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Government spends $61,194 on welfare for each household below the poverty line

October 29, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

From the Weekly Standard. (With a rant from me below)

Excerpt:

New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.

“According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795,” the Senate Budget Committee notes. “If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011.”

This dollar figure is almost three times the amount the average household on poverty lives on per year. “If the spending on these programs were converted into cash, and…

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Israel Conducts Air Strike On Sudan Missile Base In ‘Dry Run’ For Iran Attack | ZeroHedge

October 29, 2012 2 comments

This past Wednesday, nobody reported that a squadron of 8 Israeli F-15 jets dropped 4 two-ton bombs on the giant Yarmouk missile factory on the outskirts of Sudan’s capital Khartoum. Which is just as Israel wanted it. Because what otherwise would be a provocative incursion tantamount to war (if only Sudan wasn’t a complete basket case of a country), was really nothing short of a dry-run for an Israeli attack on Iran. At least according to the Sunday Times… via ZeroHedge.

October 29, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed:

It got a lot of attention this morning when I tweeted, “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.” It’s been quickly retweeted dozens of times, indicating that the idea is interesting to many people. So let’s discuss it in more than 140 characters.

In case it needs saying: Police officers are unlike terrorists in almost all respects. Crucially, the goal of the former, in their vastest majority, is to have a stable, peaceful, safe, law-abiding society, which is a goal we all share. The goal of the latter is … well, it’s complicated. I’ve cited my favorite expert on that, Audrey Kurth Cronin, here and here and here. Needless to say, the goal of terrorists is not that peaceful, safe, stable society.

I picked up the statistic from a blog post called: “Fear of Terror Makes People Stupid,”…

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Purchased opinion alert: “Restricting High-Risk Individuals From Owning Guns Saves Lives” | Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy

October 25, 2012 1 comment

This report was released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, more specifically from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg funded to the tune of $107,000,000 around 2001 (see here and here).  The article explains a study (that I have not yet read in the original form) that codifies gun restrictions as responsive to a public health threat.  The embedded assumptions and unchallenged premises are obvious and many.  Just goes to show that it takes real money to buy the best-branded and biggest-named dispassionate, unbiased acdemic opinions.

Beyond the “public health” meme, you will recall that this year was allso the one in which the false hazard of bullet lead as an environmental plague was struck down.  I also recall that bullets were blamed for the Utah wildfires this summer.  Make no mistake about it, these lily livered anti-gun trolls will try every door and window in thier quest to invade the house of your autonomy, empowerment and 2nd amendment rights.

Grab a barf bag.  GE.

On July 20, a gunman in Aurora, Colorado, used an assault rifle to murder 12 people and wound 58 others. Although this was one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, all mass shootings account for a small percentage of gun violence that occurs in the U.S. every day. In the past 100 days since the Aurora shooting, an estimated 3,035 Americans have died as a result of gun violence.

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Extreme Black Anger in Chicago at Obama: “He done did it. He ruined it for us…” | HillBuzz (hat tip Ol’ Remus)

October 24, 2012 1 comment

Here in Chicago, I regularly meet with a group of friends who call themselves “The Think Squad”; these are men and women who are prominent members of the black community in Hyde Park and the City’s south side. None of them supported Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008 but most begrudgingly voted for him because they freely admit race-pride was their motivating factor.  These people knew Obama when he was a state senator and saw him do absolutely nothing for blacks in Chicago back then…and they similarly saw Obama do nothing for blacks (or any of his constituents in general) as a United States Senator.  The Think Squad has always seen through Obama and continues to speak out about his failings.  Expect them, and other blacks coast to coast, to become even more vocal about the “magical first black president” after he loses in November and the anger of “how much that punk wasted” really comes to a boil and people no longer feel intimidated or threatened when the Obamas have left the White House for Hawaii next January.  That’s when people will REALLY let it all fly, once the Obamas are no longer even a vestigial presence in Chicago and people have no fear at all in talking about what a sham their marriage is and how the two of them benefitted from affirmative action and white guilt their entire lives. Read more…

