Archive for February, 2014
February 28th, 2014 by olddog
Schooling plays a big role in programming the population, but the most potent and prevalent educational tools are the mass media. These are devised to reach a large audience via the broadcasting of information through natural means (spoken or written language, posters) or technological ones (radio, television, cinema, the Internet). With time, the elite has come to control all the important mass media outlets and are now able to dictate their contents.
The trick is easy. All the elite need to do is repeat the same simplistic lies in all the media and the population will believe them without a doubt. This is how lies acquire an irresistible aura of credibility. A specialist of mass brainwashing, L. Wolfe, explains it further:
“As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.”
Wolfe specified that the contents had to be entertaining and leave the impression that the person always had the choice between various messages and sources. Therefore, the same repetitive information remains hidden behind different and appealing guises.
Around 1920, the Tavistock Institute became the center for the study of human behavior, mind control, propaganda, and social manipulation. Created in London, it spread overseas with the financial help of the Rockefeller Foundation. Its influence increased when it combined the study of anthropology, economy, organizations, politics, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and sociology. For example, Tavistock organized social phenomena such as the hippie counterculture and the use of mind-altering drugs. Its primary objectives were and still remain the organization of cultural changes through the imposition of chaos and the occult manipulation of special groups. With a 2012 budget of around 6 billion USD, it is now made up of 10 institutions, 400 subsidiary companies, and 3,000 study groups. In secret, Tavistock guides powerful multinationals such as the Rand Corp. (media, politics, commerce, health, education, defense), the Mitre Corp. (defense, revenue, national security), the Stanford and Hudson Institutes,
After 90 years of research, Tavistock’s main discovery concerns child sexuality. This has a great influence on the development of personality. Early sex stimulation produces adults whose emotional development is similar to that of a neurotic child. Their second discovery is related to stress. Tavistock researchers found out that people under controlled stress became more infantile and gave up strongly held beliefs under group pressure to conform to popular opinion. That explains why the mass media insist so much on sex, violence, and fear-inducing messages. We are being turned into scared, submissive children who try to evade the stress of daily life through emotional masturbation – television, radio, CDs, DVDs, movies, and video games.
Westerners spend four plus hours a day, the equivalent of two months a year, or nine years in a lifetime, being hypnotized by a television screen without being conscious of the effects this activity has on them. They have nearly stopped interacting with friends, neighbors, community, and even family. Their free time is spent in imaginary relationships with fictitious characters on the screen.
A few US statistics will show us the extent of the phenomenon: 99 % of households own at least one TV; there are 2.24 TVs per family; the television remains open 7 hours a day; 66 % eat in front of their television sets. The addiction starts right after birth, since 30% of kids who are 0 to 1 year old and 47 % of the 5 to 8 year-olds have televisions in their rooms. A typical US child spends 3.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with a parent, but 1680 minutes per week in front of TV. Is this why television is called the “one-eyed babysitter”? By the time they are 65, most people have seen 2,000,000 TV ads. This phenomenon is becoming global.
The entire population of earth has become addicted to television. If one decides to quit the TV habit, they experience psychological withdrawal symptoms that can be as severe as those related to drug or alcohol abuse. There is a direct relationship between child obesity – which is severe for 11% of 6 to 17 year olds in US – and advertisements, since the most popular types of commercials are related to junk food. A study counted more than 200 junk food ads during four hours of cartoons on Saturday morning television in the US. When compared with radio listening, television is more impactful because there are pictures. The more there are to accompany a special news report, the more tangible it will seem and the lesser the chance of people questioning its accuracy. Media expert Hal Becker once said:
“I know the secret of making the average American believe anything I want him to. Just let me control television… You put something on the television and it becomes reality. If the world outside the TV set contradicts the images, people start trying to change the world to make it like the TV set images.”
How is it that the elite have been so successful in achieving full control of television programming? Through the assistance of government. Politicians vote and impose laws that favor large TV stations over smaller ones and make it difficult for independent ideas to reach the airwaves. Better yet, most countries have their own sanitized State television stations.
Mass Hypnosis and Mass Violence
Tavistock hastened to study the effects of television on human behavior as early as the 1940′s. Its researchers discovered that 30 seconds after one starts watching TV, the brain automatically begins to produce alpha waves, a modified state of consciousness. The viewer goes into a trance-like mode, a type of light hypnosis. All their attention becomes concentrated on the screen, while the rest of their environment is ignored. In this semi-conscious state, they become highly susceptible to the messages contained in the programs, especially the commercials, which are created especially for that purpose.
Television started becoming popular in the fifties, and the elite have now accumulated more than 60 years of experience spread over three generations of viewers. The results are staggering. People are no longer logical, as their opinions and ideas come directly from television. The images validate what they hear. This filter of tele-opinions gets automatically superimposed over their daily reality, and have become passive members of a plugged-in society, and can no longer think, talk, or write logically. For them, images and knowledge are synonymous.
In Europe, violence on television is as critical as in America. Specialized stations such as Baby TV and Baby First broadcast programs for babies 24/7. When toddlers are one year old, they are already watching at least one hour of television a day. Statistics from 1988 showed that during one week of TV watching, viewers witness 670 murders, 15 rapes, 848 fights, 419 shootings or explosions, 11 armed robberies, 8 suicides, 32 hostage takings, 27 torture scenes, 9 defenestration’s, 13 strangulations, and 11 war scenes. Nowadays, these types of events are not reserved to late hours. For example, Quebec’s popular TQS station presented the movie Terminator at 6:30 pm – just in time for kids.
And it’s Getting Worse!
Ever heard of Silent Sound Spread Spectrum or SSSS? It is a secret Pentagon psychotronic technology that has been operational since 1990. In 1991, it was used during the first Gulf War to manipulate Iraqi troops into surrendering en masse. Like compliant children, 200,000 men came out of their desert bunkers and fell to their knees before approaching US troops.
The SSSS is now available in your neighborhood – free of charge. It is carried to your brain with the use of several technologies, including chemtrails, cell towers and high definition digital television (HD-TV). In this way, the elite is aiming for total mind control to insure the compliance of its sheeple. Now you know why the government was so enthusiastic about letting us get digital converter boxes for a cheap price, because they want us to have access to high-quality television images.
Big Brother goes even further with digital streaming video that allows any person with a personal computer linked to the Internet to access and watch popular television programs. This is available for free through companies such as Hulu. In this way, computer monitors and HD-TV screens broadcast SSSS and combine it with subliminally-pulsed images to bring about specific emotions and physical responses to all listeners or a selected type of DNA (Blacks, Orientals, women, etc.). If the elite has a sample of a person’s DNA, it can even target selected individuals. Experimentation has shown that it is effective – with varying levels of efficiency – with about 85% of the population, while the remaining 15% seem to be immune to such mind control attempts.
What Should We Do?
What should we do now that we know? Well, truth is useless if we do not change our actions.
Number one: throw out the television. Even without this new mind-control technology, the television has always been a “box of lies.” Watching TV lowers one’s intelligence, and many statistics are there to prove it. Forget the “good educational shows” that are simply there to misinform you.
Number two: limit the time you spend in front of the computer and on the internet, and never watch TV shows from the Internet.
Number three: avoid other sources of do not use cell phones (whether ‘smart’ or not). Basically, it is like putting your head in the microwave oven and pushing the ‘ON’ button. It is difficult to avoid chem.-trails, but living a TV-free and cell-phone-free life is possible – you get so much more time to read, think (for yourself), meditate, exercise, cook, and keep good company.
The elite have hijacked our brains with their technology, but we still have our free will. We can choose to use it or not to use it. Which one will you choose?
– Brainwashing: How The British Use The Media for Mass Psychological Warfare, L. Wolfe
In my life time, I have noticed that some people are more inclined to be led/instructed than others, and I have concluded that they were born followers and had very little independence or individuality. They were easy believers, naïve, and complacent by nature, which made them an easy convert to the mass mind. I feel toward them as I would a person born deformed, with pity and sympathy, for their journey has few rewards and much hardship.
February 27th, 2014 by olddog
By Brandon Turbeville
To anyone who had a passing knowledge of the nature of color revolutions and destabilization efforts in years past, the recent protests in Ukraine were an obvious example of foreign meddling in the domestic affairs of yet another Eastern European nation.
From the initial spates of violence coming largely from the direction of the protesters to the pro-EU and pro-IMF demands, it was clear from the very beginning that the Ukrainian people were being callously pulled back and forth between two world powers indifferent to any interests but their own.
These powers, the United States and Russia, have been covertly jockeying for more and more control over Ukraine, a strategic location for both countries, for the last several years. Yet, as the United States’ power and influence begins to wane and Russia’s begins to increase on the world stage, the risk of both powers clashing over Ukraine in a direct fashion becomes a bigger possibility by the day.
While tensions between the United States and Russia have escalated over the last three years through the Syrian crisis, Ukraine is more than a simple sphere-of-influence region for Russia. It is a sphere-of-influence region that borders the homeland. For this reason alone, the level of importance attributed to Ukraine by Russia is obviously higher than that of Syria in the long run.
Interestingly enough, it is for this same reason that the United States considers Ukraine such a vital sphere-of-influence nation as well. That is, the fact that Ukraine lies on the doorstep of Russia.
Although the reasons for considering Ukraine an extremely important part of the world by both the United States and Russia cannot simply be boiled down to that of a border issue, the fact remains that the potential for a direct collision between two world nuclear powers is a possibility if the meddling continues.
In the meantime, as the Ukrainian people are being used as battering rams for the will of world elites, they are quite clearly the guaranteed loser no matter what decision is made. With the recent success of the Western-backed color revolution, what is also clear is that the only winner in Ukraine is austerity, Fascism, the IMF, and, of course, the world elites. International bankers, as usual, are salivating over the coming feast that will come at the expense of the living standards of the Ukrainian people and the coffers of the Ukrainian government.
Even before a ruling government can be formed by the leading color revolutionary leaders Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, and other relevant agents of destabilization, the acting President, Oleksander Turchinov, is stating that European integration is a high priority of the new government. This, of course, means that Ukraine will soon move forward in becoming a full-fledged member in good standing of the new European Soviet known as the European Union.
In addition, leading contender for the post of Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the Parliamentary leader of the Fatherland Party, is now calling on the rest of Parliament to immediately come to agreement on a new government so that Ukraine can now crawl to the International Monetary Fund for “emergency economic assistance.” As one may expect, the IMF has already declared that it will require harsh austerity measures and other “economic changes” in exchange for any aid to Ukraine.
The $15 billion bailout package provided by Russia to Ukraine in December has now been suspended, placing Ukraine in imminent danger of default. The Hryvna, the Ukrainian currency, has been sharply devalued and the country’s bond rating has been downgraded in such a dramatic fashion that Ukraine is no longer able to borrow on international markets. Foreign reserves have also dropped dramatically.
If conditions persist, Ukraine will soon no longer be able to pay public pensions and salaries.
Yet austerity is not the only result of the recent Ukrainian “revolution.” Subtle and even outright Fascism has come to dominate not only the demonstrations themselves but the relatively young “transitional” phase now taking place.
Indeed, this relatively new trend of Fascist rule was enunciated in a recent statement by Natalia Vitrenko of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, a party that asserts its opposition to both the Orange Revolution installment of Yuschenko as well as the polices of Yanukovych.
Vitrenko first began by describing the nature of the movement used to oust Yanukovych by pointing out that many of the most powerful elements of the anti-Yanukovych movement, or Euromaidan, were indeed fascists and neo-Nazi’s. She stated,
Washington and Brussels should hear our warnings. We hold them responsible for all they have done to transfer power to the political forces responsible for establishing this totalitarian Nazi regime in Ukraine, with the inevitable gross violation of the rights and freedoms of millions of our fellow citizens.
The U.S. and EU should know that this power grab by political parties and movements including neo-Nazi forces (such as “Svoboda – Freedom” and “Right Sector”) , announced the implementation of a national revolution under the slogans “Ukraine for Ukrainians,” "Glory to the nation – death to enemies," "Muscovite tools and Communists to the gallows!" and others.
Starting on February 22, this new government must assume all responsibility throughout Ukraine for the violation of the rights and freedoms of citizens.
Vitrenko then went on to discuss the events currently unfolding in Ukraine including the capture of government buildings as well as political intimidation, force, beatings, shootings, and even lynchings of those seen as pro-government or opposed to the positions of the Western-backed fascists. Vitrenko states,
Insurgents and terrorists continue to capture Euromaidan administrative buildings and local authorities in the South and East of Ukraine. Using terrorist methods, voters have been deprived of their rights and of the authority of their elected representatives in local councils. Civilians defending their choices have been mercilessly shot by gunmen armed with Kalashinkovs, rifles, and other combat weapons, as for example on February 22 in Lugansk.
