Our politicians make a hash of it because they’re bought, not because they’re braindead

BY JOHN WARD

From Athens to Washington via Berlin, Paris and London, we are getting the wrong policies for us, because they’re not designed to be for us in the first place

Herewith a very small proportion of some major political cockups of recent vintage:

The EU ‘annexed’ former Soviet satellites in central and eastern Europe without giving a thought to what the effect might be in terms of cheaper […]

The corporate media talking heads cheer every increase in consumer debt as proof of economic recovery. In reality every increase in consumer debt is just another step towards another far worse economic breakdown.

by James Quinn

“At this juncture, the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the subprime market seems likely to be contained.” – Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke, Congressional testimony, March, 2007

“Capitalism without financial failure is not capitalism at all, but a kind of socialism for the rich.” – James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

The Federal Reserve issued their fourth quarter Report on […]

OBAMA killed the pipeline, seized the Internet & cut off your ammo in just ONE WEEK!

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill | TheHill

President Obama on Tuesday vetoed legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rebuffing the new Republican-led Congress amid a furious battle over Homeland Security funding.

The veto — just the third of Obama’s presidency and his first of major legislation — was made in private and without fanfare, reflecting tensions in the Democratic Party over whether the controversial pipeline should […]

Sign The Gold’s Beatdown Has Ended? China’s Gold Buying Resumes After Lunar New Year Holiday, Eurozone Crisis Could Escalate To A Contagion, Justice Dept Investigation On PM Manipulation, India Is Easing Import Duties

http://www.SilverDoctors.com

On this week’s Metals & Markets, The Doc & Eric Dubin break down the week’s trading, discussing:

1. Chinese New Year Holiday Concludes- gold & silver rally on cue! Greek Game Theory- Why Eurozone crisis could escalate to a contagion- beginning with Spain! 2. Justice Dept Investigation on PM manipulation- regulators are attempting to distract the market from the REAL center of PM manipulation! 3. Indian gold demand […]

Once considered out of the question, pension plan cuts are now on the table. One governor has just proposed a freeze on his state’s pension plan.

http://www.elliottwave.com/r.asp?rcn=… Many retirees could receive a smaller payout from their pension plans than they expect. Once considered out of the question, pension plan cuts are now on the table. One governor has just proposed a freeze on his state’s pension plan.

Nothing has changed: Housing crisis worsens in global scale, new mortgage crisis coming…

Global #Housing #Bubble update – This chart shows how worldwide house prices have grown: http://t.co/VAEmSUAnzV pic.twitter.com/X7DMwb3SJk

— Jesse Colombo (@TheBubbleBubble) February 27, 2015

So much faith being placed in the same Federal Reserve that didn’t know there was a housing bubble in 2007. This time will be different.

— Gubb (@gubbmintcheese) February 26, 2015

Update: HongKong steps up efforts to cool red-hot property market

[HONG KONG] […]

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

What the #BRICS plus Germany are really up to? (Op-Edge by Pepe Escobar) http://t.co/eM170IVPnp pic.twitter.com/AJjSjuSXjk

— RT (@RT_com) February 27, 2015

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy […]

MATT DRUDGE on Twitter: “So where is the 300+ page ‘Net Neutralization’ Act? Are we allowed to read it now? Or will it remain a private contract between the fascists”

So where is the 300+ page 'Net Neutralization' Act? Are we allowed to read it now? Or will it remain a private contract between the fascists

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) February 26, 2015

Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both Your Hard Drive and Mine Crashed Within a Week’

Busted!! Go directly to jail..Not likely, but she needs to as well as all of them at the IRS.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails.

“To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up […]

Soros, Ford Foundation shovel $196 million to ‘net neutrality’ groups, staff to White House

Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report.

And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an […]

The Circus Is In Town: The official US gold hoard is supposedly 260,000,000 ounces which represents about $300 billion dollars in current value. The SNAP program spends that much in about four years. The US government spends that much in less than 30 days.

by Gary Christenson

A three ring circus is performing – to entertain and impoverish the western world.

Ring # 1:     The Euro tragedy is “extending and pretending” into a Greek drama.

Ring # 2:     Iraq 3.0 is in beta test mode based on weapons of mass propaganda.

Ring # 3:     The conflict in Ukraine is performing flips followed by flops.

Aiding and abetting the circus acts are the global fiat […]

GREECE LATEST: HUGE GREEK BANK OUTFLOWS, EURO FALLING AGAINST THE £, BUNDESTAG BACKS GREECE MEMORANDUM

BY JOHN WARD

If the Varoufakis memorandum ‘deal’ is so respectable, why do none of the players, or their Party bigwigs, or the markets, like it? There’s a piece in the online magazine Counterpunch at the moment purporting to show how Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has ‘kept Greece in the euro by its fingernails’. Without going over the same tedious ground yet again, nobody can do that, because Greece […]

Gold Sovereigns Bought by Greeks in Volume as New Greek Drachmas Designed

by GoldCore

- Greece warns may default on IMF loan next week

- Greek bank runs continue and deposits flee

- German Bundestag votes for bailout extension

- Syriza agree to a bailout extension of four months, in return for concessions yet to be approved by the EU

- Questions over Syriza negotiating a weak deal despite it’s strong position

- Greece and EU buying time to arrange orderly […]

US Gov/Central Bankers One Step Closer To Closing Down The Internet

Greek withdrawals from the banks at all time highs. The people of Greece are protesting the new government. New home sales beat expectations but lumber sales and prices are declining. FCC voted to approve censorship of the internet. This is first step to close down the internet.Ukraine is in a full blown depression. Russian warships are allowed to dock in Cyprus. Chinese submarine fleet larger than US. Russia, China […]

Chinese Gold Demand Pushes Price Up, Plans Yuan-Denominated Gold Fix This Year, Trade Volume Up Near 60% On Year To 18,486 mt

China’s spot Gold trade volume up near 60% on year to 18,486 mt

China’s spot gold trading volume in 2014 hit 18,486 mt, up almost 60% from 11,600 mt traded in 2013, the Bureau of Trade said in a report on its website Thursday, February 26.

