MILLENNIALS: A PRODUCT OF COMMUNIST EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

12/31/2016

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By Betty Freauf
December 31, 2016
NewsWithViews.com

In an earlier article entitled Parents Gave Up Rights to Educate, I noted all the chaos we are experiencing is the result of the Harvard/Unitarian/Progressive enlightened snobs way back at the turn of the 19th Century attempting to bring communism to the U.S. which would require getting control of education away from the Calvinists Christian parents. Well, the Trump presidential candidacy did to one thing – educated people on the Electoral College. I know 80 year olds who didn’t know what it was.

History is not only written by the victors but by the ignorant, the biased and the devious. If, in addition to distortions of the history record, one adds another factor – the intentional “dumbing down” of a people, then the disintegration of a country can be accomplished even more quickly. As those who were listening and watching soon saw our Constitutional Republic being dismantled ever so quietly by these enlightened snobs. I cringe every time I hear another elected leader call our country a democracy. The lack of Civics in our public school system has been the biggest problem. Suddenly we found ourselves confronted by an incredible societal transformation – a tectonic shift of enormous magnitude – had taken place before our eyes. However, it has been the last generation of what are now called millennials is the most frightening and they seem to be the ones billionaire George Soros paid to protest Trump’s election.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY, OR DIE

A great journalist Alan Stang passed away in 2009. He warned when the Communists impose their version of Socialism on a country, they always destroy its history. They stop teaching it in the schools. They don’t talk about it in the media. They delete and pervert it in the movies and we know who owns Hollywood. Nationally, if you don’t know history, you are no longer a nation. You are people without cohesion, disunited and easily conquered.
Now if all this rings a bell, please study what he’s written about Islam. No. 30 of the 45 declared goals for the communist takeover of America is to discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.” No. 21 says to belittle all forms of America culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture” and No. 32, support any socialist movement to give centralized- control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

Muslims train their children at an early age how to handle guns and explosives. They are taught to hate and while Americans were brainwashed to believe two children was enough, the Muslims are having lots of babies.
Recently there is much talk in our news about the 18-wheeler truck driven into the Berlin Christmas party and we are being warned by the intelligence community America is going to be next; however, google HOAX Global war on Terrorism. According to news reports, some communities such as Dearborn, Michigan have already taken over large portions of the town and the insistence that the women must wear burkas that cover their whole body plus their faces, automatically becomes a source of contention and anxiety in these communities.

Now for immigrants to bond together in certain areas is not unusual. This has happened since they got off the boat at Ellis Island in search of a better life and couldn’t wait to become citizens but the Muslims refuse to assimilate as described in their dress above and one can find no U.S. flags in the areas. Some men have up to four wives and receive welfare assistance. Eventually they will run for some public office in a district where they can guarantee election and one by one they will bring in others.

WHEN GOD TURNS A NATION OVER TO SATAN

Yes, this is what happens when God turns a nation over to Satan. (Romans 1:18-32) The goal of the Muslims is to take over the world and install Sharia law. They come to our country and support themselves with our “politically correct” welfare system. Recently psychologist Dr. James Mitchell an expert on the Muslims say it only takes one or two people to cause great carnage like allegedly recently happened in Berlin and this terror threat is worldwide.

Germany’s first female chancellor, Angela Merkel, is the daughter of a Lutheran minister and is compassionate to a fault with the refugees. Like white guilt caused America to vote into the White House not once but twice two total communist groomed frauds, Merkel’s type of WWII-Hitler “guilt” stops Germany’s ability to defend themselves.

But we also see President Barack Obama doing likewise. In addition, before he leaves office, he’s granting clemency to hundreds (maybe thousands) of those in prison primarily on drug charges – he calls them low level offenders. And guess where the Muslims recruit – at our prisons!!

Nations with strong families are survivors. So the first attack was to destroy a mother’s self worth with the women’s movement which encouraged women to go to work outside the home. Spankings were called “child abuse so in order to protect the children from abusive parents, the Child Protective Services (CPS) was created to intervene into what used to be God’s command – spare the rod, spoil the child. (Prov. 29:15) And yes, abuse did occur but the authority that should have been called and asked to investigate would be the duly elected county sheriff and not a bunch of unqualified and unelected pecksniffians in CPS. (Hypocritically affecting benevolence or high moral principles – character in Charles Dickens Novel Martin Chuzzlewit – 1843)

In 1994 it was noted a growing number of sex researchers were supporting the idea that pedophilia could be healthy and should be legalized and promoted. Way back in 1984 one homosexual spokesperson said “We will Sodomize your sons.” Alan Stang in his 2007 book NOT HOLIER THAN THOU wrote about the sodomizing of children and by whom- A pervert by the name of Craig Smith “maintained a call boy ring that catered to the political elite and, unlike most D.C. call boy rings, offered children to its clients.” Stang told how the Republican Party had homosexuals worm their way into important jobs. One example was sodomite lawyer Roy Cohn, who, dying of disease in a hospital bed, was still trying to arrange homosexual liaisons.

The Psychiatry profession once labeled homosexuality as a mental disorder but applied pressure on the profession got that classification removed. The 6/30/03 New American magazine gave names of homosexual serial killers and the numbers they killed.

PECKSNIFFIAN RULES FOR REVOLUTION

Corrupt the young, get them away from religion and get them interested in sex is the communist rule for a revolution. No. 27 of communist goals: Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.” To further this experiment, SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.) entered the picture. It’s January 1993 report called for “respect for the diversity of values and beliefs about sexuality” and asserted that “sexuality is a natural healthy part of living” and each individual must have the right to make “responsible sexual choices. These generalizations belie the fact that SIECUS lacked respect for religious, traditional sexual beliefs and has resulted in bitter fruit but the experiment went on. And in 1994, sex clinics became known and condom clinics cashed in under President Clinton’s “Health Security Act. (S1757) The bill scheduled $50 million a year for “School Health Education” which, of course, is popularly known as sex education. This is where counselors would smuggle PG girls out the back door for an abortion without parental knowledge. Since Clinton’s sex life with Monica Lewinsky was exposed, 12 and 13 year olds in middle school began having oral sex. Kids are dirty dancing at high school events. A December 2002 NEWSWEEK magazine said 46% are having sex. The number of kids having sex before 14 is increasing. They have sex in the bathrooms, science class, and the parking lot.

Democrat President Jimmy Carter created the unconstitutional Department of Education. So basic reading and writing, arithmetic skills, Civics and the Constitution were ignored and replaced with sex education under the premise parents were incapable. The overall goal of sex education program was stated to enhance self esteem , increase decision making capacity, enable adolescents to make responsible decisions about sex. Embarrassed students were asked to tell what they like and did not like about the instruction, the group, the size and appearance of their own sex organs. Education aides included rubber like models of sex organs, Play Doh for students to shape into sex organs, fruits and vegetables to represent parts of male and female anatomy – all this without the knowledge of the parents.

Judith Reisman writes about “Kinsey’s Kooky Shrinks” and says anyone who believes that sex professors are just objective, high-minded intellectuals has never attended a sex conference. Communist collective-bargaining unionized teachers also lacking in history allowed themselves to become change agents instead of whistle blowers. And now President elect Donald Trump has selected Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education which should have been repealed years ago! Americas used to be #1 in education worldwide, now we are 36th.

And sex education has morphed into mass confusion in the minds of our young people and we now have 300 million grandparents who are now either having their children and grandchildren living in their homes or are helping them out financially. The advent of political correctness and social networks has broken down traditional barriers and expanded boundaries to unacceptable dangerous lifestyles to where it is difficult to protect our children from sexual deviants.

Gender identity is the theme of today’s sexual indoctrination and Planned Parenthood and our school system wants to make your child so confused in hopes they will begin to question who they really are – enhancing therefore, the homosexual lifestyle. In 2016 California began to indoctrinate seven year olds with the new LGB T curriculum. So we now have young folks wanting the government to pay for their sex reassignment surgery and transgenders want access to all public restrooms.

AND THEN WE HAVE DEATH EDUCATION CLASSES

And for the New World Order, death education will play as important a part in changing attitudes toward death as sex education played in changing attitudes toward sex information and wide acceptance of various lifestyles.
They offered death education classes. Such classes promoted conditioning of these young minds and desensitizing of the masses to the mass genocide to come, with abortion, euthanasia, necrophilia, cannabalism, group death and cruelty. The Illuminati listed 25 ways to smash America’s resistance to the global Agenda and #19 was the death culture to promote the conditioning of young minds so now we know why young people kill. And then an increase in suicides by young people….

And we’ve seen videos how Islam parents are conditioning their children early to kill the infidels. That which was once Normal, has suddenly become Political Incorrect as Saul Alinsky came on the scene to socialize or nationalize everything (one step below communism and a dictator) and he was Hillary Clinton’s as well as many others mentors. And what Bill and Hillary Clinton have done is not well known by today’s young snowflakes who began to melt down when their leader, Hillary Clinton, lost the presidency.

And after more than a hundred years of universal public education indoctrination, we can say that it nowhere resembles the Utopia vision that drove its proponents to create it and public schools have become a shelter for incompetent communistic collective bargaining teachers who were trained by the majority of communist professors in these worthless colleges. I can use Bill Ayers as an example. Because of prosecutorial errors, Ayers went free boasting, “guilty as hell, free as a bird,” for killing a policeman. It was no accident that Barack Obama chose Ayers as mentor in his run for the Illinois Senate. This felon Ayers went on to become a college professor spewing out his dangerous doctrine to heads full of mush.

So now newcomers who have suddenly awakening to the deception carried on by the education elites should be able to better understand why it has all happened. Look at how their futures are desolate because of what they’ve been taught. These young folks protesting now and bemoaning the fact that their evil leader, Hillary, lost are products of an education presented to them by a bunch of miserable, unhappy, constantly angry intellectuals and elitists who have created an army of mind-numbed ill educated robots who will spend the rest of their lives miserable and unhappy, unsatisfied and it has been done on purpose. Yes, politics and the social media can become a mental disorder and few exit the system untarnished.

© 2016 Betty Freauf – All Rights Reserved

Betty is a former Oregon Republican party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years but Betty gave up on the two-party system in 2004.

Betty is a researcher specializing in education, a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to www.NewsWithViews.com

E-Mail: bettyfreauf@gmail.com

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From Power Currency to Power Money*

12/30/2016

https://www.moneymetals.com/news/2016/12/29/power-currency-to-money-000979

Money Metals News Service

On a Tuesday evening in early November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had been elected 2 years earlier on the slogan “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” stunned India’s 1.3 billion people by announcing that their 1000 ($15) and 500 rupee notes would be “demonetized” (removed from circulation) and replaced with new 500 rupee versions by the end of the year.

All they had to do was take their old notes to the banks – which were closed the next day – and deposit them – as long as there was a “legitimate” explanation for the cash – (600 million Indians do not have bank accounts).

The New “Modi” Operandi in the War against Cash

The dictionary defines the Latin phrase modus operandi as “a particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established… It is also used in criminal profiling where it can help in finding clues to the offender’s psychology.”

Billed by proponents as a way to cut down on the drug trade and bring “dark money” into the open, the reality of banning large denomination notes, if not all paper currency, is considerably different. It is detrimental to the vast majority of a country’s citizenry, who are, by and large, honest people simply trying to make a decent living. Thus the government’s methodology – and ultimate goals – come into view.

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It stands jurisprudence on its head. Victims go from being “innocent until proven guilty” to the reverse. The mere possession of “excessive amounts” of paper currency becomes a presumption of guilt. The move toward universal digital transactions brings forth a specter of the much-abused civil asset forfeiture laws – an online version on steroids – where you are deprived of your money and possessions without ever being charged with a crime.

“Tyler Durden” at ZeroHedge.com effectively states,

Our individual sovereignty is tied directly to our ability to move freely about. When every step we make is tracked by the bank/government our sovereignty is gone forever. Freely trading commerce is one of the cornerstones of human sovereignty. Without the ability to conduct business with whom we wish, when we wish, we are nothing more than cattle to the overlords of the land…

If you have any misguided notion that a cashless society is not coming, just keep telling yourself that every time you use a debit card, credit card or your phone for your next purchase. With the elimination of cash we effectively hand over our individual human sovereignty to the banks and the government.

Jayant Bhandari, an institutional investors’ advisor, who grew up in India, writes about the implications of India’s stunning attempt to transform the monetary landscape for one out of every six people on the planet, saying,

There are moral dilemmas galore. But this had to happen in a society run by rulers who have absolutely no sense of morals, (or) reason, not to mention respect for private property. It is also clear that Modi has to take more and more increasingly repressive steps to keep people from taking protective measures. India will rapidly become a police state…. this will go down in the history books as one of the most naïve, least thought through policy decisions ever, a massive man-made disaster.

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USDX Weekly

David Morgan’s TheMorganReport.com Describes the “Run to Cash” —

The upside-down world (of near-zero to negative interest rates) we are now living in has become our reality. This is one more reason you are now seeing a run toward the dollar. As the nearby USDX chart shows, is now trading at 12 years highs. What I have long taught – in the footsteps of the late John Exter’s inverted gold pyramid work – is that a “run to the dollar” will take place before the real run to gold gets fully underway. As you can see, that “asset class” occupies the last layer above gold itself.

We are now in the final step before another 1% of the population takes action by moving into gold and silver. When the run starts, it won’t be because 90% wake up and say “Wow, I need precious metals to protect my financial wellbeing!” What will happen is that simply another 1 or 2% will finally see the light and start to buy. Since the physical gold market represents less than a single percent of all financial assets, with silver at only about .02%, it won’t take a huge amount of new money to put the paper price at stratospheric levels…and that’s what will take place.

When people lose trust in the dollars they’re holding, the run into gold will be one for the financial record books. The dollar will keep rising until hit hits a major, unsustainable peak, and then begins to slowly roll over. After awhile, the momentum of that declining trend will build toward terminal velocity, accelerating until the dollar’s value hits the ground. While that is taking place, more and more people will be motivated to move into the precious metals. All at once, a demand flood will be attempting to get through a very narrow supply door. At that point, you will either have acquired some metal for financial protection in your possession, or you’ll be left standing in line…empty handed.

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Exter’s Gold Pyramid

Fiat Always Fails

We believe the terms “power currency” (paper money) and “power money” (gold and silver) were coined by Trace Mayer*, a leading monetary and blockchain expert on Bitcoin. Applied to Exter’s inverted pyramid, they provide excellent visual definitions of the two asset classes which have – throughout history – jockeyed for acceptance on the part of governments and the governed alike. And so far, as the late Richard Russell wrote a few years ago, “In experiment after experiment with fiat money, gold has always turned out to be the last man standing.”

Forewarned Is Forearmed

Make no mistake – The loosely (for now) coordinated efforts in the “war against cash” of Sweden, Australia, France, Venezuela, and now India – with philosophical support from “intellectual” elements of the U.S. financial community are quickly swinging into gear. Spain has just announced that effective January 1, 2017, it would prohibit cash transactions in excess of 1,000 euros (c. US$1,080)

How rapidly these policies reach American shores and attempt to become the norm here will be determined in no small measure by the level of acceptance by India’s and European citizens of these draconian monetary policies.

While you ponder whether or not the Benjamins and Grants in your pocket should continue circulating – consider that what you are able to buy today with a $100 bill, took less than $20 to acquire in 1970. As you read this essay, Indians are willing to pay the equivalent of $2,200 per ounce of gold, in order to get rid of their “power-less currency” in exchange for “power money” – gold and silver.

Observe. Orient. Decide. Act.

About the Author:

David Smith is Senior Analyst for TheMorganReport.com and a regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com. For the past 15 years he has investigated precious metals’ mines and exploration sites in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Canada, and the U.S. He shares his resource sector observations with readers, the media, and North American investment conference attendees.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

If you don’t think that ten million people rioting in New York and the same in Chicago and California coastal cities would get those bastards attention, think again and warn your representatives of what is surely coming. Do it now before they drop it on us like a bomb, The time has come to take down the International Investment Banking cartel, before they take us down.

DO IT!

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Steps to Take, Who To Notify, What to Be Aware Of.

12/29/2016

http://www.paulstramer.net/2015/12/steps-to-take-who-to-notify-what-to-be.html#more

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by Anna Von Reitz

Please, folks, be aware that I have a website where letters, etc., are archived and available to read. There is a lot of information there. There is also a complete documented historical time line of the fraud — “You Know Something Is Wrong When…..An American Affidavit of Probable Cause” is available on Amazon, as is Disclosure 101 that provides even more background and references.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1491279184/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk

You all have to make the effort to read and educate yourselves or you will be like sheep to the slaughter for these criminals. I cannot do it for you. You have to get on your own two feet and look and think and get moving for yourselves.

There are a few effective things you can do— and the most effective is to realize that whenever you incorporate anything it is removed from the Law of the Land and slides under the Satanic Law of the Sea.

So everything that you do and any organizations that you form MUST NOT BE INCORPORATED.

The next thing that you need to know is that foreign criminals have seized upon your own given name that is yours by birthright, a gift to you from your biological parents—and they have copyrighted and claimed (falsely) to be the owners of it. They have then used that claim and created numerous “fictional personas” and operated them “in your NAME”—–without your knowledge, without your consent. All those legal fiction entities are corporations—- so, they are subject to the Satanic Law of the Sea.

They are “legal fictions”—- lies.

And who is the Father of All Lies?

Your states and counties are all on dry land. They are all unincorporated associations created by your natural body politic as “free sovereign and independent people of the United States”. All these things that are operating “in the name of” your counties and states are corporations and franchises of corporations. They all operate under the Law of the Sea, not the Law of the Land.

They aren’t your counties or your states. You’ve merely been hoodwinked into assuming and believing that they are.

So, this is a political status issue. Your political status determines which law forms you are owed and your political status has been misrepresented, falsified for profit—– and your records have been falsified, too.

As a living man you have many guarantees confirming that your right to choose your political status is yours alone and that no government has any right to question, alter, or change it.

In this country you can by birthright be one of the “free sovereing and independent people of the United States” or an “inhabitant”— a British Crown Subject or Federal United States Citizen— (Definitive Treaty of Peace, often called the Treaty of Paris, 1783).

You are born free, sovereign, and independent, but within hours of birth undeclared British agents get your uninformed Mother to sign undisclosed contracts changing your status to that of a British Crown subject. You remain in that “presumed” status the rest of your life unless you object.

It’s past time to object—- object to the United Nations, which if it is worth a hoot in Hell will impose upon its members— Britain and the Federal United States — which have both signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Right of Self-Declaration.

If any employee of the “Federal Government Corporation” accosts you or causes you trouble, remind them that you are one of the “free sovereign and independent people of the United States” and that you are guaranteed their loyalty, Good Faith, and Service by the Treaty of Peace, 1783, The Constitution for the united States of America Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2, the Expatriation Act of 1868, the Lieber Code, the Geneva Convention Protocols of 1949 – Laws of War Volume II, Article 3, the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Right of Self-Declaration.

If they haul you into one of their private corporate franchise tribunals masquerading as a “County” or “State” Court of any kind, ignore their demand to “state your name” and observe on the record that every fact that falls from your mouth concerning you is testimony of a living Witness having the only first-hand knowledge of any fact concerning you. State that you are a living man (or woman) not operating any franchise and inquire if the court has any jurisdiction over one of the “free sovereign and independent people of the United States” defined by the Definitive Peace Treaty of 1783, Article III, and if it is competent to function in the jurisdiction of American Common Law and provide adjudication as required by Amendment VII of The Constitution for the united States of America”? And if not, by what possible stretch of the imagination are they proposing to address you at all?

If they persist, ask them if they are aware that American Common Law Courts are functioning in your state on the land, and that Milligan Ex Parte forbids fhem any further public function?

