European court to rule on legality of air travel surveillance

The European Parliament has voted to refer a proposed agreement between the European Union and Canada concerning transfers from the EU to Canada ofPassenger Name Record (PNR) data about air travelers to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for the court’s opinion on whether the agreement is consistent with EU treaties and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
This action might easily – and correctly – be dismissed as narrow, technical, evasive of legislators’ responsibility to consider the propriety and legality of their own actions (and to reject proposals outright if they think they would violate treaties or fundamental rights), and of no direct relevance to the US.
But this could, nevertheless, prove to be a significant setback to the efforts of the US ‘homeland-security’ and surveillance establishment, and its allies in Europe and Canada, to globalize the PNR-based system of surveillance and control of travelersthat has been put in place in the USA since 9/11.

This post was published at Papers Please on December 2, 2014.

NBA Superstar Charles Barkley Slams Ferguson Rioters: ‘Those Aren’t Real Black People… Those Are Scumbags’

With NFL players and Congressional members now engaging in the ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ movement in a show of support for the Ferguson protests, one particular superstar is taking a different stance.
Retired NBA player Charles Barkley doesn’t side with the protesters. In fact, he is appalled by their behavior following the Ferguson Grand Jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson. In a recent interview he made some comments that more than likely won’t help him make any new friends in the African American protest circuit.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 2nd, 2014.

Ferguson 2.0: Will Grand Jury Indict NYPD Cop for Chokehold Killing?

On July 17, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old NY resident, was confronted by the NYPD for allegedly selling ‘untaxed’ cigarettes.
Garner questioned the thugs officers about why he was being harassed. At least two witnesses filmed the incident, which clearly shows Daniel Pantaleo, one of the NYPD bullies, throw Garner into a chokehold – a move that was banned by the police force in 1993.
After Garner was choked and brought to the ground, he repeatedly said ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’ Yet, officers continued to hold him down.
Garner fell silent and paramedics were called.
While waiting for medical help to arrive, several officers stood over Garner but did not administer CPR.
Details of the incident are disturbing. As we reported on July 18:
Witnesses described what happened:
‘They ran up on him and got rough right away. He wasn’t fighting back,’ said witness Gordon Benson, 33.
‘When he was on the ground, they kept holding him by the neck.’
‘They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,’ Ramsey Orta said. ‘And that’s it, he was done. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.’ He wasn’t OK.’
‘They were choking him. He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe! Get off of me, get off of me!’ and I didn’t hear any more talking after that,’ said witness Valencia Griffin, 50, of Staten Island. ‘He died right there.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 2nd, 2014.

Fed Fischer’s Complete & Bizarre Nonsense: Oil Price Collapse “Making Everybody Better Off”

“I’m not very worried,” explains Fed Vice Chairman Stan Fischer in a very Bernanke-“contained”-like nonchalence about the total collapse of oil prices (and US oil producer stocks). Sharply lower oil prices will boost spending and aid U. S. growth, Fischer stated in a mind-blowingly naive speech for the 2nd-most-important-monetary-policy-maker-in-the-world, adding that lower oil prices were “a phenomenon that’s making everybody better off.”
We don’t understand his ignorance: as Raul Ilargi Meijer noted earlier, Fischer is talking about money that would otherwise also have been spent, only on gas. There is no additional money, so where’s the boost?This is just complete and bizarre nonsense.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/02/2014.

How the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is Selling Residency to Chinese ‘Investors’ at $500k a Pop

A major theme here at Liberty Blitzkrieg over the past year has been the creative ways in which corrupt Chinese oligarchs and government officials are maneuvering their way into the United States. To be clear, I am not anti-immigration by any stretch of the imagination. My mother was an immigrant. This is about being against corrupt and morally compromised individuals being welcomed here with open arms just because they have cash. We have enough domestic criminal oligarchs as it stands. These people have collectively captured the American political and economic system and control it to their own ends. Do we really need to import more of these types from abroad?
Did you know that there exists a federal Immigrant Investor Program that grants ‘EB-5′ immigration visas to foreigners who provide at least $500,000 to U. S. projects that create 10 or more American jobs? I wasn’t familiar with this, but apparently the good folks at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are well aware of it, and are using it to raise $200 million.
Here’s what I’d like to know. Who are these investors and who vets them? It is a known fact that corrupt Chinese officials and businessmen are scrambling to get themselves and their money out of their homeland as the government cracks down on corruption. How many of them are going to use this program to get into the U. S., and what will be the long-term impact to our society? Important questions that must be asked, but most likely aren’t being taken seriously.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 2, 2014.

