Franklin Would Have Opposed Extending Unemployment Benefits

The White House announced late Monday it had reached an agreement with Republicans to extend the current tax rates — also known as the Bush era tax cuts — for two years. To reach that compromise, Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits.

Under the agreement — which displeased Congressional Democrats who wanted President Barack Obama to stand against tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year —unemployment benefits would remain in effect through the end of 2011 for workers who have been laid off for more than 26 weeks and less than 99 weeks.

In agreeing to extend unemployment benefits, Republicans made a bad deal. Unemployment benefits are paid by businesses as a tax. Money is confiscated from businesses through a Federal tax and distributed by State governments to unemployed workers, many of whom have passed up job opportunities that paid less than they wanted to earn. And many of those workers have given up their job search altogether, favoring instead the “free” money that continues to come their way.

Benjamin Franklin knew that providing for the poor would not help them out of poverty. In a letter he wrote May 9, 1753, Franklin said:

“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.”

And in On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor in November, 1766, Franklin wrote:

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Constitution Halts Government Food Grab

It appears a Senate screw-up has killed the food control bill, also known as S510: the Food Safety Modernization Act, for now.

It seems a “sticky” provision in the United States Constitution — Article 1, Section 7 — got in the way. That little Constitutional provision that says, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…”

Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports.

So House Democrats had their feathers ruffled and are expected to use the blue slip process to block the bill’s completion. This process would force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to drop the bill or try and force it through after the House passes a new version. To pass in the Senate, a new bill would have to receive unanimous consent to limit debate, and Senator Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) has said that won’t happen.

This bill did nothing to improve food safety, as its supporters claimed. It gave more power to large food producers at the expense of the small farmer. It raised taxes on small farmers and increased the bureaucracy on all producers of food — something the Monsantos and ADMs of the world can absorb, but small food producers cannot. It also opened the door for Government to dictate whether you could grow and can your own food or buy organic, locally produced produce at your nearby Farmer’s Market.

It passed with support from Democrats and Republicans, and its passage was trumpeted as a good thing by those who seek to control what you consume.

Watch closely. The bill will be back. The government power mongers can’t be satiated.

Turn Off Your TV For A More Restful Night’s Sleep!

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, glowing television screens are the cause for most folks’ chronic sleep deprivation.

Researchers looked at the sleep habits and rituals of 21,475 participants for three years. They found that during the two hours prior to bedtime, watching television ranked as the most common activity. This means more people may be staying up longer than normal to finish watching programs and those alarm clocks are waking people out of their slumber earlier than expected. These two scenarios lead to sleep deprivation, decreased alertness and impaired concentration throughout the day.

Over time, sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure levels, heart disease and even death. So be sure to minimize your nightly TV time in order to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted restful sleep.

Power Corrupts: Never Mind Democracy

There are those attracted to less government and there are those attracted to big government. Fortunately, the fathers of the United States Constitution believed in limited government and maximum individual liberty.

The people who want big government are always ready to seize power. And they have been solidly in power in the U.S. since the establishment of the Federal Reserve monetary system in 1913.

Plainly stated, an elite group rules, no matter which political party appears to be in power. The elite always have a monetary system of debasing the currency. They do this to transfer wealth from the workers and producers to themselves.

Everything is gradual at first. Toward the end, the rot sets in and cultural collapse becomes obvious.

The men in political power, under any party name, keep themselves and their buddies in power to keep mass corruption covered up. The same bureaucrats are always in charge so as to keep a tight lid on in order to prevent exposure.

To power seekers, the most attractive government is some form of collectivism. It can be any name, but it must be collectivism. Collectivism is ideal for government expansion at the expense of the people. Collectivism attracts hard-wired psychopaths who use the system for cronyism and their aggrandizement. They care not one whit about constitutional government and the rule of law. They only care about a political facade to hide their chicanery.

