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G. Edward Griffin on Inflation, Politics and the Power Elite
Source: TheDailyBell.com Submitted: 06/22/2011
--DAILY BELL: Thanks for sitting down with us again. It's been a while. We'll ask some follow-ups to previous questions. Where do we stand with the US stimulus? Will we see QE3? Will it work any better than the last ones?

G. EDWARD GRIFFIN: Well, it's always a little dangerous to make predictions about what's going to happen, but I think in this case the risk factor is pretty low, because that's all these fellows know how to do ... what is called QE1, QE2. Quantitative easing is merely a more sophisticated phrase for creating money out of nothing and pumping it into the economic sectors, wherever they have friends, wherever they have places they need to re-enforce, to their own economic benefit.

They always make it sound like it is for the purpose of improving the economy, but make no mistake about it, we are dealing with a pretty corrupt system and there are a lot of people in that system that need to be taken care of. The larger banks, the larger financial institutions are always at the top of the list. If you follow the money, you will find that the lion's share of it always goes to the banks. And if it doesn't go to directly to banks, the next share goes directly to those corporations and institutions that owe money to the banks and are having trouble making their payments.

So, by sending money to these corporations and institutions, like General Motors for example, then they are always able to continue sending money to the banks. So, it always ends up at the banks. And that should be no surprise because the engine for all this is the Federal Reserve System, and if people don't know it by now, they should know very quickly that the Federal Reserve System is a banking cartel.
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Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Strategy: Become Ron Paul
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 06/22/2011
--(Gingrich) is also about to embark on a “gold standard tour” of Iowa, calling for a reintroduction of the gold standard to government spending. Ron Paul has not been invited to join this bus tour by the GOP organisers, which in itself should set alarm bells ringing, given that the Congressman has been pushing for this very issue since the early 1980s, while establishment figures such as Gingrich have been laughing at him and calling him crazy for decades.  Read full article »
Homeowners Forecloses On Bank (With Video)
Source: Digtriad.com Submitted: 06/20/2011
--Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.

It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn't owe a dime on their home.

--So, how did it end with bank being foreclosed on? After more than 5 months of the judge's ruling, the bank still hadn't paid the legal fees, and the homeowner's attorney did exactly what the bank tried to do to the homeowners. He seized the bank's assets.
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Eisenhower's worst fears came true.
Source: Sabbah.biz Submitted: 06/19/2011
--It is not democracy that keeps western nations at war, but armies and the interests now massed behind them. The greatest speech about modern defence was made in 1961 by the US president Eisenhower. He was no leftwinger, but a former general and conservative Republican. Looking back over his time in office, his farewell message to America was a simple warning against the "disastrous rise of misplaced power" of a military-industrial complex with "unwarranted influence on government". A burgeoning defence establishment, backed by large corporate interests, would one day employ so many people as to corrupt the political system. (His original draft even referred to a "military-industrial-congressional complex".) This lobby, said Eisenhower, could become so huge as to "endanger our liberties and democratic processes".  Read full article »
Call Off the Global Drug War
Source: NewYorkTimes.com Submitted: 06/19/2011
--The commission’s facts and arguments are persuasive. It recommends that governments be encouraged to experiment “with models of legal regulation of drugs ... that are designed to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens.” For effective examples, they can look to policies that have shown promising results in Europe, Australia and other places.

