Central Banks Nervous as Alternative Currency with David Bowie’s Face Goes Viral

Brixton, U. K. – One of the best ways for the general public to take power back is to develop alternative currencies – both local and global – that allow people to trade outside of the corporate-government banking systems and central bank notes.
Many people in different areas of the world have been moderately successful at implementing local currencies, such as Mountain Hours orIthaca Hours, which have gained traction in the U. S.
In London, an interesting alternative currency bearing the face of pop singer David Bowie has recently come into circulation. According to Market Watch, the local currency is specialized for the Brixton community in southwest London. It is officially called the ‘Brixton Pound.’
Tom Shakhli, manager of the Brixton Pound effort, said, ‘They are using it because they want to feel connected to the local area. Every time you use it, you’re like a financial activist. You’re taking part in this act which is subverting the norm, which is to hand over your 10 note very passively.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 3rd, 2015.

The China Slowdown: Who Loses in the Middle East?

Recent volatility in China’s stock market signals investors’ general skepticism about the economy’s prospects. However, Middle East oil exporters may stand to lose the most if the growth of Chinese oil consumption slows down too much.
Deeper economic ties with the Middle East has been a top priority for Chinese leaders in recent years. According to the Economist, trade between China and the Middle East has increased by more than 600% within the last decade, to roughly $230 billion in 2014.
Though the relationship is largely based on the oil trade, the People’s Republic also enjoys access to a large market of relatively affluent consumers in places like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt.
But closer ties also pose a risk for China’s Middle East trading partners. When Chinese stocksfell about 16% last week, it led to massive sell-offs on exchanges across the region. John Sfakianakis, Middle East director at Ashmore Group, told ArabianBusiness.com that equity markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council fell 30% over the last two weeks. Moreover, a slowdown in Chinese investment and construction growth triggered sharply lower prices of basic commodities.
The consensus appears to be that China’s stock market volatility is linked to very real concerns about the country’s future economic performance. Most pertinent for the Middle East, analysts forecast slower growth in Chinese consumers’ demand for oil, which would add to an already flush global market and continue to put downward pressure on crude prices. Indeed, bilateral trade between China and its major Middle East partners is already down compared to last year.

This post was published at FinancialSense on 09/03/2015.

West Point Professor Calls For Military Strikes On Journalists Critical Of War On Terror

An assistant professor from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point recently declared that professionals critical of the ‘War on Terror’ constitute a ‘treasonous’ opposition that should be subject to military force.
He believes the U. S. should have the right to attack people who are critical of U. S. military operations – specifically, professionals, legal scholars, journalists, and other people effectively spreading ideas that oppose war.
Professor William C. Bradford went as far as to publish a long academic paper in the National Security Law Journal that aggressively promotes suppressing dissent about military force, civilian casualties, and expanding military operations in the Middle East.
Using the excuse that victims would be ‘lawful targets,’ Bradford argues that ‘law school facilities, scholars’ home offices and media outlets where they give interviews’ should be targeted with military force to suppress dissent. He asserted that the war on terror should be expanded, ‘even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage.’
He further suggested that the U. S. should wage ‘total war’ on ‘Islamism,’ using ‘conventional and nuclear force and [psychological operations]‘ to ‘leave them prepared to coexist with the West or be utterly eradicated.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2015.

Jade Helm Foreign Occupation Troops Will Soon Be ‘Detaining’ American Citizens in the Southwest

I fear that an economic collapse may be right around the corner as all the signs are in evidence. I am often left wondering what means will this administration employ in order to keep control over the American people.
Are British Soldiers Planning to Assist In Implementing Martial Law in the Southwest
The following video was sent to me by a reader. I am issuing a ***’Language Alert’*** as the expletives are noteworthy. However, I felt the content of the message, give other similar events outweighed the graphic language contained in this video. If you would prefer to avoid the foul language, I have summarized this message in a five-point summary below the video.
This is the story of a truck driver, who claims that he had a drunken encounter with British troops in Albuquerque, New Mexico in which the solders made some stunning revelations. Normally, this is the kind of story that I delete from my email and move on. However, in this instance, my gut was screaming that, despite the crude presentation, this story has credibility. Further, I am to link the content of this story to other reports of a similar nature. And these other reports have been held back by me pending further confirmation. Here is the video and again, view discretion is strongly advised.
If you chose not watch the video based upon the warning of foul language, here is a summary of what was said in the video.
In Southern states, Americans will be detained. Martial law will be declared. Americans will be chipped. Many Americans are already chipped and don’t know it. Sometime between September 15 to the end of September (i.e. ‘September 20 something ‘), ‘Americans will hate being Americans’. The impacted was described as being in the South, from ‘Texas ….west’. ‘When I get my load delivered in Texas, I am getting my family and stalking up on food, water and guns’…

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 3, 2015.

