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IMF Fantasy Report: Afghanistan Needs a VAT!
February 06, 2013
We often repeat our points because they are idiosyncratic and no one else will. Perhaps it costs us readership but the truth is not always convenient. One important argument is that the West's current wars are for control not resources. We get a lot of pushback ...
Let the Elites Have Their Silly Gold and Silver … Use Local Money to Create Sustainable Economies!
February 06, 2013
Elite memes run deep. If the speculative reports are true, the top elites have about US$35 trillion buried in various backwaters, probably a good amount held in gold. These top elites apparently spend most of their waking hours – and they have a lot of leisur ...
Oxfam Hops Aboard One Percenter Meme
February 05, 2013
Oxfam, a world aid organization, is recycling the "one percenter" meme that was made popular by the faux Occupy Wall Street movement. This dominant social theme is most useful to the power elite and thus will likely continue to be recycled even as Occupy Wall S ...
Elite Attack on Swiss Again: Raise Taxes for Fairness's Sake
February 05, 2013
We read in SwissInfo that Swiss officials are coming under pressure to raises taxes. Switzerland is one of the world's last remaining functional republics, with power truly flowing from the bottom up in many cases. But over the past decade, every part of Switze ...
Real Reason for Fracking Boom Is to Build North American Union?
February 04, 2013
Reuters is signaling that a Keystone Pipeline decision is coming soon. Turning the United States into two separate countries (metaphorically anyway) is an ongoing option that looks to become reality. Looked at this way, we have a solution to our "fracking dilem ...
Elite Description Problem – Why the System Needs a Full Explanation
February 04, 2013
The Rutherford Institute is well known for civil liberties and this analysis by founder John Whitehead caught our eye because he captured a significant underlying formative strategy of the power elite – the creation of neo-feudalism. The problem is that White ...
Severe Disaffection: Seventy-five Percent of US Citizens Don't Trust Government
February 01, 2013
The Pew Survey has found that three-quarters of the United States population doesn't trust government but for the Public Broadcasting System, it's a partisan issue and also "business as usual." From our point of view, it is not, of course. It is a manifestation ...
US Military Drawdown to be Filled by Europe?
February 01, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: This article continues to promote one of the power elite's most important memes ... that the world is a dangerous place and each country must do its part to protect Western civilization. A subdominant social theme would be that Western cit ...
Directed History: Lunacy or Truth?
January 31, 2013
Zero Hedge posted the article excerpted above, perhaps because the website's editors wanted to get a reaction on a slow news day. Zero Hedge is what we might call an alternative news site, so it is part of the trend that this editorial by Chindit (whoever that ...
Are Wall Streeters War Criminals?
January 31, 2013
Another brilliant analysis courtesy of Washington's Blog is circulating throughout the Internet. We've commented on Washington's Blog in the past because it is a peculiar if noteworthy hybrid ... an example of what we might call "governmental libertarianism." W ...
Senators Demand that Banks Be Punished – but Not the Fed
January 30, 2013
But not the good, gray men of central banking. We are not surprised. The power elites are deathly frightened, in our view, that their control over central banks is in jeopardy. They will sacrifice the entire financial infrastructure to make sure central banks a ...
The Polio Eradication Meme and the Nobility of Gates
January 30, 2013
We continue to grow more skeptical of these universal vaccine campaigns. Knowing what we think we do about the power elite, it is highly unlikely that these global campaigns are being offered without ulterior motives. Also, it is overly convenient that the only ...
Shock: BIS Sees Global Asset Bubble
January 29, 2013
Actually, it is NOT surprising that BIS officials have begun to warn about a bubble; it is perhaps a bit surprising that they would choose to speak about it now. Maybe they are trying to get "ahead of the curve."As we've pointed out often in the past (as part o ...
Smart City or Dumb Idea?
January 29, 2013
Glasgow, come on down! Congratulations ... not. Sure, this rundown union municipality in Scotland is now going to receive 24 million pounds to help it convert to a smart city of the future. But this is actually a marriage of union socialism and technocratic fas ...
Nationalize Banking? Or Apologize for the Suggestion …
January 28, 2013
Leo Panitch has the idea that because "private banking" is not working very well, banks ought to be turned into purely public facilities. Say what? In our humble view, this is akin to the neo-Nazi idea of late that has to do with nationalizing central banking i ...
Once More Immigration Reform on the US Federal Agenda, Like a Bad Penny
January 28, 2013
When US President Bush tried to grant illegal immigrants amnesty under a proposal he clumsily launched at the end of his second term, the reaction was quick and vitriolic. It was a final cack-fisted gambit launched by one of the most authoritarian of all modern ...
Chinese Justice – Or Orwell Circa 2013?
