“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:” US SUPREME COURT MAKES IT OFFICIAL (ACT IV)

LET IT RAIN (ACID)… SUPREME COURT TAKES THE U.S. TO THE DARK AGES OF INDUSTRIAL ERA POLLUTION

THE SUPREMES RULE AGAINST EPA POLLUTION CONTROL

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“You Get What You Pay For:” US Supreme Court Makes It Official (Act IV)

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, one meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

“You get what you pay for,” goes an old saw. For the fourth time in the last 15 months, 5 of the 9 US Supreme Court judges sided today with Big Money against the American people (also see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision, joined by the court’s more conservative members, according to today’s New York Times.

“For E.P.A. to focus its ‘appropriate and necessary’ determination on factors relating to public health hazards, and not industry’s objections that emission controls are costly, properly puts the horse before the cart,” Judge Judith W. Rogers wrote for the majority.

Industry groups and some 20 states challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to regulate the emissions, saying the agency had failed to take into account the punishing costs its regulations would impose.

In other words, the Supremes have ruled that MONEY is more important than HEALTH.

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“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:” US SUPREME COURT MAKES IT OFFICIAL (ACT II)

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“You Get What You Pay For:” US Supreme Court Makes It Official (for a Second Time in Three Months)

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 – “You get what you pay for,” goes an old saw. The US Supreme Court has just made it official. For a second time in three months, they sided with Big Money against American Consumer (also see “Money Talks: US Supreme Court Makes It Official” – below and(also see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).).

“Money talks,” they say. And Big Money talks big through the US Supreme Court. Make it a Corporate Court from now on. F0r, the nine judges’ decisions make it quite clear whose interests they have been appointed to protect.

It’s payback time for Corporate America. And the Supremes delivered. Again. By gagging technological innovators and upholding the status quo which favors big Hollywood and New York broadcasters (see 3-Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters, 6-25-14).

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“YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:” US SUPREME COURT MAKES IT OFFICIAL (ACT I)

Money Talks: US Supreme Court Makes It Official

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 – They say, “money talks.”  The US Supreme Court has just made it official.  If you’re rich and want to buy politicians across the country, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can (also see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 2.53.09 PM

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season. As a result, the rich Americans have just bought their wallets the same rights as you and I have (at least in theory) under our Constitution. “Freedom of speech” now applies to rich Americans’ wallets.

Which is what happens in a plutocracy.  It’s payback time for America’s would-be “ruling elite” who have worked so diligently over the last two decades to stack the US Supreme Court with judges who would do their bidding (see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).

For more details, check out this CNN story.

“In a decision that could crimp consumers’ hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers. Wednesday’s 6-3 decision is a victory for traditional network operators such as CBS Corp, NBC parent Comcast Corp, ABC parent Walt Disney Co and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. It may also make it harder for Internet rivals to provide alternative, a la carte programming at cut-rate prices.”

WASHINGTON, Apr 2, 104 – Which is what happens in a plutocracy that America has become.  It’s payback time for America’s would-be “ruling elite” who have worked so diligently over the last two decades to stack the US Supreme Court with judges who would do their bidding (see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).

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Nor is this writer alone in arriving at this conclusion. Check out this headline comment at the Alliance for Justice web site:

The Corporate Court

With decision after decision coming down on the side of big business, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has proven itself to be willing and eager to twist the law to favor powerful corporate interests over everyday Americans. In just the last few years, the Court has radically rewritten laws in order to shield big business from liability, insulate corporate interests from environmental and antitrust regulation, make it easier for companies to discriminate against women and the elderly, and enable powerful interests to flood our election process with special interest dollars. Fairness has been thrown out the window. The 1% keep winning while the 99% keep losing.

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Money Talks: US Supreme Court Makes It Official

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 – They say, “money talks.”  The US Supreme Court has just made it official.  If you’re rich and want to buy politicians across the country, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 2.53.09 PM

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season. As a result, the rich Americans have just bought their wallets the same rights as you and I have (at least in theory) under our Constitution. “Freedom of speech” now applies to rich Americans’ wallets.

