Why Can The CIA Assassinate People?

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06-12-18 08:53:00,

Authored by Jacob Hornberger via The Future Of Freedom Foundation,

Given that we have all been born and raised under a regime that has the CIA, hardly anyone questions the power of the CIA to assassinate people.

The CIA’s power of assassination has become a deeply established part of American life.

Yet, the Constitution, which called the federal government into existence and established its powers, does not authorize the federal government to assassinate people.

If the proponents of the Constitution had told the American people that the Constitution was bringing into existence a government that wielded the power to assassinate people, there is no way that Americans would have approved the deal, in which case they would have continued operating under the Articles of Confederation.

Under the Articles, the powers of the federal government were so weak, it didn’t even have the power to tax, much less the power to assassinate people. That’s because our American ancestors wanted it that way. The last thing they wanted was a federal government with vast powers.

In fact, the purpose of the Constitutional Convention was simply to amend the Articles of Confederation. During the 13 years of operating under the Articles, problems had arisen, such as trade wars between the states. The convention was intended to fix those problems with amendments to the Articles.

Instead, the delegates came out with an entirely different proposal, one that would call into existence a federal government that had more powers, including the power to tax.

Americans were leery. The last thing they wanted was a powerful central government. They had had enough of that type of government as British citizens under the British Empire. They believed that the biggest threat to people’s freedom and well-being lay with their own government. They believed that if they approved a federal government, it would become tyrannical and oppressive, like other governments had done throughout history.

They were especially concerned with the power of the government to murder people, including citizens. They knew that state-sponsored murder was the ultimate power in any tyrannical regime. When a government can kill anyone it wants with impunity, all other rights are effectively nullified.

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A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Financial Crash – Global Research

A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Financial Crash – Global Research

11-10-18 02:16:00,

When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world.

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A full decade since the great crash of 2008, many progressive thinkers have recently reflected on the consequences of that fateful day when the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, foreshadowing the worst international financial crisis of the post-war period. What seems obvious to everyone is that lessons have not been learnt, the financial sector is now larger and more dominant than ever, and an even greater crisis is set to happen anytime soon. But the real question is when it strikes, what are the chances of achieving a bailout for ordinary people and the planet this time?

In the aftermath of the last global financial meltdown, there was a constant stream of analysis about its proximate causes. This centred on the bursting of the US housing bubble, fuelled in large part by reckless sub-prime lending and an under-regulated shadow banking system. Media commentaries fixated on the implosion of collateralised debt obligations, credit default swaps and other financial innovations—all evidence of the speculative greed and lax government oversight which led to the housing and credit booms.

The term ‘financialisation’ has become a buzzword to explain the factors which precipitated these events, referring to the vastly expanded role of financial markets in the operation of domestic and global economies. It is not only about the growth of big banks and hedge funds, but the radical transformation of our entire society that has taken place as a result of the increasing dominance of the financial sector with its short-termist, profitmaking logic.

The origins of the crisis are rooted in the early 1970s, when the US government decided to end the fixed convertibility of dollars into gold, formally ending the Bretton Woods monetary system. It marked the beginning of a new regime of floating exchange rates, free trade in goods and the free movement of capital across borders. The sweeping reforms brought in under the Thatcher and Reagan governments accelerated a wave of deregulation and privatisation, with minimum protective barriers against the ‘self-regulating market’.

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„All the lonely people“

„All the lonely people“

04-10-18 11:24:00,

Eleanor Rigby ist eine einsame Dame, die in der Kirche den Reis aufsammelt, der bei der Hochzeit anderer Leute heruntergefallen ist. Pater McKenzie schreibt an den Worten einer Predigt, die niemand hören will. Schließlich spricht er auf Eleanors Beerdigung, zu der niemand kommen will. Viele kennen dieses erschütternde Lied, das Paul McCartney für die Beatles komponiert hat: In knappen Worten skizziert er das hoffnungslose Leben zweier Einsamer, und zuletzt bleibt die bittere Erkenntnis „No one was saved“ – keiner wurde gerettet.

Jeder von uns kennt Figuren wie diese beiden, Menschen die man bedauert, die man vielleicht belächelt, Randfiguren, mit denen man lieber nicht zu lange in Kontakt ist, aus Angst, die Schwärze ihrer trostlosen Situation könne auf einen selbst abfärben.

Einsame finden wir besonders oft unter alten Menschen, speziell wenn sie verwitwet sind und ihnen buchstäblich der Boden unter den Füßen wegbricht. „Sie haben Angst, sich zu verlieren und sie verlieren sich trotzdem“, dichtete bitter der Chansonnier Jacques Brel über alte Ehepaare.

Einsamkeit findet sich auch in der Jugend, wenn sich Kinder in ihren Zimmern einschließen, in jener Zwischenwelt, nachdem sie die Ursprungsfamilie verlassen haben und noch keine neuen, festen Bindungen eingegangen sind. Eine Phase übrigens, in der viele unberührt und kaum geliebt sind, sich in einer Coolness-Attitüde einkapseln, die nur ein schwacher Ersatz ist für die verstohlen herbeigesehnte Wärme.

