Triumph The Insult Comic @ Occupy Wall Street | Right before the party was broken up(finally)

Sparkle Sparkle….

Nasty Nasty….

City sanitation workers yesterday were forced to pick through a filthy pile of property seized from Zuccotti Park including dirty hypodermic needles, moldy food and glass-littered, broken gadgets.

“I pick up garbage [for a living], and these were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,” one worker grumbled to The Post

As 10 unlucky Sanitation workers sorted the trash from reclaimable goods, they steered clear of a sealed pickle bucket which they suspected was filled with human waste.

Protesters flocking to STD-test clinics after Occupy Wall Street “free love”



CNBC Takes Down Poll bc Ron Paul WINS. …..then writes letter to explain why.

Thx MK.

 

I really just don’t know what to say anymore…We are in some state of affairs when supposedly reputable news channels take down polls because they don’t like the result.  Amazing.

 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/21257762/?An_Open_Letter_to_the_Ron_Paul_Faithful

http://www.cnbc.com/id/45233756/

An Open Letter to the Ron Paul Faithful

Published: Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 7:21 PM ET

Editor’s Note:

Dear folks,

You guys are good. Real good. You are truly a force on World Wide Web and I tip my hat to you.

That’s based on my first hand experience of your work regarding our CNBC Republican candidate debate. After the debate, we put up a poll on our Web site asking who readers thought won the debate. You guys flooded it.

Now these Internet polls are admittedly unscientific and subject to hacking. In the end, they are really just a way to engage the reader and take a quick temperature reading of your audience. Nothing more and nothing less. The cyber equivalent of asking the room for a show of hands on a certain question.

So there was our after-debate poll. The numbers grew … 7,000-plus votes after a couple of hours … and Ron Paul was at 75%.

Now Paul is a fine gentleman with some substantial backing and, by the way, was a dynamic presence throughout the debate , but I haven’t seen him pull those kind of numbers in any “legit” poll. Our poll was either hacked or the target of a campaign. So we took the poll down.

The next day, our email basket was flooded with Ron Paul support messages. And the computer logs showed the poll had been hit with traffic from Ron Paul chat sites. I learned other Internet polls that night had been hit in similar fashion. Congratulations. You folks are obviously well-organized and feel strongly about your candidate and I can’t help but admire that.

But you also ruined the purpose of the poll. It was no longer an honest “show of hands” — it suddenly was a platform for beating the Ron Paul drum. That certainly wasn’t our intention and certainly doesn’t serve our readers … at least those who aren’t already in the Ron Paul camp.

Some of you Ron Paul fans take issue with my decision to take the poll down. Fine. When a well-organized and committed “few” can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of “the many,” I get a little worried. I’d take it down again.

Sincerely,

Allen Wastler
Managing Editor, CNBC.com

A New Lost Decade is Leading to Revolution | Class warfare accelerating, democracy losing grip – MW

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Its shocking how quickly this movement is picking up steam. OccupyWallStreet is going viral…from demanding change of greedy bankers to now protesting to ending the FED as the central platform. Radio personality Alex Jones is leading the charge and like him or hate him he has millions of fans and viewers. If you want to get an idea on how he thinks see this video. This is a meaningful development and one that can have enormous consequences…as this gains steam, those without power will become emboldened. That the 99%. They have nothing to lose because they feel like they been losing for too long. Just like the people in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya…..

Press efforts to diminish the potential of this effort are now shifting. The initial MSM responses tended to the patronizing, emphasizing the fact that the group was small, camped out on the periphery of Wall Street, and harmless (harmless = weak, particularly when pitted against the might of the plutocrats). Now that the ranks of participants are growing and prominent individuals like Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz have stopped by to show support, the new tactic is to attribute the increased interest to gawking rather than solidarity. For instance, the Financial Times headline is “Fed up and curious swell anti-Wall Street ranks.” So in one neat sentence, that suggests there is a hard (and by implication, not large) core of protestors, joined by malcontents and sensation seekers along for the ride. But the experience of the protestors provides considerable evidence of broad based support: they’ve gotten more in pizza donations and socks than they need; many of the cops express sympathy; the overwhelming majority of passengers in cars that drove by them on Brooklyn Bridge waved at them or otherwise signaled approval. And images are arresting. Just as televised footage from Vietnam made it impossible to sanitize the brutality of a ground war in Asia, so to are digital cameras and the ease of using social media and blogs to distribute images impeding the efforts of the officialdom to pretend that the protestors are not like the rest of us. Today’s photos include Marines who depict Wall Street as their new enemy: – MARK PROVOST

