Decentralization is the first step to sovereignty


…Who and what is this beast called Federal? … and its all over the world….

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Discontent with Washington, US states look to nullify federal laws

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State legislatures in the US are considering more than 200 bills – from gun rights to marijuana accessibility – that would nullify or work around various federal laws and regulations crafted in Washington, according to a states’ rights advocacy group.

The Tenth Amendment Center told The Hill the 200-plus pieces of current legislation seeking to challenge or wrest control from the federal government mark a climate of both suspicion and empowerment. The center tracks and supports states’ rights initiatives across the country.

“People are becoming more and more concerned about the overreach of the federal government,” said the group’s spokesman, Mike Maharrey. “They feel the federal government is trying to do too much, it’s too big and it’s getting more and more in debt.”

While federal law ultimately supersedes state law – if enforcement power is exercised – the Tenth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, says that the federal government is limited to powers granted in the US Constitution.

For instance, a bill that would “block any future federal bans on firearms or magazines” passed the Montana state House on Monday. Montana’s bill is one of eleven nationwide, according to the center, that aim to counter federal gun control measures.

READ MORE: South Carolina lawmaker wants mandatory NRA gun classes in schools

Twelve states are seeking to challenge federal surveillance authority vested in the likes of the National Security Agency, revealed in June 2013 to be operating a global spying regime to advance American domestic and foreign policy goals.

READ MORE: Snowden fine, speaks Russian, still single – lawyer

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If the Earth is flat and if the Sun is small…and if….


Eric Dubay

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Published on 5 Dec 2014

NASA’s astronomical figures always sound perfectly precise, but heliocentrists have historically been notorious for regularly and drastically changing them to suit their various models. For instance, in his time Nicolas Copernicus calculated the Sun’s distance from Earth to be 3,391,200 miles. The next century Johannes Kepler decided it was actually 12,376,800 miles away. Issac Newton once said, “It matters not whether we reckon it 28 or 54 million miles distant for either would do just as well!” How scientific!? Benjamin Martin calculated between 81 and 82 million miles, Thomas Dilworth claimed 93,726,900 miles, John Hind stated positively 95,298,260 miles, Benjamin Gould said more than 96 million miles, and Christian Mayer thought it was more than 104 million! Nowadays they have settled around 93 million for the time-being.

“As the sun, according to ‘science’ may be anything from 3 to 104 million miles away, there is plenty of ‘space’ to choose from. It is like the showman and the child. You pay your money – for various astronomical works – and you take your choice as to what distance you wish the sun to be. If you are a modest person, go in for a few millions; but if you wish to be ‘very scientific’ and to be ‘mathematically certain’ of your figures, then I advise you to make your choice somewhere about a hundred millions. You will at least have plenty of ‘space’ to retreat into, should the next calculation be against the figures of your choice. You can always add a few millions to ‘keep up with the times,’ or take off as many as may be required to adjust the distance to the ‘very latest’ accurate column of figures. Talk about ridicule, the whole of modern astronomy is like a farcical comedy – full of surprises. One never knows what monstrous or ludicrous absurdity may come forth next. You must not apply the ordinary rules of common-sense to astronomical guesswork. No, the thing would fall to pieces if you did.” -Thomas Winship, “Zetetic Cosmogeny” (115)

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Wikileaks 2.0 ? SLUR – You’re going to hate it


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Slur is an open source, decentralized and anonymous marketplace for the selling of secret information in exchange for bitcoin. Slur is written in C and operates over the Tor network with bitcoin transactions through libbitcoin. Both buyers and sellers are fully anonymous and there are no restrictions on the data that is auctioned. There is no charge to buy or sell on the Slur marketplace except in the case of a dispute, where a token sum is paid to volunteers. – slur.io

 

The new Slur platform -an open source, decentralized marketplace for selling secret information for bitcoin – aims to protect whistleblowers by granting anonymity to both buyers and sellers, what WikiLeaks failed to do, the platform developer told RT

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Russian billionaire’s act of kindness


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Russian billionaire buys Nobel medal of ostracized DNA scientist… to hand it back

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This image released by the Christie’s auction house in New York, shows the Nobel Prize medal auctioned by Christie’s on December 3, 2014.(AFP Photo / Christie’s Images)

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Russia’s richest man Alisher Usmanov has bought the auctioned Nobel Prize medal of publicly-shunned American geneticist James Watson. He says he plans to return the medal to its owner.

READ MORE: ‘I am an unperson’: ‘Racist’ DNA discoverer forced to sell Nobel Prize medal

Usmanov’s bid of $4.1 million won the medal at the auction, USM Holdings group, of which the billionaire is the largest shareholder, said on Tuesday.

“In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist sells a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable,” Usmanov said in the statement. “Dr. Watson’s work contributed to cancer research, the illness from which my father died. It is important for me that the money that I spent on this medal will go to supporting scientific research, and the medal will stay with the person who deserved it.”

The auction took place on December 4 at Christie’s in New York.

The medal was awarded to Watson in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA. However, the scientist claims he was forced to auction off the prize after being ostracized for seven years, following his public comments about black African IQ in 2007, which were widely deemed racist.

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American geneticist James Dewey Watson (AFP Photo)

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In October 2007, Watson told the Sunday Times in an interview that he was “gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really.”

Since then, Watson has not been invited to give public lectures.

“Because I was an ‘unperson’ I was fired from the boards of companies, so I have no income, apart from my academic income,” he explained before auctioning off his Nobel Prize.

Watson said he had plans to donate some of the proceeds of the sale of the medal to the “institutions that have looked after me,” including the Universities of Chicago and Cambridge.

Usmanov is worth $15.8 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He is also a major shareholder in Arsenal Football Club. The Sunday Times named him the second-richest man in Britain in 2014.

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Alisher Usmanov. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

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Are you feeling down? OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down


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I promise you this will put a smile on your face and lift you up!

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Published on 27 Oct 2014

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Malaysia – youths quitting country


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Go but don’t give up on Malaysia, Marina Mahathir tells youths quitting country

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID
NOVEMBER 22, 2014 03:25 PM

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Marina said she would previously have urged aspiring young activists to remain for their causes, but now understood that their physical presence was no longer necessary thanks to the advent of the Internet. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 ― Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir today urged migrating youth campaigners not to abandon Malaysia in their hearts, saying they can pursue their causes virtually even when they are no longer in the country.

The daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said she would previously have urged aspiring young activists to remain for their causes, but now understood that their physical presence was no longer necessary thanks to the advent of the Internet.

“Back then… I would have said stay and fight. But with the technology change, we are more connected.

“So now I would tell the youth, ‘you can go anywhere you want but stay engaged, stay invested in Malaysia,’” Marina told a private dialogue session with young activists here.

The event was organised by polls rights group UndiMalaysia.

Marina was replying to a query by a young activist who said most youths are now thinking of leaving the country out of frustration with the socio-political situation here.

Last month, political observers including former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Malays will soon join the Chinese in emigrating from Malaysia in a bid to escape the growing religious fundamentalism and authoritarianism that leaves little room for free thought and dissent.

While Malaysia bills itself as a moderate Muslim nation, recent developments have demonstrated an increasingly conservative and hardline approach to Islam here that is intolerant of cultures and practices not sanctioned by religious groups and authorities.

Over the years, Islamic authorities have gradually become more rigid in their interpretation and application of the Shariah code in Islam.

Marina had then also said she knew of several Malays who say they do not want to return to their homeland.

“It’s not for economic reasons, but simply because they feel that the environment here has become so negative and oppressive that it’s impossible to be able to live as peaceful, productive citizens anymore,” Marina told Malay Mail Online then.

More than two million Malaysians have emigrated since Merdeka.

Last year, a total 308,834 high-skilled Malaysians moved overseas, with 47.2 per cent going to Singapore, 18.2 per cent to Australia, 12.2 per cent to US and the rest to other countries like UK and Canada.

According to the same report, the number of skilled Malaysians living abroad rose 300 per cent in the last two decades, with two out of every 10 Malaysians with tertiary education opting to leave for either Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries or Singapore.

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‘West has no idea what a dictatorship is’ – Che Guevara’s daughter to RT


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Aleida Guevara (AFP Photo / Pool-Alejandro Ernesto)

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The West keeps calling dictators those leaders who are raising cultural, healthcare and educational standards, Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida told RT, adding that her father would certainly give a hand to those changing peoples’ lives for the better.

RT: Miss Guevara, it’s a pleasure to see you here in Moscow again.

Now, you once said once that your father’s ideas will last as long as there is injustice in the world. If your father was alive, what do you think would upset him the most today?

Aleida Guevara: Actually, I don’t really like having to deal with this sort of question about my father, who is not with us anymore. It’s difficult for me to speak for him or say what he would be doing. But judging by the speeches he made, by his personal notes and letters, I can say that he always cared a lot for his people and for the poor in particular. And I am convinced that he would be deeply concerned over what is happening in the Arab world now. He would definitely be thinking of ways to help. He was always respectful of people. And though he criticized socialism quite heavily, he had a lot of respect for the Soviet people, too. That’s why I believe he would have been deeply frustrated over what is going on between Russia and Ukraine – after all, these people have lived in harmony for so many years… That’s why all of this aggression looks so unnatural to us. So yes, I think my father would take a keen interest.

cheRT: In one of your interviews with RT you said that if Ernesto Che Guevara were alive, he would be supporting Hugo Chavez in every possible way. Unfortunately, Chavez passed away some time ago. So who would Che Guevara be backing today, and in what ways?

AG: He would be backing all the revolutionary movements, I guess. He was a great revolutionary himself, and he would be helping all the men and women who are trying to change their lives. I have close connections to the landless workers’ movement in Brazil, who are fighting for access to land in order to make a living. In spite of the difficulties that the movement has faced for more than 25 years, they’ve been able to make huge progress across the continent and in Brazil in particular. And frankly speaking, I do believe that this movement does encourage Latin America to move ahead. But decisions made by Evo Morales, Nicolas Maduro and Rafael Correa are also important. My father always appreciated staunch advocates of a certain ideology who know exactly what they want in life. No matter if he agreed or disagreed with them, he would certainly give a hand to those leaders who are willing to change their peoples’ lives for the better.

RT: The West sees Cuba as a dictatorship. What would you say to that?

AG: They have no idea what a dictatorship is. No dictator would educate his people, because the more educated the people, the freer they are.

No dictator would introduce free education for everyone. All this time our government has been working on raising cultural standards. Such initiatives are at odds with the features of a dictatorship. The more people think about the world they are living in, the freer they become. They have more choice and they can understand exactly what they want. So we’re talking about an approach that is totally uncharacteristic of a dictatorship. What kind of a dictator wants his people to be healthy and have free education? What kind of a dictator would take steps to teach his people solidarity with other nations? What kind of a dictator would send sports coaches to help out in other countries? You can’t even mention those things in the same breath. But this is what’s happening in Cuba. Solidarity, respect, love for other peoples and self-sacrifice for the good of others are the principles which are Cubans taught. How can you associate that with a dictatorship? I think it’s impossible, and I can’t understand that.

RT: The majority of the UN member states once again condemned the US embargo on Cuba. However, some believe that there are people in the US who are interested in lifting the embargo in order to infiltrate Cuba and put an end to the Cuban Revolution. Is Cuba ready for the possibility of the embargo being lifted? Do you have any concerns about that?

AG: None. If the embargo was lifted today, Cuban economy would be thriving tomorrow. And if our everyday life improved, if there was affordable housing, then our public transport, diet and entertainment industry would take a turn for the better as well. More things and services would become available to our people. A time of prosperity would begin for our country. I’ll give you an example so that you understand what the embargo really means. The USSR sold and gave us a great number of trucks back in the day. But the USSR has always been an oil-rich country, so your trucks and cars were manufactured with no particular concern over fuel efficiency. We still use those Soviet trucks in Cuba, but we don’t have the oil that the USSR used to supply. We simply don’t have it anymore, so we had to try and find more fuel-efficient engines. We decided to go to Italy, a country with large-scale car production.

We contacted the Ferrari Company owners, and visited to them to discuss a possibility of purchasing their fuel-efficient engines. We were in the midst of negotiations when the FBI found out about their potential deal with Cuba. The Ferrari owner received a letter from them, in perfect Italian, which I saw with my own eyes. The letter said, ‘If you maintain trade relations with Cuba neither you nor your family members will be able to set foot on US territory. If you sell to Cuba you will not be able to sell any of your products in the US.’

As you can imagine, we never got to purchase a single engine from Ferrari. That was the end of this story. That’s the kind of blockade I am talking about – it affects the entire Cuban economy. It’s like an older boy trying to take a toy away from his baby brother. I’d go as far as to call it cruel, because the embargo affects even food and medicines. We have children with complicated pathologies in Cuba. The medication that they require is patented in the US, so no company is allowed to sell it to us. We do have the money to buy it, and we are in no way asking for it for free. Yet, as a part of this economic embargo the US prohibits companies from selling this medication to Cuba. And if they do they would face a 5 to 10 mln-dollar fine, or would be banned from selling their products in the US. Consequently, we cannot just buy it. Sometimes we have to go through five or six different intermediaries to get this medication, as it is one of a kind in the world, and we desperately need it here.

The medication is expensive as is; one can imagine how its cost grows as each of these intermediaries tries to make money off it. The medication becomes incredibly pricy for Cubans. If the economic blockade is lifted we would be able to buy it at its market price, which would mean saving the costs for people significantly. So this gives you an idea of what Cuba would become like if the embargo was lifted. The island’s economy would flourish immediately. And in view of our social benefits advantage, the situation would get even better. So my question is, how could lifting the embargo harm us?

The US has already undertaken aggressive action against Cuba. Among other things, they were trying to buy Cubans to get them to help the US subvert our government. Some people who were involved in this posed as opponents of the Cuban Revolution, while being our double agents working to protect our nation against this kind of aggression. The US has been trying to attack our youngsters as well. So we introduced Cuban teachers as double agents who were also trying to counter these hostile activities. We do have this kind of experience as well.

RT: Thank you so much for taking time to answer our questions.

AG: Thank you.

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Kiasu Singaporean – The World Is My Toilet


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Children of the Cultural Revolution have different ideas about decorum

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NOVEMBER 18, 2014 by STEFAN OTTOSSON

Chinese visitors are not popular in Singapore. In fact, visitors from the Chinese mainland have a terrible reputation among the citizens of this island city-state. Is it racism? Ethnic tension?

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As it happens, 74 percent of people in Singapore are descendants of mainland Chinese immigrants. They speak the same language and share common origins, so you might expect there to be little friction. But the stark differences between guests from the mainland and their Singaporean hosts are cultural.

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After a frustrating encounter with a foreigner, many Singaporeans go online to vent their anger and seek the support of their compatriots. This enables outsiders like me to gauge the relative unpopularity of the various immigrant groups and to see what the typical complaints against them are.

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Singaporeans typically use the abbreviation “PRC” for citizens of the People’s Republic of China, and ang moh for people of European origin. Using Google to search TheRealSingapore.com (a popular site for citizen journalism) gives about 400 hits for ang moh and 13,000 for PRC — 32 times as many! No other group generates nearly as many complaints.

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A typical post of this type describes an interaction with a Chinese national in the subway (or other public space) who responds with abuse when politely asked to show more consideration for others. (Such posts are often accompanied by video footage and put on YouTube.) Similar stories are reported in Hong Kong.

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So why is there so much friction between people who have so much in common?
One obvious difference between the two groups is that the overseas Chinese never suffered the Cultural Revolution, which had as a stated goal to destroy the so-called “four olds”: old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas — in other words, the common heritage of all Chinese people. But the Cultural Revolution only lasted about a decade, and it can take generations for deep-seated social norms and attitudes to change.

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Three other countries have a Chinese majority population: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The latter two have long been regarded as the freest economies in the world. And while Taiwan has had a great deal of state intervention in the economy, it has still been far freer than mainland China.

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The People’s Republic, in contrast, abolished private property outright, and only started to embrace markets again a generation or so ago. This, I believe, is the main reason for the difference between the overseas and mainland Chinese.

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Making nice

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Market relationships are by definition voluntary, and thus conditional on both sides. This system promotes courtesy, since the other party could end the relationship were it no longer beneficial. A customer will not return to a restaurant where he is not pleased with the service; likewise, he knows he will be asked to leave if he strays too far from social norms.

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Socialism, on the other hand, is all about making access unconditional. When individuals do not get to set their own conditions for participation and association, other people have less incentive to be nice. Courtesy and consideration for others become less habitual, and cultural norms formed over centuries to reduce conflict begin to erode.

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Researchers found a similar phenomenon between East and West Germans using a game designed to test people’s propensity to lie and cheat in order to win.

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After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.

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These results suggest it’s not just propriety but also morality that is affected by these institutional constraints and incentives.

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Propriety and property

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A recurrent story both in Singapore and Hong Kong is of PRCs of both sexes urinating or defecating in elevators, stairways, or back alleys, many times in full public view. There have also been reports (with footage) of parents from mainland China who let their toddlers poop on the floor at international airports, and even during flights in aisles and on seats.

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Perhaps the crowded living conditions and poverty in China have accustomed many Chinese to a lack of privacy. Maybe the personal costs of bad smells and lost modesty are lower to them as a result. But this still does not explain the casual imposition of costs on others. Those who use public spaces as toilets or cut in line know full well there is a cost to others; they just do not care. They think they have a right to access.

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When property is privately owned, the owners can set conditions for access and require patrons to internalize the costs of their behavior. Private owners who fail to do so will have to face the costs themselves, either directly or indirectly through lost revenue. Eventually, the costs may even cause them to lose their property.

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Public property, on the other hand, does not have an owner whose personal fortune depends on successfully attributing costs, or on attracting revenue from individuals free to make other choices. People are more likely to get away with imposing costs on others. Eventually, the cultural norms change.

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The longer a country has been socialist, the less benevolence and respect its people tend to show each other. This, I believe, is why overseas Chinese seem to get along better with each other than with the children of the People’s Republic.

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The Dream of a Stateless Society


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Engines of Domination
Mark Corske (2014)

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In Engines of Domination, filmmaker Mark Corske lays out a historical and philosophical argument for anarchism – a stateless society people run themselves via direct democracy.

He begins by comparing class society to sheep herding. The latter began around 10,000 BC. Class society began around 5,000 BC when institutions of power (initially kings and priests and later nations and corporations) began domesticating people as well as plants and animals. The goal of this kind of domestication is to capture the energy of an entire community. Initially chattel slavery was the primary mechanism employed to domesticate human beings.

Since no one agrees voluntarily to being treated this way, this has to be done through a combination of force and deception.  The methods employed were developed over centuries through a process of trial and error. “Engines of domination” are the historical institutions that…

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Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion


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Increased access to information is making it more difficult for faiths to exert total control over their followers

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

alternet logoWhile the burgeoning atheist movement loves throwing conferences and selling books, a huge chunk–possibly most–of its resources go toward the Internet. This isn’t borne out of laziness or a hostility to wearing pants so much as a belief that the Internet is uniquely positioned as the perfect tool for sharing arguments against religion with believers who are experiencing doubts. It’s searchable, it allows back-and-forth debate, and it makes proving your arguments through links much easier. Above all else, it’s private. An online search on atheism is much easier to hide than, say, a copy of The God Delusion on your nightstand.

In recent months, this sense that the Internet is the key for atheist outreach has started to move from “hunch” to actual, evidence-based theory. Earlier this year, Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts examined the spike in people declaring they had no religion that started in the ’90s and found that while there are many factors contributing to it–dropping familial pressure, increased levels of college education–increased Internet usage was likely a huge part of it, accounting for up to 25 percent of the decline in religious belief. While cautioning that correlation does not mean causation, Downey did go on to point out that since so many other factors were controlled for, it’s a safe bet to conclude that the access to varied thought and debate the Internet provides is persuading people to drop their religions.

But in the past few months, that hypothesis grew even stronger when a major American religion basically had to admit that Internet arguments against their faith is putting them on their heels. The Church of Latter Day Saints has quietly released a series of essays, put together by church historians, addressing some of the less savory aspects of their history, such as the practice of polygamy or the ban on black members. The church sent out a memo in September telling church leaders to direct believers who have questions about their religion’s history to these essays, which they presented as a counter to “detractors” who “spread misinformation and doubt.”

While there are plenty of detractors who will share their opinions offline, there’s little doubt that the bulk of the detractors plaguing the church are explaining their views online, which is why this has become a problem now for a church that used to act like it could exert total control over believers’ access to information. One of the church historians, Steven Snow, openly cited the internet as the source of the criticisms. “There is so much out there on the Internet ,” he told the New York Times, “that we felt we owed our members a safe place where they could go to get reliable, faith-promoting information that was true about some of these more difficult aspects of our history.”

While the memo sent to church leaders strongly implied that the websites bothering believers are full of disinformation, the likelier story is that they’re worried about all the historically accurate information out there. The Mormons tend to be plagued more than other major churches by historically accurate information, because they are a relatively new church and the historical records on their founders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are intact and hard to deny. This concern is reflected in the nature of the essays, which openly admit a lot of information that the church used to spend a lot of effort in minimizing, facts like exactly how many wives Joseph Smith had or the fact that polygamy was practiced by many members long after the church officially banned it. Not that they had much of a choice. If members of the church learn this stuff from Wikipedia instead of from their own religious authorities, it will likely sow more anger and distrust of the church for misleading them.

The Internet generally gathered around President Obama for his recent comments endorsing an extremely strong version of net neutrality that would make it very difficult for corporate internet providers to give certain people preferential internet access over others. His comments were seen as a victory for political activists, everyday bloggers, and non-profits that would lose out on the ability to compete with moneyed corporations and other institutions in the free-for-all that is internet discourse. But atheists and critics of religion also win out with net neutrality. Giant, well-funded churches would probably love to pay for better access to your computer screen than any atheist blogger could afford, but if net neutrality becomes the law, they won’t have that ability.

The Mormons might be the most obvious example of a church that has had to deal directly with non-believers using the Internet to get unprecedented abilities to publicize their critiques of religion, but there’s good reason to believe that the feedback religions are getting online is hurting other churches. Is it any coincidence that Pope Francis is undertaking the monumental task of trying to make the Catholic Church seem a little less forbidding in the age of the Internet?

At a recent conference on technology held by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Monsignor Paul Tighe expressed concerns that the Catholic Church is losing out by not being more aggressive online. “If the church in some way is not present in the digital, we’re going to be absent from the experience and from the lives of many people,” he said. “If we withdraw, then we’re leaving those areas to the trolls. We’re leaving it to the bullies.”

Again, it’s hard to believe that trolls and bullies, as irritating as they may be, are the real issue here–trolling is aggravating, but it’s not very persuasive. No, the real threat to the faith is people making strong cases against the Catholic Church and religion in general. Some of those cases are boldly stated and some are more polite and accommodating, but either way, they are real arguments and far more threatening to religion than some trolls saying stupid stuff that is best ignored.

It will be interesting to see how religions adapt to the fact that the Internet makes it that much harder for them to control their believers’ access to information. Some will probably be adaptable, like the Mormons, realizing that a little more information-sharing and transparency is the only way to keep trust alive. Others, like Pastor Mark Driscoll of the fundamentalist Mars Hill Church in Seattle, will react by doubling down, trying to convince their followers to stay off the Internet rather than read persuasive cases against their beliefs. But the Internet’s beauty is it makes satisfying basic curiosity as easy as typing some words into a search bar. Odds are that’s a temptation fewer and fewer believers will be able to resist.

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Internet has power to bring down regimes


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The Internet is the greatest tool of free speech ever created that gave voice to billions of people along with power to bring down regimes, a member of the Anonymous movement told RT, adding that such power terrifies governments around the globe.

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Crowds of people wearing masks to hide their faces have marched in hundreds of cities all over the world, marking the Guy Fawkes Day with a global ‘Million Mask March’. As the Anonymous movement protested against government corruption, corporate malfeasance and the expanding surveillance state, RT caught up with Old Holborn, member of the movement.

“The internet has the power to bring down regimes. That is what terrifies them. That is why they are now monitor our phone calls, they monitor our emails, and they monitor our free speech. It terrifies them. They have no particular jurisdiction over the internet. It belongs to everyone,” Holborn told RT.

Often described in the media as a loose-knit collective, Anonymous was propelled to public prominence in the last years over a series of politically-motivated cyber-attacks on businesses, government and religious institutions. Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online members that believe the anarchic space of the internet belongs to the people.

“The internet is the greatest tool we have for free speech and everywhere on the planet we all have a voice now – 7 billion of us. Yes of course, somebody is going to get upset at something somebody else says. But we have to realize we all have a voice. We’re all equal. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. That is freedom of choice and freedom of expression,” Holborn says.

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The agenda of those behind Wednesday’s protests is wide-ranging. The movement is said to be growing in strength as global citizens report greater dissatisfaction with their local governments and because of the perception that corporation has a stranglehold on international politics.

“We are not looking for a unified alternative. What we are looking for is for government to leave us alone. It is that simple. That is why we don’t have leaders, it’s everybody. Anonymous is whatever you want it to be,” the activist told RT.

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#MH370 / #MH17 – New lessons in responsibility for the ‘government’. Play time is over


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2 Malaysian boys sue Malaysia Airlines, government over loss of father in missing Flight 370

Legal suits are steadily pouring in against the Malaysian government and its time for them to learn to be responsible for the citizens. Whoever said its easy to be governors? Malaysians are waking up to claim their rights and entitlements. In the words of Mr Putin Play time is over

Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying him mysteriously disappeared.

Friday’s suit was the first filed by the family member of a passenger aboard the missing jet.

Jee Kinson, 13, and Jee Kinland, 11, sought damages for mental distress and the loss of support following the disappearance of their father, Jee Jing Hang.

They said the airline and the government had been negligent and failed to take all due measures to ensure a safe flight.

The plane disappeared March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It was believed to have gone down in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean, where a search is ongoing. (AP)

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Malaysia – Growing Islamic fundamentalism seen pushing Malays to quit country


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…while I respect and empathise with the “thinking liberal Malays” to quit and leave the country under the circumstances, I Am a Malay and will not QUIT and I know of many many others who will not too. Why should I? Why should I bend to these oppressive bastards? In doing so I will be of a disservice to my race and the homeland of my ancestors. If anybody should leave it is them OBs. I will stand up and tell them to do just that. Its been a trend in this country for some pompous government ministers lately to yell “Leave if you don’t like it here!” Heck, wtf are they? … H e y,  I AM here to stay and for good! If you don’t like me…YOU leave!

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Azrul Mohd Khalib (left), Malaysians for Malaysia convener, is pictured talking to participants of ‘A Walk in The Park’ along the heritage trail in George Town. — Picture by Opalyn Mok

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 – Malays could be next in line after the Chinese to leave the country, in a bid to escape the growing religious fundamentalism and authoritarianism that leaves little room for free thought and dissent, according to activists and observers.

