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Рон Пол
Рон Пол
Рональд Эрнест «Рон» Пол (Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul, 20 августа 1935) — американский политик. Член палаты представителей. Участник «Движения чаепития». Участвовал в президентских выборах в 1988 году в качестве кандидата от Либертарианской партии. Пере ...

Рональд Эрнест «Рон» Пол (Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul, 20 августа 1935) — американский политик. Член палаты представителей. Участник «Движения чаепития». Участвовал в президентских выборах в 1988 году в качестве кандидата от Либертарианской партии. Перед выборами 2008 года до 12 июня являлся претендентом на выдвижение в кандидаты на пост президента США от Республиканской партии. 13 мая 2011 года официально объявил, что он будет бороться за выдвижение в кандидаты от Республиканской партии США на выборах Президента США в 2012 году. Однако, кандидатом от Республиканской партии тогда стал Митт Ромни. Подробнее

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17 августа, 21:45

The Economist Goes There (Again)

After a few months off from lambasting President Trump on the cover, Economist publisher, Lynn Forrester de Rothschild, has decided now is the time to go after him again...   As a reminder, it was just February when The Economist turned the fearmongery amplifier to '11' in its latest op-ed describing the 'insurgency in The White House'. Washington is in the grip of a revolution, The Economist begins... The bleak cadence of last month’s inauguration was still in the air when Donald Trump lobbed the first Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital’s brilliant-white porticos. He has not stopped...   ...In politics chaos normally leads to failure. With Mr Trump, chaos seems to be part of the plan. Promises that sounded like hyperbole in the campaign now amount to a deadly serious revolt aimed at shaking up Washington and the world.   To understand Mr Trump’s insurgency, start with the uses of outrage. In a divided America, where the other side is not just mistaken but malign, conflict is a political asset. The more Mr Trump used his stump speeches to offend polite opinion, the more his supporters were convinced that he really would evict the treacherous, greedy elite from their Washington salons.   His grenade-chuckers-in-chief, Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller, have now carried that logic into government.   ...   Americans who reject Mr Trump will, naturally, fear most for what he could do to their own country. They are right to worry, but they gain some protection from their institutions and the law. In the world at large, however, checks on Mr Trump are few. The consequences could be grave.   Without active American support and participation, the machinery of global co-operation could well fail...   If Mr Trump truly wants to put America First, his priority should be strengthening ties, not treating allies with contempt...   America’s allies must strive to preserve multilateral institutions for the day after Mr Trump, by bolstering their finances and limiting the strife within them. And they must plan for a world without American leadership.   A web of bilateralism and a jerry-rigged regionalism are palpably worse for America than the world Mr Trump inherited. It is not too late for him to conclude how much worse, to ditch his bomb-throwers and switch course. The world should hope for that outcome. But it must prepare for trouble.   Read more here (if you dare)... Scared yet? You should be... And then turned its attention back to the old Russia story... For an American president to suggest that his own country is as murderous as Russia is unprecedented, wrong and a gift to Moscow’s propagandists. And for Mr Trump to think that Mr Putin has much to offer America is a miscalculation not just of Russian power and interests, but also of the value of what America might have to give up in return. Warning ominously that... The quest for a grand bargain with Mr Putin is delusional. No matter how great a negotiator Mr Trump is, no good deal is to be had. Indeed, an overlooked risk is that Mr Trump, double-crossed and thin-skinned, will end up presiding over a dangerous and destabilising falling-out with Mr Putin.   Better than either a bargain or a falling-out would be to work at the small things to improve America’s relations with Russia. This might include arms control and stopping Russian and American forces accidentally coming to blows. Congressional Republicans and his more sensible advisers, such as his secretaries of state and defence, should strive to convince Mr Trump of this. The alternative would be very bad indeed. In case you're wondering if The Economist suggests any redeeming features, any 'fair and balanced' perspective of the new 'leader of the free world' - the answer is simple - no. But then again - when your published - Lynn Forrester de Rothschild was a "loyal adoring pal" of Team Clinton... Economist publisher Lynn Forrester de Rothschild was part of team Clinton #PodestaEmails36 #PodestaEmailshttps://t.co/jCSykKTQqY pic.twitter.com/iYq9dHc7ST — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 9, 2016 .@TheEconomist Pleased you noted that Lynn Forester de Rothschild is publisher of the Economist: https://t.co/5bVG0gZy4X pic.twitter.com/QonDPGLcYu — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 6, 2016 What chance do you stand of getting anything other than trite scaremongering to maintain their narrative. *  *  * Finally we leave it to Ron Paul to sum things up perfectly... "Americans don’t realize the extent of the media brainwashing to which they are subjected"

15 августа, 05:00

"Attack Venezuela!?" Ron Paul Rants "Trump Can't Be Serious!"

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat. President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela. He told reporters on Friday that, “We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary. …We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying.” Venezuela’s defense minister called Trump’s threat “an act of craziness.” Even more worrisome, when Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro tried to call President Trump for clarification he was refused. The White House stated that discussions with the Venezuelan president could only take place once democracy was restored in the country. Does that mean President Trump is moving toward declaring Maduro no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela? Is Trump taking a page from Obama’s failed regime change policy for Syria and declaring that “Maduro must go”? The current unrest in Venezuela is related to the economic shortcomings of that country’s centrally-planned economy. The 20th century has shown us very clearly that state control over an economy leads to mismanagement, mal-investment, massive shortages, and finally economic collapse. That is why those of us who advocate free market economics constantly warn that US government intervention in our own economy is leading us toward a similar financial crisis. But there is another factor in the unrest in Venezuela. For many years the United States government, through the CIA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and US government funded NGOs, have been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government. They almost succeeded in 2002, when then-president Hugo Chavez was briefly driven from office. Washington has spent millions trying to manipulate Venezuela’s elections and overturn the results. US policy is to create unrest and then use that unrest as a pretext for US intervention. Military officers play an important role in defending the United States. Their job is to fight and win wars. But the White House is becoming the war house and the president seems to see war as a first solution rather than a last resort. His threats of military action against a Venezuela that neither threatens nor could threaten the United States suggests a shocking lack of judgment. Congress should take President Trump’s threats seriously. In the 1980s, when President Reagan was determined to overthrow the Nicaraguan government using a proxy army, Congress passed a series of amendments, named after their author, Rep. Edward Boland (D-MA), to prohibit the president from using funds it appropriated to do so. Congress should make it clear in a similar manner that absent a Venezuelan attack on the United States, President Trump would be committing a serious crime in ignoring the Constitution were he to follow through with his threats. Maybe they should call it the “We’re Not The World’s Policeman” act.

15 августа, 01:40

Conspiracy Or Chaos?

