Got Valuables? Hide Them Here

Subject: Safety Deposit Boxes

You wrote not to store valuables in a bank safety deposit box. It would be very helpful if you could give some thoughts on WHERE to put those valuables. I would really appreciate your advice. Thank you!!!

Karen

Dear Karen,

First, you should tell only one or two of your most trusted family members or friends that have valuables stashed. Remember the adage that “loose lips sink ships.” You should invest in a good security system for your home. This is true whether you keep much of value there or not. You should then invest in a fireproof safe and secure it in your home in a hidden location. That can be in the crawl space, the basement, the attic or a void in a closet or ceiling. There are also secret safes available. You can hollow out an inconspicuous book, place valuables in it and put the book on a shelf.

If you own property, you can bury your gold and silver in a waterproof container or containers somewhere on the property. Just be sure you can locate it again by placing it near a landmark or drawing a coded map for yourself that you then secret. You should spread out your stash so that your savings aren’t decimated should some of them be located by thieves. To better hide it, make the hole about 4 feet deep, place the gold and silver in the bottom of the hole, fill the hole almost to the top, then place a junk metallic object in the hole and cover it completely. That way, anyone with a metal detector will think the junk metal is what set off the detector.

You can place coins in the freezer in bags of vegetables or in coffee cans or plastic containers beneath frozen food. Just be creative.

Sadly, the reality is that no matter how clever you are at disguising a hiding place, a determined criminal with enough expertise and experience can find what he’s looking for. Your objective is to make it as difficult and time-consuming as possible.

Time is usually precious to a thief. The longer he is at risk of exposure, the more likely he will be caught. He wants to get the job done quickly and get the heck out of there. Make it as tough for him as possible to find your valuables and you’ll improve the odds that your goods will remain safe in your possession. It’s also a good idea to place a fake “stash” of $100 or so that the thief can find with a little effort. Once he starts looking, a thief wants to look until he finds something. This might encourage him to move on.

Best wishes,
Bob

Years Of War And We Have Not Learned A Thing

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it seems that despite the years, the thousands of military casualties, trillions of dollars spent and regime changes caused, we in the U.S. seem to have learned little and accomplished less.

On Sept. 13, 2001, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that, “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” President George W. Bush proclaimed much the same thing, using almost the exact same words, to Congress a week later as he sought and obtained a use of force agreement from Congress that essentially gave him and subsequent presidents carte blanch to bomb whomever they chose, all in the name of fighting a “war on terror.” Funny, that “price” promised by Clinton and Bush apparently didn’t extend to our “ally” Saudi Arabia.

Soon after the invasion of Afghanistan in response to 9/11 — ostensibly to root out former CIA contract agent and U.S. ally (and Saudi Arabian national) Osama bin Laden (who we were told was responsible for the attacks) and unseat the Taliban that governed the country and harbored bin Laden — we were emphatically told by the Bush regime and the propaganda media that al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein posed an “existential threat” to the U.S. and that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was the imprimatur Bush and the neocons used to rally Congress and Americans to the cause of perpetual Middle East war and regime change wherever and whenever in order to “spread democracy.”

Anyone in the Middle East and the African continent suddenly became a potential target of U.S. bombers and drone strikes… all for “humanitarian” reasons or to fight “terrorists” — terrorists that, it turns out, the U.S. and its “allies” were arming and training all along.

“We had to attack them there before they attack us here,” was a common refrain uttered by the Bush regime, his proxies, the propaganda media and, sadly, most Americans. It made for great theater and even greater sleight of hand. All this on the basis of a false meme: that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction and there was a nexus between al-Qaida and Saddam. There was never a call to attack the real culprit: Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia provided 15 of the 9/11 hijackers (if you believe the official “story” as told by Washington) and much of the funding for the operation. This has been reported by such august “official” publications as The New York Times, and others. More details of the Saudi involvement are also likely what’s found on the 28 redacted pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry of 9/11 that Reps. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) are trying to have declassified — information the two men called “shocking.”

For most of the 18 months following the Afghanistan invasion, all we heard from the Bush regime was a rallying cry to justify a war on Iraq. The resulting fearmongering, with an assist from an al-Qaida beheading video (Daniel Pearl), got Americans rousingly on board with the attack that commenced in March 2003.

The U.S. has been bombing ever since. It’s bombed wedding parties and birthdays in Pakistan and U.S. citizens in Yemen. In order to “save” citizens in Libya, it bombed them. It helped assassinate Moammar Gadhafi. “We came, we saw, he died,” Clinton yucked when she learned of Gadhafi’s death.

It’s bombed people in Mali, Somalia and Algeria. According to the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the drone campaign had killed at least 2,400 innocent civilians — including hundreds of children — by January 2014. Tens of thousands more died in Libya from NATO (read U.S.) bombs.

The result was a power vacuum in a once peaceful country that’s left hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Libyans dead or impoverished and caught in the crossfire of a sundry of militant groups vying for power. It also enabled the gunrunning operation through the Libyan consulate that got Ambassador Chris Stephens and three others killed.

Is anyone surprised that there are people in the world who bitterly hate the United States and its rulers?

Now ISIS, birthed by the U.S. in 2006 with an assist from Saudi Arabia and nurtured, aided and abetted by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is the new terror brand for the military-industrial complex. They are, we are told, an existential threat to America. They are, we are told, massing on our Southern border. And they have, we are told, “beheaded” two journalists and untold other Syrians and Iraqis.

ISIS, we are told, is the greatest threat to America since Nazi Germany. Fact: ISIS has only about 10,000 to 20,000 fighters. Many of those are simply “joiners” who have no particular loyalty and signed on because they wanted to be on the “winning team.”

