Pedal To The Metal, WWIII Is Starting To Accelerate To Cover Up The Economic Collapse -- Episode 122
The following is a great lecture on "What is Money", given by Joseph T. Salerno, in which he successfully communicates 'what money is' in a down to earth and easy to understand manner.
In the realm of ideas and in advocating voluntary markets, it is extremely important to have a clear understanding of what money is.
Rep. Ron Paul sponsored this Congressional lecture on "What is Money?", part one of a three part series on the basic principles of money for Congressional staff. As a continuing educational tool this lecture was filmed and is provided to the public. Joseph T. Salerno, Ph.D., delivered the lecture. He is academic vice president of the Mises Institute, professor of economics at Pace University, and editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.
Face it, folks--this is the model for bailing out the SOCIALIST cities, counties, and states--the U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill for all of California's unfunded medical benefits at all levels of government, followed by Illinois and New York. Would this tactic do anything for the health care of the millions who do or do not want it? i think it used to be called bait and switch, now its just outright theft.
Mysterious Death Of Barnaby Jack Today By John Massaria at UniBrowStudioVision
Well-known hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office said he died in the city on Thursday. It gave no details.
Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he forced ATMs to spit out cash, dubbed "Jackpotting."
According to the Black Hat website, Jack was to present Aug. 3-4 on "Hacking Humans."
"I will discuss how these devices operate and communicate and the security shortcomings of the current protocols. Our internal research software will be revealed that utilizes a common bedside transmitter to scan for, and interrogate individual medical implants," according to promotional material for the event.
The hacking community expressed shock as the news of his death spread via Twitter early on Friday.
"Wow ... Speechless," Tweeted mobile phone hacker Tyler Shields.
Jack's most recent employer, the cyber security consulting firm IOActive Inc, said in a Tweet: "Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed."
Jack's genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers that are embedded in equipment such as medical devices and banking machines. He received standing ovations at hacking conventions for his creativity and showmanship.
"You grimy bastard. I was just talking up about your awesome work last night," Tweeted Dino Dai Zovi, a hacker known for his skill at finding bugs in Apple products. "You'll be missed, bro."
Friends and fans alike Tweeted memorials to Jack's Twitter handle, @barnaby_jack.
Dan Kaminsky, an expert in Internet security, Tweeted that he had hoped the news of Jack's death was a prank: "God, the stories. Nobody caused such hilarious trouble like @barnaby_jack."
While Jack's attacks on ATMs brought him the most attention, his work on medical devices may have a much broader impact.
Two years ago, while working at McAfee, he engineered methods for attacking insulin pumps that prompted medical device maker Medtronic Inc to bring in outside security firms and revamp the way it designs its products.
He followed that up with the work on heart devices that he was due to present at Black Hat next week -- his first presentation at the annual convention since 2010. This year's Black Hat conference starts tomorrow in Las Vegas.
Jack told Reuters in an interview last week that he had devised a way to attack heart patients by hacking into a wireless communications system that links implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors that gather information about their operations.
"I'm sure there could be lethal consequences," he said.
"The elephant in the room is that the USA's toilet paper... er, Dollar - is still around only because OPEC and the WGC accept it as tender for commodities incl. oil The hyperinflation in the USA will be delayed until India, China, Iran and Russia are ready to dump their USA Govt. bonds i.e. treasury bonds."
On this Monday, July 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex runs down the horrific and murderous pronouncement of author, political scientist, television host, "liberal" political commentator, and abortion advocate Melissa Harris-Perry, who believes life begins when parents feel like it does. Other abortion activists, remarkably, have advocated "post-birth abortion" allowing the murder of children until the age of three. Alex also covers the U.S. government's struggle to maintain a semblance of credibility in the face of independent media -- led by Drudge and Infowars.com -- persistently exposing them for the pathological liars they are. On today's worldwide broadcast, Alex runs down other important news and takes your calls.
More and more wealth keeps getting concentrated in the top 10%. This game is rigged for sure. How do the rich keep getting richer when they have to pay so much in taxes? Someone want to explain that one? I say give working class at 30% pay raise and watch the economy sore. But then again that would make too much sense for the top 2% of the greedy bastards to comprehend. It's the American Way of Today. This is free market capitalism managed by some of the best politicians corporate and association money can buy. Corporations are free to perform their fiduciary responsibility to make money for investors. If that is done by hoarding capital, investing in grey market derivatives, and maximizing labor from fewest employees as models of efficient production - then the system is working as it should. Now friends, make sure you stretch and save from your unemployment checks and low-wage mix of 2 and 3 job incomes. You will need it to get an education so you too can be burdened with debt and face challenges of offshoring and automation with grace and dignity.
