Discussing The Great Reset With James Corbett

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The Great Withdrawal – Activist Post

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21-06-20 06:46:00,

By James Corbett

An extraordinary thing happened this week: Taro Kono, Japan’s Defense Minister, got up and announced that the Japanese government would be halting its plan to deploy a new, multi-billion dollar missile defense system. Tokyo had committed itself to buy the Aegis Ashore system from the fine folks at Lockheed Martin back in 2017, a.k.a. the height of the hysteria over North Korea’s missile provocations. But Kono has put the plans “on hold” indefinitely, citing budget and schedule overruns.

What makes this announcement so unusual is that it took everyone by surprise. Not just the governors of the prefectures where the system was to be sited—who, according to Kyodo News were only informed about the change in plans in a last-minute phone call—but even the US government, which Nikkei Asian Review reports was not informed of the decision ahead of time.

What? Japan scrapping a multi-billion dollar defense deal with a key US contractor without warning? What’s going on here?

To those who don’t follow geopolitics and military matters in the Asia-Pacific, this may not sound like the most extraordinary thing to happen in 2020—and, to be fair, given the year we’re living through perhaps it isn’t. But the Japan-US military alliance has been the backbone of the security order in the Asia-Pacific since the end of the Second World War, and the idea of Japan making such a monumental decision unilaterally without even informing their American counterparts beforehand would have been unthinkable even a few years ago. Yet here we are.

In fact, it’s not just the Asia-Pacific. From Europe to the Middle East to South America, there is an extraordinary change that is taking place, one that is seeing US power and influence waning around the world. So is the post-WWII era of “Pax Americana” truly over? And, if so, what does that mean for the future of global geopolitics?

Join James for this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber as he examines the waves of troop drawdowns and withdrawals that the US is engaging in right now, the waning of American influence around the world,

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Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid

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21-06-20 12:34:00,

BlackRock is a global financial giant with customers in 100 countries and its tentacles in major asset classes all over the world; and it now manages the spigots to trillions of bailout dollars from the Federal Reserve. The fate of a large portion of the country’s corporations has been put in the hands of a megalithic private entity with the private capitalist mandate to make as much money as possible for its owners and investors; and that is what it has proceeded to do.

To most people, if they are familiar with it at all, BlackRock is an asset manager that helps pension funds and retirees manage their savings through “passive” investments that track the stock market. But working behind the scenes, it is much more than that. BlackRock has been called “the most powerful institution in the financial system,” “the most powerful company in the world” and the “secret power.” It is the world’s largest asset manager and “shadow bank,” larger than the world’s largest bank (which is in China), with over $7 trillion in assets under direct management and another $20 trillion managed through its Aladdin risk-monitoring software. BlackRock has also been called “the fourth branch of government” and “almost a shadow government”, but no part of it actually belongs to the government. Despite its size and global power, BlackRock is not even regulated as a “Systemically Important Financial Institution” under the Dodd-Frank Act, thanks to pressure from its CEO Larry Fink, who has long had “cozy” relationships with government officials.

BlackRock’s strategic importance and political weight were evident when four BlackRock executives, led by former Swiss National Bank head Philipp Hildebrand, presented a proposal at the annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in August 2019 for an economic reset that was actually put into effect in March 2020. Acknowledging that central bankers were running out of ammunition for controlling the money supply and the economy, the BlackRock group argued that it was time for the central bank to abandon its long-vaunted independence and join monetary policy (the usual province of the central bank) with fiscal policy (the usual province of the legislature). They proposed that the central bank maintain a “Standing Emergency Fiscal Facility” that would be activated when interest rate manipulation was no longer working to avoid deflation.

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The Great Reset – Corona als Schrittmacher der 4. Industriellen Revolution – Tagesdosis 20.6.2020 | KenFM.de

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20-06-20 05:49:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Herrmann Ploppa.

„Eines der wesentlichen Merkmale der vierten industriellen Revolution besteht nicht darin, dass sie die Art verändert, wie wir arbeiten. Diesmal sind wir es, die verändert werden.” (Klaus Schwab, Mastermind des World Economic Forum )

Vielleicht haben Sie sich schon mal gefragt, warum die einschneidenden Beschränkungen unserer Entfaltungsmöglichkeiten durch das Corona-Regime auch dann immer noch fortdauern, wenn die Pandemie längst überstanden ist. Immer noch sind die Repressionen gegen das mittelständische Gewerbe erdrückend. Die allseits gefürchtete Creditreform warnte schon vor zwei Monaten vor der im Herbst anstehenden Insolvenzwelle. Möglichkeiten, sich politisch dagegen zu artikulieren, sind eiskalt abgeschaltet. Sollen wir hier noch an Zufälle glauben? An Missmanagement? Wohl kaum. Allzu zielgenau werden alle Entfaltungsmöglichkeiten des gesellschaftlichen Mittelbaus, also: gewerblicher Mittelstand, öffentlich-rechtliche und genossenschaftliche Wirtschaft behindert.

Bereits im März hatte der Chef der Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft BlackRock (Geschäftsvolumen: 7.4 Billionen Dollar) Lawrence „Larry“ Fink seinen Anteilseignern geschrieben, die Welt werde nach Corona nicht mehr dieselbe sein wie vorher, und es ergäben sich in der Post-Corona-Welt „gewaltige Investitionsmöglichkeiten“ . Die Vermögensverschiebungen in den wenigen Monaten des Corona-Regimes sind gigantisch: Jeff Bezos, der Eigentümer von Amazon, hat während des Lockdowns sein Privatvermögen um schlappe 25 Milliarden US-Dollar vergrößern können. Mister Tesla Elon Musk wurde um 8 Milliarden Dollar reicher, und Eric Yuan, der Erfinder des Online-Konferenzformates Zoom, konnte um 2.58 Milliarden in einem Monat zulegen. 1990 verfügten 66 Milliardäre zusammen über 240 Milliarden Dollar. Heute besitzen 614 Milliardäre in den USA ein Vermögen von 2.947 Billionen Dollar. Sie besitzen damit in etwa so viel wie die unteren zwei Drittel der US-Bevölkerung.