But they probably won’t turn to the United States for advice. Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. --the single greatest cause of prison population growth has been the war on drugs, with the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses increasing more than twelvefold since 1980.
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Campaign donors 'rewarded with government jobs'
Source: Telegraph.co.uk Submitted: 06/17/2011
Nearly 80 per cent of President Barack Obama's top campaign donors have been rewarded with senior United States government jobs, according to a new study.  Read full article »
An excellent / short summary of "The FED" (Video)
Source: Anonymous Submitted: 06/15/2011
.  Watch here »
For those who still don't understand how our Federal Reserve system "creates money out of nothing" and then "loans it into existence" (a debt-based system that is impossible for us to escape) there is a short / free book available online. (Google "Meet The System")
Ron Paul in 6/13/2011 Presidential Debate (Video)
Source: CNN Submitted: 06/13/2011
.  Watch here »
Sorry for the rough spots...something happened during the "processing" of the video (Nothing major missing, just a couple abrupt "cuts.")
FDA finally admits chicken meat contains cancer-causing arsenic
Source: NaturalNews.com Submitted: 06/12/2011
--What's astonishing about all this is that the FDA tells consumers it's safe to eat cancer-causing arsenic but it's dangerous to drink elderberry juice! The FDA recently conducted an armed raid in an elderberry juice manufacturer, accusing it of the "crime" of selling "unapproved drugs." (http://www.naturalnews.com/032631_e...) Which drugs would those be? The elderberry juice, explains the FDA. You see, the elderberry juice magically becomes a "drug" if you tell people how it can help support good health.

The FDA has also gone after dozens of other companies for selling natural herbal products or nutritional products that enhance and support health. Plus, it's waging a war on raw milk which it says is dangerous. So now in America, we have a food and drug regulatory agency that says it's okay to eat arsenic, but dangerous to drink elderberry juice or raw milk.

Eat more poison, in other words, but don't consume any healing foods. That's the FDA, killing off Americans one meal at a time while protecting the profits of the very companies that are poisoning us with their deadly ingredients.
 Read full article »
Burzynski, the Movie (Video - Highly Recommended)
Source: BurzynskiMovie.com Submitted: 06/12/2011
Burzynski, the Movie is the story of a medical doctor and Ph.D biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history.  Watch here »
Criminals control the regulatory machinery. This documentary provides but one infuriating example. I HIGHLY recommend this film, especially for those interested in the fight against cancer.
Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills
Source: Alt-market.com Submitted: 06/11/2011
--To be sure, this list is a summary of items that will have high value during and after a breakdown scenario. I welcome readers to post their own ideas for trade goods below this article. The following is merely a framework which you can use to get started, and was compiled using actual accounts of post collapse trade from the Great Depression, to Bosnia, to Argentina, to Greece, etc. These are items and skills that people were literally begging for after financial catastrophe occurred in numerous separate events.  Read full article »
Clarence Dupnik’s Death Squad
Source: LewRockwell.com Submitted: 06/11/2011
--Although the PCSO "rip crew" found no evidence of any kind in Jose's home, they were nothing if not thorough: Among the supposedly "drug-related" items they plundered from the home were Vanessa's wedding ring and Jose's combat medals from his service in Iraq.

Once again, this detail offers critical insights into the mindset and priorities behind the May 5 atrocity. This wasn't the behavior of people sworn to protect individual rights and private property; it was the opportunistic avarice of officially sanctioned thieves who consider themselves legally entitled to a cut of anything of value they can find.

This is why Detective Tisch's affidavit (like any other document of its kind) should be seen as a report filed by a thief casing coveted properties on behalf of a home invasion ring: These people have a bunch of nice stuff; all we have to do is find a plausible excuse to steal it from them.

That's how the "War on Drugs" operates at the local level. For law enforcement agencies, the objective isn't to abolish drug trafficking, or even to impede it significantly; rather, it is to maximize the institutional profits they derive from prohibition.
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The Cancer of Regulation
Source: Creators.com Submitted: 06/10/2011
--Once upon a time, one in 20 workers needed government permission to work in their occupation. Today, it's one in three. We lose some freedom every day.

