Presenting the nominees for The Dumbest Government of 2014

Each year governments around the world seem to compete with one another to come up with the dumbest and worst policies possible. But which one is the stupidest?
The competition is indeed tight as there are just so many terrible entries to consider. But my team and I took some time over the holidays to narrow it down.
We’ll leave it to you to help decide which one should be crowned Dumbest Government of 2014.
In order to cast your vote, leave a comment on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (@thesovereignman #stupidestgov2014), and we’ll release the results later this week.
It is difficult to quantify policy stupidity, as this is one area in which governments can be exceptionally creative. So we’ve decided to set some criteria to help make comparisons.
The two main measurements we look at are greatest damage done to personal freedom and economic activity.
We’re also looking at the biggest relative decline in the past year, not merely the worst government in absolute terms – otherwise North Korea would have topped the list for the past few decades.
This year we’ve seen a significant move in the digital world towards spying, censorship, and limitations of free speech amongst many of the top contestants.
Economies have been destroyed the world over by wars on other countries, wars on free markets, and wars on sound money – increasing volatility and frightening away brains, businesses, and capital.
With that in mind, the nominees are [drumroll]…

This post was published at Sovereign Man on January 5, 2015.

Scott Faber: ‘No one is seeking to ban GMO crops.’ W-h-a-t?

Scott Faber (twitter) testifies before Congress. Wobbly drum roll, sour cymbal crash.
Faber is the executive director of Just Label It (twitter), a group that wants mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs. He’s also the VP of Governmental Affairs for the powerful Environmental Working Group (twitter).
As the representative of all Americans who want labeling (really??), Faber recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, about the Pompeo Bill (‘The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014′ (HR4432)), which, if enacted into law, will put an end to mandatory GMO labeling everywhere in the US.
So what did Faber do? After finding 10 or 20 different ways to say the American people have a right to know what’s in their food, he figuratively went down on his knees and offered this sopping wet olive branch:
‘We do not oppose… genetically modified food ingredients. We think there are many promising applications of genetically modified food ingredients… I am optimistic that the promises that were made by the providers of this technology will ultimately be realized…that we will have traits that produce more nutritious food that will see significant yield…’ (see the 2h29m05s mark here)
Boom.


This post was published at Jon Rappoport on Jan 2, 2015.

The Most Important US Events Of 2014, According To Twitter

When it comes to social networks, Instagram is where the world’s best food photographers reside, Facebook is where “cool parents” and ad-clicking robots can be found, while Twitter is where the up to the minute super-informed, sophisticated intelligentsia hides. At least according to Twitter. So what did said sophisticated audience find to be the most important and talked about American events of the year? The following infographic from Echelon Insights gives the answer:
The top 10 US stories of 2014 were:
Ferguson Midterms Ebola

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/29/2014.

18-Year-Old Black Teen Who Drew Gun Shot Dead By Police In St. Louis Gas Station

Crowd is gathering, smashing Hazelwood PD car. #berkeley pic.twitter.com/YomOV1ga06
— John Henry (@JohnHenryKSDK) December 24, 2014

Just days after two NYPD officers were brutally executed in broad daylight in what is said to be a retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, overnight, amazingly, just miles away from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson where Michael Brown was shot in August, an 18 year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station in the St. Louis suburb of Berkley late on Tuesday, in a development that is certain to inflame racial, and local police department, tensions even further beyond their breaking point.
As Reuters reports, “police said the man had pointed a handgun at an officer who approached him and another man outside a gas station where the officer was “conducting a routine business check” in the suburb of Berkeley. Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman said in a statement. The second man fled the scene.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named the dead man as 18-year-old Antonio Martin, citing his mother.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/24/2014.

