Washington Politicizes Football – Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup.
This is part of Washington’s agenda of isolating Russia from the World.
This Washington-orchestrated scandal stinks to high heaven. It seems obvious that the FIFA officials have been arrested for political reasons and that the recently overwhelmingly-reelected FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, was forced to resign by Washington’s threats to indict him as well. This can happen because Washington no longer is subject to the rule of law. In Washington’s hands, law is a weapon that is used against everyone, every organization, and every country that takes a position independent of Washington.
This clears the deck for Washington and its British lapdog to take over FIFA, which henceforth will be used to reward countries that comply with Washington’s foreign policy and to punish those who pursue an independent foreign policy.
The only hope for South America, Asia, and Russia is to form their own World Cup and turn their backs on the corrupt West.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on June 3, 2015.

US Claims That Syria is Now Helping ISIS (Their Mortal Enemy)

Since the rise of ISIS, the nation of Syria has been fighting a three way civil war between the Assad regime, the (supposedly) moderate rebels, and the extremists that broke off from said rebels, now called ISIS. Complicating matters is the fact that the US has long supported the rebels, and recently declassified documents prove that the US fostered the rise of ISIS to destabilize the region, and ultimately topple Assad.
Now America’s intentions in the region have been clouded even more by a recent accusation levied against the Assad regime. Get this, apparently the Syrian military is helping ISIS fight the rebels.
The United States has accused the Syrian military of carrying out air strikes to help Islamic State fighters advance around the northern city of Aleppo, messages posted on the U. S. Embassy Syria official Twitter feed said.
Islamic State fighters pushed back rival insurgents north of Aleppo on Sunday near the Turkish border, threatening their supply route to the city, fighters and a group monitoring the war said.

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

Russian Ruble Tumbles To 2-Month Lows, Stocks Drop Following “Large-Scale” Rebel Offensive In Ukraine

The Ruble just hit 54/USD – its weakest since early April – as IFX reports a “large-scale” rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine involving 10 tanks and around 1000 troops. Ukraine’s military has redeployed troops to halt this rebel offensive and has informed its international partners on the re-deployment which leaves The Minsk Accord hanging by a thread. Ironically Ukraine bonds had earlier jumped to 3-month highs on optimism surrounding restructuring that haircuts would not be as severe, but the reignition of tensions in the country have taken the shine of that exuberance.
*MICEX EXTENDS LOSSES, DROPS 1.2% AFTER IFX REPORT ON UKRAINE *RUBLE SINKS 2.2% AFTER IFX REPORT OF REBEL OFFENSIVE IN UKRAINE

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/03/2015.

Being Healthy Is Unprofitable

U. S. healthcare is unsustainable. That it will break in the next decade is predictable.
That good health is insanely unprofitable was highlighted by a staggering statistic in the recent research paper The Concentration of Health Care Spending (via B. C.):
Mean annual spending for the bottom half of (the American population) distribution was just $236 per person, totaling only $36 billion for the entire group of more than 150 million people.
We don’t know why the 150 million people did not consume much in the way of “health services”– they might have been healthy and had no need for healthcare beyond routine tests, or they might have needed care and been unable to afford it, despite the Orwellian-titled Affordable Care Act (ACA).
But let’s assume that the 150 million people–roughly half of America’s 317 million residents–were healthy and had no need for health services beyond minimal prevention and a few low-cost tests.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 2015.

Did Police Lie About the Fatal Shooting of a Florida Man? Sure Looks Like It

On July 31, 2013, 33-year-old Jermaine McBean walked through his Florida apartment complex with an unloaded air rifle propped on his shoulders.
Three residents who saw McBean strolling around with the rifle became concerned and called 911.
The officers who responded to the call claim that they repeatedly yelled to McBean to drop his weapon, but the man didn’t comply, and that he turned and pointed the rifle at them.
Shots were fired.
McBean fell on his back, howled in pain and said, ‘It was just a BB gun.’
Moments later, McBean was dead.
Nothing, the officers swore under oath, would have stopped McBean from hearing the officers screaming orders to drop the gun.
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McBean was shot by Broward County Deputy Peter Peraza. Police documents show that Peraza insisted to a homicide detective that there was nothing in McBean’s ears that would have prevented him from hearing officers ordering him to drop his rifle. The detective told the family that officers at the scene ‘confirmed’ that, reports NBC.
But a woman who witnessed the shooting noticed something that may explain why McBean didn’t drop his gun:

