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NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 07/31/2015
The USA has, by far, the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. Progressives will tell you that this is what makes America the Murder Capitol of Planet Earth. But we're not, and in this devastatingly effective Firewall, Bill Whittle shows why the center of Gun Nut Nation is in fact one of the safest places in the world.  Watch here »
I'm guessing many of my friends "lean left," yet they aren't rabid "gun grabbers." That's one reason why I wish pieces like this simply dropped the divisive tone; it doesn't add any value. Present the facts and give people an opportunity to reconsider what they've been led to believe, without ridiculing them, whenever possible. ...Now, all of that said, this is a nice, short video on the correlation between our "gun culture" and murder.
Thousands of AI researchers just issued a warning about killer robots
Source: BusinessInsider.com Submitted: 07/28/2015
More than a thousand artificial-intelligence researchers have cosigned an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, or "killer robots."

As The Verge reports, they have been joined by hundreds more sympathetic signatories from outside the industry — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking, and social theorist Noam Chomsky.

Autonomous weapons capable of attacking targets without human intervention don't yet exist, but that hasn't prevented fierce debate about their potential creation and use.
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12 Dictators, Tyrants And Terrorist Groups Aided By The US Federal Government
Source: LibertyUpward.com Submitted: 07/22/2015
Throughout the history of United States Foreign policy the U.S. Government has often justified or called for the invasion of another country by claiming the need to remove a dictator who was committing human rights abuses against his own people.

But what is not commonly known is that throughout that same history the U.S. Government also gave military and financial support to numerous tyrants and terrorists with the full knowledge and awareness that these groups were committing human rights abuses against their own people.

This is something the mainstream media in America will never talk about.

And while the media and the U.S. Governent tells us that “terrorists hate us for our freedoms”, perhaps it’s much closer to the truth to say they hate us for propping up dictators around the world, who kill, torture, steal from and unjustly imprison their citizens.

Here is a partial list of some of the worst tyrants and dictators your tax dollars have aided and abetted over the years…
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"Again, as Quigley points out, the “power structure” that he exposed isn’t loyal to Communism, or Socialism, or Fascism, or capitalism. The Network is happy to exploit the rhetoric of any movement or ideology, prop up any dictator or tyrant, and support any economic or political model, provided it serves their one overarching aim. That aim, to bring “all the habitable portions of the world under their control,” is as old as the lust for power itself. The death and suffering that their policies have already caused in pursuit of this aim are incalculable. Allowing them to continue as they have will only bring more of the same.

--If there is one goal for this book, it is to expose the attitude and inherent nature of those who seek to dominate others. Don’t worry about remembering all of the dates and names that have been listed. Don’t worry about trying to recall all of the specific events. (All of that information will always be here if you need to find it again.) Instead, make it a point to simply verify the following: there is no lie that these men will not tell. There is no crime that they will not commit. The only measure of “right” and “wrong,” in their view, is whether their tactics succeed or fail. This might sound like hyperbole now, but by the end of this short book you will understand the truth of this assertion. (The Network’s game is won by those who calculate properly, and moral considerations only impede accurate calculation.)" ---Tragedy and Hope 101
Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It (Video)
Source: Wired.com Submitted: 07/22/2015
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For those of you who remember the "death" (murder?) of Michael Hastings, the WIRED video above adds some real context. Here is a paragraph of "background" from Wikipedia:

Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism Richard A. Clarke said that what is known about the crash is "consistent with a car cyber attack". He was quoted as saying "There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers—including the United States—know how to remotely seize control of a car. So if there were a cyber attack on [Hastings'] car—and I'm not saying there was, I think whoever did it would probably get away with it."


Texas Launches Gold-backed Bank, Challenging Federal Reserve
Source: TheNewAmerican.com Submitted: 07/19/2015
--“Today I signed HB 483 to provide a secure facility for the State of Texas, state agencies and Texas citizens to store gold bullion and other precious metals,” said a statement issued by Governor Abbott, a popular conservative governor, after the ceremonial signing. “With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state.” The law protects the assets from seizure by the feds or other forces, too.

