Peter Schiff: Why government guaranteed student loans are a terrible idea. (Part 1) (by voogru)
Peter Schiff talks with a college graduate that has nearly $200,000 in student loan debt because of the government.
This should be a blatantly clear example of why the government needs to get the hell out of the education sector.
Council taking clothes that charities would have got (20May12) (by liarpoliticians)
The London Borough of Bromley has decided to not allow charities to have collection points on council land for clothes, and is instead to operate their own clothes collection service, and making money for the council instead of the charities the clothes would have gone to.
This just shows how much the councils are after money, now taking from charities.
Recorded from BBC Sunday Politics, 20 May 2012.
Author Tom Ballantyne interview with Lord Monckton: Had Hawaii Birth Certificate Made; Defends Sheriff Joe - http://www.BirtherReport.com - Tom Ballantyne is the author of the book “Oh Really, O’Reilly!”. The clip was filmed by Gabe Zolna. -
Mission Control, Built For Cities
March 4, 2012 Posted by Phantom Report
Mission control surveillance centers built and operated to enslave populations inside city walls.
City employees in white jumpsuits work quietly in front of a giant wall of screens — a sort of virtual Rio, rendered in real time. Video streams in from subway stations and major intersections. A sophisticated weather program predicts rainfall across the city. A map glows with the locations of car accidents, power failures and other problems.
The order and precision seem out of place in this easygoing Brazilian city, which on this February day was preparing for the controlled chaos that is Carnaval. But what is happening here reflects a bold and potentially lucrative experiment that could shape the future of cities around the world.
This building is the Operations Center of the City of Rio, and its system was designed by I.B.M. at the request of Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes. There is nothing quite like it in the world’s other major cities. I.B.M. has created similar data centers elsewhere for single agencies like police departments. But never before has it built a citywide system integrating data from some 30 agencies, all under a single roof. It is the handiwork of an I.B.M. unit called Smarter Cities and, if all goes according to plan, it could lay the groundwork for a multibillion-dollar business.
On this February day, Guru Banavar, an I.B.M. executive, stood on the balcony above the control room, watching the scene.
“I have seen better infrastructure in individual departments in other cities,” said Mr. Banavar, I.B.M.’s chief technology officer of the global public sector. “But I haven’t seen this level of integration in other cities.”
For I.B.M., Rio is a crucible. By 2050, roughly 75 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities.
Many metropolitan areas already use data-collection systems like sensors, video cameras and GPS devices. But advances in computing power and data analysis now make it possible for companies like I.B.M. to collate all this data and, using computer algorithms, to identify patterns and trends. Mr. Banavar calls it “sense-making software.”
Running a big city, particularly one as varied as Rio, makes running many companies seem easy. No wonder the market to supply cities with “smart” systems is expected to reach $57 billion by 2014, according to IDC Government Insights, a market research firm.
I.B.M. wants a piece of that. It is expanding into the local government market as part of a plan to raise its annual revenue to $150 billion or more, Mr. Banavar said. In 2011, the company’s revenue was nearly $107 billion.
The Rio operations center, which opened at the end of 2010, is part of an effort to gain a toehold in a market with more established players like Cisco Systems. (Cisco calls its local government initiative “Smart+Connected Communities.” The company is heavily involved in the Songdo International Business District, a new city in South Korea, where Cisco’s network technologies help commercial buildings control energy consumption, for example.)
But even for a company like I.B.M., Rio represents a grand challenge. A horizontal city sprawled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, it is at once a boomtown, a beach town, a paradise, an eyesore, a research center and a construction site. Oil-industry giants like Halliburton and Schlumberger have been rushing to build research centers here to help develop massive oil and gas fields off the coast.
Special police units have moved into about 20 slums, called favelas, in an effort to assert government control and combat crime. Rio is also reconstructing major arenas and building a rapid-bus system ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics….
PREVIOUSLY, I.B.M. developed crime control centers for Madrid and New York City, along with a traffic congestion fee system for Stockholm. But creating a citywide, interdepartmental system for Rio was a far bigger task. I.B.M. approached the challenge like a general contractor, managing the overall project while farming out some of the work. Local companies handled construction and telecommunications. Cisco provided network infrastructure and the videoconferencing system that links the operations center to the mayor’s house. The digital screens are from Samsung.
“We coordinated everything,” Mr. Banavar said. “In our terminology, we call it being the ‘master integrator.’ ”
I.B.M. incorporated its hardware, software, analytics and research. It created manuals so that the center’s employees could classify problems into four categories: events, incidents, emergencies and crises. A loud party, for instance, is an event. People beating up each other at a party is an incident. A party that becomes a riot is an emergency. If someone dies in the riot, it’s a crisis. The manuals also lay out step-by-step procedures for how departments should handle pressing situations like floods and rockslides.
I.B.M. also installed a virtual operations platform that acts as a Web-based clearinghouse, integrating information that comes in via phone, radio, e-mail and text message. When city employees log on, they can enter information from, say, an accident scene, or see how many ambulances have been dispatched. They can also analyze historical information to determine, for instance, where car accidents tend to occur. In addition, I.B.M. developed a custom flood forecast system for the city. Mr. Banavar even recommended that the mayor create the position of chief operating officer to oversee the operations center, and the mayor agreed.
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Obamacare expands government-controlled health care — passing the cost to future generations of taxpayers — and weakens families’ choice of coverage. Larry Patterson describes the impact Obamacare will have on his family and the concerns he has with the new law.
Learn more about the effects of Obamacare at www.heritage.org/ImpactOfObamacare.
1st part of this presentation is a description and a brief history of the New Age. The rest focuses in on how the New Age ideas could play in to the agenda of the biblical Antichrist.
Chris White(Maker of this Video) ~ http://www.youtube.com/user/Knowwheretorun1984
Karl Rove knew what the vote count would be and exposes missing votes. We know know votes are still missing (as of 1-19-2011) for 8 precincts in Iowa. No discussion of Ron Paul as if he didn’t exist. Obvious vote fraud.
Read more about 2012 Primary Iowa voter fruad
Verlin Stoll is a 27-year-old entrepreneurial dynamo who owns Crescent Tide funeral home in Saint Paul, Minn. Verlin has built a successful business because he offers low-cost funerals while providing high-quality service. His business is also one of the only funeral homes that benefits low-income families who cannot afford the high prices of the big funeral-home companies.
Verlin wants to expand his business, hire new employees and continue to offer the lowest prices in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota refuses to let Verlin build a second funeral home unless he builds a $30,000 embalming room that he will never use.
Romney admits he would have signed the National Defense Authorization Act if he were president (by planetearthawakens02)