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Being grateful boosts your happiness. Ten wonderful things I’m grateful for.  Since every volume on the nearly endless shelf of pop psychology self-help books recommends working up some gratitude as the key to happiness, I’ve conjured up a list of what I’m grateful for. (Please turn your irony setting on.)

http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2015/04/ten-wonderful-things-im-grateful-for.html

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In her 2014 memoir “Hard Choices,” Clinton reiterated her support for human-rights advocates in China. She specifically criticized the Great Firewall, writing that after she made comments about the right to dissent in China in 2011, “censors went right to work erasing mentions of my message from the Internet.”

But the issue of Chinese repression — and Cisco’s role — was already known by then. In 2009, weeks after Clinton’s State Department had named Cisco a finalist for the secretary of state’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE), a report from the Electronic Freedom Foundation noted “Cisco’s deep involvement” in building the Chinese government’s censorship system. The report pointed out that “Cisco engineers gave a presentation acknowledging the repressive uses for their technology.”

Daniel Wade, an attorney who represented Chinese dissidents in a lawsuit against Cisco, told IBTimes that “Cisco knew full well that its products were going to be used to suppress and facilitate the torture of democracy activists.”

“Crony capitalism has defined Clinton’s career, from her tenure on the board of Walmart, to the Wall Street execs whom she surrounded herself with at the State Department, to her allegiance to Cisco, even as it violated principles on which she staked her tenure,” said David Segal, executive director of the Internet freedom advocacy group Demand Progress.

 

– From the International Business Times article: Hillary Clinton, Cisco And China: Company Funded Foundation, Was Lauded By Clinton Despite Role In Repression

more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-18/more-hillary-cronyism-revealed-cisco-used-clinton-foundation-cover-human-rights-abus

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Since I began writing analysis for the liberty movement more than eight years ago, I have always said that we will know when the endgame of the globalists is upon us when the criminals come out into the light of day and admit to their crimes. At that moment, it will be because they no longer fear either the repercussions or their plans being obstructed.

As I plan to show in this installment of my series on the hidden fiscal collapse of America, the endgame has indeed arrived. At the very least, the international elites seem to think success is within their grasp, for they now openly expose their own criminality. But they do so in a way that attempts to divert blame or to rationalize their actions as being for the “greater good.”

In Part 4 of this series, I discussed the reality of the false East/West paradigm and the fact that the “conflict” between Eastern and Western interests is nothing more than Kabuki theater constructed by globalists and designed to mesmerize the masses. You see, the problem with most people is that they tend to let their innate sense of tribalism drive them to take sides in war without understanding the fundamental root of that war. In most cases, they believe one side must be “good” and one side must be “bad.” Globalists understand this weakness of human collectivism, and they exploit it as often as possible. They create conflicts from out of the void, conflicts in which BOTH sides are controlled. Then, they let the masses fumble like idiots trying to set the noose around the other guy’s neck.

read more @ http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2568-one-last-look-at-the-real-economy-before-it-implodes-part-5

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walmart Editor’s Note: The comment has been made that readying a Walmart location for this kind of situation could easily be covered by the excuse that there are plumbing issues… Guess we will keep watch for more sudden closures. At least five Walmart stores throughout the country have announced that they are closing for up to six months due to plumbing issues. Stores in California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma closed Tuesday with little to no warning, in some cases without even letting the city know, leaving thousands of people without jobs Walmart claims employees can move to another store) and sparking widespread theories as to the real reason for the abrupt closures. The SGV Tribune in California reported:

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Walmart announced Monday that it is temporarily closing its Pico Rivera supercenter on Washington Boulevard due to plumbing problems but City Manager Rene Bobadilla said a union official told him that all 530 employees have been laid off. […] James Enriquez, the city’s public works director, said officials have not been notified of plumbing issues at the store. The company would be required to pull permits before undertaking extensive work. “If I were a property owner I’d want to make sure my store was closed as little as possible,” Enriquez said. “I would want a permit to be in place the day I was going to close — but we haven’t received anything.”

See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/are-the-nationwide-walmart-closures-connected-to-detention-centers-for-american-citizens_042015#sthash.bL2X3T6j.dpuf

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‘A federal judge handed General Motors a multi-billion-dollar reprieve Wednesday, ruling that the company could not be sued in hundreds of death and injury claims related to the defective ignition switches that are estimated to have killed more than 80 people.

According to Judge Robert Gerber, GM’s government-overseen bankruptcy and reorganization in 2009 shields it from liability for actions the company had made previously, despite claims by the families of people injured or killed by the ignitions that GM had been misleading the court at that time about the ignition-switch woes in older, smaller cars.

Lawyers in more than 140 lawsuits had argued to Judge Gerber, who also handled the company’s bankruptcy, that GM’s misleading the court effectively meant their clients never got a chance to dispute the bankruptcy on those grounds, and now are left with no recourse.’

