On The Real News Network. with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the decadence of the ruling elite, the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms. "Après moi, le déluge"
Hedges asserts that the intellectual class serves the system--that allows those at the top to plunder the wealth from the rest of the population-- don't have a job.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
On The Real News Network. with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the decadence of the ruling elite, the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms. "Après moi, le déluge"
Friday, December 06, 2013
Is "Bankrupt" Detroit, in which "a judge [U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes] in Michigan ruled that the bankrupt city of Detroit can impose cuts to its municipal pension plans" the new paradigm for dealing with "municipal bankruptcy" for the rest of the US? Now remember the "fictional municipal corporation government called the “City of Detroit” bankruptcy is a huge lie! Of course there is no mention of what Clint Richardson refers to as "the legal crime operating behind these horrific scenes and reported in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)."
“In case you haven’t heard, municipal bankruptcy is now all the rage. When smaller municipal corporations (only corporations can declare bankruptcy) had little resistance as test cases for these outrageous claims of fraudulent bankruptcy and default, the larger municipalities gained the confidence that the financially illiterate cesspool of people as citizens don’t know there heads from a hole in the wall when it comes to the financial reporting apparatus of government. The people were determined to be sufficiently ignorant of even the basic checking account balance of the general fund in their local governments and school districts, let alone the massive collective government investment scam robbing them of the entirety of their wealth, making it reasonable to assume that these municipal corporation’s financial position would likely never be challenged by that clueless mass of the indentured. And so the latest trend of conspiracy and fraud against those debt-slaves continues… this time in the not so great City of Detroit.In other words, Detroit is a test case for the rest of the nation in the ongoing agenda of the predatory class to steal our wealth.
San Bernardino,, California, you're next.
“The ruling comes as a bankrupt California city, San Bernardino, edges closer to a possible legal showdown with CalPERS over the sanctity of public employee pensions. Although the decision in Detroit doesn’t directly affect what happens in San Bernardino, legal experts said it will strengthen the California city’s hand as it tries to reduce its multimillion-dollar pension obligations.
“In short, the Governor of the great corporate State of California is lying to his taxpayers through the act of omission of these CAFR facts, by only referring to a hand selected portion of that CAFR, which is called the State’s annual budget report. While this should be tried as perjury, the laws of the State/Federal government protect him from this ever happening.
To help in your understanding, let’s say that you were to have a checking account with $1,000 and a savings account with $10,000 in two different banks, and that you only reported to the government that you had $1,000 dollars as your net worth because you don’t want to use your savings account to pay bills (taxpayer obligations) to government. You’d be audited and put in a federal debtor’s prison. But for government, the simple designation of “non-governmental” or “non-taxpayer” income and investment returns allows them to hide all of this wealth from the people and the “Budget Report”, while never mentioning the funds and wealth in the CAFR report. The only difference is that government does this legally – because government makes its own laws!
Why do they do this?
The answer is simple, really… TO JUSTIFY THE CONTINUATION OF, THE RAISING OF, AND CREATION OF NEW TAXES!!!
Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (CalPERS) – $241,761,791,000
Public Employees’ Health Benefits Fund (CalPERS) – $1,866,877,000
State Teachers’ Retirement Fund (CalSTRS) – $155,345,815,000
Teachers’ Health Benefits Fund (CalSTRS) – $598,000
Deferred Compensation Fund – $9,365,582,000
Judges’ Retirement Fund (CalPERS) – $54,146,000
Judges’ Retirement Fund II (CalPERS) – $575,833,000
Legislators’ Retirement Fund (CalPERS) – $123,476,000
State Peace Officers’ and Firefighters’ Defined Contribution Plan Fund (CalPERS) - $499,873,000
Supplemental Contributions Program Fund (CalPERS) – $19,658,000
Other pension and other employee benefit trust funds – $10,117,000
TOTAL IN PENSION/EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUNDS = $409,623,766,000
“...for this is the lie that is propagated to the public about the nature of pension funds. I would suggest you watch my documentary, The Great Pension Fund Hoax for a detailed look at pension funds.
In reality, the 270 billion dollars that is invested in CalPERS and the 200 billion that is in CalSTRS pension funds has nothing to do with paying for benefits, which total about 9 billion each year.
Calpers made a 27 billion gain in its investment pool after all benefits were paid to employees and retirees. So do you still think that these assets as investment funds (pension funds) are “liabilities:? How can they be liabilities if they are making massive profits after all liabilities are paid???
