Saturday, April 21, 2018

“Color Revolution” Comes Home? Are Americans Also the Victims of “Regime Change”?

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Global Research:
The United States has perfected the art of regime change operations. The US is the largest empire in world history with more than 1,000 military bases and troops operating throughout the world. In addition to military force, the US uses the soft power of regime change, often through ‘Color Revolutions.’ The US has been building its empire since the Civil War era, but it has been in the post-World War II period that it has perfected regime change operations.

Red Alert Economic Collapse Update

by SGT, SGT Report:

This is a red alert economic collapse update.

The state of Illinois is now on fiscal death watch after a District Court ruling on Friday demanded that the state pay back its debts at an accelerated rate.

Federal judge Joan Lefkow in Chicago ordered Illinois to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars it owes in Medicaid payments that state officials say the government doesn’t have, the Chicago Tribune reported.Judge Lefkow ordered the state to make $586 million in monthly payments (from the current $160 million).

Getting Down to Business

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from Rogue Money:
“Today, Chinese-Russian relations have entered the best period of their development. This is a result of the long-term efforts of both sides. As they say, “the more people put twigs into the fire, the brighter its flame.” — President Xi Jinping, Moscow, July 4, 2017

Presidents Putin and Xi held a joint news conference on July 4th. The signing of agreements and deals that link arms between the two countries in the new Silk Road world is nothing new. But this time it is apparent that business leaders from both the private and public sectors are being woven even more strongly into the silk.

Primitive Technology: Stone Axe (celt)

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from Primitive Technology:

The manufacture of a stone ax including the handle from using only primitive tools and materials. It is a celt (pronounced “selt”) a type of ax with a polished stone head wedged into a hole or mortise at the end of a wooden handle (not to be confused with a “Kelt” referring to a Celtic person). The head took about a week and a day to make as I chose to make it from a particularly large piece of basalt.

The Unspeakable Crime of V. Orbán

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by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:
Some people seem like they never learn how to play the game. At the top of the list in the European Union these days is Hungary and her stubborn Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán. He just doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t understand that it’s not “European” to defend the sovereign rights of your citizens and your nation. No matter how the EU faceless technocrats hovering around the dubious Luxembourg EU President Jean-Claude Juncker try to educate Orbán and his government, he doesn’t seem to get it.

The past year has been a tough one for the Brussels’ EU political correctness Supremos. First Mr Orbán insisted on going through with a national referendum. How anti-European! Letting citizens vote on issues affecting their lives in their own countries! What a dangerous idea if that ever spreads. Next thing you know women might demand genuine equality and to be taken seriously as human beings. Horror!

BernieGate: Another Mysteriously Missing Server

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by Michael DePinto, Freedom OutPost:
By now, most have already heard about ‘Berniegate’, in which Bernie and Jane Sanders have clammed up and hired lawyers as federal investigators probe a shady land deal and subsequent bankruptcy of Burlington College; a college which Jane Sanders used to be Presidents. A job she was, by the way, thoroughly unqualified for, but how many know the exact details of why the Sanders are being investigated?

In the following video, Right Wing News lays out the full details of Berniegate. The gist of it is that Jane had the bright idea that relocating the college to an expensive piece of land would somehow boost enrollment and donation figures. To purchase that land, the college needed a loan. To get that loan, they needed to show a certain amount of pledged donation figures. And Jane allegedly made false representations on that figure in order to obtain the loan. The relocation did not help the college and they eventually went bankrupt under the weight of the debt. Is this fraud?

Federal Judge Blocks California Magazine Confiscation Law: “The Constitution Is A Shield From The Tyranny Of The Majority”

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:
It’s no secret that people on the left have a disdain for our representative form of government. That’s why they threw such a big fit over the electoral college system after the last election. They don’t like the idea that laws and elections aren’t determined by the will of the majority, and they don’t recognize how dangerous that would be for everyone’s freedom (or worse, in some cases they know exactly how dangerous it would be).

But their hatred for our constitutional republic extends beyond the electoral college. They would prefer to live under a pure democracy, where the majority of the population can trash the rights of the minority. They would rather live under a system where individual rights are sacrificed for their twisted version of “the common good.”

Enter The NatGas Cartel – Jim Willie

by Jim Willie, Gold Seek:
The King Dollar is mortally wounded. Many notice but the masses seem largely unaware. Since 1971, the Gold Standard has been removed from its anchor position. But since 1973, the Petro-Dollar has taken its place. It has called for crude oil sales led by the Saudis and OPEC to be transacted in USDollar terms, for oil surpluses to be stored in USTreasury Bonds, and for some kickbacks from the Saudis to the USMilitary complex for weapons purchases. Of course, the US is ready willing and able to create strife and to foment wars whereby the Arab oil monarchs will need more weapons. Since 2014, many events have pointed to the crippled condition of the important link between the USDollar and crude oil. The price has plunged by 50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of more, and not recovered. It is currently lurching in the nether bounds near the $45 level. Anything less than $65 to $70 per barrel is very dangerous for keeping the oil sovereigns afloat and for keeping the US energy sector solvent. Witness the Wall Street banks having tremendous problems with impaired bonds and toxic energy portfolios. They seem not resolvable. They cannot keep the oil price over $50, a sign of their impotence.

Auto Sales Tank Again In June – It’s Worse Than Headline Reports

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by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
June auto sales on a “SAAR” basis (seasonally adjusted annualized rate) fell 1.2{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from May to 16.5 million “SAAR.” The non-SAAR number available from sources like Autonews.com show a 3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year over year drop from June 2016. The year over year comparison for the same month eliminates seasonality and it eliminates statistical errors compounded by the annualization calculation.

It was the 6th month in a row that auto sales declined. June’s 16.5 million SAAR was 11.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} below the all-time high of 18.7 million SAAR (December 2016). This is a large decline that is not being given much attention in the financial media.

Parents to Pay the Price when Australian Housing Bubble Bursts

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
Home prices jump to new record amid surging supply and declining real wages.

“The government, opposition, central bank (RBA), prudential regulator (APRA), FIRE sector (finance, insurance, and real estate industries) and their economists predictably deny the existence of a housing bubble. They firmly assert a severe downturn in the residential property market cannot and will not occur” — LF Economics.

So when home prices sagged on a monthly basis in May, the fretting began. But now it is ascribed to a seasonal quirk because in June home prices jumped again, according to CoreLogic:

Haley: US Will Use Military In North Korea “If It Must”

from ZeroHedge:
The war drums are beating louder, and as US Ambassador to the UN Nicky Haley said moments ago as she speaks live (webcast), the North Korea launch is clear, sharp military escalation and the US will use the full range of its capabilities in North Korea including military force, “if it must.” Her key soundbites from Reuters and Bloomberg:

HALEY: PREPARED TO USE THE FULL RANGE OF ITS CAPABILITIES TO DETER NORTH KOREA, INCLUDING MILITARY FORCE “IF WE MUST”
HALEY: U.S. WON’T HAVE PATIENCE FOR WATERED DOWN UN RESOLUTION

She also said that an escalated response needed in wake of ICBM launch, and sent a clear warning to China over supporting N. Korea whose launch shows North Korea “does not want to be part of a peaceful world”: