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May 27th, 2015 by olddog
By Rory Hall
One of the most effective means the elite use today to get their way and push a particular agenda is to make it “hip, swinging and very, very cool”. Another way is to simply tell you what is obsolete and “out dated”. Who wants to be “behind the times”? Certainly not someone who is looking for the next “really cool” gadget! No, this particular person wants to be on the “cutting edge” of the “next big thing”!
Enter the banking cabal and their desire to have total and absolute control of your life through your banking account and your means of transacting business.
Think my “tin foil hat” is screwed on a little tight? Well, how about this gem that was released earlier today in England:
Recorded from BBC1 HD, BBC Breakfast, 25 May 2015 [Source]
The banks are closing branches and making people use the internet for their banking. All part of the criminal banks and criminal government (as per Bilderberg plan), to make it a cashless society. Once cash is gone, the terrorism of the bankers and government will commence.
Mega Corp needs a bailout, press of a button and your savings are moved to the corporation. Didn’t vote “the right way” at an election, press of button you are a non person who can’t exist without the electronic money. This is planned terrorism. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
Notice how the “reporter” scowls when she mentions going to a brick-and-mortar bank and how gleeful she is when discussing the use of online banking. No need for bricks and mortar, just hand over all your data, finances and business transactions to the bank and they will be happy to handle it for you!!
The same banks that, just this past week, were “fined” for rigging interest rates on a global scale. The same banks that have been “fined” for drug money laundering, funding terrorist organizations and rigging most of the equities markets around the world. You know the accounts – YOUR 401k and IRA accounts!! They are coming for your cash and they are not going to sleep until they get it.
All that is needed is a group of really “cool, hip” young people gleefully dancing around and singing the praises of being cashless and not “wasting time” with “out-dated” brick-and-mortar banks. Voila! It is now the “next big thing”.
Another way, and this started many years ago under the guise of “security”, is simply to not have cash available for transactions at the business itself. I was recently in a store and the cashier informed they did not have change for a $100 bill. It hit me that this has been happening for a great many years, no change for a $100 or $50, and this is one of the ways they can “train” people to go cashless. Next step, inability to make change for $20. All under the nonsensical “security” umbrella. You know you have experienced exactly what I am referencing, maybe even very recently.
How do we fight this insidious ever encroaching cashless nightmare? It’s very simple. We begin using as much cash as possible. Walk out of the store when they are unable to make change for your $100 or $50 and take your business elsewhere. Will you do it? Will you “suffer the inconvenience”? I doubt it. We have become lazy, arrogant and want someone else to do the actual work while we enjoy the benefits of their labor. A cashless society is right around the corner and the financial and economic nightmare that is unfolding right in front of us will be ramped up to warp-drive.
So good luck with the coming bail-in from your account. The ability to remove your funds from your 401k and IRA is in the process of being taken away from you, it is called a Gate Mechanism. You will no longer be able to actually remove the funds in your account, merely move from one fund to another. When the banking cabal stops the flow of hard currency and forces you to use their criminal online, fully digital “currency” you will have no choice as to how your funds are used or who uses them for what purpose. Step out of line – deleted from the financial world. Welcome to a brave new hunger matrix world.
You can read more from Rory Hall at his site The Daily Coin, where this article first appeared. Don’t forget to follow The Daily Coin on Twitter and like on Facebook.
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A cashless society is a sitting duck surrounded by hunters with no mercy, and no need to fill their pockets any more. They already have enough wealth to buy anything they desire, so why do this? The answer is; they want to reduce the consumption of natural resources so their families will never run out, and that requires a drastic reduction in the human population. They want to destroy humanity without destroying their vast real-estate holdings and infrastructure. Starving us to death and turning us against each other will be the way we die. No one ever said they are stupid, just greedy animals. If the America Military had any balls they would drag them down a gravel road until there was nothing left. Their audacity is recorded on the Georgia guide stones.
“LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON”
The message of the Georgia Guide stones is set in granite in eight languages living, four languages dead, and in astro-theology
Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili
- MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE
- GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY
- UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE
- RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON
- PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS
- LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT
- AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS
- BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES
- PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE
- BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH –
LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE
On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a huge granite monument. Engraved in eight different languages on the four giant stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. That monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge. Though relatively unknown to most people, it is an important link to the Occult Hierarchy that dominates the world in which we live.
The origin of that strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction. All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. He identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it soon became apparent that was not his real name. He said that he represented a group of men who wanted to offer direction to humanity, but to date, almost two decades later, no one knows who R. C. Christian really was, or the names of those he represented. Several things are apparent. The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields: (1) Governance and the establishment of a world government, (2) Population and reproduction control, (3) The environment and man’s relationship to nature, and (4) Spirituality.
In the public library in Elberton, I found a book written by the man who called himself R.C. Christian. I discovered that the monument he commissioned had been erected in recognition of Thomas Paine and the occult philosophy he espoused. Indeed, the Georgia Guidestones are used for occult ceremonies and mystic celebrations to this very day. Tragically, only one religious leader in the area had the courage to speak out against the American Stonehenge, and he has recently relocated his ministry.
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths of the world’s people. The American Stonehenge’s reference to establishing a world court foreshadows the current move to create an International Criminal Court and a world government. The Guidestones’ emphasis on preserving nature anticipates the environmental movement of the 1990s, and the reference to “seeking harmony with the infinite” reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.
The message of the American Stonehenge also foreshadowed the current drive for Sustainable Development. Any time you hear the phrase “Sustainable Development” used, you should substitute the term “socialism” to be able to understand what is intended. Later in this syllabus you will read the full text of the Earth Charter which was compiled under the direction of Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. In that document you will find an emphasis on the same basic issues: control of reproduction, world governance, the importance of nature and the environment, and a new spirituality. The similarity between the ideas engraved on the Georgia Guidestones and those espoused in the Earth Charter reflect the common origins of both.
Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was recently quoted as referring to the American Stonehenge, saying:
“I want people to know about the stones … We’re headed toward a world where we might blow ourselves up and maybe the globe will not exist … it’s a nice time to reaffirm ourselves, knowing all the beautiful things that are in this country and the Georgia Stones symbolize that.”
What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there was a covert group intent on
(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world.
(2) Promoting environmentalism.
(3) Establishing a world government.
(4) Promoting a new spirituality.
Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events.
The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril.
Copies are available for researchers from Radio Liberty.
The Age of Reason was a book written by Thomas Paine. Its intent was to destroy the Judeo-Christian beliefs upon which our Republic was founded.
The hole that you see in the stone was drilled in the Center Stone so that the North Star could be visualized through it at any moment. This was one of several requirements stipulated by R.C.Christian for the building of the American Stonehenge and reflects his obsession with the alignment of the stars, the sun, and the moon. Occultists often worship the alignment and movement of heavenly bodies as part of their religious ceremonies
May 26th, 2015 by olddog
[Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2003]
Patriotism these days is like Christmas—lots of people caught up in a festive atmosphere replete with lights and spectacles. We hear reminders about “the true meaning” of Christmas—and we may even mutter a few guilt-ridden words to that effect ourselves—but each of us spends more time and thought in parties, gift-giving, and the other paraphernalia of a secularized holiday than we do deepening our devotion to the true meaning.
So it is with patriotism, especially on Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, and Independence Day in July. Walk down Main Street America and ask one citizen after another what patriotism means and with few exceptions, you’ll get a passel of the most self-righteous but superficial and often dead-wrong answers. America’s Founders, the men and women who gave us reason to be patriotic in the first place, would think we’ve lost our way if they could see us now.
Since the infamous attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans in near unanimity have been “feeling” patriotic. For most, that sadly suffices to make one a solid patriot. But if I’m right, it’s time for Americans to take a refresher course.
Patriotism is not love of country, if by “country” you mean scenery—amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesty, and the like. Almost every country has pretty collections of rocks, water, and stuff that people grow and eat. If that’s what patriotism is all about, then Americans have precious little for which we can claim any special or unique love. And surely, patriotism cannot mean giving one’s life for a river or a mountain range.
Patriotism is not blind trust in anything our leaders tell us or do. That just replaces some lofty concepts with mindless goose-stepping.
Patriotism is not simply showing up to vote. You need to know a lot more about what motivates a voter before you judge his patriotism. He might be casting a ballot because he just wants something at someone else’s expense. Maybe he doesn’t much care where the politician he’s hiring gets it. Remember Dr. Johnson’s wisdom: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Waving the flag can be an outward sign of patriotism, but let’s not cheapen the term by ever suggesting that it’s anything more than a sign. And while it’s always fitting to mourn those who lost their lives simply because they resided on American soil, that too does not define patriotism.
People in every country and in all times have expressed feelings of something we flippantly call “patriotism,” but that just begs the question. What is this thing, anyway? Can it be so cheap and meaningless that a few gestures and feelings make you patriotic?
Not in my book.
I subscribe to a patriotism rooted in ideas that in turn gave birth to a country, but it’s the ideas that I think of when I’m feeling patriotic. I’m a patriotic American because I revere the ideas that motivated the Founders and compelled them, in many instances, to put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line.
What ideas? Read the Declaration of Independence again. Or, if you’re like most Americans these days, read it for the very first time. It’s all there. All men are created equal. They are endowed not by government but by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Premier among those rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Government must be limited to protecting the peace and preserving our liberties, and doing so through the consent of the governed. It’s the right of a free people to rid themselves of a government that becomes destructive of those ends, as our Founders did in a supreme act of courage and defiance more than two hundred years ago.
Call it freedom. Call it liberty. Call it whatever you want, but it’s the bedrock on which this nation was founded and from which we stray at our peril. It’s what has defined us as Americans. It’s what almost everyone who has ever lived on this planet has yearned for. It makes life worth living, which means it’s worth fighting and dying for.
An American Spin
I know that this concept of patriotism puts an American spin on the term. But I don’t know how to be patriotic for Uganda or Paraguay. I hope the Ugandans and Paraguayans have lofty ideals they celebrate when they feel patriotic, but whether or not they do is a question you’ll have to ask them. I can only tell you what patriotism means to me as an American.
I understand that America has often fallen short of the superlative ideas expressed in the Declaration. That hasn’t diminished my reverence for them, nor has it dimmed my hope that future generations of Americans will be re-inspired by them.
This brand of patriotism, in fact, gets me through the roughest and most cynical of times. My patriotism is never affected by any politician’s failures, or any shortcoming of some government policy, or any slump in the economy or stock market. I never cease to get that “rush” that comes from watching Old Glory flapping in the breeze, no matter how far today’s generations have departed from the original meaning of those stars and stripes. No outcome of any election, no matter how adverse, makes me feel any less devoted to the ideals our Founders put to pen in 1776. Indeed, as life’s experiences mount, the wisdom of what giants like Jefferson and Madison bestowed on us becomes ever more apparent to me. I get more fired up than ever to help others come to appreciate the same things.
During a recent visit to the land of my ancestors, Scotland, I came across a few very old words that gave me pause. Though they preceded our Declaration of Independence by 456 years, and come from three thousand miles away, I can hardly think of anything ever written here that more powerfully stirs in me the patriotism I’ve defined above. In 1320, in an effort to explain why they had spent the previous 30 years in bloody battle to expel the invading English, Scottish leaders ended their Declaration of Arbroath with this line: “It is not for honor or glory or wealth that we fight, but for freedom alone, which no good man gives up except with his life.”
Freedom—understanding it, living it, teaching it, and supporting those who are educating others about its principles. That, my fellow Americans, is what patriotism should mean to each of us today.
