from Nomi Prins:
Last week, the Department of Justice announced that five major global banks had agreed to cop parent-level guilty pleas that rendered them all official corporate felons. The banks will pay more than $2.5 billion of criminal fines on top of a slew of past fines, plus regulatory and other fines of $3.1 billion, on top of a slew of past fines. It doesn’t take a genius to see the pattern. Crime. Wrist-slap. Rinse. Repeat.
Here’s the thing. These kinds of penalties cause no financial damage; the profit was booked and releveraged long ago. The costs of the fines were set-aside in tax-deductible reserves awaiting this moment. Pleading guilty to one-count of felony level price rigging yet being allowed to maintain their status also alters nothing. These foreign currency exchange (FX) market manipulators – or “The Cartel” as they call themselves – Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS AG (who also received a $203 million fine for breaching its prior LIBOR manipulation settlement) will feel this punishment like an elephant feels a gnat, maybe even less.
by Robert Harrington, Natural Society:
A Florida mother was recently arrested, jailed, and released after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.
“Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released Saturday night,” authorities said.
Hironimus had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid a court order to circumcise him, according to court records. She was taken to jail on charges including interference with custody, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.” 
[Ed. Note: Note – Dead air until 2:30. The show starts at 2:30.]
by Michael Snyder, End of The American Dream:
If there is one thing that the elite of the world fear more than anything else, it is death. They spend an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to shield themselves from potential threats, to separate themselves from the general population and to do whatever they can to extend their lifespans. They travel with multiple bodyguards, they install “safe rooms” in their homes, they buy private islands on the other side of the world and they invest huge amounts of money into life extension technologies and research. They do all of these things in a desperate attempt to battle an enemy that they have never been able to defeat – death. And in this day and age, the elite are becoming more paranoid than ever. They know that as the gap between the wealthy and the poor has exploded that they have become bigger targets than ever. So firms that provide private security, “safe rooms” and high tech “security bunkers” for the elite are doing a booming business these days. Many of the elite live in constant fear and absolutely crave security, and they are willing to pay big bucks to get it.
by Heather Callaghan, Activist Post:
Gary Null has been a popular, longtime radio host with the longest running health talk show which airs on Progressive Radio Network. He has authored and directed dozens upon dozens of books and documentaries.
A few weeks ago, he was asked as an honored guest on Bonnie Faulkner’s show, Guns and Butter which talks about the politics of economics and airs on Pacifica KPFA public radio stations. In the spirit of truth, Bonnie wanted listeners to hear the other side of the vaccine talk, not the “case closed” version. What you’re not being told about vaccines. And specifically SB277, the California bill to mandate vaccines for virtually all Californian school children. Who better to ask then Null, an alternative health expert, medical activist and Pacifica veteran?
When it came time to air, however, they were told they weren’t allowed – or rather, they were outright censored and the show was cut – the first time for Guns and Butter in over 11 years. But Bonnie could not let this breach of truth rest…
from The Extinction Protocol:
May 2015 – CALIFORNIA – Yet another carcass of a gray whale has washed up on a beach in the Bay area over the weekend, making it the 7th dead whale to have been found in the last 5 weeks. The cause of death of this 28-foot whale found in Sonoma County’s Portuguese Beach has not been determined yet and according to park officials the whale has been dead for quite a while as the remains had already been decomposing when it had been discovered. A California State Parks Ranger, Damien Jones has said that the whale carcass doesn’t show any injuries of being hit by a ship. A tissue sample has been sent to the Marine Mammal Centre for investigating the reason behind the animal’s death. Jones has said they are planning on leaving the carcass waiting for the tide to take it back into the ocean. “Generally we leave dead and sick animals where they are and let nature take its course,” said Jones.
