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The very angry first lady | Washington Times

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via CURL: The very angry first lady – Washington Times.

…Now, she is ready to spew her bilious disgust with America on the campaign trail. A dignified, transcendent first lady? No chance. Michelle is going to break with a hundred years of tradition and play the role of attack dog, heaping derision on her husband’s political opponents like no other first lady before her…

 

Food Price Inflation, CPI and Expenditures | ERS/USDA Briefing Room

10/30/2011 Comments off

via ERS/USDA Briefing Room – Food CPI and Expenditures.

Overview The Consumer Price Index CPI for all food increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010 and is forecast to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2011.

Also – see here for data  –  Food CPI and Expenditures: CPI for Food Forecasts

The Provocation and False Flags Surrounding Iran & Israel | Truth is Treason

10/30/2011 Comments off

via Truth is Treason

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For ten months the Obama administration has presided over the “Arab Spring,” a geopolitical gambit years in the making, and executed simultaneously in multiple nations throughout the Middle East and North Africa in the beginning of 2011. The regional conflagration was stoked by a steady stream of first, denial, even feigned surprise, with covert support for US-backed opposition groups, then more overt support, and finally NATO airstrikes, weapons, training, and special operations forces lent to the rebellion in Libya and weapons and support sent to Syria’s militants. These collective efforts stretching from Tunisia and leading up to Iran’s doorstep serve a singular agenda -that is, to contain and ultimately overturn the reemergence of Russia as well as containing the rise of China…

What Is Prepping?

10/30/2011 Comments off

At its heart, prepping is simply preparing for the future.  And since there is no certainty of what that future may bring, preppers frequently hope for the best yet prepare for the worse. And with good reason, many preppers feel that we are on the verge of a significant change in life as we know it.

So they prepare…

at PreppingToSurvive.com

U.S. Plans Post-Iraq Troop Increase in Persian Gulf | NYTimes.com

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After unsuccessfully pressing both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government to permit as many as 20,000 American troops to remain in Iraq beyond 2011, the Pentagon is now drawing up an alternative.

In addition to negotiations over maintaining a ground combat presence in Kuwait, the United States is considering sending more naval warships through international waters in the region.

With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran, the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. While the United States has close bilateral military relationships with each, the administration and the military are trying to foster a new “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf that would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defense.

The size of the standby American combat force to be based in Kuwait remains the subject of negotiations…

via U.S. Plans Post-Iraq Troop Increase in Persian Gulf – NYTimes.com.

What Have We Gotten For The Trillion Dollars We Have Spent On Wars In Afghanistan, Iraq And Libya? | Economic Collapse Blog

10/29/2011 Comments off

via What Have We Gotten For The Trillion Dollars We Have Spent On Wars In Afghanistan, Iraq And Libya? | Economic Collapse Blog

Over a trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars have been spent on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Whether you are for the wars or against the wars, it is important for all of us to step back and evaluate what we have really gotten for all of that money. In Libya, we have actually helped al-Qaeda forces that were shooting at U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan take over the country. Now they have announced that they will be imposing strict Sharia law on all of Libya. After 10 years of having our boys shot up in Afghanistan, the Afghan government is so “grateful” that they are publicly saying that they will side with Pakistan in any future war against the United States. In Iraq, Islamic radicals are beheading and murdering dozens and dozens of Christians and the new Iraqi government seemingly can’t wait to push the remaining U.S. soldiers out of the country. We ran up well over a trillion dollars of new debt to “liberate” these countries, but are they really in better shape than they were before these wars? Are we really in better shape than we were before these wars?…

Protecting You From Reality: Government Targets “Rogue” Web Sites and Alternative Media | SHTFPlan

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Ten Years After the Patriot Act, a Look at Three of the Most Dangerous Provisions Affecting Ordinary Americans | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Ten Years After the Patriot Act, a Look at Three of the Most Dangerous Provisions Affecting Ordinary Americans | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Ten years ago today, in the name of protecting national security and guarding against terrorism, President George W. Bush signed into law some of the most sweeping changes to search and surveillance law in modern American history. Unfortunately known as the USA PATRIOT Act, many of its provisions incorporate decidedly unpatriotic principles barred by the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. Provisions of the PATRIOT Act have been used to target innocent Americans and are widely used in investigations that have nothing to do with national security.

