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 Restore The Draft, Israel Is Demanding It

From My Catbird Seat

Iran Invasion Will Require 4 Million New Troops

By Gordon Duff

 The news is reporting, every station, every paper, that America is preparing an invasion of Iran, a country with nearly 100 million citizens.  The reason?  Israel is demanding it.  We are told that new reports of nuclear weapons in Iran are going to be released as soon as Israel is finished writing them for us.

We support this war but want its costs shared.

Thus, we have a plan to protect Israel, win the war and bring Americans together again.

IDF Women Are Already Trained and Ready to Go

We invaded Iraq for Israel but they declined to participate. 

This time, we expect the entire Israeli army to move into Iraq and lead the attack themselves.  American units leading the way will be entirely Jewish also, as soon as they have enlisted or are drafted. 

Following them will be the sons and daughters of our government, congress, the varying branches, in fact no member of our services that has participated in the Global War on Terror in any way can be allowed to fight a war.

They have given too much.

The new army will be paid like the one that fought in Vietnam. Pay will start at $90 dollars a month with combat pay for non-commissioned officers with families as high as $220 per month.

We are told that congress plans to eliminate veterans benefits, cut military retirement and scrap Tricare. Wasn’t all that just more “socialism” anyway?

As to who will be flying our planes or on our ships, I am not sure.  As I have said, those who have served are excluded from this war.  They fought one war, some actually three wars for Israel, none of which worked out for America in any way.

Orthodox Jews and Children Also Ready

In order to fight for Israel, we have to define Israel.  As it can’t technically be a nation without borders or laws, things Israel doesn’t actually have yet, it will have to establish a border and adopt a constitution, one that falls in line with normal human rights.  Thus far, this is a problem. 

There are two sets of laws in Israel, actually 3.  One set is for Jews, the other for Gentiles.  Then they have a religious law that oversees all of it, much like Sharia Law in Iran, actually almost identical to it.

America will have to have permanent bases in Israel, 99 year leases, like we have with our other allies.  Thus far, though even Saudi Arabia allows American bases, Israeli law has forbidden Gentile soldiers on their land. 

Americans can fight and die for Israel but not step onto Israeli soil, as their religious law lists such an act as “defilement.”

Our first step toward financing the war will be to end all retirement funds for members of congress.  All health insurance, really “socialism” to me, will end for government workers.  They will have to pay out of their savings.  If they didn’t save, they will have to “make do” like other Americans.

Members of congress will be paid $1 dollar a year.

All legislative and White House staff will be paid an average American wage, $8.25 per hour with no benefits other than Social Security. 

The government’s private retirement system will be seized.

Gasoline will be taken to $5.00 per gallon and rationed to 10 gallons a week per family.  There will be massive shortages as 40% of the world’s oil supply will disappear overnight.

Oil companies will be nationalized for the duration of the war, their executives paid $1 dollar a year.

There will be no profits allowed for companies selling goods and services to the military and government.  All senior management at those companies will also earn only $1 dollar per year.

Medal of Honor – Smedley Butler

If these ideas sound familiar, they are Marine Corps ideas, originating from Medal of Honor winner, General Smedley Butler, America’s greatest hero.

We know American Jews will be the first in line to join, no question about that but, in order to avoid suspicion and difficulty, perhaps even misunderstanding, their units will be separate, they will enter service first.  There are reasons for that.

They require a Kosher diet.  Many, tens of thousands, are already IDF trained and we are certain they, with their extreme patriotism for both America and Israel, will want to put themselves in harms way before anyone else.

I would do nothing to interfere with that.

While Israeli troops, including all Israeli males and females between 17 and 55, move into Iraq to the Iranian border, Americans will take up positions defending Israel from the expected onslaught of rock throwing children in Gaza and other threats.

American National Guard Troops – Stripped Down to the Most Essential Equipment – Will Guard the Israeli Home Front from Stone Throwing Palestinian Children

We accept that risk.

Areas of high risk, such as the West Bank, will have to be evacuated of course.

Our next step will be to escort the Israeli Navy into the Persian Gulf.  We will agree to sell Israel for $1 dollar, 3 of our older decommissioned nuclear carriers.

Israeli Bumper Sticker On Loaned American Carriers

After Israel begins the invasion, a few months later, the newly trained draftees will join them, certainly in less than a year.

With Israel fielding an army of 2.5 million and 4 million American draftees against 13.5 million armed Iranians, I think we have the making of a repeat of the 1980s and the Iraq/Iran War but with a more just sharing of risk and America, for the first time since World War II, taking on the real feel of a nation at war.

Eventually America will have to draft 20 million as the permanent occupation of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan will eventually be a boon to America’s economy, all those new $30 dollar a week jobs.  I remember months in the Marine Corps where my net monthly pay, after dry cleaning and other hidden fees was $50 dollars.  Thank goodness I didn’t smoke, though cigarettes were 10 cents a pack.  In Vietnam, we didn’t have much dry cleaning and the bullets were free.

