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March 7th, 2014 by olddog
By Jon Rappoport
On one level, the struggle over the Ukraine is a deadly US/EU/Russian game of territory, involving governments, intelligence agencies, corporations, and banks.
But at a higher level, as usual, sit the elite Globalist players. And their motives are different. They see every conflict as an opportunity to negotiate the aftermath.
And that negotiation produces a codified structure of cooperation between the enemies that is larger than the previous structure.
For example, there were banks and corporations (Standard Oil, ITT, IBM, etc.) who were aiding both sides in WW2. And in the aftermath, a much larger market for goods (Europe-US) was created.
The US government, in its European rebuilding efforts, made sure of that.
Post WW2, Europe itself started on the road toward creating the current European Union, which is a vast bureaucracy that sits over the entire continent.
This is the Globalist principle: instigate conflicts, in order to build larger cooperative structures in the aftermath. And control those cooperative structures.
That way, you put more people, land, resources, and labor under the umbrella.
There is only one exception. If either of the conflicting parties, in the aftermath, refuses to build those cooperative bridges, the Globalist scheme doesn’t work.
So, vis-a-vis the Ukraine conflict, if Russia or the US, in the aftermath, says no to building new cooperative structures (either out in the open, or behind closed doors), that “defector” is now a Globalist target for further chaos and destabilization.
Until it relents and joins the Club.
Above the saber rattling and angry accusations, and characterizations of “a new Cold War,” Ukraine is a pawn in the Globalist game of bringing Russian and US power players into closer accord—kicking and screaming, if necessary.
In accord, but not in a good way. In a Globalist way.
Because the Globalist agenda is a planet of One Nation, where all borders are ultimately erased, and the ruling class of money and corporate power and political torque is enthroned.
This program is neither Left nor Right. It hides behind exacerbated conflict between Left and Right.
It engenders a reality in which Left vs. Right appears to be the only political game in town.
But it isn’t the only game.
You could call the Globalist agenda socialism, Communism, fascism, corporatism, liberal, conservative, and other names. And each one of those names would contain a kernel of truth. But in fact, Globalism is simply Control. From above. Period.
Yes, there must be certain issues on which the Left and Right disagree. There must be differences. And these issues must be hot. Hot enough to rally supporters who scream at each other across the barricades.
Because that is the kind of distraction Globalism needs to do its methodical work in secret.
If Ukraine follows the blueprint, at the end of the conflict, the US and Russia will be seething at each other. And then…a mediating figure will appear, perhaps from the Rockefeller camp.
And in a private meeting, he will say, “Boys, cool down. We have a plan. And in this plan, everybody wins. You’ll all go home with something. Look. Look at this. And this. And this.”
And then the new structure of cooperation will be larger than the previous structure.
And it will look good.
But the motive behind it will be: the taking of yet another step in the direction of welding together Planet Earth in one vast management system.
At the top of which sit the rulers.
As David Rockefeller wrote in his 2003 Memoirs:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
February 15th, 2014 by olddog
INTRODUCTION BY: Jefferson’s Voice and Olddog
(JV) You should consider pointing out in an intro commentary that the idea of a solution of a hero as presented in this paper is elite programming. Some legitimate whistleblowers and people like Aaron Russo can and have served as educators, guides, and inspiration. HOWEVER, the answer to our problems is most definitely not waiting for the emergence of such a hero – instead we must begin acting NOW on individual and community levels. No excuses. No smoke and mirrors. No delusional thinking.
(OD) Begin by decentralizing away from their planned society by not being dependent on their system of corporate control of the necessities of life, by Home Schooling, Growing your own food, Mending your own clothes and tools whenever possible, Policing your own neighborhood, and most pressing, protecting your own financial assets. Starting a Community Watch, Community idea sharing meetings, getting to know your neighbor gives you an opportunity to educate them on the new world order, and why it is so important to abandon their system. Americans must re-learn how to be independent individuals again.
(JV) I find it nauseating that the author called an Establishment rag "venerable", The Guardian is the UK version of the NY Times, and again we KNOW Greenwald is complicit and Snowden's story doesn't add up (is Snowden a patsy or an agent, who knows?). The author mentions Assange, we know Assange is an agent, one that rudely decries 9/11 Truth. For God's sake Assange has a Rothschild lawyer! Snowden and Assange are free men. The only true whistleblower mentioned is Manning and he is behind bars, isolated, not given the showy media attention of Snowden and Assange.
(OD) Note: we are not running Mr. Van Schalkwyk down, we’re just introducing important things not mentioned.
Kicking off this week's edition of The Room, former South African Supreme Court Judge and periodic contributor to these pages Rex van Schalkwyk will discuss the disturbing and accelerating global trend towards totalitarianism, focusing on technology's crucial role in determining the victor of the battle between lovers and haters of liberty.
Rex Van Schalkwyk, Contributing Author
Harlan K. Ullman is the chairman of the Killowen Group, which advises leaders in government and business, and the former national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. He is also the author of the "shock and awe" doctrine, which was used to such effect in the Iraqi wars. Writing for the Atlantic Council, an influential think tank based in Washington, DC, he argued that "non-state actors" have the power to threaten the "state-centric system of the international order" created by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.
According to Ullman, the principal threat, from information freely available on the Internet and exploited by individuals like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and, by implication, Julian Assange (whistleblowers all), was perhaps greater even than the threat of international terrorism.
There was, he said, a "second reality" that could threaten what would be a "new world order." This reality was located in the "failed and failing states," such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, with Brussels and Washington "in between."
What, then, is this new world order of which he speaks? Apart from a reference to the same used by President George H. W. Bush in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ullman does not provide any specifics. If one looks elsewhere, however, there is much evidence of what it must be. But first, it must be noted that Ullman explicitly laments that "…little is likely to be done to reverse or limit the damage imposed by failed or failing governance… without an extraordinary crisis." He is clearly in the camp of those who believe that even a failing state should be saved, if necessary, through the mechanism of an extraordinary crisis (artificially contrived, as required).
Zbigniew Brzezinski is a renowned political scientist, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, and co-founder, with David Rockefeller, of the secretive Trilateral Commission. In his book, published in 1970, titled Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, he wrote: "The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen." [Emphasis added.]
In the same work, he made this Orwellian prediction: "In the technetronic society, the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities exploiting the latest techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason." So it becomes evident that reason must be defeated in the march toward this new world order.
In a speech delivered to the Council on Foreign Relations in May 2010, in Montreal, Brzezinski warned about a phenomenon thus far overlooked by the strategists; what he described as a "global political awakening," which, he said, would make things "much more difficult" even for a world power like the United States.
It appears that when he speaks, Brzezinski, like his fellow geopolitical planners, tends to speak in code. The following is a good example: Members of the G20, he said, were "lacking in internal unity with many of its members in bilateral antagonisms." His written word is, however, quite unambiguous. The brave new society that he envisaged, as early as 1970, would be more controlled because its controllers would be unrestrained by traditional values.
Brzezinski's observations on the potential menace (to individual freedom) of the technetronic era show extraordinary insight. Certainly, his prediction was far more accurate than that made almost three decades later by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg in The Sovereign Individual, in which the authors foresaw a society largely liberated from the shackles of government by the same phenomenon. If Ullman's fears should be realized, however, then Davidson and Rees-Mogg may yet be vindicated.
Ullman, one would guess, is a disciple of Zbigniew Brzezinski. The threat that he foresees to the Westphalian system of governance by non-state actors like Edward Snowden can readily be equated to Brzezinski's concern with a "political awakening." It also becomes evident why the political establishments of the United States and Britain reacted with such fury to the Snowden revelations.
For an insight to the extent of that fury, look no further than The Guardian website for an account on how that venerable publication was compelled, by what was said to be the threat of legal action, into the physical destruction of the computers containing the information disclosed to them by Snowden. A single quote will set the scene:
"In two tense meetings last June and July the cabinet secretary, Jeremy Heywood, explicitly warned The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, to return the Snowden documents. Heywood, sent personally by David Cameron, told the editor to stop publishing articles based on leaked material from American National Security Agency and GCHQ. At one point, Heywood said: 'We can do this nicely or we can go to law.' He added: 'A lot of people in government think you should be closed down'."
What The Guardian had done, along with other publications elsewhere, was to publish details of the extraordinary reach of the invasion of individual privacy under the guise of national security. What they had not done, with their disclosures, was to breach the Official Secrets Act—an offense that would have had almost immediate criminal repercussions.
The real issue is, of course, not state security, but state authority. This is also what so disturbs the militaristic sensibilities of Harlan K. Ullman: unarmed private individuals have begun to challenge the reach of a 370-year-old system of governance and the unearned privileges conferred by that system.
The idea of a compliant world population controlled by a world government, whose writ would extend across the universe of human affairs, is a perennial one. Karl Marx had such a plan, although he envisaged a more benign system of universal brotherhood in which each would care for the other, and the need for a controlling state would eventually disappear. (He had evidently not paid attention to the biblical account of the brothers Cain and Abel.) Bertrand Russell thought that universal compliance could be achieved if a central authority distributed the world's food supply, strictly according to a predetermined rationing system.
The various improvers of the human condition each have an idea that involves a period, at least, of voluntary or involuntary enslavement. The current, post-Soviet idea would create a permanent voluntary servitude, where each subject becomes a ward of the state. The mechanism is a gradual transition from socialism to an inevitable serfdom, where the state assumes the status of the godhead.
There will, as Zbigniew Brzezinski has predicted, be an elite, for the elite will always be with us, as will a vast majority of impoverished, as Bertrand Russell had foreseen. The enemy of this process, as Ullman has said, is the individual, and the diminishing prospects for its companion virtue, personal freedom, which is now best represented by the courageous and lonely campaigners, like Edward Snowden.
George Orwell, it seems, was mistaken only about the date.
After nearly ten years of study and self observation of events and how the people react to them (or do not even notice them). I have no doubt that George Orwell was not mistaken about the date, he was instructed on what to write back then, and it was published early to entertain and titillate the peoples mind, then forget it when they saw no results, so, I conclude the most valuable men of the near future are going to be the worlds best sniper patriot survivalist who will then be supplied and protected by those of us who have learned the hard way you cannot depend on governments, or any thing else when it comes to controlling the wealth of earths natural resources’. Human greed for absolute control of everything has destroyed the American dream and most others also, but they will think twice about stepping outside from then on. Those who really understand Christianity are going to realize just how important it is to have a future that lasts forever, because those who have put their faith in humanity will soon run out of gas, food, shelter, and everything else except their demonic policemen. Life for the next generations is going to be something even the foulest language of which I am well versed cannot explain, and when push comes to shove, the PTB will go with Martial Law, and the tyranny over America will accelerate exponentially. At that point, nothing remains as a potential to restore the rule of law, hence, revenge will materialize. Given the permission to do so I would joyfully slaughter, in the most painful way known, every man or woman involved in supporting and building the new world order. Their screams of agony would be remembered as long as man existed. Considering the number of despicable traitors who are involved it would be a long and joyful ending for me. Those of you who are self-righteous and horrified at my anger, should consider the hundreds of millions of dead people due to the elites actions, not to mention the millions they are going to kill, or the theft of trillions of dollars worth of resources. When your government will not protect you, do it yourself! This conclusion is based on my complete lack of confidence in the people ever getting off their ass and getting involved in saving their freedom. For every sane person who has become involved there is a million still sitting on their ass watching dancing with the stars and sports! What you do is what you get.
February 13th, 2014 by olddog
This article was written by Koos Jansen and originally published at In Gold We Trust
These financial industry giants lived through all the wealth cycles of the past 100 years and more. What used to be long term wealth investments evolved to the day-trading, making money activities, with a top in the year 2000. Then the financial industry morphed rapidly into the absurd High Frequency Trading. All wealth is now a spooky derivative of what it once was. Debt rules!
The US was the biggest gold reserve holder in the entire world, with 28,000 metric tons of gold in its vaults (60% of the world's total gold reserves). Most, if not all, of that gold disappeared from the UST, whilst the financial industry and the debt driven economy, expanded. First there was the London Gold Pool selling central bank gold reserves, then in 1974 Louise Auchincloss Boyer discovered that N. Rockefeller was selling UST Fort Knox gold. Three days later she fell out of her window (July 3, 1974).
Immediately afterwards a Fort Knox propaganda tour was organized. All gold fever stopped in 1980. Stock markets started their rise to the moon. Fifteen years later, the European System of Central Banks started their gold sales. Stock markets reached for the stars and suddenly The Queen made a propaganda tour through the London gold vaults (Dec, 2012). Now, China, Russia and other pro gold states (BRICS Development Bank) are accumulating the scare residues of available physical gold. The debt driven Western economy is in stagnation and the global debt crisis remains unsolved.
Where has all the physical bullion gold gone? Where is it concentrated after 45 years of distribution and very low paper gold prices? Hard to say, but the main flow of physical gold went certainly from West to East. Simply because the Western financial (pseudo) wealth industry was rising since 1980 and that made physical gold obsolete, in particular for the average Western man on the street.
The MSCI emerging market index is declining and never reached the Dow/Nasdaq/S&P heights. Physical gold has flown to these Eastern emerging (mostly surplus producing) markets whilst Western deficits are still rising. An upside down world,…or not. European banks have a $ 3.4 trillion exposure to the weak emerging markets who are suffering from brutal $ withdrawals. China's shadow banking is enormous and dangerous. The entire world has multiple fundamental reasons to embrace physical gold as a wealth asset, but only an extremely small minority keeps accumulating physical gold. The bulk of physical gold is now in the very strong hands of Western and Eastern giant dynasties and a relative very small group of gold wealth connected individuals. They all continue to accumulate, whatever the paper price of gold may discourage. They all anticipate the same looming catastrophe: pseudo-wealth destruction!
The Far & Middle East stores its wealth in physical gold and the West keeps going for financial industry pseudo-wealth and paper gold for making more (debt)money. This gold imbalance will increase strongly the more the gold price declines! Declining gold prices must encourage the further accumulation of risk assets. The Western giants don't care that Joe sixpack has no gold. They must feed their financial industry pseudo-wealth (buy stocks and debt paper). The Western giants, with trainloads of physical gold, don't care that the scarce left-overs of available physical gold flows cheaply to the East. When the pseudo-wealth comes to an end and the East will say physical gold is the real store of wealth, the Western giants with gold in their vaults, remain wealthy. Then the whole (political) economic story restarts from scratch.
The giant dynasties *are* the financial industry. They produce and control the bulk of the debt-driven pseudo-wealth. The FED is even providing liquidity for Mario's ECB (swaps). That's why their balance sheet is diverging. Euro-land is in fact still $-land.
China's present gold policies are building a base to take over the paper gold pricing from the dollar's financial regime. The valuation of physical gold must be totally delinked from currency and risk assets. China wants an orderly and open Rimini gold market with satisfactory gold market laws as to protect all wealth assets. A gold market where all underground speculative activities are strictly forbidden. They invite all foreigners to gradually participate in this gold market with emphasis on the free floating valuation of physical gold. This is in 100% contrast with the de facto dollar's gold pricing and gold policies. The dollar system doesn't want your wealth assets to be protected with gold. One day, the masses will embrace China's gold policies and leave the international $-reserve for what it never was (hard currency). The Western giants, indeed anticipated this all along with stealth accumulation of physical gold in their private vaults. They know the day of reckoning comes near.
