Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

The Diplomat

epEmily Parker
“Crackdowns on the Internet are often in direct response to the growing power of the Web. So increased control is actually a sign that authorities feel threatened by online dissent.”

The Diplomat’s Justin McDonnell speaks with Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground, published on Feb. 18, 2014 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, about attempts at Internet censorship by authoritarian regimes at a time of rising online dissent.

China. Cuba. Russia. The Internet in these countries is among the most tightly controlled in the world.  Despite their distinct cultures and histories, did you in your investigation find any similarities in their use of and attitudes toward the Internet? 

These three countries recognize the economic benefits of the Internet, yet are wary of its threat to their control. China, Cuba and Russia all exercise control over the Internet, but in different ways. China has a sophisticated system that includes a great firewall and a large network of human censors. Cuba controls the Internet largely through denying access: Only a very small percentage of Cubans are online, in large part because Internet access is prohibitively expensive. Russia doesn’t censor the Internet in an extensive and systematic way, at least as compared to China. In recent years, however, we’ve heard more about Russia using legal methods to block Internet content, with the stated aim of protecting children or fighting extremism.

The growing Chinese middle class is sensitive to efforts to deprive them of information. Given the extremely sophisticated and pervasive online apparatus, how exactly has the party managed to maintain its sovereignty and what are both netizens and web-based activists doing about it?

The Chinese government can no longer maintain absolute control over the flow of information. Sometimes netizens will get around the censors by purposely misspelling words so that they are not picked up by automatic filters. Sometimes there is so much social media chatter about a particular topic that authorities seem to realize it would be more inflammatory to try to shut down a conversation. I’ve seen a sensitive word banned and then re-allowed after it became clear that netizens would find away to talk about it anyway. Despite pervasive online censorship, information still seeps through.

The Kremlin has also made recent attempts to assert control over its domestic media, shutting down RIA Novosti, a news agency known for having a balanced coverage and reflecting the views of the opposition. Why would a policy of greater openness and transparency be detrimental for a leader who enjoys great popularity at home and is wholly comfortable in power?

It’s not so clear that the leader is wholly comfortable in power. First, there are signs of a sagging economy, and that could lead to great unrest. Second, in late 2011, Russia was home to some of the largest protests since the fall of the Soviet Union. Those anti-Putin protests have largely died down, for now, but they were a powerful reminder that in Russia, there is real anger simmering beneath the surface. Those protests were unsettling to Russia’s leadership, largely because nobody predicted them.

An annual report published by Freedom House titled “Freedom in the World 2014” notes the expansion of criminalizing online dissent and systematic abuse of power to control the flow and access of information. The report paints a grim picture, revealing that there is in fact, a worldwide decline in democratic governance; many regimes (particularly in Eurasia) have remained hybrid or moved more toward an authoritarian direction. With the slow withering of democracy and the rise of a new authoritarianism, what’s at stake?

It’s important to remember that crackdowns on the Internet are often in direct response to the growing power of the Web. So increased control is actually a sign that authorities feel threatened by online dissent. It is a sign of weakness, not strength. Second, some authoritarian governments look stable and all-powerful, until suddenly they are gone. In Egypt and Tunisia, longstanding dictatorships disintegrated in what appeared to be the blink of an eye. In truth, the world just wasn’t watching carefully enough. This is not to say that revolution is always the best path. That’s why some activists in my book are fighting for evolution, not revolution. They are demanding greater citizen rights, not advocating an overthrow of the regime. These activists are helping to transform their countries whether a revolution takes place or not.

While I know you don’t attempt to predict revolutions in your book, do you think (authoritarian) governments and corporations who play by their rules will dominate the online sphere? Or will we?

Authoritarian regimes have already lost to a certain degree, in that they do not have the power they once enjoyed. In the Internet age, they can no longer maintain the same stranglehold over information and collective action. Sure, authoritarian governments will try their hardest to dominate the Internet, using firewalls, censors, surveillance, intimidation, arrests and the like. But this is not enough to completely rein in online dissent. Most important, authoritarian regimes derive much of their power from isolating critics from one another, both physically and psychologically. Now, critics of the regime go online and discover that they are not alone. Or as one Chinese blogger said to me, “Now I know who my comrades are.” That powerful realization is impossible to reverse.


