- The Canadian Patriot Act Arrives: Ottawa To Give Security Agencies More “Detention And Surveillance” Powers (ZeroHedge, Oct 23, 2014):
Stop us when the flashbacks to September 11, and its Patriot Act aftermath, become too close for comfort.
As Reuters reported moments ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday the government will expedite plans to give more powers of detention and surveillance to security agencies in the wake of an attack on Parliament.
“They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited,” he told the House of Commons, one day after a gunman launched an attack on Parliament and was shot dead.
On the other hand, instead of giving the government even more authoritarian power to do with civilian liberties as it sees fit and appropriate, perhaps the government’s agencies could have simply done their work better under the existing laws and regulations, especially after the Sky News report that the Ottawa shooter, Canadian born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was already on a terror watch list. Continue reading »
Tags: Allianz Global Investors Capital, Global News, Government, Politics, Terrorism
- “War on Terror” Targets Unlicensed Underwear – Department of Homeland Security Raids Maker of World Series Panties (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 23, 2014):
“They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they were from Homeland Security and we were violating copyright laws.”
They placed the underwear in an official Homeland Security bag and had Honig sign a statement saying she wouldn’t use the logo.
– From the Kansas City Star article: Homeland Security Confiscates Royals Underwear in Kansas City Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, DHS, Global News, Government, Homeland Security, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, Society, Terrorism, U.S.
- The Challenges of Defending Your Child’s Mind from Propaganda (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 23, 2014):
In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them, scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace.They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory from a longer continuance of the war.
– Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations
Let’s face it, your child’s mind is fertile ground for oligarchs, corrupt politicians and any other thieving member of the so-called “ruling elite” who aim to enslave the masses both mentally and monetarily. Unfortunately, the propaganda that comes from the government and our largest corporations is perceived as being absolute truth by most people. If you’re like me, at one point in time you had to wake up to it all and accept that you had been completely brainwashed for the first few decades for your life.
On a parental level, defending my child’s mind against blatant lies and deceit from the media, military industrial complex and corporatism is really not that difficult. But what about their grandparents, cousins or the kids next door? Continue reading »
Tags: Children, Global News, propaganda, Society
- UK hackers face life imprisonment, threat to whistleblowers – activists (RT, Oct 23, 2014):
Internet users who ‘threaten’ national security, by causing economic or environmental damage, could face a life sentence under new government plans to crack down on internet crime. Campaigners say the move will target whistleblowers.
The government proposal claims the laws are needed to deal with “catastrophic” cyber-attacks that “result in loss of life, serious illness and injury, or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof.”
Proposals would update the existing Computer Misuse Act 1990, and would give judges the power to hand down harsher penalties on hackers. The laws would also incorporate internet users spying on the activities of UK businesses. Continue reading »
Tags: GCHQ, Global News, Government, Home Office, Law, New World Order, Politics, Society, U.K.
- The BBC is Using Anti-Terror Surveillance to Find Tax Dodgers (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 22, 2014):
The Daily Mail reports that: Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, New World Order, Politics, Society, Surveillance, tax, Terrorism, U.K.
- It Will Take 398,879,561 Years To Pay Off The US Government’s Debt (Sovereign Man, Oct 22, 2014):
The US government’s debt is getting close to reaching another round number—$18 trillion. It currently stands at more than $17.9 trillion.
But what does that really mean? It’s such an abstract number that it’s hard to imagine it. Can you genuinely understand it beyond just being a ridiculously large number?
Just like humans find it really hard to comprehend the vastness of the universe. We know it’s huge, but what does that mean? It’s so many times greater than anything we know or have experienced. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Bonds, Debt, Global News, Government, Obama administration, Politics, Society, U.S.
- Stinking rich: Kazakhstan to offer tourists luxury caviar baths (RT, Oct 23, 2014):
The plan is to make Kenderli the “best” resort on the Caspian and “a perfect destination for domestic and international tourists, generating wealth for the region and wellbeing for our people.”
Former Soviet states, particularly Russia, as well as Turkey and the Middle East, are all viewed as potential sources of big tourist bucks. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Kazakhstan, Society
- Migrant workers in UAE abused, exploited under ‘kafala’ system – HRW (RT, Oct 23, 2014):
Domestic workers across the UAE have been subjected to horrendous physical, verbal and sexual abuse or passport confiscation in the abuse of the kafala, or sponsorship, system according to a new report by Humans Right Watch.
HRW estimates that some 146,000 domestic female workers have arrived to the UAE from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India or Bangladesh. They come on promises of good working conditions, higher wages, and a chance to escape the poverty of their home countries.
