Central Bankers Are Now Positioned To Loot Pensions and Bail-In The Banks – Episode 540

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 12, 2014
Greeks might be heading down the same path as Cyprus, bank bail-ins. Baltic dry index falls once again. Central banks are now ready to loot the American people and the rest of the private western bank countries. Report shows congress knew about the torture and was briefed regularly. Spain blocks news and creates new law restricting protests. NATO putting approximately 12,000 advisers in Afghanistan. US passed bill to supply Ukraine with deadly weapons. DHS reports millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm.

Bob Murphy: The Case for Private Defense

The following video was published by mises media on Dec 12, 2014
Recent events surrounding Ferguson, Missouri and the choking death of Eric Garner have brought police misconduct to the forefront.
Libertarians rightfully point out that police (unlike private actors) are largely immune from criminal prosecution, civil liability, or even losing their jobs. And because police forces obviously are not subject to market discipline, the incentives are all wrong: the worse crime gets, the more their budgets grow.
But the mainstream media fail to understand that police are merely the visible business end of the state: it’s the state itself that’s out of control, and abusive police are but one symptom of this larger problem.
Since neither Left nor Right have a serious answer to police malfeasance, we asked the inimitable Bob Murphy to join us and make sense of how private defense agencies might work in an anarcho-capitalist society.
What do Rothbard and Hoppe have to say about this? How would an insurance model compare to the state’s growth model? And how do we overcome common objections by those who insist that government must have a monopoly over the use of force?

12 Disasters That Could Bring About The End Of The World As We Know It

Our way of life is far more vulnerable than most people would ever dare to imagine. A single major catastrophe could fundamentally alter all of our lives at any moment. But since most people have not experienced such a catastrophe during their entire lifetimes, most people just assume that there will never be one. This is called ‘normalcy bias’ and it can lull us into a very false sense of complacency. The other day, Michael Hanlon of the Telegraph wrote an article entitled ‘How will the world end? From ‘demonic’ AI to nuclear war – seven scenarios that could end human race’. Below, I discuss each of those seven scenarios along with five additional ones that I have added. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and as a society we have become exceedingly dependent on the technology that we have surrounded ourselves with. If something were to happen which would force us to live like our grandparents and great-grandparents did, most of us would be in a tremendous amount of trouble. And as our technology has advanced, so has the potential that this technology will be used for war and destruction. There is great evil in the heart of man, and the potential to hurt others with that evil has never been greater. And of course there are always other ‘black swan events’ to be concerned about as well. The following are 12 disasters that could bring about the end of the world as we know it…
1. ASTEROID STRIKE
A single asteroid could potentially produce an ‘ELE’ – an extinction level event. And scientists are finding more asteroids that are potentially a danger to Earth all the time. For example, just the other day Russian researchers discovered a massive asteroid that will fly close to our planet every three years…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on December 10th, 2014.

Civil Unrest is Rising Everywhere & Government Digs in its Heels

I have warned that governments always turn against the people. Illinois just made it a felony to film police abuse in the USA. The Spanish government has followed the same course. Despite protests from political, judicial and population, the politicians who are becoming ruthless elite dictators rather than democratic representatives of the people, passed a law which provides extensive fines for protesters who dare to film the abuse of police. They have the audacity to claim filming police is an ‘offense against public safety’ with fines of up to 600,000 euros. It is the police who protect government – not the people. So let’s get this straight. ‘public safety’ has become a code word for ‘government safety’ that no longer gives two shits about the people.
Switzerland enacted laws requiring registration of all guns in the country for the first time when. Why? There have not been any incidents of ‘public safety’. They too realize that the people are starting to wake up against the abuse of government everywhere. The people have caused this. As a whole, people watch sports, buy clothes, and go to dinner. Generally at best half even bother to vote. That has sent the signal to government elites the people do not care so corruption has run wild. But now with taxes rising, unemployment rising, pensions vanishing into thin air, and living standards declining, people want real change no words.
Even in the USA, the Republicans wrongly believe their ideas are what the people want. They too raise taxes. This funding bill allowing the banks to repeal Dodd Frank is an example of the corruption behind the scenes. They votes for Republicans because who is ever in power is being tossed out. Come 2016, it will be the Republican’s turn as we see a rise in third-party activity. This repeal of Dodd Frank is a John Andrew Boehner special that goes against the conservative T-Party Republicans.
Politicians will be politicians. What is left to say?

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 12, 2014.

Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

Former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale was found dead in Colorado on Wednesday, the network reports.
Di-Natale most recently worked as a freelancer for Fox News West Coast bureau in Los Angeles. His last day with the network was November 30.
The exact cause of his death has not been released, but Fox News reports that the 43-year-old took his own life:
The coroner in Jefferson County, Colo., where Di-Natale owned property, said the veteran journalist took his own life. Officials discovered Di-Natale’s body Wednesday after being alerted by a friend who knew of his state of mind regarding serious undisclosed health issues.
Di-Natale began working for Fox News in 2007, and covered international news for the network:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 12th, 2014.

Inside the CIA torture program: mock drowning, medical rape, Russian Roulette

Police State USA has reviewed the recent unclassified report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, titled ‘Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program’ (Download the PDF here). The Committee, which spent six years probing the CIA’s practices, characterized the interrogation procedures used since 2001 as ‘gruesome’ and revealed details regarding mock drownings, medical rapes, slamming heads against walls, forcing prisoners to stand on broken bones, placing living prisoners in coffins, threatening murder and rape of detainees’ family members, and sadistic games of Russian Roulette.
This article will enumerate the CIA’s tactics as they were revealed in the Senate report.
MOCK DROWNING
The centerpiece of the CIA’s torture program is a mock drowning procedure, in which the detainee is strapped to a table, often with his head lower than his feet, and made to endure water pouring down his throat while a hood covers his face. Even the most resilient individuals can only tolerate a few seconds of this treatment, called ‘waterboarding.’

This post was published at Police State USA on December 10, 2014.

H.R. 4681 Passes Congress – Justin Amash Calls It: ‘One of the Most Egregious Sections of Law I’ve Encountered During My Time as a Representative’

Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means – to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal – would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.
– Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice, in 1928
While most Americans are busy Christmas shopping and making preparations for trips to see family, Congress remains hard at work doing what it does best. Giving gifts to Wall Street and trampling on citizens’ civil liberties.
I knew the plebs were about to be royally screwed a week ago when I published the post: Wall Street Moves to Put Taxpayers on the Hook for Derivatives Trades. The piece concluded with the following:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 12, 201.

Intelligence bill bolsters warrantless spying on U.S. citizens

WASHINGTON, D. C. — With virtually no warning or debate, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 (H. R. 4681) was rushed to the House floor and passed, containing a dangerous section which, for the first time, statutorily authorizes spying on U. S. citizens without legal process.
Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) made a hastened effort to draw attention to the disturbing bill, only hours before the vote was scheduled. If not for Amash’s efforts, the bill would have passed on a ‘voice vote’ – meaning no record would be kept of which Congressmen supported it. Rep. Amash explained in a press release on social media:
‘When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote – with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared ‘passed’ with almost nobody in the room) – I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.’ – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
Section 309 contains the language which civil libertarians found disturbing. Rep. Amash rushed out a’Dear Colleague’ letter to every member of congress, urging each to vote ‘NO’ on H. R. 4681.

This post was published at Police State USA on December 11, 2014.

Justice Department Has Announced there will be no Prosecutions for Torture

The Justice Department has already ruled out any criminal prosecution for torture. This is another example of the conflict of interest when government is the EXCLUSIVEprosecutor. This is why we need the office of a Roman Tribune. That was a person independent from the politicians who could criminally bring charges against anyone. The US government uses the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it exempts itself from any such prosecution. The court’s jurisdiction does not extend to the United States. The ICC should announce who it would indict and publicly state that the US government refuses to submit to international law. Without criminal prosecutions of the people who made those decisions to tirture people, the USA will lose all its credibility internationally of what does remain.
Armstrong Economics

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on December 12, 2014.

Islamic State Wants to Sell James Foley’s Headless Body for $1,000,000

Although many people still don’t believe that the beheading of Western hostages by the Islamic State actually occurred, the suggestion that they would be willing to hand over a headless body in return for $1,000,000 is repugnant.
A senior official in the Free Syrian Army has stated that ISIS wants to sell the body to Foleys family or to the American government, and that they are willing to provide DNA to prove that the body is indeed Foleys. Speaking to Buzzfeed the man said:
‘They ask for $1 million, and they will send DNA to Turkey, but they want the money first,’ said the former rebel to the website. ‘They will not give the DNA without the money.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 12th, 2014.

‘Verschrfte Vernehmung’ (Yes, that’s Nazi for ‘enhanced interrogation’)

21st Century Wire says…

After listening to CIA director John Brennan’s long-winded attempt atcommunity relations today, only three words come to mind…
Ya vol Commandant!
And then maybe these two words, ‘Verschrfte Vernehmung’. As it happens, those two German words are straight out of the Gestapo’s own manual on torture. Translated from German to English, it means, ‘enhanced interrogation’ – you get that fancy term we keep hearing about this week, you know, that thing that’s ‘keeping America safe’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 12, 2014 BY.

