Americans And Jeff Sessions Want ‘Open Season’ on Cops

No, this is not a call to do any such thing.
It is a recognition that this is exactly what is going to happen if there are not major changes made in public policy, right ****ing now, and the only way those will happen is if the people of this nation stand up and demand them, enforcing that demand with whatever actions are both necessary and possible.
Just the other day:
A 25-year-old California man was arrested in connection to an online quarrel between two ‘Call of Duty’ gamers that prompted a hoax call and led to a man being killed by police in Kansas.
Los Angeles police on Friday arrested Tyler Barriss, who law enforcement claimed is the ‘prankster’ who called 911 and made up a story about a kidnapping in Wichita, ABC 7 reported.
Barriss reportedly gave police the address he believed the other gamer lived.
In the audio of the 911 call, the caller claimed his father had been shot in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. The caller added that he poured gasoline inside the home and “might just set it on fire.”
Now let’s put context on this.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-30.

US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime “a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos” while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/30/2017 –.

FIRED FOR EXPOSING SANDY HOOK ‘MASSACRE’: PROFESSOR JAMES TRACY DENIED FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS BY FEDERAL COURT

The Death of Academic Freedom
On December 11, 2017, in a serious miscarriage of justice, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled unanimously in favor of Florida Atlantic University and against former Media Studies Professor James Tracy, who was suing for reinstatement after his firing in 2016.
The jury found that Tracy’s ‘controversial’ articles on Memory Hole Blog were not a ‘motivating factor’ in his firing, the only question they were required to consider. Of course, Tracy’s posts at ‘his conspiracy theory blog’ were indeed the reason he was fired, but the jury was convinced otherwise by FAU’s legal team with assistance from the judge.
The case centered around Tracy’s writings on the anomalies found in the reporting on the Sandy Hook ‘massacre’ of December 14, 2012. His skepticism about the event was not to the liking of the university.
FAU maintained that Tracy was not fired from his tenured position because of his blog posts, but because he did not follow the ‘rules’ set out by ‘his bosses’ at the government-run institution. FAU attorney G. Joseph Curley insisted that Tracy was not denied his First Amendment rights, but that he simply did not follow university procedure.
‘Professor Tracy doesn’t follow the rules,’ Curley told the jury. ‘They’re rules that everyone else follows. He doesn’t play by the rules.’ FAU cast the case as one of a ‘belligerent,’ rebellious,’ and ‘nonconformist’ employee being let go for ‘insubordination,’ instead of that of a tenured professor exercising his right to free speech.[1]
FAU’s current ‘rules’ require that faculty submit forms listing ‘outside activities’ to be vetted for administrative approval, whether the activities are compensated or not. Tracy and other professors at FAU had argued that the policy is vague and confusing, constituting a form of prior restraint forbidden by the First Amendment, and leading to a climate of ‘fear and uncertainty’ among the faculty.
Aside from the fact that ‘outside activities’ can reach into all aspects of a professor’s life and therefore be difficult if not impossible to list, such activities must not be subject to bureaucratic approval. And certainly, no tenured professor can be fired for not filling out a form, even at Florida Atlantic University.[2]

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 27, 2017.

Anarchy in the U.S.A.

Riots are unruly acts of civil unrest caused by an assembled group that result in violence against people and property.
Some riots start with an organized call to assemble that suddenly turns disorderly for any number of reasons. Some riots stem from a seemingly spontaneous outpouring of people onto the streets, though there are often signs of potential trouble for some time before it boils over into violence.
Once an organized march, for example, transforms into a violent and uncontrollable mob, another dynamic takes over. This is referred to as ‘herd mentality.’ A mob creates its own whirlpool and rapidly draws others into acting aggressive, rebellious or destructive.
Negative behavior is highly contagious. One person throws a garbage can through a plate glass window and it’s like dropping a match into a crate of ammunition: The situation explodes, others follow suit and a riot is born. There are no rules in a riot – it’s an example of humanity without laws when robbery, assault and manslaughter are committed openly.
Head up, Eyes Open
As I mentioned, civil unrest does not spring up overnight. In the age of instantaneous news coverage, topics that could cause massive civil disobedience are widely broadcast. Be alert to social issues that are creating a ripple of controversy in your community, especially ones that seem to stir up strong emotions. Don’t ignore bad news.
Although you may think it less stressful to focus on the latest happenings among celebrities or spend your time chatting electronically with friends, survival in the modern world requires a measure of due diligence.

