38 votes

Thank You Michael and Jon

For fixing the Daily Paul and for everything else you do around here.

15 votes

Lie Detector Verifies New MH17 Eyewitness Testimony

Dateline December 24, 2014

"Russian investigators have interviewed as a witness a former Ukrainian airbase employee who suggested in a newspaper interview earlier this week that flight MH17 was possibly downed by a Ukrainian air-to-air missile, Russian Investigative Committee representative said Wednesday.

6 votes

Minnesota town offers free land with no takers

Tiny southeastern Minnesota town offers free residential land, gets no takers in 3 years

CLAREMONT, Minn. (AP) -- A small southeastern Minnesota community is trying but failing to give away land for free.

Claremont, which has about 500 residents, has had no takers in the three years it has been offering free lots to anyone with a qualifying income who is willing to build a house, Minnesota Public Radio News reported (http://bit.ly/1AE46QS ). The city, which is located between Owatonna and Rochester, has three churches, three parks, a gas station and a bank — all within one square mile.

7 votes

Will the Fed Ever Raise Rates?

The Fed has been threatening to raise rates for more than half a decade.

In 2009, then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke laid out the road map as to WHEN quantitative easing (QE) would end, interest rates would be raised and the Fed would unwind its balance sheet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odPfHY4ekHA&t=8m21s

19 votes

Gun Control PSA Advocates That Children Steal Their Parents’ Guns & Bring Them to School (Video)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/gun-control-psa-advo...

Of course, they don't show the follow up that this was a single mom trying her best to raise her son safely, which is why he knew where the gun was, because she was responsible to teach him to respect it–that it is not a toy.

23 votes

Democracy And Corruption: Germany Files War Crimes Charges Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials

"The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has filed a criminal complaint against U.S. torture program architects and members of the Bush Administration. The organization has accused CIA director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of war crimes and they’ve called for a German prosecutor to conduct an immediate investigation."

I realize these men will never be sent to prison, but this ought to make them a little nervous at least.

6 votes

Beautiful Music, Scenery, and Cheer for the Holidays!

Not sure where to place this? Put it under current events>peace. For anyone who loves music and wants some cheer and company...here is 3 hours worth. Can turn on and go about your business or watch the screen for some pretty pictures. Happy Holidays! Enjoy! Well-Wishes to Everyone!


http://youtu.be/xmg5lEfFGHQ

Song List and Time Line Below

13 votes

Lead Bricks Painted Gold Found in Ukraine Central Bank Vault

$300,000 in gold missing from Ukraine Central Bank after swapped for lead bricks
12-22-14

Cunning fraudsters have conned the Ukraine Central Bank branch in Odessa into buying $300,000 worth of gold which turned out to be lead daubed with gold paint.

“A criminal case has been opened and we are now carrying out an investigation to identify those involved in the crime,” a spokesman for the Odessa police force is quoted by Vesti.

The news was first reported by Odessa’s State Ministry of Internal Affairs.

10 votes

FBI told their story about North Korea attacking Sony. Before we retaliate, read what they didn’t tell you.

History suggests skepticism about these stories, given the history of US government and its corporate allies exaggerating the power of designated US foes. The Soviet Union was ominous superpower until it collapsed after years of internal rot (unnoticed by our lavishly funded intel agencies). Brian Honan (info security expert; bio here) reminds us of the 1998 “Solar Sunrise” attack by Iraq on US Army websites? US Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said it was “the most organized and systematic attack to date” on US military systems.

22 votes

Caffeine is just the beginning of it

Beyond addictions of caffeine, alcohol, marijuana, the internet, work, etc. exists a high level addiction.

Eckhart Tolle takes it all the way up the chain to thinking. Most of us are addicted to thinking. We're thinkaholics,

Google is trying to spell check that for me, and it does not compute. Everyone thinks The Google knows everything, but it doesn't know about the "Thinkaholic."

8 votes

Anonymous to release "The Interview "

Anonymous Vows To Release ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day, ‘Operation RIP North Korea’ Is On

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/12/21/anonymous-vows-to-re...

8 votes

Christmas gift for Liberty

I wanted to share a liberty minded Christmas gift that I am giving to my nephew, and I'd love to hear any other liberty minded gift ideas anybody else has.

I sent my nephew the following letter along with a copy of Whatever Happened To Penny Candy? (which I heard about on the Tom Woods show of course):

---------

Rhodes,

8 votes

A Perfectly Delightful Christmas Story!

This hour and seven minute film is, imho, perfect for the Daily Paul crowd. "Bernard and the Genie" is another one of my "favorite films that no one ever heard of". Bernie is like most of us here. He's a good hearted guy surrounded by a world of greed, crass commercialism and self-interests. Then something wonderful happens and by the end, we know that whenever we read the story in the Bible about the multitude who gathered to hear Jesus' message, we actually have like-minded friends in that crowd. (Synopsis: http://www.thefatwebsite.com/?p=6381)

This film was first shown by the BBC in 1991 and I was thrilled to find it on YouTube. I do hope you will take the time to watch because you're going to love the story! Anyway, here's my Christmas (and three year anniversary as a DP member) gift to all of you, my like-minded friends. Enjoy!


http://youtu.be/Q8qwZcycfoI

8 votes

New Edition of Orwell's 1984 Published with Illustrations and an Introduction from Alan Rusbridger

In the introduction, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger — who broke the Edward Snowden story in a masterwork of journalism and stood up to real-life Big Brother by refusing to hand over Snowden’s data to the government — explores the parallels, contrasts, and essential civic discourse springing from the difference between the two camps:

As the full impact of the Snowden revelations sank in, many people made the same connection, and Amazon announced a dramatic rise in sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four. To some, the young NSA analyst had revealed a world which was near-Orwellian; others thought that he had described a state of affairs that Orwell could barely have imagined. Just before Christmas 2013 a US District Judge, Richard Leon, pronounced the NSA’s surveillance capabilities to be “almost Orwellian.” Orwellian, beyond Orwellian, not-quite Orwellian. As the debate ricocheted around the world there soon developed the counter-school: not at all Orwellian. Or even, “Orwell got it wrong,” ignoring Thomas Pynchon’s caution about Nineteen Eighty-Four that “prophecy and prediction are not quite the same.” The not-Orwellians found it offensive that a book describing a totalitarian dystopia should be confused with the efforts of one of the most open, liberal democracies in the world to defend itself. And so the debate about the “Orwellian” nature of what the NSA was up to became a proxy for discussion of the issue itself.

But the book’s most important legacy, as Rusbridger suggests, lives in precisely that limbo between what Orwell got right and what he got wrong — a testament to “the unknowable question of what future purpose technology might be put to,” the darker answers to which we must at the very least acknowledge, even as we strive to offer more ennobling ones.

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