11.10.15- Boiling Frogs
Johnny Silver Bear

(Editors Note: One of the perks of editing "the Bear" allows me to post my own rants. I originally published Boiling Frogs in February, 2005.)

The Boiling Frog Syndrome goes something like this: "If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he will jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of cold water and and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot tub, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death. Now I'm not sure this really works with frogs, (I couldn't bring my self to find out), but I am certain that it works with people. I believe that we are all sitting in a big pot and the water is beginning to boil. Read More

11.09.15- The Re-enserfment of Western Peoples
Paul Craig Roberts

The re-enserfment of Western peoples is taking place on several levels. One about which I have been writing for more than a decade comes from the offshoring of jobs. Americans, for example, have a shrinking participation in the production of the goods and services that are marketed to them.

On another level we are experiencing the financialization of the Western economy about which Michael Hudson is the leading expert (Killing The Host). Financialization is the process of removing any public presence in the economy and converting the economic surplus into interest payments to the financial sector. Read More

11.07.15- Deception, Not Fundamentals Rule PMs
Michael Noonan

There are two things we know for certain about gold and silver:  1. Fundamentals do not apply [currently], and 2. There are no signs to indicate an end to this half-decade old bear market.

There have been many calls for a turnaround in gold and silver since 2013.  In fact, the calls were not just for a turnaround, but also calls for $10,000+ gold, and $400+ silver, starting in 2014.  It became apparent to us in the first half of 2014 that it would end with a whimper, just as 2013 did,  and as 2014 continued, it seemed equally as likely that 2015 may not fare much better, and it not only did not, but it got worse with lower prices and the prospects for still lower prices to come.  This puts the first part of 2016 in question. Read More

11.06.15- When will America Jail their Banksters?
James Hall

The most dramatic contrast in the rule of law against the architects of financial theft can be seen in the way America protects their banksters and the accountability that Iceland imposed on their financial crooks. The fact that the orthodox financial press refuses to cover the incarceration of Iceland’s Bankers Face 74 Years in Prison While US Banks Profit After Your Bailout, is clear proof who really controls the political and economic institutions in the United States. As for the courts, America has long ago shredded the rule of law in this country. Read More

11.05.15- Obamacare - The Gift that Keeps on Taking
Jim Quinn

Isn’t it interesting the mainstream media makes barely a peep about the ongoing and worsening Obamacare debacle. Healthcare premiums, co-pays and deductibles are soaring, while doctor and plan choices contract to a minuscule level. Recent surveys reveal the hardship being inflicted upon families across the nation. Those who are willfully baffled by the lack of consumer spending need look no further than Obamacare and its impact on the budgets of hard working Americans. Read More

11.04.15- Sheeple: Why You Should Feel Sorry For Them
Brandon Smith

It is often said there only two kinds of people in this world: those who know, and those who don't. I would expand on this and say that there are actually three kinds of people: those who know, those who don't know, and those who don't care to know. Members of the last group are the kind of people I would characterize as "sheeple."

Sheeple are members of a culture or society who are not necessarily oblivious to the reality of their surroundings; they may have been exposed to valuable truths on numerous occasions. However, when confronted with facts contrary to their conditioned viewpoint, they become aggressive and antagonistic in their behavior, seeking to dismiss and attack the truth by attacking the messenger and denying reason. Sheeple exist on both sides of America’s false political paradigm, and they exist in all social “classes”. Read More

11.03.15- The Ultimate Weapon in the Toxic War on Humanity and Mother Earth
Juan Matus

Geoengineering, the ultimate weapon in the toxic war on humanity and Mother Earth. How to protect yourself in this escalating battle.

The irreversible awaking of humanity to the fact that we are under attack by the psychopaths in power is exponentially ongoing. More and more people are waking up, and are experiencing the reality of the fact that we are at war and under a vicious multi layered attack. The realization of this undeniable fact is a crucial element in our fight to save the future of humanity and the planet itself. Millions of people are realizing the implications and devastating effects of the geoengineering, climate engineering and weather modification programs. Read More

11.02.15- War of the Worlds
Jim Quinn

“We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own. We know now that as human beings busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacence men went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs … In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment. It was near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work. Sales were picking up.” – Opening monologue of  War of the Worlds broadcast – October 30,1938 Read More

10.31.15- WAR ON CASH: Banks to start charging for cash deposits
J.D. Heyes

Few could have envisioned it even just a few years ago, but it’s happening now, and on an ever-widening scale. More big U.S. banks are shunning cash, because the banking system has become so dependent on other “assets” that large cash deposits actually pose a threat to their financial health, according to The Wall Street Journal.

State Street Corporation, a Boston-based institution that manages assets for institutional investors, has, for the first time, begun charging some customers for making large cash deposits, according to people familiar with the development. Read More

10.30.15- US On Road To Third World
Paul Craig Roberts

On January 6, 2004, Senator Charles Schumer and I challenged the erroneous idea that jobs offshoring was free trade in a New York Times op-ed. Our article so astounded economists that within a few days Schumer and I were summoned to a Brookings Institution conference in Washington, DC, to explain our heresy. In the nationally televised conference, I declared that the consequence of jobs offshoring would be that the US would be a Third World country in 20 years.