The last couple of months there had been other such casees of dead whales washing up. On April 18th a dead killer whale had been discovered near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. On April 24th two dead whales also washed up on a beach in Santa Cruz County, one being a full-grown 40-foot gray whale, while the other a 23-foot yearling displaying injuries from a killer whale attack. The locals in Pacifica have come across the remains of two whales at two different times. On April 14th they found a 48 foot sperm whale and on May 4th, a 42-foot female humpback had been found in the area.
from kevin blanch:
by Philippe Gastonne, The Daily Bell:
Bank of England officials are secretly researching the financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum.
The Bank blew its cover on Friday when it accidentally emailed details of the project – including how the bank intended to fend off any inquiries about its work – direct to the Guardian.mAccording to the confidential email, the press and most staff in Threadneedle Street must be kept in the dark about the work underway, which has been dubbed Project Bookend. MPs are now likely to ask whether the Bank intended to inform parliament that a major review of Britain’s prospects outside the EU was being undertaken by the institution that acts as the UK’s main financial regulator. – The Guardian, May 22, 2015
We are not at all surprised that the Bank of England or any other central bank would lie about its activities. Having their own documents prove they are lying is unusual, however. This might have been a major embarrassment for the BOE, but the financial media either missed the point or chose not to highlight it. A Bloomberg report on the same leak didn’t even mention BOE’s plan to keep media in the dark. The Wall Street Journal story wasn’t much better.
from Josh Tolley:
Are we living in the last days? Believers and non-believers are all feeling like something is about to give. Author exposes latest data to suggest perhaps people are right?!
[Ed. Note: The situation at Fukushima is worse today than ever, and worsening by the day. And Abe wants to bring people back to the area like nothing ever happened. It’s pure insanity.]
Japan’s ruling coalition will recommend lifting evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years in a bid to speed up reconstruction, a draft proposal shows.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party and its governing partner will also press local governments in the disaster zone to shoulder more of the reconstruction spending now being borne by central government, according to the draft seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Thousands of Fukushima residents remain in temporary housing more than four years after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns, explosions and a plume of radiation into the air at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in March, 2011.
from LaRouche PAC:
Continuing reports indicate that the bankrupt euro is going down, and Greece is not the cause, although Greek default may be the trigger. The increasing panic over the looming Greek default, on the part of certain figures in the German and French government—and on the part of the Obama White House,—simply represents that they know the euro system is coming down. They cannot postpone the inevitable any longer. Greece simply means that Wall Street and London’s years of stalling, on writing off worthless debts on their books, is over. “Markets are illiquid!” they wail. No: Banking systems are insolvent. The euro collapse is all over Europe. A Greek website, DefenseNet, adds the punch yesterday, that $26.5 trillion in exchange-rate derivatives will blow out along with the euro.
Back on Feb. 18, EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche issued an international statement on what he called the “Greek debt swindle,” strongly supporting the position of the new Greek government. The statement showed that the 2012 “Greek bailout,” falsely so-called, had been the last great bailout of the London and euro-system banks.
“Looting does not constitute legitimate debt,” LaRouche said then.
from Janssen Report:
by Mike Adams, Natural News:
At the risk of committing a horrible “truth crime” by writing words that ring true, I’ve penned this Preparedness Pop Quiz to help people figure out whether they have a shot at surviving what’s coming.
This is not presented with any sliver of an attempt at being polite about it. Anyone more concerned with being polite than being prepared is already dead anyway. My job is not to amuse you and entertain you; it’s to jolt some sense into you and maybe, just maybe, help a few more people attain the presence of mind that might get them through what’s coming.
What’s coming, exactly? Global economic turmoil, of course, as the era of “too big to fail” ends with the whimper of “too big to BAIL.” The social chaos that will be unleashed by the coming economic collapse will, as the U.S. government knows full well, set off an uncontrollable wave of urban riots, gang looting sprees, cascading business bankruptcies and desperate times for all the clueless masses. OF COURSE the military exercises taking place across U.S. cities this year are drills for domestic martial law. Only the delusional brainwashed masses who still believe the lamestream media think otherwise.
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