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Celente: Commercial Real Estate Crisis will Dwarf Subprime (Video)
Source: Fox Submitted: 04/02/2009
.  Watch here »
Budget vote due within 48 hours -- TAKE ACTION!
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 04/02/2009
The new budget contains trillions in new spending programs, trillions in debt, and a trillion dollars in tax increases. Speak now against this massive outrage or hold your peace.

It will do no good to complain to your friends, or the local radio talk show host, or shout at your TV. Tell it to your elected representatives! That can do a little good. Nothing else can.
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Joe Plummer - WHY we must "control the money" (Audio)
Source: FreeTalkLive.com Submitted: 04/01/2009
Ian and Mark from "Free Talk Live" interview me...I do my best to explain the dangers of our current financial system in simple terms.  Listen here »
Bob Shultz - We the People Foundation (Audio)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/31/2009
Alex talks with Bob Schulz of We The People Foundation.  Listen here »
This is a short clip from a recent interview.

Whenever I start feeling like I've "put a lot of time / effort" into this stuff, I think of guys like Bob Shultz who has been at it for 20+ years. I think of Ed Griffin, Bob Chapman & Ron Paul who have been at it longer than I've been alive....it puts everything in perspective real fast.
The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal
Source: Salon Submitted: 03/29/2009
--There is clearly a growing recognition around the world and even in the U.S. that, strictly on empirical grounds, criminalization approaches to drug usage and, especially, the "War on Drugs," are abject failures, because they worsen the exact problems they are ostensibly intended to address. "Strictly on empirical grounds" means excluding from the assessment: (a) ideological questions regarding the legitimacy of imprisoning adults for consuming drugs they choose to consume; (b) the evisceration of Constitutional and civil liberties wrought by drug criminalization; and (c) the extraordinary sums of money devoted to the War on Drugs both domestically and internationally.  Read full article »
Russia backs return to Gold Standard to solve financial crisis
Source: Telegraph Submitted: 03/29/2009
Arkady Dvorkevich, the Kremlin's chief economic adviser, said Russia would favour the inclusion of gold bullion in the basket-weighting of a new world currency based on Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.

--The Gold Standard was the anchor of world finance in the 19th Century but began breaking down during the First World War as governments engaged in unprecedented spending. It collapsed in the 1930s when the British Empire, the US, and France all abandoned their parities.

It was revived as part of fixed dollar system until US inflation caused by the Vietnam War and "Great Society" social spending forced President Richard Nixon to close the gold window in 1971.
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Ok, like we couldn't see this coming from a mile away.

If you didn't hear my radio interview from last month, here are a couple short clips that cover this global monetary unit "gold backing" scenario:

http://tree3.com/sound/bwoods.mp3

Still don't understand how the "money game" works? Check out: http://DishonestMoney.com
China executing prisoners in "death vans" and selling organs on black market
Source: UK Daily Mail Submitted: 03/28/2009
--The number of executions is expected to rise to a staggering 10,000 people this year (not an impossible figure given that at least 68 crimes - including tax evasion and fraud - are punishable by death in China).

--According to undercover investigations by human rights' groups, the police, judiciary and doctors are all involved in making millions from China's huge trade in human body parts.

Inside each 'death van' there is a dedicated team of doctors to 'harvest' the organs of the deceased. The injections leave the body intact and in pristine condition for such lucrative work.
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Communist China - our "most valued trading partner." How does it make you feel America? "Warm and fuzzy" all over? (Warning, this article is very graphic and is likely to upset anyone who functions above a "reptilian" level of thought.)
On "Sobriety"
Source: HowToStopDrinking.org Submitted: 03/28/2009
On March 25th 1991 I was charged with “driving under the influence.” It wasn’t my first, second, or third DUI…it was my fourth. As a result, I was looking at up to 2 years in jail.

Three nights later, drunk out of my mind, I decided I didn’t like “No Parking” signs. So, I spent a good amount of time driving up on people’s tree lawns to knock them over with my car. If I would have been caught, I would have surely been charged with my fifth DUI (not to mention reckless operation, destruction of state property, etc.) That final night of drunken stupidity took place 18 years ago today. I haven’t had a drink since.