Lawrence W. Reed
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s.
May 25th, 2015 by olddog
By Global Research
The enemies of truth, freedom, and justice are highly mobilized, well funded, and efficiently organized.
The institutional structures of power, whether local, national or global, are effective mechanisms through which the ruling groups of society establish and entrench their influence, build consensus among each other, brainwash and expand their control over the masses and society as a whole. Whether they take the form of think tanks, universities, governments, corporations, militaries, intelligence agencies, NGOs, media conglomerates, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, they are institutions of control and conquest.
Whether that conquest is ideological or physical, the effect is the same: the conquered are oppressed and repressed.
These institutions are financed through the global banking system of collusion between the private banks and quasi-governmental central banks, who control the money supply and value of the change in your pocket, which are in fact a highly concentrated group of institutions and individuals. Never in all of human history have so few controlled so much on such a global scale, nor have so many had so little on an equally global scale.
Never before in history have the mechanisms for absolute total global control and oppression been within such close reach. We are seeing the emergence of this ‘new society’ in which governments are increasingly imperialistic abroad and militaristic at home, as domestic police states are established under the guise of ‘homeland security’, sold on the pretense of protecting people from terrorists, but in actuality are designed to protect the powerful from the people.
Increasingly, civil rights and freedoms are being dismantled for the wider populations: countries and peoples all around the world are subjected to bombings, drone attacks from flying killer robots in the sky named “Predators”, and high-tech military equipment is designed and used to more effectively kill and conquer poor people all around the globe.
In the emerging ‘homeland security states’, technology is being used to spy on people, all internet traffic monitored, phones tapped, cameras recording not only our images, but through biometrics they are categorizing and quantifying our specific individual faces and emotional responses. We are, increasingly, seeing the emergence of a hybrid nightmarish scenario of ‘Brave New World’ meets ’1984.’ Technology has largely facilitated the advances in these areas and has, for the first time in all of human history, made possible the notion of a truly global police state.
Yet… there is still hope.
The Technological Revolution has not only facilitated a more rapid and effective apparatus for the institutions of power to exploit in methods of oppression and control, but it has simultaneously facilitated the rapid and effective means through which more people than ever before in human history have access to and empowerment through information and communication on a truly global scale.
As a result of the Internet, the traditional institutions of power have lost their monopoly of control over information and communication.
The very same technological advances that make possible their methods of control and conquest are simultaneously making possible their eventual downfall and failure. While the powerful have the money and are highly centralized, the rest of the world increasingly have the means and remain highly decentralized. And while the powerful are few, the rest are many. The Internet and social media have become effective means through which people are able to empower themselves to struggle against and expose the institutions of power that seek to oppress and control them. Naturally, those same institutions seek to influence – whether overtly or covertly – those very same avenues of social media, they are still effective and available for the struggle for liberation from oppression.
Here at Global Research, we have been able to harness these new communications technologies. We are committed to providing free and accessible information to the many in order to expose the few.
Our aim is to struggle against and expose the institutions of power, and to empower the people to take this endeavor into their own hands… and onto their own keyboards.
To continue to provide information and battle the spread of disinformation,
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No one has to tell me that many are put off by my militant comments, but that’s really only directed at the scumbags we rely on to administer our government. The recognition I receive from loyal readers is enough to keep me RE-posting the most relevant articles for your education as many Americans have no clue what is happening to their beloved country. Global Research is just one of many sources of knowledge one needs in these trying times, and you get it here for free. Please pass as recommendation on to your friends and family. http://anationbeguiled.com and http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com are dedicated to bring truth to Americans. It’s either learning or dying folks, so get busy spreading the word.
May 23rd, 2015 by olddog
By GIULIO PRISCO
MasterCard has launched MasterCard Send, a personal payments service that enables funds to be sent quickly and securely to consumers domestically and internationally.
Now live for users in the United States, MasterCard Send permits sending secure real-time payments to consumers, both banked and unbanked. The recipients get the funds immediately on their MasterCard or other cards, into mobile money and bank accounts or via cash agent outlets.
“This unique platform will enable disbursements and person-to-person (P2P) payments to and from virtually any U.S. debit card account, including non-MasterCard debit cards,” notes the MasterCard announcement. “MasterCard Send is the only personal payments service that can reach virtually all U.S. debit card accounts and enable funds to be sent and received typically within seconds – far superior to existing solutions that either limit transfers within a closed-loop network or involve ACH [Automated Clearing House], which can take several days for funds to be received.”
MasterCard Send payments are routed through the MasterCard network. Some news outlets quickly remarked that a centralized payment solution can’t be P2P. In fact, MasterCard is using “P2P” in the sense of person-to-person, not peer-to-peer, so the claim seems technically correct. However, MasterCard Send is not P2P in the sense of BitTorrent or Bitcoin.
“Through MasterCard Send, we have enabled a breakthrough solution that takes the pain out of the system, provides faster clearing of payments, and delivers a better user experience for senders and receivers alike,” said MasterCard chief emerging payments officer Ed McLaughlin. “MasterCard Send is addressing a real need that exists in today’s digital world to enable consumers, businesses, governments and more to have a safe, simple and secure way to transfer and receive funds quickly.”
Barb King, a group head in the MasterCard Payment Systems Integrity Group,described the service to PYMNTS as “a breakthrough platform in the industry.” She said that that the service is being marketed to companies and institutions, rather than directly to consumers, and mentioned B2C (business-to-consumer) and G2C (government-to-consumer) use cases. The MasterCard announcement notes that insurance claims, rebates, e-marketplace payouts, social benefits and tax refunds can now be sent in real-time. However, nothing seems to prevent individuals from using the platform to send payments and remittances to other consumers.