If they persist, ask if they are aware that you are being forced to act as General Executor of your ESTATE under duress and against your published Will? (The Constitution for the united States of America)

Remember that you can never get into trouble by asking questions on the record, but you can send a judge in one of these “courts” straight to Hell.

Remind the Provost Marshals and the Joint Chiefs who you are and of their obligation under the Lieber Code and the Geneva Protocols of 1949, Laws of War Volume II, Article 3. Be sure to also remind them that you are a non-combatant Protected Person who has been assaulted and mischaracterized by officers of the British Crown and undeclared foreign agents acting in favor of the British Crown.

Next, contact the members of the “US Congress”—- bearing in mind that these people do not “represent” you in any way, shape or manner— but ARE obligated to provide you with “essential governmental services” under Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2. If they don’t do it and do it in Good Faith, they are acting in treason and subject to the self-executing 3rd and 4th Clause of their own corporate “Constitution’s” 14th Amendment and are subject to the immediate loss of their office.

All these Bar Association Members, all these government employees, are the direct responsibility of this corporate Board of Directors and they are being ALLOWED to run amok on your land and to falsify your political status and cause you trouble and make false claims against you and your property assets.

Call them down on the carpet and spank their asses red. They are your servants— literally— and they have gone mad. Tell them very explicitly that you expect a prompt correction of all records related to you and your estate including the “infant decedant estate” that was improperly created “in your name”, the return of title to your property owed to you free and clear, the copyright to your given name, and the unblocking of your accounts.

Pronto.

Remind them of the Public Law — 2 United States Statute-at-Large 153, which clearly and explicitly lays out the duty of performance required to change the political status of any of the “free sovereign and independent people of the United States” to that of a Federal United States inhabitant.
Remind them that that duty has not been performed. Ever.

Remind them that the corporate “Congress” acted in gross fraud and conflict of interest amounting to treason when they claimed to establish a fixed rate of interest between their own private script, the so-called “Federal Reserve Note” and the United States Dollar— facilitating the exchange of our labor, our gold and silver, and our other resources for worthless I.O.U’s that were discharged by the abusive bankruptcy of the Federal Reserve System and by their own consummately dirty hands.

Remind them that thanks to more criminal fraud you have never received the remedies that were promised by HJR 192 and the related public statutes.

Remind them that both the Federal United States and the Washington, DC Municipality are their unique responsibility, not ours. Remind them that their Federal Reserve Note is their responsibility, not ours. Remind them that as they purloined our goods and our labor and gave it to the Pope and to the Queen under conditions of deceit and fraud and self-interest, it is now apparent to whom they should turn for succor and relief and for the payment of all debts related to their Federal Reserve Notes.

And if the Pope and the Queen refuse to return the favor of sharing the ill-gotten loot and bail their rumps out, we will have no reason whatsoever for not joining the defrauded Russians and Chinese in wiping the whole brood of robbers and murderers who have participated in this grotesque betrayal of our trust off the face of the Earth.

Remind them all that their only other possible source of help happens to be the very same “free sovereign and independent people of the United States” they have so arrogantly and gratuitously betrayed and whom they have defrauded and mischaracterized and enslaved and harrassed and lied to and sent their revenue agents after while pretending that we are or ever were British Crown subjects.

We Americans are good moral people, trusting, honest people— and we know how to forgive debts. God knows, we’ve forgiven and forgiven and forgiven debts owed to us all around the world, debts of blood, debts of honor, debts of gold, debts of every kind, shape, sort, and description we have forgiven. There is no reason to think that we have changed our character. But we have been betrayed by Breach of Trust and without the most abject and sincere kind of repentance backed up by action, there can be no forgiveness of this circumstance.

These are facts that were presented to Benedict XVI and which Francis also knows. These are facts that have been presented to the United Nations. These are facts that have been presented to all the nations of the world. The Holy See has already given its answer and settled the Seal of Saint Peter upon my forehead—ask Francis to deny it. The Pope has opened his storehouses, and now it remains for the Queen, Jacob Rothschild, his minions, David Rockefeller and his minions, the Committee of 300, and all their corporations—not us— to pay off the debts of the Federal United States and the Washington, DC Municipality, or face criminal prosecution and liquidation for fraud by the People of the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, New Zealand……Brazil, India, Russia and China.

This criminality has gone on far longer than long enough. We have all been abused and we have all been defrauded. It is now time for all the people around the world to realize that we have a common enemy in the form of a dishonest banking system and dishonest men running the banking system, assisted by clueless and corrupt politicians.

It is also time for all men of goodwill and moral character to stand up and insist that these functions be cleaned up, these phony debts be erased, and that a new and honest banking system providing true planetary liquidity be instituted without further delay.

An honest banking system does not depend on banks nor on gold nor on any specific commodity. An honest banking system admits that there are only two things of value on this Earth: labor—which includes our energy, creativity and inventiveness—and natural resources. THAT is the backing for all economies and all spending and all value on this planet and no honest man will ever pretend otherwise.

An honest banking system does not depend on brand names of money— yen, dollars, rubles, “federal reserve notes” or any other such nonsense.

An honest banking system admits that every living man, woman, and child, has great intrinsic value—beyond measure in terms of any credit system–and that we are all literally OWED all the food, housing, water, transportation, education, medical care, and everything else that we can ever legitimately need.

This truth is universal. It matters not whether you are Muslim or Jew, an American or a Chinese.

An honest banking system is in our control, literally. It is not lorded over by any supposed “elite”. It is overseen directly by the people operating in their own countries and marketplaces day by day, and is exercised through the choices they individually make regarding what they invest in.

In an honest banking system all men and women have money to invest in the things they care about—-not what will make a “profit” because profit is not the object of an honest banking system — promoting what you care about is the object of an honest banking system: life, health, family, community, kindness…..

Spread the word. We are wide awake, seven billion against a few million criminals, most of whom are so clueless they don’t even know they are acting in a criminal fashion.

Inform them. And if they turn away from their sins, forgive them and invite them in to join the Brotherhood of Man.

See this article and over 100 others on Anna’s website here:www.annavonreitz.com

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

Never forget for a moment that we have all been surreptitiously propagandized by the media industry from birth. (Movies, news, and education). It is heart breaking to observe the majority of this countries people being so infatuated with the false patriotism propaganda, and unable to escape it. Ladies and gentleman you do not need to die for the Banking Cartel in order to be an American. The first thing you need to do is know who you really are! A free man or woman only supports organized groups of people who they have hired to administer certain described functions, who are euphemistically called governments. They are not your superiors in any way shape or fashion, they are your employee’s, and owe you their loyalty. THINK! STAND UP AND GROW A SET! ANOUNCE YOUR FREE STATUS!

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Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies plans to reshape judiciary

12/28/2016

Received from Marilyn Barnewall

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.

The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush’s presidency.

Confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president’s court picks.

The result is a multitude of openings throughout the federal circuit and district courts that will allow the new Republican president to quickly make a wide array of lifetime appointments.

State gun control laws, abortion restrictions, voter laws, anti-discrimination measures and immigrant issues are all matters that are increasingly heard by federal judges and will be influenced by the new composition of the courts. Trump has vowed to choose ideologues in the mold of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon — a prospect that has activists on the right giddy.

“I’m optimistic he’ll come at this right out of the gate,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that has opposed many of Obama’s court choices.

“Every president can expect to make a huge impact,” Severino added. “[Trump] is unique in having campaigned really hard on this issue — the significance of the courts, and of the Supreme Court in particular.”

The Supreme Court vacancy created by Scalia’s death in February was a motivating issue for many conservative voters, especially evangelical Christians, to turn out for Trump. Senate Republicans refused to hold even a hearing on Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, for the Scalia seat.

Democrats accuse Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, of intentionally denying Obama’s nominees a fair hearing and running out the clock in hopes that a Republican would succeed him, as Trump has.

Twenty-five of Obama’s court nominees were pending on the Senate floor, after having been approved out of the committee with bipartisan support, but did not get a vote before the Senate ended its two-year term before the holidays, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

“Republican tactics have been shameful and will forever leave a stain on the United States Senate,” Schultz said. “Republican congressional dysfunction has now metastasized to the third branch of government, and that is not a legacy to be proud of.”

Trump spoke frequently about his intentions to put forward a more conservative Supreme Court nominee as a way to galvanize the right.

“The replacement of our beloved Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views, principles and judicial philosophies,” Trump said in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. “Very important. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election.”

Although Trump spoke little on the campaign trail about the many vacancies on lower courts, remaking the federal judiciary overall has been a priority of his and of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, aides said.

Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. First appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan, Barry was later elevated to the circuit court by President Bill Clinton and is known for her relative moderation. She has spoken out against women’s claims of sexual harassment yet also struck down a New Jersey law banning late-term abortions as unconstitutional.

Trump transition officials declined to comment on the process of selecting nominees, but incoming White House Counsel Don McGahn is expected to play a key role. Such groups as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation have been working with the Trump team to suggest possible candidates.

The judiciary also is a top priority for McConnell, who stands ready to help the Trump White House identify candidates and grease the sometimes-laborious Senate confirmation process.

The Trump administration and the Senate will be under pressure to quickly install judges in courts around the country where cases are severely backlogged because of long-vacant seats.

There are 38 so-called judicial emergencies, according to the nonpartisan Judicial Conference, including in Texas, where seven seats have sat empty for more than one year. The Obama administration and the state’s two conservative Republican senators could not come to an agreement on nominees for the many openings.

“There is a real impact on real people,” said W. Neil Eggleston, Obama’s White House counsel. “There are people and companies who are not having their cases heard because there are no judges around.”

The politics surrounding judicial vacancies are more poisonous than at any time in recent memory, as the Garland episode has shown, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads for much of the two years since McConnell took leadership of the Senate.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, issued a 4,200-word statement this month saying that by blocking Garland, Republicans had committed “the most outrageous act of obstruction and irresponsibility” that he had seen in his 42 years in the Senate.

Speaking more generally about circuit and district court vacancies, Leahy added: “Despite the fact that there are dozens of qualified, consensus nominees pending on the Senate floor right now, we will finish this Congress having confirmed just 22 judicial nominees in two years. That is the lowest number since Harry Truman was president.”

As with many subjects, judicial nomination data can be subject to interpretation. Judicial vacancies ebb and flow somewhat randomly, considering judges serve lifetime appointments until they choose to retire or die.

“It is a challenge to make apples-to-apples comparisons at the end of a term because vacancies don’t happen in the same regular basis as they do in the Senate or the White House,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell. “To make an apples-to-apples comparison on a snapshot in time doesn’t work.”

Despite Obama’s difficulty winning confirmation for his nominees, the Senate has confirmed more of his nominees during his eight years as president, 329, than it did Bush’s during his eight years in office, 326.

Beth Levine, a spokeswoman for Grassley, said, “The White House has very little to complain about because no matter how they spin it, the fact is that President Obama had more judicial nominees confirmed than President Bush.”

Obama has used his nominations to systematically diversify the federal courts to look more like the fast-changing country. He appointed far more female and minority judges than any other president in history, and he has paid particular attention to sexual orientation. When Obama took office, there was only one openly gay or lesbian judge, and he appointed 11 more.

“The president, my predecessors and I spent a significant amount of time looking for all different kinds of diversity — racial, sexual orientation, gender and professional background,” Eggleston said.

When Obama took office, only one of the 13 regional circuit courts had a majority of Democratic-nominated judges, and as he leaves, nine do. While the Supreme Court hears roughly 75 cases a year, tens of thousands are decided at the circuit court level, affecting all who live in the states within those circuits.

Russell Wheeler, an expert on judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution, said Trump has a great opportunity to change the partisan split in the federal courts. He predicted that by mid-2020, Republican appointees would hold about half of the 673 district judgeships, as opposed to the current 34 percent. And among the 179 circuit court judgeships, Democratic appointees now hold a slim majority, 51 percent, but that could fall to about 43 percent.

But Wheeler warned that there are important limitations to Trump’s power. For one thing, many of the judges most likely to leave their appointments in the coming years were appointed by Republican presidents, meaning there will be fewer opportunities to shift the partisan makeup.

And perhaps more importantly, 28 of the 50 states will be represented by at least one Democratic senator, including large ones such as California, Florida and New York. Senate leaders have a tradition of considering nominees only if they are supported by both senators representing their state — and Democratic senators are expected to bargain hard with the Trump administration, just as Republican senators did with Obama’s.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

What can be expected from over a hundred corporate judicial officers, more of the same?

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A Deeper Understanding Of Technocracy

12/27/2016

http://alt-market.com/articles/3093-a-deeper-understanding-of-technocracy

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This article was written by Jon Rappoport and originally published at Jon Rapport’s Blog

Technocracy is the basic agenda and plan for ruling global society from above, so we need to understand it from several angles.

Consider a group of enthusiastic forward-looking engineers in the early 20th century. They work for a company that has a contract to manufacture a locomotive.

This is a highly complex piece of equipment.

On one level, workers are required to make the components to spec. Then they must put them all together. These tasks are formidable.

On another level, various departments of the company must coordinate their efforts. This is also viewed as a technological job. Organizing is considered a technology.

When the locomotive is finished and delivered, and when it runs on its tracks and pulls a train, a great and inspiring victory is won.

And then…the engineers begin to think about the implications. Suppose the locomotive was society itself? Suppose society was the finished product? Couldn’t society be put together in a coordinated fashion? And couldn’t the “technology of organizing things” be utilized for the job?

Why bother with endlessly arguing and lying politicians? Why should they be in charge? Isn’t that an obvious losing proposition? Of course it is.

But engineers could lay out and build a future society that would benefit all people. Hunger, disease, and poverty could be wiped out. Eliminating them would be part of the uncompromising blueprint.

This “insight” hit engineers and technicians like a ton of bricks. Of course! All societies had been failures for the same reason: the wrong people were in charge.

Armed with this new understanding, engineers of every stripe began to see what was needed. A revolution in thinking about societal organization. Science was the new king. And science would rule.

Of course, for an engineered world to work, certain decisions would have to be made about the role of the individual. Every individual. You couldn’t have an air-tight plan if every human were free to pursue his own objectives. Too many variables. Too much confusion. Too much conflict. Well, that problem could be solved. The individual’s actions would be tailored to fit the coordinated operations of the planned society.

The individual would be inserted into a pre-ordained slot. He would be “one of the components of the locomotive.” His life would be connected to other lives to produce an exemplary shape.

Yes, this could imply a few problems, but those problems could be worked out. They would have to be worked out, because the overriding goal was the forming of a world organization. What would you do if one bolt (an individual human) in one wheel of a locomotive was the wrong size? You would go back and correct the error. You would re-make the bolt.

Among sincere technocrats, the overall vision superseded the glaring problems.

But…other people entered the game. High-echelon Globalists saw technocracy as a system they could use to control the population. Control was their goal. Period. What happened to the individual in the process was of no concern to them. The individual had freedom or he didn’t have freedom, and the Globalists overtly intended to wipe out that freedom.

Erasing hunger, poverty, illness? Nonsense. For the Globalists, those realities would be exacerbated. Sick, weak, and debilitated people were easier to rule and control and manage.

Essentially, a vastly misguided vision of a future technocratic utopia was hijacked. Something bad was made much worse.

In a nutshell, this is the history of technocracy.

A locomotive is a society? No. That was the first fatally flawed idea. Everything that followed was increasingly psychotic.

Unfortunately, many people in our world believe in Globalism, if you could call a partial vague view a legitimate belief. They dreamily float on all the propaganda cover stories—greatest good for the greatest number of people; no more poverty; equality of sharing; reducing the carbon footprint; a green economy; “sustainable development”; international cooperation; engineering production and consumption of goods and services for the betterment of everyone; and all of this delivered from a central platform of altruistic guides.

If you track down the specifics that sit under these pronouncements, you discover a warped system of planning that delivers misery and de facto slavery to the global population.

The collective utopia turns out to be a sham.

Waking up is hard to do? Breaking up is hard to do? They must be done.

A workable technological fix is a very nice achievement when the project is a machine. But transferring that glow of victory to the whole of society is an illusion. Anything that calls itself education would tackle the illusion as the first order of business.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

There is no atrocity greater than demanding by force what an individual must believe, or worship, which was not addressed in this article, but much more important!

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BUSTED Classified Documents Show Michelle Obama Used Taxpayer Dollars To PAY Friends And Family To Vacation With Her

12/26/2016

http://freedomdaily.com/busted-classified-documents/

Are you an American tax payer? If you answered yes to that question, then you’re also the person who helped pay for Michelle Obama’s fancy trips over the last eight years. Not only that, but you’ve paid for her to pay her family members to go with her.

Let me explain what was recently leaked from potentially classified documents. I’m not entirely sure we should be sharing this information with you because it may have been leaked from a source that doesn’t want to be named, but here it is anyway.

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The items pointed to are people who’re related to or friends with Michelle Obama. What job do her daughters do on the Senior Staff? Is twerking on the list of jobs for the Senior Staff, because at least one daughter is good at that.

What does her Mother do, walk the family dog?

Why does Michelle Obama need a make-up artist and hair stylist? She can’t do her own hair or makeup? We literally pay taxes to fund her costume crew? No wonder her lunch program sucked. We probably spent more on getting her “hair did” than we did on the food for needy kids.

If I was the President, then I would probably do the same thing and give my kids or siblings a job, but I would make them work for it. They would have an actual job so that there wasn’t an article like this calling me out for milking the tax payers and being a scum-lord millionaire who rips off the American citizens.
Glad it’s over in January.

https://exposingmodernmugwumps.com/

Obama’s Budget Abuses Can Fund All Necessary Services

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by Christian Zionist

by Rev. Austin Miles

Working Americans are receiving less and less of their paychecks while being denied basic promised services that they have earned and paid into including Social Security.

Especially hit hard by the Obama Administration is services to wounded veterans who have served our country.  V.A. health facilities are woefully understaffed. In Phoenix, several veterans have died waiting to be seen by a doctor.

It takes four to six months to get an appointment with a primary care physician in the Martinez, California facility. The appointments are usually in a 20 minute time frame. Every appointment is up to an hour late before being seen.

The staff members in Martinez are very caring but cannot do what they should be able to do because of these staff cutbacks by Obama. He has cut back on everything except his families lavish vacations.

You will see below a series of heavily budgeted government spending programs that Paul Ryan and the Republicans are proposing to cut, which does NOT include Social Security and the military. Here are the unnecessary programs that will be affected. Sit down as you read this list and see how much of our tax money is squandered and how much we can save. Warning: Your head will spin.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy ­ $445 million annual savings.
  • Save America ‘s Treasures Program ­ $25 million annual savings.
  • International Fund for Ireland ­ $17 million annual savings.
  • Legal Services Corporation ­ $420 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Arts ­ $167.5 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities ­ $167.5 million annual savings.
  • Hope VI Program ­ $250 million annual savings.
  • Amtrak Subsidies ­ $1.565 billion annual savings.
  • Eliminate duplicating education programs ­ H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon ,

eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.

  • U.S. Trade Development Agency ­ $55 million annual savings.

Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy ­ $20 million annual savings.

Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding ­ $47 million annual savings.

John C. Stennis Center Subsidy ­ $430,000 annual savings.

Community Development Fund ­ $4.5 billion annual savings.

Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid ­ $24 million annual savings.

Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half ­ $7.5 billion annual savings

Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% ­ $600 million annual savings.

Essential Air Service ­ $150 million annual savings.

Technology Innovation Program ­ $70 million annual savings.

*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program ­ $125 million annual savings..

  • Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization ­ $530 million annual savings.

Beach Replenishment ­ $95 million annual savings.

New Starts Transit ­ $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and

Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts ­ $9 million annual savings

  • Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants ­ $2.5 billion annual savings.

Title X Family Planning ­ $318 million annual savings.

Appalachian Regional Commission ­ $76 million annual savings.

Economic Development Administration ­ $293 million annual savings.

