GOLDEN VALLEY, AZ. â In the wake of a number of Mohave County residents testing positive for heavy metal toxicity, a group has formed on Facebook to pursue a class-action lawsuit.
Called âChemtrail Geo-Engineering Lawsuit,â the approximately 300-member group is seeking more members who have tested positive for heavy metals in their blood and hair follicles, and those who have had tests conducted on rainwater and soil samples.
At the time of this release, the group posted that a Bullhead City, Ariz., woman had just received test results showing the levels of barium in her blood were 28 times normal levels.
âIt has become painfully apparent that our federal government, state government and environmental agencies remain unwilling to properly investigate what is going on with theÂ healthÂ of people,â said Al DiCicco, of Golden Valley, who has been among those spearheading efforts to get answers as to why he and at least a couple dozen others have tested positive for high levels of the elements barium, aluminum, strontium and uranium.
The group discusses geo-engineering, which is a process used to manipulate the climate to counteract the effects of global warming from greenhouseÂ gasÂ emissions.
DiCicco also has been in contact with documentary filmmaker Michael J. Murphy, whose film âWhat in the World are They Spraying?â explores the phenomenon of chemtrails.
The film proposes that chemtrails are part of a geo-engineering program that uses jet planes to spray a solution into the atmosphere. The solution is said to contain barium, aluminum strontium and other elements, which are supposed to reflect sunlight and cool the planet.
A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter got a last-minute eviction reprieve when sheriff’s deputies and movers decided they couldnât uproot the women from their longtime Atlanta home.
Fulton County Sheriffâs deputies and a moving company hired by the bank showed up at Vita Leeâs Penelope Road home on Tuesday,Â according to a report on WSBTV.com.Â Deutsche Bank apparently holds the mortgage that is being serviced locally by Chase, the station reported. The planned eviction wasÂ reportedly the latestÂ move in a legal battle that dates back years.
But when the men saw the frail woman, they opted to leave instead of carry through with the forced move, WSBTV.com reported.
“Please don’t come in and disturb me no more,” Lee told WSBTV.com. “When I’m gone you all can come back and do whatever they want to.”
In response to any future Israeli military strike on its nuclear sites, Iran has been training al-Qaida elements in the Egyptian Sinai desert on how to coordinate retaliatory attacks, a senior Egyptian security official told WND.
The al-Qaida attacks are meant to target both Israeli and Egyptian installations, the security official said, as part of an Iranian plot to widen any Israeli-Iranian conflict to involve other countries.
The Egyptian official said there is also information Iran has been working with Islamic Salafist groups in Jordan that are allied with al-Qaida.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards helped to train al-Qaida elements in the Sinai and Gaza Strip to carry out large-scale attacks, including missile attacks, cross-border incursions, suicide bombings and explosions targeting infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipelines, the official said.
Any Iranian cooperation with al-Qaida would underscore the dangers of Tehran obtaining nuclear weapons. The country has a history of using terrorist proxies, most notably Hezbollah in Lebanon, to carry out its bidding.
Some analysts have raised fears of terrorists obtaining a nuclear device from a nation state and using the weapon for maximum damage. The deployment of a nuclear electromagnetic pulse, or EMP attack, for example, could collapse the U.S. national electric grid and other critical infrastructures affecting tens of millions of civilians.
If you’re not sure exactly what a terrorist looks like The Cell (Center for Empowered Living and Learning) can help.
Narrated by former football star John Elway, this short video documents numerous ways you can spot someone engaging in terrorist activity. Experts agree that there are eight (8) signs of terrorism that we should watch out for:
Tests of Security
Each sign is detailed in The Cell’s presentation featured below.
Weird News reports that when tattoo artistÂ Ryan L. Fitzjerald of Dayton, Ohio found out his girlfriend was cheating on him with a close friend he came up with a clever and unique way of exacting revenge. After playing it off as if nothing happened, he convinced his then girlfriend,Â Rossie Brovent, to have a scene from the film Narnia, apparently a favored movie, tattooed on her back. After knocking back several tequila shots the girlfriend agreedÂ and signed a waiver giving Fitzjerald carte blanche with the tattoo pen.
Suffice it to say that what Ms. Brovent ended up with was not what she had expected:
Brovent is now allegedly suingÂ Fitzjerald for $100,000 in civil court after her attempt to file assault charges failed due to her consent allowing the artist to work on her back.
One of the most accurate depictions of America today was a cartoon made in 1948 by the Extension Department of Harding College. The cartoon, entitled Make Mine Freedom, shows what happens when an unsuspecting society sells their freedoms for âismâ. Watch for yourself and see just how close this 63 year old cartoon describes America today as it is being run by the liberals of both parties.
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
Come on, now,
I hear youâre feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again.
I need some information first.
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?
Pink Floyd â Comfortably Numb
As I observe the zombie like reactions of Americans to our catastrophic economic highway to collapse, the continued plundering and pillaging of the national treasury by criminal Wall Street bankers, non-enforcement of existing laws against those who committed the largest crime in history, and reaction to young people across the country getting beaten, bludgeoned, shot with tear gas and pepper sprayed by police, I canât help but wonder whether there is anyone home. Why are most Americans so passively accepting of these calamitous conditions? How did we become so comfortably numb? Iâve concluded Americans have chosen willful ignorance over thoughtful critical thinking due to their own intellectual laziness and overpowering mind manipulation by the elite through their propaganda emitting media machines. Some people are awaking from their trance, but the vast majority is still slumbering or fuming at erroneous perpetrators.
Both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement are a reflection of the mood change in the country, which is a result of government overreach, political corruption, dysfunctional economic policies, and a financial system designed to enrich the few while defrauding the many. The common theme is anger, frustration and disillusionment with a system so badly broken it appears unfixable through the existing supposedly democratic methods. The system has been captured by an oligarchy of moneyed interests from the financial industry, mega-corporations, and military industrial complex, protected by their captured puppets in Washington DC and sustained by the propaganda peddling corporate media. The differences in political parties are meaningless as they each advocate big government solutions to all social, economic, foreign relations, and monetary issues.