In Deutschland ist die Vermögensungleichheit nicht ganz so erdrückend. Aber das kann ja noch kommen, wenn die Corona-bedingten Einschränkungen so weiter gehen wie bisher.

Es ist keine Übertreibung zu sagen: wir sind Zeugen einer gigantischen, schockartigen Umwälzung der Welt wie wir sie kennen, hin zu einer Neuordnung von dystopischen Ausmaßen. Ein Akt der „schöpferischen Zerstörung“. Also, die rücksichtslose Vernichtung von durchaus intakten Strukturen zugunsten der Errichtung neuer, zunehmend zentralisierter und inhumaner Strukturen.

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The Great Reset Plan Revealed: How COVID Ushers In The New World Order – Activist Post

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07-06-20 07:13:00,

By Spiro Skouras

For months we have seen our way of life change dramatically. We have been told time and time again things will never be the same and we must accept the new normal.

Now the social engineers have revealed their hand and have officially launched their solution to this crisis. The proposed solution is the Great Reset.

In this report we examine what exactly is the great reset and who is involved. We also explore what the Great Reset means for humanity as we face unprecedented times.

Now is the time for a ‘great reset’
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/now-is-the-time-for-a-great-reset/

World Economic Forum and UN Sign Strategic Partnership Framework
https://www.weforum.org/press/2019/06/world-economic-forum-and-un-sign-strategic-partnership-framework/

The Great Reset
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfVdMWzKwjc&t=1519s

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpW9JcWxKq0

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The Great US 2020 Wealth Transfer Heist. Deep Inequalities in US Society – Global Research

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29-05-20 09:26:00,

In less than three-and-a-half years in office, Trump oversaw the Great GOP 2017 tax cut heist.

It handed corporate America and high-net-worth individuals a multi-billion dollar bonanza of enhanced wealth — followed this year by what I call 9/11 2.0, economic collapse triggered by COVID-19 lockdowns.

Along with letting dominant US corporate giants consolidate to greater size and market power, it includes an escalated great wealth transfer from ordinary Americans to privileged ones.

The scheme has been ongoing in the US (and West) for decades, notably since the neoliberal 90s — war on social justice, a plot to eliminate it altogether over time.

It aims to free up US wealth for escalated militarism, endless wars, corporate handouts, and greater enrichment of America’s super-rich.

The grand scheme is transforming the US (and other Western states) into ruler-serf societies — thirdworldized and controlled by police state power, unsafe and unfit to live in, privileged interests served exclusively at the expense of ordinary people.

Since US economic collapse began in February, millions of Americans applied for unemployment benefits — ongoing for 12 consecutive weeks in unprecedented numbers, greater than during the Great Depression, US unemployment today much higher than then.

Overall conditions today for ordinary Americans are far worse than in the 1930s.

Following Franklin Roosevelt’s 1932 election, New Deal programs put millions of people back to work.

Virtually nothing is being done to create jobs today, Dems as culpable as Republicans.

Both right wings of the one-party state are indifferent toward public health and welfare, and it shows by their policies.

Official unemployment numbers way understate reality, the true number around 40% of working-age Americans.

Most US workers with jobs have part-time or temp employment for poverty-level wages with few or no benefits.

Countless numbers of US workers had their hours and pay cut. Growing millions have no health insurance.

Americans can have anything they want — depending on their ability to pay.

They’re increasingly on their own otherwise, notably at a time of unprecedented economic collapse that’s far more serious than COVID-19 outbreaks.

They’ll pass in time,

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The Great Russiagate Hoax Exposed. Geopolitical Transition to Chinagate… – Global Research

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10-05-20 05:05:00,

Hoaxes are easy to detect. When accusations lack credible supportive evidence, they baseless.

Not a shred of evidence about alleged Russian US election meddling was ever presented by Washington’s intelligence community, the House, Senate, or farcical Robert Mueller probe.

Russiagate was and remains all about delegitimizing Trump’s triumph over media darling Hillary, bashing Russia, falsely claiming an improper or illegal Trump team connection to Moscow, along with the Big Lie that may never die accusation of Kremlin US election meddling no evidence suggests occurred because none exists.

Chinagate is the new Russiagate, a Big Lie in new form. The power of repetition gets most people to believe almost anything pounded into the public consciousness, no matter how implausible.

Lack of evidence is no obstacle to manipulating the public mind effectively.

Fear-mongering is a longstanding tactic used to create and get most people to believe nonexistent threats to the US by nonthreatening nations transformed into adversaries by the power of state-sponsored propaganda.

Because of their growing preeminence on the world stage, in contrast to the US in decline, China and Russia are demonized by state-sponsored managed news misinformation, disinformation, fake news and Big Lies.

It’s part of the landscape to remain longterm, no end of it in prospect — notably because of complicit establishment media.

They operate as virtual press agents for wealth, power, and the national security state, cheerleading its wars by hot and other means against invented enemies.

The colossal Russiagate hoax was and remains one of the most shameful political chapters in US history, exceeding the worst of McCarthyism.

In 2018, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz slammed what he called “a biased state of mind (and) a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects,” adding:

The Russiagate probe “potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.”

At the time, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said “(t)he IG report has destroyed the credibility of the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

Exposure of their wrongdoing should have ended the Russiagate witch-hunt probe straightaway.