The time has come to s&%t or get off the pot. If you have any investments at all in paper instruments or currency, convert them to cash and buy gold and silver NOW! You will never see your savings mature if their in dollars and you expect to live another year. Who do you know personally that has lost their money in hard commodities? Gold has thousands of years of history supporting its value retention and appreciation. Likewise silver, which is a much better investment for the common man with less than a $million to invest. If you are living pay-check to pay-check sell everything you can do without and buy ammo, guns, shovels, heritage seeds, and various other necessities for when the SHTF. Your dollars will wither away just like your youth, only much faster now. It’s time to get off your backside and learn how to live in a post dollar America. Barter will be the common mans money system before you are five years older.
January 25th, 2014 by olddog
By BOB UNRUH
Some of the nation’s most respected legal teams are asking the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to the indefinite-detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, charging the law has created the framework for a police state.
The controversial provision authorizes the military, under presidential authority, to arrest, kidnap, detain without trial and hold indefinitely American citizens thought to “represent an enduring security threat to the United States.”
Journalist Chris Hedges, who is suing the government over a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, is seen here addressing a crowd in New York's Zuccotti Park.
Journalist Chris Hedges is among the plaintiffs charging the law could be used to target journalists who report on terror-related issues.
A friend-of-the-court brief submitted in the case states: “The central question now before this court is whether the federal judiciary will stand idly by while Congress and the president establish the legal framework for the establishment of a police state and the subjugation of the American citizenry through the threat of indefinite military arrest and detention, without the right to counsel, the right to confront one’s accusers, or the right to trial.”
The bried was submitted to the Supreme Court by attorneys with the U.S. Justice Foundation of Ramona, Calif., Friedman Harfenist Kraut & Perlstein of Lake Success, N.Y., and William J. Olson, P.C. of Vienna, Va.
The attorneys are Michael Connelly, Steven J. Harfenist, William J. Olson, Herbert W. Titus, John S. Miles, Jeremiah L. Morgan and Robert J. Olson.
They are adding their voices to the chorus asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to challenge the law adopted by Congress.
The brief is on behalf of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, Virginia Sen. Dick Black, the U.S. Justice Foundation, Gun Owners Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Center for Media & Democracy, Downsize DC Foundation, Downsize DC.org, Free Speech Defense & Education Fund, Free Speech Coalition, Western Journalism Center, The Lincoln Institute, Institute on the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln Foundation and Conservative Legal Defense & Education Fund.
The 2014 NDAA was fast-tracked through the U.S. Senate, with no time for discussion or amendments, while most Americans were distracted by the scandal surrounding A&E’s troubles with “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.
Eighty-five of 100 senators voted in favor of the new version of the NDAA, which had already been quietly passed by the House of Representatives.
Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and others filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the Obama administration to challenge the legality of an earlier version of the NDAA.
It’s Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA, and its successors, that drew a lawsuit by Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Jennifer Bolen, Noam Chomsky, Alex O’Brien, Kai Warg All, Brigitta Jonsottir and the group U.S. Day of Rage. Many of the plaintiffs are authors or reporters who stated that the threat of indefinite detention by the U.S. military already had altered their activities.
“It’s clearly unconstitutional,” Hedges says of the bill. “It is a huge and egregious assault against our democracy. It overturns over 200 years of law, which has kept the military out of domestic policing.”
Hedges is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and was part of a team of reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism.
The friend-of-the-court brief warns the precedent “leaves American citizens vulnerable to arrest and detention, without the protection of the Bill of Rights, under either the plaintiff’s or the government’s theory of the case.
“The judiciary must not await subsequent litigation to resolve this issue, as the nature of military detention is that American citizens then would have no adequate legal remedy,” the brief explains.
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Section 1021 allows the detention of anyone, including American citizens, by the military, if the president considers that person to have help with terror. It’s different from the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which was adopted immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, because while that law allows detention, there must be something linking them to the 9/11 attacks.
“Section 1021 authorizes detention, potentially forever, and even rendition of American citizens to foreign nations,” the brief points out. “If this court refuses to hear the Hedges challenge, it will leave American citizens subject to unconstitutional military arrest and detention.
“If this court does not grant the petition, there is no reason to believe the U.S. presidents would cease to assert ‘the right to place certain individuals [including American citizens] in military detention, without trial.’ There would continue to be no statutory constraint on an arrest being authorized by a military officer of unspecified rank. There would be no protection provided by the requirement of a grand jury indictment. There would be no requirement of an arrest arrant issued by an Article II judge supported by a sworn affidavit showing probable cause of the commission of a specific crime. Neither would there be any protection against use of compelled testimony, or against an violation of due process of law. There would be no civilian proceedings whatsoever against the person detained. Indeed, there is no requirement that the individual being detained has committed any federal crime, and military detentions could be used to circumvent the protections afforded American citizens by the treason clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
It describes a scary scenario.
“After the string of black Suburbans pulls away, it is difficult to believe that the military would provide relatives or lawyers with any information whatsoever as to where the person being detained was being held.”
After all, it explains, Congress specifically expressed its desire for the detention provision to apply to American citizens even on American soil by rejecting multiple amendments that would have exempted them.
And Obama, also, affirmed the detention authority, stating, “I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens … My administration will interpret Section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.”
Simply stating that means it could be interpreted in a contrary manner.
At the trial court level, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order that struck the provision as unconstitutional.
Multiple states have passed state laws banning its enforcement inside those states. Herb Titus, a constitutional expert, previously told WND Forrest’s ruling underscored “the arrogance of the current regime, in that they will not answer questions that they ought to answer to a judge because they don’t think they have to.”
The judge explained that the plaintiffs alleged paragraph 1021 is “constitutionally infirm, violating both their free speech and associational rights guaranteed by the 1st Amendment as well due process rights guaranteed by the 5th Amendment.”
She noted the government “did not call any witnesses, submit any documentary evidence or file any declarations.”
“It must be said that it would have been a rather simple matter for the government to have stated that as to these plaintiffs and the conduct as to which they would testify, that [paragraph] 1021 did not and would not apply, if indeed it did or would not,” she wrote.
Instead, the administration only responded with, “I’m not authorized to make specific representations regarding specific people.”
“The court’s attempt to avoid having to deal with the constitutional aspects of the challenge was by providing the government with prompt notice in the form of declarations and depositions of the … conduct in which plaintiffs are involved and which they claim places them in fear of military detention,” she wrote. “To put it bluntly, to eliminate these plaintiffs’ standing simply by representing that their conduct does not fall within the scope of 1021 would have been simple. The government chose not to do so – thereby ensuring standing and requiring this court to reach the merits of the instant motion.
“Plaintiffs have stated a more than plausible claim that the statute inappropriately encroaches on their rights under the 1st Amendment,” she wrote.
Experts have expressed concern that even a journalist who has interviewed a member of a terror group may be considered to have rendered aid to that group.
The government appealed the trial judge’s ruling to the 2nd Circuit, which abruptly ruled that the plaintiffs had no right to challenge the law.
In the following interview, Hedges, early in the case, described what he sees developing:
January 21st, 2014 by olddog
By Michael Snyder
Did you know that financial institutions all over the world are warning that we could see a "mega default" on a very prominent high-yield investment product in China on January 31st? We are being told that this could lead to a cascading collapse of the shadow banking system in China which could potentially result in "sky-high interest rates" and "a precipitous plunge in credit". In other words, it could be a "Lehman Brothers moment" for Asia. And since the global financial system is more interconnected today than ever before, that would be very bad news for the United States as well. Since Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the level of private domestic credit in China has risen from $9 trillion to an astounding $23 trillion. That is an increase of $14 trillion in just a little bit more than 5 years. Much of that "hot money" has flowed into stocks, bonds and real estate in the United States. So what do you think is going to happen when that bubble collapses?
The bubble of private debt that we have seen inflate in China since the Lehman crisis is unlike anything that the world has ever seen. Never before has so much private debt been accumulated in such a short period of time. All of this debt has helped fuel tremendous economic growth in China, but now a whole bunch of Chinese companies are realizing that they have gotten in way, way over their heads. In fact, it is being projected that Chinese companies will pay out the equivalent of approximately a trillion dollars in interest payments this year alone. That is more than twice the amount that the U.S. government will pay in interest in 2014.
Over the past several years, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England have all been criticized for creating too much money. But the truth is that what has been happening in China surpasses all of their efforts combined. You can see an incredible chart which graphically illustrates this point right here. As the Telegraph pointed out a while back, the Chinese have essentially "replicated the entire U.S. commercial banking system" in just five years…
Overall credit has jumped from $9 trillion to $23 trillion since the Lehman crisis. "They have replicated the entire U.S. commercial banking system in five years," she said.
The ratio of credit to GDP has jumped by 75 percentage points to 200pc of GDP, compared to roughly 40 points in the US over five years leading up to the subprime bubble, or in Japan before the Nikkei bubble burst in 1990. "This is beyond anything we have ever seen before in a large economy. We don't know how this will play out. The next six months will be crucial," she said.
As with all other things in the financial world, what goes up must eventually come down.
And right now January 31st is shaping up to be a particularly important day for the Chinese financial system. The following is from a Reuters article…
The trust firm responsible for a troubled high-yield investment product sold through China's largest banks has warned investors they may not be repaid when the 3 billion-yuan ($496 million)product matures on Jan. 31, state media reported on Friday.
Investors are closely watching the case to see if it will shatter assumptions that the government and state-owned banks will always protect investors from losses on risky off-balance-sheet investment products sold through a murky shadow banking system.
If there is a major default on January 31st, the effects could ripple throughout the entire Chinese financial system very rapidly. A recent Forbes article explained why this is the case…
A WMP default, whether relating to Liansheng or Zhenfu, could devastate the Chinese banking system and the larger economy as well. In short, China’s growth since the end of 2008 has been dependent on ultra-loose credit first channeled through state banks, like ICBC and Construction Bank, and then through the WMPs, which permitted the state banks to avoid credit risk. Any disruption in the flow of cash from investors to dodgy borrowers through WMPs would rock China with sky-high interest rates or a precipitous plunge in credit, probably both. The result? The best outcome would be decades of misery, what we saw in Japan after its bubble burst in the early 1990s.
The big underlying problem is the fact that private debt and the money supply have both been growing far too rapidly in China. According to Forbes, M2 in China increased by 13.6 percent last year…
And at the same time China’s money supply and credit are still expanding. Last year, the closely watched M2 increased by only 13.6%, down from 2012’s 13.8% growth. Optimists say China is getting its credit addiction under control, but that’s not correct. In fact, credit expanded by at least 20% last year as money poured into new channels not measured by traditional statistics.
Overall, M2 in China is up by about 1000 percentsince 1999. That is absolutely insane.
And of course China is not the only place in the world where financial trouble signs are erupting. Things in Europe just keep getting worse, and we have just learned that the largest bank in Germany just suffered " a surprise fourth-quarter loss"…
Deutsche Bank shares tumbled on Monday following a surprise fourth-quarter loss due to a steep drop in debt trading revenues and heavy litigation and restructuring costs that prompted the bank to warn of a challenging 2014.
Germany's biggest bank said revenue at its important debt-trading division, fell 31 percent in the quarter, a much bigger drop than at U.S. rivals, which have also suffered from sluggish fixed-income trading.
If current trends continue, many other big banks will soon be experiencing a "bond headache" as well. At this point, Treasury Bond sentiment is about the lowest that it has been in about 20 years. Investors overwhelmingly believe that yields are heading higher.
If that does indeed turn out to be the case, interest rates throughout our economy are going to be rising, economic activity will start slowing down significantly and it could set up the "nightmare scenario" that I keep talking about.
But I am not the only one talking about it.
In fact, the World Economic Forum is warning about the exact same thing…
Fiscal crises triggered by ballooning debt levels in advanced economies pose the biggest threat to the global economy in 2014, a report by the World Economic Forum has warned.
Ahead of next week's WEF annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the forum's annual assessment of global dangers said high levels of debt in advanced economies, including Japan and America, could lead to an investor backlash.
This would create a "vicious cycle" of ballooning interest payments, rising debt piles and investor doubt that would force interest rates up further.
So will a default event in China on January 31st be the next "Lehman Brothers moment" or will it be something else?
In the end, it doesn't really matter. The truth is that what has been going on in the global financial system is completely and totally unsustainable, and it is inevitable that it is all going to come horribly crashing down at some point during the next few years.
It is just a matter of time.
January 20th, 2014 by olddog
The wannabe patriot will get a good pre-education watching these video’s, as most of what you may read in the future will make more sense. Connecting the dot’s become’s a matter of common sense.
By Catherine J. Frompovich
Corporate socialism was off and running shortly after the turn of the 1900s. Don’t believe that? Well, listen carefully to the late researcher, British historian, and Professor Antony C. Sutton saying in an interview that the U.S. Army and Wall Streeters apparently aided and abetted the Bolshevik Revolution! This 8 minute YouTube Professor Antony Sutton: Wall Street & the Bolshevik Revolution, ought to get readers’ attention, Part 1.
In another Professor Sutton interview, he talks about the ‘infamous’ Order of Skull & Bones at Yale and what Sutton found out in what he calls the “Yalegate Papers,” which apparently tell about getting and maintaining power in Introduction to Skull & Bones.
In Part 2, Sutton discusses the Hegelian Dialectic (problem, reaction, solution) and the U.S. individuals – and families-of-power to bring about a One World Order. He discusses a Hegelian system of education and the drive for power and remolding the United States of America.
In Part 3, the Professor discusses an interesting repartee about semantics used by Vice-President Bush regarding Bush’s membership in the secret society order. According to Professor Sutton, the accomplishments of the Skull & Bones order were the creation of one war (WWI) and two revolutions – readers will be surprised to find out which ones they were. Sutton discusses what was accomplished, e.g., conflict management and steering history.
In Part 4, according to Professor Sutton, the order has been at war with the United States since 1833! They can’t live with the U.S. Constitution and they want to change it. Anything sound familiar today? Too many people are willing to regard those people who gain power and then ‘worship’ them as god, according to Sutton. He talks about how they are using the Hegelian Dialectic to establish control, war, and by managing the conflict, can control the next decade or so. He talks about Cuban troops and Angola, the Middle East, a capitalist versus communist conspiracy, religious groups, the Panama Canal and the debts Panama owed the USA. That the order is willing to back some Marxist states but not others.
In another interview, Professor Sutton talks about the Trilateral Commission founded by David Rockefeller and other foundations in 1973 to encourage discussions among three regions and the commission’s influences on U.S. government. There is an interlock between the news media and the Trilateral Commission.
