Regulation is Newspeak

new’speak n(y)oospk/ noun
1. Ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.
‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words; and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thought-crime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. . . . Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?’
‘ George Orwell, 1984 Regulation is Newspeak
Things are not at all what they seem.
The word ‘regulation’ has become a euphemism for control and the infestation of concentrated power and wealth. The ‘need to regulate’ is floated as a panacea. In reality it is mere conduit for the influx bureaucracy gone wild.
Consumers – market participants – need to be protected. And yet these protections simply morph into a lobbyist’s dream come true, ending in an industry-constructed bureaucratic death trap that ultimately creates a medieval mote surrounding the masters.
We end up with revolving door madness, in which regulators are sourced from industry to ‘serve’ and then return back to consult. Examples of individuals who have moved between roles in this way in sensitive areas include Dick Cheney (military contracting), Linda Fisher (pesticide and biotech), Philip Perry (homeland security), Pat Toomey, Dan Coats, and former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker (media lobbying).

This post was published at Silver-Coin-Investor on December 7, 2014.

ISIS Threatens London-Claims to Have Built a Dirty Bomb

Last summer, as ISIS was busy taking large swaths of Iraq, it was reported that 40kg of uranium had gone missing from Mosul University. It was later confirmed that ISIS had indeed taken possession of this Uranium, as they threatened the West with their radioactive materials.
Now only 4 months later, ISIS has taken to twitter, publicly announcing to the world that they have created a dirty bomb with this material.
The terrorists are said to have produced the device using radioactive uranium that they took from Iraq’s Mosul University after capturing the city in June, the Daily Mirror reported.
According to the report, the Takfiri militants also sent threatening messages on social media, bragging about the destruction the bomb would cause if it went off in London.
British explosives expert, Hamayun Tariq, who left his home in Dudley, West Midlands, to join the Takfiri terrorists in 2012 and is now training fellow Brits in Syria, was among the extremists making online threats.
The 37-year-old said in a message posted online that the ISIL ‘does have a dirty bomb,’ adding, ‘We’ll find out what dirty bombs are and what they do. We’ll also discuss what might happen if one actually went off in a public area.’
He added the bomb would be ‘terribly destructive’ if set off in London because it would be ‘more of a disruptive than a destructive weapon,’ a claim also echoed by other ISIL militants.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 5th, 2014.

Stunning Video Footage Of Chernobyl Devastation Captured By Drone

With the Fukushima disaster having disappeared from all media coverage in recent months (and with the plan to encapsulate the radioactive plant in an ice sarcophagus recently scrapped, Japan has still to reveal what its plans are for dealing with the disaster area), the world occasionally needs a reminder of the waste land that follow when nuclear power goes horribly wrong.
For that we go back to the original nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, and US photographer Phillip Grossman who, while having taken numerous pictures of the radioactive sarcophagus and its surroundings in the past, has produced his most amazing work yet courtesy of a camera-equipped drone. It allowed him to use a high powered camera and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape.
The stunning result is shown in the video below.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/04/2014.

James Montier: “Stocks Are Hideously Expensive” In “The First Central Bank Sponsored Bubble”

James Montier, the outspoken value investor and member of the asset allocation team of Boston-based GMO, talks about dangerously high valuations and the virtues of holding dry powder.
Four words seem to define the current mood in financial markets: There Is No Alternative. Yes, equity markets might be somewhat expensive, but considering the alternatives – bonds and cash -, they are still the best investment. The correction in October turned out to be a mere hickup in a solid bull market. But James Montier remains skeptical. The value investor and member of the asset allocation team at Boston-based asset manager GMO sees the stock market in a near-bubble and warns investors from being complacent. “To think that central banks will always be there to bail out equity investors is incredibly dangerous”, says the outspoken Brit. His source of wisdom in current markets comes from none other than Winnie the Pooh: “Never underestimate the value of doing nothing.”
James, when you screen global equity markets today: Do you still find any value?
It’s getting really tough now. It’s getting harder and harder to find really good sources of value these days. There are maybe one or two pockets out there, in Europe and in some emerging markets. Where exactly?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/03/2014.