Programs under the National and Community Services Act ­ $1.15 billion annual savings.

Applied Research at Department of Energy ­ $1.27 billion annual savings.

Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership ­ $200 million annual savings..

Energy Star Program ­ $52 million annual savings.

*Economic Assistance to Egypt ­ $250 million annually.

  • U.S.Agency for International Development ­ $1.39 billion annual savings.

General Assistance to District of Columbia ­ $210 million annual savings.

Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ­ $150 million annual savings.

*Presidential Campaign Fund ­ $775 million savings over ten years.

  • No funding for federal office space acquisition ­ $864 million annual savings.

* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.

  • Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act ­ More than $1 billion annually.

IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers

(such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,

instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget ­ $1.8 billion savings over ten years.

*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees ­ $1 billion total savings.

  • Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees ­ $1.2 billion savings over ten years.

Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of ­ $15 billion total savings.

*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.

  • Eliminate Mohair Subsidies ­ $1 million annual savings.

*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change ­ $12.5 million annual savings.

  • Eliminate Market Access Program ­ $200 million annual savings.

USDA Sugar Program ­ $14 million annual savings.

Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ­ $93 million annual savings.

Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program ­ $56.2 million annual savings.

*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs ­ $900 million savings.

  • Ready to Learn TV Program ­ $27 million savings..

HUD Ph.D. Program.

Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

DRUMROLL…..

*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years. Yes, @2.5 TRILLION!!

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?!

If this isn’t outrageous enough, in one last desperate attempt before exiting The Oval Office, Obama

is attempting to slip in another pricey climate-change initiative before Donald Trump takes office, potentially costing U.S. taxpayers another $90 million if it survives its unveiling – in Asia – next month.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/millions-more-for-global-climate-change-in-obamas-final-months/#j7I0l6wKaYqJISDW.99

The “Climate Change” hoax is a scheme to create a world tax. Al Gore has made over $200 million so far, to promote that faulty science. If he succeeds in pulling this off, he will be awarded a billion dollars.

First of all, it is not carbon dioxide omissions causing climate change. It is the sun only that creates climate changes which has been observed over the centuries. Carbon omissions contribute heavily to smog and bad air which is harmful to one’s lungs and overall health. But it has nothing to do with the weather being cold or hot. This is confirmed by NASA.

In addition to the useless spending above, let’s take a look at what the Obama family has spent on personal luxuries paid for by the taxpayers who work hard for a pay check that barely covers a roof over a family’s head, food on the table, and clothing. There is nothing left for actual luxuries in life, but part of that hard earned paycheck goes for the luxurious living demanded by the Obama family. This is, of course, the Communist way. The “peasants,” barely scrape by while the leaders live in luxury.

The expenses below, paid for by us, are in addition to the wasteful spending listed above. Let’s take a look: As of 11/15/2015 (with more than a year to go) the Obama Family had spent over $1,300,000,000 (one billion, three hundred million dollars) on personal family trips like golfing and vacations and even shopping sprees–remember when Michelle used Air Force One to take her to New York for a shopping spree? These events were personal, not political, or Government related. They use Air Force One as a taxi, at our expense.

Here are more of her personal expenses we pay for: With the exception of Hillary who had 7 personal assistants, all other first ladies had one. Michelle has 22 personal assistants, at a cost of $2,075,200 (2 million 75 thousand 200 dollars) annually. Plus she has a hairstylist and make up artist who travel with her on Air Force One for all trips, including their lavish vacations in Hawaii and Europe.

Yes, Donald Trump will drain the swamp, and in Obama’s case, flush the toilet. He will find enough money by cutting useless spending to better staff the V.A. Hospitals and clinics, We can get the homeless off the streets and into housing. The State of Idaho is the only state in the union that has such a program. And we will get back to classic education seeding intelligence instead of a dumb-downed politically correct and immoral agenda that furthers the Communist Party USA.

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The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart

12/24/2016

https://fee.org/articles/the-failure-of-public-schooling-in-one-chart/

By Daniel J. Mitchell

Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review.

I confess that none of my creations have ever been as clear and convincing as the iconic graph on education spending and education outcomes created by the late Andrew Coulson.

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I can’t imagine anyone looking at his chart and not immediately realizing that you don’t get better results by pouring more money into the government’s education monopoly.

But the edu-crat lobby acts as if evidence doesn’t matter. At the national level, the state level, and the local level, the drumbeat is the same: Give us more money if you care about kids.

So let’s build on Coulson’s chart to show why teachers’ unions and other special interests are wrong.

Gerard Robinson of the American Enterprise Institute and Professor Benjamin Scafidi from Kennesaw State University take a close look at this issue.

…education is important to the economic and social well-being of our nation, which is why it is the No. 1 line item in 41 state budgets. …Schools need extra money to help struggling students, or so goes the long-standing thinking of traditional education reformers who believe a lack of resources – teachers, counselors, social workers, technology, books, school supplies – is the problem. …a look back at the progress we’ve made under reformers’ traditional response to fixing low-performing schools – simply showering them with more money – makes it clear that this approach has been a costly failure.

And when the authors say it’s been a “costly failure,” they’re not exaggerating.

Since World War II, inflation-adjusted spending per student in American public schools has increased by 663 percent. Where did all of that money go? One place it went was to hire more personnel. Between 1950 and 2009, American public schools experienced a 96 percent increase in student population. During that time, public schools increased their staff by 386 percent – four times the increase in students. The number of teachers increased by 252 percent, over 2.5 times the increase in students. The number of administrators and other staff increased by over seven times the increase in students. …This staffing surge still exists today. From 1992 to 2014 – the most recent year of available data – American public schools saw a 19 percent increase in their student population and a staffing increase of 36 percent. This decades-long staffing surge in American public schools has been tremendously expensive for taxpayers, yet it has not led to significant changes in student achievement. For example, public school national math scores have been flat (and national reading scores declined slightly) for 17-year-olds since 1992.

By the way, the failure of government schools doesn’t affect everyone equally.

Parents with economic resources (such as high-profile politicians) can either send their kids to private schools or move to communities where government schools still maintain some standards.

But for lower-income households, their options are very limited.

Minorities disproportionately suffer, as explained by Juan Williams in the Wall Street Journal.

While 40% of white Americans age 25-29 held bachelor’s degrees in 2013, that distinction belonged to only 15% of Hispanics, and 20% of blacks. …The root of this problem: Millions of black and Hispanic students in U.S. schools simply aren’t taught to read well enough to flourish academically.  …according to a March report by Child Trends, based on 2015 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 21% of Hispanic fourth-grade students were deemed “proficient” in reading. This is bad news. A fourth-grader’s reading level is a key indicator of whether he or she will graduate from high school. The situation is worse for African-Americans: A mere 18% were considered “proficient” in reading by fourth grade.

But Juan points out that the problems aren’t confined to minority communities. The United States has a national education problem.

The problem isn’t limited to minority students. Only 46% of white fourth-graders—and 35% of fourth-graders of all races—were judged “proficient” in reading in 2015. In general, American students are outperformed by students abroad. According to the most recent Program for International Student Assessment, a series of math, science and reading tests given to 15-year-olds around the world, the U.S. placed 17th among the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries in reading.

This is very grim news, especially when you consider that the United States spends more on education – on a per-pupil basis – than any other country.

Here’s a table confirming Juan’s argument. It lacks the simple clarity of Andrew Coulson’s graph, but if you look at these numbers, it’s difficult to reach any conclusion other than we spend a lot in America and get very mediocre results.

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Juan concludes his column with a plea for diversity, innovation, and competition.

For black and Hispanic students falling behind at an early age, their best hope is for every state, no matter its minority-student poverty rate, to take full responsibility for all students who aren’t making the grade—and get those students help now. That means adopting an attitude of urgency when it comes to saving a child’s education. Specifically, it requires cities and states to push past any union rules that protect underperforming schools and bad teachers. Urgency also means increasing options for parents, from magnet to charter schools. Embracing competition among schools is essential to heading off complacency based on a few positive signs. American K-12 education is in trouble, especially for minority children, and its continuing neglect is a scandal.

He’s right, but he should focus his ire on his leftist friends and colleagues. They’re the ones (including the NAACP!) standing in the proverbial schoolhouse door and blocking the right kind of education reform.

P.S. This is a depressing post, so let’s close with a bit of humor showing the evolution of math lessons in government schools.

P.P.S. If you want some unintentional humor, the New York Times thinks that education spending has been reduced.

P.P.P.S. Shifting to a different topic, another great visual (which also happens to be the most popular item I’ve ever shared on International Liberty) is the simple image properly defining the enemies of liberty and progress.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

The single most inhumane thing you can do to your children is to enroll them in the public education system. If you cannot afford to home school, keep it in your pants!!!

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How We Become “Slaves Of The System”

12/23/2016

http://alt-market.com/articles/3089-how-we-become-slaves-of-the-system

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By Bob Livingston

This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Digest

Almost everything you think and do is against your best interest and you don’t even realize it. It’s planned that way.

The state seeks absolute control of your mind, body and spirit. Can the state succeed? It has, but only a precious few ever know.

Your mind and your thoughts are not your own. Almost every thought you have channels you toward the state.

By the time a child grows up and goes through the public (non)education system, he or she has no thoughts of his or her own. By the time that person is finished with college, the system has sealed his or her thought processes so that nothing is questioned. The imperative to inquire beyond what comes from the propaganda media and our leaders is gone.

Our minds are so smug in darkness and organized confusion that we are complete automatons. Our ego, our individuality, is completely excised and we are completely transferred into the state organism and group thought. Any deviation from the system by anyone is met with hostility by friends and neighbors.

By this we become locked into a system based only on conventional wisdom.  Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows. It is the court history (faux history) we receive in school and through the controlled media, repeated ad nauseum.

Conventional wisdom is based on confusion and disinformation. It has a crowding-out effect in our thought processes that stifles inquiry. In other words, conventional wisdom programs us to reject any information or thought not in harmony with our preconditioning and experience. It is called cognitive dissonance.

The more one is formally educated, the more he/she is locked into the system mindset.  (Why do you think there is such a push for everyone to receive a college education whether a person is so inclined or not?)

I myself went through four years of college, worked on a master’s
degree, and attended law school. What a pity! It took valuable time and money for me to pay for the brainwash. It took years to get
over it. I had to completely erase this education foolishness before I could begin to have half sense. My inquiring attitude and much, much reading helped me escape the programmed maze that entrapped me. The many conflicts and confusion was emotionally and financially costly.

Not even your body is your own.

A brand new baby gets vaccinations before it leaves the hospital and the parents are glad. They don’t question what’s in the vaccines or what they’re for.

There’s even now a push to begin vaccinating babies in the womb. As it is, the state begins to seize an infant’s body the first day of its life. It is being prepared for death the day it is born. Then as many as 50 more vaccinations come before the end of high school. All is done in the name of health and for the good of society. It’s all for profit of the giant pharmaceuticals enforced by the political system. The parents believe that it’s good.

There are many knowledgeable people who are against compulsory vaccinations simply because it is a violation of medical freedom. But the problem goes much deeper. It is at the heart of the survival of the system.

Then there is an organized system of sickness called healthcare. This system must have an endless supply of bodies — yours.

Thousands of tests, biopsies, sonograms, catheterizations, etc., etc., leading to making huge profits through drugs, surgery, radiation, etc., leading to the general demise of the natural immune system guaranteeing sickness and death — yours.

Individual responsibility for one’s own health in America is unthinkable and almost nonexistent. It was so planned. They need and want your body. It is huge profits for the system.

Beyond that, vaccines and the sickness care system are about a population control system based on the cold reality of the survival of the money (credit) creation monopoly that rules the world. Consumers will and must die. The push for universal vaccinations is not ideological fantasy. It is cold-blooded conspiracy to control population. California has mandatory vaccination and has eliminated both the religious and philosophical exemption. As California goes, so goes the nation.

When you understand the money system you will know for certain why population control has now changed from an urgency to a priority of the establishment.

Those of you new to Personal Liberty® and reading some of these things for the first time may be shocked and asking, “What do vaccines, healthcare, the money system and population control have in common?”

In a few words, money creation (money creation is credit creation) is the exclusive monopoly of the central bank. In the U.S., this is the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks.

All wealth flows to the creators of credit. But a credit creation monetary system cannot exist without regulation. Regulation is absolutely essential in all areas of life. In America, do we have regulation? In spades.

Specific for this discussion is the subject of population regulation or population control. A credit-based monetary system will break down if it gets more consumers than producers. As our population gets older and “top heavy,” consumption exceeds production and, through welfare and social security payments, wealth reverses from the money (credit) creators to the consumers or nonproducers. This cannot be allowed over time.

Therefore ways — benevolent ways of course, as they cannot just vaporize you when you reach a certain age, a la “Logan’s Run”  — must be found to get us to expire when we retire. We have many population control mechanisms in place, including mass medication with drugs and fluoride in our drinking water.

And one of the most sinister and disguised population controls in place is mass inoculations and vaccinations. When our children are vaccinated, there is a certain percentage who die as a result, and many are disabled in various ways for life. However, the most insidious part of it is the development of degenerative diseases much later in life, say about in the 50s and early 60s, at about retirement age.

Human liberty and personal survival in our time must originate in truth no matter how incredible and shocking to our conditioned minds. Governments control the public mind with disinformation and confusion. No modern government could exist for 24 hours if it told the people the truth.

Of course, the establishment news will label these truths as “fake news.” Most of the readers — due to cognitive dissonance — will label this as “conspiracy theory.”

Both are code words designed to make you and keep you as slaves to “The System.”

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How our minds are conditioned and controlled:

http://personalliberty.com/confusion/

If a person believes a “fact” long enough, he or she cannot ponder or contemplate information or a question that challenges the fact. The mind simply cannot process information that conflicts with previously accepted data. Prior conditioning is difficult to challenge.

The same is true if we believe a lie long enough. We cannot ponder or contemplate information that challenges the lie, even if the lie is lethal, such as “fluoride prevents cavities.”

Psychologists call this quirk of human nature cognitive dissonance. It means the rejection of information not in harmony with previous beliefs. I have written about this before. Even when pointed out to people, they refuse to see it. Note the comments below the linked article.

Confusion is achieved when propaganda injects two opposing thoughts at the same time. The elites use it to great advantage.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

When a child grows up in a family environment of continuous chaos, they automatically develop skepticism of nearly everything they are taught, and I firmly believe it has been my most valuable asset in being immune to cognitive dissonance. The world is full of liars and greedy destroyers of truth where you least expect them, and only the instinct for survival will prevent you from becoming a slave to them. Look around you and become aware of the evil you are constantly exposed to. When someone throws a rock at you from behind and your instinct alone makes you duck, then and only then will you be an independent individual capable of discerning truth.

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How to Fly With Your Firearm

12/22/2016
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/12/11/how-to-fly-with-your-firearm/

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 By Brett

Last month I flew down to Austin to spend the weekend with the fine folks from Atomic Athlete for their Vanguard event. The Vanguard was basically 36 hours of man skills — we learned how to humanely slaughter rabbits and chickens, land navigation, and even some self-defense techniques from Tim Kennedy. It was awesome. I’ll be doing a full write-up on it soon, so stay tuned for that.

One segment of the event was a firearms class, and we needed to bring our own pistol and ammo to participate in it. Because I was flying, I would have to pack my gun for the trip. Having endured, along with my fellow Americans, thirteen years of taking off our shoes, putting our tiny toiletries in see-through baggies, and getting patted down by TSA agents, I figured flying with an actual, honest-to-goodness weapon would be a nightmare fraught with all sorts of bureaucratic, red tape rigmarole.

As it turned out, except for a small mishap, flying with a gun is surprisingly easy. Today I’ll share my experience and what I learned from it, in case any of you find yourself needing to travel with firearms and ammunition.

How to Pack Your Gun for Flying

TSA regulations require that your gun be packed in a hard-sided container that’s locked. You’ll then place that container in your checked luggage. If you can’t bring pocketknives on the plane, it’s a no-brainer that you can’t bring a gun in your carry-on bag either. That may not have always been the case though; I always thought it was funny that William Shatner had a pistol on him in that Twilight Zone episode where he sees a gremlin guy on the wing of the plane he was flying in. Any old-timers know if you could pack heat in your carry-on luggage back in the day?

That gremlin on the wing is the least of your problems, Bob. You’re about to be tackled by a federal air marshal.

Anyway, for my hard-sided, locked gun case I used this Pelican handgun carrier and these two Master locks:

 

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Locked with my two Master locks.

When you put your gun in your hard-sided container, it needs to be unloaded. Unloaded means nothing in the chamber; even an unchambered gun with a loaded magazine inserted in the magazine well violates the rules. The regulations suggest that you could pack a loaded magazine in the same case as your unloaded gun — it just can’t be inserted in the magazine well. To be on the safe side, I made sure all my magazines were unloaded. I also didn’t insert any of my unloaded magazines in the magazine well. In other words, I packed a completely clear gun. Paranoid? Perhaps. I just didn’t want to have to deal with any snafus.

That’s it. Same rules apply for rifles and shotguns. Put them in a hard-sided container that’s locked and make sure they’re unloaded. You even need to pack like this if you’re carrying a starter pistol or just the frame or the lower receiver of a rifle. The only exceptions are not actually bullet-firing guns: airsoft guns, paintball guns, and BB/pellet guns must be packed in your checked baggage, but don’t need to be in a special case or declared. Compressed gas cartridges for these devices aren’t allowed on airplanes at all, even in checked baggage, unless the regulator is completely removed and you have an empty, open-ended canister, which often requires a technician. TSA recommends that you ship cartridges to your destination separately.

How to Declare a Firearm at the Airport

When I arrived at Tulsa International Airport, I’ll admit I was nervous. Since I’ve seen TSA agents declare the riot act to someone who’s attempting to bring a water bottle through security, I figured they’d be even more suspicious towards a guy trying to fly with a semi-automatic pistol.

When you’re flying with a gun, you’re supposed to “declare” to the ticketing agent of the airline you’re flying with that you’re packing a gun. When I checked in for my flight, I tried to be nonchalant about it, and simply said, “I need to declare a firearm.”

How NOT to declare a firearm.

I was expecting the ticket agent to take on a cautious and leery air, but she didn’t bat an eye – she just slapped a little card on the counter for me to fill out. On one side I was asked to put down my name, address, and phone number; on the other side I had to sign a statement affirming that the firearm in my checked bag was in a locked container and unloaded. The ticket agent put that card on top of my gun case in my checked bag. She verified that the case was indeed locked, but she didn’t ask me to open the case to show her that the gun was unloaded. She asked about my ammo, and I pointed it out to her in the bag. Then she asked if I had the keys for the locks, to which I replied in the affirmative (you’re supposed to have the keys on you and not in your checked bag). I got a friendly “Alrighty!” and she put my bag on the conveyor belt behind her and handed me my boarding passes.

As I was walking away, the ticket agent told me to wait around for 15 minutes or so in case TSA needed the keys to the locks on my gun case, in order to open and check it. She said they probably wouldn’t, but if I went through security and they decided to check my case, I’d have to come back out and go through security again. So I sat and read. Fifteen minutes later the ticketing agent said I could go.

And with that I made my first plane trip with a gun.

It was surprisingly easy and hassle free. At least on this leg of the trip…

The Tricky Part: Ammo

Like your gun, you’ll have to pack your ammo in your checked bag. Every airline has different limits on how much ammo you can pack, so you’ll need to check with the airline you’re flying with to determine how much you can bring. Southwest allows 11 pounds. I brought three boxes of fifty 9mm rounds, which was what I needed for the weekend.

