10 votes

How to shop for the apocalypse

The Goldman Sachs executive building for the end of civilisation, and other scenes from America's thriving doomsday business

Tom Leonard 3 May 2014

Ron Paul gets mentioned too.

An architect friend who usually designs Manhattan skyscrapers was recently asked to pitch for a far more interesting project. The client, a senior partner at Goldman Sachs, wanted him to design a family house in upstate New York with a difference. It wouldn’t just be completely ‘off the grid’, with its own power and water supplies, but — and there isn’t yet an architectural term for this — it would be post-apocalypse. The conventional house would be mirrored below ground with pretty much identical living quarters that would be completely secure and so self-contained that there would be facilities to hydroponically grow plants and vegetables without soil.

‘Americans shouldn’t believe they’re immune to social unrest’ was all the prospective client would offer by way of explanation. He primarily wanted the house as a refuge for his own family but also, he revealed magnanimously, saw it as a possible rallying point for humanity in the event of some future catastrophe.

9 votes

Why The End of QE is Bad For The Dollar and May Lead to Its Collapse

The end of QE was supposed to mean a stronger dollar. It hasn't. The dollar has been dropping for months since QE tapering was announced and started.

From August 2013:

The Printing Press is the New Gold Standard

The value of U.S. Treasuries has been maintained by the Fed’s willingness to print dollars to buy more Treasuries thus creating a non market $45 billion a month demand for such securities. Remove that demand and the price of Treasuries drops and yields rise.

Thus, the value of U.S. Treasuries AND the dollar have been backed by the Fed’s willingness to print dollars to support the dollar because if the U.S. Treasury market collapses, so does the value of the dollar.

Since the dollar's value is in part tied to the level of U.S. debt and the willingness of the Fed to monetize that debt via QE, a cessation of QE would undermine the value of the dollar.

22 votes

US Media Covers Up Mass Murder in Odessa (RPI)

Yesterday in Odessa, Ukraine, more than 30 anti-Kiev protesters were burned alive, as a US-backed pro-Kiev mob set fire to the trade union building into which they ran to escape the pro-Kiev crowd. It was the largest loss of life in Ukraine since the US-backed coup in February, and it may well be a turning point in the east versus west struggle that ensued.

Continue reading:

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/20...

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22 votes

NC Alert! Polls are open

Attention North Carolinians, the polls are open and Dr. Greg Brannon needs your support. He is by far the best candidate for the position according to Dr. Ron Paul himself.

Let's get out there and show Greg Brannon the support he deserves and cast your vote for him!

20 votes

Santorum Bashes Rand's 2016 Aspirations

"Well, first off, I don't think that will happen because a Republican Party is not a Libertarian Party. It is a conservative party and it will nominate a conservative, not a libertarian," said Santorum.

Paul is the poster boy for the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. Santorum, a social conservative and staunch opponent to libertarianism, insisted Monday that Paul is not his "leader."

27 votes

McCain to 'Young People" on NSA spying: “Something You’ve Got To Accept”

As reported by Eric W. Dolan in Raw Story, May 5, 2014. Young people of the Daily Paul, what do you think about this?

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recently suggested that young people were upset with the National Security Agency’s surveillance operations because they had forgotten about the September 11 terrorist attacks.

During an appearance Friday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, he said that the NBA was right to punish Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He also dismissed concerns that the racist comments made by Sterling were recorded without his permission.

“It’s the world we’re living in, you don’t like it, but everything I say I expect to be recorded,” McCain remarked. “It’s just the way we live. It is something you’ve got to accept. I don’t particularly like it, but it is what it is.”

40 votes

“The U.S. Supreme Court Decision … Means the Nation Has Entered a Post-Constitutional Era”

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2014-05-05/%E2%80%9C-us...

“We Are No Longer a Nation Ruled By Laws”

Pulitzer prize winning reporter Chris Hedges – along with journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, activist Tangerine Bolen and others – sued the government to join the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans.

The trial judge in the case asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys.

The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge.

