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Life hurts

First I am sorry for this post, I needed to get this off my chest and didn't know of another place where I am anonymous enough to not warrant friends and family trying to talk. Sometimes strangers are more comforting. So thank you ahead of time for being the people that I feel comfortable talking to.

Life is hard, life moves fast, life doesn't take prisoners. It is cold, calculating and knows no mercy. It is nothing but a set of events that happen because of choices you make. Recompense must be paid, your ledger must be balanced and karma really is a bitch.

As my marriage is breaking up, and my wife is moving on and out... I find myself becoming more reflective. Who knew, that for someone who thought they were preparing for the end of the world, matters of the heart were just as bad if not worse than a collapse of society. That there really are no guards, or protections that seem to fit the situation. Those amazing highs when falling in love, getting married, having children, and just being around your soulmate are such a double edged sword... for when that one decides its time, it makes the lows seem all the worse.

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"Anti-Petrodollar" CEO Of French Energy Giant Total Dies In Freak Plane Crash In Moscow

Three months ago, the CEO of Total, Christophe de Margerie, dared utter the phrase heard around the petrodollar world, "There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars," as we noted here. Today, RT reports the dreadful news that he was killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snow-plough on take-off. The airport issued a statement confirming "a criminal investigation has been opened into the violation of safety regulations," adding that along with 3 crewmembers on the plane, the snow-plough driver was also killed.

Read the rest at the URL:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-20/anti-petrodollar-ce...

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CATO's New Think Tank Takes Aim at the Federal Reserve

The Cato Institute has some bones to pick with the Federal Reserve.

The Washington libertarian think tank this week will launch a new Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Its goal: challenge the central bank’s policies and explore alternative ways to manage the U.S. money supply, including but not limited to a return to the gold standard.

“I think we can do better than the Federal Reserve,” said George Selgin, the center’s director and a former economics professor at the University of Georgia. “We should be exploring how to do better. We should be exploring alternatives that could do better, instead of dismissing that entire inquiry as something that should be only of interest to people on the fringe.”

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Shielded from Justice: The High Cost of Living in a Police State

By John W. Whitehead | October 14, 2014
The Rutherford Institute

“It’s been over five months since the night a SWAT team broke into the house in which we were staying…We were staying with relatives and my whole family was sleeping in one room. My husband and I, our three daughters and our baby (nicknamed “Baby Bou Bou”) in his crib. Dressed like soldiers, they broke down the door. The SWAT officers tossed a flashbang grenade into the room. It landed in Baby Bou Bou’s crib, blowing a hole in his face and chest that took months to heal and covering his entire body with scars…

“Doctors tell us that my son will have to have double reconstructive surgeries twice a year, every year for the next 20 years… [I]n five short months our family has taken on nearly $900,000 in medical bills, some of which have now gone into collections… After initially offering to cover the medical expenses, the county has since refused to cover any of our medical costs, all of which would never have happened if the SWAT team hadn’t broken into the home.”—Alecia Phonesavanh

Who pays the price for the police shootings that leave unarmed citizens dead or injured, for the SWAT team raids that leave doors splintered, homes trashed, pets murdered, and family members traumatized and injured, if not dead?

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Ebola Czar Ron Klain Says "Growing Population" Top Concern


http://youtu.be/KRdpi0Ww2-8

If you are counting on the government to help you, you really need to understand how they define "help."

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Chicagoland voting machine casts candidate’s vote for his Dem opponent

http://eagnews.org/chicagoland-voting-machine-casts-candidat...

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.

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Monsanto Invests $1.5 Million Into Tekmira, The Company Making The Ebola Virus Vaccine!


http://youtu.be/tI2IbJmXuuU

There you go, no more ebola worries - Monsatan will save us all...

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FBI Director: If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To

"Everyone is stoked that the latest versions of iOS and Android will (finally) encrypt all the information on your smartphone by default. Except, of course, the FBI: Today, its director spent an hour attacking the companies and the very idea of encryption, even suggesting that Congress should pass a law banning the practice of default encryption."

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/fbi-director-if-apple-and-g...

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Musician arrested in subway

"One of NYPD's finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations. He continues to sing as he is being handcuffed. A "fuck the police" chant subsequently follows."

As the officer is reading the law out loud, he realizes that the man is indeed permitted and changes the word to prohibited.


http://youtu.be/PEBZReXChoA

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Making Some Holy Noise!

This thread is open to anyone who would like to share some of his or her favorite holy music. I've posted two videos to start the holy noises. There is only one rule: NO PREACHING! Just singing.

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First Swiss Gold Poll Shows Pro-Gold Side In Lead At 45%

"The poll had quite a large sample of 13,397 people from all over Switzerland who participated in the first phase of the 20 Minuten online survey on October 15.

The poll shows that 45% approve the Swiss gold initiative and 39% are against. There are 29% firm yes voters and 28% firm no voters (see graph). The poll shows 16% are leaning towards a yes or are “more yes” and 11% are leaning towards a no or are “more no.” "

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-21/first-swiss-gold-po...

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Is the oil price fall more than just a coincidence?

"The recent drop in oil prices could be due to more than just lower demand, according to some analysts, who have suggested that the U.S. could be deliberately manipulating the market to hurt Russia at a time of geopolitical stress."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102101290?trknav=homestack:topnews:9