Which is what happens in a plutocracy.  It’s payback time for America’s would-be “ruling elite” who have worked so diligently over the last two decades to stack the US Supreme Court with judges who would do their bidding (see How New World Order Mob Took Over America in Just Two Decades).

For more details, check out this CNN story.

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A CASE OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE? IRS: 100,000 US TAXPAYERS’ FILES STOLEN, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED

In 2011, the IRS Wasted $3.6 Billion on Fraudulent Refunds, Even Sending Thousands of Refunds to Foreign Countries

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In One Account Alone, the IRS Deposited 590 Tax Refunds!

23,944 Tax Refunds Were Sent to Just One Address in Atlanta, Totaling $46,378,000!

In 2015, Americans will pay $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of more than $4.8 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation’s income, according to Tax Foundation. That’s more than this country of 319 million people spends on food, clothing, and housing – combined! (see TAX OPPRESSION IN AMERICA, Apr 2015).

Bad enough, right, when you consider how our money is being squandered on foreign wars that only benefit certain banks and corporations instead of building up our society. But what if I told you that the government’s collection agency – the IRS – is sending thousands of refunds to fraudulent recipients across the country, and even to foreign countries, such as  Bulgaria, Lithuania, China or Ireland?

In one account alone, the IRS deposited 590 tax refunds. A total of 23,944 tax refunds Were sent to just one address in Atlanta, totaling $46,378,000.

These are just some of the example of gross negligence the IRS exhibited in processing electronic filing of our income tax returns, according to a letter to the IRS commissioner signed by 39 House Representatives in Apr 2014 (Congressmen’s letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen).

United States Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen appears before a House Oversight and Government Reform Government Operations Subcommittee hearing on "Examining Solutions to Close the $106 Billion Improper Payment Gap" in Washington July 9, 2014.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron
United States Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen appears before a House Oversight and Government Reform Government Operations Subcommittee hearing on “Examining Solutions to Close the $106 Billion Improper Payment Gap” in Washington July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

So what has the IRS done to plug these leaks in over a year since that letter was sent? It appears not much. Because today, May 26, the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months (see Reuters story).

From February to May 2915, attackers sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times through the agency’s “Get Transcript” online application, which calls up information from previous returns, he told a news conference. About half of those attempts were successful.

The data theft was largely intended to steal taxpayers’ information to submit fraudulent returns next year, Koskinen said.

The agency currently believes that fewer than 15,000 fraudulent returns were processed as a result of the breach, likely resulting in refunds of less than $50 million.

In response to this story, we received a letter from Rita Redmond, a Truth in Media reader in Phoenix, who said she was a victim of such an identity theft.

“In April 2014, I realized my SS# had been stolen and someone filed a Federal Return using my Tax ID#.  How is it that mine (and I was certain others’ tax refunds) could have gone into someone else’s bank account?  What kind of fire-walls does the IRS have in place? I felt they should have tighter IT security applications at the front end, rather than all the clean up at the other side and the loss of dollars.”

Indeed. Here’s what the Truth in Media editor wrote on that topic earlier today:

“Wonders of technology! Not !!!! This what happens when the government FORCES us to file electronically. First they spy on us electronically – and illegally. Then they let our private information slip through their fingers.”

“Perhaps the IRS should be charged with criminal negligence. For those not familiar with legal terms, “criminal negligence is a ‘misfeasance or ‘nonfeasance’, where the fault lies in the failure to foresee and so allow otherwise avoidable dangers to manifest.”

No wonder fraud victims like Ms Redmond are livid:

“I am so angry.  This is shameful.  Someone else received twice the amount of my legitimate return.  I want to know that whoever store my Federal return is arrested and jailed but the IRS “call center” tells me the investigation takes 9 months and I will never know who it was.  This tells me whoever has these millions of dollars has time to cover their trail and get away with it. “

Only if we, the taxpayers, say silent about it. Which is why we are publishing this story. If you think the IRS has been criminally negligent, call or write to your Congressmen and Senators and demand that the culprits be criminally prosecuted and jailed for failing to carry out their fiduciary duties.

