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The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.

—Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

Via: Boston Globe:

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.

Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn’t have changed policies much even if he tried.

Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.

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GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Tom Foley, a Greenwich Millionaire, Paid Effective Tax Rate of Zero in 2013

–For third year in a row, Foley’s effective tax rate was zero 18 Oct 2014 (CT) Republican gubernatorial nominee [and plagiarist] Tom Foley, the wealthy Greenwich investor who spent $11 million of his own fortune running against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2010, had an effective federal tax rate of zero in 2013. The Foley campaign allowed reporters to view summaries of the candidate’s 2013 federal income tax returns Friday — after last month granting members of the press access to summaries of his 2010, 2011 and 2012 returns. The most recent returns reveal that Foley paid zero percent in federal taxes for the third year in a row, a fact that will probably fuel Democratic criticism about the Republican candidate’s wealth.

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Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh? Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation – that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen to attack a body that tries to do good. But the liberal NYT has no such scruples. The killer quote is this:

For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of money flowing in.

Over a year ago Bill Clinton met with some aides and lawyers to review the Foundation’s progress and concluded that it was a mess. Well, many political start-ups can be, especially when their sole selling point is the big name of their founder (the queues are short at the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center). But what complicated this review – what made its findings more politically devastating – is that the Clinton Foundation has become about more than just Bill. Now both daughter Chelsea and wife, and likely presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton have taken on major roles and, in the words of the NYT “efforts to insulate the foundation from potential conflicts have highlighted just how difficult it can be to disentangle the Clintons’ charity work from Mr Clinton’s moneymaking ventures and Mrs Clinton’s political future.” Oh, they’re entangled alright.

The NYT runs the scoop in its usual balanced, inoffensive way – but the problem jumps right off the page. The Clintons have never been able to separate the impulses to help others and to help themselves, turning noble philanthropic ventures into glitzy, costly promos for some future campaign (can you remember a time in human history when a Clinton wasn’t running for office?). And their “Ain’t I Great?!” ethos attracts the rich and powerful with such naked abandon that it ends up compromising whatever moral crusade they happen to have endorsed that month. That the Clinton Global Initiative is alleged to have bought Natalie Portman a first-class ticket for her and her dog to attend an event in 2009 is the tip of the iceberg. More troubling is that businessmen have been able to expand the profile of their companies by working generously alongside the Clinton Foundation. From the NYT:

Last year, Coca-Cola’s chief executive, Muhtar Kent, won a coveted spot on the dais with Mr. Clinton, discussing the company’s partnership with another nonprofit to use its distributors to deliver medical goods to patients in Africa. (A Coca-Cola spokesman said that the company’s sponsorship of foundation initiatives long predated Teneo and that the firm plays no role in Coca-Cola’s foundation work.)

In March 2012, David Crane, the chief executive of NRG, an energy company, led a widely publicized trip with Mr. Clinton to Haiti, where they toured green energy and solar power projects that NRG finances through a $1 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative.

This is typical Clinton stuff. The second thing I ever wrote for this website was about how corporations invest in politicians as a way of building their brand and raising their stock price. It can lead to some funny partnerships. This, from 2011:

Just this month, bedding manufacturer Serta announced that it will be sponsoring Bill Clinton’s keynote address to an industry conference in August. “To us,”’ said the head of the company, “Clinton represents leadership. This appearance shows Serta is a leader and is taking a leadership position. This singles us out.” Some might say that it is beneath a former president to basically endorse Serta’s new “Perfect Sleeper” line, even with its “revolutionary gel foam mattress”.

The cynical might infer from the NYT piece that the Clintons are willing to sell themselves, their image, and even their Foundation’s reputation in exchange for money to finance their personal projects. In Bill’s case, saving the world. In Hillary’s case, maybe, running for president.

It’s nothing new to report that there’s an unhealthy relationship in America between money and politics, but it’s there all the same. While the little people are getting hit with Obamacare, high taxes and joblessness, a class of businessmen enjoys ready access to politicians of both Left and Right that poses troubling questions for how the republic can continue to call itself a democracy so long as it functions as an aristocracy of the monied. Part of the reason why America’s elites get away with it is becuase they employ such fantastic salesmen. For too long now, Bill Clinton has pitched himself, almost without question, as a homespun populist: the Boy from Hope. The reality is that this is a man who – in May 1993 – prevented other planes from landing at LAX for 90 minues while he got a haircut from a Beverley Hills hairdresser aboard Air Force One. The Clintons are populists in the same way that Barack Obama is a Nobel prize winner. Oh, wait…

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COMMENT: HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

The Clinton Foundation has been a questionable entity in Haiti as it spent tens of millions on phone calls, $70,000,000 on wages and enough to send the population of Washington, DC to Haiti on American Airlines.

The one Clinton Foundation Project that I can remember, other than investing $2.500,000 in a 5 Star luxury hotel, was a school project in Leogane, costing something like $6,000,000.00. This involved in moving a half-dozen FEMA trailers, left over from the New Orleans disaster, to Haiti as school rooms.

