DARPA Developing Satellite-Free GPS-Replacement Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing an alternative for global positioning systems the military hopes to use as a means of weaning soldiers from any need for dependence on a systemic array of satellites and signaling networks.

Citing concerns that enemy technology can scramble GPS signals, confuse American equipment and strand men in the field, DARPA and researchers at the University of Michigan are working on autonomous locating devices that could be carried individually — residing on tiny chips that use accelerometers and gyroscopes to pinpoint a person’s position and direction of travel.

“DARPA envisages using this technology to replace GPS in some contexts, especially in small-caliber ammunition or for monitoring people,” observes France24.

Bill Clinton Officially Joins Twitter

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) —  Former President Bill Clinton has joined Twitter with the handle @billclinton and already has more than 200,000 followers.

Clinton, who made his first Twitter post on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” when host Stephen Colbert opened up an account for him under the name @prezbillyjeff, joined Twitter officially with the user name @billclinton, Politico reported Thursday.

“Excited to join @ChelseaClinton and my good friend @StephenAtHome on Twitter,” Clinton posted in his first official tweet.

Colbert responded to the 42nd president’s new Twitter account.

“I taught @billclinton to tweet! This is almost as exciting as the time I taught Cheney ‘Dance Dance Revolution,'” he posted.

Jeb’s Mom Says She Doesn’t Want Him To Run For President

DALLAS, (UPI) —  The mother of a past U.S. president and wife of another said Thursday in Dallas she doesn’t want to be the mother of a second president.

Barbara Bush, the mother of former President George W. Bush and wife of former President George H.W. Bush, says she doesn’t want her son Jeb to run for the presidency, CNN reported.

“He’s by far the best qualified man, but no. I really don’t,” she said when asked if the former Florida governor should make a run for the presidency.

“There are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever,” she added. “There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Her comments on NBC’s “Today” show were made from Dallas, where several generations of Bushes had gathered for the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential center.

Jeb’s presidential sibling says he wants his brother to run.

“Well, big Jeb, you know, he’s got a decision to make,” Bush said in an interview aired Wednesday. “And if I could make it for him, it’d be ‘run,’ but I can’t.”

Jeb Bush hasn’t ruled out the possibility. He said last month, “I’m not going to think about it for 2013.”

Hip-Hop Artist Rev. Run: Get Screened For Diabetes

DETROIT, (UPI) —  East Coast hip-hop artist Rev. Run of the group Run-D.M.C. says it’s critical for Americans to be screened for diabetes because knowledge is power.

“If you don’t get screened, you don’t know. What you don’t know, you cannot fix,” he told The Detroit News before appearing at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple church Sunday as part of a nationwide tour sponsored by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, which makes diabetes care equipment and medicines.

Run, whose real name is Joseph Ward Simmons, began using the Rev. Run stage name after he was ordained a Pentecostal minister.

“We truly believe prevention is the best prescription,” Giesha Stevens, executive director of Greater Grace Temple’s outreach arm, told the newspaper.

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases involving high blood sugar, either because the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or because cells don’t respond to the insulin that’s produced.

The Institute for Alternative Futures non-profit research organization in Alexandria, Va., projected the growing prevalence and rising cost of diabetes in the United States from 2010 through 2025.

A breakdown from the group can be found at altfutures.com/diabetes2025.

In Michigan, the prevalence is expected to rise 42 percent by 2025 from 2010, with the medical and indirect societal cost projected to rise to $16 billion from $10.6 billion in 2010, the study indicated.

This has implications for cities such as Detroit with large numbers of African Americans, the newspaper said.

African Americans are nearly twice as likely as whites to develop the condition than whites, the American Diabetes Association says.

The risk for everyone generally rises once they turn 45.

Those factors, along with his father having diabetes, pushed Simmons, a Novo Nordisk “ambassador,” to speak out, he told the News.

“I was one of those people … afraid to get the screening,” he said. “Then what touched me most was when I started thinking about my kids, my wife.”

Neil Diamond To Donate ‘Sweet Caroline’ Royalties

BOSTON, (UPI) —  Neil Diamond says he will donate the royalties from this week’s soaring sales of his song “Sweet Caroline” to a Boston Marathon bombing victims fund.

“Donating these royalties to #OneFund! RT “@Nielsen_Ent: ‘Sweet Caroline’ sales up by 597 percent, selling 19K after Boston bombings,” the 72-year-old singer-songwriter said on Twitter.

The soft-rock hit, released as a single June 28, 1969, has been played at Boston Red Sox baseball games as an eighth-inning staple since 2002 and became an unofficial Boston anthem after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured 264 others.

The nearly 19,000 downloads of “Sweet Caroline” this week is up from 2,800 the week before, Nielsen SoundScan reported.

The fund for the bombing victims, The One Fund Boston, raised nearly $24 million as of Thursday, a United Press International check indicated.

