Dec 20

Ancient Structure On Mars Near Statue, Dec 19, 2014, UFO Sighting News.

Date of discovery: Dec 19, 2014
Location of discovery: Mars
Source photo: http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/155315

I was looking for anomalies in Mars photos and found this interesting structure with a doorway. Nearby the structure is a statue like object with outreaching arms aimed at the building. I colored the building so its a bit easier to view. The structure is only about 2.5 feet across, however this would fit the woman figure on mars, which had a figure that was 2-4 cm tall. Click here to view woman figure with man laying nearby. As most UFOlogists know…there once was a species of aliens on mars there were just a few inches tall. Apollo 20 conversation with William Rutledge (NASA astronaut) confirms this. SCW

















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Dec 20

A communist Christmas

When did they move the studio to Pyongyang? Happy holidays, Raul Castro! And “heightism” at the Target! All this, plus, fail to the victors! Presented in 1080 hi-def, FOR FREE! It’s the Great Eight, from the Personal Liberty Digest!

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Dec 20

Lennon Lacy’s White Girlfriend Speak Out; Says He Was Murdered

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Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set on Aug. 29 in a trailer park in a predominantly White, rural North Carolina town. (Courtesy of the Lacy family)

The White girlfriend of slain 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found in a trailer park, hanging from a swing set, says he was “murdered” and claims that they had been the targets of racial slurs in rural Bladenboro, N.C., the New York Daily News writes, citing a Daily Mail report.

Michelle Brimhall, 32, broke her silence recently about Lacy’s death. Lacy, a Black high school football player, was discovered hanging from a leash and a belt that was not his own on Aug. 29 in the predominantly White town.

“I believe Lennon was murdered,” Brimhall told Daily Mail. “The police ruled his death a suicide, but Lennon would never harm himself. He’s got too much love for life.”

SEE ALSO: Jaselyn Grant: Memphis Police Officer Charged With Murder In Wife’s Shooting

The New York Daily News reports:

Brimhall said she had been alarmed by racist slurs she received over her relationship with Lennon from neighbors in Bladenboro — a small rural town whose population is 80% white and 18% Black.

“Neighbors had told me they were against interracial relationships and it was ‘not right’ me being with a black guy,” said Brimhall, who went into hiding following Lennon’s death.

She added that the Ku Klux Klan has held marches in Bladenboro and even has a meeting house in the community some minorities have dubbed “Crackertown.”

Brimhall also said that she and Lacy tried to keep the relationship separate.

Lennon’s mother, Claudia Lacy, told the Daily News on Sunday that she and Lennon’s father were against the May-December affair and even tried to get Brimhall to break it off.

A close friend of Lennon also said Brimhall was a crack-addicted prostitute. Brimhall’s father confirmed in an interview with The News that she has a drug problem.

“We told his mom and dad that we had stopped seeing each other because they were getting on him because of the age difference,” said Brimhall, who denied she is a drug addict.

SEE ALSO: Don Smith: 2 Arrested In Memphis Pastor’s Murder

Earlier this month, the FBI launched an investigation into Lacy’s death after his parents and the North Carolina branch of the NAACP questioned findings by a medical examiner that he killed himself. Findings by an independent pathologist hired by the local NAACP contradicted the medical examiner’s ruling and added fuel to suspicions that Lacy was the victim of a lynching, the Daily News notes.

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Dec 20

Where’s the evidence? U.S. accuses North Korea for Cyberattack on Sony

A Japanese company with some offices in California was hacked. Several terrabytes of data were copied off its internal networks and some of it was put on file sharing sites. One of the items copied was a film produced in Canada that depicts as comedy the terror act of killing of a current head of state. The U.S. State Department applauded that movie scene. But there were tons of other data like social security numbers, payroll data, and internal emails stolen all of which that might have been the real target of the hackers.

The tools to hack the company are well known and in the public domain. The company, Sony, had lousy internal network security and had been hacked before. The hackers probably had some inside knowledge. They used servers in Bolivia, China and South Korea to infiltrate. There is zero public evidence in the known that the hack was state sponsored.

But the U.S. is claiming that the event is a “national security matter”. Who’s national security? Japan’s? Canada’s? Why? A private Japanese entertainment(!) company left the doors open and had some equipment vandalized and some of its private property stolen. Why, again, is that of U.S. “national interest”? Why would the U.S. even consider some “proportional response”?