Militants not endowed with any legitimate police authority have arrogated emergency police powers to themselves, using axes and sticks to block central thoroughfares, halting cars to carry out inspections and verification of documents of passengers, and arresting people. They have blocked the entrance to the airport and thus grossly violated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which guarantees the inviolability of the person, freedom of movement, the presumption of innocence, and the right to security and life. All the people of Ukraine have been humiliated and denied their dignity and rights.
Already on February 23 representatives of the new government announced the formation of the Ukrainian nation: they proclaim that anyone who uses the Russian language will be subjected to deprivation of their native-born status of Ukrainian ethnicity and will be discriminated against in civil and political rights.
The new regime has already announced their intention to ban the broadcast channels of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, branding them as the TV channels of a hostile state . This is the way the new government defends the European values of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
The regime is preparing lists of enemies who are subject to proscription. This mechanism will deprive of civil and political rights all those who do not share the neo-Nazi views of the new Ukrainian authorities.
Across the country, ghoulish lynchings continue. People are being beaten and stoned, while undesirable members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are subject to mass intimidation and local officials see their families and children targeted by death threats if they do not support the installation of this new political power. The new Ukrainian authorities are massively burning the offices of political parties they do not like, and have publicly announced the threat of criminal prosecution and prohibition of political parties and public organizations that do not share the ideology and goals of the new regime.
In addition, Vitrenko adds that “Euromaidan militants are seizing Orthodox shrines like the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, seeking to transfer them to dissenting churchmen like Filaret. The intention is to grab all the churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to conform them to the Vatican.”
In other words, those few participants who at first joined the movement to fight against government corruption and for whatever they perceived to be a better political structure or simply those that were paid to fight in the streets, have been pushed out of the movement after the seizure of power was accomplished. In their place are the more militant wings of the movement such as the political parties mentioned above and the brutal thugs sanctioned by Western governments.
In the end, with the full support of the West, particularly the U.S. State Department, the recent successful “regime change” effort in Ukraine still has the potential to turn into an explosive situation in the literal sense. Aside from the moral qualms of allowing foreign powers the ability to dictate to smaller states the political direction which they must take, provoking a confrontation between two major world powers – both with nuclear capability – is a recipe for disaster!
From Syria to Ukraine, a new geopolitical race has been initiated with a clear destination firmly in the minds of the world political elites currently directing both sides of the contest. That direction, while potentially beneficial for those in positions of power, spells nothing but destruction for the rest of us.
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 275 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
As anyone with an instinct for danger can see, America is not the only country being manipulated by more powerful people than those who are running the different governments. In fact, the Powers That Be, are global in their actions and power bases, and the prospective government leaders are just pawns in the game of who runs the world, and where it is headed. This operand is sufficient enough to confuse the people and keep the PTB well insulated from direct attack by the militant media, sometimes called the internet reformation, and the only source of truth for the people. The sophistication of the organization that controls the world’s monetary systems and election of government leaders is such that few in this world understand who and what is happening to destroy the traditional stability of their countries. Multiply this with different methods of global mind control that results in the apathy, complacency, and narcissism of the people, and you have a near total lack of interest in regaining control of their governments. The people have been so completely dominated they have given in to accepting tyranny. If by chance the information on this web site awakens someone’s instinct for self preservation, they are still faced with untold hours of study before understanding how powerful the International Investment Banking Cartel really is., and what their objective means to the future of humanity. I have concluded that even if the Banking Cartel was assassinated they surely have protected their assets and directed them into the hands of intelligent people who will restructure what has been lost by their death. Only GOD has the power and ability to save us from destruction and slavery, and He will not protect a world that denies He exists.
EARTH, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
February 26th, 2014 by olddog
By Thorsten Polleit
on February 26, 2014
Credit is a wonderful tool that can help advance the division of labor, thereby increasing productivity and prosperity. The granting of credit enables savers to spread their income over time, as they prefer. By taking out loans, investors can implement productive spending plans that they would be unable to afford using their own resources.
The economically beneficial effects of credit can only come about, however, if the underlying credit and monetary system is solidly based on free-market principles. And here is a major problem for today’s economies: the prevailing credit and monetary regime is irreconcilable with the free market system.
At present, all major currencies in the world — be it the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen, or the Chinese renminbi — represent government sponsored unbacked paper, or, “fiat” monies. These monies have three characteristic features. First, central banks have a monopoly on money production. Second, money is created by bank lending — or “out of thin air” — without loans being backed by real savings. And third, money that is dematerialized, can be expanded in any quantity politically desired.
A fiat money regime suffers from a number of far-reaching economic and ethical flaws. It is inflationary, it inevitably causes waves of speculation, provokes bad investments and “boom-and-bust” cycles, and generally encourages an excessive built up of debt. And fiat money unjustifiably favors the few at the expense of the many: the early receivers of the new money benefit at the expense of those receiving the new money at a later point in time (“Cantillon Effect”).
One issue deserves particular attention: the burden of debt that accumulates over time in a fiat money regime will become unsustainable. The primary reason for this is that the act of creating credit and money out of thin air, accompanied by artificially suppressed interest rates, encourages poor investments: malinvestments that do not have the earning power to service the resulting rise in debt in full.
Governments are especially guilty of accumulating an excessive debt burden, greatly helped by central banks providing an inexhaustible supply of credit at artificially low costs. Politicians finance election promises with credit, and voters acquiesce because they expect to benefit from government’s “horn of plenty.” The ruling class and the class of the ruled are quite hopeful that they can defer repayment to future generations to sort out.
However, there comes a point in time when private investors are no longer willing to refinance maturing debt, let alone finance a further rise in indebtedness of banks, corporations, and governments. In such a situation, the paper money boom is doomed to collapse: rising concern about credit defaults is a deadly enemy to the fiat money regime. And once the flow of credit dries up, the boom turns into bust. This is exactly what was about to happen in many fiat currency areas around the world in 2008.
A fiat money bust can easily develop into a full-scale depression, meaning failing banks, corporations filing for bankruptcy, and even some governments going belly up. The economy contracts sharply, causing mass unemployment. Such a development will predictably be interpreted as an ordeal — rather than an economic adjustment made inevitable by the ravages of the preceding fiat money boom.
Everyone — those of the ruling class and those of the class of the ruled — will predictably want to escape disaster. Threatened with extreme economic hardship and political desperation, their eyes will turn to the central bank which, alas, can print all the money that is politically desired to keep overstretched borrowers liquid, first and foremost banks and governments.
Running the electronic printing press will be perceived as the policy of the least evil — a reaction that could be observed many times throughout the troubled history of unbacked paper money. Since the end of 2008, many central banks have successfully kept their commercial banks afloat by providing them with new credit at virtually zero interest rates.
This policy is actually meant to make banks churn out even more credit and fiat money. More credit and money, provided at record low interest rates, is seen as a remedy of the problems caused by an expansion of credit and money, provided at low interest rates, in the first place. This is hardly a confidence-inspiring route to take.
It was Ludwig von Mises who understood that a fiat money boom will, and actually must, ultimately end in a collapse of the economic system. The only open question would be whether such an outcome will be preceded by a debasement of the currency or not:
The boom cannot continue indefinitely. There are two alternatives. Either the banks continue the credit expansion without restriction and thus cause constantly mounting price increases and an ever-growing orgy of speculation, which, as in all other cases of unlimited inflation, ends in a “crack-up boom” and in a collapse of the money and credit system. Or the banks stop before this point is reached, voluntarily renounce further credit expansion and thus bring about the crisis. The depression follows in both instances.
A monetary policy dedicated to averting credit defaults by all means would speak for a fairly tough scenario going forward: depression preceded by inflation. This is a scenario quite similar to what happened, for instance, in the fiat money inflation in eighteenth-century France.
According to Andrew Dickson White, France issued paper money
seeking a remedy for a comparatively small evil in an evil infinitely more dangerous. To cure a disease temporary in its character, a corrosive poison was administered, which ate out the vitals of French prosperity.
It progressed according to a law in social physics which we may call the "law of accelerating issue and depreciation." It was comparatively easy to refrain from the first issue; it was exceedingly difficult to refrain from the second; to refrain from the third and with those following was practically impossible.
It brought … commerce and manufactures, the mercantile interest, the agricultural interest, to ruin. It brought on these the same destruction which would come to a Hollander opening the dykes of the sea to irrigate his garden in a dry summer.
It ended in the complete financial, moral and political prostration of France — a prostration from which only a Napoleon could raise it. 
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 Ludwig von Mises. Interventionism: An Economic Analysis. Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Foundation for Economic Education, 1998. P. 40.
 Andrew Dickson White. Fiat Money Inflation in France, How It Came, What It Brought, and How It Ended. D. Appleton-Century Company Inc., New York and London: D. Appleton-Century, 1933. S. 66.
At one point in my life I had enough creditability with the younger men working around me, which resulted in many asking me how a working man could have a nice home like mine, two almost new vehicles, and no debt at 35. This is of course not an accomplishment to brag about, but to these young men it seemed like I must have done something illegal to accomplish. I told them that I had always kept my debt repayment no higher than fifty percent of my cash flow, which gave me room to maneuver my assets and provide for savings. I could have started out buried in debt as they did but it just never made sense to me to be bent over a barrel for half my life. As my business grew, I never borrowed money to operate on, and only borrowed for capital expansion (equipment that was needed to increase cash flow) I shopped around for the lowest interest and lowest prices and never purchased the best of everything. Most products needed to run a business can be located at better prices than what the biggest suppliers sell. I could go on and on about this subject, but few people will take advice that will cause them to wait until they can buy what they want without borrowing the money to buy it. Therein lies the snake that poisons they’re life. They invent excuses why they can’t. Young man/woman take this to the bank, adjust your finances so you can put 25% of your net pay in savings every week, and only use it for medical emergencies. Put you’re saving’s in something that increases in value, or earns as much interest as you would have to pay to borrow it, and don’t think you cannot buy a house without a mortgage because I did it, and it can still be done. WARNING:
Elbow grease required!
February 25th, 2014 by olddog
Stockman – $500 Trillion Derivative Bomb Threatens The World!
Today David Stockman warned King World News that a terrifying $500 trillion derivative bomb threatens the entire world. He also went on to caution about a second danger facing the world. KWN takes Stockman’s warnings very seriously because he is the man former President Reagan called on in 1981, during that crisis, to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget and help save the United States from collapse. Below is what Stockman had to say in part II of a series of powerful interviews that will be released today.
Stockman: “I think the great ticking time bomb is interest rate swaps. The last time I checked they were in the range of $500 trillion. Who knows what’s lurking underneath the surface there?….
Stockman: “The single greatest danger is that the game the central banks are playing today will come to an abrupt and destructive end. That’s the danger because the whole system is now running off the short-run maneuvers, liquidity, and guidance that the central banks are injecting into the market every day. The danger is that one of these days the whole system will fail because it is unnatural and artificial, and when that happens it’s going to be a pretty difficult (and chaotic) time.” read more!
Just think a moment, the International Investment Bankers have been sucking our country dry for more years than anyone on earth has lived. Does that make sense folks? when will the people understand they simply cannot have a life of total leisure, we must spend time learning what is going on in our government and discuss what to do about it. By now, the entire world could have financial security if it were not for these blood suckers. Please for the sake of your children and Grand children get off your ass and learn. If I can find and learn what is wrong with the world, there is no excuse for anyone to remain ignorant. There is a way to fix the world. KILL THE BANKERS, and confiscate their wealth! Does that offend you? You don’t seem to get upset when the bankers have millions killed in their wars, while you work in their war factories though, do you? Wake the hell up America!
February 24th, 2014 by olddog
By Ben O'Neill on February 22, 2014
[This article is part of a series. See Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Courts.]
We begin our analysis of the legal machinations of the NSA by looking at the secret court system which supposedly practices judicial oversight over the agency. This Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court or FISC) was created in 1978 as a result of recommendations of the Church Committee, composed after a series of intelligence scandals in the 1970s. The court was purportedly created as an additional safeguard against unlawful activity by US intelligence agencies, which had been found to have committed various kinds of unlawful surveillance activities.
The goal of the FISA court, as originally conceived, was to place judicial oversight on the surveillance activities of the NSA, by requiring the agency to obtain warrants from the court before intercepting communications. This was to place the NSA under the same kind of legal constraints as regular police, with requirements for evidence being put before a court in order to obtain a warrant for search. However, unlike the court system for regular police warrants, the judicial system for the NSA is far more secretive. In order to give judicial scrutiny to preserve the secrecy of NSA activities, the FISA court meets in secret with only government representatives present at its proceedings. The hearings are closed to the public and the rulings of the judges are classified, and rarely released after the fact. (Some rulings have been partly declassified, but are still heavily redacted.) The judges in the FISA court hear applications from a representative of the NSA, and ask questions, allowing the agency to amend their applications to meet any shortcomings. Adversarial argument from other parties is absent, since there are no other parties at the hearing.