Much of the PATRIOT Act was a wish list of changes to surveillance law that Congress had previously rejected because of civil liberties concerns. When reintroduced as the PATRIOT Act after September 11th, those changes — and others — passed with only limited congressional debate.

Just what sort of powers does the PATRIOT Act grant law enforcement when it comes to surveillance and sidestepping due process? Here are three provisions of the PATRIOT Act that were sold to the American public as necessary anti-terrorism measures, but are now used in ways that infringe on ordinary citizens’ rights:

1. SECTION 215 – “ANY TANGIBLE THING”…

Does Anyone Still Doubt We Languish in a Police-State? | LewRockwell.com

10/29/2011 Comments off

via Becky Akers, LewRockwell.com

Hard to keep track of what’s illegal these days. The most innocuous deeds can land a serf behind bars even as crimes worthy of a sociopath earn rulers the Nobel Prize.

And so the Feds order some drones to kill American citizens and others to sexually assault them. You might think cops who pretend they joined “the force” to protect rather than lord it over us would hie themselves to DC and collar the criminals preying on us.

But no. Instead, they waddle about our neighborhoods, arresting us for “crimes” that aren’t, as they’ve done for decades – a reign of terror so long that few Americans even notice anymore…

Travel-school-prison... vignettes from the police state

White House Orders Review Of Energy Department Loans To Avoid Solyndra Subpoena And Exercising “Executive Privilege” | ZeroHedge

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via | ZeroHedge.

The Solyndra-gate scandal, which the GOP realizes has the potential to shake the Obama administration to the very top, refuses to go away.

Earlier today AP reported that to a republican Subpoena demanding all documents instead of just those selectively produced, “could trigger a claim of executive privilege by the Obama administration and elevate the political stakes. The loan is being investigated by two House committees, which have released Solyndra-related documents from federal agencies including the Energy and Treasury departments and the Office of Management and Budget.” The White House has refused a request by the House Energy and Commerce Committee for all internal White House communications about Solyndra. White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the committee leaders’ request has implications for “long-standing and significant institutional executive branch confidentiality interests.”

Naturally: it would be a big hit to the presidency’s interests if it was uncovered that crony capitalist vigilante #1 himself is more than willing to distributed taxpayer capital to the highest bidder. So instead the The White House is ordering a review of loan guarantees made by the Energy Department after a California solar company that got a half-billion-dollar federal loan went bankrupt. There are more than two dozen of these to a variety of clean energy companies.” And here is where the latest joke from this president jumps the shark: “[White House chief of staff] Daley said he’s tapping a former Treasury official to conduct the review.” A former Treasury official… of the Obama administration?To paraphrase Erin Burnett, “Seriously?”At least in Europe they assume the audience is somewhat sophisticated before they baffle them with endless bullshit and non-news after non-news.Here, they skip that key assumption completely.

20 Big Ways The Recession Is Changing Young Adults | NanoPatents

10/28/2011 Comments off

via Nano Patents and Innovations: 20 Big Ways The Recession Is Changing Young Adults.

It’s tempting to assume that young adults, much less settled into their lives than older adults, would be less hard hit by the recession. Yet new research has demonstrated that young adults are taking a particularly damaging hit in this economic downturn, and that the effects of their experiences during these formative years could cause long-term changes in their beliefs, values, and career choices.Whether they’re delaying quintessential rites of passage, altering their attitudes towards consumption and spending, or forgoing college to start a career, it’s clear that many young adults are feeling some serious pressure from the recession. Here, we’ve collected some of the biggest and sometimes most surprising ways the poor economic situation is changing how young adults think and act, with repercussions that could resonate for decades to come.

Defense Industry: Keep Paying Us or the Economy Dies | Danger Room | Wired.com

10/27/2011 Comments off

Defense Industry: Keep Paying Us or the Economy Dies | Danger Room | Wired.com.

Defense giant Lockheed Martin had a totally sweet quarter, raking in $700 million and looking forward to the same this time next year. So it raises eyebrows when Lockheed’s anointed mouthpieces predict mass economic disaster if Congress touches the defense budget.

On Tuesday, the aerospace industry put out a report saying that chopping the defense budget would put over a million Americans out of work. Cuts that could total up to a trillion dollars over 10 years would “devastate the economy and the defense industrial base and undermine the national security of our country,” said Marion Blakeley, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, which sponsored the report.

