The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America

Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House. One of Obama’s latest moves is to try to ban some of the most popular ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Previously, the Obama administration attempted unsuccessfully to ban the AR-15. That didn’t work, so now Obama is going after the ammunition. This is yet another example of the war on preppers that is going on all over the nation. Whether you are a gun owner or not, this assault on our constitutional rights should disturb you greatly. Barack Obama has promised to try to squeeze as much ‘change’ as possible out of his last two years, and in the process he is ‘fundamentally transforming’ America. But what will our country look like when he is done?
At the top of the Drudge Report today, there was a story from the Washington Examiner detailing this ammo ban…
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
And here is more on this ammo ban from the NRA…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on February 26th, 2015.

ECB Warns UK: Excluding Russia From SWIFT “Could Undermine Confidence In The Whole System”

As “isolated” Russia signs a military deal with Cyprus, agrees bilateral trade with Greece, ratifies the $100 billion BRICS Bank, and offers to trade advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, it seems threats of more sanctions against Putin and his nation are finding resistance from an unexpected place. With British PM David Cameron re-demanding that Russia be excluded from the SWIFT global financial payments system, none other than ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny has exclaimed, “one has to be very careful here, exclusion of Russia from Swift would be very problematic because it could potentially undermine confidence in this system as a whole.”
As Der Standard reports (via Google Translate),

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 2 – Clinton Foundation Took Millions From Countries That Also Fund ISIS

The Washington Post reported last week that foreign sources, including governments, made up a third of those who have given the foundation more than $1 million over time. The Post found that the foundation, begun by former president Bill Clinton, has raised nearly $2 billion since its creation in 2001.
Foreign governments and individuals are prohibited from giving money to U. S. political candidates, to prevent outside influence over national leaders. But the foundation has given donors a way to potentially gain favor with the Clintons outside the traditional political limits.
– From the Washington Post article: Foreign Governments Gave Millions to Foundation While Clinton Was at State Dept.
Of all the idiotic wars that the dangerously inept American politicians propagandize the public into accepting, the latest ISIS conflict is the most Orwellian and terrifying. Not only was the emergence of ISIS the direct consequence of the chaos left over by the Iraq war – which in itself was based on lies and inaccurate information – but the primary funders of the latest existential terrorist threat du jour are America’s Persian Gulf allies.
This is something I’ve covered before. For example, in last summer’s piece, America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq, I highlighted:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 26, 2015.

Provocation? NATO Conducts Military Maneuvers 300 Yards From Russia’s Border

When a Russian bomber flew over international waters some 25 miles off the southwest tip of England last week, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called Russia “a real and present danger.” The UK government scrambled jet fighters to meet the Russian aircraft as a show of force.
Said Secretary Fallon of the incident, “NATO has to be ready for any kind of aggression from Russia, whatever form it takes.” He added that, “NATO is getting ready,” warning particularly that Russia may soon move to invade the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Reading the feverish Twitter feed of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Phil Breedlove, one would get the impression that NATO is already at war with Russia. Fighter jets sit menacingly atop aircraft carriers as the General beams about NATO member countries’ commitment to contribute to the fight.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

Obama’s Back Door Gun Control Targets the AR-15: ATF Proposed Bullet Ban Has Been Fast Tracked

‘The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation.’
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, has hit the nail on the head.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting, the Obama administration tried to ban several kinds of firearms, including the AR-15.
Now it seems that he may have actually found a way to do it, albeit slowly. He isn’t going to outright ban the gun itself; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is just going to ban the most commonly sold bullets for the gun instead.
Via Washington Examiner:
At issue is so-called ‘armor-piercing’ ammunition, an exemption for those bullets mostly used for sport by AR-15 owners, and the recent popularity of pistol-style ARs that use the ammo.
The inexpensive 5.56 M885 ammo, commonly called green tips, have been exempt for years, as have higher-caliber ammunition that also easily pierces the type of soft armor worn by police, because it’s mostly used by target shooters, not criminals. The agency proposes to reclassify it as armor-piercing and not exempt. [emphasis added]
The BATFE released a proposal this month which would ban 5.56 mm ammo period. Here’s a snippet:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on February 26th, 2015.