The National Debt Cannot Be Paid Off


by Keith Weiner

Government spending is out of control and, while most say they want spending cuts, people oppose cuts that impact them. Among those who get government money, there’s practically an unspoken, unbreakable pact to keep the money coming. But when I say that the national debt cannot be paid off, it’s not a political forecast; it’s a statement on the flawed nature of the dollar.

Astute observers call the dollar a fiat currency. Fiat means force. It’s true that we’re forced to use the dollar (e.g. by taxes on gold) but the dollar is also irredeemable. There’s no way to cash it in. The dollar is credit that is never repaid. Today’s dollar is a dishonored promise.

This was not always true. Before 1933, the dollar represented an obligation to pay 1/20 ounce of gold. People could deposit gold and get paper notes in receipt. Those notes circulated, and any bearer could redeem them for gold. Back then, $20 was not the gold price. It was the legal rate at which gold was deposited and redeemed.

In 1971, President Nixon changed the monetary system with the stroke of his pen, making the Fed no longer obligated to redeem dollars for gold. The consequences of using debt as if it were money were soon clear. Rising debt became a more serious problem than rising prices.

To understand debt, credit and the importance of redemption, consider Joe borrowing sugar from neighbor Sue. To pay Sue back, Joe goes to the store, buys sugar and hands it to Sue. Not only is Sue repaid; the debt goes out of existence—it is extinguished. Borrowing money used to be like borrowing sugar. The repayment of debt in gold-backed dollars settled the loan and wiped the debt clean.

Not anymore, since Nixon detached the dollar from gold. By making people pay with paper-only dollars, each debt is transferred, not cleared.

Suppose Sue owed Joe $1,000, then hands Joe ten $100 bills. Sue gets out of the debt loop. But now the Fed owes Joe the $1,000. What does Joe do? He deposits his cash in a bank. Now the bank owes Joe money, while the Fed owes the bank. What does the bank do? It buys a Treasury bond. Now the Treasury owes the bank. And so on.

By Nixon’s design, the system omits a crucial feature. The extinguisher of debt, gold, is not allowed to do its job. Debt can only be transferred from one party to another. It’s like a lump being pushed around under a rug. With no means of final payment, that lump is never put in the trash. Debt is never extinguished.

In fact, the debt must increase, because the interest is constantly accruing. Interest is added to the debt, as it can’t be paid off either. Total debt must grow by at least the interest. Debt actually increases faster than that, because the government craves what now passes for growth.

The rate of debt increase is proportional to the debt itself. It is not a fixed dollar amount, such as $100 billion a year. It is instead a percent of total debt. Mathematics has a term for this type of growth: an exponential function.

Exponential growth is not sustainable, according to credible scientists. Mainstream economists ignore this fact in the hope that that somehow growth can outpace debt, one year a time.

But exponentially rising debt is not sustainable because the capacity to service the debt is finite. Without a means of extinguishing debt, servicing is merely borrowing new money to pay off old debts. This is the equivalent of taking out a home equity loan to get money to pay the mortgage.

The U.S. debt is putting us in danger of economic catastrophe. Like Greece, which found no more buyers for their bonds, the U.S. relies on selling new bonds to pay interest and principal when due. The difference is that the whole world bids on U.S. Treasury bonds, for now. But eventually, market participants will realize that the American debt cannot be paid off.




Benjamin Fulford – February 24, 2014: War in the Ukraine and more banker murders as cabal end-game begins – FULL REPORT

bfThe Eastern Europeans and Asians are mobilizing for some sort of big global push against the cabal over the coming days, according to Russian and Asian sources. The Russians say the latest shenanigans in the Ukraine meant the cabal had crossed a red line and that Russia was ready for war. The Asians were more secretive but nonetheless made it clear some sort of line had been crossed and that action was imminent.