And by all means, file your 2016 return on paper and by mail. The IRS has proven beyond a doubt that they are incapable of safeguarding our private information online.

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TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES OF TAX OPPRESSION IN AMERICA

RANKING OF 50 STATES BY AGGREGATE TAX RATES

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Tax Freedom Day or Tax Slavery Parole Day, Will Be Friday Apr 24 This Year

“THE MORE THE WORLD CHANGES, THE MORE IT STAYS THE SAME” (J-B Alphonse Karr 1808-1890)

Over the last few evenings, Elizabeth and I have been watching on Netflix the TV series “TURN.” It is about the American Revolution and the brutality of the British rule. The main reason the people rose up was, of course, unfair taxation. Or “taxation without representation,” as it has become known in history.

US TaxpayerKeeping that in mind, I said to Elizabeth last night, “and just think… all this struggle and sacrifice for freedom from tax oppression has only led to more tax oppression. It’s just that we are now enslaved by Wall Street and Washington instead of King George III.”

Some 250 years after the British “Stamp Act,” which sparked the American stampeded to freedom, a nation of 319 million grunts and toils under the thumbs of a corrupt Congress and its Wall Street masters.

Americans Spend More on Taxes and Food, Clothing, and Housing CombinedIn 2015, Americans will pay $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of more than $4.8 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation’s income, according to Tax Foundation. That’s more than this country of 319 million people spends on food, clothing, and housing – combined!

The Tax Foundation has come up with the term “Tax Freedom Day.” Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24, or 114 days into the year.

Map of Tax Freedom Day by State

So we spend the first four months of the year basically working for the government. Which means for Wall Street bankers and other industrialists who benefit from our huge government debt of $21.7 trillion.

In other words, we are once again being subjected to financial slavery.  It’s just out money is now being siphoned off by corrupt domestic politicians and bankers instead of King George III.

Therefore, a more appropriate term for April 24 would be Tax Slavery Parole Day. On that day in 2015, we will be pardoned; released from bondage, having paid off the ransom to our slave masters. After that day, we can finally start working for ourselves. But only till Jan 1. That’s when Wall Street and Washington will place the yoke of tax slavery back on our necks.

No wonder many Americans are starting to hit the streets once again, protesting the heavy tax burdens of our plutocratic system of government.

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There Were No Income Taxes in First 137 Years of the American Republic

It wasn’t always that way. Here’s what the Truth in Media editor wrote in 1998 in an editorial “Wall Street’s Conquest of America,” which was also published as his Aug 1998 Washington Times column – “When Will the Wall Street Bubble Burst?“:

“Ever since the 16th Amendment, the Wall Street’s “vulture capitalists” have been gradually tightening the noose around Americans’ collective necks. 16tg amendmentThe income tax, for example, is NOT these plutocrats’ God-given entitlement, as some would have us believe. It was enacted only in 1913, after much debate and treachery, 137 years after this Republic declared its independence from the British crown.”

At the time, the entire U.S. income tax law was 17-pages long. Today, it has grown to over 30,000 pages. More business opportunities for the politicians, lawyers and accountants; more financial tyranny for the taxpayers – the New World Order’s “gladiators.”

For example, even as late as the 1930s, the beginning of the socialist (FDR) era in America, the individuals’ income taxes accounted for only 1.4% of the U.S. GDP. The corporations, on the other hand, bore a bigger 1.6% burden. No longer. In 1990, for example, the respective individual/corporate GDP shares were 8.8% and 2.0% respectively – a six-fold increase for individuals; only a 25% rise for the Princes.

But perhaps the greatest income tax scam was how the FDR (Roosevelt-Democratic) administration and Big Business used World War II to push through a “temporary” wartime emergency legislation. It was a law requiring employers to collect income tax at the source – thus becoming government agents without compensation.