But while Blakeley’s group paid for research to draw that dire conclusion, some of her members reported a sunnier economic outlook to their shareholders. In its third-quarter earnings report, also released Tuesday, Lockheed – manufacturers of the F-22 and F-35 jets — told investors to expect that as long as Congress passes President Obama’s next defense budget, ”the Corporation expects 2012 net sales to be flattish as compared to 2011 levels, and that consolidated 2012 segment operating profit margin will remain at approximately 11 percent.” Boom: another $700 million in earnings, on its way…”

We Have A Deal! | ZeroHedge

10/27/2011 Comments off

As of last night the Greeks were getting out at 50 cents on the dollar, commencing a regional race to the bottom and likely, dissolution of the Euro experiment.  Courtesy of ZeroHedge, see here:

We Have A Deal! | ZeroHedge.

“We just may have a deal:

  • EU OFFICIAL SAYS DEAL REACHED ON GREEK DEBT-CUTTING PLAN: AP
  • ‘PRIVATE CREDITORS TO TAKE 50% CUT ON GREEK BONDS, AP SAYS
  • EU official, who wished to remain anonymous, tells Bloomberg that euro-area leaders are set to approve accord for 50% writedown on Greek bonds

If true, this means that Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy will promptly commence sabotaging their economies (just like Greece) simply to get the same debt Blue Light special as Greece. It also means that, at least according to Barclays, we have a CDS credit event, although we are certain that Europe would never announce this deal unless ISDA (complete determinations committee list here) was onboard, and corrupt as always. In addition, Greece was unable to generate a 90% acceptance for a 21% haircut tender offer. And we are somehow supposed to believe they can do it with 50%? Lastly, as a reminder, on September 14, Moody’s put SocGen, BNP and Credit Agricole on downgrade review. This will be the trigger..”

ShadowStats No. 395: September CPI, PPI, Real Retail Sales, Housing Starts…

10/27/2011 Comments off

via No. 395: September CPI, PPI, Real Retail Sales, Housing Starts, Industrial Production.

• Consumer and Wholesale Inflation Jumped in September

• September’s Annual Inflation: 3.9% (CPI-U), 4.4% (CPI-W), 11.5% (SGS)

• Annual PPI Inflation Hits 6.9% in September

 

 

Wow, Our Countries Leaders Sure Have Come A Long Way | Coyote Blog

10/27/2011 Comments off

via Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » WOW. Our Countries Leaders Sure Have Come A Long Way. October 26, 2011, 7:42 am [From ABC News via Q&O]

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

At least he is making the choice clear.

Test Of The EAS System on November 9th | The Retreat.

10/26/2011 Comments off

via The Retreat: Test Of The EAS System on November 9th..

If you had not already heard there will be a system wide test of the EAS Emergency Alert System on November 9th at 2:00 pm EST. This will mean that for the test all Radio, and Television signal will be cut off for the test all at the same time nation wide. What does this mean for us? Well it shows us that in the case of a national emergency or better yet Martial Law that our Federal Government has the ability to shut down communication’s across the nation. Granted this will only be a test and has been handed over to FEMA and the FCC to implement. I have a few questions though. First, why is this the first time they have done a system wide test? Second, It seems an odd coincidence that it follows the first ever month long multi state exercise done by FEMA in it’s history. Thirdly, It is also involving other departments of Homeland Security. Granted I am no rocket scientist but it seems odd because of the timing and the involvement of other homeland security departments. To say the least I am a bit concerned about this test. The fact that our government can at it’s will have the ability to shut down all forms of communications is a bit horrifying to me. I already knew that they had the ability to shut down internet and cell phone service anytime they saw fit but to have the ability to shut down all communications across the country is not very comforting. It begs the question what is the test supposed to prove and why now? The economy is in the toilet and the future is not looking so bright right now. Its this a harbinger of things to come or just a simple test. I hate conspiratorial crap and usually try to find some sane answer to things like this. This whole thing is not common knowledge and has not been talked about over any of the radio and television stations that I have been tuned into. You can find info about it on the Homeland Security website but who ever really go to their site unless they really need some type of information? If it was just a simple test don’t you think that most of the stations would be letting everyone know what is going on before hand? I think that there are going to be a ton of people across the nation calling into their local 911 call center wondering what the hell is going on….

 

The Prepper Movement: Why Are Millions Of Preppers Feverishly Preparing For The End Of The World As We Know It?

