"I have taken the example of heroin addiction as emblematic of what, with some trepidation, I may call the dialectical relationship between the worldview of those at the bottom of society and the complementary worldview of what one might call the salvationist bureaucracy of the government. In the old Soviet Union there was a joke in which the workers would say to the party bosses, “We pretend to work and you pretend to pay us.” In the case of the heroin addicts, they might say, “We pretend to be ill, and you pretend to cure us.”
Excellent speech: Link to read further
U.S. Border Patrol agents on the Canada-Alaska border detained a Boy Scout troop for four hours and threatened one boy with a loaded pistol to the head, all because one of the scouts tried to take a picture of the agents.
The incident involving Troop 111 from Iowa occurred over the weekend as the scouts re-entered the U.S. at Alaska after a camping trip to Canada.
Obama Says No NWO Yet Because: "The problem is this particular group right now that has kind of gone off the rails”Submitted by Nonna on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:05
“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world, the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people,” Obama said Tuesday, speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at an Italianate mansion across Lake Washington from the downtown skyline.
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
by Elias Isquith | Salon.com
Speaking with Breitbart News on Monday, former celebrated neurosurgeon and current Tea Party darling Ben Carson once again described his political opponents as Nazis who intimidate countless Americans into surrendering their right to free speech.
In response to the Breitbart interviewer’s question about what Carson means when he says Americans are living in a “gestapo age,” Carson said, “I mean, very much like Nazi Germany — and I know you’re not supposed to say Nazi Germany but I don’t care about political correctness — you know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population.”
“We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe,” Carson continued, “and it’s because of the p.c. police, it’s because of politicians, it’s because of news — all of these things are combining to stifle people’s conversation.”
by Doug Schoen, Forbes
It might just be.
There is a strong argument to be made that today looks much like it did three years ago when I studied the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Americans are still dissatisfied, disaffected and discontent with the government and the way our country functions.
Average Americans strongly believe that the system is rigged against them. According to a new Pew survey, 62 percent of Americans think that the economic system unfairly favors the powerful and 78 percent think that too much power is concentrated in too few companies.
Strange, indeed. Why celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Coolest Thing America Has Ever Done... in private? You would think there would be the usual Executive posing, grandstanding, and credit-taking. White House claims it was a "scheduling issue". And we all know how "transparent" they are. :/
In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, President Barack Obama hosted surviving members of the mission’s crew at a private meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
During the White House event, the president met with astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, as well as Carol Armstrong, the widow of Neil Armstrong. The famed astronaut died in 2012.
Reporters and television crews were not allowed at the meeting, although photographers were briefly given access to the room. CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett filed a complaint over the lack of press availability. He founded his criticism on the fact that the Apollo 11 crew members were American heroes whose exploits in space were completely financed by US taxpayers.
In just about every article discussing the growing popularity of gluten-free diets, an expert or two appears three quarters of the way down warning about the “dangers” of attempting a gluten-free diet without medical supervision. The first reaction – from people like you and me who have experienced real benefits giving up gluten-containing foods – is a strong eye roll. “This again?” you think. Next they’re going to say that refined sugar is an important food group and I need a high-carb diet for “brain function” or something similarly inane.
This story came out after I published Part Two of My Gold and Silver Manipulation Series
It's just one of many complaints about the way gold is priced by the London Gold Fixing Company.
Part one contains an explanation of how the London Gold Fixing Company works.
It's amazing that this entity as well as the London Silver Fixing Company still exist.
Establishment Media Criticizes Ron Paul For Failing To Attack Russia
Large majorities of Americans want nothing to do with war in Ukraine
by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 22, 2014
The McClatchy Washington Bureau insists Ron Paul’s recent article blaming the United States for the current situation in Ukraine is radical and spells trouble for his son.
Rick Perry Revisited
By Charlie Cook
July 21, 2014
Actual Examples and Admissions of Manipulation of Silver and Gold
In part one of our two part series on Gold and Silver Manipulation, we covered a long list of suspected silver and gold manipulations.
All came up inconclusive with no clear manipulation found.
Those outcomes do not mean, however, that manipulation of the price of gold and silver does not take place.
This part two gives examples of how gold and silver manipulation has been done.
by Charles Hugh Smith | Monday, July 21, 2014
Of Two Minds Blog
Depending on blowing the next bubble to temporarily prop up the economy is the height of foolhardy shortsightedness.
All the conventional policy fixes proposed by Demopublican politicos, technocrats and the vast army of academic/think-tank apparatchiks are the equivalent of slapping a coat of paint on a fragile facade riddled with dryrot. All these fake-fixes share a few key characteristics:
1. They focus on effects and symptoms rather than address the underlying causes, i.e. the dryrot at the heart of our government, society and economy.
2. They maintain and protect the Status Quo Powers That Be--no vested interests, protected fiefdoms or Financial Elites ever lose power as a result of these policy tweaks.
3. They are politically expedient, meaning they assuage the demands of vested interests rather than tackle the rot undermining the nation.
4. They ignore the perverse incentives built into current systems and the incentives of complicity, i.e. to cheer another coat of paint on the dryrot rather than face the costs of real reform.
The financial underpinnings of the economy and society are rotting from within: finance, higher education, defense, healthcare, law, governance, you name it.
This week I want to highlight a few key causes of this pervasive and eventually fatal systemic rot.
In a scientific paper published Tuesday, scientists suggested that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) may be airborne. The disease has already claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012.
by Philip Bump | The Washington Post
Russia Today and Russia's permanent mission to NATO no doubt couldn't believe their luck. As the United States and its allies increased criticism of Russia's links to the separatists that their evidence showed shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17, here was a still-popular former member of Congress willing to say that his government was moving too fast, engaging in propaganda to impugn Russia.
That elected official was former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who criticized the government's response over the weekend. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda" on the Malaysia Airlines crash, he wrote Sunday, "there are a few things they will not report." (Among those things that the media isn't reporting: that the U.S. is supporting Ukraine in the fight, that separatists couldn't operate the missile battery without training, and that separatists had recently inflicted heavy losses on Ukraine.) Russia Today, picking up an interview Paul gave to the conservative site Newsmax on Friday, summarized his thesis: "[F]ormer Texas congressman Ron Paul warned against jumping to conclusions over the culprits." God forbid we rush to repeat government propaganda.
There's not really anything new about this. Ron Paul's residency at the intersection of isolationism and government mistrust is part of what endeared him to supporters during his presidential bids in 2008 and 2012. But it remains to be seen what happens in 2016, when his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) makes his (all-but-certain) play for the presidency. What happens when a Paul who actually has a chance to win decides to run?