In Iraq, Obama’s Bombing The Wrong Targets

Mission creep is slowly escalating President Barack Obama’s new war on Iraq, as it always does in these cases.

What ostensibly started out as a “humanitarian” mission to rescue people trapped on an Iraqi mountain is morphing into a search and destroy mission. Much to the delight of the military-industrial complex, American fighter jets and drones are now patrolling the skies and blowing up billions of dollars of what was formerly American weapons and materiel abandoned by the Iraqi army as it fled the ISIS hoard.

But Obama’s bombing the wrong targets. If he wants to stop the ISIS threat with bombs, he needs to bomb the source.

ISIS is/was funded by putative U.S. allies Saudi Arabia (the same country that spawned 15 of the 9/11 hijackers and funded the attacks), Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The terror group rose from the ashes of Libya following the overthrow — with U.S. assistance and arms — of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. ISIS grew in the Syrian civil war, again with U.S. arms, assistance and training. It is, by the way, the same group of people that John McCain and his neocon toadies wanted to overtly assist — as opposed to the covert assistance provided by the regime — in its efforts to overthrow the Syrian government.

If he truly wants to stop ISIS, Obama needs to start bombing Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and, most especially, Washington, D.C. Of course, we know he doesn’t.

Where’s Harry Reid On Ferguson?

When armed protesters stood beside Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and faced down equally armed agents of the federal Bureau of Land Management in April, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called them domestic terrorists. This despite the fact that the armed protesters broke no laws and destroyed no property.

As it was, the only people destroying property, harming livestock and wildlife — and people — were government agents.

In Ferguson, Missouri, over the weekend, stores were looted, police reported they were shot at by the crowds and at least two people in the crowds suffered gunshot wounds. Police responded by deploying officers decked out in full military gear and driving armored cars, firing tear gas, smoke grenades and rubber bullets at the crowds — media included. Gov. Jay Nixon called out the National Guard Monday morning.

Reid has been deathly silent on Ferguson.

Perhaps it’s because there’s no money to be made by Reid in Ferguson. The truth is there is little to no sympathy held by Reid and his statist cohorts for blacks — or any other class or ethnic group they designate as the cause du jour — despite their platitudes.

Were there money to be made there, Reid would interject himself. He was interested in the Bundy ranch outcome only because he, his son Rory and their crony capitalist criminal partners had dollar signs in their eyes and Bundy and his supporters stood in their way.

Glyphosate Linked To Birth Defects In Pigs

A new study published in the journal Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has linked high levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, to malformations in piglets born on a Danish farm.

Last year, a Danish pig farmer noticed a sharp increase in malformations and birth defects in his piglets. So he took 38 live-born but malformed, day-old piglets to the Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology at the University of Leipzig, Germany, for study.

Malformations noted included deformed heads and spines, atrophied ears and legs, swollen bellies, single eyes, elephant tongues, females born with testes, and deformation of organs. Researchers found the highest levels of glyphosate in the lungs and hearts, but they also found it in the muscles and other organs. Researchers determined the glyphosate was crossing the placental barrier.

Glyphosate is used for weed control in increasing amounts. Crops like soybean, rapeseed, corn, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa are genetically modified to withstand glyphosate so it can be sprayed to before planting and during the growing season as a weed-control method.

Glyphosate has been detected in water, rain and air in areas far away from farmlands. Researchers have found glyphosate residues in the urine and different organs in dairy cows and in the urine of hares, rabbits and humans. According to some researchers, glyphosate and other commercial herbicides severely affect embryonic and placental cells and cause mitochondrial damage, necrosis and programmed cell death in doses far below those used in commercial applications.

Researchers quoted another study showing children living close to areas where glyphosate is in widespread use have also shown malformations. They determined the “risk of malformation in human embryos is very high when their mothers are contaminated at 2 to 8 weeks of pregnancy. The detected glyphosate concentrations in organs, gut walls and meat of these piglets suspect correlation to glyphosate. [The research team] concluded that glyphosate causes various disorders both in the parent female and in the progeny. Paternal exposure to glyphosate is recognized to be a cause of birth defects by pesticide mediated alterations of germ cells.”

