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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How many times has the mainstream media mentioned the USA Freedom Act? Well, if you did hear of this legislation, you must have been watching C-SPAN or a foreign press channel. Read a report from NPR, that government funded broadcast, which never fails to present a known editorial viewpoint.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Most Americans, oblivious about their own rights, aren't even aware that police officers have their own Bill of Rights. Yet at the same time that our own protections against government abuses have been reduced to little more than historic window dressing, 14 states have already adopted LEOBoRs -- written by police unions and being considered by many more states and Congress -- which provides police officers accused of a crime with special due process rights and privileges not afforded to the average citizen.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Literally every elitist and his drunken uncle now publicly discuss the danger of another market crash. That's a rather stark reversal from a few years ago when recovery was a mainstream absolute, Bernanke was being called a hero, and fiat stimulus was the fountain of youth. How would they know that such an event is coming? They built the conditions by which a collapse is inevitable, and now they want to purify themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka and absolve their institutions of all future ugliness.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

William D. Hartung, LobeLog: The numbers are astonishing. In President Obama's first five years in office, new agreements under the Pentagon's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program -- the largest channel for U.S. arms exports -- totaled over $169 billion. After adjusting for inflation, the volume of major deals concluded by the Obama administration in its first five years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush administration in its full eight years in office by nearly $30 billion. That also means that the Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II. read more


This past year [whistleblower Alayne Fleishmann] watched as Holder's Justice Department struck a series of historic settlement deals with Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. The root bargain in these deals was cash for secrecy. The banks paid big fines, without trials or even judges – only secret negotiations that typically ended with the public shown nothing but vague, quasi-official papers called "statements of facts," which were conveniently devoid of anything like actual facts.

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"I could be sued into bankruptcy," she says. "I could lose my license to practice law. I could lose everything. But if we don't start speaking up, then this really is all we're going to get: the biggest financial cover-up in history."


Comments

"How exactly do you work India into that mix?"

"if the recent ve-70 celebration means anything at all."

obviously more of a longshot than russia backing up china, or vice-versa, but the joint show is in line with at least a commitment to greater economic integration (BRICS -- brazil, russia, india, china, south america).

Russia, China, and India also have substantial investments in Iran, and would not be happy with aggression against the latter.

"grand strategy", 'grand chessboard', etc.

choose your preferred phraseology, as it's difficult to discern the end goal.

Regarding the landmass of Eurasia as the center of global power, Brzezinski sets out to formulate a Eurasian geostrategy for the United States. In particular, he writes, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger should emerge capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America's global pre-eminence.

Much of his analysis is concerned with geostrategy in Central Asia, focusing on the exercise of power on the Eurasian landmass in a post-Soviet environment. In his chapter dedicated to what he refers to as the "Global Balkans", Brzezinski makes use of Halford J. Mackinder's Heartland Theory.

'define "American interests."'

the big boys have already done so through various think-tanks and policy papers, such as (but not limited to) the Wolfowitz doctrine:

The U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests. In non-defense areas, we must account sufficiently for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership or seeking to overturn the established political and economic order. We must maintain the mechanism for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.

the wolfowitz doctrine was recently applied to china by the big boys at CFR:

(PDF LINK): http://carnegieendowment.org/
files/Tellis_Blackwill.pdf

www.citizen.org

Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial "free trade" agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The TPP would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) "trade" pact model that has spurred massive U.S. trade deficits and job loss, downward pressure on wages, unprecedented levels of inequality and new floods of agricultural imports. The TPP not only replicates, but expands NAFTA's special protections for firms that offshore U.S. jobs. And U.S. TPP negotiators literally used the 2011 Korea FTA – under which exports have fallen and trade deficits have surged – as the template for the TPP.

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