Some of this is similar to the operation of public courts for regular police warrants, but there is a great deal more secrecy, and a great deal more power granted to the government. One distinction between the FISA Court, and regular public courts issuing warrants for police searches, is the type of warrant system that is practiced under the FISA Court. For police searches it is generally the case that the police will apply for a warrant to surveil a particular person, or a small group or people, and give some evidence of “probable cause” for a search, i.e., the police must convince the court that there is reasonable suspicion for surveillance on a case-by-case basis. Under the FISA Court the warrants for the NSA are much wider in scope. Many of the warrants authorize the collection of communications data on a particular phone carrier, capturing the communications of millions of people over sustained periods of time. Other warrants are “procedure-based” warrants which authorize a proposed data-collection process, subject to various “minimization procedures” designed to confine the querying of data. These generally allow mass data-collection on a population, with application of the minimization procedures left to the NSA.
As with other law enforcement authorities, the record of the NSA in obtaining warrants from the FISA court is imposing. In the 33,949 applications that were resolved from 1979-2012, only 11 were rejected (0.0324%). (The rejection rate for other wiretap applications in state and federal courts is similarly low.) Though originally designed merely to issue secret warrants for surveillance, the powers of the FISA Court have expanded over time, with a large expansion of power occurring in 2008, when the Bush administration retroactively immunized any “electronic communication service provider” from any liability for their complicity in unlawful NSA surveillance.
In order to deal with a large number of warrant applications, the powers of the FISA Court have expanded to the point that it has undertaken quasi-constitutional proceedings, allegedly validating the surveillance programs as being within the constitutional powers of the US government. Even in this latter function, the hearings have been closed to the public and have been conducted with only the government giving arguments to the court. Hence, the government has had free rein to be the only party represented at hearings which have purported to determine its own legal powers under the US Constitution. For this reason, one commentator has noted that, “[i]n truth, the FISC has basically become a parallel Supreme Court, but one which operates in almost total secrecy.”
The effect of this secret court system has been to allow the NSA to build up 34 years of judicial precedents in favor of its expansive powers, with a large body of purported constitutional findings validating its own power. All of this has been conducted behind closed doors, without the inconvenience of opposing argument from other parties. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this secret court system has opened up opportunities for judicial capture for the NSA. As noted by legal scholar Elizabeth Goitein, “[l]ike any other group that meets in secret behind closed doors with only one constituency appearing before them, they’re subject to capture and bias.”
For former FISA court judge James Robertson, these remarks have rung true to such an extent that he has publicly complained about the ex parte nature of the FISA court proceedings. According to this former member of the court, “[w]hat FISA does is not adjudication, but approval. This works just fine when it deals with individual applications for warrants, but the 2008 amendment has turned the FISA court into an administrative agency making rules for others to follow.”
To the extent that judicial capture has been resisted by the court, it has nonetheless functioned as a compliant entity to the NSA, through the fact that any criticisms against the unlawful actions of the NSA have been kept secret, and have been without any serious legal consequence to the agency. When the Chief Judge of the FISA court was alerted to a mass of systematic misrepresentations to the court by the NSA, the consequence was a “stern rebuke” in a classified memorandum that was not available to the public until years later. (In fact, the opinion was only declassified due to public pressure as a result of the Snowden leaks. If not for these leaks it is likely that the opinion would still remain classified today.) In March 2009, following breaches of the courts orders, the Chief Judge found that the testimony of General Keith Alexander setting out the NSA interpretation of the court’s orders “strained credulity” by interpreting a part of the orders as effectively being optional. He also found that “[t]he minimization procedures proposed by the government in each successive application and approved and adopted as binding by the orders of the [FISA Court] have been so frequently and systematically violated that it can fairly be said that this critical element of the overall [metadata] regime has never functioned effectively.” Despite lacking confidence that the NSA would comply with future orders, the Chief Judge allowed the mass collection of metadata to continue, and allowed the government to continue to apply for access to this data on a case-by-case basis, or for imminent threats, until such time as they completed a review of their procedures. The NSA completed their review and the regular operation of the mass-surveillance program was restored shortly afterward.
Some commentators have taken this judicial rebuke by the FISA court as proof of the “toughness” of the court on the NSA, in fact, it is proof of their subservience to the agency. Despite finding that there had been systematic misrepresentations to the court by the NSA, no action was taken against official who had given false statements to the court. There was no disciplinary action of any kind against personnel of the agency, and the “rebuke” of the court remained a private classified document, only available to the agency being criticized. NSA officials who had systematically misled the court were free to read this rebuke knowing that no consequence would follow from it, since no member of the public could read about their actions. When the matter was later exposed to the public (as a result of the Snowden leaks) the Chief Judge complained that his court “… is forced to rely upon the accuracy of the information that is provided to the Court.” The surveillance programs of the NSA continued, with ongoing approval by the court, after a short period of technical review conducted by the NSA. Such “toughness” as this is what passes for “checks and balances” within the system of secret courts.
The dubious nature of the FISA court is well-understood within the wider judicial system, a fact which was clear in the Klayman preliminary judgment. The stark distinction between the secretive FISA court and the public court system was recognized by Judge Leon when he observed that, “… no court has ever recognized a special need sufficient to justify continuous, daily searches of virtually every American citizen without any particularized suspicion. In effect, the government urges me to be the first non-FISC judge to sanction such a dragnet.” It is notable here that Judge Leon felt that it was significant that he was the first non-FISC judge to consider the matter, a tacit recognition that the judgments of the FISC cannot be regarded as true constitutional scrutiny.
Legal scholar Randy Barnett has argued that surveillance programs by a secret court violates the requirement for “due process of law.” According to Barnett, “[s]ecret judicial proceedings adjudicating the rights of private parties, without any ability to participate or even read the legal opinions of the judges, is the antithesis of the due process of law.” Though we refer to such an institution as a “court” system in the positive-law sense, in truth, such a “court” lacks many of the characteristics of a proper court. It is in fact more akin to bodies such as the English Star Chamber, which conducted judicial hearings in secret, issuing secret rulings affecting parties who were not represented in its hearings.
February 22nd, 2014 by olddog
Saudi Pakistani and Iraqi Prison Inmates Replenish Al Qaeda Ranks
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Several hundred convicted criminals who escaped from carefully guarded prisons in Iraq have recently joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as well as the Al Qaeda affiliated rebel force, Jabhat Al Nusra.
According to the NYT: “the prison breaks also reflect the surging demand for experienced fighters which led to a concerted effort by militant groups, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to seek them in the one place where they were held en masse — Iraq’s prison cells.” (Tim Arango and Eric Schmitt,
Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency, NYT, February 12, 2014):
“American officials estimate, a few hundred of the escapees have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, several in senior leadership roles.”
Acknowledged by the NYT, the prison breakouts are part of the recruitment of jihadists to serve in the Syrian insurgency. What is not mentioned, however, is that the recruitment of mercenaries is coordinated by NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar with the support of the Obama administration. Moreover, known and documented, most Al Qaeda affiliated forces are covertly supported by Western intelligence including the CIA, Mossad and Britain’s MI6.
The prison breaks in Iraq are part of a coordinated endeavor entitled “Operation Breaking the Walls,” established in July 2012 by the ISIS. Acknowledged by an American counterterrorism official quoted by the NYT,
“The influx of these terrorists, who collectively have decades of battlefield experience, probably has strengthened the group and deepened its leadership bench.”
US Occupation forces and military personnel in the prisons turned a blind eye to the breakouts.
Abu Aisha was originally arrested by the Americans and then released from Camp Bucca, the infamous American prison in southern Iraq, in 2008. He was rearrested by the Iraqis in 2010.
“Finally, they put me in Abu Ghraib, and I again met some of the leaders and fighters I knew, including princes from Al Qaeda — Iraqis, Arabs and other nationalities,” he said. “Most of them had been at Bucca as well.”
One night last summer, as Abu Aisha sat in his cell waiting, as he did each day, for his date with the executioner, explosions and gunfire erupted and a familiar prison guard opened the doors to his cell and told him to leave immediately. With hundreds of others, Abu Aisha ran through the prison’s corridors until he escaped through a hole that had been blasted through a wall. He hopped into a waiting Kia truck that took him to freedom — and back to the battlefield.
Abu Aisha said leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria gave him a choice: leave and fight with them in Syria, or stay and fight in Iraq. (NYT, op cit, emphasis added)
Prison guards secure the main gate of the newly named Baghdad Central Prison in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib February 21, 2009.
Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Ameen
Coordinated Program: Saudi Arabia
The recent prison breakouts have the hallmarks of a carefully planned covert operation requiring the complicity of the US military and Iraqi prison personnel.
The prison breakouts are not limited to Iraq. Planned prison escapes to join the jihadist insurgency have occurred simultaneously in several countries, indicating the existence of a coordinated recruitment program.
Saudi Arabia –which has played a central role in channeling weapons (including anti-aircraft missiles) to the jihadists on behalf of Washington– has been actively involved in the recruitment of mercenaries from the kingdom’s prisons.
In Saudi Arabia, however, there were no breakouts: criminals serving jail sentences were released from the kingdom’s prisons on condition they join the Syrian jihad.
A top secret memo sent by the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia “reveals the Saudi Kingdomsent death-row inmates, sentenced to execution by decapitation, to Syria to fight Jihad against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences.”
According to the April 17, 2012 memo, Saudi Arabia recruited some 1200 inmates, “offering them a full pardon and a monthly salary for their families, who were to remain in the Kingdom, in exchange for “…training for the sake of sending to the Jihad in Syria.”
Among those released from prison and recruited in Saudi Arabia were inmates from Yemen, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.
From “Convicted Criminal” to “Freedom Fighter”
The Western military alliance is not only supporting and financing a terrorist insurgency, supplying it with advanced weapons systems, it is also complicit in the recruitment of convicted criminals.
What is at stake is the coordination of several consecutive stages involving Prison escapes/releases, Recruitment of Mercenaries, the Training of “Freedom Fighters” and the Procurement and Delivery of Weapons to the insurgency:
1. Release and/or escape of convicted criminals and fighters from prisons;
2. Recruitment of the released/escaped inmates into Syria rebel formations;
3. Paramilitary training of the released/escaped prisoners, where applicable, e.g. in Saudi and Qatari training programs including religious indoctrination;
4. Dispatching the newly trained jihadist rebels to the war theater. The former prison inmates are sent to Syria to join the insurgency. They are integrated as mercenaries into one of the Al Qaeda affiliated forces.
5. The military equipping of the newly trained mercenaries (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar) and the procurement and delivery of military hardware to the insurgency on behalf of the US Administration which is funding the inflow of weapons.
The Insurgency’s Recruitment of Prison Inmates: Part of an Ongoing Process
Prison breaks occurred in Summer 2013 in Libya and Pakistan and Iraq in what appeared to be a carefully coordinated program. Those reported by the NYT are a continuation of an earlier project of prison breakouts.
On July 23, 2013, Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons were broken into in a carefully waged operation, leading to the escape of 500-1000 inmates, most of whom were recruited into the ranks of ISIS:
The attacks were allegedly carried out after months of preparations on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is a merger between Al-Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq.
Between 500 to 1,000 prisoners have escaped as a result of the attack, “most of them were convicted senior members of Al-Qaeda and had received death sentences,” said Hakim Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament.
Suicide bombers drove cars with explosives into the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night, while gunmen attacked guards with mortar fire as well as rocket propelled grenades. (Russia Today, July 2013)
On Saturday, July 26, at a maximum security prison in Benghazi, Libya, an almost identical prison break to the one that happened in Iraq occurred:
There were riots within the prison, with fires set. Suddenly gunmen flocked upon the prison and opened fire. About 1,200 of Libya’s most deadly inmates escaped. Peregrino Brimah, Obama’s Syria Endgame:
New Al Qaeda “Recruits” Dispatched to Syria, Global Research, September 4, 2013, emphasis added)
And midnight, July 29-30:
Taliban gunmen with rocket launchers and suicide bombers, wearing police uniforms attacked the largest jail in Dera Ismail Khan, in a northern Pakistani province, releasing over 300 inmates. They came well coordinated, with rocket-propelled grenades and freed top militants–some of the Taliban’s most deadly men. They used loud speakers to announce the names of the men they needed. According to an official
(Reuters), only 70 of the 200 guards on duty were at work that fateful night, suggesting higher level security-government involvement.(Ibid, emphasis added)
Syrians across the Country Say No to Terrorism and Foreign Interference
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, February 21, 2014
Url of this article:
We invite GR readers to review the video and images below and make up their own mind as to what is happening in Syria.
