T-TIPPING POINT: Democracy In Britain ‘Catastrophically In Decline’

21st Century Wire says…
The public have been slow to the punch with regards to TTIP and TPP, but they are quickly catching up. As a result, Europe’s super bureaucrat class are rushing to implement this alleged ‘trade deal’ by fiat, and not through any real ‘democratic’ channels.
In short, the highly secretive Bilderberg-sponsored, transatlantic ‘trade deal’ is a very cleverly disguised Trojan horse which actually allows a highly organized cartel of transnational corporate entities to ‘sue’ national governments and their citizens for enacting any policy that they deem to be ‘potentially’ harmful to their profits.
It doesn’t take a scholar to see how this corporate takeover will eventually erode democracy – not only in Great Britain but throughout Europe and North America, and serve to further concentrate corporate power around a very tight, elite choke-point.
The ramifications of this are as yet unimaginable, suffice to say it will be a nightmare if corporate lawyers are allowed to dictate the terms of what is considered ‘legal and lawful’ in a society…
A study by Democratic Audit into the state of democracy in Britain conducted in 2012 that looked at the previous ten years warned that democracy was in ‘long-term terminal decline’ as the power of corporations keeps expanding, politicians become less representative of their constituencies and disillusioned citizens stop voting or even discussing current affairs.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 22, 2015.

Valeant Crashes Back Below $100 As Quebec Regulator Begins Investigation

Just when you thought it was safe to BTFD, Valeant is re-crashing. After bouncing back yesterday afternoon, reportedly thanks to Ackman “buying millions more shares,” news this morning that Quebec’s regulator is watching the Valeant situation “very seriously” and said in a statement that the “allegations are worrisome” and is checking to see if Valeant didn’t run afoul of regulations, has prompted more bloodbathery in the stock, now down over 16%…
*QUEBEC REGULATOR AMF COMMENTS ON VALEANT IN E-MAILED STATEMENT *QUEBEC’S AMF SAYS IT’S WATCHING VALEANT SITUATION VERY CLOSELY *VALEANT ALLEGATIONS ARE ‘WORRISOME’: QUEBEC REGULATOR AMF *AMF CHECKING TO SEE IF VALEANT DIDN’T RUN AFOUL OF REGULATIONS

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2015.

America Waiting to Explode: ‘If Supply Lines Go Down… Millions of FDA-Approved Drug Addicts Go Psycho’

How bad can things get?
Preppers know the scenarios – any major crisis from economic breakdown, to civil unrest and riots, an EMP, natural disaster or plain out martial law can bring things to a halt with shocking quickness. And chaos is nearly always the end result.
But this article examines just how far America has fallen into desperation. The closer that the nation spirals towards disintegration, the worse things seem to get.
Between the extremely vulnerable economic system and looming financial crisis, the decline of American values and morality and the utter dependence of Americans upon centralized supply chains, the feds and corporations for everything, the United States population stands all-too-close to disaster. Sam Gerrans at RT says that America is a bomb waiting to explode:
The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic.
We can see how fragile the U. S. is now by considering just four tendencies.
1. Destruction of farms and reliable food source
2. Weak economic system
3. Americans increasingly on mind-altering drugs
4. Morals in decline

This post was published at shtfplan on October 22nd, 2015.

Viral Video Making ‘Cryptic Threats to Barack Obama’ Plants Hidden Symbols in Viewers Minds

The Internet is now ablaze with analyses of a creepy video that was revealed to have cryptic messages – including ‘images’ encoded in layered audio tracks – some of which allegedly make death threats against President Obama.
It is not known if this bizarre video is an elaborate hoax or represents a genuine threat to the president, but the messages are certainly eerie. The sound track may be even more unsettling, with crunchy, jarring noise tracks, which analysts have found contain hidden elements as well.
Is this destined to become a social media meme, or does it represent a serious challenge to national security?

This post was published at shtfplan on October 21st, 2015.

Sanctuary Cities

So here’s my question.
Immigration laws are federal laws. They are, quite-clearly under the Constitution, under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government.
Constitution Art 1, Sec 8 wrote..
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
Cities have no right to interfere in this matter, correct?
Ok, but they are. So tell me this: Why cannot a state, or a city, refuse to abide a LESSER federal law?