The American public, just recently weary of perpetual war and having last year staved off a neocon- and Obama-proposed U.S. attack on Syria — which would have benefited the very group of al-Qaida-linked terrorists that have since become or joined with ISIS — is now clamoring for war with ISIS. This clamor is fueled by two suspicious “beheading” videos, one of which has been proven as staged if not completely faked and the other suspicious in both its similarity to the first and the fact that it was initially released by the same group responsible for the release of the fake video blamed in the Benghazi narrative by the Obama regime. Those facts, coupled with James Foley’s ties to the CIA front group USAID, make the beheading videos suspicious and likely false flag events designed specifically for the purpose of agitating the American public for war.

It is very difficult to get any truth in America from the politicians or the controlled media.

It is risky to believe anything official. The art of war is that all warfare is based on deception and that rulers must cultivate the appearance of moral rightness in order to rally the people and persuade them to fight. It works!

The government of the United States has reasserted its power over the American people. It is now stronger, much stronger, because of the threat of a “terrorist” attack. This threat, we are told, comes from ISIS, which the U.S. created and funded, and which, if it’s on U.S. soil in any form is here because the Obama regime opened up the border and invited it in. And now we stand poised to start all over in Iraq. And some in Congress want to give the president sanction to bomb some more?

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken told CNN last week a new Iraq war would “probably go beyond even this administration to get to the point of defeat.” That means embarking on another Middle East misadventure without end.

The U.S. has been making war in the Middle East for 34 years. It’s enriched the globalists and the military-industrial complex, impoverished the people and earned the U.S. great, well-deserved enmity.

I want to candidly remind you that governments — all governments — need crisis, no matter how much lip service they give to the idea of “peace.” Crisis is a well-known Machiavellian strategy to gain and solidify political power and persuade public opinion.

Crisis provides the stage where governments can control all sides. At least they can arrange events to “naturally” unfold. Governments must have scapegoats and phony enemies. The people must have perceived threats to their security, and so naturally government is there to “protect.”

Governments must have enemies to the extent that they finance them. There can be no military budgets without perceived enemies.

Don’t be fooled again. The U.S. has nothing to gain by entering an Islamist religious war. When will the American people learn?

Another Economics Lesson For The Statists

Not even a government monopoly can overcome basic economics.

Lured by the promise of federal subsidies (read “free” money), school systems across the country went all in on the Michelle Obama pet project National School Lunch Program’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that posed strict limits on calories, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and sodium in school lunches and also limited the types of snacks available and foods served at other school activities. As was usual with the collectivists, we were told it was all about the children: particularly, childhood obesity.

School lunch programs and vending machines have long been cash cows for school systems. The more “needy” children that schools could recruit into their “free” or “reduced” lunch programs with the lure of two or three “hots” a day, the more federal largess the school districts received. Vending machines peddling Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, chocolate bars and sodas could pull in incomes of five figures in a single year. Bake sale fundraisers typically pulled in hundreds more to help fund extracurricular activities.

But it turns out kids don’t want what Obama is peddling. School districts have seen a sharp decline in school lunch participation and a sharp increase in school waste. The lost sales have school cafeterias struggling to make ends meet. The end of fundraisers has restricted extra activities the kids could pursue.

According to a survey by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), about 25 percent of school lunch programs have lost money for the past six months because of the new Obama-inspired menus. In New York, more than 75 percent of school districts are losing money because of the new federal lunch and snack regulations, Todd Fowler, food service director at the Bloomfield and Canandaigua schools told The Henrietta Post.

The SNA reports that statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show a decline in student lunch participation in 49 states since the new standards took effect. Millions of kids are now shunning school lunches.

“The students are clearly voting with their pocket book,” Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert Livernois told the EAGNews.com. “What I see down the road, as these regulations become stiffer, is our paying customers continuing to vote with their wallet and going elsewhere for their meals.”

Livernois said federal regulations are creating a two-tiered school lunch scenario in which poor children are forced to eat the school lunch while others bring food from home. “I see the program morphing into a free and reduced meal program,” he said.

In last week’s economic lesson, statists were taught how confiscatory taxes and burdensome regulations drive businesses out of the country to more business-friendly climes. This week’s lesson is that to be successful, a business must provide a desirable product.

Long-time readers know that I have long been an advocate for healthy eating. But as history has shown, not even government can force a product on an unwilling public for long. And in yet more typical government program double-speak, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has resulted in exactly what its name implied it would prevent.

Privacy

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the September 1997 issue in which I warned of the looming invasion of Americans’ privacy by the state, the growing surveillance state and the fact that bank deposits are subject to government confiscation, as proven just last year in Cyprus and in subsequent revelations about the globalist banksters’ plans for “bail-ins.”

Government strategy is to invade our privacy and freedom under the pretext of protecting us from terrorism, drug traffickers and all kinds of booger bears. Therefore, as soon as government justifies its powers with legislation, it sends out agents provocateur to make it all appear that anything they do justifies their means.

Dropping all pretense, the truth is that the government is at war with you. The criminal element is the excuse. Besides, the government and the criminal element are one. Otherwise, why would they protect criminals?

The corporate state has propaganda power (control of all major media), police power, money creation monopoly, and legislative power to justify it. Do you know of a better definition of organized crime?

The topic of a recent war college strategy report was on accessing the computer accounts and bank accounts of “private” banks and businesses. Some think this strategy is possible through the Inslaw software that was stolen by the U.S. Department of Justice from a private company. The software is allegedly advertised as a means for law enforcement officials of different countries to track worldwide criminal activity, money laundering, etc. The U.N. Global Police supposedly use the Inslaw software. An article in Media Bypassmagazine postulates that the CIA gained access to the offshore accounts of many “dirty politicians” and robbed their accounts (including that of Vince Foster’s in Switzerland, which enjoyed huge deposits shortly before his “suicide”). It is possible that the Inslaw software was used, or other such methods as partially described by the U.S. Army War College Strategy Report. The purpose? To get “dirty politicians” (imagine this) out of Congress. (More like blackmail.) Note that there was a huge rash of resignations in 1995-1996, including one or two who had just previously “announced” candidacy for re-election.

The following quote is from an Army War College Strategy Report:

At least one analyst has suggested using “soft kill” weapons, such as high energy radio frequency (HERF) guns and electromagnetic pulse transformer (EMP/T) bombs to interdict narcotrafficking flights by damaging or destroying their avionics. Like combatting terrorism, counter-narcotrafficking operations are primarily a law enforcement function, with the military providing support. Because narcotraffickers operate like terrorists, much counter-terrorism technology can be used against them. In fact, narcotraffickers are even more likely than terrorists to rely on radios, cellular telephones, fax machines, and computers. This greatly increases their vulnerability to electronic intelligence gathering and disruption. For example, remote intrusive monitoring of the financial computer networks of offshore banks could identify the deposits associated with money laundering. If desired, such accounts could be electronically emptied.

The conclusion is that government spying is high tech. I can’t imagine anyone putting foreign bank accounts in their own name with a paper trail leading back to the U.S.

Anyway, my friends, your bank account no longer implies money on deposit, but only computer symbols that can be erased.

Joe Biden’s Absurdity

In a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden decried the nation’s tax code. How is it possible, he wondered, for a hedge fund manager making tens of millions of dollars to pay 15 percent taxes while the GM worker earning $55,000 was required to pay 25 percent in taxes. He claimed it’s a question that “we” need to ask. The union saps in the audience ate it up.

It is a good question, Joe. And given that you were a senator for 36 years and have been vice president for more than five — including two years during which your party controlled both the legislative and executive branches — and considering that you took part in the formulation, writing and passage of the tax policy, perhaps you’d like to answer it.

No? I thought not.

Rather than suggesting that union workers (and everyone else) should have less of their hard-earned money expropriated by government, Biden’s speech called for a rewriting of the tax code to require hedge fund managers and corporations to pay more of their “fair share.”

It’s absurd for Biden to blast a tax code for which he’s at least partially responsible. And it’s equally absurd for people to believe — as the Detroit audience seemed to, given their rousing response to Biden’s suggestion — that a “fairer” tax code that raises taxes on businesses will somehow spur the economy.

As I’ve explained many times, the income tax is not designed to fund government, which needs no funding because the Federal Reserve can create money out of thin air. The income tax is designed to control consumption, redistribute wealth and create a dossier for government on each worker.

Even more absurd is Biden’s closing remark in which he said it was time to take back America. As he’s been part of the regime for more than 41 years, who does he propose it be taken back from?

And by the way: Anyone calling for a “fair” tax or a “flat” tax only legitimizes the idea that the federal government needs taxes to operate. Don’t fall for that trap.

Do We Really ‘Catch’ A Cold?

When we say we “caught a cold” or we “caught the flu,” we are promoting establishment medicine and huge profits for the industry. All the vaccination and immunization industry is based on a germ theory of disease, which simply says that viruses and bacteria are transferred from one person to another by “germs.” Almost nobody questions this dogma.

Yet if we think about it for a minute, it’s downright foolish. Such foolishness flows to unthinking masses who live by medical establishment propaganda.

If John Doe or Mary Sue in a community “catches” a virus, then the germ theory says that everyone who comes in contact with either of these two will “catch” the virus. We absolutely know that this is not true. We also know that in the flu epidemic of 1918, or any other disease epidemic, that all who come in contact with the virus do not get sick. There is no applied external immunity. Immunity is internal.

This in no way implies that we should be careless with personal hygiene and sanitation. It is the human organism that provides its own immunity; otherwise, the human race would have been extinct for thousands of years.

Many people walked and worked in the midst of the bubonic plague and did not die or even get sick. Ninety percent of the people are reported to have died. All may be true, but what about the 10 percent who were survivors? Nothing else needs to be known to refute the germ theory of disease.

We could bypass a lot of misinformation in the mystery of health if we could go back to the fork in the road that split off between Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908) and Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).

Pasteur created fertile ground for the hoax of modern medicine that we have today. Charlatans and sociopaths saw the vast empire of wealth that could be created on the theories of Pasteur. Hence we have the multitrillion-dollar synthetic chemical pharmaceutical colossus that has medically imprisoned the whole planet. We are sicker than ever and everybody knows this, but ignorance keeps us sick and keeps making trillions of dollars for the pharmaceutical conspiracy.

Bechamp, whom almost nobody knows, taught correctly that the milieu or internal environment governs life and health and sickness and death.Simply, if we are healthy inside, we are healthy outside; and no amount of“germs” affect us at all.

Microbes exist within our bodies naturally. They are yeasts, mycobacteria, bacteria and viruses. They are not enemies to our health but allies. They help to restore our body’s health during the repair phase of a disease. (Hammer’s German New Medicine)

We create our own microbes using the smallest particles of living matter that exist inside our bodies. They are known by various names: microzyma (Bechamp), bions (Reich) and somatids (Nassens).

Under the theory of pleomorphism, as supported by Bechamp, some bacteria can alter their size and shape in response to environmental conditions. Royal Raymond Rife created a Universal Microscope in the 1930 by which living microbes could be observed as they changed from benign to harmful and back multiple times.

Yet establishment medicine rejected this theory in favor of Pasteur’s.

True health is found in a healthy internal body, not chemicals. This means maintaining a balanced, slightly alkaline pH. Acidity — or acidosis — is death and cancer. Acidosis is a breeding ground for disease. Alkalinity is health.

Alkalinity can be maintained by a proper diet of mostly whole foods. Processed foods are acidic and should be avoided.

Immune systems are also kept strong by maintaining proper levels of vitamin D. Take a natural vitamin D supplement of 4,000 to 5,000 IUs daily. If you are about to undergo surgery, don’t hesitate to take two or three times that dose in the two weeks prior to surgery.

With a slightly alkaline pH and proper levels of vitamin D, you don’t need the flu shot to survive the coming winter without “catching” a cold or flu. Flu vaccines create significant health issues — including reducing your immunity by compromising T cells — while offering only a 1 in 100 chance of preventing the flu.

People Are Scared

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August 25, 2014
People for the most part don’t want to believe what he just wrote because it scares the hell out of them or think it is just more conspiracy crap. The latter is well set in minds by the government. If a person speaks against the government then they are thought to be unpatriotic.
People say you can’t eat silver or gold, well try eating your filthy dollar bills then. BTW Eating a one hundred dollar bill will not make you feel any fuller than a five dollar bill would.People are so brain washed it’s pitiful. Silver and gold prices are so being manipulated in order to keep people from dumping the dollars into them.
When the shtf, and it will, the people will wonder what happened. To late then because the train has left the depot, leaving you standing on the platform with a lost in space look on your faces.
 
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It’s Labor Day; How Should We Labor?

“Labor Day” is a misnomer. It is a leisure day ostensibly designed to celebrate the labor movement. Everyone now sees it as a leisure day for barbecue, final dips in the lake or ocean and the last “blowout” of summer.

Readers of this website, especially long-term readers, are special people. Why? It’s because you have a philosophical perspective based on individualism and liberty. This means that you take responsibility for your actions and all modes of your life. You have consciously or unconsciously overridden the herding instinct that moves the crowd against its best interest.

Under the nose of an oppressive economic and social system, you have made decision-making a conscious choice. You abhor the herding impulse of the crowd and the political system.

You seek out and evaluate options in your personal lives in health, finance and survival. Look at yourself as a rarity in this day and age.

You who believe as I do are a peculiar people who read and search through the hype and nonsense that move the crowd. Believe me when I tell you that steady reading makes you different and provides you with the capacity to evaluate reality and the options that you should take. Your knowledge base lies far above the mean.

Please don’t ever cheat yourself by slacking your study and your quest for information. No, you’re not too busy to read and learn. If you think that you are, you are grossly confusing cause and effect in this life.

You can and will find your own promised land in this life, set apart and above the herd. The only way to do this is through personal and daily growth by and through the love and practice of reading. There is no other way.

Put down the mundane, the simple and the frivolous. Your reward and self-satisfaction will be unbelievable. You will consciously rise above the crowd and, yes, your “friends.” Your knowledge will be far and above that of the elitists and their enablers: the low-information voters.

An ever-expanding mind brings joy, satisfaction and love of life on a higher plane. Compare yourself and the people around you. It’s your mind that is different and that has provided you with choices that bring you liberty and happiness, all because you cultivated the love of mental growth through daily reading. You are different. You forsake conventional wisdom and the propaganda of state worship.

An expanding mind feeds on itself with ever-greater patterns of thought, logic and reason.Life is a gold mine only if we dig it out. How wonderful it is to talk to other “gold miners” who are daily digging out the nuggets. That’s the purpose of this forum.

Spiritual and material advantage comes abundantly to those who read. And reading keeps the mind sharp. This is especially true in seniors.

The more we read, the greater our spiritual and material reward, the greater our joy and love of life, and the better our health. Just imagine the great riches our children and our posterity will inherit from the knowledge and wisdom we’ve gained and passed on. This is a great secret that most in the world does not know and will never discover, but you have.

It is difficult to escape that small social mentality that makes you dependent on the ebb and flow of the mass social mood. Most people who are full of themselves are full on nonsense and small-mindedness.

The daily noise of the TV and the controlled media is organized confusion to steal your quality of life. Avoid them. They suppress the mind and cause it to dwell upon petty nonsense, leading to the lazy herding instinct. Man’s destiny is to grow every day to its full potential as given to us by our Creator, to develop individually a thousand virtues that the idle and the vain never know

You can harness the world to your advantage. Are you reading serious material and books daily? This is how you should labor.

Happy Labor Day!

The Natural Rights Of Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Gay Marriage

Whenever a group or class of people is given special “rights” (which aren’t really rights, but privileges), the real natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned on their ears and shoved down the memory hole. In other words, the rights of the one are secondary to the “rights” of the other simply because one subgroup of individuals has been granted special privileges that never before existed.

Take the case in New York of a Catholic couple who had $13,000 extorted from them by the state of New York (not to mention thousands of dollars in legal fees over two years), were forced to undergo and subject their staff to a state-sponsored re-education camp and were ordered to prominently display on their property a propaganda message contrary to their belief system, all for the “crime” of declining to host a wedding on their farm. The wedding, if it can be called such, was for a lesbian couple.

But this was not just any lesbian couple looking for a wedding locale. This was a lesbian couple fishing for a free wedding and seeking to be offended — or, in their minds, deprived of their rights. The couple secretly recorded the conversation in which their request to have the wedding conducted on the farm — which serves the dual purpose of being a place for events and Robert and Cynthia Gifford’s home — was declined and then quickly ran off to the New York State Division of Human Rights to proclaim they had been aggrieved.

