Aug 27

Visual of Global Military Expenditures

Visual of Global Military Expenditures (Washington Post, August 25, 2015)

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Aug 27

Latest Revelation – Lois Lerner Used a Second Personal Email for IRS Business Under the Name “Toby Miles” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 25, 2015)

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Aug 27

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Aug 27

In my opinion the economic collapse comes first, then WW3.


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Aug 26

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North Dakota Becomes First State to Legalize Drones Weaponized with Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Canons (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 26, 2015):

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. 

With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

– From the Daily Beast article: First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist

You could see the writing on the walls years ago. In an increasingly authoritarian, lawless, surveillance state like America, it was always inevitable that drones would be weaponized. In North Dakota, this is now a reality.

Although I haven’t written much about domestic drones as of late, I published many articles on the topic several years ago. In the 2012 piece, Drones in America? They are Already Here…I warned: Continue reading »

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Aug 26

China Loses All Control: Arrests Journalist, Financial Executive Over Market Crash (ZeroHedge, Aug 26, 2015):

With China’s equity bubble now squarely in the rearview and the stock market crash making headlines the world over, Beijing is out for blood in a desperate attempt to find a scapegoat for a market rout that has rattled the country to the core. In what is perhaps a worrying sign of things to come, overnight China arrested a journalist and a top investment banker for “spreading fake trading information” and “illegal trading”, respectively.

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Aug 26

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“Greece’s state insurance funds are resorting to external loans to cover their needs as fears grow that the measures of the third bailout will not be enough to cover the rest of 2015’s liquidity needs.”


Meanwhile In Greece, Pension Funds Tap Emergency Loans (ZeroHedge, Aug 25, 2015):

This has not been a great year to be a pensioner in Greece.

Over the course of the country’s fraught bailout talks, Greece’s pension system was frequently in the troika’s crosshairs. As for PM Alexis Tsipras, pension cuts were generally considered to be a so-called “red line” and intractable disagreements over pension reform quite frequently resulted in the total breakdown of negotiations.  Continue reading »

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Aug 26

Denver Police Arrest Jury Nullification Activist For Passing Out Informational Pamphlets

Denver Police Arrest “Jury Nullification” Activist For Passing Out Informational Pamphlets (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 25, 2015):

Most of you will be familiar with the concept of jury nullification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not. This is precisely why Mark Iannicelli set up a “Jury Info” booth outside the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver. In a nutshell, jury nullification is the idea that jurors can “can ignore the law and follow their conscience when they believe the law would dictate a miscarriage of justice.” In other words, jurors have the right to judge the law as well as the facts. As you will see in the video at the end, this concept has centuries of precedence in these United States behind it.

When you recognize the vast power that such a concept holds, you recognize why it would be so hated by statists and authoritarians across the land. That is precisely why Mr. Iannicelli was arrested and charged with handing out information.

For a little background, read the following from the Denver Post: Continue reading »

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Aug 26

Anti-American Sentiment Runs High in Russia After Retired U.S. General Suggested Start Killing Russians

Anti-American Sentiment Runs High in Russia After Retired U.S. General Suggested “Start Killing Russians”… (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 25, 2015):

“The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide,” Mr. Scales said, “is to start killing Russians … killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags. But, given the [small] amount of support we’ve given to the Ukrainians, given the ability of the Ukrainians themselves to counter-attack against these, what? 12,000 Russians camped in their country…sadly that’s not likely to happen.”– Retired U.S. Major General Robert H. Scales

Earlier this year, I outlined my take on modern American foreign policy in the post, The Forgotten War – Understanding the Incredible Debacle Left Behind by NATO in Libya. This was my conclusion:

There are only two logical conclusions that can be reached about American foreign policy leadership in the 21st century.

1) American leadership is ruthlessly pursuing immoral wars all over the world with the intent of creating outside enemies to focus public anger on, as a conscious diversion away from the criminality happening domestically. As an added bonus, the intelligence-military-industrial complex makes an incredible sum of money. The end result: serfs are distracted with inane nationalistic fervor, while the “elites” earn billions.

