Did you know that according to Daniel Freeman’s study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that paranoid thoughts are common among normally functioning people? In fact, the study concluded that some dose of paranoia is actually quite adaptive and can serve to keep us safe from danger. What is about to be presented in this article should make one paranoid for when one considers why governments in the West, particularly in the United States, spend billions of dollars to spy on our actions, words, Internet browsing habits, places visited and even our thoughts, we should all be looking under our beds.
The following represents a small cross-section of illegal government spying activities which are designed to do one thing: To determine whose thoughts and actions pose a threat to the newest totalitarian regime on the face of the Earth, the United States. Everything you say and do is being being cataloged and categorized and every American is receiving a threat matrix score similar to a credit rating. And where this is headed is worse than anything Orwell could have imagined.
‘Every Move You Make, We’ll Be Watching You’ Civil rights activist, Daphne Lee told NBC News 3 that she is worried about her freedom as an American citizen. ‘This technology, you know is taking us to a place where, you know, you’ll essentially be monitored from the moment you leave your home till the moment you get home’. What is Ms. Lee talking about?
They look like ordinary streetlights, shining down on Las Vegas, but these streetlights have special capabilities that have aware and informed citizens up in arms.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on December 18, 2014.

Putin Defiant, Lashes Out At West, Tells Russians Economy May Stay Weak For Two Years

Having started at noon Moscow time (4am Eastern), Putin’s annual Q&A run for a massive three and a half hours, during which the Russian leader took numerous questions from the public and as expected, reiterated the key “rally around the flag” talking points that have permeated Russian rhetoric over the past few weeks as the economic situation in Russia deteriorated.

As Bloomberg notes, the conference was attended by hundreds of reporters and carried live on television around the world, the event took on heightened importance this year as the president sought to reassure a Russian public unnerved by the ruble’s plummet.
While he did acknowledge the difficult economic reality, Putin sought to reassure his countrymen that the current weakness “would last no longer than two years.” Putin promptly pivoted against the west and accused the U. S. and European Union of trying to undermine his country and blaming external factors for the sharp plunge in the ruble, notably the drop in oil saying that ‘the economy will naturally adapt to the new conditions of low oil prices.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/18/2014.

Russia makes knock-off European cheese as embargo bites

The Camembert made near Moscow might look — or even smell — like the famous French fromage, but it's part of a booming knock-off market in Russia as stocks of banned European cheeses disappear.
Mozzarella made in the Russian region of Bryansk and Roquefort from Altai in Siberia are also part of the flourishing trade that has popped up since Russia decreed a food embargo in response to Western sanctions in the summer.
The names Roquefort and Mozzarella cannot be used in the European Union, and increasingly abroad, unless the products are made in a particular place or in a certain way.
However, since Soviet times, Russians have been swilling local Champagne and Cognac — although both names are protected under E.U. rules — without too much concern.

This post was published at France24

Russia’s sinking economy becoming a global threat

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.
With economies in Europe, Japan, China and Latin America already ailing, fresh threats have emerged from Russia's shriveled currency, its move to dramatically boost interest rates, the damage from plummeting oil prices and Western sanctions over Russia's action in Ukraine.
"Our deepest fear has been – and still is – that putting Mr. Putin in a `nothing-to-lose' situation removes any constraint he might have had against reneging on his foreign debt obligations, which Russian borrowers probably cannot pay off or service now," writes Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics. Foreign lenders would have to brace for $670 billion in losses.

This post was published at Associated Press

Obama to Sign More Sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama intends to sign a bill that would hammer even new sanctions on Russia and provide weapons to Ukraine. The legislation would impose sanctions on Russian defense companies tied to unrest in Ukraine. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama ‘does intend to sign’ the bill despite some concerns about the legislation. Separately, Jason Furman, chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters Russia’s economic problems are of its ‘own making’ but downplayed their effect on the U. S. economy. Clearly, Furman is unfamiliar with international economics for he cannot see that this is a worldwide crash in emerging markets.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 18, 2014.

Supreme Court: Searches that spawn from illegitimate traffic stops are now OK in court

The Supreme Court struck another blow to the Bill of Rights with its 8-1 decision to expand police powers in situations where the police perform traffic stops based on imaginary laws. The Heien v. North Carolina decision held that an officer’s ‘reasonable mistake of law’ can lead to an allowable search and arrest for contraband.
The case arose from a 2009 traffic stop in North Carolina, in which motorist Nicholas Heien was stopped by police for driving with one broken brake light. That stop led to a search of Heien’s vehicle, which in turn led to the discovery of illegal drugs. Sergeant Matt Darisse arrested Mr. Heien because of the contents of a baggie found in his vehicle.
The twist came from the fact that North Carolina law does not provide the legal pretext for an officer to perform a stop for one broken brake light. State law requires that drivers maintain only one operable ‘stop lamp’ – not two. Here is the language of North Carolina’s 20-129 (e):

This post was published at Police State USA on December 17, 2014.

