Girls, Gardening, Puppies, And Pigs: Life On China’s Disputed Man-Made Islands

On April 17, we introduced readers to Fiery Cross Reef, one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Since then, Beijing’s land reclamation efforts have sparked an international firestorm, complete with war games, threats, a confrontation between a US spy plane carrying a CNN crew and the PLA Navy, World War 3 chatter, and, of course, references to Nazi Germany.
Amid the rhetoric, China has maintained it has every right to protect its ‘legitimate’ territorial claims by constructing thousands of acres of sovereign land and, if necessary, enforcing a no-fly zone above the new islands.
But while Beijing admits its Spratly sand castles will indeed be used for military purposes, it also says the primary goal of the entire dredging effort is to assist China in carrying out the country’s ‘various civilian demands and international obligations and responsibilities in the area such as maritime search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, marine scientific research, meteorological observation, ecological environment conservation, navigation safety as well as fishery production service.’
Now, Beijing has embarked on what looks like a propaganda campaign to show that despite attempts by the US and its regional allies to cast aspersions, island life in the Spratlys is all about girls, gardening, puppies, and pigs.
Behold: life on Fiery Cross Reef:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/19/2015.

The Anti-Politician

At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust.
Though he has been a hugely successful builder-businessman, far more successful than, say, Carly Fiorina, who has been received respectfully, our resident elites resolutely refuse to take Trump seriously.
They should. Not because he will be nominated, but because the Trump constituency will represent a vote of no confidence in the Beltway ruling class of politicians and press.
Votes for Trump will be votes to repudiate that class, whole and entire, and dump it onto the ash heap of history.
Votes for Trump will be votes to reject a regime run by Bushes and Clintons that plunged us into unnecessary wars, cannot secure our borders, and negotiates trade deals that produced the largest trade deficits known to man and gutted a manufacturing base that was once ‘the great arsenal of democracy’ and envy of mankind.
A vote for Trump is a vote to say that both parties have failed America and none of the current crop of candidates offers real hope of a better future.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 19, 2015.

Mr. President, Cut The Crap

I’m really tired of the lies. Especially knowing lies about criminals.
Obama didn’t even wait for the bodies to be cold before he took to the podium to once again claim that it was “easy access to guns” that enabled the murderous jackasses in South Carolina to carry out his crime.
But — the accused would have failed a background check, had he tried to buy his gun legally — he was apparently under indictment for a felony at the time, which is a disqualifier. He also apparently knew this because he didn’t buy the gun through lawful channels, he stole it.
That (stealing firearms) is a felony also, and belies the truth behind virtually all of these crimes: Once you decide to commit murder all the rest of the felonies you have or will commit are “free” in that there is no further punishment society can exact beyond that for murder.
Such a person does not care what the law says and the tools that can be turned to weapons for offensive purpose are so numerous as to defy enumeration. Cars, trucks, bulldozers, common household chemicals, gasoline, knives, axes, chainsaws, baseball bats, golf clubs and more.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-06-19.

Mass Shooting, Mass Hysteria, Mass Propaganda

Nine lives were ended in a tragic mass shooting at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, perpetrated by a deranged, apparently brainwashed 21-year-old man whose motivations appear to be centered around extreme racism.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, a familiar, shameful charade of exploitation unfolded yet again, seeking to reassert the ‘gun control’ agenda amid both national public opinion and across America’s legislative bodies.
Yet the engineered, concerted, deceitful propaganda campaign launched by the corporate media and America’s political circles fails to put into perspective the recent shooting and the greater ‘gun control’ debate.
Instead, a mad rush has ensued to exploit anger, sorrow, and fear to once again attempt to snatch from responsible Americans their right to bear arms based on the criminal actions of a single individual.
Drunk Driving Kills 20 Times More Per Year Than Mass Shootings Have in 30 Years
The Washington Post, along with other mainstays of Western propaganda, have repeatedly summed up the history of mass shootings and gun violence in articles following in the wake of violent episodes. Usually, these statistics are presented in a vacuum without reference intentionally to deceive the reader.
In their most recent article, ’11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,’ they claim that in the past 30 years, 574 people have been killed in mass shootings. While in their article they attempt to make this number sound enormous, to put it into perspective, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in the year 2013 alone, 10,076 were killed by drunk drivers. That is about 20 times more people killed in a single year due to drunk driving than in the past 30 years due to mass shootings (mass shootings being defined as 3 people or more killed in a single spree).
The Post amid its disingenuous spin, claims:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 19th, 2015.

