THE NFL’S PR NIGHTMARE A SYMPTOM OF A DECAYING US EMPIRE?

…when you are trying to run countless wars and occupations around the world it doesn’t hurt if people spend all week talking about how an NFL player hit his wife or kid.

A PR disaster for the National Football League (NFL) has overshadowed the start of the 2014 football season in the United States. Player-after-player has been arrested for violent offenses. In fact, since Ray Rice was arrested in February, 33 players overall have been arrested for various offensive from domestic abuse to plant possession. When you stretch that timeline back further, an astonishing history of arrests by NFL players develops. Just look at this looong list.

The NFL is a microcosm of the US itself. A main incubator for militaristic thought, it seems the private not-for-profit organization is falling apart at the seams just like the US. While many players – who have suffered brutal hits throughout most of their lives – were arrested for violent infringements, others were arrested for minor things, meaning that some of the NFL’s problems has to do with adapting to incorporation in a police state.

The media loves a good story, and so they covered the Ray Rice scandal when he beat up his wife in an elevator, but now it seems it has taken on a life of its own.  The NFL suspended him for two games. Ray Lewis murdered two people and his suspension was initially similar to Rice’s. Remember Ricky Williams? The talented football player who smoked marijuana and other herbs? He was banned for entire seasons for smoking those plants. But initiate violence? The NFL will slap you on the wrist. Similar to how many victimless offenders are sitting in US jails for their entire lives for drugs while people there for murder oftentimes get off after but a few years. At any rate, just like the US itself, the NFL is now a parade of people being put into cages.

Condoleeza Rice has expressed interest over the football commissioner job, and many on the right believe she is the right fix for the NFL. It makes sense how the military establishment would want one of their own in the NFL considering how important the NFL is to supporting the war agenda.  The NFL is the bread and circuses of the US, the Berlin Olympics of Nazi Germany. Football is all day on Sunday, taking on religious tones in a nation built on the puritan work ethic, which still maintains its subconscious hold.  Just like in communism,  religions and spirituality in the US are being downplayed. Football replaces religion as a sort of new religion or obsession for many people in the US.  Complete with fly-byes and troop and flag worship.

The NFL is now the American Past-time. It used to be baseball, which is a much more mellow game and less war-like. The US wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now when baseball was its favorite sport. George Carlin expresses this well.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the sport of football.  My biggest issue is with the NFL, itself, and its blatant militarism, patriotism and that it seems like there are more commercials than action. The sponsors are pulling away considering all of the arrests of NFL football players this season.

Sports sure have changed over time. Obviously there is much more emphasis on physicality and sports medicine. It was just forty years ago when smoking cigarettes on the sports field was commonplace.

Overall, these scandals are a good thing. The NFL might be losing some face, but really this is another sign that the US’s Empire is decaying.

Plus, when you are trying to run countless wars and occupations around the world it doesn’t hurt if people spend all week talking about how an NFL player hit his wife or kid.

The power going out during the Super Bowl in New Orleans also seemed like a strange harbinger of times to come which seem to continue on to this day.  As I joked at the time, “That is bound to happen if you are going to host the Super Bowl in a third world country”.

Perhaps its all planned as part of the big show… or perhaps it is just happening naturally as the NFL reflects many of the issues inside the USA itself today.  In either case it is fascinating to watch the NFL going through serious problems just as it is to watch the US as a whole nearing its near complete and total destruction.

I, for one, am glad that I’ll likely watch it all from my flat screen TV on the beach in Anarchapulco rather than outside my front window.

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No Gun on the Border

The violent force in this area that presents itself daily is the roaming passel of unaccountable federal agents who have orders to stop everybody, despite the lack of “reasonable suspicion,” “probable cause,” or any other supposedly legal standard because of the person’s presence within 100 miles of the international border.

I live near David Hathaway and can tell you that his description of the border is spot on. Our ranch is only some 19 miles from the Rio Grand River and we have NEVER experienced any kind of “endemic human violence problem” or seen anyone we thought might be capable of one. 

However, we have had a multitude of “encounters” with “the roaming passel of unaccountable federal agents” and a State Fish Cop or two.

I would add to the things Hathaway says one should do: Any traveling companions (especially regular ones like a spouse) should be instructed in the “I do not consent to searches. I do not wish to make any statements” strategy. One of their favorite techniques is to separate you from your traveling companion in an effort to elicit “inconsistent” statements from the two of you. 

Do not listen to the media about border issues. — jtl, 419

No Gun on the Border By David Hathaway via LewRockwell.com

Of course you carry a gun, right?  You live in the state with the No. 1 ranking for preservation of gun rights.  You live on the Mexican border.  We all know what Fox News says about that.  You roam the rural areas near the border.  Why wouldn’t you?  Of course you would sling that AR-15 over your shoulder or wear a sidearm as a matter of routine when working, driving, and hiking near the border.  You could probably even get on TV as you act out the part of a besieged rancher who is afraid of his shadow.  Well, not so for me.   I own guns, but I don’t regularly wear one when I am near the border or have one available in any visible fashion.

I would like to carry a firearm for defense because I do see bear and mountain lion sign with some regularity when I am working and hiking in rural areas, but the human problems are a bigger threat and come first when ranking the potential for harm to myself and my family.

First of all, there are no endemic human violence problems to deal with on the southwestborder.  Crime and violence on the U.S. side of the border are very low contrary to the message of the well-harmonized voices of the court intellectuals who try to promote expensive wars at home to augment the expensive wars abroad.  I have walked the border my whole life and enjoy the peaceful friendly nature of the border area and its people.

And I do love the fact that gun rights have been preserved to a large part in this state.  In Mexico, that is not the case and the population has suffered.   Freedom to be armed and defend oneself does deter violent crime as is visible in this state’s crime statistics.

The violent force in this area that presents itself daily is the roaming passel of unaccountable federal agents who have orders to stop everybody, despite the lack of “reasonable suspicion,” “probable cause,” or any other supposedly legal standard because of the person’s presence within 100 miles of the international border.   I am subjected to their whims continuously with the flashing red lights, vehicle stops, angry interrogations, roadside detentions, and violent posturing with lethal weapons.   The oft shaved-head minions do their best to escalate the encounters as they feign an angry offended attitude in response to my few pleasant words as I am restrained from movement during an “official” encounter.   Verbosity in explaining one’s daily activities, background, personal possessions, or car ownership doesn’t defuse the situation either.  A demonstrated willingness to be interrogated often emboldens the agents who then press harder to manufacture “inconsistencies” that they will use to justify a more intense forced search.

E.g. “Subject said he was planning to take a hike, but I noted that he was wearing tennis shoes not hiking boots.  This inconsistent statement prompted me to investigate further.”

E.g.  “Subject said he had run into town to grab a bite to eat at McDonald’s, but I didn’t see any fast food items in his car.  This inconsistent statement prompted me to investigate further.”

E.g. “Subject said he was driving along looking for his stray cattle.  I didn’t see any cattle in the area.   This inconsistent statement prompted me to investigate further.”

This is all about manufacturing a reason to search you and your car and detain you.  Agents have their favorite “inconsistent statement” logic that they deploy over and over in their reports to justify a more intrusive involuntary encounter.   They claim the right to search you and your car anyway for any reason, but the intense word game remains as a legacy from less intrusive days when searches were justified by either consent or a one-sided conclusion drawn by a state representative that a detainee had been tripped up sufficiently with unrecorded word play.

A consistent, “I don’t consent to any searches;  I don’t want to make any statements” will raise their ire momentarily, but will dissipate after they detain you for up to half an hour, their policy prescribed maximum roadside detention period for persons who have done nothing.

If you are one of those that think you are safe because of your racial appearance, be aware that the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies are now very careful to insult and accuse all races despite what your driver’s license, license plate, spoken language, and genetic appearance say about your probable nationality.

I wish that the Fox News groupies across the country could walk the border, experience its peaceful friendly nature, experience the regular encounters with the oppressors, and learn to ignore the latest attempts to manufacture a crisis and steal wealth in support of an American Stasi.

My family and I have been subject to many of these occasions of manufactured emotional intensity.  So, I don’t want the presence of a gun to raise the hackles of the already offended officers who aren’t getting their way with me in an attempt at a forced interrogation.  At that moment, they have already been the victim of “contempt of cop” in their minds and all the allowed “good shoot” scenarios from their academy days may scroll through their heads if they are the type that is riled sufficiently by my failure to give up my freedoms and bare my soul and life history for their judgment, scrutiny, and subsequent lecture.  Officers often have their firearms drawn and presented when approaching a rancher chopping firewood or a family having a picnic on private property.    The appearance of a firearm at that moment on the body of the innocent victim may be the only excuse the wanna-be killer hero needs to start blasting.     These agents are likely to be ex-military or ex-cops from a less gun friendly state who think that armed persons are all ne’er-do-wells.   If there is more than one of them, I expect one to scream “Gun! Gun!” when he sees my holster followed by the sound of M-4 bolts cycling and the usual array of guns pointed at my head.  And, since officers are “legally” allowed to act on the statements emanating from other officers, even regarding things they haven’t witnessed, it would only be fair in the mind of the “Gun! Gun!” hearer to join the fray and act upon that overheard information with reciprocal deadly force.   After all, officers only have half a second to make a decision, right?

And for those who think they can list a couple of violent agent encounters with bad guys to show me where I’m wrong about the noble heroes and the peaceful nature of the border, you would be surprised to learn how often the Border Patrol throws bullets around in an unreported fashion and how easily the resultant “friendly fire” issues that do require paperwork can be turned into an encounter with the fabled, clichéd, universally hated, and supposedly ubiquitous “drug rip squad.”

The other night I was reading a thick booklet on Arizona candidates in this latest election cycle.  It was shocking how many of them listed “sealing the border” as one of their core positions.   Western states are big and these candidates and their electorate don’t live on the border for the most part.  They capitalize on the dragons created by the mass media and know that most of the voters are in bigger cities like Tucson or Phoenix and have no real knowledge of the border.  As I see the iron curtain descend in my home town, I can imagine the feeling in Berlin when people were forced into economic and personal segregation enforced by the Stasi for the benefit of state-proclaimed taxing districts.

When I was interviewed on camera by Lt. Col Oliver North for Fox news a few years ago while flying in a Huey over miles of new and improved border fence, we moved into the inevitable discussion of “sealing the border.”  I explained that 60% of the winter produce consumed in the U.S. crosses the Mexican border on its way to U.S. supermarkets.  I told him my concerns over the economic and personal damage that would occur if a new iron curtain was forged and dropped in-between close-knit communities separated by an international border.   He agreed, but said that his “taskmasters” at Fox News required a different angle to the story.  So, obviously, that never aired.

Many people from border states relish the tough guy image and will be the willing source of scary disinformation as they describe to relatives and acquaintances back east the evil badlands that they wander.  A modern version of Wild West folklore is disseminated to up one’s personal cachet.  This self-perpetuated mythology enthralls politicians who gleefully witness the public spreading the noble lie on their behalf.   Pray that you never have to instruct your family in your part of the country, as I do, on how to react, what to say, and where to keep their hands so as to not be shot by a gang of thugs that will disappear and disavow their actions as quickly as they appear.

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To send a child into this kind of environment is irresponsible. — jtl, 419 

White children victims of relentless racial violence in schools. yet the Attorney General says black children are the real victims because they are disciplined more than white children. Four recent videos. Judge for yourself.

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The NFL Has Become A Circus Of Political Correctness

 And of course the media just loves to add fuel to the fire.

There is nothing sillier than a damned silly female anchor woman on any of the major network’s morning news programs–judge, jury and executioner. Makes me shudder to think that anyone’s life could be held in the hands of twelve of those bimbos (and/or their bozo male compatriots). — jtl, 419

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NFL Cam_Newton_during_the_2011_NFL_season - Photo by Pantherfan11Do you remember when the NFL actually used to be about football?  The NFL has become a reflection of society at large, and it has been disgusting to watch the transformation take place.  And I am not talking about the reprehensible behavior of players such as Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.  The things that each of those men are accused of doing are absolutely horrible, and each one of them should have the opportunity to be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.  But what I am talking about is how the NFL has become a circus of political correctness.  These days, there is very little talk about what is actually happening on the field.  Rather, there is endless debate about the latest scandals and about what the proper politically-sensitive response to those scandals should be.  And of course the media just loves to add fuel to the fire.  If they can get a coach or a player to say something that is just slightly politically inappropriate that will give them the latest “breaking news” to write about.

Why can’t everyone just shut up for a while and enjoy the most beautiful sport in the entire world?

And why does a sports league have to be a platform for shoving political viewpoints and social agendas down the throats of the fans?

Now we are even being told by some “sports journalists” that we should feel bad about liking football because of the actions of a few bad apples.

For example, the following is an excerpt from Peter King’s latest article entitled “Should We Still Like Football?“…

So, should we still like football? I’ve asked myself that a few times over the past week. I think we all have. And what I’ve come to think is this: It’s a personal decision. I can’t tell you to feel better about the gutter the NFL has fallen into, or to spend your money on one more NFL jersey or hat or Red Zone channel. It has to be your decision.

If you’re revolted by Ray Rice cold-cocking his fiancée or Adrian Peterson taking a tree branch to his 4-year-old to discipline the kid or the graphic testimony in the disturbing Greg Hardy trial, and you just can’t watch one more game, don’t. It’s your call. No one can make it for you.

