Buffaloes and Flies in the South China Sea

Ignorance is renewed with each newborn, and by the time any man figures out anything, he can almost feel the mortician leaning over his stiff face. Though all lessons are embalmed within history, few care to explore that infinite corpse. Lewis Mumford, ‘So far from being overwhelmed by the accumulations of history, the fact is that mankind has never consciously carried enough of its past along with it. Hence a tendency to stereotype a few sorry moments of the past, instead of perpetually re-thinking it, re-valuating it, re-living it in the mind.’
Far from learning from history, people tend to distort it to their own ends, and thus during the last commemoration of Russia’s defeat of Germany in World War II, many commentators conveniently forgot that those two countries had collaborated to start the war in the first place. After the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and Czechoslovakia, while Soviet Russia poured troops into Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the eastern portion of Romania. Russians massacred 22,000 Poles at Katyn alone, imprisoned 100,000 and deported 1,200,000 to Siberia, Kazakhstan and other places within the Soviet Union. More than half would die.
In the Polish city of Brest-Litovsk, conquering German and Russian troops paraded together on September 22, 1939. On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded Russia itself, however, thus ending that evil alliance. Working from London, what’s left of the Polish government arranged for its citizens in Siberia to be transferred to British controlled Iran, and from there, many of the surviving Polish children could finally consign to posterity their horrific experiences of the Russian Socialist Paradise. In 1981, Irena and Jan Tomasz Gross published a selection of these accounts in their book, War Through Children’s Eyes. Here are three:

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 6, 2015.

They Don’t Want You to Know – The Counted

Please raise your hand if you are sick and tired of the United States ‘leadership’.
It appears that, once again, the people that are supposedly in charge of tracking much needed information regarding something as important as how many people are killed by the police in this country each year are too f**king busy tracking information that benefits the elitist scum so they can further enslave us. We have to turn to people like Brian Burkhardt at Fatal Encounters, the fine folks at killedbypolice.net and now enter a foreign newspaper who sees this tragic ongoing nightmare as being so important they, too, have put together a database in order to reveal how many U. S. citizens are killed by police in the United States each year.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on June 5, 2015.

In Major Escalation, Yemen Rebels Fire Scud Missile Into Saudi Arabia

Just two days after reports indicated that Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels were prepared to participate in UN-brokered peace talks with Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government in exile, clashes on the Saudi border have intensified.
On Friday, the Saudi press agency said it had used Apache helicopters and artillery to repel a Houthi-led advance, killing ‘dozens’ of militants. Four Saudis were also killed.
Meanwhile, Riyadh stepped up airstrikes around the Yemeni capital targeting what the Saudis say were arms depots. The Houthis, however, say the aerial bombardment is inflicting untold civilian casualties, mostly women and children. Here’s Reuters:
Coalition Arab bombings killed around 58 people across Yemen on Wednesday and Thursday, the state news agency Saba, controlled by the Houthis, said.

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

A Government That Ignores Its Own Laws Is NOT a GOVERNMENT!

The article below was originally published in November 2012 just after Obama won reelection. The website it was published on, as far as we can tell, no longer exists as it did. There are breadcrumbs of it… but the original has apparently gone the way of the memory hole.
Considering how government tyranny has progressed, we thought it would be good to put this up again now for further consideration.
The points are even more valid today. To put it simply…
‘This Is Not a Government’ By Liberty Legal Foundation
This morning a Christian radio commentator attempt to downplay the devastation Obama will bring to America over the next four years. The commentator was explaining how our government’s checks and balances prevent any president from doing too much damage to our nation. Unfortunately this commentator was assuming that American government still functions as it was intended to function. She was apparently unaware that our government no longer follows its own laws.
It is absolutely true that the Founding Fathers gave us a system of government that should have protected our nation from the excesses of any single president. However, the checks and balances, balance of powers, and other limitations enshrined in the Constitution, have all been ignored by our current government. Those checks and balances disappeared as soon as those in power realized that they could ignore the law and no one would do anything about it. This leaves America vulnerable to any tyrant capable of winning an election.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 5th, 2015.

Vietnam To Buy Fighter Jets, Drones From West To Counter Chinese ‘Aggression’

Earlier this week Philippine President Benigno Aquino – a self-proclaimed ‘amateur student of history’ – warned Japanese lawmakers that the continual appeasement of China with regard to Beijing’s island construction project in the South China Sea poses a similar risk to the global balance of power as the pre-war appeasement of Hitler.
China did not appreciate the reference and had the following advice for ‘certain people in The Philippines’:
‘…cast aside [your] illusions and repent [and] stop provocations and instigations.’
In yet another sign that Beijing’s neighbors in the region (who have competing claims in the Spratlys) are seeking to guard against what they view as Chinese aggression, Vietnam is set to bolster its defense capabilities and deepen its security relationship with the US.
On a visit to Hanoi on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the following:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/05/2015.