Obstruction of Justice – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Begins Purge of State Employee Emails

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
– Lord Acton, in his famous letter to Bishop Creighton, 1887
The following article is the latest from investigative journalist David Sirota, a man who isn’t afraid to expose corruption, even when the guilty happen to be rich and powerful. With New York State public officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the midst of a federal investigation into corruption, state officials apparently deem it the right time to go ahead and initiate a mass deletion of emails. Simply incredible.
From the International Business Times:
In a memo obtained by Capital New York, Cuomo officials announced that mass purging of email records is beginning across several state government agencies. The timing of the announcement, which followed through on a 2013 proposal, is worth noting: The large-scale destruction of state documents will be happening in the middle of a sprawling federal investigation of public corruption in Albany. That investigation has been looking at state legislators and the Cuomo administration.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 26, 2015.

Proxy Wars, Economic War & WWIII – David Quintieri The Money GPS

The following video was published by SGTreport.com on Feb 26, 2015
In this episode of documenting the collapse we meet up with researcher David Quintieri, author of The Money GPS. David and I discuss the Pentagon’s ongoing proxy wars, economic warfare and the crumbling US economy.
David notes, “The real wealth of the people is declining year over year. The people have lost faith in their government while at the same time they are more dependent on their government, and this is going to hit a tipping point and then we are going to have a very big problem.”
We also discuss cyber warfare, the collapsing derivatives bubble, and the very real danger of NATO and the United States pushing Putin into a new world war which could easily go thermonuclear. Buckle up, and thanks for tuning in.

Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

Athens: first anti-gov’t protest by far-left ANTARSYA turns ugly
The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
According to latest information, there was no intervention by riot police although squads were standing near by.
Earlier KTG wrote:
The first anti-government protest has been launched in Athens on Thursday afternoon. A month after the left-wing/nationalist SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition took office, a week after the Eurogroup agreement in Brussels.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

What Happens If The Department Of Homeland Security Shuts Down

Moments ago we got another stark reminder from none other than the president himself, that the nightmare of all mega-statists, another (partial) government shutdown, may be just around the corner:
IMPORTANT: Congress is only one day away from another shutdown. #EnoughAlready pic.twitter.com/xz5DwiZ3Ef
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 26, 2015

The reason: as soon as tomorrow, the one part of the US government which to many is a manifestation of all that is broken with the current US “big brother” state of pervasive, ubiquitous surveillance and broken immigration policies, the Department of Homeland Security which was created in response to September 11, and which houses the agencies with jurisdiction over immigration law, the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may be shut down.
As ABC explains, the reason is that unlike the rest of the government, the DHS is subject to stopgap funding and “since September, Republicans and Democrats haven’t been able to agree on a full year of funding — instead, twice since then they’ve agreed to fund DHS for a couple of months, each time hoping to reach a deal on a full year of funding. Time runs out again Friday night, but no deal is in sight.”
Republicans irked by President Obama’s plan to give legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants say this time they’ll let DHS ‘shut down’ unless the Obama administration backs down from its immigration plan. Democrats insist DHS funding shouldn’t be tied to a presidential action taken without Congressional approval. But if DHS does ‘shut down,’ should you be worried? It depends who you are, and how long the shutdown lasts.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

New Study Finds Store Brand Supplements Are Garbage

Have you ever used a supplement that worked wonderfully? It relieved whatever was ailing you and worked as advertised, and maybe even put a little spring in your step. Afterward, did you happen to try a cheaper store brand version of the same supplement, only to find that it did nothing at all? Or worse, did it suddenly gave you an adverse reaction?
Well, you’re not crazy. It may not come as a surprise to many of you, that a recent study conducted by the New York attorney general’s office, has found that some store brand supplements don’t supplement much of anything. In fact, the study found that 79 percent of the brands tested, did not contain the herbs labeled on the bottle.
A particular scathing examination of the study was posted on Forbes earlier this week, which in so many words claimed that this was an indictment of the entire supplements industry, and was proof that using herbal supplements was tantamount to believing in witchcraft (under the author’s ‘about me’ header, the article was cleverly labeled under Fighting Pseudoscience).
The meat of the article reads:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on February 26th, 2015.

FCC Votes In Favor Of Obama’s Net Neutrality – Has The Slippery Slope To Web Censorship Begun?

