In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, English Gen. Thomas Gage’s troops moved toward Concord, Mass., in an effort to capture guns, gunpowder and lead stored there.
When they reached Lexington, Mass., those troops were met by about 60 to 70 Minutemen mustered in response to reports the British troops were advancing. The Minutemen were told to stand fast, not firing but not cowering in the face of what was considered the mightiest army of the day.
After making their point, the Minutemen were dispersing and British Maj. John Pitcairn was telling his soldiers to hold their fire when a shot rang out. When the firing ceased, eight Minutemen were dead and nine more were wounded. The British then moved on toward Concord.
In Concord, British troops were met by some 250 Minutemen mustered in response to the shooting at Lexington. Meanwhile, Lexington’s Minutemen were regrouping and moving in behind the British.
Caught between the two forces, seasoned British troopers broke and ran. They were harassed by sniper fire all the way to Charlestown. At the end of the day, 73 British soldiers were dead and 174 were wounded. American losses totaled 49 dead and 39 wounded.
Dr. Joseph Warren, who became an immediate hero for the way he ignored the firing around him and rushed around the battlefield to treat the wounded despite musket balls flying all around him, made a call for volunteers.
Our all is at stake. Death and devastation are the instant consequences of delay. Every moment is infinitely precious. An hour lost may deluge your country in blood and entail perpetual slavery upon the few of your posterity who may survive the carnage.
Thousands of men responded.
About 140 or so miles southwest of Concord, Connecticut authorities are now plotting about how to deal with that State’s gun owners who have ignored an unConstitutional State law requiring them to register their black guns and extended magazines under penalty of felony.
On Tuesday, a copy of a letter surfaced that was ostensibly from the State’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The first batch of 100 of the letters is reportedly being sent to noncompliant gun owners, reminding them they missed the Jan. 1 deadline to register their weapons and magazines and giving them one more chance to comply with the law.
The letter gives them the choice of: 1) Rendering the weapon and magazine permanently inoperable, 2) Sell to a licensed gun dealer, 3) Remove the weapon and magazine from the State, or 4) Make arrangements to surrender the weapon and magazine to the State.
Estimates from multiple sources put the number of noncompliant gun owners at about 350,000. If comments on some pro-gun websites are to be believed, thousands more Americans are supporting Connecticut gun owners in their stance and are prepared to go to the State to support them. In other words, Connecticut gun owners are taking a stand much like the one taken by the Minutemen.
Connecticut authorities are apparently using the Federal background check database to identify gun owners who have not responded. Gun owners and gun rights supporters have long claimed that background checks and registration are the first steps to confiscation. Evidence that is so is now seen in Connecticut, as well as in New York and California, where guns are being confiscated.
It appears that at some point in the near future, Connecticut law enforcement officers will be ordered out to confiscate weapons. But those LEOs have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution and they are going to have to make a choice. Will they defend the Constitution and ignore unlawful orders at risk of their jobs? Or will they enforce unConstitutional orders handed down by statist politicians and risk starting a bloody confrontation like the one in first Lexington and then Concord?
And if the confrontation does get bloody, will gun owners from other States respond recognizing that, “Every moment is infinitely precious. An hour lost may deluge your country in blood and entail perpetual slavery upon the few of your posterity who may survive the carnage.”
A once free nation’s descent into tyranny occurs one of two ways: either through sudden violent revolution or gradually over decades in fits and starts. America’s has occurred gradually.
Government conquers its citizens with gradualism because few understand it. Gradualism is imperceptible force.
America has evolved into a lawless state. There has been a breakdown of law and order, but only a few can see it. There are many layers of deception and those few who have become alerted see and understand at different levels.
The first trigger of alert is when a few people come to understand that government is organized crime and that government is in all-out war with its own citizens. The central purpose of Personal Liberty Digest™ is to raise the awareness of the people.
The U.S. Congress has, gradually, ceded its authority to the President and to the alphabet soup agencies of government that it created or allowed the President to create. Now the President rewrites laws on a whim, or chooses to not enforce them on a whim. This is the stuff of third-world banana republics. The imperial presidency feared by the Founding Fathers is in full operation. Yet the feckless Congress hardly whimpers about it and the people do little more than shrug their collective shoulders.
Even worse are the regulatory and quasi-military law enforcement agencies. These agencies, staffed by career bureaucrats and headed by statists with “altruistic” motives that always benefit either the cronies and well-connected or the growing government apparatus, create new standards and new regulations and new rules without regard to the Constitution and their effect on the American people.
Often the elites simply do not care how their policies will affect average Americans so long as the fascist system is rewarded or the State is made more powerful. Other times the detrimental effects are simply chalked up as unintended consequences or collateral damage.
Almost any crime can be carried out without overt force or resistance if it is done gradually. Somehow any process of gradualism escapes detection. Gradualism extends false hope and the illusion of reality.
One can poison himself and be dead immediately. On the other hand, we can be poisoned over time with fluoride in our drinking water, by vaccinations and inoculations, by toxins in our foods, and so on ad infinitum.
Gradualism does something else. It confuses cause and effect. As long as a process of currency depreciation is gradual, the people cannot discern the cause nor place the blame on the money printers.
Currency debasement has throughout history always been the method of choice of governments to steal and transfer wealth from the people to the government in subtle and secret ways so that the crowd never catches on.
This is going on now in our lifetime more than at any time in history. Yet there is no revolution. There is no blood in the streets. The propaganda still holds sway. The people still trust the system. The people remain calm.
Not only are the peasants calm, they have been deceived into believing that rising stock markets constitute a sign of prosperity. They can’t conceive that the market is a bubble of fiat currency (nominal dollars) that is in no way reflective of real dollars or real value.
This type of chicanery is a tribute to modern and very sophisticated propaganda that is hiding the destruction of the value of the currency and impoverishing all who hold U.S. dollars as savings and retirement.
There is always a secret and hidden agenda in government finance, now more than ever. The U.S. government has become such a fiat money monster that it has lost control of normal channels of finance. It cannot levy enough taxes for income nor negotiate loans.
The government can least afford to reveal that it is engaged in grand theft by printing money. So it kills the signs and symptoms by suppressing the price of gold and silver and engaging in printing money to fund a government that is essentially out of control.
Time will have its way but at this point it is vital that government mislead and deceive the public in order to continue the present system that could not survive one minute if the people really had a choice by understanding the truth here printed.
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The U.S. political system is on a theft binge of consuming the assets of Americans by whatever method it can contrive. It is financial war and the political system is winning, backed by the police power of the State. Any thinking person can clearly see that the U.S. system is collapsing. Better said, it is self destructing in many ways.
The USA Patriot Act was passed without protest because of the people’s fear following the 9/11 attacks on America. The law codified the electronic surveillance and snooping that Edward Snowden’s revelations brought into public light. But the government was already collecting data in a massive operation long before the act was passed.
Once passed, the law was twisted and abused and this abuse sanctioned by the people in all levels of government to the extent that there is no longer any private communication and any communication that is contrary to the government’s message is now considered hate speech or inappropriate speech to be regulated and or persecuted.
The State is currently pushing a homosexual agenda and has the full force of the mainstream media behind it. The message has become so radicalized and nonsensical that an NBC report on an American Olympic skier claimed the athlete lived an “alternative lifestyle” because he had a wife and child, attends church regularly, takes care of his family and goes home at night rather that going partying with friends. In other words, the lifestyle of the majority of Americans is now being cast by the propaganda machine as “alternative” whereas the perverse immoral lifestyle of homosexuality is being cast as the new normal.
The Department of Justice tapped the phone lines and scoured the phone records of reporters and their family members. The IRS stifled the free speech of Tea Party- and Christian-affiliated groups by denying them 501(c)3 status and subjecting them to extra scrutiny not required of other groups—going so far as to seek information on their family members, associations, reading habits and group affiliations.
The Department of Homeland Security has named Tea Party supporters, returning veterans, preppers, and supporters of libertarian candidates as potential terrorists. These messages have trickled down into State and local governments who are now increasingly tightening the screws on American freedoms.
One example is in Campbell, Wis., where, after people across the country began hanging signs from highway overpasses calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama in 2013, the town passed an ordinance prohibiting signs, flags banners pennants and other displays on or within 100 feet of vehicle and pedestrian overpasses.
A couple of weeks after the ordinance was passed, Gregory Luce and a few others appeared on a pedestrian overpass wearing T-shirts that collectively spelled “IMPEACH” on the front side and “OBAMA” on the back. A town police officer ordered them to leave or receive a citation. The group left. Three days later Nicholas Newman appeared on the same overpass carrying an American flag. He was issued a citation for displaying the flag in violation of the new ordinance and fined $139.
The Thomas More Law Center has sued the town on behalf of Luce and Newman. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that a bedrock principle of the First Amendment is that government cannot ban the expression of ideas just because some find it offensive. In fact, the Supreme Court has allowed the burning of the American Flag on the grounds that it is matter of free expression. So I’m astonished that the Town of Campbell and the police department think it can ban a citizen from displaying the American Flag.”
While nothing would please the progressive and statist elites more than to see court rulings “legitimizing” their efforts to shut off dissent, remove guns from American homes, relieve Americans of any or all of their God-given rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights or place FCC “monitors” in newsrooms, many of these attacks are just window dressing to conceal their ultimate agenda of destroying the American system for the global elite.
Update: Yesterday I wrote about the growing number of bankers, including three from JP Morgan Chase, who have died under mysterious circumstances. Add one more to the list.
