Congressman Urges Protection for Power Grid: EMP Attack ‘Could Bring Our Civilization to a Cold, Dark Halt’

When it comes to an EMP attack, the question remains ‘when’ not ‘if’ the SHTF. Few other scenarios hold as much potential for disaster and disruption to the lives of everyone in society. At a moment’s notice, 300 million Americans could be made instantly desperate – and even likely to die in the aftermath. A single event could easily be enough to take down the power grid and render inoperable all the computers and electronic tools that individuals, businesses, banks and governments all rely upon.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks recently reintroduced a bill intended to provide better security for critical infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the threat posed to the power grid by an EMP – which Rep. Franks points out could occur either naturally from a solar flare or by way of a targeted man-made weapon.
In reintroducing the bill this week, Franks said, ‘The Department of Homeland Security has the specific responsibility to secure the key resources and critical infrastructure in the United States, to include power production, generation and distribution systems. Yet thirteen years after this job description was enacted, our nation’s most critical infrastructure – and the systems that more than 300 Million Americans depend upon every day for basic activities – are still vulnerable to large scale blackouts.
‘Anyone who understands how critical our power grid has become in modern America to feeding our families or keeping our children warm will understand why this act is so crucially important. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act will enhance DHS threat assessments for geomagnetic disturbances and electromagnetic pulse blackouts which will enable practical steps to protect the vital electric grid that serves America….’

This post was published at shtfplan on March 3rd, 2015.

Nemtsov Murder Fuels Suspicion, Fails to Spur Russia Sell Off

While the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov sparked international outrage, it won’t dissuade investors after the country’s assets rose the most worldwide last month, according to Prosperity Capital Management Ltd. and Landesbank Berlin Investment GmbH.
“Political markets have short legs, so I do not change my positioning in Russian assets,” Lutz Roehmeyer, who oversees $1.1 billion of assets as a money manager at Landesbank Berlin, said by e-mail Sunday. Investors “accepted that Russian democracy is not at western standards and the security situation or judicial system is far from perfect,” he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the killing on Friday of Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said he was a “bridge” between the two countries. Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said the president would take the investigation under his “personal control” and believed the killing to be a provocation.

This post was published at bloomberg

Kerry meets with Russia’s Lavrov over Ukraine crisis

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held tense talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva Monday to end fighting in Ukraine, where the U.N. says more than 6,000 have died in less than a year.
The meeting with Sergei Lavrov in an upscale Geneva hotel came less than a week after Kerry accused Moscow of lying to his face about its involvement in the conflict, which has triggered the worst post-Cold War crisis between the U.S. and its allies, and Russia.
Both were due to brief media on the substance of the meeting later in the day.
High-stakes talks between Kiev and Moscow were also set to get under way in Brussels to resolve a bitter gas dispute, which threatens deliveries to Europe, after Russia began direct supplies to parts of separatist-held eastern Ukraine.

This post was published at France24

How Billionaires in London Use Secret Luxury Homes to Hide Assets

On London’s Billionaires Row in Hampstead, the seven-bedroom Carlton House with its 50-foot ballroom, underground swimming pool and 10-person Turkish bath is for sale for 14 million pounds ($21.5 million).
It’s being sold to repay BTA Bank after British courts seized assets from the Kazakh lender’s one-time chairman, billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov. The lender accused him of embezzling about $6 billion from the bank, claims he says are false and politically motivated.
It took the U.K. High Court to establish that the home, with its marble bathrooms, crystal chandeliers and cherry-wood elevator, belongs to the 51-year-old, because the property was bought through a network of offshore companies that hid his identity. He argued it was his brother-in-law’s and he just rented it after his family moved to England in 2009.

This post was published at bloomberg

US Gov Can’t Stop Illicit Trade In Oil In Libya, Ready To Mount An Offensive – Episode 605

The following video was published by X22Report on Mar 2, 2015
US manufacturing slows and construction spending declines as the real estate industry starts to collapse. People are taken advantage of the lower gas prices, spending less and saving more. The auto sub-prime market is starting to burst. Russia could ease up on the food ban for Greece and Hungary. The FCC ruling will censor sites on the internet. Poland, US sending troops to Ukraine. US Government/Central Bankers can not stop the sale of oil not using the US dollar so get ready for a major offensive.

