There Will Be Earthquakes: The Crust Of The Earth Violently Roars To Life In Chile And Nepal

Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Photo by Krish DulalJust within the past few days, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Chile erupted for the first time in 42 years and the nation of Nepal was hit by the worst earthquake that it has seen in 80 years.  Even though the crust of the Earth seems to be shaking more violently than ever, most of the experts continue to assure us that what we are witnessing is “normal” behavior.  But the cold, hard numbers tell a very different story.  As I pointed out in a previous article, the number of volcanic eruptions that are happening right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year.  Our planet appears to be getting more unstable, and that is not good news for any of us.  In fact, it was recently reported that 150 million Americans live in areas that are prone to earthquakes.  No matter how advanced our technology becomes, the truth is that we are still very much at the mercy of the forces of nature, and what just happened in Chile and in Nepal are clear reminders of this reality.

Civil Unrest Has Begun In Baltimore And This Is Only Just The Start Of Something MUCH Bigger

Baltimore Riots - YouTube ScreenshotOn Saturday night, the city of Baltimore resembled a warzone as protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned wildly violent.  One eyewitness reported watching the streets around him and his friend “turn into madness” as they left a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.  Car windows were smashed, stores were robbed, chairs were thrown and large numbers of random bystanders were attacked.  One prominent Democrat claims that those committing the violence were “mainly from out of town“, but how would he know that?  Today, there are approximately 2.7 million people living in the Baltimore metropolitan area.  It is an area that has been known for poverty, crime and drugs for many years, and as racial tensions continue to increase in this country it is a powder keg that could erupt at literally any time.  We got a preview of what can happen on Saturday night.  If this is how people will act while economic conditions are still relatively stable in this country, what in the world is going to happen when things really start falling apart?

The Incredible Story Of How Kim Kardashian’s Ancestors Escaped The Armenian Genocide

Kim Kardashian - Photo by David ShankboneBetween 1915 and 1917, 1.5 million Armenians (most of them Christians) were slaughtered by the Turks.  Armenians were systematically abducted, tortured and marched to their deaths just because of who they were and what they believed.  At one point, 60,000 corpses were found in a single mass grave.  It was one of the greatest genocides in history, but it didn’t end in 1917.  Between 1920 and 1923, Turkey either deported or wiped out almost all of the Armenians that had survived the first wave of persecution.  This genocide was one of the most horrifying examples of how evil humanity can be, and yet to this day the U.S. government continues to refuse to call it a “genocide”.  Because of the sensitive nature of our relationship with the Turkish government, Barack Obama absolutely will not use the “g word” when speaking of what happened to the Armenians.  And as I wrote about the other day, Obama also seems to care very little about the Christian genocide that is going on in parts of the Middle East controlled by ISIS today.  But whether Obama ever recognizes the Armenian genocide or not, it is vitally important that the world remembers what happened to those precious people.  One very prominent celebrity that is leading the call to remember the Armenian genocide is Kim Kardashian.  In this article, I am going to share the story of how her ancestors were able to escape the genocide.  I promise you, it is a story that you are not likely to ever forget.

Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?

Silver Bars - Public DomainWhy in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver?  Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver.  Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment.  But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit.  As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce.  So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off.  But it will pay off in a big way if we will soon be entering a time of great financial turmoil.

During a time of crisis, investors tend to flood into physical gold and silver.  And as I mentioned just recently, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently stated that “there will be another crisis” in a letter to shareholders…

Police chief suggests Texas will become a post-apocalyptic hellscape following open carry passage

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has spoken out against the passage of open carry legislation in the Texas House. The lawman’s frantic condemnations of the legislation suggest that he expects his city to resemble a scene from John Carpenter’s “Escape From L.A.” once the bill takes effect.

The Texas legislation would allow residents to carry a handgun openly on their person with fear of being harassed by police officers. The bill would require all carriers to obtain a permit but would bar cops from stopping a law-abiding citizen who is carrying openly unless a crime had been committed.

For Acevedo and other police officials in the state, the inability to stop residents for nothing more than exercising 2nd Amendment rights is a problem.