Ukraine Temporarily Cuts Off Power To Crimea

Russia annexed Crimea Parliament without electricity these days. Blackout in peninsula with holidays around the corner pic.twitter.com/2bIYswUtH7
— Ryskeldi Satke (@RyskeldiSatke) December 24, 2014

While Ukraine continues to plead with the international community that the Russian annexation of Crimea is illegal and against all international norms and directives, and just after it voted to end its non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership, a move Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “counterproductive” and said it would boost tensions, overnight Kiev had little problems with leaving “its” population in the Black Sea peninsula in the dark on Christmas eve.
According to Reuters, Ukraine “temporarily” cut off power supplies to Crimea on Wednesday after the Russian-controlled peninsula failed to curb consumption as required due to a power crisis, the Ukrainian energy ministry said.
“Today electricity supplies to Crimea were shut off … just as would be done to any region of Ukraine,” a ministry representative told Reuters by phone. “Supplies will be restored as soon as they implement the set consumption regime.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/24/2014.

It’s WAR On The Streets Of America

Make no mistake – there is now a state of open warfare on the streets of America. Earlier this year it was being reported that the number of police officers killed on the job was up 40 percent in 2014, and that was before all of the civil unrest caused by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. At this point, attacks on police officers are becoming a frequent occurrence all over the country, but no incident has stunned the nation as much as the ‘execution-style’ murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday by a radical Islamic gunman identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Just prior to the attack, Brinsley posted a message on Instagram in which he declared that he was ‘putting wings on pigs today’. Many would like to dismiss this as an ‘isolated incident’ and pretend that everything is just fine in America, but that is not the truth. The reality of the matter is that anti-police sentiment in this country is at an all-time high, and the level of anger and frustration in our increasingly radicalized urban communities has reached a boiling point. As economic conditions continue to deteriorate and police tactics become even more brutal in the years ahead, the kind of rioting, looting and senseless violence that we witnessed in Ferguson is going to become commonplace in major cities all over the United States.
The mainstream media and many national leaders on the left end of the spectrum have been stirring up strife and division for months on end. So now a toxic environment has been created which is inevitably going to lead to even more violence. At some recent ‘protest marches’, we have heard demonstrators enthusiastically chant extremely threatening slogans such as this: ‘What do we want? Dead cops!’ And when news broke that Ismaaiyl Brinsley had brutally murdered two NYPD police officers, lots of very twisted people on Twitter were actually celebrating.
We are moving into a period of time when it is going to be extraordinarily difficult to be a police officer in America. I couldn’t even imagine going to work every day knowing that you could become the next target at any time.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on December 21st, 2014.

21st Century Man and ‘The Android Existence’

In his classic, prophetic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, American science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick depicted a future dystopia where the only way to determine the difference between humans and rogue, bio-engineered androids was empathy: the latter were incapable of experiencing and thus demonstrating it.

In our own particular time, however, merely a few decades after Dick’s passing, one wonders if such a distinction could be so clearly discerned. The average Apple-addicted hipster only feels empathy, or some simulacrum of it, if it’s trending on Twitter and is followed with a politically correct, therapeutic hashtag. Kony 2012 and Michelle Obama’s#BringBackOurGirls derived meaning from their presence and promotion on social media, with special status accorded to celebrity endorsements.
An endless stream of viral images flows perpetually through the consciousness of modern man. He is increasingly rendered incapable of interpreting this continuous barrage that assaults him through most of his waking hours. Even if only passively, as soon as one sets foot in public, and it must be noted the home is no longer a purely private sphere, one is bombarded by everything from ruthless political campaigns and relentless advertising to the most banal of social-media sideshows. He does not know what, or even how, to feel emotionally, unless there is a click-bait headline attached. A numbing effect permeates the psyche.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 14, 2014.

ISIS Threatens London-Claims to Have Built a Dirty Bomb

Last summer, as ISIS was busy taking large swaths of Iraq, it was reported that 40kg of uranium had gone missing from Mosul University. It was later confirmed that ISIS had indeed taken possession of this Uranium, as they threatened the West with their radioactive materials.
Now only 4 months later, ISIS has taken to twitter, publicly announcing to the world that they have created a dirty bomb with this material.
The terrorists are said to have produced the device using radioactive uranium that they took from Iraq’s Mosul University after capturing the city in June, the Daily Mirror reported.
According to the report, the Takfiri militants also sent threatening messages on social media, bragging about the destruction the bomb would cause if it went off in London.
British explosives expert, Hamayun Tariq, who left his home in Dudley, West Midlands, to join the Takfiri terrorists in 2012 and is now training fellow Brits in Syria, was among the extremists making online threats.
The 37-year-old said in a message posted online that the ISIL ‘does have a dirty bomb,’ adding, ‘We’ll find out what dirty bombs are and what they do. We’ll also discuss what might happen if one actually went off in a public area.’
He added the bomb would be ‘terribly destructive’ if set off in London because it would be ‘more of a disruptive than a destructive weapon,’ a claim also echoed by other ISIL militants.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 5th, 2014.

