A Billion Dollars of Federally Funded Paranoia
by James Bovard
Posted February 23, 2017
When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. They began to be set up around the nation shortly after 9/11 as federal-state-local partnerships to better track terrorist threats. But the centers have been a world-class boondoggle from the start.
Fusion centers have sent the federally funded roundup of data on Americans’ private lives into overdrive. As the Brennan Center for Justice noted in 2012, “Until 9/11, police departments had limited authority to gather information on innocent activity, such as what people say in their houses of worship or at political meetings. Police could only examine this type of First Amendment-protected activity if there was a direct link to a suspected crime. But the attacks of 9/11 led law enforcement to turn this rule on its head.” Fusion centers do a far better job of stoking paranoia than of catching terrorists. More…
‘Spectacular Betrayal’ as Trump Hands Economy ‘Back Over to Wall Street’
by Deirdre Fulton
Posted February 22, 2017
‘The Wall Street bankers against whom Trump ran are making policy now,’ says Public Citizen.
President Donald Trump is handing the U.S. economy “back over to Wall Street” on Friday, with a regulatory rollback that critics say could put consumers and the financial system at risk.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump signed executive orders Friday “establish[ing] a framework for scaling back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law” and rolling back an Obama-era regulation requiring advisers on retirement accounts to work in the best interests of their clients. That rule was set to go into effect in April.
Trump signed the orders after meeting with bank CEOs. More…
Which Assets Are Most Likely to Survive the Inevitable “System Re-Set”?
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted February 21, 2017
Your skills, knowledge and social capital will emerge unscathed on the other side of the re-set wormhole. Your financial assets held in centrally controlled institutions will not.
In a crisis, the privileged Elites will change the rules in a desperate attempt to expropriate the income and wealth of the bottom 99.5% to preserve their own power. The trick is to do so in ways that won’t spark an immediate political insurrection.
We can better understand their policy choices by asking: What’s easy to expropriate, what’s difficult to expropriate? More…
Stepping Out of Time – A Supernatural Love Story
by Dr. Alberto Villoldo
Posted February 20, 2017
The story I am about to tell you illustrates the fluidity of life as it surges forward and backward, much like the tides, defying what we know as “time.”
I had a dream about my long-deceased father, and it seemed perfectly natural that he was younger than me. My father had come to caution me about an important meeting. Then he vanished, before I could ask him for more details.
The meeting happened two days later. I was walking through a grove of trees on our farm as the sun was setting. I sensed him before I could see him. He was stalking me, stopping when I stopped, yet invisible between the trees. I could feel my heart racing and sweat beading on my palms. The farm is miles away from the nearest town, and it was unusual to meet anyone in the woods. When I reached a clearing, I stopped and sat on a boulder and waited, my pocketknife drawn and open. More…
Creating a Better World
by Benjamin J. Urmston
Posted February 20, 2017
I agree with Rabbi Michael Lerner that most people are decent even though we all have a violent streak in us springing from excessive fear. A young Indian girl had a dream of a violent wolf and a friendly one. She asked her grandfather the meaning of the dream. He said both wolves are within us. She asked which one would prevail. He answered, “The one you favor and foster.”
I suggest we look at individuals, groups, religions, nations not as enemies but as potential partners. We are all in this world together and we can either learn to live together, or we will die together. Didn’t we work together with Russia and Iran to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria? Our common enemy is neglect of international law and order. Our response to terrorism cannot be limited to military action.
When we think of security, we think of security from external threats to our nation. But there are more kinds of security than freedom from violence as important as the latter is. If we lack economic security, for example, we really are not free. More…
Confronted by Activist Moms, Monsanto CEO Lies to Shareholders
by Christina Sarich
Posted February 19, 2017
Two mothers from Moms Across America, Anne Temple and Zen Honeycutt, recently attended Monsanto’s stock holder meeting to address some important points they felt the corporation had been missing, such as failing to report deleterious outcomes of continuing their use of Gylphosate and its co-formulants, along with Dicamba, the newly released Xtend and other scientifically-proven toxic chemical herbicides.
Shareholders did not ask questions about the many salient points that Temple and Honeycutt brought up, but instead acted as sheep following their herder, refusing to even make eye contact with the two women who were obviously concerned about the infiltration of breast milk, vaccines, water, and food with Monsanto/Bayer’s chemicals. As they report the events at the meeting, CEO, Hugh Grant’s actions were nothing less than typical, but the shareholders’ response was simply shocking. More…
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