Comment: Maybe it has something to do with this:

At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company.

The White House is anonymously accusing the state of North Korea of having done the hack. It provides no evidence to support that claim and the government of North Korea denied any involvement. The FBI and Sony say they have no evidence for such a claim.

Still the New York Times editors eat it all up:

North Korean hackers, seeking revenge for the movie, stole millions of documents, including emails, health records and financial information that they dished out to the world.

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Dec 20

Supreme Court: Police Can Make Up Laws And Violate Rights

Justices rule that a “mistaken understanding” of the law is reasonable.

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Dec 20

Two men shot near Colt Park in Hartford, police investigating

HARTFORD- Police are responding after two men were shot on Saturday morning.

Police say two men were shot in a car near Colt Park. One person is in critical condition with a head wound.

Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the shooting.

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Dec 20

Cops Seized Couple’s $160,000 Wine Collection—And Want to Destroy It All

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Earlier this year, after a months-long undercover
investigation, Pennsylvania state police agents served a warrant on
the home of Arthur Goldman, an attorney, and his wife, Melissa
Kurtzman.

The police, who had made undercover buys at the home before,
easily found what they were looking for. And they found lots of it.
In a raid that lasted twenty hours, police seized thousands of
ounces of alleged contraband from the couple’s home.

In addition to the seizure, police charged Mr. Goldman with a
crime.

So just what was it that led police to target the homeowners?
Cocaine? Marijuana? Meth? Raw milk?

None of the above. This bizarre and infuriating case involves no
illicit substance whatsoever. It’s a case about wine. Legally
purchased wine, at that.

Goldman and Kurtzman are now fighting the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania in court. They argue the state’s seizure of more than
2,400 bottles of fine wine is unconstitutional and are seeking to
force Pennsylvania to return the entire collection. The state, on
the other hand, has designs on destroying the wine.

I first heard about the case earlier this year, after
Pennsylvania authorities seized the wine. But my interest in the
case was renewed recently when a law student in a class I taught at
George Mason University Law School this semester wrote a paper on
Pennsylvania’s absurd liquor laws. She used the case of
Pennsylvania v. 2,447 Bottles of Wine—a case that owes its name to
an odd quirk of property seizure cases, which pit the state not
against the property owners but against the property itself—to
illustrate the sheer breadth and idiocy of the state’s liquor laws.
(Notably, one of the more memorable cases I read when I was a law
student was
United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola
, a
case from the early 1900s in which the FDA tried to ban caffeine
from appearing in soda.)

The story of Pennsylvania’s seizure of 2,400 bottles of wine
dates to 2006, according to new filings in the case that I’ve
reviewed, when Goldman and Krutzman married. Goldman purchased
wine—including over the internet—on a regular basis. The couple
housed their growing wine collection at their New Jersey home. They
continued to do so for the next seven years. And their collection
grew as a result.

Goldman, who appears to have enjoyed talking about wine as much
as buying it, also gained access to inventories in California that
were off limits to everyday wine buyers. Generously, he invited
friends and colleagues to join in purchasing wines from these
California suppliers to which he had this rare access. He did this
by distributing information to an email list made up of these
friends and colleagues. They would pool their orders, Goldman would
place the order, and the wines would arrive at Goldman’s New Jersey
home or at a nearby FedEx office. Goldman would then distribute the
wines to those who’d ordered them. Goldman and those who’d ordered
the wines shared the costs of the wine, taxes, shipment, and any
other fees. While Goldman gave these friends and colleagues access
to great wines that they otherwise might not be able to buy,
Goldman never charged any fees or made any profit from these pooled
wine orders.

It seems like Goldman did everything he could to buck the
traditional lawyer stereotype. He enjoyed conversation, he was
encouraging, he was willing to donate his time and social capital
to help others, and he did all that without expecting something in
return. He sounds like the kind of person—let alone lawyer—you’d be
happy to know.

In 2013, Goldman and his wife bought a home in Malvern,
Pennsylvania. They continued to use the New Jersey home as their
primary residence and as the storage space for their ample wine
collection.

Why? Maybe work or family commitments dictated they remain in
New Jersey. Maybe moving thousands of bottles of wine is costly. Or
maybe it’s that Pennsylvania famously boasts many idiotic,
counterintuitive, and completely unnecessary alcohol laws.