Instead false charges persist to this day — despite no evidence ever suggesting that Russia or any other foreign nation interfered in the US electoral process.

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Iraq Facing a Great US Threat: Expanding the US’ “Harir” Military Base in Iraqi Kurdistan – Global Research

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30-04-20 09:30:00,

No country could fail to be shaken by the kind of profound struggle between all its political groups that currently prevails in Iraq. The US does not need to make any great effort to sow discord between the parties because they are currently intrinsically fragmented. The removal of Major General Qassim Suleimani from the Iraqi scene– whose personal objective had been to bring the various political parties together – was a major event, but not a game-changer. It did not profoundly modify the Iraqi political scene because he had already failed, two months before his assassination by the US, to persuade the parties to agree on a single Prime Ministerial candidate, following the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Iraqi politicians put their differences above all else in order to protect their political influences, unmoved by the patriotic duty for unity in the light of the serious challenges facing their country.

Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi was not mistaken when he once told me: “We do not know how to rule. We are good at opposing the ruler.”

No ruler in Iraq will be able to get the country out of its current severe financial crisis, the political acrimony, and COVID-19 health crisis, because the financial means are lacking. The pressure from the street, where protestors were demanding improved living conditions, will return stronger than ever. The low price of crude oil is undermining Iraq’s yearly income. The state’s budget deficit is skyrocketing; its external debts are persistent and its need for help from the World Bank, which is under US control, is greater than ever. America will not provide financial assistance until its demands are fulfilled and Iranian influence is removed from Iraq.

America rejects Iraq’s balancing policy. Iraq considers its relationship with the US only as important as its relationship with neighbouring Iran. Washington wants Iraq for itself, adopting one principle: “after me, the great flood” (après moi le deluge) an expression said to be often used by Louis XV of France to indicate that he is the centre of attention, no other consideration matter but his own self-obsession and that any other considerations are irrelevant.

The US is supporting Iraqi Kurdistan by expanding its “Harir” military base and establishing another large military base on the border with Iran.

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The Great Unpatterning Continues. Make Sure You Take Advantage Of It

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14-03-20 08:27:00,

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

In an attempt to contain the Covid-19 pandemic the president of the United States has just announced a 30-day travel ban between the US and Europe, the super-rich are flying off to disaster bunkers, and the NBA has just suspended its season.

If this is the first you’re hearing of this, go ahead and read it again if you need to.

This is all news that came out minutes prior to this writing. There may have been many other immense news stories by the time you read it.

This is a level of disruption that the world hasn’t seen in generations. Normal things that had been a routine part of people’s entire lives are just not there for them now, whether it’s normal socializing, watching the basketball game, or buying toilet paper at the store.

I said the following last month in an article titled “2020 Is Going To Get Much Crazier. Prioritize Your Mental Health.”:

“As I said back in November, things are going to get weirder and weirder throughout the foreseeable future. We’re coming to a point in history where the only reliable pattern is the disintegration of patterns, and 2020 has come storming out of its corner swinging for the fences working to establish this pattern with extreme aggression. We’re not going to hit a point of stability or normality this year, we’re going to see things get crazier and crazier and crazier. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know it’s going to be nuts.”

And by Jove if that isn’t proving true in some bizarre and unexpected ways. I certainly wasn’t expecting the coronavirus to play a role in that unpatterning at the time — in fact I was dismissive of it when it first emerged — but we’re seeing a disruption in collective patterns and routines like nothing most of us can even recall.

Here’s what I said back in November:

I often hear people in my line of work saying “Man, we’re going to look back on all this crazy shit and think about how absolutely weird it was!”

No we won’t.

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The Great Educational Fraud | Armstrong Economics

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06-03-20 08:57:00,

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QUESTION: Martin

Thanks for all you do. Being a student of stock market history I am never shocked by what I see in the market. I have been wondering for years what the catalyst will be for the correction of the insanity of student loan debt to pay for college. If students went on Shark Tank before going to college to say what they are going to do with the money and what they intend to study’s and put pen to paper of how they will pay that back. Most would be rejected by the sharks and should not go. Why is this so hard to figure out? Seems rational to me however what I see people doing is very irrational Thoughts?

Last I checked the library is free and has all the knowledge of the world available to us and at our fingertips with google and our phones. I guess people don’t like FREE.

They always say when the student is ready the teacher will appear. You always appear in all my searches for the truth and wisdom. Keep up the frat work

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ANSWER: Education has become a means of propaganda. People are told they will not get a job without a degree. I tell kids that it does not matter what you even get a degree in. Do it online and get a degree in basket weaving. It does not matter! You do not even need a degree to run for politics. You do not need a degree to be the president of the new head of the European Central Bank, as Christine Lagarde is a lawyer and not a trader or economist. So where is the justification that you need a degree to be qualified to do something the degree never covers?

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The Great Replacement in Switzerland

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18-01-20 07:56:00,

After the article on the Great Replacement in Belgium, I present you the following translation of an article by Polémia on the situation in Switzerland. The Swiss situation is unique, if only because of the country’s objective excellence and exceptional quality of life, and the extraordinary practice of direct democracy. Thus we have the rather rare situation of citizens actually being allowed to vote on whether and in what conditions new people should be allowed into their country.

Make no mistake: the scale of demographic change is also tremendous in Switzerland, but mainly because of European immigration and even Europeans find it very difficult to accede to Swiss nationality (there is no birthright citizenship). Thus Switzerland provides a model how people might preserve a nice country in the future: a highly-selective, citizenist little republic founded on gentrified democratic localism.

