Conscription of People, Cars, Businesses in Ukraine for Mindless Slaughter; Entire Villages Leave to Avoid Servitude; Hop on the Bus Gus

Ukrainians Fighting Ukrainians
Forced military conscription (slavery is a better word) imposed on citizens of Ukraine has reached new heights recently.
The government in Kiev now demands those forced into slavery to hand over their cars for military use. As one might expect, avoidance of needless military slaughter has also reached new heights.
Before we get to those stories, I have a video to share. It is in Russian, but with English subtitles. I am told by reader Jacob Dreizin the translation is essentially correct, but a couple things were translated too literally.
I do offer this warning. The video is pretty graphic (but not to the extent you see heads blown off), and it does contain a lot of harsh language. The video is about captured Ukrainian POWs on a fool’s mission to retake the Donetsk airport.
Warning aside, I recommend watching the video. It accurately portrays Ukrainians fighting Ukrainians, not Ukrainians fighting Russians.
Ukrainian POW’s Face NAF Commander Givi and the Fury of Donetsk Residents

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on January 29, 2015.

Unleash The Veto: Senate Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Following Congress, The Republican-led Senate just passed The Keystone XL Pipeline Bill – as expected:
*SENATE PASSES BY 62-36 BILL TO APPROVE KEYSTONE, DEFYING OBAMA Nine Democrats joined all of the Republicans who were present in supporting the legislationNow, it is time for President Obama to unleash The Veto Pen…
As WSJ reports,

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/29/2015.

Video of the Day – John McCain Threatens Protesters with Arrest, Calls them ‘Low-Life Scum’

He’s a thug, and a crook, and a liar, and a pseudo-intellectual and a murderer. Ok? Those things are factually verifiable.
– From the late Christopher Hitchens’ outstanding interview: Christopher Hitchens’ Polemic Against Henry Kissinger
Crazy John McCain is at it again. Nothing gets this guy more riled up than American plebs questioning status quo war criminals. I suspect much of this anger is rooted in his own legitimate fear about how history will remember his own legacy of remarkable stupidity. Truly remarkable to see a Senator become so easily unhinged when protesters show up to condemn Henry Kissinger. See for yourself:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jan 29, 2015.

The Death Of The American Dream In 22 Numbers

We are the generation that gets to witness the end of the American Dream. The numbers that you are about to see tell a story. They tell a story of a once mighty economy that is dying. For decades, the rest of the planet has regarded the United States as ‘the land of opportunity’ where almost anyone can be successful if they are willing to work hard. And when I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was living the American Dream. I lived on a ‘middle class’ street and I went to a school where it seemed like almost everyone was middle class. When I was in high school, it was very rare to ever hear of a parent that was unemployed, and virtually every family that I knew had a comfortable home and more than one nice vehicle. But now that has all changed. The ‘American Dream’ has been transformed into a very twisted game of musical chairs. With each passing year, more people are falling out of the middle class, and most of the rest of us are scrambling really hard to keep our own places. Something has gone horribly wrong, and yet Americans are very deeply divided when it comes to finding answers to our problems. We love to point fingers and argue with one another, and meanwhile things just continue to get even worse. The following are 22 numbers that are very strong evidence of the death of the American Dream…
#1 The Obama administration tells us that 8.69 million Americans are ‘officially unemployed’ and that 92.90 million Americans are considered to be ‘not in the labor force’. That means that more than 101 million U. S. adults do not have a job right now.
#2 One recent survey discovered that 55 percent of Americans believe that the American Dream either never existed or that it no longer exists.
#3 Considering the fact that Obama is in the White House, it is somewhat surprising that 55 percent of all Republicans still believe in the American Dream, but only 33 percent of all Democrats do.

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on January 29th, 2015.

Can We Impeach Him Now?