Authored by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog, “The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic. The truth is that it is not The Iluminati, or The Jewish Banking Conspiracy, or the Gray Alien Theory. The truth is far more frightening – Nobody is in control. The world is rudderless.” – Alan Moore Alan Moore, the renowned graphic novel writer, and author of the dystopian classic V for Vendetta, politically identifies as an anarchist. His view that all political states are an outgrowth of anarchy, with the biggest gang taking control and dictating how things will be run, is manifested in V for Vendetta. As an anarchist, you can understand why he is doubtful of conspiracy theories and an all-powerful entity controlling the world. He believes in a chaotic world competing gangs position themselves to gain power and control. “We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation – that it is a capitalist or a communist situation. But I tend to think that anarchy is the most natural form of politics for a human being to actually practice.”- Alan Moore The Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta has been adopted by anarchist groups around the world, including: Anonymous, WikiLeaks, and the Occupy protestors. Moore’s positive view of the Occupy movement was based on his belief ordinary people had the right to reclaim what had been taken from them by criminal bankers. The initial impetus for the Occupy protests was the destruction of Main Street USA by Wall Street sociopaths, who not only escaped prosecution for their crimes, but were bailed out by the taxpayers they had pillaged and further enriched as captured politicians enabled them to get even bigger. Millions were evicted from their homes and lost their jobs. Middle class families have seen their real income continue to stagnate, while bankers, corporate executives, and politicians have reaped billions in bonuses, stock gains, and payoffs, provided by central bankers in their back pocket. “I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it – they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail. I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. As an anarchist, I believe that power should be given to the people whose lives this is actually affecting.” – Alan Moore For those of us who visited Zuccotti Park during the early stages of the Occupy Movement, you understood this was a true populist protest with Ron Paul libertarians alongside liberal college students, old time hippies, middle aged men and women put out of work by the massive Wall Street fraud, and a myriad of citizens supporting varied causes and exercising their First Amendment rights. They were primarily focused on the true enemy – sociopathic Wall Street bankers and corrupt captured politicians. Sadly, the movement was co-opted in short order by Soros and his minions, just as the Tea Party had been co-opted by neo-cons earlier. Supposedly liberal mayors in NYC and across the country eventually unleashed their police state thugs on the protestors and wiped it out. Was this an example of chaos or conspiracy? There isn’t an easy answer to this question. I have to lean towards Alan Moore’s view of the world. There are certainly conspiratorial schemes plotted by powerful men in smoke filled rooms, but there are other gangs of men conspiring to push their competing agendas. Conspiracy theorists who think there is one massive conspiracy controlling every aspect of the world have an extremely tough case to make. People who believe everything is part of a grand conspiracy are seeking an easy solution to our problems, rather than dealing with the complexity and chaos which is the true nature of our world. V’s speech to London after blowing up the Old Bailey explains who is really to blame for allowing Deep State actors to gain control of our government, creating an Orwellian surveillance state. Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration – whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday – I thought we could mark this November the fifth, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice…intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told…if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War. Terror. Disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you and in your panic, you turned to the now High Chancellor Adam Sutler. He promised you order. He promised you peace. And all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I destroyed the Old Bailey to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago, a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words – they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…then I ask you to stand beside me, one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament. And together, we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever, be forgot! We have no one to blame but ourselves for our current state of affairs. Blaming it on some shadowy group makes us feel somehow comforted. If an all-powerful entity is controlling the world, then we can easily convince ourselves anything we do to try and change the course of history would be fruitless. Therefore, we just bitch on internet forums. The truth is fear rules the actions of the majority. Those who constitute the Deep State are not conspiring directly by working together to rule the world and control the people. What they are doing is taking advantage of a dumbed down fearful populace by using the chaos, incompetence of institutions, and confusion spread by the propaganda press to institute their agendas. The Deep State consists of shadowy billionaires, mega-corporations, the military industrial complex, surveillance state agencies, crooked bought off politicians and their mass media mouthpieces. Those with the financial means and access to the power of the media have embraced the Edward Bernays worldview that an invisible government of the rich and powerful is necessary to manipulate the opinions of the masses through propaganda in order for society to function smoothly. Is this truly a conspiracy or just competing gangs of rich and connected men utilizing their wealth to mold the minds of the masses in a way that continues to benefit and enrich them? These Deep State players don’t meet every other Saturday to conspire and plot ways to pillage and enslave the masses. But they do know each other and silently agree to never rock the boat, whether they are Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, socialists, corporate executives, academics, or journalists. Money, control and power are at stake. Those currently pulling the wires behind the scenes are conspiratorial in nature. It has become crystal clear since the election of Trump the farce of competing political parties is just a smoke screen used by the Deep State players to maintain their control. Trump’s shocking upset and seeming disregard for bowing down to the status quo has forced politicians of all persuasions to reveal their true masters. Both parties favor bloated government control of healthcare, with a medical industrial complex controlling the show, writing the rules, reaping riches, and buying off politicians. “Free” healthcare buys votes. The flogging of the false Russian narrative by the corporate media has been used by neo-cons and ultra-libs to force Trump into the military interventionist camp – guaranteeing increased wealth for the military industrial complex. Neither party has any interest in cutting spending. The debt ceiling will be raised. The $4 trillion in annual spending will ratchet ever higher. Both sides are perfectly fine with $1 trillion deficits and $200 trillion of unfunded liabilities, as long as their gravy train keeps being fueled by the Deep State. They will spend your money until it all collapses under the mountains of debt. Donald Jeffries explains why it is vital to the vested interests they scorn and ridicule anyone who uses factual data to prove conspiratorial intent by the government or its cancerous corporate outgrowths. “I can remember when believing in conspiracies wasn’t cool. Now, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, more people are starting to sense that things may not be as they appear to be. The truth in Lord Acton’s classic axiom that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” becomes more self-evident every day. Politicians from the only two parties we have to choose from break promises, are unresponsive to the will of the people, and opt for war, austerity measures, and state control over and over again. Gary Allen, author of the book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, defined things perfectly when he wrote, “It must be remembered that the first job of any conspiracy, whether it be in politics, crime or within a business office, is to convince everyone else that no conspiracy exists.” – Donald Jeffries – Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics It ultimately comes down to power and control over the key mechanisms of finance, taxation, legislation and the media. There isn’t one specific group of conspirators working together to rule the world. Is George Soros attempting to influence and control what happens in the U.S. and Europe to benefit his interests? Yes. Are the Koch brothers attempting to do the same with a different end goal? Yes. Are Pelosi and Schumer conspiring to push their left wing agenda? Yes. Are McConnell and Ryan conspiring to implement their establishment vision? Yes. They have competing agendas, but they want the status quo to remain intact. No one within the establishment wants to change anything of substance. The current system benefits their personal interests, while destroying the lives of hard working American citizens. The country is currently run by same party with slightly different rhetoric and policies put forth by the Republican side and Democrat side. Promises are made to voters and then reneged on in short order. Therefore, no significant change ever occurs. Meanwhile, the anger and frustration build among the deplorables. What Trump has realized quickly is how powerful the vested interests are and how ruthless they will act to retain their power. During the campaign Trump ran on a non-interventionist platform, looking to repair our relationship with Russia, scorning NATO, and lessening our involvement in the Middle East. He know rattles his saber on a daily basis, threatening war with North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Syria and anyone else who doesn’t toe the American Empire line. He provokes Russia and China on a regular basis. He has sent more troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, while expanding spending on the military. Neo-cons and neo-libs don’t think Trump is being aggressive enough in policing the world. They won’t be happy until middle class boys across the land are sacrificed as cannon fodder for our welfare warfare surveillance state. Trump bloviated about the stock market being in a bubble during the campaign when it was trading at 18,000. He now pronounces the record highs of 22,000 as proof of his brilliant economic leadership. Meanwhile, the economy has grown at less than 2% during his first six months, retailers are going bankrupt and closing stores at a record pace, consumer spending and real wages are barely growing, and consumer debt has reached all-time highs. Best time to buy, according to the Prez. A critical thinking individual might wonder how a market could be in a bubble at 18,000 but not be in a bubble at 22,000 ten months later. During the campaign Trump accused Obama and his BLS minions of manipulating the data to make horrible jobs numbers appear strong. Now he bellows about the strong jobs market as if we’re now supposed to believe the hysterically absurd 4.3% reported rate when 101 million out of 255 million working age Americans aren’t working. And a vast majority of the jobs are either part-time and/or low paying service jobs with shitty pay and benefits. Trump is playing the status quo Deep State game in an attempt to fend off a coup currently in progress by lying to the masses. Jobs are plentiful, consumers are confident, the economy is booming, the stock market is always right. Ignore those vacant crumbling malls, your declining disposable income as health care cost increases outpace your salary increases by a factor of five, and your ever increasing credit card balance. Trump wouldn’t be using the tried and true method of distracting from domestic failure by starting a foreign conflict because he understands how easily manipulated the ignorant American masses can be moved by fear? Rather than draining the swamp, Trump has been forced to swim with the gators. And his own people hired a Deep State alligator hunter named Mueller who will stop at nothing to mount Trump as a trophy or force him to depart the DC swamp for the friendly environs of Manhattan Island. Trump belittled the troll-like Yellen during the campaign, declaring her low interest policy was geared to help Obama/Clinton. He talked tough about replacing Yellen and increasing rates. He evidently got the talk from the banker cabal and he suddenly loves low interest rates and believes Yellen is doing a bang up job. He has filled his cabinet with vampire squid and other Wall Street scum. He is as beholden to the Fed and their Wall Street puppeteers as his predecessors. Wall Street remains in control, while Main Street will continue to get screwed. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s about powerful special interests capturing the levers of government. Our government doesn’t in any way resemble its original concept of a republic. It doesn’t even resemble a democracy at this point. Since FDR and specifically since LBJ, we’ve become a welfare/warfare state. Since Bush II we’ve devolved into a corporate fascist surveillance socialist state. Despite rhetoric about free market capitalism, both parties have embraced socialism. The super-rich, bankers, corporate executives, liberals and conservatives came to the realization socialism disguised as capitalism fills their coffers at a much higher rate than true free market capitalism. They have bought off the poor with unfunded welfare benefits, the old and poor with unfunded “free” healthcare, government union workers with unfunded pension benefits and all with unfunded social security payments. Trillion dollar annual deficits and $200 trillion in unfunded welfare promises, enabled by Federal Reserve easy money policies, does wonders for the bank accounts of Deep State players and their acolytes. Spending money you don’t have is the ultimate confidence game, but the payback will be a bitch. “Why are the super-rich for socialism? Don’t they have the most to lose? I take a look at my bank account and compare it with Nelson Rockefeller’s and it seems funny that I’m against socialism and he’s out promoting it.” Or is it funny? In reality, there is a vast difference between what the promoters define as socialism and what it is in actual practice. The idea that socialism is a share-the-wealth program is strictly a confidence game to get the people to surrender their freedom to an all-powerful collectivist government. While the Insiders tell us we are building a paradise on earth, we are actually constructing a jail for ourselves.” – Gary Allen, None Dare Call It Conspiracy The Deep State thrives on chaos, confusion, and complexity. Our financial system, healthcare system, entitlement systems, military, and government agencies are too big and complex to fix. Those pulling the strings don’t want the public to understand how anything operates. Supposed “experts” are put forth on the corporate propaganda networks to further confuse the masses. The purpose of government run public education is to matriculate non-thinking socially engineered consumers into the world. The vast majority of iGadget distracted, math challenged, functionally illiterate morons will believe anything the propaganda media peddles because they are incapable of critical thinking. They have an infinite capacity for rationalizing how spending money they don’t have on things they don’t need is actually making their lives better. This same mindset keeps them from questioning how their government can run up a $20 trillion national debt (with $15 trillion added since 2000), with no adverse consequences. These debts are the ultimate threat to our survival as a nation. Based on everything that has happened in the last twelve months, to believe this is part of some well-planned conspiracy is a reach of epic proportions. The Deep State/status quo were sure their hand-picked candidate Hillary Clinton was a shoe in. Since November the country has been roiled in election result challenges, chaotic antifa violence, fake news stories, silent coups, thousands of tweets, congressional investigations, assassination attempts on congressmen, special prosecutors, increasing odds of civil and foreign wars, and deteriorating economic conditions for the majority. Just when you thought the chaos couldn’t get more pronounced, we experienced a week of sheer turmoil and tumult. Even the stock market stopped rising for a day or two. I’ve been observing the goings on this week with a jaundiced eye. As the rhetoric between President Cheeto and Kim Jung Nutjob has ramped up to nuclear proportions I’ve been reminded of the rhetoric and fake news leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Suddenly, confidential reports are released saying the midget dictator has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to go on top of his ICBMs that now supposedly can kill everyone in the U.S. The exaggeration of this country’s nuclear capabilities is on par with Hussein’s WMD and killing of babies in Kuwaiti hospitals. The neo-cons smell blood and more money for their beloved arms peddlers. The propagandists have two thirds of Americans fearful of this rotund midget with an IQ of 85. Trump then set in motion his backup plan – attack Venezuela, which poses absolutely zero risk to America or our interests. But it does have the largest oil reserves on earth. Now this weekend’s escapades in Charlottesville have worked the propaganda media into a tizzy. It’s these types of stories that reveal all the corporate media to be peddling the same narrative. Fox News was peddling the same white hate narrative as CNN and MSNBC. Because protestors with proper permits included some white supremacists, nazi sympathizers, and KKK members, all participants were branded as racists. Their right to protest regarding the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue was guaranteed by the First Amendment. It was the violent Soros funded antifa SJWs who were bussed in to create a violent confrontation, while government officials told police to stand down and let the clashes happen. The Deep State is desirous of a race war and their media mouthpieces are busy spreading misinformation and falsehoods to further rile up the masses. Their job is to portray all flyover country whites who elected Trump as rednecks, racists and white supremacists. And at least half the country believes this fake news. “The militia experts accuse anti-government agitants of paranoia, yet they spin around and claim that militias speak in coded phrases, have underground bunkers, and are secretly conspiring to take over the world and enslave minorities. They say it`s lunacy that men at the pentagon can conspire, yet they`re certain that farmers out on the plain are plotting as we speak. They depict the United Nations as weak and ineffectual, yet they portray raggedy-ass backwoodsmen as the world`s biggest organized military threat.” – Jim Goad, The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America’s Scapegoats I don’t believe what is happening in this country and around the world is some vast conspiracy. But I do believe the Deep State thrives on chaos and fear. They used 9/11 to pass the Patriot Act, creating an Orwellian surveillance state. They used the Wall Street created 2008 global financial implosion to rig the financial systems in their favor, while issuing mind boggling levels of government debt and artificially suppressing interest rates to create the largest financial bubble in world history. I do believe we are in the midst of a Fourth Turning where the mood of the masses has turned unequivocally dark. As we approach the ninth year of this Crisis period, the intensification and potential for enormous levels of domestic and foreign bloodshed ramps up by the day. With a decade or so remaining in this period of turmoil, chaos and war, the existing social order will be swept away and replaced by something new. But not necessarily better. Whatever Deep State conspiracies are being plotted by various gangs seeking power during this Fourth Turning, they will all rot from within. Human nature never changes. Hubris and greed will lead to miscalculations and missteps which will result in another financial crash, civil chaos, and world war. Blood will be spilled in vast quantities if the wrong people make the wrong decisions. Chaos will rein for the next decade and the outcome is very much in doubt. Get prepared mentally and physically for the trials ahead. “The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

