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Jorge Cervantes on the Failing War on Drugs the Progress of Cannabis and the Benefits of Natural Cultivation

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 03:06
Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada wrote the Foreword to my new book, The Cannabis Encyclopedia, that will be released in December of 2014. I was fortunate to meet President Fox in San Francisco last year, 2013, at a press conference in San Francisco, CA. I presented him a copy of "the Bible" in Spanish. He was impressed and very personable. I gave him the book to help him grow cannabis in Mexico when it becomes legal. The Fox family is the biggest vegetable grower in Mexico. Much of the ...

US Falls Apart as Stock Market Booms

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:06
Nation-states don't exist. Only cultures abide. But is has been the great triumph of globalists that they have created an entire history built around non-existent entities. "France goes to war with Germany." "Russia makes peace with Austria." "Tensions arise between Afghanistan and Pakistan." This latter sub-meme is especially noteworthy for nation-states like Afghanistan and Pakistan are often created to generate additional sociopolitical and ethnic tensions. In the case of these two ...

Bubble Bashing Bankers Dont Fear Asset Inflation

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:06
It began with a bizarre statement by Janet Yellen. "Monetary policy faces significant limitations as a tool to promote financial stability," Yellen told an audience at an event put on by the International Monetary Fund. We covered this announcement via a write-up presented by The Verge in "Shock: Markets to the Moon... as Yellen Prepares for the Biggest Stock Crash Ever." Our analysis, then: What Ms. Yellen has said should be plastered on the front page of every English speaking newspaper that ...

Meaningless Minder Interviews Are Not the Real Problem

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:04
This article supports the meme that the mainstream media in the West is engaged in a meaningful news exercise. It is not, but pretending it is sustains the larger media fiction. It is amazing how intricate journalism has gotten in the past century. Unfortunately, the more ethics, complexity and education available to the average journo, the less effective he or she seems to be. The professionalization of the news media has changed it for the worse. We base this on the degenerating coverage of ...

Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian Crisis to War

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:02
Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war. Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, "To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes." Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian ...

Shock Colombia to Legalize Marijuana

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:06
The news regarding Colombia's intention to legalize marijuana – as yet little reported in the wider, Western world – is truly shocking, though regular readers of our publications will not be much surprised. More than almost any other publication we know of, we've stayed on top of this important elite meme and covered it closely. Our most significant insights have had to do with the determination of the power elite to legalize not just marijuana but drugs generally around the world. We dealt with ...

Obama Pro-Business or Corporatist

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:04
Our perception has changed. Once this article would have made a kind of sense to us (long ago). But it surely doesn't now. It's jam-packed with various sorts of financially illiterate assumptions. Sorry for picking on it; there are hundreds if not thousands of articles published every day that are built on the same foundation. The author is Jared Bernstein, former chief economist for US Vice President Biden and the author of a book called Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? Bernstein provides us ...

Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:02
The Italian Marxist and philosopher Paolo Virno was imprisoned in 1979 for his affiliation with the Red Brigades. The organization attempted to create a revolutionary state through acts of violent destabilization such as bank robbery. While in prison, Virno had a political epiphany which he later expressed as, "Nothing is less passive than the act of fleeing, of exiting." Although little else about Virno may be politically admirable, his strategic insight is intriguing. "Fleeing" as a political ...

Another Chinese Economic Problem Sky-High Debt Ratios

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:06
This UK Telegraph article, predictably by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, gives us some more insight into how China's impossible boom has been created, leveraged and elongated, possibly to the breaking point. It's not a pretty picture. Years ago, we began to write that China was seeing classic bubble symptoms. At the time, we wondered how long they might continue and how expansive they might get. Our hunch was that China's Keynesian-style banking expansion might last a very long time relatively ...

More Voter Participation Mainstream Pols Better Be Careful What They Wish For

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:04
We heartily encourage people not to vote. Your vote doesn't really matter within the larger scheme of things. Anyway, many voting districts are so gerrymandered that the incumbent would have to perform a ghastly crime in broad daylight to stand any chance of losing. But even more importantly, say that your vote does make a proverbial "difference" – what then? Is Congress going to change? Is Leviathan going to be reduced? Really? ... What about DC's ubiquitous intel agencies: the FBI, CIA, NSA, ...

