Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Dark State

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by Adrian Avramescu, The Sleuth Journal:

Summary.

We know for sure that:

– Western countries have organized drug trafficking in the past;

– there is a strong drug industry existing;

– there are no individuals who have illicit assets comparable to the huge profits generated by the drug industry.

The only logical conclusion is that, largely, the profits from the drug industry do not end up in private hands, but the Western states have never ceased organizing the drug trafficking.

The Dark State

Drug trafficking is significantly profitable. Recent estimates place the drug industry at around 4,000 billion dollars in turnover [1]. Considering a profit margin of only 25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} [2], it means that the drug industry is generating profits of 1,000 billion dollars every year. To put it simply, let’s assume that the global organized crime as a whole generates annual profits of 1,000 billion dollars from illegal activities (drugs, prostitution, traffic of persons, organs, cyberthefts, etc). Summing up these profits year by year, decade by decade, we come to astronomic amounts of tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of billions of dollars. Let’s assume that the cumulated profits over the past 30 years sum up to 30,000 (30×1,000) billion dollars [3]. In order to understand the magnitude of these amounts, we can compare them with the capitalization of all the world’s listed companies, which amounts to around 50,000 billion dollars [4].

It is absurd to believe that people in the organized crime risk their life to make such profits and then they do not spend the money gained. It is absurd and impossible given that the US money supply is around 2,000 billion dollars [5]. Organized crime has definitely changed these profits for something, because, otherwise, there would be no money in circulation around the world. The question is, what has the organized crime changed these profits for? Surprisingly, organized crime has not invested these profits in legal businesses, because it would have been possible for it to buy more than half of all large global businesses. There is no knowledge of a single industry or large company to be financed from illegal money. Organized crime has not invested these profits in properties either (buildings, cars, etc.) because all these are known to the states for tax purposes. Regardless of what they changed these profits for, the question is how it was possible for huge amounts of money to be spent and there is not even one billionaire to have had made a fortune out of illegal activities? The world’s richest persons include no such examples of people enriched from illegal activities.

There are only two single forms of property: private property and public property. If such huge profits cannot be traced back to the world’s private property, this means they were obtained and used by the state. Such profits were spent, year by year, by states and are, thus, not found in any private property around the world.

From a historical point of view:

It is known that Western countries are the ones who used to organize drug trafficking in the past [6]. History tells us what happens when drug trafficking is interrupted. The first opium war [7] and the second opium war show that the British Empire, in order not to lose the huge profits generated from drug sale, is willing to use military force to resume the drug traffic. In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan had largely stopped drug production [8]. Within only a few months, the Taliban, without funds of billions of dollars, without advanced technology, without satellites, without state-of-the-art surveillance means, had stopped 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the drug production. The terrorist attacks of 2001 happened the same year. The person guilty of these attacks had hidden in the same country where drug production was stopped. Over the following year, in 2002, after military intervention, particularly from the US, the drug production had returned to the previous level of 2001, and doubled within 5 years (2006)[9]. Thus, when organized crime received a deadly hit, the US army came to the rescue. The same correlation between military presence and increase of drug production can also be noted in the British army [10].

From an economic point of view:

Assume there is a business generating huge annual profits in the amount of a few hundreds of billions of dollars. We can rank down all global companies in terms of profitability. Within only a few years, the most profitable company can be purchased. Using the initial profit, plus the profit of the company purchased, the following ranked company is purchased. Repeating this algorithm, we can understand that there is only a matter of time until the entire economy is controlled by those who own the initially extremely profitable business. Given that, in reality, this business exists and that is the drug trafficking business, there are two possibilities: either all the rich persons are only puppets in the hands of organized crime, or the rich persons altogether control the organized crime (by means of the state).

A general rule of human society is wealth concentration. Applying this rule to the drug industry, we obtain the following:

– in time, the wealth coming from drugs would be found in the possession of a closed group of individuals whose personal wealth is tens of times higher than that of the richest person on the planet;

– America would be dominated by 2-3 mega criminal groups just like all industries ended up being dominated by a small number of giants.