There will be many other benefits as well, according to supporters. While other states have in recent years passed legislation declaring gold and silver to be legal tender, analysts say Texas’ new depository could help supercharge the growing movement for an honest and sensible monetary system founded on real money rather than debt-based paper notes conjured into existence by a private banking cartel. Indeed, one of the chief aims of gold-and-silver-as-currency proponents is to restore sound money — and the Texas law could help pave the way.
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Matt Taibbi & JPMorgan Chase Whistleblower (Video)
Source: HuffingtonPost.com Submitted: 07/18/2015
Paraphrase:

"One of the 'myths' of this whole subprime mortgage crisis is that the whole thing was a big accident; they used the term 'a thousand-year flood,' to describe what happened in 2008. The reality is that these were willful, intentional crimes...they absolutely knew exactly what they were doing.

It sounds complicated, but what they were really doing is they were selling a defective product to retirees, to pensioners, to ordinary working people, to foreign hedge funds and things like that...essentially mass theft; they were selling snake oil."
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An important piece from November 2014. The first 15 minutes covers most of the dirty details; well worth a listen.
Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association
Source: TruthDig.com Submitted: 07/17/2015
--This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade, that the APA actively colluded with the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA, manipulating the APA’s policies, meetings and members in order to get the APA’s endorsement of the Pentagon’s torture program. The association’s board of directors last year commissioned an independent review by former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hoffman. The 542-page report, dubbed “The Hoffman Report,” undermines the APA’s repeated denials that some of its 130,000 members were complicit in torture.  Read full article »
"Dishonest Money," is Now Available in German
Source: Amazon.DE Submitted: 07/12/2015
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A German publisher wrote me back in December about acquiring the German-language rights for Dishonest Money. Got my first copy...I can't read it, but it's pretty cool just the same! :-)

The link above will take you to Amazon.DE. If you want to read the "English" version instead, it's available here: http://joeplummer.com/dishonest-money.html
Greece Votes NO – Let The Chaos Begin…
Source: TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com Submitted: 07/06/2015
--Personally, I love the fact that the Greek people decided not to buckle under the pressure being imposed on them by the EU and the IMF. But amidst all of the celebration, the cold, hard reality of the matter is that your options are extremely limited when you are out of money.

How is the Greek government going to pay its bills without any money?

How are the insolvent Greek banks going to operate without any money?

How is the Greek economy going to function without any money?
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"By weakening us financially, those who control our monetary system are incrementally increasing their leverage. A wealthy, proud, and independent nation would never willingly surrender its sovereignty and ability to choose its own destiny. An economically devastated nation, chaotic and struggling to maintain social order, is another story altogether. Such a nation would be far more willing to accept help from a global body like the United Nations or IMF/ World Bank, regardless of the strings attached. And THAT is the ultimate “profit” being sought in this game. The real prize is control.

In nation after nation, these “economic warriors” make use of politicians who are willing to bury their citizens in debt. Out of that crushing debt, and the subsequent need for an endless supply of new loans, they slowly gain control." - Dishonest Money: Financing the Road to Ruin

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Good On You, Greece—–But Don’t Waver Now (Part 2)
Source: DavidStockmansContraCorner.com Submitted: 07/05/2015
--Its all going to blow and it should. The entire European mess has been concocted by statist politicians and policy apparatchiks who falsely and arrogantly believe they can defy the laws of markets, sound money and fiscal rectitude indefinitely.

--Indeed, if the Greeks do not waver after a successful rejection of the status quo on Sunday they will not need to feel lonesome about returning to the Drachma. The Italian lira, Spanish peseta, Portuguese escudo, the French franc and countless more will be back in short order.

Think of that. The IMF out of business. Merkel and Brussels gone. The Bundesbank and D-mark restored. The Keynesian money printers discredited. The front-runners and speculators in the casino carried out on their shields.

Now that’s a referendum that the world desperately needs.
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New Scientific Review: ‘No Evidence’ Water Fluoridation Prevents Cavities
Source: NaturalSociety.com Submitted: 07/02/2015
--Fast forward to April of 2015, and finally the federal government decides to lower fluoride levels for the first time in 50 years. A monumental event in the history of water fluoridation and public health.

