5 Aug 2012

Greatest Truth Told To Congress

I was asked to help write an opening statement for Rob Gray ofhttp://www.opencurrency.com/ for when he was asked to testify at Congressman Paul's subcommittee met on August 2nd, 2012 to examine sound money and parallel currencies. Source

Tel Aviv protest video: Thousands rally for social justice - Thousands of Israelis turn up for anti-govt demo

Students, activists and the movement for equality in military service laws joined together for a march on Saturday night. More than 5,000 people gathered to protest austerity measures and tax hikes recently approved by the government.

London Olympic mass arrests & Obama's birthday

Olympic security contractor G4s tips off Wikileaks about extraordinary rendition. We ask US presidential contender Mitt Romney; why he is becoming a Nazi. We also talk to Kerry Anne Mendoza, spokesperson from "Our Olympics" a campaign group dedicated to highlighting the hijack of London 2012 by capitalist corporate interest, about why London 2012 Olympics is not our Olympics. These and much more are all reviewed in this edition of Double Standards with Afshin Rattansi. Source

'Scrap banks or they'll bring chaos' - Nobel Economist

Nobel Economics Laureate Edward Prescott explains what he thinks has gone so wrong in the region, and what needs to be done to put it right. Source

Israel tries to break Palestinian psyche

Stress-related and mental health disorders are on the increase in the Gaza Strip, according to a recent report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east (UNRWA). A combination of internal and external influences; including forced displacement, dispossession and occupation - have exacerbated the already high rate of mental health problems. "Feelings of powerlessness and helplessness are the main causes for depression among Gazans," says Zeyada. "Men, who in eastern culture are the powerful figures in the family, are particularly affected. After having been able to care for their families, overnight they become nothing. I come across many people looking for ways to finish their lives".

Should Obama and Congress Be Arrested Under the NDAA?

Should President Obama (alongside Lindsay Graham and John McCain) be wearing an orange jumpsuit?
Welcome to the beautiful and surreal reality of life under American corporatism, under a Congress that churns out thousands  and thousands of pages of (often contradictory) legislation a year.
If providing material assistance to al-Qaeda is illegal under the National Defence Authorization Act (2012), and Obama and Congress are sending $25 million of aid to al-Qaeda-affiliated Syrian opposition, aren’t Congress and President Obama violating their own law? Should Obama (or at least the Justice Department) not be using “all necessary and appropriate force” including “the power to indefinitely detain” to prevent Obama and Congress from assisting al-Qaeda? Did anyone in Congress or the Obama administration even bother to read the law that they were signing? Do Federal laws no longer apply to lawmakers?

Most Palestinian children suffer shell shock

Psychology reports show that 41 percent of Palestinian children suffer from PTSD as a consequence of the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also known as 'shell shock' or 'battle fatigue syndrome' is a serious mental condition, which is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

Robotics Professor Warns Drones Will “Lead To A Sanitised Factory Of Slaughter”

We are witnessing the beginning of “the industrial revolution of war”
Steve Watson: A prominent artificial intelligence expert has urged that president Obama is setting a horrendous precedent by embracing drone technology as a means of covert warfare.
Professor Noel Sharkey of Sheffield University, penned a piece in The Guardian today that slams the use of missile strikes using unmanned ariel vehicles, warning that what we are seeing is just the beginning of “the industrial revolution of war.”
Sharkey notes that the CIA is thought to have killed anywhere up to 1035 civilians in drone strikes outside of legitimate war zones in the last eight years, including 200 children.
“Who in their right mind would give a powerful unmanned air force to a covert organisation with such a track record for unaccountable and illegal killing?” the professor asks.
“Obama is establishing a dangerous precedent that is, at best, legally questionable in a world where more than 50 countries are acquiring the technology.” he adds.
Sharkey warns that in a modern day arms race, other countries such as Israel, India, Russia and especially China are racing to develop and export armed attack drones.

Obama campaign’s creepy new iPhone app shows the name, age and gender of Democrats around you

By Madison Ruppert: The second campaign of Barack Obama has adopted tactics similar to those used in the 2008 campaign, namely, making the personal information of registered voters available to Obama canvassers in an effort to bombard as many people with pro-Obama messages as possible with as little effort as possible.
It’s quite sad to say that by the Obama administration’s standards this is hardly worth mentioning. When the standard is set by fighting to maintain unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping powers, claiming private reviews of classified evidence count as due process and legitimizing the assassination of Americans, an app like this seems almost acceptable.
The free iOS application, called “Obama for America,” was released by the Democratic National Committee on July 31, 2012. It boasts some features which are to be expected such as featured news, events, and other information pertinent to the Obama campaign.
It gets creepy when one explores the canvassing feature which automatically recognizes your location and marks registered Democratic households nearby with a blue flag icon.
These flags don’t just mark the home; they also include some quite personal information like the first name of the individual and the first letter of their last name, their age and gender.
In the Obama campaign’s defense, all of the information they are using is actually public and has been handed over to campaign volunteers for quite a while.
However, as Lois Beckett of Pro Publica rightly points out, the big difference is that now “you no longer have to schedule a visit to a field office and wait for a staffer to hand you a clipboard and a printed-out list of addresses.”
This means that you’re just one click away from pounding on the doors of neighbors in order to remind them to vote for their wonderful candidate who has turned his promise of the most transparent administration in history into a running joke.

Ron Paul's Last Attempt To Avoid Dollar Collapse

A few people asked why I looked so mad over Rob's left shoulder?

The answer is that here we are months if not weeks away from the largest event in human history, the collapse of the dollar and only two other Congressmen even bothered to show any interest in even looking at building life boats for their citizens.

Caught on video: armed robbers flee in terror from 65-year-old gun-toting woman

By Madison Ruppert: In a recently released surveillance video (see below) from a robbery in Garden Grove, California, we witness an incredible scene: five armed robbers tripping over each other in a frantic attempt to exit Continental Jewelry after the female 65-year-old owner came after them with her firearm.
This incident began when a white Ford SUV pulled up to the front of the store and parked in a handicapped space. Five men wearing hooded sweaters charge into the store, pointing their guns at one customer and the clerks.
The armed thugs ordered everyone in the store to get on the ground, then began opening up their pillowcases and demanding cash.
Little did they know, the 65-year-old owner was in the back of the store when she heard what was going on, quickly rushing into the store’s main room.
The incident lasted only around a minute as the men quickly panicked after the owner charged into the main room firing her gun twice.
The armed robbers were clearly frightened, evidenced by their hilarious sprint towards the door during which they are repeatedly crashing in to and falling over each other.

Barofsky: Geithner Said Housing Policies Were "Foaming The Runway For The Banks"

Neil Barofksy says on "Morning Joe" that Geithner said that the Treasury Department's housing policies were "Foaming The Runway For The Banks"  Source