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December 18th, 2010 by olddog
The Daily Bell
The Greatest 21st Century Privilege
by Anthony Wile
Despite its growing horrors, the 21st century has proven a profound blessing in the sense that we can see, step by step how tyranny is being implemented around the world and especially in the West. In doing so, we can chart its pathways and intricacies. Some may not consider this in any sense a blessing but we do. To watch the descent of tyranny on the Western world is a startling sight, which plumbs the depths of the human spirit and provides us with spectacles of evil and good, cowardice and courage. It is a great (if sad) time to run a free-market website that reports on libertarian social and economic trends.
I used to wonder how a financial depression took hold and what it would look like. I used to wonder how a society would lose its moral and social underpinnings and lurch toward authoritarianism. I wondered, even, what it would be like in pre-war Germany when the Nazis were coming to power. But the past decade has offered an education in all these concepts. Anyone paying close attention does not need to wonder anymore.
The first decade of the 21st century has been a time of resonant, historical themes, broadly observed. It is a truly historical struggle between those who wish to control and manipulate human societies and those who wish to make human societies, especially Western ones, freer. In the 20th century, one might anticipate going to a ball game or an elaborate black-tie social event, but nothing is more fascinating than watching this great game unfold early in the 21st.
It is not a comfortable experience of course. The forces seeking to shut down civil discourse and stifle dissent seem to come from all sides, and their power is discouraging. Increasingly, they seem to pervert the basic institutions of civil society: schools, media, government and even religion. Each element of perverted society now has an elaborate rationale for why freedom needs to be pruned. The children need to be made safe. Society needs to be made safe. The workplace needs to be secured.
In fact, the proximate reason to write this article comes from news that government approval will be needed for certain kinds of employment. There are at least two programs involved; both, of course, coming out of the Department of Homeland Security. The acronyms are TWIC and SWAC: Transportation Worker Identification Credential and Secure Worker Access Consortium. Infowars.com, which seems to have broken the story, explains the following:
TWIC “is a biometric credential that ensures only vetted workers are eligible to enter a secure construction site, unescorted,” Ironworkers Local 361 in Ozone Park, New York, explains. “Before issuing a TWIC, TSA must conduct a security threat assessment on the TWIC applicant. An applicant who, as a result of the assessment, is determined to not pose a security threat, will be issued a TWIC card.”
SWAC is even more draconian. It is “a large-scale collaborative effort among public and private authorities, facility owners, contractors, and labor organizations who are partnering to prevent terrorist activity by creating a trusted contractor community. Over 500 organizations, including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, which manages and maintains the bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, airports, PATH, and seaports that are essential to the bi-state region's trade and transportation capabilities, have joined this effort,” according to the union website.
These two programs constitute a considerable escalation in the intrusiveness of government. Were it to stop here, it would be bad enough. But Homeland Security never stops. The department recently partnered with WalMart to set up a program to encourage shoppers to report any incidents they might consider dangerous or even out-of-the ordinary. The kinds of programs Homeland Security is rolling out now will surely create an ever-more paranoid, inequitable and ultimately unlivable society. It will be one where citizens will be scanned, photographed and ultimately tagged and labeled – all in the name of “keeping the homeland safe” from terror.
The ground upon which this society is being built is shaky indeed. Most if not all of the terror incidents that have taken place over the past few years have at the center of them some sort of incitement. The poor, young people (most US and Western terrorists are young and impoverished) have been manipulated, funded and literally shoved in the direction of violent acts that they probably would not have undertaken if not for undercover American and British intelligence agents. It is, in a word, entrapment over and over again.
It is easy to see that the dramatic escalation of government intrusiveness has occurred since 9/11. Since there are many questions that still swirl around 9/11 itself, the enthusiasm with which Western governments have clamped down on their citizens is even more remarkable. It goes far beyond what is just or necessary.
Fortunately, there are counter-trends. Readers of the Bell will be aware that we believe the Internet itself is acting as a kind of modern-day Gutenberg press, revealing much that was hidden during the 20th century. Its truth-telling is arrayed against an intergenerational, familial, Anglo-American elite that wants a New World Order and uses fear-based promotions – dominant social themes – to push Western middle classes into giving up power and wealth to globalist facilities such as the UN, WHO, the IMF, etc.
Offering a website that covers freedom issues and free-market concepts at this point in time is actually quite humbling. The opportunity to tell the truth about what is going on in the West is something many do not have the opportunity to do. They are trapped in situations where they must keep quiet to care for themselves and their families. However, there are also a growing number of voices around the world that are making their disapproval with current authoritarian trends increasingly clear. The ability to add one's voice to this swelling chorus is perhaps the greatest privilege of the modern era.
December 18th, 2010 by olddog
Eric Roseman (December 15, 2010)
The Great Leap Forward, which started in 1958, was China’s long-term drive to modernize her economy. Though she didn’t do much under Mao’s authority, that certainly changed direction starting in 1978 under Deng Xiao Ping, the father of China’s version of modern laissez-faire capitalism.
China’s owes its incredible economic success to Deng’s experiment with SEZs, or Special Economic Zones, introduced in 1978 in Southern China.
Turn the clock forward 32 years and China is now not only the world’s largest gold-mining industry but also one of the few governments still actively encouraging the domestic consumption and ownership of physical gold. China has a rich history of gold ownership, whereby its citizens have relied on gold as a store of value for several centuries.
Earlier this month, China revealed the nature of her insatiable appetite for gold: imports surged more than five times compared to 12 months earlier to 209 metric tons. Estimates point to 2010 Chinese gold consumption hitting around 600 tons compared to 610 tons in India.
In some ways you could argue that China’s modern version of the Great Leap Forward is really the Great Leap in Gold Consumption. If current trends persist, China will overtake India as the single largest source of fabrication demand in 2011.
Another interesting development is China’s increasing openness of its domestic gold market and how it continues to liberalize gold trading and physical gold ownership. I find this remarkable considering it’s still largely a closed society brainwashed by socialistic rhetoric. Of course, market economics have clashed with this great nation before and it seems plausible that communism and capitalism will clash again in the future as society demands more freedom and political expression. But that’s another story.
Launched way back in 1910, the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange is the only market in China that trades spot gold. Yesterday, the government announced it will launch the first international gold contract valued in Chinese renminbi next year. The government is encouraging Hong Kong to become a major conduit for not only Greater China gold trading, but also a long-term rival to London, Zurich and New York – major bullion dealing centers.
As China’s currency becomes fully convertible – as it must to be truly coined a great economic superpower – it will also eventually hold more gold bullion than any other nation. The United States, at some point, will have to relinquish a good chunk of her gold stash to pay for decades of profligate spending. Somehow I doubt the Chinese will forever accept dollar bills as America’s long-term credit continues its sad decline. The great gold transfer is underway and China will win this race.
December 16th, 2010 by olddog
By Giordano Bruno
In all things, there exists a ‘point of balance’; a line that, if crossed, results in the sudden and expedient loss of our self-determinism and makes us subservient to the fickle whims of social, political, and physical gravity. We are “thrown” into the air, as it were, and the landing is rarely ever pleasant. The U.S. Constitution and the civil liberties it outlines is itself one of these historic points of balance. Its original purpose was to temper the most epic of grappling matches ever ignited; between the relentless constructs of government, and the individual freedoms of the common man. The ultimate problem inherent in this struggle is one of consistency, vigilance, and labor…
While the concept of the Democratic Republic and the Constitution was meant to remove suffocating class warfare from our political life and free us from the numerous dangers of elitism, invariably, those men who thirst for power over others find a way to insinuate themselves into any system, regardless of checks and balances, especially when the populace does not fulfill its necessary role as watchdog and tireless sentinel. Many Americans often assume that ‘the people’ derive their power from the Constitution, but the reality is actually reverse; the Constitution, in fact, derives its power from the people. Our duty (which some have forgotten) has always been to protect the rights and liberties inscribed on those pages of parchment. Not just to know those rights, or recite them, but to implement and defend them in our day-to-day existence. Without the constant nurturing cultural pulse of sound minds and courageous hearts, the Constitution dies.
Many in our society, instead of taking on the responsibility of preserving their freedoms, have instead handed it over to the trappings of government. The fatal error here is obvious; the corporatized and over-centralized political landscape of America’s government today does not hold the same values as the people it is determined to lord over. We have witnessed the parasitic possession of our system, know it to be corrupt, yet still seem to expect this bureaucratic monstrosity to cradle our liberties in good faith!
Government is a tool; a mechanical apparatus that can be used to either preserve freedom, or annihilate it. Its use depends upon those men who wield it, and the men who wield our government today certainly do not have the expansion of freedom in mind. In this article, we will examine the many points of contention (balancing points) brewing as our exceedingly globalist leaning political leaders overstep their bounds. Any one of these points, if allowed to falter by Americans, could throw the whole of our heritage into disarray…
Death By A Thousand Cuts
If you’ve been living at the center of the Earth for the past decade, or playing online games till daybreak battling for dominion of Castle Grayskull, then you may have missed out on the numerous attempts by our Government (under both major parties) to erode our freedoms one precious layer at a time. Some of these attempts have so far fallen flat, while others have been frighteningly successful. Here is just a sample of various recent actions and legislation designed specifically to swindle away your rights, if not the shirt right off your back:
Patriot Acts I & II: The Patriot Act is what I call “chameleon legislation”; it’s designed to be “open to interpretation” by officials and to be modified for whatever purpose they happen to deem fit at the moment. Ultimately, both Patriot Acts opened a terrible gateway to a world where any freedom is expendable, especially if it means stopping terrorists and “evil doers”. Of course, the manner in which terrorism is defined by proponents of the Patriot Act is wildly general. ANYONE could be defined as a terrorist, and any threat could be construed as a matter of national security. The true goal of this legislation was not to protect the public, but to untie the hands of the establishment when implementing further destructive actions, as well as to plant the fog of doubt into the minds of Americans as to the continued validity of the Constitution itself.
The Enemy Belligerents Act: The Enemy Belligerents Act is a perfect example of how the leadership caste of the Democrats and Republicans (who are neo-cons, not true conservatives) work in tandem to institute globalist policy. In this case, the act was introduced by the dastardly duo of John McCain and Joe Lieberman. To put it simply, this legislation, if fully imposed, would allow the government to label any person they choose, even an American citizen, as an enemy combatant. This means you could be arrested without being officially charged, imprisoned without a trial or legal council for an unspecified length of time, and no one, not even your family, would be told where you were. They should just re-name it the ‘Shanghai Act’, because it basically legalizes government piracy. The only problem is that this shanghai is less likely to end with tropical island adventure and more likely to end with you being tossed in a dark stinky hole in the middle of another Abu Ghraib surrounded by Blackwater mongoloids with a penchant for naked man dog-piles. Again, this is the kind of poison your government thinks up on a regular basis…
The John Warner Defense Authorization Act: A bill passed by George W. Bush in 2007 with very little initial media coverage. Allows the Federal Government at the direction of the president to subvert Posse Comitatus and use the military within the borders of the U.S. as a police force without any consent from state governments. Also gives the office of the president unprecedented powers over the National Guard. Just add any real or engineered national disaster and what you get is a perfect recipe for Hurricane Katrina deluxe. Martial Law, here we come…
Establishment Of Northcom: Northcom (United States Northern Command) is, at bottom, the teeth behind legislation like the John Warner Defense Act. If martial law is declared in the U.S., it will be Northcom and its assigned military units that will stand at the forefront. Northcom’s stated mission is to “defend the homeland”, supposedly against terrorism, however, much of Northcom’s focus in annual exercises like ‘Vigilant Shield’ has been to prepare for civil unrest and continuity of government. Meaning, they train under the assumption that YOU will be the enemy. The first person posted to command Northcom was General Ralph Eberhart, the same man who was in charge of NORAD on 9/11. Apparently, if you ignore available intelligence and fail completely in your assigned duties, you get a promotion in the upper echelons of the military today, unless I missed something, and he didn’t fail…
Presidential Directive 51: A presidential action shrouded in secrecy and general cloak and dagger spookiness. When ignorant yuppies accuse the Liberty Movement of “paranoia”, I always point out PDD 51, and ask them if they are at least intelligent enough to be concerned. This order was initiated by George W. Bush and continued by Barack Obama, and is designed to give the president virtual dictatorial powers during a state of “national emergency”. It dissolves all states rights and places the entire country under the purview of Northcom, and Homeland Security. The guise of “continuity of government” is used as a rationale. Also allows the president to declare a state of emergency for almost any reason. Members of Congress and even some members of Homeland Security who have requested to read the entire directive have been denied. The bill is apparently so disturbing that Obama doesn’t even want those with security clearance to view the full document. Though I’m sure there is some grey area that can be exploited where classified materials are concerned, as far as I can tell from my research, Obama’s withholding of information on a directive such as PDD 51 from Congress is wholly illegal.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): Supported by both Bush and Obama. The word “foreign” is highly misleading. FISA allows telecom companies to supply the personal data and communications of anyone, including Americans, to the government without threat of civil retribution (lawsuit). Under Constitutional law, any invasion of privacy by government authorities must first be approved through an individualized warrant. The person or premises to be monitored must be specified, and the reason behind the surveillance must be clearly explained. FISA does away with all of these protections to your privacy and gives free reign to government to spy on whoever they choose without any oversight whatsoever. It even allows for mass surveillance, or data collation, on entire subsections of the populace. What I find most interesting about FISA is the way in which it brazenly breaks the barrier between government and corporate power. We all know about the revolving door in Washington, but in the past, the idea of the barrier was at least somewhat maintained for appearances, if nothing else. The trick to FISA is that “technically”, it is the telecoms that are doing the actual surveillance, and not government. This is, I’m sure, the argument that will be used by the Feds if FISA is ever taken to the Supreme Court under the Fourth Amendment. The reality, though, is that the telecoms and the government are one in the same, and to treat them as two separate legal entities is to blind one’s self to the facts. Now, Mussolini’s definition of fascism (the melding of government and corporate infrastructure into a single entity with a single purpose) absolutely seems to apply to the U.S.
Big Brother Technotronic Super Villain-esqe Surveillance Grid: Ever feel like you are being watched? Get used to it, says Homeland Security! CCTV cameras have doubled in most U.S. cities over the past two years, while New York has tripled theirs in only six months. The TSA has been given invincible IRS-like goon squad status and now fondles and x-rays airport travelers at will, storing biometric data without consent and generally treating people worse than cattle. Don’t care because you don’t fly? Don’t worry! Naked body scanners are coming to bus and train stations near you! Hell, if we don’t put a stop to this horror soon, the TSA may roll scanners out on street corners.
A friend of mine was recently on a trip to Boston and went to see the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned American war vessel still afloat. He related to me that his excitement was soon smothered when he realized visitors had to pass through metal detectors and security just to see the boat. I’m sure that the government is merely trying to prevent Al Qaeda from sneaking on board with box cutters, hijacking the ship, and sailing it into the Sears tower, causing the building to implode at near freefall speed.
The reason he was disenchanted with the experience was because he knew the metal detectors and security served little purpose, except to condition people into accepting that this was the norm. Everywhere you go, there DHS is.
Next of course would be easily tracked national ID cards, which were attempted a couple of years ago with little success under the Real ID Act. State compliance for the Real ID was postponed until May 2011, which is right around the corner. We’ll see if the states cave, or stand their ground. Finally, no surveillance society would be complete without citizen spies. Homeland Security is establishing its new “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign in your local Walmart. Yes, imagine the ghoulish face of cave troll Janet Napolitano leering down at aisle five as you attempt to save a dollar on frozen buffalo wings. She slobbers rhetoric about how you are surrounded by terrorists while you try to find that economy sized box of Count Chocula. Wouldn’t we all just feel safer?
Bailout Bills (All Variations): I find that a lot of people like to blame our current economic doomfest on one political party or the other, stumbling about in the dark in a sad attempt to trace the roots of the credit and mortgage collapse back to Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, etc. Everyone is desperate to play cheerleader for their team, not realizing that both teams are fake and almost every president since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 is to blame for selling out the American people to global banks. Let’s not forget, both Obama and Bush supported bailout legislation which is now widely considered to be an abject failure. The majority of Americans according to most polls opposed these bills, and yet they were still passed. What do the bailouts have to do with the loss of Constitutional rights? When the entirety of your country’s financial future is poured into the coffers of international banking elites and your currency is subsequently debased if not destroyed, leaving you with nothing but debt and supranational centralization, it is a certainty that a total loss of your rights will soon follow.
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S. 510: Currently being considered for passage in the House. Yet another bill written in such a way as to make it wide open for interpretation by the authorities. First of all, the FDA has never been synonymous with “safety”, considering half the products they approve end up causing cancer or shrinking your testes. They would approve rat urine for mass consumption if a company like Monsanto wanted to market it. The FDA’s true roll has been to let major corporations violate safety regulations unobstructed while ruthlessly bringing the hammer down on smaller businesses. Now, the FDA has set its aim upon not just small farms, but personal gardens!