The UN Is Planning to Migrate Americans From California, Followed by the Entire Southwest

The United States Drought Monitor map is showing that 78% of the state is currently experiencing an ‘exceptional drought’ stage. This represents a 22% increase from just a year ago.
Droughts can prove devastating to a community as widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells accompany drought conditions.
Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates the most extreme conditions of drought and is considered to be a precursor to
Lynne Wilson, who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations, ‘Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought. We may have to migrate people out of California.’
It seems certain that at this rate of increasing drought, millions of Americans, presently living in California, better begin packing their collective bags because it could soon be moving day.
At this point, people are undoubtedly wondering if there isn’t something that can be done to save California from this massive drought?

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on June 19, 2015.

Charleston church shooting: the larger covert op

‘Long-term covert ops sometimes disguise themselves by claiming that the hidden cause of a problem is the cure. So it is with psychiatric drugs, like SSRI antidepressants, which push people into committing murder. In the aftermath of these killings, leaders call for expanded psychiatric screening – which will result in further prescription of those very same drugs.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Police report the suspect in the Charleston church shooting, Dylann Roof, has been captured.
This is the latest in a string of crimes in which black-white conflict has been highlighted, pressed, argued, and used, for the purposes of: fanning flames of racial discord, exercising further gun control, and fatuously claiming that universal psychiatric screening and drugging is an answer.
In this brief article, I focus on black-white conflict.
In the 1960s, in America, the burgeoning drug culture and the Vietnam War became the occasion for protests and riots that shook the nation. In that case, the main target was the federal government.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on June 18, 2015.

Medical Ripoffs — And Zero Oversight

I’ve often wondered exactly why consumer protection laws that are all over the states aren’t applied at hospitals, medical centers and pharmacies. Why we hear stories about $100 worth of nutritional supplement available at GNC being billed out to an insurance company for $40,000 with the consumer being essentially a middleman for what facially appears to be a siphoning of funds from consumers (through their insurance premiums.) Why a doctor that is out-of-network can stick his head into your hospital room, say hi and then send you a bill — without providing any service you agreed to accept. Why being billed for a service never received, as happens literally all the time, is not considered consumer fraud and prosecuted. Why you can’t get a price for a procedure, and if you do get one it’s not honored — a practice that used to be rampant in the auto and home repair business and that promoted specific laws that make such acts illegal.
Now I happen to have in my hot little hands a documented example of a hospital that was asked for and provided a quote on a procedure. They were contracted to perform that procedure against the quote and then tried to bill it out at three times what they had quoted.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-06-19.

Japan’s Mount Shindake volcano erupts a second time in 20 days

June 2015 – JAPAN – Mount Shindake rumbled back to life Thursday as a second eruption rocked Kuchinoerabu Island off Kagoshima Prefecture shortly past noon, the Meteorological Agency said. The scale of the volcano’s first eruption in 20 days was smaller than its May 29 blast but apparently took from 12:17 p.m. to around 12:47 p.m. to complete, the weather agency said. Initially, the agency had difficulty confirming the eruption because of bad weather, but a Japan Coast Guard vessel reportedly confirmed seeing small rocks falling while on patrol about 9 km east of the volcano.

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on June 18, 2015.

Is Martha Stewart At It Again? Suddenly Halts Stock Sales Before Upcoming Acquisition

Over the years, Martha Stewart has become quite familiar with securities laws.

In 2004, she was found guilty of obstruction and making false statements after being charged with insider trading. In that case, she sold ImClone stock before the company announced negative news. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that Sequential Brands Group is in talks to buy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The stock surged 26% today after the report.
A review of Martha Stewart’s trading history shows that she has been steadily selling stock in the company over the past year. Every month, she sells 83,333 shares.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/19/2015.

