An Outraged George W. Bush Lashes Out At Trump: “Bigotry Seems Emboldened”

Former President George W. Bush came out swinging against the current administration on Thursday, and while he did not name President Castro, Dubya blasted that “bigotry seems emboldened” in the U. S., while urging the country to accept “globalization” – the same globalization which both the IMF, the BIS and even the Federal Reserve now agree and warn has led to record wealth inequality in the US – while rejecting “white supremacy.”
“Bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Bush said.
Former Pres. George W Bush: "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication." pic.twitter.com/KyQK5vul3j
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 19, 2017

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

SHOCK: FBI DELETES ALL VIDEOS AND MESSAGES FROM EYEWITNESSES OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING AS MONSTER COVER-UP CONTINUES

As independent investigations into the largest mass shooting in American history continue to expose the lies and disinformation being fed to the American people by te FBI, and then pushed by a compliant mainstream media, new information is being released daily with the latest bombshell sure to fuel conspiracy theories about the attack once more.
According to multiple reports, as well as additional sources cited by Infowars, people who worked at the Route 91 festival where the mass shooting took place have had their phones and laptops returned to them by the FBI only to find that ALL their videos and messages from the night of the horrific attack have been completely wiped clean.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 12, 2017.

Were Americans ever fit for stateless government?

Jacob Hornberger recently posted an article discussing his reasons why he considers the advent of the US national security state to be the worst thing the government has ever done. Bad as they are, the income tax, the federal reserve act, and government schooling don’t come close. His reason: The US national security state has ‘the power to kill Americans (and others) without risk of any criminal or civil liability. . . . All that US officials have to do is relate the killing to ‘national security’ and that’s the end of the matter.’
He’s correct. According to a Department of Justice white paper, any ‘informed, high government official,’ not necessarily the president, can kill anyone, without any due process. As Glenn Greenwald wrote in 2013, during the Obama administration,
The president’s underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president – at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as “Terror Tuesday” – then chooses from “baseball cards” and decrees in total secrecy who should die. The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.
According to the New York Times the government asserts that the ‘Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process [is] satisfied by internal deliberations in the executive branch.’
Do you suppose that’s a little-known footnote in the Constitution? Possibly it’s an outgrowth of the unratified Living Constitution, possessing ‘properties of an animate being in the sense that it changes.’ Somehow it always changes in favor of the state.

This post was published at GoldSeek on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.

Chris Hedges On The End Of Empire: “The Death Spiral Appears Unstoppable”

The American empire is coming to an end. The U. S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the U. S. treasury in the form of bailouts. The nation has lost the power and respect needed to induce allies in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa to do its bidding. Add to this the mounting destruction caused by climate change and you have a recipe for an emerging dystopia. Overseeing this descent at the highest levels of the federal and state governments is a motley collection of imbeciles, con artists, thieves, opportunists and warmongering generals. And to be clear, I am speaking about Democrats, too.
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The empire will limp along, steadily losing influence until the dollar is dropped as the world’s reserve currency, plunging the United States into a crippling depression and instantly forcing a massive contraction of its military machine.
Short of a sudden and widespread popular revolt, which does not seem likely, the death spiral appears unstoppable, meaning the United States as we know it will no longer exist within a decade or, at most, two. The global vacuum we leave behind will be filled by China, already establishing itself as an economic and military juggernaut, or perhaps there will be a multipolar world carved up among Russia, China, India, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa and a few other states. Or maybe the void will be filled, as the historian Alfred W. McCoy writes in his book ‘In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power,’ by ‘a coalition of transnational corporations, multilateral military forces like NATO, and an international financial leadership self-selected at Davos and Bilderberg’ that will ‘forge a supranational nexus to supersede any nation or empire.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 3, 2017.