The bill gives the FDA far reaching powers over what it terms “food production facilities”, which are defined as “any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation”. It also places all food production under the control of Homeland Security in the event of a “national emergency” (there’s that poorly defined phrase again). I have heard some organic growers and ranchers shrug off the bill, believing that the FDA would never take advantage of the broad interpretation and bring pressure on private gardens or food trade. This kind of naivety is always astonishing to me. When has a society ever opened a door to power that its government has not taken quick advantage of? In fact, the FDA has already begun harassing the Amish, of all people, for private farm trade, even without S. 510:
These are non-commercial farms, yet the FDA believes it has the authority to dictate their food production activities. If the government is willing to set its laser guided sites on a pacifist group that still rides around in horse and buggy, then they’ll definitely have no qualms going after the rest of us.
Anti-Constitutional Arguments For Dummies
Most people enjoy the advantages of freedom and are naturally conservative towards government, whether they realize it or not. Because of the rather unsavory past actions of the neo-cons (globalists), the word “conservative” has been sullied, and is now associated with corporatism and big government. However, real conservatism has always been quite revolutionary. True conservatives believe in the principle of limited government, and individualism above collectivism, which means they usually find themselves the target of establishment fury. True conservatives are almost always in rebellion against the system, because the system is almost always operated by those who are anti-freedom. Show me a self proclaimed conservative who supports proliferation of government with a smile and I’ll show you a very confused man.
The label “Conservative” should really be interchangeable with “Constitutionalist”, and once this is understood, anti-Constitutional arguments can be viewed without the blurred distractions of the false left/right paradigm. We begin to understand that the conflict is not between Democrat and Republican, Liberal or Conservative, because those terms have been warped and their meaning eroded. The conflict we face is instead between individualists (Constitutionalists), and collectivists (globalists).
We’ve all heard the gamut of anti-Constitutional arguments in the past, but almost always through the left/right filter. Let’s set that filter aside for a moment and consider a few of them once again more objectively…
Argument 1 – The Constitution is an outdated document and is no longer practical for the modern world:
I’ve heard this argument from both sides of the aisle once again indicating that left vs. right is all fantasy. Does a good idea ever become outdated? What about inborn instincts? Can the desire for freedom ever be impractical?
The suggestion that the Constitution is “too old” is ludicrous for many reasons. First, the idea of an independent republic is painfully new compared to the long wash of human empires filled with vast stretches of feudalism and tyranny. Globalism is often touted as the next step in the cultural evolution of man, but it is really a giant leap backwards compared to Constitutionalism, representing yet another old centralist autocracy marketed in a modern way. A global feudal state is still a feudal state.
Second, the guidelines of the Constitution are built upon social necessities that have never and will never disappear. The right to speak openly one’s opinions or observations without fear of government reprisal is not a right that we will ever find ourselves too modern to appreciate. The right to bear arms and defend oneself will always be essential to a culture that wishes to prevent despotism in its various forms. The right to privacy from all people, including the government, will never be programmed out of the public entirely. Every man has an innate need to live without being examined and judged as though he were under constant suspicion. Every aspect of the Constitution is archetypal, and therefore, as much a part of us our own eyes and ears. These things do not lose their usefulness, no matter what era we live in.
Third, I have yet to see a political dynamic that is more sincere and honorable than the U.S. Constitution. I have yet to see a social concept presented as an alternative to the Constitution that does not have an ulterior motive attached. If someone, anyone, can present a new system that improves upon the Constitution while retaining the liberties described in the Constitution, I would love to see it. I hear a lot of criticism of the Constitution by globalists, but I have never seen any of them present a workable replacement that the public would respect, or willingly accept.
Argument 2 – Some rights must be given up for the greater good:
I’ll tell you a little secret; there is no “greater good”, unless you are talking about personal conscience. If your version of the “greater good” demands that you supplant your personal conscience, then it is not “greater”, and it is not “good”.
Safety is usually the catalyzing issue that leads to relinquished liberties, but safety itself is an illusion. No government can promise you true safety. Life is dangerous, and filled with the unexpected. Get over it and stop projecting your fears on the rest of us. If someone really feels that they are in immediate danger of a terrorist attack, then they should build a concrete bunker for themselves and stay in it, instead of trying to impose a collective bunker made out of unconstitutional laws and government surveillance around all of us.
Ultimately, what IS the greater good in this situation? Is it an unaccountable globalist nanny state and the dissolution of all individual and national sovereignty for the sake of a few people’s delusions of security? Maybe I’m just reckless, but I’m not buying it…
Argument 3 – National sovereignty must be removed if we are to achieve world peace:
World peace sounds very nice, I admit, but anyone who thinks removing Constitutional boundaries and bowing to globalism is the cure for war is smoking something laced with a serious amount of something. Almost every war of the past century alone has been funded, facilitated, or outright ignited by the same types of global elitists who now demand that we centralize world economic and political power into their hands to end war. This isn’t irony, it’s actually very well thought out Hegelian gaming; a sort of anti-Karma that rewards evil and punishes the respectable.
We have been led to believe that peace requires some kind of Faustian trade; freedom for harmony. But, legitimate freedom is a harbinger of peace, and nothing, not even the promise of harmony, is worth trading it away.
Argument 4 – The government could never undo Constitutional liberties because we would just vote them out:
This argument shows a serious lack of insight into how our government actually functions. As I have pointed out, most of the anti-Constitutional legislation described in this article was supported by both major parties. Therefore, it would be logical to then consider that voting out one party and replacing them with the other makes little difference as to the policies the government pursues. Unless you are voting for third party or liberty based candidates, your stop at the ballot box was a big waste of time. Sorry, that’s just reality. The people who write in Mickey Mouse have more sense than most of the voting public. The point? Elections change very little on a federal level.
The argument is also sometimes reversed by nihilists, who claim that the American public is to blame for government corruption because they voted for said politicians in the first place. Again, how the public votes has little bearing on most major elections because they have not been given a real choice. I get more excitement when deciding between Coke or Pepsi.
Argument 5 – The Founding Fathers couldn’t live up to their Constitutional ideals:
Yes, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and he also tried to implement a gradual emancipation for all slaves. It’s a contradiction. Jefferson, like all the Founding Fathers, was living in the midst of a revolutionary age filled with contradictions and conflict. The fact that they were able to sort through much of this and form a nation that at least aspired towards equal rights and independence is nothing short of a miracle. Washington made many mistakes, and so did Adams. In the context of the era in which they lived, they still did extraordinarily well, and this world is immensely better off because of their contributions.
This argument is perhaps the most dishonest of those I’ve heard, because it seeks to dismantle the very tangible and beneficial accomplishments of the revolutionary period by defaming men who cannot defend themselves because they are long since dead. It is successful when used to target people who know only historical events or dates but do not know more about the characters of the figures involved. That is not to say we should blindly idolize the Founding Fathers, on the contrary, we should endeavor to see them as real human beings with strengths, as well as flaws. Those flaws do not discredit what they built. What men are able to achieve in spite of their flaws is often far more meaningful and valuable than what they lose because of them.
Moral Ambiguity In Times Of Crisis
Liberty is most threatened in moments of great duress. Desperation breeds reckless abandon, and such an atmosphere is suffocating to wisdom. Each point of balance in the struggle for freedom requires considerable focus, and that focus can be twisted, flipped, and wrenched by the shock of disaster. The preservation of Constitutional rights depends greatly on our ability to maintain a sense of integrity and discipline as a culture, even when all the world seems to crumble around us.
Fear makes the insane seem reasonable. Financial collapse, war, civil unrest, all of these calamities can tempt us to silence our dissent, to do things we would not normally do, or to concede that which is precious to us. Even now, that kind of fear has led to many unfortunate compromises. The good news is, there is no freedom taken, that cannot be taken back.
The question is, how much are we willing to endure to see that our ideals survive? How hard are we willing to work? How much of our time, effort, and energy are we willing to expend? If the answer is not “all of it”, then we have failed already. What we have covered so far is the present situation, and by no means does it have to continue. When drawing a line in the sand, that line must first be drawn within. We must promise ourselves that it is here we will not bend, we will not lose balance, we will not be thrown. All liberty depends most on this.
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December 16th, 2010 by olddog
Obama quietly erasing borders
Dem administration advancing 'North American Union' agenda
Posted: December 15, 2010
10:20 pm Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Acting quietly, below the radar of U.S. public opinion and without congressional approval, the Obama administration is implementing a key policy objective of the Security andProsperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, to erase the borderwith Mexico and Canada.
The administration is acting under a State Department-declared policy initiative described in a March 23fact sheet titled "United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision."
"Mexico and the United States have a shared interest in creating a 21st century border that promotes the security and prosperity of both countries," the State Department declared. "The U.S. and Mexican governments have launched a range of initiatives that challenge the traditional view of 'hold the line' and are developing a framework for a new vision of 21st century border management."
At the same time, CTV News in Canada has obtained a draft copy of a declaration between the U.S. and Canada entitled "Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Competitiveness," to be implemented by a newly created Canadian-U.S. "Beyond the BorderWorking Group."
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The two documents strongly suggest the Obama administration is pursuing a stealth bureaucratic methodology to establish a common North American border around the continent, encompassing the U.S., Canada and Mexico, while simultaneously moving to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico as well as between the U.S. and Canada.
Under the Bush administration's SPP, the U.S., Mexico and Canada organized some 20 different "shadow government" bureaucratic working groups composed of agency heads and undersecretaries in the three nations. The groups span a wide range of policy areas, from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and immigration, trilateral travel, transportation, energy, environment, food and agriculture, health and financial services.
WND has reported since 2006 that a blueprint published in 2005 by the Council on Foreign Relations entitled "Building a North America Community" called for the establishment of a common security perimeter around North America by 2010 to facilitate the free movement of people, trade and capital between the three nations of North America.
In his 2001 book, "Toward a North American Community," American University professor Robert Pastor, a co-chair of the CFR blue ribbon committee that authored "Building a North American Community," called for the creation of a North American Commission, a North American Parliament, and a North American Court on Trade and Investment.
The language of the documents declaring "A New Border Vision" with Mexico and Canada could easily have been lifted directly from the CFR report or Pastor's book.
The 2005 CFR report "Building a North American Community" called on page xvii of the Foreword for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security perimeter, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter."
CTV News reported that the language of the draft agreement specified that "A New BorderVision" for the U.S. and Canada would involve "a perimeter approach to security, working together within, at, and away from the borders of our two countries in a way that supports economic competitiveness, job creation and prosperity, and in a partnership to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people and goods between our two countries."
Similarly, the U.S. State Department fact sheet calling for "A New Border Vision" with Mexico specified five areas of "joint border management, co-responsibility for cross-bordercrime, and shared commitment to the efficient flow of legal commerce and travel," namely: enhancing public safety, securing flows of people and goods, expediting legitimate commerce and travel, engaging border communities, and setting policy.
Under "setting policy," the State Department fact sheet with Mexico called for achieving rapid policy change through "an agile inter-agency process within each country as well as a means by which both governments can easily coordinate at a bi-national level."
This provides additional support for the conclusion that the bureaucratic "working groups" established under SPP in the Bush administration will continue to operate under Obama administration.
CTV News reported that the draft declaration of "A New Border Vision" with Canada similarly also specified a cross-border policy agenda, including:
- An integrated cargo security strategy;
- A joint approach to port and border security and screening;
- Cross-border sharing of information between law enforcement agencies;
- A closer working relationship between the two militaries in the event of emergencies;
- A new level of collaboration on preventing and recovering from counter attacks.
Affirming the continuance of the working group process, the draft declaration with Canada specifies the U.S. and Canada "intend to address threats at the earliest point possible, including outside the perimeter of our two countries."
The origin of the SPP can be traced to a trilateral summit meeting in Waco, Texas, March 23, 2005, between President George W. Bush, then-Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.
At the end of the Waco summit, the three leaders simply declared that the U.S., Mexico and Canada were now in the Security and Prosperity Partnership, without the signing of any international agreement between the three countries or the ratifying of any trilateral treaty by the U.S. Senate.
The SPP in the administration of President Bush appeared designed to replicate the steps taken in Europe over a 50-year period following the end of World War II to transform an economic agreement under the European Common Market into a full-fledged regional government, operating as the European Union, with its own currency, the euro, functioning as the sole legitimate currency in what has become known as "the eurozone."
The concern was that under the SPP, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, could evolve into a regional government, the North American Union, with a regional currency, the Amero, designed to replace the U.S. dollar, the Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar.
WND has reported analysts have believed the North American integration plan will proceed incrementally, largely below the radar, since the SPP was declared "dead" by one of its chief architects, American University Professor Robert A. Pastor, who for nearly 15 years has been a major proponent of building a "North American Community."
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'North American Parliament' under way
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Bush opens SPP summit
Makeover urged for 'North American Union' effort
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China mega-port catalyst for NAFTA Superhighway
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NAFTA Superhighway plans advance south
Superhighway a cash cow?
Name changed to hide 'Superhighway'?
Bush doesn't deny plans for N. American Union
The Nation cover story denies Superhighway
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North American Union threat gets attention of congressmen
Top U.S. official chaired N. American confab panel
N. American students trained for 'merger'
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Cornyn wants U.S. taxpayers to fund Mexican development
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Tancredo confronts 'superstate' effort
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December 16th, 2010 by olddog
Marxist America: Robbed, Raped, and Ruined
By David A. McElroy
Dec. 16, 2010
“Tis the season to be jolly,” the old carol recalls, but for many it is nearly impossible to be filled with Christmas cheer. Many Americans are feeling that they have been robbed, raped, and ruined. People fear the New Year 2011 will be even worse, judging by the entrails of America sacrificed upon the altars of Mammon, Molech, and Lucifer.
While many will be having Christmas dinner courtesy of the Salvation Army, Saint Vincent de Paul, or other charities, the banksters on Wall Street will be enjoying their usual multi-million dollar bonuses in palatial splendor. Despite fraudulent foreclosures leaving thousands homeless, financial institutions known to cook their books beyond any comprehension of actual values, bankruptcies and scandals everywhere in a collapsing economy where industries have vanished on a wholesale basis, the fat cats continue to party hearty amid the millions of unemployed and desperate peons they have robbed.
Vladimir Lenin said establishing a central bank issuing paper money is 90% of socialism. The Federal Reserve Bank, a private banking cartel (comprised largely of foreign banks beholding to the houses of Rothschild, Warburg, Windsor, and Rockefeller,) has devalued the dollar by over 95% since Congress chartered it on Christmas Eve in 1913. The 112th House’s Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Ron Paul, testifies to that often. Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, confessed “Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth,” in his 1996 essay, Gold and Economic Freedom, noting that “…one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.” As Lenin said, “The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its’ currency.”
Wall Street has many shrines honoring Mammon with greedy excesses, and Bernie Madoff is that religion’s Judas Goat sent away without being asked to testify in court lest he expose his brethren. He even declines to attend his son’s funeral, lest his throat be cut should he return to the city. America has been led down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of Wall Street is a world-class fraud. All hail Mammon… at your peril.
Airline travel now requires you to choose between dangerous radiation rendering your body virtually nude to prying eyes, or a TSA goon groping you intimately in a manner that would normally be grounds for sexual assault charges. So much for the right to be secure in our persons and papers, as “Gate-Rape” impunity in unreasonable search and seizure abuses demonstrates so publicly. Look for this practice to expand to boat docks, bus stations, roadblocks, public buildings, arenas, stadiums, and any other place they feel the need to humiliate and intimidate people with a show of force. After all, feds must make war on “terror”, keep us duly impressed of their vigilant might day and night.
Federal agencies afford us all the rights Colonel Sanders grants chickens. That includes stealing our nest eggs and punishing parents whose children are becoming too obese for military induction, or reducing our population as they see profitable. Look for Obama’s “rationed” healthcare to be imposed regardless of courts or public outrage. Watch out for vaccines! Remember America’s leading corporatists rallying at the shrine of the giant owl Molech at Bohemian Grove? They sacrifice children there, perhaps in effigy, according to Alex Jones of InfoWars.com , who took photos of the fiery pagan worship.
It is all too obvious the cocky pirates holed up in the District of Criminals are not even pretending to be honest, representative, or accountable to anyone outside the Billionaires’ Club on Wall Street. They, like fancy Nancy Pelosi, laughingly thumb their noses at us when we raise our concerns or issues of constitutional authority. Democrat, Republican, Marxist or Fascist, it is all Socialism, theft by color of law. With “Eminent Domain” they can now seize anybody’s property for any reason where the local, state, or federal government finds it profitable to do so. Even when it gives your property to corporate cronies. The corporate empire knows no bounds, no moral compass in wielding the guns.
Government is nothing but a monopoly on extortion, the zenith of organized crime. Walter Burien has done great research on the true extent of government’s corporate heist with evidence at Cafr1.com showing government to be the majority stockholder in many major corporations via pension funds, etc. The government hides many assets from public view to claim poverty in the ever-growing lust for profit and power pursuing our wealth.