And finally, Professor Sutton talks about psychotronic (Radio Frequency) weapons and behavior modification that work like drugs, if you use the correct RF wave. Have readers heard about the “Woodpecker”? not the birds in your backyard trees! Sutton defines psychotronics, which readers won’t want to miss hearing. What health effects are involved? Parts 1 and 2 here:
If readers would like to learn more about Professor Antony C. Sutton, D.Sc. (1925-2002), please access
When the media or the government talk about “conspiracy theories” or places conspiracy theorist labels on those telling what they have researched, one has to question whether it’s a classic example of the “pot calling the kettle black.”
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
January 17th, 2014 by olddog
By John W. Whitehead
“[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.”—Pratap Chatterjee, journalist
What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems. Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.
Yet as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.
That said, how can anyone be expected to “fix” what is broken unless they first understand the lengths to which the government with its arsenal of technology is going in order to accustom the American people to life in a police state and why being spied on by government agents, both state and federal, as well as their partners in the corporate world, is a problem, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.
Indeed, as the trend towards over criminalization makes clear, it won’t be long before the average law-abiding American is breaking laws she didn’t even know existed during the course of a routine day. The point, of course, is that while you may be oblivious to your so-called law-breaking—whether it was collecting rainwater to water your lawn, lighting a cigarette in the privacy of your home, or gathering with friends in your backyard for a Sunday evening Bible study—the government will know each and every transgression and use them against you.
As noted by the Brookings Institution, “For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders — every phone conversation, electronic message, social media interaction, the movements of nearly every person and vehicle, and video from every street corner.”
As the following will show, the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, is perhaps the most insidious of the police state’s many tentacles, impacting almost every aspect of our lives and making it that much easier for the government to encroach on our most vital freedoms, ranging from free speech, assembly and the press to due process, privacy, and property, by eavesdropping on our communications, tracking our movements and spying on our activities.
Tracking you based on your consumer activities: Fusion centers, federal-state law enforcement partnerships which attempt to aggregate a variety of data on so-called “suspicious persons,” have actually collected reports on people buying pallets of bottled water, photographing government buildings, and applying for a pilot’s license as “suspicious activity.” Retailers are getting in on the surveillance game as well. Large corporations such as Target have been tracking and assessing the behavior of their customers, particularly their purchasing patterns, for years. In 2015, mega-food corporations will be rolling out high-tech shelving outfitted with cameras in order to track the shopping behavior of customers, as well as information like the age and sex of shoppers.
Tracking you based on your public activities: Sensing a booming industry, private corporations are jumping on the surveillance state bandwagon, negotiating lucrative contracts with police agencies throughout the country in order to create a web of surveillance that encompasses all major urban centers. Companies such as NICE and Bright Planet are selling equipment and services to police departments with the promise of monitoring large groups of people seamlessly, as in the case of protests and rallies. They are also engaging in extensive online surveillance, looking for any hints of “large public events, social unrest, gang communications, and criminally predicated individuals.” Defense contractors are attempting to take a bite out of this lucrative market as well. Raytheon has recently developed a software package known as Riot, which promises to predict the future behavior of an individual based upon his social media posts.
Tracking you based on your phone activities: The CIA has been paying AT&T over $10 million per year in order to gain access to data on Americans’ phone calls abroad. This is in addition to telecommunications employees being embedded in government facilities to assist with quick analysis of call records and respond to government requests for customer location data. They receive hundreds of thousands of such requests per year.
Tracking you based on your computer activities: Federal agents now employ a number of hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities and “see” whatever you’re seeing on your monitor. Malicious hacking software can be installed via a number of inconspicuous methods, including USB, or via an email attachment or software update. It can then be used to search through files stored on a hard drive, log keystrokes, or take real time screenshots of whatever a person is looking at on their computer, whether personal files, web pages, or email messages. It can also be used to remotely activate cameras and microphones, offering another means of glimpsing into the personal business of a target.
Tracking you based on your behavior: Thanks to a torrent of federal grants, police departments across the country are able to fund outrageous new surveillance systems that turn the most basic human behaviors into suspicious situations to be studied and analyzed. Police in California, Massachusetts, and New York have all received federal funds to create systems like that operated by the New York Police Department, which “links 3,000 surveillance cameras with license plate readers, radiation sensors, criminal databases and terror suspect lists.” Police all across the country are also now engaging in big data mining operations, often with the help of private companies, in order to develop city-wide nets of surveillance. For example, police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now work with IBM in order to “integrate new data and analytics tools into everyday crime fighting.”
Tracking you based on your face: Facial recognition software promises to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. The goal is for government agents to be able to scan a crowd of people and instantaneously identify all of the individuals present. Facial recognition programs are being rolled out in states all across the country (only twelve states do not use facial recognition software). For example, in Ohio, 30,000 police officers and court employees are able to access the driver’s license images of people in the state, without any form of oversight to track their views or why they’re accessing them. The FBI is developing a $1 billion program, Next Generation Identification, which involves creating a massive database of mugshots for police all across the country.
Tracking you based on your car: License plate readers, which can identify the owner of any car that comes within its sights, are growing in popularity among police agencies. Affixed to overpasses or cop cars, these devices give police a clear idea of where your car was at a specific date and time, whether the doctor’s office, the bar, the mosque, or at a political rally. State police in Virginia used license plate readers to record every single vehicle that arrived to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 from Virginia. They also recorded the license plates of attendees at rallies prior to the election, including for then-candidate Obama and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. This data collection came at the request of the U.S. Secret Service. Incredibly, Virginia police stored data on some 8 million license plates, some for up to three years.
Tracking you based on your social media activities: The obsession with social media as a form of surveillance will have some frightening consequences in coming years. As Helen A.S. Popkin, writing for NBC News, has astutely observed, “We may very well face a future where algorithms bust people en masse for referencing illegal ‘Game of Thrones’ downloads, or run sweeps for insurance companies seeking non-smokers confessing to lapsing back into the habit. Instead of that one guy getting busted for a lame joke misinterpreted as a real threat, the new software has the potential to roll, Terminator-style, targeting every social media user with a shameful confession or questionable sense of humor.”
Tracking you based on your metadata: Metadata is an incredibly invasive set of data to have on a person. Indeed, with access to one’s metadata, one can “identify people’s friends and associates, detect where they were at a certain time, acquire clues to religious or political affiliations, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner or exchanges with a fellow plotter.” The National Security Agency (NSA) has been particularly interested in metadata, compiling information on Americans’ social connections “that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information.” Mainway, the main NSA tool used to connect the dots on American social connections, collected 700 million phone records per day in 2011. That number increased by 1.1 billion in August 2011. The NSA is now working on creating “a metadata repository capable of taking in 20 billion ‘record events’ daily and making them available to N.S.A. analysts within 60 minutes.”
Tracking you from the skies: Nothing, and I mean nothing, will escape government eyes, especially when drones take to the skies in 2015. These gadgets, ranging from the colossal to the miniature, will have the capability of seeing through the walls of your home and tracking your every movement.
To put it bluntly, we are living in an electronic concentration camp. Through a series of imperceptible steps, we have willingly allowed ourselves to become enmeshed in a system that knows the most intimate details of our lives, analyzes them, and treats us accordingly. Whether via fear of terrorism, narcissistic pleasure, or lazy materialism, we have slowly handed over our information to all sorts of entities, corporate and governmental, public and private, who are now using that information to cow and control us for their profit. As George Orwell warned, “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
Thus, we have arrived in Orwell’s world. The question now is: will we take a stand and fight to remain free or will we go gently into the concentration camp?
WC: 1914 This commentary is alsoavailable at www.rutherford.org.
January 16th, 2014 by olddog
By Kurt Nimmo
Next phase of dictatorship proposed to save children and workers
Obama has officially announced plans to trash the Constitution and move forward with a socialist-corporatist dictatorship without input from Congress or the American people. He made the announcement Tuesday during a cabinet meeting.
“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said.
“And I can use that pen to sign executive orders (ILLEGALLY) and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, (COMMON CORE?) making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, (BAILOUTS) to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”(BURGER-FLIPPERS)
Article I Section I of the Constitution clearly states all legislative powers reside with Congress. The founders were inspired by the writings of Montesquieu and insisted on three separate branches of government and instituted a system of checks and balances to prevent tyranny. “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person,” Montesquieu wrote.
James Madison, writing in Federalist 46, warned that consolidated power at the executive level is the very definition of tyranny. “The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands… may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
George Washington signed the first executive order proclaiming a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. Since that time, the Supreme Court has ruled executive orders may not be used to make law, only execute laws passed by Congress. From Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt onward, however, presidents have signed a large number of increasingly audacious and unconstitutional executive orders. (DUH)
“Obama, lacking the charm of Franklin Roosevelt, nevertheless seeks to follow his path in growing executive power,” writes David Davenport. “Starting with President Woodrow Wilson, and culminating in Roosevelt’s New Deal, progressives sought to undermine the power of the legislature in favor of consolidating power in the executive branch. From passing the sweeping healthcare reform bill on a party-line vote, to the largest use of executive czars in our history, to initiating new policies on things like immigration and gun control by executive order, Obama seeks to leave 225 years of constitutional separation of powers behind. This needs to be exposed for what it is: a series of constitutional end-runs and a power grab by a frustrated and legacy-driven president.”
Republicans, looking for partisan ammo to attack a Democrat president, will undoubtedly criticize Obama’s latest constitutional affront. Executive orders and the gradual evolvement of the imperial presidency is not limited to Democrats, however.
“Both Republicans and Democrats are fond of referring to the ‘imperial presidency’ when someone from the opposite party is in the White House,” explains William L. Anderson. “Yet both parties have acted to protect and strengthen the presidency when it was to their advantage.”
“Unless members of the other branches are willing to act on the important principle of decentralization of power, the American Experiment will end up being nothing but a footnote of history.” (HEY DUDE THAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO)
This relegation of the American experiment to an irrelevant footnote is precisely what the global elite with a stranglehold on government have in mind.
The globalist intelligentsia continue to argue in favor of trashing the Constitution. In 2011, CNN contributor Fareed Zakaria argued that the Constitution is outdated and its principles should be “debated and fixed” to conform with the modern era. He suggested “a set of amendments to modernize the Constitution for the 21st Century.”
Adherence to the Constitution is now portrayed as a form of mental illness. “Indeed, there is something infantile in the belief of the constitution-worshipers that the complex political arguments of today can be settled by simple fidelity to a document written in the 18th century,” the editors the Economist wrote in late 2010. “When history is turned into scripture and men into deities, truth is the victim.”
The Constitution stands between the global elite and their plan to reduce America to an economic and cultural ruin. Natural rights and individual sovereignty are intractable obstacles and must be destroyed if a one world totalitarian government is to be realized.
Obama’s latest comments on the plan to impose executive decrees – as usual, for the sake of the children– sets the stage for the next phase of dictatorial government and the dismantlement of the Constitution and its relegation to the dustbin of history.
Since we have known all this from the first week he set foot in the white house,
WHY ARE WE NOT THROWING THE BASTARD OUT!
January 13th, 2014 by olddog
By John W. Whitehead
“Everywhere, “time is winding up,” in the words of one of our spirituals, “corruption in the land, people take a stand, time is winding up.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me.
The laws which apply to the majority of the population allow the government to do things like sending SWAT teams crashing through your door in the middle of the night, rectally probing you during a roadside stop, or listening in on your phone calls and reading all of your email messages, confiscating your property, or indefinitely detaining you in a military holding cell. These are the laws which are executed every single day against a population which has up until now been blissfully ignorant of the radical shift taking place in American government.
Then there are the laws constructed for the elite, which allow bankers who crash the economy to walk free. They’re the laws which allow police officers to avoid prosecution when they shoot unarmed citizens, strip search non-violent criminals, or taser pregnant women on the side of the road, or pepper spray peaceful protestors. These are the laws of the new age we are entering, an age of neo-feudalism, in which corporate-state rulers dominate the rest of us, where the elite create the laws which can result in a person being jailed for possessing a small amount of marijuana while bankers that launder money for drug cartels walk free. In other words, we have moved into an age where we are the slaves and they are the rulers.
Unfortunately, this two-tiered system of government has been a long time coming. As I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the march toward an imperial presidency, to congressional intransigence and impotence, to a corporate takeover of the mechanisms of government, and the division of America into haves and have not’s has been building for years.
Thus we now find ourselves at a point where, for the first time in history, Congress is dominated by a majority of millionaires who are, on average, 14 times wealthier than the average American. Making matters worse, as the Center for Responsive Politics reports, “at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources, as well as considering an overhaul of the tax code,” our so-called representatives are completely out of touch with the daily struggles of most Americans–those who live from paycheck to paycheck and are caught in the exhausting struggle to survive on a day-to-day basis.
Indeed, although America is supposed to be a representative republic, these people– who earn six-figure salaries and inhabit a world exempt from parking tickets, where gym membership is free and health care is second-to-none, where you only have to work two, maybe three days a week and get 32 fully reimbursed road trips home a year, travel to foreign lands, discounts in Capitol Hill tax-free shops and restaurants, free reserved parking at Washington National Airport, free fresh-cut flowers from the Botanic Gardens, and free assistance in the preparation of income taxes–neither represent nor serve the American people. They have instead appointed themselves our masters.
While Congress should be America's representative body, too many of its members bear little resemblance to those they have been elected to represent. As Dan Eggen reports for The Washington Post: "The new figures underscore a long-standing trend of wealth accumulation in Congress, which is populated overwhelmingly with millionaires and near-millionaires who often own multiple homes and other assets out of reach for most of the voters they represent."
Many of our politicians live like kings. Chauffeured around in limousines, flying in private jets and eating gourmet meals, all paid for by the American taxpayer, they are far removed from those they are supposed to represent. Such a luxurious lifestyle makes it difficult to identify with the "little guy"–the roofers, plumbers and blue-collar workers who live from paycheck to paycheck and keep the country running with their hard-earned dollars and the sweat of their brows.
The unfortunate but simple fact is that the rich sit perched at the top of the government. As Joseph Stiglitz writes for Vanity Fair:
Virtually all U.S. senators, and most of the representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift–through legislation prohibiting the government, the largest buyer of drugs, from bargaining over price–it should not come as cause for wonder. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.
Sadly, electoral politics have been so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money that there is little chance, even for a well-meaning person, to affect any real change through Congress. Whether it be the Oval Office or the halls of Congress, the road to the ballot box is an expensive one, and only the wealthy, or those supported by the wealthy, are even able to get to the starting line.
Just consider the 2012 presidential election cycle. Both parties spent $1 billion each attempting to get their candidate elected to the presidency. This money came from rich donors and corporate sponsors, intent on getting their candidate in office. Once in office, these already privileged wealthy bureaucrats enter into a life of even greater privilege, unfortunately at the expense of the American taxpayer. It doesn't even seem to matter whether they're Democrats or Republicans–they all take full advantage of what one news report described as "a mountain of perks that most Fortune 500 companies couldn't begin to rival."
Even President Obama's closest advisers are millionaires, including those on his 15-member cabinet. It is not unusual for some of them to own vacation homes, such as Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, who owns a "summer home worth more than a million dollars."