The Austin chief vented last week via social media:

Study credits nature for recent variation in global temperatures

A new study that analyzes existing data instead of relying on the predictions of computer models finds that global warming has stalled. It also finds that much of the climate variability attributed to man-made causes is, in fact, a product of natural processes that aren’t initiated through human influence.

The Duke University study predicts that future vacillations in global temperatures will likely result from natural variations, repeating an observable cycle in the data the researchers analyzed.

“A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” the study summary reports.

As pundits on both sides of the climate change debate rush to appropriate the findings to suit their agendas, the study itself does not dismiss the phenomenon of global warming.

Can small-government candidates capitalize on American dissatisfaction?

New polling data revealing that a firm majority of Americans believe elected officials and bureaucrats wield too much power could spell good news for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other presidential contenders vowing to shrink the size of federal government.

Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans recently polled by Rasmussen report that they are getting tired of living in a warfare/welfare/nanny state.

According to the polling data, 62 percent of respondents said that “there is too much government power and too little individual freedom in the United States today.” That’s compared to just 10 percent who feel oppositely and 16 percent who believe the balance is just about right. Twelve percent of those polled said they weren’t sure.

The Rasmussen numbers back up findings buried in a Pew Research poll out earlier this month. That poll, which sought to measure American trust in government open data initiatives, recorded a paltry 23 percent of respondents saying “they trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time.”

As trucks and SUVs surge, Ford can’t sell enough hybrids and crossovers to keep plant at capacity

Ford Motor Co. isn’t having problems selling large vehicles. Gas is relatively cheap at the moment, making it an especially good time for customers to indulge their preferences. But Ford can’t sell enough fuel-efficient and hybrid cars to justify keeping the plant where they’re assembled at full capacity.

Customers, who’ve been reluctant to flock to small crossover vehicles even in times when fuel costs are higher, are avoiding the compact Ford Focus and its variants, as well as the company’s two C-Max minivan models (one’s a hybrid; the other is a hybrid with a plug-in feature).

The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford is planning to scale back its production capacity and lay off 700 workers at the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, beginning this June. As many as 200 of the laid-off workers will be shifted to other assembly plants in the area in short order; the remainder may take up to a year to reassign to other locations.

Rape Culture, Feminism, And The Shocking Truth That You Aren’t Being Told

Woman Silhouette 2015 - Public DomainDoes a “culture of rape” exist in the United States? For years, feminists have been speaking of a “rape culture” that exists in this country.  They claim that rape has become “pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality“.  But what they won’t tell you is that the “sexual revolution” that they championed back in the 1960s and 1970s is at the very root of the explosion of sexual violence that we have seen in this nation since that time.  Once upon a time, you could actually let your kids run over to the local playground and play for hours unattended.  I know, because that is what my parents did with me when I was growing up.  But now you have to watch your children like a hawk because there are hundreds of thousands of sexual predators running around out there.  Today, the average American spends more than five hours watching television, and most of the “programming” that Americans allow to be poured into their minds is hypersexualized.  The filth that spews forth from our television sets teaches us that the value of a woman is in how she looks, that the number one goal in life for men is to “score”, and even our children are taught to “dress sexy”.  Our hypersexualized culture is constantly fanning the flames of sexual desire while at the same time teaching us to disregard all of the traditional boundaries for sex.  Needless to say, the results have been absolutely disastrous.

11 Signs That We Are Entering The Next Phase Of The Global Economic Crisis

Earth Puzzle - Public DomainWell, the Nasdaq finally did it.  It has climbed all the way back to where it was at the peak of the dotcom bubble.  Back in March 2000, the Nasdaq set an all-time record high of 5,048.62.  On Thursday, after all these years, that all-time record was finally eclipsed.  The Nasdaq closed at 5056.06, and Wall Street greatly rejoiced.  So if you invested in the Nasdaq at the peak of the dotcom bubble, you are just finally breaking even 15 years later.  Unfortunately, the truth is that stocks have not been soaring because the U.S. economy is fundamentally strong.  Just like the last two times, what we are witnessing is an irrational financial bubble.  Sometimes these irrational bubbles can last for a surprisingly long time, but in the end they always burst.  And even now there are signs of economic trouble bubbling to the surface all around us.  The following are 11 signs that we are entering the next phase of the global economic crisis…

Hillary OK’d Russian uranium deal while its financiers kept Clinton Foundation in the money

The short version is that Hillary Clinton’s State Department signed off on a deal that handed Russia a perpetual chunk of America’s uranium resources and benefited foreign megadonors to the Clinton Foundation, all while the Clinton Foundation accepted multiple megadonations from those very same foreign megadonors.

