November 12th, 2010 by olddog
The food system isn’t broken:
The government just won’t get the hell out of it
Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
“Had this bill been about food safety, it would have contained provisions to expand and support family farms and ranches; it would have encouraged the entry into, and support of next generation farmers and ranchers. Instead of shoving Agenda 21 mandates on us that come with titles such as “Best Farming” Best Land Management” and other idiotic WTO platitudes that are anything but the best practices, this bill would have encouraged gathering of generational knowledge about the land, the animals, crops, harvesting, food storage and preparation”
Why is it, every time the jackasses in the District of Criminals have run some program into the ground, squandered massive amounts of dollars while letting corporations write bills that benefit them and rape and rob the states, they always come out and say; “the system is broken”. “We’ve got to fix the system, it is broken”. It’s an emergency! We have to do something right now! And that is all quickly followed by one phony “crisis” after another as they try to scare the public into believing the “crisis” just magically and mysteriously appeared. That’s just how bad the system is broken! Like the magic egg contamination that just somehow appeared the week before they pushed S.510 the fake food safety bill onto the floor of the Senate. How damn handy was that?! Never mind that FDA knew about that way back last March when it was initially detected in Oregon. A contamination that was allowed to reach epic proportions so that it could be used to scare you into thinking the only thing that could have saved us from these terrorist eggs….was S.510.
The battle over S.510, The Fake Food Safety bill is not over. At stake are the severely reduced numbers of family and independent farmers and ranchers who have historically been the backbone of our economy and who produced the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. If the intent of S.510 was to preserve and protect our agricultural sector, I would support it. The fact is, it is intended to industrialize agriculture and centralize it in the hands of multi-national corporations. While USDA and FDA and Homeland Security and a host of other privately owned government corporations, harp about the centralization of the food supply and how this must be avoided, the truth is, they are intending to do just that.
If this fake food safety bill had actually been written to deal with food safety in the US, it would have been centered on several key issues, none of which are addressed in the bill, and would not be focused on how to criminalize the ownership and control of agricultural property and the products derived from it for family and independent producers here in the US.
Now then, wouldn’t you have thought that if food safety and the security of the food supply was the true agenda in S.510, there would have been a concerted effort to restore and replenish back up supplies for the people of the US if this bill truly was about food safety and security? And who in their right mind, knowing that we have no reserves, throws the door open to exports and encourages the exporting of food products and supplies as preferential to securing the supply here at home?
What was absent from the bill was any concern for the people of the US as what was conspicuously absent from the bill was any protection of family and independent producers. In the year 2000, we had more than 8 million farms and ranches and now we have less than 2 million. Instead of writing a bill that encouraged the re-establishment of our rural communities in support of our family farmers and ranchers, we have a bill that will drive more of them out of business. The full intent and focus of S.510, the fake food safety bill is centered around trade and exports. These two things are the crux of the bill.
This is not and never was about food safety.
Instead of a bill that encouraged next generation entry into agriculture, we have a bill that is constructed to prevent that very thing from happening;
S.510 calls for a $500 per year “registration” fee, for those who engage in agriculture. This registration and accompanying fee come as a result of converting what was your right (to freely engage in trade and conduct lawful business) into a “pay us for the “privilege” for doing what was previously your inalienable right.
Once Premises ID is applied to property, it can never, ever be removed from the property. Anyone can register any property at any time; it doesn’t even have to be their property. With this in mind, we feel it would be in everyone’s best interest to call in and register the property of your legislators. Also your governor and all state officials whose address you can locate. Maybe once their property is permanently and eternally encumbered, they might possibly rethink this plan.
This fee is also a tax. The intent of S.510 is to tax domestic producers, while allowing those countries who import into the US to continue to do so duty free. China will be allowed to continue to dump shiploads of contaminated products into US markets, to be co-mingled with the domestic supply, and they will not be penalized, punished or have their imports refused as a result.
Had this bill been about food safety, it would have contained provisions to expand and support family farms and ranches; it would have encouraged the entry into, and support of next generation farmers and ranchers. Instead of shoving Agenda 21 mandates on us that come with titles such as “Best Farming” Best Land Management” and other idiotic WTO platitudes that are anything but the best practices, this bill would have encouraged gathering of generational knowledge about the land, the animals, crops, harvesting, food storage and preparation; knowledge gained through centuries of hands on experience and practiced by families and individuals who know through experience how to manage their land and how to produce safe and nutritious food.
It is exactly this knowledge that S.510 along with Codex Alimentarius, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations wants to wipe out and replace with “Best Practices”.
Best practices is nothing more than a reduction of standards and regulations to facilitate and ease the ability of multi-national corporations to gain entry into agriculture and to profit from that entry…even if you starve to death as a result.
If food safety was the focus of s.510 it would have been strengthening independent agriculture to secure the US food supply and would have severely limited imports. There is no justifiable or rational reason for the US to be importing anything other than what cannot be grown here, such as various tropical fruits. The idea that we are allowing multiple countries, under the cover and protection of unlawful trade agreements, to dump massive amounts of substandard products into our food supply, uninspected and duty free, is outrageous.
Food safety or Food theft?
There is nothing in S.510 which could conceivably secure or make safe, the US food supply. Much of the current version of the bill is nothing more than a reiteration of HACCP, the self-inspection coup that allows corporate producers to inspect themselves and report their results. It comes as no surprise that they come up virtually clean with every report. Part of the bill deals with whether or how to implement Codex Alimentarius and ends with the admonition that nothing in the bill can conflict with or obstruct WTO demands or any of the illegal trade agreements entered into over the last twenty years or more.
Absolutely nothing in S.510 criminalizes or penalizes countries such as China whose laundry list of contaminated food imports reads like the diary of a mad scientist. In fact, even those countries who import into the US will be allowed to self inspect routinely, and a USDA health inspector would only be allowed access once a year. I don’t suppose USDA would be planning any of their swat team raids on Chinese food producers; they’re saving that for US family and independent producers. And they won’t need any real evidence of any wrongdoing, or problems…..they just need a “reasonable belief”. Based on what? The fact that you aren’t a multi-national corporation throwing wads of money at them?
The intent of S.510 is to create an untenable situation for non-corporate producers, saddling them with onerous regulations, requirements, rules, regulations and a complete loss of property rights. This loss would be accomplished by forcing a mandatory Premises ID program; known to be the conveyance of title and control of personally held property, to the USDA as a trust. Landowners would be converted to trustees and subject to mandatory guidelines forcing the use of pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and other toxic chemicals on a scheduled basis; most times these mandatory guidelines for pharmaceuticals have no other purpose than profit.
After spending weeks with a working group taking the bill apart line by line, backtracking all the changes to code & title, all the redefinitions of terms and words and then tracking down what groups, organizations, and corporations were backing the bill with major amounts of campaign donations to the bills sponsors, it didn’t take a long to deduce that this bill, was in fact, intended to end anything but industrialized corporate agriculture. All of the contrived statements by politicians to the effect that our food system is “broken”, fail to address the actual reasons it might be in need of repair. The bill is targeted on domestic family and independent producers as though they were the sole cause of food borne illness, when in fact, they know this is seldom if ever the case.
Then, while carefully avoiding any mention of the horrendous negligence of USDA in its failure to inspect food shipments coming into the country and its failure to even inspect with any regularity domestic corporate processors notorious for being the point from which food contamination most often occurs, proceed to promote the idea that USDA, FDA, HSD, HHS, and whoever else is getting a piece of the pie, should be free from those pesky restrictions such as inalienable rights, or Constitutional protections.
One of the original bills to come out attempting to seize food production and supply was of course HR 875, authored by Rosa DeLauro. HR 875 called for the creation of a new behemoth agency that would be fully empowered with police state authority, would have prohibited judicial review of any actions taken against domestic farmers and ranchers.
I find it less than coincidental that Senator Durbin, in his dramatic speech on the floor of the Senate, proposed to Senator Coborn, who objected to S.510, that maybe what was needed was just one big agency to cover everything. Wonder where he came up with that idea? Just a notion; top of his head suggestion.
That “one big agency” thing is what they intended to do all along. This will be the equivalence of Homeland Security for food production. If that doesn’t give you nightmares, I don’t know what else would.
Fully half of S.510 deals with enforcement; but not for corporations. This is the laundry list of crimes, fines, penalties, and licensing fees and includes provision for imprisonment…no judicial review of course. A royalty fee called for under registration will cost each producer a minimum of $500 per year. This registration is actually your application to enter into the contract with the state as your right to use and enjoy your land in the pursuit of farming or ranching, is converted into a privilege that may be enjoyed only if and when you apply and pay the extortive licensing fee. Enforcement has nothing to do with food safety, but everything to do with generating revenue for what is, in reality, a privately owned corporation operating under fraud and presenting itself as a public service agency.
Lest you believe the tenets of S.510 are written in stone, the Secretary or Administrator or whatever bogus office or titled person that have their fingers in this pot, are charged with writing the rules and regulations “after the fact”. In fact, they have a year to decide who they will target, how they will target them.
This bill is an act of treason against the people of the United States and those who put their names on it as sponsors or authors should be tried and prosecuted for this act of aggression against the states of the Union.
The food production and supply system is broken and the only thing that will fix it is getting the Federal government and all its police state agencies and their corporate buddies out of it.
This week’s PPJ Gazette Jackass Award
Mr. McGraw, head of Wisconsin’s Department of agriculture, trade, and consumer protection, or DATCP.
Mr. McGraw wants the residents of wisconsin to register any location in which livestock is kept.
Mr. McGraw has no rational reason for this; he just somehow got into the position of head of the department and the cooperative funding (bribery) from the USDA just kept rolling in the door! What’s a guy to do?
“Livestock” includes cattle and other bovine animals, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and other equine animals, farm-raised deer and other cervids, gamebirds including pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, migrating waterfowl, pigeons, and exotic birds raised in captivity, bison, llamas and other camelids, ratites such as emus and ostriches, and fish.
Evidently, this is supposed to ensure that grandma’s pet goldfish doesn’t run amuck and unleash a dreaded disease on the state of Wisconsin. And, if a gaggle of migrating geese takes a dip in your pond before heading south for the winter, be prepared for a knock on the door by the Wisconsin DATCP enforcement division.
Yes, Mr. Mcgraw, for incredibly invasive policies and police-state tactics, you deserve this week’s PPJ Gazette Jackass award!
November 11th, 2010 by olddog
Retired judges are rushing through complex cases to speed foreclosures in Florida
The following is an article from the November 11, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone. This issue is available Friday on newsstands, as well online in Rolling Stone’s digital archive. Click here to subscribe.
The foreclosure lawyers down in Jacksonville had warned me, but I was skeptical. They told me the state of Florida had created a special super-high-speed housing court with a specific mandate to rubber-stamp the legally dicey foreclosures by corporate mortgage pushers like Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase. This "rocket docket," as it is called in town, is presided over by retired judges who seem to have no clue about the insanely complex financial instruments they are ruling on — securitized mortgages and labyrinthine derivative deals of a type that didn't even exist when most of them were active members of the bench. Their stated mission isn't to decide right and wrong, but to clear cases and blast human beings out of their homes with ultimate velocity. They certainly have no incentive to penetrate the profound criminal mysteries of the great American mortgage bubble of the 2000s, perhaps the most complex Ponzi scheme in human history — an epic mountain range of corporate fraud in which Wall Street megabanks conspired first to collect huge numbers of subprime mortgages, then to unload them on unsuspecting third parties like pensions, trade unions and insurance companies (and, ultimately, you and me, as taxpayers) in the guise of AAA-rated investments. Selling lead as gold, shit as Chanel No. 5, was the essence of the booming international fraud scheme that created most all of these now-failing home mortgages.
The Real Reason America’s Cities and Towns Are Broke
The rocket docket wasn't created to investigate any of that. It exists to launder the crime and bury the evidence by speeding thousands of fraudulent and predatory loans to the ends of their life cycles, so that the houses attached to them can be sold again with clean paperwork. The judges, in fact, openly admit that their primary mission is not justice but speed. One Jacksonville judge, the Honorable A.C. Soud, even told a local newspaper that his goal is to resolve 25 cases per hour. Given the way the system is rigged, that means His Honor could well be throwing one ass on the street every 2.4 minutes.