January 28, 2013
Actually, the excerpt leading off this article is not from 1984 but from China's international mouthpiece publication, China Daily. But it might just as well be from 1984. The intent fits right in with the agenda of Orwell's fictional totalitarian society. The ...
Are Those Who Believe in Conspiracies Undermining the Fabric of Democracy?
January 25, 2013
Wow. Memes are flying like a cloud of malicious monkeys over the Wicked Witch's western castle. Every time we look up we're assaulted. We can hardly catch our collective breath. And then there is this from the Vancouver Sun ... Exposure to pro-conspiracy materi ...
Peak Oil Bites the Dust
January 25, 2013
For years, so many years, we've launched article after article pointing out the insanity of beliefs in elite "scarcity memes." And Peak Oil has been one of the most stubborn and longest-lasting. We've argued that the market itself (the Invisible Hand) would fin ...
Muslim Brotherhood: Another Meme Unraveled
January 25, 2013
How long can the US and NATO keep lying about the Middle East and Northern Africa before the lies become untenable and the ones propounding the lies do irreparable damage to the credibility of the organizations they support? The larger question to ask is whethe ...
UN Attacks Small Gold Miners With New Mercury Treaty – Higher Prices Seen
January 24, 2013
In a little-noticed convention (see above), the United Nations is once again making it harder for poor people to earn a living. In this case it is the small gold miners that use mercury to help them sift for gold. While the UN provides the requisite disclaimers ...
Hillary's Meme Falls Apart
January 24, 2013
Hillary Clinton testified before the US Congress yesterday and suggested, as Bill Clinton used to do, that legislators just "move on." Ms. Clinton's urgency in this regard may not only be because she wants to remove the focus of the investigation from how an Am ...
Elite Depression at Davos
January 23, 2013
Interesting to read about the mood at Davos, which is yet another confab of mostly lower elites and Hollywood "stars." Lower elites go to such confabs to divine just what dominant social themes are in fashion at the moment. The idea is to promote those themes c ...
Should the Japanese Hurry Up and Die?
January 22, 2013
As pointed out by our Beijing columnist in a recent article, Japan is a curious amalgamation of features and a kind of bifurcated culture. There is the exquisite genius of Japanese art ... and then there is the brutality of Japanese industry, economics and poli ...
Was the West Involved in the Algeria Attack … and How?
January 22, 2013
The spectacular, tragic and bloody hostage-taking in Algeria that has now failed at the cost of almost all the lives of the involved hostages is widely being reported as organized by "veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar." And according to newspapers like the Gu ...
Root For Wall Street to Go to Jail
January 22, 2013
PBS executives apparently want people to go to jail. Or some people anyway. Wall Street people. But here are some people they seem to be leaving out. They don't seem to want company execs of failing "green" companies that have borrowed hundreds of millions from ...
They Hate Us for Our Freedom
January 22, 2013
List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen Compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports. – Droneswatch.org Dominant Social Theme: "Crack some eggs to make an omelet." Free-Market Analysis: ... OK, that's the list. What is t ...
Elites Now Building Professional European Army
January 21, 2013
Across Europe we learn conscription is a dead letter as 17 European countries have "abolished or suspended" it. Now Switzerland is considering it (once again), too. The standard libertarian approach to conscription is that it is a kind of state-mandated slavery ...
North Africa Explodes? DB Readers Get News Two Years Before It Happens
January 21, 2013
The Financial Times (excerpt above) is reporting that the West "faces decades of conflict in N. Africa." The world's biggest news aggregator, Matt Drudge, is featuring the news on his front page. No doubt it's being promoted throughout the mainstream media as i ...
Study Finds Flu Vaccine Is Often Ineffective, as Reported
January 21, 2013
We missed this study in The Lancet when it came out more than a year ago but it is certainly worth commenting on. Even the public summary itself is a damning indictment of the various flu vaccines currently being promoted by Big Pharma. The summary of this stud ...
Professor Misstates Glass Steagall History?
January 18, 2013
Barry Eichengreen is a professor of economics and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. So why does he, in our view, misrepresent the history of the financial industry ...
Sic Transit Bill Gates?
January 18, 2013
This caught our beady eye because we can never figure what Bill Gates is up to, and he is certainly a man to follow. Or at least, he was. But after announcing he was going to keep his fortune intact until he died, he changed and decided he was going to give muc ...
Boycott the UN's World Water Day
January 17, 2013
With the UN's World Water Day fast approaching on March 22, we wanted to take the opportunity to urge people not to attend and not to participate. What is not particularly clear about UN efforts because they are so massive and so obfuscated is that the entire w ...
Media Mogul Stewart Calls NRA a False-Flag Operation – Is It?