The long version is exactly the same as the short version, with names, dates, timelines and dollar amounts rounding out the details.

About those dollar amounts — they’re huge. While Clinton officially remained separate from the Clinton Foundation for the window of time when she served as president Obama’s secretary of state, the foundation accepted $2.35 million from the uranium deal’s foreign brokers. Bill Clinton, meanwhile, accepted another $500,000 from a Russian bank linked to the deal as payment for a speaking engagement in Moscow.

Partisanship at a glance: Americans are electing legislators with little local loyalty


In the above visual, researchers have drawn a dot for each representative in Congress and connected the dots of members who vote together. The dots are place according to the frequency with which members vote along party lines. From PLOS.

Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute have created a striking visualization of how the U.S. Congress has become increasingly polarized since the 1950s. And, according to their findings, as congressional division has increased, legislative productivity has fallen.

Geographer Clio Andris, a former Santa Fe Institute postdoctoral fellow now at Pennsylvania State University, set out at the local level trying to determine if gerrymandered House districts could increase congressional cooperation because of their similarities.

“I found none,” Andris said.

In fact, members of Congress often agree with colleagues from the same party across the country rather than their next-door neighbors across the aisle.

Carly Fiorina to announce campaign for GOP presidential nomination

Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is expected to announce on May 4 that she will seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Fiorina, among the GOP’s most outspoken critics of Hillary Clinton, will couch her candidacy as a study in contrasts with Clinton’s presidential ambitions, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“… Mrs. Fiorina, likely the lone woman in the 2016 Republican field, has a unique ability to attack Mrs. Clinton,” the Journal observed Wednesday. “Mrs. Fiorina has impressed activists at early-state candidate events by making the argument that by nominating a woman — namely her — the party would undercut the historic nature of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.”

Fiorina certainly hasn’t been shy about attacking Clinton. At February’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), she told a friendly crowd that Clinton lacks a substantive track record and has, in fact, overplayed her reliance on identity politics to the detriment of the very women whom she so often claims to support.

Rand Paul gets ‘Constitutional Champion’ award, is slammed by establishment Republicans

Presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been getting criticized pretty heavily by his peers in the establishment wing of the GOP for his policy positions — some of them the same policy positions that just earned him a Constitutional Champion prize from The Constitution Project.

The 2016 presidential candidate received the award from the political watchdog group dedicated to fighting the erosion of Americans’ constitutionally protected civil liberties. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) also received the award Wednesday.

Ginny Sloan, who serves as president of The Constitution Project, wrote of Paul in a Huffington Post piece: “Sen. Paul has … been a vocal critic of NSA spying. He introduced legislation declaring that ‘the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution shall not be construed to allow any U.S. government agency to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause,’ and has made it clear that he will vote against any extension of the Patriot Act provisions expiring in June.”

Norquist: Follow Kansas on tax policy

Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist said in a recent interview that states, and then the federal government, ought to follow Kansas’ lead in ending income taxes. Reigning taxation and government spending, he argued, is the only way the U.S. will return to a state of economic competitiveness.

Norquist made the remarks as he joined Reason’s Nick Gellespie for a promotional interview for his latest book, “End the IRS Before It Ends Us: How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America.”

“Kansas is the future. Kansas is the model,” Norquist said. “It became a Reagan-Republican House, Senate and governorship only with Governor Brownback’s governorship. He … passed a law that fazes out the income tax over time. As revenue comes in from economic growth — more than 2 percent — you ratchet down the income tax.”

This GOP presidential ticket tells liberals to go to hell

Hi, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. The GOP keeps bringing a knife to a gun fight. The result is we’re getting killed. We’re getting defeated and humiliated even after we won the most historic landslide in modern history. It’s time to change strategy.