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Foreclosure lawyers told me one other thing about the rocket docket. The hearings, they said, aren't exactly public. "The judges might give you a hard time about watching," one lawyer warned. "They're not exactly anxious for people to know about this stuff." Inwardly, I laughed at this — it sounded like typical activist paranoia. The notion that a judge would try to prevent any citizen, much less a member of the media, from watching an open civil hearing sounded ridiculous. Fucked-up as everyone knows the state of Florida is, it couldn't be that bad. It isn't Indonesia. Right?
November 9th, 2010 by olddog
Here’s hoping you have been reading blog’s and site’s like this one long enough to know what is just around the corner, and have already taken defensive action. IF NOT!
I strongly advise you to read the next four articles as a brain test, to determine if you are functionally alive.
If they do not wake you up and keep you studying for the following week, then bend over and K>Y>A>G>BYE.
That was NOT a smart remark; it is a fact of life! The good times are over! No more Dancing with the Stars, Football, or what ever your favorite diversion from reality is!
Take this to the BANK, (while they are still open). Buy as much life sustaining food, water, weapons and PLENTY OF AMMO, and other products as you can find room to store, and for God’s sake don’t forget toilet paper.
Get out of the stock market and convert all remaining cash into SILVER, and some gold. There will be a lot of hungry people more than willing to take everything you have, including your life. BE PREPARED! Until things get a little better, ammo may well be the currency of choice. Do not be dumb enough to trust the local, and State Police! Do not let any military grunts force you to go to a safety center, where you will repeat what the Jews did in Germany. It’s a hell of a lot better to die fighting for your freedom, than to grovel at the feet of some grunt in uniform.
One more thing! When you experience hyper-inflation, you will stop laughing, and wish you had believed me.
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LIVE FREE OR DIE, IS NOT A MOTTO, IT’S HOW I LIVE.
November 9th, 2010 by olddog
by AL Whitney (C) copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved
A MONSTER HAS GROWN UP AROUND USA INC THAT NOW THREATENS THE POPULATION OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY
When state Constitutions were set aside in favor of a ‘unified’ federal corporation, USA INC in Washington D C, via the Reconstruction Act and the 14th Amendment after the Civil War the entire country was transformed into a ‘group’ of interconnected states. These states then became corporate entities of the USA INC corporate franchise system. The system continued to grow and divide eventually incorporating the counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts, etc.
Even government ‘agencies’ like the Center for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health and the State of Wisconsin Investment Board became their own corporate entities now listed individually as businesses on Dun and Bradstreet.
As the public was never told that the United States had been transformed into USA INC, they were completely unaware that this ‘corporation nation’ was being erected. The public still believes we have public servants who work for us. In reality we do not have a ‘government’ but live smack dab in the middle of a massive corporate/business enterprise.
USA INC has to be the largest government corporate franchise system that has ever existed on the planet. And it is now devouring both the population and the planet . . . for profits to feed itself. For GOVERNMENT INC is heavily invested in the stock market and collectively represents significant shareholder influence. The investment and pension fund managers for GOVERNMENT INC care only about returns, they are not hired to be concerned about the environment OR our life (health), liberty and pursuit of happiness.
The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) perfectly demonstrates the workings of GOVERNMENT INC. On their web site, they explain ‘Corporate Governance’:
Corporate Governance Overview
Corporate governance is a powerful force in American business and, as one of the largest pension funds in the world, SWIB strives to protect its investments by being proactive in this area.
SWIB’s Corporate Governance Program was implemented in 1986 to protect SWIB’s long-term investment earnings by exercising its rights as a shareholder. As a way to carry out SWIB’s fiduciary obligation to the trust fund beneficiaries, we work to keep companies and their directors focused on shareholder value by communicating concerns to company management and corporate board members.
In most cases, governance activities are directly associated with SWIB assets. However, when warranted and to promote and enhance long-term shareholder value, SWIB may become involved in other governance activities that apply to a greater public issue and more broadly impact the integrity of public corporations.
This film explains how this system works – and how this system works against us. Better than that, it explains how to investigate your own state, county or municipality and verify this information for yourself.
It is futile for us to rally against the anti-people and anti-environment practices of mega corporations, while our own ’governments’ invest heavily into their continued growth. We the People want local organic food and our ‘government’ wants increased revenue from Monsanto. We the People want clean energy and our ‘government’ wants increased revenue from the petroleum industry. And so far We the People are losing, as more and more of our own local businesses fail while WalMarts go in around the country. After all GOVERNMENT funds invest heavily in the growth of WalMart as well.
The 14th Amendment not only changed our ‘government’ it changed our ‘relationship’ to it. It created something best termed as voluntary servitude . . . or a new corporate entity called a ‘strawman’.
And to make matters worse, the 14th Amendment was never ratified by the states.
To restore a government Of the People, By the People and For the People, the unratified 14th Amendment needs to be nullifed by each state legislature. Without the nullification of this unlawful amendment, we will all remain in involutary servitude and the unwitting victims of a runaway Corporation Nation. What does this mean? Here are a few examples:
- Mandated vaccinations for our children (and ourselves?)
- Mandatory medication for our ‘active’ school children
- Mandatory public schooling for all children
- Mandatory water fluoridation – with no warnings regarding infant formula
- Mandatory taxes such as property, sales, excise, licenses, and permits
- Mandatory federal IDs
- Mandatory federal healthcare . . . or pay heavy fines for both patients and physicians
- Mandatory electronic medical records in unprotected computer systems
- Mandatory RFID chips
- Mandatory banking fees per transaction
- Mandatory regulations, permits and penalties for all food growers
- Mandatory compliance in all USA INC Treaties or Agreements
- Mandatory body scans for identification at airports and other facilities
- Mandatory medical compliance (aka involuntary experimentation) for all serving in the military
A corporate structure has been erected around us – without our awareness or permission – that brings us closer and closer to an Illumicorp future that will be very similar to the futuristic novel 1984.
INC the BEAST is indeed a doom machine with no limits to growth and no fiduciary responsibility to ‘do no harm’.
Walter Burien – CAFR1
INC the BEAST and its Cost Effective Analysis of Destruction
The Corporation – commodisizing life itself
November 9th, 2010 by olddog
Seth Van Brocklin, Contributing Editor
Fed's Recklessness Invites Condemnation,
Sparks Global Gold Rush
As I write today, confidence in the U.S. dollar is crumbling worldwide, as China and other U.S. creditor nations express disgust at Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's debt-monetization plans.
"Helicopter" Ben's desperate actions last week to try to paper over deteriorating U.S. finances with an announced $600 billion bond-buying program could be the final nail in the coffin of the dollar's status as the world's presumptive reserve currency.
World Bank Chief Makes Surprise Call
for Gold Backing of Currencies
Yesterday, World Bank President Robert Zoellick shocked many economic observers by calling for a new system of floating currencies to be pegged to gold. He wrote in a Financial Times article, "Although textbooks may view gold as the old money, markets are using gold as an alternative monetary asset today."
The demise of the dollar and the rise of precious metals as emerging new monetary standards is exactly what our team at Independent Living predicted would happen – even back when such predictions drew ridicule and laughter.
Now some of the same commentators who had smugly hailed the reign of "king dollar" are coming to see the U.S. currency for the empty suit it really is.
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November 9th, 2010 by olddog
Statistics and Information: Silver has been used for thousands of years as ornaments and utensils, for trade, and as the basis for many monetary systems. Of all the metals, pure silver has the whitest color, the highest optical reflectivity, and the highest thermal and electrical conductivity. Also, silver halides are photosensitive. Owing to the above properties, silver has many industrial applications such as in mirrors, electrical and electronic products, and photography, which is the largest single end use of silver. Silver's catalytic properties make it ideal for use as a catalyst in oxidation reactions; for example, the production of formaldehyde from methanol and air by means of silver screens or crystallites containing a minimum 99.95 weight-percent silver.
Silver(Data in metric tons(1) of silver content unless otherwise noted)
U.S. Domestic Production and Use: In 2008, approximately 1,120 tons of silver with an estimated value of $570 million was produced in the United States. Silver was produced as a byproduct from 31 base- and precious-metal mines. Alaska continued as the country’s leading silver-producing State, followed by Nevada; however, company production data are proprietary and were withheld. There were 21 refiners of commercial-grade silver, with an estimated total output of 3,000 tons from domestic and foreign ores and concentrates, and from old and new scrap. Silver’s traditional use categories include coins and medals, industrial applications, jewelry and silverware, and photography.
The physical properties of silver include ductility, electrical conductivity, malleability, and reflectivity. The demand for silver in industrial applications continues to increase and includes use of silver in bandages for wound care, batteries, brazing and soldering, in catalytic converters in automobiles, in cell phone covers to reduce the spread of bacteria, in clothing to minimize odor, electronics and circuit boards, electroplating, hardening bearings, inks, mirrors, solar cells, water purification, and wood treatment to resist mold. Silver was used for miniature antennas in Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) that were used in casino chips, freeway toll transponders, gasoline speed purchase devices, passports, and on packages to keep track of inventory shipments. Mercury and silver, the main components of dental amalgam, are biocides and their use in amalgam inhibits recurrent decay.
U.S. Recycling: In 2008, approximately 1,600 tons of silver was recovered from old and new scrap. This includes 60 to 90 tons of silver that is reclaimed and recycled annually from photographic wastewater.
U.S. Import Sources(2004-07): (2) Mexico, 50%; Canada, 31%; Peru, 13%; Chile, 2%; and other, 4%.
U.S. Depletion Allowance: 15% (U.S.domestic), 14% (Foreign).
U.S. Government Stockpile:All of the remaining silver in the National Defense Stockpile was transferred to the U.S. Mint by the Defense Logistics Agency for use in the manufacture of numismatic and bullion coins by yearend 2004. This transfer marked the end of silver requirements for the National Defense Stockpile.
Events, Trends, and Issues: In 2008, silver prices averaged $15.85 per troy ounce and rose to the highest average annual price since 1980. Prices rose to $20.92 in March, which was more than 20% higher than the previous year’s high of $15.82 per troy ounce established in November 2007. The overall rise in silver prices corresponded to investment interest in several new silver exchange traded funds (ETF) that have opened since the first silver ETF was established in April 006. At the end of 2007, silver ETF inventories totaled approximately 5,290 tons of silver and rose to more than 6,000 tons by July 2008. Consumption of silver also continued to rise for industrial applications. In the United States, demand for photography fell to 1,120 tons since peaking in 1999 at 2,290 tons.
Silver is still used in x-ray films; however, many hospitals have begun to use digital systems. Approximately 99% of the silver in photographic wastewater may be recycled. Silver demand for industrial applications increased while demand for silver in photography, jewelry, silverware, and coins and metals decreased. Use of silver increased to help regulate body heat and to control odor in shoes and sports and everyday clothing. The use of trace amounts of silver in bandages for wound care and minor skin infections is also increasing. World silver mine production increased to 20,900 tons in response to increased production at new and existing polymetallic mines, such as Greens Creek in Alaska, the San Cristobal Mine in Bolivia, and the Uchucchacua Mine in Peru.
World Mine Production, Reserves, and Reserve Base:
World total (rounded)
World Resources: Silver was obtained as a byproduct from processing and smelting copper, gold, and lead-zinc ores. Ores from these polymetallic deposits account for more than two-thirds of U.S. and world resources of silver; the remaining silver resources are associated with veins and submicroscopic gold deposits in which gold is the primary commodity. Most recent silver discoveries have been associated with gold occurrences; however, base-metal occurrences that contain byproduct silver will continue to account for a significant share of future reserves and resources. Peru, Mexico, and China are the world’s leading producers of silver, in descending order of production.