Glyphosate Studies Revealed by EPA Show Toxicity

I received 9 files, ranging from 67-293 pages. Most were the actual studies, two were assesments of other studies. I do not believe I received all of the studies submitted to the EPA, and will be asking for the full set of documents. What I did receive however, in my opinion, is reason enough not to re register glyphosate.
The first study I open, is a 96 hour study on oysters..and it concludes that although in 4 days there were no oyster deaths, the majority of the oysters were ‘closed and not feeding’. That is equivalent to a human in a coma! Are you kidding me? This is supposed to prove glyphosate is safe for sea life?
These studies, even in their small scope and short duration show that glyphosate should not be re registered. It’s not sound science to see these as showing safety by any scope of the imagination and in addition this mother, for one, would prefer to be better safe than sorry than to feed my kid a chemical that has most oysters ‘closed and not feeding’ after 4 days. It’s hard enough to feed my kids, Thank you very much. I chose organic.

This post was published at FarmWars on December 17, 2014.

Napoleon vs. Cheney: “Interrogation That Actually Works”; Icing on the “Hate-Cake”

Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.
If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom, or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding you up your anus, you would say nearly anything to ease the pain. So would I, and so would everyone else. Anyone who disagrees is either a liar or a fool.
Even Napoleon recognized that fact.
Warning: This is a very long post. Please allow adequate time to read and digest what follows. I sincerely appreciate your effort to reading this post in entirety. Thanks.
From a Napoleon Letter to Louis Alexandre Berthier in November 1798: “The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know.”
“I’d Do It Again in a Minute”
Regardless of the complete futility and illegality of torture, former vice president Dick Cheney Pushes Back on Torture Report: ‘I’d Do It Again in a Minute’.
“I’d do it again in a minute,” Cheney told Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd, offering an unqualified condemnation of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Bush administration’s post-9/11 interrogation methods used at foreign “black sites,” which many regard as torture.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on December 17, 2014.

Western Bankers Have Committed Two Acts of War Against Russia

In the past several days, Western bankers have committed two overt acts of war against Russia, namely, the plunging of oil prices and the recent cutting off of all liquidity to Russian banks. This reminds me of the days before World War II in which the United States followed a doctrine called the eight point plan which was designed to provoke Japan into attacking America so Roosevelt could use this as the excuse to get involved in World War II. As Mark Twain once said, ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme’.
Ditching the Ruble
Has the American public received any reasonable explanation on how oil prices have plummeted at a time of year when they historically spike in order to price gouge holiday travelers? Of course there isn’t going to be any new revelations on this point. Here is the real story behind dropping oil prices.
Zero Hedge first reported that brokers are now advising their clients that any existing Russian Ruble positions will be terminated without any further notice because of concerns related to the lack of Russian ‘capital controls’. At least that is the excuse that Western banks are using to run from the Ruble. The truth of the matter is that the West has declared war on Russia and its BRICS partners for undermining the Petrodollar.
No Turning Back
Ditching the Ruble marks a shift in Western banking strategy directed at the Russians. This change was necessitated because the West’s scheme to plunge the price of oil is not having an immediate effect on Russian economic actions. Although American consumers are reveling in their recent good fate with regard to the collapse of oil prices which have resulted in cheaper prices at the pump, there are some very dire consequences attached to American consumer’s good fortune…

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Dec 17, 2014.

Media Reports It Wrong Again – Housing Starts Actually Plunged In November

Don’t believe everything you read in the mainstream media. Especially don’t believe anything in the financial news media until you’ve looked at the data yourself. It’s no wonder investors are so often caught flatfooted in the markets. Financial ‘journalists’ feed their readers and viewers a constant stream of misinformation and bad data. Financial reporters are so atrocious at serving their audience I have to believe that they are, wittingly or unwittingly, part of a deliberate and elaborate campaign of disinformation… unless you believe in Coincidence Theory.
Housing starts collapsed in November. They weren’t good, they weren’t even so-so as media reports intimated. The seasonally adjusted annualized number which the paid flacks report is absolute nonsense. It’s fiction.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on December 16, 2014.

