July 8th, 2014 by olddog
By LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
For many, it is difficult to decide whether Barack Obama is intentionally trying to destroy the United States or that he is doing so as a consequence of some type of ideology-induced stupidity.
The damage wrought through the implementation of his absurd and impractical liberal “solutions” to national problems is readily evident.
When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 the national debt of the United States was $10,626,877,048,913. As of Jun 26, 2014, the debt was $17,512,592,730,102.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007 on the eve of the recession, there were 146.6 million Americans working. Today, after six years of the Obama Administration, there are 145.8 million Americans in jobs, 800,000 below the previous peak. Since Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce, making the true unemployment rate 8.3 percent, not 6.1 percent. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when Obama took office. Real wages are lower than they were in 1999. Growth in the first quarter of this year was a negative 2.9%, the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976.
In April, prior to the present massive and growing surge in illegal minor immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Obama has created an “open borders” situation by failing to enforce U.S. immigration law. One could fairly conclude that the current crisis was a deliberate policy decision because the Obama indicated that he would expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that offers amnesty for illegal immigrant children and provides an incentive for exactly the type of mass illegal invasion we are witnessing on our southern border.
There should be little doubt that Obama’s open borders policy is meant to fundamentally transform the country’s demographics, produce millions of additional Democratic voters and welfare recipients and permanently undermine the national security of the United States.
The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme, likely designed to erode Second Amendment rights, allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Obama’s IRS targeted his perceived political enemies, conservative and pro-Israel groups, prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when. Obama apparently lied when he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in IRS activities.
The Obama administration knew about allegations of secret waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as early as 2010, although, on May 19, 2014, White House spokesman claimed Obama learned about the scandal only recently through press reports.
The unfolding sectarian violence in Iraq is just the latest crisis where the Obama administration seemingly has been caught off guard. From the Veterans Affairs scandal to Russia’s swift annexation of Crimea, news of the world somehow keeps taking Obama and his team by surprise. Or are they just lying to camouflage flawed or failed policies, which have harmed the United States?
The attack on our “consulate” in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was perhaps the most egregious of Obama’s many foreign policy failures because four Americans needlessly died due to a failure to provide adequate protection both before and during the attack.
Obama falsely blamed an internet video as the cause of the attack to hide the truth: the resurgence of jihadists in Muslim Brotherhood-governed Egypt, the continuing demand for the Blind Sheikh’s release (which underscored the jihadists’ influence), and the very real danger that jihadists would attack the embassy (which demonstrated that al-Qaeda was anything but “decimated”).
It is likely that a clandestine operation supplying weapons through Turkey to the Syrian rebels was being run out of Benghazi. Efforts were made not to draw attention to what was happening there. That could explain why local militias were paid to provide security, why requests for increased security were denied and why the US military was either unprepared to respond or told not to do so.
A Benghazi cover-up may have also prevented a thorough examination of the possible passivity or complicity of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood government in the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi and the potentially dangerous consequences of arming Islamic factions in Syria over which the US has little control, where the weapons we supplied may someday be used against us.
It should be obvious that Obama lied about Benghazi, he lied about Obamacare, the IRS, the VA scandal and in countless other instances.
Nevertheless, the liberal media remain willfully ignorant, will not report the truth and continue to protect Obama, regardless of the costs to the country.
Obama will survive in office until public awareness of his administration’s treachery matches its level of incompetence and exceeds the media’s capacity to tolerate corruption.
Jimmy Carter made mistakes. Barack Obama, a creator of crises, practices deceit and the willful betrayal of trust.
It does matter whether the damage inflicted upon our country results from ineptitude or premeditation.
It is ideology-induced treachery.
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 email@example.com
July 7th, 2014 by olddog
By Dr. Eowyn
Editor’s Note: Dr. Eowyn originally published this back in March of 2014, and http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/07/06/michelle-obama-transexual/as you will see from her comments she held it for a long time before doing so. I decided not to republish it at the time, even though I republish most of Doc’s stuff, because I was simply not convinced. I’m still not 100% convinced but I am more and more open to the possibility. And with the recent bombshell allegation dropped by Joan Rivers, I thought I would at least publish this article and let people decide for themselves. Seek your own truth.
Additionally, the video that originally went with this post has been banned by YouTube. I think I found the correct replacement video at Vimeo but I am unsure. -Dean Garrison
###Start of Dr. Eowyn’s article###
I’ve had this post in draft for MONTHS. I’ve hesitated to publish this because of the gravity of what is being asserted, and the uncertainty of the evidence to support the assertion.
The startling assertion is that the current First Lady of the United States of America, known as Michelle Robinson Obama, is a biological male posing as a woman.
That anyone would make such an assertion is a mark of how much distrust and suspicion the Obama’s have engendered, due entirely to Barack’s secretiveness concerning his Selective Service registration, school records (including even his kindergarten record!), and medical records; his refusal to explain why his Social Security number has a Connecticut prefix; and his outright deception about his birth certificate, an image of which he made public on April 27, 2011, but which forensic experts have determined to be a fake. It doesn’t help that the Hawaiian official, Loretta Fuddy, who had signed off on Obama’s purported birth certificate was the only passenger who recently died in a small plane crash.
Startlingly, even the Obamacare sign-up website healthcare.gov cannot verify Barack Obama’s identity! (See also “Investor’s Business Daily editorial asks if Obama’s entire life is a fiction.”)
So I decided to just present what I’ve found and leave the reader to draw his/her own conclusions as to whether Mooch is a transexual.
Obama calls his wife “Michael”
In a speech on September 30, 2011, at the transition or change-of-office ceremony of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Fort Myer, Virginia, Obama referred to his wife not as Michelle but as Michael.
As you can verify for yourself in the video below, Obama clearly said: “Distinguished guests, men and women of the finest military in the world, most of all, Admiral Mullen, Deborah, Michael and I also want to acknowledge your son Jack who was deployed today, all of you have performed extraordinary service to our country….”
Note: Deborah is Admiral Mullen’s wife.
Bafflingly, even the text of the speech on WhiteHouse.gov says the same thing:
“Secretary Panetta, thank you for your introduction and for your extraordinary leadership. Members of Congress, Vice President Biden, members of the Joint Chiefs, service secretaries, distinguished guests, and men and women of the finest military in the world. Most of all, Admiral Mullen, Deborah, Michael and I also want to also acknowledge your son Jack, who’s deployed today. All of you have performed extraordinary service to our country.”
Admiral Mullen’s first name is Michael. However, throughout his speech, Obama referred to Mullen as “Mike,” not Michael.
Michelle’s birth name was Michael?
Even before Obama’s gaffe, there were bloggers who said Michelle’s real (birth) name is Michael.
As an example, three months before Obama publicly referred to his wife as “Michael,” blogger Matthew B. Glosser wrote on June 30, 2011 that he was contacted by “an anonymous source” who claimed to be a former White House staff member of the Obama administration, specifically “a former member of the First Lady’s personal staff.” The source claimed to have sensitive information regarding a stunning revelation about Michelle Obama and wanted to arrange a meeting with Glosser in person to present the evidence for this claim.
Though initially skeptical, Glosser nevertheless met with the “anonymous source” on June 25, 2011. The source said “the major alphabet networks … are in the tank for Obama and it is network policy to cover up any critical stories regarding the President and his family. The White House has officially created a State media.” Then the source said the following about Michelle Obama:
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, was born Michael LaVaughn Robinson in Chicago, Illinois on January 17th, 1964. He was the second son born to Fraser Robinson III, a well known cocaine dealer and union thug for Crime Lord/Mayor Richard J. Daley, and Marian Shields Robinson, a transient street prostitute who was diagnosed with the HIV virus in 1998. He [Michael] was a popular high school athlete and in 1982, he accepted a scholarship to play middle linebacker for the Oregon State Beavers.
After finishing a respectable rookie season with 88 tackles and 7.5 sacks, he suddenly dropped out of the school. Fellow teammates observed that Robinson could regularly be heard lamenting over how he is a “woman trapped inside a man’s body”, and on January 13th, 1983, he underwent sex reassignment surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. To hide the shame of his new identity, Michael left Oregon State to attend Princeton University under his new legal name, “Michelle Robinson”. Years later, he met Barry Obama Jr. a Kenyan immigrant who later became aware of “Michelle’s” true identity. They subsequently married and adopted two children.
Writing for Examiner.com, Jan. 11, 2014, Dean Chambers says: “I have been unable to find any proof that a Michael LaVaughn Robinson even existed, and there is reasonable proof that Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (later Obama after marriage) has existed. Furthermore, there is no proof of a Michael Robinson playing linebacker for the Oregon State Beavers in 1981 or 1982.”
Pictures of Michelle’s strange crotch
Here are two pictures of Michelle Obama with a strange crotch-level protuberance suggestive of a shrunken penis. I have no way to ascertain whether the pictures are photoshopped. The sources of the pictures are Barack Ovomit and I Hate the Media.
The most recent claim that Michelle is a man is this fascinating video that systematically argues that physical traits, including her fingers, shoulders, neck muscles, head-to-body ratio and trace of an Adam’s apple, all point to her being a biological male.
Editor’s Note: I want to reiterate that the video originally embedded by Dr. Eowyn has been banned. I am not positive but I think I have found the duplicate video on Vimeo. The first video talks about the banned YouTube video and the second is what I think is a duplicate of the original. -Dean Garrison
If this is true, it certainly would explain why we’ve seen no pictures of a pregnant Michelle, nor has anyone found birth records of “her” two daughters.
H/t FOTM’s Glenn47, Miss May, and swampygirl.
I found the YouTube video of Mooch’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention:
A full-figure view of Mooch is at the beginning and at the end of the video. The problem is she was moving so quickly, it’s difficult to spot the weenie. I found a way to slow down the video. Click here or go to http://www.youtubeslow.com/watch?v=sTFsB09KhqI.
Here are some screenshots I took from the video. Mooch’s aqua dress is of a clingy fabric that reveals every bump and bulge. Unlike most women, Mooch has ZERO abdominal fat, but there definitely is something at crotch-level which tugs. No wonder Mooch hasn’t worn another tight clingy dress since. LOL
Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.
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2 Responses to Michelle Obama is a transexual?
- July 6, 2014 at 10:59 am
I guess that the Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Communists, Muslims and Democrats in this country should be exceedingly proud. They have installed the first “Black President”, “Homosexual President”, “Communist President”, “Muslim President” along with the first “Homosexual transgender First Lady” in the entire history of this country. Boy are we happy and impressed! Now, do you think someone can find out if he is also the first “Illegal Alien President”? Shouldn’t be too difficult. England reportedly has his birth records; Kenya has a memorial describing him as the first Kenyan to become President of the United States, along with showing his birth place in Kenya; and, he is also a citizen of Indonesia, they have records there that prove that. Come on, let us not stop with just a few dumb firsts, get them all recorded for historical purposes. I wonder who has a copy of his original visa?
- Dennis Habern says:
July 6, 2014 at 10:49 am
A simple DNA test will prove if the so-called first lady is a male, and
if their two daughters, are biologically theirs. The entire planet is
patiently waiting. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Don’t hold your breath!
July 5th, 2014 by olddog
By Kelleigh Nelson
July 5, 2014
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson
“We, like those in all emergent totalitarian states, have been mentally damaged by a carefully orchestrated historical amnesia, a state-induced stupidity. We increasingly do not remember what it means to be free. And because we do not remember, we do not react with appropriate ferocity when it is revealed that our freedom has been taken from us. The structures of the corporate state must be torn down. Its security apparatus must be destroyed. And those who defend corporate totalitarianism, including the leaders of the two major political parties, fatuous academics, pundits and a bankrupt press, must be driven from the temples of power. Mass street protests and prolonged civil disobedience are our only hope. A failure to rise upwhich is what the corporate state is counting uponwill see us enslaved.”….Chris Hedges
In July of 2011, I wrote an article entitled, Real Americans. At the time, I saw my country in death throes, and knew that the America I grew up in was quickly disappearing. Three years later, I’m absolutely sure of it. We have a Marxist Muslim dictator in our White House. We have the neo-con Trotskyite corporate fascists in the Republican party doing absolutely nothing to stem the unconstitutional actions of this illegal president. And why would they when they’re complicit in the agenda to destroy America?
Those of you who read articles by Devvy Kidd, Publius Huldah, Dennis Cuddy, Charlotte Iserbyt, etc. already know the many horrible laws which have been passed, the traitorous actions by Congress and the White House, and what our country is becoming. The plan was executed 150 years ago or more, and each traitor has played his/her part in the destruction of the greatest nation on earth. The nation who gave people hope of living in freedom and liberty, is now becoming a third world nation, and the North American Union is alive and well with the influx of millions and millions of illegal aliens. They bring destruction to our once great Judeo Christian culture, and they bring disease. FBI statistics state that 10,000 American citizens die per year at the hand of illegals, but the federal and state governments do nothing to stop the influx or protect the American citizen.
Over 60 million innocent babies have been murdered in their mothers’ wombs and the pulpits are silent. The elderly are euthanized, starved and dehydrated and given pain medications that depress the respiratory system to send them into comas and early death. God’s Hand surely cannot bless a nation who refuses to do as He commanded when through Moses, in Deuteronomy 30:15-19, God said, “CHOOSE LIFE!”
The American electorate is fast asleep, they say nothing, they don’t write their congress criminals, they don’t phone them, they don’t even vet the candidates who are running, much less go out and vote in the primaries. They just keep on with their beer and sports. What about the 92 million unemployed Americans age 16 and over? [ Link] What about the 87 million who pay taxes every year? They are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per year, and the number of people on welfare and government aid continues to grow. It cannot continue forever.
As with Memorial Day, this 4th of July Independence Day is a three day weekend. The barbeques, beer and fireworks will be the top entertainment for a three day holiday…a holiday the majority of Americans no longer even understand. They do not understand what George Washington went through to gain our independence from Great Britain, they do not understand that wonderful document, the Declaration of Independence. Take time to read it. In fact, read it to your family members, your children, or grandchildren and explain the history to them. If you don’t know it, then you’re part of the problem and you need to get on the ball and do some studying.
If you know the truth of what has happened to our nation, this holiday, like Memorial Day, makes me grieve for what we once had and have lost. We have not been vigilant, and we have not demanded our representatives honor their oaths to our Constitution with honesty and integrity. We are our own worst enemies.
Here is what I wrote three years ago and it is still true today, perhaps more so.
I know that God is still on the throne, and He is our only answer through his son, the King of Glory, Jesus the Messiah. As for our country, my heart aches, and especially during our Independence Day celebrations. It aches for what we once were and what we’ve now become. Whenever I think of what has happened to us, and what we’ve lost, tears spring to my eyes.
The fact is, our electorate has purposely been dumbed down, and many of the Tea Party folks, Oath keepers, We the People, and lesser known groups have not accomplished anything to stanch the loss of freedoms. If anything they are part of the problem because the majority are in bed with the phony Republicans. I know that prayer is the only thing that will save us. I know that as a country we must get on our faces and plead with God for mercy. I know that the only chance we have of saving our republic and sweet liberty is with God. I know that the enemy of freedom is satan (purposely not capitalized), and that this entity wants us in chains. I know that every day the chains grow stronger and tighter. I know that it may be too late when the rest of the sleeping giant awakes, if it awakes. I know that in many hearts, the knowledge of our bondage is known and rebelled against daily with every fiber of our beings. I know that many people believe it’s too late. I also know that until my dying breath I cannot give up fighting for what my country once was, the greatest bastion of freedom ever known in world history. “And having done all, to STAND.” (Ephesians 6:13)
We must, above all things, get on our faces, and pray for our country. The very best thing we all can do is take a few minutes each day to read God’s Word, and I’d suggest in chronological order. The Manufacturer’s Handbook has the answers to all of life’s problems and the solutions for today. Too few people know and worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and therein lies our biggest problem.
We are running out of time. Please tell your friends, neighbors, church and synagogue members what is happening to our country. Give them a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Ask them to read it! Send them articles by the great researchers on NewsWithViews.
When I see the fireworks in the sky and the American flags waving on the fourth of July, tears run down my cheeks for what we have lost and what we once were…the greatest nation on earth. I want her back, and so should every God fearing and freedom loving American. Where do you stand today?
© 2014 Kelleigh Nelson – All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.
July 4th, 2014 by olddog
Paul Craig Roberts
Having Murdered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and the US Constitution, Washington is now Murdering Ukraine.
