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Land of the Free Watch: ‘Biggest Land Grab in the History of the World’

aa-West - dry riverbed In a move lawmakers and farmers are calling “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the United States that are “intermittent, seasonal and rain-dependent.” http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/biggest-land-grab-in-the-history-of-the-world/#sk7lqI5u6Q4CElqR.03


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Bundy Ranch Shows Necessity of Improving Patriot and/or Militia Communications

aa-cliven bundy - 4-13-14 The U.S. Federal Government has an incredible history of breaking codes and cracking encryption. They have an even greater ability to store an archive all communications, even if they’re seemingly unimportant, so they can analyze them later when suddenly they’re potentially important. They use massive data centers and wire taps supported by every major telecom and technology company in existence today. Most people already know what I’ve stated thus far. I’m restating it to make a point in the context of modern events. http://www.silverdoctors.com/bundy-ranch-shows-necessity-of-improving-patriot-and-or-militia-communications/


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Feds Accused of Leaving Trail of Wreckage After Nevada Ranch Standoff

aa-government - great cartoon about organized crime The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind. Fox News toured the damage — allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management — which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau’s hired “cowboys” also killed two prize bulls. “They had total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week,” said Corey Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. “So why would you trust somebody like that? And how does that show that they’re a better steward?” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/16/feds-accused-leaving-trail-wreckage-after-nevada-ranch-standoff/


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Obama Administration’s ‘Culture of Intimidation’ Seen in Nevada Ranch Standoff

aa-government - Jefferson saying good one Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/15/culture-of-intimidation-seen-in-nevada-ranch-stand/

 


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Flash Points of Tyranny: It Doesn’t End With the Bundy Standoff

aa-cliven bundy - good one of freedom fighters To the discerning eye they are everywhere; Flashpoints of tyranny threatening to push the nation into open revolt. The standoff between the Bundy ranch and the BLM feds is a visceral example of growing discontent over an expanding federal government. These abuses have occurred over many decades, with a focused intent. Centralization of power and a steady erosion of personal wealth and liberty have been the result. As these abuses and usurpations continue, Americans will face a choice between submitting or standing firm like the Bundy family did. http://www.blacklistednews.com/Flash_Points_of_Tyranny%3A_It_Doesn%E2%80%99t_End_With_The_Bundy_Standoff/34489/0/38/38/Y/M.html


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How the Corporate Takeover of Society is Leaving Us Feeling Empty Inside

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dream world of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we cease to fight for change? You delegate your powers to companies whose profits depend on this model. Power is shifting: to places in which we have no voice or vote. Domestic policies are forged by special advisers and spin doctors, by panels and advisory committees stuffed with lobbyists. The self-hating state withdraws its own authority to regulate and direct. Simultaneously, the democratic vacuum at the heart of global governance is being filled, without anything resembling consent, by international bureaucrats and corporate executives. The NGOs permitted – often as an afterthought – to join them intelligibly represent neither civil society nor electorates. http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/corporations-have-taken-over-profit-more-way?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey When all is said and done, what we are witnessing is the emergence of a disconcerting government mindset that interprets the Constitution one way for corporations, government entities and the wealthy, and uses a second measure altogether for average Americans. For example, contrast the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the “free speech” rights of corporations and wealthy donors in McCutcheon and Citizens United with its tendency to deny those same rights to average Americans when government interests abound, such as in its 2012 decision in Reichle v. Howards, where a unanimous Supreme Court allowed immunity protections for Secret Service agents to trump the free speech rights of Americans, and you’ll find a noticeable disparity. Unfortunately, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this constitutional double standard is coming to bear in all aspects of our lives, not just in the realm of campaign finance law. It allows lobbyists intimate access to our elected officials, while prohibiting Americans from even standing silently in protest near a government building; it grants immunity to police officers who shoot unarmed citizens, while harshly punishing Americans who attempt to defend themselves, mistaking a SWAT team raid for a home invasion; and it gives government agents carte blanche access to Americans’ communications and activities, while allowing the government to operate in secret, with secret hearings, secret budgets and secret agendas. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/john-w-whitehead/searched-spied-on-shot-at-and-robbed-blind/


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Supporters Rally to Defend Family Facing Showdown With Feds

aa-Cliven Bundy and wife Supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy violated a “First Amendment Area” by staging a rally in support of Bundy, who earlier declared a “range war” against federal authorities in response to a land dispute that threatens to escalate into a Waco-style standoff. http://www.infowars.com/supporters-rally-to-defend-family-facing-red-dawn-showdown-with-feds/


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Judicial Watch Played Into the Government’s Hands — Americans Are Blinded by Agendas

aa-government - lies good one Disinformation succeeds because so many people and interest groups across the political spectrum find that it serves their agendas as well as the agenda of the government. Consider for example the explanation of 9/11 that blamed Muslim terrorists for the attack. This served the interests of the neoconservatives, the private armaments companies, the US military, the private security companies, government security agencies such as the CIA, the left-wing, the right-wing, the Israel Lobby, and the print and TV media. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/02/judicial-watch-played-governments-hands-americans-blinded-agendas/


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Media Control Grows More Difficult — and Obvious

aa-media propaganda - good one We have noticed a trend toward boldness – even brazenness – when it comes to manipulating the media in the US. It’s as if politicians especially are not even bothering to hide their intentions. http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/35160/Anthony-Wile-Media-Control-Grows-More-Difficult–And-Obvious/


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A List of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year

aa-taxpayer - being shaken down by both GOP and Dems good one Politicians have become extremely creative in finding ways to extract money from all of us, and most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them. By the time it is all said and done, a significant portion of the population ends up paying more than half of what they earn to the government. That is fundamentally wrong, but nothing will be done about it until people start demanding change. The following is a list of 97 taxes Americans pay every year. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/a-list-of-97-taxes-americans-pay-every-year


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Google, China, the NSA and the Fourth Turning

The profane alliance between big banks, big corporations, and big government has created the Big Brother surveillance society we are living under today. And 95% of the populace is either willfully ignorant or perfectly happy with a boot stomping on their face forever. We have willingly become hopelessly enslaved while believing we are free. We think we are free to buy whatever clothes, iGadgets, baubles and trinkets we desire, while becoming imprisoned in the chains of credit card debt hawked by Wall Street bankers. We think we are free to pursue higher education, while being saddled with government peddled non-dischargeable student loan debt and few job opportunities. We think we are free to buy/lease whatever new vehicle we choose every three years, while falling into the trap of lifetime monthly payments to the financial elite. We imagine ourselves free to live in a 4,500 sq foot McMansion, 50 feet from another McMansion, while Wall Street creatively lures you into the shackles of an epoch of debt. We believe we live in a country admired for its morality and freedom, while in actuality the world despises us for our hubris, meddling, murdering and hypocrisy. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/03/12/google-china-the-nsa-and-the-fourth-turning/


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Be a DHS Patriot — Dial #1776

aa-DHS poster Not only is your government recording every conversation, text, email, facebook entry, download, or tweet you make, they are now using your own tax dollars to run advertising campaigns encouraging you to spy on and turn in anyone you think is suspicious looking. Driving to work this morning I heard a commercial for SEPTA about reporting “suspicious” people to the authorities. At the end of the commercial they revealed that it was paid for by DHS. That means it was paid for by YOU. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/03/03/be-a-dhs-patriot-dial-1776/


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Scrums Along the Potomac

aa-Washington DC In Washington, you’re hard-pressed to find anyone aware of the lifestyle they’re leading. There is no introspection or greater understanding. Happy hours assemble and disperse before any meaningful conversation takes place. Cell phones are given more eye contact than other people. Everything is highly superficial. But for now, the party in Washington shows no sign of stopping. The federal government will continue to swallow up more and more power. Money will keep flowing into the city, attracting young upstarts from all over the country. One day, writers will look back at this time in the nation’s capital and form stories out of this period of prosperity. It won’t be all that different from tales recounting the Roaring Twenties, best captured by F. Scott Fitzgerald. http://takimag.com/article/scrums_along_the_potomac_james_miller/print#axzz2udvkt1NY