The Israelis Main Tactic Will be to Advance Along a Broad Front

Imagine the Ivy League universities emptied, now filled with the veterans of the Global War on Terror, taking the places of the sons and daughters of the bankster elite.

Imagine a thinner and healthier America with garden plots everywhere, no more sugar, no fast food restaurants open, no more traffic jams, no more vacations.

Airlines will only carry essential military personnel.  Anyone with business to do can use Skype.  Hotels are for military only, no more vacations, not until every American soldier is returned home.

No country clubs, no fuel for yachts or private planes, if we are going to have a war, then it is going to be a war.

One thing I keep forgetting.  Do we get to vote which side we will fight on?

Source: Veterans Today


Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran.  A 100% disabled vet.  He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues.  Duff is Senior Editor at one of  the most widely read Veterans Online publications Veterans Today

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     Activists on Gaza-bound vessels detained


    Pro-Palestinian activists on board two boats intercepted by Israeli navy held in detention centre near Tel Aviv.

    Israeli authorities have detained pro-Palestinian activists on board two “Freedom Waves to Gaza” vessels, foiling the latest attempt to break the four-year Israeli blockade of the territory.

    The ships were forced to sail into the Israeli port of Ashdod, where all 27 passengers were handed over to the authorities and taken to an Israeli detention facility near Tel Aviv.

    Al Jazeera’s Casey Kauffman was among a group of journalists arrested late Friday when the Israeli navy boarded two ships sailing toward Gaza, he has since been released.

    Click here to follow our Gaza Live Blog

    “The first two or three [Israeli navy personnel] that came on board were very aggressive,” Kauffman said on Saturday.

    “There were taser guns and water cannons used but once they were on board they realised there were non-violent activists and they had the ship under control.

    “At that point everything calmed down.”

    The Canadian vessel Tahrir and the Irish boat MV Saoirse were in international waters, between 64km to 96km off the Gaza coast, when they were intercepted and forced to head instead towards the southern city of Ashdod. 

    Once the vessels carrying activists, journalists and crew members from nine countries reached Ashdod, they were transferred to the custody of the Israeli police and immigration authorities.

    They were to be held at the detention facility before being transported to an airport near Tel Aviv to be put on flights home. 

    The Israeli authorities said those who refuse to leave the country voluntarily would have access to a lawyer and 72 hours to appeal being sent home.

    Victory’

    The Israeli military said the two vessels were boarded peacefully after numerous calls to the activists to turn around.

    “Following their unwillingness to co-operate, and after ignoring calls to divert to the port of Ashdod, the decision was made to board the vessels and lead them there,” the military said in a statement.

    “We are closer to Gaza this time, and hope to get even closer the next time, until we reach our destination– David Heap, activist

    In a press release issued by organisers shortly after they said they had lost contact with the two boats, David Heap, a member of the steering committee on board the Tahrir, said the fact the boats had reached international waters was a “victory for the movement”.

    Both vessels were part of previous attempts to break the siege on the Gaza Strip that was stalled when the Greek government refused to let a flotilla leave from its shores in July this year.

    “We are closer to Gaza this time, and hope to get even closer the next time, until we reach our destination,” said Heap.

    “Despite economic blackmail, despite the previous outsourcing of the blockade to Greece, and despite Israel mobilising a significant portion of its navy to stop us, we are now even closer to reaching Gaza and breaking the blockade.”

    ‘Freedom waves’

    Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston, reporting from the port of Ashdod, noted Friday’s events as “another failed attempt for the season of flotillas to Gaza”.

    “This attempt was a lot quiter. It left on Wednesday from Turkey. There was no great fanfare with it, but again it didn’t succeed in getting past the Israeli navy, and achieving its aim which was to symbolically break this four-year siege on Gaza,” she said.

    The two vessels left the port of Fethiye in southwest Turkey on Wednesday after Turkish authorities gave them permission to sail to the Greek island of Rhodes.

    Early on Thursday morning, Kauffman reported that the activists viewed their attempt more as an expression of solidarity with besieged Gazans rather than an attempt to deliver aid.

    Freedom Waves

    A Canadian boat to Gaza

    History of Israeli blockade on Gaza   

    In Quotes: Shalit and the siege  

    Map: ‘Freedom Waves’

    “It will still bring attention to the situation in Gaza, and the blockade of the Gaza Strip,” he said.

    Sailing under the flag of the Comoros Islands, the Tahrir was carrying six activists, a captain and five journalists, including Al Jazeera’s Kauffman.

    The Saoirse – sailing under the US flag but carrying mostly Irish nationals – has 15 passengers on board, none of whom were journalists.

    Heap told Al Jazeera that the activists chose to leave from Fethiye because of the strained relations between Turkey and Israel.

    “The Turkish government has been creating more distance from Israel diplomatically and we know there is support from Turkish society for what we are doing.