“Sweet Caroline,” which doesn’t mention Boston or the Red Sox, was inspired by an “innocent, wonderful” photo of President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, Diamond told the British newspaper The Guardian in 2007.

Caroline Kennedy was 11 years old when he wrote the song. He sang it at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007.

Diamond was at Boston’s Fenway Park Saturday to lead fans in a rousing sing-along rendition of the tune during the team’s first home stand since the attacks.

The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Raptors and other sports teams also played “Sweet Caroline” at games following the bombings.

The singer, who has sold more than 125 million records worldwide, told Rolling Stone magazine last week he was working on a new song inspired in part by the Boston tragedy.

“I’m writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I’m writing about it just to express myself,” he said.

The song, which he told the magazine was still untitled, will cover more than just the Boston events. It will also include the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

“It’s like an infestation, and I’m writing about the general situation, not just about this bombing in Boston, but what we’re going through with all of these tragedies — shootings and so on and so forth,” Diamond said.

Firefighters’ Lawsuit Alleges Hearing Damage From Sirens

PITTSBURGH, (UPI) —  A lawsuit filed by four Pittsburgh firefighters alleges they suffered permanent hearing loss due to the volume of truck sirens.

Ralph Bilski, Jeremiah Dengler and Roger Maher III, who have been Pittsburgh firefighters since at least 1981, and Mark Godlewski, who joined the department in 2000, filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers alleging the sirens caused irreversible hearing damage, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday.

The lawsuit names American Lafrance, E-One Inc., Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp., Mack Trucks Inc., Pierce Manufacturing Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus and Federal Signal Corp. as defendants.

The firefighters allege the department’s trucks lacked sufficient insulation to protect their hearing and the manufacturers of the sirens and the trucks failed to provide warnings about potential hearing damage.

The city of Pittsburgh isn’t named in the lawsuit.

Alexandria, Virginia, Dubbed Most Well-Read City By Amazon.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va.,  (UPI) —  Online store Amazon.com said Alexandria, Va., topped its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America.

The website said its third annual list, compiled using sales of both print and Kindle editions of all books, magazines and newspapers per capita in cities with a population of more than 100,000 since June 1, 2012, was topped by Alexandria, followed by Knoxville, Tenn.; Miami; Cambridge, Mass.; and Orlando, Fla.

The Top 10 was rounded out by Ann Arbor, Mich.; Berkeley, Calif.; Cincinnati; Columbia, S.C.; and Pittsburgh.

“The results of our annual Most Well-Read Cities list is proof that people across the country are reading, and also that we’re still seeing the popularity of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,'” said Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle. “It’s fun for us to see facts like the citizens of Cambridge are buying the most books in the business category or that one of our favorite novels of 2012, ‘Gone Girl,’ is the best-selling book in the Most Well-Read City, Alexandria.”

George W. Bush Dedicates Library With Faith In Future Of Country

DALLAS, (UPI) —  Five current and past U.S. presidents spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library that Bush dedicated with faith in the country’s future.

“The purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambitions; elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves,” Bush told an audience that included U.S. and foreign dignitaries, family and friends.

The dedication of the 13th presidential library took place under sunny skies Thursday on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas.

“In the end, leaders are defined by convictions they hold. My deepest conviction … is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom,” he said. “I believe freedom is a gift from God and the hope of every human heart.”

“I dedicate this library with unshakable faith in future of this country,” Bush said.

His voice quivering, Bush said he had “the honor of a lifetime to lead a country as brave and as noble as the United States. Whatever challenges come before us, I will always believe our nation’s best days lie ahead. God bless.”

Bush thanked his “fellow members of the former presidents club” and for the examples they set.

He singled out his father, President George H.W. Bush, beset by illness in recent months and who attended the ceremony in a wheelchair.

“Bush 41, it is awesome that you are here today,” the son told the father and giving his presidential number.

President Obama spoke of how Bush left a letter that demonstrated his “compassion and generosity.”

In the letter, Bush said he knew that Obama “would come to learn what he had learned — that being president, above all, is a humbling job.”

Recalling former President Bill Clinton’s remarks about Bush, Obama said, “To know the man is to like the man because he’s comfortable in his own skin. … He takes his job seriously but he doesn’t take himself seriously. He is a good man.”

Obama, Clinton and President Jimmy Carter all praised Bush’s efforts in immigration, providing financial and humanitarian assistance to African countries and other issues.

“I like President Bush. He’s disarmingly direct,” Clinton said of his successor, with whom he worked in Haiti following an earthquake in January 2011, and which George H.W. Bush on several humanitarian projects.

“Each library is about our nation and the world during our time” in office, former first lady Laura Bush said. “Here we remember the heartbreak and heroism of Sept. 11. We remember volunteers of all ages who came to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina …”

The library will be open to the public next Wednesday.

It includes girders from the World Trade Center towers felled on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the bullhorn Bush used to speak to first responders at Ground Zero.

