Oregon Governor Says Feds ‘Must Act’ Against Protesters and Armed Groups in Burns

21st Century Wire says…
So far, after nearly 20 days of protests near Burns, Oregon, there’s been no one hurt or injured, but it seems the state’s chief executive is keen to change that result.
According to reports today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a news conference hat federal officials, ‘must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.’
The governor does not appear at all concerned with the Hammond family’s plight, nor with any of this story’s core issues like legal minimum sentencing, jury nullification, or private, state and federal land rights – and yet, seems to want an armed confrontation in her state – and not with any her own state or county law enforcement agents, but by using federal agents instead.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 21, 2016.

The Right To Tell The Government To Go To Hell (In An Age Of Bullies, Censors, And Compliants)

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,
‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’? George Orwell
Free speech is not for the faint of heart.
Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat and tidy bow. Free speech is often messy, foul-mouthed, obscene, intolerant, undignified, insensitive, cantankerous, bawdy and volatile.
While free speech can also be tender, tolerant, soft-spoken, sensitive and sweet, it is free speech’s hot-blooded alter ego – the wretched, brutal, beastly Mr. Hyde to its restrained, dignified and civil Dr. Jekyll – that tests the limits of our so-called egalitarian commitment to its broad-minded principles.
Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years.
Many Americans have become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. We’ve come to prize civility over freedom. Most of all, too many Americans, held hostage by their screen devices and the talking heads on television, have lost the ability to think critically.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/21/2016 –.

US And The Coalition Forces Are Now In Position To Push This War Into Overdrive – Episode 873b

The following video was published by X22Report on Jan 21, 2016
FBI complaining that they cannot read the San Bernardino individuals phones and says they cannot stop terrorists. Poroshenko says the Minsk II deal cannot be completed, they tried. Ukraine shells the Donetsk area and they are now discussing ways to get Crimea back. US admits that NK did not detonate an H Bomb, they are not sure what happened. German defense minister announces military intervention in Libya. US and Turkey are now setting up a safe zone, US acquired an airbase, supplies are being brought in and Turkey is fortifying their border. US proxy army has been pushed back east and they are losing against Russia and Syria, talks are delayed.

IN 2015, THE US DROPPED 23,144 BOMBS ON MUSLIM COUNTRIES, NEARLY 1 BOMB FOR EVERY TERRORIST

Editor’s Note: It’s a good thing billions are stolen from the taxpayers by the military-industrial complex every year to ‘fight terror’.
Washington, D. C. – In a recent report, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Micah Zenko, noted that the United States has dropped an estimated 23,144 bombs in the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. That is over 60 bombs a day!
One of the focal reports of Zenko’s report is that despite the dropping of tens of thousands of bombs on the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, recruitment for these groups is increased with every bomb dropped by a foreign power onto indigenous soil.
According to the CFR report:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 21, 2016.

‘PROPAGANDA’: ANTI-GUN BRADY CENTER ORDERED TO PAY AMMO DEALER’S LEGAL FEES IN AURORA SHOOTING LAWSUIT

For its failed lawsuit against Lucky Gunner and other online ammunition dealers in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012, federal Judge Richard Matsch has ordered the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to pay the ammo dealer’s legal fees in the case.
The center was attempting to hold the ammunition manufacturer legally responsible for the mass shooting during the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises for which James Holmes has been convicted and been sentenced to 12 life sentences.
‘A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse,’ said Brady Center’s Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy at the time of the lawsuit. (source)
The judge however called the lawsuit out as total propaganda:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 21, 2016.

DRUDGE 2016 POLL: BUSH TRAILING CLINTON AT VERY BOTTOM BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS THEM ANYWHERE NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE

Right now, Matt Drudge of Drudge Report is running an unofficial presidential poll on his site.
At the time this screen cap was taken, over 41,000 votes were cast and Donald Trump was, by far, in the lead.
But what’s more interesting is where Jeb Bush is.
Considering Drudge is a conservative, it’s not that much of a surprise to find Hillary at the bottom of the poll. What is funny, however, is that Jeb has even fewer votes than Hillary.
Because America would rather rake itself naked over a cactus than have either of these two as ‘Commander in Chief’.
What’s really sad is this poll is coming just a week after Reuters was reporting that Jeb had somehow miraculously moved into third in the polls – with over 10 percent of the vote! How is that even possible when he’s getting less play than Hitlery? Did they poll cemeteries and imaginary people?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 21, 2016.