The Occupy Wall Street crowd has become predictably focused on issues like taxing the middle class and moderately “rich,” ending capitalism and even re-electing Obama to ‘fight’ the very elites who pushed him into power. Focus should instead be on the real source of power for the out-of-control bankster class- the private, unaccountable Federal Reserve bank that creates money out of thin air, issues secret loans to insiders and foreign governments and systematically institutes debt on the American people through their undue powers. With this in mind, Alex Jones is calling on patriots to “occupy” branches of the Federal Reserve, with plans to appear at three locations in Texas this weekend in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The times and locations appear below. Further, people everywhere should converge upon Fed locations in their area to raise awareness about the real culprit behind the economic crisis.  Well meaning protesters who have joined the Occupy Wall Street effort, including solidarity activities in cities everywhere, need to be educated about the power held by this insidious institution, as well as the false solutions that have been proposed by leading figures on the left and right that only further expand the scope of big government, all while avoiding the elephant in the room. –ALEX JONES



Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign march into the courtyard of New York Police Department headquarters in New York last week.

By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-new-lost-decade-is-leading-to-revolution-2011-10-04?link=home_carousel

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Memo to the Super Rich, your high-paid lobbyists and your no-compromise political puppets whose sole mission is destroying the presidency: Yes, you are succeeding. You’re also killing the economy.

Thanks to your self-destructive ideology, America is now in the second of back-to-back Lost Decades. A new one on the heels of the 2000-2010 Lost Decade where Wall Street lost more than 20% inflation-adjusted. Get it? You guys launched America’s second Lost Decade of 21st century.

Yes, two consecutive job-killing Lost Decades. The first created by Wall Street’s obsessive greed. The new one triggered by the widening wealth gap that’s feeding endless partisan political wars powered by Super Rich conservatives hell-bent on re-establishing the same free-market, trickle-down Reaganomics policies that have been sabotaging America for the last generation.

Unfortunately, the new one gets worse: Why? The coming Lost Decade is a backdrop for a wave of class warfare destined to trigger a historic revolution in American politics, bigger than the ’29 Crash and Great Depression.

Initially inspired by the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street is a virus spreading rapidly as Occupy Everything, a reform movement that will overshadow the GOP/Tea Party as the voice of the people, leading to an Occupy America.

Investors, listen closely: First, we’ll summarize five major signs of America’s new Lost Decade 2011-2021. Then, we summarize seven diverse examples of rebellions across the world adding fuel to America’s accelerating Occupy Wall Street revolution.

Why is this crucial for investors? Because these class wars are guaranteed to deepen America’s market and economic problems during the coming Lost Decade. So listen closely investors:

1. Decade of debt stagnation till 2021

Barron’s Gene Epstein warns that Obama’s latest is “Too Little, Too Late.” Even if the president “gets everything he asked for in his new proposals, it won’t reduce our growing public debt. And he won’t get it all.”

So America’s debt will remain around 80% of GDP for a decade, levels not seen since the 1940s. That’s right, debt will remain dangerously high at least through 2021. And it won’t matter who is president. Class warfare will accelerate this job-killing debt cycle.

2. Investors lose faith, bailing out

Over at the Wall Street Journal Tom Lauricella warns “Investors lose faith in stocks … in a historic retreat, investors world-wide during the three months through August pulled some $92 billion out of stock funds in the developed markets,” more than reversing the total “put into those funds since stocks bottomed in 2009.”

Worse, there’s a “widening belief that the mess left behind by the housing bubble and financial crisis will be a morass to contend with for years.” Yes, many years.

3. Fed surrenders, cannot fix economy

In a Cleveland speech last week Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that with 45% of the unemployed out more than six months, long-term unemployment is now a “national crisis” the Fed cannot fix. “Unheard of … this has never happened in the post-war period.” They’re “losing the skills they had, they are losing their connections, their attachment to the labor force.” But a job-killing Congress won’t act.

4. Wall Street still doesn’t get it

In a recent Foreign Policy article, William Cohan, a former J. P. Morgan Chase managing director and author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World,” warns Wall Street not only learned nothing after the 2008 meltdown, they’re aggressively lobbying to kill all reforms that might “break this dangerous cycle in which bankers and traders get very rich while the rest of us suffer from their mistakes.”

Wall Street is deaf, blind and myopic, wants no limits on “all manner of bets on the market,” even at the “risk of a U.S. recession.” Only a catastrophe will wake Wall Street.

5. Yes, America’s second Lost Decade just began

In a Money interview, “Are We the Next Japan?” Nomura Research economist Richard Koo sees “striking similarities between our current malaise” and Japan’s Lost Decade. Their stimulus did work, but then “the Japanese made a horrendous mistake in 1997.”