The truth is that pension funds grab TAXPAYER money out of the taxpayer base in order to “match” or pay for pension obligations – laws created to steal money and put it in the pension system. For every employee of the State, more money gets exacted from the public to pay into the pension system.
But here is the kicker… the employee has no equity in that money! While he or she can quit or get fired and take back what he contributed to the fund, the entire taxpayer contribution stays in the fund, and the employee cannot touch it. millions and millions of federal and state employees, each one supported by taxpayer money, and some pension funds do not require employee contributions, only government (the people) fund them with taxmoney. Ive seen the ration of contribution from 100% matching of employee funds to 45oo% of matched employee funds from the tax base. The employer is government and government is funded by taxmoney.
Now, with that said, it is your perception that is the problem. You perceive the good intentions of the pension system, and don’t comprehend the true corporate nature of it. You find justification for the above to support “retirement”, even though the purpose of pension funds was to extract taxmoney and invest it worldwide to build up the entire global economy for which pension funds are the largest holder of stock. And you, who may or may not receive a pension, believe that I (who does not recieve a pension) should pay for those employees who do. Why should I pay tax money to support a pension system that does not benefit me in any way, shape, or form, and in fact harms me by consolidating power and wealth into government hands?
Finally, you should know that if (or when) States begin to declare bankruptcy, which in my opinion is part of the master plan to rape the people once again, the pension system for that State will be taken, and no employees will see any of that money for retirement. Remember, a “contribution” is literally the act of giving away your money voluntarily. You do not own the money you have contributed, and can only get it back if you live long enough (which the fund hopes you don’t) and if the corporation doesn’t go bankrupt.
Again, the pension fund balances are not liabilities. The fund does what is called projections to guess what future liabilities will be. But as of today, any funds within the pension fund are profit.
I hope this helps…
Saturday, November 30, 2013
At one time, approximately four centuries ago, prior to the Europeans arriving, there were anywhere from 19 to 100 million indigenous peoples populating the western hemisphere. By 1970, there were only 250,000. What happened to those people? They were systematically eliminated over hundreds of years.
Yet, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving, based on the mythological fantasy--created by American expansionists--of America, the "shining city upon a hill," who because of its special virtues, was destined to redeem and remake the west, and now, apparently, the world. According to former the Chairman of the Anthropology department at University of Connecticut, William B. Newell, Thanksgiving Day is historically based on gratitude for genocide.
“William B. Newell, a Penobscot Indian and former chairman of the Anthropology department at the University of Connecticut, says that the first official Thanksgiving Day celebrated the massacre of 700 Indian men, women and children during one of their religious ceremonies. "Thanksgiving Day" was first proclaimed by the Governor of the then Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637 to commemorate the massacre of 700 men, women and children who were celebrating their annual Green Corn Dance...Thanksgiving Day to the, "in their own house", Newell stated.Even before the concept of Manifest Destiny was put into words, it provided the justification for the largest genocide in history, which raises the question of why we focus so much on the holocaust that took place in Germany during WWII, and not at all on the holocaust that occurred right here, and continues on to the present. Could one of the reasons be that the remaining Native Americans aren't as well funded as the Jewish population? Maybe it's because Hitler applied much of what he learned about the way we dealt with the indigenous people in order to create Nazi Germany, as he did when he studied the plans of Bosque Redondo to design the concentration camps for Jews.
"Gathered in this place of meeting, they were attacked by mercenaries and English and Dutch. The Indians were ordered from the building and as they came forth were shot down, The rest were burned alive in the building-----The very next day the governor declared a Thanksgiving Day.....For the next 100 years, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a Governor was in honor of the bloody victory, thinking God that the battle had been won."
In June 1637 John Underhill slaughtered a pequot village in just the manner described above. Narranganset Indians were used as the mercenaries. Governor John Endicott of the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed the pequot war. A pequot chief of sachem named sassacus warred against the Dutch in 1633 over the death of his father. The pequot made no distinction between the Dutch and the English. The Underhill massacre was witnessed and documented by William Branford and an engraving was made illustration the massacre.
The Jamestown Colony may be the source for the tradition of Indians under the leadership of Powhaton joining with early settlers for a dinner and helping those settlers through the winter. There were no pilgrims of puritans at Jamestown, however. The present Thanksgiving may therefore be a mixture of the tradition of the Jamestown dinner and the commemoration of the Pequot massacre.
The celebration of Thanksgiving as an official holiday possibly roots in the Pequot massacre, while the imagery is of Jamestown with pilgrims, images misused. ”
After all, Joanelle Romero, who began putting this film (below), narrated by Ed Asner, together in 1995, originally intended it to be 90 minutes, but due to a lack of funding, this 29 minute version, released in 2001, is all that's been completed, and is quite possibly the only film of its kind.