America is in the final stages of a very complete meltdown. The U.S. has 12 times the number of people in prison as the rest of the world combined. We are in the midst of moral collapse. It is every man for himself. The political system is bribery, corruption and lies.

William K. Black, author of the book, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, exposed the Ponzi mentality that has developed in the U.S. financial industry.

Black has exposed big banker crime that caused the 2008 real estate crash. He stated that as early as 1994, the FBI said that fraud in mortgage banking would cause a collapse. So the conclusion is that the unbelievable huge bonuses paid out by the private banks were derived from fraud and financial crime that crashed the U.S. economy.

Another blatant crime against the American people is the Obama healthcare bill — or Obamacare — that is simply for the purpose of transferring wealth to the pharmaceuticals and the insurance companies. This is going on in the midst of a collapsed economy and an economic depression.

People wonder why our Congressmen and Senators would do this to us. The answer is quite simple. Has it ever occurred to Americans that the people whom they think are their elected representatives are actually, in fact, government employees? They owe everything to the government and they sell their souls to government. They thumbed their noses at the American people by passing the so-called healthcare bill. Hypocrisy has never had an equal.

The so-called healthcare bill will provide seniors far less care, and the healthcare and Social Security that they do receive will be “means tested.” That is to say that benefits to the “wealthy” (and they determine who is wealthy) will be taxed.

Put Your Trust in Governments!
A lot of people live by Treasury Bills and Treasury Bonds as “full faith” instruments. They are called government debt.

You know that the word “debt” implies payment. Come now, can there be a real debt issued in fiat money with “interest” also in fiat? This is Ponzi promoted as debt. All so-called sovereign debt of all countries is nothing more than created fiat or printing press money.

Even though governments print their own money, they still default. The question is, do governments ever intend to pay? The answer is No!

Here is a list of so-called sovereign defaults from 1981 to 2003. These are only the acknowledged defaults researched by Eduardo Borens and Ugo Panizza: Zambia, Yugoslavia, Uruguay, Sierra Leone, Philippines, Panama, Niger, Mozambique, Morocco, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Turkey, Togo, Nigeria, Mexico, Haiti, Guyana, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Argentina, Malawi, Senegal, Romania, Poland, Jamaica, Honduras, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guinea, Gambia, Gabon, Yemen, Vietnam, South Africa, Cameroon, Angola, Tanzania, Peru, Sao Tome & Principe, Iraq, Ghana, Liberia, Russia/USSR, Albania, Ethiopia, Algeria, Bulgaria, Jordan, Guatemala, Kenya, Slovenia, Serbia & Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Antigua & Barbados, Myanmar, Indonesia, Moldova, Pakistan, Ukraine, Dominica, Zimbabwe and Seycheles.

Just imagine how many more countries have defaulted since 2003. America is well on her way.

More DHS Controls Coming FAST

Coming soon, to a sporting event, concert or other public venue near you — Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) from the Department of Homeland Security. (The video below is from the DHS.)

This is truly Orwellian technology. And it’s just one of many programs DHS is working on to “keep you safe.”

In the days before Thanksgiving, the people staged a mini-revolt over the Transportation Security Administration’s dangerous and unConstitutional naked body scanners/peep show and the increasingly invasive enhanced body pat-downs/grope fest being conducted on innocent airline passengers.

The TSA backed down on the day before Thanksgiving by roping off most of the scanners and ceasing the pat-downs in order to thwart the passenger backlog that National Opt-Out Day would have caused. TSA denied it of course, but passengers noticed the scanners were out of commission, and long lines never materialized because passengers had nothing to opt out of.

Isn’t it curious how the tougher screening procedures were so vital to national security on normal travel days but unnecessary on one of the busiest travel days of the year? Not really. Not to those who understand that the underwear bomber — the type of threat TSA says it’s protecting us from — was helped onto his flight by a well-dressed Indian man with purported ties to the CIA and Israeli Mossad, had no passport and was on a U.S. State Department No-Fly list.