The IMF told Japan “you’re running a huge fiscal deficit with an aging population … reduce your deficit.” So Japan “cut spending and raised taxes” and “the whole economy came crashing down.” Sure sounds familiar.

Wall Street protest spreads

Warning: to Wall Street CEOs, the Super Rich, the top 1% who think they own our government … the party’s over. No matter who gets elected in 2012 and 2016, the new Lost Decade 2011-2021will make life miserable for the president and Congress, as with Japan earlier.

Worse, this Lost Decade will make life miserable for everybody: corporations, investors, consumers, workers, small businesses and all our families, with the kind of economic suffering experienced in the painfully long Great Depression era.

Yes, big shock dead ahead. The class wars like Arab Spring are accelerating across America. “Occupy Wall Street” is going viral, spreading through “Occupy Together,” expanding in dozens of cities across America and the world, growing bigger — in commitment, in mission, in boldness — a resistance movement waging war against our democracy-killing Super Rich.

Next, expect many more class wars, regional rebellions, uprisings against the wealthy — yes, this is the second American Revolution.

Yes, ‘the people’ have lost faith in voting … and in democracy

Wake up folks: The myopic media is trapped in 2012 “campaign mode,” in a time warp delivering mind-numbing reality shows featuring the latest soap-opera sound bites about Mitt, Rick, Chris, Newt, Michele and their endless games.

Meanwhile, off-camera something big is happening, in the real world, a historic, cultural shift exploding all across America and the world. Something the media, bankers and politicians still can’t grasp.

Get it? The people have lost faith in voting. Not just lost faith in the markets and economy. The public no longer has faith in democracy. They know voting is irrelevant, nothing ever changes. They now know their world is being manipulated by a powerful cabal of wealthy special interests, corporate bosses, bankers, lobbyists and self-serving politicians.

Voters know they’re being played for suckers. The game is rigged. And they’ve also figured out that change will come only after a revolution, one they’re triggering.

Warning: This revolutionary spirit is spreading across the world’s youth, the unemployed, disenfranchised and disillusioned, voices who’ve lost faith in voting democracies.

This historic wave is summarized here from Nicholas Kulish’s provocative New York Times piece, “As scorn for vote grows, protests surge around globe.” Forget the Tea Party, the new class wars will force America to change, as they’re changing the Arab world.

Seven powerful signs: You can feel the shift from democracy … to anarchy in the streets …to a revolution that demands overthrow of the establishment:

1. Global anger at economic inequality

“Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheered a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries,”

Universal complaints: “Corruption … lack of affordable housing … joblessness … from South Asia to the heartland of Europe … to Wall Street … wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process … they have little faith in the ballot box.”

2. Broken promises of voting democracies

Until recently a global consensus told us democracy was “the only path forward.” That faith was broken by an “endless succession of crises, the Asian financial collapse of 1997, the Internet bubble that burst in 2000, the subprime crisis of 2007-8 and the continuing European and American debt crisis.”

Worse, the “inability of policy makers to deal with them or cushion their people from the shocks.”

3. British youth: Nothing to lose

“Even when capitalism fell into its worst crisis since the 1920s there was no viable alternative vision,” said British author Owen Jones. Protests “exploded into lawlessness last month” when “rampaging youths smashed store windows and set fires in London and beyond.”

They no longer believe “the political system represented their interests.” Rioting youth “didn’t feel they had a future to risk.”

4. Young Spaniards: ‘Voting is worthless’

Spain has the developed world’s highest unemployment at 21%: “Many have lost confidence that politicians of any party can find a solution.” These “indignados, the outraged … block traffic, occupy squares and gather for teach-ins. ‘Our parents are grateful because they’re voting,’ said Marta Solanas, 27, an unemployed online journalist, referring to older Spaniards’ decades spent under the Franco dictatorship. ‘We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.’”

5. India’s massive government corruption

A New Delhi university student from a small village “wants to know why her parents go days without power: ‘Electricity is our basic need. Where is the money going?’” A rural “activist, starved himself publicly for 12 days until the Indian Parliament capitulated to” an “anticorruption measure to hold public officials accountable. ‘We elect the people’s representatives so they can solve our problems” but that’s not happening, “corruption is ruling our country.”

6. Israel’s politicians abandon citizens

Israel is “a market-driven high-tech powerhouse. But with wealth has come inequality.” The “same small class of people who profited from government privatizations also dominates the major political parties. … market forces produced … a feeling that the job of a citizen was limited to occasional trips to the polling places to vote.” The Israeli “political system has abandoned its citizens.”

7. Class warfare in European Union

“In many European countries the disappointment is twofold: in heavily indebted federal governments pulling back from social spending and in a European Union viewed as distant and undemocratic. Europeans leaders have dictated harsh austerity measures in the name of stability for the euro … rubber-stamped by captive and corrupt national politicians … ‘The biggest crisis is a crisis of legitimacy,’ says one activist … we don’t think they are doing anything for us.”

Warning: Inequalities are at the heart of all revolutions. Today, inequities are at 1929 levels. We’ve been watching this wealth gap widening for decades, since Reaganomics took over American politics a generation ago. Since then the income of the wealthiest 1% skyrocketed from 9% to 23%, while the other 99% of Americans stagnated.

Yes, Warren Buffett’s right: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and winning.” … But not for much longer. Why? Because the Arab Spring set the stage with class wars targeting dictators, scam-voting, pseudo-democracies.

Now Occupy Wall Street has emerged as the booster rocket accelerating a new American Revolution.

Anonymous | Message To The Media – On October 10th, NYSE Shall be Erased from the Internet

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I will be honest. I’m not sure what to think here about ANON yet. Especially with the whole V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes masks…This movement is gaining serious momentum as the protesters are mobilizing and gaining support…sadly mainstream media continues to do a disservice to all of us by pretending it’s not happening. We are in a time where the news no longer reports the news. Fukushima, Jasmine Revolution, Occupy Wall Street. Unbelievable how little people know about what is going on and not just in New York City anymore….San Fransico, Dallas…I get it that people want change and they want the Big Bad Bankers to suffer and pay for the crimes against the people. The outrage against banks is understandable as they created this mess, got bailed out, paid themselves record bonuses then told the government to shove it by returning the money. I understand the defiance but there will be unintended consequences… innocent lives will be ruined, jobs will be lost, the banking system will likely be nationalized, mom and pops will probably lose their shirt and civil disobedience will turn from non violent to violent very quickly. Scary times we are embarking…this is just the beginning and whether or not you agree or support what is going on, its time you ask yourself:  Am I prepared if things get very bad? If you don’t ask yourself that question and at least think about your own personal situation, you are a making a very serious mistake.

See the message below after the videos.



A new Anonymous statement to the media regarding a DDOS attack set forth to take place October 10th.

DDOS information is annotated.

IRC LINK: irc.project-pm.org #invadewallstreet
(or for NetTalk users, 85.115.208.246)

TRANSCRIPT:
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Greetings, Institutions of the Media.

We are Anonymous.

The events transpiring within Wall Street have caught our eye.

It seems that the government and Federal agencies enjoy enforcing the law a little bit too much. They instate unjust laws as mindless automatons, blindly following orders with soulless precision.

We witness the Government enforcing the laws that punish the 99% while allowing the 1% to escape justice, unharmed, for their crimes against the people.

We have observed this same Government failing to enforce even the minimal legal restraints of Wall Street’s abuses. This Government who has willingly ignored the greed at Wall Street has even bailed out the perpetrators that have caused our crisis.

We will not stand by and watch the system take over our way of life.

We the people shall stand against the government’s inaction.

We the people will not be witnesses to your corruption and ill gotten profits.

We will not labor for your leisure.

We will not assist you in any way.

This is why we choose to declare our war against the New York Stock Exchange. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit.

We will show the world that we are true to our word. On October 10th, NYSE shall be erased from the Internet. On October 10th, expect a day that will never, ever, be forgotten.

Vox Populi, Vox Anon.
The Voice of The People is The Voice of Anonymous.
We are Legion. We are the 99%.
We do not forgive. We do not forget.
Wall Street: Expect us.

Hope Springs Eternal | America Needs it Own “SPRING” | The Salon

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Finally, a legitimate news source that will be crusading for the American people instead of mainstream media which protects the likes of status quo, the elites, the big corps and certainly our disgusting politicians. While there are plenty of unbalanced sites out there that see the destruction and path of this country as inevitable(like myself), it’s both useful and necessary to find sources that provide balance and independence as you shape your own view. I hope you enjoy reading the editorial below from David Talbot, who is the CEO and found The Salon 16 years ago and I hope you take the opportunity to bookmark this site and check in frequently. This is the kind of journalism this country needs. We need our AMERICAN SPRING. More and more I am getting excited that people are waking up and realizing what is happening around them….

From Huff Post:

“Salon is initiating a call for an American spring,” Talbot said, “a national conversation to profoundly renew this country in the same spirit as people in Europe in the streets and throughout the Arab World.”