Migratory Birds Can Spread Haemorrhagic Fever | nanoPatents

October 23, 2012 Comments off

A type of haemorrhagic fever Crimean-Congo that is prevalent in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans has begun to spread to new areas in southern Europe. Now Swedish researchers have shown that migratory birds carrying ticks are the possible source of contagion… Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever is a serious disease that begins with influenza-like symptoms but can develop into a very serious condition with high mortality 30%. The disease occurs in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans but it has recently started to spread to new areas in southern Europe. It is caused by a virus that is spread by tick bites and common host animals are various small mammals and ungulates. Humans are infected by tick bites or close contact with contagious mammals… via NanoPatents

Doug Casey’s Top Five Reasons Not To Vote | ZeroHedge

October 23, 2012 Comments off

FBI creating terrorism plots to scare Americans | Activist Post

October 22, 2012 3 comments

Last Wednesday, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested and accused of traveling to the U.S. to establish an al Qaeda cell and bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan.Buried beneath the headlines and opening paragraphs of the major news outlet reports, however, is the fact that Nafis would have been unable to execute his plot without substantial assistance from the F.B.I.. Authorities assured several news agencies that “the public was never in danger.”

This case is yet another instance, among hundreds, of federal agencies creating terrorist plots so they can take credit for stopping them, instill fear in Americans and justify the billions of taxpayer dollars spent on wars and “homeland security.” This practice earned the number four rank on the list of the 2012 Project Censored most underreported stories in the U.S. media…

via Activist Post: FBI creating terrorism plots to scare Americans.

Do the Cops Know Your Info? A Conversation with the ACLU of Illinois’s Adam Schwartz

October 20, 2012 Comments off

Exposing the Eliitist /Political mythos : Woody Harrelson Presents: Ethos (2011, Director Pete McGain)

October 20, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News:

  Politics, Legislation and Economy

 

Corporate Assault on Our Lives And Our Health   :  Environmental -Drilling -Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) – Pollution – Poisons in Our Foods – Bioethics -Complacency / Apathy- Depravity- Corruption- Banking/Financial Corruption- Government Overreach– Psy – Ops- Elitist   Privilege

 

Published on Aug 17, 2012 by HaroldRoberts

http://www.EthosTheMovie.com
Film: Ethos, 2011
Full Length Documentary Directed By Pete McGain

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Project censored top 10: The expanding police state tops the annual list of stories underreported by the mainstream media | Boulder Weekly

October 18, 2012 1 comment

Project censored: The expanding police state tops the annual list of stories under-reported by the mainstream media, By Yael Chanoff – Thursday, October 11,2012

People who get their information exclusively from mainstream media sources may be surprised at the lack of enthusiasm on the left for President Barack Obama in this crucial election. But that’s probably because they weren’t exposed to the full online furor sparked by Obama’s continuation of his predecessor’s overreaching approach to national security, such as signing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the indefinite detention of those accused of supporting terrorism, even U.S. citizens.

We’ll never know how this year’s election would be different if the corporate media adequately covered the NDAA’s indefinite detention clause and many other recent attacks on civil liberties. What we can do is spread the word and support independent media sources that do cover these stories. That’s where Project Censored comes in. Read more…

Earthbag home photos

October 15, 2012 Comments off

The Grey Enigma:

and go here for their older blog showing progress of the earthbag construction.  GE.

Originally posted on muddome:

View from the front. The rock retaining wall for a garden along the front is our project this weekend. It runs the length of the house and will be about 2.5 feet tall.Image

Picture of the back, which faces north. This will be bermed quite deep with only the windows of the office space peeking out.

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The other night was a lot of fun. We fired up the mass heater and listened to music and danced. The acoustics in the round room are amazing. Our couch not only provided a toasty place to sit, but made our tea for us too. We’re looking forward to cooking all kinds of things on it.

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And for the bulk of the cooking and additional warmth in the kitchen, there is this wood cookstove.

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Having water is kind of important. Our inside tank now has almost 6000 litres of harvested rainwater stored for the…

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Monopoly Money and Federal Reserve Notes | Humble Libertarian

October 15, 2012 1 comment

Someone at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a sick sense of humor… and the joke’s on you. It’s all monopoly money

Doug Casey speaking at Libertopia, Oct. 12, 2012

October 14, 2012 Comments off

Excellent unscripted speech, hattip FutureMoneyTrends

16-Year-Old Builds Tiny Home to Guarantee Mortgage-Free Future

October 13, 2012 1 comment

Another Day in the Drug War

October 13, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on The Blog For Truth, Justice, & The Josh Way:

This sounds like a really reasonable search:

A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning.