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

Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers Plunge to the Worst Since 2001

Although I continue to believe that Hillary Clinton will be the next President of these United States unless the Republicans nominate Rand Paul (read why I think he is the only candidate who can beat herhere), the public’s plunging distrust in her is a very positive development for the nation.
For example, if crowned, I mean elected, she will enter the office severely damaged with almost no credibility. A large percentage of the population will see her as the illegitimate oligarch puppet that she is, which is good, because as James Baldwin accurately noted:
‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.’
We learn from the National Journal that:

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

U.S. Forces Are Building In The Middle East For The Next Offensive – Episode 683

The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 2, 2015
Deal for Greece most likely will not be made by June 5. Euro zone factory output declines. US factory orders decline near recession territory. People do not have enough to make it to the end of month and are turning to payday loans. The Chemical companies are writing their own safety laws. The Patriot act as loop holes which allows the spying on Americans to continue. US placing military assets in Iraq to be shipped to Syria for a major offensive. Anthrax sent to 12 states and 3 countries, starting to look like a botched false flag event.

ISIS, Assad Regime Now Fighting Together In Syria, US Alleges

When last we checked in on the situation in Syria, ISIS (who a secret Pentagon document recently revealed was, and probably still is, considered a US ‘strategic asset’) was supposedly on the move, emboldened by recent successes in the ancient city of Palmyra and the conquest of Ramadi in Iraq, where, you’re reminded, Iraqi forces showed ‘no will’ to fight according the Pentagon.
Recent reports also indicated that the militants may have commandeered 2,300 humvees worth more than $1 billion when the group sacked Mosul last summer, a convenient ‘loss’ for the US which can now justify four times that amount in arms sales to allies who will now need to counter a ‘better-equipped’ ISIS.
On the heels of Palmyra, Ramadi, and a suicide bombing at a Saudi mosque, the US military and Congressional war hawks have ratcheted up the calls for American boots on the ground in Iraq. More specifically, what’s needed is so-called forward ‘spotters’ who will aid in making airstrikes more precise and thus avoid the type of collateral damage and failed bombing runs that have allegedly plagued the air campaign thus far. Or, as we put it last week: Carefully worded trial balloons don’t get much better than that. You see, the problem is that we are accidentally killing innocent children on our bombing runs and that’s if we’re lucky enough to be able to drop any bombs at all which apparently we only do a quarter of the time, and the whole ‘problem’ could be ‘fixed’ by deploying a couple of ‘spotters’ with laser pointers.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/02/2015.

More Executive Gun Control: Check out Obama’s Latest Gun Grabbing Rules

In the May ‘Unified Agenda,’ the Obama Administration has buried several gun control gems within the some 2,300 new rules that are proposed for ‘final action.’
Via Breitbart:
One of the rules – RIN: 1140 AA04 – will expand persons barred from gun ownership and possession by including ‘misdemeanor crime of domestic violence’ as grounds for forfeiting the right to ‘ship, transport, possess, or receive in or affecting commerce firearms or ammunition.’ It would also make it ‘unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the recipient has been convicted of such a misdemeanor.’
Yell at your wife? Spank your kid? You could easily fall under that one.
Breitbart continues:

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

Patriot Act Spying Provisions Expire: NUCLEAR 9/11 Incoming?

Has the era of The War On Terror finally come to a close, or is it just getting started?
Watch a video of this report here:

Key provisions of the Patriot Act allowing for government surveillance programs have expired after the U. S. Senate failed to vote upon an extension.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act previously allowed for the bulk data collection, including phone records of Americans who were not even under investigation. RT reports that it was also ‘used to track financial data and to obtain companies’ internet business records’.