Both versions fail to correspond with reality. Thus, we either accept that a general rule exceptionally does not apply, or we accept that it applies and there is one single criminal group which monopolized America: the State. Thus, there are no rich persons whose wealth is owed to illegal activities because, largely, the profits do not end up in private hands, but the state takes care that criminal groups are small-sized so as not to create great problems to the society. Profits are made by organizers in transit, between the producing country and the market. Drugs are purchased at a price, so that the producer stays poor, and sold at a price close to the street price, so that the seller is not allowed to get rich.

A suspicious element is the lack of seizures in the amount of billions of dollars. The mass-media relates cases when criminal groups are arrested, but where are the billions of dollars they had made in the meantime and hidden as private assets? The private assets cumulated in time are missing, and seizing such fortune would be truly the sensational part of arresting a criminal group.

From the point of view of national security:

Let’s consider a clandestine group which makes an annual profit of only 1 billion dollars. With this money, an army of 10,000 people trained to sabotage can be supported. With such an army, a country can be destabilized. For such reason alone, a clandestine group is a serious threat to national security. A state will never allow the existence of such groups, because their clandestine nature means their leadership and purpose for which they were created are unknown. Moreover, the state will not allow either the existence of groups making modest profits. A clandestine group which produces only 100 million dollars every year can raise profits within 10 years and then act. For reasons of national security, we can guess that any major criminal group, regardless of its field of operation, is controlled by the state. The state will not allow any organization (or a different state) to conduct any profit-generating activity without the domestic state knowing of its existence. In order to make 1 billion dollars, more than 60,000 customers are required [11]. How can we believe that the state holds intelligence services able to find terrorist cells of only a few individuals and the same state is not capable to find a network serving over 60,000 customers every year?

Conclusion

From all these different points of view, the American State (Western states) is proven to control organized crime.

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LEAKED TAX RETURNS: George Soros Sent More Than $1.7M to Antifa

by Jacob Wohl, Offended America:

Donor’s to the anti-Trump “resistance” movement have been previously shrouded in secrecy. New unredacted tax forms obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that George Soros sent more than $1.7M to an antifa-linked foundation known as The Center for Community Change Action, a Washington DC based non-profit.

For the first time, the sources of money for Antifa have been revealed to the public. Previous claims of Soros funding to Antifa were dismissed as conjecture.

READ MORE: Hillary’s Dark-Money Super-PAC Looted $800K From Her Campaign to Support Antifa

So far, these are the major “resistance” funders that have been revealed:

  1. George Soros (The Open Society Foundation): $1,750,000
  2. W.K. Kellogg Foundation: $3,000,000
  3. California Endowment: $524,000
  4. Ford Foundation: $2,350,000
  5. Hillary Clinton (Onward Together): $800,000

From Washington Free Beacon:

The Free Beacon has obtained the group’s unredacted 2015 tax forms that shed light on its funders, who provide millions of dollars in assistance. The group appears to rely heavily on a few major liberal foundations, organizations, and unions.

The Center for Community Change’s largest contribution was $3,000,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was initially created by Will Kellogg, the food manufacturer and founder of Kellogg Company. The Ford Foundation, which was first created by the founders of the Ford Motor Company, added a $2,350,000 donation. The Open Society Foundation, a foundation run by liberal billionaire mega-donor George Soros, gave $1,750,000 to the Center for Community Change.

Other donors to the organization include the California Endowment, which gave $524,500; the Marquerite Casey Foundation, which gave $515,000; Fidelity Charitable Gift, which donated $505,100; and the National Immigration Law Center, which gave $316,000.

The Center for Community Change Action, the “social welfare” (c)(4) arm of the group, additionally relies on a handful of donors for almost all of its funding, according to its documents that do not include the privacy redactions.