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The Rise of Robot Journalists and the World Brain

aa-media propaganda - good one The most important thing in understanding the covert nature of the Orwellian mass media is not the news that they cover; it’s understanding the news they do not cover. In America today the concern about “Freedom of the Press” is quickly becoming irrelevant. While public concern is focused on the Constitutional right of “Freedom of the Press” the greater danger comes from how the media has been covertly controlled through managing the free flow of information. Certainly, “Freedom of the Press” is a key concern, but the real threat to that freedom is about who controls the content and decides what is newsworthy and what is not. http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul204.htm


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Land of the Free Watch: White House Attempts to Unleash Ministry of Truth to Control All News Sources in America

aa-media - corporate media pro war If you weren’t already outraged by the illegal and unethically intertwined relationships between government and the mainstream media, then this revelation is sure to send you over the edge. Aside from the fact that the Obama administration has waged an unprecedented war on journalists, prosecuting more whistle-blowers while in office than any other president in history, now he’s announced that his administration will send government contractors into newsrooms across the nation to supervise the content they’re creating and producing through a series of involuntary surveys. http://www.thedailysheeple.com/white-house-attempts-to-unleash-ministry-of-truth-to-control-all-news-sources-in-america_022014


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Step Right Up and See Boeing’s Amazing Shrinking Tax Rate!

aa-taxpayer - being shaken down by both GOP and Dems good one Last year, government contracting behemoth Boeing paid an effective tax rate of -1.4%. Yes, you read that correctly – negative 1.4%. According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, one of America’s biggest corporations, with profits ranging from $1.6 to $5.9 billion over the last five years, found ways to whittle down its effective tax rate so much that it became, in effect, a source of revenue as they reaped a whopping $82 million tax refund on $5.9 billion in profits. And this isn’t new. http://original.antiwar.com/JP-Sottile/2014/02/23/step-right-up-and-see-boeings-amazing-shrinking-tax-rate/


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Missing Military-Security Complex Money

aa-Pentagon When Major General Smedley Butler made his case in the 1930s in “War is a Racket,” he did not pull any punches. “The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits – ah! That is another matter – twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent – the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let’s get it.” The business of military procurement has multiplied since his fateful revelations. http://www.batr.org/corporatocracy/021914.html


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The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the Secret Corruption Inside PBS’s News Division

aa-corporate power in america On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour. However, neither the WNET press release nor the broadcasted segments explicitly disclosed who is financing the series. Pando has exclusively confirmed that “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37630.htm#.UvzrpPgODoc.email


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End of the Welfare State?

aa-welfare state What is happening in America is that the vast cohort of working men and women, immigrants, illegal and legal, who have come in recent decades, 30 to 40 million, have displaced, have dispossessed, the native-born. But we may be coming to the end of the line. From Detroit to Greece to Puerto Rico, government’s ability to expand the benefits of the welfare class by taxing the working and middle class is reaching its limit. Taxpayers are rebelling, budgets are falling dangerously out of balance, and the welfare state is beginning to buckle under the load. Perhaps T. S. Eliot was right: “This is how the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/patrick-j-buchanan/end-of-the-line-for-the-welfare-state/


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‘ADHD is a Fake Disorder’ Claims Neurologist-Turned-Author

aa-Ritalin As it stands, ADHD is defined as a psychiatric disorder that is neurodevelopmental. In order for diagnosis, significant issues with attention and/or hyperactivity and acting impulsively that are not appropriate for a person’s age must be present. The number of ADHD diagnoses has increased greatly in recent years due to the fact that doctors are using the disorder as a simple means to not only explain lack of focus or attention but also to allow the use of medication which can mean direct benefit for the doctor. Saul feels that many parents these days are looking for any way to get their kids to sit down and remain quiet and ADHD, and the medications that go along with it, can be the quick fix they are looking for. Currently, 1 in 9 children are labelled as ADHD and of that, two-thirds of them are on some sort of drug. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/01/joe-martino/is-adhd-a-fake-disorder/


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Lessons of ‘Bridge-gate’

aa-Chris Christie - 1-10-14 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s involvement in what will no doubt be known as “Bridge-gate” is the media mob’s target of the moment, with partisan Democrats pouncing all over it as evidence that the would-be 2016 presidential candidate’s aspirations for higher office are toast. And they may very well be right: but if they are, that isn’t necessarily good news for Democrats. That’s because what Christie and his advisors apparently did – use their authority to punish their enemies without regard for the wider consequences – underscores the utter lawlessness of overweening government power, undercutting the Democrats’ governing philosophy. A few months ago, Christie engaged in a very public debate with libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul, disdaining libertarianism as a “dangerous thought” and opining that the whole issue of government surveillance of American citizens was an “esoteric intellectual debate” of no consequence to hardheaded realists like himself. Such a loose attitude toward the arbitrary exercise of power is perfectly understandable in someone who still insists a plot to exact political revenge at everyone else’s expense was a “traffic study.” In Chris Christie’s world, there are no constraints: stop traffic to get back at a political rival? Spy on Americans? Violate the Constitution? Violate the trust of the people who elected you? You just go right ahead – because you’re Chris Christie, for Pete’s sake! Rules are for the Little People! When you’re a high-ranking member of the political class – when the “donor class” comes begging to you to run for the highest office in the land – the rules don’t apply. You’re exempt – just ask James Clapper. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/01/09/lessons-of-bridge-gate/#.UtAFTmsmWsY.email


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putnamvt

Every two-bit political scandal gets a "gate" attached to it just to keep imprinting on the sheep the "enormity" of Nixon's "malfeasance". What a crock.

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The One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Last month, 500 famous authors signed a petition protesting the encroachments of the all-pervasive, techno-surveillance culture that is covering the earth with hidden eyes and ears, like a metastasized Stasi run amok. We’re talking heavy literary lumber here: Nobel Prize-winners, critic list-toppers, best-sellers – big names calling on the UN to create “an international bill of digital rights.” The authors state the indisputable truth: the “fundamental human right” of personal privacy “has been rendered null and void through abuse of technological developments by states and corporations.” They rightly declare that “a person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.” Of course, one might like to see those “democratic rights in real space” applied a bit more vigorously in these days of airport x-rays, mandatory drug tests, “indefinite detention,” “extrajudicial execution,” “free speech zones,” etc. The accelerating degradation of “real space” liberties hardly inspires hope for preserving freedom in the virtual realm. Still, no sensible person would dispute the very worthy goals espoused in the petition. And yet, a cankerous old worm of skepticism keeps creeping in. Especially when the petitioners declare that this assemblage of Tolstoyan speakers of truth to power is not actually “against government.” Good gracious no! As Danish writer Janne Teller told the Guardian: “This initiative must be seen as helping governments, who like to preserve democracy in the western world.” Now, you rubes out there probably think that “governments” are actually prime culprits in the mass evisceration of privacy. But no; it seems our good-hearted, democracy-preserving leaders are victims: helpless babes manipulated by their sinister intelligence services. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2364-the-one-percent-solution-oligarchs-to-the-rescue.html


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Hey Joe!

aa-middle class - getting screwed good one Pretend you are an average Joe. Joe has just seen his net worth nearly halved in the last six years. He just lost the health insurance that his employer used to provide, and because Joe has a spouse and kids he is suddenly looking at an additional 15% of his yearly salary to cover health insurance. Joe didn’t expect or plan for this. He starts doing the math and realizes that he already pays 1/3rd of what he earns in State, Federal, and various local taxes. Now Joe suddenly has all these additional health care costs, real inflation is making everyday items like gas and clothing more expensive, and at this point, he doesn’t honestly know how he is going to pay the bills… assuming Joe is able to keep his job. The futility of saving doesn’t really matter much to him right now, because not only is he not going to be able to save anything this year, he may have to start cannibalizing what savings he does have. Joe starts to get scared because he just doesn’t know how he is going to make this work. He hasn’t done anything wrong, he is working harder than ever, yet he is drowning. So how about it, Joe? Still think the system works to your net benefit? Just how long are you going to keep taking this? How much more CAN you take? http://www.silverdoctors.com/guest-post-hey-joe/


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LabMan

Maybe Joe should just have The ZOG explained to him,of course his wife may say it's "insensitive" to talk that way because we can't "label" any group,so the conversation will end there,Joe may remember a phrase he heard long ago,something along the lines of,"a happy wife means a happy life" or something like that,but she does'nt seem to be happy no matter how hard he tries,maybe Joe could tell her about The Frankfurt School where political correctness/cultural marxism originated,no,there may be "blanket statements" involved there,oh well the NFL games start at 1:00 so Joe may just drop it.