The trial judge ruled that the indefinite detention bill was unconstitutional, holding:

This Court rejects the government’s suggestion that American citizens can be placed in military detention indefinitely, for acts they could not predict might subject them to detention.
But the court of appeal overturned that decision, based upon the assumption that limited the NDAA to non-U.S. citizens:

We thus conclude, consistent with the text and buttressed in part by the legislative history, that Section 1021 [of the 2012 NDAA] means this: With respect to individuals who are not citizens, are not lawful resident aliens, and are not captured or arrested within the United States, the President’s [Authorization for Use of Military Force] authority includes the authority to detain those responsible for 9/11 as well as those who were a part of, or substantially supported, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners—a detention authority that Section 1021 concludes was granted by the original AUMF. But with respect to citizens, lawful resident aliens, or individuals captured or arrested in the United States, Section 1021 simply says nothing at all.
The court of appeal ignored the fact that the co-sponsors of the indefinite detention law said it does apply to American citizens, and that top legal scholars agree.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case, thus blessing and letting stand the indefinite detention law stand unchanged.

The court of appeal’s Orwellian reasoning may sound – at first blush – like it might be a good thing. After all, the court said there’s no indication that the indefinite detention provision will be applied against U.S. citizens.

14 votes

Traditional Irish Music (Part 2)

The roots of what we as musicians in the Irish musical tradition have come to accept as pure, is really nothing more than state control of our heritage.

That sounds kind of weird, I understand but bare with me for a moment. When Ireland claimed her independence and then subsequently gave it back to the new Republican government there was a great deal of central planning and social engineering that went on. Not least of that which was affected was the traditional music scene.

It was vital for the newly formed state to create as much nationalism among its population as it was capable. As an ethnic territorial border had already been established the goal was then to unify the people behind their overlords by creating a rigid system of musical perfection and acceptance. The Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann was born. A competition where young irish musicians could compete with each other for the crown of "Best" or "Most Irish Sounding" etc... What ended up happening, was that an incredibly elite form of musicianship became the fashion in Ireland. My father was no exception to the trendy. His parents spent hours with him every night going over tune after tune, ensuring that all the right notes were there. All the right cuts, all the right grace notes, all the right runs and rolls. Irish traditional music had become an exact science, and chief among the mad scientists were my granny and grampa.

8 votes

Words on a Screen

WORDS ON A SCREEN

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Words on a screen
Oh, what do you mean?
Dispute or agree,
Give or receive.

Words on a screen,
Some nice, some mean.
Words on a screen
Quit staring at me!

I don't like those words,
But these are just fine.
I'll look at your words,
And you look at mine.

14 votes

Peaceful Streets Project Founder, Antonio Buehler Speaks at TEDx

Action and Empathy: Antonio Buehler at TEDxHGSE


http://youtu.be/W6m4ulvfZ2M

Antonio Buehler is a Stanford Business School graduate, current Harvard School of Education MA Candidate and Founder of Peaceful Streets Project - an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots effort for police accountability.

10 votes

I'm considering peacefully open carrying on my college campus in AL

I'm a student at Troy University in Alabama. I don't really care about my standing with the school that I attend, which bans firearms on campus (even though the state doesn't require them to). The Dean of Student Services knows what I have been planning and has told me that I will be arrested for trespassing if I do it. However, no police official has been able to provide me with a law that I will be breaking. Some people who advise me have said that if I open carry on University Avenue (that goes through our campus), I cannot be arrested because it is a public road.

78 votes

Just got back from a weekend at The Ranch

The huge mass of information that has been floating around America regarding "The Battle of Bunkerville" up until Friday night was what prompted me to go and investigate with my own eyes and ears.

Yes, it's unbelieveable. Too many factors didn't jive. Fingers being pointed. What was rumor, and what was fact?

There's only one way to find out. I went.

21 votes

The Doors' Jim Morrison's Father was Navy Admiral in charge of fleet at Gulf of Tonkin

Very interesting man, lead a very interesting life, in a very different way than his son...

http://www.coronadoclarion.net/current-issue/remembering-adm...

"George Stephen Morrison was a Rear Admiral and naval aviator in the United States Navy. Morrison was commander of the U. S. naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of August 1964. He was the father of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the legendary rock band, The Doors."
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