Museum Director Alan Lowe told C-SPAN the library holds more than 70 million pages of paper records from Bush’s administration, more than 80 terabytes, including 200,000 email messages, and 42,000 artifacts, as well as a range of audio/video artifacts.

The Bush library is the largest and most expensive presidential library, NBC News said. The library has 226,560 square feet and carries a price tag of $250 million. It was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the dean of architecture at Yale University, Bush’s alma mater.

Justice Department Employees No Longer Facing Furloughs

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  U.S. Justice Department employees will not face furloughs this fiscal year, escaping the fate of other government employees, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

About 116,000 Justice Department employees received notice Wednesday from the attorney general that they would not be forced to take up to 22 unpaid days that they were previously warned about, The Washington Post reported.

Holder said that the Justice Department took “aggressive steps” to cut costs since the budget cuts known as sequestration took effect, allowing him to avoid furloughs for the department.

“This action means that thousands of critical FBI and ATF agents, deputy U.S. marshals, prosecutors and other department employees will remain on the job protecting national security, fighting violent crime and enforcing our laws,” Holder wrote.

However, Holder told the employees that if sequestration continues into the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, “furloughs are a distinct possibility.”

Only One Gun Recovered So Far In Boston Marathon Bombings Probe

BOSTON,  (UPI) —  Only one gun — a semiautomatic handgun — has been recovered from the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, police told ABC News.

The gun, presumably used by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was recovered at the shootout scene in Watertown, Mass., and is in the custody of the Massachusetts State Police, ABC News reported Thursday.

No guns were recovered from the boat where his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured Friday after an intense manhunt. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed earlier Friday in a shootout with police.

Law enforcement sources said the recovered gun was a Ruger 9mm semiautomatic handgun and the serial number had been obliterated.

The apparent lack of firearms led some officials to theorize the brothers’ fatal attack on Sean Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, was an attempt to arm themselves, officials said.

The FBI released photos of the men they believed planted the two bombs near the finish line of the April 15 Boston Marathon in which three people were killed and more than 270 people were injured.

Recent figures indicate 34 people were still hospitalized, one in critical condition, ABC News said.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently began collecting materials for the explosives at least two months ago when he was spotted at a New Hampshire fireworks store. Store personnel told the FBI $400 worth of fireworks were sold to him in February.

U.S. officials also said the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service contacted the CIA and the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The older Tsarnaev brother “had changed drastically since 2010″ and was preparing to travel to a part of Russia “to join unspecified underground groups,” said a one-page request from the intelligence service, cited by The New York Times, that was sent to the FBI in March 2011 and to the CIA in September 2011.

U.S. authorities told Russian intelligence they had no suspicious information about the man but they put Tamerlan Tsarnaev on two government watch lists late that year that were supposed to alert authorities if he traveled overseas.

One of the databases, the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, contains about 700,000 names and is the source for information for other government watch lists — including the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database and the Transportation Security Administration’s “no fly” list.

When Tamerlan Tsarnaev left the United States Jan. 12, 2012, for a six-month trip to Dagestan and Chechnya — predominantly Muslim republics in Russia’s North Caucasus region — his flight reservation tripped a security alert to customs authorities, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Tuesday.

It evidently did not set off a TIDE alert because the spelling variants of his name and the birth dates entered into the system — variants Russia included in its warnings — were different enough from the correct information to bypass an alert, a U.S. official told the Times.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been the subject of a massive manhunt all day Friday and was cornered just before nightfall, hiding in a boat in the driveway of a house in Watertown.

“They probably didn’t know whether he had a gun,” one law enforcement official told The Washington Post. “Hours earlier, he and his brother had killed a police officer, shot another officer and thrown explosives out of their cars as the police were chasing them. They couldn’t assume that he did not have a gun and more explosives.”

Texas Plant Blast Damage Estimated At $100 Million

WEST, Texas,  (UPI) —  The death toll has risen to 15 and the estimate of damage from a Texas fertilizer plant explosion blast has risen to $100 million, authorities said.

At least 200 people were injured in the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. facility in West, Texas, 20 miles north of Waco and 70 miles south of Dallas.

The number of homes destroyed has climbed to 140, Insurance Council of Texas spokesman Mark Hanna said.

“The insured losses should reach $100 million as soon adjusters are allowed to inspect all of the structures and vehicles that were damaged,” Hanna said.

“As far as I can tell, every policyholder in West has been contacted by their insurance company and help has been offered,” he said.

The council added that the number of those who are uninsured and seeking assistance was high.

President Barack Obama, who will travel to West, Texas, Thursday for a memorial service for the dead and injured, ordered flags at public buildings flown at half-staff for the day.

First lady Michelle Obama planned to attend the service at Baylor University in Waco.

The president was to deliver remarks around 2:15 p.m. CDT, the White House said Wednesday night.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the explosion and the FBI has said it has no indication of criminal activity.

