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Obama Builds a New Country One Immigrant at a Time

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:06
This article in the Independent Sentinel was apparently developed from an interview that top conservative radio host Mark Levin conducted with broadcaster Susan Payne. Levin is a kind of conservative neocon from what we can tell and the Independent Sentinel seems to believe that radical Islam is the biggest threat since Prussia. But nonetheless, the determination of the Obama administration to build a new America from a surge of immigrants is shockingly ambitious, if these reports are to ...

Like One Hundred Flowers Protests Bloom

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:04
There have been anti-central bank demos in Germany, anti-EU demos across Europe and now there are anti-Monsanto demos in both South America and Europe, including Poland. The South American demos and protests have been going on for a while. But this protest in Poland seems fairly unique and shows once more how people are confronting a variety of authoritarian memes. Monsanto is an easy elite theme to analyze. If people lose control of their food sources, then they give up an enormous amount of ...

The Folly and Presumption of the Social Engineers

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:02
One of the social mythologies of our time is that it is in the power and ability of governments to remake society in any image or shape that those with political authority consider "good," "right" and "just" for mankind. No other idea has caused more horror and hardship in modern times. The extreme attempts at such "social engineering" in the twentieth century were in Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. The communists believed that man is the product of his social institutions. Abolish private ...

Heading South For Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:01
My wife says I'm weird and she is probably right. First, I personally love cold weather, mountains and skiing, so why am I looking south? Maybe it is because the words of Jimmy Buffet's "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" keep going through my mind. Well, I enjoy cold and snow when it is out in the mountains surrounded by nature but being in a big city of almost 5 million people, the snow turns dirty within hours and my dog gets the salt stuck in her paws so she limps along when we ...

Defund the BBC

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:06
Once one understands how much of the information band British media promotions occupy, it is difficult to watch the BBC for any length of time. Watch the Beeb for a day and be educated about how to believe and what to say. The Beeb is a prime exponent of dominant social themes. Each finds space for elaboration on news programming. These themes, in our view, have only one aim: They promote more centralization. Centralization of money, power, health care, media, etc. The centralization being ...

Cannabis Legalization From Trickle to Torrent

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:04
We were among the first alternative media websites to announce the so-called war on drugs was ending and High Alert acted soon after that to pursue elements of what could reasonably be expected to coalesce into the "cannabis industry." At the same time, or nearly the same time, we announced our suspicions that this was part of a larger legalization campaign that would have an impact on a gamut of so-called victimless crimes. ...

Department of Homeland Security What is it Good For

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 02:02
Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill. Despite the heated rhetoric from both sides, no one seriously believes that Congress will allow Homeland Security funding to lapse. Most in Congress believe that, without the Department of ...

Ten-Year-Olds Perspective on Money Taxes and Government

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 02:06
Daily Bell: What are taxes? Jules: Taxes are like an extra tip that goes to the government. So like when you go to a restaurant, half of that money goes to the government and the dinner bill is higher because you have to pay the government. Daily Bell: Did the government have anything to do with the person serving the table or the cooks cooking the meal? Why should they get a percentage of the bill or the person's tips or salary? Jules: Well, the answer is they shouldn't be getting any of the ...

Monsanto Laments Dwindling Faith in Science

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:06
We've noticed an uptick in this meme over time. In various feedbacks, we've noted commentators being questioned regarding their educational background. For instance, someone may make a comment on the 'Net regarding the lack of believability of global warming. A retort may feature the commentator's lack of formal educational background, the implication being that if he or she doesn't have a PhD in the field, then the opinion is uninformed. Likewise, as we have noted in the past, the current ...

Bloomberg Chinas Property Problem

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:04
China's property problems have turned from a demand-side issue to a supply-side one. A few years ago, as we and others in the alternative media have pointed out at length, Chinese construction was booming even though demand was lacking. This is partially how China ended up with its "ghost cities" – actually empty or nearly empty cities built apparently on speculation. But now, as this article points out, another phase of the rolling bust has occurred: Chinese builders have stopped building. This ...