“She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms,” said the girl’s mother, Jackie Fasching. “She’s got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes.”

From the police chief: “We certainly did not want a juvenile, or anyone else for that matter, to get injured.” Which doesn’t exactly explain why you throw a flash-bang GRENADE into someone’s home, particularly one with children inside.

As of this writing, no charges have been pressed by the police. Even IF something is found, justifying this approach defies all logic. The tactics employed in the war on drugs are a…

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More from ‘Jack’ Kennedy on Effective Government and and Leadership as the President

October 13, 2012 Comments off

How Obama Expanded the National Security State

October 13, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Attack the System:

counterpunch.org
CHASE MADAR

During his election campaign in 2008, Barack Obama promised to close the prison at Guantánamo, repeal the Patriot Act of 2001 that authorised new domestic surveillance, and protect military and intelligence whistleblowers against government reprisals. It was a pledge to rein in much of the security state apparatus that had been expanded after 11 September 2001 into an enormous, often unaccountable, bureaucracy.

But four years later, Guantánamo is still open, its military tribunals have resumed and Obama has approved the renewal of the Patriot Act. His Department of Justice has launched six Espionage Act prosecutions of security whistleblowers — twice as many as all previous administrations combined. Also the no-fly list of individuals prohibited from air travel — a designation that is often arbitrary and always opaque — has more than doubled since last year, to 21,000. In 2011, the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)…

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October 8, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on 762rifleman's Blog:

I have been involved with the preparedness movement for a long time. I grew up in the shadow of the Cold War during Reagan era. My dad was, and is, a big influence. He always had American Survivalist and Soldier of Fortune magazines around the house. He started getting big into the movement during the Carter administration, when many were convinced the nation would collapse under its own weight (similar to what we are seeing today). The Eighties were really the height of the Cold War tension. I know folks like to point to the Duck and Cover era of the 1960’s and the Cuban Missile Crisis; but by the Eighties, we had become inured to it. There was the US boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, the SDI Initiative, and Chernobyl. It was frightening to anyone paying attention. Somehow, we got through it.

Recognizing the warning signs, I…

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Must Listen: Ann Banhardt on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report | Blog Talk Radio

October 7, 2012 Comments off

Ann Banhardt on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report, Sept 24, 2012.

Wobbly audio quality in parts of first half, but worth the perseverance.

I love Ann, I do, but she tends to the dramatic in her presentation. The facts she lays out are, however, stark and I fear on the money.  Go here for Ann’s site and her youtube channel

Going, Going…Gone

October 7, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on thebigpicturereport ™:

BPR Quote of the Day:

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.”

D. H. Lawrence

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Governments and internet firms are wrestling with the rules for free speech online

October 7, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

Internet freedom

Free to choose

Governments and internet firms are wrestling with the rules for free speech online

Oct 6th 2012 | from the print edition  The Economist

THE arrest of a senior executive rarely brings helpful headlines. But when Brazilian authorities briefly detained Google’s country boss on September 26th—for refusing to remove videos from its YouTube subsidiary that appeared to breach electoral laws—they helped the firm repair its image as a defender of free speech.

Two weeks earlier those credentials looked tarnished. Google blocked net users in eight countries from viewing a film trailer that had incensed Muslims. In six states, including India and Saudi Arabia, local courts banned the footage. In Egypt and Libya, where protesters attacked American embassies and killed several people, Google took the video down of its own accord.

