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First lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest.
Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a “Senior Recognition Day.”
More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady’s appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend.
“I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.”
Based on the news coming today from Ukraine, we should also take a deep breath and evaluate what we need to do. Here. In our country.
It remains unclear what Russia might have in store for eastern Ukraine, but nationalist groups are preparing for the worst. The right-wing scene in the country is varied and complex, but one thing is certain: It is attracting an increasing number of followers.
On the outskirts of Kiev, men lay on the ground, rifles at the ready. For the moment, they’re firing at cardboard, but soon the targets could include Russian soldiers or eastern Ukrainian separatists. The black-red banners of Ukrainian nationalists flap above them — among the trees of the derelict troop training area where Soviets once learned how to shoot.
Ready, aim, “breathe deeply and think before you fire,” yells Mykola Ishenko, 48. Two decades ago, he was a drill sergeant in the Ukrainian army. Now he’s stuffed himself back into a uniform and wants to make the transition from civilian to fighter. They exercise, throw knives, engage in hand-to-hand combat. Due to a lack of sandbags, they kick and punch logs.
h/t Tom R
by Charles Hugh Smith
Before an empire collapses, it first erodes from within.
The collapse may appear sudden, but the processes of internal rot hollowed out the resilience, resolve, purpose and vitality of the empire long before its final implosion.
What are these processes of internal rot? Here are a few of the most pervasive and destructive forces of internal corrosion:
1. Each institution within the system loses sight of its original purpose of serving the populace and becomes self-serving. This erosion of common purpose serving the common good is so gradual that participants forget there was a time when the focus wasn’t on gaming the system to avoid work and accountability but serving the common good.
2. The corrupt Status Quo corrupts every individual who works within the system.Once an institution loses its original purpose and becomes self-serving, everyone within either seeks to maximize their own personal share of the swag and minimize their accountability, or they are forced out as a potentially dangerous uncorrupted insider.
The justification is always the same: everybody else is getting away with it, why shouldn’t I? Empires decline one corruptible individual at a time.
The reports coming out of Slavyansk, Ukraine are conflicting. Reuters is reporting that Ukrainian forces have regained control of the city but AFP and RT report fighting, six killed and that Russian forces still hold the city as Ukrainian forces retreat. At this point, few major news agencies are reporting this story. Putin has promised swift retaliation for any Russian deaths.
So either a major war is unfolding and is not being reported or this is a minor skirmish in a small Ukrainian city of no importance. Since gold and silver price are under attack, I believe that we are in the beginning stages of war and economic collapse. Remember the report from a DHS insider:
I told you last year , at a time when gold and silver were setting record highs, one specific indicator that time is very short. It is the final ‘smack down’ of the metals, gold and silver, that will presage the orchestrated economic collapse that is being planned by the bankers of Wall Street. Everybody needs to understand that this is a deliberate collapse of the U.S. economy with the oversight of the White House and the full knowledge of the Justice Department. Everyone seems to be waiting for some big, history making event that will signal the start of the collapse.
Gold is currently down $11.70 to $1272.00 and silver is down 47 cents to $18.98. Keep in mind, it costs approximately $22 to get silver out of the ground. The stock market volume yesterday was off 75% from five years ago. And America has pinned its hope on the pResident, Joe Biden and John Kerry.
by Mac Slavo
The State of Georgia has just signed an unprecedented new law that removes all handgun carrying and possession permissions to allow lawful residents the ability to carry their concealed firearms just about everywhere including schools, churches, government buildings, nightclubs and bars. The National Rifle Association hails it as the “most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”
But proponents of the legislation say it’s exactly what residents need to protect themselves from criminals.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law today what supporters call a historic victory for the Second Amendment.
The new law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act”, vastly expands where guns will be allowed in the state.
Putin must be laughing himself to sleep at what passes for our State Department and foreign policy. Another waste of our tax dollars.
The Battle of the Somme produced over one million casualties. What does this have to do with the courage of Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II?
US Senate Republican Candidates Primary Debate: Greg Brannon when asked about a federally-mandated national minimum wage (answers that it’s not a power granted to the federal government within the constitution); proceeds to rip into top-down central planners and Federal Reserve currency debasing.
57.9k tons of oil products have been lost from theft in Ukraine and “Transneft expresses hope that the Ukrainian authorities can evaluate the risks of the current situation and not allow a negative scenario to develop.”
With the price smashes of the past few weeks, the increasing desperation of the bullion banks seems palpable.
I now believe that we are truly witnessing the end of the era. We’ve all been waiting for the day when the fractional reserve bullion banking system would fail. I believe now that that day is very close. Maybe not next week or even next month but NOT 2017, either.
Sometime very soon, likely before the end of 2014.
Just like voters, entitlements and corrupt politicians in the United States. For those who miss the reference, go see “The Winter Soldier”.