    “Our judgment was that the Turkish state would not interfere with us if we didn’t make too much of a public issue of our plan to depart from there,” Heap told Al Jazeera.

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    Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make – 14 New Ways That The Government Is Watching You

    From The American Dream

    Waking People Up And Getting Them To Realize That The American Dream Is Quickly Becoming The American Nightmare

    If you live in the United States today, you need to understand that your privacy is being constantly eroded.  Our world is going crazy, government paranoia is off the charts and law enforcement authorities have become absolutely obsessed with watching us, listening to us, tracking us, recording us, compiling information on all of us and getting us all to spy on one another.  If you doubt that we are rapidly getting to the point where the government will monitor every breath you take and every move you make, just read the rest of this article.  The truth is that the government is watching you more closely than ever, and they are spending billions upon billions of dollars to enhance their surveillance capabilities even further.  If our society stays on this current path, we will eventually have zero privacy left.  At this point, it is not too hard to imagine a society where we will not be able to say anything, buy anything, sell anything, assemble with others or even leave our homes without government permission.  We truly are descending into a dystopian nightmare and the American people had better wake up.

    Sadly, most people living in the United States and in Europe do not realize what is happening.  Most of them think that everything is just fine.  The “Big Brother control grid” that is being constructed all over the western world squeezes all of us just a little bit tighter every single day, and most people don’t even feel it.

    But when you step back and take a look at the big picture, it truly is horrifying.

    The following are 14 new ways that the government is watching you….

    #1 In many areas of the United States today, you will be arrested if you do not produce proper identification for the police.  In the old days, “your papers please” was a phrase that we used to use to mock the tyranny of Nazi Germany.  But now all of us are being required to be able to produce “our papers” for law enforcement authorities at any time.  For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.

    #2 The federal government has decided that what you and I share with one another on Facebook and on Twitter could be a threat to national security.  According to a recent Associated Press article, the Department of Homeland Security will soon be “gleaning information from sites such as Twitter and Facebook for law enforcement purposes”.

    Other law enforcement agencies are getting into the act as well.  For example, the NYPD recently created a special “social media” unit dedicated to looking for criminals on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

    #3 New high-tech street lights that are being funded by the federal government and that are being installed all over the nation can also be used as surveillance cameras, can be used by the DHS to make “security announcements” and can even be used to record personal conversations.  The following is from a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson for Infowars.com….

    Federally-funded high-tech street lights now being installed in American cities are not only set to aid the DHS in making “security announcements” and acting as talking surveillance cameras, they are also capable of “recording conversations,” bringing the potential privacy threat posed by ‘Intellistreets’ to a whole new level.

    #4 More than a million hotel television sets all over America are now broadcasting propaganda messages from the Department of Homeland Security promoting the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.  In essence, the federal government wants all of us to become “informants” and to start spying on one another constantly.  The following comes from an article posted by USA Today….

    Starting today, the welcome screens on 1.2 million hotel television sets in Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and other hotels in the USA will show a short public service announcement from DHS. The 15-second spot encourages viewers to be vigilant and call law enforcement if they witness something suspicious during their travels.

    #5 The FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programs all over the United States.  The following comes from a recent article by Mark Weaver of WMAL.com….

    If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.

    The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.

    The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.

    Potential evidence of what?

    This is very creepy.  Why is the FBI so interested in what is being said during Internet talk radio programs?

    #6 TSA VIPR teams are now conducting random inspections at bus stations and on interstate highways all over the United States.  For example, the following comes from a local news report down in Tennessee….

    You’re probably used to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).

    “Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

    Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.

    #7 Thermal imaging face scanners are becoming much more sophisticated.  Law enforcement authorities in the western world are getting very excited about “pre-crime” tools such as this that will enable them to “prevent crimes” before they happen.  The following is from a recent BBC News article….

    A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say.

    The computerised system uses a simple video camera, a high-resolution thermal imaging sensor and a suite of algorithms.

    Researchers say the system could be a powerful aid to security services.

    But face scanners are not just a tool that will be used in the future.  The truth is that face scanners are being used all over the United States right now.  The following comes from an article posted on Singularity Hub….

    Law enforcement continues to adopt new technologies in an effort to make their jobs easier and keep us safer. The latest gizmo attaches to officers’ iPhones and turns them into biometric face scanners. The scanners have already been street tested in Massachusetts. Pretty soon cops all across the US will be using them to ID suspects.

    Before long, technology like this will be all over America.  In fact, the FBI has announced that it will be activating a “nationwide facial recognition service” in January.

    #8 Another “pre-crime” technology currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) program.  The following description of this new program comes from an article in the London Telegraph….

    Using cameras and sensors the “pre-crime” system measures and tracks changes in a person’s body movements, the pitch of their voice and the rhythm of their speech.

    It also monitors breathing patterns, eye movements, blink rate and alterations in body heat, which are used to assess an individual’s likelihood to commit a crime.

    The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) programme is already being tested on a group of government employees who volunteered to act as guinea pigs.

