The headline on an article by Mercury News reads ‘Kids’ climate change lawsuit against Trump administration lands in San Francisco court.’ The headline, while technically true, doesn’t really paint the full picture. The lawsuit that has made its way to the Ninth Circuit court of appeals was actually begun in 2015, so, technically, it’s a lawsuit against the Obama administration, now extended to include the Trump administration. The lawsuit itself is extremely troubling from a liberty perspective. A bunch of high-born, self-righteous, central-gov-supporting adults gathered up a group of kids and manipulated them to bring a lawsuit against the Federal government because they’re not doing enough to stop climate change. Despite what you may have heard from the central-goverment-loving statist left, the science is NOT settled on climate change, so the fact that children can bring a lawsuit against the Federal government that could force the government (and I’m sure the government would be extremely upset at being forced to take more control over the lives of the people it rules over) to seize the means of production in the name of saving the planet for these poor, traumatized kids.
Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case stems from the refusal of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery, to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The bakery was found guilty of a civil rights violation and ordered to stop refusing to bake and design cakes because they are for same-sex weddings. The bakery was also required to file reports on the steps it takes to comply and whether it turns down any prospective customers. The decision to force the bakery to change its business practices reflects a mistaken concept of rights. Those who support government intervention in this case view rights as a gift from government. Therefore, they think politicians and bureaucrats can and should distribute and redistribute rights. This view holds it is completely legitimate to use government force to make bakeries bake cakes for same-sex weddings since the government-created right to a cake outweighs the rights of property and contract. This view turns the proper concept of rights on its head. Rights are not gifts from government, so the government cannot restrict them unless we engage in force or fraud. The bakery did not use force to stop any same-sex couple from getting a wedding cake. It simply exercised its right to decide who it would accept as a customer. No one would support private individuals forcing bakery employees to bake a cake at gunpoint, so why is it right for the government to do it? Some people claim that forcing the bakery to bake the cake is consistent with libertarianism. The reason they make this claim is they view the bakery’s actions as rooted in bigotry toward homosexuals. But even if this were true, it would not justify government intervention. Bigots and others with distasteful views have the right to use their property as they choose. The way to combat bigotry is through boycotts and other means of peaceful persuasion.
Light bulb goes off for former top CIA official: Maybe it wasn't a great idea to leak against, bash a new president. From @sbg1: pic.twitter.com/nPAe8ePwCg — Byron York (@ByronYork) December 11, 2017
An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump while inspiring other career intelligence figures to follow suit has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didn’t “fully think through”. In a surprisingly frank interview, the CIA’s Michael Morell – who was longtime Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the nation’s most powerful intelligence agency – said that it wasn’t a great idea to leak against and bash a new president. Morell had the dubious distinction of being George W. Bush’s personal daily briefer for the agency before and after 9/11, and also served under Obama until his retirement. In the summer of 2016 he took the unusual step (for a former intelligence chief) of openly endorsing Hillary Clinton in a New York Times op-ed entitled, I Ran the C. I. A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton, after which he continued to be both an outspoken critic of Trump and an early CIA voice promoting the Russian collusion and election meddling narrative. As Politico’s Susan Glasser put in a newly published interview, Morell “has emerged out of the shadows of the deep state”to become one of Trump’s foremost critics speaking within the intel community. However, Politico summarizes the interview as follows:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 11, 2017.
In 2012, the Sentencing Project released a study that estimated that 5.85 million people would be ineligible to vote in the U. S. Presidential election that year because they had been convicted of a felony. In 22 states, felons lose their voting rights during incarceration, and for a set period of time thereafter. Usually, this includes while the individual is on parole and/or probation. Eleven states in the U. S. are more harsh. They deny voting rights to ex felons who have served their time in prison and have successfully completed parole and probation. If you’re a citizen of the United States and commit a felony, it’s a big deal. If you’re a Wall Street bank and commit a felony, it’s business as usual. In January 2014, JPMorgan Chase was charged with two felony counts by the U. S. Department of Justice for its involvement with Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme but given a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning if it kept out of trouble for two years, the government would dismiss the charges. The bank also agreed to pay $1.7 billion into a restitution fund for the victims of Madoff’s fraud. After reading the documents released by the Justice Department in connection with the settlement, the Los Angeles Times asked in a photo caption: ‘Bernie Madoff: Was he part of the JPMorgan ring, or was JPMorgan part of his ring?’ The Los Angeles Times had an excellent basis for asking that question. We took an in-depth look at the documents and exhibits released by both the Justice Department and the Trustee of the Madoff victims’ fund, Irving Picard, and found a labyrinthine series of frauds within frauds involving both Madoff and JPMorgan Chase. (See our article: JPMorgan and Madoff Were Facilitating Nesting Dolls-Style Frauds Within Frauds.)