Thanks to Op-Ed News contributor Eric Zuesse, I can bring to your attention these photographs (URL below) of what the Nazi Government in Washington is doing to Ukrainians who protest the Washington Nazis’ theft of their country. On this Fourth of July Americans need to ask themselves just how much horror, how much evil, and how many lies they can accept from a government in Washington that has established itself independently of any input from citizens to which government in the US is allegedly accountable. Before you wrap yourself in the flag this July 4th, realize that “your” government under Clinton, Bush, and Obama has destroyed in your name, in whole or part, eight countries, murdering, maiming, and displacing millions of civilians, and now is at work on Ukraine. These massive crimes against humanity rival Hitler’s and have been completely covered up by the presstitute American media, a collection of whores who lie for money. How can you be a human when you sit in front of CNN, Fox News or read the New York Times and submit to the brainwashing? Think about how you are propagandized, lied to, disinformed, and led into accepting “your” government’s murder of millions of peoples. Consider, isn’t it treason for Washington to so dishonor the flag that we love? Why do we tolerate it? What is wrong with us? Our duty is to the Constitution, not to the criminals in Washington. A patriot is a person who defends the Constitution against enemies “foreign and domestic.” While we sat sucking our thumbs, shaking in our boots in fear of nonexistent “terrorists,” our Constitution was murdered by Washington.
Turn your backs and walk away from the militarist poison that will be spewed in July 4th speeches. Do you really want to support the Washington Nazis in their campaign to become known as the worst mass murderers in world history? Is mass murder to be America’s legacy to the world?
Here are the photos of Washington’s ruin of Ukraine: http://matveychev-oleg.
livejournal.com/1224806.html The evil demons in Washington and Washington’s whore media tell you that these devastated people are “terrorists.” If you believe that, you are not human.
Here is Erik Zuesse’s article about the Washington sponsored murders:
Read it and be so ashamed. Everything American has been totally dishonored by “our” government, which has become the epitome of total evil.
About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost
July 3rd, 2014 by olddog
By Paul Craig Roberts
Did you know that 85 to 90 percent of war’s casualties are non-combatant civilians? That is the conclusion reached by a nine-person research team in the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The deaths of soldiers who are fighting the war are a small part of the human and economic cost. Clearly, wars do not protect the lives of civilians. The notion that soldiers are dying for us is false. Non-combatants are the main victims of war.
Keep that in mind for July 4th, which is arriving tomorrow.
July 4th is America’s most important national holiday celebrating American independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers declared that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer colonies but an independent country in which the Rights of Englishmen would prevail for all citizens and not only for King George’s administrators. (Actually, the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, and historians debate whether the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4 or August 2.)
In this American assertion of self-determination citizens of Great Britain were not allowed to vote. Therefore, according to Washington’s position on the votes in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine–the former Russian territories of Donetsk and Luhansk–America’s Declaration of Independence was “illegitimate and illegal.”
On July 4th all across America there will be patriotic speeches about our soldiers who gave their lives for their country. To an informed person these speeches are curious. I am hard pressed to think of any examples of our soldiers giving their lives for our country. US Marine General Smedley Butler had the same problem. He said that his Marines gave their lives for United Fruit Company’s control of Central America. “War is a racket,” said General Butler, pointing out that US participation in World War I produced 21,000 new American millionaires and billionaires.
When General Butler said “war is a racket,” he meant that war is a racket for a few people getting rich on the backs of millions of dead people. According to the article in the American Journal of Public Health, during the 20th century 190 million deaths could be directly and indirectly related to war. 190 million is 60 million more than the entire US population in the year that I was born.
Although the British did manage to burn down the White House in the “War of 1812,” the only real war fought on US territory was the war against Southern Secession. In this war Irish immigrants fresh off the boat gave their lives for American Empire. As soon as the South was conquered, the Union forces were set loose on the Plains Indians and destroyed them as well.
Empire over life. That has always been Washington’s guiding principle.
America’s wars have always been fought elsewhere–Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. Washington even attacks countries with which the US is not at war, such as Pakistan and Yemen, and engages in proxy wars. The article cited above reports: “The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Not a single one of these wars and military operations had anything whatsoever to do with defending the US population from foreign threats.
Not even Japan and Germany posed a threat to the US. Neither country had any prospect of invading the US and neither country had any such war plans.
Let’s assume Japan had conquered China, Burma, and Indonesia. With such a vast territory to occupy, Japan could not have spared a single division with which to invade the US, and, of course, any invasion fleet would never have made it across the Pacific. Just as was the fate of the Japanese fleet at Midway, an invasion fleet would have been sitting ducks for the US Navy.
Assume Germany had extended its conquests over Europe to Great Britain, Russia and North Africa. Germany would have been unable to successfully occupy such a vast territory and could not have spared a single soldier to send to invade America. Even the US superpower was unable to successfully occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, countries with small land areas and populations in comparison.
Except for its wars against the South, the Plains Indians, Haiti, Spain, Panama, Grenada, and Mexico, the US has never won a war. The Southern Confederates, usually outnumbered, often defeated the Union generals. Japan was defeated by its own lack of military resources. Germany was defeated by the Soviet Union. The allied invasion of Normandy did not occur until June 6, 1944, by which time the Red Army had ground up the Wehrmacht.
When the allies landed in Normandy, three-fourths of the German Army was on the Russian front. The allied invasion was greatly helped by Germany’s shortage of fuel for mobilized units. If Hitler had not allowed hubris to lead him into invading the Soviet Union and, instead, just sat on his European conquests, no allied invasion would have been possible. Today Germany would rule all of Europe, including the UK. The US would have no European Empire with which to threaten Russia, China, and the Middle East.
In Korea in the 1950s, General Douglas MacArthur, victorious over Japan, was fought to a standstill by third world China. In Vietnam American technological superiority was defeated by a third world army. The US rolled up mighty Grenada in the 1980s, but lost its proxy war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
Is there anyone so foolish as to think that Grenada or the Sandinistas were a threat to the United States, that North Korea or North Vietnam comprised threats to the United States? Yet, the Korean and Vietnam wars were treated as if the fate of the United States hung in the balance. The conflicts produced voluminous dire predictions and strategic debates. The communist threat replaced the Hitler threat. The American Empire was at risk from third world peoples. Dominoes would fall everywhere.
Currently Washington is at work overturning President Reagan’s accomplishment of ending the Cold War. Washington orchestrated a coup that overthrew the elected government of Ukraine and installed a stooge government. Washington’s stooges began issuing threats against Russia and the Russian speaking population in Ukraine. These threats resulted in those parts of Ukraine that were formerly part of Russia declaring their independence. Washington blames Russia, not itself, and is stirring the pot, demonizing Russia and recreating the Cold War with military deployments in the Baltics and Eastern Europe. Washington needs to reinvent the Cold War in order to justify the hundreds of billions of dollars that Washington annually feeds the military/security complex, some of which recycles in political campaign donations. In contrast to Washington’s propaganda, an honest view of the events in Ukraine can be found here: http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
In the United States patriotism and militarism have become synonyms. This July 4th find the courage to remind the militarists that Independence Day celebrates the Declaration of Independence, not the American Empire. The Declaration of Independence was not only a declaration of independence from King George III but also a declaration of independence from unaccountable tyrannical government. The oath of office commits the US officeholder to the defense of the US Constitution from enemies ”foreign and domestic.”
In the 21st century Americans’ worst enemies are not al Qaeda, Iran, Russia, and China. America’s worst enemies are our own presidents who have declared repeatedly that the orchestrated “war on terror” gives them the right to set aside the civil liberties guaranteed to every citizen by the US Constitution. Presidential disrespect for the US Constitution is so extreme that Obama has nominated David Barron to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Barron is the Justice (sic) Department official who wrote the memos fabricating a legal justification for the Office of President to murder US citizens without due process of law. http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/tell-the-senate-keep-assassination-memo-nominee-david-barron-off-the-federal-bench?akid=10688.1090360.wP_x-8&rd=1&suppress_one_click=true&t=3
Having stripped US citizens of their civil liberties, executive branch agencies are now stocking up vast amounts of ammunition, and the Department of Agriculture has placed an order for submachine guns. The Department for Homeland Security has acquired 2,717 mine-resistant armored personnel carriers. Congress and the media are not interested in why the executive branch is arming itself so heavily against the American people.
During the entirely of the 21st century–indeed, dating from the Clinton regime at the end of the 20th century–the executive branch has declared its independence from law (both domestic and international) and from the Constitution, Congress, and the Judiciary. The executive branch, with the help of the Republican Federalist Society, has established that the office of the executive is a tyranny unaccountable to law as long as the executive declares a state of war, even a war that is not conducted against another country or countries but a vague, undefined or ill-defined war against a vague stateless enemy such as “al Qaeda,” with which the US is currently allied against Syria.
Al Qaeda now has a dual role. Al Qaeda is Washington’s agent for overthrowing the elected Assad government in Syria and al Qaeda is the evil force against which US civil liberties must be sacrificed.
The illegitimate power asserted by the Office of the President is not only a threat to every American but also to every living being on planet earth. As the article cited above reports: “Approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons are presently deployed in at least 9 countries, many of which can be launched and reach their targets within 45 minutes.”
It only takes one fool–and Washington has thousands of fools–and all life on earth terminates in 45 minutes. The neoconservative belief that the United States is the exceptional, indispensable country chosen by history to rule the earth is a belief full of the arrogance and hubris that lead to war.
Keep your likely fate in mind as you watch the military bands and marches on July 4th and listen to the hot air of militarism.
About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.
If the majority of Americans were not so completely self centered and cognitive dissonant the world could be a paradise, but as it is, it is hell on earth. Consider that the next time you are tempted to sit on your ass and watch a ball game or play some stupid immature video game. Freedom and ignorance are not compatible! The love of learning must be re-installed in the education of our youth, as it is too late for the present adult generation that’s hell bent on entertaining themselves to death. What a disgrace!!!
July 2nd, 2014 by olddog
By John W. Whitehead
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”—Patrick Henry
Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you’re doing something illegal. Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.
If you’re thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn’t be far wrong. However, the scenario described above took place more than 200 years ago, when American colonists suffered under Great Britain’s version of an early police state. It was only when the colonists finally got fed up with being silenced, censored, searched, frisked, threatened, and arrested that they finally revolted against the tyrant’s fetters.
No document better states their grievances than the Declaration of Independence. A document seething with outrage over a government which had betrayed its citizens, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by 56 men who laid everything on the line, pledged it all—“our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”—because they believed in a radical idea: that all people are created to be free.
Labeled traitors, these men were charged with treason, a crime punishable by death. For some, their acts of rebellion would cost them their homes and their fortunes. For others, it would be the ultimate price—their lives. Yet even knowing the heavy price they might have to pay, these men dared to speak up when silence could not be tolerated. Even after they had won their independence from Great Britain, these new Americans worked to ensure that the rights they had risked their lives to secure would remain secure for future generations. The result: our Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Imagine the shock and outrage these 56 men would feel were they to discover that 238 years later, the government they had risked their lives to create has been transformed into a militaristic police state in which exercising one’s freedoms is often viewed as a flagrant act of defiance. Indeed, had the Declaration of Independence been written today, it would have rendered its signers terrorists, resulting in them being placed on a government watch list, targeted for surveillance of their activities and correspondence, and potentially arrested, held indefinitely, stripped of their rights and labeled enemy combatants.
Indeed, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, a cursory review of the true state of our freedoms as outlined in the Bill of Rights shows exactly how dismal things have become:
The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind and protest in peace without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans cannot be silenced by the government. Yet despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault. Whether it’s a Marine detained for criticizing the government on Facebook, a reporter persecuted for refusing to reveal his sources, or a protester arrested for standing silently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, these are dangerous times for those who choose to exercise their rights.
The Second Amendment was intended to guarantee “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Yet while gun ownership has been recognized as an individual citizen right, Americans continue to face an uphill battle in the courts when it comes to defending themselves against militarized, weaponized government agents armed to the hilt. In fact, court rulings in recent years have affirmed that citizens don’t have the right to resist police officers who enter their homes illegally, mistakenly or otherwise.
The Third Amendment reinforces the principle that civilian-elected officials are superior to the military by prohibiting the military from entering any citizen’s home without “the consent of the owner.” Unfortunately, the wall of separation between civilian and military policing has been torn down in recent years, as militarized SWAT teams are now allowed to burst into homes unannounced in order to investigate minor crimes such as marijuana possession and credit card fraud. With domestic police increasingly posing as military forces—complete with weapons, uniforms, assault vehicles, etc.—a good case could be made for the fact that SWAT team raids constitute the forced quartering of soldiers within the private home, which the Third Amendment was written to prevent.
The Fourth Amendment prohibits government agents from touching you or placing you under surveillance or entering your property without probable cause and even then, only with a court-sanctioned warrant. Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment has been all but eviscerated in recent years by court rulings and government programs that sanction all manner of intrusions, including giving police carte blanche authority to break into homes or apartments without a warrant, conduct roadside strip searches, and generally manhandle any person in manner they see fit. Moreover, in the so-called name of national security, intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency now have the ability to conduct mass unwarranted electronic intrusions into the personal and private transactions of all Americans, including phone, mail, computer and medical records. All of this data is available to other government agencies, including local police.
The Fifth Amendment is supposed to ensure that you are innocent until proven guilty, and government authorities cannot deprive you of your life, your liberty or your property without following strict legal guidelines. Unfortunately, those protections have been largely extinguished in recent years, especially in the wake of Congress’ passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allows the president and the military to arrest and detain Americans indefinitely without due process.
The Sixth Amendment was intended to not only ensure a “speedy and public trial,” but it was supposed to prevent the government from keeping someone in jail for unspecified offenses. That too has been a casualty of the so-called war on terror. Between the NDAA’s indefinite detention clause and the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) legislation, which has been used as justification for using drones to kill American citizens in the absence of a court trial, the Sixth Amendment’s guarantees become meaningless.
The Seventh Amendment guarantees citizens the right to a jury trial. However, when the populace has no idea of what’s in the Constitution—civic education has virtually disappeared from most school curriculums—that inevitably translates to an ignorant jury incapable of distinguishing justice and the law from their own preconceived notions and fears.
The Eighth Amendment is similar to the Sixth in that it is supposed to protect the rights of the accused and forbid the use of cruel and unusual punishment. However, the Supreme Court’s determination that what constitutes “cruel and unusual” should be dependent on the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” leaves us with little protection in the face of a society lacking in morals altogether. America’s continued reliance on the death penalty, which has been shown to be flawed in its application and execution, is a perfect example of this.
The Ninth Amendment provides that other rights not enumerated in the Constitution are nonetheless retained by the people. Popular sovereignty—the belief that the power to govern flows upward from the people rather than downward from the rulers—is clearly evident in this amendment. However, it has since been turned on its head by a centralized federal government that sees itself as supreme and which continues to pass more and more laws that restrict our freedoms under the pretext that it has an “important government interest” in doing so. Thus, once the government began violating the non-enumerated rights granted in the Ninth Amendment, it was only a matter of time before it began to trample the enumerated rights of the people, as explicitly spelled out in the rest of the Bill of Rights.
As for the Tenth Amendment’s reminder that the people and the states retain every authority that is not otherwise mentioned in the Constitution, that assurance of a system of government in which power is divided among local, state and national entities has long since been rendered moot by the centralized Washington, DC power elite—the president, Congress and the courts. Indeed, the federal governmental bureaucracy has grown so large that it has made local and state legislatures relatively irrelevant. Through its many agencies, the federal government has stripped states of the right to regulate countless issues that were originally governed at the local level.
Thus, even on those rare occasions when the courts provide us with a slight glimmer of hope that all may not be lost, those brief reprieves of judicial sensibility are quickly overwhelmed by a bureaucratic machine that continues to march relentlessly in lockstep with the police state.
This brings me back to those 56 men who risked everything—their fortunes and their lives—to speak truth to power in that sweltering Philadelphia heat 238 summers ago. Of those 56 signers, 9 died during the Revolution, 5 were captured by British soldiers, 18 had their homes looted and burned by the Red Coats, 2 were wounded in battle and 2 lost their sons during the war. Remarkably, these men—who were community leaders, business owners, judges, lawyers and inventors—sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that you and I could live freely in a nation where we have the right to stand up and speak out against tyrannical government. In the face of torture and even death, they did not waver.
The choice before us is clear. In the words of Patrick Henry, will we choose dangerous freedom or peaceful slavery?
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July 1st, 2014 by olddog
Before It’s News Friday, June 27, 2014 20:19
Citizens Armed Militia Sets Up Blockade On The U.S. Mexican Border
“We are trying to contact every person and every patriot in the United States to go down and help do something the government should have done a long time ago. We�re trying to say that we the people are fed up.