In other words, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s Christmas Day bombing attempt was a false-flag terror incident designed to frighten the public and steer them toward accepting an ever-increasing totalitarian state.

TSA director John Pistole says the TSA is looking at its options and may change the pre-flight procedures. But DHS continues to look for ways to steal your ability to move about freely without the glowing eyes of Big Brother on your every move.

9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made In USA by Webster Griffin Tarpley

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The official story of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a hole was blown into the western side of the Pentagon and an airliner fell into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, near the town of Shanksville, are seared into memory.

On that day, 19 hijackers commandeered four airliners — two from American Airlines and two from United Airlines — by overwhelming the passengers and crew with box cutters. The hijackers, who had been trained to fly in United States flight schools, then flew meandering routes before turning toward their targets. As the planes headed toward their destinations, some passengers were able to contact loved ones or authorities using cell phones.

At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the WTC. Initial news reports indicated the plane was a small one, and the thought was that the pilot had become ill or incapacitated or the plane had drifted off course in a tragic accident.

At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower. News cameras were on the scene and rolling at the time, so hundreds of thousands of television viewers — who were by now glued to the events unfolding in New York — and thousands of witnesses on the ground saw the plane slam into the tower. By now, Americans knew something more sinister than an accident was afoot.

At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, slicing through the two outermost of the building’s five rings and piercing the third. On United Airlines Flight 93, a transcript of the audio recorded by the cockpit voice recorder revealed that crew and passengers attempted to seize control of the plane after learning through cell phone calls that other planes had been crashed into the buildings. The famous line attributed to Todd Beamer, “Let’s roll,” preceded the efforts of passengers to gain control of the plane. Rather than be overtaken by the passengers, hijackers chose to fly the plane into the ground at 10:03 a.m.

At approximately 9:59 a.m. the South Tower, the second one struck, collapsed into its own footprint. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m., also into its own footprint. The collapses were attributed to structural failure as a result of the fires which were super-heated by jet fuel. At 5:20 p.m., due to damage from the debris of the two falling towers and fire from initial attack, WTC Building 7 collapsed.

By the time the day was over, 2,996 people — the hijackers, passengers and crew on the airliners, New York firefighters, police and rescue workers — were dead. The attacks were attributed to al-Qaida, under the direction of Osama bin Laden and planning of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).

But Webster Griffin Tarpley points out in 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, the story foisted by the government and trumpeted by the corporate media is full of holes. And the 9/11 Commission report — which Tarpley called the Kean-Hamilton Report after commission chairman and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and vice chairman and former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton — did little to close the holes.

In fact, Kean and Hamilton both thought the commission was set up to fail. And Tarpley believes it was set up to fail so as not to expose those in the shadow government who were actually behind the 9/11 attacks.

Tarpley lays out his case that the attackers were not 19 men with little training and dubious intelligence, but a shadowy group of players that stretches across the spectrum of the intelligence agencies of the U.S., British and Israeli governments. Their aim was essentially a coup de main against President George W. Bush in order to force him to embark upon a war that Tarpley calls a clash of civilizations.

In making his case, Tarpley begins with a brief history of synthetic terror — that is, terror that is created by a group with ties to a government or governments and designed to force a change of some kind in that government but made to look like it is carried out by a nefarious organization of freedom fighters or criminals.

He then describes how Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida were created by U.S. intelligence operatives, first to battle the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan and then to foment activities in other parts of the world. He then describes the roiling economic situation of the 1990s and ties all these disparate parts together.

Tarpley then describes how a network of moles throughout government participated in the preparation and coverup of the events of 9/11 and how, without the actions of the moles and their patsies, 9/11 would never have happened.

Tarpley is very critical of Bush, not because he believes Bush was behind the attacks — Tarpley doesn’t believe Bush carries the mental acumen to pull off such an exercise — but because Bush failed to stand up to the perpetrators and in fact capitulated to the demands of those in the shadow government to embark on a 30-year war with Islam.