“ Hitler's concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America's extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.
He was very interested in the way the Indian population had rapidly declined due to epidemics and starvation when the United States government forced them to live on the reservations. He thought the American government's forced migrations of the Indians over great distances to barren reservation land was a deliberate policy of extermination. Just how much Hitler took from the American example of the destruction of the Indian nations is hard to say; however, frightening parallels can be drawn. For some time Hitler considered deporting the Jews to a large 'reservation' in the Lubin area where their numbers would be reduced through starvation and disease." -- John Toland, Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography p. 202
“All the societies in the Americas, with very few exceptions, were built on genocide, on the blood of the indigenous people. People were wiped out… We live under a state of systemic racism. In the United States and Canada you can’t have open discrimination against us anymore such as they had 30-40 years ago but we are still not viewed as equals in these societies and we are not treated as equals, and we are still seen by the vast majority of the people here, because of lack the lack of education, as people that came from barbarous tribes, savage tribes and not as people who came from civilized a community.” -- Dr. Daniel N. Paul, a Mi’kmaq Elder and an Indian HistorianLinks:
THE SUPPRESSED SPEECH OF WAMSUTTA (FRANK B.) JAMES, WAMPANOAG: To have been delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1970
United Native America
American Indian Library Association
Gathering of Nations
The American Indian Heritage Foundation
Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Will America ever learn the truth of what happened that tragic day, 50 years ago? No, at least not in our lifetime, because, increasingly, reporting the truth, and/or the pursuit of truth is considered treason. History is handed down to us by the privileged classes, who are not only its authors, but the keeper of all important records. They, the privileged class, keep us immobilized as citizens by creating and maintaining a state of confusion where anything can be believed but nothing can be known for sure. That's precisely the kind of environment that was created right after the assassination of JFK.
Desipte the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collections Act of 1992, there are more than 50,000 pages of documents regarding the assassination in the national archives yet to be released solely because the CIA doesn't want them released. So should we automatically assume the CIA killed John F. Kennedy? Not entirely. Remember that state of confusion they like to create? Well, there were plenty of different factions of government, industry, and even amongst nations, who had "good" reason, albeit, different reasons, for wanting Kennedy dead. You see, JFK was killed in order to change the direction of the nation on more than a few important policies.
The CIA, no doubt, had plenty of reason. They were furious over Kennedy pulling the plug on the Bay of Pigs, for the firing of Allen Dulles, for threatening to destroy the agency completely, not to mention, his strong desire to end the Vietnam war. Then you have those pesky Texas oil billionaires who did not like Kennedy’s policy concerning oil depletion allowance. Then you have organized crime who believed Kennedy had betrayed them after all the help they had given him to get elected. And what about Israel, who was furious that Kennedy refused to allow them to acquire nuclear weapons? And finally, members of the Federal Reserve who were very angry over Kennedy’s executive order 11110, which put $4.5 billion in currency into circulation to power commerce without accruing interest to the private central bank. In other words, re-established the Treasury’s power to print money. The assassination occurred 5 months after JFK signed EO 11110.
Executive Order 11,110When you have overlapping agendas by multiple powerful institutional self-interests, they will all cooperate to make it happen, and that is exactly what happened. Though we'll probably never know the details, the truth is that all of these powers contributed, either directly or indirectly, in a very compartmentalized operation (need-to-know basis), giving everyone involved plausible deniability concerning both the assassination plot and subsequent coverup.
AMENDMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10289 AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN FUNCTIONS AFFECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
By virtue of the authority vested in me by section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code, it is ordered as follows:
Section 1. Executive Order No. 10289 of September 19, 1951, as amended, is hereby further amended-
By adding at the end of paragraph 1 thereof the following subparagraph (j): (j) The authority vested in the President by paragraph (b) of section 43 of the Act of May 12,1933, as amended (31 U.S.C.821(b)), to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury not then held for redemption of any outstanding silver certificates, to prescribe the denomination of such silver certificates, and to coin standard silver dollars and subsidiary silver currency for their redemption and—
By revoking subparagraphs (b) and (c) of paragraph 2 thereof. Sec. 2. The amendments made by this Order shall not affect any act done, or any right accruing or accrued or any suit or proceeding had or commenced in any civil or criminal cause prior to the date of this Order but all such liabilities shall continue and may be enforced as if said amendments had not been made.
John F. Kennedy
The White House, June 4, 1963.