Is he kidding us?

I don’t know about you, but I am not going to give up my passion for a game that I have loved since I was a child just because some guy decided to hit his wife.

The players are not the game.

Rather, the truth is that the game is far, far larger than the players.

Or it should be.

When a football player breaks the law, we have a legal system to deal with that.  And football players should not be treated any differently than anyone else.  When they have done something wrong, they should pay the price.

But instead, everyone seems to want to turn the NFL into the politically correct police.  Just check out what U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the other day

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) signaled on Sunday that Congress may hold hearings on the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse in light of the Ray Rice case,  if the league does not “police” itself.

“If the NFL doesn’t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. We will — I wouldn’t be surprised if we have hearings,” she said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

And it just so happens that Gillibrand is strongly considering running for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton does not run.  Some insiders are saying that if Gillibrand does run, she has a really good shot of winning the Democratic nomination.

But I digress.  Getting back to the NFL (or the No Fun League as many are calling it these days), the rules have been altered to eliminate so much physical contact that the players may as well be running around in skirts at this point.

I can understand the need to look out for player safety, but football is supposed to be a full contact sport.  If the NFL is not careful, it is going to eventually become little more than flag football.

But that is not even the worst part of what is going on.  The political correctness in the league office has become so extreme that even the slightest hint of anything non-politically correct is rapidly stamped out.

For example, the NFL recently banned advertisements from “Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products”…

The NFL is forcing Cox Sports Television to cancel part of its advertising deal with Cajun food products company “Slap Ya Mama” due to domestic violence issues facing the league.

In an email sent to “Slap Ya Mama Cajun Products” advertising representative Walker & Sons, Inc., Cox Media Director of Sales Marc Leunissen said that “In light of the domestic violence issues facing the NFL, they have instructed CST pull the Slap Ya Mama logo from our enhancements in the last game, Thursday, August 28…”

But perhaps someone in the league office should have asked what “Slap Ya Mama” means first before instituting such a ban.  It turns out that it actually means something very positive down in Cajun country

Jack D. Walker, vice president of Marketing for Walker & Sons, Inc. says that “Slap Ya Mama” refers to the loving slap on the back and a kiss on the cheek one would give their mother as a thank you for preparing a great meal.

And did you know that the clothing that players wear to press conferences is also closely monitored by the league?

On Sunday, Robert Griffin III was wearing a Christian t-shirt in the locker room after the game.  But when he came out to speak to the press, he had to have his shirt turned inside-out because of league policy

Robert Griffin III attended a press conference discussing Sunday’s football game where the Redskins quarterback appeared to have turned his Jesus-themed shirt inside-out.

Ahead of a press conference about the ankle injury he sustained during Sunday’s match against the Jacksonville Jaguars, RGIII donned a blue t-shirt that read “Know Jesus Know Peace.” However, once the press event was underway, the NFL star’s shirt was turned-inside out so that the Christian message was unreadable. One reporter for the Washington Post even tweeted a side-by-side comparison of RGIII before and during the press conference.

Following the unusual appearance, questions arose as to why the outspoken Christian athlete would turn his t-shirt inside-out. Later that day, Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips offered an explanation for the incident, implying that RGIII’s shirt was not a Nike product and therefore is was banned from public appearances. Furthermore, RGIII has been fined in the past for wearing non-Nike apparel.

Speaking of the Washington Redskins, this whole controversy over their name is another example of the extreme political correctness surrounding the league these days.

For decades, the name stood for honor, integrity and pride and nobody ever complained.

But now the politically correct crowd want to force the Redskins to change their name.

I think that Mike Ditka summarized things very well when he said this during a recent interview…

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”

And of course during the preseason we were subjected to the whole Michael Sam saga.

If he was going to make it in the NFL, he should have made it on his own merits as a football player.

But when he was cut by the Rams, the league office actually called around to teams to try to find someone that would sign Sam to their practice squad…

According to NBC’s Peter King and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge interest in signing Michael Sam to their  practice squad.

Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys signed Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

King reported this during the pre-game show on NBC prior to the Seahawks/Packers season opener Thursday night.

“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”

“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Why not just treat him like any other player?

Well, that just wouldn’t be politically correct enough for the NFL.

And in case you haven’t had enough political correctness so far this season, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every October, NFL players wrap themselves in pink for an entire month.

You see, it wasn’t just enough for the NFL to have an emphasis on breast cancer awareness for a single week.

Instead, they have decided that the politically correct thing to do is to have an entire month of breast cancer awareness every single year for the rest of time.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with fighting such a horrible disease.  We should all hope that all forms of cancer will be absolutely eradicated.

But to plaster the players and everything that the league is doing with pink ribbons for an entire month every single October just to show how “sensitive” the league is goes far beyond trying to do the right thing.

Why can’t the NFL just go back to being about football and leave the politics to the politicians?

Or am I being too harsh?

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SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE WOULD IGNITE SECESSIONIST MOVEMENTS WORLDWIDE

Scotland’s vote on Thursday is merely a heartening symptom of a global trend: towards decentralization. Unrest and dissatisfaction with the current political and monetary system is increasing globally, and this portends independence movements.

Ou rah! Bring it on!!

Be sure to scroll down and view the extract from Brave Heart. Now those were some tough sumbitches. If you are from the South, you very likely bear some of those genes. — jtl, 419

Secessionist movements have gained in popularity in recent years as the global economic crisis persists and as people awaken to the fact they are owned by people often thousands of miles away. Making headlines most recently is a movement in Scotland seeking independence from London and the United Kingdom (UK).  Whatever way Scots vote on Thursday, the seeds have been sown for a Scotland that will, in the future, become increasingly independent (at least mentally).

Whether Scotland votes yes or no Thursday is still an unknown. The race is reportedly in a dead heat. The media is arguing across the spectrum that independence for Scotland would bring turmoil to the region as if the UK has navigated the economic crisis unharmed.

The media wants to drive home this following point: A yes vote will render Scotland a powerless state with crushing debt and no financial infrastructure, because all of that infrastructure will head south. The European Union will shun Scotland as will NATO and the US. Paul Krugman added to the fear: “Be afraid, be very afraid” the amateur economist wrote. The Scots have a bit of anxiety, but the fear factor is overplayed.

Nonetheless, the Scottish are investing in physical gold. Purchases of gold rose by 42% over the past two weeks, according to BullionVault.com. CoinInvest also saw a “significant upturn” in UK trading.

