Back on September 11, Zero Hedge predicted the events which unfolded in Paris last Friday (and the resulting aftermath) with uncanny accuracy. Specifically, we said that “as the need to ratchet up the fear factor grows, expect more such reports of asylum seekers who have penetrated deep inside Europe, and whose intentions are to terrorize the public. Expect a few explosions thrown in for good effect” and we added that “since everyone knows by now “not to let a crisis go to waste” the one thing Europe needs is a visceral, tangible crisis, ideally with chilling explosions and innocent casualties. We expect one will be provided on short notice.” Continue reading »
Should Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever set foot inside Spain, he – and six other current and former Israeli government officials – would be subject to arrest, thanks to a Spanish judge who effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group late last week.
As to be expected, the Israeli Foreign Ministry was less than thrilled, as spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon responded, according to The Jerusalem Post, “We consider [the judge’s order] to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it canceled. We hope it will be over soon.” Continue reading »
A US judge has told the families of those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks they cannot sue Saudi Arabia over claims the country helped Al Qaeda carry out the atrocity.
Manhattan District Judge George Daniels said that because Saudi Arabia enjoys sovereign immunity, which means a state cannot commit a legal wrong and therefore can’t be prosecuted in either criminal or civil cases, any attempt to sue the kingdom would be “futile”.
He said that, despite the best efforts of families to provide additional evidence against the country, their claims would not “strip defendants of sovereign immunity.” Continue reading »
This trial follows eight years of harassment
By Gilad Atzmon
Five security guards, members of the RCMP, two in bulletproof vests, all entrants pass through metal detectors, undergo a wand search, check all electronics including cell phones and have their bags meticulously scrutinized. Why all the security? The crown was presenting its criminal case against Arthur Topham, for the crime of “hate.’ Continue reading »
After decades of berating Americans for their Constitutionally protected right to bear arms, Europeans are finally starting to wake up. As SHTFPlan.com’s Mac Slavo notes, it took over a million Islamic immigrants and violence across their union to convince them, but it appears that they finally get it.
In Austria, the scramble for self defense firearms is on, as WND.com reports, Austrians are arming themselves at record rates in an effort to defend their households against feared attacks from Muslim invaders. Continue reading »
Two recent legislative efforts have been mounted to add police to the rolls of “disadvantaged” citizens in need of the additional shelter of “hate crime” laws. Hate crime laws are immediately problematic. They add additional punishments to criminal acts already punishable under existing laws. It’s exactly the sort of thing justice isn’t meant to be: vindictive. A murder is a murder, whether or not it was propelled by someone’s underlying biases. A threat is a threat, no matter the threatener’s personal views on race, marriage or human sexuality. Adding additional punishments solely because of a perceived motive serves no purpose other than to make those who support these laws feel like past racial/sexual wrongs are slowly being righted. The sinners of the present pay for the sins of the past sinners.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Just hope he can fund a battle against Monsatan.
Percy Schmeiser knows all about that. They bankrupted him.”
A battle that’s been going on for years
We’ve been reporting on the case of Steve Marsh, an organic farmer in Australia who has been fighting Monsanto and his neighbor and childhood friend Michael Baxter due to the contamination of his farm from genetically modified canola. Continue reading »
With the latest swarm of mass shootings still in the headlines, and of course the ubiquitous call for gun control/prohibition, the Supreme Court’s decision this week on whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as assault weapons seems more critical than ever. As NBC News notes, if the court agrees to hear the case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states; but declining to take it up would boost efforts to impose such bans elsewhere.
The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as assault weapons.
If the court agrees to hear the case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states. But declining to take it up would boost efforts to impose such bans elsewhere, at a time of renewed interest in gun regulation after recent mass shootings. Continue reading »
– 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.
– Court to Bakery Owners: You Have No Property Rights (Mises Institute, Aug 13, 2015):
The Colorado Appeals Court ruled that the owners of a bakery do not have any right to control their property, and that they shall be forced to provide bakery services to a couple that the owner would rather not do business with. In other words, they have no property rights. The court writes:
Masterpiece remains free to continue espousing its religious beliefs, including its opposition to same-sex marriage. However, if it wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, CADA prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.
