Stop The War On Your Light Switch

Obama is trying to make your light switch inoperative — by killing the electricity at its source!
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Environmental Protection Agency released a 626-page proposal (plus a 575-page appendix) to regulate ozone. Like so many other such rules, this one twists decades-old air pollution laws to restructure the U. S. energy industry and gradually ban fossil-fuel-fired power. Coal is the first target but natural gas is next.
Yep.
The EPA’s proposals would leave virtually all of the nation out of compliance with their re-written “rules”; a bastardized “interpretation” of an old law that was never contemplated when the law was written and passed.
Nonetheless, should the EPA succeed and the court challenges fail it would ban essentially all coal and natural-gas fired powerplants. Note that the latter make up nearly all of what are known as “peaking” plants and keep the lights on during periods of high demand.
The reason is that unlike baseload plants such as nuclear power a gas-fired turbine can be spun up quickly and respond to surge demand loads very quickly — baseload plants cannot.
As a result these plants are a key component in keeping the power flowing during times of extraordinary demand — such as during the mid-day heat of summer when everyone wants their air conditioner going.
Make sure you thank Obama for this — after all, he did state that he wants electricity costs to rise dramatically, and yet he was not only elected with this on the table he was re-elected after making clear that this was his intention.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on Nov 28, 2014.

OPEC Decides to Keep Oil Output Unchanged: Kuwait Minister

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain oil extraction at current levels at a meeting in Vienna Thursday.
The price of Brent oil fell below the benchmark level of $75 per barrel upon the announcement.
An OPEC meeting was held in Vienna, where the group's member countries gathered to discuss a possible curb of oil output amid the falling of oil prices by about $40 per barrel on the global market.
Crude oil prices have fallen some 30 percent since June as the United States has increased its production, and demand has lowered amid slowing growth in China and Europe.
“The market remains in the state of excessive supply and this decision means that the problem will not be solved quickly,” said Maxim Oreshkin, the head of the ministry's long-term planning department.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Investor puts Italy’s losses from Russia-E.U. sanctions at over 20 billion

The mutual sanctions between Russia and the European Union this year will cost Italy around €20-22 billion, which is higher than official estimates, an Italian investor said on Thursday.
“We speak of around €20-22 billion in net loss this year,” Vincenzo Trani, the chairman of board of directors of the Italian holding General Invest, said Thursday.
Speaking ahead of the fourth Russian-Italian economic forum, Trani said sanctions will never do anything good, adding that the country’s agriculture sector suffers the most from the crisis.
“The damage for Italy is much more than the one announced by the ministers. In real economic life, a great number of companies have been affected, and they face serious problems,” he said.

This post was published at ITAR-TASS

The Financial Times Thinks Ukraine’s Financial Meltdown Has Arrived

A stone’s throw from this weekend’s candlelight vigils in Kiev marking a year since the start of the demonstrations that toppled Viktor Yanukovich as president, a different kind of Ukrainian was out on the street: the black market currency traders.
“Selling dollars? I’ll give you more, I’ll give you 18,” said one man outside a foreign exchange booth offering 15.50 Ukrainian hryvnia to the U.S. currency.
The re-emergence of shadow traders last seen after the Soviet Union collapsed is a sign that – a year after the Kiev protests in which 100 people died in the hope of securing a prosperous, European future – the war-torn country is sliding once again into a financial crisis.
The hryvnia has plunged 50 per cent in value this year; international reserves are at barely six weeks of import cover, half the level seen as a prudent minimum; economic output is set to contract by at least 7 per cent this year.

This post was published at Russia Insider

Stung by Russia Sanctions, Europe Fears Losing Business to China

At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago.
"The impact on business couldn't be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies," said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco, which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry.
The impact of the sanctions was already clear to Barco, as the company lost Russia's biggest shipbuilder as a client when the United States and the European Union blacklisted United Shipbuilding Corporation in July, meaning Barco could no longer sell screens to the company for its vessel training simulators.
Barco's experience shows how sanctions are having a broad impact not just on Russian companies but on European ones too and at a time when Europe's weak economy can ill afford it.

This post was published at Russia Insider

Russian Oil Tycoon: U.S. Shale Boom Is ‘On-Par’ With Dot-Com Bubble

Oil prices are plunging on Thanksgiving in the U.S. as the latest OPEC meeting saw the oil cartel announce that it will not cut production. 
And one Russian oil tycoon thinks OPEC is on a mission to get rid of the "marginal" oil players in the U.S. shale market.
According to a report from Bloomberg's Will Kennedy and Jared Ward, Leonid Fedun — vice-president and board member at Russian oil giant OAO Lukoil — said: "The shale boom is on par with the dot-com boom. The strong players will remain, the weak ones will vanish."