There is a mass movement across the country against foreign interference. This mass movement is not being reported by the Western media.
The Syrian population does not support the “freedom fighters” recruited and trained in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
What is at stake is the sovereignty and survival of a country with a longstanding history. This movement also includes people who are opposed to the Syrian government.
The Syrian people are fully aware that Washington is supporting Al Qaeda. They know that this is a US sponsored insurgency and that the rebels who are killing civilians are mercenaries.
They are fully aware that this is a war of aggression which is intent upon destroying their country.
Let us spread this message far and wide.
Michel Chossudovsky, GR, February 21, 2014
Report by Syria 360
Thousands of Syrians went out in massive rallies in various areas and cities on Thursday in support of Syrian national principles and staunch support to the Syrian Arab Army.
Thousands in Qudsayya show support to Syrian army, national principles
Thousands from Qudsayya, al-Dimas and al-Sabboura areas in Damascus countryside gathered in a massive popular rally in Qudsayya area to show support to the Syrian army operations against the armed terrorist groups and national principles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP9FdP7m4Lw
February 20th, 2014 by olddog
By Matthew Clark
The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.
Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”
As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about "the process by which stories are selected" and how often stations cover "critical information needs," along with "perceived station bias" and "perceived responsiveness to underserved populations."
In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.
The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”
That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions.
This poses a monumental danger to constitutionally protected free speech and freedom of the press.
Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.
As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, "our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.
It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.
Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera. Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.
It’s hard to imagine anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.
Is it any wonder that the U.S. now ranks 46th in the world for freedom of the press? Reporters Without Boarders called America’s precipitous drop of 13 places in its recent global rankings “one of the most significant declines” in freedom of the press in the world.
Freedom of the press is proudly extolled in the First Amendment, yet our nation now barely makes the top fifty for media freedom.
We cannot allow the unfathomable encroachment on our free speech and freedom of the press to continue.
We’ve seen, and defeated, this kind of attempt to squelch free speech before in the likes of the Fairness Doctrine and the Grassroots Lobbying Bill (incidentally one of my first projects at the ACLJ). Each one of these euphemistically named government programs is nothing more than an underhanded attempt to circumvent the Constitution and limit free speech – speech that the government finds inconvenient. They’re equally unconstitutional, and they each must be defeated.
Join the ACLJ as we take a stand. Sign the ACLJ’s Petition to Stop the Obama FCC’s Free Speech Monitors.
This article is crossposted on Red State.
On second thought, what's the big deal? The scumbag media industry is owned by the same dirt bag Bankers that OBUMA works for, so don't get your panties in a wad, we're no worse off than we have been since the big buyout!
February 19th, 2014 by olddog
By Ron Ewart
"The only way to win the battle over the minds of an ideology is to turn the friends of your enemies, against them. Although the task is great, the reward is victory."-Ron Ewart
In all of our wars and all of the difficulties we have faced as a nation in over two centuries, if we would let a little thing like a socialist president and some hopelessly misguided Democrats get in the way of where we wanted to go, America would have never gotten where it is. If there was a wall, we went over it, around it, under it ….. or through it. If there was a lock in our way, we "picked it" or blew it up. If there was a frontier, we explored it. If there was a beachhead, we took it. If there was a foreign or domestic tyrant, we pulled his teeth and rendered him impotent. If there was a bridge to be built, we built it. If we wanted to go into space, into space we went. Literally nothing stood in the way of Americans, when they wanted to create something, build something, stop a dictator, or get to a place where they wanted to go. We were unstoppable and contrary to popular opinion, we still are. Hell no we are not perfect, but our accomplishments as a nation, a culture and as a people, are the envy of the world.
When a person or a nation was in need, we met that need out of the greatness, goodness and kindness of our collective hearts. Americans are the most generous people on planet earth and don't let anyone tell you different. Make no mistake we could do all these things because we were not only free, but that freedom allowed us to create the wealth from which we were able to BE generous.
Which brings us to today. How is it that Americans, who not only carved out an unprecedented free society based on unalienable individual rights and conquered a continent, but who also created a country of vast wealth and riches, would let a little thing like an Obama, or a corrupt Congress, or a mis-guided judiciary, stand in the way of reclaiming our freedom and our Republic? Have we lost our courage to enter into a fight to prevent being enslaved? Are we so afraid of losing what we have, that we would back away from aggressively challenging those that are trying to take it away, even if those that are trying to take it away are some of our own people? Just because our enemy is a domestic one and not foreign, does that preclude us from taking them on? Have we grown so timid and apathetic that we shrink in fear when a fight is thrust upon us and ladies and gentlemen, a fight is being thrust upon us like never before? It is a deadly domestic fight between two opposing ideologies and a government that uses those opposing ideologies to divide, conquer and enslave us.
Must we be frozen like a deer in the headlights until a charismatic leader appears, before we challenge those that are hell bent on robbing the fuel from our engine, the bullets from our guns and the faith in our God and then locking us in chains and throwing the key away?
If this is true, then America has little chance to restore itself. But we don't for one minute believe that this is true. Still it begs the question, who is going to re-start America's engine? Who will find the combination that will unlock our gas tank and fill it with fuel? Who will turn the key that starts our engine, revs it up and peels rubber towards the goalpost of freedom?
We know for sure that it won't be one man. It will be millions of men and women who have united under the foundation of unalienable rights and the willingness to sacrifice all to preserve those rights for current and future generations. It will be a million charismatic individuals, or just hard-working, determined plodders, that will inspire others to follow him, or her. Some will take on the city, or county council. Some will take on the school board. Some will take on the state legislatures and it will make no difference what political stripe the council member or the legislator wears. Each will be equally challenged by those who will not tolerate the destruction of "THEIR" America!
As we get our feet wet taking on local and state governments and institutions, it will give us the courage and experience to crack the big nut, an out-of-control federal government. Because you see, all across this great land are individual after individual and group after group that are springing up out of no where to take on the status quo that has grown like a cancer, out of 100 years of apathy and indifference to what government was doing. Some might call these individuals and groups the Tea Party. Others might call it a grand awakening.
The infiltration of national and international special interests and policies into American institutions is being challenged. Radical environmentalism and its brainchild, man-caused global warming, are being debunked day after day no matter what government or the scientists say. Resistance to world government and the attempts to dissolve American sovereignty are also growing. Government programs that are fully designed to brainwash and indoctrinate our children, like Common Core State Standards, are getting a more thorough vetting and then discarded at the local level. Talk of dismantling the U. S. Department of Education grows stronger. Small skirmishes are turning into wins as the people, men and women, shrug off their fears and thrust their angry noses into the closed club of power politics.
High tension is in the air and changes are riding on the wind like we have never seen. There is a grand awakening and those that have perpetrated the destruction of America grow nervous and are slinging the arrows of invectives and the searing flame of the race card. They are fighting back to maintain their power, but their actions are taking on the sour smell of desperation and their power is showing signs of weakening, as the rising crescendo of the American spirit and patriotism echoes across the fruited plains and reverberates through the canyons and valleys of our mighty mountains ….. from sea to shining sea. The enemy is on the defensive and as the crescendo rises even more, they will eventually be on the run. We WILL reclaim a free America!
"So much of life presents itself as a bundle of sticks. If we try to take on the whole bundle at one time, we find the task too daunting, get frustrated and turn away or give up. And so it is with our struggle to preserve, protect and defend freedom and liberty. The bundle we must break appears to be overwhelming, unless we take the bundle apart and start breaking (fixing) the 'sticks', one-by-one. Even armed with this knowledge, so many of us lament, '….. but there are so many sticks, how can we possibly break them all?' And indeed there are many 'sticks'. But if we don't start breaking the 'sticks' right now, one-by-one, more will be added to the bundle until no matter how we try to take the bundle apart, no matter how many 'sticks' we break, many more will be added to the bundle and the task becomes too difficult."(from one of our previous articles)
The first major "stick" to break is dumping the current president and taking control of both houses of congress. The second is to repeal Obama Care and replace it with sound medical insurance practices based on the doctor/patient relationship. Without these two significant changes, we will not have sufficient political power to re-shape our government and roll back what the Progressive movement has done, a movement that has taken us to the brink of national bankruptcy and just possibly merge America into global government. We must, once and for all, break the back of the flawed policies of Keynesian economics that has led us to this bankruptcy. If we fail to do this, it doesn't mean that we will be denied victory in the end. It just means we will have to fight harder and longer at the local and state level, where we can win.
But what if we could break the first "stick" with a simple image and that image became so ingrained into the body politic that it took on a life of its own? What if that image was a prediction of the future and people started believing in the prediction so much that it would change the way they think about who is in charge of our government and that image influenced how they vote? What if that image flashed across the Internet and went viral? Sometimes it only takes a "face" to launch a thousand ships, or a "shot heard 'round the world" to start a revolution, or a simple idea to start a religion, or a powerful image to take down a dictator, or a socialist? Have you created that one image Americans can rally around? E-mail it to us in JPG format. If we choose your image, we will share it with our national reading audience and give you all the credit.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have been advocating for years that if the American people would just focus on ONE ISSUE that is representative of the destruction of America by this Administration, a hopelessly divided Congress and the progressive ideology, and they did so by the millions, that issue would be resolved in days. Perhaps the rallying cry for those millions could be your image.
In each community, each county, each state and finally all of America, we must find the "sticks" we can break that will give us a win, starting with one of the more simpler "sticks". Start with a restriction, a law, or an ordinance and work collectively to break (repeal) it. They (the government) won't be expecting you to become the tiger and we have found that government backs up when confronted by the sheer force of people who have right on their side. Staircase off that "win" to the next restriction, the next law, or ordinance and then repeal it. The strategy here is that people will join winners but they will shy away from, or ignore losers. Once engaged, you will find that defending freedom can be infectious and personally rewarding.
We know for sure that America's tank is not empty and her engine is still in fine working order. There is power under the hood and we just need some guys to come by to put some more gas in the tank and some brave drivers to take her out on the road. We need more of us to expose the corruption, the double-dealing, the crony capitalism and the irrational compassion that has enveloped our institutions and robbed us of our financial and moral strength. Then we need to spread that message far and wide.
People in general, hate corruption and backroom deals and will voice their displeasure over it, especially at the voting booth. That is what is going to happen at the midterms in 2014 because of the disaster that is Obama Care. We need to start undoing, by political pressure, all of the social and environmental unconstitutional laws that have been passed, at all levels of government. We need to take our schools back by checking what our children are being taught and then pressuring the local school boards to bring sanity and common sense back to our schools and textbooks.
We need more people to take on the political dolts at the local and state level and we need millions more people, if we are to have any effect. The simple idea of freedom can be reborn, that is if enough people grasp the importance of that idea and the deadly implications if that idea should die.
In the end, we either choose freedom and are willing to defend it at whatever cost, or we choose enslavement. Hopefully, there will be enough of us that will choose freedom. But time is of the essence and "sticks" are continuously being added to the bundle ….. while we sleep.
America is far from dead. As long as there is the breath of life in just one patriot's body, there is hope for America. It only takes one patriot (tiger) to trigger political change. It only takes one hero that has the courage to enter the free fire zone and drag those hiding in the shadows out of their hiding places and charge. How many of YOU will come out of the shadows and re-start America's engine?
Remember! Sheep don't stalk tigers. It is the other way around. Are Americans sheep, or are they tigers? We know that the vast majority of Americans are just latent tigers and all they need is the hunger for freedom to take on the sheep that cowardly hide in the halls of government. These "sheep" are easy prey when confronted by a real tiger.
Tigers of America, urban and rural, fight back. We have powerful information and tools you can use in this fight on our two websites HERE and HERE.
© 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.
I have been asked by many people over the years why I am so nasty in my comments, and believe it or not, the people who respond to my comments are decidedly LIBERALS. Which goes to show they are looking for a reason to bitch or they would never BE READING read my comments. This is the reason I am so angry and nasty, where the hell are the people I am trying to stimulate? How about an atta-boy once in a while from the conservative side of our divided country! I’m nasty because I cannot understand how millions of people are sitting on their butts and not fighting back at the social AND POLITICAL changes that are dividing us. Ron’s article above should have everyone reading it jumping up and down with HOPE in their hearts, and flooding him with thanks for waking them up from their apathy coma. Let me tell you folks something here and now. There is no power on earth that could break America if the hope in your heart stimulated your tired old ass into action. If you don’t know what to do…. Ask someone involved in restoring hope in American freedom. There are thousands of great writers in this country who need your support and or offer of help. Right this very minute there should be millions of people demonstrating on the streets of America, holding signs that read, WE ARE TAKING AMERICA BACK! WE ARE EDUCATING THE MASSES ABOUT FREEDOM! KEEP YOUR GRUBBY HANDS OFF OUR INTERNET! Or one of a million other slogans, but you are still sitting on your ass waiting for someone else to take the risk, aren’t you? After all, some of your neighbors are tattle telling liberal pukes right? And they will get you in trouble. Well guess what America your dead ass is already in big trouble. STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK, IT’S YOUR COUNTRY TOO.
