That the truth is stranger than fiction is never more evident to me than when I sit down for a little entertainment and watch a science fiction movie.
Do you remember “The Matrix”?
This exchange really struck home for me:
“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.
That you are a slave… like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison… for your mind.”
We are all of us in a monetary prison for our minds, perpetrated by the greatest scam in the history of currency — fiat money.
If you don’t believe you’ve been deceived, then I want you to do something for me. Say these words to yourself, slowly:
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Although they seem to think they do, five Ivy League-educated lawyers in league with the Prince of Darkness have not the authority to redefine marriage, which was not defined by man in the first place.
God established marriage in Genesis 2:23-24, “The man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (ESV)
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The Fourth of July is more than fireworks, barbecue and watermelon — much more. It’s a day that marks the anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in human history.
On that day in 1776, 56 brave men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming that the 13 original American colonies were no longer willing to live under tyrannical British rule.
Those men, among them some of the most notable names in American history, risked their own fortunes, their safety and that of their families by signing the document; they were still in the earliest stages of a war against an enemy that vastly outgunned them and was better trained. By signing their names to the very spirit of patriotism, the men risked being hanged in the event of defeat; and they risked consigning their families to lives of misery and poverty and persecution.
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Hate speech laws are going in all around the world, and progressive activists in the United States want to use these kinds of laws to destroy free speech in America. You see, the truth is that these hate speech laws that are being implemented all over the planet are not just about preventing speech that promotes violence or genocide against a particular group of people. Instead, these laws are written in such a way that anyone that says something that “offends” or “insults” someone else is guilty of “hate speech”. Even if you never intended to offend anyone and you had no idea that your words were insulting, in some countries you can be detained without bail and sentenced to years in prison for such speech. Today, there are highly restrictive hate speech laws in Canada, in Mexico and in virtually every single European nation. The United States is still an exception, but the truth is that our liberties and freedoms are being eroded every single day, and it is only a matter of time until “hate speech laws” are used to take away our freedom of speech too.
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The second largest stock market in the entire world is collapsing right in front of our eyes. Since hitting a peak in June, the most important Chinese stock market index has plummeted by well over 20 percent, and more than 3 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has been wiped out. Of course the Shanghai Composite Index is still way above the level it was sitting at exactly one year ago, but what is so disturbing about this current crash is that it is so similar to what we witnessed just prior to the great financial crisis of 2008 in the United States. From October 2006 to October 2007, the Shanghai Composite Index more than tripled in value. It was the greatest stock market surge in Chinese history. But after hitting a peak, it began to fall dramatically. From October 2007 to October 2008, the Shanghai Composite Index absolutely crashed. In the end, more than two-thirds of all wealth in the market was completely wiped out. You can see all of this on a chart that you can find right here. What makes this so important to U.S. investors is the fact that Chinese stocks started crashing well before U.S. stocks started crashing during the last financial crisis, and now it is happening again. Is this yet another sign that a U.S. stock market crash is imminent?
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Following a federal court’s rejection of its gun ordinance in May, Washington, D.C. saw a profound spike in the number of people applying to the city for a concealed carry permit.
Concealed carry applications increased threefold in the weeks immediately following Judge Frederick Scullin’s ruling against the “good cause” portion of the city’s gun law — a restrictive clause that Scullin declared unconstitutional and ordered the city council to revise.
The “good cause” provision placed the burden of proof for gun ownership on residents of Washington, D.C., essentially forcing applicants to convince the local police department that they have an exceptional need to own a handgun. Scullin overturned the law and forced the city to go back to the drawing board to come up with something that didn’t so closely resemble an outright ban.
An analysis of permit applications by The Washington Free Beacon shows that permit applications tripled following Scullin’s ruling:
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ June jobs report reveals a historically low level of participation in the U.S. labor force, with a smaller percentage of Americans seeking work than at any time since 1977.
BLS numbers show that 93,626,000 people had dropped out of the labor force in June, with 157,037,000 participating. That yields a participation rate of 62.6 percent — the lowest it’s been since October 1977, when the rate hit 62.4 percent.
Those figures accompany the BLS’s revelation that the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent and that 223,000 jobs were added to U.S. payrolls in June. The falling unemployment rate continues a recent trend in which statistics for unemployment and non-participation in the labor force share an inverse relationship.