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Talbot said he wants Salon to be a populist voice that can “help initiate a conversation about what the country needs to do.” He said he plans on putting more resources into reporting around the country, likening Salon’s mission in covering the Great Recession to writers and photographers during the Great Depression. He said Salon will also increase original video and plans to have “a series of public events around the country to engage a broad selection of Americans in this conversation.”

America needs its own “Spring”

By David Talbot

http://www.salon.com/about/american_spring/index.html?story=/about/inside_salon/2011/09/27/talbot_letter_to_readers

I founded Salon 16 years ago because I thought the country needed a strong, independent news operation. The Web gave my collaborators and me a platform for free and spirited journalism, and we took full advantage of it. For the first time in my life as a journalist, we — editors, reporters, critics and designers — were in sole control of our work, not managers and corporate sponsors. As a result, Salon became known for its fearless independence, breaking stories on the Clinton impeachment machine, the dark side of the Bush-Cheney war juggernaut, and the continued abuses of our freedoms under the Obama administration.

Now, six years after leaving Salon, I’ve decided to return as CEO, because I think the country needs a fighting, independent media more than ever.

Americans are deeply worried and dispirited. Three years ago, as the country slid into a bottomless recession, we rallied around a presidential candidate who promised real change, only to see him fall captive to the same forces of greed and endless war that have brought us to ruin. The alternatives presented by the Republican Party would only accelerate this national decline. We’re faced on the one side by a well-meaning but ineffectual leader who has waited far too late in his presidency to rally the people around the powerful themes of jobs and economic justice — and on the other side by GOP leaders who are competing to see how quickly they can dismantle the last decent vestiges of public life in America.

We can no longer wait for the country’s corporate-dominated political system to solve our problems. All of us know friends and family members who are in dire straits; many of us are barely clinging on, struggling to pay the bills and raise our children, while trying to give them a sense of hope for the future. The richest get even richer, the rest of us get poorer. The gap between the powerful and the powerless in America grows wider than ever.

In these increasingly hard times, Salon is dedicating itself to an American revival. Our editorial mission will become more explicitly and aggressively populist. We will be publishing more investigative pieces, exposing the shadow dance of power. And both Democratic and Republican targets will be fair game, since both parties are increasingly under the control of the same corporate forces.

Americans are in desperate need of a true crusader for their interests — not a phony Tea Party. Salon will fight tooth and claw for the beleaguered majority, exposing the machinations of oligarchy with rigorously reported, deep journalism.

For just two examples of this renewed Salon commitment to essential, original journalism, please see Mark Hertsgaard’s “Hellfire!” — on Rick Perry’s faith-based reaction to the inferno that is sweeping his state – and Brad Friedman’s “The $10.50 Voting Machine Hack” – on the frightening security gaps that could corrupt our electoral process.

Salon’s coverage will not be all gloom and doom. We will cover the people who are rebuilding America from the ground up — taking over their local schools, creating community gardens and food barter networks, launching green start-ups.

We’re inspired by Robert Kennedy, who — after failing to convince President Johnson to end the war in Vietnam — came back to his Senate office in a mood of dark despair about the fate of America. “Oh, to hell with it,” RFK told his young staff, with a new fire in his voice. “Let’s start our own country.”

It’s time to start our own country.

Last week I visited the young people who were camped out near the New York Stock Exchange, in protest against Wall Street’s reign of greed. They told me they had little to look forward to in today’s America. No jobs, a crushing load of student debt, and a political system that seems completely rigged against people like themselves. But they had not given up hope. Inspired by the social upheavals in the Arab world and the protests in Europe against rapacious financial elites, these young Americans are calling for their own “American Spring.”

Salon wholeheartedly embraces this process of national renewal. In coming months, we plan to hold a series of American Spring public events in cities near you, to discuss the future of our country. Our goal is nothing less than changing the conversation in America, which is now stuck in endless replay mode between cautious Democrats and zealous Republicans. There is nothing for us in the droning presidential debates and pre-packaged political chatter on TV. Real life is elsewhere. By changing the channel, Salon hopes to finally begin moving the country forward.

We can’t do this without you. To accomplish our mission, we need you to join our revived membership program. We know that the Salon community is the core of our strength. That’s why we will soon be relaunching our membership program as Salon Core.

In coming days, we will announce a compelling package of benefits for our new Salon Core members — as well as our loyal Salon Premium members. You can show your support right now by signing up here to get more information about Salon Core as soon as it’s available.

