So what took so long? Well our host decided to move me to a faster server. The problem with that is I had a plugin that needed to be uninstalled before server migration. I had forgotten about that even being a problem. It took the host this long to find the problem themselves. So, after one of the longest times this blog has been offline in 3 years, I am back and still here.
The Russian military and the U.S. military are going in two very different directions. Military spending in Russia is increasing by a whopping 33 percent this year alone, and the Russians are feverishly preparing as if a major war with the United States is inevitable. But despite the fact that the conflict in Ukraine has raised tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, the Obama administration is still acting as if we were living in a “post-Cold War” era. Even while the Russians are arming themselves to the teeth, the U.S. military is being gutted. In fact, the U.S. Army is in the process of being cut down to the smallest size that we have seen since the end of World War II, and the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I. There is very little political debate about this gutting of our military at the moment, but someday we may look back and bitterly regret not being more prepared.
No matter what your view of U.S. foreign policy is, we should all be able to agree that the U.S. Constitution mandates that it is the job of the federal government to protect this nation. Sadly, according to one recent report the cutbacks that are happening right now have left the U.S. military only “marginally able” to defend this country…
The US military has become so depleted by cuts that it has been left only ‘marginally able’ to defend the nation.
Decreases in the number of soldiers and naval ships have led to armed forces falling short of President Obama’s national security strategy, a report by The Heritage Foundation claimed.
Yes, we are spending far more on our military than anyone else on the planet is. But a tremendous amount of that is pure waste.
Here’s why Nasdaq 5000 should spook you … The market is scarier than it looks … On Monday, the Nasdaq Composite index hit 5000 for the first time since March 9, 2000 … Back in 2000, the technology-heavy Nasdaq hovered above 5000 for just two days. After that, it plunged 75%. – Fortune
Dominant Social Theme: The market is a rational beast.
Free-Market Analysis: This is one of those articles that focuses on a rational approach to an irrational market. And the market IS irrational, in our view. Or at least it is responding to stimuli much different than what is often reported.
This market is the product of a great deal of money printing. The money printing started when the Great Recession began and it has only picked up speed since then. Now nations are coordinating around the world to offer various kinds of quantitative easing, which is merely the buying of bonds – usually in the open market – which forces up demand and makes the issuance of new bonds more efficient for the issuer.
The Chinese do not plan to live in a world dominated by the U.S. dollar for much longer. Chinese leaders have been calling for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the primary global reserve currency for a long time, but up until now they have never been very specific about what they would put in place of it. Many have assumed that the Chinese simply wanted some new international currency to be created. But what if that is not what the Chinese had in mind? What if they have always wanted their own currency to become the single most dominant currency on the entire planet? What you are about to see is rather startling, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. When it comes to economics and finance, the Chinese have always been playing chess while the western world has been playing checkers. Sadly, we have gotten to the point where checkmate is on the horizon.
On Wednesday, I came across an excellent article by Simon Black. What he had to say in that article just about floored me…
When I arrived to Bangkok the other day, coming down the motorway from the airport I saw a huge billboard—and it floored me.
The billboard was from the Bank of China. It said: “RMB: New Choice; The World Currency”
Given that the Bank of China is more than 70% owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, I find this very significant.
Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease
Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”(1)
A statement on the website of St. Jude’s Hospital warns parents not to allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment if they have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within four weeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or have rashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.(2)
A Texas favorite, State Representative David Simpson (shown), is at it again. In the Lone Star State’s biennial legislative session beginning in January, Simpson filed HB 1751, which would give legislators a mechanism to block unconstitutional federal acts. According to the Tenth Amendment Center‘s Michael Boldin, the bill would “create a mechanism for the state to review and reject any federal order, law, police, rule, mandate or agency regulation that is found to violate the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution.”
Because Texas is, well, Texas, it’s big, and its legislators meet only every other year, keeping bill-watchers busy. This measure quickly caught the attention of liberty lovers — It’s bold, and people aren’t used to these measures; and it’s necessary in the movement to assert Texas’ right to state sovereignty. No less a personage than Thomas Jefferson described such efforts as the “rightful remedy” when government gets out of line.
Simpson told The New American, “The first thing we should do seems so simple. Stop aiding the federal government.” His short but succinctly written bill states: “It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for, or to participate in the execution or enforcement of, any federal law that the legislature finds to violate the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution,” and prohibits any state agency, employee, or officer from executing a provision, sanction, or penalty provided by a federal law found in violation of the Texas Constitution.
Are the Balkans to be be the new destabilized region? Are more Color Revolutions in the offing? Isn’t it enough that US/NATO has destabilized Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Ukraine? – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
The US-NATO Empire is trying to shift the blame for the ensuing political & economic crises on the ultimate “fall country”- Russia.
Though seemingly spontaneous, it is likely that the US Secretary of State John Kerry knew that several sentences he said during the hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on February 24, 2015 could create a storm of media controversy across the Balkan region. Although he said many things concerning this year’s activities of the US foreign policy establishment during the nearly three-hour long session, these few sentences took the spotlight because they had to do with the Balkans and Russia. In the Washington’s resurgent warmongering political discourse, Russia is once again, after two decades, being presented to the American people as the enemy number one (the “evil empire”).
Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.
Despite the heated rhetoric from both sides, no one seriously believes that Congress will allow Homeland Security funding to lapse. Most in Congress believe that, without the Department of Homeland Security, Americans would be left unprotected from terrorists and natural disasters. As with most areas of bipartisan agreement, the truth is the exact opposite of the DC consensus. The American people would be much better off if Congress transferred the few constitutional functions performed by Homeland Security to other parts of the government and then shut down the rest of the department.
Many Americans associate Homeland Security with the color–coded terrorist warning system and the “if you see something, say something” public relations campaign. These programs were designed to inspire public confidence in the department, but instead they inspired public ridicule.
Ironically, the best case for shutting down this department is its most well-known component — the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). More terrorist attacks have been thwarted by airline passengers than by the TSA! The TSA may be ineffective at stopping terrorists, but it is very effective at harassing innocent Americans like Lucy Forck. Three-year-old Lucy, who uses a wheelchair, not only had to endure an intrusive screening from TSA agents, but the agents also took away her beloved stuffed animal.
For-profit telemarketing companies based in New York retained 52 percent of the funds they raised on behalf of charities in 2013, according to a new report released by the state’s attorney general.
Of the $302 million raised in 2013 for charitable causes — the most ever reported in New York’s history — $146.5 million actually went to the fundraising missions of the organizations, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman concluded in his office’s 12th annual ‘Pennies for Charity’ report.
“New Yorkers who are generous enough to donate their hard-earned money to charity deserve to know how that money is really spent, including how much is used to pay for-profit telemarketers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.