Donors to its “social welfare” arm in 2015 included Every Citizen Counts ($1,750,000 contribution), a nonprofit that was created by allies of Hillary Clinton to mobilize Latino and African-American voters; the Open Society Policy Center ($1,475,000), another Soros group; the Sixteen Thirty Fund ($610,000), a progressive advocacy group; Center for Community Change ($150,000); Services Employees International Union (SEIU) ($150,000); Atlantic Philanthropies ($75,000); and the Tides Foundation ($50,000), the largest liberal donor-advised network, among other funders. READ MORE

Read More @ OffendedAmerica.com

Overhwelming False Flag Evidence- But Who Was Really Behind the Vegas Shooting?

from The Common Sense Show:

An indivdual, whom I have never discussed politics with before, told me that he was glad that the Vegas perpetrator of the shooting of approximately 600 people was dead. Then the individual said that man “was a killing machine”.  I tuned him out and just nodded in agreement. It was apparent to me that this man had a terminal case of cognitive dissonance and I wasn’t in the mood to hear his regurgitation of CNN, whom he loves. When he saw that I was tuning him out, he said “I suppose you have a conspiracy theory about this Vegas shooting.” I responded that indeed I did but I did not feel the need to correct his ignorance. He egged me on to present what I knew to be a conspiracy. He responded, “I suppose you think this is another 9/11”.  I said “No, this is another JFK assassination experience”. I broke down and told him what is in the following paragraphs.

The Vegas Shooting Analysis Must Avoid the JFK Assassination Pitfalls

John Kennedy was murdered in November of 1963. The Warren Commission concluded, in 1964, that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots and struck JFK and the Texas Governor. Most of America believed the illogic of the Warren Report. However, in 1977, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that “Oswald and one other shooter, unknown in their identity, killed John Kennedy”. The last report ordered the DOJ to investigate further. Forty-Four years later, we are still waiting for the investigation.

From 1977 to the end of the 20th century, the number of people who believed in a conspiracy grew to 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. The topics of disputed evidence included “the timing problem, the magic bullet, the lack of marksmanship expertise by accused assassin, the missing JFK brain which was lost during the autopsy, andOswald’s association with Operation Mongoose which was turned into a JFK killing machine after they failed to successfully assassinate Fidel Castro.  Nearly all of the JFK conspiracy discussions centered around this forensic evidence. The public rarely ever speculated about who did it other than scant references to the CIA and the Mafia, both of which were incapable of carrying out the cover-up without the help of LBJ, Chief Justice Earl Warren and key members of Congress.

I once told the late Jim Marrs on the radio that I was bored with the endless discussion of the forensic evidence. The mainstream media kept us stuck on this point for decades and we never got to “who dun it”.

Oh yeah, before linking the JFK distractions to the Vegas shooting, I won’t tease you, this is who killed and JFK and why.  The primary shooter was a Corsican hitman Lucianne Sarti who shot JFK in the head from the grass knoll and he used a hollow point bullet and it blew JFK’s head apart. This is why the brain had to be lost. But Sarti was only one of 3 hit teams in Dealy Plaza, all consisting of foreign contract killers, who were connected to the Trafficante crime family, who were also deeply connected to the CIA, who in turn served the globalists. I have witnesses, on tape, that confirm every preceeding sentence. The hit was ordered by David Rockefeller. After JFK’s death, everything changed (eg nuclear arms race increased, the Vietnam War began in earnest, the Oil Depletion Allowance tax deduction was fully reinstated, JFK’s C-Notes were taken out of circulation and the NWO marched on and Rockefeller became even wealthier).

I felt it critical to bring up the parallels to JFK when discussing this last false flag. I am already seeing a pattern where America is again stuck on the forensic evidence. Yes, I know the event is only moving into the 4th day. However, the “gaps” in the official narrative are there for all to see, at least those who have eyes that want to see.

One time only, barring more important information, I will play the parlor game of looking at the forensic evidence.

Doesn’t Mandalay Bay Have Maid Service?

We are asked to believe the unbelievable. That this man, from the local town of Mesquite, had adjoining hotel rooms on the 32nd floor and over a period of several consecutive days, he stockpiled ammunition and at the latest count over 30 guns. How did he conceal the guns from hotel security and most importantly from the maids who should have been servicing his rooms (plural)?