"Occupational licensing laws fall hardest on minorities, on poor, on elderly workers who want to start a new career or change careers," Avelar said. "(Licensing laws) just help entrenched businesses keep out competition."
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6 REAL Examples of Food Terrorism (with Video)
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 06/07/2011
--The list above is merely the tip of the iceberg that doesn’t even include corporate/military poisoning of the planet through environmental disasters like Fukushima, the BP oil disaster, geo-engineering, or the ongoing use of depleted uranium. As the food terror news is guaranteed to be used to cast a wider net of potential shadowy terrorist groups and lone nuts in order to usher in total food control, we would do well to remember the millions who already have died from corporate-government malfeasance . . . and from exactly where the provable death sentence has been issued. Terrorists have been striking the food system for decades now. They’re just not the cave-dwellers we’ve been conditioned to fear.  Read full article »
The Elite’s Plan For Global Extermination
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 06/06/2011
--Holdren calls himself a “neo-Malthusian” in his own book, and as Tarpley explains, is a historical pessimist who has rejected the idea that America and humanity as a whole can progress through ingenuity, industry and economic growth. Instead, Holdren sees humankind as a cancer upon the earth. Holdren wants to set up a “Science Court,” where potential developments could be blocked by government decree if they don’t conform to the planned society necessary under Holdren’s “planetary regime”. He also seeks to institute “de-development” worldwide to prevent the third world from ever lifting itself out of poverty and roll things back to “pre-industrial civilization” where average life spans would not be much more than 30 years.

Holdren’s co-author, Paul Ehrlich, is a discredited crank who wrote books in the 70′s claiming that England would not exist as a land mass by the year 2000 because of climate change. As Tarpley explains, Ehrlich’s warning of a “population bomb” has proven incorrect, with population in Europe, Japan and the United States falling when immigration is removed from the equation.
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Revolution VS RomneyCare Moneybomb - Sunday June 5
Source: StopTheLie.com Submitted: 06/04/2011
As you may know, my campaign is holding a R3VOLUTION v. RomneyCare money bomb tomorrow.

I am in this race to win, and a key factor is fundraising.

Establishment candidates are revving up their campaigns and trying to blow the field away with massive fundraising totals.

You see, Mitt Romney was able to tap his bailed-out banker buddies on Wall Street to the tune of 10 million dollars in one day.

These influence peddlers want to install a different conductor on the Big Government gravy train.
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NY Attorney General Sues Federal Government Over Fracking
Source: Gothamist.com Submitted: 06/04/2011
The fracking process involves injecting chemicals, sand, and millions of gallons of water into shale rock, releasing trapped gas. Unfortunately it's not just the gas that gets shaken loose; the water that was injected into the rock eventually resurfaces, and is often polluted with carcinogenic chemicals. "The federal government has an obligation to undertake the necessary studies, and as I made clear last month, this office will compel it to do so. The welfare of those living near the Delaware River Basin, as well as the millions of New Yorkers who rely on its pure drinking water each day, will not be ignored," Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement. "  Read full article »
I just watched a documentary about fracking called "Gasland." Worth watching and no surprise here: prepare to be disgusted.
Are You Joining the Military OR the Military Industrial Complex? (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 06/01/2011
Retired Special Forces Master Sergeant Stan Goff explains what military life really entails.  Watch here »
If you'd like to read more of his thoughts, you can do so here:
http://www.feralscholar.org/blog/
Top 7 Supermarket Foods to Avoid
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/30/2011
Food Matters asked seven experts a simple question: “What foods do you avoid?” Here are some of their eye-opening responses:

Canned Tomatoes
An endocrinologist won’t go near canned tomatoes -- the cans are lined with a resin containing BPA, and tomatoes are especially dangerous because their acid breaks the BPA down in dangerous amounts.

Conventional Beef
Conventional cattle are fed grain, corn and soy to make them fat, even though studies show that grass-fed beef higher in important vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats.