Last December, Jason Alan Salais, a 34-year-old information technology specialist with JP Morgan, was suddenly stricken with illness outside a Walgreens pharmacy in Pearland, Texas. Salais died later that evening of myocardial infarction. According to the National Center for Health Statistics and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, myocardial infarction affects one half of 1 percent of the population aged 20-39. That makes three people with ties to JP Morgan’s IT department to die in two months, and the fourth JP Morgan employee overall.
An antidepressant commonly prescribed for women undergoing breast cancer treatment has been shown to promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women.
Researchers at the City of Hope cancer research center screened 446 drugs in wide circulation to identify how they disrupt the balance of sex hormones in humans and influence the development and progress of diseases like breast cancer. They found that paroxetine — better known by its commercial name Paxil — has a weak estrogenic effect that could promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women.
Paxil was being taken by about a quarter of the depressed cancer patients in City of Hope’s study. Researchers found that Paxil behaves as endocrine-disrupting chemical that blocks the production of a liver enzyme needed to metabolize tamoxifen. Tamoxifen is the usual anti-estrogen therapy for certain breast cancers in premenopausal women and the standard treatment for breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
A 2010 study found that breast cancer patients in Canada taking Paxil were more likely to die of breast cancer than those taking other antidepressants when they were also taking tamoxifen.
Last summer, the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of a low dose of paroxetine as nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. The new version of paroxetine is being marketed as Brisdelle.
Could you cover some info in BLL (The Bob Livingston Letter, subscription required) on how a person would go about spending or using gold or silver if we were to buy any quantity of it in physical coins?
Dear J. Palmer,
Think of gold and silver as commodities for barter. As the dollar gets lower on the dollar index, people will begin thinking about their silver and gold. The use of silver as money is sure to come before gold, because silver coins predated 1964 are still legal tender. This means they look like our clacker coins do now but are 90 percent silver. People will catch on to the difference in a hurry and will take the silver money over the paper money, which is wasting away in purchasing power. There will be exchange charts everywhere, frequently updated for the lower exchange value of the paper money. This is not a new idea. Right now, in every country, exchange charts are available in each currency. Gold and silver will always be going up against depreciating paper money. The public will become keenly aware of the difference. At one time in France, during the Assignat paper money collapse, the government decreed the death penalty for anyone trying to use anything but the wasting paper money. The people used their silver coins anyway. Most people had only the worthless paper money, and many starved. So we learn to barter the same as if we swapped a cow for a horse. We swap an ounce of silver for a bag of groceries.
It’s become a health hazard to be a banker. What evil lurks beneath the pile of dead bodies?
In growing numbers, the bodies of dead bankers are piling up in the streets — at least eight global financial types in recent weeks (and five others in the past year). And a financial reporter for The Wall Street Journal walked out of his house and mysteriously hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks.
So what gives? Three of the bankers worked for JPMorgan. One worked for Deutsche Bank AG. Others for companies not so prominent, i.e., not “too big to fail,” but possibly implicated in one or more of the number of investigations being undertaken in FOREX fraud and the LIBOR scandal. Maybe they uncovered something they shouldn’t have. Maybe they knew too much to begin with. Some of the “suicides” have been deemed “suspicious.”
Did they suddenly feel remorse for screwing over their depositors so badly? Or, possibly, they realized that the global economic collapse that is coming will be bigger than anything ever experienced and don’t want to have to experience it.
Li Junjie, 33, worked in JPMorgan’s Hong Kong headquarters. He jumped from the building’s roof last week as police tried to talk him down. His friends told police he had been experiencing work-related stress. “The pressure of front-line sales and trading jobs has spread through to formerly calm back offices, where trades are checked to ensure compliance with regulations. Adding to those pressures, banks see their back offices as a cost, rather than as revenue generating. The pressure intensified after New York state’s top financial regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, demanded documents from over a dozen banks in a probe of trading practices in the US$5.3 trillion a day foreign exchange market. Manipulation of the benchmark Libor interbank lending rate has led to dozens of traders being fired and penalties topping US$6 billion,” reports South China Morning Post. But Junjiee had recently bought a HK$5.5 million apartment and planned a trip to Toronto where he had once held a job at Royal Bank of Canada.
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Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice president for JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank technology department, worked in the bank’s European Headquarters in London. The banker fell to his death from that 33-story building’s roof on Jan. 27. His parents say he had recently been given permission to work four days a week, was in a happy relationship with his girlfriend and talking about planning a family. They say there is no reason for him to have been on the roof.
Ryan Henry Crane, 37, was an executive director of JPMorgan’s unit that trades blocks of stocks for clients. He was found dead in his Stamford, Conn., home on Feb. 3, but no details have been released. A spokeswoman for the State’s chief medical examiner’s office said a cause of death will be determined when a toxicology report is completed sometime in March. There are reports that Crane oversaw all the trade platforms and worked closely with Magee and would have had access to the same information.