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-10-22.

Hillary Clinton Faces The Music At Benghazi Hearing – Live Feed

In one ofthe most-watched hearings in historuy on Capitol Hill, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces one of the biggest tests of her career – not to mention her presidential campaign – as she testifies before the Select Committee on Benghazi in the House of Representatives. This, of course, is not the first time, but one wonders if she will come out swinging with her “what difference does it make” persona, or be buried in the minutia of her private email server.
Why is there still so much dispute about what happened three years ago? (Via The Wall Street Journal)
The national response to the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, was complicated by secrecy, tragedy and national politics. The presence and role of the Central Intelligence Agency in the area– the U. S. effort there was primarily a CIA operation – was not understood for months.
The confusion in the aftermath of the attacks – What triggered the attack? Why wasn’t more done to rescue the Americans? Why didn’t they have more protection? – led to years of blame and recrimination. Many now agree that security at the consulate was inadequate despite requests from those on the ground, but disagreements persist on who is responsible for that.
Complicating matters, the attack occurred less than two months before a presidential election, so it became caught up in the national political debate. And three months after the attack, Mrs. Clinton fainted and suffered a severe concussion, delaying her Senate hearing on the events.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2015.

Tens of thousands flee Aleppo following latest wave of airstrikes in Syria

Tens of thousands have fled new regime offensives in Syria, according to the U.N., as the total number of casualties from Russian airstrikes so far was reported to have reached 370, many of them civilians.
With the Russian bombing campaign now in its fourth week, Moscow and Washington announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to measures to ensure air safety over Syria, where a U.S.-led coalition is also carrying out strikes.
The exodus was focused south of second city Aleppo, one of five areas where loyalist forces have launched offensives since Russia began its air war on 30 September.
‘Around 35,000 people are reported to have been displaced from … the south-western outskirts of Aleppo city, following government offensives,’ said Vanessa Huguenin, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

This post was published at The Guardian

Best of British Values…Hypocrisy

Britain’s lavish state reception for Chinese President Xi Jinping is a dash-for-cash that shows how desperate the crumbling former empire is for foreign investment.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is laying on the finest trappings of the state to impress his Asian visitor – even as it causes misgivings within British society and tensions in Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with Washington. But Cameron has no choice. Britain is broke and badly needs capital investment.
Even the normally supportive right-wing British media appears to be taken aback by the Conservative government’s hypocritical fawning.
The Daily Express reported how premier David Cameron and his Tory government are ‘rolling out the red carpet to beg for cash’ during the Chinese leader’s first state visit to Britain. Meanwhile, the Financial Times gave prominence to critics accusing Britain of ‘kowtowing’ to China.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Canada to end airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, new prime minister Trudeau says

Canadian Liberal prime minister designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from the U.S.-led mission against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
In his first news conference following the sweeping majority Liberal victory in Canada’s federal election, the visibly fatigued leader said he had spoken with U.S. president Barack Obama in a phone call during which he discussed his intention to pull Canada’s fighter jets out of the anti-Isis campaign.
‘I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada’s role is to play in the fight against Isil, but he understands the commitments I’ve made about ending the combat mission,’ Trudeau said.
He did not set out a timeline for the withdrawal. Canada currently has six CF-18 fighter jets taking part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign. They were due to remain in the region until March 2016.

This post was published at The Guardian

The Fall of the Unipower — Paul Craig Roberts/F. William Engdahl

The distinguished and knowledgeable international commentator William Engdahl, in a superb statement, has expressed the view I gave you that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on September 28 at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations changed the balance of power in the world. Until Putin’s speech the world was intimidated by the Washington Bully. Resistance to Washington brought swift retribution. In the Middle East and Africa it brought economic sanctions and military invasions that destroyed entire countries. In France and other U.S. vassal states it brought multi-billion dollar confiscations of bank net worth as the price of not following Washington’s policies toward other countries.
Other countries felt powerless in the face of the arrogant hegemonic Unipower, which from time to time replied to noncompliance with threats, such as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage delivered to Pakistan, to bomb non-compliant countries ‘back to the stone age.’