January 17, 2013
We've written about the NRA numerous times now and usually not with any great enthusiasm. Bluntly, we believe the NRA is perhaps an organization controlled surreptitiously at the very top by a globalist power elite that wants to build world government and needs ...
Bernanke: The Power of State-Run Capitalism Has Lifted the BRICs Out of Poverty
January 16, 2013
The meme to end all memes! We've been waiting for this article for, well ... forever! So ... thanks, Ben Bernanke. We notice you traveled all the way to India to give your speech. Afraid it wouldn't be so well received at home? That's not surprising considering ...
The Deification of Draghi
January 15, 2013
The meme of the regnant technocrat has never been more powerful, it seems. The powers-that-be that utilize these technocrats for their own purposes are clever, indeed. It is hard to dislike a technocrat like the aged and cautious Mario Monti who just resigned a ...
Savage Attacks: Flu Debunkery Hits the Conservative Mainstream
January 15, 2013
Michael Savage has come out in opposition to flu jabs. His audience of some 10 million listeners is now at least partially aware that the king of conservative shock jocks has serious questions about the flu vaccine. The popular alternative news site World Net D ...
Crackerjack Global Analysis or Analysis on Crack?
January 14, 2013
This is one of the stranger articles we've read in a while, and it is published in TNT Magazine, which is one of the first-ever "expatriate" magazines for readers in such countries as Australia and South Africa. The gentleman providing the financial analysis "e ...
Shock: NYTimes Shuts Environmental Desk – Global Warming Meme Going Extinct?
January 14, 2013
The irascible and brilliant James Delingpole has just posted an article over at the UK Telegraph announcing the closure of the New York Times's environmental desk. Big news, indeed ... It is an article that lampoons its subject even while declaring victory. Del ...
Journo Walks Around the World While Promoting Elite Memes
January 14, 2013
We wish Paul Salopek well. This is a great opportunity to write and stay physically fit at the same time. National Geographic is going to spend a lot of money sponsoring him as he walks around the world. Salopek is an award-winning journalist and we can expect, ...
Now Greece Bans Cash – Again
January 11, 2013
Greece is going to ban most cash transactions. As of last year, cash transactions over 1500 euros were banned. This moves the ban down by 1,000 euros. But from what we've read, the average Greek's transactions are already recorded in numerous ways so it is poss ...
New Government Being Planned for Syria
January 11, 2013
Is the current Syrian administration doomed? There are or were YouTube videos of UN vehicles carrying armed "rebels" into Syria to fight against the government. These were said to be the same "al Qaeda" fighters that had added to forces overthrowing Syria's Mu ...
Future of Gun Control? DOC List of Unapproved Guns
January 11, 2013
The District of Columbia (DOC) has an enormous listing of guns that are not legal according to statute. Some other states have such listings as well, though perhaps not in such detail. Is this, then, the future of US weapons? Continued complexity and further ba ...
Does Startling Der Spiegel Article Indicate the End of the Euro Crisis?
January 10, 2013
We are suspicious of this sudden discovery that the European crisis has lessened. Der Spiegel, an elite mouthpiece if there ever was one, is virtually announcing it. But here is what inquiring minds want to know: Is the article accurate? And why would Der Spieg ...
Now the West Is Worried About Syrian Uranium! Must Invade?
January 10, 2013
With gun control becoming an explosive controversy in the US, it is interesting to note accusations now being leveled at Syria regarding its possession of uranium. This is likely part of the demonization of weapons generally that are not in the control of "resp ...
Rothschild on Regulation
January 09, 2013
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is making points about one of his favorite topics in this just-released series of remarks. That topic is financial regulation. Evelyn de Rothschild – surely one of the more powerful men in the world – is focused on financial regulat ...
Gold and Silver Registration in Illinois
January 09, 2013
Thanks to economist Gary North for this one. The bill, Illinois SB3341, passed the state senate in the spring and was handed off to the house this fall. With three amendments introduced in the house, it now sits in committee (see ilga.gov for progress). But we' ...
Reuters: Turn to Government for Successful Societies?
January 08, 2013
Chrystia Freeland is one of those Reuters commentators who apparently believe that the best way to implement free-market capitalism is to use government to support it. As government is force and free-markets are voluntary, this becomes a questionable propositio ...
Now UN Blames Lord's Resistance Army for Elephant Poaching
January 08, 2013
Of course, we're being sarcastic. We're expanding on a previous topic here that mentioned our doubts (along with those expressed by much of the rest of the alternative media) about the Lord's Resistance Army and why it needed to be "hunted." In a previous artic ...
Barter and Alternative Currencies Growing in Greece
January 07, 2013
This article posted by the UK Telegraph deals with the emergence of alternative money in a stressed Greek society. What's an alternative dominant social theme? That people will take action, however ineffective, when they have no other options. A subdominant soc ...
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