Breaking: It looks like the American people have finally had enough of the open border policy between the U.S. and Mexican government that has been ongoing for these past 20 yrs, and have finally decided to shut down the southern invasion themselves by taking up arms to protect the border that our Federal government refuses to defend.
On June 27, 2014 during an interview with Newsmax Tv, Barbie Rogers founder of Patriot Info Hotline revealed that a good number of citizens Militia are already on the Laredo Texas border, with many more militia from all across the USA on the way. She told Ed Berliner that: This will continue for days and weeks to come and spread to other points along the U.S.-Mexico frontier. Barbie Rogers also said this during the interview: Just like at the Bundy ranch, there will be no patriot out there on that line that will fire first, Rogers said.
Patriots Hotline Founder: We’re Forming a Human Chain to Stop Illegals
The exclusive interview is here: http://youtu.be/urINCYI5URE
Militia members and other concerned U.S. citizens are converging on the border town of Laredo, Texas, on Friday to create a blockade against illegal immigrants crossing into the United States, the organizer of the human chain and protest said on Newsmax TVs MidPoint.
This will continue for days and weeks to come and spread to other points along the U.S.-Mexico frontier, Barbie Rogers, founder of the Patriots Information Hotline, said in a telephone interview.
Read more from Newsmax here: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/immigration-Laredo-immigrants-surge/2014/06/27/id/579717/
Her website on Wednesday posted a “call to ACTION for all Militia, III%ers, Oathkeepers, and Patriotic support personnel.”
“We are trying to contact every person and every patriot in the United States to go down and help do something the government should have done a long time ago,” Rogers said.
Militia members and other concerned U.S. citizens are converging on the border town of Laredo, Texas to create a blockade against illegal immigrants crossing into the United States
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
June 30th, 2014 by olddog
By Betty Freauf
June 29, 2014
Glenn Beck on his 6/18/2014 radio show shared the following about the Common Core curriculum being implemented in most of America’s schools.
Common Core will be used for “data mining.” In May 2012 Charles Scaliger wrote in The New American that “in the sagebrush desert of Bluffdale, Utah, in the shadow of the Wasatch mountains, a vast new federal surveillance and intelligence processing center is being erected. The so-called Utah Data Center, operated by the National Security Agency, will occupy more than a million square feet when it becomes operational sometimes next year.
Coincidentally this Data Center was completed in 2013 about the same time Common Core was being promoted by such organizations as the National Governors Association (which helps state governments get federal grants) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (which claims to provide leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues) – started work on a common set of curriculum standards in English language arts and mathematics while using such deceitful words as “state led” and “voluntary.”
ALL A FACADE
By allowing those two groups to lead the effort, it gave the impression that the states initiated the action. In reality, reports an article in the June 23, 2014 New American by Brian Farmer, it was all a façade. Funding for the project was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided roughly $250 million to those and other pro-Common Core organizations. Bill and Melinda Gates earlier had joined forces with the Rockefeller Population Control Foundation Bill is also one of many who is part of Gorbachev’s “Global Brain-Trust.”
The Washington Times reported in 2003 that Bill Gates was vowing billions to boost minority Education and his Microsoft Corporation was radically redesigning the failing public high schools into smaller, more academically rigorous institutions in predominantly black and Hispanic communities in which less than half the students graduate due to drop outs. Apparently Gates had already put his money to work in Seattle where high schools in 2002 were using Gates money to convert to ‘small career academics” and the elementary/Middle Schools were rife with all the aspects of the gay/lesbian/fuzzy math/group think (for equality) /diversity/globalist/anti U.S. agenda.
On November 17, 2004 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, UNESCO signed a 26-page “Cooperation Agreement” with Microsoft to develop a “master curriculum” for teacher training in information technologies based on standards, guidelines, benchmarks and assessment techniques. Gates initialed every page in his handwriting. This curriculum was to reflect UNESCO’s values.
SIXTY MINUTES on 5/12/2013 told about how innovative thinking Bill Gates is and how he encourages others. Later he was encouraging inventors to redesign the toilet because in third world countries, sewage is the biggest problem. He’s using his money to improve things such as this and also to keep young kids from dying at an early age in these third-world countries; however, years ago Duston Heuston of Utah’s World Institute for computer assisted teaching said, “We’ve been absolutely staggered by realizing that the computer has the capability to act as if it were ten of the top psychologistsworking with one student.” Won’t it be wonderful when the child in the smallest country in the most distant area or in the most confused urban setting can have the equivalent of the finest school in the world on that terminal and no one can get between that child and that curriculum? We have great moments coming in the history of education so it clear Bill Gates had more than toilets on his mind.
GATES TAKES HINDU “MARK OF THE BEAST”
The rich gathered on May 5, 2009 at the Manhattan home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Novel prize-winning biochemist and president of private Rockefeller University, for a “summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co- founder.” The purpose of the secret meeting was to slow the growth of the world’s population which includes infanticide and euthanasia. The March 2003 Power of Prophecy (Texe Marrs) newsletter reported that Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the Hindu “Mark of the Beast” on his forehead.
BUSINESS SUPPORTS COMMON CORE
A Portland, Oregon T.V. station on 5/8/1997 announced that Bill and Melinda Gates threw a dinner party in their $50 million mansion on Lake Washington. Vice President Al Gore attended along with most influential leaders and 100 CEOs in business suits now behind Common Core. The net worth of Bill Gates way back in 1998 was $46 billion which some claim was larger than the combined net worth of the bottom 40% of American households.
His wife, Melinda, is a former Microsoft employee. Bill’s dad, William H. Gates, a Seattle lawyer and former Washington State Bar President, added $150,000 to the State of Washington gun control initiative in 1997 that surpassed his son’s contribution of $35,000. And while drugs not guns are causing many children to kill, we find that Bill Gates in the past has invested $205 million in nine large pharmaceutical companies through his Bill and Melina Gates Foundation – the largest charitable organization in the U.S. with an endowment of $24 billion.
The same Portland T.V. channel also reported that Bill Gates and one other Seattle billionaire sponsored a trip to Seattle for communist Nelson Mandela who spoke at Boeings. Mandela was in the U.S. to raise funds for his “favorite charities.” In October 1997 ABC reported Gates was meeting with the Soviet Prime minister and leaders of 30 computer Soviet companies.
BILL GATES, MONSANTO AND EUGENICS
The United Kingdom Guardian wrote in 2012 one of the world’s wealthiest men was actively promoting a corporate takeover of global agriculture. Bill and Melinda Gates purchased 500,000 shares in Monsanto in 2010 valued at more than $23 million. (www.guardian.co.uk) It became abundantly clear that this so-called benevolent charity foundation is up to something other than eradicating diseases and feeding the world’s poor. The Gates family legacy has long been one of trying to dominate and control the world’s systems, including areas of technology, medicine and now agriculture and education. They want a global food monopoly dominated by genetically-modified (GM) crops and seeds. Bill Gates also joined the Bush White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers and other business groups pushing hard to further loosen immigration controls and expand the importation of foreign workers
REPUBLICANS OPPOSITION TO AMNESTY FAILS IN SENATE
Under Article IV, Section 4, it is the constitutional duty of the United States to “protect (every state) against Invasion. While the rate of immigration into the U.S. in 2013 was about one million per year, In June 2013 during consideration of the Immigration Overhaul (S.744) raising the average legal immigration rate to several million per year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) offered a motion to table (kill) an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) that would “not allow the processing of this new category called registered provisional immigrants until Congress votes that border is secure.” The Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to Reid’s motion and killed the Paul amendment.
Glenn Beck, CEO and Founder of Mercury Radio and Blaze TV says Rand Paul favors Obama’s Comprehensive Amnesty which seems to be in conflict to the foregoing amendment; however, at the top of Paul’s list of advisors and counselors is none other than Bill Gates. Glenn Beck still holds in high esteem communist sympathizer, plagiarist and adulterous womanizer Martin Luther King and Bill O’Reilly on FOX still won’t admit Obama was born in Kenya. Go Figure. The 1/23/2006 New American said responding to pleas from constituents, House members were resisting the push for amnesty and open borders and were still trying to pass legislation to protect Americans but many analysts predicted serious efforts aimed at true immigration reform were doomed with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama in the White House.
INFORMATION FROM COMMON CORE’s OWN HANDBOOK
At this point, one might be inclined to ask, “So What?” Well, Glenn Beck reading from Common Core’s own handbook: “Children will be hooked up during school to a device that can be used to detect emotion, cameras that will capture facial expressions and SOFTWARE that extracts geometric property on faces. And then Glenn reads about the posture analysis seat, the pressure mouse, the wireless skin conducting sensor which looks like a wire black bracelet strapped to a child’s wrist all designed to collect social psychological response data from a biofeedback apparatus that measures blood volume, pulse and galvanic skin response to examine student’s frustration.
Still quoting from the Department of Education, “They are studying parents and our kids for
(1) Political affiliations or beliefs of the student and the parents
(2) Mental and psychological problems of the student and/or the student’s family
(3) The sexual behaviors of children and their sexual attitudes
(4) Illegal and anti-social self-incriminating and demeaning behavior
(5) Critical appraisal of other individuals with whom responds have close family relationships
(6) Legally recognized privilege or analogous relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians, ministers
(7) Religious practice affiliation or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents
(8) Income…to determine eligibility for participation in the program such as reclining financial assistance for the program
COMMON CORE AND SCIENCE FICTION
Glenn Beck said SCIENCE FICTION is no less chilling than COMMON CORE and when he first learned about it about 18 months ago, it was pretty bleak because it was already in the schools – a planned global society. A Vision for Lifelong Learning – year 2020” was a document published by Microsoft with an introduction by Bill gates who spells it all out with scenarios which could only be described as Orwell’s “1984” on steroids. While a handful of states refused to sign on to the Common Core program, all the rest jumped on board including my State of Oregon that acted irresponsibly when they adopted the standards. Of course, socialist state of Oregon also was the first to jump on Obamacare which has turned out to be a dismal failure and a national embarrassment.
LOCK STEP UNIFORMITY AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS RUN AMOK
While supporters of Common Core claim the system employs measures to protect the anonymity of students, critics have pointed to studies that demonstrate how these measures will not be as secure as supporters assume. It has recently come to my attention that information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops and what they eat so, in the best interest of our health and to hold down medical costs, we may be getting a call from our doctor about our eating habits or lack of exercise because Big Brother is watching. But the larger issue remains whether collecting such private information is consistent with the role of the federal government expressed by our nation’s Founders
Point five above is basically telling us we cannot think for ourselves. Anyone who dares to criticize the radical homosexual movement, for instance, will become a target for the government to punish in whatever means they deem fit. So while the current generation is being programmed to be compliant little globalist world citizens, if you are a business person they may take away your license as the recent bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex lesbian couple. What about that professional business license? If they can’t get you that way, then they’ll make up something and send the goons after you from one of their dictatorial, unconstitutional federal agencies such as the I.R.S. With nearly 74,000 pages of tax laws, they are bound to find fault with us. Fear keeps many whistle blowers quiet.
And then there is Number 7 about our religious practice. In the 1942 book, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, our developing civilization indicated in the Sixteenth century, there was only one Church – the Church of England. All English people were required by law to belong to the Church. Anyone who insisted on belonging to some other church or who refused to belong to this established church was persecuted. Among the people who suffered because of their objection to the Church of England were many Catholics and in France, the Protestants.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
Because the traditional, American values of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and personal responsibility are to be rejected and children are to be educated to accept a collective world view, your children in the public schools are placed in Group Learning proving no child is left behind.
Progressive educator, John Dewey, often referred to as the “Father of American Education,” argued more than 100 years ago for a standardized curriculum in order to prevent one student from becoming superior to another and envisioned a workforce filled with people of “politically and socially correct attitudes” who would respond to orders without question, which, of course, brings us to Number 1 above. The school is to raise children to be people pleasers.
PERSONAL INTEGRITY MATTERS
Democrat President Grover Cleveland, the forgotten conservative with his persistent display of integrity and independence often told his aides he’d sooner lose a race than compromise his principles as he sought to defend and expand freedom, support sound money especially gold and silver, respect the states as a check on the federal government, oppose protective tariffs and his advocacy of a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
© 2014 Betty Freauf – All Rights Reserved
Betty is a former Oregon Republican party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years but Betty gave up on the two-party system in 2004.
Betty is a researcher specializing in education, a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to www.NewsWithViews.com
June 29th, 2014 by olddog
By Joachim Hagopian
Global Research, June 28, 2014
In psychology our belief system shapes our perceptions of the world around us, in fact becoming our very sense of reality. Our primary caregivers, most often our parents, project their view of us and their world onto us and we in turn internalize their views as our own sense of developing self and world view. In this last century the influence of mass media has also come to increasingly shape our world and self-concept. As adolescents and young adults we often change and modify our perceptions of the world based on our own interpersonal experience particularly with peers and movement to finding resonance with a more authentic, individuated self in relation to our surrounding world. But with time and more adult experience often comes an existential dilemma and/or crisis if and when we encounter growing dissonance between what we thought we knew and changing reality input increasingly at odds with our old world view.
Currently in America and many places throughout the world many of us are undergoing a fundamental change in our belief system as we come to realize what we have been taught as reality turns out anything but. Many of us on the planet are currently undergoing a mind-altering, transformative shift in how we view life and our world, in effect causing a simultaneous global shift of belief amongst a sizeable portion of the earth’s population. An unprecedented shift is moving away from what we humans have traditionally and historically been told is the truth to a state of mounting disbelief, skepticism and doubt in what our political leaders, mainstream media and educational systems have been feeding us since we were young. Today more and more people around the globe are waking up to the new emerging reality and insight that what we have historically been taught, socialized and raised to believe politically as the truth is but a crock of outright bullshit.
Trends and polls in recent years have documented this shift in world view consciousness, consistently showing a growing distrust toward the federal government in both the US and Europe. The Edelman poll from January this year found that nearly two out of three Americans distrust their government and the Reason-Rupe poll from April 2014 indicates three out of four Americans believe their politicians are corrupt. Last October Pew Research Center discovered that more than four out of five Americans do not trust their own government either at all or most of the time, a near all time high level for measuring government distrust.
Declaring results from last month’s parliamentary election a complete and utter failure for the European Union to become “the next United States of Europe,” (as European Commission Vice
President Viviane Reding refers to her EU government), a surging backlash of vehement anti-EU voters from all over Europe sent fringe elements from both the left and right to Brussels with the specific agenda to get rid of the European Union once and for all. The voters’ ire was heard from the stagnant economy of France and austerity-wary Greece, through Denmark all the way to Britain. A strong push for Ireland to opt out of the EU is in process. Many residents in especially southern Europe hit hardest with severe austerity measures imposed by powerful Germany are blaming the continental government. Oil-rich Scotland is even leading a separatist movement seeking independence from Britain. Many Europeans expressed contempt for big government that they blame for high unemployment and failed policies deemed unresponsive to meeting their localized needs. Beyond the US and Europe, more citizens around the globe are growing angrier with their elected officials, realizing politicians’ priority is to serve the needs of their oligarch puppet master over the needs of their own people.
Similar negative sentiments toward mainstream media also represent an across the boards distrust toward corporatized media coverage of world events. Recently more people are seeking alternative online news sources for their information in response to growing public awareness that corporate media has become a mere extension of the government as its chief propagandist disinformation outlet. Even such traditionally prestigious and reputable newspapers like the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal are now regarded as in-bed, embedded journalism fused with the government. As such, last year’s June Gallup poll indicated that a whopping 80% of Americans aged 21 to 64 find mainstream media lacks credibility. All these results reflect a growing trend that an increasing segment of both the US and global population has come to believe and accept that they are systematically and regularly lied to and misinformed by their corrupt leaders in both government as well as corporate media.
As products of their social and cultural environments, humans raised in the West have been victims of a massive global brainwash forced into a world of duplicitous dualism to “choose” sides, of course choosing the political side of their own nation, culture, ethnicity and/or religion, conned into automatically accepting that their nation/culture/religion is far more righteous and superior in comparison to others on the opposing side.
Since World War II those of us in North America have been dished the demonized view of Communist nations Russia and China, and now with cold war part two in full swing, they have come full circle again at our so called enemies. Then after the fall of the Soviet empire, and the 9/11 neocon false flag attack, came the new US manufactured villain Osama bin Laden and his band of evil bad guys, the al Qaeda terrorist network. Always those who appear most foreign and different from us are deemed the bad guys of the world.