Substitutes: Digital imaging, film with reduced silver content, silverless black-and-white film, and xerography substitute for silver that has traditionally been used in black-and-white as well as color printing applications. Surgical pins and plates may be made with tantalum and titanium in place of silver. Stainless steel may be substituted for silver flatware, and germanium added to silver flatware will make it tarnish resistant. Nonsilver batteries may replace silver batteries in some applications. Aluminum and rhodium may be used to replace silver that was traditionally used in mirrors and other reflecting surfaces. Silver may be used to replace more costly metals in catalytic converters for off-road vehicles.
(NA) Not available.
(1) One metric ton (1,000 kilograms) = 32,150.7 troy ounces.
(2 )Includes silver recoverable from base-metal ores.
U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries, January 2009
November 9th, 2010 by olddog
The DAILY BELL.COM
11 09 10 by Staff Report
President Barack Obama (left) defended the Federal Reserve's policy of printing dollars on Monday after China and Russia stepped up criticism ahead of this week's Group of 20 … The G20 summit has been pitched as a chance for leaders of the countries that account for 85 percent of world output to prevent a currency row escalating into a rush to protectionism that could imperil the global recovery. But there is little sign of consensus. The summit has been overshadowed by disagreements over the U.S. Federal Reserve's quantitative easing (QE) policy under which it will print money to buy $600 billion of government bonds, a move that could depress the dollar and cause a potentially destabilizing flow of money into emerging economies. "I will say that the Fed's mandate, my mandate, is to grow our economy. And that's not just good for the United States, that's good for the world as a whole," Obama said during a trip to India. "And the worst thing that could happen to the world economy, not just ours, is if we end up being stuck with no growth or very limited growth," he said. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: Things are coming together now. The next G20 meeting will be swell and increased world governance must soon follow.
Free-Market Analysis: In this article we would like to delve into the issue of whether a worldwide unraveling would somehow benefit the West, particularly the elite itself and its goal of ever-more elaborate world government. Yesterday in Currency Dreams of the Elite, we discussed the difficulties that Western elites seemed to be having in implementing a worldwide currency, given the pushback of the Chinese and the larger BRIC faction. We also pointed out our surprise at how fast the Anglo-American power elite was moving toward the larger goal of a NWO, a goal that has comprised the basic, underlying dominant social theme of Western elites for at least a century and probably more in our view.
Every part of Western society has been organized around this goal in our view; and only in the 21st century with the advent of the Internet has the larger pattern of what the elites have been up to begun to become clear. The Bell has tried to support this increasing clarity. We regularly chart the power elite's efforts to create world government using dominant social themes – fear based promotions that harry Western middle classes to give up wealth and control to international organizations created by the elites.
The elites of the West, an intergenerational clique of banking families and their enablers with bases in London's City, Brussels and Washington DC, have evidently and obviously conspired to generate such a world government. The 20th century was a time of great progress toward this goal, but in the 21st century in our view, the elite's efforts have started to become undone. In the 20th century, after what we increasingly tend to believe was a second "engineered" war (World War II), the Anglo-American axis set up a worldwide dollar reserve system complete with an IMF (central bank in waiting), a World Bank (lending unit), Bank for International Settlements (coordinating central bank), UN (world parliament) and a global army (NATO).
But not so fast. The elite did not pay any special attention to media (from a formal organizational standpoint) given that during the 20th century elite control of the Western media was unchallenged. It was only with the advent of the Internet that cracks in the facade appeared and the promotions of the elites began to fail, more rapidly in fact than might have been expected. Today, the dollar reserve itself is increasingly in tatters, the IMF is not in good odor with much of its constituency, the World Bank is not seemingly a significant player in world events, NATO is having a bad go of it in Afghanistan and the UN has lost much of its credibility (especially in the US) because of various scandals and, generally, because of the socialist extremism that it espouses.
Against this backdrop of failed and failing Western institutions, we wonder if the Anglo-American axis' latest gambits are motivated as much by desperation as general aggressiveness and confidence. After 9/11 there is no doubt that the powers-that-be increased the level of authoritarianism that today affects Europe and America. At the same time the axis started two wars of control and intimidation in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have long maintained that these wars were part of a larger campaign to "westernize" Islam generally and to finally pacify the ancient tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan (Pashtun and Punjabi) for purposes of implanting the final stages of global government.
Absent another world war (which strikes us as problematic given the amount of nuclear weapons around), the elite's organizational efforts regarding increased global centralization seem increasingly stymied. But we also are well aware that the elite never ceases to strive toward its goals. We note, therefore, (thanks to feedbacker "Bug") that the elite's inventiveness remains impressive.
One could argue, for instance, that President Barack Obama's inexplicable presence in India has more to do with generating a new source of US bond purchases than anything else. Additionally, it is true that India and China are enemies; by turning up in India, Obama increases pressure on the Chinese prior to the next G20 meeting. (Another feedbacker makes the persuasive point that Australia, too, is escaping from the Anglo-American orbit, but that is a story for different day.)
Anyway, the point of this article is to broach the possibility that the US has concluded the Chinese economy is going to collapse, maybe sooner than later. We have mentioned reports that the Chinese elite are buying houses and apartments and filling Swiss bank accounts with cash. It is possible that Western induced economic chaos increases the pressure on the Chinese economy and eventually tips it into the abyss that it is destined to fall. If this were the case, it is perfectly possible that the Anglo-American elite hopes to "pick up the pieces" and re-establish the power and dominance in China that it once enjoyed.
Seen from this perspective the move to dump another trillion or two into international markets is a kind of dagger aimed at the throat of the Chinese CCP. Eventually, price inflation in China is going to become intolerable and lead to serious civil unrest in our view. The CCP even now is in the unenviable position of choosing between jobs and higher prices. As we have pointed out in numerous articles, we think there is no love lost between the average Chinese citizen and the current government, which has now ruled in various incarnations for some 70 years. We've pointed out that the pact between the Chinese and the party is simple: The CCP provides increased prosperity and the Chinese themselves, all 1.3 billion of them, go along with this program. But just look at this:
China's inflation rate to hit 4 percent in 2011 … China will face greater inflationary pressure in 2011 because of the United States and Japan's looser monetary policies, with the inflation rate estimated to be at least 4 percent, Zhu Baoliang, deputy director of the economic projection department at the State Information Center, said during a forum on Nov. 5.
Zhu affirmed China's achievements in controlling inflationary expectations. Meanwhile, he notes that external factors are posing higher inflationary pressure on China. Zhu believes that the rise in inflationary pressure facing China since September 2010 has primarily resulted from the looser monetary policies successively adopted by Japan and the United States.
Zhu also believes that China's relatively loose domestic monetary policy is the reason to turn inflationary expectations into inflationary pressure. He explains that one of the most basic economic principles shows that price will surely rise when too much money is issued. The prices of China's bulk commodities and some types of grains are currently rising. Furthermore, the rise in wages of low-end labors will also pose further inflationary pressure in the future. – People's Daily Online
This is what the CCP is admitting to. But inflation, actually, is all-but-out-of-control in our view. An entire empty city has been erected in Mongolia based on real-estate speculation and the average, bourgeois Chinese person (there's a contradiction in terms) believes that the speculative purchase of an empty flat is a substantive investment. As world consumerist demand has all-but-collapsed, we fail to see how the CCP is going to sustain its 40-year-old boom.
The CCP is as afraid of civil insurrection as the Western powers-that-be and with good reason. The Chinese nation has seen nothing but insurrection, violence and military conquest for nearly 200 years. The past 30-40 can be seen as a kind of aberration given China's horrible history – much of it initiated by Western powers-that-be. The CCP is in fact in a race against time to provide China's remaining 400 million with a decent standard of living before the economy loses its ability to absorb more workers. But as inflation bites, so do other problems with workers, as the Canadian Times Colonialist informs us in this article excerpt:
China looks to Canada for bargaining model … World's most populous nation eyeing improvements to working conditions … Try to imagine the entire population of Canada crowded into a single city. That's Chongqing, China. With more than 33 million residents, it is the biggest city in the world. Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwestern China, it is China's "Motor City," producing automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and military equipment, plus the steel and aluminum that goes into making them.
I was there last month because the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has selected the city and its more than 18 million workers to be the focus of an important new experiment in collective bargaining. In the face of recent growing workplace unrest, the Oct. 15 meeting of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee in Beijing made it clear that income redistribution is to be an economic as well as social priority as the Chinese economy continues to grow at a double-digit rate. – Times Colonialist
Now from our point of view, the Chinese can redistribute wealth all they want. But the old men of the CCP have made a fatal error. They have badly distorted their economy with the quick fix of fiat money. This has turned China into a modern "Westernized" economy but in doing so, the Chinese have become accustomed to the kind of consumerism that is proving unfeasible in the West. It turns out there is no short-cut to prosperity. Only the free-market over decades and centuries can provide people real wealth. The CCP today faces an unsupportable economy, violent inflation and a strong likelihood that whatever additional demand remains in the world is fast drying up.
The result of all this will inevitably be a Chinese implosion, a significant one in our view, as deep or deeper than what affected the US and Europe. But unlike the US and Europe, the CCP has no reservoir of good will, in our view, to fall back on. Everyone in China must know what the CCP is – or was – for they lived through it. An imploding economy will collapse the CCP as well in our view. Hence the reason to transfer assets out of the country. The knowledge that the Chinese economy is close to collapse, or will eventually collapse, is doubtless putting more pressure on the Chinese to compromise with the West. Perhaps this will bring the CCP to the negotiating table.
Is there a plan? Are there blood ties within the Western elite to China that we do not know about? We have heard that powerful Chinese families self-identify as Jewish. Perhaps there is enough commonality between East and West to forge an alliance. If the Chinese economy collapses, or if the global economy continues to fracture as rapidly and inexorably as it seems to be doing, it is possible that global leaders could be drawn together in an effort to salvage what they have.
Conclusion: We mentioned yesterday that World Bank president Robert Zoellick had created quite a stir by writing in the Financial Times that leading economies should consider readopting a modified global gold standard to guide currency movements. Is Zoellick's trial balloon now another factor in East-West discussions over a grand currency compromise? We can't see a strategy that brings the Western elite much closer to its global goals without significant power sharing. We await the next Korean G20 summit with interest. Perhaps it will clarify matters that seem to us to be increasingly murky. Or maybe not!
November 6th, 2010 by olddog
November 5th, 2010 by olddog
/By Russell Longcore
11 05 10
Thank God, the idiocy that is the American election process is over. Americans have imitated lemmings once again and made their mind-numbed pilgrimage to the polls. The politicos and talking heads have been excitedly discussing the results. But, lest you take some comfort in Tuesday’s election results, let’s do a quick reality check.
The Republican wing of the Government Party gained enough seats on Tuesday to regain control of the US House of Representatives.
The Democrat wing of the Government Party retained enough seats on Tuesday to keep control of the US Senate.
There is still a Democrat in the White House.
The Republican Party took ten governorships away from the Democrats. This will have the greatest effect when Federal redistricting will occur as a result of the 2010 Census.
The Republicans in the House will not be able to advance any serious agenda involving: (not that the Republicans really want to do these)
• Social Security and Medicare, which are continuing to grow in size and scope.
• The repeal of the Obama Healthcare law.
• Balancing the Federal budget. No one truly knows what the Federal budget is, since there is so much spending that is not disclosed and is “off-budget.”
• Shrinking the size of the Federal government. They will not be able to de-fund entire departments or get rid of entire bureaucracies.
• Defense spending, which swallows a huge chunk of tax revenue annually.
• Two simultaneous foreign wars, costing American lives, battlefield casualties and soldier suicides.
• The Federal Reserve will continue to buy up US Treasuries, hold interest rates artificially low, keep doing “quantitative easing” and more stimulus money will be printed and shoved out onto the American people, causing hyperinflation.
• Audit of the Federal gold supply to determine if the national gold even exists.
• Any other idea or solution that would rescue America from certain collapse.
Dear readers, remember that this Republican Party issued The Pledge To America only weeks before this election. In it, they pledge to return the American Federal Government to its Constitutionally-restricted size and scope. But also understand that they do not have the ability to perform their pledge, since Democrats control the Senate and the White House.
The only positive thing that can come from Tuesday night’s elections, and the recapture of the House by Republicans…is gridlock. That is not an insignificant outcome. With a Democrat President and a Democrat Senate, nothing that Republicans try to do will succeed. I take that back. When Republicans compromise with Dems and Obama, and advance the goals and agenda of the Government Party, they will get support and cooperation from the Democrats.