Is Canada Preparing for War?

Canada has made it drastically harder to apply for citizenship. The curious issue is the bottom-line concerning the military. There never was a fast track in Canada if you served in their military. All of a sudden, they are now creating a fast track if you serve in the military after increasing the time requirement by 50%. Canada never beefed up its military. This is clearly a total change in direction.
Additionally, this is reflecting what I have warned. Turn the economy down and there is a rise in civil unrest. The domestic population ALWAYS turns against immigrants, no matter what country we look at. The standard view is to blame them for taking jobs when jobs become scarce.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on June 19, 2015.

200 Years On: How The Battle of Waterloo Shaped Europe

21st Century Wire says…
Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of this historic battle and the fall of Napoleon.
In the following discussion, the importance of the Battle of Waterloo for Europe is examined. The roots of the conflict and its outcome provide answers for modern historical phenomena such as the strength of the British, and can be compared with later historical examples like the events which take place in World War II.
What do you think is the most important aspect of this battle?
Watch the video here:

21st Century Wire


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 19, 2015.

The Glorious Imbecility of War

Napoleon Returns Today, on the eve of the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, we do not celebrate war. Only a fool would celebrate something so horrible. But we pay our respects to the glorious imbecility of it.
War may be dreadful, little more than a racket in many ways, but it is also a magnificent undertaking. It engages the heart and the brain at once and exposes both the genius of our race and its incredible stupidity.
But we are talking about real war. Not phony wars against enemies who pose no real threat. Phony wars earn real profits for the war industry, but only an ersatz glory for the warriors. Real soldiers take no pride in them. Instead, to a real hero, they are a source of shame and embarrassment.
Wars are not conducted to ‘Free the Holy Land.’ Or ‘Make the World Safe for Democracy.’ Or ‘Rid the World of Tyrants.’ Or ‘Fight Terrorism.’ Those are only the cover stories used by the jingoists to get the public to surrender its treasure… and its sons. Wars are fought to release the fighting spirit – that ghost of many millennia – in the scrap for survival.
And so it was that, 200 years ago tomorrow, one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, Napoleon Bonaparte, faced the armies of the Seventh Coalition – principally, the British, under the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussians, under Gebhard von Blcher.

This post was published at Acting-Man on June 19, 2015.

The Punditocracy In Race To The Bottom on Trade Coverage

Upon reading Charles Lane’s Washington Post column this morning about Congress’ fight over giving President Obama sweeping new trade authority, my first reaction was ‘And I thought the Wall Street Journal editorial board was ignorant!’ But that’s unfair to Lane. Although he’s just treated readers to a breathtaking display of fakeonomics, his own know-nothing-ism on these issues is really no worse than the Journal’s latest. All the same, since the Post is often considered on a different level than, say, the National Enquirer, Lane’s treatment of trade economics – and politics – merits spotlighting.
Lane’s looney-ism begins right away with his claim that, since President Obama and both Houses of Congress are record supporting fast track authority for the Executive Branch (the House’s vote Friday, to be sure, was purely symbolic), anyone in opposition is standing against a ‘democratic tide.’ As if it’s unusual for special interests, especially Wall Street and the rest of Big Business, to control the Washington deployments of both major parties?
But the author’s economics are even sillier. According to this Postpundit, planned new trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will only affect the small number of American workers who produce tradeable goods.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson – June 18, 2015.

Russia, Greece Ink Pipeline Deal As Gazprom Boosts Ukraine Bypass

Two weeks ago, in ‘Greece Breaks America’s Heart, Will Sign MOU With Russia For Gas Pipeline,’ we highlighted comments from Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis which indicated that Athens was prepared to sign an MOU with Russia on the Turkish Stream pipeline.
As a reminder, The Turkish Stream will allow Gazprom to bypass Bulgaria by piping gas through Turkey, then through Greece, Serbia, and Hungary straight to the Austrian central hub.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/18/2015.