This post was published at Laissez Faire on Dec 27, 2017.

“Wealth Effect” = Widening Wealth Inequality

Note that widening wealth and income inequality is a non-partisan trend. One of the core goals of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies of the past 9 years is to generate the “wealth effect”: by pushing the valuations of stocks and bonds higher, American households will feel wealthier, and hence be more willing to borrow and spend, even if they didn’t actually reap any gains by selling stocks and bonds that gained value. In other words, the mere perception of rising wealth is supposed to trigger a wave of renewed borrowing and spending. This perception management only worked on the few households which owned enough of these assets to feel wealthier–the top 5%, the top 6 million out of 120 million households. This chart shows what happened as the Fed ceaselessly goosed financial assets higher over the past 9 years: the gains, real and perceived, only flowed to the top 5% of households earning in excess of $200,000 annually. Spending by the bottom 95% has at best returned to the levels reached a decade ago in 2007.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2017.

Palestinian Santas Clash With Israeli Forces On Christmas In Bethlehem

On Christmas Eve, Palestinians, many of them dressed as Santa Claus, staged a rally in the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank protesting against to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Israeli forces used tear gas and stun grenades against the protesters near an Israeli military tower in Bethlehem – the ancient city widely acknowledged as the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Throughout Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the West Bank pilgrimage and tourism was noticeably down over the Christmas holiday season as protests and clashes over President Trump’s December 6th announcement continued, which also included plans to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem in order to reflect the change in status.
via Reuters
The AFP reported that even many locals have stayed away from centrally located Christmas celebrations at traditional gathering places this year due to the clashes:
On Bethlehem’s Manger Square, hundreds of Palestinians and tourists gathered in the cold near a huge nativity scene and Christmas tree to watch the annual scout parade. They took pictures as a marching band made its way through the square towards the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot where tradition says Mary gave birth to Jesus. The square usually throngs with tourists on Christmas Eve, but clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army in the past weeks have kept people away this year.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 25, 2017.

Spanish Crisis Returns: Separatists Win Catalan Election In Huge Blow To Rajoy

Despite growing expectations that Catalan separatist fervor had abated in the aftermath of the post-independence fiasco, consensus was once again set for disappointment and on Thursday night, Spain was thrown back into chaos after the three Catalan separatist parties, Junts per Catalunya, Republican Catalan Left and the CUP, held on to a small but critical majority in the Catalan regional parliamentary election, dealing a stunning rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his attempt to bury the Catalan independence movement.
With virtually all of the vote counted, the separatists held on to 70 seats, down from 72 in the 2015 election and 1 less than the initial exit polls predicted, just weeks after PM Mariano Rajoy fired the former first minister, Carles Puigdement and his entire government after the held what Madrid dubbed an “illegal referendum” and declared independence on October 27. Yet while the separatists won as a group, the biggest individual winner was the Ciudadanos party, which gained 300,000 more votes and 12 more seats compared to its 2015 position. It was also the single biggest party to emerge from today’s election with a total of 37 seats. Meanwhile for Rajoy’s People’s Party, the result was a disaster as it finished in last place among the mainstream parties with just three seats.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 21, 2017.