The 7:51 p.m. blast occurred two days before the anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, an attack set off by explosives made from fertilizer that killed 168 people.

It happened two days after the Boston Marathon twin bombings that killed three people and injured 282 others.

The fertilizer plant in the town of West, population 2,700, exploded as volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders were arriving in response to a fire at the storage and distribution facility.

Most of the 10 first responders killed were found near a 90-foot-wide crater created by a blast so powerful the U.S. Geological Survey registered it as a magnitude-2.1 earthquake.

At least two lawsuits have been filed against West Fertilizer owner-operator Adair Grain Inc.

Adair owner Donald Adair said in a statement Tuesday his company was “working closely” with investigators “and will assist in the fact finding to whatever degree possible.”

He said his company would “do everything we can to understand what happened to ensure nothing like this ever happens again in any community.” He said he would limit his comments in the coming weeks “out of respect for the investigative process.”

Store Pulls Pressure Cookers, Weiner Comes Clean, ‘We’ve Had Enough Bushes,’ Celebs Consume Poverty Lifestyle, Taxing The Flu: Thursday Morning News Roundup 4-25-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • The Williams-Sonoma chain of upscale kitchen stores has decided to temporarily remove pressure cookers from its Massachusetts stores. Insensitive Crate & Barrel, meanwhile, is still selling them. And, at last check, evil gas stations were still selling explosive gasoline.

 

  • Disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, who’s trying to make a political comeback in a bid for the New York City mayor’s office, admitted Wednesday there may be more embarrassing photos of himself floating around besides the 2011 ones he tweeted that led him to resign from office.

 

  • Amid talk that son Jeb may be considering a run at the Presidency in 2016, former first lady Barbara Bush doesn’t sound enthused about the next generation of Bushes entering national politics. “He’s by far the most qualified man, but no,” Babs told the “Today” show. “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

 

  • Ben Affleck and other celebrities are attempting to raise awareness for worldwide hunger by pledging to live for $1.50 per day as part of the Global Poverty Project’s “Live Below The Line” campaign. For people who feel guilty about being wealthy, choosing a week of austerity stems from the same consumerist impulse as buying a new Jaguar.

 

  • Congress is set to impose a 75 cent per-shot tax on flu vaccines administered in the United States, in anticipation of raising more than $100 million to fund a “no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims.” The fund itself has been around since 1988, and has paid out $2.5 billion. Its current balance without the tax? $3.5 billion.

 

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U.S. Gives Preferential Treatment to Saudi Travelers As Number Of Post-9/11 Immigrants Surges

Amid an ongoing debate over the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill and its hasty omission of national security measures and only three weeks after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted “trusted traveler” status to Saudi Arabia, CNS News has published a report revealing the number of Saudi students living in the United States has increased fivefold since Sept. 11, 2001.

Whether you’re a 9/11 truther or a believer in the official line that 15 of the 19 men who plotted and carried out the attacks were from Saudi Arabia (and may have had help from some pretty high places) doesn’t matter: The comparatively light scrutiny Saudi nationals receive when attempting to enter the U.S. is cause for concern.

According to the report, there were 5,579 Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. colleges at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. Last year, there were 34,139.

The Presidential infatuation with Saudi Arabia transcends political parties; George W. Bush was slammed post-9/11 for targeting Iraq while holding out on any sort of condemnation of Saudi extremism. Bush was President for most of the period between 2001 and 2012, and much of the influx happened under his watch. But the Saudi number has taken off under Barack Obama; it jumped from 22,704 to 34,139 — a 50.4 percent increase — last year alone.

Glenn Beck has been making a lot of noise since last week’s Boston Marathon attacks about a Saudi national who initially received some scrutiny from the FBI and DHS as a possible suspect. The student, Ali Al-Harbi, came to the United States via Boston, ostensibly to enroll at an Ohio university that has no record of his attendance.

Beck maintains that Al-Harbi went from primary suspect marked on DHS’ ‘No-fly” list to witness to free man to victim in a matter of hours because of an Obama Administration cover-up, one that presumably hides inscrutable arrangements between the White House and the Saudi government.

States Get Crafty In Effort To Ease Cost Of Obamacare

Lawmakers in Washington State have devised a way to bail State government out of massive new costs related to funding Obamacare mandates, by rearranging part-time public worker classifications so that more employees become eligible for coverage under a Federal exchange program — where they’ll be covered by Federal, instead of State, dollars.

In order to do that, a lot of part-time workers will have to give up their present coverage, choosing instead from among private plans set up under an exchange program run by the State. How will that save the State money? Because health exchanges, a key feature of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are eligible for Federal subsidy.

For States like Washington that have signed on to Obamacare, it’s a futile attempt at exerting some measure of sovereignty in implementing an unfunded — or grossly underfunded — Federal mandate.

