Inflation is a TAX / A Regressive tax on the poor!
Seven years of extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimuli are proving ineffective towards achieving the growth and inflation targets laid out by the Federal Reserve. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Producer Price Index (PPI) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have all failed to grow over 2%. This is because asset prices, at these unjustified and unsustainable levels, need massive and ever increasing amounts of QE (new money creation) to stave off the gravitational forces of deflation. Fittingly, it isn’t much of a mystery that the major U.S. averages have gone nowhere since QE officially ended in October of 2014.
According to the highly accurate Atlanta Fed model, GDP for Q3 will be reported at an annual growth rate of just 0.9%. And things don’t appear to be getting any better for those who erroneously believe growth comes from inflation: September core retail sales fell 0.1%, PPI month over month (M/M) was down 0.5% and year over year (Y/Y) was down 1.1%. CPI was down 0.2% M/M and the Y/Y headline level was unchanged.
While the deflation effect from plummeting oil prices wears off by years-end, there is no reason to believe the same deflationary forces that sent oil and other commodities down to the Great Recession lows won’t start to spill over to the other components, such as housing and apparel, inside the inflation basket. This would especially be true if the Fed continued threatening to raise interest rates and driving the U.S. dollar higher.
Central banks and governments can always produce any monetary environment they desire. It is a fallacy to believe that deflation is harder to fight than inflation. Deflation is currently viewed as harder to fight because the policies needed to create monetary inflation have not yet been fully embraced-although this is changing rapidly.
The Fed just can’t seem to grasp why its newly minted $3.5 trillion since 2008 hasn’t filtered through the economy. But this is simply because debt-disabled consumers were never allowed to deleverage and markets were never allowed to fully clear.
But the Fed isn’t one to let the truth get in the way of its Keynesian story. And why should it? Financial crisis is the mother’s milk of increased central bank power. For example, before the last financial crisis the Fed was unable to buy mortgaged back securities; rules were then changed to allow it to purchase unlimited quantities of distressed mortgage debt. The Fed is perversely empowered to continue making greater mistakes, thus yielding them greater authority over financial institutions and markets.
Since 2008 the rules and regulations fettering Central Banks have become more malleable depending on the level economic distress. Congress has mandated that the Fed can not directly participate in Treasury auctions. But there is no reason to believe in the near future that this law won’t be changed to better accommodate fiscal spending.
Strategies such as: pushing interest rates into negative territory, outlawing cash, and sending electronic credits directly into private bank accounts may appear more palatable in the midst of market distress. The point is that Central Banks and governments can produce either monetary condition of inflation or deflation if the necessary powers have been allocated.
In the Fed’s most recent dot plot (a chart displaying voting member’s expectations of future rates) the Minneapolis Fed’s Kocherlakota was mocked as the outlier for placing his interest rate dot below zero. However, persistent bad economic news has quickly driven the premise of negative rates into the mainstream. Ben Bernanke told Bloomberg Radio that despite having the “courage to act” with counterfeiting trillions of dollars, he thought other unconventional issues (such as negative interest rates) would have adverse effects on money market funds. However, anemic growth in the U.S., Europe and China over the past few years has now changed his mind on the subject.
Supporting this notion, the president of the New York Fed, William Dudley recently told CNBC, “Some of the experiences [in Europe] suggest maybe can we use negative interest rates and the costs aren’t as great as you anticipate.” Indeed, over in Euroland, ECB President Draghi hinted recently that the current 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) level of QE would soon be increased, its duration would be extended and deposit rates may be headed further into negative territory.
Statements such as these have me convinced that negative interest rates in the U.S. are likely to be the next desperate move by our Federal Reserve to create growth off the back of inflation. After all, the Fed is overwhelmingly concerned with the increase in the value of the dollar. Keeping pace with other central banks in the currency debasement derby is of paramount importance. Outlawing physical currency and granting Ms. Yellen the ability to directly monetize Treasury debt and assets held by the public outside of the banking system could also be on the menu if negative rates don’t achieve her inflation mandates.
Instead of repenting from the fiscal and monetary excesses that led to the Great Recession the conclusions reached by government are: debt and deficits are too low, asset prices aren’t rising fast enough, Central Banks didn’t force interest rates down low enough or long enough, banks aren’t lending enough, consumers are saving too much and their purchasing power and standard of living isn’t falling fast enough.
The quest of governments to produce perpetually rising asset prices is creating inexorably rising public and private debt levels. The inability to generate inflation and growth targets from the “conventional” channels of interest rate manipulation and the piling up of excess reserves are leading central banks to come up with more desperate measures.