Microwave Popcorn
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines microwave popcorn bags, and when they are heated the compound, which has been linked to infertility, leaches onto the food.
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Adam Kokesh first interview after arrest (Video)
Source: RT.com Submitted: 05/29/2011
Adam Kokesh was body slammed and choked for daring to “move rhythmically” (kind of like “dancing,” but not really) at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. In this interview he explains what happened and promises more rhythmic movement (with probably far more people) in the near future.  Watch here »
Tom Woods: Debunking Ron Paul's "Extremism" (with Video)
Source: LewRockwell.com Submitted: 05/29/2011
Extremism is a sacred word in the bipartisan lexicon, solemnly reserved for willful and persistent deviations from the holy mainstream. For that reason, it is not extremism to favor a policy that led to 2 million deaths in Vietnam. Our mainstream politicians supported that, you see. It is not extremism to have favored the indefensible war in Iraq, which led to at least hundreds of thousands of deaths and four million people displaced. How could it be? Why, the Washington Post and the New York Times favored it!

How about a sanctions policy that led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children? Even if this statistic were false, American officials, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson, said half a million dead Iraqi children were "worth it." No mainstream outlet I am aware of has referred to Albright and Richardson as extremists.

For that matter, no one has been called an extremist for thinking it’s all right for people to stick their hands down your pants at the airport. This is a matter of public policy, citizen.

Meanwhile, people typically accused of "extremism" in America are not responsible for even one death, and have usually been the people trying to prevent these deaths. The political and media establishments hope to drown out these dissident voices by labeling them "extremist," hoping most Americans will be too lazy to uncover how truly Orwellian that label is.
 Watch here »
Ignore Most Dietary Advice - Follow These Four Steps Instead
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/29/2011
--In the US, Americans currently spend about 90 percent of their food budgets purchasing processed foods, which offer very little in terms of nutritional value and instead typically contain ingredients that will actually cause you harm. According to a previous article in the New York Times, "no country has embraced the movement toward commercialized, prepackaged food as much as the United States. "  Read full article »
Sen. Rand Paul on PATRIOT Act Amendments (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/27/2011
On Thursday, Senator Rand Paul spoke on the Senate floor in defense of his amendments to the misnamed "Patriot" Act and the need to hold the government to the Fourth Amendment.  Watch here »
Ron Paul: The Last Nail (Video)
Source: Ron Paul Submitted: 05/26/2011
--"Who would have ever thought that the current generation and Congress would stand idly by and watch such a rapid disintegration of the American Republic? Characteristic of this epic event is the casual acceptance by the people and political leaders of the unitary presidency, which is equivalent to granting dictatorial powers to the President. Our Presidents can now, on their own:

1. Order assassinations, including American citizens
2. Operate secret military tribunals
3. Engage in torture
4. Enforce indefinite imprisonment without due process
5. Order searches and seizures without proper warrants, gutting the 4th Amendment
6. Ignore the 60-day rule for reporting to the Congress the nature of any military operations as required by the War Power Resolution
7. Continue the Patriot Act abuses without oversight
8. Wage war at will
9. Treat all Americans as suspected terrorists at airports with TSA groping and nude X-raying"
 Watch here »
Judge Napolitano: Republic or Police State? (Video)
Source: FoxNews.com Submitted: 05/24/2011
Judge Napolitano on how our freedoms have been systematically wiped out since the Constitution was signed.  Watch here »
PsyWar (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/22/2011
Learn how the "ignorant masses" are manipulated to secure corporate and political objectives.  Watch here »
Our "leaders" have created a system that is based on deception, theft and violence. The documentary above focuses mainly on the "deception" part of the equation.

As is often the case with critiques that come from a "left-leaning" perspective, this piece has its fair share of blaming "capitalism" (as opposed to what we really have: crony / coercion capitalism), but overall it is well worth watching.
Trusting the Vaccine "Experts"
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/22/2011
--Countless American parents are putting their trust, and their child's lives, in the hands of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) every time they vaccinate their children. Yet two of the CDC's "go-to guys" have now been caught red-handed lying and, in the case of Dr. Poul Thorsen, committing outright fraud. This includes:

* Dr. Poul Thorsen, who was involved in several key studies the CDC uses to support their claims that MMR and mercury-containing vaccines, among others, are safe.