The more States realize how big a chunk Obamacare will take from their annual budgets, the more they’ll seek ways to displace that burden by “qualifying” more covered individuals for insurance coverage that the Federal government, under the new law, must pay for.

But doing so debases insurance coverage and drives up premiums, as more people who previously went without coverage join the ranks of the insured. And in order for Obamacare States to keep up with the jump in enrollees and the accompanying jump in State costs, they will have to agree to more subsidizing by the Feds — subsidizing that comes across only if the States agree to all the terms.

It’s a vicious cycle. The Federal government can continue to justify an expansion of sovereign powers over the States as long as it regulates them into an untenable position of either accepting Federal subsidies, per the terms of the Act, or opting out altogether and watching their annual public revenues disappear under the crushing weight of Medicaid.

Washington State’s proposal isn’t the only example of a State government innovating ways  to put the costs of Obamacare back on Washington, D.C. Because the Obamacare plan stipulates that anyone who works more than 30 hours a week is a “full time” employee for coverage purposes, States like Virginia already have slashed wage-grade public employees’ hours in order to put them in the group eligible for Federal subsidy.

Credit Card Thieves Have Built A Sophisticated Criminal Marketplace Online

It is no secret that in this age of Internet-everything identity theft is a growing problem. And new research shows that online credit card thieves are among the most well-organized criminals in cyberspace.

Michigan State University criminologist Thomas Holt took a look into the underground world of credit card theft, discovering that the crooks involved have built a sophisticated online marketplace similar to a black market version of eBay or Amazon. By getting together online with other criminals, the thieves are able to sell data and money laundering services, often on Web forums, and send and receive payments electronically or through a third party.

“These aren’t just 15-year-olds stealing credit card info online and using it to buy pornography,” said Holt, associate professor of criminal justice. “These are thieves who come to trust one another. There’s a layer of sophistication here that can’t be understated, that’s very different than what we think about with other forms of crime.”

The thieves begin by stealing credit card information either by hacking into the database of a bank, retailer or service provider, or by sending fraudulent emails with official-looking logos to individuals in an attempt to “phish” for sensitive details such as usernames and passwords. The information can also be stolen in the physical world by attaching a hard-to-spot device on an ATM or by co-opting people who work in sales to swipe the card details with electronic devices.

Then, many thieves opt to sell the card information online to avoid using the stolen card and creating a paper trial. Holt said that stolen information for a Visa Classic card, for instance, will routinely sell online for between $5 and $20.

According to Holt, the card buyers are then able to turn around and find a trove of criminal services online, which — for a fee — help them use the cards for purchases or cash withdrawals without being tracked down by authorities.

The criminologist said that the Internet-based marketplace allows the criminals to take a very Democratic approach to building a vast organized crime network, unlike traditional criminal organizations that have relied on hierarchical structure.

How 18 Financial Superstars Plan To Thrive In Obama’s Terrible Economy

 

Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. My new book, The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide, was just released last week. I’m proud to report that, as of this moment, it is the No. 1 finance best-seller in the world at Amazon. It is also the No. 1 economics best-seller. It is also the No. 1 conservative or liberal political best-seller. Last week, it ranked the No. 21 best-seller of all 3 million books sold at Amazon.

Timing is everything in life. Americans are scared to death and searching for hope. They know the economy is bad and getting worse. They know there are no jobs. They know there is no recovery. They know they are being fed a pack of lies by President Barack Obama and the mainstream media that adores him. They know at this moment our economic survival is in question.

It is clear that Obama’s policies will, at best, make things worse over the next four years. At worst, they will collapse the economy. After all, they are the exact same policies that have led to the collapse of the EU economy happening now before our very eyes. Europe is in a Great Depression, maybe the greatest of all time. And the EU is America’s No. 1 trading partner. Its crisis will become our crisis. Its collapse will deepen our collapse.

But there is good news amid this terrible economic crisis. Did you know that there were more self-made millionaires created during the Great Depression than in any other period in history? While the vast majority of citizens were crushed (and that’s a tragedy), a select smart few Americans made fortunes. That’s because crisis, decline and collapse often create great opportunity for those with vision, courage and a unique understanding of the situation. So how can you capitalize on this same scenario today?

Much like the first Great Depression, we are about to experience “the greatest wealth transfer in world history.” You’ll need to get on the right side. You’ll need a detailed plan that will empower you to do better, even as the economy gets worse.

The first thing going in our favor is that Obama is so predictable. He’s going to do what he’s always done: more big-government spending and massive cradle-to-grave entitlements. That much is clear.
 Despite the President’s reckless policies and insane levels of spending and debt, your path to success is to create your own “Booming Personal Economy” in the midst of economic collapse. To write my new book,The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide, I turned to 18 of the smartest and richest superstars of business and finance for help. Almost all are worth $100 million or more. A couple are billionaires. Several manage a billion-dollar hedge fund. I was honored they agreed to give my readers their valuable advice and game plan for the next four years. They were actually excited to contribute.