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That would be like me showing current assets, then deducting 30 years of my mortgage interest (which I haven't yet paid) to end up with my net worth. All govts do this and it's total BS!! When these bogus govts try to cry Bankruptcy, they show the Judge the Balance Shee where they can easily hide Assets. In the CAFR;(CAFR = Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) however, the Statement of Net Assets tells the true story of their financial condition. CURRENT ASSETS minus LONG TERM? (not current liabilities?) = Net Assets...I don't think so!!!
An expert in Earth's energy systems, Michael Sunanda spoke about climate, agriculture, and Earth changes. An advocate for permaculture (sustainable living), he suggested that modern farming and deforestation are contributing factors to climate change. Further, he contended that farming methods are causing foods to become too acidic, which makes people sick. He recommended the book Food Not Lawns, for tips on how to turn your yard into a garden.
Climate science based on computer modeling doesn't include factors such as cataclysmic cycles, Sunanda commented. The Earth is moving to a new position in the galaxy which can be associated with axis changes and pole shifts, he noted.
Appearing in the second-half of the program, geologist Jim Berkland talked about earthquakes. Animals can react to quakes between 10 days to three weeks in advance of the event, and he postulated this may be due to the magnetite in their bodies sensing a change in the magnetic field. Lights in the sky may also precede quakes-- such lights were photographed in Japan, he reported.
Berkland declared July 29th through August 5th, 2008 to be the next window of seismic activity. In particular, he said a total eclipse on August 1st will bring high tides that can exert stress on the earth's crusts.
Micheal Sunanda has built & designed hundreds of geodesic dome models & teaching toys. He found the secret DaVinci Geometry Codes in his art work, based on spirals in Nature & Platonic polyhedrons. Micheal is a teacher of Permaculture & Gaia Ecology about whole energy patterns of earth weather, climate systems & natural fractal geometry organic life.
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The phrase "Earth Changes" was coined by the American psychic Edgar Cayce to refer to the belief that the world will soon enter on a series of cataclysmic events causing major alterations in human life on the planet.
This includes "natural events" (such as major earthquakes, the melting of the polar ice caps, a pole shift of the planetary axis, major weather events, solar flares and so on) as well as huge changes of the local and global social, economical and political systems.
Cayce himself also made many prophesies of cataclysmic events involving the whole planet. He claimed the polar axis would shift and that many areas that are now land would again become ocean floor, and that Atlantis would rise from the sea. The belief that the California coast would slip into the sea—a common feature of Earth Changes predictions—originated with Cayce's alleged prophecies. In more recent times, self-proclaimed psychic Gordon-Michael Scallion has issued a variety of prophecies centering on the concept of "Earth Changes" and publishes a monthly newsletter, The Earth Changes Report.
Cayce's term has been taken up in certain segments of the New Age movement, often associated with other predictions by people claiming to have psychic abilities. Belief in Earth changes is also found among Native Americans, some of whom refer to the concept as "the Great Purification." These beliefs have occasionally been associated with Christian millennialism and beliefs about UFOs. Some New Age adherents believe that Earth changes will preface a "Golden Age" of spirituality and world peace
Seismology (/saɪzˈmɒlədʒi/) is the scientific study of earthquakes and the propagation of elastic waves through the Earth or through other planet-like bodies. The field also includes studies of earthquake effects, such as tsunamis as well as diverse seismic sources such as volcanic, tectonic, oceanic, atmospheric, and artificial processes (such as explosions). A related field that uses geology to infer information regarding past earthquakes is paleoseismology. A recording of earth motion as a function of time is called a seismogram. A seismologist is a scientist who does research in seismology.
Authors Marie D. Jones & John Savino (who are father & daughter) discussed the history of catastrophic supervolcanoes, and the possible locations where they could occur again. Supervolcanoes are associated with certain calderas around the planet, and when they erupt, the amount of material they spew far surpasses a regular volcano. The study of these massive volcanoes is relatively new, said Salvino, who noted that Cambridge Univ. has found 42 occurrences of them in the last 38 million years. There is a possibility that ones not yet identified could suddenly erupt.