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As long as Americans can watch "Dancing with the stars" and the equally phoney "Duck Dynasty", they will be happy, happy, happy, and continue to vote for the same old crowd. If Hillary is to be next "Dear Leader", she needs to go on "Dancing with the stars"! American values, and Americans in general, are a joke, but no one is laughing. SEMPER FI!

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How to Avoid the Mind-Numbing Weapons of Mass Instruction

aa-Dees - dumbed down children The parents and grandparents have lost this country to a group of vicious and sociopathic bankers because for 3 generations, Americans have failed to turn off their TV sets and allowed the state to educate their children.This article is about why parents need to home school their children in order to keep them out of the clutches of the government. Yes, there are good teachers and great schools still left. However, there are not enough of them. We need to rescue our children from the propaganda of the state, before they are totally taught to love their servitude and educate them in an environment which will honor true knowledge, not blind obedience. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/dave-hodges/weapons-of-mental-destruction/


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‘Austerity’ Can Lead to Blood on the Streets, Even in America

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Squeeze and push. Punish and strain. Since the global financial crisis of 2008, elites across the world have been on a tear against ordinary citizens, promoting austerity policies that strip hard-working people of their jobs, their security, and their dignity. In many places, people have pushed back — violently. Maybe you’ve been wondering if it could happen here, too. In some corners of America, plutocrats seem to be experimenting to find out. http://www.alternet.org/economy/austerity-and-riots?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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ObamaCare Intensifying Doctor Shortage Crisis as Medicaid Balloons

Official estimates suggest almost 10 million new Medicaid patients will be signing up in just the next year — and so far, government estimates have largely been on the low side. The explosive growth, according to analysts, will come in part because of the program’s expansion under ObamaCare, which, in participating states, has reduced eligibility requirements. Another reason for the surge in Medicaid rolls is all of the publicity surrounding the federal “Affordable Care Act,” which prompted more people to sign up. As the demand for healthcare is set to explode with government paying the bills, however, the supply of providers is already shrinking — a toxic combination for Americans who need healthcare. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/17051-obamacare-intensifying-doctor-shortage-crisis-as-medicaid-balloons


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LabMan

A doctor that I know gave up his profession to become a landscaper,an airline pilot told a radio host that he would advise all of the best and brightest "not" to join the airline industry,and so it goes,as doctors from the third world,and pilots making $25,000 a year become the norm,we get a look at life in the U.S.in the next quarter century.

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The Worthless Website is Just the Beginning of Our Problems

For the last month, the lame-stream media has focused on all the problems created by the totally incompetent HealthCare.gov website. Yes, we all know the website doesn’t work. Uninsured Americans who need to access the site can’t get to it. It may have security problems that will leave our important personal information unprotected. Worse yet, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knew about these problems before it went live. And according to some estimates, just fixing the problems could end up wasting more than half-a-billion dollars. But there’s more to the sorry story. Much more. http://drmicozzi.com/the-worthless-website-is-just-the-beginning-of-our-problems


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They are all above the law,not one word about Kathleen Sebelius even being reprimanded,forget about firing her,if no firings took place from the events of 9/11 what would we expect?,architects of events do not fire their own!

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The Washington Drones

The current name of the Washington D.C. football team in grossly offensive, racist, and an open, bleeding abscess on this nation. The name cannot be allowed to stand. And since we all love drones, or have come to accept them, we should all agitate and organize our communities to change the name of this racist football team. Our country has turned from producers to parasites, with drones sucking the life-blood of the productive dry. All hail the drones! http://www.theburningplatform.com/2013/10/25/the-washington-drones/


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A Government of Secrecy and Fear

Every American who values the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, every American who enjoys the right to be different and the right to be left alone, and every American who believes that the government works for us and we don’t work for the government should thank Edward Snowden for his courageous and heroic revelations of the National Security Agency’s gargantuan spying operations. Without Snowden’s revelations, we would be ignorant children to a paternalistic government and completely in the dark about what the government sees of us and knows about us. And we would not know that it has stolen our freedoms. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2013/10/23/a-government-of-secrecy-and-fear/#.Umk4__Yy-rE.email


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The State Attracts Sociopaths

There is a continuum running between “sociopathic” and “psychopathic” behavior separating degrees of antisocial conduct. A Post Office mail clerk, or a receptionist at a DMV office, may not exhibit such traits. But what about state officials whose functions are to enforce some governmental edict or program? The man or woman who is prepared to initiate an act of punishment to compel obedience to a governmental mandate easily segues into the SWAT team member or police brute or one who tortures another. It is the appetite for ultimate power over others that drives such people. We have now reached that most vicious end-point on the continuum, the war system, where the indiscriminate killing of innocent people – many of them children – becomes justified by the psychopathic war-lovers on no more compelling ground than that they have the power to inflict death on a massive scale. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/09/butler-shaffer/the-state-attracts-sociopaths/


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I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help

What once was a healthy distrust of government cradle to grave intrusion, has become a dependency cultural birthright. With the upsurge of services and regulations, a tremendous explosion in public budgets is burying the taxpayer in a sea of debt. When more than half of the dole beggars, no longer pay taxes to their federal benefactor, it inevitably follows that the taste of free bennies, just wets the appetite for an endless feast. http://batr.org/reactionary/081813.html


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Washington Thinks You Are Stupid

There’s the old saying that if the government fears the people, there is liberty, but if the people fear the government there is tyranny. The criminals in Washington not only do not fear us, they do not respect us. Washington looks upon Americans as stupid sheeple. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/08/06/washington-thinks-you-are-stupid-paul-craig-roberts/


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Groupthink in Service of Government

If the human race survives into the future, the history of the current age will be entitled – A Love Affair with Authority. As the 21st century unfolds, the existential struggle between group worship of government and an inherent autonomy revolt against a popular culture of state obedience seems to forecast doom for civilization. By any measurable standard of success, the prospects of rescuing a society based upon human dignity and natural law is vanishing in a technocratic system of coerced compliance and punitive punishment. The limits of individual behavior are severely restricted to the requirements of the State and the willful confines of self-induced conformity. http://www.batr.org/wrack/080413.html


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10 Ways the Iron Grip of the Big Brother Prison Grid is Tightening on All of Our Lives

Do you ever feel trapped in an invisible control grid that is slowly but surely closing in all around you? Do you ever feel like virtually everything that you do is being watched, tracked, monitored and recorded? If so, unfortunately it is not just your imagination. Our society is rapidly being transformed into a Big Brother prison grid by a government that is seemingly obsessed with knowing everything that we do. http://www.silverdoctors.com/10-ways-that-the-iron-grip-of-the-big-brother-prison-grid-is-tightening-on-all-of-our-lives/


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NSA is More Than Just a Spy Network, It’s Global Fascism

The corporate aspect should not be underrated in terms of its central role in the international digital data trade. Edward Snowden’s PRISM revelations of government controlled NSA wiretapping and data theft are nothing new, as former CIA analyst Russell Tice prove almost a decade ago in 2005 by showing that the NSA were engaged in unlawful and unconstitutional wiretaps on American citizens. But the NSA cannot operate without the partnership of these companies – all of whom have offices and operational hubs in most foreign markets. Herein resides the key aspect in all of this – that in order for agencies like the NSA and GCHQ to get easy access to all of our digital communications and data, they still need the cooperation of corporations to do it. In the U.S., it’s now known what role major ISPs and mobile carriers like Verizon and AT&T play in this equation within U.S. borders, including the existence of NSA-controlled SG3 collection rooms embedded within the companies facilities. Shocking enough, but not nearly as shocking if you consider the role of transnational corporations in enabling the NSA access to your digital threads. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/07/patrick-henningsen/nsa-is-more-than-just-a-spy-network/


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putnamvt

100% correct, above poster, and it stretches back to the propaganda the herd has been raised and trained on regarding World War 2. it should be called Soviet-style spying. In one ear and out the other for most, though.

