Friday, February 22, 2019

The Pension Crisis is Starting to Explode

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

At the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, yields an annual income of only $15,080. This is below the annual poverty line. It also reflects something that most people are unaware of — in Illinois, there are more than 19,000 retired teachers who get OVER $100,000 per year in their pension. According to the latest data, nearly 1.5 in ten federal employees are eligible to retire RIGHT NOW, and in five years the number will hit three in 10 or about 30%. The Housing and Urban Development Department in the federal government has the highest rate of employees eligible to retire right now of any major agency in government, which stands at a shocking 24%.

First Venezuela, now Nicaragua? Bolton says Ortega’s days ‘numbered’ & people ‘will soon be free’

from RT:

US President Donald Trump’s top foreign policy advisor John Bolton appears dead set on resuming his decades-long stand-off with Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, hinting that Washington-backed regime change may be in the offing.

“The Ortega regime has sentenced three farm leaders to 550 years in prison for their roles in protests in 2018, where Ortega’s police forces reportedly killed 300 activists. As President Trump said Monday, Ortega’s days are numbered and the Nicaraguan people will soon be free,” the national security advisor to the US president tweeted on Wednesday.

With The Party Of ‘The Holocaust Of Our Time’ Waiting In The Wings In 2020 And Tyranny Surely Awaiting Us Should Trump Lose, The Next 2 Years Will Be The Battle Of Our Lifetimes

by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

Take a look at the photograph above. Should Democrats somehow win the presidential election in 2020, some or all of those smirking, pursed-lipped faces might just end up back in positions of government power. Let that sink in for a moment. And while we’d prefer to see them all facing charges of treason, and through some miracle they still might one day, the thought of these people who long ago sold out America getting back into the unchallenged positions they enjoyed under Barack Obama under, say, a ‘President Hillary Clinton‘, should be enough to motivate anybody who cares about this country to realize that for the next two years, we’ll be in the battle of our lifetime’s with no real ‘middle ground‘ between capitalism and socialism and what becomes of America moving ahead.

Russia Long Looked West. That Is About to Change

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from Russia Insider:

Three almost uninterrupted centuries of Russian self-comparison, self-assessment, self-identification with the West and ever deeper involvement in the intra-Western geopolitical and imperial competition have come to an end. Harsh lessons Russians have drawn from its three centuries of intimate interaction with the West — its Occidental Era — were reinforced by the post-Cold War failure to create a ‘common European home’ from Vancouver to Vladivostok, leading to the conclusion that Russia had betrayed the meaning of its national seal – the double-headed eagle looking both west and east. Although Russia still references the West as a competitor as well as standard in some respects, Vladimir Putin’s Russia now rejects the post-modernist West and its neo-imperial civilizational, indeed, ‘civilizationalist’ ambitions in Russia’s neighborhood. Instead of seeking to be part of the West or defeat the Western geopolitical paradigm, it seeks along with China and, in some respects, India and several more regional powers in building an alternative global civilization to that in the post-modern West.

Pierre Omidyar’s Funding of Pro-Regime-Change Networks and Partnerships with CIA Cutouts

from MintPress News:

To [Omidyar] it’s … about … integrating things together to give technocrats, business executives and government officials a God’s-eye view of the world — to manage and control society more efficiently.” — Yasha Levine, author of “Surveillance Valley: The Military History of the Internet”

As we have seen in part one of this investigation, billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has partnered closely with many of the U.S.-funded outfits that fulfill the role the CIA used to play during the Cold War in backing opposition media and civil society in countries targeted for regime change. However, Omidyar has also sought state-of-the-art design solutions from a shady U.S. government national security consulting firm with a myriad of ties to the hawkish D.C. foreign policy establishment.

Israeli Pharmaceutical Companies Test Medicines on Palestinian Prisoners

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from The Mind Unleashed:

Israeli Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian revealed yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian and Arab prisoners, Felesteen.ps reported.

The Hebrew University lecturer also revealed that the Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem.

Speaking in Columbia University in New York City, Shalhoub-Kevorkian said that she collected the data while carrying out a research project for the Hebrew University.

Scott Adams: ‘The hockey stick is literally a symbol of lying’

by Anthony Watt, Watts Up With That:

That’s direct quote from Scott Adams in this video he posted yesterday. Well worth your time.

In this video, ‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams solves the climate debate and saves the world (really).

Global Warming Doomsday Prophesy: 100 Million Climate Refugees by 2050

by Penny Starr, Breitbart:

David Wallace-Wells is taking his climate change fear mongering to a new level. He has transformed his doomsday pieces featured in the past two years in New York magazine into a book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, released today.

James Delingpole, the executive editor of Breitbart London, has written about Wallace-Wells’ previous over-the-top predictions about global warming, including an article in the magazine last year: 

Russiagate In Flames: No Evidence Of Collusion, New Findings Challenge DNC Hack Narrative

by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed two pillars of the Russiagate narrative continue to disintegrate and erode. First, we heard that a bipartisan inquiry by the Senate Intelligence Committee admitted that they have yet to find evidence indicating that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential election. Secondly, new light was shed on the process by which the DNC Emails published by WikiLeaks may have been sourced, thanks to two reports: one authored by former NSA Technical Director Bill Binney and former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, with the other work penned by Disobedient Media’s Adam Carter.

Here’s One Reason Gold Is Money

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by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:

Gold is money. Gold has been money for thousands of years. And one of the reasons gold is money is because it’s immutable.

That’s just a fancy way of saying it can’t be changed or destroyed.

Aristotle listed four characteristics of sound money: it must be durable, portable, divisible, and have intrinsic value. Gold possesses all of these characteristics, which is why gold has served as money for thousands of years.