Tarpley believes it’s far more likely that Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were among the lead players in the events of that day, rather than Bush, bin Laden or Mohammed.

Realizing that there are skeptics to his theories, Tarpley asks only that one consider the discrepancies in the official story line:

That bin Laden, an insignificant son of a wealthy construction magnate and one of his minor wives (the elder bin Laden had many wives) hiding in the caves of Afghanistan, brainstormed an attack that was masterminded by the Egyptian KSM.

Under their direction four men, who were described by their flight instructors as unable to satisfactorily pilot small planes, piloted large commercial airliners through a series of difficult maneuvers striking three precise targets. That two (in the case of one plane) or three other hijackers controlled a plane loaded with passengers and a crew — that in some cases included military veterans — armed only with box cutters, keeping them in submission while the hijacker-pilots directed the planes toward buildings.

That the Twin Towers collapsed because the structural steel in them lost integrity due to the damage from the planes and heat from the fire. That Building 7 collapsed because of fire damage. That an incompetent pilot executed a maneuver with a commercial airliner that would be difficult for a trained and experienced pilot to execute in a highly mobile fighter jet. That an airliner tore a hole in the Pentagon that is smaller than the plane, and vaporized.

That an airliner crashed in one piece into a field and pieces of the plane’s wreckage and passengers’ personal effects flew as far as eight miles away from the crash site. That passengers were able to communicate with loved ones via cell phones despite the fact that the technology of the day would not have allowed that. That one of the hijacker’s passports survived the crash and fire and fell intact onto a New York sidewalk to be found by investigators. That Bush, showing strength in the face of crisis, spent 20 minutes reading to school children while the world flamed out around him. That Air Force One then took off with Bush despite the danger and uncertainties surrounding the events and no fighter jets were available to escort the President’s plane.

That the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) — tasked with protecting American skies — was unable to scramble jets to intercept the hijacked airliners or escort the President in a timely manner. That the War on Terror is a war against the people who carried out the attacks and/or who seek to carry out more attacks on U.S. interests.

Tarpley discusses each of these points and their implausibility. And he uses the known and reported facts from the days and weeks after the events and compares them to what we know — or think we know — now. Many of these facts — first reported in the hectic days after the attacks — have been flushed down the memory hole by the corporate media and neocon talking heads — and done so so effectively that they have been wiped from the collective consciousness of conventional wisdom.

He believes the attacks were a successful coup against Bush, that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were brought down by pre-set explosives, that the 19 hijackers were mere patsies and dupes and were as incapable of carrying out such an attack as bin Laden and Mohammed were incapable of planning it, that the planes were piloted by remote control into the Twin Towers, that Flight 93 was shot down by a U.S. fighter in order to prevent the interrogation of the hijackers and possible discovery of the remote control guidance system after the passengers gained control of the plane and that a missile or some other object struck the Pentagon, not an airliner — although he admits he can’t account for the ultimate fate of Flight 77 and its passengers and crew.

Tarpley’s theories are sound, his reporting excellent and his sourcing extensive. If what he posits is true, then the culprits behind that tragic day in September are still in control of our government.

Organizations, Corporate Media Growing Wise To EMP Threat

The threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) was once considered by the mainstream as simply the stuff of science fiction or lone nut jobs living in rooms lined with tin foil. But people are now coming to understand that an EMP — whether from natural causes or a weapon — poses a real threat to America’s electronics and could send the country into a new Dark Age.

Even the corporate media is onboard, as the mainstream media poster child USA Today ran an article warning of the dangers of an EMP attack in its Oct. 27, 2010 edition. Titled One EMP burst and the world goes dark, Dan Vergano leads with, “The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses. End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America’s future?”

The answer is a resounding, “Yes it could!”

An EMP could come from the sun. The 11-year solar cycle will hit its maximum in 2012. Solar flares have caused blackouts in the past. Or, it could come in the form of an attack from one of America’s enemies.