So, the world continues to turn. The dollar will continue to weaken. The American government in Washington will continue to spend money and grow unabated. China will continue to hold more US Treasuries than any other world entity. China will continue to quietly gain control of world natural resources through peaceful commerce. The European Union will continue to unravel. The nations of the world will soon replace the American dollar with another currency…probably the Chinese Yuan…as the new world reserve currency. And the American experiment, now over 230 years old, will come to an ugly end.
Tuesday’s elections were a shiny object that momentarily diverted the attention of the America populace from football, Dancing with the Stars, and favorite TV shows. Meanwhile the destruction of the American economy and nation continues unabated. Most folks will now go back to their clueless lives and wave the flag some more.
Now, more than ever, secessionists must work feverishly to convince their neighbors of the inevitable collapse of America.
Secession is the hope for mankind. Who will be first?
DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.
© Copyright 2010, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
November 4th, 2010 by olddog
By Catherine Austin FItts
There is nothing more frustrating than watching various intellectual heavy weights use their resources and prowess to uphold the matrix and destroy those who seek the truth.
David Ray Griffin, the leading author illuminating the events of 9/11 has written a marvelous book called Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory. (Olive Branch Press, September 2010). In so doing, he has called law professor Cass Sunstein to task for just such conduct.
In Cognitive Infiltration, Griffin essentially does to Cass Sunstein and his attacks on efforts to determine the truth of the events of 9/11 what bulldog puppies do to their first steakbone. It would be funny to read if it were not for the sadness that comes with realizing what greatness our country could achieve if our academic leaders were focused on science, technology and things which make us productive and advance civilization as opposed to running economic hits and protecting financial scams and covert operations. Thank heavens Griffin has used his formidable skills to take Sunstein to task. However, let’s imagine a world where he did not have to do so.
November 4th, 2010 by olddog
The Federal Reserve Is Holding A Conference On Jekyll Island To Celebrate 100 Years Of Dominating America
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/fed-jekyll-island-club-2010-11#ixzz14MoLp3dh
Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse
The Federal Reserve is going back to Jekyll Island to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the infamous 1910 Jekyll Island meeting that spawned the draft legislation that would ultimately create the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The title of this conference is "A Return to Jekyll Island: The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve", and it will be held on November 5th and 6th in the exact same building where the original 1910 meeting occurred.
In November 1910, the original gathering at Jekyll Island included U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department A.P. Andrews and many representatives from the upper crust of the U.S. banking establishment. That meeting was held in an environment of absolute and total secrecy. 100 years later, Federal Reserve bureaucrats will return to Jekyll Island once again to "celebrate" the history and the future of the Federal Reserve.
Sadly, most Americans have no idea how the Federal Reserve came into being. Forbes magazine founder Bertie Charles Forbes was perhaps the first writer to describe the secretive nature of the original gathering on Jekyll Island in a national publication….
Picture a party of the nation's greatest bankers stealing out of New York on a private railroad car under cover of darkness, stealthily riding hundred of miles South, embarking on a mysterious launch, sneaking onto an island deserted by all but a few servants, living there a full week under such rigid secrecy that the names of not one of them was once mentioned, lest the servants learn the identity and disclose to the world this strangest, most secret expedition in the history of American finance. I am not romancing; I am giving to the world, for the first time, the real story of how the famous Aldrich currency report, the foundation of our new currency system, was written… The utmost secrecy was enjoined upon all. The public must not glean a hint of what was to be done. Senator Aldrich notified each one to go quietly into a private car of which the railroad had received orders to draw up on an unfrequented platform. Off the party set. New York's ubiquitous reporters had been foiled… Nelson (Aldrich) had confided to Henry, Frank, Paul and Piatt that he was to keep them locked up at Jekyll Island, out of the rest of the world, until they had evolved and compiled a scientific currency system for the United States, the real birth of the present Federal Reserve System, the plan done on Jekyll Island in the conference with Paul, Frank and Henry… Warburg is the link that binds the Aldrich system and the present system together. He more than any one man has made the system possible as a working reality.
It was a system that was designed by the bankers and for the bankers. Now, the bureaucrats running the system are returning to Jekyll Island to congratulate themselves. Those attending the conference on November 5th and 6th include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs managing director E. Gerald Corrigan and the heads of the various regional Federal Reserve banks. You can view the entire agenda of the conference right here. It looks like that there will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres to go around, but should the Federal Reserve really be celebrating their accomplishments at a time when the U.S. economy is literally falling to pieces?
Today, 63 percent of Americans do not think that they will be able to maintain their current standard of living. 1.47 million Americans have been unemployed for more than 99 weeks. We are facing a complete and total economic disaster.
Today, the Federal Reserve has more power over the economy than any other single institution in the United States. It is the Fed that primarily determines if we will see high inflation or low inflation, whether the money supply with expand or contract and whether we will have high interest rates or low interest rates. The President and the U.S. Congress have far less power to influence the economy than the Federal Reserve does.
As this election has demonstrated, the American people are absolutely furious about the state of the U.S. economy, but American voters have been mostly blaming our politicians. They just don't understand that it is actually the Federal Reserve that has the most control over the performance of the economy.
It would be hard to understate how powerful the U.S. Federal Reserve really is in 2010. U.S. Representative Ron Paul recently told MSNBC that he believes that the Federal Reserve is actually more powerful than Congress…..
"The regulations should be on the Federal Reserve. We should have transparency of the Federal Reserve. They can create trillions of dollars to bail out their friends, and we don’t even have any transparency of this. They’re more powerful than the Congress."
So how has the Federal Reserve performed over the years?
Well, since 1913 inflation has been on a relentless march upwards, U.S. government debt has increased exponentially and the U.S. dollar has lost over 96 percent of its value.
That is not a record to be celebrating.
The truth is that the Federal Reserve was created to enslave the United States government in an endlessly expanding spiral of debt from which it would never be able to escape. As I wrote about yesterday, that is exactly what has happened. The U.S. government debt is escalating at an exponential rate. It is a trap from which the U.S. government will never be able to get out of under our current system.
Now many at the Federal Reserve are touting more "quantitative easing" as the solution to our economic problems. But anyone with a brain should be able to see that creating a gigantic pile of paper money out of thin air and dumping it into the economy is only going to make our long-term problems even worse.
But the Federal Reserve system was never designed to benefit the American people. It was designed to make massive amounts of money for the banking establishment. As I wrote about in "11 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad", the Federal Reserve was created to transfer wealth from the American people to the U.S. government and from the U.S. government to the super wealthy.
The sad truth is that the Federal Reserve is at the very core of our economic and financial problems, and that is nothing to celebrate.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/fed-jekyll-island-club-2010-11#ixzz14Mo7pycM
November 2nd, 2010 by olddog
Guest Post: The Tipping Point has Arrived
Submitted by Mike Krieger of KAM LP
The Tipping Point has Arrived
I believe we have finally breached the tipping point in the socio-political landscape of the United States of America. There will be no going back from here. Everyone on all levels of society including the elites must make a choice. Will you stand for real reform and an end of the feudalistic rule of the oligarchs and their paid-off puppets that line the streets of Washington D.C., or will you keep your mouth shut and play the old and dying game in the context of a completely different cultural environment?
While many will disagree with what I am about to say, I believe the oligarchs and the Federal Reserve have already lost.
This will not be clear to the vast majority at this time because the powerful institutions that dominate and rob us will continue to fight for survival but the wind is already blowing in a different direction and cannot be reversed. The smart elites are starting to see this and are hedging their bets. The dumb or stubborn ones may want to start looking at countries with non-extradition treaties or start blowing the whistle on someone above them and fast. The window of opportunity to make the choice is closely quickly. “I was just following orders” will not cut it when the dollar collapses and Disneyland shuts down. There have not been any major arrests and people have seemingly gotten away with all their frauds and crimes. This too will change and 2011 will represent a change in trend in this regard. We have entered the terminal phase of this ponzi scheme economy and those responsible for its creation and its continued support at the expense of the vast majority of the populace will see their foul deeds rise to the surface.
Earlier this year I wrote two piece that I think are worth re-reading and I have attached links to them. The first was “A Time to Speak Out” http://www.zerohedge.com/article/time-speak-out and the second was the “The Elites Have Lost the Right to Rule” http://www.zerohedge.com/article/elites-have-lost-right-rule. When I wrote these articles many of the themes addressed were completely out of the mainstream, yet in an amazingly brief period of time many of the frustrations I voiced are now popping up everywhere I look. It’s strange and rewarding to see the topics I and countless others have been discussing on the “fringe” break into the light of day. Now that these concepts are out there is no stopping the avalanche that is about to hit the oligarchs smack in the face. As Gandhi said “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
This brings me to discuss what I think is one of the most important letters from an elite I have seen in 2010. I am referring to Bill Gross’ most recent piece. Now when I say he is an “elite” I am not saying he is part of some vast conspiracy to turn us further into serfs. What I mean is he is one of the most fabulously wealthy people in America. He also happens to have made his fortune in the financial services industry and runs the country’s largest bond fund. This is a person that has every reason and incentive to play nice with the other elites and their corrupt institutions at the top of which lies the Federal Reserve banking cartel. What he did in his latest letter was far from “playing ball.” Here are some of the notable quotes and the entire letter can be found here http://www.pimco.com/Pages/RunTurkeyRun.aspx.
“Was it relevant in 2004 that John Kerry was or was not an admirable “swift boat” commander? Will the absence of a mosque within several hundred yards of Ground Zero solve our deficit crisis? Is Christine O’Donnell really a witch? Did Meg Whitman employ an illegal maid? Who cares! We are being conned, folks; Democrats and Republicans alike.”
“Perhaps, as a vocal contingent suggests, our paper-based foundation of wealth deserves to be buried, making a fresh start from admittedly lower levels. The Fed, on Wednesday, however, will decide that it is better to keep the patient on life support with an adrenaline injection and a following morphine drip than to risk its demise and ultimate rebirth in another form.”
“Check writing in the trillions is not a bondholder’s friend; it is in fact inflationary, and, if truth be told, somewhat of a Ponzi scheme. Public debt, actually, has always had a Ponzi-like characteristic.”
“The Fed, in effect, is telling the markets not to worry about our fiscal deficits, it will be the buyer of first and perhaps last resort. There is no need – as with Charles Ponzi – to find an increasing amount of future gullibles, they will just write the check themselves. I ask you: Has there ever been a Ponzi scheme so brazen? There has not.”
Ok, so what is Bill Gross up to you ask? I will give you my two cents. This guy is not as fabulously wealthy as he is for being a dope (although this cannot be said for a lot of people in this industry that are merely financial engineers that would become extinct overnight without 0% interest rates but that’s another story). Bill Gross sees the writing on the wall. He see the winds of change and is hedging his bets. He is throwing out a carrot to those that criticize the completely corrupt and ponzi scheme economy and financial system we have today which benefits only those that speculate on the taxpayers dime. We could end this fake and destructive economy by ending the Fed in its current form (at the very least everything they do must be transparent) and restoring the rule of law. He attacks the false left/right paradigm and rightly points out that both the Democrat and Republican establishment have sold out the people to line their own pockets. In the second quote he actually explores the notion that “our paper-based foundation of wealth deserves to be buried.” Then finally he points out what many others have but almost no one is the mainstream ever admits. The U.S. government is running a giant ponzi scheme with regard to its debt. Hmmm do you want to own gold or treasuries?
Truth be told, what Bill Gross did in this letter is to create the ultimate hedge for himself. He didn’t say these things earlier when they were just as true as they are today and certainly must have been clear to someone of his intelligence. He said it now. He said it now because he can see the writing on the wall. The important thing is not that he ultimately defends what the Fed is doing (which he unfortunately does) but that he felt the need to hedge himself and distance himself from the system. As he writes in the final paragraph, “We haven’t been around for 35+ years and not figured out a way to avoid the November axe. We are a survivor and our clients are not going to be Turkeys on a platter.” Indeed, the axe is going to fall on the oligarchs and if you don’t want to be a turkey on a platter you had better choose sides and fast. As the great Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his 1836 essay Nature, “There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.” Well said sir, well said.
