Spain’s Divide and Unconquer of Catalonia

Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Editor at WOLF STREET. Mexico is his country-in-law. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.
There increasingly appears to be no way forward and no way out of the constitutional spat between Madrid and Catalonia. Rather then addressing the crisis in a proactive manner (i.e. by negotiating with the Catalan government on equal terms), all Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his coterie of ministers and advisors have done is to shoot off one threat after another about the dire consequences Catalonia would face if it were to call a referendum.
For the last two years, Madrid’s only proactive policy has been to sow seeds of discord in Catalonia’s fragile coalition government. In the last week it finally reaped the spoils of its campaign. Without consulting any of his coalition partners, the leader of Catalonia’s regional government, Artur Mas, announced the cancellation of Catalonia’s non-binding referendum on national independence, which had been scheduled for November 9th.
Instead, he said, the government would hold a ‘symbolic’ consultation – one which will basically involve thousands of wholly impartial pro-independence supporters collecting votes on the streets of Catalonia. There will be no voting register, no legal supervision and no control as to who votes and how many times. With no means to prevent ballot-box stuffing, deceased voting or voting with somebody else’s ID, the proposed pseudo-poll can be assigned virtually no legitimacy whatsoever. It is a farce that would risk doing more harm than good to the aspiring nation’s international reputation.
Naturally, Mas’s unilateral declaration has not been well received by his partners in government. At least two members of the four-party coalition, the Catalan Republican Left (now the strongest party in the polls) and Iniciativa, have called for Mas to cancel the mock referendum. They have also demanded that he call an immediate election – and not just any election, but a plebiscite-style one in which voters will be asked to vote for a party based purely on its stance on the independence issue. Once returned to parliament, the new government will call a vote on the issue. If the secessionists win an absolute majority, the parliament will unilaterally declare independence.
A Bottom Up Movement…

This post was published at Wolf Street on October 22, 2014.

Canada Shooter Idenfitied As Canadian National Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau

Moments ago CBS News reported, citing Law enforcement and U. S. Government sources, that the shooter in today’s tragic Ottawa incident was Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau, born in Canada in 1982. One source says he sometime dropped the name Michael and went by Abdul Zehaf Bibeau. At other times he apparently dropped the Abdul. In a report from the Muslim Issue, Zehaf-Bibeau is said to be reportedly of Algerian descent.
Zehaf-Bibeau is the alleged shooter who killed soldier at the national War Memorial before entering the Centre Block and firing off more shots. Epoch Times reporter Matthew Little says that the shooter got as far as the library before Sergeant-At-Arms shot him dead.
Earlier, a Canadian parliament official described the gunman to BBC as looking ‘Arabian’ with ‘long hair and a small beard.’
According to Montreal reporter Domenic Fazioli, Bibeau was arrested five times in the city. He has three possession charges dating back to 2004 (marijuana and PCP). His two other arrests were for parole violations.
Witnesses said they saw Bibeau wearing a black coat with blue jeans, reports CBC. The same report says gun used in the attack was a double-barrel shotgun. Alberta Labor Minister Ric McIver told theOttawa Sun that Bibeau was driving a ‘brown Toyota Corolla with no license plate.’ He added that the car ‘roared up the street and screeched to a halt.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/22/2014.

HOW COME CANADA’S STRICT GUN LAWS DIDN’T STOP TODAY’S SHOOTING?

Didn’t the gunmen who perpetrated this crime know it was illegal to own and use those guns in Canada? What’s the world coming to when criminals don’t obey strict gun laws? Wouldn’t it have been crazy if an armed Canadian citizen had been there and shot the criminal? That’s crazy talk. Canada will just pass some stricter anti-terrorism laws and the government will protect you. Eh?
Ottawa parliament shooting: What are Canada’s gun laws? An unidentified gunman has injured a soldier in Ottawa, Ontario, before running into Parliament Hall where more shots were fired.
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation reports that one of the shooters was a man with dark hair and armed with a long gun. According to witnesses, he fired four shots injuring a soldier standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial before running into the Parliament building. Televised reports say that dozens of shots were fired inside the building, though it is unclear who was firing or how many gunmen there were.
The parliament buildings are currently on lockdown. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other top government officials are reportedly safe.
But for those in the US, where the debate over guns continues to rage, the incident raises the question: Just what are Canada’s gun laws?

