Bert's favorites

Loading...

Popular Posts

Loading...

Total Pageviews

Search This Blog

Follow by Email

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Fukushima Global Horror Show 2014

Military Dictatorship Returns To Egypt?

Military Dictatorship Returns To Egypt?

Save Us Chuck - New Year's Eve 2013

131231 - Stay Warm!

John Stossel - Freedom In 2013

Tenth Amendment Center 2013 Year in Review

SR 154 NSA's Package Shop

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: New Law in France: Limos Must Wait 15 Minutes Minimum Before Picking Up Rides

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: New Law in France: Limos Must Wait 15 Minutes Minimum Before Picking Up Rides

WHAT! REGISTER YOU'RE GUNS OR BE CHARGED WITH A FELONY

▶ 2014 Annual Forecast Preview - YouTube

▶ 2014 Annual Forecast Preview - YouTube

▶ Why TV News Seems Like A Puppet Show - YouTube

▶ Why TV News Seems Like A Puppet Show - YouTube

▶ Save Us Chuck - 2013 Recap - YouTube

▶ Save Us Chuck - 2013 Recap - YouTube

▶ John Stossel - Uncommon Wisdom - YouTube

▶ John Stossel - Uncommon Wisdom - YouTube: "http://youtu.be/oFfVN4xITp0"

'via Blog this'

Monday, December 30, 2013

Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Study Shows Patient Wait Times for Primary Care Still Long

Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Study Shows Patient Wait Times for Primary Care Still Long

That Health Care Law, By the Numbers - Memphis Daily News

That Health Care Law, By the Numbers - Memphis Daily News

New California Gun Law Steps Over 'Line In The Sand' - Liberty Crier

New California Gun Law Steps Over 'Line In The Sand' - Liberty Crier

▶ The Mike Bloomberg Legacy: 12 Years of Little Tyrannies in 2 Minutes! - YouTube

▶ The Mike Bloomberg Legacy: 12 Years of Little Tyrannies in 2 Minutes! - YouTube

Top Dem Presses Obama on Iran After Surprise Announcement on Nuclear Program: ‘Iranians Are Showing Their True Intentions’ | TheBlaze.com

Top Dem Presses Obama on Iran After Surprise Announcement on Nuclear Program: ‘Iranians Are Showing Their True Intentions’ | TheBlaze.com

'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

'Military-Style' Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

Liberal hatemongers attack Gov. Nikki Haley over gun she received on Christmas - National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com

Liberal hatemongers attack Gov. Nikki Haley over gun she received on Christmas - National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com

Confront Obama's Tyranny: General Calls for Massive March on Washington - Minutemen News

Confront Obama's Tyranny: General Calls for Massive March on Washington - Minutemen News

GOP congressman blasts NY Times Benghazi claims as ‘misleading’ | Fox News

GOP congressman blasts NY Times Benghazi claims as ‘misleading’ | Fox News

Whistleblower’s explosive claim: FBI played key role in Brian Terry’s death - BizPac Review

Whistleblower’s explosive claim: FBI played key role in Brian Terry’s death - BizPac Review

» Target’s Close Relationship to Government Needs to Be Watched Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Target’s Close Relationship to Government Needs to Be Watched Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

Sunday Book Review: Gun Control in the Third Reich | The Truth About Guns

Sunday Book Review: Gun Control in the Third Reich | The Truth About Guns

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2013 | Creeping Sharia

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2013 | Creeping Sharia

Person of The Year 2003: The American Soldier - TIME

Person of The Year 2003: The American Soldier - TIME

Steam coming from Fukushima Unit 3 reactor building — Observed multiple times this week

Steam coming from Fukushima Unit 3 reactor building — Observed multiple times this week

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices? - Forbes

Will The Large Screen iPad Pro Be Apple's First In A Line Of Desktop Touch Devices? - Forbes

White House: Only 1.1 Million Have Signed Up for Obamacare …5 Million Have Lost Their Plans | The Gateway Pundit

White House: Only 1.1 Million Have Signed Up for Obamacare …5 Million Have Lost Their Plans | The Gateway Pundit

▶ The NSA Is Here To Stay - YouTube

▶ The NSA Is Here To Stay - YouTube

13-year-old inventor cracks the secret of trees to revolutionize solar energy

13-year-old inventor cracks the secret of trees to revolutionize solar energy

Strontium, PFOA and toxic chemicals found in one-third of U.S. water supply

Strontium, PFOA and toxic chemicals found in one-third of U.S. water supply

131230 – Michigan Nullifies NDAA | The Hyper Report

131230 – Michigan Nullifies NDAA | The Hyper Report:

'via Blog this'

Five Members of Congress to Watch in 2014 | The Fiscal Times

Five Members of Congress to Watch in 2014 | The Fiscal Times

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers | The Nation

Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers | The Nation

Judge Napolitano: Facebook Terms Of Service A Gross Violation Of Privacy - Liberty Crier

Judge Napolitano: Facebook Terms Of Service A Gross Violation Of Privacy - Liberty Crier

131228 – Two-Tiered Injustice | The Hyper Report

131228 – Two-Tiered Injustice | The Hyper Report:

'via Blog this'

▶ Walter Williams: Other Employment Barriers - YouTube

▶ Walter Williams: Other Employment Barriers - YouTube

▶ Alex Jones Meets The Obama Phone Lady - YouTube

▶ Alex Jones Meets The Obama Phone Lady - YouTube

Michigan Nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention « Just Wondering - Alternative News and Opinions Just Wondering – Alternative News and Opinions

Michigan Nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention « Just Wondering - Alternative News and Opinions Just Wondering – Alternative News and Opinions

Barton: OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users "Have No Reasonable ...

Thief Gets Shot & Family Complains

The American Conservative: Prudence and Peace | The American Conservative

The American Conservative: Prudence and Peace | The American Conservative

Democrats at War | The American Conservative

Democrats at War | The American Conservative

▶ John Whitehead discusses "A Government of Wolves" - YouTube

▶ John Whitehead discusses "A Government of Wolves" - YouTube:

'via Blog this'

Beyond Repair? Clinton Fixer Joins Obama Administration

Pope Francis's Christmas Message: Let Us Be Peacemakers | The Fiscal Times

Pope Francis's Christmas Message: Let Us Be Peacemakers | The Fiscal Times

Milton Friedman - Who Protects The Consumer?

ZoNATION: Part One--2013 in Review: Hot-Headed Democrats Ruining Nation

Carmat self-regulating artificial heart implanted in first human subject

Carmat self-regulating artificial heart implanted in first human subject

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

▶ The Stratosphere Lounge Episode 53 - YouTube

▶ The Stratosphere Lounge Episode 53 - YouTube

Would You Kill the Fat Man? | Foreign Affairs

Would You Kill the Fat Man? | Foreign Affairs

The Best of Print in 2013 | Foreign Affairs

The Best of Print in 2013 | Foreign Affairs

Charts: Consumer Price Index November 2013

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Fear the Octopus: Judge Says NSA Phone Surveillance Is Legal; Case Likely Headed to Supreme Court

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Fear the Octopus: Judge Says NSA Phone Surveillance Is Legal; Case Likely Headed to Supreme Court

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Obamacare Showdown: Missouri Bill to Gut Obamacare, Ban Penalties, Ban Healthcare Exchange; How Would Obama Respond?

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Obamacare Showdown: Missouri Bill to Gut Obamacare, Ban Penalties, Ban Healthcare Exchange; How Would Obama Respond?

Friday, December 27, 2013

The world’s newest country is already on the brink of civil war. Here’s how it happened.

The world’s newest country is already on the brink of civil war. Here’s how it happened.

Obama at United Nations: The World Is Safer—or It Isn’t | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation

Obama at United Nations: The World Is Safer—or It Isn’t | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation

Syria Activists Say Dozens Killed in Aleppo Air Assault - NYTimes.com

Syria Activists Say Dozens Killed in Aleppo Air Assault - NYTimes.com

Toys For Totalitarians: Smuggling Standard Capacity Magazines Into Banned States - Liberty Crier

Toys For Totalitarians: Smuggling Standard Capacity Magazines Into Banned States - Liberty Crier

Worries Grow That Fukushima Radioactive Fish Could Swim Into The Food Chain - Liberty Crier

Worries Grow That Fukushima Radioactive Fish Could Swim Into The Food Chain - Liberty Crier

Ron Paul: The Failure Of Government Is All Around Us - Liberty Crier

Ron Paul: The Failure Of Government Is All Around Us - Liberty Crier

▶ Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC I Defend Snowden Like You Defend Obama '24 Hours a Day' - YouTube

▶ Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC I Defend Snowden Like You Defend Obama '24 Hours a Day' - YouTube:

'via Blog this'

21 December 2013 Unemployment Claims 4 Week Average Again Worsens

21 December 2013 Unemployment Claims 4 Week Average Again Worsens

▶ Billy Corgan: Massive Awakening Is Occurring - YouTube

▶ Billy Corgan: Massive Awakening Is Occurring - YouTube:

'via Blog this'

Lazy Ignorant Cops

Breaking: Michigan nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention | Ben Swann Truth In Media

Breaking: Michigan nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention | Ben Swann Truth In Media

▶ Free Will and Human Dignity: A Love Story | LearnLiberty - YouTube

▶ Free Will and Human Dignity: A Love Story | LearnLiberty - YouTube

Furor over cancelled insurance policies quieter a month after Obama move, but coverage unclear | Star Tribune

Furor over cancelled insurance policies quieter a month after Obama move, but coverage unclear | Star Tribune

Duplicate News Story Detection Revisited « Another Word For It

Duplicate News Story Detection Revisited « Another Word For It

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web founder, backs Edward Snowden | Mail Online

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web founder, backs Edward Snowden | Mail Online

Walmart Obamacare RFID Chip 666 Number of The Beast

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: VA Refuses Christmas Cards from 51 School Kids Intended for Disabled Veterans

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: VA Refuses Christmas Cards from 51 School Kids Intended for Disabled Veterans

You Can't Do It Alone/Weed Update

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama's 'Ignoring Laws' Could Lead to ...

