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More Scare-mongering?: German security official warns of terror threat

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An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Taqba city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city.
Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.

Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat level for terrorism recently. But Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there was an "increased abstract threat" of attacks in Germany.

At least 400 people from Germany have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic extremist groups, though the real figure may be significantly higher, Maassen told Deutschlandfunk radio.

"We have to assume ... that there may well be people who return and commit attacks," he said, adding that his agency is aware of at least 25 jihadists with combat experience who have already come back to Germany.

Comment: Comment: Western nations has large defense budgets and long surveillance apparatus working all the time. Can't they handle it silently instead of scaring the common man on the street?.

War Whore

War: The State's worst atrocity

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"The lamps are going out all over Europe," Sir Edward Grey famously said on the eve of World War I. "We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

It was 100 years ago last week that Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, setting in motion the unspeakable calamity that contemporaries dubbed the Great War. Well in excess of ten million people perished, and by some estimates, many more.

Numbers, even staggering ones like this, can scarcely convey the depth and breadth of the destruction. The war was an ongoing slaughter of devastating proportions. Tens of thousands perished in campaigns that moved the front just a matter of yards. It was World War I that gave us the term "basket case," by which was meant a quadruple amputee. Other now-familiar tools of warfare came into common use: the machine gun, the tank, even poison gas. Rarely has the State's machinery of senseless destruction been on more macabre display.

The scholarly pendulum has swung back in the direction of German atrocities having indeed been committed in Belgium, though perhaps not quite as gruesome as the tales of babies being passed from bayonet to bayonet that were disseminated to Americans early in the war. In turn, a vastly larger number of Germans, with estimates as high as 750,000, died as a result of the British hunger blockade that violated longstanding norms of international conduct, even during wartime.

Comment: Psychopaths are the ones who want to fight wars. In Defying Hitler, Sebastian Haffner describes the psyche of the German people, as well as his own denial and cowardice in opposing the Nazi regime. Denial and cognitive dissonance are fairly normal functions of the human psyche that psychopaths expertly exploit and manipulate. We can protect ourselves, and others, by educating ourselves on psychopathy and how they affect our thinking:
"Haffner's memoirs offer a powerful insight into how normal, every-day folk became rotten to the core, how the decisions individuals make on an everyday basis have ramifications far beyond the initial, seemingly innocuous, mistake of just 'going with the flow'. We are faced with choices everyday: Where we spend our money, where we bank, who we spend our time with and how we invest our precious energy. Along with reading books on psychopathy and Ponerology, 'Defying Hitler' provides insight as to how we can protect ourselves from being swept up into the, as yet uncharted, territory of a global psychopathic dystopia. As we wake up to the new, dead world around us of collapsed living standards and continuing insane, imperialistic Wars of aggression, there is no reason for anyone to be in the dark about 'how it came to this'. The deceptive justifications that are offered for the slaughter of innocents and the loss of our collective humanity, appear to be very effective at keeping most people apathetic. The sad fact of the matter is that the reality that most people are too afraid to confront is just as disturbing as the world-view that the Nazi's created for the German people over 70 years ago.

When we look back at what happened in Germany and the conditions that lead to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, it is with the warm reassurance that those terrifying events of the past will never repeat themselves. I can remember visiting Auschwitz almost twenty years ago: As I looked at the results of the pathology of Nazism with both horror and a distinct feeling of unreality, It seemed unimaginable to me that normal people could allow, let alone take part in such barbaric behaviour."
Defying the March of Fascism in the Degenerating United States of Euramerica

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China wisely opposes additional sanctions against Russia by EU

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.
China opposed additional sanctions against Russia on Monday over accusations Moscow was sending troops into Ukrainian territory, saying the European Union's push to draw up more measures would only complicate the crisis.

The EU on Sunday threatened Russia with new trade sanctions, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain.

"A political solution is the only way out, sanctions do not help to solve the underlying problems in Ukraine," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily news briefing. "It may lead to new and more complicating factors."

China has adopted a cautious response to the crisis, not wanting either to alienate key ally Russia or comment directly on the referendum in which Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join Russia, lest it set a precedent for its own restive regions, like Tibet.

But China has also said it would like to continue to develop "friendly cooperation" with Ukraine and that it respects the ex-Soviet state's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, China has used its veto power many times over the imposition of sanctions.

Qin called on the parties to remain calm and restrained and "avoid taking further actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions."

Comment: Will the EU listen to the wise words of China? It looks like at least some in the EU see the light, since there is apparently "sharp divisions" among EU leaders, but it remains to be seen what the leaders who oppose new sanctions will say when pressure is placed on them. Will they cave, or will the stand up for what they know is smart?