The Environmental Protection Agency even proposes taxing us on rainfall! Vampires with governing powers, like Vlad the Impaler, don’t know when to quit. They will drain us of our life blood, part out our carcasses, and say it was our fault! A big ugly stake must be driven through the blood-sucker’s demonic heart. If not, bankruptcies, foreclosures, unemployment, hunger, homelessness, blight, anxieties, fears, crime and violent civil unrest are sure to multiply in a lethal pox upon the land of the formerly free, once known as the home of the brave. The vampires only know to put more pressure on our resisting necks. Predators have no regard for struggling prey. Awake from your trance, sheeple!
Tired of playing a rigged game where the rules are constantly changed by deceits with no choices for you but to pay and obey? How much dignity and sustenance must you and your family lose before you see survival itself threatened? We are suffering a Marxist Revolution under a Marxist White House. As Lenin said, “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.” Wake up and smell the coffee! We’ve been robbed, raped, and ruined! Historically the next step in a Marxist Revolution is outright extermination of “useless eaters”, political opponents, dissidents, and especially faithful Christians.
“Possession is nine tenths of the law,” it is often said. Ron Paul’s Daily Paul on 10/18/2009 reported 38.1% of American wealth is held by 1% of the people, and just under 60% of the wealth held by the top 5%. The bottom 89% of the people held only 29.1% of the nation’s wealth. The disparity is growing at a faster rate. Just wait until you see what taxes, goods, and services will cost under Obama’s helm in 2011. You may be forced to live in a tent down by the railroad tracks. Me too!
The elitist trillionaires and billionaires own the Earth and they want us off their planet. You can find many quotes from these people where they openly advocate wholesale genocide. In the age of computerized automation, they don’t need billions of workers to service their needs. Our needs are not important, and we are simply to be discarded. A lot of our “missing” persons are actually used, abused, even sacrificed for occult profits and pleasures. We are slaves, like the poor working class souls locked below decks while John Astor and his wealthy friends abandoned the sinking Titanic in the lifeboats. What are your chances?
The global elite, corporatists all, pay homage to Lucifer in his chapel at the United Nations building in New York. It is the Temple of Understanding maintained by the Lucis Trust set up by Luciferian Alice Bailey, a disciple of Helena Blavatsky. Even popes have visited this bastion of Freemasonry and stood before the black altar there. This is the only chapel in the UN headquarters, a dark reminder of the global leadership’s allegiance.
International Socialism was Lenin’s goal. He actually said “I don’t care what becomes of Russia. To hell with it. All this is only the road to a world revolution.” We have seen country after country fall to this insidious movement. Even Israel is socialist. We are now at the edge of the abyss. The hyped “War on Terror” is a war on us. Lenin declared “We need the real, nationwide terror which reinvigorates the country and through which the Great French Revolution achieved glory.” That was gory glory! Do you see that we, by stealth, are being driven to a violent end? Are police tasers enough “invigoration” for you?
Have you wondered why such discussions as this have been permitted on the internet? Do we have a peaceful intelligent means of regaining Truth, Justice, and Liberty for All in a nation under God? Where are we being led? It is time to remember the Prince of Peace, the Reason for the Season, and stand as a Christian soldier.The battle is joined! No king but Jesus! Live free or die trying, with Best Wishes for the New Year.
David A. McElroy
December 14th, 2010 by olddog
The Daily Bell
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – by Staff Report
The new hungry: College-educated, middle-class cope with food insecurity … vegetables and microwavable meals from her community food bank … Come Christmas dinner, Rolanda McCarty, a 36-year-old single mother, usually goes all out. Her table last year featured a rosemary-and-oil rubbed turkey and a sweet ham. She prepared fresh collard greens according to her grandmother's recipe. The dessert — a rich butter pound cake – was made from scratch. But after being laid off from her technical recruiting job in January because of the struggling economy, there will be no fancy holiday feast, no family members pouring into her downsized one-bedroom apartment. She will rely on what she has: canned vegetables and microwavable meals from her community food bank. – New York Times
Dominant Social Theme: There is not enough of anything to go around. Be careful.
Free-Market Analysis: We continue to track scarcity memes. Our position has evolved along with the failure of global warming. For over a year we have maintained that its failure would make it much harder to promote food and water scarcity themes that the power elite had evidently and obviously planned to hype. The article excerpted above in the New York Times (a primary elite mouthpiece) also makes the point that "food insecurity" (more dreadful buzz words) is now afflicting the "college educated." This is a new phenomenon the Times points out, as if this makes the possibility of starvation even more dreadful – that one can do it with a doctorate.
We are not surprised at the growing ubiquity of such stories. These fear-based memes go back decades, but they have recently been ramped up in our estimation. These scarcity memes, in fact, are a bald war on the middle class, designed to make them more malleable. (That does not mean, by the way, that there are no food shortages; only that these shortages in our view may be manipulated, at least in part, as well …)
As the Swiss elves were composing this article, a feedbacker sent us a link pointing out a new water-promotion. The water-scarcity meme is one you would think the elite would abandon, given the difficulty in establishing global warming. In fact, not only are there more water-scarcity predictions these days, they partake of "climate change" as if it were unquestioned.
This only confirms our perception that these promotions are planned well in advance, and that they are quite broadly based and somewhat uncontrollable once they get going. This is why the elite cannot turn around the global warming meme. They can change the name of the promotion to something like "climate disruption" but the actual mechanics of the promotion are so deeply embedded in the larger society – think tanks, academia and media – that removing it (or starting over with something else) is well-nigh impossible. Here is an excerpt from the water scarcity article-link that we were sent:
US southwest could see 60-year drought: Study … A worst-case scenario devised by US researchers shows that the American southwest could experience a 60-year stretch of heat and drought unseen since the 12th century. Researchers at the University of Arizona examined studies of temperature changes and droughts in the region over the past 1,200 years and used them to project future climate models in the hope that water resource managers could use the information to plan ahead. An examination of the past, through human-kept records but also via rings in the cores of trees that can show periods of wetness or drought, showed that dry spells of earlier centuries were much worse than any we have seen in modern times. – Agence France-Press
You can see, dear reader, how heat and drought are prominently mentioned in this "study." But this sort of article is only one of many. And there are plenty of reports about food shortages as well. We predicted reports about "food insecurity" would not diminish just because of global warming's diminished credibility. Like the walking dead, these promotions lurch forwards.
Here's an except from an article we wrote a while back called "Failure of the Famine Meme" … "There are plenty of people who don't and never will believe in organized fear-based promotions orchestrated by a shadowy, familial power elite. But … one can actually trace not only the rise of these fear-based promotions, but also the difficulties that the power elite is having in maintaining current promotions and building on them with promotions that are expanding or in-the-works. It is the putative failure of the global warming meme – the pivot point of many power elite promotions – that in our view is bollixing up a number of other promotions as well."
It is actually enough to give one whiplash, and in a sense we believe it is supposed to. The World War II generation – Depression babies – have spent their whole lives anticipating disaster and trying to secure themselves from it. The US Baby Boomers, however, knew nothing but plenty. Central banking economies – as we have written before – produce a kind of Dreamtime that can go on for generations and in this case the post-war Dreamtime lasted until the middle of the first decade of the 2000s. Of course, Baby Boomers were never informed of their plight. Instead faux-economists like John Kenneth Galbraith deplored the apparent prosperity. Here is an abridged excerpt from Galbraith's 1960's bestseller, the Affluent Society:
Labour, Leisure and the New Class
As productivity increases, the marginal utility of production decreases and, so long as leisure returns a positive marginal utility and work a negative or lesser marginal utility, there will be a tendency for society to work less. This can manifest in one or more of three distinct ways:
Everybody may work fewer hours,
Everybody may work less intensely, or
Fewer people may work.
This process has long been underway. Society's past productivity gains have mostly been manifested in forms (1) and, to a lesser extent, (2). In 1850 the average American worker worked a 70-hour week, a hundred years later it was only 40 hours … Work has to some extent become less intense and unpleasant, although again there has been a strong resistance to the making of work more pleasant as a tangible goal — rather, these improvements have been made indirectly by health and safety conditions, through automation of particularly unpleasant tasks, and so on …
The rise of what could be called the New Class, of workers who engage in enjoyable and fulfilling work, is one of the most significant trends of the affluent society. It thinks and acts like a class, indoctrinating its young from the earliest age of the paramount importance of finding an occupation which will be satisfying — which "will involve not toil but enjoyment." The children of members of the class usually remain within the class one way or another, and when they do not it is regarded as a tragedy.
The New Class is not exclusive and entrance is perfectly feasible. The primary criterion is education. The movement of an ever greater proportion of society into the New Class is a very beneficial effect of economic development, and the further continuation and acceleration of this trend would make a laudable societal goal. The main means by which this might be achieved would, of course, be a heavily increased investment in education. Membership of the New Class affords the opportunity to spend one's working life in relative comfort, engaged in tasks that one finds interesting and challenging. It is reasonable to suppose that everybody would like such an opportunity … Whatever the next challenge is, we can be confident that the most effective way to prepare for it is to continue to invest munificently in education at all levels.
Galbraith's maleficent musings are already being forgotten, but the above excerpt provides a flavor. Contrast him to the patient and modest Ludwig von Mises; Von Mises spent his life warning about the great evil of central banking. It is why von Mises is read today. Galbraith's writings meanwhile crumble into dust. With great eloquence and even greater wit, Galbraith spewed his bile for decades, almost always purchased rabidly by the middle class he despised. His most heinous act lay in the duplicity of promoting 20th century central-banking Dreamtime as if it were real: As if the "prosperity" he so decried were anything other than a monetary manipulation of his colleagues and peers.
It was all a promotion; one designed to come tumbling down in the end. Like court jesters, the Galbraiths of the world were trotted out in the 20th century to voice eloquent disapprovals of central banking hyper-capitalism without ever mentioning the mechanism. The 20th century economy, it was said, was so prosperous because so many were educated and because so many had excess cash. Where the cash was coming from was never explained. No, the ability of central banks to print money from nothing was never mentioned, not in a million articles by a thousand major money magazines over a century. Discussions of the "motor" of 20th century prosperity was out of bounds.
It was a set up, and a vicious one. Those young people who lived in the 20th century were made to feel terribly guilty about their "affluence." So many, badly educated on purpose, fell victims to "isms" – socialism, communism and above all environmentalism. It turns out, in fact, that environmentalism was to be the key to unlocking global governance. The phony promotion of global warming snapped shut like a trap, producing the verdict that carbon-dioxide would have to be controlled and that "market mechanisms" would do the trick. The idea was to build, basically, a carbon currency that would fund a kind of total state control of the individual's consumption of energy and therefore his or her every action.
But for the Internet it probably would have worked. Yes, in our view, the Internet was a terrible mistake. Like the Gutenberg press before it, it simply wasn't planned. And now its truth-telling has exposed so much about these serial, elite promotions and their end-goal: evidently and obviously some sort of New World Order. Tattered and bleeding, these elite promotions lurch like the living dead toward global governance.
Conclusion: In fact, we think the scarcity promotions like the ones mentioned above are damaged – perhaps beyond repair. More and more people (including Baby Boomers) begin to understand their fears and the real reasons for them. Of course, Galbraith is dead, so we will never know in what way he would have responded to what has taken place, or the end of his "affluent society." Somehow, we are sure, he would have found a way to blame average people. His departure has spared us more honeyed poison.
December 12th, 2010 by olddog
Let’s get serious and Organized
By James P. Harvey
Everyday I learn more, and everyday the depression deepens. This has been going on for seven years, so consider this article a plea for help.
To obtain my condition, all one has to do is research the many ways that society has been manipulated into accepting their loss of freedom, and not just in America, but world wide.
The one thing that has affected me the most is witnessing the huge numbers of American’s who still support our Government, and refuse to even consider learning what has been going on for so many years.
At times, I wonder if they have subconsciously picked up on all of this tyranny and approve of it, and at other times I have to wonder if they just don’t give a damn, because they have no interest in anything but being entertained.
Regardless, the fact is that the internet patriot community is a very small minority in America, and we are getting closer every day to losing it as a means of communication.
I am convinced that censorship and or arrest are in our near future. Even that statement will convince many people that I am some kind of nut case, and they won’t believe a word I write or say.
Since I am really addressing my peers in this article, nothing else needs be said on the above, but there is a hell of a lot of organizing that needs to be done among us if you agree with what I have just implied above.
Assuming you are as aware as I that we are done for when the net goes down, and the only thing left will be death by cop, or surrender, I hope it is dawning on you that we need to concentrate our educating efforts on all forms of law enforcement. From the secret police, State, local, federal, and all forms of military, we need to consolidate the efforts of our very best writers to convince the enforcers that
WE ARE WHAT THEY ARE SWORN TO PROTECT.
It is our efforts and our cause that will save America as a free society, by returning to a republic of fifty independent sovereign States, and all law enforcement owes their loyalty to that cause over their loyalty to any and all things, be they foreign or domestic.
For a local swat teem to invade our homes, kill us because we resist such tyranny, then confiscate our personal possessions, while we have been working our selves to death to save this country, is a travesty I cannot elucidate, and I am convinced that will happen very soon.
The personal address of every person in all forms of law enforcement needs to be obtained and letters explaining the situation sent to them. The efforts of Oath Keepers needs to be our total concentration before the shit hits the fan, because our so called voting citizens are not going to help cleanup the mess that’s left behind.
To all of you that have family in law enforcement, it is your duty to convince them to explore this subject, and together you should read Oath Keepers and discuss just where their loyalty is.
IS IT TO THEIR PAY-CHECK, IS IT TO THE PROPAGANDA IN THEIR EDUCATION, OR IS IT TO THE PRINCIPALS OF FREEDOM?
Folks I’m uneducated, but not stupid, so I’m more than aware that this is not a cure-all, and the Constitution needs much work done on it by the giants among us who are loyal to the principals of freedom, and equally astute in the ways of the world, but if our military, and law enforcement turn on us, who will run up the flag tomorrow? Who will carry on the battle for a free society, who will remember those of us who died trying to save their sorry ass?
It is no coincidence that this is all coming down on an over the hill generation, a give a shit younger generation, and millions of immigrants’ with no sense of loyalty to the principals of freedom so many have died for. The bankers have demonstrated their patience very well.
One more thing that gripes my old butt is the massive hero worship most American’s are infected with, while the powers that be have been sending them to their death for hundreds of years. When is this Nation going to wake up to the fact that,
“WAR IS A GOD-DAMNED RACKET”?
And the dead heros were deluded!
I beg your understanding and communication at firstname.lastname@example.org
James P. Harvey (aka OldDog)
A NATION BEGUILED.COM
December 11th, 2010 by olddog
Law & Our Democracy – Minus Unity
by Dr. Tibor Machan
Dr. Tibor Machan
One clear thing about the WikiLeaks affair is that outfits like The New York Times are showing their hypocrisy by failing to vigorously defend WikiLeaks' Julian Assange's actions. Wasn't it The Times that published Daniel Ellsberg's stolen Pentagon Papers and insisted that this was a valid exercise of its First Amendment Rights and that Ellsberg was a hero? And sure, there is a distinction between taking the papers and publishing them but it seems to me rather cowardly to hide behind that.
But the more serious and general issue is whether laws enacted in a kind of corrupted democracy such as the United States of America are actually morally binding on the citizenry. A good clue comes from the U.S. Supreme Court: "The very purpose of the Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the Courts. One's right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections." [U. S. Supreme Court in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)]
Sadly, this purpose has since been completely abandoned by that same court, most recently when it basically abolished the Fifth Amendment's protection of the right to private property in the July 2005 ruling in City of New London, CT v. Kelo. Once democracy has become so bloated in its reach that no principles are safe from the mob, why exactly should citizens follow so called laws made democratically? They aren't really laws by then but merely rules laid down by those who have nearly unlimited power.
When as a 14 year old I lived in Budapest under the rule of the "democratic republic" of Hungary – which was but a ruse disguising sheer Soviet style power – my family repeatedly violated "the law," which is to say we defied the rules the communist – in fact, fascist – regime tried to impose on us all. We hid fugitives from Hungarian prisons and helped them escape to the West. We smuggled merchandise into Hungary with the help of athletes who were permitted to travel abroad (so as to show off how great communist athletes are). And most importantly I myself joined a group of adults who chose to violate the "law" that made it criminal to leave the country for nearly anyone not part of or favored by the ruling elite.
We made it across the border, after an arduous trip from the capitol to the Western border where border guards had been paid off by American agents so they wouldn't stand too firmly in the way of those trying to escape. All of this was "illegal." And no one in our group had the slightest compunction about our "illegal" conduct but felt enormous relief and even pride upon completing our journey. So, yes, we violated so called laws which weren't anything more than the rules of a tyrannical regime. And throughout human history and around the globe back then and even now, thousands are routinely engaged in this kind of illegal conduct. And they darned well have every basic right to do so and those championing obedience of the law in these kinds of cases are full of it.
But, you say, America is a democracy and its laws are indeed binding on all of its citizens. No, that is wrong, since this democracy is now way out of control; it has repeatedly overstepped the limitations of a valid constitution. America is now a vastly illiberal democracy, one in which the majority and those allegedly representing it are perpetrating innumerable tyrannical measures, imposing rules that have no business being part of a free country. Just consider the policies vis-a-vis the consumption of "illicit" drugs!
