Ukraine Halts Russian Gas Purchases After Price Talks Fail

It has been a bad day for deals and deadlines all around: first Greece is about to enter July without a bailout program and in default to the IMF with the ECB about to yank its ELA support or at least cut ELA haircuts; also the US failed to reach a nuclear deal with Iran in a can-kicking negotiation that has become so farcical there is no point in even covering it; and now moments ago a third June 30 “deal” failed to reach an acceptable conclusion when Russia and Ukraine were unable to reach an agreement on gas prices at talks in Vienna on Tuesday. As a result, Ukraine is suspending its purchase of Russian gas.
According to RT, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak and Ukraine’s Energy and Coal Minister Vladimir Demchishin both admitted to reporters that the negotiations had born no fruit. Demchishin added that there would be a new round of talks in September.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/30/2015.

Get Out Of The US By The End Of The Year – Jeff Berwick on Double Crossed Radio

The following video was published by TheDollarVigilante on Jun 30, 2015
Jeff is interviewed by Chuck Horton for Double Crossed Radio, topics include: Supreme courts make the congress irrelevant & take power from the states, NDAA, TPP, rapid roll out of the NWO, cashless society, you cant free those who don’t see their chains, vanishing privacy, rise of civil forfeiture, most people unaware it is happening, involuntary social contract, the power of the net to propagate counter narrative, we are in the end stages, US government out of control and other counties getting sick of it, Jeff attends the G7 and infiltrates Bilderberg, fake journalism in the main street media, burgeoning freedom in Guatemala, expatriation, Ecuador, Estonia, Cambodia, Columbia, Panama, relative freedom and safety with the US, Liberland, Hong Kong and much more…

Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this ‘is an issue primarily of concern to Europe’ and that ‘I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved’. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis. So is he correct?
I had to smile when I saw a Politico article today with the following headline: ‘Barack Obama on Greece: meh’. While admitting that this crisis is likely to be ‘very painful for the Greek people’, Obama just doesn’t seem to be impressed by the threat that this crisis poses to the global financial system as a whole…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on June 30th, 2015.

Keiser Report: Greece! Start Fresh (E777)

The following video was published by RT on Jun 30, 2015
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the idea of ‘nothing to fear but fear itself’ as Greece puts an end to sovereign asset forfeiture as capital controls and bank holidays are declared after its government called a referendum. In the second half, Max interviews American defense attorney Craig Brand about civil asset forfeiture.

Now We’re Even Going to Have a ‘Smart’ Oven, Complete with Image Recognition Camera

Everything in the future is set to be ‘smart’; that is, it will be filled with technology, connected to the Internet of Things, and constantly making data.
Now, we’re about to see a smart oven that comes complete with an image recognition camera.
Forbes reports that, ‘The June oven will not only recognize what you put into the oven – say cookies or muffins – but also know how many you are putting in and automatically calculate the correct cook time and temperature.’
Wow. The technology will be so smart we will barely have to do anything except stuff the food in the oven and walk off.
Ain’t all this smart technology just great? Now the NSA can monitor and illegally steal data from our ovens, too!

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 30th, 2015.

A 14 Year Old Explains Why Socialism Fails

Socialism is one of the biggest breakout economic ideologies of the 20th century. Although the UK general election was won by capitalists, socialism has more advocates than ever before, as a growing contingent are proposing a redistribution of wealth. You just need to look at the 250,000 people who protested on Saturday against the Conservatives’ cuts; only for them to announce 12 billion of welfare cuts a short time later. It is easy to see from this that socialism is becoming increasingly popular in modern society as more and more people are becoming aware of the perceived inequality that exists between the affluent 1% and the rest. However, I am of the opinion that socialism cannot work in modern society, or any society, for that matter, and my reasons are below.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/30/2015.

Source of Chaos: Tunisia Shooter Trained in LIBYA

Watch a video of this report here:

Investigators now believe that it is ‘likely’ that the shooter, who took the lives of at least 39 people at a Tunisian holiday resort, trained in neighbouring Libya.
Yes, that would be the same Libya that was subjected to a ‘humanitarian intervention’, which, far from saving people, turned a functioning sovereign state into a failed state quite literally overnight. Gaddafi’s regime has been seen as a ‘beacon of light’ compared with the state of affairs in Libya today.
An official source told Reuters that their ‘investigations show Saif Rezgui was in contact with terrorists in Libya and he likely trained in a Libyan camp’.
It is estimated that 3000 Tunisians have left the country to fight and train with extremists in Libya, Iraq and Syria; all of which are now facing huge issues with terrorism.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 30, 2015.