That’s no exaggeration. Want to buy wine over the internet?
Pennsylvania says go right ahead, so long as the buyer
gets
“it shipped to the Wine & Spirits Store of their
choice.” The state wants to keep an eye on what you’re
buying—especially because it won’t let you buy wines that are
available in the state store.

Want to ship wine to Pennsylvania? It’s easy!
Just
“add a $4.50 handling fee, Pennsylvania’s 18% liquor tax,
6% sales tax (and 2% sales tax in Philadelphia or 1% Allegheny
counties).” The state wants a cut of your purchase.

Driving through Pennsylvania with a few bottles of wine, and
think it’s alright to stop off at hotel for the night? Since your
wine’s not “merely transported through the state, without
stopping[,]” the law
would seem to indicate that you need a buy a license for that
wine—whether you drink it or leave it in the car.

That’s because “[t]he law prohibits anyone other than the Board,
a manufacturer, the holder of a sacramental wine license or
importer’s license from bringing alcohol into Pennsylvania, and
from possessing or transporting any liquor or alcohol within the
Commonwealth that was not purchased from a Pennsylvania wine and
spirits store[.]”

And then there are the ridiculous state stores.

All told, Pennsylvania
is
“the only state besides Utah to control retail and wholesale
liquor operations, residents must purchase wine and spirits from
state stores or in-state wineries.”

When it comes to alcohol laws, as I’ve
insinuated previously
, Pennsylvania is about as close to Saudi
Arabia as you can get in America.

To illustrate that point, fast forward to March 2013. It was
then that, while Goldman’s and his wife’s wine collection slept
soundly at their New Jersey home, an “anonymous complainant
reported” Goldman to Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Liquor Control
Enforcement (BCLE) for allegedly selling wine in Pennsylvania
without a license.

It’s unclear who the informant is or what they claimed Goldman
had done. But that same month, an undercover BCLE officer
“infiltrated… Mr. Goldman’s mailing list.” The officer then made
a buy (to use undercover cop parlance), joining in one of Goldman’s
pooled orders from California.

This officer was soon joined on the list by another undercover
officer, who posed as his stepdaughter, and still another officer,
who posed as the second officer’s fiance. These officers also
joined in the pooled orders.

Continuing with his generosity, Goldman shared glasses of his
own wine with the undercover officers in his home. He gave them a
tour of his wine cellar, which by July 2014 was located in his
Malvern home, now the marital residence.

Testing the limits of that generosity, the officers concocted a
story about looking for a special wedding gift of wine. Though
Goldman wasn’t in the business of selling wine, he made an
exception, selling to undercover agents a total of four or five
bottles—at cost—from his personal collection.

Soon afterwards, on January, 6, 2014, Pennsylvania police raided
the home and seized more than 2,400 bottles of wine. They charged
Goldman was an unlicensed wine dealer who made purchases in
contravention of state law, and that his alleged crimes required
Pennsylvania to destroy the entirety of the couple’s wine
collection—worth an estimated $160,000.

Goldman pled down the criminal “charge by entering a
first-offender program,” according to
reports
. Goldman also must write a letter to the local bar
association explaining why it’s important to follow the law.

No one is obligated to follow an unjust law. But that doesn’t
matter in this case, because it doesn’t appear Goldman broke any
law. I wish I could say the same for the police in this case.

Here’s hoping the court forces the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
to return all of the wine to Goldman and Kurtzman. More
importantly, I hope this case will finally convince Pennsylvania
lawmakers to demolish the embarrassing eyesore that is the state’s
liquor laws.

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Dec 20

Federal Judge Strikes Down Amnesty: “Obama’s Unilateral Action Violates Separation of Powers… is Unconstitutional”

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A federal judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania used a deportation decision to probe the constitutionality – or lack thereof – of President Obama’s executive order on amnesty, declaring it “unconstitutional.”

How that ruling might impact other cases or the acceptability of Obama’s psuedo-law is unclear, however.

While Texas and other states have already initiated lawsuits challenging the order, this is the first case to test how Obama’s unilateral immigration action would impact deportations and sentencing for illegal aliens unlawfully present in the United States.

Judge Arthur J. Schwab wrote an opinion weighing whether Obama’s recent executive order is constitutional, and whether it factored into the decision to deport one Elionardo Juarez-Escobar, a 42-year old Honduran working for his brother’s landscaping business and apprehended for driving while drunk after having been previously removed from the country and reentering. Schwab concluded:

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional.”