The rise was attributed to growing gold output in China, as well as more active investment in gold products last year.

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/metals/hongkong/chinas-2014-spot-gold-trade-volume-soars-near-27154983

Chinese #Gold […]

De-Dollarization: Russia, China Sign Currency Swap Agreement to Double $100b Trade, Unloads 20% Of Its Total U.S. Holdings In ONE Month, George Soros Plans for Collapse of U.S. Dollar

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Janjuah on 2015: Oil at $30; bonds to go crazy http://www.cnbc.com/id/102348346

How The FBI Invaded Martin Luther King Jr.’s Privacy — And Tried To Blackmail Him Into Suicide http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/20/martin-luther-king-fbi_n_4631112.html

Memphis Jury Sees Conspiracy in Martin Luther King’s Killing http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/09/us/memphis-jury-sees-conspiracy-in-martin-luther-king-s-killing.html

Court Decision: U.S. “Government Agencies” Found Guilty in Martin Luther King’s Assassination http://www.globalresearch.ca/court-decision-u-s-government-agencies-found-guilty-in-martin-luther-kings-assassination/5320024

Did You Know: US Gov’t Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther […]

Global Economic COLLAPSE Shown in THESE Clear Warning Signals!

Sources: “Greenspan: “The Stock Market Is Great”, But The Economy Feels Like In “The Late Stages Of The Great Depression” | Zero Hedge” http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02… “20150226_dollar.jpg 797×534 pixels” http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul… “healthcare-costs1.jpg 290×195 pixels” http://www.oftwominds.com/photos2012/… “20150226_Japan2.jpg 958×499 pixels” http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul… “20150226_Japan3.jpg 959×505 pixels” http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul… “ekathimerini.com | Gov’t raises concern over payment to IMF in March” http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_… “Athens: first anti-gov’t protest by far-left ANTARSYA turns ugly” http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2015… “Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, ‘Have a […]

Full Scale Simulation: New Study Reveals Where To Go When Civilization Collapses: “Head For The Hills”

Mac Slavo February 27th, 2015 SHTFplan.com

 

Should the world as we know it ever fall apart as a result of an economic collapse, amassive natural disaster, cyber attack or widespread pandemic there will be millions of people looking for food, clean water and other essential resources.

The cities will be plagued with violence and supply shortages. Government officials will, as Homeland Security has previously admitted, not be able to […]

Pop Quiz: How Many Constitutional Rights Have We Lost?

by WashingtonsBlog How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right. (This is an updated version of an essay we wrote in February. Unfortunately, a lot of information has come out since then.)

First Amendment

The 1st […]

“Stock Market Great”, But Economy Feels Like “Late Stages Of The Great Depression”

While conflicting economic data leaves hope for both buills and bears, Alan Greenspan warns that, unlike Yellen, “US economic growth is not strong.” He then slays another pillar – suggesting the exuberant job growth is anything but (as he focuses on weak productivity as he pinpoints entitlements as “crowding out capital investment” in America. The maestro then breaks the golden rule of central bankers and explains how The Fed […]

VERIZON Mocks ‘1930’s Rules’ With Statement — In Morse Code…

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.

The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are “unjust or unreasonable,” represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry […]

Apple buying a third of world’s gold to meet demand for iWatch

Technology giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may soon buy up one third of the world’s gold in order to meet the demands of its highly anticipated Apple Watch, according to reports.

Interest in the high-end model, featuring 18-karat gold casing, is picking up and the firm is already taking the necessary steps to have enough of them in stock. According to WSJ.com, Apple plans to start producing more than one million units […]

US companies are buying back their own stock at the fastest pace on record.

US companies are buying back their own stock at the fastest pace on record. via @Eurofaultlines pic.twitter.com/y3FMZo5SXf

— jeroen blokland (@jsblokland) February 28, 2015

WATCH LIVE: First UKPegida are gathering in New Castle protesting against the mooslimification of Europe, LIVESTREAM

LIVE: PEGIDA take to the streets of Newcastle in first-ever UK rally:

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Off Grid Heat Source — Army Surplus Space Heater 3 Year Updates & Mods

Been running this US military surplus Hunter SHA (Space Heater Arctic) stove for 3 winters in my garage while I do projects & or for emergency heat source. Here’s an update on how its holding up and how I use it.

GOLD PRICE MANIPULATION 2015!

Gold price and precious metals manipulations is nothing new to you or this channel, however it seems the MSM is just now waking up to the lies and deceit. I don’t expect this to go anywhere, result in convictions or resolve any of our concerns. These people are not too big to fail, they are TOO POWERFUL TO JAIL!

Strange Flashing Lights On Dwarf Planet ‘Ceres’ Have Scientists COMPLETELY Baffled!

from PressResetEarth:

What is flashing us from mysterious dwarf planet? Riddle of Ceres’ spots deepens as probe finds ANOTHER flashing mark – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec… Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed – http://mashable.com/2015/02/25/strang…

The reason we have the 2nd Amendment is to protect us from this kind of monarchical overreach disarming citizens.

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

It’s starting.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it […]

Makes a campaign contribution. Prosecuted; Accepts millions in illegal contributions. Democrat hero.

A) Makes a campaign contribution. Prosecuted. B) Accepts millions in illegal contributions. Democrat hero. pic.twitter.com/JKIMeivlY1

— Ban Collectivism (@mrgeology) February 27, 2015