“An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life,”according to President Obama and it appears his perspective on the heavy hand of government regulation inserting itself into the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the US economy, is how best to achieve “openness.” Having pressured FCC’s Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U. S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE. While potentially good for a consumer’s pocketbook, the handing over of “fair-use” decision to the government, as we previously noted, could be the first step on a slippery slope to increased censorship.
FCC Votes…
*FCC ADOPTS NET-NEUTRALITY RULE BACKED BY OBAMA *INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS MUST TREAT WEB TRAFFIC EQUALLY *COMCAST, AT&T, VERIZON AMONG COMPANIES REGULATED UNDER RULES *NETFLIX, TWITTER HAD SOUGHT FCC REGULATIONS As Mike Krieger so eloquently noted previously, this could permit discrimination of web content…
The concept of ‘net neutrality’ is not an easy one to wrap your head around. Particularly if you aren’t an expert in how the internet works and if you don’t work for an ISP (internet service provider). In fact, I think that lobbyists and special interest groups make the concept intentionally difficult and convoluted so that the average person’s eyes glaze over and they move on to the next topic. I am by no means an expert in this area; however, in this post I will try to explain in as simple terms as possible what ‘net neutrality’ means and what is at risk with the latest FCC proposal. I also highlight a wide variety of articles on the subject, so I hope this post can serve as a one-stop-shop on the issue.
The concept of ‘net neutrality’ describes how broadband access across the internet currently works. Essentially, the ISPs are not allowed to discriminate amongst the content being delivered to the consumer. A small site like Liberty Blitzkrieg, will be delivered in the same manner as content from a huge site like CNN that has massive traffic and a major budget. This is precisely why the internet has become such a huge force for free speech. It has allowed the ‘little guy’ with no budget to compete equally in the ‘market of ideas’ with the largest media behemoths on the planet. It has allowed for a quantum leap in the democratization and decentralization in the flow of information like nothing since the invention and proliferation of the printing press itself. It is one of the most powerful tools ever created by humanity, and must be guarded as the treasure it is.
People have been worried about internet censorship in the USA for a long time. What people need to understand is that censorship in so-called ‘first world’ countries cannot be implemented in the same manner as in societies used to authoritarian rule. The status quo in the U. S. understands that the illusion of freedom must be maintained even as civil liberties are eroded to zero. In the UK, the approach to internet censorship has been the creation of ‘internet filters.’ The guise is fighting porn, but in the end you get censorship. This is something I highlighted in my post: How Internet in the UK is ‘Sleepwalking into Censorship.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

Ukraine To Halt Currency Trading Again Any Minute

With Prime Minister Yatsenyuk putting his foot down and squeezing the central bank to lift capital controls, Ukraine’s currency is totally collapsing this morning. Up over 5 handles to a fresh record low of 33.75/USD, we suspect currency trading will be halted any minute. While we discussed the endgame for Ukraine last night, on the street, things are dire with ATM lines, shelves emptied, and local currency exchanges marking up levels dramatically more than the ‘official’ rates…
The ‘independent’ Central Bank halted currency trading, and then the government screamed…
“I learned this morning on the Internet that the National Bank of Ukraine has, as usual on its own without any sort of consultations, made the decision to close the interbank currency market, which will absolutely not add to the stability of the national currency that the national bank is responsible for. This situation has a very complex and negative influence on the country’s economy,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said. And it was unhalted… and this happened… UAH collapsed…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

Arms Race 2.0: Top Navy Admiral Warns China Now Has More “Fairly Amazing Submarines” Than The US

Continuing the theme first presented yesterday, when we showed that while America’s financial situation is in dire straits, it is the strength of its military – that age-old realpolitik variable – or lack thereof…

… that may determine the longevity of the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency, overnight we learned from Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, who testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee that China “is building some fairly amazing submarines and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States,” although he admitted their quality was inferior.
‘They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,’ the admiral told the lawmakers. ‘They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them.’
The top Navy admiral added that China was also expanding the geographic areas of operation for its submarines, and their length of deployment. For instance, China had carried out three deployments in the Indian Ocean, and had kept vessels out at sea for 95 days, Mulloy said.
Are the subs armed with nuclear ICBMs?
‘We don’t think they have nuclear weapons on board, but we’ve seen them producing the missiles and testing them,’ the admiral said. “We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2015.

The Net Neutrality Scam

Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?
In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only become more widespread and service today is far faster for many people – including ‘ordinary’ people – than it was twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. Today, broadband in Europe, where the internet is more tightly regulated, has less reach than it has in the United States.
The administration’s plan is rather innocuously called ‘net neutrality,’ but in fact it has nothing at all to do with neutrality and is just a scheme to vastly increase the federal government’s control over the internet.
What is Net Neutrality? We don’t know the details of the plan because the FCC refuses to let the taxpayers see the 300-page proposal before the FCC votes on it today. But, we do know a few things.
Currently, ISPs are regulated by the FCC, but as an ‘information service’ under the less restrictive rules of so-called Title I. But now, the FCC wants to regulate ISPs as utilities under the far more restrictive Title II restrictions. For a clue as to how cutting edge this idea is, remember this switch to Title II regulation would put ISPs into the same regulatory regime as Ma Bell under the Communications Act of 1934.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on FEBRUARY 26, 2015.

