Green Light For Empire: Ron Paul’s Short History Of Washington’s Wars Since 1990

The American Empire has been long in the making. A green light was given in 1990 to finalize that goal. Dramatic events occurred that year that allowed the promoters of the American Empire to cheer. It also ushered in the current 25-year war to solidify the power necessary to manage a world empire. Most people in the world now recognize this fact and assume that the empire is here to stay for a long time. That remains to be seen.
Empires come and go. Some pop up quickly and disappear in the same manner. Others take many years to develop and sometimes many years to totally disintegrate. The old empires, like the Greek, Roman, Spanish and many others took many years to build and many years to disappear. The Soviet Empire was one that came rather quickly and dissipated swiftly after a relatively short period of time. The communist ideology took many decades to foment the agitation necessary for the people to tolerate that system.
Since 1990 the United States has had to fight many battles to convince the world that it was the only military and economic force to contend with. Most people are now convinced and are easily intimidated by our domination worldwide with the use of military force and economic sanctions on which we generously rely. Though on the short term this seems to many, and especially for the neoconservatives, that our power cannot be challenged. What is so often forgotten is that while most countries will yield to our threats and intimidation, along the way many enemies were created.
The seeds of the American Empire were sown early in our history. Natural resources, river transportation, and geographic location all lent itself to the development of an empire. An attitude of ‘Manifest Destiny’ was something most Americans had no trouble accepting. Although in our early history there were those who believed in a powerful central government, with central banking and foreign intervention, these views were nothing like they are today as a consequence of many years of formalizing the power and determination necessary for us to be the policeman of the world and justify violence as a means for spreading a particular message. Many now endorse the idea that using force to spread American exceptionalism is moral and a force for good. Unfortunately history has shown that even using humanitarian rhetoric as a justification for telling others what to do has never worked.
Our move toward empire steadily accelerated throughout the 20th century. World War I and World War II were deadly for millions of people in many countries, but in comparison the United States was essentially unscathed. Our economic power and military superiority steadily grew. Coming out of World War II we were able to dictate the terms of the new monetary system at Bretton Woods as well as the makeup of all the international organizations like NATO, the United Nations, and many others. The only thing that stood in America’s way between 1945 and 1990 was the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Significant events of 1990 sealed the fate of the Soviet Empire, with United States enjoying a green light that would usher in unchallenged American superiority throughout the world.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/15/2015.

$400 Billion Turkey Won’t Fly

Turkeys don’t fly. Neither does the F-35.
This boondoggle is great for the military-industrial complex, but bad for taxpayers.
Which nation’s air force is in a position to challenge existing American planes? None.
Which nation is developing fighter jets and the aircraft carriers required to deliver them? The Pentagon never says.
What is the strategic function militarily of a jet in the age of unstoppable ICBM’s and cheap biological weapons?
Is ISIS in a position to counter existing American jets? With what?
Nevertheless, we get this. . . .
The Pentagon’s embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it can’t even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget.
As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jet – with high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for years – with auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off the ground, no matter how much money is thrown at it.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on March 16, 2015.

California Is Turning Back Into A Desert And There Are No Contingency Plans

Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water. It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans. Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent. That is not nearly enough. The state of California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of total water a year since 2011, and we are quickly heading toward an extremely painful water crisis unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.
But don’t take my word for it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti ‘is the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine’. What he has to say about the horrific drought in California is extremely sobering…
As our ‘wet’ season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on March 15th, 2015.

70 Million Americans Could Lose their Jobs in the Next 10 years

The smartest individuals in American capitalism are hiding a secret in plain sight, yet nobody of consequence wishes to address them about the future they are planning.
One of the most amazing, and insightful beginnings to a book was written by Martin Ford in The Lights in the Tunnel:
What if technology progresses to the point where a substantial fraction of the jobs now performed by people are instead performed autonomously by machines or computers? Is that likely, or even possible? And if it is, what are the implications for our economy? What is this future?
The future could quite simply be the typical justified capitalist response:

This post was published at John Galt Fla on March 15, 2015.

