More Sony Hack/North Korea Psyop Fun: Team America World Police Screenings Canceled

Hey government and mainstream, lapdog establishment media: I thought we were supposed to be afraid of ISIS… Now it’s North Korea?
What a ridiculous reality we live in.
Right now the mainstream media is flooding the news cycle with story after story trying to rile people up about how the FBI has officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack which led to the company canceling its scheduled release of the upcoming Seth Rogan movie ‘The Interview,’ ostensibly to avoid terror attacks at theaters.
Yesterday The New York Times ran a story titled, ‘U. S. Weighs Response to Sony Cyberattack, With North Korea Confrontation Possible.’ Voice of America, one of our government’s more openly official propaganda arms, ran with the headline, ‘US: Sony Cyberattack is ‘Serious’ National Security Matter.’ I saw the headline on VOA and went, ‘Uh-huh. Suuuuuuure it is.’
The Telegraph is even saying China helped.
And it’s official: the mainstream media sound like a bunch of children stomping around flailing their arms, ‘Look over here, look over here!! Pay attention to me, dammit!’ for a story that most people aren’t even sure they should waste eyeball juice on.
At the same time, alternative media outlets are rightfully calling this whole thing what it very likely is: a U. S. intelligence operation, and a huge (and frankly ridiculous) distraction.
Two family members have individually asked me now what I personally think of the Sony/North Korea story. My first response when I saw the headlines prior to the ridiculousfest blowing up the last few days was a yawn and a stretch. My response today, however, when they asked was more along the lines of *insert mind-melting scream here* akin to the sound of a rabid ninja camel fist-fighting a giant zombie anteater on crack with lightning bolts for eyes.
So people are actually buying this crap? Really?!

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 19th, 2014.

Why the Sony Hack Really Matters

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The most important lesson we may be learning from the hacking of Sony Corp. is also the most disturbing. From what Americans can know so far (and even officials lacking security clearances probably don’t know close to everything), it seems that the United States lacks cyber-war escalation dominance with North Korea as well as with China.
As I’ve written before, escalation dominance is strategists’ fancy way of describing retaliatory power so great that it puts an intimidating fear of God into any prospective attacker. Washington’s weakfish response to Chinese government hacking activity – mainly an offer to discuss hacking rules of the road with Beijing – certainly suggested strongly a determination that some kind of counter-hack or other punishment created too great a threat of a broader cyber-conflict that America simply could not risk waging.
The Obama administration has made no such suggestion to Pyongyang and the threats made by the hackers against prospective patrons of Sony’s ‘The Interview.’ Indeed, the White House publicly threatened retaliation – which sounds more encouraging. So did the President’s own recommendation ‘people go to the movies’ (albeit with the qualifier ‘For now).

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner on December 19, 2014.

“Some North Korean Folks Are Hacking…” President Obama Explains “Costs” – Live Feed

Having become convinced that the North Koreans are responsible for hacking the Japanese company Sony(with the apparent help of China or some Chinese folks… though not Russia or ISIS yet), President Obama will hold a press conference to – we are sure – show us the proof, explain how bad the movie was anyway, discuss the “costs” to be imposed, and point out that the terrorists did not win…
President Obama is due to speak at 1330ET (plan accordingly)…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/19/2014.

FBI Implicates North Korea In Sony Hack To Push Many Different Agendas – Episode 545

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 18, 2014
Over 50,000 young people in UK are undocumented. Swiss central bank is imposing negative interest rates. Jobless claims decrease across the country after spiking 6% the month before. Housing crash is being blamed on the declining price of oil. Baltic Dry Index declines again. China might be positioning to bail out Russia. US hands over MH17 data but it will be kept confidential. A Ukrainian soldier comes forward and reports Ukraine shot down MH17. More troops heading to Iraq, bringing the total to 5,100. Cyber Attack on Sony is being used to demonize, place sanctions on North Korea. The other agenda is to get the Cyber Security Bill, and the Cyber Attack Insurance passed.

White House Confirms Sony Hack Is “National Security” Matter, Merits “Approporiate Response”

Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking Sony, the Obama administration appears to have made up its unequivocal mind that they are responsible… (even as they say the Sony hack origin is still under investigation) and now…
*SONY HACK BEING TREATED AS NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER: EARNEST *EARNEST SAYS SONY HACKING MERITS ‘APPROPRIATE RESPONSE’ The White House spokesman added that daily meetings are being held on the attack. We wonder just how soon it will be before the Nobel Peace Prize winner decides it’s time to take ‘action’.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/18/2014.

