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FEDS WANT BANKS TO CALL COPS ON CUSTOMERS WHO WITHDRAW $5,000 OR MORE
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 03/26/2015
--Black provides a chilling scenario under which an attempt to withdraw your own money from your bank account could end with a home visit from the cops.

“As you pull into your driveway later there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for you: two police officers would like to have a word with you about your intended withdrawal earlier,” writes Black, who accuses banks of already operating as “unpaid government spies”.

“Do you need to withdraw cash to purchase a used car from a private seller? Or perhaps you are pulling out some emergency cash for a loved one,” writes Mac Slavo.

“Either one of these activities are now considered suspicious and if your cash withdrawal amounts to even a few thousand dollars your bank teller is under a legal requirement to alert officials about your suspected criminal activity. And before you argue that you can’t possibly be a suspect because you have done nothing wrong, consider that even being suspected of being a suspect is now enough to land you on a terrorist watchlist in America.”
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The -1-Hour Guide to Successful Thinking (Audio)
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 03/24/2015
5 years from now our lives are going to be different whether we want them to be or not. We’ll either have moved closer to what we want in life (by learning and doing what’s necessary to get us there) or we’ll have moved further away from it (by doing nothing and letting time that we could’ve used pass us by).

Whether you’re 8 or 80, starting today, you either begin the process of moving closer to what you want, or you begin the process of moving away from what you want. Each day is a choice for one or the other.

Making the right choice (making plans for our future) is something we’ve got to decide to do, and often the only thing that stands in our way – the only thing stopping us from making that extremely important decision – is doubt.
 Listen here »
I wrote and recorded this back in 2003 - 2004 and I've been meaning to post the program here for a while.

These concepts were particularly useful to me during the period 2004 - 2014. (This is when, to fund my full-time research and writing, I had to sell nearly everything I owned and exhaust my savings.) These were very challenging times for me, yet the age-old ideas outlined in this course pulled me through. They kept me moving forward, and I hope they'll do the same for you.
Former NSA Director Pulls Back the Curtain on NSA Crimes (Video)
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 03/22/2015
Alex Jones talks with Whistleblower William Binney about his experiences as a senior official within the NSA.  Watch here »
This ties in nicely with the Trilateral video below; the elite's desire to create a society of experts who can track and trace the activities of ALL people at all times.
The Trilateral Commission and Technocracy (Video)
Source: AugustForecast.com Submitted: 03/22/2015
Founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Trilateral Commission embarked on a New International Economic Order based on Technocracy. Brzezinski called this the "Technetronic Era" in his 1970 book, Between Two Ages. History now reveals the original Trilateral strategy and the means by which they have carried it out.  Watch here »
This video was recommended by David Brown over at ClearNfo.com. It focuses on the Trilateral Commission (which is yet another “instrument” of the Network). I think that anyone seeking greater insight into the motives and mindset of the global elite will find the presentation well worth watching. It's just under an hour long; if you're short on time, the first 20 minutes presents plenty of useful information.
FBI Official Admits that "Fear" Leads to "Funding"
Source: Infowars.com Submitted: 03/19/2015
--The Newburgh Sting, tells the story of how the feds convinced four poverty-stricken New York men to become involved in an informant-led terror plot.

After defending the FBI’s role in manufacturing the plot, Fuentes brazenly admits that the agency deliberately works to bolster terrorism fears...

"“If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘We won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ cause the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half,” states Fuentes. “You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive.”
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The 9/11 Commission Didn’t Believe the Government's Story …Why Should You?
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 03/15/2015
--*The 9/11 Commission chair said the Commission was “set up to fail”

*The Commission’s co-chairs said that the CIA (and likely the White House) “obstructed our investigation”

*9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that “There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn’t have access . . . .”

*9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer said “We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting”

*9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating: “It is a national scandal”; “This investigation is now compromised”; and “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up”. When asked in 2009 if he thought there should be another 9/11 commission, Cleland responded: “There should be about fifteen 9/11 commissions”

*The Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) – who led the 9/11 staff’s inquiry – said “At some level of the government, at some point in time…there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened“. He also said “I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described …. The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years…. This is not spin. This is not true.”

*No wonder the Co-Chair of the congressional investigation into 9/11 – Bob Graham – and 9/11 Commissioner and former Senator Bob Kerrey are calling for either a “PERMANENT 9/11 commission” or a new 9/11 investigation to get to the bottom of it.
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For a long list of senior military, intelligence, law enforcement, and government officials who question the 9/11 Commission Report, see http://patriotsquestion911.com
Nullification News: 12 State Bills Pass, 2 More Signed into Law
Source: TenthAmendmentCenter.com Submitted: 03/15/2015
Governors in both Wyoming and Arkansas this week signed bills known as the “Right to Try Act.” 7 states have now passed these laws that allow terminally-ill patients to use investigational drugs not permitted by the FDA. Similar bills passed the Oklahoma House 96-0, and both houses in Montana and Mississippi.