There is confusion and misunderstanding regarding the culprits in this drama. It was plain to me last week when I read about a small group of concerned citizens in the next town over who decided to support the Occupy movement by holding a nightly peaceful march to protest the criminal syndicate that is Wall Street and a political system designed to protect them. My local paper asked for peopleâs reaction to this Constitutional exercising of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Here is a sampling of the comments:
âWhat are those Occupy people thinking?! The whole concept is foreign to me. There are always going to be the haves and the have nots. Get over it. Blame yourself for not paying more attention in school or not working hard enough. Just wish people would take responsibility.â
âIf they worked half as hard actually working as they do being a pain in everyone elseâs ass, theyâd be rich! Being born does not guarantee success or wealth. Only hard work does. Maybe we should let them all occupy a jail cell or two.â
âIf the goal is to irritate hardworking suburban commuters on their way home, that sounds like the perfect time and location.â
âLetâs hope they donât pitch tents and trash Lansdale. They need to look for a job, not occupy the streets.â
âI work, and even if I wasnât working I wouldnât (march); I would be out looking for a JOB!â
I was dumbfounded at the rage directed towards mostly young people who havenât even begun their working careers and have played no part in the destruction of our economic system underway for the last 30 years. The people making these statements are middle aged, middle class suburbanites. They seem to be just as livid as the OWS protestors, but their ire is being directed towards the only people who have taken a stand against Wall Street greed and Washington D.C. malfeasance. Iâm left scratching my head trying to understand their animosity towards people drawing attention to the enormous debt based ponzi scheme that is our country, versus their silent acquiescence to the transfer of trillions in taxpayer dollars to the criminal bankers that have destroyed the worldwide financial system. I can only come to the conclusion the average American has become so apathetic, willfully ignorant of facts and reality, distracted by the techno-gadgets that run their lives, uninterested in anything beyond next weekâs episode of Dancing with the Stars or Jersey Shore, and willing to let the corporate media moguls form their opinions for them through relentless propaganda, the only thing that will get their attention is an absolute collapse of our economic scheme. Uninformed, unconcerned, intellectually vacant Americans will get exactly that in the not too distant future.
Greater Depression Hidden from View
âLook at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.â â Aristophanes, Plutus
The anger and vitriol directed at OWS protestors by middle class Americans is a misdirected reaction to a quandary they canât quite comprehend. They know their lives are getting more difficult but arenât sure why. They are paying more for energy, food, tuition, and real estate taxes, while the price of their houses decline and their wages stagnate. More than a quarter of all homeowners are underwater on their mortgage and many are drowning in credit card and student loan debt. At the same time, government drones tell them the economy is in its second year of recovery and corporate profits are at all-time highs. Government statistics, false storylines, and entitlement programs are designed to confuse the public and obscure the fact we are in the midst of another Depression. Everyone has seen the pictures of the Great Depression breadlines, farmers forced off their land during the dustbowl, and downtrodden Americans in soup kitchens. The economic conditions today are as bad as or worse than the Great Depression. This Depression is hidden from plain view because there are no unemployment lines, bread lines, or soup lines. We are experiencing an electronic Great Depression, as food stamps, unemployment compensation, Social security payments and welfare benefits are electronically delivered to millions of recipients.
There have been over 12 million foreclosure actions since 2007, with millions of Americans losing their homes. Another 16 million homeowners are underwater on their mortgages as home prices continue to fall and the economy sinks further by the day. The value of household real estate has fallen from $22.7 trillion in 2006 to $16.2 trillion today, a loss of $6.5 trillion concentrated among the middle class. In contrast, mortgage debt has only decreased by $600 billion mostly due to write-offs by the banks that created fraudulent mortgage products to lure Americans into debt.
The unemployment rate in the United States reached 25% during the Great Depression. The government manipulated fictional unemployment rate reported to the public by drones at the BLS is currently 9.0%. They conveniently ignore the millions of people who have given up looking for work and those who have taken jobs as part-time pickle ploppers at McDonalds, when they previously assembled automobiles at GM. The true number of unemployed/underemployed is 23%.
Since 2007, unemployment has officially gone up by 7 million. In reality, the same percentage of the working age population should be employed today as in 2007 (63%). Since only 58.4% of the working age population is employed today (lowest since 1983), another 4 million needs to be added to the official unemployment tally. The fact is there are 240 million working age Americans and only 140 million are employed. This means there are 100 million working age Americans not working, but our government only classifies 14 million of them as unemployed. There is certainly millions of stay at home moms, students, and legitimately disabled among the 86 million people classified as not in the labor force, but you canât tell me that another 20 to 30 million of these people couldnât or wouldnât work if given the opportunity.
The deception in government reported figures is borne out by the most successful government program of the Obama administration, which has been adding participants at an astounding rate. The Food Stamp program has been a smashing success as weâve added 13.8 million Americans to this fine program since Obamaâs inauguration, a mere 43% increase in less than three years. There are now 45.8 million Americans dependent upon food stamps for survival, 14.7% of the U.S. population. This program began in 1969 and enrollment always surges during recessions and declines during recoveries. But a funny thing happened during our current ârecoveryâ. The government reported our recession over in December 2009. It was certainly over for the Wall Street psychopaths as they rewarded themselves with $43 billion of bonuses in 2009/2010. The number of Americans on food stamps has risen by 6.8 million during this government sponsored ârecoveryâ. Youâll be happy to know that Obamaâs good buddy â Jamie Dimon â and his well run machine at JP Morgan earns hundreds of millions administering the SNAP program.
Since 2007, Federal government transfer payments have increased from $1.7 trillion annually to $2.3 trillion, a 35% increase in four years. This is surely a sign of a recovering economy. Bernankeâs zero interest rate policy has stolen $400 billion per year from senior citizens and savers and handed it to the very bankers who caused the pain and suffering of millions. Personal interest income has declined from $1.4 trillion to $1.0 trillion, while Wall Street faux profits have soared. The game plan of the oligarchy has been to transfer hundreds of billions from taxpayers to bankers, report profits through accounting entries reducing loan loss reserves, pump up their stock prices and convince clueless lemming investors to buy newly issued shares at inflated valuations. The plan has failed. The zero interest rate policyâs unintended consequences have caused revolutions throughout the Middle East and massive food inflation across the developing world.
The single biggest reason the middle class feel frustrated, angry and like they are falling behind is due to the Federal Reserve and the relentless never ending inflation they produce in order to support their masters on Wall Street and provide cover for the trillions in debt spending by politicians in Washington DC. It is no surprise that beginning in 1980 when government spending began to accelerate much more rapidly than government revenues, the government decided to âtweakâ how it measured inflation. The government reports inflation at 3.5% today. The truth is inflation is running in excess of 10% if measured exactly as it was in 1980. Thatâs right, we have a recession and we have inflation in double digits. No wonder the masses are restless.
The reason middle class Americans are being methodically exterminated and driven into poverty is the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. Since 1971, when Nixon extinguished the last vestiges of the gold standard and unleashed politicians to spend borrowed money without immediate consequence, the U.S. dollar has lost 82% of its purchasing power using the government manipulated CPI. In reality, it has lost over 90% of its purchasing power. The average American, after decades of being dumbed down by government sanctioned education, is incapable of understanding the impact of inflation on their lives. As their wages rise 2% to 3% per year and inflation rises 5% to 10% per year, they get poorer day by day. The Wall Street banks, who own the Federal Reserve, step in and convince the average American to substitute debt for real wealth in order to keep living the modern techno-lifestyle sold to them by mainstream corporate media.
The oligarchy of moneyed interests have done a spectacular job convincing the working middle class they should be angry at 20 year old OWS protestors, illegal immigrants and the inner city welfare class, rather than the true culprits â the Federal Reserve, Wall Street banks and mega-corporations. This is a testament to the power of propaganda and the intellectual slothfulness of the average American. U.S. based mega-corporations fired 864,000 higher wage American workers between 2000 and 2010, while hiring almost 3 million workers in low wage foreign countries, using their billions in cash to buy back their own stocks, and paying corporate executives shamefully excessive compensation. The corporate mainstream media treats corporate CEOâs like rock stars as if they deserve to be compensated at a levelÂ 243 times the average worker. The S&P 500 consists of the 500 biggest companies in America and while the executives of these companies have reaped millions in compensation, the stock index for these companies is at the exact level it was on July 9, 1998. Over the last thirteen years workers were fired by the thousands, shareholders earned 0% (negative 39% on an inflation adjusted basis), and executives got fabulously rich.