The hits keep coming….. The FBI has, in my opinion at least, had a relatively poor and spotty reputation for a very long time. This hasn’t stopped me from being willing to provide assistance on a voluntary basis in certain circumstances (of course if you get subpoenaed your cooperation isn’t voluntary!) There are plenty of reasons for people with a brain to be skeptical at best when it comes to the integrity of the FBI, and the issues are hardly new. J. Edgar Hoover was an infamous political hack who abused his power and destroyed myriad people using that power as director of the FBI, serving until 1972. As such to intimate or worse, state that the FBI is historically and currently an apolitical agency is a flat-out lie and anyone asserting same deserves to be hung by their genitals in a hungry pen full of feral pigs. I remind you that the FBI’s Headquarters building remains named for him to this day — despite it being an established fact that he trashed the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it came to political opponents for some 40ish years neither the FBI or any other part of the Feral Government has struck his name from that building or the visage of the FBI itself. It should not really surprise that we are discovering there’s more politically-aligned malfeasance within the FBI today.
Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U. S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened. The spectacle began on Friday morning at 11:00 am EST, when the Most Trusted Name in News™ spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the DNC emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U. S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an ‘arm of Russian intelligence,’ and therefore, so does the U. S. media.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 10, 2017.
The Deep State surveillance network, powered by technology developed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is in full effect. Over the last several weeks we’ve learned that not only did the Obama White House deploy a vast spy net over anyone within President Donald Trump’s political and business orbit while he was still a candidate for office, but that they were actively monitoring other organizations and individuals such as Blackwater founder Eric Prince. Now, according to David Knight of Infowars, the President is turning the tables and is reportedly considering hiring private spies to counter the Deep State’s attacks on his Presidency. Via The Intercept: The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering ‘deep state’ enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.
This post was published at shtfplan on December 10th, 2017.
Over the past four years, the UK government has poured over 200 million of tax payer funds into a failed proxy military intervention and illegal shadow state-building project in Syria. This week, the penny finally dropped… Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi speaks to guest Vanessa Beeley from 21WIRE about our recent story which forced the government and mainstream media to take evasive action, closing ranks in order to cover-up a wider scandal involving UK Foreign Office funding for the White Helmets and Nusra Front terrorist affiliates in Syria.
Authored by Alexander Mercouris via TheDuran.com, Almost eighteen months after Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, and seven months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the investigation over, the sum total of what it has achieved is as follows: (1) an indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns entirely their prior financial dealings, and which makes no reference to the Russiagate collusion allegations; (2) an indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, who during the 2016 Presidential election had certain contacts with members of a Moscow based Russian NGO, which he sought to pass off – falsely and unsuccessfully – as more important than they really were, and which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations; and (3) an indictment for lying to the FBI of Michael Flynn arising from his perfectly legitimate and entirely legal contacts with the Russian ambassador after the 2016 Presidential election, which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations, and which looks as if it was brought about by an act of entrapment. Of actual evidence to substantiate the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election Mueller has so far come up with nothing.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 10, 2017.
As we have regularly documented on this site, the so-called ‘mainstream media’ is replete with hucksters, frauds, liars, and phonies. In fact, truth be told, the vast majority of establishment media types are little more than far-Left hacks and shills for the Democratic Party. That helps explain a rather remarkable finding in a recently-conducted survey by one of the very purveyors of misleading, false, and fake news: CBS News. [That wasn’t always the case, by the way, because CBS Newsused to employ crack investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson – who has reported the truth about the dangers of vaccines.] The network conducted a poll claiming that Americans were ‘split’ on the so-called ‘Russia’ investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller (with a very Democrat-heavy, anti-Trump staff, by the way). The poll found that most Republicans believe the Russian probe is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt. But 91 percent of Democrats say that it’s a ‘serious matter’ that ought to worry President Donald J. Trump.