13 августа, 03:05

If War Comes, Don't Blame The "Military-Industrial Complex" – It's Much Worse Than You Think

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation, As the drumbeat intensifies for what might turn out to be anything but a «splendid little war» against North Korea, it is appropriate to take stock of the ongoing, seemingly successful effort to strip President Donald Trump of his authority to make any foreign and national security policies that fly against the wishes of the so-called Military-Industrial Complex, or MIC. A Google search for «Military-Industrial Complex» (in quotation marks) with «Trump» yields almost 450,000 hits from all sources and almost 26,000 from just news sources. During the 2016 campaign and into the initial weeks of his administration, Trump was sometimes described as a threat to the MIC. But over time, with the appointment to his administration of more generals and establishment figures (including some allegedly tied to George Soros) while purging Trump loyalists, it’s no surprise that his policies increasingly seem less a departure from those of previous administrations than a continuation of them (for example, welcoming Montenegro into NATO). Some now say that Trump is the MIC’s best friend and maybe always was.  There are those who deny that the MIC exists at all. One self-described conservative blogger writing in the pro-war, pro-intervention, and mostly neoconservative National Review refers to the very existence of the MIC as a «myth» peddled by the «conspiracy-minded». Sure, it is conceded, it was appropriate to refer to such a concept back when President Dwight Eisenhower warned against it in 1961 upon his impending departure from the White House, because back then the military consumed some 10 percent of the American GDP. But now, when the percentage is nominally just 3.2 percent, less than $600 billion per year, the term supposedly is inapplicable. (There are those who argue that the real cost annually is over $1 trillion, but why quibble.)  There is a germ of truth contained in the reference to money. Compared to the «wars of choice» that have characterized US global behavior since the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the MIC of the 1950s and 1960s was relatively less likely to embark upon foreign military escapades. The existence of a world-class nuclear-armed foe in the form of the USSR moderated tendencies toward adventurism. The most serious «combat» the classic MIC preferred to engage in was inter-service battles for budgetary bounty. Reportedly, once General Curtis LeMay, head of the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, was briefed by a junior officer who repeatedly referred to the USSR as «the enemy». LeMay supposedly interrupted to correct him: «Young man, the Soviet Union is our adversary. Our enemy is the Navy».  But today the «Military-Industrial Complex» is an archaic term that doesn’t begin to describe the complexity and influence of current structures. Indeed, even in Eisenhower’s day the MIC was more than a simple duplex consisting of the Pentagon and military contractors but also included an essential third leg: the Congressional committees that provide the money constituting the MIC’s lifeblood. (Reportedly, an earlier draft of the speech used the term «military-industrial-Congressional» complex, a fuller description of what has come to be called the «Iron Triangle». Asked about the omission from the final text, Eisenhower is said to have answered: «It was more than enough to take on the military and private industry. I couldn't take on the Congress as well».)  Not only did the Iron Triangle continue to expand during the Cold War, when production of military hardware established itself as the money-making nucleus of the MIC, it swelled to even greater proportions after the designated enemy, the USSR, went out of business in 1991. While for one brief shining moment there was naïve discussion of a «Peace Dividend» that would provide relief for American taxpayers from whose shoulders the burden of a «long twilight struggle» against communism (in John Kennedy’s phrase) had been lifted, that notion faded quickly. Instead, not only did the «hard» side of the MIC maintain itself – first in Iraq to fight «naked aggression» by Saddam Hussein in Kuwait, then in the Balkans in the 1990s as part of NATO’s determination to go «out of area or out of business» – it then branched out into «soft» areas of control. In the past quarter century what began as Eisenhower’s MIC has become a multifaceted, hybrid entity encompassing an astonishing range and depth in both the public and private sectors. To a large extent, the contours of what former Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren has called the «Deep State» (which largely through Lofgren’s efforts has since become a household word) are those of the incestuous «expert» community that dominates mainstream media thinking but extend beyond it to include elements of all three branches of the US government, private business (especially the financial industry, government contractors, information technology), think tanks, NGOs (many of which are anything but «nongovernmental» but are funded by US official agencies and those of our «allies», satellites, and clients), higher education (especially the recipients of massive research grants from the Department of Defense), and the two political parties and their campaign operatives, plus the multitude of lobbyists, campaign consultants, pollsters, spin doctors, media wizards, lawyers, and other functionaries.  Comparing the MIC of 1961 to its descendant, the Deep State of today, is like comparing a horse and buggy to a Formula One racecar. The Deep State’s principals enjoy power and privileges that would have brought a blush to the cheeks of members of the old Soviet nomenklatura, of which it is reminiscent.  Indeed, the Deep State’s creepy resemblance to its late Soviet counterpart is manifest in its budding venture into the realm of seeking to brand domestic American dissent as treason, to the hearty approval of the loony Left. As described by Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:  ‘The government would never compile, analyze, and target private news outlets just because they deviate from the official neocon Washington line.   ‘Perhaps not yet. But some US government funded «non-governmental» organizations are already doing just that.   ‘The German Marshall Fund has less to do with Germany these days than it did when founded after WWII as a show of appreciation for the US Marshall Fund. These days it’s mostly funded by the US government, allied governments (especially in the Russia-hating Baltics), neocon grant-making foundations, and the military-industrial complex. Through its strangely Soviet-sounding »Alliance for Securing Democracy» project it has launched something called «Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter».   ‘This project monitors 600 Twitter accounts that the German Marshall Fund claims are «accounts that are involved in promoting Russian influence and disinformation goals». Which accounts does this monitor? It won’t tell us. How does it choose which ones to monitor? It won’t tell us. To what end? Frighteningly, it won’t tell us.   ‘How ironic that something called the German Marshall Fund is bringing Stasi-like tactics to silence alternative media and opinions in the United States!’ The Soviet nomenklatura gave up without a fight. It’s unlikely its American counterpart will. Whether Trump in the end decides to fight or to seek accommodation is still under debate. Some suggest that by signing the recent bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, he has already surrendered. But either way, war or not, things are going to get very rocky.

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11 августа, 19:00

Ron Paul: This $5 Trillion time bomb will devastate Americans

Where's the 6.5 trillion the pentagon can't account for over the last 16 years? The money has been accounted for. Clerical or system errors. It happens, the DoD has a lot of accounts to keep track of. The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts ,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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10 августа, 21:20

Ron Paul Institute: "Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea"

Authored by Daniel McAdams via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Usually foreign analysts of the American political scene are either sycophantic or just annoying, but no one would dare say that about Aussie observer Caitlin Johnstone, whose punk rock style of cutting to the chase is as refreshing as it can be shocking (I am not a fan of the strong language, but I get it). Since President Trump's "fire and fury" explosion yesterday Americans have to an unsettling degree once again rallied 'round the (false) flag of war propaganda. Today Ms. Johnstone provided a much-needed slap in the face to the mind-numbed masses once again clamoring for US bombs on a country they could not find on a map if their lives depended on it. As even many soi-disant libertarians reverted back to playing war commander on their keyboards -- "I'm all for a non-interventionist foreign policy, but THIS GUY'S GONNA KILL US!!!" -- Johnstone reminded anyone with half a brain of one eternal truth: Governments and their house servants (the mainstream media, neocons, deep state, etc) are murderous liars and the only way they dare flush a few hundred billion dollars -- and oceans of blood -- down the toilet of war is to first lie their brains out to the people they are confident will swallow the poison pills and call them candy. Of course the United States government and its minions are lying about North Korea, Johnstone reminds us. They ALWAYS lie! She writes: The United States power establishment has an extensive history of using lies, false flags and propaganda to manipulate its hundreds of millions of citizens into supporting needless military interventionism.   From the Gulf of Tonkin incident to the false Nayirah testimony to the amazing network of lies spun about Saddam Hussein to the 'humanitarian' intervention in Libya to the unconscionable Bana Alabed psy-op in Syria, there is no depth to which the US war machine will not stoop in deceiving the public about the need to unload the military-industrial complex’s expensive inventory onto some third world country overseas, no limit to the evils that America’s unelected power establishment will commit in order to secure geopolitical dominance, and no end to the mass media propaganda machine’s willingness to report war propaganda as objective fact.   It is quite literally impossible to be too paranoid about these people. If you had an acquaintance who was a known compulsive liar with an extensive history of duping people into fighting one another for his own sociopathic amusement, how would you react if he handed you a gun and told you that your neighbor is getting ready to attack you? This might prove shocking even to some "libertarians" caught up in the frenzy of manufactured threats. But the US government lies. They lie day and night. All the time about everything. Johnstone concludes: There is one government in the mix here that has proven itself completely sociopathic and untrustworthy in such matters, and it ain’t the DPRK. Stay skeptical, stay watchful, and stay woke. "Oh no," people squeal! "THIS time they're telling the truth!" Good luck with that. Blood's on your hands, not ours.