Now, in June of 2015, another landmark study has hit: sodium fluoride in the water supply isn’t even preventing cavities! Now is the time to make this a well-known study, instead of a footnote buried within the latest news feed. After all, it’s huge news that this information is finally being displayed by the mainstream media after years of anti-fluoride activists enduring the label ‘conspiracy theorist.

--Thomas Zoeller, a scientist at UMass-Amherst who played a role in the study, breaks it down:

“I had assumed because of everything I’d heard that water fluoridation reduces cavities but I was completely amazed by the lack of evidence,” he says. “My prior view was completely reversed.”
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Check out www.AvoidFluoride.com for a couple short videos on the topic of water Fluoridation.
Inexpensive High-Tech Prep
Source: SurvivalBlog.com Submitted: 06/30/2015
--When I finally bought a Gen 1 scope that could double as a rifle sight, I tried it out and instantly sent it back to recover my $350. Then I stumbled across a little CMOS monocular IR camera setup for kids that really can see in complete darkness for a paltry sum. Read on before you blow this idea off completely. I bought the Jakks Pacific Spynet Night Vision goggles on Woot.com for $25 about two years ago. I figured I’d give it a try, and what I got amazed me.

--Want to use it hands-free? There is a second version called the Eyeclops that works exactly the same, but it has straps for head mounting, freeing up both hands. It ranges from $70-$100, and there are plenty listed on eBay. Both units use four AA batteries and provide hours of use from one set. My Sanyo eneloops worked great in mine.
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Leaving the Illusion (2015 Edition)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 06/28/2015
Imagine for a moment what it would be like; ten years worth of hard work and a life-long dream, gone. Your self respect and dignity, in shambles. As you question what you're made of, and as you wonder how you'll ever claw your way back to the top, an incredible opportunity presents itself. There is only one catch: It will cost you everything you know about the world around you.

Leaving the Illusion delves into the darkness of an unseen world; a world where the "dominant few" do as they please to the "inferior many" that live beneath them. For the insiders, there is unimaginable wealth, power and privilege. For all others, there is only deception, theft and violence. Given a choice, which group would you join? Are you sure? The price of admission might be more than you can afford.
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Unfortunately, the first edition of Leaving the Illusion was rushed a bit (I was in a hurry to start writing Tragedy and Hope 101.) So, I've finally corrected some of the things that bothered me. With a new cover, a light "rewrite," and better interior formatting, I'm finally happy with it. Hope you like it too!
(Sometimes) The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Citizens
Source: LewRockwell.com Submitted: 06/24/2015
--In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about because some determined citizens stood up and took a stand against tyranny.

The three cases respectively deal with the government’s confiscation of agricultural crops without any guarantee or promise of payment (Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture); the practice of police gaining unfettered access to motel and hotel guest registries (City of Los Angeles v. Patel); and the use of tasers and excessive force by prison officials (Kingsley v. Hendrickson).
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Flashback: One World, One Currency
Source: ForcingChange.org Submitted: 06/24/2015
--The question now is not whether the world will adopt a Single Global Currency but When? and How smooth, inexpensive, and planful OR rough, costly and chaotic will the journey be?  Read full article »
Ron Paul: Death Penalty is The Ultimate Corrupt, Big Govt. Program
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 06/23/2015
--As strong as the practical arguments against the death penalty are, the moral case is much stronger. Since it is impossible to develop an error-free death penalty system, those who support the death penalty are embracing the idea that the government should be able to execute innocent people for the "greater good." The idea that the government should be able to force individuals to sacrifice their right to life for imaginary gains in personal safety is even more dangerous to liberty than the idea that the government should be able to force individuals to sacrifice their property rights for imaginary gains in economic security.  Read full article »
What is Jury Nullification?
Source: LibertyUpward.com Submitted: 06/21/2015
--If you believe in a system of checks and balances to keep government power from growing out of control, then you support jury nullification!

Now, let’s look at some important cases in the history of jury nullification…

1.) Fugitive Slave Act Of 1850

Jury nullification was practiced in the 1850s to protest the federal Fugitive Slave Act, which was part of the Compromise of 1850. The Act had been passed to mollify the slave owners from the South, who were otherwise threatening to secede from the Union. Across the North, local juries acquitted men accused of violating the law. Secretary of State Daniel Webster was a key supporter of the law as expressed in his famous “Seventh of March” speech. He wanted high-profile convictions.

