- War on Democracy: Spain and Japan Move to Criminalize Protests (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Dec 2, 2013):
As might be expected as political and economic policy failures pile up and citizens become increasingly mad, the status quo is becoming increasingly authoritarian (recall blogger “Mish” was just fined 8,000 euros for a blog post).
In the latest disturbing news from a desperate power structure, the conservative government in Spain has passed an Orwellian bill titled the Citizens’ Security Law, which allows for fines of up to 600,000 euros ($816,000) for “unauthorized” street protests, and a 30,000 fine for merely having signs with “offensive” slogans against Spain or for wearing a mask.
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Tags: Collapse, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Japan, Society, Spain
- Incredible Minutes from a 1974 Henry Kissinger Staff Meeting on Gold (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 29, 2013):
The following excerpts are from a transcript of a 1974 meeting held by the then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his staff. This particular meeting was held on April 25, and focused on an European Commission Proposal to revalue their gold assets. What follows is an incredible insight into the minds of powerful American leaders scheming to maintain power and show other nations their place. What is most significant is how clearly they understood that demonetizing gold was a critical strategy to maintaining a dominant power position in the world.
So to those who continue to say that “gold doesn’t matter” because it hasn’t been used as an official asset in the monetary system for decades, I say give me a break. In fact, the reality of gold having been largely demonetized makes it an even greater threat going forward if the U.S. does not have all the gold it claims to, and other nations have more than they admit to.
Thanks to In Gold We Trust for bringing this to my attention.
Choice excerpts are provided below, and breaks in the conversation are denoted with an “…” Enjoy. (Full transcript here.)
Secondly, Mr. Secretary, it does present an opportunity though—and we should try to negotiate for this—to move towards a demonetization of gold, to begin to get gold moving out of the system.
Secretary Kissinger: But how do you do that?
Mr. Enders: Well, there are several ways. One way is we could say to them that they would accept this kind of arrangement, provided that the gold were channelled out through an international agency—either in the IMF or a special pool—and sold into the market, so there would be gradual increases. Continue reading »
Tags: Economy, Europe, Global News, Gold, Government, Henry Kissinger, IMF, Politics, U.S.
- Europe’s Peak Youth Unemployment Gets Peak-er (ZeroHedge, Nov 29, 2013):
Despite a ratings ‘upgrade’ Spain’s youth unemployment rate has re-surged to a record 57.4% (just below that of Greece which still tops the scary chart list at 58%). Italy and Portugal also saw notable rises (despite the former’s record low short-dated bond yields) at 41.2% and 36.5% respectively. Ireland and France saw modest improvements but overall the Euro-zone’s youth unemployment just keeps rising. In spite of all the rhetoric from Merkel, Van Rompuy, and Barroso, 24.4% of Europe’s under-25 population is unemployed…
Tags: Economy, EU, Europe, France, Germany, Global News, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, U.K., Unemployment
- Italy Senate expels three-time ex-Premier Berlusconi (USA Today/AP, Nov 27, 2013):
ROME — The Italian Senate on Wednesday expelled three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction, ending, for now, his two-decade legislative run but not his political career.
Berlusconi has warned that the unprecedented move would embarrass Italy internationally. He maintained his defiance as the Senate voted, declaring Wednesday a “day of mourning for democracy” before thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters outside his Roman palazzo.
Even though Berlusconi won’t hold a seat in Parliament, he is expected to remain influential in Italian politics. He has relaunched his Forza Italia party and he still commands millions of loyal supporters.
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Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Italy, Politics, Silvio Berlusconi, U.S.
- About 50% Of New Greek HIV Cases Are SELF-INFLICTED TO RECEIVE €700 Per Month Benefits
AND NOW ….
- WHO apologises for claiming half of Greek HIV infections are self-inflicted (Guardian, Nov 26, 2013):
WHO blames ‘gross editing error’ for report claiming half of new cases are acquired deliberately by people trying to claim benefits
The World Health Organisation has apologised and blamed an “editing error” for claiming in a September report that half of the new HIV cases in Greece were acquired deliberately by people trying to claim government benefits.
In a correction issued on Tuesday, the WHO said the report should have read that “few” new cases of HIV are deliberate.
“This was just a gross editing error for which the WHO apologises,” said a WHO spokesman, Gregory Härtl.
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Tags: eue, Europe, Global News, Greece, Health, WHO
- Half Of New Greek HIV Cases Are Self-Inflicted To Receive €700 Per Month Benefits, Study Finds (ZeroHedge, Nov 25, 2013):
When one reads the following stunning, and tragic, excerpt from the World Health Organization’s recent report “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report” what can one say but… Grecovery.