JAMES WHALEN

WHY IS IT FASCISM? THE WRITER OF THE ARTICLE WOULDN'T KNOW FASCISM FROM A WHOLE IN THE WALL. I SEE HE WRITES FOR RUSSIA TODAY. NOW THAT IS CLOSER TO THE MARK WHERE THIS TYPE OF THING ORIGINATED.

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Surveillance and the Corporate State

With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’ While actual attacks have been spectacular—they were designed to garner attention, they are both rare and far less dangerous than opportunistic politicians and the dim bureaucrats of the ‘security’ state care to communicate. As comedian Stephen Colbert (correctly) pointed out, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently in Boston, more Americans have died from furniture falling on them than from terrorist attacks. Depending on which statistics you choose, 10X – 20X more Americans die every year from (preventable) medical errors than have died in the entirety of U.S. history from terrorist attacks. In practical terms, terrorism is among the least probable threats Americans face. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/14/surveillance-and-the-corporate-state/#.UbxhmBSeXQA.email


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David Petraeus At Bilderberg to Craft ‘Big Data’ Spy Grid

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is in attendance at the 2013 Bilderberg Group conference to help construct the “big data” spy grid, which is set to become the new frontier of clandestine statecraft as Internet connectivity becomes ubiquitous. Bilderberg’s official agenda for 2013 lists one of the areas of discussion as, “How big data is changing almost everything,” a reference to how the “Internet of things” along with the ubiquitous growth of social media is transforming the world of surveillance and the ability to foresee and manipulate future events. At almost the exact same time, a Homeland Security subcommittee in the United States will also be discussing “big data” and its implications in the context of social media. Bilderberg’s effort to push the “big data” agenda ties in with the secretive organization’s close relationship with Google, which as we documentedis now merging with and taking over from Bilderberg in many aspects. http://www.infowars.com/david-petraeus-at-bilderberg-to-craft-big-data-spy-grid/


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Collusion Course: Machinations of the Double-Headed Beast

Of course, the ‘state’ and the ‘free market’ are simply two halves of the same rough beast. The modern ‘free market’ is the result of massive, continual and pervasive state intervention on its behalf — that is, on behalf of the vicious predators exercising tyrannical control of economic activity — while the state is in practice little more than a vehicle for elite aggrandizement. http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2324-collusion-course-machinations-of-the-double-headed-beast.html


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Storm Clouds Gathering

This past week, we learned that the IRS has targeted for additional scrutiny the tax exemption applications of groups with whose messages it disagrees. We also learned that the Department of Justice obtained the personal telephone records of hundreds of reporters and editors employed by the Associated Press without a search warrant issued by a judge. And during this past week we learned that the White House, the Department of State and the CIA all engaged in a conspiracy of disinformation so that the official version of events of what caused the murders of four Americans at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, would not impair Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. The common threads in all of this government secrecy and lying are a general rejection of government’s moral obligation to tell the truth, a disturbing yet brazen willingness to evade and avoid the restrictions the Constitution has deliberately built around government, and a glib admission that the government can do as it pleases so long as it can politically get away with it. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2013/05/15/storm-clouds-gathering/#.UZTqBGuG6k4.email


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Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a ‘Free, Safe’ Society?

The reality is this: we no longer live in a free society. Having traded our freedoms for a phantom promise of security, we now find ourselves imprisoned in a virtual cage of cameras, wiretaps and watchful government eyes. All the while, the world around us is no safer than when we started on this journey more than a decade ago. Indeed, it well may be that we are living in a far more dangerous world, not so much because the terrorist threat is any greater but because the government itself has become the greater threat to our freedoms. http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead82.1.html


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Regime Change Begins at Home

Charles Derber’s book by that title says it’s the only way to free America from corporate rule. It transformed America from “we the people” to what CEOs say goes. It put monied interests in charge. Presidents, legislators, and high level bureaucrats serve them. Whatever they want they get. Institutionalized injustice follows. It’s longstanding. Vital change more than ever is needed. America had previous corporate regimes. None match today’s extremism. Bold, creative strategies are needed to change things. Commitment creates possibilities. Nothing worth struggling for is easy. Failure to try assures disaster. America’s on a fast track to full-blown tyranny. It’s a hair’s breath away. Preventing it is top priority. It begins with knowledge. It involves knowing what’s at stake. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34472.htm#.UVl64zSGDyo.email


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Americans’ Economic Prospects and Civil Liberties Have Been Stolen

by Paul Craig Roberts. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, governments in the US and Great Britain chafed under the requirement that government, like the people, is ruled by law and took steps to free government from accountability to law. Appleton says that the result is a “tectonic shift in the relationship between the state and the citizen.” Citizens of the U.S.and UK are once again without the protection of law and subject to arbitrary arrests and indictments or to indefinite detention in the absence of indictments. In the U.S., citizens can be detained indefinitely and even executed without due process of law. There is no basis in the U.S. Constitution for these asserted powers. The unconstitutional powers exist only because Congress, the judiciary and the American people have accepted the lie that the loss of civil liberty is the price paid for protection against terrorists. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/03/24/americans-economic-prospects-and-civil-liberties-have-been-stolen-paul-craig-roberts/


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Why The Banking System Would Make Lenin Proud

Socialism is not crafted solely on the backs of standing human or robotic armies, police, and bureaucracy. The modern state must also possess an apparatus of big banks, as Lenin wrote at the onset of the Bolshevik Revolution, for it is banks which perform most accounting and financial recording. In socialism, banks must be expanded, made more comprehensive and, in our globalized age, reach worldwide. http://www.alt-market.com/articles/1402-why-the-banking-system-would-make-lenin-proud


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Extremist Government Watch: Big Sis Refuses to Answer Congress on Bullet Purchases

Congressman Timothy Huelscamp revealed this week that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding its recent purchase of huge amounts of weapons and ammunition. “They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that,” Huelscamp said. http://www.infowars.com/big-sis-refuses-to-answer-congress-on-ammo-purchases/


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Attorney General Eric Holder: If the President Does It, It’s Legal

Since the early days of our republic, the Attorney General (AG) of the United States has served as the chief lawyer for the government, entrusted with ensuring that the nation’s laws are faithfully carried out and holding government officials accountable to abiding by their oaths of office to “uphold and defend the Constitution.” Unfortunately, far from holding government officials accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the attorneys general of each successive administration have increasingly aided and abetted the Executive Branch in skirting and, more often than not, flouting the law altogether, justifying all manner of civil liberties and human rights violations and trampling the Constitution in the process, particularly the Fourth Amendment. No better example is there of the perversion of the office of the AG than its current occupant Eric Holder, who was appointed by President Obama in 2009. Hailed by civil liberties and watchdog groups alike for his pledge to “reverse the disastrous course that we have been on over the past few years” and usher in a new era of civil liberties under Obama, Holder has instead carried on the sorry tradition of his predecessors, going to great lengths to “justify” egregious government actions that can only be described as immoral, unjust and illegal. http://www.lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead76.1.html


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The Selfishness of Virtue

Katrina vanden Heuvel

So for all their grandstanding about fighting “the wealthy” and “the powerful,” the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the owners and writers of The Nation are inextricably entangled with power and wealth. In the relentless Texas Death Cage Match between corporate power and governmental power, they take the government’s side. So they’re not fighting power at all. They’re merely picking a team. Not that this is necessarily bad; I merely wish they’d have the honesty to admit it. Their behavior suggests that they know absolutely nothing about the poor and the working class and only use such people as chess pieces in a cynical game of moral status-jockeying against other elites. http://takimag.com/article/the_selfishness_of_virtue_jim_goad/print#axzz2O120Qx7n


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An Orwellian America

Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew: Unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-15/orwellian-america


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The average Amerisheep is on camera and being watched and recorded 8-10 different times a day. That is an average - it's much higher in urban areas. Maybe a 'Wear A Skimask To Work Day" would be fun, separate the sheep from the goats anyway. The quote from Ben Franklin may turn out to be his most prophetic.

