Texbook Doublethink: SPLC’s Latest Effort Attacks Constitutionalists

(21stCenturyWire) – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest Associated Press release entitled, Baffling beliefs mark Sovereign Citizen theories, is the organization’s most recent effort to marginalize large blocks of the population it deems to be a domestic threat. Examination of this, as well as other documents, reveals a systematic pattern of media manipulation and disinformation aimed squarely at the American people.

In the latest release the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identifies,  “the number of people who now consider themselves sovereign citizens, Americans above the law who adhere only to the Constitution and follow a revised history of the United States”.

For any students of critical thinking, the SPLC is employing a 20th century propaganda technique know as doublespeak. Here the SPLC attempts to construct the doublethink idea that such Americans who adhere only to the Constitution are “above the law”. Continue reading

Video: The Food Bubble – How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It – Amy Goodman

(DemocracyNow) – While Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit filed by the SEC, Goldman has not been held accountable for many of its other questionable investment practices. A new article in Harper’s Magazine examines the role Goldman played in the food crisis of 2008 when the ranks of the world’s hungry increased by 250 million. We speak to Harper’s contributing editor Frederick Kaufman. Video Link Here

Economy

(CNNMoney) – Hello Chinese exports, good-bye U.S. jobs – Read More Here

(BusinessWeek) – Banks With State Debt Ignore Not-If-But-When Default (Update1)

European banking shares indicate a Greek debt default may be just a matter of time. Read More Here

(AP) – Japan PM warns of Greece-like debt crisis

Japan could face a financial mess like the one that has crippled Greece if it does not deal urgently with its swelling national debt, the new prime minister warned Friday. Read More Here

(SeekingAlpha) – Soros: Financial Crisis, ‘Act II’

Love or hate his politics, there is no doubt George Soros is one of the brightest investment minds of the past few generations.

Hence, when you have Soros on one side saying we have only begun the second stage of the financial crisis, and on the other hand you have “Unicorns and Butterflies” Bernanke telling us all is well (kumbaya!) [coming off one of the worst economic forecasting records the past half decade], you can guess which side one might be better off listening to.

“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Mr. Soros said at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.” Read More Here

(BullionMark) – Weimar Gold & Silver Prices 1919-1923

Weimar Germany hyperinflation prices of gold and silver in Marks from 1919 – 1923 by month. Charts are also presented to visually depict the speed and magnitude of the change. Remember these are months not years. Consider the human story behind the numbers. How did people survive? Read More Here

(MarketOracle) – PONZI Finance Recipe for Economic Catastrophe, Gold Not a Bubble

The “When hope turns to Fear” moment (See 2010 Outlook “When hope turns to Fear” in Tedbits archives) is unfolding as we speak, as the tides of insolvency sweep over the social welfare states and financial systems of the developed world. It is the next leg down in the global financial crisis and what will come to be known as the greatest depression ever is commencing — we are fascinated and astonished at what the main stream media is reporting and failing to report. Read More Here

(NakedCapitalism) – PR Push Against Strategic Defaulters Underway (Is There a Debtors Prison in Your Future?) Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Child benefit to be cut off at 13 as Government’s ‘poverty tsar’ plans to wean parents off handouts

Families could see their child benefit taxed or cut off once a youngster hits 13 under radical plans proposed by Frank Field, the government appointed ‘poverty tsar’. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Wither Government. Chaos! Anarchy! Lost Revenue!

New York Gov. David Paterson is warning that if he is forced to shut down government next week chaos and anarchy will rule in the state.

“No one knows the full ramifications of a government shutdown,” said Paterson. “It would create unimaginable chaos around the state and the greater metropolitan areas,” reports WCBS TV.