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Switzerland has experienced very significant immigration over the past decades. This immigration is a source of fears or even rejection on the part of a portion of the Swiss people. These fears concern basically two issues: competition on the labor market by Europeans and the challenge to the [Swiss] cultural model posed by non-Europeans; all the more so in that, recently, the integration of the non-European population is failing to be realized.

In the face of this, the Swiss authorities’ responses oscillate between openness and firmness. A firmness which is occasionally demanded by the people in the form of the referenda which are regularly organized in Switzerland. Selective immigration is not an empty slogan in this country, even if a part of the political opposition would like the government to go much further on this issue.

Very significant migration flows

Since the Second World War, Switzerland has experienced two significant waves of immigration. The first coincided with the industrial growth of the 50s and 60s. The second began in 1975 and has continued ever since.

After the Second World War, the Swiss government granted many residence permits to mostly European workers in a context of industrial recovery. Immigration was then suddenly stopped with the repatriation of almost 300,000 foreign workers during the economic crisis caused by the first oil shock of 1973.

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2020: The Great Unmasking Of ‘Control’

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06-01-20 11:26:00,

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

2019 was the great masking. 2020 will be all about the great unmasking and control.

In 2019 central banks once again succeeded in masking all the underlying problems in the economy, the underlying structural problems of debt, deflation and demographics, and the slowing of global growth and offering the pretense that 2019’s policy responses were nothing but a complete system failure acknowledging that markets can’t stand on their own two feet without central bank intervention. In process asset prices were artificially inflated across the board and valuations pushed far above the growth and size of global economies and volatility once again compressed.

2020 is then all about whether control over asset prices can be maintained and whether reflation can be achieved to support exaggerated asset prices or whether failure on either count will bring about the great unmasking of the largest asset bubble since the year 2000.

Bond markets and economic data so far shows few signs of true reflation as key individual stocks ($MSFT$AAPL) are vastly extended and markets are in a state of imbalance partying like it’s 1999.

Optimism is high for 2020 and bulls enter the year in full control. The price target charade offers again positive outlooks despite all economic and growth projections having been off base.

Trust is placed in a phase one China trade deal to be signed on January 15 that nobody has seen or read or has any insight into specifics as to how it will bring about reflation.

Trust is placed in an administration keen on continuing to push asset prices higher into the US November election, even outlining specific asset price targets. (DJIA 32K).

Trust is placed in central banks to keep all troubles contained and to continue to “calm markets” as unexpected events such as the most recent Iran crisis pop up.

Markets are priced to perfection and the first quarter is likely to see a larger first correction. The historical script suggests that the first sizable correction of 2020 will get bought for a new rally to either new highs or lower highs.

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The Great Replacement in Belgium

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14-12-19 01:06:00,

The following is a translation of an article by the lawyer Paul Tormenen for the identitarian think-tank Polémia. The numerous sources cited are detailed in the original article. This piece provides a solid overview of the tremendous demographic transformation which Belgium is undergoing and of the striking differences between European and Islamic migrants, the latter being markedly socially conservative and prone to unemployment. Entire neighborhoods such as Molenbeek have become unrecognizable and begging Gypsies have become a familiar sight on street corners.

At the same time, the numbers show that, as of today, a majority of immigrants to Belgium are of European origin and can be expected to integrate smoothly. Even if we concede that the Europeans are likely less fertile than the Muslims and Africans, this is one reason why I do not believe “race war” is likely to happen any time soon, notwithstanding the reality of Afro-Islamic criminality and periodic murderous Islamist terrorist attacks.

* * *

If Belgium experienced waves of immigration in the 20th Century, the current wave is unique in its magnitude and the fact that it is “endured” by a part of the population. The ethnocentric demands and the radicalization of a fraction of the immigrant population has provoked differing reactions among the [French-speaking] Walloons and the [Dutch-speaking] Flemish. In Belgium, as in other European countries, the migratory and identitarian questions have become central to the country’s political life.

From the 20th Century to Today

A first wave of immigration was organized during the interwar years, due to the pressure of the Belgian leaders of heavy industry. Labor migration was started up again in the 1960s. These immigrants were notably called upon to work in the mines and were essentially of European origin (Italy, Spain, Greece). After 1964, bilateral agreements were concluded with Muslim countries (Morocco, Turkey, Algeria) in order to facilitate the hosting of foreign workers. Without regard for any cultural factors, familial immigration was also promoted in order, according to Belgium’s leaders, to tackle the country’s aging population.

Since the end of the 1980s, Belgium has been experiencing a new migratory wave. Whereas the annual flow had been relatively stable between the 1950s and 1980s, with yearly arrivals of between 40,000 and 60,000,

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iPhone 11 Has A Great Feature You Can’t Opt Out Of – Tracking You Everywhere! – Activist Post

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09-12-19 06:28:00,

By Jason Bermas

Activist Post Editor’s Note: You can supposedly turn off all of the privacy violations embedded in your smart devices. As Jason Bermas breaks down, this is not the case; your geolocation is still being pinged.

With the arrival of facial recognition, this is only about to get far worse.  Now that everyone has literally bought into this paradigm through their consumer devices, turning it into mandatory policy is much easier.

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“The Great Insect Dying” in Europe and North America, Numerous Insect Species in Decline, Confirmed by Entomologists – Global Research

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10-06-19 06:37:00,

In recent months a debate over whether a global insect apocalypse is underway has raged in the mainstream media and among researchers. To assess the range of scientific opinion, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists working on six continents, in more than a dozen countries, to better determine what we know, what we don’t, and, most importantly, what we should do about it.

This is part two of a four-part exclusive series by Mongabay senior contributor Jeremy Hance. Read Part I, “A global look at a deepening crisis” here.