Read more: Federal Judge Prevents Victims of General Motors’ Faulty Ignition Switches From Receiving Billions In Compensation

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What in the world are the elite up to?  In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a “natural disaster” could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for “training” purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is “EMP-hardened”.  In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual “training exercises” all over the nation.  So are the elite doing all of this in order to prepare for something really BIG, or should we just chalk up all of this strange activity to rampant government paranoia?

First, let’s talk about what the New York Fed has been doing.  What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank?  It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen.  According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a “natural disaster” makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York…

The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago.

 

Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan.

 

Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the market operations that are done daily out of the New York Fed, which is the U.S. central bank’s main conduit to Wall Street.

This seems very odd.

In all of U.S. history, there has never been a natural disaster in New York City that would have been bad enough to totally shut down the operations of the New York Fed for an extended period of time.

So why are they so concerned?

Well, I can think of one event that could cause such a disruption…

An east coast tsunami.

This is something that I wrote about in this article.  But other than that, it is hard to imagine a natural disaster which could shut down the New York Fed for an extended period of time.

read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-16/signs-elites-are-feverishly-preparing-something-big

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The LOw-Cost Unmannded aerial vehicle Swarming Technology (LOCUST) is a prototype tube-launched UAV. The LOCUST program will make possible the launch of multiple swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm and adversary.

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Back in November we chronicled the (quiet) death of the Petrodollar, the system that has buttressed USD hegemony for decades by ensuring that oil producers recycled their dollar proceeds into still more USD assets creating a very convenient (if your printing press mints dollars) self-fulfilling prophecy that has effectively underwritten the dollar’s reserve status in the post WWII era. Here’s what we said last year:

Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company – the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar’s reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or the world in which oil export countries would recycle the dollars they received in exchange for their oil exports, by purchasing more USD-denominated assets, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop…

 

Few would have believed that the Petrodollar did indeed quietly die, although ironically, without much input from either Russia or China, and paradoxically, mostly as a result of the actions of none other than the Fed itself, with its strong dollar policy, and to a lesser extent Saudi Arabia too, which by glutting the world with crude, first intended to crush Putin, and subsequently, to take out the US crude cost-curve, may have Plaxico’ed both itself, and its closest Petrodollar trading partner, the US of A.

 

As Reuters reports, for the first time in almost two decades, energy-exporting countries are set to pull their “petrodollars” out of world markets this year.

Not long afterwards (and by that we mean “not long” in the sense that three months isn’t really that long when it comes to everyone catching on to what “fringe” bloggers say is likely important), Bank of America took notice in the form of interviews with a half dozen or so in- house economists whose views can be generally summed up as follows: “…the end of the Petrodollar recycling chain is said to impact everything from Russian geopolitics, to global capital market liquidity, to safe-haven demand for Treasurys, to social tensions in developing nations, to the Fed’s exit strategy.”

more here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-15/collapse-petrodollar-oil-exporters-are-dumping-us-assets-record-pace

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Uruguay becomes first nation to legalise marijuana trade … The Uruguayan government hopes legalising the sale of marijuana will tackle drug cartels … Uruguay’s cannabis bill reflects liberal past … Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana. After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval. The law allowing registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug a month is not expected to come into force before April. The government hopes it will help tackle drug cartels, but critics say it will expose more people to drugs. – BBC

Dominant Social Theme: This is great. Uruguay strikes a blow against prohibition.

Free-Market Analysis: Are considerations regarding Monsanto’s business progress in South America behind the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay?

George Soros was a significant supporter of marijuana legalization in Uruguay, and Soros is reportedly also a big Monsanto shareholder. Here, from a recent Guardian article, published just before the bill passed:

Rich countries debating legalisation of cannabis are also watching the bill, which philanthropist George Soros has supported as an “experiment” that could provide an alternative to the failed US-led policies of the long “war on drugs”.

See more at: http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/34833/Monsanto-Marijuana-Initiative-Grows-in-Uruguay/#sthash.8HavaDcy.dpuf

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The lack of regulation here is stunning. The U.S. Forest Service in Southern California just caught wind of the fact Nestlé’s permit to pump water out of a national forest expired over 25 years ago.

An investigation by the Desert Sun found that Nestle Waters North America’s permit to transport water across the San Bernardino National Forest expired in 1988. The water is piped across the national forest and loaded on trucks to a plant where it is bottled as Arrowhead 100 percent Mountain Spring Water.

Nestlé is the #1 bottle water producer in the country and own the brands Arrowhead and Pure Life. The company’s response? Don’t worry, folks. Nestlé “monitors its water use and the environment around the springs where water is drawn.”‘

Read more: Nestlé Has Been Pumping Water From a National Forest With an Expired Permit For Over 25 Years

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‘The U.S. Air Force is paying Mike Domitrz $2,222 an hour to teach airmen when it’s OK to kiss on a date.
Domitrz, a speaker who has published books on relationships and survivors of sexual assault, will present three sessions titled “May I Kiss You?” to airmen, according to a report today in The Washington Free Beacon.

In a contract awarded by Dyess Air Force Base, outside Abilene, Tex., the Air Force will pay Domritz’s company, the Data Safe Project, $10,000 for three 60 to 90 minute sessions — approximately $2,222.22 per hour if all three sessions run the full 90 minutes.’