The media tells us to play nice, be “gentlemen” and compromise. Look where it’s gotten us: a bankrupt country with over $18 trillion in debt and income taxes at about the same level as bankrupt, socialist Greece. Worse, the labor force participation rate is at all-time lows. And for the first time in history more businesses fail each day than open.

We are facing the end of the America dream and death of the greatest middle class in world history because we have played nice, acted like gentlemen and compromised. We’re standing around acting like “gentlemen” while Barack Obama turns America into Detroit. Like in that movie “Network,” it’s time to open our window and scream: “I’m not going to take it anymore!”

The Democrats’ ‘tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect’ strategy

After years of propaganda, the left has managed to convince most Americans that the rich don’t pay their fair share of taxes. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 6 in 10 Americans now agree with that proposition. Interestingly, the same survey found that 40 percent of taxpayers think they pay more than their fair share.

A quick look at the facts will reveal just how false the accusation is. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and reported by The Wall Street Journal, the top 1 percent of taxpayers in this country pays 45.7 percent of all income taxes. That’s almost as much as all the rest of taxpayers combined. And they do it while making only 17.1 percent of the total income in this country.

A lesson from Wisconsin in progressive politics

In 2011, Wisconsin Act 10 opponents protested the bill outside the Capitol building.

Early morning hours. A no-knock raid. A battering ram breaking open the front door. Dozens of armed and armored agents pointing guns, making threats, barking orders, demanding silence, ransacking homes, rifling belongings, destroying property, stealing documents. Innocent citizens — men, women and children groggy from being awakened from a sound sleep, confused by the sudden intrusion and who’d never been involved in criminal behavior — left quaking in fear.

A scene from the Soviet Union in the 1930s? No, it’s Wisconsin circa 2013.

It was October of that year when local law enforcement (also known as LEOs, legally entitled to oppress) — acting on orders from Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm, who had instigated a political witch hunt on behalf of his union thug wife — began kicking in doors of local residents who had supported Wisconsin’s Act 10. Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions. The unions and the progressive politicians they bankrolled couldn’t have that.

Why Is Obama So Silent About The Vicious Persecution Of Christians All Over The Globe?

Barack Obama - Public DomainAs you read this article, Christians are being openly persecuted in more than 60 nations.  Churches are being burned, believers are being hunted down and imprisoned, and violent mobs are beating and killing those that dare to say that Jesus is Lord.  And thanks to ISIS, the persecution of Christians has risen to frightening new levels in 2015.  In recent months, our news sources have been filled with headlines about Christians that are being beheaded, crucified and buried alive by ISIS.  According to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, what is happening to Christians in the Middle East actually meets the United Nations definition of “genocide”.  So what is Barack Obama doing about all of this?  Sadly, he is essentially doing next to nothing.  He has been nearly silent as the acts of mass violence just keep piling up.  This silence has outraged many on both the left and the right, and yet Obama just continues to keep quiet.  What are we supposed to make of that?

Hopium: How Far Can Irrational Optimism Take The U.S. Economy?

Thought Bubble - Public DomainIf enough people truly believe that things will get better, will that actually cause them to get better?  There is certainly something to be said for being positive and thinking that anything is possible.  And as Americans, optimism seems to come naturally for us.  However, no amount of positive thinking is ever going to turn the sun into a block of wood or turn the moon into a block of cheese.  Any good counselor will tell you that one of the first steps toward recovery is to stop being delusional and to come to grips with how bad things really are.  When we deny reality and engage in irrational wishful thinking, we are engaging in something called “hopium”.  This is a difficult term to define, but the favorite definition of hopium that I have come across so far goes like this: “The irrational belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, things will turn out for the best.”  In hundreds of articles, I have documented how the U.S. economy is mired in a long-term decline which is about to get a lot worse.  But most Americans see things very differently.  In fact, according to a brand new CNN/ORC poll, 52 percent of Americans describe the U.S. economy as “very” or “somewhat good”, and more than two-thirds of all Americans believe that the U.S. economy will be in “good shape” a year from right now.  But if you asked most of those people why they are so optimistic, they would probably mumble something about “Obama” or about how “we’re Americans and we always bounce back” or some other such gibberish.  Well, it’s wonderful that so many people are feeling good and looking forward to the future, but are those beliefs rational?