Korea And Venezuela: Flip Sides Of The Same Coin

Authored by Jacob Hornberger via The Future of Freedom Foundation,
By suggesting that he might order a U. S. regime-change invasion of Venezuela, President Trump has inadvertently shown why North Korea has been desperately trying to develop nuclear weapons – to serve as a deterrent or defense against one of the U. S. national-security state storied regime-change operations. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Venezuela and, for that matter, other Third World countries who stand up to the U. S. Empire, also seeking to put their hands on nuclear weapons. What better way to deter a U. S. regime-change operation against them?
Think back to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The U. S. national-security establishment had initiated a military invasion of the Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, had exhorted President Kennedy to bomb Cuba during that invasion, and then had recommended that the president implement a fraudulent pretext (i.e., Operation Northwoods) for a full-scale military invasion of Cuba.
That’s why Cuba, which had never initiated any acts of aggression against the United States, wanted Soviet nuclear missiles installed in Cuba. Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro knew that there was no way that Cuba could defeat the United States in a regular, conventional war. Everyone knows that the military establishment in the United States is so large and so powerful that it can easily smash any Third World nation, including Cuba, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Venezuela.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 16, 2017.

A Few Thoughts on Charlottesville

I’m going to keep this relatively short. I’ve written thousands of articles over the years, and anyone who’s read me for any period of time knows where I stand when it comes to hatred, bigotry and violence. I find all these things repulsive, and think people who gravitate to such behavior to be operating on such a low level of awareness, it’s genuinely hard for me to believe these people exist in real life.
I published my seminal piece discussing the repulsion I feel with today’s political environment back in February in the post, Lost in the Political Wilderness. Now’s a perfect time to reread that piece, but here’s an excerpt if you’re short on time:
I think the U. S. citizenry is being afflicted by a sort of mass insanity at the moment. There are no good outcomes if this continues. As a result, I feel compelled to provide a voice for those of us lost in the political wilderness. We must persevere and not be manipulated into the obvious and nefarious divide and conquer tactics being aggressively unleashed across the societal spectrum. If we lose our grounding and our fortitude, who will be left to speak for those of us who simply don’t fit into any of the currently ascendant political ideologies?

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Michael Krieger | Posted Monday Aug 14, 2017.

Individual power and ethics: the conversation that never was

It’s no accident that the concept of individual power is surrounded by clouds of timidity and fear and cultural resentment.
People are warned that touching it produces a substantial electric shock.
‘Me? Individual power? I never said I was in favor of it. Great individual power? Don’t pin that on me. Who’s accusing me? I’ll sue them! I’m for humility in all things.’
Perhaps the most famous statement ever delivered on this subject came from Lord Acton (1887): ‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’
For many, this closes the book on discussion.
But in fact, it is a wobbling prelude.
What about the creative power of the individual?
Especially, what about that power when it is deployed by a person who has a personal code of ethics?
What if that code is summarized in the simple statement: I am free to do what I want to, as long as I don’t interfere with another person’s freedom?
We’re not talking about what happens when a king has a position of ultimate authority. That throne, of course, carries with it an implication of interfering with the freedom of the king’s subjects. The corruption is there from the start.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 7, 2017.

Savage: “There Will Be Civil War In This Country” If Trump Taken Down

Back in June, less that 24 hours before James Hodgkinson decided to open fire on the GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, radio host Michael Savage was commenting on developments that had escalated the anti-Trump ‘resistance,’ such as comedian Kathy Griffin’s ISIS-style photo shoot of the decapitated likeness of Trump and the ‘Julius Caesar’ play in Central Park featuring the assassination of a Trump-like figure, and predicted “there are people out there who are marginal, who are going to go off like a rocket and kill somebody.’ Here’s what he said:
‘I don’t know how much more of this the country can take,’ Savage said.
‘We are at a boiling point.’ he told his listeners Tuesday.
‘If they keep this up, I’m telling you there’s going to be an explosion in this country.’
‘Do you understand that there are people out there who are marginal, who are going to go off like a rocket and kill somebody?’ Savage asked.
‘Do you understand what this left-wing is becoming in this country
Little did he know at the time, within 24 hours his prediction came true as Hodgkinson opened fire on a GOP baseball practice in a mass assassination attempt that nearly claimed the life of Majority Whip Steven Scalise.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 5, 2017.

Wasserman-Schultz And The Pakistani IT Scammers: “There’s More Than Just Bank Fraud Going On Here”

There’s more than bank fraud going on here.
In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.
Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 30, 2017.