“Those who work as spies know the risks from America’s enemies, but they shouldn’t have to worry about politicized retribution from its friends” – The Wall Street Journal. These officials should have never be prosecuted in a court; they should be protected from such actions. This prosecution is a betrayal of those who worked hard to prevent more massacres and to cripple the infrastructure of jihad. That is the most important lesson: our spies and officials involved in the war against Islamic terrorism, like those who prevented another 9/11, now fear not only the wrath of the jihadists, but also the witch hunt of our media and judicial system. One of the most important chapters in the war on terror is being rewritten — with a moral inversion. Islamic terrorists who were arrested and deported have become “liberal causes clbres“, while agents of the CIA who questioned them are not only being condemned but also financially crushed by punishment and legal bills — for having tried, legally, to save American lives.
Guantanamo Bay has supposedly become “the Gulag of our time“; the psychologists who interrogated the murderer who sawed off Daniel Pearl’s head have been charged with working “for money“; the “black sites” in the Polish and Lithuanian forests have been compared to Nazi concentration camps, and the U. S. jurists and officials who conducted the war on terror have been compared to the Germans hanged in Nuremberg.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
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The New York City Health Department wants to ensure that pet sitters are licensed, and has warned a popular internet-based pet sitter service that its users are in violation of the law.
Following outrage, the Health Department clarified and somewhat softened the regulations, stating that ‘individual families’ would not be targeted, but that commercial pet sitters in private homes would be.
It’s worth discussing how a regulation like this will apparently be enforced, as it explains a lot about how state agencies think about us.
First off, we get the usual justification from the Health Department about why these rules are necessary to protect us:
Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez said the ban is justified by public health concerns.
‘To ensure the health and safety of pets and reduce risks to public health, the NYC Health Code requires certain businesses to obtain a Health Department permit and comply with necessary regulations – this includes animal boarding facilities and kennels,’ he said. ‘We also conduct inspections of these facilities to make sure animals would be secure and safe.’
Note the keywords, ‘health’ and ‘safety’ at the beginning, as well as ‘public health’ – who can be against ‘health,’ ‘safety,’ and ‘public health’?
One rare article that tried to defend the regulation is very enlightening. We learn that, for some reason, the Health Department will not issue the licenses to private homes that house or board pets. But, not to worry, hiring someone to come to your home to care for your pet, or perform walking services, remains legal. And, if someone simply watches your pets while you are gone, and no money changes hands, that’s acceptable (according to the city), too.
This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 12, 2017.
How about a bit of analysis, eh?
First, Russia’s Lavrov has apparently said that a nuclear armed North Korea is unacceptable. Well, fancy that. It would have been nice if you gave a **** ten years ago, or five, eh?
Then there’s China. Let us not forget that in order to execute any foreign transaction someone has to intermediate the money coming back into the country. That someone has been one of a handful of Chinese banks, and may I remind you that all banks are licensed by the nation in which they operate. Therefore China has been able to enforce all previous sanctions against North Korea and has willfully refused to.
Now China says that it “will not” interfere if North Korea attacks US interests first. But China made no such promise if we attack to “change the regime.” In fact it claims it will “prevent” us from doing so (sure it will….. how?)
What’s the significance of this bluster from China? It reinforces China’s refusal to adhere to the previous and present UN resolutions and punish those organizations that intentionally violate same, including those very same banks.
This belies the ultimate problem on the Korean peninsula: China most-definitely does not want a unified Korea under a representative republican form of government. In fact it actively fears that happening since said nation would not be able to be controlled and could become hostile on a trade basis to China. In fact, it probably would become hostile to same at least in some degree and worse, if it demonstrated success it would add to the risk of political instability in China itself.
So here we are. China and Russia have sat on their hands or worse, actively aided and funded North Korea for 20+ years while it (1) built a reactor, (2) produced bomb material from said reactor, (3) assembled said bomb and (4) tested said bombs. They also sat back while the nation developed missiles of increasing ranges, up to and now including, it appears, ICBMs.
This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-08-11.
In a statement that has been buried by the rest of Trump’s barrage of soundbites today, including the ongoing back on forth verbal war on North Korea, as well as Mueller, Manafort and McConnell, during his second meeting with reporters at his golf complex in Bedminster, President Trump said something which could push his war with the intel community and the “deep state” into uncharted territory.
In his first public comment on the recent decision by the Kremlin to seize two US compounds and kick out 755 US diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Obama in December, Trump said “I want to thank” Russian President Vladimir Putin for ousting hundreds of US embassy employees “because we’re trying to cut down our payroll.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.