10 августа, 14:50

"Great Disaster" Looms as Technology Disrupts White Collar Workers

David McWilliams: Great Disaster Looms as Technology Disrupts White Collar Workers - Every era, every century, every generation has its massive technological disruption- Taxi drivers being "disrupted" by technology of Uber- History shows how "middle men" frequently made redundant- Skill set of many professionals today can be replicated by machines and technology- Technology may make lawyers, accountants, architects and doctors redundant- We risk "cannabalising ourselves" with internet and emerging technologies Jean-Luc Picard "assimilated" by the Borg in Star Trek Looking out to sea at the huge winter waves crashing upon the Cape Town shore, it’s hard to imagine what the first local tribesman thought when he saw, in the distance, Vasco De Gama’s tiny Portuguese ship sail round the Cape of Good Hope, heading out towards the Indian Ocean in search of profit. You wonder what went through the local’s mind? Could he have imagined the calamity that was soon to befall his people and most of the peoples of Africa? Once the Portuguese had opened up the passage to India via the Atlantic, the old Silk Roads, the commercial superhighways of the medieval ages from China to Istanbul, were gradually downgraded in global commerce. Economically, the Earth shifted on its axis from Asia to the Atlantic. This was the great disruption. It took a while, but the commercial earthquake triggered by the Portuguese heading around Africa in 1497 and sailing triumphantly into the port of Calcutta in India is impossible to understate. So much changed, from slavery to mass manufacturing, from the conversion of England’s peasants to proletarian workers and, more traumatically, the mass expropriation of native lands, stemmed from the commercial imperative to trade as much stuff as possible in as many countries as possible. It was the beginning of European domination of the world. In 1497, India was the richest, most commercially sophisticated economy in the world. As Sven Beckert explains in ‘Empire of Cotton’ (well worth a summer read), India’s main produce was cotton and it was one of the most sought after manufacturing products in the world. Cotton was fine, soft, fashionable and durable unlike the smelly, heavy wool that Europeans were used to wearing. Cotton came from India and before the Portuguese opened the Atlantic route, various middlemen held European consumers in ransom. At every stage margin was added, starting with getting the cotton across the Indian Ocean, then the camel transporters in the Arabian desert took a margin, then the Ottoman merchants charged to get the material across the Mediterranean to Italy and then naturally, the Italians took their cut. These guys were yesterday’s middlemen. The fees that cotton generated for these middlemen kept generations of Ottoman, Arab and Indian merchants in clover for centuries. The fees were paid in the high price of cotton forked out by the final consumer in Europe. Then overnight the Portuguese transported cotton directly from India around the Cape, cutting out the various Silk Road middlemen. The price of cotton from India started to fall. The Portuguese made fortunes, even calling this place the Cape of Good Hope because of the riches Indian trade promised. Profits always attract and these fortunes attracted the next two waves of European occupiers to this part of the world. The Dutch arrived soon after the Portuguese and settled here, some becoming the Afrikaaner Tribe. The Afrikanners stayed to farm, but most Dutch adventurers were traders, using Cape Town as an essential port on the long journey from Amsterdam to India and further afield to Indonesia. Of course Cape Town flourished later under the British, whose demand for Indian cotton to feed the mills in Manchester was so insatiable that they rolled out much of their subsequent Empire to guarantee cotton supplies. All these massive shifts in economics had one thing in common: they were driven to cut out the middleman. Cutting out the middleman is, and has always been, one of the major drivers of economic innovation. Whatever the product, profit margins tend to be driven by forcing down costs, making production more efficient and, if possible, maintaining your selling price. This is what capitalism and trade are all about. The relentless pursuit of profit always identifies the middleman and tries to force him out or lower his take. For the producer, the quickest way from production to sale is the most profitable route. The fewer mouths to feed, the higher the margin — this means eliminating the middleman. In the old days the technology that eliminated the Asian, Arab and Ottoman middleman was Portuguese, Dutch and later British naval prowess. Every generation has their technology. Today that technology is the Internet. The only problem is that today we risk cannibalising ourselves. As was pointed out in this column last week, we are all “middlemen” and if today’s technology is about eliminating the middleman, very soon we end up eliminating ourselves. In a mature service economy with easy credit and rampant consumerism, the middleman is what is normally called the white-collar economy. So everyone who doesn’t actually make something is threatened by new technology that cuts out the middleman. In a time of the smartphone and companies like Netflix, Airbnb, Amazon and Uber, these might not so much be regarded as fantastic innovations, but could be seen as the enemy for many who could lose their jobs. Consider London’s famous black taxis. In the old days the London cabbie had to learn “The Knowledge”. This meant that the cabbie had to train for two years to memorise every nook and cranny of London, every backstreet in every area of that vast city. This effort demanded cabbies renting scooters to head out for months on end, committing the city’s streets to memory. Once he had the knowledge in his head, the cabbie did a rigorous exam and got his taxi license. He also had to buy a special black cab, an expensive vehicle, for which London is famous. The knowledge was his pricing power; his cab was his unique asset. Because he had the knowledge, he could demand a fare. This was his value added and his price was his margin. Now consider what has happened with the arrival of Uber. The new Uber driver doesn’t need the knowledge. He has Google maps. He doesn’t need the expensive black cab either. He has a second-hand Toyota. The value of the knowledge is eliminated and the asset is depreciated. In no time the cabbies’ livelihood dwindles. Uber is doing to the cabbie what the Portuguese did to other middlemen: eliminating them. Just wait until technology does this to lawyers, accountants, architects and doctors. Whether they like it or not, the skill set of many of these professionals can be replicated accurately by machines. All the above are functional positions and with the exceptions of possibly doctors, few would lose sleep at their passing. The point is every era, every century, every generation has its massive technological disruption. In the 1980s and 1990s when technology, outsourcing and the relentless drive for profits destroyed working-class manufacturing, the middle classes called it “economic reform”. Now when technology comes after those with white collars and pristine fingernails, what will they call it? 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09 августа, 10:30

The Creepiest EU Initiative Yet: Registering Dissent As "Russian Propaganda" Under Soros' Direction

Via GEFIRA, Russia is the favourite scapegoat for the Western establishment when it comes to its own failures. Ever since Brexit and Trump’s victory, the Western elite has regularly tried to link citizen discontent to “Russian disinformation“, “hackers” or “trolls“, instead of looking at its own policies. While in the US this took the form of a witch hunt against the Trump administration, in the EU it has taken the form of a “proscription list” of the media that are not enthusiastic enough with the idea of a conflict with the Eastern neighbour. Under the official purpose of countering “disinformation coming from Russia”, the EU External Action has created a “disinformation review“1)with weekly updates on “fake news” and the websites that post them. The EUAS officially branded researchers and journalists as fraudulent, unpatriotic and dishonest without any notification. There is a small disclaimer on the list that states that ”disinformation review cannot be considered an official EU position”. Yet it was created by the European Council, is part of the ”diplomatic service” of the EU, hence funded by it, uses its symbols and institutional addresses. So, it is part of the EU and yet does not represent its official position? The statement seems to have been made for the express purpose of dishonestly dismissing concerns raised by citizens. By organising the naming and shaming list, the EUAS behaves like an authoritarian regime that operates out of the rule of law. Since freedom of the press is the basis for a reliable democracy, the EUAS is working against the values of the European Union: There is no juridical framework within which the texts are judged, and there are no objective standards. The EUAS arbitrarily branded articles they do not like as fraudulent. Groups put on the list by the EUAS as fraudsters are not notified and do not have any fair chance or due process to defend themselves. Researchers and journalists are deemed guilty without proof, they have no right to file a complaint or appeal. Organisations which have a political objective and are financed from outside the European Union are among the list of the so-called 400 experts.We were recently notified that our analysis on NGOs activities in the Mediterranean was classified as the “Russian disinformation” news reported in December 2016. We won’t spend too much time addressing that. Since December the case has become a national and then international case, and recent events have seen the ship Iuventa of the NGO Jugend Rettet seized as evidence for contacts with smugglers and, as the meeting in the open sea did not happen in a situation of peril for migrants, it can’t be classified as rescue, but simply smuggling. Our analysis was correct. So why were we reported? The piece is hardly about Russia to begin with. The connection is elsewhere. We found out that the report was written by an organization called “Kremlin Watch“, which is a part of the think-thank European Values. We looked at who funds them: George Soros and his Open Society the one who’s heavily involved in the migrant crisis with a vast international network of NGOs and locked in a personal war against Russia. Conspiracy? Not really. Open Society Foundation is listed as one of the top donors of the “European Values” Think-Thank. Among the others is the European Commission itself. It isn’t even the first time we were personally attacked by George Soros’ agent. Constanza Hermanin, Open Society’s former senior officer and blogger for the Huffington Post, also previously tried to cover up the NGOs smuggling and classify the exposure of it as “filo-Russian fake news”. Back to the list. There are three regular contributors. East Stratcom Network, part of EUAS, the already mentioned Kremlin Watch and finally a Ukrainian website called “StopFake“, supported again, it’s unclear how, by Open Society Foundations. The reports normally focus on the Russian media like TASS, Sputnik, RT. The same issue no. 52 also lists ZeroHedge for reblogging Ron Paul’s criticism of the “fake news” crusade, and Paul Craig Roberts’s one. In the Soros version of European values, criticism and democratic debate are fake news! Past issues include the conservative outlet Breitbart, and even The Guardian.  It’s also rather interesting to note how Mr. Soros interprets European “liberal values”. Free press is normally listed as a key one, and yet Soros wants proscription lists of anyone who disagrees, something for instance adopted by Turkish President Erdo?an following the last year’s failed coup and widely criticized by the EU itself. Another key liberal value is fair trial. Yet Soros’ own Kremlin Watch is judge, jury and executioner in one. Who does the EU belong to and serve, anyway? Its people or its financial oligarch? Perhaps Israel and Hungary are right: Mr. Soros is a threat to democracy.

