New Obama Initiative To Ban Guns For Some Social Security Recipients, Veterans,…

This article was written by Brandon Turbeville and originally published at Activist Post
Whenever one thinks the Obama administration’s war on the Second Amendment couldn’t get any more insane, Barack Obama prances onto the stage to prove everyone wrong yet again.
This time, it is not merely a carefully planned and orchestrated jig on the graves of mass shooting victims or pathetic whining about ‘gun crime’ and the amount of time he must give regarding the issue. It is a push to ban a large number of Social Security benefits recipients from owning guns.
That’s correct. When the Obama administration can’t get its way by attacking gun owners head on, it merely turns to extorting the elderly and disabled whom it holds hostage via their need to receive Social Security benefits – benefits I might add, that are owed to them.
Thus, the Obama administration is pushing to prohibit Social Security benefit recipients from owning firearms if they ‘lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs,’ a move which theLos Angeles Times reports would affect millions of people whose disability payments – for one reason or another – are handled by other people.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 20 July 2015.

Obama’s Goals For Middle East Hinge On Putin

‘I will teach you my townspeople how to perform a funeral for you have it over a troop of artists – unless one should scour the world – you have the ground sense necessary,’ Tract, a poem by William Carlos Williams. Even after a few weeks have passed, the unexpected visit of the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince to the St. Petersburg Economic Forum still has a lot of people scratching their heads. The news is full of widespread and contradictory theories, while questions abound.
Why had the Saudis accepted an invitation from a country sanctioned by the U. S., its oldest and strongest ally? Had the Saudis chosen to abandon the U. S.? Were the crafty Saudis playing Russia off against the U. S.?
To confound matters more, why was the desert country proposing a $10 billion investment in Russian agriculture and infrastructure? Rattling everyone’s brain was the Saudi proposal to purchase some 16 nuclear plants to be developed by Russia’s state-owned nuclear monopoly, Rosatom, in a deal that, if concluded, could be worth more than $100 billion. Then there was the matter of the Saudis and Russia announcing the formation of an energy partnership between two of the largest global energy producers.
By the time the Forum ended, confusion reigned supreme.
It is still a bit early for all the pieces to neatly fit together but now, after the dust has settled somewhat, a pattern seems to be emerging that may explain the situation.
Most observers believe the Saudis are angry with the U. S. for a host of reasons, foremost amongst them are the nuclear negotiations with Iran, followed by the U. S. decision to keep arms-length distance from the conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Yet, few Russian analysts subscribe to the theory that the Saudis are going rogue against the U. S.
Others are playing the endless game of trying to figure out what’s going on in the minds of the Saudi King and the Russian President. It just may be that they’re looking into the wrong minds. It’s more than likely that the real puppeteer pulling all the strings is Obama. There appears to be a well-designed strategy emerging, one that has all the ear-marks of Obama’s audacity, with Putin eagerly signing on.
Strategy usually emerges in response to a problem. In this case, the problem is Obama’s growing skepticism over his adviser’s assurances that the Russian economy would soon collapse after the imposition of sanctions, further assisted by drastically falling energy prices.
U. S. Senator Feinstein, a close ally of the Administration and former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has stated publicly that the tough-minded Russians are not likely to give in, adding that the Obama needs to send someone to talk with Putin. Other Obama supporters have made similar recommendations, including most recently, Hillary Clinton, saying that if she were President, shewould keep close contact with Putin.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/20/2015.

New Obama Initiative To Ban Guns For Some Social Security Recipients, Veterans, And Disabled

This article was written by Brandon Turbeville and originally published at Activist Post
Whenever one thinks the Obama administration’s war on the Second Amendment couldn’t get any more insane, Barack Obama prances onto the stage to prove everyone wrong yet again.
This time, it is not merely a carefully planned and orchestrated jig on the graves of mass shooting victims or pathetic whining about ‘gun crime’ and the amount of time he must give regarding the issue. It is a push to ban a large number of Social Security benefits recipients from owning guns.
That’s correct. When the Obama administration can’t get its way by attacking gun owners head on, it merely turns to extorting the elderly and disabled whom it holds hostage via their need to receive Social Security benefits – benefits I might add, that are owed to them.
Thus, the Obama administration is pushing to prohibit Social Security benefit recipients from owning firearms if they ‘lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs,’ a move which the Los Angeles Times reports would affect millions of people whose disability payments – for one reason or another – are handled by other people.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 20 July 2015.