Ban On Kaspersky Software Exposes The Hypocrisy Of US’ Internet Agenda

On September 18, the US Senate voted to ban the use of products from the Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab by the federal government, citing national security risk. The vote was included as an amendment to an annual defense policy spending bill approved by the Senate on the same day. The measure pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has strong support in the House of Representatives, which also must vote on a defense spending bill. The legislation bars the use of Kaspersky Lab software in government civilian and military agencies.
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On September 13, a binding directive issued by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, ordered federal agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from government computers over concerns the Russia-based cybersecurity software company might be vulnerable to Russian government influence. All federal departments and agencies were given 30 days to identify any Kaspersky products in use on their networks. The departments have another 60 days to begin removal of the software. The statement says, The department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks. The Russian law does not mention American networks, nevertheless it is used as a pretext to explain the concern.
Similar bans against US government use of Kaspersky products have been suggested before. In 2015, Bloomberg News reported that the company has close ties to Russian spies.

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

“Extraordinary & Worrisome” – WSJ Demands To Know How FBI ‘Meddled’ In 2016 Elections

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board,
Congress needs to learn how the FBI meddled in the 2016 campaign.
When Donald Trump claimed in March that he’d had his ‘wires tapped’ prior to the election, the press and Obama officials dismissed the accusation as a fantasy. We were among the skeptics, but with former director James Comey’s politicized FBIthe story is getting more complicated.
CNN reported Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant last year to eavesdrop on Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager from May to August in 2016. The story claims the FBI first wiretapped Mr. Manafort in 2014 while investigating his work as a lobbyist for Ukraine’s ruling party. That warrant lapsed, but the FBI convinced the court that administers the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to issue a second order as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the election.

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

“When They Promise To Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs, They’re Promising Stagnation”

The British fought three wars in Afghanistan over an 80-year period. They finally left this ‘graveyard for empires’ in 1919, only to eventually be replaced by the Soviet Union in the late 70s, and the U. S. in the aftermath of 9/11.
Very interesting about Afghanistan is its evolution, or lack thereof. In a recent snapshot of the dysfunctional country, New York Times reporter Rod Nordland noted that ‘It is striking how little the rural Afghan landscape has changed between the early 19th and 21st centuries. The mud-walled fortifications of those days can still be seen throughout the country, and some of them are still in use as military facilities today.’
The picture painted by Nordland brings to mind the roughly 30-year gap in visits to the former Soviet Union by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. In his 2006 autobiography, The Age of Turbulence, Greenspan recalled how the equipment used by laborers in the country hadn’t changed a bit in the decades in between. Greenspan’s point was that a lack of change in how we do work, and the kind of work we do, is a sign of economic decline.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 18, 2017.

One-Third of Americans Are on Government Healthcare

The US House of Representatives voted to day to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Unfortunately, those who use the phrase “repeal and replace” are greatly exaggerating the extent to which the Affordable Care Act is actually repealed.
While perhaps a tiny step in the right direction, the new legislation signals no departure whatsoever from the long-established trend of expanding the role of government programs in subsidizing the regulating the health care industry.
Perhaps worst of all, since this is being called a “repeal,” many may be prompted to think that the US health care system is a “free market” system, or that government spending has only a very small role in the industry.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, the US is fourth in the world in terms of per capita government spending on health care, behind only Norway, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. That’s government spending, not overall spending:
In fact, those numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO) are from 2014, and with the expansion in Medicaid spending under Obamacare, it’s entirely plausible that the US has moved into third place in the past two years.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on May 4, 2017.

Did Trump Get Thumped … or Supporters Get Dumped?

Trump’s supporters are increasingly alarmed, outspoken and feeling betrayed as their champion rolls over and plays lap dog for the political establishment. Even Rush Limbaugh, Trump’s golfing buddy and longtime advocate, said this week that what is happening with Trump and the Republicans is a ‘sellout’ and ‘betrayal.’
With the US economy sinking in the first quarter toward the netherlands of recession (GDP growth of 0.7%), my prediction that the the economy will really start to fall apart in the early summer – in spite of Trump’s victory and the Trump Rally in stocks – looks increasingly likely with each passing week. Meanwhile my warning last year that Trump would likely prove to be a Trojan horse for the establishment is, as of this week, finally proven. Consider the following analysis of Trump’s acquiescence to every failure of his purported agenda:
Trump gets thumped on Obamacare and spending bill
Trump’s Obamacare Repeal 2.0 is teetering on the edge of defeat. Even if it gets approved, it has already retreated on Trump’s promises about things like pre-existing conditions, which he swore repeatedly during his campaign would remain as they are. If Trump was ever serious about making sure certain provisions of Obamacare that the majority of Americans like remain, why doesn’t he tell Republicans now that, if the bill passes without his campaign promises safeguarded, he will veto it? He is making no attempt at strong-arming in the safeguards he swore he’d protect. No attempt.
Trump talked tough like that in the Repeal 1.0 round, saying it would be the Republicans one and only chance to do this right, and then he caved in by starting Repeal 2.0. In this round, he’s not talking at all. The veto threat is notably absent. While that’s a win for arch conservatives, it is still a breach of Trump’s promise, which he doesn’t seem to hold very dear at this point.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 4 May 2017.