According to TSA regulations, “travelers must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.” That’s pretty vague. Some folks take that to mean you need to pack your ammo in a special container that has individual cavities for each round you’re carrying, just the way your ammo comes in the cardboard box when you buy them. The thinking behind this is that airlines don’t want free rounds clattering around each other and possibly setting off a primer. The possibility of a primer being set off just by jostling next to another round is super remote, but when you’re flying 30,000 feet in the air, I guess it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Well, I didn’t have any cool plastic containers with individual cavities for my rounds, so I just packed my ammo in their original boxes in a secure place in my bag. As I placed the 9mm rounds in my bag I thought, “This cardboard is pretty flimsy. There’s no way these boxes are going to make it down to Austin intact.” But I figured if the TSA said a cardboard box was safe, well, who was I to argue with that?

But sure enough, when I opened my bag in Austin, the cardboard ammo boxes had fallen apart, and I had 9mm rounds scattered all over the bottom of my bag. I made sure to thoroughly go through my bag to get every last stray round. I didn’t want that to be a problem when I was flying back to Tulsa.

After a weekend of slaughtering chickens, doing an obstacle course, and shooting guns, it was time to head home. I had made sure to fire every last round I had during the Vanguard, so I didn’t have to worry about packing my ammo for my return trip. I went to the Southwest check-in counter at Austin International Airport and declared that I had a firearm. I figured it was going to be a breeze like it had been in Tulsa — casually say “I need to declare a firearm,” sign a card, wait 15 minutes, and be on my way.

That didn’t happen.

Instead, the ticketing agent sent me to a special TSA room where a TSA agent opened up my bag and checked every single last nook and cranny of it. He even took out the bags that I had packed in my main duffle bag and checked them — Dopp kit, sleeping bag, even my pillow case. He didn’t really care about my gun case — I guess because he saw it was locked. He just put it to the side with the rest of my stuff.

Because I was carrying on a backpack with my camera gear, I packed my GORUCK backpack in my checked bag. I had used it as my gun bag when we went to the range. I was certain I had gotten every round out of it, so I wasn’t worried when the TSA agent started rummaging through it. He sifted through my stuff—pocketknife, compass, flashlight—nothing to be alarmed about. But then his hand suddenly came out of the bag and he hoisted a single 9mm round above his head like some sort of magical totem.

TSA Agent: “Bullet! Bullet!”

Damnit.

TSA Agent: “Sir, do you know you have a stray round in your backpack?”

Me: “I do now.”

TSA Agent: “You can’t carry this on the plane like this. Can you go put this back in your car?”

Me: “I rented a car… so, no.”

TSA Agent: “Do you have a friend or family member that can come up to the airport and take ownership of this round?”

Me: “Uhh…. I’m not from here, so, no.”

TSA Agent: “Well, I’m going to have to a file a report with the Austin Police.”

Me: “Well, do what you got to do.”

And off went the managing TSA agent to call Austin Police. I admittedly started to sweat a bit. Was this going to end up on my permanent record? After about 30 minutes of sitting in an airport purgatory wondering if I’d forever be on the no-fly list, a friendly Southwest ticketing agent came over and said, “Hey, I’ll be your friend for today. Don’t worry about this.” He took possession of my solitary 9mm round and the TSA let me go on through. No report was filed to the police.

I’ve always been a big fan of Southwest, but after that moment, I became a super fan.

A few weeks later I got a form letter from Southwest saying they’re aware of the incident and offering a friendly reminder to pack my ammo in a hard box next time I fly with them. A week after receiving that letter, I got a letter from the FAA saying they too are aware of the incident, reminding me of TSA regulations on flying with guns and ammo, and noting that no record of the incident had been made. That’s a relief.

So here are the takeaways from this experience:

  • Flying with a firearm is easy; it’s the ammo you have to worry about.
  • Every airport is different on how they handle declared firearms. Some will just have you sign a card saying your gun is unloaded and locked in a case; others are going to check every last nook and cranny of your bag after you declare your firearm.
  • Check with the airline you’re flying to see how much ammo you can pack.
  • Pack your cardboard boxes of ammo in a hard-sided case. Even though TSA regulations say it’s kosher, cardboard ammo boxes are no match for the beating your bags will get from luggage handlers.
  • If you’re not going to pack your cardboard ammo boxes in a hard case, at least tape them up as much as possible so ammo can’t get out.
  • MOST IMPORTANT TIP: Thoroughly check your bags (especially your range bag) for loose ammo. After you’ve checked once, check again.

Well, there you go. My experience flying with a gun. Not very hard. Just be careful with the ammo.

 Transporting Firearms and Ammunition

You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage.

Contact the TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage.

Firearms

  • When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
  • Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
  • Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
  • Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.

 

United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44, firearm definitions includes: any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; and any destructive device. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.

Ammunition

  • Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
  • Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.

Read the guidelines for law enforcement officers flying armed.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

This article was published on 12 11 14, so I recommend checking with your airline before making plans. I also recommend checking with your local police department for any new restrictions. Those who compete in shooting events in far off States have been surprised by unknown new restrictions. If you are traveling by car have a copy of each States regulations you will go through readily available. There have been reports of being detained for illegal searches because of bumper stickers supporting firearms. Don’t give some hard-ass cop a reason to steal your weapons. Shoot fast, shoot straight, and shoot safe! P.S. You should also enquire about cleaning supplies for your weapons, (solvents and oil).

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And it’s all gone: The one gold scandal that goes to the very top

12/21/2016

https://www.intellihub.com/gone-gold-scandal-very-top/

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By Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge

Long before Turkey was flagrantly arming and funding the CIA-created “terrorist organization” known as ISIS, there was another, far more elaborate way in which Turkey was flaunting international sanctions against an ostracized state – in this case Iran – which involved an epic gold smuggling triangle of Hollywood-thriller proportions, all made possible thanks to the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai.

Best known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture including the world’s tallest building, a lively nightlife scene, and a facade of openness and decorum, what Dubai is less known for is its unprecedented seedy underbelly of corruption and untouched criminality among the handful of billionaire oligarchs, princes, sheiks and sultans, who quietly dominate the local (and global) power and financial structure.

But first, a little history.

It may seem like a distant memory now, but just a few short years ago, instead of a close ally of Barack Obama, Iran was a pariah state subject to international financial sanctions due to its nuclear program development, one which Israel had repeatedly (and famously) threatened would attack preemptively to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Iran, of course, had no choice but to find ways to keep its economy going, and in order to circumvent these sanctions, it resorted to the oldest form of trade known to man: gold.

This, in itself, is not surprising. What is surprising is how and with whom Iran collaborated to breach the international embargo in order to obtain this valuable and much-needed gold, which it could then barter with other countries – notably those along the Pacific Rim – in exchange for any and all needed products and services.

A Reuters article from October 23, 2012 explained, in broad terms, just how Iran’s intricate smuggling operation worked.

To see one of Iran’s financial lifelines at work, pay a visit to Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport and find a gate for a flight to Dubai. Couriers carrying millions of dollars worth of gold bullion in their luggage have been flying from Istanbul to Dubai, where the gold is shipped on to Iran, according to industry sources with knowledge of the business.

The sums involved are enormous. Official Turkish trade data suggests nearly $2 billion worth of gold was sent to Dubai on behalf of Iranian buyers in August. The shipments help Tehran manage its finances in the face of Western financial sanctions.

The sanctions, imposed over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, have largely frozen it out of the global banking system, making it hard for it to conduct international money transfers. By using physical gold, Iran can continue to move its wealth across borders.

“Every currency in the world has an identity, but gold means value without identity. The value is absolute wherever you go,” said a trader in Dubai with knowledge of the gold trade between Turkey and Iran.

The identity of the ultimate destination of the gold in Iran is not known. But the scale of the operation through Dubai and its sudden growth suggest the Iranian government plays a role.

The Dubai trader and other sources familiar with the business spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, because of the political and commercial sensitivity of the matter.

Iran sells oil and gas to Turkey, with payments made to state Iranian institutions. U.S. and European banking sanctions ban payments in U.S. dollars or euros so Iran gets paid in Turkish lira. Lira are of limited value for buying goods on international markets but ideal for a gold buying spree in Turkey.

So three years ago, Turkey was purchasing Iran oil and paying in gold. Now it is purchasing ISIS oil and paying in dollars, for the simple reason that there is no banking embargo against the Islamic State like there was against Iran in 2012. One almost wonders why the international community was far stricter with Iran than it is with ISIS now.

Anyway, continuing on, we present: the Dubai connection.

In March [of 2012] as the banking sanctions began to bite, Tehran sharply increased its purchases of gold bullion from Turkey, according to the Turkish government’s trade data. Direct gold exports to Iran from Turkey, long a major consumer and stockpiler of gold, hit $1.8 billion in July – equivalent to over a fifth of Turkey’s entire trade deficit in that month.

In August, however, a sudden plunge in Turkey’s direct gold exports to Iran coincided with a leap in its sales of the precious metal to the UAE.

Turkey exported a total $2.3 billion worth of gold in August, of which $2.1 billion was gold bullion. Just over $1.9 billion, about 36 metric tons, was sent to the UAE, latest available data from Turkey’s Statistics Office shows. In July Turkey exported only $7 million of gold to the UAE. At the same time Turkey’s direct gold exports to Iran, which had been fluctuating between $1.2 billion and about $1.8 billion each month since April, slumped to just $180 million in August.

The Dubai-based trader said that from August, direct shipments to Iran were largely replaced by indirect ones through Dubai, apparently because Tehran wanted to avoid publicity.

“The trade from Turkey directly to Iran has stopped because there was just too much publicity around it,” said the trader.

However, instead of suddenly having a craving for Turkish gold, Dubai was merely a middleman which would then resell Turkey’s gold to Iran, in exchange for a very generous commission.

Dealers, jewelers and analysts in Dubai said they had not noticed any large, sudden increase of supply in the local gold market during August. They said that suggested the increased shipments to the UAE were sent straight on to Iran.

It is not clear how the gold is moved from Dubai to Iran, but there is substantial trade between the two economies, much of it conducted by wooden dhows and other ships crossing the Gulf, a distance of only about 150 kilometers (100 miles) at its narrowest point.

And as everyone knows, what better way to “lose” gold at a moment’s notice than to be involved in an “unfortunate shipping accident”…

A trader in Turkey said Tehran had shifted to indirect imports because the direct shipments were widely reported in Turkish and international media earlier this year. “Now on paper it looks like the gold is going to Dubai, not to Iran,” he said.

Iranian gold buyers may want to conceal their Turkish gold deliveries for fear of attracting attention from the United States, which is pressing countries around the world to shrink their economic ties with Iran.

The buyers may also want to make their purchases less vulnerable to any possible interference by Turkey’s government. Turkey’s close relationship with Iran has begun to sour as the two states find themselves on opposite sides of the civil war in Syria, with Turkey advocating the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and Iran remaining Assad’s staunchest regional ally.

Fear not: if the Erdogan family was guaranteed, say 5% of the total transaction price, it would gladly close its eyes, even if it meant the Ayatollah singing lullabies and war chants to Assad in his bedroom.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

You will have no problem finding people who will say GOLD is not a currency and therefore of no use to the average person, but Governments world wide are hording it like a squirrel does pecans. Could that mean our government is a damn liar?

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“Gold Is Now Effectively Illegal In India” The Consequences Of Creating A Cashless Society

12/20/2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-18/gold-now-effectively-illegal-india-consequences-creating-cashless-society

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by Tyler Durden

Jayant Bhandari warns “there are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal” as he discusses India’s attempts to create a cashless society (and consequences of it) and why precious metals and geographical diversification are the most viable options investors around the world, not just India, should be taking.

“The situation is getting worse by the day… people are desperate”

Jayant provides the clearest explanation of where India is (and where it is going) in the brief interview with ProvenAndProbable.com’s Maurice Jackson

As Jayant detailed previously, expect a continuation of new social engineering notifications, each sabotaging wealth-creation, confiscating people’s wealth, and tyrannizing those who refuse to be a part of the herd, in the process destroying the very backbone of the economy and civilization.

There are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal. Expect capital controls to follow.

Gold Bullion Is Now Effectively Illegal

Assaults on people’s private property and the integrity of their homes through tax-raids continue.  In a recent notification, government has made it clear that any ownership of jewelry above 500 grams of gold per married woman will be put under the microscopic scrutiny of tax authorities.

Steep taxes and penalties will be imposed on those who cannot prove the source of their gold. In India’s Orwellian new-speak this means that because bullion has not been explicitly mentioned, its ownership will be deemed to be illegal. Courts will do what Modi wants. Huge bribes will have to be paid.

Sane people are of course cleaning up their bank lockers. The secondary consequence of this will be a steep increase in unreported crimes, for people will be afraid of going to the police after a theft, fearing that the tax authorities will then ask questions. At the same time, the gold market has mostly gone underground, and apparently the volume of gold buying has gone up.

The salaried middle class is the consumption class, often heavily indebted. Poor people have limited amounts of gold. The government is merely doing what pleases the majority and their sense of envy, to the detriment of small businesses and savers. Now, the middle class is starting to face problems as well. This will worsen once the the impact of the destruction of small businesses becomes obvious.

India has always had a negative-yielding economy. It has suddenly become even more negative-yielding. Business risk has gone through the roof. Savers will be victimized. It is because of negative yields that Indian savers buy gold. They will buy more going forward.

Sane Indians should stay a step ahead of their rapacious government and the evolving totalitarian society, which are less and less inhibited by any institutions or values in support of liberty.

Conclusion

India will become a police state, likely with the full support of most Indians. Nationalism will be the thread that weaves them together. But it is a fake thread, devoid of any value. Eventually, there will be far too many stresses in the system, whose institutions are already in an advance stage of decay.

India as it exists today is a British creation. With the British now gone for 69 years, it is an entity has less and less reason to exist in its current form. The glue of reason that the British have applied is flaking, and it is doing so rapidly under the catalyst by name of Narendra Modi.

 

Six Steps Trump Can Take Toward Better Monetary Policy

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-17/six-steps-trump-can-take-toward-better-monetary-policy

by Tyler Durden

Submitted by JP Cortez & Stefan Gleason via The Mises Institute,

Since Nixon severed the final link to gold in 1971, the US dollar has lost more than 80% of its purchasing power, wreaking havoc on ordinary savers, conservative investors, and households on fixed incomes. Today, inflationary monetary policy continues to be a foundational tenet of all presidential administrations as politicians and central bankers have heedlessly been borrowing and printing currency without restraint in order to bankroll today’s bloated and insolvent federal government.

Movement in the direction of sound money is badly needed, and even without abolishing central banking, there are several steps that the Trump administration can take toward improving monetary policy.

Step One: Audit the Fed

From Ron Paul to Bernie Sanders and many people in between, there has been plenty of support for “Audit the Fed” legislation. Politicians and constituents alike agree that the Federal Reserve lacks even the most basic oversight a government-sponsored institution should have — particularly when its officials can make decisions which can bring the American economy to its knees.

Step Two: Audit the Gold

The last time there was a reasonably credible audit of America’s gold reserves was in the 1950s. Since then, there has been little more than peek-a-boo glances at the gold. The most recent status report done by the Department of the Treasury, claims that Fort Knox holds 147,341,858.382 fine troy ounces of gold.

However, many question the accuracy of that report and whether it tells the whole story. There is evidence the US Treasury has engaged in gold leasing and other financial alchemy. Even if all the gold is still held in US vaults, it may have been leased, sold, pledged as collateral, or could be encumbered in other ways.

Step Three: Remove Federal Taxation on Precious Metals

Another necessary step in freeing gold and silver to be used once again as money is to eliminate capital gains taxation on monetary metals. At the federal level, IRS bureaucrats insist that gold and silver be taxed when exchanged for Federal Reserve Notes — or when used in barter transactions.

When the federal government’s inflationary policies lower the purchasing power of the Federal Reserve Note, precious metals’ nominal dollar value generally rises, triggering a “gain.” The gain may be purely fictional in real terms. But these “gains” are still taxed — thus unfairly punishing people for owning precious metals as money.

Step Four, Five, and Six: Appoint Proponents of Sound Money to the Fed, CEA, and CFTC

President-elect Trump’s rhetoric is loaded with claims about getting people back to work. He’ll play a hand in that directly when he makes appointments throughout his presidency. Among the most impactful will be his appointments to the Federal Reserve.

The Federal Reserve, the privately held central bank of the United States, has an unrivaled ability to manipulate the economy. For much of the past 30 years, starting with Alan Greenspan, the Fed has loosened the money supply with low interest rates and quantitative easing. And it’s created moral hazards by bailing out irresponsible market players. Trump can appoint 4 of the 7 leading officials of the US central bank.

The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) advises the president on economic policy and prepares the Economic Report of the President. The council is comprised of 3 members nominated by the president and approved by the Senate, and its members are typically professors on a leave of absence from their universities.

Trump has the opportunity to appoint new members to this advisory body. He should look to economists with a firm understanding of the benefits of sound money than selecting yet more Keynesian school economists who have been cheerleaders for central government planning and an inflationary monetary policy for decades.

The people Trump appoints to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will also have substantial impact on the markets. In the recent past, the CFTC received complaints about concentrated short selling done intentionally to push gold and silver prices down. For example, there is strong evidence that unscrupulous banks and traders often attack during periods of low liquidity in the markets such as the middle of the night.

The largest contributor to inflation and financial turmoil is dishonest money – enabling bureaucrats to run perpetual government deficits and pile up the federal debt. If Trump takes the steps outlined above, he can repair some of the damage.

 OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

In their quest for world dominion the International Investment Banking Cartel will never allow Nations to be independent of their power to control Corporate governments, Take that to the bank folks. One by one, they will destroy every nations ability to rule their own commerce, and in doing so they will also destroy any and all means of becoming independent in the future. They intend to own everything of value to the people everywhere. They will destroy America with out shedding a tear, while remaining in total control of all we need to survive. They will kill everyone who becomes a threat and this has been their object for a thousand years, as they truly believe they are the only ones who can rule to the point of becoming indestructible, because they control all armies and police who will be allowed to plunder at will as their reward. Sound like a science fiction movie??? Well all you have to do is stop your insane pursuit of entertainment and do some history reading. Putting two and two together is not really that hard folks! It is way past time for the people to demand their heads in a basket!

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Truman’s True Warning on the CIA

12/19/2016

https://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/22/trumans-true-warning-on-the-cia/

How the CIA Took Over America and Holds Presidents Hostage to Assassination

Exclusive: National security secrecy and a benighted sense of “what’s good for the country” can be a dangerous mix for democracy, empowering self-interested or misguided officials to supplant the people’s will, as President Truman warned and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

Fifty years ago, exactly one month after John Kennedy was killed, the Washington Post published an op-ed titled “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence.” The first sentence of that op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, read, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency.”

It sounded like the intro to a bleat from some liberal professor or journalist. Not so. The writer was former President Harry S. Truman, who spearheaded the establishment of the CIA 66 years ago, right after World War II, to better coordinate U.S. intelligence gathering. But the spy agency had lurched off in what Truman thought were troubling directions.

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President Harry S. Truman.

Sadly, those concerns that Truman expressed in that op-ed — that he had inadvertently helped create a Frankenstein monster — are as valid today as they were 50 years ago, if not more so.

Truman began his article by underscoring “the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency … and what I expected it to do.” It would be “charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without Department ‘treatment’ or interpretations.”

Truman then moved quickly to one of the main things bothering him. He wrote “the most important thing was to guard against the chance of intelligence being used to influence or to lead the President into unwise decisions.”

It was not difficult to see this as a reference to how one of the agency’s early directors, Allen Dulles, tried to trick President Kennedy into sending U.S. forces to rescue the group of invaders who had landed on the beach at the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, in April 1961 with no chance of success, absent the speedy commitment of U.S. air and ground support.

Wallowing in the Bay of Pigs

Arch-Establishment figure Allen Dulles had been offended when young President Kennedy had the temerity to ask questions about CIA plans before the Bay of Pigs debacle, which had been set in motion under President Dwight Eisenhower. When Kennedy made it clear he would NOT approve the use of U.S. combat forces, Dulles set out, with supreme confidence, to mousetrap the President.