Fortunately over time this oversimplified, black and white rerun version of the world has been challenged and exposed as jingoistic bias and distortion of how our complicated world actually is. Many of us have intuitively known all along that as members of the same human species, the striking similarities of our common human nature that bind us together far outweigh whatever differences in culture, skin color, nationality, political ideology, global region or religion. What many of us are increasingly realizing both here in America as well as in other nations around the globe is that we have been purposely and methodically lied to and manipulated for a very long time. The education system in America is more about socializing, programming and brainwashing young people into becoming obedient, mindless, robotic adults than learning any real truth or learning to cultivate and use their critical faculties to seek the truth amidst the world of illusion.
This “us versus them,” “you’re either with us or against us” dichotomy has been forever used as an artificial manmade device to separate humans into an in-group versus out-group duality. Unfortunately it has been operating nonstop ever since cavemen first emerged from their caves and encountered other human tribes. Through human migration and modern technology of air travel and most recently internet travel, more than any time prior in man’s relative short history on earth, Canadian communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s concept of the world seen as a “global village” has shrunk the earth into a here and now everyday accepted reality.
As a result, in recent years the world view of nations and continents has become somewhat more homogenized, made more accessible by mass media technology that transcends both geography and culture. Learning and communicating with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds have brought the world closer. That said, conversely the earth today is geopolitically moving rapidly toward more fragmented polarization, driven by a single globalization economy owned, controlled and operated by a global oligarchy. Its perverse vision of a New World Order currently has much of the global population brainwashed to fear, mistrust, hate and kill each other with unparalleled potential. But not all of us are being fooled by such divisively spun projections from a shadowy elite madly pulling their deceptive spin levers cloaked behind their gold curtain. An honest look at what is actually happening now around the world exposes the oligarch agenda to purposely increase worldwide tension, division and conflict.
Last February’s notorious power grabbing political coup pulled off by the US in Ukraine installing a weak, corrupt and vicious fascist government certainly was no accident. Neither was the IMF loan immediately slapped on the Ukrainian people. Neither is the current civil war raging in eastern Ukraine where government forces are committing war atrocities and ethnic cleansing against a majority population of ethnic Russians. Nor for that matter is the ongoing political crisis occurring this entire year long in Venezuela a mere random accident.
By carefully orchestrated design, the US-EU-NATO alliance is obediently carrying out the oligarch high command to destabilize, polarize and militarize every continent on earth, pitting regional adversaries against each other in a global offensive with the West jabbing and baiting the East into military conflict from the Arctic to every corner of the globe. Right now in Asia tensions are mounting between China and North Korea on the one side and on the other US allied neighbors Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam where a new US naval base is planned.
Then there is the perennial hotbed of a mess exploding right now in the Middle East. The same war pattern has been raging in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. And with covert predator drone operations likewise going on for years in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the US is extending its imperialistic military foothold and hegemony further south with Special Operations stretching deep into Sub-Saharan Africa.
For well over three years Washington has been using US taxpayer dollars to arm, bankroll and train al Qaeda extremist militants throughout the Middle East and Africa to fight as its proxy mercenaries against Syrian leader Assad’s government forces as an obvious precursor to launching war against Syria’s foremost ally Iran. Obama just pledged another half billion dollars in arms to those same al Qaeda rebels in Syria.
But recently with the Syrian army gaining the upper hand, Washington made the decision to seek yet another regime change in Iraq, sending the so called Islamic Soldiers of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sweeping downward from Syria into Iraq, taking over every major city in that country except the Shiite stronghold in the capital Baghdad. A major bloodbath awaits as the sectarian civil war America created years ago shifts into bloody regime-change overdrive. The US is guilty of backing both opposing sides in Iraq, ISIS and its weak Maliki puppet government, not unlike how oligarchs back both Republicans and Democrats using the old, highly effective, deceptive divide and conquer strategy.
Of course a similar situation in Afghanistan has the Taliban enemy controlling most of the nation’s territory, waiting six more months for US troops to withdraw by the end of the year. The 9800 US designated soldiers left behind will supposedly be in an advisory role for the Afghan National Army. The US war on drugs has bolstered the pockets of both the US drug smuggling operation as well as raising millions of dollars for the Taliban cause that controls the poppy field heroin production. The current undoing of ten years of costly American war and occupation of Iraq will more than likely be replicated in Afghanistan in 2015 as the surging Taliban will then be closing in on the capital Kabul.
In the meantime, virtually every other so called Arab spring CIA-Special Ops-induced regime change has been disastrous for the native populations. For example, in Egypt a third US supported government is run by an over-the-top, oppressive military dictatorship. Meanwhile, the US has created a highly chaotic, lawless, and violent failed state now in Libya. The oligarch planetary vision of destabilizing every Third World nation on earth is currently working according to plan now at an accelerated pace.
In recent decades America has moved from a corporatized pseudo-democracy to a full fledge oligarchy where oligarchs owning the most powerful transnational corporations have merged with virtually all national governments, regardless of ideology and culture. More than ever these days, money buys power. No longer does the US President, the US Congress, nor the US Supreme Court represent the interests of the American people but as hand-picked players operating within a corrupt oligarchy, they are all beholding to the powerbrokers that have made them their political puppets in charge of doing their evil bidding. As such, virtually all of the key political players today are treasonous traitors guilty of betraying the US Constitution that under oath they all swore to protect and uphold, and also betraying US citizens for failing to represent the very people who voted them into power.
Through the process of globalization and privatization, a parallel process to America has been unfolding with nearly every nation and national government on every continent on earth. Deploying US-EU-NATO power, the oligarchs have had their way with all governments. Thus the people on this planet have little to no say or power over their lives since a morally bankrupt global economic system of indentured servitude and slavery keep people drowning in insurmountable debt. These days people find themselves working longer and harder for less money just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table for their families. However, in this growing era of severe global austerity and impoverishment, increasing pressures of providing for their families have too many people barely able to survive, and regretfully many around the globe are not.
Mounting inequality and disparity between the rich and poor are also accelerating to unprecedented levels globally. The elite 1% of oligarchs and their power-broking stewards continue growing exceedingly richer at the expense of the rest of us have-nots on the planet. War, poverty and illness are becoming the new normal far beyond Third World nations. EU countries throughout southern Europe as well as the US are on an ominous fast track to economic collapse. Led by cold war enemies and strongest BRICS nations Russia and China, a growing international movement is afoot to dump the US dollar as the standard international currency, which amounts to an approaching fiscal cliff for America.
Over 40% and rising of America’s adult working age population have not been working when the real unemployment rate include the growing masses who stopped looking for jobs that no longer exist for them. During the last couple decades, mothers as single parents have been struggling to raise America’s children, for the first time replacing the two parent nuclear family as head of household majority. More than half of US adults up to age 25 still live with their parents. But due to increasing financial necessity, a growing trend of even older adults and their children are being forced to move back in with parents at never before seen rates. US college students and young graduates today are mired in college loan debt now exceeding a trillion dollars, as of 2010 even surpassing the nation’s credit card debt. Upwardly mobile progress is long gone in America as the younger adult generations now for the first time can no longer expect to enjoy the same higher standard of living as their parents. The fast changing sociological economic dynamics of the family structure and how younger generations of Americans are being raised in an increasing climate of uncertainty and despair is far different and far bleaker than all previous generations throughout American history.
Without a manufacturing sector left in the US and a decimated middle class from funding an overstretched American Empire waging too many wars around the world, America is a debtor nation dependent as a consumer society on cheap outsourced products mostly from China. US permanent war policy with its conveniently fabricated “war on terror” has drained the middle class during a severe recession still floundering without recovery, chiefly caused by greedy banksters and Wall Street criminals who further gouged already emaciated taxpayers with enormous “too big to fail” bailouts. The national priority in the US has clearly been to not take care of its own citizens but instead wage the longest running wars in US history to ensure that the military security complex as the sole profiteers of war get filthily richer while reeking havoc all over the world with destabilizing regime changes, massive death and global destruction.
Meanwhile, the overburdened middle class shrinks to an all time low as the poor in America reach an all time high while decaying inner city war zones and rotting domestic infrastructure remain long neglected disasters waiting to happen. As a result of all this blatant theft, gross mismanagement of dwindling resources and pervasive criminal malfeasance, America is hopelessly stalled and a long ways from recovering from the 2008 bubble burst. Since 2008 the world’s total government debt has increased by 40% while the largest bailed out banks have grown by a hefty 37% just in the last six years alone. Yet for all its criminal theft and human suffering caused, not one bankster or corporate executive has been indicted or gone to prison for nearly bankrupting the richest, most powerful nation on earth.
Meanwhile, predatory worldwide IMF and world bank loans have opportunistically straight-jacketed Third World nations into debts they have no chance of repaying, leaving them defenseless against their homelands being plundered by predatory privatizing transnationals bent on extracting and stealing every last ounce of underground natural resource available on the planet.
This calculated, sinister process of globalization, privatization and increasing militarization bringing more wars to the planet is all part of the preplanned oligarch agenda to literally squeeze the life out of the world’s population of seven billion people, eugenically thinning the human herd down to anywhere from just a meager half to one billion people. This means that up to 13 out of 14 of us currently living on planet earth right now are slated to be mass murdered within the next few years. This is how the oligarchic plan for a New World Order will be fulfilled, complete with implanted micro-chips in the less than a billion people left on earth as the calculated number of humans still needed to serve as the oligarch’s subservient lackey class. This is their diabolical agenda currently being methodically executed to make life on planet earth over the long haul more sustainable for them and them only.
With all this increasing theft, death and destruction on every continent reaching such an explosive, unprecedented scale where World War III is all but impending, by now every alert citizen of the world should recognize what a handful of wealthy oligarch families have been doing for centuries to this planet – manipulating and enslaving the global masses through centuries of imperialist empire hegemony and controlling international economies at will though war making.
How can so few number of humans control and willfully destroy so many humans? Very evilly as psychopaths. But then they have had centuries of practice, skillfully, secretively operating in back shadows, using their puppet front men as their government leaders to lie constantly to the people. And of course for quite awhile they have had mass media bombarding us with nonstop lies, propaganda, disinformation and deceit just to make certain populations are kept in the dark. Today with big sports, video games, celebrity worship and digital toys galore, their ploy is to keep the masses distracted and ignorant of what has been really going on for a very, very long time. Through whitewashed history books that purposely cover up this same dark truth through the ages, Americans have long been brainwashed and mesmerized into accepting their illusion of democracy, equality, freedom and justice, but for only a few, not all of us as we were always led to believe.
But as demonstrated most recently by the world focus on the latest annual Bilderberg gathering in Copenhagen, the oligarchs are unable to pull the strings from afar any longer without our noticing. Though they wield ultimate power over all the most prominent governments and corporations on earth, there are seven billion human beings who are beginning to wake up now and are onto their evil agenda. Oligarchs taking notice and fast becoming nervous as their Oz-like curtain is finally being lifted once and for all. And behind that curtain we find a handful of wrinkled, prune faced, feeble old white men who look like Mr. Burns on the Simpsons still calling all the shots, but ultimately exposed naked like never before. With more and more of us world citizens every single day becoming aware of their vicious and heinous crimes against humanity, against all of us on this earth, like never before we are in a unique position of burgeoning power to call them on their diabolical plan and evildoing.
We have at our collective disposal much more power than we even know at this relatively early stage of mindful resistance. As globally aware, ethically-motivated, humane and compassionate citizens of the world, we possess the opportunity to finally break free of the shackles that have stifled and enslaved humanity for far too long. Overwhelming similarities are currently binding us earthlings together as richly diverse members of the same humanoid family as well as like minded world citizen-activists committed to doing our collective active best in bringing about peace and justice to our ailing, only planet, before the handful of hugely outnumbered oligarchs destroy everything we hold most dear and sacred. It is up to us ordinary decent people to recognize the truth and bravely act on that truth in unified solidarity for the sake of preserving life on earth in the way that God intended. Again, our beliefs and our actions will determine our reality.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on hisunique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a masters degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing.
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TO KILL A SNAKE, CUT OFF ITS DAMN HEAD!
June 28th, 2014 by olddog
By Servando Gonzalez
Marx and Engels began their Communist Manifesto with a warning and a threat: “A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of Communism.” According to French economist Thomas Picketty, a new threatening specter is haunting the world: the specter of economic inequality.
According a reviewer, Picketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty First Century, has almost overnight captivated “Main Street, Wall Street and the cream of Washington’s trend-minded policymakers and think tankers.”What is Picketty’s book main thesis? That the gap between the poor and the rich has reached dangerous levels. Picketty warns that the U.S. may be on the same trajectory as France before the Revolution, where the very rich ended with their heads chopped-off.
After analyzing data from the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and the U.S., Picketty proved with hard data what many people already have been talking about for many years: the rich really are getting richer, and their wealth is not trickling down. Actually, it is trickling up.
In his study, Picketty shows how the wealthy, who make their money mostly out of stock portfolios, pay less or no taxes at all and get richer, while the working middle class, who make their money out of heavily taxed paychecks, get poorer. But then, he jumps to the farfetched conclusion that the sure and only way to change this economic inequality is by modifying the current tax system. According to him, the current form of wealth tax is not adapted to the 21st century structure of wealth. The solution, according to Picketty, is adopting a more just, equitable global wealth tax.
A key to discovering the source of Picketty’s ideas is that the institution that funded his study is the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a George Soros-backed nonprofit organization. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Picketty’s solution to the problem is exactly the one the hyper rich globalist conspirators have been pushing for many years, of lately disguised as a “carbon tax.”
But, though Picketty’s “discovery” that the one percent is getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer is absolutely right, the solution he offers is not only simplistic but also outright naïve. Apparently Picketty believes that the hyper rich are not aware of the problem, and that, just by telling them that what they are doing is wrong (and immoral, unscrupulous, unethical, dishonest, criminal, wicked) they will change their evil ways
Unfortunately, that will not be the case. Nevertheless, whether they like it or not, the monster they have created will turn against them, because eventually a Ponzi scheme of this magnitude will end in disaster for the schemers themselves.
True Capitalism VS Monopoly Capitalism
Unknowingly, when Henry Ford decided to pay his workers twice the amount other companies were paying their workers for similar type of work, he jumpstarted the American middle class. As a result, well-paid workers were able to buy houses, cars, fridges, radio, TV sets, and many other household items that otherwise would have been available only to the rich. This unexpected economic phenomenon contributed to an expanding economic growth never seen before in the history of mankind.
This economic growth propelled the entrepreneurial spirit of many Americans to create their own private companies to provide the newly-created consumers with the products they wanted to buy. This started an upwardly expanding spiral of economic progress that extended for half a century.
Initially, these companies were individually or family-owned. Of course, the possibility of monetary gain was key in their efforts, but because they felt proud of the product they were creating, many of them gave their names to their companies.
Unfortunately, however, the bankers who illegally created the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 needed a way to fill their arks, and the easiest way to do it was by stealing other people’s money. So, to steal it “legally,” they also imposed a federal tax and created the infamous Internal Revenue Service to enforce its collection.
In theory, all citizens were supposed to pay the federal tax. But, given the fact that the idea of a national tax was one of the planks of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, they created a progressive or graduated income tax as Marx advised. According to this plank, the more money you made the higher percent of taxes you were supposed to pay. Most people were happy, because this tax was supposed to hurt only the very rich.
But you have to be very naïve to believe that the very ones who created the tax were really going to pay it. Actually, they created a tax code full of loopholes to avoid paying taxes. Currently, if one is to believe Rush Limbaugh and other dis-informers, the U.S. has the highest corporate rate of the industrialized countries. What he never mentions, though, is that the U.S. Tax Code also has the highest number of loopholes.
Another method the robber barons invented to avoid paying taxes was by changing their private companies into corporations, but this opened a Pandora’s box. Contrary to privately owned companies, which have an emotional connection to the products they made, corporations are impersonal entities. Despite that the Supreme Court has asserted the legal standing that corporations are people, pride is an emotion corporations lack. Despite their pervasive propaganda, the corporations’ goal is not to serve society with the products they create. Their main goal is to maximize the earnings of their executives and stockholders, and they reach these goals mostly by exploiting their workers and eliminating the competition.
Most people would agree that competition is probably one of the best characteristics of true capitalism. Competition benefits customers and fuels innovation. No wonder monopoly capitalists hate it so much. John D. Rockefeller, the inventor of the trust (a monopoly of monopolies) once said, “Competition is a sin.”
This goal —maximize earnings by exploiting their workers and destroying the competition — have been exacerbated with globalization. With the implementation of the so-called “free trade,” transnational corporations have totally lost their link to the countries where they originally were created. Proof of it this their callousness when they decided to move their production lines to Third World countries in order to increase their profit margin.