How dare these people impose their idea of "illicit" on anyone else? Who are they, anyway? And what about the innumerable petty tyrannies of government regulations – issuing completely unjustly from federal, state, county, to municipal rulers? All these are forms of prior restraint, imposing penalties, at times jail sentences, on people who have no committed any violations of any rights but merely are deemed by bureaucrats and their bosses, politicians, capable of doing so! How is that for justice – penalizing people because they might become criminals? That policy would have us all in prison.
No, I am not impressed at all by the claim that people are violating "the law" when that law happens to be grossly unjust, enacted in violation of the basic law of the land. Obedience, compliance, is only warranted because it will serve to avoid prosecution and incarceration.
No one is obliged to be suicidal in his or her comportment toward a government that is either out and out totalitarian or only a democratic, mostly petty, tyranny. With governments like that citizens are only obliged to be prudent and crafty, except when it comes to valid provisions of the criminal law.
by George Massey: Accurately described and well stated!
By James Harvey: Superb Introduction to the idiocy of Democracy without a United Commitment to Freedom from Tyranny!
In all of human history there is no more putrid ideology than for a Nation’s people to support a tyrannical government. Every human being has a moral duty to resist tyrannical governance, and those cowardly immoral scumbags that don’t, do not have the right to demand protection from those that do.
When this unfortunate condition exist in a Nation there is only one possible solution and that is for each ideology to separate from each other, simply because it fuels hatred to force them to share the same ideology. Make no mistake about it, socialist, communist, fascist, communitarians are my mortal enemies and there will never be any unity between us. I will fight them until my last breath, and never share my productivity with them. To me, they are the lowest form of humanity.
There is ample evidence that they feel the same way about me, so why should we share the same real estate, and government?
This condition is insane, and will eventually result in the death of millions of people who share this continent, as more and more people reach their limit of endurance. We have nothing to look forward to in America than devastating agony of unprecedented proportions.
Is this what sane people do, when the solution is so obvious? Do you want to see your loved ones murdered, and lose all that you have worked your whole life for? To live in fear for your life every day is not what sane people do when there is such an easy solution.
They may go their own way with my blessing, as long as I can go mine.
If their ideology works, LET THEM PROVE IT! BUT DON’T EXPECT ME TO HELP!
Thank you Dr. Machan for your excellent article, but I fear obedient compliance is fast becoming an un-acceptable option.
James P. Harvey
December 10th, 2010 by olddog
Carbon Marts Launch Around the World
Thursday, December 09, 2010 – by Staff Report
World Bank chief to launch carbon market fund … World Bank President Robert Zoellick is set to launch a new multi-million dollar fund in Mexico on Wednesday to help emerging market countries set up their own carbon markets, the bank said on Tuesday. While the list of participating countries is still being finalized, they are expected to include China, Mexico, Chile and Indonesia. Zoellick will launch the fund in Cancun on Wednesday where countries are involved in global climate negotiations to toughen existing pledges to cut carbon emissions. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: We, the deciders, need to help countries combat global warming as much as possible.
Free-Market Analysis: Colonialism is alive and well. The World Bank is to encourage carbon trading in developing countries. Too bad. This will make it even harder for developing nations to grow up; and the ramifications are simple. It means more sickness, more starvation, more deprivation. The Anglo-American power elite has learned through harsh experience that slavery does not pay in the modern era – or not open slavery anyway. Thus carbon trading (to alleviate non-existent global warming) is used to cement yet more intergenerational servitude. Africa is not to escape Western-induced poverty any time soon.
What do we have against carbon markets? The same thing you should have, dear reader. They are nothing more than an elaborate plot to increase the Anglosphere's ability to suck funds from the world's staggering middle class and poor while increasing control over energy usage.
Carbon markets in fact are designed to distribute the ability of industry to pollute – and thus benefit large "polluters" at the expense of the small. To begin with, carbon (pollution) credits are issued to industrial players. Since the credits are worth what the market prices them at, industry has an incentive to try to pollute as little as possible because then a given company can go on the market and sell the remaining carbon credits for a profit. Alternatively, a company that is polluting too much must go into the market and buy credits. This is a kind of private-market fine.
But what if the "pollution" is an entirely made-up phenomenon? This is, unfortunately, the case with "carbon" – carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is among the most necessary gases on the planet. The theory behind carbon pollution is that carbon dioxide "traps" greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus causes global warming. But in fact water vapor is responsible for most of the trapping effect and carbon dioxide for perhaps three-to-five percent. Proponents of global warming will explain that it is this three-to-five percent that is critical. But as we have already learned, global warmists will say almost anything.
The rhetorical nomenclature has been ever changing. We are now to use the phrase "climate change" or perhaps "climate catastrophe" – one cannot keep up. But the main issue is that global warming is a phony, fear-based promotion based on manipulation of data. The weather stations from where the data was gathered were often chosen or even placed in the warmest possible places. The data itself was "cooked" so as to show a predetermined conclusion. Can you possibly envision governments or NGOs cooking their books dear reader?
UN white papers consisted of outright lies, including the prediction that the Himalayas were melting away. This "cite" was later proven spurious, taken erroneously from an article and misinterpreted. The North Pole is not melting away either and the South Pole is apparently becoming more frozen. There is a good deal of speculation now that the world is entering another mini-ice age. Of course what finally unraveled the scam was the release of emails showing that a small group of scientists had actively manipulated data over a period of years. The scientists had suppressed data and articles that were contrary to the "theory" of global warming while ensuring that articles that supposedly established global warming were prominently published in scientific journals they either controlled or created.
Global warming has been thoroughly discredited. Its theoretical underpinnings have proven untrue. It's nothing but a fundamental promotion of the Anglosphere – which uses such fear-based promotions in its attempts to frighten people (especially in the West) into giving up wealth and authority to elite, global institutions like the UN and WHO.
There are in fact a number of promotional threads that the Western power elite is trying to weave together in the greenhouse promotion. There are electric cars, carbon markets, a larger environmental promotion (including green politics) and of course "smart grid." The end result would seem to be an environment where everything (including travel) is somehow controlled and metered. This fits into the Anglosphere's larger goal of one-world governance. The World Bank, as a prime facility of the Anglosphere, has now been tapped to move the promotion forward – as it has been stymied elsewhere.
One can see the muzzy outlines of an Orwellian future in this sort of design. One's entire life could be easily tracked. Each different utility presumably could be logged – from the coffee-percolator in the morning to the use of an oven in the evening. We can easily see how carbon trading fits into this scheme. Eventually, carbon trading would trickle down from the large marts; what was industrial would become personal. People no doubt would end up with their own carbon credits, ones they would have to buy or sell depending on whether they had exceeded their carbon usage within a given time frame. This would not be all of course. Eventually, civil and criminal penalties would be brought to bear on carbon "abusers." Those responsible for too much carbon dioxide could go to jail.
It is perfectly possible within this context, by the way, for one's own breathing to play a role in carbon-dioxide production. If it could be established, for instance, that a heavy person produced more carbon-dioxide than a lighter one, weight limits could be introduced whereby people over a certain poundage would be fined or have to pay some sort extra tax as a kind of penalty. Athletic events, where people breathed more heavily due to exertion, might have to pay some sort of surcharge. Construction firms, employing people out-of-doors in strenuous employment capacities might have to pay a surcharge as well.
At every opportunity, Western societies have decried slavery in modern times and postured against it. The irony is of course that many in the West are now paying far more to the government than the annual 30 percent a serf tithed in the Middle Ages. Slavery is alive and well in our view. And the whole issue of carbon trading and carbon-dioxide-as-a-pollutant would seem to be slavery-by-another-name. What is being prepared for Western societies is a special kind of hell.
How does all this carbon-trading nonsense affect developing countries? Leaving aside any personal carbon limits to be put in place at some point, carbon trading must eventually add entrepreneurial costs. A large company can afford an overage but a small company likely cannot. Carbon trading in Africa will hurt small businesses, create more corruption and give advantages to the largest players, businesses that inevitably have Western interests. The World Bank has no business helping fund carbon marts in the developing world. Questions come to mind: Who gave it that authority? Where is the science that the World Bank must cite before it begins to encourage impoverished countries to tax citizens' breathing?
Of course the rule of law, whatever that can be construed to be in Western society these days, means nothing to those at the World Bank or its elite managers. Impoverished countries are easier to influence than wealthier ones, so the scam of global warming is to be re-initiated there. Africa we believe is the essential target. The Anglosphere wants to blow up Africa just they way it has blown up South America, Europe and (sooner or later) China. There are already plans on the books for an African Central bank and an active "African Union" to mimic the horror show now taking place in Europe. You can see our previous articles here:
Kenya – New World Building Block
Elite Eye on Africa
African Union Plans Spaceflight
Conclusion: The elite is currently failing in their attempts to build an over-arching greenhouse gas economy in the West; and the UN meetings now taking place in Cancun, Mexico will bring modest or little relief – no matter how they are "spun." The strategy is shifting from grand UN treaties to building carbon economies from the ground up in individual countries. Certainly, the developing world is a tempting target in this regard, especially with the recent closure of the only carbon-trading exchange in the US. The powers-that-be obviously hope the helpless South will prove more easily manipulated. By building trading environments in impoverished countries, the elite can encourage economic involvement to a point where special interests may take over. The poor suffer first, as always.
December 8th, 2010 by olddog
Check out the other videos on this page, and the article below.
SOUTHPAW'S TWO CENTS
Whatever conclusions about Julian Assange and Wikileaks come out of the final rinse: hero, villain or patsy (I'm heavily leaning towards the last one), one thing is for certain, Assange's general observation that changing the way things are done in America can no longer be done politically because all the power systems are fused to the monied interests is absolutely spot on. This observation now goes far beyond the problem of the false left vs. right political paradigm we have all been brainwashed into accepting. Representative government, in whatever modest forms it has taken during the history of our republic, has now been dismantled by the process of "deep capture", whereby the very regulatory, legislative, executive, and judicial bodies entrusted with protecting the interests of the public and their basic civil liberties have been taken over lock, stock, and barrel by the predators who these bodies were supposed to protect us from. The classic "fox guarding the henhouse" dilemma. Vigorously petitioning these bodies to change their ways only moves them to spout mendacious rhetoric and perform meaningless gestures of concern so they can keep the scam going.
My first reaction when I learned that Wal-Mart agreed to put DHS monitors in 588 of its stores, with recordings of Janet Napolitano asking Americans to begin spying on each other, was one of astonishment and a deep desire to see funding for DHS drastically cut by a newly galvanized congress up to its eyeballs in complaints from travelers sick and tired of being molested by the TSA gestapo goons. Others reacted by flooding Wal-Mart and DHS with angry complaints. It's nice to see Americans actually getting incensed and fighting back, but my desire for a gutting of DHS and the floods of complaints are not likely to gain much traction because the system no longer cares what we think, it only cares that we obey.
Well, I say fight fire with fire. With the Federal Reserve controlling the printing presses for its global masters, the U.S. has become a corporatist bankster's paradise and politics is purely theater for the masses. That means, my fellow patriots, that the only way to change the way things are done is that we must change the way we look at money and how we spend our money. I would venture that if Wal-Mart experiences something on the order of a 10% drop in sales as a result of a boycott, then the monitor program will be quickly abandoned. Fascists never like to lose their profits because, sadly, money is the most powerful organizing principle in this country and profit is power.
Folks, there's no doubt about it, a Wal-Mart boycott is the most effective tool we can wield right now.
The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Saving $2 or $20 (though, not when the tax subsidies are figured in!) is not worth the loss of our liberty, our integrity, or the prospect of a free and open society for generations to come. It's time to preserve and restore our humanity! Come on, let's forget the trapping of "learned helplessness" and start breaking the chains of slavery with a show of solidarity against Big Sis Napolitano and her ilk. If you shop at Wal-Mart, even just occasionally, then stop until they come to their senses.
Just my two cents,
December 5th, 2010 by olddog
S 510 and Codex Alimentarius Tracking Tracing and
Monitoring Independent Food Production
December 5, 2010 by ppjg
Live Link: Activist Post
“If Grandma wants to sell her famous raspberry jam at the county fair (within 275 miles of her canning kitchen) she will indeed be a small producer exemptions, but not before she forks over 3 years of financials, documentation of hazard control plans, and local licenses, permits, and inspection reports. She must submit this documentation to the satisfactory approval of the Secretary; and if she fails to do so, the entirety of S.510 can be enforced on her. That’s hardly what I call an exemption.”
AP: Being honest, I must confess some slight personal agitation at the thought of writing another article on yet another “food safety” bill making its way through congress with the words “tyranny” and “Codex” written all over it. It seems that every legislative session, we are faced with the prospect of the same food bill cloaked in a different name. Invariably, this bill seeks to corral all food production into the hands of a few major corporations and essentially destroy the ability of the population to feed themselves. Here in late 2010, we have the new version of food imperialism known as S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act.
While it is true that S.510 contains new and improved tyrannical sections that are unique specifically to it, the truth is that it is merely a repackaging of past bills (See here and here ) and attempts to control people through food. It is also yet another attempt to implement Codex Alimentarius guidelines under the guise of domestic legislation.
One example of hidden Codex guidelines in the Food Safety Modernization Act are the overly broad provisions regarding “traceability.” The desire for enhanced traceability of food products is sold to the public as a desire to better respond to food-borne illnesses and follow them back to their source. However, as with almost anything that comes out of the mouth of government, there is a more sinister role that traceability programs have to play.
Essentially, traceability has little to do with food safety in this context. While no one could argue being able to trace food contamination back to the source is a bad thing, the fact is that these mechanisms already exist. Unfortunately, they are generally ignored and unused when it comes to adverse health effects related to food produced by multinational food corporations. While there is always an exception to the rule, it is a fact that international corporations are by far the source of food adulteration more often than small independent farms.
The real reason behind traceability programs lies in the desire to monitor where food is coming from to ensure that, in the future, it only comes from large agribusiness. Hence, the new traceability procedures involve massive financial, management, and bureaucratic burdens placed on the shoulders of mainly small “food producers.”
It should be pointed out that, while it is true that major corporations will also be burdened with these regulations (unless the Secretary exempts them), it is also true that a company that makes billions in profits can afford to deal with them. Your neighborhood farm down the road simply can’t.
For all the claims that small independent producers will be exempted, the fact is that the “exemption” is merely semantics. Small independent producers will be held to essentially the same guidelines as Big Agro. This is because, in order to be exempted from the regulations as S.510, they have to submit to similar regulations as the S.510 regulations themselves dictate. As Eric Blair points out in his article Why the Tester Amendment Does NOT Help Small Food Producers Under S.510:
Those [S.510 Tester Amendment Exemption Requirements] bear a striking resemblance to the ‘expensive’ food safety plans outlined in subsection (h) of S.510 that small producers are supposedly exempt from. In other words, they must submit similarly comprehensive plans just to qualify to be exempt from creating them. But it gets worse.
If Grandma wants to sell her famous raspberry jam at the county fair (within 275 miles of her canning kitchen) she will indeed be a small producer exemptions, but not before she forks over 3 years of financials, documentation of hazard control plans, and local licenses, permits, and inspection reports. She must submit this documentation to the satisfactory approval of the Secretary; and if she fails to do so, the entirety of S.510 can be enforced on her. That’s hardly what I call an exemption.
He goes on to point out that the bill does not explicitly make it illegal to sell food independently produced, but it does make it so cumbersome that small producers will be unable to maintain compliance with the law.
While one could successfully argue that by forcing independent producers to file information and obtain permits and licenses is in fact making the production of food illegal, there is no doubt that small producers will be forced out of business by the overbearing regulation.
Nevertheless, cumbersome traceability provisions have surfaced before in other areas. In reading the traceability-related sections of S.510, there is a striking similarity between the language of the bill and that of Codex Alimentarius in its own proposed guidelines.
The HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), a “food safety” methodology used by Codex Alimentarius (and addressed in S.510), plays an important role in the tracking, tracing, and monitoring of food production. Under this system, food business operators (defined so broadly so as to include both big agribusiness and recreational gardeners) are required to “identify any steps in their operations which are critical to the safety of the food; implement effective control procedures at those steps; monitor control procedures to ensure their continuing effectiveness; review control procedures periodically and whenever the operations change.”
Likewise, in the document entitled, “Recommended International Code of Practice General Principles of Food Hygeine,” Codex states that “Where necessary, appropriate records of processing, production and distribution should be kept and retained for a period that exceeds the shelf-life of the product. Documentation can enhance the credibility and effectiveness of the food safety control mechanism.” Although the language of the bill and the Codex document are not identical in every section, they are similar. Unfortunately, this is all that is needed to initiate the implementation of Codex Alimentarius guidelines in the United States.