Hillary Clinton’s Latest Scandal: Former SecState Exclusively Used Undocumented, Personal Email Account

While the Hillary Clinton campaign seems unperturbed by recent problematic disclosures by Politico into the Hillary Clinton Foundation, the former first lady and current democrat presidential hopeful will have a field day explaining why, as the NYT reported overnight, Hillary – in her role as Secretary of State – “exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business” according to State Department officials in violation of “federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.”
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
Why is this a deeply troubling breach of protocol, not to say a substantial threat to national security by America’s former top diplomat? For starter, using Hotmail or Aol instead of a protected, encrypted government address leaves little to the hacker’s imagination. But what’s worse is that as a result of exclusive reliance on non-government platforms, which have no document retention policy and in fact have a “straight to trash” policy, any and all emails regarding the Benghazi scandal, many of which were FOIAed, could have been and were simply deleted without ever leaving a trace. Or as NSA Nate summarized:
#FOIA pic.twitter.com/jXycJI5QAd
— NSA Nate (@NSANate) March 3, 2015

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

Are ISIS Threats Against Twitter Bait for the Police State?

21st Century Wire says…
Now, after all the social media platform has done for its cause, it seems that ISIS has turned Twitter.
Someone claiming to be from the terrorist cult of ISIS, posted an online threat yesterday, apparently directed towards Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that, ‘your [Twitter’s] virtual war on the Internet will cause a real war on you.’ This virtual threat is understood to be in retaliation to Twitter’s clamping down on thousands of ISIS accounts being used to spread terrorist propaganda.
Posted in Arabic under the headlines, ‘Foundation for the conquest of Jerusalem for the Islamic State,’ and ‘Twitter a target for the caliphate’, the incident has spurred on US media to speculate about ‘security concerns’ and that these threats should be taken seriously ‘in the wake of Charlie Hebdo’. It’s still not proven by authorities whether or not this latest threat is anything more than twisted trolling by one of many millions of mentally unstable individuals who regularly troll online.
Below, writer Shephard Ambellas raises some very interesting and poignant points regarding not only the nature and original purpose of social media platforms, but also how this latest ‘ISIS Crisis’ may be used to institute new algorithm controls of digital platforms like Twitter, which will curtail the free speech and genuine expressions of liberty.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 2, 2015.

Despite Russian Warnings, US Will Deploy A Battalion To Ukraine By The End Of The Week

“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion… to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place,” stated US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Monday. Despite earlier warnings from Russia (and claims that NATO had not agreed to any such foreign ‘boots on the ground’ action’), Sputnik News reports, Foster added, “what we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”
This comes a week after PM David Cameron confirmed Britain will be sending 75 military personnel to help combat Russian military aggression.
Despite earlier reports from Russia’s NATO envoy that, as TASS reports,


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/02/2015.

Meta-Study On Genetically Modified Food: Virtually All Independent Scientists Are Concerned

Half of the Studies Find Cause For Concern … The Other Half Are Studies By the GMO Food Industry Itself
Tufts University’s Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (Timothy Wise) points out:
There is no … consensus on the safety of GM food. A peer-reviewed study of the research, from peer-reviewed journals, found that about half of the animal-feeding studies conducted in recent years found cause for concern. The other half didn’t, and as the researchers noted, ‘most of these studies have been conducted by biotechnology companies responsible of commercializing these GM plants.’
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The only consensus that GM food is safe is among industry-funded researchers.
By way of background, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).
And genetically-engineered meat isn’t even tested for human safety.
And a leading risk expert says that genetically modified foods could wipe out the global ecosystem.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on March 1, 2015.