Man made inflation has stealthily devastated millions of lives over the last four decades. When the weekly wages of the average worker are adjusted for inflation, they are making 12% less than they did in 1971. Using a real non-manipulated measure of inflation, the average worker is making 30% less than they did in 1971. Sadly, our math challenged populace only comprehend their wages have doubled in the last forty years, without understanding the true impact of inflation. Thankfully, the Wall Street debt dealers with a helping hand from Madison Avenue propaganda peddlers stepped up to the plate and imprisoned the middle class with the shackles of $2.5 trillion in consumer debt. So, while real wages have fallen 30% since 1971, consumer debt has increased by 1,700%.
Americans have been snookered into renouncing their citizenship and converting to being mindless consumers. Citizenship requires a person to be actively engaged in the community with obligations to fellow citizens and future generations. Consumerism requires people to love things, embrace debt, worry about what others have, and become driven by the accumulation of possessions and the appearance of wealth. The disgusting exhibition that Madison Avenue maggots have coined Black Friday is the ultimate display of consumerism. In a nauseating display of senseless spending driven by retail conglomerates, Americans act like Pavlovâs salivating dogs by lining up for hours to stampede over and pepper spray other consumers to get the ultimate deal on that Chinese made toaster oven, Vietnamese made laptop, Korean made HDTV, or Mexican made tortilla maker. They donât seem to grasp the irony of going deeper into debt buying cheap crap made in foreign countries by the workers who took their jobs. The mainstream media proclaims a hugely successful Black Friday as millions bought crap they didnât need with money they donât have, while millions more ate their Thanksgiving meals in food shelters â unreported by the media.This repulsive manifestation of consumerism is applauded and encouraged by our government, as described by George Monbiot:
âGovernments are deemed to succeed or fail by how well they make money go round, regardless of whether it serves any useful purpose. They regard it as a sacred duty to encourage the countryâs most revolting spectacle: the annual feeding frenzy in which shoppers queue all night, then stampede into the shops, elbow, trample and sometimes fight to be the first to carry off some designer junk which will go into landfill before the sales next year. The madder the orgy, the greater the triumph of economic management.â
The masses have been brainwashed by those in power into thinking consumer spending utilizing debt is essential for a strong economy, when the exact opposite is the truth. Saving and investment are the essential ingredients to a strong economy. Debt based spending only benefits bankers, mega-corporations, and politicians.
Mass Manipulation through Propaganda
âThe conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. âŚWe are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of personsâŚwho understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.â â Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928Â
Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda to control the masses, would be so proud of his disciples running our country today. He clearly believed only an elite few were intellectually capable of running the show. Essentially, he hit upon the concept of the 1% telling the 99% what they should think and believe over eighty years ago. The mechanisms for controlling the thoughts, beliefs, and actions of the population are so much more efficient today. The conditioning begins when we are children, as every child will be bombarded with at least 30,000 hours of propaganda broadcast by media corporations by the time they reach adulthood. Their minds are molded and they are instructed what to believe and what to value. Those in control of society want to keep the masses entertained at an infantile level, with instant gratification and satisfying desires as their only considerations. The elite have achieved their Alpha status through intellectual superiority, control of the money system, and control of the political process. Their power emanates from eliminating choices, while giving the illusion of choice to the masses. People think they are free, when in reality they are slaves to a two party political system, a few Wall Street banks, and whatever our TVs tell us to buy.
Our entire system is designed to control the thoughts and actions of the masses. In many ways it is done subtly, while recently it has become more bold and blatant. It is essential for the ruling elite to keep control of our minds through media messages and the educational system. It is not a surprise that our public education system has methodically deteriorated over the last four decades. The government gained control over education and purposely teaches our children selected historical myths, social engineering gibberish and only the bare essentials of math and science. The government creates the standardized tests and approves the textbooks. We are left with millions of functionally illiterate children that grow into non-critical thinking adults. This is the exact result desired by the 1%. If too many of the 99% were able to ignore the media propaganda and think for themselves, revolution would result. This is why the moneyed interests have circled the wagons, invoked police state thug tactics, and used all the powers of their media machine to squash the OWS movement. It threatens their power and control.
âExperience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.ââ Thomas Jefferson
A highly educated engaged citizenry would be a danger to the existing social order. The 1%, educated at our finest universities, does not want average Americans to obtain a great education for a reasonable price. They want them to get a worthless diploma at an excessively high price tag and become debt slaves to the Wall Street 1%. They want uneducated, indebted consumers, not educated productive citizens. Our republic has been slowly perverted since the time of its inception. The insidious process had been slow and methodical until 1913. The establishment of the Federal Reserve by an elite group of bankers and their politician friends and the establishment of a personal income tax created the conditions that have allowed a small cabal of powerful men to dictate the course of our economic, political, social, and military policies for the last 98 years. Anyone that chooses to open their eyes and awake from the propaganda induced stupor can see the result of allowing a small group of corrupt authoritarian men using their power to pervert our government into tyranny. The majority remains oppressed, buried under trillions of debt, while the shysters reap obscene profits, poison the worldwide economic system, and walk away unscathed in the aftermath of their crimes.
The ruling oligarchy has become so brazen in the last few years that it has attracted the attention of the critical thinking minority. The advent of the internet has allowed these critical thinking few to analyze the un-sanitized facts, discuss the issues, and provide truth amidst a blizzard of lies. The proliferation of truth telling websites (Zero Hedge, Mish, Financial Sense, Naked Capitalism) has allowed truth seekers to bypass the government sanctioned corporate media. The pillaging of society by the politically powerful, corrupt 1% is plain to see in the graphs below.
