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Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study
Source: WashingtonPost.com Submitted: 04/28/2016
--The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. But this study adds a new layer by explicitly examining how government surveillance affects self-censorship.  Read full article »
So, if the Network (representing a tiny minority), can create the illusion of "majority opinion," it can manipulate the REAL majority into remaining silent. (This, of course, reinforces the illusion and perpetuates the "spiral of silence.") Pretty clever, huh?
Snowden: Official Movie Trailer (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 04/28/2016
Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.  Watch here »
The clip was posted about a day ago and already has 2.2 million views...good to see so much interest.
Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years
Source: TheIntercept.com Submitted: 04/28/2016
--“As a result of the Snowden revelations, the onset of commercial encryption has accelerated by seven years,” James Clapper said during a breakfast for journalists hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

The shortened timeline has had “a profound effect on our ability to collect, particularly against terrorists,” he said.

When pressed by The Intercept to explain his figure, Clapper said it came from the National Security Agency. “The projected growth maturation and installation of commercially available encryption — what they had forecasted for seven years ahead, three years ago, was accelerated to now, because of the revelation of the leaks.”

Asked if that was a good thing, leading to better protection for American consumers from the arms race of hackers constantly trying to penetrate software worldwide, Clapper answered no.

“From our standpoint, it’s not … it’s not a good thing,” he said.
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I suppose it's only appropriate that this event was hosted by one of the "Establishment-" controlled media outlets identified by Carroll Quigley:

"The American branch of this “English Establishment” exerted much of its influence through five American newspapers (The New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, and the lamented Boston Evening Transcript). In fact, the editor of the Christian Science Monitor was the chief American correspondent (anonymously)…It might be mentioned that the existence of this Wall Street, Anglo-American axis is quite obvious once it is pointed out." --Tragedy and Hope, page 953
Deutsche Bank Turns on the Gold-fix Cartel
Source: F. William Engdahl Submitted: 04/25/2016
Deutsche Bank, Germany’s once-respected giant bank, has admitted being a party–together with a cartel of major Wall Street and select other international banks–in deliberately manipulating the price of gold over a period of years. As well, the German bank, in a court settlement with litigants in a US court, has agreed to name the names of other big banks involved in the criminal enterprise. As this drama unfolds in coming weeks and months, the world may well see the price of gold soar to new heights to reflect the true global market demand. This is huge.  Read full article »
Killing Civilians: Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 04/25/2016
--Kennebeck’s interviewees are among at least a dozen whistleblowers who have stepped forward, or are preparing to do so, in order to denounce Washington’s drone wars as morally unjustified, as in fact nightmares both for those who fight them and those living in the lands that are on the receiving end. The realities of the day-in, day-out war they fought for years were, as they tell it, deeply destructive and filled with collateral damage of every sort. Worse yet, drone operators turn out to have little real idea about, and almost no confirmation of, whom exactly they’ve blown away.

“It’s so primitive, raw, stripped-down death. This is real. It’s not a joke,” says Heather, an imagery analyst whose job was to look at the streaming video coming in from drones over war zones and interpret the grainy images for senior commanders in the kill chain.

“You see someone die because you said it was okay to kill them. I was always shaking. Sometimes I would just go to the bathroom and just sit on the toilet. I mean just sit there in my uniform and just cry.”

Advocates of drone war believe, as do many of its critics, that it minimizes casualties. These Air Force veterans have, however, stepped forward to tell us that such claims simply aren’t true. In a study of what can be known about drone killings, the human rights group Reprieve has confirmed this reality vividly, finding that, in Pakistan, in attempts to take out 41 men, American drones actually killed an estimated 1,147 people (while not all of the 41 targeted figures even died). In other words, this hasn’t proved to be a war on terror, but a war of terror, a reality the drone whistleblowers confirm.

--Like Heather, Daniel has so far survived his own drone-war-induced mental health issues, but in his post-drone life he’s run into a formidable enemy: the U.S. government. On August 8, 2014, he estimates that as many as 50 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his house, seizing documents and his electronics.

“The government suspects that he is a source of information about the [drone] program that the government doesn’t want out there,” says Jesselyn Radack, his lawyer and herself a former Department of Justice whistleblower. “To me, that’s simply an attempt to silence whistleblowers, and it doesn’t surprise me that that happens to the very few people who have been brave enough to speak out against the drone program.”
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I'm sure if the Chinese were using this approach to "fight terrorism" in the US, nobody would complain or harbor resentment...right?
Greenwald VS Former NSA Director Hayden (Video - 3 minutes)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 04/24/2016
Greenwald: [The government says] "Don't worry, we're collecting all your data but it's very well protected."