Cable news networks just can’t seem to get their facts straight when it comes to publishing purportedly damning reports about the Trump campaign’s efforts to ‘collude’ with the Russians. Last week, ABC News suspended reporter Brian Ross after Ross reported that Mike Flynn had agreed to testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to the Russian government during the campaign – something that, if true, would’ve validated the mainstream media’s collusion narrative and potentially placed the president in serious legal jeopardy. Shortly after publishing its initial report, ABC was forced to issue a crucial correction: Flynn actually planned to testify that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered him to reach out to representatives of the Russian government during the transition. This changed the whole context from something that would’ve been overtly illegal to something much more mundane. The correction was issued – but not before the Dow shed 350 points. Today, it was CNN’s turn to bungle a ‘bombshell’ concerning the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. To wit, Trump’s favorite fake news network has issued a correction to a Friday morning ‘exclusive’ claiming that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff received a directive from Wikileaks to download a trove of emails stolen from the DNC before those emails were made public. CNN initially claimed the Wikileaks email was dated Sept. 4 – ten days before the watchdog publicly released its filings.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.
Daniel Ellsberg is a whistleblower and activist most famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971. His release of those papers exposed U. S. involvement in Vietnam and eventually led to the end of the war, and he just made a stunning admission about his role as a Pentagon consultant in a recent interview with Democracy Now! According to the interview, and as he detailed in his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst, as well as a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. Ellsberg told Democracy Now! that he briefed President Kennedy’s aide, McGeorge Bundy, in his first month in office on the nature of the plans for nuclear war under President Eisenhower. Ellsberg noted that the problems with these plans included the delegation of authority to theater commanders on various battlefields to use nuclear weapons. According to Ellsberg, Mr. Bundy found this shocking, but Kennedy chose to renew the delegation, anyway, as most presidents have done. Ellsberg also made the terrifying admission that there are most likely numerous fingers ready to press buttons at any given time:
There is no discernible evidence of any conspiracy between Russia and Donald Trump so Robert Mueller is conducting a ‘fishing expedition’ in a desperate attempt at finding any kind of criminal behavior, according to former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy. While there is already ample evidence that Mueller is nothing more than a deep state operative with the goal of taking out the elected president by any means necessary, the fact that yet another high-profile former prosecutor has publicly come out against his witch hunt just goes to show how bad it has actually gotten. McCarthy made clear that the way that Mueller’s team is operating is not even remotely close to how normal prosecutions usually work. This is even more shocking when you consider that this is being done to the rightfully elected President of the United States. ‘The usual thing in the United States is that there’s a crime, so we assign a prosecutor,’ he explained in an interview with WND and Radio America. ‘Here, there’s no crime. We assign a prosecutor. We tell him to go find a crime.’
Geoengineering expert Dane Wigington is suing to get NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) to give up its climate engineering information. But he’s hit a brick wall, and it’s all because the powers that be seek to hide this information from the public for a long as possible. Wigington contends, ‘There is no hiding from what’s coming. . . . NOAA is not returning our FOIA’s, Freedom of Information Act requests.’ He also says that this has been going on for 70 years, and was ramped up about 20 years ago. ‘This is the Orwellian world we live in,’ said Wigington. A team of attorneys working with GeoengineeringWatch.org and Stop Geoengineering Minnesota is suing to get NOAA to release the information requested. ‘They are legally required to give those to our attorneys, and they are not doing that. In fact, NOAA, in essence, flipped us the middle finger by sending back FOIA’s saying they know nothing about any sort of weather modification anywhere ever. Think how absurd this is when there are 300 regional weather modification programs that NOAA is required to sign off on every single year (in the contiguous 48 states). They are denying all of it. This is the biggest cover-up in human history, with the largest most extensive operation in history, with the cooperation of governments around the globe. That is not speculation. You have to look and understand the gravity of the situation that is unfolding. Countries around the globe, whatever you are focused on, if it’s not saving the life support systems of the planet, everything else amounts to arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. . . . This is the single most destructive endeavor ever launched by the human race. Mathematically, it’s the greatest threat we face short of nuclear catastrophe.’ -Dane Wigington
This post was published at shtfplan on December 6th, 2017.