Jones spoke about the Toba supervolcano which erupted 74,000 years ago in Sumatra. The massive amounts of ash brought about an ice age, and nearly made extinct the human/Neanderthal population of about 100,000. Ash, which contains small shards of glass, causes suffocation and internal bleeding, she explained. The remaining population, heavily reduced in numbers, was forced to rapidly differentiate in order to survive, she suggested.
If the Yellowstone caldera erupted (as it did 640,000 years ago) the ash fall would extend all the way to the East Coast, agriculture in the Midwest would be destroyed, transportation would be halted, and up to 2/3 of the population could die, Salvino outlined. Another supervolcano in the U.S. is in Long Valley, CA-- it last erupted some 760,000 years ago, but could be triggered to blow by a giant quake in Southern California, he warned.
Dr. John Savino received a Masters Degree in Physics (1964) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Geophysics (1971) from Columbia University, New York, New York. Graduate and postgraduate work in seismology performed at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University. Fields of study included plate tectonics and earthquake prediction and discrimination between earthquakes and underground explosions. From 1991 to the present he's been working on the potential seismic and volcanic hazards associated with the underground high-level waste repository planned for Yucca Mountain, Nevada, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas.
Marie Jones has been involved with the paranormal in one way or another for most of her life, which led to a fascination with quantum physics and the writing of her new book, "PSIENCE: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena." Marie is also a New Thought/Metaphysics minister and spiritual counselor. She holds a Master's Degree in Metaphysical Studies and has also studied Wicca, goddess traditions, mythology and comparative religion. She worked as a field investigator for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s.
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A supervolcano is a volcano capable of producing a volcanic eruption with an ejecta volume greater than 1,000 km3 (240 cu mi). This is thousands of times larger than most historic volcanic eruptions. Supervolcanoes can occur when magma in the Earth rises into the crust from a hotspot but is unable to break through the crust. Pressure builds in a large and growing magma pool until the crust is unable to contain the pressure. They can also form at convergent plate boundaries (for example, Toba) and continental hotspot locations (for example, Yellowstone).
Although there are only a handful of Quaternary supervolcanoes, supervolcanic eruptions typically cover huge areas with lava and volcanic ash and cause a long-lasting change to weather (such as the triggering of a small ice age) sufficient to threaten species with extinction.
Satellite image of Lake Toba, the site of a VEI-8 eruption ~75,000 years ago
Volcano, lake, and caldera locations in the Taupo Volcanic Zone
In 2005, a two-part television docudrama called Supervolcano aired on BBC One, the Discovery Channel, and other television networks worldwide.
Nova featured an episode "Mystery of the Megavolcano" in September 2006 examining such eruptions in the last 100,000 years.
In 2006, the Sci Fi Channel aired the documentary Countdown to Doomsday which featured a segment called "Supervolcano". The same year, ABC News aired the documentary Last Days on Earth, which featured a segment called "Supervolcano".
In the episode "Humanity" of Young Justice, the team must relieve the pressure of the Yellowstone Caldera supervolcano caused by Red Volcano before an eruption with the potential for mass extinction takes place.
In 2009, the apocalypse-themed film 2012 featured the eruption of a massive supervolcano inside Yellowstone National Park, a result of the Earth's core heating up. This made the entirety of Southern USA uninhabitable.
7/29/13 - Rush Limbaugh began his radio show Monday morning by addressing the news that Cumulus Media, the second-biggest radio broadcaster in the country, plans to drop his show from its stations by the end of the year. Limbaugh assured his readers that "nothing is going to change" in terms of their ability to hear him every morning. "There was another POLITICO story that ran last night on this program," Limbaugh began, referring to Dylan Byers' report. "Someday, I am looking forward to detailing all of this for you," Limbaugh continued, but for now he said he "must use proper business restraint."
"Suffice it to say, nothing is going to happen that you will notice," he reported. "Nothing is going to change. You will be able to get this radio program on as many, if not more radio stations down the road than it is on now."
Much in the same way that Mediaite's Noah Rothman laid out this morning why the host "is not going anywhere," Limbaugh said this story amounts to nothing more than a "public business negotiation."
"I just want to assure you," Limbaugh concluded, "everything's cool."
Notably, Limbaugh couched his language with enough loopholes so that if that report that Cumulus is dropping his show turns out to be true, he could still be right that "you will be able to get this radio program" on as many stations as you can now. As for whether listeners will "notice" the change, if other stations end up picking up his show, listeners will still be able to hear it, but they may have to program a new station on their radio.