November 2nd, 2010 by olddog
An end to all biotech patents on human genes?
By Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) This is one of the most important issues for the future of human civilization: Who owns your genetic code? Based on existing U.S. law, the corporations own it. Right now, over 20% of your genetic code is owned by biotech corporations (this is a fact). But the U.S. Justice Department has just issued a "friend of the court" briefing that looks poised to overturn this, driving a stake through the heart of the intellectual property monster known as the biotech industry.
This is a major reversal of decades of U.S. policy. If the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) enforces this new ruling, it would mean an end to all biotech patents on human genes. Effectively, it would set our genetic code free from corporate domination.
Human genes are part of nature, not a human invention
In its brief, the Dept of Justice argued that genes should not be patentable because they are part of nature:
"The chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is 'isolated' from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth…" (http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packag…)
This makes sense, of course — it's the same thing I've been arguing here on NaturalNews for years. To allow corporations to own even a small part of the human genome is a pathway to human slavery. We have been headed down that path for a long time, and now for the first time it appears things may be turning for the better.
The insanity of modern patent law
Few reasonable people would argue that U.S. patent law as it exists today makes any real sense in the first place. Patents are supposed to offer legal protection for "man-made inventions." The whole idea that you can patent human genes is ridiculous from the outset.
Human genetic code was obviously not invented by humans, and especially not by one person or corporation. To grant a corporation an intellectual property monopoly over even a single human gene is an affront to human heritage and a violation of natural law. That this has already happened is a crime against humanity.
Theoretically, such patents actually give corporations the right to charge royalties when couples reproduce because by having a baby, you are "replicating" a patented gene without permission. Thus, you could be guilty of patent violation and be forced to pay a royalty to the patent owner.
Fast forward this a few decades under a country controlled by corporate interests, and you can see where it ends up: Just to have a baby, you might have to pay $100,000 in royalty payments to dozens of different corporations who own "your" genetic code. This would all be enforced by local police officers and sheriffs who might arrest you at gunpoint for your acts of "corporate piracy" (getting pregnant).
Don't think it could happen? Check out the history of the RIAA and its intellectual property war against the people. Look at what Monsanto has done to farmers who accidentally grew GMO crops because the GMO seeds blew into their fields. Look what Myriad Genetics is doing right now with its patent on human breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 — it's charging $3,000 a pop to run a simple test that determines whether women carry those genes.
Make no mistake: When you hand monopoly control to a corporation, that corporation will exploit it to its fullest extent, even if it means destroying human lives in the process.
Why stop at genes? Seeds should also be set free
If the USPTO disallows all patents on human genes, then by the same logic there should be no patents allowed on seeds or animals, either. The patenting of seeds is yet another method by which powerful corporations like Monsanto and DuPont may effectively enslave the human race by controlling the food supply.
To remove patent protection from seeds is to destroy the seed monopolies that these dangerous, destructive corporations depend on to enforce their control over the seed supply. And it is due to patent protection on seeds that we have already lost a tremendous amount of seed diversity in the agricultural seed markets.
Patents on genes and seeds are the enemy of freedom. They are the shackles that keep farmers and consumers enslaved by corporate interests. To see that these patents now have the potential to be disallowed entirely gives us a glimmer of hope that corporate domination over the human race may be effectively resisted.
Because, let's face it: If governments of the world continue to hand over our genes, seeds and medicines to the monopolistic, greed-driven corporations that have already destroyed our farms, contaminated our food supply and poisoned our bodies with synthetic chemicals, then the People of the world will ultimately be driven to the point of armed, violent resistance against their corporate oppressors. There is only so much tyranny the People will take before they rise up against their oppressors and fight back.
Today's decision by the Dept of Justice may have averted that future bloodshed scenario — at least over the issue of genes and seeds. Long-term peace can only emerge when the People have their freedom and do not feel as if they are living under the threat of constant oppression by governments, corporations or other institutions of power. Every social revolution in the history of human civilization has involved a popular uprising against institutions that violated natural law and human freedom. And patents on genes and seeds are a violation of natural law.
Patents on many of Big Pharma's drugs are also a violation of natural law
For several years now, I have publicly called for all patents on genes, seeds and animals to be declared invalid. I've even gone further, calling for all patents on medicines to also be declared invalid, although such a move is highly unlikely to take place anytime soon.
Can you imagine what would happen to Big Pharma if all the chemicals they stole from Mother Nature and then patented were suddenly declared "open source?"
Big Pharma would collapse within a year, and the citizens of the USA would be set free to pursue natural medicine that works rather than conventional medicine forced upon them under a monopolistic racket protected by the FDA and the USPTO.
Medicine should belong to the People, especially when much of it is sourced from plants in the first place. I believe that the People have a natural right to water, natural medicine, seeds and their own genes, too. To impede the public's access to such natural, global resources is a violation of natural law and should be resisted by any and all means necessary.
About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health researcher, author and award-winning journalist with a mission to teach personal and planetary health to the public He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is an honest, independent journalist and accepts no money or commissions on the third-party products he writes about or the companies he promotes. In mid 2010, Adams produced NaturalNews.TV, a natural health video sharing website offering user-generated videos on nutrition, green living, fitness and more. He's also a successful software entrepreneur, having founded a well known email marketing software company whose technology currently powers the NaturalNews email newsletters. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and pursues hobbies such as martial arts, Capoeira, nature macrophotography and organic gardening. Known on the 'net as 'the Health Ranger,' Adams shares his ethics, mission statements and personal health statistics at www.HealthRanger.org
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October 31st, 2010 by olddog
The first piece of information proves that we are now the second largest owner of US Treasuries. It's like giving your wife or husband a loan, it doesn't matter if you are paid back, the household is still out the money.
Written by Graham Summers
Since too often financial articles consist of some guy blathering on and on with opinions instead of facts, I thought today we’d simply focus on some FACTS about our current financial system which few if any want to acknowledge.
#1: The US Fed is now the second largest owner of US Treasuries.
That’s right, this week we overtook Japan, leaving China as the only country with greater ownership of US Debt. And we’re printing money to buy it. Setting aside the fact that this is abject lunacy, this policy is trashing our currency which has fallen 13% since June… as in four months ago. Want an explanation for why stocks, commodities, and Gold are exploding higher? Here it is:
#2: “There are only about $550 billion of Treasuries outstanding with a remaining maturity of greater than 10 years.”
This horrifying fact comes courtesy of Morgan Stanley analyst David Greenlaw. And it confirms what I’ve been saying since the end of 2009, that the US has entered a debt spiral: a time in which fewer and fewer investors are willing to lend to us for any long period of time… at the exact same time that we must roll over trillions in old debt and issue an additional $100-150 billion in NEW debt per month in order to finance our massive deficit.
And only $550 billion of the debt we’ve got to roll over has a maturity greater than 10 years!?!?
So we’re talking about TRILLIONS of old debt coming due in the next decade. The below chart depicting the debt coming due between 2009 and 2039 comes courtesy of the US Treasury itself. In plain terms, we’ve got some much debt that needs to be rolled over that you can’t even fit it on one page and still read it.
#3: The US will Default on its Debt
… either that or experience hyperinflation. There is simply no other option. We can NEVER pay off our debts. To do so would require every US family to pay $31,000 a year for 75 years.
Bear in mind, I’m completely ignoring the debt we took on with the nationalization of Fannie and Freddie, AIG, and the slew of other garbage we nationalized or shifted onto the Fed’s balance sheet. And yet we’re STILL talking about every US family making $31,000 in debt payments per year for 75 years to pay off our national debt.
Obviously that ain’t going to happen.
So default is in the cards. Either that or hyperinflation (which occurs when investors flee a currency). Either of these will be massively US Dollar negative and horrible for the quality of life in the US. But they’re our only options, so get ready.
I’ve recently put together a Special Report detailing how to profit from the US’s debt situation. I call it The Debt Spiral, it lays out in plains terms what’s likely to come and which investments will profit the most from the US’s debt collapse.
October 29th, 2010 by olddog
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October 29th, 2010 by olddog
Engineering a global Depression to Create a Global Government by Andrew Gavin Marshall is the most important article you will find anywhere if you want to be informed. It is a long read, and has many referrals, but well worth your time. If you don't understand this, you will not be prepared to protect your future. I recommend going directly to the site for more comfortable reading
October 27th, 2010 by olddog
By Chuck Baldwin
October 28, 2010
Let me ask readers a question. What's more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government.
Thomas Jefferson–and the rest of America's founders–believed that freedom was the principal possession, because liberty is a divine–not human–gift.
Listen to Jefferson:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." (Declaration of Independence)
Jefferson could not be clearer: America's founders desired a land in which men might live in liberty. By declaring independence from the government of Great Britain (and instituting new government), Jefferson, et al., did not intend to erect an idol (government) that men would worship. They created a mechanism designed to protect that which they considered to be their most precious possession: liberty. In other words, the government they created by the Constitution of 1787 was not the object; freedom's protection was the object.
Again, listen to Jefferson: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." In other words, government is not the end; it is the means. Government is not the goal; it is the vehicle used to reach the goal.
Nowhere did Jefferson (and the rest of America's founders) express the sentiment that government, itself, was the objective. Listen to Jefferson once more:
"That whenever ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (Declaration) (Emphasis added.)
Jefferson is clear: people have a right to alter or abolish ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT that becomes destructive to liberty. To America's founders, there was no such thing as a sacred cow when it came to government. Government had but one purpose: "to secure these rights." When ANY FORM of government stops protecting sacred, God-given liberties, it is the right and duty of people to do whatever they deem appropriate to secure their liberties–even to abolishing the government.
To America's founders, patriotism had everything to do with the love of liberty, not the love of government!
Today's brand of patriotism (at least as expressed by many) is totally foreign to the fundamental principles of liberty upon which America was built. I'm talking about the idea that government is an end and aim in itself; the idea that government must be protected from the people; the idea that bigger government equals better government; the idea that criticism of the government makes one unpatriotic; the idea that government is a panacea for all our ills; and the idea that loyalty to the nation equals loyalty to the government. All of this is a bunch of bull manure!
When government–ANY GOVERNMENT–stops protecting the liberties of its citizens, and especially when it begins trampling those liberties, it has become a "destructive" power, and needs to be altered or abolished. Period.
Can any honest, objective citizen not readily recognize that the current central government in Washington, D.C., long ago stopped protecting the God-given rights of free men, and has become a usurper of those rights? Is there the slightest doubt in the heart of any lover of liberty that the biggest threat to our liberties is not to be found in any foreign capital, but in that putrid province by the Potomac?
Therefore, we must cast off this phony idea that we owe some kind of devotion to the "system." Away with the notion that vowing to protect and prolong the "powers that be" makes us "good" Americans. The truth is, there is very little in Washington, D.C., that is worthy of protecting or prolonging. The "system" is a ravenous BEAST that is gorging itself on our liberties!
Patriotism has nothing to do with supporting a President, or being loyal to a political party, or anything of the sort.
Is it patriotic to support our country (which almost always means our government), "right or wrong"? This is one of the most misquoted clichés in American history, by the way. Big Government zealots (on both the right and the left) use this phrase often to try to stifle opposition by making people who would fight for smaller government appear "unpatriotic."
The cliché, "My country, right or wrong," comes from a short address delivered on the floor of the US Senate by Missouri Senator Carl Schurz. Taking a strong anti-imperialist position and having his patriotism questioned because of it (what's new, right?), Schurz, on February 29, 1872, said, "The senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, 'My country, right or wrong.' In one sense I say so, too. My country–and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." (Source: The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287)
Schurz then later expanded on this short statement in a speech delivered at the Anti-Imperialistic Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17, 1899. He said, "I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves . . . too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of TRUE patriotism: 'Our country–when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'" (Source: Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, 1913, p. 119) (Emphasis in original.)