Coffee-stained notes handwritten by Allen Dulles were discovered after his death and reported by historian Lucien S. Vandenbroucke. They show how Dulles drew Kennedy into a plan that was virtually certain to require the use of U.S. combat forces. In his notes, Dulles explained that, “when the chips were down,” Kennedy would be forced by “the realities of the situation” to give whatever military support was necessary “rather than permit the enterprise to fail.”

The “enterprise” which Dulles said could not fail was, of course, the overthrow of Fidel Castro. After mounting several failed operations to assassinate him, this time Dulles meant to get his man, with little or no attention to how the Russians might react. The reckless Joint Chiefs of Staff, whom then-Deputy Secretary of State George Ball later described as a “sewer of deceit,” relished any chance to confront the Soviet Union and give it, at least, a black eye.

But Kennedy stuck to his guns, so to speak. He fired Dulles and his co-conspirators a few months after the abortive invasion, and told a friend that he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” The outrage was very obviously mutual.

When Kennedy himself was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, it must have occurred to Truman as it did to many others that the disgraced Dulles and his unrepentant associates might not be above conspiring to get rid of a president they felt was soft on Communism and get even for their Bay of Pigs fiasco.

‘Cloak and Dagger’

While Truman saw CIA’s attempted mousetrapping of President Kennedy as a particular outrage, his more general complaint is seen in his broader lament that the CIA had become “so removed from its intended role … I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. … It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.” Not only shaping policy through its control of intelligence, but also “cloak and dagger” operations, presumably including assassinations.

Truman concluded the op-ed with an admonition that was as clear as the syntax was clumsy: “I would like to see the CIA restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.” The importance and prescient nature of that admonition are even clearer today, a half-century later.

But Truman’s warning fell mostly on deaf ears, at least within Establishment circles. The Washington Post published the op-ed in its early edition on Dec. 22, 1963, but immediately excised it from later editions. Other media ignored it. The long hand of the CIA?

In Truman’s view, misuse of the CIA began in February 1953, when his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, named Allen Dulles as CIA director. Dulles’s forte was overthrowing governments (in current parlance, “regime change”), and he was quite good at it. With coups in Iran (1953) and Guatemala (1954) under his belt, Dulles was riding high by the late Fifties and moved Cuba to the top of his to-do list.

The Truman Papers

Documents in the Truman Library show that nine days after Kennedy was assassinated, Truman sketched out in handwritten notes what he wanted to say in the op-ed. He noted, among other things, that the CIA had worked as he intended only “when I had control.”

Five days after the op-ed appeared, retired Admiral Sidney Souers, whom Truman had appointed to lead his first central intelligence group, sent a “Dear Boss” letter applauding Truman’s outspokenness and blaming Dulles for making the CIA “a different animal than the one I tried to set up for you.”

Souers specifically lambasted the attempt “to conduct a ‘war’ invading Cuba with a handful of men and without air cover.” He also lamented the fact that the agency’s “principal effort” had evolved into causing “revolutions in smaller countries around the globe,” and added: “With so much emphasis on operations, it would not surprise me to find that the matter of collecting and processing intelligence has suffered some.” (Again, as true today as it was 50 years ago.)

Clearly, the operational tail of the CIA was wagging its substantive dog, a serious problem that persists to this day.

Fox Guarding Hen House

After Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, the patrician, well-connected Dulles got himself appointed to the Warren Commission and took the lead in shaping the investigation of JFK’s assassination. Documents in the Truman Library show that Dulles also mounted a small domestic covert action of his own to neutralize any future airing of Truman’s and Souers’s warnings about covert action.

So important was this to Dulles that he invented a pretext to get himself invited to visit Truman in Independence, Missouri. On the afternoon of April 17, 1964, Dulles spent a half-hour one-on-one with the former president, trying to get him to retract what he had written in his op-ed. Hell No, said Harry.

Not a problem, Dulles decided. Four days later, in a formal memorandum of conversation for his old buddy Lawrence Houston, CIA general counsel from 1947 to 1973, Dulles fabricated a private retraction for Truman, claiming that Truman told him the Washington Post article was “all wrong,” and that Truman “seemed quite astounded at it.”

A fabricated retraction? It certainly seems so, because Truman did not change his tune. Far from it. In a June 10, 1964, letter to the managing editor of Look magazine, for example, Truman restated his critique of covert action, emphasizing that he never intended the CIA to get involved in “strange activities.”

Dulles and Dallas

Dulles could hardly have expected to get Truman to recant publicly. So why was it so important for Dulles to place in CIA files a fabricated retraction? I believe the answer lies in the fact that in early 1964 Dulles was feeling a lot of heat from many who were suggesting the CIA might have been involved somehow in the Kennedy assassination. Columnists were asking how the truth could ever be reached, with Allen Dulles as de facto head of the Warren Commission.

Dulles had good reason to fear that Truman’s limited-edition Washington Post op-ed of Dec. 22, 1963, might garner unwanted attention and raise troublesome questions about covert action, including assassination. He would have wanted to be in position to dig out of Larry Houston’s files the Truman “retraction,” in the hope that this would nip any serious questioning in the bud.

As the de facto head of the Warren Commission, Dulles was perfectly positioned to protect himself and his associates, were any commissioners or investigators, or journalists, tempted to question whether Dulles and the CIA played a role in killing Kennedy.

And so, the question: Did Allen Dulles and other “cloak-and-dagger” CIA operatives have a hand in John Kennedy’s assassination and in then covering it up? In my view, the best dissection of the evidence pertaining to the murder appeared in James Douglass’s 2008 book, JFK and the Unspeakable. After updating and arraying the abundant evidence, and conducting still more interviews, Douglass concludes that the answer is Yes.

Obama Intimidated?

The mainstream media had an allergic reaction to Douglass’s book and gave it almost no reviews. It is, nevertheless, still selling well. And, more important, it seems a safe bet that President Barack Obama knows what it says and maybe has even read it. This may go some way toward explaining why Obama has been so deferential to the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Pentagon.

Could this be at least part of the reason he felt he had to leave the Cheney/Bush-anointed torturers, kidnappers and black-prison wardens in place, instructing his first CIA chief Leon Panetta to become, in effect, the agency’s lawyer rather than leader.

Is this why the President feels he cannot fire his clumsily devious Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who had to apologize to Congress for giving “clearly erroneous” testimony in March? Is this why he allows National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and counterparts in the FBI to continue to mislead the American people, even though the intermittent snow showers from Snowden show our senior national security officials to have lied — and to have been out of control?

This may be small solace to President Obama, but there is no sign that the NSA documents that Snowden’s has released include the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,300-page report on CIA torture. Rather, that report, at least, seems sure to be under Obama’s and Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein’s tight control.

But the timorous President has a big problem. He is acutely aware that, if released, the Senate committee report would create a firestorm almost certainly implicating Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan and many other heavy-hitters of whom he appears to be afraid. And so Obama has allowed Brennan to play bureaucratic games, delaying release of the report for more than a year, even though its conclusions are said to closely resemble earlier findings of the CIA’s own Inspector General and the Constitution Project (see below).

Testimony of Ex-CIA General Counsel

Hat tip to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who took the trouble to read the play-by-play of testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee by former CIA General Counsel (2009-2013) Stephen W. Preston, nominated (and now confirmed) to be general counsel at the Department of Defense.

Under questioning by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, Preston admitted outright that, contrary to the CIA’s insistence that it did not actively impede congressional oversight of its detention and interrogation program, “briefings to the committee included inaccurate information related to aspects of the program of express interest to Members.”

That “inaccurate information” apparently is thoroughly documented in the Senate Intelligence Committee report which, largely because of the CIA’s imaginative foot-dragging, cost taxpayers $40 million. Udall has revealed that the report (which includes 35,000 footnotes) contains a very long section titled “C.I.A. Representations on the C.I.A. Interrogation Program and the Effectiveness of the C.I.A.’s Enhanced Interrogation Techniques to Congress.”

Preston also acknowledged that the CIA inadequately informed the Justice Department on interrogation and detention. He said, “CIA’s efforts fell well short of our current practices when it comes to providing information relevant to [the Office of Legal Counsel]’s legal analysis.”

As Katherine Hawkins, the senior investigator for last April’s bipartisan, independent report by the Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment, noted in an Oct. 18, 2013 posting, the memos from acting OLC chief, Steven Bradbury, relied very heavily on now-discredited CIA claims that “enhanced interrogation” saved lives, and that the sessions were carefully monitored by medical and psychological personnel to ensure that detainees’ suffering would not rise to the level of torture.

According to Hawkins, Udall complained and Preston admitted that, in providing the materials requested by the committee, “the CIA removed several thousand CIA documents that the agency thought could be subjected to executive privilege claims by the President, without any decision by Obama to invoke the privilege.”

Worse still for the CIA, the Senate Intelligence Committee report apparently destroys the agency’s argument justifying torture on the grounds that there was no other way to acquire the needed information save through brutalization. In his answers to Udall, Preston concedes that, contrary to what the agency has argued, it can and has been established that legal methods of interrogation would have yielded the same intelligence.

Is anyone still wondering why our timid President is likely to sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee report for as long as he can? Or why he will let John Brennan redact it to a fare-thee-well, if he is eventually forced to release some of it by pressure from folks who care about things like torture?

It does appear that the newly taciturn CIA Director Brennan has inordinate influence over the President in such matters not unlike the influence that both DNI Clapper and NSA Director Alexander seem able to exert. In this respect, Brennan joins the dubious company of the majority of his predecessor CIA directors, as they made abundantly clear when they went to inordinate lengths to prevent their torturer colleagues from being held accountable.

(Also, see “CIA Torturers Running Scared,” Sept. 20, 2009; or “Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?” Dec. 29, 2009)

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was as an Army Infantry/Intelligence officer in the early 60s and then a CIA analyst for 27 years.  He now serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). 

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Divide and Conquer Or Stop Being Stupid Part 5

12/17/2016
http://www.paulstramer.net/2016/12/divide-and-conqueror-stop-being-stupid.html

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 By Anna Von Reitz

We have heard the words “divide and conquer” since we were in Kindergarten.  It’s what we did when the two Big Kids ganged up on the 500 First Graders.

We’ve heard it, and to some extent, we’ve all done it— yet, somehow, I have proof that we haven’t understood it— haven’t quite fully grasped the concept.

The Revolution:  Brits against Colonists

The French Revolution: Monarchists against their Serfs

The Civil War: North against South

The First World War: Brits/French against Germans

The Russian Revolution: Monarchists against their Workers

The Second World War: Brits/French against Germans

Democrats and Republicans

Robber Barons and Labor Unionists

Palestinians and Israelis

Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  There are two sides to every conflict. Why is that?

Because it is purposefully designed to be that way.

Polarization and labeling of two sides is a mathematically necessary requirement if you want to start a conflict.

So let’s take a look at an example of where and who and how such conflicts have been started and also look at who has benefited.

Where did the whole concept of the modern political parties in America and the whole “Two Party System” emerge?

Answer: both the modern Democratic and Republican Parties began in Wisconsin, where the concept had been imported by Socialists who immigrated to this country in the wake of the 1848 Worker’s Rebellion in Europe.

These people were a mix of early Communists, Utopians, and Trade Unionists, eager to take their fight for fair wages and humane treatment of workers and poor people into the public arena of government, but not all of them were idealists.  A great many were simply self-interested.

In that, they shared a major characteristic in common with their adversaries, the early industrialist Robber Barons, some of the most ruthless and greedy men to ever walk the Earth.

Very rapidly and very early in the development of the Two Party System it became a question of who could more effectively grab the bacon and hide their tracks.  First, the Robber Barons took over the Democratic Party, and then, they took over the Republican Party, and then they mixed things up a bit, to confuse the gullible public.

The public has, for the most part, remained confused ever since.

Most African Americans will be amazed to learn that it is the Democratic Party that engineered their re-enslavement after the Civil War, the Democratic Party that fought any and all recognition of state national status for black Americans, the Democratic Party that refused to let black Americans vote once they were deprived of state national protections—-and in fact, far from being the champions of African Americans or of workers or of poor people in general— the Democratic Party which has always promoted itself as the “Working Class Party” and the “Party of the Common Man” and so forth—- is anything but.

The Democratic Party has always pretended to be exactly what it is not.

And the Republicans?  Yep, you guessed it.  They have staked their turf as the Party of the Respectable People (or those who want to be respectable), the champions of the middle class and the elite, the defenders of the status quo, the plodding, practical, stolid elephants. But are they?

Not.

Neither party stands for anything like what they pretend to stand for.  Neither party walks the walk they talk—- and interestingly, they never have.  Some of the most profoundly socialist and communist policies put in place in early 20th century and which still impact us today, were put in place by Republicans.

And a great many of the most oppressive, prejudiced, nasty, inhumane practices and policies of the government against the Little Guy– and which serve to steal from the poor and to deprive them of all dignity– were put in place by the Democrats.

There is a reason that Theodore Roosevelt billed himself as a Republican and Franklin Delano Roosevelt billed himself as a Democrat, and the truth of the matter is that neither one acted upon, believed in, honored, or cared two bits about any Party Platform.

It was all the same to them, and if we are wise, it ought to be apparent that our practical experience is what it is and it all adds up to the same thing.  There is no actual, factual difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. They are all part of the same old nasty Ball of Wax, like two football teams trading players and changing uniforms.

Now, it is true that the uninitiated inductees in these organizations are drawn in and usually believe in the “shop talk” and “shop fronts”.  The vast majority of people are brought in and kept at a level below the Party Capos, like cheerleaders taught to parrot their cheers and go “Rah! Rah!” in rain or shine, without ever knowing or thinking beyond the one-liners and the gossip and the tag-lines provided by the speechwriters and other professional propagandists.

If you stick around and keep your mouth shut and your eyes open and do your duty plodding around selling the Party Line— and show a certain spark of interest and immorality— you will work your way up and inside the organizational structure.

Do this two times, quickly, and you will know for certain that yes, the Democrats are the Republicans and the Republicans are the Democrats, and there is no actual difference at all.  At the higher levels of both parties, the same people sit, like big, fat, black spiders pulling this string and that.

It’s all an illusion—- a purposeful illusion.  It’s like a troupe of actors putting on a play.  They are all on the same payroll.  They are all reading their scripts.

That may be shocking enough and for most people, would be a natural stopping place to turn back and disengage and be disillusioned and walk away an older and wiser pup, but some of us are gluttons for punishment and once our curiosity is aroused, we push on through the gathering storm of freaks and nuisances and delusional psychopaths that make up the political elite of the United States, convinced that with so much manure there must be a pony.

Those who persevere long enough find out that the same play is being produced all over the world, in different languages by different players, but the same play nonetheless.

Not only are the actual leaders of the Democratic and Republican Parties one in the same, it’s all the same demented nest of spiders pulling nearly all the strings in every government and creating every conflict and every evil that we have.

The Queen jerks Obama’s string and he barks at Putin; Evelyn de Rothschild jerks a string that jerks a string, and Putin bares his teeth at Obama; Netanyahu feels a sudden strong jerk on his tether and we have a crisis in the Persian Gulf and one of the Rockefellers crawls back under his rock….

And though there are some recognizable players the vast majority remain “private”—–just quiet, average, criminally insane people, living in mansions all over the world, literally feeding on the misery and death and destruction they cause.

Just take a good look at what the Brits did in the Middle East when they created Palestine out of thin air, by drawing some lines on a map and applying a label to it, and then crowding a bunch of Jewish refugees inside.

What did they do really?  Created one team –“the Palestinians” in the green and red uniforms—and then another team, “the Israelis” in the blue and white uniforms— and sat back to enjoy the fruits of a nice, fat, intergenerational war.

The interminable and terrible war in the Middle East isn’t about religion.  It wasn’t written on the stars.  It was purposefully, maliciously, and deliberately caused and created by the British Government.

Just look at what was done and ask yourself—- what other possible outcome could there be, but generational warfare?

Understanding “divide and conquer” requires us to understand how we are in turn being sized up — tested, stressed, to be subjected to exactly this kind of strategy.  If you think about it, our enemies who are also the enemies of all Mankind, have tried many different ways to “divide and conquer” America.

They have tried race wars and religious hatred and economic oppression.  They have tried every means available in their treasure chest of conflict to break us into factions—- Republican and Democrat, Black and White, Muslim and Christian— and they just can’t get it right.  Nothing sticks.  Nobody believes in it anymore.  Not really.

America and throughout the world— wise up.  See how we are being played.

Stop getting pulled into the “drama” and stop voting and participating in their show. Deprive them of any power or claim that they are your proxy. Deprive them of any mandate. Let them be seen for what they are: charlatans and fraudsters.

See this article and over 400 others on Anna’s website here:www.annavonreitz.com

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

Personally, I do not understand how anyone could still believe that we have a Constitutional Government!

FOLKS, IF YOU ARE STILL PARTICIPATING IN THIS CHARADE YOU NEED TO VISIT YOUR SHRINK!

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“War On The Homeless” – Cities All Over America Are Passing Laws Making It Illegal To Feed And Shelter Those In Need!

12/16/2016

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/war-on-the-homeless-cities-all-over-america-are-passing-laws-making-it-illegal-to-feed-and-shelter-the-homeless

By Michael Snyder

If you want to be a “Good Samaritan” to the homeless in your community, you might want to check and see if it is legal first.  All over the country, cities are passing laws that make it illegal to feed and shelter the homeless.  For example, in this article you will read about a church in Maryland that was just fined $12,000 for simply allowing homeless people to sleep outside the church at night.  This backlash against homeless people comes at a time when homelessness in America is absolutely exploding.  In a previous article, I shared with my readers the fact that the number of homeless people in New York City has just set a brand new all-time high, and the homelessness crisis in California has become so severe that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.  Sadly, instead of opening up our hearts to the rapidly growing number of Americans without a home, way too many communities are trying to use the law to force them to go somewhere else.

For nearly two thousand years, churches have been at the forefront of helping the poor and disadvantaged, but now many communities are trying to stop this from happening.  Earlier today, I was absolutely stunned when I came across an article that talked about how a church in Dundalk, Maryland has been fined $12,000 for allowing the homeless to sleep outside the church at night…

“I showed up Wednesday morning to find a citation on the door that said we’re going to be fined $12,000 and have a court date because we have unhoused homeless people sleeping outside the church at night,” said Reverend Katie Grover with the Patapsco United Methodist Church.

Grover added that the men and women who sleep outside their doors do so because they have nowhere else to go and because they feel safe there.

“We feel we here as a church that it’s scriptural mandate that’s it an imperative to care for the least, the last, the lost, the poor, the hungry,” she said.

The authorities in Dundalk say that the church is running a “non-permitted rooming and boarding house”, and the severity of this fine is likely to put the church in significant financial difficulty if it is forced to pay it.  You can watch a local news report discussing this story on YouTube right here

Of course Dundalk is far from alone.  All across the U.S. laws have been passed that specifically target the homeless.  According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the following are some of the most typical ways that the homeless are targeted…

  • Carrying out sweeps (confiscating personal property including tents, bedding, papers, clothing, medications, etc.) in city areas where homeless people live.
  • Making panhandling illegal.
  • Making it illegal for groups to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.
  • Enforcing a “quality of life” ordinance relating to public activity and hygiene.

There are some people that have been feeding the hungry for decades that now find that their work has been suddenly made illegal.  For instance, down in Houston a Good Samaritan named Jay Hamberger is outraged that the help that he has been providing to the homeless for 27 years has now made him an outlaw

Jay Hamberger has been bringing food to Houston’s homeless for 27 years. He feels the city is infringing on his right to help others by requiring him to have prior permission to distribute food on public and private property.