One of the main costs of any business is paying the workers who create the product. So, to minimize this cost, they moved their factories abroad to countries where they hired quasi-slave workers who are paid miserly salaries. They never gave a thought to whatever would happen to the lives of the American workers and their families they were sending into unemployment and poverty.
The corporations who pioneered the outsourcing move got an immediate economic edge over the rest. They were producing cheaper products and selling them to the still employed American consumers at the same price as before, when they were produced here in the U.S. But, as most big corporations joined the outsourcing trend, the growing mass of workers who had lost their jobs now was not able to buy the products these corporations were now producing abroad and importing to the U.S. without paying any tariffs because of the “free trade” policies.”
This has created a downward economic spiral. While the corporations’ stockholders and top executives are getting richer, the American middle class of well-paid workers is in serious trouble. Currently, 90 million Americans are unemployed. The economic crisis we are now experiencing is the direct result of a economic phenomenon known as “the tragedy of the commons.”
The Current Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons is an economics theory developed in 1833 by William Foster Lloyd, according to which individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one’s self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group’s long-term best interests by depleting some common resource.
To demonstrate his theory, Lloyd used as an example a group of herders sharing a common parcel of land on which they are each entitled to let their cows graze. In many English and European villages, shepherds sometimes grazed their sheep in common areas, and sheep ate the grass closer to the ground than cows. Overgrazing could result when, out of greediness, each shepherd adds additional sheep, and he could receive benefits, but just for a while, because if in the long run all herders made this individually rational economic decision, the common could be depleted or even destroyed, to the detriment of all.
In the present case, the common resource the greedy corporations are destroying is the American middle class of well-paid workers, and this is a real tragedy for everybody in America. As Lloyd predicted, eventually it will be a tragedy even for the very greedy transnational corporations that created the problem.
Unfortunately, some naïve or ill-intentioned politicians are trying to convince us that just by raising the minimum wage America’s economic problems will be solved overnight. But no. Far from solving it, rising the minimum wage would only serve to somewhat hide the true source of the problem for some time until it becomes intolerable. Actually, the minimum wage will very soon become the maximum wage for most American workers.
So, is there a right solution to this problem? Well, there is, but none of the politicians we elected allegedly to protect our interests will tackle it. The true problem is corporations, particularly the big transnational corporations, but our elected politicians will never bite the hand that feeds them.
For more than half a century, under the pretext of protecting the national security, We the People of the United States have been paying, with our blood and taxes, for a military whose only job has been to defend the spurious interests abroad of U.S.-based transnational corporations. Adding insult to outrage, most of these corporations pay no taxes at all. If they need and army to defend their billionaire enterprises abroad, the least they can do is to pay for it by hiring mercenaries to o the job.
No anti-American terrorist organization could have accomplished what U.S.-based transnational corporations are doing: destroying the middle class, America’s economic and social backbone. U.S.-based transnational corporations are the greatest threat to the national security of the United States. They are conspiring in the shadows to eliminate the sovereignty of all nations and impose a global government under their full control — a totalitarian communo-fascist government they call the New World Order.
U.S.-based transnational corporations are the true enemy of America. The choice cannot be clearer: either we get rid of them as soon as possible, or eventually they will completely destroy us.
© 2014 Servando Gonzalez – All Rights Reserved
- Rana Foroohar, “Marx 2.0: How Thomas Picketty’s Unlikely Blockbuster,Capital, Set the World’s Economists and Leaders Spinning,” Time, May 29, 2014, p.46.
2. Most big transnational corporations exhibit the characteristics associated with sociopathic behavior. They are manipulative and conning, have a grandiose sense of self, are pathological liars, lack remorse, shame or guilt, are callous and lack empathy, frequently engage in criminal behavior. This is a direct result of the fact that they are controlled by psychopaths. See, Andy McNab and Kevin Dutton, The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success. See also, Theo Merz, “Why psychopaths are more successful. Andy McNab and Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton reveal how acting like psychopaths could help us in work, life and love,” Telegraph UK, May 7, 2014
3. See, Thom Hartmann, Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became “People.”
4. Big corporations spend a large amount of money in advertising campaigns whose only purpose is to convince you about how much they care for you, your family, the community and their own employees. The truth, however, is quite different. See, i.e., WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, a documentary film by Robert Greenwald.
5. A March 23, 2013, article by Jerry Z. Muller in Foreign Affairs, “Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right and the Left Get Wrong,” expressed the idea that it is true that “inequality is indeed increasing almost everywhere in the postindustrial capitalist world. But Inequality is an inevitable product of capitalist activity, and expanding equality of opportunity only increases it — because some individuals and communities are simply better able than others to exploit the opportunities for development and advancement that capitalism affords.” What the author does not say, however, is that this inequality is not the result of expansion of true capitalism, but of monopoly capitalism. And monopoly capitalism, both in its communist and fascist varieties, is not capitalism but socialism.
6. See, Thom Hartman, Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class.
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Servando Gonzalez, is a Cuban-born American writer, historian, semiologist and intelligence analyst. He has written books, essays and articles on Latin American history, intelligence, espionage, and semiotics. Servando is the author of Historia herética de la revolución fidelista, Observando, The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, The Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis and La madre de todas las conspiraciones: Una novela de ideas subversivas, all available at Amazon.com.
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro, California, both available at the author’s site at http://www.servandogonzalez.org.
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His most recent book, I Dare Call It treason: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Betrayal of the America, just appeared and is available at Amazon.com and other bookstores online.
Servando’s two most recent books in digital versions only are The Swastika and the Nazis: A Study of the Misuse of the Swastika by the Nazis and the first issue of the political satire series OBSERVANDO: American Inventors.
Mr. Gonzalez is to be congratulated for a excellent article that has only one flaw, and that is; the International Investment Banking Cartel is the true head of the Corporate Elite, with a 30% investment strangle hold on the top money earners. Governments who are beholden to those who control the Nations debt are manipulated by the corporate elite and Bankers which leaves the people sucking hind teat. This is, the NEW WORLD ORDER, AND ONLY A GLOBAL AWAKENING OF THE PEOPLE CAN STOP IT. When they wake up there will be blood shed like nothing history can match. When you see it coming, head for the mountains, as blood lust will morph into mayhem, as the underprivileged take their vengeance against all who stand in their way. May God have mercy on us.
June 27th, 2014 by olddog
By Julian Websdale
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
World politics today is governed by the Vatican, but also by the Crown Empire. The modern world of so-called Western Civilization began at the end of the 17th century with the blossoming of the British Empire. That empire actually began several hundred years earlier with the establishment of the City of London, which is now an 800-year corporation that controls finance from an entity called ‘The Crown’. This entity is the creator and controller of the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve, the World Bank (IMF – International Monetary Fund), The European Union, and various cartels and corporations across the earth.
The Crown Identity is kept most secret, and The Crown Bank of England took and assumed control of the United States during the Roosevelt Administration (1901-1909) when its agents, who were really Crown agents (J. P. Morgan), took over 25% of American business.
The Crown has never been the King or Queen of England since the establishment of the corporate body, but the British Monarchy is a figurehead for The Crown, rules parliament in Great Britain and has authority over the Prime Ministers through a Vatican knighthood called the Order of the Garter. The Crown, however, is not the King or Queen of England – they are an established monarchy of the corporate body.
The Crown is the directorate of the corporation, and Great Britain is ruled by The Crown, the City of London which controls the Bank of England – a private corporation. There is a private state existing in Britain within the centre of London. This City, located in the heart of Greater London, became a sovereign-state in 1694 when King William III of Orange privatized the Bank of England, and turned it over to the Vatican banksters who today rule the financial world.
The City/The Crown Corporation is not subject to British Law; it has its own courts, its own laws, its own flag, its own police force – exactly like the Vatican city state and Washington DC Columbia. The Crown Corporation is also separate from the Metropolitan city; its police drive red police cars and their uniforms are different from the Metropolitan Police.
Also, The Crown in London houses the privatized Bank of England and Lloyd’s of London, the London Stock Exchange, and all British Banks. It also houses the branch offices of 385 foreign banks, 70 US banks, as well as Fleet Street newspapers and publishing monopolies. It controls the world media and world intelligence. It is out of The Crown City of London, the headquarters of British Freemasonry overseen by the British Monarchy and the Duke of Kent, that World Freemasonry is governed. This includes the Grand Orient Masonic Order and the Washington DC Scottish Rite.
In 1945 the Bank of England was nationalized by the Labor Government, and is allegedly no longer a private bank, although it governs the US Federal Reserve. It is ruled over by the Rothschild’s, who are bankers for the Pope – guardians of the Vatican Treasury.
The City of London also has its own Lord Mayor, different from the current Mayor, who has the power in The Crown Corporation. When the Queen wishes to conduct business in the City, she is met by the Lord Mayor at Temple Bar. Temple Bar and their associate franchises come from what is called the Four Inns of the Temples of Court – the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. The logo of the Inner Temple is a white horse on the sunburst seal of the Jesuit Order. The white horse is a symbol of the British Empire / Order of the Garter / Crown Corporation, and is the same white horse which is the symbol of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). The white horse is a Jesuit symbol – Pegasus. It is the Jesuit Order that governs the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. The Inner Temple is the core group that governs the City of London Corporation.
The whole Earth is governed by The Crown, through Crown Colonies which belong to The City – The Crown Empire. It governs Africa and still governs China and India. The colonies of the Earth are really just Crown Colonies – The United States of America are states of The Crown.
This being said, however, it is vitally important to remember the following. The Crown Empire uses commercial law (aka international maritime law, or law of contracts) as its means of control. This law does not apply to sovereign, free men and women.
Your name, when spelt out in all capital letters – as in JULIAN WEBSDALE – is a corporation, a trust set up by the government through the treasury department at your birth. Every time a child is born, a corporation/trust is created using his or her name in all capital letters. They do this because governments are corporations and they operate under commercial law, the law of contracts. The laws passed by governments only apply to corporations and not to living, breathing, flesh and blood sovereign-free men and women spelt in upper-lower or all lower case, as with Julian Websdale, or julian websdale. The living, breathing sovereign man and woman is subject to common law, not the commercial law introduced by governments through legislation.
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June 26th, 2014 by olddog
By Damon Geller
Everyone knows that the United States has gone bankrupt. As the U.S. government and the Fed poured trillions of dollars of YOUR money into the banks and markets after the 2008 economic collapse, this unprecedented level of money-printing is catapulting the U.S. debt to $28 trillion by 2018. But now, the U.S. government and the Fed are completely out of ammo. They desperately need money to maintain their own power, and taxes are no longer enough. So in order to keep the Ponzi scheme going, the U.S. government has made several highly controversial moves to be in position to seize control of all your financial accounts. And it’s becoming clearer by the day, if you want to protect your savings and wealth from government confiscation, you only have ONE choice.
The Bankrupt State
What happens when America goes bankrupt? The $17 Trillion question? Let’s be clear, America is already bankrupt. “Bankrupt” is defined as “any insolvent debtor” – a debtor whose liabilities exceeds its assets. The U.S. government, by its own admission, is a bankrupt entity. Not bankrupt “soon,” bankrupt NOW. To the tune of just OVER $17 trillion. In an attempt to fabricate the illusion of “growth,” the Fed and their bank-owned politicians poured trillions of dollars of YOUR money into big banks and the markets in order to prop up stocks, bonds and real estate after the 2008 economic collapse. The idea was to “fix” the economy by pouring 1,000 gallons of high-octane debt-gas on an already ragging debt-fueled bond fire.
Of course, REAL growth never materialized. Instead, all that these criminals managed to accomplish with their money-printing was to blow up new bubbles, widen the income divide, and dramatically increase the wealth of a select few at the expense of the rest of us. The tragic result: the USA’s liabilities now exceed its assets by an amount so astronomical it’s almost incomprehensible. And by its own admission, that hole will be getting deeper each year until we reach $28 trillion in debt by 2018. Or until the Ponzi scheme blows up.
The questions now are, what happens now that America is already bankrupt? How do broke governments survive as long as they can? What are they capable of doing when they know their fate is at hand? How do the Ponzi masters keep the Ponzi scheme going?
The answer to all these questions may shock you: The U.S. government has made several highly controversial moves to be in position to seize control of all your financial accounts! They’re using legislation and authoritarian power in collusion with the modern financial system to gain access to your private assets in the name of “protection”, “security” or “national emergency.” But in reality, your savings & wealth have become a prime target for confiscation.
How can they do this? Well, the “beauty” of the modern financial system – to a banker or an insolvent government – is the ease at which they can access your wealth with the stroke of a computer or a new law or tax. When you combine the digital banking & financial system with the overreaching legislative power of an insolvent government, we citizens don’t stand a chance. Unlike English soldiers breaking into the homes of colonists, today’s government can be far more subversive. Just take a look at these government regulations & initiatives that are right now in the process of taking effect:
FATCA: As everyone has heard by now, the July 1st FATCA provision requires foreign financial institutions such as banks, stock brokers, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance companies, and trusts to report all U.S. citizens’ accounts directly to the IRS. The government can’t put its paws on your money if it doesn’t know where it is. The more information a government has on the movement, location & size of global citizen wealth, the more efficiently and effectively it can create legislation & systems to control that wealth. FATCA even requires reporting to the IRS by foreign private companies on any income made by a citizen of the U.S. whether they live here or not. And FATCA, once implemented, will negatively impact the U.S. dollar, the global economy, and our international relationships.
MyRA: In the State Of The Union Address – and coincidentally just as soon as the Fed started tapering their endless QE treasury-buying experiments – Obama announced the creation of the MyRA – your retirement money will now be used to pay for U.S. debt. The MyRA is nothing more than an investment scam being sold to the American people as a you-can’t-lose, zero-risk investment by the pitchman-in-chief himself. The reality is, since the Fed can’t conjure up money from thin air to buy the debt anymore, and our foreign friends don’t want our debt anymore, Obama needs to sell it to John Q. Public. Since the federal government has done so well at everything from delivering mail to affordable healthcare, what could possibly go wrong with jumping into the investment advisory business? Where do I sign up?
CARDS: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which oversees how investments are sold, proposed what it calls CARDS – Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System – which is an electronic system that will regularly collect data on balances and transactions in all 4100 brokerage accounts nationwide. CARDS is disguised as a way to “protect” investors, but the system is clearly designed to have detailed information on the structure & location of every citizens’ investments. Since the government needs us to support its debt (because outside interests no longer do), wouldn’t it be convenient to know and control the structure or every investment portfolio in America?
So for the first time ever, The U.S. government is directing you where to invest your savings & retirement and has gained full access to the activity in every single citizen’s bank accounts, retirement accounts, brokerage accounts and trading accounts. The IRS will also have full visibility on any oversees accounts, income, equity or other earnings, effectively giving them access to all the wealth of every American citizen no matter where they reside on earth. So now that we know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, the question for you is: what are you doing to safeguard your savings & wealth?
There’s Only One Place to Hide
With our desperate government gaining unprecedented access to your financial accounts everywhere in the world, you need to take action NOW to protect your savings & retirement from possible capital controls. But if the government has its hands in your bank accounts, retirement accounts and brokerage accounts, is any place safe?
- There’s ONE asset class this sits outside the financial system and is completely secure from government confiscation and global economic collapse: Gold & Silver. Gold & Silver have been the best wealth protectors for over 5,000 years and have survived every government & currency collapse in history. Today, physical gold & silver are selling in record numbers around the world. Central banks around the world and nations like China are stockpiling gold as a hedge to any possible collapse of all the dollars they hold.
The government has spent way beyond its limits. And now you know that the government is seizing control of your financial accounts. So the time is now. Protect your savings & retirement with physical gold & silver before you have nothing left to protect.
June 25th, 2014 by olddog
Montel Williams says “It’s time we took the chicken down…”
By Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall
Global Financial Affairs Editor
Williams is an advocate for veterans and was explaining to a talking television head why the VA health care system is still in crisis mode – why the chicken is still flopping around even though, as he said, “We’ve cut off the chicken’s head…”
The VA non-provision of health care for America’s veterans is in full-blown scandal mode and, according to the Associated Press, on June 10th FBI Director James Comey announced an investigation was being spearheaded by the Phoenix FBI field office. A little over a month ago, CBS reported that over 100 veterans may have died because of scheduling delays generated by the bureaucrats who run our military hospitals. Perhaps the FBI will be able figure out how the management staff at the Phoenix hospital deserved the tens of millions of dollars given to it in bonuses — for their quality work, no doubt.
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson reported 18 new deaths resulting from the delays in Phoenix – to be added to the 17 already identified.