For those interested in the full story, I’ve decided to go ahead and post this “non-political” article. In it, I explain how I eliminated both drugs and alcohol from my life. Just so you know: I have never accepted the “disease theory” of substance abuse. Nor have I used the “AA / 12-step approach” to enjoy all these years of sobriety. In fact, I developed StopDrinking.com (over 10 years ago) for those looking for something else. (I changed the site to "HowToStopDrinking.org" in 2010)
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Side note: Some might wonder why I regularly post stories that are critical of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Here is the simple answer: Just because I didn’t like the way drugs and alcohol affected ME and MY life doesn’t give me the right (or desire) to tell other people how to live.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s none of the government’s business what an adult does so long as that adult is not violating the rights of others. The “War on Drugs” is a terrible waste of resources, it does more harm than good, and it is an unacceptable violation of the individual’s right to live their OWN life and make their own choices. –Hope that clears things up.
WILL CONGRESS WIPE OUT HOME GARDENS, GROWERS MARKETS?
Source: News with Views Submitted: 03/26/2009
--“This bill will not just sweep up commercial food operations,” warns Tom DeWeese, who heads the American Policy Center in Virginia, in a Sledgehammer Alert, “[It] will subject hobby gardeners, home canners, anyone with a few chickens, or anyone who ‘holds, stores, or transports food’ … to registration, extensive management, and inspection by a huge new bureaucracy, the Food Safety Administration, even if the food items will only be consumed personally.”

“The truly chilling language lays out civil and criminal penalties of up to $1 million per day, per infraction, and imprisonment of five or 10 years, or both, depending how serious the violation(s),” De Weese adds, characterizing the bill as “over-the-top in its overreach.”
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Dissecting yet another scam
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/25/2009
President Obama unveiled the latest government plan for buying up "toxic" assets on Monday, and the stock market soared by nearly 500 points. It's not hard to see why. Investors get the reward, while taxpayers get the risk.

Here's what you can say in your personal comments. This latest "toxic" asset bailout is yet another scam, because:

For every $100 used to buy "toxic" assets, private investors will put up only $7, while taxpayers will put in a matching $7 plus $86 in loans. These are no recourse loans. In other words, if a "toxic" asset doesn't pay off, taxpayers will eat the loss -- potentially $93 out of every $100 invested.

Investors get a chance to profit, while most of the potential losses will be socialized -- paid by you.

Withdraw your consent! And ask your friends to do the same.
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Tell them about it. It only takes a minute of your time.
Senate Rubber Stamps National Enslavement Bill
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/24/2009
--In an interview with Ben Smith of the New York Daily News, Emanuel outlined the agenda for military-style training, essentially a domestic draft, aimed at preparing Americans for a chemical or biological terrorist attack.

Asked by Smith about the universal service plan and whether people would have to live in military barracks, Emanuel laughed before responding, “We’re going to have universal civil defense training, somewhere between the ages of 18 to 25 you will do three months of training….but there can be nothing wrong with all Americans having a joint similar experience of what we call civil defense training or civil service in service of the country, in preparation, which will give people a sense of what it means to be an American.”

“It will be a common experience and we will be prepared, God forbid, God forbid that there is a chemical hit, another terrorist act or natural disaster becoming more frequent - there’ll be a body of citizens who are ready and capable and trained - that’s all you have to think about,” said Emanuel before smugly declaring, “We’re all here for you OK? It’s a circle of love.”
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...so, in the "unfortunate event" that there is an attack, Emanuel will have his army of brainwashed enforcers standing by to make sure YOU DO whatever the Anti-American traitors in Washington decide. But just remember...They're "all here for you OK? It’s a circle of love.”
Paul, Baldwin, Barr Send Letter Demanding Withdrawal of MIAC Report
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/24/2009
Last week on the Alex Jones Show, former presidential candidate and Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin said he would co-author with former presidential candidate and House member Ron Paul and former federal prosecutor, former member of the United States House of Representatives and presidential candidate Bob Barr a letter (see PDF) to the Governor of Missouri, Jeremiah Nixon, protesting the Missouri Information Analysis Center’s document designating Baldwin and his co-authors as terrorists.

Baldwin, Paul, and Barr “respectfully demand” the document in question “be immediately removed from any and all websites associated with or maintained by the state of Missouri or any agency thereof, including the MIAC.” In addition, they demand “said document no longer be circulated by the state of Missouri” and the state repudiate its references to Baldwin, Paul, and Barr.
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The Raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo's Home
Source: MakeMarylandGreat.com Submitted: 03/22/2009
Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s mother-in-law, Georgia Porter, was stirring her spaghetti sauce when suddenly she saw armed, masked men in black swarming across their backyard. One of the men saw her and pointed his high-powered assault weapon directly at her through the window. She screamed. Suddenly the front door shattered, and men in black burst into the house.