False Flag In Australia To Put Boots On The Ground In Syria To Get Assad – Episode 542

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 15, 2014
Empire manufacturing collapses. Industrial productions surges even when the Baltic Dry Index declines again. Home builders realizing housing is collapsing. Russia and North Korea signing on the prevention of military activities. Ukraine three major airports closed meanwhile weapons from NATO are flown into those airports. Obama waiting for Europe to impose sanctions and then he will sign the sanction order. The people of Libya are now trying to take over the oil ports. US preparing to go into Libya. Terrorist hostage standoff in Australia. This false flag event was to push the agenda of putting boots on the ground and invading Syria.

Horrific Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century

Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be ‘American’ to future generations. Once upon a time, Americans were the good guys. But now, instead of fighting the Nazis we are behaving just like them. The details of the Senate torture report that was just released are almost too horrifying to talk about. We must talk about them though, because we are losing our soul as a nation. So please be warned – this article is going to be quite graphic. The reason for this is so that we can all take a long, hard, honest look at what we have become. After everything that has happened, top politicians from both political parties are still standing up and defending those that conducted and authorized this torture. The rest of the world is watching this, and the number of people that are absolutely convinced that America is pure evil is growing by the day. By not loudly condemning this torture and bringing the perpetrators to justice, we add fuel to the fire of those that hate this country, and we make it more likely that Americans will be targets of violence all over the planet.
There are very few people that are more outspoken about the evil of Islamic terrorism than I am. But there is no way that we will ever defeat Islamic terrorists by becoming just like them.
When I was growing up, I was taught that Americans never torture their prisoners. That was something that the Russians, the Nazis, the Chinese and the North Koreans did. We were the ‘good guys’, and so I was taught that we always treated our prisoners humanely.
Oh how things have changed.
The following is a summary of some of the details from the Senate torture report that just came out. As a nation, we should be deeply, deeply ashamed of what our government has been doing…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on December 9th, 2014.

North Korea: From Hermit Kingdom to Merchant Kingdom?

Toward the end of her remarkable speech at this year’s One Young World Summit in Dublin, North Korean defector and human rights activist Yeon-mi Park listed three ways in which ordinary people can help freedom-seekers in North Korea:
One, educate yourself so you can raise awareness about the human crisis in North Korea. Two, help and support North Korean refugees who are trying to escape to freedom. Three, petition China to stop repatriation.
To this list, Swiss-born businessman Felix Abt might add a fourth suggestion: do business with them. This suggestion forms the heart of Abt’s new book, A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom (Tuttle Publishing 2014).
From Hermit Kingdom to Merchant Kingdom Those familiar with the situation in North Korea (officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) will not find Abt’s title as shocking as it’s probably intended to be. Indeed, as early as 2009, and undoubtedly even before that, Western media outlets were reporting on ‘the secret capitalist economy of North Korea’ (i.e., the black market) which sprung up in response to the famine of the mid-1990s. Writing for the Washington Post in May 2014, Yeon-mi Park herself even referred to the young people currently living in North Korea as the ‘Jangmadang, or ‘Black Market Generation’.’ These young people, she says, are far more individualistic than their predecessors, far less loyal to the ruling Kim regime, and infinitely more likely to be exposed to outside media and information.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on DECEMBER 3, 2014.

What Can Hong Kong And Cuba Teach Us About Economic Policy?

Early this year, I shared an amusing but accurate image that showed an important difference between capitalism and socialism.
And in 2012, I posted a comparison of Detroit and Hiroshima to illustrate the damage of big government.
Well, if you combine those concepts, you get this very pointed look at the evolution of Cuban socialism and Hong Kong capitalism.

Some might dismiss these photos as being unrepresentative, and it’s reasonable to be skeptical. After all, I’m sure it would be easy to put together a series of photos that make it seem as if the United States is suffering from decay while France is enjoying a boom.
So let’s go to the data. In previous posts, I’ve shared comparisons of long-run economic performance in market-oriented nations and statist countries. Examples include Chile vs. Argentina vs. Venezuela, North Korea vs. South Korea, Cuba vs. Chile, Ukraine vs. Poland, Hong Kong vs. Argentina, Singapore vs. Jamaica, and the United States vs. Hong Kong and Singapore.
Now let’s add Cuba vs. Hong Kong to the mix.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/28/2014.