MasterCard Send emulates one of the two main advantages of bitcoin payments – fast transactions that take minutes instead of days. Details on the business model and economics were not disclosed, so it isn’t clear if MasterCard plans to emulate the other mainstream advantage of bitcoin payments – cheap transactions.
The MasterCard announcement doesn’t mention Bitcoin, but King told PYMNTS that “consumers are much more comfortable giving their personal details to their financial institution than they are to many other types of entities,” and that is a big reason why she believes MasterCard Send is more appealing than the bitcoin protocol.
It’s clear that traditional payment processors won’t let bitcoin payments eat their lunch without a fight. Currently, MasterCard Send seems a strong competitor to centralized operators such as PayPal and Venmo, but not a competitor to peer-to-peer, decentralized bitcoin payments.
Photo: Credit card of future / CC BY 2.0
By Giulio Prisco
Giulio Prisco is a writer specialized in science, technology and business. He is persuaded that Bitcoin and its underlying technology are about to bring disruptive positive changes to finance, business, and society.
May 22nd, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet? And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that.
If we took everything that the global economy produced this year and everything that the global economy produced next year and used it to pay all of this debt, it still would not be enough.
According to a recent report put out by the McKinsey Global Institute entitled “Debt and (not much) deleveraging,” the total amount of debt on our planet has grown from 142 trillion dollars at the end of 2007 to 199 trillion dollars today. This is the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and those numbers mean that we are in substantially worse condition than we were just prior to the last financial crisis.
When it comes to debt, a lot of fingers get pointed at the United States, and rightly so. Just prior to the last recession, the U.S. national debt was sitting at about 9 trillion dollars. Today, it has crossed the 18 trillion dollar mark. But of course the U.S. is not the only one that is guilty. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute says that debt levels have grown in all major economies since 2007. The following is an excerpt from the report…
Seven years after the bursting of a global credit bubble resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, debt continues to grow. In fact, rather than reducing indebtedness, or deleveraging, all major economies today have higher levels of borrowing relative to GDP than they did in 2007. Global debt in these years has grown by $57 trillion, raising the ratio of debt to GDP by 17 percentage points (Exhibit 1). That poses new risks to financial stability and may undermine global economic growth.
What is surprising is that debt has actually grown the most in China. If you can believe it, total Chinese debt has grown from 7 trillion dollars in 2007 to 28 trillion dollars today. Needless to say, that is absolutely insane…
China’s debt has quadrupled since 2007. Fueled by real estate and shadow banking, China’s total debt has nearly quadrupled, rising to $28 trillion by mid-2014, from $7 trillion in 2007. At 282 percent of GDP, China’s debt as a share of GDP, while manageable, is larger than that of the United States or Germany. Three developments are potentially worrisome: half of all loans are linked, directly or indirectly, to China’s overheated real-estate market; unregulated shadow banking accounts for nearly half of new lending; and the debt of many local governments is probably unsustainable.
However, MGI calculates that China’s government has the capacity to bail out the financial sector should a property-related debt crisis develop. The challenge will be to contain future debt increases and reduce therisks of such a crisis, without putting the brakes on economic growth.
What all of this means is that our long-term global economic problems have gotten much, much worse. This short-lived period of relative stability that we have been enjoying has been fueled by unprecedented amounts of debt and voracious money printing. Anyone with half a brain should be able to see that this is agiant financial bubble, and in the end it is going to unwind very, very painfully. The following comes from a Canadian news source…
At the beginning of 2008, government accounted for a smaller portion of the debt pie than corporate, household or financial debt. It now exceeds each of those other categories.
“The current situation is much worse than in 2000 or 2007, and with interest rates near or at zero, the central banks have already used up their ammunition. Plus, the total indebtedness, especially the indebtedness of governments, is much higher than ever before,” said Claus Vogt, a Berlin-based analyst and co-author of a 2011 book titled The Global Debt Trap.
“Every speculative bubble rests on some kind of a fairy tale, a story the bubble participants believe in and use as rationalization to buy extremely overvalued stocks or bonds or real estate,” Mr. Vogt argued. “And now it is the faith in the central-planning capabilities of global central bankers. When the loss of confidence in the Fed, the ECB etc. begins, the stampede out of stocks and bonds will start. I think we are very close to this pivotal moment in financial history.”
But for the moment, the ridiculous stock market bubble continues.
Internet companies that didn’t even exist a decade ago are now supposedly worth billions upon billions of dollars even though some of them don’t make any money at all. There is even a name for this phenomenon. Internet companies that have gigantic valuations without gigantic revenue streams are being called “unicorns”…
A dizzying mix of bold ideas and lavish investments has catapulted dozens of privately held start-ups to unicorn status, defined as having market valuations of at least $1 billion often without soaring revenues to match. Social-sharing site Pinterest has soared to $11 billion. Ride-hailing company Uber is now worth a staggering $50 billion.
How long can the party last?
And these days, Wall Street even rewards companies that lose huge amounts of money quarter after quarter. For example, just check out what happened when JC Penney announced that it only lost 167 million dollars during the first quarter of 2015…
Yippee!!! JC Penney ONLY lost $167 million in the first quarter. The Wall Street shysters are ecstatic because they BEAT expectations. Buy Buy Buy.
This loss now brings JC Penney’s cumulative loss since 2011 to, drum roll please, $3.5 BILLION. They haven’t had a profitable quarter in over four years. But, they are always on the verge of that turnaround just over the horizon.
Wall Street has told you to buy this stock from $42 in 2012 to it’s current pitiful level of $9. They tout the wonderful 3.4% increase in comparable sales. They fail to mention that first quarter 2016 sales are only 30% below first quarter sales in 2011.
They fail to mention that JC Penney burned through another $274 million of cash in the first quarter. Their equity has dropped by $1 billion in the last year, while their long term debt has gone up by $500 million.
This is how irrational Wall Street has become. JC Penney is ultimately going to zero, and yet there are still people out there that are pouring huge amounts of money into that financial black hole.