My ignorant friend that I referenced in the first paragraph of this article answered this question in this manner “he just put the do not disturb sign on the door”.  That might work for one or two days, but several days? After several days wouldn’t the maids say something to their surpervisor that the man in the two adjoining rooms is refusing maid service. Shouldn’t that have triggered hotel security? And if the maids were in the rooms, where would the guns and ammunition been hidden? Remember, this is Vegas where security is trained to recognize and respond to threats because of the high stakes nature of the business.

Believing the Unbelievable

We are asked to believe that an out of shape and portly 64-year-old man managed to expertly lay down highly effective automatic weapons fire which ended the lives of59 people while wounding nearly 600 innocent victim

Meanwhile the accused assassin fired off thousands of .223 rounds. these rounds were fired from 400 yards away and as a result would have been outside their effective range. In addition, as Mike Adams pointed out, no shell-casings were “magically cooled before they hit the carpet in the kill zone. Because if they were not magically cooled, they would have burnt holes in the carpet.

In fact, Mike goes on to say:

“This was accomplished, we’re told, by one man firing 10 rifles… wait, no, 27 rifles all by himself, without any military training whatsoever. This same man set up a James Bond spy camera in the hotel hallway to monitor police in an attempt to defend himself against the inevitable police assault, then he just changed his mind and shot himself the moment the cops showed up… all for no apparent reason.”

The media has not successfully answered the question of how the assassin moved the massive amounts of rifles and cumbersome and weighty ammunition boxes passed hotel security. This wasn’t just a hotel. This was a Vegas hotel in which the security are armed to the teeth and trained to see these kinds of events. Why? Because their have their gaming operations to defend. The fact that this much killing material was smuggled unnnoticed past trained security is not believable. Adding fuel to this fire is the idea that this man installed NSA style security cameras in the hall to get ready for the police assault and then he turns the event into a suicide mission? This is not believable either.

The Main Killing Weapon

I have spoken to several military types about the type of gun that was used in the killing. From listening to the tape, over half of the “experts” that I spoke with identified the gun they heard as a MG 60 with belt. I was told that the gun is very heavy and requires a belt. Only a very strong person could use this gun, shooting iwth one arm, while feeding the belt into the gun with the other arm. And we are asked to believe that this portly 64-year-old man accomplished this fee and fired the funwith incredible accuracy?

Read More @ TheCommonSenseShow.com

The Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ PAC Uncovered

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by Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart:

The secret group of left-wing foundations and millionaire donors to an anti-Trump “resistance” group has been revealed to include the left-wing W.K. Kellogg Foundation, according to a report.

The donors to the Center for Community Change Action, a group that has funded direct attacks on the Trump administration, were revealed in a new report by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Beacon was able to obtain the anti-Trump organization’s 2015 tax documents that showed major donations from a handful of high-dollar foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Indeed, the largest donation came from the far-left Kellogg Foundation which gave an incredible $3,000,000, the report states.

With a donation of $2,350,000, the Ford Foundation (not affiliated with the Ford Motor Co.) gave nearly as much, the documents reveal.

Anti-American billionaire George Soros also jumped into the game with a $1,750,000 donation from his Open Society Foundations.

Some of the other foundations that donated to the anti-Trump group include the following:

  • $524,500 from the California Endowment
  • $515,000 from the Marquerite Casey Foundation
  • $505,100 from Fidelity Charitable Gift
  • $316,000 from National Immigration Law Center
  • $1,750,000 from the Hillary Clinton affiliated Every Citizen Counts
  • $1,475,000 from another Soros group named the Open Society Policy Center
  • $150,000 from government workers union the SEIU

In yet another connection to anti-American George Soros, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, Deepak Bhargava, sits on the advisory board of Soros’s Open Society Foundation.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

VIDEO: Las Vegas Shooting From 64th Floor Of Mandalay Bay

As the American people learn more about the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, more questions arise about what really happened.
 

by Jacob Engels, Central Florida Post:

The past 24 hours have been immensely depressing and shocking, from the Las Vegas shooting, to the news of a do not resuscitate order on an ailing Tom Petty.

While we know most of the story about what happened to Petty, thousands of unanswered questions remain about what actually transpired before, during, and after the shooting.