The jury nullifications ruined his presidential aspirations and his last-ditch efforts to find a compromise between North and South. Webster led the prosecution when defendants were accused of rescuing Shadrach Minkins in 1851 from Boston officials who intended to return Minkins to his owner; the juries convicted none of the men. Webster tried to enforce a law that was extremely unpopular in the North, and his Whig Party passed over him again when they chose a presidential nominee in 1852.[31]
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Inside a counterfeit Facebook farm
Source: TheWeek.com Submitted: 06/21/2015
--Celebrities — and more minor personalities, like bloggers trying to get endorsement deals — have increasingly found their value measured in Facebook fans and Twitter followers, and the payments they receive proportionate to their social media clout. Khloé Kardashian reportedly earns around $13,000 every time she tweets things like, "Want to know how Old Navy makes your butt look scary good?" to her 14.5 million followers. Politicians desire large followings for obvious reasons. Even ordinary people have discovered perks to having an extensive social media presence: Some employers, for instance, now require social media savvy for jobs in marketing, PR, or tech.

To help companies, celebrities, and everyday people boost their social media standing, onliners set up internet stores — click farms — where customers can buy social media influence. Click farms can be found across the globe, but are most commonly based in the developing world, in countries like India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Most are run by smaller teams that manage software to give digital life to accounts like "Ashley Nivens."

Researchers estimate that the market for fake Twitter followers was worth between $40 million and $360 million in 2013, and that the market for Facebook spam was worth $87 million to $390 million. International corporations like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and Louis Vuitton have all been accused of employing click farms, and celebrities like 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, and LeAnn Rimes have been suspected of buying fake followers. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers in a single weekend, despite averaging only 4,000 new followers a day previously. (His campaign denied having bought any fakes.) One Indonesian click farmer told me that he had funneled 2 million Facebook likes to a candidate in his nation's hotly contested July 2014 presidential election.
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Former US military personnel urge drone pilots to walk away from controls
Source: TheGuardian.com Submitted: 06/20/2015
--Forty-five former US military personnel, including a retired army colonel, have issued a joint appeal to the pilots of aerial drones operating in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere, calling on them to refuse to carry out the deadly missions.

In a joint letter, the retired and former military members call on air force pilots based at Creech air force base in Nevada and Beale air force base in California to refuse to carry out their duties. They say the missions, which have become an increasingly dominant feature of US military strategy in recent years, “profoundly violate domestic and international laws”.

“At least 6,000 lives have been unjustly taken by US drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights,” the authors write.
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Same Game, Different Name
Source: theGuardian.com Submitted: 06/14/2015
--Cisa, which supporters have euphemistically labeled “info-sharing” legislation, essentially carves a giant hole in our privacy laws to allow tech companies like Google and Facebook to hand over our private data to the government with no legal process whatsoever. The bill is a disaster for transparency too: it contains what would be the first exemption to the Freedom of Information Act in 50 years, which could allow corporations to hide all sorts of information from public view that have nothing to do with cybersecurity.  Read full article »
TSA's Fake Security Fails to Detect Threats 95% of the Time
Source: FEE.org Submitted: 06/14/2015
--"An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.

The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.

--One way to think about this is as a grave threat to national security. The agency that’s in charge of addressing threats to America’s air travel is rudderless, and even the acting administrator has been kicked off the boat. ...

Another way to think about it is, so what? … Flying remains exceptionally safe, despite such high TSA failure rates. Like vaudeville theater, the screening process seems to exist largely to create a spectacle."
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Fails to detect threats 95 percent of the time; successfully conditions citizens to accept "suspicion without cause" 100 percent of the time. (Mission accomplished.)
Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns?
Source: journal-neo.org Submitted: 06/09/2015
--While many across the West play willfully ignorant as to where ISIS truly gets their supplies from in order to maintain its impressive fighting capacity, some journalists have traveled to the region and have video taped and reported on the endless convoys of trucks supplying the terrorist army.