Sadly, the truth is that Wall Street is headed for a very painful awakening.
What we are experiencing right now is the greatest financial bubble of all time.
What comes after that is going to be the greatest financial crash of all time.
199,000,000,000,000 dollars of debt is about to come crashing down, and the pain of this disaster will be felt by every man, woman and child on the entire planet.
May 20th, 2015 by olddog
By Dave Hodges
This is a two part series which deals with critical issues associated with planned round-ups of potential resistance leaders and how to recognize when the extractions will happen. This is very valuable information as it will be important to not be where one is expected to be when the extractions commence.
The Historical Precedent of the Night of the Broken Glass
In pre-holocaust Germany, Jewish businesses were singled out for physical destruction in an event called Kristallnacht (i.e. night of the broken glass). Hundreds of Jewish businesses were attacked on the same night.
When the Holocaust began, in earnest, the Gestapo would target selected neighborhoods, for extraction, and then make their move, in the same general area, on the same night. If the area was large and exceeded the capacity to extract everyone in a given area, the neighborhoods would be sealed off, with nobody allowed in or out as systematic arrests were carried out. The times may change and the technology may be better, but the same Nazi blueprint would be applied.
Nazi Germany Revisited
Jade Helm appears to be following the same pattern as their Nazi predecessors. From the Liberty Brothers to my deep insider sources, the same message and the same Nazi scenario is emerging.
When the extractions of political dissidents commences, the event will conform to the following pattern. Cell phone service will be blocked so the intended victims cannot warn each other when the event commences. In the ARSOF document, this is referred to as “surgical strikes”. The ARSOF dissident extractions will take place on the same night and with modern technology, it will be carried out with extreme efficiency.
There has been a lot written about the local police and participation in Jade Helm drills. However, it is not likely that the police will be going door to door beside ARSOF personnel, please consider the following.
I am a retired Deputy Sheriff but I still have regular contact with many from our department. They are not training with military forces as of yet, but they will soon be doing so. Some have been told that they will be assisting in the apprehension of key fugitives (aka terrorists). From memos and actual conversations, the job of the department will primarily be to provide a defensive perimeter that will prevent escape in a “nobody in and nobody out” approach. We know for a fact that other departments have been told similar things in briefings/memos held/conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.
I have been reading your articles for sometime now and I am convinced that LEO’s will be used as support personnel as “federal or military authorities arrest enemies of the state”. I do not remember seeing that you have written about local law enforcement and their role in what appears to be coming. Please take a look at this as there is an important story on this point. My family, some friends and I greatly appreciate your work.
This is what happened, for the most part, in South Carolina and this is precisely what the Gestapo did as they conducted mass arrests.
The Nazis almost always carried out their extractions at 3AM. Jade Helm announced that all of their drills would be carried out at from 11pm to 4AM. Jade Helm leadership has also announced that they will be practicing “infiltration techniques”. And most know that the job of ARSOF is to extract or assassinate high value targets prior to invasion or occupation.
Precursor Events Prior to the Commencement of the Extractions
The overwhelming belief among nearly all of is that an economic crash will be the precipitating event. When it is announced that the banks are “temporarily closed” and the bank bail-ins have commenced, many resistance leaders are living on borrowed time. From this point on, mass extractions, in this modern day version of the Night of the Broken Glass, could commence at any time. It is under this cloud of chaos that we will see this situation exacerbated by Fifth column attacks of shopping malls, schools and sporting events across all of the United States. The attacks will come from ISIS and MS-13 cells that have been embedded all over the United States. This will be the modern day version of shock and awe all designed to paralyze any potential response from the citizenry.
Like Nazi Germany, the planned dissident extractions will take place on a single night in order to prevent foreknowledge and a potential push back.
Phase One Targeting: Who Are the High Valued Extraction Targets?
The number one targets will not be very many in the Independent Media as commonly believed. In order to neutralize this group, the administration would only have to pull the plug on the Internet. However, there are a few in the Independent Media who have contacts who are high priority targets and as such, these media figures would be sought after individuals as well.
I have had the “round-up” discussion several times over the past couple of years. The pattern is always the same and can be universally applied from country to country.
The number one group that will be targeted by the Special Forces intruders will be individuals with significant military experience who have the ability to turn a militia into a formidable fighting force.
Who would comprise such a group? Let’s start with the 260+ command officers fired by Obama. Some of these leaders are only pencil pushing administrators and would be of little use in an armed conflict. However, some of these men have significant combat experience and administrative organizational abilities which would make them high valued targets for all the obvious reasons.
The second most targeted group would be veterans with counter insurgency combat experience from their Iraq and Afghanistan days. These individuals would be very well versed in the use of effective guerrilla warfare tactics and would have both the knowledge and needed experience to successfully employ asymmetrical warfare strategies against the encroaching UN forces, such as the 15,000 UN troops spotted in Texas yesterday. The occupation forces undoubtedly will be headed by the United Nations.
The third most targeted group would be individuals who have either military or agency (e.g. FEMA, Ft. Dietrich) experience with counter-insurgent use of biological and chemical weapons. This kind of experience would be worth its weight in gold because of the ability of certain individuals to inflict mass casualties on occupying UN forces. For those that know what they are doing, these weapons are not terribly difficult to manufacture and distribute. Counterinsurgency and counterintelligence officials from DHS and FEMA would have the knowledge to carry out such an asymmetrical attack. Long-time readers of The Common Sense Show may recall that I personally knew of a FEMA official who had experience in counterintelligence regarding biological and chemical weapons. Now, I understand why he and some of his former colleagues prepared a covert, isolated and well-prepared community to retreat to in December of 2012.
I am told that the Ron Paul types will be taken into protective custody “for their own good”. These people are the not at the top of the list. However, the globalists do not want people roaming society who could be symbols of resistance. It is not likely that any harm will come to them because the powers that be do not want to create martyrs.