And then there are the lobbyists, the source of much corruption and exchanging of money in Washington. With an estimated 26 lobbyists per congressman, it should come as no surprise that once elected, even those with the best of intentions seem to find it hard to resist the lure of lobbyist dollars, of which there are plenty to go around.
This lobbying is in turn buoyed by a congressional lifestyle which demands that our representatives spend the majority of their time fund raising for campaigns, rather than responding to the needs of their constituents. In November 2012, the Democratic House leadership offered a model daily schedule to newly elected Democrats which suggests a ten-hour day, five hours of which are dominated by “call time” and “strategic outreach,” including fund raisers and correspondence with potential donors. Three or four hours are for actually doing the job they were elected to do, such as attending committee meetings, voting on legislation, and interacting with constituents.
When half of one’s time is devoted to asking for money from rich individuals and special interests, there is no way that he can respond to the problems, which pervade the country. Even well-meaning Congressmen face a Catch-22 where they are pushed to fundraise to secure their seats, but then once in office, it is basically impossible for them to do their jobs. The full ramifications of this are laid out by Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC):
Any member who follows that schedule will be completely controlled by their staff, handed statements that their staff prepared, speaking from talking points they get emailed from leadership… It really does affect how members of Congress behave if the most important thing they think about is fundraising. You end up being nice to people that probably somebody needs to be questioning skeptically… You won’t ask tough questions in hearings that might displease potential contributors, won’t support amendments that might anger them, will tend to vote the way contributors want you to vote.
What we are faced with is a government by oligarchy–in other words, one that is of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. Yet the Constitution's Preamble states that it is "we the people" who are supposed to be running things. If our so-called "representative government" is to survive, we must first wrest control of our government from the wealthy elite who run it. That is a problem with no easy solutions, and voting is the least of what we should be doing.
"What they don't want," noted comedian George Carlin, is "a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests."
A population of citizens capable of critical thinking? That's a good place to start, and it's a sure-fire way to jumpstart a revolution. As Abraham Lincoln said, "Wise men established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity should look up again at the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began."
Inspiring words, but what do they really mean for those of us laboring under the weight of an overreaching, militarized, corrupt government that grows increasingly so with each passing day?
How can we change this state of affairs? The government is too big, too powerful, and its overlords too entrenched to willingly give up any of its power or wealth. The wisest option is to employ the tactics of past protest movements such as the Bonus Army, the Civil Rights Movement, and the 1960s anti-war movement, all of which used sleep-ins, sit-ins and marches to oppose government policies, counter injustice and bring about meaningful change.
For example, in May of 1932, more than 43,000 people, dubbed the Bonus Army—World War I veterans and their families—marched on Washington. Out of work, destitute and with families to feed, more than 10,000 veterans set up tent cities in the nation's capital and refused to leave until the government agreed to pay the bonuses they had been promised as a reward for their services. The Senate voted against paying them immediately, but the protesters didn't budge. Congress adjourned for the summer, and still the protesters remained encamped. Finally, on July 28, under orders from President Herbert Hoover, the military descended with tanks and cavalry, beating some protesters senseless and setting their makeshift camps on fire. Still, the protesters returned the following year, and eventually their efforts not only succeeded in securing payment of the bonuses but contributed to the passage of the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Similarly, the Civil Rights Movement mobilized hundreds of thousands of people to strike at the core of an unjust and discriminatory society. Likewise, while the 1960s anti-war movement began with a few thousand perceived radicals, it ended with hundreds of thousands of protesters, spanning all walks of life, demanding the end of American military aggression abroad.
What these movements had was a coherent message, the mass mobilization of a large cross section of American society, what Martin Luther King Jr. called a philosophy of “militant nonviolent resistance” and an eventual convergence on the nation’s seat of power—Washington, DC—the staging ground for the corporate coup, where the shady deals are cut, where lobbyists and politicians meet, and where corporate interests are considered above all else.
It is no coincidence that just prior to his assassination in April 1968, King was plotting “to build a shantytown in Washington, patterned after the bonus marches of the thirties, to dramatize how many people have to live in slums in our nation.”
King’s advice still rings true: “We need to put pressure on Congress to get things done. We will do this with First Amendment activity. If Congress is unresponsive, we’ll have to escalate in order to keep the issue alive and before it. This action may take on disruptive dimensions, but not violent in the sense of destroying life or property: it will be militant nonviolence.”
The balance of power that was once a hallmark of our republic no longer exists. James Madison’s warning that “the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elected, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny” has, regrettably come to pass.
Clearly, it’s time for a mass movement dedicated to change through “militant nonviolence.” If not, the shadow of tyranny that now hangs over us will eventually destroy every last semblance of freedom.
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor,” Martin Luther King Jr. warned in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” “It must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Human nature being what it is, the next Stud Duck in America is bound to be the Top Dog in the NSA. Seriously folks, you don’t really think the scum bags in government are going to be good boys & girls even when they know everything they do and say is being recorded, do you?
Since we already know that video recorded improprieties have been a main tool to control establishment minions for nearly 40 years, and is the reason for the origin of child prostitution and sex slave rings in D.C. and around the country, how long do you think it will take the Top Dog in the NSA to start calling the shots in DC?
Considering that nothing could possibly stop the putrid lifestyles of our leaders from changing, it stands to reason that they will soon acquire a Yahsa-Massa attitude toward the Top Dog, and he will soon have the entire three branches of the UNITED STATES CORPORATION by the short hairs. This will make the International Investment Banksters paranoid, and may cause them to dispatch their assassins if he is foolish enough to collect data on them.
Lesson learned: Even Stud Ducks don’t mess with vultures.
For the one millionth time, I repeat, unless some patriotic military Commander initiates a covert strike on all of the International Investment Banking Cartel, America, and all other Nations’ of free people will be toast! They have already demonstrated their resolve to kill millions, if not billions of us, so someone please make a suggestion on how else we can stop them from assuming totalitarian control of planet earth.
Now, concerning Mr. Whiteheads call to a “Militant Nonviolent Resistance”, if by that he expects us low class citizens to sit passively and let a bunch of traitorous, scumbag, wanatabe killers beat us bloody, or shoot us if we raise a hand in self defense, he is invited to sit on the front row- – – – ALONE! We have had enough of that shit! From now on we will have a back-up armed force ready to protect us from that kind of treatment. A peaceful demonstration does not mean one side gets beat to death while the other gets paid to beat us to death. America needs to wake the hell up and admit, we have been beguiled from the get go, and there is no such thing in America as a Lawful Federal Government, and damn few State governments. By all that’s holy, we should do everything possible to avoid war with these people, but that DOES NOT ENCLUDE PASSIVELY ACCEPTING SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH. I am not calling for war on the government or anyone else, but I am telling the world I will not let someone beat me without fighting back, badges and uniforms be damned, and anyone who expects me too can go piss up a rope. If the people in power will not even listen to our petitions, the games over.
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair. He can't shake that feeling of an unbearable weight of darkness descending and rapidly permeating the entire fabric of his existence. H.L. Mencken, & Olddog,
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson.
THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS
January 11th, 2014 by olddog
By Paul Craig Roberts
The alleged recovery took a direct hit from Friday’s payroll jobs report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy created 74,000 net new jobs in December.
Wholesale and retail trade accounted for 70,700 of these jobs or 95.5%. It is likely that the December wholesale and retail hires were temporary for the Christmas shopping season, which doesn’t seem to have been very exuberant, especially in light of Macy’s decision to close five stores and lay off 2,500 employees. It is a good bet that these December hires have already been laid off.
A job gain of 74,000, even if it is real, is about half of what is needed to keep the unemployment rate even with population growth. Yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate fell from 7.0% to 6.7%. Clearly, this decline in unemployment was not caused by the reported 74,000 jobs gain. The unemployment rate fell, because Americans unable to find jobs ceased looking for employment and, thereby, ceased to be counted as unemployed.
In America the unemployment rate is a deception just like everything else. The rate of American unemployment fell, because people can’t find jobs. The fewer the jobs, the lower the unemployment rate.
I noticed today that the financial media presstitutes were a bit hesitant to hype the drop in the rate of unemployment when there was no jobs growth to account for it. The Wall Street and bank economists did their best to disbelieve the jobs report as did some of the bought-and-paid-for academic economists. Too many interests have a stake in the non-existent recovery declared 4.5 years ago to be able to admit that it is not really there.
I have been examining the monthly jobs reports for a decade or longer. I must say that I am struck by the December report. Normally, a mainstay of jobs gain is the category “education and health services,” with “ambulatory health care services” adding thousands of jobs. In December the net contribution of “education and health services” was zero, with “ambulatory health care services” losing 4,100 jobs and health care losing 6,000 jobs. If memory serves, this is a first. Perhaps it reflects adverse impacts of the ripoff known as Obamacare, possibly the worst piece of domestic legislation passed in decades.
I was also struck by the report that the gain in employment of waitresses and bartenders, normally a large percentage of the job gain, was down to 9,400 jobs, which were offset by declines elsewhere, such as the layoff of local school teachers.
Aren’t Washington’s priorities wonderful? $1,000 billion per year in Quantitative Easing, essentially subsidies for 6 banks “too big to fail,” and nothing for school teachers. It should warm every Republican’s heart.
A tiny bright spot in the payroll jobs report is 9,000 new manufacturing jobs. The US manufacturing workforce has declined so dramatically since jobs offshoring became the policy of American corporations that 9,000 jobs hardly register on the scale. Fabricated metal products, which I think is roofing metal, accounted for 56% of the manufacturing jobs. Roofing metal is not an export. Employment in the production of manufactured products that could be exported, such as “computer and electronic equipment,” and “electronic instruments” declined by 2,400 and 3,500 respectively.
Clearly, this is not a payroll jobs report that provides cover for the looting of the prospects of ordinary Americans by the financial and offshoring elites. One can wonder how the BLS civil servants who produced it can avoid retribution. It will be interesting to see what occurs in the January payroll jobs report.
January 10th, 2014 by olddog
The smallest action is bigger than the greatest intention.
By Heather Callaghan
If you don't know what it is yet – that means it's working. The secrecy, that is. But once Pandora's Box is opened, there's no putting anything back. It will go down in history as one of the worst, oppressive plagues to saturate the planet.
Like Spider Man trying to stop a train from going over with nothing but his strength and shooting threads; we are going to need all the Web we can get to stop the fast-tracking Trans-Pacific Partnership from running over us. Perhaps more aptly, it is a tangled web we'll be left trapped in as prey if we do nothing.
Here's a crash-course and the easiest approach – all guesswork removed. But first, here's a sampling of what you can kiss goodbye if this mammoth piece of legislation goes through…
What's left of our jobs, food safety, Internet freedom, natural medicine, small farming, choice in medicine, financial regulation, privacy and more. Basically, all your rights. It permeates every area of your life, it's been ramrodded through the Senate, and the media is not saying anything. It grants the likes of Monsanto, Wall Street and other huge entities full reign with immunity.
Kiss any last American sovereignty goodbye and say hello to your new global crypto-corpocracy complete with international tribunals and the end of domestic law – from your newly refurbished prison cell, of course. After all, you clicked on the wrong Internet link! And your ISP was watching and reported you. In the near future, this article could be enough to jail me, ban my whole family from the Internet, have computers seized and delete the website. No more videos that piece other clips together, or anything that hints at "infringement," no more fair use, so no more non-corporate news.
It's been shrouded in secrecy, especially from the People and Congress, planned behind closed doors for years, and proponents are searching for sponsors to have the President push it through now that Congress is back from recess.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership n. 1. A "free trade" agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. 2. A binding international governance system that would require the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and any other country that signs on to conform their domestic policies to its rules. 3. A secret trade negotiation that has included over 600 official corporate "trade advisors" while hiding the text from Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, the press, civil society, and the public.
Here's your crash course link on the TPP. You'll be ready for take-off in no time. They've made it that simple:
Expose the TPP
After being mind-blown and catching your breath, you can do the absolute easiest thing there is to do by using Twitter with the hashtag #NOFastTrackTPP (but wait, there's more).
Don't use social media? No problem, scroll down. For social media users, here are the easiest things you can do, besides sharing memes and links on Facebook. Share things to Reddit andStumbleUpon. Everyone should call their reps (below).
See the Twitter storm event – still going. Pull any memes – share. Only use this hashtag for social media: #NOFastTrackTPP. Using other hashtags and adding more will split the trends.
Next, Tweet your little heart out to your reps and others. Easily find them by clicking the "Discover" button and typing "congressman" in the search. All their Twitter names appear. Find celebrities, they often re-tweet. Example: @repfitzpatrick or @RepBera
@RepBera NO to Fast Track Authority and TPP, or we will not re-elect!! #NoFastTrackTPP
Here's another: "Do NOT sponsor FastTrack! Vote NO on TPP! #NoFastTrackTPP"
Some reps have stood against the TPP, so first you might want to see this:
Spank or Thank?
– OR –
Use a general message for everyone: "I will NEVER support the Trans-Pacific Partnership#NOFastTrackTPP"
Want to jump into the Twitter storm? Easy. Sign up at Twitter, it runs you through a few-second tour and you can figure out the rest, see Help, or ask friends. Use the hashtag #NOFastTrackTPP on Facebook statuses.
Non-Social Media Users:
Find all your representatives' info/forms in one-click. Just click on your state:
Contacting the Congress
Or use this:
Call President Obama: 202-456-6213
Call your Representative: 202-225-3121
or Toll Free (877) 762-8762
E A S Y S C R I P T:
(Breathe and talk slowly. You will do just fine. Be polite and confident.)
“Hi, this is (your full name). I am a constituent of Rep/Senator (name). I live in (name of city). I am calling to request that Rep/Sen (name) vote NO on Fast Track Authority. It is important to me that Congress follows the Constitutional directive to negotiate international trade and that all trade agreements are given full consideration, debate and amendments as needed.
Do you know Rep/Sen (name) position on Fast Track Authority? Will he/she vote Yes or No? (wait for an answer)
Do you know Rep/Sen (name) position on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement? Will he/she vote Yes or No? (wait for an answer)
(regardless of their response, just continue)
Once again, I am requesting that Rep/Sen (name) vote NO on Fast Track Authority and NO on the TPP! Please be sure he/she gets my message. Thank you.”
Go to the Crash-Course site and print off PDFs to share. Actually, that whole website is designed to help you take action, online and off. You can still share the hashtag in any way you choose – it gets the point across fast.
If you can target these two reps, you could stop the fast-track today:
1) MIKE QUIGLY (IL-05)
District: (773) 267-5926
2) GREG MEEKS (NY-05)
D.C. (202) 225-3461
District: 347-230-4032 & 718-725-6000
Twitter: Gregory Meeks
Lastly, if you have done something, no matter how small to derail the TPP fast track – THANK YOU!!
Special thanks also to Andrew Pontbriand, Emily Laincz and Nick Bernabe for their tireless organizing, efforts and information – and to all those who joined them. Without them, this article wouldn't be – nor will it with the TPP!