Deleting American History: Under New Standards, ‘U.S. Constitution Simply Ignored by Teachers’

‘The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. […] He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.’ – George Orwell, 1984
Common Core and similar corporate-driven efforts to alter education are starting to have some serious consequences.
Rewriting history is a major part of the silent takeover that is and has been underway for some time.
The powers that be are interested in control, not in freedom. That much is understood.
As such, American history – as ugly and bloody as it has been – cannot be told. Knowledge about the U. S. Constitution, the critical Bill of Rights and the revolution for independence are inconvenient facts to the new social engineering.
Incredibly, public schools are now actually beginning to rewrite history by omitting this pivotal chapter from classrooms.

This post was published at shtfplan on September 2nd, 2015.

Judge Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Selling Kids to For-Profit Prison; Police Chief Sentenced to 1 Year for Murder

Finally, a state judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison for taking bribes from a private juvenile prison where he sentenced kids for the profit of the prison. I have yet to meet any judge who is actually ‘HONORABLE’ as the title they bestow upon themselves suggests. The issue is not that all judges accept bribes; rather it is that judges are biased to rule in favor of the government who appoints them. This is one position that could be replaced by a computer that simply renders a verdict based SOLELY upon the law. There should also be an independent board that must first rule on the constitutionality of every law passed by government. It is seriously wrong to allow government to enact whatever law they desire and then place the burden upon individual citizens to prove such a law is illegal.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 3, 2015.

China’s “Historic” 70th Victory Day Parade: Live Webcast

For those wondering why Chinese futures aren’t crashing as of this moment, only to surge in the last hour of trading like plunge protected clockwork, the reason (and also the patriotic alibi behind China’s “National Team” valiant, if failed, attempts to get a green Shanghai Composite close the past three days) is shown below: this is what Tiananmen Square looked like moments ago before the start of China’s “historic” 70th V-day parade celebrating the anniversary of the end of the second world war as well as China’s victory over Japan, not necessarily in that order (it is still unclear if those five Chinese ships parked off of Alaska are in any way related to today’s festivities).
Here, via Xinhua, is a list of China’s contributions in the war effort:
1 million — Since the July 7 Incident in 1937, when full-scale war against Japanese aggression broke out, the Chinese battlefield tied up about 1 million Japanese troops, or two thirds of the total Japanese army. This allowed the Soviet Union to deploy more than half a million troops from the Far East to the country’s major battlefield with the German Nazis, thus accelerating its victory against Germany. 1.5 million — As the major battlefield of the Pacific War, China inflicted heavy casualties on the Japanese aggressors, costing them 1.5 million troops, which makes up more than 70 percent of total Japanese military casualties in the war.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2015.

America – Good, Bad Or Ugly? Part 1: The Bad

I wanted to start with The Bad and then move on to The Ugly so that I can end on a positive note with The Good.
So over the past couple days I’ve read several articles in which someone who is publicly an adamant proponent of righteous behaviour was exposed as being a complete hypocrite (think essentially any politician). And this really got me to thinking about the epidemic that has befallen America. We no longer have anyone in positions of trust acting with any sense of integrity. Our policymakers, bankers, corporations, unions, etc., all of these institutions have become nothing but a mechanism to enhance the personal positions of those who have the ability to directly or indirectly control the actions of those institutions.
By the late 1990′s the world was in the most prolonged period of global peace since WWII. Accordingly, military budgets around the world were being slashed. And so those with the powers that be decided the world therefore required some new wars to ensure peace continued (not kidding that is exactly what they argued), as I evidenced in an article last year, The Most Essential Lessons of History that No One Wants to Admit. Now the thing is, it’s not just politicians and policymakers that are devoid of any common decency these days but those who can manipulate every facet of our society.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2015.

