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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Some interesting stuff from Remus's notebook, as long as you're here. No, Woodpile Report isn't being revived, just posting these copy-pastes as a convenience.

Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton’s sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child... All of the Clinton’s grandparents were born in the United States, “with the exception of Hugh,” Megan Smolenyak, the article’s researcher said.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/hillary-clinton-wrong-on-familys-immigration-history-records

Although federal agencies are increasingly hiding their purchases by limiting public information on fbo.gov, it can still be conservatively estimated from available data that the feds have purchased at least 2.11 billion rounds of ammunition since April 2012... That’s enough ammo to kill around 30% of the world’s population... U.S. soldiers were shooting around 5.5 million rounds of ammunition per month during the war in Iraq, or 66 million rounds annually. Using that figure, the feds have stockpiled enough ammo over the past two years to fight a 32-year war.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dhs-to-purchase-62-million-more-rounds-of-ar-15-ammo-theyre-going-to-control-how-much-ammo-is-available_04152015

Philadelphia - A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count... some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids. Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello always got a cut of the stolen money, while the others split "jobs" that they worked, Walker said. The city's police brass often celebrated the squad's work with splashy news conferences to announce large seizures.
http://news.yahoo.com/ex-drug-officer-says-stole-cash-planted-drugs-170947488.html

The NRA announced Grover Norquist’s re-election to the NRA Board of Directors on April 11 — but on Tuesday, the organization confirmed that Norquist has “voluntarily suspended” himself from NRA board activities... allegations were leveled by Glenn Beck and Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney, both of whom charged Norquist has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other dangerous Islamic factions.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/14/grover-norquist-suspends-himself-from-nra-board-amid-investigation-into-allegations-of-islamist-ties/

Chief Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs who sports a long beard and kippah laments, “Forty years ago when I came to Holland it never ever happened that someone would call me in the street a dirty Jew or curse me because I am visibly Jewish”; now it is a regular occurrence. Just down the street from Anne Frank House many young Muslim students refuse to sit through lessons about the Shoah, they mock Anne Frank and even spout on national TV—“Hitler should have finished the job!” Last summer, the streets of Berlin and Frankfurt echoed those sentiments at pro-Hamas rallies with chants of “Hitler was right” and “All Jews to the Gas.” Despite the strongest anti-hate laws in Europe, German authorities took no action.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/15/holocaust-remembrance-day-70-years-after-world-war-ii-jew-hatred-is-back-in/

The New York Times' Charles Blow wrote a column on the Columbia Journalism Review report, suggesting that although this "one particular case" of a fraternity gang rape had been "shown to have flaws," the "overall condition that it illustrated holds true." ... If the overall condition is true, I have a top-shelf idea for liberals: Next time, you guys should produce one of the real cases. I think it would make your argument stronger.
In another six months, the Times will pretend to have missed the entire CJR report and go back to citing the UVA fraternity gang rape as proof that we are in the midst of a college rape epidemic.
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-04-15.html

Last year, there were zero orders placed by commercial airlines for new Boeing 747s or Airbus A380s, reflecting a fundamental shift in the industry toward smaller, twin-engine planes.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-aerospace-jumbo-insight-idUSKBN0N70DR20150416

Responding to Judicial Watch’s report earlier this week of ISIS activity along the Mexican border, Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisors called a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez. A high-level intelligence source, who must remain anonymous for safety reasons, confirmed that the meeting was convened specifically to address a press strategy to deny Judicial Watch’s accurate reporting and identify who is providing information to JW. FBI supervisory personnel met with Mexican Army officers and Mexican Federal Police officials, according to JW’s intelligence source. The FBI liaison officers regularly assigned to Mexico were not present at the meeting and conspicuously absent were representatives from the Department of Homeland Security.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/04/fbi-holds-special-meeting-in-juarez-to-address-isis-dhs-not-invited/

Police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and aid groups said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea.
http://news.yahoo.com/aid-agency-says-41-migrants-feared-dead-sea-142032667.html

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents were caught having sex parties with prostitutes hired by drug cartels... Well we now have access to an internal DEA report on the incident, and find out that, unsurprisingly, the agents involved received barely a slap on the wrist. Moreover, it appears some of the women hired for these parties may have been teenagers... It’s always nice to know that the drug cartels didn’t have to foot the bill for these parties every time. The sucker American taxpayer also helped fund the orgies. "In one instance, money to pay prostitutes at a farewell party for a high-ranking DEA official was included in an “operational budget” that used government funds for the party, the report said... 14 years of this and nobody thought to stop it. Typical out of control bureaucracy with zero accountability... If you can't fire DEA agents for attending sex parties paid for by drug cartels, what can you fire them for? ... This is what you get when government agents can repeatedly act like criminals and get away with it.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-16/sex-partying-teen-hooker-funding-dea-agents-get-slap-wrist-none-fired

Wal-Mart closings - These "Superstores" are really just big warehouses, with very good bulk unloading facilities to boot. It would take very little time to rearrange the interiors for other storage purposes; they have pretty good IT infrastructure, and other facilities (cold-room storage) that might be of real value to the Military should things become interesting. I would not expect military "deliveries" to be recognisable as such - plenty of contract shippers who can be used for "not-so-obvious" shipment, and the loading bays can easily be placed off-limits using existing OH&S legislation - no need for anything even remotely draconian... Even the construction particularly lends itself to immunity from prying eyes - sheet steel, with underlying thermal insulation, so heat signatures are diffused / diluted.
Parrotile, comment 6001443, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-16/signs-elites-are-feverishly-preparing-something-big

Wal-Mart closings - Local officials and employees have questioned Wal-Mart's reasoning for the closures. According to ABC News, "no plumbing permits have been pulled in any of the five cities where the stores were suddenly closed for at least six months." The cities where locations were closed include: Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Livingston, Texas; Midland, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma... Wal-Mart plumbing technician Codi Bauer, who worked at the now shuttered store in Brandon, Florida, questioned the company's time frame for the repairs. "Even if they had to replace the whole sewer line, it wouldn't take six months to replace a whole sewer line in that store," he told WFLA.
http://www.businessinsider.com/wal-mart-suddenly-closes-stores-2015-4

Wal-Mart closings - The so-called plumbing issues give them the pretext to bring in heavy machinery without having to explain the specific reasons for doing so with an overly curious public. But what would this heavy machinery be for? According to one theory, Walmart is working in conjunction with DHS to expand the government’s underground tunneling system and is integrating it with a larger national emergency response network designed to move supplies and people during a crisis.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/video-walmart-plumbing-issue-related-to-dhs-underground-tunnel-network-this-is-a-very-real-situation_04172015

As of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies. VA reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits... Although the VA process is not designed to regulate firearm ownership, it results in veterans and their loved ones being barred from exercising their fundamental, Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/15/holders-gun-ban-list-mental-defectives-mostly-vete/

On Friday in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said giving illegal immigrants a pathway to “earned legal status” is a “rational, thoughtful” way to deal with illegal immigrants in the country. Speaking at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, Bush, who said last year that illegal immigration is an “act of love,” proposed giving illegal immigrants provisional work permits after they pay taxes and fines and granting them legal status that they can “earn over an extended period of time.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/17/jeb-bush-legal-status-for-illegals-rational-thoughtful/

Literally every elitist and his drunken uncle now publicly discuss the danger of another market crash. That’s a rather stark reversal from a few years ago when recovery was a mainstream absolute, Bernanke was being called a hero, and fiat stimulus was the fountain of youth. How would they know that such an event is coming? ... I would like to point out, though, that banker warnings of volatility and crisis are generally given far too late for average people to act accordingly. I would also like to point out that the rising chorus of mainstream voices giving predictions of destabilization are also marginalizing and isolating the U.S. and the Federal Reserve as the root cause. The U.S. is nothing more than a storefront for elitist activities. And the Federal Reserve is a tentacle that can be sacrificed if it means achieving total centralization.
http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2568-one-last-look-at-the-real-economy-before-it-implodes-part-5

The term "usury" changed its meaning in the last 100 years. It used to mean "interest". Now it means "excessive interest". All usury laws today have to do with an upper limit on interest rates. Age-old usury laws prohibited interest entirely. When usury laws were repealed in 1981, they were simply making way for Volcker's 18% official interest rate, which ran credit card rates up to 40% and higher. These rates were previously called "loan sharking" and were completely illegal.
http://www.fofoa.blogspot.com/2015/04/metamorphosis-revisited.html

Around half of people don’t know the make or model they’re going to buy when they arrive at the dealership.
http://www.cheatsheet.com/personal-finance/3-tricks-car-salesmen-use-that-everyone-should-know-how-to-handle.html/

I personally sold out most of my silver in the high $30′s. As far as a reentry, I’m looking at the low teens. If and when that price point is realized, I believe we will be in a “back up the truck” moment. The extremes in markets that I like to talk about are starting to develop, and this is when the real money is always made.
http://expectedreturnsblog.com/happened-silver/

The idea of “elastic money” was to increase the supply of cash during such a crisis to meet the demand for withdrawals and that would offset the need to sell assets by calling in long-term debts. By increasing the money supply on a temporary basis, the Fed could offset the contraction in theory smoothing out the business cycle... Each branch of the Fed could raise or lower their local interest rate autonomously to attract capital when there was a local shortage or deflect capital when there was too much. This would often take place with the crop cycle, as money would flow in to pay the farmers upon delivery.
http://armstrongeconomics.com/armstrong_economics_blog/

ZQI Ammunition Factory Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7IvH_5bZYc

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute - According to the course, the Bible has “quotes” which can be interpreted as sexist by readers. The Declaration of Independence is also an historical cause of sexism, as the document refers only to “all men” — not “men and women.” And the Constitution, the Pentagon argues, is an historical source of sexism because “slaves and women were not included until later in history.”
http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/13/defense-department-the-bible-constitution-and-declaration-of-independence-all-perpetuate-sexism/

I always get a laugh when the media refers to a black man in Jamaica or Britain as South Africa as "African American".
http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2015/04/new-star-wars-teaser.html

A middle school teacher is recovering in hospital in New York after being viciously assaulted by one of her student's mothers [photo: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/17/04/27A6120A00000578-0-image-a-81_1429242297845.jpg] and the woman's 14-year-old niece. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead.Authorities say the teacher was shoved against the wall, placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor. Several students also became involved in the attack, including McKenzie's 14-year-old niece. Another teacher was able to break up the melee and attend to Engelhardt. She was unconscious for several minutes and rushed to Winthrop University Hospital.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3043038/Teacher-left-unconscious-school-hallway-parent-34-14-year-old-niece-strangled-punched-kicked-ground.html

Linguistic taboos, bad enough in themselves, are an entering wedge for other sorts of controls. When the taboo crosses from being cause for castigation to being a justification for punishment, genuine censorship has arrived. Does anyone doubt that this is the next stop on the Left’s crusade? But equally, does anyone doubt that a backlash is building and that the eventual rebellion will be horrible? ... the probability of a horrifying result increases with every word or phrase that’s deemed unspeakable, and every thought that’s deemed beyond the pale.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/04/repression-and-rebellion.html

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith - There are 13 other agencies involved in climate change research, but only one that is responsible for space exploration. The administration continues to starve NASA’s exploration programs to fund a partisan environmental agenda. NASA simply deserves better.
http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/17/congressmen-to-nasa-stop-wasting-money-on-global-warming-research/

Earth has been cooling for about 65 million years (ma) and has experienced a series of some 20 glaciations for the most recent 2-3 ma. Ice-core data indicate a typical duration for each glaciation of 41,000 and then 100,000 years – with a gradual onset, but with a sudden termination into a warm Interglacial period of typical duration of 10,000 years. Our present Interglacial, the Holocene period, has now lasted over 11,000 years and may soon end, making way for the next ice age.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/preventing_a_coming_ice_age_.html

You can abolish democracy by banning the vote or you can do it by letting people vote as many times as they want, by letting small children and foreigners vote, until no one sees the point in counting the votes or taking the process seriously. The same goes for marriage or any other institution. You can destroy it by outlawing it or by eliminating its meaningfulness until it becomes so open that it is absurd.
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/the-deconstruction-of-marriage.html

Safe Space University: the most safest, bestest college in the U.S.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAcDLnQwv1E

Boston Boming - The FSB never tried to tip off the FBI about these guys. The FSB actually requested information from the FBI and the CIA but they failed to provide the reasons for their information requests so the intelligence cooperation went nowhere. Then, after the bombing happened, everybody started to say it’s all about warnings and intelligence sharing.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/13/edward-snowden-is-acting-very-strange-inside-russia.html

The United States can no longer afford to maintain its road system. State and county road maintenance budgets have been cut so far that in a lot of western states now, entire sections of the road system are being allowed to return to gravel because nobody can afford to keep them up. Our national bridges are a disgrace. They are falling down. What happened? We could afford to maintain our bridges up until a certain point. What happened? Nobody wants to talk about that. America is in decline.
http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/92330/john-michael-greer-god-technological-progress-may-well-dead

Seattle Public Schools definition of Cultural Racism: Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other”, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/fourmilog/archives/seattle_schools_racism_2006-05-29/searace.htm

Because it operates as part of a monopoly, the police department can’t go out of business, and it treats customer dissatisfaction as an “officer safety” issue rather than a reason to improve its job performance.
http://www.freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/04/does-fantasy-cop-package-include.html

Financialization results when leverage and information asymmetry replace innovation and productive investment as the source of wealth creation... After financialization kicked in, the income of the Oligarchy/Financial Aristocracy quadrupled, as their share of the nation's income soared from 2.6% to 10.4%... Everyone else--the bottom 90%--lost ground. This is not coincidence or just bad luck--it is the direct consequence of financial games becoming far more lucrative than actual productive work.
http://www.oftwominds.com/blogapr15/financialization-work4-15.html

At some deep level I don’t believe it will matter who wins. The country’s problems aren’t due to the sins of one party or the other. They stem from pervasive hyper-politicization: the premise that any and every aspect of life and society should be subject to political control. My great fear is that that premise has sunk too deeply into the minds of too many persons for it to be undone by anything short of bloodshed. I’ve never before wanted quite so desperately to be wrong about something. But I don’t think I am.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/04/presidential-campains.html

The truth is the American citizen has no way to bestow her will on the political process any longer. Slowly and methodically over the past 100 years we the people have been relegated to just a logistical function in the political process i.e. we are the coin in the coin toss.. heads Dems or tails Repubs. The insider circle continues to get smaller and smaller... we the people have slowly been pushed out of our own system of self governance.This is a sign of the absolute abuse of power that leads to resource misallocations throughout the entirety of our society... Simply put, the wax world we have created is beginning to melt down.
http://www.firstrebuttal.com/2015/04/13/330-million-citizens-and-only-one-democrat-interested-in-being-president/

Massachusetts - Google, Facebook, and YouTube hadn’t been founded when the Legislature originally approved $75 million in bond money to build a new computer system for the state’s courts in 1996... The new system, called MassCourts, is intended to link more than 100 courthouses across the Commonwealth, for the first time allowing court officials to look up information about cases anywhere in the state... while the federal government and more than a dozen states let the public view at least some court documents online, MassCourts does not yet have that capability. Spence said it is something the court hopes to eventually work on once it completes the MassCourts rollout.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/04/11/massachusetts-courts-long-delayed-computer-system-may-leave-public-out/S7tZcbvBDFd3nho7XvEZPO/story.html

Longer Version of Marana police video shows cruiser ram crime spree suspect
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3ff_1429059906

Colorado is the first of six states to back out of the exercise. Colorado now claims the troops that were to participate are no longer available... Several militias and patriots now monitoring the JH 15 exercise think this move by Colorado is even more proof the government is not being forthright with the people... The name Jade Helm (blue helmet) itself has raised eyebrows in the Prepper and survivalist community. Blue Helmet can be attributed to UN forces which also has concerns of real martial law orders in the USA.
http://www.examiner.com/article/jade-helm-15-exercise-colorado-backs-out

With the passage of House Bill 195 into law, the State of Louisiana has banned the use of cash in all transactions involving secondhand goods... The bill prohibits cash transactions by "secondhand dealers," defined to include garage sales, flea markets, resellers of specialty items, and even non-profit resellers like Goodwill... Last month it was reported that the U.S. Justice Department ordered bank employees to snitch to the cops on customers who withdrew $5,000 or more. In a speech, assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell exhorted banks to “alert law enforcement authorities about the problem” so that police can “seize the funds” or at least “initiate an investigation”.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cash_Banned_in_Louisiana_at_Garage_Sales%2C_Flea_Markets_
etc./43404/0/38/38/Y/M.html

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector... “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/04/isis-camp-a-few-miles-from-texas-mexican-authorities-confirm/

ISIS has proclaimed its intentions to strike the United States. Is it still possible to dismiss such statements as mere bluster? Perhaps more significant are the implications for Obama’s desire to import millions of “refugees” into the U.S., in disregard of our immigration and port-of-entry laws. Is it even conceivable that he’s unaware of the opportunities such a policy offers to the enemies of the United States? We face a dichotomy: Either this man, who’s been ballyhooed over and over as “the most intelligent president of our time,” is in league with the enemies of the United States, or he’s a total idiot without any ability to comprehend the consequences of his actions.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/04/quickies-our-new-neighbors-to-south.html

The young woman said she was trafficked domestically in Canada, where she grew up, and in the United States. She couldn't go to police because they were some of her abusers. "There was gang raping," she said. "The police officer who handcuffed me and raped me, told me I would be put in jail if I opened my voice."
http://www.orrazz.com/2015/04/sex-trafficking-survivor-says-police.html

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about her views on gun control... "I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation, we cannot let a minority of people -- and that's what it is, it is a minority of people -- hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people," Clinton said during a CNN town hall.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/hillary-clinton-gun-control_n_5505080.html

Scientists at a Polish company that produce body armor systems are working to implement a non-Newtonian liquid in their products... When hit by a high-speed projectile, a wide area of the STF hardens instantly, causing the usually massive energy to be dispersed away from the wearer's internal organs.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/us-poland-ballistic-liquid-idUSKBN0MT20D20150402

Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa. Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton. Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city. Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour. The three got the lion's share of Mrs. Clinton's time and participated in what breathless news reports described as a 'roundtable'– the first of many in her brief Iowa campaign swing... In LeClaire on Tuesday, Bloomberg and other outlets referred to Bird as a 'student' at St. Ambrose University, not as a hospital government-affairs staffer with Democratic party street-cred.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3040482/Campaign-staff-DROVE-ordinary-Iowans-Hillary-s-campaign-stop-including-health-care-lobbyist-training-Obama-campaign-intern-Biden-chauffeur.html