This post was published at Business Insider

Russian Warship Flotilla Enters English Channel For Military Exercises

The French delivery of two Mistral ships to Russia may be postponed indefinitely (a move which ultimately would cost Hollande over $4 billion in contract breach penalty fees he simply can’t afford to pay), but that doesn’t mean the Russian navy has been hobbled or is hiding in the corner. To the contrary: according to the following tweet from the UK Ministry of Defense, Russia’s navy is getting quite bolder.
Four Russian ships escorted through Dover Strait from North Sea by @RoyalNavy HMS Tyne this morning. Ships have left UK waters.
— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) November 28, 2014

What happened?
As Bloomberg reports, at least 4 vessels which departed the Russian Northern Fleet main base on November 20, led by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, entered English channel for exercises that include anti-sabotage training, damage control in case of fire and water intake, state-run news service RIA Novosti says, citing statement from Navy.
Reuters confirms that a squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday to hold exercises, RIA news agency reported, the latest apparent show of military might since ties with the West plunged to Cold War lows over Ukraine.

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

How to increase public approval for the police state

If someone were to design an event to bolster public support for a militarized police state, what would that event look like? Let us imagine:
The event involves a controversial use of force by police. The event generates a national controversy and debate – a debate which the government has sufficient evidence to win in the end. After facing criticism, the police demonstrate to the country that they were right and opponents were wrong. The ‘victim’ is as unsympathetic as possible; a suspect fleeing from an assault and robbery that took place on camera. All the physical evidence supports the official version of events – illustrating how witnesses lie to condemn innocent cops. Protests emerge and come off as unlikeable as possible, leaving a trail of theft, violence, arson, and destruction. The media ends its silence on police brutality long enough to repetitively lionize the police and decry the actions of the deceased suspect and his violent supporters. The media intensely focuses on the wanton violence and the danger of public protests. Every statist pundit in the country chimes in, reiterating the righteousness of the police and the wrongness those who oppose them. * * * * *
This scenario is not hypothetical…

This post was published at Police State USA on November 25, 2014.

Obama HHS Secretary encourages Illegals to Sign up for Obamacare

Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently told a group of Latino bloggers in an online chat that the Obama administration wants to make Obamacare available for illegal aliens.
You may recall back in 2009 that Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican from my home state of South Carolina, yelled out ‘You lie!’ to Barack Obama. He was chided and maligned in the press and even by so-called ‘conservatives’ for calling Obama what he is. But do you recall what he said Obama was lying about? Let me refresh your memory.

First, Obama said that the idea of ‘death panels’ was completely false. Now, that claim has been proven to be true.
However, it was his second attempt at deceiving the people (and yes, that’s what it wasaccording to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber) was to claim, ‘There are also those who claim that our inform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.’
‘You lie!’ came the response from Wilson.
And just to be clear, Obama also claimed, ‘Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.’ One must then ask why all the pressure to make employers provide for abortions and abortifacients if no money would be used to fund abortions under Obamacare.
However, to the point of illegal aliens and Obamacare. While Burwell said that illegal aliens would not be eligible for benefits, according to the Washington Examiner, ‘she left no doubt that she – along with officials at the highest levels of the Obama administration – wants that to change.’


This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Nov 27, 2014.

Look Out Hawaii, Here Come Da Pro-GMO Judge!

If you had any doubt about the boldfaced sham that ‘democracy’ is, that doubt should be completely alleviated now. The people in Hawaii County voted that they did not want GMOs.
…in addition to banning any new GMO crops. The bill forbids any open-air testing or production of genetically modified crops. It also prohibits farmers from growing any new GMO crops but grandfathers in those that are already being grown, such as the Rainbow papaya.
The court overruled that vote in favor of the biggest pro-GMO agricultural corporation of all – state and federal biotech interests.
The complaint from the Big Island farmers and Biotechnology Industry Organization contended thatBill 113, which Hawaii County passed last year, was not backed by scientific evidence. The suit said that genetically modified farming has become a ‘critical and generally accepted part of agriculture’ over the last 20 years, and the ordinance violates both state and federal law.
In Wednesday’s decision, Kurren argued that although the state does not specifically regulate genetically modified crops, Ordinance 13-121 still conflicts with the work of state agencies.
He said the state Department of Agriculture and state Board of Agriculture comprise a ‘comprehensive statewide framework’ governing plants that may ‘injure or harm agriculture, the environment or public health.’
‘Clearly, the state legislature intended this network of the HDOA, the HBOA, and the advisory committee to have extensive and broad responsibilities over agricultural problems spanning the various counties to form a coherent and comprehensive statewide agricultural policy,’ he wrote.
‘In light of the comprehensive statutes and the network designed to address statewide agriculture problems, the Court concludes that the legislative intent for an exclusive, uniform and comprehensive state statutory scheme on the precise subject matter addressed by Ordinance 13-121 preempts the County’s ban on genetically engineered organisms.’
Not backed by scientific evidence?