It should come as no surprise that the Merkel government has been trying to hide the extent of the ongoing refugee crisis in Germany. The Merkel government appears to be trying to keep police surveillance of border controls top secret. Despite the fact that Merkel did close the Balkan route into Germany, the federal police continue to report there is a ‘high number of migrants’ entering Germany through the border with Austria. The migration to Germany is continuing. Back in 2015, Merkel boldly said Germany could accommodate 500,000 migrants annually for the next several years, and that $6.6 billion had been set aside for costs related to processing and accommodating them. Germany and Sweden give the refugees the most money for just coming there. Refugees in Germany receive up to 346 per month from the state, in Sweden, the monthly allowance is up to 224. In Britain, the equivalent sum is 217. This is why Germany is the number one destination. This is money to them that was often a one-year’s wage in a single month plus room and board.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 10, 2017.
One of the most controversial aspects of the Iraq war was the heavy use of defense contractors, who were in many cases paid vast sums of money to do jobs that you’d think an ordinary soldier could do. When it was all said and done, defense contractors had reaped $138 billion dollars by providing security, logistics, and construction services. Among the most notorious of these contractors was Blackwater, whose employees gained a reputation for reckless behavior that caused many unnecessary deaths.
Fast forward to today, and now Blackwater’s founder, former Navy Seal Erik Prince, is pushing for a plan to win the war in Afghanistan by replacing the soldiers with defense contractors. Prince first suggested the plan last May in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, where he described this idea in colonial terms. The private military units would be based on units that were deployed by the British East India Company, and would be lead by a single person who he referred to as an ‘American Viceroy,’ that would report directly to the president.
As strange as it may sound, Trump appears to be taking the idea seriously. It’s hard to blame him. Afghanistan is now America’s longest running war, and no matter how many soldiers, generals, aid, or money we throw at the country, nothing seems to bring stability. Which is why this radical new plan probably looks very enticing to Trump right now.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 8th, 2017.
The US government (the leader of fake news) and the place where the biggest liars and frauds in human history have gathered) has put together a study that validates themselves. Hold your surprise that a government funded study done by the government that demands strict regulations and taxes in the name of climate change validated every single thing they’ve been saying about climate change for years.
If you believe that climate change can be solved by taxation and regulation, I have a Phoenix beach house to sell you. The truth is, the government is the largest perpetrator of fake news, and a growing number of Americans believe that the US government is untrustworthy. Unless the savior, that same US government, writes a study validating climate change, an issue which hugely benefits the government only, then it should be taken as gospel, freedom smashed, money stolen, and lives ruined all for the government’s agenda.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 8, 2017.
Amid President Obama’s ‘recovery’, President Trump’s ‘awesome economy’, and record high stock prices, Salt Lake City mayor Ben McAdams secretly entered the world of the homeless in Utah as he pondered a decision (that he knew would anger many residents) on the selection of a site for a third homeless resource center in his city.
As Deseret News’ Katie McKellar reports, for four months, McAdams has kept a secret (keeping it out of headlines, hoping to avoid the perception, he said, of a “publicity stunt in the face of human suffering”).
Back in March, just days before he was due by state law to select a third site for a new homeless resource center – a decision he knew would anger thousands of his constituents, regardless of his choice – McAdams left work on a Friday with no money or ID and walked to Salt Lake City’s most troubled neighborhood.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 8, 2017.
Since election day, the Trump administration has been hit with an unprecedented number of intelligence leaks as classified information seems to be flowing quite freely from Obama holdovers occupying various government agencies and members of the intelligence community directly to various mainstream media outlets. At this point, one has to wonder why the Washington Post and the New York Times shouldn’t just have an office setup inside the NSA with server access and the highest security clearance…taxpayers might actually some money if we didn’t have to pay for our spies to sneak around Washington passing info to journalists.
But, some hope was offered last week by AG Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who, after months of doing basically nothing, finally announced a plan to crackdown on leakers. Meanwhile, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein took to the Sunday talk show circuit this past weekend for some more ‘tough talk’ saying the DOJ will prosecute any “case that warrants prosecution no matter what their position is.”
‘We’re after the leakers. We’re not after
journalists we’re after people who are committing crimes. We’re going to devote the resources we need to identify who is responsible for those leaks and who has violated the law and hold them accountable.” “If we identify anybody, no matter what their position is, if they violated the law and that case warrants prosecution, we’ll prosecute it.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge
on Aug 8, 2017.