Payton, one of the family’s two black Labrador Retrievers, was lying stretched out on the living room floor. As he turned his head towards the door, the terrified Georgia watched as the men shot him in the face multiple times. The other family dog, Chase, ran into the dining room in an attempt to escape from the screaming men, but they rushed the dining room from all directions and shot him also.

--The Prince George’s County Police Department had intercepted a package addressed to Trinity containing 32 pounds of marijuana and delivered it to the house earlier that evening. But despite it being common knowledge among narcotics officers that criminals were sending drugs to innocent people in the hopes of grabbing the packages before they got home, nobody bothered to do even the most basic background research into the Calvo’s before invading their house.
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Seriously...can you even begin to imagine this?

How can anyone get their mind around how OUT OF CONTROL things have gotten in this country when a SWAT team can kick in your door, murder your pets (or worse - your family) NOT because they believe you have killed somebody, not because they believe you "have a bomb" or "hostages" or are "torturing children in the basement" but because they believe you could be dealing POT!
First Black President to Reinstate Slavery? (Recommended)
Source: Larken Rose Submitted: 03/21/2009
When tyrants want to take the next big step towards totalitarianism, they usually toss out some "trial balloons," both to see how people react and to begin desensitizing people to the new fascist agenda. If they're smart, they first propose a big leap toward totalitarianism, and then cut it back to a small step. By contrast, the peasants will not only be pleased with the smaller step, but will be trained to think that the larger step is at least debatably a good idea.

The American tyrants, and those in other countries, have done this over and over again with "gun control" (peasant disarmament), taxation, regulation, and so on. They suggest something startlingly bad, then scale it back to only mildly obnoxious, and pass it. And they keep doing it over and over again, until they've imposed all sorts of things that in the past seemed outrageous. And since hardly anyone thinks from PRINCIPLE, it works.
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This is how they managed the Iraq War billions (Video)
Source: Brasscheck Submitted: 03/20/2009
Can you imagine the scope and scale of the theft that will take place with the bank bailouts?  Watch here »
Please watch this - it focuses mainly on just one "small" ($300 million) example.

Should you be FORCED to fund corruption and fraud? Do the people have a RIGHT (if not a duty) to stop funding an openly criminal and unaccountable government?

Think about that this April 15th.
House Passes Mandatory National Service Bill
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/19/2009
--Fears about Obama’s plans to create involuntary servitude were first stoked in July 2008, when Obama told a rally in Colorado Springs, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Despite denials that Obama plans to institute a mandatory program of national service, his original change.gov website stated that Americans would be “required” to complete “50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year”. The text was only later changed to state that Americans would be “encouraged” to undertake such programs.

In addition, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, publicly stated his intention to help create “universal civil defense training” in 2006.
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Alex Jones on Fox "Freedom Watch" (Video)
Source: Fox Submitted: 03/18/2009
.  Watch here »
Grow your own
Source: AP Submitted: 03/18/2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. – With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots — literally — cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget.

Industry surveys show double-digit growth in the number of home gardeners this year ...
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YEP, and you better believe that the “Big Agriculture” boys aren't happy with this trend. When it comes to where you get your food, they’re using their friends in Washington to "keep you safe" from having any choice.

...see the story below for more.
HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener
Source: Campaign for Liberty Submitted: 03/17/2009
This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying. Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation. Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.

--This legislation is so broad based that technically someone with a little backyard garden could get fined and have their property siezed. It will effect anyone who produces food even if they do not sell but only consume it. It will literally put all independent farmers and food producers out of business due to the huge amounts of money it will take to conform to factory farming methods. If people choose to farm without industry standards such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers they will be subject to a vareity of harassment from this completely new agency that has never before existed. That's right, a whole new government agency is being created just to police food, for our own protection of course.
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If you're a member of Downsize DC, you can send "your representative" a message here:
http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/our-prediction-comes-true
The Obama Deception (Video)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/15/2009
Obama supporters: Scrutinize Obama the same as you scrutinized Bush. Look for inconsistencies between "deeds" and "words." Be intellectually consistent and you will see once and for all that our elected officials are little more than salesmen. They are there to sell an agenda that moves forward REGARDLESS of who is in office.  Watch here »
If you're short on time, here is a 45-minute version of the two-hour film. This will give you plenty to think about:
http://tree3.com/obamashort.wmv
Gregg: Budget forecast a lie
Source: MSNBC Submitted: 03/14/2009
--Today, the president's compliment of Gregg turned into an attack on Geithner. Gregg said the budget is essentially "putting on our children's backs a debt they can never get out from underneath."  Read full article »
PLEASE, somebody explain to these "experts" that "our children can never get out from underneath the debt" because OUR ENTIRE MONEY SUPPLY IS BASED ON DEBT!