US Military Training Events Spread Across Europe In Preparation For War – Episode 756b

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 2, 2015
The US Government/ central bankers are doing what ever they can to wipe away free speech. Ukraine says if parliament doesn’t vote for debt restructuring Ukraine will default. Official defense documents in Ukraine names Russia as ‘military adversary’. US pushes training events all through out Europe. US and the proxy army IS are using water as a weapon in Syria. General Petreaus wants to give weapons to al-Qaeda, which the US has been doing along he just wants to make it legal. US launches secret drone mission in Syria. Another explosion at a Japanese chemical plant occurred after the Chinese explosion..

Who Would Win World War 3? The Infographic

For those unaware, China is conducting a massive military parade on Wednesday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The event – which is accompanied by a three-day public holiday – is important for Xi Jinping, who is keen to project China’s strength to the world, especially in the wake of the country’s economic deceleration and highly publicized stock market meltdown.
Of course the parade also comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.
China’s land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea – where the PLA has constructed nearly 3,000 acres of new sovereign territory atop reefs – has regional US allies on edge. The dispute came to a head earlier this year when China effectively threatened to shoot down a US spy plane carrying a CNN crew over the Spratlys.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2015.

Guest Post: Trump Can Win The GOP Nomination

To save myself from answering this question repeatedly, these are the thoughts I have had about Trump since he became a presidential candidate, which were partly expressed in a Politico article over a month ago.
First of all, I think his support is firm and shows no sign of diminishing. He has already weathered storms such as his criticism of John McCain that would have doomed any other candidate. Anyone who thinks he is the current version of Cain, Bachmann, Santorum or other nutcase that briefly led the GOP field in 2012 is dead wrong.
Keep in mind also that in primary elections, one doesn’t need majority support to win in a field with multiple candidates. And intensity of support is often more important than the percentage. Support for the designated favorite of party insiders is often exaggerated in polls and I think Trump’s supporters are unusually motivated.
Second, Trump’s positions on the issues are largely irrelevant to his success. None of his supporters care whether a wall across Mexico is remotely feasible or that he regularly flip-flops on the issues. What he is selling is attitude and a certain fascistic form of leadership. He will get things done, his supporters believe. And it’s less important what he will do than that he will do something.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2015.

FBI Admits to Spying on Burning Man Festival

While the annual art festival known as ‘Burning Man’ may sound like an innocent gathering of free-spirited hippies and ravers, in reality, you might be surprised to find that it has a dark underbelly that threatens the security of the United States of America. That is, if the FBI is to be believed anyway, because apparently Burning Man poses a big enough threat to be spied on by the government.
Recent documents attained by a FOIA request reveal that since at least 2010, the FBI has been keeping tabs on the festival, while maintaining documents on the revelers to ‘aid in the prevention of terrorist activities and intelligence collection’.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 2nd, 2015.

China Launches Biggest Military Overhaul in Decades as Warships Spotted Off Alaska for First Time

It’s never a good sign when the world’s second largest economy announces the most significant revamp of its military in decades, at almost the exact same time that its economy implodes. Unfortunately, this is what just happened. From Bloomberg:
President Xi Jinping will as soon as this month announce the most sweeping overhaul of the Chinese military in at least three decades, moving it closer to a U. S.-style joint command structure, people familiar with the matter said.
The blueprint would unify the army, navy, air force and strategic missile corps under one command, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the proposal hasn’t been released. The plans call for thinning the ranks of officers and traditional ground forces, helping elevate the role of the navy and air force, to better project force in a modern conflict, they said.
Xi is preparing to unveil the proposal in the wake of Thursday’s World War II anniversary parade in Beijing, which will showcase his authority over the People’s Liberation Army and China’s growing clout in the region. The plan to mold the military into a force that meets Xi’s goal of being ‘able to fight and win a modern war’ has been delayed for months as anti-graft investigators swept up dozens of current and retired generals, referring the PLA’s former top general to prosecutors in July.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 2, 2015.

In Dramatic Escalation, China Sends Five Navy Ships Off Alaska Coast For First Time Ever

Just as China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with an extravagant parade designed to showcase the country’s military prowess and project Xi Jinping’s power to nervous onlookers in the West, the Pentagon says it has spotted five Chinese Navy ships in the Bering Sea, just off the coast of Alaska.
Here’s WSJ:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/02/2015.

