Australia: human experiment in a bottle

‘Imagine a vast island. Once a colony, it now rules itself. That, at least, is its claim. But foreign money and ownership bleed in. And on the other side of the world, it has a mighty military partner dedicated to spying and war. This partner says, ‘Do everything you can to accumulate as much information as you can on every one of your citizens. We will help. We will accomplish this together.’ The island is called one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but its poverty rate is rising, its government debt is 20% of GDP, and household debts are extraordinary. The face behind the mask shows suggestions that the party is coming to an end.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
The kind of top-down control that exists in Australia is unique in developed nations, because of two factors: geography and population.
Think about it this way. The US and Australia are comparable in size. US: 3.7 million square miles. Australia: 2.99 million square miles.
But population? The US: 318 million people. Australia: 24 million people.
There are 10 million people in Los Angeles County alone. 38 million people live in California.
Consider this quote about surveillance in Australia, from the Sydney Morning Herald, 6/7/2013,’Australians at risk in US electronic surveillance program’:

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on July 6, 2015.

Harry Dent Shows That Trump Is Wrong About Immigration

I was on Fox Business News the other day explaining that the upcoming crash will result from government’s suppressing the greatest credit bubble in history.
Many don’t want to believe that Athens will be the thing to send markets tumbling. But we’ve also got China going to extreme measures to prop up its stock market and economy, horrific demographics in Germany and Japan, and of course our own issues here at home – including a steeper decline in demographic spending by 2016 and the fracking bubble bursting.
Yet still so many spout news of a strengthening U. S. economy.
Housing’s on the rise!
So is immigration!
What!?
I’m not sure what they’re smoking, but neither our housing market nor immigration are improving, and certainly not over pre-2008 trends.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Harry Dent ‘ July 8, 2015.

Are The EU And Asia Turning A Blind Eye To Russian Sanctions?

In a previous article onOILPRICE, I questioned whether western sanctions imposed on Russia were being regularly breached by E. U. and Asian companies, noting that sanctions only work if all countries unite behind them.
In June, the Financial Times reported that only one year after being imposed, the sanctions are eroding. It seems that government and business policies are pulling in opposite directions, despite the sanction regime being clear on the activities that are banned, as explained by Forbes:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/09/2015.

Jade Helm Alert: Military Denies Media Requests To Cover “Texas Takeover”

Between Greece’s tragic, Berlin-mandated descent into the Third World and the epic meltdown in China’s equity markets, it would be easy to forget that the US government is (re)annexing Texas next week.
For those unaware (or for anyone who might have lost track of the US Spec Ops schedule), the military is set to kick off Jade Helm 15 next Wednesday, which means the Lonestar lockdown is less than one week away. If you’re unfamiliar with the operation, here are the barebones basics:
Jade Helm is an eight-week joint military and Interagency Unconventional Warfare exercise conducted throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Essentially, from July 15 to September 15 some military personnel are going to take a trip out west and pretend like they are conducting covert operations overseas. On the surface, that doesn’t sound too exciting, but thanks to some very unfortunate wording in an official US military slide deck and an even more unfortunate map which designates Texas as ‘hostile’ territory (of course the same map also identifies San Diego as harboring a militant insurgency, so the US Spec Ops Command probably assumed it wouldn’t be taken literally) quite a few Texans came to believe that the federal government was up to no good with Jade Helm.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/09/2015.

Tate Fegley: Crime and Punishment in a Libertarian Society

The following video was published by misesmedia on Jul 9, 2015
Tate Fegley, a Summer Fellow at the Mises Institute, combines his work in criminal justice at Boise State University with Hoppean and Rothbardian analyses of private law and private police.
Tate and Jeff discuss what crime and punishment might look like in a libertarian society, and how to convince skeptical libertarians that private police can do a better job of dealing with violence, theft, and fraud.
Private, competing defense agencies would operate with completely different incentives than state police: unlike government cops, private cops get fired when crime goes up. Private police have a direct financial interest in avoiding escalation of conflicts, avoiding legal liability for death or injuries, and avoiding damage to their agency’s reputation. And under a Hoppean insurance model, both insurance companies and property owners have a direct incentive to prevent, rather than merely respond, to crime.
Finally, they discuss how direct restitution, rather than lengthy taxpayer-funded incarceration, would be a more economically efficient and more humane approach to helping crime victims.