February 18th, 2014 by olddog
By Mary E Webster
How do I explain to someone who believes in big government and we are “citizens of the world,” that most of our technological and health advancements, our freedom to work at a job of our choice—or not work, if we don’t want to—and even sit in the church of our choice on Sunday morning is protected by the United States Constitution?
As readers of my essays know, freedom and liberty do not come from the Constitution. They come from God. But God also gave us free will, which means that some type of government is necessary.
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary." #51*
We, as citizens of our country, state, county, city, community, give up a few of our rights and freedoms to give power to our governments.
“Government is necessary. The people must cede some of their natural rights to the government to give it some powers.” #2 *
Rather than give us freedoms, the U.S. Constitution takes the bare minimum of freedoms away from citizens, just enough to keep us safe. Before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, people were "given" their freedoms by government rulers. That is why a "bill of rights" was such a revolutionary agreement between the ruler and citizens.
The Old World doctrine said that people were made to serve kings, not kings to serve the people. . ." #45
"Bills of rights are agreements between kings and their subjects. They reserve to citizens the rights not surrendered to the king.
"The Magna Charta is an example. Barons with swords in their hands made King John sign. Succeeding princes confirmed the Magna Charta. The Petition of Right agreed to by Charles the First is an example. So is the Declaration of Rights presented to the Prince of Orange in 1688. Parliament then made it the 'Bill of Rights'.
"The proposed Constitution is founded on the power of the people. The people's representatives will execute it. Therefore, a bill of rights doesn't belong in the Constitution. The people surrender nothing. And they keep everything. Specific reservations are not needed." #84
However, we can lose our freedoms. We only have to look at the 20th century to see how millions of people lost their freedoms, their property, and even their lives because of unrestrained government. In fact, there were more Christian martyrs in the 20th century than in all previous 1,900 years combined.
What are we to do if we notice the United States passing laws that take away our basic freedoms and liberty?
If the federal government overreaches its authority and uses its power tyrannically, the people, who created it, must go to the Constitution. They must correct the injury done to the Constitution. To determine if a law is Constitutional, we must look at whether the law is based on Constitutional powers…” #33
This is the core of the questions I had when I picked up the Federalist Papers in 1994: "To determine if a law is Constitutional, we must look at whether the law is based on Constitutional powers…” And so that other people can find the answer more quickly than I did, I put together my favorite book: The United States Constitution: Annotated with The Federalist Papers in Modern English.
* All quotes are from The Federalist Papers: Modern English Edition Two, which is available at Amazon.com and on my website.
It was bad enough when society accepted the restrictions on public preaching, but when an entire Nation accepts a restriction on GOD, who made everything that exist, and hence, has a justified claim of ownership on everything that exist, you can guess what happens next.
HE GETS MAD!
Then He withdraws His protection, and things get ugly. If you are one of the fools who rejects GOD’s existence, then you are stupid enough to think governments will protect you, and they give you a bill of right’s to prove it. Guess what, they can also take them away. SO, if you claim there is No GOD, then you have no reason to complain when the government takes back what it gave you. Be careful who you worship! No one is going to take way what GOD gave me. Will you protect your gift of freedom from GOD, or will you let the government claim it? I suggest you buy the book, and read it.
February 17th, 2014 by olddog
If you, and by you I mean the people of this country, do not know the limits our Founders imposed upon those who we would elect to represent us, who is to stop them from assuming powers it was intended they do not exercise, or to halt the erosion of your rights for which the government was created to protect? (Way behind the curve, by Neal Ross) Please read it before you read this article.
You will find it here.
Over the years I have read hundreds of variations of the intent of the founders, and or, the beginning of Government in America, some of which present very credible arguments that America is still owned by the Crown, but the Crown has various definitions also, and the people involved with this supposed act are long dead and their personal archives have been under the control of questionable people.
At some point long forgotten in my studies it occurred to me that all this information was useless, as the people of America are the most intellectually lazy vagabonds on planet earth. I used the word Vagabonds to euphemize Americans lack of concern for history and how it affects their future, rather than an unpleasant euphuism.
The bottom line of Americas beginning of the pursuit of freedom is quite simply immaterial, due to the complete lack of their continuing concern for it. As it stands today, the majority of Americans are so willfully obtuse and consumed by their own little world, it is impossible to define our purpose, or reason for being. Our complete lack of cohesiveness is reminiscent of a sandy beach in the wind. Every grain being pushed around by forces independent of any control. Even a second grade student should understand the necessity of pulling together in the same direction if one needs to move a heavy object, or build anything of lasting value.
Getting back to “Way behind the curve”, if one knows not the value of something, one may well discard it as unimportant, and that is Neal’s claim. American’s out of ignorance have discarded the one thing that would help them build a better world and their own well being. One must be in control of their future if one is to remain free of tyrannical control by their leaders, and the only way to gain that control is by gaining knowledge of how governments work. The civics’ class you may or may not have had in school is not an education, it is a tool used by the élite movers and shakers of the country. To understand all that you must know requires your own excessive compulsive interest and time.
You must breakaway from the standard method of indoctrination and do some independent research, because government controlled curriculums are designed to beguile the student, not inform them. Human nature being what it is, most people will do what everyone else is doing, and believe what everyone else believes, because it is easier than independent study.
Here is a good example of lack of knowledge due to public opinion rather than real knowledge. Young people reading this will automatically assume this is written for their parents, and not them, because young people have no standing among the adults in charge. Nothing could be more wrong, because the very best tool one has is their natural instinct. You should have been born with an instinct to question what you see and hear, in order to fully understand how it is relevant to the subject at hand, as each individual is somewhat different and somewhat alike.
In this way you gain experience in comprehending how power is used between people, and believe me, power is one’s only method of controlling the people who are controlling your future.
In a better world, voting would be the method of controlling your leaders, but not so in today’s world. Did you believe it was? Where was your natural instinct? That should have been enough, even if you had not been properly educated. Remember this for the rest of your life, and use it as an assistant when trying to understand why what people say, is not what they do. All human being’s are born depraved, and must acquire the self control to harmonize with society. Self control comes with diligent study of human nature. Constantly compare what others do in relation to what they say they believe or do. You will soon learn that controlling your leaders is going to be a constant part of your life that will continue for the rest of your life. BELIEVE IT!
They did not seek the roll of leadership to make your life better; they did it to make their life better. If you let them control the laws you must obey, then you must have complete control over them. Nothing else will work! If you let them, they will tell you they are going to make your life better and easier, and that is a dead giveaway, because it’s not their job to make your life easier, their job is to stay in control of those who would subvert the law, and make laws to protect that power.
EXAMPLE! The Constitution for the United States of America. Please notice I wrote (for) and not (OF), and this is the reason.
The word (for) is a preposition indicating that something is directed at somebody, done on behalf of, or to benefit somebody.
The word (of) is a preposition introducing a noun or noun phrase that provides more information about a preceding word of phrase, usually, but not always, also a noun. Do you see now how surreptitious your leaders can be?
Originally, it was FOR and later changed to OF, have you ever asked why? Would you want a Doctor for you, or would you want a Doctor of you? YOU DECIDE!
I hope by now the reader understands that living under the control of a group of depraved human beings is going to be like guarding a group of children, you cannot turn your back on them for a second.
Having no responsibility to be involved with keeping your leaders in check is a pipe dream that lines the pockets of the most despicable people on earth, and you personally will suffer for it. You may claim it is impossible, or claim you have a right to live as you please, but this again is how they screw you and your loved ones out of your freedom to do so.
If you are so naive that you think your leaders care about your life and are doing their best to advance freedom and prosperity, then you really are living in a dream world. One that never was, or will be, and the reason is, evil men seek power like a bubble seeks the surface; it is their nature.
So, how do we control the people we supposedly elect to office? That answer is, we cannot, in the present system of governance. As divided as our nation presently is due to lack of education on governments, we will never change anything until we get control of education and accept a standard curriculum that includes human nature, the results of the past and how our government was originally supposed to work. And that means years and years of research on what we can design that will be acceptable to the vast majority. Much work has already been done on that, but the majority have never read or understood it because it presumes an understanding of human nature that has been rejected by our leaders, and the liberal side of our countrymen.
The first step would be to decentralize our lives of the products we all think we need, and learn the skills of making what we really need.
Our ancestors did it out of necessity, and it is of necessity that we must re-learn those skills because we are financing our own demise by buying what we have been fooled into thinking we must have from the very people who line the pockets of our depraved leaders. Do an inventory of your home and list all the things you have spent your money on that is no longer used or needed, and decide right then to only buy what you need, to make what you really need. Example, food, do you buy food or seeds? Which is the most cost effective? There is no home in America that could not benefit by growing their own food, making their own clothes, and hundreds of other items. There is no faster way to starve the beast than to cut their volume of sales.
Yes, this is going back to the old days, but in the old days the Wal-marts of the world did not have you by the short hairs. Do you have a better idea to gain freedom from the corporate beast that finance’s your depraved leaders?
In the old days our children did not have the temptations they have today and stayed home with their parents to learn from them how to do for themselves, and how to contribute to the family harmony and prosperity. The love they had for each other, from the companionship, was the glue that held them together. Now days, parents can’t wait till their offspring are in collage so they can have some peace and quite.
Believe me I’m very aware of how outdated this all sounds to most of you but the present rate of technology growth is out pacing the number of people who have the skills to use it and convincing many of you that those people need to be eliminated. Who the hell do you think you are?
You piss and moan that we should all be considerate of each other, while planning the least expensive way of eliminating millions of other’s Is this the limit of your intelligence, or the limit of your compassion? Do unto others as you would have them do to you is still the only way to live with your conscience, that is if you still have one.
There are practical solutions to today’s problems if the people would just get out from in front of their televisions and do some honest hard work, or research on controlling government. But that would be subject to your preconceived notions of social responsibilities, and many of you do not have a clue on how people should interact, other than don’t say anything nasty about this or that perversion of human nature.
Now, I’m going to end this diatribe with a few words on your favorite subject; the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
If you expect heaven on earth from human effort you expect what never was or will be, and if you continue eliminating GOD from public discourse, and government, you are going to build the most destructive society ever imagined by the most putrid people on earth. I’m not going to tell you what GOD is going to do, because I don’t know the mind of GOD. But, I can assure you, an all invasive evil society will be the results of a GODLESS government/society, and there will be a living hell on earth, such as you cannot imagine.
Good luck folks, you’re going to need all you can get the way things are going. Ever consider doing something about it besides complaining?
LEARN OR BURN
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 15th, 2014 by olddog
By LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
In his 2014 State of the Union address Barack Obama threatened to use more executive orders if Congress and the American people fail to do what he wants.
Obama, America's first grand mufti of the Constitution, intends to govern by political fatwa.
Unlike a genuine Muslim fatwa, which must be based on theological evidence, Obama fatwas originate from personal whim or political expediency, but is, nevertheless, regarded as a religious ruling, which is now accepted without objection by all Democrats, submissive Republicans and the mainstream media.
The soon-to-be-codified "Obama Law," meant to replace an archaic Constitution of dead white men, will update statutes of secular law, including crime, politics, and economics, but will also regulate personal matters such as acceptable speech, suitable income, allowable beliefs, tolerable lifespan and even appropriate caloric intake.
Jonathan Turley, law professor George Washington University and a supporter of Obama's policies, was interviewed by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about the "dangerous" expansion of executive power in the United States.
Turley notes: "a president who is claiming the right to basically rewrite or ignore or negate federal laws… a cult of personality for people on the left… astonished by the degree of passivity in Congress, particularly by Democrats…We are turning a blind eye to a fundamental change in our system… a system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism…I think many people will come to loathe that they remained silent during this period."
For too long the American people have been silent and inattentive. Our government has become dictatorial in gradual steps and the executive branch is now attempting to usurp supreme and absolute authority.
The Democrats, the Republicans and the media have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo from which they derive power, privilege and financial benefits. Challenging Obama in any significant way would lead to a deluge in revelations about malfeasance in the federal government. Rather than tell the truth, many in power have chosen to succumb to political expediency or self-interest and, thereby, have endorsed permanent corruption in Washington, D.C.
One solution to an irresponsible federal government and obsequious press resides within Article V of the United States Constitution.
"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."
