Fox News Poll: 49 Percent Favor Gay Marriage, up from 32 Percent in 2003
American voters remain divided on same-sex marriage, according to a Fox News national poll released Thursday. The new poll shows that 49 percent of voters favor legalizing gay marriage, while 46 percent oppose it. That represents a significant shift since the question was first asked on a Fox poll in 2003. At that time, 32 percent said gays should be allowed to marry legally, and 58 percent were opposed. Support for gay marriage has increased by 27 percentage points among moderates since 2003, 22 points among independents and 21 points among Democrats. Over the same time period, the number of liberals backing gay marriage more than doubled. There are smaller yet still significant changes among Republicans (+10 points) and conservatives (+13 points). And while support among voters under age 35 was fairly…
Fears grow as banks reveal exposure to Cyprus euro crisis
Britain’s largest banks have a combined exposure to Cyprus of more than £1bn, raising the prospect of new losses for the lenders.
by Harry Wilson, The Telegraph:
Fillings from Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland, show a total exposure to the troubled Mediterranean island of £1.06bn.
Although a tiny fraction of their assets, the collapse of the Cypriot economy could see the banks nursing losses of tens or even hundreds of millions of pounds amid the country’s worsening financial crisis.
Barclays has the largest gross exposure to Cyprus, with £431m of lending and other links to Cypriots, including £102m of exposure to the country’s banks, £120m of corporate lending and £44m of residential mortgages.
RBS has the second biggest exposure of £377m, with £274m of corporate lending linked to Cyprus, as well as £15m of personal lending. Crucially, RBS has no exposure to Cypriot banks, though it does have £2m of assets linked to “other financial institutions”.
Hard Deadline to Hit Cyprus Monday as region Faces Economic Collapse
by Shepard Ambellas, The Intel Hub:
Cyprus faces a hard deadline of Monday imposed by the European Central Bank to avoid a total banking collapse that could echo throughout the region.
Cypriots finance minister (Michalis Sarris) stated Saturday that they have made “significant progress toward reaching an agreement” as thing in the presidential sector heated up.
The region now teeters on the brink of economic turmoil as over 1000 bankers marched from the Cyprus Union Bank headquarters to the Presidential Sector in fear of loosing their jobs. The protestors were stopped by police at the presidential compound for sometime but were eventually let by.
NEW YORKER FACES 3 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DEFENDING HIS HOME
by Jim Quinn, The Burning Platform:
He should have let himself be robbed and killed. The 2nd responders would have cleaned up the crime scene in one hour before heading to Dunkin Donuts. He’s lucky he wasn’t caught with an illegal 32 ounce Coke. Bloomberg would really throw the book at him.
A Manhattan millionaire faces three years in jail for drawing an unlicensed gun on a burglar inside his home.
George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January…
Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.
After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm…
US plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic, email
The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks. Under last month’s White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by…
Noid Rage & Angry Birds: EPA Sued over Declining Bees, Called on to Stop Bird Deaths
by Heather Callaghan, Activist Post:
As stated before in the news about the EU’s heated debate over the use of neonicotinoids – a nicotine-like pesticide, the world’s most widely used – there’s hope for the bees because the issue is not going away. The buzz is growing in North America as well, but not from the bees who are disappearing due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – and neonicotinoids are just one smoking gun.
A coalition of interest groups, activists and beekeepers took the issue into their own hands on Thursday to slash the use of bee-killing pesticides in an effort to protect them and the future of food. Pesticide Action Network (PAN),Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides and four beekeepers are among the team who want bees safe from the chemicals that include clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Even if it takes suing the government. How are they able to bring a case against the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for this problem?
The claim is that the EPA is responsible for dropping the ball when they let the manufacturers Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta enter into conditional registration for their use and acted illegally to allow it. Those chemicals are no longer considered safe for pollinators – they are supposed to only kill pests.
Warm Spring, Continued Drought Predicted for US
Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. Late snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper Mississippi. North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from…
from The Daily Sheeple:
In the 1930′s, when President Roosevelt seized physical gold from Americans, gold mining companies remained untouched by the draconian move. And, while stocks in the United States dropped precipitously and remained depressed for a decade, companies whose primary business was the exploration and mining of gold and silver rose to new highs. Homestake mining, a gold mining firm operating during FDR’s Presidency, was one such company that saw its shares skyrocket over 500%.
A similar effect occurred in the 1970′s, after the US dollar was taken off the gold standard. By the early 1980′s gold had once again reached new highs – highs that were not surpassed until the debt crisis of 2008 took hold, nearly thirty years later.
This crisis, like the deflationary depression of the 1930′s and the inflationary recession of the 1970′s, won’t be much different, as panicked investors hoping to protect their wealth will once again turn to the tried and true hard asset of choice during times of crisis: gold.