PANICKED GREEKS TRY TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY – THEY’RE JUST FIGURING THIS OUT NOW?

The Independent newspaper (UK) has a revealing article about wealthy Greeks and their current unease about Greece’s near-bankruptcy: ‘The wealthy citizens of Glyfada are worried – and plotting their escape.’
It is actually a sad article, showing quite clearly that many Greeks may have waited too long. They’re nervous about bank closures and capital controls – but as they have not planned well, it may soon be too late for them to escape the consequences of their procrastination.
One reads articles like this with a certain puzzlement. These are intelligent and wealthy people but they seem to have lived in some kind of bubble. The article states it well:
Crisis? What crisis? A Martian on a fact-finding mission landing in the Athens seaside suburb of Glyfada might wonder what all the fuss was about. Its restaurants and Italian-style cafs are full and the gleaming designer shops appeared to be doing a brisk trade yesterday morning.
But then there is this… a dawning knowledge of trouble in paradise: ‘Beneath the surface, Glyfada’s wealthy citizens are worried, and they’re plotting their escape.’

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on JULY 19, 2015.

Terrorist Bomb Blast In Turkish Town Leaves Dozens Dead: Moment Of Explosion Caught On Video

Several hours ago, in yet another deadly bomb attack attributed to ISIS, at least 27 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in a powerful explosion in the town of Suruc in southeastern Turkey, 10 km from the Syrian border and across from the heavily contested town of Kobane in Syria where surprise ISIS attacks killed more than 200 people last month.
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As Xinhua reports, the blast hit the garden of Amara Cultural Center of Suruc district in Sanliurfa province, near the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, according to private NTV news channel.
Deputy of pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) was quoted as saying that a group was making a press statement about the “rebuilding of Kobane town” when the blast occurred at the cultural center.
The cause of the blast was immediately unclear but Suruc District Governor Abdullah Ciftci said it might have been a suicide bomb. Subsequently Reuters reported that an official confirmed that the attack is indeed a terrorist attack.
Cited by RT, the Tukrish Interior Ministry said that “we call on everyone to stand together and remain calm in the face of this terrorist attack which targets the unity of our country. saw more than 20 bodies. I think the number of wounded is more than 50. They are still being put into ambulances,” a witness told Reuters by telephone shortly after the blast.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/20/2015.

Brace Yourself for Obamacare ‘Sticker Shock’

Is Spain the Next Greece? Today, we report on a new front in the Great Zombie War – the U. S. health care sector… and why costs there are set to rise. (More on that below…)
For now, we are sitting in the bar at The Hazelton Hotel. We always thought of Canadians as being a bit more reserved and conservative (socially, not necessarily politically) than their neighbors to the south. Well, not in this hotel!
It is more like Dallas than what we recall from our summers in Nova Scotia. People dressed in the latest gaudy fashions… loud hipster music… trendy decor… women who appear to have had extensive body work done. And on the TV above the hotel bar is a recurring ad from a zombie law firm advertising for personal injury cases!

This post was published at Acting-Man on July 20, 2015.

WAR HERO

I laughed out loud when I saw this clip of Trump talking about McCain. He’s right. McCain was a bad pilot. He had crashed his planes multiple times. He was captured and tortured. He cracked while in captivity. He’s no hero. He’s a corrupt warmongering politician who became wealthy while in office.
I love having Trump in the race. He’s hysterical.

SOURCE


This post was published at The Burning Platform on 19th July 2015.