We can see more clearly where Keynesian central bankers are headed by listening to NY Times columnist Paul Krugman’s suggestions for Japan to escape its third recession since 2012. He recently avowed that Japan needs much more aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus to escape its “liquidity trap” and “too-low” rate of inflation. However, his spurious argument overlooks that the Bank of Japan is already printing 80 trillion yen each year, its Federal Debt is spiraling north of 250% of GDP, and the annual deficits are currently 8% of GDP.
Here it is in his own words:
“What Japan needs (and the rest of us may well be following the same path) is really aggressive policy, using fiscal and monetary policy to boost inflation, and setting the target high enough that it’s sustainable. How high should Japan set its inflation target…it’s really, really hard to believe that 2 percent inflation would be high enough.”
You see! According to this revered Keynesian economic expert if what you’ve already done in a big way hasn’t worked all you need to do is much more of the same.
Unfortunately, Krugman and his merry band of arrogant Keynesian haters of free markets represent the conscious of global governments and central bankers. What they indeed are creating is a perfect recipe for massive money supply growth and economic chaos. Therefore, if these strategies are followed, it will inevitably lead to a worldwide inflationary depression. And this is why having a gold allocation in your portfolio is becoming increasingly more necessary.
Originally posted on Pentoport.com.
“We are going to ask for explanations, because the GPS coordinates of the district’s hospital and other infrastructure had been transmitted to the coalition to make sure there was no problem,” Laurent Sury, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Paris told RIA Novosti.
Sury said that Monday night MSF’s hospital was targeted by airstrikes six times, adding that only the coalition is capable of conducting airstrikes. The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside, including medical supplies. Several people were moderately injured. Two bombs did not explode and have remained in the territory of the facility.
The Saudi-led coalition launched its anti-Houthi campaign in March 2015 in response to the ‘Ansar Allah’ Houthi movement capturing large territories of Yemen, including Sanaa, the capital, and the second-largest city, the port of Aden. The Saudi-led large-scale campaign has been recently under fire over civilian deaths. More than 2,300 civilians have been killed in the campaign in the last six months, according to the UN. According to the UN children’s agency UNICEF, the operation has caused the deaths of 505 children.
One of the worst attacks occurred in al-Wahijah village in Taiz province, when at least 135 people, mostly women and children, were killed in an airstrike on a wedding party last month. The coalition denied responsibility for the tragedy.
Killer cops throughout America operate unaccountably – agents of wealth, power and privilege exclusively, rampaging against ordinary people ruthlessly, mostly victimized Blacks and Latinos.
Fatalities at their hands are on track to exceed 1,000 this year – more than double phony FBI reported numbers.
Official “justifiable homicides” are cold-blood murder in the vast majority of cases. Victims tell no tales, only witnesses when available.
Evidence is overwhelming. US streets are battlegrounds, Black and Latino youths prime targets, suffering disproportionately, victimized by racist injustice. State-sponsored criminality rages at home and abroad. Corpses piling up attest to America’s ruthlessness.
Not according to Obama. On Tuesday, he addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Chicago – representing 16,000 members in 94 countries, saying:
“…I want to start by saying on behalf of the American people – thank you. This country is safer because of your efforts.”
“…I want to be as clear as I can be. I reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and communities that they serve. I reject a storyline that says when it comes to public safety there’s an ‘us’ and a ‘them…’ “
“Because your work and your service really has helped make America safer than it’s been in decades, and that’s something for which every American should be proud.”
Hard facts disprove his litany of Big Lies. US police are oppressors, not public servants. They protect the rights of powerful monied interests at the expense of society’s most vulnerable.
They’re militarized from Pentagon-supplied weapons and equipment – more brutal than ever, waging daily war on persecuted communities.
Gitmo in Chicago is Exhibit A. A few miles west of where I live is ground zero for some of the most disturbing police practices – occurring in an off-the-books, unidentified, nondescript warehouse.
Lawlessly arrested and detained, mostly Black victims are isolated, denied access to lawyers for a day or more, and tortured during secret interrogations. Innocence in no defense.
The facility is a few miles from where Obama spoke, mindless of the horrors inside, committed by Chicago’s “finest.” Killer cops nationwide “make America safer,” he said.
“Each fallen police officer is one too many,” he blustered, ignoring their thousands of victims – non-people denied justice, casualties of US barbarism, killer cops operating solely as agents of power and privilege.
Obama promised them more federal aid and support, saying “in my federal budget proposal, I’ve asked Congress to increase funding for the COPS program (a Justice Department community policing initiative) so we can hire even more police officers and make sure you have the training and equipment you need.”