Meanwhile, the Bush and Rockefeller families are planning to murder 1200 bankers over the coming days in order to hide evidence against them, according to Neil Keenan. The bankers will be young and mostly involved in algorithmic trading and manipulation of various financial markets, it is believed. Also, in a sign of how twisted these people’s minds are, it turns out that each banker death means great derivative profits, according to this article sent to me by alert readers:

In these circumstances, the White Dragon Society is offering protection to any bankers who fear for their lives in exchange for them making public what it is they have done to make them potential targets. Remember, there is no incentive to kill a person in order to silence them once the information is in the public domain. Also, because of all the publicity and suspicion surrounding the recent spate of banker deaths, from now own bankers will simply be disappeared and their bodies will never be found, Keenan says.

The following people will be physically served with a cease and desist order by Keenan and his associates:

Also, last week the WDS had negotiations with the gnostic illuminati about what sort of post cabal regime is likely and desirable.

The gnostic illuminati claimed it was they who ousted the government of Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukraine, according to an illuminati grandmaster going by the name Alexander Romanov. It is true that the Yanukovych regime was overthrown despite an agreement by the governments of the EU and all the major political parties in the Ukraine, indicating the work of non-state actors. Romanov said his group hoped to foment similar regime changes in the rest of Europe as well as oust Vladimir Putin in Russia.

This group is also demanding a 100% inheritance tax in order to permanently end bloodline rule.

The WDS countered that a jubilee, or one time write off of all debts public and private, combined with a redistribution of fraudulently accumulated assets was a more benevolent and practical approach. It was explained that people who earned their money by creating wealth should be allowed to keep it and only those who got rich through depriving others should have their wealth confiscated. The illuminati grandmaster agreed with this approach.

However, they are insisting on criminal punishment for many of the world’s elite, as are Keenan’s group and many others while the WDS still believes justice and forgiveness is wiser than revenge. In any case, the turmoil caused in the Ukraine is not going to end quietly. Here is what a Russian government source had to say about the situation:

“The Ukraine riots started by the US embassy have openly pissed off the entire world. The initial rioters had American baseball caps and brown shoes with laces. There are no brown shoe laces in Kiev and only I wear a baseball cap. Directly after the Olympics the entire Eastern bloc will be ready to move.”

The Olympics just ended and it is a good bet that the blue part of the Ukraine seen in the maps at this link will become part of Russia when the dust settles:

There is no way the Pentagon is going to start World War 3 with Russia and China over a Nazi/EU organized coup d’etat in the Ukraine and the Europeans alone will have their gas supplies cut off and will face certain defeat if they try any military aggression in the Ukraine.

In any case, the Ukraine may turn out to be a side show soon if the US government goes bankrupt this week as predicted by US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew or next week on March 4th as predicted by Grady Means, former assistant to Nelson Rockefeller.

If this does happen, we can expect all banks and ATMs as well as the internet and all credit cards to be shut down for a period of several days until the fraud can be cleaned out and a new system put online. During that time, emergency broadcast networks will be used to fill in the brainwashed sheeple on what has really been happening over the past 100 years since a small group of gangsters took over the process of creating and distributing money in the US.

This may not come to pass though because the cabal has proven itself to be extremely difficult to dislodge. At their recent G20 meeting held in Australia, and at other meetings they have held, they talk about confiscating money from private bank accounts in order to keep themselves going.

Neil Keenan, for his part, believes the cabal will crash the system just to scare people into obedience and thus strengthen their control. If they try such a thing, it is a pretty sure bet there will be a lot of chaos and a lot of nasty things happening before the dust finally settles into cabal defeat.

In Asia meanwhile, something is being planned but as mentioned above, exactly what remains a mystery. However, in what may have been a cryptic clue, somebody came from Kobe, Japan, home of the headquarters of the Yamaguchi Gumi, to show this writer a video of a man laughing hysterically as he throws a fish into the Pacific Ocean. Also, the pond at Inokashira Park in Tokyo, home to a shrine to the Goddess Benten who, according to legend, tamed the White Dragon and made it protector of the weak, has been drained and all the invasive foreign fish species have been removed. Watch this short Japanese language video to see it being done:

Perhaps it is nothing but if I were a Goldman Sachs gangster in Tokyo, I would be worried and might plan a vacation somewhere else for a while, just in case.