Attention

Kurdish 'ghost' oil tanker with $100mn cargo reemerges near Texas coast

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A still image from video taken by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta (also known as the United Kalavrvta), which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas July 25, 2014
A "ghost ship" oil tanker carrying approximately $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil has reappeared on satellite imagery near the US coast Monday, after disappearing for several days. The tanker seems not to have offloaded its oil.

According to the US Coast Guard and Reuters, the tanker, United Kalavrvta, is still 95 percent full and has not yet unloaded its cargo. The vessel was anchored Monday in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area, close to its previously known position.

The Iraqi government has deemed this shipment of Kurdish crude oil illegal. Baghdad filed a lawsuit in the US in June, preventing any purchaser from unloading the Kurdish shipment.

When Iraq's government initially filed the law suit, US District Judge Nancy K. Johnson ordered the seizure of the tanker's $100 million payload, but only if the tanker entered the territorial waters of the US.

This isn't the first time Kurdish oil tankers have switched off their electronic transponders to avoid detection - essentially making their movements impossible to track.

Approximately a week ago, a Kurdish tanker carrying crude disappeared from satellite tracking north of Egypt's Sinai, only to reappear empty two days later near Israel.

As recently as June, Iraq's central government made an attempt at illegalizing Kurdish oil sales but it was ultimately rejected by Iraq's Supreme Court.

Kurds have argued that the sale of their crude is essential to their dreams of an independent Kurdistan - while the US State Department has publicly backed Baghdad's stance.

Given the recent violence and uncertainty in Iraq, this makes for a hard decision for both the stranded tanker and its would-be US buyer.

Comment: Here is the story on the initial disappearance of the oil tanker.

Cards

In case of new sanctions Russia reserves right for response

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Russia will take retaliatory measures in case the EU imposes new sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

An analysis of the European Council's latest conclusions of August 30 shows that EU member states cannot overcome the inertia of unreserved support for Kiev authorities. "The hysteria at the European Council meeting about mythical 'Russian aggression' in Ukraine has brought fruit."

"Based on absolutely unsubstantiated statements about presence of Russian armed forces in the country's territory and laying responsibility with Moscow without grounds for what is happening there, Brussels, instead of demanding an immediate ceasefire and creation of conditions for an inter-Ukrainian national dialogue between the warring parties, continues to evade acknowledging the real causes of the dramatic situation in the southeast of Ukraine.

"Factually there is no assessment of the humanitarian situation in the Ukrainian region, which has, as a result of Kiev authorities' actions, a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe and a growing death toll among civilians. The number of refugees from Ukraine in Russia nears one million.

"Regrettably, the European Council, contrary to its member countries' interests, gives in to countries interested in implementation of geopolitical schemes to increase confrontation with Russia.

"We hope the EU will be able to independently look at the situation above stereotypes of the last century and begin constructive work to help settle the internal Ukrainian conflict," the ministry said.

If new anti-Russian sanctions are imposed, Russia reserves the right to take retaliatory measures to defend its rightful interests, the ministry added.

Comment: It's not smart to poke the sleeping bear. The EU should know better than to agitate Russia, but their lapdog politicians are merely doing what their masters (The U.S.) are telling them to do. Perhaps, before it's too late, they will realize that sanctions against Russia are more harmful to the EU than to Russia, much like China has.

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Henry Kissinger's psychopathic view of a New World Order

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The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis, writes Henry Kissinger. Above, a pro-Russian fighter stands guard at a checkpoint close to Donetsk, Ukraine in July.
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.

The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S. - strengthened in its economy and national confidence - began to take up the torch of international leadership and added a new dimension. A nation founded explicitly on an idea of free and representative governance, the U.S. identified its own rise with the spread of liberty and democracy and credited these forces with an ability to achieve just and lasting peace.
The traditional European approach to order had viewed peoples and states as inherently competitive; to constrain the effects of their clashing ambitions, it relied on a balance of power and a concert of enlightened statesmen. The prevalent American view considered people inherently reasonable and inclined toward peaceful compromise and common sense; the spread of democracy was therefore the overarching goal for international order. Free markets would uplift individuals, enrich societies and substitute economic interdependence for traditional international rivalries.


Comment: The US has been at war for most of her history. As of 2003, over the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history. For the past 70 years the US has spread death and destruction across the planet. The spread of democracy and free markets by psychopaths for international order means the control and domination of the rest of humanity.


Comment: American exceptionalism has been bandied about lately. In the eyes of psychopaths, the current US foreign policy of exceptionalism is weakening and must be re-established in order to create this so called new world order. This can only achieve more unrest in the world as more people realize the reality of the situation.

Calculator

Tax revolt? When high taxes lead to revolution

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History is full of tax revolts. It's a fairly popular pastime, if historians are to be believed. But when do they come? What's the spark and what's the gasoline?