I am told that interagency personnel will be targeted as well. What did Hitler do with the Brown Shirts? He killed them. The Bolsheviks did the same with retired military personnel in Moscow. Today’s interagency operational commanders will suffer the same fate because dead men tell no tales and there is plenty to tell if this intended coup against the United States is carried out. So, for some of you who swore an oath to the Constitution, you might consider looking at historical precedent.
With a few exceptions, the run of the mill political dissidents will factor into phase two which will involve relocation, incarceration and worse.
When the economy hits the skids, if you have reason to believe you are on the Red List, you best not be where the authorities can find you. Closing banks and economic chaos are signals that you should go into hiding immediately.
If one is targeted, can one avoid detection and evade arrest? The answer is a qualified yes. However, one has to possess detailed knowledge of the technology which could be used to locate you and what counter-surveillance strategies that you would have at your disposal. The good news is that one would not have to remain in hiding for a lengthy time. What we are speaking of here will result in civil war and Red List targets fade in importance with regard to this scenario when the shooting actually begins. Evading arrest will be the topic of Part Two of this series.
Finally, I have never seen a time when so many sources and so many people, in general, possess the same information about what is coming and when. In the Patriot community, by the end of the week, these facts will soon become common knowledge for those who possess the discernment to know when to listen. For most Americans, they will never know what hit them.
Fortunately, most massacres have warning signs for those who have the foresight to critically examine the times that we are living in. Albert Einstein was a man who understood history and he knew what was coming. Einstein possessed the ability to accurately assess the threat and he was able to move to safety. Will you?
May 19th, 2015 by olddog
BY GLENN GREENWALD
We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West — perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.
One of the most alarming examples comes, not at all surprisingly, from the U.K. government, which is currently agitating for new counterterrorism powers, “including plans for extremism disruption orders designed to restrict those trying to radicalize young people.” Here are the powers which the British Freedom Fighters and Democracy Protectors are seeking:
They would include a ban on broadcasting and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill will also contain plans for banning orders for extremist organisations which seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech in public places, but it will fall short of banning on the grounds of provoking hatred.
It will also contain new powers to close premises including mosques where extremists seek to influence others. The powers of the Charity Commission to root out charities that misappropriate funds towards extremism and terrorism will also be strengthened.
In essence, advocating any ideas or working for any political outcomes regarded by British politicians as “extremist” will not only be a crime, but can be physically banned in advance. Basking in his election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron unleashed this Orwellian decree to explain why new Thought Police powers are needed: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’” It’s not enough for British subjects merely to “obey the law”; they must refrain from believing in or expressing ideas which Her Majesty’s Government dislikes.
If all that sounds menacing, tyrannical and even fascist to you — and really, how could it not? “extremism disruption orders” — you should really watch this video of Tory Home Secretary Theresa May trying to justify the bill in an interview on BBC this morning. When pressed on what “extremism” means — specifically, when something crosses the line from legitimate disagreement into criminal “extremism” — she evades the question completely, repeatedly invoking creepy slogans about the need to stop those who seek to “undermine Our British Values” and, instead, ensure “we are together as one society, One Nation” (I personally believe this was all more lyrical in its original German). Click here to watch the video and see the face of Western authoritarianism, advocating powers in the name of Freedom that are its very antithesis.
Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada — joining the U.S. — have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism or selling “radical” cable channels, imprisoning peoplefor “radical” tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike,seeking (and obtaining) new powers of surveillance and detention for those people (usually though not exclusively Muslim citizens) who hold and espouse views deemed by these governments to be “radical.”
Anticipating Prime Minister Cameron’s new “anti-extremist” bill (to be unveiled in the “Queen’s Speech”), University of Bath Professor Bill Durodiésaid that “the window for free speech has now been firmly shut just a few months after so many political leaders walked in supposed solidarity for murdered cartoonists in France.” Actually, there has long been a broad, sustained assault in the West on core political liberties — specifically due process, free speech and free assembly — perpetrated not by “radical Muslims,” but by those who endlessly claim to fight them. Sadly, and tellingly, none of that has triggered parades or marches or widespread condemnation by Western journalists and pundits. But for those who truly believe in principles of free expression — as opposed to pretending to when it allows one to bash the Other Tribe — these are the assaults that need marches and protests.
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May 18th, 2015 by olddog
By Cassius Methyl
Joseph Rivers was a 22-year-old aspiring music video producer from outside of Detroit who managed to painstakingly save $16,000 for a music venture.
He was on an Amtrak train moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream when his life’s savings were stolen from him.
According to the Albuquerque Journal,
A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to search his bags. Rivers complied.
His $16,000 was in a bank envelope found by DEA agents. He tried to explain that he had problems withdrawing money from out-of-state banks in the past and that he was moving to Los Angeles. The feds did not believe him.
Joseph called his mother to corroborate his story. The feds didn’t believe her either.
He was charged with no crime, nothing on him was ‘suspicious’, but the DEA took his money and never gave it back.
All of the sudden Joseph Rivers’ progress in life was crushed by the state.
“We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty,” an Albuquerque DEA agent said. “It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.”
So far this year, DEA agents have stolen over 38 million dollars in cash and goods from people assumed to be guilty.
In 2014, they collected $3.9 billion in civil asset seizures. Only $679 million of the money and assets were deemed “criminal”.
Be careful where you take your cash. You could get robbed by some people on the street, or federal agents in an unmarked vehicle. The only difference is you can’t defend yourself from a federal agent without being killed or incarcerated.
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I am quite sure that there are plenty of opinionated people that would say, “it serves him right for being stupid enough to travel with that much cash”. They are the kind of people who do not have a clue what the difference is between what kind of government we have now, and what we started with. If the reader approves of the theft of this young mans money, just wait until these tyrant thugs have an excuse to ruin your life. LIVE FREE OR DIE!