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov 27, 2014.

Ferguson Mob Carjacks Elderly Man on Oxygen, Runs Him Over

21st Century Wire says…
As Ferguson street mobs raged for the third night running, footage emerged from a local St. Louis news crew captured footage showing the aftermath of this shocking incident – a white elderly man being carjacked and attacked by two thugs as he tried to refill his own oxygen supply.
The ugly scene took place in the parking lot of Faraci Pizza in Ferguson on Monday night. As the two black men attempted to take his car, the man held on to his steering wheel and was run over as the thieves sped away.
Hear social commentator, E. T. Williams, and his reaction to this latest shocker out of Ferguson, in this video below posted on YT channel Promoting Common Sense One Person at a Time.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 27, 2014.

Is Russia Banning Islam?

Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the ‘radicalization’ of Muslims within its borders.
Recent pro-Islamicreportsare complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab – the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear – and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
In the words of Arabic news site Elaph, ‘Russia is witnessing a relentless war on the hijab. It began in a limited manner but has grown in strength, prompting great concern among Russia’s Muslims.’
The report continues by saying that women wearing the hijab are being ‘harassed’ especially in the ‘big cities’; that they are encountering difficulties getting jobs and being ‘subject to embarrassing situations in public areas and transportation. The situation has gotten to the point that even educational institutions, including universities, have issued decrees banning the wearing of the hijab altogether.’
Moscow’s Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University appears mentioned as one of the schools to ban the donning of the hijab on its premises, specifically, last September (theNew York Times bemoaned an earlier instance of anti-hijab sentiment in 2013).
While this move against the hijab may appear as discriminatory against religious freedom, the flipside to all this – which perhaps Russia, with its significant Muslim population is aware of – is that, wherever the Islamic hijab proliferates, so too does Islamic supremacism and terrorism. Tawfik Hamid, a former aspiring Islamic jihadi, says that ‘the proliferation of the hijab is strongly correlated with increased terrorism…. Terrorism became much more frequent in such societies as Indonesia, Egypt, Algeria, and the U. K. after the hijab became prevalent among Muslim women living in those communities.’

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on FrontPage Magazine.

Global Power Project: Meet the Bilderberg Group, High Priests of Globalization

Originally posted at Occupy.com
This is the first instalment in a series examining the activities and individuals behind the Bilderberg Group.
Meet the Bilderberg Group – an annual gathering of 130 of the Western world’s top financial, corporate, political, academic, media, military and policy elites, held every year since 1954.
They meet behind closed doors, at five-star hotels, where participants are encouraged to speak frankly – meaning ‘off the record’ and away from the prying eyes and piercing ears of the public. Some journalists and media executives are invited, but they don’t actually cover the meetings: they simply attend them as guests.
The famous exclusivity and secrecy of the Bilderberg Group, we are told, is designed to encourage frank and open discussions among some of the most influential people in North America and Western Europe. But unlike its portrayal as a place where powerful people simply ‘talk shop,’ critics for years have considered the meetings a form of secret world government, and a shadowy cabal.
The truth, as it often is, rests somewhere between these extremes.
Bilderberg is a meeting of the movers and shakers, the managers and policy-makers, the plutocrats, technocrats, financiers and imperialists of the North Atlantic powers. Its original purpose was to provide a forum where Western European elites could meet in private with American officials to encourage the strengthening of the ‘Atlantic Alliance.’ The forum has provided the geopolitical and economic framework for behind-the-scenes collaboration and cooperation between the major NATO powers.
Founding members of the group in 1954 included Joseph Retinger, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and David Rockefeller of the United States. Named after the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands, where the first conference took place, attendees decided to hold a conference annually with locations rotating between Europe and North America. In its early years, much of the funding for the group came from the CIA and American philanthropic foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 27, 2014.

How to prevent the coming war: Sergei Glazyev

The hostilities in Donbass are a menace to Russia, Europe and the entire world. Failure to realize it may spark a regional war, and eventually a world one. The world media’s interpretation of that war as the Ukrainian authorities’ crusade against pro-Russian separatists for the sake of the country’s integrity is as superficial and senseless as the delusion that World War I resulted from the murder of an Austrian prince, and World War II, from the Nazis’ success in Germany’s parliamentary elections. The Russian mass media’s explanation of that war is only slightly meaningful – popular resistance in Donbass against a Nazi junta that grabbed power in Kiev in an anti-government coup.
In the meantime, without understanding the underlying causes and driving forces that keep the armed conflict going it is impossible to bring it to a halt. In this paper the Ukrainian crisis is scrutinized in the context of global economic changes that are breeding objective prerequisites for an escalation of military-political tensions in international relations. The analysis explains the motives of the main actors in the Ukrainian conflict and the technologies they employ. It also unveils the reasons why attempts to end the conflict have failed and prompts a forecast it may evolve into another world war. Avoiding that will be possible only by upsetting the cause-effect relationship between the persisting crimes, whose scale is growing in a geometric progression. Otherwise there will be no option left other than getting ready for a world war, in which many would like to see Russia as an enemy, a victim and a prize to win.