Is One Muslim Man’s Drug-Crazed Rampage Terrorism?

In a bygone, saner era, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s murder of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo and subsequent shooting rampage inside the Parliament would have been treated as a drug-related murder. Not so in the age of terrorism.
Instead, the authorities used the long-time crack addict and Muslim’s actions to whip up hysteria, framing the events of Oct. 22 as excuses for expansion of the security state. Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper lead Canada down the same road the George W. Bush led America?
The center of Ottawa was locked down for several hours until evening, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Canadian nation it was a terrorist act, ‘a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.’ [ii] Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit told the media that two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attacks. [iii] First news reports, citing official sources, also said that ‘Zehaf-Bibeau … has been on the terrorist watch list … and could be an ISIS jihadi.’ [iv] A dramatic photo of him, with a long-barreled gun and semi-masked with a scarf, like an outlaw in a Hollywood Western, was also reproduced widely in the media and on the Internet. [v] The alleged source of the photo, a Twitter account, was used to link Zehaf to another Muslim murderer, Martin Couture-Rouleau, who two days earlier had killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. (It was alleged that Couture-Rouleau followed the same Canadian-based pro-ISIS Twitter account.) [vi] CNN reported, from a ‘U. S. source,’ that ‘Zehaf-Bibeau has ‘connections’ online with jihadists.’

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on November 28, 2014.

NATO To Deploy Tanks In Eastern Europe Shortly After VP Of Europarliament Says Ukraine-Russia War Imminent

Just when global financial markets had shrugged off Ukraine as yet another ‘storm in a teacup’, it appears events are escalating rapidly once again. This morning saw European Parliament’s Vice President Saryusz-Wolski warn “Russia’s pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent,” to which Ukraine’s President Poroshenko rapidly responded (via Twitter) rather ominously that a “third world war does not scare us,” having noted earlier than Ukraine needs to achieve NATO membership. This then prompted NATO’s top military commander to warn, he is “very concerned” that Russia’s military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region; leaving the alliance confirming that NATO plans to deploy tanks in Eastern Europe.
The European Parliament Vice President Jacek Saryusz-Wolski tweeted (rather to the point)…
Russia's pressure on Ukraine mounting high, further war imminent.
— Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (@JSaryuszWolski) November 27, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/27/2014.

American Spring Night 2: Coast-To-Coast Protests, “We Have Every Right To Destroy A System That Seeks To Destroy Us”

With countrywide protests having occured across the nation all day, and more planned into the dark of the night, many cities are gearing up for another evening of fear and emotion. For now, the main trouble spots appear to be NYC (Lincoln Tunnel blocked, pepper spray used, multiple protests arounds Union and Times Square), Minneapolis (car ploughs down protesters, violence escalating), Cincinnati (main highway shut down) and Ferguson (2,200 National Guard deployed, multiple protests, multiple arrests). St. Louis just postponed the Thanksgiving Day parade, Los Angeles marches blocked Figueroa, Chicago protest blocked Michigan Avenue, and Oakland (I-580 and I-980 blocked)
President Obama’s earlier comments translated appeared to sound like, ‘I condemn the violence but totally understand it’ and Al Sharpton’s earlier analogies to a fight did not help. It appears the American Spring is spreading and while color may have been the catalyst, it appears youth is the dividing point.
This seemed to sum things up…
I think this pretty much says it all… #UnionSquare #JusticeForMikeBrown #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/BxjbcdCIyC
— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) November 26, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/25/2014.