May 15th, 2015 by olddog
Occasions of the most recent a few days make it clear that President Obama is going down- -and quick. His own Democratic Party crushed his unhindered commerce bill in the Senate by a phenomenal close consistent “no” vote on Tuesday.
Albeit there is consequent talk of a bargain on four executioner changes that were requested by Senate Democrats, there is no sureness that the reestablished exertion will succeed; and the votes are not there in the House.
Obama’s awful boycotting of the Moscow remembrance of the annihilation of Hitler exploded in his face, the same number of world pioneers, especially from Asia, joined with President Putin in praising humanity’s triumph over despotism 70 years prior.
The most recent evidence that Obama’s White House days are numbered, came yesterday, when rational U.S. institutional powers interceded, and Secretary of State John Kerry made a trip to Sochi, Russia, for eight hours of converses with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin. The goal of the discussions was to de-heighten the British-Obama incitements against Russia before they came to the point of nuclear war. Kerry conveyed a reasonable message that normal circles in Washington mean to resume joint effort with Russia on war shirking. The clearest open articulation of this expectation came amid the joint press accessibility by Kerry and Lavrov, taking after the four-hour meeting with President Putin, when Kerry conveyed an unmistakable cautioning to Ukrainian President Poroshenko to back off from arrangements to resume military activities to retake the Donetsk Airport.
There are different evidences that discussions with Iran are advancing towards a P5+1 understanding before the June 30 due date. This makes it all the more earnest that the Anglo-Saudi war arrangements be left dead speechless -by the proceeded with preparation to constrain the arrival of the 28 pages from the first Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11.
This week, Seymour Hersh passed the cover over the Saudi-Obama Big Lie deception around the murdering of Osama Bin Laden. In a 10,000- word piece, Hersh uncovered that Bin Laden was executed in a planned death, designed with the Saudis. There was no flame battle with Al Qaeda monitors. There was no torment inferred proof that prompted the area of Bin Laden’s Pakistani safehouse. Not one single subtle element of the “official” Administration record was genuine -and throughout putting out one lie after the other, Obama double-crossed the very Pakistani military authorities who turned over the key data and introduced US professional killers into Bin Laden’s unguarded compound, where he was, in actuality, under house capture by the Pakistani ISI.
Lyndon LaRouche remarked on Wednesday that the advancement on the P5+1, joined with the Kerry talks in Sochi and the proceeding with Democratic rebellion against Obama, additionally implies that the drive to dump Obama is on a quickened direction, and could imply that the approaching monetary victory can be turned away. This, he focused on, must be the aim.
With Obama down, it is conceivable to rapidly wipe out the money related misrepresentation, and, through crisis enactment, dispatch another budgetary and fiscal structure to resuscitate the profitable economy. This starts with the quick restoration of Glass- Steagall. There must be a restoration of the beneficial economy, implying that the betting obligation and the other waste must be wiped out and punished. Glass-Steagall is more vital than any other time in recent memory, given the present setting. Credit must be produced for valuable generation, particularly for preparing of another era of talented laborers. We must develop the broke groups around the nation that have been crushed by the monetary strategies of the previous 40 years, and veritable financial development must be restored on a logically quickening scale.
To put it plainly, the present framework must be turned around, and the parasites need to go.
The movement that has occurred in the late days is the result of a few individuals confronting the truth that the world was made a beeline for nuclear eradication, and that the survival of humanity was specifically hanging in the balance. The choice is clear: It would be past frenzy to run the danger of such a destiny, thus, moves must be made to upset the British-Wall Street urgent hurry to war.
Kerry: Use of Force by Poroshenko Would Be Destructive of Minsk Agreement
The consistent subject of the Obama Administration and its NATO partners has been to place the total of the fault for proceeded with fighting in southeast Ukraine on Moscow. Hence, as indicated by this line of thinking, if the Minsk assention fizzles, it is on account of Russia has not held up its end of the deal. It ought to be huge, along these lines, when Secretary of State John Kerry counsels the Kiev administration for considering the continuation of brutality to accomplish its objectives in the Donbass.
Kerry’s remarks came amid a joint press preparation in Sochi with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 12. An individual from the Russian media requested that Kerry remark on the general population promise, made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a couple of days prior, to retake the Donetsk airplane terminal by power, if important. Kerry said, by State Department transcript, that he hadn’t heard the discourse,
“however, in the event that surely President Poroshenko is pushing an engagement in an intense exertion as of now, we would emphatically ask him to reconsider not to take part in that sort of movement, that that would place Minsk in genuine danger.”
Kerry went ahead to assume the best about Poroshenko, that possibly he was discussing the long haul, however he cautioned that
“resort to constrain by any gathering right now would be amazingly ruinous at a minute when everybody has united the working gatherings, the working gatherings have met, and the working gatherings have a capacity to attempt to give a way ahead on those issues that a hefty portion of us have been worried about throughout the span of the most recent months.”
Lavrov, remaining by Kerry, said that he “totally” concurred with him and that “any endeavors to draw in again in a compelling situation could be truly undermining the endeavors that we have been taking.
By and large, Kerry went through four hours meeting with Lavrov and an additional four hours meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Notwithstanding talking about the Ukraine emergency and the earnest need to completely execute the Minsk Accords, they examined the P5+1 arrangements with Iran, and appear to have especially examined the current Syria circumstance, on the eve of the Obama meeting at Camp David, Thursday, with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agents (occasions start Wednesday night with a White House feast), which will occur throughout the day.