This post was published at The Burning Platform on 22nd October 2014.

IRS Stonewaller Lerner’s Emails Are Not Lost, Say Government Lawyers

Government lawyers have told a watchdog group suing over the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Lois Lerner’s emails aren’t missing after all.
Attorneys for the Justice Department surprised Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, on Friday by saying that they have copies of every electronic message ever sent from Lerner, a former top IRS official who is a key figure in a targeting scandal involving conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status.
The IRS told Congress that thousands of Lerner’s emails sent prior to 2011 were hopelessly lost thanks to a hard drive crash that left the data unrecoverable.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on October 22, 2014.

Entire Court in California Had to Step Down – All Judges

The legal system in the United States is becoming so corrupt, this is exactly as Edward Gibbon wrote about the collapse of the rule of law in Rome.
Edward Gibbon wrote of him: Each
‘distinction of every kind soon became criminal. The possession of wealth stimulated the diligence of the informers; rigid virtue implied a tacit censure of the irregularities of Commodus; important services implied a dangerous superiority of merit; and the friendship of the father always insured the aversion of the son. Suspicion was equivalent to proof; trial to condemnation. The execution of a considerable senator was attended with the death of all who might lament or revenge his fate; and when Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse’
(Book 1, Chapter 4).
The legal system in the United States now seriously needs reform for nobody’s property, human rights, or civil rights remain safe when judges are government appointees for life. New York is, of course, out of control where judges are free to simply alter transcripts changing the words of witnesses after the fact, In an important case, US v Ziccetello, the judge alterations unwittingly favored the defendant. The government intent on keeping its 99% conviction rate, argued that the judge changed the transcripts. On page 97 of the opinion, the Court of Appeals admitted it was a ‘unique’ practice and then said it lacked the power to tell judges to obey the law since it is a 5 year felony to alter such court documents. If the Appeals Court lacks power, then who possesses such power.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on October 22, 2014.

Keiser Report: Horror of Apocalypse Now (E669)

The following video was published by RT on Oct 21, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the horror, the horror of the apocalyptic scenes that central bankers have wrought upon the innocent and the deranged alike. This apocalyptic aftermath of meeting the Colonely Kurtz like central bankers is an economy in which the under-30s are left behind and the pauperization of workers through inflation. They also look at the testimony in the lawsuit by Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg in which it was revealed that then Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson lied to Congress! In the second half, Max interviews Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about how democracy has been vaporised in the UK and the result is the falling wages which have led to protests in the streets of London.

Tennessee Woman Sentenced to Jail for Not Mowing Her Lawn

The trend of average U. S. citizens being incarcerated by overzealous judges and prosecutors within the police state formerly known as America continues with reckless abandon. In fact, these sorts of cases are becoming so commonplace I simply cannot keep up with all of them. The following story is a perfect followup to my piece earlier today, which shows how American public school students are being arrested or harassed by police for the most minor of infractions, such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.
If you are an adult American slave, you can add not mowing your lawn to the list of prison-worthy crimes in the police state.
From Yahoo News:
If you are a resident of Lenoir City, Tennessee, you might want to remember to mow your lawn – otherwise, you will be spending the night in jail.
Karen Holloway just spent six hours in a jail cell for failing to maintain her yard in accordance with the standards set by the city.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Oct 21, 2014.

Idaho City Threatens Christian Pastors with Jail if They Don’t Perform Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

Sodomites have been recently emboldened as lower courts lawlessly have been ruling in their favor and as more of them get in positions of power. Recently, the city of Houston has pushed a ‘bathroom bill,’ which was spearheaded by their queer mayor, Annise Parker, to allow men who are gender confused to use women’s bathrooms. Now, the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is skipping towards Gomorrah in a move that would force Christian pastors to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or face a violation of unlawful non-discrimination laws.
The city has an ordinance which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. Among the list of things that can’t be discriminated against are sexual orientation.
The Hitching Post wedding chapel, owned by Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who oppose redefining marriage to include same sex couples have a religious exemption, but they are a for-profit business. So what is the issue?
In 2014, a federal judge in Idaho ruled that the same-sex ‘marriage’ ban was unconstitutional. Upon the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case, the earlier ruling stood.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Oct 21, 2014.

Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?

UPDATE: As I read this notice from ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the US National Institutes of Health, the US Government and Pharmaceutical corporations have been conducting ebola tests on humans. This is official confirmation of Dr. Boyle and Dr. Broderick’s reports that the US government has conducted ebola experiments. Perhaps the vaccine was not effective, and those on whom the experiment was conducted came down with ebola and perhaps also employees in the US bio-warfare laboratories located in Africa where the experiment was conducted.
It appears that the test consists of giving an ebola vaccine and then exposing the unaware person to ebola, apparently an engineered version for bio-warfare. Whatever the tests are, it is clear that Boyle and Broderick in their articles below are correct that experimentation with ebola by the US government is underway.
Two Scientists Say Ebola Originated In US Bio-warfare Lab
Experts have brought to the public’s attention that ebola is a genetically modified organism developed in US biowarfare laboratories in Africa.
In the two articles below reproduced from Tom Feeley’s Information Clearing House (a good site worthy of your support), Dr. Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois and Dr. Cyril Broderick of the University of Liberia and the University of Delaware provide their fact-based assessments. Dr. Boyle drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the US implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.
For speaking out, both Boyle and Broderick will be viciously attacked by the US print and TV media. Remember the case of Gary Webb who exposed the CIA’s drug-running that supported the Contras in Nicaragua. The cocaine that launched the War on Drugs was brought in by the CIA.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 20, 2014.

Snow-Plough Driver In Total CEO Plane Crash Was Drunk, Investigators Say

The awful news overnight of Total CEO Christophe de Margarie’s death in a freak plane crash caused by the jet hitting a snow-plough on the runway has taken a darker twist. As RT reports, Russian prosecutors claim the driver of the snowplough was drunk, and the air traffic controller for the jet was an intern. However, his lawyer, however, says he was completely sober, due to a heart condition preventing him from drinking claiming “he was so sober at the time of the crash,” adding “we don’t want the blame for the accident falling on an ordinary man.” Investigators added that “bad weather conditions and the possibility of a mistake by the pilot will also be considered.” ITAR-TASS reports that Putin has sent his condolences and reached out to Francois Hollande, “Vladimir Putin has long known de Margerie and had a close working relationship with him.”
The snowplough driver survived (while reports last night said he perished) – If proven guilty, the sentence for the driver under Russian law could be up to seven years in prison.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/21/2014.

Liberals Freak Out Over Texas Voter Identification Requirements: ‘Discriminatory Law’

Last week the U. S. Supreme Court gave Texas the go-ahead to enforce voter identification laws at the polls. The court rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights group to overturn the law with a majority of Justices on the court siding with Texas.
The move has liberals all over the country up in arms because the legislation opens the door for other states to move in lockstep with Texas.
Though the majority did not issue a statement, a dissenting opinion from liberal judges that included Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, says that the law is purposefully discriminatory.
‘The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.’
At the Huffington Post, a liberal hotbed of progressive ideas, readers took to their keyboards to show their outrage over the new law.
The law, which allows for seven (7) different methods of identification at the polls, has been attacked, among other things, as an attempt to instill white rule over minorities:

This post was published at shtfplan on October 20th, 2014.

A Caliph In A Wilderness Of Mirrors

I’m aiming at you, lover Cause killing you is killing myself – Orson Welles (director), The Lady from Shanghai,1947
He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants to replace) trying to make Putin (who he wants to behead) suffer because of low oil prices.
If this was a remake of Orson Welles’s noir classic The Lady from Shanghai, in the mirror sequence the lawyer (American?) and the femme fatale (Shi’ite?) would also get killed; but The Caliph of Islamic State would survive as a larger than life Welles, free to roam, plunder and “give my love to the sunrise” – as in a Brave Caliphate World shining in “Syraq” over the ashes of the Sykes-Picot agreement.
He’s winning big in Iraq’s Anbar province. The Caliph’s goons are now closing in on – of all places – Abu Ghraib; Dubya, Dick and Rummy’s former Torture Central. They are at a mere 12 kilometers away from Baghdad International. A shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile (or MANPAD) away from downing a passenger jet. Certainly not an Emirates flight – after all these are trusted sponsors.
Hit, in Anbar province, is now Caliph territory. The police forces and the province’s operational command have lost almost complete control of Ramadi. The Caliph now controls the crucial axis formed by Hit, Ramadi, Fallujah; Highway 1 between Baghdad and the Jordanian border; and Highway 12 between Baghdad and the Syrian border.
The Caliph’s goons are no less than taking over the whole, notorious Baghdad belt, the previous “triangle of death” in those hardcore days of American occupation circa 2004. Message to Donald Rumsfeld: remember your “remnants”? They’re back. And they’re in charge.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/20/2014.