A convention of states can to be called to ensure that we are able to debate and impose a package of restraints on the misuse of power by all branches of the federal government. It is a convention initiated by the state legislatures, which cannot be blocked by Congress, for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. It is not a constitutional convention. It cannot throw out the Constitution because its authority is derived from the Constitution.
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 will inevitably lead to national collapse and fragmentation. 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.
The ruling elites will continue to oppose any reform. They should heed the warning of President John F. Kennedy:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of "Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution ". He receives email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
February 12th, 2014 by olddog
By Alan Carub
America has arrived at a point at which it has never been in its 226 years of existence since the Constitution became effective in 1788. It has a President for whom that Constitution is routinely ignored in his quest to “fundamentally transform” America into a nation it has never been despite the slide into progressive policies that began early in the last century.
His namesake legacy legislation, Obamacare, is wreaking havoc on the lives of millions of Americans who have lost or will lose their healthcare plans that have been replaced with those whose cost is far higher. It is costing the nation jobs, reducing further the income of millions. The Congressional Budget Office just released a report predicting it will cost 2.3 million jobs and add $1 trillion in projected deficits.
As reported by CNSnews on February 6, “The debt of the U.S. government has increased $6.666 trillion since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, according to the latest numbers released by the Treasury Department. It stands at $17,293,019,654, 981.61. The total debt of the nation did not exceed $6.666 trillion until 2003. The U.S. has accumulated as much debt as it did since its founding.
While in office in his first term, the U.S. credit rating was reduced for the first time in its history.
Among Obama’s Constitutional violations in 2013 were:
Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps
Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate
Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements
Exemption of Congress from Obamacare
Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation
Political profiling by the IRS
Recess appointments when Congress was not officially in recess
Between January 2012 and June 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Obama Justice Department’s extreme positions on criminal procedure to property rights, religious liberty to immigration, security regulation to tax law, nine times.
In January CNSnews reported that 1,687,000 fewer Americans were holding fulltime jobs than held jobs in December 2007—the month the last recession began. The current number of jobless Americans is more than 92 million Americans. Simply stated, Obama has failed to restore the economy during his five years in office, having spent the first four years blaming George W. Bush for this failure.
As 2013 came to an end, Fred Barnes, writing in The Weekly Standard, noted that “On the five most important polling questions that measure a president’s success, he not only dropped significantly, but he’s now regarded negatively overall. The five yardsticks are presidential job approval, honesty, handling of the economy, strong leadership, and the public’s impression of him personally. Being under water on all five is extraordinary, if not unprecedented.”
For a growing majority of Americans, Obama has become public enemy number one.
At the heart of the disapproval of Obama is the realization that he lies about everything all the time. Nothing he says can be trusted and this is a definition of pathological dishonesty. In a recent interview before the Super Bowl with Bill O’Reilly, he lied about every issue raised. Increasingly, guests on the channel’s news shows are beginning to regularly use the word “lie” to describe what he says, where before they used euphemisms such as “untruths.”
Because the Senate is controlled by the Democratic Party, a deluge of legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House to respond to Obamacare and other aspects of the economy have been killed before any debate or vote can be taken. The Democratic Party is now wholly owned by progressives, more resembling the Communist Party USA than its former self. It engages in denouncing any critic of Obama as being a racist.
Obama’s January State of the Union address reflected his dishonesty and his agenda. It reflected the progressive belief in the “collective” rather than the value of the individual. Obama has pursued a policy of class warfare, seeking to divide Americans over the issue of economic inequality. He declared climate change—the new name for “global warming”—as “settled” science at a time when the U.S. and the rest of the world has been in a cooling cycle for the past seventeen years and can expect to remain in it for many decades to come.
At a time when many Americans cannot find work, Obama has urged an immigration amnesty that would add an estimated eleven million illegal aliens to the population along with their families which would also qualify. The only reform Americans want is stronger border security.
Reflecting barely three percent of the population, Obama reversed himself to endorse same-sex marriage, has altered the U.S. military’s policy on gays and pursued a policy to integrate women into combat units. He has forced several hundred flag officers, generals and admirals, to retire, has expanded Homeland Security’s enforcement corps, and endorsed the vastly expanded ability of the National Security Agency to secure data on every phone call Americans make or receive.
At the same time, he has sought restrictions on the Second Amendment right to own and bear arms.
It is essential to understand that no President has had the power to issue an executive order that does not have constitutional or regulatory empowerment. Failing this, any President acting in this manner is doing so as a king or despot. The Constitution was written to avoid such usurpation of power.
These and other actions have endangered the Bill of Rights on which Americans depend for justice and freedom.
I have thought that it would be unlikely the first black President will be impeached. I am beginning to think that a momentum is building toward impeachment in a Congress that no longer trusts Obama.
Obama took an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States” which includes the enforcement of its laws. He has not only directed that laws with which he disagrees not be enforced, but he has unilaterally and unconstitutionally made changes to laws. Only Congress has that right.
The November midterm elections hold forth the opportunity to give the Republican Party the opportunity to take control of the Senate and increase members in the House. Given the trends in the polls, this appears to be the outcome. It is all that stands between Americans and a President whose contempt for their welfare and intelligence is on display every day.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Is becoming? Hell, this bastard has been public enemy number one since the day he arrived in America. Who would have believe some nappy headed liar could have ever pulled off the things he has? The list is too long for most peoples attention span so it’s not included. This scumbag should be tarred and feathered on a pole, and shipped back to Kenya.
February 11th, 2014 by olddog
And the Gold Recovery Attempts of the Korean and Vietnam Wars
By JC Collins
This essay serves as an Addendum to one of my previous posts titled “China to Purchase the Federal Reserve”. The article itself has generated a lot of interest and many questions. Such things are not easy to prove and take book length discourses to fully understand and grasp the complexity of not just the process, but also the history behind it. Such are the expectations of pivotal events.
Let’s back track 100 years to 1913 and the creation of the Federal Reserve. The Fed was set up as the central bank of the United States. It has a 100 year mandate (there are questions about extensions) and quickly went to work printing money and building up the American war machine for World War One which began the very next year.
The hidden purpose of World War One was the take down of one of the two last monarchies in Europe. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was a “dual monarchy” created in 1867 as an agreement between Hungary and Austria for the purpose of defense against the onslaught of revolutions initiated by banking powers. These revolutions started with the French Revolution as a means to overthrow Europe’s monarchy’s and plant the design of the modern state in the minds of the people. The form of government and banking systems that spewed forth from this injustice slowly crawled from country to country, digging its roots into the industries and cultures of the conquered lands.
The second monarchy was Russia. Also by design, the bankers created dismal economic conditions within Russia which in turn, through propaganda, was blamed on the Romanov royal family. This, as we know, led to the Bolshevik Revolution and the installation of the synthesis to democracies thesis, communism. See my previous post for a brief explanation on the usage of the Hegelian Dialectic.
The bankers quickly went to work in Austria on a plan to economically destroy Germany and build it back up as the Third Reich. Similar patterns were unfolding in Asia with the rise of Imperial Japan.
World War Two officially began in September of 1939. Like World War One, there was a hidden purpose. This time it was the theft of gold held in both Europe and Asia. The lands conquered by both armies were stripped of their gold reserves which were then sent back to the vaults of the western banks. Most of this gold eventually ended up in Fort Knox as both official and unofficial gold deposits of the Federal Reserve System. There is plenty of information available on Nazi Gold to satisfy the inquisitive mind so I will not elaborate here.
Once the gold hoards were shipped west, America finally became embroiled in the war to help clean up the debris left over from the bankers gold theft. This afforded the bankers another opportunity to earn great returns as they funded both sides of the war and literally made a killing.
But the Japanese did something unexpected. They hid some of the gold in the tunnels and caves of the lands they conquered in Asia. The bankers quickly caught on to this scam riding under their scam and became furious enough to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. Fat Man and Little Boy aside, the bankers never got the gold and it was quietly moved into other locations. Most likely it never stayed in one place for too long.
Not to be deterred, the bankers continued to build up their war machine into the American military industrial complex and set it loose upon Korea and eventually Vietnam in search of the Yamashita Gold.
There are many reasons why the bankers wanted this gold. Traditionally gold moves towards regions that manufacture and the western world was modernizing with manufacturing as the driving force. In order for manufacturing to continue increasing, it needed funding. Funding came from the debt creation system that put money into circulation. In order to print more debt, somebody needed to hold it. The U.S. could not hold all the debt within the country because it would cause too much inflation. As such, inflation needed to be exported to countries with markets which had been “engineered” specifically to import that inflation. Obviously the people of these countries suffered the inflation through poor living standards and working conditions.
Note: This is exactly what has been happening and will continue to happen in America as manufacturing has fled its shores too cheaper markets. The gold soon followed and the living and working conditions have been getting poorer and poorer for the majority of average Americans. This is the karma which is being exacted upon America for endless war and debauchery.
The history of our world and its wars is the history of the movement of gold. From ancient Babylon to today, gold is the backbone of development and economic security. Anything you hear different is simply propaganda spewing forth from the feces spigots of television sellouts who are milking an almost empty system before discarding the carcass upon the heap of history.
Gold is on the move once again. In a big way. Much of it going to the Chinese government and the People’s Bank of China. Things have increased even more dramatically in the last few weeks as the Shanghai Gold Exchange has had 159 tons of gold withdrawn since January 1st. The JP Morgan gold vault has seen 44% of its inventories depleted just in the last 4 days. Let’s not forget that the JP Morgan vault is now owned by China. Where is this gold going?
China has been setting up gold vaults throughout Asia. Vaults will not sit empty for long.
The new economic system being slowly implemented through the I.M.F. with the support of China is paying greater attention to the geographical locations of central bank gold vaults. These locations will be in the ASEAN members as well as mainland China. Some of the countries importing gold into central bank vaults are Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia.
The gold which was stolen is being returned. It took a world war to get the gold but there will be no war to get it back. It’s already moving. This deserves repeating, there will be no major war over this gold movement.
In the near future the Comex will no longer price gold as the Shanghai Gold Exchange will set the fixed rates along with the I.M.F. SDR framework agreements. Gold trade settlements will be structured in SDR’s but managed through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. From there we drop another level to the RCEP, or Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, comprised of the ASEAN members as well as Japan (no war with China), South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
In a future essay I will be focusing on the re-emergence of Vietnam into the global economy. But for now I’d like to bring notice to the fact that their economic growth is astounding with a middle class that is swelling and an economy that is attracting huge investment. Vietnam has the lowest unemployment rate on the planet. Samsung is moving its factories into Vietnam. Russia has signed an agreement with Vietnam to build a $28 Billion oil refinery, the second largest in all of Asia, with more to come. Even Starbucks is getting into the Vietnam craze.
The Vietnamese people hold 300 to 400 tonnes of personal gold. That is equal to or greater than the gold holdings of Great Britain. The State Bank of Vietnam is planning on converting this gold into dong deposits with the intent of strengthening the currency. Add this to the gold that will be imported into the vaults of the central bank through the Shanghai Gold Exchange, and you have the makings of a very strong regional power. I would suspect that Vietnam will become a contributing member too the BRICS Development Bank and the SDR compositions for the region.
A long way Vietnam has come from the American military onslaught and attempted Yamashita gold theft. It’s almost fitting that the small country and its people which were bombed and killed by the Federal Reserve military machine will now be the partial holder of the official gold that once sat within the hollowed walls of the now empty Fort Knox.
Could this be the ultimate triumph of Confucianism over Platonism? The shame of the Asian Confucian cultures once subjected to the western idealism of Plato. And now the guilt that the west must feel as the karma is balanced.
And now the Federal Reserve System is almost dead, as the Chinese pick at the bones of what was once their tormentor. The new Federal Reserve will issue the U.S. foreign bonds in the form of SDR compositions. These bonds will be for international use only. The Trans Pacific Partnership will be the pipeline for these international SDR’s as they are spewed forth from the Federal Reserve. The allocation will be structured around the SDR basket compositions as I’m detailing in “SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods”.
The internal U.S. dollar will be issued through the Treasury. Guess who will purchase these bonds? If you guessed your pension fund, then you’re on the right track. The timing of the MyRA announcement was not coincidental. Nothing is. – JC
Are you beginning to understand the depth of evil in the International Investment Bankers hearts? Do you now see how far back they have laid their plans to destabilize the whole planet and take full credit for their accomplishment? They are close to dropping the vail of secrecy, and throw open the doors to receive the world’s admiration, and acceptance of their authority. Won’t that be nice little piggy’s? Those of us who would kiss the feet of Jesus Christ, will be commanded to kiss the bankers ass. I’ll take my place in hell first!