What Rights Do We Have

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:02
The concept of "rights" was developed, in part, from the concept of "right" – correct, true – as used in the tradition of natural law ethics (concerning how we ought to act or not act because we are human beings). In time, a natural rights theory was produced by John Locke (1632-1704). It addressed our political life – how our human communities should be governed, organized. Supposedly because of our human nature, certain standards of conduct apply to us as we carry out our community affairs, ...

The Manipulated Dialectical Destiny of the BRICS

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:06
This pernicious elite meme amply illustrates what we call directed history. In this case endless articles are appearing to explain why the dollar is in terminal decline as the BRICS (including South Africa) are ascending. We last wrote about this issue here: Don't Be Fooled by Transcontinental Rivalries. We made a number of points about the reality of the BRICS emergence and how when one examines the reality of the global economic system a good many questions emerge. Skepticism is advised. Here ...

Rand Paul Presidential Victory and Then a Long Repentance

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:04
Will Rand Paul be the next US president? We believe it's perfectly possible, and thus we've been following this meme. Now it seems Rand Paul – and the news media – are coining a new phrase, "conservatarian." We weren't familiar with the term, but we found numerous uses on the Internet, going back a number of months. When the mainstream media creates a term at least partially for you – and utilizes it – something is going on. And in this case, what is going on is that Rand Paul is being given ...

Tax Inversion Freedom vs Fiscal Berlin Wall

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:02
The Obama Administration has proposed its latest form of collectivist control over the American people. In a letter to Congress, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has called for punishment and prohibition of any company that tries to move its headquarters overseas to avoid higher taxes in the United States. Plus, Mr. Lew has the audacity to call his proposed territorial imprisonment of American business "economic patriotism." National Imprisonment Equals "Economic Patriotism" He said, "What we ...

Drug Legalization Gone Global - A Massive Wealth Generating Opportunity

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:01
Adapting to massive paradigm shifts before most even notice is how generational fortunes are made. How many look back to when alcohol prohibition ceased in 1933 in the US, after having been deemed illegal by the federal government since 1920, and wished they could have invested and profited like Joseph Kennedy, father of John F Kennedy, who amassed a fortune when he travelled to Scotland with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's son, James Roosevelt, to buy distribution rights for Scotch whisky. Event ...

The Logical Conclusion of the Modern Monetary Argument

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:06
This is an interesting article because it shows clearly that controlling the Fed's business practices is a kind of non-starter. Reining in Fed behavior won't make a real difference. The article revolves around a Republican proposal having to do, in part, with restricting the Fed's mandate to just price inflation – rather than inflation plus employment. The target is quantitative easing, which monetary "hawks" believe has set the stage for massive inflation of this sort. The idea, apparently, is ...

Drug Decriminalization Lesson Learned

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:04
US fedgov is going to reduce sentences for drug offenders. With a push on to decriminalize and legalize drugs, why should people continue to stay in jail? We asked that question a while ago and now have our answer. People won't. A bigger question, of course, is why should they be there in the first place? These are not social movements after all, it seems. These are decisions seemingly taken on high and then disguised as cultural reconfigurations. How else to explain the kind of policy zigzags ...

What the Media Wont Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:02
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the ...

Stephan Kinsella on Libertarian Legal Theory Self-Ownership and Drug Laws

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:06
Daily Bell: Was there any justifiable reason to incarcerate [drug users] in the first place? Stephan Kinsella: Well, finally, an easy one! Of course not. Drug laws are completely evil. I believe some day we will look back on this like we look back on the days of chattel slavery now. Daily Bell: As a matter of reality, will they receive compensation? Stephan Kinsella: Of course not. ...

As Predicted UN Calls for Decriminalization of All Drugs

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:06
The UN has now called for the decriminalization not just of marijuana but of other drugs as well, including so-called injectables. Our analyses are often correct, but in this case, we're a little surprised at how fast confirmation has arrived. The Economist informs us of the following: The WHO calls for decriminalisation ... Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the ...

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