Were these trucks traveling to and from factories in seized ISIS territory deep within Syrian and Iraqi territory? No. They were traveling from deep within Turkey, crossing the Syrian border with absolute impunity, and headed on their way with the implicit protection of nearby Turkish military forces. Attempts by Syria to attack these convoys and the terrorists flowing in with them have been met by Turkish air defenses.

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published the first video report from a major Western media outlet illustrating that ISIS is supplied not by “black market oil” or “hostage ransoms” but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO member Turkey’s borders via hundreds of trucks a day.
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Rep. Massie on Letting the PATRIOT Act Expire (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 06/06/2015
Massie explains (in 5 minutes) why laws are enacted with expiration dates, and why the "Patriot Act" is a perfect candidate for expiration.  Watch here »
USA Freedom and Obama's Doublespeak
Source: DailyBell.com Submitted: 06/04/2015
Almost everything the president says about the USA Freedom Act is false. He does not at all "welcome" the law's passage. If Obama had his way, Congress would have never even considered this law because the National Security Agency's illegal activities would still be secret.

The only reason any of this is happening is that Edward Snowden spilled the NSA beans. If the president truly welcomes surveillance reform, then he should thank Snowden instead of charging him with crimes against the state.

The president's claim to have himself called for reforms is laughable. His own Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, convened after the Snowden leaks, gave him 46 specific recommendations in its January 2014 report. To date, he has implemented exactly zero of them.
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Regime Change: The JFK Assassination (Video)
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report Submitted: 06/04/2015
What really happened to JFK? Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger joins Ron Paul to discuss his latest book on of of the enduring questions of our times.  Watch here »
Big Brother is Watching Closer Than You Think
Source: DailyBell.com Submitted: 06/03/2015
There was a time in America when fear of government observation would get one accused of tinfoil-hat paranoia. Those days are gone. Thanks to Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, we know Big Brother is watching. The only question is how close.

The newest development is that Big Brother seems to have a secret air force. Mysterious, ostensibly private planes are loitering over major cities in the same way U.S. drones loiter over Pakistan.

Unlike drones, the observation planes are not armed with Hellfire missiles – at least so far as we know. This does not mean they are harmless. If they contain the same kind of advanced imagery equipment the military deploys overseas, the potential loss of privacy is breathtaking.
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Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act - May 31, 2015 (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/31/2015
--“It’s the tip of the iceberg what we’re talking about here…and realize, they were dishonest about the program until we caught ‘em. They kept saying over and over again ‘We’re not doing this, we’re not collecting your records,’ and they were! The Head of the intelligence agency lied to the American people and he still works here…We should be upset, we should be marching in the streets and saying ‘He’s gotta go!’”  Watch here »
A 5-minute clip of Senator Paul’s arguments against the illegal collection of US citizens’ data. As of now, the video has over 1,200 people who’ve given it a “thumbs up,” and only 6 people who’ve given it a “thumbs down.” That’s pretty encouraging in my book.
Hired "Black Lives Matter" protestors promised up to $5,000 - Haven't Been Paid
Source: WashingtonTimes.com Submitted: 05/31/2015
Hired protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement have started a #CutTheCheck hashtag and held a sit-in at the offices for the successor group to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Missouri after the group allegedly stopped paying them.

FrontPage Magazine reports that Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) has been paying protesters $5,000 a month to demonstrate in Ferguson. Last week, hired protesters who haven’t been paid held a sit-in at MORE’s offices and posted a demand letter online.
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Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department
Source: IBtimes.com Submitted: 05/31/2015
--In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records. The Clinton Foundation publishes only a rough range of individual contributors’ donations, making a more precise accounting impossible.

Under federal law, foreign governments seeking State Department clearance to buy American-made arms are barred from making campaign contributions -- a prohibition aimed at preventing foreign interests from using cash to influence national security policy. But nothing prevents them from contributing to a philanthropic foundation controlled by policymakers.
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Rand Paul on CIA Funding / Supporting ISIS (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/27/2015
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Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US Created ISIS As A "Tool"
Source: ZeroHedge.com Submitted: 05/25/2015
--The conventional wisdom is that the US government did not retain sufficient oversight on the funding to anti-Assad rebel groups, which was supposed to be monitored and vetted to ensure that only ‘moderate’ groups were supported.