Einsam sind die Fremden in unserer Gesellschaft – es werden mehr, rechnet man jene hinzu, die sich auch als Deutsche fremd fühlen in einer Gesellschaft, die systematisch Solidaritätsabbau betreibt.

Einsam sind diejenigen, die eine schmerzhafte Scheidung zu spät erwischt hat, die keiner mehr haben will oder die in ihren Marotten zu sehr verfestigt sind, um noch an die Marotten eines Anderen andocken zu können.

Daneben gibt es die Einsamkeit derer, die in der Stille ihre Angehörigen pflegen und die ihr Opfer von einer leichtlebigen Mitwelt isoliert. Es gibt eine Einsamkeit der sich Verkriechenden und der Traumatisierten, die, obwohl sie dem Tod entronnen sind, nicht wirklich ins Leben zurückfinden. Es gibt eine Einsamkeit der Süchtigen – auch jener für die das Starren auf flimmernde Bildschirme Gemeinschaftsersatz geworden ist. Es gibt eine Einsamkeit mitten in tosenden Menschenmengen, eine Einsamkeit selbst in Ehen und Familien, die jeder von außen als „intakt“ bezeichnen würde.

„All the lonely people“.

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Empire Of Lies: Are “We, The People” Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?

Empire Of Lies: Are “We, The People” Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?

27-09-18 08:57:00,

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and it applied to a good many people who should have known better. I now propose a new, analogous term more appropriate for the age in which we live: useful hypocrites. That’s you and me, folks, and it’s how the masters of the digital universe see us. And they have pretty good reasons for seeing us that way. They hear us whingeing about privacy, security, surveillance, etc., but notice that despite our complaints and suspicions, we appear to do nothing about it. In other words, we say one thing and do another, which is as good a working definition of hypocrisy as one could hope for.”—John Naughton, The Guardian

“Who needs direct repression,” asked philosopher Slavoj Zizek, “when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?”

In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.

Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government rulers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.

For instance, we claim to disdain the jaded mindset of the Washington elite, and yet we continue to re-elect politicians who lie, cheat and steal. 

We claim to disapprove of the endless wars that drain our resources and spread thin our military, and yet we repeatedly buy into the idea that patriotism equals supporting the military. 

We claim to chafe at taxpayer-funded pork barrel legislation for roads to nowhere,

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People Living in their Cars in California? | Armstrong Economics

People Living in their Cars in California? | Armstrong Economics

02-09-18 07:30:00,

A very interesting issue has emerged in California. The price of real estate rose so high that the median price for a home reached $600,000 and the price was just too high. Consequently, people began to take up residence sleeping in their cars. A recent article looked at the issue and found that 15,000 people live in cars, vans, and RVs in Los Angeles alone. They were citing the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was just LA alone. Real Estate is starting to crash in California because (1) it exceeded the cost of the average person, and (2) taxes are rising and that further reduces the net disposable income. It is not just the price of the house, as taxes rise they reduce the take-home pay and thus the price of a house after taxes rises even faster. These two trends are colliding and this is why California real estate has begun to decline.

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People Aren’t Having Intelligent Conversations Anymore, They’re Just Yelling at Each Other

People Aren’t Having Intelligent Conversations Anymore, They’re Just Yelling at Each Other

01-08-18 09:38:00,

More and more people are becoming aware of and concerned about the level of political dialogue going on right now. We’ve gotten to a point where I’m seeing almost no intelligent debate about any serious issue. Russiagate now consumes such a massive amount of our collective energy, it feels we’ve become nearly incapable of discussing anything else. Even worse, Russiagate has morphed into a creepy D.C. establishment religion where merely demanding evidence for the wild claims being made gets you labeled a traitor or Putin agent. Ironically, average Americans don’t care about the issue.

When Gallup recently asked Americans what the most important (non-economic) problem facing the country today is, the amount of people saying Russia was so low they couldn’t even attribute a number to it.

Think about that. We’re being divided into two camps of increasingly insane and angry people because of hysteria surrounding an issue nobody even cares about. As usual, we can thank mass media for turning this topic into its singular obsession as well as promoting an environment of cultural insanity and stupidity.

As a result, people aren’t having intelligent conversations with one another. They’re just yelling at each other. The dialogue feels more like a political hunger games where people see everything as a linguistic competition of kill or be killed. Language itself has become debased as individuals try to one up each other with name calling and hyperbole.

Demonizing and dehumanizing the other side appears to be the primary goal, which will only lead to a very bad place if we don’t take a collective deep breath.

One of the more discouraging and sad parts of the current environment is watching many of Trump’s opponents, who define themselves by being ethical, completely toss this aside in their furor at Trump. A recent tweet by liberal hero Shaun King perfectly proves the point.

“It’s absolutely treasonous.” No, it absolutely isn’t. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s examine some excerpts from a recent article published by Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law whose teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law.

From his NBC article, 

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