Let me give you a small taste of what they told me.

First, let me demonstrate something: If you had invested $1 million in 1913 in the U.S. dollar (kept your money in the bank or put it under the mattress), your assets today would be worth about $40,000. But if you had instead invested in gold, your assets would be worth $87 million. These are facts.

Our reckless and spendthrift politicians and inept government have let it happened again and again. In 1971, if you had invested the same $1 million in the dollar, today it would be worth $200,000. If you had chosen gold instead, you’d have about $47 million. How about the year 2000? Today, your $1 million investment in the dollar would be worth $663,000. If you chose gold, it’s worth about $5.7 million.

The smartest bankers in the world concur. In 2012, central bankers of the world’s industrialized nations bought more gold to protect their countries than in all the years since 1964 combined. They know what my 18 business superstars know: Very bad times are coming. If you don’t invest in precious metals to protect your assets, you are playing Russian roulette with your family’s future.

And now it’s the perfect time to buy. Gold and silver had a large decline last week. Count your blessings. You can now buy at a big discount. The masses are (as usual) headed for disaster, panicking and selling gold at its lowest point in years and crowding (like a herd of cattle) into stocks, bonds and the U.S. dollar at their highest points. History suggests this will not end well. My 18 millionaire and billionaire friends are using this drop in price to buy gold with both fists.

Evidently, some very smart people agree; because in response to that one day crash of gold, we saw record-setting gold sales. In Asia, it was described as the biggest gold-buying spree in 50 years. In Europe, there is a three- to four-week wait to get the physical gold you bought last week, because gold dealers can’t keep up with the demand. And one of smartest and richest billionaire investors on Wall Street announced just days ago that he believes economic disaster is coming and that the only possible way to protect yourself is gold.

But my 18 millionaires and billionaires had lots of priceless advice beyond buying gold. These superstars of business and finance also agree that you should:

  • Move to a no-tax State like Texas, Nevada or Florida. Over the course of a typical 40-year working life, you can save an extra $1 million for your retirement without actually earning $1 more or working any harder. You save the extra money simply because you keep more of what you earned.
  • Invest in oil and energy stocks. Instead of complaining about the price of gas and home heating oil, you can instead prosper from it. When the price of a barrel of oil goes up, you’ll cheer instead of curse, because you own it.
  • Invest in farmland and agriculture stocks. Instead of complaining about the dramatic rise in the price of food, prosper from it. Every time you go to the supermarket and the prices of meat, milk and lettuce are up, you’ll cheer instead of complain, because you own it.
  • Invest in medical real estate and medical stocks. Obamacare is the biggest boondoggle in history. But like it or not, it’s here to stay. Instead of complaining about the trillions of dollars the government will waste on Obamacare and the 40 million new patients we’re paying for (including illegal immigrants), prosper from it. Buy stock in health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, medical real estate investment trusts. Every time the government spends $50 on a $1 procedure, you’ll cheer because you own it.
  • Invest in foreign stocks, bonds and real estate. You already have a home, a career and a pension fund invested in America. It’s time to diversify. Obama was right about one thing: You must “spread your wealth around” — to countries that have lower taxes, more opportunity, better demographics and a brighter future than America under Obama. My millionaires and billionaires are investing in China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, to name a few. The future is brighter than America in those countries. The people in those countries are hungry, driven and ambitious — the way Americans used to be. You need to invest in their success.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and you’ll need a very sturdy lifeboat to weather this storm. When it comes to Obama, first get mad; then get even. This is how you do it. With an 18-point plan called Y-PODS: “Your Personal Obama Defense Shield.”

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A Double Deathblow To The 4th Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Amendment 4 to the U.S. Constitution

For years, the 4th Amendment has been whittled away. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and subsequent amendments to it — including the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008; the USA Patriot Act; National Security Agency spying; the National Defense Authorization Act; and new technology that allows government snoops to peer inside your homes, cars and beneath your clothes — have all chipped away at its very foundation.

But this week, the 4th Amendment, thought so important by the Founding Fathers who had experienced the tyranny of warrantless searches and seizures by British soldiers, suffered a double deathblow. The first came on Friday in Boston, as police ordered hundreds of innocent homeowners from their homes at gunpoint and conducted warrantless, illegal searches of their homes in a hunt for a teenage bombing suspect who had killed three people. And it came in Congress on Tuesday as the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which allows the government to access online data.

Police actions in Boston set an unnerving precedent that harkens back to Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. CISPA essentially “legalizes” what the government has been doing from some time through FISA and the Patriot Act.

