How the U.S. Is Being Set Up to Lose World War III

If World War III were to break out today, the U. S. would lose to its enemies, both foreign and domestic, that have conspired to change the balance of power on the planet.
There is no doubt that the Russians are being antagonistic and provocative with regard to their military activities. America and her NATO allies should and do feel threatened by an ongoing series of Russian military provocations accompanied by a record setting Russian military buildup.
Russia Military Activity Demonstrates Deliberate Preparations for World War III
The Russians just announced that a full squadron of ships from the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet is holding drills in the English Channel! NATO has to be very nervous as war games have historically been used to launch an attack.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 29 Nov, 2014.

Will Tehran Commit Nuclear Hara-Kiri?

To no surprise, nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers have become stalemated.
Iran will not sink ‘to its knees’ to win a nuclear deal with the great powers, said its leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the failure of six months of talks in Vienna.
However, the talks will continue until at least next March. Pity the poor negotiators: besides being excruciatingly boring, dealing with the tough, savvy Iranians is like pulling teeth. The only nationality I ever saw get the better of Iranians in negotiations were Armenians.
The United States has been waging economic and political warfare on the Islamic Republic since 1979. Only Cuba has been pounded longer. Both have suffered hugely.
Of late, Iranian nuclear scientists and technicians have been murdered in broad daylight. Nuclear installations have been sabotaged. The Stuxnet virus allegedly unleashed by the US and Israel against Iran’s centrifuges risked a catastrophic explosion or the release of nuclear contamination. In neighboring, Iraq, some 300 of its former nuclear technicians and scientists have been mysteriously murdered during the US occupation.
Iran’s economy has been very seriously damaged by the US-led boycott and commercial restrictions. Iranians are suffering mounting inflation, shortages of goods, and a collapsing currency. Iranians are fed up being the target of western sanctions.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 29, 2014.

Italy suspends Fluad flu vaccine from Novartis after deaths

The BBC is reporting that Italy has suspended the use of two batches of flu vaccine made by Novaris after four people died shortly after having their flu shots.
Novaris issued a statement saying that:
‘no causal relationship to the vaccine has been established’.
Two men and two women, all of them over the age of 67 have dies after been vaccinated with the drug, which was approved for use in 1997. AIFA, the Italian medicines agency said:
‘At this point, it is not clear if there is a causal relationship or a link to the vaccination.
A full picture will be formed only after a full analysis of all aspects, including the general health of the patients, their ages and probable conditions they might have had.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 29th, 2014.

Professor Hip-Hop Cries Out Against Capitalist Oppression

This story caught my attention. There were protests in St. Louis after the grand jury failed to indict the policeman who shot Michael Brown.
At the Manchester Wal-Mart, about two dozen people chanted ‘no justice, no peace, no racist police’ and ‘no more Black Friday’ after officers warned that protesters risked arrest if they didn’t move at least 50 feet from the store’s entrance, then began advancing in unison toward the protesters until they were moved further into the parking lot.
The mostly black group of protesters chanted in the faces of the officers – most of whom were white – as shoppers looked on.
We want to really let the world know that it is no longer business as usual,’ said Chenjerai Kumanyika an assistant professor at Clemson University. He added although part of the aim in disrupting Black Friday was to call attention to disagreement with the grand jury’s decision and the way the case was handled, Kumanyika said it was also to highlight other forms of injustice.
‘Capitalism is one of many systems of oppression,’ he said as the group cleared out of the parking lot.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on November 28, 2014.

Strong Likelihood of Ebola In Phoenix Area

Independent news TV stations, Channel 3 reporters, Jill Galus and Karla Navarrete, are reporting Ebola like symptoms in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee (AZ).
The 32 year old unidentified man called 911 Friday at about 3AM and was reporting vomiting and diarrhea and said he had returned from Sierra Leone on Wednesday. He is now manifesting symptoms of Ebola. The man is reporting severe flu like symptoms which are the first indicators of Ebola.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 28 Nov, 2014.