The Institute of Science in Society recently published a study that found that there has been a decline in human male sperm counts and an increase in congenital malformations of the male reproductive tract and a drop in serum testosterone levels coinciding with an increase in the use of glyphosate. A Russian study noted that feeding hamsters GMO soy resulted in complete sterility after two or three generations.

Finally, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent years there has been an increase in fertility issues being experienced by women aged 15-44.

It appears it has now become impossible to avoid glyphosate contamination and the effects of GMO crops. Glyphosate needs to be banned from use and Monsanto and the FDA and USDA need to be charged for the criminal conspiracy that allowed it to be foisted upon us.

America Is Under Military Occupation, But Americans Are Pushing Back

Heavily armed and armored, camouflage-clad storm troopers swarmed across the city, pointing rifles at citizens and journalists, firing tear gas and blasting with sound cannons the crowds that were standing in their own yards and business parking lots, or walking down the streets. An armored vehicle with a machine gun mounted on top rolled past in a show of force.

A scene from some Third World dictatorship or from Communist China? No. It’s right out of middle America.

The response by the St. Louis County Police Department to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was to demonstrate the overwhelming force of a military occupation in an effort to intimidate the populace into submission. It served to do the opposite.

Rather than disperse as ordered, residents stood in defiance, shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and holding their hands in the air as a symbolic gesture to descriptions by multiple witnesses of Brown’s actions as he was shot multiple times. With crowds growing — and growing increasingly militant by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at their oppressors — the local police were relieved of patrol duties by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and replaced by state police, led by a black former resident of Ferguson, Capt. Ron Johnson.

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol smiles at demonstrators marching along W. Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)
MCT/Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol smiled as demonstrators marched in Ferguson on Thursday.

Johnson came to Ferguson as a peace officer rather than an oppressor; and like a light switch had been turned, the tensions of the crowd subsided and protests became peaceful. Johnson walked the streets with protesters, listened to their concerns and showed he was on their side rather than on the side of their occupiers.

The crowd stood up to tyranny and won — at least temporarily. That changed Friday night. After some looting began, police again moved on the crowd but did little or nothing to help those being looted. On Saturday, Nixon declared a state of emergency and curfew. The curfew was largely ignored and the police brought the military equipment back. It erupted again on Sunday night when police moved in with teargas and smoke canisters and rubber bullets.

It’s the second time in recent months that American citizens have stood to defy a militarized assault. Back in April, armed goons from the Bureau of Land Management began rustling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in order to free up land he’s been grazing for years so that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, his family and his cronies could make what they considered better use of it. It was land to which Bundy claimed ancestral grazing rights, land he claimed belonged to Nevada rather than the U.S. government.

After a video went viral that showed armed BLM agents siccing dogs on and shooting Tasers at Bundy family members, members of Oath Keepers and other patriots — many of them armed — showed up at the Bundy ranch to stand up to the BLM, which was bringing in heavily armed and armored troops of its own.

A tense standoff ensued. Some of the highest-ranking members of the U.S. government called Bundy and his supporters domestic terrorists. President Barack Obama considered deploying the military to drive Bundy and his supporters off the land. Some reports identified special forces members among the BLM agents on the scene.

In the end, the armed aggressors backed off and dispersed.

The militaristic style response by the St. Louis County PD is not surprising given the rising militarism of local police across the country. I began warning you of this several years ago in articles like “The Violent Militarization Of Local Police,” “Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset,” and others that can be found in our Power of the State section. It is a natural and predicted outgrowth of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, which has created an us-versus-them mindset between the government and those it views as its subjects and has resulted in the U.S. having the largest prison population in the world.

The increasing interaction between local police and unconstitutional federal law enforcement agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, the passing out of federal dollars to local agencies for training and equipment purchases and the proliferation of military hardware and weaponry have turned peace officers into oppression officers with military training, military equipment and the natural outgrowth of that: a military mindset.

