Moral Dilemma: Should a Libertarian Who Does Not Need Food Stamps, but Qualifies for Them, Take Them?

Here’s the moral dilemma of the day:
Suppose you are a staunch Libertarian, doing reasonably well and you don’t need food stamps. Yet, under perverse rules, you qualify for them. Should you take them?
Reader Steven faces that exact question. Steven writes …
Hi Mish
In response to your article 40% of U. S. on Welfare; Obamacare Expands Welfare by 23 Million; More on Welfare Than Full-Time-Employed I confess my own moral dilemma.
I am the beneficiary of trusts left to me by my parents. They are not huge, but they sustain me and my children. I prefer to spend time with my kids rather than pursue regular employment.
Until the beginning of this year, I was purchasing my own health insurance under a high deductible plan, that cost nearly $300 per month. It had risen steadily from $169 when I first obtained it two years ago. On December 31, my plan was essentially made illegal, with another plan costing nearly $600 put in its place.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Friday, August 29, 2014.

The Fall of Man’s Logic

In Northern Alberta the leaves are already beginning to turn yellow as they begin their cyclical pattern of death and rebirth. The morning air is becoming cooler and the smells of autumn wrap themselves around me as I rise each morning for the hour long drive into the mines of Canada’s oil sands. Images of the long cold winter ahead creep into my mind with a sense of foreboding.
Leonardo Dicaprio was here last week doing research on what is most likely a work of protest against the oil sands. Mr. Dicaprio refers to it as the ‘tar sands’, the derogatory and politically incorrect name which is shunned by the industry and the region. Words are important in that they convey pre-loaded messages which are intended to extract a specific and desired response from the listener or observer. In this sense the word ‘tar’ is dirty but the word ‘oil’ is necessary.
Regardless, the world requires energy and energy is extracted from oil. With Goldman Sachs’ shale oil ‘quick grab’ almost at its viable end, it is only a matter of time before large amounts of energy investment is poured back into the oil sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline becomes fully operational along its extended length. After all, Obama only held it off long enough for Goldman to push the limits of the shale oil revolution to support the international dollar just a while longer.
Perhaps its shale oil versus tar sands with oil sands coming out as the clear winner.
The world will continue to need oil long after the last internal combustion engine has been retired to the automobile collections of the rich. Many of the products we use today require oil for their production or composition, such as plastics. The world will not wake up one day and no longer require oil, nor could it. Simply put, the world economy must slowly transition away from oil – if it can and where it can.

This post was published at Silver Bear Cafe on August 29, 2014.

The Mother of All Blowback

President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that ‘we don’t have a strategy yet’ for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known.
Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot -from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking ‘what then oh brave Washington warriors?’ These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and destruction of Iraq.
The problem is that too many cooks in Washington are spoiling its Mideast soup. In his magnificent new book, ‘The Sleepwalkers,’ Prof. Christopher Clark of Cambridge describes how World War I was in part ignited by small numbers of anti-German officials in France, Russia, Serbia and Britain who often undermined their own government’s moderate policies.
The same process occurred under President George W. Bush when cabals of neocon officials in the Pentagon, State Department, CIA and media drove the US into a calamitous war whose negative effects are still being felt.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 30, 2014.

Has the U.S. Targeted Nuclear-Armed Russia with Regime Change?

America Has Undertaken Regime Change In Many Countries Before In 1957, the U. S. and British governments planned regime change in Syria … because it was drifting too close to the Soviet Union.
20 years ago, influential U. S. government officials decided to effect regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The countries targeted were ‘old Soviet regimes’.
The U. S. has, of course, already carried out regime change in Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Chile, Haiti and many other countries. The U. S. was also instrumental in the recent regime change inUkraine.
Soviet leader Gorbachev allowed the Soviet Union broken up only after the U. S. and NATO promisedthey would not encircle Russia militarily. Ever since 1991, they have broken their promise and encircledRussia.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on August 30, 2014.