In the following videos, Peter Janney, author of Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, whose father was a high-level CIA official involved in the death of JFK's mistress (the last two yeras of his life), Mary Pinochot Meyer, reveals "hidden facts and dark official secrets" which resulted in the assassination and cover up of JFK, not to mention, the subsequent assassination of the love of his life.
“Vulnerability isn't necessarily a sign of weakness. Very often, it's the emerging strength of a healing heart crying out for connection. - Peter Janney,
Disappearing Witnesses: Over 100 murders, suicides and mysterious deaths - the strange fate of those who saw Kennedy shot
The Death Of John Kennedy: Convenient Deaths
Saturday, November 23, 2013
While the FDA is busy attacking legitimate companies like Blue Diamond for making truthful claims about walnuts, based on hard science, companies like PhotoMedex-Radiancy [PHMD], manufacturer of no!no! Hair Removal System engages in an extraordinarily heavy campaign of national television and Internet advertising to promote the sale of this product, making false claims, supposedly supported by science and research in order to rob decent people of their time and money.
“As Radiancy documents submitted in court show, Radiancy deliberately engaged in a massive advertising campaign based on bogus claims lacking any scientific basis, including knowingly false claims that the no!no! "provides an effect similar to what lasers accomplish in the dermatologist office"; produces "laser-like results"; is "like laser and IPL [intense pulsed light] treatments, the heat gradually disrupts the hair growth cycle." Mimicking medical laser claims, Radiancy claimed that the no!no! Hair provided "up to 94% reduction in hair re-growth", allowed users to "get rid of unwanted hair and keep it gone" and "have a life of freedom from hair." As Radiancy admitted in papers filed with the court shortly before the settlement, it has dropped all such claims as a result of Tria's lawsuit.In these hard-to-avoid infomercials, the aforementioned company declares that no!no! not only slows down hair regrowth, it actually helps keep it from growing back. It asserts that the use of their product results in “up to 94% less hair regrowth with no pain, no mess, no stress,” when it's an outright lie. Not only that, according to thousands of customer complaints, they refuse to honor their 60-day return policy unless the customer has the wherewithal to devote all of their time and effort to the refund, or the customer threatens with legal action.
Now, the manufacturer has not submitted these so-called "studies" about the use and efficacy of its product to the FDA and despite the fact that these blatantly unsupported claims are designed to mislead and deceive consumers into buying this expensive and ineffective, and even potentially dangerous product, the FDA ignores them.
In fact, a blinded, controlled, prospective clinical study by the Department of Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Otolaryngology, out of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, found that the no!no! Hair Removal System is no more effective than shaving with a razor.
“CONCLUSIONS: Relative to shaving, the hot-wire (no!no!) device does not produce lessened hair density, decreased hair re-growth rate, greater duration of effect, nor induce changes in hair thickness and color. We conclude that the hot-wire device does not offer any benefit as compared to shaving.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Life Extension Magazine published 57 articles about the health benefits of walnuts, so Diamond Foods included the scientific data about those health benefits on their website, however, they provided this information without
Big Pharma FDA approval. How dare they! Anyway, the FDA, totally ignoring the science, proceeded to send the company a warning letter stating that they must file a drug application in order to continue selling walnuts, threatening them with government seizure or injunction.
“Ingesting nuts used to be considered unhealthy because of their high fat content. This misconception has changed over the past 18 years as human studies have revealed sharply reduced incidence of heart disease in those who consume walnuts.1-12Keep in mind, the FDA allows potato chip manufacturers to claim heart-healthy benefits, not to mention, walnuts aren’t the only food whose health benefits the FDA has tried to suppress. The bottom line is the FDA targets only those foods that really do benefit health, while allowing artery-clogging, obesity-creating foods to claim any kind of "health benefits" they want. In other words, the FDA is basically a whore for Big Pharma and the agrichemical companies like DuPont and Monsanto.
Unlike some nuts, walnuts provide a unique blend of polyunsaturated fatty acids (including omega-3s), along with nutrients like gamma-tocopherol that have demonstrated heart health benefits.13-24
The March 4, 1993, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published the first clinical study showing significant reductions in dangerous LDL and improvement in the lipoprotein profile in response to moderate consumption of walnuts.14 Later studies revealed that walnuts improve endothelial function in ways that are independent of cholesterol reduction.1, 25-27
One study published by the American Heart Association journal Circulation on April 6, 2004, showed a 64% improvement in a measurement of endothelial function when walnuts were substituted for other fats in a Mediterranean diet.
Update: I had not realized I posted about this (below) previously, in 2011.