Of course, blacks have for years been subject to special scrutiny and abuse by local police, but their complaints are usually dismissed by the majority that has been propagandized into believing that anyone falling on the wrong end of a police encounter must have been guilty of something and was, therefore, deserving of the abuse, no matter how egregious. Self-styled “law and order conservatives” are quick to dismiss the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment rights of blacks and those who they think look like thugs or criminals or drug dealers whenever they have an encounter with police that ends badly. If they got shot, those “law and order conservatives” say, then they deserved it.

It appears that Ferguson police may have a history of not only abusing innocent people, like many other LEO (legally entitled to oppress) agencies, but of officers’ committing perjury in order to cover their abuse.

With a history like that, and with the militaristic response that followed, it’s certainly not surprising that Ferguson residents would suspect that their chances of learning the truth about the Brown shooting and seeing any punishment meted out to the LEO if he did — as it appears — go too far in administering his form of justice to a suspected strong-armed robber would be nil.

Another newly leaked document from DHS predicts an increased “anti-government violence of the next year.” Of course, the regime has been peddling this for several years with DHS missives and reports warning that enemies of America include people who believe in small government, fly the Gadsden flag, store food and water, served in the military, photograph landmarks or oppose gun laws.

But if there is anti-government violence in the next year, it will be because an abusive and oppressive government kept pushing Americans until they wouldn’t be pushed anymore. And if the government fears that if it pushes too far there will be anti-government violence, that is a good thing.

Update 1 (7:32 a.m.): After protests turned violent with claims by police that shots were fired in their direction and amid reports of more looting, the Missouri governor deployed the National Guard overnight to help restore order. The human rights group Amnesty International also announced last night that it was sending a team to observe the events. It’s the first time a human rights team from the organization has ever been sent to the U.S. -BL

Always Hold On To The Good Memories

Commenting on Remembering Robin Williams,
Buffet says:
August 15, 2014
Thanks. I really enjoyed that. Best article, by far, I’ve read concerning him, since his passing! Who among us HASN’T struggled with women and drugs?
Mr. Crystal, I salute you. Mr. Williams, I miss you. To all those disparging him following his death, why not extol all the good a man has accomplished instead of working so hard to dredge up the negative?
 
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Commenting on Remembering Robin Williams,
dskancer19 says:
August 15, 2014
What an awesome tribute, Ben! How lucky you were to have that unforgettable experience in high school. People would feel much better after a loss if they could concentrate on the good memories rather than bad (as I see many in the discussions wish to do – focus on rotten). I enjoyed his presence via tv, as I chose to watch Mork and Mindy. My little girl, then around 1 year old, would try to understand the show – laughing when we did. We tried to teach her to say Nan-New Nan-New, but it came out “Ninny” and became her nickname for life. She is nearing 40. For me it brings back memories of laughter, Mork and Mindy and good times. Always hold on to the good memories, they cushion and comfort. =)
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Heart-Unhealthy Foods

Just as important as it is to eat foods that are good for you, you should avoid those foods that are bad for you.

Last week, I gave you the heart-healthy foods list. Here is a list of foods you should avoid like the plague because they contribute to your risk of heart disease and other ailments:

  • Fruits and vegetables to avoid: Vegetables made with creamy sauces and those that are fried or breaded; canned fruit packed in heavy syrup and frozen fruit with sugar added; fruit juices with sugar added; and vegetable juices with added sodium.
  • Grain products to limit or avoid: White refined flour, white bread, muffins, frozen waffles, cornbread, doughnuts, biscuits, quick breads, granola bars, cakes, pies, egg noodles, buttered popcorn, high-fat snack crackers.
  • Fats to limit: Butter, lard, bacon fat, gravy, cream sauce, nondairy creamers, hydrogenated margarine and shortening, cocoa butter (found in chocolate), coconut/palm/cottonseed/palm kernel oils.
  • Proteins to limit or avoid: Milk (a dead food) and other dairy products; organ meats such as liver, fatty and marbled meats (especially nonorganic); spareribs; cold cuts; hot dogs; sausages; bacon; all fried or breaded meats.
  • High-salt items to avoid: Table salt, canned soups and prepared foods such as frozen dinners, tomato juice, soy sauce, all processed foods.
  • Sodas: Are highly acidic and contain sugar or, worse, sugar substitutes.