“As we can not see a similar trend in our other markets, we can only assume that Scotland has been a significant factor.” Director Daniel Marburger confirmed this:

“Our August and September UK gold sales are already up by 20% when compared to the same period in June and July this year and there are still two weeks to go until the end of September. Sales of silver in August are also up by more than 25pc. Given that global uncertainty in the Middle East and the Ukraine does not seem to have had a significant impact on gold and silver demand in the rest of our markets over the last two months, we believe that Thursday’s referendum for Scottish independence has had a notable effect on demand in the UK.”

A modest uptick in precious metals demand is not betokening of a full-scale bank run. Evidence does show that Scotland-based investors are seeking to move money out of Scottish banks. Reports have appeared of people crossing the border to open accounts in northern England. Banks say they will leave Scotland after a yes vote.  Swiss lender UBSsaid bank depositors would withdraw money from banks in Scotland immediately after a “yes” vote in favor of independence. As we saw in the 20th century, every monetary and political break-up  “without exception” has been preceded by a “sudden deposit transfer” from one part of the union to another, global economist at UBS investment bank Paul Donovan points out.

“In the wake of a yes vote, we think there will be a deposit transfer from Scotland to England,” he said.

“I think there would be almost immediate concern, a scramble on the part of bank depositors to find out whether their sort code is Scottish or British and people would be looking to have their money domiciled in Britain,” Donovan said.

A “yes” vote in Scotland would be “considerable economic turbulence” according to Credit Suisse analysts. Deutsche Bank’s chief economist David Folkers-Landau said a yes vote could mean “negative consequences far beyond what voters and politicians could have imagined” and would “go down in history as a political and economic mistake”.

Interestingly, the free market crypto-anarchists are trying to come to the rescue again.

The Scotcoin project is one such proposal.  Set up by Derek Nisbet, an Edinburgh-based venture capitalist, the cryptocurrency is offering 1,000 Scotcoins to every resident adult of Scotland – as well as bigger allocations for businesses, charities and start-ups, to boost the economy.

Nisbet said, “There is so much uncertainty with the current financial situation, that introducing a voluntary cryptocurrency, which may in the future act as a medium of exchange for the Scottish people, can only benefit them should there be major disruption.”

The “No” vote has a narrow lead as I write, but the winds of secessionism are strong these days. We’ve written here before in The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) Blog on secessionism’s new popularity:

Sales of bumper stickers reading “Secede” – one for $2, or three for $5 – have increased at TexasSecede.com. In East Texas, a Republican official sent out an e-mail newsletter saying it was time for Texas and Vermont to each “go her own way in peace” and sign a free-trade agreement among the states.  A petition calling for secession filed by a Texas man on a White House website has received tens of thousands of signatures. The Obama administration will be tasked with issuing a response. Larry Scott Kilgore plans to run for governor of Texas in 2014, with a main goal to secede.

New Hampshire has its own independence movement. California and Oregon do, also, in the form Jefferson State. Although the goal of Jefferson State is not to secede from the US, the independence-mindedness of the movement is significant. In time it could become secessionist not only from Sacramento and Salem but from Washington, DC.

Venice wants independence from Italy, just as Catalonia has attempted to be independent of Spain. Bavaria has sought similar and has its own local currencies to show for it. Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, if they left the European Union, would have to establish their own regional currencies and grow their economies, creating competition for the European Central Bank and other nation-states. Scotland cut ties with England, and a current split of Belgium into Flemish and Walloon entities only fan the flames of independence movements throughout the west, including the US and Canada.

Scotland’s vote on Thursday is merely a heartening symptom of a global trend: towards decentralization. Unrest and dissatisfaction with the current political and monetary system is increasing globally, and this portends independence movements.

THE ANARCHIST TAKE ON SECESSION

The anarchist position is that there should be no violent, involuntary, centralized power.  Because of that, anarchists look positively upon any region which decentralizes its power as is the potential case in Scotland.  The goal is to eventually see every state in each country become sovereign, then every city… and eventually 7 billion sovereign “governments” on Earth.  The anti-thesis of this is what The Powers That Be (TPTB) are pushing, one giant government that governs the entire world.

If Scotland does secede from the UK… and we always say here, “If at first you don’t secede, try try again”, it does not necessarily mean that Scotland will be all that much freer than it was before if it chooses to remain within an even bigger and more centralized power, the European Union.  If Scotland does secede from both the UK and the EU, however, then it will be a sovereign country.  And that would be better than what it is today and we would heartily support it.

Having some Scottish family history, as can be seen by my surname, Berwick (which means barley farmer), and having some past familial relations from the area known as Berwick Upon Tweed (which is actually now in England a few miles south of the Scottish border) I am glad to see the spirit of sovereignty and freedom is still alive in that region… I just hope they realize that freedom doesn’t stop with just seceding from England but seceding from any centralized, involuntary form of control.

In that respect I stand with another Scottish icon, Groundskeeper Willie!

In the past, people of Scotland have had to physically fight and die to fend off the control of England as is portrayed in this well known speech from Braveheart.

The speech ends with, “They can take our lives but they can never take away our freedom!”… Today, the English aren’t taking anyone’s lives physically and all it takes to remove their control and regain a small amount of freedom is the ticking of a box.

We’ll see if the people of the region known as Scotland have even the will to so easily remove one level of their centralized power this Thursday.

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picAnarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

 

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King George Days: When We Were America

“Rural” doesn’t mean stupid… We were not shiftless, semi-literate, dependent, infantile, narcissistic, vulgar, spoiled, or whining. It wasn’t in the culture.

My An-Cap colleagues will wail and I understand why. I too would like nothing more than for government to just eat shit and die. Yet, I would settle for the late 50’s early (pre-hippy) 60’s. I feel lucky to have been born and raised where (rural) and when I was. — jtl, 419

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

I beg the reader’s indulgence since this is in a large sense a personal communication more than a column for all. It will resonate with many, or some, so I post it anyway.

I am preparing to fly to Fredericksburg, Virginia, for the—God almighty—fifty-year high-school reunion of King George High School. Perhaps we all do it eventually, unless of course we don’t. It is a curious thing, I have learned at previous reunions, to meet after half a century people you last saw when they were seventeen. They seem so little changed.

Mostly wooded, on the Potomac River, Dahlgren Naval Proving Ground the biggest employer, with a fair number of kids who got up at four-thirty in the morning to help their fathers with commercial crabbing on the river.

There was nothing special about the class of 1964, or about King George High, except for those of us who were in it. Our yearbook looked like ten thousand others across America, portraits with acne removed in the photo lab, the basket ball team exactly like everybody else’s, the cheerleaders conventionally glorious, conventional adolescent good-byes in ball-point pen—but without misspelling or bad grammar.

We, largely rural kids of the small-town South, represented without knowing it a culture, an approach to existence, and a devastating principle: You can’t impose decency, honesty, good behavior, or responsibility. They are in the culture, or they are not. If they are, you don’t need laws, police, and supervison. If they are not, laws won’t much help. And this is why the US is over, at least as the country we knew.