▶ Unbelievable Liberal Reaction to my Walmart Video - YouTube

▶ Unbelievable Liberal Reaction to my Walmart Video - YouTube

▶ Ron Paul: The Failure Of Government Is All Around Us - YouTube

▶ Ron Paul: The Failure Of Government Is All Around Us - YouTube

Definitive proof that the mainstream media is scripted? | Ben Swann Truth In Media

Definitive proof that the mainstream media is scripted? | Ben Swann Truth In Media:

'via Blog this'

Do I have the flu? (And why Big Data loves when you ask that) | Marketplace.org

Do I have the flu? (And why Big Data loves when you ask that) | Marketplace.org

Still Report #152 -- Arctic Ice

Israel's Water Challenge

Israel's Water Challenge

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More | Open Culture

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More | Open Culture

Snowden’s holiday message: Privacy matters - Salon.com

Snowden’s holiday message: Privacy matters - Salon.com

Radioactive Reality 12-23-2013 "You can expect an enormous amount of can...

Two Party System FAIL

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Lawyer Advises Me "Don't Go to France"; French Pub Fined €9,000 for Using "Undeclared Labor" after Customers Returned Empties to Bar

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Lawyer Advises Me "Don't Go to France"; French Pub Fined €9,000 for Using "Undeclared Labor" after Customers Returned Empties to Bar:

'via Blog this'

▶ John Stossel - The Libertarian Era - YouTube

▶ John Stossel - The Libertarian Era - YouTube

▶ Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry! (Nanny of the Year, 2013) - YouTube

▶ Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry! (Nanny of the Year, 2013) - YouTube

Don't Feed the Libertarian Trolls - Rebutted!

Antibiotic era ending - Antimicrobial pecan shell extract can prevent Listeria contamination in organic meats

Antibiotic era ending - Antimicrobial pecan shell extract can prevent Listeria contamination in organic meats

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Darlene Love - Christmas Wish

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Darlene Love - Christmas Wish

IV Cellular presents "Freedom Isn't Free"

11 Politicians Who Want This Year to Be Over Already | The Fiscal Times

11 Politicians Who Want This Year to Be Over Already | The Fiscal Times

'Duck Dynasty' and Other Brutal Public Relations Disasters from 2013 | The Fiscal Times

'Duck Dynasty' and Other Brutal Public Relations Disasters from 2013 | The Fiscal Times

Recorda Me (Joe Henderson) - Arnaud Quercy Piano Jazz Project - Month 48

▶ 2014 Conflict Prevention Priorities: Three Things to Know - YouTube

▶ 2014 Conflict Prevention Priorities: Three Things to Know - YouTube

Blacks At Town-hall Meeting Turns On Obama, Sharpton and It's Leaders (+...

NSA Spying On Israel...(Shocking!)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

America's Shopper-in-Chief Has His Staff Sign Him Up for ObamaCare (But Not His Family) | naked capitalism

America's Shopper-in-Chief Has His Staff Sign Him Up for ObamaCare (But Not His Family) | naked capitalism

Japan experts voice alarm over “surge in cancers among young in Fukushima” — Gov’t told to “implement measures now” and be prepared for surge to increase further

Japan experts voice alarm over “surge in cancers among young in Fukushima” — Gov’t told to “implement measures now” and be prepared for surge to increase further

Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party - Yahoo News

Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party - Yahoo News

Retail Traffic Plunges By "Staggering" 21% In Week Before Christmas | Zero Hedge

Retail Traffic Plunges By "Staggering" 21% In Week Before Christmas | Zero Hedge

Ireland asks unemployed citizens to move away | PBS NewsHour

Ireland asks unemployed citizens to move away | PBS NewsHour

International Forecaster

THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER
Saturday, December 21, 2013
12/21/13 #6
E-MAIL ADDRESS
For correspondence to us:
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

May we wait with the hope of a child, listen with the wonder of a child, and believe with the heart of a child. 
We hope our IF family enjoys a wonderful holiday and a prosperous New Year.


NOTE: There will not be any issues from Wednesday, December 25 through Wednesday, January 1st in observance of Christmas.


Radio Shows:

James Corbett with Dr. Stan

James Corbett on The Power Hour


WORLD MARKETS 

2013: A Look Back and a Look Forward
By James Corbett
At the beginning of the year, I decided to throw my hat into the ring with all the other analysts and make some predictions for 2013. As I warned at the time, my predictions were almost guaranteed to be wrong in their specifics, but the general trends and ideas might be more or less correct. So let's see how I did.  
2013 Prediction #1: The global hyperinflationary meltdown that one would expect from this tidal wave of stimulus spending will not arrive this year. Instead, the markets—now well and truly decoupled from any sense of economic reality from all of these central bank interventions—will stage a counterintuitive rally in the first half of the year. Stocks will soar on the promise of this wave of easy money. The hangover will not kick in until the second half of the year at the least. The QE3 purchases of Mortgage Backed Securities will continue to have its intended effect of artificially propping up the US housing market, which will continue its growth from last year. This will keep the US economy looking better than it is (with a lot of help from the book cookers at the BLS and the other government number-fudging agencies). The Eurozone will start to fall even further behind in the currency war because Germany will act as a brake on the stimulus function of the ECB. Thus the Euro will lose out as currencies around the world devalue against it, and Europeans (except perhaps for the Germans, who may be able to weather the storm) will suffer even more.
Results: Mixed. Certainly the hyperinflationary meltdown did not take place and the markets did boom, culminating in all time highs for the S&P and Dow this week after the taper madness infected the markets. And I also hit the nail on the head about QE3 propping up the housing market. In fact, if anything the housing market is reaching bubble-like levels all over again. My Eurozone prediction was off, however. Not only did the EUpocalypse not reach a crescendo this year, but things went unusually quiet in the summer months as the Euro crisis was put on hold for the German election cycle. Things do seem to be taking off again now (especially in Italy with the pitchfork protests) but I'd say this part of the prediction was a miss.
2013 Prediction #2: This first wave of Obamacare/fiscal cliff tax increases in the U.S. will only set the stage for a broader national conversation on the need for higher taxes across the board in the face of the national debt crisis. The media conversation will focus heavily on the idea that these taxes are meant for the “wealthy” who will be defined as anyone earning over $250,000. By the time the taxes are hardwired into law, the meaning of “wealthy” will have been vastly downgraded (evenutally meaning anyone earning over $75,000). Look for Obama to float a plan for a VAT tax and some form of carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme in this critical first year of his lame duck session.
Results: Miss. The grander conversation about taxing the rich has not taken place this year. Obama did not float his VAT tax plan and carbon taxes are no closer to reality now than they ever have been in the US.
2013 Prediction #3: European anti-austerity protests will reach a crescendo in late spring / early summer, and a new set of emergency measures will be rolled out by the ECB on the condition that the bank be given more power to unilaterally intervene in individual economies. Sold to the public by a mouthpiece media, most will go along with it willingly. In Asia, the failure of last year's ASEAN talks will lead to increased pressure to form a united front on the South China Sea issue. Accordingly, a meaningless, toothless code of conduct for the waterways will be issued and pushed at this year's summit. (Meanwhile, behind the scenes, American defense contractors will continue raking in the billions from the de facto military answer to China's presumed naval aggressions.) In hilariously hypocritical fashion, however, the same establishment mouthpiece media that obediently touts every globalist initiative will do their best to ignore (or ridicule) the BRICS development bank, which will get off the ground at the upcoming BRICS summit in Durban in March.
Results: Mostly miss, some hit. As mentioned above, the Eurozone crisis failed to crescendo as predicted. Having said that, the ECB prediction wasn't far off; Draghi has been campaigning throughout the year for the ECB to consolidate power through coordination of a European bank bailout fund, culminating in an appearance in Brussels this week where he urged the European parliament to create a Single Resolution Mechanism for bank crises. As for ASEAN, their negotiations with China over a South China Sea “code of conduct” have gone nowhere this year, and have given no indication that any agreement is going to be hammered out anytime soon. Having said that, the defense contractor claim was spot on; spending in the region has ballooned this year on the back of the supposed growing menace of the Chi-coms. The BRICS prediction was a complete miss. The BRICS summit was a flop and the development bank did not materialize in the way many were predicting (although it's not off the table for future summits...).
2013 Prediction #4: The “responsibility to protect” card may yet be played in Syria, depending how the conflict plays out. If and when it looks like intervention is back on the table, expect the “international community” to once again start making the case that a “no fly zone” (i.e. bombing campaign) in the name of “protecting Syrians” is just what the doctor ordered. Meanwhile, a political crisis in Africa (perhaps in Yemen or Sudan) will create similar calls for foreign military intervention...and provide a convenient excuse for AFRICOM to continue squeezing its foot through the door into the African continent.
Results: Mostly hit. Certainly Syria remained on the boil throughout the year and we all saw what happened in the wake of the chemical weapons false flag and the run up to military intervention. The most surprising part of that whole episode was the fact that the mass protests that erupted actually managed to derail the headlong rush to war and an off-the-cuff remark from Kerry was pounced on by Putin to shame the US into remaining peaceful. The 'political crisis in Africa' prediction was particularly prescient, with France becoming embroiled in Mali and the Westgate shopping mall attack serving to further the African Al-Qaeda myth that is setting the stage for AFRICOM's expansion on the continent.
All in all, my 2013 predictions didn't pan out too badly. But perhaps that's because they were relatively safe predictions. This year, let's make some insanely specific predictions. Yes, they are almost inevitably going to prove inaccurate, but they can at least allow us to run some interesting thought experiments and see what trends we can discern. So, without further ado:
Bold Prediction for 2014 #1: North Korea's government will collapse this year. Chaos will follow. China will fear millions of refugees spilling across the border and into their country, but they'll fear the US or their allies stepping in to “restore order” on their doorstep even more. This will lead to a tense impasse when China implies there will be “consequences” if US troops try to cross over the border from South Korea. The impasse will be solved when an intense round of negotiations at the UN Security Council leads to the creation of a UN protectorate interim government in preparation for a reunification process with South Korea.
Reasoning: Earlier this month it was announced that Kim Jong-un's uncle, previously thought to be a favored advisor, was executed. Like everything else in North Korea, this incident is shrouded in mystery: when did the execution actually take place? Why did it happen? Does this signal an attempt by the military to isolate Kim Jong-un and increase their own power, or an attempt by Kim Jong-un to consolidate his power and more firmly assert his control over the country? There are a lot of questions here and very few answers. It is at least conceivable that Kim does not have full control over the country right now, and I don't think observers would be any more stunned by the collapse of his government than by any other piece of news. In the wake of such a collapse, all of the simmering tensions in the Asia-Pacific region would come to the fore, and it would be a potential flashpoint for military confrontation. Looking at the larger trend, however, in which Chinese-US tension is a smokescreen for the larger globalist agenda, it wouldn't be hard to imagine how turning to the UN could be the nice globalist “solution” to a North Korean nightmare.
Bold Prediction for 2014 #2: The 'revelations' of NSA spying will continue, causing a 'solution' to emerge: 'reform'! Ideas will fly fast and furious, with some floating the idea of impeaching Obama, and others suggesting a constituational amendement to deal with the idea of 'digital rights.' Ultimately, though, the political “consensus” will settle on the creation of a new oversight committee in Congress, the appointment of a 'Privacy Czar' by Obama to mirror the 'privacy commissioners' that exist in other countries, and a new set of rules and procedures for the intel community to follow for collecting various kinds of data on Americans. Snowden himself will leave Russia when his temporary asylum runs out in August, making his way to Iceland whereupon he will become a mysterious, hermit-like icon a la Assange, issuing pronouncements on digital security from time to time while pundits and government stooges fret about what to do about him.
Reasoning: We can already see the writing on the wall. A federal judge has just called the NSA spying program “Orwellian” and ruled it unconstitutional. An “expert” advisory panel is recommending that the phone records collection program be brought to an end...as if all the NSA is doing is collecting metadata on people's phone calls (hasn't the conversation moved past this by this point?). Politicians are looking for a way to save face (and, more importantly, save their seat in the next election), so expect lots of warm and fuzzy rhetoric about privacy and the 4th amendment in the coming months from the same cast and crew that have let these programs develop under their nose for the past couple of decades. Foreign leaders will also give blustery speeches expressing outrage that this is going on, while behind the scenes they're all doing it themselves and often cooperating with the NSA outright in order to do so. Everyone is looking for a way out and 'reform' is generally the easy political answer. Meanwhile, the idea will be in the back of everyone's head that Big Brother really is watching you at all times. Welcome to the Panopticon.
Bold Prediction for 2014 #3: People will finally stop waiting for the government to label GMO foods and protect them from the banksters and regulate labor practices and manage healthcare and bring criminals to justice and direct the economy and they'll start taking matters into their own hands. The idea of self-sufficiency will go viral and this will be the year of the non-GMO project and complementary currencies and boycotts and buycotts and open source everything and pirate internet and community gardens and just generally getting off the grid.
Reasoning: One can always dream...
And on that slightly optimistic note I look forward to continuing to cover the ups and downs and setbacks and solutions and hardships and triumphs with all of you in 2014. I hope you stay warm this winter, and my best wishes to all. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 