Now the government is really scrapping the barrel to find any money. Sometimes I feel like they can tax us 100% and it still wouldn't be enough. I Don't have a problem paying taxes I just hate being "shaken" down by the tax man and then see or hear about money being wasted. I'd rather pay less tax, use less government services and save the little extra to take care of myself. But hey, I'm a nobody citizen so I don't get much say where the tax monies go. I remember my grandfather saying politicians used to buy votes with a bottle of whiskey. Prices have increased quite a bit.
The financial intermediaries involved in facilitating the creation of credit across the global financial system, but whose members are not subject to regulatory oversight. The shadow banking system also refers to unregulated activities by regulated institutions.
Examples of intermediaries not subject to regulation include hedge funds, unlisted derivatives and other unlisted instruments. Examples of unregulated activities by regulated institutions include credit default swaps.
The shadow banking system has escaped regulation primarily because it did not accept traditional bank deposits. As a result, many of the institutions and instruments were able to employ higher market, credit and liquidity risks, and did not have capital requirements commensurate with those risks. Subsequent to the subprime meltdown in 2008, the activities of the shadow banking system came under increasing scrutiny and regulations.
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Italy struggled on Monday (July 29) to come to terms with a bus crash on
Sunday (July 28) which killed 38 people and injured 10 others in one of
the country's worst ever road accidents.
The accident happened on Sunday night when a coach carrying some 50 people, including many children, plunged off a viaduct near the southern town of Monteforte Irpino, east of Naples while returning from an excursion.
Video from the crash site showed crushed wreckage from the coach which lay on its side while bodies covered in white sheets were lined up on the road.
Initial reports suggested that the coach was travelling at speed and had hit four or five cars before crashing over the roadside barriers on a stretch of road which local media said had been the scene of repeated accidents.
It was not clear for the moment whether there was any mechanical damage to the vehicle's brakes or problems with its tyres or whether there was any fault on the part of the driver, who was killed in the accident.
Prosecutors have already opened an investigation into the case, which comes just days after 79 people were killed in a high-speed train crash in Spain.
All of the victims appear to have been Italians returning from an excursion to the town of Telese Terme, known for its hot sulphurous springs and a nearby lake popular as a fishing spot.
Warren Buffet stated, "There is a Class War going on in America, & unfortunately, my class is winning.". What amazes me is that Americans still think that America has the best of everything, from medicine to quality of living..When there will be more children in the US this year with bankrupt parents than divorced parents. With around 120,000 people declared bankrupt each month, many of the squeezed middle-class see the American dream slipping away.
7/29/13 - Pope Francis Refuses to Condemn Gay Priests: 'Who Am I To Judge Them! --- Pope Francis said Monday that he will not "judge" gays and lesbians - including gay priests - a huge shift from his predecessor, who sought to bar men with "homosexual tendencies" from the priesthood, and another sign that the new pope is changing the church's approach to historically marginalized groups. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis said in a wide-ranging news conference aboard the papal plane. Though answering a question about the so-called "gay lobby" at the Vatican, the pope's remarks seemed to signal a change in tone, if not in teaching, in the church's stance towards gays and lesbians more generally.
The pope was flying back to Rome from Brazil, where he spent the past week celebrating World Youth Day, an international Catholic event that drew millions.
Taking questions from reporters aboard the plane, the pope addressed nearly every hot-button issue facing the Roman Catholic Church - its alleged "gay lobby," Vatican bank corruption, the role of women, abortion, homosexuality and his own personal security.
"Pope Francis's brief comment on gays reveals great mercy," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America, a Catholic magazine based in New York.
Martin noted that Francis also showed "greater compassion for divorced and remarried Catholics, a group that has long felt marginalized in the church, and called for a `deeper theology' on the role of women in the church."
"Today Pope Francis has, once again, lived out the Gospel message of compassion for everyone," Martin said.
The pontiff spoke on the record for an hour and a half in the back of the plane that was carrying him back to Italy after his first international trip as pope to Brazil, where he was greeted by massive, frenzied crowds at every turn.
"I'm happy. It has been a beautiful trip, spiritually speaking; it has been good to me. I'm tired enough but with a heart full of joy," he said.
On Sunday, the mayor's office in Rio de Janeiro said more than 3 million people came to Copacabana Beach for a morning Mass with Francis, who was in Brazil for the weeklong World Youth Day celebration.