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Why Does Obama Need 1.6 Billion Bullets?

During the last 10 months, the Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, including millions of hollow-point bullets. The department also has purchased 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, and it has overseen the retrofitting of more than 2,000 light tanks, which, of course, were originally designed to resist the mines and ambushes of the battlefield. Why does DHS need such offensive and defensive firepower? Remember, DHS stands for Department of Homeland Security, and “homeland,” just to be extremely clear, means the USA. Obama must be asked against which domestic enemy he is arming nonmilitary forces. It sounds incredible, to be sure, but are we watching administration battle plans take shape against American citizens on the streets of Your Town, USA? http://www.infowars.com/why-does-obama-need-1-6-billion-bullets/


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I think that they know that the economy is going to crash in a major way. When it does, the fur will start to fly. Consider - http://pro.stansberryresearch.com/1302PSIEOA1Y/OPSIP313/ .......... Jack's War https://www.createspace.com/3820778/

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‘It’s National Security’ — Government Transparency Hits Record Low in 2012 Under Obama

Surprise, surprise…the “most transparent administration ever” is, well, the least transparent. Not that any of you are shocked by this revelation, but a new report by the Associated Press demonstrates just how secret our government and intelligence agencies have become. http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2013/03/13/its-national-security-government-transparency-hits-record-low-in-2012-under-obama/


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The Internet is Being Slaughtered in the Back Room

The Chicago Tribune is now confirming what we’ve been warning for some time: That every U.S. spy agency will have access to your financial data. The story doesn’t specify whether the IRS investigative division is included in that list, but if you still don’t think your rulers would stoop to that level, well… you’re simply evading. There is one crucial thing to understand about this: The rulers have no choice. The fiat currency games of the ruling elite are getting difficult these days. I’ll leave the details to the financial specialists, but debt is astronomical, interest rates can never rise again (without utterly killing national budgets), and inflation is just about to boil over. They need more money – lots of it – but the presses are already running at full speed and the consequences are mounting. That leaves them only one acceptable choice: Loot the producers. This has happened before, you understand. The closest example to ours is the end of the Roman empire. The state had expanded beyond sustainability, yet the rulers wouldn’t even consider scaling back. http://lewrockwell.com/orig11/rosenberg-p11.1.html


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Refuse to Buy or Sell With the Federal Government

Commerce with federal agencies usually requires well-funded firms to submit bids, access to bureaucratic practices and often influence from the lobbying process. Those companies that envision such business as the path to success are more concerned with financial reward than national preservation. The uninterrupted growth of government is a direct result of businesses providing the infrastructure and technological innovations that create the systems and wares that allow for the entrenchment of state sponsored oversight of every component of our society. The permanent causality of this methodical migration away from economic independence is the loss of self-esteem. Without economic choice, free enterprise is impossible. http://www.batr.org/negotium/031313.html


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The War Against Bradley Manning

Thanks to the U.S. government’s growing intolerance for dissidents who insist on transparency and accountability, oppose its endless wars and targeted killings of innocent civilians and terrorists alike, and demand that government officials abide by the rule of law, that list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing. One such “enemy of the state” is Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst who has been targeted by the Obama administration for holding up a mirror to the bloated face of American empire. Manning is being prosecuted for leaking classified government documents which, like the Pentagon Papers a generation ago, expose systemic corruption within America’s military and diplomatic apparatus. The embarrassment caused by showing that the emperor has no clothes, as it were, has made Bradley Manning public enemy number one in the eyes of the federal government. http://original.antiwar.com/jwhitehead/2013/03/12/the-war-against-bradley-manning/


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We Are Bradley Manning

I was in a military courtroom at Fort Meade in Maryland on Thursday as Pfc. Bradley Manning admitted giving classified government documents to WikiLeaks. The hundreds of thousands of leaked documents exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as government misconduct. A statement that Manning made to the court was a powerful and moving treatise on the importance of placing conscience above personal safety, the necessity of sacrificing careers and liberty for the public good, and the moral imperative of carrying out acts of defiance. Manning will surely pay with many years—perhaps his entire life—in prison. But we too will pay. The war against Bradley Manning is a war against us all. This trial is not simply the prosecution of a 25-year-old soldier who had the temerity to report to the outside world the indiscriminate slaughter, war crimes, torture and abuse that are carried out by our government and our occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a concerted effort by the security and surveillance state to extinguish what is left of a free press, one that has the constitutional right to expose crimes by those in power. The lonely individuals who take personal risks so that the public can know the truth—the Daniel Ellsbergs, the Ron Ridenhours, the Deep Throats and the Bradley Mannings—are from now on to be charged with “aiding the enemy.” All those within the system who publicly reveal facts that challenge the official narrative will be imprisoned, as was John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who for exposing the U.S. government’s use of torture began serving a 30-month prison term the day Manning read his statement. There is a word for states that create these kinds of information vacuums: totalitarian. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34167.htm#.UTYC-MnK5Es.email


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The Shadowy Boondoggle That is ‘Homeland Security’

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which celebrates its 10th birthday this March, has grown into a miniature Pentagon. It’s supposed to be the actual “defense” department — since the Pentagon is essentially a Department of Offense — and it’s rife with all the same issues and defects that critics of the military-industrial complex have decried for decades. In other words, “homeland security” has become another obese boondoggle. But here’s the strange thing: unlike the Pentagon, this monstrosity draws no attention whatsoever — even though, by our calculations, this country has spent a jaw-dropping $791 billion on “homeland security” since 9/11. To give you a sense of just how big that is, Washington spent an inflation-adjusted $500 billion on the entire New Deal. Despite sucking up a sum of money that could have rebuilt crumbling infrastructure from coast to coast, this new agency and the very concept of “homeland security” have largely flown beneath the media radar — with disastrous results. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2013/02/28/the-shadowy-boondoggle-that-is-homeland-security/


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Land of the Free Watch: Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Government Electronic Surveillance

The conversion of the United States into a type of “prison” with the inmates under the constant surveillance of the government “jailers” is progressing quickly; this time, with the help of the Supreme Court. By a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, the court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of government wiretaps and monitoring of citizens’ e-mails, telephone calls, and electronic messages. Those targeted for the surveillance are not suspected of committing any crime, so searching their communications is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/14638-supreme-court-throws-out-challenge-to-government-electronic-surveillance


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When They Came for the Raw Milk Drinkers

by Ron Paul. While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy. For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers – in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit! http://the-free-foundation.org/tst2-24-2013.html


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Low Interest Rates Impoverish Savers

The besieged consumer gets another whammy from a banking system that thrives on charging usurious fees, while paying you near zero on your saving accounts. With the execution of the Bernanke rescue strategy, the prospects of personal or consumer loans are virtually non-existent. In Helicopter Ben speak; “maintaining monetary accommodation” just does not filter down to the common man. http://www.batr.org/negotium/020613.html


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U.S. Citizens Fear Federal Government Threatens Rights

Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they were frustrated with the federal government, compared to 19 percent who are angry and 20 percent who are basically content. That’s an improvement from Aug. 2011, shortly after Congressional approval ratings plummeted after the debt ceiling fight. Then, a full 26 percent of Americans were angry, 60 percent were frustrated and only 11 percent were content. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33799.htm


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Trying To Reform Government is Largely a Waste of Time

