Archive for June, 2012

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

via: JessesCrossRoadsCafe
June 30, 2012

Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance, The Bankers Who Broke the World, discusses the parallels between the Great Depression and the Financial Crisis of today at The American Academy of Berlin.

I concur heartily with Mr. Ahamed on the primary causes of the bubble and collapse, especially with regard to the enormous policy errors of the Greenspan Fed.

But I always find it annoying that the conscious, widespread fraud that was promoted by Wall Street, both in 1929 and in the most recent crisis, is rarely discussed as the major corrupting influence that distorted both economic and monetary policy and the real economy.

I cannot speak to the 1920s, but there is little doubt in my mind that there was a concerted effort to game and corrupt the financial system that gained a major momentum in the 1990s, and that culminated in the financial collapse and economic malaise and instability that is plaguing the world today.

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Greg Mannarino – The Game Is Rigged Part I & II

via: AltInvestorsHangOut
June 30, 2012

In this podcast:

(1) I discuss how Greg believes that our financial markets are rigged just as the casino games in Vegas.

(2) We discuss Greg’s book in detail and illustrate how the government is in bed with businesses.

(3) We talk about the brainwashing/propaganda preventing people from understanding the financial crisis.

(4) We discuss whether China will be the world’s reserve currency


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Power grid goes down for millions of Americans as Mother Nature reminds us all to get prepared

via: NaturalNews
Saturday, June 30, 2012
by: Mike Adams
Editor of NaturalNews.com

[NaturalNews] Mother Nature has a way of interrupting our lives with not-so-subtle reminders to pay attention to reality. Over the last 48 hours, a blistering heat wave has swept across nine U.S. states, causing the power grid to fail for millions of residents. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency.

“Millions of people across nine states were reeling without power Saturday to deal with thermostat-popping temperatures after fierce thunderstorms pounded parts of the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard,” reports CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/30/us/extreme-heat/index.html).

“In storm-affected areas, many people had no electricity to run fans, air-conditioning and refrigerators. Even in places where power was not disrupted, people with no air-conditioning were advised to spend the day in a library or a cooling center to avoid heat exhaustion.”

At the same time, a crushing, violent storm swept through Washington D.C., killing at least 10 more people and bringing down the power grid to millions more. “More than 3 million are without power — and without air conditioning — as crews work to clear downed tree limbs and restore electricity,” reports CBS News. (http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/06/30/eastern-u-s-storms-leave-5-…)

“Power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region. Earlier Friday, the nation’s capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.”

Mother Nature’s way of reminding us all to live in a state of ongoing preparedness

These events are often called “natural disasters,” but that’s a misnomer. These aren’t disasters except for the fact that so many humans depend on the power grid for their very survival. Nature has, for millions of years, functioned just fine with forest fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and violent storms. It is only modern human civilization — and its remarkably fragile state of existence — that has turned such events into “disasters.”

The disasters, therefore, are really man-made disasters, not “natural” disasters. If you stand in the path of a two-ton boulder rolling downhill, it’s sort of juvenile to blame the boulder for whatever transpires…

Regardless of what you call them, these disasters are made far worse by the reality that most people refuse to prepare for the unexpected. These are what I call the “unprepared masses” who gamble with their lives, placing bets on the power grid, 911 emergency response, the water system, the food supply and all the other systems that (barely) keep them alive from day to day. They are inadvertent gamblers with their own lives. It’s not that they intend to be huge risk-takers; it’s just that they don’t take steps to avoid risk and shore up their protections against the unexpected.

Three reasons why people don’t prepare

There are essentially three reasons why people don’t prepare against the unexpected. They are:

1) The dumbed-down masses. These people, who represent the great masses across the USA and elsewhere around the world, simply lack the intelligence or the desire to think ahead. They tend to be poorly educated (because investing in an education requires planning), poorly informed and live paycheck to paycheck. Their vision of reality is extremely narrow — often extending no further than their next meal or two.

2) The “think positive” people. These people believe that acknowledging risk will cause it to come true. They believe that “staying positive” will physically alter the world into a state that somehow averts disaster for them. The best way to avoid negative things from happening, these people believe, is to refrain from acknowledging their existence. There’s nothing wrong with being a positive person per se, but to do so in denial of a legitimate crisis is delusional and often destructive.