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Ever since I decided to run for Congress, I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about how divided our nation is. Donald Trump has become the most hated person in America, earlier this year a gunman tried to kill as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, and the mainstream media is fueling more hatred for conservatives on a daily basis. I think that I was more than a bit naive in thinking that I wouldn’t be caught up in all of this when I decided to run for public office. It has only been about a month, and so far I have been slandered repeatedly, my wife and daughter have been called all sorts of names, and even our faith has been attacked. I have never seen the left so energized in my entire lifetime, but meanwhile those of us that are trying to move the United States in a more conservative direction are facing an uphill battle when it comes to raising funds. If you believe that people like me should be running for Congress, I hope that you will support my campaign financially. Since there is no incumbent running in my district, the race is completely wide open, and if I raise enough money I will win because I have the strongest message by a very wide margin.
So far we have created a tremendous amount of buzz all over the district. On Friday I was down in Coeur d’Alene, and there are some wonderful conservative people down there that are super excited that I am running. Everywhere we go we are finding that voters are resonating with my extremely conservative message, and if I have enough resources to get this message to every voter in the district, there is no way that I should lose this race.
But of course not everybody is pleased by all the buzz I am creating.
If I win this election, I am very rapidly going to become one of the most hated members of Congress in the entire country. And the reason why I will be hated so much is because I will be what the left fears the most – a conservative with a backbone.
This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 5th, 2017.
21st Century Wire says…
For his role in helping to sow chaos in the US political system and for promulgating the official conspiracy theory that Russia somehow ‘hacked’ the US electoral process helping Donald Trump to win last November, and also ensuring that no charges were brought anywhere near the Clintons – former FBI Director James Comey has just received the first of many gifts from the Establishment.
James Comey is no stranger to elite circles, and is clearly regarded by those at the top as ‘a safe pair of hands.’
As 21WIRE reported last year, James Comey served on the board of banking giant HSBC – the same bank that was convicted of international drugs and terrorism money laundering, as well as a bank which was closely linked to the corrupt Clinton Foundation. After working fellow lawyers Eric Holder and Lorretta Lynch to stage manage the public fall out from revelations about HSBC’s epic criminal enterprise, and their subsequent slap on the wrist, Comey was then rewarded by President Obama when he was appointed head of the FBI in 2013.
By anyone’s measure, Comey was central to the mess which has resulted from the political circus surrounding the establishment’s efforts to derail the Trump campaign, and now through the Trump presidency.
This post was published at 21st Century Wire on August 3, 2017.
One has to wonder how many humiliating defeats the vast majority of party members, and prospective party members, are going to accept from the corporate Democratic establishment before they simply toss them out, or form a third party, and encourage the zombie politicians to make it official and take their deals with their Big Money donors and Wall Street.
Jesse’s Cafe Americain
This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe
on 03 August 2017.
We have a very serious problem with Congress. Their actions in far too many ways is displaying (1) a total disregard for international law, and (2) a clear arrogance that they will punish foreigners for not obeying US law. Congress has been on a path of IMPERIALISM since the Obama Administration and it began with taxes. Even John McCain supported a law which thankfully failed that would have required every business to collect the sales tax of every state and remit it to them monthly. You cannot imagine how that would have destroyed small business with legal and accounting fees subjecting them to outrageous penalties for a single mistake. Then came FATCA. Congress has single-handedly destroyed the ability of American small business to grow internationally. The assumed that if an American had any account outside the USA it was to hide money. Since they did not trust the people, they imposed harsh penalties upon any foreign institution that did not REPORT to the United States what any American was doing overseas. An American can no longer open offices overseas for no institution will accept a business account from an American no matter how legitimate because if they FAIL to report what the American is doing, the institution;s assets in the United States can be seized by the government. The risk is far too high so no American or dual citizen can now open a bank account in Europe or Asia reducing American economic expansion.
This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Aug 3, 2017.
Down The Memory Hole Goes The Truth
When German newspaper editor Udo Ulfkotte’s book was published in Germany several years ago, I brought it to the attention of my readers. The book explained why Europe moved in lockstep with Washington. Ulfkotte reported that every significant journalist in Europe had connections to the CIA. This confirmed what I had learned from my Ph. D. dissertation chairman who was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. I asked him how Washington managed to get other governments to do what Washington wanted even when it was not in the best interests of their countries. He replied, ‘money.’ ‘You mean foreign aide,’ I asked. ‘No,’ he said, ‘we give the leaders bags of money.’ In other words, it is not only the European journalists who are bought but also the European politicians.