He failed to explain it’s to terrorize vulnerable communities more than ever, mostly Black and Latino ones. Instead he concluded, saying “good police work (reflects) America at its best…May God protect our cops.”
Who serves their victims? Why is nothing done about justice denied them? Who’ll hold police state ruthlessness accountable?
Governments oppressing their citizens are tyrannical. America mocks the principles it claims to support.
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WHAT BOTH HILLARY AND THE GOP ARE COVERING UP ABOUT LIBYA It Was Never About Security or Human Rights
Via WHO WHAT WHY
Congressional Republicans were desperate to score political points in the Benghazi saga. So desperate that they finally decided to masquerade as …peaceniks.
During the recent grilling of Hillary Clinton, the Republicans — who have rarely seen a war they didn’t like — actually criticized the former Secretary of State for ignoring the difficulty of successful regime change. (No mention was made of how well George W. Bush’s regime change has gone in Iraq.)
Further, they claimed that she had run roughshod over her own experts, who warned that US involvement in a 2011 air campaign in support of rebels would lead, at best, to new problems, and that they (the Republicans) had anticipated the chaos that marks Libya today.
“You initiated a policy to put the United States into Libya…. You were the prime mover…. You were concerned about image, you were concerned about credit,” Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) told her. “If Libya unraveled, you had a lot to lose.”
This new line of attack was simply the latest in a series of attempts to damage her over Benghazi, none of which seem to have eroded confidence among those inclined to give her their vote, or even among those on the fence. It was essentially a hail mary pass, and we will see if the public blames her for the morass that is Libya today — a country where chaos and extremism now reign.
WHAT THE GOP DARES NOT ASK
But, quick: What was Libya really about? If you don’t know, then you’re no different from most people, including most members of Congress — as evidenced by the debate in 2011, and by the discourse since. Seemingly missed by all: getting rid of Muammar Qaddafi was never really about protecting the lives of Libyans.
No, it was, like everything else in geopolitics — about money. Or, more precisely, the invaluable resources to be had, and about a national leader who would not play ball with those who wanted those resources. Of course, the establishment was not about to level with us, so it lied.
WhoWhatWhy was on the case from the beginning in Libya, pointing out the deceptive propaganda campaign that was unleashed to guarantee that war was inevitable.
The real questions Hillary Clinton ought to be asked — but which the Republicans cannot ask because they are as complicit as anyone — is why she pushed for Qaddafi’s ouster. And why she was apparently so comfortable with misleading the American people about the actions taken in their name.
As the US enters the thick of yet another presidential election, we urge everyone to consider just why it is that the inevitable nominees from both parties can be expected to perpetuate the same historical myths. And why whoever is elected can be counted on to commit troops, dollars and lives to still more such military adventures. Or misadventures.
WHAT HISTORICAL MYTHS? KEEP READING
To learn more, we invite you to read our original reports published when it was all unfolding. They chronicle how US officials disseminated (with media complicity) an unending stream of brazen lies designed to advance a hidden, predetermined agenda.
Here are links to a couple of those past stories (summaries edited for space):
The public was told that the sole purpose of what was to be very limitedbombing was to protect rebelling Libyan civilians from massive retaliation by Qaddafi. However, protecting civilians apparently didn’t generate sufficient US public support for intervention, so we started to hear about other purported justifications for going in: Qaddafi was so odious he was encouraging his soldiers to … commit mass rape! And if that wasn’t enough, he was giving them Viagra! Oh, and condoms!
You can’t make this sort of thing up. And yet that’s just what the NATO crew did — made it up.
“Why Libya?” Why were the United States and its allies suddenly so worried about the rights of Libyans under the long-ruling Qaddafi? And why did the West initiate a no-fly zone, commence massive bombing runs, and virtually create, train, supply and fund a rebel army?
For an answer, we need only look to the “usual suspects” — oil companies, financial houses such as Goldman Sachs — all engaged in quintessential corporate intrigue. Just the sort that never seems to come out in … the corporate media.
And here are a few more Libya-related stories from the You-Can’t-Make-This-Up Department:
On Friday August 14th 2015, the Jack Blood Show was hammered by a group posing as activist Muslims fitting a pattern we are seeing more and more of.
As the 2nd LIVE hour began, multiple posts under several user names began spamming, and filling up our live chat room with things like:
We attempted to stop them by banning the user accounts, which was effective for a minute, and then a renewed attacks came with new user names. Its important to note that creating a user name could take several minutes, and would require new email accounts. The speed in which this occurred seems to suggest either a coordinated attack, or a fairly sophisticated hacking into our network.