Close Encounter Between NATO F-16 And Russian MiG-31 Caught On Tape

Once upon a time, the only place where a western fighter jet could come within meters of a Russian MiG was on Top Gun.
However, according to a video released earlier today by the Norwegian Armed Forces, that is no longer the case.
In the clip, a Russian MiG-31 “suddenly cut in front of one of two Norwegian aircraft sent up by NATO to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace north off Norway. ‘What the hell,’ says the Norwegian F-16 pilot in the video, as he dodges the MiG-31 passing him at a distance estimated to be closer than 20 meters (65 feet).”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/02/2014.

We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook – Full Video in Higher Quality

The following video was published by IndependentMediaSolidarity on Dec 1, 2014
Independent Media Solidarity is a loose knit group of independent journalists that have come together to tackle the issue of Sandy Hook. We are normal people with normal lives, who have families, children, and jobs. Although many of us haven’t physically met each other, we are united. All we seek are answers to the many inconsistencies. But most importantly, we just want the truth made available to all who might seek it.
Over the past 2 years, efforts to explain and expose the Sandy Hook event may seem to have slowed down. We never slowed down.

From Ferguson to Your Doctor’s Office to Your Child’s Classroom, the Communists Have Taken Over America

Michael Snyder wrote an excellent piece, yesterday, regarding the infiltration of communism into the controversial groups which are agitating the racial violence in Ferguson. Communism has been knocking on doors of America for a very long time and Common Core is one of the instruments of the encroachment Communism into America and now it stands along side of Obamacare as the biggest threat to American civil liberties. This article focuses on the immoral and communist takeover of public schools. Most of you will surprised how far this is advancing in the name of progressivism.
Why do so many parents loathe Common Core? Make no mistake about it, the popularity regarding Common Core among a growing number parents is sinking faster than a submarine with screen doors. In fact, the more Americans know about Common Core, the less they like the standards. In fact, just 33% support the standards while 59% oppose Common Core according to the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
What Common Core Principles Are Parents Objecting To? It is impossible to answer this question definitively within the context of this article. However,
In 1999, an estimated 850,000 students nationwide were being home-schooled. By 2011-12, that number had more than doubled to 1.77 million. According to the U. S. Department of Education, 91% of parents who home-schooled their children during the 2011-12 school year cited concerns about the school environment including Common Core, safety, drugs and peer pressure and freedom of religious instruction.
We live in a time where education is under siege from every angle and a growing number are choosing to pull their children out of school to seek alternative ways to educate them.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on December 2, 2014.

Gladio B and the Battle for Eurasia

The following video was published by corbettreport on Dec 2, 2014
‘Operation Gladio B’–the continuation of the old NATO Gladio program–covers a tangled web of covert operatives, billionaire Imams, drug running, prison breaks and terror strikes. Its goal: the destabilization of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In this presentation to Studium Generale in Groningen on November 19, 2014, James Corbett lifts the lid on this operation, its covert operatives, and the secret battle for the Eurasian heartland.

Russian Ruble Crashes To New Record Lows – Intervention Imminent?

Despite yesterday’s big bounce back in the price of oil, this morning’s weakness across the crude complex has rekindled selling pressure on the Russian Ruble as it crashes back to yesterday’s record lows against the USD.

At around 54 Ruble to the USD, yesterday saw ‘alleged’ intervention by the Russian Central Bank with a dramatic reversal back to around 50 intraday… it appears the market wants to test the Central Bank’s free-float commitment once again.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/02/2014.