2) American leadership is completely and totally inept; being easily manipulated into overseas conflicts by ruthless corporate interests and cunning foreign “rebels” in order to advance their own selfish interests, which are in conflict with the interests of the general public.

I can’t come up with any other logical conclusion. Either way, such people have no business running the affairs of these United States, and their actions are merely increasing instability and violence across the planet. The longer they remain in charge with no accountability, the more dangerous this world will become.

Just a month later, retired U.S. Major General Robert H. Scales was interviewed on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, and he suggested killing so many Russians that Putin would lose his power base back home. I really wish I was making it up, but watch it here for yourself:

The good news is that this man is retired. The crazy thing is that a man so obviously demented, dangerous and unstable rose to such a position in the U.S. military in the first place.

I’d also like to know who’s paying his bills these days. Perhaps then we can understand why he’s trying so hard to start World War III.

The New York Observer referenced this video earlier today when discussing how anti-Americanism is on the rise in Russia. We learn that:

Since the beginning of the year, Putin’s propaganda industry, feeling the economic crisis, has had to tighten its belt. The Russian Information Agency TASS announced a 25 percent staff reduction and 20 percent salary cut for its employees. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which holds the monopoly on the official publications of new laws and government decrees, fired 10% of its staff. Similar examples are innumerable, as Bloomberg reported in January.

Despite all the economizing, the level of anti-Americanism in Russia has reached its all-time high, fluctuating from 70 percent to 73 percent of negative and strongly negative feelings towards the US this year, according to the respected polling institution Levada-Center.

The possible explanation—somebody else is doing all the heavy-lifting for the Kremlin propaganda machine, helping it to save millions and outsource the humongous task of proving to the Russians that the West started the final, doomed-from-the-start crusade against Mother Russia.

One of the big helpers has been the Fox News channel and a handful of its analysts. (Yes, one can watch Fox News in Russia, as well as CNN, EuroNews and unlimited number of other TV channels the world knows).

This year, Fox News analyst retired US Major General Robert H. Scales saved a lot of money for the Kremlin propaganda machine. And now he’s saving even more.

Back in March, Maj. Gen. Scales infuriated the Russian public with his solution on how to help Ukraine regain control over the territories that have fallen into the arms of pro-Russia insurgents. “The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide,” Mr. Scales said, “is to start killing Russians … killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags. But, given the [small] amount of support we’ve given to the Ukrainians, given the ability of the Ukrainians themselves to counter-attack against these, what? 12,000 Russians camped in their country … eh…sadly, it’s not gonna likely to happen”.

Since the beginning of the year, Putin’s propaganda industry, feeling the economic crisis, has had to tighten its belt. The Russian Information Agency TASS announced a 25 percent staff reduction and 20 percent salary cut for its employees. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which holds the monopoly on the official publications of new laws and government decrees, fired 10% of its staff. Similar examples are innumerable, as Bloomberg reported in January.

Despite all the economizing, the level of anti-Americanism in Russia has reached its all-time high, fluctuating from 70 percent to 73 percent of negative and strongly negative feelings towards the US this year, according to the respected polling institution Levada-Center.

The possible explanation—somebody else is doing all the heavy-lifting for the Kremlin propaganda machine, helping it to save millions and outsource the humongous task of proving to the Russians that the West started the final, doomed-from-the-start crusade against Mother Russia.

One of the big helpers has been the Fox News channel and a handful of its analysts. (Yes, one can watch Fox News in Russia, as well as CNN, EuroNews and unlimited number of other TV channels the world knows).

According to Mr. Scales, the attack on him by the Russians was an attack on the First Amendment in the US and an attempt to intimidate the free press. Despite all the bravado, he abruptly canceled plans a cruise to the Baltics, being careful about the long arms of Russian Femida.

While retired US army general’s story was unfolding in Russia, the US State Department announced the renewal of its crusade against what it called “Russian propaganda,” heralding the increase in spending on the program, including a $500,000 grant to train journalists to fight “Moscow lies” in the Baltic states alone. If the point is to counter Russian rhetoric, the State Department might do better to spend its half million keeping General Scales away from microphones and keyboards.