What made this even more suspicious was, at the time I was discussing Sen Bernie Sanders Zionist leanings, and playing a clip from 2014 where he nearly has people arrested for questioning him over his devotion for Israel, and his war propaganda regarding the Palestinians. “Isis” has declared war on Palestine (which doesn’t make sense unless we factor in their funding and support, which is well known to us. eg: NATO / Israel)
It might also be a problem that I am not a member or leader of a divisive group or gang, but that I am also planning a 2016 Presidential Run with Veteran Black Panther Larry Pinkney.
Other than that, It’s hard for me to imagine why anyone cares to bother us. We do have high profile guests on air, and offer Original Content daily… But I rarely if EVER even promote this show anymore. This experience, and others like it (listed below) are the reason why.
So WHO was REALLY behind this “cyber-vandalism” gang-stalking, or Cyber-Terror, and what do we plan to do about it?
Whomever was responsible either has a poor command of the English language, or would want us to thing so. I have no doubt that some have truly fallen for the trap that is “ISIS” and its related organizations, much in the same way that American White Supremacists fall for the FBI infiltrated, or run KKK. However, the fact that The Jack Blood Show was a target, and the above stated timing of the target seems to suggest a false flag of sorts. eg: Israeli Intelligence, one of their sub groups of internet volunteers or perhaps CentCom / American Counter Intelligence (Coinelro) itself. (We are still investigating this – But Qui Bono / who benefits is always a great place to start.
Some may recall that recently Centcom itself claimed to have been “hacked” by ISIS. It was noted in the mass media as a major threat to security, until it wasn’t. When we dig into that story we find that nothing of the sort happened. In fact, it was only the social media pages of the Pentagon that were ALLEGEDLY hacked. (See – Pentagon: Hacking of CENTCOM Site a ‘Prank or It Doesn’t Really Matter if ISIS Sympathizers Hacked Central Command’s Twitter)
One might ask if they hacked themselves to gain support for a phony war against ISIS, and or tough internet laws that will surely come after an “Internet Pearl harbor”. Years back we learned that the I – Patriot Act was already written for just such an occasion, and all of the pieces are seemingly in place.
It should be noted that we have had this kind of trouble many times before! We once caught HALLIBURTON in Houston, (and simultaneously China) at the other end of a viscous, and again well times attack on our show by tracking the IP address of the perpetrator! So please excuse us if we are skeptical of said origins of “enemy cyber attacks”.
We have been threatened by international law firms (once on the behest of The Arab Press House), had a fake grenade thrown through our window, been gang stalked and attacked many many times (once while we were live on air protecting Tax Protesters Ed and Elaine Brown from an attack by the US Marshals on their land in NH…) We have had our house set on fire, been targeted in several public campaigns of slander (some even buying “sponsored links” on Google) and had groups go after and threaten our sponsors, etc etc etc….
Gang stalking is in interesting subject in itself. Israel has deployed this method on many levels. Interesting article here: Radicalized Militant Judaic Gangstalkers are the KKK of the new millennium.
Israeli intelligence, known for their deception, has either hired or inspired Zionists online to both spread state propaganda, and to troll and post “anti – Semitic” vitriol on sites that merely question Israel’s foreign policy. See: ‘Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism Also: The Double Identity of an “Anti-Semitic” Commenter. We have covered this issue in the past on our website: Israel Hires Internet Soldiers to Penetrate American Forums, Chatrooms
I have very seriously thought about walking away from all of this aggravation. The last several years have been very hard on myself and my family. We have been virtually blackballed in the Alternative media, Truth and Freedom movements (for telling the truth and wanting to be FREE), and any appeal of sticking my neck out for everyone has left me long ago.
However… after 19 years of this, I am not sure I know how to do anything else. There is a good chance that at my age, with a giant hole in my resume’ titled “Culture Jammer” or professional “Conspiracy Theorist” etc…. I am unemployable, and unwanted in main stream America.
I cannot help but think of Malcolm X. Having to turn on and expose the Wolves in Sheep’s attire, and thus enlightened to the true cause of Unity, Justice, Equality, and Freedom… Went to his death willingly, as he was called to be such a Martyr, and because there was no other choice to be made. I am certainly no Malcolm X, but that doesn’t stop me from relatively feeling my destiny is clearly not a peaceful or good one.
We will continue our efforts to trace and track down these groups and expose them for who they really are! NOT “Freedom Fighters” working to regain their own nations, and resources… But trash and trolls whom offer allegiance to take down the real Freedom Fighters who oppose ‘GlobalCorp’ and the One World Govt.