The legislature in the Empire State has failed to pass a budget and this will result in doomsday, according to Paterson. Continue reading

Economy

(C-SPAN) – Ron Paul: Restore a Full Audit of the Fed! – Video Link Here

(AsiaTimes) – Part 1 of 2 – THE POST-CRISIS OUTLOOK: Part 10 – The trillion-dollar failure – Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – Hello Chinese exports, good-bye U.S. jobs – Read More Here

(WRNGNews) – NY Government Shutdown Possible

The state budget is more than two months late. Since April, the government has been kept running on a week-to-week basis by temporary spending bills, or extenders. Read More Here

(ABCNews) – 2 million public servants on strike in Spain

Nearly 2 million Spanish state employees have stopped work in anger over government spending cuts that will see them lose about 5 per cent of their salary. Read More Here

(PressTV) – UK unemployment could reach 3 mn – Read More Here

(CNBC) – Debt Spreading ‘Like a Cancer’: Black Swan Author

The economic situation today is drastically worse than a couple years ago, and the euro is doomed as a concept, Nassim Taleb, professor and author of the bestselling book “The Black Swan,” told CNBC on Thursday.

“We had less debt cumulatively (two years ago), and more people employed. Today, we have more risk in the system, and a smaller tax base,” Taleb said. Read More Here

(USAToday) – Only a fraction of those in need file for bankruptcy – Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Soros Says ‘We Have Just Entered Act II’ of Crisis

Billionaire investor George Soros said “we have just entered Act II” of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen and governments are pressured to curb budget deficits that may push the global economy back into recession.

“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Soros said today at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.” Read More Here

(CNSNews) – Bernanke: ‘Things Will Come Apart’ If Entitlements Are Not Reformed and Spending Controlled

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a frank assessment to Congress on the fate of the economy if entitlement programs are not restructured. On Wednesday, Bernanke warned that “things will come apart” if Congress allows the federal entitlement programs and the deficit spending they cause to continue on their unsustainable path. Read More Here

(MailOnline) – U.S. facing debt ‘super cycle’: $13trillion black hole to overtake country’s GDP ‘within two years’

Forecasters predict the U.S. debt will grow to surpass gross domestic product in 2012, based on data from the International Monetary Fund. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapse) – More Than 1 In 5 American Children Are Now Living Below The Poverty Line

Perhaps the greatest victims of the economic nightmare that is unfolding right in front of our eyes are our children. The overall economic numbers are really bad, but when you examine the impact that this economy is having on children things get really horrifying. Read More Here

(CNBC) – Gold’s ‘Real Move’ to $7,000 Coming: Asset Manager

The “real move” in gold is to come, predicted Egon von Gruyerz, founder of precious metals investment and storage company GoldSwitzerland.com, on Monday. Read More Here

(PressTV) – UK’s welfare system targeted for cuts

UK Chancellor George Osborne discloses that the government has targeted welfare benefits, tax credits and public sector pensions for spending cuts. Read More Here

(Chron) – Radiohead frontman: Music industry on verge of collapse

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is warning the music industry is on the brink of collapse, insisting young musicians should resist signing record deals because the major labels will “completely fold” within months. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – CGT: investors rush into gold coins to beat tax rise

Britain’s bullion dealers are struggling to source enough gold sovereign and Britannia coins to keep up with surging demand ahead of an expected rise in capital gains tax (CGT) in the emergency budget. Read More Here

(June 10) – Video: Gerald Celente Breaks Down The Troubled Financial World Markets on Alex Jones TV

Alex talks with Gerald Celente, renowned trend forecaster, publisher of the Trends Journal, business consultant and author who makes predictions about the global financial markets and other events of historical importance.

Part 1 of 7

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Economy

(Rense) – Illinois – A State In Crisis – Stephen Lendman

This writer’s earlier articles addressed greater social misery in America than since the Great Depression, because of unemployment, homelessness, hunger, bankruptcies, despair, and rising poverty levels.