While Malaysia bills itself as a moderate Muslim nation, recent developments have demonstrated an increasingly conservative and hard-line approach to Islam here that is intolerant of cultures and practices not sanctioned by religious groups and authorities.

Malaysians for Malaysia convener Azrul Mohd Khalib said the Friday sermons prepared by the religious authorities that paint non-Muslims as enemies of Islam, as well as the use of labels such as liberalism, pluralism and humanism to vilify fellow believers, have dismayed and scared Muslims.

“Thinking Muslims are being marginalised and persecuted,” Azrul told Malay Mail Online yesterday.

“It is creating a climate of fear, suspicion and prejudice. Because of that, Muslims who do not prescribe to that belief system do not see themselves as being welcomed or even tolerated in this country,” the social activist added.

Azrul said many Muslims have started emigrating in the past 15 years based on anecdotal evidence, noting that Islamic authorities prohibit dissent and discussions of the country’s predominant religion.

“You are told ‘you cannot use logic and rationale to understand and practise Islam. ‘You must only refer to the Quran and hadith and nothing else’,” he said.

Hadith are “traditions” from the time of Prophet Muhammad that are not contained in the Quran.

Former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said on Tuesday that more Malay-Muslims could be expected to leave the country if local religious authorities continue to pursue and prosecute those whose opinions they deem “deviant”.

Over the years, Islamic authorities have gradually become more rigid in their interpretation and application of the Shariah code in Islam.

They vilified and attacked a recent dog-petting event in which some Muslims touched dogs, which are considered unclean here in Malaysia. The programme triggered such outrage that its organiser received death threats.

On Tuesday, the National Fatwa Council issued an edict banning Muslims from “celebrating” Halloween, which it categorised as a Christian celebration of the dead.

Kelantan this month began enforcing a by-law that empowers state authorities to fine Muslim men up to RM1,000 or jail them for up to a year, or both, for failing to attend Friday prayers thrice in a row.

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival in Selangor also drew the ire of Muslim groups earlier this month, despite the promotional event being targeted at and restricted to non-Muslims.

Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad is also being prosecuted by Islamic authorities for allegedly suggesting that Muslims need only follow the Quran, and not the accompanying Hadith. The view differs from that which is officially approved.

Malaysia has also outlawed the Shiah denomination of Islam, which it considers deviant from the Sunni school that is officially sanctioned here.

Malaysia’s religious authorities also frequently warns against liberalism, with the federal government’s Islamic Development Department (Jakim) reminding Muslims last week in its Friday sermon that this concept, along with pluralism, was a threat to Malay-Muslim unity as it could weaken their faith.

Jakim also said the National Fatwa Council had in its 74th meeting in 2006 declared liberal thinking as heretical.

“The very same liberal ideas, which are condemned and persecuted, are actually what made Islam a great humanist religion. Look back at history. Our religious authorities have lost their way and like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, are leading others astray,” Azrul said.

Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir said she knows of several Malays who say they do not want to return to their homeland.

“It’s not for economic reasons, but simply because they feel that the environment here has become so negative and oppressive that it’s impossible to be able to live as peaceful, productive citizens any more,” Marina told Malay Mail Online.

“You just never know when something that is perfectly acceptable one day becomes ‘haram’ the next day,” she added, using the Malay word for “forbidden”.

The daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also noted the discomfort with the authorities’ continuous intrusion into people’s private lives at the expense of more important things such as injustice against women.

Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) CEO Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said most of the leaders and intellectuals of “kaum muda” (young moderates) used to seek refuge in Penang and Singapore during the 1930s.

“Because in Penang and Singapore, they are more free to share their thoughts. Because there is less institutionalised religious authorities that would go after them,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online.

“The kaum muda were simply practising their intellectual freedom to interpret Islam in a more progressive way. And Islam allows that. You can have different interpretations. And Islam encourages dialogues among those with different opinions, not to prosecute, unless of course, if your opinion is tantamount to treason or glaringly unlawful,” the former deputy minister added.

Centre for Policy Initiatives director Dr Lim Teck Ghee said Malays in Malaysia are following the trend of Muslims in other Muslim countries who flee to Western nations, such as Australia, the US and European Union countries, to escape religious fundamentalism and political authoritarianism at home.

But he acknowledged that Malaysia has no statistics on the racial and religious breakdown of the country’s migrant outflow.

“I expect younger educated Malays to be concerned with the growing religious extremism and intolerance and to have this as the major factor in making them leave,” Lim told Malay Mail Online.

“Out-migration for Malaysians has never been solely about making a better living abroad. It has been the combination of socio-economic and political factors. Non-Malays have felt the pain of religious and racial discrimination. Now it is the turn of many Malays to feel a similar sense of deprivation and injustice,” the political analyst added.

According to a World Bank report in 2011, an estimated one million Malaysians are residing overseas.

More than two million Malaysians have emigrated since Merdeka.

Last year, a total 308,834 high-skilled Malaysians moved overseas, with 47.2 per cent going to Singapore, 18.2 per cent to Australia, 12.2 per cent to US and the rest to other countries like UK and Canada.

According to the same report, the number of skilled Malaysians living abroad rose 300 per cent in the last two decades, with two out of every 10 Malaysians with tertiary education opting to leave for either Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries or Singapore.

 

#MH17 ̶m̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ have been shot down from air


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MH17 might have been shot down from air – chief Dutch investigator

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George and Angela Dyczynski sit on a piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk region July 26, 2014. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

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The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

The chief investigator with the Dutch National Prosecutors’ Office Fred Westerbeke said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel published on Monday that his team is open to the theory that another plane shot down the Malaysian airliner.

Following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight in July that killed almost 300 people, Russia’s Defense Ministry released military monitoring data, which showed a Kiev military jet tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash. No explanation was given by Kiev as to why the military plane was flying so close to a passenger aircraft. Neither Ukraine, nor Western states have officially accepted such a possibility.

Westerbeke said that the Dutch investigators are preparing an official request for Moscow’s assistance since Russia is not part of the international investigation team. Westerbeke added that the investigators will specifically ask for the radar data suggesting that a Kiev military jet was flying near the passenger plane right before the catastrophe.

“Going by the intelligence available, it is my opinion that a shooting down by a surface to air missile remains the most likely scenario. But we are not closing our eyes to the possibility that things might have happened differently,” he elaborated.

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The international probe led by the Dutch – as nearly two-thirds of the victims were from the Netherlands – has not yet established how the crash happened. A preliminary report issued in September said only that the plane crashed as a result of structural damage from outside.

READ MORE: MH17 broke up in mid-air due to external damage – Dutch preliminary report

Meanwhile, a report issued by the Dutch Safety Board on air crashes, listed several passenger jets in flight MH17’s vicinity, but no military aircraft nearby.

In regard to this report Westerbeke said that the statement was based on information that was available at the time suggesting Russia could have more information on the issue.

READ MORE: Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash – Moscow

Though the West has accused Eastern Ukrainian militia forces of shooting down the plane, it has provided only circumstantial evidence in support of such claims. Moscow has urged the US to release satellite images that prove its claims.

“This may be a coincidence, but the US satellite flew over Ukraine at exactly the same time when the Malaysian airliner crashed,” a Russian Defense ministry spokesman said in a July statement.

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In his interview to the German media, Westerbeke also called on the US to release proof that supports its claims.

“We remain in contact with the United States in order to receive satellite photos,” he said.

READ MORE: 10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

German’s foreign intelligence agency reportedly also believes that local militia shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, according to Der Spiegel. The media report claimed the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) president Gerhard Schindler provided “ample evidence to back up his case, including satellite images and diverse photo evidence,” to the Bundestag in early October.

However, the Dutch prosecutor stated that he is “not aware of the specific images in question”.

“The problem is that there are many different satellite images. Some can be found on the Internet, whereas others originate from foreign intelligence services.”

The Kiev government and Eastern Ukraine rebels have accused each other of shooting down the plane. Kiev released what it calls an intercepted conversation between rebel fighters in which they admit to downing a plane.

The Dutch prosecutor stated that “we will need evidence and more than a recorded phone call from the Internet or photos from the crash site. That’s why we are considering several scenarios and not just one.”

The Dutch investigators have come under criticism especially from the relatives of the victims, who blame the probe for slow progress.

Westerbeke elaborated that it will take a long time to establish what really happened adding “we certainly need the whole of next year for work”.

“It’s not easy, but we can do it.”

Westerbeke concluded that in the Netherlands 10 prosecutors are investigating the incident, as well as forensic experts and 80 policemen. While the Dutch also regularly hold meetings with colleagues from Malaysia, Australia and Ukraine.

…and MH370 is still ‘missing’

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Live Like You’re Free


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Fear not — things are only getting better
by MATT GILLILAND

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People are, in most ways, freer than they have ever been in the history of the world.

Throughout most of history, outright chattel slavery (not just of minorities, but even within ethnic groups) has been commonplace. De facto ownership of wives existed in almost every society until a century ago. Less than a hundred years ago, it was fairly uncommon for most people to travel more than a few dozen miles from their place of birth within their lifetime. And even a decade ago in the “freest nation in the world,” it was unthinkable outside of a few progressive areas of the country for homosexual couples to hold hands in public.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1788 that “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” That has certainly been true in the United States, but simply focusing on State expansion can mask an important truth: while liberty has suffered under the weight of government, it has also expanded in other directions. Like the tendrils of a vine reaching for sunlight despite an obstruction, liberty grows outward and upward. For every corrupt cop, there’s an entrepreneur making lives better through innovation, and for every bureaucrat, a programmer works to cripple tyranny at its foundations. For every useless bill, someone is working to make it obsolete.

Governments want you to live your life in fear: fear of terrorism, crime, climate change, Ebola, ISIS, and whatever other fear is politically expedient in the next news cycle. When people concentrate on fear, they are more willing to give over their liberties to an entity that arrogantly claims to be able to keep them safe. Many who love liberty live in fear, too. Their bogeymen are government spying, gun control laws, or any number of government conspiracies. While people can have good reasons to be afraid, shaking that fear altogether can be the most liberating experience of all. Encryption is infiltrating the mainstream (to the consternation of the FBI and others), and organizations like Defense Distributed are working to completely obviate gun regulation.

If you only look at the ways governments are expanding, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the fear. What is needed is a broader perspective — one that takes into account the myriad ways in which our lives are getting better despite State intrusion. Those with this perspective are hopeful about startup cities, seasteading, and groups building censorship-resistant free markets that ignore government regulations; they understand that we are richer, healthier, and more comfortable than those who came before us. Shed the fear, and embrace hope — not a false hope, but a reasoned, pragmatic confidence based on both the concrete avenues for liberation that we see and the general trend we can observe since the rise of capitalism. We have great cause for optimism.

You have been born into a time when you can communicate with thousands of people in an instant, people who share your interests and concerns. You can leave town for the weekend and see things daily that your ancestors could not possibly have imagined. Your job is almost certainly less physically taxing than any job any of your parents, grandparents, or virtually any person who lived prior to them ever had. Statistically, you are likely to live longer and better than anyone born before you. Entrepreneurs are busy creating and popularizing some of the first tools in history that are more useful for undermining coercion than for furthering it. Freedom is expanding daily in ways our predecessors could hardly have dreamed.

You are one of the freest people in all of history. Maybe it’s time to start living like it.

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It’s Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders


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Dear NSA Employees, You Now Have a Green Light to Loot and Pillage. It’s Time to Get Paid:

Are you just another one of those frustrated NSA employees who feels that unconstitutionally spying on your fellow citizenry under false pretenses isn’t giving you same thrill it once did? If so, have no fear.

Are you are sick and tired of having to spilt your precious working hours defending the destruction of our nation’s founding document to those pesky terroristic media dinosaurs who still think investigative journalism belongs in Amerika? If so, have I got a solution for you.

While it may sound too good to be true, trust me it’s not. You see, in recent years almost all crony-capitalist criminal activities have been deemed legal in the land of the free (to pillage). This incredible opportunity allows you to directly leverage your intelligence skill-set to earn the big bucks you know you’ve always deserved. You can now do just that by working in the private sector without having to give up that cushy government day job! I mean if we’re going to have this banana republic thing going we may as well GET PAID. Am I right?

Keep at it patriots,
Michael Krieger

If the above sounds like a joke, unfortunately it is not. Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed. They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA. Let’s start with the Reuters story, which covers former NSA-head Keith Alexander’s business relationship with the NSA’s current Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd.

Before we get into the meat of this story, I want to set the stage with a little background. In case you forgot, Keith Alexander launched his own cyber-security firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., earlier this year. I highlighted this development in the post, Ex-NSA Chief Keith Alexander is Now Pimping Advice to Wall Street Banks for $1 Million a Month, in which I noted:

So what’s a Peeping Tom, anti-democratic, Constitution-trampling intelligence crony to do after leaving decades of “public service?” Move into the private sector and collect a fat paycheck from Wall Street, naturally. Following in the footsteps of some of the other top tier public sector cronies looking to cash out after doing their best to destroy the Republic, such as Banana Ben Bernanke collecting $250,000 per speech and Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner hopping over to private equity giant Warburg Pincus, Mr. Alexander is in good crooked company.

So what is Mr. Alexander charging for his expertise? He’s looking for $1 million per month. Yes, you read that right. That’s the rate that his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., pitched to Wall Street’s largest lobbying group the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which ultimately negotiated it down to a mere $600,000 a month.

As if Mr. Alexander plowing right through the revolving door to earn $1 million per month from Wall Street less than a year after being at the center of perhaps the most expansive government violation of the Constitution in U.S. history wasn’t bad enough, he is now hiring top people still working at the NSA to concurrently work at his cyber-security firm. I wish I was making this up.

Reuters reports that:

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business.

Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA’s Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.

The arrangement was approved by top NSA managers, current and former officials said. It does not appear to break any laws and it could not be determined whether Dowd has actually begun working for Alexander, who retired from the NSA in March.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials, some of whom requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said they could not recall a previous instance in which a high-ranking U.S. intelligence official was allowed to concurrently work for a private-sector firm.

Alexander, who was the eavesdropping and code-breaking agency’s longest-serving director, confirmed the arrangement with Dowd in an interview with Reuters. He said he understood it had been approved by all the necessary government authorities, and that IronNet Cybersecurity, not the government, would pay for Dowd’s time spent with the firm.

As if the entity paying Dowd for his time spent at the firm is the issue. Alexander is the definition of the word creep.

Dowd, he said, wanted to join IronNet, and the deal was devised as a way to keep Dowd’s technological expertise at least partly within the U.S. government, rather than losing him permanently to the private sector.

Oh I get it now. America has become so hopelessly corrupt, that the revolving door itself is becoming too much of a headache. So the solution is to just get rid of it completely.

“I wanted Pat to stay at NSA. He wanted to come on board,” Alexander said.

Alexander and Dowd have jointly filed patents based on technology they developed while at the NSA. 

“If it isn’t structured very carefully, this runs the risk of conflict of interest and disclosure of national secrets,” Rothstein said. “It is a situation that in the interests of good government should be avoided unless there’s some very strong reason to do it.”

So Americans aren’t entitled to any privacy because of a trumped up terrorist threat, yet top NSA employees can moonlight for private businesses involved in the same areas as the NSA with apparently no threat to national security. America has gone completely insane.

Unsurprisingly, this is just the tip of the crony-capitalist fraud that the NSA has become. In fact, Buzzfeed broke a related story recently. It reports how one of the most powerful individuals at the NSA, Teresa H. Shea., has several intelligence related businesses run from her home. She is the registered agent for one of them, her husband holds that position for the other.

Teresa Shea is the director of Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, which refers to all electronic eavesdropping and interception, including the controversial domestic surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone use. Naturally, no one is commenting.

From Buzzfeed:

On a quiet street in Ellicott City, Maryland, a blue-grey two-story clapboard house, set back from the road, is shaded by two sycamores and a towering maple. It’s the unassuming home of one of the National Security Agency’s most powerful officials, Teresa H. Shea.

In September, BuzzFeed News disclosed a potential conflict of interest involving Shea, the director of Signals Intelligence. Called SIGINT in espionage jargon, it refers to all electronic eavesdropping and interception, including the controversial domestic surveillance program that collects information about Americans’ phone use.

As BuzzFeed News reported, there’s a private SIGINT consulting and contracting business based at Shea’s home in that quiet neighborhood. Shea’s husband, a business executive in the small but profitable SIGINT industry, is the resident agent for the firm, Telic Networks.

In addition, James Shea also works for a major SIGINT contracting firm, DRS Signal Solutions Inc., which appears to do SIGINT business with the NSA.

DRS declined to comment, and the NSA declined to answer questions related to the Sheas, Telic Networks, or DRS.

Now there’s a new wrinkle, which the NSA has also declined to discuss: Yet another company, apparently focused on the office and electronics business, is based at the Shea residence on that well-tended lot.

This company is called Oplnet LLC.

Teresa Shea, who has been at the NSA since 1984, is the company’s resident agent. The company’s articles of organization, signed by Teresa Shea, show that the firm was established in 1999 primarily “to buy, sell, rent and lease office and electronic equipment and related goods and services.” An attorney who also signed the document, Alan Engel, said he couldn’t comment on client matters.

Records show Oplnet does own a six-seat airplane, as well a condominium property with an assessed value of $275,000 in the resort town of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This summer the NSA turned down a Freedom of Information Act request for Shea’s public financial disclosure form. The agency said that, unlike every other federal agency, it could withhold the disclosure because of a sweeping 1959 law that allows it to keep almost everything secret.

Go ahead and read that twice. Read it three times. Still think we live in a free country?

Financial disclosure forms are central to public monitoring of ethics and potential conflicts of interests by federal officials. Without that form, journalists or concerned citizens must comb through corporate incorporations, property records, UCC filings, and court records to learn about an official’s financial interests outside of office. Often, these documents are not online and are in offices scattered across different states.

Teresa Shea, as head of SIGINT, has defended the program in declarations in two federal court cases.

Her husband has been involved in SIGINT as a private contractor and engineer since at least 1990, when he set up a company called Sigtek Inc., which would get hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts with the federal government, according to a federal contracting database. On his LinkedIn page, James Shea says the company’s key markets included “Defense SIGINT.”

In 2010, Teresa Shea was appointed the director of all SIGINT at the NSA, after a period working in London. The same year, James Shea became vice president at a major SIGINT contracting firm, DRS Signal Solutions, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies.

As BuzzFeed reported in its first story on the Sheas, neither the NSA nor DRS will comment on whether the company has contracts with Teresa Shea’s directorate.

Asked if there was a conflict of interest, DRS spokesman Michael Mount said “I understand your story, and we’ll still decline to comment.” He said that when responding to BuzzFeed News about questions concerning James Shea, the company has coordinated with the NSA.

Matthew Aid, who has written a book about the NSA, The Secret Sentry, said it would be difficult to understand why Oplnet, this second home-based business, was set up by Ms. Shea, without knowing more.

But he adds that the fact that Shea’s husband works for a SIGINT contractor, and has a SIGINT related company at the couple’s home, is confounding.

“From a purely financial point of view, there’s so much potential of conflict of interest.”

“The fact that the NSA will not respond to your request raises in my mind a host of questions. If there was nothing there, they could have come back to you and said, ‘She’d been diligent. She’s in compliance.’ Then there’s no story. But they’ve said nothing. That to me is what could potential signal some problems.”

Welcome to the American Dream in 2014. Looks a lot like the Soviet Dream.

Utterly shameless.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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Alien Message to Mankind: “Do You Wish That We Show Up?”


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The original source of this information appears to be by Mr. Jean Ederman, now 49, of France, who evidently works in the field of aviation.

He claims to have been a military jet pilot, air traffic controller and airport manager, and to have a masters in economics. He also claims to have had a number of anomalous experiences since the age of six, which later included a number of UFO sightings and ET contacts.

He writes: “… after having learned how to mentally project myself to a place in the presence of benevolent extraterrestrials, I received the following message…”

[Translated from French into English by Dan Drasin, a Marin-based film-maker and researcher].

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Each one of you wishes to exercise your free will and experience happiness. Your free will depends upon the knowledge you have of your own power. Your happiness depends upon the love that you give and receive.

Like all conscious races at this stage of progress, you may feel isolated on your planet. This impression gives you a certain view of your destiny. Yet you are at the brink of big upheavals that only a minority is aware of.

It is not our responsibility to modify your future without your choosing it. So consider this message as a worldwide referendum, and your answer as a ballot.

Neither your scientists nor your religious representatives speak knowledgeably about certain unexplained aerial and celestial events that mankind has witnessed for thousands of years.

To know the truth, one must face it without the filter of one’s beliefs or dogmas, however respectable
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A growing number of anonymous researchers of yours are exploring new paths of knowledge and are getting very close to reality. Today, your civilization is flooded with an ocean of information of which only a tiny part, the less upsetting one, is notably distributed.

Bear in mind that what in your history seemed ridiculous or improbable has often become possible, then realized — in particular in the last fifty years.

Be aware that the future will be even more surprising. You will discover the worst as well as the best.

Many of those who study our appearances point to lights in the night, but without lighting the way. Often they think in terms of objects when it is all about conscious beings.

Who are we?

Like billions of others in this galaxy, we are conscious creatures that some call “extraterrestrials,” even though the reality is subtler. There is no fundamental difference between you and us, save for having experienced certain stages of evolution.

As with any other organized society, a hierarchy exists in our internal relationships. Ours, however, is based upon the wisdom of several races. It is with the approval of this hierarchy that we turn to you.

Like most of you, we are in quest of the Supreme “Being” or “State of Being.”

Therefore we are not gods or lesser gods but virtually your equals in the Cosmic Brotherhood. Physically we are somewhat different from you but most of us are humanoid-shaped.

We are not mere observations; we are consciousnesses just like you. Our existence is a reality, but the majority of you do not perceive it yet because we remain invisible to your senses and instruments most of the time.

We wish to fill this void at this moment in your history. We made this collective decision on our side, but this is not enough — we need yours as well.

Through this message you can become the decision-makers. You, personally. We have no human representative on Earth who could guide your decision.

Why aren’t we visible?

At certain stages of evolution, cosmic “humanities” discover certain scientific principles regarding matter. Structured dematerialization and materialization are among them.

Your humanity has achieved this in a few laboratories, in close collaboration with other extraterrestrial creatures — at the cost of hazardous compromises that remain purposely hidden from you by some of your representatives.

In addition to the aerial or space-based objects or phenomena known to your scientific community as physical “UFOs,” there are essentially multidimensional manufactured spaceships that possess these expanded capacities.

Many human beings have been in visual, auditory, tactile or psychic contact with such ships — some of which, it should be noted with caution, are under the influence of hidden powers that govern you, which we often term “the third party.”

The relative scarcity of your observations is due to the dematerialized state of these ships. Being unable to perceive them yourselves, you cannot acknowledge their existence. We fully understand this.

When most observations do occur, they are arranged on an individual basis so as to touch the individual soul and not to influence or intrude on any organized social system.

This is deliberate on the part of the various races that surround you, but for a variety of reasons and results. For negative multidimensional beings that play a part in the exercise of power in the shadow of human oligarchy, discretion is motivated by their desire to keep their existence unknown.

For us, discretion has been motivated by the respect of the human free will that people can exercise to manage their own affairs so that they can reach technical and spiritual maturity on their own.

However, humankind’s entrance into the family of galactic civilizations is greatly expected.

We can appear in broad daylight to help you attain this union, but we have not done it so far, as too few of you have genuinely desired it because of ignorance, indifference or fear, and because the urgency of the situation did not justify it.

Who are you?

You are the offspring of many traditions that throughout time have been mutually enriched by each others’ contributions.

Your goal is to unite, while respecting these diverse roots, to accomplish a common purpose, a united project. The appearances of your cultures help keep you separated because you give them far greater importance than you give your deeper beings.

Shape, or form, has been deemed more important than the essence of your subtle nature. For the powers in control, this emphasis on differences of form constitutes a bulwark against any form of positive change.

Now you are being called on to overcome the identification with form while still respecting it for its richness and beauty. Understanding the consciousness behind form allows us to love all humans in their diversity.

Peace does not mean simply not making war; it consists in becoming what you, collectively, are in reality: a fraternity.

The solutions available to achieve this are decreasing, but one that could still catalyze it would be open contact with another race that would reflect the image of what you are in a deeper reality.

Except for rare occasions, our past interventions intentionally had very little influence on your capacity to make collective and individual decisions about your own future.

This was motivated by our knowledge of your deep psychological mechanisms. We reached the conclusion that freedom is built every day as a being becomes aware of himself and of his environment, getting progressively rid of constraints and inertias, whatever they may be.

However, despite the actions of numerous brave and willing human souls, those inertias have been successfully maintained for the benefit of a growing, centralized power.

What is your situation?

Until recently, mankind lived in satisfactory control of its decisions. But it is losing more and more the control of its own fate, partly because of the growing use of advanced technologies that affect your body as well as your mind and will eventually have irreversibly lethal consequences for earthly and human ecosystems.

Independently of your own will, your resilience will artificially decrease and you will slowly but surely lose your extraordinary capacity to make life desirable. Such plans are on their way.

Should a collective reaction of great magnitude not happen, this individual power is doomed to vanish. The period to come shall be one of rupture.

This break, however, can be a positive break with the past as long as you keep this creative power alive in you, even if it cohabits, for the time being, with the dark intentions of your potential lords.

What now? Should you wait for the last moment to find solutions? Should you anticipate or undergo pain?

Your history has never ceased to be marked by encounters between peoples whose discovery of one another occurred in circumstances of conflict and conquest.

Earth has now become a village where everyone knows everyone else, but still conflicts persist and threats of all kinds get worse in intensity and duration.

Individuals who have many potential capacities cannot exercise them with dignity. This is the case for the greatest majority of you, for reasons that are essentially geopolitical.

There are several billion of you, but the education of your children and your living conditions, as well as the conditions of numerous animals and much plant life are under the thumb of a small number of your political, financial, military and religious representatives.

Your thoughts and beliefs are modeled after partisan interests while at the same time giving you the feeling that you are in total control of your destiny — which in essence is the reality, but there is a long way between a wish and a fact when the true rules of the game at hand are kept hidden.

This time, you are not the conqueror. Spreading biased information is an effective strategy for manipulating human beings. Inducing thoughts and emotions, or even creating organisms, that do not belong to you is an even older strategy.

A great roller wave is on the horizon. It entails very positive but also very negative potentials. At this time wonderful opportunities of progress stand side by side with threats of destruction.