UK Atomic Weapons Web Traffic Accidentally Routed Through Ukraine

With the most intense US-Russia proxy war in recent memory still festering in Eastern Ukraine, Washington has been keen on sending a strong message to the Kremlin. Even as US allies in Europe are busy fostering global instability by supporting infrastructure development in Asia and waffling on providing ‘defensive’ weapons to Kiev, Washington is working hard to shore up the world’s defenses against tyranny. For instance, just last week the US took the following steps to make the world a safer place for democracy: 1) delivered 120 armored units, including tanks, to Latvia, 2) advised Vietnam to stop allowingRussian bombers to refuel at a former U. S. airbase, and 3) suggested that the UK’s excessive ‘accommodation’ of China is getting dangerous.
Despite Washington’s best efforts to promote stability, things keep getting in the way. As RT reports:
Sensitive data from around 170 major companies, including the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment and Lockheed Martin, might have been compromised after British Telecom web traffic was accidentally rerouted through Ukraine. The hijacking of the companies took place over a 90-minute period Thursday, while many British Telecom customers experienced diverted traffic for five days, starting from Saturday, Dyn, Internet performance company, said in a report.
Several UK government bodies were affected by the problem, including the Royal Mail and the country’s Atomic Weapons Establishment, which is ‘responsible for the design, manufacture and support of warheads for the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/15/2015.

Man Arrested in Shooting of 2 Ferguson Police Officers

21st Century Wire says…
In a move that almost sent local residents and police into another tailspin, a 20 year old man is said to have fired the shots from a car moving past a building where demonstrators were gathered after the Department of Justice had announce the end of their federal investigation into racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department.
Nearly 72 hours after two officers were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, and despite protest leaders taking to Twitter to deny he was even there at the time of the incident, investigators appear to have finally tracked down their gunman suspect, named as 20 year old Jeffrey L. Williams.
It appears that Williams was the only person who fired shots, but that other ‘participants’ were involved. Williams 2 counts of assault with a firearm, 1 count firing from vehicle. His 40 caliber weapon recovered matches ballistics from the scene.
According to St. Louis County prosecutor, the suspect maintains that he was firing shots at ‘someone else’ other and did not mean to hit the 2 Ferguson police officers.
Some of the suspect’s social media posts may indicate that he was a regular Ferguson protestor who was also have been present during looting actions against local businesses.
Previously on Thursday, before knowing who the perpetrator was, both President BarackObama and AG Holder referred to then unknown assailants as ‘criminals’ and ‘punks’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 15, 2015.

Video of the Day – Watch State Department Spokeswoman Squirm When Asked About U.S. Policy Against Supporting Coups

In case you weren’t aware, Venezuelan authorities recently accused the U. S. of attempts to overthrow its government. In a press conference, U. S. State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, vehemently denied such claims and then went ahead and spouted talking points so ridiculous, only a complete ignoramus could believe them. She said:
As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.
Interesting, because it seems to me that the primary role of U. S. foreign policy throughout my lifetime has been specifically to initiate political transitions by non-constitutional means.
The line was simply too much to bear for some members of the press. One guy in particular, incredulously asked her to elaborate on her definition of ‘long-standing’ in light of the historical reality that the U. S. government has been constantly involving itself in coups all over the world, particularly in Latin America.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Michael Krieger | Posted Sunday Mar 15, 2015.

Sen. Grassley: Perform An Anatomically Impossible Act

Now that the BATFE has “folded” (temporarily, anyway) their unlawful attempt to ban M855 ammunition this goes out to the Senator from Iowa:
“I’m pleased to see that the ATF has now decided to abide by congressional intent of the law, and its exemption protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said after the ATF announcement. “ATF’s original proposal to short-circuit the exemption and limit access to rifle ammunition was an affront to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and it was met with stiff rebuke.”
Ignoring the 2nd Amendment, which allows no constraint for “armor-piercing” ammunition (indeed, if the 2nd Amendment’s purpose is ever necessary, God forbid, the ability to shoot through armor might well be essential) there is this little matter of black-letter statute.
Specifically, as I noted in my previous article, M855 ammunition meets neither of the criteria in the statute (18 USC Sec 921) to define it as armor-piercing, and thus irrespective of any so-called “sporting exception” there has never been, and cannot be without revision of the statute, any such lawful ban on the manufacture or import of same.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-03-15.

