Our waste reveals inner cities are undercounted, yet Cameron is cutting up constituencies with no regard to fairness
How many people live in Britain? The census next March is supposed to tell us. Population matters desperately for fair distribution of the wretchedly dwindling sums handed out to councils, police and the health service. A Commons end-of-term adjournment debate tomorrow will try to draw attention to a disaster in population counting that hits inner cities hardest, with some Tory as well as Labour MPs raising the alarm.
At the same time scores of amendments to the parliamentary voting system and constituencies bill in the Lords point out the same thing: the move to cut up constituencies into more equal sizes is doomed without reasonably accurate figures for who lives where. Ignoring calls to wait for new census results, the government plunges on, yet again reckless about the boring details.
In cutting 50 seats, David Cameron decreed a redrawing of boundaries by strict numbers – 73,000 per constituency regardless of natural communities – even if a constituency straddles the Devon and Cornwall border. His cavalier attitude was revealed when he was recorded saying privately: “It’s the Tamar, not the Amazon, for heaven’s sake!” The same attitude infuriates the Isle of Wight, where a chunk will be attached to the mainland, and Anglesey, joined to a slice of Wales. Is top-down diktat drawing lines like colonialists across tribal territories regardless of local feeling the new localism? (Incidentally, Cameron said cutting 50 MPs’ seats would save £12m; but redrawing boundaries will cost £11m.)
Andrew Maguire and his recent revelations about rampant manipulation of the gold and silver futures market
Andrew Maguire & Adrian Douglas Discuss What Could Be the Largest Fraud in History – Andrew is an independent metals trader turned whistle blower at the center of a storm for exposing what could be the largest fraud in history involving countries, banks and government leaders.
Adrian Douglas Board of Director from GATA, the man who Andrew reached out to joins in this interview where they discuss a fraud so extraordinary and so unimaginable that it is the kind of thing that only happens in hollywood thrillers. They also discuss the CFTC sponsored meeting on metals which was an unmitigated disaster because it additionally exposed the fraud on a grander scale.
Please click here to listen to this fascinating interview conducted by King World News
Andrew Maguire the Silence is Deafening
by AT on April 14, 2010
For those who aren’t familiar with Andrew Maguire and his recent revelations about rampant manipulation of the gold and silver futures market by major players such as JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, I’m not surprised. The story has been completely ignored by the mainstream media.
To get up to speed have a read of Andrew Maguire exposes systemic fraud by CFTC and JPMorgan and follow the links and watch the video contained in that article.
The story has been spreading like wildfire on the Internet, especially among independent gold and silver traders. Of course they have a vested interest, which is not to say they are behaving in a nefarious manner. But when you take the mainstream media silence and all you have left is the Internet buzz you can quickly spot the strategy at work.
Ever since the Internet became a major competitor to the traditional media the latter has attempted to brandish independent Internet based journalism or reporting as less than reliable. The idea goes that if a story only exists on the Internet and has not been confirmed by “legitimate” media sources it is most likely rumour or gossip or a conspiracy theory (their favourite smear).
A lot of the time this isn’t far from the truth. There is a lot of garbage on the Internet. Of course there’s a lot of rubbish in the mainstream media too, but “professional” media people aren’t as keen to talk about that. And mainstream fantasy can have fatal consequences – Iraqi tanks massing on the Saudi border, anyone? People die when the mainstream lies.
But the Andrew Maguire case is legitimate in as far as it is certainly newsworthy and the silence of the mainstream media on this story is highly revealing. In fact it’s a story in its own right.
Let’s pretend all of the Internet articles on Maguire have gone away, that they never existed, that there’s literally no mention anywhere of the story. What are we left with?
What we have is an established trader who has not only blown the whistle on fraud but has also provided absolute proof by demonstrating the fraud as it actually occurred. And Maguire didn’t run to some conspiracy site on the Internet to spill the beans, no he went through official channels and he was ignored.
If this isn’t newsworthy then nothing ever is. The whole world has just suffered a major banking scandal and here we are again watching the usual suspects, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, allegedly committing an even bigger fraud. This should be a global headline but instead we get silence. And that silence is deafening in what it reveals.
I have sent requests to several British mainstream sources asking for their opinion on the facts as we know them to date. I haven’t received a single acknowledgement of receipt of my emails, never mind a considered response.
The mainstream media is killing this story stone dead and in a coordinated manner. How can that be? We can only speculate but whatever the truth it doesn’t align with the notion of an independent press designed to hold the powerful to account. Rather it smacks of collusion with authorities content to stop information escaping into the public domain.
As a result of the recent banking fraud common people have lost their jobs, their homes, their savings. What will be the further consequence if Andrew Maguire is correct? Who will suffer and who will benefit and to what degree?
Are The Stock Markets Being Manipulated?
By Andrew Mickey on January 3, 2010
What if I told you I have a secret trading system that’s right 98% of the time?
Would you be interested in what I thought the market was going to do next?
Or would you just think about how even the best traders and investors are right about 2/3rds of the time. And that kind of consistency, combined with proper discipline, is enough to make a fortune over time.
You could just call me a liar, a criminal, or a crook too.
Or you could just assume I work at Goldman Sachs
That’s right, with earnings season just around the corner and another round of seven and eight figure bonuses for the top traders at everyone’s most hated investment bank, the headlines will focus on the size of the bonuses instead of how they were made.
But if you go beyond the headline-making bonuses, you can see how they made so much money and how you can use it to your advantage.
Over the last year Goldman has become a probability-defying trading machine.
The firm’s success in the second and third quarter of last year was unbelievable. There were 65 total trading days between April and June. As the rally was still in the early stages, Goldman’s trading department lost money on just two of those days. That’s a success rate of 97%. And it made more than $50 million on 89% of the days.
Well, Goldman did just that in the third quarter. The firm had only one losing day and booked profits on 98% of the trading days. They made more than $50 million 84% of the days.
At this point, I see no reason why the fourth quarter will be even better when the final numbers are released in a few weeks.
The masses, however, will focus on the bonuses paid to Goldman’s traders and executives and miss how they did it and the risks and opportunities created by it.
Two comments from the You Tube Video site….
1) The Futures markets aren’t manipulated by computers, they are 100% controlled by a computer, there is no real trading going on, this is only a microcosm of the entire reality as you know it. Nothing is real, there is no voting, there are no elections, there is no president that makes decisions, there is no news, even the anti-news is the same people, doesn’t matter which one you listen to.
2) Also, here is some mind control for you. I have been screaming at the top of my lungs trying to tell people that the entire Futures markets, like Gold, Oil, Currencies, etc do not trade, but are rather controlled by a computer program, which I discovered in 2006. And yet nobody will listen, nobody cares, nobody will do a story on it, and everybody just keeps on talking about how the dollar is collapsing because of this reason, or that reason, when in reality it’s all 100% controlled…….