Our money is "loaned into existence" via our monetary system. When the "loan" is repaid, the "money" returns to its original state. (That is, the money CEASES TO EXIST! It will remain "nonexistent" until is is re-loaned back into existence. Every single dollar our economy depends on is irrevocably tied to debt.)

Under this system (created in secret BY BANKERS) we as a nation can NEVER be debt free. It is a predatory system used around the world to trap countries in ever-deepening servitude. It is a SCAM, a con game, a hustle, a scheme, a rip off - it is blatantly criminal.

If you still don't understand how the system works, please LEARN and tell others. For beginners, here is a short and easy book on the topic.

http://www.amazon.com/Dishonest-Money-Joseph-Plummer/dp/1439214115


Our Recruitment Letter
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/13/2009
* You must bear the burden of every word of every law Congress passes

* This burden can include increased taxation, increased debt, the need to consult lawyers and to spend money on compliance

* Failure to comply could force you to pay fines or go to jail

* Ignorance of the law is no excuse for YOU -- you MUST understand and obey every word of any relevant law Congress passes

* But members of Congress don't have the same obligation

* Congressional leaders rush many laws to a vote with little or no time for debate or deliberation

* Almost no members of Congress read the laws they impose upon you

* To make matters worse, stealth provisions are often inserted into legislation at the last minute

* As a routine result, citizens and the media are NOT able to give their representatives feedback

It's a simple fact. Your elected representatives are fundamentally ignorant of the laws and burdens they inflict on you. Even their ignorance is no excuse for you! You STILL must submit.

We believe members of Congress have a sacred duty to faithfully represent those whom they seek to tax and regulate. We?re not asking much: Failure to read every word of every law they impose upon you violates this duty.

YOU are not being represented. YOU are being misrepresented.

But it gets worse . . .

Congressional leaders routinely bundle unpopular legislation into popular bills -- even if they're completely unrelated. They do this so that unpopular proposals can pass on the strength of the popular bills with which they're combined.
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The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach
Source: WordPress Submitted: 03/12/2009
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.

Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?

Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice.

And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds.

1. They’ve bought up the seed companies across the Midwest.

2. They’ve written Monsanto seed laws and gotten legislators to put them through, that make cleaning, collecting and storing of seeds so onerous in terms of fees and paperwork and testing and tracking every variety and being subject to fines, that having normal seed becomes almost impossible (an NAIS approach to wiping out normal seeds).
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Ron Paul: Imagine
Source: Ron Paul Submitted: 03/10/2009
Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up check points on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.
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Reminds me of a recent exchange with a regular visitor to the site.

I wrote:

"Think of the most pathetic / horrible type of human being you can imagine. (We'll say a child rapist who enjoys torturing his victims to death.) The problem isn't in going after or even killing dangerous / horrible people. The problem is the double standard regarding "acceptable means." ..That is, if such a child rapist happened to be on an American bus filled with children, nobody would support our military firing a missile into the bus to kill him....and we can only assume if they wouldn't accept our military doing it, they would be a thousand times more outraged if the "order to fire" came from China or Russia.

In short, we would never accept our military or law enforcement employing these means in America, we sure as Hell wouldn't accept another country employing them either. (Regardless of how despicable the "main target" was.) But that's where the common sense standard splits off into a double standard.

Full post available here:
http://joeplummer.com/double_standard.html
Controlling the food
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 03/10/2009
The Congressional war against small business continues. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875) will create a new food safety bureaucracy, and require a "traceability" program for "food production facilities and food establishments."

These new regulations will drive many small farms and restaurants out of business. Big Business can afford the compliance costs and will benefit from the reduced competition as smaller firms go bankrupt. Consumers will face fewer choices and higher prices, but will we really get safer food in return, and will it really be worth the cost?
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How long before they start raiding ordinary folks? You know, people who want to feed themselves instead of relying on "the system" (big government / big business) to feed them...oh wait. Nevermind. That's already happening too.

"Remember people, eat your Aspartame, drink your fluoridated water, inject your kids with mercury, and love your genetically modified foods. -We're the government, and we won't let you "risk your health" by allowing you to choose any alternatives."
More Jetsons, Less Flintstones: Free State Project’s NH Liberty Forum
Source: BureauCrash.com Submitted: 03/09/2009
--Gary Franchi, National Director of Restore the Republic, the folks distributing Aaron Russo’s “America: Freedom to Fascism,” cracked us up with: “Technology is your friend, until it is embedded in your hand or forehead.”