Welcome to Liberland – The Tiny Strip of Land in Europe to Which 360,000 People Have Applied for Citizenship

If we accepted everyone, we would be larger than Iceland.
– Liberland founder, Vit Jedlicka
If there was ever a sign that people are hungry, starving actually, for freedom and an escape from the corrupt and overbearing global status quo, this is it.
Welcome to the Free Republic of Liberland, seven square kilometers of unclaimed land between Croatia and Serbia, which intends to becomes the world’s newest, and most free, sovereign state. To prove Ron Paul’s contention that ‘freedom is popular,’ Liberland has already received 360,000 applications for citizenship, including 600 architects.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 2, 2015.

EPA May Set Limits on the Amount of GMO Corn Grown in US

Companies like Monsanto have long touted the benefits of their genetically modified seeds, which make up about half of their annual profits. But these pesticide producing plants have a major downside. While they may produce higher yields at first, the pests they’re supposed to kill can quickly evolve to resist the poison.
This is causing big problems for Americas corn crops, of which over 90% are genetically modified. GMO corn is starting to produce pesticide resistant rootworms, which are now more abundant than ever before.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 2nd, 2015.

‘G.I. Joe’ Shooting: Massive Multi-Agency, Martial Law Drill Underway in Fox Lake, Illinois (PHOTOS)

As staged multi-agency drills go, they don’t come much bigger than this one.
This afternoon a mass manhunt was underway by law enforcement in Fox Lake, Illinois to find for three suspects following a local police officer who was fatally shot while in pursuit of the three men on Tuesday morning.
We’re told that the downed officer was a lieutenant, Charles Joseph ‘G. I. Joe’ Gliniewicz, 52, a 30-year veteran with the Fox Lake Police Department. We’re also told that he was a married father of four. A loss such as this would certainly be a tragedy for this small community.
‘This should never happen. Joey just loved his job,’said Thomas Poulos, a retired Waukegan police officer who says he went to high school with Gliniewicz in Antioch, Illinois.
It’s not yet been explained why his nickname is ‘G. I. Joe’, but Gliniewicz appears to sport a ‘military’ look in including a cropped Marine-style haircut, so one might also only assume that he carried a similar persona while policing.
At a brief staged news conference in the morning, authorities announced they were searching for two white men and one black man. No other details were given, and police even admitted they had ‘no other information’ about the three alleged suspects. Regardless, this did not seem to stop law enforcement and the mainstream media from quickly gearing-up for one of the largest’ manhunt’ TV productions staged so far this year in the United States.
Did this shooting really happen the way police claim it happened on Tuesday morning, and are there really three suspects at large? Time will tell what is fact and what is fiction in this case, but one thing is certain: whether real or fake, both the federalized police ‘fusion’ apparatus and the corporatized mainstream media have been a bit too enthusiastic in staging this enormous production – one of the biggest mechanized police state exhibitions we’ve seen to date – all to contain a threat which appears to be marginal at best.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 2, 2015.

The Rise Of The Inhumanes – Paul Craig Roberts

America’s descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice (sic) Department officials who trample all over the US Constitution. Last year America’s First Black President nominated David Barron to be a judge on the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.
Barron is responsible for the Justice (sic) Department memo that gave the legal OK for Obama to murder a US citizen with a missile fired from a drone. The execution took place without charges presented to a court, trial, and conviction. The target was a religious man whose sermons were believed by the paranoid Obama regime to encourage jihadism. Apparently, it never occurred to Obama or the Justice (sic) Department that Washington’s mass murder and displacement of millions of Muslims in seven countries was all that was needed to encourage jihadism. Sermons would be redundant and would comprise little else but moral outrage after years of mass murder by Washington in pursuit of hegemony in the Middle East.
Barron’s confirmation ran into opposition from some Republicans, some Democrats, and the American Civil Liberties Union, but the US Senate confirmed Barron by a vote of 53-45 in May 2014. Just think, you could be judged in ‘freedom and democracy America’ by a fiend who legalized extra-judicial murder.
While awaiting his reward, Barron had a post on the faculty of the Harvard Law School, which tells you all you need to know about law schools. His wife ran for governor of Massachusetts. Elites are busy at work replacing law with power.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 2, 2015.