And it’s not just a one-sided thing either. Earlier this year, the Washington Times noted:

The feeling is mutual. A Gallup poll this year found negative American sentiment toward Russia at a post-Cold War high, with 70 percent unfavorable and 24 percent favorable.

So who’s trying to start WW3 and why? Let’s not forget this gem:

In His Thirst for War, Senator Jim Inhofe Releases Fake Photos of Russian Troops in the Ukraine

For related articles, see:

Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia Are Worse Than You Realize – Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Additional Details Emerge on How U.S. Government Policy Created, Armed, Supported and Funded ISIS

America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Slams U.S. Foreign Policy in Farewell Speech

“Stop Thanking Me for My Service” – Former U.S. Army Ranger Blasts American Foreign Policy and The Corporate State

More Foreign Policy Incompetence – U.S. Humanitarian Aid is Going Directly to ISIS

Turkey Bombs Kurds Fighting ISIS, Then Hires Same Lobbying Firm Supporting U.S. Presidential Candidates

How the Policies of U.S. Ally Egyptian Dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Have Led to a Surge in ISIS Recruitment

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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Aug 25

Devaluation Stunner: China Has Dumped $100 Billion In Treasurys In The Past Two Weeks (ZeroHedge, Aug 25, 2015):

On August 11, China devalued its currency, and in the subsequent 3 days the onshore Yuan, the CNY, tumbled by some 4% against the dollar. Then, as if by magic, the CNY stabilized when China started intervening massively, only this time not through the fixing, but in the actual FX market.

This means that while China has previously been dumping reserves as a matter of FX policy, after August 11 it was intervening directly in the FX market, with the intervention said to really pick up after the FOMC Minutes on August 19, the same day the market finally topped out, and has tumbled into a correction since then. The result was the same: massive FX reserve liquidations to defend the currency one way or the other.

And yet something curious emerges when comparing the traditionally tight, and inverse, relationship between the S&P and the Treausry long-end: the tumble in stocks has not been anywhere near as profound as the jump in yields. In fact, the 30 Year is wider now than where it was the day China announced the Yuan devaluation.

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Why is that?

We hinted at the answer on two occasions earlier (here and here) and yet the point is so critical, and was missed by virtually all readers, that it deserves to be repeated once again: as part of China’s devaluation and subsequent attempts to contain said devaluation, it has been purging foreign reserves at an epic pace. Said otherwise, China has sold an epic amount of Treasurys in the past two weeks.

How epic? We turn it over to SocGen once again: Continue reading »

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Aug 25

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The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism (The Rutherford Institute, Aug 24, 2015):

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.

Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Continue reading »

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Aug 25

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Brazil’s flagging economy, which is mired in stagflation and remains a slave both to China and to what looks like intractable political turmoil, has destroyed nearly 550,000 jobs YTD. As Barclays notes, ” [the July] print is compatible with 140,939 job eliminations, pretty close to the historical low of -154,355 in June.”

In more ways than one (or two, or three) Brazil is the poster child for the global emerging market unwind that, thanks to China’s yuan devaluation, has accelerated dramatically over the course of the last week.

To be sure, the combination of slowing demand from China, the (now lower) possibility of a Fed rate hike, and, perhaps most importantly, the Continue reading »

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Aug 24

From the video:

“Why not Joe Biden?”

Yes, why not?

At least Americans will be able to choose between a Zionist, a Zionist and a Zionist.

Joe Biden on Shalom TV: ‘I am a ZIONIST’ (Video)

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Joe “Ridin’ With” Biden Gears Up For White House Run (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):

At a certain point, we suppose Joe Biden took a look at the state of the 2016 race for The White House and thought: “why not me?

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Reports now suggest that the Vice President may be considering a run for the Democratic nomination after a meeting in Washington with Elizabeth Warren seemed to indicate that Biden was seriously considering declaring his candidacy.

Here’s WSJ with more:

Continue reading »

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Aug 24

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Tatarstan, General Valéri Guérassimov, head of the armed forces of the Federation of Russia and deputy vice-Minister of Defence
Originally from Tatarstan, General Valéri Guérassimov, head of the armed forces of the Federation of Russia and deputy vice-Minister of Defence, is very familiar with Islam. Besides this, he cracked down on crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Chechnya, and victoriously fought the jihadists of the Islamic Emirate in Itchkeria.