These sorts of rulings essentially rewrite the very nature of commerce and our whole concept of contracts. A business agreement (i.e., a contract) is based on two parties agreeing to a voluntary relationship. This is the foundation not only of business relationships, but of the relationship between citizens and states themselves. This is why “social contract” theory is so popular among theorists. Everyone recognizes that coerced relationships are inherently unjust, which is why defenders of the modern state system claim that states derive their legitimacy from a “social contract” in which both parties agree to the relationship. Continue reading »
– Big Win for Animal Lovers: Judge Strikes Down Ag Gag Law in Idaho (Natural Society, Aug 14, 2015):
Calling the law unconstitutional
Activists who try to film animal abuse on Big Ag farms often face a fine of up to $5000 for whistleblowing on the industry. But just a few short weeks ago, a federal judge ruled that Idaho’s controversial ‘ag gag’ law was unconstitutional, and said that criminalizing undercover documentation violates both free speech and the equal protection clauses of the constitution.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made his decision crystal clear in a 28-page ruling: Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“It does seem America in general but Americans in particular are being placed carefully in the crosshairs.
On the one hand America’s Military is being used to create instability worldwide, but on the other, the blissfully ignorant American sheeple are slyly destroyed financially, genetically, educationally, economically, ecologically, militarily, racially, health wise, medically and so on, without dealing with the implications of climatic engineering and future food availability.
A really big mess is coming, regardless of the world economy etc, and America seems to be the target. Or is it just the alternative media scaremongering?But whilst the doom mongers claim the top 60 families control the U.S. Parliament, the fact is it is the Franko-British Rothschilds who own the USA.So, it is THEIR decision what is the inevitable result for the sheeple modern day peasants of the USA. Nobody else. Just the Rothschilds.
Let that sink in. The people who create wealth for themselves from debt for everyone else by plucking it from thin air.”
– Man Arrested, Charged with Multiple Felonies for Telling Jurors About Their Rights (Activist Post, Aug 4, 2015):
Last week, a Denver man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, but not for stealing, committing fraud, or engaging in violent crime. He was targeted for attempting to educate jurors about their rights in the courtroom.
Mark Ianicelli, 56, set up a table outside of Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver in order to educate jurors about jury nullification. Jury nullification is the process by which members of juries can nullify unjust laws by finding defendants charged with them not guilty.
Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
Is there such a thing as “Beyond Ridiculous”?
Jul 28, 2015
This is beyond scary, beyond corrupt, and down right evil. Now the doctor is concerned for his life for exposing this plan. Continue reading »
The “war on terror” is a status quo fraud perpetuated by the oligarch-controlled mainstream media and authoritarian members of Congress as a way to systematically strip the American public of its freedom and civil rights in the name of fighting an outside enemy. This tried and true tactic has been used by statists throughout history, and history is indeed repeating itself here in the “land of the free.”
Of course, I’ve spent innumerable hours writing on this topic for many years, even before I started this website. Here are a few recent examples:
Moving along, today’s story is so incredible it’s almost hard to believe. It appears our so-called “representatives” recently took fifteen minutes to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of State to revoke Americans’ passports with no due process. Did you know about this? Well neither did I, and what’s worse, these members of Congress are so cowardly they passed the bill with a voice vote to avoid going on record. Talk about anti-American. Continue reading »
Wonder why they do not want the food to be labeled?
– It Cost The Koch Brothers Only $299,000 To Block Labeling Of Genetically Modified Foods (ZeroHedge, July 24, 2015):
In what may have been the most underreported event overnight, the House quietly passed legislation that would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, as the law is formally known, passed 275-150, creating a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients. And since clearly nobody wants to advertise they are using GMOs in their food, the number of “volunteers” will be precisely zero. Continue reading »
“… the system is broken, almost beyond repair.”
– The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System (The Rutherford institute, July 21, 2015):
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.—Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”
Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. Despite the fact that Deskovic’s DNA did not match what was found at the murder scene, he was singled out by police as a suspect because he wept at the victim’s funeral (he was 16 years old at the time), then badgered over the course of two months into confessing his guilt. He was eventually paid $6.5 million in reparation.