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

America’s Most Wanted Secret – Wikileaks is Raising $100K Reward for Leaked Drafts of the TPP

The only real information we have about the shady corporate giveaway known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), is via three chapters released by Wikileaks. Now, the whistleblower organization is raising $100,000 as a reward for additional leaked draft chapters. From Wikileaks.org:
America’s most wanted secret. The TPP is a multi-trillion dollar international treaty that is being negotiated in secret by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and others. This massive agreement has 29 chapters, of which 26 are still secret. It covers 40% of global GDP and is the largest agreement of its kind in history. The treaty aims to create a new international legal regime that will allow transnational corporations to bypass domestic courts, evade environmental protections, police the internet on behalf of the content industry, limit the availability of affordable generic medicines, and drastically curtail each country’s legislative sovereignty. US Senator Elizabeth Warren has said ‘[They] can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.’ Over the last two years WikiLeaks has published three chapters of this super-secret global deal, despite unprecedented efforts by negotiating governments to keep it under wraps. The remaining 26 chapters of the deal are closely held by negotiators and the big corporations that have been given privileged access. The TPP is also noteworthy as the icebreaker agreement for the proposed ‘T-treaty triad’ of TPP-TISA-TTIP which would see TPP style rules placed on 53 nations, 1.6 billion people and 2/3rds of the global economy.
$24,000 has already been raised, which is pretty impressive considering I only heard about the campaign this morning.

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

Native American Tribes Declare Sovereignty, Break Away from State of Maine

(TFC) Augusta, ME – Due to Governor Paul LePage launching direct political and environmental attacks against the Penobscot, Micmac and Passamaquoddy tribes of Maine, leaders of those tribes have recalled their representatives from the state legislature and are asserting their sovereignty from the State of Maine. ‘The Maine Indian Land claims Settlement act has failed and we cannot allow ourselves to continue down the path,’ Chief Francis said. ‘We’re saying it’s a failed social experiment.’
In August of 2011, Governor LePage signed an Executive Order recognizing a ‘special relationship’ between the sovereign State of Maine, and the sovereign tribes within the State. In this order, the Governor instructed all State agencies to include a tribal liaison, whose role would be to facilitate communication and direct policy in all areas of State jurisdiction in such a way as to include the voice and interest of native peoples. The Order instructs that ‘the State and Tribes should work together as one,’ and Tribal interests should be heeded when developing policies and procedures ‘on matters that significantly or uniquely affect those tribes.’
In April of this year, LePage rescinded that Order. The new Order maintains that native tribes in Maine retain their sovereignty, but holds that they now have a ‘relationship between equals with its own set of responsibilities,’ yet declares that tribal lands, forms of tribal governance and natural resources controlled by the native tribes are subject to the laws and jurisdiction of the State of Maine. The takeover of lands was prompted by an EPA letter to the State, and claims that lack of Tribal participation in ‘the State’s interests’ required the usurpation of Tribal sovereignty.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 2, 2015.

TSA statements to court reviewing interrogations of travelers

In a filing with the Court of Appeals reviewing a TSA mandate for airlines to interogate passengers on international flights before allowing them to board, the TSA has directly contradicted previous explicit written statements by an official TSA spokesperson as to whether passengers are required by the TSA to answer questions from airline staff about their travel purposes as a condition of being allowed to fly.
Equally if not more disturbingly, the TSA also claimed in the same filing with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that an airline licensed by the US government to operate as a common carrier has ‘independent discretion to deny boarding to any passenger about whom they have a concern.’
In an email message in January of this year to ‘professional troublemaker’ and frequent traveler Jonathan Corbett, the TSA ‘Office of Global Strategic Communicationsa Desk’ said:

This post was published at Papers Please on June 2nd, 2015.

Japan’s Demographic Atom Bomb

Could you imagine living in a country that was about to die, or would virtually disappear as if it had been hit by neutron bombs that kill the people but leave the property intact? Japan is just such a country, it’s dying, rather its people are dying at an alarming rate and the country will be mostly dead as a result of a demographic calamity in another hundred years or so if things don’t change.
A 2014 study of Japan’s demographics was recently published and the results were astonishing. People are now paying more attention to the impending disaster. Given current demographic trends, Japan’s population will decrease by 30% in the next 45 years with about half of all municipalities disappearing. In the area of northern Japan where I live and much of rural Japan, about 80% of municipalities will cease to exist. Imagine America with half of the cities and towns gone due to depopulation and several states with 80% of the towns erased off the map and you will understand the enormity of the situation facing Japan.
Japanese people and government officials are well aware of the problem. People fret and say that ‘something needs to be done’, but there is little analysis of the disastrous economic and geopolitical effects and no analysis of the causes and potential solutions. People really have their heads buried in the sand, perhaps because they think it’s going to be someone else’s problem when the country’s population falls from 125 million to 85 million and half of the remaining people are elderly.
But it’s not going to happen overnight, so people who are alive today and their children will need to deal with a shrinking economy, the costs of taking care of so many elderly people, and the security risks that Japan will encounter if it maintains it’s bad relations with neighboring countries while at the same time being less able to defend itself because it is depopulated and economically shriveled.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on June 2, 2015.