Tyson Wepprich, a postdoctoral research associate at Oregon State University, was only supposed to be looking at the presence or absence of butterfly species in Ohio. But news of insect decline, in blockbuster studies from Germany and Puerto Rico, changed his plans. His team is now also looking hard at overall abundance — and the early results aren’t good.

“The trends are similar to those in long-term European butterfly monitoring where abundance, summed across all species, is declining at around 2 percent per year,” he says of the team’s unpublished work, and “about twice as many species are declining rather than increasing.”

Wepprich’s ongoing research is just another sign that something may be seriously amiss with the world’s insects — something some entomologists have privately suspected, but which they are only now beginning to prove and publish about.

“I used to think of conservation as policies to save rare species from extinction,” Wepprich says, but adds he now believes conserving abundance must also be a part of any successful environmental strategy.

A “typical malaise [trap] catch in the good old days” before insect decline swept Western Europe, as described by researcher Hans de Kroon. Malaise traps are the typical traps used to capture insects over time. Image by the Entomological Society Krefeld.

Insects: A conservation black hole

Despite the fact that arthropods make up most of the species on Earth, and much of the planet’s biomass, they are significantly understudied compared to mammals, plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and much else.

The IUCN Red List, for example, has assessed just 8,131 insect species regarding their extinction risk,

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Escobar: The Great Bilderberg Secret Of 2019

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06-06-19 08:24:00,

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog,

Why Trump Now Wants Talks With Iran

If Tehran blocks the Strait of Hormuz it could send the price of oil soaring and cause a global recession

Iranian soldiers take part in National Persian Gulf Day in the Strait of Hormuz on April 30, 2019. There is concern about a blockade of the Strait and the disastrous impact that could have on the price of oil and world financial markets. Photo: AFP / Atta Kenare

Unlike Deep Purple’s legendary ‘Smoke on the Water’ – “We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline”, the 67th Bilderberg group meetings produced no fire and no smoke at the luxurious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel.

The 130 elite guests had a jolly good – and theoretically quiet – time at the self-billed “informal discussion forum concerning major issues”. As usual, at least two-thirds were European decision-makers, with the rest coming from North America.

The fact that a few major players in this Atlanticist Valhalla are closely associated with or directly interfering with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel – the central bank of central banks – is of course just a minor detail.

The major issue discussed this year was “A Stable Strategic Order”, a lofty endeavor that can be interpreted either as the making of a New World Order or just a benign effort by selfless elites to guide mankind to enlightenment.

Other items of discussion were way more pragmatic – from “The Future of Capitalism”, to “Russia”, “China”, “Weaponizing Social Media”, “Brexit”, “What’s Next for Europe”, “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” and last but not least, “Climate Change”.

Disciples of Antisthenes would argue that these items constitute precisely the nuts and bolts of the New World Order.

The chairman of Bilderberg’s steering committee, since 2012, is Henri de Castries, former CEO of AXA and the director of the Institut Montaigne, a top French think tank.

One of the key guests this year was Clement Beaune, the European and G20 counselor to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Bilderberg prides itself for enforcing the Chatham House Rule,

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Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege: Worldwide Solidarity this Weekend – Global Research

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31-03-19 07:35:00,

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza – also the 43rd anniversary of Land Day – Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins Palestinians and people around the world in encouraging all supporters of justice to join in solidarity actions at this critical timeLand Day has been marked since 1976 not only to highlight Palestinians’ connection to the land and their struggle to liberate it from ongoing colonialism, but also to remember the six Palestinians slain on 30 March of that year in Palestine ’48 as they protested against land theft and confiscation.

Palestinians in Gaza, 70 percent of them refugees denied their right to return home, marked Land Day in 2018 with a massive march, bringing tens of thousands and even more to the colonially-imposed “border” and its associated “fence.” They demanded not only an end to the suffocating siege under which they have suffered for over a decade, progressively intensifying and persisting through three devastating wars. They also brought to the forefront the core of the Palestinian struggle for liberation: the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands confiscated by Zionist colonization. It is a struggle that belongs not only to the Palestinians in Gaza, but to all Palestinians around the world, especially those in the refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and those Palestinians dispersed even further from their homeland.

For organizing in a mass, collective demonstration highlighting this most fundamental Palestinian right, these demonstrators have faced brutal repression and killing for nearly one year. Medics, journalists, children, elders and people with disabilities have been shot down in cold blood by Israeli occupation forces as they protested for their right. And despite the killing, they have persisted and remained, marching each Friday to claim their rights in an uprising that has inspired people around the world, and especially Palestinians, with a clear commitment to achieving their goals: return and liberation.

Indeed, the Israeli occupation state has repeatedly attempted to pressure Palestinians into stopping the marches, through continuing and intensified siege, military attack and brutal military might. Despite the impunity Israeli officials enjoy and the unparalleled support they receive from the U.S.

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Towards a Great Albania

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20-02-19 03:43:00,

In violation of UNSC Resolution on the end of the Nato war against Serbia in 1999, Kosovo has now equipped itself with an army.

According to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, an agreement was concluded with his Albanian partner, Edi Rama, under which the border between the two States will be abolished on 1 March 2019.

Furthermore, during a Joint Council Meeting of Albania and Kosovo, a common fund was established to promote both states joining the EU.

When the Albanian Prime Minister was received by the Kosovo Parliament, he set out the plan for a common foreign and security policy, with ambassadors representing both states and one President for both states.

On 15 February 2019, he appeared on the TV channel Vizion Plus and spoke about the merger of the two States, assuring that this would be the solution to the problem of Kosovo, something which contravenes the UNSC Resolution. Great Albania would then be the first Muslim State to be a member of the European Union.