The smallest action is bigger than the greatest intention.
01 10 14 I just signed this you should too.
Negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) colluding with corporate interests, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive corporate power grab.
Under the TPP, more American jobs would be offshored. Internet freedom would be a joke. Developing countries would lose access to lifesaving medicines. Unsafe foods and products could pour into our country. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The first step in corporate plan to pass the TPP is something called "fast track trade authority."
Join me in telling Congress to say NO to fast-track track authority. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Stop this massive corporate power grab.
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Sign the petition
The petition reads:
"Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority and other undemocratic attempts to prevent Congress from fully vetting secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s your job to ensure trade deals work for everyone, not just giant corporations, and it would be deeply irresponsible for you to ignore that responsibility by supporting fast-track trade authority."
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a terrible "trade" deal being negotiated in secret by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) colluding with corporate interests.
Under the TPP, more American jobs would be offshored. Internet freedom would be a joke. Developing countries would lose access to lifesaving medicines. Unsafe foods and products could pour into our country. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Our best shot to stop the TPP is right now.
The enactment of the TPP will hinge upon the passage of so-called “fast-track trade authority,” which would allow the president to sign off on the TPP before the American people or Congress ever have a chance to read it.
A fast-track bill was introduced in Congress yesterday. So we need to speak out today.
Tell Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority.
You might think such a far-reaching proposal as the TPP would be subject to intense public debate. But the text of the proposed deal is considered classified by our government and even members of Congress have been given extremely limited access to it.
Yet, while the government has kept the public and Congress largely in the dark about the TPP, it has given 600 corporate advisers access to the full text of the proposal.
We know the little we do know about the deal because drafts of some of its chapters have been leaked. And what we know isn't pretty.
A draft of the "intellectual property rights" chapter of the TPP was leaked recently, and according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it "reflects a terrible but unsurprising truth: an agreement negotiated in near-total secrecy, including corporations but excluding the public, comes out as an anti-user wish list of industry-friendly policies."1
That's only one chapter, when there are many other chapters that haven't been leaked.
The first stage in the plan to pass the TPP is a big push for Congress to pass fast-track trade authority, which would short-circuit the typical legislative process when trade deals like the TPP come up for a vote.
Pressured by giant corporate interests that stand to make huge amounts of money on the deal, and faced with a public that has purposefully been kept ignorant about this deal, it’s not hard to see how the TPP could be rammed through Congress if fast-track trade authority is in place.
Tell Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority.
Fast-track trade authority would allow the president to sign a trade deal before Congress has an opportunity to approve it. Then the president could send it to Congress with the guarantee that it would get an up-or-down vote within 90 day.
Fast track would mean there would be no meaningful hearings, limited debate and absolutely no amendments to the deal. And there would be tremendous pressure on Congress to rubberstamp anything the president signs.
The recently leaked drafter chapter is a huge red flag about the kind of terrible policies the Obama administration wants to include in the TPP.
The Constitution gives Congress exclusive authority over trade. And it would be a deeply irresponsible abdication of responsibility for Congress to pass fast track when we know the TPP is coming down the pike, especially when we know the consequences of the TPP could be disastrous.
It's the job of Congress to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations.
Tell Congress: Say NO to fast-track trade authority.
Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.
1"TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms," Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nov. 13, 2013.
January 1st, 2014 by olddog
By Ron Ewart
"He's really sort of the devil. He's completely emotionally detached. He has no empathy. You find that in psychopaths. It's about power with Voldemort. (Lighting Bolt). It's an aphrodisiac for him. Power makes him feel alive." -Ralph Flennes, English Shakespearian Actor
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! The once-proud dragon slayers of the North American Continent, the righteous defenders of freedom who walked with head held high in a land of liberty, are now the prisoners of the dragon and are being beguiled by the false promises of a camouflaged devil, in the hopes of eternal salvation here on earth. But the dragon speaks with a forked tongue. This dragon has uttered lofty words of hope, change, dreams, and of being lifted up by the omnipotent power of the Messianic One. He will wave his magic wand and relieve you of your suffering and wants. He will provide you with jobs, free health care and he will bring peace to the world at last.
After 5 years of this Devil, how is that working out for you?
This purveyor of false dreams appeals to the weakness in man, the weakness in man that seeks salvation by the hand of another, instead of looking into his own heart and mind to extract his own salvation in the manifestation of self-reliance, responsibility and the duty to one's own life. He does this so that he does not become a burden on his neighbor. The man who would bow down to a false savior hoping that this savior will deliver him from poverty, oppression and discrimination, is a man who believes in apparitions and ghosts. Such a man hands over his life to the Devil and in so doing surrenders his will and his freedom, ignorant of the fact that the Devil wants to own him.
America's freedom, the promise of liberty and the pursuit of happiness was not a promise from government to save you from yourself, or to drag you out of poverty, or to protect you from oppression and discrimination, or dip into the public treasury to pay you for your mistakes and transgressions. It was a promise and an absolute contract on government to preserve, protect and defend your individual liberties so that you are "free" to succeed in glory, or fail and rise out of the depths of failure on your own. America's Constitution was not a contract to feed you, or provide you with a job, or "free" health care, that is anything but free. In fact, the Constitution makes no such promise or guarantee.
Government has no Constitutional right to take from me because I am a little better well off than you and hand over my sweat equity to you, because you are not as well off as I. That is pure Marxism. Government has imputed that right by a perversion, strained interpretations or unlawful additions to the Constitution and it has done so with malice aforethought. It has done so to own you and keep you under control and to keep them in power. Unfortunately, most Americans have now become slaves to that very government that had an absolute duty and obligation to defend and maintain their freedom, but instead, with stealth, wrapped them in chains.
So out of the bowels of one of the most corrupt cities in America, came a flawed "savior". In flowery tones and inspirational phrases he spoke of high hopes, attaining unrealized dreams and changes to government that will lift each of us up out of bondage. He uttered words of American pride, strength and a can-do spirit and for those of us who can see through this veil of propaganda and deceit, we know he cares not one whit about American pride, strength and can-do spirit. This man is motivated by one thing and one thing only, power, power over the people. His ego discovered that power when his audiences began to heap praise and applause on his emotionally charged speeches. We are surprised that he has not spread his arms wide to the heavens and parted the Atlantic Ocean.
But should you believe in the promises of the Messianic One, this omnipotent savior with a tortured past, who was blown into national prominence from the Windy City by unseen hands, you will hand your life over to a man who will instead, strip you of your American pride, strength and can-do spirit. Because no one man, or a plethora of men can give you what can only come out of your own heart, mind and soul. Others may reach out and give you a helping hand, but the final thrust to a better life and the pursuit of happiness must come out of what is inside you.
This false prophet and his cast of loyal "angels" have taxed achievement and provided monetary incentives for sloth by executive fiat, or legislative trickery. He negotiates with our enemies who seek to destroy us. By his own words he would disarm America and render her vulnerable to those enemies who would see her in Hell. He has sold American sovereignty on the alter of the one-world-order. He has opened the doors to illegal immigration with the promises of amnesty, in the hopes of enlisting new hordes of socialist voters. He has pandered to the radical environmentalists who, if they get their way, will reduce America to a third-world country and strip her of her pride, dignity, wealth, prosperity, ingenuity, creativity and generosity, not to mention her very freedom.
But take heart! We've taken on Kings before. Back in 1776 we smote the almighty King and kicked he and his army and navy out of America. We had to do it again in 1812, but we did it then too. So what's the big deal? Obama is just another King to smite. Americans are good at that. We will just have to kick out this new King and send his narcissistic bony carcass on a one-way trip to …… well, what do you think ….. maybe Kenya. He'd fit right in there with his brother who lives on $50.00 per year, an illegal aunt and uncle who should be there and a grandmother who swears Obama was born there.
Then, one by one, we'll have to package up the Emanuels, Pelosis, Reids, Schumers, Dodds, Franks, Rangles, Nadlers, Clintons and a whole bunch of other political traitors and send them to say ….. well how about an old, rusting liberty ship, towed out in the Pacific Ocean just above the Mariana Trench (it's 35,000 feet deep there), where they can argue amongst themselves over who is going to run the ship with a dead engine and a leaky hull. Remember how the old liberty ships used to break apart when they broached a big wave? Blub! Blub! No loss there.
Oh, and by the way. Only about 15% of the American people participated in the victory over King George III in the late 17 hundreds. And good ole "Hickory", (General Andrew Jackson) although outnumbered 5 to 1, annihilated the British again at New Orleans in circa 1812, with a bunch of irregulars and a little American guerilla warfare know-how. The British were stunned and then routed in one of their worst defeats in all of their empirical history. Too bad!
However, as usual, in both the 1776 and 1812 wars, the rest of the Americans stood by and watched, or were traitors and ratted on true Americans. So how is that any different than today? We've got all these dependent folk who live in big cities, voting for and hanging on every word that emanates from Obama's lying mouth and ratting on patriotic Americans who live by the principles of liberty. That hasn't changed. We've got the millions who are too cowardly to lift a finger to depose King Obama and his gang of thieves and liars. That's no different. We've got neighbor ratting on neighbor over alleged violations of draconian environmental regulations. Many shameless Americans have turned into a bunch of "tattle talers" in response to the millions of laws our government has passed. Does Hitler's Youth come to mind?
But on the other hand, what we do have is tens of millions of Americans who are getting fed up with the King and his trashing of our constitution, the lying, the irresponsible spending of our money and the increasing of his and the government's power. If we let him have his head, soon he will be King and America will be a fascist country under dictatorial rule. Now how is that any different from Hitler, Stalin or Mussolini? The net result is the same, enslavement ….. if we let him.
Folks, it isn't going to happen. Americans are a funny lot. They'll take the crap off of government for just so long and then, look out. Hell hath no fury than an American scorned and Americans are being scorned by the minute by their government, especially under the IRS and Obama Care, a grandiose wealth re-distribution scheme that has become the liberal's unintentional gift to Conservatives.
We have taken on tyrants before and we have beat them every time. So quit whining about how tough our job is and join in the effort to send these over-educated idiots to the scrap heap where they belong. Sure there is a cost, but remember, "The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance". We just forgot that old adage for about a century. Now it is time to put the "cost" into practice and there is no doubt ….. we can do it.
The NSA, the IRS, Benghazi, Obama Care and the brainwashing of our kids, are all important issues to address. The "Duck Dynasty" controversy is trivia at best. In 2014 and beyond, let's focus on the real issues that deteriorate our freedom and avoid those issues that distract us.
Ladies and gentlemen, no man should hand his life over to another and if he does, he has given into the weakness that inhabits the lower recesses of all men that they must resist if they desire to remain free. With all our power of persuasion, we implore you to not hand over your life and this Country's future to the Devil's advocate that would willingly sell your freedom, individual rights and America's sovereignty down the river.
Look deep into your hearts for the life force that sustains you. That life force will be your salvation. That life force will lift you out of poverty, oppression and discrimination in the land of the free, that is, if we are allowed to remain free. If you bow to their will, government will just enslave you.
In the end, achievement transcends race, religion, creed, oppression, discrimination and yes, even poverty. Achievement and the desire to achieve, flourishes best under the flag of liberty.
We would like to conclude with a poem we wrote several years ago. We hope that it will help you visualize and seek out your own strength so that you will not so willingly hand it over to the false inspiration of the Devil's right hand man, masquerading as a counterfeit Messiah that has mesmerized the naive, unwashed masses of America, who seek salvation by another's hand, where only slavery exists. The poem is called:
THE LIFE FORCE WITHIN ME
© Copyright January 2001, Ron Ewart – All Rights Reserved
In all living things a life force resides.
The will to survive is paramount.
Living is a battle and you have to take sides,
For to do otherwise, the soul that is you will not count.
No matter what life has in store for me,
Each new obstacle shall harden my resolve.
Be it fortress or mountain or just a large tree,
The life force within me will never dissolve.
Should an event cripple me and leave me with one leg.
I shall hop forever if that’s what is demanded of me.
Should somehow I be left with no legs at all,
I will find the strength to slither or crawl.
If I finally end up with no legs or arms,
I will use my teeth to keep up the pace.
When my eyes will no longer show me the way
I will use my ears, or the nerves in my face.
For my destiny is not getting to some temporary place,
Where I cannot stay for but a moment or a smile.
For everyone knows it’s not getting there, it’s the race,
And it’s the life force within me that makes it worthwhile.
When nothing is left but a shallow breath,
And my heart beats with a dying sound.
My mind will look skyward as I wait for death
As the life force within me seeks higher ground.
And when finally the light has gone out of my soul.
I will allow the winds to carry me far.
Because the life force within me has me on a roll,
And I dare not let go on my way to a star.
As you read the poem you may have been thinking that the life force within us has a different name. If that is your bent, we defray to your wisdom.
Our pursuit of happiness and prosperity comes from what lies within inside each of us. In no way is it, or can it be, a free gift from government. For those who look to Obama or government as their savior, they give into their deepest weaknesses. Obama and unrestrained government will enslave you, not free you.
Because of our personal experiences, our next three articles will focus on the IRS with the following titles:
1- "Why Congress Will Never Repeal The IRS"
2- "Why Are Thousands of Producers Not Paying Taxes?"
3- "The Lawsuit That Will Dismantle The IRS"
Stay tuned …..
© 2014 Ron Ewart — All Rights Reserved
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached by e-mail for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.
Thank you for the best New Years gift I've ever had, AND THE DEVIL SAID TO OBAMA!
If by some freak accident you have read some of the articles I have re-posted on http://anationbeguiled.com and http://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com , you will already know what my opinion is of OBUMA.
I sincerely hope he will be remembered as the first person in history to be hated more than Hitler and Stalin. That he will live a long life of shame, self hatred, and devastating poverty.
For years now I have spent my morning hours looking for articles that will help our obtuse citizens understand the real danger we face as a society, and a Nation, and it has had a terrible effect on me to see so much apathy and acceptance of tyranny in our government.
Where is the spirit of freedom in the minds and hearts of our fellow Americans? Where is the pride of being non-dependent? Where is the outrage after realizing we were beguiled by our teachers and elected leaders? Why are there not fifty million Americans standing in front of the Capital building demanding their country back?
So, it's a real gift to see someone as hurt and outraged as I am by our noctambulous society.
May your words be branded on every Americans mind as I re-post them on both my sites this morning. Happy New Year!
December 27th, 2013 by olddog
Introduction by Jefferson’s Voice
We have many heroes in our midst and some of the most tireless and courageous are those who have been very active in the 9/11 Truth movement for over ten years. It is impossible to overstate the importance of recognizing the magnitude of damage done to the American republic from the 9/11 false flag attack. It was the fulcrum event launching the global war on terror resulting in the deaths of thousands of US soldiers, disabling many more, killing millions of innocent civilians in the middle east and devastating the lives of tens of millions. The effects at home have been nothing short of catastrophic as (1) a steady metastasis of an encroaching police state eviscerates our Constitution and civil liberties; (2) a black hole of military expenditures accelerates America's trajectory into fiscal insolvency; and (3) as an event that provided a smokescreen for large scale criminal activity to include financial and corporate crime.