From the United States Holocaust Museum website:

The Nazi state in fact alleviated many of the frustrations the police experienced in the Weimar Republic. The Nazis shielded the police from public criticism by censoring the press… The Nazis centralized and fully funded the police to better combat criminal gangs and promote state security. The Nazi state increased staff and training, and modernized police equipment. The Nazis offered the police the broadest latitude in arrests, incarceration, and the treatment of prisoners. The police moved to take “preventive action,” that is, to make arrests without the evidence required for a conviction in court and indeed without court supervision at all… Crime did indeed go down and the operation of criminal gangs ended. Order was restored. But there was a price… The Nazis took control and transformed the traditional police forces of the Weimar Republic into an instrument of state repression and, eventually, of genocide.

Once a precedent is established de facto, it is only a matter of time until it is established de jure. It will take time. But the criminal elected class and their partners in crime believe they have all the time they need and many incidents of “terror” on the horizon to help create the false notion that one more liberty-stealing law will make us that much safer.

Dangerous, Illegal And Common

If Stephen King, Dean Koontz and William Peter Blatty were locked in a room with a laptop, the collected works of Edgar Allen Poe and a truckload of Bogota, Colombia’s finest nose candy, I’m not sure they could come up with something quite as horrifying as a regular business day at the abortion clinic and house of horrors run by accused murderer Kermit Gosnell. And if three titans of terror did manage to produce a tale as twisted as any Tuesday at the Women’s Medical Society of Philadelphia, I doubt I would let them out afterward.

Yet I’m left wondering how this real-life slasher film could even have unfolded. After all, the Democrats and their anti-life allies have been insisting for decades that rendering abortion “safe, legal and rare” would eliminate just this sort of thing. No more untrained and possibly deranged pseudo-doctors committing unspeakable acts in back alleys. No more of those crude coat-hanger abortions they claimed ran rampant before Roe took out Wade.

How then to explain the litany of abuses that trail “Dr.” Gosnell throughout his decades-long career in the sub-basement of modern medicine’s worst tenement? In an age during which not only do the anti-lifers mingle with lawmakers but they often are the lawmakers, how could Gosnell’s crimes have been committed, much less gone unreported? According to the grand jury report, Gosnell:

[R]egularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy — and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors… he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels — and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.

According to witness testimony, one baby who survived an abortion “was like swimming” in the toilet. “Basically, trying to get out.” The same witness later recounted Gosnell joking about one victim being “big enough that it (sic) could walk to the store or the bus stop.” Hey, if you’re going to run an abortion mill with the hygiene of a Third World abattoir, at least you should have a sense of humor about it, right? At least Gosnell wasn’t doing anything incredibly creepy, like keeping trophies of his victims in jars or participating in an abortion experiment that would give Josef Mengele the heebie-jeebies.

Could not one of the millions of dollars in taxpayer funding handed over to abortion-cover group Planned Parenthood be spared to ensure Gosnell’s freak show was reported? It certainly had enough cash on hand after the Gloria Steinem-headlined fundraiser it held scant miles away from Gosnell’s clinic. According to Planned Parenthood, its Southeastern Pennsylvania’s 17th Annual Spring Gathering with Keynote Speaker Gloria Steinem sold out the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Could Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius not have taken a day away from lying about the cost increases in Obamacare to send an inspector by to at least check the plumbing? From the grand jury report:

James Johnson, who supposedly cleaned the clinic and bagged its infectious waste, confirmed [clinic employee Latosha] Lewis’s account. He testified that sometimes patients “miscarried or whatever it was” into the toilet and clogged it.

No other species on the planet kills its own young as a matter of simple convenience. No dolphin mommies drown their little Flippers to go clubbing with the barracuda and his posse. No queen ant chows down on her own little antlets because she has no time to feed them. Even when the major predators go after their own kind, the mothers will die to protect their cubs, not douse them in steak sauce and serve them with garnish. Yet some humans — the masterwork produced by more than 4 billion years of animals fighting desperately to survive — will not only kill their children rather than deal with the hassle of raising them; they’ll let Gosnell handle the wet work.

Instead of “safe, legal and rare,” the abortionists have created a death culture that includes Gosnell’s Philadelphia freak show, the Women’s Health Center of Philadelphia: definitely unsafe, probably illegal and depressingly common.

–Ben Crystal

Rand Paul Likely Just Lost Some Supporters, Even If He Really Doesn’t ‘Love The Drone’

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been taking heat from his libertarian-leaning supporters after making comments on Monday about domestic drone use that were either resultant of parapraxis or representative of a flip-flop from the positions he held just more than a month ago.

Paul said during a FOX Business interview late Monday, “Here’s the distinction: I have never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an act of crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and $50 in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him. But it’s different if they want to come fly over your hot tub or your yard just because they want to do surveillance on everyone, and they want to watch your activities.”

The Senator’s statement, which suggested that he was fine with drastically lowering the threshold at which government agents should be allowed to carry out lethal drone strikes on American citizens, stirred up a great deal of consternation among supporters who championed his anti-drone filibuster in March.

Drudge Report exclaimed in its signature headline-centric fashion: “Rand Paul Learns To Love the Drone!”