Where The Jobs Are – Government Subsidized ‘Private Sector’

Whenever I see phrases like ‘unambiguously positive’ to describe economic trends during this U. S. recovery, my guard goes up. Yours should, too, because the economic conventional wisdom that’s been gushing today about the new May jobs report released this morning has missed a big recent trend: A large, growing share of the employment gains registered recently have come in what I’ve called the government-subsidized portion of what’s usually called the private sector. By this term, I mean industries like healthcare services, where levels of demand – and therefore employment – depend heavily on various government subsidies.
Actually, this definition of the subsidized private sector surely understates its size. After all, many Americans who work for private companies supply the military and to the intelligence community, and other government agencies. Moreover, medical-related manufacturing should also qualify. But I’ve typically restricted the term to encompass health care services, the for-profit educational sector, and social assistance agencies for a very simple, practical reason – they’re nicely broken out in each of the monthly jobs reports, and therefore it’s easy to track them for purposes of same-day reporting.
Today’s May figures (which are still preliminary – like the April data) showed us that the subsidized private sector accounted for 74,000 of the total 280,000 net new jobs created last month (26.43 percent), and produced 28.24 percent of the 262,000 job gain reported for the private sector as it’s defined conventionally.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Alan Tonelson ‘ June 5, 2015.

‘May the Farce Be With You': School Locks Down Over Man in Stormtrooper Costume

It was the worst Star Wars sequel ever – more a farce, than anything.
But intergalactic justice was served, apparently. Or maybe we just crossed over into a dimension without rights or even basic sense.
It was towards the end of the school day, and by all accounts, one George Cross was just passing by the Massachusetts elementary school in order to show off his newly-donned stormtrooper costume to friends.
But the 40 year old Star Wars geek was arrested before he could, after the school principal called police, concerned that she wasn’t sure the fake laser gun was just a plastic toy.
As the Guardian reported:
A Massachusetts man is facing charges after he was spotted outside a city elementary school dressed as a Star Wars storm trooper, complete with fake gun.
[…] The principal called 911 to report a man with a gun, and the school was briefly locked down.
Admittedly, the relevant authorities didn’t believe the man posed a threat, and could have warned him or asked him to move along rather than arrested him, but instead they created a panic situation that delayed the school day and brought everything to a halt.
The Salem News reported:

This post was published at shtfplan on June 5th, 2015.

Forget the TPP – Wikileaks Releases Documents from the Equally Shady ‘Trade in Services Agreement,’ or TISA

If it sounds complicated, it is. The important point is that this trade agreement contains a crucial discussion of governments’ abilities to meaningfully protect civil liberties. And it is not being treated as a human rights discussion. It is being framed solely as an economic issue, ignoring the implications for human rights, and it is being held in a classified document that the public is now seeing months after it was negotiated, and only because it was released through WikiLeaks.
The process is also highly secretive – in fact, trade agreement texts are classified. While the executive branch does consult with members of Congress, even congressional staffers with security clearance have until recently been prevented from seeing the texts. Furthermore, certain trade industry advisers are allowed access to U. S. negotiating objectives and negotiators that the public and public interest groups do not have. – From the Slate article: Privacy Is Not a Barrier to Trade
If you haven’t heard about about the Trade in Services Agreement, aka TISA, don’t worry, you’re not alone. While I had heard of it before, I never read anything substantial about it until today. What sparked my reading interest on the subject were a series of very troubling articles published via several media outlets following a document dump by Wikileaks. Here’s how the whistleblower organization describes the TISA leak on it document release page:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jun 5, 2015.

Graphic and Disturbing: Video of Police Shooting of Dillon Taylor Released

On August 11, 2014, Dillon Taylor, his brother, and his cousin were exiting a 7-Eleven in Salt Lake City when police arrived on the scene.
They were responding to a 911 call about a ‘guy flashing a gun.’
Minutes later, 20-year-old Dillon was dead.
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On September 30, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said that Officer Bron Cruz was justified in shooting Dillon because he was ‘non-compliant’ when confronted by officers:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 5th, 2015.