With your support, Salon will expand its hard-hitting coverage. We will also introduce new creative dimensions like Salon Studio, featuring original video portraits of life in America that you can’t see anywhere else. And next week, Salon E-Books will publish its first offering, the hilarious “A Tea People’s History,” by our own Alex Pareene. By the end of the year, Salon will look and feel like a much more dynamic creature, with a new burst of enterprising journalism as well as an exciting schedule of video and music programs — all offered on the Web and on various mobile platforms.

I look forward to working with you in the weeks and months to come. I know that together we can make a difference.

Obama’s tattling website becomes laughingstock of internet | # Ididn’tsayittheWashPostdid

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Do you understand? I didn’t say anything? ANYTHING.

Talk about paranoia. And I don’t mean me. This is our President of the United States with a tattling website.

He does understand there is this thingamajig that his administration doesn’t seem to be too familiar with called the 1st amendment, right?

All I can say is this/he is pathetic. I guess I should be expecting an email or a spanking soon.

Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock – BlogPost – The Washington Post.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/signup/o2012-attackwatch-report-an-attack

Get Your Gold While You Can | Banks, Governments Move To Restrict Personal Gold Bullion Purchases

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There is much to say here then just emphasize the quote at the end of this article. I have mine, do you have yours?

The noose is tightening. Governments, large financial institutions and political chess players know exactly where real value exists. And it’s certainly not in the currencies that are being printed with reckless abandon.

Banks, Governments Move To Restrict Personal Gold Bullion Purchases

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: September 9th, 2011
Website:
www.SHTFplan.com

This week we returned from a trip to the Eurozone where we met with a host of different people across many countries and several industries. All of the indicators we’re seeing – construction starts, bank lending, personal borrowing habits, economic growth, and even the (lack of) items in grocery store carts – suggest that Europe is on the brink, though as is generally the case, the average European has no clue what’s coming their way.

The most alarming situation we identified is one relating to the purchase of gold coins and bullion – specifically in the country of Austria – but one that will likely make its way across the EU if it hasn’t already. Unlike the United States, where gold and silver can be purchased through traditional methods like visiting a local dealer directly, or even placing an order on the internet, it is much more difficult to find a gold/silver dealer outside of Germany or Switzerland. As a result, those individuals interested in acquiring gold are left with purchasing directly from local bank branches.

Had you visited an Austrian bank three months ago, you would have had absolutely no problem purchasing a large quantity of gold/silver from the bank. You’d simply call the bank about 24 – 48 hours in advance, let them know you’re coming and how much you needed, and you’d personally pick up your order within a couple days.

A new trend in Austrian (and perhaps the rest of Europe’s) banking policies suggests that certain interested parties are attempting to control the sale and personal acquisition of gold/silver as safe haven assets. What we experienced first hand should be a wake up call for not just Europeans, but Americans as well.

The policy change was quiet, has not been reported by any media outlets that we’re aware of, and no mention of the new policies is made on the web sites of Austria’s largest banking institutions (though it is clear they vehemently comply with U.S. anti-money laundering measures and the Patriot Act)

According to the bank representatives and manager we spoke with, Austrian banks have now been ordered to restrict the sale of gold and silver bullion purchases and are limiting personal acquisitions of precious metals to 15,000€ (approximately $20,700 USD) at a time, or 11 ounces of gold at today’s prices.

Upon further discussion we learned that these policies were implemented over the course of the last 30 days, and they are now standard operating procedure. The reason given was the banks had come under pressure from EU, Austrian and U.S. officials, with this particular manager specifically citing U.S. money laundering initiatives and the EU’s Third EU Money Laundering Directive which was implemented across the zone in December of 2007.

The idea that these restrictions have been put in place as anti-money laundering measures is laughable. As we all know, if a drug cartel or other criminal organization wanted to launder money, they wouldn’t do it in person purchasing bullion coins at a local banking branch. They’d simply pick up the phone and contact a too-big-too-fail bank (video), as we’ve seen with the billions of dollars recently laundered through U.S. banks. You may remember there was very little reporting on this issue from mainstream media and it has been ignored by U.S. prosecutors.

As Austria is one of the more developed nations in the Euro Zone, there is a strong likelihood that they are not the sole country implementing these new policies – and that this has been, or soon will be, implemented across the entirety of EU nations.

To the average European and American this may not mean much. But if you’ve been paying attention to the events unfolding over the last several years, it’s becoming clear that the economies of the EU and US are under threat of a significant and potentially permanent financial collapse. This morning, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde was quoted as saying that the situation is so dire, “policymakers should stand ready, as needed, to take more action to support the recovery, including through unconventional measures.”