‘THIS COULD BE WORSE THAN WATERGATE’: RAND PAUL CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO OBAMA OPERATIVES WHO COLLUDED AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2017

After weeks of shocking revelations that proved without a shadow of doubt that anti-Trump operatives throughout the federal government actively worked to stop Donald Trump from winning the election, Senator Rand Paul has publicly called for an investigation into what many believe was a sort of soft coup attempt designed to insure that Hillary Clinton became president.
While Paul has obviously disagreed with the president on a variety of political issues, his call for an investigation shows that even those who don’t necessarily ‘stand with Trump’ are worried about the damage this anti-Trump operation has done to American democracy in general.
Perhaps the most shocking example of anti-Trump sentiment came in the form of a so-called ‘insurance policy’ that was discussed between FBI agent Peter Strozk and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strozk not only helped kickstart the sham Russian collusion investigation, he was also the leading investigator into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Keep in mind Strzok was openly supportive of Hillary Clinton for president.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 21, 2017.

Bundy Case Ruled a Mistrial – Will Federal Case Soon Crumble?

The Greek philosopher Plato was credited with saying, ‘Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.’
Well, since longtime Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons, and his other compatriots have demonstrated they possess a strong sense of principles and justice, perhaps a little justice in the life of the American state is possible – which is no small thing in an age of nearly universal tyranny and injustice.
This welcome ray of light became apparent in Las Vegas on Dec. 20 when U. S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the current high-profile proceedings involving Cliven, his sons Ryan and Ammon, and Ryan Payne.
This prompted members of the Bundy family and dozens of their supporters to leave the courthouse on that Tuesday in a state of elation, even with the presence of protesters who, holding signs that read, ‘Keep your Bundy hands off public lands,’ appeared to be paid agitators for billionaire leftist revolutionary George Soros, as one protestor basically admitted.
Back in the spring of 2014, the above-named four defendants – who’ve become emblematic of the plight of Western ranchers resisting heavy-handed federal land controls – were accompanied by other Bundy siblings, and by scores of supporters from across the nation, all of whom gathered near Cliven’s ranch in Clark County, in southern Nevada, to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 21, 2017.

In Unexpected Move, Trump Enacts Obama-era Law Opening US Arms Sales To Ukraine

After years of covert American involvement in the Ukrainian proxy and civil war which has raged since 2014 – and which a leaked recording confirmed was precipitated by the US State Department – President Trump has decided to come off the fence regarding his prior reluctance to formally approve arms sales to the Kiev government. Late Wednesday the Washington Post first reported the bombshell news that after months of indecision over whether or not to move forward with Obama-era legislation which initially paved the way for legalizing US arms sales to Ukraine, Trump has approved the first ever US commercial sale of weapons to the war-torn country.
According to The Washington Post, “administration officials confirmed that the State Department this month approved a commercial license authorizing the export of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine, a sale valued at $41.5 million. These weapons address a specific vulnerability of Ukrainian forces fighting a Russian-backed separatist movement in two eastern provinces. There has been no approval to export the heavier weapons the Ukrainian government is asking for, such as Javelin antitank missiles.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 20, 2017.

Exodus Starts: Millennials Ditch City Life

The urban revival of America’s core inner cities has been a decades-long failed experiment, as deindustrialization coupled with failed liberal policies have created a growing problem of inequality and violent crime. Middle-class advancement was once localized in the core of America’s cities, but that is not so much the case today, as those areas are labeled a ‘barbell economy,’ divided between highly-paid professionals and low-skill service workers.
Brookings Institution notes as early as the 1970s, middle-class income in the inner cities started to shrink more than anywhere else. Today, in most US inner cities, the cores are more unequal than their surrounding suburbs, noted geographer Daniel Herz.
As the failed American inner city experiment nears the latter stages before a collapsing point, a new report from Time could be the final nail in the coffin for some American inner cities, as the article suggests ‘cities have already reached ‘Peak Millennial’ as young people begin to leave.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 20, 2017.