Bloomberg The Fed Is a Good Deal More Responsible Than Congress

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:06
We've been covering central banking closely this past week because of the controversy over Rand Paul's Audit the Fed legislation. This article posted at Bloomberg is yet another in a series of articles that takes a pro-Fed position. Bloomberg has been steadily posting pro-Fed op ed pieces – as we have been reporting in several articles this month. Among other solutions, Bloomberg has presented the idea that the Fed be given more aggressive audits handled by the GAO. But this editorial makes the ...

Is Chaos a Goal in Ukraine

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:04
The pressure on Putin and Russia keeps rising. But one needs to ask whether the end-game from a Western point of view is realistic or another gambit likely to fail. The West has been successful in removing Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, but it has not been so successful in Syria, or not yet anyway. And the predictions of Putin's demise may be exaggerated as well. Not according to Khodorkovsky, though. "Putin with bare chest isn't a mighty leader: He is a naked king," ...

10 Reasons Washington Has War Fever

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 02:02
"War is merely the continuation of policy by other means." – Carl von Clausewitz The political elites, Federal Reserve and special interests that really run the show hiding behind Congress and the president of either party in America's closed two-party monopoly seem to be running scared in many regards. They rightly have many fears for their political future as well as the profits and survival of the major international corporations and banking interests that support the current political ...

Bank of England Bitcoin Revolution Who Benefits

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:06
We don't see how central banks can issue bitcoin-style cryptocurrencies without compromising most or all of the features that make it attractive. Bitcoin is neither issued nor backed by one central authority, as modern fiat is. Bitcoin is anonymous in an era when central banks and banking facilities are insisting on full transparency. It is not infinitely print-able either – there is a cap on it, though there are divisibility possibilities to be sure. We have an idea as to what Bank of England ...

Blundering Down Socialist Road Toward Health Care Dysfunction

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:04
Every couple of months we read something surprising about the British National Health Care System. Call it the BBC of health care – and that's no compliment. Canada's socialist system pays private doctors to perform medicine. In Britain, everyone seems to be a government employee. That means for the most part there's no competition when it comes to goods and services. And without competition, the quality of care inevitably declines. Abysmal distortions affect every part of National Health Care ...

What is Social Justice

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:02
It is increasingly difficult to read news stories or listen to broadcasts without encountering the term "social justice." But what does it mean? The term's definition is fluid but it generally refers to the forced distribution of 'privileges' across society with an emphasis on providing wealth and opportunity to classes of people who are considered to be disadvantaged. The institutions of society, from government to private business, are tasked with providing equal access to such benefits of ...

Has Public Sentiment Turned Against Central Banking

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:06
Bloomberg seems to be uncomfortable with Rand Paul's Audit the Fed bill. This editorial repeats many of the points of a previous one, published earlier this month. We analyzed that editorial, "Bashing Central Banks – Does Rand Paul Know What He's Talking About?" Here's how the Bloomberg article began: Rand Paul's Know-Nothing Fed Bashing ... See if you can spot the errors in Senator Rand Paul's push to audit the Federal Reserve, which he laid out Friday in Des Moines: "Anybody here want to ...

The Obvious Yet Surprising Challenge that Organic Offers Big Ag

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:04
We've struggled with the exact nature of the organic meme because it is a shifting target. As "organic" becomes more popular, regulatory authorities continue to expand definitions of what it is and who is able to utilize the word for what purposes. As these regulations expand the definition, various corporations are trying to identify their products with the expanding trend. But we should also be careful to point out that no matter what the complications are now, the "organic food movement" ...

Forced Blood Draws DNA Collection and Biometric Scans What Country Is This

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:02
"The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled."—Herman Schwartz, The Nation. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search ...

In Considering a Washington DC Embassy Is California Looking in the Wrong Direction

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:06
California's officials are mulling this idea ... and Florida has already done it. "Florida has had a similar office in a 124-year-old Victorian home on Capitol Hill since 1973," the article informs us. The move is treated merely as another news item to report on. The idea that a state would choose to lobby the federal government in an organized fashion "on the ground" in DC is not seen as really unusual. California, we learn, runs an economy that makes it the seventh largest region in the world ...

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