The new gold and silver purchasing limits would certainly qualify as unconventional, along with other recent proposed measures by EU officials and business leaders. One such proposal from Italian business leaders calls for all cash transactions over 300 Euro (About $400 USD) to be banned, and to be permitted only in electronic format.

The global trend across industrialized nations for the last twenty years has been to move towards a cashless society, but one that still utilizes centrally planned currencies. While central banks, large institutional funds and wealthy private investors across the world continue to buy up gold, governments seem to be moving quickly to restrict the ability of average people to do the same – and they are rapidly implementing policies to either restrict or track these types of transactions.

Many cities around the country, such as Houston, TX, have passed identification requirements that force sellers of precious metals to present a valid form of ID at the time of sale. Like Europe, the U.S. is expeditiously implementing direct methods of tracking these transactions, as well as indirect methods that target those who may be engaging in suspicious activities, namely using cash, as per FBI and Homeland Security bulletins issued last month.

The noose is tightening. Governments, large financial institutions and political chess players know exactly where real value exists. And it’s certainly not in the currencies that are being printed with reckless abandon.

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: September 9th, 2011
Website:
www.SHTFplan.com

Is SOCIAL SECURITY A PONZI SCHEME??????? | Arch Globalist Thomas Friedman Can’t Answer

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This is entertaining stuff especially the end where Rick Santelli after clearly making his point says to Thomas Friedman, author of the World is Flat and New York Times columnist, “You’re idiotic. I’m done. I feel good.” Watch and be entertained.

However, as entertaining as that was, the simple truth is that that from my standpoint, there is no question social security is absolutely a ponzi scheme. Is there any wonder why no congressional leader wants to get within ten feet of discussing this topic…sure you will get your theatrics here and there where self serving politicians will broach the topic but no one has an answer because the only solution would lead to all hell breaking loose. Status Quo is financially unsustainable and Since the Status Quo is financially unsustainable, there WILL BE a Great Reset. The timing and nature of that Reset is up to us.

If you want to get into some real numbers, keep reading as I will present some really meaty stuff for you to digest. I would be absolutely thrilled for anyone to continue reading so if you do just click yes on the poll so i know how many non deaf ears this has gone on.

“Pay as you go” systems like Social Security and Medicare only function sustainably if the retirees drawing benefits remain about 1/10th of the number of workers paying the taxes. Alternatively, the population must pyramid up every generation to maintain that 10-to-1 ratio.

The Baby Boom is roughly 76 million people, or about 25% of the population. There are about 139 million workers and about 310 million residents. The Baby Boom has started retiring en masse; all of my relatives and friends who work for state or local government are already retired well before the age of 60, and the first Boomers qualify for Medicare this year.

Once the Boomers are in the system, the worker-retiree ratio will be less than 2-to-1. This is completely unsustainable in a “pay as you go” system. Here are facts and the charts:

For all of the existing unfunded liabilities to be covered in the end, someone must pay $99.2 trillion more or receive $99.2 trillion less than they have been currently promised. This is a cold, hard fact. None of this is new. Richard W. Fisher of the Dallas Federal Reserve laid it all out very succinctly back in May 2008, before the global financial meltdown. Now of course, the situation is much worse: Social Security is already deeply in the red, for example, a condition that wasn’t supposed to occur until 2017.The entire notion of entitlements based on age requires an ever-expanding population of working contributors and an ever-expanding economy. If either condition isn’t met, then the programs fail. Fisher’s message is clear: our entitlement programs will fail because there is no way to raise $100 trillion in additional taxes in a declining economy.


Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh barf……Good fcking luck. But again this is nothing new to me and why 80% of my wealth is comfortably sitting in the only currency that will protect me when this great reset happens…and as mentioned…the timing is really up to us but its coming……

Enjoy the beginning of the NFL season tonight…its one of the best things we get to to look forward to……love me some NFL

Gaddafi Gold-For-Oil, Dollar-Doom Plans Behind Libya ‘Mission’?

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I’ll be honest….this isn’t new news about the gold dinar but I never really tied this all together and I should have before now…and now I don’t know what to think here…this whole situation has bugged me from the very beginning for the following reasons below, but in an effort to not get too caught up in the bullshyt lame argument of calling me a conspiracy theorist because you are unwilling to remotely ask questions or challenge the motives of your government and status quo, stop reading now. for the rest of you that have a tiny bit of curiosity in peeling back the onion, you be the judge…

1. Egypt was getting real traction on Gold Dinar
2. Obama usurped congress in an act of war to get us in there and WE ARE STILL THERE “ASSISTING” (if you have forgotten, The Obama administration attacked Libya without a constitutional declaration of war, without congressional authorization, without meaningful consultation with Congress — and without a dollar being authorized from the House or Senate.  It was a war started by a president who turned to the United Nations for its authority and ignored the authority of the US Congress.
3. A new central bank for the rebels was up and running like day 2 of the invasion (HOW YOU ASK? Well with the help of goldman sachs of course(see link)
4. New reports show that “NATO Forces” were trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck by causing a single currency called the Gold Dinar in which all African and Middle Eastern nations would accept in return for Oil.