SAVE LIBERTY, SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT

Congress ended the week by passing a continuing resolution keeping the government funded for one more week. This stopgap funding bill is designed to give Congress and the White House more time to negotiate a long-term spending bill. Passage of a long-term spending bill has been delayed over objections to Republican efforts to preserve Obamcare’s key features but give states a limited ability to opt out of some Obamacare mandates.
This type of brinkmanship has become standard operating procedure on Capitol Hill. The drama inevitably ends with a spending bill being crafted behind closed doors by small groups of members and staffers and then rushed to the floor and voted on before most members have a chance to read it. These ‘omnibus’ spending bills are a dereliction of one of Congress’s two most important duties – allocating spending. Of course, Congress long ago abandoned another primary duty – preventing presidents from launching military attacks without first obtaining a congressional declaration of war.
The uncomfortable question raised by Congress’s abrogation of these two key functions is whether a republican form of government is compatible with a welfare-warfare state. The answer seems to be ‘no.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MAY 2, 2017.

End of empire

“Already, China dominates world trade. Her own economy is already significantly larger than that of the US on the PPP estimates. While being the largest consumer of raw materials, China also exports more finished goods by value than any other country.”…
In last week’s Insight article, America’s Financial War Strategy, I described how the Chinese government viewed the geopolitical scene. It is clear from earlier remarks by the Peoples Liberation Army’s senior strategist, Major-General Qiao Liang, that the view in Beijing is that America perpetuates her empire through the financial benefits to America from America’s actions against other nations, friend or foe. These actions can be either military or financial, or even both. This week, similar views were expressed in Moscow by Sergey Glazyev, a senior advisor to President Putin.i
There are many questions that arise from last week’s analysis that I chose not to address, in the interest of focusing on the main theme. It concentrated on geopolitics and economics as the Chinese see them, financial and currency issues mentioned in passing. This article addresses perhaps the most important subsidiary issue, and that is how China visualises the future, in terms of monetary policy.
China’s eventual objective
If nothing else, the Chinese have a sense of history and destiny. They have had a glorious past, stretching back millennia, and once controlled most of the Asian heartland in the days of Genghis and Kublai Khan. But even then, China was essentially inward-looking, protecting her own cultural values. Trade with Europeans in the centuries following Marco Polo’s visit was mostly at the behest of European travellers, not the Chinese. She exported her art and culture to visitors, and did not import European values.
This was a mistake, implicitly recognised by China’s current leadership. This time, China has embraced Western thinking and technology to further her own progress. The development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in recent years is the platform for China in partnership with Russia to embrace the Asian continent through peaceful trade, improving the lives of all the citizens of the many nations who are and will become members. The SCO promises a revolution in the wealth and living standards of over 40% of the world’s population, and associated benefits for its supplier-nations on the other continents.

This post was published at GoldMoney on APRIL 27, 2017.

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill Averting Government Shutdown; Senate Next

The US House of Representatives passed a one week stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through next Friday, as lawmakers continue work to finish legislation that extends funding through the rest of the fiscal year.
Next, the bill will go to the Senate, which is also expected to clear the vote later today, and then send it to President Trump for his signature.
It remains unclear just how Dems and GOP will agree on a long-term spending bill over the next 7 days if they were unable to do so as of today, especially with Trump conceding in virtually all controversial items such as the Wall along the Mexican border. However, we do know that Democrats may now hold government hostage, passing weekly bills to ensure that Republicans do not pass some version of Obamacare repeal, although as reported earlier today, even that effort appears to be too loft for House republicans at this moment.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 28, 2017.