The names in the yearbook are just names: Sonny, Rosie, Butch, Kenny, Joyce, Cecil, Ricky, Kit. Just names. But. But, but, but. With any of these people you could leave your keys in the car—we did—or the front door unlocked—we did. We had one cop in the country, Jay Powell, a state trooper, and he had little to do. The high school did not have metal detectors or police patrolling the halls. We had none of the behavior that now makes these things necessary. It wasn’t in the culture. We could have raped, killed, robbed, fathered countless illegitimate children like barnyard animals. We didn’t.

It wasn’t in the culture.

We were not obsessively law-abiding. It may be that a certain amount of beer, even a substantial amount, was consumed in contravention of the law. I may know somewhat of this, though I can’t swear to it.

Well, OK, I can swear to it. The statute of limitations has run. I remember my first encounter—don’t we all?—with the demonic grape. One summer night in my fifteenth year I and a carful of country youth went to the Blue Note, a black club somewhere on Highway 301, where clients would for a price buy grog for a nursing infant. The night was warm and humid, full of hormones and inexplicit promise, though not much judgement.

You probably remember that teen-age at-large-in-the-world feeling: lithe and loose, never having heard of “tired,” razor sharp on a long jump-shot, male, unsupervised, almost grown up, or at least close enough to make it worry. There is nothing better.  It never comes again.

I had never drunk before, but wasn’t going to admit it, and so simulated the worldliness of a French rake. The others bought beer but I didn’t like the taste.  I somehow got a bottle of a ghastly purple substance, later determined to be sloe gin.  The others were showing off by chugging beers.  So I too chugged…oh God. Oh God.  Even now it hurts, a half century later. Perish forfend, a hangover so bad that I began to retch if I blinked. I was sure I was going to die. I hoped so.

And yet there was an innocence to it.  It was a rite of passage, not a door to iniquity, and while we did ensozzle ourselves, we didn’t get into fights or do anything murderous, vicious, or shameful.  It wasn’t in the culture.

So with our kinship with guns. The boys had them. They were mostly shotguns for deer hunting, .410s, over-and-unders, twelve gauges, and maybe a .22 Hornet for shooting varmints. If you have a field of soybeans, you don’t want whistle pigs eating them.

We were free in those days. I could walk out the main gate of Dahlgren with my Marlin .22 lever-action over my shoulder, and nobody blinked. The country store sold long-rifles (for the frightened epicenes of today, that’s ammunition) with no questions asked.  There was no reason to ask questions. We didn’t shoot each other. Only savages unfit for civilization would do such a thing.

And we weren’t. It wasn’t in the culture. You don’t have to police people to keep them from doing what they aren’t going to do anyway.

There were memorable times. One frigid winter night me and this other fool—it was Rusty Reed, no relation as that would have represented too great a concentration of recessive genes—set out to shoot rats at the Colonial Beach dump. We were in my ’53 Chevy, with the lines of a satiated tick in two-tone dirt-brown. It ran on half its cylinders and remembered compression as an old man remembers the ardors of youth. But it was mine. To be on Route 301, empty of traffic, windshield gone in frost, unsupervised—it was heaven. No one knew or cared where we were. There was no reason to care.

Rusty had a twelve-gauge double-barrel with a few rounds and a .22 semi-auto rifle. I had my Marlin and a couple of boxes of long-rifles. It was colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra. No moon. We had that glorious sense, silly but not, of young males setting out into whatever came their way, unsupervised, free.

The dump was isolated, in man-high frozen brown scrub, a dirt road more hole than road leading to it. I turned off the headlights and began bucking along the road, frozen puddles crackling under the tires. A ’53 Chevy driven by a country teen-ager can go places that would have sent Rommel into a sanitarium.

Rusty wanted to catch the rats off-guard, so he got out with the twelve and sat on the right fender. We reached the dump. Rats squealed and cans clinked on the piled refuse. I turned on the lights.

Blam! Blam! Rusty let fly and fell off the fender with the recoil onto his head. It was absurd. It was wonderful.

And it was wild, I guess. It was assuredly unsupervised. It wasn’t irresponsible. That wasn’t in the culture.

Machodoc Creek in the county. Virginia has a robust conception of creeks. Could have been my canoe, except mine was a Grumman aluminum.

We spent half our lives on the water, with no one watching us. We had heard rumors of life jackets, but couldn’t see their purpose.There was no damn-fool federal law saying we had to have a license certifying that we knew how to operate a canoe. Nobody ever drowned. We just weren’t real drownable. It would have taken three SEAL teams and a D9 Caterpillar to do it, and even with them  the then odds would have been about even.

Sex had occurred to us, but didn’t occupy our thoughts except when we were awake. The girls were shapely, neither fat nor emaciated, without such signs of mental disturbance as anorexia and bulimia, which had not been invented. We were not sexually supervised. A large, emptyish county with lots of woods offered many places where a couple could park discreetly at night, and we did. Oh yes.  In nearby Fredericksburg there was that old American standby, the drive-in theater, colloquially known as the Finger Bowl. We engaged in much experimentation, some sex, many happy memories, and few pregnancies. No rapes and, among the boys, no disrepect (as distinct from lust) for the girls. It wasn’t in the culture.

Again, an innocence. The boys watched their language around the girls, and vice versa. We weren’t gentlemanly, having no exposure to that sort of thing, didn’t wear spats, but neither were we toilet-mouthed. We just didn’t do that

Stray thought: One night I was somewhere with Fred Burrell. Being already a promising wise-acre, I scratched myself indelicately and said, “Damn. My Burrells ache.” To which he replied, “My Reed itches.” Smart-ass.

King George High School was I suppose typically American for the time. The teachers were not brilliant, but neither were they stupid. Brilliance was not needed. It was then thought that schools existed to impart knowledge. This could be done at the high-school level by following a syllabus and requiring that the students learn the material. It worked, to no one’s surprise, since it always had worked. Since the studentry were entirely white—my class, 1964 was the last such class—no reason existed for lowering academic standards.

Discipline was not rigid.  It did not need to be. The country kids were more unpolished than rough. There was the class clown—I have no recollection of who that might have been—but clowning stopped well short of real misbehavior. Fights were very few. When one occurred, no one picked up a piece of rebar or kicked the guy who was down. These boys weren’t wussies. Viet Nam took a large bite. But there were things we just didn’t do.

No one would have thought of disobeying a teacher, much less shoving or threatening one. The result I think would have been instant and permanent expulsion, but it never happened—not because of fear, but because it wasn’t in the culture.

The word “motherfucker” was not the chief component of speech, even among groups of boys, and its use in school would have been thought inappropriate to people with opposable thumbs.

We didn”t know it, but we were what made lAmerica what it was, and isn’t.