William Broeksmit, 58, was a retired Deutsche Bank senior manager and was found dead in his house hanged. He had worked in investment banking — specifically risk and securities — and lived in an exclusive neighborhood in South Kensington. Broeksmit was said to be close to co-chief executive Anshu Jain and had worked to rescue the bank in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. A plan to promote him to the bank’s management board was scuttled by German financial regulators in 2012.
Mike Dueker, 50, was a chief economist at Russell Investments. He was found off the side of a highway leading to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington. Police believe he climbed a fence and jumped down a 40- to 50-foot embankment. They are calling his death a suicide. He formerly worked for the Federal Reserve where he developed a business cycle index that forecast economic performance.
Richard Talley, 57, a former investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert and the founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colo., was found dead Feb. 3 with eight nail gun wounds to his torso and head. Police ruled his death a suicide. His company was under investigation at the time of his death. But what would possess a man to shoot himself eight times with a nail gun? There are a lot of less painful ways for someone to off himself.
Karl Slym, the 51-year-old managing director of Tata Motors, was found dead after a fall from a Bangkok hotel. Police found a 3-page “suicide note” but later determined it was written by his wife, Sally. Tata Motors is said to be dealing with a slowdown and Slym was responsible for charting the company’s strategy in the Indian market.
Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, died in January. There has been little published about Dickenson, his death or its circumstances.
Others who have died by suicide or other suspicious means include ABC Verlag CEO Daniel Eicher (June 2013), Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter (August 2013), Bank of America Intern Moritz Erhardt (August 2013), Zurich Insurance Group AG CFO Pierre Wauthier (August 2013) and Wall Street hedge fund executive Robert Wilson (December 2013).
Finally, reporter David Bird of the WSJ, who covers the commodities market (which is under investigation by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations), left his New Jersey home on Jan. 11 and never returned. The 55-year-old told his wife he was going for a walk, but left without medicine he’s required to take daily as a result of a liver transplant.
On Feb. 17, three former Barclays employees suspected in the manipulation of the LIBOR global benchmark interest rate were charged in Britain. The conspiracy allegedly took place between 2005 and 2007. Three people had already been charged and British prosecutors are said to have identified as many 22 co-conspirators.
On Jan. 30, former Harvard economics professor Terry Burnham announced on PBS that he had withdrawn all but $10,000 of the $1 million he had in a checking account at Bank of America because he feared bank runs because of the Fed policies of Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen. Burnham writes:
Why do I risk starting a run on Bank of America by withdrawing my money and presuming that many fellow depositors will read this and rush to withdraw too? Because they pay me zero interest. Thus, even an infinitesimal chance Bank of America will not repay me in full, whenever I ask, switches the cost-benefit conclusion from stay to flee.
He rightfully points out that when the Fed intervenes in markets, it has two effects. First, it decreases wealth by distorting markets and causing bad investment decisions. And second, the members of the Fed become reverse Robin Hoods as they take from the poor (and unsophisticated) investors and give to the rich (and politically connected).
That this idea and that hints of a coming bank run are making mainstream news should be a clarion call warning signal to anyone with money in the bank.
Think there aren’t any troubles on the economic horizon? Think again. Banks are instituting greater exchange controls. In recent days, bank runs have occurred in Thailand, Kazakhstan and Argentina. China is quietly selling off its U.S Treasuries. The level of bad loans in Spain has risen to an all-time high. Last week, the EU announced via Reuters that it was looking at confiscating the savings of 500 million citizens to fund long-term investments and boost the economy.
“But my bank account is protected by the FDIC,” you protest. To which I say, “Ha!” The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has only $40.8 billion on account while insuring trillions of dollars. And you may not know this, but banks don’t hold all the money they supposedly have as assets. Study fractional reserve banking. Banks lend out $10 for $1 in asset they hold, and most of what they do hold are not even worthless strips of fiat. They are simply electronic blips. So when depositors line up to demand their money, only the first few get any before the banks run out of cash.
President Barack Obama’s MyRA scheme is a scam to try and prop up U.S. Treasuries. The regime already has its eye on $19 trillion in personal retirement accounts in order to cover its almost $18 trillion in “debt.”
Anyone who still has money in the bank beyond what is needed to pay the bills is a fool. The banking system under the Federal Reserve is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme and a racket.
To protect yourself, you should have silver (pre-1965 U.S. coins) and gold in your possession. Buy guns and ammo, heirloom, non-GMO seeds, and land in the country. The financial calamity that I and others have predicted is drawing ever nigh.
A bill that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns openly or concealed without first receiving the State’s sanction through a permit was killed by Republicans. It failed to advance out of the State’s Judiciary Committee — despite a large Republican majority — under strong opposition from Republican Senator Larry Martin.
The bill is called Constitutional Carry. Backers say its premise is based on the fact that the 2nd Amendment is the only permit needed to carry a weapon.