Read more: Pentagon ‘Kiss’ Training Costs Over $2,000 Per Hour

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Taking Down America

The all-consuming fire of "purification"

It has to be clear to all that renewing the Cold War through gangsterism and propaganda is part of a conspiracy. This is certainly no theory.

What is less clear is that the United States is far more a targeted nation than even Russia.

  • Continued manipulation of events has kept American military spending at or above Cold War levels with no visible enemy. Though some choose to ignore America’s role in 9/11, and its full and total complicity in every terror organization since the founding of the post-Nazi era Gladio groups of the 1970s onward, any reasonable analysis of events clearly shows America at war around the world with itself.
  • The systematic economic destabilization of America, beginning with “Reaganomics” in the 1980s, has left a nation with extreme class and economic divisions, little or no industrial base and no control over its own currency, banking or economic system — a recipe for disaster.
  • With the use of more and more radical genetically modified crops at a time when every major water source in America is under attack, aquifers depleted and poisoned by fracking, coastlines ravaged by massive oil spills, the Great Lakes increasingly contaminated, food supplies and even drinking water may disappear overnight — a process that may well have already begun.
  • The systematic subjugation of every American governmental process by groups, ostensibly representing global corporate or banking interests, observably with a dark agenda, including massive depopulation and climate change, is a reality of life for any politically-active American.
  • Ted CruzRafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is a US Senator, born in Calgary, Alberta, part of Canada or so we are told, who wants to be president. He is the current Republican front runner for president in 2016 and to those who fail to study, he has disguised himself as a political and fiscal conservative. He is anything but.

    Cruz is the son and inheritor of Rafael Cruz, director of the Purifying Fire International Ministry, a “Dominionist/Reconstructionist” religious group. Cruz and his followers share the father’s religious ideals, but what are these “ideals?”

    • Elimination of the American state to be replaced by a theocratic dictatorship based on “biblical law.”
    • Elimination of all “impure” or “nominal” Christians, including the expulsion and imprisonment of African Americans or “deviants” who stray from traditional Christian values.
    • Cruz supports mandatory attendance at approved only churches. Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism and other forms of belief would not only be banned but followers would be sentenced to death by stoning.
    • “Reconstructed” America would then conquer the earth in a nuclear war enslaving non-believers and racially inferior types who would “serve the righteous.”

    These beliefs are no secret, his father repeats these heresies and espouses these same minimally treasonous and more than insane beliefs to all that will listen.

    Does he look a little full of himself...like he is "on" something?"

    Cruz, who heads the senate committee that oversees America’s courts espouses essentially a version of Sharia Law for the US. However the biblical laws Cruz is sworn to enact are of his own authorship.

    He and his personal confidant, Christ himself, stand ready to pass laws and pronounce judgement “on the fly.” Compared to rule by Cruz and his megalomaniac henchmen, an alien invasion might seem desirable.

    Cruz who heads the senate committee that oversees space research and exploration believes that earth is 6000 years old and that men and dinosaurs walked the earth together, believes this and states this with some regularity. To Cruz, all teaching of non-biblical history and science is the work of Satan and the anti-Christ, who he believes is Barack Obama.

    Millions of Americans cheer when he speaks of silencing women and chastising homosexuals. What he says less often is that, upon the death of his father, Ted Cruz will assume the kingship of America, anointed by Christ himself, who came to Cruz and promises him eternal life.

    If you want to know how America will fall, perhaps this man, Ted Cruz, may well bring that about. Gambling boss Sheldon Adelson has promised $5 billion to get Cruz elected. That kind of money can finance more than one 9/11.

    more: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/04/10/neo-duff-why-america-is-being-targeted/

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US paratroops convoy to western Ukraine for ‘training mission’

| 13 April 2015 U.S. paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine for Operation Fearless Guardian [*puke*], a six-month effort to train Ukraine’s newly established national guard force [of Nazis, war criminals, and terrorists]. The first troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived Friday in western Ukraine, delivering military cargo after completing a 1,100-mile convoy from their home station in Vicenza, Italy, the Army said. The convoy of 50 paratroops and 25 vehicles traveled through Austria, Germany and Poland before arriving in Yavoriv, Ukraine. About 300 U.S. soldiers will deploy for the effort, which centers on training three battalions of Ukrainian troops in a range of infantry tactics.

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The United States spends over a trillion dollars a year on war preparations, about $1.3 trillion in fact, which is exactly what U.S. students and former students owe in total accumulated student debt which is understood to be an outrageous and massive crisis, yet it’s what Congress spends on war preparations each year – year after year — without comment, discussion, or debate. U.S. military spending has doubled since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, yet the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget this year proposed to cut it by a grand total of 1 percent and didn’t even mention that in any of its statements about its budget. The rest of the world spends about another trillion dollars all together. So the average among about 200 other countries is about a half a percent of what the U.S. spends.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/04/war-human-nature-collective-suicide-natural.html

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