Neil Howe: What To Expect From The Fourth Turning We’re Now In

Neil Howe demographer and co-authour of the book The Fourth Turning returns to the podcast this week. In our prior interview with him, we explored his study of generational cycles (“turnings”) in America which reveal predictable social trends that recur throughout history and warn of a coming crisis (a “fourth turning”) based on this research.
Fourth turnings are characterized by a growing demand for social order, yet supply of it remains weak. The emergence of the surveillance state, a perpetual war machine, increased intervention in the markets by the central planners, greater government control of critical systems like health care and the Internet — all of these are classic signs that we are well into a fourth turning now:
In the fourth turning, the supply of order is still absent that the demand for order grows. So we now have a demand for order and no supply. That creates the unusual dynamics of a fourth turning — kind of like we had in the 1930′s. People suddenly feel that no one is in control and that enormous events are overtaking their society which no one of leadership age has any idea how to confront or how to manage. And it goes without saying today we look up to Gen Xers and Boomers and we see leaders who couldn’t organize their way out of a shoe box. I live in the Washington DC area and the government and Congress literally does nothing. All they do is argue and fight and nothing gets done in this city. It’s amazing, and a great testament to the power of institutional inertia that things keep moving forward in some manner. There is this great unsettled feeling we have that there is a rudderless ship that we’re on where no one knows where it is going. We see dangers that we seem paralyzed and unable to respond to.

This post was published at PeakProsperity on Sunday, March 15, 2015,.

U.S. Begs Russia to Remain in ‘SWIFT’; the One Bank Fails Again

Does it get any funnier than this? Well, arguably, we’ve already seen an even funnier episode from these financial ‘Wile E. Coyotes’. But let’s begin with a look at the most recent ‘botched operation’ by the psychopaths of the One Bank.
To any readers with even a moderate comprehension of global events; it has been completely obvious that the Western financial crime syndicate which rules over us (the One Bank) has targeted Russia for (at least) economic destruction – and perhaps political destruction, as well. It has commenced this campaign by unleashing its most-ferocious attack dog on Russia: the United States (aka ‘the Fourth Reich’).
The political/economic terrorism against Russia began with the coup in Ukraine, which was fully and completely orchestrated by U. S. Neo-Cons (most unelected), who actually ‘run’ the U. S. government. This was immediately followed by a two-pronged strategy, directed squarely against Russia itself.
One-half of the campaign was an enormous, steaming mound of anti-Russia propaganda, continuously defecated by the West’s corporate media monopoly. This absurd, nonsensical propaganda relentlessly attempts to ‘blame Russia’ for anything-and-everything even remotely connected to the West’s cannibalization of the Ukraine, and often simply fabricates ‘acts of Russian aggression’. This has continued even as these fascists have ordered their Ukraine Thugs to perpetrate ever more-aggressive and barbaric acts, primarily against the large, ethnic Russian population within their own nation.
The other half of this campaign was massive, overt economic terrorism against Russia, in virtually any-and-every form which could be dreamed-up by the One Bank’s army of (financial) psychopaths. They first launched an all-out attack on the Russian ruble. They then deliberately/ruthlessly manipulated oil prices to their previous level, because Russia is the world’s largest energy exporter.
They also had the U. S. pressure the West’s other Lackey Governments to adopt round after round of ever more-punitive ‘economic sanctions’ against Russia, ‘punishing it’ for supposed misdeeds which were nothing more than the fabrications of its own propaganda. Then, as the supposed coup de grace; they had ordered that Russia be expelled from ‘SWIFT’.

This post was published at BullionBullsCanada on Saturday, 14 March 2015.


Hello from Acapulco Bay,
It’s been a hectic few weeks!
The first and largest international anarcho-capitalist event of its type, Anarchapulco, ended two weeks ago and many people stayed afterwards so it really didn’t end until about a week ago. And then I needed three straight days of sleep to recover!
It was, by all accounts, a success. It actually sold out, at 300 people (the maximum the room we had could hold) in the final week. People flew in from around the world including, just to name a few, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Costa Rica, Argentina and many more. And no one was hurt or died!
It started off interestingly with one person sent back from Mexico City after he told them he was going to an anarchist conference in Acapulco. After speaking with him, however, it seems that the main reason he was turned away was because he had booked a one way ticket and didn’t really have any plans on what he was going to do in Mexico after the conference.
Illegal immigration from the US into Mexico has actually become a concern as thousands of Americans are fleeing into Mexico… and, most people don’t know, but more Mexicans leave the US now than go there. That stream of people fleeing the US will soon turn into a flood and Mexican customs people are more vigilant with Americans entering the country now.
In any case, this person had already gotten their interest and then when he said he was an anarchist they used that as the excuse to turn him away. The reason being, in Mexico, there is an ongoing battle between people who call themselves anarchists (but are mostly just communists) and the government.
Then, the night before the conference there was quite a large protest out by the airport. It was great timing because I had been saying that there hadn’t been any protests/riots of note in months and even when there was they were very small and contained and certainly of no danger to anyone not involved.