Understanding the Republican statist position opposing the bill requires following tortured logic. It was best described by Martin himself in response to a constituent who asked him to vote to advance the bill, as reported by BenSwan.com.
“If the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasn’t SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? I’m sorry but you are describing an ‘unlimited’ right that has never been the case with the 2nd Amendment. My view of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to own guns and keep them in our homes, business, and property and not to wear a gun whenever to wherever I pleased.”
Of course, the Founders thought quite differently. Amazingly, so did the 9th Circuit Court last week. It ruled in a 2nd Amendment case that:
The Second Amendment secures the right not only to “keep” arms but also to “bear” them—the verb whose original meaning is key in this case. Saving us the trouble of pulling the eighteenth-century dictionaries ourselves, the Court already has supplied the word’s plain meaning: “At the time of the founding, as now, to ‘bear’ meant to ‘carry.’” Heller, 554 U.S. at 584.3 Yet, not “carry” in the ordinary sense of “convey[ing] or transport[ing]” an object, as one might carry groceries to the check-out counter or garments to the laundromat, but “carry for a particular purpose—confrontation.” Id.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Lee Bright, a conservative who has mounted a primary challenge against Senator John McCain’s hand puppet, chicken hawk Senator Lindsay Graham (who lied about serving in a war theater). It was supported by Governor Nikki Haley. The four Republicans who voted to move the bill to the full Senate were Bright, Shane Martin, Katrina Shealy and Tom Corbin.
The trend in many States is toward restoration of 2nd Amendment rights that have been eroded over the years. In April 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a Constitutional Carry Bill. Mississippi passed a similar bill last year. Alabama passed a bill affirming “open carry” last year, but that legislation still restricts carrying in a vehicle without a permit — a provision insisted upon by the Alabama Sheriff’s Association.
As if the mainstream media weren’t compliant enough, now the Barack Obama Federal Communications Commission is about to put government monitors in the newsrooms of television and radio stations and newspapers across the county.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, the Republican Party appointee to the commission, let the cat out of the bag on this Ministry of Truth-like proposal in an op-ed printed in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 10.
According to Pai, the FCC wants to grill reporters, editors and station owners over what stories they run or ignore. It’s sort of a reprisal of the grossly misnamed “Fairness Doctrine” that thankfully died in the late 1980s. The program is called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.” In newspeak it’s called CIN. Pai writes:
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.
The FCC also wants to wade into office politics. One question for reporters is: “Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers that was rejected by management?” Follow-up questions ask for specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions.
Having a “Minitru” observer will stifle any hope of ever seeing a news article or hearing a story critical of the regime. While the major media organizations are already largely controlled by the regime — after all, six corporations control 90 percent of what Americans see and hear — nuggets of truth do occasionally slip out.
But the regime obviously feels it is losing control of the message. This might be because it’s seeing more people than ever before turning to talk radio and the Internet for news and information and turning away from the networks, cable news and newspapers.
The Minitru observer can have an immediate and deleterious effect on talk radio because the FCC controls who owns the licenses. A noncompliant radio station can easily be booted. The criminal Eric Holder Justice Department has already shown its disdain for press freedom with its subpoena of Associated Press telephone records, which had a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and other news sources. And the Obama regime has filed criminal charges against whistle-blowers at a rate unparalleled in U.S. history.
In 1984, Minitru was responsible for rewriting articles that contradicted current party dogma. Articles that exposed the truth were flushed down the memory hole.
Obama’s Minitru will make sure no news gets out that contradicts party dogma. The MSM’s silence on the concept speaks loudly.
Last year, 3,000 Americans bid their country goodbye and renounced their U.S. citizenship. The number was more than three times as many as in 2012, and almost twice as many as in the previous record year of 2011, when 1,788 turned in their U.S. passports. The 3,000 expats in 2013 was three times as many as the average of the past five years.
Expatriation is the only way to have economic freedom. Life in the U.S. is good if you are the 50 percent living off the government (this includes big corporations), but not so much if you are the 50 percent seeing two-thirds of your wealth confiscated to cover all the taxes you are required to pay.
If you are thinking of leaving the U.S., remember that all Americans are liable for income tax on their worldwide income. It doesn’t matter where you make the money.
From my studies, I like the countries of Costa Rica, Singapore and the Bahamas; and Uruguay would be a choice country. Uruguay is about as big as Missouri and has a mostly Italian, German and English population.
It’s hard to tell how long the U.S. non-system will last. You can be sure that desperate governments do desperate things to hold on to power.
All hardship and government oppression are based on a collapsing fiat paper currency. The more they print, the more they will need to confiscate from citizens.
According to tax lawyer Brad Westerfield, renunciations have increased since the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Law, which was passed to target overseas tax evasion. Westerfield said that the first wave of renunciations in 2010 coincided with a part of the law that requires individuals to report foreign assets worth as little as $50,000. That’s in addition to a separate provision that forces Americans to disclose foreign bank holdings larger than $10,000.