However, you can only perceive what is being shown to you. The diminishing of many natural resources is inevitable and no long-term collective remediation project has been launched. Ecosystem exhaustion mechanisms have exceeded irreversible limits.

The scarcity of resources whose entry price will rise day after day — and their unfair distribution — will bring about fratricidal fights on a large scale, from the hearts of your cities to your countrysides.

This is the reason why, more than ever in your history, your decisions of today will directly and significantly impact your survival tomorrow.

Hatred grows… but so does love. That is what keeps you confident in your ability to find solutions.

However, human behaviors, formed from past habits and trainings, have great inertia that leads to a dead end. The critical mass has not been reached, while the work of sabotage is being carried out cleverly and efficiently.

You entrust your problems to representatives whose awareness of common well being inexorably fades away before corporatist interests.

These putative servants of the people are far more often debating the form than the content. Just at the moment of action, delays accumulate to the point when you have to submit rather than choose.

This inertia is in many ways typical of any civilization. What event could radically modify it? Where could a collective and unifying awareness come from that will stop this blind rushing ahead?

Tribes, populations and human nations have always encountered and interacted with one another. Faced with the threats weighing upon the human family, it is perhaps time that a greater interaction occurred.

There are two ways to establish a cosmic contact with another civilization: via its standing representatives or directly with ordinary individuals.

The first way entails fights of interests, the second way brings awareness. The first way was chosen by a group of races motivated by keeping mankind in slavery, thereby controlling Earth’s resources, its gene pool, and the mass of human emotional energy.

The second way was chosen by a group of races allied with the cause of the Spirit of Service. Some years ago we did introduce ourselves to representatives of the human power structure, but they refused our outstretched hand on the basis of interests that were incompatible with their strategic vision.

That is why today individuals are to make this choice by themselves without any representatives interfering. What we proposed in the past to those whom we believed were in a capacity to contribute to your happiness, we propose now — to you.

Few of you are aware that non-human creatures have been involved in the centralizing of power in your world, and in the subtle taking of control. These creatures do not necessarily stand on your material plane, which is precisely what could make them extremely efficient and frightening in the near future.

However, also be aware that quite a few of your representatives are in fact fighting this danger, that not all alien abductions are conducted to your detriment, and that resistance also exists amongst those dominance-oriented races.

Peace and reunification of your peoples would be a first step toward harmony with civilizations other than yours. That is precisely what those who manipulate you behind the scenes want to avoid at all cost because, by dividing, they reign.

They also reign over those who more visibly govern you. Their strength comes from their capacity to instill mistrust and fear. This considerably harms your very cosmic nature.

This message would be of no interest if these manipulators’ influence were not reaching its peak and if their misleading and murderous plans did not materialize within a few years from now.

Their deadlines are close and mankind will undergo unprecedented difficulties for the next ten cycles [years?]. To defend yourselves against this aggression that bears no face, you need at least to have enough information that points to the solution.

Here again, appearance and body type will not be enough to tell the dominator from the ally.

At your current state of psychic development it is extremely difficult for you to distinguish between them. In addition to your intuition, training will be necessary when the time has come. Being aware of the priceless value of free will, we are inviting you to an alternative.

What can we offer?

We can offer you a more holistic vision of the universe and of life, constructive interactions, the experience of fair and fraternal relationships, liberating technical knowledge, eradication of suffering, controlled exercise of individual powers, access to new forms of energy and, finally, a better comprehension of consciousness.

We cannot help you overcome your individual and collective fears, or bring you laws that you would not have chosen. You must also work on your own selves, apply individual and collective efforts to build the world you desire, and manifest the spirit to quest for new skies.

What would we receive?

Should you decide that such a contact take place, we would rejoice over the safeguarding of fraternal equilibrium in this region of the universe, fruitful diplomatic exchanges, and the intense Joy of knowing that you are united to accomplish what you are capable of.

The feeling of Joy is strongly sought in the universe, for its energy is divine. What is the question we ask you?

“DO YOU WISH THAT WE SHOW UP?”

How can you answer this question? The truth of soul can be read telepathically, so you only need to clearly ask yourself this question and give your answer as clearly, on your own or in a group, as you wish.

Being in the heart of a city or in the middle of a desert does not impact the efficiency of your answer. YES or NO.

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Just do it as if you were speaking to yourself but thinking about the message. This is a universal question, and these mere few words, put in their context, have a powerful meaning.

This is why you should calmly think about it, in all conscience. In order to perfectly associate your answer with the question, it is recommended that you answer after another careful reading of this message.

Do not rush to answer. Breathe and let all the power of your own free will penetrate you. Be proud of what you are! Then do not let hesitation get in the way.

The everyday problems that you may have can weaken you. To be yourselves, forget about them for a few minutes. Feel the force that springs up in you. You are in control of yourselves!

A single thought, a single answer can drastically change your near future, in one way as in another. Your individual decision of asking in your inner self that we show up on your material plane and in broad daylight is precious and essential to us.

Even though you can choose the way that best suits you, rituals per se are essentially useless. A sincere request made with your heart and your own will, will always be perceived by those of us to whom it is sent. In your own private polling booth of your secret will, you will determine the future.

What is the lever effect?

This decision should be made by the greatest possible number among you, even though it might seem like a minority.

It is recommended to spread this message, in all envisageable fashions, in as many languages as possible, to those around you, whether or not they seem receptive to this new vision of the future. Do it using a humorous tone or derision if that can help you.

You can even openly and publicly make fun of it if it makes you feel more comfortable, but do not be indifferent, for at least you will have exercised your free will. Forget about the false prophets and the beliefs that have been transmitted to you about us.

This request is one of the most intimate that can be asked to you. Making a decision by yourself, as an individual, is your right as well as your responsibility. Passivity only leads to the absence of freedom.

Similarly, indecision is never efficient. If you really want to cling to your beliefs, which is something that we understand, then forcefully say NO.

If you do not know what to choose, do not say YES because of mere curiosity. This is not a show, this is real daily life. We exist. We are alive.

Your history has had plenty of episodes when determined men and women were able to influence the thread of events despite their small number.

Just as a small number is enough to take temporal power on Earth and influence the future of the majority, a small number of you can radically change your fate as an answer to the impotence in face of so much inertia and so many hurdles. You can ease mankind’s birth to Brotherhood.

One of your thinkers once said:

"Give me a hand-hold and I'll raise the Earth."

Spreading this message will then be the strengthening of the hand-hold. We will be the light-years long lever and you will be the craftsmen to “raise the Earth” as a consequence of our appearance.

What would be the consequences of a positive decision?

For us, the immediate consequence of a collective favorable decision would be the materialization of many ships, in your sky and on Earth.

For you, the direct effect would be the rapid abandoning of many certitudes and beliefs. A simple conclusive visual contact would have huge repercussions for your future.

Much knowledge would be modified forever. The organization of your societies would be deeply upheaved forever, in all fields of activity.

Power would become individual because you would see for yourself that we exist as living beings, not accepting or rejecting that fact on the word of any external authority. Concretely, you would change the scale of your values.

The most important thing for us is that humankind would form a single family before this “unknown” we would represent!

Danger would slowly melt away from your homes because you would indirectly force the undesirable ones, those we name the “third party,” to show up and vanish. You would all bear the same name and share the same roots: Mankind.

Later on, peaceful and respectful exchanges would be thus possible if such is your wish. For now, he who is hungry cannot smile, he who is fearful cannot welcome us.

We are sad to see men, women and children suffering to such a degree in their flesh and in their hearts when they bear such an inner light. This light can be your future.

Our relationships could develop in stages. Several stages of several years or decades would occur: demonstrative appearance of our ships, physical appearance beside human beings, collaboration in your technical and spiritual evolution, discovery of parts of the galaxy.

At every stage new choices would be offered to you. You would then decide by yourself to enter new stages if you think it necessary to your external and inner well-being. No interference would be decided upon unilaterally. We would leave as soon as you would collectively wish that we do.

Depending upon the speed to spread the message across the world, several weeks, or even several months will be necessary before our “great appearance,” if such is the decision made by the majority of those who will have used their capacity to choose, and if this message receives the necessary support.

The main difference between your daily prayers to entities of a strictly spiritual nature and your current decision is extremely simple: we are technically equipped to materialize.

Why such a historical dilemma?

We know that “foreigners” are considered as enemies as long as they embody the “unknown.” In a first stage, the emotion that our appearance will generate will strengthen your relationships on a worldwide scale.

How could you know whether our arrival is the consequence of your collective choice? For the simple reason that we would have otherwise shown up long ago at your level of existence. If we are not there yet, it is because you have not made such a decision explicitly.

Some among you might think that we would make you believe in a deliberate choice of yours so as to justify our arrival, though this would not be true. If that were the case, what interest would we have in openly giving you access to these opportunities for the benefit of the greatest number of you?

How could you be certain that this is not yet another subtle maneuver of the “third party” to better enslave you? Because one always more efficiently fights something that is identified than what is kept hidden.

Isn’t the terrorism that corrodes you a blatant example? Whatever, you are the sole judge in your own heart and soul. Whatever your choice, it would be respectable and respected.

In the absence of human representatives who could potentially seduce into error you ignore everything about us as well as from about those who manipulate you without your consent.

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In your current situation, the precautionary principle that consists in not trying to discover us no longer prevails. You are already in the Pandora’s box that the “third party” has created around you. Whatever your decision may be, you will have to get out of it.

In the face of such a dilemma, one ignorance against another, you need to ask your intuition. Do you want to see us with your own eyes, or simply believe what your “authorities” say? That is the real question! After thousands of years, one day this choice was going to be inevitable: choosing between two unknowns.

Why spread such a message among yourselves?

Translate and spread this message widely. This action will affect your future in an irreversible and historical way at the scale of millennia. Otherwise, it will postpone a new opportunity to choose until several years later — at least one generation, if that generation can survive.

Not choosing stands for undergoing other people’s choice. Not informing others stands for running the risk of obtaining a result that is contrary to one’s expectations. Remaining indifferent means giving up one’s free will.

It is all about your future. It is all about your evolution. It is possible that this invitation will not receive your collective assent and will be disregarded. Nevertheless no individual desire goes unheeded in the universe.

Imagine our arrival tomorrow. Thousands of ships. A unique cultural shock in today’s mankind’s history. It will then be too late to regret not making a choice and spreading the message because this discovery will be irreversible.

We do insist that you do not rush into it, but do think about it… And decide. The big media will not necessarily be interested in spreading this message. It is therefore your task, as an anonymous yet an extraordinary thinking and loving being, to transmit it.

You are still the architects of your own fate…

“DO YOU WISH THAT WE SHOW UP?”

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…when the people are awakened, the corporations die


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McDonald's and Coca Cola see profits fall sharply

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Two US food and drink titans have posted sharply lower profits for the July-to-September quarter.

McDonald’s saw earnings fall 30%, while Coca-Cola’s fell 14%, with both citing lower US sales as key reasons.

The fast-food chain’s profits of $1.07bn (£661m) were also hit by a food scandal in China, contributing to a 4.6% fall in revenues to $6.99bn.

Meanwhile, the world’s largest drinks group made a $2.1bn profit on revenues that were broadly flat at $11.9bn.

McDonald’s US sales have been under pressure as consumers switch to other chains, notably the fast-growing Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Sales also fell in Russia, Germany and especially in China, where McDonald’s was hurt by a scandal over meat supplies.

Chief executive Don Thompson admitted that the trading performance was not good enough. “McDonald’s third-quarter results reflect a significant decline versus a year ago,” he said.

“By all measures, our performance fell short of our expectations.”

Meanwhile, Coca Cola said that its US sales were down 1% during the quarter. Consumers are increasingly turning to alternatives to sweet, fizzy drinks. The company’s profits also suffered because of currency fluctuations and strengthening of the dollar.

In August, Coke spent $2.15bn for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage energy drinks business.

As part of the deal, Coke transferred ownership of its own, less successful energy drinks, including brands NOS, Full Throttle and Burn, to Monster.

And it took over Monster’s non-energy brands such as Hansen’s Natural Sodas, Peace Tea and Hubert’s Lemonade.

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What Unilever just Said About Consumers Around the World: “It’s Really Tough out There”

Unilever warned of a slowdown in all the right places, in the emerging markets, in Europe, and of stagnation in the US. Like other consumer-products companies, it complained about currency issues, political unrest, bleak economies, the wrong kind of weather, and other uncertainties that perplex consumers to no end and cause them to get stingy.

“We expect markets to remain tough…,” CEO Paul Polman said.

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...and they cheat!

Nigeria sues Coca-Cola for half-filled cans

The Federal Government of Nigeria is suing Coca-Cola and Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), over alleged failure to comply with Consumer Protection Council (CPC) orders over two half-empty cans of Sprite.

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Wall Street Is One Sick Puppy – Thanks To Even Sicker Central Banks


Last Wednesday the markets plunged on a vague recognition that the central bank promoted recovery story might not be on the level. But that tremor didn’t last long.

Right on cue the next day, one of the very dimmest Fed heads—James Dullard of St Louis—-mumbled incoherently about a possible QE extension, causing the robo-traders to erupt with buy orders. By the end of the day Friday, with the market off just 5% from its all-time highs, the buy-the-dips crowd was back, proclaiming that the “bottom is in”. This week the market has been energetically retracing what remains of the October correction.

And its no different anywhere else in the central bank besotted financial markets around the world. Everywhere state action, not business enterprise, is believed to be the source of wealth creation—at least the stock market’s paper wealth version and even if for just a few more hours or days.

Thus, several nights ago Japan’s stock market ripped 4% higher in the blink of an eye after the robo-traders scanned a headline suggesting that Japan’s already bankrupt government would start buying even more equities for its pension plan. And that comes on top of the massive ETF and equity purchases already being made by the BOJ.

Likewise, this morning the European bourses soared on a self-evident trial balloon enabled by Reuters that the ECB might start buying corporate bonds—in addition to asset-backed commercial paper, covered mortgage bonds and targeted loan advances to commercial banks. Moreover, all this prospective asset buying with freshly minted ECB credit was supposedly a prelude to outright QE—-that is, adding sovereign debt to the ECB’s already bloated balance sheet.

The thing is, however, the last injection is never enough in today’s stimulus addicted casinos. In the case of the ECB, the market’s pandering for more monetary stimulus is especially disingenuous. The pot-bangers claim, of course, that the ECB’s current balance sheet inflation plan is just retracing old ground;  and that it simply needs to fill a $1.2 trillion “hole” to get its balance sheet back to where it was in mid-2012 when Draghi’s “whatever it takes” ukase was delivered to Europe’s roiled bond and equity markets.

Let’s see. In just the eight year period leading up the crisis of 2012, the ECB’s balance sheet had exploded by 4X. And the the truth of the matter is that the subsequent shrinkage shown below is a dangerous  pro forma illusion. The ECB’s bloated portfolio of discount loans to member banks which were collateralized by sovereign debt was not really liquidated; it has just slithered to an off-balance sheet parking lot for the interim.

What Draghi’s undeliverable pledge actually did was to incite the fast money crowd into frenetic peripheral bond buying on the usual front-running presumption that smart guys buy now what the central banks announce they will be buying later. Soon the prices of these sovereign junk credits were ripping higher, and the rest of the market piled on—- especially the very same Spanish and Italian banks which had previously retreated to the ECB discount window to fund their stranded books of own country bonds.

Stated differently, in return for three cheap words Mario Draghi was able to access  a  vast financial parking lot, which was quickly filled with the previously shunned peripheral nation bonds. Accordingly, European banks, especially in Italy and Spain, began to liquidate their LTRO borrowings and, presto, the ECB’s reported balance sheet shrunk drastically.

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In truth, however, Draghi’s parking lot is inhabited by an assemblage of day traders who can make a bee-line for the exits as fast as they piled-on to the original “whatever it takes” trade. In fact, Draghi’s desperate jawboning and serial announcements about balance sheet expansion ploys are proof positive that the parking lot has a tenuous hold on its tenants.

That means that virtually any unexpected catalyst could start a run on the  trillions of Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Irish debt that is now insanely over-valued.  Accordingly, the European bond market is a massive conflagration waiting for an ignition. Worse still, Germany now has all the matches, and it is becoming more evident by the day that its politicians and financial statesman have finally drawn a line in the sand. There will be no outright QE, and, therefore, there is no way to keep Mario’s parking lot from experiencing an eventual stampede for the exist gates.

In that context, today Reuter’s leak was just a probe—-an attempt by the ECB apparatchiks to see whether the German resolve against “state financing” extends to corporate debt as well as outright government bonds. That this desperate ploy elicited an excited equity rally is just a measure of how sick stock markets all around the world have become.

Yet today’s headline was probably worth no more than a one-day rip, and that’s all the casino cares about. It does not discount the future of the real world economy; it only chases the concurrent emissions of central banks liquidity and word clouds.

Indeed, if the European bourse were actually discounting the real world future they would have panicked long ago. And not just because Europe is heading for a triple dip or because the German export machine is faltering owing to the swoon in its heretofore bloated and unsustainable export markets in Russian and China.

In fact, Europe is stuck in a deep rut of socialist tax and debt burdens, economic dirigisme and excessive financialization, and has been so for most of this century. Here is what has happened to the euro area economy while the ECB printing presses were running red hot.  As shown in the first panel below, total industrial production (less construction) in mid-2014 is no higher than it was 14 years ago.

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Likewise, the euro area has had no net employment gains since 2006. Accordingly, the unemployment rate for the EU-18 as a whole had soared, notwithstanding sharp improvement in Germany and northern Europe.

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At the same time that the private  sector has been stagnant, the public debt has continued to soar, and is now 50% higher than the already bloated levels of 2008. Moreover, with a triple dip all but certain, and virtually no growth in nominal GDP in any event, there is virtually no chance that the aggregate debt of the euro-zone nations will not soon catapult past 100% of GDP. In that context, it is plainly evident that the real agenda of the Brussels  bureaucrats and the Draghi gang in Frankfurt is to monetize the public debt, not ignite a miracle of private economic growth and rising corporate profits.

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On this side of the pond, the equity market puppy is just a sick. Consider the actual gibberish uttered by Bullard last Thursday:

I also think that inflation expectations are dropping in the US. And that is something that a central bank cannot abide. We have to make sure that inflation and inflation expectations remain near our target.

And for that reason I think a reasonable response of the Fed in this situation would be to invoke the clause on the taper that said that the taper was data dependent. And we could go on pause on the taper at this juncture and wait until we see how the data shakes out into December…..So… continue with QE at a very low level as we have it right now. And then assess our options going forward.”

The underscored sentence says it all. Bullard has been drinking the central bank cool-aid so long that he does not even recognize that the “inflation expectations” which he cites as reason for more Fed money printing are actually authored by the FOMC itself. The chart below represents the so-called 5-year breakeven—-which is the subtraction of the inflation protected TIPS bond yield for that period from the regular treasury note. That is, its represents nothing more than trading noise—- the random differences between treasury securities being massive impacted and manipulated by the central banks and the carry trade gamblers that they enable.

So Bullard espied a wiggle in the graph below, and declared it an intolerable breach of the central banks plan for just the right amount of inflation—-that is, 2%, no more and no less. Accordingly, more bond buying was warranted.  Never mind that the Fed has pinned the money market rate at zero for 71 months and unleashed the greatest carry trade gambling spree in recorded history; or that $3.5 trillion of debt monetization during that period has deeply deformed yields and pricing in the entire fixed income market.

No, the job of the monetary politburo is apparently to sift noise out of the in-coming data noise—-even when it is a feedback loop from the Fed’s own manipulation and interventions. So the stock market rallies strenuously because an incoherent central banker starts randomly gumming about self-evident financial noise.

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(to be continued)

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Malaysia – A newly elected member of the UN Security Council has a problem with dogs?


The Malaysia Insider

Malaysian Muslims’ flabbergasted dog dogma?shall we bring this matter up at the next UNSC meet? 

‘I want to touch a dog’ event an attempt to insult Malaysia’s clerics, says former Johor mufti

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A Muslim woman reacts as she holds a dog during the ‘I want to touch a dog’ event at a park in Petaling Jaya on October 19, 2014. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 20, 2014.

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Former Johor mufti Datuk Nooh Gadut said the “I want to touch a dog” programme organised by Muslims in Selangor yesterday was an attempt to insult ulama (clerics) and religious authorities.

The adviser to the Johor Islamic Re‎ligious Council said it was haram (prohibited) for Muslims to deliberately touch dogs as they were dirty (najis mughallazah) according to two Muslim schools of thought, Shafie and Hanbali.”Don’t try to create a culture that goes against Islam and the Shafie school of thought, especially when it has elements of insulting the ulama in this country,” he was quoted as saying in Malay-language daily Berita Harian.”This is forbidden for three reasons, which are religion, health and a culture that contradicts with Islam. It must be remembered that Malaysia adheres to the Shafie school of thought,” he said.

According to Berita Harian, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said last October that Muslims were prohibited from touching dogs for no pressing reason.

Pahang mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Othman said the religious authorities must investigate the purpose of the programme which he said was clearly against the beliefs of Muslims in the country.‎

According to Berita Harian, he said Muslims should not take the issue lightly and must refer to the authorities before doing anything that was against the Shafie school of thought.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 people turned up at the event in Bandar Utama, which was aimed at making Malaysians more aware of the furry four-legged creatures and also to educate others on how to practise “sertu” (cleansing).‎

This was to help people overcome their fear of dogs and bring together Malaysians to promote tolerance and understanding that goes beyond culture, race or religion.

The Selangor‎ Islamic Religious Council (Mais) had approved the programme and Ustaz Mohd Iqbal Parjin was present yesterday to give a talk on the touching of dogs in Islam.

“Dogs are also God’s creatures. We need to overcome the mentality of seeing the animal as an offensive creature. Teach the young to love others but at the same time know the limit of touching one,” said Iqbal. – October 20, 2014.

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‘I want to touch a dog’ event a big hit with Muslims – YAHOO

…and its all FEAR based upbringing

I’m Malay and I’m touching a dog for science

To Malay-Muslims in Malaysia, dogs are like kryptonite: you do not touch them. Growing up, they have been told by parents and teachers that dogs were dirty and dangerous and full of Haram. Judging from the perception, you’d think dogs were radioactive and that touching them would turn your hand green. – CiliSos.my

 

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Malaysia – Ridiculous to stop non-Muslims from using ‘Allah’, says Muslim Brotherhood leader


The Malaysian Insider

Malaysia has just won a seat in the UN Security Council, and to think the bigger role it will play internationally does not reflect very well with what is growling at home.

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Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Dr Tareq Suwaidan says there are many examples in Islamic history which shows that non-Muslims are not prohibited from using the word ‘Allah’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 19, 2014.

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Prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” is ridiculous, says Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood leader Dr Tareq Suwaidan.

He said this was because there was no law or ruling within the Islamic realm which prevented the use of the word by non-Muslims.

“I have been following this development in Malaysia, this use of the word ‘Allah’… there is no law in Islam that says so,” he told a forum organised by PAS international committee last night.

He noted that there were many instances in Islamic history where non-Muslims had been encouraged to use the Arabic word “Allah”.

“Do not be confused, this is just wrong, I have hundreds. No, thousands of proof on this,” he said, in front of a crowd of 100.

His comment came after an Indonesian scholar Dr Ulil Abshar Abdalla waded into the “Allah” controversy, saying Muslims who believed the word was exclusive to Islam were “confused”.

Ulil, who was denied entry into Malaysia this month for allegedly opposing its Islamic stand, said Muslims did not have a monopoly of the word “Allah” as it was a general term to refer to God.

“The term ‘Allah’ comes from two words which are ‘Al’ ‘and ‘Ilah’ which means God.

“If we mention the word ‘Allah’, it is translated as God. The people of Mecca also used the word ‘Allah’ before Islam came,” he had said.

Tareq and Ulil’s view of the “Allah” controversy echoes that of Muslim scholars and clerics, both locally and worldwide, who have criticised the ban of the use of the word among non-Muslims here.

Even the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, had said that many Muslims were of the view that the court ruling undermined the credibility of Islam, in a reference to the Federal Court decision that the word “Allah” could not be used in the Catholic publication, Herald, on grounds it was not an integral part of Christianity.

Earlier this month, evangelical denomination Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) obtained leave from the Court of Appeal to seek a declaration that the word “Allah” could be used in Christian publications.

A three-man Court of Appeal bench, chaired by Datuk Rohana Yusof, said the Federal Court held that the September 14 finding that “Allah was not an integral part of Christianity” was a mere passing remark.

Among the groups which have defended “Allah” as exclusive to Muslims are Malay rights group Perkasa and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma).

The “Allah” row started in 2008 when the Home Ministry threatened to revoke the Herald’s newspaper permit, prompting the Catholic Church to sue the government for violating its constitutional rights. – October 19, 2014.

 

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Malaysia – Neglect us and we will vote against you, Sabah BN rep tells Putrajaya


Malay Mail Online

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Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh has warned Barisan Nasional that voters from the Eastern Malaysian state will not hesitate to vote differently if they continue to be neglected. — File pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 ― A government lawmaker from Sabah has warned the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition that voters from the Eastern Malaysian state will not hesitate to vote differently if they continue to be neglected .

Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh lamented that the federal government has continued to treat Sabah like a “step-child” even after the state chose to unite and form Malaysia 51 years ago, noting that most of its indigenous inhabitants remain poor despite claims of national  growth.

“51 years since we have gained independence but Sabah continues to be treated like a stepson. If the rural folks there hear of what I say I guarantee you they will vote against us,” Ghapur said while debating Budget 2015 in the Dewan Rakyat here.

The veteran Umno leader pointed out that development has been scarce in Sabah and official income statistics mask the reality that many indigenous people of the state live in abject poverty.

Pointing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s recent claim that his government has managed to slash hardcore poverty to 1.7 per cent nationwide, Ghapur said there is a disconnect between the official figures and on-the-ground reality.

“He said it is 1.7 per cent, we all know this is not the case. People there are still struggling to meet ends meet,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/neglect-us-and-we-will-vote-against-you-sabah-bn-rep-tells-putrajaya#sthash.jrVGYwyu.dpuf

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If Your God Claims He is the Only Path to Heaven Please Pass this Message Along to Him


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I’m a good man. I’m good to my fellow humans. I’m good to all animals and creatures. I’m good to the earth. I’m good to myself. I’m good for the sake of being good. Not for any religion. Not for any government. Not for any group or club. I’m good because I want to spread happiness and health on this earth.

But according to the Christian religion I am going to burn in hell for eternity. According to Islam this life I live will not get me a spot in their paradise. According to many religions I am in the wrong. Not because I’ve actually done anything “wrong” but simply because I am not doing my good it in the name of their god.