These had already been banned in the States because of toxix materials, in their construction. As a result – coupled with the fact they had no air conditioning, the student never sat inside. The made them sick.

So they say outside.

A $6,000,000 boondoggle that should have cost nothing.

We could have received the trailers, as donations.

Our friends would have transported  them to Haiti, and on to Leogane for nothing.

And then there is the big industrial park in northern Haiti. Cynics suggest the Clintons benefted financially from this.

Some suggest Clinton purchased 4000 acres on the St. Marc Road for future sale.

The people of Haiti do not like Bill Clinton.

http://www.haitian-truth.org/huge-scandal-at-clinton-foundation-the-new-york-times-takes-down-the-clinton-foundation-this-could-be-devastating-for-bill-and-hillary-added-commentary-by-haitian-truth/

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For some time now, I have been analyzing American history in the light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious to begin with, are embedded in ongoing covert processes, have political consequences that enlarge covert government, and are subsequently covered up by systematic falsifications in the mainstream media and internal government records.

The more I study these deep events, the more I see suggestive similarities between them, increasing the possibility that they are not unrelated external intrusions on American history, but parts of an endemic process, sharing to some degree or other a common source.

 A deep state event seen from deep space. New York City, 9/11.  NASA Photo

For example, one factor linking Dallas, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11, has been the involvement in all four deep events of personnel involved in America’s highest-level emergency planning, known since the 1950s as Continuity of Government (COG) planning, or more colloquially inside the Pentagon as “the Doomsday Project.” A few of these actors may have been located at the top, as overseers of the secret COG system. Others – including some I shall talk about today – were located further down in its secret communications network.

- See more at: http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/10/05/the-hidden-government-group-linking-jfk-watergate-iran-contra-and-911/#sthash.uH9mTO7r.dpuf

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Whatever the cause – conspiracy or incompetence – the recent Ebola outbreak illustrates the dangers of centralized globalization, and opens the door to possible solutions.

October 13, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has surfaced in West Africa in an unprecedented outbreak infecting and killing thousands according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The epicenter appears to be centered between Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the former being where the first case was reported, the latter being hit the hardest.  Other nations including Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali have had cases reported but were contained and the spread of the disease there appears to have stopped. Nations like Uganda who have grappled with Ebola and similar diseases have yet to be affected and are believed to have suitable measures in place to zero in and contain the virus.

Beyond countries in West Africa, Spain, the United States, Brazil, and now Germany have reported travel-associated cases of Ebola as well as infections of health workers who apparently breached protocols while handling infected patients.

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2014/10/ebola-and-danger-of-globalization.html

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Get Kissinger!

On February 7, 1982, two LaRouchians met the Devil, not in a graveyard at midnight, but in the well-lit terminal at Newark International Airport. They abandoned their literature table and rushed to exorcise him with a barrage of hostile questions. “Jesus Christ,” muttered Dr. Henry Kissinger, their longtime hate figure. He and his wife, Nancy, kept walking toward the boarding area, en route to Boston, where he was scheduled to undergo triple-bypass heart surgery.

“Dr. Kissinger,” shouted twenty-eight-year-old Ellen Kaplan, “is it true that you sleep with young boys at the Carlyle Hotel?” It was a standard LaRouchian accusation. Nancy Kissinger would have ignored it on other occasions, but she was distraught by the prospect of her husband’s operation. According to her attorney, her hand reached out and came in contact, very lightly, with Kaplan’s throat. Others assert that her actions were less restrained. Whatever the truth, Kaplan retreated, and the Kissingers continued on their way.

A trivial event, one might say. Yet its consequences included a warrant for Mrs. Kissinger’s arrest, a heavily publicized assault trial, and a LaRouchian harassment campaign against Dr. Kissinger on four continents. This campaign, waged from mid-1982 through late 1984, is unique in the annals of radical protest against public figures. It involved a torrent of propaganda attacks in at least six languages, carefully planned disruptions of Kissinger’s public appearances, the planting of defamatory rumors in the international press, scores of malicious pranks, and the expenditure of millions of dollars on network television ads denouncing him.

Some observers have viewed LaRouche’s anti-Kissinger campaign merely as an example of irrationalism and cultism—the expenditure of enormous resources on an effort better suited to an insane asylum. Yet there were coolheaded pragmatic reasons for it. LaRouche had gained a measure of credibility with the Reagan administration over the previous year. He had to disguise his anti-Semitism better.

LaRouche’s solution was to select a Symbolic Jew. Kissinger, with his thick Central European accent, “Semitic” features, rationalistic worldview, and reputation for secretive highest-level intrigue, was the perfect choice. The fact that he was Jewish was almost universally known—indeed, he was probably the most famous Jew in the world. What’s more, he was a controversial one, disliked by many conservatives and by almost all leftists. Even many moderates had questions about his record as secretary of state. A campaign against him, no matter how nasty, could gain an unspoken sympathy across the political spectrum. Building on this dislike of Kissinger, the LaRouchians could turn it into a dislike of his alleged archetypal qualities.