US MARKETS

83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
By Michael Snyder
During 2013, America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion. As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control. Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis. We continue to see thousands of businesses and millions of jobs get shipped out of the United States, and the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated.  Due to the lack of decent jobs, poverty is absolutely exploding. Government dependence is at an all-time high and crime is rising.  Evidence of social and moral decay is seemingly everywhere, and our government appears to be going insane.
If we are going to have any hope of solving these problems, the American people need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and finally admit how bad things have actually become. If we all just blindly have faith that "everything is going to be okay", the consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions are going to absolutely blindside us and we will be absolutely devastated by the great crisis that is rapidly approaching. The United States is in a massive amount of trouble, and it is time that we all started facing the truth. The following are 83 numbers from 2013 that are almost too crazy to believe...
#1 Most people that hear this statistic do not believe that it is actually true, but right now an all-time record 102 million working age Americans do not have a job.  That number has risen by about 27 million since the year 2000.
#2 Because of the lack of jobs, poverty is spreading like wildfire in the United States.  According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.
#3 As society breaks down, the government feels a greater need than ever before to watch, monitor and track the population.  For example, every single day the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls in addition to a whole host of other data.
#4 The Bank for International Settlements says that total public and private debt levels around the globe are now 30 percent higher than they were back during the financial crisis of 2008.
#5 According to a recent World Bank report, private domestic debt in China has grown from 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to 23 trillion dollars today.
#6 In 1985, there were more than 18,000 banks in the United States.  Today, there are only 6,891 left.
#7 The six largest banks in the United States (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) have collectively gotten 37 percent larger over the past five years.
#8 The U.S. banking system has 14.4 trillion dollars in total assets.  The six largest banks now account for 67 percent of those assets and all of the other banks account for only 33 percent of those assets.
#9 JPMorgan Chase is roughly the size of the entire British economy.
#10 The five largest banks now account for 42 percent of all loans in the United States.
#11 Right now, four of the "too big to fail" banks each have total exposure to derivatives that is well in excess of 40 trillion dollars.
#12 The total exposure that Goldman Sachs has to derivatives contracts is more than 381 times greater than their total assets.
#13 According to the Bank for International Settlements, the global financial system has a total of 441 trillion dollars worth of exposure to interest rate derivatives.
#14 Through the end of November, approximately 365,000 Americans had signed up for Obamacare but approximately 4 million Americans had already lost their current health insurance policies because of Obamacare.
#15 It is being projected that up to 100 million more Americans could have their health insurance policies canceled by the time Obamacare is fully rolled out.
#16 At this point, 82.4 million Americans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.
#17 It is has been estimated that Obamacare will add 21 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
#18 It is being projected that health insurance premiums for healthy 30-year-old men will rise by an average of 260 percent under Obamacare.
#19 One couple down in Texas received a letter from their health insurance company that informed them that they were being hit with a 539 percent rate increase because of Obamacare.
#20 Back in 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 54.9 percent of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.
#21 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.
#22 Incredibly, 74 percent of all the wealth in the United States is owned by the wealthiest 10 percent of all Americans.
#23 According to Consumer Reports, the number of children in the United States taking antipsychotic drugs has nearly tripled over the past 15 years.
#24 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of just 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.
#25 According to a shocking new study, the average American that turned 65 this year will receive $327,500 more in federal benefits than they paid in taxes over the course of their lifetimes.
#26 In just one week in December, a combined total of more than 2000 new cold temperature and snowfall records were set in the United States.
#27 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.
#28 The rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen for eight years in a row.
#29 Only 47 percent of all adults in America have a full-time job at this point.
#30 The unemployment rate in the eurozone recently hit a new all-time high of 12.2 percent.
#31 If you assume that the labor force participation rate in the U.S. is at the long-term average, the unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent.
#32 In November 2000, 64.3 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  When Barack Obama first entered the White House, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  Today, only 58.6 percent of all working age Americans have a job.
#33 There are 1,148,000 fewer Americans working today than there was in November 2006.  Meanwhile, our population has grown by more than 16 million people during that time frame.
#34 Only 19 percent of all Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.
#35 Just 14 percent of all Americans believe that the stock market will rise next year.
#36 According to CNBC, Pinterest is currently valued at more than 3 billion dollars even though it has never earned a profit.
#37 Twitter is a seven-year-old company that has never made a profit.  It actually lost 64.6 million dollars last quarter.  But according to the financial markets it is currently worth about 22 billion dollars.
#38 Right now, Facebook is trading at a valuation that is equivalent to approximately 100 years of earnings, and it is currently supposedly worth about 115 billion dollars.
#39 Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.
#40 Student loans are up by an astounding 61 percent over the past three years.
#41 At this moment, there are 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are neither in school or working.
#42 The "inactivity rate" for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) has just hit a brand new all-time record high.
#43 It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.
#44 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs created since then.
#45 According to the Social Security Administration, 40 percent of all U.S. workers make less than $20,000 a year.
#46 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.
#47 After accounting for inflation, 40 percent of all U.S. workers are making less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.
#48 When Barack Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks.  Today, it is 37.2 weeks.
#49 Investors pulled an astounding 72 billion dollars out of bond mutual funds in 2013.  It was the worst year for bond funds ever.
#50 Small business is rapidly dying in America.  At this point, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed.  That is an all-time record low.
#51 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.
#52 Once January 1st hits, it will officially be illegal to manufacture or import traditional incandescent light bulbs in the United States.  It is being projected that millions of Americans will attempt to stock up on the old light bulbs before they are totally gone from store shelves.
#53 The Japanese government has estimated that approximately 300 tons of highly radioactive water is being released into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility every single day.
#54 Back in 1967, the U.S. military had more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.  That number is already being cut down to 1,550, and now Barack Obama wants to reduce it to only about 1,000.
#55 As you read this, 60 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty and there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.
#56 Wal-Mart recently opened up two new stores in Washington D.C., and more than 23,000 people applied for just 600 positions.  That means that only about 2.6 percent of the applicants were ultimately hired.  In comparison, Harvard offers admission to 6.1 percent of their applicants.
#57 At this point, almost half of all public school students in America come from low income homes.
#58 Tragically, there are 1.2 million students that attend public schools in the United States that are homeless.  That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.
#59 According to a Gallup poll that was recently released, 20.0 percent of all Americans did not have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed at some point over the past year.  That is just under the all-time record of 20.4 percent that was set back in November 2008.
#60 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.
#61 Right now, one out of every five households in the United States is on food stamps.
#62 The U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.
#63 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
#64 According to one survey, approximately 75 percent of all American women do not have any interest in dating unemployed men.
#65 China exports 4 billion pounds of food to the United States every year.
#66 Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.
#67 The number of Americans on Social Security Disability now exceeds the entire population of Greece, and the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.
#68 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Social Security will rise from 57 million today to more than 100 million in 25 years.
#69 Back in 1970, the total amount of debt in the United States (government debt + business debt + consumer debt, etc.) was less than 2 trillion dollars.  Today it is over 56 trillion dollars.
#70 Back on September 30th, 2012 our national debt was sitting at a total of 16.1 trillion dollars.  Today, it is up to 17.2 trillion dollars.
#71 The U.S. government "rolled over" more than 7.5 trillion dollars of existing debt in fiscal 2013.
#72 If the U.S. national debt was reduced to a stack of one dollar bills it would circle the earth at the equator 45 times.
#73 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent.  Today, it is up to 101 percent.
#74 The U.S. national debt is on pace to more than double during the eight years of the Obama administration.  In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate more debt than it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.
#75 The federal government is borrowing (stealing) roughly 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.
#76 At this point, the U.S. already has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.
#77 Japan now has a debt to GDP ratio of more than 211 percent.
#78 As of December 5th, 83 volcanic eruptions had been recorded around the planet so far this year.  That is a new all-time record high.
#79 53 percent of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.
#80 Violent crime in the United States was up 15 percent last year.
#81 According to a very surprising survey that was recently conducted, 68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is currently on the wrong track.
#82 Back in 1972, 46 percent of all Americans believed that "most people can be trusted".  Today, only 32 percent of all Americans believe that "most people can be trusted".
#83 According to a recent Pew Research survey, only 19 percent of all Americans trust the government.   Back in 1958, 73 percent of all Americans trusted the government.
Digital Age Privacy Rights
By Stephen Lendman
Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states:
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation." 
"Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights states:
"Everyone has the right to respect for his privacy and family life, his home and his correspondence."
Articles 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence...Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
Various other international accords affirm privacy rights. So does the US Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects against lawless searches and seizure.
The 1974 Privacy Act governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personal information maintained by federal agencies.
It prohibits disclosing it without written consent, stating:
"No (federal) agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains."
All federal agencies must prevent unauthorized release of personal records.
The 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requires administration officials to insure Americans' personal records are adequately protected from misuse and security breaches.
Washington consistently spurns rule of law principles. Mass NSA surveillance is one of many examples. 
In November, the General Assembly addressed privacy rights in the digital age. Over 50 member states co-sponsored a resolution to protect what's too precious to lose.
On December 18, the 193-member body unanimously approved a resolution titled: "The Right to privacy in the digital age."
It reaffirmed a fundamental human right. No one should be denied the right to privacy. No one should be lawlessly spied on. 
No one living anywhere should be victimized. No one should be denied their fundamental human and civil rights.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the General Assembly's resolution "one small step for privacy, one giant leap against surveillance."
It "requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report to the General Assembly on the protection of the right to privacy, including in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale."
It's also called "Necessary and Proportionate Principles." They include:
(1) Legality: Privacy exceptions must be legally authorized.
(2) Legitimate Aim: They must be consistent with democratic values.
(3) Necessity: Surveillance must be limited to what's clearly vital to achieve legitimate aims.
(4) Adequacy: Authorized communications surveillance must comply with a legitimate identified aim.
(5) Proportionality: Communications surveillance decisions must consider benefits sought against harmful consequences.
(6) Competent Judicial Authority: An impartial, independent one must determine whether specific communications surveillance initiatives are legitimate.
(7) Due Process: Fundamental human rights should be respected. Lawful procedures only should be permitted.
(8) User Notification: Targeted individuals should be informed. Reasons for surveillance should be disclosed. Enough time should be given for appeal.
(9) Transparency: Nations should make known what surveillance requests were approved or rejected. Investigatory types and purposes should be explained.
(10) Public Oversight: Independent "mechanisms" should be established to assure transparency and accountability.
(11) Integrity of Communications and Systems: Service providers as well as hardware and software vendors should not be required to build surveillance capabilities into their systems.
(12) Safeguards for International Cooperation: Nations may need help from foreign service providers. They should be able to get it without interference.
(13) Safeguards Against Legitimate Access: Appropriate legislation should be enacted. It should criminalize lawless surveillance.
Last August, Obama appointed a so-called independent commission/Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies to assess and issue recommendations on NSA mass surveillance.
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) head James Clapper supervised it. At the time, Obama said:
"(W)e're forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies." 
"We need new thinking for a new era. We now have to unravel terrorist plots by finding a needle in the haystack of global telecommunications." 
"And meanwhile, technology has given governments - including our own - unprecedented capability to monitor communications."
"They'll consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used, ask how surveillance impacts our foreign policy - particularly in an age when more and more information is becoming public." 
"And they will provide an interim report in 60 days and a final report by the end of this year, so that we can move forward with a better understanding of how these programs impact our security, our privacy, and our foreign policy."
On December 12, it released its report titled "Liberty and Security in a Changing World."
Its members were handpicked to support administration policy. They include:

  • ¥ former acting CIA head Michael Morell;
  • ¥ former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism Richard Clarke;
  • ¥ former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein; Francis Boyle calls him a neocon;
  • ¥ Democrat party connected/political advocacy group Center for American Progress member Peter Swire; and
  • ¥ University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone. 
Last summer, he made contradictory statements. On the one hand, he said Bush violated Fourth Amendment protections. On the other, he claimed Obama didn't, saying:
"Unlike the Obama program, which is limited to obtaining information about phone calls made and received from telephone companies, the Bush program authorized the government to wiretap private phone conversations." 
"From a constitutional perspective, the difference is critical, and it is unfortunate that President Obama has not done a better job of explaining the distinction, and why his administration's program does not violate the constitutional 'right of privacy.'
Warrantless spying goes way beyond wiretapping. Mass surveillance watches everyone extrajudicially. Stone turned a blind eye to extreme lawlessness. Imagine what he teaches students.
He publicly denounced Edward Snowden, saying:
"(F)rom a simple, straightforward, technical legal standpoint, there's absolutely no question that Snowden violated the law."
"And from that standpoint, if he's tried, he will be convicted, and he is in fact, from that perspective, a criminal."
EFF addressed Obama's Review Board findings. It said risks caused by mass surveillance were recognized. Forty recommendations were made.
Areas covered included transparency and protecting online security tools, as well as NSA, FISA Court authority, and civil liberties oversight groups organizational reforms.
They stopped well short of what's needed. According to EFF:
They "left open the door for future mass surveillance and failed to address the constitutionality of the NSA's mass spying."
EFF senior staff attorney Kurt Opsahl explained further, saying:
"The president's panel agreed with the growing consensus that mass electronic surveillance has no place in American society." 
"The review board floats a number of interesting reform proposals, and we're especially happy to see them condemn the NSA's attacks on encryption and other security systems people rely upon."  
"But we're disappointed that the recommendations suggest a path to continue untargeted spying."
"Mass surveillance is still heinous, even if private company servers are holding the data instead of government data centers."
EFF's Trevor Timm added:
"We're concerned that the panel appears to allow the NSA to continue the mass collection of emails, chats and other electronic communications of Americans under the pretext that the NSA is 'targeting' foreigners overseas." 
"While we're happy that the panel acknowledged that foreigners abroad need some additional privacy protections, mass surveillance isn't acceptable for Americans or foreigners." 
Obama's handpicked insider group left unaddressed what's most important. Mass surveillance is unconstitutional. It violates fundamental international law provisions. It has no place in any society.
Its use reflects police state lawlessness. Its practice assures fundamental rights no longer exist. 
America is a hair's breadth away from full-blown tyranny. Obama bears full responsibility. He exceeded the worst of George Bush.
He governs by diktat authority. His secret kill list decides who lives or dies. He's ravaging one country after another. 
He's waging war on fundamental human and civil rights at home. They're disappearing in plain sight. No one any longer is safe. 
Anyone can be arrested for any reason or none at all. They can be indefinitely detained uncharged. They can be held in a military dungeon.
They can be left there out of sight and mind. They can ge denied the right to counsel and other basic rights. They can be killed by presidential edict.
Civil protections no longer apply. Habeas and due process rights are gone. Judicial fairness is null and void. Privacy no longer exists.
Mass spying facilitates out-of-control lawlessness. Big Brother watches everyone. Obama's so-called independent Review Board said it's OK.
Mass surveillance and freedom can't co-exist. Continuing it assures its extinction. Edward Snowden said:
"I do not want to live in a world where everything I do or say is recorded."
Millions of Americans feel the same way. So do countless others worldwide. Freedom is too precious to lose. It's vanishing today in plain sight.

Fed’s $4 Trillion in Assets Draw Lawmakers’ Scrutiny
By Jeff Kearns
Among Fed officials, “there’s discomfort in the sense that the portfolio could grow almost without limit,” former Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn said last week during a panel discussion in Washington. Kohn said there was “discomfort in the potential financial stability effects” and added: “There’s some legitimacy in those discomforts.”
Fed Governor Jeremy Stein has said some credit markets, such as corporate debt, show signs of excessive risk-taking, while not posing a threat to financial stability. Representative Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House committee that oversees the Fed, last week said he plans “the most rigorous examination and oversight of the Federal Reserve in its history.”

Fiat Money Fools
By Alfred Adask
One of our readers sent the following question.  It touches on some of the irrationality and outright foolishness that follows when a nation gives up it gold- or silver-based money and replaces it with a fiat (paper or digital) currency:
“I'm having a hard time understanding how Detroit or anyone can have a debt; if there is no real money, how can there be a debt?
“Without real money, how could there even be a bankruptcy court, or bankruptcy protection?  If all we have is debt paper for currency, that debt paper is lent into existence, backed by nothing, how can there be a debt? I'm not trained in finance/accounting but this whole system is insane and makes no sense to dummies like me.”
My Answer(s):  
First, your premise that our “debt paper for currency” is “backed by nothing” is incorrect.  It’s true that our fiat dollars aren’t back by anything tangible, like gold or silver.  However, since A.D. 1971, paper dollars have been backed by the American peoples’ “full faith and credit”.    “Full faith and credit” is fancy language for asserting that the American people will make good on the debts created and denominated in fiat dollars.  
Thus, the national debt and the value of the fiat dollar are backed by your signature; by your presumed or implied promises to pay that debt.   
The “official” national debt is $17 trillion; Shadowstats.com says it’s closer to $90 trillion; the Congressional Budget Office says that, including unfunded liabilities, the national debt is over $200 trillion.   Depending on whichever total sum you choose to believe most accurately describes the true national debt, your personal “fair share” of that debt may be roughly $50,000, $300,000 or $650,000. 
So, how much extra money do you have?  How much of your fair share do you plan to pay?  
I’ll bet that after you explain why you’re in a bind just now (the kid needs braces, Christmas is coming, etc.), your answer is Zee-ro.  You’re not going to voluntarily pay anything on the national debt.
How much of my “fair share” of the national debt do you think I plan to voluntarily pay?  Answer: Zee-ro.  
Do you think the rest of America is any different?   Talk to 100 people. Explain that they each owe somewhere between $50,000 and $650,000 as their fair share of the national debt.  Ask them how much of that debt they plan to pay and how soon government can expect their check.  It’s conceivable that two or three out of one hundred might agree to pay their full “fair share”—but it’s not likely.  
Ask the same questions of all 310 million Americans, and you’ll probably get similar replies.  Ohh, they may not object to other people being held liable for the national debt.  But how much are they able and willing to personally pay?  Just about Zee-ro.
Given that no one is ready to personally pay his fair share of the national debt, what’s the true value of the “full faith and credit of the American people” that’s allegedly backing our national debt and our fiat dollars?  
It’s also just about Zee-ro.  
Why?  Because you will break your presumed and/or implied promise to pay your “fair share” of the national debt.  So will I.  So will just about every other living American.
So, what are the real values of the national debt and fiat dollar backed by the “full faith and credit of the American people” if the American people aren’t able or willing to pay their fair share of the national debt? 
Pretty close to Zee-ro.
Americans are no more likely to voluntarily repay our national debt than Greece, Cyprus or Zimbabwe.  So, when that debt finally comes due, those creditors holding the paper debt-instruments (stocks, bonds, bank accounts, 401(k)s, etc.) are going to take  a “haircut”—just like they did in Greece, Cyprus and Zimbabwe.  Those creditors who trust in the “full faith and credit of the American people” are going to get just as screwed as those who trusted in the “full faith and credit” of Greece, Cyprus or Zimbabwe. They’re gonna lose their assets.
Why?  
First, because you, and I and the rest of America don’t have the money or even sufficient net worth, to pay the national debt.  
Second, because we say in our hearts, “Screw the debt; let someone else pay it.”  We aren’t about to personally kick in $50,000 to $650,000 to pay off the national debt.  
The purpose of this analysis is to illustrate that you will not personally pay your fair share of the national debt.   If you won’t pay, what makes you think I will?  Why should anyone else?  
Once you recognize that you won’t voluntarily pay your fair share of the national debt, you can extrapolate that recognition to see that virtually no one will voluntarily repay that debt—and therefore, most of that debt won’t ever be paid.  
Sooner or later, almost every creditor who loaned currency to the US government will come to the same conclusion.  Sooner or later, everyone holding a piece of the US national debt or storing their wealth in the form of paper dollars will lose most of their purported wealth and recognize that they’ve been playing the fool.
•  The danger of all debt is that "one man's debt is another man's asset".  Debt is always an express or implied promise to repay the debt—someday—but not today.  
If I borrow $100,000, I sign a note for $100,000.  That note is my “promise to pay”.  Someone then holds that note and treats it as an asset.  If you ask them, they'll tell you that they have $100,000 in "savings" because they have a piece of paper with my signature on it.  (When you think about it, isn’t it almost laughably foolish for anyone to believe that piece of paper bearing someone’s signature is a form of wealth?)
But, if I go broke, I can't pay my debts.  I can’t make good on my promise to pay.  If I can't pay my debts, I destroy the value the paper debt instruments that memorialize each of my debts.  If I go broke, my $100,000 note becomes worthless and the man who thought he had $100,000 in savings will learn the difference between a “payment” (receiving something tangible) and a “promise to pay” (receiving a signed piece of paper).  
But it gets worse.  In a debt-based monetary system, bankruptcy doesn't just wipe out the debtor's debts, and the creditor's assets, it actually destroys that part of the money supply that’s based on the debt.   Because bankruptcy in a debt-based monetary system (like our) makes currency disappear, bankruptcy diminishes the national money supply and attacks the economy itself.  Thus, we have three “losers” in a bankruptcy proceeding:  the borrower, the creditor and the economy.
• This three-party loss wouldn't happen if we had a 100% gold- or silver-based monetary system. 
I.e., if I borrowed $100,000 in gold and I went bankrupt, I couldn't repay the $100,000 in gold and the paper debt instrument that memorializes that debt to my creditor would also be worth zero.  I’d be broke and my creditor would lose $100,000 in gold.
But the $100,000 in gold would still remain in the hands of multiple people within the economy.  I would’ve borrowed the gold and spent the gold (foolishly, perhaps).  I might not have any more gold, but the gold I’d borrowed would still exist.
I'd be bankrupt for being a fool, and the man who was fool enough to lend me $100,000 in gold would also suffer a $100,000 loss.  But the gold/money would still exist in the hands of people who were not so foolish and the economy, itself, would not be diminished.  I'd be diminished; my creditor would be diminished; but the economy would not be impaired by my bankruptcy.
With paper debt instruments, that's not so.  
If I go bankrupt, my $100,000 note becomes worthless, my creditor loses $100,000, but so does the economy.  The currency/credit which was created in the original loan and which became part of the national money supply would cease to exist.  
More, because of fractional reserve banking in a fiat monetary system, if I signed a $100,000 note, the banking system could use my note as collateral to lend ten times that much ($1 million) to other borrowers. Therefore, if I go broke, my $100,000 note not only becomes worthless, but the bank may have to "call in" $1 million in loans based on my failed $100,000 note.  
Now the economy is in big trouble.  It hasn't merely lost $100,000--it's effectively lost over $1 million
That couldn’t happen with a purely gold- and/or silver-based monetary system because banks can't “spin” ten ounces of physical gold out of thin air for every ounce of gold they loaned out. Spinning dollars out of thin air is only possible—and highly profitable--with paper or digital fiat currencies.  That’s why central bank love fiat currency and hate gold and silver.  Bankers can’t make a fast buck off gold or silver.  They can off fiat dollars.
•  The obvious (but seldom recognized) point is that currency in a debt-based monetary system is made of debt (promises to pay) rather than tangible assets like gold or silver.  The debt instruments generated by loans become part of the “money supply”.  Therefore, every bankruptcy in a debt-based monetary system doesn't merely destroy the debt owed by some unfortunate borrower and cause creditors to lose their assets—it destroys some of the debt-based currency itself and thereby threatens the entire economy.   
That threat isn’t confined to individual bankruptcies.   Suppose the US government is declared to be bankrupt—what happens?  The national debt is wiped out and however much of that debt is held by foreign countries is also wiped out.  The consequent loss of currency could cause the whole world economy to collapse.
Again, that can't happen with a 100% gold- or silver-based monetary system.  The US government could go bankrupt and there’d be a big problem for the US economy.  Americans would be mad.  A lot of politicians would be thrown out of office.  But the actual money (gold/silver) that the US had borrowed would still exist.   Those who’d treated the gold/silver foolishly would lose their gold/silver.  But the gold/silver lost by fools would still exist in the hands of people who were more prudent and the economy would not be impaired.  
•  Bankruptcy punishes fools and teaches prudence. 
In a gold- or silver-based monetary system, the only fools punished are the borrower who defaults and his creditors.  
In a debt-based monetary system, the original borrower is punished for playing the fool.  His creditors are punished for being fool enough to trust the borrower.  But the entire public—and thus, the economy—are also punished by seeing their national money supply diminished.  
Does it seem unfair that the people at large are punished?  It’s not.  The people should be punished for being fool enough to allow their government to subject them to a debt-based monetary system.
In a gold/silver-based monetary system personal bankruptcies can actually strengthen the economy by:  
1) Taking gold and silver out of the hands of fools and placing it in the hands of the wise; and,
2) Serving as an object lesson to teach all others what kind of financial behavior is foolish and self-destructive and what behavior is wise and profitable.  
But in an economy built on a debt-based monetary system, widespread bankruptcy poses an enormous threat that must be avoided wherever possible in order to avoid destroying the “money supply” that’s composed of nothing but debt made from an illusory fiat currency.  If enough debt is destroyed, enough currency may be thereby destroyed and the result can be deflation, depression and economic collapse.  
That’s why we have “too big to fail” banks.  They’re not “too big to fail”; they’re “too big to bankrupt”.
Any bank that’s deemed “too big to fail” is, by definition, incompetent and foolish.  Technically, they’re the worst banks you could possibly invest in or trust.  In a gold- or silver-based monetary system, such banks would be executed in bankruptcy for the “sin” of financial recklessness and irresponsibility.   
But in a debt-based monetary system, if government allows the “too big to fail” banks to slide into bankruptcy, under fractional reserve banking, the economy might suffer the loss of ten times as much currency from the “money supply” as the bank was worth.  If the “too big to fail” banks were allowed to slip into bankruptcy, the resulting destruction of paper and digital dollars could be enough to collapse the US and even global economies.
•  A fool and his money may be soon parted in an economy based on gold and silver money.  But, in the fiat monetary system, the greatest fools (the “too big to fail” banks and governments) are protected and even rewarded for their foolishness by giving them even more currency.  Because we can’t risk having our greatest fools slide into bankruptcy, we must keep them “alive” at any cost.  Therefore, we have Quantitative Easing to give more money to our biggest fools.  
Who are our biggest fools?  
We can identify them by asking Who’s getting the currency under Quantitative Easing?  
Answer:  The Federal Reserve doles out $85 billion each month that’s being divided roughly 50/50 between the big Wall Street banks and the federal government.  
Thus, America’s biggest fools are the big banks on Wall Street and the federal government.   The Wall Street banks are technically bankrupt because they hold billions, even trillions of dollars in derivatives that will one day require payments that can’t possibly be paid.  The federal government is technically bankrupt because it holds a national debt that can never be paid in full.
1st  Implication:  The federal government and the Wall Street banks are our least competent institutions and biggest fools (with the possible exception of the American people who allow this crap to continue).
2nd Implication:  Insofar as we allow our biggest fools to run our government, economy and nation, we are inevitably headed for a national catastrophe.  (If you’re going to put your trust in fools, you are a fool—and you are heading for a fool’s reward:  poverty.)
3rd implication: All of this foolishness (and our inevitable economy collapse) flows from the fundamental foolishness and irrationality of replacing a gold- and silver-based money with a fiat currency.