From the WHO:
Case study: countries’ experiences of financial crisis – Greece
Suicides rose by 17% between 2007 and 2009 and to 25% in 2010, according to unofficial 2010 data (398). The Minister of Health reported a further 40% rise in the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. Suicide attempts have also increased, particularly among people reporting economic distress (610). Homicide and theft rates have doubled. HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug-substitution programmes. Prostitution has also risen, probably as a response to economic hardship. Health care access has declined as hospital budgets have been cut by about 40% (398) and it is estimated that 26 000 public health workers (9100 doctors) will lose their jobs (611). Further cuts are expected as a result of recent negotiations with the IMF and European Central Bank.
But at least they have the Euro.
Tags: AIDS, Collapse, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Greece, Health, HIV, Politics, Society
- Today’s Wealth Destruction Is Hidden By Government Debt ( Ludwig von Mises Institute, Nov 21, 2013):
Still unnoticed by a large part of the population is that we have been living through a period of relative impoverishment. Money has been squandered in welfare spending, bailing out banks or even — as in Europe — of fellow governments. But many people still do not feel the pain.
However, malinvestments have destroyed an immense amount of real wealth. Government spending for welfare programs and military ventures has caused increasing public debts and deficits in the Western world. These debts will never be paid back in real terms.
The welfare-warfare state is the biggest malinvestment today. It does not satisfy the preferences of freely interacting individuals and would be liquidated immediately if it were not continuously propped up by taxpayer money collected under the threat of violence. Continue reading »
Tags: Banking, Bonds, Debt, Economy, EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Ludwig von Mises, Obama administration, Politics, U.S.
- Europe Shocked, Furious While Putin Triumphs Again: Ukraine Spurns Europe, Turns Toward Moscow (ZeroHedge, Nov 22, 2013):
Yesterday, Ukraine was faced with a historic choice: “go West” by signing a new trade pact with the European Union and align against its former master the USSR… or “East”, and go back, at least symbolically, to mother Russia. To Europe’s shocked amazement, the Ukraine picked “East” in yet another very visible win for Vladimir Putin in what has just been the former KGB spy’s year. Sure enough, Putin spokesman’s welcomed “the desire to improve and develop trade and economic cooperation” with a “close partner”. Europe on the other hand, was shocked and appalled at this unprecedented snub: “This is a disappointment not just for the EU but, we believe, for the people of Ukraine,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement. Ah yes, because Europe’s unelected dictators are so concerned with the popular choices of wayward “democracies.”
Reuters adds, “European officials were dismayed. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, a veteran of east-west diplomacy, tweeted: “Ukraine government suddenly bows deeply to the Kremlin. Politics of brutal pressure evidently works.”” Well that, or a rational choice by a country that at least has the option of saying no to the European Pandorafornia Hotel… Box – to most others this choice has been irrevocably eliminated by the unelected banker-supported Brussels bureaucrats.
More on the backstory:
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Tags: EU, Europe, Global News, Government, Politics, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
- US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data (Guardian, Nov 20, 2013):
The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Dictatorship, EU, Europe, GCHQ, Global News, Government, New World Order, NSA, Obama administration, Politics, Surveillance, U.K., U.S.
- Blogger “Mish” is Fined 8,000 Euros by France for Freedom of Speech (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 20, 2013):
Well if this isn’t one of the more ridiculous things I have read in a while, I don’t know what is. Many of my readers are probably familiar with Mike “Mish” Shedlock, who writes a very popular economics/finance blog. He has a habit of doing what I like best, challenging propaganda, engaging in critical thought and a fearlessness when it comes to saying what he believes. It appears that such behavior is frowned upon by French banksters and their minions in government.
Incredibly, Mish was fined 8,000 euros for quoting a French blogger’s analysis of Societe Generale’s leverage ratio. He was also summoned to appear in front of a tribunal in France.
Expect more of this sort of thing as the status quo loses more and more credibility and struggles to censor alternative narratives of what is actually happening. We have even seen similar calls here in the U.S., such as when Eric Posner, a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, bashed the First Amendment in a Slate article.
For more on the Mish story, here are some excerpts from his blog:
A few days ago I learned, via a French blog, that I was fined 8,000 euros for quoting a French blogger. I would have known earlier, but the letter notifying me of the fine was sent in French.
In an earlier express letter packet, I could make out a few of the words, in particular noting a summons to appear before a tribunal in France. Needless to say, I did not go.
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Tags: Crime, Economy, EU, Europe, France, Global News, Government, Law, Mike Shedlock, Mish, Politics