10/26/2011 Comments off

via The Prepper Movement: Why Are Millions Of Preppers Feverishly Preparing For The End Of The World As We Know It? | The American Dream

In America today, there are millions of “preppers” that are working feverishly to get prepared for what they fear is going to happen to America. There is a very good chance that some of your neighbors or co-workers may be preppers. You may even have noticed that some of your relatives and friends have been storing up food and have been trying to convince you that we are on the verge of “the end of the world as we know it”. A lot of preppers like to keep their preparations quiet, but everyone agrees that the prepper movement is growing. Some estimate that there are four million preppers in the United States today. Others claim that there are a lot more than that. In any event, there are certainly a lot of preppers out there. So exactly what are all these preppers so busy preparing for?…

Has Our Government Become Tyrannical? | Modern Survival Blog

10/26/2011 Comments off

via Has Our Government Become Tyrannical? – Modern Survival Blog – surviving uncertain times. October 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm (PT)

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Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), the third President of the United States (1801–1809), and and founder of the University of Virginia, once said the following… “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Let’s have a quick look at ‘tyranny’.

Tyranny: arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority; oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.

Oppressive: difficult to bear; burdensome; exercising power arbitrarily and often unjustly; tyrannical; weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

Tyrannical government: despotic and oppressive tyrannical – characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; an authoritarian regime; autocratic government; despotic rulers

It could be said that unless restrained, all governments devolve to tyranny. A democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

“Useful idiots” was the term supposedly coined by Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.

Perhaps it is easier to slip into tyrannical rule of government during hard economic times or frightening and uncertain times, when a largely uniformed populace can be more easily ‘led’ and controlled, and are more desperate and willing to accept ‘measures’ in hopes of solutions to their problems.

It is fairly plain to see (if you look) some of the liberties that have been trampled upon of late by government or government agencies.

Super-computers that are profiling you by…

Listening to your phone calls in search for ‘key words’.

Reading your emails in search of ‘key words’.

Monitoring and profiling your internet activity.

Logging the products and foods that you purchase, and where you get them.

Logging and monitoring the groups that you associate with.

Monitoring your travel movements for patterns.

You may say to yourself that some of the monitoring is purely for market research and advertising purposes, but, make no mistake about it, if the data is available, it will be gathered into gov’t databases in the name of Homeland Security. Whether you like it or not, you ARE being profiled.

Government agents that are, will, or could…

Search your body / property at airports if the agent is TSA.

Search your body / property at NFL games if the agent is Homeland Security.

Search your vehicle if you look ‘suspicious’ on an Interstate road if the agent is TSA.

On a whim, declare an American citizen an “enemy combatant”, and:

Detain without charge, in secret.

Deny legal representation.

Deny the right to question his detention.

Be shipped to a foreign country for interrogation, in secret.

Be tortured, in secret.

Be tried by a military tribunal, in secret.

NOT be granted access to the secret evidence against him.

Convicted based on that secret evidence.

On top of all that, ‘the system’ is rigged to put you oppressively in debt, and to make you a slave to that debt. Our politicians are in cohort with and beholden to the Banksters and BigCorp who have built this ‘system’. Our politicians rarely, actually, represent us, at least in the true definition of representation.

So, the question is, does the government fear the people? Or do the people fear the government? The answer will reveal whether we are already under tyrannical control….

 

Things That Will Never Be | Libertarian News

10/26/2011 Comments off

“…How is it possible that a rag-tag band of rebels in the mountains of Afghanistan, armed only with makeshift AK-47s and homemade bombs, are able to cause the greatest military in the world to expend more resources on combating them than the US spent fighting an army of communist Viet Cong?

Could it be that a huge military is not necessary to combat an invading army if the people are willing to engage in guerrilla warfare against an occupying force? How is it possible that Afghani goat herders and sandal footed Vietnamese peasants were able to thwart the greatest military presence on the face of the Earth?

Why did the US Constitution establish militias as the basis of our defense forces? Why did the founders of this tyrannical nation State say that a standing army was a dangerous threat to liberty?…”

via Things That Will Never Be | Libertarian News.

Resist the Police State | Lew Rockwell

10/26/2011 Comments off

230. Resist the Police StateJudge Andrew P. Napolitano talks to Lew Rockwell about American totalitarianism.

Lew's interview with Judge Napolitano.