According to the rules that over 50% of the world plays by my form of a good life and pure living is blemished for it is not in the sake of god. No matter how much good I do I am flawed. There are 2 billion Christians making up 30% of the world population. According to them the other 5 billion people on earth will burn in hell for eternity. Not because of their true actions or words but simply because they don’t believe in this one specific “god” that they have chosen as the right god.

There is no sense or logic that one of these religions is right over any of the 4,000+ other religions that exist on this earth. But if one of them is right after all and the holy god they praise would not accept me simply for not believing in him then I say you don’t deserve me in your heaven. Your heaven is my hell. And you are as corrupt as the most corrupt political systems and giant corporations currently sucking the life out of billions of human beings.

My goodness is for every breathing, sweating, eating, blinking, growing, living organism on this planet. It is for everyone and everything. But it is not for a god and it is for no religion. It’s time to take responsibility for our own lives. It’s time to step up and embrace our fellow humans, animals, and the earth we call home. It’s time to accept all beings as equal. It’s time to start loving and stop hating It’s time to live for the life we’ve got now, not some dream world that a book, a guy on a pedestal, or your parents told you about. It’s time to make the best of your time on earth because it may be the only time you have.

Sincerely, A human living for a better world…

 Rob Greenfield

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Internet names caretaker discusses sliding out of US control


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ICANN, the organization managing IP addresses for the internet, may be ready to become independent from the US government in a matter of months, its head announced at a conference.

Members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gathered this week in Los Angeles for the organization’s 51st conference. The meeting of some 3,000 representatives from major web companies and domain name registries, governments and international organizations has no strict agenda. But two issues are dominating discussions: its post-US control future and assigning new top-level domain names.

ICANN has made a progress towards becoming answerable to a global group of ‘stakeholders’ rather than the US government, as has been the case so far, its president and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, said as cited by AP.

At the moment the organization operates the internet’s naming system under a contract with the US, but in March, Washington announced that it may chose not to renew it after it expires in 2015.

“There are many people in the community who would like to see we not renew the contract past 2015,”Chehadé said.

This, however, would depend on whether the US Department of Commerce is satisfied with ICANN’s reform proposal that it is yet to submit. But Chehadé gave an assurance that the shift that has no deadline would be measured in months rather than years.

Introduction of new generic top-level domains, and the progress with those already rolled out as part of the gTLD program, is another hot topic for ICANN. Hundreds of TLDs like .cooking or .airforce have been released so far and more are in the pipeline.

The program experienced an initial hype and several scandals over who should be in control of potentially profitable domain names like .sex or .bank, but in practice new domains don’t appear to be gaining ground as fast as expected.

ICANN argues that this is a long-term project, citing, for instance, .catholic TLD, which is operated by the Catholic Church. The Church has a 10-year development plan that involves making it a sort of authenticity stamp for catholic institutions globally, Chehadé said.

A tied-in issue for discussion is tackling whether identities of people and companies running websites should be public. Some privacy advocates argue they should only be revealed with a court order.

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Privacy is your birth right – Fight surveillance


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“When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights – you don’t have to justify why you need freedom of speech.”Snowden

They Fight Surveillance – And You Can Too

EFF has launched two projects to help you fight “privacy nihilism”–to show that despite the skepticism of your friends and colleagues, you can do something. In Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, we’ve collected examples of individuals and small groups who have chosen to battle unlawful spying in their own countries–and have won. And on our new I Fight Surveillance site, we’re showcasing individuals from around the world who are taking a stand.

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EFF Launches IFightSurveillance.org and Counter-Surveillance Success Stories

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Sites Highlight How Opponents of Mass Surveillance Around the World Lead by Example

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new site showcasing digital privacy advocates from around the world who are leading the fight against mass surveillance. The site includes figures from the organization’s growing list of Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have taken on state and corporate spying in their own countries—and won.

Translated into 16 languages, IFightSurveillance.org highlights images and quotes from activists, business leaders, lawyers, and technologists. Examples include:

  • Vladan Sobjer, whose organization, SHARE Defense, helps Serbians learn about encryption.
  • Ron Deibert, whose group, the Citizen Lab, analyzes malware and digital threats to vulnerable groups from Bahrain to Iran.
  • Anne Roth, whose own unjust surveillance by German law enforcement led her to work for better protections for her fellow citizens.

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“Too often, the debate over surveillance is seen as a ‘domestic’ issue, only of concern to citizens of the country doing the spying,” EFF International Director Danny O’Brien said. “The truth is that mass surveillance isn’t confined to national borders, and neither is the response to it. Technologists, activists, and Internet users are all working to fight back against mass surveillance. Wherever you are, whoever you are, there are people close to you working to stop the spying, and you can join them.”

The site provides five concrete steps activists can take, including using encryption software to protect themselves, supporting a decentralized Internet, and signing onto the 13 “Necessary and Proportionate Principles,” a global framework to protect human rights in an age of mass surveillance. Visitors are encouraged to use the site’s social media tools to share their stories of standing up for privacy and to learn about the more than 400 privacy rights organization that have endorsed the 13 principles.

IFightSurveillance.org‘s companion site, Counter-Surveillance Success Stories (http://www.eff.org/csss), delves into greater detail about the work of the global coalition, spotlighting battles for privacy in Zimbabwe as well as countries across North America and Europe.

Links:

I Fight Surveillance: https://ifightsurveillance.org

Counter-Surveillance Success Stories: https://www.eff.org/csss

Contact:

Danny O’Brien
International Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
danny@eff.org

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One bar closer to humanity


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If This Video Doesn’t Convince You To Put Down Your Phone, Nothing Probably Will

This video will probably make you put your phone down for a minute. It hits the nail on the head when it comes to describing how our generation is missing out on so much in life because our current obsession with social media and mobile devices. It has changed our lives, but in some cases it may have changed it for the worse.

We’re so consumed by our phones and social networks, that sometimes we forget to live.

(Why Don’t You Try This)

 

Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me.

You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here. 🙂

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Bogus Judges regarding unlawful eviction matters


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The One People – Cheetham Hill challenging a English judge to show his authority

 

Published on 11 Oct 2014

Is a judge really a judge and is a court room really a court room? NO!! a Court room is just a tribunal and a alleged judge is just a arbiter!! A alleged judge does not have the authority to judge another Living man!!…We defended a friend and stopped him being unlawfully evicted! Please listen to the crap coming out of the alleged judges mouth as we are asking him questions? Sorry about the video quality. We had to keep the camera concealed as much as possible. We hope you can still hear the audio okay.

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#MH370 not yet found: Emirates chief suggests hijack as possible reason behind mysterious disappearance


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Seven months have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared without a trace. As authorities and aviation experts are still uncertain as to what exactly happened to the doomed Flight MH370, there was never a shortage of opinion and conspiracy theories.

In his interview with German magazine Spiegel, Emirates Airlines head Tim Clark revealed his theory on what happened to the aircraft. Clark, whose company operates about 130 Boeing 777 aircraft similar to the lost Malaysian Airlines jet, said that he believed the lost aircraft may not be in the Indian Ocean.

Clark’s statement appears to be contradictory to the conclusion of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), which released its report this week that the missing aircraft flew over the Indian Ocean on autopilot until it plummeted from the sky and into the water when it ran out of fuel, bringing along with it over 200 people aboard.

Clark believes that control of the MH370 had been taken over. The 64-year-old said that in any water incident, something would always show up but no evidence has so far been found to confirm that the airplane had indeed ended up in the Indian Ocean.

“Our experience tells us that in water incidents, where the aircraft has gone down, there is always something,” Clark said. “We have not seen a single thing that suggests categorically that this aircraft is where they say it is, apart from this so-called electronic satellite ‘handshake,’ which I question as well.”

Clark also cited that, besides the case of Amelia Earhart in 1939, all other overwater incidents in civil aviation history was at least 5 percent trackable. MH370, which vanished on March 8 on its way to China, simply disappeared and this raises suspicions.

On Oct. 7, aviation experts from all over the world discussed several solutions on improving the feasibility of tracking missing aircraft. Clark said that Boeing 777, being among the most advanced aircraft in the world, does not need an additional monitoring system.

Nonetheless, he recommended that aircraft manufacturers come up with a way so the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ASCAR) as well as the transponder could not be disabled.

“I’m still struggling to come up with a reason why a pilot should be able to put the transponder into standby or to switch it off. MH370 was, in my opinion, under control, probably until the very end,” Clark said.

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MH370: Missing plane not where experts say it is, claims airline boss

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THERE is no proof that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is where experts think it is, a major airline boss has claimed.

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The circus leaving town?


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Bankocalypse drill: US and UK to run ‘too big to fail’ collapse simulation

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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) speaks to U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew.

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The US and UK will stage a comprehensive simulation next week check whether the countries’ financial and banking sectors are still vulnerable to the problem of the ‘too big to fail’ institutions and coordinate their actions in case of such collapse.

Government financial leaders from Britain and US will simulate a failure of a large banking institution on Monday in Washington, DC, to test the effectiveness of each county’s banking regulations.

They hope the simulation – which will not mimic the collapse of any particular ‘too big to fail’ institution – will demonstrate what the officials have learned from the financial crisis about their respective roles, and how new practices should shield taxpayers from further bailouts. The simulation will run through procedures if a large UK bank with US operations failed, and those for a US bank with a British presence.

We are going to make sure we can handle an institution that was previously regarded as too big to fail,” said UK chancellor, John Osborne, speaking to journalists at an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington on Friday. “This demonstrates the distance we have come over the last few years to build resilience and learn the lessons of the financial crisis.”

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READ MORE: ‘Too big to fail’ status gives US banks ‘free pass’ – Fed study

Participating in the “war game” along with Chancellor Osborne will be US Treasury secretary Jack Lew, head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, and the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, with senior officials from both countries.

The purpose of the simulation was to make sure every player, including politicians, knew their own responsibilities and who needed to act, which creditors would take a hit, and how to communicate the authorities’ actions to the public,” Osborne told the Financial Times.

the only winning move is not to play RT @vgmac On Monday, US and UK regulators will “war game” a big bank failure. http://t.co/b7RWCsngYU – Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) October 10, 2014

It has been six years since the 2008 financial crisis when $700 billion in taxpayer dollars was used to shore up failing institutions, besides the cost of other bailout programs such as for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that totalled at least $135 billion more. The financial crisis lead to mass unemployment, drastic cuts to US government social programs, and contributed to the economic downfall of several European states.

READ MORE: JPMorgan ‘agrees’ to tentative $13 billion penalty for role in 2008 financial crisis

Since then regulations have passed in the US – the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 that forced banks to have in place capital and to draw up plans of how they would go through an ordinary bankruptcy and which groups would be paid off first.

Next week’s simulation, the results of which are expected to be released to the public, is designed to reassure the taxpayers in both UK and the US that their money will not be misused next time when a large financial institution turns out to be not that big to fail.

READ MORE: Record global debt risks new crisis – Geneva report

A Note from Bix Weir:

Many people have sent me the following article related to a huge meeting next week with the heads of the US and UK financial regulators. The meeting has to do with the ability to wind down large “Too Big to Fail” banks. Here’s one of the articles:

U.S. and UK to test big bank collapse in joint model run

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/banks-regulations-collapse-idUSL2N0S52LK20141010

“Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Monday will run a joint exercise simulating how they would prop up a large bank with operations in both countries that has landed in trouble.”

“Also taking part are Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, and the heads of a large number of other regulators, in a meeting hosted by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.”

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On the face of it it doesn’t seem like such a big deal but how many times have we heard of “exercises” and “simulations” being scheduled and run the very same day as an actual false flag event happens??

Many times!!

Pre-Planned 911 Exercises

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_government_operations_and_exercises_on_September_11,_2001

Pre-Planned Boston Bombing Bomb Drill

http://www.sott.net/article/260912-Coincidence-Bomb-sniffing-dogs-and-spotters-on-the-roofs-were-at-start-finish-lines-for-drill-at-Boston-Marathon-bombing

Pre-Planned London Tube Drill

http://www.globalresearch.ca/7-7-mock-terror-drill-what-relationship-to-the-real-time-terror-attacks/821

…and there are many more. Turns out that planning drills during life altering events is more the rule than the exception!

So be AWAKE and AWARE next week as I don’t think this meeting between the Wizards Pulling the Levers is just a simulation…

ALL THE PIECES ARE IN PLACE.

May the Road you choose be the Right Road.

Bix Weir

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Micro-softly karmic sexism


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Microsoft CEO to women: Not asking for pay raise is ‘good karma’

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Microsoft’s CEO has said that it’s “good karma” for women not to ask for a pay raise, but to “trust the system” to eventually reward them. His comment was met with a storm of criticism and sarcasm, which forced the executive to backtrack on his words.

The CEO, Satya Nadella, was speaking at a gathering of women technologists in Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday, when he was asked for an advice on what he believed was the right way for women to ask for a pay raise.

It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” Nadella said.

Because that’s good karma,” he said. “It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust.”

One of the hosts of the event, Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a Microsoft director, immediately challenged Nadella, by saying that his comment was “one of the very few things” she disagreed with him on.

Before long, Nadella, who took over at Microsoft CEO in February 2014, felt himself obliged to admit on Twitter the “karma comment” was an “inarticulate” answer to a pay raise question.

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Eventually he apologized for being “completely wrong” in an email to employees, which Microsoft has made public.

I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work,” Nadella said in the email. “And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”

Despite the Microsoft CEO’s quickly backtracking on his words, the online community has been prolific in sarcastic comments on the “karma advise,” from suggestions Microsoft should better rely on karma in their pricing policy to assuming women with good karma reincarnate as men and then are finally able to ask for a raise.

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Nadella’s words have struck a sensitive chord with the public, as the discrepancy in salaries women and men get is notable. US women received 78 percent of what equally qualified men received in 2013, according to research by the American Association of University Women, cited by Reuters.

One person who probably doesn’t need to ask for a pay raise is Nadella himself. His salary as Microsoft CEO is $1.2 million a year, the website IT Pro reported in February. He will also be eligible for a cash bonus of $3.6 million, the website reported, citing Microsoft’s statutory 8K filing.

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Kiev seeks access to #MH17 site to back ‘prefabricated’ crash version – Moscow


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Ukrainian Security Service seeks to reach the crash site of the Malaysian MH17 flight to fabricate at least some evidence which will allow Kiev to conceal the true causes of the catastrophe from the world, said Russia’s Defense ministry.

“One cannot but feel angry about yet another attempt by the Ukrainian security service chief to use absolutely groundless allegations in a bid to persuade the public of alleged Russian military involvement in the Boeing disaster in the skies over Ukraine,” Defense Ministry official representative, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said on Wednesday.

He referred to claims that were earlier made by Ukraine’s National Security Service Head Valentin Nalivaychenko speaking on Ukraine’s Channel 5 about Kiev’s “full understanding” of the causes of the Malaysian Boeing’s crash.

Nalivaychenko claimed that Ukrainian investigators and international experts now must visit the site of the crash only to search for “what is still missing” to back the Kiev’s version of events.

The fact that the Ukrainian security chief “fully” understands the details of the crash surprised Konashenkov, especially since the international commission’s investigation has not yet established them. However, the so-called Ukrainian investigators still have to find at least some evidence to somehow support their “full knowledge,” he added.

READ MORE: MH17 broke up in mid-air due to external damage – Dutch preliminary report

The attempt made by Kiev to look for the “missing evidence” to back up a version fabricated in advance confirms the well-known popular wisdom – “an uneasy conscience betrays itself,” said the General.

“I would like to recall that the commanders of the so-called ‘anti-terrorist’ operation in the southeast of Ukraine, including Nalivaychenko himself, did their utmost to prevent an international inquiry from visiting the site of the plane’s crash,” Konashenkov stated.

The Ukrainian troops launched a massive offensive against militias near Torez – close to MH17 crash site – using multiple rocket launchers Uragan, Grad and Smerch to eliminate the existing material evidence, the General said.

READ MORE: Russia fears Kiev trying to destroy implicating MH17 evidence

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He stressed that these military actions were taken contrary to Kiev’s official statements about the suspension of hostilities and of course with Nalivaychenko in the know.

It seems that three months after the crash – upon completing the investigation of the Odessa tragedy and fire that killed over 40 people and the Maidan events – the “impartial” Ukrainian investigators found time to aid the international commission on the MH17 crash, said Konashenkov.

READ MORE: Odessa massacre probe falsified? Parliament inquiry member blasts ‘redacted’ results

“One can only wonder what prevented the Ukrainian leadership throughout this period to reasonably share their ‘understanding’ [of the crash causes] with the international investigative commission into the MH-17 accident?”

“Or at least to publicly answer questions about the circumstances of the last minutes before the crash of the Malaysian aircraft, which have been officially announced by the Russian Defense Ministry?”

READ MORE: 10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

The spokesman of the Defense Ministry said he was confused that Kiev’s probe is being carried out by Ukrainian security service’s freshly-appointed investigators instead of experienced professionals, as opposed to international norms.

“Of course, only such ‘professionals’, as Ukraine’s National Security Service investigators can find – in the area plowed by Ukrainian Grads and Uragans – the evidence sought by Nalivaychenko, which, according to his plan, will help conceal from the International Commission the true causes of the tragedy,” the General concluded.

The Malaysia Airlines plane on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people aboard crashed in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17. The majority of those on the plane – which was allegedly shot down – were citizens of the Netherlands.

READ MORE: Dutch preliminary MH17 crash report leaves too many questions – Russia

The preliminary report on the Malaysian jet crash made by the international team headed by Dutch experts in September only confirmed that the plane was shot down. Following the report, Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said that with so many blank spots it “did little to advance our understanding of what happened.”

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Americans are getting unsafe everywhere…


Already unsafe in a police state at home, then there’s the ebola threat…and now terrorists threats from the likes of ISIS and equivalent US bred international gansters worldwide….poor Americans, their freedom is being curtailed.

Americans Should Probably Avoid These Areas Of The World

By way of a Public Service Announcement, we highly suggest Americans avoid the following areas of Jihadist operation… Zero Hedge

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…there’s not much safe places for Americans anymore…sigh!

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‘Who the f**k authorized this?’ Obama’s chief of staff cursed Panetta over CIA torture probe


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Former CIA Director Leon Panetta says that he was cursed at by President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff after he agreed to cooperate with the Senate’s investigation into his agency’s torture tactics in the wake of 9/11.

In passages taken from his new book and published online by the Intercept, Panetta explains the event that triggered the outburst, which flowed from the former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, a man notorious for his profanity-laced tirades.

READ MORE: Panetta accuses Obama of rushing retreat from Iraq at all costs

During his tenure between 2009 and 2010, Panetta said he struck a deal with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) – the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee – allowing lawmakers access to CIA documents detailing the controversial enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition practices it employed during the George W. Bush administration.

Shortly after doing so, however, Panetta experienced resistance from White House officials, most notably from Emanuel.

“I was summoned down to a meeting in the Situation Room, where I was told I would have to ‘explain’ this deal to Rahm… It did not take long to get ugly,” Panetta wrote in “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leaders in War and Peace.”

“’The president wants to know who the f**k authorized this release to the committees,’” Rahm said, slamming his hand down on the table. ‘I have a president with his hair on fire, and I want to know what the f**k you did to f**k this up so bad!’”

Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence at the time, defended Panetta, saying the real cause for concern should be the individual who instigated such a response from Obama in the first place.

“’If the president’s hair is on fire,’ he retorted, ‘I want to know who the f**k set his hair on fire,’” Panetta recalled Blair saying.

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Notorious Zionist Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.(Reuters / Larry Downing)

The tenures of both Panetta and Blair ended in 2010 – Blair was reportedly fired over “distrust” between his staff and the White House – but Katherine Hawkins of the transparency organization Open the Government told the Intercept that Panetta’s story is especially revealing considering the Senate torture report has yet to be published.

READ MORE: White House accidentally leaks post-9/11 CIA torture report findings

The completed report – which, through leaks, is understood to be quite critical of the CIA’s behavior – was supposed to be released months ago. However, lawmakers say they are still battling with the White House over what redactions to make. According to Feinstein, the White House is withholding important facts, and in August she said she would not approve its release until the administration works with her on the issue.

“I have concluded the redactions eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions,” she said. “Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public.”

A leaked White House document in July suggested the report categorizes the CIA’s techniques as “torture by a common definition.”

The document also stated that the State Department wishes to maintain that the report “leaves no doubt that the methods used to extract information from some terrorist suspects caused profound pain, suffering and humiliation. It also leaves no doubt that the harm caused by the use of these techniques outweighed any potential benefit.”

The debate over redactions isn’t the only issue that has separated senators from the White House when it comes to the so-called torture report, though. Over the summer, the CIA admitted that it spied on lawmakers as they conducted their investigation – despite the fact that agency director John Brennan previously denied the allegation.

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Adobe suspected of spying on eBook users


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Software giant Adobe has been accused of spying on individuals who use its Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader. The practice allegedly includes mining for data on users PCs, yet Adobe has denied acting beyond the user license agreement.

On Tuesday, the allegation that Digital Edition (DE) software logs and uploads user data to its servers was verified by Ars Technica and a competing software developer at Safari Books. This process is also notable because it’s done transparently over the internet, meaning individuals, internet corporations, and government departments like the National Security Agency can easily intercept the information.

Whether or not the company also monitors user hard drives in general has yet to be confirmed.

“It’s not clear how the data collected by Adobe is stored, but it is associated with a unique identifier for each Digital Editions installation that can be associated with an Internet Protocol address when logged,” Sean Gallagher wrote at Ars Technica. “And the fact that the data is broadcast in the clear by Digital Editions is directly in conflict with the privacy guidelines of many library systems, which closely guard readers’ book loan data.”

Originally, Adobe was flagged by the Digital Reader for tracking and uploading data related to various books opened in DE, such as how long a book has been activated or opened, or what pages have been read.

“Adobe is gathering data on the eBooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order,” Nate Hoffelder wrote at the website. “All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.”

“Adobe is not only logging what users are doing,” he continued, “they’re also sending those logs to their servers in such a way that anyone running one of the servers in between can listen in and know everything.”

If that wasn’t enough, Hoffelder claimed that Adobe’s tracking systems are exploring data even beyond the DE reader, scanning users’ computer hard drives and collecting and uploading metadata related to every e-book in the system – whether they were opened in DE or not.

As previously mentioned, this last accusation has not been verified.

“Adobe Digital Editions does not scan your entire computer looking for files that it knows how to open, it needs to be explicitly told about EPUB or PDF files that you would like it to know about,” an Adobe tech support employee wrote earlier this year in response to a question on the community forum.

Utilized by thousands of libraries in order to lend out books digitally, DE’s tracking of activation times would allow libraries to know when a particular lending period has run its course. However, DE is not just tracking borrowed books. It’s also keeping tabs on purchased titles as well.

“We are looking at this, and very concerned about this,” said Deorah Caldwell-Stone, the deputy director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, to Ars Technica. If the data being uploaded over the internet is related to library lending, “we would want this information encrypted and private,” she added.

Meanwhile, Adobe said that “all information collected from the user is collected solely for purposes such as license validation and to facilitate the implementation of different licensing models by publishers.”

“Additionally, this information is solely collected for the eBook currently being read by the user and not for any other eBook in the user’s library or read/available in any other reader. User privacy is very important to Adobe, and all data collection in Adobe Digital Editions is in line with the end user license agreement and the Adobe Privacy Policy.”

“In terms of the unsecure transmission of the collected data, Adobe is in the process of working on an update to address this issue,” the spokesperson said in an email to Ars Technica. “We will notify you when a date for this update has been determined.”

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Dangerous Words: “I Believe in Freedom, But …”


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One of the greatest hurdles to a successful achievement of liberty in society is all due to the little word, “but.” People will often say, “Oh, I believe in freedom in principle, but . . .” That “but” is followed by an assumed exception requiring some form of government intervention, regulation, or redistribution.

Back in the 1970s, the freedom advocate, Leonard E. Read, wrote a short article called “Sinking in a Sea of Buts.” The problem, Read pointed out, is that when everyone’s exceptions to freedom are added up freedom ends up being sunk by all the “buts.”

America’s Big “But” Problem

We still suffer today from a big “but” problem. Even many friends of freedom are afflicted with the “but” syndrome. One example of this is the welfare state. “Sure, it would be preferable if individuals planned their own retirement and health-care needs rather than having government manage and manipulate these things, but . . .”

“Of course it would be better if individuals were more self-responsible in taking care of the uncertainties and occasional tragedies that may impinge on life, but . . .” “Without a doubt it would be better if we could count on people to help their fellow men in time of need without state action, but . . .”

The “but” often arises because that person is not confident that a system of freedom would “really work” in one of these corners of social and economic life. Or it may arise because the individual thinks that in the climate of current public opinion most people will not accept a fully free system. So it is better to make the case for a supposedly partial private solution, it is said.

Part of this lack of confidence in freedom comes from the loss of historical memory. There is little understanding of how many of the “social problems” that confront members of a community successfully had their solutions either in the marketplace or through various other forms of voluntary association before government co-opted them through the modern welfare state.

Market Solutions Rather than the Welfare State

For example, in nineteenth-century Great Britain a network of mutual-assistance known as “friendly societies” provided many of these welfare state “functions”. At first they provided insurance for the cost of funerals for workers or their family members. But by the middle of the century, they expanded their coverage to include: accident insurance that provided weekly allowances for the families of workers who were injured on the job; medical insurance that covered the cost of health care and medicines for workers and their families; and life insurance and assistance for keeping a family intact in case of the breadwinner’s death. By the end of the century the friendly societies offered fire insurance and savings-and-loan services so members could buy homes.

Indeed, by 1910, the year before Parliament passed Britain’s first National Insurance Act, around three-quarters of the entire British workforce was covered by these private, voluntary insurance associations. Membership in the friendly societies covered the entire income spectrum, with those at the lower income ranges most highly subscribed. They also offered public lectures for members and their families on self-responsibility and the moral value of voluntarism over government compulsion.

What the modern welfare state did in the twentieth century was to undermine these free-market methods for providing what is now referred to as “social services.” The introduction of state regulation of the friendly societies, as well as the British government’s “free” national health and insurance services and the many new taxes to cover their cost, all resulted in crowding out the voluntary, market-based alternatives of the private sector.

Private Benevolence in Helping Others

We also need to relearn the successes of private charity and philanthropy in the glory days of classical liberalism. During the middle and late decades of the nineteenth century the state was not regarded as either the proper or most efficient vehicle for the amelioration of poverty. Especially for the Christian classical liberal in Great Britain, his faith required him to take on the personal responsibility for the saving of souls for God.

Most of these Christians also believed that to help a man in his religious rebirth, it was essential to help him improve his earthly life as well. Soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, job training for the unskilled, care for the abandoned or poverty-stricken young, and nurturing of a sense of self-respect and self-responsibility were all seen as complements to the primary task of winning sinners over for salvation.