The English language edition of Ulfkotte’s book has been suppressed, tossed down the Memory Hole. Americans are not to know as it would interfere with the CIA’s control of the explanations that keep Americans in The Matrix.
Below is James Tracy’s account. -PCR –
English Translation of Udo Ulfkotte’s ‘Bought Journalists’ Suppressed?
By James F. Tracy
August 01, 2017 ‘Information Clearing House’ – The English translation of German journalist Udo Ulfkotte’s best-selling book, Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalists) appears to have been suppressed throughout North America and Europe. On May 15, 2017 Next Revelation Press, an imprint of US-Canadian-based publisher Tayen Lane, released the English version of Bought Journalists, under the title, Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News.
This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on August 2, 2017.
International affairs commentator Marko Gasic says that poking the Russian bear until it escalates into aggression is simply a way for the government to easily enlarge the military industrial complex and increase military spending. Scaring the population makes it easier to confiscate their money in the name of safety.
United States Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Estonia on Monday, where he reconfirmed Washington’s commitment to secure the Baltic States against the so-called ‘Russian threat.’ Pence is on a trip through Eastern Europe to show support to Washington’s NATO allies. During a news conference in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, he made it perfectly clear that the US is still committed to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which says, ‘An attack on one of us is an attack on us all.’
RT spoke to Marco Gasic, an international affairs commentator, who thinks Pence’s trip is part of a US strategy to provoke a Russian reaction. RT asked Gasic if Russia is the biggest security threat to the Baltic, as Pence claims. Gasic’s response was not alarming, but it definitely makes sense.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 2, 2017.
On July 20, I covered the mainstream media’s mounting suspicions that North Korea would soon test a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the very near future. Of course, Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon had already warned readers about this possibility in March.
And yesterday evening, the U. S. military observed ”highly unusual’ North Korean submarine activity,’ as well as evidence of an ‘ejection test,’ reported The Washington Examiner.
Again, if you’ve been following along with Money Morning, you already saw this coming…
Bill’s been writing about Pyongyang’s rise to nuclear power since 2013 – at least three years before the mainstream media caught on. He believes that the U. S. Pentagon hasn’t paid due attention to North Korea. Instead, our government has downplayed dictator Kim Jong Un’s threats… until recently.
This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on August 1, 2017.
Vermont Senator and socialist, Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he will absolutely introduce a single-payer health care bill. If you think health care is bad now because of government interference, just wait until the government literally controls your health and body100%.
‘Absolutely, of course, we are,’ Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. ‘We’re just tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.’ Sanders ran on a socialist platform during the 2016 election and was endorsed by ‘democratic socialist’ Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.
‘We are the only major country on earth, the only one, not to guarantee health care to all people,’ he said. ‘The result is 28 million people who are uninsured, millions of people who are paying deductibles and co-payments that are far too high.’ Even though healthcare is not right, Sanders insists on taking more of your hard earned money for single-payer.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JULY 31, 2017.
The federal government is no match for innovation. This is something lawmakers have always known, and it is the reason state and federal regulations exist. But innovation, by its very nature, will always find a way around those regulations, resulting in the implementation of more regulations for creative minds to learn to evade – which they will. This results in the over-regulation we see in America today.
Nothing scares the government more than something it can’t control, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed this week that it is terrified of cryptocurrencies – as well it should be. See, all those lawmakers and bureaucrats sitting around regulating everything depend on taxpayer money to pay their salaries so they can keep writing regulations. Since cryptocurrencies allow people to keep all of their money, this is a big problem for the lawmakers. Soon, people may even start to realize they can buy, sell, and trade freely without any government intervention. The horror.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 30, 2017.
What is the Congress up to with their stupid bill that imposes more sanctions and removes the power of President Trump to rescind the sanctions that President Obama imposed?
Congress is doing two things. One is that Congress is serving their campaign contributors in the military/security complex by being tougher with Russia, thus keeping the orchestrated threat alive so that Americans denied health care don’t start looking at the massive military/security budget as a place to find money for health care.
The other is to put President Trump in a box. If Trump vetos this encroachment on presidential power, Congress and the presstitute media will present the veto as absolute proof that Trump is a Russian agent and is protecting Russia with his veto. If Trump does not veto the bill, Trump will have thrown in his hand and accepted that he cannot reduce the dangerous tensions with Russia.
This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on July 26, 2017.