The New Great Game Round-Up: July 15, 2015

China Reveals Explosive Information to Give Turkey a Warning, India Eyes Central Asia as SCO Expands & More! *The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U. S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.
Turkey’s far-right National Movement Party (MHP) and its paramilitary youth wing, the Grey Wolves, have been leading the protests against “China’s brutality in East Turkestan.” Korean tourists and the Uyghur cook of a Chinese restaurant in Istanbul were the first ones to learn that Turkish ultranationalists don’t flinch from using violence to protest China’s “Ramadan ban” or other Chinese misdeeds. Even after Turkish police had to rescue the Korean tourists, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli tried to play down the recent wave of ultranationalist attacks and defended the attackers by pointing out that Chinese and Koreans both “have slanted eyes.” While MHP-linked groups began openly printing death threats against Chinese, Beijing warned Chinese citizens traveling in Turkey to be on guard and stay away from anti-China protests. Amid rising tensions, Thailand further aggravated the situation by sending 173 Uyghur women and children to Turkey and then returning about 100 Uyghur migrants to China:

This post was published at Boiling Frogs Post on July 16, 2015.

Don’t Believe Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton just delivered her first speech on economic policy. In it, she vowed to raise taxes on the wealthy and to regulate Wall Street more effectively to ‘fix’ economic inequality in the U. S. As the Wall Street Journal reported,
‘…[O]ver the course of this campaign, I will offer plans to rein in excessive risks on Wall Street and ensure thatSTOCK MARKETS work for everyday investors, not just high-frequency traders and those with the best or fastest connections. I will appoint and empower regulators who understand that too big to fail is still too big a problem. We will ensure that no firm is too complex to manage or oversee. And we will also process individuals as well as firms when they commit fraud or other criminal wrongdoing.’
One way to tell if a presidential candidate plans to keep their promises is to research who provides their campaign contributions. Hillary Clinton has a long history in politics that dates back to 1999. Accordingly, there is a treasure trove of campaign finance data that can be unearthed. This important work is carried out by The Center for Responsive Politics.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 17th, 2015.

Watch The Biases Of Those You Read

This is one of the primary reasons that I generally will not approve comments that cite “Zerohedge”:
In that context, we thought it was interesting that the US Army is considering using hollow point ammunition in their new standard issue handguns on the premise that doing so will reduce civilian casualties. Fragmenting ammunition does a lot more damage and thus has more “stopping power” than full metal jacket ammo, so one might reasonably suspect that the Army’s goal in giving every soldier a magazine full of hollow points is simply to increase the kill rate. Not so, says the Army – it’s all about preventing collateral damage. Here’s Army Times with more:
The ignorance here is just simply stunning, and it isn’t for a lack of available information either — it is simple ideology that is driving the tone of this article.
Here are the facts:
Every round fired is yours until it comes to rest. That is, you owned it in the weapon and you still do for as long as it is in motion. This is why one of the primary rules of firearm safety is to know what is beyond your target; among other things you may miss. Hollow-point ammunition is much less likely to penetrate beyond the first thing it strikes. “Ball” or FMJ ammunition is very likely to do so. While in a warwhere anything downrange is considered a legitimate target this might be ok the fact is that in a huge percentage of “modern scenarios”, including Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been a lot of non-combatant civilians in the vicinity of active combat events. Over-penetration is a severe problem in these scenarios just as it is in police work; you do not want to kill un-involved civilians because your round, which does strike the intended bad guy, continues onward and hits someone who is not involved in the hostilities.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on July 18, 2015.

The Night Watchman

Whether True Or A Parody The Night Watchman Has A Valid Story And An Entertaining One
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, ‘Someone may steal from it at night.’ So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, ‘How does the watchman do his job without instruction?’ So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress said, ‘How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?’ So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports. Then Congress said, ‘How are these people going to get paid?’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on July 18, 2015.