The truth is government is like rust. It never sleeps. Government grows for its own sake and it has no intention to stay limited. Every bureaucracy, once taken root, will grow as long as someone feeds it. Whereas private companies celebrate when they spend less to achieve more, government values the opposite things. Have you ever noticed how government always measures its success in terms of how much money it spends? It’s impossible to give government agencies enough money for anything. The more poorly they spend existing money, the better opportunity they have to clamor for more cash: “We never had enough to do the job right in the first place.” http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=48277


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Nature’s Capital is the Limiting Resource

by Paul Craig Roberts. Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat. In Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love, the “Great Diaspora of the Human Race” began “more than two millennia ago” and has spread to more than “two thousand colonized planets.” The once “lovely green planet” Earth is a slum planet barely able to support life where only the poorest live, Earth’s natural capital having been consumed over two thousand years ago. Humans have found the ability to rejuvenate themselves and to live almost endless lives, but they are unable to rejuvenate the planets whose natural capital they devour. Humans have not encountered “one race as mean, as nasty, as deadly as our own.” As homo sapiens use up the environments of colonized planets, “human intergalactic colony ships are already headed out into the Endless Deeps,” leaving their ruins behind them. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/01/24/natures-capital-is-the-limiting-resource-paul-craig-roberts/


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The Squeegee Man

If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you’ve probably had to deal with the squeegee man. He approaches your car – even though you have not called him over. Without asking your consent, he commences to wiping your windshield with his greasy rag. In a moment, he will demand payment for his “services” – which you’d better hand over, if you don’t want him to attack you (or damage your car). This vignette encompasses everything that is subsumed under government: Random people accosting you with demands for payment – for “services” you never asked for, don’t approve of and don’t use – with the menace of violence looming over everything. Neither the squeegee man nor the politician nor government “worker” ever asks whether you’re interested in what they have to offer – not really. Because they never give you the option to decline. To say, “no thank you.” And have them leave you alone. Both take the position that “services” having been provided – asked for or not, used or not – translates to pay up! http://ericpetersautos.com/2013/01/22/the-squeegee-man/


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Drugs Are Illegal, Right?

Drugs are illegal right? You wouldn’t know it based on the data. Regardless, fully 8.7% of our population uses illegal drugs (28,700,000 PEOPLE). More people are using illegal drugs than in any other time in history. In the last three weeks 102,811 people have been arrested for illegal drugs. We’ve spent $2.5 billion on the “war on drugs” already the first three weeks of this year (2013). http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock. Turns out, people are unemployable because of their drug use. Employers do drug tests on prospective employees. It’s so bad around here, a new Wal Mart that opened had to delay opening because more than 50% of applicants couldn’t pass a drug screen. Even in states where marijuana is “legal” now, drug screens are preventing people from getting jobs. An unintended side effect of the war on drugs; people can’t get jobs. All the better for the government, they can get on welfare or disability and get paid to take drugs. Documented use of illegal drugs (or incarceration for drug offenses, sales, or distribution) never prevents a person from getting on disability or welfare (but does preclude getting a job). When will the madness end? http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=47800


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From the Head Down

Process does not obviate the violence – it merely masks it. Makes it palatable by evasion – in much the way that sauces were originally invented as a way to cover up the taste of spoiled food. But the rot remains – and it poisons all who partake of it. Expecting people pickled in authorized, legalized violence since childhood to not occasionally become overtly violent themselves is probably expecting too much. The ethical line has already been thoroughly trampled. Surely, it is no coincidence that as American society and thus, American government, grows ever more predatory – internally as well as externally – violent lashings out by ordinary people become ever-more-commonplace. Monkey see – monkey do. http://ericpetersautos.com/2013/01/17/from-the-head-down/


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The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

Such that it is, the realm of political theater with all of its drama, vitriol and scripted theatrics is what passes for “transparent” government today, with elected officials, entrusted to act in the best interests of their constituents, routinely performing for their audiences and playing up to the cameras, while doing very little to move the country forward. All the while, behind the footlights, those who really run the show are putting into place policies which erode our freedoms and undermine our attempts at contributing to the workings of our government, leaving us none the wiser and bereft of any opportunity to voice our discontent or engage in any kind of discourse until it’s too late. It’s the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst. http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead67.1.html


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Fiscal Cliff Over, Now the Attack on the People Begins

Budget debates are how government sets its priorities and the fiscal cliff package shows were h government’s priorities are: low taxes on the wealthy and corporations, giveaways to business and take-aways from the American people. People can expect much worse in the months to come unless they get organized and mobilize against austerity in a big way. Elected officials will need to be scared by the public in a big way to stop the bi-partisan assault on the people. http://www.globalresearch.ca/fiscal-cliff-over-now-the-attack-on-the-people-begins/5317610


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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout

The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104


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Statist Philosophy the Scourge of Christianity

The normal condition of man ruling over men resorts to the practice of coercive force. Statism so aptly reflects this system of compliance. When you strip away all the rhetoric and institutional validation, what is left is a doctrine of kingship. Governments are fashioned to exert control over people. Contemplate the intrinsic contradiction of this structure of dominance with the message of the Golden Rule. http://batr.org/solitary/010613.html


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Bill of Rights, R.I.P?

Where are we today, 221 years after the Bill of Rights was made the law of the land right here in Richmond? We have a million pages of laws, and less liberty than any generation before us. We have more taxation and less representation than any previous generation. But we do have a rallying cry – written into the supreme law of the land, a cry for liberty and prosperity. This is the legacy of the Anti-Federalists, and it is alive and very real. The Bill of Rights is not an agreement, a contract or a conditional grant. It is a statement of a common and factual natural law. Men are born free. We are born free. We are born free, to live free, to create and produce freely as we are led and blessed to create and produce, to care for and protect our own property, our environment and our families, to trade peaceably with others, and to worship and express our individuality, our faith, and our liberty in a thousand ways. Government exists by our consent, and serves only to protect our rights. http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski291.html


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Hey You

Pink Floyd released The Wall 33 years ago. It was a concept rock opera album that explored the issues of ababdonment, isolation, alienation, authoritarianism, the brutality of war, a tyrannical conformist educational system, and the walls individuals and society build to protect themselves from having to confront reality and deal with the consequences of their actions. I attended the Roger Waters Wall Concert this past summer at Citizens Bank Park with my three sons. Three decades later, the message is more powerful than ever. The government oppression and never ending wars waged by the American Empire around the world have created a society built upon fear and loathing. Roger Waters’ vision is colored by Orwell’s 1984 dystopian nightmare of lies, misinformation, propaganda and brutality. The missing piece, which Waters didn’t see coming in 1979, was the ability of the oligarchs to use their control of the credit system to entrap the masses by convincing them to love their servitude and become so consumed with material possessions and the love of money that they would become nothing more than passive egotistical consumers. http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=28764


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Shadow Forces Behind Government

Let no man dare speak of a shadow government. The crony corruptocrats that make up the ruling elites of the world must maintain the illusion that elected governments are based upon willful consent and have the legitimate authority to establish rules of conduct that their citizen are obligated to obey. For those regimes that maintain their grip of power by undemocratic means, the apologists for the international community give a wide berth of acceptance in order to maintain the appearance of individual national sovereignty. http://www.batr.org/totalitariancollectivism/121612.html


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Spooks Incorporated: Does Every Company Need Its Own CIA?