“I’ve done it with impunity for 27 years now, and I’m the most law-abiding outlaw, because what I’m doing is illegal,” Hamberger said. “My understanding is that there’s no legal way to make this right with the city.”

This is just another example of how our society is being strangled to death by control freaks.

If I see someone that is desperately hungry and I want to give that person food, then I am going to do it no matter what the law says.

Unfortunately, as the homelessness crisis continues to escalate these types of laws are only going to increase.  Even in supposedly “tolerant” areas of the country we are seeing draconian measures being implemented.  For example, just check out the new ordinance that was just passed in Los Angeles

LA legislators passed an ordinance that would ban people from sleeping in cars and recreational vehicles (RVs) near homes, parks and schools. Advocates see the ordinance as the latest move to criminalize homeless people.

The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of the ordinance on Wednesday. Banning people from sleeping near homes, schools and parks in their vehicles, would, if signed into law, only make it legal to sleep overnight in cars and RV’s in industrial or commercial districts from 9:00pm to 6:00am.

As millions of Americans have fallen out of the middle class in recent years, we have seen an explosion in the number of people living in cars, trucks and recreational vehicles.  This is something that I addressed in my recent article entitled “Living In A Van Down By The River – Time To Face The True State Of The Middle Class In America“.  During this time of the year many that live in their vehicles head for warmer climates, and cities like Los Angeles are responding to the influx of homeless people by trying to force them to go somewhere else.

And this “war on the homeless” has actually been ramping up for quite a while.  Just check out these numbers from the Washington Post

Cities have enacted a wave of crackdowns and new laws against panhandling, camping and other activities associated with homelessness. They say such efforts help preserve the renewed vitality, curbing crime, health problems and behaviors that bother residents and disrupt business.

Between 2011 and 2014, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty found that bans on sleeping in cars shot up 119 percent, citywide camping prohibitions jumped 60 percent, anti-loitering laws increased 35 percent and anti-begging laws increased 25 percent in a survey of 187 cities.

Homeless people do not have a permanent address, and there is always a temptation to try to force them to go somewhere else so that they become someone else’s problem.

But the truth is that we have a massive national crisis on our hands.  The number of homeless children in this country has increased by 60 percent since the end of the last recession, and the number of homeless people sleeping in shelters has risen to record levels in major cities on both the east and west coast.

And considering the fact that about two-thirds of the country is currently living paycheck to paycheck, how bad will things get once the next major recession strikes?

Poverty is growing all over the nation, and at the same time hearts all over America are growing very cold.

I truly fear for what this country is going to look like just a few years from now.

 Regulation Nation: Where Independence Is Illegal without a Permit

By Daisy Luther

These days, you need permission from the government to do just about anything, including feeding yourself or others.

  • Do you own a car? Every year, you must go down to the DMV and pay the government for permission to drive it.
  • Do you own a business? You must register it and pay an annual fee to operate it.
  • Do you want to renovate your home? You must pay the government to come and tell you if you’re allowed to, how you are allowed to, and to check it afterward to make sure you complied with all of their rules.
  • Do you want to swap your homemade goodies for someone else’s homemade goodies? You’re supposed to get permission from the government to do it, and they’d also like you to pay them taxes on the transaction.
  • Do you want to educate your children at home? In some states, you have to pay for permission to do that. You still have to pay taxes to support your local school, mind you, but you’ll need a “permit” on top of it.
  • Do you want to hunt or fish to supplement your food budget? You’re supposed to go get a license to do that, too.
  • Do you want to go off the grid? If you’re even allowed to, you’ll have to get a permit and an inspection.

The government is aware of their own pending obsolescence and that’s why they’re so desperate to regulate every darned thing. Oh – and the money – they make a ton of money from forcing you to purchase permission to live your life.

Every time someone pops up and does something independently, the government says, “Oh, no. All things must come from us, your benefactors.”

The government is obsolete.

By mandating helplessness, the government seems to want to instill in us a belief that we can’t get by without them. Why?

Because they’re quickly becoming obsolete.

People are weary of the countless laws, so numerous that we all break them every time we set foot outside our doors. The most innocuous things have come under fire as people struggle to survive and dare to do so independently:

  • Artisanal soap makers who use luscious ingredients like goat’s milk, cocoa butter, and essential oils are being regulated out of business by Congress. (source)
  • The FDA has declared hand-sewn menstrual cloths to be “medical devices” and subject to $4000 per year in fees, putting another cottage industry out of business. (source)
  • People are charged as criminals and fined for growing food in their own yards because *gasp* people can see vegetables instead of grass. (source)
  • During the terrible flooding in Louisiana earlier this year, when the government rescue operation was slow to respond, a bunch of local outdoorsmen began to save their neighbors from the rising waters. The government demanded they get permits to save their neighbors and blockaded the area with police barriers. That’s right – they used their resources to stop the rescues instead of using their resources to performrescues. (source)
  • A lady in the Philadelphia area faced a fine of $600 per day for feeding hungry kids (that usually depend on low-cost or free lunches at school) lunch during the summer. If she didn’t want to pay a fine, she had to pay a fee of $1000 and be subject to government inspections and regulations. (source)
  • A woman in California faces jail time for making homemade ceviche and selling it through a Facebook group. They actually used law enforcement resources to go to her house undercover and buy her soup and arrest her. (source)

Give me a break. There is one thing at play here.

Control.

Take feeding the homeless, for example.

People all over the nation have proven that ordinary citizens can make a change in the plight of homeless people. On their own dimes, good people have fed those less fortunate, given them a safe place to camp, and most of all treated them with the dignity that all human beings deserve.

Again, we’ve shown that people want to help people and that we don’t require Papa Government to come in and look after everyone.

Then, as often happens, along came the government, who said, “How dare you provide for the needs of others without our help, regulations, and permission?”

The government is making it illegal to be homeless and illegal to help those who are homeless.

Michael Snyder wrote a fantastic article outlining the government’s war on homelessness. In his article, he related the following facts:

  • A  church in Dundalk, Maryland has been fined $12,000 for allowing the homeless to sleep outside the church at night.
  • In Houston, a Good Samaritan named Jay Hamberger is outraged that the help that he has been providing to the homeless for 27 years has now made him an outlaw.
  • In Los Angelos, an ordinance has been passed that bans people from sleeping near homes, schools and parks in their vehicles and will only make it legal to sleep overnight in cars and RV’s in industrial or commercial districts from 9:00pm to 6:00am.

And that’s not all. According to Snyder’s research, the homeless have become a target all across the country.

All across the U.S. laws have been passed that specifically target the homeless. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the following are some of the most typical ways that the homeless are targeted…

  • Carrying out sweeps (confiscating personal property including tents, bedding, papers, clothing, medications, etc.) in city areas where homeless people live.
  • Making panhandling illegal.
  • Making it illegal for groups to share food with homeless persons in public spaces.
  • Enforcing a “quality of life” ordinance relating to public activity and hygiene.

I’m astounded by the type of mental gymnastics that makes any police officer think that it’s a fine and acceptable thing to go around and take away the meager possessions that these homeless people have left. But, you know, they’re “just doing their jobs.”

If Karma strikes back at those “job-doers” it will be a beautiful thing.

Why people become homeless.

The folks you see on the street aren’t all just lazy bums and drunks who don’t want to work, although it’s a lot easier to look at it that way.  Villainizing people in a desperate situation is a way to put distance between us and them.

However, according to StreetSteam.org, the real reasons that people become homeless are reasons that could happen to anyone.

  • 31% job loss
  • 20% drugs or alcohol use
  • 15% divorce or separation,
  • 13% an argument with a family member who asked them to leave
  • 7% domestic violence.
  • 10% eviction
  • 7% mental health
  • 7% physical health or medical condition.
  • 12% incarceration
  • 1% housing restrictions due to probation or parole

And as our economic crisis continues to worse and the cost of living continues to go up, we’ll see more and more people joining the ranks of the homeless.

Feeding people is against the law in 71 cities.

It is illegal (or in the process of becoming illegal) to feed hungry people in 71 cities across the United States, according to this map from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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Independence must be squelched.

We must get permission to feed ourselves or others, make a living without a typical job, and help our neighbors. We have to pay money to get a license to hunt or fish. We have to pay yearly extortion fees to drive our own cars. We can’t sell eggs from our chickens without permission in some states, and to do so legally, must attend a course and pay a fee to get an “egg handlers license.”

To barter, we have to conduct our business like a bunch of drug dealers. If I want to swap my home-raised chickens for someone else’s home-raised lamb, heaven forbid that the government should find out. They’d tax us, inspect us, fine us, and maybe even arrest us.

In places where you aren’t allowed to have or carry a firearm, you’re at the mercy of criminals and the wait time from calling 911. One must jump through a ridiculous number of hoops to get a concealed carry permit to be able to protect oneself instead of waiting helplessly for the cops to show up.

If only I were making this up.

Here’s why.

If we don’t need their handouts, their jobs, their food, and their social assistance, it’s a whole lot harder for them to force us to do things against our will.

When you don’t need anything the government has to offer, you have the type of freedom upon which our nation was founded.

It was called the Declaration of Independence for a reason, but many Americans have lost that revolutionary spirit. They just stand by and accept unreasonable and unjust laws. They shrug and say that there’s nothing they can do.

And now, these unjust laws are preventing us from helping those who are struggling.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his letter from a Birmingham, Alabama jail,  wrote, “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

Personally, I have no intention whatsoever of following an unjust law. If I see that someone is hungry, I’ll feed them. If they’re cold, I’ll clothe them. I will grow my own food, drink from a well, and trade goods with my friends. If I can help another human being, I’ll do it, and the government be damned.

The Best of Daisy Luther

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Only a heartless corporation would do something like this to helpless people, and those who help them.

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Leading Scholar Outs Global Elite Endgame As Technocracy

12/15/2016

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/12/14/leading-scholar-outs-global-elite-endgame-technocracy/

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Written By: Patrick Wood

Alarm: “An anxious awareness of danger”.

People will not move to action on any issue, no matter how serious, unless they become alarmed. The reason that Technocracy continues to saturate America is because people are not yet alarmed about it. They see no clear and present danger.

This will soon change now that Technocracy has been officially ‘outed’ by the global elite themselves.

A leading scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (3 Trilateral Commissioners sit on the governing board), Parag Khanna, is a rising star within the global elite. After earning a B.S. in International Affairs and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown, he received his PhD in International Relations from the prestigious London School of Economics.

Khanna’s career started as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, where Trilateral Commission member Richard Haass is President. He recently served a stint at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., where no less than five members of the Trilateral Commission sit on the board of directors. He has also served at the elite Brookings Institution (Trilateral member Strobe Talbott is President), the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Indeed, is isn’t surprising that Esquire Magazine included Khanna in its “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century”.

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Khanna’s first widely-acclaimed book was Connectography: Mapping The Future Of Global Civilization. One bookseller offered this description:

“Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to ten trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.”

Note that this ‘reengineering’ is focused on infrastructure, which includes transportation, energy and communications. Most importantly, the entire reengineered infrastructure is focused not only on the cities themselves, but also on connecting them together to form the global society.

Technocracy Outed As Global Endgame

On January 10, 2017 Khanna will release to the world his latest book, Technocracy in America: Rise Of The Info-State. Promotional material states,

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“American democracy just isn’t good enough anymore… The ideal form of government for the complex 21st century is what Khanna calls a ‘direct technocracy,’ one led by experts but perpetually consulting the people through a combination of democracy and data. From a seven-member presidency and a restructured cabinet to replacing the Senate with an Assembly of Governors, Technocracy in America is full of sensible proposals that have been proven to work in the world’s most successful societies. Americans have a choice for whom they elect president, but they should not wait any longer to redesign their political system following Khanna’s pragmatic vision.”

To showcase this latest book, TIME published Khanna’s own summary, 5 Radical Solutions to Fix Our Busted Government, in which he discusses 5 policy recommendations that are very reminiscent of Technocracy policies seen in the 1930s:

  1. Abolish the electoral college
  2. Create a streamlined and expert Cabinet
  3. Replace the Senate with an Assembly of Governors
  4. Let the Supreme Court modify the Constitution
  5. Restore a strong federal service that knows how to run a country

Technocrat Henry A. Porter wrote Roosevelt and Technocracy in 1933. He bluntly called for President-elect Roosevelt to declare himself dictator in order to summarily implement Technocracy. He likewise called for the abolition of Congress.

In order to implement Khanna’s Technocracy, President-Elect Trump would similarly have to declare himself dictator, because the citizenry of America would never voluntarily accept these moves.

Resistance is not futile

Fortunately, Khanna’s radical Technocracy in America will not be released into a vacuum because my book Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation has already been warning about this for two years. Additionally, I have addressed hundreds of audiences on radio, video and in person about the reality and dangers of Technocracy.

For all those who have doubted whether Technocracy is a clear and present danger to America (and the entire world), you can and should translate your doubts into alarm, because the global elite themselves have now declared that Technocracy is the endgame.

Technocracy is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism, even though there are similarities and overlaps. Rather, it is an economic system originally designed in the 1930s to replace Capitalism and Free Enterprise. It is a resource-based economic system that uses energy as its accounting system, whereas our current system relies on supply and demand and uses currency as its accounting system.

As I have thoroughly documented in Technocracy Rising, modern Technocracy was reinvigorated by members of the Trilateral Commission, co-founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski. In 1987, the Commission strategically passed it off to the United Nations under the aegis of Sustainable Development. The UN has since spread the doctrine all over planet earth in the form of treaties, agreements, initiatives and partnerships. To the corporate world, it has been sold as the “Green Economy” and “Natural Capitalism”. It was sold to civil society as “Smart Growth” and Agenda 21.

The UN itself has independently validated my claims in Technocracy rising:

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution…This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.” [Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2015]

More recently, the UN’s 2030 Agenda and New Urban Agenda agreements have been adopted by over 190 nations of the world. The 2030 Agenda established the 17 new and expanded Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years, while the New Urban Agenda sets the standards for Smart Cities throughout the world. Between the two initiatives, the UN is asking for control over 100 percent of all production and 100 percent of all consumption. They, in turn, will utilize science and the Scientific Method to restructure and control the entire global economy and society.

Americans rejected Technocracy in the 1930s and saved themselves from Scientific Dictatorship. While Khanna wrote in TIME “a bit more technocracy could ensure America’s best days aren’t behind it”,  I suggest the polar opposite: Technocracy will destroy America as a nation and as a culture. It will trample freedom and liberty with the jackboot of Scientific Dictatorship.

Be warned. Be alarmed.


Washington’s governing elites think we’re all morons, a new study says

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/10/04/new-study-governing-elites-think-morons/

 By Alex Thompson

September 30, 2016 | 10:56 am

Voters are angry at the political establishment and the political establishment doesn’t much care for the voters either. In fact, they think voters are pretty damn stupid.

That’s the conclusion of a new survey of America’s unelected governing elites by political scientists at Johns Hopkins University. While media outlets endlessly poll and probe the American people to understand why they feel so disenchanted with their government, Professor Benjamin Ginsberg and Senior Lecturer Jennifer Bachner instead looked at America’s political ruling class for answers. The federal bureaucrats, think tank leaders, and congressional staff members they surveyed, Ginsberg said in an interview with VICE News, “have no idea what Americans think and they don’t care. They think Americans are stupid and should do what they are told.”

It seems that the disenchantment is mutual.

In their new book What Washington Gets Wrong, Ginsberg and Bachner report that the overwhelming majority of D.C.’s Beltway Insiders think the American public is pitifully uninformed on government policy. 72 percent of those governing officials think the public has little or no knowledge about policies to aid the poor. 71 percent believe that they have little or no knowledge about science and technology. And across eight different policy areas, never more than 6 percent of those surveyed thought the public possessed a “great deal” of knowledge on the topic.

With such a low opinion of the American public, perhaps it is not surprising that the vast majority of these political insiders believe they should ignore public opinion. At least 78 percent of those surveyed thought that actions in all eight policy areas should not always or even mostly heed popular sentiment.

If the public resists, Ginsberg told VICE News, then bureaucrats “nudge people into obedience.” In fact, ‘nudge’ has been the PR-friendly word of choice for bureaucratic regulations in the Obama era. Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, even co-wrote a book in 2008 called Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health Wealth, and Happiness that lays out how the government can use behavioral psychology to more efficiently achieve policy goals. They dubbed it libertarian paternalism.

While many voters have long suspected this condescension, evidence of it has occasionally risen to the internet’s ever-choppy surface. In 2014, MIT Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was caught on tape explaining that “the stupidity of the American voter or whatever … was really, really critical for [Obamacare] to pass.” Most lawmakers and voters, he suggested, did not really understand the law and that “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.”

This divide between the federal government and the public seems likely to split even wider as the Beltway technocracy has only grown in wealth and power in recent years. The three wealthiest counties by median income in the United States are in the D.C. suburbs. In 2015, the average salary for a full-time federal government employee was $79,437 and only $58,726 for an employee in private industry, according to the government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Perhaps as a result, public trust in government is at historic lows. Only 19 percent of Americans trust the government to always or almost always do the right thing, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center study. In light of this new survey, that may not be surprising since most in government don’t think the public knows what the right thing is.

The remedy for this disconnect between the Capital and the people it ostensibly serves is unclear. Whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton win this November, this Beltway class will remain largely in place. This election may only be a foreshadowing of more voter anger.

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If I were to guarantee anything it would be, the people are soon to rise up and tell our corporate government to go to hell, or we will send you there! Peace in America is soon to be a thing of the past as more and more of them wise up to what’s happening to them by their representatives who only care what the elites want. Those who remain stupid enough to insist our country is a paradise compared to the rest of the world and Trump will guarantee it, will find them selves very lonely, frightened, cold, and hungry, if they are still alive. And I for one do not have any sympathy for them, because they are too stupid to be worth saving. This has been going on for over a hundred years, and only their infatuation with entertainment has kept them blind and ignorant.

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BEHOLD ANOTHER PUPPET! + COMPLAINING OF SYMPTOMS IGNORING THE CAUSE

12/14/2016

http://www.rebelmadman.com/?p=594

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 By Michael Gaddy

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.” ~ Carroll Quigley

We have known since November 8th of this year that at least 200 million American voters actually believe they can change the policies and direction of government by voting. And most of those 200 million become very angry if one tells them voting is an effort in futility and that no matter who they vote for the government gets elected, every time!

So-called “conservatives” have very narrow minds or extremely limited cognitive abilities. Their myopic mindset leads them to believe that anyone who has the temerity to question the unconstitutional acts of “conservatives” must be, by default, a Hillary supporter. There is no thought they might be staunch supporters of our Constitution for everyone knows that “conservatives” are always right and anyone who questions that premise must be for Hillary. These people should have been alive in Germany during the 30’s and 40’s, for without a doubt they would have been faithful members of the National Socialist Party because it would have totally fit their mindset.

As previously stated, at least 200 million Americans actually believe they can change the course of government by simply voting. Despite the visible strings, most cannot fathom for a moment that all candidates are properly vetted by the power cabal, shadow government, deep state or whatever name one chooses to call them, and politicians are mere puppets who dance to the tune of the unelected, powerful, monied group that really controls this country.

Some of these puppets might not completely understand the extent of this control until they find themselves elected and are quickly visited by the real power players, but they learn very quickly. Some of them might be a little stubborn at first, but they are quickly advised as to how those who don’t follow orders are dealt with. Perhaps some are shown pictures of JFK, RFK, and George Wallace as a gentle but most effective reminder.

Is it possible we are witnessing a little reminder of the powers of this cabal even now? Could Trump, possibly believing he actually has some authority now that he has been elected, be now dealing with a simple reminder of the power of these people? Could the threat of a recount, a new election sponsored by his good friends down at the CIA, or an electoral college revolt, be used to control who is and who is not given positions of power within Trump’s cabinet and administration? When he picks the right ones as directed by the power cabal, will things revert to what passes for normal in the District of Criminals? We shall see!