However, the newly declassified Pentagon report proves unambiguously that years before ISIS launched its concerted offensive against Iraq, the US intelligence community was fully aware that Islamist militants constituted the core of Syria’s sectarian insurgency.

Despite that, the Pentagon continued to support the Islamist insurgency, even while anticipating the probability that doing so would establish an extremist Salafi stronghold in Syria and Iraq.

As Shoebridge told me, “The documents show that not only did the US government at the latest by August 2012 know the true extremist nature and likely outcome of Syria’s rebellion”—namely, the emergence of ISIS—“but that this was considered an advantage for US foreign policy. This also suggests a decision to spend years in an effort to deliberately mislead the West’s public, via a compliant media, into believing that Syria’s rebellion was overwhelmingly ‘moderate.’”
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U.S. Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension
Source: WSJ.com Submitted: 05/23/2015
WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing.  Read full article »
It will be interesting to see what finally happens to the "Patriot Act" on May 31st. ...will "terror" continue to trump constitutional rights, or has resistance finally reached critical mass?
American Gestapo
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 05/22/2015
It was a lifetime ambition for 22-year-old Joseph Rivers to arrive in Los Angeles and become a big name in the music business.

And he nearly made it...until a team of DEA agents put a stop to everything by snatching his life savings without even charging him with a crime.

The aspiring businessman from the outskirts of Detroit had managed to scrape together $16,000 and was finally on the train to Los Angeles when the justice department stepped in, reported the Albuquerque Journal.

Officers found Joseph's thousands of dollars stashed in a bank envelope and questioned him about the origins of the cash.

Despite the fact the officers found no drugs or guns in Joseph's luggage - and failed to charge him with any crime - they took his cash away from him under the civil asset forfeiture program.
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Admitted False Flag Terror Events
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 05/21/2015
Every time we look, we find new admissions of false flag terror attacks.

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….”
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There is a LOT of information provided on this page. I haven't had a chance to sort through it all, but I must admit that I was unaware of some of these false flag events (including the Japanese "Mukden Incident" mentioned above).
Empire of Lies: The Ron Paul Documentary (Video)
Source: Kickstarter.com Submitted: 05/17/2015
Although Ron Paul has been approached many times by many others to be the subject of a documentary, he has not agreed to participate.

Until now.

We are very pleased to have Ron Paul’s help and cooperation in this production and are grateful for his personal support.
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Ron Paul Special Programming Announcement (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/14/2015
Ron Paul will no longer be affiliated with the Ron Paul Channel and Voices of Liberty. He's launching a new program on Youtube, enabling him to drop the "pay wall" and reach far more people.  Watch here »
The Vindication of Edward Snowden
Source: TheAtlantic.com Submitted: 05/13/2015
--A panel of judges on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the program Snowden exposed was never legal. The Patriot Act does not authorize it, contrary to the claims of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Michael Hayden, Keith Alexander, and James Clapper. “Statutes to which the government points have never been interpreted to authorize anything approaching the breadth of the sweeping surveillance at issue here,” Judge Gerard E. Lynch declared. “The sheer volume of information sought is staggering.”  Read full article »
Maine Bill Taking on NSA Spying Passes
Source: TenthAmendmentCenter.com Submitted: 05/10/2015
--Under the proposed measure, the cops would not be able to obtain warrantless data from the feds. Brakey said it was particularly important to pass LD531 in order to keep state and local law enforcement from doing an end-around, bypassing a state law requiring a warrant for the collection of electronic data.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and some law enforcement lobbyists claim the bill could hinder police from catching child pornographers and other dangerous criminals. Their assertions mirror fear-mongering by law enforcement interests in other states.
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100 Items that Disappear Fast
Source: LewRockwell.com Submitted: 05/10/2015
--Do you ever wonder if a major emergency situation occurred what would disappear first? Due to the overwhelming nature of prepping for a emergency situation, many do not know where to even begin, let alone think of emergency situations they would need to prepare for. Having a ready supply of food, water and batteries are a good start, but not enough.  Read full article »
It's good to have the basics (defense, water, food, etc.), but it never hurts to look over long lists like this for other ideas.
The Atomic Bomb Wasn't Necessary To End WW2
Source: Collective-Evolution.com Submitted: 05/09/2015
--We are often taught that yes, use of the atomic bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan at the earliest possible moment, but judging by the statements of many high ranking political and military personnel this is simply not the case.