The Plan to Implement Widespread Mind Control In America

When I wrote the following words almost three years ago, I was met with extreme derision and accusations of being a crazed lunatic with paranoid laced conspiracy theories. ‘Soon special interests, university think tanks, combined with key federal agencies, are conspiring to implement (not plan) complete control over the Internet’. Today, most people in the know are not laughing at this statement. In fact, after my recent interview with Doug Hagmann, in which Doug described how far the plans to eradicate free speech on the Internet have gone, many are very alarmed. Here is the point, yesterday’s crazy conspiracy theory is today’s bona fide threat to personal freedom and well-being.
This is the first part of a multi-part series in which clear and convincing evidence will be offered which demonstrates that extreme mind control is being presently being used on targeted Americans for harassment and experimental purposes. However, as this series will demonstrate, this technology, which is not new, is in the process of being fully integrated in the police state surveillance grid and will soon target every individual on the planet.
The first part of this series will demonstrate that the technology is real, scientifically valid and certain entities have been working with this technology for over 50 years.
The Purpose of Mind Control Initially, I believe that the two goals of mind control were (1) profit; and, (2) control of the flow of information similar to what we see in the corporate controlled media. However, I quickly realized that I had set my sights too low in assessing target goals for these nefarious groups who are in control of this rapidly expanding technology.
It is becoming increasingly clear that ultimate goal is the complete control of every individual through mind control. The power brokers of this planet are seeking to install a police state grid which is absolute in its ability to control all thought, all emotion and consequently, all behavior. The end result will be to remove all potential opposition (i.e. free will). The purveyors of this technology are the enemy of all humanity and it is clear that they view humanity as their adversary which needs to be controlled, used and then tossed aside like some piece of garbage.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on February 26, 2015.

Bad for Business: After NSA Hack China Stops Buying Major U.S. Tech Brands

China has been axing major U.S. technology companies from its government purchasing list in favor of local brands. Some analysts believe fears over NSA spy technology could be to blame.
The list of products for the Central Government Procurement Center (CGPC), which is approved by the Chinese Ministry of Finance, includes over 5,000 products, 2,000 of which were added in the last two years, and almost entirely from domestic companies. Among those products, foreign brands have fallen by a third, and among security-related products, by a half. As of two years ago, Cisco Systems had 60 items on the list, but now has none. Among other companies, whose products were excluded from the list are Intel’s security brand McAfee, Apple, and Citrix. 
Though there are non-espionage-related reasons why China might be preferring local brands, the decline in foreign products does seem to coincide with the leaks made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 about massive US spying programs. 

This post was published at Sputnik News

Inside the Ukraine: John Batchelor interviews Stephen F. Cohen

The astounding military events along with the political fallout are far more dramatic under Minsk2 than at anytime during the active Ukraine Civil War.
The danger for continued war in Ukraine will depend on whether Kiev gets outside help.  Whether NATO is involved in the fighting will likely depend on the dove side of the E.U., Merkel and Hollande and others, deciding to go along with Washington. That has not changed, but for Cohen, this is less likely.  However Kiev's fortunes have declined even more since Poroshenko refused a surrender of his forces in the Debaltseve Caldron.  Cohen does a wonderful job of describing those final moments in the Cauldron. As it stands now there is no military of any usefulness for Kiev in the west of Ukraine, and as been stated several times, arming an army actually requires an army to arm—and Kiev simply does not have a military left.
The U.S. (who significantly was not invited to the recent Minsk talks) now has been making even more belligerent war talk. And Moscow is silent; the critical time is at hand. Putin knows. This is a deciding moment for the West, the United States, NATO, Europe, Russia and Ukraine. If Washington continues to push the war option we are looking at boots on the ground and serious political problems in Europe and for NATO.

This post was published at John Batchelor Show

Kicking another can: E.U. gives France until 2017 to fix deficit

The European Commission on Wednesday (25 February) gave France another two years to bring its budget within EU rules – the third extension in a row – saying that sanctions represent a "failure".
France has until 2017, having already missed a 2015 deadline, to reduce its budget from the projected 4.1 percent of GDP this year to below 3 percent.
"Sanctions are always a failure," said economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici adding that "if we can convince and encourage, it is better".
Valdis Dombrovskis, a commission vice-president dealing with euro issues, admitted that France is the "most complicated" case discussed on Wednesday.

This post was published at EU Observer

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.
Brian Jacob Church, a protester known as one of the “NATO Three”, was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained Church for the better part of a day, denying him access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.

This post was published at The Guardian