    Do you want government officials to pull you aside and interrogate you just because you are feeling a little bit nervous one particular day?

    #9 Sadly, “pre-crime” technology is even being used on our children.  The Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that it will begin using analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents and will place “potential offenders” in specific prevention and education programs.

    How soon will it be before this type of things is applied to adults?

    #10 Our children are being programmed to accept the fact that they will be watched and monitored constantly.  For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending large amounts of money to install surveillance cameras in the cafeterias of public schools all across the nation so that government control freaks can closely monitor what our children are eating.

    #11 The U.S. government is also increasingly using “polls” and “surveys” as tools to gather information about all of us.  In previous articles, I have noted how government authorities seems particularly interested in our children.  According to Mike Adams of Natural News, the CDC is starting to call parents all over the U.S. to question them about the vaccination status of their children….

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which has been comprehensively exposed as a vaccine propaganda organization promoting the interests of drug companies, is now engaged in a household surveillance program that involves calling U.S. households and intimidating parents into producing child immunization records. As part of what it deems a National Immunization Survey(NIS), the CDC is sending letters to U.S. households, alerting them that they will be called by “NORC at the University of Chicago” and that households should “have your child’s immunization records handy when answering our questions.”

    You can see a copy of the letter that the CDC has been sending out to selected parents right here.

    #12 As I have written about previously, a very disturbing document that Oath Keepers has obtained shows that the FBI is now instructing store owners to report many new forms of “suspicious activity” to them.  According to the document, “suspicious activity” now includes the following….

    *paying with cash

    *missing a hand or fingers

    *”strange odors”

    *making “extreme religious statements”

    *”radical theology”

    *purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers

    *purchasing meals ready to eat

    *purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks

    Do any of those “signs of suspicious activity” apply to you?

    According to a report on WorldNetDaily, this document is part of a “series of brochures” that will be distributed “to farm supply stores, gun shops, military surplus stores and even hotels and motels.”

    #13 In some areas of the country, law enforcement authorities are pulling data out of cell phones for no reason whatsoever.  According to the ACLU, state police in Michigan are now using “extraction devices” to download data from the cell phones of motorists that they pull over.  This is taking happening even if the motorists that are pulled over are not accused of doing anything wrong.

    The following is how a recent article on CNET News described the capabilities of these “extraction devices”….

    The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.

    #14 The government can spy on us and record our conversations seemingly without any limitation, but in many areas of the country it has become illegal to watch them or record them in public.  For example, one 21-year-old man down in Florida was recently arrested for trying to document a confrontation that he was having with police on his iPhone.  But if we can’t record them, how can we prove our side of the story in court?

    America is becoming a much different place.

    Our privacy is being eroded in thousands of different ways.

    National governments and big corporations know far more about you than you probably ever would imagine.

    Yes, there will always be “security threats”, but we should not have to throw away any of our rights in order to be “safe”.

    America is supposed to be about liberty and freedom.

    America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    If given the choice between living in “1984” and living in “1776”, I know what my choice would be.

    I would choose 1776.

    I would choose liberty and freedom even if it meant that the world around me was a little bit less “safe”.

    What about you?

    What would you choose?


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    Fail: New superbug drugs cause 500 percent increase in infections

    From  NaturalNews

    (NaturalNews) Governments around the world have been trying to work with the pharmaceutical industry to come up with (conventional) new ways to tackle the growing “superbug” problem. But an experimental new drug treatment regime touted as a potential solution for superbugs has been exposed as a complete failure, as those who receive it are five times more likely to develop serious infections than those who are treated the old way.

    Professor David Neal from the University of Cambridge and his colleagues at the school’s Addenbrooke Hospital evaluated 709 prostate cancer patients who were undergoing diagnosis surgery for their conditions. One group received the typical ciprofloxacin drug treatment, while the other received an experimental combination of co-amoxiclav and gentamicin, which are two types of antibiotics.

    Published in theBritish Journal of Urology, their study revealed that patients treated with co-amoxiclav and gentamicin have a 500 percent increased risk of developing serious infective complications compared to patients given the typical drug treatment.

    While only 2.4 percent of the 454 patients in the ciprofloxacin group developed infections, nearly 13 percent of patients in the co-amoxiclav / gentamicin group ended up developing infections — and nearly five percent from the latter group ended up back in the hospital with severe cases of sepsis or septic shock.

    “Any alteration to existing departmental antibiotic policies should be linked to strong clinical evidence,” commented Prof. Neal concerning the findings. “[S]uch changes may potentially result in significant ill health and potential harm, as well as the financial burden of treating new complications.”

    The experimental switch was prompted by new UK government guidelines which purported that ciprofloxacin treatments were spurring increases inClostridium difficileinfections. While this is true, at least in part, the government’s unfounded “solution” is an embarrassing indictment of what happens when the drug industry is entrusted with finding fixes to the problems it played a role in creating.