German Antifa Group Posts Revenge “Hit List” Of 54 Police Officers

A “left-wing extremist” group in Germany associated with Antifa published a list of 54 police officers believed to have taken part in raids of suspected rioters protesting the G20 summit in Hamburg, with the group calling for the public to ‘dox’ the officers by sending in their personal information.
“We would be pleased about tips regarding where they live or can be met privately,” reads the post
The list was posted Sunday evening on an extremist website, reports Die Welt, and is thought to be revenge for the publication by Hamburg investigators of over 100 photos and videos G20 riot participants in the hopes that the public will assist in their investigation. German Police prepare for G20 riots Hamburg
The German Police Union (GdP) has called the list of officers “abominable, defamatory and the result of a fundamental attitude that glorifies and exerts violence,” noting the danger of “left-wing extremist terrorists” who “stir up hatred,” adding that “this must be stopped and done quickly.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 20, 2017.

French Mayors Panic As Migrants Overwhelm Cities, Beg Macron For Help

Mayors from seven major French cities overwhelmed by the flow of migrants, have written a joint letter to Paris published in LeMonde on Saturday, begging the government to step in and help.
According to the letter, the cities of Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Rennes, Toulousa and Nantes are taking in “several thousand” refugees per month, which the mayors say is causing a social emergency as they are “backed up against a wall” and “completely saturated” by a seemingly endless flood of asylum seekers.
The year 2017 ends with a massive rise in the demand for asylum and the arrival of newcomers puts extreme tension – particularly with the onset of the cold wave – of the classic public and institutional policies. In a proportion never before known, the mechanisms allocated to housing asylum seekers, led by the State, often with the support of our communities, are indeed completely saturated, despite the steady increase the number of places … The evidence is there, before our eyes, in our streets, in homes and shelters: there is urgency.
Every month, several thousand people arrive in our cities. Integrating those recognized as refugees and helping those who have lost their right of asylum who still remain in our territory is a major issue. –Le Monde (translated)
The mayors point to a lack of shelters, and call on Paris to establish a “solidarity network” between the cities of France dedicated to addressing the flow of migrants, as well as an “enlarged meeting with the state at the highest level,” which the mayors say must act quickly by assuming its sovereign powers to “finance these developed actions and propose a clarified framework of work with the communities for a real plan of reception of the migrants.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 19, 2017.

Merkel’s Last Stand – Article 7 For Poland

Authored by Tom Luongo,
As she fights for her political life Soon-to-be-ex-Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will go down swinging against her stiffest political opponents in the European Union, the Poles.
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Merkel and French President Emmanual Macron publicly agreed to back Article 7 proceedings against Poland for refusing to comply with EU immigration quotas and changes to its judicial system.
Immigration quotas, I might add, that are becoming harder to defend as the war in Syria is mostly over and the flow of refugees from there has slowed to a trickle. But, those brought in and stranded in camps in Italy and Greece apparently need to go somewhere else.
But, no one wants them. And the rest of the EU is trying to bully Poland and the rest of the Visigrad countries – Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia – into taking on their ‘fair share.’ The problem with this is that Merkel made this decision unilaterally and foisted it on the rest of the EU.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 19, 2017.

Fan Sues Saints, Wants Season Ticket Refund Over NFL Players Protest

The one time we protested an anthem was an away game. After a team meeting we decided to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem! Good luck dude — Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) December 13, 2017

A season-ticket holder has just filed a lawsuit against the New Orleans Saints demanding the organization refunds his money because some players have disrespected the national anthem before games this season. The fan, Lee Dragna, filed the lawsuit on Monday against the NFL team for $8,000 plus lawyer’s fees. In the lawsuit, he claims, the protest by some players against police brutality and racial injustice has prevented him and his family from enjoying the games.
He bought the tickets for the ‘entertainment and intellectual enjoyment’, and said he would have never made the purchase had he known NFL players would ‘use Saints football games as a platform for protests.’ Further, the suit alleges Dragna hasn’t attended a game since players protested the first home game, on September 17.
The suit said,
They passed directly in front of where the petitioner and his guests were seated. Many of the fans in that area booed and cursed at the Saints players.
Apparently, these players were following the lead of (former San Francisco 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military.
On Tuesday, Dragna told The New Orleans Advocate,

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 14, 2017.