Dear Friends and Supporters:
After near 25 years on the road sharing my Passion for the truth, my knowledge, my art and my soul with the people of the West, SW, NE, the Deep south, and lately the dirty south (Atlanta GA) … I am trying to relocate my family and my business back where I was born and raised…. Seattle Washington.
I have missed my friends, the people, the water, the weather, the mountains, and after just losing my mother… my family. We have great connections there to hit the ground running!
We have met some amazing, and truly INSPIRING people along the way! It has cultivated me into the person writing you today! Atlanta, while being great in so many ways, has not been too kind to us. There is nothing left for me to do here. In fact, I am now living on borrowed time, and my work is suffering for it.
I want to share with you my plans in the hopes that you will bless my decision, and support us by donating whatever you can to make this move possible. I’m afraid that without that support, my work will die here, burned to the ground just as this city was almost 150 years ago. Sorry for the dramatic tone.
So here is what we have planned, and we would like to get started right away!
1) I have formed a partnership with Greg Knight, a seasoned investigative reporter, and multi media expert. Greg has been contributing to THE JACK BLOOD SHOW for the last 3 years. His work is perhaps some of the best in the Alternative (to the “alternative”) media. Greg will join the cast we currently have in place, to bring YOU some of the most sound, and solid reporting anywhere.
Greg and I have formed The Information Factory. (IN Fact, FOR Fact….) We will be doing a number of things that I personally haven’t had the resources to do in past years. Greg is adding his knowledge, expertise, and video / editing equipment to our cause. We will be creating a series of short documentaries which will give everyone of you undeniable evidence of corruption and conspiracy. We will be adding an unbiased, neutral “Meme Factory” that could be an unparalleled, CULTURE JAMMER!
Greg and I will be offering LIVE Streaming services to everyone / events in the NW. This company will be self supporting.
2) We will be securing “factory” space in Seattle to create a learning center for all to use a resource. It is one of my personal goals to invent a prototype of a 21st century library for the people. Here we can house hard copies of important documents ( think US Library of Congress, but for REAL history! ) AND… if possible we would like to set up a TRUTH Hall of Fame! to remember all the great men and woman who have contributed to the cause of truth and freedom… whom should never be forgotten!)
3) “CONVERSATION PEACE” – This will be a wing of our venture that will reclaim materials and FOOD from the every growing dumpster of our wasteful society, AKA: “Dumpster Nation”. These materials will be reused, and recreated to gallery form. From furniture, to electronics….. or everyday items…. We will attempt to re-frame the “Green Cause” to one of action and TRUTH. Each item we save will tell a story.
We will commission local craftspeople and artists to help with this project, thus giving underground employment to the people that sometimes need it most. We have other proprietary info on this we cannot yet share with the public, but it is very exciting. If successful, this can serve as a model for every community around the world.
4) PROJECT 1000 – This is a direct action activism group that I have had in design for many years, learning from my own, and other’s mistakes via working in the streets, and halls of power to “legalize Freedom”. Everyone reading this can join up. It requires little time from individuals, but is a true force multiplier in its effect. I will write a special notice for this in the very near future.
5) NOBODY FOR POTUS 2016. I have already joined forces with my good friend and brother Larry Pinkney (aka The Pink Panther) to launch a campaign for President of the united States. More info HERE:
6) RADIO FREE BLOOD – If you lost track of us, you may not know that – thanks to your past support – I started my own Radio Channel. We will be growing and expanding this going forward! More info on RFB here: THE WORLD’S FIRST OFFICIAL “POP UP” RADIO STATION
*I also have a band that I have been with out of Seattle for 27 years, We are playing this NOV… and I will be doing some of my first Stand Up Comedy in Seattle, which is Impossible here in Atlanta (in the vein of Hicks, and Carlin)
I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A LOT TO TAKE IN, AND I WILL BE OPEN TO QUESTIONS FROM ANYONE WANTING TO KNOW MORE.
If you can help make all of this possible by supporting our move and contribute to our start up capital; we will pay you back in spades, by doing the work we were meant to do in an effort to educate and inform the public…. And create consensus to take back our freedoms!!!
WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW! HELP US REACH OUR TOP GOAL OF $25,000.00
To donate Directly to this cause – SEATTLE OR DIE – EMAIL me directly with the e-pay of your choice to: email@example.com – We hope to avoid paying fees on your donations to a kick starter corp. If you cannot or do not want to use an epay program, please write me and we will send snail mail address for checks payable to DEADLINE PRODUCTIONS.
I want to sincerely thank ALL of you whom helped us get this far. We are near the proverbial goal line now, PLEASE help us get in for a score. All we have to do is WIN!