Amen! In a free society, genuine patriotism demands that our country be RIGHT, as our nation's policies and practices reflect the values and principles of its citizens. To feign some kind of robotic devotion to a nation without regard to sacred principle or constitutional fidelity is to become a mindless creature: at best, to be manipulated by any and every Machiavellian that comes along, or, at worst, to be a willing participant in tyranny.
As to loyalty to a President merely because he is President, Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best:
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth–whether about the President or anyone else."
Hence, freedom-loving Americans cannot afford to become infatuated with Washington, D.C. We cannot allow these propagandists on network television to distort the meaning of true patriotism in our hearts.
Patriotism means we love freedom. It means we understand that freedom is a gift of God. It means we understand that government has only one legitimate function: to protect freedom. It means that our love of liberty demands that we oppose, alter, or even abolish ANY FORM of government that becomes destructive to these ends. And it means that we will never allow government to steal liberty from our hearts.
As I asked at the beginning of this column, What's more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? The right answer is, freedom and its undergirding principles. If you understand that, then you rightly understand that the current government we find ourselves under is in desperate need of replacement. And whatever, however, and whenever that replacement reveals itself is not nearly as important as that liberty is preserved.
On the other hand, if you mistakenly believe that government (the entity meant to protect liberty) is more important than liberty, you are both tragically deceived and pathetically impotent to preserving freedom. You may also have identified yourself as an enemy of freedom.
As for me and my house, we will stand with Jefferson's Declaration of Independence–in whatever form it may present itself in a modern world bent on dismantling our liberties. In other words, I pledge no loyalty to any government that seeks to destroy our freedom–including the current one!
October 26th, 2010 by olddog
October 26, 2010
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"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime." ~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
From the moment Obama/Soetoro was sworn into office, Americans galvanized into Impeach Obama Now! factions.
However, there is a problem here because two wrongs don't make a right, which is why I have not supported any petitions calling for impeachment.
Despite the continued protestations by Obama/Soetoro supporters and professional liars in the dominant media, there is no question the usurper camped out in the White House was never eligible to run for president of these united States of America. All the huffing, puffing, vile name calling and protesting does not and cannot alter the legal fact that Obama/Soetoro was born with dual citizenship. It is his father's citizenship status at the time Obama/Soetoro was born that clearly makes him ineligible to be president.
We're all aware of the 40 or so lawsuits filed to expose Obama/Soetoro's perfidy and the decisions rendered by cowardly federal judges using the cop out – "standing" – as their justification in tossing the lawsuits. We're all aware that even though tens of thousands of Americans demanded the electoral college not certify the vote for the impostor on the ballot, they also proved to be gutless cowards or political hacks who value party loyalty over the U.S. Constitution. The final stop on the way to certifying an ineligible candidate was the U.S. Congress who sat on their cowardly backsides, January 9, 2009, knowing full well there were millions of Americans questioning the legitimacy of Obama/Soetoro's eligibility. Yet, not a single member of Congress (and that includes Ron Paul) stood up on the floor and objected. There is an orderly procedure that could have been triggered had one member of the Outlaw Congress stood up. Instead, they all stood down and here we are today with a constitutional crisis that is not going away.
As Obama/Soetoro clearly was never eligible to run for the presidency, once he "took" office, he legally became a usurper. That action is defined as: to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
Now, we either believe in the supreme law of the land or we pursue an alternative path that sets a horrible legal precedent. What do I mean by that? You cannot impeach a usurper. To do so (even if the House were to file charges) would be to give legitimacy to Obama/Soetoro holding the office of president. That already happened once in our history with Chester Arthur. We cannot allow it to happen again no matter how frustrated and enraged we are about the actions of that empty suit sullying the people's house. To give legitimacy to his presidency would cement all the bills he signed into law as if they were valid under the U.S. Constitution.
We also have to look at reality. Nutty Nancy Pelosi made it quite clear when the Democrats took control of the Outlaw Congress there would be no impeachment against George Bush, Jr. He was worth far more political currency to the morally and ethically bankrupt Democratic Party than removing him. The Republican Party is expected to gain more than enough seats in the house in the upcoming election. Congressman Darrell Issa [R-CA] has made it clear there will be no impeachment proceeding:
Issa: 'Not a chance' of Obama impeachment under GOP House
October 22, 2010
"If Republicans take control of the House, there is "not a chance at this point" that they will try to impeach President Obama, a top Republican lawmaker said this week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who would helm the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if the GOP wins on Election Day, said that his party will not try to bring impeachment charges simply because it disagrees with the president….Look, disagreeing with the president — the president using his authority, maybe even misusing it — that's not what impeachment's for," he added. "Do we have disagreements? Yes. Do we want to see that the president strictly adheres to process? Yes."
I'm not going to rehash all the unconstitutional bills Obama/Soetoro has signed since he was unlawfully sworn into office. One should remember the only way a bill gets to a president's desk is from the Outlaw Congress. That's where the treachery begins. Having said that, without question, the entire nation is shuddering under the weight of Obama/Soetoro's communitarian beliefs and actions. Everyday is a new attack on freedom and liberty spear headed by the usurper.
As I have said for quite some time, I firmly believe there is no way Obama/Soetoro will run in 2012. Certainly, continuing to raise the specter of another Obama/Soetoro term is good for ratings on Hannity, O'Reilly and conservative talk radio. It's also a good theme for dangerous, vile individuals like Newt Gingrich to raise money for their political organizations.
However, Obama/Soetoro's handlers (the shadow government) got away with fraud the first time around, they know it won't happen a second time. There's no way Obama/Soetoro can get ballot qualified in 2012 in a single state. Nancy Pelosi and others pulled off fraud with their candidate declarations to the 50 states of the Union in 2008, but they won't get away with it a second time. Pelosi and her gang of coconspirators should also be indicted by a federal grand jury. Don't think it can't happen. There are many very smart, dedicated individuals working to see all who participated in putting Obama/Soetoro on states ballots are brought to justice.
How this will all play out, I don't know. Obama/Soetoro has admitted to cocaine use; Larry Sinclair has accused him of being a user as late as 1999. Wayne Madsen recently penned a piece outlining how there is a crisis underway in the White House:
Wayne Madsen: White House in Crisis
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment likely to be invoked; Obama being shipped out!
"Washington has not witnessed so much top level White House intrigue since October 20, 1973, when a Saturday night saw President Nixon fire the Watergate independent counsel, the U.S. attorney general, and the deputy attorney general in the “Saturday Night Massacre.” Just ten days earlier, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with accepting bribes while governor of Maryland.
"In the case of President Obama, the senior firings are not happening during a single night but the recent involuntary sudden departures of the White House chief of staff and national security adviser, along with what WMR can confirm from multiple sources is a president who is suffering from Nixonian levels of paranoia, depression, and schizophrenia, has some top-level administration officials considering the first-ever invocation of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment — the involuntary removal of the president from office. The White House meltdown has the Washington political circuit buzzing under the surface.
"Unlike Watergate and the Iran-contra scandal, however, the corporate media is refusing to report on the breakdown of the Obama administration and the internecine political warfare within the Executive Office of the President."
Madsen is a serious investigative journalist with excellent sources. The usurper has had the citizenship issue hanging over his head since mid-2007. He and Militant Michelle have been partying in their White House digs like there's no tomorrow. Whenever there's some heat, Obama/Soetoro hops on his favorite toy, Air Force One, and either goes on another vacation, visiting foreign countries or is out campaigning for his party. Anything to duck sitting around looking incompetent. I believe the fake First Couple know they are a one trick fraud and are living it up while they have the American taxpayers' open checkbook at their disposal. Many pundits continue to remark how detached Obama/Soetoro seems and not really "into" the task of being president. I believe this reflects knowing he won't be around for a second term. He does what he's told and while living it up in style.
Should the usurper remain in office, there is no way he will get the nod at the Democratic National Convention. Take money to the bank on that. It won't happen. There's no way to salvage that shipwreck. Obama/Soetoro's handlers might try to keep him in office as long as possible – if to do nothing more than checkmate any legislation coming out of the "new" Congress in January 2011. You see, if the usurper's handlers throw him under the bus early, next in line is Joseph Biden, who I believe is in the early stages of dementia. Not a good choice for the global cabal running Washington, DC. But, let's put that aside for the moment.
Is there any possibility that Obama/Soetoro can still be removed from office? Yes. There is still one case, Kerchner v Obama, which I have followed from the beginning. The wind has shifted direction since Leo Donofrio's first case was discussed at the Supreme Court level in December 2008. Mario Apuzzo, attorney for Kerchner, et al, is a real warrior and has fought for his clients in the aforementioned case. It has now gone to the next step:
"Kerchner et al v Obama/Congress/Pelosi et al Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 30 Sep 2010 and docketed 04 Oct 2010 with the U.S. Supreme Court – Washington Times National Weeklyedition – 18 & 11 Oct 2010 issues, page 5. U.S. Supreme Court Docket Number: 10-446. Response from defendants due to the U.S. Supreme Court by 3 Nov 2010."
Let me shift gears for a moment. There's an old saying: Timing in life is everything. HalfPastHuman is a web site that deals in predictive linguistics. Cliff has been pinpointing Nov 8 – 12 as a tipping point for events which could (I stress could) turn this country upside down. I've followed George Ure, Cliff, Bob Chapman and Gerald Celente for a long time. Quite frankly, it's scary how accurate their predictions are in real time. Let's look a few dates here to see what has my attention:
Nov 2 — National elections
Nov 3 — Federal Reserve Chairman, Helicopter Ben Bernanke, is expected to announce a new round of printing tons of worthless fiat currency which will, on cue, make the situation worse as far as the economy is concerned.
Nov 4 — Usurper, Obama/Soetoro leaves for India and other exotic locations. The original departure date was Nov 7, 2010. He is scheduled to return on Nov. 14th. An unusually long trip outside the U.S. for a president. Regardless of any "official" explanation as to why his departure date was moved up, I find it suspicious – as well as the length of time he is to be out of country.
Nov 11 – 12 – Next meeting of the G-20 group. Those geniuses are going to try to figure out how to reverse decades of unrestrained, irresponsible fiscal policies. Too late.
This year elections may not be decided by five minutes after the polls close. We know electronic ballot fraud as well as scanners and human fraud will play a huge factor, again. I am hopeful that candidates who allegedly lose — either by a landslide or close margin – will challenge the vote. Having the outcome of some races (especially the senate) drag on for weeks or even months will have more negative impact for our country. Recall the circus over the 2008 election between incumbent Norm Coleman [R-MN] and a vulgar, completely unqualified candidate, Al Franken. That recount lasted 238 days – roughly seven months. It could happen in less than ten days in a half dozen senate races. Fair election results must trump expediency — even if it means a joke like Franken gets into office. There's that Seventeenth Amendment argument again…..
The banking cartel is on the ropes with their money racket teetering on the brink, and with Foreclosure Gate now in full exposure, the problem is compounded by a factor of a few billion.
The usurper is beating it out of the country three days earlier than originally scheduled and is staying out of the country for a lengthy time.
One of the most important elections in our history is nine days away.
The international banking boys are going to meet in an effort to see which end of the Titanic they should stand on before half the world goes down in economic flames.
All these events clustered in a short period of time; Nov 2 – 12th. Just some food for thought.
Going back to the original theme of this column, besides impeachment, is there any other way to remove Obama/Soetoro? Yes, and it could have and should have been done more than a year ago. But, the requirements to qualify for under a Quo Warranto are stringent. Leo Donofrio and Stephen Pidgeon, both brilliant attorneys who have been involved in citizenship cases in the past, now represent roughly 82 Chrysler dealers in bankruptcy proceedings. The history is on Leo's web site. It does require some reading time if you haven't been able to keep up with it all. Leo and Stephen's first obligation to their clients is the bankruptcy lawsuit, but that does not rule out a Quo Warranto which could happen before 2012. 
The Quo Warranto statute was specifically written to remove a usurper from office and that without question is Barack Hussein Obama. I know time is an issue for everyone as our beloved republic is under attack 24/7 by those who wish to destroy these united States of America. If you desire to fully understand the entire history behind natural born citizen, the Fourteenth Amendment as it relates to the usurper and quo warranto, I put it all together in one master file here. If you can't read it all at one time, book mark the link and get back to it because it is critical in understanding the fraud perpetrated by Obama/Soetoro and his coconspirators.