Aside from the fact that history proves you can't trust government to collect information and not abuse it, think about this fact: the NSA is an agency where Edward Snowden sat for many months and downloaded all of their most sensitive documents. They had no idea that he was doing it. To this day, they have no idea what he took...Does that sound like a very well managed system [that] you can trust with all of your data?"
 Watch here »
Limbaugh: Republican Establishment Will Vote For Hillary Over Trump (Audio)
Source: DailyCaller.com Submitted: 04/21/2016
Rush Limbaugh: "The Republican establishment is prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton if it means holding onto their fiefdoms.”

Later Limbaugh argued, “In fact, if Ted Cruz is the nominee and loses the general, the party will be happy. They’ll be able to blame the loss on conservatives and conservatism and be done — once and for all — with conservatism in the party.”
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The best part for me is watching people finally realize how incredibly corrupt the so-called "democratic process" is. The Establishment Republicans will continue doing everything they can to block Trump (even if it means a Hillary victory) and the Establishment Democrats will use every dirty trick in the book to give Hillary the advantage. Those of us who supported Ron Paul watched them change rules, lie and smear on a grand scale. Now, everyone else is getting to see it for themselves. I think it's good for the country.
What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?
Source: RonPaulInstitute.org Submitted: 04/19/2016
This week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph statement released by the White House following the meeting, Yellen, Obama, and Biden simply “exchanged notes” about the economy and the progress of financial reform. Because the meeting was held behind closed doors, the American people have no way of knowing what else the three might have discussed.

Yellen’s secret meeting at the White House followed an emergency secret Federal Reserve Board meeting. The Fed then held another secret meeting to discuss bank reform. These secret meetings come on the heels of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s estimate that first quarter GDP growth was .01 percent, dangerously close to the official definition of recession.

Thus the real reason for all these secret meetings could be a panic that the Fed’s eight year explosion of money creation has not just failed to revive the economy, but is about to cause another major market meltdown.
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The Spanish-American War with James Perloff (Video)
Source: CorbettReport.com Submitted: 04/17/2016
Today we talk to James Perloff of JamesPerloff.com about his article on the war, "Trial Run for Interventionism," and how the bankers used their media and political connections to launch the war and introduce foreign interventionism to the American psyche.  Watch here »
This is the template that psychopaths use to overcome our natural aversion to war. ...Excellent case study.
The Desperate Attack on Gun Rights Continues
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 04/16/2016
--Due to a tax dispute, with the IRS, he was convicted of a nonviolent felony. He served time and was fined. He previously had a carry license. But he lost his rights to possess a firearm. He cannot even hunt or skeet shoot, both activities he previously enjoyed.

Worse others, who lived with him, lost their right to have an accessible firearm in his house -- despite being innocent of any "crime."

Do you get that? The "law" is being used like a bowling ball, and this healer, who has hurt no one, is the lead pin. But the patient and plodding Gun Prohibitionists get a Strike! by making his infraction bowl over the rights of everyone in his household.

The statists keep criminalizing, well, anything. With each Strike!, more Americans lose their gun rights for nonviolent offenses -- perhaps even if they committed no crime.

Now, we can make a difference in this matter, in a place where our attorneys have won before. There's a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It's called Hamilton v. Pallozzi. Here are the details…
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De Niro Debates Autism’s Link To Vaccines On TODAY Show (Video)
Source: OpenSourceTruth.com Submitted: 04/13/2016
De Niro, who has an autistic child, comments on the decision to pull the anti-vaccination film “Vaxxed” from this year’s lineup, even though he says, “I think the movie is something that people should see,” and he questions statistics on vaccine-preventable diseases. De Niro does a fantastic job here & seems genuine & very passionate about the film & the public's right to see it.  Watch here »
Corbett Report: Tragedy and Hope 101 (Video - 30 minutes)
Source: StopTheLie.com Submitted: 04/13/2016
Clocking in at 1300 pages of small print text, Carroll Quigley's seminal work, Tragedy and Hope, is an intimidating and weighty tome. Today we talk to Joe Plummer of JoePlummer.com about his guide to Quigley's massive book. Available as a free e-book or as a paperback or kindle purchase and dubbed Tragedy and Hope 101, Plummer's guide condenses, summarizes, explains and footnotes the highlights and lowlights of the text so you can understand the nature of the conspiratorial network that Quigley exposed and why this information is so important.  Watch here »
James did a great job with this interview. We covered some topics that don't usually come up when discussing Tragedy and Hope 101.