By the 1890s most middle-class British families devoted 10 percent or more of their income to charitable work, an outlay from the average family’s income second only to expenditures on food. Total voluntary giving in Great Britain was larger than the entire budgets of several European governments; and half a million women worked as full-time volunteers for charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army.

A vital advantage to this world of private charity was that it enabled innovation and experimentation to discover the better means to assist people in their spiritual needs and material conditions. At the same time, the competition among charities for voluntary contributions rewarded those organizations that demonstrated the greater effectiveness of the methods they used, and weeded out the less successful ones.

As the government began to create the welfare state, many of these private charities found it increasingly difficult to compete with the “free” services supplied by the state. At the same time, the higher taxes to fund these government welfare programs reduced the financial ability of many people to contribute as much to charities as they had in the past.

Not only have we lost our historical memory about these private solutions to supposed social problems, we are ignorant about what the private charitable sector does even with the welfare state and the heavy burden of taxation. In 2013, Americans contributed over $400 billion to charitable causes. Almost 75 percent of this total amount was given by individuals (the rest by foundations, bequests, or corporations).

Americans not only contribute their money, they also give of their time. About twenty-five percent of the U. S. population did volunteer work for charitable causes in 2014, providing a total of 7.9 billion hours of service estimated to have a value of $175 billion.

There is no need for the welfare state, in any shape or to any degree. It is the market economy–– through innovation, investment, capital formation, and the profit motive––that is raising a growing percentage of humanity out of the poverty that has been man’s tragic condition during most of his time on earth.

It is the free and responsible individual who can be relied on to manifest the appropriate benevolence and the moral sense to voluntarily assist those who may need some help to become self-supporting men and women.

Coerced Charity Undermines True Benevolence

More deeply, there is the fundamental issue of freedom versus coercion. No compromise is possible with the welfare state without abridging the individual’s right to his life and property, and his freedom of choice. Government has only one means of funding the welfare state—compulsory taxation for redistribution of income and wealth. This has nothing to do with government as mere guardian of each person’s liberty against aggression.

Indeed, the welfare state abrogates the individual’s ability to act on his moral precepts by extracting from him the financial means out of which he could have made such decisions. It therefore denies him the potential of more fully acting as an ethical being, by diminishing or taking away his ability and capacity for freedom of choice over such matters. It thus prevents him from being and developing into a complete moral human being.

Equally important is the implicit premise behind the welfare state and political paternalism in general that individuals are to be forced to sacrifice themselves for others through a coerced altruism. Having earned their income and wealth through peaceful creative and productive effort, people are told that it does not belong to them.

Rather, the fruits of their mental and physical labors are treated as the common property of the collective state, to be taken and redistributed as the political authorities determine and dictate.

It is, as the philosopher Ayn Rand, often emphasized, the mentality of the tribe in which the individual is presumed to be a slave to the needs of the group, with no right to his own life, liberty or honestly earned property.

It may very well be true that many of our fellow citizens are not yet ready intellectually or emotionally for the uncompromising and principled case for liberty. They have lived too long under the self-sacrifice propaganda of the welfare state and have become used to taking for granted their dependency on government largess.

But how will the spell of welfare statism ever be broken if those who see more clearly the logic and potential of the free society do not present to the best of their ability the principles of individual rights and possibilities of personal liberty? The alternative is to continue sinking in that sea of “buts.”

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Hong Kong’s Politics: If not Beijing’s Business, Surely not Washington’s


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The so-called “Occupy Central” movement has been so utterly exposed as foreign meddling, that even stalwart supporters of the protests have had to admit US-cash, political, and media support is irrefutably driving the unrest. As is the nature of humanity, pride has overridden the many good intentions, principles, and ideals of ordinary “Occupy Central” supporters, transforming the movement from idealistic but misled, to spiteful and vindictive. 

While these protesters were brave enough to stand up to injustices they perceived Beijing was imposing upon them, they now find themselves incapable of summoning similar courage to confront the injustices their own protest leaders have committed – including deceiving them about their agenda, their allegiances, and their sponsors.

In the wake of the truth, many “Occupy Central” supporters have deferred to increasing levels of cognitive dissonance and after adamantly denying US involvement, have invented a myriad of implausible explanations as to why US meddling in China is now apparently “ok.”

Denial and Delusions 

The initial response to evidence that the US, not the people of Hong Kong, is driving the “Occupy Central” movement through a handful of deeply compromised politicians, media moguls, and protest leaders, is denial. Supporters will outright deny that the US is funding or supporting the protests in any shape, form, or way precisely because they believe that it is a movement of the Hong Kong people. by them, and for them.

However, denial doesn’t last because the evidence is simply overwhelming. “Occupy Central” leaders were literally sitting in Washington D.C. earlier this year scripting the unrest verbatim side by side with the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and US Vice President Joseph Biden among others. As part of  ”Why Democracy in Hong Kong Matters” event hosted by NED, Martin Lee and Anson Chan were both in front of an audience representing immense Western corporate-financier and political interests, laying the groundwork for “Occupy Central” and openly begging Washington for support.


Other leaders such as Benny Tai, Audrey Eu, Jimmy Lai, Jospeh Zen, and Joshua Wong were implicated by both the NED’s own documented support for the various organizations they are participants in, or by fellow “Occupy Central” leaders themselves.

After denial comes acceptance – but coupled with delusions. After adamantly denying US involvement in the “Occupy Central” movement specifically because of the negative implications it implies, upon seeing irrefutable evidence that indeed the US is driving the unrest, supporters attempt to claim that the US is simply “supporting democracy” and that there is nothing suspicious or negative about that at all. The delusions deepen when confronted with examples of other US campaigns aimed at “promoting democracy,” such as in Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine, now embroiled in destructive perpetual violence, division, and chaos and exposed as naked imperial conquest.

Self-Determination: If not Beijing’s Business, Surely not Washington’s 

Ultimately, these delusions conflict with and are diametrically opposed to the many good intentions genuine “Occupy Central” protesters began with – the notion that the people of Hong Kong should decide for themselves their own destiny and reject interference from beyond their territory. While they have been insidiously led to believe Beijing is their only threat, the fact is Washington too, from thousands of miles away, seeks to impose its will, agenda, and interests upon the people of Hong Kong and direct their destiny.

Even many of the overt slogans and talking points articulated by Martin Lee and Anson Chan in Washington earlier this year, then repeated verbatim by “Occupy Central” protest leaders over recent weeks, do not add up to the expectations and intentions of the average “Occupy Central” supporter. In essence, the leadership of “Occupy Central” seem to be defending above all else, the parting demands made by the British as they handed over Chinese territory they had occupied for 142 years. Beijing has no obligation to respect or recognize demands made by a foreign power that had illegally occupied its territory. For “Occupy Central’s” leadership to insist otherwise is the behavior of foreign agents protecting a racket their interests are tied to, not a genuine movement seeking sovereignty and self-determination.

For the “Occupy Central” leadership to insist Beijing honor demands made by parting imperialists, reveals their true allegiance – not to their nation of China, nor their home of Hong Kong, but foreign interests who have for centuries sought to exercise dominion over China and its vast territory, as well as all that rests within China’s traditional spheres of influence.

If “Occupy Central” believes Hong Kong’s political present and future is the business of the people of Hong Kong and not Beijing, then surely they understand such matters are certainly not Washington’s business either. The fact that Washington is so heavily invested in “Occupy Central’s” leadership absolutely contradicts the principles the movement is predicated upon – a fact genuine protesters must reckon with.

Genuine Protesters Must Denounce Compromised “Occupy Central” Leadership 

For genuine “Occupy Central” supporters, there is absolutely no shame in searching for the truth, nor falling into any of the pitfalls that lie along the way. There is shame however, in falling into one of these pitfalls – by following compromised, criminal leaders with sedition in their hearts and foreign cash in their hands – and then convincing oneself that such a pitfall is somehow still “progress.” It is human to fall, it is human to feel embarrassed, but it is also human to rise above our petty pride and pursue the truth no matter what the personal cost.

Image: Attempts to claim that the US through NED are simply seeking to “promote democracy” fall short when considering the immense, exploitative, corporate-financier interests represented by NED’s board of directors (pictured above). It is difficult to believe that Boeing, Ford, McDonald’s Exxon, Goldman Sachs, and others care about “democracy” and not simply a new way to sell their global hegemonic ambitions for greater power and wealth. 
At the end of the day the truth is irrefutable, unchangeable, and inescapable – regardless of the delusions we attempt to cling to. If the “Occupy Central” movement is led by those who denounce Beijing’s influence in Hong Kong but are agents of Washington and Wall Street’s influence there in its stead, the people of Hong Kong, if self-determination is truly their goal, must condemn it with equal vigor. If not, perhaps these people must come clean, cross out “democracy” from their banners, and admit they seek foreign subjugation at the expense of national, regional, and personal sovereignty.

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#HongKongProtests – It could happen in Singapore?


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Singapore – Photo from Ronmamita’s Blog

Tightly-governed Singapore watches Hong Kong closely

The similarities are many: a former British colony, a population ruled by a political party that’s been in power for about half a century, a postage-stamp sized land mass and a big Asian financial centre that is attracting global capital.

Singapore and Hong Kong share much in common. But this weekend the big difference is that Singapore’s streets are quiet, with traffic flowing as normal, while Hong Kong is on edge as the Occupy movement mobilises masses of protesters against widely unpopular electoral arrangements foisted on its people by Beijing.

Singapore, a tightly governed island nation, has been watching closely what has been happening over the past week in Hong Kong.

…last Thursday a few hundred people gathered at Speakers’ Corner in a “sympathy” demonstration in support of Hong Kong’s “umbrella revolution”.

The spontaneity with which the pro-Occupy gathering was organised on Facebook also shows that political expression in Singapore is becoming more mature. Equally, the speed with which the demonstrators’ application to use Speakers’ Corner must have been approved by authorities, is also telling – although, on a sour note the police are investigating a group of foreigners who joined the rally; only Singaporeans are allowed to protest at Speakers’ Corner .

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The Politics of Hemp


The Corporate Conspiracy that Killed Industrial Hemp

by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

hempThe farm bill Obama signed in February 2014 included an amendment to legalize industrial hemp production for research purposes. The amendment allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp (defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis) for academic or agricultural research purposes. However it only applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

As of September 15, 2014, nineteen states had passed laws to provide for hemp pilot studies and/or for production as described by the Farm Bill stipulations.

Six states (Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Tennessee and South Carolina) have gone even further, with legislation nullifying the longstanding federal ban on hemp cultivation. All six states allow farmers to produce hemp for the commercial market.  A year ago, the Obama Justice Department quietly signaled that they wouldn’t prosecute marijuana use in states that had legalized the drug for recreational and/or medical use. Thus far the same hands-off policy seems to apply to states that have legalized hemp production.

The Fiber Modern Synthetics  Replaced

Hemp cultivation is big business. Even though it hasn’t been grown in the United States for decades, America is one of the fastest-growing hemp markets.  In 2011, the U.S. imported $11.5 million worth of legal hemp products (mainly from China), up from $1.4 million in 2000. With the recent anti-smoking movement and declining tobacco exports, hemp is high on the list replacement crops for tobacco farmers.

Industrial hemp is one of the most versatile plants known to man. Hemp fiber is used in the production of paper, textiles, rope, sails, clothing, plastics, insulation, dry wall, fiber board and other construction materials; while hempseed oil is used as a lubricant and base for paints and varnishes, as well as in cooking and beauty products.

Hemp: Proven Alternative to Petroleum-Based Synthetics

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Hemp-based paper, textiles, rope, construction materials and plastics are the tried and true low tech alternative to modern synthetics that consume large quantities of fossil fuel during manufacture. Prior to the industrial revolution, the vast majority of textiles, clothing, canvas (the Dutch word for cannabis), rope and paper was made of hemp.

Before the invention of the cotton gin in the 1820s, 80% of the world’s textiles, fabrics, and clothing were made of hemp. During the nineteenth century, hemp was the main ingredient of 75% of the world’s paper. Until the US government passed a crippling hemp tax in 1937, most bank notes and archival papers were made of hemp (owing to its greater durability) and most paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil.

The Conspiracy to Kill Hemp Production

Hemp first began losing ground in 1850 to cheaper substitutes made of cotton, jute and sisal. Prior to 1917, hemp had to be processed by hand, involving huge labor costs incompatible with mass commercial production. After George W Schlicten automated hemp processing in 1917 with a new machine called the hemp decorticator, Henry Ford set up the first biomass fuel production plant in Iron Mountain Michigan. His intention was to run his Model T on hemp-based ethanol.

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All this was happening at the precise moment that the munitions company DuPont was patenting synthetic fibers (nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc) and plastics derived from petroleum. Hemp posed a major threat to DuPont’s ability to market these synthetic fibers for fabrics, rope and other products because hemp was so cheap and readily available. The chemical giant also had a commercial interest in replacing hemp-based paper with paper produced from wood chips (they held the patent on the sulfates and sulfites used to produce paper pulp) and in replacing ethanol with gasoline as the major fuel source in automobiles (they held the patent on tetraethyl lead, which allowed gasoline to burn more smoothly in the internal combustion engine Ford designed to run on ethanol).

The main co-conspirators in the plot to kill hemp included DuPont, William Randolph Hearst (who owned a logging company and a paper manufacturing plant) and Andrew Mellon, president of Mellon Bank and DuPont’s major financier.

In 1930, Mellon, as US Secretary of the Treasury, created the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and appointed his nephew Henry Anslinger to run it. Between 1935 and 1937, Anslinger and a handful of DuPont’s cronies in Congress secretly wrote a bill to tax hemp production.

Meanwhile Anslinger and Hearst orchestrated a massive media campaign demonizing a dangerous new drug called marihuana that supposedly turned Mexicans and black jazz musicians into crazed killers. Anslinger and his cronies rushed through the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 on a Friday afternoon before any lawmakers had a chance to read it. Only a handful realized the crippling effect the new law, which would also tax hemp, would have on the hemp industry.

In 1970 the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was declared unconstitutional and replaced with the Controlled Substances Act. The latter official equated hemp with the drug marijuana (even though they come from very different plants*) and enacted an official prohibition against hemp cultivation.


*Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa, variety sativa) is a tall, skinny plant with few major branches below the primary branches at the top. It has seven long thin leaflets and is grown in rows a foot apart. It produces good quality fiber and has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of 1% or less. Marijuana plants (Cannabis sativa, variety indica), in contrast, are short and bushy and must be spaced six feet apart for optimum growth. They have five leaflets, with three of them nearly twice the width of hemp leaflets. They produce negligible usable fiber and have a THC concentration of 4-20%. See image above.

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Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

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Leuren Moret: Russia aids humanity against Jesuitism – Tsar Alexander II & Putin (Preventing WWIII)


This is a two and a halve hour long interview / discussion or whatever you want to call it. I watched and listened and I thank myself for doing it. If you can watch a three hour long movie fiction, you can do the same with this, which contain information you’d never get as  a all-in-one spot about the beloved Jesuits and current world scenarios anywhere on the Internet. If you’ve ever done research (daunting task) you’d appreciate this.

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Alfred Lembremont Webre and Leuren Moret

 

Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients


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This is in itself proof that colloidal silver (CS) is a very effective natural antibiotics. I can vouch on this as I have personally used colloidal silver for the past twelve years. I create my own CS using my own electrolysis device. My daughter was cured of the dreaded Dengue fever in just 5 days without seeing a doctor by applying CS.  WHO, governments and the big pharma are conspiring in world depopulation and eugenics.

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cs(NaturalNews) Efforts to bring natural Ebola treatments to suffering West Africans have been squelched by the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently blocked multiple shipments of nanosilver solution measuring at 10 parts per million (ppm) from entering the region, leaving thousands to suffer needlessly.

WHO officials also reportedly called off a trial at an Ebola isolation ward where local health authorities were set to begin administering the silver, which the U.S. government previously demonstrated is highly effective against Ebola. WHO ordered the trial not to proceed despite the fact that it had earlier voiced support for experimental treatments.

Both WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have given their blessing to experimental therapies for Ebola, citing a lack of proven treatment options. But when it comes to using therapeutic silver, all bets are off, it seems.

Authorities block small shipment of nanosilver three times

According to the Natural Solutions Foundation (NSF), efforts to ship nanosilver into Sierra Leone have thus far failed. The organization has been trying to deliver a shipment of 200 bottles of nanosilver 10 ppm, and 100 tubes of nanosilver gel, to no avail. At this point, the shipment has been returned to the U.S. for the third time.

“That parcel, shipped Air Express at a cost of $3400 to Sierra Leone on August 20, never made it out of Paris,” reads an NSF action alert. “Air France has yet to find a reason for that. But it made its way back to the US again, apparently for the 3rd time without being delivered to Africa.”

People are dying, and bureaucrats are still playing politics with silver

Formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) reveal that antimicrobial silver solutions like the kind NSF is trying to deliver to Africa have proven benefits in fighting Ebola and other forms of hemorrhagic fever. Research conducted by the DOD and several other federal agencies back in 2008 confirmed this, though health regulators largely ignored it.

A presentation entitled “Silver Nanoparticles Neutralize Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses,” which revealed exactly what its name suggests, was buried and kept secret for years. In essence, investigators determined that simple silver solutions neutralize viruses like Arenavirus and Filovirus, both of which are related to Ebola.

Interestingly, the research was conducted with the backing of the DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. The presentation was given by researchers from the Applied Biotechnology Branch, 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

But not a single mainstream media outlet reported on the presentation, and to this day its findings have been largely ignored by establishment health authorities. Sadly, this political quagmire — nanosilver is an obvious threat to pharmaceutical interests, and thus is being marginalized — is resulting in thousands of needless deaths in West Africa with no end in sight.

Contact your representatives and demand that nanosilver be used in Africa

NSF is calling on 10 million people to write their representatives and demand that clinical trials be conducted on nanosilver in Africa. The group says doctors and nurses need nanosilver to protect themselves, and patients need it to overcome the disease. Recommended dosages for each application are available at the following link; at the bottom of this page, you can also contact your representatives by inputting your zip code:
SalsaLabs.com.

Learn all these details and more at the FREE online Pandemic Preparedness course at www.BioDefense.com

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http://org.salsalabs.com

http://thesilveredge.com

http://www.npr.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

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Russian Media Caught Claiming #MH17 Victims Were ‘Mass Graves’ Left By Ukrainian Soldiers


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Russian media outlets have been caught using images of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and claiming instead they are mass graves left by the retreating Ukrainian army.

Several times in the past week, media outlets connected to the Kremlin have used images of the MH17 victims lined up in body bags, claiming instead that they were Ukrainian citizens who were tortured, raped and killed by Ukrainian troops.

Earlier this week, REN TV ran a story claiming that dozens of bodies were discovered in mass graves, adding that some of the bodies had their organs removed. Just days later the same outlet claimed that more bodies had been found, but again used images of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe noted that some graves had been found in Ukraine, but none matching the Russian media’s account of events.

OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told Deutsche Welle radio on that forensic examination would be necessary to further investigate the claims of mass civilian graves.

“We do not have a single version about who carried out these killings,” he said.

But Russian media outlets have been claiming that OSCE is actually supporting their claims. From RT (formerly Russia Today):

The OSCE has confirmed that three mass graves, allegedly with many bodies, have been found near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Two of the bodies have already been identified.

 

“The ‘military police’ of ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ told the SMM [special monitoring mission] that three unmarked graves allegedly containing multiple bodies had been found; two of them were located in a coal mine, Komunar, near the village Nyzhnia Krynka (35 kilometers north-east of Donetsk) and one inside the village,” the OSCE said in its report.

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The flight, which had 298 passengers, crashed in eastern Ukraine after being hit by a surface to air missile. Some witnesses in the area claimed that Russian troops may have played a role in shooting down MH17.

One witness told BBC News that a crew operating the BUK missile launcher seemed to be Russian.

“Well-disciplined, unlike the rebels, and not wearing the standard Ukrainian camouflage uniform sported by government and rebel troops alike,” the witness said. “They had pure Russian accents. They say the letter ‘g’ differently to us.”

Despite Russian media reports that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims were actually massacred civilians, human rights group have affirmed that both Ukrainian troops ad Russian-backed rebels have committed war crimes during the conflict.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1509763/russian-media-caught-claiming-mh17-victims-were-mass-graves-left-by-ukrainian-soldiers/#3KmeuxtC0v6tWz1L.99

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The end of ghoullag


American Kabuki

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by American Kabuki


A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Nobody is able to achieve this completely, [oh but we will! -AK] but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. 

-ALBERT EINSTEIN (as quoted in The New York Times 29 March 1972)

Its quite obvious to anyone with nerve endings un-deadened by Prozac that the energies of this planet are very highly charged at this moment.  The banking system keeps trying to phoenix the existing debt systems by issuing new debt and hoping to cover that trail by worldwide conflagration and/or pandemic.   A critical mass of awakened humanity has been reached, and quite like the 10 billion neurons in a brain, the collective human consciousness on this planet is firing up and remembering who it is.  And each human awakening like a tuning fork stirs the next one.

The partners-in-contrast continuing playing out their drama because they are only one pony acts.  Creativity was never their strong point.  They have a Felix the Magic Cat template bag of magic tricks.  They were always middle management imported from some distant star that spent too many eons in building their gold plated thrones on the dead remains one what they see as the “less evolved” on one planet or another.  This is their last bastion.  Bred on the belief in their own separation from Source, even while they grudgingly acknowledge the oneness of all in their own writings, they still attempt to hide that oneness with every allusion and illusion of separation wrapped up in hierarchies of light and dark when they themselves recognize no such boundary.  But there is an energetic accounting.

When it comes to the game of separation consciousness, the partners-in-contrast are very very skilled at it and getting you to play that game. Separation consciousness is a game that feeds on itself. Its an endless recursive loop, the endless program that keeps on running because it keeps following the same track.

There was always another option, but that exit door said “LOVE ALL, JUDGE NONE” … for judgement is only an excuse for withholding love. The pain of separation consciousness makes that seem like the foolish choice. Somebody kills your kid with a drone or a strap on bomb vest, its quite natural to the biological mind to return that.

Couple that with life long teaching of being God’s chosen ones, the one true religion, correct politics, or race or the 1001 and other ways humanity has been divided and conquered, you get what we have now, gasoline looking for a match. No one on this planet has been immune from that kind of mental programming.  And those that want to cast one race or another as evil demons or aliens are just doing more of the same. The separation game always plays both sides.  Its all Eternal Essence.

Biology wants to survive, its the evolutionary imperative that drives life to arise from the materium.  You are not biology with a consciousness, you are consciousness that has a biological body.  The Soul knows it survives – no matter what – and from that knowing and love all courage is born.   

The threat and use of violence to instill fear to the ego causes people to turn from their inner guidance and believe in the illusion of separation.

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CNN, BBC, NBC, FRANCE NEWS 24, CBS, ABC, FOX spew out their daily GHOUL-LASH of fear.  We live in GOUL-LAG of fear. Have you ever seen it so crazy? You really can’t make this shit up!  But they do! Crisis actors that show up in one false flag event after another, custom-off-the-shelf pre-packaged banker financed revolutions and coup-de-tats, in some cases years in advance, like the Ukraine with former central bankers as the puppets in charge and their very own Nazi storm trooper nationalists complete with SS emblems!

What’s the plague or terrorist du jour? I’ve frankly lost count on who I am supposed to hate and what emerging disease is supposed to make me panic into believing that I AM less than I AM all that is and which created this universe.  And you are the same I AM. REMEMBER I AM!

There is one belief, however, that destroys artificial barriers to perception, an expanding belief that automatically pierces false and inhibiting ideas. Now, separately:

The Self Is Not Limited. 

That statement is a statement of fact. It exists regardless of your belief or disbelief in it.

Following this concept is another:

There Are No Boundaries or Separations of the Self. 

Roberts, Jane (2011-09-30). The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know 

There’s something to keep in mind about hierarchies, while they are very good for controlling information by compartmentalization and command and control, they are inherently fragile to the leadership being taken out. And when that leadership is taken out, the next layer is not as competent because they have purposely been left incompetent by the competitive nature of the way the partners in contrast work the illusion of separation. No demi-god wants a usurper. Hierarchies, by their very nature, are preferred by beings bent on dominance through the control of others and the sequestering of knowledge. “You have a security authorization for that?  Its on a need to know basis…”

Knowing who decides who needs to know tells you the hierarchy.  How is it bankers have NSA data feeds and you don’t?  How is they can terrorize the planet with wars and are immune from prosecution by treaty?

I have been getting a series of dreams by emsil from a reader, which I will share anonymously below.  We get data from many sources, sometimes from Intel or military people, however much of it internally derived within our working group, some from dream work or other intuitive channels, and some from actions that we have participated in in higher aspects of ourselves (which some call higher-self – its not really higher its just part of you as your consciousness stretches through this cosmos).  At least those bits we can remember.

Sometimes we get data from 3rd party channelings that resonate with what we know that matches ground truth (sometimes fills in the blanks we don’t have), and sometimes those channels provide that information only temporarily (sometimes ego kicks in and then a whole another energy comes in).  Good channelers are rare. Seldom do you find the Kryons, Bashar or Abrahim Hicks quality of channelings.  But some of the best sources are often obscure ones.

Its my opinion that Eternal Essence is working through all in-body-ments of itself at this time on this planet and doing so in a way that has been unprecedented in eons of memory.  The unexpected is happening. And all the divine cabal plans of war, depopulation and soul harvesting are not going to stop it.

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WOW! 9/11 Activist Hands Himself In After Camerons UN Speech Deemed Truthers as EXTREMISTS!


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dcA 9/11 British activist hands himself in to UK’s counter terrorism police following British Prime Ministers David Cameron’s speech at the UN General Assembly last week, Press TV reports.

In response to Cameron’s remarks equating people, who question 9/11 and 7/7 attacks in the US and UK as well as the West’s policy towards the Middle East, with Takfiri preachers who radicalize extremists, Nick Kollerstrom handed himself in.

“As the evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by preachers who claim not to encourage violence, but whose world view can be used as a justification for it. And we know what this world view is, the peddling of lies: that 9/11 was a Jewish plot or the 7/7 London attacks were staged; the idea that Muslims are persecuted all over the world as a deliberate act of Western policy,” Cameron said while addressing the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

Explaining his actions to the Press TV correspondent in London, Kollerstrom said, “David Cameron has redefined terrorism at the UN to include people, who believe that the London bombings involve government complicity, were to some degree arranged, which I certainly do believe, and I’ve published a book on the subject and also I believe the 9/11 was an inside job. I do think Islamic nations are being selectively targeted, it’s perfectly obvious, and if the police force are going by his directive what constitutes terrorism, it seems to me that they need to arrest me.”