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We do not know what event will be the trigger to economic collapse or war; we do know that our “leaders” in Washington, D.C. are culpable barring a major natural catastrophe. There are several events currently in play that have an impact on our future in order of importance or probability (in my opinion).
1. A worldwide Ebola outbreak. The new strain that has been identified in Italy poses a risk for Europe but can quickly spread across the world by air transportation.
2. Earthquakes. The number of major earthquakes (especially in the Ring of Fire) and volcanoes (especially the readings in Yellowstone) are not being widely reported.
3. Cliven Bundy. The government’s attack on Cliven Bundy is not over. If this is not resolved, this event is one shot away from starting Civil War II.
4. Minor conflicts: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea, Syria and most of Africa. Any one of these areas could be used as an excuse to escalate into a larger war.
5. Economic collapse. The stock market keeps rising despite bad economic news and low volume. The prices of gold and silver are being driven lower which was foretold to be a precursor prior to the planned economic collapse.
by Michael Snyder
For most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans. Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift. At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are. The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking. If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too. The era of the “great U.S. middle class” is rapidly coming to a bitter end.
In recent years, I have been up to Canada frequently, and I am always amazed at how much nicer things are up there. The stores and streets are cleaner, the people are more polite and it seems like almost everyone that wants to work has a job.
But despite knowing all this, I was still surprised when the New York Times reported this week that middle class incomes in Canada have now surpassed middle class incomes in the United States…
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The outbreak of Ebola Virus in seven west African countries has broken through all containment efforts and is spreading like wildfire. According to Christian Relief groups working in Guinea and Liberia, the number of confirmed infections jumped 15% in just the last 24 hours
Months after the Edward Snowden surveillance disclosures presented US intelligence with a more skeptical media landscape, the intelligence community’s leader has instituted a new media policy: substantive contact with journalists without prior approval can be a firing offense.
Unlike other policies designed to protect classified information, a directive signed on Sunday by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, is agnostic about the classification status of information his spies, analysts and technical specialists might communicate with the media.
“No substantive information should be provided to the media regarding covered matters in the case of unplanned or unintentional contacts,” reads the directive, which defines “covered matters” as “intelligence-related information, including intelligence sources, methods, activities, and judgments.”
Dr. Brannon is running for US Senate from North Carolina.
by T.L. Davis
In the new reality of freedom fighters and domestic terrorists it is important for militias and freedom fighters not to spend their credibility cheaply. What made the Bundy Ranch a success for the patriot forces was Cliven Bundy himself. I am aware of numerous individuals who would have sold out the efforts of their supporters for a reduced grazing fee, or a better payoff.
This is one reason to take it further, to go outside the individual. We can not always rely on the backbone of those we seek to aid when the feds come calling with stock trailers and military garb. The nation is awake. A great example of this was the interchange between Harry Reid and Dean Heller, the Republican senator from Nevada.
On KSNV-TV, Harry repeated his opinion that the supporters of Cliven Bundy were domestic terrorists while Heller called them patriots.
Harry Reid’s reply was: “If they are patriots, we are in trouble.” Yes, Harry, people like you are in trouble, because those were patriots. That’s what undiluted, undiminished Americans look like when the government abuses their God-given rights.
In a MUST SEE interview with Bloomberg, Albert Cheng, the World Gold Council’s Managing Director, Far East dropped 2 bombshells regarding Chinese gold demand.
First, Cheng revealed that nearly every Chinese Bank is now selling gold over the counter directly to the public, and Cheng also made the shocking revelation that over 100,000 gold dealers are now selling gold to the public in China.
To put this number in perspective, the number of US retail locations for McDonalds, Subway, and Starbucks COMBINED… are only 50,000!
Just remember, gold is not money.
The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That’s compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.
Silencers are so popular that there’s a nine-month wait to have a registration approved by the ATF, according to Ben Shim, a certified firearms instructor and gun industry analyst with CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Conn.
“People have gone crazy buying guns, but they’re done buying them for the time being, so they’re buying accessories,” Shim said.
Thirty-six year-old Koo Bon-hee recalled hearing a loud bang, when suddenly the ferry he was on tilted drastically in the water.
The Sewol ferry, traveling from Incheon to Jeju Island in South Korea, was starting to sink, and it was sinking fast.
Those still standing after the impact began to scramble for the exits, when they heard an announcement over the speakers telling everyone to stay in their places and sit still.
Some, like Koo, followed their instincts and ignored the announcement, leaping into the icy cold water where they were able to be rescued.
Others heeded the announcement and remained sitting inside the cabin, waiting for further instructions.
by Bill Gertz
U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services investigated the software used by Obamacare computer networks but did not discover malicious code from Belarus, the HHS’ top information official said on Monday.