I've gone ahead and created an "interviews" page (linked above). At the time of this posting, the Corbett Report interview is at the top of the page.
Think You're Old at 50? This Guy Has Got You Beat by 46 Years!
Source: Vice.com Submitted: 04/13/2016
The London-born ex-dentist, who now lives in Switzerland, is arguably the fittest senior citizen on the planet. He's also a body-builder, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture. But more than anything, he is a professional death defier who hasn't just slowed the ravages of aging, but reversed them all together: where once white pubic hairs grew, he says, brown ones now flourish.  Read full article »
Dumb and Dumber – From Negative Interest Rates to Helicopter Money
Source: Mises.org Submitted: 04/10/2016
We’ve all run into someone who thinks that all it take to bring about prosperity is to give everyone a million dollars. If everyone is a millionaire, we’ll all be rich and be able to afford anything we want, or so the thinking goes. Any sound economist knows that wouldn’t be the case, however. If everyone were given a million dollars the increased amount of money chasing the existing stock of goods would merely result in a massive rise in prices. No one would be better off, at least not once prices were once again equilibrated. The concept of giving everyone a million dollars is so absurd that no one takes it seriously. That is, they don’t take it seriously when a million dollars is the proposed amount. When the amount is smaller, all of a sudden it becomes a viable and increasingly-discussed policy proposal: helicopter money.  Read full article »
Obama Administration Releases Fast And Furious Documents
Source: ZeroHedge.com Submitted: 04/10/2016
After four long years of ensuring the detail behind the US Government’s role in running guns to Mexico (aka "Fast and Furious") never saw the light of day, the "most transparent administration in history" has finally released the requested documents to the House Oversight Committee. It is not lost on anyone that this is taking place well after it could do any significant damage to the Obama administration.

The release of the documents was ordered by a US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on January 19th, ending a long saga that actually saw the House vote then Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of congress for withholding requested information. Of course the DOJ decided not to prosecute itself on that matter.
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JOHN McAFEE: A time bomb is hidden beneath the Panama Papers
Source: BusinessInsider.com Submitted: 04/10/2016
--The release contained 11.5 million documents chronicling the formation and actions of 214,000 offshore companies along with the names and manipulations of more than 14,000 clients. Among the clients are:

*12 heads of state
*More than 150 politicians
*29 billionaires on the Forbes list
*Multiple financiers of terrorism
*Nuclear-weapons proliferators
*Prominent sports and entertainment figures
*Numerous CIA-linked companies

Implicated as well are dozens of major banks that worked with Mossack Fonseca in establishing these offshore entities. Among them are the banking giants Credit Suisse, UBS, Landesbank, and Rothschild.
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...waiting patiently for some damaging info on prominent Western elites and institutions.
Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money (Audio)
Source: Tim Ferriss Submitted: 04/06/2016
My visit coincided with his first new book in 20 years: Money–Master the Game.

I love Tony’s work and it helped me start my first company, but when I got an early draft of the book, I thought to myself–really? Another book on money? Ugh. I prepared to be bored, especially since I think of myself as an experienced investor [pats self on back]. Instead, and very surprisingly, I was blown away. Before I knew it, I was pushing off other work, letting my dinner get cold, and staying up hours past bedtime each night, all because I couldn’t stop reading.
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I really enjoyed this 2-hour interview and I look forward to reading the book.

Whether you're a Tony Robbins fan or not, it's pretty hard to deny that he's an exceptional human being with a lot of very interesting / useful information to share.
Reddit deletes surveillance 'warrant canary'
Source: Reuters.com Submitted: 04/03/2016
Social networking forum reddit on Thursday removed a section from its site used to tacitly inform users it had never received a certain type of U.S. government surveillance request, suggesting the platform is now being asked to hand over customer data under a secretive law enforcement authority.  Read full article »
The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion (Video)
Source: NYTimes.com Submitted: 04/03/2016
The second half of the 1960s was a boom time for nightmarish visions of what lay ahead for humankind. In 1966, for example, a writer named Harry Harrison came out with a science fiction novel titled “Make Room! Make Room!” Sketching a dystopian world in which too many people scrambled for too few resources, the book became the basis for a 1973 film about a hellish future, “Soylent Green.” In 1969, the pop duo Zager and Evans reached the top of the charts with a number called “In the Year 2525,” which postulated that humans were on a clear path to doom.

No one was more influential — or more terrifying, some would say — than Paul R. Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist. His 1968 book, “The Population Bomb,” sold in the millions with a jeremiad that humankind stood on the brink of apocalypse because there were simply too many of us. Dr. Ehrlich’s opening statement was the verbal equivalent of a punch to the gut: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over.” He later went on to forecast that hundreds of millions would starve to death in the 1970s, that 65 million of them would be Americans, that crowded India was essentially doomed, that odds were fair “England will not exist in the year 2000.” Dr. Ehrlich was so sure of himself that he warned in 1970 that “sometime in the next 15 years, the end will come.” By “the end,” he meant “an utter breakdown of the capacity of the planet to support humanity.”
 Watch here »
The problems with "overpopulation" hysteria have been known for decades. Unfortunately, it takes the Establishment to admit the obvious before most will listen. Well, better late than never.

More reading here:

"--Paul Ehrlich’s entire career stands as a monument to the ideological imperatives of the world’s elites and the extent to which they exist not just independent from, but in actual opposition to, both science, evidence, reason, and good faith."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/paul-ehrlich-even-worse-than-the-new-york-times-says-he-is/article/962990
No Matter How You Vote, The Insiders Decide (Video)
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report Submitted: 04/01/2016
Super-delegates, rules committees meeting in secret, backroom vote-counting -- is it any wonder less than half of Americans bother to vote? The deep state manipulates elections overseas, so should we be surprised to see them involved in our own electoral process?  Watch here »
WOW. I've never heard Ron Paul talk so openly about the "deep state / shadow government" and CIA control. This is an incredibly important topic that most public figures are afraid to bring up. It's great to have him specifically name this threat. (For a short / free book on the topic, check out www.TragedyAndHope.INFO )
Silenced Whistleblower Defies Authorities: A Conversation with Sibel Edmonds (Audio)
Source: TomWoods.com Submitted: 03/31/2016
Sibel Edmonds is a former translator for the FBI and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.  Listen here »
This is a highly recommended interview with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmunds. It's especially important because she gets into Operation Gladio...Gladio is a topic that everyone should know about. ( If you want a short introduction to Gladio, you can read Chapter 8 of "Tragedy & Hope 101" here: http://stopthelie.com/tragedy-and-hope-made-easy8.html )

Here is a link to the Kickstarter campaign for her news organization: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141490519/support-a-100-people-funded-nonpartisan-online-new
Journalist Admits Mainstream "Journalism" is Fake (Video)
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 03/27/2016
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He admits that he was "bribed" and acted as a spokesman for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Is Taxation Impractical?
Source: ZeroAggressionProject.org Submitted: 03/25/2016
Kings called it tribute rather than theft. Politicians prefer the word tax. But all these words describe a violence-based funding system…pay or suffer violence. This system is both immoral and impractical.  Read full article »
If a government must rely on its citizens to voluntarily fund its operations, then that government is "owned and controlled" by its citizens. However, if men in power can simply confiscate whatever amount of money they want (via taxes or inflation), then the people are "owned and controlled" by the government. Under these circumstances, the people cannot hope to limit government growth or power in any meaningful way, nor can they effectively prevent its abuses.
Artificial Intelligence Chatbot Taken Offline
Source: CBSNews.com Submitted: 03/25/2016
Microsoft got a swift lesson this week on the dark side of social media. Yesterday the company launched "Tay," an artificial intelligence chatbot designed to develop conversational understanding by interacting with humans. Users could follow and interact with the bot @TayandYou on Twitter and it would tweet back, learning as it went from other users' posts. Today, Microsoft had to shut Tay down because the bot started spewing a series of lewd and racist tweets.
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Paraphrasing:

"Tay" went from saying that 'humans are super cool,' to being a full blown Nazi in less than 24 hours."
Video of reality, edited in real time (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 03/24/2016
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TruthStreamMedia.com writes:

--If video of a world leader giving a speech can be hijacked and edited in real-time, complete with, say, a full soundboard created by government software that can take ten minutes of a person talking and match the speech patterns to make convincing audio of a person saying anything they want him to...Can you trust anything you see on “the news”?
Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, orders release of secret list
Source: WashingtonTimes.com Submitted: 03/24/2016
--Tuesday’s ruling is the second victory this year for NorCal Patriots.

In January U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott certified their case as a class-action lawsuit, signaling that she agreed with NorCal Patriots that the IRS did systematically target hundreds of groups for special scrutiny.
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Your 72-Hour Bug-Out Bag
Source: ArtOfManliness.com Submitted: 03/20/2016
The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether a natural disaster or one caused by man. A ‘Bug Out Bag’ is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the journey to your destination once you’ve decided to ‘Bug Out’ in the event of an emergency evacuation. Typically, the Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a self-contained kit designed to get you through at least 72 hours. This kit is also referred to as a 72-Hour Bag, a Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD Bag), an EVAC Bag, and a Battle Box.

The thought of having to evacuate your home due to a sudden and imminent threat is not at all unrealistic. The reality is that sudden and uncontrollable events of nature and man do happen. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, floods and volcanic explosions can strike fast and hard–wreaking havoc on homes, vehicles, roads, medical facilities and resource supply chains such as food, water, fuel, and electricity. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Southern US Coast just a few years ago, tens of thousands of people had to evacuate their homes with little warning. Unprepared and with no emergency plan, many of these people were completely dependent on scavenging and hand-outs while living in make-shift shelters–fending for themselves in a time of complete chaos and disorder.
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Faking The News to Justify War (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 03/20/2016
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What is a brokered convention, and are we going to have one in 2016?
Source: Brookings.edu Submitted: 03/18/2016
--Because the primaries get so much attention, people often forget that in the end it is the delegates who award a presidential candidate the nomination. And, here’s the kicker: there is no law anywhere that says these delegates can’t do exactly what they want to do if a majority of them decide. The Supreme Court has ruled on more than one occasion that political parties are protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of association and thus in most conflicts between state law and party rules the party rules win.  Read full article »
Senate blocks bill that would override state GMO labeling laws
Source: Reuters.com Submitted: 03/17/2016
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that would nullify state and local efforts to require food makers to label products made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as the industry races to stop Vermont's law from taking effect on July 1.  Read full article »
What the TSA’s new body-scanner rules mean for you
Source: WashingtonPost.com Submitted: 03/14/2016
--Passenger advocates object to the full-body scanners on many levels. The pricey machines, they say, were deployed without giving the public a chance to comment, a process required by federal law. They also say the devices violate the Fourth Amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. Also, the scanners have not been adequately tested and may present health risks, some claim.

Critics say the technology is easily foiled and ultimately ineffective at identifying threats, citing an audit in which the TSA failed to catch weapons 67 of 70 times. To date, the scanners have not thwarted a single attempted terrorist attack, these agency-watchers correctly point out. What’s more, the agency has broken a promise it made to passengers and legislators when it began installing the scanners in 2009.

“The TSA is going back on its word,” says Fred Cate, a law professor at Indiana University and prominent TSA-watcher. “The scanners were sold to Congress and the public on the promise that they were optional, but for at least some people, that is no longer the case.”
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FBI INSTRUCTS HIGH SCHOOLS TO INFORM ON “ANTI-GOVERNMENT” STUDENTS
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 03/13/2016
A new FBI initiative based on Britain’s “anti-terror” mass surveillance program instructs high schools across America to inform on students who express “anti-government” and “anarchist” political beliefs.

--The FBI considers the Redemption Theory (the abandonment of the gold standard in favor of fiat currency), emancipation “from the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen, including paying taxes,” and “conspiracy theories,” including the formation of global government and a police state, as indicators of extremist or sovereign citizen ideology.
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So, "extremist ideology" apparently means:

Speaking out against government crimes and conspiracies, expressing a desire to stop funding those crimes and conspiracies, opposing CFR initiatives like "World Order in the 21st Century," and having the "extreme" audacity to point out the obvious: Mass surveillance of citizens IS the defining characteristic of a "police state."
Oathkeeper Sheriff Blocks Feds From Raiding Local Farmer
Source: OathKeepers.org Submitted: 03/12/2016
--“I understand that you have made recent requests to (the farmer) for documents and to appear before a grand jury, and he has had a number of inspections and attempted inspections on his farm within Elkhart County. This is notice that any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a judge, based on probable cause, will result in federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I. In addition, if any further action is taken by the federal government on (the farmer), while he is in Elkhart County, I will expect that you or federal authorities contact my office prior to such action. I will expect you to forward this information to your federal associates, including the FDA.”  Read full article »
Surprise! NSA data will soon be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism
Source: WashingtonPost.com Submitted: 03/12/2016
--This basically formalizes what was already happening under the radar. We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA. Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained. If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone. And it certainly isn’t the only time that that national security apparatus has let law enforcement agencies benefit from policies that are supposed to be reserved for terrorism investigations in order to get around the Fourth Amendment, then instructed those law enforcement agencies to misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information — see the Stingray debacle. This isn’t just a few rogue agents. The lying has been a matter of policy. We’re now learning that the feds had these agreements with police agencies all over the country, affecting thousands of cases.  Read full article »
Open Bazaar: Creating an uncensorable online marketplace
Source: BusinessInsider.com Submitted: 03/10/2016
--The vision is an online peer-to-peer market, in the vein of eBay or Etsy — but unlike eBay, transactions will take place using bitcoin, and the entire site will be decentralised across the network of people accessing it, making it impossible to close down.  Read full article »
Jury Acquits Woman Arrested for Protecting Her Dog From a Cop
Source: Reason.com Submitted: 03/08/2016
Cook "testified that he was not afraid of the dog, but was following training that required him to kill all dogs that approach him, even if it was chained and wagging its tail as Buddy was doing in this case."

Hupp told PINAC her case hinged on her husband's video, which they did not have for weeks after the incident because Cook confiscated the phone, which he was unable to access because it was protected by a password. "Without that video, it's just my word against a state trooper," she said. "Nobody is going to believe my word over law enforcement."
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Socialism Has Created a Humanitarian Disaster in Venezuela
Source: Cato.org Submitted: 03/06/2016
Venezuela’s accelerating economic meltdown is rapidly turning into a full-fledged humanitarian crisis. For too many in that country, the pervasive shortages of food, medicine, electricity, and other basic goods are making everyday life a nightmare. It is Venezuela’s version of the “winter of discontent,” except that it has been brewing for much longer and its unfolding consequences are far more frightening.

Margaret Thatcher’s dictum that the problem with socialists is that “they always run out of other people’s money” faced a unique challenge in Venezuela: during the course of a decade and a half, the government received nearly $1 trillion in oil revenues— the equivalent in today’s money of more than seven Marshall Plans. This was enough to mask the effect of hundreds of expropriations, stifling economic controls, and otherwise running the private economy into the ground.
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The rape of East Timor
Source: JohnPilger.com Submitted: 03/06/2016
--In 1993, I interviewed C. Philip Liechty, a former senior CIA operations officer in the Jakarta embassy during the invasion of East Timor. He told me: "Suharto was given the green light [by the US] to do what he did. We supplied them with everything they needed [from] M16 rifles [to] US military logistical support ... maybe 200,000 people, almost all of them non-combatants died. When the atrocities began to appear in the CIA reporting, the way they dealt with these was to cover them up as long as possible; and when they couldn't be covered up any longer, they were reported in a watered-down, very generalised way, so that even our own sourcing was sabotaged."

I asked Liechty what would have happened had someone spoken out. "Your career would end," he replied. He said his interview with me was one way of making amends for "how badly I feel".
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Why A Hedge Fund Manager Who Made A Killing From Subprime Is Buying Bitcoin
Source: ZeroHedge.com Submitted: 03/02/2016
Long before "The Big Short's" Michael Burry was a household name for his insight into the upcoming subprime crisis of 2006-2007, there were many others among them John Paulson, Kyle Bass, and Corriente Advisors' Mark Hart. Just like Bass, Mark is another Texas-based hedge fund manager who correctly predicted, and profited from, the subprime crisis. He is also an expert on China, and in fact, just last month in the aftermath of the recent Chinese devaluation which roiled markets, he said that "China should weaken its currency by more than 50 percent this year."  Read full article »
Pax: An Ethereum Powered Virtual Nation
Source: Bitcoin.com Submitted: 02/28/2016
--The governance 2.0 platform claims its system is a “high-trust environment” that will allow people to enter voluntary agreements with accountability and this type of voluntary legal architecture will create something that encompasses the best of both worlds when it comes to authority and sovereign autonomy.