Here’s Why, On Autos, Fortune is a Lemon

Memo to journalists at Fortune: If you want to run an ‘Aha!’-type item based on a new report or study, at least read the whole document – and report all its main findings. Because apparently no one involved in its coverage of the latest index of American-made cars and light trucks followed this rule, its readers were denied crucial facts and context.
Here’s how Fortune led off the post in question: ‘The phrase ‘made in America’ has always pulled at the hearts and wallets of loyal, red-blooded consumers, and never more so than in the automotive space. But according to research released Monday, the car company that qualifies as most American is….the Toyota Camry.’
And in case you have any doubts about the main point Fortune wanted to make, here’s what the magazine concluded after spotlighting two more ‘surprises’ about declining domestic content in vehicles sold in the U. S. market: ‘Globalization is here.’ If you think this it’s coincidental that this observation came on the heels of a knock-down drag-out fight in Congress on trade policy, I’ve got some turnip truck tickets to sell you.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson ‘ June 30, 2015.

The New Great Game Round-Up: June 30, 2015

Kyrgyzstan- Color Revolution Expert Richard Miles Caught Red-Handed, WUC- Turkey Highlighting “China’s Brutality in East Turkestan” & More!
*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U. S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
When the Armenian authorities reluctantly approved a request by the country’s energy monopoly, Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA), to increase electricity tariffs from the beginning of August by 7 Armenian dram (1.5 U. S. cent), President Serzh Sargsyan and his government didn’t expect that this could turn into a huge problem. They knew full well that ENA was trying to compensate for its losses, which had been caused by graft, but figured that the people would put up with yet another rate increase – the third one over the past two years. However, this time many Armenians decided that enough was enough. What started with a small sit-in in the center of Yerevan on June 19 soon evolved into huge protests on Baghramyan Avenue. As more and more people joined “Electric Yerevan,” the government began to understand the gravity of the situation and tried to nip the protests in the bud:

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on June 30, 2015.

Here’s Your Fallout Shelter For WSJ Housing PR Bomb

Given the way that the Wall Street Journal and its biggest client, the National Association of Realtors keep you in the dark and feed you manure, they must think you are a mushroom. They did it last week with the ‘existing home sales’ and have done it again this week with the ‘pending home sales’ release. Pending home sales were down, not up in May, as the report said.
Here’s why the WSJ may not be interested in allowing you to see the light of day. Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal is the PR affiliate of his Move, Inc. which operates websites and mobile products for the NAR. The NAR is the monolithic, monopolistic US housing marketing cartel that controls the market, spending billions to disseminate its propaganda to the public, and to manipulate Congress. The incestuous relationship between the NAR and Rupert Murdoch’s organs prevents any possibility of fair and balanced reporting of the news when it comes to housing (or virtually anything else around which Murdoch has his power mongering propaganda tentacles).
‘Pending home sales’ are contracts, reported at the time the contract was signed by both buyer and seller. ‘Existing home sales’ are the closings (aka ‘settlements’ in some states), when the deeds are transferred. The contract is when the actual, real-time meeting of the minds takes place. This is far more timely market data than the data on closings.
The closing is the official transfer of the deed, which usually occurs 30-60 days after the date of the contract. This data is then delayed in recording and reporting by another 30 days or so. By the time the media reports ‘existing home sales’ the data is stale. Case Shiller compounds the problem by using a 3 month average, causing another 6 weeks of lag.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Lee Adler ‘ June 30, 2015.

8 TPP Facts the Whole Country Can Get Mad About

‘Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.’ -James Thurber
You know what’s funny?
In all this clamor about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, no one is noticing… and this is going to sound strange… how beautiful it is.
Beautiful? Yes, beautiful.
The beauty of the TPP is that there’s something inside it… at least one thing… that every single sane individual can abhor. And that unprecedented level of disgust is magnificent.
Today and tomorrow, we’ll prove it. We’re going to pull opinions from all bands of the political spectrum and show you why the entire hue cycle disapproves of the TPP.
We’ll also explain why this is good… and how the people can use this as a springboard to fight the power.
[Cue Public Enemy intro.] It’s all part of this week’s LFT series: ‘Eight TPP Facts the Whole World Can Get Mad About.’
Or, if you’d like, ‘Eight TPP Facts to Make Your Blood Boil.’
Either one works.
We’ll get to the facts in a moment.
First, though, let’s talk about how you too can find beauty in the TPP’s wart-faced horrendousness. It’s there.
You just have to dig deep.
If you’ve never heard of Robert Greene, it’s time to get acquainted.
He has written two excellent books – 33 Strategies of War and The 48 Laws of Power. Both of them outline how governments, kings, and tyrants have lorded over people with continuing success for thousands of years.
And, more interestingly, he sprinkles in tidbits on how to fight back.
One strategy Greene outlines in 33 Strategies is ‘The Guerilla-War-Of-The-Mind Strategy.’ The key concept, he says, is simple: ‘Do not fight the last war.’
Greene elaborates:

This post was published at Laissez Faire on Jun 30, 2015.