Here’s what General/President Dwight Eisenhower had to say about it in his 1963 memoir, The White House Years: Mandate for Change, 1953-1956 (pp. 312-313):

“Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly, our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of “face.”

--Similarly, Admiral Leahy, Chief of Staff to presidents Roosevelt and Truman, later commented:

“It is my opinion that the use of the barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan… The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons… My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”
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Carroll Quigley also touches on this topic in his book Tragedy and Hope:

“[The atomic bomb's] contribution to victory was secondary, since it had nothing to do with the victory over Germany and, at most, shortened the war with the Japanese only by weeks.” --Tragedy and Hope, page 848

“…Director of Military Intelligence for the Pacific Theater of War Alfred McCormack, who was probably in as good position as anyone for judging the situation, felt that the Japanese surrender could have been obtained in a few weeks by blockade alone: ‘The Japanese had no longer enough food in stock, and their fuel reserves were practically exhausted. We had begun a secret process of mining all their harbors, which was steadily isolating them from the rest of the world. If we had brought this project to its logical conclusion, the destruction of Japan’s cities with incendiary and other bombs would have been quite unnecessary." --Tragedy and Hope, page 862

NSA mass phone surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal
Source: theGuardian.com Submitted: 05/07/2015
The US court of appeals has ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful, in a landmark decision that clears the way for a full legal challenge against the National Security Agency.

A panel of three federal judges for the second circuit overturned an earlier ruling that the controversial surveillance practice first revealed to the US public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 could not be subject to judicial review.
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Moving on...for now
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 05/03/2015
It’s been almost exactly one year since I published Tragedy and Hope 101 and I’m happy to say, for the first time in more than a decade, I’m not actively working on another book. This is a really good thing; let me explain why.

When I sold my business at the end of 2003, my goal was to research and write about three main topics: our corrupt monetary system, our corrupt political system, and the corrupt elite who control them both. I believe that Dishonest Money, Tragedy and Hope 101, and Leaving the Illusion (respectively), provide a clear summary of these topics. In short, I’m moving on because I’ve done what I set out to do.
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Market is Solving Climate Change
Source: DailyBell.com Submitted: 05/03/2015
--Whether or not one believes the world is in peril, fossil fuels are certainly not pleasant. No one enjoys breathing exhaust fumes or having frackers move in across the street. We accept the disadvantages because the fossil fuel cost-benefit calculation outweighs the alternatives.

This is beginning to change, and the way it is changing is a classic illustration of markets beating government to the best answer.

--When an industry can undercut the competition's price by 30% or more, the competition does not have a chance. The established players will survive only as long as they can use political influence to protect their turf. Electric utilities in Hawaii and Arizona, among other places, are desperately throwing up hurdles for homeowners with rooftop solar cells.

These utilities will lose. Technology is rendering their state-protected monopolies worthless. They can either evolve or die.
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The Neoconservatives: Tyranny's Fifth Column
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 04/30/2015
--Today in America, the neoconservative political movement represents a "Fifth Column" for the forces of collectivism. Its intellectuals and activists promote themselves as conservatives who oppose the liberals, but their political philosophy has nothing to do with what is known as American conservatism, which has always stood for a limited constitutional government and free enterprise. These values are anathema to today's "neoconservatives" in the nation's political, literary and scholarly circles.

--The paradigm that neoconservatives have given their lives to is built upon a centralized mega-state running American society from Washington and also, as much as possible, the rest of the world.