The Washington Times reported:

A federal judge Tuesday ruled parts of President Obama’s deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, with a scathing memo dismantling the White House’s legal reasoning and arguing that Mr. Obama tried to steal Congress’ lawmaking powers.

The ruling doesn’t invalidate the policy immediately because it was part of a case over a single illegal immigrant’s deportation, but it could serve as a road map for other federal judges who are considering direct challenges to the president’s policy.

Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Mr. Obama has some discretion in how to enforce laws, but by setting out a comprehensive system to grant tentative legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, the president has strayed into trying to write the laws, which is a power reserved for Congress.

The executive decision to shield immigrants from deportation also has significant consequences as it applies to equal protection under the law, in the event that prosecution for some is delayed while others are prosecuted:

“The Court must examine whether this Executive Action is within the President’s executive authority, and whether it would unjustly and unequally impact this Defendant in light of this Court’s obligation to avoid sentencing disparities among defendants with similar records who have been found guilty of similar conduct.”

In a telling clash over the separation of powers, the Obama Administration and others have argued that judges have no authority to review decisions made by the president – ironically as this federal judge has pointed out the rather obvious fact that President Obama has no authority to write laws with his pen.

“The judge is clearly reaching way beyond the bounds of the case before him to engage in constitutional scrutiny of the executive action,” said Peter J. Spiro, a law professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Schwab countered the idea that federal judge have no purview in his decision, arguing precedent on p. 13:

“Federal Courts can review the constitutionality of Executive Orders. In two instances, Federal Courts have found that specific Executive Orders were unconstitutional. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952) (the United States Supreme Court found that President Truman’s Executive Order authorizing the Secretary of Commerce to control operation of the majority of the country’s steel mills was unconstitutional because President Truman acted without constitutional or statutory authority); Chamber of Commerce of U.S. v. Reich, 74 F.3d 1322 (D.C. Cir. 1996), rehearing denied, 83 F.3d 442 (D.C. Cir. 1996) (the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found a 1995 Executive Order issued by President Clinton which prevented employers who were performing under federal contracts from hiring strike breakers, to be unlawful because it impermissibly prevented employers from hiring their chosen workers).”

Schwab further argued that Obama’s justification for his unilateral action – that Congress had failed to act – was “arbitrary” and did not grant him authority to make laws:

“This proposition is arbitrary and does not negate the requirement that the November 20, 2014 Executive Action be lawfully within the President’s executive authority. It is not.”

“In the framework of our Constitution, the President’s power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a lawmaker. The Constitution limits his functions in the lawmaking process to the recommending of laws he thinks wise and the vetoing of laws he thinks bad… Perceived or actual Congressional inaction does not endow legislative power with the Executive.”

The Obama appointee-headed Justice Department criticized the Bush-appointed judge’s decision as “unfounded and flatly wrong” while pro-immigrant groups, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, claimed Schwab was overstepping his bounds. His critics were quick to point out his previous controversies and claims of impartiality.

Nevertheless, the attempts to marginalize this decision and rest its merits on the reputation of the judge only serves to distract from the rather obvious and valid points he makes… namely that Obama is acting as a king, not a president, not a constitutional scholar and not legally. The emperor indeed has no clothes.

It should be headlined that someone has called Obama on his unconstitutional actions; instead, prepare for this story to be marginalized and buried.

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Dec 20

State Tells Christian Ministry it Must Hire Non-Christians

Once people call on the government to create laws on who a business can hire and fire, you can expect agencies that govern the terms of hiring and firing to grow exponentially as political pressure is put on the government by special interest groups to be treated specially.

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice just ruled that transgenders cannot be discriminated against.

“Attorney General Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will take the position in litigation that the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to claims of discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status.”

There’s no way to stop this runaway train.

Businesses should be allowed to hire and fire anybody they want for any reason. If a person doesn’t like the requirement a business sets for employment, that person can go elsewhere or start his or her own business and set different hiring regulations.

The move by the DOJ, “was met with some criticism. After the announcement, Peter Sprigg, senior director for policy studies of the Family Research Council, criticized Holder, saying that the original intent of the 1964 Civil Rights Act most certainly did not cover transgendered people. ‘Probably not one person thought they were passing a bill to protect men who wanted to become women or women who wanted to become men,’ Sprigg said.”