The LaRouchians had attacked Kissinger on an overtly anti-Semitic basis throughout the late 1970s. When New Solidarity called for the “immediate elimination” of the “Jewish Lobby” from American public life, it said the first stage should be “the naming of names, such as Henry A. Kissinger.” A subsequent editorial railed against infiltration of Washington by agents of the “Zionist-British organism.” Heading the list was the “Israeli-British” agent Kissinger. When Kissinger’s The White House Years was published in 1980, a review by LaRouche in EIR used Mein Kampf-style images of infection and contamination. America’s moral “rot,” he said, was due to “such alien ‘Typhoid Marys’ of immorality” as Kissinger. LaRouche then dashed offThe Pestilence of Usury, a pamphlet sold at airport literature tables. Among the villains was Kissinger, said to be the servant of oligarchs “far worse than Hitler . . . nasty, evil.”

more @ http://spikethenews.blogspot.com/2013/11/kissinger-vs-larouche-is-nancy.html

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Let’s begin with 1910-1913. The Rothschilds had several prominent business partners in America. Amongst them were John D Rockefeller, J P Morgan, the Warburg brothers and Jacob Schiff.  There was  a gathering of their agents on a private railcar across the river from Manhattan on November 22, 1910. They went from there to Jekyll Island Georgia to draft the legislation that would become the Federal Reserve Act. Also in 1913 the IRS was created. The Federal Reserve Act gave Bankers the right to charge us interest on money they created out of nothing. The IRS was needed to pay the interest on the money that was created out of thin air.

1917. The Jewish Bankers of London and New York had decided to sell America’s entry into WW I in exchange for the Balfour Declaration written in the form of a letter to Lord Rothschild. Wealthy Jewish families financed the Soviet revolution.

1920-1933. Prohibition made Jewish mobsters like the Purple Gang, the Bronfmans and other fantastically wealthy. When alcohol prohibition was over, drug prohibition began with the banning of certain drugs and marijuana.

1929-1939. The Great Depression. Millions of Americans starved to death. A Leftist radio priest had millions of followers. But no reform was  allowed for the monetary system. The Federal Reserve made rich people richer and poor people poorer. Rich people do not die in famines.

1939-1945. The US was maneuvered into World War II. This took some doing. Lord Halifax, the British Foreign Secretary, had told the Germans that His Majesty’s Jewish government wanted them to gather the Germans together and to protect Christian Europe from the Soviets who had killed tens of millions of Gentiles and had threatened to kill more in Europe. The Rothschild owned Bank of  England had loaned Hitler £350 million to buy guns and to reorganize Farben.  The Polish Jewish Communists began a campaign to kill German civilians. And the Polish government was encouraged to use their military forces to fire at an unarmed German planes carrying mail to Danzig. That did force Hitler to invade. Then the Rothschild owned governments of Britain and France declared war.

The Soviets had devoted 40% of their GDP to arms causing widespread hunger. When the war started, Stalin had ten times as many tanks, ten times as many planes and ten times as many artillery pieces as did the Germans.  Hitler attacked Stalin because his intelligence services had been warned of an invasion. Initially, the Germans had some success against the Soviets because the latter’s Army was in an attack position and not in a defensive mode. Neutral Swedish observers reported that 60% of the Soviet losses were due to Russians killing each other. Not everyone approved of the massive slaughter of Gentiles in the Soviet Union. But FDR did manage to reluctantly bring the Japanese Emperor into the war. The Emperor had been trying to negotiate a settlement with FDR since 1936. He had even offered to pull out of China and to become an ally of the US against the Soviet Union. He did not understand that the whole purpose of the war was to expand Jewish Communism into Europe and Asia. FDR at Yalta agreed to give north Korea to Stalin.

The post war period saw the rise of the Cold War which first required the elimination of the real anti-Communists like General Patton. The Cold War was very expensive. And then there was the rise of Israel as a state. More about the costs of the Israeli state later.

more @ http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/israels-cost-to-america-and-what-happens-when-we-are-of-no-use-to-israel/

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Machiavelli wrote that when we are trying to understand politics and the history of human societies, much can be explained in terms of the eternal conflict between two fundamental desires. One is the desire of the grandi – that is, the super-rich and the super-powerful – to protect their wealth and power, and to accumulate more wealth and power. The other is the desire of ordinary citizens – that is, anyone who is not super-rich or super-powerful – to live in peace and freedom without being subjected to the predatory activities of the grandi. As stressed by John McCormick, Machiavelli thought that the predatory tendencies of oligarchs were the gravest threat to the liberty and well-being of ordinary people.