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08 августа, 01:35

Ron Paul Urges Trump To Dump AG: "Jeff Sessions Endorses Theft"

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to increase the use of civil asset forfeiture, thus once again endorsing an unconstitutional, authoritarian, and increasingly unpopular policy. Civil asset forfeiture, which should be called civil asset theft, is the practice of seizing property believed to be involved in a crime. The government keeps the property even if it never convicts, or even charges, the owner of the property. Police can even use civil asset theft to steal from people whose property was used in criminal activity without the owners’ knowledge. Some have even lost their homes because a renter or houseguest was dealing drugs on the premises behind the owners’ backs. Civil asset theft is a multi-billion dollar a year moneymaker for all levels of government. Police and prosecutors receive more than their "fair share” of the loot. According to a 2016 study by the Institute for Justice, 43 states allow police and prosecutors to keep at least half of the loot they got from civil asset theft. Obviously, this gives police an incentive to aggressively use civil asset theft, even against those who are not even tangentially involved in a crime. For example, police in Tenaha, Texas literally engaged in highway robbery — seizing cash and other items from innocent motorists — while police in Detroit once seized every car in an art institute’s parking lot. The official justification for that seizure was that the cars belonged to attendees at an event for which the institute had failed to get a liquor license. The Tenaha police are not the only ones targeting those carrying large sums of cash. Anyone traveling with "too much" cash runs the risk of having it stolen by a police officer, since carrying large amounts of cash is treated as evidence of involvement in criminal activity. Civil asset theft also provides an easy way for the IRS to squeeze more money from the American taxpayer. As the growing federal debt increases the pressure to increase tax collections without raising tax rates, the IRS will likely ramp up its use of civil asset forfeiture. Growing opposition to the legalized theft called civil asset forfeiture has led 24 states to pass laws limiting its use. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out of step with this growing consensus. After all, Sessions is a cheerleader for the drug war, and civil asset theft came into common usage as a tool in the drug war. President Trump could do the American people a favor by naming a new attorney general who opposes police state policies like the drug war and police state tactics like civil asset theft.

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06 августа, 15:29

Free State Bitcoin Shoppe: Interview With Co-Owner Derrick J. Freeman

Via The Daily Bell Can you give me the rundown on your shop? Derrick J: Free State Bitcoin Shoppe is a place for people to level up on their cryptocurrency knowledge and trade their digital cash for unique tech and freedom-themed souvenirs. Our mission is to help people use better money. To a backdrop of dance-punk and electronic music, we offer one-on-one assistance to the bit-curious to help spread the crypto-economy in New Hampshire. It's packed with seditious propaganda like libertarian art and literature, books on programming, and freedom tech like hardware wallets and USB thumb drives with TAILS Linux loaded on them (the operating system Edward Snowden uses to protecthis privacy online). When we're not busy teaching tourists and passers by about Bitcoin, the shoppe is an office for [co-owner] Zyler and me: where we do coding, writing, and video production. The Shoppe is right on the edge of New Hampshire at 56 State St in Portsmouth -- so close that both the water and Maine's coast are visible from our front door. What do you sell at the shop? Is there specific merchandise you hope to add? Derrick J: We sell things you won't find anywhere else: Doge curtains and pillows, 3D-printed combination locks to protect USB keys, Tesla T-Shirts, laser-cut wood boxes with secret compartments, BipCot Licenses, Bitcoin clocks, an Aztec calendar, build-it-yourself 3D-printer kits, and various New Hampshire-themed gifts. Next week, a unique Bitcoin vending machine will arrive at our store, offering the opportunity for people to trade in their Federal Reserve Notes for Bitcoin, Dash, and Monero. Besides Bitcoin, what forms of payment do you accept? Derrick J: Monero is preferred. We take all forms of cryptocurrency and offer 20% if you pay for the merchandise with that currency. Yesterday, a customer bought $85 of doge-themed merchandise with Doge-coin. We don't take Federal Reserve Notes, credit cards, or metals. (Sorry, silver bugs. Time to realize the silver thing is never going to happen.) Since the value of Bitcoin fluctuates, how do you set the prices? Derrick J: It's easy. We set prices in Bitcoin. The bitcoin wallet on your phone will convert instantly so you can see how much things cost in terms of dollars or any other currency. How did you choose the location for your shop? Derrick J: We had been scouting locations for a retail shop for a month or two. While walking downtown in the Portsmouth Pride Parade this June, we passed some empty windows where a small boutique had been. We said "This would be perfect!!" It's 100 feet from the biggest park in town, where musical theater and concerts play daily and nightly, visible by the water, plenty of parking across the street, and adorable tourist-trap stores nearby that attract lots of foot traffic from international guests. It's one of the busiest corners in one of the wealthiest and most happening places in the Shire. It's the perfect location to draw in people to learn about Bitcoin. You have long been a liberty activist. You have committed acts of civil disobedience (Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree), challenged unjust laws in court, and even spent some time in jail. Does this shop mark a shift in tactics for gaining individual freedom? Derrick J: Yes, totally. I've learned through trial and error what works and what doesn't. Civil disobedience may be moral and make me feel good, but it is ineffective at achieving more freedom unless others participate en masse. Good luck with that -- most people aren't courageous enough to take any risks and would prefer comfortable slavery to dangerous freedom. Instead, I am taking the entrepreneurial route: offering political art and freedom-enhancing tools in exchange for cryptocurrency. The mission isn't as much to "make money selling merchandise" as it is to grow the value of my cryptocurrency holdings by growing the network. As more and more people use bitcoin, the value of the crypto-economy grows, and the power of the central banks shrinks. This is the best way I've discovered to empower myself and others, by taking a small, low-risk baby step toward more financial independence (which is the most important type). Do you consider Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies the best hope for freeing individuals from the unjust power of the state? Derrick J: Oh, lord no. Philosophy is the best hope for freeing individuals from the power of the state, because the power and the state only exists in their heads. Without philosophy, people are doomed to continue on whatever path their ancestors' trajectory put them on. Fortunately for New Englanders, our ancestors placed us on a slow vector toward ever-increasing respect for property rights, which continues today (in New Hampshire especially). Bitcoin is packed with philosophy, whether users are aware of it or not. Bitcoin empowers the individual with privacy over their money (if they want it), reduces the power of international central banking cartels with every dollar that exits into the crypto-economy, and ultimately helps end wars as people quickly become accustomed to a deflationary currency (rather than the inflationary currencies used to finance the wars of the 20th century). [caption id="attachment_23891" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A mug depicting Bitcoin smashing the Fed.[/caption] Do you have any advice for people who want to be free, but feel it is impossible? What can people do to free themselves in your opinion? Derrick J: Read books that inspire you. Fill your brain with ideas that energize you. Pursue happiness through a virtuous life. Challenge yourself. No matter my current situation, behind bars or on a deserted island, my journey to freedom has been one of personal growth. So far, what is your favorite part of running the shop? Derrick J: My favorite part of running the shop is seeing libertarians walk in and watching their faces light up as they realize what the store is. They see Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, and Ludvig Von Mises, a Bitcoin symbol, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, and "Live Free Or Die" signs plastered everywhere, and they all say some variation of "I've never seen a store like this before!" Those interactions make my day. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Derrick J: Thank you for asking!  