The same is true of the original intent of the RICO Act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). What was originally designed to stop “racketeering,” has been used to go after people who publicly opposed abortion.[1] It didn’t matter that the architect of the law argued that RICO had never intended such an application.

Once jurisdiction was given over hiring practices, the law expands in application exponentially.

For example, the state of Kentucky wants to require that the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG) cannot show religious preferential treatment in hiring. “The state’s new conditions are clearly illegal,” AIG president Ken Ham declared. “We can cite both federal and state laws that permit religious preference in hiring, like the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That’s why atheist groups can and do discriminate in their hiring.”

Then there are the EEOC regulations that allow religious organizations to hire within the confines of their religious parameters:

“Religious Organization Exception: Under Title VII, religious organizations are permitted to give employment preference to members of their own religion. The exception applies only to those institutions whose ‘purpose and character are primarily religious.’ Factors to consider that would indicate whether an entity is religious include: whether its articles of incorporation state a religious purpose; whether its day-to-day operations are religious (e.g., are the services the entity performs, the product it produces, or the educational curriculum it provides directed toward propagation of the religion?); whether it is not-for-profit; and whether it affiliated with, or supported by, a church or other religious organization.”

Answers in Genesis meets some if not all of these criteria exceptions, but the evolving nature of law in our nation could nullify these exceptions at any time. If overturned, the government could demand that a church hire an atheist youth leader or even the senior pastor.

Don’t say it couldn’t happen. The California State University system, which has 23 campuses, has ruled that on-campus religious organizations cannot discriminate against people of other religions when it comes to leadership positions.

As a result, “local chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical Christian group with 860 chapters in the United States,” was “de-recognized” as an official on-campus organization. “The university system says InterVarsity’s leadership policy conflicts with its state-mandated nondiscrimination policy requiring membership and leadership in all official student groups be open to all.”

The word “discrimination” is being expanded and redefined on a daily basis by special interest groups and activist judges. There is no telling where it will stop.

Notes:

  1. “RICO laws were successfully cited in NOW v. Scheidler, 510 U.S. 249, 114 S. Ct. 798, 127 L.Ed. 2d 99 (1994), a suit in which certain parties, including the National Organization for Women, sought damages and an injunction against pro-life activists who physically block access to abortion clinics. The Court held that a RICO enterprise does not need an economic motive, and that the Pro-Life Action Network could therefore qualify as a RICO enterprise. The Court remanded for consideration of whether PLAN committed the requisite acts in a pattern of racketeering activity.”

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Dec 20

Milwaukee protesters block interstate over police killings (PHOTOS)

At least 73 adults and one minor have been taken into custody by Milwaukee police for blocking interstate highway 43 while protesting the killing of an unarmed and mentally infirm black man by police officer earlier this year.
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Dec 20

Sony hack: China may have helped North Korea, US states

US official states that North Korea responsible for hacking of Sony over The Interview film – and that Kim Jong-un’s regime may have had Chinese help

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Dec 20

IRS Warns Of Possible Shutdown

IRS Warns Of Possible Shutdown

The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there.

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Dec 20

Sony Hackers Make New Demands… This Is What Happens When You Negotiate With Terrorists

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Dec 19

Your Guns are Worthless Against the New Superweapons of the Globalists

Americans have an estimated 300 million privately owned hand guns and some people present this fact as the reason why no foreign power, or even our government, could ever subjugate the people. I am compelled to disagree with this notion. Once … Continue reading

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Dec 19

Birds may detect approaching storm from 900km away by infrasound waves

A group of songbirds may have avoided a devastating storm by fleeing their US breeding grounds after detecting telltale infrasound waves.

Researchers noticed the behaviour after analysing trackers attached to the birds to study their migration patterns. They believe it is the first documented case of birds making detours to avoid destructive weather systems on the basis of infrasound.

The golden-winged warblers had just returned from South America to their breeding grounds in the mountains of Tennessee in 2013 when a massive storm was edging closer. Although the birds had just completed a migration of more than 2,500km, they still had the energy to evade the danger.

The storm, which spawned more than 80 tornadoes across the US and killed 35 people, was 900km away when the birds, apparently acting independently of one another, fled south, with one bird embarking on a 1,500km flight to Cuba before making the return trip once the storm had passed.