In Arizona, a bill to block enforcement of any new federal gun control measure was passed by the state Senate, while a similar bill passed both Houses in Montana and is off to the Governor’s desk.

The New Hampshire House passed a bill to legalize hemp farming, essentially treating the plant like other agricultural products.
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Greenwald to publish list of U.S. citizens NSA spied on
Source: WashingtonTimes.com Submitted: 03/15/2015
--“One of the big questions when [it] comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’ Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer,” Mr. Greenwald told The Sunday Times of London.

Mr. Greenwald also pointed to the failures of the NSA to catch Mr. Snowden during his download and theft of 1.7 million documents, and said that’s further evidence of the government’s inability to guarantee data security.
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US-backed terrorist now leads Islamic State in Libya
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 03/13/2015
--We keep hearing this line in the media over and over again; How do we stop ISIS? Do we need ground troops? How about we stop arming and funding bloodthirsty terrorists in the first place? How’s that for a novel idea? How about we stop destabilizing secular governments and replacing them with gangs of jihadist lunatics? How about we find out why ISIS keeps accidentally receiving air drops of weapons caches from British and American planes?  Read full article »
MAJOR SURVEY FINDS RECORD LOW CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT
Source: AP.org Submitted: 03/13/2015
The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress.

--POOR MARKS FOR MEDIA, TOO
Confidence has decreased since the 1970s, when about a quarter of Americans expressed a great deal of confidence in the press. Now, a record low of 7 percent have a lot of confidence, while 44 percent have hardly any confidence at all.
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Dishonest Money: Financing the Road to Ruin
Source: JoePlummer.com Submitted: 03/10/2015
Did you love The Creature from Jekyll Island? Did you beg others to read it, only to discover they were intimidated by a 600-page book? No problem. Ease them into the topic of the Federal Reserve System, for FREE, with Dishonest Money: Financing the Road to Ruin.  Read full article »
Bankers created the Federal Reserve system. Learn how they've used it to drive prices up, create booms and busts, and transfer wealth from the productive many to the parasitic few.
Populists on Track to Ban Debt-Based Money?
Source: DailyBell.com Submitted: 03/08/2015
Many times free-market proponents will make the argument that debt-free monetary issuance will cause price inflation. This is surely true in the long-term, from what we can tell. Or at least this sort of issuance will cause other distortions in the marketplace. But in a sense it is a proverbial red herring. The real and most dangerous issue is that as modern central banking likely slides into a well-deserved oblivion, the current populist monetary movement is simply going to build back up a centralized monetary system that can then be co-opted. Far better to advocate for free-market money, the kind of system that worked well in the US before the Civil War. Let people themselves figure out what sort of money they want to use. Perhaps they will choose to dig it out of the ground, as has often happened in the past.  Read full article »
Here are some of my arguments against allowing the government to create money ("debt-based" or otherwise.)

http://joeplummer.com/let-government-print-the-money.html

Video Exonerates Man Set Up By Louisiana Cops And Prosecutors [VIDEO]
Source: DailyCaller.com Submitted: 03/08/2015
--“It wasn’t fun and games, they had a plan, the plan was really to go after him and put him away. That is scary,” Philip Kaplan, the attorney representing Dendinger in his civil rights case, told WWL.  Read full article »
A cop, involved in a police brutality lawsuit, apparently wasn't happy when the victim's uncle handed him a court summons.The officer expressed his displeasure (with the help of other law enforcement) by fabricating felony charges.

IRS DROPS CIVIL FORFEITURE CASE, WILL RETURN $ 344,000 IT SEIZED FROM IOWA DOCTOR
Source: Institute for Justice Submitted: 03/03/2015
As a neurologist at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, Alireza Yarahmadi has helped patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders and strokes. Now he can add another line to his CV: civil forfeiture victim.
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Download PDF: Seize First, Question Later: The IRS and Civil Forfeiture

Last June, the IRS seized $344,405 from the Iowa doctor’s account, alleging that he frequently withdrew cash in amounts under $10,000 to put into safety deposit boxes. Banks have to report any cash transactions of $10,000 or more. Meanwhile, it’s against federal law to “structure” deposits in amounts under $10,000 for the purpose of evading that reporting requirement. Moreover, under civil forfeiture laws, the government does not have to convict or charge people with a crime to take their cash and other valuables.
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State Surveillance: Greenwald/Ohanian vs Hayden/Dershowitz (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 02/26/2015
It is the debate of the moment. In a risk-filled world, are democracies justified in turning to large-scale state surveillance, at home and abroad, to fight complex and unconventional threats? Or is the emergence of the surveillance state and the awesome powers it derives from information technology a new and pervasive threat to our basic freedoms?  Watch here »
Greenwald is really an extraordinary speaker. The video above should begin with his opening statement at around 25 minutes into the debate.