The Regime Uses Words And Phrases Designed To Bamboozle Us All

Most longtime readers know that I have often warned that our government has evolved into benevolent totalitarianism.

This is a gentle term for fascism. No, we don’t have the jack boots and the swastika. Our system is far advanced from that. Our fascism today is so advanced over Nazi Germany and fascist Italy of World War II that our system actually appears benevolent.

How could this happen? The answer is: reverse semantics. Every writer and every talking head in America refer to the U.S. as a democracy of free market capitalism and individual privacy and property rights. This is a big laugh to any sober, thinking person.

Well, the system and its paid politicians still repeat those high-sounding terms. They use the terms like “privacy” and “free market” as sedatives to the crowd. The terms “private” and “freedom” no longer mean what they once did. They are cruel deceptions that fool the mind yearning for human freedom.

The fact is that in America we have massive regulation and regimentation. But, of course, it’s “in the public interest.” It all spews forth out of “democracy” as if a biblical word and a holy sanction.

We live in a fiction of freedom perpetuated with semantic corruption that has evolved us into economic fascism and tyranny. Language and words that support a free society have been turned inside out.

With this propaganda of reverse semantics, opposition has been neutralized. True words, true meanings of patriotism and freedom have become the farce and illusion of fascism.

A “Patriot Act” is the cover for treason. “Free healthcare” is the cover for collectivism and forced medication. “Gay rights” is a cover for stolen liberty, increased State control and the creation of thought crimes. We have bought organized crime with a pretty face and twisted language.

And I say to you, millions of “educated” and vain intelligentsia, you bought the scam of American fascism too, the same as the millions of illiterates — if you weren’t busy perpetrating it.

Here are more examples of reverse semantics at work:

  • Free press: Six mega-corporations control 90 percent of all that you read, watch or hear. This is down from more than 50 companies 30 years ago. The so-called “journalists” from those organizations operate in an echo chamber founded by a left-wing activist, Billy Wimsatt.  More than 1,000 of these front-line “journalists” and editorialists from such organizations as CNN, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, U.S. News & World Report, among others, along with members of progressive (i.e., socialist) think tanks and activist organizations like Center for Media and Democracy and the American Legislative, Issue Campaign Exchange and American Sustainable Business Council, are members of a secretive and closed Google group called Gamechanger Salon in which they meet online to exchange information, ideas and strategy to promote progressive ideas, policies and candidates.
  • Immigration reform: Along the southern border an invasion is taking place perpetrated by Barack Obama policies and pronouncements and intentional lack of border security. The intentionally crafted crisis is designed to flood America with socialist-minded aliens seeking government handouts, an opportunity to bring more family members along and willing to work for slave wages. The process was conceived as a way to overwhelm the system in order to force acquiescence on a policy granting amnesty to millions of potential low-wage earners for businesses big and small, more union slaves and millions of potential Democrat voters. Worse, it’s allowing violent gang members, human traffickers, drug traffickers and violent criminals into the U.S. in large numbers, along with thousands of people infected with Third World diseases.
  • Ebola outbreak: A false crisis being overhyped as a catalyst for greater control and the creation of millions of new willing vaccination victims to hand over to big Pharma when the vaccine currently being “tested” is ready, no doubt just in the “nick of time” to avert “catastrophe.” As Jon Rappoport writes, “The ‘hot zone’ areas of Ebola, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, have been decimated for a long time: war, extreme poverty, malnutrition, starvation, contaminated water supplies, exposure to toxic industrial chemicals, vast toxic overuse of antibiotics, pesticides (some of them banned in other countries), expired and unrefrigerated medicines, vaccines (which, when given to people whose immune systems are already hanging on by a thread, can be lethal).” There is no accurate test for Ebola and, aside from U.S. health workers intentionally brought to the U.S. for treatment, it has not been found outside of the African continent. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 1 alert for only the third time in history, and the World Health Organization is prepared to declare an international health emergency over a mere 1,700 confirmed and suspected cases of the disease. There are 7.2 billion people in the world, yet the CDC and WHO tries to start a panic by over-hyping 1,700 Ebola cases and only 932 deaths. The terror group ISIS kills more than that in a slow afternoon.
  • Property rights: In addition to the possibility that one’s property will be expropriated from him over a minimal amount of arrears on tax payments, a host of alphabet soup agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service are poised to seize land, vehicles, homes and other property if they deem you have not used it properly. State agencies are also in on the act. A public library in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was deemed to have violated the “Seed Act of 2004” by hosting a “seed library” which allowed participants to get free heirloom seeds which they would plant and replace at harvest. The library was forced to close it down amid charges of “agri-terrorism” over the seed swaps.
  • Federal Reserve: Though neither a Federal agency nor in possession of any “reserves,” the system controlling U.S. “money” is the final disenfranchisement of liberty and property. The evil and corrupt fiat money system and its money creators are transferring the wealth of the people to themselves through currency depreciation.