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Dec 19

Euro Crisis Deepens

Euro Crisis Deepens

The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry way in dictating the future to the vastly different societies and economies that make up the EU block. The Guardian expands this theme in the article, The eurozone crisis – history is repeating itself … again.

“Monetary union is a textbook case of the dangers of allowing politics to trump economics. Germany is a completely different economy to Greece. Portugal’s economy is not a bit like that of the Netherlands. Italy was able to remain competitive in the pre-euro days only by regular devaluations of the lira. To yoke all these countries together in a one-size-fits-all single currency was an act of supreme folly.”

The predictable consequences that brings Back to reality The debt of some euro-zone economies looks unsustainable is a factor that cannot be resolved by injecting more money into a debt ridden system.

“Government debt looks more intractable, especially in light of the lacklustre growth and slide towards deflation that now seem entrenched. A recent analysis by Fitch, a rating agency, suggests that it will be very hard for any highly indebted euro-zone government to reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio by 20 percentage points over the next eight years, still less return it to its pre-crisis level. Governments need to run primary (ie, before interest payments) surpluses in order to pay off existing debt.”

No sane person believes that government debt will be reduced. The imaginary recovery only became a painful hardship for EU subjects. Not so for the elites who benefit from the single currency at the expense of their fellow taxpayers. This time around the circumstances may be different.

Even a publication like the Business Insider touts the Economists viewpoint in The Future Of The Euro Could See Trouble This Week.

“Indeed, the political risks to the euro may be greater now than they were at the height of the euro crisis in 2011-12. What was striking then was that large majorities of ordinary voters preferred to stick with the single currency despite the austerity imposed by the conditions of their bail-outs, because they feared that any alternative would be even more painful.”

The EURO currency has a permanent flaw that no amount of tweeting can correct. Europe has always been a hot bed of national differences. Utopian dreams of uniting dissimilar cultures and very divergent economies under the fig leaf of a political union have always been a formula for failure.

The German economy has emerged as the bankroll of last resort. Applying the same political pressure used throughout the post war era to bully the Federal Republic of Germany into paying a disguised version of reparations to sustain the EU is coming to an end.

Spiegel Online, the German publication provides an interesting article on Monetary Fallacy? – Deep Divisions Emerge over ECB Quantitative Easing Plans.

“If the ECB does launch a buying program for government bonds, another problem arises. To avoid coming under the suspicion of trying to provide funding primarily to crisis-ridden nations, it will probably have to acquire the bonds of all euro-zone countries. For the ECB itself, the most likely approach is to simply base its bond-buying program on each country’s initial contribution to the ECB, known as the capital key.

It’s no surprise that the ranks of skeptics are also growing within the ECB. Bundesbank President Weidmann has long warned that the central bank cannot be allowed to become a “sweeper” for policymakers. Now German ECB Supervisory Board member Sabine Lautenschläger is coming to his defense, saying that the purchase of government bonds could only be a “last resort” in the event of a deflationary spiral, essentially the final ammunition of monetary policy. The critics of further quantitative easing measures also include the Executive Board members from Luxembourg, Austria, the Netherlands and Estonia.”

The tool box of the EU’s monetary gears is clashing with the speed of the declining health of commerce. Even cheap oil will not get the economic machine back on track. The psychology of deflationary expectations builds fear at a much higher pace than transactions in the cash register.

Tourism has long deposited favorable sums in the EU economies. As long as the feeble international recovery crawls along, this may delay panic from internal downturn in domestic activity. The vulnerability of any reduction in foreign visits is an added component that does not affect most of the rest of the world in the same way.

So what signs to watch as the New Year unfolds? Peter Spence in the Telegraph provides a list of Six triggers that could renew a eurozone crisis in 2015.

  • Germany loses faith in euro project
  • Spanish uncertainty reaches breaking point
  • France calls it a day
  • Pain of Italian reforms drives country away
  • Greece turns to left-wing extremes
  • European Central Bank runs into Berlin Wall

Each of these national concerns that could spark a new run on the EU currency can only accelerate the deficits in governmental budgets and depress economic activity.

The risks of a political implosion in the EU union among conflicting economic and social concerns are mounting. However, the entrenched elites who dominate global commerce control the political decisions. Unruly protests have a long tradition in Europe. As the velocity of money slows, the prospects of earning a livable existence sink. The socialist model has only been sustained by massive sovereign debt financing.