In Sun-Tzu's Art of War, he argues that long military campaigns are unwise because they exhaust the people, and he says that long campaigns exhaust "seven tenths" of the wealth of the elites.

This is one of those oddly-specific claims that sometimes strike westerners as hilarious. But Sun-Tzu was a historian, and lived in an era with plenty of case studies of war's destruction. So it's worth exploring his rule of thumb here.

One of the problems we immediately face is a lack of good statistics for most historical periods. Even in the twentieth century, statistics can be incomplete, biased, or poorly collected. Before then, all bets are off - the statistics stink in history.

So we have two choices: either we completely ignore the past, and reinvent every wheel. Or else we estimate the past using these kinds of subjective commentaries like Sun-Tzu's. The model is a radar, used not to "see" something but to estimate its location with fragments of data.

Comment: If we do get to 70 percent, it will be your average American paying up. Corporations are experts at dodging taxes and the government lends a helping hand:
"They want a huge U.S. government to finance scientific breakthroughs, educate the future workforce, sustain the infrastructure and provide for law and order on the home front, but they just don't feel they should have to pay for a system of governance, even though it primarily serves their corporate interests. The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.

Think of that perfectly legal and widespread racket when you go to pay your taxes in the next weeks, and consider that you have to make up the gap left by the big boys' antics."
If corporations don't pay taxes, why should you?

See also:
Corporate tax dodgers: 10 companies and their tax loopholes

Gold Bar

Book Review: The Big Reset by Willem Middlekoop

Summary
  • Middlekoop provides readers with a broad history of banking and money before discussing the unsustainability of the current Dollar-based global financial system.
  • He argues that we are close to a tipping point at which actions by politicians and central bankers cannot prevent this debt-laden system from a game-changing restructuring: a "big reset".
  • He proposes numerous scenarios which all mean the end of the Dollar's reserve currency status.
  • While he doesn't provide investment advice, it is clear that Middlekoop is bearish of bonds and fiat currencies, and bullish of hard assets.
I recently had the opportunity to read through Willem Middlekoop's The Big Reset, a title I came across after reading Duane Poliquin's - chairman of Almaden Minerals (NYSEMKT:AAU) - blog. I read the book on his recommendation and it turned out to be such a good one that I went through twice.

Comment: Many people the world over suffer from a currency normalcy bias in their perception and thinking regarding the fiat US Dollar - despite its brutal loss of value since 1913. For those with eyes to see, it is time to prepare one's "financial house" for the Dollar's inevitable collapse as the World Reserve currency. See the following for how this collapse and reset might proceed:

Pyramids and the coming economic collapse

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Empire cronie Cameron seeks to impede Russia's international banking abilities

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Don't be too hard On U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. After all, he's "just following orders" from the Western banking elite.
The U.K. will press European Union leaders to consider blocking Russian access to the SWIFT banking transaction system under an expansion of sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, a British government official said.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as SWIFT, is one of Russia's main connections to the international financial system. Prime Minister David Cameron's government plans to put the topic on the agenda for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels today, according to the official, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

"Blocking Russia from the SWIFT system would be a very serious escalation in sanctions against Russia and would most certainly result in equally tough retaliatory actions by Russia," said Chris Weafer, a senior partner at Moscow-based consulting firm Macro Advisory. "An exclusion from SWIFT would not block major trade deals but would cause problems in cross-border banking and that would disrupt trade flows."

Comment: You would think by now that the global elites would get it; Russia and its fight for basic autonomy and economic and political security will not just go away or be hampered by the bluster of western lies, rhetoric, and continued sanctions. But the more these tyrants try to get their way, the greater the shock and the pathological rage they will experience once they realize they won't and can't succeed.

Cell Phone

Kill switch in smartphones now mandatory in California

Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.

The demand is the result of a new law, signed into effect on Monday, that applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state.

While its legal reach does not extend beyond the state's borders, the inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the U.S. and around the world.

The legislation requires a system that, if triggered by an authorized user, will lock a handset to essentially make it useless. The feature must be installed and activated in new smartphones, but users will be able to deactivate it if they desire, and it must be resistant to attempts to reinstall the operating system.

Police can also use the tool, but only under the conditions of the existing section 7908 of the California Public Utilities Code. That gives police the ability to cut off phone service in certain situations and typically requires a court order, except in an emergency that poses "immediate danger of death or great bodily injury."

Comment: Under the pretext of fighting against smartphone theft, California has given police yet another means of controlling the citizenry. Section 7908 of the California Public Utilities Code states that the kill switch can be activated "in certain situations and typically requires a court order, except in an emergency that poses "immediate danger of death or great bodily injury."

Translation:
"typically" = not always = we won't care
"emergency" = is what we define it to be

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