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on MARCH 14, 2015.

In its Desperation, Scandal-Riddled Spanish Government Criminalizes Solidarity Among Citizens

By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET.
On Tuesday, March 10, 19 Spanish citizens were rounded up in dawn raids by the Madrid police. They are accused of committing a crime against the Spanish state. That crime? Trying to prevent, through passive, non-violent resistance, the forced eviction of a local resident. If found guilty, the suspects could face crippling fines.
Welcome to Rajoy’s Spain, where helping out your neighbor in his or her hour of need is now an administrative crime.
A Not-So-Silent Tragedy
In most countries that have experienced foreclosure epidemics, the eviction of neighbors and local residents is usually a quiet, if not silent, tragedy. Often people don’t realize that their neighbors have gone until hours, days or even weeks have passed. Some may never even notice.
In Spain, however, things are different. In recent years foreclosures have become a very explosive public affair, sometimes drawing the participation and attention of scores or even hundreds of people. When a local resident is threatened with eviction word quickly gets out and groups of neighbors and social activists begin forming and offering their support. By the time police officers arrive there is an almost impenetrable wall of protestors between them and the front door of the property to be foreclosed. [To get an idea of what this looks like, enter ‘desauhicios’ ‘espaa’ in Youtube’s search engine; I can’t add the links here because providing links to images of police officers going about their business is now a chargeable offense in Spain].

This post was published at Wolf Street by Don Quijones ‘ March 15, 2015.

Not everything is ‘predictive programming’

The term ‘predictive programming’ is used to describe film and literature that portray dystopian futures, predict these futures…but are covertly aimed at preparing audiences to accept those futures.
Under that definition, any science fiction novel or film could be casually classified as mind control programming.
There is a deeper point to be made here. Science fiction, among its effects, stimulates the imagination of its readers or viewers.
That is a good thing for people who know they have imaginations. They can take off on their own and conceive of other possibilities. They can view reality from a wider perspective. They can examine present trends and institutions and see how provincial, corrupt, and limiting they actually are.
However, if a person doesn’t really know he has his own imagination…almost everything he takes in from the world contains a component of mind control programming.
That’s the deeper fact.
The solution isn’t trying to stem the tide of futuristic films and novels. The solution is becoming more aware; in particular, it’s becoming more aware that imagination can and does entertain unlimited scenarios.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on March 15, 2015.

Clintons Furious At Obama After Valerie Jarrett Linked To Email Leak

For those who follow the endless soap opera of domestic politics, the biggest story of the weekend, if so far unsubstantiated, is the Post’s report that the person behind Hillary Clinton’s shocking e-mail story leak, is none other than Obama’s personal advisor, Valeire Jarrett. “Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail address during her time as secretary of state.”

Whether this story is real or nor is unknown: to be sure, there is nothing the News Corp-owned media outlet would enjoy more than sowing even more discord within the top echelon of the democrat party just as Hillary is reeling from the scandal, and is on the verge of announcing her candidacy for president. Still, the Post’s Edward Klein does provide some circumstantial evidence pointing that there may be more here than meets the skeptical eye.
In addition, at Jarrett’s behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/15/2015.

Massive Brazil Protests: Hundreds of Thousands Demand President Rousseff Resign

Protesters in 16 Brazilian states and the capital took to the streets of Brazil today demanding the resignation or impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. They are upset over inflation, austerity, and Rousseff’s involvement in the Petrobras scandal.
For background, see my March 5 post Brazil Succeeds Beyond Wildest Dreams in Winning “Currency War”
In every Brazilian state, people have had enough, Hundreds of Thousands March in Brazil to Protest Rousseff.
The largest protest occurred in Sao Paulo, with 240,000 people as of 2:40 p.m. local time, according to its military police. Protests occurred in cites of 16 states and the federal capital, according to O Globo website. Its TV network reported 45,000 protesters in Brasilia, 20,000 in Belo Horizonte, and 20,000 in Belem, citing the military police of those cities. No violence or vandalism were reported.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Biodiversity or GMOs: Will The Future of Nutrition Be in Women’s Hands or Under Corporate Control?