That was 11 years ago, and the US is on course to descend to Third World status before the remaining nine years of my prediction have expired. Read More

10.29.15- Putin Makes Obama an Offer
He Can't Refuse

Mike Whitney

Why is John Kerry so eager to convene an emergency summit on Syria now when the war has been dragging on for four and a half years?

Is he worried that Russia’s air campaign is wiping out too many US-backed jihadis and sabotaging Washington’s plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad?

You bet, he is. No one who’s been following events in Syria for the last three weeks should have any doubt about what’s really going on.  Russia has been methodically wiping out Washington’s mercenaries on the ground while recapturing large swathes of land that had been lost to the terrorists. Read More

10.28.15- Waking Up, Speaking Up and
Stepping Out

Zen Gardner

I often pose the question why more people aren’t voicing their outrage and concerns about what’s going on in the world regarding the many programs being executed upon humanity in plain sight to all. I know this isn’t always easy to present to others, especially in certain circumstances, the most challenging of which is amongst close friends and loved ones who haven’t woken up to these realities yet.

As many of you know I’ve talked about this challenge many times. Many of the commenters on the ZenGardner website are extremely helpful to others who bring up this topic, usually regarding a mate who just doesn’t get it yet, although this often involves children and close friends as well. Read More

10.27.15- The Military Industrial Complex Unicorn – Former NSA Chief Raises $32.5 Million for Startup Company
Michael Krieger

Former head of the NSA, Keith Alexander, has been a busy guy since he left government. Having avoided any accountability whatsoever despite systematically using the U.S. Constitution as toilet paper, Mr. Alexander is doing what every government official does upon leaving office. He’s trying to grab as much money as possible.

Liberty Blitzkrieg readers will recall the 2014 post, Ex-NSA Chief Keith Alexander is Now Pimping Advice to Wall Street Banks for $1 Million a Month, in which I introduced his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc. Fast forward a year, and Silicon Valley is chomping at the bit to embrace a company headed by a man who by all accounts should be in prison. Read More

10.26.15- Another Government Ponzi Scheme Starts to Crack - Do You Depend on It?
Nick Giambruno

Government employees get to do a lot of things that would land an ordinary citizen in prison.

For example, it’s legal for them to threaten and commit offensive, rather than defensive, violence. They can take property from others without their consent. They spy on anyone’s email and bank accounts whenever they please. They go into trillions of dollars in debt and then stick the unborn with the bill. They counterfeit the currency. They lie with misleading statistics and use accounting wizardry no business could get away. And this just scratches the surface… Read More

10.24.15- The Crime of the Century
Bill Holter

We will no doubt look back upon the current era as the “crime of the century” for so many different reasons.  Actually, current times represent the worst financial crimes of ALL TIME!  The various crimes and how they are operated are too numerous to list and would probably fill a three volume set of books, let’s concentrate on just one.  Central to everything is the U.S. issuing the global reserve currency by fiat knowing full well it truly means “non payment”.  The absolute cornerstone to the dollar retaining confidence and thus value has been the suppression of the price of gold. Read More

10.23.15- Iceland sentences 26 bankers to a combined 74 years in prison
James Woods

In a move that would make many capitalists' head explode if it ever happened here, Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for their part in the 2008 financial collapse.

In two separate Icelandic Supreme Court and Reykjavik District Court rulings, five top bankers from Landsbankinn and Kaupping — the two largest banks in the country — were found guilty of market manipulation, embezzlement, and breach of fiduciary duties. Read More

10.22.15- Jack Lew's Debt Ceiling Limit Kabuki Theatre
Dave Kranzler

Spend and they will borrow or print money to fund it.  The debt ceiling limit currently is $18.1 trillion.  This number is 101% of the Government over-estimated GDP.  If you add in the $7 trillion of taxpayer guaranteed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage debt, the true directly funded level of Government debt is about $25 trillion, or 138% of the overestimated GDP.

The Treasury hit the debt ceiling limit earlier this spring.  Since then Jack Lew has been borrowing cash from various “pools” of dedicated Government spending accounts, like Social Security and the Federal Employee Pension Plan (but not the Congressional Pension Plan, of course).  Lew was on CNBC a couple days explaining that his “smoke and mirror” tactics are now exhausted. Read More

10.21.15- The End of the World Has Already Begun
Bill Bonner

FRANKFURT, Germany – Nothing much to report from the stock market yesterday. Investors are regaining their calm.

A few weeks ago, it looked as though the end of the world had begun.

We are talking, of course, about the world in which credit, stocks, and central bank reputations only go up.

But after a big fright in August, investors recovered their relaxed madness. They concluded that there was nothing to worry about. Read More

10.20.15- Death of a Patriot
Peter Schiff

My father, Irwin A. Schiff, was born Feb. 23rd 1928, the 8th child and only son of Jewish immigrants, who had crossed the Atlantic twenty years earlier in search of freedom. As a result of their hope and courage, my father was fortunate to have been born into the freest nation in the history of the world.