 

The Sixties followed hard on our dispersal in 1964, and Viet Nam, in which KG suffered dead and wounded. Butch Jones, center, my buddy in school and later a SeaBee in Nam, showed up athe the Navcal Support Activity hospital in Danang to visit me after I had proved my virtuosity more as a target than a Marine. I think we both thought, “What the hell are we doinghere?” It was a good question. Right, Don March, immensely talented artist, guitarist, and big-bike rider.

Come graduation, we blew every whichaway, like dandelion puffs, and became all manner of things. “Rural” doesn’t mean stupid: There were physicists, engineers, and such like rabble. We were not shiftless, semi-literate, dependent, infantile, narcissistic, vulgar, spoiled, or whining.

It wasn’t in the culture.

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FACEBOOK POSES A THREAT TO EVERY AMERICAN

by Dave Hodges via Charleston Voice

Participation on Facebook could prove very dangerous to your future well-being. There is a reason that Facebook is aligned with both the CIA and the NSA. I have several credible sources tell me that all data posted on Facebook goes into series of cataloged files which culminates with each person being assigned a “Threat Matrix Score”. The mere existence of a Threat Matrix Score should send chills up and the collective spines of every American.

When, not if, martial law comes to America, this Threat Matrix Score, of which Facebook data is used to help compile an “enemies of the state” list, your future longevity could be seriously imperiled. It is too late for people like Steve Quayle, Doug and Joe Hagmann, John B. Wells and myself to avoid being placed on this list. However, it is not too late for the average American to limit their exposure by NOT posting and participating on Facebook. Facebook participation should come with a black box warning:

“WARNING: The views expressed on Facebook can and will be used against you. Participation in Facebook could prove detrimental to the length of your life. All political dissident views are immediately reported to the CIA and the NSA. Risk of repeated exposure on Facebook could result in you and your family being hauled out of their homes at 3AM, separated from your family and sent to a re-education camp”.   

Before you dismiss this hypothetical black box warning as too much “tongue in cheek”, please consider that the NSA is presently extracting large amounts of Facebook data and I do not think they are compiling a Christmas card list.

Facebook’s Welcome Is Wearing Off

Many of us in print and broadcast media are rethinking our association with Facebook. Several of our journalistic brothers and sisters have been censored and/or otherwise treated unprofessionally by this entity. Facebook has become replete with trolls who patrol the cyber corridors of this monolithic entity chastising and censoring whoever exposes the liberal, anti-human, depopulation agenda of the New World Order. Whether it is gun control, criticism of NWO puppet Obama or anything that the alleged grandson of David Rockefeller,  Mark Zuckerberg, and his people disagree with, they will kick your Facebook account to the curb for daring to express a legitimate political opinion.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, The Self-Perceived Purveyor of Integrity and Morality

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook emphasized three times in a single interview with David Kirkpatrick in his book, The Facebook Effect “You have one identity, and the days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly. Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”

Who appointed Mr. Zuckerberg to be the moral police and the judge of integrity? It sounds like Zuckerberg can take his place with Soros, Gates, Turner, et al., and the rest of the global elite who think they have the right to treat humanity as their own personal property and view the masses as a disposable commodity.

Julian Assange Assessment of Facebook

Whistle blower, Julian Assange, once stated that “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.”

Never before in American cyber-history do we see such an arrogant and agenda serving entity operating their propaganda so far in the open as we do with Facebook. This propaganda end of the New World Order is being blatantly exposed.

Facebook’s arrogance was on full display when highly respected journalist, Jon Rappoport was banned from sharing his articles on Facebook. In this instance of blatant censorship, Jon’s banned article was merely a review of certain aspects of American presidents ranging from Nixon to Obama. Like so many of us that understand history and can see the tyrannical path that Obama is taking us down, Rappoport identified Obama’s unconstitutional missteps. And for daring to tell the truth, Facebook banned Rappoport for the mere expression of a legitimate political opinion.

Readers may also recall when members of Infowars.com and the popular talk show host, Michael Rivero were banned in December of 2012, until the public outcry for Facebook to reinstate their respective accounts backed Facebook into a corner from which they acquiesced and reinstated the previously banned media figures.

Rules For Thee but Not For Me

Facebook does not apply their holier than thou attitude to their own corporate behavior. As Zuckerberg talks about rectifying Americans lack of integrity through timely Facebook exposure, Facebook fails to pay its own fair share of taxes as a result of tax loopholes and deductions.Facebook paid no income tax for the fiscal year 2012, despite reaping $1.1 billion in U.S. corporate profits. While Americans have just been subjected to higher taxes, billion-dollar corporations like Facebook, General Electric, Boeing and Wells Fargo have all been able to avoid paying any corporate income taxes, reports the Citizens for Tax Justice.

Reddit Co-Founder Dissociates From Involvement With Facebook

In an interview with CNN, Reddit.com co-founder Alex Ohanian explains that he won’t be investing in Facebook, the largest technology IPO in the history of the Internet.

Facebook founder, Zuckerberg, had stated, at the time that Facebook first made their public offering, that he expected to make billions of dollars. Ohanian further stated that he would not be investing in Facebook in order to enrich Zuckerberg. Ohanian’s reasons for avoiding Facebook as an investment vehicle is tied to the fact that he strongly believes that Facebook’s stance in favor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, is very dangerous to the viability of the internet. In other words, Reddit.com’s founder has clearly stated that Facebook is at the vanguard of Internet censorship.

I applaud Ohanian’s stance as it is clear that Ohanian respects free speech. It is safe to say that Facebook and CISPA are two birds of a feather as they both support blatant censorship regarding political views which differ from their own.

Tax evasion, legal or not, seems to be a trait of Facebook personnel, both past and present. Not only does Facebook not pay taxes while the rest of America is suffering under crushing tax increases, Zuckerberg’s former co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, renounced his U.S. citizenship back in August of 2012 in order to pay less tax. I guess that birds of a feather “Facebook” together.

Can it be said that Facebook is a shining example of duplicity and censorship? I think so and I welcome being banned by the monolith because soon  Zuckerberg will learn the lesson the phrase “pride goeth before the fall.” I have long said that Facebook will face some very stiff competition and the millions who have been irritated by the trolls which send warning messages for sending simple personal messages could very well be looking for new jobs.

Technology is fleeting and Facebook could someday go the way of Myspace. I have long advocated that the average citizen needs to avoid the globalist corporate chain stores (e.g. Walmart) and shop locally as much as possible. I think the same could be said about social media sites as well. Why in the world are we posting personal information and our political views on an NSA controlled social media site such as Facebook? To do so, is suicide!