When the European financial press reports on the warning signals of a significant crisis brewing, everyone should take notice. The relative foreign exchange conversion rate for the EURO may not concern most Americans. However, the long history of European political intrigue has always influenced global economic realities. The next chapter of financial crisis may well be written in Brussels.


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Dec 19

IRS Warns It May Have to Shut Down

Now, here’s an interesting math problem.

The federal government keeps raising taxes, including a whopper of a hike in the form of Obamacare, and it hires hundreds of new agents to help collect the expected flood of new revenue.

And yet, the agency in charge of collecting all this money is threatening to shut down because of a shortfall in the budget.

It doesn’t quite add up, does it?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said during a Thursday press conference that unpaid furloughs for employees are one idea being considered to save money. How much you wanna bet that furloughs don’t include commissioner-level employees?

“People call it furloughs; I view it as: Are we going to have to shut the place down? And at this point, that will be the last thing we do, … but there is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen said.

I don’t imagine many people will spill tears over the possibility of the IRS shutting down or even at the thought of federal employees missing a few days on their paychecks.

Koskinen had warned employees in an earlier email that overtime was being suspended and the agency was putting a hiring freeze in place.

The email also said that more cuts could be announced depending on negotiations with the National Treasury Employees Union. Most of the IRS budget — about three-fourths of it — is spent on employee costs.

All this talk of furloughs and cutting spending comes because Congress gave the IRS a mere $10.9 billion for the coming year, representing a $346 million actual cut, but about $1.5 billion less than the agency requested. Shutting the agency would save an estimated $29 million per day and may delay some refunds.

A planned government-wide pay increase will cost the IRS an additional $250 million.

Koskinen is the guy who took over the IRS after the agency got in some hot water for harassing Tea Party and other conservative groups, what the bureaucrats call “extra scrutiny.”

Now Republicans in Congress are getting blamed for cutting the IRS’s budget.

I’m OK with that.

Democrats and RINOs for years have been blocking efforts to cut taxes. If we’ve got enough RINOs on board for reducing the IRS budget, then let’s do that.

The Democrats, especially President Obama, like to go around the rules and skirt laws like the Constitution, so why shouldn’t the Republicans cut taxes by reducing the budget of the IRS?

Let the IRS shut down for a few days. The rest of us have to budget and cut costs in our lives to feed the monster that is the government, even when we don’t have highly paid jobs with guaranteed holidays and vacations and hefty pensions when we retire. Or any job, for that matter.

Let a few government workers go home instead of to work for once and spend a few days worrying about paying the bills. And the rest of us, for a couple of days at least, can keep a few more pennies of our hard-earned money.

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Dec 19

Largest share of Americans view ‘race relations’ as nation’s top problem since L.A. riots

The number of Americans who believe “race relations” or “racism” is the most pressing problem facing the United States is the highest it has been since the nation watched Los Angeles burn in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King verdict.

According to the Gallup polling agency, 13 percent of Americans believe that racial tension is the nation’s top problem, up sharply from just 1 percent in November.

For perspective, about 15 percent of Americans cite “government” as the biggest problem in the U.S. today.

Back in 1992 when a jury failed to bring charges against the four Los Angeles police officers involved in King’s beating, 15 percent of Americans cited “race relations” or “racism” as the nation’s No. 1 issue.

Since that high, the number of Americans saying “race relations” or “racism” is the U.S.’s biggest problem has ranged between 0 percent and 5 percent.

“Prior to this month and the spring of 1992, the last time race relations was a significant top-of-mind issue for Americans was in the 1950s and 1960s, when race was front and center of national policy discussions on civil rights,” Gallup reports. “In 1963, more than half of Americans (52%) said race relations was the country’s biggest problem.

“By the 1970s and 1980s, the percentage of Americans naming racial issues as the nation’s biggest problem tapered off, before erupting in a single poll in the early 1990s.”

Nonwhites cite race relations as the nation’s biggest problem 22 percent of the time, compared to 8 percent of whites.

The recent spike in sensitivity over race relations is largely attributable to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past several months that sparked a national conversation about police and U.S. minorities. Since the Ferguson ordeal began, media sensitivity to the issue has led to widespread coverage of similar instances of perceived police treatment of minorities.

Gallup also reports that the coverage has made U.S. minorities less likely to trust the police.

