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A HOUSE DIVIDED : Debt ceiling crisis has other nations angry and scared

10 October 2013 Last updated at 17:59 ET

By Anthony Zurcher

BBC News, Washington

Mr Obama has vowed not to negotiate terms with Republicans in Congress over a bill to raise the US debt ceiling

At the start of the current US budget standoff, other countries viewed the situation with a mix of sympathy, concern and bemusement. With the 17 October deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaching, however, the international view has changed to fear and anger.

While many abroad have considered a US government shutdown unfortunate and potentially damaging to the global economy, it is a development the world has survived before. 

But the last time the US failed to repay a sovereign debt obligation was in 1790, when the country was a backwater ex-British colony, a bit player on the world stage.

More recent examples of sovereign default include Mexico (1982), Russia (1998), Argentina (2001) and Greece (2012). Each of those sparked global financial crises that required US intervention. It is unsurpris…


Katherine mango harvest begins

NT Country Hour

Carmen Brown

Posted 5 hours 49 minutes ago

PHOTO: Rowland Holmes from Manbulloo with some of the first Katherine mangoes picked this year (Carmen Brown)

AUDIO: Frustrating start to Katherine mango harvest(ABC Rural)

MAP: Katherine 0850

The annual mango harvest has just got underway near Katherine in the Northern Territory, but it has been a slow and frustrating start for growers.

Poor seasonal conditions and recent fruit drop events have seen the regional crop estimate reduced dramatically, with some growers reporting yield reductions of up to 80 per cent on last year.

Manbulloo Mangoes technical manager, Rowland Holmes, says the weather is now also playing havoc with the harvest start.

"We would really like to be in full swing picking at the moment, but the fruit just isn't obliging,"
he said.

"So we have fruit out there that is almost ready to pick, and we have been stoping and starting for about a week now, and haven't real…

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Sustainable Man

#1: Approve of yourself:

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

#2: Your limitations may just be in your mind.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

3. Lighten up and have some fun.

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

4. Let go of anger.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

5. Release yourself from entitlement.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing.It was here first.”

6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

9. Do what you want to do.


AUSTRALIA : Two greengrocers share Brisbane mango title

ABC Rural By Neroli Roocke

Posted Thu 10 Oct 2013, 2:33pm AEDT

PHOTO: Joint 2013 Brisbane Markets mango kings, Carlo Lorenti and Harry Nicolaou at their coronation.(Ann-Louise Buck)

AUDIO: Carlo Lorenti explains why he and another greengrocer paid $42,000 for a box of mangoes in Brisbane (ABC Rural)

MAP: Brisbane 4000

In a break with tradition, the Brisbane Markets has crowned two mango kings this year at the charity auction of the symbolic first tray of the fruit for the season.

Greengrocers Carlo Lorenti and Harry Nicolaou have paid $42,000, which will go to the charities Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland.

Mr Lorenti says mangos are selling for around $5 each at the moment, but the price will fall as the Northern Territory season progresses and Queensland season starts.

"You could even pay up to $6 or $7 at the moment if it's a really nice, large fruit and that's pretty much what the shopkeepers are actually paying.

"At this time of the year, we're just …


Is the World Getting Richer? Trillionaires Will Be the New Norm with a Rise of a Billion Millionaires in Two Generations

by futurepredictions

The outlook for wealth to 2018 Global wealth is projected to rise by nearly 40% over the next five years, reaching USD 334 trillion by 2018.

 Emerging markets are responsible for 29% of the growth, although they account for just 21% of current wealth, while China will account for nearly 50% of the increase in emerging economies’ wealth. 

Wealth will primarily be driven by growth in the middle segment, but the number of millionaires will also grow markedly over the next five years. 

Source:Credit Suisse 2013

Over two-thirds of the world’s adults have wealth of less than $10,000, while the wealthiest 0.7% hold 41% of the world’s wealth, Source:

“Two generations ahead, future extrapolation of current wealth growth rates yields almost a billion millionaires, equivalent to 20% of the total adult population. If this scenario unfolds, then billionaires will be commonplace, and there is likely to be a few trillionaires too – eleven according to our best estimate…

World drug routes via Ameripol, police association of the Americas.

Could this be why Africa is showing up on so many Billionaire Lists ???

The Drug Lords control the REAL Money in the World ....


Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 8:29 PM

Subject: From a Friend who Worked in the White House and Knows the Truth

I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours.

In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-“this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. 

These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. 

The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated …

The Man Who Has Eaten At Every Michelin 3-Star Restaurant In The World Tells Us His Favorite Meals


OCT. 8, 2013, 3:39 PM

Courtesy of Andy Hayler

Andy Hayler, the man who has dined at every Michelin three-star restaurant in the world.

What began as a way to kill time on business trips became a lifelong obsession for Andy Hayler.

Hayler, the former general manager of Information Management at Royal Dutch Shell and long-time foodie, accomplished what some food lovers only dream about in 2004: He ate at every Michelin three-star restaurant on the planet.

"There were 49 at the time, and they were all in Europe,"
he told Business Insider.

But that number skyrocketed when Michelin expanded to include restaurants in Asia and North America.

"In 2012, there were 109 Michelin three-star restaurants, and they stretched from Florence to Fujisawa," he said

"I do my best to try and keep up."

Hayler, now a food critic at Elite Traveler and frequent guest judge on the U.K.'s "MasterChef: The Professionals," claims to be the only person to have eate…


Many a produce company has been lured by the Disney Label, only to crash & burn...

What looks like such a "Slam Dunk" on paper ends up in the courtroom buried under a stack of papers.

If you don't believe me, ask Matthew Caito , Progreso Produce, ITO Produce and a long line of victims.

DISNEY is "Lawyer Rich" and will cripple any business before the relationship is over:

Let's all watch and see how FRESKA PRODUCE fares...

This may be one decision Freska Produce will live to regret.


Immigration rally allowed on Mall despite shutdown

Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

1:28 p.m. EDT October 8, 2013

After seeing vets struggle to access the WWII Memorial, some question this rally.

(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)

The National Park Service has closed all 401 national parks because of the shutdown
The service made an exception for an immigration rally on First Amendment grounds
Veterans had to bypass barricades to access the World War II Memorial last week

WASHINGTON — A week after World War II veterans struggled to gain access to a memorial on the National Mall due to the government's partial shutdown, thousands of people pushing for a new immigration law have been cleared by the government to proceed with a concert and rally Tuesday on the Mall.

The march, dubbed the "Camino Americano", or "American Road," is hosted by groups including the Service Employees International Union and Casa de Maryland. 

The rally will feature speeches by House Minority Leader Na…

Central Asia: The Complexities of the Fergana Valley


OCTOBER 7, 2013


Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on the Fergana Valley region of Central Asia, its complex demographics and the history and future of conflicts in the area.

A recent border dispute in the Fergana Valley, the core of Central Asia, highlights the growing tensions in the strategic and contested region.

 Kyrgyz and Uzbek border patrol units were removed from the Ungar-Too area in Kyrgyzstan's Jalal-Abad region Oct. 2, after a two-week standoff over an alleged Uzbek border incursion into the area. 

Such incursions, coupled with ethnic tensions and sporadic violence, have become increasingly common in the Fergana Valley region, which is split between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The valley has long been the population and agricultural heartland of Central Asia. 

It has also been one of the most unstable areas in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union due to several factors, including diverse and intersper…