This communist-style legislation turned on its head the American legal principle – “innocent until proven guilty.” It gave the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the rights which the U.S. Constitution accords a defendant, while putting the burden of proof on the taxpayer, the “plaintiff.” Half a century later, this FDR income tax ruse has given a whole new meaning to the term “temporary.”

By the way, the current federal tax code is 74,608-pages long. That makes it 187 041415 Tax Code Complexitytimes longer than it was a century ago, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, which has analyzed the federal tax code since 1913.

Historic Tax Freedom Day DatesAmazingly, in the first 26 years of the federal income tax, the tax code only grew from 400 to 504 pages. Even through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the tax code was well under 1,000 pages. Changes during World War II made the length of the tax code balloon to 8,200 pages. Most of the growth in the tax code came in the past 30 years, growing from 26,300 pages in 1984 to nearly three times that length today.

As this writer said 17 years ago, that’s “more business opportunities for the politicians, lawyers and accountants; more financial tyranny for the taxpayers – the New World Order’s ‘gladiators’.”

RANKING OF 50 STATES BY AGGREGATE TAX RATES

Now, when we take the state and local taxes into account, we will find the tax burden is not evenly distributed across the 50 states. A few days ago, on Tax Day 2015, Forbes published a ranking of the 50 states by aggregate taxes – federal, state and local.

Want to guess which state was the worst? (i.e., with highest taxes).

New York – #50, or #1 on the infamy ladder. New Jersey was #49. Connecticut #48. California #47.

In general, the northeastern states had the highest overall tax rates. The southern states tended to have lower tax burdens. The most complicated one is Hawaii, #31 overall, but with 12 different rates for income in different brackets. Yikes!

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But the best one was… guess what? Wyoming! Yes, the land of Grand Tetons and the bison. Alaska was #2. South Dakota #3.

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Since freedom we still have the freedom to move to another state with lower taxes, perhaps you can use the above map as a guide.

All other things being equal, of course. Which they never are. There are many other considerations besides the taxes when one chooses where to live.

For example, if Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush were to become president in 2016, no state would be big enough to hole up in from increased government oppression.

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So 250 years later, back to 1750 we go. “The more the world changes, the more it stays the same” (Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, 1808-1890).

 

 

POPULISM, THY FACE IS PUTIN

PLUTOCRACY, THY FACE IS OBAMA

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When was the last time you’ve heard of an American president holding a four-hour live “town hall meeting” with the whole nation?

Never, of course, is the correct answer.

Now contrast that with what the Russian president Putin has just done (Apr 16). He held a four-hour live televised “town hall meeting”earlier today with his countrymen, fielding hundreds of questions selected from some three million the Russian network received before and during the broadcast.

And, by the way, this is Putin’s ANNUAL event, not a one-off show.

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By contrast, American president’s appearances of American politicians are brief, delivered to carefully selected audiences, like the White House press corps, and scripted to make sure he “stays on point” (look at the teleprompters in front of Obama in the photo below).

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Meaning, the American president’s agenda is dictated by his New World Order puppet masters and White House handlers. In public, they are not much different than the Hollywood actors playing the role of a president. So the American public rarely gets to see the real Obama, or Bush or Clinton.

No wonder nobody bothers to watch such charades. At least nobody among this writer’s friends and family. They are as boring and predictable as were the “elections” in the Soviet Union or North Korea.

When was the last time you tuned in to a presidential White House press conference?

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Not so in Russia, ironically the country that practically invented such top-down public brainwashing during the seven decades of the Soviet rule.  Check out this London Guardian report about it – Vladimir Putin’s phone-in with Russia – as it happened. No sense in wasting time on the gibberish the US establishment media publishes about Russia. Remember, their reports are also scripted to “stay on point” in line with the New World Order agenda.

Bottom line?

Populism, thy face is Putin. Plutocracy, thy face is Obama.

Internet and TV at Their Best

Another thing that was impressive about this Putin TV show was the technological sophistication that was required to bring it all about. It was the Internet and Television at their best.