“Yes we have done a thorough review and we have worked with the intelligence community on that,” said Kevin Charest, HHS chief information security officer.
Charest, speaking to reporters following a recent cyber attack drill held by HHS and several healthcare companies, also said the department has urged the millions of new subscribers to Obamacare to change passwords to avoid losing personal data to the Heartbleed security software vulnerability.
In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases, researchers at Ohio State University published a paper this month that found sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced. In states that have the tax, households reduced their spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states that don’t have the levy. For online purchases of more than $300, sales fell by 24 percent, according to the report titled “The Amazon Tax.”
One of the government’s sleight of hand accounting tricks is to exclude the price of food and energy when they calculate the rate of inflation. I suspect we all know the reason for their actions. But now people are actually discussing the price of food. Everywhere. I have heard people discuss the cost of gasoline and diesel in the past but not food. The cost of food has risen 19% since January 1, 2014. Gasoline has risen 9 cents per gallon in the past two weeks and is approaching the level when it impacts our national economy.
So how do you protect your wealth and your paycheck? Even with the latest attack on gold and silver, Ukrainians have lost almost 70% of the value of their currency. In four months. This is a stealth redistribution of your money by inflation and taxation: which has hit a new record this April 15th. Think about that: the number of people participating in the work force is at a thirty year low but taxation is at a record high. As are entitlements. If you want to calculate your “fair share”, it is “more” if you are working.
Eyewitness testimony, with supporting documentation, from parents of the five year old little girl who was nearly run over by the Sheriff’s deputy’s county-owned SUV.
A Muslim activist group says a bill that would require the state’s school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms creates an unfunded mandate and opens the door to biased learning materials.
Ghazala Salam, with the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that the bill (SB 864) unfairly burdens school boards with the approval of textbooks, which is now handled at the state level. School boards can currently select textbooks from a list drawn up by the Florida Department of Education or review the books at the district level.
In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.
Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP.
America has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level.
by Bill Gertz
After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said.
The spy flight originally was scheduled for April 14 but was canceled by Russia after a U.S. team for the flight failed to arrive near Moscow on time and Moscow refused temporarily to reschedule it.
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman also expressed anger on Monday over U.S. delays in certifying a new high-tech Russian aircraft to be used for spying missions over the United States under the Open Skies Treaty that permits limited legal spying over U.S. and Russian territory.
The State Department official said, however, that last week’s delay was the result of bad weather – despite radar images showing mostly clear skies over of Russia during the period of last week’s planned flight.
We noted yesterday, Japan’s decision to send an Abe cabinet official to the Yasukuni shrine (home of Class A war criminals) and Abe’s sending of an offering, warning it will likely see retaliation from China. We didn’t have to wait long. As BBC News reports, China has seized a Japanese cargo ship (over a pre-war debt). With President Obama due to visit in days, it seems the tensions between China and Japan may force his hand to pick sides.
As BBC News reports, China’s seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japan’s top government spokesman has warned.
Shanghai Maritime Court said it had seized the Baosteel Emotion, owned by Mitsui OSK Lines, on Saturday.
It said the seizure related to unpaid compensation for two Chinese ships leased in 1936.
by Sam Culper
I hopped on WRSA this morning and saw a couple articles describing the blurred lines between military and law enforcement. A series of questions asked, Were there “mercenaries” working for BLM at the Bundy Ranch?, Do regime agencies have the ability to put boots on ground through private military contracts?, and What is the make up of former military veterans currently working for regime agencies?
Those are all great questions and I’d like to address them indirectly. One recurring theme in the Intelligence Collection and Analysis (ICAC) courses I teach is the lack of knowledge about military units, specifically the Table of Organization & Equipment (TO&E). No one in particular is to blame, however it’s something that we need to become familiar with, if not already. How many soldiers are in a typical Military Police company and platoon? How many guns does a typical artillery company have? What are the differences between National Guard and Regular Army mechanized infantry platoons?
If I was running the Analysis and Control Element (ACE) at the Bundy Ranch, one of my intelligence requirements (IR) would be, What is the strength and disposition of regime forces in the Area of Operations (AO)? If we want to bridge intelligence gaps, then we start asking questions and tasking out collection to answer those questions. How are they organized? What equipment do they have? These are some critical intelligence requirements that, by direct experience, most Patriots haven’t asked.
The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days.
Nonetheless, Sigrid Kaag of the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Saturday, April 19, that Syria had destroyed approximately 80 percent of its arsenal as agreed under the Kerry-Lavrov accord. At this rate, she said, Syria will have got rid of 100 percent of its chemical arsenal by the April 27 deadline.
The French President Francois Hollande admitted April 20, however, that the Syrian leader had continued to use chemical weapons on the front line, but he denied that definite proof had not been established.
On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and lasting damage to children.