China Enters Fight Against ISIS

To protect its oil interests in Iraq, it eventually had to come to this: China Offers to Help Iraq Defeat Isis.
China has offered to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists with support for air strikes, according to Ibrahim Jafari, Iraq’s foreign minister.
Wang Yi, Mr Jafari’s Chinese counterpart, made the offer to help defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, when the two men met in New York at September’s UN antiterrorism meeting, Mr Jafari said.
Any Chinese assistance would be outside the US-led coalition. ‘[Mr Wang] said, our policy does not allow us to get involved in the international coalition,’ Mr Jafari told the Financial Times in Tehran, where he was attending an anti-extremism conference earlier this week.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Don’t Show The S&P This Chart

WASHINGTON, D. C. — With virtually no warning or debate, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 (H. R. 4681) was rushed to the House floor and passed, containing a dangerous section which, for the first time, statutorily authorizes spying on U. S. citizens without legal process.
Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) made a hastened effort to draw attention to the disturbing bill, only hours before the vote was scheduled. If not for Amash’s efforts, the bill would have passed on a ‘voice vote’ – meaning no record would be kept of which Congressmen supported it. Rep. Amash explained in a press release on social media:
‘When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote – with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared ‘passed’ with almost nobody in the room) – I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.’ – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

This post was published at Police State USA on December 11, 2014.

Proudly introducing the newest superhero in town: the Bureaucrat Man

December 12, 2014 Santiago, Chile
In the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire it was a familiar site to see a muhtesib or ‘market inspector’ making his way through the stalls.
They were in charge of making sure that everything in the marketplace adhered to state regulations.
Accompanied by some members of the police force, every day they went around, carefully inspecting the activities of each seller to ensure that they were complying with the rules.
If they weren’t in compliance, the muhtesib would set his police thugs on them.
From regulation on the production and distribution of goods, to building codes, and price controls, these average people had their every action controlled by the government.
It didn’t take long for the Ottoman Empire to lose its competitive edge under the weight of these massive bureaucratic burdens.
This has happened to dozens of formerly dominant empires throughout history. And it’s happening in the Land of the Free today.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on December 12, 2014.

Google News Closes in Spain; News Vacuum

In the wake of an inane new law in Spain that requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications, whether they want to or not, Google did the only sensible thing: Google Shut Down Spanish News Operations.
After 9/11, one of our engineers, Krishna Bharat, realized that results for the query ‘World Trade Center’ returned nothing about the terrorist attacks. And it was also hard to compare the news from different sources or countries because every web site was a silo. That’s how Google News was born and today the service is available in more than 70 international editions, covering 35 languages.
It’s a service that hundreds of millions of users love and trust, including many here in Spain. It’s free to use and includes everything from the world’s biggest newspapers to small, local publications and bloggers. Publishers can choose whether or not they want their articles to appear in Google News — and the vast majority choose to be included for very good reason. Google News creates real value for these publications by driving people to their websites, which in turn helps generate advertising revenues.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Greenpeace sorry for Nazca lines stunt in Peru

Greenpeace has apologised for any "moral offence" it has caused, after a publicity stunt on the ancient Nazca lines in Peru.
Activists from the organisation placed a banner next to a figure of a hummingbird, carved more than 1,500 years ago.
The Peruvian government said it would prosecute the activists who took part.
The ancient depictions of animals, including a monkey and a hummingbird that are etched into the arid plain of Southern Peru are a vital part of the county's heritage.

This post was published at BBC

Marin Katusa: Russia’s Unfazed by Falling Oil Prices

Oil is not quite as powerful a weapon against modern-day Russia as one might think.
By arguing that the slump in oil prices will finish off Russia just like it did the Soviet Union, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the Daily Telegraph, is forgetting how far Russia has come since those dark days.
It is true that the USSR couldn’t cope with falling oil revenues and that Saudi Arabia is credited with helping to break up the former empire by dramatically increasing oil production from 2 million to 10 million barrels per day in 1985.
And sanctions could make it harder for Russian firms to access Western know-how, and ultimately affect Russia’s oil output.

This post was published at Casey Research

The Rights Of The People Are Violated While The Police State Rises – Episode 539

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 11, 2014
Italy output continually falls, hope of recovery fading. Bank of Canada says homes overvalued. US loan demand for new homes drops 22 percent in November. Obama says cheap oil improving economy. Retails sales driven by auto sales not holiday season purchases. Radio Shack collapsing during the holiday season. Children living in poverty rising in US. Yuan has could be a reserve currency come 2015. US government removing the peoples rights and now making a move to federalize the local police. Congress just passed legislation to spy on every American. Pentagon thinking of place nukes in Europe. US using propaganda to say Assad is now working with the Islamic State.