Never mind that the Giffords, while declining to host the wedding, offered to the couple the option of visiting the farm to discuss handling the reception. And never mind that the Giffords had recently hosted a birthday party for the adopted child of a lesbian couple, indicating they held no special animus toward homosexuals. The Giffords’ decision to decline to host the wedding — which was contrary to their faith because they believe God ordained marriage to be a union of one man and one woman — led New York’s DHR to determine they were insensitive and discriminatory and must be punished (discriminated against) and re-educated (brainwashed).

This sort of discrimination (depriving one of his natural rights) against the one on behalf of the other — especially if the other happens to be homosexual — is becoming more common by the day. In St. Paul, Minnesota, the misnamed Minnesota Department of Human Rights recently went after the owners of a lodge after they turned down a request to host a gay wedding — again because it violated their religious beliefs. In order to settle the complaint, the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc. had to pay for the couple’s wedding and reception at another location. So apparently in America now, if you are gay and persistent, you can eventually force someone you don’t know and don’t like and who is offended by what you do to pay for your wedding, all in the name of equality and fairness and anti-discrimination.

Bakery owners, florists, photographers, bridal shops and T-shirt companies have all been targeted in recent months by the gay lobby and state agencies and the courts, simply because they chose to exercise their natural rights (and the accompanying right of free association) and chose not to participate in something they found offensive to their faith. They did not go out seeking to discriminate against someone else, as did the homosexuals who sought the business owner’s persecution after they were “aggrieved.” They did nothing to prevent the so-called “aggrieved” parties from participating in enjoying their natural rights, as those “aggrieved” parties were certainly to free to choose from other venues that accept the concept of homosexual marriage. They sought only to not be forced to participate — i.e., not be discriminated against — and to be free to conduct business (or not) as they chose.

One of the most common refrains from the homosexual lobby in the quest to achieve a special “right” that sets homosexuals apart from everyone else was the one that went something like this: “How does their ability to be married (or whatever) hurt anyone else in any way?”

Now you know how. It deprives Christians of their rights. So whose rights are next on the chopping block? If agents of the state can force the Giffords to open their homes to a lesbian “wedding,” where does it stop? Must Christian business owners now provide products and services for polygamous households? Must a Jewish baker now bake a cake for a neo-Nazi holding a Hitler birthday celebration? Must a black photographer photograph a KKK rally? Must an Islamic caterer provide pork for an American barbecue? Must a homeowner allow a freeloader to share his dinner?

How long before the state determines there are no rights at all? Or has it already?

Taxes And Their Power To Destroy

No one should be surprised that corporations are taking advantage of provisions in the U.S. tax code that allow them to keep more of their money by moving their operations offshore, as Burger King Worldwide announced it was planning to do when it acquired Tim Hortons. The Founding Fathers recognized something today’s government elites do not, that there is a limit to the onerous level of taxation that can be born.

In his opinion in the landmark McCulloch v. Maryland Supreme Court case that granted Congress “implied powers,” turned the “necessary and proper” clause on its ear and began neutering State sovereignty on behalf of the banksters, Chief Justice John Marshall recognized the destructive nature of taxation.

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation,” he wrote.

In “Rights of Man,” Thomas Paine noted, “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”

And those are the exact forces at work in the U.S. that have produced the highest corporate tax rate in the world.

Both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson also noted the destructive nature of taxes.

In Federalist No. 39, Madison wrote, “[T]he most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.”

In a letter to Joseph Milligan, Jefferson wrote, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”

The elites in Congress and their statist supporters apparently missed these lessons.

Burger King Teaches Statists About The Power Of The Free Market

Big government statists eschew the power of the free market. Without government regulation of business, they’ll tell you, there would be large business monopolies. Never mind that there never has been a monopoly that did not become so without government interference in the marketplace.

Following Burger King Worldwide’s announcement that it would acquire Ontario-based Tim Hortons — a coffee and doughnut chain — and move the new company’s headquarters to Canada in order to take advantage of that country’s lower corporate tax rate, we learned a little more about the hypocrisy of big government statists.

First, the deal is being largely financed by Warren Buffett. Buffet, you may recall, is Barack Obama’s poster child for the White House’s “tax fairness” campaign. Back in 2011, Obama proposed the adoption of a “Buffett Rule” that would prohibit wealthy Americans from claiming the tax breaks and deductions provided them under current IRS law. The Buffett Rule would require millionaires to pay an effective tax rate of at least 30 percent. On the White House’s website we learn that the Buffett Rule is “a simple principle of tax fairness that asks everyone to pay their fair share.”

“Fair share” is one of the favorite code words of the elites, though no one can explain what “fair share” means. And although the elites want to make sure you pay your fair share, they don’t hesitate to take advantage of any and all loopholes granted them — as in Obama has investments in the Cayman Islands.

In order to ensure corporations like Burger King pay their “fair share,” statist Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) repeated his call for a global minimum tax rate. Sherrod wants to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate (a great idea) but establish a global minimum tax rate (a very bad one).

Why is it a bad one? It is an attack on the free market and another step toward One World Government.

It’s natural for companies (and people) to want to keep what they earn. If one country offers a lower tax rate, that incentivizes companies to move there. Rather than establish a global minimum tax rate, the U.S. should lower (or eliminate) its corporate tax rate to make it competitive so that American firms will return and foreign companies will want to move their headquarters here.

That will create jobs and grow the economy far better than any gimmicky “tax fairness” initiatives will.

But statists don’t appreciate realistic economic lessons, so they’ve pulled out their long knives. Sherrod is leading the call to boycott Burger King because trying to keep what you earn has somehow become unpatriotic.

What’s truly unpatriotic is advocating collectivism, confiscatory taxes and One World Government.