With the death toll climbing past 50 and hundreds injured, America is now turning their focus on the nitty gritty. The alleged shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, was at onetime a Central Florida resident, with several family members still living in the state.

He was a wealthy former accountant with several homes, and a penchant for high stakes gambling according to his brother. Paddock was found dead in his 32nd floor hotel room in Mandalay Bay, after SWAT used a controlled explosive to enter.

uthorities are telling us that Paddock acted alone, and that at this point, no other people are believed to be involved in actually shooting the concertgoers of the Harvest Music Festival.

According to our sources, and other reports, we believe there is much more to the story, including what motivated Paddock (possible ties to Antifa, radical left-wing groups), or any potential accomplices.

Former undercover detective and private investigator James Copenhaver agrees that the public could be misinformed on on a lot.

“Having been in Vegas on many trips, we all know these casinos are the most protected buildings in the Untied States. They all have top-notch security, with top-notch surveillance cameras. My first question is, if in fact this retired accountant stayed for several days with 10 – 20 weapons in his room, were the housekeepers blind?”

Did this man really not set off any alarms if he placed a do not disturb card on his door for that many days to conceal his cache of weapons? Hopefully there are guests or hotel staff that have come forward or are going to come forward with more information.”

Copenhaver served on several joint task forces with federal agencies while in law enforcement, including operations with F.B.I. He gave ongoing commentary during the Pulse shooting last summer in Orlando, and graduated number two in his undercover class at Quantico.

Jeremy Adams, an Orlando based entrepreneur, was at a party on the 64th floor of the Mandalay Bay, moments before the first shots rang out.

“I was on the 64th floor, which is the highest. As it all started, I was heading downstairs to grab a cab. I ended up leaving before all hell broke loose, but immediately saw a strong and heavily armed police presence once it started.”

Adams later posted a video to his Facebook profile filmed by a friend still at the party, which starts sometime after the first round of gunfire down onto the crowd, exactly 32 floors below. See it below.

People are heard in disbelief, even thinking for a moment that it had ended, before more shots are heard.

The immediate and strong police presence suggests that law enforcement has been placed on high alert internally, or that authorities may have been in some stage on investigation on Paddock prior to the shooting.

A women even gave an interview to a reporter, claiming that another women was removed from the concert 45-minutes prior to the shooting, after shouting that “everyone was going to die tonight.”

The women was described a shorter Hispanic female, which sounds an awful lot like Paddocks roomate/girlfriend, who has since been reported to be abroad.

Could this be the beginning of violence and revolution promised by radical groups like Antifa, who have been promoting violence as the proper outlet for disillusioned people?

Could it be a otherwise normal American who was radicalized by ISIS, who has claimed responsibility for the attack?

Photos from today also show two windows being blown out on the 32nd floor, from what appears to be separate rooms… after we have been continually told it was a long shooter.

“He had no known training or time spent at the range, yet this 64-year old was able to shoot down on this crowd of 22,000 in a tactical manner? He had no military experience.”

Copenhaver also pointed to the odd nature of the audio of the SWAT team entering the hotel and breaching Paddock’s room.

“I’ve listened to in-progress calls many times, in many different scenarios. After they entered the room, all we hear is that the shooter is down. We don’t hear anyone asking about injuries to any law enforcement officers involved.”

This could mean that police might have had prior knowledge that Paddock was dead before entering the room, or that he killed himself right before the breach.

Read More @ CentralFloridaPost.com

The Violent Face of the EU is Revealed in Catalonia

by Tom Luongo, Russia Insider:

Spain’s violent opposition in Catalonia peels back the veneer of what the EU truly stands for…control.

Despite the best efforts of the European establishment, the Catalonia referendum finally went ahead as scheduled. Violence ensued.  Spain’s central government believes its laws are primary.

And that they have the right to suppress dissent based on that belief.

Because that is always what happens when a government’s authority is directly threatened by the people’s desire for something else. Violent suppression.

This event is a stark reminder of what George Washington said of government, “… is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

All of the niceties of orderly society dissolve when it reaches this point.  It’s all smiles and high-minded ideals until someone says, “No thanks. I don’t want what you’re selling.”