Machiavelli was right. Many things have changed, but what was true then is still true today. Oligarchic appetites are an enormous threat to liberty and freedom. Machiavelli used his writings to try to convince those in power that oligarchic greed needed to be curbed; his critique of oligarchic domination has often been misunderstood.

Oligarchic domination is a cancer that is destroying both people’s lives and the planet.

But who are the oligarchs today in our corporatized and financialized world? They are the super-rich and more generally those who command massive concentrations of wealth, even if they do not own it, or even if they own only a fraction of it, such as the individuals in charge of multinational corporations and financial firms.

more @ http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26313-machiavelli-and-oligarchic-democracy

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“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: Bread and Circuses.” – Juvenal – Satire (100 A.D.)

Roman satirist and poet Juvenal was displaying contempt for a degraded Roman citizenry that had shunned civic responsibility, shirked their duties of citizenship within a republic, and had chosen to sell their votes to feckless politicians for assurances of bread and circuses. Rather than govern according to noble principles based upon reason, striving for public policies that led to long term sustainability and benefitting the majority of citizens, politicians chose superficial displays and appeasing the masses utilizing the lowest common denominator of “free” food and bountiful spectacles, pageants, and ceremonies in order to retain power.

The Roman Empire’s decline stretched across centuries as the gradual loss of civic virtue among its citizenry allowed demagogues to gain power and barbarians to eventually overrun the weakened empire. While the peasants were distracted with shallow exhibitions of palliative pleasures, those in power were debasing the currency, enriching themselves, and living pampered lives of luxury. The Roman leaders bought public approval and support, not through exemplary public service, but through diversion, distraction, and the satisfaction of base immediate needs and desires of the populace. Satisfying the crude motivations of the ignorant peasants (cheap food and entertainment) is how Roman politicians bought votes and retained power. Free wheat, circus games, and feeding Christians to lions kept the commoners from focusing on politicians pillaging and wasting the empire’s wealth.

History may not repeat exactly because technology, resource discoveries, and political dynamics change the nature of society, but it does rhyme because the human foibles of greed, lust for power, arrogance, and desire for conquest do not vary across the ages. The corruption, arrogance, hubris, currency debasement, materialism, imperialism, and civic decay that led to the ultimate downfall of the Roman Empire is being repeated on an even far greater scale today as the American Empire flames out after only two centuries. The pillars of western society are crumbling under the sustained pressure of an immense mountain of debt, created by crooked bankers and utilized by corrupt politicians to sustain and expand their welfare/warfare state. Recklessness, myopia, greed, willful ignorance, and selfish disregard for unborn generations are the earmarks of decline in this modern day empire of debt, delusion and decay.

“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are over-consuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.” – Aldous Huxley – Island

Rome was eight and a half centuries old when Juvenal scornfully described the degenerative spiral of the Roman populace. Still, the Western Empire lasted another three centuries before finally succumbing to the Visigoths and Vandals. The far slower pace of history and lack of other equally matched competing nation states allowed Rome to exist for centuries beyond its Pax Romana period of unprecedented political stability and prosperity, which lasted for two centuries. Prior to becoming an empire, the Roman Republic was a network of towns left to rule themselves with varying degrees of independence from the Roman Senate and provinces administered by military commanders. It was ruled, not by Emperors, but by annually elected magistrates known as Roman Consuls. The Roman citizens were a proud people who had a strong sense of civic duty and made government work for the people.

During the 1st century B.C. Rome suffered a long series of internal conflicts, conspiracies and civil wars, while greatly extending their imperial power beyond Italy through military conquest. After the assassination of Julius Caesar and the ascension of Augustus to emperor in 27 BC, after a century of civil wars, Rome experienced an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity. During this era, the solidity of the Empire was furthered by a degree of societal stability and economic prosperity. But it didn’t last. The successors to Augustus contributed to the progressive ruination of the empire. The repugnant reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero reflected the true nature of the Roman people, who had relinquished their sovereignty to government administrators to whom they had granted absolute powers, in return for food and entertainment. It was the beginning of the end.

The American Republic began as a loose confederation of states who ruled themselves, with little or no direction from a central authority. The Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781 by all 13 States, limited the powers of the central government. The Confederation Congress could make decisions, but lacked enforcement powers. Implementation of most decisions, including modifications to the Articles, required unanimous approval of all thirteen state legislatures. After winning the war for independence from England, the U.S. Constitution, which shifted power to a central authority, was ratified in 1789. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, was passed in 1791 with the purpose of protecting individual liberties and insuring justice for all. Their function was to safeguard the citizens from an authoritarian federal government. These imperfect documents would benefit and protect the rights of the American people only if applied by moral, just, incorruptible, noble, honorable leaders and enforced by an educated, concerned, vigilant citizenry.

As with the Roman Empire, the quality of leadership has rapidly deteriorated over the last two centuries and now wallows at disgustingly low levels. These leaders are a reflection of a people who have abandoned their desire for knowledge, responsibility for their lives, work ethic, belief in freedom and the U.S. Constitution. The Juvenal of our times was H.L. Mencken who aptly and scornfully described the citizenry in 1920 as an ignorant mob who would eventually elect a downright moron to the presidency. He was right.

“The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken

A Republic was formed 225 years ago, as opposed to a monarchy, by men of good intentions. They weren’t perfect, but their goals for the new nation were honorable and decent. Ben Franklin had his doubts regarding whether we could keep a republic. He had good reason to doubt the long-term sustainability of this experiment. Freedom is not something bestowed on us by men of higher caste. We are born into this world free, with the liberty to live our lives as we see fit, the opportunity to educate oneself and the freedom to succeed as far as our capabilities and efforts allow. Only a self-reliant, virtuous, moral, civic minded people are capable of enjoying the fruits of freedom. Once corruption, self-interest, greed, and dependency upon government bureaucrats for sustenance become prevalent, the populace seeks masters who promise safety and security in return for sacrificing essential liberty and basic freedoms.

The country has defeated foreign invaders, withstood financial calamities, endured a bloody civil war, benefitted immensely from the discovery of oil under its soil, became an industrial power, fought on the winning side of two world wars, and since 1946 has become the greatest imperial empire since Rome fell to the barbarians. Over the course of our 225 year journey there has been a gradual relinquishment of the citizens’ sovereignty and autonomy to an ever more overbearing central government. Lincoln’s unprecedented expansion of Federal government authority during the Civil War marked a turning point, as state and local rights became subservient to an all-powerful central authority. Individual liberty has been surrendered and freedoms forfeited over a decades long insidious regression of a once courageous, independent, self-sufficient citizenry into a mob of cowering, willfully ignorant dependents of the deep state.

From the inception of the country there has been a constant battle between the banking interests and the common people. Bankers have used fraudulent fractional reserve banking to speculate for their own benefit, made risky loans, and created every financial crisis in the country’s history. The profits from excessive risk taking are retained by the bankers. The inevitable losses are borne by taxpayers with the excuse that the financial system must be saved and preserved. The storyline never changes. The beginning of the end of the American Empire can be pinpointed to the year 1913, only 124 years after its inception. Private banking interests captured the monetary system of the empire with the secretive creation of the Federal Reserve. The power of the central state was solidified with the implementation of the personal income tax, allowing politicians to bribe their constituents with modern day “bread and circuses”, paid for with money taken at gunpoint from them by the central state. We are now nothing but the hollowed out shell of a once noble Republic.

A century of central banking and heavy taxation of the people by bought off politician puppets has coincided with a century of war, depressions, currency debasement, overconsumption, obscene levels of consumer debt, trillions of excessive debt financed government spending, hundreds of trillions in unfunded entitlement liabilities, and a persistent decline in standard of living for the masses due to Federal Reserve manufactured inflation. We have failed to heed the lessons of history. We have repeated the blunders committed by the Romans.

The American Empire will not be murdered by an external force because it is too busy committing suicide. The moneyed interests, corporate oligarchs and their hand-picked politician front men see themselves as conquering heroes. Their colossal hubris and arrogance is only matched by the ignorance, gullibility, quivering fear of bogeymen, and susceptibility to propaganda of the general populace. The Wall Street bankers and feckless politicians are not gods, they are only men. Death is the great equalizer for emperors and peasants alike. The only thing that remains is your legacy and whether you positively impacted the world. It can be unequivocally stated that those in power today are leaving a legacy of despair, destruction, and debt.

Empires are born and empires die. The American Empire will not be sustained for eight centuries, as the swiftness of modern civilization, nuclear proliferation, religious zealotry, and sociopathic leadership ensures we will flame out in a blaze of glory before reaching our third century. The spirit of independence, idealism, self-reliance, entrepreneurship, knowledge seeking, advancement, and goodwill towards our fellow citizens that marked the height of our fledgling country has succumbed to a malaise of government dependency, cynicism, living on the dole, financial Ponzi schemes, willful ignorance, materialism, delusion, and myopic self-interest. The moral decline of the American populace has been reflected in the deteriorating quality of leaders we have chosen over the last century. Prosperity was taken for granted and no longer earned. We abdicated our civic responsibility to corrupt financiers and power seeking politicians. As time has passed, the ruling elite have grown ever more powerful and wealthy, at the expense of the peasantry. These sociopaths see themselves as god-like emperors, on par with the vilest of the Roman emperors.

Historians will mark 1980 as another turning point, when the nation capitulated to the financiers and ceded control of our destiny to Wall Street bankers, the military industrial complex, and globalist billionaires. The final deformation from a productive society built upon savings, capital investment, and goods production to a borrowing, gambling, and consumption society built upon debt and profiteering by powerful corporate and banking interests had commenced. The peak of this warfare/welfare state insanity was reached in 2000 and the road to decline and decay is now littered with the figurative corpses of a gutted middle class and the literal corpses of men, women and children across the globe, killed during our never ending imperial conquests. The ruling elite sense the futility and foolishness of their folly, but their insatiable appetite for wealth, power, triumph and glory blind them to the destructive consequences of their actions upon the nation and their fellow man. Power and dominion over others is a powerful aphrodisiac for our current day emperors and self-preservation at all costs is their mantra.

