2016: “Liars For Hire” – Confessions Of A Former Journalist From The Media Establishment

Submitted by via TheReturnOfKings.com, How to buy friends and shill for enemies I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that the media is rotten to the core; even the most reluctant and closed-minded people are accepting this as a given now. But despite the media being widely condemned nowadays (my special thanks to Germans for bringing the word “Lügenpresse” back), few people know or understand what’s really going on in the journalistic kitchens, where the foul slop of lies that people are fed every day is cooked up. However, there is always a way in—through purposeful infiltration or, in my case, by accident. I have an old friend—let’s call him Sven—whom I always knew as a kind-hearted and sincere man. However, these traits are also coupled with always assuming the best of people and being rather naive. Due to this, he keeps ending up in awkward and sometimes dangerous […] Read More

2015: What Will You Do When The Government Checks Stop?

Submitted by Tom Chatham via Project Chesapeake, Preppers talk about the day when paper currency becomes worthless and how they plan to barter when things fall apart. But, what will most people do when the government check they depend on stops forevermore. Over 50% of the people in America now get some kind of government check every month. That is a question that I think many people have not come to grips with yet. At some point, the checks will stop. Social security and Medicare are running dry fast and it is only a matter of time before they stop paying out in whole or in part. If someone relies on these payments then they likely do not have sufficient money stored away to survive on in the event payments stop. Not only that, the many other entitlement payments sent out monthly that are keeping the population clothed, fed […] Read More

2015: How A Pork Bellies Trader And Milton Friedman Created “The Greatest Trading Casino In World History”

“I held in my hand the Holy Grail for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The most influential economic mind of the twentieth century provided the CME with the intellectual foundation upon which to build its financial superstructure.” Nixon’s estimable free-market advisors who gathered at the Camp David weekend were to an astonishing degree clueless as to the consequences of their recommendation to close the gold window and float the dollar. In their wildest imaginations, they did not foresee that this would unhinge the monetary and financial nervous system of capitalism. They had no premonition at all that it would pave the way for a forty-year storm of financialization and a debt-besotted symbiosis between central bankers possessed by delusions of grandeur and private gamblers intoxicated with visions of delirious wealth. In fact, when Nixon announced on August 15, 1971, that the dollar was no longer convertible to gold at $35 per […] Read More

Nomi Prins: The Clintons & Their Banker Friends

In the coming months, however many hours Clinton spends introducing herself to voters in small-town America, she will spend hundreds more raising money in four-star hotels and multimillion-dollar homes around the nation. The question is: “Can Clinton claim to stand for ‘everyday Americans,’ while hauling in huge sums of cash from the very wealthiest of us?” This much cannot be disputed: Clinton’s connections to the financiers and bankers of this country – and this country’s campaigns – run deep. As Nomi Prins questions, who counts more to such a candidate, the person you met over that chicken burrito bowl or the Citigroup partner you met over crudités and caviar? Via TomDispatch.com, The Clintons and Their Banker Friends The Wall Street Connection (1992 to 2016) [This piece has been adapted and updated by Nomi Prins from chapters 18 and 19 of her book All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances […] Read More

Only 17% Of Americans See The US As The World’s Economic Superpower

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, Only hours ago, Gallup released a new poll showing that only a small minority (just 17%) of Americans still view the US as the world’s economic superpower. Echoing former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers’ quip, “There is surely something odd about the world’s greatest power being the world’s greatest debtor,” it appears that economic reality is finally beginning to set in for Americans. Yes, it turns out there are consequences when you habitually indebt future generations in order to buy bombs, drones, and body scanners. There are consequences when you regulate every aspect of society, from how much people can earn on their savings, to what they can/cannot put in their own bodies. The decline of the United States as the world’s dominant superpower was always inevitable. No nation or empire can hold the top spot forever. History is full of […] Read More

2015: CEO Of Rosneft Compares Oil Market Manipulation Which “Doesn’t Reflect Reality” To Gold Price Rigging

It was a little under two years ago when, when oil and gas prices were both surging, Obama decided to punish the evil speculators whose fault the rise of oil was when he announced he would “give the Commodity Futures Trading Commission authority to increase the amount of money that a trader must put up to back a trading position. The administration officials said such authority could help limit disruptions in energy markets.” Needless to say, Obama did not punish the world’s central banks for flooding the globe with excess liquidity, which by definition would end up in less than “productive” ventures such as barrels of oil. Over the weekend, it was the opposite, when instead of blaming speculators for soaring prices, none other than the CEO of Russia’s largest publicly-traded oil company, Rosneft, in not so many words, accused speculators of sending the price of oil plunging. Which […] Read More

2015: The Paradox Inherent in Any Slave Nation Revolution

The Paradox Inherent in Any Slave Nation Revolution Even When the Sociopaths Lose They Win By Cognitive Dissonance How exactly do you cook a nutritious meal if all you have are spoiled ingredients? The answer depends upon your definition of nutritious and who is eating the meal……and, of course, your level of hunger and growing desperation. It is telling how much less discerning we become when the hunger pains boom in our belly and our mind becomes ever more focused on the single-minded obsession of relieving our pain rather than pursuing our pleasure. Although at some point down the slippery slope relieving our pain is pursuing our pleasure. If I carefully tend my garden, making certain the soil is thoroughly turned and pulverized, the seeds and seedlings properly planted, the area fertilized, weeded and watered and yet my garden’s yield is poor year after year after year, at what […] Read More

2015: The War On Our Intuition That Something Is Fundamentally Amiss

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, What will you accept as real–your intuition that something is deeply amiss in America or the official propaganda that all is well? In 1967, the rock group Buffalo Springfield recorded a song titled For What It’s Worth which speaks not just to the late 1960s but to the present. Consider the opening lines: There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear The ambiguity is not coincidental. When the song was recorded in December 1966, America was in the beginning throes of a full-blown national nervous breakdown that would endure for 15 years until 1981. The fundamental narratives that had sustained the previous 20 years of apparently limitless prosperity and moral certitude were breaking down. The primary narrative of American foreign policy–that the U.S. defended liberty and always won its foreign wars over evil totalitarianism/ fascism/ colonialism was being destroyed on a daily basis in Vietnam, […] Read More

2014: American Middle Class “Wealth” Worse Than Every Nation But Russia & Indonesia

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, One of Liberty Blitzkrieg’s most popular posts in 2013 was titled: How Does America’s Middle-Class Rank Globally? #27. Here’s an excerpt: We are number 1 right? USA! USA! No one can beat our wealth creation machine, our economic dynamism, our level playing field and our bastions of higher education. We have a middle class that is the envy of the world, right? Well, like so much of the “American dream” we have been force fed for a generation or more, this perception is not based in reality whatsoever. Sure it may have been the case for a couple of decades immediately after World War 2. Before the military-industrial-Wall Street complex fully took over the political process, but it certainly isn’t true any longer. Myths die hard and this one is particularly pernicious because it prevents people from changing things. The data in that article […] Read More