America Is Done

America is done. There are a number of reasons to make this claim. All ultimately result from government and self-interest politics trumping good policy. Nowhere is such a conflict more apparent than politics and economics.
Politics and economics don’t mix well, but putting politicians in charge of economics is a recipe for disaster. The reason for that is that short-term political fixes almost universally are bad economic decisions. Sadly, for almost a century, politicians have controlled economics and economic policy, at least proper policy, has been harmed for this entire time. Political motivations and not economic ones drive economic policy. After a hundred years this abuse (which continues to accelerate in a desperate attempt to continue the charade) has exhausted its ability to hide the problems. In a nutshell, that is why America is in its current conundrum and why America is done!
Here are three geniuses (at least considered so before they entered government) who, to various degrees, became integral contributors to the intractable (impossible!) problems America and other Welfare States now confront. They were part of the problem as advisers and enablers. Now, outside of government, they are geniuses once again.

This post was published at Economic Noise on JUNE 4, 2015.

Government-Granted ‘Freedom’

Orwellian Language – the Slide toward ‘Velvet Glove’ Fascism Continues
Sometimes we get the feeling the ruling elites are investing the laws they enact with a kind of impertinent, slap-in-your-face black humor. How else to explain the Orwellian names given to the liberty-crushing laws that have been put in place since the ‘war on terror’ started?
The latest example is the misnamed ‘Freedom Act’, the purpose of which appears to be to make legal what was hitherto plainly illegal – inter alia whole-sale spying by the government on the citizenry. The legislation has been sold to the serfs as absolutely necessary to ‘prevent terror attacks’. As we have previously pointed out, the average US citizen is statistically far more likely to die from drowning in a bathtub or simply by falling from a chair rather than from a terror attack. No special laws have been proposed yet to save us from the evil of bathtubs and chairs, in spite of the danger evidently emanating from these deadly household furnishings.
Apart from the vanishingly small statistical likelihood of actually being harmed by terrorists, it is noteworthy that such laws – the true purpose of which is highly unlikely to be congruent with their stated purpose – are enacted even while the government engages in activities that are bound to worsen these statistics in the future. The so-called ‘war on terror’ so far actually seems to be similarly successful as the ‘war on poverty’ and the ‘war on drugs’. In fact, it appears to be ranking quite high on the list of the biggest government boondoggles.
To call a law the ‘Freedom Act’ makes it sound as if freedom were something the government generously grants to its serfs. This is not so. Not surprisingly, upon closer inspection it looks like the new law hasn’t improved the previous state of affairs in the slightest. Instead it has probably made it even worse.

This post was published at Acting-Man on June 5, 2015.

Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next – Paul Craig Roberts

Over the last 15 months Ukrainians have paid for Washington’s overthrow of their elected government in deaths, dismemberment of their country, and broken economic and political relationships with Russia that cost Ukraine its subsidized energy. Now Ukrainians are losing their pensions and traditional support payments. The Ukrainian population is headed for the graveyard.
On June 1 the TASS news agency reported that Ukraine has stopped payments to pensioners, World War II veterans, people with disabilities, and victims of Chernobyl. According to the report, Kiev has also ‘eliminated transport, healthcare, utilities and financial benefits for former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps and recipients of some Soviet-era orders and titles. Compensations to families with children living in the areas contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl accident will be no longer paid either. Ukraine’s parliamentary opposition believes that the Prosecutor General’s Office should launch an investigation against Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk who actively promoted the law on the abolition of privileges.’
Notice that this is a yank of the blanket from under the elderly in Ukraine. ‘Useless eaters,’ they are assigned to the trash can. How do the deceived Maiden student protesters feel now that they are culpable in the destruction of their grandparents’ support systems? Do these gullible fools still believe in the Washington-orchestrated Maiden Revolution? The crimes in which these stupid students are complicit are horrific.
Yatsenyuk, or Yats as Victoria Nuland calls him, is the Washington stooge that the US State Department selected to run the puppet government established by Washington. Yats sounds like a right-wing Republican when he refers to pensions, compensations, and social services as ‘privileges.’ This is the Republican view of Social Security and Medicare, programs paid for by the payroll tax over the working lives of Americans. The Republicans stole the payroll revenues and spent them on their wars that enrich Wall Street and the military/security complex, and now blame ‘welfare handouts’ for America’s fiscal plight.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on June 4, 2015.

ISIS, the CIA and Guillotines: A Must Read!

The following is one of the most lucid accounts of FM 3-39.4 and FEMA camp detention. It is worthy of viewing and will help legitimize the question: Will beheadings ever become part of the FEMA camp experience?