While they bask in their perceived triumph and glory, achieved through rigging the financial and political systems in their favor, they should heed the faint whisper in their ear that all glory is fleeting.

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.” – George S. Patton, Jr.

The decline of the Roman Empire can be attributed to a number of supportable hypotheses, which have been documented by historians over time. They include:

Perpetual warfare depleted the treasury and wasted the manhood of the empire. The use of mercenary armies eventually led to the sacking of Rome by the very armies they had employed.
Military overexpansion and spending resulted in resources being diverted from technological advancement, maintenance of the civil infrastructure, and worthwhile investments to support economic growth.
Excessive welfare spending, oppressive taxation and currency debasement widened the gap between rich and poor, resulting in discontent, mistrust and rebellion.
The emergence of an all-powerful centralized authoritarian government ruling by mandate, racked by corruption, and kept in power by bribing its subjects with promises of bread and circuses.
Emperors and Senators became oligarchs and their conspicuous consumption provided proof of their corruption and decadence. The widespread corruption and incompetence of its leadership led to a waning in civic pride among the citizens.
The decline in productive commercial and agricultural industries due to high taxes on producers, used to support the military empire, contributed to the circumstances that allowed barbarian invasions to succeed.
The moral decay of the people was caused by the influx of slave labor from conquered territories, resulting in a decline in middle class work ethic, and the subsequent rise in the level of citizens on the dole. An economy based upon slave labor precluded a middle class with buying power.

In Part Two of this tale of two empires, I’ll document the parallels between mistakes made, eternal human foibles, military misfortunes, financial misconduct, and moral decay, that denote the decline of the Roman and American Empires.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/bread-circuses-bombs-decline-american-empire.html

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World events most of which are ‘engineered’ leave a trail that leads to the architects. We next discover that there are 3 cities on earth that come under no national authority, they have separate laws, they pay no taxes, they have their own police force and even possess their own flag of ‘independence’. These 3 cities control the economy, military onslaughts and the spiritual beings of those in powers. The 3 cities are actually corporations and they are the City of London, District of Columbia and the Vatican. Together they control politicians, the courts, educational institutions, food supply, natural resources, foreign policies, economies, media, and the money flow of most nations as well as 80% of the world’s entire wealth. Their ultimate aim is to build a totalitarian rule on a global scale where people will be divided into rulers and the ruled after they have depopulated the world to numbers they wish to rule over. What we need to understand is that the world does not work according to what we have been led to believe. We are drowning in misinformation.

At the center of each city state are giant phallic shaped stone monuments called obelisks.

More @ http://www.sinhalanet.net/three-corporations-run-the-world-city-of-london-washington-dc-and-vatican-city

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In Glasgow, “Police are investigating ten cases of electoral fraud.”

Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names.

Police officers have remove the ballot papers concerned.

The papers were from 10 different boxes across Glasgow, and not concentrated in one area.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

In Dundee, a fire alarm led to the evacuation of the building where the vote was being counted. http://www.mirror.co.uk

In Dundee, a strong YES area, the count was suspended twice due to fire alarms.

The turnout in the strong YES area of Dundee was 78.8%, which is lower than the 85% turnout in Scotland as a whole

In Dundee, ‘Yes’ ballot papers were spotted on a ‘No’ table.

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The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) at their summit in Brazil said they would give the United States until the end of 2014 to reform the world monetary system including the IMF and the World Bank. The Obama administration has since decided to up the ante and pass more toothless sanctions against Russia. The US had fined BNP Paribas $9 billion for daring to trade with Russia and Iran.

The facts left out of the above in most media accounts are that the Rothschilds own BNP Paribas. and that their Parisian bank is technically bankrupt. In American parlance we are at the point where the rubber meets the road. Do the economic experts running the United States actually know what they are doing?

Dr Willie outlined from his sources a chain of events that could unfold over the next few months. It is difficult to put a date certain when the Dollar Dies but we are on an Express Train headed for a Brick Wall. And America has passengers from other nations on board looking for a safe exit because they know the men in charge in Washington and New York are stark raving mad.

The first actual event Jim Willie mentioned will be a disappointing harvest in the Ukraine. A poor harvest in an agricultural country will doom the Kiev regime which is a good thing. Another source of complaint will be the returning veterans sent home after the ceasefire. They are angry. The Kiev coup leaders are so incompetent that they sent their draftees into battle with poor support and inadequate weapons. Their army in some cases was never paid. These are men who could have made money in the fields. There are videos of the returning veterans showing exceptionally high levels of anger. The US stole Ukraine’s gold and has ordered them to allow GMO crops to be planted. The neighboring states of Hungary and Russia have banned GMO as a health risk. The next round of elections should be interesting but of no consequence to us though we should all be grateful to Putin that Washington’s insanity was not contagious.