Most readers of Veterans Today are familiar with the facts of this scandal and do not need me or anyone else to regurgitate them for you! We all know of the fraudulent record-keeping, the secret lists covering up extended waiting periods, a fatal wait for many, it seems. What is yet to hit the fan is some of the reasons for the delays – like physicians who schedule only two or three appointments per day and play golf the remainder of the afternoon.
Perhaps the most sickening part of this mess is the finding that in the midst of this chaos 78 percent of VA senior managers qualified for extra pay or other compensation during 2013. They got “outstanding” or “exceeds fully successful” ratings on the annual performance evaluations. What are they using for standards of excellence? A dog training manual? Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL), cited examples of bonuses given:
• Sharon Helman who headed the Phoenix VA Medical Center (where this story broke) received a bonus of $8,500.
• The Director of Dayton, Ohio’s VA Center received more than $10,000 despite being under investigation for vets who were exposed to hepatitis B and C at the facility.
• Pittsburgh’s director of health care got a top performance review and, because he was a regional director, received a $63,000 bonus (even though six patients died because of a Legionella outbreak in Pittsburgh’s VA health care system).
Why was this situation allowed to go on once identified last April? One big reason was the lack of media coverage… CBS and NBC totally ignored the scandal until Fox News coverage caused it to become known. ABC News devoted a total of 14 seconds to the story. What is their liability here? We need to define more specifically that “freedom of the press” means freedom to those who publish all of the news, not just news they choose or are directed to publish. If they do not publish all of the news, they should lose the protections the First Amendment offers.
There is a solution – and part of it (a minor part) is contained in legislation proposed in the Senate by its only declared socialist, Bernie Saunders (I-VT) and John McCain (R-AZ) which says if veterans must wait longer than 30 days for treatment or must travel further than 40 miles to get to a VA hospital, they should get vouchers and be able to walk into a local hospital. The legislation is only good for two years but does provide some long-term relief by making funds available for hospital construction.
How much good will dollars for construction do when from 2009 to 2011 the Phoenix VA Health Care System put in solar panels that cost $20 million? You see, Obama signed a Green Energy Executive Order – he has a phone and a pen, remember (that’s what he told us) – and rather than getting down in the trenches and visiting hospitals and talking with people in the waiting area about the quality of service being provided them, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced that “in order to continue providing Veterans with the best health care benefit services, VA must adapt to climate change.”
The $20 million that went to Green Energy in Phoenix could have saved at least 35 veteran lives that we know of – and possibly more.
The Phoenix solar panels was not an isolated incident.
• The Amarillo, Texas VA hospital has a long wait for mental health patients – the third longest in the country. It spent $10 million on solar panels.
• In Hawaii, you have to wait 145 days for an appointment – but the Spark M. Matsunaga VA system spent between $1 and $2 million on a 119 KW Solar PV System… Obama’s pen and phone, again.
• Kansas VA vets had to wait more than 90 days for an appointment (977 never had appointments scheduled). There were 104 vets on the waiting list at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. It, too, had solar panels.
• The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, had 200 vets on its waiting list but spent somewhere between $5 and $10 million on a solar panel system.
• Albuquerque’s Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center spent $20.3 million on a solar system. When you Google the hospital, its ad says: “The physicians and staff at this VA hospital provide a good level of care considering the lack of Doctors.” At least they’re honest if lacking in foresight as to how to best utilize $20.3 million to provide medical service to veterans.
• At the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA, it takes about 57 days to see a primary care doctor – but vets can admire the Center’s $1.1 million solar system while they wait.
• The Bay Pines VA System in Florida (with several hospital treatment centers) kept 1,000 vets waiting for an appointment but had the time and money to install solar panels.
• Cheyenne’s VA Medical Center has two $1 million solar systems.
• The Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, part of the Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, invested in part of a $50 million solar panel contract.
Back to the solution. Anyone who spends time in the private sector can think this problem through to a better solution than Sanders and McCain provided in their temporary fix legislation (which gives more construction money to the system – perhaps to buy more solar panels, but maybe not now that Solyndra has gone bankrupt).
What to do: The VA goes out into the communities in which veterans’ hospitals are located and gives private physicians the opportunity to sign up for spending one day a month at the hospital… or a half-day (with the other half-day on the hospital’s golf course). Why would a quality physician want to do such a thing? A) Patriotism. B) Playing golf in a foursome with the VA Hospital Director (military golf courses are usually high quality). C) Physicians will be able bill the government at their normal (verified by IRS records – unless the IRS computer system goes down, so to speak) per patient fee, so the physician won’t lose a thing… and it might make some of the VA hospital physicians who find it difficult to see more than two or three patients a day a bit nervous and more attentive to their duties and less attentive to their golf game.
Won’t that be expensive to taxpayers? No, not if it’s structured properly. Because it can be totally handled at each hospital, no expansion of federal employees will be required. The government’s computers just send the physician a specially devised 1099 form at the end of the year telling the physician how much he/she can deduct from taxes for that year. You see, rather than paying the physician’s fee, the government gives the physician a voucher allowing the total amount to be taken as a tax deduction. The more successful a physician, the more money he or she makes and the greater the need for good, solid tax deductions. Thus such a program would have strong appeal to highly successful physicians.
The local VA hospital where I live does this without the tax benefit of charging the government full per patient price and taking it as a tax deduction. I have never heard a negative word spoken about this VA hospital by anyone. My stepfather died there a little over two years ago. Enough cannot be said about the quality care he got in our local VA hospital!
The above points out perfectly why government has no business making investments in private sector markets. In short, it does not know what it’s doing and we are going to need laws that protect taxpayers from having their money used for political agendas – cronyism, as in the Obama Administration’s hypnotic attachment to taking the nation green. If it takes the nation down while going green, one could certainly make a case for either stupidity or violation of Oath of Office to protect and defend America.
Solyndra probably got more publicity than any of the other Obama administration investment failures. The government lost $528 million on a company that produced – oh, my, solar panels – at a time when VA Hospitals were buying solar panels like they were chocolate candy rather than expanding their capacity to schedule patients for treatment. Does the VA Hospital scandal go to the White House? Just say “Solyndra” and you’ll have your answer (or part of it).
It was not just Solyndra. Obama bailed out General Motors when the government purchased a 60.8% ownership share for $49.5 billion. That resulted in a $10 billion loss.
While the federal government – the public sector – was losing taxpayer money hand over fist, in the private sector Boeing added 10,000 jobs (and did it while Obama’s Labor Relations Board was working hard to prevent Boeing from opening a new plant in North Carolina – a plant that produced an additional 9,000 jobs).
Fisker Automotive Inc. will cost taxpayers $139 million because a loan was made by the White House to this struggling electric car maker. A $400 million loan guarantee was made to About Solar in 2010 and A123 Systems Inc. received a $249 million grant in 2010. Both failed.
Associated Press recently sent a team of six reporters who have been tracking the $300 billion in funds made available to provide “shovel ready” jobs to unemployed Americans. Their conclusion (I would point out that AP isn’t exactly a conservative media outlet): “The $300 billion sent to the states is primarily being used for health care, education, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other social services.” Thus, as a different AP report said, “Stimulus Aid Favors Welfare, Not Work Programs.”
Do you see the tie here between VA Hospital scandals and loans made to Green companies that will never be repaid and stimulus funds being used for unintended purposes? Similar ties can also be made to IRS abuse of power and lost emails, Benghazi, unlawful immigration, and every other corrupt practice of this Administration.
It’s called “crony capitalism.” It’s called “political” or “state capitalism.” I prefer the name “debtism,” because that’s where these prostituted forms of capitalism have led us: So far into debt we will never see daylight… unless we become familiar with the concept called “odious debt” – or, “immoral debt.”
There is a solution to every problem. We just have to look in the right corner to find it.
June 24th, 2014 by olddog
By Tyler Durden
Orighinally posted at Economic Noise blog,
A country dies slowly.
Those living during the decline of Rome were likely unaware that anything was happening. The decline took over a couple of hundred years. Anyone living during the decline only saw a small part of what was happening and likely never noticed it as anything other than ordinary.
Countries don’t have genetically determined life spans. Nor do they die quickly, unless the cataclysm of some great war does them in. Even in such extreme cases, there are usually warning signs, which are more obvious in hindsight than at the time.
Few citizens of a dying nation recognize the signs. Most are too busy trying to live their lives, sometimes not an easy task. If death occupies their mind, it is with respect to themselves, a relative or a friend. Most cannot conceive of the death of a nation.
A Country Dies Slowly First
For those interested, signs or symptoms precede death for a country often as they do for a person. There is a pattern that involves the following:
1. The Economy
Economically, people become poorer. It becomes harder to feed a family. Economic growth stalls and then reverses. Work opportunities decline. Disincentives to work rise as government tries to ease the burden on the unemployed and lower skilled. These efforts require more revenues which means higher taxes or debt financing. Disincentives to create jobs are magnified by attempts to address the problem. Higher taxes and other burdens are imposed on the productive making work less attractive.
The response should not be surprising. Capital flees first. It goes to areas where adequate returns are still available. Jobs are created but not in the host country. Finally a “brain drain” begins. Talented people leave the country for places that offer greater opportunity. In the case of the US, to escape US taxes these people must renounce their citizenship. Citizenship renouncements are currently at the highest levels in the history.
The flight of capital, both real and human, further lowers standards of living. Signs of stagnation become more apparent. They may begin as seemingly benign as roads which have too many potholes. “For rent” signs are seen more frequently. Classified job ads decrease. “Going out of Business” sales are no longer marketing gimmicks.
Initially, people dig into their savings or begin to borrow in order to retain their standard of living. Most believe it is a temporary situation. Eventually bankruptcies increase. Strip or full malls close. Large areas like Detroit become close to uninhabitable.
These conditions characterize the beginnings of the decline. As the decline continues, things get much worse.
2. The State
The State is threatened by a decline. Generally it moves into full pretend mode. Three behavioral traits characterize its behavior. The State must convince citizens:
- things are not as bad as they seem.
- the State is not responsible for the situation.
- the State must do more (grow bigger) in order to solve the problems.
Statistics issued by the State are fudged to convey a false image of well-being. Government spending soars in an effort to juice reported economic activity. Much of the spending is unproductive in terms of providing things that would have otherwise been bought. It is also counterproductive to a proper functioning economy as price discovery is disrupted and consumer and investment decisions are based on false signals.
Incentives are provided to encourage people to live beyond their means. Debt appears nearly free and readily available. Bubbles occur and then burst. New bubbles are necessary to replace old bubbles. People and businesses are encouraged to make imprudent decisions, all in the attempt to make the economy appear better.
The State has one objective and that is to remain in power. Laws and regulations multiply at ever faster rates. Tyrannical rules and legislation are passed under the pretense of protecting the people against some threat. In reality, these laws are passed to protect the leaders against the public when they finally understand what has been done to them.
“Bread and circuses” increase to divert peoples attention from the developing problems. Dependency increases reflecting an attempt to placate the masses. A “wag the dog” war or crisis is often used as a means to rally the public against some phony enemy.
Society becomes coarsens as this process progresses. People increasingly are unable to provide properly for their families. Some desperately turn to unethical behavior, even criminal acts. Common decency declines.
The regulations imposed from above reduce the sphere of voluntary interactions between people. The government decides more and more what you must do, when and how you must do it. What you can say comes under attack. Finally how you must live is increasingly determined.
Free markets are slowly replaced by a command and control ordering of society. Coercion displaces freedom as the coordinating force for society. People increasingly do what they must rather than what they want.
Interest groups, i.e. politically preferred constituents, created in good times don’t demand less when there is less available. The inability to meet their demands creates political strife and eventually civil problems. Honoring their demands divides society even more. Not honoring demands may produce rioting and civil unrest.
Societybecomes increasingly divided in terms of the “makers” and the “takers.” As the takers grow in numbers, the makers shrink in numbers. Soon the parasites overwhelm the productive. Society collapses at that point.
Are The People Aware?
The United States, the once beacon of freedom and wealth, shows advanced deterioration in all three areas above. The rate of deterioration is accelerating. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway’s response to a bankruptcy question:
How did your country die? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.
Do people understand what is happening to them and their country? I suspect they are not aware of the full consequences. Most people are not trained to think in these terms, nor should they be. For most of us, it is a chore to get through each day. That is true of the dullards and the brilliant, for most of us end up at levels that tax our abilities.
People sense there is something wrong even though they may be unable to identify what that something might be. Many probably believe that whatever is happening is temporary, sort of like an economic slowdown that reverts back to normal. For them, it is tighten the belt until the good times return.
The results from a recent Gallup poll are interesting and illustrate the increasing dissatisfaction:
Numerous observations could be made regarding many of these institutions. All have decreased in favorability. Gallup was definitive in this regard:
The current 7% of Americans who place confidence in Congress is the lowest of the 17 institutions Gallup measured this year, and is the lowest Gallup has ever found for any of these institutions. The dearth of public confidence in their elected leaders on Capitol Hill is yet another sign of the challenges that could face incumbents in 2014′s midterm elections — as well as more broadly a challenge to the broad underpinnings of the nation’s representative democratic system.
The poll is not a direct measure of the health of the nation. However, it provides a very negative composite of public satisfaction. People know they are unhappy even if they don’t know the cause of their unhappiness.
This confusion and distrust always precedes the death of a nation.
June 23rd, 2014 by olddog
US changes nuclear strategy to first strike
The US has begun the run up to the Third World War, and Europeans seem to be on board, writes Paul Craig Roberts.
By Paul Craig Roberts
I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The Western World has succumbed to evil.
In an article published by Op-Ed News, Eric Zuesse supports my reports of indications that Washington is preparing for a nuclear first strike against Russia.
US war doctrine has been changed. US nuclear weapons are no longer restricted to a retaliatory force, but have been elevated to the role of preemptive nuclear attack. Washington pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia and is developing and deploying an ABM shield. Washington is demonizing Russia and Russia’s President with shameless lies and propaganda, thus preparing the populations of the US and its client states for war with Russia.
Washington has been convinced by neoconservatives that Russian strategic nuclear forces are in run down and unprepared condition and are sitting ducks for attack. This false belief is based on out-of-date information, a decade old, such as the argument presented in “The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy” by Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press in the April 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization of American elites.
Regardless of the condition of Russian nuclear forces, the success of Washington’s first strike and degree of protection provided by Washington’s ABM shield against retaliation, the article I posted by Steven Starr, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons,” makes clear that nuclear war has no winners. Everyone dies.
In an article published in the December 2008 issue of Physics Today, three atmospheric scientists point out that even the substantial reduction in nuclear arsenals that the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty hoped to achieve, from 70,000 warheads in 1986 to 1700-2200 warheads by the end of 2012, did not reduce the threat that nuclear war presents to life on earth. The authors conclude that in addition to the direct blast effects of hundreds of millions of human fatalities, “the indirect effects would likely eliminate the majority of the human population.” The stratospheric smoke from firestorms would cause nuclear winter and agricultural collapse. Those who did not perish from blast and radiation would starve to death.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev understood this. Unfortunately, no successor US government has. As far as Washington is concerned, death is what happens to others, not to “the exceptional people.” (The SORT agreement apparently failed. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the nine nuclear-armed states still possess a total of 16,300 nuclear weapons.)
It is a fact that Washington has policymakers who think, incorrectly, that nuclear war is winnable and who regard nuclear war as a means of preventing the rise of Russia and China as checks on Washington’s hegemony over the world. The US government, regardless of party in office, is a massive threat to life on earth. European governments, which think of themselves as civilized, are not, because they enable Washington’s pursuit of hegemony. It is this pursuit that threatens life with extinction. The ideology that grants “exceptional, indispensable America” supremacy is an enormous threat to the world.
The destruction of seven countries in whole or in part by the West in the 21st century, with the support of “Western civilization” and the Western media, comprises powerful evidence that the leadership of the Western world is devoid of moral conscience and human compassion. Now that Washington is armed with its false doctrine of “nuclear primacy,” the outlook for humanity is very bleak.
Washington has begun the run up to the Third World War, and Europeans seem to be on board. As recently as November 2012 NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said that NATO does not regard Russia as an enemy. Now that the White House Fool and his European vassals have convinced Russia that the West is an enemy, Rasmussen declared that “we must adapt to the fact that Russia now considers us its adversary” by beefing up Ukraine’s military along with those of Eastern and Central Europe.
Last month, Alexander Vershbow, former US ambassador to Russia, currently NATO Deputy Secretary General, declared Russia to be the enemy and said that the American and European taxpayers need to fork over for the military modernization “not just of Ukraine, but also Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.”
It is possible to see these calls for more military spending as just the normal functioning of agents for the US military/security complex. Having lost “the war on terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington needs a replacement and has set about resurrecting the Cold War.