Why Is The U.S. Reestablishing Ties With Cuba After 50 Years? – Episode 544

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 17, 2014
Greece might be hit with Cyprus style bail-ins. Euro crisis getting worse. US mortgage applications declined, a sign that real estate is collapsing. Obama signed the 1.1 trillion spending bill. Russia is opening an investigation into the central bank actions. Corporate media polls show that the America people support torture. Police will be scanning social media sites to predict crime. U. S. and Cuba are reestablishing diplomatic relations. U. S. advisers are now fighting in Iraq. False Flag warning in Ukraine. Poroshenko and the U. S. are preparing to blame Russia with invading Ukraine.

United States of Newspeak – Obama Calls Executive Orders ‘Presidential Memoranda’ to Avoid Scrutiny and Issues Most in History

If there’s one thing we have learned about Barack Obama, it’s that he is a master of deception and absolutely loves to lie to the public. He seems to enjoy conning the plebs to such a degree, I think he actually receives blasts of dopamine every time he does it. The bigger the lie, the better the rush.
The latest example relates to his issuance of executive orders, or lack thereof, something that Obama Inc. has actively attempted to portray as evidence of his restraint when it comes to executive power. Here are a few examples from a USA Today article published earlier today.
First, from the man himself:
‘The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,’ Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. ‘So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.’
Harry Reid also proudly chimed in:
In a Senate floor speech in July, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, ‘While Republicans accuse President Obama of executive overreach, they neglect the fact that he has issued far fewer executive orders than any two-term president in the last 50 years.’
Finally, the message wouldn’t be complete without some words from Bootlicker in Chief Jay Carney:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 17, 2014.

World War C – The Cyber War That Cripples America

Are Americans caught in the crossfire of a cyber-war between terrorists and the agencies of both foreign and domestic governments? These agencies, as well as certain rogue nations and terrorists are aggressively collecting information in many new ways and at multiple levels that target banking, government operations, industry and now the personal information on individual citizens. The scope of ‘how and why’ this information can and is being used is very broad, and beyond the comprehension of many people. But to what end could such information be used? Possibly to strike key members of our military? Are the enemies of America now focused on destabilizing our economy through a crippling blow to our critical infrastructure? Probably! And if so, is there data that can be gleaned from individual citizens that would assist these nefarious entities in hacking into and destroying America’s critical infrastructure, such as the national electrical grid? Absolutely!
Few people haven’t heard about the whole NSA spying thing and that’s not new… What I am detailing below is new in the media.
When the media first started talking about the NSA spying on citizens last year (2013), various imagery would come to mind as average Americans pondered that possibility. Some people may have imagined a couple young techies sitting in a room full of sophisticated computers with a desk full of monitors in front of them, drinking Mountain Dew, eating Cheetos and laughing as they listen-in on some poor sod on the phone with his wife telling her about the cool blinking glow-in-the-dark condom he just bought, or something of that ilk…. But that’s not the case.
The reality is that teams of highly educated and motivated hackers (computer geniuses), with the support of psychologists, have established that there is a wealth of data that has been collected already, and continually being collected by social media websites and stored on relatively easily hacked servers. The Chinese (and others) are well aware of the ‘jackpot’ of social media data which could be harvested and used by the latest-generation of super-computers that are currently being employed by various agencies and groups.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 17th, 2014.

Pass the Cigars: US Lifts Some Restrictions on Cuba; Why Now?

Sanctions and embargoes don’t work. And in the case of Cuba, it took the US 52 years to partially realize that.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy singed into law a Cuban trade embargo. I have long known how foolish Kennedy’s decision was (and the decision of every president since). But I did not know until today how blatantly hypocritical Kennedy’s action was.
A clip from Cigars All Around in the Financial Times explains:
The day before Kennedy signed the law, “Kennedy ordered an aide to buy him 1,000 Petit Upmanns cigars. It was only after Kennedy got word that his request had been carried out that he authorised the new regulations that banned Cuban imports and would have made the purchase illegal.”
For 52 years, the US embargo poisoned he Cuba-US relationship. What good did it do? Did it drive Casto out of power? Or did it help keep Castro in power?

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on December 17, 2014.

Sydney Siege: Was Aussie ‘Terror Sheikh’ an Informant or Just Mad?