Most Truly Yours in Liberty, Justice, and Peace ~
Jack Blood / family and Crew
PRESS RELEASE —- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
uSA – July 27th 2015 : Coalition Presidential run announced by Black Panther and Radio Gun
Therefore both will be jointly setting up a coalition exploratory committee under the “NOBODY FOR POTUS 2016” Party. The presiding goal of which will be to advertise, and otherwise market the NOBODY (for President 2016) / Pinkney / Blood write in candidacy for the coming federal selection for President of these united States of America, November 8th 2016. Supporters will be encouraged to vote for any one of the three choices.
There is IN REALITY no choice. So choose us!
A Bush or Clinton is not an acceptable option going forward. The majority of Americans can agree on THAT! If the establishment of Oceania ™ or GlobalCorp Etc… Has promised this position to either Jeb or Hillary, they have under-estimated the American voter, and the world.
The Nobody Party is a campaign to bring the 2016 POTUS selection to a grinding halt. Our legal FEC status is currently, ILLEGAL. We are in the process of negotiating our PAC (IRS, political action committee) relationship. This will determine the potential status to your campaign donations, and support going forward. GOP Potus candidate Se, (NC) Lindsey Graham has .05% of the vote in the latests polls. We will aim to better that.
WHEN ELECTED – Pinkney / Blood / Nobody POTUS WOULD seek to:
1) End the Poor Tax (Its expensive being poor) Those making under $50,000.00 US will have an exempt card, and will not be liable for ANY tax. This includes all regressive taxes such as on rent / property tax, withholding tax, food tax, clothing, health, Sin, and includes all State, Federal, and International taxes or fees.
2) Propose and support a DEBT FREE Money system in america. NO Interest on creating US Currency or credit for Naturalized Americans. (1 and 2 will result in higher min wage, and a lower cost of living) U.S. Treasury bonds will still be honored and sold at agreed interest rates for foreign investors.
3) Convert Insurance policies (ObamaCare) to Free Clinics, hospitals, internet health care for all in America. (while opening up competition in free market health care. – IE: affordable healthcare)
4) Free Leonard Peltier etc…. and All Illegitimate political prisoners, both in the US and it’s territories.
5) End the Prohibition on drugs, the drug “war” and therefore drug enforcement laws, profiling, pending legal cases, and crime.
6) JOBS – Competition will be restored in the free markets. Govt fees and gains will employ civil service workers. Large tariffs will be imposed on all goods entering the uSA. Loopholes will be closed.
7) 50% of all federal laws will be repealed in the first 4 years. (each examined and presented as monopoly policy for the public before being repealed)
8) Top down austerity will be invoked – Cuts to trim the debt, and cause of which will be extracted from the those whom have gained the most. A gradable luxury tax will be instituted. Anyone making less that $50K net will pay zero. anyone over 1 Million annual will pay 10%, and a 10% on luxury Items (non essential / quality of life products, or services)
9) All State and private resources will be re-patrioted to the people whom own them. (This will include: Food, Water, Energy, and people.)
10) Term Limits for congress, judges, and monopolist govt contracts, trade deals, etc….
11) YOU fill in the blank
12) Bring our troops HOME. (Renegotiate all foreign bases and military support for those regions)
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The Pinkney / Blood / Nodody for POTUS 2016 campaign has unofficially declared;
“Everyday People” (As written and performed by Sly and the Family Stone) as our unofficial soundtrack and rallying cry.
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah, yeahThere is a blue one
Who can’t accept the green one
For living with a fat one
Trying to be a skinny one
For different folksAnd so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live togetherI am no better and neither are you
We are the same, whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeahThere is a long hair
That doesn’t like the short hair
For being such a rich one
That will not help the poor one
For different folks
And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together
There is a yellow one
That won’t accept the black one
That won’t accept the red one
That won’t accept the white one
For different folks
And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
I am everyday people
By Pepe Escobar
What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?
We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.
Predictably, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande caved in – even after being forced by realpolitik to talk to Russia and jointly carve the Minsk-2 agreement.
The hypocrisy-meter in the Bavarian Alps had already exploded with a bang right at the pre-dinner speech by EU Council President Donald Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland and certified Russophobe/warmonger: “All of us would have preferred to have Russia round the G7 table. But our group is not only a group (that shares) political or economic interests, but first of all this is a community of values. And that is why Russia is not among us.”
So this was all about civilized “values” against “Russian aggression.”
The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”
Instead, the real fun was happening behind the scenes. Washington factions were blaming Germany for making the West lose Russia to China, while adult minds in the EU – away from the Bavarian Alps – blamed Washington.
