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Germany Enjoys Economic Boom Times
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 08:54 PM

Germany has been enjoying remarkable economic growth in the past few years.

The BBC News reports that, "German unemployment fell by more than expected in March as the economy was boosted by the mild winter weather. The number of people registered as unemployed fell by 12,000 to 2.901 million, after accounting for the impact of seasonal variations, the Federal Labour Office said."

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Energy Powerbrokers Forecast Dismal Future
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 08:06 PM

As President Barack Obama plans to implement restrictive environmental regulations on oil & gas companies, major energy corporations fear troubled waters ahead.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Chief financial officers of some of the largest energy companies are more pessimistic than the rest of the business community on earnings growth this year, according to a new survey released by the consulting firm Deloitte."

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South Korean Buddhist Monks Pray for Sex Change Operations
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 07:30 PM

A South Korean doctor believes that God has told him to embark on a missionary pilgrimmage to perform sex change operations on Buddhist monks.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings."

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Dallas Blog Endorses Obama, President for Life
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 11:43 PM

It's time for US President Barack Obama to get his pen and phone ready to sign an 'Executive Order' that would keep him in the White House for the rest of his life. According a pre-eminent scholar of the US Constitution, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.) contends that Obama has every justification to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

For Democrats, if you like your Obama as the Top Dog of the Country, you can keep him. 'What difference does it make?' If Hillary can't be bossy and become our next President.

 

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IMF Demands Ukraine Pay 50% More for Russian Gas
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Mar 28, 2014, 12:16 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin loves the Washington D.C.-based International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Ukraine government has agreed to receive an $18 billion (US dollar) IMF loan by forcing Ukrainians to pay 50 percent more for Russian natural gas consumption.

According to the BBC News, "The IMF says a key part of Ukraine's reform programme will focus on the country's state-owned energy company, Naftogaz, which imports gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom."

 

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Get Ready for Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 10:41 PM

An NGO called, Fredom House, is preparing to launch an Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia. US lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, have jumped on board to support regime change in Riyadh by planning violent demonstrations in the near future.

Fox News reports that, "Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressing President Obama to raise the issue of human and religious rights during his face-to-face meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah."

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Wal-Mart Wages War on Visa Card over Swipe Fees
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 10:16 PM

Wal-Mart is suing the credit card company, Visa, over hefty charge fees. The superstore discount retailer contends that its customers have been unfairly over charged when using their Visa credit cards.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. over fees that it charges the world's largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. Wal-Mart said Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on card transactions, and that the fees cost U.S. retailers and shoppers more than $350 billion between 2004 and November 2012."

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Obama Fights Wind Mills to Save Prairie Chickens
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 09:38 PM

Apparently, President Barack Obama is a big fan of the novel, Don Quixote, written by Cervantes. Just like the main character in that story, Obama intends to fight wind mills so he can protect prairie chickens.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states."

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BREAKING NEWS: Major Explosion Strikes Beijing
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 07:53 PM

BEIJING: The Chinese Language media is reporting that a massive explosion struck a restaurant at 7 am this morning (Beijing-time) in the Tongzhou District of Beijing. The restaurant is located east of the fifth ring road and near the sixth ring road.

The restaurant was crowded as it was serving traditional Chinese breakfast food to customers at the time. No deaths have been reported, but eyewitnesses on the scene have disclosed that there were numerous people wounded in the explosion. 

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Obama Enlists Ghost Soldiers on Payroll
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Mar 21, 2014, 02:27 AM

President Barack Obama, the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces, believes that the best way for America to win wars is to deploy a battalion of 'Ghost Warriors." And he prefers that such ghosts (non-existent soldiers on payroll) hail from Afghanistan.

According to the Voice of Russia, "The US may lose its money by paying non-existent members of the Afghan National Police (ANP). The Military officials claim they will conduct a thorough audit to investigate the issue.The US provides its national security forces with some $1.2 billion in payroll funding. Some of this money may be paid to non-existent workers."

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