* Dr. Paul Offit, a very well-known and frequent proponent of mandatory vaccination, whose views are promoted by the AAP and who previously served as a member of The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a 15-member panel of immunization experts, selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They provide advice and guidelines to the CDC on vaccine-preventable diseases.
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The purpose of the 10th Amendment and "Nullification" (Video)
Source: YouTube.com Submitted: 05/21/2011
.  Watch here »
Toxic Levels Of Barium And Aluminum Found In Several Arizona Residents
Source: TheIntelHub.com Submitted: 05/21/2011
--In the last year alone the Chemtrail issue has been taken to a whole new level with millions of people demanding that governments around the world STOP spraying.

Mike Murphy has released the documentary, “What In The World Are They Spraying” which has brought the truth to millions of otherwise clueless citizens.

In late February, The Intel Hub released an article covering the connection between the supposed need to combat man made global warming and the large scale manipulation of our planet through aerosol spraying.

Now, citizens in Mohave County Arizona have had their blood tested for barium and aluminum and what they found should be an awakening for all the people of the world.

 Read full article »
Obama's war on whistle-blowers
Source: Salon.com Submitted: 05/18/2011
--The prohibition on domestic spying was long one of the NSA's central mandates, and objecting to the agency's post-9/11 use of its awesome technology to turn inward on the American people is about as pure whistleblowing as it gets. Recall what former Idaho Senator Frank Church said about the NSA after his mid-1970s Committee uncovered decades of severe surveillance abuses under virtually every President since World War II: "That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide." Mayer also details how Drake raised objections to what he suspected (rightly) was the NSA's illegal eavesdropping on Americans without the warrants required by FISA.

Thomas Drake is a hero who deserves a Medal of Freedom. Instead, the Obama administration seeks to imprison him for decades while steadfastly protecting from prosecution -- or judicial review of any kind -- the high-level government officials who systematically broke the law.
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The Strauss Kahn Frame-Up
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/18/2011
--Strauss-Kahn is portrayed as so deprived of sex that he attempted to rape a hotel maid. Anyone who ever served on the staff of a powerful public figure knows that this is unlikely. On a senator’s staff on which I served, there were two aides whose job was to make certain that no woman, with the exception of his wife, was ever alone with the senator. This was done to protect the senator both from female power groupies, who lust after celebrities and powerful men, and from women sent by a rival on missions to compromise an opponent. A powerful man such as Strauss-Kahn would not have been starved for women, and as a multi-millionaire he could certainly afford to make his own discreet arrangements.

As Henry Kissinger said, “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” In politics, sex is handed out as favors and payoffs, and it is used as a honey trap. Some Americans will remember that Senator Packwood’s long career (1969-1995) was destroyed by a female lobbyist, suspected, according to rumors, of sexual conquests of Senators, who charged that Packwood propositioned her in his office. Perhaps what inspired the charge was that Packwood was in the way of her employer’s legislative agenda.
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Here is what made me suspicious from the start: The media can paint an allegation of rape any way they like. They can make it sound “preposterous” and give it very little coverage, or they can present it as if the allegation came from Mother Theresa herself and plaster the story everywhere. (The latter approach nearly guarantees the assumption of “guilt” in the public’s mind and all the coverage I saw leaned toward this “smear” method.)

Of course I have no way of knowing whether or not the charges against Kahn are true, but then again neither does anyone else (except the maid who’s alleging the attack and Kahn himself.) That said, Paul Craig Roberts brings up some very important things to consider in the article above.
About Those "Legal" Prescription Drugs
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/18/2011
Stevie Nicks: "Finally, in 1993, I'd had enough. I said, 'Take me to a hospital.' I went in for 47 days, and it made Betty Ford look like a cakewalk. My hair turned gray and my skin molted. I could hardly walk. You can detox off heroin in 12 days. Coke is just a mental detox. But tranquilizers -- they are dangerous. I was terrified to leave, and I came away knowing that that would never happen to me again."