And if you want to boycott Burger King, do it because its so-called food is bad for you, not because it wants to keep the money it makes.

Whistleblower Claims CDC Intentionally Hid Data Linking Vaccines To Autism

A researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted that he and fellow researchers falsified data in order to hide the fact that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine increases the rates of autism spectrum disorder in black children by 340 percent when administered before age 36 months.

News of the whistleblower broke on Aug. 18 on the Age of Autism website. The whistleblower was later identified as William Thompson, Ph.D., one of the authors of the 2004 De Stefano study, which is accused of hiding the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

The whistleblower helped Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and led him to information on the data manipulation by the CDC. The results of Hooker’s study were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration on Aug. 8.

According to Hooker, Thompson directed him to information showing the statistically significant evidence between the age at which the MMR vaccine was administered and autism incidence in African-American children was hidden by CDC researchers. Thompson helped Hooker to view the highly sensitive CDC documents. Thompson says the CDC knew of the correlation between autism and the MMR for 11 years and covered it up.

After Thompson’s identity was revealed on Aug. 20, he was escorted off the CDC premises. Prior to his removal, Thompson worked in the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.

While this information may be revelatory for those who remain stuck inside the paradigm created by and for the medical-industrial complex, it is merely more justification for our view that the CDC is little more than a public relations arm for Big Pharma.

The federal government tacitly admitted years ago that vaccines are harmful when it established the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program (aka the “absolve Big Pharma of all liability at your expense” program) which pays out compensation for autism-related disorders.

More proof that the CDC is hiding information on vaccine dangers is found in the CDC’s refusal to grant Florida Congressman Bill Posey access to the fraudulent study claiming there is no link between autism and vaccines.

This whistleblower has likely exposed that most of what you hear from the CDC is a lie.

Bob Livingston Is A ‘Liberal Jackhole’

Liberal jackhole and many other more colorful pejoratives greeted me last week as I browsed comments both here on the Personal Liberty Digest™ page and on our Personal Liberty Facebook page. In fact, no single subject has led to more insults and more dropped subscribers and lost Facebook followers than our coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri, “crisis,” even though I believe our coverage has been quite fair.

However, the numerous charges that Bob Livingston is or has become a liberal (and they don’t mean liberal in the classical sense, which would be closer to the truth) indicate it’s time once again to explain my philosophy to the new readers and also answer some of the most common questions we get. I hope longtime readers aren’t put off by this, which they will likely find is a repeat of things I’ve written before. I ask that you view it as a “refresher” that helps you to remember all you’ve read here to date.

I also hope new readers will appreciate that the philosophy and questions are condensed so that they can receive it on one dose rather than either having to wade through previous articles posted here since the inception of Personal Liberty Digest™ in mid-2008.

Since we have a great many readers who come for a time and then disappear, writing this column from time to time is necessary. As we are one of the top libertarian sites on the Web, many libertarians join us but then become critical because we are not all libertarians (or all libertarian). Since we are linked to many conservative sites, many conservatives and Republicans join us and then become angry when we don’t toe the party line, when we are critical Republican politicians or when we advocate for a noninterventionist foreign policy. And since we write articles on natural health and nutrition and the dangers of genetically modified foods, we get many people here interested in those topics — many of them political leftists — who like our articles on those subjects, but vehemently oppose our other political views.

So who is Bob Livingston? Firstly, I am not the adulterous former congressman from Louisiana. I am an octogenarian Christian American patriot. In the 1960s, I became alarmed at the direction our nation was headed. I became frustrated with the lies, deceit, misinformation and deliberate disinformation being spread as “truth” by the government, the manipulated media and the controlling elite. I believed the lies needed be exposed, so I began to seek an outlet to do that. In 1969, I began publishing my subscription newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter (subscription required). My goal is to find the truth and spread it far and wide. My favorite subjects are alternative health issues, privacy, wealth protection, the preservation of freedom and the history of man.

Do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian? I belong to no political party. I am beholden to none. I consider myself an ultra-conservative and a Constitutionalist. Some read what I write and call me a conservative, some a liberal, some a libertarian. Those labels are meaningless in their current sense, as their meanings have been corrupted by the mainstream media and the political parties. I cannot be placed within any preconceived ideological box.

But what about party politics? There is no discernible difference between the two major parties. Both promote big government over the individual. We can use history as our guide. Candidates from both parties constantly run on promises of “change.” But the only change we see is a rearranging of which special interest gets the best seat at the table. Regardless of the party in charge, government grows and liberty is lost. The two major parties control the process and will never allow another party to invade their turf, hence the mistreatment of Ron Paul and his supporters and Tea Party Republicans during the 2012 election cycle, and since.

What do you mean when you say American government is not a democracy? The American government was founded as a republic, but years of deceit and the public (non)education system have served to dumb down the populace and make them believe the U.S. is a democracy. But it is not even a democracy as most believe. We have a representative democracy in name only. What we have are manipulated Representatives and Senators. They are owned by big business and socialist government bureaucrats. In truth, we have fascism, i.e., the alliance of big government and big business. The two-party system is, in truth, one party that represents only government. It is a benevolent totalitarianism that is growing less benevolent and more totalitarian.

Why are you always encouraging people to buy gold and silver? The policies of the Federal Reserve and criminal Congress and the perpetual wars are leading us pell-mell toward economic collapse. We are on the same path as Weimar Germany in the 1920s. During that period, currency was worthless. People were papering their walls with 1 million mark notes. A loaf of bread cost 100,000 million marks. Mothers had to prostitute themselves to feed their children. But those who had gold and silver in their possession were still able to purchase bread and meat. The Fed is now buying debt with debt. The “official” inflation numbers are a scam, as anyone who is buying food knows. When our currency collapses, banks will close and our dollars will be worthless. But some will be buying bread for a dime — a silver, pre-1965 dime. Those who hold gold and silver will retain their wealth. Gold and silver are permanent money. Those who hold fiat dollars will be destitute.