However, the NGO heard complaints that workers are forced to labor excessive hours, or are even being subjected to physical violence or sexual abuse – while they cannot leave as employers confiscate their passports. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Global News, Government, Middle East, Politics, Quatar, Society
- It’s Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 20, 2014):
Dear NSA Employees, You Now Have a Green Light to Loot and Pillage. It’s Time to Get Paid:
Are you just another one of those frustrated NSA employees who feels that unconstitutionally spying on your fellow citizenry under false pretenses isn’t giving you same thrill it once did? If so, have no fear.
Are you are sick and tired of having to spilt your precious working hours defending the destruction of our nation’s founding document to those pesky terroristic media dinosaurs who still think investigative journalism belongs in Amerika? If so, have I got a solution for you.
While it may sound too good to be true, trust me it’s not. You see, in recent years almost all crony-capitalist criminal activities have been deemed legal in the land of the free (to pillage). This incredible opportunity allows you to directly leverage your intelligence skill-set to earn the big bucks you know you’ve always deserved. You can now do just that by working in the private sector without having to give up that cushy government day job! I mean if we’re going to have this banana republic thing going we may as well GET PAID. Am I right?
Keep at it patriots,
If the above sounds like a joke, unfortunately it is not. Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed. They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA. Let’s start with the Reuters story, which covers former NSA-head Keith Alexander’s business relationship with the NSA’s current Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Global News, Government, Keith Alexander, NSA, Politics, Society, U.S.
- Central Banker Admits Central Bank Policy Leads To Wealth Inequality (ZeroHedge, Oct 22, 2014):
Six years after QE started, and just about the time when we for the first time said that the primary consequence of QE would be unprecedented wealth and class inequality (in addition to fiat collapse, even if that particular bridge has not yet been crossed), even the central banks themselves – the very institutions that unleashed QE – are now admitting that the record wealth disparity in the world – surpassing that of the Great Depression and even pre-French revolution France - is caused by “monetary policy”, i.e., QE.
Case in point, during the Keynote speech by Yves Mersch, ECB executive board member, in Zurich on 17 October 2014 titled “Monetary policy and economic inequality” he said: Continue reading »
Tags: ECB, Economy, EU, Europe, Quantitative Easing
- Meet Janet Dupree:72, Alcoholic, HIV-Positive, $16,000 In Student Debt: “I Won’t Live Long Enough To Pay It Off” (ZeroHedge, Oct 23, 2014):
One would think that Janet Lee Dupree, 72, a self-professed HIV-infected alcoholic, would be slowly putting aside material worries as she prepares to set the intangibles in her life in order for one last time. One would be wrong.As she admits, “I am an alcoholic and I have HIV,” she tells the BBC. “That’s under control.” What is the cause of most if not all consternation in the final days of Dupree’s life? “I was sick and I didn’t worry about paying back the debt.” As a result, Dupree defaulted on her loan, and since she turned 65 she has had money withheld from her Social Security benefits. “Just recently I received a notification that they are going to garnish my wages because I am still working,” says Dupree, who works 30 hours a week as a substance abuse counsellor. The debt in question: Dupree owes $16,000 in student loans she acquired in 1971 and 1972.
“I will never live long enough to pay off my loan.”
Tags: Global News, Society
- ‘They said I have Ebola’: Angry bus passengers attack Guinean woman in Rome (RT, Oct 23, 2014):
A Guinean woman has been attacked in a bus in Rome by angry passengers who told her she was infected by Ebola and had to get off the bus, Italian media reports. She was taken to hospital suffering from multiple bruises.
Fataomata Sompare, 26, was about to get off the bus on Monday, said Il Messaggero, an Italian newspaper, as cited by the Local.
A teenage girl who was on the bus with her friends saw Sompare and began accusing her of having the deadly virus. Then some of the teen’s relatives started beating the woman. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Italy, Society
- Doctor Assaulted by Police at Dying Son’s Birthday, Tasered so Many Times He Had a Heart Attack (The Free Thought Project, Oct 22, 2014):
An Ohio medical doctor was assaulted and arrested at his own home on charges that would eventually be found to be false.
Montgomery, OH — Dr. Randal Cox was hosting his terminally ill son’s 18th birthday when six police officers from two different precincts showed up to his door.
When Dr. Cox opened the door he was attacked by the officers. The incident was captured on cellphone video from one of the guests at the party. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, Police, Police State, Politics, Society, U.S.
- Saudi Cleric Blasts Twitter As “Source Of All Evil” As Riyal Slides To Lowest Since 2008 (ZeroHedge, Oct 22, 2014):
The last 2 days have seen enormous volatility in the Saudi Riyal exchange rate, purportedly oil-related FX hedging programs as the SAR dropped to its lowest sicne Dec 2008, but the most extreme ‘moves’ were left to The Kingdon’s top Muslim cleric. As The BBC reports, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, exclaimed that Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation”. As the 12th most influential Muslim in the world, it perhaps matters that he says users were using Twitter to “promote lies, backbite and gossip and to slander Islam,” but citizens of Saudi Arabia, who are some of the heaviest users of Twitter, did not appreciate his remarks, summe dup by one tweet, “People need an outlet to express themselves, to start to disclose what’s hidden and drop the masks, without fear or commands, or censorship from anyone.”