However, there is yet another danger posed by S.510 in regards to Codex Alimentarius. The fact that this bill provides the FDA, HHS, and even DHS with even more authority over food production, transportation, and consumption should be alarming enough. But because these agencies often respond to policy as much as they do law, the chances of Codex Alimentarius guidelines being implemented domestically rises sharply. This is due to the fact that no congressional approval would be needed to implement them. Simply an executive order or change in policy from the executive branch or even the FDA, HHS, or DHS acting independently would be enough to enact Codex guidelines in the United States.
Because Codex Alimentarius guidelines are enforced by the WTO, any dispute brought before the WTO and its dispute settlement board could essentially force the United States to buckle under and implement Codex guidelines. With the passage of S.510, the need to gain congressional approval for such a change would be effectively erased.
Yet while Codex guidelines can be enforced through the WTO in one fell swoop, it is much more likely that they will be implemented by stealth. Introduced gradually and under the cover of domestic legislation, the chance of organized public resistance is greatly reduced. Without a doubt, the majority of Americans have no idea what Codex Alimentarius actually is. In fact, it is an unfortunate reality that the majority of the American public have no idea what S.510 is. Even to the relatively informed individual, the legislation is merely just another government power grab. Little do they know that is a major step forward on the path to a global dictatorship which uses food as a weapon and a means of control.
Those who ridicule activists and opponents of S.510 as paranoid conspiracy theorists march unwittingly down a road which leads directly to just such a global tyranny where food will be most definitely taken – but not for granted.
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University where he earned the Pee Dee Electric Scholar’s Award as an undergraduate. He has had numerous articles published dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, and civil liberties. He also the author of Codex Alimentarius – The End of Health Freedom
December 4th, 2010 by olddog
Wanta Reagan Mitterrand Protocols
Plus the Bogus Unemployment Report
by Tom Heneghan
International Intelligence Expert
Saturday December 4, 2010
UNITED STATES of America – It can now be reported that Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank and 7th out of the 8th major European Finance Ministers, along with the financial representatives of the People's Republic of China, are demanding final implementation of the Wanta-Reagan-Mitterrand Protocols.
This demand has been directly communicated to U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Protocols would return $27.5 TRILLION to the U.S. Treasury, balance the U.S. federal deficit, and the EURO sector banking crisis and the currency and balances and put America back to work with high speed AmeriRail project.
U.S. Dollar Refunding Projecthttp://www.stewwebb.com/George_Osborne_MP_07082010.pdf
The implementation of the Protocols would preempt the out-of-control U.S. Federal Reserve and their worldwide banking consortium aka financial terrorists who continue to promote a financial suicide program of buying bonds aka mortgage-backed securities [toxic worthless assets] and rolling them over and marking them up for the purposes of a dysfunctional worldwide banking system.
Note: Again, folks, these toxic assets aka derivatives are worthless and have been worthless and continue to be worthless.
Reference: U.S. banking real estate appraisers are issuing false appraisals of property and real estate marking them up as 70% to 100% in value when, in truth, they are worth 50% less in value.
This bogus bookkeeping is done to accommodate the derivative hocus pocus being run by the U.S. Federal Reserve and its enablers.
At this hour we can report that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, have ordered the suspension of any new bond purchases by the European Central Bank.
Merkel accused U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner of operating a Ponzi Scheme using these alleged bond purchases to actually roll over the currency and commodity derivatives of Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and the Saudi-owned Citibank.
Note: Crude oil prices recently hit $90 a barrel, this in the middle of a U.S. depression, along with the Chinese raising the reserve requirements on their own banks.
Merkel directly accused Geithner of trying to manufacture inflation when there is none!
What we need, folks, is sound monetary policy. If people can not afford to buy gasoline at $2.80 a gallon, how are they going to buy it at $4.00 a gallon?
Maybe the American People should ask the Federal Reserve for a 'bail out'. (ha)
French President Sarkozy also accused Geithner and his derivative-riddled American banking consortium of also manipulating to the upside the price of precious metals all to benefit the gold holdings of the Emir of Kuwait and the Royal Family of Dubai, which are all tied to none other than the cross-collateralized derivative holdings of J.P. Morgan Chase aka Bernard Madoff Inc.
P.S. We can now divulge that last Friday's unemployment report was rigged by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner showing U.S. unemployment increasing to 9.8%.
Sources close to the Obama Administration tell us the actuary tables were totally manipulated by Geithner.
A bogus 9.8% unemployment report was issued to accommodate and give credibility to the Federal Reserve's QE2 program aka derivative Ponzi scheme.
Note: The Fed has claimed that printing money will help put America back to work. This, of course, is bullshit.
All this QE2 Ponzi Scheme is doing is creating an inflationary asset bubble in commodity prices and allowing the criminal U.S. banking interests to proceed making lucrative commissions utilizing bogus spreads in the crooked forex currency exchange.
We can now also divulge that Bloomberg News and their reporter Sara Eisen actually released the real unemployment report on Thursday morning and then engaged in a 48 hours blitzkreig promoting a positive unemployment that they alleged was forthcoming.
As we have reported in the past, folks, Bloomberg News does the bidding of the Federal Reserve and its banking consortium of FINANCIAL TERRORISTS.
P.P.S. In closing, we want to reveal that the WikiLeaks is nothing more than a front for the Israeli Mossad, the U.S. Federal Reserve and current dysfunctional U.S. Secretary of State, loser and lesbian in-the closet Hillary Rodenhurst Clinton.
We can also report that the documents on Bank of America that were leaked to WikiLeaks were actually leaked by the Federal Reserve itself and NBC reported Andrea Mitchell for the purpose of a short sale on Bank of America stock and a simultaneous purchase of stock shares in General Electric itself.
Stay tuned for our next intelligence briefing, which will include an update on all of these matters, as well as the crooked forex currency exchange.
Tom Heneghan's EXPLOSIVE Intelligence Briefings
International Intelligence Expert, Tom Heneghan, has hundreds of highly credible sources inside American and European Intelligence Agencies and INTERPOL–reporting what is REALLY going on behind the scenes of the corporate-controlled mainstream media cover up propaganda of on-going massive deceptions and illusions.
December 3rd, 2010 by olddog
Stop Bank! USA
International Citizens' Day of Action to Move Money from the BIG Bank$.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Stop the Global Banking Cartel
Are you fed up with the unchecked fraud, greed and seemingly-unlimited power of the major banks?
You are not alone! Citizens from across the globe are infuriated by the corrupt banking system.
On December 7, 2010 the PEOPLE take back their power!
Join the millions of banking customers around the world who will be peacefully withdrawing their money from major banks in a coordinated, global effort.
If you do your banking with BANK OF AMERICA, CHASE, WACHOVIA, WELLS FARGO, CITIBANK, US BANK, SUNTRUST BANK, NATIONAL CITY BANK, MORGAN STANLEY, UNION BANK, UBS, MORGAN STANLEY, GOLDMAN SACHS, BRANCH BANKING & TRUST, REGIONS BANK, COMERICA, PNC BANKS or any ofthese other major banks – pull your money out and put it with a local, regional bank or a community credit union instead.
– It is the banks who own and corrupt the political process in America today.
– It is the banks who fund war and oppression across the Globe.
– It is the banks who launder the lions share of black-market drug trafficking money.
– It is the banks who fund corporations that are offshoring our jobs.
– It is the banks who took taxpayer bailouts and still won't lend, protecting the wealth of their shareholders instead.
– In spite of the bailouts, BIG bank CEOs continue to rake in massive bonuses and salaries.
– It is the banks WHO CREATED THE MORTGAGE MESS AND DESTROYED THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
Your home, your job, or your business is now probably gone or on the edge due to the inordinate power and control that the global banks have over all of us today.
NOW is the time for all sovereign people to strip the power from the BANKS.
There is no need to protest in the streets or take time off from work to make a difference. All you need to do is go to your local bank branch on December 7 and politely say to the teller: "I'd like to close my account today." That's it! It's simple, painless, and powerful. In this way, the People can send a very powerful yet peaceful message to the Elites that WE are in charge.
Nonviolence is the rock on which the whole structure of noncooperation is built.
– Mahatma Gandhi
World-Famous soccer star and actor Eric Cantona (Manchester United / 'Elizabeth') got it absolutely right when he said the following:
What does it mean to demonstrate in these days? Nothing. Demonstrations in the streets are for the deluded. They lead to unnecessary violence, and place energies out in universe that accomplish nothing except to further the aims of the oppressors.
Humans need to remain centered in the Now — as Humans — and to take effective action from a Human perspective. We engage and remove the oppressive system not by trying to bludgeon it down, but by deflating it.
Simple human actions can cripple collective systems easily.
Hear more from his recent TV interview:
On December 7th, we are calling for a massive, non-violent public response to the banking cabal that has collapsed our economies and thrown us out of our homes and into the unemployment lines
Enough is enough!
Thoughtful, peaceful resistance is what our movement is all about.
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STOP BANK! USA IN THE NEWS
Our movement got coverage in Common Dreams in an article by Dave Lindorff:
"But even here in the US, the idea of sticking it to the big banks has begun to resonate, with a website called Stopbank USA calling for a day of action by Americans on December 7."
Thanks for helping spread the word, Dave!
MOVE YOUR MONEY
Debt Collectors Use FAKE Courtroom
Once debtors got inside, they were fooled into believing they were in a courtroom with a judge, but the whole thing was a fake, according toa lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania attorney general.
The system is OUT OF CONTROL!
DECEMBER 7 BANK RUN NEWS
MERS: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SERVICE
FDIC BANK CLOSURES
AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE
December 2nd, 2010 by olddog
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#3 If we get through this financial Armageddon, never trust a politician that is unwilling or unable to elucidate clearly what he will do and how he will do it, and be willing to resign if he can’t.
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By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus
Watching Democrats complain about Republicans and Republicans complain about Democrats is like watching two Neanderthals throw rocks at each other while a pack of lions surround them.
Dear Independent Media, Stop Contributing to Our Demise, It’s Time to Evolve!
Independent news sites are excellent sources for in-depth information on many vital political issues. Most of them work hard to get the facts right and provide much needed context to move our national debate forward. However, they have a fatal flaw. There is a rule of war that many Independent media outlets are failing to understand: “Do not fight the last war.”
In The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene calls this “The Guerrilla-War-Of-The-Mind Strategy.”
“What most often weighs you down and brings you misery is the past, in the form of unnecessary attachments, repetitions of tired formulas, and the memory of old victories and defeats. You must consciously wage war against the past and force yourself to react to the present moment. Be ruthless on yourself; do not repeat the same tired methods.”
When Progressive news sites complain about Republicans, or Conservative sites complain about Democrats, I can’t help but think that they are insuring their own demise, and the rest of the country’s for that matter. By buying into the Democrat versus Republican charade they have become the most important cog in suppressing any organized resistance.
Based on personal experience, I understand how difficult it is for Independent news organizations to obtain funding. Unfortunately, most of the more popular “Independent” news sites survive by getting grants and donations from foundations and political organizations that will only fund them if they engage in partisan politics.
However, they need to ask themselves a serious question: Are you doing this work to just collect a paycheck, and thereby maintain the very status quo that you appear to be against, or are you doing this to actually change the dire situation we find ourselves in?
Given your deep understanding of current political issues, I find it incredibly hard to believe that you don’t see how global corporate interests have completely bought off both political parties.
How betrayed do you have to be before you realize that both parties are against you?
Our country has been robbed. Our future prospects are bleak. Trillions of dollars have been looted from the economy and no one in our government is holding the thieves accountable – Obama is not, the Democrats are not and the Republicans are not. They are all pivotal accomplices in the continued rape of our country. So stop deluding yourself into believing that only the opposing party is to blame. Focusing on one party as the source of our problems is journalistically lazy and intellectually naïve. Dig deeper! Follow the money. Focus on the people who fund both parties.
The Two-Party Oligarchy Vs. The People
Our current economic crisis has proven that the Democrat versus Republican dynamic is obsolete, the only thing that matters now is us versus them. When I say “us,” I mean99% of the US population. When I say “them,” I mean the ruling class. The ruling class includes Republicans, Democrats, and more importantly, the people and corporations who fund them. That is the dividing line. Adhere to it. Otherwise you are playing into their divide-and-conquer strategy, and you are complicit in our demise.
The mainstream corporate media continually propagates the rhetoric of division, you don’t need to add to it. We are all on this sinking ship together and we don’t have much time left to turn things around. So let’s drop the tired old labels and focus on uniting people, not dividing them.
Every time you want to write the word “Republicans” or “Democrats,” just change it to “the two-party oligarchy.” If you do that, you will gain credibility and influence, and we may actually get some of the change that you claim to want.
Obviously we are going to have strong disagreements on many issues, but there are key issues that we must urgently come together on, or we will all continue our downward spiral.
As famed military strategist Carl von Clauswitz wrote in his study On War, it is pivotal to strike at “the center of gravity,” at “the hub of all power and movement, on which everything depends.” Or as Henry David Thoreau said, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
Let’s heed their advice and strike at “the center of gravity,” at “the root” of our problems.
Here are the seven key issues that keep 99% of the US population without political representation:
1) The two-party system;
2) Campaign finance;
4) The revolving door;
5) The concentration of media ownership;
6) The big banks;
7) The rule of law does not apply to the richest one-tenth of one percent of the population.
Until the rule of law is applied, and until all of these issues are resolved, we will continue to live in a banana republic where the government will not have the trust or the consent of the governed, and rightfully so.
This isn’t rocket science, this is common sense. If we can focus and organize on thesecore common-ground issues, we can win this war.
So don’t be a partisan hack!
Stop fighting yesterday’s war. Stop playing the lesser-of-two-evils game. Transcend the two-party oligarchy. Grow up, evolve. Adapt to the quickly changing and deteriorating environment. The time for slight change is over, half-measures will no longer suffice. It’s up to the Independent media to demonstrate a new way forward.
Fight the war that is in front of us.
We need bold leadership and radical change, and we need it now.
November 26th, 2010 by olddog
This is one you should save, and pass on to all your friends.
The following is Part I to David DeGraw’s new book, “The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III.” This is the second installment to a new seven-part series that we will be posting throughout the next few weeks. You can read the introduction to the book here.
When we analyze our current crisis, focusing on the past few years of economic activity blinds us to the history and context that are vital to understanding the root cause. What we have been experiencing is not the result of an unforeseen economic crash that appeared out of the blue with the collapse of the housing market. It was certainly not brought on by people who bought homes they couldn’t afford. To frame this crisis around a debate on economic theory misses the point entirely. To even blame it on greedy bankers, while essentially accurate, also misses the most vital point.
This crisis is the direct result of a strategic economic attack on the existence of a middle class and democracy worldwide. The stock market and economy have become weapons of mass oppression manipulated by an imperial banking cartel to impose order and exploit the masses. This crisis boldly represents the manifest evolution of the fascist spirit reasserting itself as the dominant ideology.
Any fairytale notions of the United States being a democratic republic built on the rule of law have been utterly dispelled. As a nation we have been bred and conditioned to be dangerously naïve to the darker forces which operate beyond the spotlight of the mainstream media. We have been blinded to what has been developing throughout the world.
The economic imperialism that has now blown-back to the United States and Europe has been evolving for decades and can be directly traced back to the end of World War II, to the birth of the CIA, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.
For those of us who have been paying attention to economic imperial operations that have been carried out against countries throughout the world, this looks all too familiar. The IMF and global bankers have conquered the second and third world, and they have now moved on to countries within the first world. Western European and American working classes are in the cross-hairs now.
Economic and societal indicators, along with recent G-20 policy decisions, clearly demonstrate that they are carrying out and escalating systemic economic attacks throughout Europe and the US.
To put it in technical terms, the United States government has been taken over by a financial terrorism network. They have bought off leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties, and have established a dominant role in all three branches of government and throughout the mainstream media. They have complete control of the economy, stock market, US Treasury, Federal Reserve, World Bank, IMF and global banking system. Free market capitalism has collapsed; it’s now a rigged global market. This is an organized criminal operation, an imperial fascist movement that is determined to destroy our very way of life.
A war has already been launched against us.
In just the past three years we have lost an unprecedented amount of national wealth, trillions upon trillions of our tax dollars have been looted by Wall Street, endless wars, enormous subsidies for the most profitable global corporations and tax cuts for the richest one percent of the population. Never before, in the history of civilization, has a nation been so thoroughly and systematically fleeced.
This is all the result of a coordinated economic attack by a global banking cartel against 99 percent of the US population.
Until we can become politically intelligent enough to see this as the reality and root cause of our current crisis, we will not be able to overcome it, our living standards will continue to decline and we will all be sentenced to a slow death in a neo-feudal system built on debt slavery.
The average American is horribly naïve to just how depraved, corrupt and addicted to power this banking cartel is. Through their control and domination of the mass media, they have kept their crimes against humanity out of public consciousness. We have been shielded from the global devastation and death toll that they have already wrought. The result is an unsuspecting population of confused and passive people having their future ripped out from under them, right before their eyes, without any organized defense or resistance.
II: Violence on the Horizon
As the entrenched global banking cartel continues to control domestic political policy, the next phase of this crisis will inevitably feature an escalation into mass violence. As the Army War College stated, the Pentagon is preparing for “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States” and “widespread civil violence” due to “purposeful domestic resistance.”