Wife, Daughter Of ISIS Leader Captured

In a surprise development involving the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, earlier today security officials announced that the Lebanese army had captured the wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago. According to Reuters, the woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi, by a Lebanese security official and a senior political source. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported she had been detained in coordination with “foreign intelligence.”
The official spin is clear: in Reuters’ words, “the arrest is a blow to Baghdadi and could be used as a bargaining chip against his group, which has captured many foreign, Iraqi and Syrian prisoners and declared a caliphate in territory it has seized in Syria and Iraq.” Unless, of course, it isn’t, and it merely sets off the ISIS leader even more.
A senior Lebanese security official said Baghdadi’s wife had been traveling with one of their daughters, contradicting earlier reports that it was his son. DNA tests were conducted to verify it was Baghdadi’s child, the official said. They were detained in northern Lebanon. Investigators were questioning her at the Lebanese defense ministry. There was no immediate reaction from Islamic State websites.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/02/2014.

New Immunity Provisions Cast Doubt on Greece’s Efforts to Fight Corruption

The omnibus bill, more than 100 pages long and titled “Measures of Support and Growth for the Greek Economy,” won passage here in the middle of the night in March, as Parliament raced to meet a deadline set by Greece’s creditors.
Only afterward did a legislator from the governing New Democracy party notice an unsettling provision. Buried on page 78 was language that essentially gave retroactive immunity to thousands of workers in state-funded organizations that could shield them from future corruption prosecutions.
That change is among a flurry of new immunity provisions, often slipped into complex or unrelated bills this year, that have triggered outrage among law enforcement officials and critics of the government, who fear that long-awaited efforts to clamp down on corruption are being stymied.
“We cannot estimate how many individuals have been saved from criminal investigations and the money it involves,” said Kostas Tzavaras, the New Democracy lawmaker who discovered the change in the penal code while flipping through the new legislation one evening in his study. “It’s billions.”

This post was published at NY Times

Putin: Russia Cannot Continue South Stream Construction in Current Situation

Russia is unable to continue the South Stream gas pipeline project implementation in current conditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
“Taking into account the European Commission’s position, which is not contributing to the realization of this project, taking into account the fact that we have only recently received permission from the respective organizations in the Netherlands… Taking into account the fact that we still have not received Bulgaria’s permission, we think that Russia is unable to continue realization of this project in such conditions,” Putin said at a press conference following talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We cannot start the construction in the sea until we have Bulgaria’s permission to begin construction in the sea. It would be absurd to reach the Bulgarian coast and to stop then,” Russian leader added.
Due to the European Commission's non-constructive approach, Russia will redirect gas deliveries to other regions, Putin said.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Kiev Forces, Luhansk Militia Agree to Ceasefire: OSCE

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian armed forces and the representatives of the Luhansk People’s Republic have agreed a total ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Ukraine’s military and representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic have agreed to a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) said Monday.
“All agreed in principle to a total ceasefire along the entire line of contact between Ukrainian Armed Forces and those under control of the “LPR”, to be effective from 5 December… They also agreed that the withdrawal of heavy weapons would start on 6 December,” said the report published Monday.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Tiny Houses May Signal a Big Change

The flowering of the tiny house movement is due in large part to the most recent boom-bust cycle, which left many homeowners wondering if mountain-sized homes are worth equally sized debt or a risky gamble on future housing prices. For some, this meant moving into a house that could be smaller than their previous house’s bathroom.
Although definitions vary for what ‘tiny’ means – from the hardcore enthusiasts to the more inclusive tiny-housers – most agree that any residence smaller than 1,000 square feet fits the bill (but most are less than 500 square feet). And speaking of the bill, such dwellings can range anywhere from $10k to $50k, depending on the size and amenities, and they can enjoy total monthly utilities in the double digits.
Thoreau would be proud, too, as many of the tiny-housers build on their own and/or go ‘off the grid’ (the r/homestead and r/tinyhouses subreddits have notable membership overlap, for example). They eschew public provision of various utilities by collecting rainwater, using solar panels, and installing composting toilets. Another way the tiny-housers thumb their nose at the government is by building on trailers to skirt building codes that dictate minimum square footage or other regulations. Randy England, in an August 2014 Mises Daily article, noted how such laws hurt the poor, who would benefit greatly by accessible cheap housing.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on DECEMBER 2, 2014.