The divergence in household income was not the result of hard work, superior intellectual firepower, or the media touted entrepreneurial spirit of the rich. It was the result of the 1% capturing the economic and political system of the United States and using it to ransack the wealth of the formerly working middle class. The fatal flaw which will ultimately result in a fitting end for the powerful elitists is their egos. They are psychopaths, unable to feel empathy for their fellow man. Enough is never enough. They always want more. Life is a game to them. They truly believe they can pull the right strings and continue to accumulate more riches. But they are wrong. They are blinded by their hubris. There are limits to growth based solely on debt and weâve reached that limit. The world is crumbling under the weight of crippling debt created by these Wall Street psychopaths, while the corrupted bought off politicians try to shift the losses from the bankers who incurred them to the citizens who have already been fleeced. Nomi Prins captures the essence of our current situation:
âToday, the stock prices of the largest US banks are about as low as they were in the early part of 2009, not because of euro-contagion or Super-committee super-incompetence (a useless distraction anyway) but because of the ongoing transparency void surrounding the biggest banks amidst their central-bank-covered risks, and the political hot potato of how many emergency loans are required to keep them afloat at any given moment.Â Because investors donât know their true exposures, any more than in early 2009. Because US banks catalyzed the global crisis that is currently manifesting itself in Europe. Because there never was a separate US housing crisis and European debt crisis. Instead, there is a worldwide, systemic, unregulated, uncontained, rapacious need for the most powerful banks and financial institutions to leverage whatever could be leveraged in whatever forms it could be leveraged in. So, now weâre just barely in the second quarter of the game of thrones, where the big banks are the kings, the ECB, IMF and the Fed are the money supply, and the populations are the powerless serfs. Yeah, letâs play the ECB inflation game, while the world crumbles.â
Those in power are beginning to lose control. You can sense their desperation. Their propaganda is losing its impact as the pain for millions of Americans has become acute. The outrage and anger flaring across the country on a daily basis, reflected in the OWS movement, is just the beginning of a revolutionary period descending upon this nation. The existing social order will be swept away, but they will not go without a fight. They will use their control of the police, military and media to try and crush the coming rebellion.
Â The Dream is Gone
âThe more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.â â Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
In addition to controlling the monetary system and brainwashing the inhabitants with relentless propaganda, the ruling class has used their control of the political process to impose thousands of laws, statutes, rules, and regulations upon the citizens. Again, an apathetic, distracted, trusting populace has been easily convinced that more laws will make them safe and secure. They have willingly sacrificed liberty, freedom and self reliance for the faĂ§ade of safety, security and protection. The overwhelming number of government rules and regulations are designed to control you and insure your compliance and obedience to those in power. In a non-corrupt society inhabited by citizens willing to honor their obligations, governmentâs function is to insure property rights and defend the country from foreign invaders. Citizens donât need to be herded like sheep with threats of imprisonment to do what is right. We donât need 90,000 pages of regulations telling us the difference between right and wrong.
There were 400 pages of Federal Tax rules when the 1% personal income tax was implemented in 1913. Did the 18,000% increase in tax rules since 1913 benefit the average American or did they benefit the 1% who hires the lobbyists to write the rules which are passed into law by the politicians who receive their campaign contributions from the 1%? Do you ever wonder why you pay more taxes than a billionaire Wall Street hedge fund manager? Do you think our tax system is designed to benefit billionaires and mega-corporations when corporations with billions of income pay little or no taxes? Complexity and confusion benefits those who can create and take advantage of the complexity and confusion. Corporations and special interests have used their wealth to bribe politicians to design loopholes, credits, and exemptions that benefit their interests. The corruption of the system is terminal.
âThe mistake you make, donât you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? Youâre trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one canât. Oneâs got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One canât put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning.â â George Orwell
The American people are paying the price for allowing a few evil men to gain control of our government. The American people cowered in fear as the 342 page Patriot Act was somehow written in a few weeks after 9/11, introduced in Congress on October 23, passed the House on October 24 with no debate, passed the Senate on October 25 with no debate, and signed into law on October 26 by George Bush. A law passed by the ruling elite that stripped Americans of their freedoms and liberties was passed using fear mongering false patriotism propaganda to squelch dissent and the American people had no say in the matter. The government has used fear to keep the American people under control. We now unquestioningly accept being molested in airports. We shrug as our intelligence agencies eavesdrop on our telephone conversations and emails without the need for a court order. It is now taken for granted that we imprison people without charging them with a crime and assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries with predator drones. Invading countries and going to war no longer requires a declaration of war by Congress as required by the Constitution. The State grows ever more powerful.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Americans sit idly by, watching their 52 inch HDTVs, Â as young people across the country are beaten, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets and tear gas, and scorned and ridiculed by corporate media pundits for exercising their free speech rights to peacefully protest our corrupt system. The American tradition of civil disobedience is considered domestic terrorism by those in authority. Our beloved protectors in the Orwellian named Department of Homeland Security write reports classifying Ron Paul supporters and returning Iraq veterans as potential terrorists. If the powers that be get their way, the internet will be locked down and controlled, as it poses a huge threat to their thought control endeavors. Freedom to think, learn, question and organize resistance is unacceptable in the eyes of the elite. The country has reached a tipping point. Will enough right thinking Americans stand up and fight to bring down this corrupt system, or will we be herded silently to slaughter. The truth is there is something terribly wrong in this country. We are facing a myriad of problems that will require courage and common sense to overcome. We need only look in the mirror to find the guilty party. It is time to stop letting fear dictate our actions. Conflict is coming to this country due to the evil sanctioned by our corrupt leaders and the upright men and women who will bear the burden of destroying that evil.
Our civilization has adopted the worst aspects of the two most famous dystopian novels in history â Orwellâs 1984 and Huxleyâs Brave New World. The question is whether the population of this country is too far gone to recover. The answer to that question will determine whether the country chooses authoritarian dictatorship or a renewal of our founding principles. Aldous Huxley understood the three pillars of Western civilization fifty years ago and that their destruction would result in a collapse of our economic system:
âArmaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence â those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, youâd collapse. And while you people are over-consuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.â
The three pillars sustaining the American empire edifice of never ending war, ever accumulating debt and excessive consumerism are crumbling. The growing corruption and weight of un-payable debt have weakened the very foundation of our grand experiment. The existing structure will surely collapse. My entire adult life has tracked the decline of the American empire. I had become comfortably numb. I came to my senses and began to question all the Federal government/Wall Street/Corporate Media sponsored truths about eight years ago. Many others have also awoken and begun to challenge the false storylines dictated by those in power.
The young people leading the protests across this land are showing tremendous courage and a tenacity of spirit that has been dormant for decades among the lethargic, distracted, over-medicated public. Despite being subjected to government education conditioning, these young people have zeroed in on the enemy. They may not have all the solutions, but they have correctly identified the corrupt banking system as the central nervous system of this vampire squid sucking the life out of our nation. I will support any effort to shine a light on our crooked system. My three young sons deserve a chance at a better life than they will get under the thumb of this oligarchic criminal enterprise. As a child I caught a fleeting glimpse of the American Dream. I turned to look, but it was gone. I choose not to become comfortably numb. I choose to do whatever it will take to renew the opportunity for my sons to achieve the American Dream.
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.
What do you know about drones? You know drones â those robotic, unmanned planes that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder.
Well if you donât know too much, donât worry, thatâll change soon. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into rules that will bring the controversial aircraft into the country, creating an United States airspace buzzing with tiny, robot planes to look over every inch of American soil â and maybe more.
An article published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times reveals that new drone planes could be coming domestically quite soon, as both law enforcement and the agricultural sector are seeing benefits in keeping an arsenal of unmanned planes ready to patrol the skies. For farmers, drones could bring a new method of pumping pesticides into fields of crops from above; for the cops, the aircraft could conduct surveillance over suspected criminals (think police chopper but remote controlled). The Times reports that utility companies see a benefit in drones as well, giving them a new set of eyes to monitor oil, gas and water pipelines.
But with missile-equipped drones causing thousands of deaths overseas, the installation of a drone program stateside could be detrimental to America as the government all but deems the country fit as a warfront.