Farewell QE, you have been a magnificent success
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
As the US Federal Reserve starts to drain dollar liquidity from the global system at long last, let us celebrate success. Quantitative easing has worked marvellously well. Monetary policy has been vindicated.
The US, UK and Japan are all recovering, moving closer to "escape velocity". The Swiss National Bank - that bastion of orthodoxy - has kept its economy on an even keel by quietly amassing a bond portfolio equal to 85pc of GDP.
The crippled eurozone alone has chosen to stagger on defiantly without monetary crutches. The result has been a double-dip recession of nine quarters, the longest since the Second World War. The austerity regime has been self-defeating even on its own crude terms. Debt ratios have ratcheted up even faster.
There is no safe recovery yet. France already has one foot back in recession. The OECD expects growth of 1pc for the eurozone in 2014, with unemployment stuck above 12pc into the middle of the decade. Such is the price of EMU ideology.
The diverging fortunes of the QE bloc and the EMU bloc prove beyond doubt that monetary stimulus packs a powerful punch. Without becoming entangled in the vendetta between Friedmanites and Keynesians - I value the insights both in the post-bubble phase, as well as "Austrian" insights before the bubble builds - the central bank experiment of 2008-2013 shows that blasts of money can greatly offset the pain of budget cuts, even when interest rates are zero.



LONG    LIST  12-19-2013

As of the close Tuesday 12-19-2013 We advise subscribers to consider the following 
LONG  POSITIONS.    The first price is where we recommend Buying, the second is the objective, & the third is today's price.

Agnico Eagle................(AEM)..............45.32..................76.00...................25.13
Goldcorp........................(GG).................37.20..................64.00...................20.84**
                position closed 12-19-2013
Newmont Mining............(NEM)..............47.20..................60.00...................22.76**
                position closed 12-19-2013
Randgold........................(GOLD)...........120.09................132.00.................62.87**
                position closed 12-19-2013
Royal Gold......................(RGLD)............89.94..................101.00................43.54**
                position closed 12-19-2013
Buenaventura Mines......(BVN)...............39.65..................52.00..................10.98**
                positioned closed 12-19-2013
Freeport McMoran.........(FCX)..............36.00.................. 42.00..................35.19**
                position closed 12-18-2013
Pretium Resources.......(PVG)...............15.29..................16.00.....................5.44
Coca Cola......................(KO)..................39.62..................50.00..................39.86
Walmart...........................(WMT)..............73.85..................90.00..................77.24
Target..............................(TGT).................62.69.................79.00...................62.15
United Armour................(UA)...................57.35.................90.00...................86.05
Chevron...........................(CVX)...............112.62...............142.00................123.22
Exxon Mobile..................(XOM)................88.20................112.00..................99.43
Kinder Morgan...............(KMP)................81.16..................92.00..................78.39
3M....................................(MMM)..............91.59..................150.0..................136.41
Valero Energy.................(VLO)................40.73..................72.00...................46.66
Sherwin Williams............(SHW)..............142.00................201.00................180.15
Campbell Soup...............(CPB)................35.09.................50.00....................43.20
Dollar General................(DG)...................50.07.................71.00.....................59.56
Anheuser Busch.............(BUD).................95.35................125.00.................103.18
Nike.................................(NKE).................51.84.................100.00.................78.26
Eli Lilly.............................(LLY)...................50.90.................56.00...................50.14
Facebook.......................(FB)....................35.54..................68.00...................55.05
General Electric.............(GE)....................22.43..................35.00..................27.32
Seadrill............................(SDRL)...............39.54.................60.00...................38.54
Sirius Radio...................(SIRI)...................2.72......................5.00....................3.43
Disney............................(DIS)....................56.79..................82.00..................72.97
General Mills..................(GIS)...................49.31..................70.00...................49.36
Hershey...........................(HSY).................87.53..................105.00.................96.26
Kellogg Co......................(K)......................64.43..................82.00...................60.60
AT&T................................(T).......................36.69..................47.00..................34.45
Pepsi...............................(PEP)................79.11....................100.00................81.66
Clorox Co.......................(CLX)...................88.53..................122.00...............92.54
Bristol Myers..................(BMY)..................41.18...................72.00.................53.84
Priceline..........................(PCLN)............800.01................1500.00............1191.57
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts..(KKD)............12.84....................27.00................18.64
Papa John Pizza..........(PZZA)..............61.43....................97.00...................87.60
Twitter.............................(TWTR)..............51.99...................75.00..................57.49
Zinga...............................(ZNGA)................4.13......................7.00...................4.06

AS of the close Tuesday 12-19-2013  We advise subscribers to consider the following

SHORT  POSITIONS
At this time all short positions have been covered.   We will continue to review for opportunities in this area.