Reality has a way of bluntly reminding these people that they are not actually gods who can alter the physical universe. Mother Nature and her earthquakes, storms, tsunamis and heat waves have no concern whatsoever for whether individual humans think positive, negative or not at all. Interestingly, by the way, even the “think positive” crowd still wears seatbelts when they drive their cars, which is technically a contradiction of their own beliefs. Why not just drive down the highway without a seatbelt and “be positive?”

3) The procrastinators. These folks are often well-intentioned individuals who understand the importance of preparedness but nevertheless find their day-to-day lives too demanding to set aside the time (or money) to actually get prepared. To some extent, I’m guilty of this myself, and I’m sure this rings a bell with many NaturalNews readers. For some of us, lack of preparedness is a TIME issue, and for others it’s a MONEY issue, but we at least universally recognize that we are all, to some extent, behind schedule on getting fully prepared.

My rough estimate is that 80% of the population are dumbed-down masses, roughly 10% are the “stay positive” denialists, and another 9% are procrastinators. There might be 1% carved out of all this who are actually fully prepared, hence bringing the total number to 100%.

Cover the preparedness basics NOW, before something truly big happens

The most positive perspective on all this is that these storms have given us a practice run on basic preparedness. If you’re one of the millions of people who got caught with no air conditioning, sweltering heat, and all your frozen foods de-thawing in the freezer, you just got a — DING! — friendly reminder from Mother Nature to have a backup plan.

In fact, any reasonable preparedness plan must cover all the basics:

• Shelter
• Food
• Water
• Communications
• Defense
• Medicine
• Community
• Navigation
• Transportation

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TSA deliberately recruiting, hiring sociopaths and pedophiles, says whistleblower

via: NaturalNews
Saturday, June 30, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes

[NaturalNews] While the Central Intelligence Agency has a history of paying off petty tyrants and thugs in its quest to keep America safe, no regular federal agency would purposely seek out and hire the dregs of society. Right?

Wrong.

Enter the illustrious Transportation Security Administration. Are you surprised?

According to “Rob,” a TSA supervisor-turned-whistleblower, in an interview with the Alex Jones Show, the agency’s brass is directing staff to hire degenerates – people with criminal records who have exhibited violent tendencies and psychopathic behavior.

How do you like air travel now?

During the interview, Rob talked about his job, which entailed filing reports on TSA screeners who did not follow agency procedures. He said he was alarmed by the fact that the agency was hiring a number of criminals who he said exhibited the behavior of “psychopaths.”

“We have a program in the state of Rhode Island where we take prisoners who are out for non-violent drug offenses and everything else – basically sociopaths – and we’re sending them to a ten-day course and getting them in uniform checking out people,” the whistleblower said.

He noted that people who presented themselves very professionally were often passed over in favor of applicants who had spent time in jail and who had megalomaniacal, power-trip tendencies.

The aberrancy is getting noticed

“If they have a background and it’s something like violence or abusing authority we put them right in, we put them guys on the floor first day,” said Rob, who also said he was encouraged to hire veterans from the Iraq war who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s all about the power trip, it’s all about having people bug their eyes out at the public and getting the public conditioned to the fact that the police state is coming,” Rob said, adding that TSA screeners were instructed to stick out their chests in arrogance and “eyeball people.”

The TSA’s bizarre behavior, as well as the agency’s lower-than-low hiring standards, is getting noticed by more and more people. Fortunately for all Americans, an increasing number of those are people who can do something about it (let’s hope they do).

Take a recent report about the TSA by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. In it she highlighted the fact that TSA agents engage in criminal behavior so often it’s almost routine. She says that’s no aberrancy, it’s because of “TSA’s hiring practices and insufficient use of background checks.”

“This report details highly disturbing cases where pedophiles and child pornographers wearing federal law enforcement uniforms are not only patting down unsuspecting travelers, but in many cases stealing valuables from their bags,” she told a local news station in early June. “Enough is enough. It’s time for Congress to step in and demand accountability from Administrator [John] Pistole.”

But what should Americans expect?

Criminal risk-based organization?

The TSA’s recruitment policy does not reflect its own mantra, which is that it was created as an “intelligent risk-based organization.” The agency doesn’t conduct criminal and background checks on many of its employees, Blackburn’s report noted, and that it trolls for employees by advertising “for employment at the Washington Reagan National Airport on pizza boxes and on advertisements above pumps at discount gas stations in the D.C. area.”

Rob also told Alex Jones that TSA screeners were being ordered by supervisors to check bags of people who were only coming to the airport to pick up a traveler. He said he was once directed to search a diaper bag that belonged to a woman who had only come to the airport to pick up her husband.

little much?

