by Norman Solomon, Occupy:
Every new revelation about the global reach of the National Security Agency underscores that the extremism of the surveillance state has reached gargantuan proportions. The Washington Post just reported that the NSA “is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” Documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden have forced top officials in Washington to admit the indefensible while defending it. One of the main obstacles to further expansion of their Orwellian empire is real journalism.
Real journalism is “subversive” of deception that can’t stand the light of day. This is a huge problem for the Obama administration and the many surveillance-state flunkies of both parties in Congress. What they want is fake journalism, deferring to government storylines and respectful of authority even when it is illegitimate.
Read More @ Occupy.com
by Allan Erickson, Western Journalism:
What in the H E double hockey sticks is the matter with you people!?
Do you think being involved in public policy and elections and all that earthy stuff is somehow antithetical to the spirit walk? I’m glad Jesus cared enough about earthy stuff to come here and save our sorry tails. Didn’t he say something about taking care of the weak and defenseless and being salt and light in the world?
People get so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good, as the old saying goes. What is it, folks? Are you too busy stuffing your faces and watching television? Maybe video games have you so hypnotized you can’t leave the house? Porn addiction?
Do you really think your spiritual duty is fulfilled by going to church once a week and dropping a fiver in the plate?
Read More @ WesternJournalism.com
NYTimes: Melted fuel is “all over the place… First goal is simply to stop uncontrolled releases of radioactive material”
BBC Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, Dec. 6, 2013 (at 2:30 in): They’re doing this work because that’s the easy bit. Reactor 4 was not badly damaged compared to the other reactors. There was no core meltdown, so that is the one that they can sort of get to grips with […] Reactor buildings 1, 2, and 3 where there were core meltdowns, the radiation levels there are still way too high for anyone to go in those buildings. So I think Reactors 1, 2, and 3, the reactors that had core meltdowns, are the real long-term problem, and a very difficult problem to deal with. Reactor 4 is a bit of a distraction. It’s important to get the fuel out, but it is the easy bit. […] the really big headache [is] to keep those melted reactors cool, which they have to do for many years to come. They have to pump water into the damaged reactor cores […] It’s a real nightmare to manage this ever-growing amount of water
Read More @ ENENews.com
by Devon Douglas-Bowers, Activist Post
A number of occurrences have taken place over the past 13 years since the rise of the new millennium; we have seen and are seeing the rise of popular movements all over the world and a resistance to the forces of imperialism, capitalism, and subjugation, from the most recent Arab Spring to the world’s largest coordinated anti-war protest in history with the global protests against the Iraq War, to the rise of the Occupy Movement and the rise of indigenous resistance as can be seen in the Idle No More campaign of Canada’s First Nations population. What we seeing around the world is a global resistance that, in some cases, has anarchist undercurrents. We are witnessing the new politics of the 21st century.
While many movements such as the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring had anarchists and anarchist influences within them, anarchism as a political philosophy is quite misunderstood and some time should be taken to understand it.
Read More @ Activist Post
from Stefan Molyneux:
I think my friend is a psychopath, the origin of god, projecting your subconscious onto a higher power, introversion/extroversion explained, determinism, speaking to a computer, spiritual experiences and using smart drugs.
0:25 – I think my friend is a psychopath…
34:11 – The Origin of God
1:21:23 – Introversion/Extroversion Explained
1:31:20 – Determinism in Action!
1:51:00 – Spiritual Experiences and Using Smart Drugs
Federal airline security oversight has a long track record of failure. Few people know that prior to Sept. 11, 2001, four different federal agencies — the FBI, CIA, FAA and INS — were entrusted to protect commercial airlines. They clearly did not do their jobs. Why, then, has the federal government further nationalized the process?
After the 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress rushed to create a new agency to protect America’s planes, trains and trucks. The Transportation Security Administration enabled the federal government to control the screening of passengers and baggage at all but five of the 429 U.S. commercial airports. Eleven years and billions of dollars later, the TSA has mastered the art of the grope but falls short on increasing security.
Throughout the TSA’s existence, the 62,000-employee bureaucracy has been constantly inundated with complaints about its performance. Several reports from support travelers’ concerns. In July, the Government Accountability Office reported almost 10,000 cases of employee misconduct at the TSA between 2010 and 2012.
Read More @ blacklistednews.com
Daphne Lee is “just a Mom”, she says. But this liberty-minded, passionate Constitutionalist gave one of the most powerful speeches about the NDAA that we have ever seen. Daphne, who is the Nevada state Director of PANDA (People Against NDAA) had to sit for more than 8 hours at a recent Clark County Commission meeting in Las Vegas before she was finally allowed to speak, to a mostly empty room. It was the third meeting Daphne had attended in her attempt to share the truth about the 2011 NDAA law with the Commission.
Barack Hussein Obama swore he wouldn’t sign the NDAA which contained two provisions inserted into the military funding bill allowing for the military to snatch and detain any citizen the government labels “a possible terrorist’. These provisions were fought for by Lindsey Graham and John McCain who claim the United States is a ‘battlefield’ in the endless ‘war on terror’. To the surprise of some, Obama LIED and he signed the NDAA on New Year’s Eve 2011, despite his promise that he would not.
“The laws of war DO NOT and CAN NOT coexist with our Bill of Rights. It’s not possible. You cannot apply the laws of war to this country and expect for the Bill of Rights to be respected and upheld. It’s NOT possible.” – Daphne Lee, Nevada State Director, PANDA
To hear Daphne’s full speech, click HERE.
from CNN, via MOXNEWSd0tC0M:
by Gregory Bresiger, Daily Reckoning.com:
End America’s central bank because it caused the crashes of 2008, 1987, and 1929 and will blunder again.