Rumors of war: Iranian general threatens surprise attack on Israel

August 2014 – MIDDLE EAST – Iranian military leaders on Tuesday vowed that Tehran would take military action against Israel in response to an alleged Israeli drone that was shot down in Iran on Sunday. Iran ‘will not give a diplomatic response,’ but will air its grievances with Israel on the ‘battlefield,’ senior Iranian generals were quoted as saying on Tuesday. ‘Our response to this aggression will not be diplomatic, we will retaliate in the battlefield, but will not necessarily announce it,’ Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was quoted as saying during a ceremony on Tuesday meant to commemorate ‘martyred’ Iranian military personnel. ‘The enemy will see and understand it,’ Salami was quoted as saying by the semi official Fars News Agency. ‘We never step back (in the confrontation) against the enemy. The Islamic Republic is powerful and is capable of confronting any power at any level and we never bring down the level of our goals.’ The threat of a surprise attack against Israel for its apparent attempts to send a spy drone into Tehran came just a day after Iranian government officials threatened to sue Israel in the International Criminal Court. Iranian military leaders announced over the weekend that they had used a surface-to-air missile to shoot down a drone that it claimed was an Israeli-made Hermes 450 unmanned plane. The drone was allegedly on its way to the Natanz nuclear enrichment site, which is believed to be part of Iran’s clandestine attempts to build a nuclear weapon. ‘This hostile action is a violation of Iran’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,’ Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying Monday by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

This post was published at UtopiatheCollapse on August 27, 2014.

Islamic State tortured James Foley, other Westerners with harsh CIA tactics

The American photojournalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants was also tortured using some of the same methods employed by the CIA in its controversial, post-9/11 interrogation program.
James Foley was subjected to waterboarding multiple times while being imprisoned by the Islamic State, as were three other kidnapped Westerners. According to the Washington Post, several unnamed American officials confirmed the news, with one adding that Foley ‘suffered a lot of physical abuse’ before his death.
A French journalist who was held by the Islamic State along with Foley said, in addition to waterboarding, the American was punished even more than others after militants discovered his brother was a member of the US Air Force.
In a video released last week, Foley was beheaded by a masked, English-speaking Islamic State militant. The actions of the hardline Islamist group, which has brutally torn through parts of Iraq and Syria, have triggered a military response from the United States, and they described Foley’s murder as ‘a message to America’ for its use of airstrikes in Iraq.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 29th, 2014.

Rapidly Mutating Ebola Renders Diagnostic Tests Inaccurate – AKA: You May Have a New Strain of Ebola and Test Negative

An international team of scientists – some of whom succumbed to the virus during the course of their research – has sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes from 78 patients in Sierra Leone, creating a valuable trove of genetic data for scientists and health care workers struggling to bring the growing outbreak under control….’We were able to sequence and analyze our samples with about a 10-day turnaround. This is unprecedented, as earlier studies have usually taken many months with much smaller datasets,’ says Daniel J. Park, a co-author and computational biologist at the Broad Institute, in an email interview with Mashable. The research, which used an advanced genetic analysis technique known as deep sequencing, reveals that the disease is rapidly accumulating mutations as it spreads. The team found 395 genetic changes, including 341 that make this outbreak distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks, and 50 that are unique to the West African outbreak more broadly.

This post was published at Investment WatchBlog on August 29th, 2014.

SWAT team breaks down door, shoots man as he watched TV with friend

EASTON, CT – Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named ‘Officer of the Year.’ All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.
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The disturbing operation happened on the afternoon of May 18th, 2008. Homeowner Ronald Terebesi was sitting in his living room with his friend, 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk.
At around 2:00 p.m., the entrance door of 91 Dogwood Drive in Easton was abruptly splintered by a battering ram. In an instant, explosions were rocking the house and shadowy figures dressed in black poured into the home. When the smoke cleared and the chaos was over, Mr. Guizan lied in a pool of blood, shot multiple times.

This post was published at Police State USA on August 29, 2014.