Eyes in the Sky: FBI Is Operating Fleet of Surveillance Planes

Not only is the FBI operating it’s own little air force of surveillance planes, the agency created at least thirteen fictitious companies to conceal the fleet’s purpose from the public.
The Associated Press broke the story yesterday:
The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.
The FBI confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Even basic aspects of the program are withheld from the public in censored versions of official reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general.
In a statement, spokesman Christopher Allen said, ‘The FBI’s aviation program is not secret. Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes.’ He added that the FBI’s planes ‘are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance.’
But the planes CAN capture video of unrelated criminal activity on the ground that could be handed over for prosecutions. And some of the planes can be equipped with technology that can identify thousands of people below through the cellphones they carry – even if they’re not making a call or in public. Officials said that practice, which mimics cell towers into giving up basic subscriber information, is rare.


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

Sounding The Alarm On The Country’s Vulnerability To An EMP

Establishment insiders are worried we’re too vulnerable.
In the past here at Peak Prosperity, we’ve written extensively on the threat posed by a sustained loss of electrical grid power. More specifically, we’ve warned that the most damaging threat to our grid would come from either a manmade or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
A good friend of mine, Jen Bawden, is currently sitting on a committee of notable political, security and defense experts — which includes past and present members of Congress, ambassadors, CIA directors, and others — who are equally concerned about this same threat and have recently sent a letter to Obama pleading for action to protect the US grid.
Before we get to that letter, here’s a snippet from what we wrote on the matter roughly a year ago:
We talk a lot about Peak Cheap Oil as the Achilles’ heel of the exponential monetary model, but the real threat to the quality of our daily lives, if not our lives themselves, would be a sustained loss of electrical power. Anything over a week without power for any modern nation would be a serious problem. A month would lead to chaos and many deaths.
When the power goes out, everything just stops. For residential users, even a few hours begins to intrude heavily as melting freezers, dying cell phones, and the awkward realization that we don’t remember how to play board games nudge us out of our comfort zone.
However, those are just small inconveniences.
For industrial and other heavy users, the impact of even a relatively short outage can be expensive or even ghastly. Hospitals and people on life-assisting machinery are especially vulnerable. Without power, aluminum smelters face the prospect of the molten ore solidifying in the channels from which it must be laboriously removed before operations can be restarted.
Many types of nuclear power plants have to switch to back-up diesel generators to keep the cooling pumps running. And if those stop for any reason (like they run out of fuel), well, Fukushima gave us a sense of how bad things can get.
And of course banking stops, ATMs are useless, and gas stations cannot pump gas. Just ask the people of New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
A blackout of a few hours results in an inconvenience for everyone and something to talk about.
But one more than a day or two long? Things begin to get a bit tense; especially in cities, and doubly so if it happens in the hot mid-summer months.
Anything over a week and we start facing real, life-threatening issues. National Geographic ran a special presentation, American Blackout, in October 2013 — it presented a very good progression covering exactly what a timeline of serious grid disruption would look and feel like. I recommend the program for those interested.
We’re exploring this risk because there are a number of developments that could knock out the power grid for a week or more. They include a coronal mass ejection (CME), a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device, a cascading grid failure, and malicious hacking or electronic attacks.

This post was published at PeakProsperity on June 1, 2015.

Petrobras Pays Up: The High Price Of Issuing A 100 Year Bond

The scandal-surrounded, junk-rated, state-managed Brazilian oil producer Petrobras managed to successfully issue a $2.5 billion notional 100-year bond yesterday. Mainstream media is cock-a-hoop over the fact that the ‘market’ seemed to soak this bond up so easily and at a yield of 8.45% (which was 20-30bps below guidance) amid an order book apparently up to asround $10 billion. However, for those with some math skills, the truth is that it cost Petrobras around $380 million more than market-implied levels to successfully launch the bond (and so it should).
Petrobras is not the first to issue a Century-bond (as the following chart from Bond Vigilantes shows back in 2010)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 06/02/2015.