But when he passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015 at the age of 87, a political prisoner of that same nation, legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in intensive care, the free nation he was born into had itself died years earlier. Read More

10.19.15- Obama's Promise to End the "War" in Afghanistan? Nope, It Just Got Extended to 2017
Melissa Dykes

So much for our Nobel Peace Prize winning President ending the “war” in Afghanistan by 2014 like he promised. Or even 2015. Or 2016.

America’s longest (and perhaps most fictitious) war just got even longer. It has now been announced that the U.S. is set to keep 5,500 troops in the war-torn country into the year 2017 at a cost of $14.7 billion — long after Obama has left office for good. Read More

10.17.15- Obama Is Bullish for Gold And Silver
Michael Noonan

Obama is ultimately bullish for gold and silver.  His erratic and often incompetent decision -making can only cause both PMs to rally.  Here is part of the reason why:

Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict to fight real terrorists is as much a side-show as it is a pivotal power play and game changer for Putin in the Middle East [ME].  We continue to report on this for diametrically opposed reasons.  It puts a glaring focus on Obama’s political inabilities, similar to watching a satirical comedy sketch, while at the same time, there is the potential for WWIII, mostly due to the instability of US policies.  This is a tragicomedy unfolding before us on the world’s stage. Read More

10.16.15- Here's a major risk you're probably taking without even knowing it
(and how to stop it)

Simon Black

The killer lurked outside in the rainstorm, his axe still dripping with the blood of his last victim.

Inside, the sorority girls gossiped about their missing sisters who had mysteriously disappeared the week before.

–Stop me when this sounds familiar… it’s the standard plot of hundreds of b-rated horror movies– Read More

10.15.15- Connecting the Dots
Bill Holter

It has been a while since I have written anything close to being considered a "rant". Instead, using cool and common sense logic of connecting dots for readers has been my method of choice. Over just the last several weeks, the "obviousness" of what is coming has been astounding. I can only wonder why the "inevitable" has not yet been seen by the masses? Though Mark Dice giving the choice of a candy bar or a 10 ounce silver bar …only to run out of candy may be the answer? Read More

10.14.15- Russia Sends Its Only Aircraft Carrier To Syria, Signals It Is Just Getting Started
Tyler Durden

As should be abundantly clear by now, The Kremlinis adopting a "slightly" different strategy when it comes to combatting terror in the Mid-East than that adopted by the US and its Western and regional allies. 

The strategy of the US and its allies seems to go something like this: 1) covertly arm and train groups who you know might ultimately become terrorists because arming and training these groups may be a way to destabilize unfriendly regimes, 2) wait for blowback, 3) launch serious effort to combat terror if unfriendly regime has been "successfully" replaced by puppet government, or launch half-hearted effort to combat terror if situation still fluid and regime still clings to power. Read More

10.13.15- The Collectivist Conspiracy
G. Edward Griffin

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10.12.15- Must Watch: "Maybe It's Not the Guns… Maybe It's the People Holding the Guns"
Mac Slavo

If the only gun violence statistics you see are disseminated by the mainstream media or left-wing anti-Second Amendment groups, then in all likelihood you are horrified by America’s murder culture.

But what if what we’re being sold as truth is merely a means to achieve an agenda focused on seeing the American people totally disarmed? Read More

10.10.15- Gold And Silver – Trapped In A Low-End Trading Range
Michael Noonan

Syria: An example why gold and silver have not rallied, and an example of why gold and silver ultimately will rally.

As a side note, never in the history of the world has a fiat paper currency ever survived.  Never before in history has there been so much fiat-created paper currency nor has there ever been as much debt in the world.  Never before has the demand for gold and silver been greater, nor the supply of same less, relative to the demand.  Obviously, as we have stated in the past, the natural factors of supply and demand are of no consequence for the pricing of gold and silver. Read More

10.09.15- Russia, Syria And The Clash Of Empires
Jerry Robinson

ANALYSIS: Russia, Syria and the Clash of Empires

Two days after U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin smiled and shook hands in front of cameras, Moscow launched surprise airstrikes in Syria giving Washington only one hour’s notice. While Russia claimed these airstrikes would target the growing Islamic State fighters in the region, tensions quickly flared when the U.S. began accusing Moscow of bombing its own groups of "rebel” fighters in Syria. Ironically, many of these so-called “rebels”, which Washington stresses are “moderate” Islamists, include members of groups that have been trained and equipped by the CIA and are affiliated with Al Qaeda. Read More

10.08.15- 'Minority Report' Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality
John W. Whitehead

“The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.”—Director Steven Spielberg, Minority Report Read More

10.07.15- Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?
Brandon Smith

The Syrian crisis and the confluence of clashing interests there was entirely predictable. In fact, I wrote an article on my former website in 2010 outlining the potential for Syria as a high value catalyst for global conflict titled "Will Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War?"