My guess is that most of you will be happy to know that "our side" won, despite the fact that the "motion" the audience was asked to vote on was very deceptively framed: "Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defense of our freedoms..."

Here are the pre- and post-debate vote results:
http://www.munkdebates.com/debates/state-surveillance
Truth in Media: The Origin of ISIS (Video)
Source: BennSwann.com Submitted: 02/25/2015
--In September 2013, American media outlets began reporting that weapons were being given to Syrian rebels. CNN reported that while the weapons are not “American-made,” they were “funded and organized by the CIA.”

However, Swann said that things began to fall apart when less than one year after the U.S. supplied Syrian “freedom fighters” with weapons, those weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters.

Those ISIS fighters came from the group McCain insisted would help the U.S. overthrow Assad: the Free Syrian Army. Swann explained that the army was not only sending the Islamic State weapons, it was also sending them fighters.

--Americans should also be asking, “Why is the U.S. sending $500 million to the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS when the FSA is one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS?” and “Why are we sending new and more powerful weapons to the FSA like anti-aircraft missiles – weapons that we know will be in the hands of ISIS?”

Swann maintained that while the mainstream media will say that ISIS is the “creation of American inaction,” the reality is that they are the “product of direct action.”
 Watch here »
Research Operation Gladio and then do the math...Here are some excerpts from Ganser's excellent book "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe." It's a good place to start.

http://stopthelie.com/nato-s-secret-armies.html
Flashback: Obama's Science Czar Advocated Forced Abortions and Mass Sterilization
Source: ZombieTime.com Submitted: 02/22/2015
*Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;

* The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;

* Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
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The article above has screenshots from a book that John Holdren coauthored in the 1970's. It discusses everything from compulsory abortions and adding sterilants to our food supply, to the need for a "planetary regime" that can enforce the eugenicists' policies. Note, I have a copy of Ecoscience and can confirm that the quotes listed in the article above are accurate.

If you'd like more information on eugenics in general (from the perspective of an advocate) check out the "bonus-material" link from Tragedy and Hope 101 below.
http://stopthelie.com/eugenics-a-reassessment.html
Please stop fighting for my freedom
Source: TheFreeThoughtProject.com Submitted: 02/22/2015
...soldiers, please stop fighting for my freedom. It’s not working, and you’re endangering your lives and the lives of others in vain. If you truly want to fight for freedom, then please come home. We need you here, resisting the only gang of terrorists that poses by far the biggest threat to the security and liberty of the American people: the United States government.  Read full article »
It's very difficult to "defend freedom" while doing the bidding of those who despise it.
HOW SPIES STOLE THE KEYS TO THE ENCRYPTION CASTLE
Source: The Intercept Submitted: 02/19/2015
--With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt.

--The Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET), whose existence has never before been disclosed, was formed in April 2010 to target vulnerabilities in cellphones. One of its main missions was to covertly penetrate computer networks of corporations that manufacture SIM cards, as well as those of wireless network providers. The team included operatives from both GCHQ and the NSA.

--TOP-SECRET GCHQ documents reveal that the intelligence agencies accessed the email and Facebook accounts of engineers and other employees of major telecom corporations and SIM card manufacturers in an effort to secretly obtain information that could give them access to millions of encryption keys. They did this by utilizing the NSA’s X-KEYSCORE program, which allowed them access to private emails hosted by the SIM card and mobile companies’ servers, as well as those of major tech corporations, including Yahoo and Google.

--On January 17, 2014, President Barack Obama gave a major address on the NSA spying scandal. “The bottom line is that people around the world, regardless of their nationality, should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security and that we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures,” he said.

The monitoring of the lawful communications of employees of major international corporations shows that such statements by Obama, other U.S. officials and British leaders — that they only intercept and monitor the communications of known or suspected criminals or terrorists — were untrue.
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Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program
Source: Reuters.com Submitted: 02/16/2015
Feb 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
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Wall Street Pays Bankers to Work in Government
Source: NewRepublic.com Submitted: 02/13/2015
--These payments are routine at major banks, several of which have explicit policies, found in filings with the SEC, outlining automatic awards for executives who rotate into government. Goldman Sachs offers “a lump sum cash payment” for government service, for example.

--“It fuels the revolving door between banks and the government,” said Michael Smallberg, an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), whose 2013 report detailed these types of compensation agreements. The average executive branch salary is substantially less than these millions in awards, so the bonuses effectively supplement the lower pay, raising questions about who the government officials actually work for.
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New dietary guidelines may downplay cholesterol risks
Source: FoxNews.com Submitted: 02/11/2015
--For decades, the government has warned against diets high in cholesterol. But now many nutritionists believe that cholesterol intake may not significantly impact cholesterol blood levels or increase the risk of heart disease in healthy adults, according to the Washington Post.