Isn't it funny how the FDA has no problem approving substances like aspartame that's responsible for more complaints to the FDA than any other additive considering that 75% of grievances to the FDA are the result of this highly toxic ingredient...an ingredient that the FDA lists 92 symptoms for, including brain tumors and death! Yet, wants to outlaw walnuts? Does anyone get the idea that the FDA may be trying to outlaw healthy immune systems?
But why would they want to harm we, the people? Well, it's not so much the desire to harm us, as it is their #1 priority to ensure Big Profits for Big Pharma, Big Agriculture and Big Chemical. Remember, they're people, too...far more important then the flesh and blood kind of people like us.
In July, Natural News reported that the FDA "quietly unleashed a regulatory scheme that, if fully implemented, could ban virtually all dietary supplements in the USA that were formulated after 1994".
Which brings us to walnuts are drugs. Yep, you read that right. Why? Because Blue Diamond wants to declare walnuts heart-healthy, so, the FDA says, "walnut products are drugs", and must be regulated as such.
FDA letter to "Blue Diamonds"
"Your walnut products are drugs...they may not legally marketed ...in the United States without an approved new drug application."Two words to watch out for: Codex Alimentarius which was created in 1963 by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO. Sounds innocent enough, right? Well, I'm sure it was until the pharmaceutical industry infiltrated. Now, it appears to be the propaganda arm of the international pharmaceutical industry. In other words, Codex alimentarius is one of the major entities behind the effort to take away our access to nutritional products and information.
Wasn't it Henry Kissinger who said, "Control oil and you control nations, control food and you control the people"? Well, it looks as if these words were more of an agnda, than merely a statement.
Natural Solutions Foundation is a “network of networks” created to disseminate the facts, challenges and triumphs in our shared battle to protect, preserve and defend our right to make our own health choices based on what we, not the government, believe are the best choices for ourselves.
Harvard study shows that nuts may reduce risk of death
“Nut eaters were 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease, 10 percent less likely to die from cancer, and 20 percent less likely to die from diabetes as well as lung diseases. The study found that nut eaters enjoyed longer lifespans even if they did not exercise, avoided fruits and vegetables, and were overweight.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|The cask containing 22 fuel rods at the No. 4 reactor building |
is moved from the reactor building to another building where
a common fuel pool is located at the tsunami-crippled TEPCO's
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture,
But as workers have begun the tricky but essential task of removing fuel rods from one of the reactor units there, a local ABC news outlet (Los Angeles CA) actually reported on the enormous danger that Fukushima poses to the USA, especially to the west coast.
“Fukushima is an enormous problem that's getting bigger.
Nuclear Engineer Dr. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, confirmed that ocean currents are carrying the radioactive water to the West Coast.
"There are several hundred tons of radioactive water that are pouring into the ocean at the site every day," Makhijani said.
"Fukushima is potentially the biggest ticking time bomb in human history. The damaged plant is in no condition to withstand another massive earthquake or tsunami. The original 19-foot sea wall was shattered when the tsunami struck and provided little protection. The tsunami flooded the plant, cut off power, and the meltdown was underway.[...]
“Just last week, Dr. David Suzuki, one of Canada's top environmental scientists, stunned the audience when he described what will happen if a massive quake did hit today.However, even though this report dares to go where other mainstream outlets dare not, it still distorts the facts, whether as a result of omission or commission, leaving the informed reader dubious of the author/network's intention.
"It's bye bye Japan, and everybody on the West Coast of North America should evacuate," Suzuki said. "Now if that isn't terrifying, I don't know what is."
For instance, we're told that the radioactive isotopes will dilute, when, in fact, they are incapable of diluting, not to mention, they tend to stay within a particular, circular current that runs between Japan and the west coast of North America/Canada. Not to mention, they omit the process of bioaccumulation, how radiation exposure increases through the food chain. Radioactive particles in organisms at the bottom of the food chain are eaten by larger organisms, who concentrate it even more, and so on.
Moreover, both the Japanese and US governments have increased the "safe" limits, once again, in reaction to the Fukushima meltdown.
Fukushima's crippled reactors: the risky plan to move fuel rods
Japanese governor calls out TEPCO for ‘institutionalized lying’
Whirled Peas commented:
"Nuclear power plants pose an unacceptable risk to the world..
The fact that the risk hasn’t shown up often in the 55 years of nuclear energy leads some people to naively believe that all that is required to make it safe is just a little more research, better buildings, air-tight systems, and well-trained personnel, more support for university nuclear engineering departments. But no matter how many improvements and fail-safes are built into a reactor, there will always be a risk of failure — there are always material and human limitations. And when the failure does show up, the results have widespread disastrous consequences.