Caught On Tape: Car Ploughs Into Demonstrators During Ferguson Rally In Minneapolis

Suddenly the countrywide Ferguson protests, which today had progressed peacefully at least until now, took a turn for the ugly, when as the Star Tribune reported moments ago, A vehicle plowed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis several hours ago during a march and rally in the wake of last night’s grand jury decision.
Star Tribune has the details: “A solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was planned for 4:30 p.m. near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building at E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. A Star Tribune reporter who was at the rally says that witnesses say the vehicle started honking at protesters blocking the intersection before running down a woman.”
Here is more from Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany, who is at the protest and sending updates via Twitter:


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/25/2014.

American Spring Night 2: Ferguson Militarized; NYC Lincoln Tunnel, FDR Drive, Times Square Blocked; Minneapolis Mayhem; Cincinnati Shut Down

With countrywide protests having occured across the nation all day, and more planned into the dark of the night, many cities are gearing up for another evening of fear and emotion. For now, the main trouble spots appear to be NYC (Lincoln Tunnel blocked, pepper spray used, multiple protests arounds Union and Times Square), Minneapolis (car ploughs down protesters, violence escalating), Cincinnati (main highway shut down) and Ferguson (2,200 National Guard deployed, multiple protests, multiple arrests). St. Louis just postponed the Thanksgiving Day parade. President Obama’s earlier comments translated appeared to sound like, ‘I condemn the violence but totally understand it’ and Al Sharpton’s earlier analogies to a fight did not help. It appears the American Spring is spreading and while color may have been the catalyst, it appears youth is the dividing point.
This seemed to sum things up…
I think this pretty much says it all… #UnionSquare #JusticeForMikeBrown #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/BxjbcdCIyC
— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) November 26, 2014

Today and tonight…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/25/2014.

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision – Live Feed

INFO: Will the #Ferguson protests spread to your city? #HoodsOff pic.twitter.com/ivS0qY1Wdc
— s (@H0XH4) November 24, 2014

Having quietly got married this weekend, the 28-year-old Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August – will discover shortly after 5pmET today if he will stand trial for Brown’s death after the grand jury verdict is released by the St. Louis prosecutors office. As Brown’s lawyer previously noted “ninety-nine percent of the time the police officer is not held accountable for killing a young black boy,” Crump said. “The police officer gets all the consideration.” Dragging the decision out over the weekend has some fearing it has merely stoked tensions, and protests have already been arranged for later this evening. Police, as we previously noted, are prepared; and the White House has reiterated their call for calm. After-school activities in Ferguson have been cancelled (somewhat suggesting the outcome is not what Ferguson residents are hoping for).

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/24/2014.

5 Million Illegal Immigrants To Realize Dreams Of Slightly Less Uncertainty

The Internet will now debate Obama's immigration plan pic.twitter.com/q9LIiYP3Zt
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – Saying that they had finally attained a life of slightly less uncertainty, 5 million of the nation’s illegal immigrants confirmed that the executive order announced by President Obama Thursday night would allow them to at last realize their dreams of having their deportation deferred for an indeterminate period of time.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/20/2014.

REVEALED: Secrets, Methods Behind The #ISIS Social Media Wave

21st Century Wire says…
It’s time to reveal the social media secrets of ISIS/ISIL/IS. They are the same social media techniques and #hash tag scams used by US political campaigns to market their candidates (including Barack Obama) and used major US corporations to market their products and services…
Long before it was trendy in the mainstream media, 21WIRE was warning of a rise within social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, of Islamic Terrorist groups (now called ISIS) based in Syria and Turkey who were using social media to glorify extreme violence and for recruiting and fundraising purposes.
(See a full report of ISIS social media stats compiled by Memri.org in a PDF document found here).
always blaming ‘the internet’ for everything deemed by the Establishment’s intellectual collective to be ‘extremist’. These same corporations and political hacks plan to use the ‘ISIS Crisis’ to gain a foothold on state censorship and re-establish news monopolies for international giants like News Corp for the simple reason that they want to eliminate plurality of speech and opinion online because it competes with state-driven, corporate monopoly-driven political narratives.
In reality, the internet is no more to blame for the rise of #ISIS… than bullets are to blame for the rise of wars.
The article below is a very good overview of the ISIS-Social Media discussion – essential reading for anyone interested in what’s driving the dark digital wave of the ‘Islamic State’…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 19, 2014.

