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Dear CIGAs,

Who paid the three? Was the homeless man really homeless? What has the performance of Barclay’s Wealth Fund been?

A banker robs his employers at the Bank Espirito Sancto of the Vatican and he ends up hanging himself under the London Bridge.

Money people who kill others with abandon and without any regret are not isolated from instant Karma.

Investors are livid. I am livid. All those including the man in the street are livid beyond imagination at those that use criminality for profit everywhere.

I am thinking of inviting a few people to a special meeting in Toronto in February so I can introduce them to you. That is if they are still available.

Arrests Over Top Banker’s Murder
7:01pm UK, Tuesday September 30, 2008

Three people have been arrested over the murder of a top banker who was beaten to death while trying to save a homeless man. Frank McGarahan, 45, chief operating officer of Barclays Wealth, was set upon by a group of men in Norwich at 3am on Sunday.

The father of two, from Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, had been queuing for a taxi with relatives at the time.

Detectives said three men – all in their early twenties and from the Norwich area – had been arrested. They are being held at police stations across Norfolk.

Sky’s Angela Corpe, at the scene of the attack in Norwich, added: “Police say they desperately do not want people to think this case is now closed, and anyone with any further information should come forward.” Mr McGarahan stepped in when he spotted a gang attacking the homeless Lithuanian man, who was walking a dog with his girlfriend.

Detective Superintendent Chris Hobley, heading the inquiry, said there was an “exchange of words” then Mr McGarahan was hurt.

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As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

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You have all the fax numbers for the Senate as well as phone numbers for both the House and Senate, so please use them. Tell them whatever you want but make sure you tell them as they are for the first time in history sensitive to incoming commentary.

House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash
By Jordy Yager
Posted: 09/30/08 01:16 PM [ET]

The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill.

As a result, some constituents may get a ‘try back at a later time’ response if they use the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill defeated in the House on Monday in a 205-228 vote.

“We were trying to figure out a way that the House.gov website wouldn’t completely crash,” said Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the Chief Administrative Office (CAO), which oversees the upkeep of the House website and member e-mail services.

The CAO issued a “Dear Colleague” letter Tuesday morning informing offices that it had placed a limit on the number of e-mails sent via the “Write Your Representative” function of the House website. It said the limit would be imposed during peak e-mail traffic hours.

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I am so hard pressed to grasp the Super Bowl presentation of the Bailout bill that hasn’t the funds, even at its high, to provide the ability to bail out the world financial system.

Financial Tsunami: The End of the World as We Knew It
by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, September 30, 2008

The unexpected rejection by the US Congress of the Bush Administration financial rescue plan, TARP on September 29 has opened up the spectre for the first time of a 1931-style domino wave of worldwide bank failures. That is already underway across the US banking spectrum with the failure, nationalization or forced liquidation in the past two weeks of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, of the giant Washington Mutual mortgage lender, of the nation’s fourth largest deposit bank, Wachovia. That was on top of a wave of smaller bank failures that began with IndyMac in the spring. For some it is appealing and more simple to grasp the magnitude of these titanic events in the US-centered financial world by assuming it is all part of a pre-planned grand conspiracy by the Money Masters, what in the 1920s in the USA was termed the Money Trust, to control the entire financial world.

As the details of the present crisis reveal, there are huge ideological fault lines making for chaos and a potential meltdown of the Laissez Faire financial system. That present system, which was built on the back of Wall Street financial and banking deregulation since 1987 when Alan Greenspan, a devout follower and close friend of radical individualist Ayn Rand, became Wall Street’s man at the Federal Reserve for almost 19 years, is over now with the failure of the Henry Paulson $700 billion bailout scheme. Governments worldwide now face no alternative but to begin the painful process of putting the financial genie back in the bottle and re-regulating an out-of-control financial system. The failure of the UK Government and the US Government to address that fundamental issue is behind the present crisis of confidence.

A brief look at history

The Great Depression in Germany in 1931 began with a seemingly minor event-the collapse of a bank in Vienna, Creditanstalt, that May. For readers interested in more on the remarkable parallels between that crisis and that of today, I recommend the treatment in my earlier volume, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order.

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9th Commandment Unilaterally Cancelled.

Regulators have informed us this morning that Moses, having involved himself in politics (head of a nation), and markets (Golden Idol) misstated the tablets received from God.

There are no ten commandments. There are only nine. We should have always guessed that the 9th commandment was a fib and this AM it was unilaterally notated by US regulators.

“Thou Shalt Not Lie” we are now told was always in fact itself a lie.

Financial entities no longer have to mark OTC derivatives to some reasonable nothingness, but rather market to hold to maturity value.

What makes you think that at maturity (of what) there will be satisfactory value of any kind? These are not mortgages. These are geek creation OTC derivatives on mortgages living way down at the bottom of a 20 foot equation. On top of all that if one side of the special performance contract (OTC derivatives) goes broke, like Lehman did, notional value becomes full value.

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It is being reported today that many hedge funds that had been clients and used the facilities of Lehman are in trouble and may close down.

The translation of that is that when bankruptcy of one side of an OTC derivative fails then Notional Value becomes Total Value, a fact no one seems to have focused on when the Fed walked away from Lehman. Walking away from Lehman was in order to send a message. The message appears to have been “Holy S**t!”

GE is yet to own up to the fact that their problem is OTC derivatives. They were a major player.

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Do something other than simple carping. Tell this gang what you want done on this so-called Bailout Bill. Let your opinion be heard, by fax, phone or both.

Click here to view a complete contact list of Senators…

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Recognize the manipulative tactic common to jitneys out of Canada. Notice the preferential treatment for Google.