Gun Sales Reached Record Highs Last Month

It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing severe ammunition and firearm shortages. The prices for pretty much every kind of weapon reached outrageous levels, and there was a waiting list for just about everything gun related. But over the past two years or so, the cost of firearms has finally fallen to a reasonable price point, and ammo shortages have largely relented. Contrary to popular belief however, gun purchases have not fallen. In fact, it seems that Americans are still buying more guns then ever before.
This past June, the FBI reported more background checks then they ever had for that month, since they started keeping track in 1998. All told, June of 2015 experienced an 11% increase in background checks over the previous year, amounting to 1.53 million cases.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 9th, 2015.

Top 5 Chemical Weapon Tests The British Conducted On Their Own People

How anyone could have ever thought any of this was a good idea is simply unconscionable.
Unfortunately, this article is not satirical. Instead, it documents five, historically factual cases where the British Government thought it would be a great idea to test chemical and biological weapons upon their own people during the Cold War.
Watch a video of this report here:


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JULY 9, 2015.

How Did the Illegal Immigrant Who Shot and Killed Kate Steinle Get a Federal Agent’s Gun?

Last week, 45-year-old San Francisco pier shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle while she was out walking with her father. She died in front of him.
Sanchez, here illegally from Mexico, has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times.
So how did he wind up with a federal agent’s gun? Reports say he got it by breaking into the car of a law enforcement officer with the Bureau of Land Management on June 27th.
Perhaps the real question is, why was Sanchez here walking free if he had been deported five times?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 9th, 2015.

SHADOW PLAY: The ISIS ‘Ramadan Attacks’ Smell of a Western-Born PSYOP

The recent ‘Ramadan Attacks’ supposedly carried out by members of ISIS – reek of Western propaganda dispensed from shadowy think-tanks.
Over the past month, we’ve seen ISIS and the puppeteers behind them engineering a string of apparent attacks, crucifixions and caged deaths that have metastasized into the minds of many, renewing concern over the cloaked terror brand – yet again.
Western media outlets have routinely sensationalized ISIS related incidents and the series of Ramadan attacks said to be taking place this month, are no exception. While these news stories appear to be illuminating the masses about the terrible violence seen on the global stage, it very well could be another ploy to acquire consent for a future, more direct invasion of Iraq and Syria by reasserting myths about the growth of ISIS.
While big media and foreign policy stooges have had no problem propagating the false narrative surrounding ISIS, they have yet to give an honest account as to how creatures of the Pentagon and their ‘coalition’ were caught dropping weapons and supplies into the hands of ISIS over the past year.
This fact alone should expose the fraudulent War On Terror and ISIS once and for all.
In an article published at Global Research this past February, entitled ‘Unlimited War! ISIS Psyop Theater Comes to Full Fruition,’ we see a clearer picture regarding the curious details hidden in plain sight that continue to allude the vast majority of the public, as well as the corporate media:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JULY 8, 2015.

Hillary Lies About Legal Process, Gets Caught

If you support, vote for, donate to or in any way contribute to this lying, treasonous bitch getting into office you are personally responsible for putting a woman into the White House that had a personal hand in arming terrorists, lied about it, got caught, and then claimed she “never received any subpoenas” over any of it.
House Republicans investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a March subpoena issued to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, one day after she said in a nationally televised interview that she “never had a subpoena” in the email controversy.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-07-09.

Florida Judge Who Tried to Ban Protests Forced to Backtrack After Lawsuit Filed

This story is another example of what can happen when unethical people in positions of power feel like they can get away with anything. In the following case, Jacksonville Florida’s chief judge, Mark Mahon, issued an administration order on July 1 that:
In part banned demonstrations or dissemination of materials on the courthouse grounds that ‘degrade or call into question the integrity of the court or any of its judges.’ The order also banned people from videotaping ‘all security features’ of the courthouse, including any non-public entrance or exit.
The irony of a judge issuing a ban on the First Amendment on courthouse grounds should not be lost on anyone. What’s worse, he may have even gotten away with it if not for the folks at PINAC (Photography is Not a Crime), who sued the judge, and sheriff Mike Williams, forcing these two officials with fascist sympathies to back off.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jul 8, 2015.