“It’s going to happen,”Â Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association, tells the Times.Â “Now it’s about figuring out how to safely assimilate the technology into national airspace.”
According to the Department of Homeland Securityâs website, the government has already been using drones domestically for several years, but remains mostly mum on their missions, other than that they are regularly used for“support of disaster relief efforts.”
Rarely reported in the mainstream news media and not covered in the official 9/11 report issued by Congress, the following video from by an ABC affiliate sheds more light on United Flight 23, which was cancelled on 9/11 before terrorist reportedly had a chance to inflict more damage on domestic targets.
Comedian Jon Stewart provides a humorous look at the police pepper spraying incidents in New York and Oakland during the Occupy protests, as well as the recent spraying over an X-box in Walmart on Black Friday.
Apparently the trillions of dollars in bailouts and stimulus went over so well with the American public that Congress found it necessary to further expand the government’s role in backstopping defunct, mismanaged and insolvent businesses. TheÂ Covered Bond Act of 2011, as explained by Patrick.net, “is designed to allow bundling of any kind of debt including derivatives, into marketable securities guaranteed at full face value by the FDIC.”
With the country still seething from what was perceived as two near mortal wounds, and with the added insult of not seeing even one of the criminals charged with a crime, prosecuted or jailed for criminal activity, the wound is still raw and festering.Â Wanting to avoid another national discourse on why the citizens of the US should be made responsible for the massive financial corruption, essentially paying the bills for the crimes committed by these ever so special friends of government, Kay Hagan D(NC) and Bob Corker R(TN) have come up with a wonderful plan.Â They have decided it would be best to allow the bundling of these toxic instruments and to insure them in the FDIC.
“Asset classes eligible to be rolled into Covered Bonds are shown below including “H” which leaves the door open for anything left over, What would qualify would be the decision of one unelected official, the treasury secretary/Goldman Sachs representative.
(A)Â a residential mortgage asset class; (B) a commercial mortgage asset class; (C) a public sector asset class; (D) an auto asset class; (E) a student loan asset class; (F) a credit or charge card asset class; (G) a small business asset class; and (H) any other eligible asset class designated by the Secretary, by rule and in consultation with the covered bond regulatorsÂ
Stock markets may be rising as a result of possible short-term news (short-term as in the 24 hour news cycle short-term). But, this has not changed what’s happening in Europe, despite suggestions that everything is going to be OK.
As is generally the case in the financial community, the big investors which include large sovereign wealth funds and behemoth financial institutions, are one upping the public by getting out while the gettin’ is good. While mainstream media makes it seem like we are moving in a positive direction with respect to Europe, one thing should be clear: it’s a sham. This the same thing we were being told two years ago, a year ago, a month ago, a week ago. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Business Inside reports that a run on Europe has begun, and large institutional players are liquidating their exposure to European bonds and other assets:
Until recently, the concern about Europe has been mostly theoretical–a potential train-wreck that would occur if/when the world’s lenders decided that the continent’s problems extended beyond the basket case known as Greece and cut lending to Europe’s “core.”
Well, that concern is no longer theoretical.
The world’s lenders are increasingly deciding that it’s better to be safe than sorry, and they’re pulling their money out of Europe.
As a result, the borrowing costs of many European countries are rising fast. And so are inter-bank lending rates, because the second huge problem with the Euro-train-wreck is that Europe’s banks have Euro debts coming out of their ears.
Importantly, once runs like this get started, they can accelerate fast. Recall how quickly Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers went from angry denials and “exploring options” to bust. Recall how quickly, a month ago, MF Global went from confident to flailing to broke.
The people buying bonds issued by Italy and Spain are clearly looking past the dysfunctional balance sheets and focusing on Germanyâs reluctance to let a major PIIGS country default. So an Italian bond, in the mind of the market, becomes a German bond.
But this sword cuts both ways. If European debts are tossed into one big communal pot with everyone responsible for everyone else, then buying a German bond is the same thing as buying an Italian bond â since German taxpayers are ultimately on the hook for both. Viewed that way, lending money to Germany for ten years at 2% is hardly risk-free.
Which is why the failure of Germanyâs most recent bond auction is so interesting:
German Bonds Fall Prey to Contagion
Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) â European bonds slumped after Germany failed to draw bids for 35 percent of the offered amount at an auction of 10-year bunds, stoking concern the regionâs debt crisis is infecting even the safest sovereign securities.
Thirty-year German bonds slid, with yields rising the most since the week through Sept. 3, 2010, amid concern Germany will need to offer greater financial support to its euro-area peers. âNon-residential investors are increasingly troubled by events,â said Eric Wand, a fixed-income strategist at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets in London. âIt was ignited by the 10- year bund auction result showing further credit dilution, and hasnât been helped by the outcome of Italian sales.â
Thirty-year German bond yields rose 21 basis points to 2.83 percent at 4:54 p.m. London time yesterday, from 2.61 percent the week earlier.
Total bids at the auction of German securities due in January 2022 amounted to 3.889 billion euros ($5.15 billion), out of a maximum target for the sale of 6 billion euros, sparking concern that the turmoil emanating from Greeceâs debt crisis now risks engulfing the regionâs biggest economy.
And last week was just the warmup for next weekâs deluge of new borrowing:
Given the surge in bond-market yields in recent weeks, all four countries are expected to pay considerably more for cash than they did at their previous auctions. Just how much higher the tab turns out to be will indicate the extent to which investors are giving up on the ability of politicians to take tough measures to reduce their debt loads.
All told, five euro-zone governments are together expected to sell about âŹ19 billion ($25.36 billion) in debt next week, more than double the amount three governments sold this week.
Italy will offer up to âŹ750 million in 2023-dated inflation-linked bonds on Monday, followed a day later by up to âŹ8 billion in debt maturing in 2014, 2020 and 2022. The sales come after the country on Friday paid 6.5% to borrow six-month funds, nearly double the 3.5% it paid only a month ago, and its bond yields again soared, to worrying levels solidly above 7%.
Meanwhile, the shape of the bailout is becoming more clear:
The money would give Italyâs Prime Minister Mario Monti 12 to 18 months to implement his reforms without having to refinance the countryâs existing debt, the Italian daily reported, without saying where it got the information. Monti could draw on the money if his planned austerity measures fail to stop speculation on Italian debt, La Stampa said.
Italy would pay an interest rate of 4 percent to 5 percent on the loan, the newspaper said. The amount could vary from 400 billion euros to 600 billion euros, La Stampa said.
Huge week coming up
Itâs no surprise that a new bailout is announced today. Without a compelling distraction, the markets would fixate on upcoming bond sales and would probably demand even higher rates, effectively bankrupting the PIIGS countries and hobbling Germany and France. So something big has to happen, and right away.
The International Monetary Fund, meanwhile, isnât some independent government with farms and factories and oil wells that it can tax to fund its foreign aid activities. Itâs just a bank, sort of, holding deposits from the US and other formerly rich countries, which it then lends to supposedly poorer ones. So an IMF loan to Italy is in reality a US/German bailout. There is no free lunch, there is no extra money sitting around. Everything the IMF has comes, directly or indirectly, from the printing presses of safe haven governments.