In December, the advisory panel said in its preliminary recommendations that cholesterol is no longer "considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption." That would be a change from previous guidelines, which said Americans eat too much cholesterol. This follows increasing medical research showing how much cholesterol is in your bloodstream is more complicated than once thought, and depends more on the kinds of fats that you eat. Medical groups have moved away from specific targets for cholesterol in the diet in recent years.
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It's about time. Now if they'd just top demonizing "saturated fat," we'd really be getting somewhere. (Who knows how long that might take.)

On the topic of "taking a while," here is a study from 1991, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of an 88-year-old man who ate 25 boiled eggs per day for at least 15 years, yet his body adapted to maintain "normal plasma cholesterol."

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199103283241306
Dr. Rowen: Measles Spread by those Vaccinated
Source: VaccineImpact.com Submitted: 02/10/2015
Worried about measles? If you are vaccinated, you should be. If you are my age, and were lucky enough to get wild measles, you needn’t worry at all.

Measles has been quite stubborn to be wiped out. In China, in one province, 99% of children are vaccinated but measles runs strong.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Clearly measles vaccine doesn’t work as advertised. In fact, in our own country, outbreak after outbreak has occurred in what has been called a fully vaccinated population. (See: A measles outbreak at a college with a prematriculation immunization requirement. Am J Public Health. 1991 Mar ;81(3):360-4. PMID:1994745.)

I wrote long ago that we are setting up the younger generation for a potential calamity. See, vaccines give you plastic immunity. They build up only one line of your immune system, the antibody system, and put the main immune system (cellular immunity) to sleep. You need both for fully developed immunity.

Vaccine immunity has been shown to wane with time. And sadly, current measles outbreaks are being blamed on parents who refuse to give immune damaging vaccines to their children, when Chinese and American data shows otherwise.
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Good article, I only wish there were references for each of the "controversial" claims. For instance, when I first read that about 70% of the people who contracted Polio never even knew they had it, only 25 percent experienced flu-like symptoms that went away within less than a week, and only about one half of 1 percent (1 out of 200) experienced more severe symptoms like paralysis (and within that tiny group 90 - 98 percent recovered), I was shocked. Based on the horror stories about Polio that I'd heard, I would have expected statistics that were far worse than this. But, in this case, even the CDC admits the aforementioned. http://www.cdc.gov/polio/about/
Police Supporter Changes His Tune After Bogus Arrest
Source: TheFreeThoughtProject.com Submitted: 02/05/2015
--As a point of clarification, it is important to state the difference between hating cops and holding police accountable.

Those of us who hold police accountable are often referred to as “cop haters” and “anti-cop.” Police officers are human beings, they are our brothers and sisters, mothers, fathers, and sons and daughters. To blindly hate a person because of a badge is irresponsible as well as dangerous. However, equally irresponsible and dangerous is to blindly apologize for criminals and psychopaths because of that same badge.
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Should the Recently Vaccinated be Quarantined to Prevent Outbreaks?
Source: Weston A. Price Foundation Submitted: 02/04/2015
--"Numerous scientific studies indicate that children who receive a live virus vaccination can shed the disease and infect others for weeks or even months afterwards. Thus, parents who vaccinate their children can indeed put others at risk," explains Leslie Manookian, documentary filmmaker and activist. Manookian's award winning documentary, The Greater Good, aims to open a dialog about vaccine safety.

Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk from exposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.14,15 Flu vaccine recipients become more susceptible to future infection after repeated vaccination.16
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CIA Whistleblower Found Guilty - “Proper Channels” Doesn’t Work (Video)
Source: BennSwann.com Submitted: 02/04/2015
--Ben Swann talks with Normon Solomon about the chilling effect this has on other whistle-blowers who are being told the correct and safe way to bring transparency to government is to use proper channels.  Watch here »
Meet Joe Plummer (Video)
Source: ClearNfo.com Submitted: 02/01/2015
From the attacks of 9/11 to a "1-step approach" for sobriety; from eugenics to positive thinking, this interview covers it all.  Watch here »
David Brown (ClearNfo.com) put a lot of time and energy into this interview. The Skype video was pretty uncooperative, but (with major editing and backup audio), it all worked out. Hope you like it.
Tom Woods on Secession (Audio)
Source: TomWoods.com Submitted: 01/29/2015
.  Listen here »
Excellent points made; well worth listening to.
Jesse Ventura on “American Sniper” and SEAL Chris Kyle (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/29/2015
.  Watch here »
Ventura points out that Chris Kyle is no more of a hero than any other soldier who does the job they're given to do, but Kyle “falls short" in the honor department because he lied about Ventura. Additionally, he calls the film American Sniper "propaganda" that serves to justify the invasion of Iraq by falsely linking Iraq to the attacks of 9/11.
200 Nullification Bills in 2015: Tenth Amendment Center Update (Audio)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/28/2015
State bills resisting or refusing cooperation with the NSA, FDA, Obamacare, and in support of marijuana, guns, hemp, and more are working their way through legislatures around the country.  Listen here »
CNN Editorial Calls for a North American Union
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 01/27/2015
Is the campaign for a North American Union officially underway with this editorial appearing in CNN?