Even juicier is a contrarian view circulating among powerful Masters of the Universe in the US corporate world, not politics. They fear that in the next two to three years France will eventually re-ally with Russia (plenty of historical precedents). And they – once again – identify Germany as the key problem, as in Berlin forcing Washington to get involved in a Prussian ‘Mitteleuropa’ Americans fought two wars to prevent.
As for the Russians – from President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov downwards – a consensus has emerged; it’s pointless to discuss anything substantial considering the pitiful intellectual pedigree – or downright neo-con stupidity – of the self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration policy makers and advisers. As for the “junior partners” – mostly EU minions – they are irrelevant, mere Washington vassals.
It would be wishful thinking to expect the civilized “values” gang to propose alternatives for the overwhelming majority of citizens of G7 nations getting anything other than Mac-jobs, or barely surviving as hostages of finance-junkie turbo-capitalism which only benefits the one percent.Rather easier to designate the proverbial scapegoat – Russia – and proceed with NATO-infused fear/warmongering rhetoric.
Iron Lady Merkel also found time to pontificate on climate change – instilling all and sundry to invest in a “low-carbon global economy.” Few noticed that the alleged deadline for full “decarbonization” was set for the end of the 21st century, when this planet will be in deep, deep trouble.
Obama’s neocon-induced newspeak continues to rule that Russia dreams of recreating the Soviet empire. Now compare it to what President Putin is telling Europe.
Last week, Putin found time to give an interview to the Milan-based Corriere della Sera at 2 am; the interview was published as the Bavarian Alps show went on, and ahead of Putin’s June 10 visit to Italy. Russia’s geopolitical interests and US- Russia relations are depicted in excruciating detail.
So Putin was a persona non grata at the G1 plus junior partners? Well, in Italy he visited the Milan Expo; met Prime Minister Renzi and Pope Francis; reminded everyone about the “privileged economic and political ties” between Italy and Russia; and stressed the 400 Italian companies active in Russia and the million Russian tourists who visit Italy every year.
Crucially, he also evoked that consensus; Russia had represented an alternative view as a member of the G8, but now “other powers” felt they no longer needed it. The bottom line: it’s impossible to have an adult conversation with Obama and friends.
And right on cue, from Berlin –where he was displaying his sterling foreign policy credentials, Jeb Bush, brother of destroyer of Iraq Dubya Bush, fully scripted by his neocon advisers, declared Putin a bully and rallied Europe to fight, what else, “Russian aggression.”
The rhetorical haze over what was really discussed in the Bavarian Alps only began to dissipate at the first chords of the real sound of music; the Bilderberg Group meeting starting this Thursday at the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol in Austria, only three days after the G1 plus junior partners.
Possible conspiracies aside, Bilderberg may be defined as an ultra-select bunch of elite lobbyists – politicians, US corporate honchos, EU officials, captains of industry, heads of intelligence agencies, European royals – organized annually in a sort of informal think tank/policy-forming format, to advance globalization and all crucial matters related to the overall Atlanticist agenda. Call it the prime Atlanticist Masters of the Universe talkfest.
Naturally they will be talking about “Russian aggression” (as in who cares about failed Ukraine; what we need is to prevent Russia from doing business with Europe).
Naturally they will be talking about Syria (as in the partition of the country, with the Caliphate already a fact of post-Sykes-Picot life).
Naturally they will be talking about Iran (as in let’s do business, buy their energy and bribe them into joining our club).
But the real deal is really the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – the alleged “free trade” deal between the US and the EU. Virtually all major business/finance lobbyists for the TTIP will be under the same Austrian roof.
And not by accident Bilderberg starts one day before “fast track” presidential authority is to be debated at the US Congress.
WikiLeaks and a ton of BRICS
Enter WikiLeaks, with what in a fairer world would be a crucial spanner in the works.
The fast track authority would extend US presidential powers for no less than six years; that includes the next White House tenant, which might well be ‘The Hillarator’ or Jeb “Putin is a bully” Bush.
This presidential authority to negotiate dodgy deals includes not only the TTIP but also the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
WikiLeaks, just in time, published the Healthcare Annex to the secret draft “Transparency” chapter of the TPP, along with each country’s negotiating position. No wonder this draft is secret. And there’s nothing “transparent” about it; it’s an undisguised hold-up of national healthcare authorities by Big Pharma.
The bottom line is that these three mega-deals – TTP, TTIP and TiSA – are the ultimate template of what could be politely described as global corporate governance, a Bilderberg wet dream. The losers: nation-states, and the very concept of Western democracy. The winners: mega-corporations.