Does this mean Barack Hussein Obama/Soetoro should get away with his crimes even if he stays until the 2012 election? Absolutely not. He has always known, as well as others, that he was ineligible to run for the presidency because of his dual citizenship. In my mind, there is no question the usurper is guilty under 18 U.S.C. §1343: wire fraud. Obama/Soetoro knowingly solicited campaign funds electronically (TV, radio, Internet) knowing full well his citizenship status made him ineligible. More than $600 million bux poured in and despite enough paper evidence to warrant a full investigation by the FEC regarding foreign contributions, they refuse. However, before the statute of limitations runs, the Department of Justice could indict Obama/Soetoro, and if convicted, he would spend decades in prison where he belongs.
I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday and I'm not naive. At some point, all these holes in the dam will burst and the long arm of the law will go after Obama, just the same as justice should be done in bringing Bush to trial over his lying regarding the illegal invasion of Iraq; which is not a dead issue and that's all I can say about it at this time.
Why are so many talented, decent Americans continuing the Herculean efforts to bring Bush and Obama/Soetoro to justice in a court of law? Because it is the right thing to do for our country. Every time we the people allow lawbreakers (like Marxist duo, Bill and Hillary) to get away with their crimes, the further our country slips into the muck of a banana republic. We cannot and must not allow that to happen.
As badly as we all want the usurper removed from the White House, it will not happen via impeachment. That comes out of the mouth of a powerful Republican who will, barring some disaster or major vote fraud, return to Washington in January. We cannot allow our rage and frustration to set another horrible legal precedent: you cannot impeach someone who has never legally held office. Usurper means that individual never occupied the office. We must stick to the correct legal remedy.
Right now we need to concentrate our efforts on winning the major fights underway, i.e., getting ALL of the unconstitutional ObamaCare repealed; some provisions are also in the stimulus bill that was signed into law and those must also be repealed and stopped. I would also like to stress how critically important it is to boot out all state reps and state senators who refuse to uphold the U.S. Constitution, who have destroyed their state economies with their foolish legislation and their refusal to take the necessary steps to secure your state from financial disaster; see link below. Get prepared because the worst is about to slam this nation. The elections on November 2, 2010, will not bring some magic bullet relief. It's a long, hard road ahead.
1- In the Shadow of Nemisis
2- Former Chrysler dealers fight back using the Quo Warranto
Alaska Judge Orders Release of Miller's Employment Records(U.S. Senate candidate, Joe Miller) Obama/Soetoro worked as a state senator for Illinois before he unlawfully became a U.S. Senator, yet the courts refuse to release any of his school records.
Letter to 1100 State Legislators – Sound Money Bill
Index of documents in package delivered to: Richard Durbin,
Chief US Attorney for the North-Western, District of TX for
Criminal Matters by Devvy on February 27, 2009, Austin, Texas
Masters of Seduction – communitarianism
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October 25th, 2010 by olddog
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Regardless of any connection that may have had with events today, it is clear that the underlying motive of the present drive for regional government is the consolidation of state and local governments into regional units under total federal control. The people will be excluded from the political and governmental processes.”
“If the day should ever arrive, (which God forbid!), when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by prefects sent from Washington, and when the self-government of the states shall have been so far lost as that of the departments of France, or even so far as that of the counties of England–on that day the progressive political career of the American people will have come to an end, and the hopes that have been built upon it for the future happiness and prosperity of mankind will be wrecked forever.” – John Fiske, historian, quoted in “Our Changing Constitution” by Charles W. Pierson, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922.Unfortunately, God did not forbid it, and the day of control of local affairs by Washington is here. It comes in the form of “regionalism” and the weapon for imposing it is federal “revenue-sharing”.
We’ve found traces of Regionalism as far back as the 1920′s, in fact, the 1922 book mentioned above dealt with the federal incursions into state and local affairs and the Constitutional perversions used to justify it.
Earlier still, though we don’t know if it had any connection with the present federal drive for empire, the consolidation of Philadelphia in 1854 is a good example of one of the main goals of modern regionalism — the reduction of the number of local governments and elected officials. In that case, six boroughs, thirteen townships, and nine districts were combined into one city. Prior to that, we had such places as Germantown Borough, Germantown Twp., Roxborough Borough, etc, and, of course, Philadelphia County. In some sections of the city the action is still called the “crime of 1854″. And a crime it was! The people of the townships and boroughs were robbed of a substantial part of their representation and all of their local control.
Regardless of any connection that may have had with events today, it is clear that the underlying motive of the present drive for regional government is the consolidation of state and local governments into regional units under total federal control. The people will be excluded from the political and governmental processes.
The stage was set in 1913 for this federal usurpation of those powers delegated by the Constitution to the states and to the people. The Federal Reserve Act, together with the 16th Amendment permitting the graduated income tax, assured the Federal Government economic dominance of the states, and the 17th Amendment, sold to the people as a great triumph of democracy, took away state control of the Senate, thereby eliminating one of the most important Constitutional checks for maintaining the balance of power between the States and the Federal Government.
The promoters of centralization wasted no time in taking advantage of their new powers. In the revised 1923 edition of his 1915 book, “The New American Government and Its Work”, (Note the term “New”–implying the replacement of an “Old”!), James T. Young says, “Whenever it appears that the Constitution hinders a transfer of power from the States to Congress, those interested seek some expedient by which to evade this obstacle…”. He then cites “judicial interpretation” and “commerce regulating power” as two methods and continues, “The third, and at present most promising way is the subsidy plan. Congress grants to the States a fund under its power to tax and to appropriate for the general welfare. This fund is given only on condition that the States appropriate a similar sum and that the total amount be used for a definite purpose fixed in the Federal Law. This purpose may be, and often is, entirely outside the regulating authority of Congress.” That is the principle method used today to promote “Regionalism” (Federal takeover). It is commonly known as the “carrot and stick” method. The legal term is, “Bribery and Extortion”.
This might be a good point to interrupt the history of regionalism and discuss what’s wrong with it. The most important thing we can think of is that it effectively removes the people from the electoral process. It does this by concentrating power in units of government that are increasingly larger and more remote from the people and by establishing commissions and authorities composed of appointed officials who do not answer to the people.
As government moves to higher levels, towns to counties to “sub-state regions” to states to “federal regions” to the federal government itself, the per capita representation goes down and the people lose all control over elections. In a small town of thousands, a few knowledgeable citizens can inform enough others to oust corrupt officials. It’s almost impossible in a county with hundreds of thousands, or a state with millions. When it comes to a national government of hundreds of millions, only those who finance the nation and the elections can influence the elected officials and unelected bureaucrats.
Resuming the background, it’s fairly common knowledge, certainly among those who have fought the growth of government, that centralization received a major boost in the 1930′s as a result of the depression (which we were told the Federal Reserve was created to prevent — were we lied to?). Less known today is the plan announced in the New York Times Magazine on April 24, 1935, to divide the nation into nine “Departments”. Under the plan, States’ rights would have been abolished. The plan, so boldly announced, undoubtedly met very stiff opposition, so nothing came of it–at the time. In fact, in 1943, Governor Carr of Colorado said he had uncovered a government plan to set up “regional dictatorships”. Carr said that regional authorities would be setup “ostensibly to regulate physical resources”. Of course, government officials denied any knowledge of such a plan. However, in 1972, Richard Nixon, by Executive Order 11647, divided the country into ten “Federal Regions”. In typical Orwellian “Double-Speak”, he called it “decentralization”. In 1979, by E.O. 12149, Jimmy Carter established Federal Regional Councils for each of those districts. This has been the pattern–announce the plan, deny in the face of opposition, continue in darkness, then slip quietly into the light again. Under heat of opposition to the reemerged scheme, Ronald Reagan, so we understand, rescinded those E.O.’s, but we have to believe that, if true, the program just slid back into the cover of darkness again.
In the 1960′s, prior to Nixon’s E.O. 11647, the drive had picked up momentum again in the form of various “revenue- sharing” schemes. Federal officials pointed out that, now collecting over 70% of the nations tax revenues, Washington was in a better financial position to solve the problems of the states and our local governments. The Federal Deficit was apparently not noticed. That many of the problems were caused by prior Federal meddling in state and local affairs was ignored.
Possibly the most damning piece of evidence as to the intent of “Revenue-Sharing” is the audaciously honest book “Revenue-Sharing” by Congressman Henry Reuss. Reuss, a leading sponsor of the program, makes it clear in the book that “Revenue- Sharing” should be used as “an incentive” to states to “modernize” their local governments. To qualify for the federal handouts, states would have to submit a “good faith” plan showing how they intend to implement this “modernization” of local government. Among the things to be included are: consolidation of the “too many”, “fragmented”, “balkanized”, “minuscule”, “jungle of”, “outmoded”, “horse and buggy” local governments; establishment of regional planning mechanisms; state constitutional changes to permit “interstate compacts”; steps to reduce the number of elected officials and to replace them with appointed ones (because being “forced” to vote for too many officials confuses the voters); and finally, to make provisions for state income taxes–the more “progressive”, the better. He also wants the larger governmental units created by the program to be able to setup more “services”, borrow with less state restriction, and, of course, be able to levy more taxes in addition to the increased funds from federal and state programs. The “federal” money (the carrot) will come on the condition that the states and locals use it for ends consistent with a “national purpose”. If not, the funds will be withheld (the stick).
Even before Reuss’s book was published, it is evident that the intent of Congress was known. Some states had already begun complying. In 1968, for example, Pennsylvania amended its constitution to permit interstate compacts, boundary changes, and to “free” the expansion and taxing powers of local governments. It is through the expansion of “services” and taxing powers that the local governments will become such unbearable burdens that the people will demand that they be abolished. The regionalists will be able to say, “We only gave the people what they wanted”.
In 1972, the Pennsylvania State Legislature, yielding to the federal pressure, passed Act 62 of 1972, the so-called, “Home Rule and Optional Plans Act”. Act 62 is designed to carry out the federal plans to destroy (modernize) local government while creating an illusion of a “grass roots movement”. It permits almost unlimited expansion of local government and taxes, and the transfer of powers from one government to another. To create the “grass roots” illusion, the method of implementation provided by Act 62 is “citizen referendum”. A commission is elected to “study” the present form of government, be it township, borough, or county. After an allotted time specified in the Act, they issue their report. They may recommend keeping the present form, adopting a “Home Rule” charter, or changing to one of the “Optional Plans” provided in Act 62.
This last point must be emphasized. The only recommendations the commission can make regarding changing the form of government are: keep the present form, write a Charter, or adopt an “Optional Plan”. The Masters of Deceit in the Department of Community Affairs (now the Department of Community and Economic Development) try to tell us that if we don’t like Act 62 government after we’ve tried it, “it appears” we can go back to the old codes. We can’t! Act 62 does not give any provision for placing a question on the ballot for going back. When we asked state “consultants” to the Bucks County’s second commission to cite statutes that would authorize such a question, they could not.
How will the new forms destroy our townships and boroughs? In two ways. The slow way is to get a majority of them under Act 62 and then expand them under the new powers granted. Eventually, they will become such an intrusive and costly burden that the people will demand they be eliminated.
A much quicker method is through adoption of a “Home Rule” Charter or an optional plan at the county level. Again, through the broad grant of powers to tax and spend (pronounced: provide services) the county will ultimately come to dwarf the local units. The argument will then be made that the townships and boroughs are insignificant and superfluous, and they will be eliminated. The counties will become “cities”. Preparing the way for further consolidation of those “cities”, the governor, by Executive Directive 48 dated August 28, 1972, divided Pennsylvania into 10 sub-state regions.
Of course, proponents of Home Rule or Optional Plan Government vehemently deny that is regionalism–now! But at first they admitted, almost gloated, over the prospects of regionalizing local government through the Act. Like typical utopian gurus expecting the sheep (that’s us) to see immediately the brilliance of their ‘enlightened” schemes, they announced it openly. Denial began when we refused to follow the pipers and push our local governments into the sea. But they were too late. It was their words that we used to defeat them three times in Bucks County.