04 августа, 06:05

Russia Sanctions And The Coming Crackdown On Americans

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Authored by Daniel McAdams via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Last week I wrote an article and did an interview explaining that in my reading of the new Russia sanctions bill just signed by President Trump, there is a measure opening the door to a US government crackdown on some of the non-mainstream media. In particular, Section 221 of the "Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" would punish "persons" who are "engaging in transactions with the intelligence or defense sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation." At first one might think this is reading too much into the text, however as a twelve year Capitol Hill veteran bill-reader I can assure you that these bills are never written in a simple, expository manner. There is always a subtext, and in this case we must consider the numerous instances where the Director of Central Intelligence and other senior leadership in the US intelligence community have attempted to establish the idea that foreign news channels such as RT or Sputnik News are not First Amendment protected press, but rather tools of a foreign intelligence organization. You can see in the current atmosphere, where anti-Russia hysteria has spread like typhoid, how readily-accepted such a notion would be by many. The reds are under our beds and the Russkies have taken over our airwaves. I don't think the crackdown will stop at Russian government funded news organizations like RT and Sputnik, however. Once the initial strike is made at the lowest hanging fruit, the second wave will target Russia-focused organizations not funded by governments but that challenge the official US government line that Russia is our number one enemy and its government must be overthrown. Popular private alternative websites like The Duran and Russia Insider will likely be next on the list for prosecution. Sound farfetched? Think of it this way (I can assure you the neocons do): if the Russian government and RT are opposed to sanctions and you operate a website that also takes a line in opposition to Russia sanctions are you not doing the work of Russian intelligence? Are you not seeking to influence your readers in a manner that Russian intelligence would want? Are you not "engaging in transactions" even over the airwaves? And after this second wave you can be sure there will be a push to move on other alternative media that has nothing to do with Russia but that opposes US interventionist foreign policy: ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul Institute, ConsortiumNews, etc. Crazy, you say? Don't forget: this war against us already started last year when the Washington Post ran a front page article accusing all of the above of being Russian agents! What would be next? Do you read any of these alternative news sites? Do you pass along articles that oppose US sanctions policy toward Russia? You are engaging in transactions. You will be subject to "sanctions" as described in the "Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," which is now the law of the land. This would never happen, you might say. The government would never compile, analyze, and target private news outlets just because they deviate from the official neocon Washington line. Perhaps not yet. But some US government funded "non-governmental" organizations are already doing just that. The German Marshall Fund has less to do with Germany these days than it did when founded after WWII as a show of appreciation for the US Marshall Fund. These days it's mostly funded by the US government, allied governments (especially in the Russia-hating Baltics), neocon grant-making foundations, and the military-industrial complex. Through its strangely Soviet-sounding "Alliance for Securing Democracy" project it has launched something called "Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter." This project monitors 600 Twitter accounts that the German Marshall Fund claims are "accounts that are involved in promoting Russian influence and disinformation goals." Which accounts does this monitor? It won't tell us. How does it choose which ones to monitor? It won't tell us. To what end? Frighteningly, it won't tell us. How ironic that something called the German Marshall Fund is bringing Stasi-like tactics to silence alternative media and opinions in the United States! So what does the "Hamilton 68" project do? In its own words it firstly "shows tweets from official Russian propaganda outlets in English, and a short post discussing the themes of the day. This is Russia’s overt messaging." But it goes further than that. It tracks and stores information about others who have no connection to Russia but who "on their own initiative reliably repeat and amplify Russian themes." This is what the German Marshall Fund calls a "network" of second tier disinformation distributors. What does this "network" of people with no connection to Russia but who amplify Russian "themes" do? It "reflects Russian messaging priorities, but that does not mean every name or link you see on the dashboard is pro-Russian. The network sometimes amplifies stories that Russia likes, or people with like-minded views but no formal connection to Russia." So, according to the self-proclaimed alliance for securing democracy you might not even know it when you are pushing Russian state propaganda! Do you see what they are doing here? They are using US and other government money in an effort to eliminate any news organization or individual who deviates from the official neocon foreign policy line on Russia, Syria, Ukraine, etc. They are trying to eliminate any information that challenges the neocon line. To criminalize it. In fact they admit that they are seeking to silence alternative viewpoints: Our objective in providing this dashboard is to help ordinary people, journalists, and other analysts identify Russian messaging themes and detect active disinformation or attack campaigns as soon as they begin. Exposing these messages will make information consumers more resilient and reduce the effectiveness of Russia’s attempts to influence Americans’ thinking, and deter this activity in the future by making it less effective. The very Soviet-sounding "Alliance for Securing Democracy" project description ends with a suitably authoritarian warning, ripped from the pages of 1984, Darkness at Noon, or Erich Honecker's "how-to" guide: We are not telling you what to think, but we believe you should know when someone is trying to manipulate you. What you do with that information is up to you. Chilling, no? And much of it is being done with your money by your government and in your name. That is why the neocons and their myriad think tanks (government-funded in many cases) would like nothing more than to shut down our upcoming Peace and Prosperity 2017 Conference, to be held right at their front door! They cannot stand an open debate about Washington's hyper-interventionist foreign policy. They don't want to talk about all their failed wars -- and they really don't want to talk about the wars they have planned and are pushing. We are not the anti-Americans. They are. They hate the First Amendment. They hate debate. They hate us.

01 августа, 19:40

North Korea Or Iran - Ron Paul Asks "Who Will Trump Attack First?"

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosprity, President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? Over the past several days President Trump has sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula to send a clear message that he is ready to attack North Korea. On Saturday he blamed China for North Korea’s refusal to cease its missile tests. He Tweeted: “I am very disappointed in China… they do nothing for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue.” One press report from an unnamed Pentagon source claimed that President Trump “is to order a military strike against North Korea within a year,” after this weekend’s North Korean test of a longer-range missile. Iran, which along with North Korea and Russia will face new sanctions imposed by Congress and expected to be signed into law by Trump, is also in President Trump’s crosshairs. He was reportedly furious over his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s certifying that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal – even though Iran was in compliance – and he seems determined to push a confrontation. Twice in the past week the US military has fired at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday an Iranian military ship in the Persian Gulf was warned off by machine gun blasts from a US Naval vessel. Then on Friday the US Navy fired warning flares toward another Iranian ship operating in the Persian Gulf. Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine guns at them when they approached the Iranians. Facing new sanctions, the Iranian government announced that it will not end ballistic missile testing even under US pressure. The missile program is not a violation of the P5+1 Iran deal unless it is specifically designed to carry nuclear weapons. So whom will Trump attack first? Let’s hope nobody, but with continuing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans over the unproven “Russiagate” allegations, it increasingly looks like he will seek relief by starting a “nice little war.” If he does so, however, his presidency will likely be over and he may end up blundering into a much bigger war in the process. Although Trump’s bombastic rhetoric on Iran and North Korea has been pretty consistent, the American people voted Trump because he was seen as the less likely of the two candidates to get the US into a major war. A recent study by the Boston University and the University of Minnesota concluded that Trump won the most votes in parts of the country with the highest military casualties. Those most directly suffering the costs of war were attracted to the candidate they saw as less likely to take the US into another major war. These are the Americans living in the swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that surprised the pundits by voting for Trump over Hillary. Will Trump’s legacy be blustering us into one or two wars that will make Iraq and Afghanistan look like cakewalks by comparison? Millions dead? It’s time to make our voices known before it’s too late!

01 августа, 13:27

Агенты Путина в конгрессе США: отличная работа

Мировые СМИ обсуждают возможные последствия принятия конгрессом США решения об ужесточении санкций в отношении России. С учетом того факта, что эти санкции опасны не столько для России, сколько для стран ЕC и прежде всего для Германии, западные медиа особо волнуют два вопроса. Во-первых, как далеко ...

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30 июля, 06:00

RED ALERT!!! The Dollar Will Collapse 100% on AUGUST 2017! Ron Paul Last Warning To America

 RED ALERT!!! The Dollar Will Collapse 100% on AUGUST 2017! Ron Paul Last Warning To America The Financial Armageddon Economic Collapse Blog tracks trends and forecasts , futurists , visionaries , free investigative journalists , researchers , Whistelblowers , truthers and many more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://FinanceArmageddon.blogspot.com or http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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29 июля, 23:48

Peter Schiff On Trump 'Owning The Stock Market Bubble': "The Fed Now Has Their Fall Guy"

Via The Ron Paul Liberty Report, Let's start at the beginning. Bubbles and Busts are both created by The Federal Reserve. Presidents are merely along for the ride. They like to credit themselves for the bubbles, and then look for scapegoats, usually the (non-existent) free market during the busts. But it is The Fed that creates them both. President Trump has made a big (yet understandable) mistake. He's tried to portray himself as the cause of the current bubble in the stock market. He wants credit where credit is due. In this case, credit is not due. As we already mentioned, the Fed created the current bubble, and did so a long time ago. One look at a chart of the S&P 500 says it all: Chances are, Trump realizes that most people won't look at a chart of the stock market and he just wants some good PR. The president wants people to think that he is the reason for the stock market bubble. This is a big mistake. The Fed is the premier member of the so-called "Deep State". In fact, without The Fed, there would hardly be a "Deep State" to speak of. The Fed sits at the top of the Deep State. They have the ultimate power (that no human beings should ever have) to create new money out-of-thin-air. In case Trump hasn't figured it out yet, the Deep State does not like him. Should a major decline in the stock market occur during Trump's Administration, guess who will take the blame? President Trump. After all, he took ownership of the bubble! Should the market tumble, the mainstream media (that also despises Trump) will have plenty of his quotes, YouTubes, and Tweets to use against him. The economic woes will be pinned on Trump. Will Trump deserve the blame? No, but it'll be too late. ?This is not to say that a major decline will occur during Trump's tenure. Bubbles can take on a life of their own, and this one may last during Trump's full term. But that's a risky gamble to make. This bubble is going on almost 10 years now without a serious decline. Should we see a major selloff, Trump has very few friends in the major power centers that will come to his aid. As Peter Schiff points out in this fantastic clip below: The Fed now has their fall guy:

25 июля, 16:18

Мэттис раскритиковал расточительность Пентагона

Министр обороны США Джеймс Мэттис раскритиковал должностных лиц Пентагона за то, что они потратили $28 млн, выбрав лесной камуфляж для солдат афганской национальной армии, пишет Reuters.

25 июля, 16:18

Мэттис раскритиковал расточительность Пентагона

Министр обороны США Джеймс Мэттис раскритиковал должностных лиц Пентагона за то, что они потратили $28 млн, выбрав лесной камуфляж для солдат афганской национальной армии, пишет Reuters.

25 июля, 02:09

Ron Paul: Trump Should Veto Congress' Foolish New Sanctions Bill

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, This week’s expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesn’t know what else to do. No matter what the problem, no matter where on earth it occurs, the answer from Washington is always sanctions. Sanctions are supposed to force governments to change policies and do what Washington tells them or face the wrath of their people. So the goal of sanctions is to make life as miserable as possible for civilians so they will try to overthrow their governments. Foreign leaders and the elites do not suffer under sanctions. This policy would be immoral even if it did work, but it does not. As Ron Paul relates... Why is Congress so eager for more sanctions on Russia? The neocons and the media have designated Russia as the official enemy and the military industrial complex and other special interests want to continue getting rich terrifying Americans into believing the propaganda. Why, just weeks after the White House affirmed that Iran is abiding by its obligations under the nuclear treaty, does Congress pass additional sanctions anyway? Washington blames Iran for “destabilizing” Syria and Iraq by helping them fight ISIS and al-Qaeda. Does this make any sense at all? When is the last time Iran committed a terrorist act on our soil? It hasn’t. Yet we learned from the declassified 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report that Saudi Arabia was deeply involved in the 2001 attacks against Washington and New York. Who has funded al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria for years? Saudi Arabia. Yet no one is talking about sanctions against that country. This is because sanctions are not about our security. They are about politics and special interests. Why is Congress poised to add yet more sanctions on North Korea? Do they want the North Korean people to suffer more than they are already suffering? North Korea’s GDP is half that of Vermont – the US state with the lowest GDP! Does anyone believe they are about to invade us? There is much talk about North Korea’s ballistic missile program, but little talk about 30,000 US troops and weapons on North Korea’s border. For Washington, it’s never a threat if we do it to the other guy. Here’s an alternative to doing the same thing over and over: Let’s take US troops out of North Korea after 70 years. The new South Korean president has proposed military talks with North Korea to try and reduce tensions. We should get out of the way and let them solve their own problems. If Iran and Russia want to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda at the invitation of their ally, Syria, why stand in the way? We can’t run the world. We are out of money. President Trump was elected to pursue a new kind of foreign policy. If he means what he said on the campaign trail, he will veto this foolish sanctions bill and begin dismantling neocon control of his Administration.