Is One Muslim Man’s Drug-Crazed Rampage Terrorism?

In a bygone, saner era, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s murder of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo and subsequent shooting rampage inside the Parliament would have been treated as a drug-related murder. Not so in the age of terrorism.
Instead, the authorities used the long-time crack addict and Muslim’s actions to whip up hysteria, framing the events of Oct. 22 as excuses for expansion of the security state. Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper lead Canada down the same road the George W. Bush led America?
The center of Ottawa was locked down for several hours until evening, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Canadian nation it was a terrorist act, ‘a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.’ [ii] Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit told the media that two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attacks. [iii] First news reports, citing official sources, also said that ‘Zehaf-Bibeau … has been on the terrorist watch list … and could be an ISIS jihadi.’ [iv] A dramatic photo of him, with a long-barreled gun and semi-masked with a scarf, like an outlaw in a Hollywood Western, was also reproduced widely in the media and on the Internet. [v] The alleged source of the photo, a Twitter account, was used to link Zehaf to another Muslim murderer, Martin Couture-Rouleau, who two days earlier had killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. (It was alleged that Couture-Rouleau followed the same Canadian-based pro-ISIS Twitter account.) [vi] CNN reported, from a ‘U. S. source,’ that ‘Zehaf-Bibeau has ‘connections’ online with jihadists.’

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 28, 2014.

Jeff Berwick on Donkdown Radio Combating Most Arguments Against Anarchism

The following video was published by TheDollarVigilante on Nov 28, 2014
Jeff is interviewed by Bryan Micon for Donkdown Radio, topics include: Anarchapulco, unschooling workshop, entrepreneur workshop, US public schools, public school system designed for compliance, common core vs Montessori, central banks are communist, cops killing dogs, privatised roads, Bitcoin, free enterprise, cannabis, child medication, learning via the net.

What Economic Recovery? 109 Sears & Kmart Stores to Close, While Obama Gives Amnesty to 11M Illegals

I woke up this morning to some talking-head being interviewed on TV droning on about how the U. S. economy really is on the rebound and that, even though we can’t see it yet, employment figures most surely will go up in a few months – dramatically so.
Blah, blah, blah.
Alas, this happy news had not been received by the thousands of Sears and Kmart employees who soon will lose their jobs.
We know that Sears and Kmart are among the retail giants in the U. S. that are in serious trouble. But the list of Sears and Kmart store liquidations is growing and now extends into 2015 fiscal year.
See ’16 major retail chains closing stores across America’ and ‘America’s retailers are in trouble. JCPenney, Sears in death spiral’.
Seeking Alpha is a financial research site. Using local news reports and information from current Sears and Kmart employees, Mitch Nolen of Seeking Alpha has assembled a comprehensive national list of Sears and Kmart stores and facilities that are going to close. The list isn’t confirmed because Sears Holdings will not confirm the truth of the list, but neither is Sears Holdings denying the information.
Altogether, 70 Kmart stores, 39 Sears stores, 35 Sears Auto Centers, two distribution centers, and three repair facilities are slated for closure. At Sears stores that remain open, employees report layoffs of HR managers, loss prevention managers, department managers, and auto center employees.
Below is Seeking Alpha’s exclusive list of Sears, Kmart closures from November through 2015.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 28th, 2014.