There are only a very few people who will even think about expatriation, and fewer still who will actually go through with it.
Expatriated Americans have more freedoms than Americans within the United States. You can keep Medicare (if used within the U.S.), Social Security benefits no matter where you live, no income taxes and no capital gains on non-U.S. sourced income.
You still have to pay to the U.S. 30 percent taxes on Social Security and dividend gains on U.S. stocks, depending on how you file. Can you go back to the U.S. after expatriation? Absolutely, on a green card. There are many people living in the U.S. on “green cards.” But this puts you back totally under the tax system.
A word for the future: Regardless of what you think about what’s going on in the U.S. right now, things will get progressively worse. Then people will think more about leaving. It boggles the mind to think that if an American gives up his citizenship, he has far more freedom right here in the United States. Oh, well, expats can’t vote. Shame, shame! Voting is a sham anyway, and you know it. Our votes have been meaningless for 50 years.
As we told you Monday, Connecticut gun owners are ignoring that State’s unConstitutional gun law requiring the owners of “military-style” rifles to register their firearms with the State police and receive an “assault weapons” certificate in order to legally own the weapons.
The law called for the registration to be completed by Jan. 1. But as of last week, only about 50,000 applications for the certificate had been filed, meaning as many as 350,000 Connecticut gun owners have decided to become felons under State law rather than register their weapons.
This civil disobedience has not sat well with the State’s lawmakers or elite, though they’re not sure what to do about it. Now the State’s largest newspaper, The Hartford Courant, is pressing the Governor to enforce the law.
In an editorial last week, the paper called for the use of the background check database as a way to find weapons purchasers who had not registered their firearms.
Although willful noncompliance with the law is doubtless a major issue, it’s possible that many gun owners are unaware of their obligation to register military-style assault weapons and would do so if given another chance.
But the bottom line is that the state must try to enforce the law. Authorities should use the background check database as a way to find assault weapon purchasers who might not have registered those guns in compliance with the new law.
Using the background check database to go after weapons owners would be unlawful. But such is the nature of statists who believe the government can use, misuse or ignore laws on a whim if the cause is good for the state.
Gun owners and 2nd Amendment preservationists have long said that background checks and registries are precursors to confiscation. Such claims have been met with protest and derision by the gun grabbers, hoplophobes and those who seek to erase the 2nd Amendment from our consciousness.
But gun confiscation using registry databases is no fantasy. It’s already begun in New York based on the number of rounds a gun holds and on medical reports. Last year, a bill was introduced in the Washington State Legislature that would have called for home weapons inspections by the county sheriffs, and California allocated $24 million to aid the State’s Department of Justice in gun-confiscation efforts.
Back to the Connecticut issue. It’s doubtless that a PR campaign — as called for by the newspaper — to reinforce the State’s gun registry and threats of prosecution will cause some of the State’s recalcitrant gun owners to reconsider and register their firearms. It’s also doubtless that many gun owners will simply continue to refuse to comply.
The big question then becomes: What happens next? Will the State begin to forcefully confiscate weapons? And if so, will gun owners resist?
It seems the Courant wants to see this conflict come to a head. If that’s the case, as The Truth About Guns writes:
Is that a threat to end civil disobedience by force of arms from the oldest continuously-published newspaper in the United States, the The (sic) Constitution State’s largest dead tree daily rag? Yes. (Although you may not be surprised to hear that the the Times Mirror (the Los Angeles Times‘ parent company) bought the Courant in 1979.) And if the Courant is talking war you can bet Governor Malloy’s boys are doing the same.
The statists who enacted this law better let sleeping dogs lie. Or they will have to face the consequences, too. That’s not a threat. It’s a prediction.
If called on to enforce the law, Connecticut’s law enforcement apparatus had better be mindful of the 3 percent.
I have long warned that a telltale sign that the dollar is about to collapse will be seen in stepped up efforts of exchange controls.
Implementing exchange controls or currency controls means closing the borders to money exit. The U.S. dollar fall must be kept in slow motion to avoid panic in world banking and world markets. Money is leaving the U.S. now for foreign currencies.
Yesterday, Alex Jones’ Prison Planet reported that JPMorgan Chase had implemented new exchange controls mandating identification for cash deposits and bans on cash being deposited to another person’s account. This move is just the latest in a series of exchange controls that have made news reports in the past few months.
In October, JPMorgan Chase banned international wire transfers and restricted cash transactions for business customers to a limit of $50,000 per statement cycle. Also last year, HSBC began limiting British customer withdrawals in amounts ranging from £5,000 to £10,000 without first informing customers.
You should keep only enough cash in banks to cover monthly bills. Keep the rest in your possession, unless you want to end up like the Cypriots who saw their bank accounts frozen for days while their lawmakers debated over how much to steal from them and hand over to the oligarchs.
As always, buy and hold gold and silver, which are about to take off for the moon.