    Overprescribing and overuse of antibiotics like fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins, clindamycin, and penicillins among the general population has been demonstrated as one of the primary causes of superbug proliferation (http://www.naturalnews.com/026969_a…). The overuse of antibiotics in agriculture to make livestock grow more quickly is another primary cause (http://www.naturalnews.com/antibiot…).

    Sources for this article include:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a…

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    County Sheriffs Standing up for the Constituion Against the Federal Government

    Posted by realman2020 at Lone Star Watchdog


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     Feds Drop Plan to Lie in Public-Record Act Requests

    From THE INTERCEPT

    Wired
    David Kravitz

    Bowing to political pressure, the Justice Department abruptly dropped proposed revisions to Freedom of Information Act rules Thursday that would have authorized the government to inform the public that requested records do not exist even if they do.

    The proposal would have granted the government a new option to state that documents relevant to a FOIA request did not exist. According to the Justice Department’s proposal, if the government believes records should be withheld, the government agency to which the request was made “will respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist.”

    Under normal practice, which seems Orwellian enough, the government may assert that it can neither confirm nor deny that relevant records exist if the matter involves national security.

    Civil rights groups, and a host of lawmakers from both sides of the spectrum, had blasted the Justice Department’s original proposal.

    “For five decades, the Freedom of Information Act has given life to the American value that in an open society, it is essential to carefully balance the public’s right to know and government’s need to keep some information secret,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont.) “The Justice Department’s decision to withdraw this proposal acknowledges and honors that careful balance, and will help ensure that the American people have confidence in the process for seeking information from their government.”
    The American Civil Liberties Union, OpentheGovernment.org and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington lobbied against the proposal, which the Justice Department said Thursday “falls short” in balancing openness with national security.

    “Putting an end to lies about the mere existence of documents is one step toward restoring Americans’ trust in their government,” said Laura W. Murphy, the ACLU’s Washington, D.C. legislative director.
    Still, the government has embraced lying even without FOIA being altered. And judges aren’t very tough on the government when it does lie in FOIA cases.

    Last month, for example, a federal judge decided not to hold the CIA in contempt for destroying videotapes of detainee interrogations that included the use of a torture technique known as waterboarding, ruling instead that the spy agency merely committed “transgressions” for its failure to abide by his court order to produce them in a FOIA case brought by the ACLU.

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     Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels – 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You


    First Posted November 5, 2011

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before.

    In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the “very poor” soared to heights never seen previously.  Back in 1993 and back in 2009, the rate of extreme poverty was just over 6 percent, and that represented the worst numbers on record.  But in 2010, the rate of extreme poverty hit a whopping 6.7 percent.

    That means that one out of every 15 Americans is now considered to be “very poor”.  For many people, this is all very confusing because their guts are telling them that things are getting worse and yet the mainstream media keeps telling them that everything is just fine.

    Hopefully this article will help people realize that the plight of the poorest of the poor continues to deteriorate all across the United States.

    In addition, hopefully this article will inspire many of you to lend a hand to those that are truly in need.

    Tonight, there are more than 20 million Americans that are living in extreme poverty.  This number increases a little bit more every single day.  The following statistics that were mentioned in an article in The Daily Mailshould be very sobering for all of us….

    About 20.5 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, make up the poorest poor, defined as those at 50 per cent or less of the official poverty level.

    Those living in deep poverty represent nearly half of the 46.2 million people scraping by below the poverty line. In 2010, the poorest poor meant an income of $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four.

    That 6.7 percent share is the highest in the 35 years that the Census Bureau has maintained such records, surpassing previous highs in 2009 and 1993 of just over 6 percent.

    Sadly, the wealthy and the poor are being increasingly segregated all over the nation.  In some areas of the U.S. you would never even know that the economy was having trouble, and other areas resemble third worldhellholes.  In most U.S. cities today, there are the “good neighborhoods” and there are the “bad neighborhoods”.

    According to a recent Bloomberg article, the “very poor” are increasingly being pushed into these “bad neighborhoods”….

    At least 2.2 million more Americans, a 33 percent jump since 2000, live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate is 40 percent or higher, according to a study released today by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

    Of course they don’t have much of a choice.  They can’t afford to live where most of the rest of us do.

    Today, there are many Americans that openly look down on the poor, but that should never be the case.  We should love the poor and want to see them lifted up to a better place.  The truth is that with a few bad breaks any of us could end up in the ranks of the poor.  Compassion is a virtue that all of us should seek to develop.

    Not only that, but the less poor people and the less unemployed people we have, the better it is for our economy.  When as many people as possible in a nation are working and doing something economically productive, that maximizes the level of true wealth that a nation is creating.

    But today we are losing out on a massive amount of wealth.  We have tens of millions of people that are sitting at home on their couches.  Instead of creating something of economic value, the rest of us have to support them financially.  That is not what any of us should want.

