Punish the whistleblowers while they’re young

G.B. Shaw is credited for popularizing a wry truth: Youth is wasted on the young. As we age, most of us tend to reach a point when that observation makes complete sense, but perhaps it should come with a corollary: Maturity is wasted on the old.

What does that mean? It means that adults who are supposed to have achieved some perspective on how to usher along new generations of people ought to know — and ought to do — better than they often do. Even worse is when adults screw things up so royally — precisely while they’re in the act of trying really hard to do what they myopically perceive as the right thing.

Take the case of 11-year-old Brianna Cooper of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a fifth-grader who saw a teacher allegedly abusing her fellow students and recorded, on her cellphone, what transpired.

The American Empire will crumble like all the rest

The ancient myth goes that King Midas was a kind and gentle king who took pity on a satyr and was rewarded by the god Dionysus, who granted the king one wish.

Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. It wasn’t long before Midas’ golden touch destroyed his life. After some begging from the king, Dionysus allowed Midas to wash away his golden touch in a river.

King Midas was the first in a long line of leaders who saw gold as an obstacle.

Since the earliest civilizations, there has been a need for money as an instrument that could be a store of value used to expedite trade. Universally, gold has been valued. And so it’s been connected to money.

The Stock Market In 2015 Is Starting To Look Remarkably Similar To The Stock Market In 2008

Bubble Mirror - Public DomainAre we watching a replay of the last financial crisis?  Over the past six months, the price of oil has collapsed, the U.S. dollar has soared, and a whole bunch of other patterns that we witnessed just before the stock market crash of 2008 are repeating once again.  But what we have not seen yet is the actual stock market crash.  So will there be one this year?  In this article, I am going to compare the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the first three months of 2008 to the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the first three months of 2015.  As you will see, there are some striking similarities.  And without a doubt, we are overdue for a major market downturn.  The S&P 500 has risen for six years in a row, but it has never had seven up years consecutively.  In addition, there has not even been a 10 percent stock market “correction” is almost three and a half years.  So will stocks be able to continue to defy both gravity and the forces of economic reality?  Only time will tell.

Group calls for disarming NYPD, removing officers from neighborhoods

A group calling itself “Disarm NYPD” wants the nation’s largest city to create cop-free zones and eventually prohibit New York City Police Department officers from carrying firearms.

According to the website “Waging Nonviolence,” the activists plan to team up with local activists and police watchdogs to pressure the NYPD to pull officers “from over-policed neighborhoods and then maintain these cop-free zones with alternative, community-based forms of conflict resolution.”

The group says it got the idea to push police out of New York neighborhoods from the group Take Back the Bronx, which in 2011 began protesting the NYPD on heavily policed blocks throughout the Bronx.

The group says it plans to use civilian patrols to monitor police activities in hopes that police “will become more hesitant to abuse their power and even retreat from neighborhoods because they don’t want to be incessantly monitored.”

Colorado lawmaker wants to reaffirm residents’ right to record police

A Colorado legislative proposal would reaffirm the right of residents to film police officers by imposing up to $15,000 in civil penalties if an officer confiscates or destroys a civilian’s recording device or attempts to intimidate a citizen journalist.

The measure comes as part of a package of police oversight bills recently introduced in the Colorado Legislature.

“Primarily, it came up as a result of the number of news reports we’ve been seeing about police officers telling people, ‘Give me your camera,’ or taking the data away, and that is unacceptable conduct,” state Rep. Joe Salazar, a co-sponsor of the bill, told ABC7.

The legislation, which would force local municipalities to pay up when officers violate residents’ 1st Amendment rights, has garnered bipartisan support in the state. And Salazar and its supporters want to make clear that it isn’t meant to make officers’ jobs more difficult.

GOP lawmakers propose bills to repeal federal death tax

Republicans on Capitol Hill are signaling that there’s a real chance for a repeal of the federal estate tax as lawmakers in the Senate line up to support legislation from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that would stop the IRS from punishing Americans “for a lifetime of hard work.”

Last week, the Senate adopted an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposed by Thune that would “create a deficit neutral reserve fund to eliminate the death tax.” The proposal was adopted by the Senate in a 54-46 vote.

Thune has also reintroduced legislation to permanently do away with the United States’ federal estate tax. So far, 27 Republicans have endorsed the legislation.

“Death should not be a taxable event,” the lawmaker said in a statement. “For too long the federal government has forced grieving families to pay a tax on their loved one’s life savings that has been built from income already taxed when originally earned.

Hillary Clinton emails are a complete mess; contradict nearly everything she’s claimed about Servergate

Hillary Clinton comes off as confused, myopic and downright clueless in a number of email exchanges that have made headlines thanks to recent inquiries from a number of news outlets.