Epic Glut of Office Space Crushes Hope in Canadian Oil Patch

The office vacancy rate in downtown Calgary, the epicenter of the Canadian oil bust, could hit the vertigo-inducing level of 17.5% by the end of 2018, a new report by commercial real-estate firm Colliers International warned. It added ominously: ‘Given the current global macro environment, this may even be an optimistic forecast.’
While real estate is supposedly local, it’s not. It has been, like so many things, globalized. Colliers:
The geopolitical turmoil in China, Greece, and Iran must be taken into consideration, as the global instability is already affecting local top-level decisions and investor sentiment.
The biggest problems are cropping up in the sublease sector, according to the Calgary Herald, citing Colliers’ report. Sublease availability began to balloon in late 2014. The oil bust was hitting hard. Canada’s tar-sands operations are particularly at risk since they’re the world’s high-cost producers; they’re sitting ducks in an oversupplied market where an all-out fight over market share has broken out.
‘International energy companies began reallocating capital to other parts of the world,’ according to the report. And local operators, to stay alive a little longer, tried to slash operating expenses and conserve cash where they could. Layoffs and consolidations followed. A lot of people in the oil business are contractors; and their hours were getting cut. And companies began shedding by then useless office space.

This post was published at Wolf Street by Wolf Richter ‘ July 19, 2015.

“The Streets Of Athens Will Fill With Tanks”: Kathimerini Reveals Grexit “Black Book” Shocker

Over the course of six painful months, round after round of fraught negotiations between Greece and its creditors produced all manner of speculation about what a “Grexit” would actually entail.
With no precedent to turn to for guidance, mapping out the implications of an exit from the currency bloc was (and still is) a virtually impossible task, but the collective efforts of the sellside, the mainstream media, political analysts, and economists did manage to produce a veritable smorgasbord of diagrams, decision trees, flowcharts, and schematics, in a futile attempt to map the complex interplay of politics, economics, and financial concerns that would invariably follow if Athens decided to finally break off its ill-fated relationship with Brussels.
And it wasn’t just outside observers drawing up Grexit plans. Despite the fact that EU officials denied the existence of a ‘Plan B’ right up until German FinMin Wolfgang Schaeuble’s ‘swift time-out’ alternative was ‘leaked’ last weekend, no one outside of polite eurocrat circles pretends that a Greek exit wasn’t contemplated all along and indeed Yanis Varoufakis contends that Athens was threatened with capital controls as early as February if it did not acquiesce to creditor demands.
Now, in what is perhaps the most shocking revelation yet about what EU officials really thought may happen in the event Greece crashed out of the EMU and unceremoniously reintroduced the drachma, Kathimerini is out with a description of what the Greek daily calls the “Grexit Black Book,” which purportedly contained the suggestion that civil war would breakout in Greece in the event the country was forced out of the currency bloc.
Here’s more (Google translated):

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/19/2015 –.

Russia Unveils “Terminator T-1″ Inspired Killer Robots

The first time Russia’s armed forces demonstrated the Platform-M combat robot was one year ago in mid-June 2014, when in the course of military drills by the Baltic Fleet near Kaliningrad, the robotic combat platforms, armed with grenade launchers and Kalashnikov rifles saw their first action, executing their military missions alongside their live colleagues.
But what is the Platform-M aside from looking like a very angry, heavily armed version of Wall-E, or a predecessor of the T-1 Series terminator? As explained by RBTH, “the Platform-M is a remote controlled robotic unit on a crawler” one which resembles the protagonist of the 2008 Pixar computer animation WALL-E as well as the original T-1 terminator.
The affinity between Platform-M and the animated character can also be seen in the robot’s prototype, which appeared on the Russian internet in an animated presentation. In the video, the robotic vehicles, which resemble Platform-M (only on wheels instead of tracks), easily destroy a force of enemy militants armed with NATO weaponry.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/19/2015.

Watch: Former U.S. General Calls For Rounding Up and Interning ‘Radicalized’ and ‘Disloyal’ Americans

Thank your lucky stars that the former Supreme Allied Commander For Europe and one-time U. S. Presidential candidate Wesley Clark never made it to the highest office in the land. Because if he had, there is a distinct possibility that he would have used our military to take the so-called domestic war on terror to a level not seen since World War II.
Clark shows his true colors and justifies why Americans should be rounded up and interned if they disagree with government policies. As you watch the following video keep in mind that there are thousands of people just like him, many with dreams of one day becoming powerful politicians and high level government bureaucrats.