21st Century Wire
They called it the ‘Sydney Siege’, suggesting it was something much bigger than it actually was.
It ended in rather dramatic fashion: after a near 16 hour ordeal inside, Australian police finally stormed a chocolate shop in Sydney’s Martin Place district in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
As is expected, the media moved to simultaneously paint the event as a ‘heroic act’ by the security services, and a shocking ‘terrorist-related attack’, but was it really?
Just seconds before the raid finally went down, five to six hostages were seen running out of the Lindt chocolatiers. A flurry of loud bangs could be heard, followed by a hail of bullets as a group of heavily armed police stormed the tiny venue where a gunman was said to be holding an unknown number of people hostage. The end result: one dead mentally ill gunman, and two dead hostages. It’s still unclear who shot whom.
We are told that the celebrated ‘Sydney Siege’ standoff was the work of a ‘lone wolf’; 50-year-old self-styled, Iranian-born Muslim ‘cleric’, Man Haron Monis (real name Manteghi Bourjerdi).
NOTE: The dramatic scene unfolded shortly after the gunman’s apparent identity was unveiled by local media…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 17, 2014.

Obama Endorses Torture By Refusing to Criminally Prosecute Those Involved

As always, the government imprisons anyone who exposes their illegal activity. The ONLY person in prison related to torture is John Kiriakou who was the whistleblower. This is why real patriots like Snowden cannot return to a country that prosecutes as a crime those who expose the corruption inside government.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 17, 2014.

An Important Update from JB and SFC
On last night’s program, John and Steve had another lengthy discussion on the origins, implications and consequences of the Ukraine Crisis. At this pivotal time, please be sure you give this a listen.
The conversation begins with a general discussion of the Ukraine Crisis and possible pending changes within the Russian leadership.
Next, John and Steve discuss the expanding NATO mission and presence, with NATO ships visiting for the first time ports in Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia and images of flatbed railcars loaded with U. S. tanks in Latvia.
And finally, a discussion of how Russia might respond next and what measures, short of military action, Putin might be willing to take.
Again, more information on Professor Stephen F. Cohen can be found here: and the John Batchelor Show can be heard nightly by clicking here:

This post was published at TF Metals Report on December 17, 2014.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?
The fact is that GMO technology would still be owned and controlled by certain very powerful interests. In their hands, this technology is first and foremost an instrument of corporate power, a tool to ensure profit. Beyond that, it is intended to serve US global geopolitical interests. Indeed, agriculture has for a long time been central to US foreign policy.
‘American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.’ Professor Michael Hudson [3].
The Project for a New American Century and the Wolfowitz Doctrine show that US foreign policy is about power, control and ensuring global supremacy at any cost [4,5]. Part of the plan for attaining world domination rests on the US controlling agriculture and hijacking food sovereignty and nations’ food security.
In his book ‘Seeds of Destruction’, William Engdahl traces how the oil-rich Rockefeller family translated its massive wealth into political clout and set out to capture agriculture in the US and then globally via the ‘green revolution’ [6]. Along with its big-dam, water-intensive infrastructure requirements, this form of agriculture made farmers dependent on corporate-controlled petroproducts and entrapped them and nations into dollar dependency and debt. GMOs represent more of the same due to the patenting and the increasing monopolization of seeds by a handful of mainly US companies, such as Monsanto, DuPont and Bayer.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 17th, 2014.

What’s Behind the Riots? A Federal Police Force: ‘Everything else has been nationalized, so why not the police?’

Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. And who could forget? Trayvon Martin.
It’s no secret that the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder, his replacement Loretta Lynch, President Obama and Al Sharpton have been dwelling upon these cases, while others with similar dimensions and often more tragic circumstances remain ignored. Scores of members in Congress joined in the chorus as well.
But why are they driving these cases at all? These are not altruistic players. What is their agenda?
In the wake of the chaos of riots and the mass movement of protests taking over cities across the nation, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge.
All the justified anger over police abuse isn’t brewing more justice, but more power for the federal government.
Let’s rewind…
Police abuse has become so epidemic that the streets are filling with protests against its most publicized cases.
Yet, who gave police the tanks, weapons and military equipment of war? The Pentagon, under its surplus program.
Who trained police to regard every individual as a potential terrorist in America?Homeland Security and the FBI issued the definitions, wrote the propaganda, put out thememos and conducted the training exercises.
Who funded police to increase arrests and fill the jails with non-violent offenders? Washington and their federal grants, that’s who. It’s what paid off local police departments to do so.
The Justice Department and Washington want more control over local police forces, and may be building a national police force as well. They are trying to change things, once again, through a popular groundswell and a series of civil rights lawsuits.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 17th, 2014.