Tom Englehardt Very Articulate Discussion Of Snowden, Golden Age Of Spying

We came to the Englehardt article by first reading a brief one by David Swanson, Shadow Facts About Shadow Government, if you want to start there, first. Both are excellent reads.
From Tom Englehardt:
[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Call me moved. I recently went to the premiere of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s engrossing new film on Edward Snowden, at the New York Film Festival. The breaking news at film’s end: as speculation had it this summer, there is indeed at least one new, post-Snowden whistleblower who has come forward from somewhere inside the U. S. intelligence world with information about a watchlist (that includes Poitras) with ‘more than 1.2 million names’ on it and on the American drone assassination program. Here’s what moved me, however. My new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World, ends with a ‘Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower,’ whose first lines are: ‘I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year… And how exactly do I know this? Because despite our striking inability to predict the future, it’s a no-brainer that the national security state is already building you into its labyrinthine systems.’ And now, of course, such a whistleblower is officially here and no matter how fiercely the government may set out after whistleblowers, there will be more. It’s unstoppable, in part thanks to figures like Poitras, who is the subject of today’s TomDispatch interview. Tom] Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras
Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark.
For our own safety, of course. That goes without saying.
All of this offers a new definition of democracy in which we, the people, are to know only what the national security state cares to tell us. Under this system, ignorance is the necessary, legally enforced prerequisite for feeling protected. In this sense, it is telling that the only crime for which those inside the national security state can be held accountable in post-9/11 Washington is not potential perjury before Congress, or the destruction of evidence of a crime, or torture, or kidnapping, or assassination, or the deaths of prisoners in an extralegal prison system, but whistleblowing; that is, telling the American people something about what their government is actually doing. And that crime, and only that crime, has been prosecuted to the full extent of the law (and beyond) with a vigorunmatched in American history. To offer a single example, the only American to go to jail for the CIA’s Bush-era torture program was John Kiriakou, a CIA whistleblower who revealed the name of an agent involved in the program to a reporter.

This post was published at Edge Trader Plus on October 20, 2014.

GMO Purveyors Monsanto & Co. Open New Fronts in Food War

At stake is not only the nature and quality of food we and successive generations get to consume, but who gets to control it.
By Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Editor at WOLF STREET. Mexico is his country-in-law. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.
Monsanto, the 113-year old St. Louis-based company that long perfected the art of befriending and subverting governments, academia and national regulators worldwide, has found itself in the rather unusual position of being on the back foot. In markets around the world – in particular in the West – the company is waging what appears, for now at least, to be a losing battle against a growing, globally coordinated movement of farmers, consumers and environmentalists.
That’s not to say that the battle is won – not by a long shot! Rather, that there is at least a little cause for quiet optimism.
The Good News
In Latin America, currently the epicenter of the GMO movement, accounting for anywhere between 60 and 70 percent of total global GMO production, Monsanto facesan unprecedented backlash. In Mexico a federal judge by the name of Marroqun Zaleta has suspended the granting of licenses for GMO field trials sought by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pionner-Dupont and Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources [read… Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare].

This post was published at Wolf Street by Don Quijones ‘ October 19, 2014.