‘We Are Entering A New Oil Normal”

Investment Observations
The precipitous decline in the price of oil is perhaps one of the most bearish macro developments this year. We believe we are entering a ‘new oil normal,’ where oil prices stay lower for longer. While we highlighted the risk of a near-term decline in the oil price in our July newsletter, we failed to adjust our portfolio sufficiently to reflect such a scenario. This month we identify the major implications of our revised energy thesis.
The reason oil prices started sliding in June can be explained by record growth in US production, sputtering demand from Europe and China, and an unwind of the Middle East geopolitical risk premium. The world oil market, which consumes 92 million barrels a day, currently has one million barrels more than it needs. US pumped 8.97 million barrels a day by the end of October (the highest since 1985) thanks partly to increases in shale-oil output which accounts for 5 million barrels per day. Libya’s production has recovered from 200,000 barrels a day in April to 900,000 barrels a day, while war hasn’t stopped production in Iraq and output there has risen to an all-time high level of 3.3 million barrels per day. The IMF, meanwhile, has cut its projection for global growth in 2014 for the third time this year to 3.3%. Next year, it still expects growth to pick up again, but only slightly.
Everyone believes that the oil-price decline is temporary. It is assumed that once oil prices plummet, the process is much more likely to be self-stabilizing than destabilizing. As the theory goes, once demand drops, price follows, and leveraged high-cost producers shut production. Eventually, supply falls to match demand and price stabilizes. When demand recovers, so does price, and marginal production returns to meet rising demand. Prices then stabilize at a higher level as supply and demand become more balanced. It has been well-said that: ‘In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.’ For the classic model to hold true in oil’s case, the market must correctly anticipate the equilibrating role of price in the presence of supply/demand imbalances.
By 2020, we see oil demand realistically rising to no more than 96 million barrels a day. North American oil consumption has been in a structural decline, whereas the European economy is expected to remain lacklustre. Risks to the Chinese economy are tilted to the downside and we find no reason to anticipate a positive growth surprise. This limits the potential for growth in oil demand and leads us to believe global oil prices will struggle to rebound to their previous levels. The International Energy Agency says we could soon hit ‘peak oil demand’, due to cheaper fuel alternatives, environmental concerns, and improving oil efficiency.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/30/2014.

Obama Finally Cuts Loose: ‘Voters Be Damned!’

President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls.
Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year’s Congress Nov. 4, he’s charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics to label him a ‘king’ or ‘emperor.’
Wednesday, the Obama administration began an effort aimed at easing smog-related pollution. Earlier this month, Obama took executive action on immigration and climate change. The White House has suggested he would block the Keystone XL pipeline. He’s vowed to have the federal government regulate Internet access.
This damn-the-GOP-torpedoes burst is dramatically different from the contrition and soul searching other presidents endured after their parties suffered stinging defeats.
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This post was published at Tea Party Economist on November 28, 2014.

Look Out Hawaii, Here Come Da Pro-GMO Judge!

If you had any doubt about the boldfaced sham that ‘democracy’ is, that doubt should be completely alleviated now. The people in Hawaii County voted that they did not want GMOs.
…in addition to banning any new GMO crops. The bill forbids any open-air testing or production of genetically modified crops. It also prohibits farmers from growing any new GMO crops but grandfathers in those that are already being grown, such as the Rainbow papaya.
The court overruled that vote in favor of the biggest pro-GMO agricultural corporation of all – state and federal biotech interests.
The complaint from the Big Island farmers and Biotechnology Industry Organization contended thatBill 113, which Hawaii County passed last year, was not backed by scientific evidence. The suit said that genetically modified farming has become a ‘critical and generally accepted part of agriculture’ over the last 20 years, and the ordinance violates both state and federal law.
In Wednesday’s decision, Kurren argued that although the state does not specifically regulate genetically modified crops, Ordinance 13-121 still conflicts with the work of state agencies.
He said the state Department of Agriculture and state Board of Agriculture comprise a ‘comprehensive statewide framework’ governing plants that may ‘injure or harm agriculture, the environment or public health.’
‘Clearly, the state legislature intended this network of the HDOA, the HBOA, and the advisory committee to have extensive and broad responsibilities over agricultural problems spanning the various counties to form a coherent and comprehensive statewide agricultural policy,’ he wrote.
‘In light of the comprehensive statutes and the network designed to address statewide agriculture problems, the Court concludes that the legislative intent for an exclusive, uniform and comprehensive state statutory scheme on the precise subject matter addressed by Ordinance 13-121 preempts the County’s ban on genetically engineered organisms.’
Not backed by scientific evidence?

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov 27, 2014.