After having negotiated a regional alliance against the Islamic Emirate which implied Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, Russia suddenly had to abandon its strategy after the Turkish turn-around. Ankara has in fact decided to break off its ties with Moscow, and has cancelled, without genuine motive, the contract for the gas pipe-line Turkish Stream, created, in partenership with Ukraine, an international Islamic Brigade intended to destabilise Crimea [1]. It has also come to the help of the Islamic Emirate in their fight against the Kurds of the PKK and the YPG. Continue reading »

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Aug 24

Coming To America? China Censors Bad Market Talk Amid Meltdown (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):

Back in July, after a dramatic unwind in the half dozen or so backdoor margin lending channels that had helped drive Chinese stocks to nosebleed levels triggered a terrifying 30% decline (vaporizing billions in paper profits in the process), the Politburo predictably stepped in to rescue the market.

However, when it started to become clear that a succession of declarations, directives, policy rate cuts, and even threats weren’t going to be enough to alleviate the pressure on equities, Beijing looked to take back the narrative by banning the use of certain undesirable phrases.

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Aug 24

NOAA caught with its pants down – Temperature fraud (Ice Age Now, Aug 22, 2015):

“I thought you might like the temperature fraud that had been uncovered by the Capital Weather Gang in Washington DC at Reagan by NOAA since 2014,” says reader Kingbum.

“Sensors been found to be giving at least a 1.7F warming bias….This time NOAA was caught with its pants down and by their response its obvious this is all politically driven.”

“When confronted with an obviously broken weather station that was reading way too hot, they replaced the faulty sensor — but refused to adjust the bad readings it had already taken,” says this exposé by Patrick Michaels.

“When dealing with “the pause” in global surface temperatures that is in its 19th year,” says Michaels, “the agency threw away satellite-sensed sea-surface temperatures, substituting questionable data that showed no pause.”

The Latest Climate Kerfuffle (Real Clear Policy, Aug 20, 2015):

Are political considerations superseding scientific ones at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? Continue reading »

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Aug 24

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Palestine, “Dying of Thirst”. The Drought is Deliberately Inflicted by Israel (Global Research, Aug 24, 2015):

Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine

As World Water Week kicks off in Stockholm  with a theme of ‘Water for Development’, the drought being deliberately inflicted on Palestinians is firmly on  the agenda, writes Laith Shakir. While Israelis water their lawns, irrigate crops and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinian communities a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.

California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water “state of emergency.” Continue reading »

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Aug 23

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Two Years Ago: How the Syrian Chemical Weapons Videos Were Staged (Global Rearch, Aug 21, 2015):

Detailed Video Analysis on GRTV

By James Corbett, Mother Agnes Mariam, and Prof Michel Chossudovsky

August 21, 2013: Obama’s insidious and criminal objective in August 2013 was to use these attacks with a view to justifying a humanitarian war against Syria.

This GRTV report was first broadcast in September 2013 in the month following the East Ghouta Chemical Attacks

In the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, shocking footage of the victims of that attack were widely circulated in an effort to raise the ire of the public and spur support for military intervention.

Now, a new report on that footage finds troubling inconsistencies and manipulation with the video that calls the official narrative of the attack and its victims into question. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

Why Has The Government Stopped Reporting Lake Mead Water Levels? (ZeroHedge, Aug 23, 2015):

For months we have been warning that “Vegas is screwed” as water levels continue to plunge in its most crucial reservoirs. Non-government experts are waving red flags that something must be done (and even NASA scientists fear the worst) while the government remains quiet. And then just 3 months ago, Lake Mead water levels mysteriously plunged to levels that were perilously close to emergency for Vegas water supply, then quickly reverted after the government confirmed that a malfunctioning indicator was at fault.

Now, we note, having given them time to ‘fix’ whatever problem there may be, Lake Mead water levels have not been reported since July 9th – six weeks??!!

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As Jim R notes rather eloquently, Continue reading »

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Aug 23

Saudi Arabia Faces Another “Very Scary Moment” As Economy, FX Regime Face Crude Reality (ZeroHedge, Aug 23, 2015)

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