February 8th, 2014 by olddog
ONLY WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST
By Paul Craig Roberts
The control freaks in Washington think that only the decisions that Washington makes and imposes on other sovereign countries are democratic. No other country on earth is capable of making a democratic decision.
The world has witnessed this American self- righteousness for eons as Washington overthrows one democratic government after the other and imposes its puppet, as Washington did in Iran in 1953 when the CIA, as it now admits, and as Ervand Abrahamian proves in his book The Coup (The New Press, 2013), overthrew the elected government of Mossadeq, and more recently the elected government of Honduras and many governments in between.
Currently Washington is working overtime to overthrow the governments of Syria, Iran again, and Ukraine. Washington has also targeted Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil, and in its wildest dreams the governments of Russia and China.
On January 26 Syrian government advisor Bouthaina Shaaban asked Wolf Blitzer, a propagandist for Washington and the Israel Lobby, on US TV why the US government, speaking through Secretary of Stare John Kerry, has the right to decide who is to be the government of Syria instead of the Syrian people. [Polls show that Syrian president Assad’s approval ratings exceed those of every Western leader.] Even the slimy Blitzer wasn’t slimy enough to answer, “because we are the exceptional, indispensable people.” But that’s what Washington thinks.
Washington will soon be back at work on destabilizing the government of Iran again, a habit I suppose, but for the moment Washington is focused on destabilizing Ukraine.
Ukraine has a democratically elected government, but Washington doesn’t like it because Washington didn’t pick it. The Ukraine or the western part of it is full of Washington funded NGOs whose purpose is to deliver Ukraine into the clutches of the EU where US and European banks can loot the country, as they looted, for example, Latvia, and simultaneously weaken Russia by stealing a large part of traditional Russia and converting it into US/NATO military bases against Russia.
Perhaps Putin, an athlete, is distracted by the Olympic Games in Russia. Otherwise, it is something of a puzzle why Russia hasn’t put its nuclear missiles on high alert and occupied the western Ukraine with troops in order to prevent Ukraine’s overthrow by Washington’s money. Every country has citizens that will sell the country out for money, and western Ukraine is overflowing with such traitors.
As we have seen for decades, Arabs and Muslims will sell out their people for Western money. So will western Ukrainians. The NGOs financed by Washington are committed to delivering Ukraine into Washington’s hands where Ukrainians can become American serfs and this integral part of Russia can become a staging ground for the US military.
Of all the violent protests that we have been witnessed to, the Ukrainian one is the most orchestrated.
On February 6, Zero Hedge, one of the intelligent and informed Internet sites, posted a leaked recording from the despicable Victoria Nuland, an Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Regime. Nuland is caught discussing with the US envoy to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, Washington’s choice for who heads the next Ukrainian government.
Nuland is incensed that the European Union has not joined Washington in imposing sanctions on the Ukrainian government in order to complete Washington’s takeover of Ukraine. Nuland speaks as if she is God with the God-given right to select the government of Ukraine, which she proceeds to do.
The EU, as corrupt as it is by Washington’s money, nevertheless understands being made rich by Washington is no protection against Russian nuclear missiles. Nuland’s response to Europe’s hesitancy to risk its existence for the benefit of US hegemony is:
“Fuck the EU.”
So much for Washington’s attitude toward its captive allies and the peoples of the world.
US ‘Ukraine-gate’ Threatens to Blow Up Into Major Conflagration
By Daniel McAdams
US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt were caught in a phone conversation leaked yesterday actively plotting over which of the Ukrainian opposition figures should take which position in a post-coup Ukraine government. In the call, they were furious that the EU was not as quick to move from words to action as the US, and decided to bring in the UN to “glue” the “deal” together instead.
This is a major international scandal, and the implications of this clear evidence of direct US involvement in civil unrest in Ukraine are much more serious than most in the US and EU realize. As is to be expected, however, the US mainstream press is focused not on this evidence of extreme US recklessness and deception, but rather on whether the Russians leaked the call or not. They are ignoring the real core of the scandal to focus on salacious aspects, real or imagined.
Caught red-handed actively planning and manipulating internal politics and acting as if Ukrainian opposition politicians were literally US agents to be ordered into this position or that in a new government, the US State Department behaved as a child with his hand discovered in the cookie jar.
Witness the truly breathtaking performance by US State Department Spokesperson Jan Psaki today at a daily press briefing (and kudos to some of the journalists there who seem to be tuned in to the seriousness of this affair):
Q. Does not the fact that U.S. diplomats purportedly are discussing who should and should not be in the Ukrainian government hint at some possibility of U.S. interference here?
MS. PSAKI: Absolutely not… It’s up to the people of Ukraine, including officials from both sides, to determine the path forward. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are discussions about events on the ground.
Q. This is more than discussions, though. This was two top U.S. officials that are on the ground discussing a plan that they have to broker a future government and bringing officials from the U.N. to kind of seal the deal. This is more than the U.S. trying to make suggestions. This is the U.S. mid-wifeing the process.
PSAKI: Well, Elise, you’re talking about a private diplomatic conversation…. Of course these things are being discussed. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s up to the people on the ground. It is up to the people of Ukraine to determine what the path forward it.
Q: But I’m sorry, if you’re saying privately behind the scenes that you’re cooking up a deal, and then you’re saying publicly that this is up for Ukrainians to decide, those are two totally different things. I understand that diplomatic discussions are sensitive and you don’t want everything to come out, but those are two totally different — totally different positions.
The entire exchange must be watched to be believed. Even then the brazenness of the lies is unbelievable.
The US government has repeatedly denied and even ridiculed Russian suggestions that the US is playing an active role in the unrest in Ukraine. The tape erases any excuse they might have been able to field.
Here is where things get serious. Sergei Glazyev, advisor to Russian president Putin claimed today that the US was spending $20 million per week on the Ukrainian opposition, including supplying opposition with training and weapons. It is clear from recent photographs that street gangs are more organized and better equipped each day.
As Glazyev pointed out, this direct US involvement would be in violation of the Memorandum on Security Assurances, signed by both Russia and the United States in 1994. In the document, both sides agreed “to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.”
Glazyev suggested that this evidence of US violation of the Memorandum may induce Russia to also intervene in the situation.
If it was in fact Russia that acquired this recording and decided to leak it, this is likely the most direct public warning to the United States government that it is treading on a serious red line, risking a conflict of perhaps unimaginable seriousness over what is on the surface a relatively minor trade agreement between Kiev and Brussels.
The US government is far too used to giving the orders and demanding they be heeded to listen to this carefully timed, carefully crafted warning. This is not another example of Putin offering a face-saving solution to the near-disaster of a US attack on Syria this past summer.
We do not make predictions here, but let us not rule out the possibility of some very quick and significant happenings on Ukraine. February 6, 2014 may be a date for the history books.
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10:48 pm on February 6, 2014Email Daniel McAdams
The Best of Daniel McAdams
February 6th, 2014 by olddog
Editorial By Wendy McElroy
The libertarian publisher R.C. Hoiles insisted that the editorial page of his flagship California newspaper The Orange County Register was "a daily school room made available to its subscribers." In that schoolroom Hoiles taught what he called "voluntaryism." A November 1953 editorial, "Articles of Faith," distilled its essence: "[A] government is a good government that only does what each and every individual has the moral and ethical and just right to do." If it was not right for an individual to take money by force, then it was not right for a government to do so in the name of "taxation." Another of the "Articles" stated, "I have faith that our government would better protect every person's inalienable rights if it was supported on a voluntary basis rather than by taxes."
Perhaps no single issue better captured the libertarian spirit of Hoiles than his feisty stand on education. The "Articles" declared, "I have faith that we will be better educated by voluntary, competitive schools than by government schools." This statement must have startled conservatives who viewed the public schools as a success story. Indeed, a then-favored conservative strategy was to enter school board races. By contrast, Hoiles insisted he had no more right to vote for a school official than he did to vote for a trustee within a government-owned brothel. (Hoiles repeatedly compared public schooling to prostitution; he once declared, "A house of prostitution is voluntary, grade school is not.
Opposition to tax-supported schools became a dominant theme in Hoiles's writing; his last editorial in the Register dealt with "something-for-nothing schools that have had a great influence in conditioning pupils to believe in something for nothing." On occasion, Hoiles even found it necessary to defend the considerable amount of space school issues occupied in his paper. On October 15, 1945, he wrote, "The amount of space the Register is devoting to the junior college bond issue might cause some to think we are overestimating the importance of the issue. There is nothing more important than the principles in back of the issue."
Hoiles's Educational Background
Hoiles's evolution on education began in a "little red schoolhouse" across from his family's large farmhouse in Alliance, Ohio, where, he later explained, he learned "that the State, or a majority of citizens, had the right to use taxation to support the public school system." His school texts exposed the political "error" of the divine right of kings but "they never explained the error in the divine right of the majority.It simply substituted the divine right of the majority for the divine right of kings." Nor did his school books explain "the basic principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the individual; that the government had no right to do anything that each and every individual did not have the right to do. Instead, they had to teach that the government or the local school district, if the majority so willed, had a right to force a Catholic parent, or a childless person, or an old maid, or an old bachelor to help pay for government schools…."
At the same time as they legitimized taxation, however, Hoiles's teachers spoke of the Ten Commandments, including "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not covet." He observed wryly, "[T]he government school I attended made no attempt to be consistent and teach me to recognize contradictions." The contradictions did not surprise Hoiles, who explained, "They cannot teach the single standard of rightness because they are practicing a double standard." They could not teach moral values "any more than a robber can teach honesty."
Hoiles's higher education must have also imbued him with skepticism about government education. The knowledge he valued most had been self-taught and it came directly from experience. While studying electrical engineering at the Methodist Mt. Union College (Alliance), Hoiles worked part time at his brother Frank's daily paper, the Alliance Review, and discovered what became a lifelong passion for the newspaper business. Hoiles must have wondered if his college education had been wasted. Later in life he complained of the common perception that "going through the public schools and colleges is education."
In 1932 Hoiles temporarily left the newspaper business and began to read insatiably. Even though he had shown little interest in philosophy to date, he acquired the background that allowed him to sprinkle his future writing with quotations from an amazing range of authors: from Frédéric Bastiat to Ayn Rand, from John Locke to Spinoza.
The most influential was Bastiat. In a 1955 editorial Hoiles wrote, "He was the first man who awakened me to the errors, taught in government schools and more Protestant colleges, that the state doing things that were immoral if done by an individual made these acts become moral. In other words, he was the first man that pointed out that there was only one standard of right and wrong."
In 1935, at 56, Hoiles arrived in Orange County, California where he had purchased an established newspaper. With him, Hoiles brought not only his family but also an evolved philosophy of freedom, which he aggressively applied, especially to public education.
A September 3, 1946 editorial in the Register entitled "Most Sacred of All Popular Idols, Government Education" typifies both Hoiles's style and content in approaching the issue. The editorial is clearly answering critics who argued that public education is a necessary good because it leads to a literate population.
Hoiles opened by quoting an anonymous "lover of freedom" (in truth it was his close friend and fellow libertarian publisher Leonard Read) who defined the proper role of government as a "restraining force rather than a force to compel people to do good." By "restraining," Read meant that government should prevent violence against people and property rather than advocate or impose agendas. Considering government education from this angle, the "lover of freedom" concluded "it has all the characteristics of other forms of socialism."
Some people, Hoiles continued, may see little difference between the earliest "red schoolhouses" that were voluntarily supported and the subsequent tax-funded ones. "True," he stated,
the socialism incident to the "little red school" was only a slight departure from the procedure of a few neighbors pooling their resources, voluntarily, to employ a teacher to instruct their children. But once the socialistic principle is admitted, once the idea is sanctioned of using government's powers of coercion to take the fruits of the individual's labor for the "collective good," there is no logical stopping point.
Hoiles went on to quote Isabel Paterson's The God of the Machine: "There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than is required to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds to pay for the procedure." Thus, continuing the quote, "[n]eighborly, small-scale socialism in education has expanded and developed until today we are faced with the disaster of national socialism in education."
The "disaster" was partly economic. Hoiles cited statistics showing how the costs of educating one individual had increased more than ten times from 1880 to 1940, with no corresponding increase in quality.
Indeed, quality had declined — partly due to increased bureaucratization, partly to the severing of connection between a teacher's wages and his or her need to satisfy customers (the parents and children). Modern teachers needed only to satisfy the government, their new source of income.
"Government educators are becoming less and less servants of those from whom revenues are extracted or from whom their pupil raw material is conscripted," Hoiles wrote. "More and more they are becoming vested interests, concerned with their own employment and tenure. More and more they are allying themselves as a pressure group with other bureaucratic interests. More and more they are using their strategic position to turn the minds of the young towards statism and interventionism."
Attacking on yet another front, Hoiles explained the terrible impact that government teachers have on the character development of children.