This post was published at Sputnik News

US Economy – More Ominous Data Points

Something is Clearly Amiss in Manufacturing As we have pointed out on occasion of last week’s economic data update, we tend to focus on the manufacturing sector for a number of reasons. These are: 1. the manufacturing sector is in fact the largest sector of the economy in terms of gross output; 2. given that the various stages of production of the sector are temporally removed from the consumption stage, it is susceptible to attracting a lot of malinvestment during boom periods (often as a boom progresses, malinvestment will later also flow to the consumer stages as overconsumption surges, but this has only been selectively the case in the current cycle); 3. wealth is generated by savings, investment and production (all of which appear to be in trouble).

This post was published at Acting-Man on October 22, 2015.

“Proxy” War No More: Qatar Threatens Military Intervention In Syria Alongside “Saudi, Turkish Brothers”

Earlier this week, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had the following message for Tehran:
“We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in the affairs of other countries in the region, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. We will make sure that we confront Iran’s actions and shall use all our political, economic and military powers to defend our territory and people.’
In short, Riyadh and its allies in Doha and the UAE are uneasy about the fact that the P5 1 nuclear deal is set to effectively remove Iran from the pariah state list just as Tehran is expanding its regional influence via its Shiite militias in Iraq, the ground operation in Syria, and through the Houthis in Yemen.
Thanks to the fact that Tehran has more of an arm’s length relationship with the Houthis than it does with Hezbollah and its proxy armies in Iraq, the Saudis have been able to effectively counter anti-Hadi forces in Yemen without risking a direct conflict with Iran, but make no mistake, Sana’a is not the prize here. Yemen is a side show. The real fight is for the political future of Syria and for control of Iraq once the US finally packs up and leaves for good. Iran is winning on both of those fronts.
Over the last several weeks, we and others have suggested that one should not simply expect Washington, Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha to go gently into that good night in Syria after years of providing support for the various Sunni extremist groups fighting to destabilize the regime. There’s just too much at stake.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2015.

Beavis and Butt-Head Take Over Silicon Valley

With Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, Mike Judge earned his place in pop culture history. His new HBO comedy Silicon Valleyseems an unlikely follow-up to his earlier successes. The man who made a film called Idiocracy has been specializing in portraying really dumb people, or, at least in the case of propane salesman Hank Hill, really ordinary people. ‘It’s not exactly rocket science’ pretty much sums up the lives of all Judge’s earlier characters.
So why has Judge now turned to computer science as his subject? His new show is set in the glamorous and sophisticated world of high tech, featuring a brilliant programmer who comes up with something called a ‘lossless compression algorithm.’ The answer is that Judge wants to show that computer programmers and software moguls can be pretty dumb, too. The joy of Silicon Valley is watching these would-be high-flyers crash and burn in one self-created disaster after another.
Judge deals with a particular kind of stupidity in Silicon Valley, the stupidity of smart people, that is, people who are smart in one area and therefore foolishly think that they are smart in all areas. The reason his characters keep getting in trouble is that they understand computer science, but they have no clue how to run a business. What makes Silicon Valley stand out among television shows is that it displays a sound grasp of what actually makes a business successful. Judge’s show even dares to suggest that a ‘mere’ businessman might be smarter than a computer whiz kid when it comes to running a software startup.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on OCTOBER 22, 2015.

The Real Trouble Begins When Rising Inequality Splinters the Elites

If others in our class are still rising while we’re stagnating, we sense a great disturbance in the financial and political Force. Rising economic inequality tends to generate political instability for all the obvious reasons: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, the rich say let them eat brioche and next thing you know, the ungrateful wretches are tearing down the Bastille and a youthful army officer has to restore order with a whiff of grapeshot. After which he launches a war of conquest that kills hundreds of thousands and bankrupts nations.
So yes, economic inequality can generate quite a spot of bother. Historian Peter Turchin identified “the degree of solidarity felt between the commons and aristocracy,” the sense of purpose and identity shared by the top, middle and bottom of the wealth/power pyramid, as a key ingredient of social unity and political stability. One measure of this unity of purpose and identity is the degree of inequality between commoners (the lower 90% of American households by wealth/income), the top 10% professional/technocrat class that owns 74% of the wealth and pays almost 80% of the federal income taxes, and the Power Elite aristocracy (the top .1%).