The High Price of Delaying the Default

Ludwig von Mises Institute

by Thorsten Polleit

Credit is a wonderful tool that can help advance the division of labor, thereby increasing productivity and prosperity. The granting of credit enables savers to spread their income over time, as they prefer. By taking out loans, investors can implement productive spending plans that they would be unable to afford using their own resources.

The economically beneficial effects of credit can only come about, however, if the underlying credit and monetary system is solidly based on free-market principles. And here is a major problem for today’s economies: the prevailing credit and monetary regime is irreconcilable with the free market system.

At present, all major currencies in the world — be it the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen, or the Chinese renminbi — represent government sponsored unbacked paper, or, “fiat” monies. These monies have three characteristic features. First, central banks have a monopoly on money production. Second, money is created by bank lending — or “out of thin air” — without loans being backed by real savings. And third, money that is dematerialized, can be expanded in any quantity politically desired.

A fiat money regime suffers from a number of far-reaching economic and ethical flaws. It is inflationary, it inevitably causes waves of speculation, provokes bad investments and “boom-and-bust” cycles, and generally encourages an excessive built up of debt. And fiat money unjustifiably favors the few at the expense of the many: the early receivers of the new money benefit at the expense of those receiving the new money at a later point in time (“Cantillon Effect”).

One issue deserves particular attention: the burden of debt that accumulates over time in a fiat money regime will become unsustainable. The primary reason for this is that the act of creating credit and money out of thin air, accompanied by artificially suppressed interest rates, encourages poor investments: malinvestments that do not have the earning power to service the resulting rise in debt in full.

Governments are especially guilty of accumulating an excessive debt burden, greatly helped by central banks providing an inexhaustible supply of credit at artificially low costs. Politicians finance election promises with credit, and voters acquiesce because they expect to benefit from government’s “horn of plenty.” The ruling class and the class of the ruled are quite hopeful that they can defer repayment to future generations to sort out.

However, there comes a point in time when private investors are no longer willing to refinance maturing debt, let alone finance a further rise in indebtedness of banks, corporations, and governments. In such a situation, the paper money boom is doomed to collapse: rising concern about credit defaults is a deadly enemy to the fiat money regime. And once the flow of credit dries up, the boom turns into bust. This is exactly what was about to happen in many fiat currency areas around the world in 2008.

A fiat money bust can easily develop into a full-scale depression, meaning failing banks, corporations filing for bankruptcy, and even some governments going belly up. The economy contracts sharply, causing mass unemployment. Such a development will predictably be interpreted as an ordeal — rather than an economic adjustment made inevitable by the ravages of the preceding fiat money boom.

Everyone — those of the ruling class and those of the class of the ruled — will predictably want to escape disaster. Threatened with extreme economic hardship and political desperation, their eyes will turn to the central bank which, alas, can print all the money that is politically desired to keep overstretched borrowers liquid, first and foremost banks and governments.

Running the electronic printing press will be perceived as the policy of the least evil — a reaction that could be observed many times throughout the troubled history of unbacked paper money. Since the end of 2008, many central banks have successfully kept their commercial banks afloat by providing them with new credit at virtually zero interest rates.

This policy is actually meant to make banks churn out even more credit and fiat money. More credit and money, provided at record low interest rates, is seen as a remedy of the problems caused by an expansion of credit and money, provided at low interest rates, in the first place. This is hardly a confidence-inspiring route to take.


It was Ludwig von Mises who understood that a fiat money boom will, and actually must, ultimately end in a collapse of the economic system. The only open question would be whether such an outcome will be preceded by a debasement of the currency or not:

The boom cannot continue indefinitely. There are two alternatives. Either the banks continue the credit expansion without restriction and thus cause constantly mounting price increases and an ever-growing orgy of speculation, which, as in all other cases of unlimited inflation, ends in a “crack-up boom” and in a collapse of the money and credit system. Or the banks stop before this point is reached, voluntarily renounce further credit expansion and thus bring about the crisis. The depression follows in both instances.[1]

A monetary policy dedicated to averting credit defaults by all means would speak for a fairly tough scenario going forward: depression preceded by inflation. This is a scenario quite similar to what happened, for instance, in the fiat money inflation in eighteenth-century France.