That’s what many critics are saying about the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), which turns 100 on December 23. They note that on the Fed’s watch America has endured numerous bubbles, crashes, and inflationary cycles that have greatly devalued the dollar. The Fed, they say, has caused or aggravated several crashes.
“The Fed’s performance over the century has been abysmal, no matter how you look at it,” says Professor Joseph Salerno, a business professor and monetary expert at Pace University.
Read More @ DailyReckoning.com
Gail Tverberg, is a professional actuary who applies classic risk assessment procedures to global resources: studying issues such as oil & natural gas depletion, water shortages, climate change, etc. She is widely known in the Peak Cheap Oil space for her reports issued across energy websites over the years under the penname “GailTheActuary”.
In this week’s podcast, Chris asks Gail to assess the merits of the shale oil “revolution”. Does it usher in a new Golden Age of American oil independence?
With her actuarial eyeshade firmly in place, Gail quickly begins discounting the underlying economics behind the shale model:
We have to ask: At what price is the oil available? Is this shale oil available because prices are high and in fact, because interest rates are low, as well? Or is it available if it were cheap oil with interest rates at more normal levels?
Read More @ PeakProsperity.com
by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams:
Radioactive water contaminated by Japan’s ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant will soon reach the west coast of the United States, according to Chairwoman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Allison Macfarlane, Bloomberg reports.
As the nuclear industry and its allies in government attempt to play down the danger of the contaminated ocean waters, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation.
“The highest amount of radiation that will reach the U.S. is two orders of magnitude — 100 times — less than the drinking water standard,” Macfarlane told Bloomberg. “So, if you could drink the salt water, which you won’t be able to do, it’s still fairly low.”
Read More @ CommonDreams.org
by Heather Rodgers, ZenGardner.com
The strategy of Divide and Conquer has been used throughout history almost every time there is one group that wants to dominate or defeat another group. It has been a tried and true strategy for generals on the battlefield to assist in winning wars. The same strategy has been used against humanity by those that desire to control us through various forms of manipulation. In fact, it is so engrained into our way of being that we almost relish in dividing ourselves which allows them to better conquer humanity.
The strategy in war makes perfect sense. If you divide the opposition into smaller groups, especially if your army is larger in numbers or fighting power, then you are able to quickly defeat the smaller groups of fighters versus a larger mass or better equipped group that can help defend themselves and attack offensively. Communication would play a vital role in this aspect as well. If a larger group is working together towards a goal with clear communication, then they have a higher probability of achieving the goal versus many units with possible communication barriers working on an assumed strategy versus constantly morphing strategies to react to the opposition.
Read More @ ZenGardner.com
by Michael Noonan, Edge Trader Plus:
We advocate a proactive stance in managing one’s stock portfolio as the most prudent way to preserve and grow capital, by capturing gains and limiting risks. The days of buy and hold are finished, at this stage of a central bank propped-up market, fed by fiat and highly questionable reports issued by the Bureau of Lies, which seems an accurate assessment.
There are several charts to be shown, and where a picture may be worth 1,000 words, we can limit we say and defer to what the market has to say. After all, the market is the best source and always the final arbiter.
The trend is up. Price rallied strongly from a small reaction. The close was strong and volume increased. These are all positives. A note of caution comes from the lack of upside progress, an inability to rally above the small range high from the previous week.
Read More @ EdgeTraderPlus.com
[Ed Note: When these folks make such revelations and write "but you weren't supposed to know that", one must wonder - do they even CARE that a group of unaccountable, technocrats has hijacked our Republic and is rolling out Orwell's vision of the future - on steroids??]
by Zach Rosenberg, Foreign Policy:
The drone that spied on bin Laden and on Iran’s nukes was just the start. Meet its bigger, higher-flying, stealthier cousin, Northrop
Grumman RQ-180. It’s probably been flying for a few years now, but you weren’t supposed to know that; the existence of this secret project, based out of Area 51, was revealed Friday by Aviation Week.
The existence of the RQ-180 has been long rumored. Cryptic public statements by U.S. Air Force officials indicated a secret high-altitude reconnaissance drone, and Northrop officials frequently reference the broad strokes of the program. For that matter, it is likely not the only classified unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV. Other companies, including Lockheed and Boeing, also have a stable of smaller secretaircraft.
Read More @ ForeignPolicy.com
by AWR Hawkins, Breitbart:
A December 5th CNN Money report shows that purchases of stocks in firearm companies have become a staple for many investors during Obama’s presidency.
According to the report, the positive performance of such stocks suggests that “tough gun control laws” will never take hold. This performance shatters the expectations of those who held that gun violence would allow politicians to rapidly pass gun control legislation.
Instead, stocks in all manner of firearm and ammunition companies have climbed steadily since the shooting at Sandy Hook:
Smith & Wesson shares are up 56% from the 52-week low they hit just days after the Newtown shooting. Cabela’s shares have gained more than 60%. Ruger’s stock is up 82%. Ammunition makers Olin (OLN) and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have popped this year as well.
Read More @ Breitbart.com
I’ve been getting a lot of email lately from folks who ask my opinion on whether we can expect our military to save us from a national government run amok. To accomplish that which we ourselves don’t have the courage to do. Well my answer is this: This is our mess, we’ve allowed the greatest nation on earth to approach collapse of the rule of law. Asking the military to violate the same constitution we claim as the ultimate foundation of liberty is foolish and dangerous.