According to the National Academy of Science, 47.4 million Americans were impoverished in 2008, 15% of the population, but the true number is much higher since the government’s income threshold is $22,000 for a family of four, way short of what’s needed throughout urban America where even half again as much is too little. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Banks Seized by Regulators in Nebraska, Mississippi, Illinois

Three banks with total deposits of almost $2.3 billion were seized by regulators amid losses stemming from soured real-estate loans, raising to 81 the number of U.S. lenders that have collapsed this year. Read More Here

(EuroPacificCapital) – Key Indicators of a New Depression

With the mainstream media focusing on the country’s leveling unemployment rate, improving retail sales, and nascent housing recovery, one might think that the US government has successfully navigated the economy through recession and growth has returned. But I will argue that a look under the proverbial hood reveals a very different picture. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Solution to Unemployment? Wal-Mart to Create 500,000 New Jobs

Mike Duke, chief executive, told the retailer’s annual meeting that the company will add the 500,000 positions as it seeks to continue to grow globally and maintain its leading position in the US. Read More Here

(EconomicNoise) – Worse than a Depression – Read More Here

(SicSemper) – Video: Obama’s Teleprompter of Propaganda: “Our Economy is Getting Stronger by the Day.”

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics report is published for the month of May showing unemployment at 9.7% due to 322,000 workers leaving out of employment positions, President Obama read from his teleprompter more Orwellian Double-speak, stating “our recovery is still in its early stages, and there’s going to be ups and downs in the months ahead…… this report is a sign that our economy is getting stronger by the day.” View More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Europe is Headed For a Mini-depression – Mike Whitney – Read More Here

(WashingtonTimes) – FTC floats Drudge tax

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to “reinvent” journalism, and that’s a cause for concern. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC’s policy staff fears this new reality. Read More Here

(TPG) – Countdown to Crashdown

Heed This Warning, and You Could Gain 868%. Ignore It, and You Stand to LOSE HALF of Your Wealth. The Choice Is Yours… Read More Here

(PRWeb) – Investors Shun Market Volatility as Fear and Uncertainty Reign, Opting Instead For Precious Metals IRAs as Gold Nears All Time Highs – Read More Here

(FinancialPost) – World currency unit intended to rival U.S. dollar for supremacy

A new currency is intended to challenge the U.S. dollar as the world’s foremost reserve currency. The WOCU, short for world currency unit, was actually launched by London-based WDX Organization in September 2009, but only seems to be gaining recognition now. Read More Here – See Also: Flex Group

Video: Watch the WOCU evolve – Video Link Here

(WOCU) – About the WOCU

The WDX Organisation has developed a currency-basket instrument called the Wocu; available for commercial use from 1st January 2010, the same day WDX launched its commercial reference data products. Read More Here

(YahooFinance) – Video: $6 to $8 Gas? Prices Will “Skyrocket” If U.S. Stops Drilling, Says Former Shell Exec – View Video Here

(WDX) – WDX Institute: Forum for WOCU Related Research Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – MARKETS RIPPED APART: Here’s What You Need To Know

Following two straight up days, it looked like the panic might be out of this market. Nope, not even close. Fresh Euro panics combined with signs of economic weakness in the US to savage markets.

The scoreboard: Read More Here

(RealClearPolitics) – Census Worker Claims Job Numbers Are Being Inflated

“What they do is hire you, they train you like a few weeks — 35, 40 hours of training and give you six hours of productive work and lay you off.” a former Census named “Maria” tells FOX News. “Maria” further explains they rehire you so it counts as a new job.

(RussiaToday) – Video: Euro the focus of secret Bilderberg meeting: Charlie Skelton

I hear from some people, Daniel Estulin has got sources inside, and he says the euro is on the top of the agenda. If the euro fails and the eurozone collapses, it’s been a lot of wasted talk. There’s talk, I have been speaking to some Spaniards here and they saying there’s whispers of returning to the peseta and that is not in the Bilderberg’s best interest,” said Skelton. Continue reading

Economy

Video: Max Keiser – GLOBAL BREAKDOWN: Gerald Celente’s latest trends – Video Link Here

Video: Schiff & King Discuss Gold & Silver: Panic Gold buying in Germany – Video Link Here

(L.A.City) – Controller Greuel Releases Audit Showing City Can’t Find 45% of Items Purchased with Taxpayer Funds – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Hedge funds bet big on the falling euro

Hedge funds that made millions from the implosion of America’s subprime market are betting on a similarly dramatic collapse of the euro. Read More Here