This is probably how the armaments industry, its shills, and part of Washington sees it. But the neoconservatives are more ambitious. They are not pursuing merely more profits for the military/security complex. Their goal is Washington’s hegemony over the world, which means reckless actions such as the strategic threat that the Obama regime, with the complicity of its European vassals, has brought to Russia in Ukraine.
Since last autumn, the US government has been lying through its teeth about Ukraine, blaming Russia for the consequences of Washington’s actions, and demonizing Putin. The presstitute media and the European capitals have seconded the lies and propaganda and repeat them endlessly. Consequently, the US public’s attitude toward Russia moved sharply negative.
How do you think Russia and China see this? Russia has witnessed NATO brought to its borders, a violation of the Reagan-Gorbachev understandings. Russia has witnessed the US pull out of the ABM treaty and develop a “star wars” shield. (Whether or not the shield would work is immaterial. The purpose of the shield is to convince the politicians and the public that Americans are safe.) Russia has witnessed Washington change the role of nuclear weapons in its war doctrine from deterrent to preemptive first strike. And now Russia listens to a daily stream of lies from the West and witnesses the slaughter by Washington’s vassal in Kiev of civilians in Russian Ukraine, branded “terrorists” by Washington, by such weapons as white phosphorus with not a peep of protest from the West.
While massive attacks by artillery and air strikes on homes and apartments in Russian Ukraine were conducted, Washington continued with its deception as it did on Tonkin Gulf, Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, etc. It is an amazing fact that the world lives in a false reality created by Washington’s lies.
The movie, The Matrix, is a true depiction of life in the West. The population lives in a false reality created for them by their rulers. A handful of humans have escaped the false existence and are committed to bringing humans back to reality. They rescue Neo, “The One,” who they believe correctly to have the power to free humans from the false reality in which they live. Morpheus, the leader of the rebels, explains to Neo:
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
I experience this every time I write a column. Protests from those determined not to be unplugged arrive in emails and on those websites that expose their writers to slander by government trolls in comment sections. Don’t believe real reality, they insist, believe the false reality.
The Matrix even encompasses part of the Russian and Chinese population, especially those educated in the West and those susceptible to Western propaganda, but on the whole those populations know the difference between lies and truth. The problem for Washington is that the propaganda that prevails over the Western peoples does not prevail over the Russian and Chinese governments.
How do you think China reacts when Washington declares the South China Sea to be an area of US national interests, allocates 60 percent of its vast fleet to the Pacific, and constructs new US air and naval bases from the Philippines to Vietnam?
Suppose all Washington intends is to keep taxpayer funding alive for the military/security complex which launders some of the taxpayers’ money and returns it as political campaign contributions. Can Russia and China take the risk of viewing Washington’s words and deeds in this limited way?
So far the Russians (and the Chinese) have remained sensible. Lavrov, the Foreign Minister said: “At this stage, we want to give our partners a chance to calm down. We’ll see what happens next. If absolutely baseless accusations against Russia continue, it there are attempts to pressure us with economic leverage, then we may reevaluate the situation.”
If the White House Fool, Washington’s media whores and European vassals convince Russia that war is in the cards, war will be in the cards. As there is no prospect whatsoever of NATO being able to mount a conventional offensive threat against Russia anywhere near the size and power of the German invasion force in 1941 that met with destruction, the war will be nuclear, which will mean the end of all of us.
Keep that firmly in mind as Washington and its media whores continue to beat the drums for war. Keep in mind also that a long history proves beyond all doubt that everything Washington and the presstitute media tells you is a lie serving an undeclared agenda. You cannot rectify the situation by voting Democrat instead of Republican or by voting Republican instead of Democrat.
Thomas Jefferson told us his solution: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
There are few patriots in Washington but many tyrants.
June 22nd, 2014 by olddog
By boycotting the British system, the Founding Fathers were already
free and independent men by the time they signed the Declaration of
Independence. The coming war would be to defend that freedom.
The Lost Key to Real Revolution
commentary by Tony Cartalucci
Yes things are bad, but what can we do? Intolerable acts drove colonial men subjected to the sting of tyranny into action over two centuries years ago. Before the great battles of the American Revolution took place and the victory that followed, the Founding Fathers took it upon themselves to declare their independence not only by writ, but also by action. Our Founding Fathers ceased the import of British goods, they created their own monetary system, they assembled their own militias, and most importantly they formed their own government based upon their own values, not King George’s self-interest.
This truly measurable independence turned out to be the key to their success, for independence is freedom, and freedom from tyranny is victory. The battle they fought was not one to free themselves, instead, it was fought to defend the freedom from the British system they had already achieved.
This is perhaps the most overlooked lesson we fail to understand today. We are faced with a tyranny that also spans the globe. It is a tyranny long ago left unchecked and long ago left to fester. It is now a tyranny that runs amok at such pace it may perhaps even destroy itself bringing everyone over the precipice of disaster with it. However, the system born of this tyranny is one we still undoubtedly depend on in our everyday lives.
Can any of us deny that intolerable acts have been committed against us, not least what has been committed in our names? If not, then now is the time to make ourselves independent, now is the time to begin freeing ourselves from this system. The Founding Fathers did not drink British tea as they camped in the mud, froze in the snow, or marched into battle. But more importantly, before the battles as they signed their names upon their historic declaration, they had already long boycotted it. In this way we too must commit ourselves to boycotting and replacing this system we see as unjust. We cannot possibly be “free” of something we are still entirely dependent on.
Should we succeed in this endeavor, then we may declare ourselves independent and enjoy and protect the freedom such independence implies. Perhaps two centuries from now, our ancestors will say, “Our forefathers didn’t shop the globocrats‘ Walmart.” To be sure, it will not be easy. The Founding Fathers’ journey toward independence was as much a battle in many ways as the war they fought to defend it.
The Founding Fathers boycotted the British Empire that so stung them with tyranny. We must identify those that deliver the sting of tyranny to us now. We must look past the politicians, “follow the money” and “make the connections” between the injustice we see and those who are organizing and benefiting from it.
It will not be easy and it will not happen overnight. It is up to us, each and every day starting today, to decide how and where we spend our money, what we do with our free time, to whom we pay our attention to and who we choose to follow. Little by little we can regain our independence while simultaneously eroding the power and influence that has made this tyranny so grievous.
What can we do? This is what we can do, and we can do it starting now. Boycott the globalists.
June 21st, 2014 by olddog
By Sam Muhho
In the duration of the “revolutionary frenzy” that categorized western media coverage of the Libyan Civil War in 2011, public audiences were captivated with both tales of rebels aspiring for “democracy” and with complimenting stories of unabated brutality by Gaddafi forces.
Without any serious mainstream criticism, an imperialist mythology centered on the interventionist doctrine of the “Responsibility to Protect” was cemented in public consciousness with even usually non-mainstream and “anti-imperialist” figures such as Juan Cole deliberately misrepresenting the situation in Libya. In Cole’s perspective, no reference to armed militants from the start of the conflict or the role of extremism and
western premeditation found its way into the narrative and he predicted a simplistic narrative where the overthrow of Gaddafi would lead the region into an era of unity, prosperity and freedom.
How is Libya today? If one denied the existence of hell, they need not look further than Libya to observe a case of hell on Earth. Libya as a functioning, cohesive state has virtually ceased to exist, having been replaced by a myriad of conflicting factions divided on tribal and religious lines. While mainstream media tends to obscure the identity of these factions and their connection to western imperialists, Eric Draitser in his analysis,
“Benghazi, the CIA, and the War in Libya” shows the beyond the fractious infighting, both primary factions engaging in direct combat have been beneficiaries of the NATO imperialist powers in their systematic aggression against the Libyan state.
Battling over the strategic commercial area around Benghazi is the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia led by Ahmed Abu Khattala fighting against the former leader of the CIA-backed Libyan National Salvation Front and current renegade Libyan Army General Khalifa Hifter. The conflict is more complex than merely conflagration between these two main parties and is interspersed with competing militias and gangs. As noted by Draitser, the February 17th Marytrs Brigade, seen as one of the most capable militias in the region, has received training by western forces and is seen as a reliable security force, but is recognized by its own members as having anti-American sentiments.
The Islamist Ansar al-Sharia has been implicated in the September 11, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi with its leader Khattala admitting being present but denying leading the attack. With no end in sight for the war, it appears that the primary gainers in the conflict are the western
corporate-financier interests who orchestrated the overthrow of Gaddafi because he was seen an impediment to accomplishing their geopolitical aims.
Now they Admit the Truth.
On April 24th, 2014, Washington’s Blog published a priceless and concise piece titled
“Confirmed: U.S. Armed Al Qaeda to Topple Libya’s Gaddaffi” with a very astonishing admission by “top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers” confirming theobvious truth that “conspiracy theorists” have been saying since 2011. The US backed Al Qaeda in Libya and that the Benghazi attack was a byproduct of this. Washington’s Blog notes that in 2012, it documented that:
The U.S. supported opposition which overthrew Libya’s Gadaffi was
largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.
According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:
The Hindustan Times reported last year:
“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.
It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.
Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya. Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were
flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.
What was once deemed conspiracy theory became confirmed reality when the
Daily Mail reported as Washington’s Blog subsequently pointed out:
A self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.
‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.
She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.
‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..
‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’
‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’
‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.
While Wayne Simmons’ characterization of such actions by the globalist, imperialist establishment in the United States as “treason” is correct in the sense that it was a clear violation of not only the Constitution, but the public interest of America, there is a rather disingenuous factor involved when some people, especially on the Neo-Con right, attempt to play the “treason card.”
To perpetuate the false political theater of left-wing vs. right-wing designed to capitalize on myopic divisions, some Neo-Conservatives involved with the same corporate agenda as Obama have taken the time to
jettison responsibility of U.S. financing of terrorism in Syria and Libya
on “Obama the crypto-Muslim.” This charge is found among the likes of Frank Gaffney who would have you delve into partisan-driven Islamophobia blaming everything on the “liberals”, Obama’s “foreign policy”, and treasonous elements within the US government. This, of-course, is done without insight into how such figures are merely cogs within a bipartisan machine of globalist aggression.
Interestingly, while the Neo-Con right attempts to distance itself from the Libyan war, it was one of the most vocal factions, acting in concert with the Obama administration, in promoting greater US involvement in the war as
Tony Cartalucci points out in this article. He notes that, “In an
open letter to House Republicans, the Foreign Policy Initiative which consists of Gaffney’s fellow Neo-Conservatives, stated in regards to Libya (emphasis added)”:
We share the concerns of many in Congress about the way in which the Obama administration has conducted and justified this operation. The problem is not that the President has done too much, however, but that he has done too little to achieve the goal of removing Qaddafi from power. The United States should be leading in this effort, not trailing behind our allies. We should be doing more to help the Libyan opposition, which deserves our support. We should not be allowing ourselves to be held hostage to U.N. Security Council resolutions and irresolute allies.
Clearly the Neo-Con agenda has been coming full circle since the first Gulf War in the 1990s. The US “gun-walking” to jihadis in Syria from Libya, noted by the Washington Times and New York Times (albeit
with partisan spin and distortion), was actually planned under Bush in 2007 as noted by Seymour Hersh in
“The Redirection.” It has continued under Obama, influenced by Council on Foreign Relations figures throughout both administrations from Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton. Consider the following points from “The Redirection”:
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
To dispel critics’ notions that this is passive, uncontrollable, and indirect support, consider:
[Saudi Arabia's] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.
Neo-Conservative writer Gary Gambill would ride on this wave of terrorist aggression and pen an article for the Neo-Con “Middle East Forum” titled “Two Cheers for Syrian Islamists.” As noted in the analysis of the piece by Tony Cartalucci titled
“Globalist Rag Gives ‘Two Cheers’ for Terrorism”, one can see how terrorism is a useful piece of capital of globalist imperialism that is easy to hide in the sight of inattentive masses with easy ploys of political spin and plausible deniability.
The Syria Connection
Libyan terrorists are invading Syria. They have been doing so since the influx of jihadis began, enabled by outside powers. These are not simply rogue networks operating independently but rather include state-sponsorship, especially of
NATO-member Turkey and NATO’s criminal proxy government in Tripoli, Libya. We are told by the media that the regime in Tripoli under the auspice of the National Transitional Council, and populated with puppets like Mustapha Abdul Jalil, is a moderate regime distinct from the “marginal Islamist forces.” However, even in mainstream accounts, one can note that these “official, moderate” groups are involved with funding terrorism themselves as many geopolitical analysts have noted.
Tony Cartalucci notes that, “In November 2011, the Telegraph in their article,
“Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report”:
Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”
Another Telegraph article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels,” :
Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.
“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”
Readers would be wise to note the heavy saturation of Al Qaeda terrorists in eastern Libya,
particularly in Darna, and whose historical role has been documented by the
US’s West Point Combating Terrorism Center. It is inconceivable that these forces would not have played a central role of the uprising. According to a October 2011 Christian Science Monitor, Mustapha Abdul Jalil has given a “nod to Islamist fighters” who fought against Gaddafi by courting Islamist interests and in permitting polygamy, formerly banned under Gaddafi. He was seen as catering to Islamists by establishing Sharia law as the foundation of Libya’s future government; under Gaddafi, Shariah had also played a role with limited, moderate interpretation and in context to Gaddafi’s own political ideology. There are fears are that Islamists, repressed under Gaddafi, would make a forceful resurgence, as they have. The article states:
Gadhafi saw militants as a threat to his authoritarian rule…Islamists are a small minority among Libya’s population of 6 million, but they were by far the largest and most powerful faction among the fighters who battled pro-Gadhafi forces in eight months of civil war. Abdul-Jalil, analysts said, was likely to have given his address an Islamic slant as a nod to those fighters who were united with other factions by the common goal of ousting Gadhafi but now are jockeying to fill the political vacuum left by his ouster.
“It may not be quite be the country that NATO thought it was fighting for (when Sharia is implemented in Libya),” said David Hartwell, a British-based Libya expert. “But the huge amounts of oil and gas in Libya will make everyone learn how to reconcile themselves with the new Libya.”
And just for the record, I don’t equate every single Libyan fighter on the ground as Islamist extremists and I believe there were individuals who felt disenfranchised and had legitimate grievances. As in any society, you have an opposition and in the case of Libya, a Library of Congress page that concedes
meddlesome US support for opposition groups, notes that the opposition is, “Divided ideologically into such groups as Baathists (see Glossary), socialists, monarchists, liberals, and Islamic fundamentalists…” Islamists, nonetheless, were one of the most critical driving forces of the conflict on the ground. Gaddafi also had popular support on the ground, especially in the west and among Black Libyans who Gaddafi had protected. One must not neglect the role of
racist elements among the opposition fighters targeting blacks under false accusations of them being “mercenaries” as well as the accomplishment of the Gaddafi regime in bringing Libya from one of the poorest countries in the world to a nation that ranked as “high” in the UNDP’s Human Development Index
Full Circle of Destruction
The globalist agenda wanted Libya out of the equation for its role in opposing the global financial order envisioned by Wall Street, namely in challenging the petrodollar by proposing a “gold dinar” currency for Africa with which to sell oil. This is explained in
“Are The Middle East Wars Really About Forcing the World Into Dollars
and Private Central Banking?” which notes the role of banking interests in orchestrating global aggression. Not to be missed is the “Wolfowitz Doctrine” proposed in the 1990s upon which Libya was a nation slated for regime change.
In seeking to reorient the Middle East according to its interests, the western powers have, in essence, attempted to alter the very forces of nature and reaped undue consequences. Libya is now a failed-state and a terrorist safe-haven. Regardless of one’s opinion of Gaddafi and his short-comings, no one can seriously argue that Libya is better off today. Innocent people continue to die in order to fulfill the hegemonic ambitions of the western elite. This will continue unless we collectively rise up, boycott, and replace these interests. That is real revolution.
Sam Muhho is a student of history at Florida State College (FSCJ) and an advocate of anti-imperialism and anti-globalism. He can be reached at [email protected].
June 20th, 2014 by olddog
editorial by Tony Cartalucci
Believe it or not, growing your own food or visiting your local
farmers market is more revolutionary and constructive
than burning down your own city and killing security forces.
As Washington plunges the Middle East and North Africa into chaos, and city by city collapses into the hands of globalist stooges, many have mistakenly interpreted this “change” as a positive transformation.
On the contrary, the regimes that will replace the embattled nationalistic dictators in each nation the globalists despoil will interface not with the national governments in the service of their people, but will interface with the “civil society” underlay the Western backed NGOs have meticulously built up over decades. This “civil society” will in turn answer to corporate serving globalist institutions, like the IMF, WTO, World Bank and the UN, instituting crushing economic “liberalization.”