So now we know we gave up known terrorists for…… a deserter.
The Army has decided to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, with desertion, according to a former military intelligence officer.
The official Army line is that no decision has been made. I ain’t buying it.
What I am buying is that the Obama Administration is doing their level best to suppress this finding by any means possible. But the UCMJ isn’t one of those things that is supposed to be subject to civilian review on a micro level. That is, while the civilian government passes the UCMJ (in that the authority for it flows from same) on a case-by-case basis it is not discretionary within the purview of the executive — including the CIC.
It was quite clear a long time ago that this happened; Bergdahl allegedly mailed home his uniform and personal effects before he deserted his post. That evidences intent and premeditation; one simply doesn’t know when one is going to be legitimately captured, you see.
I don’t care if you like our President or not — giving up both money and five known terrorists we have captured for a man who deserted is outrageous, and the man responsible for that decision — President Obama — is unfit for office.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on Jan 28, 2015.

Flu Shot? You’ve Been Had

From a journal dealing with the actual practice of nursing — you know, the people who actually take care of 90% of the job when you get sick enough to require help?
Flu results in “about 250,000 to 500,000 yearly deaths” worldwide, Wikipedia tells us. “The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States,” reports NBC, citing the Centers for Disease Control. “Somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians a year die of influenza and its related complications”, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, adding that “Those numbers are controversial because they are estimates.”
“Controversial” is an understatement, and not just in Canada, and not just because the numbers are estimates. The numbers differ wildly from the sober tallies recorded on death certificates — by law every certificate must show a cause — and reported by the official agencies that collect and keep vital statistics.
According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U. S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year — fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743).

This post was published at Market-Ticker on Jan 29, 2015.

Putin Pivots Back: Russia Confirms Willingness To Provide Financial Aid To Greece

We suggested the Greek pivot from Europe to Russia was building previously, and now, we get confirmation from Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov that the pivot could be mutual, who told CNBC in the interview below:
*RUSSIA WOULD WEIGH FINANCE FOR GREECE IF ASKED, SILUANOV: CNBC With fire and brimstone spewing from Germany over the potential for Greece to veto any and everything, it seems Russia may just have stymied Europe’s leverage over the newly democratic nation.
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Recall that a German central banker warned of dire problems should the new government call the country’s aid program into question, jeopardizing funding for the banks.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/29/2015.

Former NBC and Bloomberg Executive and Head of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of America Compares RT to Terrorist Groups

Andrew Lack was sworn in this week as the first chief executive of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, putting him in charge of an agency with a $700 million budget and an outsize influence on shaping world opinion about the United States. Foreign policy experts and some critics say the appointment of Mr. Lack, the former president of NBC News and a prominent news media executive, represents a sea change for the often-criticized agency, which oversees United States government-supported civilian international news media such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio Free Asia.
‘We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram, ‘ he said. ‘But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.’
– From the New York Times article: U. S. Seeking a Stronger World Media Voice
I have appeared on Russia Today (RT) several times in the past. First on Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert’s Keiser Report, but also as a guest the now defunct Capital Account. Before appearing on these shows, no one ever told me what I could or could not say. Rather, we simply talked freely about whatever I was writing on at the time. I am certainly no spokesperson or cheerleader for Russia, as I am against centralized, authoritarian nation-states no matter where they occur. Nevertheless, I am an American citizen, so that is and should be my primary concern. Certainly, I was chosen as a guest because I was an ardent critic of the inept, crony, war criminal executives running the out of control American Empire, but so what?
RT’s success was not because the Russian state poured so much time and money into the network. It’s success was a direct result of the U. S. mainstream media being so childish and useless. By spewing a mind-numbing amount of inane celebrity gossip, sports drama and cartoonish American propaganda, a massive audience yearning for a different perspective was already present and underserved. RT merely came along and filled that void. This isn’t to say RT isn’t biased, but then again who isn’t biased? Bias isn’t bad as long as there is a free market in the exchange of ideas. What RT offered was a different perspective, and different perspectives in a free society are a good thing, whether you agree with them or not. Kind of like free speech.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jan 29, 2015.