24 июля, 17:16

Links for the Week of July 24, 2017

**Must-Reads:** * **Ryan Avent**: Making Monetary Policy Great Again: "Obama’s response to the economic crisis... the timidity of his stimulus plan... his failure to provide broad support to struggling homeowners... his premature pivot to deficit cutting... * **Timothy Garton Ash** (2007): The Road from Danzig: "The offense is that [Guenter Grass] should for so many years have made it his stock-in-trade to denounce post-war West Germans’ failure to face up to the Nazi past... * **Anatole Kaletsky**: A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?: "Given the abundance of useful ideas, why have so few of the policies that might have ameliorated economic conditions and alleviated public resentment been implemented since the crisis?... * **Noah Smith** (2011): Noahpinion: The liberty of local bullies: "I have not been surprised by any of the quotes that have recently come to light from Ron Paul's racist newsletters. I grew up in Texas, remember... * **Mark Thoma**: Here’s Why We’re Not Prepared for the Next Recession: "When will the next recession hit?... * **Nick Bunker**: Recessions, recoveries, and racial employment gaps in the United States: "The unemployment gap between black and white workers... can’t be explained by black Americans having lower levels of education or differences in demographics... *...

23 июля, 12:00

Donald Trump's Defenders on the Left

Why some progressives are minimizing Russia’s election meddling

13 октября 2015, 20:13

Госдеп США сам отправил в Сирию Toyota, которые оказались в руках ИГИЛ

Пока от России требовали перестать наносить удары по умеренным сирийским террористам,  разрешив только избирательно бомбить НЕ-умеренных, вскрылось, что Госдеп США сам отправил в Сирию Toyota, которые как раз и оказались в руках неумеренных ИГИЛ через умеренных любимых "сукиных сынов" США.Ранее американские власти потребовали от Toyota объяснить наличие у боевиков ИГИЛ большого количества японских внедорожниковфото: REUTERS/StringerАмериканский Институт мира и процветания Рона Пола раскрыл загадку о том, откуда у боевиков ИГИЛ оказались в распоряжении сотни автомобилей марки Toyota. Оказалось, что в 2013–2014 годах Госдеп США и британское правительство поставляли эти джипы «Свободной сирийской армии», которая борется против режима Башара Асада. Политолог Тони Карталуччи ссылается на данные американского радио — Public Radio International и английской газеты The Independent. Ранее власти США потребовали объяснений у компании Toyota.Телеканал ABC News на прошлой неделе сообщил, что антитеррористический департамент минфина США обратился с запросом в компанию Toyota, желая выяснить, как у террористической группировки ИГИЛ оказалось большое количество новых пикапов и внедорожников японской марки — Toyota Land Cruiser, Hilux и др. На видеороликах, снятых в Сирии, Ливии и Ираке, боевики регулярно появляются на оснащенных оружием японских автомобилях.Однако в Toyota отрицают любую причастность к поставкам автомобилей террористам. В ответ на запрос властей США автоконцерн заявил, что не знает, каким образом террористическая организация получила в распоряжение их автомобили.Как пишет Институт мира и процветания Рона Пола, министерство финансов США должно было направить запрос не в Toyota, а в Государственный департамент США. Дело в том, что именно Госдеп отправил джипы марки Toyota в Сирию, как утверждалось, для «Свободной сирийской армии». Международное общественное радио (Public Radio International) в 2014 году опубликовало интервью с советником Национальной коалиции сирийских революционных и оппозиционных сил Оубаи Шахбандаром, где говорится, что Госдепартамент США возобновил отправку помощи сирийским повстанцам, включая 43 пикапа Toyota.«Hiluxes были в списке пожеланий «Свободной сирийской армии», — сообщает PRI.Правительство Великобритании также поставляло транспортные средства сирийским террористам. В 2013 году британская газета The Independent опубликовала материал под названием «Разоблачение: что Запад дал мятежникам Сирии», где говорится, что Великобритания направила оборудования на сумму около £8 млн, в соответствии с официальными бумагами, с которыми ознакомилась The Independent. Так, «помощь» состояла из пяти транспортных средств с баллистической защитой; 20 комплектов бронежилетов; четырех грузовиков (три 25-тонных и один 20-тонный); шести внедорожников; пяти небронированных пикапов; одной эвакуационной машины и пр.Институт мира и процветания Рона Пола заключил, что тайна того, как сотни одинаковых, новеньких автомобилей Toyota попали в Сирию, раскрыта — правительства США и Великобритании фактически собственными руками снабдили боевиков ИГИЛ новеньким автопарком. «Возможно, в Вашингтоне считают, что если правительство США задает вопрос о том, как террористам удалось получить автомобили, никто не будет подозревать, что они сыграли в этом определенную роль», — говорится в сообщении института.

03 июня 2015, 18:48

Питер Тиль: жизнь после PayPal

Предприниматель и сооснователь PayPal Питер Тиль собственный успех связывает не с удачей, а с мастерством. В интервью Кэрол Кэдуолладр он рассуждает о высшем образовании, инвестировании в людей и смертности. В1998 году Питер Тиль с партнером основал PayPal, а четыре года спустя продал компанию за 1,5 млрд долларов. Купив 10% Facebook, он стал первым инвестором соцсети (его совет Марку Цукербергу был обманчиво прост: «Только не про*** – и все»). Кроме того, на средства венчурной структуры ЦРУ Тиль основал Palantir Technologies, и компания, как утверждают, помогла найти Усаму бен Ладена. Сегодня Питер – один из самых успешных и влиятельных инвесторов Кремниевой долины, откровенный сторонник либертарианской политики и крупный спонсор различных проектов: от президентской кампании Рона Пола до Seasteading – организации, которая хочет создать в открытом море плавучее национальное государство.Ваша книга «От нуля к единице» (Zero to One) основана на курсе лекций, который вы читали в Стэнфордском университете. При этом вы настаиваете в ней на том, что вузы – это пустая трата денег, что они делают из студентов рабов, не способных мыслить независимо. Нет ли здесь некоего противоречия?Не думаю, что вузы – это категорически плохо. Я думаю, что есть некоторый образовательный пузырь. Учиться все еще важно. Цель, которую я ставил перед собой, читая стэнфордский курс о стартапах и предпринимательстве, заключалась в том, чтобы донести все те знания о бизнесе, которые я приобрел за последние 15 лет в Кремниевой долине как инвестор и предприниматель, собрать их воедино. С книгой то же самое.В декларации вашего Founders Fund напи­сано: «Мы хотели летающих машин, а получили 140 символов». Не кажется ли вам, что это и есть проблема, то, что мы мыслим слишком узко?Мне кажется, две тысячи нынешних сотрудников Twitter и через 10–20 лет будут иметь высокооплачиваемую работу. Это хороший бизнес, но не думаю, что его хватит на то, чтобы привести цивилизацию в будущее. Вовсе не обязательно, что в ближайшие несколько десятилетий будет невероятный технологический прогресс. Я не согласен с Рэймондом Курцвейлом, который говорит, что сингулярность рядом и нужно лишь сидеть и есть попкорн. Для прогресса надо работать, и мы должны его добиться.Корректно ли назвать вас техноутопистом? Л­етающую машину еще хотите?Я не считаю, что наука и технологии – это автоматически хорошо. Мы же придумали ядерное оружие в XX веке. Но я действительно верю, что без технологического прогресса хорошего будущего быть не может. У нас на планете 7 миллиардов человек. В следующем веке будет 10 миллиардов. Чтобы эти люди жили как в странах первого мира, нужны громадные инновации. Простое копирование не сработает. Если каждый китаец, как каждый американец, будет водить машину, мы получим масштабное загрязнение, нефть кончится. Модели нужно менять.Но вы не думаете, что смерть неизбежна?Мы слишком долго с ней мирились. Мы не должны так кротко погружаться в этот сон. По-моему, этот вопрос – вопрос старения, долголетия и смертности – с самого начала был глубоко в основе всего процесса вдохновения творцов научно-технологической эпохи. И при этом мы все равно знаем о т­еоретической физике больше, чем, скажем, о питании.Есть ли у нас в таком случае шансы победить смерть?Люди постоянно твердят, что хотят проживать каждый день как последний. У меня же всегда была контрастная позиция. Я бы хотел проживать каждый день, как будто жизнь никогда не закончится. Если бы жизненный цикл был неограничен, мы бы продолжали работать и начинали бы новые большие проекты. Мы бы очень аккуратно относились к окружающим, зная, что столкнемся с ними снова.В вашей книге есть фраза о том, что Кремниевая долина помешалась на «прорывах», как модно сейчас говорить. А три года назад The New Yorker опубликовал о вас справку, где вы называете это слово одним из любимых. Что изменилось? Прорыв надорвался?Мы слишком увязли в напряженной конкуренции. Великие предприятия фокусируются не на том, чтобы делать что-то, чего не делают другие, а на том, чтобы делать то, что ценно само по себе. Точно так же успешная карьера строится не на гонке с остальными – она строится на работе, которая имеет самостоятельную ценность.По-вашему, один из самых спорных вопросов в бизнесе – это вопрос о том, что приносит успех: мастерство или удача. Вы утверждаете, что мастерство. А может, вам просто очень повезло в жизни?Мне действительно повезло, и тяжело точно определить, воспользовался ли я умело возможностями или все это было чистой удачей, ведь эксперимент уже не повторить. Но я полагаю, что как общество мы слишком многое относим на счет удачи. Удача – это как атеистический синоним бога. Мы объясняем ею то, что не понимаем или не хотим понимать. Как венчурный капиталист я считаю, что одна из самых вредных вещей – это воспринимать как лотерейные билеты людей, в которых инвестируешь, и говорить: «Ну, не знаю, заработает ли твой бизнес. Может, да. Может, нет». По-моему, это ужасно – так смотреть на людей. Антилотерейный подход – в том, чтобы постараться обрести высокую уверенность, задать себе вопрос: «Уверен ли я в этом бизнесе настолько, что мог бы к нему присоединиться?»Вы учредили стипендии в 100 тысяч долларов, чтобы молодые люди не шли в вузы, а становились предпринимателями. Но вы сами учились в элитном вузе и добились довольно многого. Не так ли?Жизнь не прожить дважды. Правда в том, что элитные заведения – это хорошая строчка в резюме, но они еще и удивительно сужают фокус, и внимание людей концентрируется на определенных высокопопулярных областях: праве, финансах, немного на медицине, немного на политике. Мне тревожно, потому что те, кто туда идет, наверное, могли бы делать гораздо больше для общества. Если посмотреть на школьных выпускников – они увлеченно мечтают о том, как будут жить дальше. Мне кажется, в системе высшего образования есть нечто, что заставляет очень активно конкурировать, и это выбивает из большинства их м­ечты.Вы жертвовали огромные деньги политикам, и большинство из них, как Рон Пол, в итоге проиграли. Мне, как неспециалисту, это ужасно напоминает выбрасывание денег на ветер.В финансах я скорее консерватор, а вот социальные взгляды у меня больше либеральные. И я всегда колеблюсь во мнении о том, как далеко нужно заходить в политике. Не бесконечно ли обескураживающее это занятие. Что действительно нужно, как мне кажется, так это продвигать идеи, и Рон Пол таки продвинул ряд либертарианских идей. Он поставил вопросы о различных войнах, где участвуют США, и это было важно.В «Википедии» говорится, что вы входите в управляющий комитет Бильдербергского клуба. Правда ли это, и если да, чем вы там занимаетесь? Организуете тайное мировое гос­подство?Это правда, хотя все не до такой степени тайно или секретно, чтобы я не мог вам рассказать. Суть в том, что ведется хороший диалог между разными политическими, финансовыми, медиа- и бизнес-лидерами Америки и Западной Европы. Никакого заговора нет. И это проблема нашего общества. Нет секретного плана. У наших лидеров нет секретного плана, как решить все наши проблемы. Возможно, секретные планы – это и плохо, но гораздо возмутительнее, по-моему, отсутствие плана в принципе.   Источник: Getty Images / Bloomberg / David Paul Morris