--Although many fail to realize this, prescription drugs can be just as addictive as illegal drugs. In fact, in many cases there's no difference between a street drug and a prescription drug. For example, hydrocodone, a prescription opiate, is synthetic heroin. It's indistinguishable from any other heroine as far as your brain and body is concerned. So, if you're hooked on hydrocodone, you are in fact a good-old-fashioned heroin addict.
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...and they're not only "legal" but the "pushers" of these drugs (doctors) are perceived as knowing "what's best" for the patient’s health. In other words, most people would never think of taking heroin, but they would absolutely take something just as bad (or worse) if a doctor says it’s “what they need.”
Patriot Act Deadline Looms
Source: DownsizeDC.org Submitted: 05/17/2011
"GOP leaders argue that extending the PATRIOT Act is especially important because the killing of Osama bin Laden might inspire retaliatory terrorist attacks against Americans. Call me cynical, but had Bin Laden not yet been killed or captured, I'm sure that these same GOP leaders would argue that extending the PATRIOT Act is especially important because Osama bin Laden remains on the loose." - Don Boudreaux

Three controversial provisions of the so-called Patriot Act are set to expire on May 27.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, has introduced a bill that would make one of these provisions PERMANENT and would extend the other two for SIX YEARS.

This bill will likely be debated and voted on in the House next week.

We need you to CALL your Representative to encourage him or her to oppose this bill. Start here: https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/campaigns/129
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Ron Paul on the Dylan Ratigan Show 5-16-11 (Video)
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 05/17/2011
.  Watch here »
See Also

Ron Paul On Fox News Sunday 5/15/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94VFW_KHqYU&feature=player_embedded
Freedom Watch: Addicted to Spending (Video)
Source: FreedomWatch Submitted: 05/17/2011
"--The Congress set up a mechanism to limit the amount of money the federal government could borrow and every time the government has gotten to that limit (every time) the limit has gone up. This is ridiculous.

Government is utterly out of control. It has grown in size under big government Democrats like Lyndon Baines Johnson and it has grown in size under so-called centrists like Bill Clinton. It has grown under big government Republicans like George W. Bush and even under the iconic “small government” Republican, Ronald Reagan. "
 Watch here »
Are you a Sheeple? Take the Sheeple Quiz and find out
Source: NaturalNews.com Submitted: 05/16/2011
#1) The purpose of the mainstream media is to:

A) Keep you informed.
B) Feed you misinformation while keeping you distracted from the real issues our world is facing.

#2) Social Security is:

A) A financial safety net that makes sure people have a retirement income.
B) A government-run Ponzi scheme that requires more and more people to keep paying in just to stay afloat and will ultimately collapse into total bankruptcy.
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Nice...
New Hampshire: 2011 Porcupine Freedom Festival
Source: FreeStateProject.org Submitted: 05/15/2011
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I've linked to the "speakers" page, but all other info (events, lodging, etc.) is also available at the link above.
Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Announcement (Video)
Source: ABC Submitted: 05/13/2011
.  Watch here »
See Also:

Ron Paul on Chris Matthews
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBbV7mURP0I&feature=player_embedded

Ron Paul on Neil Cavuto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SxNNUQVrDY&feature=player_embedded
The People vs. Goldman Sachs
Source: RollingStone.com Submitted: 05/12/2011
--To recap: Goldman, to get $1.2 billion in crap off its books, dumps a huge lot of deadly mortgages on its clients, lies about where that crap came from and claims it believes in the product even as it's betting $2 billion against it. When its victims try to run out of the burning house, Goldman stands in the doorway, blasts them all with gasoline before they can escape, and then has the balls to send a bill overcharging its victims for the pleasure of getting fried.