    It is absolutely imperative that we get as many Americans back to work as possible.  The more people that are doing something economically productive, the more wealth there will be for all of us.

    That is why it is so alarming that the ranks of the “very poor” are increasing so dramatically.  When the number of poor people goes up, the entire society suffers.

    So just how bad are things right now?

    The following are 19 statistics about the poor that will absolutely astound you….

    #1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of “very poor” rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.

    #2 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty.  That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

    #3 It isn’t just the ranks of the “very poor” that are rising.  The number of those just considered to be “poor” is rapidly increasing as well.  Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty.  Today,15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

    #4 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.

    #5 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.

    #6 In Washington D.C., the “child food insecurity rate” is32.3%.

    #7 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

    #8 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.

    #9 Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.

    #10 According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 15 percent of all Americans are now on food stamps.

    #11 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

    #12 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

    #13 We are told that the economy is recovering, but the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by another 8 percent over the past year.

    #14 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

    #15 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

    #16 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid.  Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

    #17 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

    #18 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46%since 2006.

    #19 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

    Sadly, we don’t hear much about this on the nightly news, do we?

    This is because the mainstream media is very tightly controlled.

    I came across a beautiful illustration of this recently.  If you do not believe that the news in America is scripted, just watch this video starting at the 1:15 mark.  Conan O’Brien does a beautiful job of demonstrating how news anchors all over the United States are often repeating the exact same words.

    So don’t rely on the mainstream media to tell you everything.

    In this day and age, it is absolutely imperative that we all think for ourselves.

    It is also absolutely imperative that we have compassion on our brothers and sisters.

    Winter is coming up, and if you see someone that does not have a coat, don’t be afraid to offer to give them one.

    All over the United States (and all around the world), there are orphans that are desperately hurting.  As you celebrate the good things that you have during this time of the year, don’t forget to remember them.

    We should not expect that “the government” will take care of everyone that is hurting.

    The reality is that millions of people fall through the “safety net”.

    Being generous and being compassionate are qualities that all of us should have.

    Yes, times are going to get harder and an economic collapse is coming.

    That just means that we should be more generous and more compassionate than we have ever been before.

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    The New American World Order: How It Works

    Posted by poorrichard at Poor Richards Blog

     by CanSpeccy 

    To understand how the American empire works, one needs to know three things.

    First, asVitali and colleagues at Einstein’s alma mater — the ETH in Zurich Switzerland —demonstrate in a highly technical arxiv.org publication, a few dozen mostly financial corporations have direct or indirect control over virtually all of the rest of the World’s transnational corporations.

    Second, as theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explains, the large multinational corporations based in the United States are dependent for their intellectual resources not on Americans or the American educational system, but on the H1B, the genius visa, that brings to America scientific and engineering talent from throughout the World.

    Third, as John Stewart demonstrates, American democracy is a system under which the multinational corporations, through ownership of the media, ensure that the American people vote for one or other of the candidates acceptable to — which is to say controllable by — the managers of the great multinational corporations, i.e., the dynamic members of the plutocratic elite. (As the John Stewart clip indicates, Ron Paul is not an acceptable candidate for President because he is opposed to multiple, trillion dollar wars, which are an important source of income to a number of very large multinational corporations and the means by which those corporations gain unrestricted access to the World’s resources and markets.)

    From these premises, the basic characteristics of the American New World Order can be inferred:

    Money rules: global governance means plutocracy.

    National governments must serve global, not national, interests. For example, the failure of America’s government-mandated and controlled education system to develop to the full the intellectual resources of the American population is not a concern, since American corporations can obtain intellectual resources more cheaply by pillaging the resources of other nations than by supporting a first-rate, tax-funded system of education in America.To the extent that America’s educational system minimizes the resistance of the public to brainwashing by advertising and the media, it serves a positive New World Order function.

    Redrawing the Middle East Map, as proposed by war strategist Ralph Peters in the US Armed Forces Journal:Image source.


    Consistent with their role under the New World Order, national governments must seek to destroy the identity, culture, religion, and unique genetic inheritance of every nation, thereby facilitating the international free flow of people, capital and goods that is essential to profit maximization by transnational corporations. This is a policy of universal genocide,as the term genocide was defined by Raphael Lemkin, the man who coined the term.

    National governments that seek to remain independent, whether to maximize the human potential and well-being of their own people, or to further the ambitions of their own ruling elite, are to be destroyed by US/NATO, the enforcement arm of the New World Order. After the crushing of Libya, the nation with the highest human development index in Africa, on the absurd pretext of protecting the people from their own government, will come the subordination of Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, or so it has been announced (see map). There will then remain to be dealt with, those most nationalistic of nations, Russia and China.

    By then, the United States, itself, will present no impediment to the global rule of a deracinated international plutocracy. Having served its purpose as the engine for the destruction of the nations of the Earth, America will have fragmented into an assemblage of racial, religious and cultural entities at war with one another and incapable of a coherent democratic will able to assert a national interest.