Julian Assange, in a statement, succinctly nailed it “It is a mistake to think of the TPP as a single treaty. In reality there are three conjoined mega-agreements, the TiSA, the TPP and the TTIP, all of which strategically assemble into a grand unified treaty, partitioning the world into the West versus the rest. This ‘Great Treaty’ is described by the Pentagon as the economic core to the US military’s ‘Asia Pivot.’ The architects are aiming no lower than the arc of history. The Great Treaty is taking shape in complete secrecy, because along with its undebated geostrategic ambitions it locks into place an aggressive new form of transnational corporatism for which there is little public support.”
So this is the real Atlanticist agenda – the final touches being applied in the arc spanning the G1 + added junior partners to Bilderberg (expect a lot of crucial phone calls from Austria to Washington this Friday). NATO on trade. Pivoting to Asia excluding Russia and China. The West vs. the rest.
Now for the counterpunch. As the show in the Bavarian Alps unrolled, the first BRICS Parliamentarian Forum was taking place in Moscow – ahead of the BRICS summit in Ufa next month.
Neocons – with Obama in tow – knock themselves out dreaming that Russia has become “isolated” from the rest of the world because of their sanctions. Since then Moscow has signed major economic/strategic contracts with at least twenty nations. Next month, Russia will host the BRICS summit – 45 percent of the world’s population, a GDP equivalent to the EU, and soon bigger than the current G7 – as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, when India and Pakistan, currently observers, will be accepted as full members.
G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.
Without the bravery of the citizen filming this murder… we would have never arrived here! Throw the book at him!
Michael Slager, who was fired from the North Charleston police department after the
The South Carolina police officer who was filmed shooting a man in the back as he ran away earlier this year, prompting renewed outcry over the use of lethal force by law enforcement, was formally charged with murder on Monday.
Michael Slager was indicted by a grand jury in Charleston County for the murder of Walter Scott on 4 April, Scarlett Wilson, the solicitor for the ninth judicial circuit, announced at a press conference.
“We will move forward now in preparing our case,” said Wilson. “Really the prosecution work has just begun.”
The brief indictment alleged that Slager killed Scott “with malice aforethought”. It was both considered and returned by the grand jury on Monday morning.
If convicted, Slager could face a sentence of between 30 years and life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Wilson.
Slager, 33, was a patrolman first class for the North Charleston police department when he fatally shot Scott, 50, following a struggle that led from a traffic stop when the officer noticed that one of Scott’s car tail lights was broken.
Who is Michael Slager, the officer who shot Walter Scott?
Police initially suggested that Scott had taken Slager’s Taser and posed a threat. However, video footage filmed on the cellphone of a passerby showed Scott being shot eight times from behind as he ran away empty-handed after a physical altercation with the officer.
Slager was fired from his job by city authorities after the footage came to light. He is being held at a county jail under protection.
Chris Stewart, the Scott family’s attorney, told the Guardian his clients were pleased to see “the wheels of justice turning in the right way”.
“The Scott family is as happy as can be,” said Stewart. “But of course the indictment does not make them whole for the loss they have suffered.”
Andrew Savage, Slager’s attorney, said in an emailed statement that the grand jury’s decision was “a formal step, but just another step in the criminal process”.
Savage complained that Slager’s legal team had not been shown details of the state’s case against the former officer.
“Until we have an opportunity to fully evaluate the state’s case and to compare it with our own investigation we will not be commenting on any aspect of the case,” he said.
Amid complaints from supporters of Slager that he will be unable to enjoy a fair trial in a county where Scott’s death is already notorious, Wilson said her office had no intention of moving the prosecution elsewhere. “I feel sure the people of Charleston County can decide it,” said Wilson.
“The issue is not whether or not someone has heard of this case,” said Wilson. “The issue is whether they can put everything they’ve heard aside and make a decision based on the facts and evidence presented in court.”
Several other officers who arrived at the scene of Scott’s shooting are likely to face questioning over whether they knew about discrepancies in the official version of events released before the emergence of video footage.
Wilson said at her press conference she had seen no probable cause to charge any of Slager’s former colleagues with criminal acts.
The Scott family’s legal team said on Monday they were readying a civil lawsuit against Slager, the North Charleston police department, police chief Eddie Driggers, and anyone else they deem responsible.
“We need to work out how we ended up in a position where a grand jury has to indict a law enforcement officer with murder,” said Justin Bamberg, another of the family’s attorneys. They expect to file the lawsuit in the coming months, he said.
Stewart and Bamberg said they had not yet decided whether other patrol officers who arrived at the scene of Scott’s death and made statements about Slager’s actions would be named in their civil suit.