As The BBC reports,
according to Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric, Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation”. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Saudi Arabia, Society, Twitter
- Man Brutalized & Stopped Over 20 Times in 5 Weeks by Cops Mistaking Him for Murderer (The Free Thought Project, Oct 22, 2014):
Having a doppelganger can be risky business in a police state, just ask James Tully of Canadensis, Pennsylvania.
Tully has been harassed by police so many times since September that he has lost count of the incidents, and landed in the hospital.
Eric Frein, who was also living in Canadensis, is wanted for killing Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II and injuring trooper Alex Douglass in a sniper assault during shift change at a Pike County, Pennsylvania, police barracks on September 12.
Continue reading »
Tags: Crime, Global News, Police State, Society, U.S.
- SWAT Officers Wrongfully Detain This Man For Filming in Public, Then it Gets Really Infuratiating (The Free Thought Project, Oct 21, 2014):
“When you’re out here filming the police for no reason you have to give us your ID.”
Tracy, CA — A video was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday which shows an infuriating interaction between a man practicing his first amendment right to film in public and arrogant SWAT officers. Continue reading »
Tags: Constitution, Global News, Government, Law, Police, Police State, Politics, Society, U.S.
- Tennessee Woman Sentenced to Jail for Not Mowing Her Lawn (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 21, 2014):
The trend of average U.S. citizens being incarcerated by overzealous judges and prosecutors within the police state formerly known as America continues with reckless abandon. In fact, these sorts of cases are becoming so commonplace I simply cannot keep up with all of them. The following story is a perfect followup to my piece earlier today, which shows how American public school students are being arrested or harassed by police for the most minor of infractions, such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.
If you are an adult American slave, you can add not mowing your lawn to the list of prison-worthy crimes in the police state. Continue reading »
Tags: Crime, Global News, Law, Society, U.S.
- Land of the Free – 1 in 3 Americans Are on File with the FBI in the U.S. Police State (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 21, 2014):
The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. One of the posts that shocked and disturbed readers most, was published a little over a year ago titled: American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece.
Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journalhas a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for doing things that children have always done since the beginning of time. Things such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.
As a result of our insane societal obsession with authority and disproportionate punishment, the WSJ reports that “nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.” Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, FBI, Global News, New World Order, Obama administration, Police State, Politics, Society, U.S.
- Obama Administration controls press-pool reports, determining what information journalists are allowed to share (Natural News, Oct 21, 2014):
Veteran Washington journalists and reporters, when they are being honest, will tell you that the current administration is the most political in modern history. Everything is about the proper messaging; optics are much more important, and policy is designed around perpetuating Democratic power.
What they will also tell you is that this White House is so concerned about messaging that it will go to any length to shape it, and that includes pressuring reporters, threatening them with loss of access and, yes, even spying on them (and their parents). It also includes savaging critics. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Journalism, Obama administration, Politics, Society
- 19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy (Economic Collapse, Oct 20, 2014):
Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve are lying to you. The “economic recovery” that we all keep hearing about is mostly just a mirage. The percentage of Americans that are employed has barely budged since the depths of the last recession, the labor force participation rate is at a 36 year low, the overall rate of homeownership is the lowest that it has been in nearly 20 years and approximately 49 percent of all Americans are financially dependent on the government at this point. In a recent article, I shared 12 charts that clearly demonstrate the permanent damage that has been done to our economy over the last decade. The response to that article was very strong. Many people were quite upset to learn that they were not being told the truth by our politicians and by the mainstream media. Sadly, the vast majority of Americans still have absolutely no idea what is being done to our economy.
For those out there that still believe that we are doing “just fine”, here are 19 more facts about the messed up state of the U.S. economy… Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Global News, Society, U.S., Unemployment
- China Hires As Many As 300,000 Internet Trolls To Make The Communist Party Look Good (Business Insider, Oct 17, 2014):
The Chinese government doesn’t just censor its internet. It actually pays people to leave fake comments that make the country – and its communist regime – look good.
After reading “Blocked on Weibo” by Chinese researcher Jason Q. Ng, we recently learned China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, banned the phrase “50 cents.” It references China’s “50 Cent Party,” a group of ordinary citizens hired by the government to post internet comments spinning that day’s news in China’s favor. Continue reading »
Tags: China, Global News, Government, Internet, New World Order, Politics, propaganda, Society
- Living The Grecovery Dream: Two Jobless Parents, Two Kids, One Cat All Living In A Car (ZeroHedge, Oct 20, 2014):
Squeezed between steering wheel, handbrake, door and dashboard, Katerina reads in her history book, takes notes for school. Next to her, on the driver’s seat, cat Eddy stares right in the camera lens. It may look like a cute snapshot on a sunny day, if it wasn’t for a sad detail: a withering spring stuck in a roll of toilet paper. A distinctive memory of a former normal life that turned into a grim reality for a family of four.