--Iraq Veterans Against War’s Adam Kokesh, who I’m pretty sure every chick at the Forum has a crush on (sorry, gals, he’s taken), blew my mind months ago when I heard him speak at the Rally for the Republic in Minnesota during the GOP convention (think: I took an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC), and he continues to impress. A man of honor and principle (and a killer poker player–I want my money back!), he manages to convey truly rEVOLutionary ideas in a forthright and admirable manner. He believes, and I agree, that we are moving from an intellectual movement into a political one. A force to be reckoned with. If we continue to openly advocate our beliefs in peace, prosperity, and freedom, they “don’t have enough people to come after us all.”
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Looking for Liberty?

I left Ohio for New Hampshire in 2005. My wife and I have never been happier.

If you're not ready to "make the move," then at least consider attending a "Free State Project" event. You'll be glad you did.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama
Source: Nolanchart Submitted: 03/09/2009
--I always had my doubts that he was a true agent of change and reformer when it came to the structure of the political and government system. He took an awful lot of money from the very rich and powerful in his campaign. Sure, with his superb speaking skills he has the capacity to win public approval, but most Americans are not deep, critical thinkers, nor do most have the best detailed information. What if he is just another untrustworthy politician? What if he does not keep his promises? With these questions in mind, I have examined four areas where I find President Obama's behavior disappointing.

--For someone who made a big campaign deal of being against politics as usual, Obama has shown precious little evidence that he wants true outsiders to steer his administration. His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is the epitome of a protector of the status quo political system. Rather than selecting many big name Democrats and a few Republicans, why not seek out independents, whistle blowers and reformers to fix the economic meltdown?
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"BIG Media" (Video - Recommended)
Source: Your Networ.TV Submitted: 03/09/2009
What is the role of the media? How does the media affect us as consumers and as citizens? Is corporate media censoring us from stories that greatly affect our lives? Did you know that only six corporations own every major media outlet? Or that the government and corporations pay media outlets to insert fake news? The N3TWORK researches the history of the media in this country, and how that role has evolved since it's takeover by corporate America. During the investigation, the N3TWORK sits down with director of Project Censored, Peter Phillips, to get the scoop and to discuss how we can take back the media by starting our bottom up truth telling network for the people, by the people.  Watch here »
Tobacco users will see big tax hit soon
Source: Delaware Online Submitted: 03/08/2009
--Federal cigarette taxes will increase from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. And the tax on roll-your-own tobacco will jump from $1.10 per pound to $24.78.  Read full article »
Guess they don't want you "rolling your own" anymore, huh?
More US farmers planting non-GMO soybeans this year
Source: Non-GMO Report Submitted: 03/07/2009
--Genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans have taken an increasingly larger percentage of US soybean acreage each year since their introduction in 1996, reaching 92% in 2008.

But this could be the first year that the trend reverses. Grover Shannon, a soybean breeder with the University of Missouri, Delta Research Center, thinks non-GMO acreage could account for 10% of total soybean acreage this year.
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‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 03/05/2009
--Czech newspapers are questioning if the shocking discovery of vaccines contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus which were distributed to 18 countries by the American company Baxter were part of a conspiracy to provoke a pandemic.

The claim holds weight because, according to the very laboratory protocols that are routine for vaccine makers, mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible.

“The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses,” reports the Canadian Press.

Baxter flu vaccines contaminated with H5N1 - otherwise known as the human form of avian flu, one of the most deadly biological weapons on earth with a 60% kill rate - were received by labs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia.
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How many times have you accidentally poured bleach into your cereal instead of milk?

How often have you grabbed a quart of oil by mistake and poured it over your pancakes?

...sprinkled rat poison over a birthday cake?

My guess is, not very often.

Are we to accept that the precautions we take with these common "household items" are more stringent and effective than the precautions taken in an enclosed biosafety level 3 facility?
Banana Republic, USA
Source: First Principles Submitted: 03/04/2009
--We are learning what it is like to live in an Orwell novel. Our television screens are filled with people offering choices between idiotic and suicidal option A and idiotic and suicidal option B. We are being told that we must at least partially nationalize our banks, prop up zombie companies, lower interest rates to zero, and pass stimulus packages in order to escape the fate of Japan—which, um, partially nationalized its banks, propped up zombie companies, lowered interest rates to zero, and passed eight stimulus packages. We have a president who tells us we cannot rely on the free market to get us out of this mess because the free market is what got us here, as if the Federal Reserve and its bubble-inducing monetary policy never existed.