Utter Desperation: Chinese Police Vow To Arrest “Malicious Short Sellers”

In what can only be described as total and utter desperation, China’s Public Security Ministry and China Securities Regulatory Commission are discussing a plan to take action against “hostile short sellers”… (via Google Translate)
[ Ministry of Public Security in conjunction with the recent Commission investigation of malicious short stock and stock index clues ] correspondent was informed on the 9th morning , Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Qingfeng led to the Commission , in conjunction with the recent Commission investigation of malicious short stock and stock index clues show regulatory authorities to the operation of heavy combat illegal activities .
Which in English means…
Special workforce to be led by Vice Public Security Minister who vows to soon nail down those who manipulate Chinese stocks, index futures
— George Chen (@george_chen) July 9, 2015

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/08/2015.

The New Great Game Round-Up: July 8, 2015

Russia Rewards Armenia for Not Starting Another Maidan, Turkey’s Anti-China Propaganda Takes Its Toll on Uyghurs-Koreans & More!
*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U. S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
The U. S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the entire country was widely celebrated in the U. S. and many other countries but not everyone welcomed the decision. Western media, which is more concerned about LGBT rights in Russia than in any other country, awaited eagerly how Russians would react to the ruling. The Washington Post was dumbfounded when influential journalist Dmitry Kiselyov and other prominent Russian figures didn’t react as expected but fortunately Western journalists still got the reaction they were looking for. What went largely unnoticed is that Russians are not the only ones who see the U. S. Supreme Court ruling as a “big mistake.” Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili assured his compatriots that he will do his best to prevent legalizing same-sex marriage in Georgia. This resonates with many people in his country. More and more Georgians are wondering whether Euro-Atlantic integration is really worth the trouble:
Spurned by the West, Georgians look to Russia despite past quarrels In this fiercely pro-Western nation that fought a brief war with Russia in 2008, few thought the Kremlin could ever regain a toehold. But with the West backing away from Georgia’s path to E. U. and NATO membership after a year of conflict in Ukraine, pro-Russian sentiments are on the rise. ‘More and more Georgians are feeling they haven’t gotten anything tangible from the West,’ said Shorena Shaverdashvili, a prominent Georgian journalist. ‘There isn’t more love for Putin and Russia. It’s just a realization that we’re left face-to-face with Russia and we have to deal with it.’ ‘Georgia should be neutral, and it should be militarily free,’ said Archil Chkoidze, the leader of Georgia’s Eurasian Choice, a coalition of pro-Russian groups that says it has nearly 16,000 members. Among the warnings about Europe that he passes to his members, he said, was that E. U. leaders are more concerned with cultural issues such as gay rights – deeply unpopular in a socially conservative nation – rather than the everyday lives of Georgian citizens.

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on JULY 8, 2015.

Listen To People Actually Attacked Folks

What does someone think who actually had to defend their own life with a gun?
Here’s the truth:
1. Criminals will always have guns, this is not about them.
2. Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms. Humans have a right to defend themselves. If we didn’t have the Second Amendment, we would create it.
3. You can’t control everything; but if it makes you feel better, go with a simple law preventing violent offenders from buying firearms. Make it “violent” offenders rather than “white collar” offenders, or most of Capitol Hill won’t be allowed to own them.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on July 8, 2015.

JP Morgan to Pay Another Slap on the Wrist Fine for Engaging in Systemic Consumer Credit Card Debt Fraud

Just yesterday, I published a post titled: Florida Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail for Having Sex on the Beach. The purpose of that post wasn’t to justify his actions, but rather to highlight the difference between how average citizens are treated under the U. S. ‘justice’ system, and how thieving, remorseless financial oligarchs are treated.
While, Mr. Caballero may have ruined the day of a few beach goers by crudely having sex on a public beach in broad daylight, he didn’t run the U. S. economy into the ground and cause destitution to tens of millions of Americans. Nor did he received trillions in taxpayer backstops and bailouts, only to turn around and pay himself a record bonus and then carry on with extremely profitable, illegal financial schemes. No, it was the bank executives who did (and continue to do) all of that. Guess who ends up in prison?
And now, for the latest financial scam perpetrated by JP Morgan, as well as the insignificant slap on the wrist fine, I present the followingfrom Reuters:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jul 8, 2015.