(Infowars) – The 750 Billion Euro Bluff

The Germans recently approved their portion of the €750bn European bailout fund, and I think that’s all the money we will see. It’s highly unlikely that the EU has the capital to pull off the entire thing, unless the ECB starts printing money à la full-blown quantative easing. They are just trying to bluff the speculator vultures, so that they won’t start circling Portugal, Ireland and other weak EMU economies. But I think eventually the vultures will smell blood. Read More Here

(ABC) – Video: Clarke and Dawes ask the million dollar questions

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe calculate the cost of the European debt crisis. – Video Link Here

(BusinessInsider) – Will Trichet Let A Deflationary Depression Happen So He Can’t Be Accused Of Bailing Out Greece? – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – City fears of ‘Great Depression Mark II’

Leading City experts have started raising the prospect of “Great Depression II” amid worries that the European economic crisis could trigger a deeper bout of chaos. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – 32 States Have Borrowed from the Federal Government to Make Unemployment Payments; California Has Borrowed $7 Billion

EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal government has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion. Read More Here

(SFGate) – Courts quash cuts, add to state’s budget woes

Designated cuts to health and human services that were rejected by federal courts alone have resulted in $4.5 billion in lost savings over the past three years, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. Read More Here

(TIME) – Florida Braces for Oil Spill, Impact on Tourism Industry

Like an environmental version of the hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf States in 2005, the epic spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig seems almost certain to foul every coastal corner it can. After paralyzing Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry, it is threatening Florida’s $60 billion tourism business. Read More Here

(WSJ) – AIG Executives Won’t Face Criminal Charges

The decision brings to a close a criminal investigation that, while mostly under wraps, was widely followed. The September 2008 bailout of AIG was one of the biggest and most shocking of the financial crisis, as trading by a noninsurance unit brought down one of the most iconic financial companies world-wide. Read More Here

FLASHBACK – (TIME) – Scandals The Looting of Greece

The plot was an audacious one. To create the pool of crooked money, PASOK leaders had for three years ordered state-managed corporations such as the Post Office, the Organization of Urban Transportation and the State Pharmaceutical Co. to transfer large bank deposits — the country’s money, in effect — out of the big national banks into the Bank of Crete, then the / smallest private bank in the country. There, Koskotas says, he arranged for the government deposits to draw an exceptionally low rate of interest, only 2% or 3%. Bank savings accounts in Greece routinely draw 15% interest. The excess interest earned on the government deposits was siphoned off and went straight to the politicians, he says. In addition, protected and encouraged by Papandreou, Koskotas secretly plowed Bank of Crete funds into his magazines and newspapers. Read More Here

(LewRockwell) – Sell in May and Run Away . . . Fast

Stock markets all over the world are falling. The first market to begin falling was China’s. It peaked in early August of 2009. It struggled back, though not to its August peak, but is now falling. The decline is accelerating. It is down by about 25% in 2010. Read More Here

(MoneyAndMarkets) – Massive Currency and Debt Devaluations Lie Ahead

The run-up in the stock market from March 2009 until last month was sharp and rewarding … for some. But there was one problem, it came with disproportional risk. You see, the stock market rose to an extent that it was pricing in perfection … a V-shaped recovery … a return to normal.

That overly optimistic view on the world can make for an ugly ending Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – The Giant Banks, Federal Reserve and Treasury Have All Blackmailed America

As I wrote last October:

Congressmen Brad Sherman and Paul Kanjorski and Senator James Inhofe all say that the government warned of martial law if Tarp wasn’t passed. And Rahm Emanuel famously said:

Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.