 

HERE IS THE BIG QUESTION FROM NONE OTHER THEN RON PAUL.

Are we better off as a nation by ignoring and debasing our Constitution?  Are we better off having spent more than a billion dollars attacking a country thousands of miles away that had not threatened us?  Are we more financially sound having expanded the empire to include yet another protectorate and probable long-term military occupation?  Are we more admired throughout the world for getting involved in yet another war?

Still, many will claim that getting rid of Libyan ruler Gaddafi was worth it. They will say that the ends justify the means. As the civilian toll from NATO bombs adds up in a war started under the guise of protecting a civilian population, even the initial argument for intervention is ridiculous. We should not forget that there were no massacres taking place in Libya before the NATO attack. The attack was a dubbed a preventative humanitarian intervention.  But as soon as NATO planes started bombing, civilians started dying.   – RON PAUL

From Russia Today:

More speculation has been raised on the reasons for NATO’s intervention in Libya. As RT’s Laura Emmett reports, the organization may have been trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck by causing a single currency called the Gold Dinar in which all African and Middle Eastern nations would accept in return for Oil. The Gold Dinar was intended to compete against the Dollar and Euro. The Gold Dinar would give OIL RICH nations the power to turn around to their ENERGY HUNGRY customers and say “Sorry, the price has gone up and we want gold. “…some say the US and its NATO allies literally couldn’t afford to let that happen…

And some more if you feel like learning a little more…..

It is like any lie; once people are exposed as lying and you probe that lie, then they have to come up with more lies to cover the gaps in the original lie – Ian R. Crane

click this link:

The wave of Middle East revolutions was a false flag from the start and the ultimate target for the US was indeed Libya all along, insists Ian R. Crane, an independent researcher and campaigner for political truth and integrity.

The reason for the Western media having certain countries tagged – such as Venezuela, Cuba, Libya, Iraq, Iran, North Korea – is “they all have or had one thing in common – that is they are free of debt of the World Bank.”

“They are not locked in the World Bank or IMF, they have their own banks, they issue their own currency,” said the researcher.

“We also have to recognize the remarkable coincidence between the Gaddafi statement that he was going to start issuing a gold dinar and demanding that his oil is purchased with gold – and the next thing we know we have a popular uprising [in Libya],” points out Crane.

The researcher believes that the ongoing riots in any other country in the region, particularly the clashes between the army and rioters in Syria, “is deliberately contrived to take the attention away from Libya – the goal is Libya.”

“The goal is not just to control the oil in Libya. Libya’s debt was less than one month of its GDP, so it was not debt – it was just a working capital. But it is not just the oil, because in addition to supporting the country, let’s understand that Gaddafi paid a social wage, every Libyan of working age received the equivalent of $US 1,000 a month and it was up to them whether they worked or not,” reveals Crane, saying that Gaddafi was putting money back into the community and also making all education in Libya free.

Another considerable chunk of the oil revenues Gaddafi spent was on an enormous system of underground aqueducts, turning Libya’s part of the Northern Sahara into farmland, thus taking his country another step closer to becoming a regional superpower.

Crane goes on to link Osama Bin Laden’s killing with the “sudden manifestation” of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate that appeared on the White House website, which was immediately considered a forgery by some because “it was still in the Photoshop layers”. Crane says that following the publication, the media, particularly in the US, needed “something of enormous magnitude to take the birth certificate issue off the front pages – so they decided they needed to murder Osama Bin Laden, for what is at least the third time.”

The researcher also recalled previous rumors about Bin Laden being dead before the end of 2001 and mentioned David Frost’s infamous interview with the now late Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto on November 2, 2007, when she stated categorically that Osama Bin Laden had been murdered by a former MI6 recruit Omar Sheikh.

David Frost made no comment whatsoever and did not question Bhutto on the sensational statement and on 27 December 2007 she was murdered.

“People should not be taking the version of events offered by the mainstream media at face value,” Crane concluded, but rather dig as deep as possible “to establish what we believe to be the truth.”

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