The 9/11 false flag could be said to be the second major coup, after JFK's assassination, to be foisted on a mostly unsuspecting American public ultimately intended to deprive us of our God given rights to freedom, dignity, and self determination, gifted to us by the greatest minds of the Enlightenment and the countless men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for generations of Americans. 9/11 spawned a form of malignant cancer on our civilization that must be exposed now at this critical juncture in our collective history.
Thankfully, the 9/11 Truth movement is still working hard to educate the public and has written extensively and produced documentaries to that end. The most recent 9/11 Truth film "September 11: The New Pearl Harbor" is a brilliant example, utilizing expert researchers who "knock it out of the ballpark" and thus shame disinformation propagandists as establishment buffoons. While the subject matter is sobering, to say the least, never before have I relished an opportunity to cheer on the "good guys". Please watch the documentary in full and then share this with everyone you know and in as many internet forums and networks as you possibly can so we can come together as one voice to defend our basic human rights.
May God bless those fighting the good fight for Truth, Justice, and Freedom.
Go to this link and SAVE IT then click on PLAY NOW
Here are links from a different source if you have problems with the one above.
There have been several good films and videos about 9/11. But the new film by award-winning film-maker Massimo Mazzucco is in a class by itself.
For those of us who have been working on 9/11 for a long time, this is the film we have been waiting for.
Whereas there are excellent films treating the falsity of particular parts of the official account, such as the Twin Towers or WTC 7, Mazzucco has given us a comprehensive documentary treatment of 9/11, dealing with virtually all of the issues.
There have, of course, been films that treated the fictional official story as true. And there are films that use fictional stories to portray people’s struggles after starting to suspect the official story to be false.
But there is no fiction in Mazzucco’s film – except in the sense that it clearly and relentlessly exposes every part of the official account as fictional.
Because of his intent at completeness, Mazzucco has given us a 5-hour film. It is so fascinating and fast-paced that many will want to watch it in one sitting. But this is not necessary, as the film, which fills 3 DVDs, consists of 7 parts, each of which is divided into many short chapters.
These 7 parts treat Air Defence, The Hijackers, The Airplanes, The Pentagon, Flight 93, The Twin Towers, and Building 7. In each part, after presenting facts that contradict the official story, Mazzucco deals with the claims of the debunkers (meaning those who try to debunk the evidence provided by the 9/11 research community).
The Introduction, reflecting the film’s title, deals with 12 uncanny parallels between Pearl Harbor and September 11.
The film can educate people who know nothing about 9/11 (beyond the official story), those with a moderate amount of knowledge about the various problems with the official story, and even by experts. (I myself learned many things.)
Mazzucco points out that his film covers 12 years of public debate about 9/11. People who have been promoting 9/11 truth for many of these years will see that their labors have been well-rewarded: There is now a high-quality, carefully-documented film that dramatically shows the official story about 9/11 to be a fabrication through and through.
This is truly the film we have been waiting for.
Part I, II, and III
Availability: The film is freely available to the world at:
This series of films should be watched by every person in America, and I mean if you do not do everything in your power to watch it and then demand everyone you know watch it, then you are not worthy of calling yourself an American. We can no longer tolerate the people sitting on their hands while America burns to the ground.
December 21st, 2013 by olddog
By Michael Gaddy email@example.com
“I submit that the United States government is under the control of psychopaths; and the infestation is nearing completion; the point at which nothing can stop the oncoming violence.” ~Jack Mullen, 2011
If we are to truly understand the meaning of the above quote it is necessary I believe to differentiate between what is referred to as “primary psychopaths” and ‘secondary psychopaths.” A primary psychopath is a person who is genetically predisposed to the personality traits of a psychopath and this category appears to be more violent than the secondary psychopaths who are more a product of their environment.
In most instances, either psychopath appears to be outwardly “normal;” both primary and secondary psychopaths have no sense of ethics or the rights of others. If this does not describe to a “T” the current and former administrations of this country including bureaucrats, members of Congress and the Supreme Court, I don’t know what does. If they go into government service normal, they certainly become a product of their environment or they are ignored.
Need we say more than the admitted to police state that we now live under; the ever increasing war on Individual Rights as guaranteed by our Creator and defined in our Bill of Rights; the abnormal number of people incarcerated in our prison system; continued false flag events; immoral wars and torture waged on citizens of other countries; bank bailouts, vaccinations; GMOs; the perversion of our education system to one of indoctrination, huge cases of mortgage fraud initiated by the very banks who were bailed out from their irresponsible lending practices using taxpayer dollars and the constant attacks on our right to protect ourselves and our families; just to name a few.
The government lied about the circumstances of the attack on Pearl Harbor; they lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident; they lied about the Oklahoma City bombing; they lied about TWA 800; they lied about Ruby Ridge; they lied about Waco and they lied about 9/11. The very essence of government is fear and the lie. The very tools used most often by psychopaths.
It is relatively simple to understand why most Americans do not want to believe for a moment that our government is staffed by a group of psychopaths but the evidence is hard to refute.
What are the characteristics of a psychopath according to mental health professionals? Compare the ones listed below to what you see from day today in our elected officials; bureaucrats; federal, state and local, and law enforcement personnel.
1. Uncaring or coldhearted.
2. Lack of social emotions such as shame, guilt and embarrassment.
3. Irresponsibility or the blaming of others.
4. Superficial charm.
5. Untruthfulness, insincerity or outright lying.
6. Inflating the truth for selfish reasons.
7. Overconfidence and boastfulness.
8. A lack of realistic goals; Irritable and aggressive.
If you are still having problems believing we are governed by psychopaths and that once normal people are aligned with government they become “secondary psychopaths,” please consider the following:
Government supposedly operates with “consent of the governed” or in other words government in all its various forms is our employee. Consider for a moment what your reaction would be if one of your employees; attempted to have you put in prison on perjured testimony; sent your children to fight your neighbors based on lies; stole your property and your money; vaccinated your children with poison; attempted to poison your food supply; used your money to indoctrinate your children while claiming to educate them; tried to steal your home; stole your money and gave it to their bank; told you how much water you could put in your toilet and tried to take your guns—just to name a few?
How long would you allow an employee who did even one of the above mentioned acts of tyranny to remain in your employ? Would you have serious reservations about their mental state? For what reason would you continue to offer them employment?
A must read book on this subject is: Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil for political purposes, by Andrew M. Lobaczewski. Here are a few relevant quotes from his seminal work.
“In a pathocracy, all leadership positions must be filled by individuals with corresponding psychological deviations, which are inherited as a rule. However, such people constitute a very small percentage of the population and this makes them more valuable to the pathocrats.
Under such conditions, no area of social life can develop normally, whether in economics, culture, science, technology, administration, etc. Pathocracy progressively paralyzes everything. Normal people must develop a level of patience beyond the ken of anyone living in a normal man's system just in order to explain what to do and how to do it to some obtuse mediocrity of a psychological deviant who has been placed in charge of some project that he cannot even understand, much less manage. This special kind of pedagogy – instructing deviants while avoiding their wrath – requires a great deal of time and effort, but it would otherwise not be possible to maintain tolerable living conditions and necessary achievements in the economic area or intellectual life of a society. Even with such efforts, pathocracy progressively intrudes everywhere and dulls everything.
Therefore, to mitigate the threat to their power, the pathocrats must employ any and all methods of terror and exterminatory policies against individuals known for their patriotic feelings and military training; other, specific "indoctrination" activities such as those we have presented are also utilized. Individuals lacking the natural feeling of being linked to normal society become irreplaceable in either of these activities.
The phenomenon of pathocracy matures during this period: an extensive and active indoctrination system is built, with a suitably refurbished ideology constituting the vehicle or Trojan horse for the purpose of pathologizing the thought processes of individuals and society. The goal – forcing human minds to incorporate pathological experiential methods and thought-patterns, and consequently accepting such rule – is never openly admitted. This goal is conditioned by pathological egotism, and the possibility of accomplishing it strikes the pathocrats as not only indispensable, but feasible.” (Emphasis mine)
Sometimes the only way to understand what we already know but can’t explain is to read the words of others. I now understand why Zbigniew Brzezinski fought so hard to stop the publication of Mr. Lobaczewski’s book; Brzezinski being the “New World Order” person that he is. Never forget Brzezinski was responsible for providing 500 million of our taxpayer dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood back during the Carter administration. Brzezinski had no fear of "stirred-up Muslims" it seems.
If we as a country continue to allow psychopaths to control our government, we are destined to be found on the scrapheap of history but first will come the awful acts of genocide and democide that have been the trademark of psychopathic tyrants throughout recorded history as is fully documented in the book “Death by Government” by R. J. Rummel.
Again, the choice is ours: Liberty or slavery, genocide and democide?
Have you voted or supported a psychopath for public office lately? Perhaps you have voted for the lesser of two psychopaths?
If, as Mr. Gaddy states, government operates only with the consent of the governed, let it be known that those ass holes in Washington
DO NOT HAVE MY CONSENT!
They are the most cowardly scum-bags alive and deserving of all things foul, painful, and disgusting.
December 17th, 2013 by olddog
By Brandon Turbeville
On December 14, it was reported by Ziad Fadel of Syrian Perspective that death squads operating in Syria had once again committed a massacre against civilians, this time in a town known as Adra. Fadel claimed that Christians, Druze, and Alawites had been specifically targeted and that many had been killed by being burned alive in bakery ovens.
On December 16, RT confirmed Syrian Perspective’s reports both of the massacre by the death squads, as well as the gruesome methods used to kill some of the victims.
At this time, it is being reported that at least 80 civilians have been executed by death squad forces currently occupying Adraa, a town located northwest of Damascus. Like the Maaloula nuns, many other civilians have been kidnapped in order to be held for ransom or as human shields.
RT Arabic correspondent Abultaleb Albohaya, reporting on the ground in Syria, stated,
For now it’s established that over 80 people were killed in the areas now taken over by the army. Often whole families were murdered.
Some families were kidnapped in order to be used as human shields in areas where the Syrian army is now trying to free the civilians.
The military sources also said that the other kidnapped families were moved to the area south of Adra in the direction of the town of Douma, which has been the opposition’s strategic backland since the start of the Syrian crisis [in March, 2011]. It’s also where the most important rebel fortifications are situated.
A local resident told RT about the manner in which some of the victims were killed as well as the identity of the killers.
The situation was terrible – with killing, atrocities, and fear as the background.
Unidentified armed men came into town, but it was obvious that they were Jabhat al-Nusra militants.
The worst crime they committed was that they toasted people in ovens used to bake bread when those people came to buy it. They kidnapped and beat up many.
Syrian Perspective reports that entire families were rounded up and killed – many because of their religious affiliation (Christian, Alawite, Druze, etc.). Unconfirmed reports also suggest that death squads murdered the mayor of Adra along with his wife and children.
Although the number of dead stands at 80 at the time of the writing of this article, the number is expected to rise after the Syrian military retakes the town, which has a population of about 20,000. Al-Ahd, an Iraqi television news agency, is reporting that the number of civilians taken hostage and the potential for civilian casualties is the reason that the Syrian military has largely refrained from using artillery in the area. With the military assault on Adraa now taking place, however, one can only wait and see if the hesitation to use such munitions continues to hold out.
The death squads remain strong in Adra with snipers placed in high-rise buildings posing a major threat to government forces and civilians alike, as well as the fact that a variety of Jihadist groups have also been operating in the town. In addition to Jobhat al-Nusra, Jaysh al-Islam is also known to occupy have a sizeable force in Adra.
Still, the Syrian military seems poised to retake the town. Government forces have already pinned down a highway leading from Adra to the International airport in Damascus, the airport being located only 4 kilometers away from the capital. Al-Ahd reports that the government does not rule out the possibility that the death squads, who stormed into Adra in large numbers, could break the blockade and enter the town of Dahiyat al Assad.
Nevertheless, government forces have surrounded the entire town and are engaged in offensive operations to liberate Adra. Already, several smaller operations have taken place against the death squads, resulting in the death of dozens of jihadists. According to Syrian Perspective, the Syrian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that, out of the dead “rebels,” at least 22 of them were Saudi Arabian.
RT reports that SAA troops have entered Adra and are storming every house in an effort to cleanse the town of death squad forces. Government statements suggest that the SAA has already rescued dozens of Alawite, Druze, and Christian families from captivity.
Syrian Perspective claims that, as a result of the horrific atrocities committed by the death squads in Adra, the Syrian military has been given orders to “take no prisoners.” The SAA will, no doubt, be happy to comply with these orders considering that the desire for revenge for the Adra massacre and a host of other atrocities committed against the Syrian people are running high.
Indeed, the shocking act of violence perpetrated against the innocent people of Adra is but one in the long list of atrocities committed by foreign-backed death squads in Syria.
Unfortunately, as long as Western money continues to flow into the coffers of the jihadists, it will not likely be the last.
Recently from Brandon Turbeville:
Must be really big ovens or really small people, or were they chopped up first before being baked in the ovens?
Why would anyone be reporting such claims as if they are facts when there is no evidence whatsoever provided to support it except for SAA affiliated sources and RT quoting same SAA sources as "confirmation"?
That these forces could commit such a general massacre is indisputable based on 'historic precedent' and thus highly likely true in this case but claims of people being crammed into baking ovens and baked to death is comically recycled atrocity propaganda from WWI and WWII days.
Next SAA will uncover a corpse factory processing murdered civilian children into soap, grease, clothing for the winter, fuel, weapons, etc. or maybe the Jihadi's will uncover a 'torture chamber' where the SAA used pedal powered brain-bashing machines to murder good Sunni peoples.
I know the longer these conflicts go on the crazier the atrocity propaganda becomes as all sides get bloodier and bloodier and need to paint their enemy as "pure evil" in order to maintain their own "righteous" PR image but you would think an activist who is supposed to be a "skeptic" would wait for some kind of non-SAA connected/reported source for "confirmation".
Especially when this whole conflict started with "opposition forces" committing atrocities and then blaming them on the Syrian forces and usually involving comically "evil" bullshit stories of the claimed crimes.
Calling RT's quoting of SAA sources "confirmation" is deceptive.
Jefferson’s Voice said
Jonny is right, sounds like we are being played by the Russian-arm of globalism in yet another move on the n-dimensional chessboard.
Clearly, TPTB are trying to create a new or exaggerated atmosphere of contrived tension in the middle east attempting to prop up fear-based control methods back home and a redirection of blame for a devalued dollar.
MSM and gatekeeper reporting on Saudi Arabia is the most bizarre it has ever been. With a characterization of KSA as having gone rogue, frank admissions they are the major sponsor of middle east terrorism, are signaling to move away from the dollar, are attempting to access Pakistan's nukes, and have formed an "axis of evil" with Israel. Yet, the US recently sold them thousands of anti-tank missiles. In sharp contrast, another kind of reporting of KSA has been informing westerners that the Saudis are finally liberalizing their society, embracing western style television and beginning the process of institutionalizing women's rights. Also, it was just reported that moves were being made to form a Gulf states union – no doubt on script towards the formation of a central bankster controlled regional government, a.k.a, the New (or Greater) Middle East project.
