SURPRISED? CONGRESS OFFICIALLY SAYS ‘BANKS ARE THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID’

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Via Truthstream Media’s new side channel Informed Dissent:
According to a 1974 Senate report, corporate ownership has virtually taken over control of every major media outlet, energy company and industry. The largest 32 banks have power in combined stocks, shareholder voting, boards and directorships and more… this is an oligarchy.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on SEPTEMBER 1, 2016.

57 Percent of Our Banks Have Disappeared: You Can Thank Bill Clinton

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Thanks to the Presidential debates, most Americans have heard of the Glass-Steagall Act which kept the country’s banking system safe for 66 years until it was repealed by President Bill Clinton in 1999, allowing the risky activities of Wall Street trading firms to merge with insured-deposit banks, setting the stage for the Wall Street collapse in 2008. But few Americans have ever heard of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994, which Bill Clinton signed into law less than two years after taking office. The Riegle-Neal legislation allowed bank holding companies to acquire banks anywhere in the nation and invalidated the laws of 36 states which had allowed interstate banking only on a reciprocal or regional basis.
Put these two pieces of legislation together with the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, also signed into law by Bill Clinton, which allowed trillions of dollars of OTC derivatives on Wall Street to escape regulation, and you have just defined America’s current banking system from hell.
In 1934, there were 14,146 commercial banks with FDIC insurance in the United States. By 1985, that number had barely budged – we had a total of 14,417. But as of this month, we have 6,172 FDIC-insured commercial banks, a decline of 57 percent, with the annual declines accelerating after the passage of Riegle-Neal in 1994.

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade By Pam Martens and Russ Marte.

White House Launches Surprise Phone Checks On Staffers To Find “Leaker”

In yet another ironic twist, the process (including random phone checks overseen by White House lawyers) by which Sean Spicer is cracking down on leaks from The White House has been leaked to Politico.
The push to snuff out leaks to the press comes after a week in which President Donald Trump expressed growing frustration with the media and the unauthorized sharing of information by individuals in his administration, and as was leaked to Politico…
Last week, after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with about a dozen of his communications staffers, he reconvened the group in his office to express his frustration over the number of private conversations and meetings that were showing up in unflattering news stories, according to sources in the room.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 26, 2017.

Trump’s war against the media continues

Those who thought Trump would back off in his war against media are, so far, wrong.
For example, the other day, the White House held an informal press conference, a ‘gaggle,’ and among those not invited was the New York Times.
– How dare they, the Times said.
The truth is, we are long overdue for a massive exposure of the mainstream press. As in: they are liars. As in: they are shills for the so-called ‘progressive Left.’ As in: they have a history of supporting horrific US wars. As in: they take CIA ‘leaks’ as gospel. As in: they never expose the Globalist agenda. As in: they defend conventional medicine which destroys millions of lives. And so forth and so on.
Think of what Trump, Bannon, and their team are doing as a necessary ‘market correction,’ after a century-long bubble.
Any president or presidential candidate could have executed the correction. But they didn’t. Trump did.
Who is reporting on Trump’s war against the media? For the most part, independent news outlets. Of course, the Times and other mainstream news operations are slamming Trump for his attacks on them – but they are in the middle of the fire. And they don’t have the will, courage, and intelligence to assess their own performance over the last century. They can’t be expected to expose themselves.
The overall long-term effect of mainstream news is the induction of a hypnotic trance. The audience expects the truth because they believe. They uncritically accept. They rely on ‘reputation.’ They ingest Authoritative Tone. They need a Voice that narrates reality. They refuse to do their own research. They reject the idea that there are powerful men behind the curtain who are controlling the direction of government. They embrace vague ‘humanitarian’ ideals that are reflected with the same vagueness by mainstream news.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on February 26, 2017.

A Two-State Solution… For The West?

There’s a cold war raging.
No, not the one between the US and Russia. That’s old news.
We’re talking about the NEW cold war: the one for the soul of the West.
On one corner we have the globalists, basically political and financial elites who after the disasters of World War II decided that eliminating borders was the way to ensure a peaceful future. Increasingly diverse (multicultural) societies would now be governed by supranational institutions, the only way to confront problems that are global in nature: environmentalism, terrorism, epidemics, consumerism and so forth. And much of this has become mainstream, with the powerful backing of the liberal media, the entertainment industry, much of academia and influential think tanks.
While people from all political persuasions support this ideology, it appears to be more closely associated with the political left, sometimes from the hard left even, as shown by the picture above taken in a very progressive US neighborhood.
On the other corner we have the nationalists (also known as patriots, populists, and deplorables). They took a good look at the downsides of that brave new (open) world and said to heck with its ongoing destruction of national identities, borders, traditional cultures and religion, and constant foreign military interventions especially when they are incapable of protecting their own borders from mass immigration.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 25, 2017.

America’s Share of the World Economy

Take a look at this chart of the wealth of nations.
This chart indicates just how dominant the United States of America is economically. Whenever you hear about the decline of the United States in terms of productivity, especially manufacturing, please keep in mind this chart.
China is catching up in terms of gross productivity, but in terms of productivity per capita, it is still a backward nation. At least two-thirds of China’s population lives on poverty-stricken small family farms. It is still a village economy. It is going to take decades for those people to drag themselves out of a level of poverty that Americans have not seen for two centuries.
Per capita output of the United States is high. Given the size of the country, which is either number three or number four the world, per capita output of the United States is mind-boggling. China, India, and Indonesia are backward societies economically. If we count the European Union as one country, then the EU and the United States are close. The West, meaning the West above the equator, is still dominant, and shows few signs of falling behind.

This post was published at Gary North on February 26, 2017.

America’s Fentanyl Crisis “Is Surging, With No End In Sight”

Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow. Amid the dismal failure of the ‘war on drugs’, it seems US lawmakers are finally waking up to reality, and are pressing the nation’s drug czar for more data on the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed, in the latest effort to thwart a spiraling drug crisis.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014. Both heroin and opioid use have exploded in the US, after decades of doctors over-prescribing painkillers in the 1990s and 2000s. A report from the CDC released Thursday found that the drug problem has become so deadly that heroin deaths outnumbered gun fatalities last year for the first time in US history. Until 2007, gun deaths outnumbered heroin deaths five to one, according to the Washington Post. But 2015 saw 12,989 people die from heroin and 12,979 die from gun homicides.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Feb 25, 2017.

COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE NOW URGING STUDENTS TO RAT EACH OTHER OUT OVER OFFENSIVE SPEECH

If you thought that life in America’s college campuses had reached peak crazy, you’d be wrong. It turns out that the politically correct culture which has entangled our upper education system, is taking a turn for the Orwellian (if it hadn’t already).
Adam Steinbaugh of the Washington Examiner has been investigating these schools, and he’s found that the administrators are encouraging students to snitch on each other (and their professors). Not to expose criminal behavior or cheating, but to target inappropriate speech. He found that 230 colleges have what are called ‘Bias Response Teams,’ which are made up of either campus cops or administrators, and whose sole job is to investigate mostly anonymous claims of offensive speech.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 25, 2017.

SYRIA: The Chemical Weapon Time Warp, US Ambassador to UN ‘We Must Sanction Assad’

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump’s Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, ‘humanitarian bomber’ Samantha Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley’s ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years.
In the latest ‘Haley Alert,’ the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.
Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump’s sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.
President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 25, 2017.