Fascism is fascism under any name or pretense. Will we ever wake up? Fascism operates the corporate state under the guise of democracy. (As I told you last week, the only difference between socialism, communism and fascism is semantics. All are top-down tyranny.) The modern American state is not one bit less tyrannical than any form of modern or ancient totalitarianism.

Once altruistic democracy separates the people from their belief system and reality, then all supreme power lies with the state. All allegiance is to the state and all knees bow to Baal.

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Keeping Assets Safe

Hi, Mr. Livingston & Staff:

In his 1987 book, The Triumph Of Gold, Dr. Frantz Pick stated in one chapter that the US Government will climb into every safety deposit box of the US to confiscate our gold and furthermore my conviction is that, if we get into World War 111, all bets are off, because all governments will confiscate gold no matter where it is under a national emergency declaration and there is no way in my opinion to prepare around it.  It’s already been stated that the US Congress has a bill of war declaration against both Russia and China and should we believe that such a confrontation between the 3 won’t create World War 111?  Should World War 111 break out, what assets will be safe and where?  There’s no way in my mind that any assets are safe for anyone under those conditions and how could they be when such corruption controls what happens worldwide? 

-Russ from CA. (One Of Our Broke, Fiat Money States)

Dear Russ,

I have often written that Safety Deposit Boxes are anything but safe. Government rifled through everyone’s Safety Deposit Box during FDR’s banking holiday, stealing gold and other possessions. Don’t keep anything in there of value.

Gold and silver are essential for survival and will be used for trade in a barter economy after the dollar collapses. The thing is, the Feds can’t take what they don’t know you have. Buy it, but keep it secret and keep it safe. One of the advantages of Gold Eagles is they are stamped as US currency. The best survival “money” is pre-1965 US “junk” silver coins. They are 90 percent silver and therefore retain their value as a precious metal. They are also recognized as money by everyone and will be useful for trade and barter when the economy collapses.

I suspect that government will first confiscate the $21 trillion in retirement funds before they worry with gold. All of the gold in circulation in the U.S. will not put a dent in the so-called “national debt.”

Best wishes,

Bob

Potential Financial Surprises

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the August 2005 issue. Many Americans were caught unawares when the world economy, led by the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the funny money derivatives market collapsed in the fall of 2008. Readers of my letter, though, had ample warning of what was ahead and time, not only to prepare, but to make money along the way. In 2008, just before the collapse, the price of oil peaked above $145/barrel.

1. Oil — The public has not accepted the oil price skyrocket. The price per barrel is already over $60 with the projection of $87.00 soon. I can easily see $100/ barrel oil. This is not only an oil bull market but an oil shock.

2. Housing Mania — The housing bubble is now in the mania stage with potential for collapse at any time.

3. Deflation — Though we are into an inflation cycle, clearly any financial accident could reverse the economy to harsh deflation at any time. We do not expect deflation now because of the central banks’ high motivation to create new money. The whole world hangs on US inflation potential. We have to have it to keep the game going. Long-term it’s black hole deflation and a whole new world. We advise everyone to stay liquid. Avoid debt and hold some cash or equivalent.