Ron Paul on Burns Oregon Standoff and Jury Nullification for the Hammond Family

21st Century Wire says…
If you’ve been following the protest and federal standoff outside of Burns, Oregon, you’ll have seen 99% of the news coverage has been about the presence of ‘armed militia’ and endless rumors of FBI ‘Waco Siege’ plots – and not about the core legal issues surrounding the Hammond family.
For more in-depth analysis on minimum sentencing laws, jury nullification and property rights, watch the following Liberty Report hosted by Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul is joined by the executive director of the institute for peace and prosperity, Daniel McAdams, along with Jacob Sullum, senior editor from Reason.com…


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 21, 2016.

Russian Ruble Crashes To Record Lows In “Panic”: “Some Investors Are Selling At Any Price”

Late last month, we took a look at Russia’s economy and concluded that although the country has proven to be remarkably resilient in the face of collapsing crude prices, the outlook is darkening.
The ruble has fallen for three consecutive years and is now under immense pressure both from Western economic sanctions and from crude’s inexorable decline. ‘The wish to hedge potential risks from geopolitics and commodities may well push the ruble to 75,’ Evgeny Koshelev, an analyst at Rosbank PJSC in Moscow, told Bloomberg by e-mail in December. ‘It will be interesting to see if there’s a reaction from the central bank, government and households to this weakening.’
Koshelev’s warning proved prescient. Oil prices continued to slide in the new year as uncertainty out of China, a dour outlook for global growth and trade (see the IMF’s latest cut to global growth forecasts), and the prospect of increased Iranian supply weighed on a market that was already ‘drowning’ in oversupply, to quote the IEA.
Meanwhile, the geopolitical situation took a nasty turn for the worst earlier this month when Saudi Arabia irked the Shiite world with the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, whose death adds fuel to the sectarian fires already burning in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Thanks to Moscow’s intervention on behalf of Bashar al-Assad, Russia is now inextricably bound up in the melee.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/21/2016.

Stephen Hawking Warns Humanity: Leave Earth Before The Ruling Class Destroys It

Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited ‘nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses’ as deadly threats to our existence.
Hawking described various ‘things that could go wrong’ to an audience of hundreds attending the first in a series of BBC Reith Lectures, which pertain to research about black holes. He asserted the necessity for colonization of other planets to ensure survival of the human species. According to the BBC, Hawking cautioned:
‘Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year might be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. ‘By that time, we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.
‘However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.’
Though it would seem counterproductive for such a well-respected scientist to decry scientific progress as humanity’s most existential threat, this isn’t the first time Hawking has advised us to exercise caution, as Anti-Media has reported several times. Last summer, the theoretical physicist was among over 1,000 artificial intelligence experts who signed an open letter about the weaponization of robots and the ongoing ‘military artificial intelligence arms race’ among the world’s military powers.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/21/2016.

Hollande’s Socialist Wonderland

Everything’s an Emergency If memory serves, France remains in a state of emergency on account of the terror attack in Paris in last November. As terrible as terror attacks are, they are a statistically insignificant cause of death and injury in developed nations. It is also worth noting that the countries that seem most prone to suffering terror attacks are the ones that are most active in intervening militarily in foreign countries. This is probably no coincidence. Just saying.
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We also imagine that a state of emergency is a costly exercise (France’s government immediately exempted itself from meeting the Maastricht deficit target in the wake of the attack, so we can conclude this by inference). Moreover, the recurrence of such attacks shows that ubiquitous snooping on everybody’s digital communications is a wasted effort, if the goal is indeed to keep such attacks from happening (which is doubtful, but that is a topic for another day).
France is in fact one of the world’s top snoopers, but appears to have ignored information and warnings from Turkey’s secret service – information which reportedly was obtained by traditional investigative means and turned out to be correct.
Now there is another emergency, this time an economic one. Mr. Hollande (a.k.a. ‘the welfare state incarnate’, h/t Gaspard Koenig) has just declared that his government will pull out all stops in terms of labor market intervention, so as finally stop the inexorable rise in French unemployment. His main motive seems to be saving his own job, as Mish notes.

This post was published at Acting-Man on January 21, 2016.

Dumpster-Diving Massive-Short-Squeeze Rescues Stocks From 2014 Ebola Lows

Bob Pisani nailed it today “I’m agnostic about whether to buy or sell today… but I’m not selling”…
Neverthelesss, the World entered a bear market today…
*MSCI’S ALL-COUNTRY WORLD INDEX EXTENDS DROP TO 20% FROM RECORD It would appear the business cycle trumps central planning after all:

Then a huge Short-Squeeze ramped us higher in the afternoon…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/20/2016.

