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Paradise Stolen - The Myth of Overpopulation

Part three of Stefan Verstappen's series shows the myth of overpopulation as the cause of poverty, in a concise and thought-provoking video.


The ties that bind: U.S. training Nazis along with a media full of cover stories

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It has become a popular position both in the mainstream and pseudo-alternative media, and among those on the Russophobic left, to downplay the significant fascist influence on the political and military institutions, as well as the cultural character of the "New Ukraine." Quite often, the reality of Ukrainian fascism is obscured by vague assertions that such conclusions are merely "Russian propaganda," that they are simply Kremlin talking points, and not statements of objective reality.

Indeed, influential political figures such as the ever-hilarious John McCain and Jen Psaki, and global media brands like The Guardian and FOX, have all rushed to the nearest camera or twitter account to proclaim that Ukraine is "free" and that we should "stand united" with it. Carefully embedded in these pleas is the notion that Ukraine is democratic, and that whatever "ultra-nationalists" - coded language for fascists and Nazis - exist, are merely a marginal influence at best.

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#AskLavrov: Getting to know Russia's foreign minister

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Russian Foreign Minister Holds His First Ever Radio Q&A Session
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave a live interview to Radio Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy and Govorit Moskva radio stations, answering questions of listeners and readers from around the world.

On Wednesday three Russian radio stations conducted a live interview with the country's top diplomat. It was the first time Sergei Lavrov holds a radio Q&A session answering questions from people all over the world.

In the run-up to Larvrov's Q&A session, Internet users were encouraged to ask their questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskLavrov.
  • 14:05 - The last question (a personal one): Margarita Simonyan wonders if Lavrov really used the F-word addressing [British former foreign secretary] David Miliband in 2008.

    "I did tell Miliband "don't lecture me", but the F-word was a quote from a colleague of ours, who had returned from Tbilisi and called Saakashvili a "f*** lunatic". That's the context the F-word was used in".
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    David Miliband
  • 13:57 - Does the world need a policeman to prevent tragedies like the Rwandan genocide?

    "The founders of the UN realized that the organization would need its own forces, the peacekeeping forces. They are not "policemen."

Comment: Putin has surrounded himself with staff of Sergei Lavrov's caliber. Lavrov's approach to politics and foreign relations is a reassuring mirror of Putin's: sensible, measured, grounded in reality. Not something that can be said about Washington's gang of loose cannons.

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Paradise Stolen - The Myth of Efficiency

A six-minute video by Stefan Verstappen that answers some of the arguments against the idea that small sustainable communities are impractical.

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Signs that the American elite are feverishly preparing for something BIG


The American war machine is being turned inwards...
What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a "natural disaster" could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for "training" purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is "EMP-hardened". In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual "training exercises" all over the nation. So are the elite doing all of this in order to prepare for something really BIG, or should we just chalk up all of this strange activity to rampant government paranoia?

First, let's talk about what the New York Fed has been doing. What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank? It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen. According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a "natural disaster" makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York...

Comment: It's coming, and it could happen as soon as next month.

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(VIDEO) Russian President Vladimir Putin's 2015 public Q&A marathon with highlights

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April 16, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) answers questions from the public during the annual Q&A session live on Russian television and radio.

Russia sees no enemies among other countries and advises no one to treat it as such. It wants to be America's equal partner and refuses to be Uncle Sam's vassal. And Putin took Schröder to a Russian banya and doesn't want to be cloned.

These are some of the highlights of President Putin's 13th annual Q&A marathon televised from Moscow on Thursday. The Russian leader spoke for about four hours, falling some 50 minutes short of his previous record. RT picked some memorable Putin quotes.

On anti-Russian sanctions
"Pressuring Russia with such measures is useless and senseless. I think our partners will soon realize this and will at least try to seek compromise instead of trying to fit us into the stereotypes they consider right."

On passing the worst of the crisis
"Oil prices did grow a little, but [recovery of the Russian economy] is not directly linked to it, and experts see it. The ruble's appreciation is not linked to this rise, there are other factors. Experts see that we have passed the worst of the problems with paying our foreign debt, with our banking sector, with real sector businesses. We corrected the ruble's exchange rate and nothing burst, everything is working."