“We’re doing patrols in the parking lot with dogs, we’re even going as far out to the train station because the train station is connected to the airport here and we have guys walking around the train station, walking around the rental cars, we’re inspecting cars coming into the parking garage, I mean we’ve fully expanded – we’re no longer just at the gate and just at the security checkpoint,” he said, adding that supervisors were firing agents who refused to grope travelers in certain areas.

Rob, the report noted, was contacted by his bosses shortly after the interview and reprimanded, by the way.

Source: NaturalNews.com

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Junk food junkies: dying for a fix

via: NaturalNews
Saturday, June 30, 2012
By: Craig Stellpflug

[NaturalNews] Junk food is over-processed and too easy to digest. Junk food requires very little processing by the body because it is mostly sugar, over-processed grains and empty fillers like hydrolyzed starches, cellulose and maltodextrin. The digestive system is like any other system in the body, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Your gut becomes lazy.

The more junk food a junky eats, the more flaccid the digestive system becomes. The intestines are a long tube of muscles that contract in a rhythm that pushes food from beginning to end. On a junk food diet there is no significant fiber to exercise the intestines to keep them toned up and they become weak and distended. Digestion slows down, constipation happens and parasites flourish. Pouches of diverticula push through the wall of the weakened intestines causing pain and infection.

To avoid flaccid gut tone one needs a decent amount of unprocessed fiber in the diet. Plenty of raw veggies usually do the trick and help with gut tone maintenance. To restore the gut tone it takes extra exercise in the form of supplemental fiber like psyllium husk or flax seed. The bowels push against the bulk which scrubs the intestinal walls and strengthens the peristaltic movement of the muscles. Abdominal crunches, like sit-ups can also help prolapsed and sagging organs to return to better function and positions.

Complex digestive juices

When a junk food junkie lives off of devitalized and nutrient deficient foods, the digestive tract doesn’t require complex enzymes to process the empty nutrition so it eventually quits making them. The body doesn’t forget how to make them, it just makes less and less of them. When the repentant junkie changes the diet, the body can’t make the required amounts of enzymes to glean the nutrients good food provides. Even on a new pristine diet, the junkie is effectively starving for nutrients. Never satisfied, the junkie turns back to the comfort of the easy food.

It can take years to destroy a digestive system and it takes many months of faithful diet and supplementing to restore it. To recover a junk food gut takes time and intervention. Critical digestive enzymes are needed to extract vital nutrients and supplemental enzymes are necessary until the system can make it on its own again.

Metal amalgam teeth fillings exude mercury vapor which suppresses our immune systems and destroys our digestive enzymes by upstaging the normal micronutrients that make enzymes work. Amalgams also suppress the thyroid, which further slows down gut function. Heavy metals from our everyday cookware destroy food nutrients and leach into our digestive system to further complicate our digestion (Teflon is the worst and titanium cookware is the best).

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World’s First Genetically Modified Babies ‘Created’ in US

via: NaturalSociety
by: Anthony Gucciardi
June 29, 2012

In a developing story, the Daily Mail is now reporting that the very first (admitted) group of genetically modified babies have been ‘created’ in the United States. The scientists involved reportedly announced the result on the night of June 27th, stating that 30 babies were born using genetic modification techniques. Furthermore, 2 of the babies tested were found to contain genes from a total of 3 different parents. The experiment also lasted over 3 years or more according to the researchers, which may be one of many.

The ‘GM babies’ were born into women who had trouble conceiving their own children. In order to ‘birth’ the babies, extra genes from a female donor were inserted into the women’s eggs before they were fertilized. After conception, scientists fingerprinted 2 of the one-year-old children and confirmed that they inherited DNA from 3 adults — one man and 2 women. What this means is that due to inheriting these extra genes through the genetic modification process, they will now be able to pass them along to their offspring. In other words, these genetically modified babies — if allowed to mate with non-GM humans — could potentially alter the very genetic coding of generations to come.

Genetecists state that this genetic modification method may one day be used to create babies “with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.”

The news comes after it was previously reported by British scientists that scientists were creating human-animal ‘monsters’. Such reports highlight the fact that rampant genetic experimentation is already taking place on many humans around the world, which has led a large number of scientists to call for new rules regarding the outlandish practice. Chinese scientists have already admittedly inserted human stem cells into goat fetuses, and United States researchers have actively researched the concept of engineering a mouse with human brain cells.

Many experts are now speaking out against the announcement, including leading fertility experts and major organizations. John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said:

It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.

Continue Reading At: NaturalSociety.com

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