And the soon-to-be-announced 600 billion euro bailout is just for Italy. Since Spain, Ireland and Portugal between them owe just as much and are just as functionally bankrupt, expect them to get as much or more in coming weeks.
Which brings us to the nature and function of money. This game is only possible while the US and Germany have currencies with relatively stable values. Should the dollar and/or euro start to fall, then loan guarantees denominated in those currencies become a lot less attractive. Bond prices will fall commensurately, and the owners of those bonds will have massive losses that theyâll have to acknowledge one way or another. The result: zombie banks that canât afford to lend and underfunded pensions that canât meet their obligations â and the need for even bigger bailouts.
Thatâs why this week is so huge. If investors realize that German bonds are really Italian bonds, theyâll demand higher interest rates from all involved (and we should be short the major stock indexes). And if investors realize that the IMF is just the Fed/ECB in drag, they might finally lose faith in those banksâ currencies (in which case gold and silver will soar). In either case, itâs game over for the current system.
Emily Sandblade won the Soapbox Idol competition from Porcfest 2011 with the following speech in which she discussed why the mafia is better than the state.
“The next time somebody argues that anarchy results in an increase in organized crime, smile sweetly and tell that person that it would be a real improvement over the state.”
Emily Sandblade, 2011
10. The mafia has a sense of honor. If they say they’ll do something, they’ll do it.
9. The mafia code-of-conduct is simple and clear, and unfettered by legal doublespeak and millions of regulations.
8. When competing mafia families go to war they don’t kill thousands of civilians as collateral damage. War is the health of the state but for the mafia it’s bad for business.
7. Instead of conducting the war on drugs and [on] the American people, the mafia is perfectly happy to peacefully provide high quality products to those who desire them.
6. When you buy protection from the mafia, you get protection. When you buy protection from the state you can dial 9-1-1 and die.
5. The mafia’s protection is much less expensive than the state’s. The mafia wants 10% – 15% of your profits, and the various levels of government want at least 40% to 50% of your profits.
4. Unlike the state, the mafia actually wants your business to succeed. They know that ruining your business means that you can’t pay for protection. The mafia imposes almost no regulatory overhead, nor do they require that you waste your time filling out zillions of self-incriminating tax forms.
3. The mafia won’t keep you from having a gun to protect yourself and your family. The state prefers that you be disarmed. The mafia will gladly sell you the means to protect yourself – and they won’t bother with a Brady check either.
2. The state wants to regulate what you do in your bedroom. The mafia will gladly sell you whatever you need to enhance your enjoyment.
1. Members of the mafia have a great sense of style, dress far better than government bureaucrats and are much easier on the eyes.
Hereâs the First Amendment, in full: âCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.â
As the occupiers of Zuccotti Park, like those pepper-sprayed at UC Davis or the Marine veteran shot in Oakland, recently found out, the governmentâs ability to limit free speech, to stopper the First Amendment, to undercut the right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances, is perhaps the most critical issue our republic can face. If you were to write the history of the last decade in Washington, it might well be a story of how, issue by issue, the government freed itself from legal and constitutional bounds when it came to torture, the assassination of U.S. citizens, the holding of prisoners without trial or access to a court of law, the illegal surveillance of American citizens, and so on.Â In the process, it has entrenched itself in a comfortable shadowland of ever more impenetrable secrecy, while going after any whistleblower who might shine a light in.
Now, it also seems to be chipping away at the most basic American right of all, the right of free speech, starting with that of its own employees.Â As is often said, the easiest book to stop is the one that is never written; the easiest voice to staunch is the one that is never raised.
As European governments prepare for a possible run on banks and social unrest, Reuters reports that key ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service warns the “euro zone sovereign and banking crisis is threatening the credit standing of all European sovereigns.”
Moody’s also noted the political impetus to implement an effective resolution plan may only emerge after a series of shocks, which may lead to more countries losing access to market funding and requiring a support program.
“This would very likely cause those countries’ ratings to be moved into speculative grade in view of the solvency tests that would likely be required and the burden-sharing that might be imposed if (as is likely) support were to be needed for a sustained period.”
A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy withÂ signs heÂ posted on his company’s trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and downÂ roads, highways and interstates:
“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”
“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer,Â Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”
Looman’s company is U.S. Cranes, LLC.Â He said he put up the signs, and first posted pictures of the signs on his personal Facebook page, six months ago, and he said he received mostly positive reaction from people, “about 20-to-one positive.”
But for some reason, one of the photos went viral on the Internet on Monday.
And the reaction has been so intense, pro and con, he’s had to have his phones disconnected because of the non-stop calls, and he’s had to temporarily shut down his company’s website because of all the traffic crashing the system.
Looman made it clear, talking with 11Alive’s Jon Shirek, that he is not refusing to hire to make some political point; it’s that he doesn’t believe he can hire anyone, because of the economy. And he blames the Obama administration.
“The way the economy’s running, and the way my business has been hampered by the economy, and the policies of the people in power, I felt that it was necessary to voice my opinion, and predict that I wouldn’t be able to do any hiring,” he said.
Looman did receive some unexpected attention not long after he put up his signs and Facebook photos. He said someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents interviewed him.
“The Secret Service left here, they were in a good mood and laughing,” Looman said. “I got the feeling they thought it was kind of ridiculous, and a waste of their time.”
So Bill Looman is keeping the signs up, and the photos up — stirring up a lot of debate.
“I just spentÂ 10 years in the Marine Corps protecting the rights of people… the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment and the [rest of the] Bill of Rights,” he said. “Lord knows they’re calling me at 2 in the morning, all night long, and voicing their opinion. And I respect their right to do that. I’m getting a reaction, a lot of it’s negative, now. But a lot of people are waking up.”
1)Concentrating on rifle skills instead of mastering the handgun you can carry every day. âBut I canÂ´t hit the broad side of a barn with a handgunâ. Then practice more! Whatever happens, chances are you wonÂ´t have the time to go get your rifle when you need a weapon. At the very least donât count on having the time to do so. Now carrying every day and begin proficient, thatâs how at least youâll be armed when you need it the most.
2) Lack of firearms training and ignoring the local laws (because there will be no law after SHTF, WROL, remember?). Expecting to rise to the occasion is foolish, you wont gain the skill you never developed by magic and target shooting, hunting, skeet, plinking or whatever other activity you do that involves firearms DOES NOT count for defensive shooting training. Ignoring the laws may not kill you but it can land you in jail for most of your adult life. Know when and in what circumstances it Â is legal for you to use your firearm. Thatâs how you learn what happens if you âshoot to woundâ or what happens if you shoot criminals on the sidewalk and âdrag them insideâ like its sometimes adviced by self-claimed experts.Â Knowing the law may mean the difference between rotting in jail or not. As things get worse, these things will actually happen more often, soon enough the odds will be that it may happen to you too.