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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ~ Patrick Henry

Radio Free RedoubtThe Emerging Safe Haven and Refuge for God-Fearing, Liberty-Loving Patriots of the Western United States.

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War and Serfdom: Is This The World We Really Want to Live In? | Activist Post

10/26/2011 Comments off

I’m raising three sons in a world that I don’t want them to live in. A world of hate, deception, war, injustice, and serfdom. A world that seems out of our control to change. If given a choice, who would want to live in that world?

via Activist Post: War and Serfdom: Is This The World We Really Want to Live In?.

Lost in this debate is whether al-Awlaki was ever really an American citizen….

10/25/2011 Comments off

Politicians, and law professors are arguing over whether it’s constitutional for the American government to target an American citizen… Lost in this debate is whether al-Awlaki was ever really an American citizen. Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico in 1971. Both of his parents were Yemeni citizens in the United States on student visas. As a child, he moved to Yemen along with his parents. He returned to the U.S. as an adult on a foreign student visa.  Tom Tancredo, Daily Caller

Senator: There Are Two Patriot Acts, And You Don’t Know About One Of Them | Business Insider

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Senator: There Are Two Patriot Acts, And You Don’t Know About One Of Them.

Senator Ron Wyden, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, explained that “there are two Patriot Acts in America.”

One is the public one, a law whose text you can pull up on your Web browser.

But there’s another one — the “secret interpretation that the executive branch uses” to carry out its enforcement of the law.

Wyden couldn’t say much more because of security concerns, but John Heilemann asked him if he would correct him when he made the following statement: the administration is doing a lot more warrantless wiretapping under their interpretation of the Patriot Act than most people think.

Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and fellow Democrat Senator Mark Udall from Colorado, have voiced criticism about how the Patriot Act is being used in the past.

Wyden was silent for a second before saying “I’m so glad I’m not running for president.” But he didn’t dispute Heilemann’s statement.

The New York Times has sued the U.S. government to disclose more information about how the PATRIOT Act is used, and Wyden said he strongly supports that action.

Wyden was appearing at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, where the theme is bigdata.

Transparency: Obama Rule Would Allow Feds to Lie about Existence of Official Records | Big Government

10/24/2011 Comments off

» Transparency: Obama Rule Would Allow Feds to Lie about Existence of Official Records – Big Government.

A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national security documents that records don’t exist – even when they do.

Under current FOIA practice, the government may withhold information and issue what’s known as a Glomar denial that says it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records.

The new proposal – part of a lengthy rule revision by the Department of Justice – would direct government agencies to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist.”

Open-government groups object.

We don’t believe the statute allows the government to lie to FOIA requesters,” said Mike German, senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the provision.

The ACLU, along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and OpenTheGovernment.org said the move would “dramatically undermine government integrity by allowing a law designed to provide public access to government to be twisted.

Read the whole thing here.

Obama Natural Born Citizen Issue Has a New Sinister Twist – Supreme court records have been corrupted | the Steady Drip

10/23/2011 Comments off

via The Steady Drip: Obama Natural Born Citizen Issue Has a New Sinister Twist – Supreme court records have been corrupted.   Posted by Sam Sewell at 1:13 PM

JUSTIA.COM SURGICALLY REMOVED “MINOR v HAPPERSETT” FROM 25 SUPREME COURT OPINIONS IN RUN UP TO ’08 ELECTION.

Another “Gate” for the most corrupt, illegal “Presidency” in U.S. history. Case records were altered in the most important legal database in the nation, to cover up hard evidence of what a natural born citizen really is, as cases closed in on “Obama’s” ineligibility for the US Presidency.

So far, it’s just on a few blogs and NOT in the MSM. Maybe we can correct that little “oversight?”

While you’re at it, point out “Obama’s”:

- E-Verify check FAIL

- Fraudulent draft registration

- Evidence of over 16 stolen Social Security numbers

- Multiple fraudulent “birth certificates.” including the one released at the 4/27/11 White House Press conference, amid much fanfare and talk of carnival barkers,” “circus side shows” and selling coffee mugs with “Obama’s” forged “birth certificate” on them. The “Obama” administration is the biggest and worst horrifying side show in American history. DO something about it, people.

ALSO see here: http://www.examiner.com/civil-rights-in-portland/justiagate

There’s no way to rule innocent men… | Ayn Rand

10/23/2011 Comments off

There’s no way to rule innocent men.