The 157,037,000 people counted as participants in the labor force consist of 148,739,000 who actually hold jobs, along with another 8,299,000 who don’t have jobs but are actively looking. That means the 5.3 percent unemployment rate reflects those 8,299,000 who are actively seeking work, while discounting altogether the 93,626,000 who aren’t.
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A majority of Americans believe the Confederate flag, which has come under new fire following the racially charged tragedy in Charleston earlier this month, is a symbol of heritage and not one of hate.
According to a CNN/ORC poll, 57 percent of Americans say that the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride. That’s compared to just 33 percent who feel the flag is a symbol of racism.
When broken down along racial lines, however, it’s apparent that black and white Americans have very different views about the flag.
Among whites, just 28 percent feel that the flag has racial undertones. Seventy-two percent of black Americans, meanwhile, say the flag is racist.
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Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul wants to create a new arm of the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to combatting domestic violent extremists.
The lawmaker introduced this month the Countering Violent Extremism Act, which would create a new Office of Coordination for Countering Violent Extremism under DHS authority. According to the bill, the new law enforcement entity would be responsible for activities including:
- “Identifying risk factors that contribute to violent extremism in communities in the United States,”
- “Assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment,”
- And “establishing a counter-messaging program” to combat domestic violent extremists.
“We think there should be a better countering violent extremism effort, that there should be a lead agency tasked to handle that,” McCaul said earlier in the month following a congressional hearing on ISIS’s use of social media for recruitment.
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Ira Combs, a bishop at the Greater Bible Way Temple in Jackson, Michigan, understands that passivity in the face of evil isn’t a great blueprint for the spread of Christianity.
That’s why he and other members of his congregation attend worship services with concealed weapons.
“We aren’t looking to engage people in violence, but we are going to practice law enforcement. And we are going to interdict if someone comes in with a weapon,” Combs told Reuters in a recent interview.
A Reuters reporter visited with Combs and attended a worship service at Greater Bible Way. From the pulpit, Combs addressed the need for church members to adopt a sensible attitude about protecting themselves and their fellow Christians.
The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock.
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When Donald Trump announced he would seek the Republican nomination for president, everyone knew he wouldn’t worry about being politically correct — far from it. So we shouldn’t be surprised by the hailstorm of controversy that erupted over his remarks about illegal immigrants.
In his announcement on June 16, The Donald had this to say about the flood of illegals pouring over our border from Mexico: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
How dare he! The backlash was almost instantaneous. NBCUniversal announced that it is cutting all ties with the media celebrity and real estate mogul. In its pompous proclamation, the network declared, “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
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(I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the July 2013 issue in which I warned of the coming euro meltdown now being seen in Greece. Greek banks are shuttered and depositors stand to lose most or all of their deposits to the banksters. I have long warned my readers to get their money out of banks, advising them to keep only that which is needed to cover a couple months’ worth of bills and keep cash on hand, and the experiences of the Cypriots and Greeks are precisely why.)
The Ides of March struck a crippling blow to large bank depositors in Cyprus. It won’t matter much to most people in the world that a bunch of rich Russians lost a bundle of cash. What should matter is that the event could well mark the beginning of the end for the euro. It should also serve as a very large bright red flag to savers of the world that the cash they have entrusted to the care of banks is in grave danger — if not now then on some unexpected day in the non-distant future.
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Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I have the most important question of a lifetime for all of you. Are key Republican leaders in D.C. from the Senate, House and Supreme Court being blackmailed?
Tell me you haven’t thought the exact same thing. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in D.C. — rotten like a dead fish left at the front door of a congressman’s office by the Obama crime family, rotten like a photo of a Supreme Court justice with his robe down at his ankles.
Because what’s happening just isn’t normal. Please tell me how it’s possible that President Obama and his socialist cabal suffered the most massive and historic defeat in modern political history only nine months ago and, since then, they’ve gotten everything they’ve ever wanted handed to them on a silver platter. Does that make sense to you?
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Have you ever come across someone on the Internet that you suspected was a paid government troll? Well, there is a very good chance that you were not imagining things. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have solid proof that paid government trolls are using “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Documents leaked by Snowden also reveal that government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online. If we do not stand up and object to this kind of Orwellian behavior, it is only going to get worse and worse.