“Helpful” Britain Tweets “How To Spot A Russian Tank In Ukraine”

#Putin still denying #Russia’s troops & hardware are in #Ukraine. Here’s a guide to help the #Kremlin spot its tanks: pic.twitter.com/RYPeeK0Paf
— UK in Ukraine (@UKinUkraine) November 19, 2014

In case you are wondering through Ukraine and come across a tank, the British embassy in Kiev has issued a handy pocket guide to indentifying whether it is Russian (bad guys) or Ukrainian (good guys)…
SOURCE

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/19/2014.

#grubered

Jonathan Gruber Spawns Hashtags and Hilarious Videos As a little addendum to our recent look at the arrogant, but surprisingly honest (in unguarded moments) government advisor Jonathan Gruber, we would note that he has by now spawned numerous Twitter hashtags. These range from the simple #Gruber, to #GruberGate, to #Grubered.
The latter specifically has probably a very good chance of becoming a widely used figure of speech (see conclusion for a practical application).
In addition, people have become busy putting together videos, making liberal use of the fact-checking powers of the inter-tubes. What have politicians said about Mr. Gruber in the past and what are they saying about him now?
Examples of then: ‘He’s one of the best outside experts’, ‘…using super-duper computer models and helping the CBO’, ‘Most respected economist’, etc.
Examples of ‘now’: ‘Don’t know who he is. He never helped us write any bill.’ ‘Some outside advisor, he never worked on our staff.’ ‘I completely disagree with him’, ‘Errr….aaah’, etc.
Here is an especially hilarious example of these videos that we felt we had to share with our readers:

Something bothered us when seeing and hearing the president assert that Gruber ‘expressed an opinion that…err… I comletely disagree with…wrrrs…in term of, of the voters…’. A quick Google search of ‘how to spot when someone is lying’ yields several indications that he didn’t really mean it, chiefly among them ‘change of head position’, ‘difficulty of actually speaking’, ‘repetitiveness’, ‘standing very still’, ‘having an answer for everything’, ‘not making eye contact’, ‘odd micro-expressions’, ‘pointing a lot’ (note how Mr. Obama attempts to suppress this reflex but is still pointing up with his thumbs at the decisive moment).
We personally have not the slightest doubt that the president’s opinion of the US electorate is in agreement with Gruber’s even without body language voodoo (it admittedly is a somewhat dubious science, as the Pentagon found out when it spent $300,000 for an analysis of Vladimir Putin’s body language. In this case though, our gut feelings are probably accurate.
Speaking of money, we must correct a certain point we mentioned in ‘Dr. Gurber, Wie Geht’s Dir’: the good man did not get paid $400,000 for his consulting work on Obamacare. That is just what the State of Vermont is paying him for advising on its implementation. He actually got $6 million all in all. We already suspected that the figure of $400,000 was a bit too low for ‘one of the most respected economists his super-duper computer models’.


This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.

Protesters Rally in Kiev Demanding Bank Deposits Back: Reports

Ukrainians gathered outside the National Bank headquarters in Kiev on Friday, demanding their deposits back from VAB Bank.
Demonstrators are holding banners and placards calling for the VAB’s main shareholder, Oleh Bakhmatiuk, “to return the money,” according to photos posted by freelance journalist Volodymyr Solohub on Twitter.
Since early October, VAB Bank has been delaying the return of deposits to its clients, with Ukrainian media speculating on its possible bankruptcy.

This post was published at Sputnik News

Congress Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Senate Can’t Block, Obama Veto To Come?

BREAKING: House approves #KeystoneXL pipeline, raises pressure on Pres Obama to act #4jobs: pic.twitter.com/RtmEvogSX8
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) November 14, 2014

As somewhat expected the House passed the Keystone XL Pipeline approval bill:
*HOUSE PASSES KEYSTONE APPROVAL BILL 252-161; SENATE VOTE NOV 18 It is relatively clear that the Senate does not have the votes to be able to overturn and thus it will be forced on to President Obama’s desk – “to veto” or “not to veto.”
As Reuters reports,
“We are going to make it as easy as possible for the Senate to finally get a bill to the president’s desk that approves this long-overdue Keystone XL pipeline,” said Republican Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, who is sponsoring the House bill.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 11/14/2014.