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws … pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers.  Ayn Rand

Guest Post: 80 Years Later – Same Culprits, Same Rage | ZeroHedge

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Excerpt “… The Great Depression was caused by the Federal Reserve and their owners, the biggest Wall Street banks, aiding and abetting reckless speculation, greed and extreme risk taking with mountains of debt. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. The income inequality in the U.S. reached an all-time peak in 1928. It stayed at a high level until World War II. The glory years of the American Empire were from 1941 through 1979, when the middle class was growing, and the income distribution in the country was fair and equitable, as our manufacturing based economy raised all  boats.

The income inequality in the country reached the same extreme level in 2007, just prior to the Wall Street created financial implosion. It has not improved in the last four years. In the early 1930s there was the feeling of revolution in the air. With unemployment at 25% and people in desperate straits, the government feared communists or fascists gaining power. The New Deal was really a way to keep the citizens occupied so that a revolution would not take hold.

via Guest Post: 80 Years Later – Same Culprits, Same Rage | ZeroHedge.

Czar Investigations | Judicial Watch

10/22/2011 Comments off

Article II section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that:

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the President shall nominate, an by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law.”

However, President Barack Obama has been taking advantage of a recent precedent by appointing government officials who are not subject to Senate approval. These “czars” have tremendous power to regulate and control enormous parts of the American economy and government. And, as powerful as these czars are, some of them may not have even been subjected to a basic FBI background check.

This has allowed Obama to appoint several people with radical left-wing views, including one who supported the “9/11 truthers” movement (which believes the Bush administration may have been behind the 9/11 terror attacks on America) and another who called for “white people” to be removed from powerful positions in the media to make way for “people of color” and gays and voiced support for virulently anti-American Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. These czars have responsibilities that include managing America’s Middle Eastern policy, “diversity,” the auto industry, science, so-called climate change, “safe schools,” health care and even the dispersal of funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Judicial Watch is concerned that some of these czar appointments raise significant constitutional questions. Our goal is to find out exactly what these czars are up to, what their missions are, and how much taxpayer money and government personnel they have at their disposal. In that effort, Judicial Watch has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and document requests for all 41 of the czars that Obama has appointed so far. Several of these investigations have already resulted in lawsuits due to the Obama Administration’s stonewalling with regard to the release of relevant documents. Judicial Watch has also been key in publicizing the connections some of Obama’s czars have had to radical, racist and even communist organizations.  A complete list of Judicial Watch’s coverage of Obama’s czars is available.

Litigation

Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency – FOIA lawsuit for documents regarding “climate czar” Carol Browner

Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of the Treasury – FOIA lawsuit for documents regarding “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg

Judicial Watch v. Office of the Mayor of Chicago, et al. – FOIA lawsuit for documents regarding “Olympics czar” and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

Press Releases

Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch Show Intervention by New, Controversial Federal Agency in Foreclosure Crisis Negotiation – June 16, 2011

Obama’s Executive “Pay Czar” Feinberg Received Six-Figure Salary According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch – September 9, 2010

Judicial Watch Sues Treasury Department for Documents Detailing Meetings between Obama’s “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg and AIG – March 2, 2010

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on “Climate Czar” Carol Browner’s Role in Crafting Policy – February 23, 2010

JW Obtains Documents on Obama FCC “Diversity Czar” Mark Lloyd’s Official Mission, Duties and Responsibilities – November 18, 2009

JW Filed FOIA Lawsuit against Chicago Mayor Daley’s Office to Obtain Records Related to Olympics Bid (“Olympics Czar” Valerie Jarrett) – November 12, 2009

Obama Administration Czars as of September 13, 2011

Population density map, by county, 2010 census (interactive) | CNN.com

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Defining America: Exploring the 2010 census – CNN.com –  a good resource for planning and thinking about why things are the way they are, where, and what they are likely to become.

Numbers do not lie.

The late Col. Muammar Gaddafi – What History Books will NEVER tell your kids about | ATS.com

10/22/2011 Comments off

via In Memory of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi – What History Books will NEVER tell your kids about, page 1.

  LIE 1: “There were Human rights abuses in Libya and Gaddafi slaughtered his own people”

The primary justification for intervention in Libya by NATO was because “there were severe human rights abuses” under Gaddafi’s rule. These claims were in reality, far fetched and laughable, because Libya probably had far better human rights than any other country in Africa. What YOU were told by those Mainstream Media fanatics including all those so called “human rights” groups like Amnesty International (which is no doubt another front controlled by the Elite), were all either fabricated lies or deliberately exaggerated for the justified NATO intervention.