While this was happening, you have on the one hand the Albanian populations in Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece getting ready to ask if they can form part of Great Albania and the Greek minority, that live in South Albania, on the other hand, immediately requesting, that should this plan be implemented, they should not join Great Albania but be incorporated into Greece.

In practice, Kosovo in its present form, is a huge US military base and Albania functions as the CIA’s European Heartbeat.

On 17 February 2019, the 11th anniversary of the independence of Kosovo, was celebrated with a procession of the new army of Kosovo. Parliament held an extraordinary session in the presence of the Prime Ministers of Kosovo and Albania. Also present at the session were the former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema and the former head of the Mission of Verification in Kosovo, William Walker, who attributed the massacre of Račak to Serbia to justify the Nato intervention.

By a curious reversal of thinking, the US and Turkey are now supporting the plan for a Great Albania when before they had accused Belgrade of wanting to create Great Serbia (later on, the charge of an alleged “Plan fer à cheval” turned out to be nothing but a lie concocted by Nato) and they bombed it.

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The Great Myths that Never Die: Rothschilds & Petrodollar | Armstrong Economics

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15-02-19 07:56:00,

The two major myths that I get asked about all the time are the Rothschilds and whether pricing oil in yuan or euro will cause the dollar to collapse. I think I know something about the Rothschilds. I was even offered an investor back in the 1980s who wanted to buy into the company, and it was one of the Rothschilds. Nevertheless, it seems as though these legends live on for centuries and no one bothers to review the evidence.

Rothschild Mayer_AmschelThe Bible of the Rothschild conspiracy comes from “The Creature from Jekyll Island.” This popular book is probably the most distorted review of history I have ever encountered. It contains a quote that is often attributed to Mayer Rothschild, and I dare to find anyone who can come up with this quote that preexisted the publication of this book. I believe it was just made up. The quote claims that Mayer Rothschild once said:

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”

The reason why this quote is fake is rather clear. The US did not begin to issue paper money until 1861, nearly 50 years after his death. It wasn’t until 1921 when the Bank of England gained a legal monopoly on the issue of banknotes in England and Wales. The entire authority to issue banknotes started with the Bank Charter Act of 1844 when the ability of other banks to issue notes was restricted. The first banknotes were originally hand-written and were merely like checks. It was not until 1725 when cashiers had to sign each note and make them payable to someone. Actually, printed banknotes at the Bank of England began in 1855, which was about 40 years after Mayer was dead.

The quote was made up to justify this idea that the Federal Reserve was evil and owned by bankers who could create money at will. The entire problem was completely distorted, for the ability to create an elastic money supply during a recession and the Fed would be able to buy corporate paper which was redeemed upon expiration. It was World War I when Congress instructed the Fed to buy government debt to fund the war and never restore the structure to what it once was.

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The New “Great Game in Eurasia”, Decline of the American Empire? Chinese Scholar Offers Insight into Beijing’s Strategic Mindset – Global Research

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08-01-19 05:26:00,

Essay by security expert Professor Zhang Wenmu gives a glimpse of China’s geostrategic outlook, from the ‘Western Pacific Chinese Sea’ to the far side of the moon

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The top story of 2019 – and the years ahead – will continue to revolve around the myriad, dangerous permutations of the economic ascent of China, the resurgence of nuclear superpower Russia and the decline of the US’s global hegemony.

Two years ago, before the onset of the Trump administration, I sketched how the shadow play might proceed in the New Great Game in Eurasia.

Now the new game hits high gear; it’s the US against the Russia-China strategic partnership.

Diplomatic capers, tactical retreats, psychological, economic, cyber and even outer space duels, all enveloped in media hysteria, will continue to rule the news cycle. Be prepared for all shades of carping about authoritarian China, and its “malign” association with an “illiberal” Russian bogeyman bent on blasting the borders of Europe and “disrupting” the Middle East.

Relatively sound minds like the political scientist Joseph Nye will continue to lament the sun setting on the Western liberal “order,” without realizing that what was able to “secure and stabilize the world over the past seven decades” does not translate into a “strong consensus … defending, deepening and extending this system.” The Global South overwhelmingly begs to differ, arguing that the current “order” was manufactured and largely benefits only US interests.

Expect exceptionalists to operate in condescending overdrive, exhorting somewhat reluctant “allies” to help “constrain” if not contain China and “channel” – as in control – Beijing’s increasing global clout.

It’s a full-time job to “channel” China into finding its “right” place in a new world order. What does the Chinese intellectual elite really think about all this?

Never fight on two fronts

An unparalleled roadmap may be provided by Zhang Wenmu, national security strategy expert and professor at the Center of Strategic Studies of the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, who wrote an essay published in August 2017 in the Chinese magazine Taipingyan Xuebao (Pacific magazine), that was translated recently into Italian by Rome-based geopolitical magazine Limes.

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Documentaire: The Great Global Warming Swindle – Geotrendlines

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06-01-19 12:05:00,

De documentaire Great Global Warming Swindle veroorzaakte controverse toen het op 8 maart 2007 op het Britse Channel 4 in première ging. Een documentaire van de Britse televisieproducent Martin Durkin, die vraagtekens zet bij de vrijwel onbetwiste consensus dat de opwarming van de aarde door de mens veroorzaakt wordt. De makers van deze documentaire beweren dat de wetenschappelijke theorie van antropogene opwarming van de aarde wel eens de ‘grootste zwendel van de moderne tijd’ zou kunnen zijn.

Volgens Martin Durkin is de belangrijkste oorzaak van klimaatverandering niet menselijke activiteit, maar veranderingen in straling van de zon. Sommigen hebben deze documentaire ‘Great Global Warming Swindle’ de definitieve tegenhanger van Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ genoemd. Met behulp van een uitgebreid scala aan bewijsmateriaal wordt beweerd dat opwarming in de afgelopen 300 jaar een natuurlijk herstel was van een ‘kleine ijstijd’. Volgens het programma hebben mensen wel een effect op het klimaat, maar het is oneindig klein vergeleken met de enorme natuurlijke krachten die constant de gemiddelde temperatuur op aarde beïnvloeden.