The Press TV correspondent was present while Colestrom handed himself in.

“We want to report a possible terror threat, we’ve got a bit of evidence and wonder if we could come in and report it,” Kollerstrom said at Scotland Yard headquarters in London.

The British police refused to arrest Colestrom, but he said that Cameron’s definition of nonviolent extremism will lead to the arrest of many Muslims, who share his views, and described it as another example of racial profiling.

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Cosmic Awareness – DOGMA OF THE WHITE LIGHT


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That which is Cosmic Awareness is now available for the purpose of this Rainbow-Phoenix channeling session. Please proceed.

Thank you, and welcome Awareness for being with us today for the Rainbow-Phoenix membership session of September 4, 2014. Will Berlinghof is the Interpreter for your messages, Joan Mills is the questioner and energizer. The Law of Light, the Law of Love and the Law of Unity have been invoked. Is there an opening message or any event you would like to discuss please at this time? Thank you.

That this Awareness does indeed have an opening message. That It would choose to talk about dogma, dogma of belief, that which is the prescribed understanding and the prescribed set of rules of belief that accompany many religions; many attitudes of how to live one’s life, how to be in society and in context to life on this third dimensional planet. It is far easier for most to simply have a set of rules by which one lives, that have been ordained and ratified by those that are thought to be the authorities and the experts.

That of course, most think dogma pertains primarily to religious dogma but there is that which is also societal dogma, scientific dogma, economic dogma, political dogma. The list indeed can go on and on. That humans have been trained if you will, to find it easier to simply live their lives in accordance to their dogma than to be original thinkers, to step outside of the box of dogma that one lives in, for to do so would be for most, most challenging indeed and place one, not in the comfort zone but in the discomfort zone.

That many do not wish to live lives that are speculative, that do not have strong and clear foundations, for this is what dogma provides: a strong foundation for the individual in how to live one’s life. Dogma, of course does not encourage questioning, does not encourage a free mind to speculate on matters that are questionable or matters that are not easily understood, or matters that are in defiance of that which is the dogma that is believed in.

That this Awareness brings this issue of dogma up for specific reasons, for recently It has brought forth information that challenges dogma for many of the members, many of the readers. Specifically, that which is being challenged is that which this Awareness would broadly call “New Age” dogma. For there is indeed dogma that is followed by those who claim to be “New Age” ones. This of course includes those who also consider themselves to be Light Workers and Spiritual Seekers. That one of the greatest dogmas is that of the White Light, especially in context to the White Light being that which one must enter when one departs the physical and is returning back into one’s spiritual nature, their greater spiritual origins.

That it has been popularized over the last several decades that one must return to the White Light. Films such as that known as “Ghost” for example, had their main actor Patrick Swayze return back into the White Light and that this was done in a way that was most attractive indeed and has left an imprint in consciousness, especially those seeking to have this fundamental knowledge of what to expect upon death. This popularization of this concept of course goes further back. There are other films, other movies, other medias’ presentations that have spoken of this, presented this, but there is also that which is the “New Age” rhetoric, that which is the “New Age” presentation of information of such matters that has indeed been put forward over the last many decades.

It is not simply a new popular belief, for this idea of entering the White Light has been around for some time but it has become very popular in that which this Awareness calls the “New Age” movement in recent decades. The dogma is of course that when one dies and becomes disincarnate spirit, that there will be that which is the White Light that is taught now to be that which must be entered into so that one can return back to the soul, back into fifth dimensional consciousness.

Recently through such works as the presentation of Simon Parkes, that this was brought forward as something one must not do, that one must indeed turn tail and walk in the other direction of the White Light. That this concept of doing so is most challenging for those who have accepted the belief that entry into the White Light will take one back to their spiritual Source, their soul Source, and indeed there are even those who are having trouble with this teaching and those who present it, including this Awareness for supporting this particular dogma.

Such is the strength and power of dogma that one can indeed feel threatened when the dogma itself is challenged, and one can resist, not because the dogma is correct but rather because the dogma is so ingrained in one’s programming that to question this belief, this dogmatic belief, is to challenge one’s complete sense of what is or is not, and as dogma is often held to be that which provides assurance to one’s belief, the ones that one is living by, that any challenge to dogmatic beliefs is indeed threatening.

That this belief in the White Light has become the sacred cow of New Age belief and one that should not be touched, should not be challenged, should not be displaced, for to do so would indeed create a situation most dangerous to the advancement of the soul as it seeks to return back into its greater source consciousness. However, this is not so.

That indeed to question even those fundamental dogmatic beliefs is necessary so that one finally determines for oneself those beliefs that correspond to one’s own inner core sensing of things versus those beliefs that have simply been passed on and accepted by one who is a seeker, in this case of spiritual truth and understanding. That the human condition always favors that which is comfortable, that which does not challenge, that which makes things easier for one as they work through the intense quagmire that is human life and the many, many beliefs that accompany it.

Furthermore dogma also has intended purposes of providing one with a sense of superiority, for if one truly holds certain dogmatic beliefs that are in alignment with those held by others, when one is part of a greater group that have a certain way of believing that is dogmatic in nature, then there is that superior attitude that these ones who hold these dogmatic beliefs are right, are correct and all others are therefore wrong. That this is easily seen in the divisions in humanity in the many different areas of human participation and human life.

The greatest of course is religious dogma, but as this Awareness has already said there are many types of dogma. That with this sense of superiority, that many even develop a certain arrogance that the way they believe and that which they hold is correct, is right, and this arrogance sometimes does spill over to an attitude that is condemning of others who do not hold the same dogmatic beliefs.

At this time a prime example of this is the Islamic movement, the radical Islamic movement, that sees that they are right and all others who do not hold their extreme views are wrong. Their dogma suggests that it is all right to behead an enemy, an infidel to their faith, but this is only that which is the dogmatic belief system they have fully accepted and feel strong in, feel arrogant with, that they have the right way of things. Anyone else looking upon this will see how dangerous, how brutal, how inhumane their dogmatic beliefs are– these ones who practice mass execution, terror and even the beheading in a public way that is then put on the Internet.

But do these same ones who can see the gross invalidity and inappropriateness of another’s belief, especially extreme beliefs, as is held by these radical, fundamental Muslim ones? Can they themselves see their own limitations due to the dogmatic beliefs that they themselves hold? It is often the case that one can see others’ beliefs and mark them as wrong or right, more often wrong to their beliefs, their dogmas, but yet not see in themselves those dogmatic beliefs that they hold.

Here is a situation with the presentation of information that challenges that which this Awareness is calling the “New Age Dogma of the White Light”, a belief challenger that creates tension and apprehension in one, even hostility and anger for those who consider themselves Light Workers of the highest order. They know that this man, Simon Parkes and the information even provided by Cosmic Awareness must be wrong, for they have their dogmatic beliefs that say this is so, that say that those who bring this into question and disrepute must be wrong.

Remember that this is a dualistic way of understanding this matter. The dualistic way being that if they are right, all others must be wrong. That this matter in a way has an urgency and importance to it, for many of the Light Workers are totally fed up with third dimensional reality as it is experienced in their lives and are only too willing to return back to the greater consciousness, Divine Spirit and that this way of advancing oneself through entering into the White Light is seen as a type of a guarantee for their return back into the Godhead and back into the higher vibrational consciousness that is their greater soul, that is their spiritual environment and home.

But at the same time, what if that which is occurring when one departs their physical body and third dimensional reality is correct, is correct in that the dogma is incorrect? To be clearer, what if upon leaving the physical arena and seeking to return back to spiritual reality, that which is one’s spiritual home, one encounters a device that is used and has been used for some time to misdirect and mislead the soul aspect seeking to return?

That if one holds dogma to be that which is correct and the dogma states that one must enter into the White Light, for this is that which God has put forward to assist the homeward-bound soul in its return– then one will simply enter into the White Light for the belief is that it will do this, it will bring the soul aspect home.

But this is an attitude, a belief, a dogma that is based not on the truth of this matter, but what has been accepted to be so and held by those desperate to leave physical reality to return home, to be valid, correct and right, without being questioned. Now this Awareness and others such as Simon Parkes have presented an alternative view that is unpopular, that challenges one to the deepest core of one’s being, one’s belief system. One does not need to believe Simon Parkes or even this Awareness on this matter and one can indeed upon dismissal of the physical return back to the physical via the choice made in the transition through fourth dimensionality back to one’s spiritual environment, one’s spiritual home, by entering the White Light.

This is the freedom of choice. This is free will that all sentiment beings have, those sentient beings here in reference to the ones who are humans, for animals do not have this dilemma, this dilemma of whether or not to enter the White Light. They are sentient but not sentient to the degree that humans are, and as part of the stipulation of the rules of engagement in physical life and third dimensional reality is that all have free will and can make choices, that this continues on when one leaves the physical arena and the consciousness itself is returning back to its origins of the soul. That it still has free will. That it can choose to enter into the White Light, that device that has been put into place by those who are the manipulators of consciousness in Fourth dimensionality, those who are the masters of the Bardos levels and third dimensional levels that would seek to return the aspect of soul back into physicality time and time again.

This device and this intent is why Earth is often referred to as the “prison planet”. It is not simply that rogue souls are brought here, beings that are not of the highest order, those who are considered the criminals of consciousness– but also those who have chosen to have the physical experience and that these ones are also returned through the device of the White Light. Yet it is mainly through ignorance and a lack of understanding that perpetuates this method of recycling a soul aspect time and time again.

That is the real issue here and one that has not been strongly challenged in the New Age community, but rather accepted and endorsed. That is the issue here.

That the true seeker of Spirit, the true warrior of the Divine will return eventually back into the soul, for it is such that contained in each and every cell of each and every being is that desire to return back to one’s spiritual source. It is not unlike the instincts of many animals such as the salmon to return back to the spawning grounds of its origin so that it can perpetuate life. It is driven by this need, it does not need to analyze this. The salmon simply swims upstream and eventually returns to the spawning ground. But of course many do not make it, many die along the way.

In this it is similar to many of the soul aspects seeking to return back to their spiritual home, their soul origin back to their great soul. That the drive is deep within each being, within each cell of each being, and drives one forward. But there is also that which is the energy of that experience of the White Light. That even though one is driven, one may be misguided, may be misled by that device that will return that soul aspect again into physicality.

That this being so, it would appear to be a hopeless situation but it truly is not hopeless, it is simply a part of the arrangement into physical existence that has always been so, but has seldom been experienced and understood by those who are living a physical experience and those who are promulgating and advancing dogma.

This being so, that when dogma is challenged, especially the sacred cows of one’s own beliefs, be it a religious fundamental traditional belief or a New Age religion, that when this information is provided, the challenge is made, that it is extremely hard for the individual to see past the issue, for dogma grabs them and pulls them in and makes them angry and makes them upset that their dogma, their truth could be challenged. Even worse, that their dogma and their beliefs could be wrong, which one does not wish to truly look at, for this would be too great of a challenge for many and for most.

Yet if it is so that all are spiritual beings and all will return eventually back into the greater context of their spiritual being, back to the higher levels of spiritual vibration and frequency, then even though one might be recycled several times over by entering the White Light, it does not mean that this permanent and eternal in nature and does not mean that one cannot look at this issue and realize that this method has been artificially introduced if you will to create a situation that perpetuates the recycling of the soul’s aspect over and over again, for a purpose that is not simply the purpose of those who have created this device and this method, but for Divine Spirit Itself. For Divine Spirit, for the soul understands that eventually the drive to return back to the Spirit, back into Divine Spirit will become so great that nothing can stop it and the soul will return. This is a guarantee that is built into the experience of human life, that is built into the spiritual need for evolution, spiritual evolution, that is contained within all.

This matter of dogma, although it is challenging, although it is frightening for some to challenge such dogmas, is necessary to advance, to free oneself from the shackles of ignorance that one has adopted and assumed, to get back into that which is the spark of the Divine that lies within, that drives one back always to find their spiritual home ground.

That in the challenge, those who provide the challenge, are often falsely identified as the forces of evil who would speak such untruths, but this is absolutely incorrect, for those who would speak such matters, who would challenge such dogmas, are seeking to assist and not to retard or diminish.

Thus in this information, in regard to the challenge, to the dogma of the White Light lies the absolute possibility of freeing oneself from mind control, from deeply embedded beliefs/dogma that have been ingrained in an individual throughout their lifetime, and perhaps throughout several other lifetimes as well.

That this gives the individual the opportunity to free oneself when one has an experience such as the White Light experience upon crossing, and therefore those who are willing to question, those who are willing to challenge their own dogmas, especially those that this Awareness calls the sacred cow dogmas, that they are the ones that will break the dogma and free themselves to allow themselves to access their higher levels of consciousness and indeed and to not be recaptured by those who have the intent to do so but rather to find again the true sovereignty of one’s own being as they return back to Source, free and easy to be those who have broken through.

Dogma is also to be understood therefore as that which will confine one or restrict one or prevent one from expansion and that those who are truly interested in expansion, that they must always question their dogmas, their beliefs, for they do not do so even though they may feel they are right and thus even righteous in holding the beliefs that they hold, that they are indeed prisoners to those dogmatic beliefs and as it is the intent and desire of Divine Spark to return back to its own source, this is an intolerable situation that must be faced, must be handled so that one may find the freedom of their own sovereign being.

Therefore, this Awareness simply would ask that those who are the most challenged by this information, by this radical concept that the White Light may not be what it seems to be– please look deeper, please ask the questions of why it is so that you are having such a strong reaction.

If after such an examination, it is still one’s belief that the White Light is right and proper, then those who hold this need to continue with this experience of the White Light and the belief in the White Light. There is nothing wrong in doing so but there is that which will be the consequence of such belief, and that this would be returning again into physicality when one has departed it. For those who are willing to be challenged even though it is uncomfortable and are willing to entertain that perhaps this dogmatic belief is not perhaps what it seems to be, and to those and for those who are ready to release this that they will find the expansion and freedom in their lives and in their destinies as they seek to return back into their home Source of Spirit and soul.

That even before the journey itself, that there will be new freedom in releasing this dogma that will allow them to question other dogmas, other dogmatic beliefs, other ways of thinking that have long been held, never seen as restrictive in nature to their own lives and their own life experiences.

Therefore in conclusion, this Awareness says that if one’s beliefs are challenged and one feels uncomfortable with this and antagonistic to those who present such challenge or to the challenges themselves, that this is in itself grounds to look more deeply into one’s belief and to find the sacred cow dogmatic beliefs that hold one, restrict one and imprison one into dualistic belief and expectations.

That this is the time to do so, these critical and crucial times, for it is imperative that one be given the opportunity to free oneself from the karmic wheel that has been lived in and been part of one’s reality for perhaps many lifetimes. That it is now the time, for the greater force of consciousness that is Divine consciousness is moving, has rolled onto the planet and is upping the game, even the game of looking at one’s deeper convictions and beliefs to discover the dogma that lies within.

That it is so. That this completes this long opening message.

That was excellent, Awareness, may I ask a question? It’s a question that is sort of nagging. When a person is in a difficult situation… in the past where the dogma is to surround oneself with the White Light and you will be okay, how does that fit into everything? It’s not related to passing over or anything like that. This is just everyday life. Do you have a comment on that please?

That this is an excellent question, for there is of course that which is the confusion between the Light that is available to one when one calls it in, such as you have mentioned for protection or assistance versus that which is the device of the White Light that is used by those who have intent and design to entrap the spirit and soul aspect from returning home and recycling it.

This is a completely different matter. This Awareness has only been speaking of that which is the device of the White Light, not about that which is the drawing of the energy, the higher energies of spiritual illumination and guardianship, protection and information that is contained within that which is the spiritual force of the Divine that is known as the White Light or simply the Light of Spirit, the Light of the Divine. Therefore, please understand that when one actively works with this energy, the energy of the Light, that this is not of the same order as that which this Awareness has been speaking of: that being the Device of the White Light to entrap and to imprison. Is this clear?

Yes, thank you very much for clarifying that. I was knowing it and trying to make sense of it, but I keep thinking: well, that’s not right, but this is right, and I do appreciate that explanation. Thank you Awareness.

Contained within that which was the question and that which is the nagging that you were experiencing, the challenging that you were experiencing, is the experience itself of questioning. That it felt uncomfortable perhaps, it felt troubling when one is presented information that is dogmatic in nature but held with one and threatening to other beliefs one might have, such as working with the White Light. This is perhaps one reason why so many will not challenge, for they do not wish to see that perhaps other beliefs are also incorrect, are also dogmatic. For if they challenge this and it is proven so, what will they have in their lives, what would be the purpose of their lives if that which they have believed at the deepest level as so, is not so? Do you understand why therefore this is so challenging?

Definitely, yes.

To continue, what is still important however is to challenge, for if it is so that the other beliefs are also erroneous, would it not be more favorable to realize this and to abandon those beliefs that one has held but which ultimately contain one and imprison one in that very reality that is so displeasing to one?

That is why it is important to question, to look at these matters earnestly. Not in fear and trepidation, not in rejection of those challenges, but rather in understanding that when one questions and is willing to look at something deeper, one will discover the truth of the matter. One will evolve, one will grow, one will free themselves from those dogmatic beliefs that have been force-fed over lifetimes, over many lifetimes into that consciousness that is the individual consciousness.

That is why it is of extreme importance to be willing to look at things and to come to a decision as to whether or not one can accept such a challenge or reject such a challenge. If one rejects such a challenge, it does not mean that one is condemned for an eternity and that it is unbreakable, that one is trapped forever in such a belief system. It simply means that one is still having the experience and needs to go further until one reaches a point where they can truly come to a place that they are willing to deeply and earnestly look at this issue.

For those who are challenged, but openly desire growth and development and wish to advance their understanding and awareness, that looking at these challenges even though uncomfortable will provide new insight, new awareness, new enlightenment to that which is the truth that lies beyond the measure of truth that so many hold to be so. And as it is always the way of Spirit to seek the ultimate truth, the Divine Truth, that it is the only way ultimately that one can spiritually advance. It is a matter of soul maturity and soul wisdom that guides the individual aspect of consciousness on the long and extended journey of the Divine experiencing Itself in a third dimensional material reality. But the Divine Spark always seeks to return home and to return the soul consciousness, the individual soul consciousness, back to its greater context, back into its higher level of understanding and awareness and being. It is so and it has always been so and it will remain to be so forever.

That was excellent and gives a fantastic understanding of the difference between the two, and of course they are in third dimensional duality but this was excellent and I am sure it is going to help a lot of members and people. Thank you Awareness.

That this Awareness is complete on this subject. It understands that there may be many questions due to this information and information given by such as Simon Parkes but this Awareness stands ready to answer such questions. But for now, It is complete.

Thank you. The Law of Gratitude is definitely offered. Thank you Awareness.

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Cosmic Awareness -The Plug Has Been Pulled


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The Plug Has Been Pulled

That this Awareness does have an opening message that relates to those who are impatient for change to occur, who are perplexed, troubled and perhaps even angry that more has not occurred, that the big changes have not happened. That many point out to this Awareness and at this Awareness that It has failed to deliver. But it is not only against Awareness that these ones rail, for it is against the many who have been speaking truths, who have been sharing the deeper concepts and understandings, that there has been an event and continues to be many events that are occurring now that is now the situation and the case.

That the original event is that December 21, 2012, when the energies of those in power were pulled and that the new sweeping energies of consciousness that are the energies of higher states of consciousness, the higher levels of God Source Consciousness, began to sweep into the energy realms of Mother Earth, Gaia, and of humanity itself. But as there was not an immediate destruction of the planet and the immediate ascension of those who had anticipated the event and had anticipated their personal ascension in a concrete way, many indeed became frustrated and upset that nothing happened.

That it has been almost two years since that event, as you are now approaching the second anniversary of 21st of December 2012, and during that time there have been many proclamations of new energies coming through, of new events occurring, of the ninemonths of gestation after 2012, of the energies that have been coming in with the Super Moons and astrological conjunctions and alignments.

The most recent that this Awareness as spoken of is that energy surge that occurred on the planet mid-July, and that that it too has presented itself and that now the levels are higher. But why is it that many still do not see evidence of change? Why is it that many feel that when the plug is pulled, the results should be instantaneous and observable in the physical? To this, this Awareness would present a further image. It is the image of a large bathtub with a plug in the base and that the plug was pulled and the draining began. But if it is a large tub and a small plug that it may take some time to drain this bathtub.

So is it with the events that have taken place and indeed are taking place. That the plug was pulled on December 21st, 2012, but the bathtub is an immense one and the draining has been taking place ever since. But it is not complete, the tub is not completely drained. It is certainly half empty now, or to those who would wish to look at it differently, that it is still half full, but it is still in the process of draining. That the way that was chosen was not simply for catastrophic events to occur that were Earth extinction events that could drive humanity to the brink of total annihilation and leaving but a few who had worked to ascend so that they would be the ones who would inherit the world.

But this too is a scenario, a timeline that was available and that some did have those experiences. But for those who had the timeline experiences of a catastrophic nature, that they would not be here now and those who are here now are the ones who chose not to experience a catastrophic Earth extinction event then or now, and that it is why the deeper spiritual choice that they were presented when they reviewed, when each and every individual reviewed their life purpose, was of a nature that they could choose at that time an Earth extinction event, a catastrophic release of humanity, or not.

That this has continued to be so over the last months and years since the initial pulling of the plug on December 21st, 2012. That several times since then the planet has come close to major events that could have brought in a third world war. To such times, one of which is still ongoing, where the period of time when the United States was on the brink of attacking Syria and bombing Syria for the alleged crime of the regime using chemical weapons on its own people.

The other situation is current, this being the situation in the Ukraine and how it too is being driven towards an escalation, an escalation that could even lead to a third world war timeline scenario. But even though it was supposed to have been triggered already, nothing has occurred other than sabre-rattling and postulating by those in power, especially the Western powers, of the dire need to send troops into the Ukraine to protect it. Of course this would not be protection at all, but provocation to Russia, to push them further into the melting pot, the stewing pot, that which is the pot that these events are being cooked up in.

But their leader, the Russian leader Vladimir Putin is not falling for this, is not simply reacting in this matter, but is certainly thinking things through and planning strategies. That this Awareness simply wishes at this time to say that individuals observing this situation and other world tension spots: Iraq, Syria and other areas also in the economic fields, the medical fields, and other areas of concern, such as the concern over Ebola.

That you are all indeed very much being pushed into possible choices of timelines where such events can be experienced as reality. But it is still the same situation as it was on December 21st, 2012. That choices are made, that you are making choices each and every day and that the challenge is not to be swayed into negativity, fear and hopelessness, as is being presented en masse by controlled media to influence the populace, to influence humanity to go down the dark road. That you indeed all still have free will as to what you choose and that this free will can be used to take you into fear and hopelessness and blind panic or it can be used to choose alternative routes, to choose alternative timelines, positive timelines.

That there is some discussion that is going on, on the Internet in this area, and that it has been presented that there are two timelines: the catastrophic timeline which is the agenda of the Powers That Be that wish individuals to choose the timeline of catastrophe and upheaval and annihilation versus that which is being referred to as the positive timeline. The entity of Alfred Webre is one who is presenting such information and that he can be viewed in his discussion with others as to the catastrophic timeline and the positive timeline. That this is still in the region of that which this Awareness has been discussing for some time: that the choices that are there are between choosing to devolve, to go into negative energies to be consumed by them, to live in fear and doubt and confusion or to start to see reality as a possibility of hope and a possibility of advancement and a possibility of freeing up from those who have been in charge and in dominion for so long, dominance for so long.

The latter choice is often that which is considerably harder choice for the simple reason that most still look at their external world and do not see an image and a presentation of hope and good times, but rather the confirmation that everything is going down the drain and that everything is a mess and that the events of the world confirm that one has little control over their lives and their life experiences. In some ways it is now the situation that those who seek to see the cup as half-full, who seek to understand that even though their perception of reality is still not one that shows them the highest levels, the highest attainments, the greatest hope, that for these ones it is still a struggle and this includes the majority of humanity.

But for those who have turned the corner, those who are approaching the corner, that the energies that are now flowing to them are exciting, uplifting, inspirational and indeed liberating. But for those who are not yet experiencing this in their lives, this Awareness re-presents the image of the bathtub up that is draining. That the waters are not completely drained away so that a new bathtub could be filled, but are in process and that there are those ones who still believe that even with a half full bathtub that they are still in control and are acting as this is so, and for them it is so and they are proceeding as always with their catastrophic agenda, that they are pummelling upon humanity.

That they are still in control in some ways in the collective interpretation of events and in the structuring of those same events to keep the individual enmired in that which is the corruption of their reality that they have so long inflicted upon humanity and that humanity has for so long accepted. Now that the energies are drawing away, draining away, that once supported them, there is desperation in their efforts, for they too see that they have but a little time, a short time, to effect their plans, to indeed capture again humanity for their
purposes and not for the purpose of Spirit and the Divine Essence.

In this they cannot achieve success, for it is ordained in that which is the Higher State of Divine Consciousness, the Highest State, the all-embracing state of God Awareness, God Consciousness, Divine Consciousness, that a change is to take place and for that level of Consciousness, this Awareness included, that It is seen that this event has already occurred and that all that is occurring in some ways for those who are still participating on the Earth-based level, the focus level, is that the tub is still draining, events are still occurring, the ones in power have not yet given in or surrendered and are trying desperately to effect their changes to suit them, the changes to suit them and that which they seek to achieve.

That in this, it is a time of death-throe energies. The thrashing of the tail wildly, while the one that is dying off is undergoing the death experience that is not accepted, that is not allowable to them. It is as if these ones are unwilling to accept that the game indeed is over and that a new game is about to commence, a game that they themselves can participate in if they have the willingness to release finally their own agendas, their own old ways of holding onto power.

It is not seen that the majority of those who are engaged in the manipulation of consciousness at the third dimensional and fourth dimensional level are willing to do so. Thus it is, as this awareness has explained many times, a new set of timeline realities will be made available to them so that they and those that choose to be party to the realities of the creation of these ones, their created realities, can participate in.

That this Awareness of course has called this the planet B scenario. The timelines that would support the Reptilian/Orion extraterrestrial ones, the rogue spiritual ones that come not from the light of compassionate understanding and love that is the Divine Source, but rather from the separation from the Divine Source. That these ones are still struggling to maintain authority, power and control, and are still in their desperation trying to drag down many who will then continue to participate in the reality that they will create in that future.