As Global Anti-GMO Protest Grows, Monsanto & Co. Make a Quiet Killing in Africa

At stake is not only the nature and quality of food that we and successive generations get to consume, but who gets to control it.
Monsanto, the 113-year old St. Louis-based company that long perfected the art of befriending and subverting governments, academia and national regulators worldwide, has found itself in the rather unusual position of being on the back foot. In markets around the world – in particular in the West – the company is waging what appears, for now at least, to be a losing battle against a growing, globally coordinated movement of farmers, consumers and environmentalists.
That’s not to say that the battle is won – not by a long shot! Rather, that there is at least a little cause for quiet optimism.
The Good News
In Latin America, currently the epicenter of the GMO movement, accounting for anywhere between 60 and 70 percent of total global GMO production, Monsanto faces an unprecedented backlash. In Mexico a federal judge by the name of Marroqun Zaleta has suspended the granting of licenses for GMO field trials sought by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pionner-Dupont and Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources [read… Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare].
At the Southern tip of the continent, in Argentina, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of GMO seeds, a relentless campaign by anti-GMO activists recently put paid, at least temporarily, to Monsanto’s plans to build the world’s biggest GM plant in the central state of Cordoba. Likewise, the governments of countries such as Colombia and Chile have bowed to public pressure and withdrawn – again, temporarily – their so-called ‘Monsanto Laws’, which seek to force farmers to exclusively use certified seeds (i.e. seeds patented by the world’s largest agribusiness companies), in the process outlawing as ‘bio-piracy’ the millennia-old practice of seed swapping.

This post was published at Wolf Street on October 19, 2014.

Obama Plans to Bring African Ebola Patients to the United States?

‘By the authority vested in me by the laws of this nation, I hereby order the cessation of flights with passengers from Western Africa to the United States. I am invoking my power as President to prevent all air travelers from any nation which has a known Ebola outbreak from entering the United States by either direct or indirect means.
Further, I am countermanding my previous order which would have sent members of our military to Liberia. Instead, I am ordering these troops to be deployed to our borders. Until such time as the Ebola crisis has been successfully mitigated, our forces will be quarantining all persons attempting to cross our borders.
My fellow Americans, my fundamental and fiduciary duty, as your President, it to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens of the United States. As inconvenient as these countermeasures may appear to be, in this time of crisis, I believe that this is the best way to protect the American people’.
President Barack Hussein Obama
Executive Order 14000
Ruling America With a Spirit of Depraved Indifference Even if the Ebola outbreak reaches 10,000 American victims, you will never hear these words coming from Obama’s mouth. If the outbreak reaches 100,000 people, you will never readthese words on any Executive Order. The safety and welfare of the American public, is not, and has never been a priority to this administration and never will be.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 19 Oct, 2014.

Idaho SWAT team storms community yard sale in front of customers, children

MERIDIAN, ID – A SWAT team swarmed into a charity-based community yard sale pointing weapons and ‘scaring the heck out of’ bystanders.
The raid took place at the ‘Neighborhood Angel’ yard sale in Meridian, Idaho, which annually sells donated items to benefit a young girl suffering from cancer. When a 39-year-old man arrived on a motorcycle to browse the tables on September 22, 2014, the event organizer described him as an ‘Every day kind of a guy, [an] all-American boy.’
Minutes later, in front of numerous customers and children, armored police officers descended upon the community event, throwing a man to the ground, along with an innocent woman who happened to be standing next to him.
‘All of a sudden the SWAT team came in and arrested him and they told me he was a really bad guy,’ said Flo Martinez to WTVB. ‘I’m a single mom of four kids and it scared the heck out of us.’
Troy Wheeler – the ‘really bad guy’ that required a public display of aggression in front of innocent bystanders and children – was taken into custody for parole violation and breaking prohibition laws. Besides a battery conviction 13 years ago, his record is unremarkable and all prohibition-related.
The wisdom of the yard sale raid is questionable at best, especially if the suspect had actually been ‘heavily armed’ as the police proclaimed. The potential for innocent casualties – caused either by the suspect or by the police themselves – had to be higher at the crowded yard sale than if the arrest took place in a less public setting.

This post was published at Police State USA on October 18, 2014.