Indeed, the Kerry visit to Sochi was, in itself, a political upset against Obama and the British, who have been on a jihad against Putin and Russia since the starting of Nuland’s Nazi overthrow in Kiev in November 2013. Washington sources made clear that the Kerry trek was made conceivable by an in number intercession by rational strengths in Washington, including inside of the Pentagon and JCS, who saw theworld headed towards atomic termination and needed to act. These sources reported that the open, eye to eye dialog between Kerry, Lavrov, and Putin was a noteworthy, though initial move towards de-heightening the threat of general war.
May 14th, 2015 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
The UN plans to launch a brand new plan for managing the entire globe at the Sustainable Development Summit that it will be hosting from September 25th to September 27th. Some of the biggest names on the planet, including Pope Francis, will be speaking at this summit.
This new sustainable agenda focuses on climate change of course, but it also specifically addresses topics such as economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. For those wishing to expand the scope of “global governance”, sustainable development is the perfect umbrella because just about all human activity affects the environment in some way. The phrase “for the good of the planet” can be used as an excuse to micromanage virtually every aspect of our lives.
So for those who are concerned about the growing power of the United Nations, this summit in September is something to keep an eye on. Never before have I seen such an effort to promote a UN summit on the environment, and this new sustainable development agenda is literally a framework for managing the entire globe.
If you are not familiar with this new sustainable development agenda, the following is what the official United Nations website says about it…
The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. This agenda, to be launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is currently being discussed at the UN General Assembly, where Member States and civil society are making contributions to the agenda.
The process of arriving at the post 2015 development agenda is Member State-led with broad participation from Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders. There have been numerous inputs to the agenda, notably a set of Sustainable Development Goals proposed by an open working group of the General Assembly, the report of an intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing, General Assembly dialogues on technology facilitation and many others.
Posted below are the 17 sustainable development goals that are being proposed so far. Some of them seem quite reasonable. After all, who wouldn’t want to “end poverty”. But as you go down this list, you soon come to realize that just about everything is involved in some way. In other words, this truly is a template for radically expanded “global governance”. Once again, this was taken directly from the official UN website…
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2.End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development As you can see, this list goes far beyond “saving the environment” or “fighting climate change”.
It truly covers just about every realm of human activity.
Another thing that makes this new sustainable development agenda different is the unprecedented support that it is getting from the Vatican and from Pope Francis himself.
In fact, Pope Francis is actually going to travel to the UN and give an address to kick off the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25th…
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
This Pope has been very open about his belief that climate change is one of the greatest dangers currently facing our world. Just a couple of weeks ago, he actually brought UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Vatican to speak about climate change and sustainable development. Here is a summary of what happened…
On 28 April, the Secretary-General met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican and later addressed senior religious leaders, along with the Presidents of Italy and Ecuador, Nobel laureates and leading scientists on climate change and sustainable development.
Amidst an unusually heavy rainstorm in Rome, participants at the historic meeting gathered within the ancient Vatican compound to discuss what the Secretary-General has called the “defining challenge of our time.”
The mere fact that a meeting took place between the religious and scientific communities on climate change was itself newsworthy. That it took place at the Vatican, was hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and featured the Secretary-General as the keynote speaker was all the more striking.
In addition, Pope Francis is scheduled to release a major encyclical this summer which will be primarily focused on the environment and climate change. The following comes from the New York Times…
The much-anticipated environmental encyclical that Pope Francis plans to issue this summer is already being translated into the world’s major languages from the Latin final draft, so there’s no more tweaking to be done, several people close to the process have told me in recent weeks.
I think that we can get a good idea of the kind of language that we will see in this encyclical from another Vatican document which was recently released. It is entitled “Climate Change and The Common Good”, and it was produced by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The following is a brief excerpt…
Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies are causally linked with the destruction of the world’s sustainability and resilience. Widening inequalities of wealth and income, the world-wide disruption of the physical climate system and the loss of millions of species that sustain life are the grossest manifestations of unsustainability. The continued extraction of coal, oil and gas following the “business-as-usual mode” will soon create grave existential risks for the poorest three billion, and for generations yet unborn.
Climate change resulting largely from unsustainable consumption by about 15% of the world’s population has become a dominant moral and ethical issue for society. There is still time to mitigate unmanageable climate changes and repair ecosystem damages, provided we reorient our attitude toward nature and, thereby, toward ourselves. Climate change is a global problem whose solution will depend on our stepping beyond national affiliations and coming together for the common good. Such transformational changes in attitudes would help foster the necessary institutional reforms and technological innovations for providing the energy sources that have negligible effect on global climate, atmospheric pollution and eco-systems, thus protecting generations yet to be born. Religious institutions can and should take the lead in bringing about that change in attitude towards Creation.
The Catholic Church, working with the leadership of other religions, can now take a decisive role by mobilizing public opinion and public funds to meet the energy needs of the poorest 3 billion people, thus allowing them to prepare for the challenges of unavoidable climate and eco-system changes. Such a bold and humanitarian action by the world’s religions acting in unison is certain to catalyze a public debate over how we can integrate societal choices, as prioritized under UN’s sustainable development goals, into sustainable economic development pathways for the 21st century, with projected population of 10 billion or more.
Under this Pope, the Vatican has become much more political than it was before, and sustainable development has become the Vatican’s number one political issue.
And did you notice the language about “the world’s religions acting in unison”? Clearly, the Vatican believes that it has the power to mobilize religious leaders all over the planet and have them work together to achieve the “UN’s sustainable development goals”.
I can never remember a time when the United Nations and the largest religious institution on the planet, the Catholic Church, have worked together so closely.
So what will the end result of all this be?
Should we be concerned about this new sustainable development agenda?
Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…
This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.
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The objective is to own everything so they can control everything, and we are one of their possessions. All profits will be divided among them and there will be trillions of dollars apiece which means they can eliminate 90 percent of us and sustain the profits for their posterity. After-all, the natural resources are limited, so they must gain as much as they can from the people’s labor. This, believe it or not is the brain fart of the smartest people on earth. I say we should tar and feather them and roast them for their children to eat.