Google price corrected after trading snafu
Closing price adjusted after shares of the tech giant plummet due to erroneous trade. Change to final Nasdaq value to follow.
By Ben Rooney, CNNMoney.com staff writer
Last Updated: September 30, 2008: 8:06 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — An accidental trade drove shares of Google Inc. to unbelievable lows Tuesday, causing the Nasdaq to correct the stock’s closing price and adjust the index’s final value.

The Internet search engine’s stock appeared to have plummeted to a low of $25.80 at one point during the session. Shares opened at $396 and traded in a relatively tight range before dropping sharply near the close of trade.

“A market participant sent in a large number of orders and drove the price down at approximately [3:57 p.m. ET] which caused the bid-offer to be artificially low due to their mistake,” according to a Nasdaq spokesman.

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News from Pakistan.

US drone strike kills five in Pakistan: officials
(Agencies)
Updated: 2008-10-01 09:19

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US pilotless drone fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan killing five people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said Wednesday.

Frustrated by an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, US forces have in the past month carried out seven missile strikes by pilotless drones and a commando raid on the Pakistani side of the border.

In the latest attack, a drone fired two missiles at a house near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, at about midnight Tuesday (1800 GMT), two intelligence agency officials said.

The area is a known sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants near the Afghan border.

“We have reports of five dead including foreign militants,” said one of the officers, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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The following is nothing other than Legalized Fabrication.

SEC gives banks more leeway on mark-to-market
Wed Oct 1, 2008 3:24am EDT
By John Poirier and Emily Chasan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators on Tuesday gave the financial industry a reprieve from marking hard-to-value assets down to fire sale prices, throwing a lifeline to an industry beset by strained credit markets and the latest round of bank failures.

The U.S. stock market added to gains on the news, in hopes that regulators’ new interpretation of fair value, or mark-to-market, accounting rules, will slow or reverse the heavy flow of mortgage-related losses on banks’ balance sheets.

In the new guidance, first reported by Reuters, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reminded financial services firms that they don’t need to use fire sale prices when evaluating their hard to price assets.

“This is a significant first step and adds stability, confidence, and liquidity within the capital markets,” said Steve Bartlett, president and chief executive of The Financial Services Roundtable. “By clarifying how to treat assets in an uncertain market, the SEC is continuing to provide transparency to investors and helping institutions to provide credit in periods of market stress.”

U.S. accounting rule maker, the Financial Accounting Standards Board said on its Web site on Tuesday that it would change the agenda for its Wednesday meeting to focus on fair value accounting. The board is contemplating issuing additional guidance through a FASB staff position as soon as Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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The question is not if an invasion of Pakistan is going to happen, but when.

If the attack comes before the upcoming election, the results may well depend on polls as well as tactical factors.

“Jonathan Landay, who spent two years in the region this year, called the situation in Pakistan more serious than that in Iran. He called the Iranian government responsible and its policies logical. Iran may be pursuing nuclear weapons, he added, but Pakistan is already a nuclear state and if it unravelled, it would pose a grave danger to regional and global security.”

Continuing US losses will lead to military strikes on Pakistan
Khalid Hasan
Daily Times
September 30, 2008

WASHINGTON: If the United States forces in Afghanistan continue to suffer casualties inflicted by insurgents crossing over from Pakistan, the next administration, whether Republican or Democratic, will come under tremendous public pressure to make direct strikes on Pakistani targets, according to three South Asia experts.

The observation came at a meeting organised by Khawaja M Ashraf, president of the Pakistani-American Congress, here on Sunday. The three experts who spoke on the prevailing situation in the region were, Walter Andersen of the Johns Hopkins University, Rodney Jones, who runs a local consultancy, and Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers, who has extensive experience of travelling in and writing about the region.

Andersen said the cross-border movement of insurgents from Pakistan into Afghanistan was a major US concern. As more US troops make their way into Afghanistan from next year, there will be in increase in attacks on them from the insurgents, prompting sharp public reaction in America for strong retaliatory action. The new American policy was no longer going to be confined to hot pursuit but when so warranted, direct military strikes inside the areas from where the attacks were seen to have originated or mounted.

He warned that any US president would come under enormous pressure if US troops continued to be killed by Pakistan-based insurgents and regardless of what party he belonged to, he would order strikes at Pakistan. Andersen added that there cannot be a military solution of the Afghanistan situation in the long term, while proposing a joint US-Pakistan policy to deal with the situation. More importantly, Afghanistan and Pakistan need to build a strong and co-operative relationship to meet the challenge posed by extremism. However, given the level of distrust that has marked their relationship, the new government in Pakistan will have to be willing to consider new policy options. He said India too will have to be taken on board because terrorism is affecting the entire region and requires the adoption of a regional approach.

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Now think Pakistan and a National Emergency declaration.

Nuclear Terrorism Is World’s No. 1 Threat, UN’s ElBaradei Says
2008-09-30 10:36:38.400 GMT
By Jonathan Tirone

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — The likelihood that terrorists will detonate a nuclear weapon poses the greatest risk to world security, surpassing proliferation threats from Iran and North Korea, United Nations atomic chief Mohamed ElBaradei said.

“There is a lot of interest on the part of extremist groups to obtain nuclear material,” ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said at a scientific forum today in Vienna. “It’s the No. 1 security threat right now.”

The IAEA, established in 1956 under the slogan “Atoms for Peace,” said it’s becoming easier for groups and countries to access nuclear secrets because detailed bomb-making plans have been circulated electronically.

“The recipe of how to weaponize is in electronic form and out of the tube,” ElBaradei said. “We are on a crash course if we don’t change course.”

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