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015.

Clock Kid Ahmed and Fam Suddenly Moving to Qatar

The decision came just 24 hours after Ahmed met with President Obama.
Via The Washington Post:
The 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested for bringing to school a homemade clock that authorities said resembled a bomb will soon be living in Qatar.
‘After careful consideration of all the generous offers received, we would like to announce that we have accepted a kind offer from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) for Ahmed to join the prestigious QF Young Innovators Program, which reflects the organization’s on-going dedication to empowering young people and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity,’ the family said in a news release Tuesday.
Anthony Bond, a close family friend and the founder of the Irving, Texas, chapter of the NAACP said the family made the decision to leave the U. S. within the past 24 hours. They have spent those hours in Washington, where Ahmed has been on a mini-press tour in anticipation of his visit to the White House.
But he was here just long enough, as one WAPO commenter pointed out, for a ‘shameless act of contrived political theatre designed to appeal to the basest of liberal inclinations’.
SOURCE

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 21st, 2015.

The plan for the end of Europe: the new USSR

‘If you controlled the meaning of The Good, and you had unlimited propaganda resources and access to the press, and if you also had control over the Armed Forces and the police, you could build a new society in short order. You could wreck centuries of tradition in a few decades. And if you had the education system in your back pocket, you could wipe out the memory of what formerly existed. No one would remember. No one would care. This is happening now, in Europe. Ignorance is enlightenment.’ (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
One of the basic principles of elite Globalism is: the end of borders, the end of separate nations.
The European Union was built for this purpose, step by step, out of the ashes of World War 2: a super-bureaucracy and political management system for the whole continent.
But that was not enough. There had to be a way to wipe out separate and sovereign nations at ground level, to irrevocably change the landscape.
It is open borders; floods of immigrants; ‘replacement populations’; an influx of people who have no intention of accepting the customs and way of life in their new homes.
The end result? A de facto reconfiguring of national populations, so that, when you look at the makeup of Europe 20 years from now, you will say:
‘Why do we think of Germany or France or England? They don’t really exist. All of Europe is a vast mix of immigrants. Europe is really one country now. So let’s erase all those old artificial borders.’
Eventually, even uttering words like ‘Swedes, Norwegians, Germans, French, Dutch…’ will be considered micro (or macro) aggressions against the ‘people of Europe.’
On a cultural level, names like Locke, Shakespeare, Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Lorca, Goya, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Dante, Galileo, Faraday, and even ‘modern’ names like Bartok, Stravinsky, Rimbaud, Orwell, and Camus will be vague dusty ghosts that provoke uncomprehending stares. ‘The past is dead.’

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on October 21, 2015.

New PM Of Canada Tells Obama Will Withdraw Fighter Jets From Syria And Iraq- Episode 797b

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 21, 2015
Apple says no to backdoor to US Government and FBI. Canada’s new PM says he will start withdrawing troops in Syria and Iraq. Assad visits Russia. Iraq wants Russia’s help in destroying IS. IS and al-nusra are now joining forces to fight the Syrian armed forces. NATO is now preparing for WWIII. The FBI can’t explain why there are less Americans wanting to join IS.

Merkel Seeks to “Europeanise” Border Controls; Emergency EU Meeting Called

Emergency EU Meeting Called
Animosity over millions of migrants entering the EU has finally reached the crisis stage. In an emergency meeting this weekend, called by German chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Leaders to Hammer Out Continental Response to Migrant Crisis.
European leaders will hold an emergency summit this weekend in an attempt to bring order to the tide of migrants crossing the western Balkans.
The hastily arranged meeting in Brussels comes after weeks of tit-for-tat border closures in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, which have led to thousands of migrants being stranded in increasingly difficult conditions in southeastern Europe.
The crisis has triggered a dramatic deterioration of relations between governments in the region, with Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar attacking Croatia’s handling of the situation. Slovenia this weekend called in the army to help cope with the influx, sparking concern among diplomats in Brussels.
At the meeting on Sunday, Ms Merkel is expected to push for increased efforts to ‘Europeanise’ border controls. The chancellor believes that unless the influx is brought to a halt, finding a solution to where refugees will be resettled or relocated will be nearly impossible.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on October 21, 2015.