In one exchange, brought to light after the AP released emails it obtained through a FOIA request, Clinton doesn’t know that she’s supposed to be talking with her adviser, Huma Abedin, about a Pakistani-Taliban over the remains of a crashed U.S. drone. Rather, Clinton believes she’s discussing interior furnishings.

Here’s the relevant portion of that exchange. It’s of note that Clinton refutes her own post-scandal assertions that she only used one mobile device while serving at the State Department:

hillary clinton email exchange with Huma Abedin

The AP isn’t the only news outfit to have recently uncovered some interesting tendencies Clinton exhibited, through her emails, while she served as Secretary of State. ProPublica and Gawker have published a pair of stories that delve into Clinton’s relationship with longtime ally Sidney Blumenthal, calling into question her assertion that the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a surprise reaction to an anti-Muslim video.

McCarthy admits none of EPA’s pet issues is of do-or-die importance to the environment

It’s not clear how she served the Obama White House’s environmental agenda by saying so, but EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a reporter this week that there isn’t an issue among the agency’s pet policy initiatives that, if left untweaked, would lead to climate catastrophe.

At an event hosted by news company Politico, McCarthy fielded questions — among them one posed by the publication’s own Mike Allen, who asked the EPA chief whether approving completion of the Keystone XL pipeline would lay the foundation for an environmental disaster.

“No,” she answered. “I don’t think that any one issue is a disaster for the climate, nor do I think there is one solution for the climate change challenge that we have.”

Politico went with that for its headline — “EPA’s McCarthy: Keystone alone wouldn’t be climate disaster” — for a story on the event.

Next year’s flu vaccine already expected to be as ineffective as this year’s

Flu vaccine propaganda is ludicrous to the extreme.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention constantly chides people to get their flu vaccine. Doctors and pharmacies get kickbacks to peddle the shot.

The CDC tells us that every year an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans come down with the flu, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations. That percentage range is a huge discrepancy. Five percent of 310 million is 15.5 million, whereas 20 percent is 62 million.

Although the CDC is unable to tell us definitively within 45 million people how many Americans annually contract the flu, it can tell us how many are hospitalized for it each year. But according to the CDC, whether 15 million people or 62 million people catch the flu, it’s always about 200,000 who are hospitalized. Odd.

The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The United States In World War III

Russian Submarine Launching A Nuclear Missile - Public DomainThe Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States.  The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this.  Meanwhile, the U.S. military has totally shifted gears from a “Cold War mindset” and is now completely focused on fighting smaller regional wars in the Middle East and elsewhere.  As a result, U.S. strategic forces have suffered.  There has been very little effort to modernize, and many of our nuclear missile silos are using technology that is ridiculously outdated.  For example, CBS News has documented that eight inch floppy disks are still being used in many of our missile silos.  And don’t expect things to change any time soon.  At this point, the U.S. military plans to keep Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles that were originally deployed in the 1960s and 1970s in service until 2030.

5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash Is Dead Ahead

Iceberg - Public DomainWhen an economic crisis is coming, there are usually certain indicators that appear in advance.  For example, commodity prices usually start to plunge before a recession begins.  And as you can see from the Bloomberg Commodity Index which you can find right here, this has already been happening.  In addition, I have previously written about how the U.S. dollar went on a great run just before the financial collapse of 2008.  This is something that has also been happening over the past few months.  Some people would have you believe that nobody can anticipate the next great economic downturn and that to try to do so is just an exercise in “guesswork”.  But that is not the case at all.  We can look back over history and see patterns that keep repeating.  And a lot of the exact same patterns that happened just before previous stock market crashes are happening again right now.

Rand Paul heads up police body cam legislation

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation that gives a nod to President Barack Obama’s call last year for police officers throughout the nation to be equipped with body cameras to hold officers accountable.

Paul, along with Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, recently unveiled the Police Creating Accountability by Making Effective Recording Available (Police CAMERA) Act of 2015 to create a pilot grant program to help state and local law enforcement purchase the cameras.

“Body cameras will benefit the brave men and women who serve in our police force and the people they protect,” Paul said in a statement. “The use of body cameras helps officers collect and preserve evidence to solve crimes, while also decreasing the number of complaints against police.”

Hillary Clinton’s Nixonian nature

The nation’s Republican leaders have likened former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to disgraced President Richard Nixon as her private email scandal continues to unfold. Of course, Nixon’s clumsy secretary erased only a few minutes of the former president’s White House recordings. Clinton is missing nearly 30,000 email records.

House select committee investigating the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, subpoenaed Clinton’s private email server earlier this month in an effort to determine whether the former secretary of state used liberties when determining which emails were “official.”

But the Clinton camp maintains that the lawmakers aren’t going to be able to find anything on the server.