Certainly conspiracy theorists might be justified in thinking so.

For years, more than a decade, some have suspected that powerful bureaucracies in North America – especially in Washington – might seek to combine Mexico, the US and Canada into a single super-state.

This was always greeted with howls of contempt by those in the mainstream media, especially in the liberal congregation, who knew better. There was no need, no possibility, that Canada, Mexico and the US would ever form a single trading – and perhaps political – union in the manner of the EU.

But here we go. Those derisive hoots are now drowned out by the reality of what this editorial proposes.
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G. Edward Griffin: “The objective is to draw the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Western Europe into political and economic union. Under slogans such as free trade and environmental protection, each nation is to surrender its sovereignty “piece by piece” until a full-blown regional government emerges from the process. …Once that has happened, it will be a relatively simple step to merge the regional governments into global government. That is the reality behind the so-called trade treaties within the European Union (EU) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation agreement (APEC), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). "

Expanding on Griffin’s assertion, the EU (European Union) provides a perfect example. What we now call the EU began as a simple trade agreement in 1951 between six European countries. That agreement was called The European Coal and Steel Community and it established a “free trade area” where coal and steel could be bought and sold without import/export duties. -In that very limited sense, the agreement “erased the borders” between those member nations.

But in 1957, a new agreement was signed and the concept of cooperation among member nations was greatly expanded. The new agreement was called the European Economic Community and its ultimate aim was the economic and eventual political merger of its member nations. (Policies on labor, social welfare, agriculture, transportation, foreign trade, etc. were to be “harmonized.”)

In 1992, the word “economic” was dropped and the organization became known as simply the European Community. And finally, in 1993, the European Community became the European Union.

http://joeplummer.com/chapter_5_building_a_new_world_order.html
Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution
Source: WSJ.com Submitted: 01/26/2015
--To understand how it works and why it is more efficient and less expensive than the existing system, let’s take a single example: buying a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop. If you pay with a credit card, the transaction seems simple enough: You swipe your card, you grab your cup, you leave.

In fact, the financial system is just getting started with you and the coffee shop. Before the store actually gets paid and your bank balance falls, more than a half-dozen institutions—such as a billing processor, the card association ( Visa , MasterCard , etc.), your bank, the coffee shop’s bank, a payment processor, the clearinghouse network managed by the regional Federal Reserve Banks—will have shared part of your account information or otherwise intervened in the flow of money.

If all goes well, your bank will confirm your identity and good credit and send payment to the coffee shop’s bank two or three days later. For this privilege, the coffee shop pays a fee of between 2% and 3%.

Now let’s pay in bitcoin, assuming that your favorite coffee shop accepts it (more than 82,000 merchants world-wide already do)...It takes from 10 minutes to an hour for this software-driven network of computers to formally confirm a transfer from your blockchain address to that of the coffee shop—compared with a two- to three-day wait for the settlement of a credit-card transaction. Some new digital currencies are able to finalize transactions within seconds...There are almost zero fees, and the personal information of users isn’t divulged.
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Ventura likely to collect millions from Chris Kyle’s American Sniper.
Source: Slate.com Submitted: 01/25/2015
--Kyle’s legal difficulties emerged from a subchapter of American Sniper titled “Punching Out Scruff Face.” In it, Kyle describes beating up a former Navy SEAL (“Scruff Face”) after the SEAL claims American soldiers deserved to die in Iraq. Early drafts of the book identified the SEAL as Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota and famed professional wrestler, but Kyle’s publishers removed the name for fear of a lawsuit. Nonetheless, in a radio interview following the book’s release, Kyle admitted that “Scruff Face” was Ventura, and he repeated the claim soon after on The O’Reilly Factor. American Sniper shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, becoming a smash hit for its publisher, HarperCollins, selling more than 1.5 million copies by July of 2014.

There was, however, a problem: The Ventura story wasn’t true, and Ventura meant to prove it. So he took Kyle to trial, suing him—and, after he died, his estate—for defamation and unjust enrichment. In the United States, defamation cases are extremely difficult to win, thanks to the First Amendment. When allegedly defamatory statements pertain to a public figure, the plaintiff mustn’t just prove those statements were false. He has to prove the defendant made those statements with “actual malice”—that is, knowledge that they were false or with “reckless disregard” for their falsity. Very few defamation plaintiffs can make it over the high bar of actual malice.