F. A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize in 1974 for showing how central bank manipulation of interest rates gives rise to the kind of boom-bust cycle we are experiencing now, and that such phenomena are not caused by the unhampered market. If by some miracle you manage to hear this point of view on television, it will be sandwiched between hours and hours of Keynesian droning.

--The worst outcome, which we cannot dismiss out of hand, is a hyperinflationary destruction of the currency or, barring that, the reduction of America to banana-republic conditions.

Regardless of which of these outcomes actually occurs, the Obama administration will have moved the country farther away from a market economy than it has ever been in peacetime (barring perhaps the early years of the New Deal and its outright cartelization of industry), accelerating trends already at work under the Bush administration. If you want to succeed in the so-called private sector, you had better have some friends in Washington, because that’s where credit and capital will be allocated from.
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Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries
Source: Natural News Submitted: 03/04/2009
(NaturalNews) There's a popular medical thriller novel in which a global pandemic is intentionally set off by an evil plot designed to reduce the human population. In the book, a nefarious drug company inserts live avian flu viruses into vaccine materials that are distributed to countries around the world to be injected into patients as "flu shots." Those patients then become carriers for these highly-virulent strains of avian flu which go on to infect the world population and cause widespread death.

There's only one problem with this story: It's not fiction. Or, at least, the part about live avian flu viruses being inserted into vaccine materials isn't fiction. It's happening right now.

Deerfield, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Baxter International Inc. has just been caught shipping live avian flu viruses mixed with vaccine material to medical distributors in 18 countries. The "mistake" (if you can call it that, see below...) was discovered by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada. The World Health Organization was alerted and panic spread throughout the vaccine community as health experts asked the obvious question: How could this have happened?
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Jim Rogers: Let AIG Go Bankrupt, Not America
Source: CNBC Submitted: 03/03/2009
--"The idea that you have too much debt, too much borrowing and too much consumption and you're going to solve that problem with more debt, more consumption and more borrowing? These people are nuts."

Wall Street and the City of London are going to be "disastrous" for years, like in the 1950s and 1960s, and in 30 years, finance will "dry up and wither away" as we are entering a "long period of hard times," he said.

"Power is shifting now from the money shifters, the guys who trade paper and money, to people who produce real goods. What you should do is become a farmer, or start a farming network," Rogers said.
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Is Spending the Answer?
Source: Lew Rockwell Submitted: 03/03/2009
--If spending was the solution, we never would have had a problem. During the last eight years, we’ve blown up the size of government and certainly had no want of spending on foreign or domestic policy. The Bush administration increased spending almost 20% its first term, and nearly doubled the national debt by the end of the second term. Certainly the case cannot be made that lack of government spending created the problem or can be the solution.

This is mirrored in American households. According to CNN private sector debt is 365% of private sector gross domestic product. Many relied simply on steady and continued increases in home values to enable spending and secure more debt.
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Flashback: Rule by fear or by law?
Source: San Fransisco Chronicle Submitted: 03/01/2009
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."

Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of "new programs" require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
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Recent G. Edward Griffin radio interview (Audio - Recommended)
Source: Financial Sense Submitted: 02/28/2009
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Highly Recommended.
Alex Jones interviews NVIC founder Barbara Loe Fisher (Audio)
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/28/2009
Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children and dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the informed consent ethic. As president of the largest and oldest consumer-led vaccine safety advocacy organization, she has led a national, grassroots movement to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system for more than a quarter century.  Listen here »
This is a half-hour clip from a recent interview.
CNBC Analyst: Global Bank, Global Currency Within 15 Years
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/27/2009
Head of market analysis for Schneider Foreign Exchange Stephen Gallo told CNBC yesterday that the financial crisis will lead to the creation of a global central bank and a global single currency within 15 years, echoing the call of top globalists who have exploited the problems they created to push for a new world financial order.

--As we have highlighted before, the elite have exploited the problem that they created to push for increased centralization and regulation of the world economic system in the pursuit of a de-facto global financial dictatorship.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, EU heads such as Joaquin Almunia and establishment media outlets like the Wall Street Journal amongst many others have all used the economic crisis as an excuse to argue for greater financial power, a “new world economic order” in which control is concentrated into fewer hands - with the IMF and the World Bank enjoying the spoils.
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Campaign to close down School of The Americas (Video)
Source: TheRealNews Submitted: 02/26/2009
Pablo Ruiz is trying to shed light on the School of the Americas' policy of training soldiers to brutalize their own people. (Paid for with US tax dollars.)