Drugs like Prozac®, Celexa®, Lexapro® and Zoloft® are known as selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and have been prescribed not only for depression, but for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dementia, social anxiety, premenstrual syndrome and compulsions for gambling, shopping, overeating and sex. As of 2007, antidepressants are the most widely prescribed medications in America.
SSRIs are associated with varied side effects; and individual reactions have been reported, including mass shootings. This means one person can experience unpleasant effects, while another person may not respond in the same way. For this reason, SSRIs must be monitored closely by a physician or licensed therapist. Side effects include nausea, sexual dysfunction, migraine, diarrhea, drowsiness, insomnia, weight gain and increased agitation and restlessness.
Some health reports point out that SSRIs are overprescribed and could possibly lead to suicidal behavior. In response to this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a black box warning for all antidepressants in 2007.
In order to combat your feelings of stress, depression or attention deficit, there are many all-natural solutions to discuss with your health professional in lieu of these risky prescription meds. Changes in your diet, exercise routine and supplement intake could boost your mood in a matter of weeks.
Politics is a con game of misdirection and subterfuge.
The game is run by politicians, bureaucrats and the mass media operating as a front for the government and the elites. While most did not see it, last week’s votes on the “debt ceiling” in Congress was an example of the game on display.
Governments and politicians mask their agendas and create illusions to deceive, misrepresent and misdirect. The story out of the House of Representatives is that Weeper John Boehner and a handful of his caucus fell on their swords to give President Barack Obama a “clean” debt ceiling bill. That act was followed by a small number of Republican Senators, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, doing likewise.
This has prompted howls of protests from Republican voters. They have called for Boehner’s head and vowed to defeat him and McConnell and other “traitors” to conservatism who voted to give Obama a blank spending check.
Republican voters—those who consider themselves Tea Party members, fiscal conservatives and Constitutionalists—operate under the misperception that replacing current Republican leadership in the next election will somehow alter the direction of government. They say this despite the wealth of evidence demonstrating that no matter which of the two political parties possess the upper hand at the moment, the nation’s budget grows, the “debt ceiling” must be raised, so-called social “entitlement” spending increases and military adventurism continues apace.
No political promise to eliminate Federal alphabet soup agencies, reign in “wasteful spending”, streamline government or cease foreign “nation building” has ever come to meaningful fruition. In governmentspeak, “cuts” simply means a reduction in the growth of a program or agency. Those cuts are always quickly reversed (see the sequester). There are never any real or substantive cuts as Americans perceive them.
It is the nature of governments to perpetually grow, and the nature of politics and politicians is for wealth and aggrandizement. Politicians and bureaucrats represent government and the political system, not you. (The same can be said for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.)
Governments, bureaucrats and politicians look upon the public as a herd that should be deceived and led for the benefit of government and the elite. By and large it works because the vast majority of Americans go along with the system. Its social and moral depravity prospers under the cloak of democracy.
Democracy is an organized system of political, moral and social control. It is the evolution and fulfillment of all systems gone before. It is the New World Order to perfection for the ruling international elite. It is the master strategy of taking human liberty and individualism and transferring them to the group herd that clamors for authoritarianism.
Because of its groupism (and other reasons), democracy was anathema to the Founding Fathers. For that reason they created a republican form of government and guaranteed it to the States in the Constitution. But republicanism has been flushed down the memory hole, replaced by democracy-in-name-only fascism.
Groupism, then, is the hidden strategy to get the masses to give their minds over to the state. This, my friends, is the politics of authoritarianism.
More than anything else, democracy is the psychodrama of worldwide dehumanization. Mass behavior or mass delusions become driving economic or social forces because it is a mindless psychological phenomenon. This crowd behavior is created and manifested upon the loss of critical faculties of the individual. Democracy is not freedom. It is not government by the people and for the people. It is the perfect disguise for benevolent totalitarianism.
As sober individuals, people would behave very differently. But when people are drawn by the passion of the crowd, they become totally irrational. The intelligence of a crowd is always inferior to the intelligence of the individual.
It is a modern illusion that everything is known to everybody because of a mass of available up-to-date information thanks to the Internet and, especially, social media networks. Instead, the truth is that the media consensus is always the opposite of what will help you.
The purpose of the media, the market and politics is to create public sentiment and direction opposite of reality. Public opinion is the worst trend to follow. Most everybody spends their whole existence mimicking public opinion without ever suspecting that they do not think their own thoughts. (Proof of this can be found in the comments section of every Personal Liberty article.) Social media networks have exacerbated this phenomenon.
Esoteric change agents know this psychological principle extremely well. The fundamental principle of mass persuasion is to create the herd or group mentality in order to significantly lower the intelligence level — the better and easier to direct and control for the benefit of authority.
Edward L. Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, is the father of manipulative propaganda in America. Mass persuasion and mass hypnosis is fundamental to so-called “democracy.”