This article from Foreign Policy essentially proves what many of us have already suspected. The ultimate in neo-feudalism is when the corporate sector and the government sector converge, and sadly in these United States this totalitarian marriage is what now dominates the landscape. This is a very worrying trend. From Foreign Policy: Since 9/11, a quiet intelligence revolution has been brewing inside many of America’s leading companies. Hotel chains, cruise lines, airlines, theme parks, banks, chemical companies, consumer products manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and even tech giants have been developing in-house intelligence units that look and act a lot like the CIA. These offices are staffed with former CIA, FBI, and military professionals who have close ties to the U.S. government and conduct global threat reporting by working through formal channels and informal networks around the globe. This is the privatization of American intelligence that you’ve never heard of. And it’s part of the innovative and growing business of political risk management. http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2012/12/11/spooks-incorporated-does-every-company-need-its-own-cia/


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Pay Differential — Private Sector and the Federal Government

A dreadful warning arises when public sector employment pay and benefits outstrips the remuneration earned by the private employment workers. Even the most hardened government proponent must succumb to the reality that private business generates real wealth that finances government through taxes. The expenditures of government on all levels are linked to the profitability of enterprises and sufficient margin that affords the ability to pay revenue levies. Thus, the proportion of wages between private enterprises and public employees has significant consequences. http://www.batr.org/negotium/121212.html


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Land of the Free Watch: Not Just Buses, Street Lights Are Also Recording Conversations

News that the government is set to expand the nationwide installation of surveillance bugs on buses that record conversations serves as a reminder that similar systems are also being readied for street lights, along with a host of other devices. http://www.infowars.com/not-just-buses-street-lights-are-also-recording-conversations/


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Land of the Free Watch: Obama Gives OK For Black Box Data Recorders to Be Installed in All Cars

With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate black box event data recorders (EDR) be installed in all new cars in the US. The NHTSA says that by September 2014 all car and light trucks will be equipped with EDRs that will silently “record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33265.htm


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It’s Happening Faster Than Even I Thought

The really scary thing is that after the various groups (guv, corp, intel, mafia) have all this information (and they do trade amongst themselves), they use it to generate individual-specific feedback. You’ve seen this for several years already. For example, after you do a Google search on skis you get ads for discount travel to Vail. Please understand that this was just the initial phase. Email providers like Google, Yahoo, AOL and the rest have dossiers on you: who you talk to, about what, how often, and much, much more. A few years ago, Google’s boss arrogantly bragged in public: We know what you’re going to do Tuesday morning. But even this is nothing, compared to what’s being built just outside of your view. http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig11/rosenberg-p9.1.1.html


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Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

What should Speaker John Boehner do? Tell the president politely that America’s problem is not that we are taxed too little but that we spend too much – and the GOP will not sign on either to tax rate or tax revenue increases. For Republicans believe that would further injure the economy – especially an economy limping along at between 1 and 2 percent growth. http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/whos-afraid-of-the-fiscal-cliff/


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Statist Thugs and the Rocks They Crawl Out From Under

A mass exodus from ignorance and organized opposition to tyranny is the dream of every freedom loving person within the Liberty Movement today. We would like nothing better than to put an end to the expanding establishment police state in the most peaceful manner possible. The reason why peaceful and popular activism almost never occurs successfully falls not only to the establishment elites who seek out and abuse power; there are others who share in the blame. Regardless of the age, the culture, or the social conditions, there is ALWAYS a percentage of the general populace that embraces the totalitarian dynamic. They are not only useful idiots; they are conscious participants in the process of pacification and enslavement of their own society. During the blackest moments of mankind, they are the willing tools of oppression. As America faces down wave after wave of fiscal difficulties, a government gone rogue with false left/right politics, and policies that disregard civil liberties for the sake of centralized authority, so the statist thugs of our time will soon flow out of the dark recesses of our society. We all know them when we see them, but do we really understand what makes them tick? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-21/guest-post-statist-thugs-and-rocks-they-crawl-out-under


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Big Brother, Kill Lists, and Secrecy: What to Expect From Obama’s Second Term

What do NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program and the Obama administration’s recently developed “disposition matrix” have to do with one another? Two points resound in particular. First, both are only able to function in an environment of total secrecy. Also, they represent significant advances in the codification of a new norm for U.S. national security policy—one very much at odds with the constitutionally limited Commander-in-Chief of common lore. Perhaps even more ominously, the infrastructure development of the Obama administration’s policy of targeted killing signals a creeping move toward domestic application. As drone technology continues to be imported home, the convergence of the kill-list(s) within the NCTC bureaucracy—which houses huge repositories of both domestic and foreign intelligence with no probable cause of criminality—is a foreboding development in this saga of eroding checks and disappearing balance. http://original.antiwar.com/christian-stork/2012/11/16/big-brother-kill-lists-and-secrecy-what-to-expect-from-obamas-second-term/


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Going to the Dogs

As totalitarianism descends, Our Rulers wax increasingly absurd. No particular of our lives is too petty or personal to engross them; like a gossipy old retiree with nothing better to do all day, they monitor every detail of our existence, controlling and pitting us against each other. Even a miniature schnauzer named Mikey is no longer beneath the federal government’s scrutiny. In a suburb of New York City earlier this month, the Department of Injustice extorted $58,750 from a “senior citizen complex” on behalf of an elderly widower. It seems the “complex” prohibited pets, but when Jack Biegel and his 74-year-old wife moved there, she refused to relinquish her “comfort dog,” Mikey. http://lewrockwell.com/akers/akers198.html


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Ron Paul: Election Shows U.S. ‘Far Gone’

Rep. Ron Paul, whose maverick presidential bids shook the GOP, said in the wake of this week’s elections that the country has already veered over the fiscal cliff and he sees no chance of righting ship in a country where too many people are dependent on government. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/nov/8/ron-paul-election-shows-us-far-gone/


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Dysfunctional, Dishonest, Insane, and Intolerable

These musings centered upon the complete dysfunction of government and delusion of politicians who think they can create value by seizing money from taxpayers, creating programs and controlling our lives. The incompetence, arrogance, ineptitude and insanity of government officials at the Federal, State, and Local level are stunning to behold. A story from the local Wildwood newspaper crystallized why Wildwood and thousands of municipalities across the country continue to spiral downward as government assumes more hegemony over our economy and day to day lives. We need to ask ourselves whether we the people are getting better government service and efficiency today; with government spending at 35% to 40% of GDP, than we did in the 1950’s and early 1960’s when government spending was 20% to 25% of GDP. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-22/guest-post-dysfunctional-dishonest-insane-and-intolerable


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Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Post-9/11, lawless spying became policy. In 2002, Bush authorized it by presidential order. Big Brother watches everyone it sets its sights on. So-called threats were invented to justify it. Today, it’s more intensive than ever. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/10/15/intensified-warrantless-spying-in-america/


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How Neo-Liberals Perverted Capitalism

The version of capitalism that is prevalent in the world today is globalized, oligopolistic, crony and blind to its own crisis of legitimacy. As a consequence, a ‘winner takes all’ or ‘feral’ version of capitalism became the accepted norm. In this version of capitalism, which the historian Eric Hobsbawm has described as “a pathological degeneration of the Adam Smith line”, companies became so focused on short-term profit maximisation that social responsibility and civilised values — including caring for customers, caring for their staff and caring the environment — were jettisoned. Once this sort of capitalism takes root, a race to the bottom generally ensues. http://www.ianfraser.org/the-pathological-degeneration-of-adam-smith/


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Ron Paul: Government Dependency Will End in Chaos

The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct. It’s not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it’s actually more than half. If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%. Some argue that Social Security and Medicare benefits are a right because people pay into these programs their whole lives, or that we need a government safety net in place for people who fall on hard times. However, this all becomes a moot point when the funds people depend on become worthless due to government default or rampant inflation.
This is less an issue of dignity or dependence on government, and more about the deceitfulness of government promises. http://www.silverdoctors.com/ron-paul-government-dependency-will-end-in-chaos/


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Smile, the Government is Watching: Next Generation Identification

“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement was scrutinized.” – George Orwell, 1984. Brace yourselves for the next wave in the surveillance state’s steady incursions into our lives. It’s coming at us with a lethal one-two punch. http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead56.1.html


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More Than Half of All Americans Are at Least Partially Dependent On the Government

Once upon a time, the free market was the one that distributed nearly all the wealth in our system. But now the federal government has become a giant deluded “Santa Claus” that distributes goodies to the American people far beyond its actual capacity to do so. In fact, we are borrowing trillions of dollars that we do not have so that our politicians can continue to buy votes with handouts. Look, we will always need a safety net. We don’t want anyone in America starving to death or sleeping in the street. However, our current system has gotten completely and totally out of control. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/more-than-half-of-all-americans-are-at-least-partially-dependent-on-the-government


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The Corporate Surveillance State: How the Thought Police Use Your Cell Phone to Track Your Every Move

Advanced technology now provides government agents and police officers with the ability to track our every move. The surveillance state is our new society. It is here, and it is spying on you, your family and your friends every day. Worse yet, those in control are using life’s little conveniences, namely cell phones, to do much of the spying. And worst of all, the corporations who produce these little conveniences are happy to hand your personal information over to the police so long as their profit margins increase. To put it simply, the corporate-surveillance state is in full effect, and there is nowhere to hide. http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead52.1.html


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Higgins

I think Brockhurst is the same "Michael C. Scott" who posts to American Renaissance. Their writing styles are the same.