And The Daily Paul, a libertarian news and opinion blog kicked off by Ron Paul supporters, garnered heavy readership on a post entitled: “Rand Paul is a FRAUD and another Obama!”

From that piece:

He redeemed himself in my eyes when he accomplished the epic 13 hour filibuster which I actually watched more than half of. I was thrilled he was standing up for all of us and the country. I became a Rand Paul supporter once more.

NOW…. he has committed treason against the U.S. people and he has nullified his epic filibuster by going directly against it.

Rand Paul says at 2:30 point of the video below “If someone is coming out of a liquor store with a gun and $50 dollars I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

WTF???!!!! REALLY???

You – Rand Paul….. Don’t Care if a drone is JUDGE JURY AND EXECUTIONER of someone ROBBING a store? So someone should be KILLED for robbing a Store?

How Dare you….. believe drones should KILL people during a crime instead of letting a jury of their peers convict them!!!! Also, who is to say the real robber didn’t toss the person out with the gun, no one knows what the real situation is, until evidence is completely provided in a COURT ROOM!

Paul responded to the criticism on Tuesday, in an attempt to recast his earlier statements in a more Constitutionally affable light.

“My comments last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat. I described that scenario previously during my Senate filibuster.”

Liberty advocate Judge Andrew Napolitano came to Paul’s defense Wednesday, also during a FOX Business interview, contending that poor word choice was what made the Senator’s statements seem so opposite his past positions.

“The filibuster was about the concept of targeted assassinations, about the President picking and choosing who to kill in the U.S. or elsewhere who have not received due process of law,” Napolitano said. “They have not been charged of a crime, they have not been convicted of a crime, they’ve just gotten in the President’s crosshairs. That is the essence of the filibuster.”

Napolitano went on to say, “He probably should have said ‘Coming out of a liquor store shooting and with 50 bucks.’ If someone is using a deadly weapon on police or the civilians, the police can use a deadly weapon with which to repel that person.”

Leftist TMZ Rips Model For Gun Dress

Apparently, no corner of American society is safe from liberal gun bashing — not even fashion.

Sleaze mongers TMZ ripped into model Karolina Kurkova over the weekend for daring to step onto a public sidewalk in New York City wearing a white dress covered with silhouettes of various guns.

The website called her selection in daywear “by far the most insensitive fashion choice for anyone, much less a supermodel, could make on this particular day….Either Karolina’s been under a rock…or she just doesn’t give a crap.”

Hopefully, she doesn’t.

Hat tip to Breitbart, which offered this retort:

“Wear a Che Guevara T-shirt any day, any time, and no one from the media will say a syllable about it.”

Oof.

Taxpayers Fork Out $890,000 For Fees On Unused Government Bank Accounts

The White House and several officials continue to moan and groan and cry “wolf” over sequester cuts, but here’s yet another story to illustrate why bureaucrats reap what they sow. This year, the Federal government is slated to spend nearly $1 million on service fees for bank accounts that it doesn’t use.

According to The Washington Postthe Federal government currently has 13,712 bank accounts with nothing in them, which will cost taxpayers at least $890,000 in banking fees for the year.

The accounts are supposed to be closed by bureaucratic employees, but it seems no one really wants to do the paperwork required to close them. So, as government workers and the White House continue to talk about the devastating impacts of sequester, taxpayer dollars are still being used to pay $65 per year, per account to keep them open.

The Worst Job In America? News Reporter

What do door-to-door salesmen, lumberjacks, soldiers, meter readers, mail carriers and roofers have in common?

They all have better jobs than reporters.

A survey by Careercast.com has found, to no one’s surprise, that being a reporter is the worst job in America (for those of us who do still have jobs) in 2013.

The report used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to assess the quality of more than 200 professions according to criteria including work environment, physical demand, income, stress and job outlook.

Low pay, high stress, terrible schedules, near-universal disdain from media consumers, the rise in popularity of alternative online news and the high cost of journalism school are all factors contributing to the reporting profession’s dubious honor.

Did Brain Injuries Lead To Boston Terror? Probably Not

Citing rapid behavioral changes that occurred in his 20s, some people have posited that Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been more easily radicalized to the point of carrying out acts of terror because of brain injuries he may have sustained in his fledging boxing career.

Researchers say that the possibility that brain injuries played a role is worth looking at, but not likely.

From The Boston Globe: 

Two pioneering researchers of brain disease among athletes in violent sports recommended Saturday that investigators conduct special autopsy tests on amateur boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could have been affected by boxing-related brain damage.

The researchers expressed serious doubt the disease — chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — could have factored in the wave of violence that led to Tsarnaev’s death early Friday in a firefight with police.

But they suggested investigators would be remiss if they did not autopsy Tsarnaev’s brain for signs of CTE. The disease can only be diagnosed through post-mortem forensic tests of the brain.