James Bain spent 35 years in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a 9-year-old boy, but he too was innocent of the crime. Despite the fact that the prosecutor’s case was flimsy—it hinged on the similarity of Bain’s first name to the rapist’s, Bain’s ownership of a red motorcycle, and a misidentification of Bain in a lineup by a hysterical 9-year-old boy—Bain was sentenced to life in prison. He was finally freed after DNA testing proved his innocence, and was paid $1.7 million. Continue reading »
– Former High Ranking US Senator Wants To “Hang Edward Snowden On The Courthouse Square” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 20, 2015):
“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get a hold of him.”
– Former vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Saxby Chambliss, on Edward Snowden
It appears the past few days have represented a sort of coming out party for formerly powerful players in the U.S. government to showcase their fascist tendencies. Earlier today, I highlighted General Wesley Clark’s clear suggestion during a MSNBC interview that Americans who are “disloyal” should be forcibly separated from the “normal” general population through the use of WWII style internment camps.
In the latest display, video has emerged of former Republican Senator, and ex-vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, saying that Edward Snowden should be hanged in the courthouse square. What ever happened to fair trials?
… for the duration of the endless war on terror:
– Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent (The Guardian, May 17, 2013, by Glenn Greenwald)
– Wesley Clark Calls for Interning “Disloyal” Americans (Infowars, July 19, 2015):
Advocates life sentence for people who have not committed a crime
Retired US Army General and the former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe for NATO Wesley Clark advocates rounding up “radicalized” and “disloyal” Americans and putting them in internment camps for the “duration” of the war on terror.
“In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war,” Clark told MSNBC.
The difference is that World War II was a war declared under Article I, Section 8, Clause II of the Constitution whereas the war on terror is undeclared and thus illegal. Continue reading »
– California Enacts Vaccine Law That Forces Parents to Choose Between Human Rights and Civil Rights (Dr. Mercola, July 14, 2015):
From flash to bang, it took the politically powerful corporate, medical trade, and government lobbyists just six months this year to gut the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking and the civil right to a school education in California.
They did it by enacting a new law (SB 277) signed by Governor Jerry Brown on June 29, 2015 that denies parents the legal right to file a personal belief exemption to vaccination for religious and conscientious beliefs so their children can attend school. Continue reading »
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
– George Orwell
“It is the system of nationalist individualism that has to go….We are living in the end of the sovereign states….In the great struggle to evoke a Westernized World Socialism, contemporary governments may vanish….Countless people…will hate the new world order….and will die protesting against it.”
– H.G. Wells, in his book, “The New World Order”, 1940
From the article:
12. Digital protests: Writing something that could technically “disturb the peace” is a now a crime. Bloggers beware, for no one has yet defined whose peace you could be disturbing.
– The End Of Freedom Of Speech In Spain (Armstrong Economics,
Spain has shown that it is fully on board with the Brussels authoritarian direction of ending democracy. Those in power have simply convinced themselves that the people do not understand what is good for them so they must impose their will upon the people but raw force. How does this differ in any what from the justification of imposing communism? This is the death of all freedom and it is upon our doorstep.
Here are the new laws in Spain:
1. If you photograph security personnel and then share these images on social media: up to €30.000 fine (particularly if photo exposes violence used against a member of the public). This fine could increase depending on the number of Instagram or social media followers you have.
2. Tweet or retweet information or the “location of an organized protest” can now be interpreted as an act of terrorism as it incites others to “commit a crime” (now that “demonstrating” in many ways has become a crime). Sound “1984”-ish? Read about Orwell and his time in Spain.
– Florida Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail for Having Sex on the Beach (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 7, 2015):
Back in May, I highlighted the case of 40-year-old Jose Caballero, who faced 15 years in jail for having sex on a Florida beach in broad daylight. Here’s an excerpt from the post, titled: Florida Man Faces 15 Years in Jail for Having Sex on the Beach (Still No Bankers in Jail):
This story demonstrates how completely and totally broken the U.S. justice system is. Should this couple have been having sex in public and in broad daylight? Absolutely not. Should there be some sort of punishment? Absolutely.
