Is the Fed fueling a giant stock market bubble? … Not only has the S&P 500 fully recovered from the financial crisis, it’s a staggering 30% higher than the peaks of the Internet and housing bull markets. But is this really the case? With unemployment still above 6%, how could we find ourselves in the throes of yet another brewing catastrophe? Didn’t investors and analysts learn anything from the past decade and a half? While it requires some explanation, the answer is that we’re most likely not experiencing another irrational inflation of stock prices. – USA Today
Dominant Social Theme: The Fed is a responsible creature and would never create a speculative mess.
Free-Market Analysis: If the government or mainstream media say something definitive, assume the opposite. This article explains to us that the Fed has little power to create “irrational” bubbles. And that the current stock bubble – bigger than any bubble in history – is a rational one.
This is apparently the position of those who stand behind government and want investors to feel safe about placing funds in equities. Continue reading →
A new report compiled by rights groups reveals that government domestic spying programs are significantly changing the way journalists and lawyers operate, thus undermining Constitutional rights.
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch have compiled the report based on interviews with scores of high profile reporters and attorneys. The survey serves as proof that the protection of private information and sources is “increasingly scarce and difficult to ensure” due to government espionage.
The news you are about to read should be front page news everywhere. There is arguably nothing more important to humanity’s survival than the alarming facts presented in this report from NASA, yet most of the world pretends this event never happened in 2012, and they falsely assume it won’t happen again.
They are wrong. According to shocking new research published by NASA, each decade there is roughly a 12% chance of a near-wipeout of humanity’s high-tech civilization. In fact, one such event nearly wiped out technology across the planet during the summer of 2012.
“A powerful coronal mass ejection (CME) tore through Earth orbit on July 23, 2012,” reports NASA.gov. (1) “If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.”
NASA goes on to report:
Analysts believe that a direct hit by an extreme CME such as the one that missed Earth in July 2012 could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. Continue reading →
Last Thursday U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that Washington, D.C.’s virtual ban on carrying handguns outside the home was clearly unconstitutional, catching local politicians and law-enforcement officials by surprise. On Sunday attorneys for the district announced they will seek a stay of his ruling, which Scullin intended to be enforceable immediately. The stay would allow district attorneys time to file an appeal while keeping the current laws in effect.
Plaintiffs included four individuals who showed that they had been negatively affected by the rules passed by D.C.’s council following the 2008 decision by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, declaring that the district’s total ban on guns, inside the home or not, was unconstitutional.
One of the plaintiffs was Amy McVey, the first resident to apply for a handgun permit following the Heller decision (without success) while another was an out-of-state student from New Hampshire who was convicted of illegally carrying a gun in his car even though he had a permit in the state where he lived. Plaintiffs were assisted by Alan Gura, and the Second Amendment Foundation, which provided financial support for them.
Gura said that until the judge grants a stay of his order, it remains in effect:
[His] decision is in effect, unless and until [he] stays its decision. This is now a decision that the city is required to follow….
his article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com
Amid an outcry from Americans criticizing the Obama Administration over the possibility that terrorists may be among the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants entering the United States without documentation, the Department of Homeland Security has instead turned its scrutiny on American citizens.
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” Continue reading →
The number of emergency workers and first responders who have developed different types of cancer after being at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has doubled since last year.
According to the New York Post, more than 2,500 first responders and other rescuers who took to the site of the former World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Post reported on Monday that new data from Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program reveals a staggering surge in cancer cases during the last year. New data, the Post reported, includes 1,655 rescue workers from a poll of 37,000 Ground Zero first-responders who have developed cancer in the last 13 years. When those figure it combined with firefighters and EMTs, the dastardly total climbs to 2,518.
Now nearly a decade-and-a-half after the 9/11 tragedy, new cases of first-responder cancer seem to be increasing over time. According to the Post, last year only 1,140 cases of 9/11-related cancer were on file. With the publishing of the latest data, that statistic seems to actually be double last year’s figure. Continue reading →
Nobody in the world loves locking people behind bars as much as Americans do. We have more people in prison than any other nation on the planet. We also have a higher percentage of our population locked up than anyone else does by a very large margin. But has all of this imprisonment actually made us safer? Well, the last time I checked, crime was still wildly out of control in America and for the most recent year that we have numbers for violent crime was up 15 percent. The number of people that we have locked up has quadrupled since 1980, but this is not solving any of our problems. Clearly, what we are doing is not working.
Nobody wants more crime. And it seems logical that locking more people up and keeping them in prison for longer terms would “clean up our streets” and make our communities safer. But instead, we have spawned a “prison industrial complex” that costs taxpayers more than 60 billion dollars a year but that does very little to turn the lives of the men and women inside around. The chart posted below is a bit old, but it shows that we have a massive problem with recidivism in this country… Continue reading →
But it has been the great triumph of globalists that they have created an entire history built around non-existent entities.
“France goes to war with Germany.”
“Russia makes peace with Austria.”
“Tensions arise between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
This latter sub-meme is especially noteworthy, for nation-states like Afghanistan and Pakistan are often created to generate additional sociopolitical and ethnic tensions. In the case of these two “countries,” the legitimate presentation would feature Punjab and Pashtuns. But the Pashtuns are actually split between Afghanistan and Pakistan, just as the Basques are split between Spain and France. These ancient tribes truly do form a kind of individual entity – while the false meme of the “nation” is employed to frustrate legitimate cultural cohesion.
The nation-state is a perfect tool for elite manipulations. It provides the building blocks for greater globalism and can be used to inflame tensions and set people against one another. The US is a case in point. There are cohesions in the US, but these are ones based on ethnicity, immigration, customs and language among other factors. Continue reading →
The global economy is structured to systematically funnel wealth to the very top of the pyramid, and this centralization of global wealth is accelerating with each passing year. According to the United Nations, 85 super wealthy people have more money than the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet combined. And 1.2 billion of those poor people live on less than $1.25 a day. There is something deeply, deeply broken about a system that produces these kinds of results. Seven out of every ten people on the planet live in countries where the gap between the wealthy and the poor has increased in the last 30 years. Despite our technological advances, somewhere around a billion people go to bed hungry every single night. And when our fundamentally flawed financial system finally does collapse, it will be the poor that will suffer the worst.
Now, let me make one thing clear at the outset.
Big government and more socialism are not the answer to anything. Big government and more socialism almost always result in increased oppression and increased poverty. If you want to see where that road ultimately leads to, just look at North Korea.
What we need is a system that empowers individuals and families to work hard, be creative, build businesses and to take care of themselves. Continue reading →