Ventura made it. On July 29, 2014, a federal jury returned from six days of deliberations to award Ventura $1.845 million in damages—specifically, $500,000 for defamation and about $1.345 million for unjust enrichment. (In other words, Kyle unjustly profited from defaming Ventura, and so his estate must give Ventura some of that money.) Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, promptly filed for “judgment as a matter of law,” asking the trial judge to reverse’s the jury’s verdict because the jury clearly got it wrong. Failing that, she asked for an entirely new trial. The judge denied both requests, defending the jury’s verdict as legally and factually justifiable. Kyle’s widow is currently appealing the decision; her odds of winning appear quite low.

For the Kyle family, then, the legal tribulations surrounding American Sniper are probably wrapping up, and Taya Kyle will likely pay some damages but walk away from the affair with many millions of dollars left to her name. ​(HarperCollins’ libel insurance, in fact, will cover her defamation damages.) But for Kyle’s publisher, HarperCollins, the nightmare is just beginning. Several months after the verdict against the Kyle estate, Ventura brought another lawsuit for unjust enrichment, this time against HarperCollins. The lawsuit explains that while Kyle is the one who defamed Ventura, HarperCollins played up those defamatory statements in order to boost its sales—and with reckless disregard to the truth of Kyle’s claims.
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NATO ally shipping arms to al-Qaeda and ISIS
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 01/23/2015
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Ed Griffin's comment: "Davutoglu has banned the media from reporting that, when the military searched those truck convoys, they found missiles, rockets, and anti-aircraft ammunition. The public prosecutor who ordered the search was removed from office. The soldiers who conducted the search were charged with espionage and are facing 20-year prison terms. Turkey is a NATO ally of the US."
John Stossel - Obscene Obedience (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/15/2015
David Eagleman (Baylor College of Med. Neuroscientist) joins Stossel to look at how rules, titles and a lack of direct responsibility can entice good people to do bad things. Insights into the dark side of authority.  Watch here »
During the Milgram experiment, 65 percent of people were so afraid of disobeying orders from an "authority" that they (despite no threat of punishment for refusing to obey), were willing to inflict severe pain or even death on a stranger.

In a hierarchical-government system (where individuals are even more prone to obedience, and where real consequences for disobedience exist), the numbers would likely be much higher.

It ought to be obvious by now that the dangers of teaching "obedience to authority" far exceed the dangers of teaching obedience to one's own conscience. ...But the former isn't taught because it's best for humanity; it's taught because it's best for those who wield power.
Why Support the Conspiracy Project? (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/14/2015
This video explains why you need to know what the CONSPIRACY Project is. Please watch and then check out the crowd funding campaign going on right now. Thanks.  Watch here »
Neal invested a LOT of time, money and energy into this project. You might have seen his video "Fuck the FED" from about 6 years back...well, this is another (much larger) attempt to reach new people with a musical / video format. I sent a few bucks his way for his effort; hope you'll consider doing the same.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-conspiracy-project/x/6034127
CITIZENS ENGAGE IN A NEW FORM OF CROWD-FUNDED, DIRECT ACTION AGAINST POLICE STATE
Source: FilmingCops.com Submitted: 01/14/2015
STOCKTON — Citizens in Stockton, California have taken a new approach to activism.

Rather than sticking to the traditional form of protest in which signs are held and slogans are chanted, these citizens have taken direct action and offered a grassroots, crowd-funded incentive structure to end police brutality in their community.

They have offered a $2,500 reward to anybody who submits information leading to the arrest or termination of cops who brutalize or kill people.

They were able to let people know about the offer by printing all the details on flyers and spreading them throughout their community.

The flyer specifically names 15 cops as a start, and includes pictures of at least 10 cops who have been involved in either the brutalization or killing of Americans.

--Now that the idea is spreading, other communities are sure to implement similar incentive structures to curb police brutality — indeed, it wouldn’t be surprising if a grassroots program like this is started nationwide.
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Priest says hell doesn't exist (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/12/2015
How do we define God? Which religion holds the Truth? Here is an insightful perspective.  Watch here »
I enjoyed listening to this pastor's view on religion, hell, and the purpose of man-made systems that prevent people from "growing up."
The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal
Source: Rollingstone.com Submitted: 01/11/2015
--So this police protest, unwittingly, is leading to the exposure of the very policies that anger so many different constituencies about modern law-enforcement tactics.

First, it shines a light on the use of police officers to make up for tax shortfalls using ticket and citation revenue. Then there's the related (and significantly more important) issue of forcing police to make thousands of arrests and issue hundreds of thousands of summonses when they don't "have to."

--In an alternate universe where this pseudo-strike wasn't the latest sortie in a standard-issue right-versus left political showdown, one could imagine this protest as a progressive or even a libertarian strike, in which police refused to work as backdoor tax-collectors and/or implement Minority Report-style pre-emptive policing policies, which is what a lot of these Broken Windows-type arrests amount to.

But that's not what's going on here. As far as I can tell, there's nothing enlightened about this slowdown, although I'm sure there are thousands of cops who are more than happy to get a break from Broken Windows policing.

I've met more than a few police in the last few years who've complained vigorously about things like the "empty the pad" policies in some precincts, where officers were/are told by superiors to fill predetermined summons quotas every month.
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Overstock.com offers employees all-bitcoin paychecks
Source: MarketWatch.com Submitted: 01/11/2015
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Overstock.com Inc. demonstrated a surprisingly high level of commitment to digital currencies Friday with the news that it is planning to offer its employees the option of being paid in bitcoin.

The discount online retailer made the announcement in a release about a new bitcoin ATM that it has installed at its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Moving cryptocurrencies out of the realm of geeks and into the realm of the rest of us requires making changes at all levels of the financial ecosystem,” Chief Executive Patrick Byrne said in the release. “An important part of this effort is making digital money ATMs accessible.”
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The four pillars of a decentralized society (Video)
Source: TED Submitted: 01/08/2015
--Johann Gevers is Co-Founder and CEO of Monetas in Zug. Monetas is building the world's first universal transaction platform—an essential infrastructure for the society of the future. Johann's lifelong driving passion is to help create a better life and world for everyone, through personal, organizational, and social transformation. It has inspired him to develop a pioneering new legal system for a free society, based on a new Golden Rule. His thirty-year journey searching for better methods and tools—and for freedom and joy for humanity—has profoundly enriched his and others' lives.  Watch here »
The Killing Room (Movie)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 01/02/2015
"Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, modern version of the Project MKULTRAindoctrination program.[2] One by one, the subjects are brought into a large, white room, in which the tables and chairs have been bolted to the floor.

They are each given a questionnaire to fill out. In the meantime, a researcher enters the room, ostensibly to give an overview of the study. He indicates to the subjects—three men and a woman—that the study will take approximately eight hours to complete, at which time they will each be paid $250."
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I watched this movie a few years back and I just noticed it's posted on YouTube. If you've read about MK Ultra and similar "human-programming" techniques, this film adds a little more depth to the horror of it all...so, snuggle up with someone you love and enjoy considering the "national security benefits" of torturing and terrorizing innocent human beings.
Is Coinbase Tracking How Users Spend Their Bitcoins?
Source: CoinTelegraph.com Submitted: 01/02/2015
Coinbase has recently been demonstrating why consumer regulation is such a problem. The company seems to be tracking what their customers are buying with Bitcoin and closing any accounts involved in transactions that the company objects to.

It is probably no secret that Bitcoiners are not fans of regulation. What is generally misunderstood though is that the aversion is not to regulating in general. We understand that in the real world, the big financial powers are never regulated in a practical sense. Consumers, on the other hand, are heavily regulated.
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Prominent Cancer Doctor Pleads Guilty
Source: Inquisitr.com Submitted: 01/01/2015
--U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade will seek life in prison for what she called “the most egregious” health care fraud case she has ever seen. McQuade said that in addition to insurance fraud, which involved a $35-million Medicare fraud scheme from 2009 until the present, Fata also harmed, and in some cased subsequently killed, his patients with dangerous chemotherapy drugs they did not need. According to government records, Fata’s medical practice included 1,200 patients. The formerly prominent cancer doctor will be sentenced in February before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman. The doctor’s bond was set at $9 million.

“In this case, we had Dr. Fata administering chemotherapy to people who didn’t need it, essentially putting poison into their bodies and telling them that they had cancer when they didn’t have cancer,” the prosecutor told the Detroit Free Press. “The idea that a doctor would lie to a patient just to make money is shocking… Dr. Fata was unique in that he saw patients not as people to heal, but as commodities to exploit.”
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Somebody should have told this guy that it's only OK to do stuff like this when you're working for the government. Case in point:
http://youtu.be/VkMNfRxKQLs
Pink-Haired Nerd Uses 9/11-Truth Research to beat NASA Engineer (Video)
Source: AE911Truth.org Submitted: 12/31/2014
On a recent episode of the TBS reality show King of the Nerds, a bubbly, pink-haired video game blogger named Danielle was the unlikely winner of one phase of a science-related competition that pitted her against a NASA engineer and three other contenders. The most intriguing aspect of her upset win was that Danielle used "9/11 conspiracy" websites to outsmart her rivals.  Watch here »
Here is a VIMEO link if YouTube blocks your access to the Video:
https://vimeo.com/115697319

UPDATE: Boy, Turner Broadcasting sure doesn't want anyone to see this clip...just received the following from VIMEO:

We have removed your video titled "Pink-Haired Nerd uses 9/11-Truth Research to Beat NASA Engineer" previously available at http://www.vimeo.com/115697319, in response to a takedown notice submitted by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).
James Corbett: The Net is Mightier Than the Sword (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 12/28/2014
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Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses
Source: NYtimes.com Submitted: 12/28/2014
--Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down.