And that’s when the tanks roll in.

Governments operate on the mistaken belief that we cannot function without them.  They, and their apologists, are wrong.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, obviously under the orders of his EU masters and handlers in Brussels, learned nothing from history. He learned nothing from Tienanmen Square, the Berlin Wall, Moscow or even Brexit.

You cannot stop an idea whose time has come.  And thanks to one of the worst miscalculations by a government in a generation what was lukewarm support for independence galvanized into a near unanimous expression of disgust.

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Catalonia – Years in the Making

I’ve been following this story for years; watching it build to this point.  If it didn’t turn into violence this time then it would have the next.  Catalonia was told multiple times this vote was ‘illegal’ and yet they planned for it anyway.

They were told not to draft founding documents, and yet they did so.  While the official polling had Catalan independence support hovering below the 50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} line, it beggars logic that those polls were accurate given the response from Rajoy’s government.

Simply put, the polls were lying and support for independence was far higher than anyone was willing to admit.  After the past two weeks of egregious moves to stop the vote from taking place, Spain’s central government created even more independent radicals.

This is a point lost in the apologia emanating from normally sober observers of geopolitics, in this case “B.” from Moon of Alabama, trying to frame this vote as anti-democratic.

Catalonia has a GDP per capita of some $33,580/year. For Spain as a whole the GDP per capita is $26,643/year. Many factors account for the difference. Catalonia has an advantages in climate, in the vicinity of the French border, the high attractiveness for tourists with its capital Barcelona and its beaches. It has a well developed industry. But the “rest of Spain” is also, by far, its biggest market.

A richer part of the country does not want to subsidize the poorer ones. But it still wants to profit from them.

In general, the splitting off of sub-states from the bigger, established nations weakens both.

The wistfulness of “B’s” tone here tells you everything you need to know.  He’s an unabashed German leftist.  His soak-the-rich ideology is more important than the right of people to be free to choose their destiny.

The final line quoted is laughable on the face of it.

If the arrangement between Catalonia and the rest of Spain was good for both we wouldn’t be here.  This isn’t some variation on ‘white privilege’ for rich Catalans.  It’s simple economics.

The EU is Broke(n)

Governments around the world are broke.  They are especially broke in the EU.  Catalonia no longer wanted to subsidize the debt incurred by Spain’s government (which is, frankly, insane) on top of the wealth transfers already in place.

Madrid opposed the vote because of the potential for breakdown of European capital markets and the inability for the European Central Bank to cover the fallout.  That’s where Rajoy’s orders came from.

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The Globalists Are Systematically Destroying America’s Middle Class

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

When people are dependent on the government they are much easier to control.  We are often told that we are not “compassionate” when we object to the endless expansion of government social programs, but that is not how the debate should be framed.  In America today, well over 100 million people receive money from the federal government each month, and the number of Americans that are truly financially independent is continually shrinking.  In fact, only 25 percent of all Americans have more than $10,000 in savings right now according to one survey.  If we eventually get to the point where virtually all of us are dependent on the government for our continued existence, that would give the globalists a very powerful tool of control.  In the end, they want as many of us dependent on the government as possible, because those that are dependent on the government are a lot less likely to fight against their agenda.

Back in 1992, the bottom 90 percent of American income earners brought in more than 60 percent of the country’s income.  But last year that figure slipped to just 49.7 percent.  The wealth of our society is increasingly being concentrated at the very top, and the middle class is steadily being eroded.  Surveys have found that somewhere around two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time, and so living on the edge has become a way of life for most Americans.

Earlier today, I came across a Business Insider article that was bemoaning the fact that the U.S. economy seems to be rather directionless at this point…

  • We do not have a real plan for health care, and costs continue to gobble up American wages.
  • We do not have a plan for dealing with globalization and economic change, but that change continues to shape our economy.
  • We don’t have a plan to update our decrepit infrastructure.
  • The one plan we did have — the Federal Reserve’s post-financial crisis program — is about to be unwound, marking the end of the last clear, executable plan to bolster America’s economy.