Germany plans to procure more than 100 additional Leopard 2 tanks, a government spokesman said on Friday, as it seeks to ensure its troops are ready for action in response to concerns over recent Russian assertiveness... The ministry has decided to raise the upper limit for the future to 328... in the 1980s, the then West Germany had more than 3,500 tanks. Now, seventy years after World War Two, it has just 225.
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0N11A920150410

Americans as young as 4 years old are being leg shackled, handcuffed, tasered and held at gun point for not being quiet, not being orderly and just being childlike—i.e., not being compliant enough. Americans as old as 95 are being beaten, shot and killed for questioning an order, hesitating in the face of a directive, and mistaking a policeman crashing through their door for a criminal breaking into their home—i.e., not being submissive enough. And Americans of every age and skin color are being taught the painful lesson that the only truly compliant, submissive and obedient citizen in a police state is a dead one.
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/03/truly-compliant-submissive-citizen-police-state-dead-one.html

Federal Reserve stimulus actions “seem” to have failed miserably. Now our nation is facing a firestorm. But I would submit that the Federal Reserve has not failed in its mission. The Fed’s purpose is not to defend the stability of the U.S. economy and the dollar; the Fed’s purpose is to destroy the stability of the U.S. economy and the dollar. Thus, the Fed has succeeded in its mission. And I believe a full audit of Fed policies and actions would prove this fact beyond a doubt... It is not a product of blind coincidence, fate, political stupidity or corporate greed. It is an engineered event meant to clear the way for an even more sinister economic environment designed to establish a final economic empire with the purpose of permanently enslaving us all.
http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2563-one-last-look-at-the-real-economy-before-it-implodes-part-4

Viktor Orban, Prime Minister, Hungary - Let us not forget that those who believe that there is ultimate victory in democracy are completely wrong. Only the communists believed that there can be a final struggle and an ultimate victory–and look where they ended up.
http://www.kormany.hu/en/the-prime-minister/the-prime-minister-s-speeches/the-next-years-will-be-about-hardworking-people

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/17/epa-wants-to-monitor-how-long-hotel-guests-spend-in-shower/

At the end of his second term, Woodrow Wilson left office in disgrace, his League of Nations proposal rejected, the economy sinking into a deep recession, and relations with Congress literally nonexistent. When he died just after the landslide election of his Republican successor, Wilson’s Democratic vice president was so fearful of public opinion that he refused to be sworn in. The country drifted for months without a president in office.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/obamas_legacy_of_overreach.html

Disarmament is never the objective. Instead the negotiations invariably allow the other side to increase its arsenal and capabilities. That is what they are designed to do. The left does not believe that nuclear weapons are evil. It did not believe that Soviet nuclear weapons were evil. It does not believe that Iran’s nuclear program is evil. It believes that American power is evil. Iranian nuclear weapons are good because they weaken America. Like Soviet nuclear weapons, they undermine American power... That has always been the endgame.
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/why-the-left-wants-iran-to-get-the-bomb/

Killing a police dog is essentially equivalent to killing a human cop, or at least close enough (serious prison time). A cop killing a person's non-threatening dog in a raid on the wrong home? Not even worthy of discipline for the cop.
comment, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-11/one-nation-divided-without-liberty-and-injustice-all

Dimmer and dimmer we get, and dimmer, and dimmer. What else could one expect in a feminized system of schools hostile to academics, boys, talent, and competition? And unable to see the consequences of their sillinesses? Not to worry, though. Not for a little bit.
http://fredoneverything.net/Vassar.shtml

JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon - Some things never change — there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial market. The trigger to the next crisis will not be the same as the trigger to the last one – but there will be another crisis... There already is far less liquidity in the general marketplace ... Liquidity can be even more important in a stressed time because investors need to sell quickly, and without liquidity, prices can gap, fear can grow and illiquidity can quickly spread – even in supposedly the most liquid markets.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/there-will-be-a-more-volatile-crisis-jpmorgan-chief-signals-coming-financial-tsunami_04102015

I believe the reason nobody went to jail after either the 2000 Tech Wreck nor after 2008 is that the effective criminal immunity admitted to by none other than the Attorney General is the means by which the "most important" people at these firms are able to continue to earn a positive real rate of return despite their active participation in the destruction of purchasing power for the American nation as a whole. Note that what these institutions have not been given is a promise that they won't be "sued" or otherwise civilly pursued as a company. This gives the so-called "prosecutors" cover to claim "they're doing something" just as it does for Warren's CFPB. But it does exactly nothing to the bank's officers and high-level employees because when the cash position of the firm is impacted by these settlements and lawsuits that in turn hits the stock price and the officers and high-level employees are, in large part, paid via cash bonuses. Instead it is the "little guy" who directly and indirectly (e.g. via his mutual funds, 401ks and pension plans) that gets to pay the "settlement" for the harm done to him -- in effect the government sues and collects from the victim of the scheme!
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=230008

There is a healthy range of salt consumption for most people. When eating a whole foods diet, most people tend to consume an appropriate amount of salt simply due to an innate preference for saltiness. In fact, the consumption of salt around the world for over two centuries has remained in the range of 1.5 to three teaspoons per day, which appears to hold the lowest risk for disease. Our bodies may have a natural sodium appetite through which our ideal salt intake is regulated... you can be confident in following your own natural taste for salt when adding it to your food during preparation.
http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-the-dangers-of-salt-restriction

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - This past Wednesday, UPAC Cinema decided to postpone the screening of the controversial film, American Sniper. This decision was made after careful consideration of a request by RPI Muslim Students Association to cancel the film. We realized that this movie has caused heightened tension across communities and college campuses nationwide, including violent actions and even murders... Based on the discussion between MSA and UPAC Cinema on April 8th, we have agreed that the screening should go on only if proper discussion and clarification over the topic is conducted.
https://www.facebook.com/UPACCinema/posts/743826435737484?__mref=message_bubble

9 Strange Sounds No One Can Explain
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62731/9-strange-sounds-no-one-can-explain

The sweaty effort to appear fresh reinforces the suspicion that Hillary senses danger in the argument that she’s awfully close to her expiration date. It’s not merely a matter of age, though she will be 69 come next Inauguration Day, which would put her close to Ronald Reagan’s record. The real issue is Clinton fatigue, a national exhaustion from having been-there-done-that too many times. Her husband’s popularity counts for something, but she’s already milked that cow dry.
http://nypost.com/2015/04/11/oh-hill-no-clintons-presidential-plan-is-growing-stale/

A team of two undergraduate students and their adviser at Missouri Southern State University has built a type of particle detector usually found only at large research organizations like CERN. Using a little more than five hundred dollars worth of off-the-shelf parts, the team constructed a ring-imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector, which can identify electronically charged subatomic particles by analyzing the eerie glow of light the particles emit when they travel faster through a material than the speed of light in that material.
http://phys.org/news/2015-04-diy-particle-physics.html

The Central American Seaway, which once separated the Panama Arc from South America, may have closed 10 million years earlier than is believed. Montes et al. report that certain minerals of Panamanian provenance began to appear in South America during the Middle Miocene, 15 to 13 million years ago. The presence of the minerals indicates that rivers were flowing from the Panama Arc into the shallow marine basins of northern South America. One interpretation of this finding is that large-scale ocean flow between the Atlantic and Pacific had ended by then. If this is true, then many models of paleo-ocean circulation and biotic exchange between the Americas need to be reconsidered.
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6231/226

NYC mayor, about Hillary: "It’s a much different time than 2008. There are a lot of new issues and new material for Hillary to address. She is one of the most qualified people to ever run for this office. I think she’s a tremendous public servant. She doesn’t need to be vetted. She does need to address the issues, and that can be done with or without a primary."
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/238558-de-blasio-wont-endorse-clinton-without-details-on-her

Hillary press release - From her mother’s own childhood – in which she was abandoned by her parents – to her work going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund to her battling to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she’s fought children and families all her career.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3035748/Everyday-Americans-need-champion-Wealthy-Hillary-Clinton-enters-race-president.html

The headline was standard: Teen girls give Pa. woman black eye for ‘shushing’ them in movie theater. They broke her eye socket. But this is called a black eye in medialand’s headlines. Two loud, cursing teenagers did not know how to conduct themselves in a public place. A woman asked them to behave like civilized people. Fat chance... They left the screening room, and they jumped her when she left the theater. They beat her up. This was no spur-of-the-moment attack.
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/04/gary-north/never-shush-teenage-girl-thugs-in-a-movie-theatre/

The illegal invaders who pick oranges and strawberries are said to be doing jobs "Americans won't do" but the fact is that the only reason they won't do them is that the wages offered to these invaders are too low to meet subsistence requirements if you pay taxes. The invaders, of course, do not.
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=230012

Blacks have proven to be unreliable victims. Like the Soviet Union, it is hard to ignore the bodies stacking up. The near total absence of demonstrable discrimination was also a problem. Whites have been reordering their lives to accommodate the sensibilities of black people for a long time now. A new civil right movement was just not practical. Instead, they went for homosexuals, sexual deviants, immigrants and single white women. Blacks, as a voting block, have been taken for granted by Progressives for a long time now so there’s no reason to cater to them... The last Great Progressive Wave collapsed in an orgy of drug abuse and violence. This wave will end similarly.
http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=4231