According to Andrew Dickson White, France issued paper money

seeking a remedy for a comparatively small evil in an evil infinitely more dangerous. To cure a disease temporary in its character, a corrosive poison was administered, which ate out the vitals of French prosperity.

It progressed according to a law in social physics which we may call the “law of accelerating issue and depreciation.” It was comparatively easy to refrain from the first issue; it was exceedingly difficult to refrain from the second; to refrain from the third and with those following was practically impossible.

It brought … commerce and manufactures, the mercantile interest, the agricultural interest, to ruin. It brought on these the same destruction which would come to a Hollander opening the dykes of the sea to irrigate his garden in a dry summer.

It ended in the complete financial, moral and political prostration of France — a prostration from which only a Napoleon could raise it. [2]


Thorsten Polleit is chief economist of the precious-metals firm Degussa and co-founder of the investment boutique Polleit & Riechert Investment Management LLP. He is honorary professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and associated scholar of the Mises Institute. He was awarded the 2012 O.P. Alford III Prize in Libertarian Scholarship. His website is Send him a mail. See Thorsten Polleit’s article archives.




This May or May Not be “What’s Really Happening”, but Here it is… “Sananda’s Announcement… “Currency Exchange and Celebration Today!”

Kauilapele's Blog

kathryn_may_4 This email announcement came through this morning, and I will say, “Just use ‘Discernment of the Higher Variety'”.

I have not yet seen any indication of any RV of currencies she spoke of, or anything like that so far, at least on my app. But, as I mentioned in this post, I sense we are very close to something “major” happening (whatever “major” means; whatever “happening” means).


Sananda’s Announcement… Currency Exchange and Celebration Today!
Transcribed by Kathryn E May, February 26 2014, 6:00 AM – Atlanta

Today, at last, my Beloved Ones, you will be able to exchange some of the
currency which will begin the great march toward World Prosperity.

Let me explain: It became necessary for Prime Creator to step in to help initiate this process, because problems on the ground were dragging on – technical, as well as ego-related and criminally-instigated delays.

It was…

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Brunei’s Royal Partiers May Have To Curb Their Enthusiasm

The Diplomat

The introduction of Sharia Law will put an end to the alcohol-fueled soirees enjoyed by Brunei’s rich.

bdsPlans to introduce Sharia Law within the next few months in Brunei has its supporters. Writing in the Brunei Bulletin, “Jaya” perhaps summed up the sentiments of many in the Islamic Kingdom when he wrote that he was looking forward to the introduction of strict laws.

“Our youth could run wild listening to Western music, as well as live a completely unrestrained lifestyle,” he says. “It has also not helped women being allowed to drive alone.”

He goes on: “They could go anywhere without their husbands or parents knowing about it. They could be too free. I look forward to when all places of leisure and all hotels are strictly regulated. I also think that a regulation where girls are only allowed to drive when accompanied by their husbands or a male member of the family is necessary.”

Brunei has already been warned its plans to introduce Sharia Law are incompatible with international law and the Brunei Bulletin is also carrying stories warning the public not to make negative comments about its introduction, which criminalizes extra-marital affairs, consensual gay sex and also re-introduces the death penalty by stoning and amputations for thieves, ending a long-standing moratorium.

But of course the biggest change will probably occur within the royal household, whose members are famous for their extravagant parties and big-time gambling in the halls of European casinos.

Chief among them is the former wife of the Sultan of Brunei. In London a court has heard how Mariam Aziz lost half-a-million pounds playing the tables in London, although she denied she once blew three million pounds in a single gambling spree.

These breaches of Sharia law became known after Aziz gave evidence at the trial of her bodyguard Fatimah Lim, accused of stealing diamonds worth 12 million pounds from her employer, replacing them with replicas that were close to worthless.

This pales in some respects when compared with Prince Azim – dubbed the Playboy Prince – who hosted a lavish New Year’s Eve party at the five-star Dorchester Hotel that included the celebrity likes of Mick Jagger’s former wife Jerry Hall and the actresses Sophia Loren and Faye Dunaway.

Lots of alcohol was on hand and there were unsubstantiated allegations of other illicit substances within reach.

Mariah Carey, who has shown a penchant for upsetting human rights groups by performing for African dictators, was apparently paid about 900,000 pounds to sing Auld Lang Syne among a few other of her favorite melodies.

Brunei’s royal rulers have a long history showing off in gaudy style their excessive wealth, generated by the country’s substantial oil and gas assets. Prince Jefrie Bolkiah, the Sultan’s elder brother, was famous for his excesses. He blew $14 billion and apparently kept a harum of 40 women.

The lives of the fabulously rich and perhaps not so bright have always been entertaining for the masses, but in Brunei the days are approaching when such behavior could result in a lengthy stint in prison or far worse. That of course presupposes that Sharia law will be imposed evenly and to all who live in the Islamic Kingdom.

Luke Hunt can be followed on Twitter @lukeanthonyhunt




Catholic Pope Francis charged, trial set, for trafficking orphans

The Examiner

papalToday Catholic Pope Francis Bergoglio was named as the chief defendant in a child trafficking case involving Catholic orphans. Pope Francis will be asked to defend his role in child trafficking during Argentine’s 1970s Junta Dirty War. This case of orphaned children from missing political prisoners was set for trial on March 31 2014 in a Brussels international court.

A witness has agreed to come out of hiding in Spain to testify against Pope Francis.The Argentine civil servant took extensive notes of meetings between the now-Pope Francis and Junta military officials.

Who is the real Catholic Pope Francis – a devil or an Angel?

Pope Francis’s fast ascension to head the Argentina Catholic Church was suspected to be a result of an agreement between Pope Francis and the Junta military to traffic children from Catholic orphanages.

The witness wasn’t alone in his accusations against Pope Francis. According to a 2005 Los Angeles Times article, the now-Catholic Pope Francis was accused by a human rights group of trafficking babies, plus helping to kidnap opponents of Argentine’s military Junta during the Dirty War. Lawyers filing the 2005 complaint represented the Plaza de Mayo human rights group.

A year ago Catholic Pope Francis came to power over the global Catholic Church after Pope Benedict resigned from office. The unprecedented resignation of a Catholic pope happened within days of Pope Benedict being served an arrest warrant by the same international court that would try Pope Francis in March.

Catholic Pope Benedict’s Feb. 2013 guilty verdict came after months of deliberation by 36 jury members and six international judges on 150 cases surrounding over 50,000 missing Canadian native children.

The international jury found that native children were being raped, tortured and murdered in residential schools across Canada – the majority of which were Catholic-run institutions. The 80 schools were jointly owned by the Canadian government, Queen Elizabeth and the Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada.

The Catholic Pope, Canadian government and Queen Elizabeth were not alone in their crimes against vulnerable children. The 50,000 missing native children were also found to be subjects of illegal CIA mind control experiments including drug testing. The drug tests were operated in association with pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly, Upjohn and Bayer. The drug companies funded the United, Anglican and Catholic churches which ran the 80 Indian residential schools in connection with the Canadian Government, Catholic Church and English Crown.

Since 2008, 32 child mass gravesites have been discovered on Canadian institution and native residential school grounds. Even though human remains were uncovered on at least two sites, all child mass gravesites have been refused further excavation. Evidence of the Canadian child holocaust was chronicled in Kevin Annett’s book,” Hidden No Longer” that can be read for free here:

Annett stated this child abuse and cover up was “a deliberate attempt to eliminate native Canadian tribes and take possession of their lands which in many instances, has been accomplished.”

The Feb. 2013 international court also found Queen Elizabeth guilty for the October 10 1964 disappearance of ten children from Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. Parents of the missing children were prevented by the Canadian government from taking their case to trial – the reason for the 2013 international court.

Three witnesses to the kidnapping died of mysterious causes prior to trial. One was William Combes, age twelve at the time. He stated in his video testimony, “It was strange because we had to kiss the Queen’s boots which were white with laces. Seven boys and three girls ages six through 14 left with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. We never heard or seen them after that day, even when we got older.”

The announcement today to take Pope Francis to trial was made by Kevin Annett of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State. It was done on the first anniversary of the 25 Feb. 2013 conviction of former Pope Benedict and 29 other global elites including Queen Elizabeth, for their Crimes Against Humanity.