There are reports that rogue nations like Iran and North Korea have been working on an EMP weapon that could be launched from a ship or barge off the American coast. And the missile launch — while the Barack Obama administration denies it was a missile, numerous experts have said that’s what it was — spotted off California’s coast by a KCBS camera Nov. 8 shows that America is vulnerable to attack.

An EMP would shut down the nation’s power grid, silence communications and render everything containing electronics — from hand-held games to cell phones to airliners — inoperable. Water would cease to flow as pumping stations shut down. Grocery store shelves would be bare within hours. The banking system would crash.

Those in poor health depending upon machines to stay alive would be dead in minutes. Within days the weak and infirm would be dead from dehydration. As the crisis grew, riots would ensue and people would turn on one another. As an example for how bad it could get, just check out some of the headlines from the Black Friday madness at stores across the country. And those incidents stemmed from anxiety over low-priced convenience and luxury items — not things that meant the difference between life and death.

On Nov. 17 The Heritage Foundation issued a report, EMP Attacks — What The U.S. Must Do Now, that outlined the dangers of an EMP attack and suggested a to-do list for the Barack Obama administration and Congress to better prepare the nation for such an attack.

According to The Heritage Foundation, the U.S. must take steps to:

  • Prevent the threat. Regardless of the mitigation and response measures, a massive EMP impact could have a devastating impact on the United States. Washington must pursue an aggressive protect-and-defend strategy, including comprehensive missile defense; modernizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent; and adopting proactive nonproliferation and counter-proliferation measures, both unilaterally and in partnership with allies.
  • Provide resilience. Measures must be adopted to ensure the resilience of the U.S.-Canadian electrical grid and telecommunications systems, including developing limited redundancy and identifying means for the timely replacement of essential damaged parts or their rapid substitution.
  • Plan for the unthinkable. The U.S. must have robust pre-disaster planning — with practical exercises that include top officials who rehearse a wide variety of contingency scenarios — that integrates federal, state, local, private-sector, non-governmental organizations, and international support.
  • Protect the capacity to communicate. The U.S. must have the means to establish assured emergency broadcast as well as interactive communications both within the U.S. and across the globe. An EMP strike can easily obliterate America’s electrical, telecommunications, transportation, financial, food, and water infrastructures, rendering the United States helpless to coordinate actions and deliver services essential for daily life. In the words of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, EMP “is one of only a few ways that the United States could be defeated by its enemies.” The time to prepare is now.

Of all the things that government is considering, this is one concern that must be front and center. And expecting that Congress and the President will screw it up — as they do most everything else — it’s something that everyone must prepare for themselves.

How to prepare? Consider what life will be like when your electronic conveniences — and necessities — are no longer available. Then store food, water, medicines, sundry items, guns and ammunition — and gold and silver for the barter economy that will develop later.

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Lack of Sleep Can Cause a Mental Meltdown

Trying to fall asleep can be frustrating when you can’t relax into a peaceful slumber. Not only does it affect you during those nighttime hours, you could carry feelings of anger, depression and hostility around during the day, too. Worse yet, insomnia has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure levels, heart disease and stroke.

To help you get to sleep faster, try these recommended techniques:

  • Block out the noise. By drowning out disturbing sounds with relaxing music or nature sounds, you won’t be distracted. If this doesn’t work, invest in a pair of ear plugs.
  • Take a bath before bedtime. Try using soothing bath salts or soaps with chamomile and lavender. Both of these herbs can help you relax.
  • Keep a journal. Writing down how much caffeine you drink… how much exercise you get… and the foods you eat will help you identify triggers that keep you awake.
  • Drop the temperature. Most people sleep better when their rooms are cooler, according to The Insomnia Workout. If you experience hot flashes or night sweats, the book suggests a temperature of 65 degrees or lower.
  • Meditate to release your worries. Before bedtime, try meditating for about 30 minutes to release tension and stress that has built up during the day.