Labeling is an Essential Element in Achieving Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods

Just Label It! Oh yeah, that’s the ticket! Want GMOs (genetically modified / engineered organisms) out of your food supply? Like the UK – Just Label It!
In a pig’s eye! Pay close attention to item 15:
Memorandum by United Biscuits (UK) Limited
International food business operating in 21 countries. It has leading market positions in the UK, Continental Europe and is building its presence in Asia. It has 46 manufacturing sites world-wide and its products are available in over 90 countries. Over 20,000 are employed worldwide of which 16,000 are based in the UK.
15. As a food manufacturer UB has considerable interest in the regulation of labelling of GM foods. We believe that the provision of information to consumers, including appropriate product labelling, is an essential element in achieving consumer acceptance of genetically modified foods.
16. The fact that comprehensive EU labelling regulations were not agreed before genetically modified soya and maize appeared on the market is a major reason why these products – and indeed the whole principle of genetically modifying foods – have attracted extremely negative media coverage and increasing consumer hostility. The problems caused by the delays in agreeing these regulations, and before them the novel food regulations, should not be underestimated. Delays in implementation of regulations continue, neither a deminimus threshold nor list of exempt ingredients has been established and yet the regulation is to be law from 1 September 1998.

This post was published at FarmWars on Nov. 21, 2014.

Flashback: US Govt Injected Citizens With Uranium Under Secret Program

If you still think the United States government would never harm its own citizens for the benefit of federal agencies, then I would direct your attention to a formerly classified black ops program launched by the US government starting way back in 1945. With the goal of testing highly radioactive substances on overall healthy patients through secret injections administered by government agents, the program has still been widely ignored since being released to the public in recent years.
In the covert program that is now admitted to be true, the United States government injected unknowing human ‘participants’ with highly toxic substances like plutonium. It sounds like a bizarre torture scenario that you’d expect to see blamed on illegal terror organizations, but the individuals behind this crime are actually doctors working for the United States government. Disregarding the health of innocent citizens, the government testers were eager to see how unknowing participants suffered as a result of the injections.
That’s right, they were testing the lethal effects of radioactive isotope injection on citizens. And not that it would make it any more ethical, but they didn’t even choose terminally ill patients who were most likely going to pass away anyway. Instead, they chose patients who sometimes were only suffering from ailments like broken bones.
Injecting Unknowing Patients With Uranium

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 21st, 2014.

Obama Legalizes Illegals, Israel Palestinian Violence, California Drought

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Nov 20, 2014
President Obama says he is within his power to make legal millions of illegals, while Republicans in the House and Senate say the Constitution clearly says it’s not. Expect another flood of illegal immigration on the southern border. Who is going to pay for all this welfare? What about the high unemployment rates among black youth already? I don’t think Obama or the Democrats care about these folks. The Democratic Party has such bad policies they do not want to change that they have resorted to importing millions of desperate future voters. This way, they can keep going with bad policies that most Americans do not like or want.
Violence has erupted again in Israel. This time, it is at a synagogue where five people, including some rabbis, were killed by gun and meat cleaver wielding Palestinians. The attackers were killed but the violence is far from over.
Finally, the drought in the Midwest is nonexistent. In fact, the farmers here complained there was too much rain, and that damaged some of the crops at harvest time. Still, farmers had a good year. Out west is a totally different story, particularly California. Everybody thinks of Hollywood and moving making in the Golden State, but agriculture is very big there. All parts of California are in some sort of drought level.

Global Warming Strikes Again

A Rare Freak Weather Event It really doesn’t happen very often at this time of the year (this is to say, so early in the cold season): in all 50 US States, temperatures below freezing have been recorded overnight on Monday. Yes, even in Hawaii.
Of course we are just making fun of the situation – inclement weather, of whatever sort, is not indicative of ‘climate change’, unless the inclement weather becomes a permanent feature (e.g., if there is snow all year round and the soil remains frozen, one would have good reason to suspect that the next ice age has begun).

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 20, 2014.

White House Climate Change Gravy Train Gets Moving

A Touch of Paranoia Can’t Hurt Following the G-20 commitment to ‘fight climate change’ (short-hand for: hike taxes and increase regulations, while exerting precisely zero influence on the climate – whereby this latter point may be the only good thing about it), the White House has come out with a tweet announcing its newest climate-related initiative. The tweet is informing us of the so-called ‘climate resilience toolkit’ as follows:
Worth sharing: Here’s a new toolkit to help communities respond to climate change We need a picture to go with that, don’t we? Well, here you are. The picture provided by the WH reminds one not just of ‘global warming’ – it looks more like ‘roasting in hell’:
Allow us to point out that the connection between modern-day forest fires and ‘climate change’ is essentially zero – although admittedly, forest fires were not as frequent during the last ice age. On the other hand, if we still were in said ice age, we wouldn’t have to worry about houses burning down, as there would be no human civilization to speak of. Instead a few ten thousand people would barely subside on hunting and gathering and hide out in caves. ‘Noble savages’ though they would possibly be, we actually prefer civilization, which in terms of the climate is a result of the warmer temperatures we enjoy today (we hereby confirm that this information is hiding out in various history books).
However, the picture they chose says a lot about the mindset informing modern climate propaganda – it is mainly a fear-based meme, not different from the campaigns of countless doomsayers of yore. For a fairly comprehensive overview of the history of professional prophets of doom see ‘The End is Nigh’. This is a well-worn profession people have always made money with – either provided by the gullible, or nowadays quite involuntarily by tax payers.