The Imperial Presidency

After finding no resistance to his “executive action” on such issues as illegal immigration and ammunition sales, President Woody II is about to boldly go in a direction we should have expected all along.
No, were not talking about martial law…yet. Instead, at today’s daily White House press briefing, we learned this:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

This post was published at TF Metals Report on March 2, 2015.

DoD Releases ‘Evidence’ of Snowden’s Damages to National Security… and It’s COMPLETELY Redacted

Per a Freedom of Information Act Request lawsuit filed by Vice News, the Department of Defense has released a report on the damaging effects of Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA leaks. The only problem? It’s redacted. Entirely. Not a crumb of evidence was present in the ‘evidence’ the government released.
The ‘assessment’ is made up of multiple reports collectively over 100 pages long and was released by the Defense Intelligence Agency, a wing of the Department of Defense. It was made by two dozen DIA analysts and is fully blocked out, save for several headings. For example:
‘Assessment’ ‘Talking Points’ ‘Compromised Information’ ‘Background’ ‘Recommendations’ The redacted reports were constructed from September 2013 to April 2014. According to a declaration signed by the DIA’s FOIA office chair, Aleysia Williams, it was used by DOD ‘leadership’ to ‘mitigate the harm caused to national security’ by Snowden.
David Leatherwood, the DIA’s director of operations, said that to do this, secrecy must be employed (as usual). He alleged:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 2nd, 2015.

Totalitarian Rule in America: False Flags, Secret Prisons, Extrajudicial Assassinations, Media Censorship, The Rounding Up of Alleged ‘Terrorists’…

Every day signs are looming larger than life as we know it in the wealthiest nation on earth that it’s about to crash and burn, forever changing not for the better. The latest wake-up call arrived in a Guardian article earlier this week. The story features a secret prison not unlike the CIA torture detention centers all over the world whereby the Chicago police hold rounded up US citizens for hours or days at a time for interrogation. The same internationally illegal roundups of suspected ‘potential terrorists’ (which by latest Gestapo America standards can easily be you or me) that the CIA and military black ops deploy globally, are being covertly conducted not only in Obama’s hometown where his thug buddy Rahm rules, but likely every US city and soon coming to a neighborhood near you.
The complete loss of constitutional civil liberties where we can be taken in without warrant, locked up and shackled for indefinite periods of time, where to all our friends and family we simply disappear, those totalitarian Orwellian tactics are here today in secret CIA-like ‘black site’ locations throughout the nation. Lawyers are summarily turned away. Those imprisoned are not booked nor entered in any record-keeping system, only to typically be beaten and shackled. It was determined that one man at the Chicago site already died while in custody. If this inhumane brutality hidden from public view is operating in one major US metropolis, it means that these secret police detention centers are no doubt also up and running in secret locations throughout America. This worst case scenario of police state USA is just one more nightmare come true. And this comes after it’s been determined that Americans are at least 100 times more likely to die at the hands of murdering police than in all other industrialized nations.
For numerous decades the United States has engaged in both high intensive and low intensive counterinsurgency and counterterrorism wars around the globe. But now in the twenty-first century all those same black ops wars have come home to roost right here in the land of the not-so-free. To police state USA all American citizens are the potential enemy. It’s also fair to say that the police in countless jails and prisons have unlawfully beaten and killed thousands of US citizens while in police custody over the years. Sadly, this form of murder in covert black sites where inmates are literally tortured to death takes police state brutality and slaughter to a whole new unprecedented level. And of course those of color and poor are most often the victims. Two years ago it was reported that a black man is killed by police every 28 hours. And with the deaths spiking last year, it’s more apt to be closer to every 24 hours now.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 2, 2015.

United Nations Admits Climate Change Is About Undoing Capitalism

The primary objective behind environmental activism related to anthropogenic global warming (AGW), aka ‘climate change,’ is apparently not climatological, but rather is economic. The revelation came not from ‘global-warming deniers,’ but from the United Nations’ own Christiana Figueres, who serves as the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.
At a press conference in Brussels last month, the UN climate chief delineated the objectives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations. She revealed: ‘This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 2nd, 2015.