At night the seat where Katerina sits during the day turns into a bed for her sister Fay. Cat Eddy cuddles with Katerina on the back seat. Father Nikos and mother Maria sleep in shifts on the driver’s seat. When the one parent is in the car, the other spends the night on a bench of the park where the car has been parked, on a side road of Irakleio suburb of West Athens. “It’s dangerous when it gets dark,” Maria says “we have to watch out.”
Tags: Collapse, Economy, EU, Europe, Global News, Greece, Society
- Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist (The Intercept, July 23, 2014):
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Global News, Government, Obama administration, Politics, Society, Terrorism, U.S.
Be afraid, be very afraid! And take that vaccine!
- Reverse 911 calls alert Dallas residents: ‘Your neighbor has Ebola’ (Natural News, Oct 19, 2014):
Dallas health authorities are doing a poor job of alleviating fears over Ebola, as a sort of reverse 911 automated telephone call “alerted” hundreds of people in recent days with this chilling message: “Your neighbor has Ebola.”
The Huffington Post reported that every address within a four-block radius of the nurse, Nina Pham, 26, in Northeast Dallas received phone calls on October 12 after she became the second person in the city — and the U.S. — to test positive for the virus.
Continue reading »
Tags: Ebola, Global News, Government, Health, Politics, U.S.
- Tough on trolls: UK internet abusers may face up to 2 years in jail (RT, Oct 19, 2014):
Internet trolls could face two years behind bars if new tough legislation “to combat cruelty” is adopted, according to UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
That’s four times the current six-month prison term and would proove the government’s zeal to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob,” Grayling told The Daily Mail.
“These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence,” Justice Secretary added. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, Internet, Law, Politics, Society, Terrorism, U.K.
How stupid can they get?
( I know, I shouldn’t even dare to ask such a question.)
- What Happens When 30,000 People Run The Beijing “Airpocalypse” Marathon In “Hazardous” Smog (ZeroHedge, Oct 19, 2014):
Some 30,000 participants were wondering if the organizers of today’s 34th Beijing International Marathon would cancel the event after “a toxic fog enveloped the Chinese capital and smog levels soared to “hazardous” levels.” Adding to the confusion, and concerns, even the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece newspaper, cautioned athletes against taking part in the 26.2-mile race, reporting that Beijing’s air was “not suitable for outdoor activities”. As the Telegraph reports, “Beijing authorities admitted their city’s air was “severely polluted” on Sunday while the US embassy, which also monitors smog levels, described the situation as “hazardous”. The Marathon organizers’ answer, however, was that the Marathon would proceed as scheduled. Continue reading »
Tags: China, Global News, Society, Sports
- Liberia collapses into ‘economic hell’ as panicked population abandons farm fields and factories (Natural News, Oct 18, 2014):
Ebola is now spreading so fast in West Africa, and causing so much death so quickly, that the regional economy is on the verge of a total collapse. The Washington Post (WP) reports that Liberia, the hardest-hit Ebola country, is now teetering over a chasm of “economic hell,” as locals increasingly skip work to avoid infection. Continue reading »
Tags: Africa, Collapse, Ebola, Economy, Food, Global News, Health, Liberia
- Reading the Road Map to a Police State (Ludwig von Mises Institute, Oct 18, 2014):
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, by Radley Balko, PublicAffairs, 2013
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” —Charles de Montesquieu
If there was any silver lining to the horrifying events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri which riled the month of August, it has finally brought the issue of police militarization to the forefront. As outrageous as the police shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was, the brutal law enforcement response in the form of running roughshod over the First Amendment and resorting to quasi-martial law to mostly peaceful protests by local residents and activists was worse. To many observers, what took place in a Midwest suburb was indistinguishable from scenes out of occupied Iraq. Continue reading »
Tags: Global News, Government, Law, Police State, Politics, Society, U.S.
- 100-Year-Old Math Teacher Still Going Strong at Brooklyn Elementary School (DNAinfo.com, Oct 17, 2014):
DYKER HEIGHTS — Three days a week, Madeline Scotto walks across the street from her home to St. Ephrem’s elementary school, where she was part of the first graduating class.
She climbs the stairs to her classroom, where she works to prepare students for the math bee. She pores over photocopied worksheets with complicated problems, coaching kids on how to stay calm on stage while multiplying and dividing in their head.
She’s just like any other teacher at the school — except for one thing: She’s 100 years old. Continue reading »
Tags: Children, Education, school, Society