Decommissioned their civil defence program. Decommissioned their anti-ballistic program. Decommissioned most of their early warning command centres. Left with junk ICBMs that the surviving engineers warn should not be fired at all because of their age and lack of proper maintenance. It is going to be a massacre. Russia will wax this country's ass. No wise nation would provoke anybody in the condition they are in right now. So pathetic they have to pretend in the article that all they have to worry about is an attack by North Korea. Right.
http://vault-co.blogspot.com/2015/04/kwanstainia-is-going-to-lose-ww3-big.html

You have to be blind not to notice the entire countries infrastructure collapse. And, no, it isn’t just the lack of money. If it was, we would just re-do the Great Depression and rebuild everything while employing everyone. It is lack of resources, both mineral and energy. Do you remember the amount of airplanes we built in WWII? Sixty thousand. Remember how long it took to build Hoover Dam? Three years, on budget. They churned out naval ships in a WEEK. Nothing is as it was. Adapt and overcome. My point here is that all of our crap we built is past its expiration date, and it will NOT be replaced-if we get lucky it is patched.
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/04/consuming-to-invest-15.html

The “compelling government interest” doctrine, under which any individual right can be abridged, modified, suspended, or simply ignored, can be used to justify any action by government, regardless of its consequences. Who, after all, gets to define such interests? It certainly isn’t you or I. The notion is entirely antithetical to constitutionalism, under which a government’s sphere of action is constrained to specified subjects and further limited by individuals’ rights. Had the Founding Fathers foreseen “compelling government interest” being put forward to rationalize the outrages we suffer today, they’d have given up on the whole Constitutional project as being too good for a people who’d kneel before such a lie.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/04/concurrence-at-last.html

Ladybugs were intentionally introduced to America in an attempt to curb the growing pest population threatening crops at the turn of the 20th century. Two kinds of ladybug were introduced by a man named Albert Koebele in 1888 and 1891 respectively. They were so effective at controlling pest populations where introduced, efforts were soon put in place to breed them.
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/04/ladybugs-called/

Muslim, Middle Eastern and North African students at the University of Michigan were successful in their mission to cancel a campus screening of “American Sniper” – claiming the film promotes anti-Muslim rhetoric and made them feel unsafe... “We deeply regret causing harm to members of our community and appreciate the thoughtful feedback provided to us by students and staff alike,” the Center for Campus Involvement wrote on its Facebook page. “While our intent was to show a film, the impact of the content was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program.”
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/08/students-force-university-to-cancel-screening-american-sniper/

We're planning to show American Sniper in a separate forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue & reflection. More info to come.
https://twitter.com/UMInvolvement/status/585867583901065216

The University of Michigan said late Wednesday that it will show the film "American Sniper" as originally scheduled after a protest by students and staff caused the screening to be scrapped... University Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper called the decision to cancel the Friday night showing a "mistake" in a statement. "The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters," Harper said. "The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location."
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/09/university-michigan-reverses-course-will-show-american-sniper-as-scheduled/

Welfare recipients cannot spend their government aid on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, lingerie, arcades, cruise ships or visits to psychics. The bill also forbids spending the funds at theme parks, dog or horse racing tracks, a “sexually oriented business or any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment, or in any business or retail establishment where minors under age 18 are not permitted.”
http://www.amren.com/news/2015/04/kansas-to-ban-use-of-welfare-on-tattoos-cruises-psychics/

How to Keep Your Cat, The Distaff Gospels, c.1470: If you have a good cat and you don't want to lose it, you must rub its nose and four legs with butter for three days, and it will never leave the house.
http://askthepast.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-keep-your-cat-c-1470.html

I met a few of these Southern good ol’ boys in my own travels around the country in the mid-1970s. They seemed amiable enough, friendly and harmless if you minded your manners. The species is well-nigh extinct today; yet still they lurk in the Progressive imagination, the eternal boogie-man of the Left, metastasized nationwide now, disguised as bakers, florists, photographers.
http://takimag.com/article/quarterly_potpourri_john_derbyshire4/all

It has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns. We’ve been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those representing us, tossed aside, and taken to the cleaners.
https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/youre_either_a_
cop_or_little_people_the_american_police_state_in_2014

Who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so. Op-ed writer Frank Bruni, onetime Times restaurant critic and a gay activist, has written that Christians who hold on to “ossified,” biblically-based beliefs regarding sexual morality have no place at America’s table and are deserving of no particular regard... “Religion,” writes Bruni, “is going to be the final holdout and most stubborn refuge for homophobia. It will give license to discrimination.” And thus it must be stamped out.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/04/08/nyt-writer-christianity-must-be-made-to-embrace-gay-lifestyle/

When you block all normal means of dissent, whether by ignoring the political will of you opponents or using the media to mock and abuse them, you build up the pressure. In 30+ years as an active conservative, I’ve never heard people so angry, so frustrated, so fed up. These emotions are supposed to be dissipated by normal political processes. But liberals are bottling them up. And they will blow. It’s only a matter of how... I am warning liberals that they are setting the conditions for violence. And that better worry them, for the coastal elites are uniquely unsuited to a world where force rules instead of law. The Serbs were, at least, a warrior people. The soft boys and girls who brought us helicopter parenting, “trigger warnings” and coffee cups with diversity slogans are not.
http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2015/04/05/liberals-may-regret-their-new-rules-n1980933/page/full

We have a new low as the nominal yield on 10-year bonds issued in Switzerland goes negative: you actually owe the Swiss government money if you own this paper. Of course, this is still a decent deal: the Swiss National Bank's overnight deposit rate is -0.75%. So by borrowing from the government at -0.055%, you're still like, losing a bit less money than you would by parking that money in a bank.
http://www.businessinsider.com/switzerland-issues-negative-yield-bonds-2015-4

Bank deposits in Austria will no longer enjoy state protection and a state guarantee in the event of bank runs and a bank collapse when legislation is enacted in July... Austria is regarded as being part of the EU's "hard core". What unfolds in Austria will likely follow across the EU.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-09/bank-deposits-no-longer-guaranteed-austrian-government

In its rage and self-righteousness, the Left always overreaches. Always. I’ve seen that reality in 20 years of on-campus battles, we’re seeing that reality as their hate campaign against Memories Pizza helped make the owners a pile of money, and we saw it when we watched unhinged rhetoric help turn American Sniper into the top-grossing movie of 2014.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/416647/social-justice-warriors-arent-so-tough-when-even-sad-puppies-can-beat-them-david

Founder Sergey Brin’s work at Stanford University on what would later become Google received funding and even oversight from the CIA and the Pentagon through a program created to seed and incubate technology research that could later prove useful for information warfare. Google may even be actively taking part in that information warfare, especially the branch known as “perception management,” and in addition to its participation in mass surveillance.
http://www.unz.com/article/dont-see-evil/

The situation in early modern England was akin to a low-grade war, and it was not for nothing that its justice system seems to us so barbaric. The judges and juries were dealing with barbarians: gangs of young men who led a predatory lifestyle that made life miserable for people who ventured beyond the safety of their own homes.
http://www.unz.com/pfrost/in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time/

France’s culture minister is to call an urgent meeting of French media groups to assess their vulnerability to hacking after the public service television network TV5Monde was taken over by individuals claiming to belong to Islamic State, blacking out broadcasts as well as hacking its websites and Facebook page... “Soldiers of France, stay away from the Islamic State! You have the chance to save your families, take advantage of it,” read one message.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/09/french-tv-network-tv5monde-hijacked-by-pro-isis-hackers

Small business America will not survive without small capital hoards. The same problem they had in the depression. The reason for the length of the depression, was the confiscation of gold. The inability of small businesses to find capital pools in an atmosphere of credit unwinding, and the simple death of the money supply in lew of the indestructible gold that was confiscated was the cause for an extra decade of suffering.
http://fofoa.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-golden-phoenix.html

During the 1860’s, people still wrote with quill pens and ink, even though Joseph Dixon introduced the first graphite pencil in 1829. It wasn’t until the Civil War that the demand for a dry, clean, portable writing instrument became popular and led to the mass production of pencils. Joseph Dixon was the first to develop pencil automation. In 1872, the company was making 86,000 pencils a day.
http://beltmag.com/ballad-of-a-pencil-junkie/

The University of Chicago’s student government plans to spend $25,000 to teach college students how to “hang out.” The Uncommon Fund, which is maintained by the student government, allocates money every year “to encourage students to take action on campus in creative and unique ways,” according to its website... Proposed workshop ideas include “Advanced Time-Killing,” “Maxing and Relaxing,”and “Hanging Out Vs. ‘Hanging Out,’” in air quotes.
http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/21969/

M2 is going up 9% and reported consumer inflation is going up somewhere between 0 and 2%, where is the other missing money going? Into the rat hole of dark pools of capital. The rich are piling up money left and right because falling interest rates have driving them into cash accumulation mode and it’s going to blow up the country – like it does in every Great Depression.
http://urbansurvival.com/the-money-printing-festival-keeps-getting-crazier/

The Equal Opportunity briefing took place Thursday for about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion, Capt. Lindsay Roman, an Army spokeswoman, said Friday. The slide titled "The Luxury of Obliviousness" has bullet-point items about "white privilege." One item reads, "Race privilege gives whites little reason to pay a lot of attention to African Americans or to how white privilege affects them. 'To be white in America means not having to think about it.' "
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/03/army-diversity-training/25250733/

