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No Way Out: The Greatest Depression, & Becoming The USSR

Daniel Tencer writing at RawStory Friday reported that “The US economic recovery in recent quarters is little more than a “cover-up” and the world is headed for a “Greatest Depression,” complete with social unrest and class warfare, says a renowned economic forecaster. Gerald Celente, head of the Trends Research Institute, told Yahoo! News’ Tech Ticker that there’s no risk of a “double-dip recession” because the first “dip” never ended.”

“We’re saying there’s no double dip, it never ended,” Celente said. “We’re looking at the Greatest Depression. There’s no way out of this without [rebuilding] productive capacity. You can’t print [money to get] out of it.”

“Celente said the current unemployment rate, if it were measured as it was measured during the Great Depression, would be around 17.5 percent. And he expects that number to rise to around 22 percent in the coming years.”

“One of the good businesses to get in to may be guillotines,” Celente quipped. “Because there’s a real off-with-their-heads fever going on. People are really fed up.”

“We went from a country that used to be merchants, craftspeople, manufacturers, to clerks and cashiers,” Celente said. “We have to bring manufacturing back to America.”

Punting the Pundits

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with Christiane Amanpour:

Lots of exclusive interviews this Sunday, Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai and Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf, a lead organizer of the controversial Islamic center near Ground Zero who will be joined by Rabbi Joy Levitt, head of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, considered a model for the Islamic center.

The Roundtable with the usual suspects, George Will, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Judy Woodruff of the PBS News Hour and Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, who will look at the Iraq withdrawal and the Afghanistan surge.

Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer:

His guests are Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Greg Mortenson, Author of “Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools”.

The Chris Matthews Show:

Mr. Matthews guests will be Gloria Borger, CNN, Senior Political Analyst, Dan Rather, HDNet, Global Correspondent, John Heilemann, New York Magazine, National Political Correspondent and Michele Norris, NPR

Host, All Things Considered. They will discuss 50 years since the historic Kennedy-Nixon Campaign: parallels for Obama and will the GOP yield to its right wing as it did in the Goldwater year?

Meet the Press with David Gregory :

Mr. Gregory’s guest will be GOP Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell who talk about the up coming November elections. Fmr. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) versus Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI). will debate spending and your taxes & the Tea Party’s impact on the future of American politics.

Later the Roundtable discussion on the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, the controversy over a Muslim groups plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, and the renewed economic downturn with Republican Candidate for New York Governor, Fmr. Rep. Rick Lazio, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg; The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, and BBC World News America’s Katty Kay.

State of the Union with Candy Crowley:

U.S. Commander in Iraq Gen. Ray Odierno will join Ms Crowley to discuss the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and the future of the region. Then former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers (Ret.), former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and the former Commander of U.S. Central Command Admiral William Fallon (Ret.) will discuss Iraq. Then she will be joined former Democratic National Cmte. Chairman Howard Dean  on the upcoming midterm elections, the Obama administration’s economic agenda, and his recent comments regarding the proposed Islamic Center at Ground Zero.

Let’s see if Dr. Dean can explain exactly what he meant by “compromise”.

Fareed Zakaris: GPS:

Mr. Zakaris is joined by Peter Beinart of the Daily Beast and Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal in an intelligent debate on why the project should or shouldn’t go forward. Imran Kahn, the cricket legend and now one of Pakistan’s most prominent politicians, will discuss the devastating floods in Pakistan and just how poor the Pakistani government’s response has been.

The GPS panel, including Niall Ferguson of Harvard University, looks at what the future holds for China and just what this means for the United States.

The Week In Review 8/15 – 21

247 Stories served.  35 per day.

This is actually the hardest diary to execute, and yet perhaps the most valuable because it lets you track story trends over time.  It should be a Sunday morning feature.

On This Day in History: August 22

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour a cup of your favorite morning beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

August 22 is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of the year.

on this day in 1950, Althea Gibson became the first African American on the US Tennis Tour.

On this day in 1950, officials of the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accept Althea Gibson into their annual championship at Forest Hills, New York, making her the first African-American player to compete in a U.S. national tennis competition.

Growing up in Harlem, the young Gibson was a natural athlete. She started playing tennis at the age of 14 and the very next year won her first tournament, the New York State girls’ championship, sponsored by the American Tennis Association (ATA), which was organized in 1916 by black players as an alternative to the exclusively white USLTA. After prominent doctors and tennis enthusiasts Hubert Eaton and R. Walter Johnson took Gibson under their wing, she won her first of what would be 10 straight ATA championships in 1947.

In 1949, Gibson attempted to gain entry into the USLTA’s National Grass Court Championships at Forest Hills, the precursor of the U.S. Open. When the USLTA failed to invite her to any qualifying tournaments, Alice Marble–a four-time winner at Forest Hills–wrote a letter on Gibson’s behalf to the editor of American Lawn Tennis magazine. Marble criticized the “bigotry” of her fellow USLTA members, suggesting that if Gibson posed a challenge to current tour players, “it’s only fair that they meet this challenge on the courts.” Gibson was subsequently invited to participate in a New Jersey qualifying event, where she earned a berth at Forest Hills.


Though she once brushed off comparisons to Jackie Robinson, the trailblazing black baseball player, Gibson has been credited with paving the way for African-American tennis champions such as Arthur Ashe and, more recently, Venus and Serena Williams. After a long illness, she died in 2003 at the age of 76.

Ms. Gibson became the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association  tour, in 1963, retiring in 1978.

Morning Shinbun Sunday August 22

Sunday’s Headlines:

Katrina’s poisoned legacy

Pirate radio tries to beat repression in paradise


In Striking Shift, Small Investors Flee Stock Market

Before salmonella outbreak, egg firm had long record of violations


Irish terror groups target Conservative party conference in Birmingham

Russia kills suspected mastermind of Moscow Metro disaster

Middle East

Israeli army’s female recruits denounce treatment of Palestinians

As Mission Shifts in Iraq, Risks Linger for Obama


Debts pushing Pakistan to the brink of ruin

Japan and India in nuclear co-operation talks


Somali fighters killed in blasts

Prime Time

More Turn Left Racing, the Irwin Tools Night Race.  SNL repeat- Zach Galifianakis hosts, Vampire Weekend performs.


Boondocks Season 3 Finale, GitS: SAC Interceptor and Decoy (episodes 4 & 5 of the Stand Alone Complex series)

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Evening Edition

Evening Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Sweden cancels rape arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder

by Igor Gedilaghine, AFP

40 mins ago

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Swedish prosecutors abruptly withdrew an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Saturday, saying the head of the website that has riled the Pentagon was no longer suspected of rape.

An investigation into a molestation charge however remained open against the 39-year-old Australian — whose whistleblower site is in coming weeks set to unveil thousands more secret documents about the war in Afghanistan.

Assange and his aides claimed he was the victim of dirty tricks, with a Twitter message attributed to the former hacker saying: “The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.”