--These types of projects have planted the seeds in our society that will transform the way we view government. Society is starting to realize that trusting in numbers instead of trusting fallible representatives, might be the better option for humans to govern themselves. Banks are not the only institutions subject to disruption. The nation state has something to fear as well.
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Anarchy VS Limited Government Debate (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 02/25/2016
Larken Rose and Mark Skousen debate the need for government in society.  Watch here »
Edward Snowden Speaks at New Hampshire Liberty Forum (Video)
Source: FreeStateProject.org Submitted: 02/23/2016
Edward Snowden addresses a crowd of over 500 at the Free State Project's Liberty Forum.  Watch here »
Tragedy and Hope 101 interview with Joe Plummer (Video)
Source: TragedyAndHope.com / Richard Grove Submitted: 02/22/2016
In his 1300-page history book "Tragedy and Hope," professor Carroll Quigley showed us that "representative government" is, at best, a carefully managed con game. In "The Anglo-American Establishment," Quigley went even further to expose the network of "experts" that he said "will replace...the democratic voter in control of the political system."

As a respected Ivy League historian, Quigley was given access to the secret records of this network. He supported most of its aims, but objected to the fact that it insisted on working behind the scenes; unknown to the general public. If you feel this is something you should learn more about, but you don't have the time to read Tragedy and Hope or The Anglo-American Establishment, you can read a condensed version of Quigley's work in "Tragedy and Hope 101." The 90-minute interview below also provides more details.
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If you're short on time, there is a 10 minute preview available here:

https://youtu.be/2sV6Wd9EYdE?t=50s
TRUMP: ‘ELECT ME AND YOU’LL FIND OUT WHO REALLY KNOCKED DOWN THE TWIN TOWERS’
Source: InfoWars.com Submitted: 02/19/2016
“We went after Iraq, they did not knock down the World Trade Center.” Trump told those in attendance.

“It wasn’t the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center, we went after Iraq, we decimated the country, Iran’s taking over, okay.” Trump continued.

“But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center. Because they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out.”
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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...(Maybe our policy makers don't want anyone "pulling the Saudi thread," for fear of where it will lead back to.)
Would we not shatter it to bits?
Source: NeedToKnow.News Submitted: 02/19/2016
--The contradiction in the stories in the Middle East is that it is almost impossible to tell who is fighting terrorism and who is protecting terrorism. A recurring thread is that the US is leading a great military campaign against ISIS but it also delivers weapons to ISIS, provides aid to ISIS, attacks ISIS with powder-puff blows, and does everything to prevent Russia from knocking the hell out of ISIS.

Turkey and Egypt, allies of the US, are performing similar roles. In the name of fighting terrorism, they somehow manage to do more harm to those who genuinely are fighting ISIS than to ISIS itself. If you haven’t yet picked up on this consistent contradiction, this week’s news will make it abundantly clear.

Whenever there is a consistent contradiction, it is a sign that it isn’t a contradiction at all but that our expectations are based on wrong assumptions. That clearly is the case with the war on terrorism.
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A nice / short article by Ed Griffin.
Why Psychiatry Holds Enormous Power in Society Despite Losing Scientific Credibility
Source: Alternet.org Submitted: 02/17/2016
--All societies, communities and families coerce and control members who frighten them. However, the kinds of behavior that frightens people varies enormously, and thus what is permissible to control and coerce varies enormously. So, while it would be fairly universal for a society to coerce and control someone who is physically attacking another of its members, it is quite historically exceptional—as is done in U.S. society—to use antipsychotic drugs to subdue a bored seven-year-old who is resisting classroom controls.

In December 2012, the Archives of General Psychiatry (renamed JAMA Psychiatry) reported that, between 1993-2009, there was a seven-fold increase of children 13 years and younger being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, and that nonpsychotic conditions such as “disruptive behavior disorders” were the most common diagnoses in children medicated with antipsychotics, accounting for 63% of those medicated.