Comment: In his recent article anticipating President Putin's Q&A, Matthew Chance (writing for CNN) begins:

"In Russia's tightly-managed democracy, where being an opposition politician can seriously damage your health, chances to question the country's leader are rare."

This statement, of course, is an allusion to the murder of Boris Nemtsov that has become one more notch in the Western narrative of how evil Russia and its president are supposed to be - with no real facts or data needed to back it up. The rest of the article is pretty much par for that course, and predictably puts Putin's Q&A through an almost expertly subtle exercise of dissembling. But that's all that the West is capable of and all they know how to do at this point: no matter how many efforts, conferences, pledges, proofs, treaties, offers of good will, and shows of conscience Russia and it's President Vladamir Putin demonstrate - the projection of malevolence and malcontent will always be thrust upon them.


No matter who wins the White House, the new boss will be the same as the old boss

"What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else."—Author Tom Clancy

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The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.

Indeed, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it really doesn't matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

FACT: For the first time in history, Congress is dominated by a majority of millionaires who are, on average, fourteen times wealthier than the average American. According to a scientific study by Princeton researchers, the United States of America is not the democracy that it purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which "economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy."

FACT: "Today, 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear and armored vehicles," reports Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. "Some have tanks."

FACT: Thanks to an overabundance of 4,500-plus federal crimes and 400,000-plus rules and regulations, it is estimated that the average American actually commits three felonies a day without knowing it. In fact, according to law professor John Baker, "There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration."

FACT: The number of violent crimes in the country is down substantially, the lowest rate in forty years, while the number of Americans being jailed for nonviolent crimes such as driving with a suspended license is skyrocketing.

FACT: Despite the fact that women only make up 8 percent of the prison population, they are more likely to be strip searched, though not more likely to carry contraband.


Time Magazine readers - over half of whom are Americans - name Putin most influential person in world

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In a diverse field of competitors made up of pop stars, technology gurus, visionaries and politicians - and at a time when US-Russia relations have hit rock bottom - President Putin has emerged victorious in Time magazine's 2015 reader poll.

Among the 100 most influential people in the world, as hand selected by the editors of TIME, the Russian leader proved his rock-star credentials by edging out 24-year-old rapper Lee Chae-rin (better known by her stage name, 'CL') of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1 to claim the number-one spot with 6.95 percent of the votes in the final tally.

Putin - the only world leader to rank in the top 10 - grabbed the global spotlight from the leading divas of pop music: Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift (2.6 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent of the votes, respectively). Aside from the Russian leader, the only non-celebrities to appear in the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7 percent), Pakistani female activist Malala Yousafzai (1.6 percent) and Pope Francis (1.5 percent).

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Juice Rap News: The EuroDiVision Contest - What to do about 'Austerity Measures'? Decolonize Europe!

We've all heard of EuroVision. But there's another song that's being sung across Europe - the peoples' chants of protest against Europe's austerity measures.

Today we'll hear some of the leading and loudest voices in this competition, such as Greece, Spain and Ireland, who are fighting back against austerity with people power; before turning to the contest's three judges: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Slovenian philosopher-rockstar Slavoj Žižek, and IMF dominatrix err... director, Christine Lagarde.

Join Robert Foster as he examines the Eurozone crisis and the causes behind it: Is it all economics and budgets? Or is this an ideological class war aimed at the welfare state? What are the solutions? And what on earth is Australia doing competing in this EuroZone song contest? All these questions and more will be tackled as Juice Rap News dives into this most bizarre of modern European traditions. Welcome to the EURODIVISION CONTEST!

Comment: Juice News nails it again.


Meet the secretive group that runs the World


First unofficial meeting of the BIS Board of Directors in Basel, April 1930.
Over the centuries there have been many stories, some based on loose facts, others based on hearsay, conjecture, speculation and outright lies, about groups of people who "control the world." Some of these are partially accurate, others are wildly hyperbolic, but when it comes to the historic record, nothing comes closer to the stereotypical, secretive group determining the fate of over 7 billion people, than the Bank of International Settlements, which hides in such plain sight, that few have ever paid much attention.

The following is an excerpt from TOWER OF BASEL: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World by Adam LeBor. Reprinted with permission from PublicAffairs.

Comment: So who guides the BIS?