Security issues plagued the trip because of Francis' immense popularity as the first Latin America pope. His arriving motorcade was mobbed after a wrong turn, prompting the Brazilian military to raise the trip's security level to "high risk" and send in reinforcements to protect the pontiff, who insisted on being close to the people.
"There is always the danger that there is the crazy person, and we never know what he or she will do," Francis said. "But to create a safety barrier between the bishop and its people is insane. And I'm outside this security. I prefer the risks of the madness outside, to be close to the people."
On the 'gay lobby' and homosexuality
The pope addressed the issue of an alleged "gay lobby" within the church. Hints that the Holy See contained a network of gay clergy surfaced last year in reports about a series of embarrassing leaks to Italian journalists.
The "Vatileaks" scandal factored in Pope Emeritus Benedict XIV's shocking decision to resign this year, according to some church experts, as it impressed upon the 86-year-old pontiff that the modern papacy requires a vigorous and watchful presence.
"There's a lot of talk about the gay lobby, but I've never seen it on the Vatican ID card!" Francis said.
"When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency (to homosexuality) is not the problem ... they're our brothers."
The problem, he said was, lobbies that work against the interest of the church.
In 2005, during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican issued directives barring from the priesthood men "who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture.'"
Francis' brief remarks seem to signal a sharp shift from that policy.
Linda Moulton Howe is a graduate of Stanford University with a Masters Degree in Communication. She has devoted her documentary film, television, radio, writing and reporting career to productions concerning science, medicine and the environment. Ms. Howe has received local, national and international awards, including three regional Emmys, a national Emmy nomination and a Station Peabody award for medical programming. Linda's documentaries have included A Strange Harvest and Strange Harvests 1993, which explored the worldwide animal mutilation mystery. Another film, A Prairie Dawn, focused on astronaut training in Denver. She has also produced documentaries in Ethiopia and Mexico for UNICEF about child survival efforts and for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta about environmental challenges.
In addition to television, Linda produces, reports and edits the award-winning science, environment and earth mysteries news website, Earthfiles.com. In 2003, Earthfiles received an Award for Standard of Excellence presented by the Internet's WebAward Association. Earthfiles also received the 2001 Encyclopaedia Britannica Award for Journalistic Excellence. Linda also reports science, environment and earth mysteries news for Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks and Unknowncountry.com. In 2005, she traveled to Amsterdam, Hawaii, and several other U. S. conferences to speak about her investigative journalism.
In 2004, Linda was on-camera TV reporter for The History Channel's documentary investigation of an unusual August 2004 cow death in Farnam, Nebraska. In November 2009, Linda was videotaped in Roswell, New Mexico, to provide document research background for a 1940s American policy of denial in the interest of national security about spacecraft and non-human body retrievals for a 2010 History Channel TV series, Ancient Aliens.
In 2010, Linda was honored with the 2010 Courage In Journalism Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D. C., by the Paradigm Research Group's X Conference. She has traveled in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, England, Norway, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, the Yucatan and Puerto Rico for research and productions
Catherine Austin Fitts is the Founder and President of Solari. She served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. She also served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc.
Catherine has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School, and studied Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Catherine serves on the board of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee and publishes a column, Mapping the Real Deal, in Scoop Media in New Zealand.
If America and Australia prove anything it is that life is much better when you are ruled by your own rather than by the English who only look are their own interest. Scotland is BETTER off on its own! Wish all the best for Scotland and hopefully Alex Salmond will finally achieve William Wallaces dream for Freeeeedom! COME ON SCOTLAND!
Scotland is to vote over its independence next year. In case of 'yes'
vote the centuries-long union with England will be broken. What are the
benefits and the drawbacks of such a move? Sophie Shevardnadze travels
to the astonishingly beautiful Shetland Islands to meet with the
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, the flagman of the independence
Democracy never works eventually corruption rules .A strong republic with a stronger constitution by which it will stand is the only answer to the worlds troubles . To bad they spent the last 250 years tearing it down ..
In theory, unions are examples of free association. In practice, they are a bunch of thugs who have contributed to the corruption of our govt. There should be competition among unions at each workplace, but instead the government grants them bad monopolies. Corps should never be forced by the govt to negotiate with them or even recognize them. And no government employee unions should be even allowed.