This damning piece of evidence (dated 4th January 2011) from the UN Human Rights website which clearly shows undeniable proof that there was absolutely NO EVIDENCE of serious Human Right’s abuses as accused by NATO and UN presently.  Libya Human Rights Report by UN – 4th January 2011…

LIE 2: “The people of Libya were oppressed and were living in poverty under Gaddafi’s rule

LIE 3: Gaddafi was responsible for the Lockerbie Bombing

LIE 4: “Gaddafi wanted to become the king of Africa and enslave all the people” and …

LIE 5: “The wealth of Gaddafi will be redistributed to the people of Libya…

‘Some believe it is about protecting civilians, others say it is about oil, but some are convinced intervention in Libya is all about Gaddafi’s plan to introduce the gold dinar, a single African currency made from gold, a true sharing of the wealth.

“It’s one of these things that you have to plan almost in secret, because as soon as you say you’re going to change over from the dollar to something else, you’re going to be targeted,” says Ministry of Peace founder Dr James Thring. “There were two conferences on this, in 1986 and 2000, organized by Gaddafi. Everybody was interested, most countries in Africa were keen.”

Gaddafi did not give up. In the months leading up to the military intervention, he called on African and Muslim nations to join together to create this new currency that would rival the dollar and euro. They would sell oil and other resources around the world only for gold dinars. It is an idea that would shift the economic balance of the world. (RT.com)”

Consumers paid more for food, gas in September – Yahoo! Finance

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“Consumers paid more for food and gas last month, although inflation outside those volatile categories was tame.  The Labor Department says the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in September, below a 0.4 percent rise in August. Excluding food and energy, so-called core prices increased 0.1 percent, the smallest rise since March.

Inflation has worsened this year, after the cost of oil, grains and other commodities spiked in the spring. But economists expect price increases to moderate in the coming months as weak growth lowers commodity prices…” via Consumers paid more for food, gas in September – Yahoo! Finance.

First look at US pay data, it’s awful | David Cay Johnston

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Free Trade Or Fair Trade? 20 Reasons Why All Americans Should Be Against The Insane Trade Policies Of The Globalists | Economic Collapse Blog

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Free Trade Or Fair Trade? 20 Reasons Why All Americans Should Be Against The Insane Trade Policies Of The Globalists.

” …  Balanced trade relationships with other nations that have similar economies and that share similar values can be very beneficial.  For example, our trading relationship with Canada, though not perfect, is generally beneficial to both sides.  However, the United States also has dozens of trading relationships that are highly destructive to the U.S. economy.  There are some predatory nations that are blatantly and openly cheating and everyone can see it.  They are getting away with bloody murder and they are robbing us blind.  The United States of America is being taken advantage of, and as a result thousands of good businesses are being destroyed and millions of good jobs are being lost.  If you are an American and you are in favor of all of the unfair trade that is currently going on, then either you don’t know much about economics or you actually want to see the U.S. economy be destroyed…”

Visualizing The Unfudged Truth About American Income, And Some Trivia On The Uber-Wealthy | ZeroHedge

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A long, steep drop for Americans’ standard of living – CSMonitor.com

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Debt-Serfdom Is Now the New American Norm | Of Two Minds

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Debt-Serfdom Is Now the New American Norm (October 18, 2011)

Trapped assets that generate no income streams in the present are not capital; the value of such non-productive assets is illusory. Strip away these trapped assets and the reality is revealed: most American households toil to service their debts.

The typical American household is insolvent: its debts exceed its assets. There is nothing fancy about calculating insolvency: if debts exceed assets, the enterprise is insolvent. By this measure, most American households are insolvent, if their real assets are marked to actual market.

For example:

Auto loan balance: $9,000

Actual market value of auto: $6,000

Credit card balance: $6,000

Street value of stuff purchased with credit card: $300

home mortgage: $250,000

Auction value of house: $200,000

Student loans: $60,000

Market value of education: Not applicable, as it cannot auctioned off or securitized

And so on.

The typical American household is thus in service to its debt, not to its assets, and to the holders of that debt. This is debt-serfdom: serfdom in service to the owners of debt, debt that may well always exceed the value of the household’s assets. This is debt-serfdom for life.