Lost in the mainstream press is the fact that the resistance to Kiev was swollen with foreign volunteers who hate the EU. These men are seasoned veterans from NATO countries. Brits from the SAS were fighting alongside French, Germans, Danes and others against the IMF-EU installed dictator in Kiev. These men are resistance fighters in the war against the New World Order. That is why the Department of Homeland Security says returning veterans are the number one threat to the government in Washington.

Dr Willie has been reporting for quite awhile on the growing friendship between the Saudis and the other Gulf States and China. The Chinese and the Saudis hold monthly ministerial level meetings. A few hundred wealthy Arabs have been sending their 400 ounce gold bars to Switzerland to have them recast into 99.99% pure kilogram size bars. Those kilogram gold bars are to be part of a gold backed yuan that will trade with other gold and commodity backed currencies.

This is to be a distributed system with letters of credit based on gold to facilitate trade as opposed to the current centrally controlled one where one man in Washington can shut down your economy because you do not think Iran has a program to build a nuclear weapon. So what if the US National Intelligence Estimate which relies on the best data from America’s 16 intelligence agencies says there is no such program. Jewish Lobby campaign contributors have told both political parties there is one and your country must be bankrupted through American sanctions for defying the will of Benyamin Netanyahu.

The Petrodollar is about all that is keeping the US dollar from sinking. Henry Kissinger started the Petrodollar system to replace the dollar gold exchange system which had originated at Bretton Woods in 1944 and ended Monday August 16, 1971 when Nixon closed the gold window. The Bretton Woods agreement essentially took the British pound system which had ruled international trade since the defeat of Napoleon. That British domination of trade hit a serious bump on September 21, 1931 when Britain went off the gold standard.  That depressed liquidity and sent the entire world even deeper into Depression. The US dollar did not formally replace the pound in trade until 1944.

The problem in the West is that we have debt based currencies and fractional reserve banking which sets us up for a fall. Under our system a Banker can charge you interest on money he created out of nothing even if we were on a gold standard. The money he lends you is in a checking account deposit he created out of nothing. Everyone in the country actually should share in the interest received for the loan because the Banker was allowed to inflate their currency which devalued their purchasing power. It was their loss but the Banker gets all of the gain.

The other problem with fractional reserve banking is that all that debt money leads to a Boom which attracts a lot of investments into the wrong part of the economy in the Boom phase. Booms are created when Banks loan out ten times as much as they receive in deposits. Busts are equally hard on the way down. When the Bank forecloses on a $100,000 loan, they have to call in a million dollars in loans. That contracts the Money Supply which really does serious harm. In the Great Depression Americans did die from starvation. The US had a Depression in the 19th century which lasted longer than the Great Depression. It was called the Great Contraction.

The seeds of the dollar’s destruction were sown in Wall Street’s post war plans. The Bankers did not trust the Americans so they flooded the US with Jewish refugees and then with legal and illegal aliens from everywhere. This population surge and division made resistance for Americans more difficult. But it also required Americans for the first time to begin importing raw materials to meet the needs of the added population.

The Petrodollar was a necessity because currencies depend upon supply and  demand to set their value. The US was increasing the Supply of dollars to pay for wars and for the occupation of foreign lands. And also for unlimited population growth due to legal and illegal immigration forcing the US to become a net importer of many raw materials. This put downward pressure on wages as it pushed prices higher. Instead of correcting these problems politicians printed more dollars. The Petrodollar meant that people overseas could buy oil with the dollars they earned selling raw materials, cars, electronics, clothes and a lot of other things to America. The Gulf States agreed to accept dollars which they used to buy US Treasury bonds. This solved two problems. The Arabs covered America’s budget deficit. And the problem of the US perpetual trade deficit at least appeared to be solved.

In exchange the US promised to keep the Mad Dog of the Mideast, Israel, on a short leash. The US did go after Libya and Iraq because they refused to sell dollars for oil. They wanted euros and gold.  But the US also attacked Iraq in 2003 because Israel had demanded that they go down for their support of the Palestinians. And Syria had to be attacked by ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and those fun loving cannibals at the FSA because Israel wanted Obama to take down the main allies of Lebanon. Hezbollah had defeated them in the 2006 Lebanon war. And if Syria were taken down, Israel hopes America could go to war with Iran and maybe their allies in Russia and China. World War III might kill a lot of Americans but who in the Israeli government cares. God made so many Americans.

The United States has failed to keep up its end of the Petrodollar agreement to protect Muslims from the crazies in Israel. Time ran out on that deal. Besides the dollar is about to collapse. A lot of multi-billionaire investors including George Soros are betting on a stock market collapse. There is no reason for the economy in America to be where it is except that Bretton Woods gave the US the right to print the international reserve currency meaning we could export inflation all over the world. Hard working miners in Africa, Poland and Latin America have been tricked into working for free by paying for their labors in I Owe You Nothing Federal Reserve Notes. And retired workers all over the world whose pensions funds were invested in dollars could face starvation unless their fund managers dump dollars very, very soon.