Can you imagine millions of Americans simultaneously participating in a live video conference?  Hard to believe, right? But that’s what happened this evening in Russia.

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And yet we are being told that America is the technological leader of the world!?

Well, maybe we are. But our political system is evidently not free enough to allow us to take advantage of it as the Russians are doing it.

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If in doubt, and if you’ve got half a day to spare, check out this Youtube video of the entire four-hour Putin show in Russia this evening their time. Which was posted right after the live show ended.

By the way, do you have any idea how long such a 4-hr video would take to upload to Youtube using normal internet speeds? Or be uploaded at all? (“More than 40 hours have passed and the video is still in only available in 240p and 360p” – reported one unhappy Youtube user, for example).

You can fast-forward to about 6 minute-mark when the actual Q&A starts.

And no, you don’t have to speak Russian to be able to understand it. There is a simultaneous voiceover English translation. In fact, if you take out one of your headset earplugs, splitting up the stereo channel, you will be able to hear it entirely in English.

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ON EVOLUTION… FROM COMPLACENCY TO PERDITION

America’s Road to Perdition (updated Nov 26, 2014)

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America is on a road from Liberty to Perdition. Right now (2014), we are somewhere between Complacency and Apathy on Tytler cycles of history clock (above), and on our way to Bondage (i.e., Perdition).

Soldiers know that complacency kills (see the 2007 warning signs to American Marines in Iraq). So why do the civilians think that they are an exception?

It is still not too late to turn the clock of history back, however unlikely that may seem given the lessons from history. If we are to succeed as a nation, we must first kill our complacency and the fear of change that feeds it. And then go on to actively work on making America once again a beacon of freedom our country once was.

Each and every one of us counts. Edward Snowden showed us that. You snooze, you lose. Procrastination is a child of Complacence.

There is no better time to contemplate that than the day before Thanksgiving – a day No_Turkey_for_Perky_Logoconceived out of Gratitude to others, and has now become a day of self-indulgent gorging and shopping.

The turkeys would be eternally grateful, too, if America founds her soul again. Click here for “No Turkey for Perky” song lyrics.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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EVOLUTION OF MAN

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EVOLUTION OF WESTERN VOTER

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And now, some lessons from history by some men of whit and courage…

LESSONS FROM HISTORY

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 “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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Alexander Fraser Tytler (17471813), Scottish-born British lawyer, writeralexander-fraser-tytler

“It is not, perhaps, unreasonable to conclude, that a pure and perfect democracy is a thing not attainable by man, constituted as he is of contending elements of vice and virtue, and ever mainly influenced by the predominant principle of self-interest.

It may, indeed, be confidently asserted, that there never was that government called a republic, which was not ultimately ruled by a single will, and, therefore, (however bold may seem the paradox) virtually and substantially a monarchy.”

(From Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser (1854). Universal History: From the Creation of the World to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century)* * *

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“The welfare of the people has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”

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“In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.”

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And now, here’s an excerpt from a speech I gave in Australia in October 1999 on the aims and designs of the New World Order..

TOWARD THE GLOBAL SHEEPLE

The essence of the NWO globalists’ neo-colonial strategy is: “Bomb obstinate weak nations, buy off obstinate big ones. Then rule the world.”aus-104.jpg (37210 bytes)

Maybe. For, as Niccolo Machiavelli warned in his book, “Prince”, written in 1513: “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than a creation of a new order of things.”

Toward New World Order’s “Ménage à Trois”

But power-hungry, would-be rulers of the world – from Genghis Khan, to Attila the Hun, to Napoleon, to the British Empire, to Hitler’s Third Reich… rarely pay attention to the words of the wise, or bother to learn from history. Which is why they tend to repeat it. Usually at their own peril.

The same will be eventually the case with the latest edition of the New World Order. As we have seen in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sudan, East Timor…, the West Side Gang delivers same kind of “gun diplomacy” which the East Side Gang had used, only using bigger guns and more perfidy to mask the western Prince’s grab for power.