"We are officially retracting 'A Rape on Campus,'" Dana said in an editor's letter. "We are also committing ourselves to a series of recommendations about journalistic practices that are spelled out in the report." ... Dana also said "we would like to apologize to our readers and to all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout, including members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and UVA administrators and students."
http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/05/media/rolling-stone-uva-rape-article-columbia-probe/index.html

The real casualty of this report and story IMHO ought to be the grievance industry -- the same industry and "dedicated" group of people who brought us Tawana Brawley, the Duke Lacrosse allegations and more... look at what the grievance industry managed to accomplish anyway: A ban on kegger parties pretty much on a national basis -- a perfectly legal practice (even if stupid) among fraternities, so-called "policies" mandating various monitoring during major social events and more. All of these changes came as a result of a false allegation of conduct that never happened yet they have not been walked back or dismantled... It looks like yet another assault on the so-called "white privilege" by social justice warriors who, it appears, raised and promulgated a false claim of serious felony conduct.
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=229992

The left-leaning New York City council is currently drafting legislation that would allow all legal residents, regardless of citizenship, the right to vote in city elections. ... Adjusting the figure to account for undocumented migrants, the study claims that about one million more New Yorkers would be eligible to vote were the bill passed.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/02/new-york-city-non-citizens-local-elections

Colonel John Boyd - Poland, 1939. Hitler had 40,000 casualties of which about 8,000 were dead. The Polish had roughly 800,000 of which a little less than 600,000 were prisoners—the rest were in other categories. Belgium, Holland., and France, 1940. Hitler had about 156,000 casualties of which around 35,000 were dead. The allies had roughly 2,300,000 of which about 2,000,000 were prisoners. If I throw in Norway and Denmark, add another 5,000 casualties or maybe less so what I am saying is that for roughly 200,000 casualties he took over Poland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland and France. That is a low investment. The allies had around 3,500,000 casualties, of which almost 3,000,000 were prisoners.
http://www.allworldwars.com/Proceedings-of-Seminar-on-Air-Antitank-Warfare.html

Though Western mainstream media pundits argue that the recent strength of the U.S. stock market and the U.S. dollar are proof positive that an economic recovery has taken hold, Neumeyer says exactly the opposite is happening. The reason for the recent rise in the value of the world’s reserve currency, he suggests, is a result of the massive unwinding of U.S. debt as private investors and governments around the globe know a rush for the exits is coming soon.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/a-global-financial-reset-is-coming-a-deal-is-being-made-between-all-the-central-banks_04052015

Slavery existed because in economic terms it was well suited to plantations, and accomplished the enrichment of greedy men of negligible decency—which is to say, businessmen. But slavery was ill-suited to an industrial state. It lacked flexibility. You had to feed and maintain slaves whether business was up or down. They were a burden and a responsibility. Kindly Yankees hit upon the superior idea of sweated labor, usually of immigrants who had no way of defending themselves. These could be fired when convenient. If they then died it was a matter of no account as, the Lord be praised, more were arriving by the boatload.
http://fredoneverything.net/NYRiots.shtml

Washington D.C., which has a gun ownership rate of 3.8 percent and yet has the highest rate of gun murders with 16.5 per 100,000 residents. Compared to wild-wild-west Wyoming where 59.7 percent of the people own guns and they have a murder rate of 0.9 gun related murders per 100,000 people. D.C., has a similar population to Wyoming with both having about 600,000 residents. The Brady Campaign is headquartered in D.C. Another glaring omission by the Brady Campaign is the State of Vermont which had only two gun related deaths despite a gun ownership rate over 40 percent. To make the numbers even more in favor of gun ownership Vermont concealed carry does not require a permit, license, training requirements or anything else for that matter to carry concealed.
http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/04/brady-campaign-runs-a-perverted-joke-video-to-appeal-for-more-gun-control-in-low-crime-states-video/

Who do you think will die first, well-armed white men willing to fight or unarmed liberals in gun-free zones at universities?
http://voxday.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-note-to-pro-immigrationists.html

Strong encryption benefits both the honest and dishonest; the law enforcement agency and the criminal; the state and the individual. You cannot compromise said strength without the damage done by doing so accruing to everyone. Since there are far fewer terrorists than legitimate businesses and government agencies the balance is never in favor of restricting the strength of encryption.
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=229971

Promoting an honest conversation about race will be, as per Mao, “enticing the snakes out of their caves.” Racists will now publically confess their crimes and, to add insult to injury, pay for an overpriced cup of coffee to boot! Critically, costs will be asymmetrical: whites who speak negatively about blacks will face punishment; by contrast, blacks slandering whites are just being frank, honest, and forthright and otherwise acting commendably... Better to avoid any frank discussion of race save among one’s most trusted friends. If asked to join the “conversation” insist that you know nothing other than there is no such thing as race, it is socially constructed and those who talk about race are fueling hate.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/the_honest_conversation_on_race_trap_.html

The Paris Match journalist also insisted investigators knew from the “very first day” about the cause of the crash but kept quiet until the first press leaks. “From day one, the first night, the investigators knew this was an affair that involved the pilots. The black box recorder was decrypted the first night, there were no problems. German investigators entered Lubitz’s apartment on the first night and found a mountain of medication. We maintain this too.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11508250/Video-shows-cabin-chaos-in-seconds-before-Alps-crash.html

The head of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote nonviolent social change, on Tuesday advocated African-American families “exercise their Second Amendment rights” in response to recent police shootings of unarmed black men. “You stand there, (police) shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have to take a different tack,” Samuel Mosteller, longtime president of the Georgia SCLC, told reporters.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/sclc-director-calls-on-black-families-to-arm-thems/nkjT4/

Religious liberty is the terms of surrender the Right is requesting in the culture war. It is conservative America saying to the cultural and political elites, you have your gay marriage, your no-fault divorce, your obscene music and television, your indoctrinating public schools and your abortion-on-demand. May we please be allowed to not participate in these? But no. Tolerance isn't the goal. Religious conservatives must atone for their heretical views with acts of contrition: Bake me a cake, photograph my wedding, pay for my abortion and my contraception.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-left-wages-total-war-and-then-plays-victim/article/2562342

When systemic fraud reaches a certain level where collapse of some basic institution is inevitable, the powers that be invent a different storyline. They tell an outright fairy tale and keep pushing it. They’ll even stage events that confirm the fairy tale. Anything to avoid the truth that would disintegrate the whole structure. For example: the structure called Psychiatry.
Jon Rappoport http://www.activistpost.com/2015/04/germanwings-plane-crash-major-media.html

The whole country has to keep being dragged through these liberal hate campaigns, but as soon as the precipitating event turns out to be a gigantic hoax, the truth is revealed like a bedtime story being read to a child: The ending is whispered and the narrator tiptoes out of the room... Every single cause championed by liberals is based on a fake story. They make up events that didn't happen and get apoplectic over things that never will happen. The definition of "liberal" is quickly becoming: people who believe their fantasies should be facts.
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-04-01.html

Having won the war on gay marriage (by judicial fiat), now some liberal zealots insist on going house-to-house and shooting the survivors. They seem to seek out Christian businesses to provide floral arrangements and cakes for gay weddings so they can call the cops if the Christians try to pass.
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-04-01.html

The weapon Guevara and his men called the “M-16” was a sawed-off 16-guage break-breach shotgun modified into a makeshift mortar for launching Molotov cocktails. A pair of adjustable legs formed a tripod at the butt of the gun, which made it possible to fire while resting on the ground. The operator then loaded a shotgun shell with the shot removed. Finally, the user inserted a stick?—?with a bottle of gasoline resting on the end?—?into the muzzle. The Cuban M-16 could launch a Molotov “a hundred meters or more with a fairly high degree of accuracy,” Guevara wrote. It was “an ideal weapon for entrenchments when the enemy has many wooden or inflammable material constructions?—?also for firing against tanks in hilly country.”
https://medium.com/war-is-boring/che-guevara-was-really-into-shotguns-and-molotov-cocktails-1c5a3eea5097

All 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for World War III. Making matters worse, his colleagues believe it could begin within the next 6 months.
Jim Rickards, the CIA's Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, at http://moneymorning.com/ext/articles/rickards/chinese-plan-to-destroy-us-dollar.php

In 1936 after a devastating flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the state government passed a ‘temporary’ 10% tax on all alcohol sold in the state in order to help pay for disaster relief. Six years later the work was complete. But the tax is still on the books (now at 18%), with all the revenue going to whatever the state lawmakers want to blow it on. FICA is another great example. Though payroll taxes in the US were initially established to fund Social Security and Medicare, the federal government steals this revenue every year to haplessly try and plug budget deficits.
http://www.sovereignman.com/tax/australia-wants-to-tax-bank-deposits-does-anyone-think-the-us-wont-16685/

In the United States, the murder clearance rate in 1965 was more than 90 percent. Since the inception of the war on drugs, the murder clearance rate has plummetted to an average of less than 65 percent per year. This decline is in spite of there being far fewer murders. It is also in spite of new technological developments to help police solve crimes, like DNA testing, advanced forensic labs, and unethical spying devices like the stingray. Despite the near complete erosion of the constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, the clearance rate for murder continued its free fall. This highlights the fact that no matter how many rights are given up or freedoms diminished, police cannot guarantee your safety.
http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2554-despite-ever-expanding-police-state-measures-cops-worse-than-ever-at-solving-crimes-heres-why