Ultimately, the truth is that we don’t actually need some sort of “central plan” for our economy.  We are supposed to be a free market system that is not guided and directed by central planners, but many Americans don’t even understand the benefits of free market capitalism anymore.

However, that Business Insider article did make a great point about globalization.   Most people don’t realize that our economy is slowly but surely being integrated into a global economic system.   This is really bad for American workers, because now they are being merged into a global labor pool in which they must compete directly for jobs with workers in other countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

Even down in Mexico, many autoworkers are only making $2.25 an hour

Most of the workers at the new Audi factory in the state of Puebla, inaugurated in 2016 and assembling the Audi Q4 SUV, which carries a sticker price in the US of over $40,000 for base versions, make $2.25 an hour, according to the Union.

Volkswagen, which owns Audi, started building Beetles in Puebla in 1967 and has since created a vast manufacturing empire in Mexico, with vehicles built for consumers in Mexico, the US, Canada, and Latin American markets.

Volkswagen, Ford, GM, or any of the global automakers, which can manufacture just about anywhere in the world, always search for cheap labor to maximize the bottom line.

Would you want to work for $2.25 an hour?

Over time, millions of good paying jobs have been leaving high wage countries and have been going to low wage countries.  The United States has lost more than 70,000 manufacturing facilities since China joined the WTO, and this is one of the biggest factors that has eroded the middle class.

In a desperate attempt to maintain our standard of living, we have gone into increasing amounts of debt.  Of course our federal government is now 20 trillion dollars in debt, but on an individual level we are doing the same thing.  Today, American consumers are over 12 trillion dollars in debt, and it gets worse with each passing day.

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and most Americans have become debt slaves at this point.  This is something that Paul Craig Roberts commented on recently

Americans carry on by accumulating debt and becoming debt slaves. Many can only make the minimum payment on their credit card and thus accumulate debt. The Federal Reserve’s policy has exploded the prices of financial assets. The result is that the bulk of the population lacks discretionary income, and those with financial assets are wealthy until values adjust to reality.

As an economist I cannot identify in history any economy whose affairs have been so badly managed and prospects so severely damaged as the economy of the United States of America. In the short/intermediate run policies that damage the prospects for the American work force benefit what is called the One Percent as jobs offshoring reduces corporate costs and financialization transfers remaining discretionary income in interest and fees to the financial sector. But as consumer discretionary incomes disappear and debt burdens rise, aggregate demand falters, and there is nothing left to drive the economy.

This debt-based system continuously funnels wealth toward the very top of the pyramid, because it is the people at the very top that hold all of the debts.

Each year it gets worse, and most Americans would be absolutely stunned to hear that the top one percent now control 38.6 percent of all wealth in the United States…

The richest 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of families controlled a record-high 38.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the country’s wealth in 2016, according to a Federal Reserve report published on Wednesday.

That’s nearly twice as much as the bottom 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, which has seen its slice of the pie continue to shrink.

The bottom 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of families now hold just 22.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the wealth, down from about one-third in 1989 when the Fed started tracking this measure.

So how do we fix this?

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Rohrabacher: Assange Has ‘Absolute Proof’ of Who Gave Him DNC Emails—and It Ain’t the Russians

by Debra Heine, PJ Media:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says he has seen evidence that could disprove Russia-Trump collusion accusations once and for all, but he’s having a hard time getting his message through to the president.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide the evidence in exchange for a pardon from President Trump.

The congressman expressed confidence in an interview with OAN that the president will “get behind this” as soon he hears the message.

“I think he will because I’m going to try to overcome the obstacles in the way — which happens to be his staff,” he said. “So in the next few weeks, my job is to try to make sure the president’s staff doesn’t fence him off from this offer.”

Rohrabacher added, “I think that when he hears that there’s been an offer made, he will insist on knowing about it.”

He said that the one person who could prove or disprove charges that Trump and Russia colluded on hacking the DNC is Julian Assange — and no one has even bothered to go see him. Last month, Rohrabacher went to London to visit him at the Ecuadorian embassy himself.

“He has a story to tell,” Rohrabacher said. “He’s the one guy that I think the American people and the people in the world need to hear, and he’s the one guy that now our intelligence agencies as well at the powers that be in Washington don’t want anybody to hear….”