Clinton’s lawyer informed a congressional committee Friday that there are no copies of any of the emails the former secretary of state sent from her private email account while at the State Department. That’s because once the former top diplomat sorted out “government-related” emails, all others deleted automatically after 60 days.

Questioning the motives behind Harry Reid’s ‘retirement’

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s decision not to seek a sixth term appears to have emboldened critics to speculate on the strange circumstances surrounding the timing of the Nevada Democrat’s so-called “retirement.”

Reid, who once led the Nevada Gaming Commission, hasn’t been seen in public this year without sporting some remarkable, visually distracting concealment for an injury he sustained sometime around New Year’s, when he claimed to have been injured in an exercise mishap. Three months into 2015, Reid has thrown in the towel, announcing that he will not run again for the Senate.

Now we’re starting to see stories like this one at PJ Media, where Michael Walsh gets blunt about Reid’s past appearing, from a certain perspective, to catch up with him:

Leaked document reveals ‘missing’ military gear ended up for sale on Craigslist, eBay

It’s not exactly Fast and Furious 2.0, but it’s still a sterling example of how incompetence, apathy and greed breed corruption in government. The Pentagon keeps losing track of explosives-detecting gear, and that gear keeps popping up for private sale on eBay.

The Intercept reported last week that the Department of Defense is in the process of attempting to track down “sensitive equipment” designed to detect roadside bombs, but the department’s uncertain how much of it has gone missing. What DOD has been able to find has turned up for sale on “the global market” through the Internet, including mainstream sites such as eBay and Craigslist.

Here’s how The Intercept described the missing tech:

Christians are targets in the culture wars

Last Thursday, Indiana became the latest state to pass legislation protecting the right of Christians to exercise their faith — by declining to participate in gay weddings, for example. And the left has gone absolutely bonkers because of it.

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Indianapolis, the state capital, demanding that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act be repealed. They contend that the law will somehow open the floodgates to massive discrimination against gays. Many demanded that Gov. Mike Pence, who supported the bill and signed it into law, be removed from office. Social media has joined the fight under the hashtag, #BoycottIndiana.

Hillary Clinton was quick to jump on the bandwagon opposing the bill, tweeting:

There is nothing conservative about the Republican ‘War’ Party

Neocons have so corrupted the Republican Party that in order to be considered a viable national presidential candidate and to be embraced by the rank and file and Tea Party right, one must openly advocate for an open-ended continuation of the war on terror and a de facto war against Iran.

Of course, the Republican Party was born of corporatism and nurtured on bloodshed, so it’s no surprise that the masses, programmed as they are and conned into an unreasoning fear of U.S.-created Islamic booger bears, are eager to embrace a candidate who pledges unwavering support to Israel and who wants to continue slaughtering Middle Easterners armed, trained, funded and inspired by America and its allies — including Israel.

Where is the information?

Subject: Article, “The IRS and the propaganda that perpetuates it”

In this article the writer states that after the IRS was formed in 1913 that the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified. Can you please tell me where I can find this information because the 16th Amendment says that it was ratified February 3, 1913?

I would really appreciate any information you might have.

K.G. Sensenig

Dear K.G.,

This information is readily available. Bill Benson and M J “Red” Beckman wrote an excellent book on the subject.  A short article on the key points by Benson can be read here. Here’s an interview with Beckman on the Alex Jones show.

Best wishes,

Bob

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If I started prepping all over again

I thought it might be interesting to take an introspective look at how my preparedness efforts have been and, if I were to start over again, what I would do the same and what I might do differently. It is interesting to look back and see some of the decisions that I have made, both with preparedness and life in general. Had I looked into things a little more, it would have definitely made a difference. My hope is that by sharing my reflections on my own preparedness efforts, it might help you with yours.

As a child/teenager, I got interested in camping and wilderness survival. This led to continuous treks into the woods and down to the river to hone my survival skills, shoot BB guns and catch fish. I even managed to catch myself with a hook right through the hand once! My recommendation is that you definitely avoid hooking yourself if you are going to go fishing. This interest in the outdoors and survival definitely served as a primer for my interest in prepping that would surface in adulthood.

TSA’s secret (and ineffective) terror profiling tactics revealed

Yawning, complaining, whistling, arrogance, throat clearing or looking disheveled are all things that could cause an unsuspecting air traveler to be pegged as a potential terrorist by Transportation Security Administration agents, according to confidential documents made public Friday.

The Intercept, which obtained the TSA documents, reported that TSA employees use a checklist and scoring system to identify potential terrorists through a process called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT.

The TSA employs specially trained Behavior Detection Officers to screen crowds in the nation’s airports in search of individuals acting in ways that indicate “stress or deception.”

The agents check their observations against a 92-point checklist divided into categories that assign different point values to different behaviors or characteristics.