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It’s International Women’s Day, which always brings this to mind:

I swear it to you,

On my common woman’s head. 

The common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread. 

. . . And will rise

Anonymous, from somewhere in the ’60s-early ’70s

International Developments

? “UK and French instructors involved in US-led effort to strengthen secular elements in Syria’s opposition”.  Jordan is hosting the training of Syrian “secular elements”.

? US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made his first official foreign trip today, flying to Afghanistan.

? Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Syrian President Bashar Assad “‘is not bluffing’ about his determination to stay in power”.  Meanwhile, the World Food Program is preparing to feed “2.5 million Syrians by next month, up from 1.7 million now” and negotiations continue to free the 21 UN personnel held by Syrian rebels.

? “Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law pleads not guilty in New York court”.

? “Leaked Pentagon Report:  The F-35 Won’t Stand A Chance In Aerial Combat”.

International Finance

? Great interactive tool on the Eurozone crisis:  25 Oct 2009 to the present, overall and by individual country.

? “The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has officially revoked the banking license of HSBC S.A.”.

? “Britain is preparing to champion genetically modified crops in Europe”.

Money Matters USA

? Yes! Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Harry Reid (D-NV) have introduced legislation “to strengthen Social Security by making the wealthiest Americans pay the same payroll tax that nearly every else already pays.”  Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) is sponsoring the House bill.

? Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) “has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate” Lender Processing Services for possibly using “an improper fee structure that resulted in double-billing homeowners or mortgage investors for legal services”.

? Politicians in Washington, DC have managed to reduce the Postal Service to this–selling off our assets.  What’s going to happen to the WPA murals, the classic architecture?

? From Deloitte Center for Financial Services:  “60% of preretirees believe health care costs will consume their savings no matter how much they save”, and 39% “believe investment returns won’t be high enough to provide decent retirement income.”  Much more. [cont’d.]

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.