Either the above is true, or Donald Trump lied through his teeth to those who supported him at the polls. How else does one justify the numerous picks for cabinet and administration positions who were, at one time or another, closely connected with Goldman Sachs? Why else would his pick for VP, SecDef, National Security Advisor, and Director of Homeland Security all be staunch supporters of an “Israel First’ policy and very strong opponents of Iran? Especially, when campaign trail Trump indicated wars in the Middle East are bad for America? Did Trump not say that George W. Bush lied us into war in Iraq? Why else would he criticize both Hillary and Ted Cruz for their affiliations with Goldman Sachs and then place three people with strong affiliations with Goldman Sachs in his cabinet?

In my voting-age lifetime, I have witnessed 14 different presidential elections. At each election cycle, I saw Americans become most passionate about their particular candidate and loudly proclaim their choice was going to revitalize the spirit of freedom and liberty and return us to constitutional limitations on government. Those were also the claims and promises of the various candidates over that time span. In the 48 years since I cast my first presidential vote, that has never happened. Tyranny has grown and grown; our Constitution has been eviscerated and freedom and liberty have become nothing but words on parchment and phrases in songs.

To a logical mind, doing the same thing over and over again for 48 years to continually worsening results would indicate some degree of insanity, just as Einstein stated. But, please don’t try to point that out to those wonderful “conservatives” because, if you do, you will be immediately labeled a “Hillary supporter.”

My prediction for the next couple of years is this: things are going to continue to worsen for individuals and their rights. We will see more and more infringements on our Creator granted rights; there will be a rush to continue the destruction of the white race and their moral values, history and symbols; there will be more and more illegal immigration and refugee rescues financed with taxpayer dollars to further dilute and weaken what could only be called the founding values of this country.

We currently have at least one federal government agency to insure all ten planks of the Communist Manifesto are fully implemented in this country. Trump will do nothing to stop this for it will be out of his control. Socialism will reign supreme in America. If that socialism takes on a Nationalist flavor, warmongers of all stripes will sing its praises. “Welfare is Bad, War is Good,” they will continue to chant, not realizing both have destroyed Liberty in this country. Nothing a liberal likes more than welfare and nothing a conservative likes more than war, while both see the Constitution as an impediment to their goals.

As the voting electorate becomes more and more ignorant, there is little hope enough people will awaken to the reality of their own well-orchestrated demise to actually stand up and do something. As long as a majority believe all they have to do to effect change in this country is vote, the die is cast. America will become just another socialist third-world cesspool and the ignorant will be splashing in the political waste and beckoning others to “come on in, the water is fine” but don’t forget to vote for more sewage, first!

“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” ~ F. A. von Hayek

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY

Mike

COMPLAINING OF SYMPTOMS IGNORING THE CAUSE

http://www.rebelmadman.com/?p=563&

By Michael Gaddy

Arguably, the greatest form of mental illness in this country is cognitive disconnect. People get totally lost when it comes to being able to rationally address cause and effect. Of course, mental acuity, when saturated with liberal doses of emotionalism and group think becomes feeble to non-existent. The symptom I wish to address specifically is one that has been on the political table for decades: immigration. The causes, which are all too often ignored, are directly related to unconstitutional acts by our government. Many times these unconstitutional acts are wildly supported by a constitutionally ignorant population.

First, let us take a look at the out of control illegal immigration into our country from our neighbor to the South, Mexico. Almost all of this illegal activity can be attributed to our unconstitutional drug laws and the vaunted “war on drugs’ that has emaciated our Bill of Rights to a disease ridden skeleton of what was intended by those we call Anti-federalists in our founding history.

If there was ever a litmus test for those who claim to be “constitutionalists,” it would be their stance on drug laws. As stated in previous rants, as a country we believed an amendment to our Constitution was required to prohibit sale, possession, and consumption of alcohol; thus passage of the 18th Amendment. After 13 years of rampant crime and the establishment of very organized criminal elements who were buying cops, judges, and assorted politicians, the 18th was repealed by the 21st. The people of this country recognized the futility of any attempt to legislate morals but witnessed the accompanying loss of individual rights and the rise of the police state with more and more powers specifically designed to increase powers of the government at the cost of personal freedoms. We completely ignored all the lessons learned from this debacle in the prosecution of the “war on drugs.”

I believe it would be safe to say that people who simply illegally walk across our Southern border do so for one of three reasons. First, many are seeking to escape the Narco-state government of Mexico, a government that is predominantly bought and paid for by drug cartels, much as our government was bought and paid for by the organized crime during prohibition and its attendant violence. Violence directly related to the drug cartels in Mexico is pandemic. How could anyone not understand the basic human desire to escape such violence?

Secondly, many of those who illegally enter our country do so to profit from the drug trade. They bring the violence of Mexico to the streets of our country. If you doubt this for a second just tune into the news of any metropolitan area and watch and listen to the crimes perpetrated on good citizens and check the ethnicity of those who are charged with those crimes. I can remember at one time when our family lived in Tucson Arizona, the “10 most wanted” fugitives from justice were all illegal aliens. I would assume it is not much different in most towns and cities today.  Of course, political correctness demands such things as citizenship status not be mentioned in the reporting of these multitudes of crimes against legal citizens and their property.

Third, there are those who simply come to this country to feast and live on another unconstitutional act by our government; to wit, social welfare programs. As was stated by Libertarian writer Hans Herman Hoppe, when one lives in a country that has welfare programs, immigration rapidly becomes an invasion. There is a provision in our Constitution that requires our government protect each and every state from invasion (Article IV, section IV) but it has been ignored in favor of unconstitutional acts such as welfare and the so-called war on drugs.

Now, the internet and social media are alive with the discussion of immigrants fleeing to countries in Europe with our country now announcing plans to accept a few hundred thousand of these folks as well. But, there is very little discussion of why those folks are leaving their home country by the millions. Think about it: how hard would it be for you to just pull up stakes and start walking to another country? How bad would things have to be for you to undertake such an action? Could it be the illegal, unconstitutional, immoral wars you have been supporting for the past 14 plus years in the Middle East might be the root cause of this massive immigration? It is inherent in the human mind to flee from violence and migrate toward freedom. A close examination of why our ancestors migrated to this country might hold some answers. What is that inscription again on the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus?

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Are we not even more responsible for those people considering our unconstitutional military intervention and the asinine belief in American exceptionalism which created the “tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free?” For those of you who cannot seem to grasp the true meaning of American exceptionalism, it is when the acts of others, countries or politicians, are considered criminal, but if America does the same thing it is both correct and laudable.

The very real result of our support for unconstitutional acts such as welfare programs, drug wars and immoral military actions are the migration of vast numbers of people who do not simply seek to “breathe free” but seek to inflict retribution on the people they see as the ones who caused them to flee their home countries. Has anyone else noticed the large numbers of young military-aged men who are among those fleeing wars in the Middle East? One must ask themselves: are any of those young men relatives or friends of those who have died at the hands of those we support militarily in the Middle East or perhaps our own soldiers? Could there be relatives or friends of those who have perished during drone attacks such as those at a wedding in Pakistan or the hospital in Afghanistan? Does the story of the Trojan Horse or a study of 3rd or 4th Generation Warfare have validity here?

There are pertinent idioms pertaining to this issue: “You reap what you sow,” “Actions have consequences,” and “It is time to pay the fiddler.”

We have supported and defended unconstitutional acts because it gave us some emotional feeling of compassion, righting wrongs, leveling the playing field or that age-old prescription for destruction, “working for the greater good.” Unfortunately, ignoring the basic principles of our country for such an extended period of time has brought the “chickens home to roost.”

We will soon be awash in the results of ignoring our Constitution and Bill of Rights. All of these immigrants will bring on crime and violence of an unparalleled level which will require even more welfare and more police state activities with a subsequent total loss of individual liberty. Imagine if you will, Chicago on a summer holiday weekend played out in every community in this country.

We have traded away our rights as granted by our Creator for a few decades of feel-good emotionalism. The resultant “feelings” from our unconstitutional acts will require a very high price in the not too distant future. There will be much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth and little consolation can be found in the fact we supported it all through blind passion, emotionalism, ignorance, and worship of the American state.

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY

Mike

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Former CIA Agent Blows Whistle On Secret Shadow Government

12/13/2016

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46025.htm

Silencing Whistleblowers

Video Included

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiPGeb_wDLU

By Kevin Shipp, contributing writer for geoengineeringwatch.org, Former CIA Counter Terrorism, Counterintelligence and Staff Security Officer. Author, From the Company of Shadows – CIA operations/use of secrecy.

Why don’t more “whistle blowers” come out to expose illegal or unconstitutional secret government operations? If these activities are so illegal, why are people not coming forward to report them?

Over the last fifty years US government intelligence agencies have perfected a complex, sequential system to systematically silence or destroy any employee, including his or her family, who attempts to reveal illegal or unconstitutional activities conducted as part of secret government operations.

As a condition of employment, military and intelligence employees recruited for secret operations are required to sign a “secrecy agreement,” or “nondisclosure agreement,” before being given access to the position, which offers high pay and status in the organization. This agreement threatens civil and criminal penalties if the employee reveals ANY information regarding the program. Thinking the agreement will only be used for legal purposes and will get them the coveted job, all employees eagerly sign it.

This secrecy agreement was originally designed to protect legitimate classified information, to protect military personnel during wartime and protect legitimate national defense information and technology.

However, because of the binding power of the agreement, government agencies began using it as a powerful tool to silence federal employees who question the legality of certain government operations. It was the perfect tool to threaten, silence or jail any whistle blower who dared to challenge the secret operations of government.

Today, the secrecy agreement is routinely used as an efficient weapon to intimidate or silence employees. Annual refresher briefings are given to remind employees of the penalties for violating the agreement. These penalties include huge fines, termination, financial ruin and even prison – all of which mean the destruction of their lives and their families. Most will not reveal any wrongdoing, no matter how egregious, for fear of calculated, severe retribution.

When employees sign the secrecy agreement and are cleared for classified programs, they are not told they are giving up their right to a jury trial, or to sue the agency that hired them. If they try to do so as a whistle blower, they find they have no right to be heard in federal court. Many have found this out when their case was denied; then it was too late. That is part of the system.

If the employee attempts to contact their Congressman or Senator, their representative is blocked from receiving any information about their case, because they do not have the necessary “clearance.”

When the employee attempts to blow the whistle to the Congressional intelligence committees, their response is ignored. It is made clear to committee members that they are not to touch such cases, so they refer them back to their Senator or Congressman, who cannot access information involved in their case.

If a courageous employee continues to proceed and blow the whistle, a system of personal and career destruction follows. This begins with promotions being denied, being turned down for sensitive or career enhancing assignments, and their files being flagged, ruining their reputation inside their agency. At this point their career is over. If they go quietly, the retribution stops.

When the employee still continues their effort to report the information, their travel records, personnel records, medical records and security records are searched for mistakes or damaging information that can be used to threaten them with termination. Their telephones and computers are monitored searching for incriminating information. If no substantive information can be found, it is fabricated and placed in their file.

Employees who refuse to back down are then subjected to internal “security investigations,” multiple, hostile “interviews,” attempting to get them to recant their information, and multiple polygraph interrogations.

In many cases, the employee is commanded to report to the internal medical office for psychological evaluation. If they comply, the evaluation labels them as paranoid, unstable, or disgruntled. This information is placed in their file and is used later to justify the agency’s action in the event of outside scrutiny.

If the employee contacts a member of the news media, they are immediately cited with violating their secrecy agreement and criminal penalties are filed against them. Several news media outlets are connected to the CIA and NSA and notify them of the employee’s contact.

Finally, the employee is forced to resign after being threatened with termination in kangaroo court meetings where the information fabricated in their files is used against them.

After termination or forced resignation, interest rates on their internal credit union loans are raised to make the payments unaffordable. The release of the employee’s retirement funds needed provide for their family are blocked (a felony). The agency black lists them from gaining employment with other government agencies or contractors, further ruining them financially.

Dehumanized, financially ruined and under severe emotional and mental pressure, the employee’s family begins to break apart. If the family’s foundation is not strong, this results in alcoholism, depression and divorce. In some cases, it has resulted in the employee committing suicide, the ultimate goal of the program of destruction. This silences the employee permanently, obscuring the agency’s role in their destruction. It is the perfect crime.

Should the employee still have the resolve to endure this program of career and personal destruction and continues to press for release of the information, or if his family members attempt to sue the agency for the illegal activity, classified agencies will invoke the secretive State Secrets Privilege, which orders the employee and his family not to reveal the information or face prison. If the family’s case reaches federal court, the State Secrets Privilege is invoked and the case is shut down – and sealed.  Federal judges rubber stamp the censoring of the case without reviewing the case facts.

Now that the employee’s case, and in some cases their family’s case, is shut down and under seal, citing “national security,” the process of silencing the employee is complete. Many are never heard from again, fearing prison if they talk to anyone, including an attorney.

Using attractive awards of multi-million dollar contracts, the US government military industrial complex convinces private corporations that their employees must be cleared and sign secrecy agreements. This includes employees at all levels, from secretaries to CEOs. Once they have signed the secrecy agreement, they are bound to keep all information, including potentially illegal information, quiet, being threatened with the same penalties.

To date, over five million Americans have been required to sign this secrecy agreement and now fall under the shadow of the State Secrets Privilege.

Only a few federal employees have made it through this systematic process of destruction to reveal what they know about the illegal operation they observed.  Sadly, some whistle blowers have died “mysterious” deaths or committed “suicide.”

Employees in intelligence agencies are aware of penalties contained in the secrecy agreement and the huge risk in violating it, even to expose corruption. Most look the other way to protect their careers, retirements and families. Many have observed the outward signs of the system of personal and career destruction used on others and a culture of fear exists.  But, they are not fully aware of all that is being done. The full scope of the system is only known at the higher levels of the organization and is hidden from employees, until its use is necessary.

This is why we do not see whistle blowers coming out and reporting what they have seen. This system has been used and perfected for over fifty years. It is being used because it works.

It works, unless the system is exposed, the whistle blower knows what is coming and prepares for it, and they are supported by private organizations and individuals dedicated to truth in government.

This support is essential, not only to protect the whistle blower and their family, but also to defend our Constitutional form of government from tyranny.

Kevin Shipp: Former CIA Counter Terrorism, Counterintelligence and Staff Security Officer. Author, From the Company of Shadows – CIA operations/use of secrecy.

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      OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

Considering the severity of the punishments, I’m curious as to know how Mr. Shipp has openly published this information and is still breathing. Perhaps it is a surreptitious warning for the dull and ignorant. At this point in America’s history, I would not trust anyone who is not openly condemning THE CORPORATE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and disclosing how the Banking Cartel is the majority stock holder. But still, one must wonder how Mr. Shipp gets away with it.

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Republic? Democracy? What’s the Difference?

12/12/2016

http://capitalismmagazine.com/2003/01/republic-democracy-whats-the-difference/

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by Alexander Marriott

It has become annoyingly commonplace for republics, whether they are the United States or the State of Nevada, to be referred to as democracies, without regard to the meaning of the word or the implications it brings with it.

What is a republic? What is a democracy? And why am I so angered that people use the words interchangeably? I’ll answer the last question first. It is illogical to use two words that mean two different things to mean the same thing. This would be like me using the words orange and apple to mean the same physical object. I would be derided as an idiot and rightly so. This situation is the same in principle to the republic/democracy problem, but the importance of the orange and apple comparison is infinitely smaller.

A republic is a government in which a restricted group of citizens form a political unit, usually under the auspice of a charter, which directs them to elect representatives who will govern the state. Republics, by their very nature, tend to be free polities, not because they are elected by the citizens of the polity, but because they are bound by charters, which limit the responsibilities and powers of the state. The fact that people vote for representatives has nothing to do with making anything free. The logical consistency and rationality of the charter, as well as the willingness of the people to live by it, is what keeps people free.

A democracy is government by the majority. There is still a restricted group of citizens in a democracy, but this group rules directly and personally runs the state. The group may delegate specific tasks to individuals, such as generalships and governorships, but there is no question that the ruling force in a democracy is not a charter (if there even is a charter), but the vote of the majority. Democracies are free only if the people know what freedom is and are consistent in their application of it. If they don’t know this, or more appropriately, if a majority of the people don’t know this, then a democracy could be just as tyrannical as the worst dictator (see Socrates’ forced suicide by the Athenian democracy.)

As should be plain, there is a giant difference between the two systems of government. One of the main fears at the Constitutional Convention of the United States was that the government they created would be too democratic (causing Alexander Hamilton to suggest a restricted monarchy), because it was quite obvious, then and now, that any majority could vote itself anything it wanted, be it property or executions. That is why it irks me so much when politicians (who have no excuse not knowing what kind of government they serve in) and ignorant people say that this country is a democracy; it does a tremendous disservice to all of the people whose thought went into creating our republic.

But the more pernicious effect is that people actually begin to attribute and incorporate tenets of democracies into our republican structure. Things like referendums and ballot initiatives. These are not only irresponsible but entirely illogical. Why should we be making decisions we elect people to make? What legitimacy is gained from getting a majority of voters to pass anything? If 70% of voters vote to ban gay marriage, does that make it right? If 51% of voters vote to ban smoking, does that make it right? If 99.99% vote to redistribute property, does that make it right? The answer to all of these is “NO!” absolutely not. Truth isn’t determined by how many adherents one can get to go along with you. This is why democracy should be fought off wherever it shows its ugly face, it can and will be used to justify anything a majority of voters wants. Theoretically, a majority could vote for selective free speech, or to have certain unpopular people thrown out of the country or killed. There is no law in a democracy except whatever the majority of people say is the law.

Why is it so popular then? Because idiots think they will benefit from having “more of a say in how things work.” True, if you’re in the majority that is. Advocates of democracy are either those who are really advocates of republics and are ignorant of the difference, or they are those who think they will be in the majority and will be able to vote themselves benefits. A quick example would be wealth. Those who admire people like Michael Moore and Ralph Nader would advocate a democracy because then they could steal the money of the rich and give it to themselves (Moore and Nader wouldn’t support such a scheme, because then they would no longer be rich.)

In the long run though, a democracy will always become a tyranny, either by majority, or if the majority screw things up so badly and a tyrant seizes power from the ensuing chaos. The overriding characteristic of democracy is subjectivism and that is its fatal flaw. In other words, reason is irrelevant, whatever the majority wants, it gets and regardless of how unprincipled or objectionable it may be. Rights cannot exist in such a system in the long run because they can be voted away on a whim at any time. So if you’re interested in freedom at all you must cast away an ugly term like democracy and accept that freedom requires reason, objectivity, and law, which can only be satisfied by a republican government.

Alexander Marriott is currently a graduate student of the early republic at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He earned his B.A. in history in 2004 from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, where he was an Op-Ed columnist for the UNLV Rebel Yell. Marriott grew up in Chicago and lived in Saudi Arabia for four and a half years and has resided in Las Vegas since 1996.

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

To make a REPUBLIC simple, you must be a student of The history of Governments, which eliminates the vast majority of our banker controlled education system and media Idiots. You must have a natural instinct to protect yourself from tyranny, and you must not waste all your free time pursuing entertainment. In short you must be involved in protecting yourself from the dull and ignorant, and study the background of your elected representatives, who will ALWAYS  be enticed by money. The principals of governance must be understood and supported if you are to remain free. In a Democracy the dull and ignorant are subjected to every evil S.O. a B. that shares your country.

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World of possibility An interview with Trudi Elliott

12/10/2016

http://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/world-of-possibility-an-interview-with-trudi-elliott

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Simon Wicks

The RTPI’s chief executive Trudi Elliott tells Simon Wicks how the Habitat III conference has given her a fresh belief in planning’s ability to tackle global challenges

“I don’t really like things being about me,” protests Trudi Elliott. It’s just as well then that the RTPI chief executive and I have met to talk about October’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, which she attended with the RTPI’s president Phil Williams and international officer Marion Frederiksen.