TheSouthernNationalist

Good points Brockhurst, I myself don't own one of those "smart phones", I have a pre-paid type and only turn it on when I need to use it. Other than that, it stays in the glove box of my vehicle.

Brockhurst

Correct; by pinging your cell phone, police can tell exactly where you are. A partial cure to this problem is to use the phone for outgoing calls only, and remove the batteries whenever you are not using it. This way, they can only tell where you are while you're on the phone, so you will not inadvertantly provide them with a road map of your daily movements. An even better approach, though, is to just not own one of the silly things.

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The Eye of Sauron

People speak of the onrush of the police state. I think that many do not understand how fast it comes, or how thorough it will be. The political framework falls rapidly into place. Few or no safeguards exist, and probably few are possible. A growing authoritarianism rapidly erodes what protections we had. The courts allow random searches of passengers of trains and subways without probable cause. Warrantless tapping of personal communications is rampant, or done with secret warrants from a secret federal judge. TSA has Viper squads that stop cars at random for searches. In many places it is against the law to video the police, who everywhere become more militarized and less accountable. For practical purposes, citizens have no recourse. http://www.fredoneverything.net/Saurons_Eye.shtml


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Global Crisis — The Convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka

While Marx understood the predatory, parasitic nature of Monopoly Capitalism, he did not anticipate the State’s partnering with Cartel/Crony Capitalism; in effect, the State has appropriated the appropriators, stripmining the citizenry to protect the financial sector from the consequences of their “business model” (leverage, fraud, embezzlement and the misrepresentation of risk). But the State doesn’t merely enable (“regulate”) the predation of financiers; it also stripmines the citizenry to fund its own expansion into every nook and cranny of civil society. This is where Orwell enters the convergence, for the State masks its stripmining and power grab with deliciously Orwellian misdirections such as “the People’s Party,” “democratic socialism,” and so on. Orwell understood the State’s ontological imperative is expansion, to the point where it controls every level of community, markets and society. Once the State escapes the control of the citizenry, it is free to exploit them in a parasitic predation that is the mirror-image of Monopoly capital. For what is the State but a monopoly of force, coercion, data manipulation and the regulation of private monopolies? What is the EU bureaucracy in Brussels but the perfection of a stateless State? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-global-crisis-convergence-marx-orwell-and-kafka


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Security and Self-Governance

by Ron Paul. We should face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families. Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred. Internal self governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul815.html


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Pharmaceutical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You Than Supplements

Based on the data showing supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘super-safe’ category of individual risk, UK, European, and American authorities are completely out of line in their assertion that supplements are dangerous and need to be more heavily regulated. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/24/pharmaceutical-drugs-vs-nutritional-supplements.aspx?e_cid=20120724_DNL_artNew_1


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The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality. They collect and read the personal data gathered on tens of millions of us by the security and surveillance state. They keep the accounts of ExxonMobil, BP and Goldman Sachs. They build or pilot aerial drones. They work in corporate advertising and public relations. They issue the forms. They process the papers. They deny food stamps to some and unemployment benefits or medical coverage to others. They enforce the laws and the regulations. And they do not ask questions. Good. Evil. These words do not mean anything to them. They are beyond morality. They are there to make corporate systems function. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_careerists_20120723//


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Spontaneous Order

It’s tough to do just about anything today without experiencing the far-reaching hand of the growing regulatory state. Virtually everything the average shopper see on the store shelf is stamped with government approval. With the increasing use of red light safety cameras and even domestic surveillance drones, the dystopian world which George Orwell painted so brilliantly in 1984 is sounding more prophetic by the day. The result is a new generation that is coming of age amongst a pervasive and all-inclusive nanny state. With a federal register that grows by tens of thousands of pages each year, tyranny is spewing forth across America from Leviathan’s home of Washington D.C. every single day. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-spontaneous-order-and-jersey-shore


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The Elites Are Unanimous: Lower Everyone’s Wages and Standard of Living — Except They Don’t Say it Out Loud

America’s 1% are in harmony on the matter that concerns them most — who gets the biggest slice of the pie. http://www.alternet.org/economy/156219


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The Libor Scandal in Full Perspective

As villainous as they might be, Barclays bank chief executive Bob Diamond, Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs are not the main villains. The main villains are former Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs chairman Robert Rubin, who pushed Congress for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and the sponsors of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley bill, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act. Glass-Steagall was put in place in 1933 in order to prevent the kind of financial excesses that produced the current ongoing financial crisis. President Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin, presented the removal of all constraints on financial chicanery as “financial modernization.” Taking restraints off of banks was part of the hubristic response to “the end of history.” Capitalism had won the struggle with socialism and communism. Vindicated capitalism no longer needed its concessions to social welfare and regulation that capitalism used in order to compete with socialism. The constraints on capitalism could now be thrown off, because markets were self-regulating as Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, among many, declared. It was financial deregulation–the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the removal of limits on debt leverage, the absence of regulation of OTC derivatives, the removal of limits on speculative positions in future markets–that caused the ongoing financial crisis. No doubt but that JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and others were after maximum profits by hook or crook, but their opportunity came from the neoconservative triumphalism of “democratic capitalism’s” historical victory over alternative socio-politico-economic systems. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/19/the-libor-scandal-in-full-perspective/


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Spying on Americans Through Cellphone Carriers

What most Americans are blissfully unaware of is the fact that they carry in their pockets what have been described as near-perfect spy devices: their cellphones. Earlier this week, The New York Times disclosed that “cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a startling 1.3 million demands for subscriber information last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.” The report by carriers, made in response to congressional inquiries “document an explosion in cellphone surveillance in the last five years, with the companies turning over records thousands of times a day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests.” http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31899


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The Federal Centralization Economy

A new hybrid of the command economy is being adapted to replace the last traces of a free market economy. The federal government, through the increase of administrative regulations and bureaucrat oversight is forcing a dangerous planned economy with dire consequences. It will not resemble the Soviet style of government ownership, because many business decisions will no longer rest with owners, but will need conformity to rules that benefit favored enterprises. http://www.batr.org/negotium/071812.html


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Information Overload: Driving a Stake Through the National Security State

While the degree of surveillance of our activities here in Obama’s America may be much more far-reaching — thanks to today’s vastly more advanced computer technology — than under East Germany’s notorious Stasi (for Staatssicherheit), who reportedly had one in every three of that country’s citizens spying on the other two, the U.S. is nowhere near as repressive as any of those police states I’ve witnessed. We are not being hauled off to Guantanamo or Leavenworth simply because of what we say or write — at least not yet. But we can learn from those repressive states and from the resistance forces that have worked against them. http://www.nationofchange.org/information-overload-driving-stake-through-national-security-state-1342186946


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Totalitarianism Watch: New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People at Molecular Level

The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/11/new-homeland-security-laser-scanner-reads-people-at-molecular-level/


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putnamvt

Hell, in today's lunatic asylum known as America, a kid with a string of firecrackers could shut down all flights out of his local airport for half a day and make world news. Remember the word 'Humbug'?

TheSouthernNationalist

Just added this to the list of why I don't use airports.

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