The row sparked concern about how internet firms manage public debate and how companies based…

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Dark Arts For Good Guys

October 7, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:


H/t to RITR for this advice as things turn wet.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

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Max Kaiser, Kaiser Report | RT

October 6, 2012 Comments off

Schiff Report Oct. 5, 2012 | peter schiff

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From my heart …. | Southern Prepper 1

October 5, 2012 Comments off

19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid | The American Dream

October 5, 2012 Comments off

You are being watched. The control freaks that hold power in the United States have become absolutely obsessed with surveillance. They are constantly attempting to convince the American people that we are all “safer” when virtually everything that we do is watched, monitored, tracked and recorded. Our country is being systematically transformed into a giant surveillance grid far more comprehensive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of… via American Dream

Be wary of playing Turkey’s great game | Telegraph

October 5, 2012 Comments off

…Like Mr Morsi, the Turkish leader would be happy to see the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria emerge as the eventual victors of the crisis in that country, a development which would lead to the establishment of a network of Islamist governments – a “Sunni arc” from the shores of North Africa to those of the eastern Mediterranean.

It is highly questionable whether such an outcome would benefit Western interests. And with the Turkish parliament yesterday approving a measure that effectively gives Mr Erdogan a “green light” to invade Syria, Nato leaders should take care not to involve themselves in a conflict that only helps to further the Turkish leader’s Islamist agenda…

via Be wary of playing Turkey’s great game – Telegraph.

Senate Panel: Homeland Security Data Centers Mainly Terrorize Citizens | DailyTech

October 5, 2012 1 comment

Report finds that while the centers may lead to civil liberties violations, they don’t do much to catch terrorists

In a new 146-page report released by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, a bipartisan panel of senators calls into question the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) claims that so-called “Fusion” data centers have successfully been employed to stop terrorists. Read more…

October 4, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on Mountain Republic:

Individuals who “believe in government conspiracies” also framed as violent radicals

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com

A leaked U.S. Army document obtained by Wired Magazine characterizes people “frustrated with mainstream ideologies” as potential terrorists, while also framing those who “believe in government conspiracies” as violent radicals.

“These are some warning signs that that you have turned into a terrorist who will soon kill your co-workers, according to the U.S. military. You’ve recently changed your “choices in entertainment.” You have “peculiar discussions.” You “complain about bias,” you’re “socially withdrawn” and you’re frustrated with “mainstream ideologies,” writes Spencer Ackerman.

The manual (PDF) was produced in 2011 by the Asymmetric Warfare Group, a unit within the U.S. Army headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland. The document is intended to weed out “internal threats” within the ranks of U.S. soldiers.

Given that both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have identified returning…

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Where America leads: #1 in military spending and #1 in arms exports

October 2, 2012 2 comments

Originally posted on Consultants Mind:

America has been the predominant military power for the last fifty years.  With the break up of the USSR in the late1980s, the US stands alone in its military spending.  Americans of my Gen-X generation, are now asking the question, “Should America Serve as the World’s Policeman?” and more cynically, “Can We Afford It?”

Clearly, the world is still a violent and messy place.  It is still a realpolitik world where geopolitical power is sadly demonstrated (as Mao so in-eloquently stated ) “from the barrel of a gun”.  There are too many failed economies, unconscionable despots, and tribal conflicts to leave people to their devices.  Unfortunately, we are a far cry from the world envisioned by Woodrow Wilson.  In many ways, the UN plays only a supporting role.

The United States has the highest military expenditures.  The US spends ~ 4.8% of GDP or $700 billion on the military…

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The S**t is About to Hit the Fan, Here’s the Proof

October 2, 2012 Comments off

Terrorism: The New Red Scare

October 2, 2012 1 comment

Originally posted on thebigpicturereport ™:

BPR Quote of the Day:

“Terrorism has replaced Communism as the rationale for the militarization of the country, for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home. It serves the same purpose, serving to create hysteria.”

Howard Zinn

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Current Attorney General and GunRunning Treasonist, Eric Holder, participated in ‘armed’ takeover of former Columbia University ROTC office

October 2, 2012 Comments off

Originally posted on THE WAKING GIANT:

Future U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is seen in the 1973 yearbook of Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from the Ivy League school that year. (Image courtesy of “University Archives, Columbia University in the City of New York)

As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon.

Is it any wonder why that racist pig refuses to convict the terrorist group, Black panthers?

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ACLU: Warrantless electronic surveillance surges under Obama | Digital Journal

October 1, 2012 1 comment

Pat Caddell: Media Have Become An ‘Enemy Of The American People’

October 1, 2012 Comments off
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