The congressman suggested that the intelligence agencies, headed by Obama appointees, had political motivations when they verified that the Russians had hacked the DNC.

“Julian Assange says that’s absolutely not true,” he said. “Absolutely, the Russians did not provide him with these emails” — but someone else did.

Rohrabacher said the WikiLeaks founder “has absolute proof of who gave him those emails” but he wants to secure a pardon before he provides the information — so that when he “leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, he doesn’t get arrested”

The congressman said people should not take Assange’s word for anything, but should instead look at the evidence he provides.

“We’re relying on him providing us evidence which we [the American people] then will evaluate and that will determine whether or not we believe his story as to who actually delivered those emails to him,” he said.

Rohrabacher told OAN in the second part of the exclusive interview (to be aired on Saturday) that “the American people don’t know as much as they should” and would be “outraged if they knew the full measure of the information withheld from them.”

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“They Won’t Know What Hit Them” Shocking Undercover Footage Exposes Antifa’s “Premeditated” Violence

from Zero Hedge:

As if the public needed any more evidence that violence is a central part of Antifa’s mission, conservative comedian Steve Crowder has published footage that he and his producer surreptitiously recorded after infiltrating a local Antifa cell and accompanying it to a protest at the University of Utah.

The shockingly candid footage offers a disturbing glimpse into the innerworkings of Antifa – a loosely organized band of far-left agitators – and the central tenant of violent resistance that encapsulates the group’s philosophy. The footage primarily focuses on a transgender woman, the purported leader of a small cell of Antifa protesters, who can be heard telling Crowder’s producer that she’s armed with a handgun, and that she expects reinforcements to arrive later with “two AKs”. The organizer can also be heard recommending that Crowder’s producer buy a small blade at a military surplus store and strap it to his ankle “just in case.”

What they show appears to confirm that the group protesters were planning to disrupt a speaking event hosted by conservative commentator and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro, whom Antifa has accused of being a nazi despite the fact that he is Jewish. Shapiro’s recent appearances at UC Berkeley and other university campuses drew protests, with demonstrators labeling him a “fascist.”

But perhaps the most surprising thing about the footage was the fact that mainstream media reporters AND police essentially told Crowder & Co. to get lost when they shared it with them.

 

In another shocking excerpt, the Antifa leader – whom Crowder didn’t name because he said he didn’t want to “dox” anybody, though he added that police have confirmed that they have been monitoring her – described a plan to lure right-wing demonstrators to a secluded area where, presumably, they would be attacked by Antifa.

“Plain clothes, hard tactics, I don’t think they’ll know what hit them. Because they’re not prepared for what we’re planning,” the organizer says at one point.

In the video, another unnamed Antifa member who goes by the pseudonym Clark can be heard explaining that the difference between Antifa and other activist groups is a “willingness to respond with violence.”

As we’ve reported time and time again, Antifa protesters have been inciting violence across the country since Trump’s upset victory in November, beginning with protests during Trump’s inauguration that quickly turned violent in destructive.

According to Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Crowder published the undercover video Thursday that purports to show far left-wing protesters distributing weapons ahead of the speech. Crowder’s production team presented the video to police moments after it was recorded.

Yet after evaluating the video, the police determined that there was no credible threat.

“Police looked at the video, evaluated other information available to them, and determined the individuals did not pose a credible threat that warranted action,” Nelson told Fox 13 News.

Similarly violent clashes instigated by members of the far-left group erupted on the campus of UC Berkeley in early February, where members of the group hurled Molotov cocktails and attacked “facists” and “nazis” who were attending a speaking event by Milo Yiannopoulos, causing extensive property damage on campus.

While both the mainstream media and more mainstream leftists initially defended the group, public sentiment has soured on the group.

Several media organizations – including the LA Times, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal – have criticized the group’s violent tactics. A month ago, it was reported that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security classified Antifa as a “domestic terrorist” group in internal communications that described them as “primary instigators of violence at public rallies” going back to at least April 2016 when the reports were first published.”

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com