Facebook’s New ‘Chinese-style’ Political Censorship System Goes Global?

21st Century Wire says…
Last week 21WIRE reported on Facebook’s new communitarian policy whereby readers can ‘flag’ content as ‘fake news’ if they believe it’s not real, or if they do not like it. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo False Flag event, the social media giant appears to be now allowing governments to determine what is ‘good free speech’ and what is not. Is it censorship? You decide…
‘An article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed’. If the article is flagged by any anonymous person (most likely, from a political opponent of the news story in question), then the post creator is hit with the alert that says, ‘many people have reported that this story contains false information’. It’s common sense that just because someone else says something is false, or true for that matter – does not always mean that is the case. Most smart readers can figure this out themselves, but do we want/need ‘faceless’ communitarians to decide that for us? This kind of approach will only lower the bar of intellectual ability in the long run. This is the danger of this type of nanny state.
That’s one Facebook tool specifically designed to destroy free speech. The next tool is much larger, and even more blunt – which is Facebook’s emerging strategy which appears to’customize’ regional governments’ ability to drop a censorship curtain down on the social media platform in a particular country. Would Facebook ever partner with repressive regimes? Of course they would, and they already have.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 28, 2015.

Meet Loretta Lynch – Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Who Might be Even Worse than Eric Holder

On matters of policy, Ms. Lynch called capital punishment ‘an effective penalty’ and said she disagreed with Mr. Obama’s statements that marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol. She called the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records ‘certainly constitutional, and effective.’
– From the New York Times article: Criticism of Holder Dominates Hearing on Loretta Lynch, Attorney General’s Possible Successor
Eric Holder made a career out of protecting and coddling financial oligarchs (his 1999 memo essentially invented ‘Too Big to Jail’). This was such a lucrative decision for Mr. Holder, that it allowed him to climb all the way to the top of his profession. The dividends that supporting this man ultimately paid to Wall Street criminals was priceless. Not only were they bailed out despite wrecking the U. S. economy, they have since funneled all of the wealth gains since 2009 to themselves, while remaining above the law. This truly remarkable heist is what both Barack Obama and Eric Holder will be remembered for by history. Congratulations guys.
When Eric Holder announced his resignation, many of us breathed a sigh of relief thinking it can’t get much worse, but not so fast. The authoritarian streak and rampant cronyism of the Obama administration is a well oiled machine. You didn’t think you’d get off that easily did you? Enter Loretta Lynch.
I’ve touched upon Mrs. Lynch’s record previously, in the post, Wall Street Journal Reports Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Has Been Involved in $904 Million in Asset Forfeitures. Here’s an excerpt:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jan 29, 2015.

Telecom Outrage: Obamaphone Program Plagued With Fraud: Over 13 Million Free Cell Phones Given Away In 2014

Among the free entitlements offered to lower-income individuals and those less fortunate are free cell phones subsidized by tax payments from the middle class. The program, originally designed under President Ronald Reagan and pushed into the mainstream by President George Bush, has exploded under President Obama with over 13 million phones issued to ‘qualified’ individuals in 2014 alone. The phones are supposed to give people who would otherwise not be able to afford them a lifeline to emergency services and loved ones.
But according to an undercover report by CBS News, the Lifeline Wireless program is plagued by outrageous levels of fraud.
If you own a cellphone, you pay for the free phones and their wireless plans via a monthly tax on your cellphone called the Universal Service Tax. Although the Lifeline wireless program has been around since 2005 and started under President George W. Bush, it ballooned under President Obama and the phones are often referred to as Obamaphones.
To qualify for one of the cellphone plans, you have to be low income – on food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance or some other government program.
But multiple times a CBS4 producer and reporter found phone agents in Denver circumventing strict government rules to ensure that only the truly needy get the free phones.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 29th, 2015.