According to Bernays’ book, Propaganda, “Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”
The thoughts of the public mind become conventional wisdom. There are two words that describe conventional wisdom and they are control and conformity. These terms are self-enforcing. That is, if there is control, there is conformity. And if there is conformity, there is control.
One important thought here: A person’s IQ or education level has absolutely nothing to do with his perception of reality. Higher education is higher brainwashing. Sometimes it seems that the more education, the bigger the fool.
People are obsessed with believing what they have always believed without question. An inquiring mind is required for anyone to question long-held views.
Here are some examples of conventional wisdom. This is what most people believe:
- That government will not lie or allow an economic depression.
- That history as taught in schools or history books is truth.
- That pharmaceuticals sell good drugs that aid cures.
- That vaccinations bring immunity.
- That people can “catch” disease from someone else — germ theory.
- That the cure for cancer is just around the corner.
- When a child is sick, he needs antibiotics.
- When a child has fever, he needs Tylenol.
- Hospitals are safe and clean.
- That drugs are not poison.
- That doctors and hospitals do not cause deaths.
- Guns are dangerous.
- World War I “made the world safe for democracy.”
- World War II was for democracy to prevail over tyranny.
- The Korean War was to “contain communism.”
- The Iraq war was to find and destroy “weapons of mass destruction.”
- Paper money is wealth.
They have dumbed us down. They rape us daily and we never question their criminal intentions.
We seem to have no memory, no will to resist, no interest in our own fate. And worst of all, we have no interest in preserving Christian morality. The need to conceal evil is becoming less necessary as the American people themselves continue to become more perverted.
The political con game is all about the transformation of human beings to the animal farm. The message must be decoded on our terms — on the basis of our original politics, our original culture, our original beliefs and our original traditions. Unless and until the game is viewed this way, one does not have the tools to keep from being brainwashed. Until then, nothing will change.
Not only is Obamacare a deathcare trap that limits medical choices and forces Americans into a system of sickness care rather than healthcare, but Obamacare is a jobs killer.
Organizations, think tanks and business owners themselves have said the law is a drag on the economy and that it has caused businesses to cut employee hours and jobs. President Barack Obama and his spokespuppets deny this is so, even as the undocumented usurper currently occupying the people’s house rewrites the law in ways that affirm it. Now the regime has announced that under penalty of perjury, business owners will be required to attest on their tax forms that they are not shedding employees in order to skirt the law.
Under Obamacare, businesses employing 50 or more full-time workers must provide healthcare insurance or pay a penalty. For many businesses it makes better financial sense to shed employees rather than provide health insurance.
The tax attestation puts business owners in a catch-22. If they truthfully proclaim that they indeed cut employees to avoid the mandate while the regime claims that they did not, business owners could be charged with perjury. They could also set themselves up for liability under some as yet undisclosed, undiscovered or uninvented discrimination violation.
If businesses shed employees to avoid the mandate but attest they did not, they would be committing perjury and could be charged accordingly.
The regime is using Obamacare as a weapon of mass destruction on small businesses and has made it a crime to operate a business in a fiscally sound manner.
New Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen climbed into her predecessor’s helicopter and announced Tuesday she would continue Ben Bernanke’s money drop.
The House of Representatives passed a “clean” debt ceiling bill. If passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate (as expected), it gives the regime unlimited borrowing power until March 2015.
Stocks soared on the news.
Rank-and-file Republicans — that is, those living in the hinterlands still trapped in the conventional wisdom that being Republican means reducing government — were dismayed at the “betrayal” by House Republicans.
The truth is there is no stomach for reducing government in Washington, D.C. There is not even much lip service paid to the idea of slowing the growth of government. With the vote to give President Barack Obama an open credit card, they have dropped all pretenses.
Conventional wisdom says the United States is $17.2 trillion in debt. The reality is there is no U.S. government “debt.” Since U.S. “money” (and the whole world’s money) is bank credit and since bank credit is created by government and commercial banks, then the “national debt” represents bank credit passed or “lent” upon an unsuspecting public for their real assets and labor. Translated, modern money (bank credit) expropriates wealth. In truth, then, the huge reported “national debt” is how much wealth the government has stolen from the American people — not how much the government owes.
The U.S. government is a fascist con game run by marauding thieves. Every action it takes is to prop up more government theft and the crony corporations and banksters running the show from behind the scenes.
The stock market is not based on reality. It is a massive bubble of hot air and fake money.
Yellen says she sees no bubble. She didn’t see the housing bubble in 2008 either. Nor did Bernanke.
Marc Faber sees a “gigantic” asset bubble. He saw the one coming in 2008.
Peter Schiff sees a crash coming. He saw the 2008 crash long before it hit.
The time is now to buy gold and silver with both hands. Gold stocks have been dogs for years, but they are set to break out. Keep your gold and silver in your possession. Get your stock certificates from your broker.