Bill O’Reilly has no reason to know about the long history of black mob violence associated with Spring Break. So earlier this week when he wanted to know why seven black people were shot following a large fight at a large party in Panama City, Florida, O’Reilly was probably not aware that just few weeks before, a group of black people attacked Dak Prescott, a Heisman Trophy candidate from Mississippi State. They left the dazed quarterback on his back in a parking lot, his assailants doing the victory dance on social media. On video. Nor was he aware that the vast majority of violence and gunplay getting so much attention at Panama Beach City is more than just a “young person” thing. It’s a black thing.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/spring_break_violence_is_black_college_thing.html

A handsome former video producer at CBS is suing for sexual harassment, saying he was repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network — including the director for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” ... Last March, Lombardi prepared a 10-minute video reel with excerpts of his best celebrity interviews, and asked the twice-his-age Colley for feedback. Colley suggested they meet at a gay bar, Hardware, in Hell’s Kitchen ... The evening devolved from there, with Colley allegedly urging drinks on the younger man while rubbing his thigh, texting him porn site links and asking what he thought about when he watched porn videos, the suit says.
http://nypost.com/2015/04/02/im-about-to-be-raped-ex-staffer-suing-cbs-for-harassment/

Only a tiny minority of workers make the minimum wage. Something like 5% of hourly workers, and 3% of all workers, are paid minimum wage or less... about 1.5% of all workers are people 25 and older making minimum wage. The target for this "anti-poverty" program is thus truly tiny... Most minimum wage earners are not poor. The vast majority of minimum wage jobs are held as second jobs or held by second earners in a household or by the kids of affluent households... Most people in poverty don't make the minimum wage. In fact, the typically hourly income of the poor appears to be around $14 an hour. The problem is not the hourly rate, the problem is the availability of work.
http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2015/04/why-minimum-wage-increases-are-a-terrible-anti-poverty-program.html

Once you have dehumanized your enemy, stripped him of honor, you can justify any action toward him, including complete ideological annihilation. You have no reason to accept a negotiated truce, nor obey one should you decide to. When the media asks why the Right doesn’t support an increase in background check activity for firearms it is because of this. They know, deep down, that the truce will not be obeyed by the Left. Progressives will take that strong point, then demand the surrender of the next thing. If the Right thought the Left had honor, and that an agreement would be upheld, they might be willing to find compromise.
http://thedeclination.com/total-ideological-warfare/

As one of the more useful principle of political analysis today goes: If our political elites in the West did hate their own countries, their own people, capitalism, and their own civilization, what would they do differently from what they are doing now?
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-glimpse-at-whos-locked-in-cockpit.html

You see the absurdity of all the arguments that the anti-gun people and the feds make. Because they all focus on the wording of the Supreme court’s opinion’s about the 2nd amendment, which is a straw man. Because the S.Ct. can’t point to anywhere in the constitution that gives the Feds any right to pass legislation about the peoples' arms to begin with. The feds can’t stop the people from having tanks or RPG’s or fighter jets or anything else because they were not given the authority to regulate those items.
http://www.thetruthaboutthelaw.com/the-second-amendment-has-nothing-to-do-with-why-the-atf-cannot-ban-armor-piercing-223-ammo-nothing/

Georgia's SCLC president has been suspended after urging black families to take advantage of their 2nd Amendment rights... Within 24 hours, he was relieved of his leadership position... Rev. Mosteller agreed to three repercussions: 1) indefinite suspension as State President, effective immediately, 2) participation in an internal investigation, and 3) undergo internal training program.
http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2015/04/01/georgia-sclc-president-suspended-after-second-amendment-comments/70783024/

A way to keep the blades from dulling for much longer than usual by using the old World War Two GI trick (probably learned in the Great Depression). On the Pacific islands, when supplies went too long in arriving, the guys would resharpen their blades by twirling them around the insides of a drinking glass (the old school flat steel blades you put in the single edge razors).
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/04/consuming-to-invest-14.html

Kenya - I have seen many things, but nothing like that. There were bodies everywhere in execution lines, we saw people whose heads had been blown off, bullet wounds everywhere, it was a grisly mess. We were giving first aid during the fighting - and there were soldiers being shot right in front of us, as well as the casualties among the hostages. Then when we went into the halls, it was too horrible, too awful to imagine, and yet we saw it. Everyone seemed dead, but then as we talked, some students who had been hidden for hours came out - some from wardrobes, others from the ceiling, and then others who had lain down with the dead, covered in blood, hidden among their friends who had been killed. The ladies said the gunmen had screamed out in Swahili as they shot the men: 'We have come to be kill and be killed. Then they told the women to 'swim in the blood'".
http://news.yahoo.com/laughing-somali-gunmen-taunted-victims-university-massacre-102630264.html

What if say, Hillary Clinton, who expressed immediate outrage at the Indiana law, were to be elected president and decide that it’s unfair for schools like Wabash College, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Erie Cathedral Prep to only admit boys, denying young girls access to those great athletic programs? Should she have the power to force them to admit girls? I think I’ll send her an email and ask her. Because Hillary graduated from Wellesley College, which discriminates against men. That’s right. Women-only since 1870.
http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/04/discrimination-is-wrong-except-when-its-not/

The income tax gives government the authority preemptively to take control of a percentage of everyone’s income, as determined by the government. So think this question through: In principle, then, how much of their income does the government control? The answer: All of it. Since the purported ratification of the 16th Amendment, those wielding government power have increasingly acted as if every cent of the nation’s income belongs to the government, which then decides how much of it an individual will be at liberty to spend as he chooses.
http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/02/abolishing-the-irs-is-impossible-the-surprising-reason-why-koskinen-is-right/

Last year, climate expert Leonardo DiCaprio spoke to the UN and told them that melting glaciers threatened to drown the planet.He is so worried about sea level rise, that he is building $15 million homes at sea level in Belize.
https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/page/2/

The European Union is in the process of criminalizing all seeds that are not “registered”. This means that the centuries-old practice of saving seeds from one year to the next may soon be illegal.
http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/fight-dirty-how-to-become-a-backyard-garden-guerrilla-even-if-youve-never-grown-a-tomato-04032015

Images of unaccompanied children flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border defined the immigration crisis last summer. Now, the federal government is intervening so these children won’t have to make that trek – they’ll get to fly into the U.S. instead. For free... "I think many Americans are going to be surprised to learn that illegal aliens here in the United States are getting the Obama administration to go and get their children and fetch them," Tom Fitton, president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, told Fox News. "And all at our expense."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/05/govt-program-would-fly-in-central-american-children-to-join-parents-in-us/

Assassination, torture, rendition, secret prisons, medical experiments on unsuspecting Americans, the hiring of Nazis, indefinite detention, partnerships with criminal organizations and foreign dictators, coups, sanctions, embargoes, invasions, undeclared wars, wars of aggression, and extra-judicial executions. When any of those types of things occurred in the 19th century, they were considered exceptions to the system. Now they have become permanent parts of the system. And look at the results of this gigantic warfare-state transformation: ever-increasing infringements on liberty and privacy, ever-increasing spending, debt, and taxes, and ever-increasing anger and hatred toward our country. Yes, all the things that characterized the British Empire that British colonists revolted against in 1776. How’s that for irony?
http://fff.org/2015/04/03/americas-warfare-state-revolution/

The government and the tobacco companies are now in business together, supported by addicted smokers paying exorbitant prices for cigarettes. In a 1998 agreement, the major tobacco companies agreed to pay state governments $246 billion, to be raised from selling tobacco products over a 25-year period. Additionally, cigarettes are heavily taxed. For example, the tax on cigarettes in Chicago is more than $7 a pack, and the retail price of a pack is about $12. Realistically, tobacco companies are the manufacturing subsidiary of the government tobacco business.

“A few years ago the German Minister of Justice—kind of like the Attorney General here in the United States—he was pushing very hard for Germans to have biometric data on their national ID cards, and he wanted all Germans to be fingerprinted. And the Germans pushed back, particularly privacy advocates and those in the Chaos Computer Club. And so what they did is when the German Minister of Justice was out at a restaurant, they went ahead and after he left they got the glass that he had left behind, and they were able to lift his fingerprint off of the glass. They then took a photograph, brought it into Photoshop, cleaned it up, and then were able to replicate it on 3D printers, in latex. They included it as a handout in their Chaos Computer Club magazine that went out to 5,000 people, and they encouraged their readers to leave the Justice Minister’s fingerprints at crime scenes all over Germany, which they did.”

Over the past 150 million years, carbon dioxide had been drawn down steadily by plants from about 3,000 parts per million to about 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution. If this trend continued, the carbon dioxide level would have become too low to support life on Earth. Human fossil fuel use and clearing land for crops have boosted carbon dioxide from its lowest level in the history of the Earth back to 400 parts per million today. At 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests, and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for carbon dioxide. The optimum level of carbon dioxide for plant growth, given enough water and nutrients, is about 1,500 parts per million, nearly four times higher than today. Greenhouse growers inject carbon-dioxide to increase yields. Farms and forests will produce more if carbon-dioxide keeps rising.