In it, I summarized the dubious history of wars initiated over the past century, including the nature of false flags and false paradigms created by globalists designed to divide nations and peoples and turn them against each other. This strategy of engineered war (along with engineered economic collapse) has been used time and time again by the elites to artificially generate chaos and then consolidate and centralize power while the masses are blinded by confusion. Read More

10.06.15- Syriasly
James Howard Kunstler

Senior administration officials say the new offensive holds promise and may change the dynamics on the ground.- The New York Times

Whew…. That's reassuring. Finally, a Middle East policy you can believe in.

It's apparently based on a joint Kurdish-Arab army that our side (the USA) is pretending to assemble around the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, near the Turkish border. We're informed also that American military officials have screened the leaders of the Arab groups to ensure that they meet standards set by Congress when it approved $500 million last year for the Defense Department to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels. Read More

10.05.15- The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam Is Complete: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion
Tyler Durden

On Thursday, in "Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic", we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow's involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power.

Here are a few excerpts that summarize what's taking shape in the Middle East: Read More

10.03.15- America 2020 - The UFO Economy 2.0
Catherine Austin Fitts

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10.02.15- Wealth Transfer
The Daily Coin

Having the benefit of hindsight is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes in the form of situations to avoid in the future and curse is either missing an opportunity or allowing a situation to overwhelm you.

Let’s take a short look back in time and see if we can avoid some future heartache and utilize the blessing of hindsight to our advantage. Read More

10.01.15- 71% Of Americans Oppose Civil Asset Forfeiture. Too Bad Their Representatives Don't Care.
the-power-of-people,-bottlenecked dept

According to a YouGov/Huffington Post poll, 71% of Americans are opposed to civil asset forfeiture.

Too bad their opinion doesn't matter. This is part of the problem.

Most Americans haven't even heard of civil asset forfeiture. This is why the programs have run unchallenged for so many years. Read More

09.30.15- The Crisis of the Now: Distracted and Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State
John W. Whitehead

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Author Neil Postman

Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asset forfeiture schemes, and government surveillance but are also generally foggy about everything that has happened since. Read More

09.29.15- Experts Warn These 5 Things Will Follow the Collapse of the Dollar
Dave Hodges

It is easy to interpret the signals of our economy from afar when we see people driving cars everywhere and we tend to think that our economy is not that bad.

The fact remains that 40 years ago Americans owned those cars that we see them driving. Today, we are renting them as 40% of us are leasing our vehicles.

As we drive up and down our neighborhoods, we see people living in houses and we lie to ourselves as use this as a  false barometer to convince ourselves that everything is OK. However, many of these homes we see people living in, have lost all of their equity. Read More

09.28.15- No Brains In Washington
Paul Craig Roberts

Washington's IQ follows the Fed's interest rate — it is negative. Washington is a black hole into which all sanity is sucked out of government deliberations.

Washington's failures are everywhere visible. We can see the failures in Washington's wars and in Washington's approach to China and Russia.

The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was scheduled for the week-end following the Pope's visit to Washington. Was this Washington's way of demoting China's status by having its president play second fiddle to the Pope? The President of China is here for week-end news coverage? Why didn't Obama just tell him to go to hell? Read More

09.26.15- Weekend Rant: Buy Gold While You Still Can!
Chris Martenson

An important update on the supply of physical gold

One of our long-running themes here is that the truly historic and massive flows of gold from West to East is (someday) going to stop, for the simple reason that there will be no more physical bullion left to move. 

It’s just a basic supply vs. demand issue.  At current rates of flow, sooner or later the West will entirely run out of physical gold to sell to China and India.  Although long before that hard limit, we suspect that the remaining holders of gold in the West will cease their willingness to part with their gold. Read More

09.25.16- The VW "Scandal"
Eric Peters

This could kill VW – until recently (until last week) the world's largest car company.

But unlike say the exploding Pinto fiasco this is not a story about defective cars. It is a story about defective public policy.

None of the VW cars now in the crosshairs are unreliable, dangerous or shoddily built. They were simply programmed to give their owners best-case fuel economy and performance. Software embedded within each vehicle’s computer – which monitors and controls the operation of the engine – would furtively adjust those parameters slightly to sneak by emissions tests when the vehicle was plugged in for testing. But once out on the road, the calibrations would revert to optimal – for mileage and performance. Read More

09.24.15- Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street
Ellen Brown

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the "nuclear option" — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy. All other options having failed, governments will be reduced to issuing money outright to cover budget deficits. So warns a September 18 article on ZeroHedge titled "It Begins: Australia’s Largest Investment Bank Just Said 'Helicopter Money' is 12-18 Months Away." Read More

09.23.15- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Trump's Trump
G. Murphy Donovan

Donald Trump is a piece of work even by New York standards: tall, white, loud, brash, entrepreneurial, successful, rich, ruthlessly candid, well-dressed, and fond of heterosexual women. He has married at least three delicious ladies in fact. Trump has five children and seven grandchildren. Indeed, his progeny are well above average too, smartly groomed, photogenic, and successful to boot.

