Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ron Paul: We Must Declare Independence

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by Ron Paul, via The Anti Media:
As Independence Day comes around again we should spend a few moments between barbecue and fireworks to think about the meaning of independence. The colonists who rebelled against the British Crown were, among other things, unhappy about taxation. Yet, as economist Gary North points out, the total burden of British imperial taxation was about one-to-two percent of national income.

Some 241 years later, Washington claims more of our money as its own than King George could have ever imagined. What do we get in this bargain? We get a federal government larger and more oppressive than before 1776, a government that increasingly views us as the enemy.

How to Build an Impenetrable Defense

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:
Over the past few days, I’ve been telling you about the importance of building a personal Plan B that ensures you are in a position of strength… no matter what happens next.

The first step is building a strong defense that safeguards what you already have.

This includes risk prevention and increasing your freedom.

It ensures that everything you’ve worked for – and will achieve – over your lifetime is safe, no matter what.

Where’s Your Loyalty?

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by Jeff Thomas, International Man:
Recently, after reading an essay of mine, a reader angrily questioned my loyalty to the USA. My immediate reaction was that I’m not a US citizen. I therefore tend to observe the US dispassionately, just as I’d observe any of the nearly 200 “foreign” countries in the world.

But, as I’m British, what if he’d questioned my loyalty to the UK? Would he have a valid point? Well, at the very least, he’d certainly have a question worthy of an answer.

I, of course, have a legal right to live and work in the UK, and yet I choose not to. It’s simply not my idea of a great country in which to reside. As much as I regard the traditional English village to be an ideal environment in which to live, I reside elsewhere. The reason is that I place a very high value on personal freedom, a nonintrusive government, and a populace that doesn’t feel that it’s entitled to largesse that’s been forcibly taken from another segment of the population.

Pavlov’s Dogs and the Lunatic Left

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by Matt, SGT Report:
Mankind has discovered many things by accident. Penicillin, Microwave Ovens and Coca Cola for starters and so it goes with the story of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist in the late 19th century. Pavlov was studying the salivation in dogs in response to being fed.

The intention was to monitor the salivation when he noticed that dogs would begin their salivation whenever he entered the room, whether he was bringing them food or not. It’s said that initially he thought this was something of a nuisance.

What Pavlov came to understand was that there were some things that a dog does not need to learn. This was ‘hard wired’ into the dog.

Veteran Journalist Sharyl Attkisson Explains how Big Money Manipulates News Media

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by Onan Coca, Freedom OutPost:
Trust your cognitive dissonance. Try to be aware you’re being manipulated or at least someone may be trying. — Sharyl Attkisson to America

Sharyl Attkisson has always been a respected and well-regarded journalist, and her recent work is only building her reputation. After spending years holding Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama accountable to the American people, Attkisson left CBS to strike out on her own. Even though she faced tremendous pressure from the Obama administration (and may have even been spied on by the administration), Attkisson persevered.

Jackass’ Red Glare Upon The Petrodollar

by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals Report:
For your holiday listening pleasure, Jim Willie returns for a comprehensive discussion of the petrodollar and how current events around the Arabian Peninsula are a sign of great distress for this monetary scheme.

Again, what is the “petrodollar”. The idea was championed by Henry Kissinger in 1973 as a way to create ongoing demand for US dollars by maintaining the pricing of crude oil in dollars only. The effects of this were two-fold:

To create constant demand for dollars…dollars which were now completely unhinged from any gold backing…and this demand would soak up any excess supply of new currency being printed in the US for military and social purposes.
To force oil-exporting nations to keep their foreign currency reserves in dollars, thus creating an ongoing demand for US treasury bonds. This constant demand for bonds would help to keep interest rates…and thus the US debt service cost…unnaturally low.

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Reserve Currency Issuer Plus Global Pariah = Historic Monetary Reset

by Andy Hoffman, Miles Franklin:
The gold Cartel will eventually collapse – just like all Cartels before it, like the London Gold Pool in 1968, before gold surged from $35/oz to nearly $900/oz a decade later. However, in the meantime, we must continue to fight a monetary battle to the death – which mathematically, must be won by sound money; as, per the immortal theme of Gresham’s Law, good money always chases out bad. Not to mention, Economics 101; as, per last week’s “Precious Metals’ ultimate downside protection,” the mining industry has been so decimated by two decades of price suppression, supply is guaranteed to plunge indefinitely. This, as the terminal, malignant phase of history’s largest, most destructive fiat Ponzi scheme causes global Central bank printing presses to be turned up to “ludicrous speed” (Spaceballs reference).

Owning Gold Is the First Step to “Freedom Insurance”

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by Nick Giambruno, Casey Research:
It’s predictable…

A government in need of cash will turn to destructive “solutions.”

Money printing, higher taxes, and more regulations often come first. Unfortunately, these are just the hors d’oeuvres before a 10-course meal.

As they become increasingly desperate, governments implement increasingly destructive policies. This might include capital controls, price controls, people controls, official currency devaluations, wealth confiscations, retirement account nationalizations, and more.