This post was published at ANNA News

John Batchelor interviews Stephen F. Cohen on the Ukraine/Russia situation

As usual, very telling interpretive work over the Ukraine Crisis heating up. Cohen sees this as a
potential for war similar to the late 1950s. But the worry is that the sides are not talking, just reacting.
Russia is assuming that Washington wants war, and is preparing for it.
The propaganda war is currently being initiated by the European Leadership Network NATO lobby group, active hawks and active also in misinformation about Russian incursions into European territories.

This post was published at John Batchelor Show

SJH Show #2 – Save Reverend Pinkney; Austerity; ISIS working for West; Beware NUCLEAR Jihadists

Tune into the latest edition of the SJH Show! You will learn about the plight of Reverend Edward Pinkney, currently facing jail time for daring to attempt to recall the corrupt Mayor Hightower in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The alternative media needs to rally around to highlight the story of Rev. Pinkney and help him win the battle against the Oligarchs. Austerity protests in Europe look to do the same with some real demands.
ISIS also makes a prominent return to the headlines with yet another execution video. But, more importantly, we must be wary of nuclear jihadists.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 27, 2014.

Guest Column by John W. Whitehead: We Are The Enemy Of The Police

I am gratified that my view of Ferguson is shared by the distinguished civil liberty attorney John W. Whitehead. Once again the media, the justice (sic) system, and political authority have failed the American people.
‘As long as we remained steeped in ignorance, there will be no reform.’ John. W. Whitehead
We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson? By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute
‘If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities – particularly in communities of color.’ – – Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer
Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014?
That the police officer was white and his victim black should make no difference. In a perfect world, it would not matter. In an imperfect world such as ours, however, racism is an effective propaganda tool used by the government and the media to distract us from the real issues.
As a result, the national dialogue about the dangers of militarized, weaponized police officers being trained to act like soldiers on the battlefield, shooting first and asking questions later, has shifted into a largely unspoken debate over race wars, class perceptions and longstanding, deep-seated notions of who deserves our unquestioning loyalty and who does not.
Putting aside our prejudices, however, let’s not overlook the importance of Ferguson and this grand jury verdict. Tasked with determining whether Wilson should stand trial for Brown’s shooting, the grand jury ruled that the police officer will not face charges for the fatal shooting.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on November 26, 2014.

THE SOLUTIONS TO FERGUSON AND ALL THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS LIE WITHIN YOU

On this day, Thanksgiving, which is a celebration of a day centuries ago where Americans welcomed and fed undocumented immigrants… and then those undocumented immigrants went on to wholesale slaughter the early Americans… and with so many problems in the world today from Ferguson, to Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria (note which government is intricately involved in all these and many more conflicts) we thought we’d make today’s communique short and sweet.
Remember that government is mind control… even the word itself includes “govern” which can be interpreted to mean “control” and “ment” which can be disputed as to its real root meaning but in many languages, including Spanish, “ment” or “mente” means mind.
The way to change the world is to free your mind. Once your mind is free the way to change the world is to help other’s free their minds. Once there are enough free minds they cannot govern us. And then almost all the major problems in the world just… disappear.


This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on November 27, 2014.

Ferguson’s Violent Hangover and The Incredible Shrinking President

A verdict was returned, and Ferguson burned. Anyone who was really paying attention was hardly surprised.
It brought back memories of similar scenes; the 1965 Watts Riots, the Rodney King verdict and the subsequent 1992 LA Riots, and most recently the aftermath of the Zimmerman-Martin verdict in 2013. But this time it made little, if any sense.
Monday evening in Clayton, Missouri, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a Grand Jury had delivered its decision for Officer Darren Wilson vs. Michael Brown. Five indictment charges were presented and the jury found ‘no probable cause’ and returned a ‘no true’ bill for all five charges. Tremors began to shake the streets almost immediately after…
See Full Ferguson Time Line Here
Professional street agitator of Freddy’s Fashion Mart fame, FBI supergrass, and (somehow) now a White House ‘advisor’, Al Sharpton, wasted no time getting in front of TV cameras and claiming that street outrage, rioting and looting were somehow ‘warranted’, and proceeded to deliver a veiled threat to the prosecutors office stating, ‘This is not our first rodeo McCulloch, we will deal with this in a way civil rights leaders have’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 26, 2014.