In the UK, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a specialized unit within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). If it wasn’t for Edward Snowden, we probably still would never have heard of them. This particular specialized unit is engaged in some very “questionable” online activities. The following is an excerpt from a recent piece by Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman…
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The debt crisis in Puerto Rico could potentially cost financial institutions in the United States tens of billions of dollars in losses. This week, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla publicly announced that Puerto Rico’s 73 billion dollar debt is “not payable,” and a special adviser that was recently appointed to help straighten out the island’s finances said that it is “insolvent” and will totally run out of cash very shortly. At this point, Puerto Rico’s debt is approximately 15 times larger than the per capita median debt of the 50 U.S. states. Yes, the Greek debt crisis is larger, as Greece currently owes about $350 billion to the rest of the planet. But only about $14 billion of that total is owed to U.S. financial institutions. But with Puerto Rico, things are very different. Just about the entire 73 billion dollar debt is owed to U.S. financial institutions, and this could potentially cause massive problems for some extremely leveraged Wall Street firms.
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The Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage decision has many religious conservatives lobbying their GOP representatives for a legislative override. But conventional wisdom in Washington says that isn’t likely to happen and, even if it upsets the religious right for a time, some policy watchers view the ruling as a positive for the GOP.
Asked by Kentucky station WDRB whether Republicans have a plan to overturn the gay marriage ruling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that GOP action would be a waste of time. Instead, McConnell said, Republicans will be discussing whether the court’s decision merits debate about increasing religious protections.
“I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well spoken. We’ll be taking a look at whether or not religious liberty needs to be enhanced by statue,” he said.
The lawmaker expressed concern that the ruling could lead to increased pressure on religious groups to accept lifestyles not in line with their teachings.
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More than one-third of America’s adult population is open to the idea of permanently leaving this country in order to live somewhere else.
A new poll conducted by financial service provider TransferWise finds that 35 percent of U.S. residents would consider living elsewhere — primarily because they believe they could more fully realize their economic opportunities in another country.
The survey, which questioned more than 2,000 Americans, found the greatest interest in abnegating U.S. citizenship lies with young people between the ages of 18 and 34. In fact, a majority of the millennial-generation demographic — 55 percent — indicated an openness to living outside the U.S.
Those who indicate they prefer to remain in the U.S. offer a variety of reasons: familiarity with their homes, established personal relationships, the virtues of American democracy.
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The scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service has evidently been so busy abusing conservative groups and losing former employee Lois Lerner’s emails that it didn’t realize that it has awarded millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts to tax delinquent companies in recent years.
That’s according to a report out recently from the Treasury Inspector General, first publicized by Judicial Watch.
The IG report notes that, despite the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act prohibiting federal agencies from doing business with corporations with federal tax debt or felony convictions, the agency entered into nearly five dozen contracts with firms owing significant debts in fiscal 2012 and 2013.
From the report:
TIGTA identified 17 corporations that were awarded a total of 57 contracts valued at about $18.8 million (including nearly $18 million for contract modifications) during FYs 2012 and 2013, while they had Federal tax debt.
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Here’s a first-impression list of all the stuff we’re learning about Hillary Clinton, thanks to the recent release of 3,000 State Department emails. Most of it affirms suspicions we already had. The rest is even crazier.
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- The slow-drip of email releases — 3,000 on Monday; 55,000 by year’s end — is being supervised by the same lawyer — Catherine Duvall — who steered the document release process in the IRS-Tea Party discrimination scandal. “She was at the IRS when there was a preservation order and subpoena — and documents were destroyed,” said Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “She is now at the State Department, where we were supposed to get [certain] information, and we know that some of the emails were not given.”
Guns kill and, President Barack Obama says, so does the Confederate flag. According to the president, it is a symbol for white racism; it is a flag that encourages the South to take false pride in an ugly heritage that can lead to white supremacy.
Obama laid it all out last Friday when he was the guest celebrity eulogist for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The South Carolina state senator was one of nine people senselessly slaughtered on June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. They died at the hands of either a psychopath or a white racist who was inspired at least in part by the Confederate flag.
At the memorial, Obama said:
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