Quote:
"I've read the manuals. It fills me with sorrow to confirm, with my own eyes, that it teaches soldiers to murder, to torture, to make people disappear."
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End The Fed Radio interview (Audio)
Source: RTRradio.com Submitted: 02/25/2009
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Steven Vincent from "End The Fed" interviewed me regarding "Dishonest Money."

The link above goes to a 10-minute clip from the interview that I posted at YouTube. ( Please rate the video / comment on it...it will get more views that way.)

If you're interested in listening to the full hour, it's available in mp3 format here:
http://tree3.com/sound/dm/etf2.24.09.mp3
Ron Paul Grills Bernanke: “You Can’t Reinflate The Bubble”
Source: Prison Planet Submitted: 02/25/2009
Congressman Ron Paul again took the opportunity to lecture Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on sound money principles at this morning’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, warning that the financial crisis cannot be solved by merely creating credit out of thin air.

--Paul stressed that capital could not be created out of thin air by the Federal Reserve. “We have to work hard, produce, live within our means and what is left over is called capital,” said Paul, dismissing the notion of recapitalizing markets by turning on the printing presses as a “total fallacy”.
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Republic Magazine issue #13: The Big Pharma Plague
Source: RepublicMagazine.com Submitted: 02/25/2009
Issue #13 includes:

*The Fluoridation Gamble Fails the Test of Time

*Healthy or Convenient - The Truth About Bottled Water

*The Big Pharma Plague - Malicious Acts and Propaganda

*PEOs - Oxygenation - Cancer Prevention (A Solution You Need to Know)

*Educate Before Your Vaccinate

*The Silenced Side of Aspartame

*Codex Alimentarius - Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection

*How to Avoid Brands Made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GM0s)

...and much more
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You can read this issue online using the link above.

To purchase inexpensive "hard copies" (to hand out to loved ones, friends and neighbors...or, to simply "back up" the information in a form that can't be erased or blocked by those seeking to restrict the web) please use this link:

http://www.republicmagazine.com/affiliates/jrox.php?id=1019
Destroy the economy to save it
Source: Downsize DC Submitted: 02/24/2009
--Politicians hate personal responsibility. Everyone must be dependent on them, instead. No one should be able to benefit from being responsible and prudent. INSTEAD, SUCH PEOPLE MUST BE PUNISHED!

Failure and irresponsibility must be rewarded. Not only that, failure must actually be encouraged, because only then will people become more dependent on the politicians. That's why Congress and the President are now considering legislation that will...
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Monopoly Men (Video)
Source: DishonestMoney.com Submitted: 02/23/2009
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Our entire money supply is based on debt.

That is, every single dollar on which our "economy" depends has to first be "borrowed into existence." When the politicians talk about paying off the debt, they lie. ...just as the money is "borrowed" into existence, when debt is repaid, the money is erased. (No money, no economy. Debt is the very foundation of the system.)

It's difficult for people to get their mind around such an inherently corrupt and fraudulent system, but there it is.

Our "money" is worse than good old fashioned "fiat money." It is DEBT money. The banking elites who created our current "monetary system" (The Federal Reserve) have enslaved this country.

If you're not sure how the scam works, follow the link above and check out some of the other information at the website. Also, There is a short / free book available here in PDF and HTML format: http://stopthelie.com/meet_the_system.html
...Hypocrisy
Source: Salon Submitted: 02/22/2009
--What was most remarkable about this allegedly "anti-government" movement was that -- with some isolated and principled exceptions -- it completely vanished upon the election of Republican George Bush, and it stayed invisible even as Bush presided over the most extreme and invasive expansion of federal government power in memory. Even as Bush seized and used all of the powers which that movement claimed in the 1990s to find so tyrannical and unconstitutional -- limitless, unchecked surveillance activities, detention powers with no oversight, expanding federal police powers, secret prison camps, even massively exploding and debt-financed domestic spending -- they meekly submitted to all of it, even enthusiastically cheered it all on.

They're the same people who believed that Bill Clinton's use of the FISA court to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on Americans was a grave threat to liberty, but believed that George Bush's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law was a profound defense of freedom. In sum, they dressed up in warrior clothing to fight against Bill Clinton's supposed tyranny, and then underwent a major costume change on January 20, 2001, thereafter dressing up in cheerleader costumes to glorify George Bush's far more extreme acquisitions of federal power.