The BRICS nations have allies who are working with them to undo the dollar as the international reserve currency. One of those allies is NATO member Turkey which has observer status with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Russo-Chinese alliance. Iran is a member of the SCO. China elevated Iran’s rank and singled them out as a key ally. That message has not been well received in either Israel or in Washington which is owned by the Jewish Lobby. Turkey has been a traditional lead player in gold backed trading in the region. Their Bankers are on board with the BRICS alliance against the dollar.

The question is: where does Germany go and when? Angela Merkel might even retire rather than go into a coalition after their September 22nd elections. There are quite a few people in Germany angry that the US stole their gold. Germany is currently locked into the European Union and the euro. Germans are a very productive people. Supply and demand would make their Deutschmark very valuable if they had one. A high priced currency does make imports cheap but it also makes exports expensive.

Having Germany, Finland and the Netherlands in the EU is about all that makes their trade cartel worth joining and their currency, the euro, worth anything at all. People want things Germany makes. They can afford to buy them because southern Europe is a basket case supported by the euro. The perpetual deficit regimes in the south lower the value of the euro. This depressed euro enables German businesses to sell more overseas. But the down side is that Germany is called to bail out very ungrateful people. And the Germans have about reached the limit of their ability to bail out everyone on the planet. The Germans owe the Americans nothing after they stole their gold and defrauded the world with their Paper Ponzi schemes.

Dr Willie sees this German issue coming to a head over banking. The banks of Europe are in worse shape than Americans think. And in turn America is in far worse shape than Europeans understand. I saw a German journalist interview an Englishman who used to be the chief correspondent for his paper in America. He is currently his paper’s senior business editor. Neither man had a clue as to how bad things are in the US. Dr Willie said the Germans might let one of their major banks collapse without bailing them out. Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s largest. In recent years they have had Jewish CEOs. Dr Willie said if that bank went under that the French banks would go and that the southern European banks would follow. London and US banks would fall soon afterwards. We are talking about hundreds of trillions of dollars in losses if you count Credit Default Swaps.

So what happens after a major European bank collapses? No more subsidies to the Americans. Too expensive. Tens of millions of Europeans will want food and will refuse to send more of their money to the corrupt regime that destroyed their banking system. It was a J P Morgan employee Blythe Masters who invented Credit Default Swaps and made this mountain of Unpayable Debt possible. Dr Willie sees Germany going for a trade deal with Russia and accepting their gold backed ruble. Germany will probably take Austria and maybe even the Netherlands and Finland with them. Russia seems unlikely to invade Finland as Joe Stalin did many decades ago.

So when does this happen? I think very early in 2015. That is when Obamacare exemptions expire. And it is when Group health insurance plans are subjected to higher premiums and deductibles.  Zero Hedge had a few articles of late that could explain to people overseas and in Washington how bad things are in America. 53 million Americans are temps, independent contractors and part timers. 30.7 million Americans are federal, state and local government workers. 92.3 million Americans of working age are not in the labor market at all. Stay At Home Moms started going out of style in the 1970s when inflation and declining wages first began to take their toll.  As previously mentioned, many billionaire investors like George Soros are betting on a massive drop in the stock market. The Central Banks have been caught buying stock index futures to drive the markets higher and to keep small investors in the market.

That American Express train is headed to a Brick Wall. Russia and China will, along with the other BRICS nations and their allies, be offering the Germans, the Saudis and the rest of the world a safe exit from an otherwise fatal crash. Unfortunately, there is no exit for the US, Great Britain and the other Europeans apart from those who take the Russo-Chinese lifeline. That is unless the US military which has been preparing for martial law for at least two decades were to intervene and to begin arresting Bankers and seizing their assets. At some point, the US military will realize with certainty that Nationwide Food Riots will be breaking out in the very near future unless they lead the revolt against Wall Street.

original post @ http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/jim-willie-saudis-to-kill-petrodollar-germany-to-scuttle-the-eu-and-wall-street/

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Do I have the right (just claim) to impose my will on you without your consent?

Do I have the right to delegate such an act to another?

Does being part of a majority of people give me the right to impose my will on you without your consent?

Do I have the right to impose my will on you without your consent by delegating that act to an institution?

Do I have the right to impose my will on you without your consent if I, along with a majority of others, delegate that act to an institution called government?

Asking the questions in this order to someone who dogmatically believes in coercive governance may induce cognitive dissonance. Be prepared for emotive responses such as: Libtard, Conspiracy theorist, If you don’t like it move, and the old classic: if you don’t vote you can’t complain.

original @ http://humanityawakens.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/5-questions-to-ask-a-statist/

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