As far as we know, Donald does not have any tattoos, piercings, unpaid taxes, or under-aged bimbo interns. He is not a drunk or a junkie either. Trump projects and enterprises probably employ more folks than the NYC school system -- or the United Nations. Read More

09.22.15- Cunning Craftiness and the Tools of Manipulation
Zen Gardner

While many are aware of the age old tactic of divide and conquer, in many cases even awakened people can get bamboozled by their devilishly clever tricks to hijack humanity. When you realize their ultimate goal is to control our consciousness, using every possible means to accomplish this, these ploys become more and more evident.

The simplest way to influence and steer our thinking and ultimately the preponderance of our collective consciousness is via the media. Read More

09.21.15- Financial Anarchy
Douglas R Terry, CFA

The Federal Reserve left interest rates at 0 after their 2 day policy meeting this week. Less concerning, they lowered the forecast for future rates.

We have red and green street lights. Why? Because society finds it beneficial that people using our streets aren’t speeding through an intersection from both directions at the same time. We have laws against stealing. Why? Because we find it beneficial to our society that people in our country can’t arbitrarily take or use or hard earned possessions. Rules and laws in society exist for the betterment of the whole. Read More

09.19.15- Weekend Rant: China and US Job Loss
Darryl Robert Schoon

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09.18.15- Capitalism and the Future of Liberty
Shane Smith

Capitalism is the engine of a society's prosperity. It remains mostly hidden, unnoticed, but attacked and reviled when attention is focused on it as a result of some scandal. But what drives this hostility toward capitalism? To clarify: What drives the hostility toward the operation of markets that are relatively free of government interference? I don't mean those whose hostility derives from the uneven outcomes that are due to the interference of the political class, but those whose resentment is directed at the process of profit, loss and competition itself. Read More

09.17.15- Should Texas Secede? Texans May Have Ballot Question to "Reassert Its Status As Independent Nation"
Mac Slavo

The question of secession on a ballot it is a one. Secession might make a powerful statement to voice defiance government tyranny, but it could also set off sparks.

Now, it appears that the biggest and most independent-minded state in the union might test that question. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.

Regardless, the possibility shows the pulse of the nation: Read More

09.16.15- Safe Assets In A World Gone Mad
Tom Chatham

Gold and silver are good assets to hold to insure the preservation of EXCESS wealth but there are other assets that are even more valuable longterm. Those things that can be used to produce a product are the elements that can be used to leverage your time, resources and talents to produce wealth. The ability to produce excess is the basis of the need for wealth preservation.

Physical goods in the form of equipment that can be used to create or produce goods needed by society are the basis of prosperity and wealth in the world. Gold and silver only become necessary when society begins to produce more products than the producer can use. Read More

09.15.15- The Golden Fleece – or 3 Ways to "Get-Rich-Quick"
Gary Christenson

  1. Buy a few congresspersons, or preferably a president, and obtain a "no-bid" contract to provide something to the government at a huge markup. It could be Tamiflu vaccine, security services in Iraq, TSA scanners, private prisons or so many other schemes.  The profits can be enormous to the point that payoffs to politicians are insignificant.  This works especially well if you are a member of the financial elite. Read More

09.14.15- CIA and the Drug Business
Douglas Valentine

Special Report: The corrupt connections between U.S. intelligence and drug enforcement go back more than seven decades as American spies and drug investigators routinely crossed paths and collaborated — with the interests of average citizens never high on the agenda, as author Douglas Valentine describes.

The outlawing of narcotic drugs at the start of the Twentieth Century, the turning of the matter from public health to social control, coincided with the belief that the U.S. government had an obligation to American industrialists to create markets in every nation in the world, whether those nations liked it or not. Read More

9/11 Profits Of Doom
The Alex Jones Channel

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09.11.15- Lord Of The Flies: Dystopia Is Arriving
Dave Kranzler

I was driving around Denver yesterday doing my “boots on the ground” due diligence scouting of the local housing market.  I continue to see some “sold” and “under contract” signs but I’m seeing a pile-up forming in new “for sale,” “price reduced,” and “for rent” signs.   The traffic update on the sports radio reported a back-up at an intersection in Denver caused by a fist-fight that had broken out between two drivers.  This country is sliding back into neanderthal times. Read More

09.10.15- 'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
John Whitehead

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” – Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State. Read More

09.09.15- This Corporation Is Declaring War on Privacy
Ted Bauman

If you are running Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10, your computer is almost certainly spying on you as you read these words.

The reason is simple. Microsoft has adopted the business strategy employed by Google, Facebook and other Internet giants: profiting by gathering and selling users' personal information rather than by making useful products.