In clear signs of what is to come, rioting and violence as a result of economic turmoil has already been experienced in many countries throughout the world. However, civil unrest has not yet occurred within the United States. There are many theories as to why there has been so little resistance from the US population thus far, and several factors play into it. The most significant factor is that social safety net programs have been vital in preventing people from resorting to extreme measures. Currently, a stunning number of Americans, 52 million, are receiving life-sustaining assistance from government “anti-poverty” programs, such as food stamps, unemployment benefits, Medicaid and Medicare. This has already stretched a social safety net system that is designed to handle significantly less people to its limit. This safety net system has now been drained of all reserve resources over the past two years, and is obviously not sustainable under current economic and political conditions.
As social safety net programs have been drained of reserves, many US citizens have also been burning through their personal savings. Over the past few years the percentage of Americans living paycheck to paycheck has dramatically increased. In 2007, 43 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. In 2008, the percentage increased to 49 percent. In 2009, the number skyrocketed up to 61 percent. The most recent number for 2010 has exploded to a shocking 77 percent. This means in our nation of 310 million citizens, 239 million Americans are one setback away from economic ruin and millions more are in danger of having to rely on government assistance for survival.
So as this prolonged economic crisis continues, these safety nets, that are already overwhelmed, will have to support more and more people and will inevitably break down. As we have just begun to see, budget cuts to vital social programs on the state and federal levels will become increasingly severe right at the point when many more Americans will need them. As the 52 million Americans currently surviving in “anti-poverty” programs are gradually cutoff from life-sustaining government assistance – and as the 239 million people now living paycheck to paycheck, buried in debt, stressing out and working their asses off just to make ends meet realize that things are not going to be getting any better — and are only going to get worse — social unrest and outbursts of violence will eventually start to bubble up to the surface and the ruling elite will no longer be able to maintain power by simply deceiving the masses via mainstream media propaganda.
When an overwhelming majority of the population directly feels negative effects upon their own living standards, the propaganda system collapses. The illusion comes crashing down and people will finally start to get wise to the horrific scam that is being played on them. When they wake from their media-induced American dream state and realize that they are now living in a nightmare, as crazy as it may sound, people will actually stop voting against their own interests. The apathetic majority, that doesn’t vote, will become active in the interests of self-preservation as their survival instincts kick in.
The handwriting is on the wall and the ruling class has to realize that by the time 2012 rolls around, their puppet politicians will be voted out of office, or their heads will roll, quite literally.
Looking at this from a purely technocratic sociological viewpoint,avoiding mass riots and violence while this many desperate people lose life-sustaining programs appears to be an impossible task, and given our current economic and political environment this seems inevitable.
In an article titled “A Planet at the Brink: Will Economic Brushfires Prove Too Virulent to Contain?” Michael T. Klare explained:
“As people lose confidence in the ability of markets and governments to solve the global crisis, they are likely to erupt into violent protests or to assault others they deem responsible for their plight, including government officials, plant managers, landlords, immigrants, and ethnic minorities. (The list could, in the future, prove long and unnerving.) If the present economic disaster turns into what President Obama has referred to as a ‘lost decade,’ the result could be a global landscape filled with economically-fueled upheavals.”
Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski expressed his fears:
“I was worrying about it because we’re going to have millions and millions of unemployed, people really facing dire straits. And we’re going to be having that for some period of time before things hopefully improve. And at the same time there is public awareness of this extraordinary wealth that was transferred to a few individuals at levels without historical precedent in America….
And you sort of say to yourself: what’s going to happen in this society when these people are without jobs, when their families hurt, when they lose their homes, and so forth?”
Outbreaks of civil unrest are something that the US government and Pentagon have been expecting, and preparing for. Former US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee stating that the greatest threat facing the US is not terrorism, it’s the current economic crisis:
“The primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications. The crisis has been ongoing…. Of course, all of us recall the dramatic political consequences wrought by the economic turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s in Europe, the instability, and high levels of violent extremism.”
Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Christopher Bond said the economic crisis is now “the primary focus of the intelligence community.” As the Army War College has warned, the response to this coming phase of the economic crisis “might include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United States. Further, DoD [the Department of Defense] would be, by necessity, an essential enabling hub for the continuity of political authority in a multi-state or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance.”
Journalist Chris Hedges summed up this report:
“The specter of social unrest was raised at the US Army War College in November in a monograph titled ‘Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defense Strategy Development.’ …
The ‘widespread civil violence,’ the document said, ‘would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.’
‘An American government and defense establishment lulled into complacency by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly divest some or most external security commitments in order to address rapidly expanding human insecurity at home,’ it went on….
In plain English, something bureaucrats and the military seem incapable of employing, this translates into the imposition of martial law and a de facto government being run out of the Department of Defense. They are considering it. So should you.”
III: The IMF Riot, Step 3.5
The International Monetary Fund is predicting a “social explosion” due to this crisis. The IMF and World Bank have a long history of creating social upheaval. Leaked documents from within the World Bank refer to the next phase of the crisis as the “IMF riot.”
Journalist Greg Palast obtained classified planning documents, which shed light on the covert economic imperial operations, Structural Adjustment Programs, that the IMF, World Bank and US Treasury have used in the past as a playbook for destabilizing and conquering foreign nations. In the UK newspaper The Observer, Palast interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who was a former World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, turned whistleblower. They revealed the four-step IMF plan. Though the strategy is slightly modified based on the nation being attacked, here in the United States we are currently about to enter a variation of step-three, which is currently being phased in throughout Europe. This step inevitably leads to a significant portion of the population losing the ability to obtain basic necessities essential for survival. Once this happens, riots inevitably occur, or as they put it: step 3.5 is executed.
Here is how Palast and Stiglitz summed it up:
“At this point, according to Stiglitz, the IMF drags the gasping nation to Step Three: market-based pricing – a fancy term for raising prices on food, water and… gas.
This leads, predictably, to Step-Three-and-a-Half: what Stiglitz calls ‘the IMF riot’.
The IMF riot is painfully predictable. When a nation is, ‘down and out, [the IMF] squeezes the last drop of blood out of them. They turn up the heat until, finally, the whole cauldron blows up,’…
What Stiglitz did not know is that Newsnight obtained several documents from inside the World Bank. In one, last year’s Interim Country Assistance Strategy for Ecuador, the Bank several times suggests – with cold accuracy – that the plans could be expected to spark ’social unrest’.”
To sum up, the interlocked IMF and World Bank set the conditions for ’social unrest’ and then once it occurs they move to step-four, which is the ultimate in disaster capitalism – they profit off the miseryand the civilian population is then buried in a neo-feudal system of severe debt and poverty.
So what is the IMF saying right now about our situation in Europe and the US? A recent Telegraph report reads:
“IMF fears ’social explosion’ from world jobs crisis
America and Europe face the worst jobs crisis since the 1930s and risk ‘an explosion of social unrest’ unless they tread carefully, the International Monetary Fund has warned….
Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said the percentage of workers laid off for long stints has been rising with each downturn for decades but the figures have surged this time. ‘Long-term unemployment is alarmingly high: in the US, half the unemployed have been out of work for over six months, something we have not seen since the Great Depression,” he said….
The IMF said there may be a link between rising inequality within Western economies and deflating demand. Historians say the last time that the wealth gap reached such skewed extremes was in 1928-1929…”
To show you how insidious the IMF is, they have recently launched a propaganda campaign to publicly decry deficit budget cuts and austerity measures. However, behind the scenes they have been forcing implementation of them and making their usual demands for cuts in vital social services and public spending, once those cuts are in place, the riots obviously follow.
A recent Washington Post report states:
“IMF issues broad call for US financial prudence:
Cut Social Security. Ditch the deduction for interest on home mortgages. Tax gasoline.
The United States recently opened itself to the most intense scrutiny yet by the International Monetary Fund, and on Thursday was offered a bitter pill when the agency criticized some well-defended aspects of American culture — cheap fuel, subsidized housing, and a government retirement check…. “
Economist Dean Baker writes:
“The central bankers and their accomplices at the IMF are dictating policies to democratically elected governments. Their agenda seems to be the same everywhere, cut back retirement benefits, reduce public support for health care, weaken unions and make ordinary workers take pay cuts.”
In another report Baker adds:
“The IMF program calls for cutbacks in government support for healthcare, pensions, and a wide range of other public services. It also calls for weakening labor market regulations that provide workers with job security.
These recommendations are being given in a context where the world economy is suffering from a massive shortfall of demand. In other words, tens of millions of people are unemployed right now because there is not enough spending to keep them employed. The IMF’s program is almost certain to reduce spending further leading to even larger shortfalls in demand and more unemployment….
The IMF’s track record gives us reason not only to question the institution’s competence but also its motivations…. It is possible to see a similar pattern in the IMF’s latest set of policy recommendations to deal with the economic crisis.”
In an article entitled, “The Attack of the Real Black Helicopter Gang: The IMF Is Coming for Your Social Security,” Baker continues:
“Last week, the IMF told the United States that it needs to start getting its budget deficit down. It put cutting Social Security at the top of the steps that the country should take to achieve deficit reduction. This one is more than a bit outrageous for two reasons…
While the IMF has no problem warning about retired workers getting too much in Social Security benefits, it apparently could not find its voice when the issue was the junk securities from Goldman Sachs or Citigroup that helped to fuel the housing bubble.
The collapse of this bubble has not only sank the world economy, it also destroyed most of the savings of the near retirees for whom the IMF wants to cut Social Security. The vast majority of middle-income retirees have most of their wealth in their home equity. This home equity largely disappeared when the bubble burst.”
So the IMF and global banking cartel are setting the conditions for social unrest and pushing for policies that will provoke it, and the Pentagon is preparing for a military response. As scary and unbelievable as all this may sound, we are on a fast track to this scenario.
To Sum Up
The American and global economy have already been looted and destroyed beyond repair. Most serious economists will admit that governments have already exhausted their capital by bailing out the banks and taking on unprecedented amounts of debt. The bailouts and recent return to high profits were just the final phase of the looting and a further consolidation of wealth on an unprecedented scale. There are still tens of trillions of dollars in debt hidden off-the-books and hundreds of trillions of dollars in dark pools of derivative liability. As the downturn continues, there is nothing left to revive the economy, the reserves and safety nets have already been stretched to their limits.
We have a political and economic system that has been overrun by organized corruption and theft. Along with a mass media system that does not inform the populace and has effectively marginalized and isolated the majority of the population. Meanwhile, bubbling just under the surface is a very heavily armed population with a militia movement that has doubled in size over the past year, and their memberships continue to rapidly grow. Without the necessary general political intelligence or infrastructure to organize an effective mass non-violent movement, we are steamrolling toward spontaneous riots and outbursts of armed insurrection.
In other words, as this economic downturn continues, what is now a passive and confused population will eventually devolve into an explosion of violence. Without a coherent non-violent movement to provide a viable alternative, without an outlet for severe and legitimate grievances that provides any chance for urgently affecting necessary political change, people will resort to violence as a last desperate act of vengeance and frustration. As time passes, these forgotten and isolated people, tens of millions of them, are quickly running out of options, and they will act out just as exploited people throughout the world always have.
A man who sparked a revolution against the same banking cartel that has caused our crisis described the general attitude among a population that successfully rebelled through armed insurrection:
“The people are weary of being oppressed, persecuted, exploited to the maximum. They are weary of the wretched selling of their labor-power day after day — faced with the fear of joining the enormous mass of unemployed — so that the greatest profit can be wrung from each human body, profit later squandered in the orgies of the masters of capital….
The feeling of revolt will grow stronger every day among the peoples subjected to various degrees of exploitation, and they will take up arms to gain by force the rights which reason alone has not won them.”
Whatever your preconceptions of the man who said this may be, the voice of Che Guevara can now be clearly understood and related to by the overwhelming majority of people throughout the United States.
Already, despite intensive propaganda, a stunning 80 percent of the US population believes that the government has failed them. The health care and financial reform bills have proven that our politicians are much more concerned about the short-sighted necessity to please the Economic Elite and raise campaign funds, than they are to understand the consequences of millions of Americans being forced into situations where their very survival is threatened. In a system where most elected officials are millionaires, this lack of perspective and understanding is ultimately what will lead to violence. Whether it is by arrogance or ignorance, perhaps both, it appears that our ruling class has suicidal tendencies. Unless they quickly recognize the growing threat posed by the dispossessed masses, our puppet politicians will themselves be in harm’s way.
To show you how incredibly out of touch our current elected officials are, and to give you a clear indication of the prevailing attitude on Capitol Hill, a recent report from the Washington Post summed up their response to the recent news that a record number of Americans are now living in poverty:
“The reluctance of political leaders on both sides of the aisle to directly confront the fact that growing numbers of Americans are slipping into poverty reflects a stubborn reality about the poor: They are not much of a political constituency.
‘We talk to many people on Capitol Hill who do believe poverty is important and is a blight on our nation, but we are also up against a general recognition that poor people don’t vote in great numbers. And they certainly aren’t going to be making campaign contributions. That definitely puts them behind many other people and interests when decisions are being made around here.’”
And that sums up our current crisis, doesn’t it? The “poor people don’t vote” and they don’t make “campaign contributions.”
As the Rage Against the Machine song goes, “The riot be the rhyme of the unheard.”
IV: Bang the Drums of War
How will this imperial fascist banking cartel respond to revolt? How will they maintain their power over an increasingly radicalized and hostile US population?
In an attempt to stave off organized rebellion, they are already escalating their propaganda efforts in attempts to divide and distract the population. The tactics of their divide and conquer strategy are already on full display. Their mainstream media outlets have drastically increased coverage and focused attention on the rhetoric of division – using divisive issues like immigration, racism, religious bigotry, the “lazy unemployed,” “entitlement welfare” and gay marriage to divide and distract the population and prevent the masses from organizing against their true oppressors.
This propaganda effort is only a temporary measure and will not suffice over the long-term. As the economy continues to collapse, the banking elite risk being overthrown as a result of their own greed. So they will then turn to physical, military-based violence to suppress populations that can no longer be controlled through propaganda and economic coercion.
To paraphrase policy analyst Anatol Lieven, the classic strategy of an endangered oligarchy is to divert discontent among the population into nationalistic militarism. It is time, once again, to bang the drums of war and “whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor.” The source of the following quote is unknown, but the evident wisdom of it is something that we have already experienced firsthand in the recent past:
“Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.”
An increased external threat will lead to an increased internal crackdown, which creates the pretext and conditions for a police state. As we have already seen in the first phase of the crackdown on civil liberties since the “War on Terror” began, when rioting and outbursts of armed insurrection begin within the US, external threats, real or imagined, will again be presented to justify extreme measures to suppress American citizens, and to further repress and divert internal dissent. Without an external enemy to rally the population against, the population will rally against the pre-existing internal powers.
To put a slight twist on what Guy DeBord insightfully said back in 1988: the banking cartel “constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. But they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.”
V:The Chinese Scapegoat: Trade & Currency Wars
As millions of Americans and the majority of the global population look for vengeance on those responsible for severely declining living standards, the global banking cartel are not going to blame themselves, so they will deflect blame to China, a most convenient target.
As a result of the crisis, national currencies are reeling, and the dollar, although currently one of the strongest paper currencies, is losing power as the crisis escalates. The IMF is working to replace the dollar as the world reserve currency and have begun discussing the possibility of making their Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) the new world reserve currency. A plummeting dollar will obviously put the American population in a severely desperate situation and the US-based banking cartel needs an excuse to divert political backlash.In China, the nation poised to replace the US as the preeminent global superpower, they have the perfect scapegoat.
US-based global corporations have been shifting their business to China and off-shoring millions of jobs to the region due to their extremely low worker wages. So the American population is already pre-disposed to blaming China, as opposed to the companies who are exploiting the cheap labor. US politicians have been conveniently shifting blame for unemployment from themselves to China. Meanwhile, China also owns a significant portion of US national debt. US Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has recently declared that the national debt is the number one security threat. As Mullen stated, “Tax payers will be paying around $600 billion in interest on the national debt by 2012.” A significant portion of this interest will be going to China.
As national governments attempt to survive in an increasingly hostile global economy, trade and currency wars will flare up and escalate. China is in perhaps the strongest position to win these conflicts. China and Japan have just engaged in a fierce currency battle. This currency battle is not to be underestimated. We are talking about the world’s second and third largest economies, after the United States. China has just overtaken Japan for the number two position. The militant rhetoric between these two nations is escalating. US politicians were quick to jump on the situation with calls to classify China as a “currency manipulator” and impose trade tariffs and penalties against them.
International economic reporter Barry Grey recently summed up the situation in an article entitled, “Economic crisis threatens to unleash global currency wars:”
“The eruption of currency exchange conflicts is bound up with mounting signs that the global economic crisis is systemic, rather than merely conjunctural, and growing fears that a genuine recovery is not in the offing. The European sovereign debt crisis and the weakening of US economic growth have led governments around the world to seek to secure a greater share of export markets. Under conditions of slowing growth and stagnant markets, this inevitably heightens trade conflicts between competing capitalist nations.