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Dec 19

Tonight on The Independents: Our 10 Heroes of Freedom! Starring Peter Suderman, Michael Malice, David Boaz, and Special Guest Stars!

Remember Reason’s
35th anniversary special
honoring our 35 Heroes of
Freedom? Well, more than a decade later,
The
Independents
(Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6
p.m. PT, with repeats three and five hours later) will be unveiling
its very own Top 10. First, IN A TOTALLY UNRELATED MOVE, here’s our
Wednesday interview with a certain doctor named Ron
Paul:

Helping add valuable commentary on the Top 10 are beloved
Senior Editor
Peter
Suderman
, betolerated liberty-chomper Michael Malice, and
believable Cato Executive Vice President
David Boaz. There will
be a name-that-hero-of-freedom game, a Q&A with #7 on our list,
footage of various Fox personalities listing their own Hs of F, and
the co-hosts picks for who
should have made
the Top 25.

Speaking of which, here’s one of ‘em, though I obviously
don’t endorse the musical-comparison comments at the tail end
there:

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Independents is
taking Christmas week off. The next broadcast will be live, on Dec.
29. Follow along at
facebook.com/IndependentsFBN,
on Twitter @
independentsFBN,
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Dec 19

Obama chides Sony’s decision to nix film, says US must retaliate and pass cyber act

US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)

US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)

​Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday.

Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea, Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull “The Interview,” a satirical film containing a plot to kill North Korean Pres. Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day.

At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company.

“Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage [and] there were threats against its employees,” Obama said during an end-of-year press conference at the White House. “I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”

“I wish they would’ve spoken with me first. I would have told them: do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks,” he said.

After hackers infiltrated Sony’s network last month and then released pilfered data, threats were made against movie theaters that planned to show “The Interview” starting next week. On Thursday, Sony said the film would not be released.

Earlier Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it’s concluded that the Kim Jong Un regime was responsible for the attack.

AFP Photo
AFP Photo

READ MORE: FBI formally accuses North Korea in Sony hack

Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday.

Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea, Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull “The Interview,” a satirical film containing a plot to kill North Korean Pres. Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day.

At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company.

“Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage [and] there were threats against its employees,” Obama said during an end-of-year press conference at the White House. “I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”

“I wish they would’ve spoken with me first. I would have told them: do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks,” he said.

After hackers infiltrated Sony’s network last month and then released pilfered data, threats were made against movie theaters that planned to show “The Interview” starting next week. On Thursday, Sony said the film would not be released.

Earlier Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it’s concluded that the Kim Jong Un regime has indeed, in the FBI’s opinion, was responsible for the attack.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can starts imposing censorship here in the United States,” the president added during his address later that day. “Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they’re going to start doing when they see a documentary they don’t like, or news reports they don’t like or, even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. So that’s not who we are — that’s not what America is about.”

Reuters/Jim Urquhart
Reuters/Jim Urquhart

“We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a place and time and manner that we chose,” Obama said.

But on the heels of similar breaches that brought significant harm and embarrassment to retail giant Target last year, and other companies in the interim, Obama said lawmakers should use the latest breach to go about getting a cybersecurity bill finally approved by Congress.

“In this interconnected digital world, there are going to be opportunities for hackers to engage in cyber-assaults both in the private sector and in the public sector,” Obama said.

“We’ve been coordinating with the private sector, but a lot more needs to done. We’re not even close to where we need to be,” the president said.

In the wake of the Sony hack, both Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the outgoing chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the Senate’s panel, said Congress must pass a bill that will more easily allow the private and public sectors to share threat information, the likes of which may prevent future attacks from ever unfolding.

“This is only the latest example of the need for serious legislation to improve the sharing of information between the private sector and the government to help companies strengthen cybersecurity,” Sen. Feinstein said in a statement. “We must pass an information sharing bill as quickly as possible next .”

READ MORE: House intelligence chair wants US to develop protocols for waging offensive cyberwars

In October, Rep. Rogers said that the US government is in dire need of developing rules for waging offensive cyber operations, like the kind the president suggested could soon be launched against North Korea.

“This is a new dangerous form of warfare and international relations that, candidly, the United States, as a whole, is not prepared to handle,” Rogers said. “We are not prepared if the federal government decides that they want to take an offensive action or disruptive action in any significant way, even in response.”

Source: RT

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