War on Cash Proposals in Australia: Microchip Expiring $100 Bills, Forcing People to Keep Receipts

[Social]
War on Cash Proposals in Australia: Microchip Expiring $100 Bills, Forcing People to Keep Receipts
by Mike “Mish” Shedlock
Posted August 31, 2017

nanochips in expiring cashAustralia’s Black Economy Taskforce has come up with a list of 35 “consumer-focused” proposals to crack down on cash. The taskforce blames consumers for holding cash and for not getting receipts.

Michael Andrew, the head of the taskforce, proposes nanochips in $50 and $100 notes so the government knows where the cash is. Cash will expire after a designated period of time.

Andrew believes “consumers are part of the problem”. He wants to punish people who pay in cash and don’t get a receipt. A plan to strip consumers of their legal protections if they pay in cash and fail to get a receipt has been slammed as “completely unfair” by leading advocacy groups. More…

Bad Laws Produce Bad Law Enforcement

[Justice]
Bad Laws Produce Bad Law Enforcement
By David W. Brown
Posted August 30 2017

aggressive policing influenced by bad lawsIn 1971, President Richard Nixon called drug abuse “public enemy number one,” and in prepared remarks declared, “In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” This prompted a shift in the way police operate, creating new funding streams that financially empowered law enforcement, jails, and prisons, focusing them in the local public-safety paradigm.

“[Police] were going to operate more like paramilitary forces fighting a wartime enemy,” Edwards says, “and less like community-oriented, problem-solving, public-health-driven police departments looking to figure out how to work with the community and other stakeholders to help people who have drug addictions and people in poverty seeking improved schools and job opportunities and viable alternatives to the black market, and thinking of intelligent long-term responses to drug use and sale.” More…

Steve Mnuchin Peers Through Ft. Knox Window And Confirms Gold Is Still There!

[Economic]
Steve Mnuchin Peers Through Ft. Knox Window And Confirms Gold Is Still There!
By Jeff Berwick
Posted August 29, 2017

Fort Knox goldImagine it was 1937 and you stored your gold with someone… let’s call them Uncle Sam.

After about 20 years you told Sam that you’d like to see the gold and make sure it was still there. He said sure; you can come and take a quick look. And you did… and you were satisfied that it looked like the gold was still there.

Decades then went by… more than 40 years in fact… and you told Sam that you’d like to make sure the gold is still there.

He replied, “Sure, but you can’t count it or touch it or anything. You can just look through the window and see it is still there.”

“Oh, and another thing,” said Sam, “We get to select the person who can take a quick look.”

You’d start to get quite suspicious, wouldn’t you? It had been more than 40 years since you were even allowed to see the gold and more than 60 years since the last time Sam allowed you to count it. More…

As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters A Quagmire

[Politics]
As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters A Quagmire
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted August 29, 2017

Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires throughout historyA quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced war plans in Afghanistan maintain that quagmire. They come at a time when US Empire is failing and its leadership in the world is weakening. The US will learn what other empires have learned, “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.”

During the presidential campaign, some became convinced that Trump would not be an interventionist president. His tweets about Afghanistan were one of the reasons. In January of 2013, he tweeted, “Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.” Now, we see a president who carries on the interventionist tradition of US Empire. More…

The 5 Most Dangerous Demands of Fear

[Spirit]
The 5 Most Dangerous Demands of Fear
by Dylan Charles
Posted August 29, 2017

fear is used to control usIt seems the fear is taking over. After all, it’s been such an integral part of our lives for such a long a time now that, sadly, life just wouldn’t feel normal without it.

Those in positions of power in government and in the media know this all too well. They use fear to influence the behavior of the masses. They front it as an offer we can’t refuse, telling us it’s okay to be afraid, because, we have them to protect us. They use it as justification for the ever-expanding military industrial complex and the Orwellian Permanent War. They use it to manufacture political consent, and to manufacture tolerance of the ever-incessant attacks on privacy and liberty.

And here’s the catch-22: The more we give in to the tyranny of fear, the less secure we are. Fear is a trap, and here are five tricks it uses to enslave you. More…

An Outdated Legal System Is Punishing Minor Offenses With Decades Of Jail Time

[Justice]
An Outdated Legal System Is Punishing Minor Offenses With Decades Of Jail Time
By Claire Bernish
Posted August 29, 2017

America has become a prison stateFor a nation lauding itself as the “land of the free,” the United States certainly maintains a remarkable number of laws criminalizing activities most would consider part of their daily lives. From kids penalized for setting up a lemonade stand to the prohibition of cannabis, seemingly everything Americans do has attached to it a law, license, permit, or regulation, as well as a consequent penalty.

A penalty — as a list of thousands killed by police in recent years during encounters surrounding countless non-violent “crimes” attests — up to and including death.

The U.S. justice system grapples with a number of systemic problems. Among them are unjustified yet unpunished police violence, the opioid epidemic – and other drug-related issues, as well as backlogged courts and a proclivity toward punitive incarceration — the result of which has rightfully garnered the U.S. a reputation internationally as a prison state. When debating reform in these and other areas, over-criminalization as a root cause is rarely considered. But it must be. More…

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