The speed at which this massive operation is unfolding is stunning. The Saudis deported a million immigrants in just a few months and are on track to deport another million, in country with a population of only 30 million.
This is all tied to economic shock and awe at home with powerfully connected international bankster cronies like Trilateralist Larry Summers calling for the end of cash, adoption of a digital currency, and negative interest rates on savers. On the heels of Summers' proposal, a Fed Res Board governor called for capital controls.
Meanwhile, the MSM and gatekeepers conjure up faux military threats from globalist satellites Russia and China. [For example, recent articles warning of international “drone wars” when the drones are clearly intended to attack innocent civilian patriots, not for nation state wars]. If these nations are a "threat", then why are Russian troops training with the U.S. military? It's fake international tension with the goals of continued support for the military industrial complex, driving home the concept of a global military, distraction, and misdirection.
We have to step back and try to perceive the larger agenda in play. It's a deliberate fog of confusion.
BTW, it's funny, I always suspected RT was working as a globalist gatekeeper owing to the fact that the establishment never tried to vilify it, then I noticed one of my local PBS stations was broadcasting RT news and then the slam dunk moment and sinking feeling set in. No real surprise though.
December 16th, 2013 by olddog
By Lawrence Sellin
In his 1952 book The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, Israeli historian J. L. Talmon described a political system in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.
The federal government has become such a system, an entity unto itself operating outside of Constitutional constraints and unaccountable to the American people.
The United States is now controlled by a Democratic and Republican ruling class that transcends government and sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may act on its behalf. The ruling class considers those who resist it as having no moral or intellectual right, and, only reluctantly, any civil right to do so.
Power rests, not with the citizens, but with a relatively small group of politicians and financiers, who enhance their personal wealth and privilege by looting the country through a self-serving legislative process. They maintain their authority by adjusting the levers of government and using the establishment media to manipulate public perception and opinion.
Barack Obama, a coffeehouse communist, leads a dishonest and lawless cabal of far-left ideologues, whose goal is to promote socialist policies that can only be implemented at the expense of personal liberty.
Republican leaders neither contest that view nor oppose their Democrat counterparts because they do not want to challenge the ruling class, they want to join it. The GOP leadership has gradually solidified its choice to no longer represent what had been its constituency, but to adopt the identity of junior partners in the ruling class.
There is now a sharp division between the bipartisan ruling class and the rest of the American populace, who are considered retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly controlled by the dictates of central authority.
When blatant and outrageous lies are no longer sufficient to soothe the electorate into complacency, such a government must begin to curtail freedom and oppress the people in order to remain in power.
The present political environment, that is, the separation between the rulers and the ruled, bears comparison to the events leading up to the American Revolution.
On January 10, 1776, nearly six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine published the forty-eight page pamphlet Common Sense, which openly presented arguments supporting the freedom of the American colonies from oppressive British rule.
According to Paine, a society arises because individuals living alone in nature find shared benefit by living together rather than remaining isolated. In an ideal society, where each individual acts in a morally just fashion toward every other individual in the society, there is no need for laws and government. Only when moral virtue is inadequate to restrain human evil, do laws become necessary; and only when a society becomes too large to operate by collective agreement and as individual enforcers of those laws do governments become necessary.
In such circumstances, the balance between society and government will determine the balance between individual liberty and functionality of the society. In complex societies, in the absence of laws and government, chaos will prevail. When laws become too numerous and government too large, individual liberty suffers.
The efficiency and effectiveness of government are directly dependent upon the trustworthiness of government officials as representatives and executors of the views and desires of the people.
In other words, whenever the interests of government officials divert from or are in conflict with those of the people, tyranny ensues.
The attributes that best describe how America is now governed are executive overreach, legislative complicity, judicial partisanship, and journalistic acquiescence.
The erosion of the Constitution and the theft of our Constitutional rights have been occurring incrementally and quietly over a long period of time. With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, those efforts have accelerated.
In contrast to what Thomas Paine wrote in The Rights of Man (1791), the Obama "utopian" model sees individual rights as privileges, not endowed by God, but granted via political charter, and, thereby, legally revocable to ensure the "good order" of society. It is a collectivist philosophy that directly conflicts with the principles outlined in the Constitution, where government is a construct of and accountable to its citizens, as Paine noted:
"The fact, therefore, must be that the individuals, themselves, each, in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a contract with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist."
The Obama nightmare could be ended at any time simply by telling the truth.
To do so, however, would expose the rampant corruption of our political and media elite, reveal their complicity in Obama's violations of Constitution, uncover their willful ignorance of his alleged felonies and confirm their participation in the greatest election fraud and Constitutional crisis in American history.
Both the Democrat and Republican parties know that exposing Obama would reveal their dereliction of duty, their complicity in undermining the Constitution, and their continuous flouting of the rule of law. They know that the truth would topple the corrupt status quo and terminate their exclusive grip on political power, allowing the American people to regain control of their government. The political and media elite will do anything to prevent that.
The status quo is no longer defensible. Unless there is a significant reversal soon, it is only a matter of time that a catastrophe will be upon us, which may well lead to national collapse and fragmentation.
The ruling elites of a now hopelessly corrupt political system are just one major blunder away from revolution.
Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution
There is a Cold Civil War underway in the United States to determine who should control the federal government. It is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment versus the rights and liberties of the American people. The Cold Civil War is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and the party leaders, who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism. The US no longer has representative government. Members of Congress seek election, not to uphold the Constitution and serve the American people, but to obtain power, and to use that power to accrue professional and financial benefits for themselves and their major supporters. All the traditional means for the American people to seek the redress of grievances have now been blocked by a self-absorbed permanent political elite unaccountable to the American people. The ruling elites of a now hopelessly corrupt political system are just one major blunder away from revolution. When blatant and outrageous lies are no longer sufficient to soothe the electorate into complacency, such a government must begin to curtail liberty and oppress the people in order to remain in power. Ordinary Americans must band together and take a stand to restore the Constitution and the rule of law, to establish political and fiscal sanity and to return the government to the people. Otherwise, our republic may be lost forever.
December 15th, 2013 by olddog
By Stephen Lendman
It's the world's largest financial market. It trades around $5 trillion daily. It's more than all global equity markets combined. It operates round-the-clock. It's manipulated for profit. More on that below.
Grand theft reflects official Wall Street policy. It's longstanding. High crimes go unpunished. Bankers make money the old-fashioned way. They steal it. They do it lots of clever ways.
They do it through fraud, grand theft, market manipulation, front-running, misrepresentation, scamming investors, naked short selling, precious metals price suppression, controlling Washington, getting open-ended low or no interest rate bailouts when needed, and assuring world financial capitals are banker occupied territories.
They do it artfully. Few people know what's going on. Scandals rarely surface. Budding ones are usually buried. Little more than dust gets kicked up. Headlines disappear in short order.
In June 2012, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testified before the Senate Banking Committee. He discussed his firm's trading losses at the time.
It was more of a homecoming than grilling. Washington is Wall Street occupied territory. Regulators don't regulate. Oversight is absent.
Investigations rarely happen. Initiated ones are whitewashed. Criminal fraud is institutionalized. It's encouraged, not curbed.
Congress, the administration, SEC, and credit rating agencies incestuously collude with giant banks and other major financial institutions. Whatever they want, they get.
Wall Street never had it so good. Senators didn't lay a glove on Dimon. His grand theft business model wasn't discussed.
Former bank regulator/financial fraud expert Bill Black's book titled "The Best Way to Rob A Bank Is To Own One" explains well.
He coined the term "control fraud." It lets corporate officials commit grand theft. Finance capital never had it so good. Trillions of dollars are stolen. Nothing intervenes to stop it.
MF Global (MFG) looted customer accounts. Former Goldman Sachs chairman/CEO Jon Corzine ran operations.
MFG faced a run on its holdings. In October 2011, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Months before doing so, it moved hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money from its US brokerage unit to Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
It looted them. It used client money to speculate, pay down debt and cover losses. It committed grand theft. It's longstanding Wall Street practice.
Why not when rare punishments at most are wrist slaps. Top Wall Street officials aren't punished. They free to steal again.
Markets are rigged. Movements up or down aren't random. The
Wall Street controlled Fed and high-level insiders manipulate them for profits.
Washington facilitates their lawlessness. It does it with business friendly legislation. It does it with similar executive orders. It does it by turning a blind eye to the worst of what goes on.
Market rigging is longstanding practice. It's part of the system. On March 18, 1989, Ronald Reagan's Executive Order 12631 created the Working Group on Financial Markets (WGFM).
It's commonly called the Plunge Protection Team (PPT). Officials involved (or their designees) include:
• the President;
• the Treasury Secretary as chairman;
• the Fed chairman;
• the SEC chairman; and
• the Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman.
PPT's "Purposes and Functions. Recognizing the goals of enhancing the integrity, efficiency, orderliness, and competitiveness of our Nation's financial markets."
"(T)he Working Group shall identify and consider:
(1) the major issues raised by the numerous studies on the events (pertaining to the) October 19, 1987 (market crash and consider) recommendations that have the potential to achieve the goals noted above; and
(2)….governmental (and other) actions under existing laws and regulations….that are appropriate to carry out these recommendations."
Government and Wall Street collude. They manipulate markets doing so. They move them up and down. Enormous profits are made both ways. Most people don't know what goes on.
Wall Street/Washington invisible hands work better than Adam Smith imagined. They do it in dirty ways unknown in his day.
Mythology holds that prices move up or down randomly. Market forces do so, it's claimed. Manipulation isn't mentioned.
It's commonplace. It's longstanding. Tools are much more sophisticated than earlier. Computer technology facilitates blatantly illegal practices.
The 1934 Gold Reserve Act created the Treasury's Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF).
Section 7 of the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreements made its operations permanent.
The Treasury runs the Fund. Congressional oversight is bypassed. Manipulation keeps sharp dollar fluctuations up or down from disrupting financial markets.
Treasury operations include stabilizing foreign currencies, extending credit lines to foreign governments, and guaranteeing money market funds against losses up to tens of billions of dollars.
In 1995, Clinton provided Mexico a $20 billion peso credit stabilization line. It did so in time of crisis.
Earlier administrations extended loans or credit lines to various other countries. Current US lending to the IMF tops $35 billion.
Years earlier it was $57 billion. In 2009, Congress expanded contributions by $108 billion. The Treasury's web site states:
"By law, the Secretary has considerable discretion in the use of ESF resources."
"The legal basis of the ESF is the Gold Reserve Act of 1934."
"As amended in the late 1970s….the Secretary (per) approval of the President, may deal in gold, foreign exchange, and other instruments of credit and securities."
In other words, the Treasury maintains a slush fund. It uses it for whatever purposes it wishes. It manipulates markets. It operates secretly.
In 1999, the Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group (CRMPG) was established. It followed the Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) crisis.
CRMPG manipulates markets beneficially for Wall Street giants. It lets them collude through large-scale program trading. Doing so manipulates markets up and down advantageously.
Troubled giants get bailed out. Ordinary people get sold out. The process repeats as needed. A secret FDIC plan involves looting bank accounts.
Depositor theft may follow. Doing so is called bail-ins. It's code language for grand theft.
Ordinary people and richer ones have trillions in bank accounts. It's low-hanging fruit. It's a treasure trove begging to be looted. Legislative shenanigans may legitimize it.
Cypriot officials did it. Canada approved it. So did Eurozone member states and New Zealand. It's theft by other means.
Leading US banks warned about charging depositors. They may do so if the Fed cuts interest it pays them on bank reserves.
Imagine being charged for checking, savings and/or money market accounts. Depositors already earn virtually nothing on them. Penalizing them further may follow.
Libor markets are rigged. It's an acronym for London Interbank Offered Rate. It's a fundamental rate-setting benchmark. It's set daily between UK banks for overnight to 12 month durations.
It's produced for ten currencies with 15 maturities. It represents the London market's lowest cost of unsecured funding. It's the primary global short-term rate benchmark.
In the 1980s, it began expanding exponentially in importance. London's status grew as an international financial center. It's the world's largest.
It handles over 20% of all international bank lending. More than 30% of foreign exchange transactions go through London.
Demand grew for an accurate measure of the real rate at which banks and other financial institutions could borrow from each other.
It affects the price and availability of capital. The higher Libor goes, the greater the borrowing cost for business, individuals, real estate and other loans.
When things work right, operations are hardly noticed. When trouble occurs, all hell breaks loose.
Libor rigging affects countless trillions of dollars. Amounts involved exceed global GDP multiple times over.
Predatory banks manipulate things advantageously. Practices are too corrupted to fix. The longer they go unaddressed, the more harm done.
Financial giants, central bankers and complicit politicians bear full responsibility. Dirty policies persist out-of-control.
Libor rigging is one of many manipulative market practices. Systemic corruption breeds more of the same. An illusion of stability conceals business as usual.
Gold and other precious metals markets are rigged. Naked short selling offsets rising bullion demand. Prices are driven lower.
Naked shorts reflect what sellers don't have. It's illegal. It persists anyway. Bullion prices would be much higher otherwise. Eventually they'll rise to their true value. When remains to be seen.
QE reflects Fed market rigging. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities are bought. Too-big-to-fail banks hold enormous amounts of junk. Fed buying substitutes dollars for toxic assets.
Banks get lots of cash to speculate. Markets are manipulated up in response. It's artificial. It's not real. It can't last. It continues until bubbles eventually pop.
Foreign exchange markets are rigged. On October 12, The Economist headlined "The FX is in," saying:
It's "been a dreadful couple of years for financial benchmarks." Banks rig libor. "Commodities prices from crude oil to platinum have been the subject of allegations and inquiries."
Authorities now scrutinize global foreign exchange (FX) markets. Trillions of dollars are involved daily. "(S)uspect banks have tampered with those, too."
On October 4, Reuters headlined "Switzerland probes banks over possible forex rigging." FINMA said it's "currently (investigating) several Swiss financial institutions in connection with possible manipulation of foreign exchange markets."
It's coordinating with regulators in other countries. "(M)ultiple banks around the world are potentially implicated."
UBS is Switzerland's largest bank. It was fined $2.7 billion for market rigging. Credit Suisse may be involved. So are major Wall Street banks.
Bloomberg said major ones use advance customer order knowledge to push through trades manipulatively.
They colluded with other banks doing so. FX markets are poorly regulated. Most trading takes place away from exchanges. It's a shadowy anything goes realm.
Price rigging is standard practice. Hundreds of banks trade currencies. Four dominate the market: Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Barclays and UBS.
Concerns center around what's known as the "London Fix." It's a daily snapshot of currency prices.
Enormous shifts happen during a 60-second window before 4PM London time. It's when markets are especially liquid.
Banks set a certain rate for trades of one currency against another. Shortly afterwards, prices revert to normal rates.
Forex traders call the practice banging the close. It reflects blatant market manipulation. Betting the right way yields huge profits in seconds.