But it’s hard to ignore the fact that she’s just reached the end of her fifth year in the job. Moreover, with positive noises about planning coming from the new regime at the Department for Communities and Local Government, there is no lack of RTPI business to chat about, too.

We start with Habitat III, however. As trailed in The Planner in September, this was the third iteration of the United Nations’ conference on housing and sustainable urban development.

The event takes place every 20 years only, and each time reconfigures the international approach to tackling the challenges – and opportunities – presented by human settlements around the world.

At its heart this time is the New Urban Agenda (NUA), a blueprint for sustainable development over the next 20 years agreed by states worldwide. Unlike the Paris climate agreement, however, the NUA is not legally binding, leading to suggestions that Habitat III was little more than a talking shop.

“You would be sitting at something and you might have someone representing slum-dwellers on one side and a tech expert on the other”

If so, with 35,000 attendees from politics, academia, business, the professions, civil society and the media, it was a significant talking shop.

“It was amazing in terms of the scale,” says Elliott. “For someone who’s interested in planning, urbanism and global challenges there were so many things you could go to. What do you pick?”

The biggest “take home”, she says, was the sheer variety of people who attended the conference and took part in myriad side events looking at the issues around urbanisation and sustainable development.

“You would be sitting at something and you might have someone representing slum-dwellers on one side and a tech expert on the other,”
she continues.

Notably, she says, there was significant business presence – a sign that commerce is taking conference themes seriously.

“This was about us collectively looking at global challenges, comparing and contrasting and coming to a shared agenda about what needs to be addressed.”

Collectively, that is, except for a significant missing group – UK politicians. Although the UK was well represented by civil society, academia, professional bodies and private business – including a delegation of civil servants from the Department for International Development – there were no ministers or city mayors that Elliott was aware of. This brings the sole downbeat note from Elliott.

Attendance would have been an excellent chance for senior politicians to promote the UK’s international development and built environment expertise post-Brexit.

Tactfully, she suggests this may be because the event came too soon for the fledgling May government. She also notes a change in attitudes towards planning at the Department of Communities and Local Government under the new regime. 

“It’s always interesting to see what other people are doing. It’s reassuring to note that some of the issues we are grappling with, it’s not just us. We found comparing and contrasting with sister institutions really quite helpful.

“In every session we felt we had something to offer and something to learn. It’s a shame there wasn’t more political engagement,” she says, adding: “We cannot adopt the ‘not invented here’ approach.”

Political Engagement

“We are absolutely clear that the interplay between politics and planning is significant, so we invest quite a lot of time in working with politicians from PIPA (the Politicans in Planning Network),” Elliott stresses. “We support politicians in planning locally and nationally, of all party persuasions.

“There’s a fundamental shift it seems to us since the change of government, particularly around housing and the housing crisis. Government focus is now on homes and not just home ownership.

“I don’t think that reflects a reduction in importance to Government of home ownership, but I think they understand you can’t improve home ownership unless you do something about all tenures. 

“It became apparent at the first meeting we had with [housing and planning minister] Garvin Barwell that they were taking a fresh look and they really think that politically they have got to address the housing challenge.”

Cities for all

So what issues struck Elliott most forcefully? In a world with an expanding population and the greater proportion of people moving to towns and cities, the availability of land in the right places for good quality and affordable development is critical.

“In some places it’s the sheer quantum [of housing required], in some it’s the location. There’s formal settlement versus informal settlement, the community implications of massive redevelopment.”

Then there is the “link between housing and infrastructure, housing and jobs” and the related issues of land and tenure, and what patterns of land ownership mean for land price and assembly. “The land question came up in lots of different ways. In some places the land tenure and land valuation issues were as a big a challenge as planning.”

It’s a worldwide challenge that, Elliott stresses, links to viability and the economic and fiscal models that are used to unlock development. Are they fair? Do they privilege one set of people over another? Who benefits the most from development?

We grapple with these challenges in the UK but, says Elliott, “they manifest themselves in different ways all over the world”. Inspiration comes from seeing how different states try to resolve the conundrum. She was particularly impressed with a scheme on Mexico’s stand.

“Climate change is inextricably linked now to the quality of life issue and resilience. It’s fundamental to how you make places where people want to live”

“They’re doing a really interesting piece of work involving unions, developers, housing associations and the government to provide homes. The fact that unions were involved was interesting – and they’d thought about how you make the financial model stack up for the individual and for the lending organization.”

The threat of climate change was ever-present. “It’s inextricably linked now to the quality of life issue and resilience. It’s fundamental to how you make places where people want to live.

“It’s also about how to prepare for and rebuild communities after disaster, which is why we launched the UK Built Environment Advisory Group with RIBA and the Institution of Structural Engineers at Habitat III, to give built environment support to the humanitarian sector.”

The RTPI also successfully argued for the inclusion of statements about the linked issue of air quality in the final NUA, Elliott points out, adding: “There were things I wasn’t expecting, too. I didn’t expect the gender issue to keep coming up – the issue about how safe women feel in cities.”

Indeed, she suggests, the conference could almost be distilled into the single question: “How do you create a city that works for everybody?”. To answer this means tackling a deep structural issue that afflicts countries around the world, says Elliott. We are trying to resolve 21st century problems with 20th century – even 19th century –governance frameworks.

Above all, the administrative architecture of our societies, including planning systems, needs to be updated to work in tune with the modern world. How do we manage such a transition smoothly and to the benefit of the planet and the widest number of people?

Attracting new planners

It’s a global challenge,” says Trudi Elliott of another theme that emerged from Habitat III.

“People are finding it difficult to recruit. We don’t have brand recognition [as a profession]. That’s why we started our bursaries. Apart from giving a little bit of support to people, it showcases planning as a potential postgraduate career.

“If we are going to meet demand globally we need more people studying undergraduate degrees and more people converting to planning.

The multifaceted nature of planning means that it can be appealing to people from variety of different academic disciplines, she notes. “We’re trying to attract people with a whole range of degrees.

“Economics, for example. Understanding the economic context in which planning operates is one of the elements that you have to demonstrate in the APC (assessment of Professional Competence). You’ve got to understand the context in which you are operating, in the same way you have to understand the environmental and social context.

“We have got much more work to do on creating the narrative that shows the breadth and depth of the work you can do in this sector. We have got to expand the pool of people interested in place-shaping.”

The case for planning

Political and community engagement are critical to enable this evolution to happen, says Elliott. From a planning perspective, she is adamant that the profession needs to sell its benefits more purposefully and coherently, by stressing the value of good strategic planning and by taking ownership of planning’s core principles once again.

“In some places the challenge for planning is that it’s seen as too vested in the past. In others it’s associated with adverse impacts on existing communities. What most of the planning organizations came away with was a renewed sense of purpose about articulating the reach and purpose of planning in creating places.”

Elliott talks about planning not in opposition to markets and commerce, but as a force that can shape markets and make them work more effectively for communities and businesses. The argument has been articulated in two RTPI reports published in 2016 (The Value Of Planning (pdf) and Delivering The Value Of Planning (pdf)), which mark a more dynamic approach from the institute to answering skeptics who blame planning alone for problems associated with the built environment.

“I start from the position of being an optimist and thinking that planning is part of the solution, not part of the problem”

In 2017, Elliott explains, the institute will build on this work by focusing on ‘better planning’ via professional development. There will also be three themes of activity in research, campaigning and lobbying: affordable housing, climate change and making city regions work for all. All, she says, are “underlying themes of Habitat III”.

She adds: “Our wider work is ensuring we have enough skilled planning professionals and wider communities that feel they can understand and engage with planning.”

Which brings us, finally, to Elliott’s own career. A law and economics graduate, she encountered planning as a practicing lawyer. “A really interesting job came up in a local authority doing planning law and it seemed to me about shaping the place rather than just the law. Over the years what becomes more exciting to you, the planning bit or the legal bit?”

There’s a knock at the door. Elliott is late for her next meeting and we have to call it a day. Ironically, it means she has avoided talking about herself. There’s just time for a last word.

“I start from the position of being an optimist and thinking that planning is part of the solution, not the problem. For me, the future must be better for planning. That doesn’t mean we haven’t got to constantly justify our existence and we don’t have massively under-resourced systems everywhere. But things that we have been saying as planners people are now realizing – that we are an answer to grappling with the complexities of today, and of growth.

“We’ve got to engage in the economic debates around it, the social and environmental debates. We can’t just focus on one. We have got to keep telling the story about the excitement of planning and what planning can do.”

OLDDOGS COMMENTS!

There are few things more dangerous to society than those who sincerely believe they have the ability, right, power, and obligation to direct people’s lives. They are the most conceited people you will ever encounter. Once they create a group who support an idea, their next objective is to make it a law. I guess they are unaware of the Banking Cartels objective of eliminating people to preserve resources for their prodigy.

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Dow 20,000 Globalists are setting up the perfect storm of financial apocalypse to be unleashed once President Trump takes office

12/09/2016

http://www.naturalnews.com/2016-12-07-dow-20000-globalists-preparing-catastrophic-financial-firestorm-president-trump.html

By: Mike Adams (NaturalNews)

12-9-2016-11-23-10-amIt’s all so obvious at this point. Hilariously, there are no more “markets” in the market anymore; everything is rigged to rise or fall based on what serves the interests of those pulling the strings. Supply, demand, risk and scarcity no longer function in any rational way whatsoever, and that means the end is rapidly approaching for the “everything is awesome” debt bubble chapter of human history.

Right now, the U.S. stock market is surging, with the Dow leaping toward 20,000, a number rooted in fiscal insanity and delusional expectations. There are no fundamentals that support a 20,000 Dow, but fundamentals have long since ceased to matter in a financial world hyperventilating on debt fumes while hallucinating about utopian economic models that will soon prove to generate fools instead of real wealth.

Today I’m going on the record with a prediction that I’ll offer with near absolute certainty: The rigged markets that now seem to defy gravity will be deliberately and destructively imploded under President Trump for all the obvious reasons. There will be financial chaos like we’ve never seen before: Investors leaping off tall buildings, banks declaring extended “holidays” that freeze transactions, and California pensioners slitting their wrists after they discover their promised pension funds were just vaporized by incompetent bureaucrats.

The destruction of wealth we are all about to witness will be unprecedented in human history. I’m talking about trillions of dollars in electronic wealth vanishing seemingly overnight due to de-leveraging (unraveling) of the debt Ponzi schemes upon which they were originally built. People will go to sleep one night as millionaires or billionaires, and they will wake up the next morning penniless and destitute. That’s the financial apocalypse that’s coming. All the media’s reporting on “positive” market news is truly nothing but fake news. Soon, this will all become obvious to even the most oblivious.

The Trump administration will be targeted for termination via a punitive, engineered financial firestorm

There is no question whatsoever that this is coming. The only uncertainty concerns the timing of it. My prediction is that it will occur during the first term of President Trump, and my best guess is that it will begin in early 2017, perhaps immediately after Trump is sworn into office. The final goal of Barack Obama, forever an enemy of America and a traitor to the people, will be to thrust America’s $20 trillion national debt onto the shoulders of Donald Trump, then blame Trump for the inevitable fallout.

I’m so convinced of all this that I recorded a mini-documentary months before Trump was even elected. That documentary, entitled “Blaming Donald Trump,” is shown below. This documentary is so important for everyone to watch and understand that I’ve even posted a full transcription of every word stated in the documentary.

 

Blaming Donald Trump for the Inevitable Economic Collapse – Video Transcript

read here:

It’s only at the lower level of globalist control that the establishment doesn’t want Donald Trump to win. At a much higher level, the real globalists — that really pull the strings of power across our globe — actually need someone to blame for the massive global debt catastrophe that they can’t hold back for much longer.

So, Donald Trump winning the election in the United States fits perfectly into their narrative to have a scapegoat for the absolute worldwide economic catastrophe that’s about to be unleashed. It’s not merely about controlling societies, it’s about making sure that history blames the correct victims of the failed economic policies of globalists. That’s the role that Donald Trump might unwittingly be forced to play if he does win the White House.

Should we vote for Donald Trump? Absolutely! He’s the best shot we have at ripping apart the globalist criminal racketeering government that has been running the world for far too long — keeping people trapped in cycles of poverty and government dependence. So yeah, we need somebody like Donald Trump to go in there and really turn the system upside down. But it’s not enough to vote for him and then walk away. If you vote for Donald Trump, and you put him in the White House, that’s when the real fight begins; that’s when you have to really go to war [alongside] Donald Trump against the globalists who are going to try to crash the system out from under a Trump presidency.

The leftist media is really globalist controlled fake media. I am talking about MSNBC, CNN, Washington Post and so on. This is the same media that’s been trying to desperately destroy Donald Trump during this entire election. They will — if Trump wins the election — go to war with his administration. They will try to make things look as miserable and as devastating as possible. Central banks will join in on this bandwagon as well. They will do everything to wage this — you might call it the “Destroy Trump Campaign.”

It’ll be a worldwide campaign where the central banks will raise interest rates, halt quantitative easing and do everything in their power to crash the system so that they can then blame it on Trump.

That’s the role of the state-run media, even though in reality, it is Obama who has put us in over 19 trillion dollars in national debt. It’s the policies of Obama and liberal politicians, throughout recent history, who have destroyed the economic base of America. NAFTA and the TPP — the globalist’s trade policies — have gutted America’s economy, wiped out the middle class and destroyed the manufacturing sector.

It’s these policies that have put us in economic servitude and desperation in America. Right now, America is only running on economic fumes. Those fumes are on the verge of no longer existing, and the system is on the verge of systematic collapse. When that happens, the number one goal of the liberal economists, Democrat presidents, and presidential candidates is to blame someone who is a conservative — and that’s Donald Trump in their minds.

They have to blame Donald Trump, they have to blame Rush Limbaugh, or they have to blame conservative ideology. They have to blame the very idea of low taxes and low regulation, and blame any government that might allow business innovation (or allow individuals to make their own free choices in a free market society). This entire idea has to be wiped out.

It’s really ideological genocide that is being carried out now by the globalist who hate freedom, who hate individual liberty, who hate everything America stands for and everything America was founded on; and they have to find a way to completely wipe it out forever. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to engineer a global devastating economic collapse that thrusts over fifty percent of the first-world population into absolute destitution — and then find a conservative economic candidate or president to blame for that entire process.

This is the long play… this is a long-term strategy that the liberal globalists are putting into motion. They can use a Donald Trump victory to actually achieve their long-term aims. Now, it doesn’t mean that it’s all set in stone, because if Trump has enough popular support, then he can in fact perhaps thwart this idea of the globalists, thwart their plans and make sure that they do not succeed in what they are trying to pull off.

What Trump is going to need in order to carry out his policies — of real reform for America — is low taxation and high business innovation. He’s going to need grassroots support. He’s going to need millions of people across America who are willing to go to bat for him in their local communities. You are going to have to, under a Trump presidency, call for the arrest, indictment and prosecution of certain individuals who have led, or who have undermined democracy, with a very deliberate campaign of disinformation and subversion throughout the mainstream media. Certain people in the media are in fact operating as agents against America. They are sort of almost like KGB agents. They are subversives and they are undermining democracy. They are destroying the rule of law. They are defending the actions of criminal cartels like the Clinton Foundation.

So there needs to be, under a Trump administration, a wholesale housecleaning operation which begins with mass arrests and fair trials of individuals who have for the last eight years plus engaged in criminal cartels against the people of America. This includes people like Lois Lerner of the IRS, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (formerly of the DNC), Bill Clinton and Eric Holder. They are engaged in the very definition of criminal racketeering. As Rudy Giuliani recently described, and he says if he were a federal prosecutor, he would be prosecuting people like this, right now, and that’s exactly what needs to happen. So when Donald Trump attains the White House, it’s not enough to just say: “Hey I voted for Trump and he’s in the White House, and now he’s going to do everything.” That’s actually where the real battle just begins.

You know, we’re often told in a democracy that voting is your greatest power. At one level that’s true, but not in times of revolution. It’s just the beginning of your power, of your obligation. There may be times when we the people may have to literally take to the streets to make our voices heard — to demand that law and order be upheld. There may be a time when we have to, as Americans, stop the United Nations from asserting some sort of occupation power in the United States.

One of the scenarios that looks likely to unfold from all of this, is that after President Obama leaves the White House, he attempts to maneuver himself into a top position at the United Nations. In that kind of scenario, it’s really going to come down to, believe it or not, patriotic Americans standing up and saying, “No we will not allow a foreign globalist force to occupy invade and control our nation.”

Sadly, I see at least one possibility of that descending into real violence and bloodshed, which is something that we all wish to avoid. But history has shown us that there are times where defending your national sovereignty, and defending your nation’s freedom and liberty, sometimes requires the last desperate act of self-defense — against aggressors, against occupiers, and against enemy forces from abroad that wish to take over your country. That scenario is one of many that could quite literally unfold in America.

This is the primary reason why they want to take away the guns — before that ever happens. A disarmed American citizenry is much easier to occupy and control. An armed citizenry is extremely difficult to do battle with, and you’ve got over 300 million firearms — at least a hundred million people know how to use them. Due to this, the idea of a military occupation and takeover of America succeeding is quite far fetched.

Interestingly, they don’t even really need to win from a military perspective, in order to achieve some of their goals. One of their goals is causing massive chaos across the United States — so they can profit from the consolidation of power that happens in the aftermath of martial law. If they can control the food supply, they can put President Trump in a very compromising position where he has to agree to some kind of concessions in order for the ‘oil to flow again’. That’s a leverage point they can use to try to either get Trump out of office, charge him with crimes, seize control of the White House, or any number of other scenarios in which the people are losers and the globalists win.

If you look at the global chessboard of what’s really happening, you can see all the possible moves, outcomes and scenarios for the next 50 years. There are very few outcomes in which Liberty remains intact. There are some scenarios in which the people win and maintain their liberty, but, those scenarios are some of the more drastic ones (and perhaps less likely in some ways).

Interestingly, one of the biggest factors in all of this is whether or not the global government can keep control of the debt system and the economy while the global revolution happens. If the banking system crashes, the central banks crash. If the power grid goes down or if we have any kind of a long duration collapse scenario, then centralized government really begins to fail and fall. What we see in that case is really the rising up of more regional control and perhaps regional nation-states, such as the Republic of Texas.

For example, when the former Soviet Union was weakened through economic policies and the escalation of weapons expenditures during the Reagan era, the upshot of the economic failure of the USSR was the balkanization of the former Soviet states (that have since become independent states). Now, we have a nation called Russia and other nations that use to be part of Russia — such as Georgia. So, if Washington DC loses power, then, we are likely to see very much of the same outcome in the United States. Especially where we have a balkanization, there will be the rise and the assertion of individual nation-states, sovereignty.

You have this big spectrum of possible outcomes, and the roles that the globalists play in this, and the roles of people like Donald Trump. At one end of the spectrum you have extreme globalist control which would include Obama running the UN and a UN occupation of America. You would have the surrender of national sovereignty to globalists agendas. On the other end of the spectrum, you actually have an implosion of globalist control, and the rise of decentralized nation-states — a global balkanization — sort of a collapse of centralized power down to more local power, states’ rights. These are the two forces that are really battling each other for the future of human civilization.

It’s not certain at this point which force is going to win. All we can really say with certainty is that we are headed for times of extreme chaos and global poverty.

We know that the centralized system of control — controlling the money supply via currency system and central banks — will fail. We know that if we continue down that road, then we will end up with an entire nation that looks like Detroit (which looks like a bombed-out third world country that has fallen into despair and despotism). That’s where the entire country is headed if we don’t turn this around.

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