In particular, the US and the European Union, spearheaded by the export power Germany, have aggressively pursued a cheap currency policy in order to gain a trade advantage against their rivals. Of the major economic powers, Japan has suffered the greatest damage from these policies, as investors and speculators have shifted from dollar- and euro-denominated investments to the yen, driving up the currency’s exchange rate.
This has embittered relations between Japan and both the US and the EU. Japan has also denounced China for artificially keeping its currency low while bidding up the yen by increasing its purchases of Japanese government securities.”
The global banking cartel’s leading puppets on Capitol Hill, Senators Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer and Richard Shelby were all quick to attack China. Barry Grey continued:
“In opening the Senate Banking Committee hearing, Chairman Christopher Dodd declared China a currency manipulator and said its ‘economic and trade policies’ present ‘roadblocks to our recovery.’ He went on to accuse China of stealing intellectual property, violating international trade agreements and dumping goods. He also denounced China for acquiring national resources in developing countries and building up its military.
In his opening statement, the ranking Republican on the committee, Richard Shelby of Alabama, declared, ‘There is no question that China manipulates its currency in order to subsidize Chinese exports. The only question is: Why is the administration protecting China by refusing to designate it as a currency manipulator?’
Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said, ‘China’s currency manipulation is like a boot on the throat of our recovery and this administration refuses to try to get China to remove that boot.’”
On top of all this, China has now overtaken the US as the world’s top energy consumer. Michael T. Klare reports on China’s new position of power:
“The main point: by becoming the world’s leading energy consumer, China will also become an ever more dominant international actor and so set the pace in shaping our global future.
Because energy is tied to so many aspects of the global economy, and because doubts are growing about the future availability of oil and other vital fuels, the decisions China makes regarding its energy portfolio will have far-reaching consequences. As the leading player in the global energy market, China will significantly determine not only the prices we will be paying for critical fuels but also the type of energy systems we will come to rely on. More importantly, China’s decisions on energy preferences will largely determine whether China and the United States can avoid becoming embroiled in a global struggle over imported oil and whether the world will escape catastrophic climate change.”
China’s rise in power, mixed with the decline of western economies and the need for an external scapegoat sets up a global collision and inevitable confrontation between vying superpowers. Currency and trade wars will likely be a prelude to military confrontation.
VI: Moves Upon the Grand Chessboard
Based on early maneuvering it is evident that the masters of war have already drawn up sides. You may have missed it, but the US, Israel and the NATO Alliance have already put Iran, Lebanon, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Russia and China on notice.And the “withdrawals” from Iraq and the Af-Pak region are over-hyped. The occupation of these countries continues with no end in sight. In fact, they aren’t withdrawing as much as they are repositioning and shifting their forces, preparing for an escalation. In many ways the wars in Iraq and Af-Pak have only been the initial phase of a global attack, positioning forces and building massive military bases in pivotal geo-strategic locations. The operations in this region have essentially been a warm-up for much wider-ranging attacks against much stronger countries. While most of the US population is playing checkers, seeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as one-off battles, the global banking cartel is playing chess, using these wars as only initial geo-strategic moves in a grand strategy toward total world domination.
The intensity of military maneuvering presently occurring is alarming. Read through these recent news reports pulled from the AmpedStatus database, all from just the past few weeks, and let me know if you think I’m being extreme in foreseeing World War III:
· US to Fund Israeli Purchase of 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
· US Waging ‘Shadow War’ in Dozen Countries
· S.Korea, US to stage massive joint war games
· US Military Offensive Against the July 2011 Af-Pak Timetable
· China PLA warns U.S. over fresh military drill in region
· The dangers of mounting US-China rivalry
· America’s Biggest Jobs Program — the U.S. Military
· US Arms ‘Bonanza’ in the Middle East
· Chinese Military: The Chinese People Won’t Stand for US Provocation
· Israel bulldozes Muslim graves in Jerusalem
· U.S. Supersizes Afghan Mega-Base
· US concerned other countries won’t respect Iraq’s ‘sovereignty’
· US cuts $100m aid to Lebanon military
· U.S. won’t leave Iraq’s energy reserves untended
· US plans to sell F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia: report
· Blackwater: $220 million in new contracts
· Congress Spends Another $600 Million for Border Militarization
· U.S. worried by Hamid Karzai’s attempt to assert control over corruption probes
· Palestinians Denied Access to Water
· Gates: Iraq occupation could go on
· Petraeus beats the drums for endless war in Afghanistan
· Israel-US Increase Military Cooperation, Hold Biggest Joint Infantry Exercise Ever
· US, South Korea to Stage Another Military Exercise
· The Philippines: America’s New Launchpad for the Militarization of Southeast Asia
· U.S. and UK help train Kazakh troops in Russia’s backyard
· India to order large number of Javelin anti-tank missiles from US
· More US-NATO Military Bases: US Armed Forces in Central Asia
· US, Vietnam step up defence co-operation amid China concerns
· Speculation, debate over possible strike against Iran
· Russian Foreign Minister defends Iran nuclear power plant
· Colombia Court Blocks U.S. Military Accord Behind Regional Fight, Restricts Access to 7 Military Bases
· Venezuela says it will still send gasoline to Iran
· Venezuela threatens oil cut to US
· Iran: Venezuela Risks US Action
· Chávez and China: Challenging U.S. Interests | AEI
· Canada-Russia airspace ’showdown’ over Arctic
· Canada intercepted two Russian bombers near Arctic
· Japan, US plan naval drill near disputed islets: report
· China Restricts Exports of Rare Earth Minerals by 70pc,Tension with US escalating on several fronts
· Moscow warns US on issue of Israeli aerial strikes against Iran
· U.S. Global Strategy Targets Any Potential Challenger In Eurasia
· Obama Signs $600M Bill to Increase Militarization of US-Mexico Border
· Castro Warns of Nuclear War; Admiral Mullen Threatens Iran; US-Israel Vs. Iran-Hezbollah
· Doesn’t Appear Washington Wants Diplomatic Relations With Venezuela
· US talks Israel out of attacking Iran (for now)
· US stresses military role in Iraq, combat brigades under different name
· US Withdrawal Plan Marks “Privatization of Military Occupation”
· U.S. Military Intervention in Africa: The New Blueprint for Global Domination
· Ahmadinejad vows global response if Iran attacked
· Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant With Russian Help
· In Mideast Talks, Scant Hopes From the Beginning
· Iran hopes Russia’s next step will be delivery of S-300 missiles system: MP
· Iran working against Iraqi democracy: US general
· US combat brigades still in Iraq: report
· Karzai Stands Firm on Disbanding Private Security
· Iran’s new drone bomber is ‘messenger of death for the enemies of humanity’
· Costa Rica: US Warships Cause Unease
· Israel Knesset Member Declares “We Are Preparing For War”
· Pakistanis Nabbed Taliban Boss to Stop Peace Talks
· Iran condemns possible US military action
· Iran Calls for Formation of Islamic Union to Start New World Order
· Four Israeli air strikes on Gaza
· Two Minutes to Midnight? The Bomb-Iran Debate From Hell
· The last chance to avoid a global trade war
· Al-Shabab vows ‘massive’ Somali war
· We Must Be Ready for War With China
· Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America’s Military Strategy in the Muslim World
· US deplores ‘particularly outrageous’ Mogadishu carnage
· Philippines: Pawn In U.S. Encirclement of China
· Global Food Security and Sovereignty Threatened by “Land Grabs” in Poor Countries
· US to spend $1.3 billion on Afghanistan bases
· America’s top Marine challenges Obama’s Afghan pullout deadline
· CIA sees increased threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen
· U.S. Weighs Expanded Strikes in Yemen
· JSOC is Hiring Interrogators and Covert Operatives for ‘Special Access Programs’
· Report: Kim Jong-Il Goes to China
· Canada Intercepts Russian Bombers — Again
· Kim Jong-il Visits China as Carter Waits in North Korea for Talks on Imprisoned American
· China Slams Pentagon Report
· Mexico Drug War Violence Rages, 28k Killed
· Tensions emerge between Rwanda and Western backers, China’s influence grows
· “Alarm bells” ring for Australian government over deepening China-East Timor ties
· US lawmaker urges France not to arm Lebanon army
· Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff Says National Debt Is Biggest Threat To National Security
· 18 nations wrap up mock terror exercise in Panama canal
· U.S. Bid To Control Whole Korean Peninsula Threat To China, Russia
· Canada Opens Arctic To NATO, Plans Massive Weapons Buildup
· China announces navy drill ahead of U.S. show of force
· Putin slams West for deceiving Russia
· Putin: U.S. Rearming Georgia
· Israel preparing to attack Syria: report
· China Deploys Troops In Pakistani Kashmir
· Israel Threatens War with Lebanon
· U.S. expands sanctions on North Korea
· Hamas targets Israeli-Palestinian talks by killing four Israelis
· US drones will patrol entire southern border
· Yellow Sea: U.S. Aegis Destroyers, S. Korean Subs In New Round of Drills
· Pentagon report underscores rising US-China tensions
· CIA Training Intelligence Agents For ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’ Sudan
· Tony Blair: military intervention in rogue regimes ‘more necessary than ever’
· France steps up military intervention in Sahel, Western Africa
· German military report: Peak oil could lead to collapse of democracy
· U.S.-Venezuela Links Teeter on the Brink
· Pakistan’s Taliban threaten attacks in U.S., Europe
· EU austerity policies risk civil war in Greece, warns top German economist
· India to acquire advanced U.S.-made anti-ship missiles
· Middle East Loses Trillions As U.S. Strikes Record Arms Deals
· Is War About to Break Out on the Israeli-Lebanese Border?
· NATO asks for 2000 more troops for Afghanistan
· US ‘likely’ to keep troops in Iraq after 2011
· U.S. Military Continues to Invest Hundreds of Millions in Iraq Bases
· UN nuke agency warns monitoring of Iran hampered
· Mideast talks a cover for US war preparations
· Land grabs, biofuel demand raise global food-security risk
· Anthrax War – the Malaysian Connection
· Defense Contractor Money Fueling Push to Militarize the US-Mexico Border
· US Government Report Argues for Police Force for American Interventions Overseas
· 730 F-35 planes to be sold to Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway
· U.S. to wrap up $2.5 billion Israel F-35 deal, Japan deal next
· Cheney’s Oily Dream – Redrawing the Map of the Middle East
· US and China at odds over North Korea
· Pentagon says USS George Washington to join military drills off Korean Peninsula
· Clinton: Mexico drug war bordering on ‘insurgency’
· Land Grabs in Poor Countries Set to Increase
· India: troops on alert as border dispute with China heats up
· India: U.S. Completes Global Military Structure
· Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem
· Experts: Terrorism threat to U.S. now more homegrown
· New York Times Pushes Confrontation with Iran
· Largest US arms deal ever: Congress to be told of $60-billion US-Saudi arms deal, shoring up Arab allies against Iran
· China-South Africa deals highlight great-power rivalry in Africa
· German armed forces “reform” reflects growth of militarism
· IMF fears ’social explosion’ from world jobs crisis
· US embassy in Jordan warns of ‘imminent threat’ around Aqaba
· Record level of US airstrikes hit Afghan militants
· Hamas: Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders talk peace
· Obama’s Generals Push War for Yemen
· US drones prowl Mexico
· China’s currency manipulation: Flipping off America
· Asia: Pentagon Revives And Expands Cold War Military Blocs
· U.S. And NATO Strengthen Positions Along Russia’s Southern Flank
· Russia vs Canada: Race for Oil-Rich Arctic Seabed
· Economic crisis threatens to unleash global currency wars
· Saudi king meets top US, Canadian counter-terror officials
· China, Energy, and Global Power
· Somalia, The Next Afghanistan? UN’s top envoy warns on growing insurgency
· Pentagon to funnel US arms to Yemen
· China-Japan Tensions Escalate, As China Breaks Off High Level Contacts, Japanese Flag Burned In Protest
· Gulf States Order $123 Billion of U.S. Weaponry to Counter Iran
· Massive US Military Buildup Planned for Guam
So there we have it. The global Economic Elite have effectively looted and destroyed national economies worldwide, the propaganda system is quickly collapsing, and the masses are beginning to get restless. It’s time to move to the next phase of the attack. Preparations are already underway. We are on the road to World War III.
VII: Resource Wars
Add to this picture rapidly declining natural resources and an increasingly hostile and polluted environment with extreme weather events frequently pounding the globe. In the past decade the global corporate elite have already engaged in three major resource wars in Iraq, Af-Pak and Northern Africa.
With a growing global population and an increasing demand for declining resources, we have already crossed a tipping point and are now in the ecological red. For the first time in human history, we are now consuming resources faster than nature can produce them. As developing countries like China and India attempt to live like western countries, there are simply not enough resources. The global economy is built on an unsustainable foundation. Instead of evolving and changing course, the entrenched banking power base is digging in further, and they run NATO, the private military complex and the US government. Based on the current policies that are in place, they have clearly already decided that they want to keep living business as usual and refuse to evolve and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. With this decision, they have effectively already decided to further escalate their oppression of the overwhelming majority of humanity, and this will lead to the death of literally hundreds of millions of people.
The global banking cartel view the world’s limited resources as their property, and they have consistently proven that they have absolutely no hesitation in killing millions upon millions of people for these resources – just look at what they have already done in the recent past throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
In the years since Northern Africa was discovered to be “the richest patch of earth” due to large deposits of natural minerals that are needed to power computer technologies, over five million Africans, in just that region, have died as a result of war.
The global elite have consistently used a strategy of arming and funding both sides of armed conflicts. While opposing populations kill each other off, they make off with their natural resources. When they confront a government that cannot be bribed or provoked into civil or regional war, they fund brutal death squads, attempt military coups and intimidate them by giving weapons to undemocratic neighboring regimes. If all that doesn’t work, they are declared a threat to national security and the US military, private contractors and NATO forces invade and occupy the country.
These terrorist strategies are not limited to the Middle East and Africa, just ask our neighbors throughout Latin America about the School of the Americas. Contrary to popular belief, the horrendous torture techniques inflicted upon people in Abu Ghraib, Iraq were not an isolated incident. Many of those brutal torture techniques were developed over years by torturing innocent civilians throughout Latin America.
The picture in Latin America today is one of inspiration. People throughout the region are rising up against the global corporate elite and claiming their rights and natural resources as their own, from Bolivia to Ecuador to Venezuela. This is another factor driving the “endangered oligarchy” into resorting to military desperation. The military coup in Honduras, the attempted coup in Venezuela, and the failed attempt to provoke Columbia and Venezuela into an armed conflict all clearly indicate where this situation is headed if the imperialist bankers get their way.
The average American is dreadfully unaware of just how depraved these people are. The little regard they have for human life is beyond common comprehension.
VIII: Private Military Complex
The global elite have already used the “War on Terror” as a pretext to drastically increase military spending and build a massive private military and intelligence complex on the backs of the American taxpayer. According to an extensive report from the Washington Post, a stunning 1.2 million private contractors work in this complex. Most Americans are not aware that 69 percent of the soldiers deployed in our name are private contractors, and 80 percent of them are foreign nationals, meaning they are not even from the United States. Half of the people we have deployed in our name, who are funded by our tax dollars, are not even fighting for our country, they are fighting for a paycheck.
Wars are a highly profitable racket, which gives an enormous incentive to keep them going.This is one of the reasons why the war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in US history. This system has led to a perpetual state of war. Military spending, although widely reported as being around $680 billion per year, is more accurately totaling over $1 Trillion per year. Of this staggering amount of annual spending, 25 percent of it goes unaccounted for, not counting the billions of our tax dollars lost to over-charging and all-out fraud.
This private military complex has become so out of control that politicians are now forced to admit that they have no idea what is happening within it. As the Washington Post report revealed:
“The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.
The investigation’s other findings include:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.”
There are so many unaccountable cells and competing factions within this complex, any one of them could go rogue and launch an attack on the US soil and make it look like another “terrorist” organization or nation executed it. This may sound too conspiratorial to the casual observer, but it would be stunningly naïve to think that in a massive complex like this, with so little oversight and accountability, given the huge sums of money at stake, that something tragic wouldn’t eventually occur. The implications are ominous, to say the least.
We already had a proven act of internal domestic terror occur with the Anthrax attacks in 2001. It is not a stretch to think that any moves away from a state of permanent war, and any cut to military spending that would threaten the existence of many of the world’s largest and most powerful and profitable corporations, would result in an attack in hopes of inciting a military conflict. Former President Dwight Eisenhower’s warning against the “unwarranted influence” of the military industrial complex, and “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power” pales in comparison to the modern private military complex. While many of these companies currently rely on US tax dollars, they are not part of the government, they are global private entities with their own interests at heart, similar to the Federal Reserve banking system. In fact, when you peel back the layers, many of these private military companies are funded by the global banking cartel.
When you understand the forces behind war, you must acknowledge the words of famed two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient US Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. He accurately summed up the situation when he said:
“I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism…. The general public shoulders the bill. This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones, Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.”