A fraction of a cent is all it takes. Trading involves a measure called a "pip." It represents one basis point or 1/100th of 1%.
Multiple trades near the London Fix can yield enormous profits. Repeating the process many times daily multiplies it hugely. A few pips in the right direction is all it takes.
The so-called WM/Reuters (WMR) rate works as follows. It's when "more than 40% of daily global FX trading is done. It's the nearest thing to a closing price in a 24-hour, self-regulated market."
Unwary traders are fleeced big time. Banks know big trades they'll execute on behalf of others.
Moving forex prices ahead of the fix yields big profits. Major banks do it at the expense of unsuspecting clients.
According to New York University's Stern School of Business Professor Marti Subrahmanyan:
"There's no policeman. These things have sort of fallen through the cracks. Foreign exchange is really nobody's kind of baby."
Major forex traders collude in electronic messaging groups. They're called "the bandits club" and "the cartel."
They profit at the expense of clients. They do so by manipulating markets up or down. Regulators do virtually nothing to stop it.
Investigations come and go. Minor penalties at most are imposed. It's part of the system. It shifts enormous wealth to major players.
Forex trading is a buyer's beware market. Traders call it the wild west. Volatility is valued. Sharp rice movements create profit opportunities. Stability minimizes them.
Manipulation is part of the system. Forex trading shenanigans reflect grand theft. Who said crime doesn't pay?
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December 14th, 2013 by olddog
By Dennis Prager
All of these are not only impeachable offenses, but incarceration indictments as well. Until every so-called anti-Obama
organization come together as one to remove this man……America is doomed to repeat the history of every other nation which
has allowed this to take place. Requests for more money, more petitions to be signed, will not be effective until a national
concerted effort to remove the politicians who support this traitor and his regime takes place.
Those of us who are being hurt the most by the illegal, executive orders, have no funds left to aid in ineffective rhetoric and
Members of the Congress could call for a national movement and support for this action…..bypassing the corrupt Holder and his
courts of no justice. .
Facts are facts.
By Dennis Prager
I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.
But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.
This is equally true domestically and internationally.
Domestically, his policies have had a grave impact on the American economy.
He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.
He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion — that is 6,500 billion — in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).
He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means-tested — than work full-time.
He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking about another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.
With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employer-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.
His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.
His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a videomaker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.
In this president’s White House the buck stops nowhere.
Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.
Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic, and, most of all, divisive.
He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well as anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first (halfbreed) black elected the leader of a white-majority nation.
Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.”
Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War II.
One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States.
Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti–Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him.
And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths.
Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.
He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
That is the one promise he has kept.
What does it take for the American people to WAKE UP?
December 10th, 2013 by olddog
By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
A key plank of the Obama administration platform seems to be the conversion of the local police into a fifth branch of the U.S. armed forces.
The means of accomplishing this goal is the doling out of millions of dollars from theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) to police departments and sheriffs’ offices around the country.
Cash-strapped local law enforcement gobbles up the federal “grants,” purchasing military-grade vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and surveillance technology that would make the National Security Agency (NSA) proud.
For a list of the largesse and an inventory of the incredible equipment it finances, we rely on local media reports.
The Journal News from Albany, New York reports:
To help local emergency preparedness capability, local governments and police departments across the state have received $80 million in grants, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The grants help support and expand local government and police departments’ ability to respond and react to emergencies. The majority of funding is distributed through the $75 million annual state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
According to the story, the DHS money will go to fund “Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue, Bomb Squad Initiative, the Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program, and the Critical Infrastructure Grant Program.”
In San Juan, Texas, DHS money is buying the police department an intelligence-gathering robot. Local newspaper, The Monitor, reports:
The San Juan Police Department has added a robot named Raven to its crime fighting arsenal.
Raven was purchased in early November at a cost of $27,000, paid for with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, said San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez.
“Raven is a great asset to our department,” Gonzalez said, referring to the black, shin-high, tank-like robot designed to enter hard-to-reach places. “He is equipped with a set of cameras, infrared cameras and audio equipment that gives us eyes and ears in difficult situations such as a hostage situation.”
While Raven has already been used to gather intelligence in a drug raid last month, San Juan police got a chance to fully interact with the robot in the days before Thanksgivingwhen the department ran a series of exercises to test the capabilities of Raven and of the Law Enforcement Emergency Regional Response Team, or LEERRT — the regional SWAT team based in San Juan.
The San Juan Police Department’s website looks more like an advertisement for an elite military unit rather than for the cops froma town of less than 36,000.
Apart from armored personnel vehicles and war-worthy weapons, perhaps the most popular item purchased with DHS grant money is facial recognition software.
San Diego State University’s Police Department is the proud new owner of this powerful surveillance technology. The school’s newspaper The Daily Aztec reports:
Facial recognition technology, previously limited to soldiers in Afghanistan and FBI agents, is now being used by civilian law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County. According to documents acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit focused on digital and privacy rights, the San Diego State Police Department is one of the agencies using this new technology. SDSUPD currently only has one officer in the program. However, he is the most active officer in the county, with more than 200 photos analyzed from January to October of this year.
The program to bring facial recognition technology to San Diego law enforcement is called TACIDS—short for Tactical Identification System. It’s a pilot program from the San Diego Association of Governments developed and purchased using grants from the federal government’s National Institute of Justice and theDepartment of Homeland Security, according to The Center for Investigative Reporting.
TACIDS works through Samsung tablets and Android smartphones that were distributed to specific officers (SDSUPD uses a tablet). Most of the 25 participating agencies were given one or two devices, although the sheriff’s department received the most with 64, while the San Diego and National City policedepartments received 27 and 26 respectively.
Notice that the story practically brags about the fact that a college police department is going to have gear more appropriate in the battlefield than on campus.
Maybe the author of the piece in The Daily Aztec is saying more than he meant to.
Is there a chance that the Department of Homeland Security is funneling all this money and materiel to local police to prepare them to quell popular uprisings? One expert thinks that may be the case.
Jim Fitzgerald worked for eight years as a vice and narcotics squad detective in Newark, New Jersey, before joining the staff of The John Birch Society. He is point man for the conservative organization’s “Support Your Local Police” initiative.
In an interview with The New American, Fitzgerald said there is “virtually no use” for the military-grade equipment being bought by local law enforcement with DHS grant money.
“The only reason to have this equipment is to use it,” Fitzgerald said, and it is likely it would be used against local citizens who have risen up and created some sort of civil disorder.
DHS, Fitzgerald believes, may be anticipating these riots and looks to them as a justification for the militarization of the police.
“They [DHS grants] are not good, not healthy, and not constitutional,” Fitzgerald adds.
The question that remains is how long citizens will accept the arming of their local police until they rise up in resistance and, as DHS probably has orchestrated, are targets of all the tactical weaponry, ammunition, and monitoring technology.
From license plate readers to facial recognition software, from surveillance cameras to cellphone signal trackers, the Department of Homeland Security is providing police with all the gadgets, hardware, and software necessary to keep everybody under surveillance, without the targeted public ever realizing that it’s the Capitol, not the cops, that are behind the monitoring.
Local police who participate in the program will have access to a shockingly broad array of personal information of citizens. Facial recognition technology, license platereaders, and stop light camera video feeds will all be funneled to a Regional Operations Intelligence Center where FBI, police, and DHS agents can watch the live feeds.
In fairness, most police chiefs and sheriffs are unaware of any larger, more sinister DHS program to foment riot as a pretext for quelling it.
But whether these lawmen realize it or not, when they accept federal gadgets and grants, they are surrendering their independence and their citizens’ civil liberties.
Perhaps the most important argument against the federalization of local police departments is that there is not a single syllable of the Constitution authorizing any such federal participation in law enforcement. If the power isn’t granted to the federal government in the Constitution, then authority over that area remains with the states and the people as described in the Tenth Amendment.
Self-serving bureaucrats inside the U.S. government are tirelessly trying to obliterate local police forces answerable to local citizens and promote the consolidation movement as a step toward federalization of law enforcement. These proponents of regional and national police forces desire nothing less than the eradication of all local police departments and sheriffs’ offices, the surrender of state and municipal sovereignty, and the conversion of police into federal security agents sworn not to protect and to serve their neighbors, but to protect the prerogatives of politicians.
Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a correspondent for The New American and travels frequently nationwide speaking on topics of nullification, the NDAA, and the surveillance state. He is the host of The New American Review radio show that is simulcast on YouTube every Monday. Follow him on Twitter @TNAJoeWolverton and he can be reached at email@example.com
December 4th, 2013 by olddog
By Peter Schiff
Having replaced savings with debt on both the national and individual levels, I think it's well past time for Westerners to take a few lessons from our creditors in the East. Many Americans consider gold a "barbarous relic," but in Asia, the yellow metal remains the bedrock of individual savings plans. This means that either greater than half of the world's population are barbarians, or they've held onto an important tradition that our culture has forgotten.
A Culture of Gold
One of the most important elements of Eastern gold demand is that it is not limited to educated investors or the higher classes, as often seems to be the case in the West. Throughout Asia, no matter one's social status, precious metals are the first assets people choose to protect their wealth. There is not even a glimmer of doubt about the enduring value of hard money.
A recent Bloomberg article quotes a Chinese woman, "I don't know anything about the stock market and I don't have enough money to buy property, so I figured gold is the safest choice."
Some might write off this philosophy as naïve, but her logic is founded in centuries of tradition, borne of hard-won experience. The same goes in India and across South Asia, where gold is an essential part of local religious customs. From wedding dowries to temple offerings, gold carries a caché in Asia that most Westerners can't fathom.
Consider the US as a comparison. Here, newlyweds are more likely to receive a house full of fancy appliances than any assets that might form the foundation of long-term financial independence.
After a couple of generations of US-dollar dominance, Americans have become lazy with our wealth. While we exploit our economic power by going into debt for fancy cars, big-screen TVs, and expensive smart phones, our creditors are steadily stockpiling gold.
A River of Gold from West to East
Asia's love affair with gold became worldwide news when the price of the yellow metal dropped last April. Asian consumers saw the price drop as a fortunate buying opportunity, and metals dealers were swamped with orders for both bullion and jewelry. Premiums skyrocketed across the continent, but this did not slow demand.
With all this demand, shouldn't gold's global spot price have continued rising? Unfortunately, many Westerners were selling into the Eastern demand. In fact, the stagnant spot price concealed a historic transfer of real wealth.
The rising price of gold over the past decade had lured many Western investors into the paper gold market through precious metals exchange-traded funds (ETFs). To ETF investors intent on fast growth rather than long-term capital preservation, the recent drop in price was viewed as a sell signal, not an opportunity.
By the end of September, gold ETFs had sold off about 700 metric tons of physical gold – more than half of it in just the second quarter. The World Gold Council reports that the majority of these outflows have been absorbed by Asian demand.
However, Western selling was enough to keep the global spot price from recovering. Instead of more capital flowing into gold, it was the gold itself which was flowing from Western financial institutions to Eastern households.
The latest data shows that consumer demand for physical gold in the first three quarters of 2013 hit a historical record of 2,896.5 metric tons. 90% of the year-over-year increase in this demand came from Asia and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Americans have been distracted by one record high after another in the domestic stock market.
When reporting on Asian gold demand, the Western media tends to focus on nations like India, which has practically declared war against gold buyers this year in a misguided attempt to curb its trade deficit.
The Indian government raised tariffs on the metal to a record 10%, and now requires importers to re-export 20% of their gold. India's central bank even went as far as asking temples around the country to divulge how much gold they were storing, though many refused.
Thailand and Vietnam have taken similar steps to subdue their populations' gold demand, even though the primary outcome has been to increase gold smuggling.
These governments' measures have received the most attention because they fit nicely into the Western narrative that gold is an old-fashioned asset that does more harm than good in modern economies. But the truth is that the only ones harmed by gold are Western governments!
Last month, China officially surpassed India as the world's largest consumer of gold. Unlike New Delhi, Beijing is encouraging its citizens' gold lust by easing restrictions on the gold trade. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is preparing to expand the number of businesses allowed to import and export gold on a large scale. It has also increased the amount of tax-free gold citizens are allowed to bring into the country.
Meanwhile, China is finally pulling away from the US dollar. A month after China's government news agency called for a "de-Americanized world," a deputy governor at the PBOC said, "It's no longer in China's favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves."
Simply put, China is planning to wind down its own stimulus program of buying US dollars, and instead allow the value of the yuan to appreciate. In preparation for this shift, China has been diversifying its foreign exchange reserves into gold. The PBOC has not released official numbers on its gold reserves since 2009, but experts have begun to speculate that its current holdings are far larger than previously estimated.
A Rude Awakening
This is the time when the West realizes that its great reservoir of wealth has run dry, as the gold has all flowed East.
When China stops buying US Treasuries, the Fed will remain the only major buyer of US debt. This will drive interest rates up, thereby sticking the US government with obligations it cannot possibly fulfill. Ultimately, this will be the death knell for the dollar, as the Fed will be forced to significantly expand its QE program to assume the role as Treasury-buyer of last resort.
Mom-and-pop gold buyers throughout the East probably do not understand all the subtleties of the foreign exchange markets, but an undying appreciation for gold is built into their culture. Make no mistake: the East is the engine of the 21st century global economy – and it is riding on rails of gold.
This holiday season, consider breaking with our recent Western tradition of giving gifts of no enduring value. Instead, take the opportunity to turn some of your paper dollars into gifts that will still have value when your kids are grown.
Peter Schiff is the CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, best-selling author and host of syndicated Peter Schiff Show. He is Chairman of Euro Pacific Precious Metals, a gold and silver dealer selling reputable, well-known bullion coins and bars at competitive prices.
Many American’s are afraid to buy Gold and or Silver because they are afraid their government will eventually confiscate it, and they have good reason to fear their government, as they have made no secret of their intentions to steal the people wealth. Look at how many pension funds are being taken and that is just for starters. Neither do Americans trust other Nations governments to stand up to ours and allow us to invest in foreign accounts. So, what’s the solution?
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”- John Adams
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."-Thomas Jefferson
The problem in America is not the government; the real problem in America is a spineless, ignorant, apathetic citizenry.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The above escape from tyranny is how this Nation was born, and is what the present government is denying you.
STAND UP AND START OVER AMERICA!
Jefferson’s Voice says
Sadly, money is the most powerful organizing principle in our society because most people have lost a sense of the eternal values we must live by to live free and dignified lives. This self-defeating behavior could be said to be due to the dumbing down, mind control, and exploitation of hard-wired greed. There are also elements of apathy and self-entitled narcissism.
Central banking may be the main tool used to control us but no economic system, however egalitarian and fair rationed based it may be said to be, can protect us from ourselves when our minds are weak, distorted, and controlled. There are no economic panaceas. We do know from experience that centralized control is never responsive to our inherent need to live as free souls and never fully transparent and thus centralized systems of control are always prone to corruption and abuse.
Like most things in life, a liquid form of exchange in an economy (“money”), can be a double-edged sword. Apathy and ignorance is the problem. Jefferson was right, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”