--This issue is bigger than what Goldman executives did or did not say under oath. The Levin report catalogs dozens of instances of business practices that are objectively shocking, no matter how any high-priced lawyer chooses to interpret them: gambling billions on the misfortune of your own clients, gouging customers on prices millions of dollars at a time, keeping customers trapped in bad investments even as they begged the bank to sell, plus myriad deceptions of the "failure to disclose" variety, in which customers were pitched investment deals without ever being told they were designed to help Goldman "clean" its bad inventory. For years, the soundness of America's financial system has been based on the proposition that it's a crime to lie in a prospectus or a sales brochure. But the Levin report reveals a bank gone way beyond such pathetic little boundaries; the collective picture resembles a financial version of The Jungle...

Upton Sinclair's narrative shocked the nation into a painful realization about the pervasive filth and corruption behind America's veneer of smart, robust efficiency. But Carl Levin's very similar tale probably will not. The fact that this evidence comes from a U.S. senator's office, and not the FBI or the SEC, is itself an element in the worsening tale of lawlessness and despotism that sparked a global economic meltdown. "Why should Carl Levin be the one who needs to do this?" asks Spitzer. "Where's the SEC? Where are any of the regulatory bodies?"
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Top Interrogation Experts Agree: Torture Doesn't Work
Source: WashingtonsBlog.com Submitted: 05/11/2011
Virtually all of the top interrogation experts - both conservatives and liberals (except for those trying to escape war crimes prosecution) - say that torture doesn't work:  Read full article »
The article above provides a LONG list of references. It's well worth looking at, but I'd like to focus on something that's often left out of the argument.

Let's say, just for fun, that torture DID work. Is that the only measure of "merit" that matters? For instance: What if lighting suspects' children on fire "worked?" ....assuming it would "help us get a 'bad guy' every now and then," would it be OK?

Obviously, there are a lot of things that "work." Rape is an effective way to engage in sexual intercourse. Theft is an effective way to increase wealth. Assault can be used to gain compliance. That these "methods" CAN secure the desired "ends" does not make them acceptable. Trying to dig up a single instance where torture "worked" (so it can be used as official U.S. policy) isn't acceptable either.

As noted below, the first question a moral human being should ask (when determining an acceptable course of action) should always be: "By what means?"
The Human Body, Searchable in 3-D
Source: TechnologyReview.com Submitted: 05/11/2011
The first online 3-D interactive search tool of the human body was released today. It allows a user to view and navigate the human anatomy, male or female, down to the finest detail—from the muscles and deep muscles to the nerves, arteries, vessels, and bones.  Read full article »
Mozilla to Homeland Security: Why?
Source: SimpleJustice.US Submitted: 05/11/2011
Harvey Anderson, Mozilla’s lawyer, in response to a demand from the Department of Homeland Security to remove a browser add-on which re-directs traffic from domains seized by the government to the original owners’ new domains:

* Have any courts determined that the Mafiaafire add-on is unlawful or illegal in any way? If so, on what basis? (Please provide any relevant rulings)
* Is Mozilla legally obligated to disable the add-on or is this request based on other reasons? If other reasons, can you please specify.
* Can you please provide a copy of the relevant seizure order upon which your request to Mozilla to take down the Mafiaafire add-on is based?
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This is a really powerful concept, i.e.:

The government "flexes its omnipotent muscles" and seizes my domain name. One day my visitors have access to the information at my site, the next day they don't. Kind of like what happened with these guys: http://stopthelie.com/poker-today-alternative-media-tomorrow-.html

But what happens if a major browser provider like Firefox has an “add on” that redirects everyone looking for “StopTheLie.com” to, as an example, “StopTheLie257.com” (The actual domain name isn’t important…as long as the name is available, I can register it and have it show all of my website files.)