This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.

3 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Pumped Into Clean California Aquifiers: “Errors Were Made” State Admits

Dear California readers: if you drank tapwater this morning (or at any point in the past few weeks/months), you may be in luck as you no longer need to buy oil to lubricate your engine: just use your blood, and think of the cost-savings. That’s the good news.
Also, the bad news, because as the California’s Department of Conservation’s Chief Deputy Director, Jason Marshall, told NBC Bay Area, California state officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump up to 3 billion gallons (call it 70 million barrels) of oil fracking-contaminated waste water into formerly clean aquifiers, aquifiers which at least on paper are supposed to be off-limits to that kind of activity, and are protected by the government’s EPA – an agency which, it appears, was richly compensated by the same oil and gas companies to look elsewhere.
And the scariest words of admission one can ever hear from a government apparatchik: “In multiple different places of the permitting process an error could have been made.”
Because nothing short of a full-blown disaster prompts the use of the dreaded passive voice. And what was unsaid is that the “biggest error that was made” is that someone caught California regulators screwing over the taxpayers just so a few oil majors could save their shareholders a few billion dollars in overhead fees.
And now that one government agency has been caught flaunting the rules, the other government agencies, and certainly private citizens and businesses, start screaming: after all some faith in the well-greased, pardon the pun, government apparatus has to remain:
‘It’s inexcusable,’ said Hollin Kretzmann, at the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. ‘At (a) time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, we’re allowing oil companies to contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.’
The process, for those confused, explained by NBC:
In ‘fracking’ or hydraulic fracturing operations, oil and gas companies use massive amounts of water to force the release of underground fossil fuels. The practice produces large amounts of waste water that must then be disposed of.
Marshall said that often times, oil and gas companies simply re-inject that waste water back deep underground where the oil extraction took place. But other times, Marshall said, the waste water is re-injected into aquifers closer to the surface. Those injections are supposed to go into aquifers that the EPA calls ‘exempt’ – in other words, not clean enough for humans to drink or use.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/17/2014.

Part 2 – Panel Discussion GMO Crops, Glyphosate and The Deterioration of Health in the USA

Panel Discussion Playlist: Watch complete 2 hour online session Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Moderator Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, Retired United States Navy staff scientist, author Dr. Anthony Samsel, Retired Science Consultant Dr. Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Jack Olmsted, Producer
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally.

This post was published at FarmWars on November 16th, 2014.

Panel Discussion – GMO Crops, Glyphosate and The Deterioration of Health in the USA (Part 1)

Panel: Kathleen Hallal, Moderator Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson, Retired United States Navy staff scientist, author Dr. Anthony Samsel, Retired Science Consultant Dr. Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University Jack Olmsted, Producer
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally.

This post was published at FarmWars on November 15 , 2014.

Historic Hype Over Global Warming Agreement With China; CO2 vs. Death-by-Pollution

On Tuesday, China and US Struck Deal on Carbon Cuts in Push for Global Climate Pact.
In a New York Times Op-Ed, Secretary of State John Kerry reflected on Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change.
Agreement Summation
President Obama pledged to cut US carbon emissions by 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025 China agreed to cap its emissions by 2030 (earlier if possible, but no guarantees) China will expand zero-emission sources to 20% by 2030. Is this a good deal? For whom?
Here is a little perspective on the agreement.
Carbon Emissions by Country

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on November 12, 2014.

Fukushima Radiation Detected 100 Miles Off California Coast

While no US Federal Agency sees fit to monitor ocean radioactivity in coastal waters, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) has taken on the task of keeping the information flowing in a world of ‘promises’ that everything will be ok. As WHOI reports this week, scientists have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California.
As WHOI reports,
Since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in 2011, the radioactive plume has traveled west across the Pacific, propelled largely by ocean currents and being diluted along the way. For now, the levels of Fukushima radiation hitting the West Coast is below where one might expect any measurable risk to human health or marine life, according to international health agencies. The findings confirm data earlier this year showing cesium-134 traveled across the Pacific to the coast of Canada.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/11/2014.