And what are the Princes’ ultimate objectives? Not unlike those of communists. Both love faceless uniformity and blind loyalty. Both loathe any living creature which is proud of its unique looks, language, religion or culture.

So if God were to (re)create the world by the designs of the NWO Princes, there would be only three kinds of creatures around:

  • All two legged-creatures would be ostriches;
  • All four legged-ones would be sheep;
  • All sea-living creatures would be sardines, anxiously waiting in long lines at the nearest Princes’ canning factory docks to jump into cans, and be exported to some distant low-cal, low-brow; low-IQ, but immensely happy NWO society.

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EVOLUTION OF OBAMA

From the British press (Daily Mail)

OBAMA EVOLUTION: From “Little Pirate” to “Terminator” TO “EMPEROR”…

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EVOLUTION OF OBAMA VOTER

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PUTIN: U.S. WILL NEVER SUBDUE RUSSIA

SEEDS OF WAR: LIKE POLAND, LIKE UKRAINE…

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“Bumbling amateurs” run WESTERN COUNTRIES today

1991 Like 1919: Breakup of Soviet Union Laid Seeds for New Global War, Just like the Breakup of Germany and Austria Did in 1919

Right after returning home from the meetings with the G20 leaders in Brisbane, Australia, Russian president Vladimir Putin fired off a warning to Washington and its western puppetsMerkel Putin conf room

The United States wants to subdue Moscow, but will never succeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (Nov 18).

“They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense,” Putin said at the end of a four-hour meeting with his core support group, the People’s Front.

“No one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no one ever will,” he said, triggering a wave of applause (for more, click here).

US Russia power chess game flagsThe same day, NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, stoked the fires of war. He accused the Russian leadership of “destabilizing” Ukraine and breaking a two-month-old truce by continuing to support separatist forces fighting in the country’s southeast.

And in Washington, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck an even harsher tone — labeling Russia’s alleged incursions into Ukraine as “dangerous and irresponsible.”

“The violations of sovereignty and international law that the Russians have perpetuated continue to require responses,” said Hagel, adding that the U.S. has begun working with NATO “in shifting our entire rotational rapid deplScreen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.14.06 PMoyment focus.”

Meanwhile, the US puppet Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, threatened “total war” in a statement made on Nov 13, in advance of the G20 summit in Brisbane.

“Such statements make no sense, they are irresponsible and they are political bluffing that would never be used by an accountable and independent political leader,” said the chairwoman of Russia’s upper house of parliament, senator Valentina Matviyenko.

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Seeds of War: Like Poland, Like Ukraine…

Guess neither Washington nor its European puppets have learned anything from the similar tough talk that Hitler and Chamberlain had engaged in 75 years ago. They are trying to move the NATO boundaries farther east, deeper into Russia’s sphere on interest. Which is the equivalent of poking the bear in the eye. Not very smart.

Similarities between 1939 and 2014 are unmistakable. Look at the map of Europe and the size of Germany 100 years ago – before WW I. You can see that there was no country called Ukraine. There was no country called Poland.

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Ukraine was a part of the Russian empire. Three empires – German, Austrian and Russian – each owned and controlled the land we call Poland today (left map).

After WW I, the victorious western allies broke up Germany and Austria into pieces in, what is known, as the Treaty of Versailles. They minted a whole bunch of new countries.  One of those countries was Poland (right map above).

But not Ukraine. No one ever questioned that Ukraine was a part of Russia. Not at Versailles in 1919, nor any time after that. Until 1991, that is. That’s when Washington seized an opportunity to break up the Soviet Union and mint a whole bunch of new countries on its fringes. Just like the western allies did at Versailles in 1919.

Bad mistake. Both times.

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The new borders meant new grievances and new aspirations of the newly minted countries.  Just as with ordinary people, the more fences, the more grievances between neighbors. And not just neighbors, as both Poland and Ukraine showed.