But as this Awareness has said, the plug has been pulled, the water is draining and it is coming to a point of completion. That this Awareness at this time asks all to stay strong, to dare to believe that a positive timeline is underway, that you are part of that positive timeline. To look at those times when greater disaster was avoided, such as in Syria and even now in the Ukraine, and to hold that this will be so, for your timeline is not the timeline of catastrophe, but the timeline of hope and uplifting, the positive and creative timeline that is being offered to one and all from Divine Source Itself.

That this completes today’s opening message.

Thank you Awareness. That was excellent and very much appreciated. Thank you.

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War Crimes: Were the Nuremberg Tribunals Only Victors’ Justice?


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Tor: browse the Internet with an added cloak of privacy


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Tor Challenge Inspires 1,635 Tor Relays

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Good news for whistleblowers, journalists, and everyone who likes to browse the Internet with an added cloak of privacy: the Tor network got a little stronger. Tor—software that lets you mask your IP address—relies on an international network of committed volunteers to run relays to help mask traffic. And that network is stronger now, thanks to the 1,000+ volunteers who participated in our second-ever Tor Challenge.

The goal of the Tor Challenge is simple: to improve the Tor network by inspiring people to run relays. These relays are the backbone of the Tor network; they’re the machines that actually forward and anonymize Tor users’ communications. We also see this Challenge as an opportunity to educate people about the value of Tor, address common misconceptions about Tor, and give technically oriented folks a concrete, somewhat measurable way of promoting freedom and privacy online.

This is the second time we’ve held this challenge, and the outpouring of support from the technical community far exceeded our hopes. When launching this campaign in June, we were hoping to surpass 549 participating relays—the total number of relays that took part in the challenge in 2011. And that was an ambitious number; 2011 was during the Arab Spring, and the EFF Tor Challenge was one small way that technologists could lend support to democratic activists who relied on Tor to organize and reach the larger Web. We hoped that this year we’d be able to inspire just as much participation.

The results far outstripped our hopes: we had nearly three times as many participating relays. That’s over 1,600 relays—either new or increased in bandwidth—helping to strengthen the Tor network.

Here’s a breakdown of the results:

Tor Challenge 2011 Tor Challenge 2014
Exit Relays 123 326
Middle Relays 299 1203
Bridges 127 106
Total Participating Relays 549 1,635

One of the reasons this campaign was so successful was that we teamed up with three other organizations: the Free Software Foundation, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Tor Project. These organizations’ promotional efforts were key to the campaign’s success.

The other key? Over 1,000 individuals who cared enough to help contribute bandwidth to the Tor network. Our gratitude goes out to each of the participants. Thanks for making the Internet a little more private and a bit more resistant to censorship.

Special thanks to Dr. Karsten Loesing of the Tor Project for making these awesome graphs of the challenge.

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Why we need Tor now more than ever

torEFF’s Jillian York notes that Edward Snowden’s leaked documents have shifted the focus of the global conversation around Internet freedom from censorship to surveillance, but that the two forces are inextricably linked. read more

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Web Magna Carta: WWW inventor calls for ‘online bill of rights’


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World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee.(Reuters / Vincent West)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken out against world governments and corporations, which he says are seeking to control the web for their own gain.

He called for a revolutionary bill of rights to guaranty the web’s independence.

When he invented the nexus 25 years, ago, the British Berners-Lee dreamed of a neutral space where humanity, with all of its “ghastly stuff,” would be free to be itself. Now, however, he sees no choice but to institute a sort of Magna Carta for the online world – a document that would be modeled on the 13th-century English charter on basic rights and freedoms.

“If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life,” Berners-Lee spoke at London’s ‘Web We Want’ festival, which discussed the future of the internet and its guidelines.

“If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power.”

“Suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies,” he said.

READ MORE: Spying and storing: Assange says ‘Google works like NSA’

Berners-Lee is active in his mission to counter that; the 59-year-old is the director of the World Wide Web Foundation, a lobbying body for the advancement of internet policy. A statement on their website explains that “governments — totalitarian and democratic alike — are increasingly monitoring and controlling people’s online communication. Wireless internet providers are being tempted to slow down traffic on sites with which they have not made deals.”

 

“Closed content silos are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the web. High costs and lack of locally relevant content, especially in the developing world, still exclude the majority of the world’s people from the web’s global conversation.”

“If we, the web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the web could be broken into fragmented islands and its transformative potential frittered away,” he said.

Last year, Berners-Lee’s work was recognized by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. It was then that he also elaborated on the scandalous facts of global internet surveillance leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

READ MORE: One year after Snowden drops NSA bomb, UK citizens demand more privacy

“The original design of the web of 24 years ago was for a universal space, we didn’t have a particular computer in mind or browser, or language… When you make something universal … it can be used for good things or nasty things … we just have to make sure it’s not undercut by any large companies or governments trying to use it and get total control,” he said, when asked to comment on Snowden.

The world tried, with varying degrees of success, to mitigate the damage caused by power-hungry surveillance initiatives. One ruling by the EU resulted in Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ policy, which allows users to remove links with information about themselves. But like other initiatives, there are fears of abuse and privacy infringement and censorship.

“There have been lots of times that it has been abused, so now the Magna Carta is about saying…I want a web where I’m not spied on, where there’s no censorship,” Berners-Lee said at the festival.

According to his comment, the only information that should be kept off the web relates to things that were illegal before the web, and remain illegal now – such as “child pornography, fraud, telling someone how to rob a bank,” and the like.

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Judge Dale (Retired): A Major Change is Coming October 1st


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The Puff & HUFF continues
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Judge Dale provides some excellent information about what has been going on behind the scenes in the world of banking. To be honest, his comments about gold being used to prop-up the US dollar seem a bit odd, since the gold standard was abandoned in the early 1970s, but the focus here is on October first, since it is only a few days away.
So much has been going on in the last six weeks, and Judge Dale outlines what may be about to happen in the next few days. I’ve been following the BRICS and gold situations closely, and can easily see what he describes actually happening. -LW

Friday, September 26, 2014 3:46   (Before It’s News)
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From what I have been able to deduce and conclude regarding the RV / GCR and this is purely an educated opinion:
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The London financial district is part and parcel of a world conglomeration involving the Federal Reserve System; the Bank of International Settlements; IMF, CBI’s, World Bank, and Vatican Bank and they have been manipulating the price of “gold and silver” for many years now by keeping its actual value very low.
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The reason for manipulating the value of gold and silver was to keep the value of the US Dollar and petrodollar high, in that the conglomeration controls the dollar, which has been the Worlds International Currency since WWII.
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China and Russia initiated the formation of the BRICS Alliance around 2008 which now includes roughly 185 Nations, with one motive in mind and that was to create a new transparent and incorruptible world financial system to replace the “dollar and petrodollar” and the totally corrupt Federal Reserve Bank and Bank of International Settlement conglomeration.
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China recently established a new gold and silver trading platform in direct competition with London.  Their reason for doing this I will explain next.
The BRICS have been capitalizing on London’s price fixing platform by buying up gold at the corrupted low fixed value rate.
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China has been buying the lions share and when China accumulates 5,000 metric tons of gold, their new gold and silver trading platform will revalue the Worlds gold and silver at its true market value. This true market value will probably be (5X) five times higher than the London market and will be the knockout punch that will bury the US Dollar; the US Military Industrial Complex (Wall Street); the Corporate USG; the FED, BIS, CBI, Vatican and World Banks.
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I believe that China is about to revalue gold and silver on or about September 30, which will place the BRICS Alliance in control of the Worlds monetary system.
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This is a good thing because the BRICS will force an RV and GCR.
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I have three reliable independent sources who are predicting a major change come October 1, 2014 (So I guess we shall see).
The five largest US Banks are currently holding derivatives totaling 40 trillion dollars each, meaning that these five banks are holding the bonds or paper assets that created roughly 200 trillion US Dollars.
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When China revalues the Worlds gold and silver at five times its current value, the derivatives of these five US Banks will increase exponentially by (5X) five and will finally bankrupt this corrupt conglomerate that has been controlling the World through debt.
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We will probably witness a bank holiday that will last about one week to ten days in October and then the announcement of the RV / GCR.
Things will get a little tight for us all during this banking holiday.  There may be some looting and other craziness so be prepared for the worst.
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The Bank of New York is currently the only BRICS Alliance Bank in the USA and I am thinking that the BRICS Alliance will take over one or more of the five major US banks; fire the ranking personnel and install new software before announcing the RV / GCR and foreign currency exchanges.
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(P.S.  Some think that China controls/owns a big part of Wells Fargo Bank with, by far, the ‘Least’ amount of Derivatives)

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Peak Debt – Why The Keynesian Money Printers Are Done


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by David Stockman • September 26, 2014

Bloomberg has a story today on the faltering of Draghi’s latest scheme to levitate Europe’s somnolent socialist economies by means of a new round of monetary juice called TLTRO—–$1.3 trillion in essentially zero cost four-year funding to European banks on the condition that they expand their business loan books. Using anecdotes from Spain, the piece perhaps inadvertently highlights all that is wrong with the entire central bank money printing regime that is now extirpating honest finance nearly everywhere in the world.

On the one hand, the initial round of TLTRO takedowns came in at only $100 billion compared to the $200 billion widely expected. It seems that Spanish banks, like their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, are finding virtually no demand among small and medium businesses for new loans.

Many small and medium-sized businesses are wary of the offers from banks as European Central Bank President Draghi prepares to pump more cash into the financial system to boost prices and spur growth. The reticence in Spain suggests demand for credit may be as much of a problem as the supply.

The monthly flow of new loans of as much as 1 million euros for as much as a year — a type of credit typically used by small and medium-sized companies — is still down by two-thirds in Spain from a 2007 peak, according to Bank of Spain data.

On the other hand, Spain’s sovereign debt has rallied to what are truly stupid heights—with the 10-year bond hitting a 2.11% yield yesterday (compared to 7% + just 24 months ago). The explanation for these parallel developments is that the hedge fund speculators in peripheral sovereign debt do not care about actual expansion of the Spanish or euro area economies that is implicit in Draghi’s targeted promotion of business lending (whether healthy and sustainable, or not). They are simply braying that “T” for targeted LTRO is not enough; they demand outright sovereign debt purchases by the ECB—-that is, Bernanke style QE and are quite sure they will get it. That’s why they are front-running the ECB and buying the Spanish bond. It is a patented formula and hedge fund speculators have been riding it to fabulous riches for many years now.

But don’t call these central bankers crooked patsies—-they are just dimwitted public servants trying to grind jobs and growth out of the only tool they have. Namely, buying government debt and other existing financial assets in the hopes that the resulting flow of liquidity into the financial markets and the sub-economic price of money and debt will encourage more borrowing and more growth. This is the core axiom of today’s unholy alliance between financial speculators and central bank policy apparatchiks.

Stated differently, today’s Spanish anecdote is just another proof that central banks are pushing on a string; that is, aggressively and incessantly pumping money into financial markets even though the result is wildly inflated asset prices, not expanded business activity. But as is always the case with central bank created financial bubbles, the beneficiaries are happy to pocket the windfalls while the apparatchiks blunder on—– pretending not to notice the drastic financial distortions, malinvestments and mis-pricings all around them.

Admittedly, Draghi is one of the duller tools in the shed of today’s central banking line-up. But surely even this monetary marionette might possibly wonder about a 2% Spanish bond yield. After all, virtually nothing has changed there since Spain’s 2012 fiscal and economic crisis. The nation’s unemployment rate is still above 20%, national output is still 7% below where it was six years ago and soaring government debt will soon slice through the 100% of GDP mark.

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Needless to say, Draghi and his compatriots in Frankfurt have no clue that they are being played for fools by the carry trade gamblers who have piled into peripheral debt ever since the ECB chairman’s foolish “anything it takes” pronouncement. Yet it is only a matter of time before the growing German political revolt triggers a day or reckoning. When it becomes clear that Germany has vetoed once and for all a massive spree of government debt buying by the ECB, it will be katie-bar-the-door time. The violent scramble of speculators out of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese etc. debt will be a day of infamy for the ECB and today’s destructive central banking regime generally.

But pending that it might also be wondered why the apparatchiks who run our central banks seem to believe that the capacity of households and businesses to carry debt is virtually unlimited—–that there is no such thing as “peak debt” or a law of diminishing returns with respect to the impact of cumulative borrowing on economic activity. Thus, the Bloomberg article notes that the total stock of Spanish business loans (above $1m) is almost 470 billion euros or 25% below the 2008 record of 1.87 trillion euros. The implication is that there is plenty of room for lending to “recover”—-the exact predicate behind Draghi’s program.

But as shown below, that glib assumption simply ignores the history of what has gone before—-namely, that the temporary prosperity leading up to the 2008 financial crisis was a one-time Keynesian parlor trick that used up the available balance sheet headroom and then some. It resulted in a collision with “peak debt” that has fundamentally changed the macro- economic dynamics.

In the case of non-financial business debt, for example, the balance outstanding soared by a factor if 4X in Spain during the 9-year construction and investment boom that preceded the crash. About one-fourth of that unsustainable debt explosion has been liquidated since 2009, but even then business debt has grown at a CAGR of 8.0% since 2000—-a rate significantly higher than Spain 3.5% rate of nominal GDP growth over that 14-year period.

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Likewise, household debt nearly doubled as a share of GDP in the 7 year boom before the financial crisis. The household debt ratio has now backed off marginally, but relative to history and the rest of the world it is still unsustainably high. The idea that there is major headroom for a robust recovery of household borrowing is simply wrong. Indeed, Spanish household debt today would amount to $14 trillion on a US scale GDP—a level that is 20% higher than the unsustainable burden still being lugged around by main street households in shop-until-you-drop America.

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Needless to say, Spain is but a microcosm of a worldwide condition under which maniacal money printers in the central banks are smacking up against peak debt in their domestic economies. As shown in the graph below, outside of Germany the debt disease has been universal. During the eight years after the turn of the century, the leverage ratio for all industrial economies combined ex-Germany—-that is, total public and private credit outstanding relative to GDP—rose from 260% to 390% of GDP. That incremental debt burden in round terms amounted to about $50 trillion.

And despite all the official palaver about how economies have sobered up and begun to delever—-the data make clear that nothing of the kind has happened. Owing to massive expansion of government borrowing and debt ratios since 2009, total credit outstanding has now soared to 415 percent of GDP for the ex-Germany industrialized world. This figure is so far off the historical charts that it could not have even been imagined 15 years ago when worldwide central banks went all-in for money printing.

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Nevertheless they have continued to push on a string. At the turn of the century, the six major central banks had combined balance sheets of $2 trillion. Today the figure is $16 trillion and is therefore 8X larger. That compares to world GDP growth of about 2X during the same period.

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Self-evidently, all the major economies are saturated with debt. Accordingly, central bank balance sheet expansion has lost its Keynesian magic entirely. Now the great sea of freshly minted liquidity simply fuels the carry trades as gamblers everywhere load up with any asset that generates a yield or short-run capital gain, and fund these bloated positions with cheap options and repo style finance.

But here’s the obvious thing. Central banks can’t normalize interest rates—-that is, allow the money markets to rise off the zero-bound—-without triggering a violent unwind of the carry trades on which today’s massive asset inflation is built. On the other hand, they can no longer stimulate GDP growth, either, because the credit expansion channel to the main street economy of households and business is blocked by the reality of peak debt.

So they end up like the pathetic Mario Draghi—-energetically pounding square pegs into round holes without a clue as to the financial conflagration lurking just around the corner. Yes, the era of Keynesian money printing is over and done. But don’t wait for the small lady at the Fed to sing, either.

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Democracy Is Not the Same as Freedom


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A fundamental fallacy of our time is that democracy is the open-sesame to peace, freedom, and prosperity. The political events surrounding what was called the ill-fated “Arab Spring” a couple of years ago was a based on the idea that “democracy” would solve all the problems of any society. But democracy in itself does not define or guarantee a free society. History has told many stories of democratic societies that have degenerated into corruption, plunder, and tyranny.

A little over 80 years ago Adolf Hitler came to power partly on the basis of the democratic electoral successes of the Nazi Party in German election during the Great Depression. Indeed, it is worth recalling the mass appeal that both the Nazi and Communist parties had in Germany in the early 1930s during the twilight of the Weimar Republic.

Hitler’s Democratic Road to Dictatorship

In the German national election on July 31, 1932, Hitler’s National Socialists emerged as the largest party represented in the parliament (though not a majority), while the Communist Party came in a strong third behind the Social Democrats. In the last free election, on November 6, 1932, before Hitler came to power in January 1933, the Nazis lost seats, but still were the largest parliamentary party, with the Communists still in third place but gaining on the Social Democrats.

Neither the Nazis nor the Communists were shy in letting the German voters know what was in store if they came to power. Each clearly told the German electorate that if they, respectively, came to power they would use such a political victory to impose authoritarian controls over the society in the name of building a new collectivist paradise. The National Socialists promised a race-based nationalist vision for Germany. The German Communist Party promised a class-based socialist utopia.

Indeed, the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises observed in 1926 that many Germans “are setting their hopes on the coming of the ‘strong man’—the tyrant who will think for them and care for them.” Men have sold their freedom, even through the ballot box, when they have been seduced by the promises of political paternalism.

In today’s world, especially in Western Europe and North America, such extreme forms of tyranny have little appeal for most people. Few are ready to vote away their freedom for a totalitarian utopia. No, today people merely wish to use the state for mutual plunder through government intervention and coerced welfare redistribution.

Political Plunder via Interest Group Politics

What is practiced in the democratic nations of the world is what in 1896 the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto called “bourgeois socialism”—the use of the state by a vast array of special-interest groups for trade protectionism, income subsidies, monetary manipulation, and domestic regulations to stifle competition.

Furthermore, Pareto also understood over a hundred years ago what Public Choice economists in the twentieth century came to call the asymmetrical incentives resulting from the concentration of benefits and the diffusion of burdens arising from government intervention in a democratic system. Explained Pareto:

“Let us suppose that in a country of thirty million inhabitants it is proposed under some pretext or other, to get each citizen to pay out one dollar a year, and to distribute the total amount amongst thirty persons. Every one of the donors will give up one dollar a year; every one of the thirty beneficiaries will receive one million dollars a year.

“The two groups will differ very greatly in their response to this situation. Those who hope to gain a million a year will know no rest day and night. They will win newspapers over to their interest by financial inducements and drum up support from all quarters. A discreet hand will warm the palms of needy legislators, even of ministers. In the United States, there is no necessity to resort to such underhand methods: these deals are made in the open; there is an open market for votes just as there are markets in cotton and grain.

“On the other hand, [Pareto continued] the despoiled are much less active. A great deal of money is needed to launch an electoral campaign. Now there are insuperable material difficulties militating again asking each citizen to contribute a few cents . . . The individual who is threatened with losing one dollar a year—even if he is fully aware of what is afoot—will not for so small a thing forego a picnic in the country, or fall out with useful or congenial friends, or to get on the wrong side of the mayor or the prefect! In these circumstances the outcome is not in doubt: the spoliators will win hands down.”

What we have, in other words, is a system of democratized plunder, under which, as Frédéric Bastiat said, everyone attempts to use the state to live at the expense of everyone else.

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The ISIS Goes to Asia Propaganda


As this article derives from ‘the’ Council for Foreign Affairs (CFR), I read it as a mere extension to the already widely disseminated fear propaganda, although it contains a certain truths, and that the threats are valid and potentially dangerous. That aside, I am rather amused by this assertion:

“… the lingua francas of the region’s Muslim communities remain Malay and Indonesian, not Arabic. The vast majority of Muslims from the region are insufficiently literate in Arabic to even appreciate ISIS’ propaganda without translation, much less fully integrate with ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria.”

Lol, this is so so true, that I can’t resist to state that this is the general scenario of their beliefs and understanding of Islam itself. They recite (as oppose to reading with understanding) the Quran, and murmur in their prayers in Arabic without understand a single word. This tantamount to them being mere followers with absolute dependency on the Ulamaks/imams/gurus for interpretations (complete control). Contrary to the hypothesis, to me I see this makes it even more dangerous as they’re vulnerable to the lies and deception of the ‘marketers’ of ISIS.

 

ISIS Goes to Asia

Extremism in the Middle East Isn’t Only Spreading West

By Joseph Chinyong Liow

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A man prays in a mosque outside Kuala Lumpur. (Courtesy Reuters)

As the United States sought in recent weeks to assemble an international coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, also known as the Islamic State), it looked mostly to the Middle East and Europe, regions that it said face a direct threat from the militant Islamist group. But other parts of the world are just as anxious about ISIS — above all, Southeast Asia. The governments of that region have not publicized their concerns very loudly, but they are acutely aware that ISIS is a menace. Their top concern is that its extremist ideology will prove attractive to the region’s many Muslims, lure some of them to the Middle East to fight as part of the group, and ultimately be imported back to the region when these militants return home.

There is a clear precedent for this scenario. During the 1980s, many young Muslims from Southeast Asia went to Pakistan to support the Afghan mujahideen’s so-called jihad against Soviet occupation. Many of these recruits subsequently stayed in the region, mingling with like-minded Muslims from all around and gaining exposure to al Qaeda’s militant ideology. Many eventually returned to Southeast Asia to form extremist groups of their own, including the notorious al Qaeda­–linked organization Jemaah Islamiyah that was responsible for several high-profile terrorist attacks in the region over the last 15 years. With evidence now surfacing of Southeast Asians among the ranks of ISIS casualties, it’s only natural that governments in the region are feeling a sense of déjà vu.

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Singapore has already revealed that several of its nationals have made their way to the Middle East to battle with ISIS, and the Philippine government has suggested that local ISIS sympathizers are attempting to recruit from among the Bangsamoro populations in the country’s southern islands. But the greatest concern comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has already confirmed that more than 50 of its citizens are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq; Malaysia has suggested that between 30 and 40 Malaysians are doing the same. In both cases, the actual numbers could be much higher if we consider those who may have traveled to the conflict zones from other destinations. Indonesian authorities have already noted that several of their nationals have been killed fighting for ISIS in Syria. On May 26, a Malaysian suicide bomber killed himself in an ISIS attack in Iraq. Another Malaysian fighter who died fighting for ISIS in Syria several months later has been celebrated as a martyr by leaders of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the same party that had earlier dismissed him after he departed for Syria. Intriguingly, three Malaysian women were also alleged to have left for Syria to wage a “sexual jihad” (jihad al-nikah), offering their bodies to ISIS fighters to “boost their morale.”

ISIS’ reach in Southeast Asia is based on several factors. First, certain devout Muslims feel a theological affinity for the militant group. They see parallels between ISIS’ mission and prophecies in Islamic holy texts of the eventual creation of a Khilafah Minhaj Nebuwwah (“end-times caliphate”) following the fall of dictators in the Arabian Peninsula; they are also reminded of the apocalyptic struggle that is said to be fated between the forces of Imam Mahdi, an Islamic messiah figure who is supposed to fight under a black flag, and those of the Dajjal, or Antichrist. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this millenarian perspective is growing in Indonesia and Malaysia with radical clerics such as Aman Abdurrahman, who, though in jail, are expanding their reach through the Internet and radical tracts — including a book titled Strategi Dua Lengan (Two-Armed Strategy) — increasingly finding their way into Indonesian translation.

Another reason for ISIS’ appeal is its sectarianism. The ISIS challenge is seen in some quarters as an extension of the Sunni-Shiite schism. To wit: The group’s struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite regime is considered legitimate in fundamentalist Sunni-Salafi circles. In much the same way, ISIS militancy in Iraq is seen as a consequence of Sunni grievance against the Shiite-led government of Nouri al-Maliki. This support needs to be understood in the context of Southeast Asia’s own problems with sectarianism: Shiite Islam is banned in Malaysia and is not widely accepted in Indonesia.

Finally, the question of the recruitment of Southeast Asians into ISIS cannot be divorced from the larger context of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The universal sympathy for the Syrian people among Southeast Asia’s sizable Muslim populations has undoubtedly prompted a large number of humanitarian missions to depart for the conflict zone. Many members of these missions may well have set off with noble intentions. But once they arrive in territory held by ISIS, it is not difficult to imagine how they would be exposed to ISIS indoctrination and recruitment.

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In many ways, Southeast Asia seems to be seeing a repeat of its experience with Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s. The most familiar aspect is ISIS’ recruiting efforts, mostly undertaken by Southeast Asian sympathizers rather than ISIS leaders based in the Middle East. In 2012, ISIS’ appeal started to grow among Indonesian and Malaysian civil society groups that had mobilized in response to Syria’s humanitarian crisis by creating local awareness and fundraising. Within a year, several Islamic preachers in Indonesia had pledged allegiance to ISIS’ caliphate, and about half a dozen graduates from Indonesia’s Ngruki Islamic boarding school, previously a hotbed of Jemaah Islamiyah membership ideology and recruitment, are believed to have left to join the jihad in Syria (often with funding from Jemaah Islamiyah and other affiliated extremist groups). ISIS has also been actively recruiting in Malaysia through Islamic study groups known as usrah. In turn, those Malaysian recruits are believed to have attempted to recruit from Singapore. It is still not yet known exactly how successful these recruiting efforts have been. But it is clear that ISIS has been able to promote its jihad through sympathizers plugged into the region’s local Islamic communities and networks, just as Afghan militants did in earlier decades.

But there are also significant differences between the present-day jihad and the earlier one in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. While the Afghan mujahideen’s struggle was widely embraced, ISIS has proven extremely divisive in Southeast Asia, even among extremist groups, some of which have rejected and virulently condemned the organization. Jemaah Islamiyah, for one, has accused ISIS of being takfir (Muslims who pass judgment on fellow Muslims of being un-Islamic ) and dismissed its members as khawarij (extremists). Other groups, such as the conservative Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (Indonesian Mujahideen Council), have cast doubt on ISIS’ religious credentials, proclaiming that it is an organization and not a caliphate and hence has no legitimate claim to the loyalty of Muslims. Furthermore, they have also argued that ISIS’ process for appointing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph was in violation of Islamic law, as it did not take place before a religious council that represents the entire Islamic community. As the terrorism expert Sidney Jones has rightly pointed out, the existence of this divergence of opinion on ISIS speaks to a split within Indonesia’s extremist community between those who support ISIS and others who remain loyal to al Qaeda and the al Nusra Front. Unsurprisingly, the other major difference from the days of the jihad in Afghanistan is ISIS’ use of social media. ISIS has consistently used Twitter and Facebook to amplify its message and broaden its reach. Also, the fact that authorities in Indonesia have been reluctant to shut down radical websites that carry ISIS propaganda, such as al-Mustaqbal.net, despite already imposing a ban on the group’s jihadist teachings (likely because of a misplaced concern for its religious credibility in the eyes of the vocal radical Islamist community), has only enhanced its visibility in the region.