The Breakdown Of International Cooperation

The Breakdown Of International Cooperation
Some of the major problems that humanity faces today transcend borders, and as such international cooperation is of vital importance. But recent events make such cooperation increasingly more challenging.
Without going into the wisdom of the decision, sanctions imposed on Russia over its foreign policy in Ukraine have a wide range of implications that go much beyond the economic sphere. For one, international dialogue is breaking down fast; just this week Russian President Vladimir Putin unceremoniously left the G20 meeting early.
Inevitably, this will have repercussions on major international cooperation initiatives, perhaps irreversibly in some cases. Here are a few notable examples:
Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament
It is in no one’s interest that nuclear weapons go rogue. But the fear – or threat – of this happening can still carry some negotiating leverage.
Russia recently signed an agreement to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran, with the possibility of building another six. All reactors will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, with all uranium fuel supplied by Russia and then taken back for reprocessing to prevent Iran from using the spent fuel to produce atomic weapons.
So far, so good. However, the insistence of one of the most fossil fuel rich countries in the world, ruled by a strict theocracy whose leaders regularly demonize the West, to have nuclear power has to raise some suspicion.
And out in the Far East, North Korea, China’s de facto buffer zone against core US allies in the region, is rattling its nuclear saber once again, this time in response to a damning United Nations report stating that the country’s regime is unparalleled in its human rights violations in the contemporary world.
Given the ongoing diplomatic malaise, Western nations may be increasingly forced to deal with these issues on their own.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/22/2014.

People Of Libya On The Verge Of Capturing Oilfields, Central Bankers Making Their Move – Episode 503

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 28, 2014
Consumer confidence surged on the hope incomes will rise. Durable order declined. Pending home sales disappoint as Realtors say clients cannot get financing. US home ownership dropped back down to 1983 levels. China is allowing direct trade between yuan and Singapore dollar. 214000 doctors opt out of Obamacare. Ebola can be transferred via air and the CDC announced no quarantines for Doctors returning from West Africa. Afghanistan turning to China to help fight terrorists. Propaganda heating up about North Korea nuclear weapons. People of Libya getting ready to capture oil fields, now the central bankers will make their move. Now Germany is reporting that the Islamic State has the ability to shoot planes down. No fly zone in the works.
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North Korea in grip of leadership tension

North Korean leader Kim Jong-eun's extended absence from public view opened a flood gate of rumors. It went from a military coup to broken ankles, with gout, diabetes and obesity also mentioned. International concern with Kim's absence was justified, given the immense power this 31-year-old leader inherited from his father, Kim Jong-il, who passed away in December 2011.
An objective assessment of Kim's dismal performance during the past two-and-one-half years is compelling: North Korea has become a more isolated and despised nation. The missile launches, nuclear test, threats of a pre-emptive nuclear attack, the brutal execution of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and the routine vitriol coming out of Pyongyang all contributed to North Korea's pariah status.
Thus the initial hope that this young leader would move North Korea in a more positive direction gave way to despair, when North Korea assumed a more strident and belligerent attitude; an attitude that alienated its leadership from all countries, including China. It would not have been unreasonable to assess that this period of failed leadership was the catalyst for a military coup by those seniors in North Korea who wanted to reverse this negative trajectory; who wanted North Korea to engage economically with the international community and have United Nations sanctions lifted. Indeed, it could have been those in North Korea who wanted to re-establish North Korea's special relationship with a China that provides North Korea with the crude oil, aviation fuel and food aid necessary for the well-being of the country.

This post was published at Asia Times

Vladimir Putin Responds To Obama’s ‘Hostile’ Acts: Warns of Nuclear Consequences

When the leadership of North Korea or Iran suggests a nuclear attack against the United States the threat is usually dismissed as mere posturing by extremist regimes.
But when the President of a global military super power like Russia makes such a threat, then perhaps it’s time to start paying attention.
In an interview with Serbia’s Politika newspaper Vladimir Putin did not mince words about his feelings surrounding the recent sanctions against his country’s economy and monetary system. He believes the actions of Europe and the United States to be hostile acts and he warns that Russia is prepared to go all the way if the hostilities continue.
It’s futile for the U. S. and its allies to ‘blackmail’ Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin said in a newspaper interview today.
Russia’s partners should remember the risks involved in disputes between nuclear powers, Putin said.
He accused Barack Obama of adopting a ‘hostile’ approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U. S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 16th, 2014.