Ukraine Is “Pressing” Obama For $3 Billion In Financial Aid

It would appear Gazprom has once again come knocking for payment – or else. As Bloomberg reports, Ukraine is pressing the Obama administration to provide political support, as much as $3b in financial aid and ‘non-lethal weapons,’ with the goal of some progress by the end of February, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko says. Of course, given Europe’s agreement to further sanction Russia (asEU agrees more “punitive” steps are now possible) President Obama will be happy to lend Ukraine more American taxpayer money (despite the market’s perception that Ukraine’s default probability is over 80% – six year highs).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/29/2015.

Plans to Combine the Measles and Ebola Vaccine

All viruses mutate, some easier than others. Ebola is an RNA virus, like influenza, and these viruses have a high rate of mutation so the changes in Ebola were, to some extent, to be expected. What wasn’t expected was the speed of change and how it has changed.
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, France have said in an interview with the BBC that the first mutations occurred a mere 24 days after the outbreak started.
‘We know the virus is changing quite a lot,’ said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai.
‘That’s important for diagnosing (new cases) and for treatment. We need to know how the virus (is changing) to keep up with our enemy.’
‘We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,”These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.’
‘These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on January 29th, 2015.

Greece Is Once Again a Victim of Democracy

Tempests Everywhere And then democracy comes into being after the poor have conquered their opponents, slaughtering some and banishing some, while to the remainder they give an equal share of freedom and power.
– Socrates, Plato’s The Republic
A snowstorm battered the East Coast of the US today. Politics rocked southern Europe.
Sitting here on the edge of the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a gentle breeze stirring the trees… birds singing… surfers carrying their boards across the sand…
… it’s hard to imagine the tempest in North America, let alone the swirling clouds over the Parthenon. The radical left-wing Syriza coalition party won in Greece.
Once again, Greece is a victim of democracy.
Austerity? What Austerity? What this means, exactly, is anybody’s guess. The Wall Street Journal struggled
‘Within minutes of the close of the polls, Germany’s powerful central-bank chief, Jens Weidmann, pushed back.
‘It is clear that Greece will remain dependent on support and it’s also clear that this aid will be provided only when it is in an aid program,’ he said in an interview with television broadcaster ARD.
A message on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s usual Twitter account, meanwhile, warned that the Greek result will ‘increase economic uncertainty across Europe.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on January 28, 2015.

EU Threatens Sanctions on Russia as War in Ukraine Intensifies, Greece Pivots to Russia

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in east Ukraine.
A woman pushes a cart as she visits a hypermarket of French grocery retailer Auchan in Moscow, Jan. 15, 2015. A new poll shows 80 percent of Russians would give up Western food for a stronger economy. Reuters
The EU and the US have already imposed sanctions on Russia and slapped asset freezes and travel bans on Russian individuals and businesses.
NATO says hundreds of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are in east Ukraine. Moscow denies direct involvement but says some Russian volunteers are fighting alongside the rebels.
Tensions between Russia and the West are intensifying. President Obama’s suggestion that Russia would be cut out of the SWIFT banking transfer system was met with a degree of hostility and threatening words that has not been customary of the Russian government.

This post was published at Gold Core on January 29, 2015.

Measles Police State: ‘Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail’

Never mind the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and other basic freedoms that uphold parents’ rights to make decisions about the health care their children receive.
Never mind the evidence that vaccines aren’t as effective as their makers have promised.
Shutter to think, according to the Office of Medical and Scientific Justice, ‘the theory of ‘herd immunity’ is failing or was flawed to begin with’ while a 2014 Council on Foreign Relations report found:
‘the most highly vaccinated populations are also those with the greatest number of outbreaks for those same infectious diseases. This was especially the case for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and pertussis outbreaks,’ with the U. S. Canada and rest of the Western world leading the list.
Never mind all that.
For many, the measles outbreak at Disneyland is the proof that this matter should no longer be a choice.
Already, an unvaccinated Pasadena woman has been forcibly quarantined after her sister contracted measles.
But it is going further.

This post was published at shtfplan on January 29th, 2015.