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GADDAFI’S …
GREAT MAN-MADE RIVER PROJECT …
DESTROYED BY NATO IN 2011.
“The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water”.
It was Muammar Gaddafi`s dream to provide fresh water for all Libyans and to make Libya self-sufficient in food production.
Muammar Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the ‘Great Man-Made River project’.
In 1953 while drilling for oil in southern Libya,
workers found instead a huge freshwater sea beneath the sands,
a vast ocean called the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS),
which stretches beneath Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan.
The water had accumulated during the last ice age.
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500 years of Nile River flow
and are expected to last a thousand years.

GREAT GADDAFI MAN-MADE RIVER
Western technicians said that Libya did not have the expertise
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Colonel Muammar Gaddafi initiated the Great Man-Made River Authority,
a 25-billion-dollar project
to raise the water and pipe it across the desert.
At the time of the NATO-led war against Libya in 2011, three phases of the Great Man-Made River Project were completed. The first and largest phase, providing two million cubic metres of water a day along a 1,200 km pipeline to Benghazi and Sirte. 
In 1999, UNESCO accepted Libya’s offer to fund the Great Man-Made River International Water Prize, an award that rewards remarkable scientific research work on water usage in arid areas.
Many foreign nationals worked in Libya on the Great Man-Made River Project for decades. But after the start of NATO’s so-called humanitarian bombing of the North-African country in March 2011, most foreign workers have returned home. In July 2011, NATO not only bombed the Great Man-Made River water supply pipeline near Brega, but also destroyed the factory that produces the pipes to repair it,  » Lees verder

The Great Depression II

The Great Depression II

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Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

Whenever a movie has been a huge hit, the film industry tries to follow it up by doing a sequel. The sequel is almost invariably far more costly, as there’s the anticipation by those who create it that it will be an even bigger blockbuster than the original.

The Great Depression of the 1930’s is seen by most people to be the be-all and end-all of economic catastrophes and there’s good reason for that. Although the economic cycle has always existed, the period leading up to October 1929 was unusual, as those in the financial sector had become unusually creative.

Brokers encouraged people to buy into the stock market as heavily as they could afford to. When that business began to level off, they encouraged people to buy on margin. The idea was that the buyer would only put up a fraction of the money for the purchase and the broker would “guarantee” full payment to the seller. As a condition to the agreement, the buyer would have to relinquish to the broker the right to sell his stock at any point that he wished, should he feel the need to do so to get himself off the hook in the event of a significant economic change.

Both the buyer and the broker were buying stocks with money that neither one had. But the broker entered into the gamble so that he could charge commissions, which he would be paid immediately. The buyer entered into the gamble, as he had been promised by the broker that stocks were “going to the moon” and that he’d become rich.

Banks got into the game, as well. At one time, banks took money on deposit, then lent that money out at interest. They would always retain a percentage of the deposited money within the bank to assure that they could meet whatever the normal demand for withdrawals might be. But, eventually, bankers figured out that, if they were prepared to gamble, they could lend out far more money – many times the amount that they had received on deposit. As long as very few loans turned bad, they would eventually get the money back,

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Great Short Putin Interview During 1st Days in Office in 2000 – He Already Had a Plan

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Fascinating interview from Putin’s very first days in office in 2000 when Russia was hitting rock bottom after the catastrophic Yeltsin years.

He is visibly awkward, not used to talking to the media, but towards the end he says some very revealing things which shows that even then he had a clear vision of what he thought needed to be done.

Very much worth watching this one.

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Borneo – the Great Ancient Culture has been Destroyed | New Eastern Outlook

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Would you ever think of the third largest island on Earth – Borneo (known as Kalimantan in Indonesia) – as one of the cradles of the world’s democracy? Perhaps you wouldn’t, but you should.

While Europe was engaged in myriads of internal as well as expansionist wars, in the once lush, tropical Borneo, people who belonged to the ancient local cultures, used to decide things communally, by consensus, or should we use the Western term, “democratically”. Judged by today’s standards, they were also living the lives of determined ‘environmentalists’, showing great respect for the nature around them – for all living creatures, plants, deep forests, wide rivers as well as humble creeks.

True, local people – Dayaks – were often marked as “headhunters”, at least by the European Orientalists. But that was only one of many features of their culture. Dayaks spoke at least 170 languages and dialects, enjoying complex fabric of cultures, customs and laws.

The bottom line is: in many ways and for many centuries, traditional Dayaks were able to co-exist perfectly well with their island and with the surrounding environment.

If left alone, that is what they would still be doing now – living their own lives, in their own place, and most likely, living well.

Unfortunately, that was not meant to be.

Borneo was attacked, colonized and devastated by European invaders. For a short period, the Japanese occupied the island, and then the Europeans came back again, before “independence” saw the island divided between three sovereign countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

Things did not get much better. The brutality – almost madness – of the Indonesian plunder which took place after the 1965 Western-orchestrated military coup (backed by foreign mining and logging interests); the plunder of the natural resources of Kalimantan, has been legendary. For Jakarta and for its foreign handlers, the so-called transmigration made looting much easier, while turning local people into a minority and into serfs on their own land.

Dayak culture is now only truly ‘alive and well’ in a few untouched pockets in the deep interior.

There, people still remember and know how Borneo used to be. They also understand what should and could be done in order to save it.