Minnesota aims to fine family farmers $500 per day

David and Heidi Berglund face potential fines and damaging state intervention.
Republished with permission from NourishingLiberty.com.
GRAND MARAIS, MN – If the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) gets its way, Lake View Natural Dairy Farm, owned and operated by David and Heidi Berglund and their daughter Lyndsay, will be fined $500 per day until they submit to an unconstitutional inspection of their farm.
When the farm briefly explored the possibility of selling milk for processing, this triggered a call to the MDA by the processor, and the MDA realized they had no record or control over this farm.
On October 14, 2014, the MDA demanded to do an inspection of the farm, which the family refused on the grounds that the Minnesota Constitution acknowledges their right to peddle the products of their farm. Now, the MDA hopes to fine the small operation a crippling $500 per day after the March 9, 2015 hearing if they are found to be in contempt of court.
Lake View Natural Dairy Farm, in the quaint town of Grand Marais, MN, has been a staple in the community for the past 100 years under the care of the Berglund family. Currently, they provide raw milk and locally produced meats to their neighbors, visitors and tourists. The locals adore the farm, the family, and the products.
Many who vacation in Grand Marais for the summer months make the farm their first stop when they arrive in the town with a population of 1,300. Some customers drive over 200 miles from the twin cities for the products from Lake View Natural Dairy Farm.
In the spirit of a family farm operation, the senior Berglunds gave their daughter, Lyndsay, milking privileges 7 years ago, which she has wholeheartedly embraced. The farm boasts a herd of 85-100 dairy cows and beef cattle, laying hens, and pork products. Heidi Berglund makes the coveted yogurt and butter from the milk and provides baked goodies to round out the farm’s offerings.
True to its name, the farm sits on an ecologically stable piece of land overlooking Lake Superior. As a century-old staple in the community, the family is well respected and liked as providers of food to their neighbors. It is a disconnect that they are now being held in contempt of court for operating a farm and providing locally produced foods to their neighbors.

This post was published at Police State USA on March 2, 2015.

Caught on Video – LAPD Guns Down Homeless Man in Broad Daylight

The following video of LAPD officers gunning down a homeless man in broad daylight is rightly getting a lot of attention. It’s not as if it was one officer dealing with a dangerous situation who panicked. There was a mob of police officers surrounding the victim, and rather than dealing with the situation like courageous, decent adults, they went ahead and murdered the man. As we see with banker and oligarch theft, this is the sort of thing you can expect more of when certain above-the-law groups in society fail to be held accountable for their actions.
WARNING: Graphic material and explicit language.

Absolutely disgusting.


This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Mar 2, 2015.

Heroes, Villains, & Empty Suits

The poet W. B. Yeats was right in 1919 when he said the center cannot hold, as if, following the first great industrial slaughter of modern times, he discovered the lethal vacuum at the center of modernity itself. There was a lot to be nervous about after the First World War. And right away, of course, enter, stage-right, Adolf Hitler. We’re still trying to explain that cat to ourselves, and not just the Germans, either. Who cannot be awed by the appearance of genuine evil in the world?
Although, perhaps most remarkable in our time is not merely the presence of evil, but the eerie dearth of heroes, and by that I do not mean supernatural gym rats in spandex outfits swinging from the Frank Gehry condos on cords of spider silk. I mean living, breathing humans willing to engage with great and implacable forces.
American sniper Chris Kyle was one of the rarees, and he was a strange case, really. Not just because of his alleged frailties, his tendency to play up his exploits, brag, maybe lie a little, but because he carried out his lethal deeds mostly at a remove – up there on the dusty rooftops of Fallujah, where he could reach out with his sniper-scope and swat human flies from a position of relative safety. Yet it is not hard to identify with his mission to kill ‘bad guys’ – especially two years after his loopy martyrdom on a Texas gun range at the hands of a deranged fellow soldier driven mad on his own wartime mission.
The more interesting hero to me is Snowden…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/02/2015.