Why Oil Is Finally Declining, Which May Lead to Disaster

The price of oil has finally started to obey the law. What law is that? The Law of Supply and Demand. Thanks to the US fracking boom that has done this (see chart) to US production, the supply of oil worldwide has outstripped demand since 2012. So why haven’t prices fallen before this summer? And are falling oil prices now a good thing? Or not?

While US production was exploding, other countries had level or declining production. Meanwhile consumption was falling in developed nations, but the developing world more than made up for that. Worldwide consumption has been steadily increasing since 2009. However, because of the US fracking boom, with the exception of 2011 supply has exceeded demand. Prices should have been declining since 2012, right?

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on December 1, 2014.

Putin Kills “South Stream” Pipeline, Will Build New Massive Pipeline To Turkey Instead

In retrospect, it should have been obvious in August.
Back then we wrote that the EU’s poorest member nation, Bulgaria, had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, whose construction has stoked tensions between the West and Moscow as it enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia’s hands). In early June, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski ordered an initial halt (after Europe offered the nation’s suddenly collapsing banking system a lifeline). Subsequently, Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project as it does not meet the requirements of the European Commission.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/01/2014.

FBI Warns Of Islamic State Targeting Military Via Social Media – Episode 530

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 1, 2014
Germany, France and Italy contract and a recession is looming. Black Friday retail sales plummet. China and South Korea launch won-yuan market to bypass the dollar. Obama meeting with Ferguson will provide more funding and weapons to the police. Ukraine military is now restricting journalist to the front, get ready for an offensive. Egypt and Kuwait are joining forces to help the puppet governments in Libya and Yemen. US and Turkey pushing for a no fly zone. FBI reports that the Islamic State is getting ready for a major attack in the US. Other reports show al-Qaeda getting ready to use Khorasan’s plans to use airplanes and attack US and Europe. Be prepared for a false flag event.

Oops – Obama Admits US Tortured People

Well, President Barack Obama shocked everyone on Capitol Hill when he admitted that the CIA had indeed tortured enemies during our time in Afghanistan and Iraq. The official position is not to admit to ‘torture’ and Obama simply forgot he was not supposed to use the T-WORD. That will allow others to now sue the US government. Oops – sorry about that. It was just a slip of the tongue.
Obama was referring to a report in which it was carefully crafted to not use the T-WORD -TORTURE. This will now shift the issue from spying on Americans to – gee, they tortured people? Come on. Torture is routine. Water-boarding is torture. You do not have to whip someone to ‘coerce’ them into spilling the beans. Why torture does not work is rather simple. The person will say anything to stop the process. How do you distinguish between a lie and the truth under torture?

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 1, 2014.

Falling Oil Prices Could Cripple ‘Vulnerable’ Russia, Trigger World War III

The Cold War 2.0 is going hot, and while it may someday be fought with planes, tanks, guns and bombs, the first front is being fought with oil and shale gas.
The U. S. and European sanctions against Russia will become more severe and crippling in the face of drastically falling oil prices – prices which are falling drastically because of the unprecedented boom of shale gas fracking both domestically in the U. S. and abroad in Ukraine and other locales. The oil & gas giants like Chevron and Exxon Mobil have created revolutionary conditions with now direct consequences on U. S. foreign policy and global war for dominance. Via Bloomberg:
Oil’s decline is proving to be the worst since the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and threatening to have the same global impact of falling prices three decades ago that led to the Mexican debt crisis and the end of the Soviet Union.
Russia, the world’s largest producer, can no longer rely on the same oil revenues to rescue an economy suffering from European and U. S. sanctions. Iran, also reeling from similar sanctions, will need to reduce subsidies that have partly insulated its growing population. Nigeria, fighting an Islamic insurgency, and Venezuela, crippled by failing political and economic policies, also rank among the biggest losers from the decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries last week to let the force of the market determine what some experts say will be the first free-fall in decades.
‘This is a big shock in Caracas, it’s a shock in Tehran, it’s a shock in Abuja,’ said Daniel Yergin…
The destabilization in Ukraine and numerous spots in the Middle East – including the ISIS-threatened Iraq and Syria – have been mere preludes to what is coming.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 1st, 2014.