Social media is certainly not for everyone, however, for social media types there maybe an emerging and viable social media alternative to Facebook, known as Seen.is, which is produced by Chris Kitze and operates out of Iceland. You remember Iceland don’t you? The only country in the world that stood up to the “Banksters” by imprisoning many and kicking the rest out of the country. This new social media site could very well could provide Facebook with some very stiff competition in the battle to compete for social media participants.

Conclusion

Although it is too late for me to avoid going on the “naughty list”, due to the fact that my work has been published in thousands of venues, I have come to the considered opinion that the average American is placing themselves on the equivalent of the East German Stasi political enemies hit list by posting political views on the NSA-controlled Facebook. My advice to all unpublished Americans is to immediately cease posting on Facebook, which is a direct conduit to being placed on the proverbial “RED LIST” and seek out alternatives which are  not New World Order friendly.

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The Forever War

How many times is the uS government going to have to get its ass kicked before it learns? Answer: It will never learn as long as it can print money. — jtl, 419

by Patrick J. Buchanan

The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.

A year ago, Obama and John Kerry were straining at the leash to launch air strikes on Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in “killing his own people.”

But when Americans rose as one to demand that we stay out of Syria, Obama hastily erased his “red line” and announced a new policy of not getting involved in “somebody else’s civil war.”

Now, after videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists have set the nation on fire, the president, reading the polls, has flipped again.

Now Obama wants to lead the West and the Arab world straight into Syria’s civil war. Only this time we bomb ISIL, not Assad.

Who will provide the legions Obama will deploy to crush ISIL in Syria? The Free Syrian Army, the same rebels who have been routed again and again and whose chances of ousting Assad were derided by Obama himself in August as a “fantasy”? The FSA, the president mocked, is a force of “former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth.”

Now Obama wants Congress to appropriate $500 million to train and arm those doctors and pharmacists and send them into battle against an army of jihadist terrorists who just bit off one-third of Iraq.

Before Congress votes a dime, it should get some answers.

Whom will this Free Syrian Army fight? ISIL alone? The al-Nusra Front? Hezbollah in Syria? Assad’s army? How many years will it take to train, equip and build the FSA into a force that can crush both Assad and ISIL?

“Tell me how this thing ends,” said Gen. David Petraeus on the road up to Baghdad in 2003.

The president did not tell us how this new war ends.

If Assad falls, do the Alawites and Christians survive? Does Syria disintegrate? Who will rule in Damascus?

The United States spent seven years building an army to hold Iraq together. Yet when a few thousand ISIL fighters stormed in from Syria, that army broke and fled all the way to Baghdad. Even the Kurdish peshmerga broke and ran.

What makes us think we can succeed in Syria where we failed in Iraq.

If ISIL is our mortal enemy and Syria its sanctuary, there are two armies capable of crushing it together — the Syrian and Turkish armies.

But Turkey, a NATO ally, was not even mentioned in Obama’s speech. Why? Because the Turks have been allowing jihadists to cross into Syria, as they have long sought the fall of Assad.

Now, with the Islamic State holding hostage 49 Turkish diplomats and their families in Mosul, Ankara is even more reluctant to intervene.

Nor is there any indication Turkey will let the United States use its air base at Incirlik to attack ISIS.

In Iraq, too, thousands of ground troops will be needed to dig the Islamic State out of the Sunni cities and towns.

Where will these soldiers come from?

We are told the Iraqi army, Shia militia, Kurds and Sunni tribesmen will join forces to defeat and drive out the Islamic State.

But these Shia militia were, not long ago, killing U.S. soldiers. And, like the Iraqi army, they are feared and hated in Sunni villages, which is why many Sunni welcomed ISIL.

A number of NATO allies have indicated a willingness to join the U.S. in air strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq. None has offered to send troops. Similar responses have come from the Arab League.

But if this is truly a mortal threat, why the reluctance to send troops?

Some of our Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf Arabs, have reportedly been providing aid to ISIL in Syria. Why would they aid these terrorists?

Because ISIL looked like the best bet to bring down Assad, whom many Sunni loathe as an Arab and Alawite ally of Iran in the heart of the “Shia Crescent” of Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Hezbollah. For many Sunni Arabs, the greater fear is of Shia hegemony in the Gulf and a new Persian empire in the Middle East.

Among all the nations involved here, the least threatened is the United States. Our intelligence agencies, Obama, says, have discovered no evidence of any planned or imminent attack from ISIL.

As the threat is not primarily ours, the urgency to go to war is not ours. And upon the basis of what we heard Wednesday night, either this war has not been thought through by the president, or he is inhibited from telling us the whole truth about what victory will look like and what destroying the Islamic State will require in blood, treasure and years.

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The Day That Changed Our World – Exposing the 9/11 Lies

I’m sure it is a horrible surprise to you all to find out that your government would lie to you (satirical cynicism in case you didn’t notice). — jtl, 419

 [The following post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

It has now been thirteen years since the largest criminal conspiracy and attack in modern history was planned and carried out by the “Project for a New America” cabal headed up by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Pearle, Paul Wolfowitz and a number of others on September 11, 2001.

On September 11, 2000, one year before 9/11, this faction, which has taken over the US government, according to retired General Wesley Clark (see video of that below), released their plan, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses“.  This document outlined the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” in order to facilitate the expansion of the military industrial complex and the US empire.

As Clark outlined, within days of 9/11, the orders and plans were already laid out to attack Afghanistan and to “take out seven countries in five years”.  He says, the plans after Afghanistan were, “to start in Iraq and then move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.”

Those plans, so far, have been carried out in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.  And, just yesterday, Obama stated his plans to attack Syria.  The reason for attacking Syria is just as ridiculous and untrue as it was for Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.  This time, they say they must attack Syria because of this ragtag group of “terrorists” which just appeared out of nowhere called ISIS.

Of course, they didn’t really come out of nowhere, the US armed the group now known as ISIS to create chaos in Syria originally, just a few months ago, and now say that they pose a serious threat to the US… exactly like they did with Al-Qaeda.

The plan by PNAC, so far, has worked in that US military spending has grown dramatically since 2001.

Total military expenses of $1.3 trillion per year means that more than half the tax revenue of the US government goes solely to the military.  Total military spending by the US government is nearly more than all other countries in the world combined.  And, military spending by the US and its allies accounts for between two-thirds and three-quarters of all global military spending.

THE IMPORTANCE OF 9/11

Millions of men, women and children have been killed, tortured or displaced all based on the US government’s official lie of 9/11.  Trillions of dollars have been wasted and destroyed and a global police state is being rolled out to protect us from “terrorists”.

The good news is that every year more people wake up to what really happened on 9/11.