Which means that the “victors” of both WW I and the Cold War had laid the seeds for yet another war. In 1939, pushed by Britain and France to refuse Germany’s request for a corridor between its two unnaturally split northern territories, Poland became the first battleground of WW II.poland1939

Within weeks, Poland was once again extinguished as a country. Germany occupied the western part, the Soviet Union took the eastern (see the map-right).

More troubling, the German and the Russian “empires” were bordering each other. And once again, the British and the French were meddling and hoping to set them against each other.

We all know what followed: The most devastating war in the history of this planet. Over 60 million people died in it. How many more will die over Ukraine?

“Those who do not learn the lessons from history are DOOMED repeat them”

Which isUkraine political map why it was inexcusable for anyone professing a zeal for peace to make the same mistake in 1991. Unlike the heads of state who concocted the Treaty of Versailles, the victors of the Cold War had a precedent, expensive lessons of history from which to learn. Yet they paid no heed to them. And thus laid the seeds for a new era of global confrontation.

Over the last quarter century, Washington has pushed the NATO boundaries farther and farther to the east, closer and closer to Russia. Until now the Russian and the western “empires” once again share a common border. Just like in 1939. Only this time, it is across Ukraine (see the map above left).

So the current western leaders have learned nothing from history. Like Napoleon and Hitler before them, they are trying to subdue Russia. It won’t work. That is why it was important for the Russian president to remind them of it.

No one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no one ever will,” [Putin, 11-18-14]

Of course, our leaders could have also learned something from a Chinese military leader, strategist and philosopher who lived over 2,500 years ago. Here’s what Sun Tzu said about the art of war.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Compared to Tzu, Napoleon, Hitler, and now the recent US presidents and their advisors, have shown themselves to be mere bumbling amateurs.

The more things change, the more they stay the same (Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French journalist and novelist, 1808-1890)

Now the question is, how many more tens of millions of human lives will this failure of the West to learn from history cost?

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UPDATE NOV 20, 2014

ALTZAR’S COMMENT IN “HUFFINGTON POST” RE: TODAY’S ARTICLE ON BRITISH EMBASSY TWEET IN UKRAINE

Re. Article: British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Putin With Guide For Spotting Russian Tanks

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain’s embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednesday released a handy guide to help Russians spot their own tanks.

The embassy’s official account tweeted an infographic detailing some of the features of Russia’s T-72 BM tanks, along with photos suggesting that those tanks have been seen in eastern Ukraine.

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The Beast in London May 2011

ALTZAR’S COMMENT:

In turn, here’s a guide for the British embassy staff for how to recognize an American “Beast” on the road (click on the link below): 🙂

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1389825/Obamas-Beast-Cadillac-flown-US-London-drive-Mall.html

When last seen near the Buckingham Palace in London in 2011, I understand it made even the royal hosts livid with its extravagant and lavish demands. Here’s an excerpt from that Daily Mail story:

“The team of at least 500 will include White House aides, a six-doctor medical team and a squad of personal chefs. There will be more than 200 secret service agents, many of them armed.

The President will travel in ‘The Beast’, his gigantic bomb-proof General Motors Cadillac with eight-inch thick armour-plating on its doors. The limousine will be accompanied by a motorcade of at least 20 vehicles plus a dozen police motorcycle outriders.”

Link to the HP article on British Embassy tweet in Ukraine: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/_n_6185368.html

Also…

OBAMA WANTED BRISBANE ROUNDABOUT DEMOLISHED SO HIS “BEAST” WOULD NOT HAVE TO SLOW DOWN

The US president’s and White House’s arrogance seems to have reached a new high last weekend’s at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. His “imperial highness'” Secret Service requested that a roundabout be demolished so his “Beast” would not have to slow down.

Fortunately, Obama’s Australian hosts had a good sense to reject his demand.

Here’s a story in London’s Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2832824/Is-Obama-s-Beast-fast-Brisbane-President-s-delegation-requested-demolition-city-roundabout-beefed-Cadillac-doesn-t-slow-G20.html

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DEAFENING US MEDIA SILENCE

Perhaps the most worrisome aspect of this story is its absence from any major US media headlines. I could only find a reference to it in the British and Australian papers.

