008 crash that pushed 30 million people into unemployment, brought countries to the edge of insolvency and turned the clock back to 1929.

But how did it all go so wrong? Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place. Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced "light touch regulation" - giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.

Meltdown moves on to examine the epidemic of fear that caused the world's banks to stop lending and how the people began their fight back. Finally, it asks how the world can prepare for the next crisis even as it recognises that this one is far from over.

We hear about the sheikh who says the crash never happened; a Wall Street king charged with fraud; a congresswoman who wants to jail the bankers; and the world leaders who want a re-think of capitalism.

>Parts 1 & 2 & 3 here.

Part 4 will be posted on Wednesday, Aug.27



Opinions & Analysis

Obama's Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on the Ground Can Beat ISIS The Daily Beast

Syrian Rebels to Obama: Airstrikes Will Never Stop ISIS - The Free Syrian Army is not impressed with President Obama’s new threat to attack ISIS inside Syria. That’s like ‘tickling’ the terror group, the FSA says—and is too little, too late. The Daily Beast

Role Model - How Norway has avoided the 'curse of oil'

. . . while other countries have struck oil and then binged on the revenues, by contrast Norway is continuing to invest its oil and gas money in a giant sovereign wealth fund.

"We trust the government, we believe our tax money will be spent wisely” The BBC


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California Earthquake
Israel / Gaza Conflict
VIDEO US flights to spy on Islamic State in Syria

*EDITOR'S BLOG: Our audience is a bunch of free-thinking intelligent eclectics. We welcome & encourage your comments & We'd love to hear from you. Please join us.

* Who stole the chicken from the Wilno Church?

* Girl, 9, accidently kills gun instructor with machine gun @ Arizona Burgers & Bullets joint, Premiers' Conference focuses on death & disappearance of aboriginal women , SMU changes frosh chant. I went to SMU - one of the best experiences of my life - small classes, good academics, GREAT Irish Studies courses, Profs who give out their home phnone number, lifelong friends. BEST!

* Home-grown student extremist & Kingston Pen contraband including clothes, food & meds && Emmys - fab fashions and a fru-fru tu-tu.

* Video - The Burial Boys of Ebola

* Actor Richard Attenborough dead @ 90, good man drowns saving boy, Ottawa U wrong to punish hockey team because of 2 players, Leonardo slammed, controversial Jewish sect gone, California quake, an English penal law against the Irish, JFK's madam! & strange tale of a hermit.

* Livestreaming - The Peoples Social Forum - We don't have to agree with every speaker, but we need to know what our young people and intellectuals are saying. It's important.

* Michael Spratt @ IPolitics wrote a piece on Harper & the facts. Some really smart people in the medical & science & justice communities are warning us to pay attention. Is this the Canada we want?

* Was HARPER a Northern Foundation member / Neo Nazi / White Supremacist?

* Gatineau boob job benefit, Harper against aboriginal women inquiry, RCMP might outsource sex offender list (offshore?) Military to stockpile in Arctic, another animal cruelty farm in QC, LIFE on the ISS? Are we mostly part-timers? ISS converts Yazidis.

* Ferguson quiet, Baird has the language cops after him, reporter beheaded by Islamist State, ebola spreading. WHY DO WE KISS?

* When will the other shoe drop on aviation as they too police themselves? -- TSB Report on Lac Megantic - one tragic mistake after another, incompetence everywhere. Good animation tho.

* 10:19am - WOWIE ZOWIE! We've had a whopping 150,324 hits since March 1. Thank you for your encouragement and loyalty!

* New series on Money & Power - Thanks Wayne Laporte for suggestions and research.

* USA - The Ferguson riots - from cops to commandos.

*John Oliver discusses Ferguson with humour & facts & ooh, does he get mad.

* Academic Rankings - Canada's low.

* If there's any Irish in you, listen to Irish Society's "Mufferaw Joe" yee haaaw

* The Islamic State explained in 5 mini docs.

* Know anyone with an addiction? Ricky hasn't always been a good boy but now he saves lives!

* USA - race riots over police/kid shooting, the WORLD pitches in to help countries in the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Tunesia, and Russian convoys stalled to Ukraine. Who's minding the CHILDREN?

* COMING SOON - Research on consequences of war.

* Pope Francis: "Never war, never war, he said. I am thinking, above all, of children who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, a future. Dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who don't know how to smile. This was the moment when the tears came. Please stop, said Francis. I ask you with all my heart, it's time to stop. Stop, please!

* Harper does not remain neutral in Middle East, urges world to side with Israel.

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Canada's biggest companies by 2013 revenue

The Financial Post

Canada-U.S. price gap measures coming in the fall
Legislation to regulate price differences, 'unjustified' discrimination in consumer goods CBCNews

Canadian economy added 42,000 jobs in July, not 200 as Statistics Canada originally said The Financial Post

Did You Know?
The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than necessities of life

>Get the facts here & video


Giant Hogweed - toxic weed causes boils and blindness discovered in Ottawa area

Agriculture Canada - Weed Info guide & database here

See-through solar cells could turn your windows into power stations >More



Bestiality, child pornography charges laid against Gatineau couple CBCNews


Ottawa - Suspects from a Break and Enter at Rideau Centre identified.
The Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit has identified the two suspects involved in this matter.