Are you paid by the gold sellers to push gold? No.

Why are you so critical of American foreign policy? Because I understand the true nature and goals of the elites. They create pretense for wars for their benefit. The people who caused the great World War I, World War II and all wars — and thus caused the deaths and suffering of millions of people — were none other than central bankers in other countries and the U.S. Federal Reserve. Central banks create paper money and credit for government and politicians to spend for war and a broad socialist agenda. All the money and credit that was/is the source of crushing debt on the American people was created by the U.S. central bank. Banker-created money is the blood of war, as well as the impoverishment of the people. The discipline of the gold standard would have prevented all the wars of the past 100 years. Millions of dead soldiers died for nothing, along with millions of civilians. History books do not record this.

Why are you so critical of the police? Local police should be peace officers, not militarized law enforcers. Police have become violent and abusive to the public they are supposed to protect, and we regularly document cases of abuse. This is the natural result of the War on Drugs and of the influence the federal government has — through grants, training and the divvying out of military equipment — to local police. When a “war on (whatever)” mentality is prevalent, everyone not a member of the force is viewed as an enemy combatant. This has created an atmosphere of fear of the populace among the police and a fear of the police among the populace, putting them at odds. The Founders recognized that a standing army is the bane of liberty. Local police officers and the federal law enforcement agencies are becoming that standing army by proxy.

Who are these “elites” you write about? The ruling elite is a small number of families who have ruled the world for 1,000 years. They are neither Christians nor benevolent rulers. They are merciless and Malthusian despots who demand blood sacrifice from the deceived humanity. They use psychopathic bureaucrats and politicians to carry out their deception and systematic oppression. They are godless and the only loyalty they have is to the secret orders (Skull and Bones) of ancient handshakes and symbols of the all-seeing eye of “providence” and “The New Order of the Ages.”

Why are you against vaccines and write so much about alternative medicine? They slay us with semantics. It’s not by any definition “healthcare” in the United States. It’s sickness care. If you are not sick when you go to the medical system, you certainly will be soon. The U.S. medical system is a killing machine, and not too disguised. More and more people are waking up to this fact. You know, we could bypass a lot of misinformation in the mystery of health if we could go back to the fork in the road that split off between Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908) and Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).

Pasteur created fertile ground for the hoax of modern medicine that we have today. Charlatans and sociopaths saw the vast empire of wealth that could be created on the theories of Pasteur. Hence, we have the multitrillion-dollar synthetic chemical pharmaceutical colossus that has medically imprisoned the whole planet. We are sicker than ever and everybody knows this, but ignorance keeps us sick and keeps making trillions of dollars for the pharmaceutical conspiracy.

Another thing, the government and the political order are in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. You don’t hear politicians exposing this madness that is crushing the American people economically and killing millions of people yearly. Talk about murder incorporated and population control all in the same bucket! And guess who pays the bill? Obamacare says it all.

How could you allow (that writer) to say that? Our contributors are given free rein to write whatever is on their conscience. While we all agree in a broad sense, we are not an echo chamber and do not agree on all points. You may one day read one perspective on an issue and see a different perspective from a different contributor the next.

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Don’t Hide Your Valuables Here

Sirs,

I am wondering what Bob has to say about Safe deposit boxes? Are they something we should have?

Also, wondering what country Bob is in because I am thinking and praying about what to do and where to go and I need all the help I can get.

I would appreciate a answer ASAP as I need to get this taken care of because I haven’t know what to do!

Thank You,
E. Salzman

Dear E.

Safety deposit boxes should not be used to keep valuables like gold, silver and jewels because the government can and will rifle through them. Also, don’t keep any incriminating paperwork in them.

I have been living in the Bahamas for several years, but recently returned to the States.

Best wishes,
Bob

Police Shoot First And Cover Up The Questions Later

On Aug. 11, Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old white man, exited a Salt Lake City 7-Eleven with two friends. The three were confronted by a black police officer barking orders. Taylor was almost immediately shot dead.

According to the Salt Lake Police Department, the officer was responding to a report of a man waving a gun in the area of the store and Taylor matched the description of the reported suspect. Taylor’s friends say he (Taylor) was wearing headphones and likely didn’t hear the officer’s commands. Police say the officer thought Taylor was reaching for a gun. Taylor’s friends say he was likely either hitching up his pants or reaching for his phone. Regardless, Taylor — and his friends — were all unarmed, or at least that’s what his friends say. The SLPD won’t say one way or the other.

Two days before Taylor was murdered by a police officer, 18-year-old Michael Brown, a young black man, was shot down by a white police officer. He, too, was unarmed.

Brown’s shooting resulted in protests and riots and recognition — by some people (finally) — that American has morphed into a police state. This is something I have been telling you for some time, and it’s why we created our Power of the State section.

But most so-called “law and order” conservatives still fail to get it. After the Ferguson Police Department released a video that purported to show Brown committing a strong-armed robbery just prior to his police encounter, many of the so-called “law and order” conservatives immediately determined (if they had not already done so on the basis that Brown was a large black man) that he was simply a thug and “got what he deserved.” This very comment was made many times in our articles on the subject and on our Personal Liberty Facebook page. In fact, no single subject causes us to lose as many subscribers and Facebook followers as our “liberal” articles on the police abuses.