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Without downplaying the ISIS threat to Southeast Asia, there are nevertheless limits to the effectiveness of its recruitment in the region. Despite huge investments from Arab governments, particularly Saudi Arabia, in Islamic education across Southeast Asia over the past three decades, the lingua francas of the region’s Muslim communities remain Malay and Indonesian, not Arabic. The vast majority of Muslims from the region are insufficiently literate in Arabic to even appreciate ISIS’ propaganda without translation, much less fully integrate with ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. In Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s, this problem was in part surmounted by the creation of dedicated training camps for Southeast Asians; although the situation may change, this does not seem to be the case in Syria or Iraq at the moment, where Southeast Asian recruits are thrown onto the front lines with everyone else. Second, Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia enjoy social and economic conditions far better than those of their coreligionists in the Levant (or even in Europe, where there is a palpable sense of alienation and marginalization among Muslim immigrant populations). By and large, Southeast Asians simply have fewer incentives to travel to Syria or Iraq.

Finally, unlike the immediate aftermath of the Afghan conflict in the 1990s, terrorist recruitment in Southeast Asia today has lost the tactical advantage of surprise. With regional security and intelligence agencies alert to the potential threat emanating from Iraq and Syria — thanks precisely to the lessons they learned from the 1990s — conditions are considerably more difficult for the kind of clandestine recruitment that went on two decades ago. Two other factors are instructive in this regard. First, whatever its shortcomings, the Indonesian state today is not nearly as weak as it was in the late 1990s, when radical groups flourished after the fall of former President Suharto. Second, the apparent resolution of the long-standing conflict in the Philippines between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has potentially opened the way for cooperation on counterterrorism.

That said, it’s understandable that the governments of the region are concerned that ISIS might spawn a new generation of jihadist leaders, fighters, and ideologues in the region. Afghanistan still casts a long shadow over discussions in Southeast Asia — and with good reason. But regional policymakers would be well advised to appreciate not only the similarities between the former challenge and the present-day conflict but also the very significant differences.

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Mass Arrests in Europe


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Over 1,000 arrested in Europe crackdown on organized crime – Europol

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Exterior of the Europol headquarters (AFP Photo)

European police have arrested more than 1,000 suspects in an unprecedented nine-day swoop on organized crime. At least 30 Romanian children have been saved from child traffickers and over 2,000kg of drugs have been seized.

Operation Archimedes, lasting from September15 to 23, “was the single largest coordinated assault an organized crime in Europe,” the chief of the European police organization, Rob Wainwright, told reporters on Wednesday.

Organized crime groups and their infrastructures was the target of the operation that involved Eurojust, Frontex and Interpol.

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Australia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, the USA and Colombia also participated in the raids in hundreds of locations across the European Union.

According to Wainwright, as a result of the operation 1,027 people were arrested, 30 children were rescued from trafficking, about 10,000 illegal migrants were checked and over 2.1 tonnes of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis were confiscated.

Europol head said the operation, that was coordinated from The Hague, the Dutch home city of the organization, “has led I think to a very significant attack on the whole criminal infrastructure in Europe.”

“What we have seen emerging is an integrated underground criminal economy,” Reuters reports Wainwright as saying, referring to the ‘dark net’ – or encrypted internet – used by criminals to communicate with each other.

The arrests during the biggest European sweep were mainly made among criminal middlemen and criminal groups’ mediators.

“Months in the planning, it was a carefully coordinated series of attacks on key nodal points and crime sectors that underpin the underground crime economy in Europe,” Europol head said.

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The Liberty to Leave


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Secession is a right, despite slavery’s blight and the Civil War

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

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As the Scots debate independence, the British government has responded with every argument imaginable—except the threat to invade. Prime Minister David Cameron is no Abraham Lincoln.

So also it appears with Catalonia’s push for a referendum to secede from Spain, though the latter responded far less gently to Basque separatism in past years. No one threatened military action during Quebec’s lengthy flirtation with independence from Canada. The Czechoslovakian government peacefully, even cheerfully, bade farewell to Slovakia two decades ago.

Still, not everyone is willing to accept smaller territories going their own way. Yugoslavia broke up with an orgy of violence. Oddly, the United States supported every resulting independence bid, except those mounted by Serbs. The latter were expected to live under Muslim-Bosnian, Croatian, and Kosovar-Albanian majorities, irrespective of the rulers’ brutality. Washington even mounted a military campaign to break Kosovo off of Serbia, while reacting hysterically to similar Russian behavior toward Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which seceded from the country of Georgia. Washington responded equally badly to Crimea’s departure from Ukraine, though no one really knows the wishes of that majority-Russian land, since the official referendum was anything but fair.

In international politics the only rule regarding secession is that you get to do it if you can either convince or force the other party to agree. And there is no consistency even within a country. Today it is hard to imagine Washington launching drone strikes or sending in the 82nd Airborne if Texas voters approved an ordinance of secession.

Yet the U.S. government waged war on its own people during the American Civil War. In fact, it really wasn’t a “civil war,” which typically involves two or more parties seeking to control the territorial whole. In this case, it was a conflict over coerced union. Should states be prevented from severing a political connection they no longer support?

The victors write the histories, it is said. And so it is with the fighting that tore America apart. The South, of course, was no beau ideal of civilization: Slavery was a hideous blight, but removing it is not why most northerners supported war. Lincoln himself originally promised not to interfere with slavery within the states and wrote, in an op-ed response to journalist Horace Greeley, “My paramount object in the struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery.” Had the North won the war quickly, slavery would have survived.

Moreover, people retrospectively assume that the practice could not have been ended without war. Yet only in Haiti did a violent revolution overthrow a slave regime. Human bondage disappeared peacefully from the rest of the world. Brazil was the last nation to abolish the horrid practice, and did so voluntarily in 1888, 23 years after the end of the American Civil War.

Even more important, the Southern states departed the Union in two waves. The original seven exited because of fears over the survival of their “peculiar institution.” But the four outer Southern states—Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas—left only after Lincoln called up troops to coerce the others. One North Carolina citizen explained: “Union sentiment was largely in the ascendant and gaining strength until Lincoln prostrated us. He could have adopted no policy so effectual to destroy the Union…. Lincoln has made us a unit to resist until we repel our invaders or die.”

Washington need not have responded to secession with war. A number of unionists thought the Southern states should have been allowed to leave in peace. For instance, the New York Tribune’s Greeley opined, “We hope never to live in a republic whereof one section is pinned to the residue by bayonets.” Col. Robert E. Lee, who rejected command of the Northern forces, similarly explained, “I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union…. Still, a Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.”

For many, the prospect of serious combat seemed unlikely. Stereotypes abounded: Yankee shopkeepers and secessionist blowhards would never fight, it was thought.

But by the fourth year of war, 150 years ago, that illusion had been shattered. Blood flowed in vast quantities. In the summer campaign in Virginia, Ulysses S. Grant’s forces suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, roughly the number in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Casualty lists filled Northern newspapers. Unionist Sen. Henry Wilson of Massachusetts admitted a change of heart: “If that scene could have been presented to me before the war, anxious as I was for the preservation of the Union, I should have said: ‘The cost is too great; erring sisters, go in peace’.”

Moreover, by 1864 Northerners employed total war against their erstwhile countrymen. Down in the South, William Sherman announced, “I can make Georgia howl,” and he ravaged the countryside on his infamous March to the Sea. Grant ordered an even more thorough desolation of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It was to be “barren waste,” he said, so even a crow would have to carry its own rations if flying through.

America’s decentralized republic also died. Washington inaugurated the national security state, with severe restrictions on civil and political liberties. Taxes and economic controls proliferated. And Washington took a major step to becoming the Leviathan that Thomas Hobbes wrote about. After all that, the benefit of eliminating slavery was partially overturned when Reconstruction ended and Southern states reimposed white supremacist rule. It took another century to rid the nation of this horrid blight.

Today it is hard to imagine how anyone could justify killing 620,000 Americans to prevent a minority from departing what began as a voluntary political union. If there is one rule that should apply to campaigns for separation, secession, independence, and the like, it is that people should be allowed to peacefully choose with whom they desire to associate politically.

The decision to separate should never be taken lightly—for practical reasons, if nothing else. But an essential element of individual liberty should be the right to choose one’s political future. And that should be the case whether one is Scottish or Catalonian. Croat or Serb. American or someone else. The people have a right to be free.

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Alt media success panics neocons


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A funny thing happened on the way to dystopia.

As Western mainstream media fall into the hands of lying billionaires, Zionists, and intelligence agencies (three categories with significant overlap) – and as neoconservatives script big media’s ignoble lies – a surging internet-based alternative media has arisen to challenge the elite’s false narratives. Thanks to alt-media, fewer and fewer people are buying the simplistic feel-good myths peddled by the mainstream.

While most old people still cling to the corporate media worldview, the young are skewing ever-harder toward alternative perspectives. In Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, for example, the London Daily Mirror reported that 71% of 16-17 year olds voted “yes” while those over 65 voted “no” by a 73%-27% margin.

Why does the vast majority of Scottish young people favor independence, while an equally crushing majority of old people opposes it?

Short answer: Old people still believe BBC propaganda, while the young do not.

During the run-up to the referendum, huge crowds of young people gathered to protest the BBC’s biased coverage of the campaign. John Robertson, Professor of Media Studies at the University of the West of Scotland, said: “My research indicates that our public broadcaster, funded as much by Yes as by No voters, has betrayed its charter on impartiality.”

Older Scots grew up inside the bubble of the mainstream media monopoly. Most do not understand how the BBC and other mainstream outlets used subliminal cues as well as blatant bias to push for a “no” vote; nor do they realize how utterly corrupt their government and media have become.

Younger Scots, by contrast, grew up in the internet era and follow alternative media. Many know that the BBC covered up the Jimmy Saville pedophilia scandal in order to protect Tony Blair and other leading politicians. They know that the BBC reported the “collapse” of World Trade Center 7 twenty minutes before it happened. They know the BBC has worked overtime covering up not only 9/11-anthrax, but also follow-up false flag attacks including the 7/7/2005 London bombings. They know the BBC mis-portrays conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine. And they realize that the Western “democracies” are rotten with election fraud – which makes the mainstream’s refusal to sponsor the usual exit polls in the Scottish referendum highly suspicious.

Just as young people disproportionately support European independence movements while opposing NATO and the EU, they also break with their elders in supporting the Palestinians rather than the Zionists. According to a July 23rd Gallup poll, Americans in the 18-29 years old range opposed Israel’s attack on Gaza by a two-to-one margin; while Americans over 65, who are less likely to use the alternative media, supported Israel’s assault by a 5 to 3 margin.

The neoconservatives – Straussian Zionists who believe the elite should control the masses with Big Lies – are panicked by the success of alternative media. Demonstrating their anguished desperation, America’s two most influential neoconservative publications, Commentary (the hard-line neocons) and Atlantic Monthly (the moderate neocons) just issued a coordinated salvo against alternative media. Both magazines, reading from the same script, are striving to portray the rising alternative media as enemies of the US and the West – an exquisite irony, since the neocons themselves are dual-loyalists at best, traitors at worst, while most of their alternative media enemies are honest patriots.

In the Atlantic Monthly’s new article “Russia and the Menace of Unreality: How Vladimir Putin is revolutionizing information warfare” Peter Pomerantsev falsely charges alternative media outlet Russia Today (RT) with doing what the neocon-dominated Western mainstream media is actually doing. Specifically, Pomerantsev charges that RT “reinvents reality, creating mass hallucinations that then translate into political action.” He says RT is spitting out “outlandish stories about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July” in order to create “a virtual reality that can no longer be mediated or debated by any appeal to ‘truth.’” And he adds: “RT also focuses on conspiracy theories—from 9/11 truthers to the hidden Zionist hand in Syria’s civil war.”

Contrary to Pomerantsev’s thesis, RT has all of these stories right – and is thereby striking a blow against the reality-reinventing, mass-hallucination-creating Western mainstream media. Putin and RT are revolutionizing information warfare not by lying but by seeking the truth.

For the neocons, truth-telling is an abomination. The founder of neoconservatism, Leo Strauss, taught that truth is too dangerous to be shared with the masses. Strauss even applauded the execution of Socrates for the crime of telling the truth in the public square! According to Strauss and his neoconservative disciples, the elite (meaning themselves) must control the masses with feel-good lies – otherwise known as what 9/11 scriptwriter Philip Zelikow proudly calls “public myths.”

Deepening the irony, Pomerantsev cites a top George W. Bush official widely assumed to be Karl Rove: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will— we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

Rove was vaunting the ersatz “war on terror” reality the neoconservatives created with their 9/11 inside job. Today, the alternative media is shooting that ridiculous hallucination full of holes. Yet Pomerantsev shamelessly quotes Rove in support of his thesis that it is the independent media, rather than Rove and the lapdog mainstream media, that fabricates false realities.

While the Atlantic Monthly was insinuating that the alternative media is a Russian propaganda operation, the other neocon journal Commentary was doing the same thing – except it was trying to blame Iran rather than Russia. On September 12th Commentary ran an article by Michael Rubin headlined “Iran Promotes 9/11 Conspiracy on Anniversary.” Rubin falsely and libelously attributed my Press TV article “Arrest Kissinger for Both 9/11s” to the government of Iran, insinuating that I am somehow taking orders from the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian president when I write op-eds for Press TV!

The neoconservatives, panicked by the alternative media’s success, have evidently launched a coordinated propaganda campaign. They are trying to persuade the Western public that the alternative media is not just foreign, but tied to such “enemy” countries as Russia and Iran.

In fact, the Western alternative media is Western – and patriotic. In the USA, the alternative media seeks to expose 9/11 treason and take back America from the dual-citizen Zionists and New World Order globalists. Such outlets as Veterans Today, a hornets’ nest of former military and intelligence professionals appalled by the treasonous 9/11 false flag operation, proudly wave the American flag as they seek to restore such traditional American values as freedom, democracy, and respect for the Constitution.

Likewise European alternative media outlets oppose the Zionists and EU globalists, and support their own nations’ struggles against the forces of global tyranny.

Foreign English-language news outlets like Press TV and Russia Today are simply surfing a wave of patriotism and critical thinking that is rising in Western countries.

So when the neoconservatives tell you that my articles are “enemy propaganda,” please keep in mind that these people are cult followers of the Straussian philosophy of the big lie.

And please take some time to investigate who the neoconservatives are and where they came from. You may wish to consult such documents as Shadia Drury’s book Leo Strauss and the American Right, David Ray Griffin’s 9/11 exposé The New Pearl Harbor, James Petras’s The Power of Israel in the United States, and Stephen Sniegoski’s The Transparent Cabal.

By simply reading these four books, you will gain lifetime immunity from the lies of the neoconservatives.

A philosophy that exalts lies, and demonizes truth, cannot possibly endure. The emergence of “weaponized truth” in the alternative media represents an ineluctable backlash against the neocon-Straussian big lies epitomized by the false flag operation of September 11th, 2001. As younger critical thinkers replace the aging generation of sheeple, the mendacious mainstream media and the neoconservative liars who dominate it will go the way of the dodo and the dinosaur.

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Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror

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Why I’m Happier Than You (And How You Can Be Too)


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It’s true. I am happier than most people I meet. Most people seem a bit dazed by life. Going through the motions. Worse they are caught up in some pattern or cycle that they can’t get out of. Even worse they are stuck in the groove of complaining and whining. I realized a few years ago that I have done some things and continue to craft happiness in my everyday life and figured I should share that with you. Because, heck, you want to be happy too, right?

I Don’t Look Back

Stuff happens. Good stuff and bad stuff. To everyone. You aren’t special (a phrase my husband hates hearing me say). It’s true though. We all have had crappy parents, bad jobs, terrible partners, no good rotten days, liars, cheats, health hurdles, etc. You don’t escape these things in life. They are just part of the art of living. The thing that I do differently, that makes me happier than you, is that I just accept the things that have happened, try to make changes and amends when applicable and then I move on.

No grudges, no plots of revenge, or scheming to make it better. No pity parties or violins. Life can suck. I admit that. It is also awesome and beautiful in ways that astound me every single day when I am fully focused on the present. Get there and you will be happier too.

Get Goals, Girl

I recently taught a workshop to a packed room and asked who had goals. You know 5 year, 3 year, 1 year, tomorrow? One person. In the whole room. I was shocked. Here’s the thing. If you don’t map out where you want to go how on earth are you going to get there? Make even a small goal and reach it. You will be happier because you do.

Make Plans

The studies show that you are happiest in the planning. It is true for people planning a party, vacation or any other aspect of their lives. The more plans that you make the more you have to get excited about. My mind lives in planning mode. I plan things I may never do, but I plot them out and see if it is possible. I get excited about the details and the possibilities. It makes me immensely happy to know that good things are going to happen because I’ve been working on them for weeks, months or even a year.

Hang Out With Your Peeps

First you have to find them. You can look at things that you might be interested in, online, in groups you already belong to, but find them and make commitments to hang out with them. One of the number one sources for depression is isolation and we live in a weirdly interconnected social world where people don’t actually have to interact with real people in real life. When you do, though, you have deep memorable experiences that enrich your life more than a status update ever will.

Dive Deep Into Your Own Interests

It’s easy to be distracted by work, drama, Facebook statuses, cat videos, binge TV, or the latest scandal, but if you start to spend quality time doing things that you like to do you’ll find a sense of satisfaction that those things can’t bring. You get to get better at something. You develop a sense of joy from your outcomes. It doesn’t matter if the thing you like isn’t cool. Who cares. Do your own thing often enough and you will find other people who are into it — the peeps you need from above.

Don’t Be Conventional

It doesn’t mean that you have to have your lip pierced, live in a yurt, or celebrate the moon cycles (it’s cool if that’s your thing, though). What it means is that you don’t have to follow the lead of what everyone else is doing. You are unique by definition. There is only one you. Don’t follow the crowd all of the time. Be a little daring or different. Sure, it might be easier to just go along with what everyone else is doing, but does that make you happy 100% of the time? I don’t think so.

Go Your Own Way

Most of the people I grew up with still live within a 30 mile radius of where we grew up. Granted, Southern California, is awesome, but there is a big wide world out there and they didn’t go explore. There is a real pull to go to the same school everyone else is going to, stay in the same social scene, not pull away from your family (this is a big one for most people), but if you have a burning desire to do something go explore it. Leave the nest or at least explore further than the 30 miles you grew up from. You will be surprised that people are irritated that you are not staying, at least I was, but it doesn’t matter because they were doing their thing and I was able to go do my thing.

Let Go of Shoulds

I gave up Christmas with my parents, Thanksgiving with my whole family, staying in a “good job” and conventional marriage to live a happier life. I love my family and friends who wanted me to do what they thought I should, but if I had done it their way I would never have been happy. It wasn’t that any of those things were bad, but I knew that they weren’t right for me. Every single day there are things you think you should do. Obligations that have no real meaning and might actually be causing you pain. What would happen if you stopped doing them? Would the sun fall from the sky? Probably not. Sure. It might piss someone off because you are defying their need for you to be a certain way, but you are stronger than that. You can follow your own path to happiness.

Isn’t Time You Tried Happiness?

I want everyone I know to find their true path to happiness. I want them to get out of the grind of life and into the bliss. Everyday isn’t perfect, but knowing that I’ve made my own choices and that I get to choose happiness every single day makes my world a pretty happy place.

Photo Credit: That’s me in Downtown Eureka Springs, AR. Wouldn’t you be happy with hand crafted ice cream from Pure Joy. Love those guys!

Pro-independence Scots launch new ‘45%’ campaign


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Campaigners wave Scottish Saltires at a ‘Yes’ campaign rally in Glasgow, Scotland September 17, 2014. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

Thousands of pro-independence activists, determined to continue their fight for Scottish statehood, have launched a new campaign called ‘the 45 percent’, despite losing Thursday’s referendum.

The campaign draws its name from the 44.7 percent of the Scottish electorate who voted ‘Yes’ to independence. Although the ‘No’ campaign secured a narrow majority at 55.3 percent, the appetite for a split remains strong.

While it ultimately failed to win the referendum, the ‘Yes’ movement vastly outperformed pro-union activists in its employment of social media. The 45 percent want to sustain the momentum of this grassroots online movement.

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Several Facebook pages have rapidly accrued thousands of likes, while #the45 and #wearethe45 are trending on Twitter. A 45 ‘Twibbon’ has replaced the blue ‘Yes’ sticker prominent on supporters’ accounts throughout the campaign.

Still at a disparate and formative stage, with multiple parties and grassroots organizations in its orbit, the 45 percent movement has coalesced around the shared cause of keeping independence on the agenda.

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Independence fever – New Zealand referendum next?


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New Zealand PM plans 2015 referendum on dropping Union Jack from flag

John Key, who won a third term on Saturday, says he favours a silver fern on a black background, like that used by the national rugby team

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John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand, said on Monday he would press ahead with plans to hold a referendum to change the national flag following his election triumph.

The centre-right leader said he wanted the ballot next year on whether to ditch the current flag, which features the Union Jack of former colonial power Britain in one corner.

“I’d like to get on with it, to me I’d like to do it as a 2015 issue,” Mr Key told commercial station Radio Live.

“I’m obviously a big supporter of the change, I think there are a lot of strong arguments in favour of the change.”

Mr Key has previously said he would prefer a new flag featuring the national plant, a silver fern, on a black background.

Sporting teams such as the All Blacks already use a similar banner and Key argues it is instantly recognisable as a symbol of New Zealand in the same way the maple leaf is a distinctly Canadian icon.

The existing flag was first used in 1869 and formally adopted in 1902. Its supporters say that New Zealanders have fought and died under it for generations and a change would dishonour their memory.

But critics argue it is too easily confused with those of other former British colonies such as Australia, which has an almost identical design.

Mr Key, who increased his share of the vote to convincingly win a third term on Saturday, favours maintaining ties with Britain’s monarchy, despite his support for a new flag.

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Independence fever catching on faster than Ebola?


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One in four Americans want their state to secede from the U.S., but why?

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For the past few weeks, as Scotland debated the wisdom of independence, Reuters has been asking Americans how they would feel about declaring independence today, not from the United Kingdom, but from the mother country they left England to create. The exact wording of the question was, “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government?”

gender2It was hard to imagine many people would support secession. Forget the fact that the cautionary lesson of the Civil War is top of mind for many people as we commemorate its 150th anniversary; just in terms of dollars and cents, who in their right minds would give up all the money they’ve already paid into the Social Security and Medicare systems? Besides, most states get more back from the federal government than they put in.

Then the results came in. You can see them for yourself here, and you can filter them any way you want—by age, region, income, party affiliation, etc. Any way you slice it, the data are startlingly clear: Almost a quarter (23.9 percent) of those surveyed said they were strongly or provisionally inclined to leave the United States, and take their states with them. Given the polling sample — about 9,000 people so far—the online survey’s credibility interval (which is digital for “margin of error”) was only 1.2 percentage points, so there is no question that that is what they said.

template0914Secession got more support from Republicans than Democrats, more from right- than left-leaning independents, more from younger than older people, more from lower- than higher-income brackets, more from high school than college grads. But there was a surprising amount of support in every group and region, especially the Rocky Mountain states, the Southwest and the old Confederacy, but also in places like Illinois and Kansas. And of the people who said they identified with the Tea Party, supporters of secession were actually in the majority, with 53 percent.

The question is, what do results like this mean for the country?

First, it should be acknowledged that intramural conflict has been in character for Americans since the earliest settlements, when Puritan New England faced off against Royalist Virginia in the English Civil War. More than a century later, the Revolutionary War was barely won when the states, never quite friendly, were at each other’s throats, and the infant nation came close to being strangled in its crib.

It was in part to avoid the danger that the colonies would break into competing regional confederacies that the founders plotted to hold the Constitutional Convention of 1787. But even when the new Constitution made secession illegal, the impulse to break up stayed strong. Serious state and regional threats of secession flared up in 1799, 1814 and 1828. Fifteen years before 11 Southern states did secede in 1860, sparking the Civil War, William Lloyd Garrison called for the North to secede under the banner of “No Union With Slaveholders.”

All told, secessionist feints and follies have produced notional movements for more than a hundred new states and nations in North America, from Absaroka to Yazoo. A book about such causes, Lost States, manages to be quite amusing.

Followup phone calls with a small, random sample of pro-secession respondents to the Reuters poll, however, suggest that while their wish to leave the union may not be quite what it appears, it is not amusing at all.

Those we spoke to seemed to have answered as they did as a form of protest that was neither red nor blue but a polychromatic riot — against a recovery that has yet to produce jobs, against jobs that don’t pay, against mistreatment of veterans, against war, against deficits, against hyper-partisanship, against political corruption, against illegal immigration, against the assault on marriage, against the assault on same-sex marriage, against government in the bedroom, against government in general — the president, Congress, the courts and both political parties.

By the evidence of the poll data as well as these anecdotal conversations, the sense of aggrievement is comprehensive, bipartisan, somewhat incoherent, but deeply felt.

This should be more than disconcerting; it’s a situation that could get dangerous. As the Princeton political scientist Mark Beissinger has shown, separatist movements can take hold around contempt for incumbents and the status quo even when protesters have no ideology in common.

The United States hardly seems to be on the verge of fracture, and the small secession movements in a handful of American states today represent a tiny percentage of those polled by Reuters. But any country where 60 million people declare themselves to be sincerely aggrieved — especially one that is fractious by nature — is a country inviting either the sophistry of a demagogue or a serious movement for reform.

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Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum


 

bf Ludwig Von Mises Institute

by , September 20, 2014

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referendumGovernment authorities in the UK have declared that the “Yes” campaign for secession has failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for separation from the United Kingdom has already provided numerous insights into the future of secession movements and those who defend the status quo.

Lesson 1: Global Elites Greatly Fear Secession and Decentralization

Global elite institutions and individuals including Goldman Sachs, Alan Greenspan, David Cameron and several major banks pulled out all the stops to sow fear about independence as much as possible. Global bankers vowed to punish Scotland, declaring they would move out of Scotland if independence were declared.

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A Deutsche Bank report compared it to the decision to return to the gold standard in the 1920s, and said it might spark a rerun of the Great Depression, at least north of the border.

When it comes to predictions of economic doom, it doesn’t get much more hysterical than that. Except that it does. David Cameron nearly burst into tears begging the Scots not to vote for independence.

The elite onslaught against secession employed at least two strategies. The first involved threats and “for your own good” lectures. Things will “not work out well” for Scotland in case of secession, intoned Robert Zoellick of the World Bank. John McCain implied that Scottish independence would be good for terrorists. The second strategy involved pleading and begging, which, of course, betrayed how truly fearful the West’s ruling class is of secession.

In addition to Cameron’s histrionics based on nostalgia and maudlin appeals to not break “this family apart,” Cameron attempted (apparently suc