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Universe always rewards courage. Universe always favors greater complexity. Humility can be faked but no one can advance without committing to humility. We are very small but very loved and we are nurtured as we climb the ladder of consciousness and realizing this should help us embrace true humility."The highest good is not to seek to do good, but to allow yourself to become good. "
We must become authentically good, not pretending to be good. We must be the real deal. We must allow our self to become good, buy accepting the consequences of being good, in peace. Some have called this "simplicity and purity".This is a very important achievement in conquering the self.
Greetings citizens of the world,
Concentration camps in America,
Exclusive Intelligence Examiner Report by Texe Marrs,
Some nine years ago a French-Canadian reporter named Serge Monast called the ministry, desperate to speak with me personally. Mr. Monast stated he had come into possession of documents which proved the existence of a secret plan for a concentration camp system throughout North America. He sent them to me and, after a parallel investigation of my own, I became convinced the documents were authentic. Serge Monast was telling the truth. The horrible, horrible truth.
Not too long afterward, Serge Monast, a vigorous man in his 40s, died unexpectedly of a brief and mysterious illness. His friends suspected foul play, but there was no definite proof he was murdered. Just before he died, Serge wrote to tell me he would be contacting me soon to give me details of stunning new information he had discovered about the concentration camps, including a map pinpointing locations. Information which, Serge assured me, "will blow your mind."
I never received that information. Serge Monast died before he could get it to me. I made a promise back then that I would get to the bottom of this matter and report the truth to you, the dear readers of Power of Prophecy newsletter, who truly care for humanity and are concerned about the rapid growth of the Police State.
In Gulag USA, I examine and review the bloody and deadly historical record of concentration camps. Many believe the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s were the first to develop the systematic use of such camps. In fact, for over 150 years, genocidal concentration camps have been used to roundup, incarcerate, torture, and methodically massacre targeted "enemies of the state," "inferior races," or "class enemies."
A House Divided Over NSA Spying on Americans
by Ron Paul
Last week's House debate on the Defense Appropriations bill for 2014 produced a bit more drama than usual. After hearing that House leadership would do away with the traditional "open rule" allowing for debate on any funding limitation amendment, it was surprising to see that Rep. Justin Amash's (R-MI) amendment was allowed on the Floor. In the wake of National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of US government spying on American citizens, Amash's amendment sought to remove funding in the bill for some of the NSA programs.
Had Amash's amendment passed, it would have been a significant symbolic victory over the administration's massive violations of our Fourth Amendment protections. But we should be careful about believing that even if it had somehow miraculously survived the Senate vote and the President's veto, it would have resulted in any significant change in how the Intelligence Community would behave toward Americans. The US government has built the largest and most sophisticated spying apparatus in the history of the world.
The NSA has been massively increasing the size its facilities, both at its Maryland headquarters and in its newly built (and way over-budget) enormous data center in Utah. Taken together, these two facilities will be seven times larger than the Pentagon! And we know now that much of the NSA's capacity to intercept information has been turned inward, to spy on us.
As NSA expert James Bamford wrote earlier this year about the new Utah facility: "The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital "pocket litter." It is, in some measure, the realization of the "total information awareness" program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans' privacy."
But it happened anyway.
Over the last week we have seen two significant prison-breaks, one in Iraq, where some 500 al-Qaeda members broke out of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, which the US built, and another 1,000 escaped in a huge break in Benghazi, Libya -- the city where the US Ambassador was killed by the rebels that the US government helped put in power. Did the US intelligence community, focused on listening to our phone calls, not see this real threat coming?
Rep. Amash's amendment was an important move to at least bring attention to what the US intelligence community has become: an incredibly powerful conglomeration of secret government agencies that seem to view Americans as the real threat. It is interesting that the votes on Amash's amendment divided the House not on party lines. Instead, we saw the votes divided between those who follow their oath to the Constitution, versus those who seem to believe that any violation of the Constitution is justified in the name of the elusive "security" of the police state at the expense of liberty. The leadership -- not to my surprise -- of both parties in the House voted for the police state.
It is encouraging to see the large number of votes crossing party lines in favor of the Amash amendment. Let us hope that this will be a growing trend in the House -- perhaps the promise that Congress may once again begin to take its duties and obligations seriously. We should not forget, however, that in the meantime another Defense Appropriations bill passing really means another "military spending" bill. The Administration is planning for a US invasion of Syria, more military assistance to the military dictatorship in Egypt, and more drones and interventionism. We have much work yet to do.