Dumb and Dumber American Style

‘The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.’
People often ask me, ‘Dave, how do we turn this around and defeat the globalists’? I frequently tell them that there is no turning this around. I have an attorney who is continually writing to me and stating that we need to teach the people the Constitution. ‘Mr. lawyer, our people cannot even read the Constitution, much less understand it’.
The parents and grandparents have lost this country to a group of vicious and sociopathic bankers because for 3 generations, Americans have failed to turn off their TV sets and allowed the state to educate their children. This article is about why parents need to home school their children in order to keep them out of the clutches of the government. Yes, there are good teachers and great schools still left. However, there are not enough of them. We need to rescue our children from the propaganda of the state, before they are totally taught to love their servitude and educate them in an environment which will honor true knowledge, not blind obedience.
If the Biblical saying (Hosea 4:6) ‘My people perish from lack of knowledge.’ is indeed true, Americans should be placed at the top of the endangered species list. We need to educate our children at home before we lose this generation as well.
Dumb and Dumber
Just how dumb are we? Consider a new report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute about civic literacy concludes that the average American is too dumb to vote intelligently.
Over 70% of the test takes, including college students and elected officials flunked the 33 multiple choice question test which covered basic civics.
How bad were the results? Consider the fact that 27% of the elected officials surveyed could not name even one right contained in the first amendment. How will we know when the country is placed under martial law? The answer: We won’t! But neither will the majority of our leaders.
Rick Shenkman, author of the book Just How Dumb Are We, found that 87% of American college students could not find Iraq on a map. In fact, Shenkman also found that:

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Nov 28, 2014.

What the Fake Syria Sniper Boy Video Tell Us About Media Experts

The western press very quickly accepted the video as real and used it to support the US administration’s narrative on Syria. Many top US news sources began to spread the story. Even though the producer said he explicitly added big hints that the video was fake, like the children surviving multiple gun shots.
Propagating false stories on Syria, is nothing new for the western press. In the lead up to the conflict many stories were exposed as frauds, such as the Anti-government activist ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ which turned out to be a middle-aged American man in Scotland. Syrian Danny Abdul Dayem which was frequently interviewed by CNN was using fake gun fire and flames in his interviews.
The fake sniper video wasn’t enough to support US government narratives by itself, as the now deleted original upload didn’t suggest the identity of the snipers. So the west’s media suggested that it was Syrian military snipers that were targeting the children without any evidence. Journalists failed to mention how they reached the conclusion that an actor in Malta was shot by the Syrian military. It may be that the western press is quick to trust pro-rebel sources, as the video was uploaded by the pro-rebel Sham Times along with their own twist.
The Guardian’s headline for the video was ‘Syrian boy ‘saves girl from army sniper” and the Telegraph delicately suggested the Syrian military was responsible for the fake bullets. The International Business (IB) times stated,

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 28th, 2014.

The First Oil-Exporting Casualty Of The Crude Carnage: Venezuela

In the aftermath of OPEC’s failure to cut oil production, Russia has been acting surprisingly sanguine, perhaps as a result of less leverage in its system as compared to America’s own high yield-funded shale complex – now that it is a race to who will default first and be forced to take production offline – with Putin today saying “Russia will cope with the rout in crude oil”, and adding that ‘we are satisfied overall with the situation and do not see anything so extraordinary in what is happening. Winter is coming and I am sure that the market will come into balance again in the first quarter or toward the middle of next year.” Maybe it will, or maybe not, if indeed as those with a working frontal cortex suggest the plunge in crude prices is merely a function of a collapse in global demand now that the worldwide slowdown which has gripped Japan, Europe and China. In that case, the race to the bottom between Russia with its higher cash costs, and the US shale sector, loaded to the gills with billions in junk bonds, will be an epic one to watch.
But one country whose fate is now virtually assured – with a happy ending now sadly out of the picture – is the same one that stormed out furious at yesterday’s failure by OPEC’s cartel members to carve out a consensus leading to higher oil prices: Venezuela.
Here pretty much everything is about to go unhinged, with what now looks like an almost inevitable sovereign default as the endgame, coupled with the removal of a few million barrels of oil from the global supply chain, something which all the other OPEC members will be delighted by.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/28/2014.