Government Shutdown Averted For 7 Days: Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

One hour after the House of Representative passed the a stopgap spending bill in a 382-30 vote, moments ago the US Senate likewise voted the measure through; the bill which gives the government a week before this specatcle has to be repeated again unless a full spending bill is enacted, now goes to Trump for signing later today.
The Senate’s low-drama vote came after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N. Y.) blocked a deal on passing the stopgap measure over concerns about the remaining hurdles in the larger deal.
But Schumer signaled on Friday morning that Democrats were willing to back the one-week stopgap bill as they try to lock down an agreement.
“We’re willing to extend things for a little bit more time in hopes that the same kind of progress can continue to be made,” Schumer told reporters. Negotiators are still ironing out a final agreement even as lawmakers prepare to leave Washington until early next week.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 28, 2017.

Stocks Slump As Putin Warns Korea Situation Is “Deteriorating”

Having been unable to stage any kind of recovery from yesterday’s Trump Tax Plan disappointment, comments from Vladimir Putin that “the situation in Korea is deteriorating” urging all sides to “avoid belligerent rhetoric” along with remarks by Chuck Schumer over the short-term spending bill (to avoid government shutdown), has sparked a leg lower in US stocks…
House Democrats will oppose a short-term spending bill if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. Hoyer, the Democratic whip, spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) Thursday morning to warn him of the Democrats’ position.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 27, 2017.

Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare

Once again Republicans have managed to box themselves in.
Just as the GOP has reportedly found enough votes among conservative Republicans to pass the latest iteration of the proposed Healthcare bill, with Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows saying “republicans will have the votes to pass” Obamacare repeal, Democrats realized that they once again have the leverage to bring this whole process to a grinding halt halt. And they are using it.
As The Hill reports, House Democrats will oppose any short-term spending bill – which is what McConnell was hoping on passing to buy one week of time – if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. In other words, Democrats are now holding the government hostage indefinitely as long as Republicans – who now have the votes to pass new healthcare legislation – threaten to repeal Obamacare.
Hoyer, the Democratic whip, spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) Thursday morning to warn him of the Democrats’ position. “If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,’ Hoyer said in an email.
‘Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That’s why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 27, 2017.

Who Will Really Pay? Mexico Plans Retaliation Over Trump’s Border Wall But Ted Cruz Has A Cunning Plan

As President Trump appears to fold on his funding request for a border wall, though tweet-xclaiming “it will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.,” a top Mexican official on Tuesday said that Mexico may consider charging a fee for Americans entering the country in what could be seen as a retaliation to President Trump’s posturing.
Trump has asked congress to include a down payment on the wall in the spending bill but because of scrutiny from both sides, the President announced Monday that he’d be willing to wait until September to revisit the issue of funding; however, his stance on Mexico’s role in paying for the wall hasn’t changed. And as Fox News reports, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, in a meeting with Mexico’s top legislators, called Trump’s plan an “unfriendly, hostile” act, and called on his colleagues to consider the entry fee.
“We could explore – not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico – but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry,’ Videgaray said. ‘This is something that I’m sure will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 26, 2017.

THE NSA ONCE SPIED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH A BLIMP

Most of us think of blimps as an antiquated technology. On the rare occasion that we see one, we assume that we’re probably going to see an ad on the side. But Americans are largely unaware that the sight of one of these aircraft could also mean that the NSA is spying on them.
That’s because, according to The Intercept, the NSA has several blimps, which can be equipped with devices that are capable of eavesdropping on people below it. One of these blimps has actually become a common sight in Maryland, which is where the NSA headquarters is located.
Ostensibly these airships are to be used in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and Maryland is just where they’re being tested. You wouldn’t think that a blimp would be suitable for the battlefield, but apparently some of them have a low infrared signature, and are invisible to radar.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on APRIL 25, 2017.