The Japanese people have great patience, perseverance, and drive. Their country has always been prone to natural disasters and yet they have quickly recovered from them in the past. If the Fukushima residents had experienced “only” an earthquake and tsunami, they’d be well on their way to rebuilding their cities and re-establishing their businesses. I have no doubt about that. It is the threat of radiation, the problems with clean up, and the quarantine of entire areas that have made life a living nightmare for the population. The nuclear disaster has made people powerless to get on with their lives. And just think of the amount of money it’s taken to evacuate people long term and to do the clean up? The risk has shown up, and it is unacceptable.
First Fuel Rods Plucked From Tsunami-Damaged Fukushima Plant
Uncertainties abound in Fukushima decommissioning
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Is the response to the 2008 financial meltdown a band-aid fix that "punished none of the financial abusers, propped up the major culprits at the expense of consumers and taxpayers, and brought us closer to an even worse disaster?" That is the question radio host Thom Hartmann, author of “The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do to Stop It,” answers on NPR's show, The Takeaway..
Hartmann claims the crash of 2008, that really began in 2006 when housing started to collapse, is still ongoing, despite the over-the-top performance of the stock market. Millions of people have fallen out of the middle class since the 1980s, including 700,000 in the last couple of years, driving wealth inequality to an all time high. These enormous concentrations of wealth are not being used productively in the economy as they are invested internationally and stored in Swiss bank accounts.
One of the main problems is that banking has replaced manufacturing as the fundamental impetus of our economy, yet it creates no wealth, not to mention, Glass-Steagall Act (1933) has never been replaced so the banks are still gambling with our deposits. Then there is the the quantitative easing program that's devaluing our currency more and more every day. Half of the program is buying toxic securities--junk--from the banks to the tune of $35-$40 billion per month. That is they're buying junk left on the books of the banks left over from the unregulated derivatives market that Phil Gramm created in 1999 and 2000 when the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act of 1999 was passed and even more importantly, the Commodities Futures Modernization Act (CFMA) a law that opened the door to unregulated trading of credit default swaps, the financial instruments blamed, for the 2008 economic meltdown. The passing of this Act catapulted the derivatives market to $800 trillion in 2008! (Keep in mind, the GDP of the entire planet is $65 trillion.) Right after the crash in 2008, It fell to $500 trillion, but according to the Bank of International Settlements it's back up to $800 trillion!
Since the wheels of commerce started to spin, there's always been some sort of commodities futures market in play, where farmers and merchants could lock in on actual physical things--pork bellies, wheat, oil, etc.--in advance at a fixed price. Up until 2000, the commodities futures market ran through the Chicago Board of Trade and has always been transparent. For example, airlines could hedge their bets by buying futures in oil. With the CFMA it became possible to make these kind of bets on the non-physical, and it became possible to make bets on bets on bets. In other words, they've created an economy that has absolutely no value!
Monday, November 18, 2013
It's important to know Big Pharma's "crimes against humanity" history, because that history fostered the chemical-based drug treatment basis for our "orthodox" healthcare system today. The industry claims that their aim is finding medical truth, and that may be true; nevertheless, publicizing that truth, once found, if that truth entails inexpensive solutions or remedies, will not happen for obvious reasons. There is nothing Big Pharma likes more than chronic illness, for which they can produce chronic palliative costly treatments that make the patient chronically dependent on them.
Which brings me to the seldom, if ever, publicized human pathogen: mycoplasmas. They are the smallest free-living bacteria that can assume multiple shapes including round, pear shaped and even filamentous forms because they lack a cell wall. This makes it possible for them to pass through filters used to remove bacteria; and hide inside the cell from our immune system, as well as from common antibiotics, all the while interfering with the cell machinery. Because mycoplasmas have lost most of their genetic material; a strict dependence on the host for nutrients and refuge determines its ability to survive and grow.