Although the SLPD won’t say whether Taylor was armed and won’t release video from the officer’s camera, it did manage to leak this tidbit to the media: Taylor had a $25,000 bench warrant for a probation violation in connection with a felony robber and obstruction of justice conviction.

Note the commonality in the aftermath of both the Taylor and Brown shooting. Police leaked information that called into the question the character of the victims after they had been shot. This is a common propaganda ploy employed by the LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) in order to provide justification for their latest shooting. Lost is the fact that neither Taylor’s shooter nor Brown’s shooter knew anything about the prior “criminal” history of their targets, so this history played no role in the shooting.

There are about 500 people killed by police in America each year. Granted, some of the killings are justified. But many more are completely ridiculous, like the murder of John Crawford, who was shot in an Ohio Wal-Mart for carrying a Crossman MK-177 air pump rifle. This “heroic” action by the police also led – indirectly — to the death of a woman who collapsed and suffered a “medical emergency” as she fled the store in terror.

Brown’s shooting, being as it was a white-on-black shooting that created a riot, has drawn the attention of the world, including some of America’s biggest race hucksters. Taylor’s has been ignored by almost everybody, especially Attorney Criminal Eric Holder and President Barack (if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but not Dillon Taylor) Obama.

The militarization of our police goes far beyond just the equipment officers employ. It goes to the mindset that’s created by the use of the military equipment and the training with federal military agencies. When you’re trained to believe everyone in the community you police is a potential enemy, you shoot first and cover up the questions later. But that’s likely OK with the “law and order” conservatives. Taylor was, after all, just a criminal and a thug, so he probably got what he deserved.

Will you say that when it’s your kid?

Ruby Ridge: The Advent Of The Modern U.S. Police State

On Aug. 21, 1992, agents of the federal government shot down 14-year-old Sammie Weaver and the Weaver family dog, setting off what has become known as the “incident” at Ruby Ridge. It turned into a multiple-day siege in which federal agents, using arrest warrants based on fabricated evidence and a stack of lies from scurrilous government informant sources, revealed the burgeoning police state in America.

Former U.S. Army combat engineer Randy Weaver moved his family to northern Idaho in the 1980s to escape what he saw as a corrupted world. The family built a cabin and began home schooling their children. He appeared on the radar of Federal law enforcement agencies after a neighbor with whom he had a land dispute wrote letters to the Federal government and local law enforcement saying that Weaver had threatened in the mid-1980s to kill the pope and President Ronald Reagan.

For the next several years, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) sought to either entrap him or get him to work as an informant and infiltrate local militia groups. They finally entrapped him — as an Idaho jury found — when they bought shotguns from him, sawed them off below the legal limit and accused Weaver of selling illegal weapons. He was indicted in December 1990.

The federal court system then went to work on Weaver’s case. He was cited for failure to appear in court when he missed a court date that didn’t match the one on a letter sent to him and his court-appointed attorney (an attorney with whom Weaver had no communication).

Because Weaver was a former military man who lived in an isolated area and sought to escape an oppressive federal government that had for several years sought to entrap him, Weaver was considered a terrorist threat by the George H.W. Bush Justice Department (sound familiar?).

So U.S. marshals dressed in camouflage and equipped with night vision goggles and M16 rifles surrounded Weaver’s cabin and began to search for a place to ambush and arrest him.

One of the marshals threw rocks against the cabin walls to test the reaction of the Weavers’ dogs. When the dogs began barking, Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammie, and family friend Kevin Harris came outside to investigate. They followed the dog to see what had upset him.

Marshal Art Roderick shot the dog. Sammie cursed Roderick then shot at him. Marshal Bill Degan came out of the woods shooting and hit Sammie in the arm. Harris fired back, shooting Degan in the chest. A third Marshal, Larry Cooper, exchanged gunfire with Harris. During the exchange Sammie, was shot in the back and killed.

The next day, members of the FBI hostage rescue team were deployed with the green light to shoot on sight. Agent Lon Horiuchi took the order to heart. When Weaver went to a shed where his dead son lay, Horiuchi shot him in the back. Horiuchi then shot Weaver’s wife, Vicki, in the head as she stood inside her cabin holding her 10-month-old baby.

After the shootings but while the siege was still ongoing, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson wrote a memo titled “Something to Consider.” The points to consider were these:

  1. Charge against Weaver is Bull Shit. (sic)
  2. No one saw Weaver do any shooting.
  3. Vicki has no charges against her.
  4. Weaver’s defense. He rand down the hill to see what dog was barking at. Som guys in camys (sic) shot his dog. Started shooting at him. Killed his son. Harris did the shooting [of Degan]. He [Weaver] is in pretty strong legal position.

Despite this knowledge, the FBI and ATF continued its siege until Aug. 30, when civilian negotiators talked the Weavers into giving up in order to stave off a threatened tactical assault by federal agents. They finally surrendered on Aug. 31.

In the aftermath, Weaver and Harris were acquitted of all charges against them. Horiuchi was indicted for manslaughter in Boundary County, Idaho. The trial was moved to federal court where it was dismissed on the grounds of sovereign immunity. The 9th Circuit Court reversed that decision and held that there was enough evidence for Horiuchi to stand trial on manslaughter charges. By then, the district attorney who gained the indictment had been replaced in an election. The then-sitting district attorney dropped the charges.

The surviving members of the Weaver family filed a wrongful death suit for $200 million. Harris filed a civil suit for damages against him. The Weavers reached an out-of-court settlement in which Randy Weaver received $100,000 and the three Weaver daughters received $1 million each. The federal government settled with Harris for $380,000.

Less than a year after Ruby Ridge, the Clinton ATF and FBI attacked the Branch Davidians under equally dubious claims.

Article has been edited to correct error. –BL

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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