That's not to say that Windows 10 isn't useful. It's actually the best Microsoft OS I’ve seen, and I've tried them all. The problem is that according to the fine print, by default, Read More

09.08.15- Exhaustion…
Be careful what you wish for

Bill Holter

Doom and gloom “porn”, this is the new troll term to describe the realities being described by those who use math and pure logic to derive conclusions.  What other conclusions can one come to than “it’s been a great ride but it’s nearly over”?  We are only a week away from the Fed meeting where interest rates may come off of “zero” (I dare them).  Just reported was an unemployment rate at 5.1% …while 47 million Americans are on food assistance.  Totally “unexpected” was the chemical “explosion of the week” in China Another Chinese Chemical Plant Explodes, Huge Clouds Of Black Smoke Billow Skyward. Read More

09.07.15- Holiday Replay! Civilization at the Crossroads
John Meyer

(Editor's Note: This is a repost of an article that came up in conversation the other day. Occasionally I am fortunate enough to come across a contemporary essay that is so concise and well written that it allows me the opportunity to crystallize and clarify my understanding of a particular subject. This work, by John Meyer, ranks among the best I have ever been privileged to read. Please take the time to absorb the depth of Mr. Meyer's understanding, and be thankful that you have been let in on the truth. - JSB)

In our last letter we stated that, "American capitalism ended in 1913 and remains "An Unknown Ideal." We also commented that, "A troubling question arises: Has the financial community hijacked government?" Read More

09.05.15- Weekend Rant: The Rise Of The Inhumanes
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

America's descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice (sic) Department officials who trample all over the US Constitution. Last year America's First Black President nominated David Barron to be a judge on the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Read More

09.04.15- Deliberate implosion of US economy
Former Bush Sec. of Housing Catherine Austin Fitts

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09.03.15- 'The Business Model of Wall Street Is Fraud'
Jesse’s Café Américain

Most people are sick and tired of the system as it is now. And they are once again attempting to reject the status quo, having been badly disappointed by Obama and the Congress. And this gives rise to popular movements and even third parties.

The biggest problem with popular movements is that they either tend to be co-opted by the most powerful in the status quo and used badly, misdirected and deceived, as in the case of the Tea Party, or diffused by too many factions and lack of prioritization resulting in a lack of effective cohesion, as in the case of the Occupy Movement. Read More

09.02.15- The Safest Place to Escape the New World Order
Dave Hodges

There are many of us who are all to well aware of the dangers that lie ahead for those people who speak out against the tyranny that is sweeping our country. In modern day America, this is a very dangerous time to be outspoken. At places like Washington State University, using the terms “boy”, “girl”, “homosexual”, “senior citizen” and any other term that the globalist political correct police force deems inappropriate, can get you expelled from school. For those who engage in the high stakes game of calling a criminal a criminal (e.g. the bankers who have hijacked the United States government), are willfully engaging in life-threatening behavior. Read More

09.01.15- Beijing Just Buried its Fangs into the US Dollar Standard
the wealth watchman

Taking Control

Over the past few days, it’s quite evident that alot has changed on the global financial landscape. However, there have recently been a few developments in China, which further signal that everything we know is about to change.

Several weeks ago, I made the case that China had been taking certain measures to put pressure on DC to give them more hefty weighting in the IMF, particularly regarding SDR inclusion.  Now that it has been confirmed that SDR inclusion “will be put off for at least a year”,China has decided to take matters into its own hands…by burying two twin fangs into the US Dollar standard. Read More

08.31.15- The Central Bankers' Malodorous War On Savers
David Stockman

Well, that didn't take long!

After just three days of market turmoil the monetary politburo swung into action. This time they sent out B-Dud to promise still another monetary sweetener. Said the head of the New York Fed,

"From my perspective, at this moment, the decision to begin the normalization process at the September FOMC meeting seems less compelling to me than it was a few weeks ago.". Read More

08.29.15- Weekend Rant: Another
'Barbarous Relic'

New York Sun

That's the headline over a Financial Times editorial calling on authorities to consider phasing out the use of cash — by everyone, not just governments. This is what it has come down to. The government has run down the value of the dollar to less than 2% of what it was worth when our parents were born. Now it is itching to ban the use of banknotes and gets an endorsement from, of all broadsheets, the "world business newspaper." The FT refers to the banknotes as "another 'barbarous relic,'" which, it says, is the "moniker Keynes gave to gold." Read More

08.28.15- Where is Neo When We Need Him
Paul Craig Roberts

In The Matrix in which Americans live, nothing is ever their fault. For example, the current decline in the US stock market is not because years of excessive liquidity supplied by the Federal Reserve have created a bubble so overblown that a mere six stocks, some of which have no earnings commiserate with their price, accounted for more than all of the gain in market capitalization in the S&P 500 prior to the current disruption.

In our Matrix existence, the stock market decline is not due to corporations using their profits, and even taking out loans, to repurchase their shares, thus creating an artificial demand for their equity shares. Read More

08.27.15- Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Jon Stone

A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.

