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Think "all is fine" in Europe after today's largely irrelevant Italian bill auction (the auction was for 6 month debt - even Greece can raise that kind of money)? Think again. Here is the Fermentation Committee Chairman explaining why Europe is so hard pressed to create a fake sense of calm, allowing those who know the real story to take advantage of the situation while they still can, and sharing the behind the scenes truth you won't get anywhere else. Certainly not SWIFT.  From UBS: Europe Rumbles Continue Beneath More Upbeat Headlines - Ever since last week’s liquidity
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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya risks sliding into civil war unless it cracks down on the rival militias which filled the vacuum left by Muammar Gaddafi's downfall, the head of the interim administration said after an outbreak of violence in the capital.
Energy-deficient South Korea and Japan are mulling the implications of U.S. moves to toughen sanctions against Iran, with each facing a potential disruption of oil imports.

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Righthaven has a pretty long history of totally screwing up. And in the last month or so, it's simply been not showing up in court at all. It seems both trends have continued. Righthaven had indicated that it was focusing much of its efforts on its appeals in the 9th Circuit appeals court, where it hoped to reverse its rather stunning string of losses. But, instead, it appears that it just didn't show up. In a short and sweet order today from the appeals court, its appeal in the case
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Via Tim Lee, we learn that, in the wake of the capitulation by GoDaddy, some of those who transferred domains to other providers are now receiving calls from GoDaddy customer service folks trying to win them back. Chris Heald explains what happened to him: I just got a call from #GoDaddy. The rep said he noticed that I'd transferred my 60+ domains away... and wanted to know if I'd tell them why. I got to tell them that it was because of their #SOPA support, and that I couldn't in good conscience give my money to a tech company that would support legislation like that. I told him I was aware that they had reversed their position, but that their explicit support of it in the first place had cost them my confidence in them, as it is at the best viciously ignorant, and at worst, malicious.
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Remember when the world was watching the OAT-Bund spread with bated breath every day in late November until the Fed came in and reliquifed the world with a "half off blue light special" on the

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Infowars Nightly News | The soldier starts explaining how pre-emptive war is the greatest danger and the feed is cut.

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DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec 27 - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's campaign struggled to fend off more bad news on Tuesday after he was quoted supporting main rival Mitt Romney's healthcare reform in Massachusetts.

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Guest Post via Gonzalo Lira Nine weeks after its bankruptcy, the general public still hasn’t quite realized the implications of the MF Global scandal. My own sense is, this is the first tremor of the earthquake that’s coming to the global financial system. And how the central banks and financial regulators treated the “Systemically Important Financial Institutions” that had exposure to MF Global—to the detriment of the ordinary,

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JPost.com | Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi continued Tehran's heated rhetoric against the West on Wednesday.

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Hazare to End Fast

Anticorruption activist Anna Hazare said he would end his fast in Mumbai, which began in public Tuesday, and resume it in New Delhi for three days from Dec. 30.

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Pyongyang accused Tokyo of showing a lack of respect following Kim Jong Il's death, the regime's latest indication it has no interest in improving ties.

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One thing that I've noticed each week in doing the funniest/most insightful comments post is that the winners are almost always relatively "early" commenters. This makes sense. The earlier your comment gets in, the more people likely to see it... and thus vote for it. I sometimes feel like I should reserve a special shout out each week for a "late" insightful or funny comment, but I haven't gotten around to it. So it's interesting to see that the highest ranked comment this week on the insightful side of the coin is actually pretty far down a thread. It's the 52nd comment on the thread about how SOPA would create the architecture -- both legal and technological -- for more widespread censorship, even if it was initially targeted narrowly. Ole Husgaard stopped by to pass along the
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Well, this is interesting. Earlier this week Aaron Wall noticed that Google's Chrome team appeared to be sponsoring blog posts about Google that have direct links to Google Chrome, without any attempt to hide those from search bots... in contradiction to the rules that it has for others against buying links. Danny Sullivan dug into the details a little bit more and found that it was Read more: Techdirt

The Daily Caller | Gore offered particularly harsh words for the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul.

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Thanks to the rise of "ownership society" where intellectual property maximalists like to push the concept that you can "own" ideas, any time there's a remotely successful book, movie or TV show, we hear about lawsuits from people insisting that the idea for the story was "stolen." Of course, almost none of these have any merit whatsoever. However, when it comes to the movie Avatar, it seems like the movie didn't just break box office and overall revenue numbers -- it's breaking records with
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A brawl erupted between rival clergymen participating in an annual cleaning ritual at the church built at what Christians regard as Jesus' traditional birthplace.

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It’s a new year; so various and sundry pundits, analysts and soothsayers feel compelled to make predictions. Anyone that makes specific price level predictions is not prudent to say the least.

All that can be predicted accurately is repeated behavior and trends will continue until some force is impaired on them. Then they will either accelerate or change. That’s the fact, Jack!

What is predictable for 2012?

• The usual

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Today’s howler comes from the fundamental banking analyst community. Recall that this is the group who once existed to help investors decide where to place their monies. When that did not work out, their bosses morphed their business model towards generating IPO and syndicate business. When that failed, they moved towards driving short term institutional trading.

Today, I have no idea what their business model is.

Despite having missed 2011′s declining

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DEBKAfile | Military tensions are building up on Syria's borders.

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