3) Donât bring a knife to a gunfight. Donât ever underestimate the lethality of a knife. Most fights occur within zero and seven yards, and within that range chances are you will get cut. If you lack the basic training and plan on improvising, you will most likely get killed by a determined attacker.
4) Throwing stuff at armed robbers. I read this one in a survival manual and didnât know if I should have cried or laughed. This expert believed that simply showing hostility of some kind was enough to send bad guys away. The truth is that an excited criminal, probably high on drugs and full of hatred towards you, will shoot you if you do something like that in such a dangerous moment. Either know what to do, have the weapons for it and fight like youÂ´re supposed to given the situation or donât, but acting like a hysterical brat will do little to increase your survival rate.
5)Â Houses pretending to be abandoned and/or empty. Make it look as if thereâs nothing worth stealing, use blinds or shutters so that no one knows thereâs people inside. How many times have you heard or read these nuggets of wisdom? Truth is that a house with no people inside is a temptation and favorite target of any criminal. Even good people during desperate times may try to take shelter in an abandoned house, maybe see if thereâs something they can use. You want your place to look clearly occupied, and spotlights places around the perimeter so as to make it clear youÂ´re ready to defend yourself is even better.
6) DistanceÂ equals safety. It doesnât. Its just a false sense of security and the only reason nothing may have happened to you yet is because no one ever tried to get to you. Its even easier to attack a house that is isolated than pulling off a home invasion with neighbors near by. Isolation and distance doesnât mean youâre too far away from anything. If you go t there, so can others.
7) Bug out! Where? How long will it take? Why abandon a defendable, safe, stocked position? You better have a reason for it. Donât just run like a fool at the first sign of trouble because someone told you to do so. 99% of the time youâre better off staying put. If you have to leave, have a place to go to. Its not just a matter of abandoning your current location. Even if you have a bug out location, if it has been left empty chances are that during the disaster someone may have broken into, stolen what was of use, or even worse, decided to take for themselves that nice place you so conveniently left ready in case there was trouble. If you cant leave the place with people watching over it, then its better to count on friends and family members and make arrangements ahead of time so that thereâs no surprises.
8 ) Gear and Supplies, but no money for emergencies, medical bills, medicines, no financial preps for the future and ending up in the poor house. Certain experts will say money will become useless after the âballon goes upâ, the same ballon many of them have been predicting for almost half a century. You donât need to worry about the system because it will utterly fail, money is just paper with pictures and ââŚ. After SHTFâ, people will barter and trade for whatever it is they need. Thatâs a great way to end up broke once you get old, suffer some injury and have to face medical bills or be in desperate need of a real investment that creates actual income flow.
9) Running and jumping across jungles, forests, and freaking volcanos, Baer Grylls style. You donât run, jump and dash through places you donât know, hang over cliffs with a vine or shrub that just happened to be there. Do that for real in a forest or jungle and youâll break a leg or neck in a matter of minutes. Jumping your way across land covered in lava that may or may not give under your weight, not to mention melt away your shoes, is a ticket to an excruciatingly painful death.
10) Going barefoot. 95% of the survival TV âadviceâ is dangerous. Its about having a minimum rating, not teaching you true survival skills. People actually watching it and having fun is the real priority for them. When you see a guy going barefoot just know thatâs short of actually cutting off your own fingers or pocking an eye out with a stick on purpose, its one of the best ways to cripple yourself, limit your possibilities and endanger you basic mobility. If thereâs debris, glass, and sharp objects after a disaster or terrorist attack youâre doomed. If you have to deal with snow and cold weather, cut yourself in the city and risk an infection, its such a bad idea for so many reasons and has no benefit whatsoever.
A public school in Toronto has banned âhard ballsââbaseballs, softballs, footballs, soccer balls, kickballs, and even tennis ballsâbecause, says the principal, theyâre âdangerous.â The kids are still allowed to play with sponge balls and, presumably, balls made of wadded-up hair, dust-bunnies, or overcooked spaghetti.
In recent years, according to various newspapers, public schools in the US, Canada, and Britain have banned almost every schoolyard game youâve ever heard of, including tag, leapfrog, marbles, dodge-ball, touch football, soccer, British bulldog, and conkers.
Conkers? Never mindâyouâre not allowed to play it anymore.
Basketball is also forbidden at some schools. And donât even think about golf or bowling! Anyone whoâs ever had a bowling ball bounced off his head can tell you why bowling should be banned.
The reason always given is that games and sports are dangerous. At the Toronto school, a bystanding adult got clouted by a soccer ball, inspiring the âhard ballâ ban. Maybe, somewhere else, somebody put his eye out with a marble. Or accidentally leaped off a cliff while playing leapfrog.
The whole idea is to eliminate the risk of injury.
In the financial bizarro world this is to be expected.
When AIG and its shareholders were on the brink of complete bankruptcy, the US government stepped in with over $100 billion in bailout funds. This saved the company (and their many dependents, like Goldman Sachs), but ruined shareholders.
Now, those shareholders, led by former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg, are suing the government for $25 billion because of losses incurred during the bailout. Never mind that they would have been completely wiped out because of Hank’sÂ mismanagementÂ of the company before the bailouts ever took place.
A company run by former American International Group Inc Chief Executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg sued the U.S. government for $25 billion, calling the 2008 federal takeover of the insurer unconstitutional.
The lawsuit marks an unusual effort to force the government to pay shareholders, who have seen AIG’s stock price tumble 98 percent since the middle of 2007, when the insurer’s risky bets on mortgage debt through credit default swaps began to falter.
Greenberg’s company, Starr International Co, also filed a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose president at the time of the takeover was Timothy Geithner, now U.S. Treasury Secretary.
Once AIG’s largest shareholder, Starr said the government took a roughly 80 percent stake in AIG and charged an “punitive” 14.5 percent on federal loans without seeking a shareholder vote, hoping to provide a “backdoor bailout” for AIG trading partners such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc .
It said the bailouts that began on Sept. 16, 2008, violated shareholders’ rights to due process and equal protection, and a Fifth Amendment ban against taking private property for public use without just compensation, known as the “takings clause.”
Former NSA computer scientists Dave Aitel discusses the potential threat of a digital cyber attack.
What’s the great risk here? Is it an economic risk? Or is it the idea that cyber terrorists might hack into our infrastructure, bring down our energy infrastructure or perhaps bring down the banking system. What is the greatest risk as you see it?
The greatest risk is always something that you never in your wildest dreams predicted. Â It’s something you cannot plan for. That’s why Leon Panetta used the Pearl Harbor analogy.
…The reality of what we model is that we model terrorist attacks on things like power and transportation, and other things we understand are vulnerable. But the reality of what’s really vulnerable and what people are really targeting may have nothing to do with those things.
While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is Â gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield â even people in the United States itself.
Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a âbattlefieldâ and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this presidentâand every future president âÂ the powerÂ to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last nightâs Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.
I know it sounds incredible. New powers to use the military worldwide, even within the United States? Hasnât anyone told the Senate that Osama bin Laden is dead, that the president is pulling all of the combat troops out of Iraq and trying to figure out how to get combat troops out of Afghanistan too? And American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?