Curious Car Crashes: Louis Freeh, The Man With The Secrets

Any serious student of history is on alert for ‘interesting accidents.’ Because sometimes they are accidents. Sometimes, they’re not.
We have no opinion at the moment on the one-car wreck that left former FBI Director Louis Freeh badly injured around noon on Aug. 25. But we do think it is worth reviewing what we know about Louis Freeh. Because all such incidents deserve scrutiny.
The Crash
From news reports available at press time, Freeh
was headed south on Vermont 12 in his 2010 GMC Yukon when he drove off the east side of the road. The vehicle struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs, then came to rest against the side of a tree, police said….[he] was airlifted from Barnard to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N. H., for treatment, police said.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on August 29, 2014.

UK Terror Threat Level Changed To Severe In Preparation For The False Flag Event – Episode 454

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 29, 2014
The US Government is pushing the economic recovery very hard at this point. Chicago PMI bounced back, GDP, consumer confidence, stock market all up. The only problem is that the people are not spending, housing is down, people can’t find jobs. So the manipulated stats are losing credibility. FBI issued a report that the number one threat is domestic terrorists. Japan increases defense budget to purchase more military assets. UN unable to confirm Russian troops or military assets in Ukraine. US imposes more sanctions on Iran. UK goes on high terror alert, moves it to severe. Cyber attack and terror warning are being pushed by all corporate media outlets. Be prepared for a false flag.

The Consequences Of America’s Invasion Of Afghanistan: NYC Heroin Deaths Highest In A Decade

While back in May Obama promised America’s mission in Afghanistan was over, and all US troops would leave the country by the end of 2016, the “unintended” consequences of the US presence in this favored by al-Qaeda country will haunt America for a long time. And especially New York, where according to a new report by the Department of Mental Hygiene, the number of people who died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York City last year was the highest in over a decade.
As WaPo reports, in New York, “where the overall rate of drug overdose deaths has dramatically risen since 2010, there is a national problem playing out across the city’s streets. The number of overdoses involving heroin in the city has significantly increased since 2010, accounting for more than half of New York City’s overdoses last year. And more than three-quarters of the overdoses in the city involved an opioid of some kind.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

Cyber False Flag ALERT

I’ve always wondered what the banking cabal had up their sleeves for the “End Game” and Clif High has just posted something that seems very plausible…
USA is #1!
World’s first cFF (cyber false flag) invented here! And coming to a bank/gov’t near you in September!
Linguistics show that USA politbureau is linking [banks] and [national security] very heavily. They will be shutting down banks in response to a [cyber false flag] and they will then use this as [excuse for war]. We all really know that this is to try and save some zionist bankster butts from a very early, and violent death later as the revolution heats up for a cold winter.
Their ‘target’ in this first ever cyber false flag is Russia.
END

Of course the scenarios are multiple but with the latest news from out Press-titutes about Russian hackers targeting JP Morgan I wonder I’m thinking Clif is going to get this one 100% correct.
JP Morgan Chase among US Companies “targeted by hackers”
If the banks shut down in September and they blame cyber attacks and start those war drums we must all stand up and SCREAM STOP!!!!!
IT’S ANOTHER FALSE FLAG!!!
Stay aware.
May the Road you choose be the Right Road.
Bix Weir
www. RoadtoRoota.com

This post was published at RoadtoRoota on Aug 28.

Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct ‘no refusal’ enforcement Labor Day weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a ‘no refusal’ enforcement campaign this Labor Day weekend.
It goes into effect at Midnight Friday, Aug. 29 and concludes at Midnight Monday, Sept. 1.
The ‘no refusal’ campaign means that if a driver is pulled over for suspected drinking and driving they cannot refuse to take a blood test. It allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for blood samples if they suspect someone is driving while impaired.
‘Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘no refusal’ enforcements,’ THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.

This post was published at fromthetrenchesworldreport on August 29, 2014.