--The neoconservatives, thus, represent tyranny's Fifth Column in America. They are deceiving the people into believing that they are genuine conservatives, but like the socialists who were their mentors, they call themselves what they know the people want to hear. These ersatz conservatives have now grown to dominate Washington's think tanks, Wall Street's brokerages and banks, and many major publications and universities. They are highly influential writers, scholars, pundits, publishers, institute heads, bankers and corporate moguls.
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Uber driver with a concealed handgun prevented a mass shooting in Chicago
Source: BusinessInsider.com Submitted: 04/26/2015
--"The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported."

The driver will not be charged:

"The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday."

Chicago was home to some of the most draconian gun laws in the US until a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, McDonald v. Chicago, found Chicago's gun-regulation regime unconstitutional.
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Exactly Who Is “Anti-vaccine”?
Source: ThinkingMomsRevolution.com Submitted: 04/25/2015
--If you want transparency, accountability, and ethical science when it comes to vaccines, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe those who profit from vaccines should not be in charge of vaccine policy or research, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe you should have the right to informed consent, and that not all vaccines are created or needed equally, you are “anti-vaccine.”

If you believe we should study those who have reacted negatively to prevent problems for others in the future, you are “anti-vaccine.”
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Many people are (logically) worried about losing their right to choose what goes into their bodies (and the bodies of their children). Or to put it another way: They're not ready to hand that decision over to Big-Pharma and the government.

We cannot ignore the fact that MANDATORY vaccination "policies" are being written at the behest (and for the benefit), of multi-billion dollar drug companies; companies that use their money and influence to secure the coercive power of government so they can literally force their products down your throat.
The War on the American People
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 04/22/2015
--Certainly, the Constitution's safeguards against police abuse means nothing when government agents can crash through your door, terrorize your children, shoot your dogs, and jail you on any number of trumped of charges, and you have little say in the matter. For instance, San Diego police, responding to a domestic disturbance call on a Sunday morning, showed up at the wrong address, only to shoot the homeowner's 6-year-old service dog in the head.

Rubbing salt in the wound, it's often the unlucky victim of excessive police force who ends up being charged with wrongdoing. Although 16-year-old Thai Gurule was charged with resisting arrest and strangling and assaulting police officers, a circuit judge found that it was actually the three officers who unlawfully stopped, tackled, punched, kneed, tasered and yanked his hair who were at fault. Thankfully, bystander cell phone videos undermined police accounts, which were described as "works of fiction."
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13 Nullification Bills Move Forward this Week, 3 Signed into Law
Source: TenthAmendmentCenter.com Submitted: 04/19/2015
“The Right to Try Act is a no-brainer,” said Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center. “When someone is on their deathbed, the fact that FDA regulations would let them die rather than try, has got to be one of the most inhumane policies of the federal government. Every state should nullify the FDA like this.”  Read full article »
Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund
Source: CBS Submitted: 04/17/2015
--Anthony Holmes, who testified against Burge at the federal trial that led to Burge’s conviction for lying about torture, has said Burge interrogated him in 1973, shocked him three times with a homemade electrical device, and suffocated him with a bag until he confessed to a murder he did not commit.

Holmes spent 30 years in prison for the killing, before he was released, but was unable to sue for damages, because the statute of limitations had long since passed.

--The city already has spent more than $20 million defending Burge, his detectives, and former Mayor Richard M. Daley against lawsuits stemming from torture allegations. The city also has spent approximately $100 million to settle lawsuits stemming from police torture committed by Burge and his detectives in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Saudi Connection to 9/11: FBI, Bush and Obama All Covered It Up (Video)
Source: RealClearPolitics.com Submitted: 04/17/2015
Former head of the Senate intelligence committee and former two-term governor of Florida Bob Graham says that the FBI is covering up knowledge of connections between the Saudi royal family and al-Qaeda.  Watch here »
This information has been known for a long time, but it's finally starting to gain some traction.

Assuming the evidence of Saudi guilt is clear, you really have to ask yourself:

Why would US policy makers, while claiming to "protect us from terrorism," choose to PROTECT those that facilitated the 9/11 attacks? The "cover up" alone makes them an accessory to the crime...but I suspect that "covering up" the Saudi government's guilt is just the tip of the iceberg. (Perhaps our policy makers don't want anyone "pulling the Saudi thread,"for fear of where it will lead back to.)
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