Meet the Immigrants Building Trump’s International Hotel in Washington D.C.

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
– Donald Trump in the speech announcing his candidacy for President
A Trump company may be relying on some undocumented workers to finish the $200 million hotel, which will sit five blocks from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to several who work there. A Trump spokeswoman said the company and its contractors follow all applicable laws. But in light of Trump’s comments, some of the workers at the site said they are now worried about their jobs – while others simply expressed disgust over the opinions of the man ultimately responsible for the creation of those jobs.
‘It’s something ironic,’ said Ivan Arellano, 29, who is from Mexico and obtained legal status through marriage. He now works as a mason laying the stonework for the lobby floor and walls of what will become the Trump International Hotel.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Jul 7, 2015.

New U.S. National Military Strategy: U.S. May Invade Any Non-‘Ally’

On July 1st, the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued ‘The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015′ (officially dated June 2015), and at its top is:
‘U. S. ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS: The security of the United States, its citizens, and U. S. allies and partners.’
In other words: protection of Americans is neither more nor less important to the U. S. Government than is protection of ‘U. S. allies and partners.’ All of them are at the very top, as ‘U. S. ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS.’
America’s Founders didn’t agree with the Obama Administration’s view on this. George Washington’s famous Farewell Address asserted that, ‘It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world’; and the third President Thomas Jefferson said in his equally famous Inaugural Address, that there should be ‘Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.’ Instead, of that view, Obama now wants ‘entangling alliances’ with anti-BRICS nations in Europe via his proposed TTIP treaty, and with anti-BRICS nations in Asia via his proposed TPP treaty, plus anti-BRICS nations worlwide via his proposed TISA treaty for service-industries. So, he told graduating cadets at West Point, on 28 May 2014, that they will be fighting not only against America’s enemies, but also against America’s economic competitors – that these future U. S. military officers will be serving as muscle abroad, for U. S.-headquartered international corporations:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 8th, 2015.

EU Makes Greece ‘An Offer They Can’t Refuse': Agree To A Deal By Sunday Or Go Bankrupt

It looks like we aren’t going to have to wait much longer to see if Greece remains part of the eurozone or not. Instead of softening their demands in the wake of the Greek referendum, European leaders have given the Greek government an ultimatum. On Tuesday night, EU officials gave Greece a deadline of Thursday to submit a new proposal and a deadline of Sunday for agreeing to a deal. If a deal is not reached on Sunday, all aid to Greece will be cut off and the nation will be faced with financial oblivion and a forced exit from the common currency. But Angela Merkel has already made it abundantly clear that any new deal will not include a debt haircut – one of the key things that the Greek government wanted. If a deal is actually made, it is almost certainly going to look very much like what Greece’s creditors have been offering all along. Needless to say, this is precisely what the Greek people just voted against, but the pressure on Greek leadership is immense at this point. In essence, they are being given ‘an offer they can’t refuse’. So will the Greek government buckle under this mobster-like intimidation?
First, let’s watch what happens on Wednesday and Thursday. The Greeks are being told that they better submit a ‘workable proposal’ by the end of the day on Thursday or else. The following comes from a BBC report…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on July 7th, 2015.

The Subtly Hostile Message Putin Sent Obama on Independence Day

Saturday was a rather slow news day. The crisis in Greece was on a brief hiatus before the Sunday vote, and most Americans were busy celebrating Independence Day. The only thing that was widely reported was Putin’s 4th of July message to President Obama, in which he offered an olive branch to the US. ‘In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security.’ The message mostly interpreted as a kind of ‘Happy 4th of July’ to the President.
But on that same day something rather interesting happened, and we’re just now hearing about it.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 7th, 2015.

Dear China, This Is How You Rig A Market Higher

It seems China better hurry up and a) enable HFT on Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses, and b) enableOPTIONS TRADING directly…
Dare we suggest, someone got a tap on the shoulder to make sure this does not comeAPART…
WHITE HOUSE: OBAMA DISCUSSED GREECE W/ GERMANY’S MERKEL WHITE HOUSE: NEED DEAL TO RESUME REFORMS, ACHIEVE DBT SUSTNBLTY WHITE HOUSE: OBAMA AGREED W/MERKEL ON NEED FOR DURABLE DEAL

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/07/2015.