“Because certain species of the mycoplasma have an absolute growth requirement for the up-take of pre-formed sterols, including cholesterol they can cause the ‘spontaneous degeneration’ of the cells that they invade. If they do not cause sufficient damage to kill the cell, they at least compromise its capacity to defend itself from other disease agents, such as those which present as Kaposi’s sarcoma, pneumoniae carinii pneumonia, lymphadenopathy, and so on.” Donald W. Scott and William L.C. Scott,
“From its inception, the biowarfare program was characterized by continuing in-depth review and participation by the most eminent scientists, medical consultants, industrial experts and government officials, and it was classified Top Secret. The US Public Health Service also closely followed the progress of biological warfare research and development from the very start of the program, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States were working with the military in weaponising these diseases. These are diseases that have existed for thousands of years, but they have been weaponized—which means they’ve been made more contagious and more effective. And they are spreading.” Donald W. ScottCurrently, Dr. Alan Cantwell is one of the most well-known popular proponents of the link between cancer and bacteria. He has written numerous articles and books on the subject after he isolated and reported cell wall deficient bacteria in breast cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma and Hodgkin’s disease. He states,
”If a disease like cancer is indeed caused by microscopic bacteria, it would indicate physicians have been unable to see what was quite plain for some nineteenth and twentieth century scientists to observe using simple light microscopy."Eventually, constantly under intense criticism, Cantwell was ostracized by many in the medical profession.
AIDS and Mycoplasma: The Crime Beyond Belief
The Journal of Degenerative Diseases (pictured above) and co-founder of the Common Cause Medical Research Foundation, reveals the true and hidden story of weaponized mycoplasma and the protracted creation of AIDS by governments and private corporations. part 1 of a series drawn from the 90 min. talk given at the 9th annual conference, Sudbury, Ontario (Aug 29-31, 2008). JODD (Journal of Degenerative Disease); Box 133 Station B; Sudbury Ontario; Canada P3E4N5 $25/year
Fluid Mosaic Model Membrane
The Linking Pathogen in Neurosystemic Diseases
Mycoplasmas Stealth Pathogens
Campaign for Truth in Medicine
Institute for Molecular Medicine
Thursday, November 14, 2013
“Mr. Peyro put his life on the line for the United States of America time after time. He is directly responsible for approximately 50 criminal convictions of upper echelon cartel members, as well as the removal of huge quantities of drugs from the streets of this country….There is no question that Americans are some of the most naive people on the planet. In fact, even non-Americans are naive when it comes to the subject of the USA. A little naiveté is a good thing because without it no-one would attempt anything, but too much, and you're a sitting duck.
Perhaps, I'm a bit too naive because I truly believe that most of us do the best we can, given our circumstances, but holding onto the credulous expectation of people doing right, especially of those in power--anywhere in the world, including America--can be very dangerous to one's health. Those in positions of influence have been, according to their own definition, "successful" within the system, so, of course, have an interest in maintaining the status quo at all costs. We give these people decision-making abilities who are growing increasingly remote, as local council power is removed to national government and even to international government.
But when I inform others of what's really going on behind the scenes, of the profit-before-people motivation of our decision/policy-makers, I'm often told that even if what I'm saying is true, there is nothing you or I can do to solve this problem that's plagued mankind for centuries, because the powers that want to continue have all of the wealth and power at their fingertips while the rest of us are just barely getting by. To a point, I agree. However, no-one can convince me that ignorance is bliss as it makes us vulnerable should we be unlucky enough to get caught up in the system. Many veterans can testify to the dangers of ignorance and/or naive and senseless hope based on the unawareness of the fact that all war--including the "war on drugs"--is merely a pursuit to preserve power and wealth, a redistribution schemes to finance the lifestyles of the elites. In other words, blind trust, and/or willful nescience only makes you part of the problem at the very least, and at most, can put you at great risk as you will see from the example below.
Many--unfortunately, not even close to most-- of us are aware of what happens to the enlisted. After putting their lives on the line, for what they're told is our freedom, they suffer grave consequences. If our troops are lucky enough to make it home, they confront another battle: the tangled bureaucratic web of chaos while at the same time, trying to find work in an unstable economy that is very leery of hiring veterans. All of it, to line the already lined pockets of ruling class. Then there are the "veterans" of the equally fraudulent "war on drugs." Not a pretty picture for anyone who gets caught up in it.
Take former ICE informant, Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro, employed as a "Mexican federal cop who worked for a top lieutenant (Humberto Santillan Tabares) of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug organization in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the early to mid-2000s" who is suing US prosecutors and federal agents as well as several county sheriffs and detention-facility officials (include past and present employees of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Marshals Service and various county sheriffs in Texas and Minnesota and some of the most powerful US prosecutors in Texas) for conspiring to silence him in an effort to cover up their role in the "House of Death" murders in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. Yes, this man trusted the U.S. government enough to risk his life several times over, and for his loyalty and effort, was severely punished. The lawsuit is sealed but Narco News was able to obtain pleadings from the case.