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Ik hoop wel dat de demonstratie op 7 juli in Brussel tegen de NAVO groot wordt.” Tijdens een fietsvakantie door Noord-Duitsland bezoek ik een vriendin in Bremen. Zij haalt me met deze woorden uit de natuur en cultuur weer naar de politieke werkelijkheid. Ze begint over de twee-procentsnorm die de NAVO de lidstaten denkt te kunnen opleggen.

(Door Martin Broek, oorspronkelijk verschenen op konfrontatie)

 

Koud terug in Amsterdam bezoek ik een avond georganiseerd door Studenten Internationale Betrekkingen, Rood en Niet in mijn Naam. Een aftrap naar de anti-NAVO demonstratie? Enigzins. De titel is Permanente oorlog in het Midden-Oosten; is het einde in zicht? Sprekers zijn Sadet Karabulut (SP-kamerlid), Ludo de Brabander (schrijver en vredesactivist van het Vlaamse Vrede) en Sinan Can (documentaire maker, veelal over oorlog en conflict in het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika).

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Alle drie de sprekers betogen dat je met bommen geen conflicten op kan lossen en zeker geen vrede kan brengen. Opmerkelijk is dat ze de start van de huidige conflicten allemaal ergens anders leggen. Sadet Karabulut begint op 11 september 2001, in lijn met een nieuwe brochure van de SP over de Permanente oorlog. Die maakt van de oorlog tegen Irak een onderdeel van de strijd tegen het terrorisme, terwijl die oorlog al in het najaar van 1990 begon, nooit meer ophield en in 2003 verhevigd werd.

Ludo de Brabander laat het conflict in het begin van de vorige eeuw beginnen, als de koloniale machten hun politiek met onderdrukking en geweld vorm geven. Hij haalt een stadswijk in Damascus aan die in die tijd is gebouwd omdat de Fransen hem hadden vernietigd bij het neerslaan van een opstand. (Hij schreef er al over in zijn laatste boek.)

Sinar Can doet er nog een schep bovenop. Hij verteld hoe Libië in de Romeinse tijd niet bestond, maar dat het drie afzonderlijke provincies waren. Dat die structuur altijd dominant is gebleven en nu met het uiteenvallen van het construct Libië weer aanwezig is. Als je niets doet aan de grondoorzaken blijven conflicten woekeren, was zijn boodschap.

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Staten, de elite, de 1%, ze hebben belangen te verdedigen en soms doen ze dat militair. Die belangen bestaan uit grondstoffen,

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Great John Pilger Interview – the Disgraceful Persecution of Julian Assange

Great John Pilger Interview – the Disgraceful Persecution of Julian Assange

15-06-18 08:26:00,

Link to audio at end of article

In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, Assange’s fear of arrest and extradition to the US was confirmed by the leader of the Russia-gate frenzy.

Credico received the following response from Schiff after meeting the the Congressman’s staff, in which Credico was trying to connect Assange with Schiff: “Our committee would be willing to interview Assange when he is in U.S. Custody and not before.”

Dennis Bernstein spoke with John Pilger, a close friend and supporter of Assange on May 29. The interview began with the statement Bernstein delivered for Pilger at the Left Forum last weekend in New York on a panel devoted to Assange entitled, “Russia-gate and WikiLeaks”.

Pilger’s Statement

“There is a silence among many who call themselves left. The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity. The Collateral Damage video, the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cablegate revelations, the Venezuela revelations, the Podesta email revelations … these are just a few of the storms of raw truth that have blown through the capitals of rapacious power.

The fakery of Russia-gate, the collusion of a corrupt media and the shame of a legal system that pursues truth-tellers have not been able to hold back the raw truth of WikiLeaks revelations. They have not won, not yet, and they have not destroyed the man. Only the silence of good people will allow them to win. Julian Assange has never been more isolated. He needs your support and your voice. Now more than ever is the time to demand justice and free speech for Julian. Thank you.”

Dennis Bernstein: We continue our discussion of the case of Julian Assange, now in the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain. John Pilger, it is great to talk to you again. But it is a profound tragedy, John, the way they are treating Julian Assange, this prolific journalist and publisher who so many other journalists have depended on in the past.

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This May Be The Beginning Of The Great Financial Reckoning

This May Be The Beginning Of The Great Financial Reckoning

12-02-18 11:24:00,

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Less than two weeks ago, the United States Department of Treasury very quietly released its own internal projections for the federal government’s budget deficits over the next several years.

And the numbers are pretty gruesome.

In order to plug the gaps from its soaring deficits, the Treasury Department expects to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year.

Then nearly $1.1 trillion next fiscal year.

And up to $1.3 trillion the year after that.

This means that the national debt will exceed $25 trillion by September 30, 2020.

Remember, this isn’t some wild conspiracy theory. These are official government projections published by the United States Department of Treasury.

This story alone is monumental– not only does the US owe, by far, the greatest amount of debt ever accumulated by a single nation in human history, but $25 trillion is larger than the debts of every other nation in the world combined.

But there are other themes at work here that are even more important.

For example– how is it remotely possible that the federal government can burn through $1 trillion?

Everything is supposedly totally awesome in the United States. The economy is strong, unemployment is low, tax revenue is at record levels.

It’s not like they had to fight a major two front war, save the financial system from an epic crisis, or battle a severe economic depression.

It’s just been business as usual. Nothing really out of the ordinary.

And yet they’re still losing trillions of dollars.

This is pretty scary when you think about it. What’s going to happen to the US federal deficit when there actually IS a financial crisis or major recession?

And none of those possibilities are factored into their projections.

The largest problem of all, though, is that the federal government is going to have a much more difficult time borrowing the money.

For the past several years, the government has always been able to rely on the usual suspects to loan them money and buy up all the debt,

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