Our New Robot Overlords & The Third Type of Capital

Fortune will instead favor a third group: those who can innovate and create new products, services, and business models.
A recent issue of Foreign Affairs sported a catchy cover teaser: Our New Robot Overlords. This brings to mind various sci-fi scenarios, but the actual article title is academic to the point of obscurity: Labor, Capital and Ideas in the Power Law Economy.
Rather than rehash the usual failed Keynesian Cargo Cult economics, the authors describe three powerful ideas that resonate very strongly with my own work: 1. Digital technologies (networked software, automation and robotics) are radically reducing the need for human labor and the leverage of traditional capital (land, fixed assets and cash) globally.
2. Premiums flow to whatever inputs are scarce. Labor and traditional capital are no longer scarce; what’s scarce is innovative, practical ideas. Ideas (for new models, products, services, processes, etc.) are a third form of capital that will accrue most of the rewards.
3. This distribution of premiums/rewards follows a power law, i.e. the Pareto Distribution where the “vital few” with the 3rd type of capital (good ideas) reap most of the rewards.
This is of course a generalized simplification, and there are plenty of parts of the economy that still depend on labor and conventional capital. But the point here is that thanks to globalization and overcapacity, most inputs are no longer scarce, and so the premium (high wages and/or profit margins) that the owners of labor and capital can charge is trending down in every tradable sector.
This mirrors the analysis of socio-economist Immanuel Wallerstein, which I have covered in some depth:

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on OCTOBER 18, 2014.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks to the World – Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Readers, I now have for you the complete English transcript of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech to the United Nations. Lavrov’s speech, together with President Putin’s remarks in his Serbian press conference (excerpts posted on this site) clearly indicate that the moral leader of the world is Russia, not Washington.
The Russians have come out of tyranny as America descends into tyranny. Washington’s barbarity in the world is unprecedented. For 13 years Americans have permitted their government to bomb women, children and village elders in seven countries based entirely on lies and the selfish interests of the ruling elite. Washington has spewed depleted uranium everywhere, causing massive birth defects and health problems. We must remember that Washington is the only government that dropped nuclear weapons on helpless civilian populations. The victims were Japanese when the Japanese government was trying to surrender.
Putin’s warning to the White House Fool that humanity’s existence requires that Obama ‘remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability’ is a pointed demand that the White House Fool halt Washington’s aggression toward Russia. We have had enough, Putin said. We are a patient people, but we are running out of patience with your idiocy.
It is not ebola but Washington that is a plague upon the world. Washington has declared itself to be above both the US Constitution and International Law. Washington has destroyed the sovereignty of Great Britain, all of Europe, and Japan and permits none of the countries in its empire of captive nations to have a foreign policy independent of Washington. Europe and Japan are nothing but punk puppet states whose ‘leaders’ are well paid for their subservience to Washington.
Insouciant Americans are told that as they are the exceptional, indispensable people, their government has a right to be unaccountable to law. Law is what Washington imposes on others. Washington’s hegemony over others is the right of the ‘exceptional nation.’ No other country counts or has any rights.
Russia and China disagree with Washington. Russia formed between the third and eighth centuries and reformed after the Mongol invasion. China has been around for five thousand years. The US is 238 years old, and judging by its behavior remains a two-year old.
Here is Lavrov speaking for Russia to the world. No one in the US government is capable of giving such a speech. The speech follows after these excerpts:
‘Attempts to put pressure on Russia and to compel it to abandon its values, truth, and justice have no prospects whatsoever for success.’
‘The [US] policy of ultimatums and the philosophy of supremacy and domination do not meet the requirements of the 21st century, and run counter to the objective process of developing a polycentric and democratic world order.’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 17, 2014.

Joe Biden’s Cocaine-Using, Navy-Busted Son Now Working For Huge Ukraine Company

Within weeks of being kicked out of the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of directors of the largest non-governmental gas producer in war-torn Ukraine.
Only now has it been revealed that Robert Hunter Biden, the vice president’s second son, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February of 2014. Less than a year earlier, he had applied for and was acceptedinto a Navy program that allows civilians with no prior service to receive a limited duty officer’s commission.
Citing sources familiar with Biden’s situation, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Mr. Biden was commissioned as an ensign on May 7, 2013, and assigned to Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va., a reserve unit, according to the Navy.
In June 2013, after reporting to his unit in Norfolk, he was given a drug test, which turned up positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Biden was discharged in February, the Navy said.
Following reports of his discharge for drug use, Hunter Biden, who is a lawyer by training, acknowledged the news accounts are true.
What makes the Biden ‘bust’ especially interesting, though, is the fact that the vice president’s son, who graduated from Yale Law School, was made a member of the board of directors of a huge Ukrainian company shortly after being kicked out of the U. S. Navy Reserve.

This post was published at The Burning Platform on October 17, 2014.