Damian McBride said a coming economic crisis would be worse than the 2008 recession

Damian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house. Read More

08.26.15- Government is Good
Will Lehr

The following story takes place during late summer in south central Texas. As I battle the humidity by sipping on a margarita on the San Antonio river walk, I wonder if the air can get any thicker without precipitation. It is Friday night before a family wedding. We dine together, the bride's family and the groom's family. I am a member of the former. The night before, the bride– my sister– had prepped me for the meeting with the family of her hubby-to-be. I was warned the future in-laws were very "politically active." That is code for, "Will, don't ruin my wedding with talks of our nobel peace prize drone king, civil liberty erosion, the role of government, …" So, I sip my margarita, while biting my tongue. However, as the margarita flows, as does the liquid courage impeding that internal filter as alcohol acts as a form of truth serum. Read More

08.25.15- Living With Rigged Markets
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

It's enough that the mainstream financial media seems hell-bent of bashing gold. (Of course, silver gets hardly a mention). But GATA's Chris Powell has been on a tirade of late, picking apart the lower hanging fruit of these theories and misplaced assumptions, if not outright desperate attempts to rationalize technically driven market prices.
The following answer to a gold insider is a must read:

Powell tells it best, though I think it's fair to add a few questions to the ones he poses for Mr. Moriarty – which I've included below – if anyone were inclined to apply the same misunderstanding about silver price discovery. Read More

08.24.15- "Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
Charles Eisenstein

With the nation's household debt burden at $11.85 trillion, even the most modest challenges to its legitimacy have revolutionary implications.

The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. Everybody at one time or another owed something to someone else. Repayment of debt was inseparable from the meeting of social obligations; it resonated with the principles of fairness and gratitude. Read More

08.22.15- Weekend Rant: The Banking Oligarchs
Nelson Hultberg

Can anyone stop the overweening lunacy of the banking oligarchs? No more than anyone can stop pythons from devouring rabbits at play. Our bankers are not honorable. They are not farsighted. And they have set in motion forces that no human effort can avert. Moreover they long ago formed a deathly co-op with history's most deplorable criminal element – the state. This has given them a free pass to indulge in ugly asset corpulence and hideous irresponsibility. It has hidden the true state of their criminality from realization by good men and women. The banking oligarchs and the power they have over us today are the result of a long train of poisonous ideas descending upon the American republic over the past 120 years. Read More

08.21.15- Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: Monsanto's Silence is Deafening
Colin Todhunter

In his book 'Altered Genes,Twisted Truths', US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US. Not long after the book's release, he wrote an open letter to the Royal Society in Britain calling on it to acknowledge and correct the misleading and exaggerated statements that it has used to actively promote GMOs and in effect convey false impressions. He followed this up by delivering an open challenge to Monsanto's headquarters on May 20, 2015 calling on the company to address the evidence presented in the book. Read More

08.20.15- Iran Accord, War and the Doomed Dollar
Finian Cunningham

US President Barack Obama has given an extraordinary ultimatum to the Republican-controlled Congress, arguing that they must not block the nuclear accord with Iran. It's either "deal or war," he says.

In a televised nationwide address on August 5, Obama said: "Congressional rejection of this deal leaves any US administration that is absolutely committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon with one option: another war in the Middle East. I say this not to be provocative. I am stating a fact." Read More

08.19.20- Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card
Ellen Brown

“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.”

— Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan on Meet the Press, August 2011

In a post on "Sovereign Man" dated August 14th, Simon Black argued that Donald Trump may be the right man for the presidency:

[T]here's one thing that really sets him apart, that, in my opinion, makes him the most qualified person for the job:

Donald Trump is an expert at declaring bankruptcy. Read More

08.18.15- Gullible Americans Forever
Paul Craig Roberts

Listening to NPR news today I was reminded how throughly this once independent voice has sold out. NPR reported that Syrians were lined up in Turkey waiting on passage on inflatable rafts to Greece. According to the NPR report, there are 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and 250,000 Syrians have been killed. NPR said nothing about the cause of this murder and displacement of vast numbers of people. It was if the plight of these people materialized out of thin air. The fact that Washington sicced ISIS, al Qaeda, Turkey, the US and NATO Air Forces, and Washington's Middle Eastern vassals on Syria was not mentioned. The view on NPR is the same as Washington's — that if only Assad would resign and hand Syria over to Washington, everything would be fine. Read More

08.17.15- There Is Only One Currency War
Jeffrey P. Snider

It's amazing what will be ignored or forgotten in order to try to explain the state of the world when it strays so far beyond bounded conception. Commentary views the state of economic world as wholly separate dots, disparate systems only tangentially connected through nebulous trade terms and hard currencies.

The world was once that way, though perhaps even then not quite as idealized as all that. In any event, there is no separation anymore and the melody of turmoil in one is the harmony of dysfunction of all, the dark base note of the unifying factor. Read More

08.15.15- Weekend Rant: 10 Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful To Face
Dr. Bernie Suarez

Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who haven’t heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it. If you haven’t heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift in your life or in the life of someone you know. Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up. Read More

08.14.15- U.S. Wages Have Fallen EVERY Quarter of the 'Recovery'
Jeff Nielson

For 6 ½ long years, we have been bombarded with the mythology known as "the U.S. economic recovery" by the mainstream media. Exposing this fantasy is simple, since the gulf between myth and reality has grown to such absurd proportions.