“In affidavits linked here and here,filed in prior litigation related to the House of Death murders, Fielden and former ICE Special Agent in Charge Giovanni Gaudioso, (also named as a defendant in the current case) each contend they did nothing improper in the handling of Ramirez Peyro as an informant and also stress that they had no prior knowledge of any of the murders carried out at the House of Death in Juarez.Ramirez Peyro oversaw--assuring the house was opened whenever Santillan wanted a murder carried out, as well as being responsible for overseeing the burial of the bodies--the infamous House of Death, the site of multiple gruesome torture/murders. Between August 2003 and January 2004, Peyro "informed his US government handlers about subsequent murders at the House of Death, often in advance of them taking place."
“Both ICE and the US Department of Justice had knowledge of these executions, both through the tapped cell phones and the information provided by [Ramirez Peyro],” the lawsuit alleges. “After each such execution, [Ramirez Peyro] and Raul Benecomo asked for the operation to be terminated and for arrests to be made. However [Ramirez Peyro] was instructed to continue his undercover work.”
In 2004, after the House of Death was exposed, Peyro was put in protective custody. and then placed in an isolation unit at a detention facility in Texas “under the guise of a material witness” for the pending Santillan trial that never took place due to the US Attorney cutting a deal with VCF cell-leader Santillan. But Peyro was not released. Instead, US prosecutors and agents kept him in prison "under threat of deporting his wife and children — who had been given temporary visas to stay in the US and who would have faced certain death at the hands of VCF operatives if sent back to Mexico."
“In May 2005, after Sutton’s plea deal with Santillan was inked, the US government initiated deportation proceedings against Ramirez Peyro — who also faced the prospect of certain torture and murder by VCF assassins upon his return to Mexico.So for risking his life and helping the U.S. government, Peyro was severely punished instead of rewarded, spending six years in prison, mostly in isolation. Why? In an effort to cover up the complicity of the government in the House of Death murders.
From Ramirez Peyro’s legal pleadings:
“ … Sutton, Gaudioso, Fielden, Leachman, Durbin [and other defendants] entered into a conspiracy to cover up the fact that they not only knew about the murders [at the House of Death in Juarez], but were listening in on devices provided to [Ramirez Peyro] by Defendants for that purpose, and to cover up the fact that they had instructed [Ramirez Peyro] to continue his work with full knowledge that he had been assigned to maintain the "House of Death" where executions on behalf of the Juarez Cartel [the VCF] were occurring.
…Fielden, Sutton, Gaudioso, Leachman and Durbin decided that if [Ramirez Peyro] was allowed to testify truthfully at the Santillan trial, that they would be implicated in the murders and that ICE … had knowledge, both before and after the fact, that individuals were being executed and buried by the Juarez Cartel at the "House of Death."
… Sutton, Gaudioso, Fielden, Leachman and Durbin hatched a conspiracy to cover up the House of Death murders.
… Sutton, Gaudioso, Fielden, Leachman and Durbin conspired to enter [into] a plea deal with Santillan so his matter did not go to trial.
During the five years after the Santillan plea deal, Ramirez Peyro was kept imprisoned by US officials while facing deportation proceedings. Ultimately, Ramirez Peyro prevailed, and was released from prison in April 2010 after securing a temporary deferral of removal under United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) due to the credible threat to his life should he be deported to Mexico.
[Ramirez Peyro] was moved from one county detention facility to another, including Wilson County Jail in Floresville, Texas; Midland County Central Detention Center in Midland, Texas; Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota; and Sherburne County Jail in Elk River, Minnesota [and ultimately the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in New York], and each of which he was sequestered in SHUs [Special Housing Units].
[Ramirez Peyro] … at each of the county detention facilities, was held in total isolation from other prisoners, deprived of his family, friends, and the outside world under conditions far more stringent than necessary.
… Said conditions did not affect any legitimate purpose of ensuring his testimony or protecting [Ramirez Peyro] from potential assassins or serve any other legitimate purpose.
… During the period [Ramirez Peyro] was confined in said county facilities, he had no access to a phone, no access to television or newspapers, was deprived of access to soap and other elementary means of sanitation, was housed in a tiny cell sometimes up to 23 hours a day, with a floor contaminated by feces and urine, and his hands and ankles were chained and shackled to his waist any time he was outside his cell.
… Each time that [Ramirez Peyro], who had no charges, criminal or otherwise, filed or pending against him, was transferred from one facility to another, his feet were shackled together, his hands were shackled to his waist, he was accompanied by at least 10 federal agents, was moved in the middle of the night, with lights and sirens on the vehicle he was transported in, and with escort vehicles closing traffic. If he traveled by airplane, it was on a private plane owned by the US government.