31 марта 2015, 15:36

Рон Пол: настало время положить конец МВФ, никаких реформ!

Repeal, Don’t Reform the IMF!МОСКВА, 31 мар – РИА Новости. Настало время положить конец работе Международного валютного фонда, равно как и остальных инструментов американской политики экономического экспансионизма,  уверен американский политик Рон Пол.МВФ, отмечает он, использует деньги американских налогоплательщиков, чтобы поддерживать экономически слабые, "нежизнеспособные", часто значительно коррумпированные правительства. Это, в свою очередь, искажает рынок и не только не приносит пользы самим американцам, но и вредит жителям тех регионов, которым МВФ оказывает свою помощь.Поскольку фонд большую долю финансирования получает из США, совершенно логично, что он адаптирует свои действия к продвижению внешнеполитических целей Вашингтона, пишет политик.Рон Пол подчеркивает, что ни один ответственный финансовый институт не предоставил бы 17- или 40-миллиардный кредит в долларовом эквиваленте заемщику, который с трудом пытается погасить уже существующий многомиллиардный кредит. Однако именно это в прошлом месяце сделал МВФ, выделив новый кредит Украине. С экономической точки зрения эти деньги не помогут Украине выбраться из кризиса, но с политической — они обеспечат продвижение внешнеполитической стратегии США.Политик убежден, что МВФ невозможно реформировать за счет изменения формы распределения капитала, потому что его источники финансирования – это частные компании, поэтому эту структуру нужно просто ликвидировать, как и все остальные международные институты, продвигающие американскую политику экономического экспансионизма и управляющие мировой экономикой.Как это водится у РИА, переведена только часть, поэтому некоторые моменты , упущенные РИА, переведу.Будет странно, если,читая Рона Пола, вы не увидите про ФРС и его аудит.МВФ не является единственной организацией, которая управляет мировой экономикой.Нам всем известно, в последние годы появился таинственный покупатель американских трежерис , который именуется "Бельгией", названный так потому,что операции идут через Бельгию. Особенность покупателя, именуемого "Бельгией" заключается в том,что через него осуществляются большие объемы продаж трежерис, если вдруг иностранное государство предпочитает их продать. Крупные объемы покупателя "Бельгия" появились в течении нескольких месяцев после введения ФРС программы количественного смягчения. Основные подозрения на фиктивность этих операций связаны с тем,что , несмотря на то,что продажи трежерис не согласованы с Правительством, они легко находят свой сбыт и , единственное, чем это можно объяснить , так это тем,что именно ФРС занимается скупкой гособлигаций. Проводимый ограниченный аудит ФРС в период финансового кризиса привел к тому,что ФРС активно вмешивается глобальные рынки.Для чего федеральное Правительство заключает соглашения с иностранными правительствами? Оно работает,чтобы выручить Грецию и ЕС? Или оно предпочитает действовать тайно, помогая американской внешней политике,финансируя нынешних союзников , по примеру американского союзника 80-х Саддама Хуссейна? Отсутствие прозрачности деловых отношений федерального правительства с зарубежными центральными банками и иностранными правительствами является еще одной причиной,почему Конгресс должен утвердить законопроект об аудите.Собирая деньги от американских налогоплательщиков,чтобы поддержать экономически слабые и коррумпированные правительства, МВФ, (аналогично ФРС), искажает рынок, обогащает коррумпированные правительства , тем самым неся вред как американским налогоплательщикам, так и жителям государств, которым МВФ оказывает "помощь".Настало время положить конец МВФ вместе с остальными инструментами американской интервенционистской  внешней политики.

01 ноября 2013, 16:09

Валютные свопы навсегда!

Шесть основных центральных банков мира заявили, что сделают соглашения о валютных свопах постоянными как "разумную поддержку ликвидности" на случай будущих глобальных финансовых трудностей. Банк Японии, Федеральная резервная система США, Европейский центральный Банк, Банк Англии и Центральные банки Канады и Швейцарии конвертируют "временные двусторонние своп соглашения" в постоянные договорённости, которые "будет оставаться в силе до дальнейшего уведомления". ... "Мы решили сделать их постоянными, чтобы избежать неопределённости, так как они истекали в феврале следующего года" - заявил Курода на пресс-конференции. "Мы не планируем расширить число своп-соглашений за пределы шести центральных банков". (Рейтер*) До 2011 г. неограниченные свопы между центробанками открывались на срок 7 дней. В декабре 2011 появились трёхмесячные свопы. Тогда ФРС поддержала LTRO-1 - первую эмиссию ЕЦБ в полтриллиона евро (Согласованная эмиссия: бомба!) трёхмесячными свопами на общую сумму в 100 млрд долл. Сложно представить, как упал бы курс, если бы избыточное евро вышло на валютный рынок при неизменном предложении долларовых объёмов. Спасибо ФРС... Поэтому декабрь 2011 года я считаю началом согласованной эмиссии. Смысл неограниченных своп-операций в том, что любые астрономические суммы могут проходить между центробанками, минуя валютный рынок. Поэтому эпоха независимых игроков, способных повлиять на курс одной из резервных валют ЦБ-6, завершена. Более того, завершена эпоха свободно-конвертируемых валют, потому что главным свойством СКВ есть свободное рыночное формирование курса. По сути, эта шестёрка резервных валют являет собой неофициальную глобальную валюту (подробнее: Согласованная эмиссия = глобальная валюта), колебания между составными которой ограничены коридором, о котором центробанки не хотят и не могут сообщить, ибо придётся признать существование сговора в обход правительств и парламентов. Разумеется, негласный коридор не может быть вечным, он подлежит коррекции время от времени - вероятно, с периодичностью полгода-год. Если бы внутри ЦБ-6 не было установленных коридоров, то начался бы хаос... Но произошло прогнозируемое - волатильность валют с 2011 года снизилась в разы.  Странам БРИКС следовало бы взять пример с ЦБ-6, отбросив бюрократически-непродуктивную идею собственной единой валюты - см. Оперативная программа обороны БРИКС в валютной войне - материал был републикован новостным агрегатором официального сайта МИД РФ. Фраза Куроды, что постоянные неограниченные свопы не выйдут за рамки ЦБ-6, говорит очень много: Китай, несмотря на многочисленные своп-соглашения (все они лимитированы) с другими центробанками, уже не войдёт в согласованную эмиссию с резервными валютами. Хотя некоторые подозрительные предпосылки для этого были. Фракция глобалистов (в том числе МВФ), выступающая за глобальную валюту (ГВ) на базе стран G-20, уступила ещё одну позицию фракции, продвигающей ГВ на базе валют ЦБ-6. В общем, если бы центробанки могли говорить прямо, то сказали бы так: "Печатаем вместе. Обесцениваемся вместе. Понадобится, тонуть будем тоже вместе. Если только нам не помешают маргиналы навроде венгерского Виктора Орбана, американского Рона Пола или французской Мари Ле Пен. _______________ * getlost - спасибо за сообщение.