The guillotine has never been used inside of the United States. The United States has executed people by firing squad, hanging, the electric chair and lethal injection. Claims that the guillotine will be used on American soil against Americans, seem ludicrous on its face. However, several dots are connecting which casts serious doubt on that assumption.
Ted Gunderson
Former FBI agent, the late Ted Gunderson, has a very mixed level of credibility among the Patriot community. However, nobody can accuse Gunderson as being incorrect when it came to assessing the depth and depravity of child sex trafficking. Gunderson is quite clear when he says that Guillotines will be used against political dissidents.
Gunderson’s guillotine claims are historically bolstered by Representative Doug Teper, of the Georgia Legislative Assembly (Democrat) introduced a bill which will supplant the method of execution, the electric chair, with the guillotine back in 1995-6? The referenced bill wasGeorgia State House Bill (1995-6) HB 1274 – Death penalty; guillotine provisions. Certainly, Teper would have never thought that this was possible is there were not already guillotines inside of the United States.


This post was published at The Common Sense Show on June 5, 2015.

John Cusack on Civil Liberties, Drones, and NSA Spying: ‘Obama Is Worse Than Bush’

A few days ago, it was revealed that actor Vince Vaughn, in an interview for the July issue of British GQ, expressed his support for gun rights, referred to the war on drugs as ‘absolutely f***ing ridiculous, and called Edward Snowden a ‘hero.’
It isn’t unusual for celebrities to be open about their political beliefs or support for a particular candidate (typically a Democrat).
But every once in a while, an actor speaks up and it makes headlines because what they said is so controversial – and true.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on June 4th, 2015.

Army Fails to Warn Residents Before Urban Warfare Explosions: ‘All of a Sudden, Boom!’

Yet another location is erupting into urban army exercises ahead of the nationwide Jade Helm drills that have many concerned about martial law and the true intentions of mock takeovers of U. S. cities across the map.
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This time, it was unexpected ‘simulated explosions’ that rattled residents in a neighborhood of Flint, Michigan after the U. S. Army initiated training without warning the locals – despite the fact that the drills, which will last until June 12, had been planned for six months.

This post was published at shtfplan on June 4th, 2015.

Canada suffers indirect economic blow back from sanctions against Russia: Oliver

Canada is experiencing indirect economic fallout from the sanctions it and other countries have imposed against Russia, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver acknowledged Tuesday.
Western European countries that do business with Canada are feeling the negative impact of economic sanctions, which have also been imposed by the U.S. and Europe, Oliver said.
That, in turn, reaches across the Atlantic because when growth in Europe slows, it also affects Canadian trade, he added.

This post was published at Yahoo

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez went to Russia to chat with Edward Snowden

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez held talks with U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden during a visit to Russia in April, Anthony Romero, director of the American Civil Liberties Union and one of Snowden's lawyers said on Thursday.
The two hour-long meeting took place after an Argentine TV channel, citing intelligence documents provided by Snowden, revealed Britain spied on Argentine military and political leaders from 2006 to 2011 to safeguard the security of the disputed Falkland Islands.
"She met with him toward the end of April," Romero told reporters in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

This post was published at Business Insider

Did The US Department Of Justice Just Do Vladimir Putin A Great Favor

Last year, in the aftermath of the western-mediated Ukraine presidential coup and subsequent proxy civil war between Russia and NATO countries, the US imposed sanctions, largely over the complaints of the German business lobby, on Moscow which did little to dent the Russian economy but crippled European exports to such a degree that a few months later the continent was on the verge of a triple dip recession which in turn paved the way for the ECB’s QE.
That is not to say Russia was spared: Russia’s economy was also substantially impacted but not by US “costs”, since unlike the US, financial markets in Russia are a fraction of the size and importance they are in the west, but by the collapse in oil prices. It took US some 6 months to realize that for a commodity exporting powerhouse such as Russia, sanctions are meaningless, but crush the price of its main export and suddenly everything changes.
This was the basis for various rounds of “secret” talks between John Kerry and Saudi Arabia: to punish Russia by lowering the price of oil, which also ended up smothering not only US shale production but the most vibrant part of the US economy, and its job creation dynamo, the state of Texas.
Furthermore, the Russian economy had also been weakened recently by the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which may have been the grand spectacle Putin wanted to put on, but it came at a cost: the final bill is said to have topped $50 billion, much more than originally planned, although oil was still well above $100, in line with what had been Russia’s budgeted oil price for 2015-2017.
Which is why in retrospect, the DOJ’s crackdown against FIFA in general, and the Russian World Cup of 2018 in particular, may have been just the blessing in disguise that Putin, who whether he likes it or not has been forced to hunker down in cash conservation mode, wanted.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/04/2015.