So much for “freedom of the press” in our country.

EVOLUTION OF OBAMA

From the British press (Daily Mail)

OBAMA, THE LITTLE PIRATE

Why don’t we see stuff like this in the American media?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Obamas-Beast-Cadillac-flown-US…

Again, so much for the “freedom of the press” in the US.

OBAMA EVOLUTION: From a “Little Pirate” to a “Terminator”… 🙂

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WESTERN VOTER EVOLUTION: FROM OSTRICHES TO SHEEPLE in NEW WORLD ORDER SHEERING SHEDS

EU sheeple US sheeple AUS sheeple

AS PREDICTED 15 YEARS AGO…

…by the Truth in Media… http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins99/tim99-11-2.html

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ANOTHER COMMENT IN “HUFFINGTON POST”

WHERE HAS ALL UKRAINE’S GOLD GONE?

Wonder what the British and American diplomats have to say in answer to this question: “Where has all Ukraine’s gold gone?” (see http://on.rt.com/cniueq).

Here’s an excerpt from this story, just published:

“Ukraine’s Central Bank chief has divulged some shocking intel: its gold stockpile has reached a new nadir – almost zero. Since the beginning of the year, gold reserves have dropped nearly 16-fold, which begs the question, where did all of it go?”

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“The IMF, which has denied Ukraine loans before due to corruption, in April pledged $17 billion over two years to help the country trying to closer align itself with Europe, and not Russia.

The bank stopped supporting the currency in mid-November when it fell into complete free fall. The hryvnia has lost 50 percent of its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year.

“The devaluation of the hryvnia is now 100 percent. At the last minute, businesses began to panic. Even after the devaluation of 50 percent, which began in July, we were able to stabilize the situation, but then the war started,” Gontareva said.

Ukraine’s economy has spun out of control since revolution and war gripped the country. The new government is facing rock-bottom reserves, sky-high inflation, contracting growth, natural gas shortages, and a looming default on debts.”

How about Tweeting that news, dear Kiev Brits?

UPDATE NOV 21, 2014

UKRAINE SELLS GOLD, RUSSIA BUYS IT

Ukraine’s Oct Gold Sale Likely Intensified Price Drop

Friday November 21, 2014 7:48 AM

Ukraine cut its gold holdings by 14 metric tons in October, according to the International Monetary Fund, MKS (Switzerland) says.

“This selling would have gone through most likely during gold’s descent from $1,180-1,130, no doubt intensifying the drop, in order to fund gas bills or IMF quarterly payments,” they say. Commerzbank says the Ukrainian sale amounts to about 35% of its gold reserves, corresponding to a $3.8 billion decline in its overall currency reserves.

“Evidently, the central bank drew on its reserves to subsidize among other things the state energy company Naftogaz, to finance natural gas imports from the EU and to shore up its domestic currency,” Commerzbank says. (By Debbie Carlson of Kitco News; dcarlson@kitco.com)

 

Russia Buys More Gold – Commerzbank

Friday November 21, 2014 7:48 AM

International Monetary Fund data show Russia purchased around 19 tons of gold in October, Commerzbank says. This is roughly in line with data published by the Russian central bank Thursday showing the country’s gold purchases totaled 19.7 tons last month, they say.

As of the end of October, Russia’s gold holdings amounted to nearly 1,170 tons and the central bank has bought around 150 tons of gold so far this year. “In other words, a further 16 tons have been acquired so far in November,” they say. “According to the IMF, gold was also purchased in October by Azerbaijan (a good 3 tons), Belarus and Kazakhstan (around 2 tons each) and Mauritius (1 ton),” says Commerzbank. (By Debbie Carlson of Kitco News; dcarlson@kitco.com)

http://www.kitco.com/news/2014-11-21/KitcoNewsMarketNuggets-November-21.html

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