‘Green’ Policies Don’t Make Economic Sense Even on Their Own Terms

When confronting the typical proponents of ‘green’ government policies, the free-market economist must make a strategic decision: Since most of these recommended (and often, actually implemented) State measures make no sense even on their own terms, one course of action is to stipulate the alleged goals and simply point out that the policies do not achieve them.
However, the danger with such concessions ‘for the sake of argument’ is that the interventionists can then say, ‘So you agree with us that the free market, left to its own devices, will drive humanity over a cliff, and now we’re all just quibbling over the details.’ That’s why it’s also important to stress that the underlying fearmongering is baseless, too.
In the present blog post, I’ll move through the spectrum of possible responses. First, Ross McKitrick – who wrote a graduate-level textbook on the economic analysis of environmental policy – has a new study for the Canadian Fraser Institute, critiquing Canadian ‘green’ regulations that make no sense on their own terms.
Specifically, McKitrick shows that if we stipulate for the sake of argument that (say) Canadians are emitting too much carbon dioxide, then the proper policy response would directly target CO2 emissions. So even if you thought this were a worthy objective, it would still be ludicrous (McKitrick argues) to ban 100W incandescent light bulbs – especially in Canada, where most of the electricity is generated through hydro and nuclear.

This post was published at Mises Canada on June 1st, 2015.

Conversations with Everyday Americans – Hillary Launches $2,700 per Person ‘Grassroots’ Fundraiser in Boston

If you want to see how completely disconnected Hillary Clinton is from the ‘everyday Americans’ she claims to represent, you need to look no further than her recent campaign invitation to a Boston fundraiser where attendees are asked to shell out $2,700 per person for a ‘ticket.’
It was only just yesterday that I highlighted a recent Federal Reserve study that showed that 47% of Americans couldn’t handle an unexpected expense of $400. In the post, Use of Alternative Financial Services, Such as Payday Loans, Continues to Increase Despite the ‘Recovery,’ we learned that:
The most frightening finding in the Federal Reserve’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U. S. Households in 2014 concerns a matter of $400. Four-hundred bucks. Twenty twenties. Four Benjamins.

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

Private Policing, Law Enforcement, & Adjudication in a Stateless Society

Private Security
When discussing the idea of a free society – meaning a stateless society – I often use Las Vegas casinos as an example of how market-provided police forces would be much more secure, effective, and efficient than the government-provided police forces we all currently live (and suffer) under.
If you spend any time whatsoever in any casino here in Vegas, you’ll immediately notice that there are private security officers everywhere, both uniformed and plain-clothed. And cameras. Lots of cameras.
And something else you’ll likely notice, which may seem odd: those security officers are some of the nicest, most respectful, honorable people you’ll meet.
And the kicker: you’ll rarely see any problem or commotion arise in a casino – let alone any actual crime.
In the twelve years I’ve lived in Vegas (since Aug 2002), I’ve not seen any serious problem arise in any casino. Sure, there’s a disruptive drunk or vocal dispute now and then, which gets dealt with immediately, or escorted outside before it escalates. But crime, or any type of serious altercation? I’ve never seen one. Not one. And remember, we’re talking about an extremely heavy cash-flow environment – cash everywhere you look – which would typically attract criminals, and be susceptible to criminal activity on a regular basis. Add to that the booze – which is flowing non-stop – and you have a volatile recipe for trouble.
But instead, casinos boast a festive environment, most everyone is having a grand time, and the entire facility generally feels quite safe and secure for the duration.
I doubt many of us would agree that it feels this way out in the streets – even in our own neighborhoods – andespecially when government-provided police officers happen to be around. In fact, whenever they’re around, I actually feel less safe. I’m much more worried about what those officers might decide to do to me than what a few strangers on the street might do.
Why is this so? Why the stark difference between private security officers, and public police officers? The answer is simple: private security firms are subject to market forces – accountability, customer satisfaction, adherence to rules and policies, competition from other firms, etc. – and public police forces are not.

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