Disclaimer:  IF does NOT make a market in any of these securities nor does it have any incentive relationship with any of the listed securities. IF does NOT own any the listed securities.  All investors are encouraged to discuss all transactions with their financial advisers before making any purchases to be sure they fit their financial objectives & goals.  Investors should understand all risks associated with buying & selling securities as well as options transactions. Investors should abide by money management principals & never risk more than they can afford to lose.


EUROPE

Big rise in subordinated debt issuance by EU banks 
By Christopher Thompson
Europe’s banks are preparing for the possibility their creditors could face losses in the event of bank failure by issuing bumper amounts of subordinated bonds designed to absorb losses. 
Banks have taken advantage of yield-chasing investors to issue $90.7bn of subordinated debt for the year to date, a 41 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2012. It is the highest such volume since the $122.4bn seen in 2008 according to Dealogic, the data provider.
ASIA

China PBOC Skips Open Market Ops Again, Even As Rates Rise 
The People's Bank of China declined to add any funding via its open market operations Thursday, even though money market rates are rising to levels not seen since June's liquidity crunch.
The bank hasn't injected funds for five sessions now amid signs of massive inflows into the banking system from fiscal spending towards the year-end and in the wake of data suggesting that capital flows from overseas remain robust. The central bank made no net injection or removal of funding this week, versus last week's CNY37 billion drain.
Despite the apparent abundance of liquidity, the seven-day repo rate averaged 6.3033% on Wednesday and closed at 6.70%, with some traders blaming the approach of Christmas Day for this latest spasm in the interbank market.
Although Christmas isn't an official Chinese holiday, it is an excuse for dining out and shopping among a growing army of consumers.
But the volatility of Chinese interbank market rates since the PBOC tried to force deleveraging in June highlights the extreme nervousness of an overstretched banking system that is reliant on the central bank's largesse to ensure stable operations, traders acknowledge.
The seven-day rate is nowhere near June's 25% peak but it's at the highest level it's been since those heady days. Some expect a degree of calm to return once Christmas and the January 1 holiday have passed and liquidity returns to the system.
But the Chinese New Year comes soon after that, beginning at the end of the month, and the authorities have signaled they intend to wean the financial system off its addiction to credit creation over the longer-term, indicating that rates will remain volatile in the weeks and months ahead.


AUSTRALIA

Assistance of $30 billion failed to secure car industry in Australia
By Clay Lucas and Sam Hall
About $30 billion of assistance was provided to Australian car makers between 1997 and 2012 but it failed to secure the industry's future, a new report has found.
Australia's global share of car manufacturing is just 0.25 per cent and the nation's car makers are struggling to compete with the lower labour costs of developing countries, the Productivity Commission reported.
With 1.1 million new cars sold last year, Australia was "a very small player in a global context" where 82 million passenger and commercial vehicles were sold in 2012, the commission's initial car manufacturing review said.
Treasurer Joe Hockey asked the commission to undertake the review and its inquiry follows the decisions by both Ford and Holden to quit car production in Australia.
Both will be gone by 2017 and Toyota may follow if it also decides next year to stop making cars in Australia.
On Friday, the commission released the first of three reports on the beleaguered auto sector and said the local industry was being hit by factors largely beyond the control of local car and parts makers.
Of the 1.1 million sold in Australia, nearly 90 per cent were imported, the report said.
It found car assembly plants in the developed world have stalled since 2008's financial meltdown, while growth had boomed in developing countries, especially China, where demand for new cars has exploded.
In China in 2005 almost 6 million cars were sold; last year more than 19 million were purchased.
An increasing amount of the world's cars are now built in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Thailand, while countries such as Australia, the United States, Britain and Belgium have shed workers since the global financial crisis in 2008.
The report found labour costs in Australia were "relatively high", although not substantially different to Germany or Japan. "But [they] are four times or more those of China, Thailand and other developing countries where motor vehicle production is expanding."
The production capacity of the world's car factories also far outweighs the consumer demand for new vehicles, with many assembly plants making fewer cars than they are capable of making since the GFC.


HEALTH

RANK YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
By Herbalist Wendy Wilson
It is possible for you to determine the function or non-function of your own immune system? Can you predict how efficient your immune system will work? With some basic knowledge on what influences immunity you can get an idea just how good or bad your immune system is. Let’s see how you can evaluate your immune system and how you can make it even stronger.    

IMMUNE SYSTEM DECTECTIVE
If you were to collect some information on your diet, relationships, past medical treatments and exercise habits, you can gage the level your immune system is functioning at. One of the major things to not overlook in your detective work is stress. The amount of stress you are under is a huge immune system suppressor. This outside stimulus that can derail your immune system should be guarded against. Stress can increase the likelihood of inflammatory diseases because the anti-inflammatory signals become blocked by stress. According to the American Psychological Association stress messes up your hormones giving inflammation a passport throughout your body. How does that work? Stress impairs the immune system’s ability to respond to the (glucocorticoid) hormones they think are responsible for identifying inflammation, infection or reaction to trauma.  So, whether the stress is coming from your work, relationships, finances or an accident lowering your stress level will elevate your immune system function.

THE EMEMY
Modern science has lumped the enemy of our immune system into four categories; viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. These are the enemies they can see microscopically. However, your immune system has many enemies such as depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems. Another enemy is a sedentary lifestyle or radiation. We can’t forget surgery that can remove some immune system organs such as appendix and tonsils. Also, what about the detrimental effects of vaccines on the immune system? Science is saying that 59% of Americans are immune to the Bird Flu H1N1. How would they know? It is an assumption based on the faulty theory that vaccinations protect you from a specific disease when you are injected with that disease. The Bird Flu is now included in the annual flu vaccine. How could an immune system protect you when it is assaulted by a vaccine containing aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury and other chemicals plus live viruses? In truth it can’t. By the time disease reaches the bloodstream directly by a syringe the immune system’s checks and balances have been usurped and no antibodies are manufactured against that disease. The pathogens may lay dormant for a while waiting for an opportunity to invade cells and make you very sick.

IMMUNE SYSTEM KILLER
In the winter season we consume more sugar during the holidays than we do all year. Sugar can paralyze your immune system for hours and can increase the risk of an inflammatory response. You may not realize how much sugar you can consume at one holiday get-together. Refreshments of soda and or alcohol have 1/3 cup of sugar (the average soda contains 20 teaspoons of sugar) and can suppress an immune system within 30 minutes by 40% to 75% for nearly 8 hours. Studies have shown that just 75 to 100 grams (2.5 to 3.5 oz) of sugar is enough to suppress the immune system. In addition to the sweet beverage you may snack on carbohydrates that convert into sugar. Add the entrée with a dinner roll, maybe a dessert cocktail with pie or cake and it is a lot of sugar. Before you know it you’ve consumed more sugar at the one meal than you normally do in a month. 

HOW DOES SUGAR DO THAT?
According to a 1973 study from Loma Linda University, the sugar has negative affects the white blood cells (leukocyte), which are the killer T-cell macrophages or our immune system. Their job is to search and destroy infectious pathogens. It appears that sugar can create a chain reaction of responses in the body, in which the immune system may not know which to respond to first. Inflammation could be the immune systems only response and explains why people with gout will have a flare up at the holidays. 

OUTSIDE HELP
If you feel that your diet is not too healthy, you eat too much sugar, don’t get enough regular exercise, have picked up ten or more pounds, you take over-the-counter vitamins and prescription drugs and sometimes get a flu shot; then you will need to work on your immune system to boost its efficiency. The University of Maryland’s Medical Center did some investigating into an herb that helps immunity. They investigated American Ginseng and tested it on lab animals. They determined that it does boost immune function they think due to its powerful antioxidants, ginsenosides and polysaccharides. They also admitted that American Ginseng helps lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. They found it also inhibits the growth of cancer tumors and was effective against the cold and flu viruses. They suggested that American ginseng also offers cognitive enhancement and a feeling of wellbeing. Ill health causes tension within the body and hinders the healing process. Another benefit American Ginseng offers is that it has a relaxing effect to the body.