This post was published at shtfplan on July 19th, 2015.

Wealthy Germans Forced Pensions of Poor Greeks Down to $94 monthly

EU proves that ‘democracy,’ ‘compassion,’ ‘good will,’ are cant used to cloak Western looting and oppression.
Mr. George Romanias, Greek Secretary General on Social Services, has said today, speaking to the Greek MEGA TV station:
‘ cannot stay in the Ministry. I went to apply some principles. I cannot do the opposite’ Mr Romanias said adding that he will submit his resignation by tomorrow morning. ‘I cannot apply the law they oblige me to introduce. It is not possible to give a monthly pension of 87 Euros to a handicapped person. This is what was put in law’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on July 19, 2015.

Paul Craig Roberts: The True Motive Behind The Iran Nuclear Treaty

All that the agreement with Iran means is that Washington has belatedly realized that the concocted Iranian and Muslim threats are using up time, energy, and resources that Washington needs to apply to Russia and China. – Paul Craig Roberts, LINK
The U. S. has wasted $6 trillion, thousands of U. S. lives and 100,000′s of innocent Muslim civilian lives on George W. Bush’s ‘war on terr-uh.’ Obama rode into the White House on promises to end the insanity and illegal war of the previous administration. Instead, Obama has escalated and intensified every aspect of the United States’ attempt at global hegemony.
Thus, as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts brilliantly lays out, the real reason for Washington’s deal with Iran was to enable the Department of Defense to re-direct resources and taxpayer money toward its attempt to subjugate Russian and China.
This essay by Dr. Roberts sheds brilliant insight on the real reasons behind the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran, not the least of which is an attempt make Iran’s oil freely available to Europe and reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy. He also delineates the true reason for United States’ influence on keeping Greece in the EU.

This post was published at Investment Research Dynamics on July 19, 2015.

Energy depletion in a human being

Energy.
As in: energy depletion.
Without energy, the individual feels trapped. In that state, he seeks to conform, fit in, survive long enough to die of old age.
Body and mind deploy various feedback mechanisms to inform a person about his ‘available supply of energy,’ and when these signals are taken as absolute truth, trouble comes.
‘I can sense my energy is dwindling. So I have to…settle for less, or see a doctor, or give up, or accept that I’m getting older, or change my values, or tune up a victim-story, or join a group, or…’
On and on it goes.
In this twilight zone, the individual is unwilling to consider solutions that could restore his vitality. He’s already opted for a lower level of life.
In particular, he’s unwilling to explore the one aspect of his capability that works like magic:imagination.
That’s out. No dice. Preposterous. Absurd.
After all, imagination is just that spring rain he felt as a child, that unknown space that held all the promise in the world.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on July 19, 2015.

Epic Office Glut Hits Canadian Oil Patch, Crushes Prices

The office vacancy rate in downtown Calgary, the epicenter of the Canadian oil bust, could hit the vertigo-inducing level of 17.5% by the end of 2018, a new report by commercial real-estate firm Colliers International warned. It added ominously: ‘Given the current global macro environment, this may even be an optimistic forecast.’
While real estate is supposedly local, it’s not. It has been, like so many things, globalized. Colliers:
The geopolitical turmoil in China, Greece, and Iran must be taken into consideration, as the global instability is already affecting local top-level decisions and investor sentiment.
The biggest problems are cropping up in the sublease sector, according to the Calgary Herald, citing Colliers’ report. Sublease availability began to balloon in late 2014. The oil bust was hitting hard. Canada’s tar-sands operations are particularly at risk since they’re the world’s high-cost producers; they’re sitting ducks in an oversupplied market where an all-out fight over market share has broken out.
‘International energy companies began reallocating capital to other parts of the world,’ according to the report. And local operators, to stay alive a little longer, tried to slash operating expenses and conserve cash where they could. Layoffs and consolidations followed. A lot of people in the oil business are contractors; and their hours were getting cut. And companies began shedding by then useless office space.
But there have been few takers.

This post was published at Wolf Street by Wolf Richter ‘ July 19, 2015.