There is no better starting point than the farcical claim by Barack Obama that "10 million new jobs" have been created during this non-existent recovery. In fact, the U.S. government's own numbers show that the total number of employed Americans has fallen by more than 3 million over that span, in spite of the population growth over those past 6 ½ years.  Read More

08.13.15- You are being lied to and fooled when it comes to inflation data and the cost of living.

Inflation is widely misunderstood by the public. Even economists tend to have a hard time coming to a general agreement to the true definition of inflation.  When you ask the person on the street what inflation is they usually respond by saying the "price of things going up" which is more of a consequence of inflation, rather than the cause.  Inflation is like a new car that lacks maintenance. At first, there is little notice of the issue but overtime major problems start occurring and eventually the car breaks down.  If you want to see inflation out of control just look at Venezuela right now where people are swarming stores for basic food items.  Read More

08.12.15- 19 Tough Questions for Libertarians!
Stefan Molyneux

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08.11.15- The war on the middle class
Bernie Sanders

Here is the reality of the American economy. Despite an explosion in technology and a huge increase in worker productivity, the middle class continues its 40-year decline. Today, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and median family income is almost $5,000 less than it was in 1999.

Meanwhile, the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well. Today, 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent, while the top one-tenth of 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. In the last two years, the wealthiest 14 people in this country increased their wealth by $157 billion. That increase is more than is owned by the bottom 130 million Americans – combined. Read More

08.10.15- Why We Should Abandon the State
George Ford Smith

Revisionism, according to Harry Elmer Barnes, is bringing history into accord with the facts.

Why would history and factual evidence be at odds?

Because governments, per Orwell, falsify the past to keep the population subservient.

If people really knew what governments had done they would want less of it than they have. Read More

08.08.15- The Rumblings of War
Bill Holter

Shock of all shocks, the IMF announced the Chinese yuan will not be admitted into the SDR until at least Sept. 2016. What exactly does this mean? I can tell you the gold community is so shell shocked and fearful at this point, it “must be bad for gold”, right? Going back a couple of weeks, China announced they had accumulated another 600 tons or so of gold to the near panic of precious metals investors. This announcement would be used as another shot at taking price down because the Chinese “don’t like gold as much as we thought”. This was the prevailing sentiment. Read More

08.07.15- Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation
John W. Whitehead

“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed were labeled traitors. Read More

08.06.15- A Prescription for Peace and Prosperity
Paul Craig Roberts

The question is often asked: "What can we do?" Here is a prescription for peace and prosperity.

We will begin with prosperity, because prosperity can contribute to peace. Sometimes governments begin wars in order to distract from unpromising economic prospects, and internal political stability can also be dependent on prosperity. Read More

08.05.15- Connecticut On Its Latest Cash Grab: It's Not Greed When We Do It
Christopher Westley

Those possessing the anti-capitalist mentality — so ascendant in our culture today — often critique market actors as being solely motivated by “greed.” Surely economic systems based on nobler motivations, they say, would better promote the long-run interests of the planet.

The Voluntary Marketplace Uses Greed as Motivation to Serve Others.

This is an issue I deal with in detail in my Principles of Economics classes. The fascinating point about the market system isn’t that it is based on greed, but rather that it forces those motivated by greed to act in ways that promote the social interest. Read More

08.04.15- The Great Call
Bill Holter

The world is awash with "promises". Nearly everything we think of as having "value" is because of a promise behind it. A few examples; your bank accounts, retirement funds, bonds and even the dollar bills in your pocket. Your bank account for example, once you deposit the money it is no longer yours. You can argue this if you wish but we now know this is true for sure after recent "bail in" legislations passed throughout the west. When you deposit funds into a bank, it then becomes "their money" held for you ...they "owe" it to you. Do not take this lightly, lawmakers around the world have made this the new reality. A little known fact, in 1845 Britain passed banking law that made depositors (unsecured creditors), this is still precedent to this day. When you deposit money you "accept a liability" from your bank and are classified as an unsecured creditor. In other words, "get in line with everyone else"! Read More

08.03.15- The 1% – Why Do We Insist On Lying To Ourselves?
Sylvain Lamoureux

As I read, learn and live I see the ever increasing number of peoples which claim to be “awake”. These people with their research, documents, web links; all “evidence” that they must be “awake”. They lament about the 1% controlling the world, poisoning our water and food, wreaking havoc on our financial systems, chem-trails, drugging, killing, torturing, imprisoning… the list is endless. What they don’t see is that it is not the 1% but rather the 99% which are the enablers of this catastrophe which we refer to as civilization and which hinders any kind of progression into human evolution. Read More

08.01.15- The latest government trust fund to go bankrupt
Simon Black

On June 6, 1932, President Herbert Hoover imposed the first ever national gasoline tax in the United States, initially set at 1 cent per gallon.

It was a major success for the federal government; the tax on gasoline alone was responsible for over 15% of their 1933 tax revenue.

What's curious is that the Senate Finance Committee issued a report the following year stating that the federal gasoline tax should be repealed. But that never happened. Read More

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