Louisiana Wal-Mart Creates ISIS Flag Cake After Rejecting Confederate Flag Cake

Last week, I weighed in with my thoughts on the whole Confederate flag debate in the post: Video of the Day – CNN Reporter Dumbfounded as Black College Student Defends the Confederate Flag. If you never had a chance to read it, I suggest taking a look now.
When it comes to the Confederate flag, I think it is completely appropriate to debate whether or not states should have the symbol on their flags. When it comes to private businesses, that’s an entirely different story. Whether a business wants to sell Confederate flag merchandise, or ban them, should be entirely up to the business. That being said, it is certainly clear that the Confederate flag means many different things to many different people. If Wal-Mart or any other company wants to ban such items without taking context into consideration, that’s fine. I just happen to think it’s a pretty stupid decision.
It’s a stupid decision because of events like the incident that just happened in Louisiana, in which Chuck Netzhammer asked his local Wal-Mart to make a cake with the following image on it:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jun 30, 2015.

Western Presstitutes Dumbfounded by Vladimir Putin’s 89% Approval Rating

The Saker notes that the disapproving 11% are not pleased because they want Putin to take a more hardline policy toward the West. In other words, the country is unified in standing up to the West.
What does Vladimir Putin’s 89% rating mean? June 30, 2015
Think Russians are tiring of conflict with the West? Not according to President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings, which hit all-time highs of 89 percent Wednesday (…) Putin’s ratings jumped from 65 percent in January 2014 to 80 percent two months later, and they’ve stayed in the 80s ever since, according to measurements from the Moscow-based Levada Center, the only independent polling organization in Russia. They’ve kept going up: In Putin’s 15 years in office, they’ve never been higher than June’s 89 percent (…) The 89 percent approval rating is also a testimony to the near-unanimity of views about Russia’s current direction.
The Washington Post is correct: the Russian people do fully support Putin, especially if you consider that the 11% which are not happy with him are largely composed of Communists who blame Putin for being too sympathetic to capitalist market economy practices, nationalists who think that the Kremlin is too soft or indecisive about supporting Novorussia against the Ukronazis and maybe 1-3% (max!) who generally support the USA & EU. So in terms of the current confrontation with the AngloZionist Empire the real approval rating of Putin would be in the 97-98% range.
What does this mean?

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on June 30, 2015.

Big money: pump and dump as a way of life

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)
‘Imagine this: you want to buy and own Product X, which is valued at $10,000. You’re in a rare position. You can make that product sell for $1. You can do that. Then you can buy it and own it. In fact, you can do that with lots of products. Now, instead of products, imagine you can do that with whole companies, with industrial sectors, and even with large chunks of nations. You can spend $1 instead of $10,000. But wait, there’s more. You can re-inflate what you just reduced to $1. You can make it worth $10,000 again and you still own it. You can go up and you can go down. You control both sides of the mountain, the upside and the downside. This is money-management, Globalism-style. This is day-in, day-out manipulation. It’s done with the same routine configurations as making and having breakfast. A few of these configurations are calledtrade treaties.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Let’s start with the analogy of the stock market. To boil it down, here is how the game is played by insiders:
They acquire many, many shares of a stock and then they push the price up, up, up, and then they create a top, crash it, sending the stock price off a cliff to a dismal bottom.
They profit greatly on the way up (pump), and then, selling short (dump), they pile up more profits on the way down.
Getting away with it is like having a license to print money.
But this single pump and dump doesn’t have to be the end of the game. As the crashed stock creeps along a new discouraging bottom, the insiders quietly buy it again, preparing for a repeat cycle – up, up, up, top, top, top, crash, crash, crash, down, down, down.
Now imagine this pump and dump strategy applied to companies. Better yet, imagine it applied to a number of companies within a given industry all at once.
This is euphemistically called a bubble.
For instance, the dot-com bubble of the 1990s. The conventional wisdom was, overenthusiastic investors jumped on the new Internet dot-com bandwagon, put money into every crazy company they could find in this sector, all the companies were vastly overvalued, and then came the crash.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on June 29, 2015.

U.S. Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

This article was written by Brandon Turbeville and originally published at Activist Post
When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U. S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terrorists – directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.
Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.
According to the Pentagon, Syrian ‘rebels’ being trained and ‘vetted’ by the United States are receiving ‘compensation’ to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America’s proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these ‘new’ terrorists are receiving a stipend.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 30 June 2015.