“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.” H. G. Bohn

MIXING GINSENG WITH DRUGS
Because of the support American ginseng offers it would not be recommended to use this herb with prescriptions for diabetes, stimulants, prescribed pain medications, antidepressants and blood pressure or anticoagulant drugs.

STRONG RESOLUTION
For this New Year’s Resolution it is a good opportunity to strengthen your immunity. Tap into medicinal herbs and skip the sick days. If you feel run down and think a cold is coming on, use the synergistic effect of organic Astragalus Root, American Ginseng and Immune Booster in our My 3 Amigos pack offered in adult and children’s versions. Contact Apothecary Herbs toll free 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 online http://www.thepowerherbs.com, where your healthcare options just became endless. Ring in the New Year with a strong immunity and save 25% on your order of $75 or more now thru 12/24/13 with coupon XMAS3.

Sources:

MORE HERB SECRETS IN THE POWER HERBS e-BOOK. By popular demand The Power Herbs e-book is available with symptom/herb reference guide, information on organ cleansing and how to make your own herbal tinctures plus a whole lot more. Go to http://www.thepowerherbs.com/Books-And-Newsletters/The-Power-Herbs-e-Book-cleansing-immune-boosting.html and click on Books. You must have email to order and receive the e-book a PDF version of The Power Herb book for just $14.99. At this time, we do not offer this title in hard copy.

COMING UP ON HERB TALK LIVE
Herbalist Wendy Wilson on Herb Talk Live
Saturday morning show:
7 am EST on GCN
1/11/14 Dr. Rebecca Carley more on vaccines and disease.
1/18/13 John Monroe on natural vision cures for your eyes. 
Weekday show:
7 pm EST on AVR
1/16/14 John Monroe on natural vision cures for your eyes.
1/21/14 Dr. Rebecca Carely more on vaccines and disease.
Shortwave show 8 pm EST WWCR 4840
Go to http://www.thepowerherbs.com/archive.html Herb Talk Live & Radio Archive area for network link access and past shows to download and share. For Android users you can download a FREE app for Herb Talk Live on GCN. See the download link under radio archives at top of page.

All content is copyright © Independent News Journalist Disclaimers of FARE USE Copyright
Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, "Fair Use" Allowance is made for purposes such as: Criticism, Comment, News Reporting, Teaching, Scholarship, and Research. "Fair Use" is a use permitted by Copyright Statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, Educational or Personal use tips the balance in Favor of "Fair Use". Conclusions drawn from these articles or audio files do not necessarily represent the Opinions/Beliefs of those subjects People/Participants/Entities therein. "Fair Use" says it all....Produced by FREELANCE AUTHOR.

The information contained herein is not intended to diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure disease. Seek medical advice from a licensed medical physician (if you dare) before using any product or therapy.

NEW DANDELION ROOT LIQUID
Try Dandelion Root Tincture for inflammation, blood purification, respiratory infections, digestion and cancer protection at http://www.thepowerherbs.com/herb/Dandelion-Inflammation-Blood-Purifier.html.  

PANDEMIC NEWS  
Do you have your Pandemic Kit yet? Here is what folks are saying about the 100% organic Pandemic Kit made by Apothecary Herbs. "I have this kit and recommend everyone have at least one on hand (or more depending on family size) for a pandemic." Rebecca Carley, MD, Hickory, NC and “I have one and glad I do; just in case. I like the long shelf life.” Melody Cedarstrom, Port Matilda, PA (more customer feedback at http://www.thepowerherbs.com) or call 866-229-3663 to order your kit today.

PURE ZINC ENERGY
Pure energy is organic and instantly absorbed – transporting nutrition to every cell in your body. It is a super food for the body to repair, build and fortify itself. Where do you get it? It’s called Body Foundation Food Mix and is at Apothecary Herbs 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 http://www.thepowerherbs.com. This pure energy food source is so efficient; you won’t feel hungry between meals and can safely lose weight. 

DETOX PRODUCTS
Apothecary Herbs has released a new product called Liver Detox Tea. You can layer this tea with Milk Thistle Tincture for a gentle yet effective liver cleanse. This is a nice option if you can’t do the Liver/Gall Bladder Flush using olive oil. You will find this new product under Herbal Teas at http://www.thepowerherbs.com. Also new is the Liver & Gall Bladder Tincture with dandelion root for more anticancer protection. This formula is available in 1 oz, 2 oz and 4 oz sizes. You will find this item under Organ Body Cleanses at http://www.thepowerherbs.com. You can layer this tincture with the Liver Detox Tea and be well! 

BE PREPARED
Being prepared is never a waste of time. Get your own organic garden growing and stock as much healthy foodstuffs as you can. You’ll also need backup medicine but the over-the-counter and prescription medicines have a limited shelf life of two years or less. However, your organic medicines have a ten year shelf life without side effects. Call the folks at Apothecary Herbs for their Natural Medicine Starter Stock-up Package or make sure you get one of their many herb kits for boosting immune system and protecting you from viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Call Apothecary Herbs 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277 online http://www.thepowerherbs.com, where your healthcare options just became endless.

ALLERGY RELIEF
If you suffer from allergies (sneezing, itchy watery eyes, stuffy or runny nose, sinus pressure or sinus infections) try the Echinacea Deluxe formula and Herbal Eyewash both around $20.00 from Apothecary Herbs. Call now toll free 866-229-3663 http://www.thepowerherbs.com.

APOTHECARY HERBS VITAMIN VAULT – STOCK UP AND SAVE!
You already know that you can save on the half and full case discounts in the Vitamin Vault area at http://www.thepowerherbs.com. Apothecary Herbs has added a new item called the Natural Medicine Starter Stock-up Package. This package is designed for those preparing for their medical future and contains immune boosting, pain & inflammation, organ cleanses, vitamin, mineral, amino acid and protein products plus a Pandemic Kit and it comes with a savings. Visit http://www.thepowerherbs.com or call toll free to order your Starter Stock-up Package 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277.   

MALE & FEMALE ORGAN CLEANSES KITS – Don’t give disease a foothold. You will have the power to cleanse the bowel, urinary, liver, gall bladder and blood system with this cleanse package. For added cleansing, ask about how you can upgrade your order to include the prostate cleanse for men or the Kidney/Bladder cleanse for females.  Go to http://www.thepowerherbs.com or call their 24-hour live customer service line 866-229-3663, International 704-885-0277. 
ONE-YEAR SUPPLY OF HERBAL MEDICNE (shelf life 10 to 15 years)
See Apothecary Herbs One Year Supply of Herbal Medicine at http://www.thepowerherbs.com or call 866-229-3663, 704-885-0277. Call for a customized year supply or to set up installment payment for this package.

RAD METERS The folks at radmeters are correct that every modern house has EMF hotspots, which are sometimes caused by appliances, electronics and bad grounding just to name a few. You will want to make sure your bed or your children’s beds are not in direct line of these hotspots. How do you find out? Purchase an affordable and accurate meter from Radmeters. Click on the Radmeters banner under “Links” at http://www.thepowerherbs.com. I would not recommend Radmeters if I didn’t have one of their meters myself – Herbalist Wendy Wilson  

New Petition Announced This Month To Close Two Loopholes Allowing Forced Medication and Quarantine
By Greg Glaser
Fortunately today, two health freedom attorneys for the Pandemic Response Project (PReP) are working to close this loophole at the State level (starting in California) through a proposed new law called the Peaceful and Natural Dignity Act (PANDA). We are asking fellow health freedom supporters to watch our informative video and sign the petition at Change.org, to help us put the new proposed law before the California legislature for debate: Read and sign the health freedom petition.
In summary, the proposed PANDA law explicitly confirms the fundamental right of peaceful and non-incarcerated individuals and families to:
(a) Remain free of forced medical treatment during times of peace and emergency, and
(b) Self-quarantine on private property during times of emergency.
So PANDA would close two loopholes in California's emergency response laws that threaten to: (1) quarantine and criminalize individuals for remaining un-medicated, and (2) strip families of custody rights for remaining un-medicated.
Apart from California, other States in the Union are also vulnerable to the same loopholes described above. Accordingly, the PReP attorneys hope to tailor a PANDA statute for each State.



LINKS

Chris Martenson and Alasdair Macleod talk about Peak Oil and the economy

Tap of Fire: Fracking in Texas risks gas in drinking water

Meddling Affair: McCain praises Ukraine protests as Brussels pulls from trade deal

David Rockefeller: Unashamed Predatory Globalist

Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High 

White House Will Allow Some To Buy Catastrophic Health Plans



NOTE: There will not be any issues from Wednesday, December 25 through Wednesday, January 1st in observance of Christmas.


To contact the International Forecaster by mail. Write to:
The International Forecaster, PO Box 7752, Winter Haven, FL 33883-7752
To Subscribe to The International Forecaster go to