After a black high-school boy repeatedly punched his teacher in the face, sending her to the emergency room, the teacher, who is white, was advised by the assistant principal not to press charges. The administrator lectured her about how hard it is for young black men to overcome a criminal record. Worse, she was told she should examine what role she, “as a white woman” holding unconscious racial biases, played in the attack. A white sixth-grade teacher at a mostly black Washington, DC, school told the US Commission on Civil Rights she had similar “conversations” in which she was told that the bad behaviour of black boys is mainly the teacher’s fault. “I have been encouraged to examine and question how my own racial dispositions affect my teaching and my students,” Andrea Smith testified. During cultural sensitivity training required of school districts under restorative justice programmes, teachers are told they are largely to blame for bad behaviour of black students because they “misinterpret” African-American culture.
http://nypost.com/2015/03/14/politicians-are-making-schools-less-safe-and-ruining-education-for-everyone/

John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It is titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" and apparently includes "a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue." Urschel, who was drafted in 2014 to block for Joe Flacco, had a 4.0 grade point average at Penn State and has been published in several mathematical journals. He is also an accomplished chess player. For a living, he uses his body as a bulldozer. His family, he says, wonders why he would spend his time in such a way. The answer is, apparently, that he just enjoys leveling people.

Johannesburg - Eskom [electric power] has to reduce the number of white engineers by 1 081 and white artisans by 2 179 in order to comply with strict new government requirements. Of the 21?372 “technically skilled” employees at Eskom 4 487 or 21% are white. By 2020 some 2 179 will have to leave. Photos:
http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/11/27/gallery-ashes-to-ashes-dust-to-eskom

Verde Point is a self-described "luxury apartment" complex with a rooftop pool and "personal wine storage" that is currently accepting public housing assistance recipients who will live there practically for free, courtesy of the taxpayers — at least until they become gainfully employed and their incomes rise. That's when the pool parties and wine tastings end and they will have to downgrade to a more middle-class abode. The Gramercy is another luxury apartment, also in Arlington, Va., where holders of the federal vouchers formerly known as Section 8 can live, taking advantage of its "massage room and sauna" and "clubroom with bar." Also included, according to its promotional materials, are a "first-class sports club," "theater/screening room," and computer room. "Someone will actually come and do a manicure right in your home," its promotional video says, adding that the units have "Berber carpet, GE stainless steel appliances, granite countertops." Rector said. "What you have is a corrupt log-rolling between these big developers and the bureaucracy, and they feed off each other. They get a tax write-off for putting a limited number of low income units into a luxury building."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change... Their position may block their states' access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters. "If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn't want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics," said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council's water program. "The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state" because of his climate beliefs.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20150322_FEMA_to_deny_funds_to_warming_
deniers.html

Suggestion: we don’t have to vaporize all the guns. Let’s just vaporize white men’s guns. White guys cannot be trusted to use guns responsibly. It is time to stop giving guns to white guys. I mean, it’s time to stop giving guns to everybody, but we can start with the white guys. As a bonus, we can collect their tears for research and resource purposes while they line up to surrender their weapons.
Andrea Grimes, Senior Political Reporter, RH Reality Check

Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that's launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive. A camera mounted on the windshield scans the road signs on the sides of the highway and, when the vehicle enters a 20mph zone, the system reduces the top speed to match. Rather than controlling the speed with automatic braking, the car limits its own velocity by adjusting the amount of fuel being pushed to the engine.
http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/24/ford-smax-speed-limit/

A Texas man who's finally no longer required to pay child support after 13 years of bank-breaking wage garnishment still owes the state $21,000 in back payments. And the girl isn't even his. Willie Carson says he suffered for years as he struggled to make monthly payments and now that it's been proven he can't possibly be father to the girl, who he's also never even met, he may still be forced to pay up. According to Texas state law, he's required to pay any outstanding payments owed, as well as any accrued interest. All this, despite DNA tests proving unequivocally Carson is not the father and all because he was initially named on the birth certificate by the mother. 'I've never seen the child. I never spoke to the child. I don't know what the child looks like,' Carson told MyFoxHouston. Nonetheless, because of his garnished paychecks, he says: 'There were days that I didn't eat. I went without electricity.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3010327/I-went-without-electricity-days-didn-t-eat-Fury-man-forced-pay-child-support-13-years-girl-s-never-met-despite-DNA-test-proving-s-not-his.html

The Fed does not print money, as some have suggested. It creates liquidity. It exchanges its own paper for less liquid mortgages and other paper banks are holding in their vaults. But this swap does not create money…yet. It is only when the recipient bank lends the money to a business or an individual that money is created. To convert the Fed paper into cash, someone must be willing to borrow and a bank must be willing to lend. No borrowers, no lenders mean no new money is created whatever the Fed does. With doubts about the economy and fears of inflation, many corporations, flush with cash reserves themselves, see no reason to incur additional debt. They aren’t spending their current cash reserves because they have no confidence in the economy, so why should they borrow more money? By the same token, those who do want to borrow funds are generally insolvent and banks, with regulators breathing down their necks, are unwilling to lend them money. Without Enough Borrowers, QE Cannot Create Money.
http://www.dickmorris.com/why-the-fed-ended-qe-and-why-they-cant-restart-it/

A 400 kilometer-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia. The crater from the impact millions of years ago has long disappeared. But a team of geophysicists has found the twin scars of the impacts - the largest impact zone ever found on Earth - hidden deep in the earth's crust ... in an area near the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. "The two asteroids must each have been over 10 kilometers across - it would have been curtains for many life species on the planet at the time," said Dr Glikson, from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. The revelation of such ancient violent impacts may lead to new theories about the Earth's history. "Large impacts like these may have had a far more significant role in the Earth's evolution than previously thought," Dr Glikson said. The exact date of the impacts remains unclear. The surrounding rocks are 300 to 600 million years old, but evidence of the type left by other meteorite strikes is lacking.
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2015/03/the-missing-extinction-event-earths-largest-known-asteroid-impact-zone-discovered-in-australia.html

When you read about the experiences of successful people in the late 19th century, they talk of their exciting and broad experiences in life, working in odd jobs, meeting strange people of all ages and classes, performing tasks outside their comfort zone, encountering adult situations in business that taught them important lessons. They didn’t learn these things from sitting in a desk, listening to a teacher, repeating facts on tests, and staying with their class. They discovered the world through mixing it up, having fabulous and sometimes weird experiences, being with people who are not in their age cohort. They drew on these experiences for years following. The system to which we have become accustomed is not of our choosing, and it certainly isn’t organic to the social order. It has been inflicted on us, one piece of legislation at a time. It is the result of an imposed, rather than evolved, order... Bring back apprenticeships. Bring back remunerative work for the young. Look beyond the central plan, and don’t get trapped. Rethink the claim that staying in school is an unmitigated good. Find other ways to prevent your heavy investments in others from dissipating; ensure instead that they will pay more immediate returns. Our friends should remain in our lives — and yield a lifetime of returns.
http://fee.org/freeman/detail/how-the-education-system-destroys-social-networks

Philadelphia’s mayor is black. Its previous mayor was black. Its City Council is overwhelmingly black, with a few Hispanics and liberal union loving whites sprinkled in. Its police chief is black. Its fire commissioner is black. Its school district is run by blacks. The population of West Philly is 76% black... The politicians in Philadelphia are the cause of all the ills afflicting this dying city. Buildings collapse, streets cave in, water mains explode, stop lights don’t work, potholes grow deeper, filth and garbage pile up, schools fail to educate, budgets go deeper into the red, businesses leave or shut down, taxes are increased and the black population grows ever more dependent on government handouts to survive. And what does the city spend their declining revenues on? How about gold plated pension and health plans for union government employees, handouts to Democratic Party cronies, meaningless liberal ideas to educate unteachable kids, and mural painting programs to beautify dilapidated buildings with amusing pictures of great deeds and outrageous declarations.
http://howestreet.com/2015/03/30-blocks-of-racism-incompetence-collapse/

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states... “The foreign officer allegedly arranged ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years,” the IG report says.
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/dea-sex-parties-colombia-report-116413.html

Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp... Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.” How about supporting Hamas? No problem at all, Scaffido said.
Joseph Scaffido is the Assistant Dean for Students, Cornell University
http://nypost.com/2015/03/24/cornell-dean-says-isis-welcome-on-campus-in-undercover-video/

Rube Goldberg - Early on, when the boy showed a talent for realistic portraiture and humorous sketches, his distressed father consulted Col. Daniel M. Burns, the Republican boss of California. In a memoir, Rube recalled the exchange: “ ‘Dan,’ muttered Pa, ‘my boy says he’s going to be an artist, and I just can’t get him away from the idea.’ ‘Hum, that is serious,’ consoled Col. Burns. ‘There’s nothing hereditary about it, is there?’ ‘That’s the remarkable part of it,’ answered Max Goldberg proudly. ‘Our family record is as clean as a whistle. We’ve never had a single solitary artist in it—not one.’ ”
http://www.city-journal.org/2015/25_1_urb-rube-goldberg.html

On January 6, 2015, Officer Jesse Hill responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Avenue. Hill fired his weapon twice, and one round struck Autumn Steele mid-torso, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Steele died while being treated. Neighbors told News 8 that Hill was attempting to shoot a dog, but slipped... In February, Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said no charges would be filed against Hill.
wqad.com

Demographics need not be destiny. The West became the best not by out-breeding the undeveloped world – not due to huge numbers – but because of human capital: people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy.
http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/the-we-need-to-have-a-conversation-malarkey/