The answer on why now is nothing more than election season politics. The White House, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act are harmful and counterproductive.Â The White House has even threatened a veto. But Senate politics has propelled this bad legislation to the Senate floor.
But there isÂ a way to stop this dangerous legislation. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering theÂ Udall AmendmentÂ that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.
In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will âbasically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefieldâ and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial âAmerican citizen or not.â Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because âAmerica is part of the battlefield.â
The solution is theÂ Udall Amendment; a way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. Instead of simply going along with a bill that was drafted in secret and is being jammed through the Senate,Â the Udall Amendmentdeletes the provisions and sets up an orderly review of detention power. It tries to take the politics out and put American values back in.
In response to proponents of the indefinite detention legislation who contend that the bill âapplies to American citizens and designates the world as the battlefield,â and that the âheart of the issue is whether or not the United States is part of the battlefield,â Sen. Udall disagrees, and says that we can win this fightwithout worldwide war and worldwide indefinite detention.
The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country.
As a partner in Stockalper Soil Amendmentsâa long-time Ramona companyâHogervorst said he’s seeing a change in the way people are getting their food.
“More folks are starting to garden in their back yard, putting in planter boxes and raised beds,” he said. “With the cost of fruits and vegetables going up, up, up, more people are growing food in their yards. It used to be that fruit and vegetables were so cheap you could buy them in the store, but that’s all changed.”
Hogervorst said the economy isn’t the only reason he’s seeing more people growing their own food.
“It’s also because of health reasons and organic reasons that they’re growing vegetables in their yard. It’s good to know your food source.”
Amid President Obama’s announcement that U.S. troops in Iraq will be returning home by the 2011 Christmas Holidays, military leaders are scrambling to figure out what to do with all the extra gear including weapons systems like predator surveillance drones.
One idea is to re-purpose them for domestic policing and border control activity.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is working on finding new homes for some of its Predator drones.
At least four of the unmanned aircraft were shipped to Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey in October. The decision came before Turkish leaders asked Washington to sell it drones for use against the Kurdistan Workersâ Party (PKK).
Other drones may wind up in Texas, where some local officials want to bolster anti-drug and anti-illegal immigration campaigns along the border with Mexico.
The Send Equipment for National Defense Act would require that 10% of certain equipment returned from Iraq be made available to state and local agencies for border-security operations. This includes MQ-9 Reaper drones (a.k.a. âPredator Bâ). The bill was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas).
Mayor John Cook of El Paso doesnât like the idea of sending military hardware to his state, saying such a move would send the wrong signal and possibly damage the lucrative economic trade between his city and Ciudad Juarez across the border.
Ever wonder how Warren Buffet makes his billions? With informational advantage, saysÂ Throw Them All Out authorÂ Peter Schweizer.
I just think it’s highly questionable and unethical. He wasÂ aggressivelyÂ advising the Bush administration and then later the Obama administration around the financial crisis.
…As he was doing that and having these meetings, if you look at his SEC reports he was buying millions of shares of stock in the very banks that were going to benefit from this program. And he even admitted himself during the financial crisis during 2008 when he bought a large stake of Goldman Sachs, he said “I’m buying the stake only with the anticipation and knowledge that Congress is going to do this. If they’re not going to do a bailout I’m not going to buy Goldman Sachs.”
So he clearly was relying upon the government and his access to influence to make his business decisions.
Today, a bipartisan group representing a variety of interests sent a letter to the congressional leadership repudiating the secretive process of the Super Committee. As Congress contemplates next steps in resolving the budget crisis, transparency, not secrecy needs to be the modus operandi.
In response to the escalating food tyranny against American farmers by state and federal officials, the town of Blue Hill, Maine, passed a local ordinance back in April that asserted the right of its citizens to grow, sell, buy, and consume the food of their choice (http://naturalnews.com/032142_food_…). But state officials in Maine apparently have no regard for Blue Hill’s sovereignty law, and are now suing a local Blue Hill resident for selling food and raw milk from his farm without an official state license.
The State of Maine and Walter Whitcomb, Maine’s Agricultural Commissioner, recently filed a lawsuit against Blue Hill farmer Dan Brown of Gravelwood Farm for allegedly violating state laws concerning the sale of food. The three-count civil summons claims that selling raw milk and other farm food items directly to customers violates state laws.
But Brown’s actions are in full compliance with the Blue Hill’s Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance, which protects small farmers from having to jump through the laborious and excessive regulatory hoops designed for large-scale factory farms. And the vast majority of Blue Hill’s residents have expressed support for the type of food freedom that Brown has embraced with the sale of fresh food from his farm.
A Selectmen’s meeting is set to be held in Blue Hill on Friday, Nov. 18, to enforce the local ordinance over the state’s demands. Brown and his supporters are petitioning town officials to send a letter to the Maine Department of Agriculture requesting that the state withdraw its lawsuit and recognize the authority and validity of the local ordinance. There will also be a rally and press conference at Blue Hill Town Hall in his defense.
Both Sedgwick and Penobscot, two other Maine towns, have also passed similar food sovereignty laws within the past year. And according to CBS News, Brown is the first farmer in any of them to be targeted by state officials for complying with these ordinances, which fly in the face of highly-restrictive state and federal laws concerning food.
“I think if Dan loses this suit and the state is able to require licenses from him, then anybody in our ordinance towns will be forced to comply,” said Bob St. Peter, a farmer in Sedgwick who heads a group called Food for Maine’s Future, to CBS News. “That’s a concern to people.”
You can support Farmer Brown by contacting those that are suing him and expressing your thoughts. Remember to be polite but firm in your discourse:
Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
28 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0028
Walter E. Whitcomb, Commissioner
A Russian TV anchor raises her middle finger the mention of President Barack Obama. (Click for newscast translation)
“Today, Dimitry Medvedev, became a chairman of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), earlier, this position was taken by an american president, Barack Obama (middle finger flip off). During the press conference that took place in the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, Medvedev spoke on this matter as well as cooperating with Americans on anti-missile defense system.”
If you like your Wall Street analysis with a heavy dollop of rapture and Armageddon, today was the day for you.
Blame the weighty issues of the day (Europe, mostly), and yesterday’s big selloff for the spasm of bearishness.
It started off with Nomura’s Bob Janjuah. He said that any talk of the ECB saving Europe was a mere pipedream, and that if the ECB did go whole-hog buying up peripheral debt to suppress yields, then that would prompt a German departure from the the Eurozone.
Germany appears to be adamant that full political and fiscal integration over the next decade (nothing substantive will happen over the short term, in my view) is the only option, and ECB monetisation is no longer possible. I really think it is that clear and simple. And if I am wrong, and the ECB does a U-turn and agrees to unlimited monetisation, I will simply wait for the inevitable knee-jerk rally to fade before reloading my short risk positions. Even if Germany and the ECB somehow agree to unlimited monetisation I believe it will do nothing to fix the insolvency and lack of growth in the eurozone. It will just result in a major destruction of the ECBâs balance sheet which will force an ECB recap. At that point, I think Germany and its northern partners would walk away. Markets always want short, sharp, simple solutions.