SC BILL WOULD FORCE JOURNALISTS TO REGISTER, PROVE ‘COMPETENCY’

South Carolina has long been known for the ridiculous and off-world bills its State House regularly submits to a vote. Indeed, the residents of the state are routinely subjected to a demonstration of the utter uselessness of the majority of its ‘representatives’ as well as their lack of understanding and concern for civil liberties, Constitutional rights, and the general welfare of the State.
Enter another freedom-shredding bill submitted by the Constitutional non-scholar Mike Pitts, a Republican State House member from Laurens, S. C.
Pitts’ bill would establish a ‘responsible journalism registry’ to be operated by the South Carolina Secretary of State.
The summary of the bill states that it would ‘establish requirements for persons before working as a journalist for a media outlet and for media outlets before hiring a journalist’ as well as establish penalties, fines, and jail sentences for violations. And, of course, ‘for other purposes.’
H. 4702 also states,

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 20, 2016.

Saudis Line Up Chinese Energy Deals As Competition For Asian Market Heats Up

On Tuesday evening we checked in on Xi Jinping as he makes his first visit to the Mid-East as President.
As we detailed extensively, the trip comes at a critical time for the region. Saudi Arabia and Iran are at each other’s throats following a series of unfortunate events that began with the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and quickly escalated into an all-out diplomatic firestorm.
Now, the spat is on the verge of triggering a wider sectarian conflict that could further destabilize an already precarious security situation.
But it’s not all about the long-running ideological divide. The two regional powers are also at odds economically.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/20/2016.

Bizarre ‘Taliban’ Mass Shooting at University in Pakistan, At Least 30 Killed

21st Century Wire says…
Once again, a seemingly inexplicable mass shooting, this time at Bacha Khan University in the town of Charsada in northwest Pakistan.

According to reports this morning, ‘Taliban’ (this is the term being used by US media this morning) gunmen stormed the college campus at about 9.30am local time and randomly opened fire on students and teachers, in classrooms and school dormitories.
The Guardian reported that four gunmen, said to be from Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), a Pakistani militant group, were wearing ‘suicide bomb vests.’
In a bizarre twist, however, two different ‘spokesmen’ for the terrorist group appear to have crossed their PR wires, with a TTP spokesman later coming out to deny any credit for the attack, as reported by CNN:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JANUARY 20, 2016.

MOST GLOBAL WARMING EVER? NASA & NOAA CLAIM 2015 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR IN RECORDED HISTORY

‘Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before – a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world,’ today’s scarefest in The New York Times began.
You know, because the global warming ‘science’ is so settled and all. Now they have just up and proclaimed that, hands down, 2015 wasn’t just hotter than usual because of anthropogenic climate change or the hottest year so far in the 2000s…
Nope, they are saying hottest year in recorded history.
Never mind the fact that ‘recorded history’ involves these people – with a vested interest in an agenda – recording it, people who have already been exposed as rigging it to look hotter than it really is outside…
For example, the first graph is what NOAA released in 2014:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JANUARY 20, 2016.

The Story You Aren’t Being Told About Iran Capturing Two American Vessels

The airwaves in the United States were filled with images of sailors on their knees while a US Navy vessel was searched. Unjustified outrage swept the nation. The US Secretary of Defense blamed the incident on a simple navigation error, however a chain of events leading back to 2009 demonstrates the facts are a little more complicated than first appear. The chain of events leads defense analysts to one unmistakable conclusion: Iran has the ability to disrupt US GPS systems. For western military analysts, the thought is terrifying. The West uses GPS for much more than replacing a compass and a map.
In 2009, Lockheed Martin’s RQ-170 Sentinel showed up on a runway in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The aircraft entered service two years earlier, but the public was unaware. The bat wing styled drone is reminiscent of the Stealth Bomber. The similarities extend beyond the cosmetic, and the RQ-170 is the premier spy drone in the US fleet. This was the drone used to map out Bin Laden’s compound. It was tasked with keeping an eye on Iran’s nuclear program. That’s when things got interesting.
On December 4, 2011 a RQ-170 Sentinel crashed into the Iranian countryside. Iran claimed its electronic warfare unit brought the plane down. The US Department of Defense stated the aircraft was flying over western Afghanistan and crashed near or in Iran. The aircraft was 140 miles inside Iran’s borders. The west laughed at the idea of Iran’s military obtaining the capability to down one the most sophisticated drones in the world. One military official remarked it was like:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 01/20/2016.