All Texans to be tracked like dogs under ominous Big Brother vaccine database legislation – TAKE ACTION NOW TO OPPOSE

(NaturalNews) The National Vaccine Information Center has issued an alert for Texans to help stop forced vaccination and government coercion in their home state. A total of nine bills are currently pending in the Texas state legislature that threaten medical choice and fundamental human rights.
These laws are the extension of the current wave of vaccine hysteria sweeping America thanks to an aggressive new push toward medical fascism by the mainstream media.
These bills blatantly violate the American Medical Association’s published Code of Ethics which require informed consent for all medical interventions. But medical extremism in America today is not bound by anything resembling medical ethics, and if these Texas lawmakers get their way, every person living in Texas will be tracked like dogs with a government-run vaccine status database that will almost certainly be used to conduct house-to-house SWAT raids and arrests of those who refuse to be vaccinated.
From the National Vaccine Information Center:
Learn more:

This post was published at Natural News on March 02, 2015.

Human Nature & The Economic Trends

Human nature tends to create followers as a whole because of confidence. Financial Panics unfold because the whole is in a state of panic. This is why paper-shorts are so essential to stabilizing the markets. When everyone is in a state of panic, only a mad man would buy. The short player is critical for he is the lone soul to step up and buy when everyone is in a panic. This is human nature.
There are food panic in Ukraine right now. People have seen their currency drop and food rise 300% in price. People are stockpiling whatever they can get now because they ASSUME it will cost more later. This is a panic to the upside.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on March 2, 2015.

Jimmy Kimmel’s ignorant vaccine doctors

The other night Jimmy Kimmel decided to blast parents who don’t vaccinate their children.
He emphasized the difference between what these parents know and what, ahem, doctors know.
In between wisecracks, Kimmel made it clear that (pro-vaccine) doctors are very smart and knowledgeable people – as if this obvious fact had escaped the dissident parents.
Kimmel then presented several doctors doing a comic rendition of a public service announcement for vaccination.
How quaint.
First of all, Kimmel (and TV news anchors) personally know as much about vaccine science as an ant knows about spaceship navigation. Let’s get that straight.
Second, the doctors Kimmel presented, all of whom fervently believe vaccines are remarkably safe, don’t have a clue about the fact that the US system for reporting severe and dangerous vaccine adverse effects (VAERS) is broken.
Irretrievably broken.
Why? Two reasons. Doctors who vaccinate patients aren’t required by law to report adverse reactions. And many parents don’t even know there is a system for reporting.
Therefore, in the real world, there is no way these doctors can say vaccines are safe.
Of course they do say that. Therefore, they’re accidentally or intentionally clueless, and no intelligent person should buy what they’re peddling.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on March 1, 2015.

NYC Residents Will Pay $2-3k a Month for ‘Micro-Apartments’ as Luxury Car Sales Outpace Regular Car Sales

In the past five years, global registrations of the seven largest ultra-premium car brands – a group that also includes Aston Martin and Lamborghini – have surged by 154 percent, far outpacing the 36 percent gain in overall car sales worldwide.
Rolls-Royce registrations have risen almost five-fold. Almost 10,000 new Bentleys cruised onto the streets last year, a 122 percent increase over 2009, while Lamborghini rode a 50 percent increase to pass the 2,000 vehicle mark.
– From the Bloomberg article: Hyper-Luxury Cars Are Now Selling Faster Than Normal Ones
It’s an oligarch’s world, you’re just living in it.
One of the main reasons ‘hyper-luxury’ cars are outselling regular cars, is because all of the wealth gains from the oligarch recovery are going to, well, oligarchs. This has been a regular theme here at Liberty Blitzkrieg, and is further evidence that global policies implemented since the oligarch created financial melt-down, have been used to cover up its criminality, and further advance the status quo’s consolidation of wealth and power. A continuation of this trend presents the greatest threat to liberty, free markets and an evolution of human consciousness on the planet today.
First, let’s take a look at how the average standard of living in my hometown of NYC is being impacted by the oligarch recovery. Fromthe New York Post:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Mar 2, 2015.