Americans have known about many of these acts for years, but the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality: In addition to new revelations of sadistic tactics like “rectal feeding,” scores of detainees were waterboarded, hung by their wrists, confined in coffins, sleep-deprived, threatened with death or brutally beaten. In November 2002, one detainee who was chained to a concrete floor died of “suspected hypothermia.”

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture.
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Flashback: Arguing with "my" Senator about torture:

<<" Some have expressed concerns about provisions within the defense authorization bill that address how we treat terrorist detainees-those we capture who are members of al Qaeda or associated groups who are seeking to kill Americans and our allies….At issue is the fundamental question about whether the United States is at war with radical Islamists who are seeking to kill Americans and our allies. Some would prefer to treat terrorists as common criminals">>

I’m sorry, but you are wrong. “At issue” is your assumption that a person IS what they're accused of being based on nothing but an accusation.

It amazes me that U.S. representatives don't even possess this basic understanding of the American justice system...You are not authorized to strip an individual of their rights based on an accusation alone. Evidence must be presented and an individual must be permitted to defend his or herself. Prior to this due process a person is merely an ACCUSED criminal. (Thief, rapist, murderer or terrorist…the crime that an individual is accused of does not alter the process by which guilt is determined.) Nobody opposes this law because they want to protect 'terrorists,' they oppose it because they want to protect people who are FALSELY ACCUSED of being terrorists or ‘associated’ with terrorists.

Full exchange available here:
http://stopthelie.com/challenging-my-senator-on-ndaa.html
Dick Cheney should be in prison, not on ‘Meet the Press’ - Greenwald (Video)
Source: RT.com Submitted: 12/20/2014
Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Dick Cheney is able to brag about the success of torture on weekend news shows because the Obama administration has decided to shield torturers rather than prosecute them.

--In an interview on ‘Meet the Press,’ former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that torture "worked" and announced he would "do it again in a minute" if given the opportunity.

--In response, Greenwald said that whether torture worked or not is completely irrelevant, and no one should be interested in that because everyone who tortures claims they do it for a good reason even though it has been banned under international treaties and laws. Greenwald said it was former Republican President Ronald Reagan who championed the idea that torture was never justifiable.

Reagan signed the international Convention against Torture in 1988, which became the primary international foundation of anti-torture law. Reagan said at the time the treaty would clearly express the United States’ opposition to torture, “an abhorrent practice unfortunately prevalent in the world today.”
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MEET ALFREDA BIKOWSKY, THE SENIOR OFFICER AT THE CENTER OF THE CIA’S TORTURE SCANDALS
Source: Glenn Greenwald - Peter Maass Submitted: 12/20/2014
--The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee). Moreover, Bikowsky has already been publicly identified by news organizations as the CIA officer responsible for many of these acts.

--NBC, while withholding her identity, noted that the same unnamed officer “also participated in ‘enhanced interrogations’ of self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, witnessed the waterboarding of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah and ordered the detention of a suspected terrorist who turned out to be unconnected to al Qaeda, according to the report.”

The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer, writing yesterday about the NBC article, added that the officer “is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.” This officer, Mayer noted, is the same one who “dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked.”
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Organic Regulations Not Being Enforced—Will USDA Remove Program Management?
Source: Cornucopia.org Submitted: 12/19/2014
--Although Cornucopia was critical of the USDA’s operation of the National Organic Program (NOP) during the Bush administration, it says it finds the current conduct of the Obama administration even more “insidious.” Engelbert, Cornucopia’s board vice president, continued, “The so-called ‘Age of Enforcement’ the organic community was promised, when the new administration took over in 2009, has been anything but with regard to large-scale ‘organic’ operations breaking the law.”

--“The department’s claim that it needs more detailed regulations, specifying minimum amount of space outdoors, before they can enforce the law, is a specious argument,” Cornucopia’s Kastel affirmed. “If it was a question of whether or not these outfits were affording enough outdoor space to their birds, that would be one thing, but these are confinement operations with no, I mean zero, animals outside. They are flagrantly breaking the law!”
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Also from the article:

"The Cornucopia Institute website maintains research-based scorecards rating all organic eggs, dairy products, soy foods, and several other food categories for their adherence to organic ideals, with the stated goal of 'empowering consumers and wholesale buyers in the marketplace — accessing authentic food and rewarding the true heroes in the industry.'"
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