The two individuals turned themselves in last night.
Eric WILLMETS, 21 years old of Ottawa, has been charged with two counts of break & enter.
Lucas RUSSELL, 22 years old of Ottawa, has been charged with three counts of break & enter.
They are scheduled to appear in court on September 11th, 2014.

Police laid over 500 charges against road users during July - The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) focused on cycling safety and red light running during the month of July, resulting in 503 charges being laid against road users.

Ottawa Valley & National News




Premiers' Conference - PEI - Missing women inquiry tops agenda for premiers, aboriginal leaders CBCNews

Saint Mary's University frosh chant: SMU changes to start of school CBCNews

Justin Trudeau home break-in: Man entered in error so no charges - 'The person entered the wrong home in error,' police say after man in surveillance video turns himself in CBCNews


Former Union Nationale member Marcel Masse dies The Gazette

Russell Williams settles lawsuits with some of his victims - Disgraced former Canadian Forces colonel pleaded guilty to 88 charges in 2010

MP André Bellavance leaves Bloc Québécois - Will spend the rest of his term as an independent
The Gazette

AUDIO - Blues for the Bloc – problems for the PQ? The Gazette

Extremist named John Maguire: Ottawa student likely joined ISIS after converting to Islam and moving to Syria TheNationalPost

Corrections Canada seeks new powers as contraband seizures rise

Prisoner advocates fear new powers would dissuade prison visits CBC News

List of items seized CBC News

Justice gets iced at U Ottawa

. . . the charges are also a reminder of how badly the case has been handled by the university’s president, Allan Rock, and how unconscionable it was for him to hang an entire team of young people out to dry over what we now know to be allegations against two players.
The Globe And Mail

Burger King signs deal to purchase Canada's Tim Hortons for $12.5-billion The Financial Post


Terry McLeish:

Who stole the chicken from the Wilno church?

Well, the big chicken that advertises the Wilno church supper was stolen again. The difference between vandalism in the Upper Ottawa Valley and in, say, Ottawa is that up here, the item is stolen, people worry, the item is returned, people laugh and after it's all over, a song is written about it.

UPDATE - Police are looking for chicken thief: Killaloe OPP are investigating the theft of a 2 meter wooden chicken from the property of the Catholic Church in Wilno. Unknown person(s) removed the chicken between August 22 and August 23, 2014. If anyone has information contact singer & songwriter Terry McLeish @

2014 Emmy Award Winners
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The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest
Michael Finkel / GQ Magazine / More


Behind Claude’s Doors

In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame Claude kept, perhaps the greatest were her own. Vanity Fair / MORE

Listen on YOUTUBE _ - A song about the eviction of Irish tenants by British landowners.

History - Following the Penal Laws, of 1691 and into the 19c, Irish were not permitted to own land or a horse or attend their churches or schools.

The Celtic Connection is a Newfoundland band.

SAMPLE Penal Law -

English Statute -
An Act for the Relief of the Protestant Purchasers of the forfeited Estates in Ireland

To the end that none of the aforesaid purchased forfeited estates may ever descend to any Papist but shall remain to be held and enjoyed by Protestants for the strengthening of the English interest and Protestant religion . . .

More on the Penal LawsHere


World News Digest

YouTube video

Arizona shooting: Girl, nine, kills gun instructor

Bullets & Burgers ads promote Family Day - instruct kids as young as 5 yrs. old

BBCNews & VIDEO gun demo & burger business




Syria conflict: Islamic State 'committed war crimes' BBCNews

U.S. Mobilizes Allies to Widen Assault on ISIS NewYorkTimes



Iraq crisis

Iraq: on the frontline with the Shia fighters taking the war to Isis TheGuardian

FRONTLINE - VIDEO investigates what went wrong in Iraq


Canada to fly weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS CBCNews

US air strike on Islamic State militants in Iraq
>videos & background & maps - BBCNews

Israel / Gaza War


Opinion by Canadian war historian Gwynne Dyer: Nobody wins the Gaza War >Straight HERE


UPDATEGaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term Reuters

Video - Hamas buries commanders killed by Israel
Funerals held for three Qassam Brigades leaders in Rafah, as Israel calls up fresh troops for extended Gaza campaign. AlJazeera

Gaza: What does the future hold for the children? BBCNews


Ebola Outbreak

TIMES Video - The Burial Boys of Ebola -

Ebola-infected WHO scientist in Sierra Leone goes to Germany, Canadians pulled - Public Health Agency of Canada pulls its team of 3 from Sierra Leone as precaution CBCNews

Ebola: life and death on the frontline - Ebola has now claimed more than 1,000 lives and infected over a thousand more across West Africa. Clair MacDougall meets families, survivors, and workers at its centre. Additional reporting by Shahesta Shaitly / The Guardian

Plague Village - Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter Reuters

Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg is headed for Africa
Canada is donating 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine, which was developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory The WinnipegFreePress

WHO: Ebola 'an international emergency' BBCNews


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