We have been given a prepackaged ideal of what “revolution” is supposed to look like. So when we see people in the streets battling security forces, waving flags, all within the backdrop of their burning society, we are satisfied that “revolution” is taking place. But the reality is, this is not a revolution by any stretch of the imagination. It is a high-tech, high-speed invasion and subjugation, a corruption of the sovereign state similar to what Tacitus described in Roman conquered Britannia.
‘His object was to accustom them to a life of peace and quiet by the provision of amenities. He therefore gave official assistance to the building of temples, public squares and good houses. He educated the sons of the chiefs in the liberal arts, and expressed a preference for British ability as compared to the trained skills of the Gauls. The result was that instead of loathing the Latin language they became eager to speak it effectively. In the same way, our national dress came into favour and the toga was everywhere to be seen. And so the population was gradually led into the demoralizing temptation of arcades, baths and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as ‘civilization’, when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement.’
Tacitus Annals of Imperial Rome, translated Michael Grant, Penguin 1956, 1975, page 72
As we can see, “civil society” is not a new idea, nor is the concept of lulling a population into decadence and complacency while rolling them into a corrupt, exploitative domineering empire.
Real revolution will take place when people realize what indeed is really happening, who is behind it, and then no longer paying into their corrupt system. This translates into boycotting the corporate combines behind the very policies we deplore, and replacing “their” system that benefits only them, with our own system that solely benefits ourselves.
The following lists contain the corporations and institutions that constantly turn up behind the most heinous atrocities unfolding today. From the millions murdered in the misadventure in Vietnam, to the millions dying or maimed in the global “War on Terror,” and of course the the chaos unfolding during the premeditated reordering of the Middle East and North Africa that will indefinitely affect millions of lives and their future, these are the people responsible:
CFR Corporate Membership
Chatham House Major Corporate Membership
Chatham House Standard Corporate Membership
International Crisis Group Supporters
Some may be skeptical of whether or not boycotting and replacing the elitist system that currently domineers mankind is even possible, however it is already taking place. The alternative media is one such example, where people fed up with being lied to by obnoxious propagandists have decided to turn off the TV and report the news themselves. It has become a self-sustaining industry with exponential growth, where reputation and accuracy is replacing the slick graphics and 500 dollar suits that used to represent “legitimacy.”
The alternative media offers people accurate information. Accurate information is essential when making life decisions. Hearing the truth allows us to make decisions that benefit ourselves and our community. This stands contra to the current corporate owned media who would have us living our lives to benefit their shareholders, even to our own detriment.
We can and we must translate the success of the alternate media to all aspects of our life. The globalists have this unwarranted power because we have continuously paid into the corrupt system they have created and monopolize.
If young men became local deputies instead of joining the army, if we stopped shopping at Walmart (CFR), drinking Pepsi (CFR), eating at all the corporate owned junk-food restaurants, canceled our credit cards, canceled all but our internet connections, and basically boycotted all globalist corporations in general – along with replacing them with our own local system, where would the globalists get their manpower? Their money? Their legitimacy?
They need us, we don’t need them. That’s the big secret. We get our freedom back as soon as we take back our responsibilities for food, water, security, the monetary system, power, and manufacturing; that is independence. Independence is freedom, freedom is independence. We’ll never be free as long as we depend on the Fortune 500 for our survival.
Fixing these problems unfolding overseas starts with fixing the problems in our own backyards. Boycott the globalists, cut off their support, undermine their system, and they lose their ability to commit these atrocities. That will be a real revolution and it can start today. Not burning cities and masked rebels waving flags, but communities no longer dependent and fueling a corrupt system we all know must come to an end.
Please also see: “The Founding Fathers Didn’t Drink British Tea.“
June 19th, 2014 by olddog
By Paul Craig Roberts
As Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Richest Representative of the One Percent in the House of Representatives, said: “Impeachment is off the table.” Nevertheless, Insouciant Californians still send The bought-and paid-for hireling to Washington
In my day if an experienced professor of international and constitutional law, such as University of Illinois Professor Francis A. Boyle, called for impeachment of a president, it was a serious situation for the president. But no more. Today an American president can ride roughshod over constitutional lawyers, the US Constitution and US statutory law without any danger of impeachment. To avoid impeachment today, all a president has to do is to avoid having a sexual affair with a White House intern in the Oval Office, or is that the Oral Orifice.
America’s last two presidents, Obama and George W. Bush, have established the precedent that impeachment is a “dead letter law.” Impeachment is unlikely ever again to be a threat to a tyrannical president. Congress and the Federal Judiciary have accepted their impotence. Both “coequal” branches of government are happy in their subservience to the Executive Power. Members of Congress and the Judiciary are still permitted to pretend that they are important, like Roman Senators under the Caesars, but both are incapable of challenging the Executive Branch where a Caesar now rules independently of law and the Constitution.
I have received a communication from University of Illinois Law School Professor Francis A. Boyle, an internationally famous representative of human rights, with J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, a man revered in many countries of the world, although not in Washington:
“On Tuesday 11 March 2003, with the Bush Jr. administration’s war of aggression against Iraq staring the American People, Congress and Republic in their face, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee (which has jurisdiction over Bills of Impeachment), convened an emergency meeting of forty or more of his top advisors, most of whom were lawyers. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and debate immediately putting into the U.S. House of Representatives Bills of Impeachment against President Bush Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and then Attorney General John Ashcroft in order to head off the impending war. Congressman Conyers kindly requested that Ramsey Clark and I come to the meeting in order to argue the case for impeachment.
“This impeachment debate lasted for two hours. It was presided over by Congressman Conyers, who quite correctly did not tip his hand one way or the other on the merits of impeachment. He simply moderated the debate between Clark and I, on the one side, favoring immediately filing Bills of Impeachment against Bush Jr. et al. to stop the threatened war, and almost everyone else there who were against impeachment for partisan political reasons. Obviously no point would be served here by attempting to digest a two-hour-long vigorous debate among a group of well-trained lawyers on such a controversial matter at this critical moment in American history. But at the time I was struck by the fact that this momentous debate was conducted at a private office right down the street from the White House on the eve of war.
“Suffice it to say that most of the ‘experts’ there opposed impeachment not on the basis of enforcing the Constitution and the Rule of Law, whether international or domestic, but on the political grounds that it might hurt the Democratic Party’s effort to get their presidential candidate elected in the year 2004. As a political independent, I did not argue that point. Rather, I argued the merits of impeaching Bush Jr., Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft under the United States Constitution, U.S. federal laws, U.S. treaties and other international agreements to which the United States is a party, etc. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution provides that treaties ‘shall be the supreme Law of the Land.’ This so-called Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution also applies to international executive agreements concluded under the auspices of the U.S. President such as the 1945 Nuremberg Charter.
“Congressman Conyers was so kind as to allow me the closing argument in the debate. Briefly put, the concluding point I chose to make was historical: The Athenians lost their democracy. The Romans lost their Republic. And if we Americans did not act now we could lose our Republic! The United States of America is not immune to the laws of history!
“After two hours of most vigorous debate among those in attendance, the meeting adjourned with second revised draft Bills of Impeachment sitting on the table.”
Professor Boyle said to former Attorney General Ramsey Clark on the way out of the building after the two hour debate:
“Ramsey, I don’t understand it. Why didn’t those people take me up on my offer to stick around, polish up my draft bills of impeachment, and put them in there right away in order to head off this war?
“And Ramsey replied: ‘I think most of the people there want a war.’”
And, Indeed, they did. John Podesta representing the Democratic National Committed told Conyers that the Democratic Party did not want Conyers to pursue the impeachment effort. Instead, the Democratic Party wanted to give Republicans Bush and Cheney their war on Iraq so that the Democrats would fare better in the national elections in 2004. Think about that, not just the stupidity of the Democratic Party–whenever has a party at war been in danger of electoral defeat? Look and see! Here is the spokesman for the Democratic Party telling Conyers: “Don’t prevent a war, because we will benefit politically from it. Let the Iraqi people die. Let our soldiers die. We Democrats will benefit from it.”
You can listen to Professor Boyle tell the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfvMlyCnjDs If you are impatient, listen to the 7 minute marker to the 9:35 marker.
Once upon a time Democrats were less vicious than Republicans, but no more. I can remember when Democrats were the Humane Party. This was before the corporations and their “free market” shills sent the industrial and manufacturing jobs to Asia, destroying the industrial and manufacturing basis of the Democratic Party in the working people. Today the Democrats have to appeal to Wall Street, to the Military/Security Complex, and to the Evironmental Despoilers in the Agribusiness, Timber, Mining, and Energy industries.
Obama completed George W. Bush’s destruction of the US Constitution. Neither party represents you or America, unless you are the one percent. If you vote for a Republican or a Democrat you are voting for your dispossession and for war. You are voting in favor of a DHS sponsored SWAT team breaking into your home at night and murdering you or your wife or your children and most certainly the family pet dog.
Both political parties are irredeemably evil. Neither has any redeeming virtues.
If Americans cannot find leadership that can survive assassination, either by media slander or by SWAT Team bullet, America is lost.
How would you place your bet? Is America lost or is America the salt of the earth, the exceptional, indispensable people chosen by History to enjoy hegemony over Earth?
June 18th, 2014 by olddog
We’re always following the world’s economic trends and searching for the market-moving insight that everyone else has missed
By Dave Hodges
Even if Putin and Obama fail to realize the obvious, they are playing for the same team in a script that has been written for them to play out. The script will culminate in World War III.
The grand master controlling the world’s central banks needs World War III to happen. They need a war to unify the planet, socially, politically, economically and religiously. We are soon to learn the meaning of the popular NWO phrase, “Out of chaos comes order”.
The Death of the Dollar Is the Motivating Force Behind WW III
Russia is bleeding the Petrodollar dry by leading the BRIC nations in the purchase of Iranian oil for gold. The same situation is emerging in Europe as Russia is on the verge, either by invasion or by proxy control of Ukraine, of controlling a good portion of energy needs supplied to Europe, this coming winter. If Russia is able to bypass the Petrodollar as a means of payment for Russian energy shipments into Europe, Russia will destroy the United States economically.
Russia recently completed a deal which brings China into the Russian energy sphere of influence. If Europe becomes totally dependent on Putin supplying gas to Europe this winter, this will eventually culminate in the weakening of NATO and the isolation of the United States both economically and militarily if the United States fails to act decisively. And with China’s partnership, Putin has added muscle to back up his actions.
Putin and Obama Are Playing On the Same Team
What does Russia want and what will be its eventual goal? Some believe that Russia wants to occupy the United States and perhaps Putin eventually does, but it is not practical at this particular point of time. Economic attrition and military isolation are Putin’s best friends at this time. After all, the US is in possession of over 2,000 nuclear weapons and 72 nuclear armed submarines which are virtually undetectable. Despite the presence of these American deterrents, do not be lulled into a false sense of security, this cold war will soon turn hot and I find myself in agreement with Doug Hagmann on where this war will start and what forces will be involved.
Putin Is a Cult Hero
Putin is developing almost a cult following among some people in the alternative media. To them, he represents a man with the force of conviction to tell international banking where to go and what to do when they get there. On the surface, Putin champions Christianity, professes disdain for the gay agenda and almost sounds like a conservative as he is reading from the past scripts of Ronald Reagan.
Putin is no conservative, he is an evil despot who abused his ex-wife, imprisons enemies and murders journalists who expose his duplicity. To these misguided analysts and Putin supporters who believe that he has succeeded where other world leaders have lost their lives (e.g. JFK, Hussein, etc.), he has become a cult hero. As romantic and appealing as a superhero may be who will ride in and save the world from the evil bankers, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Putin. Whether Putin realizes it or not, he is doing the complete bidding of the big boys at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) and everything is moving right along according to plan.
The World’s Banking Hierarchy
In order to understand the present crisis, one has to understand how modern banking is organized. There are three distinct levels of hierarchal power associated with international banking.
On top of the pyramid, is the BIS. They set policy for the central banks and they control the relative value of all the national currencies. They literally have the power of life and death over all central banks.
Central banks, such as the Federal Reserve and the Bank of London, occupy the second level of power. In turn, the central banks control virtually every government on the planet. So, when it is said that “all wars are banker wars”, that axiom is correct.
At the third level, on this hierarchy, are the national banks and we know them as Bank of America and JP Morgan, etc. This is the side of banking that is visible to the majority of the public.
Central Banks and National Banks Are On Death’s Ground
The BIS has utilized the strategy of Sun Tzu and has placed its central bank minions on death’s ground. To Sun Tzu, being on death’s ground means that one is backed into a corner and either the cornered party fights and wins, or they die.
Several years ago, the BIS devised a plot to gain an irreversible hold on the central banks and that was through the introduction of the derivatives scheme. Derivatives, based upon unregulated and wild speculation, mostly in the futures commodities market, had the allure of easy money for groups like the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. The derivatives strategy was based on the principle of all money games, “First man in and first man out wins all the money”. Unfortunately for the banksters, there were no first men out. The BIS created process led to a total debt of $1.5 quadrillion dollars which is about eight times the entire value of the planet. The BIS contrived a scheme that ensnared all banking.Why? The answer is contained in the following paragraphs.
Predictably, when the over speculated commodities price began to roll up as it does in any Ponzi scheme, the central banks and their third level national banks went running for their very economic lives! This was the sole reason for the bail-outs and the arbitrary banking practices we are seeing enacted across the planet as central banks are stealing bank accounts, retirement accounts and have declared that they own your money when you deposit it. This is why you should get your money out of the bank.
Where Does Putin Fit In to This Scenario?
This BIS plot was an evil, yet brilliant move, because it placed central banks on death’s ground. This desperation will lead to WW III.
Putin is feeling the pinch because he must monetize his vast material resources through the BIS. For Putin, the survival of the dollar represent economic death for his currency and economic system as it has for most planet’s economies since the inception of Britton Woods which made the dollar the world’s reserve currency.
Certainly, the Federal Reserve is in crisis mode as it spends all of its energy fighting to preserve the what’s left of the dollar. The control of the dollar is a big prize, because the winner will dominate central banking. For if Putin is successful in moving most of the world away from the dollar, the dollar and the United State empire will die. If the Federal Reserve prevails and reestablishes the power of the dollar, Putin’s economic empire will be subservient to the whims of the Federal Reserve. Putin and Obama are on a collision course towards World War III because this issue will not get settled without a fight.
Although America has 42% of the world’s millionaires, this could disappear overnight if the Federal Reserve collapses. To survive, the Federal Reserve desperately needs a war against the source of its economic distress and that means going to war with Russia as well as China, if need be. Virtually, every Western central bank is on death’s ground and the world is on a collision course for war.
Putin Is Winning So Far
In the present Petrodollar crisis, the central banks have failed to reign in Putin. Although it is true Putin is enriching himself with his access to vast mineral resources and this growing economic empire has convinced China, India, Brazil and South Africa (BRICS) to move under the Russian energy-based economic umbrella, Putin, however, cannot escape the fact that he must monetize his material wealth in order for him to participate in international trade. In order for Putin to monetize his wealth, he needs to remain a part of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS). Putin may not operate his own central bank in the same manner as the rest of the world, thus giving the illusion that he is independent of the boys from Basel, however, the BIS still controls the distribution of his purse strings and the dollar remains a threat to the Russian economy because the use of the dollar cuts most of the profit out of Russia’s energy trade.
Since Putin is under the umbrella of the BIS and Obama is under the umbrella of the Federal Reserve, who answers to the BIS, it is safe to conclude that Obama and Putin are controlled by the same forces. As nobody with any real knowledge of politics would accuse the Democrats and the Republicans of really possessing opposing ideologies, the same can be said for Putin and Obama. Although it is true that Putin and Obama will eventually go to war in Syria, let’s make no mistake about it, Obama and Putin are playing out a script that has been written by the BIS.
The failure of the central banks to corral and control Putin has made World War III a likely scenario. As Putin continues on the path of destroying the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, what will the Federal Reserve do? There will be a war to preserve the status quo. As China, Russia and the United States are drawn into a confrontation, the world’s economy will be obliterated along with billions of lives. In the aftermath of the coming global holocaust, the supreme financial rulers of the planet will be waiting to create order, the New World Order, out of chaos. The BIS is getting exactly what they need to unify the planet.
A willing pawn of the NWO, or not, Putin is no hero. He is doing exactly what is expected. Make no mistake about, the BIS controls the central banks, world finance and Putin. The New World Order is very much alive. And when your children are sent to fight and die in World War III, I think you and they have right to know who they are fighting for and why they must die.
June 17th, 2014
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