One of the most interesting and detailed explanations of it all comes from Barbara Honneger who has done countless hours of investigation into the event, specifically on the bombs that were planted in the Pentagon and reveals a bounty of new information here:

The amount of people waking up to and speaking up about 9/11 continues to grow.  Even in the last few months, Ron Paul has begun to go public questioning the official story of 9/11.  Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth continues to grow its ranks and was recently featured with their information on C-SPAN.  They will also be showing a video replay of WTC Building 7’s demolition on a video billboard near Times Square in New York today.

What used to bring many of us “truthers” ridicule has flipped.  Now those who believe the US government’s official conspiracy theory on 9/11 are the ones being laughed out of cocktail parties.

This is no laughing matter, however.  This issue and its exposure means the difference between a century ahead of pure hell, if not exposed fully, or nearly heaven on Earth, if completely exposed.

Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,” and that is truly the case today.

Will you just go along with this continuing march of tyranny, torture and war or will you say something?  Will you do something?

I will be on Liberty Movement Radio from 6-8pm Eastern today continuing to spread the truth.  Later, I’ll be live on Double Crossed radio from 10-11pm Eastern.

In the future we will all be judged on whether we stood up to evil or not.  It does not take doing very much at all.  It’s as simple as just spreading this information and demanding people in your life look at the evidence and take a stand.

It’s literally the difference between life or death.  It’s your choice.  Choose wisely.

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THE MAFIA CHANGES THE RULES OF THEIR EXTORTION RACKET WHEN THEY LIKE

…it is clear, the USSA government has no law, no morals and no adherence even to the basic idea of a contract… even though no one, ever, has signed an actual contract in which they agreed to pay taxes…Businesses and people are fleeing at an epic pace from the US, now nearing Soviet Union style defections.  And, the American public is becoming a laughing stock of the world as they continue to believe they are the freest country on Earth when, in fact, they are about as close to the Soviet Union or modern day North Korea as any other country on Earth.

So those old evil corporations are “shipping jobs overseas” are they? Well it is obvious as to why. — jtl, 419 

 [The following post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Yesterday, US Treasury Department Secretary Jacob Lew said that it will decide “in the very near future” if it has the authority to strip tax incentives to American corporations relocating to foreign countries.

Lew is a proponent of such action, believing that US corporations leaving the US for better foreign tax rates, while maintaining headquarters in the US, should be violently opposed. The Obama regime has said it believes such legislative action should be retroactive, and authoritarians in the ranks are rising to the occasion to champion the tyrannical actions.

“The Treasury Department is completing an evaluation of what we can do to make these deals less economically appealing, and we plan to make a decision in the very near future,” according to Lew. “Any action we take will have a strong legal and policy basis, but will not be a substitute for meaningful legislation — it can only address part of the economics.”

Lew placed his own brand of morality onto what are companies that are fleeing the US for lesser-extorted waters.

“This may be legal,” he noted, “but it is wrong, and our laws should change.”

He stated, with our translation in brackets, “By effectively renouncing their citizenship but remaining here, these companies are eroding America’s corporate tax base,” Lew explained. “That means all other taxpayers (extortees) — including small businesses and hardworking Americans (tax slaves) — will have to shoulder more of the responsibility of maintaining core public functions that everyone, particularly US businesses, depends on. We are talking about our national defense (the military industrial complex, Department of Offense), education (citizen indoctrination camps), medical research, courts (private prison and legal complex) and vital infrastructure such as roads, bridges and airports. And if we allow the incentives to pursue these deals to remain in place, we run the risk of undoing the progress we have made to reduce our federal budget deficit (massive multi-billion dollar, unheard of deficits).”

He called for immediate action.

“Only a change in the law can shut the door, and only tax reform can solve the problems in our tax code that lead to inversions,” Lew said.

Lew knows any change to the tax code this year is unlikely, but stressed that inversions are “one loophole that should be shut down immediately.”

“Right now, our tax system rewards US corporations when they buy foreign companies and then declare that they are based overseas,” he said. “By effectively renouncing their citizenship, but remaining here, these companies are eroding America’s corporate tax base.”

He doesn’t mention the fact that no US-based corporation actually thwarts the extortion regime (IRS) in the US.  All of those companies, including Burger King, actually pay these exortion payments for every penny of profit they make inside the US.  What they are trying not to do is to pay the highest corporate tax in the world, in the US, on worldwide profit.

Debate remains over whether the Treasury Department has the power to take away such tax incentives, and especially whether they can make their decisions retroactive.

Stephen Shay, Harvard University law professor, believes the government has the power already to change the way corporations manage their capital. “When the patient is bleeding, you put on a tourniquet,” he said, calling for the US Treasury to take action.

John Samuels, General Electric Co.’s top tax lawyer, disagrees. Such changes can only be made by Congress, he counters.

While Lew had no new ideas, Congress is pushing to close the so-called door on corporate inversions. Out in front with such legislation is Senator Chuck Schumer, who has been circulating a draft bill in Congress to undermine the “earnings stripping” of inversions. His bill is said to be retroactive to deals as far back as 1994.  Yes, 1994…. 20 years ago!  Imagine yourself retroactively changing a contract you agreed to 20 years ago and watch how people laugh at your insistence.  The only difference here is that the US government is the largest terrorist organization in the history of the planet and they will kill or kidnap whoever they need to to enforce their whims.

According to James Lucier, a managing director at research group Capital Alpha Partners LLC, Schumer’s bill “is profoundly unserious and has zero chance of passing. Instead, it is a piece of political theater.”

In recent history, inversions are increasing, with Medtronic Inc and Burger King most recently making headlines. Since 1983 fifty-two big deals have occurred, of which approximately half have been since the 2008-2009 Federal Reserve-caused credit crisis, according to Reuters.

Obama has implored Congress for the past four years to act to curb inversions. Obama has also proposed a so-called “substantial business activities” test denying foreign company status when business operations are still mostly located in the United States and managed by US players.

No matter what the case, it is clear, the USSA government has no law, no morals and no adherence even to the basic idea of a contract… even though no one, ever, has signed an actual contract in which they agreed to pay taxes.

Businesses and people are fleeing at an epic pace from the US, now nearing Soviet Union style defections.  And, the American public is becoming a laughing stock of the world as they continue to believe they are the freest country on Earth when, in fact, they are about as close to the Soviet Union or modern day North Korea as any other country on Earth.

What isn’t noticed by many is that while there have been fifty-two major tax inversions in the US there have been countless private businesses that were either never started in the US or who just moved offshore due to the oppressive anti-business taxation in the US (to find out how to move your business offshore, or start a new one outside of the USSA, contact TDV Offshore).

The fight to stop tax inversions is solely a symptom of The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) and every action taken by the US government now to “stop the bleeding” will only make the patient bleed more.

Those who recognize this dramatic economic and financial shift before others have the opportunity to not only survive but profit from what is about to become the collapse of the American empire.  Those who remain asleep have what is coming to them.

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