A word of caution. There are some who think that they can beat the intent of the Act by writing clauses in a “Home Rule” Charter that in some way limits the broad grant of powers or expands the “Opt-Out” clause. There are others who will do it to deliberately deceive the voters. Don’t be fooled. They can’t! Act 62 is the law. A local charter commission can’t amend acts of the legislature, and the “broad grant of power” and the provisions for a local government to “opt-out” are clear. Citizens of a county who accept a charter or Optional Plan because they think they can beat the Act will likely learn the hard way, and the price will be high. It will eventually cost them their townships and boroughs.
Despite the three “Home Rule”/Optional Plan victories at the county level in Bucks, we’ve hardly put a dent in regionalism, because Act 62 is only one part of a multi-pronged attack on local representative government. It is intended to give an appearance of a “grass-roots” origin to any changes, to make the people think it is their idea. However, if the people can’t be fooled, there are also COGS (Councils of Government), Regional Planning Commissions, special purpose authorities, “Urban County” status, etc. These are designed to bring in regionalism over, under, and around the people and their local officials if they can’t get through them. Still, because the illusion of a “grass-roots” source of regional government is important to those promoting it, the “Home Rule and Optional Plans Act” is their preferred method of achieving regional government.
We’ll end this article as we began it, quoting from Pierson’s “Our Changing Constitution”. We’ve chosen a few pertinent comments by the author himself.
“What then of the future? Is the Constitution hopelessly out of date? Are the states to be submerged and virtually obliterated in the drift toward centralization? No thoughtful patriot can view such a possibility without the gravest misgivings. The integrity of the states was a cardinal principle of our governmental scheme. Abandon that and we are adrift from the moorings which to the minds of statesmen of past generations constituted the safety of the republic.”
“There is another aspect of the matter, however. The burden of federal bureaucracy is beginning to be felt by the average man. He is being regulated more and more in his meats and drinks, his morals and the activities of his daily life, from Washington. If he will only stop and think he must realize that no one central authority can supervise the daily lives of a hundred million people scattered over half a continent, without becoming top-heavy.”
“In the very nature of things there is bound to be a reaction against centralization sooner or later. The real question is whether it will come in time to save the present constitutional scheme.”
That was 1922! We’ve sunk a long way, baby!
October 22nd, 2010 by olddog
By Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow, Ret.
August 28, 2010
The story is that when a condemned convict has finally exhausted his appeals, stays, and pre-execution pleas and is making that final walk to the execution chamber his last faltering steps are marked by these echoing words, “Dead man walking.” The words are chilling and at the same time prophetic as they mark with a certainty that soon – very soon – the vital physical functions that sustain life and animate the being will be terminated and he will go from life to death and exist only as a memory.
It occurs to me that nations and civilizations are like men in that they live and function, establish relationships, make enemies and friends, inhabit a temporary space as an infinitesimal speck in a boundless universe, enter into a terminal stage and die, are mourned for a while, and then exist only as a memory. Some live longer than others, some are more prominent than others, some are more benevolent than others, some are more evil than others, but all enter into that final stage and ultimately perish.
The heart of a man pumps the blood that sustains the function of all of the organs that make a man a living being. When the heart of man becomes diseased and corrupted it can no longer provide the vital organs with nourishment and the man dies. The heart of a nation is its people. When the people become diseased with the filthiness of immorality they no longer provide the healthy nourishment that sustains the life of a nation, and the nation dies.
The United States is a dead man walking.
The filthy immoral practices, the corrupt and perverse politicians, the deadly social disunity, the crumbling constitution, the debased young of society, and above all the rejection of the one true God – God the Father, God the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit – are all symptoms of a diseased heart. This nation is taking those last faltering steps to the chamber of death.
ALL THE KINGS MEN AND ALL THE KINGS HORSES
During my tenure as sheriff I collected a number of amusing stories and anecdotes. Among them is the following.
One morning my Chief Deputy came into my office carrying a taped account of an emergency 911 call that was processed by the communications center. The dialogue as recorded on that tape follows:
911 Operator: “What is your emergency?”
The Caller: (very agitated) “My mother stabbed my father.”
911 Operator: (misunderstanding the caller) “What’s wrong with your mother?”
The Caller: “She’s distraught!”
911 Operator: (finally realizing that the father is the emergency) “What is the nature of your father’s injuries?”
The Caller: “He has been stabbed (inaudible) and is bleeding heavily.”
911 Operator: The operator assuming erroneously that the victim had been stabbed in an extremity explains that a tourniquet should be applied above the wound and twisted tight to stem the flow of blood. Then as an after thought asks, “where exactly is the wound?”
The Caller: “In the neck.”
In this nation today we are continually entertained by the dimwitted politicos who – like the 911 operator in the preceding story – make one ignorant assumption upon another causing them to put forth simple-minded and dim-witted solutions to stem the flow of life’s blood from this Commonwealth. These idiots are wrapping a tourniquet around the neck of this nation and cinching it tight. They are stemming the intake of life-sustaining nourishment to the economy and commerce and systematically strangling the nation. Old Uncle Sam is turning blue, his tongue is protruding, his eyes are bulging, and he is in the grip of the spasmodic throes of death; neither the king nor his horses will bring him back to life.
THE SOURCE OF OUR DESTRUCTION
“And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” Genesis 3:11
God of course knew the answer to the question that He put to Adam and Eve before His words were spoken. And He knew from which dark and evil mind came the impetus for the disobedience of Adam and Eve and the subsequent fall of man into sin and separation from God. It is this same black spirit that leads and directs the actions of all who fail to re-establish rapport with God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is the same evil entity that rules the nations of the world and controls the destinies of the unsaved. Those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ are, by default, the sons and daughters of Satan and under his control.
When a society rejects the God of Creation, institutes vile works, pursues depraved human activity that is condemned and prohibited by Scripture, and lives by an unholy creed, that society belongs to – and is in possession of – Satan’s demonic kingdom. This is dear reader the present status of the United States.
THE PROBLEM IS SPIRITUAL – NOT SECULAR
Consistently I am told that in order to salvage what is left of the Republic we must regain or restore states rights, if one could circumvent a corrupted and activist non-constitutional judiciary that might be an option. The problem is that states rights were effectively nullified, in fact destroyed, by Abraham Lincoln and his New Englander war cabinet those many years ago when the southern states boldly stepped up and asserted their constitutional right to secede from a rapidly forming unholy union. These were brutally burned and savaged by a bestialized federal government. It was the first bite out of the constitution and was followed by a long series of successive bites from the venerable documented founding of the establishment of the law and the immutable principles upon which the nation was based.
When it suits their purpose the Republicans, who claim to be conservative and non-progressive, incessantly clamor for a restoration of constitutional governance when in fact constitutional governance was actually destroyed by their own political party. By refusing to strictly adhere to the constitution as written and established the politicians and the courts make it appear that it is ineffective and have opened the door to that new constitutional convention that the socialist Democrats have been mightily striving to bring about. If this comes to pass, and if we last that long which I sincerely doubt, the ragged remnants of a nearly perfect constitution will be thrown out and replaced with a communist manifesto that the socialists can rule by.
The constitution should never have been amended beyond the Bill of Rights. Every change and addition beyond the first ten amendments has brought this nation interminable grief.
In a recent article “Rules Of Engagement For Freedom And Prosperity” newswithviews writer Andrew Wallace succinctly laid out the politically caused degradation that is upon this nation and suggested a remedial program to restore constitutional governance and the sovereignty of the people. I do not quibble with Andrew’s findings, they are well documented, but I see the anomalies that he highlights as the symptoms of a spiritually diseased and debased society.
POINT AND COUNTERPOINT
My previous article, “Disarming America,” brought an interesting assortment of mail. I received, as I knew I would, letters from a smattering of pacifist Christians who seemingly refuse to take Jesus out of the cradle and recognize Him as the mighty God of the Universe and the creator of everything that was created, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Too many visualize Jesus as a wandering longhaired hippie, mildly benign and ever pious. Is it any wonder that the heathen depict Him with a peace sign draped around His neck and think of Him only as a nomadic guru. Those who call themselves servants of Christ and then contribute to the fostering of this image of the God of the Universe ought to be ashamed.
A few wrote to take issue with my characterization of Luke 22: 35-38 and John 18:11 in regard to the sword and the use of the sword. That I extrapolate from these scriptures an inherent right to possess firearms apparently irritated a few, but these were far from a majority of those who wrote.
Several writers took exception to my gun rights stand by equating firearms with killing. These always misquote the Sixth Commandment as “Thou Shalt Not Kill”, when what the unexpurgated Holy Bible really articulates is “Thou Shalt Not Commit Murder” To simply say that we shall not kill does not differentiate between the taking of a human life and the killing of an animal for food and covering. It is pretty difficult to compromise this misperceived blanket censor of killing with the fact that God slew an animal to obtain a hide to clothe the nakedness of both Adam and Eve.
The stricture against killing is construed, by those who should know better, to include living species other than men. Many goofy pacifist Christians take it to that level. I like steak, and I certainly am not going to be able eat steak without the slaughtering (killing) of a steer. It is this line of thinking that explains the mindset of the dovish noodles that think that they can live on vegetables alone.
Murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by another human being, in other words the taking of a human life with malice aforethought. I hate the person, I am going to kill the person, I will carry out a plan to kill the person, and I kill the person. This is murder, and is forbidden by God. Premeditation in regard to murder has no affixed time limit; one might premeditate a murder for seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, or years.
Now, consider the following. I am in my home minding my own business when some felon who has premeditated my killing breaks into my home with a gun or a knife with the express intent to murder me. I don’t know how long this person has premeditated my murder and I don’t care. I like the life that God has bestowed upon me and don’t want to give it up to a filthy Godless miscreant. So before this felon carries out his intent to riddle my hide with bullet projectiles or the blade of a knife I produce a firearm and shoot him to death, have I committed a Biblically forbidden act? No, I have not.
Now suppose that before I can defend myself this murderous felon (with malice aforethought) carries out his premeditated killing of me. The state steps in as they are called by God to do and establishes that my murder was premeditated (with malice aforethought) and sentences the murderer to death. Agents of the state carry out the writ of execution and stick him with a needle, pour the juice to him, stretch his neck, or ventilate his vitals with a taxpayer-funded bullet. Is the state, or the designated agents thereof, transgressing Biblical edicts? Nope. The Bible condones the stoning to death of cold-blooded murderers, does it not? Read the Book.
Finally, you have killed another human being accidentally and without malice aforethought or premeditation. But, the family has blood in their eyes and plans, with malice aforethought, to murder you to gain retribution for the accidental death that you have caused. What do you do? Better run to the temple and grab the horns of the altar. The horns these days are the courts where justice is rarely served or dispensed, but it is your only hope for refuge.
IS THE END OF THE AGE UPON US?
In my writings I have been fairly consistent in expressing my belief that the day of the Lord is hard upon us. Some have written in an attempt to disabuse me of this belief and to remind me of Christ’s impartation that not even He knew the day and the hour of His coming. That the day will arrive is a certainty, and if it did not God’s Word would have returned to Him void, which is an impossibility.
I have repeatedly declared that I am neither a prognosticator nor a prophet. And I put no faith in those who claim such God-given insight. My faith is solely and solidly in Jesus Christ. So to those who have admonished me in regard to my speculation I will just say that it is based upon a juxtaposing of the rapidly unfolding vile and evil corruptness of men and the rapid succession of truly cataclysmic occurrences that are being visited upon the world in diverse places alongside God-given Biblical prophesy. The following words by Peter confirm that even an obdurate denial of Christ’s soon coming is a sign that the last days are neigh.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” II Peter: 3: 3-4
If one is truly a believer in, and a servant of, the Lord Jesus Christ that person is expected to have the wisdom and the light to discern the signs of the times and to extrapolate from those signs the immediacy of Christ’s return. The Apostle Paul expressed it best with the following scripture:
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 4-5
And finally an admonition for those who love Christ, but are spiritually uncertain as to His coming:
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13
And all God’s people say – Amen!
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