In doing so, they revealed themselves as motivated by no ideological principles or political values of any kind. It was a purely tribalistic movement motivated by fear of losing its cultural and demographic supremacy. In that sense -- the only sense that mattered -- George Bush was one of them, even though, with his actions, he did everything they long claimed to fear and despise. Nonetheless, his mere occupancy of the White House was sufficient to pacify them and convert them almost overnight from limited-government militants into foot soldiers supporting the endless expansion of federal government power.
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Amen. The level of intellectual inconsistency (on BOTH sides of the isle) is pathetic if not downright psychotic. (As in, it's almost like some kind of break with reality...where people are so brainwashed into "one side VS the other" they're literally incapable of seeing their own "doublethink.")

Isn't it amazing (disgusting) how broad-based "principles" have returned to the majority of "Republicans" in power now that "Democrats" are back in the driver's seat?

....I only hope the Democrats don't show the same level of hypocrisy by accepting things under the Obama administration that they screamed bloody murder over under Bush. (Uhhh, wait....nevermind. Looks like that ship has already sailed too.)

Geithner Gets the Keys to the Henhouse
Source: CounterPunch Submitted: 02/22/2009
--In truth, Geithner did us all a big favor on Tuesday by exposing himself as a stooge of the banking industry. Now everyone can see that the banks are working the deal from the inside. Geithner has assembled a phalanx of Wall Street flim-flam men to fill out the roster at Treasury. His chief-of-staff is lobbyist from Goldman Sachs. The new deputy secretary of state is a former CEO of Citigroup. Another CFO from Citigroup is now assistant to the president, and deputy national security adviser for International Economic Affairs. And one of his deputies also came from Citigroup. One new member of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board comes from UBS, which is currently being investigated for helping rich clients evade taxes. The Obama White House is a beehive of big money guys and Wall Street speculators.

The banking lobby has already set the agenda. All the hooplah about "financial rescue" is just a smokescreen to hide the fact that the same scofflaws who ripped off investors for zillions of dollars are back for their next big sting; a quick vacuuming of the public till to save themselves from bankruptcy. It's a joke....

--As Bill Moyers points out on Friday's Bill Moyers Journal, "Last year, the securities and investment industry made $146 million in campaign contributions. Commercial banks, another $34 million." The banks own congress just like they own the White House and anything else of value in the USA.
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Dr. Hill Billy on the importance of maintaining GRATITUDE during tough times (Audio)
Source: HillBilly Submitted: 02/21/2009
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A break from the daily carnage with a sprinkle of encouragement. :-)
Tooth Fairy Economics
Source: Campaign for Liberty Submitted: 02/20/2009
--Beyond that, pro-stimulus thinkers show remarkably little curiosity about why the so-called idle resources are idle in the first place. They are idle because of some previous entrepreneurial miscalculation. What might have caused systemic miscalculation of this kind? Could it be the Federal Reserve's manipulation of interest rates, which leads investors to make incorrect assessments of profitability and provokes false economic booms, as F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing in 1974?

--The artificial housing boom made Americans feel wealthier than they really were. As a result, they consumed more than they would have if the Fed-created housing bubble had not distorted their assessments of their net worth. What the economy needs now, therefore, is not "spending" per se. Too much spending and debt caused the initial problem. People bought more house than they could afford, and on the basis of its seemingly incessant appreciation they went out and purchased more consumer goods than they now realize they should have. Americans are in more debt than they can pay back -- credit-card defaults will provoke calls for the next round of bailouts. How can "spending" solve this problem?

Meanwhile, part of the reason the American savings rate has been so low is that for many Americans, saving seemed superfluous: after all, they possessed an asset that (they falsely believed) was guaranteed to appreciate over time. That, after all, is what the experts told them. The dramatic rise in housing prices isn't an unsustainable bubble that has to burst, Fed economists said. It is a sustainable increase based on real factors.

Oops.

We should not want to "stimulate" an economy based on debt and overconsumption back into existence. We should want to restructure it along sustainable lines.
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Temporary President of EU compares EU to USSR
Source: AP Submitted: 02/19/2009
BRUSSELS – The European Union has turned into an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to the Communist dictatorships of eastern Europe that forbade alternative thinking, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the European Parliament on Thursday.

Klaus, whose country now holds the rotating EU presidency, set out a scathing attack on the EU project and its institutions, provoking boos from many lawmakers, some of whom walked out, but applause from nationalists and other anti-EU legislators.
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