Soros: The European Union Is a ‘Failed’ Experiment In ‘International Governance’

Is the Western elite’s brainchild – the European Union – disintegrating? Due to persistent economic problems, the rise of ‘popular resentment’ across the continent, the political fallout after the illegal coup in Ukraine and the subsequent unpopular economic war on Russia, the EU is on the verge of crumbling.
In an interview with France 24, the hedge fund manager, billionaire and founder of the Open Society Foundation, George Soros, reveals that the European Union has failed to achieve the desires of the elite and many within Europe now see ‘Russia as a role model’:
‘We have to recognise that the [European] Union itself, which is a noble, well-intended experiment in international governance, has failed, and has not delivered what it promised, and there is such a degree of disappointment that even Russia can offer an alternative.’ (3.21 into the interview)
Soros then asserts that many in Europe – including the UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, Front National President Marine Le Pen in France, as well as ‘a lot of people in Germany’ – find the idea of ‘closer cooperation with Russia rather attractive’.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 28th, 2014.

Running Of The Sheep: America 2014 in Video: People Trampled, Brawls, Cops Assaulted, Tasers, Mayhem…

In Pamplona, Spain the yearly tradition is to throw yourself into an arena and run for your life as an onslaught of bulls chases you. In America, we have a similar tradition, but the bulls are replaced with human sheeple who will stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with the best consumer deals they can find. People are often hurt in both events and sometimes the annual runnings even lead to death as the weaker sheep are trampled during all the commotion.
This year the Boston Globe estimates that about 100 million Americans will head out for their annual running and they’ll spend upwards of $13 billion in a single day.
The action this year started on Thanksgiving Day and sheep across the nation looking for mega-discounts on cheaply built toasters, electronics and other consumables didn’t hesitate to jump into the ring.
It’s on.
America 2014 in Videos and Pictures:

This post was published at shtfplan on November 28th, 2014.

What Can Hong Kong And Cuba Teach Us About Economic Policy?

Early this year, I shared an amusing but accurate image that showed an important difference between capitalism and socialism.
And in 2012, I posted a comparison of Detroit and Hiroshima to illustrate the damage of big government.
Well, if you combine those concepts, you get this very pointed look at the evolution of Cuban socialism and Hong Kong capitalism.

Some might dismiss these photos as being unrepresentative, and it’s reasonable to be skeptical. After all, I’m sure it would be easy to put together a series of photos that make it seem as if the United States is suffering from decay while France is enjoying a boom.
So let’s go to the data. In previous posts, I’ve shared comparisons of long-run economic performance in market-oriented nations and statist countries. Examples include Chile vs. Argentina vs. Venezuela, North Korea vs. South Korea, Cuba vs. Chile, Ukraine vs. Poland, Hong Kong vs. Argentina, Singapore vs. Jamaica, and the United States vs. Hong Kong and Singapore.
Now let’s add Cuba vs. Hong Kong to the mix.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/28/2014.

Ferguson Reexamined – Paul Craig Roberts

Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.
The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case as all evidence indicates that it is, then the police when they gratuitously murder members of the public are merely doing what they have been trained to do. As police are trained to use violence as a first resort, the police cannot be held accountable when they do.
There are a large number of videos available online that show that the first thing that police do when they arrive is to use force.
No sooner is Michael Brown in the grave than Cleveland cops kill a 12-year old boy who has a toy gun that shoots plastic pellets. The child is threatening no one – indeed there is no one else present. The boy seems to be playing a fantasy game in his head. A busy body calls the police. The police arrive and instantly shoot the kid down.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on November 28, 2014.

Will $60 Oil Be The Black Swan?

If it is, I don’t know of anyone who saw that coming. I have been asserting over the past month or so that the plunge in the price of oil is the best indicator that the global economy – including and especially the U. S. economy – is collapsing.
There had been a bubble of sorts blown up in the shale oil industry. Billions in junk bonds have been issued against what is turning out to be the latest of Wall Street’s financial engineering Ponzi schemes. But what everyone seems to be overlooking is that the banks and private equity firms themselves are going choke on the billions in bank debt issued by the collapsing shale oil industry.

This post was published at Investment Research Dynamics on November 28, 2014.