Bad Day For Americans, House Votes For Trade Law That Will Continue The Gutting Of The Middle Class

Unfortunately, I’ve got bad news to pass on. The House of Representatives just voted to give President Obama sweeping new authority to negotiate the same kinds of trade agreements that have shafted America’s middle class and gutted the productive part of our nation’s economy. Since the Senate has already passed a similar measure, the House action would appear to make this ‘fast track’ bill law before too long.
The Congressional politics of this issue remain so complicated – as evinced by fast track’s seeming demise last Friday – that the measure could yet ultimately fail. Also, although its passage today greatly increases the odds of eventual Congressional approval of Mr. Obama’s fatally flawed Pacific Rim trade deal (which is still being negotiated internationally), supporters still can’t take for granted its fate on Capitol Hill. Nonetheless, even given these remaining uncertainties, this was a bad day for America, and the rest of the world, too – especially since, as I’ve written repeatedly, current U. S. TRADE STRATEGY played a key role in triggering the last financial crisis, and threatens to bring about a replay.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson ‘ June 18, 2015.

Have a Nice Life: Kid Runs away from Home Five Times, So Cop Tasers Him, Charges Him with Felony Resisting

This is the problem with these stories that keep coming out about our modern law enforcement officials. It seems they will blindly follow any law to the letter and march into line as they’re told without using any critical thinking skills or common sense to actually evaluate a situation and investigate what’s actually going on first.
You might not agree with the position I’m taking on this story. You might say this is just another punk kid who deserves what he gets for not doing as he was told.
I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy into the theory that any of us are throwaways.
The story goes that a 13-year-old kid ran away. Again. In fact, it was the fifth time he had run away from home.
San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Banks came upon the kid skateboarding with some friends and was going to take him back home. The kid fought back. A struggle ensued. Why?
Quite obviously there’s a reason this kid keeps repeatedly running away from home. It’s not like he ran away once, or twice. FIVE times this kid ran away.
As Deputy Banks was forcing the kid into the back of his squad car, the kid bit the deputy’s arm trying to get away from him. This is what most kids would do if someone was forcing them into the back of a car against their will, just by the way.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 18th, 2015.

Cop on Film Brutally Murders Ex-Wife in Car With Young Daughter in Tow

Raw footage uploaded by ‘Untouchable’ describes an active shooter situation in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which took place Tuesday, June 16.
Turns out, the killer was Neptune Township Police Sgt. Phillip Seidle who was off-duty and instigating a car chase after his ex-wife, while their 7-year-old daughter sat helplessly in his Honda Pilot passenger seat.
Tamara Seidle, who had completed a divorce with him on May 27 after 24 years of marriage and 9 children, was trying to escape him and ended up crashing her car into a parked car on an Asbury neighborhood street, leaving her stuck.
Police who arrived at the scene taking place while residents gathered, were likely colleagues or knew of him, and allowed him to brandish his service weapon – a .40-caliber Glock handgun – and instigate threats to her through her car door for some time. They may also have been aware of the serious allegations that led to the divorce – domestic violence which required police intervention, infidelity, financial neglect, addictions, and more acts of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. In one instance, while Tamara was pregnant, he ‘held a loaded gun to her head, cocked the weapon in a threatening and intimidating fashion, with no regard to the torment he was causing the Plaintiff.’ (source)
Then, everyone simply watches in horror as he unloaded approximately four gun shots into her, point blank, brutally and remorselessly killing her right there.
The worst part is – his attorney is entering a ‘not guilty’ plea!
From CNN:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 18th, 2015.

US again takes people off ‘no-fly’ list to try to evade judicial review

Four days before a Federal judge was scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by four Muslim US citizens who were placed on the US government’s ‘no-fly’ list to try to pressure them into becoming informants for the FBI, the government has notified the plaintiffs in the case that all of them have been removed from the no-fly list.
The plaintiffs in Tanvir v. Lynch are continuing to press their claims, as are other US citizens challenging their placement on the no-fly list in retaliation for declining to inform on their friends, families, communities, and fellow worshippers. But we expect that, as has been its pattern, the government defendants will now try to get the case dismissed as ‘moot’.

This post was published at Papers Please on June 16, 2015.