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     Second vet injured by cops at Occupy Oakland

    From RT NEWS 


    Police officers form a line to disperse the Occupy Oakland protesters  (AFP Photo / Kimihiro Hoshino)

    Police officers form a line to disperse the Occupy Oakland

     protesters (AFP Photo / Kimihiro Hoshino)

    A second American Military veteran is now hospitalized in Oakland, California following an alleged attack by police during this week’s General Strike on Wednesday.

    Kayvan Sabehgi, 32, has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Highland Hospital for a lacerated spleen that he says he incurred by police officers earlier this week as he peacefully walked in Oakland away from where thousands were marching in conjunction with the Occupy movement. A week earlier fellow US vet Scott Olson was also checked-into Highland Hospital after he suffered a projectile skull after being hit by a police-fired projectile.

    While demonstrators quickly took Olsen to safety, Sabehgi was not so lucky. He tells The Guardian that it took him 18 hours to get medical assistance. In the interim, he was stuck in an Oakland, California jail cell in excruciating pain.

    “My stomach was really hurting, and it got worse to the point where I couldn’t stand up,” Sabehgi tells The Guardian. “I was on my hands and knees and crawled over the cell door to call for help.”

    “I was vomiting and had diarrhea,” Sabehgi says. “I just lay there in pain for hours.”

    The veteran claims that he was walking along 14 Street in Oakland on Wednesday when he was confronted by cops.

    “Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me,” he says.

    Sabeghi adds that he was in police custody in a departmental van for three hours before he was taken to jail. He complained about his pain but was not released to physicians until his bail was posted mid-afternoon the next day. At that point it took an ambulance to move Sabeghi to the hospital.

    Following last week’s assault on Scott Olsen, people involved in Occupy-style demonstrations across the world held up signs and led chants in honor of the wounded vet, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the US Marines. Sabeghi left the Army in 2007 after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a part-owner of a bar in nearby El Cerrito, California.

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     ISRAEL’S INTERCEPTIONS WILL NOT STOP FUTURE FLOTILLAS FROM COMING

    They may have the guns, but we have the determination!

    Nothing, no one can stop the struggle to end the siege on Gaza!!

    Hasta La Victoria Siempre!!!
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    One of the two ships intercepted by the Israel Navy, Nov. 4, 2011.Photo by: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
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    The Israeli navy on Friday intercepted a Canadian vessel and an Irish boat carrying 27 activists and medical supplies which had set sail from Turkey toward Gaza.

    An Israeli Immigration Authority spokeswoman said two Greek citizens were flown home on Saturday and two journalists, one American, and one Spanish, were to board flights on Sunday.

    One Israeli citizen was released, as was an Egyptian woman who had crossed back to neighboring Egypt overnight, the spokeswoman said. Twenty one other activists were being held in custody in Israel and were awaiting deportation.

    Israel’s navy has intercepted similar protest ships in the past, towing them to Ashdod and detaining participants. Israel says its naval blockade of Gaza is necessary to prevent weapons from reaching militant groups like Hamas, the Iran-backed group that rules the territory. Critics call the blockade collective punishment of Gaza’s residents.

    Israel’s government has said the activists can send supplies into Gaza overland.

    In May 2010, nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when they resisted an Israeli operation to halt a similar flotilla. Each side blamed the other for the violence.

    The incident sparked an international outcry and forced Israel to ease its land blockade on Gaza, which was imposed in 2006 and tightened, with Egyptian cooperation, after Hamas seized control of the territory the following year.

    Militants in Gaza have fired thousands of rockets into Israel in the past decade, and now have much of southern Israel in range.

    Speaking after prayers at a Gaza City mosque, Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister, addressed the passengers aboard the boats, saying, “Your message has been delivered whether you make it or not.”
    “The siege is unjust and must end,” Haniyeh said.

    On Thursday, the Obama administration warned U.S.citizens on the boats that they may face legal action for violating Israeli and American law. The activists include Americans and citizens of eight other countries.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. was renewing its warning to Americans “not to involve themselves in this activity.”

    The U.S., like Israel and the European Union, considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

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    MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITES FRAUD 4 DUMMIES! (aka the Cliff Notes version)

    From What Really Happened.com

    The American media has been remiss (intentionally) in reporting on the mortgage-backed securities fraud, even though it is the initiating event in the economic disaster which continues to engulf the world. But while the government can pretend none of this ever happened, the civil suits will drag the scandal into the public eye, and well it should!

    For the newer readers, here is a summary of how DC and Wall Street got us all into this mess.

    After the last Depression, Congress enacted a law, Glass-Steagall, which forbid banks, insurance companies, and investment houses to be in the same institution, to deter reckless speculation with depositors’ money, which was seen as a major contributor to the stock market instability of the time. Then in 1999, at the height of the “Deregulation” craze, Citigroup and Travelers merged, a clear violation of Glass-Steagall. But rather than enforce the law, Congress repealed the prohibitions of Glass-Steagall with the passage of the 1999 Financial Services Act.