Full comment here: http://stopthelie.com/mozilla-challenges-homeland-security.html
10 Facts That Prove The Bin Laden Fable Is a Contrived Hoax
Source: PrisonPlanet.com Submitted: 05/09/2011
1) Before last Sunday’s raid, every intelligence analyst, geopolitical commentator or head of state worth their salt was on record as stating that Osama Bin Laden was already dead, and that he probably died many years ago, from veteran CIA officer Robert Baer, to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to former FBI head of counterterrorism Dale Watson. In addition, back in 2002 Alex Jones was told directly by two separate high level sources that Bin Laden was already dead and that his death would be announced at the most politically opportune moment. Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under five different Presidents, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under the Nixon, Ford and Carter, told the Alex Jones Show last week that Bin Laden died of marfan syndrome shortly after he was visited by CIA physicians at the American Hospital in Dubai in July 2001.  Read full article »
Be honest: Would it surprise you?
Larken Rose: Judge Deeds, not Words (Audio)
Source: Larken Rose Submitted: 05/09/2011
Larken Rose is now doing a weekly radio show. In this segment: Can you change the "substance" of an immoral act by simply calling it something else?  Listen here »
A good rule to live by...always ask: "By what means?"
The "Sick Care" Profit Model
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/09/2011
--The drug industry in particular is now primarily focused on treating illness, not promoting health, and has an industry market outlook projection of over $880 billion in sales in 2011. That's equal to one-third of TOTAL health care expenditures in 2008!

---The only thing they need to keep raking in their billions in profits is an endless supply of symptoms, which precludes allowing you to regain your optimal health, because that would drive you out of their business model. An optimally healthy American does NOT fit in their business model.

The sooner you realize this, the sooner you and your family can "opt out" of the health industry's current "sick care" model and truly begin to regain your health.
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Foundations of Evil
Source: MorphCity.com Submitted: 05/08/2011
Many "philanthropic" foundations have been used in America as a tax dodge to protect family fortunes, to polish tarnished images of robber barons and worst of all, to make the public fund depopulation and other detrimental policies that benefit the controlling elite. Some tax-funded depopulation programs include vaccines, genetically modified (GM) crops and "reproductive rights" which is a euphemism for abortion, birth control and sterilization under the elites' eugenics programs. Incredibly, the public is paying for its own demise! This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'death and taxes'.  Read full article »
The Real Reason for NATO Attacking Gaddafi? (Video)
Source: RT.com Submitted: 05/08/2011
.  Watch here »
The Dirty Secret GMO Compaines Don't Want You to Know
Source: Mercola.com Submitted: 05/08/2011
--While I am not against corporations seeking a profit, I am quite adamantly opposed to corporations manipulating government regulators (who are nowadays simply former executives of the corporations themselves!), producing biased scientific studies that blatantly distort data and lying to the public to accomplish their goals. And until Monsanto and Syngenta submit their GM seeds to independent analysis by scientists not funded by these companies, I will remain skeptical about their safety claims. It is important to note that they are currently stonewalling ALL independent researchers from safety testing under the guise and legal excuse of "patent protection".  Read full article »
Ron Paul in the 5/5/2011 Presidential Debate (Video)
Source: FoxNews.com Submitted: 05/05/2011
.  Watch here »
This clip highlights Ron Paul only.
Ron Paul's Debate Day Moneybomb is TODAY!
Source: RonPaul2012.com Submitted: 05/05/2011
Today is the day! Here is a "condensed" version of Ron's message:

"My, how far you and I have come since 2007.

That year, our exploratory committee barely registered on the national radar, and we had to fight just to get on television. Now, we get so many interview requests I can not physically do them all!

Our issues have been thrust into the spotlight during a critical time in America - a time like no other in my life.

More and more Americans are waking up to the fact that we need to balance our budget, rein in the Federal Reserve, restore civil liberties, and return to a constitutional foreign policy.

The Grassroots have been organizing a Money Bomb on the day of the debate, and its success is crucial to my final decision. Our team will have a counter up at our new website, www.RonPaul2012.com, for all the world to see. I hope you will help show them how strong we are.

Whatever you can do will help us send a clear message to the political establishment that our movement is here to stay, and our issues will not go away.

Thank you for your consideration.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul"
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My wife and I are giving $20.12. There will be plenty more where that came from when he announces.
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