Diverse Women for Diversity, Mahila Anna Swaraj, Initiative for Health, Equity and Society, Navdanya, Moms Across the World
Dr. Vandana Shiva and Dr. Mira Shiva
Institute of Science in Society
Declaration for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015
Women have been the primary growers of food and nutrition throughout history, but today, food is being taken out of our hands and substituted for toxic commodities controlled by global corporations. Monoculture industrial farming has taken the quality, taste and nutrition out of our food. As a result, India is facing a nutritional crisis: every fourth Indian goes hungry, and in 2011 alone, diabetes took the lives of 1 million Indians.
Now, the same companies who created the crisis are promising a miracle solution: GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Genetically engineered Golden Rice and GMO Bananas are being falsely promoted by corporations hiding behind the cloak of academia as a solution to hunger and malnutrition in the Global South. Indigenous biodiverse varieties of food grown by women provide far more nutrition than the commodities produced by industrial agriculture. Golden Rice is 350% less efficient in providing vitamin A than the biodiversity alternatives that women grow. GMO ‘iron-rich’ Bananas have 3 000% less iron than turmeric and 2 000 % less iron than amchur (mango powder). Apart from being nutritionally empty, GMOs are part of an industrial system of agriculture that is destroying the planet, depleting our water sources, increasing greenhouse gases, and driving farmers into debt and suicide through a greater dependence on chemical inputs. Moreover, these corporate-led industrial monocultures are destroying biodiversity, and we are losing access to the food systems that have sustained us for millennia. When we consider the number of patents involved in these initiatives, it becomes all too clear that the only beneficiaries of these supposedly ‘people-led’ ventures are large companies operating for profit, not for people.
On this international women’s day, we call on all women – the world’s primary food-growers and food-givers – to stand together and reclaim our knowledge, our farming, and our food; to expose the lies of the GMO industry, to reject the false promises of Golden Rice and GMO Bananas, and to reclaim the planet for all living beings.

This post was published at FarmWars on Mar 13, 2015.

NATO PEDIGREE: A Bosnian Scenario for Ukraine?

21st Century Wire says…
Considering the geopolitical significance of Washington’s proxy war with Russia in eastern Europe, most analysts have made references to WWII and the ensuing Cold War to provide a frame of reference for describing what is unfolding in the Ukraine and along the EU’s eastern border.
Upon closer observation, it may be more accurate to examine NATO’s 1990-2004 blitzkrieg of the former Yugoslavia along with its later occupation, partitioning and eventual ‘reconstruction’ of the former state as part of with Operation Joint Endeavor, in order describe what is happening and to know what to expect in the Ukraine.
Russian writer and analyst Ivan Proshkin explores this parallel in this comparative analysis…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 15, 2015.

CrossTalk: GOP’s Letter to Iran an Act of Treason?

21st Century Wire says…
Here’s another powerful discussion.
In this episode of CrossTalk, host Peter Lavelle is joined by three guests to discuss the messy foreign policy situation currently facing the U. S. in regards to Iran. How might the letter sent by certain members of the Republican Party escalate an already dangerous situation? There are some strong words exchanged in this one.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 14, 2015.

Moscow mystery: Questions persist about Putin’s whereabouts

Fox News
The more his people seek to assure the public that Vladimir Putin is just fine, the more speculation swirls that something – a love child, terminal illness or some exotic Kremlin intrigue – is up with the Russian president
Rumors about Putin range from speculation he is sick or even dead to whispers he is about to become a father. Normally in the public eye on a daily basis, Putin has not been seen since March 5, and has canceled several engagements. Three photos released by the Kremlin, of a meeting purportedly held on Friday, only added to the mystery. The pictures showed the Russian strongman meeting and shaking hands with the head of the Russian Supreme Court, but western media darkly noted that the date the photos were taken could not be confirmed. Some noted that a calendar normally seen on his desk, and which would have effectively dated the photos, was missing.
‘When the sun comes up in spring, and as soon as spring is in the air, then the fever begins,’ Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters Thursday, according to official news agency Tass.
‘The information on a baby born to Vladimir Putin is false. I am going to ask people who have money to organize a contest on the best media rumor.’- Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman
A Swiss newspaper claimed that Putin was recently in Lugano for the birth of his lovechild with his longtime alleged lover, Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva. But Preskov insisted that Putin is not a recent papa.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on March 14, 2015.