To give just two brief examples of how the banking cartel operates behind the scenes during wars, consider the following. The genocidal carnage in Northern Africa that killed over 5.4 million people was enthusiastically supported by the IMF and World Bank. In a news report entitled, “The Business of War in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Dena Montague and Frida Berrigan explained:
“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have knowingly contributed to the war effort. The international lending institutions praised both Rwanda and Uganda for increasing their gross domestic product (GDP), which resulted from the illegal mining of DRC resources. Although the IMF and World Bank were aware that the rise in GDP coincided with the DRC war… they nonetheless touted both nations as economic success stories….”
In another example of grotesque profiting off massive levels of death, banking cartel members made a fortune on the production of cluster bombs.The Guardian revealed the details:
“The deadly trade in cluster bombs is funded by the world’s biggest banks who have loaned or arranged finance worth $20bn to firms producing the controversial weapons, despite growing international efforts to ban them.
HSBC… has profited more than any other institution from companies that manufacture cluster bombs. The British bank… has earned a total of £657.3m in fees arranging bonds and share offerings for Textron, which makes cluster munitions…. Campaigners maintain the deadly weapons can explode years after combat, killing or maiming innocent people….
Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JP Morgan and UK-based Barclays Bank are also named among the worst banks [funding the production of cluster bombs]….
Goldman Sachs, the US bank which made £3.19bn proft in just three months, earned $588.82m for bank services and lent $250m to [cluster bomb manufactures] Alliant Techsystems and Textron.”
To sum all of this up, the global banking cartel and private military complex are a runaway virus that demands a permanent state of warfare. They are intrinsically parasitic in nature, they have devolved into a fascist enterprise that survives and profits off of destruction. If they don’t get a war, they will create one in the interest of their own self preservation. As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell once explained: “Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn.” This insight can now be extended to the global banking cartel. Enemies are now necessary for the wheels of the global banking cartel to turn.
Under the cover of the “War on Terror” they have launched a massive campaign of violence abroad and have been systematically looting our economy and stripping of us civil liberties at home.
So as the US and global population becomes more radical, and as the environment becomes more hostile, with increasingly limited natural resources, in a desperate attempt to maintain power the global banking cartel will escalate from economic attacks to worldwide military-based assaults. This is the clear path we are on – the road to World War III.
IX: History Repeats Itself
This may very well be a case of history repeating itself. Not to oversimplify an extremely complex situation, but this is all too similar to the origins of World War II. The looting of the masses by an unaccountable Wall Street elite led to the Great Depression and set the conditions for WWII. Desperate and impoverished populations increasingly supported more and more extreme leaders. The conditions are now so ripe for world war that Noam Chomsky has convincingly compared modern-day America to Weimar Germany prior to the outbreak of WWII. Research the history of pre-war societies and you will see for yourself how our current political environment fits historical precedent like a glove.
As mentioned before, the roots of our current crisis can be directly traced back to the aftermath of World War II. In the ruins of WWII grew global institutions like the IMF and World Bank. It also gave us the National Security Act and the CIA. All were central and pivotal in creating the crisis which we are now confronted with.
After analyzing our current crisis and studying well-established historical precedents, one must conclude that creating a world war is the last card the global bankers have left to play, other than conceding power, and history has taught us that the ruling class never concedes power. Of course the one-tenth of one percent of the global population hoarding our wealth could give back a significant amount of the $39 Trillion they looted from us (not counting what they have hidden in offshore accounts). That would certainly go a long way to fixing the crisis they have caused, but again, the ruling class has never conceded power, no matter how excessive and ill-gotten their gains.
So brace yourself… unless we significantly change our present course, we are on the road to World War III. [END]
November 24th, 2010 by olddog
The Daily Bell
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – by Staff Report
China Inflation `Volcano' May Prove Too Hot for Controls After Cash Surge … China's plans to rein in prices include selling state food reserves, stabilizing the cost of natural gas and cracking down on speculation in and hoarding of agricultural products, the State Council said. Standing near his 12-table noodle shop on Beijing's Yonghegong Avenue, owner Liu Heliang says meat and vegetable prices have climbed 10 percent in a year and staff wages are up 40 percent. "I'm struggling to make ends meet with costs going up like this," said Liu, a native of Sichuan province who pays his workers as much as 1,800 yuan ($271) a month, or 88 percent more than the Beijing minimum wage, to serve up a staple Chinese meal. "Raising prices is the only way out," he said, predicting he won't be able to hold out beyond two months. Premier Wen Jiabao's cabinet last week announced it will sell grain, cooking-oil and sugar reserves, ordered an end to tolls on trucks carrying produce and threatened price controls to rein in a 10 percent inflation rate for food. Because the measures would do nothing to counter the 54 percent surge in money supply over the past two years, the risk is they will prove insufficient to cope with the challenge. "They are just not addressing the fundamental problem at all," said Patrick Chovanec, an associate professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University. With the expansion of credit and cash in the economy stemming from China's response to the global crisis, "you're sitting on a volcano," said Chovanec. – Bloomberg
Dominant Social Theme: China needs to work harder to get it right.
Free-Market Analysis: Yesterday we revisited our prognostication of nearly two years ago that the Federal Reserve was on the way out in its current form – given the vituperation increasingly leveled at that institution. An institution like the Fed, set up by the powers-that-be as an instrument of social transformation, probably doesn't stand much of chance over the long-term in this Internet era.
But the Fed is not the only powerful entity where we've taken a stand: There is also China. In fact, we've been harping on China and Chinese inflation for nearly as long as we've been writing about the decline and fall of the Fed. We started writing about China when it occurred to us that a country that keeps growing at 10 or 12 percent PER QUARTER for 20 or 30 years is not a country in the throes of a normal economy. The boom was long in the tooth by then, and the economy was mature enough so the economic activity was likely being manufactured, enhanced if you will by monetary policy. In fact, we assumed the central bank must be printing money as fast as it could, and we haven't seen any reason to revise our judgment.
In this article, we want to speculate on the fallout of Chinese inflation, as China seems to us to be approaching the point where price inflation is going to have a definitive impact on the Chinese boom – puncturing it either through a form of hyperinflation or via price controls, etc. We will also make the case as well that the Western power elite that has been trying to build world government using various crises and fear-based dominant social themes may have over-reached and is in danger of losing control of a situation it developed and initiated but cannot now rein in.
China first. As regards China, there are three scenarios we can see. The first scenario involves what is currently playing out, a situation where Chinese leaders simply don't seem to know what to do to reduce inflation – but continue to try almost anything. Right now, we can see from the article excerpted at the beginning of this analysis that the power-that-be are threatening price controls – a ridiculous solution in our opinion.
Imagine a glut of widgets lowers the price. Now imagine a government setting a higher price for widgets despite the glut. It simply doesn't work. People will figure out ways around the controls and the price will find a natural level no matter government mandates. What CAN happen is that government is so insistent on its price fixing and so aggressive that people are afraid to purchase widgets at all. In this case the government will have successfully controlled the buying and selling of widgets, but only by freezing commerce and chilling the market.
The second scenario involves the continued ascension of price inflation. As we can tell from the article excerpt at the beginning of this analysis, price inflation is already a most frustrating reality in China. We have pointed out in previous articles that either price inflation or a reduction in China's economic growth is quite dangerous for the Chinese Communist Party that has in our estimation little good will to fall back on. The wealthier populace in our view still recalls brutal Chinese privations at the hands of the CCP; the 400 million or so rural Chinese and migrants workers who still have not participated in the boom will blame the government for diminished opportunities.
We find the second scenario fairly compelling. Not only has the CCP been battling inflation for several years (or more) in our view, whatever they are doing has not prevented price inflation from spreading to Hong Kong. Here's an excerpt from a recent article in Business Insider:
Inflation in mainland China is now clearly spilling over into Hong Kong. The special administrative region's prices just jumped by the most in more than two years, driven by the same food price inflation rocking the mainland and shocking the consensus of analysts … Rental rates rose for the 11th month in a row as well, by 0.24% month-on-month. Expect the Chinese government to blame the U.S. in Bernanke while conveniently ignoring the fact that they have voluntarily pegged their currencies to the U.S. dollar, and voluntarily expanded their money supply on the mainland at a far more dramatic pace than even the U.S.
Now an argument can be made that the HKD, being linked to the USD, is being infected by US monetary inflation. But nonetheless the regional proximity of Hong Kong to China certainly makes it vulnerable to the larger monetary trends of its titanic neighbor. In fact, Chinese price inflation will likely have a ripple effect throughout Asia, as countries may print more currency in order to maintain competitive ratios with the yuan.
The third scenario we will present is by far the most controversial. Many who read the alternative 'Net press today are suspicious generally of what is going on in the larger, global economy. These individuals suspect that the West's power elite, an intergenerational group of impossibly wealthy banking families and associates, is determinedly crashing the world's economy in order to drive it towards a kind of New World Order – a single global government with a single central bank and single economy.
The idea of global governance is not merely hypothetical anymore. It has been mentioned by such luminaries as the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In numerous articles and interviews, Strauss-Kahn has called for greater centralization of the EU and an expanded role for the IMF as a kind of global central-bank-in-waiting. There has been speculation that the IMF wishes to convert its SDRs into a hypothetical world currency called the bancor, backed perhaps by an underlying basked of currencies and commodities.
How does China fit into all this? An economic crack-up in China would likely put paid to any "recovery" the West might hope for over the next few years. It would have a chilling effect on Asia, as well, and leave India and perhaps Brazil as the two engines of the world economy. With the West and Asia suffering twin economic breakdowns it is most doubtful that the outlook for the global economy would be anything other than dire.
Add to this, world forecasts of rapidly rising food costs and one begins to see the outline of significant economic tribulations that will surely include political turmoil and civic unrest. In fact, there is already a good deal of unrest in Europe and we assume that the tribes of Europe will continue to make their feelings known, especially as the European powers-that-be continue to try to implement "austerity" among the Southern PIGS.
There is no doubt that central banking economies crash, and crash regularly. The system is purposefully set up to fail. And there have been plenty of comments by European leader to the effect that they expected an economic downturn that would help solidify the European Union and give it more powers over its member nations. But we have also observed that the downturn was likely worse than the powers-that-be expected and has stressed every coping mechanism of modern Western economies.
It is perfectly possible that Western elites expected and anticipated a global downturn, but what has occurred is off-the-charts in our view and it is not over yet. The central banking system that the elites created 100 years ago has a long ways to go to reflate and a Chinese crash would probably end hopes of a potential reflation anytime soon. In fact, we think reflation is a faint hope anyway. The EU is struggling with a series of PIGS defaults, one larger than the next, and the US is facing an intractable Greater Recession that shows no signs of easing.
All of this, of course, is playing out on the Internet. This is perhaps, from our point of view, the defining (anomalous) factor. We have explained in plenty of articles (and just yesterday again) that the elite did not expect what the World Wide Web has become and was woefully ill equipped to combat it after nearly a century of almost total media domination. Even today Western elites have not been able to control the Internet and the extremely damaging flow of information that has exposed nearly a 100 years of plotting and scheming to create a global government under their control.
There is no doubt that the Chinese "miracle" is going to end badly. We would venture to say that India, anyway, is not far behind China in terms of being unable to control its inflation. The question, we suppose is one of timing. When the Chinese economy crashes, especially if it does so in near term (and granted it could be a kind of slow motion crash) we will see just what effects it will have on the world's economy and especially Europe and America.
If the crash is coupled with rising food prices and a kind of artificially imposed trade war that further freezes goods and services worldwide, then the results could be truly catastrophic for millions, even billions. This is when we will begin to see whether the powers-that-be are truly Machiavellian in terms of their strategies and goals. This is when we will begin to find out if there is a workable plan to introduce a one-world financial system, and even one-world government. China may be the trigger.
The economic system that the elite imposed on the world via central banking was bound to end in the kinds of implosions that we are seeing today – in the US, in Europe and sooner or later in China, India, etc. The wild card, however, is the Internet. We do not believe the power elite had any idea of the amount of antipathy that would be generated by this new communication tool. We believe, in aggregate, it is still in shock.
In past decades, popular rage was always turned against imaginary private sector enemies. Wall Street was blamed for economic disasters, or even the "bankers." But today's finger-pointing includes a primary dominant social theme of the power elite – central banking. Additionally, governments are coming in for their share of the blame.
Conclusion: Governments and central banking are at the center of the mercantilist control that money power has exercised over the West. If these two levers of control are damaged or made inoperable by public outcry, the elite's larger, global goals will likely become even more unfeasible. China may indeed be the trigger, but the truth-telling of the Internet may in the end be what sinks elite's current drive toward world dominance.
November 23rd, 2010 by olddog
I NEED SOME HELP!
By James P. Harvey
I have been studying this problem of loss of liberty in America for over six years now, and I’m no closer to understanding why it is allowed than the day I started. I admit to being uneducated, over seventy years old, and am absolutely convinced that Jesus Christ is God, so all of you self-rightist God hater’s don’t have to read any further. How’s that for being considerate?
Since I’m convinced that God created everything that exists with His WORDS, it stands to reason that WORDS are the most powerful force known to humanity.
(1) So, why don’t the words in the Constitution protect the very reason it was composed? (OR, were we lied too?)
Since it is so evident that the Constitution is nothing but a *^&&%#$ piece of paper. (According to G.W. Bush)!
(2) Why have so many millions of people been willing to die for something they have never read, or if they did, it was with childish presuppositions?
Things just are not adding up! There are too many contradictions! We seem quite willing to send our children all over the world to kill other people’s children for a worthless piece of paper, or a contrived assault on our country, or person, but we are also willing to turn the other cheek when our own government does much worse things to the whole damn country.
(3) Are we a Nation of stupid cowards?
How damn smart do you have to be to understand we have turned into a bunch of weak willed hypocrites for not standing up for ourselves. Why do we keep bending over and taking the crap that has destroyed our liberty, our economy, and our very souls? Is it not obvious that we face a ferocious enemy right here in our own country, and a peaceful solution is not possible? Is it not evident that most people who are involved in this war of words are not willing to jeopardize their property or person, if it comes down to a real fight? Is liberty no longer worth dying for, or is it the loss of a comfortable life that makes cowards out of us?
As I write this the internet is all a-buzz over the scum-bags in the TSA, but those same scum-bags go home safely every night with never a worry for their or their family’s safety. WHY is that? What makes them so fearless? Why are they and their family’s not surrounded by armed guards 24 – 7? Has anyone ever interviewed one of them and asked why they would accept a job as disgusting as feeling up people in public, and not be afraid for their life? After all, if the internet is what the media industry claims it is, making one of those scum-bags life a miserable experience would be really easy. Same goes for all of us gun nuts! If we are the kind of people that kill and maim with the slightest provocation, what’s stopping us from popping a few screeners every week for freedoms sake? Are you beginning to understand why I’m so confused?
A lifetime of propaganda has convinced me that America was the land of the free, and the home of the brave, but all I see is a bunch of damn cowards unwilling to die for their freedom so they can have a job that destroys my freedom to pay for a faster means of transportation. The day some scum-bag screener or jingoistic junky puts his hand on my junk will be our last day!
Diversity is another thing I can’t seem to get a handle on, and I really need a lot of help on this one, because I was taught America was all about UNITY!
Please explain how I can accept a neighbor who believes in totalitarianism, homosexuality, pedophilia, female combat soldiers, lesbianism, and that is a short list of things I will not accept! Do you think I will shake that S.O.Bs. hand at the voting booth and wish him good luck. If you do, you have shit for brains. He is an enemy of everything I believe in, and especially my country.
I didn’t want to write about government controlled education because it always gives me a migraine, but I really need to know how any person with more than two inches between their ears can support the soul, and intellectual destruction, of innocent children, by forcing them to surrender their individualism to some hokey communitarian philosophy. People are born to serve God, not the community, and especially not a diversified and Un-Godly community. Force me to let some scum-bag teacher screw-up my children’s mind, and NEVER expect to sleep peacefully again, although you may sleep a lot longer than you intended!
Please be patient, because I’m really trying to find some common ground so we can live under the same government in peace, if not complete harmony. I understand that “two must be agreed to walk together” so what the hell can you expect from me if we can’t agree? Has it ever interred your little mind that your only choices are to “agree” “separate” or “murder me”? If you are unable to agree, and to cowardly to murder me, then the logical thing to do is separate. People who are intelligent enough to understand all this are called secessionist, and demand their own geography, government, and God. It seems to me this is the best for everyone, with the exception of those scum-bags who insist they are smart enough to be graced with the power to regulate the world. I call them International Bankers, (When I’m being polite,) which is not often anymore because absolutely nothing makes sense.
Let me give a good example. Since we have so much evidence that our government is out of control, and hell bent on forcing us (ECONOMICALLY) to surrender to a global government, and global currency under their complete control, take away our property, make all of our decisions in life, and generally destroy all that is good, why in the hell don’t we rise up as one body and deport the whole damn bunch? Send the scum-bags to China, or better yet, Antarctica.
Then we could start a Real Republican form of government.
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