That said, the punishment should fit the crime in a just civilization, and 15 years behind bars for public sex is more akin to what you’d expect in Saudi Arabia. It’s particularly appalling when compared with the license to commit fraud and steal, which politically connected oligarchs have been granted. After all, who was really harmed by this couple’s act? Sure, some tourists may have had their day temporarily ruined or inconvenienced. A three-year-old girl may have seen something, but would probably have no way of understanding what it was. On the other hand, criminal bankers have demonstrably ruined the lives of hundreds or millions, if not billions, of people across the globe. Yet not a single TBTF executive has been prosecuted. They were bailed out instead. Continue reading »
– Jim Carrey blasts Jerry Brown as a ‘corporate fascist’ for signing mandatory vaccination law (Natural News, July 2, 2015):
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has some strong words for California Gov. Jerry Brown: “corporate fascist.”
In a major Twitter rant, Carrey – a Golden Globe winner – slammed Brown on Twitter, labeling him a “corporate fascist” who was poisoning children by signing into law the vaccination requirements, the Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter (THR) noted.
“California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in [mandatory] vaccines,” he said. “This corporate fascist must be stopped.” Continue reading »
– 7/01/2015 — Oklahoma Residents can now SUE Fracking companies for damages — Supreme Court Rules (Dutchsinse, July 1, 2015):
Huge victory against oil / gas companies causing damage via fracking/injection earthquakes !
After a series of dark moments for freedom in Oklahoma, and Texas (when state legislators passed laws which PREVENT locals from being able to stop fracking in their own towns) now the Oklahoma Supreme Court has issued a ruling which could be a game changer for the entire fracking industry.
Residents can now sue fracking companies for damages to their property , and personal health caused by fracking earthquakes.
This all stems from a case where a woman had her house chimney collapse in upon her during the large M5.7 2011 fracking earthquake in Oklahoma.
At the time, professionals tried to DENY there was any relation between the huge swarm of earthquakes, and the fracking operations.
Not trusting anything on face value, I actually pulled satellite images to see what was at the location, what I found was shocking. Continue reading »
– Kaupþing executives jailed (Iceland Monitor, June 26, 2015):
Six defendants in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history, have been handed prison sentences ranging from one year to four years and six months.
By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.
Former Director of Kaupþing, Ingólfur Helgason, is to be jailed for four years and six months.
The other sentences are as follows:
- Bjarki Diego, former Credit Manager: two years and six months
- Einar Pálmi Sigmundsson, former Director of Proprietary Trading: two years (suspended)
- Birnir Sær Björnsson and Pétur Kristinn Guðmarsson, proprietary trading executives: eighteen months (suspended)
- Sigurður Einarsson, former Kaupþing board chairman: one year
Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson, former Director of the bank, received no further penalty, having previously been sentenced in the ‘Al-Thani affair’.
The two remaining defendants, Björk Þórarinsdóttir and Magnús Guðmundsson, were acquitted of all or most charges.
– The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today (The Organic Prepper June 16, 2015):
With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods.
Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies.
There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story. Continue reading »
From the article:
“If the federal government were to try and do something like [confiscation], the reality is: There is a motto in the office of almost every state legislator in Texas, and it’s a flag that we have [from the Texas Revolution], it’s below a cannon and what the motto says is, ‘Come and Take it.’“
– Texas Gold Repatriation Bill Has One Message To Feds: “Come And Take It” (ZeroHedge, June 17, 2015):
As the mainstream media begins to come to terms with just what Texas’ decision to repatriate its gold from the Federal Government in its own Gold Depository, the details of Republican State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione’s bill protecting gold from confiscation become clear…
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Caprigilione explains why he pushed the bill and its far-reaching implications…
Epoch Times: What did you do to make the bill pass? Continue reading »
State District Judge Gisela Triana, 48, has been charged with driving while intoxicated after attending an Austin taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday. Triana allegedly had an empty bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade sitting in the center console of her Chevrolet Suburban when police pulled her over Friday, according to an arrest affidavit.
– Austin judge found with empty alcohol bottle in car won’t face DWI charge (Houston Chronicle, June 16, 2015):
A Travis County judge who had an empty bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade sitting in the center console of her Chevrolet Suburban when police pulled her over in March won’t face drunken driving charges.
Travis County misdemeanor records show that a driving while intoxicated charge against state District Judge Gisela Triana, 48, has been reduced.
Trais County Attorney David Escamilla told the Austin American-Statesman that Triana’s blood alcohol level was 0.076. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.
Triana will instead face a citation for speeding, according to the American-Statesman. Continue reading »