White Transport Vehicles Entering USA Ports and Strip Mall Conversions to FEMA Camps Spells Trouble

The United States is witnessing the importation of white buses and vans in record numbers. Malls, all across the UK, Canada and the United States are witnessing strip mall conversion to FEMA camp guard towers. Further, new malls are incorporating FEMA camp guard towers into their construction. And the largest owners of malls in North America have struck a deal with DHS to allow their facilities to be used as FEMA camp detention facilities. What does it all mean?
UN Trucks Spotted In Missouri And Military Is Digging a Lake
There is no question as to what is happening here. Do these vehicles belong on U. S. soil? Why are they here. What does this mean to you and me?
Ominous Convoy of White Buses Seen Entering and Leaving Port of Jacksonville, Florida
Dahboo777 captures a large number mysterious ‘White Buses’ in the Port of Jacksonville. We have previously seen these buses inland and traveling on the nation’s highways. These kinds of buses have been seen headed into Baltimore and they were carrying large numbers of troops. Yet, these troops were never deployed in Baltimore for riot control. That is, because as I have stated many times before, part of Jade Helm is about prepositioning troops for World War III and various ‘assets’ are being put into place for massive crowd control. Further, to assist in the roundup of millions of Americans, foreign troops will be used and these buses will also be utilized for this purpose as well. Please note the lack of identifying labels on the trucks.
Dahboo 777 noted that busies of this type were spotted between stadiums and they were filled with military troops. Please allow me to remind you that DHS has contracted with every major league sports franchise to use their stadiums and arenas for impromptu FEMA camps. In fact, in Operation Mountain Guardian, in 2011, this very event was rehearsed in Denver and it involved the shutdown of Denver International Airport and Sports Authority Field where the Denver Broncos plays football in the National Football League. In the drill, children were taken from Denver elementary schools, during school hours without the permission of their parents. This same drill was repeated in New Jersey where the New York Giants NFL football team plays. Due to a lack of resources, DHS used the buses of the Denver Public Schools to forcibly take children to Sport Authority Field. This time, DHS is prepared and has their fleet of White Buses.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on June 30, 2015.

Mr. “Lie When It’s Serious” Juncker, Lectures Greece On the Truth; Coordinated Meddling

Irony of the Day
In a bitter 40 minute lecture, European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, lectures Greece on the “truth”.
Other than being a pompous buffoon, Jean-Claude Juncker is most famous for his statement “When it becomes serious, you have to lie“.
I believe it’s safe to say that things are serious.
Coordinated Meddling
Please consider Eurozone Leaders Take Coordinated Gamble with Response to Athens
By publicly insisting that Greece’s referendum on Sunday is a choice about the country’s future in the eurozone, Europe’s leaders are taking a high-risk political gamble that their intervention will win over Greek voters rather than alienate them.
The strategy was carefully chosen. According to two eurozone officials, the EU’s three most high-profile leaders – Angela Merkel, the German chancellor; Franois Hollande, the French president; and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president – co-ordinated how they would respond to the Greek government’s call for a No vote during a series of phone calls at the weekend.

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

Cake-Correctness: ‘ISIS Cake Anybody Can Buy at Walmart… But You Can’t Buy Confederate’

As we all know the Confederate flag has been put in the crosshairs as an icon of racial tensions, but this story takes the cake! (Wait, sorry).
Walmart must put cake in its mouth, after the corporate giant is cleverly caught in a cultural hypocrisy of its own weaving.
First, the store refused to make a cake for a Louisiana man designed with the Confederate flag stars and bars and the words ‘Heritage Not Hate.’
However, in a follow up request, the same man ordered an ISIS flag cake, which the Walmart bakery did fulfill.
Why? To make a point about free speech and the narrow, flimsy and shifting targets of ‘hate speech’ rules:
Chuck Netzhammer said he ordered the image of the Confederate flag on a cake with the words, ‘Heritage Not Hate,’ on Thursday at a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana. But the bakery denied his request, he said. At some point later, he ordered the image of the ISIS flag that represents the terrorist group.

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

Greece’s Economic Disaster May Spread To Other Countries – Episode 704

The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 29, 2015
Central Bankers now pushing falsehoods to cover up the Greek problem. Greeks are protesting against austerity. Greece will open 700 branches and will allow pension withdrawals only. S&P downgrades Greece and predicts a default. Puerto Rico reports that they cannot pay their debts. Some Italian banks stay closed on Monday. White House says Greece problem will not effect US Banks. Central banks of central banks says not prepared for a major collapse. Obama sign TAA fast track. Ukraine positions tanks to the contact line. US intelligence reporting (no real facts) Assad is getting ready to use an unknown chemicals in a chemical attack. Turkey now setting up a buffer zone in Syria.