I take the stand against tax-supported education because I believe … that the advantage of being able to read and write is far outweighed by the destruction of individual initiative, enterprise and responsibility brought about by government education's poison of statist psychology. Practically every youth in the land is a socialist at heart. How can he help but be unless he comes from a family that is steeped in the belief in true liberty and the dignity of man and recognizes that multiplying a robbery does not make it right?
The Context of R.C. Hoiles
It is not possible to understand the passion with which Hoiles addressed public education without establishing the historical context in which he developed. In the early twentieth century, education in America underwent a political revolution, becoming the lynch pin of the Progressive Era — a period of social reform, from the 1880s to the 1920s. A central tenet was that government needed to play a larger role in solving social problems and in promoting the "social good." "Popular," or public, education was viewed as a prerequisite and the key to reconstructing society by molding generations to come. In his watershed book, Democracy and Education (1916), John Dewey advocated using popular education as a conscious tool to remove social evil and promote social good. Slowly, the classical curricula that aimed at rigorous education — such as familiarity with Latin, a stress on history — were replaced by programs aimed at creating "good citizens."
Hoiles was outraged by his children's curriculum. In a 1961 editorial he reminisced about an incident involving his daughter Jane. After reviewing one of her school textbooks, he appeared before the directors of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce to protest against school books that "set forth the principles of Karl Marx." Hoiles's purpose was not to ban or censor but to assert a parent's right to guide his children's education. Nevertheless, the book was pulled. Why, then, did Hoiles's children attend public school? He told a Newsweek reporter, "There was no place else to send them."
He spelled out a particularly provocative strategy in a letter to Read. Hoiles explained, "I have repeatedly offered a member of the Board of Education in Santa Ana, who is a preacher, $100 if he would publicly attempt to harmonize tax-supported schools with quotations from Jesus.
He will not undertake it. I also made the offer to the superintendent of schools. He will not undertake it." Hoiles wondered if he should up the ante to $500 and construct the discussion as a debate, perhaps with Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, or Read himself. Hoiles considered the offer a fail-proof maneuver. If the preacher accepted, the flaws in his argument would be exposed. If he refused, then the refusal would "cause the people of the community to wonder … whether tax-supported schools are doing what they think they are doing."
And that was his goal. To make people consider taxation as theft. To make neighbors refrain from stealing money from each other under the guise of government.
This column is excerpted from Wendy McElroy's 2013 book, The Art of Being Free.
Stop Obama’s Liberal Common Core Agenda!
Our children are each unique and precious gifts. They deserve the absolute best, especially when it comes to their education.
Fax Congress! Stop Obama’s Common Core from infecting our American education system
For the longest time, local communities have been able to develop their own school curriculum based on the individual needs of the students. This made sense because school curriculum in a farming community would naturally have to be different than urban schools’ lesson plans.
Yet, over time, the Federal government (specifically the Department of Education) has attempted to standardize the educational materials used across the entire country. This transformation of education policy has been gradual, taking place over a number of years and different Presidential administrations.
However, under President Barack Obama, the push for a national and standardized “common core” has accelerated more than ever before!
Obama’s common core policies only serve to hurt our children, and they must be stopped before it is too late! Our children’s education belongs in the hands of our parents, local officials, and states, not some liberal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.!
We cannot afford to have schools teach our children using a cookie-cutter educational approach designed by some liberal sitting high up in his or her ivory tower!
Barack Hussein Obama has waged an all-out war on OUR right to choose the education best suited for OUR children.
Today, federal common core is at work in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, many states were coerced or blackmailed into adopting a standardized curriculum, often by the Obama administration threatening to withhold federal grant money if states refuse to comply.
The Obama administration has made the adoption of blanket education standards a prerequisite for receiving federal grants and waivers. Only in Obama’s America can a President bully and blackmail states into adopting a subpar education program and get away with it!
Luckily, Republicans in Congress are starting to take notice of this unjust overreach and have mobilized in opposition to the President’s heavy-handed education agenda.
A resolution was introduced yesterday by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) denouncing the President’s coercive common core agenda and moving to put an end to the standardization of American school curricula.
“This is simply not the way the Obama administration should be handling education police,” Graham said in a statement. “Our resolution affirms that education belongs in the hands of our parents, local officials and states.”
The “common core” is just another way that Washington, D.C. is trying to control all aspects of our lives. The Obama administration has moved on to trying to control the education and indoctrination of our children!
How can we just sit back and allow the liberal Obama administration to dictate what our children learn?
The “common core” was designed to expand on the Progressive principles of uniformity and equity. Progressives want to treat every child equally, all the way up to what he or she is taught in school.
This is an absolute abomination! At some point, we have to put aside this ridiculous notion that all students are the same. They are not! Each student is unique and requires a personalized educational approach in order to reach their full potential!
Every individual student has a unique set of needs and personal experiences that determine how to best educate him or her. Curriculum design is the responsibility of the teachers and parents who know the student the best. Yet today, Obama’s liberal appointees in the Department of Education are force-feeding our children with one-size-fits-all educational materials.
Barack Hussein Obama and the Department of Education are so full of themselves that they actually believe that career bureaucrats know the best way to educate your children, without ever even meeting them!
Currently, 45 states (plus the District of Columbia) have adopted a common curriculum for Math and English. These standards were supposed to be developed by each individual state; however, the Obama administration has abused its authority by blackmailing states into adopting federal standards. The progressives’ next step is to implement a nation-wide social studies and civics curriculum to “teach” your children what it means to be an American, but more importantly, what it means to be a “Citizen of the World”
This isn’t a joke. Crack open your child’s history or social studies textbook and you will see that the indoctrination of our children has already begun…
Do you know what happens if Obama’s common core agenda is allowed to succeed? You’re going to see American school children being taught a Progressive curriculum glorifying Obama and his socialist policies!
Our children deserve better than this… Our children deserve more than just a cookie cutter approach to their education…
It is time to reclaim our right to choose what is best for our children! It is time to STOP the Obama administration from strong-arming states into complying with the President’s socialistic education agenda!
Fax Congress! Stop Obama’s Common Core from infecting our American education system!
February 5th, 2014 by olddog
By Staff Report
Justice Antonin Scalia says World War II-style internment camps could happen again … Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. – WashingtonExaminer
Dominant Social Theme: Whatever is happening is fully justified and in the best interests of the "American people."
Free-Market Analysis: This is a very disturbing article, but one that could surely be accurate. It is apparently based on a report from the AP that puts Scalia's comments in a more speculative – hypothetical – light, as follows:
Avi Soifer, the law school's dean, said he believed Scalia was suggesting people always have to be vigilant and that the law alone can't be trusted to provide protection.
But regardless of the imminence – or lack thereof – implied by Scalia, the implications of his remarks logically extend the trend that the "War on Terror" has already begun. Hyper-security (Homeland Security, etc.) along with travel and financial restrictions and censorship could – almost inevitably – include the potential for increased draconian measures up to and including camps of various sorts.
Also, we have a feeling – just a feeling – that Scalia is sounding a warning based on what's being discussed at high levels around him. In other words, he is not just speculating but has decided to broach a subject of considerable speculation within the military, Intel agencies, etc.
Here's part of the AP report:
Scalia was responding to a question about the court's 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.
"Well, of course, Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again," Scalia told students and faculty during a lunchtime question-and-answer session.
Scalia cited a Latin expression meaning "In times of war, the laws fall silent."
"That's what was going on — the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot. That's what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It's no justification but it is the reality," he said.
No doubt, the Japanese camps in the USA were part of a larger, calculated provocation designed to further polarize US citizens when it came to the war with the Japanese. In other words, the camps served as a kind of propaganda campaign.
Surely modern internment camps, if they come, will also be used for propaganda purposes. But the propaganda will be different, as the war being waged is different as well. It is a "war on terror" – with all the ambiguity that includes.
Of course, while there is ambiguity, there is also a good bit of certainty as to whom the targets are. Homeland Security on various occasions has not been shy about identifying certain groups. These include "Constitutionalists," "Preppers," "Truthers," etc. … in fact, almost anyone who has a gripe with the current direction of the US and its ever-eroding freedoms and civil rights.
Why would the US government pursue such interments? The obvious answer is that those running the government are doing so at the behest of a larger globalist crowd that wants to break US exceptionalism once and for all.
The US – like Switzerland – has a culture of freedom that is most hard to eradicate. Religious freedom, the right to bear arms and to write and believe what one chooses are elements that many millions – tens of millions – believe are embedded in US society. They are hard to eradicate.
But look to England to see what's in store. David Cameron's Tories are attacking the Internet, the media and basically making it clear that "security" trumps the "right to know."
Good news? This approach will work better in Britain than the US, where various rights are enshrined in the Constitution. England – Britain – has no written constitution and in times of social stress it is easier in some ways for British authorities to abrogate even longstanding civil rights.
Is Scalia sounding the alarm? The post-9/11 environment has been clearly one of ever-increasing government activism that has expanded civil and military police actions and Western Intel operations as well.
The NSA abuses are merely a small part of what is taking place. The FBI, CIA, MI5 and MI6, the Mossad, NATO and other facilities of Western power – including myriad other intelligence agencies that no one has heard much about – have all expanded their activities and technology. It seems the US – the West – is not being run by organized political entities anymore (if ever it was).
More and more obviously, the EU, Britain and US are run to benefit internationalist agendas that seek an ever-closer global union, both politically and economically. Military, Intel and civilian entities act as the enforcement arm for these agendas. They are as much an occupying force as they are entities of "democracy."
It is for this reason that Scalia is doubtless correct when he predicts the possibility of these camps – or at least their potential functionality. The framework is already in place, the motive is clear and the reality may not be far off if the determination to re-establish this sad chapter in US history exists …
By now everyone should be aware of how surreptitious by omission the Daily Bell can be at times, and nothing but a lack of courage has stopped them from concluding it’s not just possible, it is a fact that our elected representatives are going to send the patriots packing, and by that I mean they will pack them in like sardines. Believe it folks the powers that be are very determined to crush the spirit of freedom in America. Most of who, will meekly go without objection.
AMERICAN COURAGE, WHERE ART THOU?
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By Jon Rappoport
Apparently, the President had ingested some kind of weird drug, because when he stepped to the podium he didn’t look at the teleprompter. He just started talking.
“…like every other recent President, when I take to this platform I’m expected to tell a certain number of lies dressed up as the truth. And believe me, folks, I had a few whoppers ready to go.
“But now I feel like doing something else. I’m not going to delve into the many scandals of my administration, because examining them and taking them apart and exposing the lies would keep us here all night and into tomorrow.
“Instead, I just want to explain my overarching agenda. It’s the same agenda every modern President has fronted for. I’m not really doing anything new. That’s a myth.
“You see, in order to become President in the first place, I had to sign on to the scheme to debase, throttle, and weaken this country. I have my methods. Every President has his own.
“Weakening America is part and parcel of Globalism. Ultimately, America will not lead the way into what has been called the New World Order. International heavy hitters, bankers, and corporations will carry that ball. America will go along, with its population of sleeping masses.
“So-called Pax Americanus, or imperial American empire, has been shelved, in favor of a much larger operation.
“My basic job is allowing all this to happen, so we end up with a global management system, in which the individual is enmeshed.
“With some degree of accuracy, you could say that everything I’ve been doing is a smokescreen to obscure the march of Globalism.
“We politicians view humans at large as dangerous and badly programmed biological machines. Until new programming can be inserted universally, we keep things in check. We hold the fort.
“For the next two years, I’ll continue clamping down on rights and freedoms. I’ll support the Surveillance State. I’ll take away guns. I’ll step up psychiatric intervention. I’ll increase debt. I’ll keep unemployment high. I’ll probably launch a few more military interventions. Expect more mass shootings, which are covert actions, with appointed patsies to take the fall.
“I’ll allow the expanded militarization of local police forces. I’ll intercede, wherever possible, to stop individuals from living off the grid. I’ll try to mangle the spirit of self-sufficiency in whatever form it occurs.
“I’ll assist mega-corporations. I’ll keep as many doors open for Monsanto as I can.
“You get my drift. It’s business as usual. In my case, I’ll try to up the ante and intensify the collapse of America.
“Did someone put something in my cigarette or coffee? I’m telling the truth. It feels strange, very strange.
“Anyway, here’s to One World under one authority. It’s the only solution to our problems. Trust me, I wouldn’t mislead you. Give up, give in, take the ride. It’s not so bad. Resistance is a fool’s errand. The people who are running things are out to destroy independence. Let them. By the time they’re finished, you’ll see that ‘equality’ isn’t so bad.
“One final random thought. Agents of the US government killed Martin Luther King. In case you didn’t know that. Good night and good luck.”