Last year: Read More Here

(RTTNews) – Massive Demonstration In Romania Protesting Austerity Measures

The demonstration by some 20,000 people, who gathered in front of the government headquarters in capital Bucharest to protest planned government wage-cuts, was one of the largest mass protests that the Eastern European country witnessed since the fall of Communism in 1989. Read More Here

(Examiner) – CAFR: US agencies have billions, trillions in investments while crying budget deficits

Gerald Klatt and Walter Burien are unrecognized heroes. These individuals are national leaders who have communicated how government agencies conceal American taxpayers’ money in surplus accounts that collectively total trillions of our dollars. The data is found in government agencies’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). Read More Here

(SofiaEcho) – Greece prepares for massive new strike

Massive general strikes by the Greek public sector will all but paralyse much of the country as Greek trade unions launch another 24-hour general protest against planned additional austerity measures. Read More Here

(GardenHarvest) – Severe Poverty Growing Rapidly

The percentage of Americans living in severe poverty – with incomes less than half of the federal poverty line – has reached a 32-year peak. A recent analysis of 2005 census data by McClatchy Newspapers found nearly 16 million Americans living in deep or severe poverty, defined as a family of four with income of $9,903 a year or less and an individual living on less than $5,080 a year. Read More Here

World War

(DailyMail) – Scramble! RAF warplanes are intercepting Russian nuclear bombers at least once a month – Read More Here

Video: Thai Report – Thousands Rally in Ubon – View Video Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Hillary Clinton: Iran Proving It Deserves New Sanctions – Read More Here

(WSWS) – America’s War on Pakistan – US Warns Pakistan of “Severe Consequences”

The Obama administration has seized on the failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square on May 1 to insist that the Pakistani military step up its war on Islamic militants and extend its operations into North Waziristan. The US demand is being backed by thinly disguised warnings of economic reprisals and military intervention. Read More Here

(TheHindu) – Russia plans to open naval bases in Ukraine in response to NATO’s eastward expansion – Read More Here

(PressTV) – UK vows to back US against Iran

Days after the establishment of a new British government, Foreign Secretary William Hague vows to work with the US against Iran, going so far as to consider military action against Tehran. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Nearly 300 insurers refuse to boycott Iran-linked companies

Nearly 300 insurers have refused to agree to a moratorium on investments in companies that the California insurance commissioner says do business with Iran, the state agency said. Read More Here

(Spiegel) – Pictures from Bangkok Demonstrations – View Here

(Telegraph) – USSR planned nuclear attack on China in 1969

The extraordinary assertion, made in a publication sanctioned by China’s ruling Communist Party, suggests that the world came perilously close to nuclear war just seven years after the Cuban missile crisis. Read More Here

(Redress) – Who is Bombing in Iraq? Are the bombers Al-Qaeda, the CIA or Israel?

Christopher King argues that it is likely that the American CIA – or Israel acting on its behalf – is responsible for recent atrocities in Iraq, in order to extend and consolidate the occupation, just as it is probable that the Times Square bomber was, wittingly or otherwise, acting for the CIA or Israel, to justify the US military intervention in South Asia. Read More Here

(DesertPeace) – ‘Neglect and poverty’ – life as a Palestinian in Jerusalem

Life for Palestinians in Jerusalem is “a continuing cycle of neglect, discrimination, poverty and shortages”, said the report, one of the most comprehensive studies of the socio-economic situation in East Jerusalem released in recent years. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Thai army declares ‘live firing zone’ in Bangkok

Thailand’s army designated a riot-wracked neighborhood in central Bangkok as a “live firing zone” Saturday, as streets in the Asian metropolis became battlegrounds and authorities struggled to contain Red Shirt demonstrators demanding the prime minister’s resignation. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Pakistani Taliban say America will “burn”

Pakistani Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan’s rulers to be overthrown for following “America’s agenda”. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – “War without Borders”: Obama’s “Long War” – Michel Chossudovsky

The concept of the “long war” has characterised military doctrine since the end of World War II. The broader objective of global military dominance in support of an imperial project was first formulated under the Truman administration in the late 1940s at the outset of the Cold War.

The 2000 Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was the backbone of the NeoCon’s agenda  was predicated on “waging a war without borders”.  The PNAC’s declared objectives was to  “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars” in different regions of the World as well  perform the so-called military “constabulary” duties “associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions”. Global constabulary implies a Worldwide process of military policing and interventionism. (Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding Americas Defenses.pdf, September 2000) Continue reading