If we look at the American household as an enterprise, then we have to differentiate between unproductive, trapped capital, assets held in a house or retirement account, and productive, free capital which can be moved in and out of productive assets to earn a return which increases free cashflow income in the present.

By this standard, most of the typical American household’s assets are trapped and therefore unproductive. In this sense they do not even qualify as capital. Let’s say a household owns a house with a real-world market value in today’s depressed market of $250,000, and the house carries a mortgage of $150,000. On paper, the household holds a net asset value of $100,000.

But this asset is not actually productive; it produces no income and exposes the household to the risks of declining real estate valuations. The asset provides the value of shelter, but if similar shelter could be rented for less than the costs of servicing the mortgage debt and the many costs of ownership, then sinking the entire household’s net worth/assets in a house does not “pencil out” as a productive investment of assets.

In a practical sense, this $100,000 is inaccessible and thus trapped; housing is highly illiquid and has transfer costs of up to 10% in realtor and escrow fees. In most cases, the sale proceeds are simply reburied into another mortgaged home. The asset is trapped and thus not deployable capital.

The same can be said of many retirement accounts that are routinely counted as assets on household balance sheets. the assets are trapped in the account until retirement, and their deployment is often restricted to a handful of risky options (investing in Wall Street, for example). The purchasing-power value of the assets might decline considerably by the time the funds can actually be withdrawn, and in this sense their present value is chimerical.

Since these funds are trapped, they also don’t qualify as capital: they cannot be used to start or buy a business or other assets which return free cashflow in the present.

Trapped assets are not capital. They cannot be moved into more productive uses that yield income streams that add to current income, which is the definition of capital. Borrowed money that is sunk into trapped assets is not borrowed capital; it is simply debt that must be serviced.

If we set aside assets trapped in real estate and retirement accounts, a truer picture of the American household’s actual productive capital emerges: most households have essentially no productive capital, and their debts far exceed whatever meager free capital they do own.

In a very real sense, the non-cash, non-small-business assets of the typical American household are invisible, unuseable, inaccessible and thus illusory; they exist as entries on the balance sheet but not as real-world productive capital.

Wealth and income do not flow from servicing debt incurred by trapped assets, it flows from productive free capital.

Thus the typical household toils not to increase productive capital that can be deployed to increase household income but to service their crushing debts. How else can we describe this situation other than debt-serfdom?”

via charles hugh smith-Debt-Serfdom Is Now the New American Norm.

Seeing through walls: New radar technology provides real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls

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The Coming Paradigm Shift Will “Result in Riots, Starvation and Bloodshed” | SHTF Plan

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“…. The paradigm is shifting, and you can either pretend it isn’t, or get ready to live in a different world. It’s coming whether we like it or not. Kerry Lutz points out that, historically, some people got it and made the necessary adjustments, while others were left impoverished:

It’s interesting you mention when an old paradigm dies and a new one takes its place. There are people who are still connected to the old one and can’t conceive of life without that old paradigm. I think you saw that in the Great Depression. A lot of people never recovered from it because once that hit it was the end of their lives.

We have a choice now, to get mentally, physically, spiritually and financially prepared for what’s coming…”

via The Coming Paradigm Shift Will “Result in Riots, Starvation and Bloodshed”.

NYTimes Sues The Federal Government For Refusing To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The PATRIOT Act | Techdirt

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Terror Groups Operating in United States | KRGV

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Resveratrol Red Wine Counters Progression of Malignant Breast Cancer Cells | Truth is Treason

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Resveratrol Red Wine Counters Progression of Malignant Breast Cancer Cells | Truth is Treason.

“Researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria in Italy publishing in The FASEB Journal report that resveratrol blocks the effect of estrogen and can help to prevent the malignant growth of breast cancer in women. The grape/red wine derivative has been the subject of numerous scientific studies in recent years and has shown promise in lowering risks from cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. Scientists also believe the protective nutrient may extend healthy lifespan by directly influencing mortality genes known as SIRT. Health-minded adults will want to include resveratrol from natural food sources or supplementation to reap the numerous health benefits….”

10 Essential Fiscal Charts Demonstrating America’s Disastrous Condition | ZeroHedge

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M2 Money Supply thru Sept 2011 | ShadowStats

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Alternate Inflation Charts | ShadowStats

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