    That opened the floodgates for runaway financial speculation. Wall Street knew that if they made money they would be allowed to keep it, but if their investments lost money, the US Government would step in to transfer the losses to the American people, because that is what had been demonstrated during the S&L debacle of the 1980s.

    Starting about in 2005, Wall Street started bundling mortgages together into investment bundles. The initial offerings were greeted with great success, and soon everybody wanted to get in this new “product.” So great was the demand for Mortgage-backed Securities (MBS, also called Collateralized Debt Obligations) that Wall Street started running out of mortgages to front-load the system! This led to the creation of the “sub-prime” mortgage; granting mortgages to people who normally would not qualify. Congress, themselves invested in the Wall Street firms that were profiting from selling MBS, passed an $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit (actually a loan repaid in future taxes) to lure more buyers in which helped front-load the process even faster. This sudden surge in new homebuyers increased demand and home prices skyrocketed! This made investors and homebuyers even more confident, demand for homes and MBS soared even higher and a genuine bubble was being formed.

    Demand for MBS was so great that as the supply of available mortgages began to dwindle, brokers started taking ‘shortcuts’. Bear Sterns was pledging the same mortgages into multiple investment bundles; a clear case of fraud. Other brokers were blending mortgages into the bundles that were already in foreclosure. As the returns from the MBS failed to materialize evidence surfaced that the earlier earnings had not been genuine, but were “ponzi” payoffs, using money collected from new investors to send dividends to older investors.

    The whole scan started to unravel in 2008 and here is where things took a dark turn. Because Congress had their own fortunes invested in the companies at the heart of the fraud, Congress decided to prop up the scam with taxpayer money and block any efforts to investigate or prosecute. That is why TARP was passed by the Congress despite 90% popular opposition. Congress were saving themselves at the expense of the taxpayers. The phrase “toxic asset” was DC-speak for the fraudulent mortgages backed securities, which were being repurchased in order to avoid investors seeking to jail the Wall Street criminals, which would have brought all of Wall Street down. Despite claims that the US taxpayer would be refunded when the “Toxic Assets” were resold at some point in the future, the reality is that none of those assets will ever see a penny of repayment, because they are all the product of the biggest financial swindle in history. Bigger than Tulip mania. Bigger than the Great South Seas Company disaster.

    These fraudulent mortgage-backed securities were being given triple-A ratings by the Wall Street ratings agencies, which were supposed to provide independent analysis of the value of investments. But as we saw with Arthur Anderson and ENRON, the supposed independent authority colluded to make the swindle look better than it was. Because the ratings agencies were giving triple-A ratings to the mortgage-backed securities, even as they reeled from losses, pension funds and retirement funds were allowed to purchase them, which is the real reason why public pensions for teachers, police, and firefighters have gone broke.

    Together with having to cover the credit default swaps sold with those mortgage backed securities, it is estimated that the swindle has cost the nation $27 trillion, at least $16 trillion admitted to by the Federal Reserve in “loans” and “bailouts” (actually buy-backs) from foreign investors such as Credit Suisse, Deutchebank, the Bank of Libya (boy, did THEY get hosed; 98% of their sovereign wealth fund destroyed by Goldman Sachs aka Gold In My Sacks!), etc. Globalism took a major swindle in the US financial system and turned it into a global cataclysm from which we are all still reeling.

    But while the “Too Big To Fail” banks were being bailed out by the US Government, smaller banks caught in the mess were struggling to stay solvent as cash poured out of their coffers to buy back all that bad paper they had sold to investors. Those monthly payments made by home-owners were not sufficient to cover the losses; the whole value of those homes needed to be returned to the banks’ balance sheets to keep the banks technically solvent. So again, starting in 2008, Washington DC sent out a private message to banks and mortgage companies that DC would look the other way if foreclosures to home loans were “short-cutted.” This kicked off the “Foreclosuregate” scandal in which phony foreclosure paper mills, bogus notaries, MERS were all used to facilitate a massive land grab from the American people. As Damon Slivers put it during Congress’ hearings into the foreclosure mess, “We can have a realistic discussion of the foreclosure mess, or we can preserve the capital structure of the banks. We cannot do both. Which shall we do?”

    In hindsight, it is obvious which choice the government made. We are seeing wealth confiscation, no different than when FDR confiscated the gold from the American people to save the banks, only this time, done in a covert way to trick Americans into thinking it was their own fault they lost their homes. But again, this was the result of official US policy which gave tax credits to corporations that actually encouraged offshoring of American jobs. In short, the US Government took their jobs to make it easer for the banks to take their homes, to save themselves from going to prison over the mortgage-backed securities fraud.

    Iceland had the right solution. They tossed the crooked bankers in jail and fired the government that tried to loot the people to save those bankers and Iceland’s economy is already on the rise. (Which is why you don’t see much mention of them any more in the American media)

    That is it in a nutshell!//////

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