On The Precipice Of A Breakdown In Confidence

People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.
? Bill Watterson, ‘Calvin And Hobbes’
Here is the most fundamental idea behind game theory, the one concept you MUST understand to be an effective game player. Ready?You are not a super genius, and we are not idiots. The people you are playing with and against are just as smart as you are. Not smarter. But just as smart. If you think that you are seeing more deeply into a repeated-play strategic interaction (a game!) than we are, you are wrong. And ultimately it will cost you dearly. But if there is a mutually acceptable decision point – one that both you and we can agree upon, full in the knowledge that you know that we know that you know what’s going on – that’s an equilibrium. And that’s a decision or outcome or policy that’s built to last. Fair warning, this is an ‘Angry Ben’ email, brought on by the US government’s ‘communication policy’ on Ebola, which is a mirror image of the US government’s ‘communication policy’ on markets and monetary policy, which is a mirror image of the US government’s ‘communication policy’ on ISIS and foreign policy. We are being told what to think about Ebola and QE and ISIS. Not by some heavy-handed pronouncement as you might find in North Korea or some Soviet-era Ministry, but in the kinder gentler modern way, by a Wise Man or Woman of Science who delivers words carefully chosen for their effect in constructing social expectations and behaviors.
The words are not lies. But they’re only not-lies because if they were found to be lies that would be counterproductive to the social policy goals, not because there’s any fundamental objection to lying. The words are chosen for their truthiness, to use Stephen Colbert’s wonderful term, not their truthfulness. The words are chosen in order to influence us as manipulable objects, not to inform us as autonomous subjects.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/14/2014.

Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un been deposed?

Kim has not been seen publicly since September 4, and is reportedly suffering from gout, the "kings' malady" form of arthritis brought on by rich diet and sedentary lifestyle. He also reportedly underwent surgery for two broken ankles.
But according to some experts, his absence from the September meeting of the nation's rubber-stamp congress, the Supreme People's Assembly, is only the latest indication that something has gone seriously awry for the dictator.
The trip comes just days after Jang Jin Sung, a former counterintelligence official and high-ranking member of Kim Jong Il's regime, told fellow exiles in Netherlands that he believed recent events only added evidence that Kim was no longer in charge.

This post was published at UPI

Obama’s Russian Sanctions Are Backfiring on US & Further Destroying The World Economy

The US up until Bush, Jr has been the driving force behind the World Economy. I warned that the USA peaked in 1999 and that we would begin to see a decline that would result in the fragmentation of the USA at the end of the cycle. However, the cycle of Political Change on the USA peaked in 2013. On April 18th, this is when the confrontation between Obama and Putin began as he tried to gear-up for war to get a pipeline through Syria to compete with Russia. Syria was then accused of using Chemical Weapons. The model turned April 22nd, 2013.
It was also April 2013 when North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, despite stiffer sanctions from the UN, announced plans to expand his nuclear weapons and strengthen the country’s economy. So much for sanctions working there. Nevertheless, Obama has been implementing sanctions against Russia, but Obama’s pattern of complete disaster in foreign policy is repeating yet again as Europe is suffering an economic implosion and Obama has dealt a serious death-blow to the GDP of Europe particularly in agriculture. The golden rule in France – never mess with its farmers.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on October 1, 2014.

CB Propaganda: ISIS Establishment In Libya, Lebanon and Yemen Is Now Imminent- Episode 459

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 4, 2014
ADP private payroll missed expectations. PMI has fallen for the 2nd month in a row. ECB cut rates to counter the declining Eurozone economy. The people want stricter boarders and no work permits for illegals. US and South Korea building special unit to destroy WMD in North Korea. Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire for Friday. President Obama continues beating the war drum. NATO has authorized military aid for Ukraine. David Cameron says the western world does not need Assad’s permission to bomb inside his country. The tribes of Libya and Yemen are ousting their government and now the central bankers/US Government are painting the picture that the Islamic State is now entering and forming in these countries.