Mind Control Scientists Turn Off Emotional Link to Memories

It is becoming increasingly clear that advancements in genetics and neuroscience are leading toward direct methods of mind control. An array of hi-tech methods have been announced – magnetic manipulation via ‘neural dust,’ high-powered lasers, and using light beamed from outside the skull. As a result, scientists are making bold claims that they can alter the brain even to the extent of turning off consciousness altogether.
But it is memory research that might be among the most troubling. As I’ve previously stated in other articles, our memories help us form our identity: who we are relative to where we have been. Positive or negative lessons from the past can be integrated into our present decisions, thus enabling us to form sound strategies and behaviors that can aid us in our quest for personal evolution. But what if we never knew what memories were real or false? What if our entire narrative was changed by having our life’s events restructured? Or what if there were memories that were traumatic enough to be buried as a mechanism of sanity preservation, only to be brought back to us in a lab?
We’ve already witnessed research into the erasure of memories, the implantation of false memories, and triggering memories of fear when none previously existed. (Source) MIT researchers are now claiming to have found the specific brain switch that links emotions to memory. Once again, the temptation of helping those who have experienced trauma might open doors to very unethical applications.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 28th, 2014.

Government To Regulate Groundwater For 1st Time As California Drought Becomes “Race To The Bottom”

The ongoing disaster that is the drought in the West is leaving wells dry across California – which account for up to 60% of water usage. As WSJ reports, as groundwater levels plunge (100 feet or more lower than norm), wells are being driven further and further into the earth (500 feet in some cases) forcing the state legislature is considering regulating underground water for the first time. “We can’t continue to pump groundwater at the rates we are and expect it to continue in the future,” warns one engineer, adding “What’s scary is we’re not fixing anything… It’s a race to the bottom.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

Freedom and Moose on Patriot’s Lament in Alaska

I joined Alaska freedom fighters Jim O’Connor and Joshua Bennett at the Patriot’s Lament radio program this week and I really would love for you to hear this show! After a wonderful conversation with these great guys, I had the double pleasure of being sent plenty of amazing photos by Joshua of the real free life in Alaska! Moose anyone?!?Honestly I will say this was one of my favorite interviews and I hope all of you like it as well. Check it out here:


This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on August 29, 2014.

Marc Faber Slams US Intervention In Middle East, Warns “Whole Region Will Blow Up”

Let’s talk about the ongoing power shift from the West to the East.
Well, basically, everything is connected and interrelated. We had a colonial system until the end of the Second World War, followed by the rise of individual countries. And over the last twenty-five to thirty years what we had was the rise of China with 1.3 billion people. Because of China’s rapid growth and resource dependence (iron ore, copper from Australia, Brazil and Africa, and oil principally from the Middle East), the Chinese have obviously become a very important economic force. Take Africa twelve years ago: trade between Africa and the US was twice the size of trade between Africa and China. But today, the situation is reversed.
As a result, China has gained large geopolitical influence due to its growing economic relations. This helped shift alliances from the US to the East, which has led to tensions. China has many provinces that are larger than a European country and as an economic block, China is huge! It dwarfs everything else in Asia. But now China is surrounded by military bases in Asia, by American aircraft carriers and by the signed defense treaties between the US and Japan.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

CNN asks serial lying liar to comment on the CDC whistleblower scandal!

You want a perfect example of how mainstream media covers up the truth and endangers lives? Here it is.
Yesterday, CNN published an article about CDC whistleblower William Thompson.
(CNN: ‘Journal questions validity of autism and vaccine study’ – the CNN reporter for this story is Debra Goldschmidt (twitter: @debgcnn). Jacque Wilson and Miriam Falco also contributed to this story. The story is augmented with a video featuring CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen (twitter: @elizcohencnn). The Spanish language version of the story is here.)
The day before yesterday, Thompson confessed that he and other CDC coauthors fabricated a 2004 CDC study, in order to hide an MMR-vaccine connection to autism.
Those other co-authors included Dr. Frank DeStefano. DeStefano was the lead author of the 2004 study.
So naturally… CNN goes to DeStefano for a quote defending the safety of vaccines, and De Stefano, the accused liar, tells another lie without blushing, without missing a beat.
He says:
‘We know the brain and cellular features for children begin when the child is still in the womb. The brain is already developing the wiring that will manifest in autism.’
In other words, according to DeStefano, vaccines couldn’t cause autism, because it’s already forming before the child has ever had a vaccine.
If that were true, why bother to do thousands of studies that allege there is no vaccine-autism connection?

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on August 29, 2014.