NBC censors pretty much let Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David get away with whatever they wanted on “Seinfeld.” One of the few exceptions was a proposed episode in which George got in trouble for observing, “You know, I have never seen a black person order a salad.”
http://nypost.com/2015/03/22/kimmy-schmidt-shows-the-irrelevance-of-nbc/

Chicago Police - I've been detailed to the academy for about 2 months now. I was floored to learn of the new stress free work place program they run. When a recruit is feeling overwhelmed or like they are being singled out, they can hold up a red card. They are then excused from that activity, and the instructors can't talk to that recruit for at least 2 hrs. If the recruit holds up the red card twice in a day, they are allowed to skip the next class and stay in a "stress free zone" and take a nap or relax until they feel better. What is going on with this department?
http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2015/03/say-it-isnt-so.html

A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/28629930/18k-trees-to-go-solar

A BBC presenter found herself in the middle of a Twitter storm after claiming a radio documentary on climate change was balanced because it did not feature any sceptic voice... The radio show will be the second BBC programme in the space of a month on the subject of climate change after Climate Change By Numbers, a TV show on BBC4, which featured three mathematicians explaining why the phenomena is real. Again, the show did not feature any sceptic voice.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/03/28/bbc-presenter-new-climate-doc-unbiased-because-it-doesnt-feature-sceptics/

Ross Perot warned us over 20 years ago. If you're too young to remember - go slap your parents for not listening. Stupidity has consequences.
zero hedge.com, crisrose Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:43 | 5937665

Witness 120 initially told law enforcement that he saw Brown shot at point-blank range as he was on his knees with his hands up. Similar to Witness 138, Witness 120 subsequently acknowledged that he did not see Brown get shot but “assumed” he had been executed while on his knees with his hands up based on “common sense” and what others “in the community told [him.]” There is no witness who has stated that Brown had his hands up in surrender whose statement is otherwise consistent with the physical evidence. When Witness 125 appeared at the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office to testify before the county grand jury, she was accompanied by an attorney. Prior to her testimony, Witness 125 told the county prosecutors that she lied to the FBI and to SLCPD detectives. Witness 125 was then given immunity from federal prosecution for making material false statements to federal agents so long as she testified truthfully in the grand jury. She testified that she did not, in fact, witness any part of the incident, but claimed she did so because she wanted to be “part of something.” She claimed that a friend in the community told her to tell the SLCPD and the FBI what her boyfriend saw, but to claim it as her own.
http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown.pdf

When Zero Hedge said precisely this 6 years ago, it was cast as a tin-foil clad group of conspriators who see the worst in every situation. What is "it"? This: The long-term consequences of global QE are likely to permanently impair living standards for generations to come while creating a false illusion of reviving prosperity. In this case, it was said this week by Guggenheim's Chairman of Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer, Scott Minerd. We are happy that increasingly more "serious people" come to the same conclusion which we posited first a 6 years ago.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-28/finally-very-serious-people-get-it-qe-will-permanently-impair-living-standards-gener

MSNBC correspondent Jeremy Lancaster bluntly asked the following question,” Mr. Cornia, if I were to make the statement, all registered motorcycle owners are currently showing on a classified FBI gang list, would the statement be true or false?" Cornia responded by saying, “That would be a true statement, the FBI has been collecting and compiling Department of Motor Vehicles and Drivers License Division records for the purpose of adding those that own motorcycles to a classified gang list since 1994." ... Lancaster asked how individuals can find out if they are on this classified gang list to which Cornia responded, “Did you register a motorcycle or obtain a Class M license anytime between the year 1994 and 2015? If so, than you are on the list.” ... “the purpose of the list is to collect and utilize data, not to create consequences. Aside from notifying law enforcement that you are a registered motorcycle owner or operator, it can show up to potential employers on select background checks.”
http://washingtonpost.com.co/fbi-admits-all-registered-motorcycle-owners-are-on-classified-gang-list/

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
ap.org

Liquidity is a funny thing: it evaporates without notice, just when you need it the most. Liquidity gives you the ability to sell something without having to slash the price. When no one wants to sell and when you don’t need liquidity, there’s plenty of it. But when you really need liquidity to sell something because you see something worrisome, then everybody else sees the same thing, and they too need to sell. Buyers, who also see the same thing, disappear. And liquidity just evaporates. It doesn’t mean you can’t sell. It means you have to slash your price to sell. Everyone has to slash their prices in order to lure buyers out of hiding. And worse, as prices get slashed in a highly leveraged market, margin calls go out, hedge funds get nervous, and leverage begets forced selling. And prices drop further.
http://investmentwatchblog.com/central-banks-warn-liquidity-may-evaporate-when-investors-finally-remove-blindfolds/

So as the Fatal Four southwestern states become ever more Latino, what if they de facto eliminate the border with Mexico? They wouldn’t describe it that way. They probably wouldn’t describe it at all. They would just ignore sovereignty. In a globalizing world, the very idea of sovereignty seems less important that it once did. I will guess that the young, who will one day be older, care less than their elders about national identity. How then would Washington enforce its will? Send the Army? Bomb Los Angeles? Them as has the numbers gets their way. And are getting it. The result could easily be a de facto integration with Mexico.
http://fredoneverything.net/Secession.shtml

Another possibility of secession lies in the South. Mississippi, the darkest state, is thirty-seven percent black. Although we are not permitted to say it, the racial hostility of blacks toward whites is intense. While whites will (now, anyway) vote for a black candidate over a white—which is how we got Obama—blacks vote as a bloc for black candidates. (If memory serves, Obama got 93% of the black vote.) Should the black percentage in Mississippi grow to a tipping point, then, when whites bail out (which is usually what happens though we are not supposed to say this either), the state would become a self-governing country within a country—dependent on federal subsidies, yes, but having no loyalty to or culture in common with white society. It would not, methinks, feel an urgent need to obey federal laws.
http://fredoneverything.net/Secession.shtml

When the law, by its very luxuriance, cannot be known in its entirety by any person – when regulatory bodies that legislative oversight, much less Constitutional authority, are permitted to pass regulations with the force of law of which no private citizen is informed – the law has gone through a great and unacceptable transformation: it has become the private, secret property of the State... once the notion has been accepted that the law, because of its volume and complexity, cannot be uniformly enforced, prosecutorial discretion becomes the sole determinant of who the victims will be and how badly they will suffer. Prosecutors become more powerful, de facto, than any other public official.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/03/point-counterpoint.html

During some of the fiercest fighting around Samarra last year, U.S. Special Operations forces dropped behind enemy lines to assist Islamic State militants. “They came in with parachutes, and they were helping to bomb the city,” he said. U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State, he contended, are probably just a cover for efforts to support the group. “It’s just a show,” he said, sitting in the city’s army command headquarters. “If the Americans want to finish something, they will finish it. If they wanted to liberate Iraq, they could.”
Iraqi Brig. General Abed al-Maliki, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-cleric-urges-unity-amid-tension-over-us-strikes/2015/03/27/75bb4f5a-d40b-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html

A purely "deflationary" crash is no longer possible for the bankrupt regimes of the Western world. In order for any national economy to deflate; it must have savings it can cannibalize, in order to survive that deflationary shock (as was the case in "the Great Depression"). The debtor-regimes of the West not only have no savings, most are already hopelessly insolvent, and teetering on bankruptcy, despite the lies to the contrary by the corporate media, and our own, corrupt governments. In the revenue crisis which accompanies any deflationary crash; our insolvent governments will have two - and only two - choices: declare outright bankruptcy, or conjure-up their funny-money in quantities that dwarf even the sickening spike represented by the following chart. For Western inhabitants, about to be devastated by a financial/economic cataclysm which is literally beyond the comprehension of any of us; we have two choices when it comes to protecting ourselves (apart from gold and silver). Invest in food, or move to China.
http://www.sprottmoney.com/news/invest-in-food-bullion-bulls-canada-sprott-money-news

A notebook from 1863 was found, in which a chemist working for P&G nonchalantly noted, “I made floating soap today. I think we’ll make all of our stock that way.” But here’s the weirdest part, the chemist who made that discovery was none other than James Gamble, the son of the man who co-founded the company, James Gamble Sr. Yet, somehow, the fact that he invented one of the company’s most famous and enduring products was forgotten about for over a century. Although Gamble discovered the process to make soap float way back in 1863 and seemingly had plans to “make all our stock that way”, the idea was shelved for quite some time, further demonstrating that the eventual launch was purposeful, not accidental. The first bar of Ivory floating soap sold to consumers happened in 1879, advertised from the beginning as the soap that floats.
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/03/truth-floating-soap/

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet. The charges are contained in a federal criminal complaint issued on March 25, 2015, in the Northern District of California and unsealed today... Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore, was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-federal-agents-charged-bitcoin-money-laundering-and-wire-fraud

A woman died and her husband was injured after they drove off the ramp to the demolished Cline Avenue bridge, which has been closed since 2009... "The Cline Avenue bridge is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings," Lake County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Patricia Van Til said. "There are concrete barricades across the road to further indicate the road is closed." ... The driver was believed to have been following GPS navigation that told him to continue on Cline Avenue, and was apparently paying more attention to the navigation system than what was in front of him, according to a police investigator.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/east-chicago/police-gps-may-have-told-couple-to-drive-off-cline/article_cbd32cd1-bb19-5adb-83a9-ee1e09bd4592.html

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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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