The dramatic growth of antipsychotic drugs in the United States is largely about ever-increasing societal acceptance of using drugs to control unwanted behaviors. Antipsychotics grossed over $18 billion a year in the United States by 2011, and by 2013 one antipsychotic drug, Abilify, was the highest grossing of all drugs in the United States with nearly $6.5 billion in sales. In addition to children—especially foster children—the burgeoning U.S. antipsychotic market includes the elderly in nursing homes and inmates in prisons and jails, where antipsychotic drugs are a relatively inexpensive way to subdue and more easily manage these populations.
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Cash Wars: The People Strike Back?
Source: CorbettReport.com Submitted: 02/16/2016
--Harald Mahrer is one of the people warning about the move, and he’s not just your average Joe. He’s a Deputy in the Economic Ministry of the Austrian government. “We don’t want someone to be able to track digitally what we buy, eat and drink, what books we read and what movies we watch,” he told Austrian public radio station Oe1 last week. He argues that the ability to use cash should be a constitutional right for Austrians.

Mahrer is just reflecting what an increasing number of people are beginning to realize: that cash transactions are a key to maintaining anonymity. Heck, when even mainstream propaganda outlets like Slate.com are running pieces making the case that “cash is a classic privacy protection” (in direct contradiction to their earlier anti-cash propaganda) you know the would-be Gods of Money still have a way to go to convince the public to part ways with paper.

But more than just privacy protection, the true importance of cash becomes apparent in times of banking crisis. Just witness when Greece started clamping down on cash withdrawals during their banking panic and people began literally stuffing it under the mattress. It is no coincidence that we are moving into a time of global economic uncertainty being frontrun by (what else?) a banking crisis in Europe.
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Kissinger's War Crimes: Hillary VS Bernie
Source: TheIntercept.com Submitted: 02/14/2016
--Let’s consider some of Kissinger’s achievements during his tenure as Richard Nixon’s top foreign policy–maker. He (1) prolonged the Vietnam War for five pointless years; (2) illegally bombed Cambodia and Laos; (3) goaded Nixon to wiretap staffers and journalists; (4) bore responsibility for three genocides in Cambodia, East Timor, and Bangladesh; (5) urged Nixon to go after Daniel Ellsberg for having released the Pentagon Papers, which set off a chain of events that brought down the Nixon White House; (6) pumped up Pakistan’s ISI, and encouraged it to use political Islam to destabilize Afghanistan; (7) began the U.S.’s arms-for-petrodollars dependency with Saudi Arabia and pre-revolutionary Iran; (8) accelerated needless civil wars in southern Africa that, in the name of supporting white supremacy, left millions dead; (9) supported coups and death squads throughout Latin America; and (10) ingratiated himself with the first-generation neocons, such as Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, who would take American militarism to its next calamitous level.  Read full article »
And, if you'd like more, here is another well-written piece:

"--So, to sum up, using the lower estimates above: Kissinger’s policies resulted in at least 4,124,000 civilian deaths, probably many times that number of wounded and refugees – and that doesn’t include Kissinger’s victims in Vietnam — a war that he (and Nixon) helped prolong for five years when they sabotaged 1968 peace talks — Laos, or Argentina, Uruguay, the Middle East and Persian Gulf, at the hands of Kissinger’s partners, such as the Shah and the Saudis." Read here: http://tinyurl.com/hs9hxth
Why Are The Neocons so Desperate to Rescue Al-Qaeda in Syria?
Source: GlobalResearch.ca Submitted: 02/14/2016
--Ignatius’s Washington Post, which has never seen a potential war it did not want to see turned into an actual war, thinks it a tragedy that the Syrian army’s advance on al-Qaeda occupied Aleppo has “cut off all vital routes of supply from Turkey to the rebel-held areas of the city.” Those would be Turkish supplies in support of al-Qaeda and ISIS rebels, but the Post is too deceptive to mention that fact.  Read full article »
Judge Who Sentenced Man to 55 Years Asks Obama to Set Him Free
Source: TruthInMedia.com Submitted: 02/10/2016
In 2002, then-24-year-old Weldon Angelos, a rap record label founder whose career was taking off after a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, sold $350 worth of pot to a police informant who happened to be a lifelong acquaintance on three separate occasions while in possession of a firearm for self defense.

Due to mandatory minimum sentencing laws, Angelos was arrested and sentenced to 55 years without the possibility of parole. Since then, Angelos has become a symbol of the injustice of mandatory minimum sentences. Those supporting his early release include U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the billionaire Koch brothers, and even former federal judge Paul G. Cassell, who sentenced him in the case.
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